The biggest fear generated by pro-meat eaters and new vegetarians is about not getting enough protein. The real problem is just the opposite: we take in too much protein. According to the Max Planck Institute for Nutritional Research in Germany, considered by Paavo Airola to be the most respected and reliable nutritional rese arch organization in the world, there are many vegetable sources of protein which are superior or equal to animal proteins. The Max Planck Institute found complete vegetarian proteins, those which contain all eight essential amino acids, to be available from almonds, sesame, pumpkin, and sunflower seeds, soybeans, buckwheat, all leafy greens, and most fruits. Fruits supply approximately the same percentage of complete protein as mother’s milk. Airola feels “it is virtually impossible not to get enough protein, provided you have enough to eat of natural, unrefined foods.”
Twenty-five to thirty grams of protein are more than sufficient for our protein intake. If the protein is taken in its live-food form, even less is needed. In many cases, as our system changes with meditation, fasting, eating lighter, and increasing live-food intake, our basement membranes become clear, more porous, and thinner, so the protein we take in moves into the cells more readily. With reduced blockage, more of the protein we eat pushes itself through the basement membrane into the cells, so our protein needs spontaneously drop. Perhaps over time we might find that no more than the 1.4 percent protein in mother’s milk is all we need. The lower limits are not clearly established on the materialistic plane for one who is undergoing a spiritual metamorphosis.
Protein and Spiritual Evolution
What can be said is that excess protein, whether from animal or vegetable sources, slows the flow of the subtle energy in the system and decreases our capacities as superconductors. It acts as a sludge to our body energy in general and specifically to the Kundalini energy. In fact, when the Kundalini energy becomes too intense for some individuals, the author often recommends eating lots of vegetarian protein, and rarely even meat, to slow it down. This mild dietary change has worked well for people, and is one way to regulate the flow of the Kundalini energy. The author first noticed this general sludge effect after he changed his diet to vegetarian in 1972. As the author’s basement membranes cleared out of the toxic protein storage load, he began to sense when he was eating too many nuts and seeds to compensate for the supposedly low protein of a vegetarian diet. When overcompensating, he would feel toxic, acidic, sluggish, and it was harder to focus in meditation. Through self-experimentation, the author found the correct amount of protein intake to feel clear and energized. Over the years, as his basement membranes have cleared, he has slowly decreased his protein intake based on this feedback system. The point is that there are no rules. Through self-observation, as our spiritual practices and bodies change, it is possible to determine what our individual protein needs are. A low-protein intake is not the goal or even an idealization. To eat what helps us maximize the flow of energy in the body, the activity of Kundalini, and the experience of our God Communion is the purpose of an appropriate, moderate, low-protein diet.