[Advaita-l] Question about vegetarianism

Santosh Rao itswhateva at gmail.com
Tue Apr 28 08:28:11 CDT 2015

Namaskar keshava,

Im aware of agniveer's position but I understand that they are somewhat of
a "neo-hindu" outfit. I joined this group to learn more about the
traditional views regarding this and many other subjects pertaining to
Hindu dharma.

I think it is obvious that meat eating was accepted and even encouraged
under special circumstances which revolved around certain yagnas.

I understand that vaisnava's follow pancaratra agamas which have their own
process of interpreting and observing vedic injunctions in this age, but I
was curious as to how these matters are considered from the smartha point
of view.


On Apr 28, 2015 9:07 AM, "Keshava PRASAD Halemane via Advaita-l" <
advaita-l at lists.advaita-vedanta.org> wrote:

> namastE praNaams Sri Anand Hudli
> Is it not that the first thing to be cleared is whether the vEdaas/Sruti
> advocates/sanctions/tolerates/forbids meat-eating & animal-sacrifice, or
> whether it could be that such interpretations are indeed erroneous
> (whatever be the reasons thereof); right?
> If in case the vEdaas indeed forbid meat-eating/animal-sacrifice, with all
> the due explanations therefor, etc (but has possibly been misquoted &
> misinterpreted to mean just the opposite) then the question of referring to
> the smRtis does not arise at all; right?
> If on the other hand, the vEdaas indeed do not mention anything about
> meat-eating/animal-sacrifice (irrespective of whatever misinterpretations
> thereof) then there can be a question as to the possibility of referring to
> the smRtis and/or  shiShTAchAra (conduct of the virtuous)  etc may arise;
> right?
> By the way, we need not falsely assume that the intention here is some how
> look for a possible license to do whatever one feels like doing; rather the
> intent can be a genuine concern to understand the true import of the
> vEdaas/Sruti, smRti, etc.; right?
> From what i understood, for example, the mere occurrence of words like
> gO-mEdha, aSva-mEdha, etc doesn't necessarily be referring to meat; even
> the word  mAmsa need not refer to meat as such.  In fact the word "mEdha"
> occurs in so many contexts; right?
>  praNaamsKeshava Prasad Halemane
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