[Advaita-l] Vegetarianism

Jayasimha Ananth jayasimha.a at gmail.com
Sun Apr 15 22:34:31 CDT 2012

Dear Abhishek,

             I am exactly not sure if "ahimsa" is the only reason of
brahmins not consuming meat / non vegetarian food.

             Recently, I was also discussing about this (specifically
with respect to Beef eating, though) with a few friends, and a friend
mentioned a book called "The myth of the holy cow" by an Indian
historian named D.N.Jha, which talks about beef-eating prevalent
during vedic times.  I have not read the book, but only the reviews,
which tell me that it is a very well researched book. Interestingly,
to get an objective view of the same, I searched for any other book
which counters the claims made in the book, but sadly found none. This
book is in my reading list, and if you get your hands on this book,
please do read this.

            If any other members in this group have read that book,
please do share your thoughts too...

Hope this helps,

On Sat, Apr 14, 2012 at 8:11 PM, abhishek sm <abhishek046 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Pranams to all list members,
> I know this is a bit out of context but i need opinions of learned list
> members.
> Brahmins always consume vegetarian food and refute from consumption of
> meat,etc on the grounds of ahimsa.
> I was recently questioned by a friend-"If killing animals is a sin and is
> himsa then what about killing of plants? Don't we cut the plant to get
> rice?"
> I was unable to give a satisfactory answer to this question. Hope our list
> members could give me some valuable opinions.
> Regards,
> Abhishek Madhyastha
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