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.