We have recently added a small flock of chickens to our family here. Chickens are sweet birds and make good pets, if you have space and time to care for them. We are strict vegetarians and therefore do not eat poultry or eggs. The ancient Sages of India have advised against eating meat and eggs for all doing spiritual practices for mystical awareness of the Divine. Meat and eggs are tamasic in nature, meaning they dull the mind and increase the animalistic instincts within people when consumed. To ensure a clear mind for deep, illuminating meditation non-vegetarian foods are avoided. Yet chickens have been bred to be slow and fat for good eating. Such domesticated animals are helpless against predators in the wild. We feel it is our duty as people to care for such sweet and defenseless animals. We love our 13 chickens: Neeli, Pottu, Garuda, Amalaki, Durva, Darbha, Bilva, Kala, Neem, Vrinda, Shweta, Kutki, and Shunti. Here are photos of the new coop and run we just finished constructing for the birds. We have included a bachelor pad for our roosters so that we can control the population. We will post more photos of our feathered friends soon.
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