Monday, 25 July 2016

Should Hindus be Vegetarians ? Animal sacrifice in Hinduism

Should hindus be vegetarians ? 

This is a rather common question proposed by many.

The answer  - YES. Vegetarianism is a crucial lifestyle that every self-proclaiming Hindu should adopt to.The reason shall be elaborately amplified  in this article.

Image : Jalan Baru Muniswaran temple of Malaysia.This is a very famous temple of Malaysia that houses a majestic Madurai Veeran deity..They have a ritual called ' kedha poojai' - loosely translating to 'goat ritual'.About 50 goats on average are slaughtered in front of Veeran on a daily basis - except Fridays.

The Indian culture was deeply rooted into ahimsa (  non-violence ) merged with dharma ( righteousness ) . It is not that we were totally against killing.In our culture,we were enlightened enough to understand the basis of soul,body and consciousness.

For example, avatars ( absolute divinity descended in mortal form)  like Rama and Krishna were dharmic when they killed asuras ( demons ) who were causing misery.The presence of demonic energies should be removed as per dharma ( righteousness ) so that the spiritual frequency of the planet can be preserved.In simpler terms,they killed demons who terrorised the innocent.

Now moving to meat eating..

 Our ancients were pure vegetarians.This is proven by many of our cultural traditions.One reason of putting kolam  was to feed the lesser beings such as ants.

kolam painting

In our culture,it was such that if we saw a bird,we bowed and saw divinity in the form of Lord Garuda.We saw Lord Ganesha in an elephant,Lord Vishnu in boars and so on.Even today,we revere cows as one of our very mothers.This is how we revered every creation of God.As such, how would we have the heart to kill,smother and eat innocent animals for pleasure ?

 Isn't it demonic for us to do such to these innocent beings ?


We did not even have the idea of killing wild beasts.In most of our hymns and stotras,we only request for protection from harmful creatures - and not that they should be destroyed.The origin of martial arts - Kalari - was developed as a means to protect ourselves from wild beasts.If you look at this art carefully,it did not emphasise on killing.It was more of putting the animal into a state of unconsciousness or sleep - more of hypnotism and self-defence rather than brutal murder.

 The killing part in martial arts only came after kalaripayathu was modified to fight humans.Humans are cruder than animals.While animals only attack for food,humans go beyond.

 All our siddhas,masters,yogis and enlightened beings who founded the very culture of hinduism emphasised on vegetarianism.

Thiruvalluvar,the eminent tamil icon,greatly emphasised on vegetarianism.In fact,he even abuses meat eaters.The irony is that tamil children are taught to imbibe lessons of thirukural as a norm whilst their parents stuff them with non-veg items fancied with glossy names like ' 65' , 'piece' and so on.

Here are some examples.The thirukural has many verses about vegetarianism which you can read on.There is a complete chapter in the thirukural - chapter 26,section 1 on this .

 -. தன்னூன் பெருக்கற்குத் தான்பிறிது ஊனுண்பான்
எங்ஙனம் ஆளும் அருள்.
How can he be possessed of kindness, who to increase his own 
flesh, eats the flesh of other creatures?.

- செயிரின் தலைப்பிரிந்த காட்சியார் உண்ணார்
உயிரின் தலைப்பிரிந்த ஊன்.

The wise, who have freed themselves from mental delusion, 
will not eat the flesh which has been severed from an animal.

- அவிசொரிந் தாயிரம் வேட்டலின் ஒன்றன்
உயிர்செகுத் துண்ணாமை நன்று. 

Not to kill and eat (the flesh of) an animal, 
is better than the pouring forth of ghee etc., in a thousand sacrifice

. கொல்லான் புலாலை மறுத்தானைக் கைகூப்பி
எல்லா உயிருந் தொழும்.

All creatures will join their hands together, 
and worship him who has never taken away life, nor eaten flesh. 

- உண்ணாமை உள்ளது உயிர்நிலை ஊனுண்ண
அண்ணாத்தல் செய்யாது அளறு. 

Not to eat flesh contributes to the continuance of life; 
therefore if a man eat flesh, hell will not open its mouth 
(to let him escape out, after he has once fallen in).

- படைகொண்டார் நெஞ்சம்போல் நன்னூக்காது ஒன்றன்
உடல்சுவை உண்டார் மனம். 

Like the (murderous) mind of him who carries a weapon (in his hand), 
the mind of him who feasts with pleasure on the body of another (creature), 
has no regard for goodness.

"Today, let it be anyone, whether one deems himself a devotee or not, he should give up meat eating. Why? meat eating promotes only animal qualities. It has been well said that the food one consumes determines one's thoughts. By eating the flesh of various animals, the qualities of these animals are imbibed. How sinful is it to feed on animals, which are sustained by the same five elements as human beings! This leads to demonic tendencies, besides committing the sin of inflicting cruelty on animals. Hence, those who genuinely seek to become devotees of God have to give up non-vegetarian food. Calling themselves Sai devotees or devotees of Rama and Krishna, they fatten the chickens. How can they be deemed Sai devotees? How can God accept such a person as a devotee? Therefore, whether they are devotees in India or outside, they should give up from this instant meat eating.  Therefore, those who aspire to become devotees of God must give up meat, liquor and smoking."

- Sri Sathya Sai Baba, Divine Discorse on 23 Nov 1994, Sanathana Sarathi December 1994 p. 315

Animal sacrifice in temples.

   Video above : Goat slaughter in Jalan Baru temple

This practice did not come from the vedas.The vedas describe on how one should sacrifice the animalistic qualities in himself.This is true 'animal sacrifice'.

The science behind animal sacrifice - whoever who founded it was that it provides life energy to the deity.Life energy is needed to preserve the temple deity which we have invoked and installed.

However,life energy can also be provided by many other ways.We can even do it by breaking coconuts,cutting limes or pumpkins.Try asking temple priests.They even have a relative comparison with animal slaughter.For example,cutting of one lime is equivalent to a chicken slaughter while breaking a pumpkin equates to 'slaughter' of two goats.This is somewhat a rough estimate of life energy provided by different materials.Even economically,it is way better to provide life energy in a vegetarian way..Logical, isn't it ?

Try watching the temple slaughter video above.You will see how the animal fears and cries.Don't you find this adharmic ? This temple is indeed synonymous to a signature mutton restaurant.This is a big shame to us.Is this how you honour a temple where a prestigious deity resides so powerfully ?

No proper gratitude and reverence for our own culture has led to this.If you are one of those kinds who are planning to slaughter animals for any deity in hope of getting a desire fulfilled,you are in trouble - even if your desire gets fulfilled.You may not know how things hit you back.

The Jalan Baru temple priest from India personally told me that when he was priest in India,no meat offering and slaughter was done to Ayya in an established temple.So let's be straight.Temples with animal slaughter is just concerned about relishing their tastebuds with flesh - not about divinity anymore.If it was really about devotion and divinity,people won't label temples as restaurants.

How much of the public is aware that they had arul vakku ( oracle telling in trance state ) from the deity during Kumbaabishegam in  Jalan Baru temple ?According to resources,the deity clearly revealed that He does not require the slaughter.

  This was revealed by the deities in many trance sessions as well,when questioned by devotees.

Many might have heard of the phenomenon where Lord Hanuman altered his face to another direction in the famous Port Dickson temple.This is a true incident.It is said that Lord Hanuman was offended by the meat and liquor offering to other deities in the temple , and thus He moved His direction totally. This is our own stupidity in short.Let us not wait for karma to hit our stupidity before changing our ways...

Are all vegetarians good then ? Can't a non-vegetarian be good ? 

People often question me as to how I could use the basis of vegetarianism to conclude the purity of a person.Their logical reasoning was that a person could be spiritual and good even if he takes meat.

The point here is that meat eating itself is 'wrong'.Don't compare and justify it with other factors.It's like saying , ' although he was a rapist,he took care of his parents'.A rapist, despite all his other noble qualities, is still a sinner in terms of sexual misconduct.

Although Ravana was an ardent worshiper of Shiva,a great king and a genius by nature,his lust and misconduct still demonised him.Lord Shiva did not save him or supported him when Shri Rama annihilated him.This concept goes with vegetarianism.

You can be whoever you are,but as long as you eat meat,you incur karma.As they say 

(1) The one who kills the animal

(2)  The one who cooks the animal
(3) The ones who serves the animal
(4)  The one who eats the animal

All four incur karma.This is the law of nature.If you read Buddhist scriptures, you will read plenty of stories on how butchers who slaughter goats end up being born as goats and so on.The Garuda Purana also explains horrible hellish punishments to those who relish meat-eating.

Garuda Purana

But there are past devotees who ate meat ? What about Kannapan ?

 Understand that we are not at Kanappar Nayanars era ( Kannapan was an ardent Shiva devotee.He was a hunter who killed animals for food and offered the same to his lord ) .

The way our food is done today itself is different.Today,in the egg industry, male chicks are grinded or suffocated to death alive.This is because only female chickens are useful for the egg industry.
Even something as common as eating egg today requires so much of torture and cruelty.

Devotees like Kanappan were very simple and did not crave for meat unlike most today.He plucked his eyes out for lord Shiva.Bring me one meat eater at present who has such eminent devotion ?

A devoted person at present age will definitely be well educated and enlightened about meat eating in spirituality.

But what about protein ? Where will I get my nutrition ? 

It is absurd to think that you require meat to stay healthy.Science has proven that human body is not compatible with meat.

Teach your kids to see animals as a creation of God, not a dinner meal !

You will see your children perform better with vegetarian diet.
Our food lifestyle was well-set by our ancients.We can derive a rich source of vitamin B12 in the form of fermented edibles like thosai and curd.Sufficient iron can be obtained from green vegetables,or drumstick vegetable to be specific.

  It is just a matter of balancing our diet with the right resources.The United States is increasing dramatically in terms of percentage vegetarians.
This is a huge success.While the west returns to our cultural roots,most Indians are deviating from it.


  1. This is such a beautiful article..It's so touching.. It's so genuine and touching.. Honestly this has given me all the best reasons to stop eating meat.. thanks so much.

  2. handsome man with tremendous knowledge.