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Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians
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Uncovering A Vegetarian Jesus at the Beginning of Christianity, By James Bean
NOTE: Also see my companion article: Evidence That Jesus and The Original Aramaic Christians Were Vegetarians: https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/b8784ac42506
Gnostic groups are generally described as being vegetarian. The Prayer of Thanksgiving, one of the Nag Hammadi books, mentions a vegetarian meal taking place at one of their meetings (a Hermetic or Gnostic sect). The Manichaean Gnostics were known for their vegetarianism. The Prophet Mani’s parents were followers of the Elkasites, which was a slightly later Jewish-Christian sect related to the Ebionites. They were vegetarians. Mani was veg, and his followers or initiates also were veg.
During the First Century AD, the Essenes were one of the three main branches of Judaism. They were opposed to animal sacrifices being made in the Jewish temple and they were also known to be vegetarians. The Essenes were the group that Jesus and the first Christians, the Ebionites, were closest to, sharing with them many of the same values and sacred texts. Unlike the Sadducees and Pharisees, the Essenes are never criticized in the New Testament.
"Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness." (Gospel of Matthew, a saying attributed to Jesus from a Syriac-Aramaic manuscript)
This same old Syriac-Aramaic manuscript of the New Testament also preserves another vegetarian saying attributed to Jesus. I find it fascinating that both the saying above and this one appear to be slightly longer in this manuscript than their counterparts in the Greek New Testament, and the Greek manuscripts have the vegetarian parts edited out. “Now beware in yourselves that your hearts do not become heavy with the eating of flesh and with the intoxication of wine and with the anxiety of the world, and that day come up upon you suddenly; for as a snare it will come upon all them that sit on the surface of the earth.” (Luke 21:34)
Like the Essenes, Jesus, his family, and the original followers were also vegetarians and opposed to all sacrifice of animals in the Jewish temple.
"I am come to do away with sacrifices, and if you cease not sacrificing, the wrath of God will not cease from you." (saying of Jesus in the Gospel of the Hebrews)
Stopping Animal Sacrifice in the Temple
"When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. In the Temple courts he found men selling cattle, sheep and doves and others sitting at tables exchanging money. So he made a whip out of cords and drove all from the Temple, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. To those who sold doves he said: ‘Get out of here.’ (John 2:13-16)
According to the Gospel of the Ebionites, Jesus also rejected the Passover meal:
"Where wilt Thou that we prepare for Thee to eat the Passover?"
To which he replied:
"I have no desire to eat the flesh of this Paschal Lamb with you."
Jesus had a brother. He’s referred to by scholars and historians as “James the Just”. According to a wide variety of sources, James became Jesus’s spiritual successor, the next leader of this group, referred to as the “Hebrew Christians” or “Ebionites”. The well-known Dead Sea Scrolls scholar Robert Eisenman wrote a one thousand page book about him called, James the Just, The Key to Unlocking the Secrets of Early Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls. The first words on the back cover of this book are: “James was a vegetarian.”
Keith Akers makes some great observations in his article, Was Jesus A Vegetarian? “Eusebius says that James the brother of Jesus was a vegetarian, and in fact was evidently raised as a vegetarian (Ecclesiastical History 2.23). Why would Jesus’ parents have raised James as a vegetarian, unless they were vegetarian themselves and raised Jesus as a vegetarian as well? Eusebius also states (Proof of the Gospel 3.5) that all the Apostles abstained from meat and wine.”
What About the ‘Fishes and Loaves’?
The original version of the “Feeding of the Multitude” story only refers to bread, not bread and fish. “Fish” got added later. For more, see both my article and the one by Keith Akers posted here: https://medium.com/sant-mat-meditation-and-spirituality/b8784ac42506
The editing out of vegetarian sayings, adding fish to the Feeding of the Five Thousand in second century manuscripts, and translators choosing the word “locust” instead of carob, giving John the Baptist a diet of bugs, are all troubling examples of tampering with the text. We already know that Roman culture was OK with the idea of eating meat. What interests me most however, is the diet of Jesus and the first Christians.
Iraneus lived during the Second Century and described in detail the miracle of the multitude being feed with bread. No mention whatsoever of fish. Eusebius and Arnobius also never mention ‘fishes with the loaves’, only the loaves. And now I’ve found two more references in early Christian apocryphal writings, again mentioning the bread but not the fish, as if in the New Testament they were reading at the time, the feeding of the five thousand story didn’t include fish — because the word ‘fish’ hadn’t been inserted into the gospels yet!
John the Baptist — Bug-Eater?
Another example of translators deliberately trying to add meat to the menu, so to speak, is the strange case of John the Baptist and his alleged diet of locusts. From wiki answers: “There has been a longstanding confusion in the etymological origin of the word locust. Locust is both a bean from the carob plant and an insect. The greek word for cakes or bread made from the flour of the carob bean is ‘egkrides’ and the Greek word for locust the insect is ‘akrides’.
"The insect locust is approved to be clean for consumption in Leviticus. It was a delicacy in those days and was usually consumed by the upper and/or priestly class.
"John the Baptist belonged to a group of ascetics who believed in repentance and in leading an austere lifestyle. The carob bean was seen as the diet of the lower class who normally endured hardship and exploitation from the priestly class. So we can conclude that JTB ate (locust plant) seed from the carob tree." http://wiki.answers.com/Q/Why_did_john_the_baptist_eat_locusts_and_wild_honey
Kabir’s spirituality is a blend of Prem and Bhakti: love and devotion for the Beloved Lord, the One God, and a meditation practice leading to inner mystical experiences of a visionary and auditory nature, the Divine Light and Sound. Spiritual Awakening Radio Podcast, Kabir, Part 1: https://medium.com/sant-mat-satsang-podcasts/2731c1554f5b
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PODCAST-On-Demand: Steve Long, on the Teachings of Sree Sree Mentu Maharaj (of the Radhaswami Tradition): Spiritual Awakening Radio — Program Length: 60 Minutes.
Code of Conduct For Final Elevation
To maintain the divine energy, the moral strength in life for spontaneous progress in spiritual life, the following code of conduct should be observed.
One should not deprive anyone from maintaining his life peacefully and enjoying his love for his beloved one.
One should not create any hindrance to the attempt of others to grow and expand with all efficiencies and merits.
One should not prevent any spiritual inspiration or the progress of another’s faith and spontaneous elevation.
One should not give any wrong advice to anyone and create more confusion in their lives.
One should be in the right frame of body, mind and spirit to be prepared for any eventuality, to be able to face and handle any situation and maintain balance and tranquility.
One should not hurt anybody’s sentiment for his object of love and so make him suffer depression, loneliness and varieties of frustrations that create suffocation of life and love.
One has no right to bite another’s personality and fight against his interest or faith. This creates conflict and chaos in the world of friendship and relations and forfeits the functioning of normal life, love and relations.
One should not burden others with all of one’s problems, wants and worries when they cannot rightly solve them. This creates a tendency to self pity and confusion that ruin the strength of self confidence and willpower with which one could solve one’s problems.
One should not land oneself in the field of friendship and relations by unhealthy discussions or unnecessary gossip. This ruins the spiritual potentialities of others, envelops them in clouds of doubt and depression and buries them in darkness.
One should not hurt anybody in any way to release one’s revenge, frustration and disappointment.
One should not discuss anything that disgraces oneself or others. This brings distress to the mind and creates contraction in the being. Contraction is death. Expansion is life.
One should not forget that the sum total of wrong deeds and actions will withhold and pull back one’s life to a condition where no other advice can ever work to rescue it. The sum of wrong deeds nullifies the reward of good deeds and permanently imprisons life in the world of darkness and depression where evil can play its role to ruin one forever.
0 mankind, be alert about karmic law and know what you should do and whit you should not do. Avail every opportunity in life to enjoy the effect of good actions, with the full co-operation of the angels, and enter into the kingdom of God in this life and life eternal.
Blessed are those who are aware of their moment to moment life and the result thereon to achieve the highest reward from God, burying all the past causes of suffering to enjoy Eternal Bliss.
(“Code of Conduct For Final Elevation”, by Sree Sree Mentu Maharaj, from the book, The Truth Absolute)
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— We may conceive of a complicated multi-verse of bubble universes and big bangs, higher planes, trillions of light-years of space and time, vast epochs or yugas, multiple realities or dimensions, lokas, lotuses, and khands, yet there is a Simplicity behind and beyond the multiplicity. There is a Formlessness behind and beyond all forms. There is the Lord of the Soul (Sat Purush Anami, Radhasoami). No matter where you perceive yourself to be in the physical realm, heavens, hells, dream states, astral, causal, universal mind, etheric or some other level of inner space — know that you are the observer (attention faculty of the soul, surat, atman). You are a drop from the Ocean of God. Remember this! This is the message of remembrance, awakening, simran. This is the message of the Masters, the Sants, Sufis and Gnostics. (Satsang Edition).
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Am from Maine, vegetarian (vegan), and practice Inner Light and Sound Meditation in a spirit of Bhakti (Love for the Supreme Being). Am conspiring to make the world more peaceful, vegan, and spiritually awake. "Be Vegan. Make Peace."
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*1) God is Real.
*2) God is Love, the Ocean of Love and Compassion.
*3) All of the world scriptures teach about the same manifestation of God as inner mystical Light and Sound.
*4) Our true identity is soul, the Self. Soul is part of God and therefore is, like God, pure love.
*5) During this human existence we have an opportunity to experience God.
*6) As we experience communing with God’s love during meditation — Surat Shabd Yoga, we can rise above body-consciousness and explore Inner Space, the “Kingdom of the Heavens” that are within us. “We travel back from the realm of Darkness to the realm of Light, from the Light to divine Sound, and from the realm of Sound to the Soundless State.” (Swami Sant Sevi Ji Maharaj) The drop merges back into the Ocean of Love.
*7) As we get initiated into the Mysteries of the Spirit by a Living Teacher (Sant Satguru), the purpose of our life is fulfilled. Reuniting with God is our reason to be here: “It was for the sake of the God-conscious beings that our True Lord created this earth, and began this play of death and birth.” (Adi Granth) Kabir said, “For millions of years you have slept. This morning, will you not wake?”
"All beautiful forms and tones of this world are mere reflections of some aspect of that ultimate Love-Music of the Great Creative Word. Within the vast complex of creation, each individual spirit is himself/herself a spark of that Eternal Song of Love."
"There are those who have wandered among the darting comets and the shimmering orbs of sounding fire. The soul-explorer is not alone, for there are those who have traveled the highways of the inner cosmos; far more than one may at first realize."
"...The planes of heaven are about us everywhere. One has only to know this simple truth consciously, and then we will be free." (George Arnsby Jones)
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