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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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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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Are there any rules/guidelines 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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Does Bhagavad Gita say anything about whether a person should eat Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian food?

Here's the most specific dietary "guidelines" I could find in Śrīmad Bhagavad Gītā, BG 17.8: Those foods which promote longevity, strength, health, happiness, and satisfaction; Which are ...
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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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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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Was Lord Rama a non-vegetarian?

In Sundar Kand, Valmiki ji mentions that it is a sin for any Raghuvanshi (including Ram) to consume meat or alcohol. Hence, there is no question of Shri Ram being a non-vegetarian. ~ Sarga 36, Sundar ...
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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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Why is onion forbidden in every fast?

That's because eating onions is forbidden not just during fasts, but at all times. Here's what this chapter of the Manu Smriti says: laśunaṃ gṛñjanaṃ caiva palāṇḍuṃ kavakāni ca | abhakṣyāṇi ...
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Why are Hindus vegetarian? What is the real meaning of the word 'mamsah' (मांसः) or meat?

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 ...
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Way of beheading before consuming meat

Even if one beheads the animal in one go still it will be an act of just a killing and not a sacrifice. If sacrifice is being performed as per scriptures then first the animal is to be bathed then it ...
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Can we do Mantra japa while consuming non vegetarian on a daily basis?

Since you're a dvija, it should be known that eating the meat of un-sacrificed animals is highly sinful: Manu 5.33 - In normal times the twice-born man conversant with the law shall not eat meat ...
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Is eating meat allowed if the animal died naturally?

Manu Smriti 5.48. 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) ...
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Are there online ebooks of English translations of ancient Indian cookbooks?

Majority of the cookbooks (and other cookbooks) are available here. Paka darshana of Nala is available. Some excerpts are available here. Bhojana Kuthuhala is available. The online edition is here. ...
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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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Why is madhu (honey) considered a prohibited food in brahmacharya?

Excess of honey gives toxication in our blood. Brahmachari ashram is also called brahmacharya deeksha. There are many rules to be followed during this stage of life. In the olden days,. Children on ...
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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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Using Tamasic vegetables(Onion, Garlic mainly of significance here) in temples

There is no mention of any prohibition of herbs like onion/garlic in Ayurveda. Infact Charaka Samhita (Sutrasthana Chapter 27) encourages the use of these herbs. श्लेष्मलोमारुतघ्नश्चपलाण्डुर्नचपि...
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Is consuming non vegetarian food allowed in case of survival?

Yes one can eat such foods to survive when the life is endangered. First, we have the following verse from Manu Smriti: 5.27. One may eat meat when it has been sprinkled with water, while Mantras ...
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Vedic texts contain verses that support animal sacrifice , then why does Hinduism generally consider eating non-veg to be sin?

Sacrificial killing is allowed and it is regarded as non-killing (Ahimsa) unanimously in all scriptures. So such a killing is not a sin. Therefore, Vedas permitting animal sacrifices doesn't ...
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Can Shaivaites or Devotees of Shiva eat meat?

Can one eat meat and still be a devotee ? The answer to this question will be Yes. But, if the question is whether Lord Shiva approves such an act? (which is what a true devotee will be more ...
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Do Hindus consume milk products?

Yes. Hindus eat milk products. Cow is described as theomorphic animal in Vedas (meaning knowledge) which are highest truths. So, Hindus revere cow as their mother and God. But we consume products like ...
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