This question has been bothering everyone since the time the BJP government announced the regulation on the cattle sale. The main reason for confusion is because of the main stream media is propagating lies on beef ban effecting the Indian economy.
Now, let us analyse whether beef consumption is good for us before we talk about religious and political issue.
Barkha Dutt conducted an interview with Sadguru last year who is well known for his preaching’s on Yoga and meditation. Sadhgurur gives a very convincing answer to the beef ban issue.
Barkha Dutt: We live in times when faith and spirituality have become very inflammable…
Sadhguru: Don’t put them in the same basket.
Barkha Dutt: We live in times when faith for certain has become a very inflammable, easily politicized conversation. If faith should have been personal today, it’s not. Today you actually have decisions taken in the name of somebody’s faith being injured. So you mentioned food right now, I read somewhere that you said there’s nothing religious about the act of food, just eat what you like.
Sadhguru: No, no, no, I didn’t say that, I said eat what’s good for you.
Sadhguru: It’s definitely not good for you to eat it.
Barkha Dutt: Beef or any meat?
Sadhguru: See, it’s always been said “faith moves mountains.” Yes, but it freezes your mind. But the greatest crime you can do on this planet is to move a mountain. You should not move a mountain, it should be where it is, it has not just dropped from somewhere, it’s grown because of various forces functioning in a particular way, phenomenal activity has happened to build a mountain. You should never move a mountain but (Laughs) people with frozen minds always want to move a mountain, okay? Having said that, this needs to be understood – that when we say faith, it’s an import for this culture. You must look back little beyond thousand years since we’ve been under occupation. Here, we have been told always, “Your life is your karma.” Karma means action. Whose action? Your action.
Coming to the food habits, in Indian traditions, there has been a long history of research which suggests what you should and should not eat. If you just bring this back, the world will be healthy. Here, we have identified different type of people, what they should eat. If you’re doing menial jobs, how you should eat. If you’re doing trading, how you should eat. If you’re into spiritual process, how you should eat. If you’re into education, how you should eat. Why this is is each person needs a different type of building of the body. You want to run hundred meters next to Mr. Bolt, what kind of food you should eat. You just want to work in Delhi, what kind of food you should eat. You want to think in a certain way, what kind of food you’d… you should eat. For all these, we have very clear prescriptions.
Now when it comes to food, what it means is, we are taking another life, whatever that is – it may be plant life, animal life, whatever – you’re taking another life, ingesting it and you have to make it your life – that’s the whole thing.
What is your life, what is that life, if you look at it, all life on this planet is coming from the earth. This body (Gestures) is also the same soil, this (Gestures) is also same soil, if there is a (an?) earthworm, that is also same soil but see how it has become, how this (Gestures) has become, how that (Gestures) has become. If I eat a mango, the same mango becomes a man in me. If a cow eats a mango, the same mango becomes a cow in the cow. Why is this happening? There is a certain information or software in you – whatever you eat it transforms it into a woman. If I eat, it transforms into a man. If a cow eats, that becomes a cow.
Now, the idea is to eat as simple a software as possible. If you eat that kind of life, which is a very simple software, your ability to override that software and make it entirely a part of you is very good. As that software gets comp… complex, more and more complex, your ability to integrate it goes down. So, especially if it’s a creature which has some sense of thought and emotion, if it has emotion, then you should not eat it.
A cow or any animal has strong emotions, especially if it displays emotion which is near to human emotion, you should not eat it because it will not integrate itself. That animal nature will start manifesting itself.
Even today in villages, people have very intimate relationship with a cow. They have drunk the milk of that cow, their children are drinking the milk of that cow, there is a very deep relationship. If you do not know this, cow is one creature, if something happens to you and you are in some kind of grief or misery, you don’t have to be near the cow, wherever the cow is in your house, it’ll start shedding tears for you.
You know, I’ve seen this with my eyes, I couldn’t believe – when somebody is dead in the house it… what does a cow know, it is somewhere, simply tears flowing. So when it’s… has such deep emotions, if you kill it, it’s like killing a human being, it’s murder or it’s cannibalism.
This is not a faith, this is not a religious thing, Can I say if am hungry, then I can just cut you up and eat and ask what is wrong in that?!
Barkha Dutt: But what you’re saying should be about many more animals than just the cow?
Sadhguru: Yes, yes of course. Even cutting a plant is cruel, in my experience but you have to do it. But if you are conscious of it, you will do it to the minimum possible extent, not do it want only, that’s the whole thing.
One thing is there is a sensitivity, once you drink milk from the cow, she is like your mother. Killing your mother and eating her up is something people cannot digest in this country. Still eighty percent of the people belong to that category. There is already a beef ban in many villages just by norm, not by any law, that you don’t bring these kind of thin… things into the village.
I am not saying you must ban it or not ban it. I am saying the sensitivities of your population you… without considering, you can’t go do this blatantly. Because it is growing, it’s becoming a growing business; India is becoming a major exporter of beef, that’s not right. So ban is not what is needed, more education was needed rather than banning.
Why can’t you have a dog bet (pet?) and if you’re hungry cut it up and eat it today? Or why can’t you cut up your wife and eat her today? I mean it’ll all come to that one by one. This may look like an extreme argument but I’m telling you once… human mind is such, you give it little latitude, it will go on taking advantage of it, it’ll go, go, go, go. After hundred years, they’ll be doing something that you can’t imagine that a human being can do.
What Sadhguru says is absolutely right. Indian is not a western country, lets not compare it with western culture where there is more materialism than emotion and sensitivity. India can never become like them. The values, emotions, attachment and humanity is in the blood. We have taught to be like a human, treat every animals pain as ours.
But these days, our people are forgetting humanity and looking everything and everyone in business point of view. This is where the problem arises.
When people ask, what do I do with an old cow, which cannot work in fields and doesn’t give milk? So I give it to slaughter house.
This attitude is nothing but business. You take the last drop of milk, make money, you use the cattle in fields until its legs are broken and then say what is the use of old cattle. Probably a day will come when humans will ask parents, you can’t earn anymore, you can’t take care of me anymore, what is the use of keeping you at home?!
So this is not a political or religious question, but a matter of sensitivity in us!!!