May 9, 2013
A message from Jain Master Gurudev Chitrabhanu to the Lighthouse Center, Inc.
Link to blog: Jain Master Gurudev Chitrabhanu’s message about MILK
The Lighthouse Center Inc., a non-denominational, non-profit near Ann Arbor, MI in Whitmore Lake is visited by Jain Master Gurudev Chitrabhanu who is 90 years old and continues to travel the world to share his message of Ahinsa, which is the practice of non-violence to all beings. This practice includes practicing, notice the word ‘practice’, veganism.
The Lighthouse Center is one of the growing number spiritual centers that practices veganism as part of its spiritual path. “There are many reasons to choose veganism, this is one of them.
Message written by Gurudev Chitrabhanu:
Nature’s bounties, beauty and wonders are limitless. She has blessed mankind in abundance; but with certain inherent control mechanisms. She has her own rules and regulations, which man needs to follow, for his own well-being and spiritual growth. She has also been kind enough to give intelligence and discretionary powers to man. But, man in his greed, many a time, does not understand nature’s checks and balances. Nature then is forced to checkmate him, for his own good. For example, if man succumbs to his palate and becomes its slave, he loses control over his thoughts, speech and actions, and also suffers ill-health.
Many of us are vegetarian. We eat plant-based food. We believe in ‘Ahinsa’ which is non-violence or having reverence for all forms of life. We not only believe in ‘Ahinsa’, but we are practitioners of ‘Ahinsa’. We have minimised our needs by becoming or remaining vegetarian.
Though being vegetarian is excellent for man’s physical as well as spiritual health, it is not enough. We have realized, over the years, that being ‘vegan’ is far superior and a much more complete practice of ‘Ahinsa’. Veganism does not allow the intake of milk or dairy products for human consumption or use.
Milk does not grow on plants. Milk is one of nature’s most beautiful wonders. We can say MILK stands for Mother’s Infinite Love and Kindness. Milk is produced in a human or an animal Mother. Only when a female, either of a human being or an animal, becomes pregnant and is to give life and birth to another being, her blood gets transformed into milk. This is simply because she takes upon her the work of the Creator. She nurtures, protects, takes care, loves the new being in her own self, forgetting her own discomfort and pain and gives shape to and creates and gives life to the new creation. Her love, compassion and kindness flow into the new creation and that naturally transforms the required quantity of red blood into white milk when her creation comes into the world. Milk is only for the new creation of the mother and that too for a limited period of time, for the nourishment and early growth of the new-born. Milk is a gift of nature for the helpless baby. The red blood turning into white milk for the baby is a miracle of nature. As long as the child does not get teeth, the mother gets milk, and the child grows in strength by consuming mother’s milk. When the child grows to the stage when he gets teeth, the milk takes its original form and colour, i.e. it gets transformed back into red blood. At that time, even if the child wants mother’s milk, it cannot get it as it no longer needs it.