The Youniverse

I love how everything in nature is 100% itself. Everything is so full of conviction, so trusting of its existence. Not once have I seen an animal second guess itself or try to be something it isn’t. It is not full of doubt about its abilities or that it will be able to live its life as fully as it needs to. It doesn’t plan out everything before living its life. It is never waiting to live. It lives. It trusts through the living of its life rather than trusting through thinking about living its life. 
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I love how everything in nature is 100% itself. Everything is so full of conviction, so trusting of its existence. Not once have I seen an animal second guess itself or try to be something it isn’t. It is not full of doubt about its abilities or that it will be able to live its life as fully as it needs to. It doesn’t plan out everything before living its life. It is never waiting to live. It lives. It trusts through the living of its life rather than trusting through thinking about living its life. 

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It’s amazing to me that we spend so much time planning and trying to control circumstances in order to continue to exist, and yet we are utterly and completely vulnerable to the spontaneous actions of the natural world. We cannot consciously control the behaviour of the plants or animals, and yet their behaviour directly supports our existence as human beings.

Imagining that we are powerless in the face of our own imaginings.

  • We have imagined a world where animals are kept in cages.
  • We have imagined a world where pets are bred on one hand while others needlessly die in shelters on the other.
  • We have imagined a world where slaughterhouses exist.
  • We have imagined a world where there is such a thing as third-world countries and first-world countries.
  • We have imagined a world where militaries exist.
  • We have imagined a world where students learn about the world by being told about the world instead of experiencing it first-hand.
  • We have imagined a world where 9-5 workdays exist.
  • We have imagined a world where caffeine is needed to jolt us from our sleep and keep us awake during our unexciting days.
  • We have imagined a world where one person makes less money than another for doing the same job, just because she has different body parts.
  • We have imagined a world where nature needs to be “developed” and where polluting our air and water for industry is good economic practice.
  • We have imagined a world where sweatshops and child-labour exist.
  • We have imagined a world where people are dying from over-eating in one part of the world while people are dying from not getting food in another part.
  • We have imagined a world where people who imagine things differently are mocked and ridiculed.
  • We have imagined a world where being unhappy, overworked, underpaid and stressed out is considered normal.
  • We have imagined a world where we produce more than we can consume, and throw out the excess as a solution.
  • We have imagined a world where our seniors are banished to die isolated from the rest of us.
  • We have imagined a world where we are separate from it and where the world is out to snuff us out of existence.
  • We have imagined a world where all these imaginings seem to be out of our power to change.

The reality is that we have the capability and the responsibility to imagine a different world, if we are unhappy with the current one. We can imagine a world that is reflective of our desires instead of our fears. We can imagine a world where we are self-empowered. It starts with imagining a different world, and validating and following that new imagination. It’s all up to us. 


I find animals to be very inspirational. They are 100% in their beingness, without a sliver of space for anything other than the idea that they are. There is no room for doubt or hesitancy. Their actions are full of conviction. Every moment of their lives animals are gloriously being themselves.

— Sohail Desai


I don’t normally post videos about animal cruelty, but this popped up on my Twitter feed and I had to share. I guess it ties into the spiritual theme of this blog in that if we desire to be joyful, peaceful, harmonious beings, we cannot take part in acts that propagate the opposite energy. To truly emanate our preferred state of being all our choices must be in alignment with the state of being we prefer to experience in our lives, and this includes our choices regarding what we eat, drink, wear, and so on. There is no need to judge the individuals taking part in the actions in the video, but there is a need to be aware of how our choices affect others. Make the choice to live a truly joyful and peaceful life. Touch the lives of others (both human and non-human) in a joyful, compassionate and loving way. Go vegan.


All judgement stems from self-judgement. Only when a person takes part in the judgement of themselves can they take part in the judgement of another. Furthermore, only when a person judges themselves can they accept the judgement of others.

This is the reason why it is impossible for God or All-That-Is to judge anything. God or All-That-Is is perfection itself, knows it is perfect and therefore sees perfection in everything within it.

The natural world, being the extension of God that it is, is also naturally non-judgemental. Animals, for example, have better sense than to judge themselves and so they do not seek to take part in the judgement of others. This is why pets can love their human companions unconditionally, even if the humans cannot love themselves in the same way. This is also why animals in nature do not strive to be anything other than who they are or who they have chosen to be. Unlike us, they do not fear judgement and see a need to meet expectations of anything or anyone, including the expectations of themselves. They are just happy being themselves because they love themselves unconditionally.

— Sohail Desai


Look to nature to see the workings of the Universe. The animal and plant kingdoms hold deep secrets about what life is all about. Animals and plants have a deep knowing about acting with integrity. No animal or plant, under its own influence, seeks to destroy another aspect of its environment. In fact, all animals and plants unknowingly seek to create favourable conditions for others. It is as though the animals and plants know that their own existence is based on the existence of others around them. Nature, even though it is incredibly complex, operates with simple integrity and unity. We cannot go wrong if we emulate nature.

— Sohail Desai


My first video. It’s about the story published in the Toronto Star yesterday about animal abuse at Marineland. The video covers my views on this subject and how the situation at Marineland is connected to most of us and our society as a whole.


Being a hateful vegan is quite the oxymoron. I don’t understand how a person who chooses not to consume animals for compassionate reasons can also turn around and choose to treat other people with hatred. The goal of a vegan is to express compassion and love, period. Whether that compassion and love is directed at animals, one’s self, the environment or other people doesn’t matter. It is the expression of compassion and love that is the key.

— Sohail Desai


Watch Earthlings

I won’t post it here because it is way too graphic, but if anybody wants to truly take an honest look at the way our society treats animals please watch “Earthlings” on YouTube. After watching just a bit of it I can honestly say I have never been more proud of being vegan and of choosing to be a loving, compassionate person in almost every aspect of my life. 


Not only do we learn to have expectations of ourselves, but we also learn to have expectations of others and even of nature and the animals. We could not simply enjoy observing the free, natural life of an animal in its own habitat. No, we had to domesticate it, which is another way of saying we had to capture it, confine it and coerce it into behaving as we think it should. We get upset when the animal misbehaves by destroying our home or disturbing our life. We then learn how to train the animal so that it stops those behaviours and if that fails we simply discard it by leaving it in a shelter, where its only hope is finding another person to bring it into their home.

Most of us never stop to think that the animal is not misbehaving at all and that it is merely expressing itself as it sees fit. We don’t see that it is our entirely unreasonable and completely fabricated demands that are contradicting with the natural, free spirit of the animal. The animal is not expressing a lack of integrity when it disrupts our life. It is us who have expressed a lack of integrity by not understanding that we have repressed the animal’s way of life. We have done this with pets in our homes, we have done this to livestock and we have done this to circus animals. We have many industries based on the repression of the animal’s expression.

I believe it is the height of insanity that we constantly try to make things fit into the neat little definitions we imagined they should fit into. We forget that as children we did not have any expectations of ourselves until our parents taught us otherwise. We forget that animals have no expectations of themselves. They simply are who they are. What arrogance we show when we try to make both our children and the animals something they are not. We need to realize what we are doing and then make changes so that we may free the animals, our children and ourselves from the difficult burden of meeting imagined expectations. The collective lives of all who inhabit our planet will be much more joyful and I think that is something worth moving towards.

— Sohail Desai


Desire and Fulfillment: The Cycle of Life

Life is an ongoing, ever created cycle of desire and fulfillment. There is nothing else to it. Every action we take is an attempt to fulfill a desire. The reason we wake up in the morning is because we believe that there is a chance to fulfill at least some of our desires. If we did not hold that belief we would become increasingly despondent and lose our will to live.

This is one of the largest differences between humans and animals; animals always intrinsically believe that their desires will be fulfilled. This is the reason a spider builds a web or why birds fly south in the winter. They do not give up hope in the face of what may seem to be insurmountable odds. Think of how small of an area the spider’s web covers relative to the amount of space around it. If the spider had the mind of a human she may just look at the situation “realistically” and give up hope that a fly would somehow find its way onto the web. However, we know that she wouldn’t do that. She would build her web with full trust and a deep knowing that it will end up helping fulfill her desire for a nice crunchy fly to munch on.

Now, for us humans, each of us must take a look at our lives and ask if our desires are truly being fulfilled? Do we even have true desires anymore or are we just coasting along aimlessly? Due to a history of unfulfilled desires or limiting beliefs that lead to a belief in the difficulty of fulfilling them (a limiting belief is usually one that attempts to answer how a desire will be fulfilled. It is like the spider pondering all day how a fly will fall in the web), the issue for many of us has become that we have given up on our true desires and have learned to accept more “realistic” ones instead.

Because of this we end up being untrue to ourselves and live a life of quiet repression. Think about how many people work at jobs they hate so that they can pay for a life they don’t truly want all because they are too scared to boldly be true to themselves. The truly astonishing thing is that most people have convinced themselves that they are happy with their current life because they have considered their desires as fantasy. Put simply, to kill desire is to kill life and this is why most of us are just walking zombies.

It’s time to bring ourselves back to life and get back to our desires. We must create them truthfully from our hearts and then joyfully go about fulfilling them. This is the only way we will truly develop and grow. It’s the only way we will truly live!

As an aside- As I have said in other posts and in an upcoming one, desiring a new life is really desiring a new you. To fulfill the desire we must become the person we wish to become by changing our beliefs, emotions and behaviours. The life we desire will follow just as faithfully as the undesired life followed our undesired state of being.


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Dolphins protect their breaks with sea sponges while they hunt

A few years ago, scientists observed that some bottle-nosed dolphins held sponges in their beaks as they poked around the ocean floor, flushing out fish they promptly gobbled up—and that mothers taught this trick to their daughters. In a follow-up study published yesterday, the scientists shed some light on why dolphins go to all this trouble: They’re after fatty, energy-rich fish on the seafloor, and the sponges let them scare up a snack without scraping their beaks on sharp rocks or coral.

Yet another incredible example of animal intelligence.
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sciencecenter:

Dolphins protect their breaks with sea sponges while they hunt

A few years ago, scientists observed that some bottle-nosed dolphins held sponges in their beaks as they poked around the ocean floor, flushing out fish they promptly gobbled up—and that mothers taught this trick to their daughters. In a follow-up study published yesterday, the scientists shed some light on why dolphins go to all this trouble: They’re after fatty, energy-rich fish on the seafloor, and the sponges let them scare up a snack without scraping their beaks on sharp rocks or coral.

Yet another incredible example of animal intelligence.