Stop sacrifice of animals on the name of religious tradition
The vegetarian Gods have become non-vegetarian because by doing that some people will be able to take mutton, beef or pork or what not, any thing that is living .You go to the famous Kali temple at Kolkata or Rajrappa Temple in Jharkhand you may collapse to see hundreds of heads of dead animals, clotted blood, faecal matters lying at the entry door of the temple. What a non-sense way to please the God!! We must have to educate people to stop killing of animals on the name of religious tradition.
Excerpt from The Hindu (by P.K. DORAISWAMY), Sep 16, 2003 -
Hinduism is supposed to be a way of life. It is possible to link virtually every practice and belief to religion. Where do we draw the line between religion and social practice? Is it to be left exclusively to those few who can read and interpret ancient Sanskrit texts or to be decided by collective social thinking informed by modern humanistic values?
I am sure that millions of Hindus once believed (hopefully not now!) that sati was a religiously ordained act and would take the victim straight to heaven. Even now we read now and then about cases of children being sacrificed before undertaking construction work, and there was this case of children being temporarily buried alive in Madurai district purely as a religious belief. Is it true religion or civilised social norm to brush all these aside, even justify them, as normal examples of `non-satvic' worship sanctified by Lord Krishna, or to say that as long as these are done in a predominantly non-satvic* social context it is all right? Are we supposed to take a vote and decide every time to see whether the non-satvics or the satvics have a current majority? Is active propagation of such non-satvic practices desirable (as propagation of one's religion is a fundamental right under our Constitution)?
Not essential for survival
It is possible, especially in our country that other religions have equally reprehensible practices and the government conveniently ignores them. What needs to be done is to mobilise opinion in favour of action to check reprehensible practices irrespective of which religion it is and not to defend such practices merely because others are doing it. Why not lead all other religions in eliminating such practices and strengthen our moral right to demand such action elsewhere? Could Raja Rammohan Roy have fought against sati and child marriage if he had taken the stand that it should be done after the Christian and Muslim rituals and laws were reformed?
A comparison is often made between animal sacrifice and non-vegetarianism. Whether it is right or not, fortunate or unfortunate, human beings are embedded, along with all other living beings, in a food chain which is part of evolution. (Even eating plants can be regarded as killing living beings). But sacrifices are not essential or inevitable for survival. When a cannibal was told that 20 million people were killed in World War II, he said, "what a waste of food!" Even cannibals or animals kill only to eat and do not indulge in sacrifice.
*Satvic means peaceful, compassionate and calm.
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