Once a year a Brahmana must perform a Krikkhra penance, in order to atone
for unintentionally eating (forbidden food) but for intentionally (eating
forbidden food he must perform the penances prescribed) specially.
Beasts and birds recommended (for consumption) may be slain by Brahmanas for
sacrifices, and in order to feed those whom they are bound to maintain; for
Agastya did this of old.
For in ancient (times) the sacrificial cakes were
(made of thievish) of eatable beasts and birds at the sacrifices fired by
Brahmanas and Kshatriyas.
All lawful hard or soft food may be eaten, though stale, (after having been) mixed with fatty (substances), and so may the remains of
But all preparations of barley and wheat, as well as preparations of milk, may be eaten by twice-born men without being mixed
with fatty (substances), though they may have stood for a long time.
Thus has the food, allowed and forbidden to twice born men, been fully described; I will now propound the rules for eating and avoiding meat.
One may eat meat when it has been sprinkled with water, while
Mantras were recited, when Brahmanas desire (one's doing it), when one is
engaged (in the performance of a rite) according to the law, and when one's life
is in danger.
The Lord of creatures (Prajapati) created this whole (world
to be) the sustenance of the vital spirit; both the immovable and the movable
(creation is) the food of the vital spirit.
What is destitute of motion is
the food of those endowed with locomotion; (animals) without fangs (are the
food) of those with fangs, those without hands of those who possess hands, and
the timid of the bold.
The eater who daily even devours those destined to be
his food, commits no sin; for the creator himself created both the eaters and
those who are to be eaten (for those special purposes).