Vaisnavas Are Not Vegans
22ND JUNE, 2017
BY: SATTVIC DASA
Devotees we are not to be Vegans. Srila Prabhupada NEVER ever said for us to be vegan or preach Vegan. He said we give Krishna what He wants. He said, “Krishna must have his milk.”
When Srila Prabhupada was on the planet the cows were being just as much slaughtered and abused as they are now. It’s even written in his purports about this. But we have to realize when we offer to Krishna this milk or anything made from those cows milk, who will eventually be slaughtered and whose sons are being dragged away just after birth for slaughter. Those cows will get a human birth in their next life and a chance to serve Krishna again and get a chance to become liberated. That is all due to your offerings. If devotees stop offering their milk these cows (who are mostly actually humans who have to be slaughtered again and again due to eating cows etc..and they must suffer thousands and even millions of lifetimes and be slaughtered again and again. But if the devotee offers their milk they stop this terrible cycle, as Lord Krishna becomes pleased with their service of giving Him their milk products. This is their only hope. You are their only hope. So do not stop because of some who do not understand this truth. Srila Prabhupada is the MOST merciful and we are offering to him and he is offering to Lord Chaitanya and Lord Nityanand and Sri Sri Rahda Krishna.. They will deliver them and all will be rectified.
Let us not think that we are more merciful than Srila Prabhupada by being Vegan? No! Who can be more merciful than Him, but the Supreme Lord. He has instructed all the temples and devotees to offer Krishna’s milk products. He even knew that in the USA, even at that time you could not get cows milk without Vitamin D added, which is fish oil. (He knew that) but he said that Krishna must have His milk and we take the remnants. So we are protected and so are the cows.. Let us not have any doubt about this. And he said milk is liquid religion. By serving these cows by offering their milk we and they get the mercy. We are not the ones slaughtering them. Just as in India after the cows are too old to produce milk, many householders let them go stray on the streets (not wanting to care for them after all the service they did. Ultimately those cows will be slaughtered either by someone who kidnaps them or by some cars who hurt or kill them. So let us not think its much better.. They leave their dear cows to the streets. He knew that was going on back then and it is still going on… Yet we still offer the cows milk products in all temples of India and at home.
Srila Prabhupada knew if we proclaim vegan then no one will care for cows at all. And still, slaughter will go on…They will not see the benefit of milk and how cows milk will give everyone a good brain as it is the most nourishing substance for the brain. It refines the finer tissues and puts one in the mode of goodness. It is only the meat eaters, they will suffer terribly for slaughtering these cows and the farmers will also suffer for taking the calves away from the cows and slaughtering them and the restaurants that sell it. But the devotees will benefit and the cows will benefit from our offerings. So let us not stop this service.
Yes if at all possible we should try to buy organic milk and milk products, but many people can not afford it as they are much more expensive. Ultimately Krishna will protect you. But we should continue to preach the greatness of cows, cows milk, ghee, butter, yogurt, etc etc….. and Srila Prabhupada wanted that for all the Govindas Restaurants that we use Ghee as that ghee will make them feel fully satisfied that they will not feel the need to eat meat. This is the way to help souls become vegetarian. They must eat ghee cooked in their food. Let the new generations understand the importance of cows and farming and stop this nonsense of learning all this so called technology. As Srila Prabhupadsa said “you can not eat nuts and bolts.” That we should do farming and become self-sufficient. Show the world what a great service this is and to protect cows. And show them the greatness of milk. and the bulls are great for farming and their cow dung and urine is extremely beneficial… If they do not understand all this.. Cows will become useless to them. We must preach the way Srila Prabhupada and give up this idea of vegan. If someone is allergic to milk that is their misfortune if they feel it affects their health badly again great misfortune. But we know that Srila Prabhupada said it is the best food substance and many saints lived off of cows milk or yogurt.
All glories to Srila Prabhupda all glories to Lord Krishna’s cows and the offerings of their milk products by the devotees. Hare Krishna!