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Will Hare Krishnas Go Vegan?

The bottom line is, purchasing milk from a source that does not protect the cows is actually subsidizing and supporting the veal industry. Cows whose milk production have dropped are slaughtered at an early age. Commercial milk production is demonic, through-and-through. “Organic milk” is just a little less demonic: the fate of the cows and calves is the same. Cows are very dear to Krishna, I do not see how supporting violence to cows pleases Him in the least.

Some will say, “oh, veganism isn’t truly non-violent because of the inherent violence in farming”. But no one is claiming that veganism is equivalent with non-violence. You cannot stop violence, but you can try to minimize it. And veganism is less violent than supporting a dairy that slaughters cows and calves.

This is why Srila Prabhupada wanted self-sufficient farms to provide the urban temples with milk. Until that time comes, veganism is a viable option for those locales which do not have a local farm that protects cows their entire life. Perhaps veganism in those temples would provide the impetus to take the order to develop self-sufficent, cow-protectking farms seriously. If not now, when? It has been almost 50 years since ISKCON was created.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Aug 6, 2014 @ 9:28 pm

“Back to Godhead” means Back to Godhead

Considering that the material manifestation is 1/4th the size of the entire manifestation, does that mean that 1/4th of the residents of the spiritual world have fallen? Is that a reasonable assumption? If so, then falling from the spiritual world is common and not unexpected. Kind of like living in a city where 1/4th of the residents are in jail at any given time… you would not be surprised to hear, “oh, so-and-so just got arrested and locked up”.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Apr 25, 2014 @ 3:38 pm

Are You Facing Any Problems In Life?? If Yes, You Are So Lucky!!!

And, conversely, having “things go well” is not necessarily a blessing, because we can fall prey to the erroneous idea that the material world is not such a bad place after all.

We get so enamored over the meager pleasures on this planet, can you imagine how moonstruck and beguiled we would be if we attained a heavenly planet?

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Dec 20, 2013 @ 10:19 pm

Shiksa Guru

Also, as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said in the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita (Madhya-lila, 15:117), “One who awakens devotion to Krishna is certainly the spiritual master.” Just like Bilvamangala Thakura considered the courtesan, Cintamani, as one of his spiritual masters, because she awakened his devotion to Krishna. The very first line of the Krishna-Karnamrita reads, “All glories to Cintamani and my initiating spiritual master, Somagiri.”

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Dec 12, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

Isn’t it more peaceful to appease temptation than to battle it?

Also, as Bhagavad-gita 2:59 says, “The embodied soul may be restricted from sense enjoyment, though the taste for sense objects remains. But, ceasing such engagements by experiencing a higher taste, he is fixed in consciousness.”

There is a saying among alcoholics that “white-knuckled sobriety never works.” When you clench your fists, your knuckles turn white. So it is like clenching your fists, saying, “I will not drink! I will not drink!” forcing yourself to restrain from the activity. It is difficult to maintain that willpower. So it is very important to find that “higher taste”.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Dec 4, 2013 @ 1:14 pm

Are these events results of the Sankirtan movement?

It is interesting that the Dalai Lama claims in his autobiography, Freedom in Exile, that he must eat meat for health reasons. He doesn’t describe what disease he has; probably because there is no disease where meat-eating is a requirement.

Anyway, his own official website says that the Dalai Lama is a vegetarian in his home base, Dharmsala, yet is “not necessarily a vegetarian elsewhere”. So if he needs to eat meat for health, why is he a vegetarian when he is home at Dharmsala? Won’t he get sick?

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, when the Dalai Lama visited Milwaukee for a luncheon, the Dalai Lama was very fond of the veal roast. If he cannot control himself, if he loves to eat meat, why does he have to eat veal (baby cows), probably the most cruel of foods?

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Nov 22, 2013 @ 12:31 am

Anger Management Workshop at ISKCON Durban

I remember a saying that “you can tell the size of a man’s character by the size of the things that makes him angry”.

And most of the things that make us angry are trifles, when you consider the amount of misery in the world. It is embarrassing to fly into a rage because of being cut off in traffic while people are being gassed in Syria or cows are being needlessly slaughtered by the millions daily.

Anger (and similar emotions like annoyance, irritation and frustration) come from pridefulness and an inflated sense of false ego. We feel anger that someone does not give us the respect that we think we deserve. It is better to just think it is our (deserved) bad karma that a person or situation has “wronged” us, and feel grateful, knowing that we actually deserve much, much worse.

Even better is to develop the “tolerance of a tree” that Lord Caitanya advised in the third verse of His Siksastakam.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Sep 28, 2013 @ 1:06 pm

Criticism and Vaisnava Aparadhe: Is it Really Worth the Risk?

The passage from the Caitanya-bhagavata, quoted in Puskaraksa Prabhu’s comment, is from a section that contains other interesting passages. I’m doing this from memory, so please forgive my errors… Sri Caitanya says something along the lines that “all living beings in the universe are My servants”, and He is displeased with anyone criticizing anyone. So if maligning non-Vaishnavas is bad, one can understand how much worse it is to criticize Vaishnavas.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Jun 13, 2013 @ 9:56 pm

Humility Means No Resistance

I have also found that both anger and aggravation are, almost always, due to pride, the antithesis of humility. Even mundane things like getting annoyed at someone cutting in line or taking our parking space means we need to work on our pride.

There are valid reasons for anger, but not over our bruised false ego.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On May 19, 2013 @ 10:17 pm

Why Veganism in Iskcon does not work, part 2

For what it is worth, here are my thoughts on the subject:

1) Veganism does not violate any of the four regulative principles.

2) For one who consumes bhoga (unoffered food) some of the time, a vegan diet is laudable where bhoga is consumed. There is bad karma in consuming any unoffered food, but unoffered milk is especially bad, considering the cruel dairy industry. For examples, calves produced from the pregnancy sent to slaughter for veal, or raised for slaughter later (as beef); a cow that drops milk production sent to slaughter, and so on.

3) The Deities should never be subjected to a vegan diet or denied milk or milk products (for ghee lamps, etc.). As someone posted earlier, the Deities will surely not refuse milk because it came from a tortured cow. Besides, the cow is benefitted by having her milk offered to the Deities.

4) Prasadam containing milk or milk products should never be refused (unless one is lactose intolerant). To do otherwise is offensive. It is also offensive to consider oneself ethically superior to other devotees.

It would be wonderful if every temple or namahatta had a farm where milk could be obtained through cow protection. But until that time, milk for the Deities should be obtained through the best way possible (the adage “time, place and circumstance” applies here). For example, organic milk is a little less cruel than regular milk, since the cows are not force-fed chemicals.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Mar 23, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

Original Sanskrit Names Of Places

I fully agree with Shyamasundara prabhu’s comments. The territory known as “Greater India” is defined as “historical extent of the culture of India beyond the Indian subcontinent”, which is from present-day Afghanistan, Tibet, Sri Lanka, Indo-China, the Philippines and Indonesia. Any place-name outside of that region resembling Sanskrit names is probably coincidental. However, so many European words are too similar to Sanskrit to be a coincidence. For example mother(English) – mata (Sanskrit); pater (Latin) – pita; divine (English) – deva; mankind (Eng.) – manukula; three (English) – tra. And those are words just off of the top of my head.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Apr 20, 2013 @ 5:50 pm

Please sign the petition to bring the Yamuna River back to Vrindavan!

In response to Sri Brajraj Sharan: I fully agree that we should we should pay spiritual tributes to Sri Yamuna devi, the beloved river of Sri-Sri Radha-Krishna, Sri Krishna Caitanya, the six Goswamis, Srila Bhaktivinoda, Srila Bhakitsiddhanta, Srial Bhakitvedanta Prabhupada and many, many others.

I, for one, believe that the highest tribute should be in the form of working to restore her to her pristine nature.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Mar 9, 2012 @ 8:44 pm

In response to Sri Brajraj Sharan: I fully agree that we should we should pay spiritual tributes to Sri Yamuna devi, the beloved river of Sri-Sri Radha-Krishna. I, for one, believe that the highest tribute should be in the form of working to restore her to her pristine nature.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Mar 9, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

The Horrific Plight of the Yamuna River can be tied to India’s New-found Taste for Meat

The Yamuna River starts high up in the Himalayas, and is considered a pristine river (until it reaches Delhi).

A little ways south of Delhi, the Yamuna River is fully diverted for irrigation. A little further “downstream”, the “river” begins again, but this time it is fully comprised of effluent waste water from Delhi. At this point, and when it passes Vrindavana, it is the most polluted river on Earth.

This is similar to the mighty Colorado River in the United States, which no longer reaches the ocean, being used up for irrigation. This irrigation is not used for fruit orchards or vegetable fields, but to irrigate animal feed.

Meat-eating is on the rise in India at an alarming rate. I am not referring to Muslims, but to Hindus as well. In an effort to emulate the perverted decadence of the the West, meat-eating is considered fashionable, or even chic. On Tuesday, February 28, 2012, National Public Radio’s Morning Edition broadcast “The New Indian Pariahs: Vegetarians”.

Agricultural demands for supporting a meat-centered diet is notoriously inefficient. No one can deny this. It takes far more land, water and resources to support a meat-based diet than a vegetarian diet. This has been covered at depth by John Robbin’s classic book Diet for a New America: it takes 17x the resources to produce meat than feeding people directly (through grains).

Land and water are already a precious premium in India, a country with a large population that continues to skyrocket. India simply cannot afford to abandon its spiritual heritage just to adopt barbaric Western whims.

» Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On Feb 28, 2012 @ 7:04 pm

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