Should Meat Be Eaten Or Not?
Meat consumption is steadily increasing. From 20 Kg per person in 1850, it rose to 40 Kg in 1900, then 60 Kg in 1950 and up to 110 Kg in 1996. Vegetarians blame meat for numerous ailments and canvass for its total elimination from the diet. What are the reasons put forward? Are they sufficient to define the problem?
Vegetarianism is a diet based on plant products: vegetables, fruits, cereals, and legumes. It completely excludes animal flesh such as meat, cooked pork meats, fish, shellfish, and seafood. But it allows animal products that do not contain flesh: eggs and milk products (milk, cheese, yogurt,)
Some diets are even more restrictive: veganism and fruitarism, which exclude both animal flesh and by-products. While veganism emphasizes vegetables, cereals and legumes, fruitarism opts mainly for fresh and dry fruits, oleaginous seeds, and cereals.
Arguments against meat put forward by vegetarians are numerous, and emanate from various fields including Anatomy, Medicine, Dietetics, Ethics and Economics. The main argument, however, is that meat is injurious to health. Its toxins would burden the body: tissues would be attacked and organ functions hampered. Besides, our bodies, they say, were not really meant to correctly digest meat and expel its toxins. Finally the entire organism would fall fatally ill.
Health being invaluable, these few points could be considered enough reasons to renounce meat. However they concern only the physical body, whereas there is more to a human being than his physical body. Man is an immaterial spirit incarnated into a physical body. This completely changes the picture. The consideration of the physical body alone gives a fragmented vision of reality. In order to have an overall view of man and adequately answer the question “should meat be eaten or not” it is necessary to take the spirit into consideration as well as its interaction with the physical body.
The spirit and the physical body are of two different species. The former consists of spiritual matter, originating in Paradise, while the latter is made of gross matter from the earthly plane. They cannot therefore come into contact with each other without an intermediary, which is the blood, and more precisely the radiations of the blood, thus remaining bound during the period of incarnation, as explained in the Grail Message…
Just like any other material object the blood emits radiations that are more etherized than the blood itself, and are closer in consistency to the densest radiations emanating from the spirit clothed with its coverings. Together, these radiations constitute the link between the spirit and the physical body. That link is also the bridge through which information between the spirit and the body is mutually transmitted.
The blood composition determines the characteristics of that bridge of radiations. The composition and consequently the radiations of the blood depend on whether it is rich in certain substances or not. For instance, the blood of an anaemic person who lacks Iron will radiate differently from that of another whose Iron level is normal. The blood composition, in turn, depends to a large extent on nutritional substances provided by the diet. As with any other food, meat plays a role therein. What is it?
Effects of Meat on Blood Radiation
Meat is generally considered as a symbol of strength and as a strength-giving food. In Medicine it is known to induce the body to produce blood, and in Natural Therapies to help the spirit to incarnate. These three outlooks perfectly complement each other. A high consumption of meat triggers an increase in blood production by the body. Therefore the blood volume increases in heavy meat-eaters. Because of the greater force of attraction caused by the larger volume of blood, the spirit becomes more intimately bound to the body. A qualitative aspect is also taken into account. The “animal energies” brought in by meat give special characteristics to the blood thus strengthening the bond between the spirit and the physical body, which is the animal part of a human being.
Inversely, the blood volume decreases in those who either abstain from meat or eat very little of it. Their blood characteristics will be less animalistic and their spirits will consequently be less closely bound to their bodies.
The above statements can easily be observed in daily life and will be illustrated for clarity.
A heavy meat-eater has “a lot of” blood, which makes him look congested and red. His face easily turns crimson. Being solidly rooted in his body he is interested in everything physical. Drinking and eating are very important to him. He prefers manual and heavy work to intellectual activity, and the mundane to speculation. He is enthusiastic, zealous, and enterprising. He can get to be rude and hard, even aggressive and violent. These extreme effects of meat were very well known in the past. Soldiers being prepared for combat were overfed with meats so as to go at the enemy fiercely and unrelentingly. The same procedure is still being used for hunting dogs and falcons that are fed lots of meats to stimulate their hunting instincts and their “hunger for flesh”.
Light meat-eaters on the other hand are generally pale. That pallor betrays a “lack” of blood. Starved of a strong bridge of radiations, their spirit is less closely linked to their bodies. That link being more or less stretched they are, as popular saying goes, “not really there”, they “float” and are in “another world”. They prefer to reflect, dream and meditate rather than to act. The lack of connection with gross matter distances them from physical activities and they don’t particularly like to eat; eating is for them a burden rather than pleasure. They are generally calm, gentle, peaceful, even passive, as they lack strength and stamina.
The question of adaptation to change
The meat-eating problem arises differently for a born vegetarian, living in a country where meat is not traditionally eaten, than for someone who becomes vegetarian. In the first case the body has been used to functioning without animal flesh for generations and is able to provide adequate blood radiation from other types of foods. The spirit is therefore well adapted to the body, though it should be noted that vegetarian peoples are more prone to dreaming and meditating than meat-consuming peoples.
In the second case, those who decide to stop eating meat and become vegetarians had been eating it for decades and had inherited a physical body used to it for generations. The suppression of meat cannot therefore be easy. They generally face the problem of adaptation to their new way of life.
The process is similar to that of a smoker who decides to stop the habit. The body no longer gets the nicotine hitherto used to stimulate it. Consequently problems arise: headache, lethargy, constipation, nervousness, etc. A general malaise also sets in.
Since meat is a type of food rather than a drug its suppression does not cause acute disorders. In fact there may not be any visible problems for weeks or months thereafter. On the contrary, those who effect the change generally feel better and more energetic. However problems arise with time.
At the beginning the body succeeds in maintaining a correct blood radiation because the meat consumed in the past exerts its influence for a while. But this influence diminishes over time. Since the body does not possess a good substitute for meat its blood composition and radiation will be modified and will no longer offer a good link for the spirit, which cannot penetrate the body and manifest with the same force and intensity as before. This progressively gives rise to a certain apathy which are not often clearly perceived as such and attributed to the suppression of meat, which would have been effected quite long before.
One in such a situation does not enjoy life as he should. The aim of human life is indeed to give the spirit the opportunity to experience on the earthly plane and develop the faculties entrusted to it by the Creator. These experiences must be intensely lived according to the spirit’s wishes. In order to feel and act efficiently the spirit must be correctly linked to the body. That is not the case for those who eliminate meat consumption. The “absence” of their spirit does not allow them to fully experience their lives. Events glide past without touching them. Moreover, the decrease in their inner zeal leads to lethargy and lack of interest in external issues, which they actually avoid on account of their extra sensitivity. They therefore miss a great deal of experiences and must subsequently make up for lost time.
Should meat be eliminated or not from the diet?
From a spiritual viewpoint it is not recommended to eliminate meat from the diet of one used to it. By so doing the body is deprived of the possibility to offer a vital link to the spirit through blood radiations. Should meat then continue to be a part of our diet? If so, in which quantity? There is no single answer as it depends on the one concerned. Meat consumption should be reduced for one who is very inclined to it and to material things so as to make it easier for him to open himself to spiritual matters. When, on the other hand, one “drifts” or “floats” too much, meat consumption should be increased in order to bring him back to reality. These measures can be alternated over time.
Changes can be effected either on the quantity taken at a meal (to be increased or decreased, as necessary), or the frequency of servings (meat consumed daily or every other day). The choice of animal flesh is also important. Red meat contains more toxins and invigorates more than white meat (veal, poultry, lamb) and fish.
Requirements for meat vary from one individual to another and from one epoch in the evolution of man to another. Needs were greater at the beginning of human history than they are in the present time. Then, the incarnating spirits needed very strong blood radiations that would firmly root them in gross matter, which was very alien to them and which they were penetrating for the first time. Now, needs differ in our materialistic world. A reduction in the consumption of animal flesh and a transition towards a more vegetarian diet would be desirable. However, such a transition should be progressive. It cannot be achieved in the course of a single earth-life but must be stretched over several generations.