Is Prabhupada’s usage of “Thou shall not kill” to meat-eating an out-of-context application?

by Chaitanya CharanMarch 3, 2015

A Christian missionary argued that the Bible sanctions even killing of humans in a righteous war. So “Thou shall not kill” is not a blanket injunction applicable to even all humans, leave alone to animals.

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Scholarly Bible-based books that explain the sixth commandment in a way that echoes Prabhupada’s position:
1. “Thou Shalt Not Kill – The Torah of Vegetarianism” – Aaron Frankel
2. “Concerning Human Carnivorism” (Reprinted as “On Behalf of the Creatures”) – J. Todd Ferrier, a founding father of the Order of the Cross,
3. “These We Have Not Loved” – Reverend V. A. Holmes-Gore
4. “Why Kill for Food?” – Geoffrey L. Rudd

Relevant article of Satyaraja Prabhu:

Srila Prabhupada and the Sixth Commandment

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  • jan
    March 6, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    from :

    Exodus 20:13 instructs: “Thou shalt not kill.” The original Hebrew is “lo tirtzach”. It is derived from “ratzach”, murder. The word for killing is “harog” – in other words, killing is
    not forbidden but regulated, in connection to food by rules of sacrifice. One may kill to protect dharma though.

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