'We Vanars are of no use to you as our skin as well as skeleton is prohibited within you people. Even for such a noble person like you, eating of flesh is forbidden then for what purpose did you shoot me?
The three varns i.e. kshatriya, vaishy and shoodr can eat only five animals among the ones who have five nails, vanaars are not counted on those either.'
I remember attending a marriage of my friend a while ago; he is a bengali brahmmarn. There I saw something that astounded me; a custom for the bride and the groom during their dinner. Their dinner included fish and they had to consume it or at least taste it, including the eye. Well yes, Bengalis are non-vegees, but fish in a custom, that too in a marriage. Then someone told me that fish was considered auspicious. Okay.
- As told by the dying vanar, eating meat was a common and usual thing those days; also, among the five-nailed animals, only five animals were allowed to consume . Those being - rhinoceros, tortoise, porcupine, rabbit and khoh and hence, vanars were not allowed to be hunted for food.
- We also came to know that Brahmmarns were strictly vegetarian, other castes were free to chose.
- Shri Ram, was a vegetarian. The reason given was that he was a noble person.
Satva means balance, order, purity- for e.g. dairy products, vegetables, fruits and grains etc.
"Cooking is an art and has lot to offer us; if we have the right ingredients, we can make our life merry and create a better world henceforth"'सियाराम'