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

I am going to give the answer from a different perspective. The conception of Guna (property). There are Three types of Guna Sattva (the quality of goodness): Sattva is Calm, Saintly. Its brings up ...
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Do any texts explicitly forbid Hindus from eating beef?

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

It is because eating non-movable things has been allowed by Prajapati (Brahma or the lord of the beings). As per the scripture: What is sthavara (immovable i.e. vegetables, plants, etc.) is the food ...
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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

Aamisham means meat and it also means enjoyable sense object like kingdom; it also means immense sense gratification and very pleasant and dear sense objects. Why translate this word only to mean meat?...
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Why can we eat 'living' plants but not 'living' animals?

Killing of both ANIMALS and PLANTS is prohibited. In the Vedic age, AGRICULTURE was not in vogue. People used to PLUCK fruits and vegetables from the naturally growing plants which does not amount ...
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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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Why do some Hindus, especially brahmins, not eat onion or garlic?

As per the scripture, garlic, onion and mushroom are prohibited for Brahmins because they are considered impure as they generally grow in the place of impurity. Brahmins need to maintain purity as ...
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Brahmins used to eat Five-nailed animals?

First of all, the quote is from this chapter of the Kishkindha Kanda of the Ramayana, where Vali accuses Rama of acting sinfully in killing him: My skin is unwearable, holy people forbid my hair and ...
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Why can we eat 'living' plants but not 'living' animals?

Killing of 'living' being always happens. Every moment the anti-bodies in us are killing microorganisms. But being a human we possess the the unique quality of rationality. Hence rationally we need to ...
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Why are Hindus not allowed to eat beef when scriptures seem to indicate otherwise?

http://www.vedicgranth.org/misconceptions-on-vedas/misconception-3---violence-against-animals-meet-eating-etc MISCONCEPTION 3:- Violence against animals; meet eating, etc A) Rigveda (10/85/13) ...
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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

Here is the verse from Ramayana that Rama left eating meat for 14 years. चतुर्दश हि वर्षाणि वत्स्यामि विजने वने | मधु मूल फलैः जीवन् हित्वा मुनिवद् आमिषम् || २-२०-२९ I shall live in a solitary ...
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Should a Brahmin be vegetarian?

Many of our scripture are the inverse of rationality, especially in today's time. Respecting this sites rules, I will refer the text from Bhagavad Gita (BG), which I feel still relevant to this date (...
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What food is suggested for Yogi?

Hatha Yoga Pradipika (1.61 to 1.70) gives the list of foods that are fit for the Yogi as well as those foods which a Yogi must avoid. Recommended foods are rice, wheat, milk etc. ...
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Why are eggs not consumed by many Hindus?

A "vegetarian egg" or an egg without an embryo developing in it is produced when a hen does not mate with a rooster before laying the egg. Moral Reason I have been taught that one reason such eggs ...
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"Once Yogi, Twice Bhogi, Thrice Rogi" -- What should be the number of meals per day?

What do other scriptures say about total meals per day (1, 2 or more)? For a Grihastha (Householder), Dharma Shatsras has prescribed to take food two times, in Morning and in Evening. But if one has ...
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Should we chant mantras before eating food?

We do have a "bhojan mantra" which we should chant before eating food: ओम् यन्तु नदयोः वर्षन्तु पर्जंया सुपिप्पला ओषधयोः भवन्तुः । अन्नवताम् ओदनवताम् मामिक्षवताम् एशाम् राजा भूयासन् ।। ...
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Food Eaten in Ancient India

What food did they eat during Lord Krishna's time? I am trying to answer your question not from Mahabharata itself , but a description of food items given in puranas. We get a little idea about ...
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What food is suggested for Yogi?

Yogatattva Upanishad (3rd paragraph ) gives a small glimpse of it with generally healthy vegetarian food is enough for a Yogi The proficient in Yoga should abandon the food detrimental to the ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda eat fish and meat before he turned a sannyasi? Did he continue eating fish and meat after?

Before turning into a Sannyasin, there is a greater possibility that Swamiji might have taken the fish at least as it is a chief diet in Bengal. After becoming a Sannyasin; when Swamiji was in ...
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Do the Charaka Samhita and the Sushruta Samhita forbid the consumption of any food?

Charak Samhita Chapter 27 -Sutra Sthana – Annapana Vidhanam (सूत्र स्थान , अन्नपान विधानं ) is dedicated to food items. This chapter discuss about various food items and their types. We can also ...
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Is Sai Baba a Hindu lord or a Muslim?

In the "Sai SatCharitra" (biography) of Shri Sai Baba written by Hemadpant Dabholkar, nowhere his religion is mentioned. He used to say "सबका मालिक एक |" (everyone's god is same). ...
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Why can we eat 'living' plants but not 'living' animals?

The exact reason is: mercy (dayā). The human society depends on 4 qualities: cleanliness(purity), mercy, austerity and truthfulness [Bhagavata purana 1.17.24]. Meat-eating destroys mercy, as a result ...
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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

I am a practicing Hindu and Brahmin with a reasonable knowledge of Ramayana and some of its different versions. As far as I know meat eating is not restricted to any Hindu Caste, while in general ...
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Why is madhu (honey) considered a prohibited food in brahmacharya?

The Shatapatha Brahmana Section 11.5.4 describes the Upanayana ceremony for the initiation of a pupil into Brahmacharya: 1 He says, 'I have come for Brahmakarya:' he thereby reports himself to the ...
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How to wash away sin after unconsciously consuming non-vegetarian food?

First of all, in general, consumption of non-veg food items, by all people, under all circumstances is not a sin that scriptures will prescribe atonement measures for the act. As clearly said in the ...
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Any rules for drinking water?

I know about an interesting Mantra from the Vedas which is probably giving an indication to the amount of water we should intake. samAni prapA saha vonnabhAgah || May your water drinking ...
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Why are Hindus vegetarian? What is the real meaning of the word 'mamsah' (मांसः) or meat?

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

Core belief of Hinduism is always to be Sattvik, respect balance. Be least supportive to the increasing "entropy" around. Supposes the current generation of ALL Humans get vanished, by some magic, ...
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Should we chant mantras before eating food?

Yes, you can chant the following mantras before eating food. Bhagavad Gita 3:13: यज्ञ शिष्ठा शिनः षन्तो मुच्यन्ते सर्व किल बिशैहि | भुन्जते ते त्वघं पाप ये पचन्त्यात्मा कारणात || ...
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