Diet For Transcendence
by Steven Rosen
Exposing the truth about vegetarianism in the world religions — the further we go back in religious history, the more respect we find for life in all its forms. Rosen shows that one of the original intents of the world’s major religious scriptures was to encourage a meatless diet.
Reviewed by: Tom Regan
North Carolina State University Author, The Case for Animal Rights
Reviewed by: Peter Singer
Australia Author, Animal Liberation
Reviewed by: Dr. Vibhakar Mody Director
Reviewed by: Anant S. Tiwari
University of Gorakhpur, India
Reviewed by: Ven. H. Gunaratana Thera
Reviewed by: Roshi Philip Kapleau
New York Author, The Three Pillars of Zen
Reviewed by: Rashid L.R. Mahmud
Los Angeles, California
Reviewed by: Al-Hafiz B.A. Masri
Existing dietary evidence shows that meat, with its ingrained fats, is harmful as food, and religions such as Islam…have left the choice of food open to an individual’s option according to circumstances and environment.…The author of Diet for Transcendence, Mr. Steven Rosen, knows his subject well enough to help those who would like to change their traditional culinary habits and tastes in favour of vegetarianism.
—Al-Hafiz B.A. Masri, Retired (Sunni) Imam
The Shah Jehan Mosque
Reviewed by: Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman
“…a book such as Diet for Transcendence is greatly needed, and the teaching of compassion in Mr. Rosen’s book should be embraced by Jew and non-Jew alike.”
—Rabbi Joseph H. Gelberman
Tree of Life Synagogue, President, The New Seminary
Founder, The Kabbalah Center, New York
Reviewed by: Philip L. Pick
Judaism is founded on a compassionate way of life and provides a complete philosophy for non-killing in relationship to one’s food.…We hope this book will be widely read and help to encourage the trend toward a more spiritual outlook in relation to food and, consequently, mankind’s outlook in general.
—Philip L. Pick, President and Founder
The International Jewish Vegetarian Society
Reviewed by: Father Thomas Berry
Vegetarianism is a way of life that we should all move toward for economic survival, physical well-being and spiritual integrity….As a Catholic priest, I highly recommend this book.
—Father Thomas Berry
Founder, Riverdale Center of Religious Research
Former Director, History of Religions Program
Fordham University, New York
Reviewed by: Rev. Alvin V. P. Hart
In this book Steven Rosen has recalled the followers of all the world religions to their vegetarian roots. We now have scientific evidence that vegetarianism is good for the body. The greatest spiritual teachers have always known that it is good for the soul.
—Rev. Alvin V. P. Hart, Episcopal Priest and Hospital Chaplain
St. Lukes-Roosevelt Hospital, New York
Reviewed by: The American Theosophist
This wonderful book provides a real service, covering the whole range of rea- sons for changing to vegetarianism…and one can incorporate as part of that intentionality the theosophical perspective that all life—human and non- human alike—is related in an interdependent whole.
—The American Theosophist
Reviewed by: On the Issues, Vol. III
To those in whom a concept of universal compassion and awareness of the sacred nature of all creation is still somewhat of a radical concept, Rosen’s book will certainly be educational. For others who are already committed to following a path of spiritual growth, and have discovered that being a vegetarian is a major step along this road, this book offers reinforcement and inspiration.
—On the Issues, Vol. III
Reviewed by: Vegetarian Times
The Western world has produced few books on vegetarianism and religion. Therefore, Steven Rosen’s book, written from a vegetarian perspective, is a welcome effort….Those who already are vegetarians will be further bolstered in their beliefs.
Reviewed by: Hinduism Today
Diet for Transcendence …makes it clear that all religions teach compassion and that not eating meat is much more than just a healthy way to eat. It is the basis of a profound spiritual life.