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Summary of Question:Interesting Find On Meat
Category:General Sikhism
Date Posted:Saturday, 1/24/2009 6:57 PM MST

I was researching the histories of our guru's, and came across this line.

" When the Guru visited Kurukshetra in Haryana, a big fair was being held at the holy tank to celebrate the solar eclipse. There were a large number of pilgrims all over the country. On his arrival at the fair, Guru Nanak had Mardana cook them a meat dish of a deer presented to them by one of his followers. Upon finding that meat was being cooked on the holy premises, a large angry crowd gathered in anger to attack the Guru for what they thought amounted to sacrilege (Bhai Mani Singh, Gyan Ratnavali, pg. 123). Upon hearing the angry crowd Guru Nanak responded;

"Only fools argue whether to eat meat or not. They don't understand truth nor do they meditate on it. Who can define what is meat and what is plant? Who knows where the sin lies, being a vegetarian or a non- vegetarian?" (Malhar)" (

And then guru gobind singh ji claiming ban against halal meat, because halal meat had become more of a business than a religious act.

I dont know what the truth is. What do you guys feel about this?

Im not asking if we should or shouldnt eat meat, im asking about your opinions and how you feel about this.

Rajat Singh
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I think this is a beautiful story of Baba Nanak. The point is clear and resonates " not to debate or argue about eating meat or not".

Bless you,

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