By Bharat Chandra Das
(Part - 1) “Abominable Products of the Modern World”
This is a series of article taking up one topic at a time to systematically build up the secular support for the mission of MAKE VRINDAVAN VILLAGES.
PART 1: Abominable Products of the Modern World
Behold the information while I describe the systematic onslaught of culture and victimization of innocent people (especially Vaisnavas) towards using abominable products of the modern world. This article will fall short of describing the multitude of areas these abominable products have crept into our life. In summary, we use these products unknowingly for majority of our requirements and that the devotees should not only seek out alternatives but the conclusion should be clear: “Cities are not the best places to stay” and hence “Make Vrindavan Villages”, because there is a better standard of life free from these abominable atmosphere.
PrabhupĂ¤da: There will be no city. We don’t want cities.
BhagavĂ¤n: What about our city temples?
PrabhupĂ¤da: No, no. For the time it may go on. But as we make progress there will be no necessity. City means… For the present we have got. Because the city is there, we are there. But suppose the city is closed. We shall be there? If the city is closed, you still will be there?
Yogesvara: But we can predict that the cities will go on for quite some time
PrabhupĂ¤da: Yes, it will go on, but when they will see that your ideal community is better than city life, people will take to it. ParaĂ dĂĄĂ±Ă¶vĂ¤ nivartate. [From Bg. 2.59: “… Ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.”] When one gets a better standard of life, naturally he will give up the lower standard of life. [Conversations, Morning Walk, Rome, May 27, 1974]
Background: The background is very simple; Animals are killed in slaughterhouses in millions everyday. The slaughterhouses are not just producing meat for meat industry, but there exists a huge set-up to process the by-products of the slaughterhouses called - “Rendering Industry” vomiting out millions of raw materials for all the products that we use from toilet soaps, toothpastes to ice creams, biscuits, ghee, sugar, cool drinks to allopathic medicine; in other words, name it and you are hardly going to miss out a single product bereft of these. The main motivation for manufacturers to use these raw materials is that it is cheap and what is considered as “waste” is converted into “magic products”. If there is an argument that these products can also be sourced from plants (which very few are, in reality), the answer is the Corporate world is not so honest (Cheater and Cheated) to spend time and money to extract from plant sources while it is very cheaply available from Rendering Industry.
Ingredients: The ingredients are listed one by one. It is easier to do this way since each ingredient finds use in many final products. Please be informed that this list is partial. Note 1: “NATURAL SOURCE” Can mean animal, vegetable or mineral source. Most often in the health food industry, it means an animal source, especially in cosmetics (e. g., animal elastin, animal glands, fat, protein , oil, etc.) . Be wary of this term. Find out exact source. Note 2: It is almost impossible to ascertain where the raw materials for the products are coming from since the market is filled with inter-networked suppliers, agents, middlemen, brokers, manufacturers and retailers all with their own set of “Cheater and Cheated” baggage.
The following ingredients, however, are confirmed of its animal origin
o ADRENALINE: From the adrenals of hogs, cattle and sheep. In
o ALLANTOIN: A uric acid extract from cows. In cosmetics, especially
in almost all creams & lotions.
o AMINO ACIDS: In cosmetics, vitamins, supplements, shampoos, etc.
AMYLASE: An enzyme prepared from the pancreas of hogs. In cosmetics and
o BENZOIC ACID: In almost all vertebrates. In mouthwashes, deodorants,
creams, aftershave lotions, perfumes, foods, beverages.
o BLOOD: This should be obvious but if it isn’t…. From any
slaughtered animal. Used in cheese making, Shoe polish, foam rubber,
intravenous feedings, medicines and as adhesive in plywood.
o BOAR BRISTLES: Hair from wild or captive hogs. In “natural”
toothbrushes, hairbrushes, bath brushes, cosmetic brushes and shaving
o BONE ASH: The ash of burned bones, used as a fertilizer, in making
ceramics and in cleaning and polishing compounds.
o BONEBLACK: Bone charcoal. A black pigment containing about 10%
charcoal made by roasting bones in an airtight container. Used in aquarium
filters and in refining cane sugar. In eye shadows, polishes.
o BONE MEAL: Animal bones. In some fertilizers, some vitamins and
supplements as a source of calcium, toothpastes.
o COLLAGEN: A fibrous protein derived from animal tissue. In
o CORTISONE: Cortico Steroid. Hormone from cattle liver. Widely used
o CYSTEINE, L-Form. CYSTINE: Two amino acids which can come from
animals. Used in hair products and creams, in some bakery products and wound
o GELATIN: Gel. Protein obtained by boiling skin, tendons, ligaments
or bones with water, From cattle and hogs. Used in shampoos, face masks,
other cosmetics. Used as a thickener for fruit gelatins and puddings
(”Jello”). In candies, marshmallows, cakes, ice cream, yogurts. On
photographic film as a coating and in vitamins as capsules. Sometimes used
to assist in “clearing” wines.
o GLUTAMIC ACID: An amino acid found widely in animal tissue. Used as
food seasoning and as an antioxidant in cosmetics.
o GLYCERIDES: Monoglycerides. Diglycerides. From animal fat. In
margarines, cake mixes, confectioneries, foods, cosmetics, etc. See
o GLYCERIN: Glycerol. Polyglycerol. Polytethylene Glycol (PEG). A
by-product of soap manufacture (normally used animal fat). In cosmetics,
foods, mouthwashes, toothpastes, soaps, ointments, medicines, lubricants,
transmission and brake fluids, plastics.
o INSULIN: From the pancreas of hogs and oxen. Used by millions of
o LARD: Fat from hog abdomens. In shaving creams , soaps, cosmetics,
baked goods and other foods. Hard to digest. Alternatives: vegetable fats or
o PALMITIC ACID: Palmitate. Fatty Acids. From fats, oils (see Fatty
Acids) mixed with stearic acid (see). Occurs in many animal fats. In
shampoos, shaving soaps, creams. Alternatives: palm oil and other vegetable
o PEPSIN: Obtained from the stomachs or hogs. A clotting agent. In
some cheeses and vitamins.
o POLYPEPTIDES: Obtained from slaughterhouse wastes. See RNA/DNA.
o PROGESTERONE: A steroid hormone (see) used in face creams. Can have
adverse systemic effects. Alternatives: synthetics.
o RENNET: Rennin. From calves’ stomachs. Used in cheese making, rennet
custard (junket) and in many coagulated dairy products.
o STEARIC ACID: Tallow (see). Stearamide. Stearate. Quaternium 27.
Stearin. Fat from cows, sheep, etc. (could be dogs and cats from shelters).
Most often refers to a fatty substance taken from the stomachs of pigs. Can
be harsh, irritating. Used in cosmetics, soaps, lubricants, candles,
hairsprays, conditioners, deodorants, creams.
o TALLOW: Tallowate. Tallow Fatty Alcohol. Stearic Acid (see).
Rendered beef or sheep fat. May cause eczema and blackheads. In wax paper,
crayons, margarines, paints, rubber, lubricants, candles, soaps, shampoos,
lipsticks, shaving creams, other cosmetics. Alternatives: vegetable tallow
(animal tallow usually used commercially), Japan tallow, paraffin, ceresin
(see alternatives for Beeswax).
“Another symptom of Kali-yuga is the abominable practice of animal slaughter. In this age animals are kept nicely sheltered, completely confident that their masters will protect them, but unfortunately as soon as the animals are fat, they are immediately sent for slaughter. Such cruelty is condemned by VaiĂ±Ă«avas like the ViĂ±Ă«udĂĽtas. Indeed, hellish conditions of extreme suffering await the sinful men responsible for such cruelty. One who betrays the confidence of a living entity who takes shelter of him in good faith, whether that living entity be a human being or an animal, is extremely sinful. Because such betrayals now go unpunished by the government, all of human society is terribly contaminated. The people of this age are therefore described as mandĂ¤Ăą sumanda-matayo manda-bhĂ¤gyĂ¤ hy upadrutĂ¤Ăą [SB 1.1.10]. As a consequence of such sinfulness, men are condemned (mandĂ¤Ăą), their intelligence is unclear (sumanda-matayaĂą), they are unfortunate (manda-bhĂ¤gyĂ¤Ăą), and therefore they are always disturbed by many problems (upadrutĂ¤Ăą). This is their situation in this life, and after death they are punished in hellish conditions.” [A Second Chance: The Story of Near-Death Experience; Chapter 14-Betrayed by Leaders]
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