The practical Reasons:
1. Because of the unnecessary suffering of our animal friends, all to support an unnecessary habit. Ahimsa, or nonviolence, is part of the Yogi’s vows!
2. To protect the environment (“the industry” consumes enough grain to end world hunger, is the leading cause of deforestation and “run-off” pollution).
3. For better digestion (Biologically, we have the features of an herbivore, including the intestines, teeth, pH balance and cooling system—we sweat through our skin (and we lack the claws of a carnivore!).
4. For better over-all health (“The protein myth” makes us think we need meat to get enough protein. The truth is, most Americans consume too much of it, which is hard on the kidneys. Meat also contributes to an unhealthy, acidic internal environment).
The Etheric Reasons:
1. Meat is, in the most literal sense…dead. Eating it contributes to what one of my spiritual teachers calls “two-dimensional thinking”—it limits our powers of perception and keeps us dull.
2. The food at the top of the food chain is nourished directly by the Sun, endowing it with the greatest life promoting properties. The higher vibrational quality of plant-based food provides our subtle body with more Prana, or, life force.
3. The Yogi seeks complete spiritual awareness and a meditative state of consciousness—the lightness and purity of a plant-based diet facilitates this state of being.
4. The slow-to-digest flesh food is considered an obstruction to the sensitivity and connective capacity of our body—our instrument. The most evident of these qualities is our intuition, which requires our internal clarity. Like a stereo system with internal corrosion, its power as both a receiver and transmitter will be compromised.
The Yogi is concerned with the subtle effect that food has on his mind and astral body. One who seriously takes to the path of Yoga would avoid ingesting meats, fish, eggs, coffee, alcohol and drugs. ~Sivananda
Why Are the Yogis So Advanced?
Due to a historical glitch, by way of the ice age, the western part of the world was once forced to hunt for food. But, while our vegetarian ancestors fell into a carnivorous lifestyle, the Yogis maintained their vegetarian way of life.
Because of the orientation of the mountain regions surrounding India, this subcontinent, long a mystic eden, and dwelling of the most spiritually advanced, was spared from the big freeze. Thus, wandering Yogis maintained the plant-based diet that kept their bodies and spirits light, clean, pure and full of life-giving prana. This enabled them to maintain their meditative states of consciousness and Yogic way of life.