Something to Ponder: Lambs are Babies

 

Dear People of Earth,

This is No April Fool’s Day joke!

Lambs are babies, and when they are separated from their Mama Sheep they feel fear and grief. They suffer.

Please vow to never eat lamb again (not even on Easter, if you celebrate that holy day), and please consider sharing this post with everyone you know!

Something to Ponder: Lambs are babies

With great compassion for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo by MabelAmber on Pixabay.

 

Got Compassion?

Warning: this video is shocking and intense. As a highly sensitive person (HSP), I felt pretty overwhelmed while watching this: “DAIRY IS SCARY! The industry explained in 5 minutes.”

I found that video in this article: “UPDATE: Café That Ditched Dairy After Watching Youtube Video Now Goes Vegan,” which led me to read about that London (Kentish Town) Café here: “Fields Beneath.”

Cows were not created by humans, and cows do not exist to feed humans. So-called “food” products made from cows (meat, milk, cheese, butter, yogurt, ghee, icecream) cause many diseases in the human body. And yet, the dairy industry continues to spread harmful, incorrect information, especially about milk… “Got milk?” the billboards read…

So I say, “Got compassion?”

I certainly have compassion for the incredible suffering of the cows, so I have not eaten any dairy products for more than 10 years.

My plea for humanity is to replace dairy products with coconut milk products (and other wonderful plant-based alternatives like almond milk). For example, replacing dairy creamer with this So Delicious Organic Coconut Milk Creamer that contains “Simply 5 Ingredients.”

Holy Coconut Shells, this is possible, people! Let’s shift from scary dairy to holy coconut this very year of 2020!

With great compassion for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

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

 

Photo by manueltapi on Pixabay.

 

A Shared Love of Peace

“I will fight no more forever.”
                                                   ~ Chief Joseph

The day after my Dad died, my Mom, three brothers, and I sat around a table with Daniel, my high school friend and Funeral Director of Ziemer Funeral Home… He asked us what quote we would like to put in the printed materials for the funeral mass, and we chose to put the above quote by Chief Joseph, because in my Dad’s last few months he was reading a lot about the plight of Native Americans and he was particularly touched by the books he read about Chief Joseph. As he read, he shared with my Mom and me that Chief Joseph did not like fighting and he just kept telling the white men, “I just want to go home.” Even though he did fight at times, he was overall a non-violent person who wanted peace.

Chief Joseph’s beliefs were in alignment with my Dad’s lifelong anti-war, peaceful philosophy, which caused him to fight hard for (and win) the status of “C.O.” (Conscientious Objector) when he was drafted to the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. During that time, he slimly averted going to jail, and then served his time in an office in San Antonio, Texas, where he continued to oppose the war, even while he was in the army!

This was something that my Dad and I very much agreed upon… I have also been opposed to war for my whole life, and after studying the teachings of ancient India, I changed my life to reflect the highest Vedic teaching, ahimsa, which means doing no harm… It is a doctrine of peace and non-violence to all beings… That is why I eat a plant-based diet and live a vegan lifestyle… And I pray that more and more humans will awaken to the sad war of torture that is happening to the animals, fish, and birds on this planet… I pray for the peace and happiness of all beings, including the chickens, turkeys, fish, lambs, cows, and pigs…

So, my Dad really liked Chief Joseph, and my Dad’s middle name was Joseph, and my Dad was buried in a natural green burial at St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery (a few feet from where his parents were buried years ago)… and when my Dad read that Chief Joseph quote to us, his eyes lit up with such love! ~ “I will fight no more forever.”

To read a little more about that quote, click here: Chief Joseph.

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

 

Tree photo by PublicDomainPictures on Pixabay.

Chief Joseph photo from historyplace.com.

 

Maintaining a Balance

The Buddha refused the kingship in order to dive deeply into the nature of suffering. He did that because he felt driven to help others become free of suffering.

It all comes down to desires, expectations, and attachments causing suffering.

It sounds so simple in theory, but it is not in our human nature to just suddenly decide to let go of desires, expectations, and attachments.

So, what is the answer to this complex riddle called the human condition?

My answer is we have to do our best to maintain a balance between awareness of suffering (in ourselves, in others, and in the world), and creation of fun… We don’t have to go searching for suffering because it is all around us, so what we have to do is continually strive to happy up, to have fun, to get creative, and to do whatever it takes to feel inspired, juicy, and alive!

Are you having any fun lately? Do you feel sparked by the life force within you? Are you keeping a sense of humor in the midst of your challenges?

In 2020 (as per usual), I am feeling most inspired and juiced up by writing and reading… To that end, I’m going to take a few days off from blogging in order to re-read the books I published last year… If you also get inspired through reading, and you haven’t ordered my books yet, they are available on Lulu and Amazon!

(By the way, I make almost seven times as much on Lulu, as compared to Amazon, but I’m super grateful for all sales anywhere!)

Dear reader, thank you for reading this post!
I hope you have a great week… 🙂

May the Force of All Light be with you!

With happy high vibes,
StarFire Teja

 

Fun Buddha image by geralt (Gerd Altmann) on Pixabay.

 

Awakening Compassion for the Animals, Fish, and Birds

As an eight-year-old child on a small Indiana farm, I loved all of our animals, but when I watched chickens and rabbits being killed, I did not make the connection that they were living beings just like the pet cats I loved so much. There was a disconnect, and I did not make that connection until almost thirty years later while sitting in meditation.

Compassion for the animals, fish, and birds arises at different times for different people.

I lived through that complete disconnect so I understand it, and I have compassion for it…

And, I am inspired to write posts that bring awareness to how much the creatures of the land, sea, and air are suffering… The animals, fish, and birds are living beings who have complex emotional lives and families, just like humans, cats, and dogs. They are being tortured on a massive scale, and so I pray that more and more humans will awaken to higher levels of compassion for all beings.

With each person who chooses the plant-based diet and the vegan lifestyle, the suffering of the animals, fish, and birds is reduced.

A sitting meditation practice can help to awaken compassion. While sitting up straight with eyes closed, visualize cows, pigs, lambs, fish, chickens and turkeys. See how they are living, breathing beings who need protection so they can live their lives in freedom. See how they are living on this sacred Earth with human beings – not for human beings. See how loving and precious they are!

May All Beings Be Free of Suffering.
May All Beings Live in Freedom and Happiness!

With love and compassion for all beings,
StarFire Teja

 

Photo of mama sheep and baby lamb by Mónica Obando Molina on Unsplash.