Love for Life

0 Posted by - October 29, 2013 - Radhanath Swami

 

In my school, Vaishnavism, we base our teachings on the Bhagavad Gita. Krishna tells aham bija prada pita, that the one supreme truth, the one Supreme Lord of all living beings, of all religions, is the father and mother of every living being. Mamaivamsho jiva loke jiva bhuta sanatana, that the source of life, that person who is seeing through the eyes and hearing through the ears, who’s feeling and experiencing, who’s animating the body, that living force is a part of God, that living force is sacred. To the degree we actually come in contact with our own spiritual essence, our own real self, naturally we will feel concern for all living beings. It’s not just a matter of intellectual understanding; reverence for life comes from the heart, because in fact we are all connected.

Recently I was in a train from New York City to Washington D.C. And, a few seats ahead of me there were two men talking. I was trying to do my meditation, my chanting, but they were speaking really aloud. They were really upset, because from what they were reading in the newspaper, in one oriental country there was a slaughter house for dogs. They were outraged about how people in these oriental countries were uncivilized and cruel. “Can you imagine they are killing dogs?!” As I was listening, I was feeling for all those dogs who were being slaughtered, and I was also feeling for all of those life loving people in the form of animals who aren’t even acknowledged in their suffering and death. Gandhi said that the moral value of any society can be evaluated by how people treat animals. And my beloved guru Srila Prabhupada said that the barometry of spirituality of any society is how happy the cows and animals are.

–Radhanath Swami

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful article :).

  • kuldeep Soni

    “Gandhi said that the moral value of any society can be evaluated by how people treat animals. And my beloved guru Srila Prabhupada said that the barometry of spirituality of any society is how happy the cows and animals are”- Very striking !!

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing such a wonderful and beautiful article

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    People are horrified if dogs are killed. But what about slaughter houses where chickens, sheep, goats and cows are slaughtered so that people can enjoy eating them?

  • Ravi Garg

    Killing any animal for satisfying the tongue is a sin, be it a dog or cow or chicken…..

  • amit

    Thank you for sharing this wonderful article 🙂

  • amit

    thank you for sharing this article

  • Ravi

    Nice article…..

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Eye-opening article! Why don’t people think about other animals being killed? why only dogs? Isn’t there duality in their behaviour?

  • Rajesh

    Its true we have to make sure that we bring this awareness of compassion in as many people as possible.

  • amit

    thank you for sharing

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Reverence for life comes from the heart – very powerful statement. We should feel for all living entities not only a chosen few!

  • Kalpana Kulkarni

    Very true! If people are killing animals (just because they are unable to defend themselves) for the sense gratification of their palates only shows that they are insensitive to life and other living beings.

  • amit

    Beautiful and wonderful article

  • Gokul Sundari Devi dasi

    Great article. Jai Gurudev !!

  • Sumit Sharma

    Wonderful article. Thanks for sharing it!

  • sneha

    In India where the cow is to be respected and treated as mother, she is brutally slaughtered. How insensitive!

  • Rajeev

    Swami ji takes learnings from every situation of life. Wonderful.