DO GOATS EAT BEEF THAT THEY BEEF UP OUR BRAINS?
"Aristotle was famous for knowing everything. He taught that the brain exists to merely cool the human blood and is not involved in the process of thinking. This is true of certain persons only."
When I read the speech of Prof. Kancha Ilaiah , I recalled this quote. I am quoting excerpts from his speech on the eve of Dr. Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar's 125th anniversary.
"For me, my nation starts with eating beef. Unfortunately, we gave up eating beef and our brains are not growing now. There is no enough protein," said Ilaiah while speaking on Dr BR Ambedkar's political empowerment in a function held at Babasaheb Bhimrao Ambedkar University to celebrate 125th birth anniversary of Dr BR Ambedkar.
If you follow closely the purport of his above quote, you will understand that the brain or the plethora of goats's brains in his brain stopped thinking long back. Dr. Ambedkar was a Budhhist. I feel (I do not know) Ilaiah too must have been a Buddhist convert. The moot question is those who adore the qualities of Lord Buddha should have known his knowledge, his supreme spiritual depth, his teachings and his celibate life style must have been all a result of a well-developed, suave and cosmopolitan brain.
And what had Lord Buddha to say about vegetarianism and meat eating? Please see below. Lord Buddha not only discouraged killing animals for meat-eating but also ordained that his followers desist from eating meat of already dead animals (corpses). He led a virtuous life and desisted from eating meat and can Ilaiah vouch that Lord Buddha's brain did not work just as he says the brains of our economists are not working? Or does he openly declare that the religion or path shown by Lord Buddha was wrong per se? In India, Buddhism is considered as an off-shoot of Hinduism and people of all Varnas (not castes on which Ilaiahs' goat brains thrive) adore him as the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Buddha Poornima is a national holiday and it is celebrated all over with fervor. Will Ilaiah shun Buddhism because he supported vegetarianism or Dr. Ambedkar, because he was devout follower of Buddhism or himself as he too must be Buddhist?.
"In his final teachings before he physically left this earth, the Buddha foresaw that a situation would arise in the future where those speaking in his name would pervert his Doctrine and encourage meat consumption. So here, in this great Nirvana Sutra, he lays down his last will and testament on the matter: in no circumstances should one eat meat or fish " nor animal corpses, found in the jungle, for instance " nor even accept from a donor a meal which contains an abundance of flesh-foods. The very contact of other food with meat is deemed defiling and requires purification of the food by water. It is quite evident from all this that the Buddha in no way condoned the eating of meat and was keen for his monastic and lay followers to abjure the uncompassionate practice of meat eating and follow the pure path of vegetarian Mahayana. In this, we would be wise and benevolent to follow him."
- Dr. Tony Page
Buddha - Self: The "Secret" Teachings of the Buddha in the Mahaparinirvana Sutra, Vol. 2
Now let us take the words of a few of the greatest philosophers that ever trod this earth. Does Ilaiah say that all these philosophers had underdeveloped brains since they did not vouch to eating goats' brains like himself?.
Socrates, as written in Plato’s The Republic(469-399 BC) – Socrates: Would this habit of eating animals not require that we slaughter animals that we knew as individuals, and in whose eyes we could gaze and see ourselves reflected, only a few hours before our meal? Glaucon: This habit would require that of us.
Plutarch (46-120): A human body in no way resembles those that were born for ravenousness; it hath no hawk’s bill, no sharp talon, no roughness of teeth, no such strength of stomach or heat of digestion, as can be sufficient to convert or alter such heavy and fleshy fare . . . There is nobody that is willing to eat even a lifeless and a dead thing even as it is; so they boil it, and roast it, and alter it by fire and medicines, as it were, changing and quenching the slaughtered gore with thousands of sweet sauces, that the palate being thereby deceived may admit of such uncouth fare.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) – My refusing to eat meat occasioned inconveniency, and I have been frequently chided for my singularity. But my light repast allows for greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension.
There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.
His brain has a foolish corner in it or he suffers from selective amnesia. Our earlier Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, was the most renowned economist of the day. And all the economists in India are not Vegans. He may draw cheers from a crowd that consists of people with brains concomitant with his own brain, consisting of many goats' brains. But that does not make him brainy. I do not know whether Dr. MMS was a regular meat eater. He might have been occasional meat eater. How many goats' brains he must be having in his great brain, we can not estimate.
Heart Health: Although most people associate butter with fat and a decline in heart health, the rich variety of fats in ghee can also provide a healthy boost to the heart. Omega-3 fatty acids can help decrease your levels of unhealthy cholesterol and provide an energetic balance to your fat intake.
Ghee has enough Omega-3 fats that help heart and brain. Recent research has shown that Omega-3 acts as stimulant to brain activity. Whereas cow ghee has enough Omega 3 fats, beef has NIL. Meat has proteins, for sure. But are proteins the only nutrients that stimulate brain activity? Certainly not.
Dietary lipids, which were originally thought to affect the brain through their effects on cardiovascular physiology, are garnering recognition for their direct actions on the brain. Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids are normal constituents of cell membranes and are essential for normal brain functionhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2805706/
Ilaiah should clarify whether these research findings were wrong or he had his own research done in his laboratory on goats' brains and their effect on human brains.
And, I am not against non-vegetarianism.. Non-vegetarianism is not a crime nor is vegetarianism. Killing any living thing for our survival is crime. But all creatures have to survive. Lord Buddha despised this "art of survival" of mankind. Hence, he opposed killing animals for our survival. Both vegetarian foods and meat foods have their advantages and disadvantages, Vegetarians can not claim that they are not killing life from plants and trees, for their food needs. Non-vegetarians are killing animals. But survival of the fittest is the norm. Man or animal adjusts his/her dietary needs and habits on the availability of food. There are animals that travel hundreds of kilometers to get food of their choice. Camels store water for need in deserts. Brainy humans are walking miles for a pot of water.
It is not advisable to question the Creator and Creation from half-baked knowledge or to please the rabble and the proletariat. It is not advisable to say that one section that eats only vegetables is brainless. Then what is the difference between them and the high-caste votaries of suppression of the lower castes for centuries?. They too stand on the same pedestal as those oppressors. Why do you blame them day in and day out? It it not hypocrisy?
In conclusion, Ilaiah had to say this.
"Ilaiah said that though he is not very tall and strong but his brain is working because he ate a lot of goat brain in his childhood."
I wish to know if goats eat "BEEF" that their brains work in human brains more. As far as I know goats eat plants, I will be gratified if someone clarifies if goats are "beefarians", "porkians" "fisharians" "frogarians" "catarians" or just vegetarians.