BajKhedawal wrote:Kakkaji wrote:All the same, 'vegetarian elitism' is a problem with Hindus that prevents pan-Hindu consolidation. Having grown up vegetarian, I have seen people turn up their noses at meat-eating Hindus. I know a lot of people who show more compassion towards animals than they do towards poorer Hindus.
This absolutely does not make sense, you are either imagining or inventing a bias which does not exist. I grew up in Gandhi’s Gujarat as a "vegetarian elite" as you would brand me, and have never thought less of those who did not follow vegetarianism stringently. And by the way even in Gujarat of 1970-80's folks like me were a minority, I was/am the odd one out. Every single friend I had barring just one Jain guy all of them were non-vegetarians of varying degrees, and I am only talking about Hindus, not several of my Muslim, Jew, or Parsi friends. They (specifically my liberal Hindu friends) never thought less of me or me of them. May be this is just a fault line in communism dominated areas of India, and manufactured over decades by commie pasand groups.
Everyone has personal boundaries. Heck, I would not let my 5 year old niece or 75 year old dad touch me at time of my Pooja if they had pooped and not taken a shower after; nor will I eat off their plate, and they are just as much a Brahmin and vegetarian as I. With sanatan dharma ones beliefs are always deemed as personal, I don’t care what you eat or how you pray or not; this has no bearings on my relation with you; nor would I be interested in proselytizing you. Where is the elitism?
Just try getting into a discussion with someone who has read 3 pages of Sanatan scriptures on food and is a vegetarian. Try explaining him why non-vegetarianism was also an integral part of the Sanatan/Hindusim and there was never a food divide. I haven't yet met many vegetarians who agreed with this and were quite squirmish and also a bit annoyed that one could say such a thing. For most Hindu vegetarian kids growing up, vegetarianism is a caste/religion issue and not as much of a food choice and hence many start defending their choice by justifying why non-vegetarianism is wrong. There may be food liberal vegetarians out there but the other side is equally true. Many also equate non-vegetarianism with the paap-punya-karma thesis . This is definitely an encroachment of Sanatan by our Jain bandhus... sigh.