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My Life and the Quest
« on: January 26, 2010, 01:58:55 PM »
Arthur Osborne writes in the above book:

I had been a great meat-eater all my life, taking meat daily,
often, in one form or another, three times a day, morning, noon
and night, except for a short period at Oxford when I had been
a vegetarian as a result of reading Leonardo da Vinci's saying
that we are all cemetries of dead animals.  At Tiruvannamalai,
we ate less meat than ever before but did not completely renounce it.  By the time, we moved to Madras we had given up cooking meat at home, but every Tuesday I used to go into town at lunchtime to lay my weekly stock of tobacco and I could eat meat at a restaurant.  One Tuesday, I ordered a chicken pulav but when it
arrived I felt I could not just face the thought of eating it.  It was
not any theoretical objection or even feeling of compassion for this chicken, just an inner revulsion.  So I sent it back and ordered for fried fish instead.  Next Tuesday, I repeated this order, but I had the same feeling about that also and sent it back.  I never ate
meat or fish again.

The meditation sets up a finer vibration and to in some ways
makes one more sensitive to food and environment.  The point
had been reached when vegetarianism had become a necessity.

I soon gave up smoking too.  I felt that smoking is also a sort
of undercurrent so I felt that it was a spurious imitation, an actual impurity once the meditational vibration was awakened.  I had twice before in my life given up smoking.  Both times, I started again about six months later.  This time, however, it was final.  I gave
it away with the remaining tobacco in my pouch and all my pipes
to a journalist, who fancied himself as a pipe smoker.

Arunachala Siva.