Vaishnava Culture: Offering Bhoga

                                                                  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. I have always appreciated the morality in the four regulative principles, but I have not always kept them. I like the scriptures and I like studying them. I like the idea of chanting and devotional service. But for me, the chanting itself is often an absurd exercise in futility. Some days, I chant 16 rounds, some days none.

                                                                  I like the idea of offering food before eating it. But for me, when I do it, it usually feels like a silly game, as if I would be playing with a children's toy tea set. I don't mean to be disrespectful when I am saying this, this is just how it feels for me.

                                                                  Q. What is the significance of wearing Tulasi and tilok? Why should one fast in Caturmasya? Why do men wear shikas? Why should one offer food before eating it? [Editor's Note: Caturmasya is the four months of rain, from July to October]