Thursday, September 4, 2014

63. Megh : Aadi Shankar forbiden Brahmans to use of animal food to defeat Buddhists give rise to Untouchability

आदि शंकराचार्य ने बौद्धों के प्रभाव को कम करने के लिए ब्राह्मणों को मांस खाने से परहेज की सलाह दी। कुछ ने माना व कुछ ने नहीं माना। इस आधार पर भी ब्राह्मणों में जाति विभाजन हुआ। साफ बात यह है कि 19वीं शदी तक भी ब्राह्मण मांसाहारी बने रहे। स्पष्टतः बौद्धों के प्रति द्वेष भाव को खाने-पीने की आदतों में बदल कर छुआछूत की मजबूत आधार शिला रखी गयी। और भी कई तथ्य----

"Perhaps the first tangible schism among the Brahmins (for the Hindoo scriptures contain none of the modern caste names) may be traced to the time of the great Brahminical reformer, Shunkur Acharya, who appeared about a century and a half before Christ to oppose the Buddhist doctrines. He found dissensions existing among the Brahmins themselves, who held each to their favorite "Ved," and proscribed those who preferred another of the four. The great reformer recommended that flesh should not be eaten, thus, in concession to the popular appreciation of Buddhism, keeping out of sight the Veds which prescribe animal sacrifice; he also advised that Brahmins should follow the Ved which each held hereditarily, without enmity to the followers of the other three. However, though striving to compose schism, Shunker Acharya was unintentionally the cause of it. After his death his name became a watchword of faction, and Brahmins who were hitherto separated only by the Vindhya range of mountains, became henceforth divided into two sects, one of whom adopted, and the other opposed the tenets of the reformer. The Goud Brahmins, who retained the use of animal food, and the Dravid Brahmins, who relinquished it, would now no longer consent to drink from each other's cups."

(सन्दर्भरास माला पेज 533-534)

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