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 ...
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 considered
as) the slayers (of the animal)
Therefore, according to Hindu scriptures, one who serves the meat is also partaking the sin of killing that animal ...
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 ...
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, ...
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 ...
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:
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 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 ...
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,
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 ...
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 ...
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||
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 ...
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).
He was beyond any religion.
Devotees of all religions worship him.
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 equal your food intake (anna).
Atharva Veda 3.30.3
Apart from that it is also not recommended that we use frothy water (i.e with bubbles) while we are ...
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 the human society degrades into a flock of 2-legged animals. Meat-eating is also the principal cause of all the wars, because it cultivates hatred. The amassed ...
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 ...
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 Brahman. He says, 'Let me be a Brahmakârin (student):' he thereby makes himself over to the Brahman. He (the teacher) then says, 'What (ka) is thy name?'--now Ka ...
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 ...
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-...