3 - Issue 5
A VEGGIE... ...
I grew up in a family where meat, fish and eggs were part of the daily diet. I had some friends who were vegetarian, but the thought of becoming a vegetarian myself never occurred to me.
In 1993, I heard about Sathya Sai Baba’s work and my two children and I started attending weekly bhajan sessions at our local Sai center in Sacramento, California. Soon after that, my daughter, a teenager, watched a T.V. program that was particularly disturbing for her—it portrayed the inhumane treatment of poultry and cattle prior to being slaughtered for food. “I am not eating any meat or chicken any more,” she announced.
well, just another teenage fad,’ I thought, ‘This will
probably last a week, or may be two.’ But I agreed as long
as she was ready to prepare her meals herself.
one day I was in my back yard. There is a small lake behind our
property. The water was clear and I could see the fish swimming
around. Does God really exist in all creatures, I wondered. Without
much thought, I threw out a challenge. “OK, Swami, if you
are really present in every creature, make that fish swim
to me,” I said in my mind. Sure enough, a fish made its way
slowly to the shore where I was standing, then turned to the right
and swam away. My doubting mind jumped right in “Oh that was
just a coincidence,” I thought. “Surely the fish was
just swimming with the current!” No sooner had I finished
this thought, the fish made a sharp turn around, swam swiftly back
to where I was standing, paused in front of me, and for several
seconds, looked directly into my eyes.
full of doubts?
land, sea or sky
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