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The food that a human being con¬sumes may be sasyāhāra (vegetarian food) or mārhsāhāra (non-vegetarian food, flesh or meat).
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Though mārhsāhāra was quite com¬mon in the earlier ages, it was gradually superseded by sasyāhāra because the latter came to be considered as more sāttvik and hence more conducive to spiritual pursuits.
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Māhsāhara literally means ‘meat as food’.
The spread of Vedāntic ideas as also Jainism and Buddhism contributed not a little to this trend.
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See also MĀMSABHAKSANA.
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The food that a human being consumes may be of two types. They are:
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# Sasyāhāra - vegetarian food
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# Māhsāhāra - non-vegetarian food, flesh or meat
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Though māhsāhāra was quite common in the earlier ages, it was gradually superseded by sasyāhāra because the latter came to be considered as more sāttvik. Hence vegetarian meal was more conducive to spiritual pursuits. The spread of Vedāntic ideasJainism and Buddhism significantly contributed to this trend.
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==References==
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{{reflist}}
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* The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore
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[[Category:Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism]]

Latest revision as of 18:13, 18 December 2016

By Swami Harshananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Mahsahara, MAhsAhara, Maahsaahara


Māhsāhara literally means ‘meat as food’.

The food that a human being consumes may be of two types. They are:

  1. Sasyāhāra - vegetarian food
  2. Māhsāhāra - non-vegetarian food, flesh or meat

Though māhsāhāra was quite common in the earlier ages, it was gradually superseded by sasyāhāra because the latter came to be considered as more sāttvik. Hence vegetarian meal was more conducive to spiritual pursuits. The spread of Vedāntic ideas, Jainism and Buddhism significantly contributed to this trend.


References

  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore