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From: V. Chandrasekaran (vcs_at_wipinfo.soft.net)
Date: Mon Jul 27 1998 - 21:28:21 PDT
Dear Mr.Narayanan, Namaskarams. Yes, adiyEn is aware that our gunas depend majorly on the food we consume. Vegetables like onion, garlic, raddish are supposed to instill wrong desires in our hearts. Similarly consuming higher living creatures will create aggressive tendencies. But at the same time our sanatana darma stresses heavily on ahimsa as do buddhism and jainism. It is one of the prerequisites for a sadhaka to reach the state of self-realisation and hence bliss. I think this is mentioned in bhagavatham also. So urging vegetarianism for spiritual welfare has both the above as strong reasons, I feel. Otherwise i.e, if only guna is the reason for this, then it would mean that it would be ok to take an animal's flesh which can induce sattvic guna in our hearts which is hypothetical ofcourse. This is ofcourse defeating the very essence of sattvic guna. A sattva will not harm any creature for his welfare. adiyEn, chandrasekaran.