Bh. Rajiv, rephrased his question thus
April 10th, 2011

“Why ISKCON, as a matter of “policy,” does not officially preach against consumption of unethically produced dairy products, and sets an example by either consuming no dairy or only ethically produced dairy products at its temples and “affiliated” restaurants?”

2 Responses to “Bh. Rajiv, rephrased his question thus”

  1. David Garvin says:

    All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Haribol!

    Thank you Maharaja for your considered, and measured answer. As a vegan practicing Krsna consciousness, I do appreciate this podcast, so devotees can indeed consider this issue within Srila Prabhupada’s teachings and Lord Krsna’s mercy to all living beings. Hare Krsna! – David in Houston, Texas

  2. dusyanta dasa says:

    In Srimad Bhagavatam Lord Kapiladeva’s instructions on Devotional Service Canto 3 Chapter 29 Text 15,
    “A devotee must execute his prescribed duties,which are glorious,without material profit.Without excessive violence, one should regularly perform ones devotional service.”
    In the purport by Srila Prabhupada a significant phrase that He points out is the word “natihimsrena”(with minimum violence or sacrifice of life.)
    The purport continues in the framework of food and the violence connected to eating even for vegetarians and vegans.Eating vegetables is violence.
    We have to commit violence;that is a natural law but we should not be extravagant in violence, only as much as ordered by the Lord.If we commit violence in this way as it is necassary or ordered by the Lord then this is called natihimsa,minimum violence,not non-violence.
    If we operate on the basis that the word “ethical” means violence,abuse and exploitation then we can not avoid violence for we are put in conditional life,but we should not commit violence more than is necassary or than ordered by the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
    This is the considered opinion of Lord Kapiladeva and Srila Prabhupada.
    We must execute our prescribed duties regularly without excessive violence but we have to commit some violence.Even in Iskcon’s Cow protection Farms violence is committed daily and Vegans are also committing violence by eating vegetables.Even in the growing of vegetables,flowers and grains so many products are used from violent slaughter of animals which could even be classified as Organic.Then we have the whole question of Herbicides and Pesticides and Transportation from third worlds,it seems the violence is endless even with just vegetables and fruit.
    There is no possibility of “ethical” production of food because we are in conditional life and we have to commit violence.
    According to Shastra then and Srila Prabhupada’s teachings we find that all living entities are food for another living entity,that is the law of nature which is inescapable.We cant practise Non-violence when it comes to Food and Eating,all we can aim to achieve is minimum-violence, that is not extravagant.
    All glories to the devotees executing their prescribed duties in Devotional Service.
    your servant Dusyanta dasa. Wales.