No Beef Or Non Veg in Vedas And Why I don’t eat meat? Part-2

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The material presented here is predicated on a radical and objective analysis of roots of Vedic words, the context during which they seem , Vedic Vocabulary, Philology, Grammar and other tools critical for proper interpretation of the Vedic mantras. Thus this research series doesn't merely believe blind reproduction of works of Muller , Griffith, Wilson, Williams and other indologists on Vedas and Vedic language. While they're more popular in contemporary western academia, we've objective reasons to conclude that their works are faraway from authoritative. We shall explore this facet in additional detail during this research series.


Welcome to the present first a part of the research series on critical evaluation of Misconceptions surrounding the Vedas – the primary books of data on earth.


For centuries aspersions are cast upon the Vedas; the first holy scriptures of the Hindus of getting unholy contents. If one really started believing in those aspersions, the whole Hindu philosophy, culture, and traditions would scale back to zilch but savagery, barbarism and cannibalism.


The Vedas – the very roots of Hinduism, rather the primary source of data on earth – are meant for guiding the actions of person so as to steer a blissful life.


This slanderous campaign has been unleashed by different vested interests to embarrass Hindus round the world citing specific references from the Vedas.


This also comes handy in convincing poor and illiterate Indians to offer up their faith on the grounds that their fundamental holy books – the Vedas – contain all the inhuman elements like denigration of girls , meat-eating, polygamy, casteism and in particular – beef eating.


The Vedas also are accused of animal sacrifice in sacrificial ceremonies popularly referred to as the YAJNA. Interestingly a neighborhood of home-bred intellectuals claiming to possess deep study of ancient India has also come up, who cite references from works of western indologists to prove such unholy content within the Vedas.


Saying that the Vedas permit beef-eating and cow-slaughter amounts to striking a lethal blow to a Hindu’s soul. Respect for cow forms a core tenet of Hinduism. Once you're ready to convince him of flaws within the foundation of this core tenet and make him feel guilty, he becomes a simple prey for the predator faiths. There are many ill-informed Hindus who aren't empowered to counter argue and hence quietly surrender.


The vested interests that malign the Vedas aren't confined to foreign and home-bred indologists alone. a particular class among Hindus exploited the remainder of the population including the socially and economically weaker sections by forcing them to believe and follow what they said within the name of Vedas alternatively face the wrath.


All the slanders heaped upon the Vedas are often attributed mainly to the interpretations of commentaries written by Mahidhar, Uvat and Saayan within the medieval times; and to what Vam-margis or the Tantra cult propagated within the ir books in the name of the Vedas.


In due course the falsehood spread far and wide and that they became even more deep rooted when western scholars with their half baked knowledge of Sanskrit transliterated these interpretations of commentaries of Sayan and Mahidhar, within the name of translating the Vedas.


However, they lacked the pre-requisite understanding of Shiksha (Phonetics), Vyakarana (Grammar), Nirukta (Philology), Nighantu (Vocabulary), Chhanda (Prosody), Jyotish (Astronomy), Kalpa then thereon are critical for proper interpretation of the Vedas.


The purpose behind Agniveer movement is to objectively evaluate all such misconceptions about the Vedas – the inspiration of human knowledge and establish their piety, sanctity, great ideals and philosophy that cater not only to Hindus but to each person without bars, bias or discrimination of any kind.


Section 1: No violence against animals


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Yasmintsarvaani bhutaanyaatmaivaabhuudvijaanatah

Tatra ko mohah kah shokah ekatvamanupasyatah

Yajurveda 40.7


“Those who see all beings as souls don't feel infatuation or anguish at their sight, for they experience oneness with them”.

How could people that believed within the doctrines of indestructibility, transmigration dare to kill living animals in yajnas? they could be seeing the souls of their own near and dear ones of bygone days residing in those living beings.

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Anumantaa vishasitaa nihantaa krayavikrayee

Samskartaa chopahartaa cha khadakashcheti ghaatakaah

Manusmrithi 5.51

Those who permit slaying of animals; those that bring animals for slaughter; those that slaughter; those that sell meat; those that purchase meat; those that prepare dish out of it; those that serve that

meat and people who eat are all murderers.

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Breehimattam yavamattamatho maashamatho tilam

Esha vaam bhaago nihito ratnadheyaaya dantau maa hinsishtam pitaram maataram cha

Atharvaveda 6.140.2


O teeth! You eat rice, you eat barley, you gram and you eat sesame. These cereals are specifically meant for you. don't kill those that are capable of being fathers and mothers.

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Ya aamam maansamadanti paurusheyam cha ye kravih

Garbhaan khaadanti keshavaastaanito naashayaamasi

Atharvaveda 8.6.23


We need to destroy those that eat cooked also as uncooked meat, meat involving destruction of males and females, foetus and eggs.

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Anago hatya vai bheema kritye

Maa no gaamashvam purusham vadheeh

Atharvaveda 10.1.29


It is definitely an excellent sin to kill innocents. don't kill our cows, horses and other people .


How could there be justification of cow and other animals being killed when killing is so clearly prohibited within the Vedas?

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Aghnyaa yajamaanasya pashoonpahi

Yajurveda 1.1


“O human! animals are Aghnya – to not be killed. Protect the animals”

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Pashunstraayethaam

Yajurveda 6.11


Protect the animals.

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Dwipaadava Chatushpaatpaahi

Yajurveda 14.8


Protect the bipeds and quadrupeds!

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Kravy da –kravya[ meat obtained from slaughter] + Ada [ the eater]—the meat eater.


Pisacha — pisita [meat] +asa [eater]—the meat eater.


Asutrpa — Asu [breath of life] + trpa [one who satisfies himself on]—one who takes others life for his meals.


Garba da and Anda da – the foetus and egg eaters.


Mans da – the meat eaters


Meat eaters have always been looked down in Vedic literature . they need been referred to as Rakshasas, Pisacha then on….All these words are synonyms of demons or devils that are out-cast from the civilized human society.

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Urjam no dhehi dwipade chatushpade

Yajurveda 11.83


“May all bipeds and quadrupeds gain strength and nourishment”


This mantra is recited by Hindus before every meal. How could an equivalent philosophy which prays for well-being of each soul in every moment of life, approve of killing animals?

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Section 2: No violence in Yajna

Yajna never meant animal sacrifice within the sense popularly understood. Yajna within the Vedas meant a noble deed or the very best purifying action.


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Adhvara iti Yajnanaama – Dhvaratihimsaakarmaa tatpratishedhah

Nirukta 2.7


According to Yaaska Acharya, one among the synonyms of Yajna in Nirukta or the Vedic philology is Adhvara.


Dhvara means an act with himsa or violence. and thus a-dhvara means an act involving no himsa or no violence. There are an outsized number of such usage of Adhvara within the Vedas.

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In the post-Mahabharata period, misinterpretation of the Vedas and interpolations in other scriptures happened at various points intime. Acharya Shankar reestablished the Vedic values to an extent.


In the newer times, Swami Dayanand Saraswati – referred to as the grandfather of recent India – interpreted the Vedas as per thecorrect rules of the language and authentic evidences. His literature, which incorporates commentary on the Vedas, Satyarth Prakash loosely translated as Light of Truth, An Introduction to the Vedas and other texts led to widespread social reformation supported Vedic philosophy and dispelling of myths surrounding the Vedas.


Let us discover what the Vedas need to say on Yajna.


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Agne yam yagnamadhvaram vishwatah pari bhuurasi

Sa id deveshu gacchati

Rigveda 1.1.4


O lord of effulgence! The non-violent Yajna, you prescribe from all sides, is useful for all, touches divine proportions and is accepted by noble souls.

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The Rigveda describes Yajna as Adhvara or peaceful throughout. Same is that the case with all the opposite Vedas. How can it's then concluded that the Vedas permit violence or slaughter of animals?

The biggest accusation of cattle and cow slaughter comes within the context of the Yajnas that derived their names from different cattle just like the Ashwamedh Yajna, the Gomedha Yajna and therefore the Nar-medh Yajna. Even by the wildest stretch of the imagination the word Medha wouldn't mean slaughter during this context.

It’s interesting to notice what Yajurveda says a few horse
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Imam ma himsirekashafam pashum kanikradam vaajinam vaajineshu
Yajurveda 13.48

Do not slaughter this one hoofed animal that neighs and who goes with a speed faster than most of the animals.
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Aswamedha doesn't mean horse sacrifice at Yajna. Instead the Yajurveda clearly mentions that a horse ought to not be slaughtered.

In Shathapatha, Ashwa may be a word for the state or empire

The word medha doesn't mean slaughter. It denotes an act wiped out accordance to the intellect Alternatively it could mean consolidation, as evident from the basis meaning of medha i.e. medhru san-ga-me

Raashtram vaa ashwamedhah
Annam hi gau
Agnirvaa ashwah
Aajyam medhah
(Shatpath 13.1.6.3)

Swami Dayananda Saraswati wrote in his Light of Truth:

A Yajna dedicated to the glory, wellbeing and prosperity of the Rashtra the state or empire is understood because the Ashwamedh yajna.

“To keep the food pure or to stay the senses in check , or to form the food pure or to form an honest use of the rays of Sun or keep the world free from impurities[clean] is named Gomedha Yajna”.

“The word Gau also means the world and therefore the yajna dedicated to stay the world the environment clean is named Gomedha Yajna”

“The cremation of the body of a dead soul in accordance with the principles laid down within the Vedas is named Naramedha Yajna”.
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Section 3: No beef in Vedas
Not only the Vedas are against animal slaughter but also vehemently oppose and prohibit cow slaughter.Yajurveda forbids killing of cows, for they supply energizing food for citizenry 

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Ghrtam duhaanaamaditim janaayaagne maa himsiheeh
Yajurveda 13.49

Do not kill cows and bulls who always need to be protected.

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Aare gohaa nrhaa vadho vo astu
Rigveda 7.56.17

In Rigveda cow slaughter has been declared a heinous crime like human murder and it's been said that those that commits this crime should be punished.
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Sooyavasaad bhagavatee hi bhooyaa atho vayam bhagvantah syaama
Addhi trnamaghnye vishwadaaneem piba shuddhamudakamaacharantee
Rigveda 1.164.40 or Atharv 7.73.11 or Atharv 9.10.20

The Aghnya cows – which aren't to be killed under any circumstances– may keep themselves healthy by use of pure water and green grass, in order that we could also be endowed with virtues, knowledge and wealth.

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The Vedic Lexicon, Nighantu, gives amongst other synonyms of Gau[ or cow] the words Aghnya. Ahi, and Aditi. Yaska the commentator on Nighantu, defines these as-
Aghnya the one that ought to not be killed
Ahi the one that has got to not be slaughtered.
Aditi the one that ought to not be dig pieces.

These three names of cow signify that the animal ought to not be put to tortures. These words appear frequently throughout the Vedas in context of the cow.

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Aghnyeyam saa vardhataam mahate soubhagaaya

Rigveda 1.164.27
Cow – The aghnya – brings us health and prosperity

Suprapaanam Bhavatvaghnyaayaah
Rigveda 5.83.8
There should be excellent facility for pure water for Aghnya Cow

Yah paurusheyena kravishaa samankte yo ashwena pashunaa yaatudhaanah

Yo aghnyaayaa bharati ksheeramagne teshaam sheershaani harasaapi vrishcha
Rigveda 10.87.16

Those who prey on human, horse or animal flesh and people who destroy milk-giving Aghnya cows should be severely punished.

Vimucchyadhvamaghnyaa devayaanaa aganma
Yajurveda 12.73
The Aghnya cows and bulls bring you prosperity

Maa gaamanaagaamaditim vadhishta
Rigveda 8.101.15
Do not kill the cow. Cow is innocent and aditi – that ought to not be dig pieces

Antakaaya goghaatam
Yajurveda 30.18
Destroy those that kill cows

Yadi no gaam hansi yadyashwam yadi poorusham
Tam tvaa seesena vidhyaamo yatha no so aveeraha
Atharvaveda 1.16.4

If someone destroys our cows, horses or people, kill him with a bullet of lead.

Vatsam jaatamivaaghnyaa
Atharvaveda 3.30.1
Love one another because the Aghnya – non-killable cow – loves its calf

Dhenu sadanam rayeenaam
Atharvaveda 11.1.34
Cow is fountainhead of all bounties

The entire 28th Sukta or Hymn of 6th Mandal of Rigveda sings the glory of cow.
Aa gaavo agnamannuta bhadramakrantseedantu

Bhooyobhooyo rayimidasya vardhayannabhinne

Na taa nashanti na dabhaati taskaro naasaamamitro vyathiraa dadharshati

Na taa arvaa renukakaato ashnute na samskritramupa yanti taa abhi

Gaavo bhago gaava indro me achhaan

Yooyam gaavo medayathaa

Maa vah stena eeshata maaghanshasah

1. Everyone should make sure that cows are free from miseries and kept healthy.
2. God blesses those that lookout of cows.
3. Even the enemies shouldn't use any weapon on cows
4. nobody should slaughter the cow
5. Cow brings prosperity and strength

6. If cows keep healthy and happy, men and ladies shall also keep disease free and prosperous

7. May the cow eat green grass and pure water. May they not be killed and convey prosperity to us.

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What more proofs do i got to understand the high esteem in whichnot only the cow but each living being is held within the Vedas.

The learned audience can decide for themselves from these evidences that the Vedas are completely against any inhuman practice… to top it all the meat and Cow slaughter.

There is no Beef in Vedas.
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Bibliography:

1. Rigveda Bhashya – Commentary on Rigveda by Swami Dayanand Saraswati

2. Yajurveda Bhashya – Commentary on Yajurveda by Swami Dayanand Saraswati
3. No Beef in Vedas by BD Ukhul

4. Vedon ka Yatharth Swaroop (True nature of Vedas) by Pt Dharmadeva Vidyavachaspati
5. All 4 Veda Samhita by Pt Damodar Satvalekar

6. Pracheen Bharat me Gomamsa – Ek Sameeksha (Beef in Ancient India – an analysis) by Geeta Press, Gorakhpur
7. the parable of Holy Cow – by DN Jha
8. Hymns of Atharvaveda – Griffith
9. Scared Books of the east – Muller 
10. Rigveda translations by Williams/Jones
11. Sanskrit English Dictionary – Monier Williams
12. Commentary on Vedas by Dayanand Sansthan
13. Western Indologists – a study of motives by Pt Bhagvadutt
14. Satyarth Prakash by Swami Dayanand Saraswati
15. Introduction to Vedas by Swami Dayanand Saraswati
16. Cloud over understanding of Vedas by BD Ukhul
17. Shathpath Brahman
18. Nirukta – Yaska Acharya
19. Dhatupath – Panini
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Addendum on 14 April 2010:

After this text , there was severe reaction from various sources who cannot accept the very fact that Vedas and ancient culture of our nation could are more ideal than their current communistic ideals. I received several mails that attempted to refute the articles by citing additional references that support beef-eating. These include 2 mantras from Rigveda, a couple of "> and a few Shlokas from Manu Smriti and a few other texts. An example is that the comment from Avtar Gill on this page itself. On these, I even have to mention the following:

a. The article has given evidence from Manu Smriti itself which states that even one who permits killing may be a murderer. Thus of these additional shlokas are either from adulterated Manu Smriti or misinterpreted by twisting of words. i like to recommend them to read Manu Smriti by Dr Surendra Kumar.

b. A typical example of evil by those hell-bent on justifying their obsession with beef in ancient texts, is to translate Mansa as ‘meat’. actually , ‘Mansa’ may be a generic word wont to denote pulp. Meat is named ‘Mansa’ because it's pulpy. So mere presence of ‘Mansa’ doesn't mean it refers to meat.

c. the opposite texts referred by them are among dubious ones not considered authoritative evidence. Their routine is straightforward – state anything written in Sanskrit as Dharma and translate the way they need to prove whatever they need . this is often how they need been fooling us all by filling our textbooks with all unverified demeaning claims.

d. With regards to Vedas, they might come up with two mantras that supposedly justify beef eating. allow us to evaluate them:

Claim: Rigveda (10/85/13) declares, “On the occasion of a girl’s marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered.”
Fact: The mantra states that in winter, the rays of sun get weakened then get strong again in spring. The word used for sun-rays in ‘Go’ which also means cow and hence the mantra also can be translated by making ‘cow’ and not ‘sun-rays’ because the subject. The word used for ‘weakened’ is ‘Hanyate’ which may also mean killing. But if that be so, why would the mantra go further and state in next line (which is deliberately not translated) that in spring, they begin regaining their original form.

How can a cow killed in winter regain its health in spring? This amply proves how ignorant and biased communists malign Vedas.
Claim: Rigveda (6/17/1) states that “Indra wont to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo.”

Fact: The mantra states that brilliant scholars enlighten the planet within the manner that wood enhances the hearth of Yajna. I fail to know from where did Avtar Gill and his friends discover Indra, cow, calf, horse and buffalo during this mantra!

In summary, I continue the challenge to everyone – cite one single mantra from Vedas that justify beef-eating and that i shall be wanting to embrace any faith that he or she may decide on behalf of me . If not, they ought to comply with revert back to the Vedas.

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