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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.

Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 06.08.2014 @ 21:28

“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”.

Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 25.04.2014 @ 15:38

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?

Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 20.12.2013 @ 22:19

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.”

Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 12.12.2013 @ 13:32

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”.

Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 04.12.2013 @ 13:14

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?

Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 22.11.2013 @ 00:31

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.

Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 28.09.2013 @ 13:06

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.

Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 13.06.2013 @ 21:56

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.

Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 19.05.2013 @ 22:17

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.

Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 23.03.2013 @ 14:06


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