Abstinence from meat
How can one command grace Who eats the flesh of others to swell his own flesh? No scope for wealth with a spendthrift. So too compassion with a meat eater. No mercy in the hearts of those armed to kill And those who feast on flesh. What is grace? It is not killing; To kill, disgrace. And senseless to eat that meat. Abstain from meat to save life. The clenched jaws of hell hold those who don't. The world may say: 'Meat we eat, but don't kill'. But no one will sell if there is none to buy. Abstain from eating flesh realizing it As the wound of another Those visionaries freed of ignorance Will not feed on a flesh freed of its life. Better than a thousand burnt offerings Is one life un-killed, un-eaten. All living things will fold their hands And bow to one who refuses to kill or eat meat.