All Glories to the Higher Taste of Book Distribution
Some time ago, a young lady in Armidale NSW, Australia, told me that her father became a vegetarian after reading A Higher Taste. She also told me how she became a vegetarian. She was working on a farm and felt attached to a gentle, attractive calf. After some time, she noticed the calf's absence and brought up the matter over lunch.
The answer to her question about the calf's whereabouts was: "You are eating that calf."
That made her a vegetarian out of disgust. She bought a copy of one of Kurma Prabhu's four illustrated cookbooks.
On Friday, August 24th, two ladies in Tweed Heads NSW, told me that after they read in the Higher Taste cookbook that by eating meat, one becomes the graveyard of these dead and decomposing lumps of flesh, they both became vegetarians. No doubt, there are many such true stories worldwide.
Whence the comment of Scott Smith in the Vegetarian Times: "The International Society for Krishna Consciousness is doing a superb job of letting people know that vegetarian food is healthful, delicious, and pleasing to the eye."
We note his use of the word "superb." In the first paragraph of synonyms for "superb" in my New Oxford American dictionary, I see: "excellent, superlative, first-rate, first-class, outstanding, remarkable, marvelous, magnificent, wonderful, splendid, admirable, noteworthy, impressive, fine, exquisite, exceptional, and glorious."
Some devotee may object that the ultimate purpose of Krishna Consciousness is not to become a vegetarian. Indeed, we all know that the actual purpose is to become fully Krishna conscious. But in answer to such an objection, we may quote Srila Prabhupada:
"There are two types of animal-killers. The soul is also sometimes called the 'animal,' or the living being. Therefore, both the slaughterer of animals and those who have lost their identity of soul are animal-killers. Maharaja Pariksit said that only the animal-killer cannot relish the transcendental message of the Supreme Lord. Therefore if people are to be educated to the path of Godhead, they must be taught first and foremost to stop the process of animal-killing as above mentioned. It is nonsensical to say that animal-killing has nothing to do with spiritual realization. ….The rejection of the Vedas by Lord Buddha was adopted in order to save people from the vice of animal-killing as well as to save the poor animals from the slaughtering process of their big brothers who clamor for universal brotherhood, peace, justice and equity. There is no justice when there is animal-killing." (Bhag. 1.3.24p)
Yadavendra Das Byron Bay NSW, Australia