Srila Prabhupada

Summary: Finding purity in Kali-yuga is next to impossible! How to adjust, then, for those who are striving for a pure spiritual life? Here are some instances in which our founder-acarya decided where to draw the line in a few specific cases. The final quote defines Realization in relation to the transparent rendering of exact verbatim quotes.

Reading Assignment

a) Animal Rennet (Transcendental Diary, Hari Sauri, Volume 1; April 6, 1976

Srila Prabhupada

From reading Srila Prabhupada's comments on leather we can see his mood was that only if it was absolutely necessary could we use leather or other products that came from violence, but otherwise to not use them even if given to us. His instruction was to search for a nonviolent alternative.

Reading Assignment

a) Room Conversation and Interview with Ian Polsen -- July 31, 1972, London

Ian Polsen: There is another question, Your Grace. I wear leather shoes, and I know they come from animals...

Prabhupada: Huh?

Ian Polsen: ...which have been slaughtered for this. Should I stop wearing leather shoes?