Spiritual mentors sold vegetarianism before most animal advocates dared mention it
Trancendental meditation & the Hare Krishnas
Similar might be said of A.C. Bhaktivedanta (1896-1977), who introduced the Hare Krishna sect to the U.S. in 1965.
Dinshah P. Ghadali
H. Jay Dinshah
Sathya Sai Baba
Queens, New York City. Physical fitness and vegetarian living were also supposed to prevent heart attacks, but at age 76, Sri Chinmoy had long outlived his life expectancy at birth in Bangladesh.
“Born in the wagon of a traveling show”?
Bitten by scorpion, became “Veg Man”
Fakir or faker?
“Fish we kill & eat are reborn as humans”
Going to the dogs & donkeys
“Nature is the best teacher”
Wrote Pamela Gale Malhotra after Sathya Sai Baba’s death, “Over the last few decades, I have read much of what was written by Sai Baba as well as listened to a number of Sai Baba’s discourses. One of the most important lines I remember from one discourse were Baba’s words that ‘Nature is the best teacher’–something with which I also wholeheartedly concur–a saying that Baba often repeated and was even painted on various boards and put up in the ashram grounds as well.”
The line “Nature is the best teacher” actually appears to have originated with William Shakespeare in his 1599 play As You Like It.
Continued Pamela Gale Malhotra, “Baba also mentioned on a number of occasions that it is only the human species that diverts from its true nature––that all other species follow nature’s lead and keep true to the role they play in creation and nature’s balance.”
Other quotations attributed to Satya Sai Baba by people prominent in animal advocacy include “God = dog. Both are the same but we are too blind to see it,” cited by longtime Blue Cross of India chief executive Chinny Krishna; “Dogs may bark and jackals howl, but truth moves majestically forward,” cited by Ed Boks, former executive director of five U.S. animal control agencies and humane societies; and “The truth is, every time you feed a hungry being, you are feeding me. This is the eternal truth,” cited by Help Animals India founder Eileen Weintraub.
Statements similar to the latter have often been ascribed to Jesus, though the scriptural basis for the attribution to Jesus is hazy.