Food: Eating Meat

                                                                  Q. 1. In our religion it is stated that we should not eat meat. However what is the difference between eating plants and eating animals? Either way we are killing a living entity. The only difference I see is that animals can voice their agony while plants cannot.

                                                                  Q. In your Krishna Consciouness literature it is always mentioned that the Supreme God is Lord Krishna, who is also known as Govinda, the protector of the brahmananas and the cows. People who know about Vedas or about Indian culture can understand and accept this. How can a man of a different religion or a different region accept this? How can we convince others that everybody in the universe is governed by the dietary laws of Vedas?

                                                                  Q. Your answer in Digest 245A is convincing when it comes to material fears. But I would like to know the following:

                                                                  1. In my school and home, I was taught not to sin and that God punishes those who sin. Can you kindly define "sin"?

                                                                  Q. In Srimad Bhagavatam (10.2.11-12,10) Lord Krishna blessed Mayadevi by saying, "In different places on the surface of the earth, people will give you different names, such as Durga, Bhadrakali, Vijaya, Vaisnavi, Kumuda, Candika, Krsna, Madhavi, Kanyaka, Maya, Narayani, Isani, Sarada and Ambika. By sacrifices of animals, ordinary human beings will worship you gorgeously, with various paraphernalia, because you are supreme in fulfilling the material desires of everyone."

                                                                  Q. In reference to this question and your answer pertaining to animal sacrifice, I would like to point out that in the Old Testament of the Bible, not only was Abraham instructed by the Lord to perform animal sacrifice, the Lord provided Abraham with an animal to sacrifice. Also, the apostle Paul was given the revelation by the Lord, that the dietary laws practiced by the Hebrews were no longer required, that all food, including meat, was clean to eat. Are these examples not clashes between Judaism/Christianity and the Vedas?

                                                                  Q. We have a family friend that has been attending the ISKCON temple for years (but not regularly). He has just recently started chanting. We are very happy for him and his progress to 10 rounds a day. My question is: he still has not given up eating meat totally, yet. Is it an offense to chant the Holy Name while still eating meat?