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Religion and Vegetarianism
How to Win an Argument with a Meat Eater
Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami

Booklet Sections:

  1. Must We Kill in order to Live?
  2. Five Reasons to Be a Vegetarian
    The Dharmic/Scriptural Law reason - The Karmic Consequences reason - The Spiritual Consciousness reason - The Health reason - The Ecological reason
  3. How to Win an Argument with a Meat-Eater
    The Hunger Argument - The Environmental Argument - The Cancer Argument - The Cholesterol Argument - The Natural Resources Argument - The Antibiotic Argument - The Pesticide Argument - The Ethical Argument
  4. Humans Have neither Fangs nor Claws
  5. The Health Benefits of Vegetarianism
  6. The New Four Food Groups
  7. Common Dietary Concerns
  8. Vegetarianism in Hinduism
  9. Scriptures Against Killing and Meat-Eating
    Vedas and agamas, Hinduism's Revealed Scriptures - Atharva Veda Samhita 6.120.1. VE, 636 - The Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita, Epic History - Tirumantiram and other Scriptures - The Tirukural, Preeminent Ethical Scripture
  10. Hindu Religious Leaders on Noninjury


  • BgM: Juan Mascaro, The Bhagavad Gita (Baltimore, Penguin Books, 1966)
  • VE: Raimundo Panikkar, The Vedic Experience (New Delhi, Motilal Banarsidass, 1989)
  • RM: Arthur Osborne, ed., The Collected Works of Ramana Maharshi (London, Rider, 1959)
  • YP: Rammurti S. Mishra, The Textbook of Yoga Psychology (New York, Julian Press, 1963)
  • TW: Tiruvalluvar, Tirukural: The Weaver (English translation by Himalayan Academy, Concord, California, manuscript)
  • FS: Steven Rosen, Food for the Spirit, Vegetarianism and the World Religions (New York, 1990). Bala Books Inc. 74 Old Westbury Road, Old Westbury, N.Y, 11568
  • John Robbins, Diet For a New America (Walpole, New Hampshire, 1987). Stillpoint Publishing, Box 640, Walpole, NH 03608
About this document
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