[Advaita-l] Question about vegetarianism

Chandrasekhar S nalinisekhar at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 08:24:18 CDT 2015

I dont understand why eating meat or not eating  should be a serious topic in a forum advanced teachings of advaitha are discussed.  If one wants to eat go ahead, why you want sastra's support for your action. Veda in general talks about only Nithya  and Naimithika karmas as an injunction.  All other actions are left to individual discretion - but cautions that one will incur punyam or  papam for the action.  For spiritual progress, sathvik food is recommended and meat is definitely not satvik.  Refer to Ayurveda sastra for details about  satvic, rajasic and tamasic food. 

S Chandrasekhar
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> On 28-Apr-2015, at 8:30 am, Anand Hudli via Advaita-l <advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:
> This is a complex issue, something that cannot be analyzed in a
> straightforward manner.
> Please see the fifth adhyAya of ManusmRti verses 26-56 for a discussion on
> meat eating. Also, see the following:
> http://www.advaita-vedanta.org/archives/advaita-l/2015-January/038009.html
> Remember that in such matters, shiShTAchAra (conduct of the virtuous) and
> family tradition are also important. For instance, if one's family and
> forefathers have been vegetarians, one should not start eating meat, citing
> Vedic, smRti, and other sources. This would certainly be against dharma.
> Also, standard works on dharma shAstras, such as the dharmasindhu and
> nirNayasindhu, include a list of things that are not to be done in
> Kaliyuga, although those things were permitted in other yugas. See:
> http://www.advaita-vedanta.org/archives/advaita-l/2009-June/021954.html
> Anand
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