16 Jan Contents
We are in the midst of a monumental transformation in human civilization, akin to a metamorphosis. Just as in Nature where the caterpillar gorges itself before forcibly undergoing a metamorphosis in the chrysalis, we over-consuming humans are reaching a point of being forcibly transformed within the cocoon of our finite planet into compassionate, life-affirming butterflies. Vegan life-affirming butterflies.
Carbon Yoga weaves a narrative through the events of the past to show that such a vegan metamorphosis is inexorable and that this system change will occur within the next decade, both from a scientific perspective and from a religious and spiritual perspective. The narrative proposes an evolutionary purpose for humanity and for Western civilization. During the Caterpillar phase, humans unintentionally built all the tools and technologies needed to regulate the Earth’s climate and organize an equitable global human society. But as a consequence, the Earth is marinating in ever accumulating toxic pollution even as ecosystems are degraded and the climate is changing. Now, we have no choice but to treat all Life as sacred in order to preserve that on which we depend for our own survival. Such a revolutionary change in human outlook has the added benefit of inducing spiritual awakening, resolving social justice issues, elevating our connection with all Life and improving human health and well being. It is only such a quest for “moral singularity” that will heal the Earth, regenerate Life and lead us to true global sustainability.
Carbon Yoga is the second in a series that began with the 2011 book, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies. While Carbon Dharma was mainly about what we need to do, as a species, to reach sustainability, Carbon Yoga takes this understanding of ethical and environmental righteousness (Dharma) and suggests how we can go about doing it (Yoga).
A Climate Healers Publication
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Front Cover Photo: Illustration of the “Moral Singularity” by the mouth painting artist, Srilekha Mandalapalli. The flute represents the “Kundalini” with the seven holes corresponding to the seven chakras that have to be opened to reach a state of enlightenment, The peacock feather symbolizes freedom from worldly attachments. More such amazing paintings by Foot and Mouth artists can be found at http://www.imfpa.org
Foreword: Courtesy Dr. Will Tuttle.
Sailesh Rao is the Founder and Executive Director of Climate Healers, a non-profit dedicated towards healing the Earth’s climate. A systems specialist with a Ph. D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University, Stanford, CA, USA, conferred in 1986, Sailesh worked on the Internet communications infrastructure for twenty years after graduation. In 2006, he switched careers and became deeply immersed, full-time, in the spiritual and environmental crises affecting humanity. He is the author of the 2011 book, Carbon Dharma: The Occupation of Butterflies.
Foreword by Dr. Will Tuttle, author of the best-selling The World Peace Diet, a healthy, enthusiastic, and profoundly happy vegan since 1980, and Dharma Master in the Zen Buddhist tradition. Will sees his mission as one of bringing the message of radical inclusion to our wounded and fragmented culture. For this reason, he lectures, teaches, and performs throughout North America and worldwide. Because of this, he’s a recipient of The Peace Abbey’s “Courage of Conscience Award,” as well as the “Empty Cages Award” and the “Shining World Hero Award.”
4. Who Are We?
4.1 Our Disconnected Lives
4.2 Our Ecological Niche
4.3 Our Vegan Conundrum
4.4 My Vegan Conversion
4.5 The Symbolism of Rituals
4.6 Our Rapid Awakening
5. What is Our Relationship with the World?
5.1 The Question of Free Will
5.2 The Evolution of Needs
5.3 The Early Anthropocene Theory (EAT)
5.4 Human Impact in the Industrial Era
5.5 The Earth Doctor’s Diagnosis
5.6 Modern Animal Husbandry
5.7 Taking Off Our Blinders
5.8 Re-imagining Our Relationship
7. Everything Will Change
7.1 The Signs of the Metamorphosis
7.2 The How of Change
7.3 The Greatest Transformation
7.4 The Vegan Metamorphosis
7.5 Gandhi in the 21st Century
7.6 The AhimsaCoin Economy
7.7 The Half-Earth Solution