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Ocean of Mercy: Bhakti Benefits for Doomed Cows?

Dear Brahma Prabhu,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
In all the 35 years that I have been a fulltime devotee (aspiring devotee) in ISKCON, I n ever heard such a statement as you have repeatedly made–that milk is not essential to spiritual development. Srila Prabhupada himself drank milk every day and, as I have already written in a previous post, when devotees in the New York temple asked him whether they should discontinue offering milk products to Radha-Govinda because of the commercial milk being contaminated, he said no, they should continue. He said that in the early days of ISKCON, when the devotees weren’t very well established, and he expected that devotees would establish farms and live simply. He repeatedly said that anyone can leave peacefully with a family of five on one acre of land and a milk cow.
I am deeply disturbed to see how Srila Prabhupada’s teachings are being repeatedly distorted or misunderstood to suit various agendas. The book Bhagavata and the person Bhagavata are identical. Yet, the person Bhagavata is more important, Prabhupada said, “because he can catch you by the ear,” whereas the book Bhagavata will remain silent through our misinterpretations. Srila Prabhupada spoke out many times on many subjects. But we are now discarding his teachings as being irrelevant, although we simultaneously profess putting Prabhupada in the center. So, rather than try to get out of our duty to protect cows in the name of humanitarianism or whatever, we should protect cows to our ability and be prepared to make the necessary sacrifices and adjustments to reach this aim. We should depend on the land and cows, not on genetically modified vegetables.
I would appreciate your reply.
Thank you very much. Hare Krsna.
Your servant,
Visakha Priya dasi

Comment Posted By Visakha Priya dasi On 16.04.2014 @ 08:23

With all due respect to the author of Comment 24, the eating of Krsna prasada is essential to the practice of Krsna consciousness. And therefore Srila Prabhupada commented that, “Even the pigeons are vegetarians. We are Krsnatarians.” Srila Prabhupada also said that saving oneself first comes before preaching. And therefore, instead of sweeping under the carpet our (ISKCON’s) own shortcomings in the name of befriending the vegans or anyone else, we should look at our own practices. We can do and say so many things in the name of preaching, but ultimately, achar is more important than prachar.

Hare Krsna.
Your servant,
Visakha Priya dasi

Comment Posted By Visakha Priya dasi On 13.04.2014 @ 10:24

TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN

According to Krsna’s representative, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Krsna does require milk. Krsna may not mention it explicitly, but Srila Prabhupada, our link to Krsna, does as follows:

Real life is that you keep your health nicely, save time, take ordinary very nutritious food within the jurisdiction of Krsna-prasada. Krsna says, patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati. So Krsna eats all these things. Patram puspam phalam toyam, vegetables, liquid things, water, milk, and so many other things, grains. So you offer to Krsna. Krsna is here. Krsna, although He is very virat, universal form, but Krsna has accepted arca-vigraha so that you can serve, you can see, you can touch, and your life becomes successful. This is Krsna consciousness movement. Thank you very much. (end) Bhagavad-gita 4.22 — Bombay, April 10, 1974
And Krsna says, patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati. “A leaf, a flower, fruit and liquid, milk or water, all these things, within these categories, whatever a devotee offers Me in love and devotion, I eat.” Bhagavad-gita 13.22-24 — Melbourne, June 25, 1974
Just like if you want to offer me something, so you inquire that “What shall I offer you? What do you like?” So similarly, if you invite Krsna to live in your house or temple, then you should ask Krsna, “Sir, what can I offer You?” Krsna said, patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati. Krsna said that “You give Me patram, means vegetables, flowers, fruits, and phalam, fruits, and some liquid, water or milk.” Krsna does not say, “You give Me meat or egg or fish.” No. Krsna can eat everything, He’s all powerful, but He does not eat, although He is all powerful. He can eat everything. He can eat fire. That is another thing. But because we have to take prasadam, remnants of foodstuff, Krsna, therefore He says, “Give Me this: food grains, milk, or fruits and flowers.” Prepared or unprepared, it doesn’t matter. Krsna wants that. We… So far the Vaisnava is concerned, sometimes they come forward to fight with us: “Why we should be vegetarian?” No, no, we have no quarrel with the nonvegetarian. Let them eat at their risk. But because we recommend, “You take Krsna’s prasadam,” therefore we must be satisfied with this patram puspam phalam toyam, nothing more than that. Bhagavad-gita 16.10 — Hawaii, February 6, 1975

Comment Posted By Visakha Priya dasi On 11.04.2014 @ 07:42

In the Seventies in New York City, devotees asked SrilaPrabhupada whether they should discontinue to offer milk products to Sri SriRadha-Govinda because all the milk available in NYC was “enriched with vitamin D” (or was it “E”?), which contains fish oil. SrilaPrabhupada replied that they should continue to offer milk, sandesh, peda, and all other milk-based products made for the pleasure of the Lord. Of course, SrilaPrabhupada also stressed that devotees should become self-sufficient through their own farming and cow protection programs and thus avoid contaminated food.
So far it hasn’t happened—at least not much. My concern is that in the name of “it being Kali-yuga” and “What can we do? SrilaPrabhupada did say we could offer contaminated milk” we do not become complacent and keep gobbling up ice creams, flavored yogurt, Brie cheese, and whatever catches our fancy in the name of “offering it to Krsna and benefiting the slaughtered cow. Here in India there is much talk about money laundering. But what about milk laundering? Whether the slaughtered cow whose milk was used benefits or not from being turned into ice cream which is then eaten by saintly devotees is not up to my pea brain to figure out; my responsibility is to see that Krsna is pleased with me.
A few weeks ago I watched a video clip of His Grace TukaramPrabhu speaking on the subject of ahimsa milk. The point that struck me the most was his suggestion to continue drinking just enough milk to honor SrilaPrabhupada’s instruction that we should drink milk but leave aside all other concocted preparations available on the market and eat simply in order to keep body and soul together. Bhogi or yogi, the choice is ours and ours only.
Another thing to consider is the Vedic status of genetically modified cows. Does their milk help one develop the finer brain tissues necessary for advancement is spiritual life? Nowadays, some cows are bred with pig’s genes in order to increase their yield of milk, and they also look piggish. Could it be that by drinking that milk we develop piggy’s brains? “… if one supplies milk to a talented sage or saint, the sage will develop finer brain tissues by which he can contemplate higher, spiritual life. Thus the Lord is supplying everyone food, but according to the living entity’s association with the modes of material nature, the living entity develops his specific character.” (SB 4.18. 22p)
Yours in service to Srila Prabhupada, Visakha Priya dasi

Comment Posted By Visakha Priya dasi On 09.04.2014 @ 03:56

More On The Hot Issue - Female Diksa Guru

Dear Devaki devi dasi,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Someone made the point (perhaps it was Dusyanta Prabhu) that some devotees tend to quote Srila Prabhupada selectively–to prove their point. I know you to be a sincere and serious and dedicated devotee, and you know that my main concern is to reconcile extremes, not to win an argument.

I just wanted to point out that you quoted “but not so many” in a selective way. In context, it goes like this:

Prabhupäda: Yes. Jähnavä devé was—Nityänanda’s wife. She became. If she is able to go to the highest perfection of life, why it is not possible to become guru? But, not so many. Actually one who has attained the perfection, she can become guru. But man or woman, unless one has attained the perfection…. Yei kåñëa-tattva-vettä sei guru haya [Cc. Madhya 8.128].

To me, it sounds that “not so many” ultimately refers to both men and women. Otherwise, why would Srila Prabhupada states that “But man or woman, unless one has attained perfection…”? Perfection is not easily achieved, as confirmed in Bhagavad-gita:” Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth.” (Of course, someone might think that “mankind” means men only and subsequently argue that “out of many thousands among men” refers to men only. To such a person I bow down and have nothing more to say.)

Dear Devaki, I know that your goal is not to prove your point but to make people think. But for the sake of the innocent readers who might misunderstand the context, I thought I would clarify.

I hope this finds you well.
Your servant,
Visakha Priya dasi

Comment Posted By Visakha Priya dasi On 29.11.2013 @ 10:53

Revised Initiation Procedures and Standards Policy for Iskcon UK

As per your recommendation, I went on your website but could not find trace of the new Procedures and Standards for Initiation. Is it really there or do I need new reading glasses?

Your servant,
Visakha Priya dasi

Comment Posted By Visakha Priya dasi On 04.11.2013 @ 11:35

Un-Holy Holi?

Dear Mayesvara Prabhu, even in Vrindavan, where I have been living for the past seventeen years, Holi has become a dreaded event for many residents, because it simply fills the streets with lusty persons eager to give vent to their lusty whims with impunity. It has nothing to do with the wonderful pastime described in Ananda Vrindavan Campu. Instead of flower pollen and aromatic scented waters, people throw–and even rub–dyed marble dust and water (sometimes taken straight from the gutter) mixed with toxic chemicals onto one another’s faces and bodies. It is a sad, degraded, affair.

Of course, the pastime is still peacefully observed in some temples, where rose or sandalwood water is sprayed from the altar onto the visitors. But externally and on the whole, the kind of mentality you are describing is not absent from the outer covering of the holy dhama.

Thank you for your concern and courage and for speaking without hatred or envy.

Your servant,
Visakha Priya dasi

Comment Posted By Visakha Priya dasi On 30.10.2013 @ 11:28

Srila Prabhupada’s letters On Guruship

Just a few days ago a disciple of Srila Prabhupada told me that as a young girl in Hawai, she became a follower of Sai. When Sai became Siddha-Swarup, Srila Prabhupada apparently told him that he could keep his disciples. But SS refused. He wanted his disciples to also take shelter of Srila Prabhupada, which most of them did. The interesting thing, as we preach in ISKCON, is that the siksa guru is more important than the diksa guru (the implication being that ultimately we are all Srila Prabhupada’s disciples), but the general idea is that the devotee who first gives faith to the disciple and instructs him (or her) in devotional service, becomes his initiating guru later on. Now, in ISKCON it doesn’t work like that, because siksa-gurus are not automatically diksa-gurus. I have met a good number of devotees who are not happy about the fact that once the devotees they have brought to and nurtured in devotional service take initiation, they just about forget their siksa-guru and are even sometimes encouraged to do so. In the case of Tusta-Krsna Prabhu, the guru he trusted and surrendered to was obviously Sai, and when Sai advised him to take initiation from Srila Prabhupada he did it out of obedience to his guru. Is he guilty?

Another interesting thing I heard from another source is that when Srila Prabhupada told Siddha Swarup that he could not remain in ISKCON unless he followed the GBC, he also told him that if he left ISKCON he could still be Prabhupada’s disciple and that Srila Prabhupada would continue to guide him. How wonderful and compassionate Srila Prabhupada is!

Which makes me think that just as all beings are in Krsna but Krsna is not in them, Srila Prabhupada is not just ISKCON but greater than ISKCON.

Your servant,
Visakha Priya dasi

Comment Posted By Visakha Priya dasi On 12.09.2013 @ 03:27

Srila Prabhupada on the secret policy of British to cut down Vedic civilization

Sadhu! Sadhu! Thank you for your clear-headed thinking. All glories to sanatana-dharma, the eternal constitutional position of the soul!

Your servant,
Visakha Priya dasi

Comment Posted By Visakha Priya dasi On 20.08.2013 @ 14:45

Bhaktivedanta Manor Honoured at House of Lords with HH Radhanath Swami

Sitalatma Prabhu, Hare Krsna. Are you not aware, or do you not believe, that the appearance of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu inaugurates a ten thousand golden years period? Lord Caitanya appeared in 1486 and we are now in 2013, so we already have progressed 527 years into the golden age. Jaya!

I was not aware that this golden age refers to a period of hedonistic delights as you seem to indicate. As far as I know the golden age refers to the flood of love of God emanating from the pure chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, which our parched souls sorely need.

To answer your question more directly, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has said that when the high court judges will be wearing tilak on the bench it will indicate that Krsna consciousness is successful. The fact that His Holiness Radhanath Swami could address–in full Vaisnava attire– a gathering of influential mlecchas and yavanas (in the legendary House of Lords of all places) and draw a favorable response is a sure sign that Krsna consciousness is infiltrating the mundane sphere. All glories to Srila Prabhupada, who asked his disciples to rack their brains in order to find novel ways of presenting Krsna consciousness. May he bless you with such consciousness.

Your servant,
Visakha Priya dasi

Comment Posted By Visakha Priya dasi On 11.05.2013 @ 07:36


 


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