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Ucchista and its rules- when, how, what?

When one eats food from a few vessels, the food as well as those vessels become Ucchista (उच्छिष्ट) (the food and hand touch the mouth, the same used hand touches those vessels to take new food from ...
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Regarding meat eating

Is there any process or procedure available in Hinduism before eating meat like halal in Islam or some other process in Christianity? Any prayer or deity to be remembered before eating meat? Please ...
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Which specific texts dealing with the practice of Agriculture? [duplicate]

I have recently been coming across the term "Vedic Agriculture". I was keen to learn if there are specific scriptures which lay out functional practices for agriculture that may be construed ...
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Do the scriptures recommend not leaving one's home empty stomach in the morning?

I have heard Elders say that we mustn't leave the home in the morning on an empty stomach for that results in ill-fortunes and bad-omens for the upcoming day. The common reasoning given by them is it ...
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Is it mentioned to not keep the following idol without offerings?

I heard from several people to not keep the idle of maa kali anywhere if we are not providing any offerings. And if we keep the idol then it will harm the surroundings. Is it true? Does it have any ...
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Cooked rice during rituals

In Karnataka, mainly around Udupi/Mangalore/Sringeri, the cooked rice is called "musure (ಮುಸುರೆ)" (in Kannada). Not sure what it's called in English (may be impure) or Sanskrit. If cooked ...
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Is there any similarity in cooking items by Vallav (Bheema) and Bahuka (Nala) in Mahabharatha during their tough times?

Mahabharata has Nalopakyana Parva, which explains the life of Nala in some chapters. Nala appoints as rider and chef in the court of Rithuparna. Bheema was appointed as entertainer and chef in the ...
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Is it sin to consume milk or by-products milk of buffalo or any other animal?

Since cow is considered as our mother , we can consume cow-milk. But Can or Should we consume milk or by-products of milk of buffalo or any other animal ? Also in India only cows are protected by the ...
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Vedic texts contains verses that support animal sacrifice , then why do Hinduism generally consider eating non-veg to be sin?

Vedas have many verses which supports killing of animals in sacrifice , then why does Hinduism generally consider eating non-veg food to be wrong ? Also there is one Nishad caste in Hinduism whose job ...
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How big of a sin is eating non-vegetarian food?

What punishment do people get for eating non-vegetarian food ? Do they get punished in hell or do they get punished in this world ?
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Where can I find classification of Indian food items based on its guna?

There are three Gunas: Sattva, Rajas, Tamas. Based on the occupation and some other aspects, people take particular types of foods. Scriptures generally encourage the intake of Sattvic food since it ...
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Should Hindus eat food objects of non-Indian origin?

Apart from the usual ban on onion, garlic, radish, carrot & mushrooms, the sacred kitchen of Jagannatha Dhama in Sriksetra also bans the usage of vegetables of non-Indian origin like potato, ...
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Onion and garlic dilemma and optimum solution

Suppose someone has voluntarily gave up onion and garlic. Now he went to a restaurant which also offers no onion and garlic food. So you order food without onion and garlic. Mistakenly restaurant ...
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Why do some people avoid eating some specific foods on specific days?

Lately, I had a conversation with one of my internet friends from India. I asked her about her dietary habits. She told me that in her family they don't eat non-vegetarian food items on Tuesday (...
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How to prepare "meat juice" that has been mentioned in Charaka Samhita?

The following two excerpts from chapter 27- Diet and Dietetics (Annapana-vidhi) of the Charaka Samhita mentions meat juice #1: Meat-juice nourishes By its very nature, water moistens, salt liquefies, ...
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Is there any type of food capable enough to change the contents of causal body?

According to Sanatana Dharma, a Jeeva or human contains three bodies: Physical body, subtle body, and causal body. It is well known that food can directly impact the physical body. We can also notice ...
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Is eating meat allowed in Hinduism? [duplicate]

I believe that people who follow hinduism follow mahabharat and ramayana. In mahabharat podcast i got to learn that many hindu gods or avatar of hindu gods eat meat. If that is the case why do a lot ...
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As a Hindu, can I feed other people beef?

I am a volunteer who helps feed elderly and disabled people. They choose their meal from the cafeteria, and I feed it to them. My role (which I recently began) has led me to a dilemma. As a Hindu, I ...
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How much of Vedanta Desikan's Ahara Niyamam is based on Ayurveda or shares similarities with it?

Ahara Niyamam means "Dietary restrictions", and Vedanta Desikan wrote a work with the same name that shows what food items are appropriate and inappropriate for Sri Vaishnavas based on the ...
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Are there any particular food macros instructions given in our vedas

I would like to follow a strictly sattvik diet. I would like to know if there are any instructions given in the vedas or scriptures about the proportions of protein carbohydrates and fats to be ...
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According to Vedas, how to cook & eat sacrificed animal's meat?

I know Tantric and Puranic traditions may be different, but how to cook & eat animals as per Vedas? Rig Veda 10.28.3: अद्रिणा ते मन्दिन इन्द्र तूयान सुन्वन्ति सोमान पिबसि तवमेशाम |पचन्ति ते वर्षभा...
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Why are Asafoetida (Hing) and Brinjal(aka eggplant and aubergine) are offered as Prasadam while other non sattvik foods like onion/garlic not allowed

Onion and Garlic are prohibited to be offered as Prasadam to God. And are even classified as rajasic/tamasic according to Ayurveda. However Brinjal and Hing are also rajasic/sattvik(according to ...
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Diet for fasting in hinduism

There is a mention of fast in Mahabharata, Anusasana Parva about fasting which is continued for twenty eight days, which is the maximum days of fasting. That man who having fasted for eight and ...
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Are there online ebooks of English translations of ancient Indian cookbooks?

Ancient Indian cookbooks draw exquisitely from Ayurvedic scriptures and apply it to everyday cooking. This is very important from the view point of preservation of both health and culture. There are ...
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Is it said in hinduism that food served before an individual should not be consumed with more delay?

Many parents complain that food should not be taken with more delay. This may be told as of a reason that "annam parabrahma swaroopam" and delaying the food by engaging in other activities ...
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How do Gaudiya Vaishnavas justify their strict adherence to ahimsa, vegetarianism, etc. when Krishna himself didn't advocate these?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas claim that they follow the supreme Godhead Krishna. However, I have a few confusions. First, as we know from the Mahabharata, that Krishna never told Arjuna to chant his name all ...
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Which foods can be consumed before a session of Japa?

Are there any foods that one can consume before beginning a long session of Japa, especially if this is a daily occurrence, so as to prevent the development of gastritis? Please give references. Edit: ...
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Brahmana eating food cooked by others

Vyasa quoting Manu says: If a Brahmana takes food that has been cooked by a Kshatriya, it diminishes his energy; if he takes the food provided by a Sudra, it dims his Brahmanic lustre; and if he ...
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Possible diet for a week

While listening Lalitha Sahastranaama, I came to know about the mention of a 9 month diet for a pregnant women. It may be for the well being of both mother and offspring. As we know that there are ...
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What should be the minimum quantity of food that can be offered to God?

What is the minimum quantity of food, recommended scripturally, that can be offered to God? Does the quantity varies : Both in normal daily pújã and the occasional big pújã? Does the kind and quantity ...
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Does scripture enjoin Saatvic food on Kshatriyas?

It is generally believed that meat,eggs etc. are needed to build strong bones and muscle. These would be called Rajasic foods. Does scripture allow Kshatriyas to directly eat Rajasic/Tamasic foods? ...
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Does Ayurveda see medicinal value in Tamasic and Rajasic foods like onions and garlic?

Sattvic diets usually eschew onion and especially garlic. But garlic is considered to have medicinal properties (even today it is given to expectant mothers). Does scripture make exceptions as to ...
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Food Being Considered Aamish [duplicate]

Why are onions and garlic considered aamish (non-veg) among Hindus? Is there a scientific / religious reason for it?
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Why does Manu Smriti state that meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures?

According to this answer https://hinduism.stackexchange.com/a/44832/22493: Manu Smriti 5.48. Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is ...
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Is eating meat allowed if the animal died naturally?

Much like the sadhu that is allowed to skin the tiger if it died naturally, is it written anywhere in scripture that eating flesh from an animal that died naturally is allowed?
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What is the reason behind the hindu scriptures not prescribing meat? [duplicate]

Both plants and animals have the same soul, emotion and feelings. I know that meat is tamasic and is not suggestible for spiritual aspirants. Other than that, is there any exact logical reasoning for ...
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What are the foods to be avoided on Chaturdashi?

Is there anything in scriptures which tells about which foods to be avoided on caturdaśī Tithi?
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Is Rearing and selling fish for meat a sin?

I want to start a fish Rearing business. I understand that meat is tamasic and eating it effects the guna of human body. But isn't the soul same in case of whether if it is an animal or a plant. How ...
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Can we do Mantra japa while consuming non vegetarian on a daily basis?

I have a particular condition which makes me unable to consume more carbohydrate food. I usually stay active and consume a balanced diet with meat included. Lately I wanted to start sandhyavandan and ...
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Is eating bovine gelatin a crime in Hinduism?

Many pharmaceutical medicine have bovine gelatin as an ingredient. Bovine Gelatin is a protein product produced by partial hydrolysis of collagen, a protein material, extracted from animal tissue ...
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Does yoga support raw food over cooked food?

According to yoga scriptures, is intake of raw food recommended over cooked food?
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How non vegetarians are wrong? [duplicate]

I am a pure vegetarian and against non-veg and often I try to justify for this to my friends using scientific or logical proof. I have seen in Bhagavat Gita and Manusmriti that vegetarian diet is ...
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What beliefs are there regarding the moral status of eating lab grown or plant based meats in Hinduism? [closed]

I have seen various arguments about the validity of vegetarianism as a core tenet of Hindu moral thought. I would like to set that aside for this question and focus just on the belief systems within ...
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Can combination of ghee and honey be consumed?

I've heard that as per Ayurveda the combination of ghee and honey is considered as opposite food (Viruddha Ahara). However, in the preparation of banana rasayana both honey and ghee are put together. ...
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Did Hindu people eat the meat of Bulls and Oxen, but not the Cows?

Did the Hindu people eat the meat of Bulls and Oxen, but not the cows?
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What do scriptures say about eating unknown vegetables?

I understood from Manusmriti 5.5 that following veggies are to be avoided Garlic, leeks and onions, mushrooms and all that proceeds from impure things, are unfit to re eaten by twice-born men.—(5). ...
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Mantras while cooking

There are mantras to be recited and practice like Annashuddhi/parishechanam before eating. But are there any mantras to be recited before/while/after cooking to bless the food? Are there some ...
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Does consuming non-vegetarian food hinder our spiritual progress?

Does taking non-vegetarian food prevent us from becoming spiritual and getting salvation?
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Is those who are practising spiritual they have to sleep after lunch or not?

I have watched some lecture of Rajiv Dixit on youtube. He was saying that after lunch you must have at least a short nap/sleep for 1 hrs. Once I read in Swami Sivananda books that He was saying ...
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How much amount/quantity of food to be eat per day for spiritual person?

How much amount/quantity of food to be eat per day for spiritual person? I have read the books of swami sivananda He said that to become an Spiritual person, food play great role in ...
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