Among the 5 greatest sins, is the drinking of Surā or alcohol.
Basically, Tamasic foods are not recommended which include, fermented items such as alcohol. However the dharmashastras have carved an exception for spoilt foods as follows:
Among Soured Substances, the curd is fit to be eaten, and all that is prepared out of it; as also all that is distilled from pure flowers, roots and fruits;—(Manu 5.10)
The part to note is the emboldened one, which gives an exception to those substances made out of fruits and roots. If one sees, wine is made by fermentation of fruits (grapes) and sometimes Vodka is made by fermentation of potatoes, a root.
There is an answer here which talks of Surā being alcohol made from grains vs those that originate from fruits being allowed. (Somewhat in line with what I’ve written above).
- Is this above differentiation correct? And is what I’m interpreting correct?
- Are certain kinds of alcohol allowed? (I.e. not Tamasic or Tamasic but not those that cause problems for sadhana unlike others that even when consumed in small quantities are not recommend for sadhana?)
- My main question is: Why has an exception been carved out for spoilt items like some alcoholic beverages that originate from fruits and roots?
- Why is Sura considered so bad as opposed to other alcoholic drinks?
Please note: I’m satisfied if point 3 is answered and my basic interpretation that alcohol originating from fruits and roots are okay for consumption.
I have asked about the first part I.e. curd here