Māhsāhara

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mariisahara (‘meat as food’) The food that a human being con¬sumes may be sasyāhāra (vegetarian food) or mārhsāhāra (non-vegetarian food, flesh or meat). Though mārhsāhāra was quite com¬mon in the earlier ages, it was gradually superseded by sasyāhāra because the latter came to be considered as more sāttvik and hence more conducive to spiritual pursuits. The spread of Vedāntic ideas as also Jainism and Buddhism contributed not a little to this trend. See also MĀMSABHAKSANA.