The book The Benefits of Vegetarianism is the work of Sadegh Hedayat, the most prominent author of contemporary Iranian literature, which examines the scientific and logical dimensions of the need for human vegetarianism and acquaints you with the lifestyle and thoughts of one of the most important writers of Iranian literature.
Sadegh Hedayat became a vegetarian as a teenager, and at the age of 25 he wrote The Benefits of Vegetarianism with his fascinating pen and narrative about the importance of being a vegetarian. In this book, Hedayat talks about different aspects of this lifestyle and criticizes the cruel industry of meat products.
In this book, Sadegh Hedayat mentions the benefits of vegetarianism and considers all the negative behaviors of human beings to be due to the consumption of animal meat. He believes that what people eat every day is not food, but the cries of living beings who have been brutally killed, creatures who were beautiful, lived a peaceful life and did not disturb humans.
It has been almost a hundred years since the publication of this book, but Sadegh Hedayat’s thoughts and speeches are still fresh. This great author explains in this book that man is not an omnivorous being and considers vegetarianism to be a suitable lifestyle for man and believes that only by doing so can man achieve peace. In this book, he mentions great people such as Abu Ali Sina, Naser Khosrow, Sheikh Najmuddin Razi, Sheikh Attar, Rumi, etc., and claims that they also avoided eating meat.
About the Benefits of Vegetarianism
The book “Benefits of Vegetarianism” by “Sadegh Hedayat” was published in 1306. This work is about the reasons and arguments of vegetarianism, during which the author examines the scientific, moral, historical, literary and economic views on this subject. At the beginning of the book, there is a comprehensive introduction by Sadegh Hedayat, in which the author talks about the cause of vegetarianism: “Let’s see which point of view is more natural, moral, and healthier nutrition, and finally superior to other foods.”
The book was published almost a hundred years ago, but Sadegh Hedayat’s thoughts and concerns are neither outdated nor obsolete. Contrary to popular belief, this great and prominent author explains in this book that man is not omnivorous. He believes that when a person chooses a healthy lifestyle and vegetarianism, he steps towards more peace because in human nature there is a feeling of hatred, reluctance to kill and pain of other animals, and this feeling is strengthened by vegetarianism.
In this book, “Hedayat” mentions great people such as “Abu Ali Sina”, “Naser Khosrow”, “Sheikh Najmuddin Razi”, “Sheikh Attar”, “Rumi”, “Newton” and “Pascal” who also ate in their lives. They avoided meat. The author believes that avoiding carnivore is one of the greatest causes of human piety.
“Sadegh Hedayat” was twenty-five years old when he wrote this work, and based on philosophy, nature and practical observations, he introduced plants as healthy and natural human food. This work was published by Jamehdoran Publishing in 2004.
A review of the chapters of the book The Benefits of Vegetarianism
The Benefits of Vegetarianism consists of twelve chapters written over several years in various cities, including Brussels and Cannes. The first chapter of the book, entitled “Sacrifice of the Belly”, is about the brutal slaughter of animals, which the author considers a crime. The writings in this section depict the persecution of humans in relation to other living things with a black eye. In the second chapter of the book, entitled “Human Natural Food”, Sadegh Hedayat refers to the words of great scientists and talks about the suitability of the body with plant foods and the type of human teeth.
In the third chapter of the book, “Chemical Decomposition of Foodstuffs”, the author discusses the details of foods and their types and writes the amount of energy and fat in a table. The fourth chapter of the book is about the history of vegetarianism and its philosophy and origin are explained. In this chapter, the author refers to the opinions of scientists and talks about other animals and living things that are close to humans and that were also vegetarians.
Chapter 5 of the book is about the harms of meat and the author talks about the effects of blood on human health. Other chapters in the book include “Cooking Food”, “Ethics and Vegetarianism”, “The Superiority of Vegetarianism”, “Practical Experiments”, “Economics and Vegetarianism”, “Answering the Objectives” and “Doing the Letter”.
In a part of the book, we read about the benefits of vegetarianism
The reasons for strengthening human vegetarianism are so obvious that they generally do not think so. They offer. As it forces us to bow before its secrets – also one plant for the swamp and another for the desert.
The mouth structure of an animal is created for grazing and the other tooth for tearing, etc. It means that each of them has accepted food that suits their structure and body needs during crores for centuries. It does not take long for the animal to lose its hair and become ill. Also, any food change always produces corruption, sickness and death because it is against the immutable laws of nature.
Man is not a creature whose structure is outside the rules that govern the lives of other animals. He is also a natural being born as a result of the evolution of animals and is closely related to them.
When we compare it with other animals, we see that it does not look like a predator or a grazing animal: if the human body was built for carnivores, it should be able to hunt wild animals and tear live prey with its claws and teeth and eat raw meat. It eats bones and bones like predators, but it has only contented itself with eating the muscles of artificially bred, artificially killed and cooked animals, all of which are unnatural.
But he has forgotten to invent an artificial digestive system for himself so that his fake food can be part of his body. Because the physical structure of man is quite similar to the structure of fruit-eating monkeys. His digestive system, teeth, stomach, intestines and all his internal structure are just like those of big monkeys.
About Sadegh Hedayat
Sadegh Hedayat, a famous Iranian writer and journalist, was born in February 1981 in Tehran. As a child, he went to the seminary in Tehran and completed his high school education at the Academy of Arts. Hedayat also studied at the Sanlui School for some time, where he became fluent in French. After that, he became acquainted with French literature and writers, and following his interest, he went to Paris in March 1961. In the same years, Hedayat turned to vegetarianism and wrote the book The Benefits of Vegetarianism. Influenced by his lifestyle and vegetarianism, Hedayat later wrote a book on human and animal rights, which is about animal rights. He started this book with this famous verse from Ferdowsi:
Myazar Mori which is its seed
Who has a soul and a sweet soul is happy
After living in Paris for several years, Sadegh Hedayat left his studies unfinished and returned to Tehran. In Iran, he became acquainted with “Massoud Farzad”, “Bozorg Alavi” and “Mojtaba Minavi” and followed the writing of his works seriously. He wrote many books on social and political topics, including “Sahab’s Woe”, which was banned in 1314 due to his criticism of satire. The restrictions imposed at that time and the unhealthy conditions of the society persuaded him to travel to India. In India, he accompanied Shin Parto, an Iranian poet and writer, and learned the Pahlavi language. Sadegh Hedayat published his most famous work at this time, The Blind Owl, which he had written in Paris.
“Sadegh Hedayat” returned to Iran again after a while and started working as an employee. He continued to write all these years and his works are a reflection of the state of society in Iran at that time. He traveled to France again in 1326 and spent the rest of his life there. He committed suicide on April 10, 1931, after burning all his works.
Works of Sadegh Hedayat
“Sadegh Hedayat” is a cultured novelist of contemporary Iran, whose thoughts and writings are still appreciated over time. He has written many books, including the collection of stories “Stray Dogs”, the play “Parvin Dokhtar Sasan”, the short story “Madeleine” and the long story “Hajie Agha”. In addition to writing his immortal works, Sadegh Hedayat has also translated some international works into Persian, such as Franz Kafka’s Transfiguration.
Index of the book
Chapter One: Abdominal Fedayeen
Chapter Two: Natural Human Food
Chapter 3: Chemical Decomposition of Foodstuffs
Chapter Four: History of Vegetarianism
Chapter Five: The Dangers of Meat
Chapter Six: Cooking Food
Chapter 7: Ethics and Vegetarianism
Chapter 8: The Superiority of Vegetarianism
Chapter 9: Practical Experiments
Chapter Ten: Economics and Vegetarianism
Chapter Eleven: Answers to Objections
Chapter Twelve: Thesis
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