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The Peaceful Veg Diet - A Common Thread Amongst All Enlightened Masters, Part 3 of 4

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In Hinduism, nature is sacred and all beings are equal. The key principle of Hinduism is Ahimsa (non-violence). Many Hindus treat vegetarianism as a daily sadhana or spiritual practice. Hinduism's vast scriptures contain thousands of passages recommending vegetarianism based on the profound link between ahimsa (non-violence) and spirituality.

Hindu law books base many directives on the principle of sacredness of all life. In the Manusmriti, a particularly renowned traditional Hindu law book strongly condemn the slaughter of animals and meat eating. In the Bhagavad-gita, Krishna reminds us that every living being possesses a soul, and there is the same "Lord" in every creature. This sense of identity among all forms of life and the kinship between humans and animals pervade Indian religious thought and practice.

Vegetarianism has a strong tradition in Judaism, as the original design for the Garden of Eden. Judaism holds that human life as sacred, and we should diligently care for our health and adopt the plant-based diet which is the right approach as is this in-line with the teachings of God. And God said: "Behold, I have given you every herb-yielding seed which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree that has seed-yielding fruit – to you it shall be for food." Genesis “To relieve an animal of pain or danger is a biblical law.” - Talmud, Sabbath,

Jainism also emphasizes the practice of ahimsa (non-violence), and teaches us to look upon all beings as we would upon our own selves, thus inflicting injury to them is inflicting injury to our own selves: "All beings are fond of themselves, they like pleasure, they hate pain, they shun destruction, they like life and want to live long. To all, life is dear; hence their life should be protected. If you kill someone, it is yourself you kill. If you overpower someone, it is yourself you overpower. If you torment someone, it is yourself you torment. If you harm someone, it is yourself you harm.” -Lord Mahavira

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