Not just beef, eating any kind of meat is by default prohibited in Hinduism. Consider the following statements from the primary Hindu book of law:
Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and
injury to sentient beings is detrimental to (the attainment of)
heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun (the use of) meat. [Manu
MISCONCEPTION 3:- Violence against animals; meet eating, etc
A) Rigveda (10/85/13) declares, “On the occasion of a girl’s marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered.”
Fact: The mantra states that in winter, the rays of sun get weakened and then get ...
Correct, the ancient Vedic culture actively advocates and promotes cow protection.
There are a few reasons for why the cow is considered holy:
Traditional Deity worship required pancagavya, or five ingredients, which are cow dung, cow urine, milk, ghee, and curd. Cow dung has antiseptic properties, cow urine has medicinal properties, milk is nutritious, ...
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 verses from various chapters of Parashara Smriti:
28. Urine of the cow, cow-dung, milk, curd, and ghee, these five are the five articles derived from a cow. ...
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 Parva of BORI critical edition (Sanskrit) from here.
मासानष्टौ पार्षतेन रौरवेण नवैव तु | गवयस्य तु मांसेन तृप्तिः
मासानेकादश प्रीतिः ...
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 the brain, Sky
is the upper jaw, Earth is the lower jaw. Lightning is the tongue, the
Maruts are the teeth, Revati is the neck, the Krittikās are the
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 of the cow,Agni in cow dung,Vayu in curd,Moon God in curd and Sun God in the Ghee.
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 it is not prescribed in scriptures, then never even tear a piece of
grass. But if prescribed in scriptures, one does not commit any sin by
killing even ...
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 then give any speech about our Hindu religion. Now I am showing the proper information about that chapter no 88 - 89 of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata ...
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:
See the translation in English:
Fierce Indra, glorified by us, drink that Soma, by which thou hast discovered the vast herd of cattle (cows stolen by the ...
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 people e.g. Ashwalayana, Drahyayayana, Gobhila, Hiranyakesin, Katyayana, Khadira, Latyayana, Paraskara, Sankhyayana and Apastambha is one of them.
Parts of ...
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 guest arrives, or at the occasion of marriage or as an offering to the ancestors in the Shraadh ceremony.
9 These are the occasions for killing a cow: (the ...
It's also related to my other answer.
According to one version of Pushkar yajna story, because of absence of Savitri for the yajna, Brahma married Gurjar girl, Gayatri. Gayatri got purified by Cow's womb to be worthy to be wife of Brahma. After Savitri ( Srasvati in some versions) arrival, she cursed everyone responsible of yajna. She also cursed Cow to get ...
Yes, Bhishma does say that in chapter 88 of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata:
Listen to me, O Yudhishthira, what those Havis are which persons conversant with the ritual of the Sraddha regard as suitable in view of the Sraddha and what the fruits are that attach to each. With sesame seeds and rice and barley and Masha and water and roots and fruits,...
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 character of sacrifice which
sacrifices have, depends upon ghee. Hence ghee (or, the cow from which
it is produced) is regarded as the very root of sacrifice.
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 Smriti says in context:
Prajapatya is laid down for holding sexual intercourse with a beast, or with a harlot. By holding intercourse with a cow, one should ...
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, with the desire, 'May horns be born to us.' For ten months they performed it, and then horns were born, and they ceased (the rite), (saying), 'We have ...
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 complete lack of references regarding this topic in the scriptures.
However, in ParAshara Smriti, there is an entire chapter dedicated to how to serve the cows. ...
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 during a marriage. The bride's family welcomes the bridegroom's family by giving a drink made of honey, curd or clarified butter. After this drink is offered, a ...
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 वधिष्ट ||
(She who is) the mother of the Rudras, the daughter of the Vasus, the sister of the Adityas, the home of ambrosia, I have spoken to men of ...
To understand this we need to understand the importance of Cows in Hinduism. The following is an excerpt from the book, Aghora: At the left hand of God,
The cow is a perfect mother. She has four teats: one for her calf, one for guests including birds and animals, one for use in rituals and one for her master. The milk is automatically divided into four ...
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.
In case of a similar offence against a cow, the punishment is even more severe. And this is mentioned in just the previous verse of the same chapter. I am ...
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, without the expectation of a reward, for the sake of Brahmanas and of cows, or in the defence of women and children, secures beatitude to those excluded (...
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 not to be be killed in Rig Veda mantras.
Cows should not be killed as per the Vedas
In RV 1.37.5, it's specifically stated, that cows should not be killed. ...
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 unanswerable IMO.
As far as the "Why" part is concerned, we can still answer it.
The book " Essence of Dharma Sindhu" says that many forms of sacrifices are ...
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 tradition.
See the meaning of Madhuparka from a dictionary.
मधुपर्क m. madhuparka offering of honey and milk मधुपर्क m.
According to Hindu dharma it is allowed to kill some animal species, but only if it is done in accordance with the strict regulations of the scriptures, as in the sacrifices, as indicated in Manu-smriti and other scriptures.
However cows is explicitly forbidden to kill! There are explicit statements in the scriptures about it:
ācāryaṃ ca pravaktāraṃ ...