Re: Question about Meat, Alcohol, and Sex
Originally Posted by bp789
A lot of discussion on the subject has taken place in other threads and in this thread. I think, there is no reason to be confused. I think, Eastern Mind and Devotee have offered well meaning advise. Eastern Mind, has also shown link to scripture.
Dharma shastra prohibits sura (alcohol) for brahmins and also advises against meat eating. Manu Smriti says that a land where gentle animals roam without fear is fit for performing sacrifices to Gods. Ahimsa is the keyword.
Vigyan Bhairava tantra teaches more than 100 methods for attaining Shiva and only one method involves sexual act. Sexual act is not the mainstay of Tantric methods. Even with the method involving sexual union, CONTROL and retention of semen is the key. The method, as in Vigyan Bhairava, involves constant remembrance of mantra/japa during the intercourse. That hardly is indicative of wild abandon. Some western devotees act more hindu than born hindus and become angry when this is pointed out. It is true that alcohol and meat is offered to kAli mA, but that does not, I think, constitute a general path. Neither does it indicate hedonism. Rather it indicates that when one offers meat and liquor to God, one is fully centered. This is just the opposite of craving. Finally, Tantrik path itself is not the full hinduism.
Although, Hinduism is actually not infected with prudishness of other religions, it is beyond doubt that indulgence with meat, alcohol, and sex is not recommended anywhere within hinduism.
Regarding sacrifice of 'Bull' and worship of 'Cow', I fail to understand why we have so much confusion? Indra-Agni-Rudra-Varuna etc. are called BULLS. OM is called a BULL. Ego is a Bull. Sun is said to be the Bull in the sky. Sacrifice is of the Ego and/or Mind in favour of the gentle word (Vac), which is Gau (Cow) and Gauri (Mother) gets her name from that. Similarly, the primeval mind, which expanded and became the world is called asva - horse - the fast moving. Sacrifice of that full mind led to this variegated Universe and sacrifice of that fragmented mind brings it back to the stable, termed as immutable ocean in Brihadaraynaka Upanishad.
Lastly, select that which makes you comfortable and without too much guilt. If your parents are vegetarians, it is, I think, unwise to adopt a contrary path.
Om Namah Shivaya
Last edited by atanu; 19 June 2010 at 04:28 PM.
That which is without letters (parts) is the Fourth, beyond apprehension through ordinary means, the cessation of the phenomenal world, the auspicious and the non-dual. Thus Om is certainly the Self. He who knows thus enters the Self by the Self.