People who believe in God, especially who follow the Judeo-Christian tradition, are convinced that God created animals for humans to eat them. People who do not believe in a God do not care about such ethics...they are happy to eat anything that is dubbed as "proteinicious" and "tasty" by the scientific community. Combination of these two population constitute approximately 80% to 90% of the world population. The end result, the poor animals slaughtered and mis-treated in all possible ways. Unfortunately, not much sympathy is shown to these animals.
The scientific community foreseeing the costly nature of growing "real" animals and slaughtering them are working on "imitation" meat in laboratories. Billions of dollars are necessary to conduct research to make imitation meat a reality. We will not change our lifestyle by controlling our urge to eat flesh but rather spend billions in tax-dollars to artificially create meat in labs.
If we simply can control our urge to eat flesh and blood, we can save billions of dollars and siphon that dollars to help feed the poor and improve the standards of living across nations. While this is a theoretical reality, it will not happen as "man" needs his "flesh" and "blood". Unfortunately, majority of the population seem to think like this.
Anyways...enough of my ranting...this post was intended to copy an article of "imitation" meat that scientists are trying to develop. Apparently, there is not much funding for such a cause in the US. Read the interesting article where it broaches on the science of imitation meat.
Monday, January 24, 2011
Dutch student Walinka van Tol inspects the worm protruding from a half-eaten chocolate praline she's holding, steels herself with a shrug, then pops it into her mouth. "Tasty ... kind of nutty!" the 20-year-old assures her companions clutching an array of creepy crawly pastries at a seminar, which forecast that larvae and locusts will invade Western menus as the price of steak and chops skyrocket.
Van Tol and about 200 other tasters were guinea pigs for a group of Dutch scientists doing groundbreaking research into insects replacing animal meat as a healthier, more environmentally friendly source of protein.
"There will come a day when a Big Mac costs 120 euros ($163) and a Bug Mac 12 euros, when more people will eat insects than other meat," head researcher Arnold van Huis told a disbelieving audience at Wageningen University in the central Netherlands. "The best way to start is to try it once," the entomologist insisted.
Read the full article here
Window into the future of Kali Yuga! What else can I say!
Monday, January 17, 2011
Ever since I grew up in a Middle Eastern country, I was fascinated and captivated by the recitation of the Al Quran. The whole city stopped to a still to glorify God- Allah by recitng the Al Quran. I was attracted to the sincere calling of God's names.
My attraction continues.
Allahu Akbar - God is Great!
Monday, January 10, 2011
The above pictures depict the catastrophe by an earthquake in Haiti in 2010. The pictures courtesy Yahoo.
Who in the right mind will think to enjoy in this world. The Vedic literatures clearly speak about such dangers - Padam Padam Yadvipadam na tesam - that there is danger at every step. These pictures reinforce the danger. Of course as people who desire to seek spiritual truths should not be "disturbed" but should feel "compassion" and be reinforced of Krishna's warnings to mankind.
We have to take our human life seriously and not simply waste it on wane pursuits to material "enjoyment". What is the value of such enjoyment? Really...in one sense we all are going to end up something similar in the picture. Not everyone may experience an earthquake but suffering, and ultimately death is a truth we all will have to face.
We have to seek strength in a higher truth beyond the suffering and pains of this world. That higher truth is Krishna. Krishna says in the Bhagavad Gita (BG 3.27) that only He (Krishna) can help us in the time of need and none other. The only way we can remain calm in such trying circumstances is if we have faith that Krishna will protect us under all circumstances. This faith can be cultivated gradually by chanting His names.
Chanting Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare will give us the strength and faith to face trying situations in our lives.
In the San Diego ISKCON temple in USA, there was a gentleman called *Mr.Prakash*. He was a reserved type of person who would come regularly to the temple programs but never really showed a lot of enthusiasm in devotion.One day he had a severe heart attack and was rushed to hospital. During the surgery he almost passed away on four occasions. It was touch and go and he slipped into a coma. He remained that way for several weeks after. Badrinaryana Prabhu is a senior ISKCON devotee and was hence requested by Mr Prakash's wife to please visit her husband even though he was in a coma and pray for him. Badri prabhu dutifully obliged and several times went to his bedside and read from shastra and chanted to the unconscious Mr. Prakash.
One day Badri got a call from Mrs. Prakash saying “Please come quickly to the hospital. My husband has come out of the coma but he only wants to speak to you.” Badri went there to find some relatives and hospital staff gathered around his bedside.
When he saw Badri he began to speak. “Badri, four times they came, four times they came!” The relatives present thought he was talking about them. “Yes, we came several times but you were in a coma!” Mr. Prakash shook his head to indicate that was not what he was talking about. “No. Badri, four times they came!”
So then the hospital staff said, “Yes, we almost lost you four times! You were in a coma but somehow we saved you.” Again he shook his head. “No. Badri, four times they came!” Badri started to realize what he was referring to. “Who came prabhu? *The Visnudutas?*““No, it was the bad people *[Yamadutas]*!
They came the first time to take me away. But I told them ‘I am simply dependent on Lord Krsna.’ So they went away.” “Then they came a second time. Again I told them, ‘Do whatever you must, but I am simply depending on Lord Krsna.’ Again they went away.” “Then they came the third time, and told me they would take me away. I told them again, ‘You do whatever you must do, but I am dependent on Lord Krsna.’ Again they left.” “Then they came a fourth time. But this time some of the good people came (Visnudutas). When the bad people saw them they said ‘OK, we have no jurisdiction here’ and they left. Then I came out of my coma.”
He called Badri close and told him, *“Badri, before I was not serious. But now, 100%!”* commitment to bhakti. Mr. Prakash recovered and became one of the most enthusiastic Vaishnava.
Mr. Prakash was not a full-fledged devotee (initially) but he had some sense of dependence on Lord Krsna, so Krsna gave him the chance to increase his attachment.
source: story from a friend (via email)