Why should one stop consuming eggs and milk?

Acharya Prashant
13 min readNov 2, 2020

The following is an excerpt from a samvaad (dialogue) session with Acharya Prashant.

When consciousness is your only hope, your only liberator,

How can you kill consciousness wherever it is?

If you are the body, then your real benefit lies in appeasing the body. But if you are the mind that is crying out for liberation, Then you must be very clear on where your real benefits lie.

~ Acharya Prashant

Questioner (Q): Do you recommend people to stop consuming milk and eggs along with other non-vegetarian food?

Acharya Prashant (AP): The aim is peace — fundamentals first. The aim is peace. And your hope is the deepening of consciousness. That’s what will bring peace to you. Consciousness is your liberator.

Deep-deep consciousness, not shallow consciousness of the kind you witness everywhere. Deep-deep consciousness. This then means that the only thing worth respecting is a depth of consciousness — that’s what you worship, right? Consciousness, realization— that’s your only hope. And if that hope does not materialize, then you remain in bondage. And then life is wasted.

If consciousness is your hope, then you won’t kill a Buddha, would you? Why won’t you kill a Buddha? Because he is the epitome of consciousness, and he is your hope — you don’t kill your liberator, do you? If you kill your liberator, who suffers? You suffer.

For your own liberation, you won’t kill consciousness. You won’t kill the one at the vanguard of the consciousness; you won’t kill a Buddha. And that is why the scriptures in India are so very particular about ‘Brahma Hatya’. They say that all crimes can be forgiven but ‘Brahma Hatya’ cannot be. What is ‘Brahma Hatya’?

Listener (L): Killing a Brahmin who is a keeper of the knowledge.

AP: Now, there is nothing special about a Brahmin except that his presence, his memory, is of help — if he is really a Brahmin, not one of the thugs; if he is really a Brahmin — he can liberate…