Ansushasan means governance via discipline. The Parva starts with a scene of the battlefield, where Bhishma is lying on a bed of arrows shot by Arjun piercing his entire body. It also includes an narration of suffering of Bhishma on bed of arrows, where he was surrounded by sages and rishis such as Vashishta, Maitreya, Sanat Kumara, Valmiki, Kapila, Vyasadeva and Narada. This follows final instructions from Bhishma to Yudhisthir called Anushasan.
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It only takes a minute to sign up. In the following video, Dr. Zakir Naik says that Bhishma Pitamaha tells Yudhishtira that sacrificing a cow will satisfy their dead ancestors for a period of 1 year. Yes, Bhishma does say that in chapter 88 of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata:. Listen to me, O Yudhishthira, what those Havis are which persons conversant with the ritual of the Sraddha regard as suitable in view of the Sraddha and what the fruits are that attach to each.
With sesame seeds and rice and barley and Masha and water and roots and fruits, if given at Sraddhas, the Pitris, O king, remain gratified for the period of a month. Manu has said that if a Sraddha is performed with a copious measure of sesame, such Sraddha becomes inexhaustible.
Of all kinds of food, sesame seeds are regarded as the best. With fishes offered at Sraddhas, the Pitris remain gratified for a period of two months. With mutton they remain gratified for three months and with the flesh of the hare for four. With the flesh of the goat, O king, they remain gratified for five months, with bacon for six months, and with the flesh of birds for seven.
With venison obtained from those deer that are called Prishata, they remain gratified for eight months, and with that obtained from the Ruru for nine months, and with the meat of the Gavaya for ten months. With the meat of the buffalo their gratification lasts for eleven months. With beef presented at the Sraddha, their gratification, it is said, lasts for a full year. Payasa mixed with ghee is as much acceptable to the Pitris as beef.
With the meat of the Vadhrinasa the gratification of the Pitris lasts for twelve years. The flesh of the rhinoceros, offered to the Pitris on the anniversaries of the lunar days on which they died, becomes inexhaustible.
The potherb called Kalasaka, the petals of the Kanchana flower, and meat of the goat also, thus offered, prove inexhaustible. Pitris are spirits of departed ancestors, by the way. In any case, see my answer here for the moral justification of animal sacrifice. Also, it should be noted that the Brahma Vaivarta Purana says that offering meat at the Shraddha ritual is not permitted in the Kali Yuga:.
Now like many verses in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana, some consider this verse to be an interpolation. But this is a moot point, because pretty much no one offers meat in Shraddha nowadays; they use one of the options referred to by Bhishma that don't involve meat.
It doesn't support cow sacrifice though cow sacrifice is allowed during Yagnas. With the meat of gavaya 1 they are content for ten months. With the meat of buffaloes, the ancestors are delighted for eleven months.
If the product from a cow 2 is given at a funeral ceremony, the satisfaction is said to last for an entire year. The product from a cow can be mixed with payasam and ghee. With the flesh of vardhinasa, the satisfaction lasts for twelve years. Gayal or mithun is an Ox and not Gau or cow. No, this is the wrong information given by Zakir naik.
But I would like to thank him to read the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata or I want to give him a suggestion that he should read properly and then give any speech about our Hindu religion.
Now I am showing the proper information about that chapter no 88 - 89 of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata that what Bhishma tells:. Because an old animal put into the fire, by Vedic mantras he would come out again with young life.
In those places where it is mentioned that a cow can be sacrificed, it is actually referring to a bull, not cow per se. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top.
Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. Does Anushasan Parva, chapter 88 of the Mahabharata, allow cow sacrifice? Ask Question. Asked 4 years, 7 months ago. Active 1 year, 10 months ago. Viewed 34k times. Does the Mahabharata say so? I just downloaded that pdf. The above person who did put photo of shloka no 7 is edited. The word gayen is not there. I dont know how to tag that screenshot here but you can visit bori critical sanskrit version from above source.
Hypocrat Zakir Naik. Spreading false information. Seventh sloka has the word "gaavasya", which means product from cow. I didn't edit it. Did you see Anushasana parava? Why did you mention Zakir Naik? Well cow sacrifice is also known as Gomedha which is a vedic sacrifice. So it may be allowed to sacrifice cow but if its avoidable with kheer as mentioned by Keshav Srinivasan we can do that instead of cow sacrifice.
Active Oldest Votes. Yes, Bhishma does say that in chapter 88 of the Anushasana Parva of the Mahabharata: Listen to me, O Yudhishthira, what those Havis are which persons conversant with the ritual of the Sraddha regard as suitable in view of the Sraddha and what the fruits are that attach to each. Surya Kanta Bose Chowdhury 16k 5 5 gold badges 26 26 silver badges bronze badges.
Somehow it mirrors Greek practices, like when Odysseus visits the Underworld, he has to sacrifice a goat and allow the ghosts Pitrs to take part of the blood before they speak to him.
Does it specifically say Cow or Beef? In Sanskrit when a noun ends with an a, the a is taken off when it becomes a Hindi word. So Rama is the original, but in Hindi it becomes Ram.
So if someone dies then the pundits would pronounce "Rama Rama satya hai". I don't think so. I've listened pundits chanting mantras and they always pronounce it as Ram in every mantra.
Perhaps you know it better. And footnotes say, 1 The gayal or mithun. Nice answer Tezz Actually, i'm skeptical about various practices described in this Anushasana Parva. See this. Yeah, i know that cows were sacrificed in Vedic days as any animal which was sacrificed amidst Vedic chants would get Moksha but not sure about Sraddha ceremonies. Also, cow is described as Theomorphic animal in Atharva Veda and this will contradict Sraddha ceremony.
I was also thinking the same Cow is considered highly sacred animal in Atharvaveda The destroyer if you have strong proof.
So you can post here like mahabharat book page etc. If u have not yet then u have worng information. Because i was read Mahabharata anushsan parve chapter no. Please read properly before commenting. There's no such word as "Gayen" but 8th sloka has "Gavyena". Also, if you want to discuss, please create an account and don't write comments as answers. Can you add English translation of those verses because all people who visit this site may not understand Hindi?
In the past ages, people used to sacrifice a old bull before fire sacrifice. They never killed a cow. Gopaluni Gopaluni 67 2 2 bronze badges. Like any library, Hinduism Stack Exchange shares great information, but does not offer personalized advice , and does not take the place of seeking such advice from any Acharya, Pundit, astrologer, Guru or other trustworthy Counselor.
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The Mahabharat, Book 13: Anushasan Parva
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