One night in December of 2013, as I was eating dinner with my family, something unexpected happened.
We were eating pork spare ribs. My daughter was pregnant and while we didn’t routinely eat much meat as a family due to poor finances at the time, she felt she needed the extra protein. I bought and prepared the spare ribs.
As I took a bite of the meat, I found myself transported to the consciousness of the pig I was eating. Suddenly I was in the slaughterhouse and I was exposed to all of the sights and sounds of it. There was blood, and excrement, urine and terrible fear.
I could not swallow, and I lost my appetite for animal meat. I got the meaning of “Thou shalt no kill” at full value.
“Thou shalt not kill” indeed applies to animals as well as man. From one of Walter Russell’s Q & A sessions:
Q. “He who killeth an ox is as he who killeth a man.” (Isa. 66:3) We are told that we have dominion over everything–does that mean we are to slaughter animals for food?
A. In Genesis it was said that man shall have dominion over all things. Moses meant by that that jungle-man knew nothing of God. When he first became aware of God within him, he searched for his God in the sun, in the avalanche, or in anything that he could not understand, and built gods to worship. Moses wrote: “Let us make man in our own image, and let him have dominion over the fish of the sea, etc.,” which meant that he had begun to KNOW instead of to sense.
Man never had dominion over anything until he began to know God in him. Then he began to create with God. He created the wheel; he discovered how to make a boat and then make a sail for his boat. He began then to have dominion over other things in the universe, which he did not have before. Knowledge gave him this power. That did not mean that he was newly made–as Adam–in a minute. It simply meant god had been whispering to him for millions of years but he had not heard until that time. When he did have dominion, it was only because he became aware of God within him. When that unfoldment came, he then knew good from evil.
When he killed, as in the little fable about Adam, he knew for the first time that he was killing. The Garden of Eden was a symbolic contrast to the jungle. In the eyes of the future, he looked up to the mountain of his ascension and he began his knowing of good from evil. By killing, he knew that he should not kill. But we have not yet progressed very far from that jungle; we are still barbarians. Only two thousand years ago, they killed and slaughtered animals on the very altars of the churches to appease God. The altars of the churches in Jesus’ time ran with blood because blood was the jungle memory of man and it still is. We fill our hymnals with songs about blood–blood of the lamb-fountains filled with blood–all sorts of things which indicate that we are still remembering the jungle.
We are not yet out of the jungle in respect to even our food.”
The state of our civilization is in decline because of severe decadence: the decadence of eating meat is extreme here in the West where I live. Eating meat breaks universal law and keeps man in the jungle, and yet almost every “Christian” home has those turkeys killed and laid on the alter of the dinner table for Thanksgiving and Christmas. As man unfolds cosmic knowledge, the killing of animals for food falls by the wayside.