Osho – The Effects of Non-Vegetarian Food

On the body level, the right food should be healthy, non-stimulating and non-violent; on the psychological level the mind should be in a blissful state, graceful and joyous; and on the level of the soul there should be a feeling of gratefulness, of thankfulness. These three things make food the RIGHT FOOD. Remember food cannot make you spiritual, but if you are spiritual your food habits will change and you will become Vegetarian automatically.

When a person is born in a non-vegetarian/vegetarian family it is natural to learn the ways of their families. But both are unconscious. And I don’t give any value to the unconscious vegetarian. Only consciously Vegetarian has value.

Vegetarianism functions as purification. When you eat animals you are more under the law of necessity. You are heavy, you gravitate more towards the earth. When you are a vegetarian you are light and you are more under the law of grace, under the law of power, and you start gravitating towards the sky. The lighter the food, the deeper goes the meditation. I am not saying that meditation is impossible for a non-vegetarian — it is not impossible, but it is unnecessarily difficult.

I don’t give you any particular instructions, what to eat or what not to eat. I simply teach you one thing: become more and more conscious, become more and more aware, and let your awareness decide.

My own feeling is — remember, it is my feeling; it is not a commandment – that if you become more and more alert and aware, you will find it less and less possible to eat things which depend on hurting animals, which depend on destroying animals’ lives. This has nothing to do with spirituality. It simply has something to do with an aesthetic sense.

.              – OSHO

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