Praying At Mealtime: Secular Science
Plants and animals die even if the animals don't eat them, which is why in "Primary Perception" Backster talks about plants "wanting to be eaten" to be part of a "higher order", similar to how we view our own eventual death.
Thus the importance of doing a prayer before eating anything if you should want to maximize the lack of suffering to
1. Alert the organism about to be consumed so it can faint and not be hurt,
2. Increase your awareness of the totality of the process, which activates gratitude, and
3. Enables the maximum amount of light qualia to enter into your body, especially with careful chewing and enjoyment of the food, maximizing the intake of the light (sensations) of the experience. (As is talked about in one of the insights of The Celestine Prophecy).
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