Homo Ahimsa – by Judy Carmen

Book available from Amazon here

In this brilliant and inspiring new book, Judy Carmen describes how the time has come for humans to evolve from Homo sapiens to Homos ahimsa – and we don’t have much time to do it.

Homo sapiens (‘Wise’ man) has brought devastation to the world – climate change, environmental destruction, pollution, poverty, mass industrial cruelty to and abuse of animals, and now a pandemic that is bringing the human race to its knees.  Only Homo ahimsa (‘Non-harming’ man) can reverse the damage. 

“Ahimsa” is a Sanskrit word which means “non-harm”, the opposite of “Himsa” which means “harm”.

Homo sapiens may try to use his brain and “wisdom” to find a technical ‘fix’ for the mess he has made, but this will not resolve the problems.  A spiritual transformation is required whereby humans learn to treat others – including animals, of course – with compassion and to recognise their interrelationship and interconnectedness with the planet, the environment and all other living beings, and to treat them with love and respect.

Homo ahimsa lives a vegan lifestyle of non-harming.  One of the key points that Judy makes is that, as long as we have no compassion for animals and use and abuse them, we will never remove the violence from our nature that leads to greed, environmental destruction, poverty and war. We cannot separate our efforts to resolve these problems from our efforts to correct the way we have misused and abused animals.  Our compassion for and treatment of animals is at the heart of the issue.

Humans stand at a precipice in their evolution with a stark choice ahead – self-destruction along with the extinction of many other species or spiritual evolution.  Surely spiritual evolution is the destiny of the unfolding Universe?  Humans have reached this point and their future lies in their own hands.

Many people will believe that, whilst some individuals can make this spiritual transformation (and there have been many such individuals recorded over the last 10,000 years) many will not, and we will all sink in the same boat because of them. Personally, when I look around at humanity as a whole, I struggle to be optimistic. Judy, on the other hand, is optimistic. She believes that those individuals who are already Homo ahimsa can change the energies of the world with their actions and also with their prayers and meditations. She describes them as the ‘Vision Keepers’ who share the vision. 

Isaiah had a similar vision of a Peaceable Kingdom 2,800 years ago.  We still haven’t achieved it. But this time it is different. With a global population of 7.7 billion people and a damaged world, we are at a critical turning point.  We have to change this time and Judy makes the recommendations of how this can be achieved – ‘How we’re going to save the world’.

In fact, Judy is a living example of Homo ahimsa.  She is the co-founder of Prayer Circle for Animals, writing prayers and sharing them widely on the internet.  We have featured some of her prayers in previous editions of The Ark.  She is also co-founder of the Interfaith Vegan Coalition in the US which has recently partnered with the Animal Interfaith Alliance, of which CCA is a member.

This is not just a theoretical or philosophical book, it is also a very practical book which explains how we can make the changes necessary to evolve. This is why I am recommending Homo Ahimsa to everyone to read.

Review by Barbara Gardner


Homo Ahimsa was printed by Circle of Compassion Publishing, 2020 and can be purchased on Amazon here.

The Worldwide Noon Prayer

Compassion encircles the Earth for all beings everywhere.

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May all beings be happy.

May all beings be free.

AIA Focus on Earth Day – Resolving the Environmental Crisis requires Internal Transformation

Along with many other organisations, the Animal Interfaith Alliance is focusing on Earth Day, today on the 22nd April.

But, whilst acknowledging that we must do so much more to fix the external problems of climate change, pollution, deforestation and global pandemics, we also recognise that we cannot resolve these issues without internal transformation and an end to the abuse of our fellow creatures.

Not only is our insatiable demand for meat (including the creatures that live in the sea) causing devastation to forests and oceans, but our greed and violence in abusing animals has made us wage war on nature, when we should be recognising our interrelatedness and interconnectedness with the world around us and working with nature.

Only an internal transformation, where we become compassionate and humble, and where we stand in awe of nature and its beautiful creatures can save us, the planet and everything that depends on her. All the faith-based member organisations of AIA recognise this and strive to create a world where this understanding is shared by all.

Interfaith Celebration for Animals – 2021

Theme: Extending the Golden Rule to Animals in All Faiths

Sunday 21st March – 3.00pm-4.30pm GMT – by Zoom

ALL WELCOME!

Join the Animal Interfaith Alliance in their annual Interfaith Celebration for Animals led by AIA Chair, Rev. Feargus O’Connor, featuring talks, readings, prayers and reflections from all the major faiths.
To register and obtain the link to join the meeting, please contact Barbara at Barbgard.aia@gmail.com

AIA Partners with the Interfaith Vegan Coalition

The Animal Interfaith Alliance (AIA) has formed a partnership with the Interfaith Vegan Coalition, its counterpart based in the US. The Interfaith Vegan Coalition (IVC) is an initiative set up by In Defence of Animals (IDA) and its founders are Lisa Levinson, IDA’s Sustainable Campaign Director, and Judy Carmen joint founder of Prayer Circle for Animals and Peace To All Beings. Judy is also author of the book Homo Ahimsa.

Barbara Gardner of AIA said: “I’m delighted that AIA is partnering with the Interfaith Vegan Coalition as this means that we can share our resources and extend our reach to further the interfaith message of extending our circle of compassion to animals. AIA is an alliance of seventeen faith-based animal advocacy organisations. IVC is also made up of faith-based members and so the partnership represents a fantastic synergy”.

Timeline and Milestones in the Antivivisection Movement since 1980 – Webinar by Dr Andre Menache

In this ground-breaking webinar, Dr Andre Menache BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS explains why it is imperative, based on the latest scientific evidence, to move from outdated animal research to 21st century alternatives, if we are going to get the best and most efficacious results for human health.

Dr Menache is AIA’s European Representative and Scientific Advisor.  He is a veterinarian who advises extensively on animal welfare matters.  He is Scientific Consultant to (and former director of) Antidote Europe, based in France. He has been President of Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine (UK) and General Manager of The Federation of Animal Protection Societies in Israel.  He is a patron of Quaker Concern for Animals and provides scientific support to several grass roots organisations.

Invitation to Webinar by Dr Andre Menache – ‘Timeline and Milestones in the Antivivisection Movement since 1980’.

The Animal Interfaith Alliance

Invites you to

TIMELINE AND MILESTONES IN THE ANTIVIVISECTION MOVEMENT SINCE 1980

A Webinar by Dr Andre Menache

Saturday 12th December 2020 at 2.00pm

The webinar will be hosted on Zoom and will consist of a half hour presentation followed by a Q & A session.  The presentation will examine the history of the antivivisection movement and the arguments for using alternatives to animal research.  This follows Dr Menache’s very successful webinar held last July on ‘What Lessons can be Learned from the Corona Virus Pandemic?’.

Dr Andre Menache

Dr Andre Menache BSc (Hons) BVSc MRCVS is AIA’s European Representative and Scientific Advisor.  He is a veterinarian who advises extensively on animal welfare matters.  Dr Menache is Scientific Consultant to (and former director of) Antidote Europe, based in France. He has been President of Doctors and Lawyers for Responsible Medicine (UK) and General Manager of The Federation of Animal Protection Societies in Israel.  He is a patron of Quaker Concern for Animals and provides scientific support to several grass roots organisations.

If you wish to attend the webinar please email Barbara Gardner at barbgard.aia@gmail.com and you will be sent the link to join the webinar.