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Animal sacrifice, when performed properly according to Vedas, is an exception to the general rule about not harming living beings. Here is what Adi Shankaracharya says in his commentary on the Brahma Sutras: We proceed to refute the remark made by the pûrvapakshin that sacrificial works are unholy because involving harm done to animals ... Now from ...


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Vyasa Bhashya of Patanjali Yoga Sutras has this verse. Vyasa Muni starts commentary on Sutra 30 of Sadhana Padha with this sentence. अहिंसासयास्तेयब्रह्मचर्यापरिग्रहा यमाः ॥ ३० ॥ (Sutra) तत्राहिंसा सर्वथा सर्वदा सर्वभूतानामनभिद्रोहः । उत्तरे च... (Commentary) ahiṃsāsayāsteyabrahmacaryāparigrahā yamāḥ ॥ 30 ॥ tatrāhiṃsā sarvathā sarvadā ...


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Yes, this shloka is present in Mahabharata. 1) Adi Parva of Mahabharata: Sauti Muni talking about Rishi Sahasrapat tells Rishi Ruru about the characteristics of a brahamana. अहिंसा परमॊ धर्मः सर्वप्राणभृतां समृतः तस्मात पराणभृतः सर्वान न हिंस्याथ बराह्मणः कव चित Verily the highest virtue of man is sparing the life of others. Therefore a Brahmana ...


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Yes, it's quite possible to live whole life without violence. Probably you meant only "killing", but you generalized it as "violence". The word "violence" is a kind of "violation". According to Mahatma Gandhi, "Violence" can be done using words, thoughts, actions as well. "killing" is just an act, while "violence" is a state of the act. "Rightful killing" ...


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Various Puraans mention that thirteen of Daksha Prajapati's daughters were married to Dharma but none of those is Ahimsa. For example, Vishnu Puran Chapter 8 mentions the following wives of Dharma: The patriarch Daksha had by Prasúti twenty-four daughters: hear from me their names: Sraddhá (faith), Lakshmí (prosperity), Dhriti (steadiness), Tusht́i (...


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Ahimsa as we know it today was a notion popularized by M.K.Gandhi. While the core of what he said was as per Hindu philosophy, he missed an essential part that ahimsa also meant prevention/minimization of himsa and not just non-himsa. Dharma is contextual. One needs to understand the situation and do the action which minimizes himsa. This was the doubt ...


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Mahabharata - Anushasana Parva -Dana Dharma Parva - Chapters 114-116 are discussing this issue in very detail. This is discussion between Bhishma , Yudhisthira and Rishi Vaishampayana. These chapters is highlighting the topic of Ahimsa (non killing). what is the real meaning of the-word-mamsah-मांसः? The etymology of word mamsah : The essence of word ...


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Eating meat outside of rituals is considered as a sin unanimously in all scriptures.. that's why probably. Manu Smriti 5.31. ’The consumption of meat (is befitting) for sacrifices,’that is declared to be a rule made by the gods; but to persist (in using it) on other (occasions) is said to be a proceeding worthy of Rakshasas 5.33. A twice-...


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There is no shloka in mahabharata that says Himsa dharma tadaivacha. I downloaded mahabharata from bombay.indology.info and grepped for the shloka. This is the header from that website. This site houses the electronic text of the Mahābhārata. Based on John Smith's revision of Prof. Muneo Tokunaga's version of the text, it was subjected to detailed ...


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Yes, human life is considered to be of higher value because of the possibility of a human attaining moksha. The swan [Brahman] said, "I disclose unto you a great mystery. There is no status that is superior to that of humanity. Freed from sin like the Moon from the murky clouds, the man of wisdom, shining in resplendence, attains to success by patiently ...


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If the Jiva still wants to enjoy with his body in any way(through love or hatred), then terminating its life in any form is a sin. It's including suicide. Infact suicide and killing are one of the worst sins according to Hindu scriptures. According to Garuda Purana pretha kalpa the suicidee will not have new body till the end of that kalpa. And he has to ...


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Let me add the quote from the Vachanamrut (lessons given by Bhagavan Swaminarayan) A similar type of question has been asked to Bhagavan Swaminarayan by the Saints and Munis, while Maharaj (Bhagavan Swaminarayan) was answering question about the Dharma and then the discussion goes on and after that Saints have asked this question: “Mahãrãj, we would like ...


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Rama was not trying to kill the golden deer for its skin. Sita wanted it as a pet to bring back to Ayodhya; here's what she tells Rama in this chapter of the Aranya Kanda of the Ramayana: Oh, nobleman's son, that delightful deer is stealing my heart, oh, dextrous one, bring it round, it will be our plaything. Here in the threshold of our hermitage many ...


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1. First thing is that ‘Brihadaranyaka Upanishad’ begins about mention of hunger. Doesn’t a new born child in your home has a natural tendency to drink milk. From the birth of a child is hunger present or not? So hunger is called as death in ‘Brihadaranyaka Upanishad’. Hunger means death. Bhagwaan Shankaracharya interpreted it as when a person feels hunger ...


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We find one of the possible explanation of Shree Rama's act of Killing a deer who actually was a demon named Maricha, Sent by Ravana ,to take Shree Rama away from his hut ,and then to abduct Devi Sita in shreemad Bhgvatam. So this was Ravanas evil plan.That deer wasn't actually a Innocent animal but a demon disguised as Golden Deer. And act of killing ...


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Bishnoism is a Panjabi Vaishnava sect founded by Guru Jambheshwar in the 15th century. Here are Jambheshwar's 29 principles: “TEES DIN SUTAK” Observe 30 days of SUTAK (state of ritual impurity) after birth and keep mother & child away from household activities. “PANCH RITUVANTI NIYARO” During menstrual period, keep woman away from household ...


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There are some streams of thought connected to rebirth which indicate higher value[1] of humans when they believe that bad Karma will result in you being reborn as a lower life form. There are some like Advaita where God and all creations are one and the same. This inherently implies all creations are God and thus have same value. No hierarchy. In Sankara'...


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Isn't killing a deer for its golden skin unjustified? In Rāma's case, it's not unjustified. Revealing her second boon to Daśaratha, Kaikeyī says the following: नव पञ्च च वर्षाणि दण्डकारण्यमाश्रितः || २-११-२६ चीराजिनजटाधारी रामो भवतु तापसः | Rama has to take refuge in the forest of Dandaka for fourteen years and let him become an ascetic wearing ...


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The shloka almost similar to this, appears in Ishvara Gita, which is part of Kurma Purana AhinsaayaH paro dharmo naastyhinsaa param sukham | vidhinaa yaa bhaveddhinsaa tvahinsaiv prakirtitaa || - Ishvara Gita Chapter11:Verse 5 There is no other virtue better than Non-Violence, nor is there any other ...


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You have many questions and let me answer each question. Actually, most of your questons are answered already on this site. As it is difficult to mark this question as exact duplicate, i am providing an answer for this. Is Non Veg allowed in Hinduism? Yes. It is allowed but not recommended. You can eat meat when your life is in danger i.e, when doctor ...


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I acknowledge @sv.'s answer on this topic as authoritative. Here is an additional reference for this issue, from the Manu Smriti: After death the guilt of one who slays deer for gain is not as (great) as that of him who eats meat for no (sacred) purpose. [The Laws of Manu, 5:34]


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The Mahābhārata says not only can deer be hunted but they can be consumed even without offering them to gods: Desirous of benefiting all men, the high-souled Agastya, by the aid of his penances, dedicated, once for all, all wild animals of the deer species to the deities. Hence, there is no longer any necessity of sanctifying those animals for offering ...


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You might be referring to some techniques like NLP, Mind Control for Influencing other people. Influencing can't be bad unless you do it for your evil intensions. Everybody has been influenced negatively or positively. If you influence someone for better it can't be bad. My answer is practical and not based according to Scriptures... so please don't ...


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Manu Smriti: 'Me he (mam sah)' will devour in the next (world), whose flesh I eat in this (life); the wise declare this (to be) the real meaning of the word 'flesh' (mamsah). He who permits (the slaughter of an animal), he who cuts it up, he who kills it, he > who buys or sells (meat), he who cooks it, he who serves it up, and he who eats it, (...


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When we visit an old heritage monument, we may think that aesthetically, it may be better to have some further improvement. But we should not attempt any such improvement on it, as the heritage has to be protected. In the same manner, if the original Mahabharat did not contain the second stanza, it is not correct to invent it or add it at this stage.Anybody ...


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The answer is broad, to give you an idea, after soul is left the body, according to the sect which one belongs to, there is tradition to decompose/destruct the body. Here are few exmaples for it.. If a baby dies, body would be buried in the earth and not cremated. I heard from someone that if a saint/sanyasi leaves his body, his body would be cut into ...


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