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Does Hindu culture allow eating hotel food? I have heard that Swaminarayan and Brahma Kumaris say not to eat food at a hotel or restaurant. Why?

  • For Garlic and Onion see Why do some Hindus, especially brahmins, not eat onion or garlic?. I don't think there are restrictions for eating hotel food. – The Destroyer May 25 '16 at 11:28
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    Vidya (education/knowledge), vaidyam(medicine/treatment) and ahAram (food/nourishment) must not be sold according to Hinduism. Extrapolate and you get "they must not be bought either". They should be offered freely. vidya and vaidyam however must not be received without thanks and a counter-offering. Hence the concepts of guru dakshina , bhishak dakshina etc. – user1195 May 25 '16 at 15:18
  • This is not a duplicate of the other question. This subsumes the other one. – user1195 May 26 '16 at 4:43
  • I removed references to 'garlic' and 'onions' so this can be re-opened. – sv. May 26 '16 at 23:16
  • @moonstar2001 Where did you read that? – The Destroyer Jun 7 '16 at 9:50
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Yes in Hindu dharma its allowed to eat hotel food. And no restrictions for taking food outside. Hindu dharma is quite liberal and advocates personal feelings , thoughts , interest and free will. In Hindu culture food is considered sacred and termed as " BHARAMA" itself ( अन्न ब्रहम). Since ancient times and even today their is tradition (अन्न छत्रम) of giving food to whom it is needed. A lot of temples offering such service to needy since ancient times even today and will in future . A lot of students, travellers and other peoples were and is using this service. So its allowed to eat outside when its necessary.

Since hotels ,messes are relatively new concepts, Where one pays for food and is a public place. Considering the harmful effects of eating regularly in hotels and outside due to hygiene ,quality of food. In modern Hindu dharma its said to bring ill effects to health. Otherwise their is no such barrier in Hindu Dharma.

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    You should cite sources. – Keshav Srinivasan May 27 '16 at 16:39
  • Why sudama was poor because food medicine and education can not be sold.but dakshina was taken. – Mr. P May 28 '16 at 9:58
  • In ancient time custom was , not to evaluate the value for service offered to people. But the will, ability of the person for it. Hence the term "dakshina". Sudama was learned Bharhmin ,although he was poor in wealth ,but not in knowladge, wisdom . Sudama spent all of his time and effort in cultural efforts so by not doing any commercial activity , he was financially poor. This included teaching religion, moral duties, and spreading spirituality through society. It is for this effort that Krishna rewards Sudama's family with wealth so that Sudama may continue his work. – SwiftPushkar May 28 '16 at 18:52
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Eating food at a hotel itself is not considered a sin. However, I know that followers of the Swaminarayan Sect traditionally do eat eat hotel food as they do not know who has made the food. The Shikshapatri states that the devotees of Swaminarayan may not eat food prepared by people of the lower castes, therefore they avoid eating hotel food.

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  • There is no sholk mentioned in the Shikshapatri which support your claim about food prepared by lower cast. – Nixit Patel Aug 18 '17 at 20:07
  • Infect Swaminarayan Sect is very open towards cast system: in the matter of improving their life style and accepting equally: goo.gl/FWZVYD – Nixit Patel Aug 18 '17 at 20:10

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