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Why a Hindu is a Vegetarian? - by Swami Abhedananda

Why a Hindu is a Vegetarian? - by Swami Abhedananda

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Why a Hindu is a Vegetarian? - by Swami Abhedananda (1898), a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna
Why a Hindu is a Vegetarian? - by Swami Abhedananda (1898), a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna

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..Whocanbemorecruelandselfishthanhewhoincreasesthefleshofhisbodybyeatingthefleshofinnocent
animals."-Makabharata.
"Thosewhodesiretopossessgoodmemory,beauty,longlifewithperfecthealth,andphysical,moralandspiritualstrength,shouldabstainfromanimal
food."-Ibid.
..Highestvirtueconsistsinthenon-killingofanimals."-Ibid.
WHYAHINDUISAVEGETAR.IAN.
Eminentphysiciansanddieteticreformersofthepresentdayaredeeplyinterestedinsolvingthegreatproblemofwholesomefoodforhumanbeings,andinintroducingfoodreforminWesterncountries.ThroughtheireffortsthoughtfulAmericansarebe-ginningtoknowsomethingofthehealthfuleffectsofvegetariandiet,andtoquestionwhethertheyshallbecomevegetarians.ThisquestionhasneverbeendiscussedintheWestwithsomuchearnestnessasnow.AmongtheancientGreekphilosopherswefindstrongadvocatesofvegetarianisminPythagoras,Plato,Socrates,Seneca,Plutarch,Tertullian,Por-phyryandothers;butthevastmajorityofWesternpeopleregardvegetarianswithcontemptandridicule.InIndiathisproblemwassolvedbytheHinduphi-losopherslongbeforePythagoraswasborn,andintheirwritingswefindlogicalandscientificargumentsagainstthekillingofanimalsandtheeatingofanimalflesh.ManyhistoriansandOrientalscholarsareofopinionthatPythagorasowedhisideasregarding
 
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avegetablediettotheHinduphilosophers,whofromprehistorictimeshadadvocatedandpractisedastrictlyvegetariandiet.Indiaistheonlycountryintheworldwherevege-tarianismhasprevailedforcenturiesamongthevastmajorityofpeople.TheHinduswerethefirstnationintheworldwhounderstoodthefundamentalprin-ciplesofthevegetariantheory.ItwasfromtheHindusthatothernations,suchastheChinese,Jap-anese,Thibetans,Siamese,Burmese,CeyloneseandPersiansbecameimpressedwiththeideathattheslaughterofanimalsforfoodiscruel,inhumanandwicked.ThegreatestthinkersandsagesofancientIndiagaveargumentsinsupportofvegetarianismfromdifferentstandpoints,suchasphysicalhealth;thephysiologicalstructureofourorgans;thechemi-calanalysisoffood;andthemoralandspiritualidealsoflife.NativedoctorsandphysiciansinIndiadonotapproveofanimalfoodandagreegenerallywithmanyWesterndoctorsthatanimalfleshisoneofthemaincausesofsuchdiseasesasdyspepsia,gout,con-sumptionandnervousdisorders.Hinduphysiciansarguethatanimalsfattenedforslaughteraremoreorlessdiseasedonaccountoftheirunnaturalmodeoflivingandtheunnaturalfoodwhichtheyareforcedtoeat;thatthegermsofvariousdiseasesareintro-ducedintothehumansystemandthatparasitescomeintothehumanbodythroughthemediumofanimalflesh.Theyfurtherassertthatallflesh,beingaprod-uctofnutrition,containssomerefusematterandim-purity,becausetheireliminationissuddenlyarrested

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