OthersVegetarianism and Hinduism

5th June 2020by Shubham Agarwal0

आयुःसत्त्वबलारोग्यसुखप्रीतिविवर्धनाः।
रस्याः स्निग्धाः स्थिरा हृद्या आहाराः सात्त्विकप्रियाः।।

Hinduism and vegetarianism have been associated each other for thousands of years. Many sacred writings have debated regarding nicety of vegetarian and non-vegetarian diet practices. 

But what are the various assertions and declarations regarding this topic?

  • Upnishads, Samhitas and Sutras invoke the concept of minimalistic diet without harming any living being. For they consider killing of a living being as an act worth condemning.
  • Dharmshastras eliminate the possibility of harming any other life form and declare that abstinence from meat eating is what a person should follow.
  • Charak samhita and Shushruta Samhita state that a person should incorporate fruits, vegetables and roots their diet. Even though the preferable diet stated in the texts is vegetarian, it also states that those recovering from injuries, expecting mothers and children should have carefully prepared meat incorporated into their diets.

While history has certain things to say, modern science suggests integration of all kinds of food items, vegetables as well as meat in the diet, as both are essential for proper growth of the body. Many scientific studies also put light on the fact, that many essential nutrients cannot be gained through vegetarian diet alone.

While there are many controversial statements and facts regarding this, a healthy lifestyle and balance is what everyone is striving for. Where does the question of vegetarianism and non-vegetarianism stands? Let us know your thoughts regarding this in the comment section.

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