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As a Hindu, can I feed other people beef?

Manu Smriti 5.51. 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, (must all be ...
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Any other slokas suggesting drinking of cow urine

There are numerous such verses in the Smritis. Consuming Panchagavyas (the five products obtained from a cow) is considered as an effective sin-cleansing remedy for a variety of sins. Here are a few ...
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

No. It doesn't support cow sacrifice though cow sacrifice is allowed during Yagnas. Bibek Debroy's translation of BORI critical edition is critical edition of Mahabharta. You can read Anushasana ...
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Does Tantra say cow is sacred animal?

Yes obviously. Like all other Hindu scriptures they also hold the same opinion about cows. Trinam vapya-vidhAnena chedayenna kadAchana | VidhinA gAm dvijam vApi hatvA pApairna lipyate || If ...
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Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice?

No, this is the wrong information given by Zakir naik. But I would like to thank him to read the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata or I want to give him a suggestion that he should read properly and ...
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Why "Panchagavya" is considered holy in Hinduism?

The reason is given in the Parashara Smriti Chapter 11,Sloka 38 : Brahmakurcho dahetsarvam Pradiptaagniribendhanam|| Pavitram Trishu Lokeshu Devata Bhiradhistitham|| God Varuna is in the urine ...
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What does the Atharva Veda say about cows?

Atharvaveda Khanda 9 Suktha 7 describes cow as theomorphic animal. Prajapati and Parameshthin are the two horns, Indra is the head, Agni the forehead, Yama the joint of the neck. King Soma is ...
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Vivekananda said Brahmins ate beef, is this correct?

I believe Swamiji must have been referring to the few verses in Dharma Sutras that do mention consumption of bovine meat. The Apastambh Grihya Sutra mentions that cattle may be slaughtered when a ...
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Do the Vedas order killing of the "sinner" who kills a cow?

There are no mantras in the Vedas (at least not in the portions that exist now) which explicitly state that the killer of a Cow should also be killed. However, cows have been repeatedly mentioned as ...
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Relations with Cows?

It is forbidden. Intercourse with all animals is forbidden, it's just that the Prayaschitta required is more arduous in the case of a cows than in the case of another animal. Here is what the Atri ...
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Do any texts explicitly forbid Hindus from eating beef?

Almost every scripture prohibit the consumption of beef(cow meat). Vedas Atharvaveda 10:1:29. The slaughter of an innocent, O Krityā, is an awful deed. Slay not cow, horse, or man of ours. In ...
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Cremation rituals for cows after death?

I am not sure how you got the idea that a cow should be cremated. To be frank I have never found (so far) a reference which says that a cow should be cremated or even buried. So, there seems to be a ...
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What is the Apasthambha sutra? And is eating cow meat considered holy according to it?

The Grihya Sutras are scriptures that detail the rules and regulations regarding Vedic domestic rituals for householders (Griha - House in Sanskrit). There are various such Sutras written by different ...
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Why are Hindus not allowed to eat beef when scriptures seem to indicate otherwise?

Rigveda (6/17/1 i.e 1st richa of 17th sukta of 6th mandal of Rigveda) doesn't mean what you have mentioned in your question. Here is the original richa in Sanskrit and it's translation in Hindi: ...
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Consuming milk and dairy causes bad karma?

My answer is based on the info found on this page. From Mahabharata Anusasana Parva Bhishma said: No sacrifice can be performed without the aid of curds and ghee (clarified butter). The very ...
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Who are these women mentioned in the Hiranyakeshin Grihya sutras?

This verse is also found in Rig Veda, Mandala 8, Sukta 101, Verse 15-16 as given below: माता रुद्राणां दुहिता वसूनां सवसादित्यानामम्र्तस्य नाभिः | पर नु वोचं चिकितुषे जनाय मा गामनागामदितिं वधि...
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Repentance or atonement for killing a cow or eating beef

Manu 5.51. 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, (must all be ...
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Why are cows given special importance?

Why cow is given special importance is described in Mahabharata: Anusasana Parva: Chapter 50, 51, 76 to 83 in detail. Here is the English translation of few verses: Yudhishthira asked Bhishma पवि...
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Cow and position of Devas

Well, we can't be sure if the painter of the picture in question is well versed in Scriptures or that he has drawn the positions of various Gods exactly as depicted in our Shastaras. However,one can ...
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Relations with Cows?

Oh ok just now realised what you are actually asking. What Atri Smriti is saying is , that (santapana) is the punishment for having unnatural sexual intercourse with any female animals except a cow. ...
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When did Cows receive the boon of horns from Brahma & why did they want them?

Prapathaka 5 of the Seventh Kanda of the Taittiriya Samhita of the Yajur Veda describes cows performing a Yagna called the Gavam Ayana to obtain horns: The cows performed that Sattra, being hornless, ...
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Is the practice of killing a cow for a guest (गोघ्न | goghna) still followed?

The questions you have asked are difficult to answer. For example although i know that it is not followed nowadays but how i am going to prove that? Similarly the question "When did they stop?" is ...
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Which scripture talks about killing baby cows in sacrifices?

I am answering only the question that is in the body. Madhuparka is not a sacrifice as you think. Madhuparka is a mixture of honey, milk - a sweet offering prescribed to be done to guests in a Hindu ...
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Which scripture talks about killing baby cows in sacrifices?

The Manu Smriti verse quoted in the question talks about situations where killing animals is sanctioned. One of them is Madhuparka. There are several meanings to Madhuparka. Madhuparka is a rite ...
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Do I commit a sin of greater degree when I kill a holy creature (say cow) instead of any other creature?

Yes the killing of a cow is associated with a greater sin than killing of other animals and at places is even equated with the killing of a Brahmin. In fact the Manu Smriti explicitly states: Dying, ...
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Do any texts explicitly forbid Hindus from eating beef?

All Dharmic traditions without exception both Astik (believers in vedas) and Nastik (those who reject Vedas ... Buddhists, Jains etc) revere Cows (GoMata). Meat eating though not recommended is ...
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What is the moral stance towards milking of animals/cows?

I am answering this wrt cows milk, not milk of other animals like goat, camel etc. As stated here in SB 8.8.11: Pañca-gavya, the five products received from the cow, namely milk, yogurt, ghee, ...
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Do any texts explicitly forbid Hindus from eating beef?

Cow is not worshipped as per canonical scriptures, in some Godly sense. If somebody worships his mother, it does not mean she is God/creator/Divine being, it only means that he gives her as much ...
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Repentance or atonement for killing a cow or eating beef

This is not about beef, but meat and several other kinds of food. He who unwittingly partakes of (any of) these six, shall perform a Samtapana (Krikkhra) or the lunar penance (Kandrayana) of ascetics;...
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Do the Vedas order killing of the "sinner" who kills a cow?

No, killing a cow does not warrant a death penalty. But it is a sin (under normal circumstances), and Prayaschitta or expiation for it is laid out in this chapter of the Manu Smriti: He who has ...
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