[Advaita-l] Vegetarianism

Venkatesh Murthy वेङ्कटेशः vmurthy36 at gmail.com
Wed Apr 18 09:26:06 CDT 2012


Brahmins were probably meat eaters in olden days. But there is strong
prohibition of cow meat in Smrutis and Sruti also. The Sruti has
called the cow as Aghnya. This says Brahmins were eating other animal
meat but not cow meat in Kali Yuga. But nowadays even other meat is
contaminated because of polluted environment an polluted food eaten by
the animal. For this reason also and health reasons like high
cholesterol and fat the Brahmins must not eat any meat now. Only
exceptions may be in Yajnas. But even in Yajnas  Brahmins will take a
minute quantity and swallow it without touching it with the tongue.

On Wed, Apr 18, 2012 at 6:47 AM, V Subrahmanian
<v.subrahmanian at gmail.com> wrote:
> 2012/4/18 श्रीमल्ललितालालितः <lalitaalaalitah at lalitaalaalitah.com>
>> *श्रीमल्ललितालालितः <http://www.lalitaalaalitah.com/>
>> lalitAlAlitaH <http://about.me/lalitaalaalitah/bio>*
>> I just said that eating meat has basis in smR^iti-s and killing animals at
>> places is supported by both veda-s and smR^iti-s.
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Brahmin_diet
> //
> From the Vedic age up to the earlier times of the Dharma
> sutras<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalpa_%28Vedanga%29>,
> the four varnas <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varna_%28Hinduism%29> had no
> difference regarding their food and conduct. All varnas had similar food
> habits, and both vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism were very
> popular.[1]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Brahmin_diet#cite_note-food-0>
> South Indian Brahmins during the *sutra* period, like those of North India
> were meat eaters.[7]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Brahmin_diet#cite_note-tamil-6>
> *Kapilar*(Puṟanāṉūṟu<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pu%E1%B9%9Fan%C4%81%E1%B9%89%C5%AB%E1%B9%9Fu>,
> poems 113,119), a Brahmin poet in ancient Tamil
> Country<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sangam_period>,
> says:
>  “ ..*My hands have become soft because they do know of no harder work than
> eating rice and meat boiled with tamarind. The sweet smell of its smoke
> might counteract the smell of the pieces of
> meat*.[7]<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Brahmin_diet#cite_note-tamil-6>
>  subrahmanian.v
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