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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Letting go!



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  2. H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Selected Writings  | H. H. Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami | posted by  admin
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  4. ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana
  5. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHY LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE?
  6. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: MAHA COACH
  7. Karnamrita das, NC, USA: The Problem with the World—Selfishness
  8. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: A POEM FOR A FRIEND
  9. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: DO NOT WAIT FOR LEADERS
  10. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: NO TIME TO LOVE
  11. Akrura das, Gita Coaching: MUMMY'S BOY/GIRL TO SPIRITUAL HERO
  12. H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Letting go!
  13. Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Xways gang
  14. Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Photo
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Clearly the human body is not made for a non-vegetarian diet.

Nutrition

Let’s now consider the common notion, “If I don’t eat meat, I will suffer from lack of protein!”

Researchers at the Max Planck Institute, Germany, have shown: “Most vegetables, fruits, seeds, nuts, and grains are excellent sources of complete proteins.” To substantiate this further, let’s compare the nutrition values of some common vegetarian foods and some common flesh foods:

Vegetarian foods (100 gm)

 

H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Poem for January 13  | H. H. Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami | posted by  admin

Srila Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami Site sdgonline.org:

Satsvarupa das Goswami - Photo by Bhurijana Prabhu. Feb.\\\\\\\'09

4:48  A.M.

Poem for January 13

“To the south, just see the place called Sri Pulina, 
which is so enchanting. That is the abode of 
Vrndavana dhama within Navadvipa. 
Go there and personally witness Krishna’s 
pastimes. Very soon you will attain the divine 
lotus feet of Sri Radhika.”

After giving me these instructions, Lord Shambu will disappear.… Continue reading â

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami (Ret.): Selected Writings  | H. H. Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami | posted by  admin

Srila Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami Site sdgonline.org:

Satsvarupa das Goswami - Photo by Bhurijana Prabhu. Feb.\\\\\\\'09

From My Autobiography 

The autobiography is a work-in-progress. I have written of my pre-Kŗșņa conscious memories and my career in ISKCON, and I will continue to do so. Now I am writing about the books I have written over the thirty-five years.… Continue reading â

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Spiritual Scientist: Reality is more fascinating than what we have been allowed to believe

The Bhagavad-gita (6.30) states how an advanced spiritualist sees Krishna everywhere and in everything. Such a vision is neither a fanciful imagination, nor an intellectual conception, but a spiritual perception of the real nature of the cosmos immanent with Krishna. This perception is not sensory, but supra-sensory: the immanence of Krishna in the things and beings of this world is perceived not through one’s material senses, but through one’s spiritual senses.

Where the material senses see only the purposeless motions of matter according to impersonal laws and mechanical forces, there the spiritual senses see the purposeful actions of a benevolent God and his competent agents. For most of us, our spiritual senses are presently dormant, but we can awaken them by the process of devotional service centered on mantra meditation.

The divine sound of mantras aligns our intuitive understanding with the enlightened perception of the spiritually awakened. This alignment enables us to discover that reality is much more fascinating than what our past material perceptions allowed us to believe. Where our material senses saw worldly happenings only as favorable or unfavorable or immaterial for our self-centered enjoyment, we now see worldly happenings as other-worldly teachings, as Krishna's timely demonstrations of the Gita's timeless truths. When we recognize reality as a living school with a loving mentor, life becomes changed forever.

 
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Today's Darsana

14/1/12
"We should first try to see the lotus feet of Krsna, and when we have practiced this way, we can look at His thighs, His waist and His chest. Then we can reach His smiling face. In this manner we should meditate on Krsna's form, and thus we can associate with Krsna by meditating on His smiling face, His flute, His hands, His dress, His consort Srimati Radharani..."
 
(Teachings of Lord Kapila, v.36)
 
Grateful for Lord Kapila's guidelines we shall take the darsana of Sri Sri Radha Ballabha accordingly.
 
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: WHY LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE?

(This article was originally published in the Leadership Excellence Journal. All 78 issues of LEJ can be found in the Bhaktivedanta Vedabase 2003 and 2011) 

Maybe youwere wondering how Leadership Excellence Journal came into being. From 1992 Istarted to study leadership books and articles, both from devotees and others.I came to realize that leadership is most important for personal and collectivesuccess.  


By studying I saw that Srila Prabhupada gave us all principles foreffective spiritual leadership in his books, lectures, conversations, articlesand letters. Somehow I felt the need to make it more easy for devotee-leadersto focus on these topics and thus become better servants as leaders and alsomore happy in their devotional life. 

It is not easy to be a leader in aspiritual organization. First one has to be a good example, which is itself abig task. Then one has to develop trusting relationship with devotees. One mustrespect each devotee and facilitate his service. Then one must know how tolisten and deeply understand. That is very demanding.

Knowledgeis empowering, especially when applied consistently and with faith. If we knowthe principles of spiritual leadership and sincerely put them into practice,then we will be better protector and facilitator of the people we lead. Theidea with Leadership Excellence was to facilitate leaders' service. 

Leadership Excellence Journal is concise and focused on higherprinciples. It is meant to recharge your batteries weekly and give you newimpetus and ideas on how to perform better for Lord Krishna. If after readingLeadership Excellence weekly you come a step closer to becoming like a patient, loving father of devotees you lead, then Leadership Excellence is accomplishingits mission.

LeadershipExcellence's main message is that leadership means you are constantly workingon your heart and your motives and striving to gain the mercy of the devoteesby serving them as a leader. My hope is that Leadership Excellence will alsogive you solace, so you can persist to lead in spite of all challenges. 

Leadership Excellence should give you a sense that Lord Krishna and hisrepresentatives know what you are going through as a leader and that they appreciateyour struggle. We wish you all the best in your leadership journey. Pleasenever exploit your position but always serve and facilitate. That will bringyou greater rewards.
 
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: MAHA COACH

Lord, make me a channel of your peace, that 
   where there is hatred, I may bring love; 
   where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness; 
   where there is discord, I may bring harmony; 
   where there is error, I may bring truth; 
   where there is doubt, I may bring faith; 
   where there is despair, I may bring hope; 
   where there are shadows, I may bring light; 
   where there is sadness, I may bring joy. 
Lord, grant that I may seek rather 
   to comfort than to be comforted; 
   to understand than to be understood; 
   to love than to be loved; 
   for it is by forgetting self that one finds; 
   it is by forgiving that one is forgiven; 
   it is by dying that one awakens to eternal life. 

- St. Francis of Assisi
 
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Karnamrita das, NC, USA: The Problem with the World—Selfishness

World revolving around me 
While there are many ways to frame, or lead into, speaking about the root cause of the problems of the world, or of the country I live in, looking more closely at the concept of selfishness will be helpful. I have often thought that fanaticism is the real enemy of the world, since people’s inability to consider other viewpoints is at the root of most world or local conflicts. To me, fanaticism is a type of selfishness, or the result of a very narrow vision. Both come from bodily identification. My guru, Shrila Prabhupada spoke of selfishness, and extended selfishness. We are all eternal souls, yet we have the power to invest ourselves into matter. So although in the ultimate sense, or spiritually speaking, we have nothing to do with matter, due to false ego, we (the soul or consciousness) become duped or fooled by the illusion of the material world (maya), to think we are a particular body and mind, separate from God, others, and Nature.

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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: A POEM FOR A FRIEND

When I close my eyes 
And look at you 
I see a little child 

If I could 
I would give you 
All the toys you want 

But I know 
These toys 
Will not make you happy 

If I could 
I would give you 
All the love you want 

But I am 
A conditioned soul 
Just like you 

If I could 
I would give you 
All the protection you want 

But my arms are weak 
And my mind 
Is restless 

If I could 
I would give you 
All the fame you want 

But what is the use 
When people will forget 
Very shortly 

So what can I give you 
That will stay with you 
And benefit you eternally 

I know what it is 
It benefited me and many 
Since the beginning of time 

It is 
The holy name 
Of the Lord 

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna 
Krsna Krsna Hare Hare 
Hare Rama Hare Rama 
Rama Rama Hare Hare 

May God's love reach you 
In the sound of His name 
As the ocean reaches the shore - always 

His name is His love for us 
In the form of a pure 
Blissful sound 

Chant as much as you can 
And you'll be happy 
More and more and more 

It is simple 
And it is true 
Krsna loves you!
 
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: DO NOT WAIT FOR LEADERS

Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone, person to person.

- Mother Teresa
 
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: NO TIME TO LOVE

If you judge people, you have no time to love them.

― Mother Teresa
 
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Akrura das, Gita Coaching: MUMMY'S BOY/GIRL TO SPIRITUAL HERO

Is it possible?
Can mummy's boy or girl become a spiritual hero?
What would it take? How long would it take?
Are you interested to explore these questions?
If you are, let us look where are we on a scale of - mummy's boy to spiritual hero. Here are 4 ways to measure:
1. MB whines ................................................................. SH shines
2. MB waits ................................................................... SH creates
3. MB is depressed ......................................................... SH is impressed
4. MB is a great fool ....................................................... SH is grateful
 
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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: Letting go!

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30th Dec 2011, Munich, Germany) Lecture: Caitanya-caritāmṛta Adi 9-48

There is a story about a beggar. Once this beggar who was somewhere in India, was hungry and decided to go to the temple, because there are always pilgrims and someone might give him something to eat. But he felt extremely weak and hungry that day! So when he was in the temple, he started leaning against a pillar. At one point he just wrapped his arms around this pillar, and was hanging onto it. One man who came in, saw the beggar and thought: 

“It looks like this beggar is in a very bad way!”

So he said to the beggar:

“I have something for you!”

In his bag he had some puffed rice. The beggar who was holding onto the column, said:

“Just put it in my hands.”

So he had puffed rice in his hands. So how was he going to eat it? He can’t get it from around the column, and to drop it on the ground will only make it dirty. He couldn’t eat it because he was holding onto the pillar with his arms.

So in a same way if we hold on to so many material things (and have that pillar in our arms) then how can we relish the taste of bhakti? We cannot get to it. So if we let go of the pillar, then very quickly…..so we have to let go!


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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Xways gang



Xways gang

 
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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: All welcome but if you stink, you gotta go home, bathe, then...



All welcome but if you stink, you gotta go home, bathe, then come back.

 
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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Best cook book



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H.H. Kadamba Kanana Swami: The superficial nature of society

(Kadamba Kanana Swami, 30th Dec 2011, Munich, Germany) Lecture: Caitanya-caritāmṛta Adi 9-48 

Now when I speak about the superficial nature of society, then it’s like today, someone here has a birthday, and we heard the song:

‘May you never take birth again.’

With time birthdays become less and less important. When you are a child then it means everything in the world:

“My birthday…it’s my birthday!”

Who cares about birthdays. There are so many birthdays until it comes to a point where they ask:

“How old are you?”

And you have to think:

How old am I?”

Then you know that you’re losing it! They say that:

Old age is the stage where you have to feel your toothbrush, whether it is wet or dry. To remember if you have brushed your teeth or not.”

To me it sounds like a practical thing to do. So we see how this world is so superficial – how our short life here is not so significant! But then our connection with Krishna makes it all the more significant and then we invest in that!


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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: Thoughts

Thoughts 
“Pregnant with knowledge” 
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My friends guru did a bad thing but I hope she keeps practicing Bhakti under a different guru. 
I miss my friend Izaak I have not heard from him in ages. 
Out reach as reaching out side the box . Think out side the square. Prabhupada gave the frame work or square but we fill it in so out reach is all about thinking out side the box. This is my goal in life to think about and execute many different ways of welfare work. Strenuously planning with determination for krsnas service overcomes lust. I can sense that. 
Kc is so damn blissful. I just have to be kc all the time. Man I can’t even fathom the awesomeness of Bhakti. But I do realize the need to do it. The sweetness of austerity has no comparison. The fresh air of regulation, the cool water of selflessness, the warm company of the kc community which is built on love and trust who can escape this loving network. Reading is like a cold shower so hard but so rewarding and refreshing especially after. Life awakening what a thrill. Better than rock climbing. Coming Alive in the spirit of selfless service to everyone and the source of everyone. Best food on the planet!

Mucukunda das

 
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One ISKCON.com: “Expert At Rape” and The Etymology Of “Rape”

By His Holiness Jayadvaita Swami and Her Grace Tulasipriya Devi Dasi: I once tried to explain this to a certain devotee of a feminist bent, but she just gave me a doubtful look, as if to say I was juggling words and trying to justify the indefensible. Although the purport may have used to justify exploitation and sexual abuse of women, that abuse was due to misunderstanding Prabhupada’s words, not the words themselves. - Tulasipriya Devi Dasi
 
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Manoj, Melbourne, AU: 238. Follow & Lead

Saturday Melbourne morning. Glad to have reached this weekend after long struggling days at work. Listening to Bhagavatam class from Bhakta Prabhu 1.6.5 :

1. When a person is impregnated with spiritual knowledge, there is a change in that person. We are living a life of animals but with spiritual knowledge, we begin our lives as humans.

2. What is a guru? Guru is someone who is following the shastras, regulative principles and 100% engaged in serving God. Association with such people brings about a change. Infact, association with devotees is of utmost importance. We get the desire to be like them. We wish to develop their mannerism, their knowledge etc.

3. In one essence, all of us are teachers. We must lead an ideal life and emulate the actions of our great teachers. The king, teachers and parents are natural leaders of our society and such people must know spiritual goals, rules and regulations.

4. Initiation means being saved. And no matter what difficulties and disturbances we may go through, we must continue our dedication to Prabhupad and Lord Krishna. We must learn to be resilient, determined and sincere.

5. We must continue our reading. This is very important. This knowledge is what will save us. We must read at least for 1 hour. We must not ignore this activity. Prabhupad wrote this for us. The stories in these books are not fantasies. These are real people and incidents. Their pastimes infuse us with strong spiritual energy.

6. We must show outsiders the thrill of being devotees. We must invite them to our festivals and events. We must give them a chance to see the Lord somehow or another. We need to help them give up their animalistic life.

In conclusion, our minds cannot be diverted away from Krsna. We must take great pleasure in our services, preaching and our attempts to gain pure love of God. Anyone who comes in contact with Prabhupad books have come in contact with a pure devotee of Krishna. Impregnating people with spiritual experiences is what we are about. We have work to do, we have to do them now and it’s done by each and everyone of us. We have no time to waste.


       
 
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Bhakta Prabhu

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.5 - Spiritual knowledge is impregnated by association of devotees. 
 
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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Svarupa-sakti Mataji

Class given on Friday 13th January, 2012.

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.6.4 - Your material existence will be cut down by hearing and chanting about the Lord.
 
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ISKCON News.com: The BBT Moves Into the World of E-Books

By Madhava Smullen for ISKCON News on 13 Jan 2012

While printed books still account for the lion’s share of the market, the publishing business is changing in today’s digital world. The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust, ISKCON’s publishing wing established by its founder Srila Prabhupada in 1972, is also looking to keep up with the changing times.


 
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Japa Group: Please Do Not Fail To Chant 16 Rounds

Please do not fail to chant 16 rounds, rise early, read my books carefully and follow all the regulative principles.

Letter to Gandharva das
12 January, 1975
 
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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Remembering Srila Prabhupad - Harivilas Prabhu - Visit to France

De: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/ClassesAndBhajans/~3/jEMHLH897kA/845-Remembering-Srila-Prabhupad-Harivilas-Prabhu-Visit-to-France.html"

Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Remembering Srila Prabhupad - Harivilas Prabhu - Visit to France




Harivilas Prabhu remembering Srila Prabhupada's first visit to France.  

Dallas, TX 
2012-01-12 


Download: 2012-01-11 - Harivilas Prabhu - Remembering Prabhupada Visiting France.mp3
  
 
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New Vrndavan, USA: An Encounter with Srila Prabhupada – Butler, Pennsylvania 1965



An Encounter with Srila Prabhupada – Butler, Pennsylvania 1965




This is a video interview recorded in New Vrindaban by Sikhi Mahiti with Susan Dharm who attended Srila Prabhupada’s 2nd lecture in the West. This lecture was in Slippery Rock University (near Butler,PA). Srila Prabhupada had only been in America for less than a month.

Susan talks about the impact of the lecture, her desperate search to speak with Srila Prabhupada after the lecture, and her thoughts of see what this Indian Swami has accomplish after his stay in Butler, PA in 1965

 
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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: 5 Thoughts You’ll Have at the Time of Death.

From Elephant blog

No point in avoiding the inevitable: let’s get on with it then, shall we?

Five thoughts you won’t have:


1.   “I wish I’d had more plastic surgery.”

2.  “I’m so glad I watched every episode of Desperate Housewives: it has given me a deep sense of fulfillment and inner peace.”

3.  “I really regret not buying those midnight blue Hardtail rolldown yoga pants.”

4.  “I have absolutely no fear of what is about to happen: I have money in the bank and good insurance.”

5.  “I’m so glad I chose this peach silk nightgown: it really works with my complexion….”

Five thoughts you will have:


1.  “I wish I hadn’t been afraid to think about what is going to happen next.”

2.  “I wish I’d been a better person.”

3.  “That was fast.”

4.  “I want another try.”

5.  “I think I left the oven on…”

Five thoughts you hope you’ll have:


1.  “This is it: I have no fear, I am surrounded by love, and I accept this.”

2.  “I have the spiritual strength and understanding to face this moment.”

3.  “I don’t want to come back…”

4.  “Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his present body, in his next life he will attain to that state without fail.” (Bhagavad-gita)

5.  “Bitch, get your hands off that diamond necklace.”


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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Friday 13 January 2012--Mystical Potency of Srila Prabhupada's Books--and--Why No Meat Eating in Bhakti Yoga?

A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Friday 13 January 2012 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani are enjoying transcendental pastimes in the topmost planet of the spiritual world, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. They are beckoning us to rejoin them. (Click on photo to see a larger image.) Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world. Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, and to you, our dear readers. For Transcendental Association Connect With Other Members of this Course. Join this Conference: http://groups.google.com/group/sda_students Help Popularize Our Message By Liking Today's Thought on Facebook: Today's Thought: Mystical Potency of Srila Prabhupada's Books uploaded from Los Angeles, California USA The books of His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada are the most amazing and comprehensible presentation of the Vedic wisdom ever made available to the human society in the history of the universe. By the divine potency of his books the entire world is being inundated in a tidal wave of bhakti, which will bless the human society for at least 10,000 years. Even now the millions and millions of his books that have been distributed all over the world in so many different languages are having a powerful potency to hold off the debilitating and destabilizing effects of the Age of Kali. The efforts of the world's current political leaders to solve the world's problems are not successful because they do not understand the root cause of all the problems. Instead of solving the problems, their so-called solutions are actually making the situation worse and worse. Therefore we are making this urgent appeal to all of the world's leaders in all spheres of human activity to study, follow, and implement the teachings of Srila Prabhupada as the guiding principle for their lives and for the entire human society. This will bring in a new era of peace and prosperity to the ever more distraught human society. 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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 January 13: "I thank you for your nice letter and your kind appreciation. I will always be so pleased with your sincere service as I am so much happy with you. Yes, the ecstasy of separation of Spiritual Master is even greater ecstasy than meeting with Him."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968
 
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 January 13: "The Serpent-like feature of the Lord is another expansion of the Lord, to provide His Place on the Ocean. So long we have got materialistic view the serpent is fierce. But He is not at all fierceful to the devotees."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968
 
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 January 13: "You are so fortunate to be the servitors of Sri Sri Jagannatha Deva installed by your forefathers. To increase your affection for Them you should take only the prasadam of Jagannatha Deva. This facility you have got in this life and it should not be missed."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969
 
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1975 January 13: "I have arranged for the opening on Sri Ram Navami. I wish to know whether your Holiness will kindly install the deity properly according to Hari bhakti Vilasa. The Governor of Uttar Pradesh has also kindly consented to join us."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975
 
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1969 January 13: "There is no need to explain your recent traveling; the reason is you are restless. Any place you want to live, that is all right - but just concentrate your mind on utilizing your talents for Krishna's service." 
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969
 
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1970 January 13: "Sometimes the authorities are checking us but we have not stopped, neither have we any intention to stop this Sankirtana Movement. Things are improving daily and I hope they will continue to improve on and on."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970
 
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1974 January 13: "Krsna Consciousness means blissful life. It is very pleasing to me that you are so happy in your service to the Deities. Make the atmosphere so blissful that many persons will be attracted to come and live with us."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1974
 
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1975 January 13: "You must follow these four principles at all times, under all circumstances. Reject anyone who advises you otherwise. Such persons are worse than poison. Without the regulative principles there is no spiritual life."
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Mucukunda das, AU/NZ: iPhone finger painting. Mother earth can’t tolerate us...



iPhone finger painting. Mother earth can’t tolerate us eating cows.

 
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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Discussion with Ananda Caitanya on Srivas Thakura’s identity and engaging devotees according to the modes of nature

 
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Spiritual Scientist: Are there any logical reasons to choose vegetarianism?

Answer: Yes; there are many. Let's discuss five logical reasons here.

Firstly, non-vegetarian food generally costs much more money – and secondly, it costs much more than money.

These hidden costs comprise the next four reasons and can be represented by the acronym HELL (Health, Environment, Life – Subhuman, Life – Human). Let’s first look at these hidden costs and then see how we can practically adopt vegetarianism.

1. Health: Grain-fed animals contribute to severe health problems to humans like heart disease, several types of cancer, diabetes, etc. How? Cattle have stomachs meant to digest grass, not grains. But grains, unlike grass, can be grown elsewhere, transported to the slaughterhouses and fed to the animals there. The unnatural change of diet for cattle from grass to grains causes many diseases in them. So they are routinely administered antibiotics, which lead to the formation of antibiotic-resistant bacteria being formed in their bodies. When the meat of such animals is eaten by humans, the resistant bacteria threaten the effectiveness of the medicines that treat the meat-eaters. No wonder 90-97% heart diseases can be stopped by switching to a vegetarian diet.

Anatomy:

Let us compare some of the physiological features of flesh eaters, plant eaters & human beings:

Sr. No.Features of flesh eatersFeatures of Plant eatersFeatures of human beings
1Intestinal tract only 3 times body length, so rapidly decaying meat can pass out of body quicklyIntestinal tract 10-12 times body length, fruits do not decay as rapidly, so can pass more slowly through bodyIntestinal tract 12 times body length
2Small salivary glands in the mouth ( not needed to predigest grains and fruits )Well developed salivary glands, needed to predigest grains & fruitsWell developed salivary glands needed to predigest grains & fruits
3Acid saliva; no enzyme ptyalin to predigest grainsAlkaline saliva; much ptyalin to predigest grainsAlkaline saliva;

Much ptyalin to predigest grains.

4No flat back molar teeth to grind goodFlat back molar teeth to grind foodFlat back molar teeth to grind food
5Sharp and pointed incisor teethBroad, flattened and spade shaped incisor teethBroad, flattened and spade shaped incisor teeth
6Canine teeth are long, sharp and curved to tear flesh.Canine teeth are dull and short (sometimes long for defense), or none.Canine teeth are short and blunted.
7Facial Muscles are Reduced to allow wide mouth gapFacial Muscles are well-developed
Facial Muscles are well-developed
8Jaw Motion has minimal side-to-side motionJaw Motion has good side-to-side motion
Jaw Motion has good side-to-side motion
9Swallows food wholeExtensive chewingExtensive chewing
10Simple, short and smooth colonLong and complex colonLong and complex colon
11Perspires through tongue to cool bodyPerspires through millions of skin pores
Perspires through millions of skin pores
12Sharp claws
Flattened nails or blunt hoovesFlattened nails
Sr. No.Name of food stuffMedical calories
1Cashewnut596
2Coconut444
3Groundnut549
4Cheese348
5Ghee900

Flesh foods (100 gm)

Sr. No.Name of food stuffMedical calories
1Egg173
2Fish91
3Mutton194
4Pork114
5Beef114

Thus, vegetarian food can give us abundant nutrition inclusive of protein. Non-vegetarian food, on the other hand, contains more protein than can be stored in the body. This excess protein has to be excreted through the kidneys, which is a very taxing process.

Will we not lack sufficient strength if we eat only vegetarian food? The elephant, rhinoceros and hippopotamus are extremely powerful animals and none of them need meat for their power. Similarly, nor do we.

Disease

Meat contains 14 times more chemicals & pesticides than plant foods.

Consequently, far from being necessary for health, meat necessarily makes health go far away.

1. Heart disease, one of the leading killers in the world, has been found to have, as one of its major causes, a meat-centered diet. That’s why as early as 1961, the Journal of the American Medical Association declared, “90% - 97% of heart disease can be prevented by a vegetarian diet.”

2. Cancer:  Cooked meat and fish contains carcinogens, which sometimes attack the cell’s genetic material (DNA), alter it and develop cancer.

Indeed, annual health-care costs directly resulting from the US meat-centered diet were estimated to be between $23.6 billion and $61.4 billion, as stated in 1995 by Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM), a group of 4,500 medical doctors.

 

2. Environment: Assembly-line meat factories (read ‘hi-tech slaughterhouses’) cause enormous pollution of water bodies. InIowa, USA alone, hog farms and hog factories produce more than 50 million tons of excrement. Moreover these factories also generate significant greenhouse gases. A Japanese study estimated that 2.2 pounds of beef emits as much carbon dioxide as is emitted by the average European car every 155 miles.

Overall, assembly-line meat factories:

–        consume enormous amounts of energy,

–        pollute water supplies,

–        generate significant greenhouse gases and

–        require ever-increasing amounts of grains, thus destroying forests.

3. Life – Subhuman: We humans “process” (grow and kill) around 60 billion animals every year, or 10 animals per person per year. With the average human life span of 75 years, one human life causes death to 10 x 75  = 750 animals!

More specifically, the average American consumes in a 72-year lifetime approximately 11 cattle, 3 lambs and sheep, 23 hogs, 45 turkeys, 1,100 chickens and 862 pounds of fish!

Not only does our meat diet cause death to millions of animals, but it causes torturous death to them, as is evident from just two sample statistics given below.

Hens: Hens are so tightly packed in the battery cages that they cannot move an inch during their encagement. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) recommends giving each hen four inches of 'feeder space'. In this little space the birds cannot stretch their wings or legs, and cannot fulfill normal behavioral patterns. Constantly rubbing against the wire cages, they suffer from severe feather loss, and their bodies are covered with bruises and abrasions. Hens are forced to lay up to 200-220 eggs every year, leading to weakened bones, feather loss etc.

Male chicks: Male chicks of egg laying breeds are of no economic value. They may be thrown in trashcans where they are suffocated or crushed under the weight of others. Another common method used to dispose of unwanted male chicks is grinding them up alive. Male chicks are either packed in garbage plastic bags to suffocate to death or thrown away in trash cans. The recent trend is to grind the male chicks alive and use it as high fertility manure for the farms. In theU.S. alone, 6,60,000 animals are killed for meat every hour. Manure fumes and rotting carcasses will force workers to wear gas masks. A newborn calf is likely to be taken to a veal factory. There, he will be locked up in a stall and chained by his neck to prevent him from turning around for his entire life. He will be injected with antibiotics and hormones to make him grow.

4. Life – Human: Though some 800 million people on the planet suffer from hunger or malnutrition, majority of corn and soya grown in the world, which could be used to feed these starving humans, feeds cattle, pigs and chickens instead. When animals eat grains and then humans eat their flesh, the calories humans get is around one-fifth of what humans would get if they ate the grains directly.

No wonder Mark W Rosegrant of the International Food Policy Research Institute calls for “a stronger public relations campaign in the reduction of meat consumption — one like that around cigarettes — emphasizing personal health, compassion for animals, and doing good for the poor and the planet.”

The fear and anger in the animals while being slaughtered enters into our consciousness subtly through their flesh and impels us to act fearfully and angrily. Even if we imagine that we can eat meat and still think positively, the negative karmic consequences of our actions will soon catch up with us. Thus our non-vegetarian diet will hurt not only other human beings, but also us too.

In our present times, we have scores of statistics like the ones quoted above to make the logic of vegetarianism compellingly clear. But even without these statistics, the resonance of vegetarianism with our essential human conscience and sensitivity is so intuitively strong that eminent thinkers throughout history have not only chosen but also championed vegetarianism. To illustrate, here are the quotes of just a few reputed vegetarians:

 

"Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat."

Leonardo Da Vinci

"When a man wants to murder a tiger, he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him, he calls him ferocity."

“While our bodies are the living graves of murdered animals, how can we expect any ideal conditions on earth?”

George Bernard Shaw

"It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."

“Nothing will benefit human health and increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

Albert Einstein

"I do feel that spiritual progress does demand at some stage that we should cease to kill our fellow creatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants. "

M. K. Gandhi

"The flesh eating is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to moral feeling- killing. By killing man suppresses in himself, unnecessarily, the highest spiritual capacity- that of sympathy and pity towards living creatures like himself and by violating this his own feelings become cruel."

Leo Tolstoy

"Flesh eating is unprovoked murder."

Benjamin Franklin

"As long as man massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love."

“Those that kill animals to eat their flesh tend to massacre their own.”

Pythagoras

"A dead cow or sheep lying in a pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of a carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher's stall passes as food."

J. H. Kellogg.

“We have enslaved the rest of animal creation and have treated so badly that, if they were to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form.”

William Ralph

Pythagoras noted this over two millennia ago, "As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love." And Albert Einstein reiterated it, "It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind."

 

Two-point formula for giving  up meat-eating

1. Higher taste: We can experience spiritual fulfillment through prayer, meditation – and especially through chanting the holy names of God. As soon as dawn arrives, we extinguish the candle that was earlier indispensable. Similarly, once spiritual enlightenment dawns in our heart, we will eschew harmful sensual indulgences, that were earlier irresistible – not reluctantly, but joyfully. When we experience God’s infinite protection and love streaming into our hearts and lives, both the main causes of overeating – the innate craving for pleasure and the desperate search for relief from distress – will be tackled at the root. We will discover an inner treasure of devotion, which offers simultaneously the highest pleasure and the safest relief. Then self-restraint will cease to be an exercise in self-denial; it will become a welcome catapult for our further spiritual enrichment. The easiest way to experience this inner enrichment is by chanting the names of God like the Hare Krishna maha-mantra regularly as a sadhana and especially when we are tempted.

 

2. Spiritual diet: When we become spiritually awakened, we will naturally eschew all harmful foods – not just the foods that increase the fat in our bodies, but also the foods that cause our innocent, helpless brothers – the animals – to lose their bodies to fatten ours. That is, we will naturally choose vegetarianism to protect our own health and the animals’ lives. But the Bhagavad-gita (3.17) urges us to go beyond vegetarianism to Krishna-tarianism, to offer our vegetarian food with love to God,Krishna. The food thus sanctified becomes prasad or mercy. Prasad not only nourishes us physically, but also awakens us spiritually to our natural joyfulness.

Therefore, irrespective of whether presently we are non-vegetarians or not, let’s direct our quest for happiness inwards and thus stimulate our spiritual fulfillment – and also facilitate our own physical health and that of our starving fellow humans. Lest we shy away from a spiritual solution and seek a material palliative instead, Albert Einstein’s verdict on problem-solving can prod us on, “Problems cannot be solved at the same level of thinking that created them.”

 

 


 
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ISKCON Desire Tree: 15 Jan 2012 - Ganga Sagara Mela

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Spiritual Scientist: If God wanted us to be vegetarian, then why has he given us canine teeth?

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Answer summary:

1. Our canine teeth are not entirely like the canine teeth of carnivorous animals

2. Our canine teeth are only 4 out of 32, indicating thereby that meat, if at all it is taken, should be a small part of our diet.

3. God gives us free will and the facility to execute that free will. One such facility is canine teeth for those who want to misuse that free will. He indicates the right use through the scriptures as well as through our conscience and sensitivity.

 
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Spiritual Scientist: If we avoid meat because we don’t want to cause violence, then doesn’t eating vegetables also involve violence?

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Answer Summary:

1. As our very survival necessitates food which requires some amount of violence, we can't avoid it entirely, so we should try to minimize it.

2. The pain depends on the development of nervous system.

3. To get an intuitive understanding of which is congenial compare the atmosphere in a farm during harvesting with the atmosphere in a slaughterhouse while animals are being killed.

 

 

 

 

 
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Spiritual Scientist: Do the Vedic literature allow meat-eating? Did Hinduism adopt vegetarianism from Buddhism?

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Answer summary:

1. Vedic literature not uni-form, but omni-form: not just one way for all people, but multiple ways depending on levels of people.

2. Vegetarianism is their recommendation, as seen from the verses below, but meat-eating is their concession. eg. doctor to diabetic patient: medicines and sugar-less diet are the recommendation, sweet once a week is a concession.

3. When patient misrepresents concession to be recommendation, the doctor rejects the concession entirely to prevent such future abuse. That's what Lord Buddha did.

4. Buddhism brought to the forefront of practical application the recommendations for vegetarianism that had been gradually sidelined.

5. Vedic literature lead the way in pioneering a global elevation of human consciousness through the adoption of vegetarianism.

 

Rig Veda:

"One who partakes of human

flesh, the flesh  of a horse or of another animal, and deprives others of

milk by slaughtering  cows, O King, if such a fiend does not desist by other

means, then you should  not hesitate to cut off his head."

Rig-veda (10.87.16)

 

 

Manu-Samhita:

 

"Meat can  never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to

sentient  beings is detrimental to the attainment of heavenly bliss; let him

therefore  shun the use of meat. Having well considered the disgusting

origin of flesh and  the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let

 

him entirely abstain  from eating flesh." (Manu-samhita 5.48-49)

 

"He who permits the  slaughter of an animal, he who cuts it up, he who kills

it, he who buys or sells  meat, he who cooks it, he who serves it up, and he

who eats it, must all be  considered as the slayers of the animal. There is

no greater sinner than that  man who though not worshiping the gods or the

ancestors, seeks to increase the  bulk of his own flesh by the flesh of

other beings." (Manu-samhita 5.51-52)

 

"If he has a strong desire (for meat)

he  may make an animal of clarified butter or one of flour (and eat that);

but let  him never seek to destroy an animal without a (lawful) reason. As

many hairs as  the slain beast has, so often indeed will he who killed it

without a (lawful)  reason suffer a violent death in future births."

(Manu-samhita  5.37-38)

 

 

"He who injures harmless

creatures from a wish to give  himself pleasure, never finds happiness in

this life or the next."  (Manu-samhita 5.45)

 

"By subsisting

on pure fruits and  roots, and by eating food fit for ascetics in the forest,

one does not gain so  great a reward as by entirely avoiding the use of

flesh. Me he [mam sah]  will devour in the next world, whose flesh I eat in

this life; the wise declare  this to be the real meaning of the word 'flesh'

[mam sah]."  (Manu-samhita 5.54-55)

"He who  does not seek to cause the sufferings of bonds and death to living

creatures,  (but) desires the good of all (beings), obtains endless bliss.

He who does not  injure any (creature) attains without an effort what he

thinks of, what he  undertakes, and what he fixes his mind on." (Manu-samhita

5.46-47)

"By  not killing any living being, one becomes fit for salvation."

(Manu-samhita 6.60)

?

Mahabharata:

 

"He who desires to augment his own

flesh by eating the  flesh of other creatures, lives in misery in whatever

species he may take his  [next] birth." (Mahabharata, Anu.115.47)

"The  purchaser of flesh performs violence by his wealth; he who eats flesh

does so by  enjoying its taste; the killer does violence by actually tying

and killing the  animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing. He who

brings flesh or sends for  it, he who cuts off the limbs of an animal, and he

who purchases, sells, or  cooks flesh and eats it--all these are to be

considered meat-eaters."  (Mahabharata, Anu.115.40)

 

"The sins  generated by violence curtail the life of the perpetrator.

Therefore, even those  who are anxious for their own welfare should abstain

from

meat-eating."  (Mahabharata, Anu.115.33)

 

Bhishma started, "Numberless  discourses took place between the Rishis on

this subject, O scion of Kuru's  race. Listen, O Yudhisthira, what their

opinion was. (115.7)

"The highly wise seven celestial Rishis, the Valakshillyas, and those

Rishis who  drink the rays of the sun, all speak highly of abstention from

meat.

The  self-created Manu has said that the man who does not eat meat, or who

does not  kill living creatures, or who does not cause them to be killed, is

a friend of  all creatures. Such a man is incapable of being oppressed by

any creature. He  enjoys the confidence of all living beings. He always enjoys

the praise of the  pious. The virtuous Narada has said that that man who

wishes to multiply his  own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures meets

with disaster.  (115.9-12)

"That man, who having eaten meat, gives it up afterwards wins merit by such

a  deed that is so great that a study of all the Vedas or a performance, O

Bharata,  of all the sacrifices [Vedic rituals], cannot give its like.

(115.16)

"That learned person who gives to all living creatures the gift of complete

assurance is forsooth regarded as the giver of lifebreaths in this world.

(115.18)

"Men gifted with intelligence and purified souls should always treat others

as they themselves wish to be treated. It is seen that even those men who

are endued with learning and who seek to acquire the greatest good in the

shape  of liberation, are not free of the fear of death. (115.20)

"What necessity be said of those innocent and healthy creatures gifted with

love  of life, when they are sought to be killed by sinful wretches living

by  slaughter? Therefore, O King, know that the discarding of meat is the

highest  refuge of religion, of the celestial region, and of happiness.

Abstention of  injury [to others] is the highest religion. It is, again, the

highest penance.  It is also the highest truth from which all duty emanates.

(115.21-23)

"Flesh cannot be had from grass  or wood or stone. Unless a living creature

is killed it cannot be procured.  Hence is the fault of eating flesh. The

celestials who live upon Svaha,  Svadha, and nectar, are given to truth and

sincerity. Those persons, however,  who are for satisfying the sensation of

taste, should be known as Rakshasas  [flesh-eating demons] pervaded by the

quality of Darkness. (115.24-25)

"If there were nobody who ate  flesh, then there would be nobody to slay

living creatures. The man who slays  living creatures kills them for the sake

of the person who eats flesh. If flesh  were not considered as food, there

would then be no destruction of living  creatures. It is for the sake of the

eater that the destruction of living  entities is carried on in the world.

Since, O you of great splendor, the period  of life is shortened by persons

who kill living creatures or cause them to be  killed, it is clear that the

person who seeks his own good should give up meat  altogether. Those dreadful

persons who are engaged in the destruction of living  beings never find

protectors when they are in need. Such persons should always  be molested and

punished even as beast of prey. (115.29-32)

"That man who seeks to multiply  his own flesh by (eating) the flesh of

others has to live in this world in great  anxiety, and after death has to take

 

birth in indifferent races and families.  High Rishis given to the

observance of vows and self-control have said that  abstention from meat is

worthy

of praise, productive of fame and Heaven, and a  great satisfaction itself.

This I heard formerly, O son of Kunti, from  Markandeya when that Rishi

discoursed on the sins of eating flesh.  (115.34-36)

"He who purchases flesh, kills  living creatures through his money. He who

eats flesh, kills living beings  through his eating. He who binds or seizes

and actually kills living creatures  is the slaughterer. These are the three

sorts of slaughter through each of these  acts. He who does not himself eat

flesh but approves of an act of slaughter,  becomes stained with the sin of

slaughter. (115.38-39)

"That wretched man who kills  living creatures for the sake of those who

would eat them commits great sin. The  eater's sin is not as great. That

wretched man who, following the path of  religious rites and sacrifices as laid

 

down in the Vedas, would kill a living  creature from a desire to eats its

flesh, will certainly go to hell. That man  who having eaten flesh abstains

from it afterwards acquires great merit on  account of such abstention from

sin. He who arranges for obtaining flesh, he  who approves of those

arrangements, he who kills, he who buys or sells, he who  cooks, and he who

eats it,

[acquire the sin of those who] are all considered as  eaters of flesh.

[Therefore] that man who wishes to avoid disaster should  abstain from the meat

of

every living creature. (115.44-48)

"Listen to me, O king of kings, as  I tell you this, O sinless one, there

is absolute happiness in abstaining from  meat, O king. He who practices

severe austerities for a century, and he who  abstains from meat, are both

equally meritorious. This is my opinion.  (115.52-53)

"Yudhisthira said: Alas, those  cruel men who, not caring for various other

sorts of food, want only flesh, are  really like great Rakshasas

[meat-eating demons]. (116.1)

"Bhishma said: That man who wishes  to increase his own flesh by the meat

of another living creature is such that  there is none meaner and more cruel

than he. In this world there is nothing that  is dearer to a creature than

his life. Hence, one should show mercy to the lives  of others as he does to

his own life. Forsooth, O son, flesh has its origin in  the vital seed.

There is great sin attached to its eating, as, indeed, there is  merit in

abstaining from it. (116.11-13)

"There is nothing, O delighter  of the Kurus, that is equal in point of

merit, either in this world or in the  next, to the practice of mercy to all

living creatures. (116.19)

"Hence a person of purified  soul should be merciful to all living

creatures. That man, O king, who abstains  from every kind of meat from his

birth

forsooth, acquires a large space in the  celestial region. They who eat the

flesh of animals who are desirous of  life, are themselves [later] eaten by

the animals they eat. This is my opinion.  Since he has eaten me, I shall eat

him in return. This, O Bharata, forms the  character as Mamsah [meaning

flesh] of Mamsah [me he, or "me he"  will eat for having eaten him]. The

destroyer is always slain. After him the  eater meets with the same fate.

(116.32-35)

"He who acts with hostility  towards another becomes victim of similar

deeds done by that other. Whatever  acts one does in whatever bodies, he has to

suffer the consequences thereof in  those bodies. (116.36-37)

"Abstention from cruelty is the  highest Religion. Abstention from cruelty

is the greatest self-restraint.  Abstention from cruelty is the highest

gift. Abstention from cruelty is the  highest penance. Abstention from cruelty

is the highest sacrifice. Abstention  from cruelty is the highest power.

Abstention from cruelty is the greatest  friend. Abstention from cruelty is the

greatest happiness. (116.38-39)

"Gifts made in all sacrifices  [rituals], ablutions performed in all sacred

water, and the merit which one  acquires from making all kinds of gifts

mentioned in the scriptures, all these  do not equal in merit abstention from

cruelty." (116.40)

 

 

Bhagavata Purana:

"Those who  are ignorant of real dharma and, though wicked and haughty,

account  themselves virtuous, kill animals without any feeling of remorse or

fear of  punishment. Further, in their next lives, such sinful persons will be

eaten by  the same creatures they have killed in this world." (Bhagavata

Purana  11.5.14)

 

 
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