Wednesday, February 10, 2010

The Yoga of Eating Animals

Derek Beres (

While the mantelpiece of her NY Times article "When Chocolate and Chakras Collide" focused on the new-ish phenomenon of culinary sampling straight off the yoga mat, the heart of Julia Moskin's piece resided in the ongoing argument of whether or not yogis are practicing yoga if they happen to be [wishing for peace while practicing cruelty and degrading the environment by] eating animals.

The contention: ahimsa, one of the ten precepts (restraints and observances) a yogi undertakes. The argument: as wide and varying as the true intentions of Jesus Christ. In another words, it's a mess.

Much less than theologically inclined peers in America, those who have turned to Eastern thought -- whether in full or in part, complete devotion or occasional sampling -- have accomplished much the same idealism: my telling/hearing of this philosophy is the right(eous) one. That's what happens when a creature still wired for tribalism moves into the global village. More>>

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