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.

 

Peacefully Sourced Holiday Meals

While the two human sides argue about whether or not eating dead animals is good for human health, the animals continue to suffer tremendously.

While the two human sides throw scientific health studies at each other, science has already proven that the animals have feelings — that animals, fish, and birds have complex emotional lives just like humans, cats, and dogs.

May the two human sides drop their health arguments and look deeply into the reality of the creatures of the land, sea, and air, in order to see that the cows, pigs, lambs, fish, chickens, and turkeys are living, breathing beings who are suffering immensely.

It is wrong to kill innocent living beings. The meat of killed animals, fish, and birds is filled with the violence of killing, and it is filled with the fear, terror, and grief felt by the animals, fish, and birds as they were killed. When consumed, those negative vibrations (in the cooked meat) enter the human body and psyche.

Consider the difference between eating a carrot and eating a piece of dead turkey meat.

When eating a carrot and contemplating the source of the carrot, the energy of peace arises because the carrot was pulled out of the soil of the sacred Earth… And the carrot does not have a central nervous system, so there is no fear, no terror, no screaming, and no blood.

The same cannot be said for contemplating the source of the dead turkey meat… The turkey has a central nervous system and feels fear and terror. The turkey has a family and a complex emotional life, just like a human or cat or dog. So the energy of peace does not arise when contemplating the source of the dead turkey meat.

As we enter the holiday season, may many human beings awaken to the reality of the suffering animals, fish, and birds, and with compassionate hearts and minds, commit to creating peacefully sourced holiday meals. There are many plant-based holiday recipes available online, and a plant-based holiday meal will generate the energy of peace in all who consume it!

Forks Over Knives is a wonderful resource for shifting to a plant-based diet. Here are a few links to some of their Thanksgiving holiday recipes~

~ “A Plant-Based Thanksgiving Menu To Be Thankful For

~ “Party-Ready, Plant-Based Thanksgiving Menu

~ “Thanksgiving 2018: The Ultimate Make-Ahead Feast

~ “2017 Recipe Special: A Forks Thanksgiving

May more and more human beings make food choices that protect and respect the lives of the animals, fish, and birds. May all creatures be allowed to live in freedom and happiness.

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

 

Photo of beautiful living wild turkeys by Skeeze on Pixabay.