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Topic: Cooking and vegetarianism

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spiced chickpeas: gotta love 'em. In this material world, all living beings are part of a food chain; one is food for another. Of all the links in that chain, humans uniquely have the developed consciousness required to question life's purpose, explore life's spiritual dimension, make educated moral and ethical choices, conduct research into the existence of a Supreme Being, and to make menu...
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Does true spirituality require a specific hairstyle, clothing style, vocabulary, and a diet of curried vegetables? Allen Ginsberg: Your Divine Grace, my original question was, Is the complicated ritual and the Sanskrit language—are they going to keep people from accepting what you’re giving. Srila Prabhupada: No, no. We are translating, presenting everything in the English language. All our...
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One of the most common questions asked to me is this: "Why don't you eat garlic and onions?" Here's my short answer: As a devotee of Krishna and a practicing Bhakti-yogi, I don't eat garlic and onions because they cannot be offered to Krishna. Here's my longer answer: You may know that onions and garlic are botanical members of the alliaceous family (alliums) - along with leeks, chives and...
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Is there an absolute “best” way to eat? One that tastes great, makes us feel good, doesn't destroy the Earth, doesn't inflict unnecessary suffering on other living creatures, and isn't harmful to our health? How about vegetarianism? Veganism? Lacto-vegetarianism? Raw food-ism? Juice fasting? Should we just do whatever feels good? Modified ovo-cannibalism? Maybe total fasting is the way to go?...
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The Bible and Vegetarianism A traditional proof-text for Biblical vegetarians is Genesis. 1:29 where God says, Behold. I have given you every plant yielding seed which isupon the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit; youshall have them for food. (Revised Standard Version) This was a universal vegetarianism, not limited to human beings, as the next verse” (Gen. 1:30)...
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Preparing and offering food to the Lord shows Him our devotion and gratitude. Krishna doesn't need to eat, of course, but He accepts the love with which we offer food to Him. As far as possible, use fresh, natural ingredients for cooking. Krishna accepts only vegetarian food, and packaged, store-bought products may contain meat, fish, or eggs. So read labels carefully. Cleanliness is important...
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In the Ninth Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krishna says: patram pushpam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati/ tad aham bhakty-upahritam ashnami prayatatmanah. Here God is saying that He eats the offering of someone who has devotion. It’s an extraordinary thing. because God already owns everything. It’s not that God needs to eat. There was one great devotee during Lord Caitanya’s time—...
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Is it possible to live on food that's natural, healthy, nonviolent, and cheap? And tastes great?On the menu: wholesome foods like fruits, grains, vegetables, milk products, made into meals of countless varieties. No meat, fish, or eggs. And you don't miss them. (You're too satisfied.)This is a diet that respects the earth and its creatures. And you.No fads here, no experimental diets. This is a...
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An Indian guest at our Hare Krishna center in Boise once told us, “My father was very strict in his daily habits and spiritual practices. He would eat only food cooked by his own hands.” My father, Anantarupa Dasa, has similar remembrances of his grandmother. She would eat only food prepared at home. Many Indians can relate similar experiences with parents, grandparents, or friends. What is the...
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by Rohininandana Dasa In many places in his books Srila Prabhupada describes the wonders of prasadam, food prepared with devotion and offered to Krishna. Prabhupada discusses such merits of prasadam as how it effectively immunizes one against the contamination of the material nature, how it frees one from becoming a ghost after death, and even how it is considered ecstatic nectar from the lips...
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When the World Food Summit in Rome tried to figure out how to feed the world’s 840 million chronically hungry people, the meeting’s secretary general, Dr. Kay Killingsworth, said that the problem was not insufficient food production but inequitable distribution. “The result is that food does not reach the needy.” Here are some typical suggestions for solving world hunger: Push industrialism. As...
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"The Bhagavad-gita specifically instructs us, krishi-go-rakshya: we human beings must protect the cow, our milk-giving mother. Go-rakshya—'protect the cow,' not go-hatya—'kill the cow.' This is most sinful." —Srila Prabhupada Krishna says in the Bhagavad-gita that the activities of the productive class of society should be krishi-go-rakshya-vanijyam: agriculture, cow protection, and trade....
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Vegetarians are just self-righteous vegetable-killers, some people say, and their milk-drinking implicates them in violence. Nowadays vegetarianism is becoming popular for various economic, health, and ethical reasons; but spiritual reasons are more difficult for people to comprehend. Some people ask, “What’s the difference between being a vegetarian and being a meat-eater? An animal has a soul,...
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I have never published a blog about mushrooms, but I am asked about them constantly. Since the Hare Krishna diet appears to be almost identical with many classic Buddhist vegetarian diets where mushrooms are used profusely, people usually presume that mushrooms would be acceptable. And why are there no mushroom recipes in my books? The reason is that in the ancient culinary bhakti-yoga tradition...
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In the Srimad-Bhagavatam (4.19.8) Srila Prabhupada notes, “Although the earth’s ground is the same, different tastes arise due to different kinds of seeds.” What a miracle it is that although two plants grow next to each other in the same dirt, one produces sweet melons, the other hot peppers! Although they use the same resources from Mother Earth, it is as if they give different interpretations...