Gopal Popati: Pranam Guruji, Thanks for answering all my previous questions. I would like to know why Non-Veg is prohibited? Does Vedas have any reference for it?
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you. You are welcome, please. In this regard, I paste my article.
Vedas strictly prohibit non-vegetarian diet and all kinds of addiction. God is the purest and is away from all kinds of result of any karmas to be faced. So the aspirant is also to become the purest to realize God. God’s stage is natural and eternal whereas aspirants have to achieve the same by doing worship etc. As regards, worship the same must be eternal according to the eternal philosophy of four Vedas which emanates direct from God. So the worship must not be self made. In this connection I usually quote a chaupayee from Ramayana:- “SHRUTI SAMMAT HARI BHAKTI PATH SANJUT BIRATI BIBEK. TEHIN NA CHALHIN NAR MOH BAS, KALPANHIN PANTH ANEK.” Meaning— Tulsi states that there is an eternal worship based on Vedas, which gives us ascetism and factual knowledge. But the people are not following the path of Vedas due to attachment (attachment with materialistic/articles, pomp and show and family etc.) And the people make their own new several paths of worship. I would advice you to read my book Vedic Satsang Sangrah Pt. I & II and Bhagwad Geeta-a secret of Vedas. Thereafter you may send your doubts and even you may come here for further guidance, if possible. Books can be sent on demand and on receipt of your postal address. The books will clear your all doubts.
PLANTS HAVE SOUL
Plants have soul. You see, when a lion kills deer, buffalo, cow etc., in the jungle and eats it, God does not punish him because it is the nature of lion and other carnivorous animals to eat flesh.
Similarly God has allowed us to take vegetarian food, not the lion. So, we are not punished yet there is difference between flesh and vegetarian food. All vegetarian food should be taken when it is ripened. Secondly, you see, when the crops are ripened, only then are they cut and at that time soul has already left the crop before it is cut. That is why, it is told that vegetarian food should not be cut till it is ripened.
So we are allowed to take vegetarian food and not non-vegetarian food. Non-vegetarian is allowed by Almighty God to be consumed by carnivorous animals. I also paste my article in this connection:-
We have to obey the preach of Vedas which emanates direct from God at the beginning of the earth. For carnivorous animals like lion, tiger, wolves, cat, dog etc., God allows to take non-vegetarian food. So the said act to take non-vegetarian food is not their sin. Similarly in Vedas for human beings, God states to take vegetarian food which is not a sin. Secondly, for human beings, Vedas strictly prohibit non-vegetarian food. That is why, we must take vegetables, food-grains etc., when they are fully ripe.
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, 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 not 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 does not. 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.
The knowledge of Vedas emanates direct from God at the time of beginning of earth. So in this creation, the Vedas are the oldest knowledge originated about one arab 97 crore years ago. In all four Vedas, God has prohibited non-vegetarian, please.
Atharvaveda mantra 6/140/1 also states that Oh God! May my teeth, like the teeth of wolf not take non-vegetarian food. Non-vegetarian has only some limited energy and vitamins whereas cow-milk is a complete food. Dry fruits, vegetables, curd, fruits etc., i.e., all other vegetable food has been made by God for us which are more beneficial than non-vegetarian food. Manusmriti shloka 2/177 strictly prohibits to take non-vegetarian food and any type of addiction. The nature of the animals or human beings who take non-vegetarian food is more violent than those who take vegetarian food. In this connection, you may consider lion, tiger, wolves, jackals etc. As regards power of vegetarian you may think about elephant who is the most powerful than other human/living beings and is vegetarian.
Onion and garlic are included as vegetarian food and full of vitamins, they protect from heat stroke, make stomach strong and make strong eye sight etc., but both are of Tamogunni nature and therefore only Brahmachari must not take the same.
S: Dear Guruji, I am doing meditation from 3yrs but I want to getup at 4am.i am unable to getup. Is there any solution? Please suggest me.
Swami Ram Swarup: My blessings to you, my daughter. You should first try to get up early in the morning at least at 5:30 a.m. then after sometime, it will be easy for you to get up at 5:00 a.m. and then to get up at 4:30 a.m. which is sufficient.
Anonymous: How to protect the tree of mango and to improve the growth rate of tree?
Swami Ram Swarup: To protect the tree and to improve its growth, I would advise you to contact horticulture department. They would well advise you.