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WHY HINDUS DON'T EAT MEAT

Hinduism Today
http://www.hinduismtoday.com

Besides being an expression of compassion for animals,
vegetarianism is followed for ecological and health
rationales

REASONS

In the past fifty years, millions of meat-eaters --Hindus
and non-Hindus -- have made the personal decision to stop
eating the flesh of other creatures.

There are five major motivations for such a decision:

1. The Dharmic Law Reason

Ahinsa, the law of noninjury, is the Hindu's first duty
in fulfilling religious obligations to God and God's
creation as defined by Vedic scripture.

2. The Karmic Consequences Reason

All of our actions, including our choice of food, have
Karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of
inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by
eating other creatures, one must in the future experience
in equal measure the suffering caused.

3. The Spiritual Reason

Food is the source of the body's chemistry, and what we
ingest affects our consciousnes, emotions and
experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher
consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all
creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl
or eggs. By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal
foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger,
jealousy, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of
death, all of which are locked into the the flesh of the
butchered creatures. For these reasons, vegetarians live
in higher consciousness and meat-eaters abide in lower
consciousness.

4. The Health Reason

Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to
digest, provides a wider ranger of nutrients and imposes
fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are
less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict
contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier,
more productive lives. They have fewer physical
complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer
dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune
system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined
and skin more beautiful.

5. The Ecological Reason

Planet Earth is suffereing. In large measure, the
escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient
rainforests to create pasture lands for live stock, loss
of topsoils and the consequent increase of water
impurities and air pollution have all been traced to the
single fact of meat in the human diet. No decision that
we can make as individuals or as a race can have such a
dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary
ecology as the decision not to eat meat.

HISTORY

The book FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT, VEGETARIANISM AND THE WORLD
RELIGIONS, observes, "Despite popular knowledge of meat-
eating's adverse effects, the nonvegetarian diet became
increasingly widespread among the Hindus after the two
major invasions by foreign powers, first the Muslims and
later the British. With them came the desire to be
'civilized,' to eat as did the Saheeb. Those atually
trained in Vedic knowledge, however, never adopted a
meat-oriented diet, and the pious Hindu still observes
vegetarian principles as a matter of religious duty.

"That vegetarianism has always been widespread in India
is clear from the earliest Vedic texts. This was observed
by the ancient traveler Megasthenes and also by Fa-Hsien,
a Chinese Buddhist monk who, in the fifth century,
traveled to India in order to obtain authentic copies of
the scriptures.

"These scriptures unambiguously support the meatless way
of life. In the MAHABHARAT, for instance, the great
warrior Bheeshm explains to Yuddhishtira, eldest of the
Paandav princes, that the meat of animals is like the
flesh of one's own son. Similarly, the MANUSMRITI
declares that one should 'refrain from eating all kinds
of meat,' for such eating involves killing and and leads
to Karmic bondage (Bandh) [5.49]. Elsewhere in the Vedic
literature, the last of the great Vedic kings, Maharaja
Parikshit, is quoted as saying that 'only the animal-
killer cannot relish the message of the Absolute Truth
[Shrimad Bhagvatam 10.1.4].'"

SCRIPTURE

He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the
flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever
species he may take his birth. MAHABHARAT 115.47

Those high-souled persons who desire beauty,
faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental
and physical strength and memory should abstain from acts
of injury. MAHABHARAT 18.115.8

The very name of cow is Aghnya ["not to be killed"],
indicating that they should never be slaughtered. Who,
then could slay them? Surely, one who kills a cow or a
bull commits a heinous crime. MAHABHARAT, SHANTIPARV
262.47

The purchaser of flesh performs Hinsa (violence) by his
wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste;
the killer does Hinsa by actually tying and killing the
animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing: he who
brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs
of an animal, and he who purchases, sells or cooks flesh
and eats it -- all of these are to be considered meat-
eaters. MAHABHARAT, ANU 115.40

He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all
that is -- immortal in the field of mortality --he sees
the truth. And when a man sees that the God in himself is
the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by
hurting others. Then he goes, indeed, to the highest
path. BHAGVAD GEETA 13.27-28

Ahinsa is the highest Dharm. Ahinsa is the best Tapas.
Ahinsa is the greatest gift. Ahinsa is the highest self-
control. Ahinsa is the highest sacrifice. Ahinsa is the
highest power. Ahinsa is the highest friend. Ahinsa is
the highest truth. Ahinsa is the highest teaching.
MAHABHARAT 18.116.37-41

What is the good way? It is the path that reflects on how
it may avoid killing any creature. TIRUKURAL 324

All that lives will press palms together in prayerful
adoration of those who refuse to slaughter and savor
meat. TIRUKURAL 260

What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroting life,
for killing leads to every other sin. TIRUKURAL 312, 321

Goodness is never one with the minds of these two: one
who wields a weapon and one who feasts on a creature's
flesh. TIRUKURAL 253

Hinduism Today
http://www.hinduismtoday.com
http://www.hindu.org

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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In article

Max Boot posted:

Dr. Jai Maharaj posted:

WHY HINDUS DON'T EAT MEAT


Most Hindus *do* eat meat.


I am aware that there are people who eat meat and call
themselves "Hindu" and there are people who think of some
meat-eaters as "Hindu".

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

WHY HINDUS DON'T EAT MEAT

Hinduism Today
http://www.hinduismtoday.com

Besides being an expression of compassion for animals,
vegetarianism is followed for ecological and health
rationales

REASONS

In the past fifty years, millions of meat-eaters --Hindus
and non-Hindus -- have made the personal decision to stop
eating the flesh of other creatures.

There are five major motivations for such a decision:

1. The Dharmic Law Reason

Ahinsa, the law of noninjury, is the Hindu's first duty
in fulfilling religious obligations to God and God's
creation as defined by Vedic scripture.

2. The Karmic Consequences Reason

All of our actions, including our choice of food, have
Karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of
inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by
eating other creatures, one must in the future experience
in equal measure the suffering caused.

3. The Spiritual Reason

Food is the source of the body's chemistry, and what we
ingest affects our consciousnes, emotions and
experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher
consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all
creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl
or eggs. By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal
foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger,
jealousy, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of
death, all of which are locked into the the flesh of the
butchered creatures. For these reasons, vegetarians live
in higher consciousness and meat-eaters abide in lower
consciousness.

4. The Health Reason

Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to
digest, provides a wider ranger of nutrients and imposes
fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are
less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict
contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier,
more productive lives. They have fewer physical
complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer
dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune
system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined
and skin more beautiful.

5. The Ecological Reason

Planet Earth is suffereing. In large measure, the
escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient
rainforests to create pasture lands for live stock, loss
of topsoils and the consequent increase of water
impurities and air pollution have all been traced to the
single fact of meat in the human diet. No decision that
we can make as individuals or as a race can have such a
dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary
ecology as the decision not to eat meat.

HISTORY

The book FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT, VEGETARIANISM AND THE WORLD
RELIGIONS, observes, "Despite popular knowledge of meat-
eating's adverse effects, the nonvegetarian diet became
increasingly widespread among the Hindus after the two
major invasions by foreign powers, first the Muslims and
later the British. With them came the desire to be
'civilized,' to eat as did the Saheeb. Those atually
trained in Vedic knowledge, however, never adopted a
meat-oriented diet, and the pious Hindu still observes
vegetarian principles as a matter of religious duty.

"That vegetarianism has always been widespread in India
is clear from the earliest Vedic texts. This was observed
by the ancient traveler Megasthenes and also by Fa-Hsien,
a Chinese Buddhist monk who, in the fifth century,
traveled to India in order to obtain authentic copies of
the scriptures.

"These scriptures unambiguously support the meatless way
of life. In the MAHABHARAT, for instance, the great
warrior Bheeshm explains to Yuddhishtira, eldest of the
Paandav princes, that the meat of animals is like the
flesh of one's own son. Similarly, the MANUSMRITI
declares that one should 'refrain from eating all kinds
of meat,' for such eating involves killing and and leads
to Karmic bondage (Bandh) [5.49]. Elsewhere in the Vedic
literature, the last of the great Vedic kings, Maharaja
Parikshit, is quoted as saying that 'only the animal-
killer cannot relish the message of the Absolute Truth
[Shrimad Bhagvatam 10.1.4].'"

SCRIPTURE

He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the
flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever
species he may take his birth. MAHABHARAT 115.47

Those high-souled persons who desire beauty,
faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental
and physical strength and memory should abstain from acts
of injury. MAHABHARAT 18.115.8

The very name of cow is Aghnya ["not to be killed"],
indicating that they should never be slaughtered. Who,
then could slay them? Surely, one who kills a cow or a
bull commits a heinous crime. MAHABHARAT, SHANTIPARV
262.47

The purchaser of flesh performs Hinsa (violence) by his
wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste;
the killer does Hinsa by actually tying and killing the
animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing: he who
brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs
of an animal, and he who purchases, sells or cooks flesh
and eats it -- all of these are to be considered meat-
eaters. MAHABHARAT, ANU 115.40

He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all
that is -- immortal in the field of mortality --he sees
the truth. And when a man sees that the God in himself is
the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by
hurting others. Then he goes, indeed, to the highest
path. BHAGVAD GEETA 13.27-28

Ahinsa is the highest Dharm. Ahinsa is the best Tapas.
Ahinsa is the greatest gift. Ahinsa is the highest self-
control. Ahinsa is the highest sacrifice. Ahinsa is the
highest power. Ahinsa is the highest friend. Ahinsa is
the highest truth. Ahinsa is the highest teaching.
MAHABHARAT 18.116.37-41

What is the good way? It is the path that reflects on how
it may avoid killing any creature. TIRUKURAL 324

All that lives will press palms together in prayerful
adoration of those who refuse to slaughter and savor
meat. TIRUKURAL 260

What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroting life,
for killing leads to every other sin. TIRUKURAL 312, 321

Goodness is never one with the minds of these two: one
who wields a weapon and one who feasts on a creature's
flesh. TIRUKURAL 253

Hinduism Today
http://www.hinduismtoday.com
http://www.hindu.org

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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In article

Max Boot posted:

Dr. Jai Maharaj posted:

WHY HINDUS DON'T EAT MEAT


Most Hindus *do* eat meat.


I am aware that there are people who eat meat and call
themselves "Hindu" and there are people who think of some
meat-eaters as "Hindu".

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

WHY HINDUS DON'T EAT MEAT

Hinduism Today
http://www.hinduismtoday.com

Besides being an expression of compassion for animals,
vegetarianism is followed for ecological and health
rationales

REASONS

In the past fifty years, millions of meat-eaters --Hindus
and non-Hindus -- have made the personal decision to stop
eating the flesh of other creatures.

There are five major motivations for such a decision:

1. The Dharmic Law Reason

Ahinsa, the law of noninjury, is the Hindu's first duty
in fulfilling religious obligations to God and God's
creation as defined by Vedic scripture.

2. The Karmic Consequences Reason

All of our actions, including our choice of food, have
Karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of
inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by
eating other creatures, one must in the future experience
in equal measure the suffering caused.

3. The Spiritual Reason

Food is the source of the body's chemistry, and what we
ingest affects our consciousnes, emotions and
experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher
consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all
creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl
or eggs. By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal
foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger,
jealousy, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of
death, all of which are locked into the the flesh of the
butchered creatures. For these reasons, vegetarians live
in higher consciousness and meat-eaters abide in lower
consciousness.

4. The Health Reason

Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to
digest, provides a wider ranger of nutrients and imposes
fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are
less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict
contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier,
more productive lives. They have fewer physical
complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer
dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune
system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined
and skin more beautiful.

5. The Ecological Reason

Planet Earth is suffereing. In large measure, the
escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient
rainforests to create pasture lands for live stock, loss
of topsoils and the consequent increase of water
impurities and air pollution have all been traced to the
single fact of meat in the human diet. No decision that
we can make as individuals or as a race can have such a
dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary
ecology as the decision not to eat meat.

HISTORY

The book FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT, VEGETARIANISM AND THE WORLD
RELIGIONS, observes, "Despite popular knowledge of meat-
eating's adverse effects, the nonvegetarian diet became
increasingly widespread among the Hindus after the two
major invasions by foreign powers, first the Muslims and
later the British. With them came the desire to be
'civilized,' to eat as did the Saheeb. Those atually
trained in Vedic knowledge, however, never adopted a
meat-oriented diet, and the pious Hindu still observes
vegetarian principles as a matter of religious duty.

"That vegetarianism has always been widespread in India
is clear from the earliest Vedic texts. This was observed
by the ancient traveler Megasthenes and also by Fa-Hsien,
a Chinese Buddhist monk who, in the fifth century,
traveled to India in order to obtain authentic copies of
the scriptures.

"These scriptures unambiguously support the meatless way
of life. In the MAHABHARAT, for instance, the great
warrior Bheeshm explains to Yuddhishtira, eldest of the
Paandav princes, that the meat of animals is like the
flesh of one's own son. Similarly, the MANUSMRITI
declares that one should 'refrain from eating all kinds
of meat,' for such eating involves killing and and leads
to Karmic bondage (Bandh) [5.49]. Elsewhere in the Vedic
literature, the last of the great Vedic kings, Maharaja
Parikshit, is quoted as saying that 'only the animal-
killer cannot relish the message of the Absolute Truth
[Shrimad Bhagvatam 10.1.4].'"

SCRIPTURE

He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the
flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever
species he may take his birth. MAHABHARAT 115.47

Those high-souled persons who desire beauty,
faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental
and physical strength and memory should abstain from acts
of injury. MAHABHARAT 18.115.8

The very name of cow is Aghnya ["not to be killed"],
indicating that they should never be slaughtered. Who,
then could slay them? Surely, one who kills a cow or a
bull commits a heinous crime. MAHABHARAT, SHANTIPARV
262.47

The purchaser of flesh performs Hinsa (violence) by his
wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste;
the killer does Hinsa by actually tying and killing the
animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing: he who
brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs
of an animal, and he who purchases, sells or cooks flesh
and eats it -- all of these are to be considered meat-
eaters. MAHABHARAT, ANU 115.40

He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all
that is -- immortal in the field of mortality --he sees
the truth. And when a man sees that the God in himself is
the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by
hurting others. Then he goes, indeed, to the highest
path. BHAGVAD GEETA 13.27-28

Ahinsa is the highest Dharm. Ahinsa is the best Tapas.
Ahinsa is the greatest gift. Ahinsa is the highest self-
control. Ahinsa is the highest sacrifice. Ahinsa is the
highest power. Ahinsa is the highest friend. Ahinsa is
the highest truth. Ahinsa is the highest teaching.
MAHABHARAT 18.116.37-41

What is the good way? It is the path that reflects on how
it may avoid killing any creature. TIRUKURAL 324

All that lives will press palms together in prayerful
adoration of those who refuse to slaughter and savor
meat. TIRUKURAL 260

What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroting life,
for killing leads to every other sin. TIRUKURAL 312, 321

Goodness is never one with the minds of these two: one
who wields a weapon and one who feasts on a creature's
flesh. TIRUKURAL 253

Hinduism Today
http://www.hinduismtoday.com
http://www.hindu.org

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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"Ganesh J. Acharya" posted:
. . .
In the first book of the Bible God tells the first humans
to follow a Fruitarian diet.

"And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb
yielding seed, which is upon the face of all the earth,
and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding
seed; to you it shall be for food. Genesis 1:29"


Related -- I posted the following 15 years ago:

"For many Christians, major stumbling blocks are the
belief that Christ ate meat and the many references to
meat in the New Testament. But close study of the
original Greek manuscripts shows that the vast majority
of the words translated as `meat' and `trophe, brome,'
and other words that simply mean `food' or `eating' in
the broadest sense. For example, in the Gospel of St.
Luke (8:55) we read that Jesus raised a woman from the
dead and `commanded to give her meat.' The original Greek
word translated as `meat' is `phago,' which means only
`to eat.' The Greek word for meat is kreas (`flesh'), and
it is never used in connection with Christ. Nowhere in
the New Testament is there any direct reference to Jesus
eating meat. This is in line with Isaiah's famous
prophecy about Jesus's appearance, `Behold, a virgin
shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call him name
Immanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know
to refuse the evil and choose the good.'"
- Posted by Tim Bush

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WHY HINDUS DON'T EAT MEAT

Hinduism Today
http://www.hinduismtoday.com

Besides being an expression of compassion for animals,
vegetarianism is followed for ecological and health
rationales

REASONS

In the past fifty years, millions of meat-eaters --Hindus
and non-Hindus -- have made the personal decision to stop
eating the flesh of other creatures.

There are five major motivations for such a decision:

1. The Dharmic Law Reason

Ahinsa, the law of noninjury, is the Hindu's first duty
in fulfilling religious obligations to God and God's
creation as defined by Vedic scripture.

2. The Karmic Consequences Reason

All of our actions, including our choice of food, have
Karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of
inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by
eating other creatures, one must in the future experience
in equal measure the suffering caused.

3. The Spiritual Reason

Food is the source of the body's chemistry, and what we
ingest affects our consciousnes, emotions and
experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher
consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all
creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl
or eggs. By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal
foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger,
jealousy, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of
death, all of which are locked into the the flesh of the
butchered creatures. For these reasons, vegetarians live
in higher consciousness and meat-eaters abide in lower
consciousness.

4. The Health Reason

Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to
digest, provides a wider ranger of nutrients and imposes
fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are
less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict
contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier,
more productive lives. They have fewer physical
complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer
dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune
system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined
and skin more beautiful.

5. The Ecological Reason

Planet Earth is suffereing. In large measure, the
escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient
rainforests to create pasture lands for live stock, loss
of topsoils and the consequent increase of water
impurities and air pollution have all been traced to the
single fact of meat in the human diet. No decision that
we can make as individuals or as a race can have such a
dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary
ecology as the decision not to eat meat.

HISTORY

The book FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT, VEGETARIANISM AND THE WORLD
RELIGIONS, observes, "Despite popular knowledge of meat-
eating's adverse effects, the nonvegetarian diet became
increasingly widespread among the Hindus after the two
major invasions by foreign powers, first the Muslims and
later the British. With them came the desire to be
'civilized,' to eat as did the Saheeb. Those atually
trained in Vedic knowledge, however, never adopted a
meat-oriented diet, and the pious Hindu still observes
vegetarian principles as a matter of religious duty.

"That vegetarianism has always been widespread in India
is clear from the earliest Vedic texts. This was observed
by the ancient traveler Megasthenes and also by Fa-Hsien,
a Chinese Buddhist monk who, in the fifth century,
traveled to India in order to obtain authentic copies of
the scriptures.

"These scriptures unambiguously support the meatless way
of life. In the MAHABHARAT, for instance, the great
warrior Bheeshm explains to Yuddhishtira, eldest of the
Paandav princes, that the meat of animals is like the
flesh of one's own son. Similarly, the MANUSMRITI
declares that one should 'refrain from eating all kinds
of meat,' for such eating involves killing and and leads
to Karmic bondage (Bandh) [5.49]. Elsewhere in the Vedic
literature, the last of the great Vedic kings, Maharaja
Parikshit, is quoted as saying that 'only the animal-
killer cannot relish the message of the Absolute Truth
[Shrimad Bhagvatam 10.1.4].'"

SCRIPTURE

He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the
flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever
species he may take his birth. MAHABHARAT 115.47

Those high-souled persons who desire beauty,
faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental
and physical strength and memory should abstain from acts
of injury. MAHABHARAT 18.115.8

The very name of cow is Aghnya ["not to be killed"],
indicating that they should never be slaughtered. Who,
then could slay them? Surely, one who kills a cow or a
bull commits a heinous crime. MAHABHARAT, SHANTIPARV
262.47

The purchaser of flesh performs Hinsa (violence) by his
wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste;
the killer does Hinsa by actually tying and killing the
animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing: he who
brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs
of an animal, and he who purchases, sells or cooks flesh
and eats it -- all of these are to be considered meat-
eaters. MAHABHARAT, ANU 115.40

He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all
that is -- immortal in the field of mortality --he sees
the truth. And when a man sees that the God in himself is
the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by
hurting others. Then he goes, indeed, to the highest
path. BHAGVAD GEETA 13.27-28

Ahinsa is the highest Dharm. Ahinsa is the best Tapas.
Ahinsa is the greatest gift. Ahinsa is the highest self-
control. Ahinsa is the highest sacrifice. Ahinsa is the
highest power. Ahinsa is the highest friend. Ahinsa is
the highest truth. Ahinsa is the highest teaching.
MAHABHARAT 18.116.37-41

What is the good way? It is the path that reflects on how
it may avoid killing any creature. TIRUKURAL 324

All that lives will press palms together in prayerful
adoration of those who refuse to slaughter and savor
meat. TIRUKURAL 260

What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroting life,
for killing leads to every other sin. TIRUKURAL 312, 321

Goodness is never one with the minds of these two: one
who wields a weapon and one who feasts on a creature's
flesh. TIRUKURAL 253

Hinduism Today
http://www.hinduismtoday.com
http://www.hindu.org

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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Vegetarian - Not Meat - Is The Healthy Diet

Vegetarian diet

By Vijay Sheel Jain
The Tribune

Nutritionists and medical experts agree that excessive
meat consumption is a major contributor to diseases like
cancer and cardiac disorders. Dr S. I. Hunting of
Columbia University says that our mouth, teeth and the
intestines are not suitable for a non-vegetarian diet.
His views are based on a comparative study of the
structure of the carnivorous animals and humans.
According to him, carnivorous animals have a bigger mouth
that can hold large chunks of flesh and unlike humans,
they have teeth that are elongated, sharp and pointed to
enable them to tear flesh. Colon Cancer is more prevalent
in Argentina and Uruguay where meat consumption is higher
than in other Latin American countries. Tenzing Norgay
attributed the remarkable strength of the sherpas to a
vegetarian diet.

Meat eating increases the burden of the organs of
elimination and overloads the system with animal waste
matter and poisons. Meat proteins cause putrefaction
(rot) twice as quickly as do vegetarian proteins. The
main benefit of a proper vegetarian diet is its low
calorie content. The accounts for lower serum-cholesterol
levels found in vegetarians which considerably reduces
the risk of heart disease and breast and lung cancer. A
third great advantage is its high fibre content which is
associated with decreased risk of diseases.

Vegetarianism is thus a system based on scientific
principles. It is the best diet for man's optimum
physical mental and spiritual development.

Vijay Sheel Jain
Ludhiana

Visit the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine
for excellent food recommendations:

http://www.pcrm.org

Read the complete news at:
http://www.tribuneindia.com

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

Dr. Jai Maharaj posted:

WHY HINDUS DON'T EAT MEAT

Hinduism Today
http://www.hinduismtoday.com

Besides being an expression of compassion for animals,
vegetarianism is followed for ecological and health
rationales

REASONS

In the past fifty years, millions of meat-eaters --Hindus
and non-Hindus -- have made the personal decision to stop
eating the flesh of other creatures.

There are five major motivations for such a decision:

1. The Dharmic Law Reason

Ahinsa, the law of noninjury, is the Hindu's first duty
in fulfilling religious obligations to God and God's
creation as defined by Vedic scripture.

2. The Karmic Consequences Reason

All of our actions, including our choice of food, have
Karmic consequences. By involving oneself in the cycle of
inflicting injury, pain and death, even indirectly by
eating other creatures, one must in the future experience
in equal measure the suffering caused.

3. The Spiritual Reason

Food is the source of the body's chemistry, and what we
ingest affects our consciousnes, emotions and
experiential patterns. If one wants to live in higher
consciousness, in peace and happiness and love for all
creatures, then he cannot eat meat, fish, shellfish, fowl
or eggs. By ingesting the grosser chemistries of animal
foods, one introduces into the body and mind anger,
jealousy, anxiety, suspicion and a terrible fear of
death, all of which are locked into the the flesh of the
butchered creatures. For these reasons, vegetarians live
in higher consciousness and meat-eaters abide in lower
consciousness.

4. The Health Reason

Medical studies prove that a vegetarian diet is easier to
digest, provides a wider ranger of nutrients and imposes
fewer burdens and impurities on the body. Vegetarians are
less susceptible to all the major diseases that afflict
contemporary humanity, and thus live longer, healthier,
more productive lives. They have fewer physical
complaints, less frequent visits to the doctor, fewer
dental problems and smaller medical bills. Their immune
system is stronger, their bodies are purer, more refined
and skin more beautiful.

5. The Ecological Reason

Planet Earth is suffereing. In large measure, the
escalating loss of species, destruction of ancient
rainforests to create pasture lands for live stock, loss
of topsoils and the consequent increase of water
impurities and air pollution have all been traced to the
single fact of meat in the human diet. No decision that
we can make as individuals or as a race can have such a
dramatic effect on the improvement of our planetary
ecology as the decision not to eat meat.

HISTORY

The book FOOD FOR THE SPIRIT, VEGETARIANISM AND THE WORLD
RELIGIONS, observes, "Despite popular knowledge of meat-
eating's adverse effects, the nonvegetarian diet became
increasingly widespread among the Hindus after the two
major invasions by foreign powers, first the Muslims and
later the British. With them came the desire to be
'civilized,' to eat as did the Saheeb. Those atually
trained in Vedic knowledge, however, never adopted a
meat-oriented diet, and the pious Hindu still observes
vegetarian principles as a matter of religious duty.

"That vegetarianism has always been widespread in India
is clear from the earliest Vedic texts. This was observed
by the ancient traveler Megasthenes and also by Fa-Hsien,
a Chinese Buddhist monk who, in the fifth century,
traveled to India in order to obtain authentic copies of
the scriptures.

"These scriptures unambiguously support the meatless way
of life. In the MAHABHARAT, for instance, the great
warrior Bheeshm explains to Yuddhishtira, eldest of the
Paandav princes, that the meat of animals is like the
flesh of one's own son. Similarly, the MANUSMRITI
declares that one should 'refrain from eating all kinds
of meat,' for such eating involves killing and and leads
to Karmic bondage (Bandh) [5.49]. Elsewhere in the Vedic
literature, the last of the great Vedic kings, Maharaja
Parikshit, is quoted as saying that 'only the animal-
killer cannot relish the message of the Absolute Truth
[Shrimad Bhagvatam 10.1.4].'"

SCRIPTURE

He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the
flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever
species he may take his birth. MAHABHARAT 115.47

Those high-souled persons who desire beauty,
faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental
and physical strength and memory should abstain from acts
of injury. MAHABHARAT 18.115.8

The very name of cow is Aghnya ["not to be killed"],
indicating that they should never be slaughtered. Who,
then could slay them? Surely, one who kills a cow or a
bull commits a heinous crime. MAHABHARAT, SHANTIPARV
262.47

The purchaser of flesh performs Hinsa (violence) by his
wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste;
the killer does Hinsa by actually tying and killing the
animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing: he who
brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs
of an animal, and he who purchases, sells or cooks flesh
and eats it -- all of these are to be considered meat-
eaters. MAHABHARAT, ANU 115.40

He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all
that is -- immortal in the field of mortality --he sees
the truth. And when a man sees that the God in himself is
the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by
hurting others. Then he goes, indeed, to the highest
path. BHAGVAD GEETA 13.27-28

Ahinsa is the highest Dharm. Ahinsa is the best Tapas.
Ahinsa is the greatest gift. Ahinsa is the highest self-
control. Ahinsa is the highest sacrifice. Ahinsa is the
highest power. Ahinsa is the highest friend. Ahinsa is
the highest truth. Ahinsa is the highest teaching.
MAHABHARAT 18.116.37-41

What is the good way? It is the path that reflects on how
it may avoid killing any creature. TIRUKURAL 324

All that lives will press palms together in prayerful
adoration of those who refuse to slaughter and savor
meat. TIRUKURAL 260

What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroting life,
for killing leads to every other sin. TIRUKURAL 312, 321

Goodness is never one with the minds of these two: one
who wields a weapon and one who feasts on a creature's
flesh. TIRUKURAL 253

Hinduism Today
http://www.hinduismtoday.com
http://www.hindu.org

Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
Om Shanti

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