Child : Mom, I often hear about vegetarian and non vegetarian foods in Hindu homes. Could you please tell me something about this?
Mother : As I mentioned earlier, our scriptures show us ways to obtain a sound body and mind in order to lead a proper way of life. Proper intake of food is necessary for this purpose. Hence the scriptures recommend only those foods which are tasty and can be digested easily and such foods are said to be in the "mode of goodness" (satwik). Vegetarian food by nature falls in this category. Although our scriptures do not say specifically not to eat non-vegetarian food, but they do emphasize the mode of goodness considerations in selecting the foods we eat. The selection between the two types of foods is up to the individual.