Anil: I found links online that allege that Manusmriti supports eating non-vegetarian food.
Swami Ram Swarup: Namaste ji.
Manu Smriti is true holy book written by Manu Bhagwan. Manu Bhagwan was the first emperor of this earth and he spread the knowledge of Vedas. He ruled over the earth in accordance with the rules and regulation based on Vedas. He was ancestor of Sri Ram.
However, some false shlokas have been added in Manusmriti to destroy our Hindu culture. Similarly several false shlokas have been added in Mahabharat Granth. Original/authentic Manusmriti clearly states:-
“Varjeit Madhu Maasam Cha”
i.e., non-vegetarian and alcohol etc., are strictly prohibited.
Manusmriti is based on eternal Vedic culture, wherein non-vegetarian and addiction is not allowed.
Similarly fact has been stated in Manusmriti by Manu Bhagwan. I paste my Vedic article in this regard below:-
Vegetarians and non-vegetarians are two categories. Accordingly the construction of body i.e., teeth, small intestine and large intestine, and digestive system has been made by God.
Human beings come in vegetarian category. Our teeth and digestive system always differ from cat, dog, lion etc. Some animals like cow, buffalo, goat, elephant etc., also come in Vegetarian category. We take water by sipping but the animals who are non-vegetarian i.e., meat eater they do not sip but lick. Whatever we eat, that food develops our mind and body and creates natural behaviour. For example if we take a cub who is newly born and nurse him by giving milk and thereafter vegetarian food only and on the other hand to another cub we provide him meat, then when they will be younger their habit will differ. The cub taking vegetarian food will be as violent as the cub who took meat.
Now medical science also says that the energy in vegetarian food is more than that in non-vegetarian food. Vegetarian food gives long and ill free life. Vegetarian elephant is stronger than non-vegetarian lion.
Nobody can take meat until one gives violence to animals or birds etc., which is a sin. Our stomach becomes a graveyard where we gather meat by eating. As regards life in vegetarians it does not harm to them while plucking from plants etc. because every vegetarian plant has short life and is meant to give food to the human life. But to us meat is not entitled. Science has recently told that non-vegetarians are more susceptible to cancer disease and teeth degeneration as compared to vegetarians.
Non-vegetarian food is prohibited as per Vedas, shastras, Upnishads and all the ancient holy books. In vegetarian food an ocean of calories and vitamins is available by the mercy of God. Please check from a dietician about the same. Because it is lengthy one and I cannot explain here. For example dal, is full of proteins, soybean has more protein than any non-vegetarian food, which has ability to inhibit cancer also where as non-vegetarian doesnot. Green vegetables like palak, methi, etc., are the richest source of iron and vitamin A. So is the case of milk, curd, rice, fruit, etc., -etc.
GOD STRICTLY PROHIBITS NON-VEGETARIAN FOOD:-
In the Rigveda Mantra 10/27/6 God states “SHRITPAAN” those who suck the blood of others and consume their flesh (DARSHAM) I am looking at them/know them (VA) and (DHRISHU SAKHAYAM) I also see/know those who are God- believers/God-fearing and thus struggle against the consumers of flesh and blood (YE NINILUHU) thus they do not praise me but are thankless persons. So (PAVYAHA VAVRITYUHU) my wrath/anger would fall (Uu Nu) definitely and immediately (ESHU) on them.
Idea: – God being Omnipresent and Almighty, sees/knows very well those who are consumers of flesh and blood and soon He punishes them badly. So human-beings should not have non-vegetarian food.
Atharvaveda Mantra 6/140/1 states-
“YAU VYAGHRAVAVROODHAU JIGHATSATAHA PITRAM MATRAM CHA.
TAU DANTAU BRAHAMANNASPATE SHIVAU KRINNU JAATVEDAHA.”
(Atharvaveda Mantra 6/140/1)
The Devta of this mantra is “Brihaspati, Danta”.
Meaning:- (YAU) The teeth (VYAGHRAU) like the teeth of wolf (AVROODHAU) have been generated (PITRAM MATRAM CHA JIGHATSATAHA) wants to kill mother and father i.e., wants to take flesh. So Oh! (JAATVEDAHA) omnipresent God (BRAHAMANNASPATE) lord of knowledge of Vedas may (TAU DANTAU) those teeth (SHIVAU KRINNU) be beneficial for us so that we may not be non-vegetarian.
The meaning of Shivau is auspicious, friendly, beneficial. Deep consideration of the mantra would reveal that our teeth will only be beneficial /friendly to others when we will not be even think about inflicting violence to others. That is why, Mantras states that teeth should not consume flesh, it being sin. Manusmriti also states that without inflicting violence on others, meat can not be taken. So one must always avoid non-vegetarian food.
So the shlokas of Manusmriti quoted by you is totally false being against the eternal Vedic culture , added by those who wanted to satisfy their ulterior motives.
Interpretation of these Rigveda mantras is also completely false and condemned being antagonistic to Vedic teachings.
In the Rigveda mantra 10/27/2 it is stated that:-
Oh! God bless me so that I may be able to convert the atheists into God-fearing people.
And like a fatal/violent bull who becomes the destroyer of everything that comes before him, I may also be able to destroy all the sins i.e., just like as a fatal bull destroys everything, I, by worship, may destroy all the sins and attain enlightenment.
It is our bad luck that in India , the people are still spreading propaganda/false views to eat non-vegetarian food. One of them is Mr. Jha.
I’ve written a book (in English) stating the fact of the Vedas to prohibit non-vegetarian intake and addiction. The name of the book is “Protect The Holy Cow, Say Vedas” worth Rs. 40/- excluding postal charges.
The book shall give you immense factual knowledge regarding Vedas views prohibiting non-vegetarian.
Hence all your notions will rectified by reading the said book. Regarding Mahabharat, I paste my article:-
Mahabharat that it has only 10,000 shlokas written by Vyas Muni ji which are true. Uptil now, Mahabharat has about one lakh twenty thousand shlokas i.e., about one lakh ten thousand shlokas are fictitious which have been added. I also paste here one of my articles —
There is a statement by King Bhoj in his book “Sanjeevini” about which Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati too states:
“Vyasji wrote 4400 shlokas of mahabharat to which another 5,600 authentic shlokas were added by the disciples of Vyasji. During the reign of Maharaja Vikramaditya another 20,000 shlokas were added. Further Maharaja Bhoj says that during the reign of his father 25,000 and during half of his life time 30,000 more shlokas have been added to the Mahabharat book. If this process of addition of shlokas continues then the time is not far when Mahabharat book would have to be compared to the burden loaded on a camel.”
There have been false additions to Mahabharat epic from time to time. Regarding this Kashinath Rajvade writes:
“The present Mahabharat is a corrupt and enlarged edition of the ancient Mahabharat. This ancient work has been diluted from time to time with all sorts of additions and has grown in proportion on that account.”
J K: Pranam swamiji!ishwar sarv vyapak hai iska Ved me kya praman hai? Shrimad bhagadgita vedanukul hai isme kya praman hai?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. Ishwar sarvayapak hai, is vishaye mein charon Vedon mein bahut se mantra hain. Jaise ki Yajurveda mantra 40/1 mein kaha- “Isha vasya Idam……” i.e., God is everywhere. Yajurveda mantra 40/8 states—“Sa Paryagat…” i.e., God is everywhere.
As regard Bhagwad Geeta, I paste my article below-
har ek satya ko sidh karne ke liye Sankhya shastra sutra 1/66 and Yog shastra sutra 1/7 mein bhi kaha hai ki kewal ved hi pramann hain kyunki ved Ishawr se utpann vanni hai. Yadi ved vidya ko grahann karke jo koi bhi Bhagwad Geeta ko padega to payega kee Bhagwad Geeta vedon ke anukool hai.