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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.15.7

na dadyād āmiṣaḿ śrāddhe

na cādyād dharma-tattvavit

muny-annaiḥ syāt parā prītir

yathā na paśu-hiḿsayā


na — never; dadyāt — should offer; āmiṣam — meat, fish, eggs and so on; śrāddhein the performance of the śrāddha ceremony; na — nor; ca — also; adyāt — one should eat personally; dharma-tattva-vit — one who is actually learned in regard to religious activities; muni-annaiḥ — by preparations made with ghee for saintly persons; syāt — should be; parā — first-class; prītiḥ — satisfaction; yathā — for the forefathers and the Supreme Personality of Godhead; na — not; paśu-hiḿsayā — by killing animals unnecessarily.


A person fully aware of religious principles should never offer anything like meat, eggs or fish in the śrāddha ceremony, and even if one is a kṣatriya, 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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