Vegetarianism is an integral atharva veda in bengali pdf download of most schools of Hinduism although there are a wide variety of practices and beliefs that have changed over time. Most sects of Hindus do not observe vegetarianism. Dietary habits and dietary customs were factors that have played roles in the formation, evolution and development of Indian caste system.
And I devour the fat thereof: they fill my belly full with food. Supreme is Indra over all.
The earliest Hindu scriptures belong or refer to the Vedic period which lasted till about 500 BCE according to the chronological division by modern historians. In the historical Vedic religion of Hinduism, following references exist for meat consumption.
It is also prescribed for making soup. It is emphatically advised as a cure for irregular fever, consumption, and emaciation. The fat of the cow is recommended for debility and rheumatism.
Who steals the milch-cow’s milk away, O Agni,—tear off the heads of such with fiery fury. The cow gives milk each year, O Man-regarder let not the Yātudhāna ever taste it. If one would glut him with the biesting, Agni, pierce with thy flame his vitals as he meets thee.
Aditi cast off the evildoers. May the God Savitar give them up to ruin, and be their share of plants and herbs denied them. Agni, from days of old thou slayest demons never shall Rākṣasas in fight o’ercome thee. Burn up the foolish ones, the flesh-devourers let none of them escape thine heavenly arrow.
Most consider this as a disapproval of the cow slaughter and meat eating in general. Though alternative translations by Swami Dayananda Saraswati reject such claims and give the ‘correct’ interpretations and translations in the light of the Brahmanas and Vedangas. In Magha days are oxen slain, in Arjuris they wed the bride. The goat precedeth him, the share of Pūṣan, and to the Gods the sacrifice announceth.