Question: Is Gayatri worship permissible for the non-vegetarians and those who take liquors?
It is said that Gayatri is a sacred Mantra and those who worship it should live a life of inner and outer purity. They should not take liquor, meat etc. It is good not to indulge in intoxicants. It is better to remain pure as far as possible. This, however, does not mean that no medicines should be given to a person living in unhealthy conditions. It is the specialty of Gayatri Mantra that by its worship, defects and vices of a person start falling off from the Sadhak’s nature. By taking a dip in the Ganga every living being becomes pure. None, not even a cow, buffalo, donkey, horse is prevented from entering into this sacred river. In the same way any person of any social status can perform Sadhana of Gayatri Mantra without any restrictions, whatsoever. His vices, defects will automatically go on reducing in the course of time. Just as the argument that a patient should not be given medicine is wrong, so also the statement that Gayatri Mantra should not be adopted if food and daily routine of a person are defective is fallacious.