"The great sage Yagnavalkya, in his Yagnavalkyasmiti stated that three ghastly crimes are
committed by slaughtering animals for the sake of eating their flesh. These are:
the taking of innocent life;
the infliction of pain on the innocent animal during the process of killing it; and
the crime of depriving the animal of its strength through slaughtering it.
Punishment for all three crimes entails twenty rebirths characterised by
premature and painful death in the first;
pain ,suffering and unhappiness, including family feuds, anxiety and tensions in the second;
poor health in which the life of the person concerned will be wasted away,in the third."
From: INDIRA RADHAN.SS MAY 1996 P 131-133. Compendium.
Swami had told us students in one of our interviews. "Meat inculcates demonic qualities. These thoughts enter into you and you also
start behaving in a similar manner." Swami then told this phrase in Hindi - "Jaise Ann Vaise Mann." This means - "As is the food so is the thought".
Swami then continued -" Today man
gets angry very quickly. What is the reason? This is because all his senses are spoilt due the bad food. Some eat the meat of goat , sheep, etc. Therefore lathargic quality or laziness haunts them."
made a grand statement - He said - "The fundamental cause of YOUR bad thoughts IS YOUR FOOD ."So let us get the hint from Swami and completely stop eating meat. On another occassion when Swami was talking to
us students privately He said - " I do not want anything from you girls and boys but follow 3 things always - 1. Never Drink. 2. Don't Smoke and 3. Stop eating Meat."
"Calling themselves Sai devotees or devotees of Ram or Krishna, they fatten on chickens. How can they be deemed Sai devotees? How can God accept such a person as a devotee? Therefore, whether they are devotees in
India or outside, THEY SHOULD GIVE UP FROM THIS INSTANT MEAT EATING…..those who aspire to become true devotees of God have to give up meat, liquor and smoking." Swami, Sanathana Sarathi, 1994, p 315.
"The animals cry and weep when they are being killed." Swami, SSAL p 132.
"There is another spiritual reason. When you kill an animal you give him suffering, pain, harm. God is in every creature, so
how can you give such pain? Sometimes when someone beats a dog he cries, he feels so much pain. How much more pain then in killing. Animals did not come for the purpose of supplying food to human beings. They came to
work out their own life in the world." Swami, CWSSB P 19.
"How can you call yourselves devotees of Sai or Rama, or Krishna, when you kill animals? Those people are real demons. Such people never get the
grace of God. So whoever they are, whether Indians or from other countries, they should follow Swami' s command. Give up eating meat now!" Swami, SSN, Spring, 1995, p 33.
"You may reply the animal was
killed by the butcher. That is incorrect; it is only because you are eating them that animals are being killed. If you stop eating animals, then no one will butcher them to sell in the market." Swami, SSN Spring,
1995, p 16.