Shri Datta Swami

Posted on: 07 May 2024


Is it a sin to eat non-vegetarian food in remote deserts and snowfall areas?

[Ms. Thrylokya asked: People living in remote deserts and snow fall areas have no option to eat vegetarian food due to unavailability. Therefore, they consume meat. Is that a sin?]

Swami replied:- Under any circumstances, the non-vegetarian food involving killing the zoological living beings is a sin. This sin has no exemption in any time or any place. Such people can migrate to the other convenient parts of the earth, where botanical living beings are grown up well. Eating botanical living beings is not a sin since God has already given the command in the Veda (Oṣadhībhyo'nnam). The word ‘living’ denotes only mechanical respiration of taking oxygen and leaving carbon-dioxide, by which the production of inert energy is facilitated, and this inert energy is not awareness. Such inert energy on entering into a brain-nervous system generates awareness and this process takes place only in zoological living beings. Hence, killing gives pain to zoological living beings only and not to botanical living beings. Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) clearly states that non-vegetarian food is the source of several horrible diseases. At least, based on health science, one should appreciate vegetarian food. God surely provides sufficient vegetarian food to all the souls created by Him even before their birth.