For a Mouthful of Meat

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

Nowadays, the situation of animals, especially of cows is so pathetic that it needs immediate attention of all human beings living on this planet irrespective of their race, nation or religion. When we went to Rajkot this January, H.H. Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj, being a real Vaishnava, with full of concern for all living entities told us in one of the class -Please, please try to do something for the cows, if you have any possibility open goshala if Krishna wants, after I finish this great elephant temple (new marble temple construction in Rajkot) I will like to open a goshala with thousands of cows and if I am not alive a beg all of you, you please continue

Not all of us can open goshala but we can do something to help out poor animals, in our case with the help of H.G. Vishva Bhavana prabhu we are trying to organize a vegetarian society (first in our place) in order to enlighten the general mass of people to become vegetarians. We all know that there is no God realization without stopping of sin and what to speak of Krishna Consciousness - the ultimate realisation of the Supreme.

In this regard, I would like to share my personal experience with all of you. Few years back, I met a dentist in my city. I spoke to her about vegetarian food and I gave her devotional magazines. Since she was a doctor, I though she will understand the medical and scientific facts about the good effects of vegetarian food. As I had provided Vedic philosophy to back this up, I thought she would be convinced. To my great surprise, after few days when I met her again, she threw the magazine on my face and said - "Why did you give me this nonsense? I am Muslim. I cannot live without meat." I felt a bit angry and I asked her, "How much meat do you eat every day ? She said I take very little. I wondered - "What an conditioning for a little piece of meat?

Years passed. After this incident, I met her few times in dental office ; but I didn't speak much. One day to my greatest surprise she told to me - " I have became a vegetarian and havent eaten meat for the past 4 months. " I said, "Oh ! How did this happen? How did you manage to give up that little peace of meat? She said -"I read a book by some author and finally, I understood what you where talking about years back." Few more months passed and again I gave her a book without saying a single word (as I was afraid of being smashed again). The book was "Life comes from Life" by Srila Prabhupada. To be very honest I did not expect any positive results. After she read that book, she soon asked for SB and japa mala and she started to chant (she still chants). Even till this date, I still cannot understand the greatness of our Srila Prabhupada. Only he alone could change even a fanatic Muslim, a cow-eater to a devotee. My dear Lord Shri Krishna ! How much merciful are your devotees ?

Below is the story of a veterinarian student in a slaughterhouse - " There is no God to help the pitiful skinny cow that on my arrival at 7 o'clock in the morning is lying in convulsions in the drafty and icy corridor in front of the killing box. Nobody has enough compassion to put her out of her misery with a quick shot. First the other animals need to 'be taken care of'. When I leave around lunch time, the cow is still laying there, twitching. In spite of several appeals nobody has helped. I loosen the rope which was cutting into her flesh and stroke her forehead. She looks at me with her huge eyes and I learn then and there that cows can cry. The student wrote: "The real monsters are those who order this massacre each and every day"

After reading this last statement by the student Srila Prabhupada punching purport came to my mind, and I could not stop writing this verse and punch from Srimad Bhagavatam verse- 1.7.37,

sva-prāṇān yaḥ para-prāṇaiḥ prapuṣṇāty aghṛṇaḥ khalaḥ
tad-vadhas tasya hi śreyo yad-doṣād yāty adhaḥ pumān

A cruel and wretched person who maintains his existence at the cost of others' lives deserves to be killed for his own well-being, otherwise he will go down by his own actions.

In the purport - Srila Prabhupada gives a punching statement - "He who gives permission, he who kills the animal, he who sells the slaughtered animal, he who cooks the animal, he who administers distribution of the foodstuff, and at last he who eats such cooked animal food are all murderers, and all of them are liable to be punished by the laws of nature."

If you like to read the whole story of the veterinarian student - please visit http://www.vegetarismus.ch/heft/98-2/schlacht-en.htm

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Murlidhara Krsna das
Yugoslavia.