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As a Brahmin, is it wrong for me to try non veg?

Brahmanyan

Well-known member
The phrase "Ahimsa Paramo Dharma" is mentioned several times in the Mahabharata.
अहिंसा परमो धर्मः
धर्म हिंसा तथीव च
Non-violence is the ultimate dharma. So too is violence in service of Dharma.

The following extract is narrated by Sauti Muni talking about Rishi Sahasrapat telling Rishi Ruru about the characteristics of a Brahmana.
Verily the highest virtue of man is sparing the life of others. Therefore a Brahmana should never take the life of any creature.
A Brahmana should be versed in the Vedas and Vedangas, and should inspire all creatures with belief in God.
He should be benevolent to all creatures, truthful, and forgiving, even as it is his paramount duty to retain the Vedas in his memory.

The duties of the Kshatriya are not thine. To be stern, to wield the sceptre and to rule the subjects properly are the duties of the Kshatriya.

In the Anusasana Parva, Yudhisthira is asked by Lord Krishna to ask Bhishma any questions he may have as this will be his last opportunity to do so. Yudhisthira states that Bhishma has told him that 'ahimsa paramo dharma' and is asking about it in the context of conducting Sraddha in which meat is offered.

Yudhisthira asks how can killing be avoided if meat is to be offered in offering sraddha in honor of ancestors?
Bhishma answers by stating that absention from eating meat is a great sacrifice (yagnya) and provides many benefits. He goes on to state that numerous benefits of Ahimsa.
Here ahimsa is translated as abstention from cruelty in relation to killing for the sake of eating the flesh of the killed animal for personal pleasure. In essence, Bhishma is stating that it is very beneficial to be vegetarian because thereby there is no cruelty to animals.
(Edited from an article in Hindupedia .)

In today's world very few will fit in to define strictly as "Brahmana". But any one can follow the path of Ahimsa by abstaining from cruelty of killing an innocent life for the sake of personal pleasure.

Brahmanyan
Bangalore.
 

seeker

New member
Hello everyone, I am Eshwaran and just joined this community, there's something that I have always wanted to do but because of my beliefs I haven't been able to. I have a small urge to TRY non veg food just for me to be able to get a taste of it and have an experience. I follow Kanchi mahaperiyava's teaching, but will trying non veg make me be rejected by god? Is it wrong to just try for an experience?

I have wishes to god and everything is going smoothly and very thankful to that, but if I try non veg, will my prayers not be answered by god? Will he stop fulfilling my wishes? Will he forcefully take me to a path that will lead me to be a failure than the path he chose for me to be successful if I try non veg?

Please let me know, thank you.
don't eat non veg as animals suffer when they die. develop compassion and u will know how non veg is bad for another sentient being.
 

arya

Member
sri Mohankumar from Coimbatore has put it nicely. I do not think craving for something has anything to do with haemoglobin or serum electrolytes
 

GNANA SUNYAM

Active member
Jesus Christ ate fish.

Mohammed ate meat.

Sidhartha, a kshatriya who turned buddha, ate meat.

Vardhamana, a kshatriya who turned Mahaveera, ate meat.

Vishwamitra who was a kshatriya prior to becoming a brahma rishi, in all probability ate meat when he was king.

All the above people are now revered and venerated.

No TB now is a match for any of the above in divinity.

I wonder how meat eating would render one unholy and subject one to condemnation by God.
 

GNANA SUNYAM

Active member
I read written in a book that whatever goes inside through the mouth does not defile the body since whatever goes inside through the mouth comes out of the belly.

But whatever comes out through the mouth defiles the body for whatever comes out from the mouth comes from the heart viz blasphemy, lies, evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses and these defile a man.
 

GNANA SUNYAM

Active member
Brahmins of bygone era abstained from meat because they lived as brahmins performing the karma mandated by the dharma for brahmins. such lifestyle necessitated abstaining from meat.

Is there any brahmin of current times who can rightfully claim that he/she lives the life of a brahmin as prescribed in the scriptures?
 

Mur61

Member
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Jesus Christ ate fish.

Mohammed ate meat.

Sidhartha, a kshatriya who turned buddha, ate meat.

Vardhamana, a kshatriya who turned Mahaveera, ate meat.

Vishwamitra who was a kshatriya prior to becoming a brahma rishi, in all probability ate meat when he was king.

All the above people are now revered and venerated.

No TB now is a match for any of the above in divinity.

I wonder how meat eating would render one unholy and subject one to condemnation by God.
Reply : The answer lies in your statement itself... They were meat eaters prior to become vegetarians and holy men... Hope you have understood my answer in a correct manner...
 

a-TB

Well-known member
Brahmins of bygone era abstained from meat because they lived as brahmins performing the karma mandated by the dharma for brahmins. such lifestyle necessitated abstaining from meat.

Is there any brahmin of current times who can rightfully claim that he/she lives the life of a brahmin as prescribed in the scriptures?
Not sure what your agenda is
 

zebra16

Well-known member
But whatever comes out through the mouth defiles the body for whatever comes out from the mouth comes from the heart viz blasphemy, lies, evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witnesses and these defile a man.
So, when a person recites a slOkA, when he does veda pArAyaNam, when he/she reads Bhagwat Geeta or when he/she sings a Bhajan or Bhakti Sangeet, he /she defiles the entire body?

One should be careful of taking an absolutist position especially when it pertains to the area of God, Almighty or Universe etc. which are not fully known to the human kind. Also comparisons and abstracts given by someone cannot be applied mutatis mutandis to all situations.
 

GNANA SUNYAM

Active member
So, when a person recites a slOkA, when he does veda pArAyaNam, when he/she reads Bhagwat Geeta or when he/she sings a Bhajan or Bhakti Sangeet, he /she defiles the entire body?

One should be careful of taking an absolutist position especially when it pertains to the area of God, Almighty or Universe etc. which are not fully known to the human kind. Also comparisons and abstracts given by someone cannot be applied mutatis mutandis to all situations.
this is the problem here, mis understanding.

please read carefully. those vices mentioned in the list in my post defile the body. not everything that comes out.

both good and bad come out of the mouth. the bad defiles the body. the good sanctifies the body.
 

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