BASIC KNOWLEDGE

Does vegetation have life?

 In Vedas, we have been instructed to eat vegetation to live. Vegetation too has soul, then how is it possible that eating vegetation does not bring the sin of violence? Such sorts of questions are raised by non-vegetarians in their own defence. In vegetation, souls are present in slumber-like state. Cutting of vegetation cannot be compared with obtaining meat for the reason that not cutting a ripe vegetation refers to start of its degeneration process and that too, without meating any end. For example, non-cutting of 'palak' etc,, when they reach peak of their growth and let them meet their natural death can be called nothing but stupidity. For the reason that vegetation may not meet their natural degeneration process, man & all living beings have been instucted by vedas to sustain their bodies through consumption of vegetation as per their respective needs. Since, souls in vegetation are in slumber-like state, comparing cutting of vegetation with kiling living being in sleep is foolihness only. Some non-vegetarians question about consumption of curd as if it is killing of millions of unseen organisms present in curd. In reply to this, it can be said that consumption of curd does not kill organisms present in it but only changes their place of living. Similarly, there are logical answers to the question of consumption of milk raised by certain non-vegetarians. 

 It is a pity that the scholars have not agreed yet on different facets of the question-'does vegetation have life?' but all the scholars agree that for human beings eggs, meat etc. are non-eatables and vegetation is eatable.