Does a Hindu eat Beef?

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Feeding of beef in Hinduism is a sin in the traditions governing this religion. Majority of Hindus prefer being straight vegans. Lacto-vegetarians exist too among the Hindus. Meat as a dish according to the old and middle-age sacred texts is accepted only if the animals to be partaken are prepared without violence like brutal killings. This is known as ahimsa. Hindus are very considerate and appreciative of nature and its aspects hence its strict dietary norms.

Beef-meat from cows is easily distinguished and highly respected by Hindus. They do not consume it. Does a Hindu eat beef? No. The cow is considered to bring forth life. In the ancient times, bulls and oxen were slaughtered and made sacrifices. Some of its meat was consumed. Cows that were milked were never killed. The onset of Buddhists and Jains brought about strict rules on beef consumption. It was forbidden. These cattle were necessary for butter, dung and milk. Cows should not be mistaken for idols or gods by non-Hindus.


If meat is to be taken among the Hindu, the mode of preparation is precise-jhatka meaning a quick form of death. Inflicting unnecessary
pain on animals is forbidden. The quick death reduces the duration of suffering and pain to animals during the slaughtering process. This is a sensitive issue as some scriptures and hymns completely forbid beef consumption. The Rigveda scripture has a quote that
demands punishment by the Agni god to anyone that kills humans and animals like cattle.

Straight vegans adhere to the Tirukkural verses that condemn beef eating and view it as devouring hurt and wounded flesh. This scripture adds that non-meat eaters are considered highly sacred than any person who strictly follows the Hindu rules. More to it, veneration can only be done by those that have never killed nor partaken meat from any animal.

Expectant mothers in the Hindu religion are allowed to have soup prepared from wild meat called jangala. Not beef from cows. This is stated in the Sushruta Samhita’s Chapter 10. Individuals with major injuries, pregnant mothers, young children at growth spurt and those who indulge in heavy tasks or exercises are allowed to have other meat dishes on condition that caution is taken during preparation except beef. This is clearly stated in Chapter 20 of the Sutrasthanam. A balanced diet though in moderation is accepted by this book.

In Manusmriti, meat eating is highly forbidden unless in conditions like adversity. Nonetheless the meat has to be prepared in a
non-violent manner that reduces the pain and suffering infliction. This Hindu texts in this book continue to explain the brutality cattle and other animals undergo before it can be a meal. Manusmriti advocates for abstinence from beef and meat consumption. The sacred book lists a number of killers-butchers, slaughter men, beef and meat sellers or buyers, anyone that involves in cooking and serving and those that feed on it.

In Chapter 5 of Manusmriti 5:27 rules are clear that only eat meat if your deteriorated health depends on it to recover. The chapter allows rabbit, fish, deer, antelope, sheep, goat, boar and poultry as sacrifice.

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