Killing as an Act of Worship.

Via on Aug 25, 2010

From “The Prophet”

Then an old man, a keeper of an inn, said, “Speak to us of Eating and Drinking.”

And he said:

Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.

But since you must kill to eat, and rob the young of its mother’s milk to quench your thirst, let it then be an act of worship,

And let your board stand an altar on which the pure and the innocent of forest and plain are sacrificed for that which is purer and still more innocent in many.

When you kill a beast say to him in your heart,

“By the same power that slays you, I to am slain; and I too shall be consumed. For the law that delivered you into my hand shall deliver me into a mightier hand.

Your blood and my blood is naught but the sap that feeds the tree of heaven.”

And when you crush an apple with your teeth, say to it in your heart,

“Your seeds shall live in my body,

And the buds of your tomorrow shall blossom in my heart,

And your fragrance shall be my breath,

And together we shall rejoice through all the seasons.”

And in the autumn, when you gather the grapes of your vineyard for the wine press, say in you heart,

“I too am a vineyard, and my fruit shall be gathered for the wine press,

And like new wine I shall be kept in eternal vessels.”

And in winter, when you draw the wine, let there be in your heart a song for each cup;

And let there be in the song a remembrance for the autumn days, and for the vineyard, and for the wine press.

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4 Responses to “Killing as an Act of Worship.”

  1. ARCreated says:

    that is beautiful…I love how it prays to the fruit as well..I think as a veg I need to remember that it is still death to eat…and to worship whatever nourishes.
    I do believe in the cycle of life and although I can't imagine taking animal life again for my own if those who do did so in such a mindful way it would bring a greater joy to the planet. In the end I think that is where I have such an ache for how we "eat" today ….so mindless with no acknowledgement of the sacrifice. I think my favorite part about EJ is how it has made me more compassionate to both sides of this issue. I am working not to be a vegan with an attitude but one that loves unconditionally and is merely doing what is right for me and hopefully helping end mindless slaughter.

    May we all find peace and love and our place in the circle of life.

  2. yogadivina says:

    i cry every damn time i read that!

  3. Kathy says:

    Killing animals is not a good thing, nor is it necessary as far as food is concerned, no matter how you do it.

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