Vegetarianism necessary for
a spiritual life and meditate
From the talks of Paramahamsa
talk on the strength of my own experience; it won't be easy for you to
believe me. Because our minds have got accustomed to demanding
'scientific proof' for everything. We manage to accept concepts like
Einstein's 'space-time' or the theories of quantum physics, even though
we have never encountered (and never will encounter) these phenomena in
our daily lives. Still, because tests have been made in a laboratory
somewhere, and some statistics (which you can't understand) have been
produced to support them, you feel compelled to believe. In fact, the
greatest truths of our universe cannot be proved by science; they are
beyond science. Even Einstein, and most modern quantum physicists, will
agree to that!
Anyway, let me
give you a scientific explanation of the advantages of vegetarianism in
the spiritual life. To understand this, you must first understand
something about the way the human brain works. The brain registers
activity in terms of minute electric currents. When it receives
information, or performs certain tasks, it generates electric currents
of different frequencies or rhythms. These currents are called brain
are 4 basic kinds of brain waves, corresponding to different activities:
produced during deep sleep
produced during meditation
produced during periods of strong emotion
produced when the frontal lobe of the brain is stimulated, during
complex mathematical or analytical activity
induce a feeling of peace, tranquility and relaxed concentration
that is typical of meditation and even telepathy. So all meditation
techniques, whether consciously or unconsciously, try to create the
right conditions for the production of alpha waves in the brain. The
strange thing about alpha waves is, they are produced by the brain at
times when oxygen supply to the brain is low. Normally we assume that
lower oxygen supply will lower brain activity. But the fact is, during
low-oxygen periods the brain goes into overdrive. The blood vessels in
the brain dilate to allow more blood inflow, and this creates a feeling
of relaxation. Simultaneously, the brain starts producing the 'relaxing'
alpha waves. So one main condition for alpha wave production is lower
oxygen supply to the brain. Contrary to what we think, this doesn't
affect the brain adversely in any way.
coming to food. Meat is highly acidic in nature, and directly increases
blood acidity. To compensate for this, the lungs take in lesser
carbon-dioxide ( which is also acidic) and take in more oxygen instead.
So the blood reaching the brain will also have more oxygen and less
carbon dioxide. By contrast, vegetables reduce the acidity of blood. To
maintain the pH balance (acid-alkali balance) in the blood, the lungs
take in more acidic carbon dioxide. So the blood reaching the brain will
also have less oxygen.
creates the perfect condition for the brain to start producing alpha
waves, which help in meditation. This is also why high altitudes with
lower oxygen levels (e.g. the Himalayas) have been preferred by Rishis
(sages) since ancient times. Of course, very few people are aware of the
science behind vegetarianism. You don't need to know it, you can
automatically feel the difference with a vegetarian diet.
you start meditating regularly, your body becomes gradually refined,
becomes more fit for meditation. Then, just like your body knows which
food to avoid when you have a stomach upset, it will naturally drop the
foods, which stop you from meditating properly. But I say to you,
don't force vegetarianism on yourself, even if you are going to
take up meditation. If you do that, the repressed desires will grow
stronger and you simply won't be able to come out of their influence. If
you can drop meat without much trouble, do it.
go ahead and enjoy it without worries or guilt. Please don't feel guilty
about it! Ultimately, the guilt can cause more energy blockages in your
system; it can do more harm than the meat! When
your body is ready, it will drop the habit on its own.