In the previous episode, we had witnessed the meat vendor giving some important pointers to Sage Kaushika on how he sells meat, but he doesn’t eat anything that he sells. The meat vendor explains how he understands his “Dharma” of not consuming non-vegetarian food, which involves hurting and killing the animal(s) by separating them from their family. However, Sage Kaushika still questions him on his actions, even though he doesn’t consume meat. He says that anyway the animal is being killed, irrespective of whether the meat vendor is consuming it or not. However, the meat vendor has another answer for that as well – He says that it forms part of his duty and questions Sage Kaushika back saying that all of us keep killing some living being or the other every passing day for our survival. However, what is important here is that we should know our “Dharma” and walk the path of it meticulously. In this case, the meat vendor possesses the knowledge of the “Dharma Shaastra”, which prevents him potentially from consuming meat, even though he sells it.
Now here’s an earnest appeal to all our readers – As we’re going through all these important parts of our Sanaatana Dharma, we should try consciously to stop consuming non-vegetarian food. We might ask for the reason behind this appeal. It is very simple – When we kill a living being, do we know how much pain we are causing to it? For instance, if a small needle pokes us somewhere in our hand or palm, we shriek with pain, don’t we? Now imagine this poor animal being poked with a sharp knife! How much of pain will that animal go through while we do this? Isn’t it a gross injustice to that animal, which also has equal rights like us to live a life without any harm on this earth? Moreover, if the animal is killed, how hurt will its mother feel? We should understand here that just like we humans recognize who our mother and father are, other animals also do. For instance, we might have witnessed this in a cowshed (Go-Shaala) wherein all the cows including the calves would be tied. Once the noose of the rope is loosened, the calves will directly run to their mother for drinking milk! Thus, the little calf will know exactly who its mother is and even if there are so many other cows, it will run straight to its mother! If such is the feeling of love and care that the calf shares with its mother, imagine a situation when the mother is being tortured and killed in front of the calf’s eyes! How pained will the calf feel? If such a thing happens to our mother or father, how painful will we feel? For instance, if we get caught by some criminals and if they try to abduct our parents on the road, won’t we feel that immense pain? Won’t that same amount of pain be there for the poor little calf when its mother is being dragged away from it? This same feeling extends to all types of animals and birds isn’t it?
We should think of all this before we even touch non-vegetarian food! Moreover, by killing an animal and chopping it into pieces, do we even know how much bad vibrations emit from this process? Does any animal want to die happily? Or, even for human beings like us, do we like to die happily? Even if it is a natural death that happens to our parents or relatives at an older age, how bad do we feel? We cry and mourn over the loss of our near and dear ones, isn’t it? In this process, a lot of bad aura develops around us during these times, isn’t it? Won’t this be the same when it comes to animals? How can it be one rule for animals and another rule for human beings in nature? We should understand one thing very clearly – The law of nature is the same for everyone, including all the plants and animals as well. Hence, by killing animals mercilessly, we are only accumulating more and more sins and bad vibrations. This is why the “Taamasa Guna” starts getting higher and higher in those people who consume non-vegetarian food actively. This characteristic signifies being lazy all the time, feeling dull and sleepy every passing minute, etc. Now why do we get all these? It is because of the bad vibrations and aura that is emitted out, when these poor animals are butchered. Subsequently when we cook it and consume, that entire bad vibrations enter into our body and this causes a lot of complications!
In fact, more than the physical complications that we might get, our spiritual growth gets hampered very badly when we consume non-vegetarian food. The bad vibrations kill all the good work that we try and do progressively everyday with regards to our spiritual growth and development! This is the reason why many astrologers would request at the onset of performing any “Parihaara” or “Homam” (Spiritual Offerings) that we stop consuming non-vegetarian food. We should understand that consuming non-vegetarian food causes a lot of negative impact, which is both harmful for our physical body and our “Atman”. We’re accumulating more and more treacherous sins by doing this act.
Hence, as a sincere request to all our readers – Please reconsider your decision of eating non-vegetarian food each day. When you are getting into such a situation, please remember all these above-mentioned points that we’ve discussed today, and automatically our conscience will stop us from going near it in the future slowly. We shall understand this important point today and we shall continue this discussion forward in the next episode as well! Stay tuned! 🙂