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.

 

Feel the Love!

 

Dear readers,

When you look at this photo* do you feel the love?

As I gaze at these lovely beings, I feel such deep love and affection between them.

And, I feel sadness about the tags in their ears. As I wrote in my post “Spread the Hope!” I *hope* I live to see the day that the cows go free… I have felt this deep love for the cows, and all beings, for many years…

In 2005 I began a daily sitting meditation practice, and after a short time, I suddenly *knew* that I could no longer eat meat. At that time, I did not know that the other animal products (such as cheese, yogurt, cream, butter, ghee, honey, and eggs) cause just as much suffering for the animals, so it wasn’t until 2009 that I shifted from being vegetarian to vegan.

Understanding the suffering that is caused by eating animal products activates a level of compassion that brings both love and sorrow. Once I understood the suffering, there was no going back. The hardest part for me was giving up cheese, but after I meditated on the suffering of the cows, it was easy to let it go… And, surprisingly, in my 10+ years vegan, I have not missed cheese, not even one time!

May all beings be free of suffering.
May all beings be happy.

With great love and sadness,
StarFire Teja

 

 

* Photo by Leuchtturm81 on Pixabay.

*If you are viewing this post in an email, simply click on the title of the article and you will be taken to the StarFire Teja Blog where you can see the lovely cows.

 

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.

 

I Want to Live

Yesterday while lying on my warm healing amethyst crystal biomat, and listening to 40hz music with headphones on, I gathered up every single “I want to die” thought that I’ve had over this past decade, and I sent all of those thoughts out to a black hole…

Then I visualized a golden portal opening above me, and StarFire Radiant Healing Energies were pouring down into me from that portal… And as the healing energies flowed into all of my cells, I affirmed, “I want to live – healthy, strong, and in my power… shining light to others, and loving my family.”

That “will to live” visualization arose from my desire to be alive for my Mom now that my Dad suddenly died, and from my desire to be alive for my precious adult sons, and from my incredible gratitude for the generous donations I just received from two good-hearted people who cared enough to help me reduce my debt. (Those donations brought some much-needed relief to my anxieties about money, and they gave me some hope for the future.)

May All Beings Be Healed of All Wounds.
May All Beings Be Happy!

 

Photo of red dusk with cactuses by Loreta Pavoliene on Unsplash.