After the tenth week, Colonel Bradford no longer attended each meeting but did keep up his interest in the "Himalaya Club". From time to time he would speak to the group on various helpful subjects, and occasionally members of the group asked advice on something in particular. For example several of us were especially interested in diet and the tremendously important role that food plays in our lives. there were different views on the subject, and so we decided to ask colonel Bradford to describe to us the Lamas' diet ,and their policy concerning foods.
"In the Himalayan monastery where I was a neophyte, said the Colonel when he spoke to us the following week," there are no problems concerning the right foods , not in getting sufficient quantities of food. Each of the Lamas does his share of work in producing what he needed. All the work is done in the most primitive way.
Even the soil is spaded by hand. Of course, the Lamas can use oxen and plows if they wished, but they prefer direct contact with the soil. They feel that handling and working the soil adds something to the man's existence. I personally found it to be a thoroughly rewarding experience. It contributed to a feeling of oneness with nature.
"Now it is true that the Lamas are vegetarian, but not strictly so. They do use eggs, butter and cheese in quantities sufficient to serve certain functions of the brain, body and nervous system. However they do not eat flesh, for the Lamas, who are strong and healthy, and who practice rite number six, seem to have no need of meat ,fish or fowl.
"Like myself, most of those who joined the ranks of the Lamas were men of the world who knew little about...