Topic: Prasadam

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What's Krishna's view on veganism? Many people consider veganism—the practice of not eating or using any animal products—an ideal, healthy, nonviolent diet. Some vegans avoid milk for health reasons, while others do so as a reaction to the suffering of cows, and they boycott the meat and dairy industry. Some even say it's unnatural for humans to drink the milk of another animal. Krishna teaches...
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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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When our oldest son was less than three, he and I were once in a supermarket when a woman passing out samples handed him a cookie that looked like ones made at our temple. He was several yards away from me, and I was apprehensive he’d automatically put the cookie into his mouth. Instead, he ran over to me and asked, “Prasadam? Prasadam?” I said no, it hadn’t been offered to Krishna and couldn’t...
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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...