June 28, 2009

Question 6 of 10 (Hinduism Today)

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Are Hindus Forbidden to eat meat?
Vegetarianism is one way to show minimal effect on the environment. Hinduism does not have any do-s and don't-s with them. Hindus give us the wisdom of making up you own mind and building it up so that you could put you life in your own hands. There are more vegetarians in the South of India than the North India. This is because of North's cooler climatic conditions which requires you to have more energy and build up warmness in yourself. Spiritual leaders and many other religious leaders keep themselves vegetarian because this helps them to stay with purity and many other reasons. But soldiers and other official Hindus are not vegetarians and they do not follow these issues at all.

This question could be answered using a lot of different responses but the most important of them all is the fact that Hindus believe in Ahimsa and they follow the way without mental, physical or emotional injury to other living beings. If you follow the way of vegetarianism, then you could easily follow that path without much of an injury. When we eat the animals, we absorb the vibrations of that creature into our nerve system and grow the nature of fear, anger, jealousy, confusion, resentment and many more of that like. The Gurus give many the diet to be vegetarian because their studies who that families who are vegeterian have fewer problems than familes that are nonvegeterian.

Scriptures such as the Yajur Veda tells us to be kind towards every living organism in the planet. The Tirukural, a 2,200 year old masterpiece states "When a man realizes that meat is the butchered flesh of another creature, he will abstain from eating it". The Manu Dharma books state " Having well considered the origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let one entirely abstain from eating flesh" and also "When the diet is pure, the mind and heart are pure." Many feel that being vegeterian makes you live long and have a healthy life and for this reason, many of the Westerners are now converting to vegeternism. For the Hindus in the East, they follow what their Gurus tell them to do.
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