The Root Cause of Tribulations - Part 3

Hare Krishna Dear Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances! All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev!

This is in continuation of the previous offering discussing the root cause of our tribulations based on the conversation between Dharma, the personality ofreligious principles in the form of a bull and the earth in the form of a cow, in Srimad Bhagavatam, first canto, sixteenth chapter, verses 19-24. In the previous offering we saw the three points:

1. Internal diseases
2. The separation of the family members
3. The loss of the principles of religion

Here we shall see further,

4. Unlawful meat eating - exploiting the body of the bull and the cow: Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to Srimad Bhagavatam verse 1.16.20, "Beef is forbidden in the scriptures, and the bulls and cows are offered special protection by followers of the Vedas. But in this age of Kali, people will exploit the body of the bull and the cow as they like, and thus they will invite sufferings of various types." For want of pious executive heads and suitable laws, the cow and the bull are not given protection. The human society should recognize the importance of the cow and the bull and thus give all protection to these important animals. When we protect the cows and brahminical culture, the Lord, who is very kind to the cow and the brahmanas (go-brahmana-hitaya), will be pleased with us and will bestow upon us real peace.

Srila Prabhupada in his purport to SB 1.17.3 gives the perfect formula to bring about happiness in the society by way of protecting the cows and not indulge in meat eating. "For a Sanaatanist (a follower of Vedic principles) it is the duty of every householder to have cows and bulls as household paraphernalia, not only for drinking milk, but also for deriving religious principles. The cow's milk is required for the sacrificial fire, and by performing sacrifices the householder can be happy. The cow's calf not only is beautiful to look at, but also gives satisfaction to the cow, and so she delivers as much milk as possible. But in the Kali-yuga, the calves are separated from the cows as early as possible for purposes which may not be mentioned in these pages of Srimad-Bhagavatam. The cow stands with tears in her eyes, the shudra milkman draws milk from the cow artificially, and when there is no milk the cow is sent to be slaughtered. These greatly sinful acts are responsible for all the troubles in present society. People do not know what they are doing in the name of economic development. The influence of Kali will keep them in the darkness of ignorance. Despite all endeavors for peace and prosperity, they must try to see the cows and the bulls happy in all respects. Foolish people do not know how one earns happiness by making the cows and bulls happy, but it is a fact by the law of nature. Let us take it from the authority of Srimad-Bhagavatam and adopt the principles for the total happiness of humanity."

5. Non performance of sacrifices: Srila Prabhupada writes in his purport to SB 1.16.20 on the importance of performing sacrifices. "The materialistic men want to work hard and enjoy fruitive results for sense enjoyment. Thus they are committing many types of sins at every step of life. Those, however, who are consciously engaged in the devotional service of the Lord are transcendental to all varieties of sin and virtue. Their activities are free from the contamination of the three modes of material nature. For the devotees there is no need for performance of prescribed sacrifices because the very life of the devotee is a symbol of sacrifice. But persons who are engaged in fruitive activities for sense enjoyment must perform the prescribed sacrifices because that is the only means to get free from the reaction of all sins committed by fruitive workers. Sacrifice is the means for counteracting such accumulated sins. The demigods are pleased when such sacrifices are performed, just as prison officers are satisfied when the prisoners are turned into obedient subjects. Lord Caitanya, however, has recommended only one yajna, or sacrifice, called the sankirtana-yajna, the chanting of Hare Krishna, in which everyone can take part. Thus both devotees and fruitive workers can derive equal benefit from the performances of sankirtana-yajna."

If we do not engage ourselves in the performance of sacrifices, then we are thieves and also sinful. How can a person be happy if he is both a thief and sinful? It is not possible. Therefore, in order for people to become happy in all respects, we must perform the easy process of sankirtana-yajna, in full Krishna consciousness. Otherwise, there can be no peace or happiness in the world.

6. Sufferings due to famine and drought: All living bodies subsist on food grains, which are produced from rains. Rains are produced by performance of yajna [sacrifice]. Yajna, specifically the sankirtana-yajna prescribed for this age, must therefore be performed to save us at least from scarcity of food supply.The mlecchas, however, make plans to install slaughterhouses for killing bulls and cows along with other animals, thinking that they will prosper by increasing the number of factories and live on animal food, without caring for performance of sacrifices and production of grains. This has resulted in famine and drought because of which all the living entities are suffering. Hence the only way out of this in Kali yuga is to perform sankirtana yajna glorifying the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Krishna willing, we shall see the other causes of our tribulations in the ensuing postings.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Vaijayantimala devi dasi
Abu Dhabi.