He has made a loose statement without reading true vedas says Hindu Janajagruti Samiti.
Hindu Janajagruti Samiti expressed its displeasure over the statements made by Adi Godrej, Chairman of Godrej Group mentioning that beef ban is impacting the Indian economy. Activists of the outfit are also irked with Godrej’s remark ‘In Vedic era, Hindus used to eat beef’ and said that he lacks knowledge about Vedas. According to them, Hindus consider cow as a mother and is deeply respected. They regard cow as a caretaker and people are dependent on it for dairy products and tilling fields. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti has warned that Adi Godrej should retract his statements, which he made purposely to hurt the religious statements of Hindus, failing which Samiti will have to teach him a lesson in legal ways by boycotting the products of Godrej group of industries.
Ramesh Shinde, National Spokesman, Hindu Janajagruti Samiti said, “Adi Godrej, while using his anglicised intellect in supporting beef-eating has made a loose statement. He appears to have made such statement without reading true Vedas. Apart from strongly protesting the consumption of beef at many places in Vedas, they have stipulated a very stringent punishment for cow slaughter.”
“How Adi Godrej, who only thinks from the perceptive of profit is supposed to realise the importance of a cow? Even if one were to forget what was mentioned about cow slaughter in Vedas for a moment, and had Godrej read Parsi scriptures, he would not have dared to make such statements. Parsi priests, in Avesta, yasna, 38.3 have banned the consumption of meat of cow, bullock and calves. Hindu Janajagruti Samiti strongly protests the statements made by Adi Godrej,” he added.
There is a reference in Hathyogpradipika (3.48) ‘गोशब्देनोच्यते जिव्हा तत्प्रवेशो ही तालुनि गोमांसभक्षणं तत्तु महापातकनाशनम् ।’ which means ‘When meditating by folding your tongue (The word ‘Go’ is referred in the meaning of tongue, and not as cow) and touching it to palate, is like eating beef, and it absolves of all sins.’ However, selfish, rich people find no time to comprehend the difference between apparent meaning and hidden meaning. That’s why, they are quoting wrong meaning of Vedas. In Atharvaveda (1.16.4), it is categorically stated that those indulging in cow slaughter should be punished with death. It is a misfortune of our nation that the people like Adi Godrej do not know that to comprehend the saying in scriptures, one has to perform sadhana (Spiritual practice).
“Adi Godrej is making such statements to increase the profit of the industrialists engaged in the trade of beef and alcohol. Mr. Godrej, who is worried about the industrialist in the nation, has maintained a studied silence about Vijay Mallya, an emperor in alcohol production industry, about defaulting on bank loans to the tune of Rs. 9,000 crore. Hindu culture does not teach us to sell our mother or eat her meat by slaughtering her,” said Shinde.
Adi Godrej is the first leading voice from India Inc to speak out against beef ban and prohibition and point out its adverse impact on the economy. His warning comes at a time when the government at the Centre is set to complete two years in office, and several states seek to strictly implement beef ban and push for prohibition close to assembly elections.