Vegetarian

Query: Vegetarian... Do we have to become a vegetarian so that we are taking pure sattvic food? Is taking meat cause negative/bad karma? As bad karma will only delay our spiritual pursuit. Why is taking vegetable, not causing bad karma? Is it because the plant doesn't have any senses of suffering when they are uprooted? Is being ..vegetarian interrupting the food chain?


Kaivalya Jnani:
If we intake a vegetarian meal... compared to the non vegetarian meal... it is much better on the spiritual path! We may eat meat available in the market... still; we never know under what circumstances the animal was killed. Killing a mother buffalo (having young siblings) and selling its meat in the market... the doer and the consumer both gets punished!


So is not the case with vegetation. The entire species of vegetation has been termed as one sense Jiva (termed as one indriya Jiva... living being in Hinduism). Killing one indriya Jiva for the sake of food does not attract any sin... this was how the system of evolution was built! But excess consumption or killing of anything... beyond requirements is a sin.

If we hunt a duck for meal... it is okay! But if we hunt two more for the sake of pleasure... we attract sin! Consumption of non-vegetarian materials is not a taboo... ask the people living in the Tundra region where there is no vegetation! For invocation of positive thoughts... pure thoughts... consumption of pure vegetarian food is desirable!

Bhagavad Gita... the most sacred Scripture of Hinduism advocates remaining pure all the time. This is only possible when we consume vegetarian food! Under no circumstances must we be the cause of death of animals having dependants. This activity attracts heavy penalty... as such sins are never forgiven in the domain of God.


Many people world over have a tendency to leave food in the plate after meals. This tendency of wasting precious food attracts a larger sin... then people ever think of! There are many who go empty stomach for days together. In the circumstances... wasting precious food is sinful... be it vegetarian or not vegetarian!

In whatever walk of life one is... we must always care for food. It is only by preserving and consuming the minimum... the balance in the cosmic system gets maintained!


Essay by: Kaivalya Jnani ... One who realized self in his life time! Send your query!

A to Z of Vegetarian explained in words everyone can easily understand and fathom. More on pure sattvic food can be found at Vegetarianism Benefits  ... Neeru J. - 5th June 2010.

Full text of query: Do we have to become a vegetarian so that we are taking pure sattvic food? Is taking meat causing negative/bad karma? As bad karma will only delay our spiritual pursuit. Why is taking vegetable, not causing bad karma? Is it because the plant doesn't have any senses of suffering when they are uprooted? Is being ..vegetarian interrupting the food chain? But knowing the relative truth, how could I bear to eat the remains of my close ones even if I've not realised them as yet. It's just like taking the remains of my mother.

 
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