As a vegetarian, I am always received questions from my friends on my diet.
Once they knew I am a vegetarian, they are curious and normally their first question is “WHY?”
My answer to “WHY” is quite simple, “I love animals, I can feel their suffering, FEAR and PAIN, when the animals being slaughtered.”
Next popular question:
“Are you only taking your meal in vegetarian restaurant?”
“I keep asking myself, : Why I am a vegetarian? Because of love and compassion to animals. I would like to cultivate the same love and compassion to other beings too. I don’t want to put any suffering, unhappiness and inconvenience to others due to my diet preferences. As such, I can eat in any restaurant and I can order a vegetarian meal in majority of the restaurant. So far, I don’t face any issue at all. Even though, the restaurant only serve meat. I still take any vegetables cooked with the meat. I want everybody to be Happy during our lunch or dinner gathering.”
“How about their Kitchen Utensils? if non vegetarian restaurant, they might cook meat. Can you accept?”
” To answer this question, I am contemplate about my body. I am not a born vegetarian. Previously, All my body, organ, cell, intestine, stomach, liver got in touch direct or indirectly with “meat”. Can I change my BODY? Definitely is NO. What I can change and transform is MY MIND, to continue purify with love and compassion. As such, the cooking utensil is not important to me, it’s MY MIND.”
A beautiful quote from Thich Nhat Hanh
When we come into contact with the other person, our thoughts and actions should express our mind of compassion, even if that person says and does things that are not easy to accept. We practice in this way until we see clearly that our love is not contingent upon the other person being lovable.