Being born in a Hindu family, some things always confused me. As children, we were always taught that there is one God but I never understood why there are so many religions. If it is fine for Muslims and Christians to consume meat on their festivals, why is it such a taboo for Hindus? I have seen many kitchens that have different knives for cooking our food and cooking God's food. Why can't we offer God what we eat and if it is not good enough, why do we eat it in the first place? And what about the fact that God is inside each one of us? If we can't offer meat to the idol, how can we offer it to ourselves?
A few years ago, I adopted vegetarianism and there was enough room for that in my religion. It is absolutely fine for a Hindu to be vegetarian, no conflicts in any of the rituals. But what about veganism? If I choose to go one step ahead, can I still follow the same religious practices? One of the most common ingredients in any kind of worship during festivals is cow ghee. It is considered to be pure and a must to burn the lamps while praying.
We often use cow milk and cow dung cakes in different rituals. Milk is considered to be very pure and also allowed in fasts where onion and garlic are not recommended. I am in attempts to understand these things better before I can make a decision. The traditions are very old and I need to know what is valid today and what isn't. A question to all you vegans and vegetarians here..what do you think of using cow dung and gomutra (cow urine)? They are used as disinfectants and also have innumerable scientifically proven medicinal properties and other benefits. And they are collected after the cow has helped itself, so it doesn't affect them negatively.
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