Vedic thoughts on sacrificial slaughtering of animals

Recently a link was posted on Facebook condemning the scheduled sacrificial slaughtering of 20,000 buffaloes by Nepalese Hindus. It is as it is tragic that we slaughter animals for daily consumption and it becomes more grotesque when they’re tortured and killed in the name of god. In some religions, Islam and Christianity for instance, the more the animals suffer, the better it is, because the blood needs to be drawn out drop-by-drop. In Islam since every animal slaughtered is in the name of god, every single animal goes through an agonizing death: gives you goose pimples when you sit quietly and think about the practice that has been going on centuries.

I’m glad in Sikhism no animal sacrifices are encouraged or tolerated and there are no ambiguities.

Then someone posted this nice link that explains what different Vedas say about animal sacrifice. For example,

The Rig Veda, the most ancient book of the Hindus, says ‘One who partakes of human flesh, the flesh of a horse or another animal and deprives others of milk by slaughtering cows, O King, if such a fiend does not desist by other means, then you should not hesitate to cut off his head (Rig Veda, X. 87. 16).’

Contemporary Hindu ritual is based on the Manusmruti and it is interesting to see that Manu lashed out against all forms of sacrifice and meat-eating. The Manu Samhita (5.48-52) recommends that since ‘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. Having well considered the disgusting origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from eating flesh.’

9 thoughts on “Vedic thoughts on sacrificial slaughtering of animals

  1. Jonathan Singer

    As a lifelong Christian, I was startled to read that it is a tenent of Christianity to wish to maximize the suffering of defenseless animals. You have in this article enlightened your readers about something I have never witnessed, experienced, or even heard mentioned in any Christian setting or by any Christian. I have, on the other hand, read and heard of psychological disorders for which this behavior is a symptom.

    It is my suspicion that those who propagate imagined tales about the horrors perpetrated by members of other groups will not find their journey to a higher consciousness abetted.

  2. Doli

    ” In some religions, Islam and Christianity for instance, the more the animals suffer, the better it is, because the blood needs to be drawn out drop-by-drop.” I’m surprised by your statement. I’m Catholic and have never seen or heard of such a statement. Could you please elaborate?

  3. Sarfaraz Ali khan

    Zakkaytum is a verb derived from the root word Zakah (to purify). Its infinitive is Tazkiyah which means purification. The Islamic mode of slaughtering an animal requires the following conditions to be met:The animal has to be slaughtered with a sharp object (knife) and in a fast way so that the pain of slaughter is minimised. Zabiha is an Arabic word which means ‘slaughtered’. The ‘slaughtering’ is to be done by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord.The blood has to be drained completely before the head is removed. The purpose is to drain out most of the blood which would serve as a good culture medium for micro organisms. The spinal cord must not be cut because the nerve fibres to the heart could be damaged during the process causing cardiac arrest, stagnating the blood in the blood vessels.Blood is a good media of germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. Therefore the Muslim way of slaughtering is more hygienic as most of the blood containing germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. that are the cause of several diseases are eliminated.Meat slaughtered by Islamic way remains fresh for a longer time due to deficiency of blood in the meat as compared to other methods of slaughtering.The swift cutting of vessels of the neck disconnects the flow of blood to the nerve of the brain responsible for pain. Thus the animal does not feel pain. While dying, the animal struggles, writhers, shakes and kicks, not due to pain, but due to the contraction and relaxation of the muscles defecient in blood and due to the flow of blood out of the body.
    Do some research on Islam Barkha it is the only scientific religion on the face of the Earth.

  4. Amrit Post author

    To be frank, nobody likes to see the ugly side of his or her religion. In Christianity, animals are not supposed to have a soul, and therefore they’re not supposed to feel pain. The reference (about how an animal is slaughtered) was taken from Jude the Obscure, by Thomas Hardy.

    And come on, this is really funny that the animal wryths but not with pain but due to “contraction and relaxation” 🙂

  5. Sarfaraz Ali khan

    I welcome you all with an Islamic greeting AS-SALAAM-WA-ALEYKUM
    I knew it it will be hard for you to digest, thats why Quran says that if anyone says something ask for proof you dont have a proof so I gave u a scientific reason by the doctors its not an explanation from idiots like you and me this was an explanation by the doctors fools like you and me will give some illogical thoughts like “contraction and relaxation” does happens with pain thats why Quran says if you want to know something get it from the experts it has to obtained from the fundamentalist, now you will say what a fundamentalist and islamic person my friend fundamentalist means one who practice his or her profession rigorously check out the dictionary. you are also a small fish which has been caught in the nets of MEDIA like many others

  6. max

    and u in the web of religion? how can a book, revealed to one alone, to be interpreted only by the ‘enlightened’, the only path to be followed, be a surefire remedy to all possible situations. what happens to the others, who by virtue of geography, never get to know its tenets?

  7. Jewel. Joshi

    It is clearly mentioned in the Upanishad that Christianity and Muslims will emerge in the Kaliyug. If this is true why can’t all the Hindus be cool with the Christians and Muslims.

    Muslims pray 5 times. If you are near a temple you can also see that prayer is offered 5 times exactly the same time when Muslims are doing the prayer.

    When the Muslims go to Mecca. They are all look exactly like any Hindus go to Poori Jagnath temple. Head is shavan . Thread is tied exactly like the Brahmins do. Muslims wash hands, legs, and face exactly like what the Hindus do before they enter in to a temple.

    What difference can be found out that they eat animal flesh. How many % of Hindus don’t eat flesh?

    1. Jewel. Joshi

      What you have mentioned is true. It has even predicted by world famous Nustrademas that these two religions will emerge and dominate the world before the end happens.

  8. sarfaraz

    The Atharvaveda and bhavishya purana also mentions the coming of Muhammad.
    According to Bhavishya Purana in the Prati Sarag Parv III Khand 3 Adhay 3 Shloka 5 to 8.
    “A malecha (belonging to a foreign country and speaking a foreign language) spiritual teacher will appear with his companions. His name will be Mohammad. Raja (Bhoj) after giving this Maha Dev Arab (of angelic disposition) a bath in the Panchgavya and the Ganga water (i.e. purifying him of all sins) offered him the present of his sincere devotion and showing him all reverence said, “I make obeisance to thee. O ye! The pride of mankind, the dweller in Arabia, Ye have collected a great force to kill the Devil and you yourself have been protected from the malecha opponents.”
    The Prophecy clearly states:
    The name of the Prophet as Mohammad.
    He will belong to Arabia. The Sanskrit word Marusthal means a sandy track of land or a desert.
    Special mention is made of the companions of the Prophet, i.e. the Sahabas. No other Prophet had as many companions as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh).
    He is referred as the pride of mankind (Parbatis nath). The Glorious Qur’an reconfirms this
    “And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character” [Al-Qur’an 68:4]
    “Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah, a beautiful pattern (of conduct)”. [Al-Qur’an 33:21]
    He will kill the devil, i.e. abolish idol worship and all sorts of vices.
    The Prophet will be given protection against his enemy.
    Some people may argue that ‘Raja’ Bhoj mentioned in the prophecy lived in the 11th century C.E. 500 years after the advent of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) and was the descendant in the 10th generation of Raja Shalivahan. These people fail to realise that there was not only one Raja of the name Bhoj. The Egyptian Monarchs were called as Pharaoh and the Roman Kings were known as Caesar, similarly the Indian Rajas were given the title of Bhoj. There were several Raja Bhoj who came before the one in 11th Century C.E.
    The Prophet did not physically take a bath in the Panchgavya and the water of Ganges. Since the water of Ganges is considered holy, taking bath in the Ganges is an idiom, which means washing away sins or immunity from all sorts of sins. Here the prophecy implies that Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was sinless, i.e. Maasoom.
    According to Bhavishya Purana in the Pratisarag Parv III Khand 3 Adhay 3 Shloka 10 to 27 Maharishi Vyas has prophesised:
    “The Malecha have spoiled the well-known land of the Arabs. Arya Dharma is not to be found in the country. Before also there appeared a misguided fiend whom I had killed; he has now again appeared being sent by a powerful enemy. To show these enemies the right path and to give them guidance, the well-known Muhammad (pbuh), is busy in bringing the Pishachas to the right path. O Raja, You need not go to the land of the foolish Pishachas, you will be purified through my kindness even where you are. At night, he of the angelic disposition, the shrewd man, in the guise of Pishacha said to Raja Bhoj, “O Raja! Your Arya Dharma has been made to prevail over all religions, but according to the commandments of Ishwar Parmatma, I shall enforce the strong creed of the meat eaters. My followers will be men circumcised, without a tail (on his head), keeping beard, creating a revolution announcing the Aadhaan (the Muslim call for prayer) and will be eating all lawful things. He will eat all sorts of animals except swine. They will not seek purification from the holy shrubs, but will be purified through warfare. On account of their fighting the irreligious nations, they will be known as Musalmaans. I shall be the originator of this religion of the meat-eating nations.”
    The Prophecy states that:
    The evil doers have corrupted the Arab land.
    Arya Dharma is not found in that land.
    The Indian Raja need not go the Arab land since his purification will take place in India after the musalmaan will arrive in India.
    The coming Prophet will attest the truth of the Aryan faith, i.e. Monotheism and will reform the misguided people.
    The Prophet’s followers will be circumcised. They will be without a tail on the head and bear a beard and will create a great revolution.
    They will announce the Aadhaan, i.e. ‘the Muslim call for prayer’.
    He will only eat lawful things and animals but will not eat pork. The Qur’an confirms this in no less than 4 different places:
    In Surah Al-Baqarah chapter 2 verse 173
    In Surah Al-Maidah chapter 5 verse 3
    In Surah Al-Anam chapter 6 verse 145
    In Surah Al-Nahl chapter 16 verse 115
    “Forbidden to you for food are dead meat, blood, flesh of swine, and that on which hath been invoked the name of other than Allah”.
    They will not purify with grass like the Hindus but by means of sword they will fight their irreligious people.
    They will be called musalmaan.
    They will be a meat-eating nation.
    The eating of herbivorous animals is confirmed by the Qur’an in Surah Maidah, chapter 5 verse 1 and in Surah Muminun chapter 23 verse 21
    According to Bhavishya Purana, Parv – III Khand 1 Adhay 3 Shloka 21-23:
    “Corruption and persecution are found in seven sacred cities of Kashi, etc. India is inhabited by Rakshas, Shabor, Bhil and other foolish people. In the land of Malechhas, the followers of the Malechha dharma (Islam) are wise and brave people. All good qualities are found in Musalmaans and all sorts of vices have accumulated in the land of the Aryas. Islam will rule in India and its islands. Having known these facts, O Muni, glorify the name of thy lord”.
    The Qur’an confirms this in Surah Taubah chapter 9 verse 33 and in Surah Al Saff chapter 61 verse 9:
    “It is He who hath sent His Messenger with Guidance and the Religion of Truth, to proclaim it over all religion, even though the Pagans may detest (it)”.
    A similar message is given in Surah Fatah chapter 48 verses 28 ending with, “and enough is Allah as a witness”.
    In the 20th book of Atharvaveda Hymn 127 Some Suktas (chapters) are known as Kuntap Sukta. Kuntap means the consumer of misery and troubles. Thus meaning the message of peace and safety and if translated in Arabic means Islam.
    Kuntap also means hidden glands in the abdomen. These mantras are called so probably because their true meaning was hidden and was to be revealed in future. Its hidden meaning is also connected with the navel or the middle point of this earth. Makkah is called the Ummul Qur’a the mother of the towns or the naval of the earth. In many revealed books it was the first house of Divine worship where God Almighty gave spiritual nourishment to the world. The Qur’an says in Surah Ali-Imran chapter 3, verse 96:
    “The first house (of worship) appointed for men was that at Bakkah (Makkah) full of blessings and of guidance and for all kinds of beings”. Thus Kuntap stands for Makkah or Bakkah.
    Several people have translated these Kuntap Suktas like M. Bloomfield, Prof. Ralph Griffith, Pandit Rajaram, Pandit Khem Karan, etc.
    The main points mentioned in the Kuntap Suktas i.e. in Atharvaveda book 20 Hymn 127 verses 1-13 are:
    Mantra 1
    He is Narashansah or the praised one (Muhammad). He is Kaurama: the prince of peace or the emigrant, who is safe, even amongst a host of 60,090 enemies.
    Mantra 2
    He is a camel-riding Rishi, whose chariot touches the heaven.
    Mantra 3
    He is Mamah Rishi who is given a hundred gold coins, ten chaplets (necklaces), three hundred good steeds and ten thousand cows.
    Mantra 4
    Vachyesv rebh. ‘Oh! ye who glorifies’.
    The Sanskrit word Narashansah means ‘the praised one’, which is the literal translation of the Arabic word Muhammad (pbuh).
    The Sanskrit word Kaurama means ‘one who spreads and promotes peace’. The holy Prophet was the ‘Prince of Peace’ and he preached equality of human kind and universal brotherhood. Kaurama also means an emigrant. The Prophet migrated from Makkah to Madinah and was thus also an Emigrant.
    He will be protected from 60,090 enemies, which was the population of Makkah. The Prophet would ride a camel. This clearly indicates that it cannot be an Indian Rishi, since it is forbidden for a Brahman to ride a camel according to the Sacred Books of the East, volume 25, Laws of Manu pg. 472. According to Manu Smirti chapter 11 verse 202, “A Brahman is prohibited from riding a camel or an ass and to bathe naked. He should purify himself by suppressing his breath”.
    This mantra gave the Rishi’s name as Mamah. No rishi in India or another Prophet had this name Mamah which is derived from Mah which means to esteem highly, or to revere, to exalt, etc. Some Sanskrit books give the Prophet’s name as ‘Mohammad’, but this word according to Sanskrit grammar can also be used in the bad sense. It is incorrect to apply grammar to an Arabic word. Actually shas the same meaning and somewhat similar pronunciation as the word Muhammad (pbuh).
    He is given 100 gold coins, which refers to the believers and the earlier companions of the Prophet during his turbulent Makkan life. Later on due to persecution they migrated from Makkah to Abysinia. Later when Prophet migrated to Madinah all of them joined him in Madinah.
    The 10 chaplets or necklaces were the 10 best companions of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) known as Ashra-Mubbashshira (10 bestowed with good news). These were foretold in this world of their salvation in the hereafter i.e. they were given the good news of entering paradise by the Prophet’s own lips and after naming each one he said “in Paradise”. They were Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Ali, Talha, Zubair, Abdur Rahman Ibn Auf, Saad bin Abi Waqqas, Saad bin Zaid and Abu Ubaidah (May Allah be well-pleased with all of them).
    The Sanskrit word Go is derived from Gaw which means ‘to go to war’. A cow is also called Go and is a symbol of war as well as peace. The 10,000 cows refer to the 10,000 companions who accompanied the Prophet (pbuh) when he entered Makkah during Fateh Makkah which was a unique victory in the history of mankind in which there was no blood shed. The 10,000 companions were pious and compassionate like cows and were at the same time strong and fierce and are described in the Holy Quran in Surah Fatah:
    “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah; and those who are with him are strong against unbelievers, (but) compassionate amongst each other.” [Al-Qur’an 48:29]
    This mantra calls the Prophet as Rebh which means one who praises, which when translated into Arabic is Ahmed, which is another name for the Holy Prophet (pbuh).
    Battle of the Allies described in the Vedas.
    It is mentioned in Atharvaveda Book XX Hymn 21 verse 6, “Lord of the truthful! These liberators drink these feats of bravery and the inspiring songs gladdened thee in the field of battle. When thou renders vanquished without fight the ten thousand opponents of the praying one, the adoring one.”
    This Prophecy of the Veda describes the well-known battle of Ahzab or the battle of the Allies during the time of Prophet Muhammed. The Prophet was victorious without an actual conflict which is mentioned in the Qur’an in Surah Ahzab:
    “When the believers saw the confederate forces they said, “This is what Allah and His Messenger had promised us and Allah and His Messenger told us what was true.” And it only added to their faith and their zeal in obedience.” [Al-Qur’an 33:22]
    The Sanskrit word karo in the Mantra means the ‘praying one’ which when translated into Arabic means ‘Ahmed’, the second name of Prophet Muhammed (pbuh).
    The 10,000 opponents mentioned in the Mantra were the enemies of the Prophet and the Muslims were only 3000 in number.
    The last words of the Mantra aprati ni bashayah means the defeat was given to the enemies without an actual fight.
    The enemies’ defeat in the conquest of Makkah is mentioned in Atharvaveda book 20 Hymn 21 verse no 9:
    “You have O Indra, overthrown 20 kings and 60,099 men with an outstripping Chariot wheel who came to fight the praised one or far famed (Muhammad) orphan.”
    The population of Makkah at the time of Prophet’s advent was nearly 60,000
    There were several clans in Makkah each having its own chief. Totally there were about 20 chiefs to rule the population of Makkah.
    An Abandhu meaning a helpless man who was far-famed and ‘praised one’. Muhammad (pbuh) overcame his enemies with the help of God.

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