[Advaita-l] Question about vegetarianism
Keshava PRASAD Halemane
k_prasad_h at yahoo.co.in
Sun Apr 26 21:46:41 CDT 2015
namastE praNaams to all the learned-seniors (jnaana-vRddhaas):
On the question of meat-eating and animal sacrifice purportedly/allegedly sanctioned by the vEdaas, my humble questions are the following: (1) What are those places in the vEdaas if any wherein it advocates/sanctions meat-eating and/or animal-sacrifice-in-yajnaas? (2) In what contexts/scenarios each of such occurrences appear in the vEda-text? (3) Could there possibly be other interpretations, quite different from what may be conveyed through mere word-for-word meanings etc. ?
The same kind of questions as above may kindly be looked into the acceptance or otherwise of food items like onion/garlic/etc. Also, is it essential to simply go by 'shishTaachaara' ('tradition'?) without checking on possible sanction or otherwise from the vEdaas?
praNaamsKeshava Prasad Halemane
> What is the proper way to view and explain vegetarianism and how it
> pertains to dharma in spite of meat eating / animal sacrifice in sastras?
!> The way I explain it is that while eating meat is not evil, not eating
!> meat is more good. Unlike many animals we as humans have a choice in our
!> diets. We should try and choose not to cause unnecessary suffering when
!> we can especially when that suffering is only to feed carnal appetites.
> Also, is it permissible to consume onions and garlic? What is the
> authoritative position on this?
!> They are not allowed. However it seems that most people (Jains and
!> some types of Vaishnavas are some exceptions) are more lax
!> about this than other forbidden foods. Personally I avoid them altogether
!> during Shravana masa and other vratas and I try not to eat them the rest
!> of the time but its pretty hard with standard Gujarati cuisine.
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