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RE: vegetarian and srivaishnava

From: Ram Anbil (
Date: Wed Jan 10 2001 - 16:15:56 PST

Dear friend:
This very subject has been discussed in great detail in
"Chapter 15 Triguna and the Dietary Regimen" of my book
"Hinduism Rediscovered".

This has been archived at "".
Click on Issues and then Table of Contents (TOC) of SDDS (Pre Saranagathi) 
volume 2.

You will find them in Issues bearing # 2.11, 2.12, 2.13 dated 3/2/97 and 
2.14 dated 4/2/97.

If you have any questions after reading them, please feel free to contact 
Hope this helps.
Anbil Ramaswamy

>From: "Sriram Ranganathan" <>
>To: "srimushnam raghu" <>
>CC: "Bhakti" <>
>Subject: RE: vegetarian and srivaishnava
>Date: Wed, 10 Jan 2001 01:53:32 -0500
>Dear Sri Raghu,
>Here is my understanding.
>In Bhagavad Gita, Sri Krishna deals with the three gunAs (characteristics)
>of prakriti (mind and matter) - sattva, rajas, and tamas - while answering
>Arjuna's query about the state of those who go against the scriptures. He
>touches on the topic of food as well.
>The sattva guna basically reflects a balanced nature and all things good -
>humane, non-injury, altruistic, intelligent, God loving - and promotes
>knowledge and happiness.  rajas reflects a relatively more harsh nature
>involving greed, unrest, longing, hyperactivity and promotes attachment to
>sensual pleasures and sorrow. The tamas reflects evil, inactivity,
>negligence and causes ignorance and delusion.
>These three gunAs are present in every person and the prevalence of one 
>the other determines our nature (at any given time). All these gunAs are
>nourished by the food we consume.
>Food that is balanced, mild, and healthy promotes the sattvic nature. Food
>that is bitter, too- spicy, and not agreeable promotes rajasic nature. Food
>that is stale, impure and prepared from living / dead creatures promotes 
>tamasic gunA.
>What we consume is important, should promote righteousness and has to be
>aNEna prAna:| prAnayr balam | balEna tapas | tapasA sraddhA | sraddhayA
>mEdhA | mEdhayA manIsA:| manIshayA manO | manasA shAnthi: | shAnthayA
>siddhan | siddhEna smRti | smRityA smAram | smArEna vignyAnam |
>vignyAnEnAthmAnam vEdayathi | tasmA-taNan tatan | sarvAnyE thAni tathAthi 
>[Sri nArayana Upanishad]
>Food->Life; Life->Strength; Strength-> Religious Austerity;
>R.Austerity->Intellect; Intellect->Wisdom; Wisdom->Mind; Mind->Peace;
>Peace->Fulfillment; Fulfillment->Success; Success->Recollection;
>Recollection->Knowledge; Knowledge->Self Realization (Atman)
>(My translation could be erroneous due to lack of Sanskrit knowledge. I
>request the members to correct).
>Food we consume influences our behavior in every way. Modern Science 
>with this thought. Aside from not hurting other creatures, being a
>vegetarian is the most natural and sensible way to live. Recent incidences
>underscore this truth, quite convincingly.
>There are several more references (direct and indirect) in the vEdic
>scriptures. Other members may be able to explain more.
>-----Original Message-----
>From: srimushnam raghu []
>Sent: Tuesday, January 09, 2001 11:25 AM
>Subject: Re: vegetarian and srivaishnava
>Dear All,
>      Pranaamam
>I have a doubt regarding the eating habits of the
>I am a pure vegetarian being a Srivaishnava.
>I am in Germany for quite some time. I have been asked
>by many people why do you not eat meat.
>Though I told them some reasons, I would like to know
>in detail where (which Upanishad or which VEda) has
>this reference and in what context it is mentioned.
>Please educate me in this regard.
>Thank you
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