I went into veganism shakti pad a few days ago; I am in Los Angeles right now studying at Golden Bridge Yoga with Kundalini Yoga & Meditation master teachers. My European hosts keep the house in full stock of delicious cheeses from the Farmer’s Market. For inspiration, my friend suggested that I talk to her friend Ben Sond, a Berlin-based yogi and vegan since he was 15. He offered veganism as a step to living a compassionate life, and explained it like this:
In yoga we have an expression: “ahimsa,” or to do no harm. As yogis (living a yogic lifestyle as opposed to just going to classes) we are developing a deep inner conviction to be loving and tread lightly on the earth. Even though it might be “hard” to be vegan, if you are a true ahimsic, it would be even harder not to be. Just in the way if you are a good person it would be hard for you to go out of your way to hurt someone. As yogis, we feel connected to the whole universe, not separate from anything. We want to eat in a way of “least harm.” If you take in something that has caused suffering, in a way we hurt ourselves because we bring suffering into our own mentality.
Taking in dairy from animals that are farmed intensively, maltreated, pumped full of hormones is not only harming our bodies, but also supporting an industry of suffering, murder and economic corruption.
To become a vegan is to truly work in the realm of the heart; and to choose the experience of love over harm.