Greetings of love and gratitude from
Palitana, India, outlaws sale of meat
The online "Peaceable Table"
which I highly recommend to all, announced in the October issue that
the town of Palitana in India has outlawed the sale of meat and eggs in
the town following a hunger strike by 200 Jain monks. Their fast
underscored their demand that the holy city of Palitana be declared a
meat-free zone. It is also now unlawful to slaughter any animal
in the city limits. According to theanimalspost.com,
there is a significant pushback from meat eaters, fishermen and others
who claim there are political motives behind this law. But the
fact that this has happened at all, that the world now has a vegetarian
city, is a bright star of hope for all life.
The Transformation of Human Hearts:
One of the Jain monks stated “Everyone in this world — whether animal
or human being or a very small creature — has all been given the right
to live by God. So who are we to take away that right from them? This
has been written in the holy books of every religion, particularly in
Jainism.” With over 6 million Jains in the world and a constantly
growing number of vegans, we are moving ever closer to the great
transformation of human hearts that will forever end the exploitation
and killing of our precious neighbors—the animals of earth.
This Week’s Vision—Vegan Cities
: This week let us imagine one city after another, all
across the globe, following the example of Palitana, and becoming not
just vegetarian, but vegan cities. Imagine living in those cities
or traveling through them and feeling the peace there. No more
bar-b-que signs with smiling pigs on them; no more dead bodies or
stolen eggs and milk in the grocery stores; no more fast food
drive-throughs selling sandwiches filled with death. Let us
deeply feel the joy as if it is really happening in our towns.
Together let us breathe life into this vision and feel the mystery and
beauty of it. Let us give thanks for the 200 Jain monks who are
lighting the way and for the grace we have been given to be able to
imagine this new world of Love that is on its way.
As always, I send my thanks to each of you for joining this circle of
compassion and shining the Light of Truth for all to see, so that one
day soon, all beings will live in peace together.
With Love, peace, and gratitude from Judy, and Will, Madeleine, and the Circle of Compassion team.
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