I have heard in my talks with devotees of Krishna that there are
scriptural references pertaining to the abstinence of meat, specifically
in the Laws of Manu. I have read excerpts from that on your
VEGETARIANISM section, but I can't find the one that talks about
the six people that all take the karma in animal slaughter. Can
you point me in the right direction?
Anu Gupta, Stockholm, Sweden
The section of the classic Vedic Law Book called Laws
of Manu dealing with this (chapter 5) recommends that members
of the higher caste (Brahmanas) should avoid meat-eating.
Here are six verses from that chapter concluding with the one you
are looking for:
He who does not seek to cause the sufferings of bonds and
death to living creatures, (but) desires the good of all (beings),
obtains endless bliss.
47. He who does not injure
any (creature), attains without an effort what he thinks of,
what he undertakes, and what he fixes his mind on.
48. Meat can never be
obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to
sentient beings is detrimental to (the attainment of) heavenly
bliss; let him therefore shun (the use of) meat.
49. Having well considered
the (disgusting) origin of flesh and the (cruelty of) fettering
and slaying corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from
50. He who, disregarding
the rule (given above), does not eat meat like a pisaca,
becomes dear to man, and will not be tormented by diseases.
51. He who permits (the
slaughter of an animal), he who cuts it up, he who kills it,
he who buys or sells (meat), he who cooks it, he who serves
it up, and he who eats it, (must all be considered) the slayers
(of the animal).
There it all is. Hope this helps.
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