Saturday, April 16, 2016



"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."

Will Cuppy

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?. 

Pythagoras (570-490 BC) – For as long as man continues to be the ruthless destroyer of lower living beings, he will never know health or peace. For as long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.
Buddha (563-483 BC) – To become vegetarian is to step into the stream which leads to nirvana.
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.

Socrates: Wouldn’t this [knowledge] hinder us in achieving happiness? Glaucon: It could so hinder us in our quest for happiness.
Socrates: And, if we pursue this way of living, will we not have need to visit the doctor more often? Glaucon: We would have such need.
Socrates: If we pursue our habit of eating animals, and if our neighbor follows a similar path, will we not have need to go to war against our neighbor to secure greater pasturage, because ours will not be enough to sustain us, and our neighbor will have a similar need to wage war on us for the same reason? Glaucon: We would be so compelled.
Socrates: Would not these facts prevent us from achieving happiness, and therefore the conditions necessary to the building of a just society, if we pursue a desire to eat animals? Glaucon: Yes, they would so prevent us.
Hippocrates (460-370 BC) – The soul is the same in all living creatures, although the body of each is different.
Plato (428-347 BC) – The Gods created certain kinds of beings to replenish our bodies; they are the trees and the plants and the seeds.
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.

Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) – Truely man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds theirs. We live by the death of others: we are burial places! I have from an early age abjured the use of meat, and the time will come when men such as I will look on the murder of animals as they now look on the murder of men.
Voltaire (1694-1778) – How pitiful, and what poverty of mind, to have said that the animals are machines deprived of understanding and feeling . . . Judge (in the same way as you would judge your own) the behaviour of a dog who has lost his master, who has searched for him in the road barking miserably, who has come back to the house restless and anxious, who has run upstairs and down, from room to room, and who has found the beloved master at last in his study, and then shown his joy by barks, bounds and caresses. There are some barbarians who will take this dog, that so greatly excels man in capacity for friendship, who will nail him to a table, and dissect him alive, in order to show you his veins and nerves. And what you then discover in him are all the same organs of sensation that you have in yourself. Answer me, mechanist, has Nature arranged all the springs of feeling in this animal to the end that he might not feel? Has he nerves that he may be incapable of suffering?
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.

Charles Darwin (1809-1882) – There is no fundamental difference between man and the higher animals in their mental faculties . . . The lower animals, like man, manifestly feel pleasure and pain, happiness, and misery.
Henry David Throeau (1817-1862) – One farmer says to me, “You cannot live on vegetable food solely, for it furnishes nothing to make the bones with;” and so he religiously devotes a part of his day to supplying himself with the raw material of bones; walking all the while he talks behind his oxen, which, with vegetable-made bones, jerk him and his lumbering plow along in spite of every obstacle.
Next comes this blooper from him. He says economists in India lack brains. 
"Vegetarianism will destroy the brain capacity. You cannot compete with vegetarian nationalism with China, Korea, Japan and America who are full scale `beefarians', `porkians', fisharians and even `frogarians'. Whatever is now poison they are eating, there brain is growing," sais Ilaiah getting a round of applause from the audience, mainly consisting of dalits, who make 50% of the university's population."The whole steel industry is collapsing from here to England because China is producing steel in such a manner that all our economists are in doldrums, nothing is being understood by Indian economists. This is because, the Chinese brain has gone so sharp, our economists vegetarians brains are not working."
There is a foolish corner in the brain of the wisest man.
– Aristotle

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. 
If we go back to history, Chanakya was the author of Ardh Shastra, the greatest treatise ever on economy and rule of law and governance. He was not a meat eater. He was a pure vegetarian. Hopefully, he did not take guidance from Ilaiah of past births, if he believed in reincarnation.  
Let us come to brass tacks. The 2015 American Guidelines on dietary choices strictly advises against excess consumption of red meat after adolescence as that increases the risk of obesity, CVD and brain related ailments. These may be guidelines but they certainly have a salutary effect on the dietary habits of people in US. It is a guide to the world too. 
Common sense is not so common.
– Voltaire Quote
It is common sense that we do not destroy that which is giving us a golden egg a day. We all know the story of the farmer that killed the goose that was laying a golden goose a day in the hope that there would be a crate of golden eggs inside. Cows give us milk. Milk is a very strong supplier of nutrients to the body and brain including proteins. Milk gives curds, again highly nutritional. Curds give butter and cheese, consumed world-wide as they supply nutrients to the body and brain. Then butter gives ghee, that is considered as killer of unhealthy fats (recent research has shown)  and supplier of healthy fats and proteins. Since days of yore, Indians considered cow ghee as enhancer of brain capacity. There are still students that recite all Vedas after hearing (not reading) once and only once. These are called Ek Santha Grahis. These type of students are in all Varnas. Most of them are Vegans or partially Non-Vegetarians. There may be non-vegetarians too. It depends upon the equal balance of food and dietary supplements that the human organs including the brain that determine the stimulation of each organ. It may either be pure vegetarian or pure non-vegetarian. To brand all Vegans as duds is height of hypocrisy, to say the least.  Recently I saw an Indian boy spelling the toughest words in the spell-bee competition. He is a Vegan. He is four year old.  
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 function
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. 


राम   रामेति   रामेतिRama Rameti RametiSri RamaSri Rama 
राम रामेति रामेति रमे रामे मनोरमे सहस्रनाम तत्तुल्यं रामनाम वरानने ॥Raama Raame[a-I]ti Raame[a-I]ti Rame Raame Manorame |Sahasra-Naama Tat-Tulyam Raama-Naama Vara-[A]anane ||

1: By meditating on "Rama Rama Rama" (the Name of Rama), my Mind gets absorbed in the Divine Consciousness of Rama, which isTranscendental,
2: The Name of Rama is as Great as the Thousand Names of God (Vishnu Sahasranama).