Is Hinduism really vegetarian?
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“Having carefully considered the origin of meat food, and the cruelty of shackled and killing living things, let man completely not eat meat. Manusmriti 5.49
While most of the world’s major religions can be traced by one particular founder, Hinduism began in ancient times so far away that it could not be traced to a single individual. However, its roots are firmly embedded in ancient Vedic texts.
Interestingly enough, the word “Hindu” is actually not found anywhere in Vedic scriptures. The term “Hindu” is used by europeans and neighboring Countries of India which refers to people living across the Sindhu River who adhere to Vedic teachings, despite the fact that today the term Hindu has become the name of a recognized religious community around the world.
Some Vedic quotes about vegetarianism
“You must not use a God-given body to kill God’s creatures, whether they are human, animal or whatever.” (Yajur Veda, 12.32)
“By not killing any living beings, one becomes worthy of salvation.” (Manusmriti, 6.60)
“The meat buyer commits himsa (violence) with his wealth; he who eats meat does so by enjoying the taste; The murderer performs himsa by actually binding and killing the beast. Thus, there are three forms of murder. He who carries meat or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs of animals, and he who buys, sells, or cooks meat and eats it – all this is considered a meat eater. “(Mahabharata, Anu. 115: 40)
Vegetarianism and Nonviolence
In Manusmriti, it is stated that one should refrain from eating all kinds of meat, since such eating involves murder and leads to karmic bondage (bandha).
Elsewhere in the Vedas, the last of the great Vedas, the Pariksit Maharaja, says that “only animal slayers cannot enjoy the message of Absolute Truth.” Therefore, the Vedas tell us to acquire spiritual knowledge, one must start by becoming a vegetarian.
Vegetarian in Bhagawad Gita
According to the Vedic scriptures, one must offer all food as an offering to the Lord, all that you eat, all that you offer and give, and all the hermitage you may do, must be done as an offering to Me. ” (Bhagavad-gita 9.27)
“If someone offers Me leaves, flowers, fruit or water with love and devotion, I will accept it.” (Bhagavad-gita. 9.26)
The Bhagavad-gita further states that a person who lovingly offers his food to God, in accordance with the guidelines of scripture, is freed from all sinful reactions and rebirth as a result in the material world:
“The worshipers of the Lord are delivered from all kinds of sins because they ate the food offered first in sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sensual pleasure, actually eat only sin.” (Bhagavad-gita 3.13)
The remains of such filial offerings are called prasadam (literally, “The Grace of God”).
In India, the largest temples, such as Shri Rangam in southern India and Jagannath Mandir, the main temple in the Puri region, all freely distribute consecrated vegetarian food (prasadam) every day.
Animals and Their Spirituality
Long before Saint Francis was declared the patron saint of animals, the sages of ancient India had already recognized spirituality in all living species.
The Vedic texts even describe the incarnation of God in various forms of animals. Some of the more popular incarnqsi are wild boars, turtles, fish, and horses there are even half humans / half lions (Vedic literature does not promote polytheism, but rather, the Vedas assert that all of it is the same God that appears in various forms).
The Vedic point of view even recognizes the ability of ordinary animals to achieve a majestic spiritual state! This is because spirituality is not limited to the human form and ultimately the external body is a temporary home for the eternal spiritual soul.
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The Vedas say that the living soul moves, from body to body, from species to species, until it finally reaches the human form, equipped with reason and the ability to investigate the Absolute Truth. By using that human prerogative. A person can end repeated cycles of birth and death and achieve the highest goal (Moksha).
Hinduism is a religious tradition that emphasizes not only vegetarianism but also the spiritual equality of all living things.
Ahimsa Parama Dharma
Source: Hindu Dharma | Vegetarian and Ahimsa
Ahimsa means nonviolence, and parama means highest. While the word dharma means sacred obligations, or, as is the case in English, Indonesian also accept its translation as a religion. Thus Ahimsa Paramo Dharmah can be interpreted as the highest sacred obligation, religion or the highest practice of religion.
This is confirmed in various Vedic scriptures with the same terms or also in different terms, such as Ahimsayah paro dharmah, Ahimsa laksano dharmah, Ahimsa parama tapa, Ahimsa parama satya, and others. This shows that Hinduism pays very important attention to nonviolent teachings and the vegetarian way of life.
Another reason Ahimsa is referred to as Parama Dharma is because Ahimsa and vegetarianism are the first gateways to approach liberation. (Ahara-suddhau…. sarva-granthinam vipra moksah).
By reading this writing let us reflect for a moment, all living things have the same right to live and develop. Eating meat can lead to sin. In addition to avoiding sinful acts, in some studies it has been found that being vegetarian can also prolong our lives as human beings. However, choosing the vegetarian path is a life choice without coercion or compulsion, a vegetarian cannot necessarily be free from all sins if he cannot control his senses, be it thoughts, speech and all individual deeds.