Sapana asks, I always get stuck while talking about non-vegetarian food amongst my friends. They say while chopping vegetables or fruits, they have life too, I don’t feel bad about that So, why do I feel bad when someone chops the meat for eating? All the fruits, vegetables and crops are living entity, that is true. But Vegetables or fruits do not have the sense of being alive, their consciousness is dormant. But in animals and birds the consciousness is awakened. When the conscious is awakened, they get the ability to think, understand and feel. So when you cut an apple, it doesn’t sense being cut or even sense that it had been plucked from the tree before. But if someone is to chop off the head of a chicken, it will definitely feel the pain of being killed as it wishes to live. Have you ever seen on the road vehicle which carries the chickens, it has chicken wire net all around and it can be seen that all the chickens keep hanging their head from the net. Even they sense something is about to happen that they will be killed The fear and pain somehow gets expressed on their faces. But if you were to chop or cook fruits and vegetables, you will not see any sensation in them. What’s more important is to know that, the animals and birds are much more evolved as compared to fruits and vegetables. That is why… Bengalis, call fish as ‘Jaltori’ in their vernacular language. ‘Jaltori’ ,‘Tori’ or ridge gourd is a kind of vegetable. So they have this impression that fish are the ‘Toris’ (ridge gourd) or vegetable of water. Hence there is no difference in cutting a ‘Tori’ or ridge gourd or eating a fish. It’s matter of thought process and how we deal with it But if you are considerate about fish, they too have the power to think and understand. There are some species of fish like dolphins, sharks, whales a lot of research has been done by the west researchers. They found that their IQ level especially in dolphins are alike human beings, very much similar to humans. In many incidents it is observed that when people are drowning by the seashore dolphins safely take them out to the shore. There are several tales about them. So, the realization in animals and birds are not the same like fruits and vegetables. Therefore, it is very inhumane to kill them when we know that they are living and are scared of death. To kill that living thing is inhumane So So one must be careful and about the other matters like debate or arguements there’s no limit to it, one can give hundreds of reasons for eating and hundreds reasons for not. But whether to be a vegetarian or a non- vegetarian is not debatable. You know there can be hundreds arguments for and against for any subject. The best thing is that you feel what you feel, you know that, if you have sensibility and aesthetics and if you can observe the life around you then it isn’t that difficult to become a vegetarian and not to kill, kill any bird or animal. When you pluck a fruit from a tree, you are not killing something because tree is still growing. Tree is still growing, tree would be still giving next year harvest would be there and every year the trees would be giving new flowers and new fruits. But if you cut a fish that’s it, story the end nothing is going to grow out of that dead fish body nothing is going to grow out of the dead chicken’s body but if you cut a vegetable from its plant, then still life is there in that plant, so the plant is going to given again another crop and an another crop until that plant dies. The plants and the fruits do not have the sense that we are existing or we are alive but but an animal, a bird has this feeling. Someone one’s asked me Gurumaa what will you eat I was his guest so they asked me this question what will you eat. I said I can eat anything but which doesn’t move, fly or walk. Anything which flies, walks, moves. I don’t eat those things. So I could have simply said that cook anything vegetarian, but I gave this terminology anything which moves, a plant never moves, a plant remain rooted to the ground, anything which flies, i don’t eat that, the birds all birds fly, all insects fly. So anything which moves, anything which flies, anything which walks, no tree walks, tree remains stagnant at one place, grounded at one place, but animals walk from one place to another. So I don’t eat anything which walks, moves, swim and flies. Rest you can cook whatever you want.