I have been surrounded by vegetarianism since before I could walk…I strongly am for it. 

I think a teacher, a real teacher acts like a cheer leader.  A teacher ENABLES their students to score a touchdown.  In Gnosticism it is very important “fact” that one does not require the Church, priests, Rome etc.  Ancient Gnostics according to accounts took it in turns to be priests ion their gatherings.  Indeed ancient Essenes were like ancient communes, ancient writers have alluded to the fact they shared their wealth, time and efforts as a group.

So what of teachers? No one can gain Gnosis FOR another.  So modern Gnostics often think they can do it all themselves.  Well yes they can, but like grapes we ripen best on the vine.  There is a difference between solitary “worship” and being in a group.  It is difficult to avoid politics of course, the lust for power often rears its ugly head.  But a teacher, a priest like a cheerleader encourages its team to score.  They hold the hands of the quarterback, the line backer.  They help them, enable them to score.  This is what a true priest or spiritual teacher is, a Hierophant..

One thing that is seldom touched upon in our modern pursuit of spirituality is the importance of diet. For that I applaud you.  Why is diet important? Well for the mostly obvious reasons: ethically, if we are to practise what we preach.  Would we as seekers openly condone the awful lives that most animals live before they reach a table?  Health, with such modern practises it is just simply important to stay healthy.  I really don’t need to expand on this I am sure. 

Once, a professor went to a Zen Master. He asked him to explain the meaning of Zen. The Master quietly poured a cup of tea. The cup was full but he continued to pour.

The professor could not stand this any longer, so he questioned the Master impatiently, “Why do you keep pouring when the cup is full?”

“I want to point out to you,” the Master said, “that you are similarly attempting to understand Zen while your mind is full. First, empty your mind of preconceptions before you attempt to understand Zen.”

Then there are the less obvious reasons why diet is important to a seeker.  We are the temple, the Grail..the House of God.You may not agree, fine.  Anyway..in mysticism we can see the idea exemplified in the word Kabbalah.  The word Kabbalah means received wisdom or to receive.  It can be used to refer to any oral teaching, but of course is generally applied to what has become known as “kabbalah.”  So what are we receiving? We are receiving the divine.  The idea thus is to build the temple (ourselves) and prepare it. Make it fresh, clean and ready to receive.  Like a cup (Grail) ready to receive the Blood of Christ or wine of the divine.  This is the eternal circle of give and receive.  In Kabbalah we see this as light and vessels.  Vessels can only receive and light can only give.  So there is no take, only give and receive.

 “When we gain great power, we must give it away, a cup can only be filled if it is emptied.” –W G Gray.

 So what does this have to do with diet?  Well aside all the reasons mentioned above a very important part of building the temple is the changes that occur.  Through meditation and spiritual practises our body chemistry actually changes.  If we are pumping ourselves full of poisons this can impinge on our “change.” For me this is the “best” reason to have a healthy or relatively healthy diet.  All of the above reasons of course are also very important.

The above is all my opinion only.  You may or may not agree with any of it.