Forbidden Beef

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This topic  is mainly for those who profess Hinduism.

Although some might know what I am on to but I am hoping to reach out to a larger group of people through my blog. When I first came to Abu Dhabi, I met many “Hindus” mainly from Kerala, India who eats BEEF! This came as a complete shock to me as Hinduism forbids the eating of beef (cow) just like how the Muslims are forbidden to eat pork. So it is really offending when some of them have the cheek to ask “you don’t eat beef?!” It is also funny that those very same people has an altar at home and so-called follows certain fasts! Do not be a hypocrite to religion when you clearly do not wish to follow it. By all means be a free-thinker and eat and follow whatever you wish but do not taint it for others who takes it seriously.

I was then wondering how to put things into perspective and I consulted my brother to gather information to educate them and others who lacks sensitivity. I’m sharing the information below to the world at large and hope they would be all enlightened.

General Reference  

Back then, Hindus and subsequent generations relied heavily on the cow for protein-rich milk and dairy products, tilling of fields and as a provider of fuel and fertilizer. Thus it was identified as a caretaker and a maternal figure. Hindu society honours the cow as a symbol of unselfish giving and cow-slaughter is legally banned in almost all states of India. In Goa they worship cows, ironically the Vedic reference to cow is “Go” (as the beginning letter for that state). In temples, “Nandi” is also always worshipped, where devotees whisper their problems in its ears and leave their burden to God.
In Kerala, the story of Kannappan & Chotanikara Bhagawathi Amman:

Legend has it that a ferocious dacoit by the name Kannappan who dominated this area, brought home a cow with the intent of slaughtering it. The cow escaped his butchering knife, and set him running in hot pursuit. His chase in vain, Kannappan returned home to find his beloved daughter playing with the very same cow. Complying with her request, he forsakes the idea of killing the cow. His daughter passed away, and this greatly grieved him. Goddess Bhagawati appeared in his dream, and revealed to him that it was she who had come to him in the form of a cow. To his surprise, he saw two images in the cowshed the following day; the images were those of Devi and Vishnu. Kannappan built a humble shrine and worshipped the images in the cowshed. Eventually this shrine fell under repair and was discovered later and sanctified. It then grew into a shrine of the magnitude seen today, over a period of time.  (Ironically, the people from this very state does the opposite)!

Mahatma Gandhi: One can measure the greatness of a nation and its moral progress by the way it treats its animals. Cow protection to me is not mere protection of the cow. It means protection of all that lives and is helpless and weak in the world. The cow means the entire subhuman world.

Scripture Reference:
Bhagawad Gita chapter 10 text 20: Krishna proclaims that among cows he is Surabhi/Kamadhenu/Komatha the wish fulfilling cow.
Rig-Veda (10.87.16): One who partakes of human flesh, the flesh of a horse or of another animal, and deprives others of milk by slaughtering cows, O King, if such a fiend does not desist by other means, then you should not hesitate to cut off his head.
Rig Veda (4.28.1; 6): The cows have come and have brought us good fortune. In our stalls, contented, may they stay! May they bring forth calves for us, many-colored, giving milk for Indra everyday. You make, O cows, the thin man sleek; to the unlovely you bring beauty. Rejoice our homestead with pleasant lowing. In our assemblies we laud your vigor.
Sri Caitanya-caritamrita (Adi-lila, Chapter 17, verse 166), Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabu: “Cow killers are condemned to rot in hellish life for as many thousands of years as there are hairs on the body of the cow,”.
Research credit: Suresh Kumar


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3 Responses to Forbidden Beef

  1. Manisha says:

    Great resources (count on the brother to be so detailed with his research, right? hehe). I used to take offense when people asked me why I didn’t eat beef (regardless of the religion they practice) but I’m beginning to just learn how to smile and explain to them that I prefer not to eat beef, just as much as I don’t want to eat a lot of other meat. Some people are just ignorant, lah.

    With that said, you’re right. I do find a growing number of hypocrites in our society. There are those who claim to be “pious” yet eat beef, and on another hand, there are those are SO pious and who claim to take no life by being vegetarians but they kill insects such as ants with their bare fingers while we meat eaters tend to just brush them off.

    At the end of the day, I think people should just eat what they want. *shrugs*

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thoughts says:

    Vedic references :

    1. (Atharv 7/73/11 or Atharv 9/10/20)
    In this mantra cow addressed as Aghanya have been enjoined to keep themselves healthy by use of pure water and green gars so that we, who drink their milk, may be endowed with dharma, knowledge ad wealth.
    Fortunate mayst thou be with goodly pasture, and may we also
    be exceeding wealthy.
    Feed on the grass, O Cow, through all the seasons, and coming
    hitherward drink limpid water.
    Source-Hymns of the Atharva Veda, by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    2. (Atharv 9/10/5)
    Cow or Aghanya is responsible for health and prosperity.
    She, Lady of all treasures, hath come hither, yearning in spirit
    for her calf, and lowing.
    May this Cow yield her milk for both the Asvins, and may she
    prosper to our high advantage.
    Source- Hymns of the Atharv Veda, by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    3. (Atharv 30/3/1)
    Almighty gods removes all your jealousies and prejudices and unite your hearts. He says us to love each other as cow loves her new born calf.
    Freedom from hate I bring to you, concord and unanimity.
    Love one another as the cow loveth the calf that she hath borne.
    Source- Hymns of the Atharv Veda, by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    4. (Rig 4/1/6)
    In this mantra cow milk is compared with the splendor of god
    Excellent is the glance, of brightest splendor, which the auspicious God bestows on mortals-
    The God’s glance, longed-for even as the butter, pure, heated, of the cow, the milch-cow’s bounty.
    Source-Rig Veda, tr. by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    5. (Rig 7/68/9) it is stated to get up before dawn, entertain noble thoughts and drink milk of cow to strengthen you.
    With his fair hymns this singer, too, extols you, waking with glad thoughts at the break of morning.
    May the cow nourish him with milk to feed him? Preserve us evermore, ye Gods, with blessings
    Source-Rig Veda, tr. by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    6. (Rig 9/1/9) it is stated that cow milk is of special benefit for children.
    Inviolable milch-kine round about him blend for Indra’s drink,
    The fresh young Soma with their milk
    Source-Rig Veda, tr. by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    7. (Rig 9/93//3) it is stated that cow milk is for learned persons endowed with great intellects.
    Yea, swollen is the udder of the milch-cow: thither in streams goes very sapient Indu.
    The kine make ready, as with new-washed treasures, the Head and Chief with milk within the vessels
    Source-Rig Veda, tr. by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    (Yajur 13/42, 13/ 49)
    The rivers’ tawny child, based on the mountain, harm not.
    Infinite, (cow) yielding butter for the people, harm not

    1. (Atharv Veda 1/16/4) Vedas prescribe killing with bullet of lead for a cow killer.
    If thou destroy a cow of ours, a human being, or a steed,
    we pierce thee with this piece of lead so that thou mayst not slay
    our men.
    Source- Hymns of the Atharv Veda, by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    2. (Rig Veda 7.56.17) Punish the killer of the cow and the man.
    So may the Maruts help us and be gracious, bringing free room to lovely Earth and Heaven.
    Far be your bolt that slayeth men and cattle. Ye Vasus, turn yourselves to us with blessings.
    Source-Rig Veda, tr. by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    3. (Rig-Veda 1/114/10) Vedas says to keep away from the killer of the cow
    Far be thy dart that killeth men or cattle: thy bliss be with us, O thou Lord of Heroes.
    Be gracious unto us, O God, and bless us, and then vouchsafe us doubly-strong protection.
    Source-Rig Veda, tr. by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    4. (Rig Veda 10/87/16) Those who kill the ‘Aghanya’, the cow which is not to be killed according to the Vedic edicts, their heads should be chopped off.
    The fiend who smears himself with flesh of cattle, with flesh of horses and of human bodies,
    Who steals the milch-cow’s milk away, O Agni,—tear off the heads of such with fiery fury.
    Source-Rig Veda, tr. by Ralph T.H. Griffith

    5. (Yajurveda 30/18) Vedas Awards death sentence to the killer of the cow.
    For the Dice-king a gambler; for the die Krita one who
    contemplates his adversary’s ill luck, for the Tretâ a
    gamble-manager; for the Dvâpara a chief manager; for Askanda
    one who will not leave the gambling-hall; for Mrityu one
    who approaches cows; for Antaka a Cow-killer; for
    Hunger one who goes begging to a man who is cutting
    up a cow; for Misdeed a leader of the Charakas; for
    Misery a robber;
    Source -The Texts of the White Yajurveda, tr. Ralph T.H. Griffith

    The Rig Veda Mandala 6, Hymn 28
    4. The charger with his dusty brow o’ertakes them not, and never to the shambles do they take
    their way. These Cows, the cattle of the pious worshipper, roam over widespread pasture
    where no danger is.
    5. To me the Cows seem Bhaga, they seem Indra, they seem a portion of the first-poured Soma.
    These present Cows, they, O ye Indra. I long for Indra with my heart and spirit.
    6. O Cows, ye fatten e’en the worn and wasted, and make the unlovely beautiful tolook on.
    Prosper my house, ye with auspicious voices. Your power is glorified in our assemblies.
    7. Crop goodly pasturage and be prolific drink pure sweet water at good drinking places.
    Never be thief or sinful man your matter, and may the dart of Rudra still avoid you.
    8. Now let this close admixture be close intermigled with these Cows,
    Mixt with the Steer’s prolific flow, and, Indra, with thy hero might.

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