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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
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.
Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 20.04.2013 @ 17:50
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.
Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 09.03.2012 @ 20:44
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.
Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 09.03.2012 @ 20:40
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.
Comment Posted By Yajnavalkya dasa On 28.02.2012 @ 19:04