If you have read my previous blog post on consciousness (You are infinite infinities) you already know what I think about beliefs and their malleable form, being interconnected energy patterns that shape all of reality, ultimately being just as exchangeable as your underwear, t-shirt or facial expression.
Starting from there, let us examine some relationships between enlightenment, a common world religion (Christianity in this case) and veganism. I want to warn you in advance that I might seem to stray a bit off-topic. This is just how my mind wanders. I do at least mention fish again in the last sentence.
The “typical” believer – when religion, spirituality and self-development becomes static
An friend recently reflected on the views which her mother held on fish. Her mother tried to follow the Bible to the letter in regards to what choices to make in diet. She proposed that Jesus put fish on the earth for us to eat, and that this was so proven by the writings in the Bible.
Let us assume for a moment that it is true that Jesus put the fish for us to eat. Now this is perfectly fine (remember that any individual truth is perfectly true in the subjective reality for as long as it is fully held by that individual being. If this is hard to understand, I advice to go back and read this post). So this belief is just as valid as any other. By accepting it, the typical human will live out life believing fish is for eating and thus directly or indirectly killing, preparing and eating fish, until dying of old age, perhaps around reaching a hundred years of age. I don’t have much more to say about it.
But a problem with cherry-picking a statement from the Bible to use as a rule for leading life is that it can lead to any course of action. Murder, rape, genocide and so forth. So we are back to the fact that we have responsibility for all our actions. This also means taking responsibility of how we choose to select and shape our living and beliefs.
Reading between the lines – altering the point of view
Now, instead of just assuming a random sentence to be what to adhere to for the rest of a lifetime, I find it much more interesting to dive a bit deeper into other things Jesus and the Bible has to say.
Actually Jesus is involved a lots of talk about fish as well as fishing . This is not surprising considering the location and culture he was partake in. Jesus had to talk the same language and use the customs of the people around him to be understood. But he spoke a lot of the time in parables, what he wanted to convey was the way of thinking, speaking and acting leading to a person’s realization of being God just as he had. In the Bible this is what might be referred to as the “reaching the Kingdom of Heaven”.
Jesus also goes on for quite a bit in encouraging his listeners to remember the words of God that they supposedly should adhere to, but are not. There one may especially take note of the commandment of not killing.
If a person would be really interested in using the Bible as their guide, they should read and study it, with an open mind and also skeptically. And when doing so, try to ask themselves deep questions. For example: What does the Bible actually say? Does it relate to my life experiences somehow? What am I feeling while reading this? Where does those feelings come from? Why am actually reading this?
But let us for now continue with some more Bible references in regards to veganism.
A point of origin – a point to return to
In the book of genesis the first statement from God about food is
[1:29] God said. “See I have given you every plant yielding seed that is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food“.
Taken literally, it seems quite vegan. Note that only after the fall from grace with the murder of Abel by Cain and the following Flood comes the kind of dejected statement from God that all animals are up for the taking by humans:
[9:2] “The fear and dread of you shall rest on every animal of the earth, and on every bird of the air, on everything that creeps on the ground, and on all the fish of the sea; into your hand they are delivered.”
[9:3] “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and just as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything.”
Now I don’t see the bible as much as a chronological history as it is an allegory to explain how a state of mind/consciousness relates to the experience of the world around. So take special note on the mention of fear and dread!
So, let us elaborate a bit on this allegory. When consciousness forgets its god-hood, it gets scared of its own manifestations, and that profound sense of separation is what the murder between brothers ultimately represents. The separate self thinks it can lack, that people, things and even ideas can be good or evil, and belong to it or not. All negative feelings, thoughts, actions and experiences stem from the lack of realization of the fact that there is no real separation, and that creator-ship comes from and even is consciousness itself. It encompasses all that exists and there is nothing else. Falling from grace or heaven is nothing else than succumbing to the belief of separation between self and other. In my eyes, God giving up on humans is equivalent to a person giving up on their own creative power to shape a more positive reality.
An end is a beginning. A beginning is an end
The goal at the end of the reversed separation process is what is called Illumination in Christianity, Tahwid in Islam, Rigpa in Dzogchen, Moksha in Hinduism, Nirvana in Buddhism, Ushta in Zoroastrianism, Da’at in Judaism. There are so many names for this experience to be found in different religions, and even inside the same religion.
The religions often starts with a being who after becoming enlightened seeks to give the same gift to all other life. Thus, a measure for if a religion has been properly practiced or not could be said to be that the practitioner receives the actual experience that the creator of the religion had. And a being thus enlightened, really does not need to eat fish anymore, because the fish IS not apart from the enlightened being. Both human and fish enlightened, just marvel at each others presence.
I will end this blog post here, but might come back to it later to expand on certain ideas. I welcome questions, criticism and any other feedback if you have read this far. I would very much like to hear from you!