Mahaprasada of Jagannatha Puri

आहारशुद्धि मोक्षपथ का प्रवेशद्वार / Pure food is the gateway to liberation.


1) Human being cannot survive without consuming any organic material. The bodily structure of homo sapiens requires consumption of organic matter for its sustenance and growth. There cannot be two opinions on this matter.


2) The intestine of herbivore (veg. by spontaneous instinct and bodily design) mammals is so designed that it is much longer than the intestine of carnivorous (non-veg. by spontaneous instinct and bodily design) mammals as per the biological study. Furthermore, the teeth and jaws of herbivores are not like those of carnivores. The structure of human body falls in the biologically herbivore category. Not even in the omnivore (both veg. and non-veg. by spontaneous instinct and bodily structure) category.


3) Hence, using the process of elimination, since the human body is designed to be a herbivore, by default, it cannot avoid consumption of plants, grains, beans, trees, fruits, flowers, leaves etc. ‘जीवो जीवस्य भोजनम्’  or that ‘one organism depends on the other for survival’ is an ancient proverb.


4) Since, human birth is most rarely achieved among the 84 lakhs of total living species found and because, human species’ and esp. Āryans’ consciousness is the most developed (for understanding the principle of God and religion/spirituality) in contrast with other species, human body (esp. the Āryans’) is meant for remaining sāttvika or in the mode of goodness, for mode of goodness is the gateway for ascending onto the path of self-realization and God-realization. Evidences — Hitopadeśa verse ‘…धर्मो ही तेषामधिको विशेषो…’, Srimadbhāgavata verses — ‘…सत्त्वं यद्ब्रह्मदर्शनम्’ + ‘कौमार आचरेत्प्राज्ञो…’, Śrīmad-bhagavad-gītā verse — ‘….सत्त्वात्सञ्जायते ज्ञानम्…’ and ‘आहारशुद्धौ सत्त्वशुद्धिः’ verse commonly carried out by the Āryan tradition.


5) The consumption of vegetarian items are considered to be in mode of goodness and non-vegetarian items to be in tamo-gua or mode of ignorance. Proof — Śrīmad-bhagavad-gītā 17.8–10.


6) The non-vegetarian items are products of unbearable barbarous cruelty because, the physical and psychological sensitivity of all mammals except the trees, plants etc. are quite high and their consciousness and capacity to respond to emotions is comparatively quite elevated than those of trees etc. For this reason, when trees etc. are cut or injured, according to modern scientific researches, they feel only as much pain as that when a human body is poked with a needle.


7) Nevertheless, plants etc. are living entities containing highly diluted consciousness and presence of spirit soul within them. So, even their destruction incurs sin for a human being. Why? Because mānava-yoni is meant to be karma and moka-yoni. Whereas, all other non-human species are meant solely to be sukha/duhkha-bhoga-yonis. Hence, new karma and karma-phala is, only, decided by the deeds performed in human life. For this reason, a human being is responsible for all virtuous or vicious deeds he performs. Not non-human species. That’s why even the minute sin incurred during destruction of plants, trees etc. for gaining vegetarian victual is an act of sin, too. Though it is justified by the logic that the life of a human being is more important than the life of plants because the former can obtain God and the latter cannot, still, sin incurred needs to be neutralized.


8) For the vaidika karma-margis, the execution of pañca-mahāyajñas daily is prescribed for such an atonement. For āna and yoga-mārgīs, their brahma-jñāna and yoga-sādhanā works as an atonement secondarily. For bhakti-mārgīs, offering the food to Śrī Hari by placing a Tulasī leaf and then, partaking those remnants of ‘mahāprasāda‘ is sufficient.


‘यज्ञशिष्टाशिनः सन्तो…’ verse of Śrīmad-bhagavad-gītā and the ‘महाप्रसादे गोविन्दे नामब्रह्मणि वैष्णवे। स्वल्पपुण्यवतां राजन् विश्वासो नैव जायते ।।’ verse from Padma-purāṇa are evidences, too.



— Bhaktirasavedāntapiṭḥādhīśara Ācārya Śrī Gurupāda of BRVF

(Anand, GJ, IN)



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— Bhaktirasavedāntapiṭḥādhīśara Ācārya Śrī Gurupāda of BRVF

     (Anand, GJ, IN)

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