What’s wrong with eating meat


Please take some time reading this article as you will get some information behind eating meat. Ultimately it’s for your own benefit and benefit for the whole world.

Generally people say what’s wrong with eating meat?
People might then question, but I am not actually killing the animal but just eating, is that wrong too?
Plants and Vegetables are also living being is it not a sin to kill them for food too?
Do animals have a soul?
What does the Bhagavad Gita Tells us about the food which we eat?
What are the Characteristics of the 3 Modes and what it leads to?
What if people who want to continue to eat meat?
What does other religions say about Meat Eating?
Table displays Features of different entities’ diets:
What is wrong in eating Onions and Garlic?
Why don’t Hare Krishna’s eat meat?
Meat – Not A Human Food.
Conclusion

Generally people say what’s wrong with eating meat?

Every living being has a specific purpose for its existence. The purpose, definitely, is other than being killed and eaten by others. In the Bhagavad Gita Lord Krishna says sarva-yonishu kaunteya (BG, 14.4): “In every living being there is a spirit soul.” That means even in the animals there is a soul, so we do not have the right to kill or eat flesh. Just as there are government laws, so there are laws of nature, or God Laws. If we kill then that binds us to Karma, and we will get the reaction. The analogy of Karma means ‘To every action there is an equal opposite reaction’. So either we do good or bad karma, we are still binding ourselves more to this material world. Also just by seeing a meat dish on your plate does not mean everything is ok, there has been so much violence gone into it before you see the finishing product. Lord Krishna says that he is the original father of all living entities (aham bija-pradah pita – BG, 14.4), so we do not have the right to kill anyone. If we do not have the right to give life to a living creature we also do not have the right to kill them unnecessarily. A Devotee is full of compassion and he cannot see anyone suffer, even the animals.

People might then question, but I am not actually killing the animal but just eating, is that wrong too?

The Manu Samhita scriptures tells us that all the people get the reaction for being involved with meat:-

Naakrtvaa praaninaam himsaam maamsamutpadyate kvachit. Na cha praanivadhah svargyastamaanmaamsam vivarjayet. (MS 5.48)

Anumantaa vishasitaa nihantaa krayavikrayii. Samskartaa chopahartaa cha khaadakashchetighaatakaah (MS 5.51)

Flesh of animals is obtained only after killing him, which is a sin, and the killer of animals never enters the celestial abode.

All those involved in killing, consenting the killing, helping the killing, carrying, selling, buying, cooking and eating the meat of an animal are equally sinful as the killing of that animal.

The person who eats meat is also encouraging and in one sense supporting the killing.  For example if few dacoits goes to rob a house, and one stands outside the house to look out and other few dacoits steal from the house, if they get caught everyone will be punished by the laws, because the person who was outside was also supporting the crime.  Similarly, one who eats meat is also involved and is liable for punishment.

Plants and Vegetables are also living being is it not a sin to kill them for food too?

This explanation is given in Srimad Bhagavatam (3.29.15) purport by the founder Srila Prabhupada:

“Sometimes the question is put before us: “You ask us not to eat meat, but you are eating vegetables. Do you think that is not violence?” The answer is that eating vegetables is violence, and vegetarians are also committing violence against other living entities because vegetables also have life. Non-devotees are killing cows, goats and so many other animals for eating purposes, and a devotee, who is vegetarian, is also killing. But here, significantly, it is stated that every living entity has to live by killing another entity; that is the law of nature. Jīvo jīvasya jīvanam: one living entity is the life for another living entity. But for a human being, that violence should be committed only as much as necessary.

A human being is not to eat anything which is not offered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Yajna-sistasinah santah: one becomes freed from all sinful reactions by eating foodstuffs which are offered to Yajna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. A devotee therefore eats only prasada, or foodstuffs offered to the Supreme Lord, and Krishna says that when a devotee offers Him foodstuffs from the vegetable kingdom, with devotion, He eats that. A devotee is to offer to Krishna foodstuffs prepared from vegetables. If the Supreme Lord wanted foodstuffs prepared from animal food, the devotee could offer this, but He does not order to do that.”

So yes even plants and vegetables have souls and killing them unnecessarily and for personal sense gratification causes sin, that’s why it is recommended to offer the vegetarian food to Lord Krishna first then later eat that food as Prashadam or mercy.  Lord Krishna can do anything so he transforms the food offered to him into spiritual food, this will free us from sin and karmic reactions.

Eating only food offered to Krishna is the ultimate perfection of the vegetarian diet. After all, pigeons and monkeys are also vegetarian, so becoming a vegetarian is not in itself the greatest of accomplishments. The Vedas inform us that the purpose of human life is to reawaken the soul to its relationship with God, and only when we go beyond vegetarianism to prasada can our eating be helpful in achieving this goal.

Do animals have a soul?

Srila Prabhupada: Some people say, “We believe that animals have no soul.” That is not correct. They believe animals have no soul because they want to eat the animals, but actually animals do have a soul.

Reporter: How do you know that the animal has a soul?

Srila Prabhupada: You can know, also. Here is the scientific proof… the animal is eating, you are eating; the animal is sleeping, you are sleeping; the animal is defending, you are defending; the animal is having sex, you are having sex; the animals have children, you have children; they have a living place, you have a living place. If the animal’s body is cut, there is blood; if your body is cut, there is blood. So, all these similarities are there. Now, why do you deny this one similarity, the presence of the soul? That is not logical. You have studied logic? In logic there is something called analogy. Analogy means drawing a conclusion by finding many points of similarity. If there are so many points of similarity between human beings and animals, why deny one similarity? That is not logic. That is not science. Science of Self-Realization (pp. 35-36)

At a monastic retreat near Paris, in July of 1973, Srila Prabhupada talked with Cardinal Jean Danielou: “… the Bible does not simply say, ‘Do not kill the human being.’ It says broadly, ‘Thou shalt not kill.’… why do you interpret this to suit your own convenience?”

Student: Srila Prabhupada, Christianity’s sanction of meat-eating is based on the view that lower species of life do not have a soul like the human being’s.

Srila Prabhupada: That is foolishness. First of all, we have to understand the evidence of the soul’s presence within the body. Then we can see whether the human being has a soul and the cow does not. What are the different characteristics of the cow and the man? If we find a difference in characteristics, then we can say that in the animal there is no soul. But if we see that the animal and the human being have the same characteristics, then how can you say that the animal has no soul? The general symptoms are that the animal eats, you eat; the animal sleeps, you sleep; the animal mates, you mate; the animal defends, and you defend. Where is the difference?

Cardinal Danielou: We admit that in the animal there may be the same type of biological existence as in men, but there is no soul. We believe that the soul is a human soul.

Srila Prabhupada: Our Bhagavad-gita says sarva-yonisu, “In all species of life the soul exists.” The body is like a suit of clothes. You have black clothes; I am dressed in saffron clothes. But within the dress you are a human being, and I am also a human being. Similarly, the bodies of the different species are just like different types of dress. There are soul, a part and parcel of God. Suppose a man has two sons, not equally meritorious. One may be a Supreme Court judge and the other may be a common laborer, but the father claims both as his sons. He does not make the distinction that the son who is a judge is very important and the worker-son is not important. And if the judge-son says, “My dear father, your other son is useless; let me cut him up and eat him,” will the father allow this?

Cardinal Danielou: Certainly not, but the idea that all life is part of the life of God is difficult for us to admit. There is a great difference between human life and animal life.

Srila Prabhupada: That difference is due to the development of consciousness. In the human body there is developed consciousness. Even a tree has a soul, but a tree’s consciousness is not very developed. If you cut a tree it does not resist. Actually, it does resist, but only to a very small degree. There is a scientist named Jagadish Chandra Bose who has made a machine which shows that trees and plants are able to feel pain when they are cut. And we can see directly that when someone comes to kill an animal, it resists, it cries, it makes a horrible sound. So it is a matter of the development of consciousness. But the soul is there within all living beings.

Cardinal Danielou: But metaphysically, the life of man is sacred. Human beings think on a higher platform than the animals do.

Srila Prabhupada: What is that higher platform? The animal eats to maintain his body, and you also eat in order to maintain your body. The cow eats grass in the field, and the human being eats meat from a huge slaughterhouse full of modern machines. But just because you have big machines and a ghastly scene, while the animal simply eats grass, this does not mean that you are so advanced that only within your body is there a soul and that there is not a soul within the body of the animal. That is illogical. We can see that the basic characteristics are the same in the animal and the human being.

Cardinal Danielou: But only in human beings do we find a metaphysical search for the meaning of life.

Srila Prabhupada: Yes. So metaphysically search out why you believe that there is no soul within the animal–that is metaphysics. If you are thinking metaphysically, that’s all right. But if you are thinking like an animal, then what is the use of your metaphysical study? Metaphysical means “above the physical” or, in other words, “spiritual.” In the Bhagavad-gita Krsna says, sarva-yonisu kaunteya: “In every living being there is a spirit soul.” That is metaphysical understanding. Now either you accept Krsna’s teachings as metaphysical, or you’ll have to take a third-class fool’s opinion as metaphysical. Which do you accept?

Cardinal Danielou: But why does God create some animals who eat other animals? There is a fault in the creation, it seems.

Srila Prabhupada: It is not a fault. God is very kind. If you want to eat animals, then He’ll give you full facility. God will give you the body of a tiger in your next life so that you can eat flesh very freely. “Why are you maintaining slaughterhouses? I’ll give you fangs and claws. Now eat.” So the meat-eaters are awaiting such punishment. The animal-eaters become tigers, wolves, cats, and dogs in their next life–to get more facility.”

Science of Self-Realization, Chapter 4

What does the Bhagavad Gita Tells us about the food which we eat?

We have to understand that Foods are in 3 different categories or Modes of Nature, which are: Goodness, Passion, and Ignorance.  The following verses are in the Bhagavad Gita:-

BG 17.8: Foods dear to those in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one’s existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such foods are juicy, fatty, wholesome, and pleasing to the heart.

BG 17.9: Foods that are too bitter, too sour, salty, hot, pungent, dry and burning are dear to those in the mode of passion. Such foods cause distress, misery and disease.

BG 17.10: Food prepared more than three hours before being eaten, food that is tasteless, decomposed and putrid, and food consisting of remnants and untouchable things is dear to those in the mode of darkness.

Meat falls in the category of ignorance, it is tamasic food.  Whichever food we eat affects our consciousness.  Eating meat invokes the quality of ignorance. In the mode of Ignorance spiritual life becomes very troublesome to follow, our mind will not be able to focus, but there are also bad karmic reactions which we will have to suffer, this maybe in this life, after death or in the next life.

Meat eating has a very bad effect on our spiritual life and we are in danger to become the slave of our own senses, which we never can satisfy. And then in the afterlife it is very likely that we meet the animals we ate or killed. But this time they will be the human and we the animal. In this world we can’t do anything without bearing the reactions of our karma. What we have done to others, we have done to ourselves.  It’s Karma.

What are the Characteristics of the 3 Modes and what it leads to?

Mode of GOODNESS

Knowledge, inner satisfaction and happiness, purity, cleanliness, selflessness, compassion, self-control (based on knowledge), tolerance, patience, controlled mind and senses, sense of duty, caring, generosity, honesty, austerity (pain now for higher purpose), wisdom, religiosity, humility, regulated habits (incl sleep, eating etc), well-organised, steady in purpose, well-behaved, forgiving, simple-minded, merciful, satisfied, peaceful, respectful of others.

I.e. selflessness

Mode of PASSION

Agitated mind and senses, intense activity to fulfil desires of mind/senses, lust (ie self-motivated love), strong desire for sensual/bodily pleasures, greed, endless desires, never satisfied, passion, selfishness, ego/pride/vanity, self-glorification, acting for immediate pleasure without thinking of consequences, hankering then lamenting, expecting/demanding honour for oneself, overly strong attachment to one’s own body and relatives.

I.e. Me, me, me, selfishness.

Mode of IGNORANCE/DARKNESS

Enviousness, hatred, revengeful (i.e. not forgiving), madness, foolishness, unnecessary killing or bloodshed or violence, anger, laziness, too much/too little sleep, delusion, ignorance, not knowing right from wrong, overly-critical, chaotic, unclean, over-attachment, uncontrolled stress, fear, hard-hearted, animalistic, depression, disease, obsessive love, cruelty, evilness, harshness, no-respect for anything, torture, deceitful, cheating, merciless, abusive (physical or verbal), arrogant.

I.e. Destructive qualities

These are the Characteristics which we can develop by associating with certain modes. Meat eating can lead to destructive qualities.

What if people who want to continue to eat meat?

There is a very tight restriction if someone wants to eat meat, for example:

People have to worship Kali Maa because she accepts meat as an offering. This is a concession only. It is only for those who are so addicted that they can’t give it up. The process is that once a month, on a dark moon night (i.e. no moon), they’re allowed to take some lesser animal, like a goat/pig, and they take it out into the country, where no other people are around, or in the temple grounds (of Kali Maa), and then they chant “Mam sa khadatiti mamsah” … ie “whatever I am doing to you, you can do to me in my next life”. Then they personally have to slit the throat of the animal.

Mam sa khadatiti mamsah. The Sanskrit word is mamsa. Mam means “me,” and sa means “he.” I am killing this animal; I am eating him. And in my next lifetime he’ll kill me and eat me. When the animal is sacrificed, this mantra is recited into the ear of the animal—”You are giving your life, so in your next life you will get the opportunity of becoming a human being. And I who am now killing you will become an animal, and you will kill me.”

So one day the person will wake up… hang on a sec… what I am doing to you, you can do to me… NO! I don’t want to be killed by you in my next life.  Also after understanding this mantra, who will be ready to kill an animal?

This process of worshipping Kali Maa is for people who have a lower grade of consciousness, the mode of ignorance. People of a higher grade of consciousness do not wish to kill any kind of animals because they know that a soul is present within that body, and that the animals do feel great pain at the time of death. So they choose to eat so many other foods, which are free from any kind of blood or flesh, and free from any kind of slaughter.

They say, you are what you eat. So if we eat meat, we develop animalistic qualities. And why do you want to make your stomach into a graveyard for animals? Think about it!

It is clearly stated in Vedic literature that cruel masters who kill innocent animals will undoubtedly be killed in the next life by a similar process.

mam sa bhaksayitamutra yasya mamsam ihadmy aham etan mamsasya mamsatvam pravadanti manisinah

“That creature whose flesh I am eating here and now will consume me in the next life.’ Thus meat is called mamsa, as described by learned authorities.” In Srimad-Bhagavatam this grizzly fate of animal killers is described by Narada Muni to King Pracinabarhi, who was excessively killing animals in the so-called sacrifices.

Narada uvaca bho bhoh prajapate rajan pasun pasya tvayadhvare samjnapitan jiva-sanghan nirghrnena sahasrasah

ete tvam sampratiksante smaranto vaisasam tava samparetam ayah-kutais chindanty utthita-manyavah

“O ruler of the citizens, my dear King, please see in the sky those animals which you have sacrificed, without compassion and without mercy, in the sacrificial arena. All these animals are awaiting your death so that they can avenge the injuries you have inflicted upon them. After you die, they will angrily pierce your body with iron horns.” (SB 4.25.7-8) Such punishment of animal killers may take place under the jurisdiction of Yamaraja on the planet of the lord of death. In other words, one who kills an animal or who eats meat undoubtedly acquires a debt to the living entity who has contributed his body for the satisfaction of the meat-eater. The meat-eater must pay his debt by contributing his own body to be consumed in the next life. Such payment of one’s debt by offering one’s own body to be eaten is confirmed in the Vedic literature.

What does other religions say about Meat Eating?

Indeed all the major religions advocate the ideals of vegetarianism:

  1. The Annushasen Parva, Mahabharat says “Undoubtedly all those human beings who prefer meat to several forms offood are like vultures.”
  2. The Manusmrti says “All supporters of meat eating are sinners.”It further states, “One whose meat I eat will eat myflesh in the next life.”
  3. The Christian Faith also says in Genesis (1.29) “Behold, Ihave given you every herb-bearing tree in which the fruit of the tree-yielding seed, it unto you shall be for food.”
  4. Guru Nanak, Founder of the Sikh Faith, said “My disciples do nottake meat and wine.”
  5. Lord Buddha said, “Meat is food for sub-human beings”.
  6. The Acharang Sutra of the Jain Faith said, “All creatures desire self-preservation, hence no creature should be slaughtered.”
  7. Gandhiji said “I do feel that spiritual progress does demandat some stage that we should cease to kill our fellowcreatures for the satisfaction of our bodily wants.”
  8. Islam, Prophet Muhammad “whoever is kind to the creatures of God, is kind to himself”

All major religious scriptures enjoin man to live without killing unnecessarily. The Old Testament instructs, “Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13) This is traditionally misinterpreted as referring only to murder. But the original Hebrew is lo tirtzach, which clearly translates “Thou shalt not kill.” Dr. Reuben Alcalay’s Complete Hebrew/English Dictionary says that the word tirtzach, especially in classical Hebrew usage, refers to “any kind of killing,” and not necessarily the murder of a human being.

Although the Old Testament contains some prescriptions for meat-eating, it is clear that the ideal situation is vegetarianism, In Genesis (1:29) we find God Himself proclaiming, “Behold, I have given you every herb-bearing tree, in which the fruit of the tree yielding seed, it unto you shall be for meat.” And in later books of the Bible, major prophets condemn meat-eating.

For many Christians, major stumbling blocks are the belief that Christ ate meat and the many references to meat in the New Testament. But close study of the original Greek manuscripts shows that the vast majority of the words translated as “meat” and “trophe, brome,” and other words that simply mean “food” or “eating” in the broadest sense. For example, in the Gospel of St. Luke (8:55) we read that Jesus raised a woman from the dead and “commanded to give her meat.” The original Greek word translated as “meat” is “phago,” which means only “to eat.” The Greek word for meat is kreas (“flesh”), and it is never used in connection with Christ. Nowhere in the New Testament is there any direct reference to Jesus eating meat. This is in line with Isaiah’s famous prophecy about Jesus’s appearance, “Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call him name Emmanuel. Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.”

In Thus Spoke Mohammed (the translation of the Hadith by Dr. M.Hafiz Syed), the disciples of the prophet Mohammed ask him, “Verily are there rewards for our doing good to quadrupeds, and giving them water to drink?” Mohammed answers, “There are rewards for benefiting every animal.”

Lord Buddha is known particularly for His preaching against animal killing. He established ahimsa (nonviolence) and vegetarianism as fundamental steps on the path of self-awareness and spoke the following two maxims, “Do not butcher the ox that plows thy fields,” and “Do not indulge a voracity that involves the slaughter of animals.”

The Vedic scriptures of India, which predate Buddhism, also stress nonviolence as the ethical foundation of vegetarianism. “Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures,” states the ,manu-samhita, the ancient Indian code of law, “Let one therefore shun the use of meat.” In another section, the Manu-samhita warns “Having well considered the disgusting origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying of corporeal beings, let one entirely abstain from eating flesh.”

In the Mahabharata (the epic poem which contains 100,000 verses and is said to be the longest poem in the world), there are many injunctions against killing animals. Some examples:

“He who desires to increase the flesh of his own body by eating the flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever species he may take his birth.”;

“Who can be more cruel and selfish than he who augments his flesh by eating the flesh of innocent animals?”; and

“Those who desire to possess good memory, beauty, long life with perfect health, and physical, moral and spiritual strength, should abstain from animal food.”

All living entities possess a soul. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Krishna describes the soul as the source of consciousness and the active principle that activates the body of every living being.

According to the Vedas, a soul in a form lower than human automatically evolves to the next higher species, ultimately arriving at the human form. Only in the human form of life can the soul turn its consciousness towards God and at the time of death be transferred back to the spiritual world. In both the social order and the universal order, a human being must obey laws.

In his Srimad-Bhagavatam purports, Srila Prabhupada says, “All living entities have to fulfil a certain duration for being encaged in a particular type of material body. They have to finish the duration allotted in a particular body before being promoted or evolved to another body. Killing an animal or any other living simply places an impediment in the way of his completing his term of imprisonment in a certain body. One should therefore not kill bodies for one’s sense gratification, for this will implicate one in sinful activity.” In short, killing an animal interrupts its progressive evolution through the species, and the killer will invariably suffer the reaction for this sinful behaviour.

In the Bhagavad-Gita (5.18) Krishna explains that spiritual perfection begins when one can see the equality of all living beings, “The humble sage, by virtue of true knowledge, sees with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana (a priest), a cow, an elephant, a dog, and a dog-eater (outcast).” Krishna also instructs us to adopt the principles of spiritual vegetarianism when He states, “Offer Me with love and devotion a fruit, a flower, a leaf, or water, and I will accept it.”

Table displays Features of different entities’ diets:

Meat eater

Plant eater

Human

Licks and drinks Sucks and drinks Sucks and drinks
Sharp, pointed front teeth to tear flesh No sharp, pointed teeth No sharp, pointed teeth
Has claws No claws No claws
Intestinal tract only three times body length, sothat rapidly decaying meat can pass out of body quickly Intestinal tract 10-12 times body length. Fruits donot decay as rapidly as meat so can pass more slowlythrouogh body Intestinal tract 10-12 times body length. Fruits donot decay as rapidly as meat so can pass more slowlythrouogh body
Small salivary glands in the mouth (not needed to pre-digest grains and fruits) Well-developed salivary glands needed to pre-digest grains amd fruits Well-developed salivary glands needed to pre-digest grains amd fruits
Acid saliva. No enzyme ptyalin to pre-digest grains Alkaline saliva. Much ptyalin to pre-digest grains Alkaline saliva. Much ptyalin to pre-digest grains
No flat back molar teeth to grind food Flat back molar teeth to grind food Flat back molar teeth to grind food
They can see during night Cannot see during night Cannot see during night
Can kill the prey without aid of weapons Do not kill to eat Cannot generally kill without the aid of weapon
They can digest raw meat easily Do not eat meat Cannot digest raw meat easily
Behaviour is generally voracious Behaviour is not generally voracious Becomes voracious by eating meat
Do not eat grass Do not eat meat Should not eat meat
No skin pores. Perspires through the tongue to coolbody Perspires through millions of skin pores Perspires through millions of skin pores

What is wrong in eating Onions and Garlic?

According to the Bhagavad Gita and the Ayurveda, India’s classic medical science, foods are grouped into three categories – sattvic, rajasic and tamasic – foods in the modes of goodness, passion and ignorance. Onions and garlic, and the other alliaceous plants are classified as rajasic and tamasic, which means that they increase passion and ignorance.

As per the story below onion and garlic came from the dead body of a cow and therefore they are considered like eating meat. They break the non-vegetarian principle from the shastric point of view. Strict vegetarians don’t eat onions nor garlic. Since meat is tamasic, onions and garlic are also tamasic and rajasic food. They may have some medicinal value like even wine is used in medicines sometimes. Thus they are taboo for followers of Vedic culture.

“Once, in Satya Yuga the rishis were performing gomedha and asvamedha sacrifices for the welfare of the whole universe. The rishis would utter mantras and the same animal which was sacrificed would come alive in a beautiful young body.

One time the rishi who was about to perform a gomedha sacrifice, his wife was pregnant. She had a very strong desire to eat and she had heard that if, during pregnancy one has a desire to eat and does not fulfil this, then the baby that will be born will always have saliva coming from its mouth. Very strange, she desired strongly to eat meat, thus she decided to keep one piece of meat of the cow’s body that was offered in sacrifice. She hid it and was making a plan to eat it very soon. At that time the rishi was finishing the sacrifice and uttered all the mantras for the new young cow to come to life. However when he saw the new cow, he noticed that there was a little part missing from her left side. He went into meditation and realized that his wife had taken away a piece of meat during the sacrifice. Now his wife also understood what happened and quickly threw the meat far away. Due to the effect of the mantras uttered by the rishi there was now life in this piece of meat. Then the blood of this meat became red lentils, the bones became garlic and the meat became onions.

Thus these foods are never taken by any Vaishnava situated in the mode of goodness as Vaishnavas should be because it is not considered by us as offerable due to its association as a non-vegetarian food. Plus it is in the mode of ignorance.” “It is not vegetarian to eat onions and garlic.

One ayurvedic doctor said that this description is there in Ayurveda:

When Lord Vishnu in His Mohini form was distributing nectar to the demigods two demons named Rahu and Ketu sat down in the line of  Demigods. By mistake the Lord served them nectar into their mouths. Immediately the Lord was informed by Sun and Moon that those two were demons. As soon as the Lord came to know this information He cut off the heads of both demons. By that time nectar had not passed through their throat. It was still in their mouth. When the Lord cut of their head , the head was separated from the body. Thus nectar did not pass through to the stomach but fell on the ground. (That is the reason why Rahu and Ketu’s head are still alive and their body was finished.) The nectar which was put into their mouth fell on the ground when their heads were cut off from the body. Garlic and Onion manifested from this nectar.

Thus Garlic and Onion are regarded as nectar but not used for Lord because these are remnants of demons touched the mouth of two demons. Even if nectar touched the mouths of two demons still garlic and onion act like nectar in curing the diseases. But not meant for Vishnu or Vaishnavas. The ayurvedic doctor also said that whoever will eat garlic and onion, their body will be very strong like demons body and at the same time their intelligence also will be contaminated like the intelligence of demons.

Srila Prabhupada was once asked about Onions and Garlic, he narrated the below story:

Srila Prabhupada said that eating onion and garlic is as bad as eating cow’s flesh, he recited the below story about a Muslim king, a cow and a brahmana.

For the Muslims, cow slaughter is a regular affair. This particular king however, before having the cow slaughtered would call a brahmana and the brahmana would offer prayers to the effect that “In this life these people are slaughtering you, but in the next life you will get the chance to slaughter them.”

So one time a brahmana came there but he felt lusty and he wanted to eat the cow’s flesh also. However, the system was that he was not allowed to see the slaughter going on, he was supposed to offer his prayers and then leave. So he hid in a corner and witnessed the butchering. After the Muslims had all taken their share of the dead cow and departed, the brahmana came to that spot and he found an ankle of the cow. Because he was not supposed to eat any meat, he took the cow’s ankle into the forest and buried it with the plan that he would return in the night, cook it and eat it. When he came back he dug out the cow’s ankle and found to his great surprise that it had turned into onion and garlic.

Srila Prabhupada then said that the cow’s hoof transformed to garlic and the ankle became onion; garlic looks like a cow’s hoof, and just as the cow’s ankle has several layers of flesh similarly the onion has several layers and is the color of flesh. He finished the narration by telling them that when you eat garlic it makes a bad smell come in your mouth and when you cut onion it makes tears come out of your eyes. The tears come because the cow was crying that in Kali yuga even the brahmana wants to eat onion.

Why don’t Hare Krishna’s eat meat?

Animals are children of Krishna, created by God with a soul. Therefore, to eat an animal is an affront to God. Moreover, it’s bad for your consciousness: Because the slaughter of animals is violent, when you eat meat, fish or fowl, you are subjecting yourself to more violent thoughts and, perhaps, violent behaviour.

Cooking is intertwined with spirituality. Hare Krishna’s believe they are cooking for the pleasure of God. They never sample the food they are cooking, since it must be offered to Krishna first. Moreover, also it is said that food absorbs the consciousness of the cook.

If you are angry and elbow deep in the lentils or kneading dough for chapattis (unleavened bread), the philosophy claims that your emotions are transferred to the food — and then to the person who eats the meal.

It is one reason monks don’t go to restaurants, because it raises the question,  “Whose consciousness are you eating today?”

Meat – Not A Human Food.

Meat is not a human food. No flesh of any animal, bird, fish or egg etc. is a human food. Meat is not only unhealthy for the body; it poisons the mind, the intellect and the soul. Eating meat is totally forbidden in the Vedic scriptures. Rishi Manu in Manusmiriti says:

  1. “He who does not restrain, kill or hurt the living beings, is pro-life and gets lots of happiness.”
  2. “You cannot get meat without killing, and killing does not give happiness. Therefore one should not eat meat.”
  3. “Because of the way the meat is produced, the killing and torturing the animals; one ought to stay away from eating all kinds of meat.”
  4. “Any body, who kills innocent creatures in order to get happiness; he living and even after death does not get happiness.”
  5. “He, who orders to kill animals; he who cuts the flesh; he who kills the animals; seller and buyer of animals for killing; he who cooks meat; he who serves meat and he who eats meat these are all killers and sinner.

Vedas speak of caring and protecting animals:

  1. Yajur Veda says: Oh Humans! You do not kill sheep, cow, horse etc.
  2. In Yajur Veda there is a prayer: O God! Protect my people and animals.
  3. Atharva Veda says: Oh cruel man! If you kill our animals like cows, horses, etc. or humans; then we will put you to death so that you will not be able kill them again.
  4. Mahabharta says: He who wants to live, how he can kill others? Humans should wish for others, what they wish for themselves.
  5. Rig Veda tells: Do not kill our cows and horses.
  6. Atharva Veda says: He, who eats raw meat, he who eats human flesh and he who eats eggs: they all ought to be destroyed altogether.

In regards to eating, Vedas talk about grains like wheat, oat rice etc., fruits and vegetables, milk, butter etc. Meat eating is not allowed at all. Dr. Field writes, every living being knows the life’s happiness and fear of death. He feels the pain and joy, just like you. Same one God is the father of all living beings – animals, birds, insects and human beings. Do the animals and birds want to be killed? No, Not at all. Don’t they feel helpless and miserable when they are being killed? Certainly, they do. Won’t they like to live their full life as we people do? Definitely, they would. Every living being has a specific purpose for its existence. The purpose, definitely, is other than being killed and eaten by others. Let each one of them be left alone to serve that purpose.

Conclusion

We actually do not need to eat meat, there are so many disadvantages.  Generally nobody can just eat plain meat on its own, it taste disgusting but the animals can eat it.  We as humans are not designed to eat meat, our teeth are also in different shape than that of animals.  Meat eating invokes mode of ignorance and we will not be able to understand higher spiritual topics, our minds will not become absorbed in God.  I have not seen one meat eater who can understand God or who has any genuine devotion to the Lord. By animal killing, all pity and mercy and love is lost. So how can we love God? It is also another form of violence, generally we would not come across a terrorist who is a vegetarian, because by being a vegetarian and in the mode of goodness it invokes compassion for other living entities who are also created by God, Krishna.  Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that he accepts certain foods which are vegetarian (BG, 9.26).  So we can offer this to God, he did not say offer me meat.  Many times people question did Lord Krishna eat meat or did Lord Ram eat meat, of course not.  God does not eat flesh.  Also another thing to understand is that God can do anything he likes because he is God so we should not imitate God in anyway.  And to be a devotee we have to only eat food which is first offered to God, Krishna.  Even just by being a Vegetarian is not all, we have to offer our vegetarian food (without onions and garlic) to Krishna, and then take that as Prashad (Sanctified Food or Mercy).  This way we will invoke spiritual qualities.  People sometime say that we eat meat because we need to be strong or we need allot of protein, this is not true, we can get so much protein by eating soya, dhal, wheat and other vegetarian foods.

The purpose of eating food is to keep our body and soul together, and not for sense gratification.  Just for our tongue enjoyment why do we need to eat meat? We don’t need to make our stomach a graveyard for animals.  Human life is meant for austerity, to purify our existence, and to develop our love for God, Krishna.

Following the regulative principles as told in the scriptures such as, No meat eating, (which includes fish & eggs), No Gambling, No Intoxication (which includes tea and coffee), and No Illicit Sex (sex outside marriage) these four principles helps us refrain from sinful activities.  By following these four principles we are not restricting ourselves but we are freeing ourselves from karmic and bondage reactions.

Meat-eating, illicit sex, intoxication, and gambling, these are the four pillars of sinful life. They run directly counter to the four basic pillars of Dharma or religious life, namely mercy, cleanliness, austerity and truthfulness.

It should be pointed that the four regulative principles of religious life, while virtuous in themselves, are not the sum and substance of true spirituality; they are merely sub-religious principles. While one who follows these principles (diligently) may be setting the proper stage for approaching spiritual life, actual spirituality may still elude him. Therefore, we feel it incumbent upon ourselves to direct you to the Srimad-Bhagavatam, which points out:

Kaler dosa nidhe rajann asti hy eko mahan gunah kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet

“My dear king, although Kali-yuga is full of faults, there is still one good quality about this age. It is that simply by chanting the holy name of Krishna, one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental Kingdom.”(S.B. 12.3.51) Therefore, you are encouraged to please chant the holy name of the Lord (Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare). By this process one will naturally develop an affinity for following the four regulative principles.  There is no loss, and one who follows these principles will find much happiness in this life as well as the next.

The Meat food on your plate may look good to you but have you ever thought how the animals had been treated? If you truly have guts and want to eat meat I would suggest you watch the below videos (click on the below links).  Watch all of it if you can.  Then you can take that decision for yourself if you would like to carry on eating meat.  At the end of the day, the choice is yours, we do have that free will, but what we do with that free will that is our choice and decision, if we continue with our sins then we are liable to God and his laws, which are very subtle and powerful, it will act upon us whether we believe in it or not.

Meet your meat – The transformation of animals into food- http://youtu.be/sDea6L9gPD8 From Farm To Fridge Video – http://youtu.be/tzrRmB40l00

‘To every action there is an equal opposite reaction’

Those sinful persons who are ignorant of actual religious principles, yet consider themselves to be completely pious, without compunction commit violence against innocent animals who are fully trusting in them. In their next lives, such sinful persons will be eaten by the same creatures they have killed in this world. (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.5.14)

You are killing innocent cows and other animals, nature will take revenge. Just wait. As soon as the time is right, nature will gather all these rascals and slaughter them. Finished. – Srila Prabhupada (Founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness).

Hare Krishna

Paramesvara Chaitanya Das.

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107 Responses to What’s wrong with eating meat

  1. Kishore Gupta says:

    Hi

    I thought the article about meat eating was quite interesting. One point that did jump out at me was the story of how onions and garlic come from a murdered cow. Can I ask if you take this story literally and think that this actually happened?

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Kishore,

      Thank you for your comments on ‘What’s wrong with eating meat’ article and I am glad that you found it interesting. Regarding your question about the story on onions and garlic this is a true historic event and it did literally happened many thousands of years ago. American scientists have discovered in their laboratories that there are 21 different types of slow poisons in onions and garlic, so they are not innocent foods. In Satya-yuga, the rsis performed gomedha (cow) and asvamedha (horse) sacrifices for the welfare of the whole universe. [This proved the efficacy of the recitation of the Vedic mantras uttered by the qualified Brahmins during the sacrifice.] A very old cow or a horse would be sacrificed by being cut into pieces and placed in the fire. Afterwards, the rsis would utter mantras and the same animal would come alive in a beautiful young body. Also to note that the cows were not actually murdered but sacrificed to give them a new bodily form.

      These stories are all in the Vedic scriptures and written by Srila Vyasadeva who is the author of Vedic scriptures. What Vyasdeva has written is very true, he was able to see what is favourable for devotion to God and what is unfavourable. He saw that the onion is tamasik (in the mode of ignorance). It has all the qualities present in the meat of cows, and the same result obtained from eating cow flesh which occurs from eating onions. One will become lusty and violent by eating it. Srila Vyasadeva has also seen in his meditation that garlic came from the bones of that cow. It is full with bad qualities and puts one in the mode of ignorance. We should avoid eating onions and garlic and try to follow Vyasadeva’s instructions. If you do not follow, the same bad qualities will come to the person who eats it and that comes by eating cows flesh, bones, and so on. This has been explained in the Sastra’s, and it is confirmed by scientific evidence. Whatever has been said in the Sastra’s or the Vedic scriptures it is all true, maybe due to our limited knowledge we may not be able to comprehend such things but the Vedic Scriptures are transcendental and spiritual so everything is correct and nothing has been made up. The modern science is finding out things which had already been mentioned long time ago in the Vedic Scriptures.

      Hare Krishna,

      ISKCON Birmingham

    • Sara Skalitzky says:

      Does that mean that we are not allowed to eat anything? Are we supposed to starve? Since meat is an animal, it moves, it grows, it speaks, and dies, I will go vegetarian.

      • admin says:

        Hare Krishna, thank you for your questions. This article was not intended to make you starve, I am not sure if you have read the article in detail. The point to understand that animals also have a soul and killing them for food is not recommended, they also feel pain as humans do. We all have to eat to live, so regarding your first question we are allowed to eat food from the vegetarian kingdom. You will be surprised how many vegetarian dishes you can really make. Why not visit a ISKCON Temple and find out for yourself. There are so many people who are vegetarian and living a very healthy life. Also the point is not just to be a vegetarian but to offer the vegetarian cooked food to Lord Krishna first and then eating that food as sanctified food. Eating only food offered to Krishna is the ultimate perfection of a vegetarian diet. The Vedas inform us that the purpose of human life is to reawaken the soul in its relationship to God, and only when we go beyond vegetarianism to Prasadam can our eating be helpful in achieving this goal. So no you are not supposed to starve, eat nice vegetarian food offered to Krishna, become Krishna Conscious, chant Hare Krishna mantra and perfect your life.

        As you mentioned precisely, an animal, it moves, it grows, it speaks, and dies. So does the humans, it just goes to show that if humans can have a soul then why not an animal with all the similarities. Remember an animal does feel and pain and pleasure, violently slaughtering them for food is surely not ideal. It clearly says ‘Thou shall not Kill’.

        Hare Krishna

        ISKCON Birmingham

  2. Robinson says:

    Thanks a lot for this great article. I, myself, am doing a lot of research on all religions to prove people that each and every religion supports vegetarianism.
    Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism are the three religions with the highest number of vegetarians while Christianity, Judaism and Islam are the ones with the lowest. But, organizations like the Christian Vegetarian Association are working hard to show that the Bible supports vegetarianism and that Jesus was an animal lover and a vegetarian.
    By the way, what does the Vedas say about drinking milk? Many animal lovers believe that milk should not be consumed as the milk belongs to the calf.

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Robinson,

      Thank you for your comments on meat eating article. I am happy to hear you are doing research on vegetarianism and how all religions supports vegetarianism. It is with no doubt that all religions in its purest sense does not support or encourage meat eating. Many things have been misinterpreted to suit their own views. For example in the Bible it is said ‘Thou Shall Not Kill’ but people say this relates to humans only and it is ok to kill and eat meat, if that was the case then the commandment would be ‘Thou Shall Not Kill Humans’. ‘Thou Shall Not Kill’ means we should not kill anything animals or humans or any other creatures.

      Other religions talk about surrendering to God and loving him, but on the other side they encourage slitting throats, where is the act of love? If people had to kill animals themselves to eat it they would had been vegetarians for sure as they consciously know that this is another form of violence and its surely causing pain to the animals, this is just being hypocrite.

      I am happy to hear that the Christian Vegetarian Association are working hard to show that the Bible supports vegetarianism and that Jesus was an animal lover and a vegetarian. Jesus was truly an animal lover and lover of all, he spread the message of love. If many people could understand this then there would be less karmic reactions on this planet earth. The mother nature is responding to the cruelty of humans demonic mentality, this is the reason why there are many natural disturbances on earth such as Tsunami, Earthquakes, etc. These greatly sinful acts are responsible for so many troubles in present society. To kill cows and other animals means to end human civilisation. People do not know what harm they are doing in the name of economic development. They do not realise that only by seeing that bulls and cows are happy in all respects, human society can be happy. This is a fact by the laws of nature.

      What does the Vedas say about drinking milk?

      The Vedas says that milk is certainly ok for drinking as there is no harm in the content and it is considered in the mode of Goodness. Milk itself has many nutrition’s which helps the fine tissues in the brain which helps us to function better and sustain human physiological conditions for higher achievements. People are generally unaware of the importance of cows. Cows produce, in large quantities, the miracle food, milk. Milk is produced from the blood of the cow, however she is happy to give her blood transformed in a peaceful, non-violent way in the form of milk.

      The cow is so merciful she is freely giving us her milk which contains all the vitamins, proteins and other nutrients found in flesh. If people drink milk there is absolutely no need for animal killing and no possibility of their diets being deficient in any way. One can survive simply by drinking milk. Milk is a complete food.

      Many animal lovers believe that milk should not be consumed as the milk belongs to the calf?

      The cow produces excess milk and as long as we are not harming the cow or the calf then it is fine to consume milk. There is a symbiotic relationship between men and cows. If we take good care of them, ensuring they are sheltered, fed and protected, ‘they happily produce more than enough milk for their calves’, and we can take the excess without harming them in any way. Eating only grass, which costs nothing to produce, the cow in turn produces milk that provides nearly all the nutrients we need. One cow produces more milk than a whole family can drink in one day. What is not drunk is turned into yogurt, cheese, butter and ghee (butterfat) – the latter being the basis for so many exquisite Indian sweetmeats and savouries. Because cows supply milk, in Vedic culture they are accepted as our mother, and therefore worthy of reverence. How many babies are raised on cow’s milk?

      Some quotes on milk from Srila Prabhupada (Founder):-

      There is a miracle in milk, for it contains all the necessary vitamins to sustain human physiological conditions for higher achievements. Brahminical culture can advance only when man is educated to develop the quality of goodness, and for this there is a prime necessity of food prepared with milk, fruits and grains. (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.16.4 Purport)

      The cow is the most important animal for developing the human body to perfection. The body can be maintained by any kind of foodstuff, but cow’s milk is particularly essential for developing the finer tissues of the human brain so that one can understand the intricacies of transcendental knowledge. (Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5.7 Purport)

      The milk is also conversion of the blood. Just like we drink the milk of our mother. The colour of the milk is white, but everyone knows that milk is produced from the red blood corpuscle. So this is the process. You drink the blood of the cow by natural process, which turns into white milk. You’ll get better brain, better strength. (Lecture SB 1.16.19, Hawaii, 15 January 1974)

      from the milk we can make hundreds of vitaminous foodstuff…hundreds. They’re all palatable. You cannot reject milk from the human society. As soon as there is a child born, milk immediately required. Old man, milk is life. Diseased person, milk is life. Invalid, milk is life. So therefore Krishna is teaching by His practical demonstration how He loves this innocent animal, cow. (Lecture — Los Angeles, December 4, 1968)

      The Krishna Consciousness movement is developing farming communities around the world. At Bhaktivedanta Manor (Hare Krishna Temple in Watford) there are 46 cows and oxen. The results of the gentle Vedic method are evident there, where the cows peacefully produce first class milk that has won many prizes at local shows.

      Hare Krishna.

      ISKCON Birmingham

      • Scientifically, the cows milk is meant for her calf. But if you see in Bharat’s villages, the villagers give some limited amount of milk to the calf and then pull the calf back out. Why this is done when the entire milk belongs to calf? The reason is if the calf drinks more milk, then it will suffer from septic and may even die. Also leaving the remaining milk in mother’s womb will suffocate mother’s breathing. Hence, the rest of the milk MUST be taken out. This milk is consumed by people.
        Jai Shri Rama

    • Really? says:

      Was that why Jesus broke bread and fish for 500?some things just cant be mixed to prove Jesus was Sattvic.

      • Hare Krishna,

        Thank you for your comments.

        Just to point out that we should not make assumption of a pure devotee without understanding his purpose. Jesus was a shakti avesha avatar or an empowered incarnation to come and preach according to time place and circumstances. You do not know under what circumstances Jesus had to feed the people, so we should not make judgements on that basis. He spent and sacrificed his life in spreading God Consciousness to people, he was on a spiritual platform, so for your information he was beyond the Sattvic level. The main point to understand that Jesus may have done but we should not imitate, we should follow the commandment ‘Thou Shall not Kill’. Below is a dialogue from the book ‘Perfect Questions Perfect Answers’, the discussion took place between someone called Bob and Srila Prabhupada who is the founder Guru of International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

        Bob: I asked one this, and he claimed that Jesus was also eating meat in the Bible.

        Srila Prabhupada: That’s all right. He may eat anything. He is powerful. But he has ordered, “Thou shalt not kill. You must stop killing.” He is powerful. He can eat the whole world. But you cannot compare to Jesus Christ. You cannot imitate Jesus Christ; you have to abide by his order. Then you are guided by Jesus Christ. That is actually obedience. That is explained in the Bhagavata. One who is isvara, who is empowered, can do anything, but we cannot imitate. We have to abide by his order: “What he says to me, that I will do.” You cannot imitate. You say that Jesus Christ ate meat. Admitting that, you do not know in what condition he ate meat. He is himself eating meat, but he is advising others not to kill. Do you think that Jesus Christ was contradicting himself?

        Bob: No.

        Srila Prabhupada: He cannot do that. That is real faith in him-that he cannot do that. So why has he eaten meat? He knows, but he has asked me not to kill. I have to follow. That is the real system. You are not Jesus Christ; you cannot imitate him. He has sacrificed his life for God. Can you
        do that? So why shall you imitate Jesus Christ? You are imitating Jesus Christ by eating meat. Why not imitate Jesus Christ and sacrifice your life for spreading God consciousness? What do you think? Yes, when you preach you can say what you think. They are so-called Christians-but what are they doing for God? Just consider the sun. The sun is absorbing urine. Can you drink urine? If you want to imitate the sun-“Oh, here is the sun absorbing urine. Let me drink urine”-can you? Jesus Christ is powerful; he can do everything. But we cannot imitate; we have to simply abide by his order. That is real Christianity. We cannot imitate a powerful man.

        Hare Krishna

        ISKCON Birmingham

        • Subala das says:

          Haribol! I just make a short comment.
          As Srila Prabhupada kindly explain we cannot imitate a great person. Further more, If Jesus actually accepted to eat meat ,the blessing that comes with it is, that He will bring that soul back to godhead, whereas other meat eater bring no blessings of value .

  3. Amit says:

    Hello sir, this is a great article and quite informative, I want to ask few questions, if you have time then please answer these questions. I was vegetarian since birth but eat onions daily with food and according to this article it is same as eating meat so should we stop eating it? I also want to tell you that I have fewer qualities of ignorance like I feel lazy all the time, sleep too much and can’t concentrate on my studies, are these because of onions?

    My second question, some people in Hinduism sacrifice animals in honour of God, biggest animal sacrifice festival (Gadhimai) was held in Nepal where they kill 2,50,000 animals. Are these types of killing allowed in Hinduism? Do God want sacrifice of innocent animals?

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Amit,

      Thank you for your sending your questions, you’re most welcome to ask any questions. Regarding your first question about eating onion at home, as you have read in the article that even onion and garlic is not appropriate for people who want to progress further in their spiritual lives and be a pure vegetarian. Even onion and garlic is not classed as vegetarian according to scriptures and this food is categorised in the modes of passion and ignorance. Surely any person who eats onion and garlic will invoke these qualities within them, it may be subtle and not realised straight away but it does affect the consciousness. Being lazy and sleeping too much is due to the influence of mode of ignorance. Eating onions and garlic tends to agitate the senses and does not help us to concentrate and focus on meditation.

      In Bhagavad Gita (17.9) Lord Krishna states that ‘Foods that are too bitter, too sour, salty, hot, pungent, dry and burning are dear to those in the mode of passion. Such foods cause distress, misery and disease.’ Onion and garlic fall in this category. They excite the baser instincts and make it difficult for one to control the senses. Certainly one should also stop eating onions and garlic at home and just eat pure vegetarian food and offer it to Lord Krishna. As a devotee of Krishna and practicing Bhakti-Yoga or devotion to the Lord, we should not eat onions and garlic because they cannot be offered to Lord Krishna. Also just for a tip, you can replace onions with cabbage and garlic with hing (Asafoetida). They will look and taste the same and its ok to have cabbage and hing (Asafoetida). If you just little fry the cabbage with your other food preparations and put hing in it then it would replace onions and garlic. Actually your food will taste much better without onions and garlic and you will recognise the difference in your consciousness.

      Regarding your second question about animal sacrifice, this is surely not allowed in Hinduism or in any other religions. People have misinterpreted their own beliefs and scriptures to suit their own needs. The Gadhimai killings in Nepal are condemned as the world’s greatest wanton cruelty of animals and are a severe danger to the environment and public health. The scriptures do not encourage such violence and killing of innocent animals. No, God does not want animal sacrifice. No loving God would demand animal sacrifice and God does not eat meat, so this act is itself wrong. People should learn to sacrifice their lust, anger, pride, illusion, envy and other such bad qualities within them and become a pure devotee of the Lord and engage in devotional service to Lord Krishna. People who are involved in such animal sacrifices will have to suffer for their own actions and face terrible consequences.

      The below verse is mentioned in the Vedic Scriptures:-

      Those sinful persons who are ignorant of actual religious principles, yet consider themselves to be completely pious, without compunction commit violence against innocent animals who are fully trusting in them. In their next lives, such sinful persons will be eaten by the same creatures they have killed in this world. (Srimad Bhagavatam 11.5.14)

      People who engage in such animal sacrifice mistakenly consider themselves to be perfectly observing the laws of God and due to such arrogant foolishness lose all touch with reality. When a man is raising an animal for slaughter, he feeds the animal nicely and encourages it to grow fat. Thus the animal gradually accepts its would-be killer as its protector and master. When the master finally approaches the helpless animal with a sharp knife or gun, the animal thinks, “Oh, my master is joking with me.” Only at the last minute does the animal understand that the so-called master is death personified. It is clearly stated in Vedic literature that cruel masters who kill innocent animals will undoubtedly be killed in the next life by a similar process.

      I hope this answers your questions. Also may I remind you that in this degraded age of Kali Yuga it is recommended to chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare. Please start chanting this mantra which will purify your consciousness and the mantra is so powerful that it can counteract the negative influence of Kali Yuga in this world. Please visit any local ISKCON Hare Krishna temple and enquire more about the Krishna Consciousness philosophy, it will surely be beneficial.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  4. Amit says:

    Thank you sir for answering my questions,I would say that your answers are true and very well explained. I will definately try my best to avoid onions in my diet and also tell my friends to read this article.

  5. Trivannia says:

    hari bol

    i find this article very interesting, i have become vegetarian recently due to reading these article’s gaining knowledge, i now wish to become hare krishna i feel very draw to this way of life and find it to be truthful.
    i do have two questions to ask, (1) the gita say’s not to eat hot food, does that also mean not to cook with chillies? or does that mean tempature wise not to eat hot food?
    and (2) when offering the food to the lord do you add salt before offering or after offering do you add salt?

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Trivannia,

      I am happy that you found this article interesting and that it has helped you to become a vegetarian. This is also another form of showing compassion to other living entities who are also created by God. If you are further interested in Krishna Consciousness philosophy then please try to contact your local Hare Krishna ISKCON Temple. You may be interested in reading the Bhagavad Gita As It is by Srila Prabhupada and also you can start chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra on japa beads. You can get all this from ISKCON temple or you can order online.

      Regarding your two questions, the answer to your first question is that we can cook with chillies but not too much. Food that are too spicy becomes in the mode of passion so try to avoid putting too much spices in food, but moderate chillies is ok, this is what is meant by not eating too much hot food. Your second question, you should add salt when you are cooking the food for the Lord, so yes it is before the offering. After you have offered and taken the dish from the alter then you may add extra salt if needed. The main point is that we should not taste the food before offering, remember that we are cooking for the pleasure of Lord Krishna and then later honouring as prashad or sanctified food.

      If you have any further questions then please send us a email.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  6. Abhishek Mittal says:

    great article…i’ll try my level best to avoid consumption of onion and garlic too..!!!

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna,

      Well Done for trying, if you can aviod onions and garlic altogether then that would be really purifying for your consciousness. Also please try to chant Hare Krishna Maha Mantra to develop a higher taste in your spiritual life.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  7. mary agarwal says:

    we have no right to kill anyone………..it is a crime

  8. edgarchabi says:

    Why where animal created if their not ment for eating then what are domestic animal for cause, God created man and animal for comsumption if I am not mistaken I need an answer for this because their is no way I can just stop eating meat for no reason?

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Edgar,

      Thank you for your comments on ‘What’s wrong with eating meat’ article. There is a reason for everything even for not eating meat. On the spiritual path, there are several reasons why a person is recommended to be vegetarian. One primary reason is that we need to see the spiritual nature within all living beings, and that includes the animals and other creatures as well. Universal brotherhood means nonviolence to both humans and animals. It consists of understanding that animals also have souls. They are alive, conscious, and feel pain. And these are the indications of the presence of consciousness, which is the symptom of the soul. Even the Bible (Genesis 1.21; 1.24; 1.30; 2.7; and in many other places) refers to both animals and people as nefesh chayah, living souls. Those who eat meat, however, because of their desires to eat animals or see them as a source of food for one’s stomach, are not so easily able to understand the spiritual nature of all beings. After all, if you know that all living entities are spiritual in essence, and that all living beings that are conscious show the symptoms of the soul within, then how can you kill them unnecessarily? Any living creature is also the same as we are in the respect that it is also a child of the same father, a part of the same Supreme Being. Thus, the killing of animals shows a great lack in spiritual awareness.

      Regarding your question why where animals created if they are not meant for eating? If you look around in this world there are many things which are created but not suitable for eating. Even Humans have flesh and they were also created does that mean we should start slaughtering humans and start eating them?
      In this material world, according to the Vedic scriptures, there are 8,400,000 (8 million 400 thousands) species of life. All the living beings are busy, working to fulfil their bodily demands – eating, sleeping, mating and defending. The detail analysis of this is:-

      jalaja nava laksani
      sthavara laksha-vimsati
      krimayo rudra sankhyakat
      prkshinam dasa-laksanam
      trimsal-laksani paravah
      catur laksani manusah

      “There are 900,000 species living in the water. There are also 2,000,000 non moving entities such as trees and plants. There are 1,100,000 species of insects and reptiles and there are 1,000,000 species of birds. As far as animals are concerned there are 3,000,000 varieties and there are 400,000 human species.” (Padma Purana)

      Animals are also a living entity with a soul inside of them, the difference is only due to the bodily covering. Just like Humans has a soul with a Human body so the animal has a soul with an animal body. The tree has a soul with a tree body, a plant has a soul with a plants body etc. Its not difficult to understand. We need to raise our consciousness and spiritual knowledge to see all these things. The more elevated your consciousness is in spiritual life the more conscious you will be of other living entities.

      So animals were created because God created different species and animal is one of them, the soul within every species has different desires. God provides the living entity with a suitable body according to their desires. For example if someone likes to eat meat then why not just have an animal body and eat meat, if someone likes to sleep so much then why not have a body of a bear and sleep for hours, if someone likes to show their body then why not become a tree and stand naked, so according to different desires of the soul different body dress is provided by the nature. Human form of life is meant to understand God and not to act on the level of animals.

      Meat is food for the animals and not for humans, humans can simply live by being vegetarians. Some people then question why do you eat vegetables as they also have life. The answer is that different species have different grades of consciousness and they suffer according to their awareness and consciousness level. Example a plants consciousness is different to humans, the plants are not so much conscious, so if you pluck a plant even though you are killing it still it is not that painful to that of killing a human. We have to eat something to live so we have to live by causing very minimum pain to other living entities, we should not unnecessarily cause pain to other living entities.

      The animals are more conscious than plants and vegetables, so by eating meat you are causing more pain to the living entity than to a vegetable. The more pain you cause the more Karmic reaction is there. That’s why devotees offer all vegetarian foods to Lord Krishna before eating it, the Lord removes all the bad reactions in that vegetarian food and makes it spiritual. Then we eat the food as his mercy.

      So God did not create animal for consumption, they are living according to their life and should not be killed for eating or for any other purposes. They also have a soul like humans. After they die the soul will be elevated to a higher species and eventually come into a human body where they can make progress. If humans misuse the human form of life then they can be reincarnated into an animal body. So please do not eat meat as it will cause allot of bad Karma and will not help you progress on spiritual path. Live a simple God Conscious life and enquire more how to go back to the spiritual world.

      Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that your consciousness at death will determine your next body. If you have eaten animals (meat) all your life, your final thoughts will be that of animals, you will take birth in the animal kingdom. If you have lived a life of charity and generosity (helping people), your final thoughts will be that of helping people, you will take birth on one of the heavenly planets.

      “The living entity in the material world carries his different conceptions of life from one body to another as the air carries aromas. Thus he takes one kind of body and again quits it to take another.” Lord Krishna (Bhagavad Gita 15.8)

      “Whatever state of being one remembers when he quits his body, that state he will attain without fail.” Lord Krishna (Bhagavad Gita 8.6)

      If you would like to find out more then please read ‘Bhagavad Gita As It Is’ by Srila Prabhupada.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  9. P2bG says:

    This is quite stupid. Only retards must think that animals have souls and plants don’t. Maybe we shouldn’t eat anything then because that implies we have to end someone elses life to sustain ours. Or maybe the plants don’t have life. I’ll tell you why it is easier to think they don’t have as much “souls” as the animals we eat, its because they don’t have eyes, or noses, or mouths or ears etc etc.So the human brain instantly and unconsciously thinks:”Whoa!! This “thing” does not look like me at all. It does not have eyes etc etc, so it is not living and doesn’t feel pain or suffer. So it is ok to eat it “Thats how stupid humans can be about this. It is ok to eat meat people get over it. Meat after all is what made the apes into the first humans and raised our intelligence so we can start questioning what is perfectly natural. Get a clue and quit moaning about it!

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna,

      First of all Thank you for sending your comments on the article ‘Whats wrong with eating meat’. I just like to share few things on the comments which you have made. First of all in Krishna Consciousness we do not say that plants do not have a soul, plants do have a soul. So you are incorrect to make such judgements so quickly. Humans, Animals, Plants, Reptiles, Trees etc all have a soul according to the Vedic Scriptures, they are all conscious and living entities.

      Yes to sustain our own life we will have to eat something which means ending someone else’s life, unfortunately that is the way of this material world. Some people then question why do you eat vegetables as they also have life. The answer is that different species have different grades of consciousness and they suffer according to their awareness and consciousness level. Example a plants consciousness is different to humans, the plants are not so much conscious, so if you pluck a plant even though you are killing it still it is not that painful to that of killing a human. We have to eat something to live so we have to live by causing very minimum pain to other living entities, we should not unnecessarily cause pain to other living entities. The animals are more conscious than plants and vegetables, so by eating meat you are causing more pain to the living entity than to a vegetable. The more pain you cause the more Karmic reaction is there. That’s why devotees offer all vegetarian foods to Lord Krishna before eating it, the Lord removes all the bad reactions in that vegetarian food and makes it spiritual. Then we eat the food as his mercy. We offer only vegetarian food to the Lord because this is what the Lord asks for, he did not say offer me meat.

      In the Bhagavad Gita (BG 9.26) Lord Krishna says:-

      patram puṣpam phalam toyam
      yo me bhaktyā prayacchati
      tad aham bhakty-upahṛtam
      aśnāmi prayatātmanaḥ

      Translation: If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.

      No, it is not ok to eat meat as there is so much violence gone into the animal before killing the animal. The plants and vegetables do not feel that much pain, hence devotees try to live by giving very minimum pain to a life as they are aware of the Karmic reactions. Even if you consider economically, it is better and healthier to be a vegetarian rather than a animal eater.

      If you want to practise spiritual life then you must develop compassionate to all living entities, how can one say they Love God and slit throats on the other side and also encourage violence. So it is not the people who needs to get over it, you need to get over meat eating and find out the goal of life.

      You also said “Meat after all is what made the apes into the first humans and raised our intelligence so we can start questioning what is perfectly natural”. First of all if you like to say something like this then make sure you back it up with a proper authority, where does it say that meat made the apes and then into humans? If that’s the case then Meat is here now, why it is not changing to apes and why not into humans? If something had happened in the future then why cant it still happen today? People say we have evolved from animals, well animals are still here why cant we see them changing into humans now?

      The Vedic scriptures gives us this information that the Soul is transmitigating from one body to another.

      dehino ‘smin yathā dehe
      kaumāraḿ yauvanaḿ jarā
      tathā dehāntara-prāptir
      dhīras tatra na muhyati

      As the embodied soul continuously passes, in this body, from boyhood to youth to old age, the soul similarly passes into another body at death. A sober person is not bewildered by such a change. (Bhagavad Gita 9.26)

      There are 8,400,000 (8 million 400 thousands) species of life. All the living beings are busy, working to fulfil their bodily demands – eating, sleeping, mating and defending. The detail analysis of this is:-

      jalaja nava laksani
      sthavara laksha-vimsati
      krimayo rudra sankhyakat
      prkshinam dasa-laksanam
      trimsal-laksani paravah
      catur laksani manusah

      “There are 900,000 species living in the water. There are also 2,000,000 non moving entities such as trees and plants. There are 1,100,000 species of insects and reptiles and there are 1,000,000 species of birds. As far as animals are concerned there are 3,000,000 varieties and there are 400,000 human species.” (Padma Purana).

      So my friend it is you who needs to get a clue and do not speculate on life with your limited knowledge. Just because you cannot conceive the presence of a soul does not mean that animals and other living entities do not have a soul. They are all conscious, being born, remaining for some time and eventually die. If you observe entities properly they all have symptom of life so this concludes they have a soul and killing them for eating purposes is certainly not a good idea. If you have read the article then you would know that by eating meat causes so much Karmic reactions.

      If you would like to find out more then please read ‘Bhagavad Gita As It Is’ by Srila Prabhupada.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  10. Krishna says:

    A very interesting read clearing up all the misconceptions some people may have! Just one little query, quoting from the article above:

    “Due to the effect of the mantras uttered by the rishi there was now life in this piece of meat. Then the blood of this meat became red lentils, the bones became garlic and the meat became onions.

    Thus these foods are never taken by any Vaishnava situated in the mode of goodness as Vaishnavas should be because it is not considered by us as offerable due to its association as a non-vegetarian food. Plus it is in the mode of ignorance.” “It is not vegetarian to eat onions and garlic.”

    Please explain about the red lentils, are red lentils also known as – masoor dal? And are these also not offered and eaten by devotees?

    Thank You

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna,

      Thank you for your comments Krishna on ‘What’s wrong with eating meat’ article. Yes red lentils are also known as masoor dal, you can eat other coloured ones but not the red masoor dal. Also we do not cook and offer this to the Lord and its not to be eaten by devotees.

      Please chant Hare Krishna and read books by Srila Prabhupada.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  11. Jeevan says:

    Hi if the Dr advises you must eat meat for health and you live in a western world UK example. Where it I easier to obtain meat products for optimum health what should you do? Look after your health or look after you faith. If you cannot maintain a healthy vegetarian diet in a western world then what must you do if you are given a advice vice to eat meat to help you be healthier and you live in a western world where it is hard to eat a vegetarian diet and where you find very little success in doing so however you find on a daily basis that there is meat options which are healthy and make you feel more healthier after eating and show that your body is recovering from illness then are you allowed in hinduism to eat meat because it is helping your body recover hence making you happy thank you

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Jeevan,

      Thank you for your comments on ‘What’s wrong with eating meat’ article.

      Regarding your questions, first of all it is incorrect to think by eating meat is an healthier option than being a vegetarian. If you read about health and meat so many people are having health problems due to consumption of meat. In a recent news a new study from the Harvard School of Public Health suggests that eating any amount or type of red meat significantly increases risk of premature death, cancer, and heart disease.

      ‘Below are the few diseases known to be associated with meat:

      Anaemia, appendicitis, arthritis, breast cancer, cancer of the colon, cancer of the prostate, constipation, diabetes, gall stones, gout, high blood pressure, indigestion, obesity, piles, strokes and varicose veins are just some of the well known disorders which are more likely to affect meat eaters than vegetarians.

      Add to those hazards the fact that if you eat meat you may be consuming hormones, drugs and other chemicals that have been fed to the animals before they were killed and you can see the extent of the danger. No one knows precisely what effect eating the hormones in meat is likely to have on your health. But the risk is there and I think it’s a big one. Some farmers use tranquillisers to keep animals calm. Others routinely use antibiotics so that their animals do not develop infections. When you eat meat you are, inevitably, eating those drugs. In America, over half of all antibiotics are fed to animals and I don’t think it is any coincidence that the percentage of staphylococci infections resistant to penicillin went up from 13% in 1960 to 91% in 1988.

      The healthiness of a vegetarian diet is perhaps shown most dramatically by the fact that lifelong vegetarians visit hospitals 22% less often than meat eaters – and for shorter stays! Vegetarians tend to be fitter than meat eaters – as well as healthier – and many of the world’s most successful athletes (particularly those who specialise in endurance events) follow a strictly vegetarian diet’. (Vernon Coleman).

      So how can meat eating be a healthier option?

      The Dr’s do not know that’s why they may advice people to eat meat for health reasons, it is a myth to think that if you don’t eat meat your body would be short of protein, that is not true. You can eat so many other Vegetarian food like Dhal, Soya beans etc. which would provide enough protein for the body and stay healthy.

      It’s also easier to obtain vegetarian food, I know they sell meat in most places but you can put that extra effort to buy and cook your own vegetarian food. It’s better to put that extra effort in now rather than suffer the Karmic reactions which will be far more suffering. All other vegetarian people are maintaining their vegetarian diet even when living in western world so why can’t you? We have to give up this weakness and follow the principles of human life.

      If people have certain illness then they should try Ayur Vedic treatment which is more natural, many health problems can be sorted via performing Yoga and taking herbal medicines.

      If you’re asking then I would say that we should not compromise eating meat for health reasons, this would not be allowed in Hinduism. There are other alternatives rather than just eat meat for health purposes. To recover the body we can also do many exercises, go to the gym, go for a jog and carry on eating vegetarian spiritual food (a devotee is to offer to Krishna foodstuffs prepared from vegetables.) This will make you more happier.

      Krishna Wants Vegetarian Food Offered to Him

      If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it. Bhagavad-gita 9.26

      One who loves Krishna will give Him whatever He wants, and he avoids offering anything which is undesirable or unasked. Thus meat, fish and eggs should not be offered to Krishna. If He desired such things as offerings, He would have said so. Instead He clearly requests that a leaf, fruit, flowers and water be given to Him, and He says of this offering, “I will accept it.” Therefore, we should understand that He will not accept meat, fish and eggs.

      Vegetables, grains, fruits, milk and water are the proper foods for human beings and are prescribed by Lord Krishna Himself. Whatever else we eat cannot be offered to Him, since He will not accept it. Thus we cannot be acting on the level of loving devotion if we offer such foods.

      In the Third Chapter, verse thirteen, Sri Krishna explains that only the remains of sacrifice are purified and fit for consumption by those who are seeking advancement in life and release from the clutches of the material entanglement. Those who do not make an offering of their food, He says in the same verse, are eating only sin. In other words, their every mouthful is simply deepening their involvement in the complexities of material nature. But preparing nice, simple vegetable dishes, offering them before the picture or Deity of Lord Krishna and bowing down and praying for Him to accept such a humble offering enables one to advance steadily in life, to purify the body, and to create fine brain tissues which will lead to clear thinking. Above all, the offering should be made with an attitude of love. Krishna has no need of food, since He already possesses everything that be, yet He will accept the offering of one who desires to please Him in that way. The important element, in preparation, in serving and in offering, is to act with love for Krishna. (Srila Prabhupada).

      So my friend act for Lord Krishna and not for your own desire and sensual pleasures. Try giving up eating meat and practise devotional service, you can do this by reading Srila Prabhupada’s books, chanting Hare Krishna Mantra, associate with devotees at the ISKCON temple and eat Krishna Prasadam. Just by practising Bhakti Yoga we can achieve everything even a good health. The main purpose of human life is develop our love for Lord Krishna, that is Hinduism that is Sanatan Dharma.

  12. amrit says:

    Hare Krishna

    I have a dog and he likes to eat chicken. Is it wrong or sinful of me to give him chicken?

    I pray to Lord Krishna and do chant the Maha Mantra. But my hands also provide meat to my dog. What should I do? Sometimes I boil chicken with rice to give to my dog. I am a strict vegetarian but my dog is not.

    Should I not give my dog chicken? And just stick to giving him his dog food, which also has chicken in it? Please help.

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Amrit,

      Thank you for your comments on ‘What’s wrong with eating meat’ article.

      I am glad to hear you’re worshipping Lord Krishna and chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, please continue to do this as it will not only benefit you but the dog also.

      Regarding your question, according to the scriptures it is wrong to eat and give meat to anyone. There is also an option to make your dog vegetarian. There are many people who feed their pets vegetarian food only, some also give Prashadam (sanctified food). If your pet suffers due to you not feeding them properly you can also be held responsible as you took that responsibility of that living entity to look after them. So it is a risky business.

      It’s best not to bring meat food at home and cooking it to feed your dog. This will contaminate your house. Anyway you can try feeding your dog approved vegetarian food and see how it reacts to this. It may be possible to supplement vegetarian dog food with the appropriate vitamin and minerals so that the animal’s diet is balanced. This should be done under supervision of a veterinarian. After switching a dog to vegetarian food, you should have the dog examined one to two months later to have general health evaluated.

      There is no scientifically known reason why dogs cannot live full, healthy lives on a vegan diet. Furthermore, a homemade or commercial vegetarian food can avoid the potentially detrimental health effects of many meat-based commercial foods.

      Some suggest more widespread benefits: “Dogs would benefit in health and temperament worldwide. Such a diet would also greatly reduce the risks of cancer, strokes, heart attacks, and other comment diseases and disorders.” -Michael W. Fox, D.V.M.

      If you would like to switch a dog to vegetarian food, only purchase food that has been tested and meets all nutritional standards for dogs. There are many brands that offer this certification, and you can find the most variety at feed stores or at large pet stores. There are also books devoted to making vegetarian foods for dogs. If this is unacceptable for personal reasons, you may be better off not adopting a dog unless the animal has had proven success with a vegetarian diet.

      I cannot really decide for you as you will have to do some research yourself on making your dog vegetarian. But a dog can also definitely eat vegetarian food provided you are following the guidelines. If it works then this is the best option, try also feeding dog Prashadam so the dog will benefit spiritually. We have to remember that the soul resides in every species and we have to somehow help them spiritually also.

      In Vedic times people did not bring dogs or animals inside the house as this would contaminate the house, also by keeping a pet there is every chance of becoming attached to it and thinking of it all the time. You may have heard the story of King Bharata (click here to read story) who kept a deer as a pet and he became attached to this deer so much that at the end of his life he was thinking of this deer, so in his next birth according to the laws of nature he was given a deer’s body to reside in.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  13. Jyothi says:

    Namaste Sir,

    I have been deeply influenced by the teachings of Sri Bhagavad Gita. I took up my first study of Gita on September 24 2012 out of Bhakti and Respect for Hindu’s sacred book, but I did not expect the book to change my life. I have turned a better person than I was previously and recommending the book to all those I know.

    I have given up Non vegetarian food and garlic and onions since then. I wish to share my experince regarding the same.

    Before I started studying Bhagavad Gita, I thought I would avoid eating meat till I complete Gita because it is a sacred book. But since I actually started studying it, I have given up totally as instructed in the book. I started cooking for myself separately because my family eats meat. But my family continued to have non vegetarian food and I was not happy with it as I have to share the same vessels with my family and the nonvegetarian food smell that I previously enjoyed started to make my stomach sick and I actually was close to throwing up at one instance. I was still on day 10 of Gita and I put the book infront of me, put my hands together bowed my head and my eyes were already in tears. I told Lord Krishna ” Sri Krishna , You have made me give up meat. But I cant see my family having meat and adding bad karma to their life. Please I beg You to make my family give up meat. I cant stand the smell of the non vegetarian curries and gravies they are cooking. Earlier I used to enjoy and my mouth would water, but not anymore ever since I started styding Gita. Please make my family give up meat. Please cleanse their bodies of the sins of eating meat. ”

    This is what my prayer was, but ofcourse in my mother tongue. I did not inform my fmqaily about this prayer. And to be honest, I was not expecting this prayer to come true, as my family is light years away from giving up meat. 3 days later, my family made a trip a very distant Lord Narasimha temple which was 7 hours away. I did not join them as I had to complete my study of Gita and I told them I will join them next time. That night after they returned, they told me that they performed a special puja to Lord Narasimha and priest told my Mom to give up meat totally. She said the rest of the family can have meat outside if they want to, but she is not touching meat, or eggs or anything non vegetarian all her life from now. Can anyone believe this!!! I rushed to my room, put the cover page of Bhagavad Gita infront and cried and thanked Lord Krishna. It was just 3 days back that I prayed for it. I have never told my family till date about my prayer. It doesn’t make any difference. I got what I wanted.

    I cannot forger this all my life. I tell this incident to all my friends everything so that they read the book with faith. SInce my Mon stoppped cooking meat at home, the rest of the family too turned vegetarian. They dont have meat outside at all. They dont miss meat at all. I have never since heard the word ” meat” in my home. There still are few eggs remaining in our refriegerator which were there before this entire episode and nobody touches them and we don’t know how to dispose those eggs. NOW MY WHOLE FAMILY IS A VEGETARIAN THANKS TO LORD KRISHNA’S ANSWER TO MY PRAYER. Though I failed to convince then to give up onion and garlic. But I am happy.

    Also I am not very developed in the spiritual place to preach, but I have read somewhere online ” One cannot equal cutting grass to slitting an animal’s throat.”

    We cannot eat a chair or mobile or a sponge or a nonliving thing to live. They have no life. Living things have to eat living things to survive. But as humans we have to choose the lowest mode of conscious beings like plants as they cannot defend themselves and as the Admin says ” they experience least pain”. Everything that lives has a soul.

    Lord Krishna Himself saiys in Bhagavad Gita that He accepts – a fruit/vegetable , a flower, a leaf or water – as offering. So he recommends and okays these foods for humans.

    My knowledge is from Bhagavad Gita and online resourses of information.

    Thanks for reading my post with patience.

    With Regards,
    Jyothi.

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Jyothi,

      Thank you so much for sharing your story with the ISKCON Birmingham website. I am happy to hear how things worked out for you at the end. That’s great to hear all your family have now become vegetarians, Lord Krishna surely heard your prayers. Bhagavad Gita is the direct word of God and it is absolute truth, it applies to everyone regardless who they are. How Bhagavad Gita made an impact in your life is just amazing, so many people after reading Srila Prabhupada’s ‘Bhagavad Gita As It Is’ are now becoming pure devotees of Lord Krishna who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Now that you and your family have become Vegetarians try taking a step forward or start with yourself first to chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and practise Bhakti Yoga at home. Offer the food you cook to Lord Krishna and take that as Prashadam or his mercy, chant and read more of Srila Prabhupada’s books and associate with devotees who are on the path of Krishna Consciousness. I’m sure Krishna will listen to your prayers and arrange everything nicely for you in life. Just keep strong faith in Krishna and always chant his holy names.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham Temple

  14. mohan says:

    Sir, thoughtful analysis indeed. Infact for a long time the thought of the severe pain these animals undergo had been haunting me. i was wondering as to how a living creature can pratically tolerate this unimaginable pain for hours when we consider the fact that a mere sharp nail screwing on our body for a second can make even us scream like a child .This resulted in me giving up beef eating at 24 years of age. By 30 , complete stop to chicken and fish. But egg , onion and garlic … i still eat. Your analysis prompts me seriously to stop these too. But 1 doubt… we all know in each and every passing second of time, a lot of living beings all around the world are suffering intense pain especially for eating purpose.One major factor behind this brutality is that people are of the impression that they will not get the punishments for their doings because of several reasons. One reason is that authoritative people of semitic religions advocates their followers that these things are allowed in their holly books. 2nd reason is that the minority vegetarions(what ever be the religion) are hesitant to give advice to meat eaters about the consequences , fearing the harsh responses from the extrimist religious authorities , which can even be death threats.It is sure that if severe meat eaters are intimated about the consequesnces, there would really be great changes as whole. But who will take initiatives? The above being the case, don’t you feel that the all powerful, kindful almighty himself need to interfere more directly and frequently in these matters. After all who can dare to threaten God?

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Mohan,

      Thank you for your comments on ‘What’s wrong with eating meat’ article.

      You have said it very accurately that even when a sharp nail hurts our body we react to the pain and scream so just imagine what sort of pain these animals have to suffer in the slaughter houses. Those people who eat meat does not have a clue that the animals also have a soul in them and they do feel pain and pleasure like humans.

      Regarding your first question, many religion scriptures has been misunderstood and or has been interpreted to suit their own needs. Actually all scriptures holy books emanates from Vedas but it is preached according to time place and circumstances. For example in ancient times the Rishis use to do sacrifices of old animals and brought them back in a new body, they use to do this just by utterance of powerful Mantra’s. Now this has been misinterpreted to kill the innocent animals and eat them. The general mass of people are misguided and the whole world is suffering due to this. People need to wake up and see the truth and practise a life of non-violence and devotion to the Supreme God Lord Sri Krishna. Those religions who advocate meat eating is for people with a degraded consciousness or animal consciousness, they will not be able to understand the higher dimensions of devotion to God. They will believe in God but at the same time have all the demonic qualities.

      Regarding your second question, it is duty of everyone to take up this initiative and preach about devotion to God and vegetarianism. We should not be hesitant of preaching the absolute truth, don’t worry about the harsh responses or the consequences Lord Krishna will surely protect his devotees.

      Yes no one can threaten God. Also the all-powerful, kindful almighty himself does time to time interfere directly and frequently in these matters, he says in the Bhagavad Gita:-

      yadā yadā hi dharmasya
      glānir bhavati bhārata
      abhyutthānam adharmasya
      tadātmānaḿ sṛjāmy aham

      Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion — at that time I descend Myself. (Bhagavad Gita 4.7)

      Sometimes the Lord himself personally descends, sometimes he comes as incarnations and sometimes he sends his devotees like Srila Prabhupada to preach pure devotional service on earth. Also the Lord comes and gives us his message or sometimes through the prophets and devotees, but people due to free will still ignore the message and engage in sinful activities.

      In a very recent incarnation Lord Krishna appeared as Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu who spread the chanting of:

      Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare,
      Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

      Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu spread the religion of this age which is to chant the names of God in the form of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra. This was the Lords weapon to kill the demonic mentality of people in this degraded age of Kali Yuga. Just by chanting this mantra it will counteract all the negative influence of this world and people would become pure and develop Love of God. Lord Krishna is personally here in the sound vibration of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra. The Lord is non-different to is name, he is present whenever his names are chanted.

      So if you have time please chant the Hare Krishna Mantra and read Srila Prabhupada’s books, also please help to distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books everywhere, this way the true spiritual knowledge will be spread all over the world.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  15. Himanshu Chaudhary says:

    Just one small question…

    Aren’t plants are living being as well?? Is it not the sin to kill plants for our food??

    Thanks
    Himanshu

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Himanshu,

      Thank you for your comments on ‘What’s wrong with eating meat’ article.

      Regarding your question, ‘Plants are also living being is it not a sin to kill plants for food too’?

      This explanation is given in Srimad Bhagavatam (3.29.15) purport by the founder Srila Prabhupada:

      “Sometimes the question is put before us: “You ask us not to eat meat, but you are eating vegetables. Do you think that is not violence?” The answer is that eating vegetables is violence, and vegetarians are also committing violence against other living entities because vegetables also have life. Non-devotees are killing cows, goats and so many other animals for eating purposes, and a devotee, who is vegetarian, is also killing. But here, significantly, it is stated that every living entity has to live by killing another entity; that is the law of nature. Jīvo jīvasya jīvanam: one living entity is the life for another living entity. But for a human being, that violence should be committed only as much as necessary.

      A human being is not to eat anything which is not offered to the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Yajña-śiṣṭāśinaḥ santaḥ: one becomes freed from all sinful reactions by eating foodstuffs which are offered to Yajña, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. A devotee therefore eats only prasāda, or foodstuffs offered to the Supreme Lord, and Krishna says that when a devotee offers Him foodstuffs from the vegetable kingdom, with devotion, He eats that. A devotee is to offer to Krishna foodstuffs prepared from vegetables. If the Supreme Lord wanted foodstuffs prepared from animal food, the devotee could offer this, but He does not order to do that.”

      So yes even plants and vegetables have souls and killing them unnecessarily and for personal sense gratification causes sin, that’s why it is recommended to offer the vegetarian food to Lord Krishna first then later eat that food as Prashadam or mercy. Lord Krishna can do anything so he transforms the food offered to him into spiritual food, this will free us from sin and karmic reactions.

      Eating only food offered to Krishna is the ultimate perfection of the vegetarian diet. After all, pigeons and monkeys are also vegetarian, so becoming a vegetarian is not in itself the greatest of accomplishments. The Vedas inform us that the purpose of human life is to reawaken the soul to its relationship with God, and only when we go beyond vegetarianism to prasada can our eating be helpful in achieving this goal.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  16. Raj Singh says:

    Hari Krishna,
    I’ve found this article very interesting which is backed up by quality and constructive research.
    I have read and understood it with great pleasure.
    Indeed, “what we learn with pleasure, we never forgot”
    I have recently started chanting Maha Mantra and indeed it has magical powers.
    I have a question please:
    What’s the view on taking multivitamins, and other supplements?
    As far as I am concerned, most of them might not have animal extracts, however I could be wrong.
    Hari Krishna

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Raj,

      Thank you for your comments on ‘What’s wrong with eating meat’ article, and glad you found the article interesting.

      I am happy to hear you have started chanting the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra, please keep chanting as it will purify the unclean heart and develop Love of God.

      Regarding your question on what is the view on taking multivitamins and other supplements? Well that you will need to check in the ingredients when you buy the product. You can always check and make sure that the product does not contain any animal extracts. I dont know in detail of each supplements so it is advised you to check with the staff working at the shop. I know that we do not taken Seven Seas Cod Liver Oil which contains fish extracts.

      May be you can check on the internet which ones are suitable for vegetarians. Generally vitamins are good for health so you can continue to take this but just check the suitability.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  17. priyamani says:

    After this I have changed my decision of eating meat, onions and garlic. It was really good to know the actual truth which is necessary for this life.

    I have another doubt if Brahmans have higher knowledge and power by birth than any others. Are they superior from all others. Do all humankind are equal before Almighty? Please reply to this.

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Priyamani,

      Thank you for your comments on this article. It’s good to know that it has helped you to change your decision of eating such foods which is not suitable for humans, especially for those who want to progress further in spiritual life.

      Regarding your questions about God seeing everyone equally and about Brahmanas, well first of all everyone is equal before the Almighty, God loves all of his children’s and does not discriminate between them. The Brahmans are not generally born with higher knowledge and powers, they have acquired this through their penance and austerities. No body attains anything without going through some sort of austerity in life, even in spiritual life there is austerity to achieve higher realm.

      To understand Brahman’s one has to understand their role in the society. There are four divisions in society, Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that he has created this system:-

      catur-varnyam maya srstam
      guna-karma-vibhagasahh
      tasya kartaram api mam
      viddhy akartaram avyayam

      According to the three modes of material nature and the work associated with them, the four divisions of human society are created by Me. And although I am the creator of this system, you should know that I am yet the nondoer, being unchangeable. (Bhagavad Gita 4.13)

      There is a natural system of social organization which can bring about a peaceful society where everyone is happy. This system is described in the timeless Vedic literature of India and it is called Varnasrama dharma.

      The purpose of the Varnasrama social system is to provide a structure which allows people to work according to their natural tendencies and to organize society so that everyone, regardless of their position, makes spiritual advancement.

      The practical application of the Varnasrama system is to divide the society according to four occupational and four spiritual orders of life.

      The Varnasrama system recognizes the natural talents and abilities of each person and provides work according to a person’s qualities. There are four qualities of work, the brahmanas are the intellectual and priestly class, the Kshatriyas are the government, the military and the administrative classes, the vaisyas are farmers and businessmen, and the sudras are workers.

      There are also four spiritual divisions, brahmachari – celibate student life, grihastha – married life, vanaprastha – retired life and sannyasa – renounced life. If this system is properly implemented under the direction of qualified brahmanas the result will be peace and prosperity throughout the world.

      So Brahmanas are superior in a sense that they have a very important role to play in the society and to guide the society in the right direction which is towards spiritual life or Krishna Consciousness. Even in any organisation there is a Director, Manager, Supervisor and then the Staff members. So there is some sort of hierarchy but the goal is to work for one organisation. Similarly there are different classes of people i.e. brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaisyas and sudras and they all should be working together for a better and a healthy society. Brahmans are like the heads of the society as they guide people, now if there are no brahmanas then who will guide the society? That is why there can be chaos in the society due to lack of spiritual knowledge and guidance.

      The classification of society into brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaisyas and sudras is very scientific. In the human social body, the brahmanas are considered the head, the kshatriyas are the arms, the vaisyas are the belly, and the sudras are the legs. At the present moment the body has legs and a belly, but there are no arms or head, and therefore society is topsy-turvy. It is necessary to re-establish the brahminical qualifications in order to raise the fallen human society to the highest standard of spiritual consciousness.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  18. johny scott says:

    Dear sir,
    What does geeta says about watching and doing nothing to protect and save these animals.
    what can we do and to what extent so that our karma is also fine and conscious is also clear, and we also protect the animals or punish the people who kill them?
    i am really confused, your article is very good.
    i kept thinking for many days, have read it many times.

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Johny,

      Thank you for your comments on this article.

      It is the duty of every living being to protect the innocent and those that are most vulnerable. Just because the animals cannot protest like humans it does not mean that they should be slaughtered. Animals should definitely be protected from any harm, being kind and helpful to the weak is a human characteristic. The scriptures certainly say that one should not kill animals, but what to do in a Godless civilisation. The Government needs to take up this initiative and stop animal killing altogether. It is the governments duty to punish these people who are maintaining slaughter houses and those who are selling and buying meat.

      If you can help then you become Krishna Conscious and try to preach this message to other people. This way it will certainly help the humanity at large, people are doing all this nonsense things because the root cause is lack of true spiritual knowledge. This Krishna consciousness movement is helping people to revive their original consciousness which is to be Krishna consciousness. By loving God we will automatically love all the living entities, when we truly love God then that love reflects as being compassionate to others and also by helping them to become God Conscious. This way you will remain free from Karma and your conscious will stay clear.

      Please read ‘Bhagavad Gita As It Is’ by Srila Prabhupada and then distribute this knowledge.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

      • Johny says:

        Thank you for your answer.
        i was really waitin for it.
        Recently i got in contact with an indian brahmin and he gave a totally different view on this.

        he said its a known fact that every body has to pay as per his or her’s karma.
        he said we should not interfere in nature’s process of providing justice.
        According to him if any person is in any miserable condition then it is all due to his karma of this life or the previous life.

        If any person eats meat in this life and in next life he is subject to get slaughtered as a pig or goat. BUT if we interfere this process then he becomes free of this bad karma treatment. and in his place we are subjected to such a treatment in one way or the other.
        Secondly he also stated this is the reason that in past when ever anybody had to Donate food/money etc… they used to give it to brahmins. as it was believed that if you donate anything to a person in misery then in return he gives you a part of his misery. And As humans we should not interfere in nature’s treatment of justice as per anyone’s karma.
        i wanted to know how much this theory is true…and is this also mentioned in gita.
        this was totally new for me, giving me a totally new direction…please advice !

        • admin says:

          Hare Krishna Johny,

          Thank you for your further enquiry.

          Whatever the Brahmin has said to you is correct, yes everyone is suffering or enjoying according to their own karma, this may be from this life or from previous many lives. Whatever sin we may perform the seed gets implemented and it gradually fructifies and the results are that we suffer for the sin which we had performed. Some religions do not believe in Karma, but then how do they explain someone who is born with some defect? This is when the Vedic knowledge gives us a deeper insight and explains that the person in their previous lives must have performed some bad Karma and the reaction is taking place now. People build up so much bad Karma that they cannot pay all of it in one life that’s why it gets carried on to the next life and life after. This continues until they break the cycle of repeated birth and death and this is only possible by absolute spiritual knowledge and surrendering unto God with love and devotion.

          Yes God has his laws and that is how the material nature is working. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita:

          mayadhyaksena prakrtih
          suyate sa-caracaram
          hetunanena kaunteya
          jagad viparivartate

          This material nature, which is one of My energies, is working under My direction, O son of Kunti, producing all moving and non-moving beings. Under its rule this manifestation is created and annihilated again and again. (Bhagavad Gita 9.10)

          Someone may do a crime and hide from the government laws but they cannot escape from the laws of nature, that person will be punished. Everything is witnessed and controlled by the supreme Lord and his energies.

          Firstly, yes those who slaughter animals will also get the same punishment in their next life, they will also have to go through the same process just to balance the Karma out. Now the question comes in about what happens when we interfere with someone’s karma. I would like to take few things further to what the Brahmin has said. Just to let you know that not everyone can interfere with other peoples karma, but a devotee being surrendered to God can be empowered by the Lord to do such a task. The devotee can interfere up to an extent and impart spiritual knowledge. A devotee is full of compassion and he cannot see other people suffer so they intervene and tries to help that person come to a spiritual platform. So the main point to understand is that a devotee does not necessarily get involved with someone’s karma, but he can distribute this spiritual knowledge and help that person from committing anymore bad karma or sinful activities.

          For example the devotees in ISKCON goes out on book distribution and Harinam Sankirtan, they distribute spiritual literature and they come across so many people who are constantly reaping their good and bad karma’s. So only a devotee is allowed to intervene and help other people change their karma so they don’t have to suffer. A devotee is taking up this service just to help the fallen conditioned souls otherwise who is going to help the people who are in ignorance? It also becomes the duty of devotees to spread the spiritual knowledge, if you see someone suffer wouldn’t you naturally want to help them?

          Secondly, regarding donating to a person in misery will return in misery is also correct. This is more elaborately explained in the Bhagavad Gita where it explains that charity falls under three modes which are: charity in Goodness, charity in Passion and Charity in Ignorance. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita:-

          BG 17.20: Charity given out of duty, without expectation of return, at the proper time and place, and to a worthy person is considered to be in the mode of goodness.

          BG 17.21: But charity performed with the expectation of some return, or with a desire for fruitive results, or in a grudging mood, is said to be charity in the mode of passion.

          BG 17.22: And charity performed at an impure place, at an improper time, to unworthy persons, or without proper attention and respect is said to be in the mode of ignorance.

          So yes if we give some money to someone and that person misuses the money in wrong things example meat eating, alcohol etc. then the person who donated the money is also liable to such karma as they are also supporting the activates in the mode of ignorance. So one should be careful where and who they donate their money. Generally everyone should donate and do some sort of charity but donate to people who are truly spreading God Consciousness and helping people spiritually this will definitely benefit the donor. There is a page about charity on this site if you like to read, you can follow the link teaching, vedic philosophy then charity.

          Yes it is true to say that humans should not interfere in nature’s treatment of justice as per anyone’s karma, the nature will deal with everything. But a devotee or a God’s representative has a duty to preach God Consciousness all over the world. Just like Jesus who freed people from their sins, but people have taken advantage of this and continuing doing all sinful activities thinking that Jesus will take their sin. But this is very immature understanding of people, a self-realised person will think why should I let my saviour suffer, I will not sin from today.

          When Srila Prabhupada the founder acharya of the Hare Krishna movement came to the west to preach he initiated so many disciples all around the world so that they can start a new spiritual life ahead. It is said that at the time of initiation the spiritual master frees one from all of his Karma, but at the time of initiation the disciple also promises that he shall not do any sinful activities from that point onwards, which are ‘no meat eating, no gambling, no intoxication and no illicit sex’. A devotee then leads a pure God conscious life.

          So someone might then ask what happens to all the Karma when we surrender to the Lord? Well Lord Krishna promises this in the Bhagavad Gita when he says:-

          sarva-dharman parityajya
          mam ekam saranam vraja
          aham tvam sarva-papebhyo
          moksayisyami ma sucah

          Abandon all varieties of religion and just surrender unto Me. I shall deliver you from all sinful reactions. Do not fear. (Bhagavad Gita 18.66)

          So Lord Krishna promises that don’t worry about your past sins and karma, just surrender unto him and he shall deliver you. The Lord can do anything and he will surely protect those that a surrendered unto him.

          I hope this has cleared few things, if you have any more questions please do not hesitate to contact me.

          Hare Krishna

          ISKCON Birmingham

  19. Neil Whyte says:

    Hello.
    Very interesting article and thankyou. I am in Australia, a researcher, health and fitness specialist and multiple Guinness world record holder/ performer international.
    I can’t say that I agree with you about the topic of milk. The mother suffers when the calf is taken away from the mother to feed humans – absurd. We do not need it, like milk. I am not sure how the conclusion of building a better brain occures from drinking cows milk when after all, cows are not known for their mental gymnastics. Goats milk offers much more, but I prefer to shy away from any kind of animal milk quite frankly. Cows milk is toxic, often full of the same garbage as meat like hormones etc, as one famous Dr quotes ” it is basically liquid meat”.
    However, I do like much of the article – I have found much strength in eating organic food, no animal products, quality exercise, clean water, sunshine and community spirit and family – I am rarely ill, exceptional vitality in comparison to other 45 year olds – I will stick with what works for me. When I am 100, I will be still full of vitality.

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Neil,

      Thank you for your comments on this article.

      The topic of milk is very authoritative and needs to be understood thoroughly. Just by taking the calf away from the mother does not necessarily mean killing it or not bringing it back to the mother. Just like a child when distance from its mother for a short while does not bring pain to the mother. If it’s done in a loving environment and the cows and mothers are felt protected then they don’t necessary suffer. Eventually the calf one day will grow up and the mother being old will eventually leave, how long they are going to remain together? A child may go to the school but the parents do not suffer as they know they will meet again during end of the day, similarly the cows and calf’s even separated for a while will come back together again.

      Scientifically the milk itself has so many nutrients and does help in the development of human body. Even in Vedic times milked has always been used humanly and has helped to maintain the body.

      Also my argument is that even when a child is born they naturally only drink milk and can only drink milk why? The mother naturally gives milk from her breast to the child, why does the mother produce milk only? This is natural and God created system so it must have a reason. Why doesn’t the mother produce anything else in the breast apart from milk? So it is reasonably accepted that when the child grows they naturally want to carry on drinking milk which the cows then provide. That’s why in Vedic culture the cow is considered as mother.

      Almost all forms of nature stop drinking mother’s milk after infancy. So the question here is why do we, as humans, continue to drink milk? We continue to drink milk for its nourishment on all levels from mental to physical to emotional to spiritual. Milk alone has countless benefits and a strong healing power. Milk promotes Ojas, your strength, immunity, and intellect. Ultimately, milk provides us with those benefits and nutrition that is pretty much hard to find anywhere else. To simply phrase it, we are supposed to drink milk throughout our lives for its nutritional values that nourishes and enhances our quality of life by increasing the strength within our inner core and supports our immunity.

      Cow’s milk is what majority of the population drinks. As mentioned earlier, cow’s milk promotes Ojas, promotes a longer life span, increases intelligences, improves strength, and the list continues. There are only benefits after benefits from drinking milk. If you pay close attention, those children who grow up drinking lots of milk, have a tendency to be healthier and have stronger immune systems. Milk is an excellent source for calcium, phosphorous, iron, carbohydrates, protein, fat, vitamins A, B12, and C.

      Also, intuitively, for centuries, the human race has been drinking milk. Just like we eat our vegetables, we should drink our milk. Our ancestors drank their milk and it’s pretty much a tradition that has been passed down from one generation to the next.

      According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, studies have shown that drinking milk can improve kidney functioning and reduce the risk of heart disease. In another study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, ”Boosting calcium intake by drinking milk could reduce healthy adults’ chances of a debilitating bone break. Healthy men and women supplemented with 1,200 mg of calcium per day – the amount in four glasses of milk – reduced their risk of bone fractures by 72 percent.” These are just a couple of studies out of thousands that have been conducted over the years. And with that said, why wouldn’t you want to drink your milk?

      Ayurveda has also laid out the countless benefits of drinking milk. Ojas, as you may already know is the finest product of digestion and it represents your immune system, strength, and vitality. Drinking milk promotes and enhances the Ojas. Milk directly nourishes the life forces and also nourishes all the tissues of the body. It increases strength, promotes life span, excellent for the eyes and intellect, reverses the aging process, heals wounds, and increases virility. Furthermore, milk is used for irritable bowel syndrome, excessive thirst, is good for hyperacidity, great for heart disorders, urinary tract problems, hemorrhoids, and bleeding tendencies. Milk is excellent for emaciation, anemia, and fatigue due to excess physical exertion. Milk can be hard to digest. Therefore, if you have trouble digesting milk, boil the milk with some fresh ginger and then drink it. Boiling the milk makes the milk lighter and easier to digest. The ginger will aid in the digestion of the milk.

      There are many more benefits than what has been mentioned. Milk is one of the greatest nutritional drinks out there and it is recommended for everyone. Ayurveda continues to say that milk is the first drink of life and therefore, it should be continued throughout life. (ref. thinkvedic)
      Cows may not be known for their mental gymnastics but that is the miracle that they help humans do gymnastics and keep them healthy.

      These days they treat cows and other animals so badly, just for the sake of making volumes they inject them with all sort of chemicals which produces more fat and milk in the animals. Also when the animal is killed due to the fear they produce so many toxins which go inside the meat. So yes it may be right to an extent that Cow’s milk will not be clear but this is due to not taking care of them properly in the first place. We need to establish the Vedic principles which certainly are more natural and pure.

      I am glad that you enjoyed reading the article and it’s nice to hear you have a very healthy diet and maintaining your body nicely. It’s certainly important to look after the body and more importantly is to also look after our soul. The Soul also needs spiritual nourishment and one of the processes to fulfil that is to chant the ‘Hare Krishna Mantra’. The body is temporary and will eventually die but the soul will continue to move according to our Karma, nobody knows how long they will live for so we should also adopt something for spiritual wellbeing.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  20. Jeevan says:

    I have question Sir. If u eat lower animals like chicken and fish only is it less sin that eating higheranimals like lamb pig etc . I have seen a YouTube video fro Sri Prabudhas about if you are obliged to eat meat you must eat the lower animals. Can you explain of obliged is if your Dr advises to eat due to health or if ur health improves with eating chicken and fish. My questions are those of many any young Hindus who are stuck between health and religious. And also the convenience of eating chicke aand fish in the UK. How much dhal can you eat. How much cheese how much soya before u get sick it and can easily buy a m and s salad with chicken which is health promoting as low infats and high in iron protein etc … A Westerners view here who wants to be a good Hindu but struggles to keep his health optimum at cost of con convenience….

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Jeevan,

      Regarding your further questions about eating meat, well the first understanding is that there is a soul in every species of life regardless of high or low. We should not eat meat at all, as a Hindu you should know better about the existence of a soul in every living entities. Whether you eat chicken, fish or insects the main point is that by eating such things violence is necessary and this causes bad karma in this life and life after. We do not have the right to harm or take their life span, they are living according to their own nature. If a lion gets ill would it be ok to give your human body for them to eat and get the lion cured? If you are not willing to offer your body to animals to eat why should they give you their bodies to cure your health? As I said just because the animals can’t say No does not mean we should carry on eating them. They are conscious and have a soul. Srila Prabhupada would not recommend to eat meat, but because people are going to sin anyway he is saying not to eat beef or anything related to cows as cows are auspicious and considered as our mother by providing us milk.

      My friend I have explained to you before, the Dr will advise many things but it’s also your duty to go and do your research and find other Ayurvedic alternatives. Just because Dr says eat meat does not necessary mean you eat meat, you can eat other things which would have protein and other things which can help you recover. Also it does not mean that you always continue to eat meat due to health reasons. As I explained you can enquire about Ayurvedic treatment for your problems. I am sure it’s not life and death situation where you really need to eat meat to live. Most of the time its due to our sense gratification and the taste of meat which keeps us hooked on meat, actually meat is disgusting on its own it’s just that its marinated with herbs and species which makes you feel its tasty. So please speak to a vegetarian Dr or an Ayurvedic Dr and they will give you certain treatment which would recover your health, I guarantee they would not say that meat is the only option for you to live. Also if possible do physical exercises and do yoga for curing your health.

      Young people are stuck between Health and Religion because they do not know how to look after their health and how to perform their religious duties.

      Also just because chicken and fish is convenient to buy does not mean we should indulge our senses in them, the whole point is to restrain and control your senses. Eat nice vegetarian food, learn how to cook, offer your food to Krishna and eat the food as his mercy then you will not feel like eating meat. By following religious principles it will also give you good health.

      There are so many people who are vegetarians and they eat vegetarian food everyday like dhal, cheese, soya and they still haven’t got sick of eating it so how can you? There are so many vegetarian recipes, you will be shocked to eat different ones every day for the next several months. I would say the same thing to you, what is in meat, don’t you get sick in eating chicken, fish, pigs, goat, lamb etc., these things should really make you sick not vegetarian foods. You can also easily buy salad and sandwich, why chicken?

      If you want to be a good Hindu then read Bhagavad Gita As It Is and chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra then see how your life becomes blissful. If you elevate your consciousness spiritually you will naturally remain far from meat and its smell. Human life is not meant for sense gratification, that is for the animals. Humans are meant to do austerity and control their senses, you will be able to do this by engaging in devotional service to Lord Krishna.

      Krishna maintains everything so why not your health? Give spiritual a chance at least and see how your life becomes sublime.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  21. Jeevan says:

    Thank you for your answer. It is difficult to find time to make all these foods however as a vegetarian I do and so does my family. However the temptation is always there but it is sin therefore I agree with you. Thanks. Jeevan

  22. Hello says:

    Hello sir. After reading this article, I have chosen to stop eating meat, but I have a problem. My family eats meat and they want me to eat it. I have no control over what we eat, and I do not want my family to suffer. What can I do about this problem? Thank you very much.

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Chris,

      Thank you for your comments on meat eating article.

      I can surely understand your situation and it can be difficult at times to change something which the whole family have been following for a long time. The best way in this instance is to try to speak to your family nicely and tell them how you feel about animal cruelty and that you do not feel right in eating meat. I know it may be difficult at the beginning but I am sure they can understand your concerns and may help you in being a vegetarian. I am not sure if you can learn to cook if not speak to the person who cooks and if they don’t mind cooking a vegetarian dish on side for you.

      Also nobody can force you to eat meat, as an individual you do have the right to say no and try something alternative. I can understand that you do not want your family to suffer, but if you really don’t want your family to suffer then you can explain the truth about meat eating and the law of karma. Are you helping your family or are you increasing their suffering by not telling them the truth and encouraging them to continue to eat meat? Due to free will they may not stop eating meat but at least they can support you in being a vegetarian.

      Animals do have a soul and killing them and eating meat increases our suffering in this life and the life after. If people had to kill the animals themselves to eat them do you really think they would continue to eat meat? I think most people would be Vegetarians as nobody likes violence. People eat meat due to lack of spiritual knowledge and compassion towards other living entities but this can be gradually developed with true spiritual knowledge or Krishna Consciousness.

      Try to attend any Hare Krishna temples near you where they can show you how to prepare some simple vegetarian dishes. Also if possible try to chant the Hare Krishna Mantra which is the most important aspect, this will certainly help you and your family.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  23. S. Roy says:

    Jai Shri Krishna.

    I am a vegetarian and avoid all forms of meat products, fishes, eggs and fat. Since I don’t cook my food, I am aware that I consume some quantity of onion and garlic included with the food, however, I try and keep that at a bare minimum hoping to stop it completely at the near future.

    I would like to know if there is a way for us- vegetarians to influence the meat-eating murderers around us to stop butchering, selling and consuming non-vegetarian products and see to it that this nefarious activity is eliminated completely from the face of this earth?

    It is extremely difficult to convince the meat-eating murderers about the evils they are indulging in and how it is impacting the environment overall.

    Also, as per the Vedas, it is permissible to engage in violence against people who indulge in non-vegetarian food in order to stop this malpractice?

    I ask this because I am more interested in the output.

    May you enlighten me.

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna,

      Thank you for your comments on this article.

      Good to hear you’re a vegetarian and planning to stop eating onion and garlic in the near future. All the Vedic followers ultimately wishes to see that meat eating is completely eliminated from the face of this earth. To influence the meat industry and to the people who consume meat is that we should try to promote vegetarianism and present the facts about killing innocent animals, eating animals for food is murder and cruelty. If the slaughter houses had transparent windows then most people would be vegetarians by now. Would people kill an animal themselves to eat it? They surely wouldn’t as they know that it causes so much pain and its violent, people are just being hypocrite.

      Yes meat eating is making so much impact on the environment that its becoming difficult to explain how bad things are, mother earth is suffering seeing all this ghastly scenes of violence. What we throw on earth is what we will get in return. Look at the world today, it’s in such a mess, people have misused Gods creation and now they are suffering for it.

      The root cause is ignorance and lack of true spiritual knowledge. So it is the duty of all the Vedic followers to become pure themselves and preach Vedic Philosophy all over the world. Try to present the teachings of Bhagavad Gita or Krishna Consciousness to others and this would certainly make an impact on the whole world. We need to do more Harinam Sankirtan and create a spiritual sound vibration on this earth and everywhere else, at the moment its full of negative energies.

      It is not necessary to get involved in violence, how many people are we going to fight with, there so many animal eaters and killers around. I can understand your anger and its natural to feel this way but we have to present a peaceful but yet powerful formula. Just by violence and shouting to people to become vegetarians is not going to solve the actual root cause of the problem, we have to present a higher philosophy which will altogether purify a persons heart.

      Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is the most recent incarnation of Lord Krishna, he appeared only five hundred years ago. He especially came on earth to spread the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra (Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare, Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare) which is the most powerful weapon to kill the demoniac mentally of people, we are seeing this practically that it is transforming people’s hearts. I don’t know about other processes but I can totally recommend someone to chant and spread this Hare Krishna Mantra which will surely awaken peoples dormant love for God and this will naturally make them love all living entities including the animals.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  24. Kb says:

    There is nothing wrong with onions and garlic. They are certainly not the same as eating animals. The reason I do not eat animals is I do not like to make other sentient beings suffer. eating an onion does not involve the same cruelty as killing an animal.

    These food restrictions according to the vedas are different all over India. In some places only food which grows native to the region is allowed be offered to god. In Jaganatha puri tomatoes are forbidden to be offered to Jaganatha. Its all just customs and tradition. even the clothes hare krishnas wear are heavily influenced by Mohammadan styles due to the muslim ruling of Bengal. However hare krihsnas think that the piece of cloth called a dhoti or sorry is devotional clothing. Its no different then the Amish wearing 17th century clothes.

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna,

      Thank you for your comments on this article.

      That is nice that you are not eating any animals and that you do not like them to suffer. Yes your right that eating onions does not involve the same cruelty as killing an animal, but the origin of onions and garlic is from an animal according to Vedas and it is not recommended to eat such alliaceous foodstuff. Ayurveda says that they lead to lust and ignorance.

      You are entitled to your opinion but according to the Vedic scriptures onions and garlic should not be eaten. If the scriptures says something then it must have a reason behind it. You may not be able to understand as you don’t follow the process. If people really want to experience the difference in their body then they should try to avoid onions and garlic altogether, it surely makes a difference. You cannot challenge something which has been experienced.

      There are so many people who have given up onions and garlic and felt a change in their body and on consciousness level. If you ask in many other spiritual traditions they also do not eat onions or garlic, for example Jains and Swaminarayan groups, obviously there is a reason why this is so. There are so many scientific reasons and research done about how onions and garlic is not ultimately good for the body. Even if someone says there is nothing wrong in onions and garlic then that is their opinion but spiritual people who follow Vedic system do not eat it as it is condemned in the scriptures, I have provided few quotes below from the scriptures. Even the Yogis do not partake in such foods as it agitates the mind when performing austerity and mediation.

      Also when the Vedas states something it does not mean it’s only applicable according to a particular region, this is totally misunderstanding. The Vedas statements are applicable everywhere, not only on earth but beyond the earth as well. For example the Vedas mentions about 8.4 million variety of species, the Vedas is not only covering the earth species but species from the whole universe.

      We cannot offer onions, garlic, fish, eggs and meat to Lord Krishna here in UK or anywhere around the world. Lord Krishna has already stated in Bhagavad Gita that he only accepts vegetarian foods. So do you really think Bhagavad Gita has another interpretation according to another country, of course not. God is the same person everywhere. The tomatoes are not offered in Jagannatha puri because that is what the normal custom is that no foreign food should be offered. Different parts of the world may vary in their method in offering foodstuffs to the Lord but the principle is the same, even in Jaganntha Puri onions and garlic is not offered to Lord Jagannatha.

      The clothes which the Hare Krishna’s wear is spiritual and again according to the Vedic custom. Please understand that the Vedic system has existed since time immemorial, Mohammdan styles came just recently so how can the Hare Krishna’s clothes be influenced by someone else? For your information even in the Vaikuntha planets they wear Dhotis and Saris. Also what did the Vedic followers wear millions of years ago? In Mahabharata times women use to wear saris, even Lord Krishna himself provided sari to Draupadi in Mahabharata. Other religions only manifested in Kali Yuga which is only five thousand years ago, the Vedas itself has no such date. And yes please do compare again the Vedic clothes with Amish wearing, it’s nowhere near. So yes Dhoti and Sari are spiritual clothing.

      Please read the below quotes from the scriptures about onions and garlic so that you know that it is wrong to eat onions and garlic.

      From Puranas

      palandu lasunam sigrum alambum grjanam palam
      bhunkte yo vai naro brahman vratam candrayanam caret”

      (Padma Purana, Brahma Khanda 19.10, spoken by Suta Gosvami)

      O sages, one who eats garlic, onions, sigrum (a kind of plant), turnips, bottle gourd and meat, that person should observe a candrayana fast.

      “vrntakam jalisakam kusumbha smantakam tatha
      palandu lasunam suklam niryasan caiva varjayet
      grjanam kinsukan caiva kukundanca tathaiva ca
      udumbaram alavun ca jagdhva patati vai dvijah”

      (Hari Bhakti Vilasa 8.158,159, from Kurma Purana)

      One should not eat egg plant, banana leaves, sunflower leaves and asmantaka leaves, onions, garlic. One should not eat sour gruel (a thin watery pouriage) or the juice of the tree. One should also give up turnips and beetroots, carrots, kinsuka, forest figs, and white pumpkin. If the twice born persons eat these things, they all become fallen.

      “palandulasunadini jagddhva candrayanam caret
      sraddhe devanpitrnprarcya khadanmamsah na dosabhak”

      By eating garlic and onions one becomes sinful and as atonement one should perform Candrayana. (Garuda Purana 1.96.72)

      Onions , stool-thriving pigs, Selu, garlic, Goplyusa (milk of a cow before the lapse of ten days from calving), Tanduliya (a grain growing in faecal rubbish) and mushrooms— all these are to be avoided. (Skanda Purana 40.9)

      The householder taking the rite shall avoid heavy indigestible pulses like Nispava, Masurika etc., stale food, defiled food, brinjals, gourds, cocoa-nuts, garlic, onions, intoxicating beverages and all kinds of meat. (Siva Purana 7.10-12)

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  25. surend says:

    Hi Dear Admin

    I need your advice on this question of mine, what is we are stranded in the middle of the ocean like the movie ‘Life of Pi’, can we eat non-veg to survive or we have to accept that as our karma and die there , then my second question is what if an fearsome animal lets make it a snake tried to bite can we kill it to protect our self (i am talking about the worst situation where you have no choice, either you kill the snake or the snake kills you). what do you think about this? by the way i am a full vegetarian :)

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna,

      Thank you for your questions on this article.

      Regarding your first question, just to survive and keep our body and soul together we may have to eat in such situations. The only time you may have to eat non-vegetarian food is when you are stuck between life and death as there is absolutely no vegetarian food option left for you. As the example you have given, if we are stuck in the middle of ocean, then just to survive we may have to eat whatever is available. But the point is that we should not continue to eat such food once there is vegetarian food available.

      Regarding your second question, if an animal say a snake comes to kill us what should we do in this circumstances. Well our self protection is the most important and its the priority, if anything comes to kill us or tries to kill the innocent then we have the full right to protect ourselves by fighting back. As for the example of the snake, there is no harm in killing the snake if it comes to kill you and that you have no other options left. If you don’t kill it the snake will kill you, so just to survive you will have to kill.

      The scriptures tells us to use our intelligence and also be practical when necessary. Its not that we are fanatics and that we will just die or let other living entities kill us just because we believe in non-violence or because we are vegetarians, no, we have to look at each situation and use our intelligence accordingly.

      Remember we are living in a world where ones food is another ones life, its a very troublesome place and full of misery. We have to find a permanent solution where we don’t have to suffer the miseries of this material world, and the solution is to become a devotee of the Lord and go back to the spiritual world.

      Hare Krishna,

      ISKCON Birmingham

  26. Vidhya says:

    Hare Krishna,
    i read the article above and i remember the same being told to me by my sanskrit teacher back in school. i completely agree to wat is said about avoiding food that brings passion and ignorance. Moving on the path of krishna consciouness i wanted to clarify one thing. I stay in a hostel due to my employment and as such it is not possible for me to offer food to God before it is consumed by anyone. As you said even killing plants is a sin and hence food is to be first offered to God before consuming. please suggest me what should i do in my case. I am a vegetarian and i have also decide to cut down on garlics and onions. Is it okay to to offer food to lord after it has been consumed by several other . Also please tell what sloka could be recited while offering food to lord to purify from the sins of killing the plants . . thank you !

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Vidhya,

      Thank you for your questions on this article.

      The general and the ideal process would be to cook yourself and offer the food to Lord Krishna before eating the food. I can understand your situation, the best thing to do is when the plate is in front of you try to mentally offer the food to Lord Krishna and you can just chant the Hare Krishna Mantra three times. Pray to the lord by asking him to please accept this food offering then you may eat that food.

      One should always remember that Lord Krishna always considers the love and devotion in which the food is offered to him. He has all the food in the spiritual world, he may or may not eat the food we have offered to him but he will surely accept our love and devotion. So even in this circumstances you can think of Lord Krishna and pray to him.

      The below link will show you how to offer the food to the Lord properly. If you are out and cannot recite all the prayers and mantra’s then as I mentioned just chant the Hare Krishna Mantra thrice which will purify everything.

      http://iskconbirmingham.org/congregation/how-to-offer-food-to-krishna

      Hare Krishna,

      ISKCON Birmingham

  27. ABCD says:

    Avoiding meat on moral ground is pure hypocrisy! Plants can also feel pain. If God did not like human eating meat, He would have created human as herbivore instead of omnivore. In ancient world people did not know plants feel pain so they thought only eating animals is bad. Moreover, poultry animals are genetically modified and they are killed instantly – so they don’t feel pain.

    • admin says:

      Violently killing the animals, slaughtering them, still eating meat even after understanding they do feel pain and pleasure is also pure hypocrisy. I think you have not read whole of the article. Plants and vegetables do feel pain but to a very less degree as their consciousness is not so developed like animals or humans. The article mentions that to live in this material world we do have to eat something so it’s better to live with minimum Karma and violence. Also we don’t eat vegetarian food without first offering, we offer the vegetarian food to God first then we eat as his mercy.

      God created different species uniquely and naturally humans as herbivore, but humans by their free will act in the level of animals which makes them omnivore. Humans have a tendency to lord it over the material nature and dominate over lower species, this is a demonic mentality. God created everything perfectly, he gave us the ability to do more things than animals but that does not mean we misuse these abilities to kill those who are more vulnerable and defenceless than us. A human can live by being a vegetarian, animals food is meat.

      People eat meat as they don’t know that animals also have a soul, the animals also eat, sleep, mate and protect themselves just like humans do. If one can raise their consciousness level by making it spiritual then one will be able to see all this. We need to develop a spiritual vision so we can see things as they really are. An ideal civilisation would be to have no violence and a peaceful environment, so by being a vegetarian we are creating that natural environment.

      You must have come across mad cow disease, swine flu and other such animal related issues, this is because the nature is responding to such cruelty. Have you ever heard of mad cauliflower disease? Of course not because vegetarian food is healthy, natural and recommended. Killing animals is not natural. What you throw at nature that you will get in return. People are now even mixing horse meat with other meat, God knows what else they will be mixing. At least the vegetarian knows what they are eating, they don’t get tomato’s in their potato’s.

      In ancient times people were more clever in terms of living a natural and simple life, these days due to materialistic advancement there are now so many problems, people are more stressed, frustrated, psychological problems etc., no one is really happy, this is because we have moved away from that natural way of living. In ancient times people well knew that plants are conscious, they too require water, air and light to survive.

      According to scriptures just by being a vegetarian is also not enough, one has to spiritualise the food by offering to God. This is mentioned in the Bhagavad Gita. The Bhagavad Gita was spoken by Lord Krishna more than five thousand years ago and this knowledge is still practised.

      Whether the animals are genetically modified or not, you don’t know exactly what that means, the animals must be suffering due to that act, how can you put your own thoughts when you can’t experience it? Also the point is not about modification the point is that they are still killing, whether instantly or not instantly. It says ‘Thou Shall not Kill’, this does not mean killing instantly is ok and killing slowly is wrong, why do people misinterpret according to their own level of understanding? This is hypocrisy. Those that kill animals instantly or whether they eat meat will also get their reactions, when bad Karma will come it will be instantly genetically modified by God. What goes around comes around, its Karma, its laws of nature.

  28. Willem says:

    Why may people not eat eggs in your article about Hare Krishna?
    Chickens lay eggs , and in these eggs there’s no birth to another chicken, and sometimes they eat their own eggs. I tought that eggs were a vegetarian food source.

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna,

      Thank you for your question.

      The myth about vegetarian eggs and its health-promoting qualities are misleading. Its consumption by so many vegetarians is really shocking. The ignorance of such matter has spread so far that people resist believing that an egg has potential life and that an egg has an unborn chick within its shell. Man’s desires for food has made him go to extremes and leading him to eat those foods that are coloured with violence and pain. Nature has its reason for eggs, not by way of food for man but as an important link in the reproductive system of hens. It is the craving for violent food that actually numbs the feeling and thinking capacity of the human being. He ignores going deep into the subject and shuns the truth of the matter. But how long will he remain in darkness? For facts are facts and they will never change whether he accepts it or not.

      According to the famous American scientist Mr. Philip J. Scamble, no egg is without life in it. The scientists at Michigan University in America have proven it beyond doubt that no egg – fertile or infertile – is without life (inanimate).

      Whether the egg is fertile or infertile, life is essentially there; and it has all the symptoms of life, such as respiration, brain, feeding ability, etc. There are 15,000 porous-breathing holes on the shell, the cover of the egg.

      Just because some people want to satisfy their sensory desire (of eating), they find ways to categorise the food as per their convenience that bypasses the scriptures and their conscience while filling their stomach.

      People even go to the extent of eating Fish by calling it ‘river vegetables’.

      As far scientific studies are concerned the eggs are going through the first stage (development of embryo) single cell thus it is considered to be an living entity who is about to take birth, so how can we consider it an vegetarian diet we are killing the being before coming to life.

      Egg is the menstrual fluid of a female and I don’t know why people want to eat it. Have you ever thought why it’s called an egg? So egg is actually not vegetarian even though it seems like it because there is a life inside the egg, it’s just that eggs are taken away and kept under certain temperature which stops the egg growing any further. Please read the below conversation.

      {Srila Prabhupada, room conversation with Dr. John Mize, June 23, 1975}

      John Mize: The question has been asked about the unfertilized eggs, why they should not be eaten.
      Srila Prabhupada: Unfertilized, but there is potency of fertilization. You check the progress of one living entity coming out of it.

      John Mize: Once the egg is laid, there is no chance for it to be fertilized.

      Srila Prabhupada: No, egg is… The living entity is already there. Just like a woman is pregnant means the living entity is already there. So as soon as there is egg, the living entity is already there. It is taking time to come out. Just in the womb of the mother, the child is taking time to grow and become fit to come out.

      John Mize: True, but the egg in the mother has been fertilized by the male sperm, whereas the egg laid by a chicken was not fertilized.

      Srila Prabhupada: Not necessarily. They have got that potency. There are four kinds of birth: from the egg, from the vegetable, from fermentation, and from embryo. So from any of these four kinds of sources the living entity comes out. Anda-ja, udbij-ja, jaraya-ja, and sveda-ja, the Sanskrit name. Sveda-ja, simply by perspiration. Just like unclean bed they produce bugs. The man gets perspiration, bad perspiration, and in contact with air, with this perspiration, the living entity comes. Your coat, shirt, if you don’t cleanse, or your body is unclean, you will find so many moths within the shirt. How it is coming? From the perspiration, bad perspiration, bad smell. Not that every time the male female combination required. There are other sources also.

      We do not recommend prohibition of eggs because of living entity. It is not very good food. It agitates the senses. Therefore we prohibit.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  29. L Carnes says:

    The CREATOR Eloheim, Jehovah, the Christ, Lord Jesus, made all things, animals included. God in the O.Testament stated man could EAT animals but NOT their blood. Animals were made on a lower scale and did NOT bear the IMAGE of God like man did so they are NOT one and the same in the order of living creatures made by God. So to say we can’t kill an animal and use it for food or for the Old Tesatment folks who sacrificed them unto God is absolutely foreign to God and to Christians and/or Jews! In fact the REAL God has spoken hear Him!

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna,

      Please read and understand the Bible yourself:-

      Bible references about Vegetarianism

      Meat-eating

      While the Bible – in many places – seems to endorse meat-eating, these sections should not be taken out of context. Instead of using Noah’s emergency expedient (following the flood in which all vegetation was wiped out) as outlined in Genesis 9:3. a more important diet is the original one, enunciated by the Lord in Genesis 1:29:

      “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb-bearing seed and every tree, in which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat (food).

      “God further indicates-in the very next verse that this diet is “good,” while the later diet referred to – the one containing meat – was allowed “simply to satisfy their lust.” This is outlined quite clearly but, again, it must all be studied in context.

      The example of the quail God purportedly arranged for the children of Israel, after they “tired” of His manna (Numbers 11:31), is a prime example of quoting out of context. Indeed, verses 31 and 3 2 (of Numbers) describe the quail and the feasting that followed, but verse 33 must be read to secure the full impact of this passage:

      “And while the flesh was yet between their teeth, ere it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was kindled against the people, and the Lord smote them with a great plague.”

      He was not happy with their meat-eating. It also becomes clear when one studies the early history of the Church that the founding fathers espoused the vegetarian ideal. You can study their lives: Tertullian, Pliny, Origen, St. John Chrysostom, the list goes on and on. Parenthetically, that these early Church fathers were avowed vegetarians makes a large statement as to what we may have read in the Bible before it was worked on at the various Ecumenical councils

      It was not until the time of Emperor Constantine (Fourth Century) that vegetarian Christians had to practice underground – this was because Constantine was a meat-eater. He was also a maniac, and Church history books abound with the stories of how he would pour molten lead down the throats of Christian vegetarians for their chosen diet. Incidentally, he also killed his wife by setting her in a vat of boiling water.

      Scriptural knowledge is simple for the simple – but it is difficult for the twisted. The Bible clearly says “Thou shall not kill” (Exodus 20:13). It could not be stated more simply. The exact Hebrew is lo tirtzach, which accurately translates:

      “Thou shall not kill.”

      One of the greatest scholars of Hebrew/English linguistics (in the Twentieth Century) Dr. Reuben Alcalay has written in his mammoth book The Complete Hebrew/English Dictionary that “tirtzach” refers to “any kind of killing whatsoever”. The word “lo,” as you might suspect, means “thou shalt not.” DON’T KILL! Let’s face it, the Bible is clear on this point.

      The Vedic* literature is also clear on this point. In fact, the Vedas take this point beyond vegetarianism, because there is still a sinful reaction in killing vegetables. Therefore, the Vedic prescribe a lacto-vegetarian diet, the diet which is least harmful to living beings – and a special process to free one from the minimal sinful reaction that is there from killing the plants. The process is given in rudimentary form in Bhagavad-gita*, and is elaborated upon in Srimad-Bhagavatam*. After applying the process – which centers about the chanting of the holy Name of the Lord with love and devotion – the foodstuffs are known as prasadam, a Sanskrit word which means “the Lord’s mercy.”

      Many Bible scholars persist with the theory that Christ ate animal flesh, obviously swayed in their opinions by personal habits. The desire to accede to prejudice and uphold existing tradition has been a human characteristic for many centuries, but truth appears now even more important as man exerts his independence in so many aspect of life.

      __________________________

      Respected Bible scholar Rev. V.A. Holmes-Gore has researched the frequent use of the word “meat” in the New Testament Gospels. He traced its meaning to the original Greek. His findings were first published in World Forum of Autumn, 1947. He reveals that the nineteen Gospel references to “meat” should have been more accurately translated thus:

      Greek Number of References Meanings

      Broma 4 “Food”
      Brosis 4 “the act of eating food”
      Phago 3 “to eat”
      Brosimos 1 “that which may be eaten”
      Trophe 6 “nourishment”
      Prosphagon 1 “anything to eat”

      Thus, the Authorised Version of John 21:5, “Have ye any meat?” is incorrect. It should have been translated: “Have ye anything to eat? “

      “Fish” is another frequently mistranslated word in the Bible. Its reference is often not to the form of swimming life, but to the symbol by which early Christian could identify each other. It was a secret sign, needed in times of persecution, prior to official acceptance of Christianity as a state religion.

      The sign of the fish was a mystical symbol and conversational password, deriving from the Greek word for fish,“ichthus.” As such, it represented an acrostic, composed of leading letters of the Greek phrase, “lesous Christos Theou Uios Soter” “Jesus Christ, Son of God, Saviour.”

      Frequent references to fish are intended as symbolic of The Christ, having nothing to do with the act of eating a dead fish. But the symbol of the fish did not meet with Roman approval. They preferred the sign of the cross, choosing to concentrate more on the death of Christ than on His brilliant life. Perhaps this is one reason only ten percent of His life record appears in the canonical scriptures. Most of His first thirty years is omitted.

      How many worshippers go home from church and sit down to a feast cut from a once proud beast in defiance of the very commandments they have just been advocating? The verses below should clear up any misgivings the reader may have in this connection.

      DISCUSSIONS OF MEAT IN THE BIBLE (OLD TESTAMENT)

      “And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is on the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Genesis 1:29

      Shows that the true diet of man is vegetarian.

      “But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require; at the hand of every beast will I require it.” Gen. 9:4-5

      Shows that man is not allowed to eat meat, and if he does he will pay with his own life. And he will be killed by the one he kills. This is called karma.*

      “To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? Saith the Lord: I am full of the burnt offering of rams, and the fat of beasts; and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of goats. When ye spread forth your hands, I will hide Mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear, for your hands are full of blood.” Isaiah 1:11,15

      Seems that God does not accept the prayers of a meat-eater.

      “He that killeth an ox is as if he slew a man.” Isaiah 66:3
      Shows that cow killing is equated with murder.

      “It shall be a perpetual statute for your generations throughout all your dwellings, that ye eat neither fat nor blood.” Leviticus 3:17

      A trick commandment: you cannot eat meat and not eat blood. This is the origin of the idea of Kosher food (meat with the blood drained out of it). It has been compared to passing stool and not passing a drop of urine. Impossible!

      “And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of strangers who among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set My face against that soul that eateth blood.” Leviticus 17:10

      Note the term “any manner of blood”. All flesh comes from blood.

      APPEARANCES OF THE WORD “MEAT” IN THE NEW TESTAMENT

      This section shows how certain words were translated wrongly in the King James Version of the Bible. The correct translations are taken from the Nestle Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, which also references the King James Version.

      “And the same John (the Baptist) had his raiment of camels hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.” Matthew 3:4

      The word used here is trophe, nourishment. Also note that the word “locusts” refers to locust beans, or carob, St. John’s bread.

      “And her spirit came again (referring to a woman Jesus raised from the dead), and she arose straightaway: and he (Jesus) commanded to give her meat.” Luke 8:55

      The word used here is phago, to eat.

      “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. “Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.” Isaiah 7:14,15

      Christians are fond of quoting the first part of this verse as proof that Jesus is the saviour, but they rarely quote the very next verse, which says he will be a vegetarian.

      “And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he (Jesus) said unto them (his disciples), Have ye here any meat? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb. And took it, and did eat before them.” Luke 24:41-43

      The word used here is brosimos, eatable. Note the use of the word “it” (my underline), which is in the singular. Jesus was offered fish and a honeycomb, but took only one. Judging from Isaiah 7:15, we know which he chose. “For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat.” John 4:8

      The word used here is trophe, nourishment.

      “And when he had received meat, he was strengthened.” Acts 9:19 The word used here is trophe, nourishment.

      “And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, this is the fourteenth day ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat: for this is your health: for there shall not an hair fall from the head of any of you. And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all: and when he had broken it, he began to eat. Then were they all of good cheer, and they also took some meat.” Acts 27:33-36

      All three words used here are trophe, nourishment. Note that even though they say meat, they show clearly that what he was referring to was bread, which they all took.

      “And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoice, believing in God with all his house.” Acts 16:34

      The word used here is trapesa, table. It says he set a table before them!

      “But if thy brother be grieved with that meat, now walkest thou not charitably. Destroy him not with thy meat, for whom Christ died.” Romans 14:15

      Both words used here are broma, food. This is actually a reference to spiritual food.

      “For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17

      The word used here is brosis, act of eating.

      This is a reference to the fact that the kingdom of God is not material.

      “But meat commendeth us not to God, for neither, if we eat, are we the better, neither, if we eat not, are we the worse.” I Corinthians 8:8

      The word used hereis broma, food. This verse does not say that it doesn’t matter if we eat meat or not, but that the activity of eating has little to do with our relationship of God.

      “Wherefore, if meat makes my brother to offend, I will eat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend.” I Corinthians 8:13

      “And (they) did all eat the same spiritual meat;” I Corinthians 10:3 The word used here is broma, food.

      “For meat destroy not the word of God. All things indeed are pure; but it is evil for that man who eateth with offence. It is good neither to eat flesh, nor to drink wine, nor anything whereby thy brother stumbleth, or is offended, or is made weak.” Romans 14:20-21 A very good verse.

      The word meat used here is broma, food. It shows that it is not food that is wrong, it is not eating prasadam* food offered to God. The word flesh used here is kreas, flesh. So it is clear that meat eating is not good.

      Srila Prabhupada Letter to Madhudvisa, January 26, 1970:

      “Actually, one who is advanced will not find any contradiction. The Christians teach love of Godhead, and we practically do it. So one has to understand from the practical point of view. A man is judged by his activities. We see that they are engaged in smoking habits, eating meat and indulging in free mixing of boys and girls; these are not the activities of religious persons. Lord Jesus said and the Bible also says, “Thou shalt not Kill.” But they are eating meat. So we must see practically if someone is leading a pure life and not be blinded by some sentiment. Our students are strictly observing the four rules or restraints from impure habits and they are factually living according to the highest standard of religious life. So we are actually following the principles of pure living in Krishna Consciousness, but it appears that these followers of the Christian philosophy have fallen down from the transcendental platform.

      Notes:

      *Prasadam : Krishna devotees eat Prasadam. Vegetarian food that is offered to God. It is a Sanskrit word which means “the Lord’s mercy.”

      *Karma: The law of action and reaction. Every action follows an equal reaction.

      *The Vedas: The ancient Vedas (Sanskrit वेदाः véda, “knowledge”) are a large body of texts originating in ancient India. Composed in Vedic Sanskrit, the texts constitute the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduism. The Vedas are apauruṣeya (“not of human agency”). They are supposed to have been directly revealed, and thus are called śruti (“what is heard”), distinguishing them from other religious texts, which are called smṛti (“what is remembered”).

      *Bhagavad-gita: The Bhagavad Gita (Hindi: श्रीमद् भगवद् गीता, Śrīmad bhagavad gītā : The Song of the Bhagavan, often referred to as simply the Gita, is a 700-verse scripture that is part of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. This scripture contains a conversation between Pandava prince Arjuna and his guide Lord Krishna on a variety of theological and philosophical issues.

      *Srimad-Bhagavatam: The Bhāgavata Purāṇa (Devanāgarī: भागवतपुराण, also known as Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, or Bhāgavata) is one of the “Maha” Puranic texts of Sanskrit literature, with its primary focus on bhakti (religious devotion) to Krishna, who is “Bhagavan, God himself”. The Sanskrit text comprises twelve skandas (cantos or books) and some 18,000 verses.#

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

      • S. Roy says:

        Dear Prabhu,

        PAMHO.
        AGTSP.

        We need this kind of ‘prachar’ (propagation) more and more amongst people of the Abrahamic faiths so that can get enlightened and stop murdering our unfortunate brothers and sisters in the animal kingdom.

        Hare Krishna.

        Your servant.

  30. ALI says:

    You did a great job writing this article. I have a question, I hope you can come up with an answer.
    A Tiger cannot eat grass, and even if we manage to force feed him he cannot digest it. A Goat cannot eat flesh, if we manage to force feed, he cannot digest it. But a human is capable of digesting veg and non-veg, why? Why did GOD made us in a way to eat veg and non-veg?

    • admin says:

      Hare Krishna Haroon,

      Thank you for your comments on the article.

      Regarding your questions, meat eating is not an healthy option as it contains so much fat that it can harm the body. Why do the health organisations now encourage more to eat vegetables and fruits, it’s for a simple reason, its healthy and good for the body. Our intestines is not designed to digest meat as it takes such a long time to digest meat. Our intestines are so long that meat actually starts to putrefy before we can pass them through.

      Some people then say why did God give us canine (sharp) teeth. Well God gave us canine teeth so we can break and eat solid vegetarian foods. It’s not that we should be having meat because we have canine teeth. Also humans “canines” look nothing like a carnivore’s. A human can’t run fast enough to catch its food but the tiger can, you don’t have the nails or teeth to kill it and tear it apart. You can’t eat it raw or you get sick. Your jaw does not only move vertically like a carnivore’s.

      Humans are not designed to eat meat, but people still do after some unnatural processing. Vegetarian/Vegan diets are healthier because of our body design in relation to food. Human intestines, like herbivore intestines, are longer to digest plants.

      Carnivores have shorter intestines so that the meat does not stay in the body too long and start to poison it as it rots. The canine teeth in humans are very misleading. Look at a gorilla. They have very large canines despite being vegetarian animals. These teeth are better suited to bite into fruits and plants than animals. In fact, carnivores have claws that they use to hunt which are vital in catching prey. In addition, carnivores have very few molar teeth if any. Animals like horses and humans, have many flat teeth intended for grinding plants. Carnivores swallow more than chew meat. They need the canine teeth to tear meat, not chew it.

      Humans don’t tear meat. They first cook it (no other animals does this to food, therefore unnatural) then they cut it with a tool like a knife, (there goes away whole canine theory) then they chew the meat, not swallow it whole. Then the meat stays in the intestines too long for it to be healthy. That’s why vegetarian people have a significantly reduced risk of cancers related to the colon.

      There is nothing really natural about eating meat. People do eat meat but our bodies are not intended to do so. If you add all the science around the issue, you will start to see that humans are not intended to eat meat like they do. Vegetarianism is healthier and makes more sense regarding our body design. God has made everything perfect but humans due to being imperfect misuse things and are violating laws of nature. If you find any scriptures mention about meat eating it’s been interpreted, meat word has been referred to food in general like vegetables or nourishment, but just to suit their own needs people have used meat as in animal flesh. The whole civilisation is marching towards hell, as equal karma needs to be made according to ones actions.

      Anyway in Krishna Consciousness just by being a vegetarian is not enough, it’s also a sinful act to eat food for personal sense gratification. That’s why the devotees of Lord Krishna according to the Bhagavad Gita offer pure vegetarian food without onion and garlic to the Lord, then eat that food later as sanctified or spiritual food which has now become karma free food.

      ISKCON Birmingham

  31. Sara Skalitzky says:

    About the ‘Christianity’ thing, I am a Christian. I do not know of the gods and goddesses you speak of in this. That is true, my family believes that animals and plants have no souls. I’m not sure which to believe. May you please help? I mean, I try to treat animals like family, I would LOVE to garden, and whenever I see an animal getting abused or slaughtered, I get emotional. Animals are animals, humans are humans. We are living, are we not? Is there anything more to ask?

    • admin says:

      Your family does not believe because they don’t have complete information or knowledge about spiritual life. An advanced spiritualist can perceive the existence of soul in all species and living entities. People have surely misinterpreted the Bible to suit their own views, it clearly says ‘Thou Shall Not Kill’. This means we should not kill anything even animals, Christians say that this commandment means not to kill humans only, well if that was the case then the commandment would be ‘Thou Shall not Murder’ or ‘Thou Shall not Kill Humans’, why do people misinterpret to suit their own needs. This is not following the Bible correctly.

      If we truly Love God then we would love all living entities regardless of their body covering. When we Love God then this reflects as being compassionate to all the living entities. I like your views, yes we should see all living entities with an equal vision as we are all related to that one Supreme God. We are all spiritual family and we should not harm anyone. In the Bhagavad Gita (5.18) it is said: The humble sage, by virtue of true knowledge, sees with equal vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater.

      When I mean Krishna, I am referring to God. Just like Christ. God has many names, Krishna means the ‘All Attractive’ supreme person. In the Vedic literature the information about God is given in very detail.

      If you would like to know further then please browse through our website for more information about God. Also you may want to read the ‘Bhagavad Gita As It Is’ by Srila Prabhupada, you will gain so much information and guidance about spiritual life. Also there is a book called ‘The Science of Self Realisation’ by Srila Prabhupada, this is a very interesting book and it discusses few topics about Krishna and Christ.

      If you have any further questions then please feel free to ask.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  32. krishan says:

    Why don’t you have a look on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.47

    Those who are devoid of hands are prey for those who have hands; those devoid of legs are prey for the four-legged. The weak are the subsistence of the strong, and the general rule holds that one living being is food for another.

    and also,
    Manusmriti (Chapter 5 / Verse 30) says,
    “It is not sinful to eat meat of eatable animals, for God has created both the eaters and the eatables.”

    last one,
    Rigveda (10/85/13) declares, “On the occasion of a girl’s marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered.

    • Hare Krishna,

      Thank you for your email.

      The Srimad Bhagavatam 1.13.47 verse which you have quoted is correct but you have entirely misunderstood the verse. This is what is happening these days, people are looking at scriptures and then taking things out of context to suit their own whimsical ideas. Unless you hear Srimad Bhagavatam or other Vedic texts from a Vaishnava who is a pure devotee of the Lord you will come to the wrong conclusion and mostly misinterpret the verse according to your own limited understanding. You have very easily quoted the verse but have you read the purport to this verse and understood it:-

      A systematic law of subsistence in the struggle for existence is there by the supreme will, and there is no escape for anyone by any amount of planning. The living beings who have come to the material world against the will of the Supreme Being are under the control of a supreme power called māyā-śakti, the deputed agent of the Lord, and this daivī māyā is meant to pinch the conditioned souls by threefold miseries, one of which is explained here in this verse: the weak are the subsistence of the strong. No one is strong enough to protect himself from the onslaught of a stronger, and by the will of the Lord there are systematic categories of the weak, the stronger and the strongest. There is nothing to be lamented if a tiger eats a weaker animal, including a man, because that is the law of the Supreme Lord. But although the law states that a human being must subsist on another living being, there is the law of good sense also, for the human being is meant to obey the laws of the scriptures. This is impossible for other animals. The human being is meant for self-realization, and for that purpose he is not to eat anything which is not first offered to the Lord. The Lord accepts from His devotee all kinds of food preparations made of vegetables, fruits, leaves and grains. Fruits, leaves and milk in different varieties can be offered to the Lord, and after the Lord accepts the foodstuff, the devotee can partake of the prasāda, by which all suffering in the struggle for existence will be gradually mitigated. This is confirmed in the Bhagavad-gītā (9.26). Even those who are accustomed to eat animals can offer foodstuff, not to the Lord directly, but to an agent of the Lord, under certain conditions of religious rites. Injunctions of the scriptures are meant not to encourage the eaters of animals, but to restrict them by regulated principles.

      The living being is the source of subsistence for other, stronger living beings. No one should be very anxious for his subsistence in any circumstances because there are living beings everywhere, and no living being starves for want of food at any place. Mahārāja Yudhisthira is advised by Nārada not to worry about his uncles’ suffering for want of food, for they could live on vegetables available in the jungles as prasāda of the Supreme Lord and thus realize the path of salvation.

      Exploitation of the weaker living being by the stronger is the natural law of existence; there is always an attempt to devour the weak in different kingdoms of living beings. There is no possibility of checking this tendency by any artificial means under material conditions; it can be checked only by awakening the spiritual sense of the human being by practise of spiritual regulations. The spiritual regulative principles, however, do not allow a man to slaughter weaker animals on one side and teach others peaceful coexistence. If man does not allow the animals peaceful coexistence, how can he expect peaceful existence in human society? The blind leaders must therefore understand the Supreme Being and then try to implement the kingdom of God. The kingdom of God, or Rāma-rājya, is impossible without the awakening of God consciousness in the mass mind of the people of the world.

      So my friend this verse is clearly talking about the dangers in this material world and how the stronger tries to kill the weaker entity, BUT that does not mean you create slaughter houses and start killing innocent animals and continue to eat meat. This verse is not about eating meat, also it is not in anyway encouraging anyone to eat meat. Its discussing about the dangers of the material existence. It mentions that one living being is food for another which means that we all need to eat something to sustain our life, but generally animals are killing the animals in the jungles and the humans are eating vegetables which also has a life, so killing is done on both sides but that does not mean humans should be eating the animals food. Human can clearly live with vegetarian food. Also the consciousness level is different in a vegetable to that of an animal and the karmic reaction is also different. By killing and eating an animal the Karmic reaction is much higher. So we have to live and eat to a bare minimum karma. Also the purport clearly says that we should be vegetarians and offer all the vegetarian food to Lord Krishna before eating it, this will free us from the karmic reactions. The Lord does not sanction offering meat to him so we should not eat meat. This has already been discussed in this article, please read the article thoroughly again. Also if you want to eat meat then why not go to the jungles and do your own prey, why not catch the animals yourself and eat it, if not then we are being hypocrite. How about catching a tiger, will you be able to prey? The tiger has no hands but you have hands so why don’t you go and prey on the tiger? If your presenting the quote then I am asking you to follow and apply it on a practical level. Also it says: Those who are devoid of hands are prey for those who have hands; those devoid of legs are prey for the four-legged, this can also be referred to animals as some has hands and legs and some don’t. If sometimes a scripture mentions meat eating this is meant to restrict them by regulated principles. On a higher level meat is not recommended at all, meat eating is for those people who have a degraded consciousness and cannot follow higher standard of spirituality. But we should not remain degraded as we will have to suffer the consequences and be liable for such punishment for killing and eating the animals. One has to go through hellish conditions and balance their karma. So its very risky to eat meat.

      Also this scenario is about Dhritarashtra Quits Home, he will be leaving to go to forest so there was general discussion about his safety. Mahārāja Yudhisthira is advised by Nārada not to worry about his uncles’ suffering for want of food, for they could live on vegetables available in the jungles as prasāda of the Supreme Lord and thus realize the path of salvation.

      Also if you are quoting from Srimad Bhagavatam why don’t you look at:

      SB 11.5.14: Those sinful persons who are ignorant of actual religious principles, yet consider themselves to be completely pious, without compunction commit violence against innocent animals who are fully trusting in them. In their next lives, such sinful persons will be eaten by the same creatures they have killed in this world.

      If you really would had read the whole Srimad Bhagavatam you would become a vegetarian and a devotee of Lord Krishna and surrender unto him. It’s really easy to just browse the net and find verses to suit our needs. If your quoting from Srimad Bhagavtam then you must also accept it, and the Srimad Bhagavatam goes much deeper saying that one should offer his life to Lord Krishna.

      You quoted:-

      Manusmriti (Chapter 5 / Verse 30) says,
      “It is not sinful to eat meat of eatable animals, for God has created both the eaters and the eatables.”

      Rigveda (10/85/13) declares, “On the occasion of a girl’s marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered.

      You are quoting these verses but do you know the actual Sanskrit verses to these so called English translations? You have only quoted the English translations which has been interpreted by western people who have no clue whatsoever about Vedic knowledge. They are fools and we are also fools for following such people’s translation to Vedas. The material presented here is based on a thorough and objective analysis of roots of Vedic words, the context in which they appear, Vedic Vocabulary, Philology, Grammar and other tools critical for correct interpretation of the Vedic mantras. Thus this research series does not merely rely on blind reproduction of works of Max Muller, Griffith, Wilson, Williams and other ideologists on Vedas and Vedic language. While they are more popular in contemporary western academia, we have objective reasons to conclude that their works are far from authoritative.

      The verses you have quoted is not the real translations of the Vedic Mantra. Please read this:-

      A) Rigveda (10/85/13) declares, “On the occasion of a girl’s marriage oxen and cows are slaughtered.”

      Fact: The mantra states that in winter, the rays of sun get weakened and then get strong again in spring. The word used for sun-rays in ‘Go’ which also means cow and hence the mantra can also be translated by making ‘cow’ and not ‘sun-rays’ as the subject. The word used for ‘weakened’ is ‘Hanyate’ which can also mean killing. But if that be so, why would the mantra go further and state in next line (which is deliberately not translated) that in spring, they start regaining their original form. How can a cow killed in winter regain its health in spring? This amply proves how ignorant and biased communists malign Vedas.

      B) Rigveda (6/17/1) states that “Indra used to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo.” (translation by Avatar Gill and group)

      Fact: The mantra states that brilliant scholars enlighten the world in the manner that wood enhances the fire of Yajna. We fail to understand from where did Avtar Gill and his friends discover Indra, cow, calf, horse and buffalo in this mantra! Also, there is a word “Gavyam”, which are five in numbers according to Aayurved-cow’s milk, curd, butter, Mutra and Apashisht. Where does the flesh come into the picture? Mantra clearly says that the king should be well built through Saatvik bhojan like Ghrit, so that he can defend his country and kill the monsters.

      Can you now see how western interpreters of Vedas has clearly messed up the translations without really understanding Sanskrit grammar. It takes nearly 11 years just to master Sanskrit language, so how can these western people translate the Vedic texts, also they are not devotees of the Lord so how can they can they comment on such scriptures. Also do not get any texts from Islam sites about meat eating, its all been altered to suit their needs, but eventually truth will prevail. The whole economic is falling apart and causing severe damage to the environment by eating meat.

      Also can I leave you with the following quotes about no meat eating in the Vedic scriptures, please read them:-

      Yasmintsarvaani bhutaanyaatmaivaabhuudvijaanatah
      Tatra ko mohah kah shokah ekatvamanupasyatah
      Yajurveda 40.7

      “Those who see all beings as souls do not feel infatuation or anguish at their sight, for they experience oneness with them”.
      How could people who believed in the doctrines of indestructibility, transmigration dare to kill living animals in yajnas? They might be seeing the souls of their own near and dear ones of bygone days residing in those living beings.
      ———————————————
      Anumantaa vishasitaa nihantaa krayavikrayee
      Samskartaa chopahartaa cha khadakashcheti ghaatakaah
      Manusmrithi 5.51

      Those who permit slaying of animals; those who bring animals for slaughter; those who slaughter; those who sell meat; those who purchase meat; those who prepare dish out of it; those who serve that
      meat and those who eat are all murderers.
      ———————————————
      Breehimattam yavamattamatho maashamatho tilam
      Esha vaam bhaago nihito ratnadheyaaya dantau maa hinsishtam pitaram maataram cha
      Atharvaveda 6.140.2

      O teeth! You eat rice, you eat barley, you gram and you eat sesame. These cereals are specifically meant for you. Do not kill those who are capable of being fathers and mothers.
      ——————————————–
      Ya aamam maansamadanti paurusheyam cha ye kravih
      Garbhaan khaadanti keshavaastaanito naashayaamasi
      Atharvaveda 8.6.23

      We ought to destroy those who eat cooked as well as uncooked meat, meat involving destruction of males and females, foetus and eggs.
      ——————————————-
      Anago hatya vai bheema kritye
      Maa no gaamashvam purusham vadheeh
      Atharvaveda 10.1.29

      It is definitely a great sin to kill innocents. Do not kill our cows, horses and people.
      How could there be justification of cow and other animals being killed when killing is so clearly prohibited in the Vedas?
      ———————————————
      Aghnyaa yajamaanasya pashoonpahi
      Yajurveda 1.1

      “O human! animals are Aghnya – not to be killed. Protect the animals”
      ———————————————
      Pashunstraayethaam
      Yajurveda 6.11

      Protect the animals.
      ———————————————
      Dwipaadava Chatushpaatpaahi
      Yajurveda 14.8

      Protect the bipeds and quadrupeds!
      ———————————————-
      Kravy da –kravya[ meat obtained from slaughter] + Ada [ the eater]—the meat eater.
      Pisacha — pisita [meat] +asa [eater]—the meat eater.
      Asutrpa — Asu [breath of life] + trpa [one who satisfies himself on]—one who takes others life for his meals.
      Garba da and Anda da – the foetus and egg eaters.
      Mans da – the meat eaters

      Meat eaters have always been looked down in Vedic literature. They have been known as Rakshasas, Pisacha and so on….All these words are synonyms of demons or devils that have been out-cast from the civilized human society.

      Please read the Bhagavad Gita As It Is and Srimad Bhagavatam by Srila Prabhupada and purify your existence. If you can please visit ISKCON Hare Krishna temple and do some seva. Most importantly always chant: Hare Krishna Maha Mantra which is: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.

      Hare Krishna
      ISKCON Birmingham

  33. bioscientist says:

    Hello,

    I completely accept your premise that vegetarianism is the way to go, out of compassion for everything living, but I feel vedic explanations do not suffice to provide answers to all the ethical quandaries that come to mind in the science-driven times we live in.

    I will jump straight to my questions, as they will automatically enforce the point I’m trying to make.

    1. CELL BIOLOGY

    All cells arise from pre-existing cells. One cell divides into two, which divide into four, and so on. Is this considered one life or as many?

    Isn’t bacterial life considered sacred? Yogurt (curd) and cheeses are the result of bacterial cultures and by consuming one teaspoon of yogurt we are knowingly consuming (murdering?) billions of bacteria. Thinking this way, butter and ghee (made from yogurt) should also be banned, should it not? Or do you group bacterial life with the plants for sake of convenience?

    What is the vedic standpoint on eating mushrooms?

    2. MEDICINES/VACCINES

    Everybody knows that almost every single pharmaceutical drug (and more specifically, vaccines) on the market is tested/manipulated on/in animals, and in most cases these animals die from adverse reactions in horrible gut-wrenching ways. However, these medicines continue to save billions of lives everyday.

    The person who wrote this article would probably be long dead if it weren’t for vaccines, along with a huge percentage of people who have visited this page. However, by consuming medicines and vaccines, we have blood on our hands (in the same way eating meat is wrong, even though we didn’t personally kill the animal)

    Aren’t we aiding and abeting in this mortal sin by taking medicines, giving our children vaccines? Or should we gamble with our babies’ lives and not give them vaccines?

    What about mosquito repellents? Should we stop using them and risk malaria?

    Knowingly or unknowingly, we are all mass murderers. In spite of this, we turn a blind eye to the things we can’t control and live in an illusion that we are innocent.

    Imagine the trees that were cut down (and all the birds, insects) that died in the construction of your ISKON temples, hospitals, etc…. I could go on and on… you are not as ‘sattvic’ as you might think you are.

    Again, I do not disagree with you, my aim is to point out the insufficiencies of the vedic scriptures, as they are outdated, and cannot address contemporary ethical issues that they could not have even imagined at the time the vedas were written.

    • Hare Krishna,

      Thank you for your questions.

      Q. All cells arise from pre-existing cells. One cell divides into two, which divide into four, and so on. Is this considered one life or as many?

      Good question! Each cell will have an individual soul. But in the body, there is one overall controller of the body. In biology, it is understood that cells are dying and being replaced constantly, and after 7 years there is a completely new body, the cells in the body have been completely replaced, but there is one soul that remains ever present. And only at the time of death, does that main soul leave the body. So many bacteria, parasites, and other entities also live in the body, but again, they are not the main controller.

      Q. Isn’t bacterial life considered sacred? Yogurt (curd) and cheeses are the result of bacterial cultures and by consuming one teaspoon of yogurt we are knowingly consuming (murdering?) billions of bacteria. Thinking this way, butter and ghee (made from yogurt) should also be banned, should it not? Or do you group bacterial life with the plants for sake of convenience?

      Other life forms by nature have a very short life span. Even when we are breathing we are killing so many bacteria, when we wash our hands, when we sit down on a chair we crush so many, every step we take, we are stepping on something. So we do get bad karma for that. It is the nature of this world. But the point is to kill as less as possible. As I understand it, the bacteria in yoghurt actually help in digestion, they don’t get killed like that. But as I said before, anyway, bacteria have a short life span. Thats the way nature has made them. If you want to know about the evolution of consciousness and reincarnation, I can explain it next time, and that will put life forms into perspective. Depending on how ‘conscious’ a life form is, there is more or less bad karma. The less conscious a life form, the less pain there is in death, so the less bad karma. The more conscious or aware an organism is, then the more it feels pain at death and therefore more bad karma. It is impossible to avoid killing. Even killing vegetables has bad karma, because it is still painful for a plant to die – less pain than in animals, but nonetheless, it is still painful.

      So that is why Krsna says in Bhagavad Gita, chapter 18, verse 66, that give up all religion, and just become His devotee, and He will free you from sin. He also says (BG 3.13) whatever you eat, offer it to him in sacrifice. This frees the devotee from sin, even from killing a vegetable. However, Lord Krsna does not eat meat, therefore we don’t kill animals. Also, the nervous system of a plant is very undeveloped compared to an animal. Animal feels lot more pain, than a plant. So these are some points regarding why we eat vegetables and yoghurt.

      Q. What is the vedic standpoint on eating mushrooms?

      Mushrooms are considered lower class (mode of ignorance) food because it grows in dirty places (eg where animals have left dung). But they are considered on same level as plants in terms of their nervous system, it is not very developed and therefore there is not as much pain as an animal when a mushroom is plucked.

      Q. Everybody knows that almost every single pharmaceutical drug (and more specifically, vaccines) on the market is tested/manipulated on/in animals, and in most cases these animals die from adverse reactions in horrible gut-wrenching ways. However, these medicines continue to save billions of lives everyday. The person who wrote this article would probably be long dead if it weren’t for vaccines, along with a huge percentage of people who have visited this page. However, by consuming medicines and vaccines, we have blood on our hands (in the same way eating meat is wrong, even though we didn’t personally kill the animal). Aren’t we aiding and abeting in this mortal sin by taking medicines, giving our children vaccines? Or should we gamble with our babies’ lives and not give them vaccines?

      The first point is that it is impossible to live in this world without harming other living entities. However, we should reduce any killing or harming anyone else as much as possible. When it comes to animal testing for luxuries, eg cosmetics (lipsticks, makeup etc), that is avoidable. You’re not going to die if you don’t wear make up. But for medicines, the purpose is higher, that of survival. So that is allowed. However, it doesn’t give license to kill/harm animals as they please. Everyone who uses the medicine will have to take some percentage of the bad karma for harming the poor animal. So that has to be taken into consideration when deciding whether we want to take medicine or not. If it is life or death situation, we would probably favour taking the medicine, but avoid if possible.

      Krsna says that if we surrender to Him, then He takes our bad karma. So ultimately we have to take shelter of Him. Anyway, medicine will only work if the Lord wants it to work, ultimately it is the Lord who will save us. Many devotees don’t like to take medicines and instead they chant His holy names, and depend on the Lord to save them.

      Q. What about mosquito repellents? Should we stop using them and risk malaria?

      Repellents are ok, they don’t actually kill mosquitoes, they just repel them so they don’t eat us for lunch.

      Q. Knowingly or unknowingly, we are all mass murderers. In spite of this, we turn a blind eye to the things we can’t control and live in an illusion that we are innocent. Imagine the trees that were cut down (and all the birds, insects) that died in the construction of your ISKON temples, hospitals, etc…. I could go on and on… you are not as ‘sattvic’ as you might think you are. Again, I do not disagree with you, my aim is to point out the insufficiencies of the vedic scriptures, as they are outdated, and cannot address contemporary ethical issues that they could not have even imagined at the time the vedas were written.

      I agree that the Vedas were written long time ago but they are still very relevant today. The way that they are relevant is through the principles. If you can apply the principles of what they teach, then you have clocked the Vedas. The details have to be changed according to the circumstance. In our discussion, the principle is to not kill unnecessarily. If you have to chop many trees to build a temple, that is ok because you are doing in service of God. Temple is not for OUR pleasure, it is for God’s pleasure. To open slaughterhouses and kill on a mass scale is not for God’s pleasure, it is for OUR pleasure, to satisfy the tongue. That is the difference. Everything we do should be done under God’s guidance, through His representatives. The more close we come to the Lord, the more we will be able to hear His instructions and guidance from within, and this will be backed by the scriptures and other devotees. There are thousands of devotees all over the world who are practising the principles given by the Vedas, specifically the teachings of Bhagavad Gita, and are finding their true purpose of life, and finding immense spiritual joy and having life-changing experiences. Ultimately the Vedas are there to connect us with God, to help us develop a loving relationship with Him, and when that happens, we see everything as God’s creation, we feel respect and compassion for every living entity. In that condition why would we want to kill or harm anyone or anything. So as realisation develops in the heart, we automatically understand the purport of the Vedas and God’s will.

      If we look at the battle of Kuruksetra, the premise on which the Bhagavad Gita was spoken. Millions of men died in that war, but Krsna Himself was present in that war, and He had willed it, because He wanted to rid the earth of the demoniac people at that time. This world belongs to God, so when He decides to kill someone or something for the benefit of the world, that is OK, because whatever He does, He does out of love. Everyone who died on the battlefield got liberation because Krsna Himself was present, so whatever He does, He always helps the living entity. But when we do things for our own pleasure and is against the will of God, then there will be bad consequences.

      Answered by Nitai Kirtan Das

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  34. Kiranbabu says:

    Hare krishna Hare Krishna … Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
    Hare Rama Hare Rama … Rama Rama Hare Hare

    Is eating Honesy is not sin? Honey Bees gather Honey with so much effort that we humnas overpower them and extract honey by killing them? Is it not a Sin?? Please can you explain

    Regards,
    Kiranbabu G

    • Hare Krishna Kiranbabu,

      Thank you for your question.

      Eating honey itself is not a sin, it is made from bees and produced naturally. Killing the bees is a sin, it is not necessary to kill the bees to extract honey from the beehive, those people who kill unnecessarily are liable to Karma. They have to take great care when dealing with other living entities. So eating honey is not a sin but it has to be non-violence and offer to Lord Krishna first.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  35. Jason says:

    It’s all well and good to quote from a scripture that was written a long time ago and state that this is how one should live their lives and to not do so will incur karmic reactions, but, you have no proof whatsoever that anything written in Vedas is actually true. You can’t prove the laws of karma, and you can’t prove that animals or other entities have a soul, heck, you can’t even prove that you have a soul. Go on, prove it. In the end, everything that you have quoted comes down to belief, everything and yet you take it as fact, unverifiable fact. Even the stories written in scripture you take as fact when a large part are allegories.

    BTW, these scriptures you so happily quote and blindly follow aren’t as old as you think. It’s accepted in the academic community that the Purana’s were written between 400BC and 1000AD.

    If you want to look at the oldest recorded culture on the planet, look to the Egyptians, whose history is able to be traced back and verified to 3100BC.

    I know people need to believe in something, but, admit when you make mistakes. Vedic priests did sacrifice and kill animals. And talk about hypocrisy, it’s ok for the Pandavas to eat meat but not anyone else? Try to explain that one by quoting from some scriptural text. I suppose you just blindly accept any explanation given right without thinking about the matter for yourself.

    • Thank you for these comments and raising these questions. I hope you dont mind if I argue the points strongly.

      Firstly, you mentioned that we quote a scripture that was written a long time ago. In fact, Bhagavad Gita was supposed to have been spoken 5000yrs ago. Let’s say that’s true, for your argument, because that is a very long time ago. How can it still be relevant today? The answer is that the words in this scripture are absolute truth, not relative truth. Relative truth changes according to time. So for example, it may be sunny and hot today, but it may not be on another day, so “It is sunny and hot” is a relative truth. However, the Bhagavad Gita was true 5000yrs ago, it is still true today, and in 5000yrs time, it will still be true. I think it’s amazing that people all over the world are still talking about a book that was written 5000yrs ago. There must be something valuable in it, otherwise it would have died out a long long time ago.

      Regards the comment about faith, yes, I agree things are based on faith. But the thing that you may not realise is that it is NOT blind faith. We are taught to use our intelligence, and doubt and question, just as you are doing. I myself am a software engineer, so I come from a scientific background. I have asked all the questions that you are asking. So why is it that I am practising Krishna consciousness now, 20yrs later. It is because I have had experience.

      You see, science means, there’s a theory, and then you do the experiment, and then you observe the results, and then you draw a conclusion, is the theory correct or not? The process of Krishna consciousness follows the same scientific process, read the scriptures, APPLY it, then observe the results, and then make your mind up if they’re true.

      I can say this, Krishna consciousness (KC) works. Unless you have tried it for yourself, and applied yourself properly, you can only speculate about KC, about the scriptures, and anything about it. In fact, I would be bolder, and say if you really dont believe in KC, try it, because only then will you know for sure. Read the scriptures, chant Hare Krishna, listen to kirtan, and then tell me if it doesnt work. I meet countless people, Chinese, Indian, British, Russian etc etc, some of whom were athiests, some were Muslim, Christian etc who have tried the process of KC, experienced the wonderful results, and are so dedicated to Lord Krishna it would shock you. And these are intelligent people, well educated etc. The reason why they have taken up this process is because they have experienced the effects of KC. It is very scientific. The scriptures are very scientific.

      Regards your point about the soul, Bhagavad Gita gives a very simple analogy. Just like in this body, we change from boyhood, to youth to old age, similarly we change bodies at the time of death. So that means, even in this very life we are changing bodies. If you ask anyone from a medical profession, they can confirm that science says that every single cell in our body changes every 7yrs. That means effectively, we are reincarnating even in this very life, many many times. So what is it that stays the same? That is you, the soul.

      Also, when you compare a living body with a dead body, what is the difference? The heart is there in both, liver, brain, blood, etc etc, all the material elements are there in both, yet the relatives of that dead person are crying, “Oh, why have you left us?” So what is that thing that has left? The body is lying right in front of them, so it is the soul that has departed.

      Again, if you practice KC, you will soon realise that there is a soul, you will experience it. Many ppl have had out of body experiences, ppl who are not religious or spiritual. There are thousands of cases of children who have related about their past lives, Muslim kids, christian kids etc. Look up Ian Stevenson in Wiki, and you’ll see what I’m talking about. There is so much evidence of the soul, but if you want to remain blind to it, you can easily dismiss scriptures, or any of this stuff. And say its all made up. But then, I would say you are following blindly!

      Regards Pandavas eating meat. Even if they did, you cant use one example to dismiss everything that KC teaches. KC teaches not to eat meat because it is in the mode of ignorance, and hampers our spiritual life. That means for us, we should not eat meat. Let us argue that point first, and then we can discuss Pandavas.

      Hope that gives you food for thought.

      Nitai Kirtan Das

    • Ravikumar Shukla says:

      Hare Krishna Jason,
      Dandavat Pranams

      As you mentioned rightly, Everything is Based on Faith, so whats wrong with that, I would say that right now, when you wrote to this article, you had Faith that someone’s going to read this or maybe reply to it, you had Faith that you were writing this to a Person and not to a computer program I would say, right from your Birth till your Death, you do nothing but put Faith on different people at different times and in different circumstances, for ex: when you grow up slowly, you come to know who is your father, mother etc….tell me, if you don’t put Faith, is it possible for you to check who is Father or Mother, you would probably say, i would check it through a DNA test, firstly it is not at all practical to do a DNA test of each and every human on this planet, same time even if you beleive on DNA test, you will have to beleieve a Doctor or a Specialist, now again you are putting Faith on a Doctor to know who is your father, or else you might also consider learning about DNA tests, again when you learn you put Faith on a Teacher who would say this is called as Ribosome and you accept that, you can go on like this…..

      point is, you have no other choice but to put Faith, and thats perfectly fine, untill you put Faith on the right authority, and the biggest authority is God, and his words, and how to beleive in God’s Words, its very simple, just Pray to him sincerely, he will guide you. because he is your real well wisher, he is always there with you waiting for you to turn towards him, only thing we have is our intelligence, by which we can choose to put Faith, and how to choose, you can choose by following Scriptures, any Holy Scriptures not only Bhagvad Gita but any Holy book, but before that we have to put faith and then move ahead, and as someone mentioned very nicely, that first you need to practice and see the results after some amount of time, only then can we comment on something,

      Also, I would ask you, if you say that “it is accepted in Scientific community”, doesn’t that sound something based on Faith, can anyone prove “What is Science” at first place, Can anyone prove, the amount of Love you have for your parents or vice-versa actually, there are some things in this world which are beyond the boundaries of proving and disproving, for them we require Faith, and its really wonderful and joyful to have FAITH…

      you love your life, your Friends, your Parents, your pet dog etc…Can anyone prove how much Love you have, but when you put Faith, you get reciprocation and only by experiencing that reciprocation can we say something so, following any Scriptures is not Blind Faith, but yes you can call it as Faith, and why to have Faith because you want Love and Happiness, which is only available with your True Friend, True Well Wisher….Krishna

      All the Best

      Hare Krishna
      Dandavat Pranams

  36. priya says:

    HARE KRSNA
    what about mushrooms? We don’t offer them to the (temple) Deities and most Hare Krishna devotees never touch them, though some do.So Mushrooms are actually edible for devotees or not? Are they technically acceptable within ISKCON ?

    • Hare Krishna Priya,

      Thank you for your questions. In regards to mushrooms, devotees do not eat mushrooms and they cannot be offered to the deities. Srila Prabhupada said that because mushrooms grow in a filthy place, they are not usually offered to Krishna. They are, after all, a fungus, and do not help to elevate the consciousness like ‘sattvic’ foods do. Hence they are generally included in the category of ‘tamasic’ foods or mode of ignorance. So they are technically not acceptable within ISKCON.

      Hare Krishna
      ISKCON Birmingham

  37. mahakaaal says:

    Dear, Hare Krishnaji
    Why is it neccesary to bribe Krishna by placing offerings of plant kingdom which also has life, why this bias? By offering to Krishna how can you be so sure that he has exempted you from sin because he himself cant change the rule of nature for you. How he can be happy to see his plant kingdom getting destroyed everyday, will all vegetranians be plants in next life and vice versa? Please enlighten us with your great vedic knowledge.

    • Hare Krishna,

      Thank you for contacting ISKCON Birmingham. Regarding your questions, well first you need to understand what does Krishna want and what is he asking us to do, and ultimately what is pleasing to him. To find this information we have to find out what he tells us, and he vividly explains what we need to do in the Bhagavad Gita.

      We are not bribing Lord Krishna by offering the food to him because that is what Lord Krishna asks us to do, below is the verse from Bhagavad Gita 9.26:-

      patram puspam phalam toyam
      yo me bhaktya prayacchati
      tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
      asnami prayatatmanah

      If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it.

      Also Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita 9.27

      yat karosi yad asnasi
      yaj juhosi dadasi yat
      yat tapasyasi kaunteya
      tat kurusva mad-arpanam

      O son of Kunti, all that you do, all that you eat, all that you offer and give away, as well as all austerities that you may perform, should be done as an offering unto Me.

      So from the above verses we understand that Lord Krishna wants us to offer the vegetarian food without onions and garlic to him with love and devotion and he says he will accept it. So we are only doing what God is asking us to do.

      Regarding your second question, How can you be so sure that he has exempted u from sin because he himself can’t change the rule of nature for you?

      Krishna is God and God is not under any rules, he can make rules and he can also break rules. He can do anything, he can turn matter into spirit just by a glance. For a devotee who offers food with love and devotion he personally says in the Bhagavad Gita that he accepts that food, so when Krishna eats that food it becomes spiritual, it does not remain matter anymore so there is no sin left, that is how we become purified of sin. So we can be sure by offering the food we eat to Krishna and see if it helps us progress spiritually, this is the test. Devotees in ISKCON offer their food to Lord Krishna and we have seen such devotees advancing nicely in Krishna Consciousness. Krishna Consciousness is very scientific, if you read something from Bhagavad Gita then that is theory, but then if you apply the teachings then you will come to some results, from the results you can come to a conclusion whether it works or not. I am sure it works as the consciousness starts to become pure and it helps us become more attached to Lord Krishna.

      Regarding your last question, How he can be happy to see his plant kingdom getting destroyed every day, will all vegetarians be plants in next life n vice versa?

      As the above verses from the Bhagavad Gita explains that we can offer vegetarian foods to God because he has sanctioned it, patram means a leaf, especially the tulsi leaf can be offered, also you can offer the tulsi leaf with the vegetarian food and the Lord will accept it. I am not sure if you have read the article properly but it has been mentioned about vegetarian food as well. If we eat vegetarian food without offering to the Lord then we are only eating sin, but as living beings we need to eat something to live, so even though the plants and vegetables has life because God has sanctioned it we can eat it, God has not sanctioned meat eating, so we should not eat meat, fish, eggs etc. No, vegetarians will not become plants in their next life, if they have offered the food to Lord Krishna and have taken that as Prashad or sanctified food then they will progress spiritually.

      I would advise to please read the Bhagavad Gita As It Is by Srila Prabhupada and also other books such as Srimad Bhagavatam, you will gain all the knowledge about material and spiritual life and how to live in this world without being attached or bounded by Karma.

      If you get the chance please visit your local ISKCON temple and chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

    • Pawan Alluru says:

      Mahakaalji,

      Plants have life no doubt in that. God has created plants to provide food for us. They give us fruits, vegetables, flowers and leaves. They feed us and help us in continuing our lives. If we pluck the flowers or fruits, does the plants stop growing? No. To get fruits, vegetables, leaves or flowers, we need not kill them. Plants give us new fruits, new vegetables, new flowers and new leaves time and again. God has given that power to the plants. God did not ask us to kill the plants to get food. Killing plants and trees is a sin. Killing them is like killing ourselves. They feed us so they are equal to our mothers.

      • Hare Krishna Pawan,

        Thank you for your comments. Yes when we pluck fruits, Vegetables and flowers we generally don’t kill the whole tree or plants. This is gifted by God. So to be grateful to God we should offer all these items to God before using them for ourselves, this is Bhakti or devotion and being grateful to the creator. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that we should offer everything unto him as he is the Supreme enjoyer, also by offering to Krishna we will think of him more and more and this will help us progress on the spiritual path.

        Hare Krishna

        ISKCON Birmingham

    • Ravikumar Shukla says:

      Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
      Dandavat Pranams,

      Mahakaalji, Please go through the below mentioned link, if you read the complete article sincerely, then it will just become a matter of CHOICE for you.

      http://www.thespiritualscientist.com/2012/01/are-there-any-logical-reasons-to-choose-vegetarianism/

      Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
      Dandavat Pranams

  38. nilesh says:

    respected sir
    is it fine if we kill mosquitoes ,cockroach ,rats , Insects ,which harm us in one or the other way

    • Hare Krishna Nilesh,

      Thank you for your question. We should not be killing anything, we have no right to kill or take anyone’s life. Every creature is part of God and a devotee never wants to hurt anyone. Generally small insects are not much harmful, there are other methods which can be used to keep them away, but killing them is not allowed. When Lord Krishna protects then what will an insect do to us, if the Lord wishes then even the smallest insect can kill us. Have faith in Krishna and he will surely protect us, chant the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and read Bhagavad Gita As It Is by Srila Prabhupada.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  39. Animal Lover says:

    Hare Krishna

    Meat Eater!!! I am just confused about genesis 1.29, can you explain me in simple terms that what bible is saying about meat eating as i wanted to explain to my kids.

    • Hare Krishna

      About genesis 1.29, it mentions about plant and fruit to be eaten, it does not mention meat.

      Hebrew: God said, “See, I give you every seed-bearing plant that is upon all the earth, and every tree that has seed-bearing fruit; they shall be yours for food.

      Greek: And God said, “Behold, I have given you every seed-bearing grass, which is on the earth, to produce seed, and every tree, which has in itself the fruit of the seed that it has produced–it will be food for you–

      Old Latin: God also said, “See, I have given you every seed bearing plant bearing its seed over all the earth, and every tree that has seed bearing fruit. These will be food for vou.

      Vulgate: And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed: to you it shall be for food.

      Peshitta: And God said, Look I now give to you all the herb which propagates by seed over the face of the whole earth and each tree in which there. the fruit of the tree whose seed shall be food for you.

      Even though some people say after the flood it was ordained, but this is the start of Kali Yuga where people will not discriminate against food. Meat eating was not allowed from the creation, due to people being in ignorance they think it is ok to eat meat. If you are true Christian you would follow the commandment ‘Thou Shall Not Kill’ and not engage in violence against innocent animals. Every humans can live by being a vegetarian no need for unnecessary pain to other creatures who are also God’s creatures.

      In simple terms you can tell your kids that an ideal world would be of no violence and no killing, everyone should be living peacefully. Also you love cats and dogs but then go on eating other animals which is not fair, how and where do you draw the line, this is a pet and this is for food. This is simply cheating and will not help to progress on spiritual path. Every blood which is shed due to animal killing that person will be accountable to Jesus. “But you must not eat meat that has its lifeblood still in it. And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. I will demand an accounting from every animal.” Genesis 9.1-5. This simply means we should not kill animals whilst they are living especially for food.

      After all the meat problems in the world do you really think God wants people to eat meat? For further detailed explanation please see this link:- http://iskconbirmingham.org/vegetarianism

      Hare Krishna
      ISKCON Birmingham

  40. ASHISH SHAHI says:

    Jai Yogeshwar, Jai Keshaw

    Thank you, I also feel that this life in invaluable, and should not go in vain, should be utilized for our purification and divine attainment.

    Thanks and regards,

    Om Tat Sat
    Jai Ishwari, Parmeshwari…

  41. Neeti says:

    Hare Krishna! Im very pleased to have come across this page. It has every possible arguement answered in the best way. As for my query, Im a practicing devotee for many years now. And i havent failed to notice quite a few devotees wearing silk sarees. Considering the kind of cruelty that goes under making silk and the number silkworms that are killed, how is the use of silk justified? Eagerly awaiting your answer. Hari Bol!

    • Hare Krishna Neeti,

      Thank you for your comments. Nothing can really be justified if an animal is killed for our purpose. Regarding your question about silk, silk is something produced by the larvae of an insect. Also an insect such as raspy crickets can produce silk throughout their lives without being killed. It’s something like a cow producing and giving milk. But yes every cautious need to be made to see that the insect are not being killed in the process, if so then there is an karmic reaction involved. If a devotee is to use a saree for devotional purpose then Krishna will see this. Even when we sit down we kill so many germs and bacteria, so some accidental sins cannot be avoided, but we can try to follow to our best standard. We should follow the four main regulative principles which are No Meat Eating, No Gambling, No Intoxication and No Illicit Sex, and to chant minimum of sixteen rounds of Hare Krishna Maha Mantra every day. By following this Krishna will protect us and help us progress in Krishna Consciousness. Lord Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita that we should simply surrender unto him and become his devotee and he will surely protect us from all sinful reactions.

      Try to go more deeper in your Krishna Consciousness, read more of Srila Prabhupada books and render devotional service. We should also seek out more association of devotees who will help us advance more.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  42. Divya says:

    Hare Krishna
    I am 21 years old and I became an ardent devotee of Krishna after reading about him 1 month ago,I stopped eating Non-Vegetarian foods because Krishna didn’t like it.But since my family do eat Non-Veg foods , my relatives and cousins are forcing me to eat, and since i am lean, they are telling “already you are lean and if you stop eating non-veg foods, you ‘ll become like a stick”. And they also mentioned that since for females it is indispensable to eat because they have to carry children.I defended them telling all brahmins and Jains do beget children without taking meat.
    Whatever happens, I have decided that I will not take meat . But what foods should i take to develop my stamina in vegetarian ?(After offering to Krishna )

    • Hare Krishna

      Thank you very much for your correspondence. It is very inspiring and encouraging to hear that you have developed a deep interest in Krishna and have already started to make changes in your lifestyle where you are trying to please Krishna and follow His instructions.

      I can understand it must be difficult to have family members who are not encouraging you in your decision to become vegetarian, it is a natural reaction of non-vegetarians to respond in such a manner because it is a way of life that they are accustomed to. Meat is not needed in your diet at all, as meat eating is not a natural tendency of the human body, physically, emotionally or spiritually in fact it is very hard to digest as the human stomach does not have the right amount of hydrochloric acid to break down meat and digest it. To be a healthy vegetarian you need to ensure you are consuming a balanced diet, as any nutritionist would recommend. A mix of fresh fruits, salads, vegetables, greens, beans/legumes/ dahls/ pulses for protein, carbohydrates, milk products such as milk, cheese yoghurts, nuts etc. The UK government recommendation is to have at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables daily, that could be in the form of frozen, fresh, tinned or juices. I hope this helps, there are many websites that could help here is one: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/5ADAY/Pages/Why5ADAY.aspx and also the Iskcon desire tree website has many recipes to give you ideas.

      If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to ask. I think I will also mention, that I have been vegetarian all my life and am a healthy and well-built individual and Krishna has blessed me with two healthy and strong children, so please do not worry about your family’s concern for the future and child bearing. Krishna has planned out everything for us very nicely and the way of life He has set out for us is practical, healthy and karma free.

      Many thanks

      Hare Krishna

      Vrindavani Devi Dasi
      ISKCON Birmingham

      • Divya says:

        Hare Krishna !!
        Thank you mam for those comforting words !! I feel as if Lord Krishna has spoken to me !! Thank you so much !!

  43. ganesh says:

    Respected sir, please do tell us how do we know that god is accepting our lovingly offered food sir?

    • Hare Krishna Ganesh,

      Thank you for your question. If you continue to offer the vegetarian food to Lord Krishna before eating it he will one day reveal the spiritual knowledge to you that he does accept the offerings. Not only does God accepts your food, he mainly looks at the love and devotion which the food is offered in. You can also know that God has accepted the food because after you have the food as Prasadam or mercy, you will make nice progress in your spiritual life. The food which you offer transforms into spiritual food, which helps to develop spiritual intelligence and senses, this basically means we start serving the Lord more and more, and we engage ourselves in the Lords service. Also we need to have strong faith in the process and God’s words, Lord Krishna personally says in the Bhagavad Gita 9.29 that if one offers the food with love and devotion he accepts it. So please continue to offer the food and have complete faith in the Lord. By serving the Lord we think of the Lord and this helps us to revive our relationship with the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Shri Krishna.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  44. Santoshi Harish says:

    Hare Krishna!!
    This article has helped me in understanding about meat-eating a lot. However, I’ve a few doubts.

    I accept that the Gita and other scriptures speak of meat-eating. I believe that Vedas are the purest form of our religion. Some believe only the shrutis or vedas and not in smritis(like the Gita). And the Vedas say that eating sheep,horse and cow is sinful. It doesn’t mention about the other forms of meat. Are there phrases that talk about it in the Vedas?And could you please tell what the vedas state about vegetarian food.

    • Hare Krishna

      Thank you for your questions to ISKCON Birmingham.

      Regarding your first question,

      Well ultimately the scriptures do prohibit consuming all forms of meat. Bhagavad Gita is summary of all the Vedas. By understanding a drop of ocean we can know the taste of all the ocean, similarly one who knows the purpose behind the Vedas knows everything.

      Someone asked me about why at times scriptures do mention about meat eating, this was my reply:-

      When the scriptures mention about meat eating it is a section only for people with a lower grade of consciousness, they eat certain food so they act in certain way so that their materialistic desires get fulfilled. For example Even though Islam says it is ok to eat meat in Quran but think about this one, the meat has to be halal. So this mean that they can’t just eat meat on its own but has to be halal, so this halal is a restriction. Now why has God put a restriction on food if he is telling them to eat in Quran? This is because they need to come to the sense that if something has a restriction then ultimately that thing is not right and should be eventually given up.

      So those who are advance spiritually will come to understand that meat is not ideal for humans, it is only meant for animals. Also Allah does not say offer me halal food, because God does not himself eat meat. But Krishna in Bhagavad Gita says offer me fruit, flower, leaf etc, he accepts it with love and devotion.

      Humans can survive very well with simple vegetarian food. Also Caitanya Mahaprabhu defeated Chand Kazi a Muslim leader that cow slaughter and eating beef was not even in the Quran. Actually no animals should be killed for food. But you see halal is there because there are so many people who are not going to follow the orders of God in its highest standard, so that’s why different religions is necessary to help and elevate their consciousness, that’s why there is Islam, people want to eat meat and also pray, so God has designed in such a way that they can pray and eat meat but in a restricted way, but the Muslims have to understand that this not the highest form of worship. There are different levels of worship for different people as they have variety of material desires. For the Muslims, at least they are praying, so this will gradually elevate them. These are the main points to understand.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  45. I used to eat meat until I watched a good amount of videos on Internet on how animals are killed in slaughterhouses, I feel ashamed for being ignorant. These criminals punch the animals, torture them, some are cruel to the animals before slaughtering, I don’t care how delicious a barbecued steak may smell, I refuse to be part of such cruelty. Erroneous preconception that meat gives lots of protein, beans have the same protein, meat eaters are responsible for overcrowded hospital, high cholesterol. On top of that, they have come up with a law that prohibits videotaping such barbaric cruelties, if people would only watch the videos and see what happens inside slaughterhouses, the bloody walls, screams of animals, you have to have a soul of iron not to feel responsible for contributing to this misery. I eat veggie burgers (bun, lettuce, tomato, mayo, ketchup, bread and butter pickles), Chinese vegetable Lomein is super delicious, people have the wrong idea that a vegetarian only eat grass like a rabbit. Becoming vegetarian is a spiritual decision. The miseries of this world will never stop until people develop empathy. What kind of empathy will people develop when they allow so many animals to be killed everyday? When they don’t do nothing about it? They can’t speak, they need us!

    • Hare Krishna Yolanda.

      Thank you for your email on the meat eating article.

      You are very sincere person and I can see that you have a great compassion for the animals. Yes people need to know the truth about the slaughterhouses, people are also hiding from the truth as they want to continue to eat meat for sense enjoyment. They don’t care how much pain the animal actually feels when being slaughtered. They try to avoid such videos because deep down they know it is wrong and sinful to eat animals. The meat eaters really need to see such slaughter videos then they will be able to come to some sense that vegetarian or vegan is the best option, then from that have the Karma free food which is to offer the food to the Lord first then eat that as sanctified food.

      The meat eaters don’t know but they are part of destroying the planet, mother earth is reacting to such sinful activities which is going on around the world. The world is in such bad state due to people’s ignorance of the real understanding of life and spirituality.

      We need to help these people come to a spiritual understanding and awareness, once they raise their consciousness level they will be able to feel the pain of animals also. The Hare Krishna movement is helping people around the world to come to a higher platform of consciousness, we hold Kirtans in public places and distribute books which would help people to come out from ignorance.

      The meat eaters are unaware of the terrible consequence they will be facing due to the Karmic reactions. We can see the world around us and how people and earth is suffering. We need to really pray and spread the message wherever we can.

      Thank you once again for your comments.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  46. Arun T says:

    Sir,

    I would like to now about consuming dairy products in modern times, I mean how milk is begin produced. I have read in lot of places, Dairy cows are artificially inseminated every year. That’s the only way to keep them lactating.

    By taking dairy products are we not indirectly contributing to this curetly. Request to share you thoughts on this.

    hare krishna.

    • Hare Krishna Arun,

      Thank you for your question on meat eating article.

      Yes we are up to an extent contributing to the cruelty by taking dairy products. The Cows are also not treated fairly and to derive the milk they are artificially using machines which causes pain to the Cows. That’s why in ISKCON Temples they are trying produce their own farms and having their own cows. Everything is done naturally by hand to derive milk from the Cows. We now have such farms at the Manor and Leicester temples. Also they are now selling Ahimsa Milk, which is violence free milk.

      So we can go even higher than Vegan and take care of the Cows and produce natural milk. From milk so many other items are made and then offered to Lord Krishna at the temple, then we have this as Prashadam or sanctified food.

      So just being a vegetarian or vegan is not going to solve everything, we need to spiritualise the food. Cows can produce enough milk to supply to the people so we should utilise this and not give up milk altogether, the main thing is that the animals are treated nicely and without any pain.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  47. Jess Gingras says:

    There’s nothing wrong with eating meat, and I feel that people trying to guilt us out of it or spread lies about how it harms the environment is extremely selfish and prejudiced.

    • Hare Krishna,

      Thank you for your comments on ISKCON Birmingham website on the meat eating article.

      In regards to your comments that there is nothing wrong in eating meat and that it is extremely selfish and prejudiced to talk about vegetarianism and the environment. Well do you think it is Ok to be violent and slaughter other living entities? Look at the world and environment around you, there is so much violence taking place, remember one thing ‘Violence breeds Violence’. These days people are suffering due to so much violence on earth. This is not just happening by chance, it is a reaction, what you throw at the nature, the nature will throw back at you. It’s very scientific how this world operates but due to ignorance and lack of true spiritual knowledge this world is marching towards hellish conditions. If you agree with animal killing, slaughter and violence then you must agree with all the violence around the world.

      A person is so engrossed in sense gratification that he misses the point to understand that life exist even in other creatures. This meat eating article presents scientific arguments that the soul does exist even in the animals so no one has the right to kill, the animals have their existence as we humans do.

      In regards to the environment well here is another strong evidence which you need to consider from the Climate Scientists and the Scientific Community. Beef, studies show, creates 5 times more carbon emissions than say chicken, pork, lamb or other forms of meat. And climate change is important for everybody to wake up to. It cannot be ignored and it is not a religious injunction, that people of other religions are free to ignore.

      The finding in National Academy of Sciences recent paper published in June 2014, unambiguously finds Beef to be clear culprit in inflicting maximum damage on environment, at times when precarious climate conditions are making humanity’s existence unsustainable.

      Beef production not only causes five times Green House Gas emission, but also requires, 28 times more land, 11 times more irrigation and 6 times more water. All in all it makes for bad economics and bad health choice. Indeed beef consumption threatens human existence on the planet earth. In view of this the case against Beef, has strong scientific backing.

      So my friend, please consider the facts. It is not at all selfish or prejudiced to present the truth. People need to wake up and give peace a chance.

      Hare Krishna

      ISKCON Birmingham

  48. Randhir says:

    Hare Krishna

    I am very happy going through your answers and points which is very well explained. Your service attitude is really inspiring for me. May our Dear Lord Sri Krishna bless us all.

    Hari Bol!!!

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