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The Vegan Prasadam Revolution!

The author, Vijaya Gauranga das, sent me an email requesting me to read and comment on this article, so please forgive my intrusion here. I don’t know what I should add. The material world is imperfect. It will never be perfect. There is nothing more to say.

Vegetarianism is not perfect. Veganism is not perfect. I know maybe I want to say “Prasadam is perfect” but instead I will speak for myself and say prasadam is not perfect either, because it is created by my imperfect heart which lacks prema-bhakti - therefore it is not perfect prasadam.

Nothing is perfect.

Thats the biggest thing that bothers me about a discussion of which is better - Vegan or Vegetarian. They are both various gradations of imperfection. Which one is closer to perfection? Both are infinitely distant.

I wrote about this vociferously in 1994 or 95 with a similar conclusion to the current post. I think if you want to omit dairy from your deit I bow to your feet reverentially and appreciate your dedication to pleasing Krishna through furthering Ahimsa. I think on the other hand if you have OTHER ways to pursue pleasing Krishna that you are inspired in, which do not include worrying that much about your diet, I also bow to your feet reverentially and admire your dedication to pleasing Krishna as best you can.

In short, to me it doesn’t matter anymore if I do or if I don’t by milk from a grocery store. NOTHING really matters to me except if I do or if I don’t have a heartfelt need to please Krishna in WHATEVER I happen to be doing.

I hope you find this comment useful and apologize for taking your time. Hare Krishna.

Comment Posted By Vraja Kishor - Vic D On 30.08.2010 @ 04:55

The debate over Srila Prabhupada’s rising sign

The author has written a good article. However, when Makara rises the 3rd Lord in the 8th House with Ketu signifies that he will write books on the topic of mystical liberation and spirituality and be a leader of a “cult” = this is a perfect match, not a mismatch as the author suggests.

Ketu in the 8th is super-excellent for spiritual insight, imo. He is here with the self-situated Sun, illuminating the mysterious darkness of the metaphysical realm of the 8th house, while Ketu allows direct symbolic access to it’s mysteries, and Jupiter allows Srila Prabhupada to guide others on the basis of that insight and access to supernatural mysteries. I don’t see how this does not match the life story and character of His Divine Grace.

I feel that these and similar trepidations regarding the Capricorn chart of Srila Prabhupada are founded on a superficial understanding of astrological principles - accepting things as patently “good” or “bad” or “weak” or “strong” without understanding the deeper realities.

Referencing only the birth chart without reference to the vargas, or at least the navamsha, is a weak practice which leaves openings for many plausible interpretations for a given placement. A thorough article on this subject must reference Prabhupada’s navamsha at the very least!

What I don’t understand is why this debate exists? I believe it originates with Nalini Kanta Prabhu in his old book? In any case, I don’t think it really merits the status of a bona-fide “debate”. To me, it simply seems like monkey business. Prabhupada said “4pm.” 4pm gives Capricorn rising. Why monkey with it??? Just because it doesn’t match one’s preconception of what a “guru” is supposed to be? I don’t get it. In my opinion, one need only look at Prabhupada’s face to understand that he is Capricorn ascending.

Comment Posted By Vraja Kishor - Vic D On 31.12.2009 @ 05:26

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