hare krsna hare krsna krsna krsna hare hare / hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

 

The view of the timeless Veda

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The timeless Sanskrit manuscripts known as the Vedas are the first written texts and provide a very precious guidance. According to Vedic Sanskrit scholars, these books were either spoken or written by the Supreme Lord Himself. The Vedas tell us that the Supreme Lord, who lives in His Kingdom, created this world and filled it with every kind of living entity so that each could experience the consequences of their past deeds. The merciful Lord, knowing the suffering of living entities, manifested these Vedas to give information about how to live incessantly happy in this problematic material world, and after death reach the Kingdom of God.

According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, the Vedas (written in Sanskrit), originated long before Christianity. Another name for the Sanskrit language is  the language of God or demigods, and it has existed since the time of creation. Even if we take the opinion of the College Dictionary, the Sanskrit language has been in use since about 1200 B.C., and all Vedic scriptures are written or spoken in this language. In these scriptures, and also in other holy books of the world, it is stated that everything that we see is created by the Supreme Lord.

In His variegated creation the Lord grant life to many categories of living being and He also sanctioned specific instruction for the welfare of mankind.

The basic system of peace is explained in the Taitiriya Upanisad in the following way: "By consuming clean and pure foods, one develops clean consciousness, which increases the finer brain tissues of memory that actually relieve one from all problems of life."

The Vedas say, "Do not kill any category of living entity."

The Vedas also state that sacrificed animals could be eaten, but only under sacrifice restrictions. When a sacrificial animal was brought to the dais for sacrifice, it was told in its ear: "If you are not liberated, you come back and kill me in my next life". Such sacrifices were performed on the night of new moon, which comes once a month on the lunar calendar. In this sacrifice, a pure priest would chant perfected Mantras (spiritual hymns) so the killed animal would become liberated. Unless such rules were followed, meat-eating was not allowed by the sacred scriptures. These restrictions had to be followed by those who desired to eat meat in the Vedic civilization.

Now, in this present age of quarrel, Vedic priests do not engage in any type of ghastly activities, such as chanting Mantras for animal sacrifices, because they know that such Mantras have lost their potency. That is why the Vedic scriptures have put a ban on every animal sacrifice for this age. The Vedas explain that the soul enters the body at the time of conception. The Vedas reveal us that the Lord stores up the souls in a deep sleep state until He is ready to manifest them. These Indian scriptures date even before the time of Buddhism. Not only do these texts forbid eating meat, Vedic civilization also requires a life for a life. One cannot even harm an ant without being held responsible for its harm or death. The scriptures say that if one cannot create a creature from nothing, one should not dare kill any living entity. In Vedic civilization, the word 'kill' applies to every being of this world, not just to humans alone. Therefore, the foundation of nonviolence and vegetarianism is strongly stressed for human beings. The Vedic standard is that, for every creature killed by a human that person must also forfeit his life, because in the eyes of God each of His creatures has an equal value.

His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada once stated: "God is considered to be the Supreme Father of every living entity. Even though the father has many children, some may be intelligent and others may not be. But, if an intelligent son tells his father, 'My brother is not very intelligent; let me kill him,' will the father agree?  Surely not. Similarly, if God is the Supreme Father, why should He sanction the killing of animals who are also His sons?". Actually, if we do not improve ourselves and become vegetarian, then cannibalism will be the next step. We even hear of stories of cannibalism in modern society. It must be understood that every living creature is the son of the Supreme Lord, and He does not tolerate even an ant being killed. One has to pay for the unnecessary pain caused to others.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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