Today has been cloudy and cold but the poor weather didn’t stop me from going to the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir complex in Toronto. I’ve always been fascinated Hinduism ever since I studied world religions in university. As much as I would love to belong to a religion I can’t get over how seeped in patriarchy all of them are. Being a member of an organized faith would mean ignoring their contribution to misogyny the world over. I just can’t do it.
However, I do enjoy their buildings and the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir temple is simply breathtaking. It’s disappointing that it’s been constructed adjacent a busy highway, but once I was inside the facility I couldn’t hear a thing, I was lost in the overall beauty of its architecture.
The Mandir is a masterpiece of ancient Indian arts, traditions and philosophy. Constructed in just 18 months, visitors come to the Mandir to experience Hinduism’s central theme of “Unity in Diversity.”
I was really blown away with the intricate craftsmanship. However, visitors are not permitted to take photographs of the interior. Another misfortune to my visit was that the front steps were covered by a blue tarp — they’re possibly preparing for some repair work. I’ll definitely return soon, but I would like to observe a service, if that’s possible.
If you get a chance go see it one day. You’ll be in for quite a treat.
I went for a walk this morning and I thought for a long time about the reasons people continue to eat meat in light of everything we know about factory farming and the hell that these poor animals face so that we can enjoy a culinary experience.
It doesn’t make sense to me, it never will. I can’t look at a pig and disconnect from reality like so many others are able to do. I see them and their lives without forgetting the pain and suffering we commit against them daily.
When people think of hell, they should look no further than a factory farm. It’s where each and every single animal that ends up on your plate suffers a painful life and a brutal death.
Is that too much, am I being too dramatic? I really don’t think so. All one has to do is educate him or herself. The truth is present.
Roosters are exceptionally intelligent and capable animals. They have a strong sense of family and much like humans, they are social. That’s why it’s important not to eat them, to allow them to live their natural lives free of abuse, torture, humiliation, disease and murder.
I came across these guys during my walk through Riverdale Farm this morning. I was surprised how close they let me come to them, without any fear of human interaction. It was a heart-soothing moment.