Da Brahmin Code: What if Ancient Brahmins Were Beef Eaters?

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Ajith Kumar:
The widely accepted belief in this world is that the Brahmins have been Vegetarians. But, now, a few researches say that Brahmins were beef eaters in ancient times. Hindu organizations condemn it saying that it’s not true. Well, What if Ancient Brahmins Were Perfect Beef Eaters? Why they ate and why they shunned? A spotlight on that would unleash many facts that speak about our background. Many know that it’s accepted for Brahmins in Bengal and Orissa to eat fish, calling it ‘Jala Pushpam’.

History clearly reveals that Brahmins were Non Vegetarians and perfect beef eaters. The respective animal sacrifice followed by Aswamedha and Gomedha Yagas is not merely for ‘bali’ sake but also for naivedyam (offering to divine power) and prasadam (holy food).

Here is a curtain raiser that starts with a quote from a former Brahmin President of India.

Sarvepalli Radhakrishna, in his ‘Religion and Society’ said, “In ancient times meat was used by the Brahmins also. The old Vedic religion included the sacrifices of five kinds of animals: goats, sheep, cows, bulls and horses. Under the influence of Buddhism, Jainism and Viashnavism, the practice became discredited. Manu and Yagnavalkya impose so many restrictions about meat eating that they discourage it”.

Bhagavadgeetha says, “Chaturvarnyam maya sristam Guna Karma Vibhagasah”, means the Lord says, ‘I have formed the four classes basing on the traits and duties’-

As an extension to this, Manu says, “Brahmanah Kshatriyo Vaisyas trayo varna dvijatayah- Chaturtha ekajatis sudro nasti tu panchamah…”, which means, “Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vysya and Sudra are the four classes and there’s no fifth class”. This confirms that there was no so-called fifth class as per Hindu Dharma. But without the concept of fifth-class theory, Manu would not have mentioned about it in his text. A few consequences made a set of people fall in the name of ‘5th class’. What are those consequences that made Brahmins Vegetarians and formed ‘5th class’ for a set of other people?

In very ancient India- Brahmins, Kshatriyas and Madigas were the three prominent castes in Hinduism. Yagas with animal sacrifice were widely performed in those days and hence these three castes turned prominent. Brahmins with hymns, Kshatriyas with financial muscle and Madigas with their skill of skinning out the flesh of an animal- turned the key people in religion. Other community people were mere spectators of the yaga with no big place to participate in it. The animal that was slaughtered was regarded ‘holy food’. That used to be cooked and distributed for all.

With these regular activities the three castes used to enjoy same standard of social status, like that of today’s ‘Forward Castes’. The food habits of these communities were also common and hence there was no line drawn between them. The people among the communities also used to get united with marriages. Even mythology says that Vasista, the Brahmin Rishi married Arundhati, an outcast girl. Similarly Goutama, the Brahmin Rishi married Ahalya, another lowest caste girl. All that happened in that ancient time.

In due course, Buddhism, Jainism and Vishnavism had emerged and indoctrinated the theories of non-violence and opposed animal sacrifice and eating non-vegetarian food. That attracted the communities in Hinduism, who had been the spectators of religious rites till them. Since, they had no active participation in Hinduism; they simply got inclined towards the new religions. The superiority of certain castes wasn’t seen in those new religions and that appealed for many. There was a grand exodus of Hindus to Jainism and Buddhism. The new religions also promoted the concept of Nirvana, in single birth. The short cut to attain salvation without the cycles of birth allured many Hindus and they opted for those new religions.

Then, the Hindu religious heads turned alert and started finding ways to sustain the credibility of their religion. As the first step, they declared that all Hindus would go Vegetarian and shun animal sacrifice. But the majority said ‘No’ to the decree and warned that they would shift to new religions if they are pressurized much. The communities in Hinduism, other than the then Top-3 (Brahmin, Kshatriya and Madiga), couldn’t agree to the words of religious heads as they were never given any active participation or importance in religious rites for them.

Then, unanimously it was declared that at least Brahmins, who have been doing the priesthood, should turn vegetarians. The decision was implemented with immediate effect. How to quit the habit of Non-Vegetarianism that had been in heritage? Brahmins started drawing a circle around them to keep themselves in stern vegetarianism.

First, they developed aversion for Non-Vegetarianism. They kept away the people who were close with Non-Vegetarian food. The first generation of Brahmins in that transition time, worried that the subsequent generations would go Non-vegetarians again, if they continue acquaintance with Madigas. Madigas, couldn’t turn vegetarians as they have to live only on animal flesh. Hence, Madigas were considered outcast immediately. Thus, that turned an end for centuries of friendship, for the sake of Religion.

The first generation Madigas in that transition period, voluntarily agreed to go outcast to safeguard the religion. That’s the point where ‘Untouchability’ took its genesis. Madigas were placed in 5th class with a degraded priority. Animal Sacrifices were banned in temples. Brahmins preached that Non-vegetarian in temple areas would sound ‘Apavitram’. Gods were made vegetarians. Only Vegetarian food turned ‘Naivedyam’ for God. Religious texts were amended.

The practice of worshipping Brahmins turned prevalent with the theory that they are equal to God with pious life style and pure vegetarian food. Thus, Brahmins became Demi-Gods. Then the preachers like Adi Shankaracharya and others had made the roots of Hinduism firm with their supreme conviction and commitment. Thus, the Hinduism retained its glory. Buddhism has gone out of Indian borders and Jainism settled merely on Mt Abu. Hinduism again turned all pervasive in India. Thus, the sacrifice of food habit by Brahmins and sacrifice of Madigas to go outcast, brought back the glory of Hinduism.

But, subsequent generations of respective castes, without knowing the actual facts, had been living in illusion. Brahmins had been exercising supremacy and so-called fifth class had been assuming that they were suppressed.

There wouldn’t be any practice without reason. If the reasons are known, there wouldn’t be any pain. Reasons can be known by digging the history. Disturbance comes out from silence and the same has to merge in silence. That’s the nature of Nature.

World is now running ahead. Caste disparities and pseudo supremacies speak less about the modern human generations. Knowledge and Wisdom are not restricted to selective communities unlike in the past. Strength, valor and intellect can be with anyone now. In this world, one has to decide the caste not by birth but with faculty he possesses and work he does.

Viswamitra was by birth Kshatriya, but by profession he was Brahmin. Dronacharya was by birth a Brahmin but by profession he turned Kshatriya with skill in warfare.

Let the world live in peace with peace and understanding among castes, communities, creeds, races and religions.

No offense ..Be Human Being .....

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Good post dear

Made for very interesting reading. I hope this does not create another major fight on the thread :)

Ajith Kumar:
Thnx guys  O0

Satish S:
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