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Is it okay to eat meat?

asked 2015-03-30 02:09:06 -0500

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updated 2016-11-07 10:24:22 -0500

Guruka Singh gravatar image

there are a lot of controversies regarding eating of meat in sikhism though i have been eating jhatka meat since my childhood. is there any evidence or narration to show that our Gurus ate meat?

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nope no matter what.. Meat if forbidden !

omgitsamrit gravatar imageomgitsamrit ( 2016-11-08 13:26:34 -0500 )edit

No, it forbids eating Halal, Drinking and smoking... it's forbidden to smoke marijuana but allowed to drink marijuana (Degh) meat is only meant to be ate as a last resort

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answered 2015-04-28 11:56:37 -0500

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do u think anyone knows, seriously, these people speak what they read or hear. And Why do you want to know that in the First place, dont you have your own instincts to knw whats good whats bad. Can you seriously match the living of Guru Gobind Singh ji !!!

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answered 2015-04-22 21:54:44 -0500

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No, a Sikh is not allowed to eat meat. It is only a rumor that spread the Guru Gobind Singh Ji used to eat meat. Guru Gobind Singh Ji used to hunt in order to keep animals from wreaking havoc in villages so people associated Guru Gobind Singh Ji for eating meat. Also, had Guru Ji allowed Sikhs to eat meat, they would have easily survived when they were in war with the Muslim army. Not eating meat made the Sikh Soldiers eat tree bark and leaves. That is why the 40 muktai .. sorry if spelled incorrectly. .. were forced to leave the army of the Khalsa in bad times.

People may argue that the Muslim didn't allow the Sikhs to get out of the red fort.. I believe... but if you think about it, Guru Ji and loyal Sikhs stayed away from meat, whether they killed it fast or slow.

There is a line in Gurbani which says something like this," Why is it that when blood spills upon your clothes you must wash it immediately, but you have no problem eating food that contains the same blood."

Basic answer is NO, Sikh people can not eat meat

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answered 2015-04-20 07:49:49 -0500

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No guru g never said to kill any animal and eat meat in sikhism no buddy can eat meat guru g never eta meat that is true

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answered 2015-04-02 16:20:09 -0500

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updated 2015-04-03 08:24:21 -0500

According to the Akal Takht, an amritdhari Sikh may only eat Jhatka meat, the quick killing of an animal so that they don't feel the pain, rather than Halal or Kosher meat which makes the animal die a slow and painful death. To quote Guru Nanak,"The fools argue about flesh and meat, but they know nothing about meditation and spiritual wisdom". A vegetarian lifestyle will not send you to Heaven alone, and it is the spiritual wisdom that Guru Nanak speaks of that will. Bhagat Kabir was very much interested in this topic and stated, "When the One God resides in all why do you kill the bird?" Guru Nanak did agree that it won't determine you in being saved in the end all that much when he was speaking to those followers of his who were of Hinduism and Islam. We must remember that at Guru Nanak's time, Sikhs (who were then called Sishyas) were not a defined faith but a grouping together of Islam, Honduism, and other faiths.

Bhagat Kabir seems much more angry at the meat-eaters than Guru Nanak like when he says "Those mortals who consume marijuana, fish and wine; no matter what pilgrimages, fasts and rituals they follow, they will all go to hell," When Kabirji says "fish" he means "meat" and not only fish, which he probably did because he is a poet. By not looking deeply at certain gurbani passages, it will seem as if Guru Nanak and Bhagat Kabir contradict each other about the eating of meat. But Bhagat Kabir too had followers who treated his teachings as a full religion (Kabirpanthi), rather than Guru Nanak's original followers who kept their religion but also followed him. He set out the religious law for his followers, the Kabirpanthis (who later acquired this name near modern times), rather than how Guru Nanak decided to let the Muslims eat meat because they follow the ritual of Halal slaughtering. But, when Guru Arjan compiled the Adhi Granth, he selected certain passages of anti-meat eating by Kabir because Sikhs weren't allowed to eat meat according to the law he taught. Sikhs will go to Hell if they eat meat (without repentance), but Christians, Jews, and Muslims won't because they are adhering to their path.

As wise as he was, Guru Nanak pointed out that vegetation too was treated poorly (not just meat), and it too is living and breathing. He wrote, "Look, and see how the sugar-cane is cut down. After cutting away its branches, its feet are bound together into bundles, and then, it is placed between the wooden rollers and crushed. What punishment is inflicted upon it! Its juice is extracted and placed in the cauldron; as it is heated, it groans and cries out. And then, the crushed cane is collected and burnt in the fire below. Nanak: come, people, and see how the sweet sugar-cane is treated!" By saying this he also expressed his wish for ... (more)

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