Thanks for inviting me to share my vegan story.
Although I technically became a vegan about a year back, I believe I was born with vegan sensibilities - very likely gains from a past birth.
I was born in a Bengali non-veg eating family but I never liked to eat meat - either mutton or chicken. I remember lingering on the dining table until everybody had got up and then when nobody was looking I would dump the meat out of the window. When I was caught and scolded for "wasting food" I never felt guilty because even as a child I did not believe that the flesh of other sentient beings was "food" for me.
I also remember hating cow's milk. I always complained of a "smell" and felt irky by the taste. I was scolded for being fussy but I never lost the opportunity to drain out the milk in the sink when nobody was looking.
I left home for my studies when I was 16 (1990) and the first thing I did was to leave milk, meat, fish, and eggs. When I came home once a year for my holidays I would be firm with my family about not serving me meat but would have to reluctantly take fish, eggs, and milk. When I went back to the hostel, I would be again vegan (that time I did not know the word) for the the majority of the year.
As years passed and I gained more confidence to defy my family, I started saying NO to fish, eggs, and milk. Today my family knows I am vegan and what my vegan ideals stand for and I do not feel under any pressure to consume any non-vegan food when I go home. Or in other words, I am confident enough to withstand any pressures.
I am a spiritual vegan. I am a vegan for the sentient beings, for the Earth. I believe in as you sow, so you reap. You cause pain to other sentient beings, the Universe bring back the pain to you in some way or the other. I firmly believe that the cause for human suffering in the world today is because of the suffering the human race is inflicting on other sentient beings. I can improve my own individual karma through my conduct but what about group karmas? If the combined group karmas are bad, how can I despite of doing good, escape calamity?
Therefore, I engage in vegan education. I want to contribute towards raising the vibrations of this Earth and making them positive, so that we all can live dignified lives without fear - humans, animals, birds, and insects!
I like to engage in positive activism only, I am all pro vegan but not anti anything. I feel love and compassion can change one and all. I have supreme faith in the highest virtue in all humans: compassion!