Next cooking class: TBA
Bhakti yoga is a holistic process that includes cooking and eating healthy, wholesome foods that facilitate longevity, happiness and purity of existence. The most important component in the cooking process is devotion, or bhakti. Food cooked in such a way becomes karma-free! Come learn to cook delicious recipes, followed by a free feast for all.
Why Vegetarianism?“A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.”
- Leo Tolstoy
“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.”
- Albert Einstein
“Non-violence leads to the highest ethics. Until we stop harming all other living beings, we are still savages.”
- Thomas Edison
“Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
“Think occasionally of the suffering of which you spare yourself the sight.”
- Albert Schweitzer
"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men will look upon the murder of animals as they look upon the murder of man.”
- Leonardo da Vinci
“Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.”
- Benjamin Franklin
"For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seed of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."
According to the law of karma, if we cause pain and suffering to others, we must endure pain and suffering in return. By involving oneself in the cycle of inflicting injury, pain, and death by eating other creatures, especially when more humane options are available, we are certain to experience their suffering in equal measure. Because vegetarian food minimizes violence as far as possible, it helps cultivate within us a more "mode of goodness" consciousness. However, although vegetarian food is far less violent than a diet consisting of meat, fish, and eggs, it is not completely free from harm, for plants too experience pain.
To make the food we consume completely free from all negative reactions caused by harm to other living beings, we first offer it back to the Supreme, who is the source of all living entities. This is similar to a child who, out of love, offers back a cracker given to him by his father. The process of thoughtfully cooking and offering food is recognition that our lives are not to be used simply as a means to satisfy our bodily senses - rather, they are to be utilized as instruments of service, kindness, and compassion. Sanctifying food in this manner prior to eating leads not only to nourishment for the body, but to nourishment for the soul as well.