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Easter Message by the Slovenian President Dr Janez Drnovšek - 20/04/2007
Dr Drnovšek calls for Slovenians to celebrate Easter without the traditional ham.
“The Easter Holidays are near. Let’s spend them in peace and good company. You can also renounce the ham, chocolate-eggs should be sufficient for an Easter atmosphere.

Would it not be more harmonious if we did not associate religious celebrations directly with ham and other non-spiritual symbols? Do really so many animals have to die when we celebrate higher consciousness and try to develop spiritually? The answer is clear: of course not.

Feasts don’t have much to do with spirituality, just the opposite. Even considering that we can try to understand that in some eras, in which food was scarce, religious events were celebrated with banquets, we can now leave such material remnants behind us. True spirituality does not need them, just the opposite, because they show us that religions demanding such identifications got stuck at a relatively low level of consciousness.

That’s why we’ll try to celebrate the occasion differently this time. We use the opportunity for a walk in nature, for a cleansing of the spirit, for the search for internal peace. We are friendly to our family, our neighbours and all those suffering in this world. Also to animals. We spare them this time from our lust for meat and we try to overcome historical behavior patterns.

We will do something good for our spirit and our body.”

VEGA responds:

We acknowledge this message received by VEGA for the Easter celebrations; and we rejoice in this sign of significant support in European affairs.

Dr Drnovšek is the current President of Slovenia and former President of Yugoslavia. He is also founder and first President of the Movement for Justice and Development, which is not a political movement, but may become a political party. Its aim is “to raise human consciousness and make the world a better place.”

He was born in Celjo, then part of Yugoslavia, today in Slovenia, in 1950. He assumed office in 2002. From 1992 to 2002 he was President of the Liberal Democracy of Slovenia, a successor of the Slovenian Association of Socialist Youth. He left the party in January 2006. In June last year, he announced that he will not be running for a second term of office’

Janez Drnovšek has been suffering for a long time from cancer. A cancerous kidney was removed in 1999; further cancerous growths were discovered in 2001. He subsequently abandoned conventional treatment for his disease and changed his lifestyle. He moved from Ljubljana to a remote village (Zaplana); and recently became a vegan after “a few years” as a lacto-ovo veggie.

Remonstrating last Christmas at an eviction of a family from the city in which they dwelled, Janez scolded the locals: “We can’t leave them out in the cold. We have to help them like people. Are you people? Your Christianity is nothing. It’s just a word.”  

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