Re: Buying Meat for Others
I have 3 offerings for your consideration.... I will put them in the next 3 posts, starting with this one.
Originally Posted by Premāyaṇa
In the aṇusāsana¹ parvan, section CXV ( or section 115) of the mahābhārata , yudhiṣṭhira asks bhīṣma-ji¹ a few questions.
He says, you ( bhīṣma) have informed me many times that the abstention from injury is the highest religion. Yet in sraddhas, however, that are performed in honour of the Pitris, persons for their own good should make offerings of diverse kinds of meat.
Bhīṣma then says, Listen to me O' scion of the Kuru race, what the merit is that attaches to the abstention from meat.
- How can meat be procured without slaying a living creature?
- What are the faults one incurs by eating meat?
- What are the demerits one incurs who eats meat by killing a living creature? Or of him who eats meat buying it from others?
- Those high souled persons who desire beauty, faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental and physical strength, and memory should abstain from acts of injury.
- The merit by a person with steadfastness of vow adores the deities every month in horse sacrifices is equal to him that discards honey and meat.
- The seven rishis, the Valakhilyasm and the rishis that drink the rays of the sun applaud the abstention from meat.
- Bhīṣma continues and says, Narada muni has said that the man who wishes to increase his own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures meets with calamity.
- The man who has eaten meat then gives it up acquires merit by such an act that is so great that a study of all the vedas or a performance of all the sacrifices cannot bestow its like ( or its equal).
- The period of life is shortened of persons who slaughter living creatures or cause them to be slaughtered ( i.e. demand for meat).
- One should never eat meat of animals not dedicated in sacrifices and that are slain for no reason.
- aṇusāsana - the brilliance of this word aṇusāsana parvan shows the great command of the language by vyāsa-ji ( also known as kṛṣṇa dvaipāyana )
This word can be seen in a few ways:
- aṇu+sā+sana : aṇu = finer +sā =knowledge + sana = presenting, gain, acquisition. Hence the section (parva) presenting finer knowledge.
- anu + śasana : anu = after or afterwords + śasana = killing. Hence the section (prava) after the war.
- Bhīṣma happens to be one of the twelve most knowledgeable people on dharma
Last edited by yajvan; 09 August 2013 at 06:14 PM.
because you are identical with Åiva