Vivek Anand Ganesan
v_ganesan at YAHOO.COM
Thu May 16 14:10:01 CDT 2002
--- Somik Raha wrote:
> I agree with you. It is no wonder to me that New Delhi
> with so many
> vegetarians constitutes some of the primary reasons for
> heart institutes in
> the area. Vegetarian Indian food cooked the oily way is
> just as bad as non-veg food cooked that way.
I agree. But, ....
You are right about a couple of things.
1) Kshatriya-s and shUdra-s are allowed to eat meat.
But, it is forbidden for brAhmaNa-s ( although some
brAhmaNa-s such as kashmiris and bengalis do eat
meat or fish ). Also, many vaishya-s and kAyastha-s
are also vegetarian.
From what I gather, Hinduism is more flexible and
practical about meat-eating than Jainism. Some sections
of hindus, who do hard labour ( such as shUdra-s ) or
required to be strong ( such as kshatriya-s ) are
to eat meat. But, those who do not have such
such as vaishya-s and definitely brAhmaNa-s should
from eating meat. Incidentally, you may be born a
kshatriya but you are currently performing a job that
does not require hard labour. How do you justify your
dietary preference? Convenience alone is not good enough
2) As you have mentioned above, mere vegetarianism alone
does not a sattvic food make. You are right in saying
that excessiviely oily or spicy food ( no matter veg. or
non-veg. ) is not sattvic.
3) Ultimately, the choice rests with you.
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