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Go Fourth in Freedom

 

Dear readers,

On this Independence Day I am liberating myself from blogging…

Thanks so much to WordPress… Please read my gratitude here: “A Shout-Out to WordPress.”

Thanks so much to everyone who has read and commented on my 400 published posts! The posts will live on (on the StarFire Temple of Happiness website) for as long as the Internet and WordPress live on!

If my posts have helped you, please consider making a green love energy contribution here: Donate to StarFire Teja.

As I wrote in my post yesterday (“Shakahara StarFire Temple of Happiness”), I hope that someday all beings will be allowed to live in freedom, including all the animals, fish, birds, and bees. (Yesterday’s post contains links to my thirty vegan posts!)

May Compassion for All Beings Activate in the Human Tribe.

May Freedom Bells Ring for All Beings!

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Be Happy!

With love and freedom-sparks,
Shakaharini StarFire Teja

 

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Background fireworks photo by Neenu Vimalkumar on Unsplash.

 

Shakahara StarFire Temple of Happiness

 

Dear readers,

Yesterday I published my 400th post on the StarFire Teja Blog… The majority of my posts are about Spirituality and Health, with a small-ish number focused on Veganism… I feel a Shakahara (plant-based eating to avoid causing harm) Mission in my blood, so I write to help inspire and activate a Shakahara diet in the human species.

Below I am sharing the links to thirty vegan posts. This is the Shakahara legacy I will leave behind. I will always be happy when the people are eating vegan and the cows are living in freedom… I hope that someday the human tribe will stop killing (and stealing from) the animals, fish, birds, and bees. All living beings deserve to live in freedom!

After I am gone from this body, I will live on in these posts here on the StarFire Temple of Happiness… well, at least for as long as the Internet and WordPress live on! (I’m not necessarily thinking that I will be dying anytime soon, but who knows… Chronic health issues wear me down, so at times I wonder if I’ll even make it to 54!)

In addition to the 400 posts on the blog, I published two books recently which I am very pleased with. Every time I re-read them, I enjoy them so much… So perhaps you might enjoy reading them also… They are available on Amazon: The Tejaswini Ramayana: The Way of Rama in the Shakahara StarFire Universes and Reaching for Orange: Practices, Visualizations, & Blessings to Help You Happy Up Your Life.

With great love and compassion for all beings,
Shakaharini StarFire Teja

 

Something to Ponder: Mother Cows

Something to Ponder: Bees

Peacefully Sourced Holiday Meals

StarFire Friday Blessing: May You Feel Peace and Harmony in Your Life

Compassion for Cows… And for All Living Beings

Something to Ponder: Birds Evolved from Dinosaurs

Something to Ponder: Cats Eat Meat

Awakening Compassion for the Animals, Fish, and Birds

Got Compassion?

Meme for Re-Writing an Idiom

A Sweet Synchronicity

A Message for Humanity

Dear Billionaires

Into the Shadow World: Part One of Our Global Rebirthing

Something to Ponder: Lambs are Babies

What Nature Intended

Spread the Hope!

Hold the Honey, Honey

Another Holocaust

Radical Election Reform for the United States 2020

Shakahara Designs

*ALL* Lives Matter

*All* Lives Matter, Take Two

Coconut Creamers

Two Timely Myth Busters

My Meltdown Over Junk Food

Plant Consciousness

Something to Ponder: Fish Are Living Beings

Feel the Love!

Hear Me (Vegan) Roar

 

Hear Me (Vegan) Roar

 

“A lion paces in every human heart. What quickens yours? What makes your lion roar?”

~ Arthur E. Puotinen quoting a poet in his book Lead with Courage: Unleash the Lion in You.

 

Dear readers,

The lion pacing in my heart is quickened by all the suffering that the human species causes for the animals, fish, birds, and bees, through: killing them for food and clothing; stealing from them for food; experimenting on them; and imprisoning them in zoos, aquariums, circuses, and homes.

Almost everyone I know has dogs and/or cats for pets, and I know they love them very much, and I am not suggesting getting rid of the pets who are already in loving homes… Rather, I am saying let’s look at this situation from all angles. Let’s acknowledge that most pet food is made from dead animals, fish, and birds.

As I pointed out in my previous post, “Something to Ponder: Cats Eat Meat”: “Unlike humans and elephants, Nature made the cat families with bodies that require meat in their diets. A few vegans claim that it is possible to feed cats an entirely plant-based diet, but it requires extra time and considerable expense that most pet owners cannot handle… And anyway, there are other people who say that a vegan diet is too risky for the cat’s health.”

However, there is promising research about successfully feeding the vegan diet to dogs, and a company called V-dog, says this on their website: “The unfortunate reality is that slaughterhouse waste and byproducts form the base of most pet food. V-dog provides all of the nutrition your dog needs without any of the junk they don’t.”

This situation is very ethically complex for vegans… I met one very strict vegan animal rights activist who told me that she feels terrible about buying dead animal food for her cats, but it is “a paradox” that she lives with…

I feel a lot of compassion for this dilemma within many vegans. It is very difficult to be vegan in this world, and even after more than ten years vegan, I am continually learning new things that aren’t vegan. A few examples: many brands of dental floss aren’t vegan, lots of supplements aren’t vegan, and most wine is not vegan! (Here’s a cute post about vegan wine: Chic Vegan.)

So, becoming more and more vegan is an ongoing process. We learn as we go, and there probably are not any perfect vegans. I am certainly not a perfect vegan, although I strive to be…

The lion roar in my heart says hopefully someday the human species will stop causing so much suffering for all of the other species… I hope that someday the pet phenomenon can be peacefully and lovingly phased out, because I believe that dogs and cats should be allowed to live in freedom.

May compassion activate in the hearts of the human tribe. May all beings be free of suffering. May all beings be allowed to live in freedom.

With a hopeful heart roar,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Photo by Catherine Merlin on Unsplash.

 

July 2020 Keywords

 

Dear readers,

We got so much rain here lately that this morning the air feels quite fresh (minus the neighbor’s cigarette smoke, which, by the way, can be a transmitter of the virus to others), so it feels like a good day for a fresh new month…

The rains brought out some delightful croaking frogs last night, which I thoroughly enjoyed hearing while sitting on my meditation cushion in my tree-house temple and watching the lightning bugs flying about… Did you know that fireflies go way up high into the trees?

The thunder and lightning have been pretty thrilling also… But the fireworks, not so much. After hearing the loud booms every night for more than one month I am so over it! Unfortunately I am not looking forward to the fireworks on the Fourth of July this year… Well, we can’t go to see them at the River anyway, since they are cancelled due to the pandemic… But, I’m sure they will be rocking the neighborhood until some ungodly hour on the night of the 4th.

On a positive note, this month I am looking forward to more flowers blooming, cups of hot black coffee, refreshing air conditioning, and reading the Star Wars junior novels!

My keywords for July are *Release* and *Restoration* ~

~ Releasing negativities, judgments, and tensions.

~ Restoring my spiritual power… Calling in positive restorative energies.

What are your keywords for this new month?

May all the raging firecracker energies settle down into peaceful, harmonious energies… May love and compassion activate in our human tribe…

With love for frogs… and compassion for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Photo by dimitris pantos on Unsplash.

 

Slow As An Ancient Turtle

 

Dear readers,

Recently I was reading about the process of grief… and I read about how some people process more slowly than others.

I guess I am a slow processor… I process about as slowly as an ancient turtle’s pace!

How about you, how do you move through grief?

With a sense of humor amidst the sorrows,
StarFire Teja

 

 

Turtle photo by Atlantios on Pixabay.