Sunday, April 30, 2006

Non-Vegetarian food


I have different views on non-vegetarian food and many orthodox Hindus may frown upon them.

In my view, there is nothing bad in eating non-veg food per se.

The idea of non-violence is more in the mind than physical. If mere physical action is the parameter then plants too have life, we kill millions of microbes with every breathe we take. All these are happening continuously.

Non-violence is the state of mind in which you do not even think of injuring any other being.

Physical non-violence in the form of Vegetarian food is advised my many Hindu saints coz it helps in building that state of mind as animals are the higher and perceivable manifestations of life. For example, as I a veggie from my childhood, I cannot stand even the idea of eating non-veg.

I don’t deny the benefits of non-veg food spiritually. But more imp in present days is that Hindus uncondition themselves of the bias against non-veg and beef.

Be whatever you want to. If one thinks eating non-veg makes him strong, then eat it. If one does not like this idea, then be a veggie. But we should not even for a moment think that being a veggie makes us great or think that a non-veggie is a inferior/cruel guy. A stage will come where you cant kill animals not just you wont.

Buddha was once offered non-veg food by a devotee with love. As it was offered with love, Buddha could not refuse it and ate it.

2 Comments:

Blogger Vami said...

Someone once said, "it is not what goes into your mouth but what comes out of it that really matters." Who are we to judge what is good for other people when we cannot even do what is right for ourselves????
I like your posts. thank you for sharing your thoughts.

9:29 PM  
Blogger ganeshnu said...

I belong to a Brahmin community (Gaud Saraswat Brahmin). Even though we are Brahmins, sea food is part of our traditional cuisines. We consider sea food as veg and treat it on similar lines of onion and 'lasun' (not be consumed on auspicious days).

This again demonstrates the amazing flexibility of Hindism.

11:09 PM  

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