He who permits (the slaughter of an animal), he who
cuts it up, he who kills it, he who buys or sells (meat), he who cooks it, he
who serves it up, and he who eats it, (must all be considered as) the slayers
(of the animal).
There is no greater sinner than that (man) who, though not
worshipping the gods or the manes, seeks to increase (the bulk of) his own flesh
by the flesh of other (beings).
He who during a hundred years annually fires a horse-sacrifice, and he who entirely abstains from meat, obtain the same reward
for their meritorious (conduct).
By subsisting on pure fruit and roots, and
by eating food fit for ascetics (in the forest), one does not gain (so great) a
reward as by entirely avoiding (the use of) flesh.
'Me he (mamsah)' will
devour in the next (world), whose flesh I eat in this (life); the wise declare
this (to be) the real meaning of the word 'flesh' (mamsah).
There is no sin
in eating meat, in (drinking) spirituous liquor, and in carnal intercourse, for
that is the natural way of created beings, but abstention brings great
I will now in due order explain the purification for the
dead and the purification of things as they are prescribed for the four castes
When (a child) dies that has teethed, or that before teething has received
(the sacrament of) the tonsure (Kudakarana) or (of the initiation), all
relatives (become) impure, and on the birth (of a child) the same (rule) is
It is ordained (that) among Sapindas the impurity on account of
a death (shall last) ten days, (or) until the bones have been collected, (or)
three days or one day only.
But the Sapinda-relationship ceases with the
seventh person (in the ascending and descending lines), the
Samanodaka-relationship when the (common) origin and the (existence of a
common family) name are no (longer) known.