In communicating Ramakrishna and Hinduism to the west, Vivekananda was cornered into possibly saying animal sacrifice is barbaric? Hunters, Mansaharis, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and Hindus all eat meat. Is there a scriptural defence of this? I am a student of history and philosophy- for those willing to sell their souls for meat, it is quite justified, not barbaric at all

  • A principal emotion associated with people who kill is a bit of fear, their imagined hard heartedness, threat as a wielder of the butchers knife or chopper. We mentally place ourselves as the victim, and it is prudent to have that feeling.
    – ajitdas
    Sep 17 at 10:52
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    How can one legitimately compare animal slaughter to offering animals to the deva-s to attain svarga?
    – Savitr̥
    Sep 17 at 14:17
  • In vedic yagya, there are rules regarding the meat to be carved out from a sacrificial animal, the part of the body from which it is to be taken and the quantity each rtvik can partake of as prasada (idavatarana). This is not more than the size of a pigeon-pea and it is to be swallowed without anything added to taste. On the other hand, slaughter houses, tantric sacrifices, etc. are high volume meat production intended for high per capita consumption. Vivekanand was not an expert in vedas, hence he got cornered. Sep 17 at 17:21


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