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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 civilization, men do not
think milk to be important, and therefore they do not live very long.
Although in this age men can live up to one hundred years, their
duration of life is reduced because they do not drink large quantities
of milk. This is a sign of Kali-yuga. In Kali-yuga, instead of drinking
milk, people prefer to slaughter an animal and eat its flesh. The
Supreme Personality of Godhead, in His instructions of Bhagavad-gita,
advises go-rakshya, which means cow protection. 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, develop his brain, execute devotional service,
and ultimately attain the favor of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
As it is essential to get food grains and water by digging the earth,
it is also essential to give protection to the cows and take nectarean
milk from their milk bags.
The people of this age are inclined toward industrial enterprises for comfortable living, but they refuse to endeavor to execute devotional service, by which they can achieve the ultimate goal of life by returning home, back to Godhead. Unfortunately, as it is said, na te viduh svartha-gatih hi vishnum durashaya ye bahir-artha-maninah [ Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.31]. People without spiritual education do not know that the ultimate goal of life is to go back home, back to Godhead. Forgetting this aim of life, they are working very hard in disappointment and frustration (moghasha mogha-karmano mogha jnana vichetasah [Bhagavad-gita 9.12]). The so-called vaishyas —the industrialists or businessmen—are involved in big, big industrial enterprises, but they are not interested in food grains and milk. However, as indicated here, by digging for water, even in the desert, we can produce food grains; when we produce food grains and vegetables, we can give protection to the cows; while giving protection to the cows, we can draw from them abundant quantities of milk; and by getting enough milk and combining it with food grains and vegetables, we can prepare hundreds of nectarean foods. We can happily eat this food and thus avoid industrial enterprises and joblessness.
Agriculture and cow protection are the way to become sinless and thus be attracted to devotional service. Those who are sinful cannot be attracted by devotional service. As stated in Bhagavad-gita (7.28):
yesham tv anta-gatam papam
bhajante mam dridha-vratah
"Persons who have acted piously in previous lives and in this life, whose sinful actions are completely eradicated and who are freed from the duality of delusion, engage themselves in My service with determination."
The majority of people in this age of Kali are sinful, short-living, unfortunate and disturbed (mandah sumanda-matayo manda-bhagya hy upadrutah [SB 1.1.10]). For them, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has advised:
harer nama harer nama
harer namaiva kevalam
kalau nasty eva nasty eva
nasty eva gatir anyatha [ Chaitanya-charitamrita Adi 17.21]
"In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is chanting the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way."