Similar to humans, all animals tend to have desires. When the trap called death is lurking around, even animals like humans try their best to escape from its claws. However fruits and vegetables desire that they should be consumed by humans. Vegetarian food purifies the mind. In addition, it also increases the capacity to contemplate. If one is truly repentant about having eaten meat earlier and wants to become a vegetarian, the ever compassionate Lord will forgive that person.
The negative effects of eating non-vegetarian food are to be experienced in the later births. Mind begins to shrink instead of growing. In those extreme absolute unavoidable situations wherein there is no option but to ear meat for survival, it is acceptable to a degree. But thereafter the moment grains or vegetables are available; meat should totally be given up.
- Glimpses of Bhaktimala 4