[Advaita-l] Question about vegetarianism
Keshava PRASAD Halemane
k_prasad_h at yahoo.co.in
Tue Apr 28 09:07:31 CDT 2015
namastE.praNaams to my dear friend Sri Chandrasekhar ji:
Thank you for reminding on the main focus of the group. As a final note before leaving this topic; let me take the liberty of adding one point - Adi Shankara Bhagavadpadacharya in saadhana-pancakam touches upon 40 different items not all (rather, none) of which pertain to the establishment of the identity between jIvaatma and paramaatma, nor do they pertain to the establishment of brahma as the EkamEvAdviteeyasatyam etc.; but indeed delve into all the necessary aspects of saadhana - 'aachaara' as well as 'vichaara'. Of course, if there are a few fortunate blessed ones amongst us who may not need to get into any details regarding some aspects of 'aachaara', but only need to get themselves immersed in the 'vicaara' aspects; so be it. May IShvara bless them. However, we also assume that those blessed ones amongst us would exercise a bit of tolerance for the less-fortunately-blessed-ones who may be going with a somewhat slower pace in their saadhana, although the seriousness, sincerity, genuineness and purposefulness need not be unwarrantedly doubted or frowned upon.
If the questions posed are indeed such that the answers (responses) may be quite complex or unwieldy, that is a different case altogether. We can together resolve to shelve such questions for the time being - to be taken for in depth study by those competent ones as the case may be. By brushing aside questions that are difficult, offering some waving of hands seemingly in pretence of having 'addressed' the questions as 'deserved' are approaches which smack on the face, at least for those who have the subtle antahkaraNa to sense them as such.
My Dear Sri Chandrasekhar ji, p-l-e-a-s-e do not misunderstand me for having written the above comments - it is not directed to any specific individual as such, and therefore may not refer to you as well (i hope/wish). Each of us respond to a situation, based on a combination of various factors; and each of us has the capability to analyse our actions/reactions as to the various possible questions why/what/how/when/where/who/which/etc. . . That is real saadhana!
[as a part of my own individual saadhana - i hereby put a 'stop' on my 'inputs' to this 'thread', at least; p-l-e-a-s-e do catch me live if & when i slip] praNaamsKeshava Prasad Halemane
On Tuesday, 28 April 2015 6:54 PM, Chandrasekhar S via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
I dont understand why eating meat or not eating should be a serious topic in a forum advanced teachings of advaitha are discussed. If one wants to eat go ahead, why you want sastra's support for your action. Veda in general talks about only Nithya and Naimithika karmas as an injunction. All other actions are left to individual discretion - but cautions that one will incur punyam or papam for the action. For spiritual progress, sathvik food is recommended and meat is definitely not satvik. Refer to Ayurveda sastra for details about satvic, rajasic and tamasic food.
> On 28-Apr-2015, at 8:30 am, Anand Hudli via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> This is a complex issue, something that cannot be analyzed in a
> straightforward manner.
> Please see the fifth adhyAya of ManusmRti verses 26-56 for a discussion on
> meat eating. Also, see the following:
> Remember that in such matters, shiShTAchAra (conduct of the virtuous) and
> family tradition are also important. For instance, if one's family and
> forefathers have been vegetarians, one should not start eating meat, citing
> Vedic, smRti, and other sources. This would certainly be against dharma.
> Also, standard works on dharma shAstras, such as the dharmasindhu and
> nirNayasindhu, include a list of things that are not to be done in
> Kaliyuga, although those things were permitted in other yugas. See:
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