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Why can we eat 'living' plants but not 'living' animals?

I attended a session of a priest. He described how eating non-veg food is disfavoured in Hinduism. He told us that a verse of Bhagavad-Gita says that eating non-veg food is evil. Priest: If you eat ...
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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

I have always believed that Lord Rama was a vegetarian, but after reading certain blogs I found out that there might be certain verses in Ramayana (like the one below) which indicate quite the ...
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Why do some Hindus, especially brahmins, not eat onion or garlic?

I have been with some Brahmins, and I was told that along with meat, they are also prohibited from eating onions and garlic. I can understand the meat prohibition because of cows, but what is the ...
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What are Tamasic, Rajasic and Sattvic foods?

In Hinduism, food is categorized into Tamasic, Rajasic, Sattvic, or combination of them. What does these categories signify? Can anyone consume food from any of these categories? Are there any ...
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Eating beef as a Hindu

I have been told many a times that I shouldn't eat beef because I am a Hindu by religion. Even though I have never worshiped a cow in my life or interacted with any on more than exotic basis, I find ...
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Should a Brahmin be vegetarian?

Is there something in scriptures which compels a Brahmin to be a pure vegetarian or can he eat non-vegetarian food if his health forces him to do so?
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Why is madhu (honey) considered a prohibited food in brahmacharya?

Quoting from the Agni Purana, as found on this page, while discussing the proper conduct of students (brahmacharis), it is stated that: The first stage in life is that of brahmacharya (student-hood)...
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Should we chant mantras before eating food?

Usually, we pray before having food. Are there any mantras which should be chanted before taking food? If such mantras exist, do they differ according to the meal e.g., breakfast, lunch and supper?
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Brahmins used to eat Five-nailed animals?

पंच पंच नखा भक्ष्या ब्रह्म क्षत्रेण राघव | शल्यकः श्वाविधो गोधा शशः कूर्मः च पंचमः || (Kishkinda Kanda 17th Sarga 39th Shloka) Meaning Raghava, five kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., ...
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“Once Yogi, Twice Bhogi, Thrice Rogi” — What should be the number of meals per day?

There is a famous saying in Hindi, which translates to: "In a day -- A person in Yoga (Yogi - SAtvika) eats 1 time, A Consumer (Bhogi - RAjasika) eats 2 times and and a Sick (Rogi - TAmasika) ...
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why are eggs not consumed in hinduism [duplicate]

Many of my friends are Hindus and most of them are pure vegetarians. I respect that nature but when coming to the matter of an egg, they say that eating an egg is just like killing a living thing, ...
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Why can Tulsi leaves only be picked on certain days?

I've heard that it is not allowed to pick the leaves of a Tulsi plant on certain days such as Dwadasi among others. This is why Acharyas advise against using store-bought Tulsi in offerings. Which ...
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What food is suggested for Yogi?

For spiritual progress I want to know the role of food intake. Which type of food is suggested in scriptures for one who want to approach the path of Yoga? In other words, do Shastras recommend or ...
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Why are Hindus vegetarian? What is the real meaning of the word 'mamsah' (मांसः) or meat?

Generally, Hindus are vegetarian. They avoid mamsah i.e flesh of animals like meat, fish - because it means their suffering and death. Some avoid eggs also. Atleast it is very limited, and they don't ...
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Does Bhagavad Gita say anything about whether a person should eat Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian food?

Does any shloka of Gita say anything about what a person should eat. I am mainly concerned with whether it say anything about Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian diet.
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How to wash away sin after unconsciously consuming non-vegetarian food?

If any person unconsciously consumed non-vegetarian food and later learned that he/she has done so, is there any provision in Hindu religion to wash that sin?
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Can Shaivaites or Devotees of Shiva eat meat?

I have seen animals sacrificing for Kali mata. I am not brahmin by birth but had developed interest towards Lord Siva. I read Shiva Purana but there are no references for devotees of Shiva. I have ...
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Way of beheading before consuming meat

In north part of India, I have observed, Hindus only eat meat of goat/chicken beheaded at once. They say it "jhatakA"; literal meaning "at once". Is this concept backed up by scriptures ? If not then ...
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Do the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita forbid the consumption of any food?

Charaka Samhita and Sushruta Samhita are two major ancient Hindu texts on health related subjects, include many chapters on the role of diet and personal needs of an individual.The two texts give a ...
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Is consuming non vegetarian food allowed in case of survival?

Is non vegetarian food allowed to be consumed in case of survival? Is there any reference in the ancient scriptures?
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Which Scriptures mention “Chitrahuti” (चित्राहुति) or “Chitravati” procedure which we carry out before starting of our meals?

Chitrahuti (चित्राहुति) Or "Chitravati", is a procedure of keeping small amount of food out side of the plate on the floor , as offering to "Chitra ,Chitragupta and Yama (चित्रा , चित्रगुप्त , यम) ...
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What is the full form of this sloka?

To support His opinion that as per the scriptures, a sannyasin has NO restrictions on food, Sri Advaita Acharya, a friend of Lord Sri Chaitanya quotes the following part of a scriptural sloka: ...
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Is there any scriptural reference that women should take bath before preparing the food?

In many families, they ask women to take bath before preparing food. Is there any scriptural reference that women should take bath before preparing the food? Note: This is regarding morning food and ...
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Any good book about ayurveda?

I just discovered some benefits of ayurveda but I do not know almost anything about this; and in order to live better I would like to arrange my routine (food, time, habits, etc.) as it is prescribed ...
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Is Sai Baba a Hindu lord or a Muslim?

Was Sai Baba a Hindu lord or a Muslim? If he was a Hindu, then why did he distribute non-vegetarian food as prasada to people?
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Any rules for drinking water?

We all are aware of different types of food i.e satvik, rajas and tamas also why some type of food should not be eaten by the yogis or how many times a yogi must eat during the day but my question is ...
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Why we don't eat non-veg, don't intake liquor and some people don't shave while Shravan Maas?

I'm confused that why we don't eat non-veg, don't intake liquor and some people don't shave while Shravan Maas? What is the relation of not eating non-veg in Shravan Maas? What is the relation of ...
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Which scripture mentions the prohibitions on food consumption in Chaturmas?

The term Chaturmasya means four months. The term Chaturmasya Vrata is a Vrata to be observed for a period of four months. The Poornima (full moon day) in the month of Ashadha is called ‘Guru Poornima’...
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Did Swami Vivekananda eat fish and meat before he turned a sannyasi? Did he continue eating fish and meat after?

Did Swami Vivekananda eat fish and meat before he turned a sannyasi? Did he continue eating fish and meat after? What were his views on consumption of vegetarian or non-vegetarian food? PS. Please ...
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What is the Apasthambha sutra? And is eating cow meat considered holy according to it?

According to this comment on a nice Quora answer, the Apasthambha sutra considers eating cow meat as a holy ritual. Does this particular scripture really sanction the consumption of beef? This is not ...
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What to do if doctor says to eat non veg?

If someone is devotee or purely vegetarian, and that person is forced by doctor to eat non veg so that the disease or injury can cure. Is there any option that injury can cure and the religion policy ...
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Which scriptures say that eating rice mixed with milk at night increases one's life span while eating curd at night decreases it?

This page makes the following claims: The following five things reduce the span of our life viz morning sun light falling on our body, the smoke from corpse touching us, love making with older ...
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What is chitta ? How can we purify it to make our life and afterlife peaceful?

How should we purify chitta so that our death and time after death can't be harmful or full of suffering for us. How someone can get peace with it?
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Meat and fish eating in the Vedas

A question has been bugging my mind for a few days-Is eating meat and fish explicitly forbidden in Vedas?I want to know the truth with vedic reference.
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Why is salty food and food from grains not consumed in Fasting?

Foods that have salt and ones that are made from grains or pulses are not supposed to be consumed during fasting. What is the reason for such a practice?
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How does giving up food and water help yogis?

I would like to understand the fundamental reason behind giving up food and water by some yogis: What exactly happens to the physical body, mental body or energy body by such actions? If that has a ...
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What do the guidelines of ancient scriptures say on “resource wastage”?

In today's time, the "wastage" is among the grave issues. For example wasting food/water etc.. e.g. nations like USA alone consume 25% of world resources, despite having 5% population. Do the ...
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Is there any mention of consuming egg in any sastra or puran?

Is there any mention of consuming egg in any sastra or puran? I mean details vidhi about when to consume when to avoid. what are the merits or demerits . food value how to consume etc etc ...
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What are the names of 56 Bhog offered to Lord Krishna?

This page says As per Hindu beliefs, Lord Krishna used to have 8 meals per day. Once to save his village from the fury of Lord Indra, he lifted the Govardhan Parvat (Mountain) under which everyone ...
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Do Hindus consume milk products?

I thought people from India, partly due to Hinduism being widespread, would be vegetarian or even vegan. But I've recently been to an Indian restaurant and even though cow meat was not on the menu as ...
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Why are some food items advised against by the Vedas?

The Vedas teach Hindus to avoid some food items. The list includes not only non-vegetarian food but also old food items in the vegetarian categories too (older in this sense means food items which are ...
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Is someone paying for meat assigned same sin as the one bringing it home?

I was going through this post "Why can we eat 'living' plants but not 'living' animals?" , and a thought came to my mind. I've come across a lot of people, who though themselves are pure vegetarians ...
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Is Paan considered Sattvic? [duplicate]

Is the consumption of Paan leaf allowed under the rules of a Sattvic diet, or is it prohibited? Does it matter how it is prepared, or what other ingredients are used?
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What is the moral stance towards milking of animals/cows?

The chief function of lactation is to provide nutrition and immune protection to the young after birth. Consuming milk of the mother (e.g., cow), meant for her offspring strikes to be a heinous deed. ...
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Who are called Yavanas?

The purport of sloka 213 of chapter 18 of the Madhya-khanda of Sri Chaitanya-Charitamrita reads The word yavana means "meat-eater." Anyone from a meat-eating community is called a yavana. One who ...
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Do Sri Vaishnavas believe you should not eat food in the presence of others?

The famous Sri Vaishnava Acharya Ramanujacharya was once asked by his shishya Vangipuram Nambi what the obstacles to Moksha are. In response, he gave a list of 83 obstacles to Moksha, known as the ...
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Is it fine to consume Sattvic food prepared more than 3 hours ago?

Bhagavad Gita says: Bg 17.10 — Food prepared more than three hours before being eaten, food that is tasteless, decomposed and putrid, and food consisting of remnants and untouchable things is ...
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Food Eaten in Ancient India

This scene from Shri Krishna shows the family eating food. It looks like today's Indian food, i.e. Rice, Roti, Sabzi. What food did they eat during Lord Krishna's time?
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Who are the Samaneans?

St. Jerome, in his Against Jovinianus bk. 2 (393 A.D.) c. 14, divides the Gymnosophists of India [into two classes,] the one [of which is] called Brahmans, the other Samaneans [Samanæos], who are ...
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How are offerings communicated from Agni to other gods?

During homa we give food to Agni (pour oblations in fire) but how will that food reach those particular deva's?