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Ramana Mararshi, the peerless Sage, said: "Regulation of diet, restricting it to sattvic food, taken in moderate quantities, is the best of all rules of conduct and the most conducive to the development of sattvic (pure) qualities of mind. These in turn help one in the practice of Self-enquiry."
Slaughter houses and other places where beings are distressed and mistreated act as negative energy generators which malignly effect the Earth and it's inhabitants. Although it is usually people that are particularly sensitive who sense such things everyone has some degree of awareness of them.
Just as mould spreads more easily in conditions that are dark and damp so do malignant delusions and evil acts propagate themselves more virulently in areas of low frequency/negative energy. It is a case of like attracts like. The overall energy of the planet is made up of the combined energies of its' countless inhabitants. Every good action lightens the atmosphere and makes the planet more heavenly. Every bad action darkens the atmosphere and makes the planet more hell like.
The more evolved the life form the stronger the vibrations which are emitted. So although all life is equally sacred, from the viewpoint of the esoteric sciences there is a kind of hierarchy in that plants, insects, amphibians and fish are more unconscious and less potent when emanating good or bad vibrations than more complex mammals such as pigs, sheep, cows, monkeys and humans.
All things vibrate and effect/are effected by the vibrations around them. According to the law of sympathetic vibration the nearer in frequency 2 things are to each other the greater the effect they have on each other, dependent also on distance and amplitude etc of course.
For example imagine a state radio station operating on a particular frequency. If a pirate radio station is set up on a very different frequency then you could still tune into the state radio station and listen to it clearly. But if the pirate radio station was set up to broadcast on the same, or similar, frequency to the state radio station it would interfere with the state signal.
The first case, that of the pirate station transmitting on a very different frequency, illustrates the vegetarian diet. Although plants are alive and give off subtle vibrations they are of such a different level of consciousness that our natural human frequency is not disrupted. However they do have a slight effect which is utilized by herbalists and practitioners of Ayruveda to heal and balance the human organism.
The second case, that of a pirate station transmitting on the same or similar frequency as the original state radio, illustrates the meat eaters diet. The herd like mentality of much of humanity is unfortunately strengthened by their consumption of animal meat. If the animal had been mistreated or suffered a lot of stress before death then these negative vibrations are also consumed by and malignantly effect the meat eater to some degree dependent on various factors.
Everyone of us, at any moment "inhabits" countless conceptual groups each of which subtly influence us to some degree. For example when we smile we become a member of the group of all those who are smiling. Smile now. One of the reasons that this makes you feel good is that by smiling you attune to the collective energy of the group: those who are smiling. Of course in that group there are countless sub-groups, and sub-groups of sub-groups and so on like an infinite conceptual/vibrational fractal. For example by smiling genuinely and kindly you benefit from a better sub group energy than if you had smiled sarcasticly.
All truly wise and compassionate beings are at least vegetarian or vegan. So simply by being a vegetarian/vegan we become a member of the same conceptual group as these benevolent beings and we thus attune with their energy.
In the sub-group of the western nations, those who are vegetarian/vegans are often compassionate free thinkers with an interest in their health and self improvement. By living similarly we benefit from the collective energy of that good group. We also contribute towards the strength of that energy and so help to uplift and sanctify all life on this planet.