On fairing the honey-mixture (to
a guest), at a sacrifice and at the rites in honour of the manes, but on these
occasions only, may an animal be slain; that (rule) Manu proclaimed.
twice-born man who, knowing the true meaning of the Veda, slays an animal for
these purposes, causes both himself and the animal to enter a most blessed
A twice-born man of virtuous disposition, whether he dwells in (his
own) house, with a teacher, or in the forest, must never, even in times of
distress, cause an injury (to any creature) which is not sanctioned by the
Know that the injury to moving creatures and to those destitute of
motion, which the Veda has prescribed for certain occasions, is no injury at
all; for the sacred law shone forth from the Veda.
He who injures in noxious beings from a wish to (give) himself pleasure never finds happiness, neither
living nor dead.
He who does not seek to cause the sufferings of bonds and
death to living creatures, (but) desires the good of all (beings), obtains
He who does not injure any (creature), attains without an
fort what he thinks of, what he undertakes, and what he fixes his mind on.
Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to
sentient beings is detrimental to (the attainment of) heavenly bliss; let him
therefore shun (the use of) meat.
Having well considered the (disgusting)
origin offish and the (cruelty of) fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let
him entirely abstain from eating flesh.
He who, disregarding the rule (given
above), does not eat meat like a Pisaka, becomes dear to men, and will not be
tormented by diseases.