Vedas Do NOT Talk About Killing or Eating Cow Meat (Beef)!
Given below are answers to the queries that I have randomly picked.
“Did the Forefathers of Hindus eat cow meat?”
“How do I know? I am living in 2015 now and I don’t have any technology to go back to 7000 years and check. There are no data or records available. Both supporting and negating documents could be distorted and coloured.”
“Did anyone of Brahmin caste eat cow meat during Vedic times?”
“There was no Brahmin caste during Vedic period. Vedas are written by non-Brahmins. As far as I know, the real Brahmins have never eaten any meat and will never eat.”
“Did Lord Rama eat meat?”
“Food consumption in Ancient India was according to Varna (profession) due to health reasons and ecological/environmental love. A Kshatriya (Warrior Profession) can eat meat.”
“So you agree that Rama DID eat meat?”
“No. Rama didn’t eat meat. Despite being Kshatriya, Rama has NOT eaten meat. According to authentic Valmiki Ramayan, Rama not only did not eat meat, but greatly disliked it…Just a sentence from the whole epic is grossly mis-interpreted by people with vested interest and ulterior motives. There is no proof anywhere in Ramayan to say that Rama had eaten meat. But I don’t know if Ramayan versions in Thailand, Russia or China project Rama as a meat eater. There are wrong translations too.”
“If God Indra can eat beef why can’t we?”
“If you are desperate in eating meat, you are free to go ahead. Who is preventing you? There were even man-eaters in African countries. They break human skull like nuts and eat raw brain. Why do you need support from Indra to eat meat?” I asked him.
“Udayji, did you know Vedas boasts about cow meat eating? There are lot of references in Vedas about cow sacrifice, killing of cow and eating cow meat and beef”
“CAN YOU TELL ME ANY QUOTES FROM ANY VEDIC LITERATURE MENTIONING COW SLAUGHTER? Not in English, but in Sanskrit.” I asked him. A cut and paste quote from the Net is not OK with me. You have to recite the verse, explain its meaning and answer to all my questions related to the context.” He disappeared.
“Vedas mention about Yajnam (Yagam/Haven) by killing cow…” Another one.
“Cow? Really? What’s the word used in Sanskrit?”
“In Sanskrit, the first and foremost meanings of Pasu are creature, animal, beast, behold! see, goat, ass etc. Cow also comes in the list of meaning. But not in the first five, at least. If it was cow, they would have used a better word ‘dhenu’. And I have not heard of any Yajnam involving killing a cow. Having said that, people might have killed cow, because there were fake swamis in the past too, the way some television gurus and god-men frauds mis-interpret the meaning of scriptures.”
A serious reader approached me with a Vedic quote: “Thri saptha samidha Krutha. Devaa yad yagnam thanvaana. Abhadhnan purusham pasum.”
He said this quote is from Rig-Veda (1.7). The same quote can be seen in other Vedas too. It comes under Purusha Suktham. This is the only quote he has got after months of search!!!
The meaning, according to him: “Twenty one principles were holy wooden sticks, Devas carried out the sacrifice, and Brahma was made as the sacrificial cow”
I am neither an expert in Vedas nor in Sanskrit. Hence I contacted my father first. He doesn’t remember it. Then I approached a Sanskrit scholar. He provided me with word to word meaning. Then I used common sense.
First line means 3 x 7 = 21 elements. What are those elements? Pancha Bootha (Five Elements)+Pancha Prana (Five Air)+ Pancha Jnanendriyas (Five Sense Organs)+ Pancha Karmendriya (Legs, Hands, Mouth, Anus & Urinary ) + Mind = 21 elements.
Yajnam does not mean burning something or sacrificial pyre. That just means sacrifice. Yajna is offering something to the gods with the help of mantras. Pasu doesn’t mean cow or cattle. It does mean only “animal”. ‘Purusham Pasum’ means Animal instinct present in Purusha (human).
Hypothetically let’s assume the word meaning as cow. Still it is just another out-of-context quote. Another verse in Purusha Suktham says it clearly: “yajnena yajnam ayajanta devas. tani dharmani prathamany asan. the nakam mahimanah. sachantah yatra poorve sadhyah santi devah”
The real meaning of the context is: You need to do sacrifice to get enlightened. In the place of the animal instinct in all the 21 elements prevailing in you, you have to bring in the righteousness (dharmic) values. One should perform the yajna with the spirit of yajna and righteousness to reach divinity.
And the interpreters (or perpetrators?) make it Cow slaughter!!! And millions and millions of ‘educated’ people in India blindly believe in such non-sense without even cross-checking.
Anybody can create a quotation and tell that it is from Sama Veda, 6th chapter 11th stanza Second Line. How many of us had read Vedas or Upanishads?
“Uday, forefathers of Hindus were eating beef. So everybody can eat cow meat and beef!”
“What a great logic. Our forefathers were not wearing shirt and trousers. Why don’t you walk naked on the road? And what makes you so sure that they were eating beef?”
“There are sacred mantras that encourage animal sacrifice.”
“As far as I know there is NO mantra in Vedas refer to any form of animal sacrifice. All those mantras can be easily proved to mean something else. Please check the context and root meanings of the words, as used in ancient texts of grammar and vocabulary.
For instance the word “gau” or “go” has many meanings like Veda, Earth, Speech, Nine, Mother, Cattle – there are hundred meaning for that word. So how can you say the word has only one meaning and it is cow?
“I am getting really angry when they say our gods and sages were eating beef, quoting Puranas and Vedas” another person.
“Anybody can make a quote. Anybody can say anything and tell you that it was according to Rigveda Chapter 208, Verse 311, and Sentence 71. Do you ever cross-check? Learn. No. And just hearing such comments, a hardcore Hindu will rage like a bull! Let people tell their interpretations. What’s your problem? First try to read or study our literature through authentic sources. That will make you calm and serene.”
“Rigveda 6-17.1 says that Indra used to eat the meat of cow and calf”
“I don’t have any problems if Indra eats. But I cannot swallow your quote as it lacks clarity and authenticity,’ I replied, “So, please send the original Sanskrit verse and context…”
That person disappeared. Of course, not to be seen again.
“In many places it is mentioned usage of ‘Gavyam’ – it is made out of cow meat and Brahmins were eating it.”
‘Gavyam’ just means Panchagavya or panchakavyam is a concoction prepared by mixing five products of cow. Even today, people use it as part of cleaning as per their beliefs. It has been used in traditional Indian rituals throughout history.
“Manusmriti is full of violence against animals…” another one.
“Have you read original Manusmriti or going by adultered translation?” I asked.
“I have got the quote from very learned personalities…”
“It’s like promoting Manusmriti as anti-women. Please read original Manusmriti and come back to me.” The beef-eater vanished into thin air.
“Uday sir, there was a famous yajna, Pasubandha Yagam – in which ancient sages sacrificed cow”
“The meaning of pasubandha literally itself is “animal-binding”. Where does it say killing of a cow. Yajna is offering something to the gods with the help of mantras.”
Again, I am not saying that people didn’t kill cow or eat beef.
Millions might have. It’s a personal choice. For which, why do you need any support from Vedic literature? And even during those times, there were lot of people who didn’t follow Vedic Dharma.
“Uday uncle, Swami Vivekananda has recommended eating cow meat.”
“Really? Can you send me details of it? In which book he has said that? And in what context? Please explain to me about it in your voice, I don’t read.” No reply till today. Swami Vivekananda said thousands of things – are you following it? Even if Swamiji told like that, why should you eat or not eat the beef?
People eat, cat, dog, snake, rat, cockroach and even human flesh. Can anyone stop them? “Except aircrafts among flying things and rope among crawling things, you can eat anything that moves,” a Chinese joke.
Shankaracharya Swami Swaroopananda Saraswati of Dwarka Peeth said that Sai Baba was a Muslim and used to eat beef. But millions of Vegetarian Hindus worship Sai Baba as god! That’s tolerance.
I am a vegetarian. I promote vegetarianism in my articles. But that doesn’t mean I hate people eating non-vegetarian. All I do is creating awareness about vegetarianism and non-violence through my karma – writing.
Though Sanatan Dharma doesn’t support caste system or superstitions, millions of Hindus follow such things. Similarly, irrespective of whether Dharma support or oppose, people will eat beef. In Kerala, majority of population eats meat. A huge percentage of born Hindus claim that they have no religion (leftists) and eat beef with pleasure…
The issue here is not about eating beef. Its politics! What do you eat is your personal choice. As a follower of Sanatan Dharma, I cannot support a ban on anything. Because the basic concept of Hinduism is freedom. And the freedom comes with self-discipline and tolerance.
It seems somebody asked an Indian saint: “Swamiji, which is the sacred animal”
He replied: “Buffallo”
“Oh, Why not cow Swamiji? I expect you to answer cow.”
“But the cow is gomatha (mother cow), not an animal,” replied the saint.
Yes, there are millions of people who worship cow as mother. They were the most peaceful, non-violent and tolerant human beings that earth has ever seen. Should we hurt their sentiments?
Can’t we, who claim to be civilized, be bit tolerant towards those cow worshippers? Why are you so intolerant and angry towards them?
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