Jivamukti NYC Classic: John Robbins - A Pig's Life & Ahimsa

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A classic lecture recorded at the Jivamukti Yoga Center in NYC when it was located on Lafayette Street: September 18, 1999. John Robbins gives two talks that will inspire you to question what it means to be truly humane in a human-centered world. This digitization of an archival Jivamukti audio cassette includes music and spoken word from Sharon Gannon's Audio Letter project. At the end of the talk John answers questions from the audience.

Story 1 - A Pig's Life: John explores the horrible consequences of factory farming, not only from the side of the confined and exploited animals, but from the perspective of the farmers who have been programmed by our society to deny their own feelings, in order to make a living.

Story 2 - Ahimsa: is the story of a family on vacation in Mexico when bandits hijack their VW van and threaten their lives. The husband, who is a vegetarian and non-violent pacifist, has all of his principals challenged. "It's very easy to be non-violent when you are among others who support that." But what happens when you are a naive tourist in a non-industrialized country among a group of desperate bandits who are armed with weapons? How deep do your principles of non-violence go?

About John Robbins: The only son of the founder of the Baskin-Robbins ice cream empire, John Robbins was groomed to follow in his father’s footsteps, but chose to walk away from Baskin-Robbins and the immense wealth it represented to “…pursue the deeper American Dream…the dream of a society at peace with its conscience because it respects and lives in harmony with all life forms. A dream of a society that is truly healthy, practicing a wise and compassionate stewardship of a balanced ecosystem.” 

1 hour and 51 minutes. Digital Audio Download (mp3).