Most of the information that I share with people and most of the knowledge that really attracts my attention about validating the raw vegan diet is of a scientific nature. I think that this is mainly because we live in a technological, scientific age.
If you look at our cities you see that corporate skyscrapers dominate the skyline, but back in the Renaissance humanity was focused on spiritual enlightenment and the churches were the largest buildings in the cities of the Middle Ages.
I truly believe that when one delves deeply into the underlying concepts of The Raw Vegan Diet that one will find that The Raw Vegan Diet is one of the few places where science and spirit actually come together seamlessly. It seems as through scientific and spiritual endeavors have always been in conflict. Even in the middle ages you had many instances of the churches trying to suppress the groups of free thinkers who banded together to become known as The Illuminates. They included Isaac Newton, Galileo, and anyone who disagreed with the literal interpretation of the bible. And many times these free thinker had to go underground to avoid persecution.
And now that science has gained the upper hand the reverse is almost true and if a thing cannot be proven by scientific fact then it is not held to be true. And nowhere is this more self-evident than in modern medicine.
I have been doing The Raw Vegan Diet for over forty years I don’t know anyone who has been doing it as long as I have. But I didn’t make it up the concept of The Raw Vegan Diet goes all the way back to biblical times. The first recorded information that I could find on The Raw Vegan Diet comes from The Essene Gospel of Peace. This book is reported to be the lost book of the actual teaching of Jesus Christ. It was written in Aramaic text and translated from The Dead Sea Scrolls by Edmond Bordeaux Szekely. I first read it in 1971. It was a little thirty page booklet that was free and it took me about forty five minutes to read it.
I don’t think of myself as a religious person. I don’t belong to a church. When I was 18 in 1968 I joined the army and went to war. What I saw changed me for all time. I felt for a long time that there couldn’t be a God, and it took me many years to be able to believe strongly in the spiritual side of life. And now I believe even stronger in the spiritual side than the scientific side even though it is the scientific or technological side that I mostly talk and write about. For the simple reason that religion is such a delicate and sensitive issue with so many people until it is almost impossible to talk to a widely diverse group of people about spiritual things without running into huge conflicts.
I think that it has always been this way since recorded history. If you look at the major religions in the world they are all pretty much peaceful compassionate religions based upon love and peace. But at the same time historically these religions have been at war with each other for centuries.
For centuries Buddhism with its non-attachment and the seeking of emptiness was considered the perfect religion for the proud death-seeking Samurai Warriors. My research showed me that there were Buddhist Monks who wouldn’t even light a fire so as not to kill the insects that lived in the wood. They were the first vegetarians that I could find any information on and they had developed the concept of not killing animals for food thousands of years before the birth of Jesus Christ who the teachings of The Essenes was based upon.
But nowhere could I find mention of the Buddhist Monks actually just eating raw food. We know that they ate a lot of rice and for the most part rice is cooked. Even the Buddha himself was reported to exist on eating one grain of rice. In all of the pictures and statues that I have seen of The Buddha he seems to be a very round well-fed fellow so I don’t know if the one grain of rice is a metaphor. And even if he did just eat one grain of rice I have no information that leads me to believe that it was raw. All of the information that I have going as far back as written histories which have been translated point to the fact that the rice was boiled or fried.
But an interesting modern fact is some years ago when I was interested in going to China and studying in the temple of the Shaolin Monks I had an exchange of emails with them and I expressed that I was worried that being a raw vegan I might not be able to find the type of food that I needed. To which they responded that there was no need to worry that they had a special place for me.
I found this to be fascinating because Asia is shrouded in mysteries. I first became aware of the power of the vegetarian diet while I was in the army in Korea in 1968. I saw monks and martial artists perform feats of strength that defied human possibilities. And even though it would take me a few years to digest the information I knew right out the gate that there was nothing weak about becoming a vegetarian. It was the true path of a warrior seeking power and strength.
I have seen eighty year old masters taking on five or six young black belts and throwing them around like bowling pins with no effort. But nowhere in my studies could I find any reference to the followers of Buddha following the path of raw veganism. Another aspect that I found interesting was that much of the knowledge was guarded by the temples. And the temples were very competitive with each other. And the only way you could gain access into the higher levels of knowledge was if the master felt you were ready. So it is very possible that there was a doctrine of The Raw Vegan Diet hidden away in some martial arts temple in the hills of China or Korea that had a raw vegan doctrine that was just for the really advanced students.
After eating The Raw Vegan Diet for forty years and studying martial arts for forty two years I have come to believe that the only way to reach the really higher levels is through The Raw Vegan Diet. Otherwise you are just too clogged, bloated, and the accumulation of morbid un-eliminated waste material in your body ages you to a point of breakdown, thus making it impossible to physically achieve the amazing level of the really old marital artists who seem to enter into a timeless state, because they have forged their bodies in the furnace of their will.
In Detroit in the late sixties and early seventies there was a lot of soul searching and a seeking of a new religion because Christianity seemed so false and alienating to a lot of young African Americans. So many turned to Islam as the true religion for African Americans. I had a lot of friends who were Muslims and they would read the Koran to me for hours trying to convert me to the true faith. At around the same time there were a lot of middle eastern people settling in Detroit so I got to meet and hang out with a lot of Muslims from the Middle East.
I found them to be a very gentle and devote people I found the Koran to be written in a very beautiful type of poetry and the description of heaven or paradise was without a doubt the most beautiful description of heaven of any religion that I have studied. But once again nowhere did I find any mention of The Raw Vegan Diet as part and parcel of achieving God’s plan for us. Though there was mention of fasting.
In 1972 I hitchhiked down to New Orleans and lived in the French Quarter with a group of photographers who had a small shop on Bourbon Street. They did photos of the tourists and I did pencil drawings and they let me crash at their apartment. One night a famous rock and roll band came to town and they were friends with one of the photographers so he gave them the key and let them crash at the apartment. When we got back at two o’clock in the morning they had taken some dope and OD’d. We could see their bodies sprawled out on the floor through the keyhole so we broke the door down and called the ambulance. I decided that I didn’t want to get mixed up with the New Orleans police department so I took off and went to stay in a Hare Krishna Temple.
They were vegetarian but not vegan. I learned so much from them. The main thing that I came away with was the concept of Maya or the illusionary world and all of its entanglements. This was very ancient knowledge dating way back before the birth of Christ. It was said that during the lost years of Jesus that he journeyed to the far east and studied in India and the same was also said of the Buddha. So it seems that both Christianity and Buddhism both had there roots in India and all three had reference to not eating meat, and just about all of the major religions have some point of reference to fasting for spiritual purity but the only real reference that I could find as far as religion To The Raw Vegan Diet was the teachings of Jesus in The Essene Gospel of Peace. You can read it yourself by clicking on this link.
The name of Jesus has been so overused by people trying to manipulate the masses until it has been give a bad name. Unless you belong to a church of like minded people if you start saying that you found Jesus it will bring up a lot of walls and resistance in people. And each and every person that I have ever talked to about Jesus has a totally different take on who they think he was and what he really stood for. So in the name of peace I try to refrain from really talking about it and I just talk about the scientific aspects of The Raw Vegan Diet.
But from what I could gather about the life and times of Jesus Christ he was an ordinary man. And he said “As I have done so can you do”. Which is huge. As far as I know he never set foot inside a church. Except when he went in and tossed out the money changers. He seems to me to have been a humble man who spoke to the people down by the riverside. And as the priests saw thousand and thousands of people come down to the river to listen to him they thought to have him come and speak in their churches, but he refused and so they turned on him. And then after he was dead they brought him into the church and changed a lot of his message into something that fit their agendas. But he himself was a humble man that went about barefoot teaching people not to put their food in the fire and to sit at the table that had been prepared for them by their heavenly father.
Some years ago when I first introduced the concept of The Essene Gospel of Peace to The Garden Diet as a film we were thinking about making I got a huge response back from the newsgroup. Some people were really angry and claimed that the Essene Gospel of Peace was a fake and that we shouldn’t make the movie, another woman said take me off of the news letter because we had mentioned that until 1940 The Essene Gospel of peace had been in the vaults of the Vatican in Rome. She was Roman Catholic and she felt that I had attacked her faith by implying that her religion had hidden away the knowledge of The Essene. That was when I knew that any attempt to try and approach The Raw Vegan Diet through spiritual discussions would be like walking through a emotional minefield.
So I just put the spiritual aspects of The Raw Vegan Diet on the shelf and focused on the scientific aspects instead. And there were plenty scientific aspects to talk and write about almost and endless amount of information exists to back up the concept that The Raw Vegan Diet is the perfect diet for human beings.
One of the things that I found really interesting was the fact that a lot of people sent in their testimonials after having done our programs for three and four weeks. The level of healing was amazing the amount of weight people lost was amazing. But it was mostly the healing that caught my attention. People were being healed from conditions that I couldn’t even pronounce. Conditions that I had never even heard of. People were losing sixty and seventy pounds some even more.
It made me think back to Jesus and how in the Essene Gospel of Peace he talked to people down by the river and he used a trailing gourd, filled it with water and stuck it up into their hinder parts and flushed out the abominations and then he put them on a raw diet and they were healed. I guess the modern day counter part is baptizing people in the river but that doesn’t really heal anybody you have to flush out the colon and then don’t put the sludge back in. A real simple concept.
In designing The Garden Diet Programs I tried to keep the recipes as simple and fresh as possible and at the same time make everything taste really good. This is a really easy way to eat. I have been doing it for over forty years and at sixty four I feel pretty much the same way I did at thirty four. I really do hope that I haven’t offended anybody by talking about the spiritual aspects of The Raw Vegan Diet. I just wanted to share something that was really close to my heart.
The reason being that if there is a creator and he really does love us and if he really has prepared a table for us that will nurture us on both a spiritual and physical plane then this is huge when you think about the massive level of suffering people are undergoing now just because of poor diet choices. I truly believe that The Raw Vegan Diet is a huge concept in the evolving collective consciousness of humankind. It is the place were science and spiritual concepts meet.