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7 years ago  ::  Jul 22, 2011 - 2:28PM #1
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A group of Hindus is suing a resturant in Edison NJ because they are strict vegetarians and were accidently served some meat.

They are suing the resturant for expenses to go to India and undergo a "purification ritual". 

I would like to hear from Hindus what their opinions are on this subject.  

Is it neccessary to go to India to be "purifed"? 

What does this purification ritual involve?  

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7 years ago  ::  Jul 23, 2011 - 3:24AM #2
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This topic about a lawsuit is a bit silly.  Purification is for the mind and soul not of the

body.   Its true that when a person eats meat in any form will feel repulsive.

The restuarant did not invite them to eat.  Why did they not enter a purely

vegeterian joint?   Nowadays, even in western countries there are many joints

which cater to the purely vegeterian group.  When I was in USA, in Dec.  I

would enter only a vegeterian restuarant since I was afraid that they would

mix spoons and cooking utensils. . 


I am all for a good Satvick vegeterian food but its better to avoid

places where they serve non.veg. food.  Do not give business to

such places where cruelty exists.


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7 years ago  ::  Jul 24, 2011 - 7:51AM #3
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As Bhanumati says, in restaurants which aren't purely vegetarian one has no assurance what kind of food one will get so such restaurants should be avoided by strict vegetarians.
Since the restaurant admitted its fault of mixing orders some kind of private reconciliation should be made. The ridiculous American hobby of suing on every step benefits only lawyers.
But it seems to me these folks want to make some money by suing the restaurant. They should remember that greed is itself an impurity of the mind. And it's a definitely bad PR for Vedic followers.

One can be purified in many ways. As far as Ganga-related purification goes, one can be sprinkled with Ganga water (usually available in temples, just like abhisheka water), chant some Ganga stotras (like Ganga stuti) or allegedly simply remember the name of Ganga. Expensive rituals are unnecessary.

Hope this helps. Hare Krsna
Your servant, bh. Jan

dvaitaM bandhAya mokSAt prAk prApte bodhe manISayA
bhaktyarthaM kalpitam dvaitaM advaitAd api sundaram

"Duality is bondage before moksa and wisdom after realization. The duality accepted for the purpose of bhakti is sweeter than even non-duality." (from mangalacarana to Advaitasiddhi sara sangraha by Madhusudana Sarasvati, former advaitin)

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7 years ago  ::  Jul 24, 2011 - 10:45AM #4
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Jm8 namashkar,

I was just having a chat with someone with like mindedness.  He was

saying that sometimes these people should know that there is a

strong line between a vegeterian and a non vegeterian and the

suing was good.  It did make sense, though. 

I remember Mac Donalds too had the same problem.  They were

frying potato fingers in lard.  Its not fair for the people who do not eat. 

 In some places, its hard to find a vegeterian joint. 


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