Hindus Are Merciful in Nature
Hinduism is a great religion. Hinduism practices loving and caring for all the livings. That is the main reason, Hindus are told to be vegetarians. First of all, we need to know what is vegetarian in the first place. Else we won’t be able to, proceed further. If we are not supposed to kill any life, then there is a group who has always argued that plants also have life and they do breath and how we can kill them and tell it is vegetarian. These are the group of people who do not understand what vegetarian is and never wanted to be a vegetarian.
First of all, let’s see the differences between a plant and animal. Yes, plants are living things too. However, they don’t have ‘Anthakkarna’. To make is simple and easy, ‘Anthakkarna’ means the ability to think. Only with this, the living things can feel and move from one place to another. Since the plants don’t have this, they are deemed to help other living organisms to survive. That is the basic everyone should understand.
What are the Vedas and other religious quotes telling about being vegetarian. “Having well considered the origin of flesh-foods, and the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let man entirely abstain from eating flesh.” – Manusmriti 5.49. “You must not use your God-given body for killing God’s creatures, whether they are human, animal or whatever.” (Yajur Veda, 12.32). “The purchaser of flesh performs Himsa (violence) by his wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste; the killer does Himsa by actually tying and killing the animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing. He who brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs of an animal, and he who purchases, sells, or cooks flesh and eats it-all of these are to be considered meat-eaters.” (Mahabharata, Anu. 115:40), We can give many quotes from other Vedic quotes including Bahavat Gita about being vegetarian. Though we these quotes are more than enough, we will provide additional information on this.
In Dasavatara, Lord Vishnu took 10 avatars (except Kalki avatar) to save the world. Matsya (fish), Kurma (tortoise) and Varaha (boar) are the animal form of avatars of Vishnu. Apart from this, in Rama avatar, Lord Rama was helped by an army of monkeys in the war and squirrel to help building the bridge. Why this animal are associated with religion?
Moreover, all the Hindu deities are given an animal to be their vehicle. For example, the Ox for Lord Shiva, Mouse (shrew) for Lord Ganesha and Dog for Bhairavar. For Lord Murugan the peacock being his transporter, he also has the rooster and snake with him. Why these animals are always together with the deities?
The only reason is love and care. We need to love and care all the living creation of god. None of the animals should suffer from the cruelty of human being. That is the reason given in Hinduism. Many Hindus does not consume beef for the same reason. There are people who still say this little one helped Lord Rama upon seeing a squirrel and ‘Rama Rama’ when encountering a monkey. When an animal associated with deities, it will respect and loved by human being. That is what implanted in the mind of the Hindus.
In addition to all this religious reason, it is proven scientifically that, human being is made to be vegetarian biologically. Apart from that, when an animal is going to be killed, it will try to protect itself, where a lot of chemicals released in its body in the process. It will stay in the body when we consume them. In the long term we may have the same reaction as animals.
The vegetarians are generally calm people. At the same time those who eat meat, tend to get angry very fast and hardly forgive anyone. Hinduism teaches forgiving everybody to ensure humanity. That’s another reason why Hinduism promotes vegetarianism to ensure humanity to grow more. The saints like Thiruvalluvar promotes vegetarianism and Vallalar promotes loving all creatures of the world.
Though Hinduism never forces a strict rule to be vegetarian specifically, or any other restrictions generally. Hinduism encourages people to know themselves first to move forward in spiritual life. Only those who are ‘Satwig’ can progress towards God. Hinduism knows ‘Satvig’ only can be achieved by being a vegetarian thousands of years ago. That is the reason why Hindus need to be vegetarian to succeed in their spiritual life.