About grantnash

5372_115723216959_4494485_SMALLGrant Nash a born and raised Pretoria boy, enjoys lifes simple pleasures like any other. A family lunch; a game of rugby; a night out with mates. And loads of chocolate! But underneath the so called ordinary, are layers or compassion intricately woven with a deep sense of spirituality. And that brings us to Grant Nash today. The intelligent , committed humanitarian and animal activist. And still lover of chocolate!

Grants path to compassionate living debuted in 2009 when he joined a former colleague on a month long fasting ritual. This quickly brought about a permanent switch to being vegetarian. His prompted brain went into research mode and a vegan lifestyle was the next logical step in compassionate living. The other thing that elicits that much passion from him, is rugby:-)

As a former 5FM DJ, Grant used his position of influence to become more involved in trying to create a difference for humans and animals alike. He is known for being vocal about not inflicting pain on other living beings, as well as using veganism to help combat the destruction of our planets natural resources. His 20,000 strong twitter following have been subjected to healthy debate with Grant’s sole purpose being to plant the seed of change. 20,000 often fluctuates when the plant lover pursues what his followers have called ” the vegan rant”.

As a committed Buddhist practitioner, Grant has taken vows that closely align with a vegan lifestyle. Refrain from harming living creatures being one of them. This is taken so seriously that he once bought locusts from a pet shop to liberate them. #extremealert.

When he’s not trying to save the planet one tweet at a time, Grant enjoys lazy afternoons on the couch with his partner and bulldogs. He also considers himself an amateur pastry chef. Amateur being the operative word.

The world according to Grant:

1) Three words that describe your personality?
Outspoken( sometimes to my detriment) ; compassionate ( continuous work in progress) and curious ( my friends call me inspector 006)

2) What books or readings have significantly impacted your life?
Conversations with God by Neale Donald Walsch; Lamrim Chenmo by Je Tshongkapa and Eating Animals by Jonathan Safran Foer

3) What foods do you miss most as a vegan?
I enjoyed most non vegan food, but pleasure from the pain and suffering of others will never sit well with me. There are amazing vegan alternatives I now love.

4) Who is the person that has inspired you the most and why?
His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Through the pain of seeing his home torn away; his people tortured and killed; he is still the greatest beacon of compassion the world has ever seen. I am in awe, in love, in reverence.

5) What has been your greatest extravagance?
My Honda hybrid. It’s sexy, but well expensive.

6) Who would be your three best dinner guests?
His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Eminem and Lama Zopa Rinpoche. (Maybe they can rub off on Eminem. I like him, but he seems angry)

7) What about you, if anything, irritates your partner?
I’ve gone from the tidy guy to the clothes on the bathroom floor guy in a year. He is NOT impressed.