purodhasāḿ ca mukhyaḿ māḿ
viddhi pārtha bṛhaspatim
senānīnām ahaḿ skandaḥ
sarasām asmi sāgaraḥ
Translation of Bhagavad Gita 10.24
Of priests, O Arjuna, know Me to be the chief, Brihaspati. Of generals I am Kartikeya, and of bodies of water I am the ocean.
Commentary by Sri A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Indra is the chief demigod of the heavenly planets and is known as the king of the heavens. The planet on which he reigns is called Indraloka. Brihaspati is Indra’s priest, and since Indra is the chief of all kings, Brihaspati is the chief of all priests. And as Indra is the chief of all kings, similarly Skanda, or Kartikeya, the son of Parvati and Lord Shiva, is the chief of all military commanders. And of all bodies of water, the ocean is the greatest. These representations of Krishna only give hints of His greatness.
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Why you should not eat meat is also described in the oldest holy, religiose and philosophical scriptures that can be found on planet earth, like the vedic Manu-samhita and Mahabharata.
The self-created Manu has said that the man who does not eat meat, or who does not kill living creatures, or who does not cause them to be killed, is a friend of all creatures.
Manu-Samhita: Manu Smriti @ Wikipedia
“Meat can never be obtained without injury to living creatures, and injury to sentient beings is detrimental to the attainment of heavenly bliss; let him therefore shun the use of meat. Having well considered the disgusting origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying corporeal beings, let him entirely abstain from eating flesh.”(Manu-samhita 5.48-49)
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This is a conversation by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja about the Sri Damodarastakam that is especially celebrate in the month of Kartika (Oct/Nov) by the Devotees of Krishna, every morning and evening, in the temples and in every house.
Satyavrata Muni had prayed in verse 7:
“You were bound by of Mother Yasoda, and at that time You delivered Manigriva and Nalakuvera from maya and awarded them prema-bhakti. I don’t want the benediction of impersonal liberation. It is prema-bhakti that I want, but not ordinary prema-bhakti. I want the liberation of prema-bhakti that You awarded to Manigriva and Nalakuvera.”
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Srila Sanatana Gosvami was practicing bhajana near the Yamuna River at Kaliya-hrada, the former abode of the very poisonous snake named Kaliya. Kaliya-hrada was close to the Yamuna, and therefore its surrounding area was full of sand. Srila Sanatana Gosvami wore only a loincloth. He used to go begging door-to-door for a small amount of prasada (Krsna’s food remnants), and would take as his meal only one dry chapatti (flat bread), with no salt.
The brahmana arrived at his cottage and told him, “I went to Sankara Mahadeva, Lord Siva, and he told me to meet you. He said you will give me some wealth for my daughter’s marriage.” Sanatana Gosvami replied, “I have no possessions. You can see that I have nothing but a loincloth.” Then he thought, “Oh, Siva cannot tell a lie. He is my bosom friend.” Thinking of Lord Siva and contemplating further, he remembered a touchstone he had once disgarded and then forgotten. Now he told the brahmana, “Go to the Yamuna and remove some of the sand, and there you will find a touchstone. It is somewhere in the sand, though I don’t remember where.”
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In the vedic scriptures you can find answers that are good to know. Where do we come from? Clear statement we can find also in the purports of the mantras 16. and 17. of the Śrī Īśopaniṣad given bei A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami. That is a standard book and all Vaishnavas and truth-seeker should have read it and accept the philosophical points.
(from mantra 16.)
The all-pervading feature of the Lord – which exists in all circumstances of waking and sleeping as well as in potential states and from which the jīva-śakti (living force) is generated as both conditioned and liberated souls – is known as Brahman.
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This is an interesting article. It was written in the year 1937 by his Holiness Sri Kanu Priya Goswami, a very prominent Gaudiya Vaishnava at that time.
(Please note: Sri Kanu Priya Goswami is not completely accepted in the Gaudiya Math lines of thoughts, as far as philosophical conclusions are concerns. After reserving this article from other Vaishnavas, I did a deep research about Sri Kanu Priya Goswami and found out, that he was oppose to significant conclusions of the Vaishnava Siddhānta. So take it with caution!)
Extracts from the book “Jiver Swarupa & Swadharma” by Sri Kanu Priya Goswami.
The holy advent of Sri Gouranga Sundar stands out as the least of good events in the history of the modern age. In the near future over the ashes of materialism and consumerism a great religion of the soul will emerge the inconceivable influence that will wipe out all sorrows, distress, dejection’s, malice and all sorts of blemishes of the human heart, and thereafter, keeping the whole world together in one unbreakable bond of pure, clear and wholehearted love of God. The name of that religion is “Prema Dharma” or religion of love propounded by Sri Gouranga.
In a very subtle way, the inevitable influence of Sri Gaura lila of this Kalpa will be revealing gradually, and after Kali’s untimely exist, in this Kaliyuga only the Prema Dharma (religion of love) will prevail throughout the rest of the period of Kali as the best Atma dharma (religion of self), and gradually people will realize the same being hallowed in its own glory.
At the present though Gour lila is withdrawn from here, the Prema seed which has been strewn in the world during that lila due to sure and infallible reactions of its influence in the near future from one corner of the earth to the other, the world will be flooded by a great flash of Prema dharma.
In the near future that pride of intellect of millions of intellectuals will be blown to pieces and they would roll on the feet of Bhakti Devi. Millions of untouchables and non Hindus will assemble and unite in the great arena of Nama yuga.
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* (Sanskrit – ancient Indic language, classical literary language of India)
Lord Siva said:
Oh beautiful lady (Parvati), know that the Visnu, Narada, Bhagavata, Garuda, Padma and Varaha Puranas are sattvika; the Brahmanda, Brahma-vaivarta, Markandeya, Bhavisya, Vamana and Brahma Puranas are rajasika; and the Matsya, Kurma, Linga, Siva, Skanda and Agni Puranas are tamasika.
Purāṇas are made just to complete Vedic knowledge, or supplementary addition to the Vedic literature. Because Vedic literature is very difficult to understand, therefore they have been expanded by the Purāṇas for different classes of men. So there are three divisions of the Purāṇas: sattvika Purāṇa, rājasika Purāṇa and tamasika Purāṇa.
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In der Vedischen Tradition gelten Kühe als heilig. Die Kuh repräsentiert auch die Mutter Erde.
Rindfleisch ist ein Stück Klimakatastrophe, sagen japanische Forscher.
Die Herstellung von einem Kilogramm Rindfleisch ist so klimaschädlich wie eine Autofahrt von 250 km. Das berichtet das britische Magazin „New Scientist“ mit Verweis auf japanische Forscher. Sie berücksichtigten unter anderem die Futterproduktion und das Methangas, das Rinder bei der Verdauung ausstoßen. Das Team um Akifumi Ogino vom Nationalen Institut für Vieh- und Weide-Forschung in Tsukuba hatte für die Studie Daten einer industriellen japanischen Rinderfarm verwendet.
Die Produktion und der Transport des Futters machen demnach mehr als zwei Drittel des Energieverbrauchs aus. Der Hauptanteil des Treibhauseffekts der Fleischproduktion gehe jedoch auf Methan zurück, das bei der Verdauung entsteht. Der gesamte Treibhauseffekt von einem Kilogramm Fleisch entspreche dem von 36,4 Kilogramm Kohlendioxid. Da die Forscher den Energieverbrauch einer Rinderfarm und den Fleischtransport nicht berücksichtigt hätten, sei der Klimaschaden von einem Kilogramm Fleisch noch höher als berechnet, schreibt das Magazin.
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Das Wort Vegetarier, das im Jahre 1842 von den Gründern der Britischen Vegetarischen Gesellschaft geprägt wurde, hat seine Wurzel in dem lateinischen Wort vegetus – unversehrt, gesund, frisch oder kräftig, wie in homo vegetus – ein geistig und körperlich gesunder Mensch.
Die ursprüngliche Bedeutung des Wortes beinhaltet eine philosophisch und moralisch ausgeglichene Lebenseinstellung, weit mehr als nur die Ernährung von Gemüse und Früchten.
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Transzendentales Wissen in Beziehung zum höchsten Herrn Hari ist Wissen, das zur völligen Beruhigung der Wellen und Strudel der materiellen Erscheinungsweisen führt. Solches Wissen stellt das Selbst zufrieden, weil es frei von materieller Anhaftung ist, und wegen seiner transzendentalen Beschaffenheit wird es von Autoritäten anerkannt. Wer wird sich nicht zu solchem Wissen hingezogen fühlen?
Srimad-Bhagavatam Canto 2, Kap. 3, Vers 12
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