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Question about eggs

Discussion in 'Hinduism DIR' started by Ashoka, Apr 15, 2021.

  1. Ashoka

    Ashoka At Your Seva

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    Hi friends! So, I am gradually weaning myself off of meat, and so far it's been really easy. But, I was wondering if there was a rule against consuming eggs as well? Should I avoid eggs?

    Pranams <3
     
  2. Vinayaka

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    Generally yes. Meat and eggs go together, and dairy is okay. But lots of Hindus don't follow these things to a tee.
     
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  3. SalixIncendium

    SalixIncendium Advaita Vedantin
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    I think it depends on who you ask.

    There are no hard and fast “rules” in Hinduism with regard to diet that I’m aware of other than dharma, and while I’m confident that some consider eating eggs to be adharmic, it’s acceptable in my own dharma, though I eat eggs quite infrequently.
     
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  4. Aupmanyav

    Aupmanyav Be your own guru

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    My community is (generally) Shaiva. We have a strain of Shaivism in our name - 'Kashmir Shaivism', and we are brahmins. We are great lovers of non-veg. food. Meat was/is prepared even on 'Shivaratri' day. It depends on the group and its tradition. A tradition is not considered wrong. However, going non-veg. is generally considered creditable by Hindus. So, don't go very hard on yourself.
     
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    The three gunas are tamas, rajas and sattva.

    Tamas is associated with lethargy,dullness, delusion and inauspiciousness.

    Rajas is associated with desire, egoism and activity.

    Sattva is associated with auspiciousness, balance and calmness.


    If you are seeking spiritual upliftment and increase in sattva, vegetarianism is the right way to go. Avoiding eggs , meat, fish help a lot in developing quality of meditation and increasing potency of spiritual exercises.

    Fresh vegetarian food is sattvic, while stale or old vegetarian food is tamasic and should be avoided.

    When visiting temples, care is taken to have only consumed vegetarian food that day.

    Leonardo da Vinci, George Bernard Shaw, Mahatma Gandhi were famous vegetarians.

    If you have to do with nonvegetarian food still, stick with unfertilized eggs, as there is no killing or himsa involved.

    You can experiment and see for yourself with fresh vegetarian food, old vegetarian food, nonvegetarian food, and see whether you feel calm or agitated or dull as a consequence. Keeping a log book helps a lot.

    I for example, once consumed some old but tasty food , and found the next day my meditation was of a poorer quality.

    Similarly food prepared in a meditative state or performing japa, ensures that the food has a lot of positive prana/chi. The food will be tangibly tastier as well along with effecting better peace of mind, and mental equanimity.

    All these can be tested and perceived for oneself.
     
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  6. Vinayaka

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    This is an underrated point. Experience, reflection, and sensitivity is the best way to obtain knowledge on food. Experience is the very reason I'm a lacto-vegetarian. How long of a time period would you suggest? (Mine was for a month.) And yes, there are also immediate effects.
     
  7. Jainarayan

    Jainarayan ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय
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    Unfortunately that’s not entirely true. While commercially produced eggs are unfertilized, the conditions the hens are kept in are deplorable. Free range cage free hens, without being fertilized by a rooster fulfill what you said.
     
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  8. Vinayaka

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    Off topic but a story all the same. --- We had free range chickens on the farm when I was a kid a few years back. The rooster (for everyone's sanity, only one rooster was kept around) was generally a mean guy, and would charge and kick at little kids like me. That guy and me had an on-going feud most summers. One day I figured I'd practice my rock throwing, and throw rocks just close to him to confuse or scare him. I hit him, and he dropped, like some poor boxer being hit by Tyson. I suddenly felt horrible, and went straight into the barn to tell Mom, who was milking cows. "I just killed the rooster," I mumbled, in tears. Confession to Mother wasn't fun. So she came out to check it out, but by then the guy had regained consciousness and was running around all proud as if nothing had happened.
     
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