Back in My Day!

On a facebook group I am on, someone asked about The Creation Diet, specifically, if anyone was familiar with it.

For my part, I see the bible as a metaphor, so this way of eating could be understood as before flood and after flood, or pre- and post-agricultural eating.  If so, then there is merit in the idea.

This topic brought up religion, and someone then mentioned the Essene Gospel of Peace (EGoP) .. which prompts me to reminisce about when I first became a vegetarian.

You see, Im an old school live foodist.  ‘Live Foodist’ being what we all were back then; that or, just ‘vegetarian’.  Today, everyone wants to have their own label, so that there are now vegans and raw vegans, vegetarians and lacto-vegetarians ..lol.. even flexi-tarians.  Again, when I chose this life path, we were all just “live foodists” or vegetarians. Maybe thats why there is so much in-fighting within this community today .. everyone wants to dicker over verbage.

Eitherway, I still have my very first book on the subject: Love Your Body – Live Food Recipes, by V. Kulvinskas; published and purchased in 1972.

Not being raised Christian, this book was my first introduction to the Essene’s.  Being a lover of all things spiritual, I am a student of comparative religion and mythology.  Having read many of the worlds sacred texts, I often recommend the Essene ideas and/or the mystical aspects of Christianity, to friends and clients.  Primarily because it leaves behind the dogma and other modern-day Churchology trappings.

The EGoP was translated from the Original Hebrew and Aramaic texts by Dr. E.B. Szekely, and though some of his claims have been academically challenged, the EGoP became a cornerstone within the early vegetarian community of the 60s and 70s.  But then, so were several other texts.  Mind you, this was the Hippy Era, or a time of great cultural and individual self-expression.  As such, many texts – both sacred and secular – became foundational ideas of this lifestyle and period.  In fact, many of the topics I see young vegans/vegetarians discussing today are simply re-hashed, re-labeled and/or re-assigned ideas whose origins have become obscure.  In any event, some worthy examples from back-in-the day that would enrich the modern vegan/vegetarian mindset, include:

-Diogenes of Sinope

-Henry David Thoreau

-St. Francis of Assisi (if you haven’t seen Brother Sun Sister Moon, I suggest you run, don’t walk, and do so!)

Correct Eating and Strength, by KL Coe

-Buddha

-Gandhi

-the Baghavad Gita, and the Hare Krishna movement

Man’s Higher Consciousness, by H. Hotema

Survival into the 21st Century and Light Eatng for Survival (also by Kulvinskas – when eating this way was called “live food”, which is yet another reason I prefer the word ‘live’ to ‘raw’)

-and even the works of JRR Tolkien.

Simply put: there is far more to the food we eat than simply the food we eat.  There is a reason why it was, is and remains a lifestyle choice.  And regardless of one’s personal idea of religion may be, the bedrock of the Live Food movement was all about some very simple ideas:

-Generosity and Gratitude

-Peace and Love

-Frugality and Simple, Self-Sufficient Living

-Fasting and Cleansing

-Optimum Health and Mental Well Being

-Calm Abiding, Loving Kindness and Mutual Respect.

So by whatever means one comes to this lifestyle, they would do well to know more about its history.  For, in addition to eating as close to the s/Source as possible, the ideas expressed in the Gita and Essene texts, by Diogenes and Pythagoras, by monks and 19th century medical doctors, all offer profound insight that overflows from one’s dinner plate to one’s life palate.

Iya, Inity and Ital!

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