Now I know why am vegetarian… Finally!

A question that haunted me for a very long time. Not many people have asked me why I am a vegetarian… but when someone does, I have had no better logical Thinkinganswer than saying, “Look am from a Brahmin community who are vegetarian… My dad, my mom, my grandparents, everyone are vegetarian so am a vegetarian too..”

Although I am finally going to conclude to the same reason, I really wanted some logical reasoning for being vegetarian… After all, what is the fun in just doing what we have been told to do and not choose to do something yourself… Right!

So I started asking myself some of the questions which are common myths about being vegetarian. In a sense I really confronted myself and my earlier beliefs.

Is it the ‘killing’?

This is the most popular cover that vegetarians have taken I guess. Atleast for me the answer is NO. I have to admit that when I was a kid, I have caught dragon flies and killed them, I have killed garden lizards, I have killed garden snakes.. Atleast for snakes there is a perceived fear but for the others there was nothing.. I still repent doing some of those…

Anyways, forget being a kid, even as an adult I have consciously killed thousands and thousands of mosquitos.. I would be stupid to generously watch the mosquitomosquito bite me and suck up my blood, make me itchy and leave me with malaria…Here I couldn’t even argue saying that ‘well it bites me so I hit back’, because I have killed several mosquitos which just sit out there quietly. I am just assuming that they are going to bite me or my family.. so I kill them…

So the killing or the blood are not the reasons for sure…

Is it the smell/taste (or perceived bad taste)??

Well if its sea food… absolutely… thats the reason… Man I can’t stand the smell of sea food… But… But… But… There are a lot of vegetables that while cookingbad-smell-smiley_gg61722359 could smell bad… Example, when cabbage or cauliflower boils, its not a great smell..

Taste couldn’t be the case either because I have not tasted meat to say that it tastes bad… Some people say that the soy chunks actually tastes like chicken.. I like Soy chunks… So technically I should like chicken taste… Plus, there are some vegetable who’s taste I don’t like either… So this reason is shot down too…

If the above two main potential factors are not the reasons, then what is the reason?

Here you go…

I have been reading Mahabaratha written by Sri Rajagopalachari (This is a must read book… Beautifully written). In that book, there are several sections which clearly shows that the Pandavas (Kshatriyas/Warriors) ate meat. This one story where Bhima actually eats all the meat and food before slaying Bahasura.

The other instance where Dharmaputra is confronted by some animals while they are living in the forest and request them to move on to another forest because these animals are fast depleting since the Pandavas have been living off them. So the pandavas realize they have to conserve the eco system in that forest and hence move on to another forest.. and so on…

So my point is, that Kshatriyas where meant to fight battles, and hence had to eat meat for a getting that additional strength and aggression.. They need the killer instinct.Kshatria

But Brahmins on the other hand where primarily working as priest in temples or in the king’s palace as spiritual advisers, chanters, etc… By profession they are not expected to have the aggression.

I recently read an interview of the ‘Iron’ Mike Tyson.. Here is what he says about his meat/steak eating habits.. and how he has changed now upon his wife’s Tysoninsistence.

….”I think that food makes you oversexual,” he goes on. “It makes you angry, it makes you aggressive — I can’t believe the difference in the person I am now compared to four years ago.

http://espn.go.com/boxing/story/_/id/9318617/mike-tyson-once-baddest-man-planet-lives-simple-suburban-life-espn-magazine

Conclusion:

I am not working in a coal mine or a steal plant or a oil rig or a soldier. My work is primarily on computers and involves thinking and nothing physical really. I Always-In-Front-Of-A-Computerget the strength I need by just eating vegetables… It just prevents me from getting the unnecessary aggression which comes by eating meat and my profession is not compatible to vent that aggression out.

SO THAT IS WHY AM VEGETARIAN…

PS: I am talking for myself… Not for anyone else in my family… 😉

Tyson Caricature taken from: http://sportsmockery.com/mike-tyson-it-tasted-like-shit/

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My friends call me Goks and I like being called that way. :-) I am a Piscean by my sun sign and I perfectly fit the description that is available in any public domain. I am just saying that so that I dont have to write too much here. I am married and have a beautiful family... The fact that am married will reflect on my blogs hence no politically incorrect comments or posts from me... ;-) I started blogging in Sep 2009 after being inspired by a friend of mine (Actually my mentor on a lot of aspects of life) I discovered that it is a great way to express myself... Here is where I write - https://gokulraman.wordpress.com Am also an amateur photographer learning everyday. I have always felt that capturing something picture worthy on a camera is a very rewarding experience. Sharing it with others and seeing them enjoy that picture is even more rewarding. I take pics of just about anything hence no specialities. I specifically like shooting nature, animals, landscapes, etc. So if you are bored with what I have written, pls visit my photography blog... http://goks3rdeye.wordpress.com

Posted on December 8, 2013, in India, life, Opinion, Peelasophy, Random thought and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. My take on this is what sort of person you are is determined by the food you eat. How ever the paradox is that I have seen aggressive people who are pure vegiterians and docile non vegiterians:)))

    • You are right Prasanth. I have seen that as well. That’s why I said I was talking about myself in the end because I was searching for a good reason to be vegetarian myself.

  2. Have faced the same question. Have answered in the same fashion (from Brahmin family so not eating). But I got myself convinced with answer, I don’t like the taste (of course after trying out).

  3. Thoughtful essay, Gokul. Also loved the Mike Tyson humour and pictures. Surely leaving all unnecessary aggression is a worthy goal to pursue. Maybe there is too much aggression in people in general. I also agree that a vegetarian diet bestows great inner peace (personal experience). You’ve done a great job of exploring the reasons to be vegetarian. The Mahabharatha links/observations are interesting. Thank you for bringing the aggression issue to the fore-front.

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