You are what you eat …
“It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind” ~ ALBERT EINSTEIN
Most of us only began to hear the word “Cholesterol” and its significance in healthy living over the last ten to fifteen years. Today we are now all a little bit more familiar with some of the causes of heart attacks due to the overeating of animal fats which cause restriction in blood flow due to build up on arterial walls.
Likewise the term “Mad cow disease” has only recently been coined. This following various press coverage concerning the detection of a brain Spongiform cow disease, which was apparently caused by contaminated ingredients (reprocessed animal brains) used in production of such animal foodstuffs. The debate has centred on the possibilities of such a disease going undetected and being passed on in the dead animal’s meat to human beings.
Anyone who has followed such press coverage in detail will be aware that truthful information concerning genuine scientific and medical research into the “transferability” and “effects” of this disease to humans has been published in direct competition with the total denials and immense advertising power of the many very large “vested interests” with Governmental influence by the beef farming and meat retailing industry. Never the less some people may now feel that it is possibly time to take a more serious look at becoming vegetarian.
Other main practical aspects to be considered which have a direct bearing on your health are:
1. Digestion of animal protein removes calcium from your body and is considered to be the main cause of escalating osteoporosis in the world.
2. Most commercial animals, these days, graze where chemicals ( pesticides, herbicides ) have been used. These chemicals are gathered by the animals and concentrated in their tissues. When you eat their flesh your body will absorb and store them, in turn, and they can quickly build up toxic levels causing all kinds of allergic and other reactions. In scientific language – toxic concentrations increase the higher up the food chain one eats. It makes sense then, to eat as low down the food chain as possible. Why eat the animal that has eaten the crops and concentrated their poisons when you can eat the crop yourself and move down the food chain at least one rung.
3. The animals are treated with hormones, antibiotics and other chemicals, which are, in turn, passed along to you.
4. When animals are slaughtered they are generally in extreme anxiety and fear. Their systems, consequently, are flooded with adrenaline and other hormones, which stay in the meat. These compounds then pass into your own blood stream giving you energy rushes and other effects. If you are trying to get to know yourself, and especially if you are trying to become more meditative and aware, you will find that any internal influence which revs up your system is unhelpful. Basically its much harder to become aware of your own truth if you are being manipulated from the inside by what you eat.
Once your body is habituated to use of a drug, it easily accommodates others and is less influenced by them. This doesn’t mean that they no longer affect you or affect you less, it means that you are becoming desensitised and addicted. The drugs take over certain functions that the body normally takes care of and you become dependant on them. When your adrenaline hit from the meat has worn off, and its not yet justifiably time to eat again, you will begin to crave another dose. Cigarette? Coffee? or perhaps a drink?. Or you may be tempted to eat snacks regularly with obvious repercussions.
5. A very relevant aspect, having ethical implications on the whole humanity, and which few people really consider, is the economics of eating domestic animals. Firstly, it takes 14 to 20lbs of vegetable protein to create 1 lb. of beef, an efficiency of only 5 to 7%. ( for pigs it is 12%, chickens 15%). Secondly the same land which is used for grazing to produce animal protein can grow up to twenty times more vegetable protein if properly managed. Moving away from meat dependency will enable far more food to be grown for all. What this means in practical terms is that for every person fed on meat 20 to 30 could be fed on vegetable protein. World food shortage and mass starvation are clearly seen as “man made” when viewed in this light. As Tolstoy once said:
If all the reasons previously mentioned are not enough, then you can consider the issue of massive and continuing deforestation to create more cattle grazing lands. The trees produce oxygen without which we will all simply die.
Many religions understand the power of prayer in relation to food and drink, they are aware of the requirement to thank God for his gifts, as and when we need and use them. The Catholic sacrament of Holy Communion is a direct request to Jesus to enter into the bread and wine and spiritually energise them. Similarly the Hare Krishna devotees offer all the food they prepare directly to Krishna before they eat it themselves. Through this act the food becomes energised with Gods potency, which, when eaten, helps to promote spiritual advancement and awareness, and nullify previous negative karma. The devotees term such food offerings “prasadam” or Krishnas mercy.
It costs us nothing to utter a few words of “Grace” before eating each meal. These words of gratitude can be directed towards whatever you personally understand God to be, and do not need to be spoken aloud. This act is simply another step in attuning yourself with the universal energy and recognising that you are actually in reality a very small fraction of a greater plan.
I recognised this necessity about twelve years ago, shortly before becoming a vegetarian and I made up my own little prayer which I said inwardly on the few occasions I could actually remember.
“Lord we thank you for the food you provide us with,
we thank the food itself for providing us with the sustenance we need,
we hope the food understands our need,
as its need was to feed from the earth,
so is our need to feed from it,
we pray that one day we will all be fed by your ethers”.
You could similarly string a few words together which you feel most comfortable with, the power of this act is not contained in the words themselves but the fact that you are recognising your relationship with a higher consciousness and your body’s dependency on that higher energy of all creation.
While the Bible in many places seems to endorse meat eating, these sections should not be taken out of context. Instead of using Noah’s emergency expedient ( following the flood in which all vegetation was wiped out ) as outlined in GENESIS 9:3
A more important diet is the original one, enunciated by the Lord in GENESIS 1:29
God further indicates in the next verse that this diet is “good” whilst the diet referred to in Genesis 9:3 which contains meat was allowed “simply to satisfy their lust”
This is outlined quite clearly but, again, it must all be studied in context. The example of the quail which God purportedly arranged for the children of Israel after they “tired of his manna” (NUMBERS 11:31) is a prime example of quoting out of context. Indeed verses 31 and 32 of Numbers describe the quail and the feasting that followed, but verse 33 must also be read to secure the full impact of this passage.
God was obviously not happy with their meat eating.
It also becomes clear when one studies the early history of the Church that the founding fathers espoused the vegetarian ideal. You can study their lives, Tertullian, Pliny, Origen, St John Chrysostom, the list goes on and on. Parenthetically , that these early Church fathers were avowed vegetarians makes a large statement as to what we may have read in the Bible before it was worked upon at the various Ecumenical councils.
It was not until the time of Emperor Constantine (Fourth Century) that vegetarian Christians had to practice underground, this was because Constantine was a meat eater. He was also a maniac, and Church history books abound with stories of how he would pour molten lead down the throats of Christian vegetarians for their chosen diet. Incidentally he also killed his wife by setting her in a vat of boiling water.
Scriptural knowledge is simple for the simple, but it is difficult for the twisted. The Bible clearly says “thou shalt not kill” (EXODUS 22-13). It could not be stated more simply.
The exact Hebrew is lo tirtzach which accurately translates “thou shalt not kill”. One of the greatest scholars of Hebrew/English linguistics in the twentieth century, Dr Ruben Alcalay, has written in his book “The complete Hebrew/English dictionary that “tirtzach” refers to “any kind of killing whatsoever.” The word “lo” as you might suspect, means “thou shalt not.” DON’T KILL! Lets face it the Bible is clear on this point.
The Vedic literature is also clear on this subject. In fact, the Vedas take this point beyond vegetarianism, because there is still a sinful reaction in killing vegetables. Therefore, the Vedas prescribe a lacto vegetarian diet, the diet which is least harmful to living beings. There is also a special process to free one from the minimal sinful reactions which are incurred from killing the plants. This process is given in rudimentary form in the Bhagavad Gita, and is elaborated upon in Srimad Bhagavatam. After applying the process which centres around the chanting of the holy name of the Lord with love and devotion, the foodstuffs are known as prasadam, a Sanskrit word which means “the Lord’s mercy”
Many Bible scholars persist with the theory that Christ ate animal flesh, obviously swayed in their opinions by personal habits. The desire to accede to prejudice and uphold existing tradition has been a human characteristic for many centuries, but the truth is now even more important as man exerts his independence in so many ways of life.
Respected Bible scholar Rev. V.A. Holmes Gore has researched the frequent use of the word “meat” in the New Testament Gospels.” He traced its meaning to the original Greek. His findings were first published in world forum of Autumn 1947. He reveals that the nineteen gospel references to “meat” should have been more accurately translated as shown in the table.
Thus in the authorised version of JOHN 21:5 “Have ye any meat ?” is incorrect. It should have been translated “Have ye anything to eat. ?”
“Fish” is another frequently mistranslated word in the Bible. Its reference is often not to the form of swimming life, but to the symbol by which the early Christians could identify each other. It was a secret sign derived from the sacred geometry of the vesica pisces, and was needed in times of persecution, prior to the official acceptance of Christianity as the state religion.
|Greek (number of
|Brosis (4)||‘the act of eating food’|
|Phago (3)||‘to eat’|
|Brosimos (1)||‘that which may be eaten’|
|Phosphagon (1)||‘anything to eat’|
The sign of the fish was a mystical symbol and conversational password, deriving from the Greek word for fish “ichthus.” As such, it represented an acrostic, composed of leading letters of the Greek phrase. “lesous Christos Theou Uios Soter”
(“Jesus Christ , Son of God, Saviour.”)
Frequent references to fish are intended as symbolic of The Christ, having nothing to do with the act of eating a dead fish. But the symbol of the fish did not meet with Roman approval. They preferred the sign of the cross, choosing to concentrate more on the falsely reported death of Christ at his crucifixion rather than on his brilliant life and healing works. Perhaps this is one reason why only ten percent of his life record appears in the canonical scriptures. Most of his first thirty years are omitted.
How many worshippers go home from Church and sit down to a feast cut from a once proud beast in defiance of the very commandments they have just been advocating. The following Biblical verses should clear up any misgivings that the reader may have in this connection.
Discussions of meat in the Bible ( Old Testament )
“But flesh with the life thereof, which is the blood thereof, shall ye not eat. And surely your blood of your lives will I require, at the hand of every beast will I require it.”
This verse shows that man is not allowed to eat meat, and if he does he will pay with his own life. And he will be killed by the one he kills. This is the law of karma.
This verse shows how God treats even the prayers of those who eat and kill animals in his name.
This verse shows that cow killing is equated to murder.
This is a trick commandment, you cannot eat meat and not eat blood. This is the origin of the idea of Kosher food ( meat with the blood drained out of it ). It has been compared to passing stool and not passing a drop of urine. Impossible !.
“And whatsoever man there be of the house of Israel, or of strangers who sojourn among you, that eateth any manner of blood; I will even set my face against that soul that eateth blood.”LEVITICUS 17:10
Note the term “ any manner of blood”. All flesh comes from blood.
Appearances of the word ‘meat’ in the New Testamanet
This explanation shows how certain words translated wrongly in the King James Version of the Bible. The correct translations are taken from the Nestle Interlinear Greek-English New Testament, which also references the King James version.
“And the same John ( the Baptist ) had his raiment of camels hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins, and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
The word used here is trophe, “nourishment,” Also note the word “locusts” refers to locust beans, or carob, St Johns bread.
“And her spirit came again (referring to a woman Jesus raised from the dead), and she arose straight away, and he (Jesus) commanded to give her meat.”
The word used here is phago, “to eat.”
“Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a young woman shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
“Butter and honey shall he eat, that he may know to refuse the evil, and choose the good.”
Christians are fond of quoting the first part of this verse as proof that Jesus is the saviour, but they very rarely quote the next verse, which says that he will be a vegetarian.
“And while they yet believed not for joy, and wondered, he (Jesus) said unto them ( his disciples). Have ye here any meat.? And they gave him a piece of a broiled fish, and of a honeycomb. And took it, and did eat before them.”
The word used here is brosmosis, eatable. Note the use of the word “it” which is in the singular. Jesus was offered fish and a honeycomb, but took only one. Judging from ISAIAH 7:15 we know which he chose.
“For his disciples were gone away unto the city to buy meat”
The word used here is “trophe”, nourishment.
“And while the day was coming on, Paul besought them all to take meat, saying, this is the fourteenth day ye have tarried and continued fasting, having taken nothing. Wherefore I pray you to take some meat, for this is your health, for there shall not a hair fall from the head of any of you. And when he had thus spoken, he took bread, and gave thanks to God in the presence of them all, and when he had broken it , he began to eat. Then they were all of good cheer and they also took some meat.”
All three words used here are “trophe” nourishment. Note that even though they say meat, they show clearly that what he was referring to was bread, which they all took.
It’s a very sad fact that the Church has been a little “economical with the truth”. Indeed what the Church has been up to over the centuries is nothing short of scandalous.
Jesus commanded his followers to observe the vegetarian/vegan diet and to show love and kindness to all living things, but the Church altered and suppressed these teachings (and others) to court popularity and make Christianity more acceptable to the masses.
The early Church adopted and “Christianised” the pagan festivals – December 25th, Eastra, Black Friday, etc. – for the same reason and purpose.
It is a historical fact that in the aftermath of the Council of Nicaea, in AD 325, the original MSS of the New Testament underwent numerous alterations and adulterations.
Certain scholars, called “Correctors”, were appointed by the ecclesiastical authorities and commissioned to ‘correct’ Scripture in the interests of orthodoxy.
Further alterations and spurious interpolations were made in the sixth century AD to counter the surge in popularity of the Christian Gnostic movement.
Consequently many of the Church’s teachings are very different , even in some cases exactly opposite to that which Jesus originally taught.
The three main religious sects in the Holy Land, in the first century AD, were the Sadducees, the Pharisees and the Essenes. Jesus was an Essene, belonging to the Northern Essene brotherhood centred around Mount Carmel.
Members of the Northern Essene sect were also known as Nazarenes – and yes, Nazareth was a Nazarene Essene settlement, though it should be noted that the term predates the place name.
The Essenes were an extraordinary sect and a fitting community for the Messiah to have been born into.
Pliny said of the Essenes that they were “a race by themselves, more remarkable than any other in all the world”.
Philo described them as living each day in “constant and unalterable holiness”.
Whereas the Roman historian Josephus described the Essenes as having “a reputation for cultivating a particularly saintly life” . Adding; “rightly do they deserve to be called an example for the life of other people”.
Anyone who has studied the subject will know that Essene teachings differ markedly from those of their Catholic counterparts, which explains why the Catholic Church went to such extraordinary lengths to obliterate every possible bit of documentary evidence linking Jesus to the Essenes.
Thankfully, the ignorant and the crafty failed in their attempt to destroy the Truth. In the last 120 years or so a number of original gospels and manuscripts have come to light. The most notable being in the 1880’s with the re-discovery of the Gospel of the Holy Twelve, the Essene New Testament, made by the saintly Reverend Gideon Jasper Ouseley .
Rev. Ouseley was a fitting vessel for such a profound and beautiful revelation. With his wonderful humanitarian spirit, his seemingly limitless compassion, and his kind and gentle ways he was a shining example to all.
He neither smoked nor drank and was a devout vegetarian, maintaining that ripe fruits (including nuts), pure oil of olives, grains and vegetables were “the true and proper food for man”
A deeply spiritual man, his whole life was dedicated to opposing cruelty and bloodshed, and promoting the doctrine of boundless love. Alas, the Catholic Church appreciated neither his revelation nor him, and he was “cast out of the Church with loss of clerical stipend”, because his views were deemed, quote, “anti-Christian”, but despite it all, he bravely continued to teach true Christianity until his death in 1906, aged 71.
The Gospel of the Holy Twelve contains the pure, original and unadulterated words of Christ. Perhaps my favourite verse of the G.H.l2 is the following, as it captures so beautifully the true spirit and nature of Jesus:
“And the birds gathered around him and welcomed him with their song and other living creatures came unto his feet and he fed them and they ate out of his hands”
The Essenes believed in the sacredness and unity of all life and were strict vegetarians. It can be no surprise, therefore, that the original teachings of Jesus should be so full of love and compassion for all God’s creation. Lack of space prevents me from going into fuller detail, but here are a few of the most interesting verses:
Boundless love. “Order indeed is good and needful, but before all things is love, love ye one another and all the creatures of God, and by this shall all men know that ye are my disciples”
Animals. “Verily these are your fellow creatures of the great Household of God, yea they are your brethren and sisters, having the same breath of life in the Eternal. And whosoever careth for one of the least of these, and giveth it to eat and drink in its need, the same doeth it unto me”
“For of the fruits of the trees and the seeds of the herbs alone do I partake” – Jesus.
“Now Joseph and Mary, his parents, went up to Jerusalem every year, at the feast of the Passover, and they observed the feast after the manner of their brethren. (The Essenes), who abstained from bloodshed and the eating of flesh and from strong drink”.
“John had his raiment of camels hair and a girdle of the same about his loins, and his meat was the fruit of the locust tree and wild honey”
“The robber who breaketh into the house made by man is guilty, but they who break into the house made by God, even the least of these are the greater sinners. Wherefore I say unto all who desire to be my disciples, keep your hands from bloodshed and let no flesh meat enter your mouths”
Mercy killings (animals): “But if they kill to put an end to suffering which cannot be healed, they are not guilty if they do it quickly and in love”
Feeding of the 5,000: “He saith unto them; “How many loaves have ye? Go and see”. And when they knew, they said, “Six loaves and seven clusters of grapes”. And he commanded them to make all sit down by companies of fifty upon the grass. And they sat down in ranks by hundreds and by fifties. And when he had taken the six loaves and the seven clusters of grapes, he looked up to Heaven, and blessed and brake the loaves, and the grapes also, and gave them to his disciples to set before them, and they divided them among them all.”
The Last Supper: “Iscariot said: ‘Where is the lamb that Moses commanded’ for Judas had bought the lamb, but Jesus had forbidden that it should be killed… and Judas said again ‘Master, is it not written that a lamb must be slain for the passover within the gates?’, and Jesus answered ‘If I am lifted up on the cross then indeed shall the lamb be slain.’”
The following quotation of Jesus was truly prophetic…
“…but there shall arise after you men of perverse minds, who shall, through ignorance or through craft, suppress many things which I have spoken unto you, and lay to me things which I have never taught, sowing tares among the good wheat which I have given you to sow in the world.
… Then shall the truth of God endure the contradiction of sinners, for thus it hath been and thus it will be, but the time cometh when the things which they have hidden shall be revealed and made known, and the truth shall make free those which were bound.”
The earliest Christian writer, Hegesippus, says of James, brother of Jesus and the first ruler of the Christian Church in Jerusalem, that “he drank no wine, nor strong drink, nor ate he any living thing, even his clothes were free from any taint of death, for he wore no woollen, but linen garments only.”
Clement of Alexandria, chief disciple of the Apostle Peter (who Clement also records as being vegetarian, or more precisely vegan), wrote: “The Apostle Matthew partook of seeds and nuts and vegetables, abstaining from flesh”
St. Augustine records that Jacobus, brother of Jesus, “lived of seeds and vegetables, and did not accept meat or wine”
Literally oceans of innocent blood have been shed because these teachings were suppressed. To give an example, I estimate that in excess of half-a-billion of our little brothers and sisters in the animal kingdom are butchered to satisfy the Christmas Day bloodlust of the world’s Christians. Over half-a-billion in one day … how many have been killed in the many hundreds of years these teachings have been suppressed? – and how many would be saved if these beautiful teachings were once again rightfully restored?
God commanded man to observe a purely vegetarian diet (Genesis 1 v. 29). The later permission to eat flesh was issued solely as a concession to the barbarity of the day. Even then it was issued with a malediction, albeit a self-imposed one, “the blood of your lives shall I require”. Striking to note how the lifespan of (vegetarian) Noah’s meat-eating descendants plummeted.
During the Exodus many of the Israelites rejected the vegetarian “manna from Heaven”, and lusted for and ate flesh (quails) instead. Subsequently they all died of plague and were buried in what the Torah calls the “graves of lust”.
In the Gospel of Peace we read:
And Jesus continued: “God commanded your forefathers: ‘Thou shalt not kill’, but their heart was hardened and they killed. Then Moses desired that at least they should not kill men, and he suffered them to kill beasts. And then the heart of your forefathers was hardened yet more, and they killed men and beasts likewise.
But I do say to you, kill neither men, nor beasts, nor yet the food which goes into your mouth. For if you eat living food, the same will quicken you, but if you kill your food, the dead food will kill you also.
For life comes only from life, and from death comes always death. For everything which kills your foods, kills your bodies also. And your bodies become what your foods are: even as your spirits, likewise, become what your thoughts are.”
The prophecy of Isaiah states that in the New Kingdom the original Edenic state will be restored, there will be no more killing or bloodshed, all of God’ s creation – man and beast alike – will live together in peace and harmony and love.
Re – the ‘Feeding of the 5,000’ – 6 and 7 are the mystical numbers of man and God, matter and spirit etc. Whilst the bread and juice of the grapes symbolised the body and blood of Christ. The sublime spiritual symbolism here speaks for itself.
According to the theological scholar, Josias Bunsen, even the Greek original of Matthew (written many years later than the Gospel of the Holy Twelve) made no mention whatsoever of fishes, the word used was OPSOM, which simply means a dessert and in virtually every case it referred to fruit.
And as Jesus was going with some of his disciples he met with a certain man who trained dogs to hunt other creatures. And he said to the man, “Why doest thou thus?” and the man said, “By this I live and what profit is there to any in these creatures? These creatures are weak, but the dogs they are strong”. And Jesus said, “Thou lackest wisdom and love. Lo, every creature which God hath made hath its end, and purpose, and who can say what good is there in it, or what profit to thyself, or mankind? And, for thy living, behold the fields yielding their increase, and the fruit bearing trees and the herbs; what needest thou more than these which honest work of thy hands will not give to thee? Woe to the strong who misuse their strength. Woe to the crafty who hurt the creatures of God. Woe to the hunters for they shall be hunted”.
And the man marvelled, and left off training the dogs to hunt, and taught them to save life rather than destroy it. And he learned of the doctrines of Jesus and became his disciple.
These and the other teachings the Church suppressed can be seen in the “Gospel of the Holy Twelve”, copies of which may be obtained from your local book shop, or by mail order from:
- Society of Metaphysicians– Archer’s Court , Stonestile Lane, Hastings, East Sussex TN35 4PG, England
- Banton Press-Dippin Cottage, Kildonan, Isle of Arran, KA27 8SB, Scotland
- Essene Church of Christ-45 North Third Street, Creswell, Oregon 97426, U.S.A.
- Health Research-PO Box 850, Pomeroy, Washington 99347, U.S.A.
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A letter to Ivan Frazer, editor of the Truth Campaign
Mr G Whitehead
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4 April 2000
Congratulations on issue 16 of the Truth campaign, those of your readers previously unfamiliar with the Protocols of the elders of Zion can now re-evaluate recent world history as the history of organised blood sacrifice. I now offer some words of wisdom on these topics from the late Srila Prabhupada, recent history’s foremost Vedic scholar and translator who left his body in 1977. These comments are taken from lectures concerning various ancient Vedic texts which predate the Egyptian civilisations.
Yours in truth and light,
People are generally very much interested in karma-kanda ritualistic ceremonies for elevation to the higher planetary systems, but when one awakens his spiritual knowledge, he becomes uninterested in such elevation and engages himself fully in jnana-yajna to find the objective of life. The objective of life is to stop completely the miseries of birth and death and to return home, back to Godhead. When one cultivates knowledge for this purpose, he is considered to be on a higher platform than one who is engaged in karma-yajna, or fruitive activities.
drstva bhutani bibhyati
esa makaruno hanyad
ataj jno hy asu-trp dhruvam
dravya-yajnaih–with animals and other eatable things; yaksya-manam–the person engaged in such sacrifices; drstva–by seeing; bhutani–the living entities (animals); bibhyati–become afraid; esah–this person (the performer of sacrifice); ma–us; akarunah–who is inhumane and merciless; hanyat–will kill; a-tat jnah–most ignorant; hi–indeed; asu-trp–who is most satisfied by killing others; dhruvam–certainly.
Upon seeing the person engaged in performing the sacrifice, animals meant to be sacrificed are extremely afraid, thinking, “This merciless performer of sacrifices, being ignorant of the purpose of sacrifice and being most satisfied by killing others, will surely kill us.”
Animal sacrifice in the name of religion is current practically all over the world in every established religion. It is said that Lord Jesus Christ, when twelve years old, was shocked to see the Jews sacrificing birds and animals in the synagogues and that he therefore rejected the Jewish system of religion and started the religious system of Christianity, adhering to the Old Testament commandment “Thou shalt not kill.” At the present day, however, not only are animals killed in the name of sacrifice, but the killing of animals has increased enormously because of the increasing number of slaughterhouses. Slaughtering animals, either for religion or for food, is most abominable and is condemned herein. Unless one is merciless, one cannot sacrifice animals, either in the name of religion or for food.
santusto ‘har ahah kuryan
tasmat–therefore; daiva-upapannena–obtainable very easily by the grace of the Lord; muni-annena–with food (prepared in ghee and offered to the Supreme Lord); api–indeed; dharma-vit–one who is actually advanced in religious principles; santustah–very happily; ahah ahah–day after day; kuryat–one should perform; nitya-naimittikih–regular and occasional; kriyah–duties.
Therefore, day by day, one who is actually aware of religious principles and is not heinously envious of poor animals should happily perform daily sacrifices and those for certain occasions with whatever food is available easily by the grace of the Lord.
© 1991 by Bhaktivedanta Book Trust
Prabhupada: Those who know Sanskrit, they know what is the meaning of Veda. Veda means knowledge. Vetti veda-vid jnane. Jnana means knowledge. That means the history of Veda means from the date of creation of this material world. Now find out the date of creation of the material world. Approximately, nobody can give what is the date of. We can, we cannot… Date of Brahma, he got the, first of all, the Vedic knowledge. Now, one day of Brahma you cannot calculate. One day of Brahma. And the… When Brahma’s night is there, there is devastation up to some extent. So again in the daytime of Brahma, that creation takes place. There are two kinds of devastation. One devastation is at the night of Brahma and one final devastation is the whole cosmic manifestation finished. So these teeny people, they are after the dates of Vedas, and that is ludicrous, that is…(laughs) Just like there are many microbes, they grow in the evening and die just in the day beginning. So whole night is their span of life. So our life is like that. What history you can write? Therefore, we receive Vedic knowledge from the authorities. And what is the value of these dates?
David Lawrence: (laughs) Indeed. I mean it’s the sort of thing that Western scholars excel in, isn’t it?
Prabhupada: Suppose if you try to trace out when the human being began calling “mother.” Can you trace out the history?
Syamasundara: They try to take away from the Vedas by making it seem very young so that the Bible is older. They think that Vedas came from Bible, many scholars.
Prabhupada: Oh? These rascals think like that?
David Lawrence: Yes, you see they say that the, because the Aryans came from or passed through at least the Middle East, that in fact some of the older parts of the Old Testament predate, so they say, and indeed some of the Egyptian higher, some of the better Egyptian stuff…
Prabhupada: So one should transcend these, what is called, historical references. They calculate in Darwin’s theory.
David Lawrence: Darwin’s theory’s out now isn’t it? (laughs) It’s sort of old fashioned now. They dispense with these theories as quickly as most people do their newspaper each day.
Prabhupada: (laughs) Yes.
David Lawrence: One day it’s in, and the next day it’s out. And while it’s in, everybody claps and applauds. One or two other points, perhaps I can raise one or two of them. Some of them are longer in fact. An interesting thing that came out of my study of the Christian, or certainly the Jewish tradition, and I wondered, really, on your views on this, whether it relates at all to the Indian one. It seems when you get to the really high spot of Jewish religion, which many people consider the prophets of Judah…,
Prabhupada: What is their high spot?
David Lawrence: Well, exactly,(laughs) that is, in inverted commas.
Prabhupada: They are rotting in the lowest spot, still. What is their high spot?
David Lawrence: Let’s think, somebody like, perhaps Isaiah or somebody like this who was a universalist and uh…
Prabhupada: Somebody, somebody says so many things…
David Lawrence: Yes, that’s right. Oh yes, I mean if you take them, they all differ in their views. But one of the things, one of the themes that comes through is the idea that…
Prabhupada: Therefore the gentleman the other day was asking, “How is that you say electricity?” Oh you were not present that time? Because we have translated there is no need of sun, there is no need of moon, there is no need of electricity in the spiritual world. So when he heard the word electricity, he became astonished.
Syamasundara: He thought the word did not exist at the time?
David Lawrence: Yes, I must admit I was amazed at that reference, reading that yesterday.
Prabhupada: That frog philosophy is going on. Dr. Frog. He’s simply calculating the well, that’s all. How there can be Atlantic Ocean? That is frog philosophy. You know frog philosophy? Yes?
David Lawrence: Yes.
Prabhupada: You know? I don’t think you know. Who can explain what is that frog philosophy?
Syamasundara: Frog philosophy is trying to imagine the size of the Atlantic Ocean never having left my well.
David Lawrence: Oh, I see, yes. Completely beyond one’s experience.
Prabhupada: Yes. No, especially of the Mr. Frog, Dr. Frog. He has never seen what is Atlantic Ocean and somebody informed him, “Oh I have seen such a vast mass of water.” “Oh, is it bigger than this well?”
David Lawrence: Yes, beyond his conception.
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Yishvara 2000 – The Hindu Ancestor of Judaism Speaks to This Millennium
by Gene D. Matlock 11/2000
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This book traces the history of Judaism back to its roots in India. Blamed by the nomadic Aryans (Devas and Christyanis) for two floods that destroyed the Indus Civilzation. The Yadava (Yahu-Deva) city dwellers, artisans, and farmers fled India for the Middle East and other parts of the world, taking with them and propagating their religion of Yishvara in their new homes. In the Middle East this Yishvara religion later became Judaism. The book gives many examples of the thousands of Hindu place names in various parts of the world and how Sanskirt influenced English.
The author describes how the true meanings of the religious words of Yishvara, such as Prayer (Pray), Faith (Phath), Reverence (Rav-ara), Idolatry (Adaultar), etc., have changed so drastically that no one even knows what Religion is any more or what to do with it. Because of the computer age and other scientific innovations, Yishvara, the ancestor fo Judaism, has a powerful message to deliver to this millennium. When the reader finishes this book, he’ll know more about religion than the Pope and the Dalai Lama.
Canto 2: Chapter 7
ksatram ksayaya vidhinopabhrtam mahatma
brahma-dhrug ujjhita-patham narakarti-lipsu
uddhanty asav avanikantakam ugra-viryas
ksatram–the royal order; ksayaya–for the sake of diminishing; vidhina–by destination; upabhrtam–increased in proportion; mahatma–the Lord in the form of the great sage Parasurama; brahma-dhruk–the ultimate truth in Brahman; ujjhita-patham–those who have given up the path of the Absolute Truth; naraka-arti-lipsu–desirous to suffer pain in hell; uddhanti–exacts; asau–all those; avanikantakam–thorns of the world; ugra-viryah–awfully powerful; trih-satpa–thrice seven times; krtvah–performed; urudhara–very sharp; parasvadhena–by the great chopper.
When the ruling administrators, who are known as the ksatriyas, turned astray from the path of the Absolute Truth, being desirous to suffer in hell, the Lord, in His incarnation as the sage Parasurama, uprooted those unwanted kings, who appeared as the thorns of the earth. Thus He thrice seven times uprooted the ksatriyas with His keenly sharpened chopper.
The ksatriyas, or the ruling administrators of any part of the universe, either on this planet or on other planets, are factually the representatives of the Almighty Personality of Godhead, and they are meant to lead the subjects towards the path of God realization. Every state and its administrators, regardless of the nature of the administration–monarchy or democracy, oligarchy or dictatorship or autocracy–have the prime responsibility to lead the citizens toward God realization. This is essential for all human beings, and it is the duty of the father, spiritual master, and ultimately the state to take up the responsibility of leading the citizens towards this end. The whole creation of material existence is made for this purpose, just to give a chance to the fallen souls who rebelled against the will of the Supreme Father and thus became conditioned by material nature. The force of material nature gradually leads one to a hellish condition of perpetual pains and miseries. Those going against the prescribed rules and regulations of conditional life are called brahmojjhita-pathas, or persons going against the path of the Absolute Truth, and they are liable to be punished. Lord Parasurama, the incarnation of the Personality of Godhead, appeared in such a state of worldly affairs and killed all the miscreant kings twenty-one times. Many ksatriya kings fled from India to other parts of the world at that time, and according to the authority of the Mahabharata, the kings of Egypt originally migrated from India because of Parasurama’s program of chastisement. The kings or administrators are similarly chastised in all circumstances whenever they become godless and plan a godless civilization. That is the order of the Almighty.
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“In the beginning of the world and time, in the Dreaming, there were only three people on the earth: two men and a woman. The Great Spirit provided them with plenty of bush tucker and Living water, but he forbade them to eat meat, saying it was wrong. His word was law. The three people obeyed him, for there was more than enough food other than meat, fish or eggs to eat. There were many magical plants and fruits for them to experiment with and savour. They enjoyed the nourishing food the Great Spirit had provided for them, offered prayers and were grateful. They explored their world and were amazed by the wondrous things they discovered. After some time, the food gradually diminished until finally, there was none left. In hunger and desperation, one of the men killed a animal and the woman cooked it, against the protestations of the second man. This man insisted that the great spirit would surely not allow them to suffer for much longer without food, and that it was wrong to kill another living creature. But his protestations fell on deaf ears.
The two who were eating the animal argued that Great Spirit had provided them with a meal, and they found it very tasty. They offered some to their brother. But, although he was hungry, and salivating at the aromatic smells of cooked meat, he stayed obedient to his creator. Their arguments had no effect upon him. Disappointed and angry with his companions, the man walked away and lay under a tree. He prepared to die. His companions continued to try to persuade him. Suddenly in a flash of light, Mowi the death spirit descended. Mowi lifted the man into the tree under which he lay. Then Mowi lifted the tree into the sky. The trees form grew smaller as he rose higher. It rests in the sky as the Southern Cross. The top star represents the eyes of Mowi, the bottom star symbolises the eyes of the first man to die.
The stars at each side are two cockatoos that had made their home in the tree. When Mowi lifted it, they followed, squawking and screeching angrily.”
This Australian Aboriginal Dreaming is well known and can be found in Mudrooroos Aboriginal mythology, Parkers Australian Legendary tales, and Reeds Aboriginal Myths fables and legends. For more information read Donni Hakanson’s book ‘Oracle of the Dreamtime’
Om Tat Sat
- There was a master come unto the earth, born at the head of the Living Waters in the Blessed Isles and raised in the old old ancient homestead of Oldham in North west Albion.
- The Master learned of this world in the schools of Albion, Ceylon, India, Africa, and The Emerald Isles, as he grew, in his trade as a spinner of yarns and Healer.
- But the Master had learning’s from other lands and other schools, from infinite other lives that he had lived. He started remembering these, and in his remembering became wise and strong, so that others saw his strength and came to him for council.
- The Master believed that he had the power from Lord Krishna, “The Eternal God of Love” to help himself and all mankind, and as he believed so it was for him, so that others saw his power and came to him to be healed of their troubles and their many diseases, to have evil spirits and the spirits of animals which they had previously eaten cast out from their bodies.
- The Master believed that it is well for any man to think upon himself as a son of God, and as he believed, so it was, and the Temples, Churches, Gardens and other places where he visited, healed and prayed became crowded with those who sought his learning and his touch, and the streets outside with those who longed only that the shadow of his passing might fall upon them, and change their lives.
- It came to pass, because of the ever increasing demands of the people, that an angel came and told the master to leave his tools and go his way, for so many people came to steal his energy by trying to get him to focus his attention upon them, the ego’s voice spouting its endless lifetimes repetition of sad sad sad truthless stories without offering any spiritual respects or showing any true understanding or love of God. He had no time for his own meditations, family life, healing work, laughter and joy for life.
- So it was he went into the countryside to live near the temple, and people following began to call him a wizard, and a worker of miracles; and as they believed, so it was.
- If a storm passed as he spoke, not a raindrop touched the listeners heads throughout the entire night; the last of the multitude heard his words as clearly as the first, no matter Lightning, Living Water nor Thunder in the sky about. And always he spoke to them in parables.
- And he said unto them, “within each of us lies the power of our consent to health and to sickness, to riches and to poverty, to freedom and to slavery. It is we who control these and not another.”
- A mill-man spoke and said, “Easy words for you Master, for you are guide as we are not, and need not toil as we toil. A man has to work for his living in this world.”
- The Master answered and said, “once there lived a village of creatures along the bottom of a great crystal river of Living Water glistening with light.”
- “The current of the river swept silently over them all – young and old, rich and poor, good and evil, the current going its own way, knowing only its own crystal self.
- “Each creature in its own manner clung tightly to the twigs and rocks of the river bottom, for clinging was their way of life, and resisting the current what each had learned from birth.
- “But one creature said at last, “I am tired of clinging. Though I cannot see it with my eyes, I trust that the Living Current knows where it is going. I shall let go, and let it take me where it will. Clinging, I shall die of boredom.
- “The other creatures laughed and said, “Fool! Let go, and that Current of Light you worship will throw you tumbling and smash you across the rocks and you will die quicker than boredom!
- “But the one heeded them not, and taking a breath did let go, and at once was tumbled and smashed by the current across the rocks.
- “Yet in time, as the creature refused to cling again, the Living current of Light lifted him free from the bottom, and he was bruised and hurt no more.
- “And the creatures downstream, to whom he was a stranger, cried, “See a miracle! A creature like ourselves, yet he flies! See the Messiah, come to save us all!”
- “And the one carried in the current of Light said, “I am no more Messiah than you. The river delights to lift us free, if only we dare let go. Our true work is this voyage, this adventure, this reconnection with God.
- “But they cried the more, “Saviour!” all the while clinging to the rocks, and when they looked again he was gone, and they were left alone making Legends of a saviour”.
- And it came to pass when he saw that the multitude thronged him the more, day after day, tighter and closer and fiercer than ever before, seeking to steal his energy and correct him with their own opinions, which the various church’s, televisions and newspapers had brainwashed them with from their early childhood. They pressed him to heal them always without rest, and feed them always with his miracles, to learn for them and to live their lives, he went alone that day unto a hilltop. A sacred site to the ancients, and there he prayed.
- And he said in his heart, Infinite Radiance is, if it be thy will, let this cup pass from me, let me lay aside this impossible task. I cannot live the life of one other soul, yet ten thousand cry to me for life. I’m sorry I allowed it all to happen. If it be thy will let me go back to my gardening and let me live as other men.
- And a voice spoke to him on the hilltop, a voice neither male nor female, loud nor soft, a voice infinitely kind. And the voice said unto him, “Not my will, but thine be done. For what is thy will is mine for thee. Go thy way as other men, and be thou happy on earth.
- And hearing, the master was glad and gave thanks, and came down from the hilltop humming a little * Santo Daime Hymn. And when the throng pressed him with its woes, beseeching him to heal and cast out unclean spirits from their bodies. The crowd asked him to learn for it and feed it and instruct it non-stop from his spiritual understandings, and to entertain it with his wonders and music, to give them free energy tools and herbs, he smiled upon the multitude and said pleasantly unto them, “I Quit”.
- For a moment the multitude was stricken dumb with astonishment.
- And he said unto them, “If a man told God that he wanted most of all to help the suffering world, no matter the price to himself, and God answered and told him what he must do, should the man do as he is told ?.
- “Of course Master” cried the many. It should be pleasure for him to suffer the tortures of hell itself, should God ask it !”.
- “ No matter what those tortures, nor how difficult the task?”.
- “Honour to be hanged, glory to be nailed to a tree and burned, if so be that God has asked,” said they.
- “And what would you do the Master said unto the multitude,” if God spoke directly to your face and said, I COMMAND THAT YOU BE HAPPY IN THE WORLD AS LONG AS YOU LIVE, What would you do then?
- And the multitude was silent, not a voice, not a sound was heard upon the hillsides, across the valleys where they stood.
- And the Master spoke unto the silence, In the Path of our happiness shall we find the learning for which we have chosen this lifetime. So it is that I have learned this day, and choose to leave you now to walk your own path, as you please.”
- And he went his way back to the Temple; and left them standing bewildered. He returned to his everyday world of joyful humble service to God.
* ( Hinario Light in the Darkness, Paulo Roberto Silvae Souza )
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