On certain planes, it is not okay. When violence and pain are introduced along the food chain, the energy carries all the way to the eventual consumer
of the food. The fear in the meat becomes absorbed as well as the nutrients. Though mechanically the physical body is nurtured, the more subtle and
spiritual bodies find the energetic disharmony introduced by the violence. Buddhists are aware of this real dynamic.
Hunters are aware of this as well. It is physically explained as such: if the animal is not killed instantly, its system is shocked, releasing a
rush of endorphins, adrenaline, and coping chemicals. In short, the physical embodiments of fear and violence. This is known to spoil the taste of
the meat. This is why a hunter ought to drop prey in one shot, as opposed to wounding the animal and having to chase it down.
Energy is present in food throughout the food chain. The hunter would do well to prayerfully and thankfully take his game, dress it with respect and
gratitude, and eventually cook it with conscious love. Indigenous hunters and animal farmers everywhere, across time, have been aware of this
And what happens in nature, when the eagle seizes the fish, or the coyote finally clutches the rabbit in its jaw? Somehow, I think this is not an
unnatural violence or torture. it is purely love, and the prey finds contentment at death.
I read a journal of an English explorer of Africa; he was taken into a lion jaws, facing death, and somehow escaped to write about it. In the
moments in the lion's jaws, he wrote, rather than dread or fear, his natural reaction was of a profound peace. Here I think he was in Tao, or pure
Factory animal farming and slaughter are far far from Tao. The inherent lack of love and consideration, abuse, fear, and violence do not die with the
animal. After all, we are what we eat.
edit on 11-12-2013 by ecapsretuo because: (no reason given)
edit on 11-12-2013 by
ecapsretuo because: (no reason given)