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March 29, 2007]
Meat Eating, Animal Protection and Good Friday Hansadutta das
Hansadutta: Love of God includes love of everything, because everything comes from God. If you love God, you must also love His creation. If you want to return to your original state, living in harmony with all of God's creatures, you have to stop killing them. Christ says, "Whatever you do unto the least of my brothers, you do it unto me."
Guest: Some of the world's most renowned religious leaders eat meat. I can think of one who eats veal. [Here referring to the late Pope John Paul II.]
Hansadutta: Meat eating makes men vile. That makes them animal killers.
Guest: This seems awfully hard to take. I mean, these people are very holy men.
Hansadutta: What is the definition of holy? What makes them holy? more
There's an organization of people who are very concerned about people
killing whales and baby seals.
HANSADUTTA: But they themselves are killing cows and eating them.
GUEST: A cow is raised specifically for the purpose of being murdered. Isn't that worse? Doesn't that make it a more heinous crime?
HANSADUTTA: More heinous or less heinous, killing is killing. Suppose I kill your father or your small brother. What is the difference? Will you think, "It is better to kill my small brother"? Killing is killing. We should not kill. The Bible says, "Thou shalt not kill."
Vedic civilization, the king was responsible for the lives of the
citizens. According to the Vedic concept, the animals born in the land
are also citizens of that country; therefore they have a right to be
protected. Man is the elder brother of the animals. As such, man should
protect his less intelligent brothers, especially the cows, because the
cows give us milk.
A man can eat practically anything to maintain his body, but milk is the perfect food. One can live simply by taking milk, which makes the brain very sharp. The brain must be in good order so that one can assimilate Vedic wisdom or higher transcendental knowledge. In this age, the scarcity of food and milk causes deficiency in people's brain power. As a result, people are unable to understand Vedic knowledge. Thus they cannot advance in the goal of human life, which is to understand God and go back home, back to Godhead.
The cow is the most valuable animal on earth, because the cow eats only grass and gives us milk, from which we can produce ghee, yoghurt, cheese and butter. The cow also produces dung and urine, which are pure substances. In India, the village people build their huts out of cow dung. Cow urine is medicinal. It is beneficial in the treatment of liver disease. From cow dung one can make gas for cooking. Also, cow dung can be collected and mixed with straw and dried in cakes. This is said to be the best fuel for cooking. When the cow finally dies, one can take the skin and make shoes and other things.
Everything about the cow is useful. The cow renders great service to the human being. Therefore the cow should be protected.
All living creatures should be protected. No animal should be killed, not even an ant, and especially not the cow. The bull helps to till the land for producing grain, which is the staple diet of the human being. The bull is considered to be the father of human society, and the cow is considered to be the mother. These two animals should be protected.
At the time of Maharaja Parikshit, 5000 years ago, there was one man who was trying to hurt these two animals, and the King was ready to kill him for this offence. At that time, no one imagined that in this age the government leaders would systematically raise cows for slaughter and that there would be propaganda against drinking milk and eating butter in favor of artificial things like margarine or vegetable oil.