Should one become a vegetarian after receiving Tien-Tao? (26)
It is of utmost importance to be a vegetarian after one receives
Tien-Tao. The True Self is pure and clean. To retain such purity,
one should not allow any contamination. If the True Self is
contaminated, it becomes lost. To restore the True Self to its
original brightness, the practitioners of Tao must filter out all impurities.
The impurities consist of the onion family, garlic family, leeks, shallots
and tobacco among vegetables, and all animals such as poultry, meat
and seafood. The onion family, the garlic family and tobacco carry
strong odours and will damage the foundation of the five organs - heart,
liver, spleen, lungs and kidneys. All animals belong to yin and if eaten,
will harm the soul, which is pure yang. In order to return to Godís
kingdom, one must restore the True Self to pure yang. It is to our
advantage to avoid taking in any substances that are yin and safeguard
whatever yang that is already in us. Needless to say, God is benevolent
and gives life to this world; so as a practitioner of Tao, we should model
after Him and avoid taking lives for the pleasure of our tastes.
If one cannot exclude the onion family, the garlic family, tobacco and
animals from oneís diet immediately, one still should attempt a gradual
approach. Keeping this goal in mind, one could start the vegetarian diet
on the first and fifteenth of each month in the Chinese lunar calendar
and slowly extend the diet to other days of the months. Eventually,
one can adjust to a full vegetarian diet and maintain it for life.