Sadhu Vaswani Mission encourages residents to go meatless

POSTED: 11/25/12 8:35 PM

PHILIPSBURG, St. Maarten -The Sadhu Vaswani Mission encourages residents to take the one-day “veg pledge” to go meatless Saturday November 23. The pledge is part of the mission’s celebration of the 133rd birth anniversary of the mission’s founder Sadhu Vaswani and International Meatless Day.

Together with taking the veg pledge and signing the petition that will be available from children of the Indian Community at Le Grand Marché Bush Road, a walk-a-thon and a satsang (a prayer service) will take place on Sunday.  Up to today’s date the children have already gathered over 900 pledges to be vegetarian tomorrow in commemoration of this important date.

The “veg pledge” walkathon will begin tomorrow with registration at 5:30am at Le Grand Marché on Bush Road; walk begins at 6:00am. Registration cost is US $10 and will include a T-shirt and light meatless refreshments for walkers. Advance registration can be made at Le Grand Marché today when the T-Shirts for the walkathon will be on sale by the kids. They will also have the T-shirts ready to give people who register so that they can have it to wear on the morning of the walk-a-thon.

The walkathon route is from Le Grand Marché, down Bush Road, across Prins Bernhard Bridge, Long Wall Road to Front Street, Boardwalk Boulevard, Emmaplein, W.J.A Nisbeth Road (Pond fill), Bush Road and back to the supermarket parking lot.

Sadhu Vaswani Satsang and birth anniversary celebration will take place in the evening of November 25, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, at Belair Community Centre. The public is invited to attend this free event.

Vegetarianism is promoted by many religions: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism and Islam to name a few. Gautama Buddha said to his dear, devoted disciple Ananda: “Therefore, Ananda, next to teaching the people of the last Kalpa to put away all sexual lust, you must teach them to put an end to killing and brutal cruelty. If one is trying to practice dhyana and is still eating meat, he would be like a man closing his ears and shouting loudly and then asserting that he heard nothing …” In the Qur’an, it says, “Beasts and birds are a people like you and to their Lord shall they return.” And Prophet Muhammad said: “Creation is a family.” In the Laws of Manu: “Meat cannot be obtained without injury to animals, and the slaughter of animals obstructs the way to Heaven; let him, therefore, shun the use of meat.”

A meatless day is not only recommended by observers for its health benefits and respect for animals. It is also advocated by environmentalists as a way to cut harmful greenhouse emissions. “In terms of immediacy of action and the feasibility of bringing about reductions in a short period of time, it clearly is the most attractive opportunity,” according to Rajendra Pachauri, Chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. Pachauri argued that the world’s livestock is responsible for 18 per cent of greenhouse gas emissions, a statistic echoed in a 2006 report by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.

The Sadhu Vaswani Mission is a noted charitable organization based in Pune, India. It is engaged in various philanthropic activities in fields such as education, healthcare, social service, animal rights, feeding of the poor and spiritual upliftment. Its spiritual head is the educationist, poet, U Thant Peace Award winner and modern saint J. P. Vaswani.

For more information about the activities of the mission, call Simran Bharwani 554-9954.

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