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Regarding propaganda against animal slaughter

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"Regarding propaganda against animal slaughter in Back to Godhead,
please do not print any picture showing how a cow is being murdered in our
Back to Godhead, this will pollute the whole atmosphere. We are not meant for
moving anyone's sentiment against animal slaughter, we are neither Buddhists
or Jains, whose main propaganda is against animal slaughter. Even the
so-called vegetarians who do not take Krsna prasadam are as much sinful as the

Our propaganda is different, to make people Krsna conscious, which
automatically makes them sympathetic against any kind of animal slaughter.
According to Srimad-Bhagavatam, one living entity subsists on the life of other
living entities, either vegetarian or non-vegetarian. But we are neither of
them. We are not vegetarian nor non-vegetarian. We are transcendental. We
are concerned with Krsna prasadam. Try to popularize Krsna prasadam as you
have already done. People will naturally become vegetarian without any
ghastly propaganda.

The pictures of Mahajanas or similar pictures for propagating the Bhagavata
conclusion should be our objective. Other pictures, there are so many subject
matters, just like we follow 4 principles, say for example, illicit sex life, we can
publish so many pictures of illicit sex, but that will not advance our cause.
Similarly we may make propaganda against animal slaughter, but that will not
advance our real cause. Krsna consciousness is based on pure understanding,
not by any sentimental provocation. People must be intelligent enough to
catch up this Krsna consciousness movement without being carried away by
any sentimental wave. We should always remember that we do not belong to
any group like the karmis, jnanis, or yogis. We belong to pure devotional
service group, following the footprints of great Mahajanas.

Our purpose should be that we are on one side and all others, they are on
the other side. We deprecate everyone, even one who is against animal
slaughter. In the Caitanya-caritamrta, it is clearly said that there are two
classes of activities. Pious and impious. We do not favor any one of them.
Neither we favor any philosophical speculation, we simply stick to Krsna, and
wish to render loving transcendental service unto Him. That should be our
main objective, and the policy of Back to Godhead must be pursued on this line
of action.

I hope you will understand me rightly. Everyone who is not a Krsna
conscious person is a butcher. Even the so-called pious man, who is not in
Krsna consciousness, he is also a butcher. Because he is killing his own self. So
in our view, everyone is butcher and everyone is a thief also because he is
enjoying Krsna's property. So how we can discriminate who is honest and
dishonest, and butcher and not butcher? Our only test is how one is taking to
Krsna consciousness. Even a so-called butcher comes, we welcome him to
chant Hare Krsna."

(SPL to Rayarama, November 19th, 1968)

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