[Advaita-l] Advaitic Foods - penance
satisharigela at yahoo.com
Thu Dec 16 04:47:46 CST 2010
>The dish had prawn oils in it.
>Is there any official ritual i must perform for this sin I have committed?
No need to lose sleep over this. But there are many penances for consuming
The best one is to follow that which one's sva-guru or a family purohita, or the
AchArya of any maTha(if the family follows that maTha from generations)
prescribes. Please also see the list below.
>7.Or is it part of their svadharma (by virtue of being born into that
>varna/jaathi) that they can meat regardless of locale of residence or occupation
>or >change in circumstance ?
>This is true.
A correction. To eat meat is not their sva-dharma.. but just one of their many
options which the dharma-shAstra does not have a problem with.
>brAhmaNa-s refraining from eating meat is more because of bauddha and jaina
This should not be misunderstood to that mean before these mata-s Hindu-s were
regularly consuming mAmsa or that these mata-s introduced a vegetarian
lifestyle. With the arrival of these mata-s, preference for vegetarian food
increased among the elite.
As said before, smArta-s already had the practice of refraining from meat and
women in the context of vrata/tapas/mantra-purascharana etc.
Below is a list of penances if prohibited foods are consumed:
1.1) drinking vAruNi beer inadvertantly: Has to have to undergo a new upanayanaM
to be ritually fit.
1.2) drinking vAruNi beer intentionally: There is no penance- the death is the
only reliever, and one looses that status of a dvija
2) If he touches, receives or gives a beer or a wine, he should drink water
boiled with kusha grass for 3 days.
3) If he accidently drinks urine he must underg a re-upanayanaM.
4) If inadvertantly eats foul-smelling food he is ritually impure until it is
5)If he eats forbidden meats, mushrooms, or meat from a slaughterhouse he must
under go the chandrAyana penance.
6)For meat derived from fowls he must undergo the arduous sAntapana penance.
7)If he eats food tained by the lick of a cat, dog, rat, mongoose, crow or
insects, he should consume a decoction of the brahmasuvarchala plant that will
save from their disasterous effects. He can become ritually pure if he vomits
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