Why Gandhi chose not to Eat Meat.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 13, 2010
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The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way in which its animals are treated.

I hold that the more helpless a creature, the more entitled it is to protection by man from the cruelty of man.

I feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.

I do not regard flesh-food as necessary for us at any stage and under any clime in which it is possible for human beings ordinarily to live. I hold flesh-food to be unsuited to our species.


About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


13 Responses to “Why Gandhi chose not to Eat Meat.”

  1. Tee says:

    I'm with the bald dude.

  2. namoric says:

    What she said.

  3. Doug says:


  4. lisa says:

    Thank you for posting this beautiful reminder of a wise soul that can live on in all of us if we choose to make our abundant choices wisely.

    i find it interesting that this piece did not get any responses or comments from the "happy" and "local" meat folks. where are you and what do you think?

  5. Reese Jones says:

    We are capableof making mindful & wise decisions. Each day in life is a practice of discipline. We are human, we make mistakes. We must first create our intention & do our best to follow through. Jai Sri Ghandiji

  6. Blake says:

    He was a lawyer, you know!

  7. brent says:

    he did not eat meat because , like the buddha, he followed the precepts of the jane religion

  8. gobinda says:

    From the childhood he ddnt eat meat he was from a orthodox(vegiterian) hindu family.he once eat it and repent for it.

    Another thing that he was practising non violence thats why he should give up any short violence against any living being from physicaly and mentaly

  9. Krista says:

    Not to kill the love, but one of the big justifications the Nazis used for killing Jews was the fact they did not like how they treated animals… so…… we all know how that went. A nation has to treat their people well first before animals come into account.

  10. Achintya Nath Sexena says:

    Gandhi was a Bania by caste and in that community, eating meat has always been considered a sin. Gandhi has mentioned this in his autobiography. In fact, when he first tasted meat, he was overwhelmed with guilt as to what his father would feel when he gets to know about it.

    That was the primary reason for Gandhi's avoidance of meat.

  11. Achintya Nath Sexena says:

    I am from an orthodox Hindu family and we have always eaten meat as part of our culture. We are Kayastha by caste. Usually it is the Brahmins and the Vaishyas (Banias) who are vegetarians.

    Kindly do not spread mis-conception that all Hindus are vegetarians.

  12. Frenil says:

    Brent you are right…but it's Jain religion