Vegetarianism is especially recommended for those who want to follow a truly spiritual lifestyle. The information, recipes and website links on this page are provided to help anyone begin or to increase their ability to be a vegetarian. It also shows that being a vegetarian is not as difficult as some people think, at least if you are new to the idea. There are many of us who have been vegetarian for decades, and millions of others who have been lifelong vegetarians. Such a diet, when properly balanced, is quite healthy and much better for our bodies and environment. The links provided on this page can lead you to the information that will explain that. There are also cookbooks available on this page, and numerous other recipes and cookbooks that are linked from other websites that you can download or print for immediate use so that you can begin to change your diet right away, or increase the vegetarian recipes that you may already have.
ARTICLES FOR VEGETARIANISM
Humanity cannot go without enduring the consequences and serious reactions as long as people cause the unnecessary suffering of millions of animals because of the meat industry. It is time for a change, and that change starts with your decision about your own life. Additional thoughts on the matter can be found in my article, "Universal Brotherhood Includes the Animals."
You can also read and save these short articles for yourself or for sending to others:
"The Dangers of Meat" is another thought provoking article which is the review of a PBS Frontline Documentary on the increasing hazards in consuming meat.
Vegetarianism: Quotes from Noteworthy People provides a number of quotes from historical personalities from Gandhi, Pythagorus, George Bernard Shaw, and others, on the need and advantages of being a vegetarian.
Vegetarianism: Recommended in the Vedic Scripture shows that the Vedic scripture severely warns against the danger of accumulating bad karma from the practice of eating flesh, or being connected with it in any way
Vegetarianism Supported in the Bible shows the biblical verses that condemn the eating of meat.
Why Be a Vegan/Vegetarian, a quick review to the benefits of a vegetarian diet.
Frequently Asked Questions About Veganism, regarding basic vegetarianism in ethics & religion, animal cruelty, health & nutrition, and helping others.
Common Ingredients and Chemicals that May Contain Meat Products is a list of often used food additives and preservatives, or Natural Flavorings that may be made from meat derivatives.
Do Vegetarians Get Enough Protein? This is a question that often comes up and this information should be able to settle the issue in favor of vegetarians.
BBC Says World Must Eat Less Meat explains how the world would benefit from eating more vegetables, and the disadvantages of the meat diet.
Beyond Vegetarianism shows how we become free from the karma of using plants in food preparations, and how the plants used in the preparations also make spiritual progress by offering them first to the Lord to become Prasadam, which becomes the perfect yoga diet without karma that helps spiritualize our consciousness.
COOKBOOKS AND RECIPES
http://www.webcom.com/ara/col/books/VEG/ht -- This link takes you to the website of the book "The Higher Taste". It offers purely vegetarian recipes of a wide variety, particularly those of India, that can be printed for your use. They are easy to follow and excellent for nutritional value as well as for the spiritual path. They are sattvic recipes, meaning ingredients in the mode of goodness, and do not contain any garlic or onions, which some people feel are rajasic, or passionate. You will also find articles on the nutritional and environmental benefits of a vegetarian diet, and how such a diet is especially important for a spiritual and karma-free lifestyle.
"Great Vegetarian Dishes" is one of the cookbooks by Kurma Dasa. He has produced others, plus several videos on cooking, which are all excellent. It is nearly 300 pages long. It contains 240 easy and nutritious recipes from around the world, and advice on how to prepare meals with a spiritual consciousness. To more easily view it over the web, we have divided it into the following sections available through these links:
3 [Salads and Chutneys],
5 [Beans and Legumes],
7 [Sweets and Deserts],
Go through it and copy the recipes you like, or download them to an empty floppy disk or your hard drive. If you like the recipes, then consider buying the printed edition which includes the beautiful photographs as well. This edition was downloaded from the website http://freeprabhupadabooks.tripod.com.
For those who observe the day called Ekadasi, here is a cookbook with a collection of 49 preparations of all kinds, such as vegetable preps, chutnies, curries, paneer (cheese) preps, lassis, and more, all without grains or beans. Check it out online at: Ekadasi Recipes Cookbook.
Here is another little cookbook of eleven vegetarian sweets from the various states of India. They are great preps if you want to try something different, called: Diwali Sweets.
Another cookbook that you may like is "Vasti's Online Indian Vegetarian Cookbook." You can find it at this website: http://www.geocities.com/NapaValley/Vineyard/2378//page1.html.
Here is a most comprehensive cookbook called "Food for Peace" by Rambhoru devi dasi. It contains all kinds of breads, salads, vegetable preps, drinks, savories, and lots more, plus articles on vegetarianism. You can find it at http://www.geocities.com/Tokyo/Courtyard/8761/index.html.
Two more online cookbooks that you can look over or print for your immediate use include "A Taste of Vitality" and "Desserts of Vitality". These offer purely vegan recipes with no dairy or wheat ingredients. More people are taking to the vegan diet, so this will accommodate them. Some of these, however, use garlic and onions which some people who follow the sattvic diet may object to using. Therefore, I recommend excluding or substituting such ingredients with asafoetida (hing), or something similar if you prefer. Any experienced cook can use these recipes with their own imagination to make them in a way more to their liking. Otherwise, these are good recipes and informative books. Your can find these at: http://www.vitalita.com/cookbooks.html. Or you can go right to the PDF versions (if you have Adobe Acrobat reader) at the following sites: http://www.vitalita.com/docs/ATasteOfVitality.pdf and http://www.vitalita.com/docs/DessertsOfVitality.pdf.
In the words of George Bernard Shaw:
We are living graves of murdered beasts
Slaughtered to satisfy our appetites.
We never pause to wonder at our feasts,
If animals like men could possibly have rights.
We pray on Sunday that we may have light,
To guide our footsteps on the paths we tread.
We are sick of war, we do not want to fight,
And we gorge ourselves upon the dead.
Like Carrion Crows we live and feed on meat,
Regardless of the suffering and pain
We cause by doing so, in this we treat,
Defenseless animals for sport or gain -
How can we hope in this world to attain
The peace we say we are so anxious for,
We pray for it o'er hetacomba of slain,
To God while outraging the moral law,
Thus cruelty begets the offspring --- WAR !
The Prayer of Fellowship of Life
"Our God our Father, we thank Thee for the wonder and beauty of Thy creation. Forgive us, we pray that we have taken it all for granted and have ruthlessly and selfishly exploited it in so many ways contrary to Thy will.
"In particular we pray for the animals and birds, sharers with us in Thy creation, that are powerless to protect themselves from the terror and anguish of slaughterhouses and vivisection laboratories, and those that die cruel and often lingering deaths so that we may wear their skins. Let us cease to turn deaf ears to their cries and teach us how to live our lives mercifully and justly so that our love for Thee will be mirrored by our love for all Thy creation."
ADDITIONAL WEB SITE RESOURCES
Vegetarian Recipes, Animal-free Food Products, Information on Benefits of the Vegetarian Diet, and more.
More vegetarian recipes and excellent information on how and why to be a vegetarian are included in the list of over 60 worthwhile websites that follow. These sites can help provide you with many resources for additional recipes, instructions, utensils, vegan food products, cruelty-free clothing, and information on the benefits of being vegetarian, directories of vegetarian restaurants, and additional links to other resources.
http://www.vegforlife.org -- this site can help you with your decision to go vegetarian for life and the rest of your life with many resources for your assistance. Or go directly to this section of their site that will take you to additional places for hundreds of various vegie recipes: http://www.vegforlife.org/eats.htm#recipes.
http://www.goodstuffonline.com/recipes.html -- check out more vegetarian recipes on this website.
http://www.veganchef.com -- the site of Beverly Lynn Bennett, a vegan chef, includes loads of vegan recipes.
http://www.manjulaskitchen.com -- a unique website for Indian vegetarian recipes with the recipe, instructions and a video showing how to prepare each dish so you cannot go wrong.
http://www.indianchild.com/vegeterian_recipes.htm -- lots of Indian vegetarian recipes, and more links.
http://www.vegkitchen.com -- features dozens of low-fat recipes, kitchen wisdom, and tips for new and aspiring vegetarians.
http://www.vegweb.com/food -- the Veggies Unite recipes directory for lots of choices.
http://pavan.org.in/kitchen.html -- a site that offers a wide variety of vegetarian recipes.
http://www.deliciousindia.com/India/indianRecipes.htm#Vegetarian%20Sites -- here is a site that lists numerous other sites and resources for many Indian vegetarian recipes. There is a wide variety, so check the ingredients of any prep that interests you. This is from http://www.deliciousindia.com, an Indian cyber mall on Indian cooking with recipes, utensils, and more that you can order.
http://www.vegcooking.com/cookwithhema.asp -- a site that offers many vegetarian recipes, entrees, deserts, condiments, salads, side dishes, snacks, soups, beverages, etc.
http://www.Mahabazaar.com -- a cyber shop that offers Indian groceries, Indian recipes, books, news about events, and more.
http://www.Bhojan.org -- a site for information on Hindu vegetarian resources, includes lots of recipes, vegetarian grocery store directory, vegetarian restaurant listings, and much more.
http://turn.to/Vegetarianism -- A Hare Krishna site on vegetarianism, based in New Zealand, with lots of information on benefits of being vegetarian and how to do it.
http://www.tarladalal.com -- this site has many Indian vegetarian recipes and resources, but you must register and sign in to have access to most of the site, which is worth it for serious vegetarians with an interest in Indian foods.
http://student.anu.edu.au/clubs/Hare_Krishna_Vegetarian_Society -- a great site with lots of information and resources for being a vegetarian.
http://www.dixiediner.com -- offers a catalog of over 150 vegan food products. Now you can get what you need no matter where you are. Offers recipes, utensils, special food items, like dehydrated veggies, non-sugar, meat substitutes, soy products, bread mixes, quick mix preparations, canned goods, cookies, chocolates, and more.
http://www.healthy-eating.com -- offers a catalog of items for meat, dairy and egg substitutes, instant meal mixes, vegan and alternative health and yoga books, even vegetarian pet food, and more.
http://cheese.joyousliving.com -- offers a list of cheese manufacturers that make vegetarian cheese without animal enzymes.
http://www.veganoutreach.org -- has lots of information on the vegan lifestyle, diet, recipes, ingredients to choose, books to order, cruelty-free living, how to stay a healthy vegan, etc. http://www.veganoutreach.com/starterpack/recipes.html -- is a page that list several good vegetarian recipes.
http://www.vegetariansabroad.com -- offers a variety of vegetarian recipes and links to many other vegetarian based businesses and resources.
http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net -- a great listing and directory of all the vegetarian (and vegetarian friendly) restaurants and natural food stores across America (over 2500). Has additional resources and information of co-ops, organizations, web sites, and vegetarian recipes and topics. A most useful site.
http://www.vegetarian-restaurants.net/SouthAmerica/Brazil.htm -- a listing of vegetarian restaurants in Brazil.
http://www.naturalnirvana.com -- has a directory of vegetarian restaurants, grocery stores, guidebooks on restaurants, information on clothes, herbs, and more, as well as guidebooks on India and Nepal.
http://www.naturalnirvana.com/Vegetarian/Vegetarian-Links/Vegetarian-Links.htm a site with many links and resources for recipes, guides and directories for vegetarian restaurants around the world, other vegan sites, veggie organizations, animal rights groups, and more.
http://www.naturalnirvana.com/Vegetarian/Vegetarian-Files/Non-vegetarian-ingredients.htm -- list of ingredients in food that are often derived from meat.
Sites for More Information for Being a Vegetarian
http://www.vivavegie.org/vv101/index.html -- 101 reasons for being a vegetarian.
http://people.qualcomm.com/sriharid/info/vegetarianism/veg.html -- A beginner's guide to vegetarianism, a short article.
http://www.webcom.com/ara/col/books/VEG/hkvc1.html -- "Vegetarianism: A Means to a Higher End," by Adiraja das. Explains the material and spiritual advantages and need for a vegetarian diet.
http://www.indianchild.com/vegeteriansim_in_india.htm -- a page on Vedic reasons why vegetarianism is good for us and our spiritual practice, plus vegie recipes and more.
http://www.jewishveg.com -- This site explains why many Jewish religious leaders advocate vegetarianism, including Chief Rabbi of Britain Jonathan Sacks, late Chief Rabbi of Israel Shlomo Goren, and the first Chief Rabbi of pre-state Israel Abraham Kook?
http://www.goveg.com/jsfkosher.asp -- presents a video "If This is Kosher" on the atrocities in the agriprocessors that are said to produce kosher meat. "If This is Kosher" makes the idea of kosher meat as cruel as any process of animal slaughter there is.
http://www.indianchild.com/vegeterianism_quotes.htm -- a page that offers thoughtful quotes by important and noteworthy people on the need to be vegetarian.
http://www.clubs.psu.edu/up/vedicsociety/vegetarianism/ -- a short online film on the reasons and benefits of being a vegetarian from the Penn State Vedic Society.
http://www.christianveg.com/goodnews.htm -- a free ebook by Christians for convincing other Christians that vegetarianism is the proper diet. The title is "Good News for All Creation: Vegetarianism as Christian Stewardship".
http://www.ivu.org/religion/index.html -- a great list of many articles that look at all the religions and religious reasonings behind being a vegetarian.
http://www.veganhealth.org/shv#ada -- a site that lists the various concerns on staying a healthy vegan and the easy ways to get the proper nutrients in one's diet.
http://www.vegansociety.com -- a site that offers information about proper nutrition, the vegan lifestyle, animal and environmental issues, and more.
http://www.vegsoc.org -- the site of the Vegetarian Society with lots of info about being a vegetarian, with books, articles, recipes and more info about how to be vegetarian and promote its benefits.
http://www.therealfoodchannel.com/page/18.html -- Watch this video:The effect of animal fats on the human body
http://www.celestialhealing.net/physicalveg3.htm -- How humans are not physically created to eat meat.
Sites for Animal-free Products and Non-Leather Items
http://www.TheVegetarianSite.com -- offers news about vegetarian issues, articles, recipes, and resources for shoes, etc., that are leather-free.
http://www.VeganEssentials.com -- one of the largest selections of 100% vegan products in one place. Offers vegan shoes, belts, gourmet vegan food and sweets, body care products, and more.
http://www.VeganStore.com -- large selection of vegan goods, body care, cosmetics, vitamins, chocolates, candies, books and more. A one stop shop for cruelty-free needs.
http://www.mooshoes.com -- Carries non-leather items, shoes, jackets, ethical wares, vegan belts, wallets, bags, message T-shirts, buttons, stickers, etc.
http://www.downbound.com -- Downbound.com offers a wide assortment of products that promote animal rights (all vegan), human rights (no sweatshop and fair trade), and the environment (organic wherever possible). The name “Downbound” represents an ideological shift down the corporate ladder, down the food chain and down to earth. They carry over 200 organic hemp clothing and footwear items, organic fair trade coffee, DVD’s, etc.
http://www.sunflourbaking.com -- offers cookies and snacks that have no animal products and the finest vegan ingredients, along with ingredients for sale such as non-hydrogenated expeller pressed canola oil, non-aluminum baking powder, etc.
http://www.vegancats.com -- cruelty-free, vegan products for dogs and cats.
http://www.veggiepets.com -- a company in the United Kingdom for those who want to have vegetarian pet foods.
http://www.cowsarecool.com -- info on problems with leather and free guide to leather alternatives.
http://petacatalog.com -- lots of items helping and promoting a vegetarian lifestyle.
http://www.awbi.org/pamp24.htm -- the Animal Welfare Board of India and their list of meat ingredients in common foods, cosmetics, clothing, etc. Quite revealing.
http://www.veganchic.com -- offers a variety of non-leather shoes and lady's handbags.
Sites for Additional Resources, News and Issues on Vegetarianism, and Animal Protection Groups
http://www.ffl.org -- Food for Life, the world's largest vegan/vegetarian food relief organization.
http://www.vegetariantimes.com -- the site for Vegetarian Times magazine.
http://www.vegsource.com -- a site that offers news, views, recipes, etc., on vegetarianism/veganism.
http://www.goveg.com//vegkit/index.html -- here you can get your kit packed with info about going vegetarian, plus has a few recipes.
http://www.pcrm.org -- the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, has news, information on vegetarianism, progress on stopping animal testing, publications, and more.
http://www.meat.org/ -- "If Slaughterhouses had Glass Walls, everyone Would be Vegetarian" narrated by Paul McCartney, it shows the real horrors and cruelty that go on in slaughterhouses. If any sees this and remains a meat eater, their state of mind should be questioned...
http://www.meetyourmeat.com -- order or download Peta's video "Meet Your Meat", narrated by Alec Baldwin, has undercover footage Peta has taken of how animals are abused in meat and dairy industries.
http://www.sharetheworld.com -- has a nongraphic video for children.
http://www.bancruelfarms.org/meatrix -- the real story of cruel factory farms and what you can do about it.
http://www.Peta-online.org -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, has news, views on animal cruelty, publications on vegetarianism, etc.
http://www.PetaIndia.com -- how to assist Peta's campaign to help cows, goats and sheep in India, and other advocacy work.
http://www.collegeactivist.com -- lots of info for veganizing your college dining hall and other ways to get active.
http://www.animalactivist.com -- tons of resources to do more for animals, literature, videos, etc.
http://www.vsdc.org -- site of the Vegetarian Society of the District of Columbia.
http://www.greenpeople.org/vegetarian.cfm?memid=321 -- the site for the Vegetarian Resource Center.
http://www.vasumurti.org -- the site of Vasu Murti das and his writings, with many great and informative articles and book excerpts on the devotional, religious and civil need for a vegetarian lifestyle.
http://www.satyamag.com -- a magazine of Vegetarianism, Environmentalism and Animal Advocacy.
http://www.greenpeople.org/vegetarian.htm -- you can find a huge listing of additional vegetarian organizations and their websites from around the country, maybe one near you.
http://www.all-creatures.org -- the site of long-time vegans and animal rightists Frank and Mary Hoffman, dedicated to furthering peaceful, compassionate living for the whole creation. A huge site with lots of articles on all aspects of the significance of the vegetarian and compassionate lifestyle, from the religious to social.
http://www.kinshipcircle.org -- offers a collection of ready-made letters to legislators, businesses, and media that address animal cruelty/protection issues.
http://www.FarmSanctuary.org -- a large organization with many projects which operates the farm animal sanctuaries, and wages campaigns to stop the exploitation of animals raised for food. Also has news, resources, books, videos, etc.
http://www.vivausa.org -- offers info on the disadvantages and dangers of meat-eating, issues of farm bred animals for meat consumption, and educational info about the need for the vegetarian lifestyle.
http://www.anc.org -- the site for the Animals News Center.
http://www.vegetarianhome.com -- lots more resources and information on all aspects on the vegetarian lifestyle.
http://www.anc.org/laboratory/laboratory_article.cfm?identifier=2003_0409_site -- a page that promotes animal dissection alternatives.
http://www.madcowboy.com -- Howard Lyman's site on the dangers of mad cow disease, a meat diet, news, and the need for vegetarianism.
http://www.notmilk.com -- lots of articles and news on the issues and dangers of milk and modern milk industry.
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