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Why Hindus Don’t Eat Meat

Why Hindus Don’t Eat Meat



Besides being an expression of compassion for animals, vegetarianism is followed for ecological and health rationales.

REASONS In the past fifty years, millions of meat-eaters – Hindus and non-Hindus – have made the personal decision to stop eating the flesh of other creatures. There are five major motivations for such a decision.

1. THE DHARMIC LAW REASON

Ahimsa, the law of noninjury, is the Hindu’s first duty in fulfilling religious obligations to God and God’s creation as defined by Vedic scripture.

cowhug2. THE KARMIC CONSEQUENCES REASON

All of our actions, including our choice of food, have Karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by eating other creatures, one must in the future experience in equal measure the suffering caused.

3. THE SPIRITUAL REASON

Food is the source of the body’s chemistry, and what we ingest affects our consciousness, emotions and experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl or eggs. By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger, jealousy, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of death, all of which are locked into the flesh of butchered creatures. For these reasons, vegetarians live in higher consciousness and meat-eaters abide in lower consciousness.

4. THE HEALTH REASON

Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to digest, provides a wider range of nutrients and imposes fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier, more productive lives. They have fewer physical complaints, less frequent visits to the doctors, fewer dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined and skin more beautiful.

impact5. THE ECOLOGICAL REASON

Planet earth is suffering. In large measure, the escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient rain-forests to create pasture lands for livestock, loss of topsoil and the consequent increase of water impurities and air pollution have all been traced to the single fact of meat in the human diet. No decision that we can make as individuals or as a race can have such a dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary ecology as the decision to not eat meat.




6. HISTORY

The book Food for the Spirit, Vegetarianism and the World Religions, observes, “Despite popular knowledge of meat eating’s adverse effects, the non-vegetarian diet became increasingly widespread among Hindus after the two major invasions by foreign powers, first the Muslims and later the British. With them came the desire to be ‘civilized,’ to eat as did the saheeb. Those actually trained in Vedic knowledge, however, never adopted a meat-oriented diet, and the pious Hindu still observes vegetarian principles as a matter of religious duty.

“That vegetarianism has always been widespread in India is clear from the earliest Vedic texts. This was observed by the ancient traveler Megasthenes and also by Fa-hsien, a Chinese Buddhist monk who, in the fifth century, traveled to India in order to obtain authentic copies of the scriptures.

“These scriptures unambiguously support the meatless way of life. In the Mahabharata, for instance, the great warrior Bhishma explains to Yudhishtira, eldest of the Pandava prices, that the meat of animals is like the flesh of one’s won son. Similarly, the Manusmriti declares that one should ‘refrain from eating all kinds of meat,’ for such eating involves killing and leads to Karmic bondage (bandha) [5.49]. Elsewhere in the Vedic literature, the last of the great Vedic kings, Maharaja Parikshit, is quoted as saying that ‘only the animal-killer cannot relish the message of the Absolute Truth [Shrimad Bhagavatam 10.14].'”


7. SCRIPTURE

He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever species he may take his birth. – Mahabharata 115.47

Those high-souled persons who desire beauty, faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental and physical strength and memory should abstain from acts of injury. – Mahabharata 18.115.8

healthy_heartThe very name of cow is aghnya [“not to be killed”], including that they should never be slaughtered. Who, then could slay them? Surely, one who kills a cow or a bull commits a heinous crime. – Mahabharata, Shantiparva 262.47

The purchaser of flesh performs himsa (violence) by his wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste; the killer does himsa by actually tying and killing the animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing: he how brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs of an animal, and he who purchases, sells or cooks flesh and eats it – all of these are to be considered meat-eaters. – Mahabharata, Anu. 115.40

He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all that is – immortal in the field of morality – he sees the truth. And when a man sees that the God in all that is, he hurts not himself by hurting others. Then he goes, indeed, to the highest path. – Bhagavad Gita 13.27-28

Ahimsa is the highest dharma

Ahimsa is the best tapas. Ahimsa is the greatest gift. Ahimsa is the highest self-control. Ahimsa is the highest sacrifice. Ahimsa is the highest power. Ahimsa is the highest friend. Ahimsa is the highest truth. Ahimsa is the highest teaching. – Mahabharata 18.116.37-41

WHAT IS THE GOOD WAY? IT IS THE PATH that reflects on how it may avoid killing any creature. – Tirukural 324

All that lives will press palms together in prayerful adoration of those who refuse to slaughter and savor meat. – Tirukural 260

What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroying life, for killing leads to every other sin. – Tirukural 312, 321

You may also want to check:

Is Eating Meat Wrong?

Plant eaters are murderers

Carnivore vs. Vegetarian

Common arguments given by meat eaters

To Beef or not to beef?

 

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47 Responses to "Why Hindus Don’t Eat Meat"

  1. Chaitanya Battaluri  January 20, 2014 at 7:43 am

    Vegetarians are healthier and more pure than a person who takes meat. Great post. Great Information

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  2. Jag  January 20, 2014 at 8:33 am

    Apart from veg is better for health fact i would never agree with the rest, even vegies have souls, feel pain and plants get scared even by the thought of someone who is hurting them.. so this is not AHIMSAA ? I better say that eat when ever you are hungry but not for lust of taste this is the better way to understand.

    A number of studies have shown that plants feel pain, and vegetables are picked and often eaten while still alive. Animal rights activists are often in the news, but has anyone ever protested for vegetable rights?
    – Google for more.

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    • Sanskriti  January 21, 2014 at 4:36 am

      This age old argument about meat eaters vs. vegetarians will always be there. But as a human, one only needs to look at the meat industry today and really ask themselves whether they want to be a part of this horrendous abuse for a few minutes of enjoyment. To enjoy eating a rare beef steak certainly cannot surpass the pain and suffering and inhumane ways farm animals are now treated.

      Plants also have life but to understand the difference between animal and plant life, please read the following posts:

      Plant eaters are murderers: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=6826
      Common arguments given by meat eaters: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=6835

      And to understand what meat industry is today, please watch this video:

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201331702390521&set=vb.206783812798277&type=3&theater

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    • Richa P  January 21, 2014 at 5:21 am

      Can’t be against eating meat without a carnivore jumping in on the conversation bringing the “plants have feelings, too” bull in to play. Tell me, do plants have a central nervous system (which registers pain) like animals? Do plants scream, cry, bleed and show emotions while being cut? In fact, MANY plants and trees actually GROW even more with periodic pruning. So please, next time you open you mouth about plants having feelings – just know how idiotic you sound. If you want to continue eating, then do so. But bringing up dumb facts just make you look, well… DUMB.

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    • Jag  January 28, 2014 at 9:13 am

      I am only here to know the truth …

      I certainly know that butchering animals is really wrong no doubt about it, I am not justifying it either.

      as i read above article .. your basic take is that plant dont feel pain, right ? … i dont believe that one should have flesh or nerveous system to experience pain, do you know there is particular sect of saints and aghoris who dont pluck plants/kill animals for there consumption ? they only eat naturally fallen fruits / animals naturally given up lives.

      can you say something about this experiments http://youtu.be/fGLABm7jJ-Y
      http://youtu.be/fStmk7e9lJo

      Now whats your take on ?

      Finally .. if you eat plants because of basic foundation thought that plant doest experience pain atleast not as animals do , then think what is the difference between butchering a person in coma who dont experience any emotions at all and continue to eat these plants ?

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      • Sanskriti  January 28, 2014 at 4:31 pm

        This is an endless argument, we can go all hypothetical about everything to meet our point of view but the fact remains that above all, being compassionate and kind to other living beings is a foremost quality of being human. You can read my comments on the same lines above on this thread and I also posted a few articles on the matter:

        Plant eaters are murderers: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=6826
        Processed meats declared too dangerous for human consumption: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=5404
        Is eating meat wrong? : http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=5519
        Carnivore vs. Vegetarian: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=5213
        Common arguments given by meat eaters: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=6835

        To understand the meat industry, check out this video:
        https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201331702390521&set=vb.206783812798277&type=3&theater

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        • yeshvanth  January 29, 2014 at 12:12 pm

          Jag your statements make sense, but i am with veggies.

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      • Vikas Chandel  March 2, 2015 at 1:54 am

        I am so tired of hearing this from a people who eat meats & shows care for the plants. Stop being such a hypocrite. The Video you posted is just simply shows reacting to Stimuli. It has no pain & more over It has no nerves & consciousness unlike humans & animals do. You should know that 70 % of the whole world vegetations & plants are used as animal feeds. Trees & forest are cut down for animal agriculture. If you really care about emotions & feelings for a plant then you should go Vegan or Vegeterian ..in this way you will cause less damage to earth. I insist you to see ” Cowspiracy Video “. Have a check !

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    • gururaj  January 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm

      Mr. Jag,
      Last week, in karnataka near Belagavi, there was a big hue and cry because one tiger is out there and eaten one lady. whole forest department was behind the tiger for 1 week, and finally killed it.
      Just like us tiger is also having its “tasty” food, is it wrong? why only humans has right to kill other animals for eating? is human is the owner of this entire earth, and no other creature has any right on this planet?
      Hope rule should be same for all. the entire earth is not for full filling the lust of humans.

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    • Sumanth  June 16, 2016 at 4:53 pm

      A Plant once plucked out can be planted again and there is a greater possibility that it can still live. Can you bring an animal back to life once killed ? Vegetarians are not primarily depending on plants they are infact depending on the products that comes from plants. Even if we do not pluck a fruit it will still fall down. Also, Will non vegetarians stop completely eating meet if vegetarians stop having leafy vegetables. I am sure the answer will be a no.

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  3. Ajay Kundu  January 20, 2014 at 9:35 am

    All the reasons are false. If inflicting pain on any creature is bad, then shouldn’t we stop eating plants as well? After all, they are creature’s too, and as shown by the great Indian scientist, Prof. Jagdish Chandra Bose’s experiments, plants too feel pain. And furthermore, its the basic rule of nature: the food chain! One creature eats the other to survive. Except plants, who make their own food through photosynthesis. As for your spiritual reason, emotions locked into the “flesh of butchered animals”? Really? Do you realise how illogical it sounds? As far as health reasons are concerned, true a vegetarian diet is easier to digest, but “provides a wider range of nutrients and imposes fewer burdens and impurities on the body” is totally false! And as for ecological reasons, totally wrong notion! More land is cleared to create land for farming, and livestock usually feed on products of the farm. So what really is destroying ecology is farming, not livestocks!
    So the real reason why Hindus don’t eat meat is not a scientific one, but a purely traditional and superstitious one. Just because tradition and superstition orders us to not eat meat, so we don’t eat meet.

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    • Sanskriti  January 21, 2014 at 4:52 am

      I am not sure if you are new to this page but this page exists only to counter stupidity, superstition and ignorance rampant in Indians today, especially Hindus. The so called educated secular elites of India today fail to understand what it means to be human first and foremost and how their own heritage tried to teach to them to live in tune with nature and life. Today, most Indians look towards West for intellect, inspiration and reason whereas every reason and answer has been given scientifically and ethically in our own heritage but we are too “advanced” to comprehend the thing of the past. Its a shame actually that West is adapting and learning to live as WE USED TO in the East.

      You can put as much energy in arguing on this topic as you want but there is no end to it and facts remain the same. Instead of wasting more time on this, here are some scientific facts to most of the points you are questioning:

      Plant eaters are murderers: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=6826
      Is eating meat wrong? : http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=5519
      Common arguments given by meat eaters: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=6835
      Carnivore vs. Vegetarian: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=5213

      Here is a video of today’s meat industry:
      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201331702390521&set=vb.206783812798277&type=3&theater

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  4. arjun  January 20, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    Hindus do also eat meat and have done so in the past even before muslims came on the scene so instead of defining what Hindus should eat or not to be a ‘good’ Hindu it should be left to individual choice instead of defining hinduism through a menu and using quotes out of context to prove the point to turn all hindus into Sadhus when there is a war against Hinduism.Many martial groups of hindus have eaten meat who defended hinduism so are they not good Hindus ?

    .Also not all Vegetarians are always healthy.Do you think all those friend bhajians and pakoras make someone healthy.Theres more to it in how food is prepared.

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    • Sanskriti  January 20, 2014 at 6:16 pm

      I am preparing a post for all the non-sense talk and excuses that are given by all meat lovers to hide their guilt.

      For the meanwhile please try to learn something FACTUAL about dietary choices…

      http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/healthy-living/carnivore-vs-vegetarian/

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      • abha  January 21, 2014 at 1:57 am

        When I sit down on the table and eat my medium-rare steak, I’m pretty sure I feel no guilt, I enjoy my meal and savor the taste.
        Please understand that not everyone feels guilty about their lifestyle the same way you do. I respect your choices of food, however there’s no need to call other people’s opinions “non-sense” if you feel strongly about your cause.
        For the meanwhile, enjoy your vegetables.

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        • Sanskriti  January 21, 2014 at 4:43 am

          Every human has a different level of consciousness and maturity. What I feel can’t be comprehended by anyone else and same goes for you. You may enjoy your medium rare steak all you can, there is no one stopping you. But the fact is that when one loses compassion and ethical mindset for another living, breathing and sentient being, then one loses a big chunk of humanity itself. Life is life, you cannot say that a life of a human is more important than the life of another living being, at least not in Hinduism or any Indian religion, Christianity or any Abrahamic religions cannot comprehend this level of intellect. As per our scriptures and our true way of life, everything has God in it, not everything is created by God for the use and abuse of humans as promoted by the Abrahamic religions. To understand what it means to be human, one has to understand compassion, kindness and respect for life – ALL LIFE above all.

          The “NONSENSE” remains nonsense because it doesn’t make sense when one compares plants with animals. Here is why – check out the following links for details:

          Plant eaters are murderers: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=6826
          Processed meats declared too dangerous for human consumption: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=5404
          Is eating meat wrong? : http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=5519
          Carnivore vs. Vegetarian: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=5213
          Common arguments given by meat eaters: http://www.sanskritimagazine.com/?p=6835

          To understand the meat industry, check out this video:
          https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201331702390521&set=vb.206783812798277&type=3&theater

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  5. meateater  January 21, 2014 at 2:12 am

    whoa.. sanskriti, you are being so aggressive in accusing meat eater to hide their guilt.
    I am reading your blog to gain some knowledge and what i get is that you are blaming muslims and brithish for some vegans turning meat eaters. Doesn’t sound so intelectual without backing it up with facts

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    • Sanskriti  January 21, 2014 at 4:23 am

      There is nothing aggressive in taking a stance for facts. Nowhere in the article does it say that Muslims and Britishers started it but after their invasion and ongoing conversions till today has certainly contributed and increased meat consumption in Indian population, mainly in Hindus. Intellectual or not, facts are facts but if you look towards South India today, where Christian conversion is rampant than ever before, beef/meat is being consumed and promoted throughout. The same people who refused to touch eggs before are killing cows for their taste buds. We choose to ignore history and facts for our own convenience but the actual history never changes (not talking about manufactured school history books).

      India and Hinduism has always promoted and tried to preserve LIFE, whether it is plant, animal or human. I have posted enough of facts on this matter already. Please do search the website if you wish to gain further information on the subject.

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  6. Dharan  January 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    Well..I have to say..it’s all in the mind. Extremes of anything is not good. I have not come across anybody being superior or inferior. Especially with food. After thousands of years …we all the same. We are all humans…if someone can point out otherwise, please do. Vegetarians can’t walk on water, fly or live longer then a person consuming meat. I will keep it simple…if you are a worrier..eating meat is advantageous or if you are a thinker, a vegetarian diet might suit you. Food should be consumed based on situation and not theory alone. I have no understanding of scriptures written by people long long time ago…but I prefer if we approach life a bit more practically these days. Many things we did 100 years ago, we do differently today. Why do we look at stuff written so long ago? I think the whole meaning of Hinduism is a way of life. Whatever said and done those days might be practical then…let us adopt to change and live based on the Hinduism principles. We tend to follow actions blindly without understanding some basic fundamentals. Have a great day !

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    • Sanskriti  January 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      I am not sure if you read my reply to others on this topic but lets try again.

      This has nothing to do with scriptures ALONE, it is a part of being human and living an ethical life. What used to be done in past can’t be in present but we certainly can learn from past and scriptures which were written “So long ago”.

      Is having compassion and respect for life so hard to comprehend these days for people that every now and then they get so offended to accept the sad reality of their consumption habits!? There are a few questions you should ask yourself Do you have any idea what the meat industry is about today? Have you ever paid attention to what and how the products are manufactured that you are consuming/using? Does living ethically mean anything?

      Change does not mean that we leave who we are for something that is not even remotely “RIGHT” to begin with. This change is happening rampantly in South and North East India and results are jaw dropping.

      To understand what I am standing against, try to watch this:

      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10201331702390521&set=vb.206783812798277&type=3&theater

      After watching this video if you still think its all in the mind then no one can do or say anything about it.

      P.S. – No one is asking anyone to give up meat! I am just posting information with FACTS. I understand it can’t be accepted by all, especially the meat lovers.

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    • Clara  January 25, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      I agree with Dharan.

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  7. Amit  January 25, 2014 at 5:35 pm

    One thing I know from my teacher is that because Cow’s exhibit human emotions it was considered equivalent to cannibalism eating a cow (cow will shed tears if the people who raise here & take care for her are in misery. Cow loves the care takers a lot.). Hindu’s don’t eat Dog either…….. Besides the fact that the meat from some of animals creates severe chemical alterations within body. Some sects of Aghoras eat the remains of dead bodies (of people who have already left their bodies) during some very intense occult practices. So do we have any restriction over food in Hinduism? – I don’t think so – but just be sensible. Plants have their sensory organs & emotional dimension least developed (to which some plants are also considered Tamasik).

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  8. Lash  April 12, 2014 at 12:43 pm

    Okay, to all those who try to substantiate meat eating and slaughtering animals; if you think meat is a healthy source of nutrition, why are a lot of people turning vegans(other than the fact that they have a brain.) And leaving aside the consiousness, do you realise the time and energy spent on a vegan food and a carnivorous meal to reach the table? Just think about the amount of gas we’d have to spend or amount of electricity, or the amount of machinery involved. Over all, meat falls under a category of foods that creates “tamas.” And please save your time trying to con me with your ignorance about Indian classic scriptures. They are at least a five hundred years advanced to what we have now. We just cant understand them.

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  9. Srikanth  May 2, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Vegetarianism is absolutely essential for spiritual life. In fact, spirituality and vegetarianism are synonymous. EVERY BODY HAS TO BECOME A VEGETARIAN. Quantum vibrational science is slowly recognizing the ill effects of animal food in human systems. The cardinal principle of any religious movement is love. Love is nothing other than being kind to our co-animal-beings of the earth. ANIMALS ARE NOT FOOD FOR HUMANS.
    Further, we can’t afford to over eat. We should eat only according to our need … not according to our greed. Only when we are hungry, we may eat. If you are not hungry, you should never eat. -Brahmarshi Patriji

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    Arthur E. Powell … of the Theosophical Society … has beautifully said the following :
    ” A physical body nourished on impure food will produce a correspondingly impure astral body, whilst a physical body fed on clean food and drink will help to purify the astral vehicle. ”

    ” It is impossible to make the physical body coarse and at the same time to organize the astral and mental bodies for finer purposes … neither is it possible to have a pure physical body with impure mental and astral bodies. All three bodies are thus inter-dependent. ”

    ” Carnivorous diet is fatal to anything like real occult development, and those who adopt it are throwing serious and unnecessary difficulties in their own way, for flesh blood intensifies all the undesirable elements and passions of the lower planes. ”

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    ” Everyone in the business : the one who abets, the one who cuts, the one who kills, the one who sells, the one who prepares, the one who eats … all are killers ! ” – Sri Krishna
    buddha
    ” For fear of causing terror to living beings … let the Bodhisatva who is disciplining himself to attain compassion refrain from eating flesh ! ” – Gautama Buddha

    ” And the flesh of slain beasts in his body will become his own tomb. For I tell you truly, he who kills, kills himself, and who so eats the flesh of slain beasts, eats the body of death. ” – Jesus Christ

    ” God doesn’t like the flesh and blood that you offer as sacrifice. He expects nothing but your absolute faith .” – Quran

    ” People who eat meat are responsible for all the pain that grows out of meat-eating, and which is necessitated by the use of sentient animals as food. ” – Annie Besant

    ” It is both auspicious and peaceful for people to choose vegetarinism. ” – Albert Einstein

    ” As long as there are slaughter houses, there will be battle fields. A vegetarian diet is the acid test of humanitarianism ” – Leo Tolstoy

    ” The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated. ” – Mahatma Gandhi

    ” To feed on death is to become food for death. To live by other’s pain is to become a prey for pain. So has decreed the omni-will. Know that and choose your course ” – Mikhail Naimy

    “ All living beings desire to live and
    are afraid to die. We don’t want to be
    eaten by a tiger, so why should animals
    be eaten by humans. ”

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  10. Deathshed  June 29, 2014 at 2:58 am

    TO ALL THOSE WHO SAY PLANTS HAVE FEELINGS TOO..i read somewhere that The Hindu always takes the path of minimum harm and destruction..so he eats vegetarian..and they also do not have a central nevous system..they dont scream when you cut them and blabla..you get the idea ..

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  11. Angie  January 24, 2015 at 6:29 am

    On a side note, if you really care about the cows, please cut out dairy because you’re fuelling the same industry, and definitely don’t use milk in prayers unless you know for sure the animal hasn’t suffered in the farming practice.

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  12. KrishnaBhagwan'sCharioteer  January 25, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Of course being pure vegetarian is the ultimatum. It is in accordance with being a Sattvic. However, most of us fall in the Rajasic or Tamasic category but that is alright. Let your intentions be pure and your act be truthful. Pointless if you’re a pure vegetarian but a downright rude, inconsiderate and judgmental human being. And also, there is no where in our Scriptures or the Srimad Bhagvad Gita that forbids us from eating animals. Nothing is forbidden in Hinduism but we are advised to live in a particular way. That is the most amazing thing of Hinduism. It is a way of life. It is not restrictive but it is wholesome.

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  13. Kuggen  January 27, 2015 at 4:40 pm

    I feel that it is unfair to condemn meat eaters as sinners and vegetarians as saints. God created us to be omnivores meaning we are equipped to eat both meat and vegetables. We evolved from primates in the trees to humans with better reasoning capabilities to facilitate better hunting. Our earliest ancestors all ate a diet of plants and meat. Personally, I feel that a person’s choice of food is his or her own business. Maybe we should focus in living a moral life. With kindness, compassion and honesty.

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  14. ash  January 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm

    Guys plse watch videos on peta website of animal slaughter for consumption and then decided. Om Sree Ram

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  15. Nand  January 31, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    Hi I appreciate the stand you are taking for compassion and kindness towards animals.

    However as Kuggen says, “it is unfair to condemn meat eaters as sinners and vegetarians as saints ”

    In the Mahabharata, there is a section called the “Vyadh Gita”. The butcher’s path to enlightenment.

    And even the bhagavad Gita says it is more important to know the truth than to live a life of dogma ridden ritual.

    Shirdi Sai baba was not a vegetarian and said one need not be a vegetarian to find enlightenment.

    The body needs certain nutrients and how it gets and absorbs these nutrients have many factors, genetics being 1 as well.

    so there is more than 1 path to the goal and the goal is the objective of being a Hindu,
    not forcing your own beliefs on someone else or claiming Hindus are better than the other religions because of vegetarianism.

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  16. vegan  February 1, 2015 at 9:28 am

    Spiritual growth is possible, if we eat least alert fellow living beings. If veggies are equal to flesh, then why people don’t eat crow, lizards, criminals, politicians. Why you are eating innocent children of God, whom you curse in failure of life ?

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  17. Shyam  March 2, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I read through few of the comments and I am amazed at what people would go through to convince the other of their belief. There is no such talk about veg and non-veg in Bhagvad gita, stop misrepresenting the values. I am not even remotely interested in debating on the pros and cons. I believe if you can sleep in the night at peace and look yourself in the mirror with no regrets in life……you are good to go. People who are saying that hinduism preaches vegetarian, please read and understand our books better. Hunting by our gods and lords were not for sport and they did kill the animals. They didn’t snare them to take a selfie and then release. Animals have been hunted and will continue to hunted, in the wild or in the farms.

    Everything in this world has pros and cons…..everything done in moderation is healthy for you. In many ways being vegetarian is good but meat consumption with a balanced diet has never killed anyone. If as per what the people have been saying that vegetarians live longer. Show me the stats and I can show you the stats for the non vegetarians and balanced diets…..enjoy life its too short to miss out on things. Live healthy live wise and do good on to others.

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  18. renu  March 18, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Its very saddening to notice the amount of ignorance we carry within our selves. And to justify their meat consumptions most of these non-vegetarians are making stupid remarks and caims which are absurd in obvious term. In kingdom of animalia every being is considered living breathing and with a central neevous system and circulatory system , if you looked into it very deeply it has its own levels of physiological functions developed to its evolutionary extent and kigdom of animalia and plantae falls as two distinctive categories rather than one, so stupidly do not argue that eating plants maks the vegetarians sinners as much as the meat eaters. But consider blood, tissue , muscle, and pain it is different than ours? The animals do feel the amount of pain emotion which we feel, its considered as individual ability to experience pain and intuitive knowledge to know whats happening. If you do live in a heaving believing that your meat comes from a animal which decided to volunteer its meat for your enjoyement , then its your utter ignorance towards the suffering of the other. Because ” animals ” to are persons who carry their distinctive soul within them.

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  19. Ram kadchha  March 19, 2015 at 4:38 pm

    Murkhon ko gyaan dena patthar mein pani daalne samaan hota hai isiliye mansahariyon ko jyada salaah na dete hue uni chinta prabhu pe chhod deni chahiye aur hame apne sanmarg par atal rahna chahiye.

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  20. Akshay  March 21, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    Here I am summing it up for all the people who justify meat eating.

    – You can eat meat if you want or eat plants. Both ways you are doing violence. The Vedas recognise it. That is why Ishavasya Upanishad says ‘ tena tyaktena bhunjita mA grdhaha kasya svit dhanam’. While being in this world and enjoying cause the least harm possible.

    So killing plants is harmful but it is less harmful than killing a fish. And killing a fish is lesser harmful than killing a chicken which is lesser harmful than killing a mammal(sthAvara) and that is lesser harmful than killing a more evolved mammal( Cow for instance).As to how killing plants is lesser harmful, it is because of the fact that they have lesser consciousness. And that consciousness evolves through different forms. The higher the creature is on the evolution ladder, more pain and more karma more harm we are creating.

    Why do Plants have lesser consciousness.
    Bring the same logic with which we assume Human has got better consciousness and we consider it a murder when a human is killed and not having the same punishment when an animal is killed.
    So, we DO intuitively understand that there is a difference in consciousness amongst different life forms. But fail to apply it when it does not suit us.

    So cause the least harm and live peacefully. And the Gita advises us to offer to Isvara whatever we eat and this fosters love within us for all beings around us unconditionally. So Isn’t this we are meant for. Spreading love around us.

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  21. Rahul  May 3, 2015 at 6:33 am

    I wonder why Vivekananda ate meat such as fish etc ?

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  22. pk  May 3, 2015 at 2:31 pm

    @Sanskriti: IT was a very good article, and rightly posted. In my opinion following the rigor of spirituality is not a luxury that everyone is destined to enjoy.

    The birds who get the grapes get to enjoy them, while the wolves lament that the grapes were sour.

    If a tiger is carnivorous, it cant be blamed, nor does anyone have the right to preach that it must start eating fruits and vegetables for upliftment.

    And all meat eaters must be forgiven as such, where there is no option but to consume meat. Especially in conditions of wartime or in jungle warfare where survival of troops is essential for attaining higher good that cant be attained by choosing to be vegetarian.

    A sinner who eats fruits and vegetables would be condemned on any day rather than a good doer who consumes meat and takes alcohol.

    Given the choice, one should try to be vegetarian. However higher forms of life such as cows must be avoided at any cost for reasons mentioned in the article. There are more than adequate forms of life at our mercy before proceeding a cow to the slaughterhouse.

    Therefore a summary ban on cow slaughter is more than justified, except, in conditions of severe drought or famine, where the cow would waste away anyways. Because, the cow is a high life form, but human life form is even higher, and therefore better good would prevail if the cow were killed to save a few people for more days. This is wisdom and this is proper karma, according to me.

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  23. Neha  May 6, 2015 at 4:26 am

    I am an Hindu, vegeterian(“veg”) and lived in abroad for most of my life. There’s a deep sense of bias against vegetarianism that I have experienced from foreigners ( due to a feeling of superiority, not understanding reasons for being veg, misinformation in media etc), but to see the same from other Hindus and Indians in general is very saddening. Most of the comments saying that 1. veg is not a healthy diet and 2. “don’t plants have feelings”, are often repeated and complete and utter rubbish. Have you seen elephants? Aren’t they healthy and strong?? They are herbivores , if I may remind you. And yes plants have feelings, but understand that a plant does not cry, humans have the power to grow plants from seeds, can someone please tell me how we Can grow animals on our own, can you dig the bones of an animal you have eaten and nurture it and expect another animal to pop out of the ground??Ecological benefito of a plant based diet are numerous, land and water that is required for farming is much much lesser than what is required for maintaining a cattle herd which will be eaten eventually. For all those who think that the author is being aggressive and “rude”, I dont think that responding to someone in the same tone astheir comment is rude. However, I hope all you Hindus who are feel “shame”, inferior for being Hindu and /or veg, I hope you make an effort to understand the depth of our religion and are a proud Hindu some day.

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  24. Deep  June 3, 2015 at 12:01 am

    A true Hindu has no limitations. They understand why they are born and why the Universe was created; the curiosity to experience. Until a soul has experienced everything the universe has to offer it will not attain moksh. This is a fundamental part of Hinduism. It is curiosity that drives us and will continue to drive every living thing. There is no distinction between eating meat or vegetables. All is one and one is all. Everything is made up of the same energy and whether that energy is the flesh if a cow or a beetroot, it should carry no significance to a true Hindu. Only naive and weak minded individuals create rules and laws such as these as they lack the understanding of a greater essence. Do you honestly believe Lord Ram, a reknown hunter, killed for sport or to adorn Sita with an animal skin? Also, when Lord Krishna told Arjun not to worry about killing his own family members as our physical bodies are not really our true selves, was he only referring to humans or all living creatures? Worry little about cause and effect. Simply sacrifice yourself fully to playing your role in helping Lord Vishnu to experience everything that was, is and will be.

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  25. Angel  July 10, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Eating animals, to me is not normal, and plus they don’t grow in the ground, they are literally born, they have blood in them, they have feelings, have eyes, nose, and emotions, breath, and they have sex and produce more of their kinds. So i will have my say, eating animals is totally wrong, not just in hinduism but in every religion. In the bible, thy shall kill or murder. Yet also, it’s all about common sense, God has given humans power and intelligence to understand this. Not everything in the scriptures is accurate or correct, lot of it is man written and not from God himself. Does God have hands to write? No, only humans do.

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  26. Angel  July 10, 2015 at 7:30 pm

    Sorry what i meant was, in the bible, thy shall not kill or murder.

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  27. Sati  February 22, 2016 at 9:18 pm

    hello i’m hindu and i’m a vegetarian in fact my whole family are vegetarians i don’t like when people meat come and hug and kiss me i feel untidy i love being a vegetarian it’s a more healthly live.

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  28. Unnikrishna Pisharoty  June 16, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    I am a staunch vegetarian. I firmly believe that the plants too have pain and emotions. The nature dictates that excepting the plant life, every living being require another living being as food. However there is a fundamental difference between the plant and an animal. The animal cannot survive by sharing full or part of its body. So it tries to escape from being hunted by power, tricks, adaptation to surroundings and so on. On the other hand the plant life thrives from sharing and even invites other live forms to take its fruits by making it attractive by color, smell and taste. Even cutting parts of its body (pruning) they can survive or even flourish not perish. In short the animals begs you not to eat them while the plants invites you to accept what they have to share.

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  29. Sridhar  June 16, 2016 at 1:38 pm

    Humans teeth are small but have a very large intestine. That’s reason enough to avoid heavy non veg food. If levels of consciousness is criteria, it is best to eat the least conscious like veg or fruits so that suffering is least.

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  30. Hindu  June 16, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    People all these argument s for vegetarians and meat eaters
    Anyone stop to think what is really in the products we use or even consume??
    Think mouthwash, toothpaste,soap body wash medicine tablets soda cheese
    Anyone???

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  31. Abhimanyu  June 16, 2016 at 11:58 pm

    This post goes against the athama’s true nature, the entire reason we even exist… Curiosity and experience. We owe it to ourselves to experience everything we desire. The immature Hindu will of course be tied down by material attachments. “Oh the poor animal, please do not kill and devour it”. Only a weak minded/ignorant Hindu will claim the negative vibration of a slaughtered animal affects the psychi. A true Hindu has no attachment to such things. He/she will not be moved by such insignificant vibrations. A true Hindu will do whatever their curiosity dictates. These so called rules do not matter. Everything is made up of atoms. It is all simply energy. Once an athama has experienced all it needs to, it will go back to parabrahma. The soul will gain nirvana. Our true nature of Sat, chit and ananda. These petty things will not matter then. If you were starving in a desert and managed to kill a snake. Would you refuse to consume it due to your religious beliefs? What’s the difference between that and eating a steak? In your mind you have justified it. Circumstance, that is all.

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  32. baba  June 18, 2016 at 8:18 am

    I am little confused…is eating plants, their leaves, their roots considered OK? since the trees have ‘Jivatma’ too…by eating the tree leaves we are anyway hurting the actual tree itself (even though the leaves, fruits will grow again), but at that point of time plants will feel the pain…..so it it OK to eat plants

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