Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 15: Instructions for Civilized Human Beings

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 7.15.7

na dadyad amisham sraddhe

na cadyad dharma-tattvavit

muny-annaih syat para pritir

yatha na pasu-himsaya


na -- never; dadyat -- should offer; amisham -- meat, fish, eggs and so on; sraddhe -- in the performance of the sraddha ceremony; na -- nor; ca -- also; adyat -- one should eat personally; dharma-tattva-vit -- one who is actually learned in regard to religious activities; muni-annaih -- by preparations made with ghee for saintly persons; syat -- should be; para -- first-class; pritih -- satisfaction; yatha -- for the forefathers and the Supreme Personality of Godhead; na -- not; pasu-himsaya -- by killing animals unnecessarily.


A person fully aware of religious principles should never offer anything like meat, eggs or fish in the sraddha ceremony, and even if one is a kshatriya, he himself should not eat such things. When suitable food prepared with ghee is offered to saintly persons, the function is pleasing to the forefathers and the Supreme Lord, who are never pleased when animals are killed in the name of sacrifice.

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