Why killing plants for food is forgivable, but killing animals is sinful?
A male devotee (Name hidden) asked like this:
“HARE KRSNA PRABHU!! i have a doubt,in scriptures it is said that every living being has a soul which is part and parcel of krishna…so even trees also have right?? so, when we eat vegetarian food like many leafy vegetables like spinach,coriander etc etc.. so even they have life right?? so by eating them are we not killing these living creatures?? don’t we get the karma?
Eating vegetables will also add forgivable karma!
Our each and every material action involves karma.
However, if we do what Krishna advised, it does not add to our karma.
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Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita (9-26):
“If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, a fruit or water, I will accept it.”
All He mentioned were he vegetarian eatables. He never asked meat, fish, etc. So, this means, Krishna supports vegetarian foods for Him. As Krishna like vegetarian foods, His devotees should also eat vegetarian foods.
Krishna told Arjuna to kill the enemies in the battle field because it is the duty of a kshatriyas to fight if enemies come for war. So, Arjuna fought the war as said by Krishna. So, Arjuna did not incur karma because He fought as said by Krishna, to fulfill his kshatriya duty.
Eating vegetables mostly does not kill the plant by plucking the fruits, leaves, etc. However, some vegetables like potatoes, leaves, etc, require plucking the entire plant. So, it will definitely be an act of killing. However, as plants have been given for man that makes eating the plants as our swadharma, and as the Lord Himself has recommended vegetables, we take vegetables. So, Of course we incur karma, but, Krishna forgives that karma of killing a plant instantly.
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Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita (3-13):
“The devotees of the Lord are released from all kinds of sins because they eat food which is offered first for sacrifice. Others, who prepare food for personal sense enjoyment, verily eat only sin.”
Though the karma of killing the plants is forgiven by Lord, the thoughts of the person who cooks the food is observed by that cooked food and enter into our body. For example, if the ‘cook’ in a hotel had cooked the food thinking of women, his ugly thoughts will transfer through the food and come to us. So, our consciousness will be affected. That is why, we offer all the food to Krishna who takes that food and gives back to us as a PURE-KARMA FREE Prasadam.
That’s all. So, hereafter offer vegetarian food to the Lord and honour it and be relieved from karma.
(My family compels me to eat meat for strength violating regulative principle. What to do? READ HERE!)
What about eating the animals?
Animals are meant only for eating by the wild & sea animals like lion, tiger, wales, etc.
In other words, It is a Paradharma for us, because it is the Swadharma for the wild animals, not ours.
So, When we eat the animals, we incur karma by doing pardharma, ie, dharma of others.
And, we go with the guidance from Krishna. So, we are always protected.
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