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A daily chapter from South Indian saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, 'Holy Couplets.'

Chapter 26: Abstaining from Eating Meat

Kural 251

How can he practice true compassion
who eats the flesh of an animal to fatten his own flesh?

Kural 252

Riches cannot be found in the hands of the thriftless,
nor can compassion be found in the hearts of those who eat meat.

Kural 253

He who feasts on a creature's flesh is like he who wields a weapon.
Goodness is never one with the minds of these two.

Kural 254

If you ask, "What is kindness and what is unkindness?"
It is not-killing and killing. Thus, eating flesh is never virtuous.

Kural 255

Life is perpetuated by not eating meat.
The jaws of Hell close on those who do.

Kural 256

If the world did not purchase and consume meat,
no one would slaughter and offer meat for sale.

Kural 257

When a man realizes that meat is the butchered flesh
of another creature, he will abstain from eating it.

Kural 258

Insightful souls who have abandoned the passion to hurt others
will not feed on flesh that life has abandoned.

Kural 259

Greater than a thousand ghee offerings consumed in sacrificial
fires is to not sacrifice and consume any living creature.

Kural 260

All life will press palms together in prayerful adoration
of those who refuse to slaughter or savor meat.

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These daily couplets are drawn from Saint Tiruvalluvar's Tirukural, an ethical masterpiece written over 2,200 years ago in South India. This American English translation, known as Weaver's Wisdom, is available at our Minimela online store.


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