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What We Eat, And What Our Lordships "Eat"

Please remember that most sugar is “purified” by running it over bone char, which is made of the bones of slaughtered cows:

(See item 2, under “Uses”)

Comment Posted By Hare Krsna dasi On 11.06.2012 @ 17:01

Varnashrama and Harinam Sankirtan

Dear Visakha Priya Prabhu,

I note that you state that you went through the entire VedaBase and could find no record of Srila Prabhupada saying that 50 percent of his work was yet to be done.

I’m not sure why that is. Possibly the VedaBase does not include the text of all BBT books, such as the following text:


Statement by Abhirama dasa:

I was personally present on two occasions when Srila Prabhupada spoke about how important establishing varnasrama was to him. Both times were in the summer of 1977, in Prabhupada’s room in Vrndavana, before he left to go to London. At the time, Tamala Krsna Goswami was Srila Prabhupada’s personal secretary, and I his assistant. I was also Prabhupada’s nurse.

The first time, several devotees were there with Srila Prabhupada. We knew that his health was getting weaker. He was talking to the devotees about his imminent departure. “I have no lamentation,” Prabhupada said. He paused for a few seconds, and then he said, “No, I have one lamentation.” A devotee asked, “Because you have not finished translating the Srimad Bhagavatam?” Prabhupada replied, “No, that I have not established varnasrama.”

On the next occasion, some time later, I was with Srila Prabhupada in his room when he made the statement, “Fifty percent of my work is not complete because I have not established varnasrama.”

I remember one more quote from that summer. Prabhupada stated,”I want to establish varnasrma.”A devotee asked,”How will you do that, Srila Prabhupada?” and he replied,”I will go to Gita-nagari,I will sit down, and I will teach you to live off the land.”I personally consider that to be the bija mantra [seed] mantra of varnasrama.

“Srila Prabhupada on Varnasrama” BBT 1999 page 275


Lord Ramacandra became King during Treta-yuga, but because of His good government, the age was like Satya-yuga. Everyone was religious and completely happy.

Among the four yugas—Satya, Treta, Dvapara and Kali—the Kali-yuga is the worst, but if the process of varnasrama-dharma is introduced, even in this age of Kali, the situation of Satya-yuga can be invoked. The Hare Krsna movement, or Krsna consciousness movement, is meant for this purpose.
— SB 9.10.51


So these are actual quotes from Srila Prabhupada. Nevertheless, having cited these, I must say, I completely agree with Krsna Kesava Prabhu’s recent article on Dandavats: “We are Not Ready for Varnasrama.”


Hare Krsna dasi

Comment Posted By Hare Krsna dasi On 13.08.2011 @ 16:11

We Are Not Ready for Varna-ashrama Dharma Yet

Kesava Krsna Prabhu, I have to agree with your title: We are not ready for varnasrama yet.

I spent about 15 years of my life studying Srila Prabhupada’s instructions on varnasrama and working on the BBT publication “Speaking about Varnasrama: Srila Prabhupada on Varnasrama and Farm Community Development.”

I naively felt that once devotees had Srila Prabhupada’s direct instructions in front of them they could understand better how to approach the subject of varnasrama, but such has not been the case at all.

For example, in the Varnasrama Walks in Vrndavana in March 1974, Srila Prabhupada very clearly states: “First of all Varna, and then Asrama. When Varna is perfectly in order, then Asrama.”

Yet, most leaders in ISKCON who speak of Varnasrama at all, automatically address Asrama first, and then Varna.

Hence the concern about what women will do. Thinking about what women will do is the incorrect subject to address first. That is what the ignorant Taliban did. It did not work out. Manu Samhita states that in that state where women are not happy, the state is doomed. That proved to be correct. Afganistan was bombed back to the stone age. We do not need to imitate their ignorant approach.

The first subject to address is varna: what will a *person* do according to his or her nature? How can you make your daily *work* your prayer to God? How can the spiritual master help you determine your best line of work in your endeavor for spiritual advancement? These are the proper questions to start with:

By following his qualities of work, every man can become perfect. Now please hear from Me how this can be done.

By worship of the Lord, who is the source of all beings and who is all-pervading, man can, in the performance of his own duty, attain perfection.
Bg 18.45-46

Unfortunately, we are unwilling to start with the consideration of Varna, as instructed by Srila Prabhupada. Therefore, at this point, we are most certainly not ready for Varnasrama — as your title so aptly indicates.

your servant,

Hare Krsna dasi

Comment Posted By Hare Krsna dasi On 13.08.2011 @ 07:05

Gratitude for God’s Gifts

One plant which has much capability for relieving arthritis and rheumatism is the stinging nettle. It is said that after a long march, Roman soldiers used to grab some stalks of stinging nettles and beat their legs. After the initial stinging sensation, all the aches of their muscles went away.

My son’s biology teacher told me that in every country where they grow, stinging nettles are used to relieve arthritis and rheumatism. Nettle tea, nettle soup or freeze dried nettles are also a natural antihistamine, and are an effective treatment for hay fever and similar allergies.

I used to regard nettles as a very nasty weed in my garden, because they would sting me when I was trying to cultivate the flowers and vegetables. To my surprise, I discovered they are a valuable therapeutic and nutritious herb.

Maharaja makes a nice resolution, “I pray that I will dedicate everything that God has given me–fully in God’s service, following His pure devotees.” To that we can all agree. And let us recognize the wonder of all the things that Krsna has sent to help us in our service, even if they at first appear to our untrained eyes as nasty weeds. Let us rather see their value and use in our service to the Lord. “I am the healing herb,” states Krsna in Bhagavad-gita 9.16. So let us glorify His miraculous gifts!

Comment Posted By Hare Krsna dasi On 21.11.2009 @ 05:28

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