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 quality that allows spiritual holiness, forgiveness and submission to God. Foods dear to those in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one’...
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
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 of jangama (movable i.e. animals) [Manu. Smrt. - 5.29]
Why it is so? Because, if we don't eat something then we will die. Scriptures allow eating anything ...
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? Isn't it biased
Maamsa means meat and it also means pulp of a fruit or root. Roots are quite
commonly roasted in fire and eaten.
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 to killing the plants.
Even the CEREALS, PULSES, OIL SEEDS which were withered from the plants were collected and used - which again does not amount to killing ...
There are many beliefs about it:
According to Ayurveda, foods are grouped into three categories - sattvic, rajasic and tamasic - foods in the modes of goodness, passion and ignorance. Onions and garlic, and the other alliaceous plants are classified as rajasic and tamasic, which means that they increase passion and ignorance.
Ahinsa - In Hinduism, killing ...
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 they worship gods who are sattvic (pure) in nature.
Garlic, leeks and onions, mushrooms and (all plants), springing from impure (substances), are unfit to be ...
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 (not saying that it's the only relevant text). I would refer links from Vedabase website, but it's recommended to understand Sanskrit or read other similar ...
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 bones, and uneatable is my meat for your kind of reputable people. Raghava, five kinds of five-nailed animals, viz., a kind of wild rodent, a kind of wild-boar, ...
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 choose a path of least destruction/least himsa.
Refer to this video where Rajiv Malothra excellently explains this concept:
Tamasic foods are those that have a sedative effect on the mind and body. In general, they are considered detrimental. According to yoga, these foods are to be avoided as they can cause mental dullness and physical numbness. However, in times of pain they are allowed to alleviate suffering.
Examples include: meat of an animal, fish, the fertilized ...
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 ...
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 forest like a sage for fourteen years, leaving off meat and living with roots, fruits and honey.
Lord Rama Chandra, even being a king, stood on his oath and left ...
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.
I have been taught that one reason such eggs are not considered suitable for consumption is that by preventing fertilization you are preventing the birth of an animal, which is considered unjust by some. ...
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 ।।
ओदन् मुत्ब्रुवते परमेष्ठीवा एषः यदोदनः ।
परमामेवैनम् श्रियंगमयति ।।1।।
Om Yantu Nadyo Varshantu Parjnyah Supipala Aosadhyao Bhavantu ।
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 already taken excess of food in morning, he should not eat second time (in evening).
Apastamba Dharma Sutra, PRASNA II, PATALA 1, KHANDA 1
He shall eat ...
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.
Varjayeddurjanaprāntam vahnistrīpathisevanam Prātahsnānopavāsādi
kāyakleśavidhim tathā ||
Wheat, rice, barley, shâstik (a kind of rice), good corns, milk, ghee,
Brahmins are the ones who do the rituals, so they need goodness in their souls; no passion for money (raja guna); very reduced, controlled involvement in sex (only for child birth) (reduction of raja guna); no fighting or hatred (tama guna).
Onions and garlic cause tama guna. God (supreme god) and Dev-Devis don't take offerings by humans who have ...
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 America, some orthodox Hindus accused him of taking forbidden diet. Here is an excerpt:
To the accusation from some orthodox Hindus that the Swami was eating ...
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 the food items people were preparing at the time of Krishna OR Mahabharata from description given in Shreemad Bhagavata Purana -
There is a story in Bhagavata ...
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 practice of Yoga.
He should give up salt, mustard; things sour, hot, pungent, or bitter vegetables; asafoetida,
etc., worship of fire, women, walking, bathing at ...
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 ||
The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of
sins because they eat food which is offered ﬁrst for sacriﬁce. Others,
who prepare 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 find various characteristics of food items in this chapter .
कृमिवातातपहतं शष्कं जीर्णमनार्तवम् |
शाकं नि:स्नेहसिद्धं च वर्ज्यं यथापरिस्रुतम ||314||
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 dvijātīnāmamedhyaprabhavāni ca ||
Garlic, leeks and onions, mushrooms and (all plants), springing from impure (substances), are unfit to be eaten by twice-...
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 has to be worshipped duly thinking it to be Lord Shiva.
The sacrificial post (the yup), the weapon are to be worshipped too. Otherwise the act is nothing but ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 following verse, giving up meat eating is greatly rewarding and is recommended too, but eating meat is "not that bad".
Manu Smriti 5.56. There is no sin in ...