Vegetarianism

INTRODUCTION

Vegetarianism, known in Sanskrit as Shakahara, was for thousands of years a principle of health and environmental ethics throughout the Sanathan Dharma world. In Sanathan Dharma, life is of the Divine, an emanation of the Source and part of a cosmic continuum. The ancient thinkers of our Sanathan Dharma held that each life form, even water and trees, possesses consciousness and energy. Non-violence and ahimsa, the primary basis of vegetarianism, has long been central to the religious traditions of Hindu Dharma. Sivaya Subramuniyaswami (2008) in his book, Dancing with Siva, says:

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