More than a billion humans swear by the ritual slaughter of animals for consumption: a ritual once practiced by the awakened, now mimicked by the un-awakened. To examine this I need to address ritual per se. This I have done in my book, ‘Mischievous Mystic’.
Histrionics indicate that humans have a tendency to seek pedestal-like superiority, when in fact they are aiming for nobility. They confuse the two. As I state in my quotes, ‘superiority and nobility are two qualities and cannot mix; nor can a comparison be drawn between them.’
Thus, Hebrews, while living under yet aiming to escape their imprisonment from Egyptians, formulated their own creed to identify and separate themselves from the ruling citizens. Their containment lifestyle (with its rigid curtailment of self-determination) may be compared with African slavery and with the third class citizenship of non-Europeans plying their trade in European governed lands whilst retaining their own lifestyle.
Slavery, as practiced by the English in particular, and the Europeans in general, was extreme psychopathic hatred based on these peoples versions of rightness and Godliness. A dark-skinned Turk brought religious and spiritual specialty to the islands of England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. He is revered as the saint of England. He, like that other very dark-skinned individual revered and addressed affectionately as Jesus of Nazareth, has over the course of time and numerous artful depictions been increasingly relieved of his indigenous tint to the point of now having Caucasian skin.
The slavery of the Old Age in the non-European arena was not based on a similar inhumane, barbaric relationship. Slaves were a sign of wealth. They were valued and prized. They were treated with respect though they remained citizen-less. The right of belonging including the right to buy land was denied them. They were denied all formal education. This did not mean their inner awakening was quashed, rescinded or controlled. Many an advanced theorist was a slave and gave his awakening to the surrounding world via his ‘owner’. The owner enjoyed the applause but it was the slave who supplied the information and the teaching. Slaves also knew they had power and if they chose to disobey en masse then the dominant society could not function. It was the hopelessness derived from lack of weapons that maintained the status quo. Thus, the status of Hebrews under the Egyptians is not in fact at all comparable to the African and Aboriginal slavery of the European era. One was predicated on human value and worth while the other was evil.
Older society revered life, whether animal or human. If an animal had to be sacrificed to appease the Gods then this was carried out following a strict set of rites and ritual prayers. Not just anyone could or would dare to kill an animal as done by current humans. The elders knew that life slaughtered for whatever reason had a price. The murderer has to take birth as that animal and live lifetimes in that social pool fearing predators and seeking prey for their own survival. It is a self-sustaining cycle from which the only way forward is to practice care and protection of others, especially of one’s prey. One then advances to their next life cycle as an herbivore, again fearing predators. From a herbivore one eventually rebirths as a domestic animal. Finally, after countless more births they advance into a human life cycle.
This cycle was, and is, well known to the awakened. They guide people away from meat consumption, as whoever eats meat has agreed to be born into that species for lifetimes. A top predator cannot take human birth at all. It must suffer the agony of being an herbivore and a victim until it has the opportunity to be born as a human.
Thus, sacrificing an animal, which in itself is a very potent, viral and powerful instrument of bargain, is an action that beseeches a calmer and more peaceful life pattern. It was only conducted by the very advanced seers of old society. No one in his or her right mind would kill or ‘sacrifice’ an animal whilst knowing the ramifications of such a deed.
The actual theory of sacrifice is very complex, and a set of responsibilities has to be accepted by the killer. Prayers are offered where you, the killer, are sacrificing yourself and are willing to be born into the species you are about to sacrifice, as an appeasement. The Hebrew sacrifice followed this model. However, ritual killing has now transformed into a commercial enterprise.
Moslims – to be accurate about this they were not called Moslim at that time, but were a caravan community willing to merge into any ritual model that favoured their circumstances and trade; but let’s stick with addressing them as Moslims, to give them their original English spelling. Moslims mimicked the cultivated-but-not-indigenous practices Hebrews brought with them out of Egypt. As in any first world country (I address non-industrial, non-technical countries as First World and technological/industrial countries as Third World countries), Moslims were intrigued and willingly followed and mimicked anything the technological country had to offer. For example, I as a Sikh visiting such environments am studied to ascertain what can be mimicked, which they term in their minds as ‘progression’. So, Moslims mimicked the new settlers, the Jews, as those new settlers had lived their life in the very advanced, cultured society called Egypt. Egypt, we have to remember, was the ethno-cultural centre of the surrounding area. Caravan communities looked up to anything Egyptian. Thus, when a rite/ritual conducted under strict guidelines was used in tandem with solemn prayer by the most awakened within the New Settler community, the Caravan community took that as a new teaching. They, in turn, passed on this new practice during their travels. The ritual of a slow slaughter was deemed sophisticated and advanced.
However, the slaughter of an animal was rare practice. It was an offering. A trade-off, whereby I, the killer of this animal, am sacrificing myself into this animal’s life-line and accept that this animal takes birth as a human in my place. Humans in those times would seldom eat animals and if they did then they would eat a naturally dead animal. No human wanted to be born as a non-human animal.
If the Moslims of today have an ounce of self-worth and common-sense, they would jettison their mimicry of the (adopted but not native) tradition of a society and culture which they are hell-bent on removing from Palestine.
But rigidity is rigidity. Shallowness is shallowness. And ignorance is bliss.
And so, I like my predecessors am a note on a flute, drowned by the hurricane of arrogance encased in ignorance. What I say will be ignored. And humans will kill not only animals but humans, and they will destroy this planet we all call home.