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A question has been bugging my mind for a few days-Is eating meat and fish explicitly forbidden in Vedas?I want to know the truth with vedic reference.

  • Meat and fish eating is not forbidden in vedas, as far as I know. – Lazy Lubber Apr 8 at 16:14
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    Vedic reference pls – Opi Chowdhury Apr 8 at 16:23
  • @OpiChowdhury hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/34218/18023 read it. – Sumit Sharma Apr 8 at 17:40
  • As per Veda, there is no restrictions. On the contrary there used to be yajna in which animal sacrifice and its meat offering was part of the process. – TheLittleNaruto Apr 8 at 18:49
  • Yes, meat and fish eating is forbidden except during sacrifices, from the Chhandogya Upanishad: He who has learnt the Veda from a family of teachers, according to the sacred rule, in the leisure time left from the duties to be performed for the Guru, who, after receiving his discharge, has settled in his own house, keeping up the memory of what he has learnt by repeating it regularly in some sacred spot, who has begotten virtuous sons, and concentrated all his senses on the Self, never giving pain to any creature, except at the tîrthas (sacrifices, &c.), – Ikshvaku Apr 9 at 12:00
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No, meat and fish eating is not explicitly forbidden in the Vedas. Complete avoidance of fish and meat is only an option.

He who thus knows this Yajnayajniya Saman, woven in the limbs of the body, is endowed with all the limbs of the body, and is not crippled in any limb; he reaches the full length of life, lives gloriously, becomes great with offspring and cattle and great also with fame. His holy vow is that he should not eat fish and meat for a year, or rather, he should not eat fish and meat at all.

Chandogya Upanishad 2.19.2

  • so it is said that meat should be avoided but not explicitly forbidden?and can I have vedic reference – Opi Chowdhury Apr 8 at 16:22
  • Chandogya Upanishad is part of the Vedas. I do not know if there is anything in the Vedic Samhitas. – Pradip Gangopadhyay Apr 8 at 16:24
  • In Geeta Sattvic,Rajasic and tamasic food has been mentioned but it is not mentioned whether meat is sattvic or not – Opi Chowdhury Apr 8 at 16:27
  • Upanishads contain the highest truth of the Vedas.It is there in the Upanishad and so full proof evidence. – user17294 Apr 8 at 16:28
  • @OpiChowdhury, yes gita does not explicitly talk about meat. Read my answer to the question: hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/34096/… – Pradip Gangopadhyay Apr 8 at 16:31
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Yes, meat and fish eating is forbidden except during sacrifices, from the Chhandogya Upanishad:

He who has learnt the Veda from a family of teachers, according to the sacred rule, in the leisure time left from the duties to be performed for the Guru, who, after receiving his discharge, has settled in his own house, keeping up the memory of what he has learnt by repeating it regularly in some sacred spot, who has begotten virtuous sons, and concentrated all his senses on the Self, never giving pain to any creature, except at the tîrthas (sacrifices, &c.), he who behaves thus all his life, reaches the world of Brahman, and does not return, yea, he does not return.

http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/sbe01/sbe01175.htm

  • This does not answer the question. – user17294 Apr 9 at 12:05
  • @Pratimaputra Why not? – Ikshvaku Apr 9 at 12:06
  • Your answer throws no light on whether its forbidden or not.One who eats the offered meat or fish does not slay the animals himself.Further, for non-trivarnas your quotation is not applicable at all. – user17294 Apr 9 at 12:09
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    @Pratimaputra But if you eat the meat, you have supported the killing. – Ikshvaku Apr 9 at 12:33

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