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Meat Eating: Healthy or Harmful

Every day, in every part of the World, every living being, enjoys a universal ritual of Eating. The habit of eating is affected by various factors like cost, taste, nutrition and convenience. Now, Let us be more thoughtful and ponder on some import points that we miss out.

Every living being has a specific purpose for its existence. The purpose, definitely, is other than being killed and eaten by others. In the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says sarva–yonishu kaunteya (BG, 14.4): “In every living being there is a spirit soul.” That means even in the animals there is a soul, so we do not have the right to kill and eat flesh. Just as there are government laws, so there are laws of nature. If we kill then that binds us to Karma, and we will get the reaction. The analogy of Karma means ‘To every action there is an equal opposite reaction’. So either we do good or bad karma, we bind ourselves more and more in this material world. Also just by seeing a meat dish on your plate does not mean everything is ok, there has been so much violence gone into it before you see the finishing product. Lord Krishna says that he is the original father of all living entities (aham bija-pradah pita – BG, 14.4), so we do not have the right to kill anyone. If we do not have the right to give life to a living creature we also do not have the right to kill them unnecessarily.

Benjamin Franklin says, “Flesh Eating is unprovoked murder”. The person who eats meat, is in a way, supporting and encouraging the killing of innocent creatures.  For example if few dacoits goes to rob a house, and one stands outside the house to look out and other few dacoits steal from the house, if they get caught everyone will be punished by the laws, because the person who was outside was also supporting the crime. Similarly, one who eats meat is also involved and is liable for punishment.

Even plants and vegetables have souls and killing them unnecessarily and for personal sense gratification causes sin, that’s why it is recommended to offer the vegetarian food to Lord Krishna first then later eat that food as Prashadam or mercy. The Bhagavad Gita states that food such as milk products, grains, fruits and vegetables increase the duration of life, and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Conversely, foods such as meat, fish are putrid, decomposed and unclean. They cause numerous hazards to physical health.

Srimad Bhagavatam says that Meat Eating is one of the four pillars of sinful life. Apart from bringing severe sinful reactions, it also dulls the human intellect making it incapable to understand the higher dimensions of life.

Therefore, Spiritual life cannot begin unless a human being stops killing his younger brothers, innocent animals, just for the satisfaction of his tongue.

“He, who orders to kill animals; he who cuts the flesh; he who kills the animals; seller and buyer of animals for killing; he who cooks meat; he who serves meat and he who eats meat these are all killers and sinner. People do not know how nature is working. If you kill, you must be killed. If you kill the cow, who is your mother, then in some future lifetime your mother will kill you. Yes. The mother becomes the child, and the child becomes the mother.

Human is not made for a non-vegetarian diet. You cannot escape this “Life for life.” That is the law everywhere. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. To save environment, and to save yourself, Contribute by saving these innocent creatures.

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