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Vivekananda claimed that food (such as the flesh of animals) obtained ' by taking the life of another ' is impure ' by its very nature '(Swami Vivekananda’s Quotes On Food). In the light of this view, all food stuff obtained from plants & trees is also impure as plants & trees also have life. Almost all fruits and food grain as well as other plant seeds contain live embryos as the fertilized poultry eggs do. Vivekananda seems to be unaware of this fact. Nevertheless, Adi Shankara was aware that ' objects (like the tree) are endowed with sentience '. This made me curious about the Vedic view of the sattvik food.

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    Does this answer your question? Is the concept of Sattvik, Rajasik, Tamasik food found in the Vedas?
    – peace
    Jun 10 at 3:27
  • Regarding your doubt with "eating-living plants is a Sin?": Answer is Very Much YES. Read This QnA. But, since every action is bound to generate a Karma, and mostly if looked at from scriptural injunction, most actions generate a "negative-one" thus, a Sin. One cannot follow everything in the scriptures to the "T" and still be a human (at least not in this age). There's a popular saying: "A couple who followed each & every injunction in the scriptures, finally gives birth to a Dog"
    – peace
    Jun 10 at 12:45
  • But what's your rationale behind regarding it as 'a Sin'?
    – Prakash RP
    Jun 11 at 7:19
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    hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/97/… READ the QnAs properly.
    – peace
    Jun 11 at 7:25
  • But then Swamiji himself ate fish and meat,right?
    – Amethyst
    Jun 12 at 7:56

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