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TO BEEF OR NOT TO BEEF - The
Submitted by - Yugal Chudasama
lot of Hindus are following rituals just because their ancestors have been a
part of it. The problem comes when someone asks you about your beliefs and
why you have those beliefs.... at that moment...we are not able to come up
with a suitable answer. Here are some facts, which will shed light upon our
Some Interesting Questions:
Why should a Hindu not eat beef?
Of course, Hindus see 33 crore Gods in it. For that matter, they see God in
all entities of the world. Weren't it we who said, "Eeshavasya midam
To go to the details of it we may have to go into the Vedic Vishwa.
Basically vedas refer "Gou" as animal and as well as "Indriya"
(senses). The word "Gou" over the period of time became "Cow" in English (Apabhransh).
In Vedic peroid some yajnas were practiced -
The real meaning of each of these word Vedic people knew. Over the period
they(words) lost meanings and people considered
Ashwa Medh = to sacrifice Ashwa (Ghoda)
Gou Medh = to sacrifice Gou (Gaya)
Aja Medth = to sacrifice Aja (Bakara)
This wrong interpretations of these words resulted in heavy sacrifices of
Gou and Aja (Bakara). Gou was and is social animal with lots of benefits.
People knew it and so to stop unnecessary killings of animal like Gou it was
made forbidden in Kali Yuga.
‘Agnihotram gavalambham sanyasam palpaitrukam| Deverachha
'Kaliyug main panch(5) karma karane ke liye nishedh hain
· palapaitruk yane mans pinda dekar shradha karana
That is how people in Kali Yuga stopped Gou Medh and Hindus who follow Vedic
principle do not eat beef (Gou).
Gou Medh: Actually in Vedic period Gou means Indriya (senses) most of
the times. How otherwise you justify a word Gou Swami? Does that mean
Nandi ya Bail? Definitely not. We mean a Rishi or a saintly person who
has conquered his senses. So when Gou means Indriaya Vedic people used to
perform Gou Medh that is Indriya Medh that is Indria Nighriya.
They used to direct Indriya rather than guided by them. Over the
period this became difficult to implement and people considered it to be cow
AshwaMedh: It also had similar problems. Ashwa is A+Shwa 'A' means
absence and 'Shwa' means breathing. So where 'Absence of Breathing' is
achieved and only Shusmuna nadi works that state is called as
Ashwa. So we have to kill that state (avastha). Interestingly,
only Kshatriyas were allowed to perform Ashwa Medh. Brahmans were not
allowed. Brahman means Ashwa avastha. A Kshatriya is not supposed to
go to Ashwa avastha because he must look after his subjects. That is
why Ashwa Medh was performed by Prabhu Ram Chandra and Yudhistir. It
is difficult to understand that Prabhu Ram Chandra can kill a innocent horse
for his peace of mind (Manaha Shanti). It was to remember that being
Kshtriya they have to have Shawas (Nitya Karma). This
was also misinterpreted in the post Vedic period and people started killings
Ajamedh: AjaMedh is A+ja (That has not taken birth) so Aja Medh means
kill that has not taken birth. Was that Abortion? Aja means Bramhavasta so
not to indulge in Bramahavsta is what AjaMedh means. Aja avastha
means Brhama avastha ko samasaman kar jo avastha utpana ho ti hain use
Sama+Aja Samaj kahate hain. So AjaMedh means Samaj ka uddhar
(betterment of society).
Vedic people were -
Ashawa Medhi (Jagrut)
Gou Medhi (Indriya Nighra)
Aja Medhi (Samajsheel)
Over the period people took altogether different and wrong interpretations
and hence question like Beef eating comes up. So when entire world was
practicing Vedic sanskruti (culture) some of them took
Gou Medh as Gou killings (Christians, Muslims)
Some of them took it as Gou Swami, Gou Wardhan, GouPal (Hindu)
Some of them took as Strong Indria Nirodh (Jain).
By no means Vedas allowed animal sacrifices. So it is not only Gou but any
animal sacrifices are not allowed.
Is vegetarianism a Hindu concept.?
Vegetarianism and Non-Vegetarianism are not Hindu (Vedic) concept.
It is there that animal sacrifices were not allowed but in the Vedic
literature it is not mentioned that Mansahar (Non-Veg) is not
allowed. There was actually no problem with the animal eating till Ramayana
and Mahabharata. There are several instances of Ram either eating or stop
eating Mansahar. It may sound contradictory to what we said above but
let us explain.
We all know Four Vernas. It was a best example of Mankind
Classification. A person would be classified as to be belonging to one of
the Verna based on the attributes (Guna) and not the family.
Kshatriya is Kshatrap ya Warman. This means that anyone who is
maintaining his physical strength to reduce mind detractors. Naturally, that
person has to indulge in worldly activities. He has to reduce (Warman)
chanchal vrutii so it is obvious for eating habits as well. There is no
good reason to believe that it was prohibited in the Vedic society to have
Vegetarian better than Non-Vegetarian ?
Vedic society did not bother about this. Actually, this better & bad came
because of Buddhism and Jainism in post Vedic period. Buddha preached
extreme non-violence. This question is discussed because of Buddhas impact
There are several instances of Mansahar being offered to deities in
Why the Brahmins (the priest class) are the only ones who are shunned from
non-vegetarianism while others are allowed.?. Is it that Hinduism preaches
non violence vegetarianism on one hand and expects only one section of it to
follow.?. How can you say then Hindu values can be universally applied.
Here again purist misinterpreted Brahmins as Priest Class. Who is Brahaman?
"Braham Janati Brahaman" who knows Brahama (Ultimate
Knowledge) is Brahman. Veda describe Brahman as "Sharman"
Sharam+Ann . Sharam means Teer (Arrow) and Ann means
vibration (Spandan). "Jo Sadhak appne Sharir Kshtra dwara sadhana prayas
kar tatvaruup avastha ko cheerate huai jata hain aur tatva ko prapta karta
hain use Sharman kahatain hain". In-short Brahman is in tandem with
Brahma (Supreme Knowledge). That person who is tandem with Brahama must be
Gou Swami (Whose all Indriyas are under his control) so no
Mansahar or Madira.
Now the last question
How can you say then Hindu values can be universally applied.
What are Hindu values? What we call Hindu is Vedic person; Who believes in
Vedas (or their derivations) is today called as Hindu courtesy Muslims. What
is Vedic Sanskruti? Ved means Gyan or Knowledge and Vedic means Gyani. So
Vedic Sanskruti is culture of Gyanis. There is no concept of religion in
Vedic time. So Shashtra and Vigyan are two pillars of Vedic Vishwa
(world). One who wants to be Vedic will be classified as -
These are four stages of the student of Vedic society depending attributes (Guna)
one has. Ultimate state and hence desirable is the Brahman state the meaning
of which we see earlier. So making entire world Brahman is the basic
principle of Vedas. This is what is the Vedic values that is Hindu Values.
Don't you read Universality in it? No other Dharma rests on such a great
principle. We Hindus are supposed to make entire world Brahma- Maya. So be
very clear about our roots and present true picture of Vedic (Hindu) society
and teachings. Remember you should to tell what Anand (bliss) we get