I was born Hindu, and grew up around a lot of vegetarian Hindus (but my family is non-veg, thank heavens!).
My religion recommends not eating meat for mental and spiritual clarity. The logic is that an animal feels stress when it dies, and the hormones still remain in the meat when we consume it, thus affecting our stress levels and general health.
I was wondering if anyone can shed any light on this?
asked byWalcott (888)
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on November 30, 2011
at 03:33 AM
The Buddha ate meat and he seemed to be pretty enlightened. I know that Chinese Buddhists (Chan) dont eat meat now but the Dalai Lama does. His doc told him to start to improve his health
I know that this doesnt answer you cortisol question directly but if these two eat meat and can continue their practice then I cant see it being an impediment to a calm and steady mind
on November 30, 2011
at 04:02 AM
I'm Hindu and eat all types of pastured meat, seafood, eggs, and dairy.
excepts from a Swami: http://naturalhygienesociety.org/articles/swami_narayanananda.html
Ancient Indian sages were non-vegetarian and offered even beef to the gods.
...bulls, calves and barren cows were allowed to be killed and eaten. Instances from the Vedas support this statement. Yajur Veda, Satpath Brahmana, Brihatarunyaka Upanishad, Adhyaya 6th, 4th Brahmana, 18th verse runs thus: ??? "He who wishes for the birth of such a son as would be a reputed scholar, frequenting the assemblies and speaking delightful words, and as would study all the four Vedas and attain the full term of life, should have rice cooked with the meat of a vigorous bull or one more advanced in years and he and his wife should eat it with clarified butter. Then he would be able to beget such a son." Even the old meat-eating habits of the people are still to be found in many parts of India, where the Brahmins and 'the other three castes take fish and meat freely, as in Bengal, Assam, Orissa, Kashmir and parts of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.
Manu, Rama, Krishna, Buddha, Mahavira, Zoroaster, Moses, Jesus, Mohammed, Nanak, Leotose, Sinto and RamaKrishna were all non-vegetarians. If religion forbids fish and meat-eating as sin and limits its followers to vegetable diet alone, were these great. men, non-religious ?
We must take into consideration the time, clime, constitutional agreement and local availability. Nature has Her own plan concerning this. Necessity is the mother of invention. In all these cases, if the people are to live, they must utilize the easily available articles of food and drink in their region. The food chosen should be sweet, pleasant, simple, nutritious and easily digestible.