Quando in un bosco ne percepisci la bellezza e diventi tutt'uno con il bosco, allora, intuitivamente, sei in armonia e in pace con le Dee e con gli Dei. Essi sono parte della nostra vera natura, la nostra Natura Profonda, e quando siamo separati dalla nostra vera natura, viviamo nella paura. Percepire questa normalità vuol dire dare un senso reale al vivere che è insito in tutte le cose.

Intraprendere la Via Romana al Divino significa iniziare un percorso di risveglio: praticando l'attenzione e la consapevolezza continua ci incamminiamo lungo una strada sapendo che ciò che conta è il cammino per sè più che la destinazione.

When you, entering a forest, perceive the beauty of the forest and you feel to be in a complete harmony with it, then, intuitively, you are in peace with the Deities. They are an essential part of our real nature, our Deep Nature, and when we are separated by our real nature we live in the fear. Perceiving such normality means giving a real sense to our lives.

Undertaking the Roman Via to the Deities implies a path to awakening: with the practice of continuing consciousness and awareness we undertake our walking knowing that taking the path is more important than the destination itself

mercoledì 15 novembre 2017

Eating Meat

I have to say that I'm not a vegetarian or vegan. I rarely eat meat, but I eat it. I eat meat not very often basically because I do not particularly like it.

In addition, living in Italy, I have the opportunity to eat a very varied menu of vegetables, many different kind of cheese, cereals, legumes, pasta, etc... It is not necessary to eat meat because there are really so many good alternatives. I think also that, reducing the meat consumption, I'm living definitively in a healthy way.

But, I repeat, I eat meat.

I have to say that, with regards to food in general and meat in particular, I have been influenced also by the approach our Roman Ancestors had in the past about these issues. According to Roman Traditional Spirituality eating meat had to pass through a rite: usually that of sacrifice or hunting. In short, eating meat was not a mechanical act, as it is today for many people in modern (supposed) advanced society. 

It is quite evident that nowadays we cannot eat meat after performing a sacrifice: it is not practically possibile. Many of us are also not so used to attend (not to say "make") the killing of an animal. When I was a boy (many years ago...) living in the countryside, the slaughter of an animal was a rather common event: if one wants to eat meat, he had to kill an animal. I still remember those experiences with a strange feeling of discomfort. 

Now we can easily eat meat just going for example to a supermarket where pieces of animals are presented in a way in which nobody can recognize the identity of the animal as a (ex) living being. One can eat kilos of meat being completely unaware about what really existed "before".

I repeat: we cannot do sacrifices or particular rites for eating meat. But we can re-gain awareness of the sacrality of food in general and of meat in particular as gifts. When eating meat it should be important not to forget that we are receiving the gift of the life of an animal.  

One can eat meat without exaggerating, always on the base of on the criteria of simplicity and frugality. The Traditional Roman Spirituality is placed in an intermediate position between being exclusively vegetarian (such as the Pythagoreans) or totally carnivores (as was the case for some groups linked to Dionysus-Bacchus who also ate raw meat).

It is also necessary to remove the image of the Romans habits when eating with their degenerate and corrupted inclination to extravagant and exaggerated foods, as for example described in the Petronius' Satyricon. This is rather the image of the lifestyle of the freedmen (as clearly emerge even in the Satyricon itself): they had no traditional spiritual knowledge.

The traditional approach to food, including meat consumption, has always been inspired by simplicity and frugality. I am still basing myself on these principles: I inspire my everyday life to these principles even with regards to food. I consider these small acts as a positive contribution to really and correctly Colere Deos / Deas .

By the way, it might be interesting to read " De esu carnium ", " Bruta animalia ratione uti " and " De sollertia animalium " (works easily available in the bookshops) by Plutarch. In them I have found many reflections not only on eating meat, but also on the respect should be paid to these "traveling companions".

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