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.
As devotees of Krishna,
we have a special interest in protecting cows because Krishna
is a cowheard boy. It seems amazing... How could God be a cowheard boy?
But sometimes truth is stranger than fiction... Krishna likes the cows
very much. Therefore, because Krishna is very friendly towards the cows,
killing cows is more sinful than killing other animals. Any unnecessary
killing is sinful so naturally we are vegetarians. But we are more
Krishnatarian than vegetarian. In any case killing cows is most sinful.
Many of the problems we are now facing, including violence and wars,
are a direct result of the massive cow killing now going on everywhere.
We don't connect it. It is karma. When we
do something violent to another living entity that violence will come
back on us in the future. It's just like bouncing a ball on the ground...
it will bounce back up again. Scientists can relate to the forces and
natural principles at work in the bouncing ball but they cannot yet see
the same forces acting on a more subtle level. But karma
is the same law that causes the ball to bounce back up... it works with
our actions as well as with balls!
Of course animals are less intelligent than people. They can't defend
themselves against us. But that doesn't mean they have no rights. They
are born into this world just like you and me and they have a right to
live here also.
People Just Don't Think About It!
People just don't think about it. Even when we are young, our mother
always lovingly served us steak and potatoes and encouraged us to
dine heartily on the carcass so we could "grow up big and strong."
And the TV adds and the billboards daily reinforce the conditioning
that it's "perfectly normal" to kill animals for food. So most never
question it; they don't make the connection between the seemingly
innocent hamburger on their plate and the horror of the slaughterhouse.
"Out of sight, out of mind."
But the fact is, to satisfy our currupted appetites, billions of
animals are unnecessarily and brutally butchered every year. And year
after year the inhumanity continues to be overlooked, and because
of this our society is becoming more and more callous...and cruel.
Is it right that animals, fully sentient beings, are made to suffer
simply because we "like the taste?" Has selfishness overcome our reason?
We've got blood on our hands. It's no wonder there is so much violence
amongst the people of our society when they exhibit so much violence
towards animals. "What goes around comes around."
The Nectar of Immortality
Milk is compared to nectar, which one can drink to become immortal.
Of course, simply drinking milk will not make one immortal, but it
can increase the duration of one's life.
In modern civilisation milk is not thought of as being important,
therefore people are not living very long.
Although in this age anyone can live up to one hundred years, the
duration of life is reduced because people do not drink large quantities
of milk. Instead of drinking milk, they prefer to slaughter an animal
and eat it's flesh.
The cow should be protected, milk should be drawn from the cows,
and this milk should be prepared in various ways. One should take
ample milk, and thus one can prolong one's life and develop the finer
tissues of the brain.
The Cow is Our Mother
The Vedic Scriptures refer to the cow as our mother When we stop
taking milk from our mother the cow gladly takes over the role of
supplying milk. For this reason the cow is our mother.
It is natures special arrangement that the cow provides milk to
give nourishment to civilised people. The barbarians take blood by
cutting the throat of a poor innocent animal, while civilised people
drink milk which contains all of the nutritious qualities of meat
without the necessity of violence.
We are now killing millions of our mothers every year in such
a brutal way in enormous slaughterhouses. The United Nations Food
and Agriculture Organisation estimated that in 1984 229,249,000 cattle
and calves were killed for meat production. This cow-killing is the
most sinful activity and we are suffering in many ways as a result
of the enormous burden of bad karma
The Misery of Cow-Killing
Ample food grains can be produced through agricultural enterprises,
profuse milk, yogurt and ghee can be arranged through cow protection
and abundant honey can be obtained if the forests are protected. Instead
of a simple lifestyle modern civilisation
is busy killing the cows that are the source of yogurt, milk and ghee;
they are cutting down all the trees that supply honey and they are
opening factories to manufacture nuts, bolts, automobiles and wine
instead of engaging in agriculture. This is creating
so many problems in the world
How can the people be happy? They must suffer from all the misery
of materialism. Their bodies become wrinkled and gradually deteriorate
until they become almost like dwarfs, and a bad odour emanates from
them because of unclean perspiration resulting from eating all kinds
of nasty things. This is not human civilisation.
Living Cows are an Economic Asset
It is quite clear that a living cow yields society more food
than a dead one - in the form of a continuing supply of milk, cheese,
butter, yogurt and other high-protein foods.
In 1971 Stewart Odend'hal of the University of Missouri conducted
a detailed study of cows in Bengal and found that far from depriving
humans of food. they ate only inedible remains of harvested crops
(rice hulls, tops of sugarcane, etc.) and grass. "Basically", he said,
"the cattle convert items of little direct human value into products
of immediate utility." This should put to rest the myth that people
are starving in India because they will not kill their cows. Interestingly
enough, India seems to have surmounted her food problems, which have
always had more to do with occasional severe drought or political
upheaval than with sacred cows. A panel of experts at the Agency for
International Development, in a statement cited in the United States
Congressional Record for December 2nd. l980. concluded "India produces
enough to feed all its people."
If allowed to live, cows produce High quality, protein rich foods
in amounts that stagger the imagination. It is abundantly clear that
cows (living ones) are one of mankind's, most valuable food resources.
Movements to save seals, dolphins and whales from slaughter
are flourishing -- so why shouldn't there be a movement to save the
Another price we pay for meat eating is degradation of the environment.
The heavily contaminated run-off from thousands of slaughterhouses
and feedlots is a major source of water pollution. In their book "Population,
Resources and Environment", Paul and Anne Ehrlich found that to
grow one pound of wheat requires only 60 pounds of water, whereas
production of a pound of meat requires anywhere from 2,500 to 6,000
pounds of water.
In 1973 the New York Post revealed that one large chicken
slaughtering plant in America was found to be using 100 million gallons
of water daily. The same volume would supply a city of 25,000 people!
Land Usage, Meat and War
A study published in "Plant Foods for Human Nutrition" reveals
that an acre of beans or peas produces ten times more protein than
an acre of pasture set aside for meat production.
Economic facts like this were known to the ancient Greeks In Plato's
Republic the great Greek philosopher Socrates recommended a
vegetarian diet because it would allow a country to make the most
intelligent use of its agricultural resources. He warned that if people
began eating animals, there would be need for more pasturing land.
"And the country which was enough to support the original inhabitants
will be too small now, and not enough?", he asked of Glaucon, who
replied that this was indeed true "And so we shall go to war, Glaucon,
shall we not?" To which Glaucon replied, "Most certainly."
Nutrition Without Meat
Many times the mention of vegetarianism elicits the predictable
reaction, "What about protein?"
The ideas that meat has a monopoly on protein and that large amounts
of protein are required for energy and strength are both myths.
Of the twenty-two amino acids, all but eight can be synthesised
by the body itself, and these eight "essential amino acids" exist
in abundance in nonflesh foods. Dairy products, grains, beans and
nuts are all concentrated sources of protein. Cheese, peanuts and
lentils, for instance, contain more protein per gram than hamburger,
pork or porterhouse steak.
The primary energy source for the body is carbohydrates. Only as
a last resort is the body's protein utilised for energy production.
Too much protein intake actually reduces the body's energy capacity.
In a series of comparative endurance tests conducted by Dr. Irving
Flsher of Yale, vegetarians performed twice as well as meat-eaters.
Numerous other studies have shown that a proper vegetarian diet provides
more nutritional energy than meat. A study by Dr I. Iotekyo and V.
Kilpani at Brussles University showed that vegetarians were able to
perform physical tasks two to three times longer than meat-eaters
before exhaustion and were recovered from fatigue in one fifth the
time needed by the meat-eaters.
Health and Meat Eating
The human body cannot deal with excessive animal fats in the
diet. As early as 1961, the Journal of the American Medical Association
stated that ninety to ninety-seven percent of heart disease, the cause
of more than half of the deaths in the United States, could be prevented
by a vegetarian diet.
Many studies have established the relationship between colon cancer
and meat eating. One reason for the incidence of cancer Is the high-fat,
low-fiber content of the meat-centred diet. The result is a slow transit
time through the colon, allowing toxic wastes to do their damage.
Meat, while being digested, is known to generate steroid metabolites
possessing carcinogenic properties.
Chemicals and Diseases in Meat
Numerous potentially hazardous chemicals, of which consumers are
generally unaware, are present m meat and meat products. In their
book, "Poisons In Your Body", Garry and Steven Null give an inside
look at the production techniques used by corporately owned animal
producers , "The animals are kept alive and fattened by continuous
administration of tranquillisers, horrnones, antibiotics and 2,700
other drugs," they write, "the process starts even before birth and
continues long after death. Although these drugs will still be present
in the meat when you eat it, the law does not require that they be
listed on the package."
Because of the filthy, overcrowded conditions forced upon animals
by the livestock industry, vast amounts of antibiotics must be used,
but such rampant use of antibiotics naturally creates antibiotic-resistant
bacteria that are passed on to those who eat the meat. The US FDA
estimate that penicillin and tetracycline save the meat industry $1.9
billion a year giving them sufficient reason to overlook the potential
health hazards. In addition to dangerous chemicals, meat often carries
diseases from the animals themselves.
Crammed together in unclean conditions, force-fed and inhumanely
treated, animals destined for slaughter contract many more diseases
than they ordinarily would. Meat inspectors attempt to filter out
unacceptable meats, but because of pressures from industry and lack
of sufficient time for examination, much of what passes is far less
wholesome than the meat purchaser realizes.
The Hidden Cost of Meat
According to information compiled by the United States Department
of Agriculture, over ninety percent of all the grain produced in America
is used for feeding livestock -- cows. pigs, lambs and chickens --
that wind up on dinner tables
The process of using grain to produce meat is incredibly wasteful.
Information from the USDA's Economic Research Service shows that only
one pound of beef is produced for every sixteen pounds of grain consumed.
In his book "Proteins: Their Chemistry and Politics," Dr. Aaron Altshul
notes that, "In terms of calorie units per acre, a diet of grains,
vegetables and beans will support twenty times more people than a
diet of meat.
If the earth's arable land were used primarily for the production
of vegetarian foods, the planet could easily support a population
of twenty billion and more.
In a report submitted to the United Nations World Food Conference
(Rome, 1974), Rene Durmont, an agricultural economist at France's
National Agricultural Institute, made this judgement , "The over consumption
of meat by the rich means hunger for the poor."
Plain Living and High Thinking
Changing the Face of the Earth
The Changing the Face of the Earth campaign is a world-wide program to bring about a solution to the problems currently faced by this planet and her inhabitants.
The Environment and Economic Development
In this age of rapidly increasing technology and automation the impression is we have made great advanced and are now in a far better position than the "primitive" civilisations of the past.
Karma and Consciousness
The law of karma describes the universe as an interconnected network in which every action causes a reaction to occur in the future. Material scientists understand the gross manifestation of this law in the form of physics, however, they have no idea of the workings of the same law on a more subtle platform.
Vegetarianism and Cow Protection
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.
Plain Living and High Thinking
It is possible to live a comfortable, simple life in harmony with nature. All that is required is some land, cows and food grains. With these three necessities we can obtain everything required for a simple life.
The Varnasrama Social System
There is a natural system of social organisation 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 Golden Age
This age is called Kali-yuga, or the dark iron age of quarrel and hypocrisy. It is considered a very unfortunate age as spiritual knowledge is covered and almost the entire population of the planet is performing inunlimited sinful activities.
The Science of Mantra Meditation
Sparks are beautiful as long as they are in the fire. Similarly, we have to remain in the association of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and always engage in devotional service, for then we shall always be brilliant and illuminating.