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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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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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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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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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Did Lord Rama break His promise to his mother Kausalya and if so why?

Lord Rama, the seventh avatara of Vishnu is known as a personality who always keeps His word. However, the following verses from the Valmiki Ramayana struck me. चतुर्दश हि वर्षाणि वत्स्यामि विजने ...
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Where is it written that Kshatriyas are eligible to eat meat?

I have often heard from many people that Kshatriyas are allowed to partake non-vegetarian food. Some people who believe Sri Rama took meat (this is due to certain controversial verses present in the ...
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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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Was Krishna a non-vegetarian?

We know Sri Krishna was a Kshatriya. Besides He had weapons with Him which were used to hunt animals. Can we hence categorically state that he was a non-vegetarian? If so, why do we offer vegetarian ...
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Were Pandavas non-vegetarians?

We know that the Pandavas were Kshatriyas. Were they consuming non-vegetarian food?
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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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Can Sannyasis accept meat as bhiksha?

In Buddhism, the two main sects: Theravada Buddhism and Mahayana Buddhism is divided on what kind of food can be accepted by monks as bhiksha. The Theravada sect believes that Buddha sanctioned the ...
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Why did Rama try to kill an innocent deer just for its skin?

Hinduism doesn't favour violence or killing innocent beings. We support being vegetarians. But isn't killing a deer for its golden skin unjustified? I'm referring to the incident in Ramayana where ...
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What is to be done with meat of sacrificed animal in vedic yajna?

Do any of the scriptures mention what is it to be done with meat of animal sacrificed in a yajna? Is it be thrown into fire the way butter etc is offered? Is it be eaten? If eaten then by whom? ...
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Do any scriptures describe fish to be vegetarian/Sattvic?

Many scriptures forbid the consumption of animal flesh. Some examples of such scriptures are given below: We ought to destroy those who eat cooked as well as uncooked meat and eggs. (Atharva Veda 8....
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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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What do Vedas say about non-sacrificial killing of animals?

Do Vedas or any scripture say anything about any restrictions on non-sacrificial killing of animals? We all know about animal sacrifices which was later explained by scholars. But what about normal (...
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Do any of the biographies of Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa written by His direct disciples indicate He took fish or meat?

There have been numerous biographies on the 19th century mystic saint Shri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa. The biographies written by his direct disciples are stated below: Sri Ramakrishna, The Great Master ...
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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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Can a brahmin eat meat according to shastras

I had posted the following in an answer but was urged to post it as a question. I thought brahmins were not supposed to eat meat but I was reading MahAbhArata when I came across the following in ...
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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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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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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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How are onions and garlic to be considered as non vegetarian food?

I heard a supposedly Puranic story that onions and garlic originated from meat and bone of a cow respectively after her death. For this reason, onions and garlic are therefore considered as non ...
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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 it forbidden in any scripture for Vaishnavas to refrain from non-vegetarian and stimulant foods?

Most Vaishnavas refrain from meat and stimulant foods. But is this compulsory by the scriptures? Do any of the scriptures forbid Vaishnavas to take meat and stimulant foods?
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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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Is cutting vegetables sin according to Sanatana dharma?

Is cutting vegetables treated as sin according to Sanatana dharma? If so, how can one purify oneself of the sin? Is there some sort of prayer or respect one needs to offer the vegetables before we cut ...
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Is meat offered to Goddess Kali only for restricting the sense gratification of meat-eaters as Srila Prabhupada claims?

The following are quotes of Srila Prabhupada regarding Vedic animal sacrifices: Lecture on BG 7.16 -- Bombay, April 7, 1971: Prabhupāda: There are tāmasika-purāṇas where it is recommended that ...
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Killing animals, Karma and our birth

My question has two different aspects. In Hindu religion, it is considered bad to kill animals, but in Islam it is said that animals are just for our use e.g., use them as food, transport etc. (...
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Karma accumulation by violence against cows

Does killing a cow accumulate karmas equivalent to suffering those many lives equivalent to the number of hairs on the cow? (Hairs on a typical cow are millions/trillions in numbers) Is there any ...
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Can i offer worship/prayers in Shiva or Shakti temples after having meat and without bathing?

Suppose, i am going to Assam's kamakhya temple (shakti peeth with lot of killing of animals for offering to devi), then can i eat meat and wash hands properly and then without taking bath, can i enter ...
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Discrepancy in the Manusmriti regarding Devas being fond of alcohol just like the Yakshas, Rakshasas, and Pisachas?

This answer says, from the Vyasa Smriti: Milk, wine, honey, and clarified butter are the articles which the gods are fond of. The word wine is used for Sanskrit "sura." Then there is this verse ...
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What is validity of different translation of word“ Mamsah”?

I have come across the many translations where "Mamsah" is translated as fruit or as root vegetable. As I am attaching here. The original translation As per my belief should be तां तदा दर्शयित्वा...
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Manu 3.271 - Which translators/commentators interpret 'gavyena' as beef (cow meat)?

I shall now fully describe what offering-material, on being offered to the Pitṛs, according to role, serves for a long time, and for eternity.—(266) By the proper offering of sesamum, rice ...
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Are there any references about Krishna eating meat? [duplicate]

In Mahabharata or any other scripture, are there any references which explicitly mention Lord Krishna eating meat like those of Pandavas? As I did not find any reference in the other thread I have ...
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Is it sin to eat non veg in hindu religion.? [duplicate]

I have hindu friend who eats non vegetarian but also a good follower of Lord Krishna. By the term good follower, I mean to say he prays to krishna and sometime goes to temple to attend prayers and ...
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Do any Hindu deities take onion and garlic?

I have seen many Hindu deities being offered meat (mainly the Goddesses) and alcohol. However, are there any Hindu deities who are offered onion and garlic?
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Eating non vegetarian food? [duplicate]

According to vedas killing and eating animal meat are forbidden and also a sin to hindus but according to manusmiriti eating non-veg is allowed.So which is true, Manusmiriti or Vedas? and which ...
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What is the role of Jainism and Buddhism in introducing Vegetarianism to Hinduism?

It is said on multiple occasions that initially Hinduism was not a vegetarian society. From Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian? :– I know meat eating is not restricted to any Hindu Caste, while in ...
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Why and when did Hindu's start eating non-veg

All the scriptures of Hinduism focuses on "satvik bhojan" which essentially means vegetarian meals. So why & when did section of society started eating non-veg? Is it allowed by veda's for cetrain ...
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Why did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa eat fish if he was Vishnu avatara?

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa known as a very well Shakta mystic and yogi. Most of his followers consider him as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. However, Lord Vishnu is known to be a vegetarian. Ramakrishna ...
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Can we eat food before we visit a temple?

My grandparents used to tell me: "You should have empty stomach before going to a Temple". When I was a child, we used to do the same. We visit a temple first and then have breakfast. But now my ...
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Devotion to God and Vegetarianism

We are often taught that non-vegetarians will go to Hell and it's being condemned by the scriptures and numerous Gurus. And so it implies that a devotee of God never eats meat or else he/she will not ...
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Eating non-vegetarian on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday

My family follows the rule not to eat fish and chicken on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. Last Saturday, when I was ordering take-out from a restaurant, the person in front of me ordered chicken ...
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Does hinduism/vedas allow non-veg consumption? [duplicate]

This question has puzzled me for long. My family does consume non-veg but we don't do it on Mondays and Thursdays and also not on full moon days. Also we only consume mostly meat and fish. So why is ...
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Eating restrictions in Hinduism [duplicate]

According to the Wikipedia page on Hindu diet, an excerpt from the Atharva Veda (the chronologically last one of the four) says that Those who eat flesh uncooked, and those who eat the bleeding ...
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Why are Hindus not allowed to eat beef when scriptures seem to indicate otherwise? [duplicate]

A recent photograph of some Hindu protesters demanding a ban on beef and other non-vegetarian food made me sit and take notice of the Vedas. I believe that these protesters are ignorant of what their ...
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Using Tamasic vegetables(Onion, Garlic mainly of significance here) in temples

Is there any explicit rule in Indian vedas that states Onions should not be used for cooking in temples. I recently had a debate (Personally found it silly) and the research ended in Ayurvedic ...
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Is it allowed to eat non vegetarian food while doing Raja Yoga?

In the chapter II : THE FIRST STEPS of Raja-Yoga non-killing is one of the requirement of Yama step Râja-Yoga is divided into eight steps. The first is Yama — non-killing, truthfulness, non-...