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
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.
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, ...
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 ...
Yes, the Pandavas did eat meat. In this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata, Yudishthira tells his brothers that they should leave the Dwaita forest because they've been eating all the deer there, so out of compassion for the deer they move to the Kamyaka woods:
Once on a time, as Yudhishthira lay down at night in the Dwaita woods, some deer, ...
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 ...
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. ...
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 ...
On the contrary, eating fish is specially not recommended for the following reason:
Manu Smriti 5.15. He who eats the flesh of any (animal) is called the eater of the flesh of that (particular creature), he who eats fish is an eater of
every (kind of) flesh; let him therefore avoid fish.
And, for that reason, birds, who survive by eating fishes, are ...
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.
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 ...
I have seen many Hindu deities being offered meat (mainly the
Goddesses) and alcohol.
You might have seen that but what you have missed seeing is that they are purified meat-alcohol. All the Pancha-Dravvyas are first purified using mostly Vedic and Agamic mantras. Only then they are considered fit to be used in rituals.
What happens when one uses anyone ...
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 Smritis do not allow any of the twice borns to eat meat that is not first offered to Gods or Manes in sacrifice.
Manu Smriti 5.31. ’The consumption of meat (is befitting) for sacrifices,’that is declared to be a rule made by the gods; but to persist (in using
it) on other (occasions) is said to be a proceeding worthy of
Manu Smriti ...
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 were recited, when Brahmanas desire (one’s doing it), when one
is engaged (in the performance of a rite) according to the law, and
when one’s life is in ...
In Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Shri Krishna has specifically told what exact food He accept.
पत्रम पुष्पम फलम तोयम यो मे भक्त्या प्रच्छति।
तदहम भक्तत्युपहृतमश्नामि प्रयतात्मन:।। (9.26)
If one offers Me with love and devotion
a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.
That means he must be a vegetarian.
From yogic perspective, this is what I found in Kriya Yoga book of Raga Ragini Trust, Mysore.
Our knowledge of food is usually based only on its gross material content like carbohydrate, protein, fats, vitamins, minerals, water and fiber.
Yogic concept of food takes into account the total dimension of human existence. Our gross body is formed of atoms and ...
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 South Indian Brahmins practice vegetarianism. Bengali Brahmins eat fish, Kashmiri Brahmins eat meat.
Further Rama is a Kshatriya(Warrior Class) son of King ...
What Bhagavat Gita says is,
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’s existence and give
strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such foods are ...
Well, there are certain food items which are considered as Amisha Dravya. They are prohibited to be consumed during Vratas or while performing Purascharana or during Asaucha (birth-death impurity) period or on the day before a fast or other similar times.
And, there are certain food items called Havisya Dravya which are just the opposite of Amisha and which ...
Manu Smriti includes meat (prepared without spices) among Havi (i.e. food that are fit to be offered in Vedic sacrifices).
3.257. The food eaten by hermits in the forest, milk, Soma-juice, meat which is not prepared (with spices), and salt unprepared by art, are
called, on account of their nature, sacrificial food.
A Brahmin can meat under certain ...
There are many references of Sri Rama having meat in the Valmiki Ramayana. It was a common practice in the Kshatriya clan then. Even not many Kshatriyas have non-vegetarian diet.
suraaghaTasahasreNa maamsabhuutodanena cha |
yakshye tvaam prayataa devi puriim punarupaagataa || 2-52-89
devii= “Oh, goddess! Upaagata= After reaching; puriim= the city (Ayodhya);...
No, cutting vegetables is not a sin as eating them is allowed in the primary Hindu book of law:
What is sthavara (immovable i.e. vegetables, plants, etc.) is the food of jangama (movable i.e. animals) [Manu Smruti - 5.29]
Because it is not a sin, there are no prescribed purifications present for it in the scriptures as far as I know.
But because it is a ...
Indeed, even I thought brahmins were not supposed to eat meat but I was reading MahAbhArata when I came across the following in sabhA parva (4th adhyaya, slokas 7 through 9):
Then that chief of men, king Yudhishthira, entered that palatial sabha having first fed ten thousand Brahmanas with preparations of milk and rice mixed with clarified butter and ...
From what I understand about Ayurveda, for medicinal purposes animal products can be used, especially if there is no alternative. They just should not be a part of regular diet. For reference, the following is a quote from this article. Note that I do not agree with the conclusion of the article, as it says a non-vegetarian diet is acceptable based on non-...
This is what one commentary called Śiromaṇi, by Vaṃśīdhara Śivasahāya on the Rāmāyaṇa says on the verse in question:
Rama seeks Kausalya’s blessings 2.20.13-34
Rama said that he was worthy of vistara or a seat made of twenty-five blades of darbha grass. The royal seat did not fascinate him. The inhabitants of the forest Dandaka, are threatened ...
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.
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