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Dandavat Pranam,

 

Please advise if devotees should participate in blood doation camp. Is it allowed for a human being to do this act as per Vedas? If Yes/No... why?

How to explain non devotees if this act is good or bad for a human being?

 

Hare Krishna!

 

Regards,

Artha Kadamb

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  • Hare krishna,

    Look what Bhakthi siddhanta sarasvati thakura told about donating money.

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    • Hare Krishna Gopal das prabhuji

      I too believe it's always good to give/donate blood if your body permits.  However in this forum there were some discussions on why it should be not given to unknown person.

      Well, I think many things that were applicable in satyug/treta yug /dwapar yug cannot be applied as it is kalyug.

      Different vedas often mention about performing act according to time ,place and circumstances.

      Vamshi mohan Das prabhu, thank you for this link. The point is very clear, helping/donating money/blood etc to unknown will not incur any bad karma ,neither will it deteriorate our Krishna consciousness.

  • Volunteer

    Hare Krsna Mataji. Life is full of problems, disease, and miseries. It is good to give blood. It will help somebody. We may also need blood because of a disease.

  • On this topic instead of delving too much into philosophical points and shastric references I think it is best to follow what Srila Prabhupada actually personally said on this matter. Here is the transcript. Please make your own conclusions:



    Prabhupada: No, the thing is, the material world... It is said, jivo jivasya jivanam: "One living entity has to eat another living entity to keep himself alive." That is the natural law. But you should have discrimination. Because you have to eat some other living entity, it does not mean that you will eat your own son. You cannot support that "Because I have to live by eating another living entity, so what is the wrong if I eat my son?" Therefore the Vedic injunction is tena tyaktena bhunjitha. You are given some jurisdiction. You can eat. And actually you do so. Because I have to eat something, we do not eat anything and everything. We have got discrimination. So according to Bhagavad-gita... Find out this verse, patram puspam phalam toyam yo me bhaktya prayacchati.
    Paramahamsa:                      patram puspam phalam toyam
                           yo me bhaktya prayacchati
                           tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
                             asnami prayatatmanahTranslation: "If one offers Me with love and devotion a leaf, a flower, fruit or water, I will accept it."Prabhupada: So our Krsna consciousness movement we accept what is eaten by Krsna. So Krsna wants these things: fruits, flower, vegetable, grains, milk. So we offer them and eat.
    Guest (2): Why not animals?
    Prabhupada: He does not say, "Give Me animals." Because we are Krsna conscious, we cannot take anything which is not accepted by Krsna.
    Guest (2): Are blood transfusions permissible, Swami?
    Paramahamsa: He says, "Are blood transfusions permissible?" When one is in an accident or cut and he loses blood, they take another man's blood and put it it. He says...
    Prabhupada: Well, that is not bad. Because if one life is saved by transfusion admission... He is not dying. He is living. He is contributing his blood. So if he is contributing, you are saving some life, there is no harm.
    Guest (2): But blood is animal tissue. (break)

    Prabhupada: How they liked?
    Paramahamsa: Um, the younger ones liked better. The nurse was asking where she could..., if she could refer people to visit us here, and I told her we don't know if this will be the permanent address, but as soon as we have a permanent address here I'll notify her. But she was wondering if she could send people, if the people would be welcome to come and visit and see the place here. And the Buddhist boy, he bought an incense from us. He said, "Where is that nice smell coming from?" I said, "Incense." He said, "I want some." The other gentlemen I don't... They're more set in their ways kind of men. I couldn't tell whether they were impressed or not. They don't express very well.
    Prabhupada: But all their questions were answered.


    • Hare Krishna Madan Gopal prabhuji

      Thank you for sharing this.

      I couldn't understand the last piece of discussion by paramahamsa. " Um, the younger ones liked better. ........."

      Would you able to explain this in detail.

      • Hare Krsna Dear Devotees,

        Pamho, Agstp,

         

        Very Interesting discussion.

        Can't help wondering my position in view of all these comments:

        I am currently in need of a kidney, I am on South Afica's national waiting list,what would my position be:

        a) if I get one from the national list as I dont know who it is coming from?

        b) A complete outsider/non devotee decide to offer one to me?

         

        Will I be accepting portion of their karma?

         

        Please advise?

         

         

         

         

         

         

        • Volunteer

          Hare Krishna Prabhuji, so sorry for Your condition! and request Devotees to pray for You!

          If we pay for the kidney then we won't get their bad karma. i am sure that that kidney is not free. or if somebody gives that voluntarily then it might be that you helped that person in your previous lives...or something like that.

          Your servant, and best fortune! 

          • Hk Mataji, pamho, AGSTP.

             

            Thank you for your reply, I hope that me receiving someone's kidney will result in them becoming KC.

            Unfortunately South African law does not permit paying for organs, its an illegal act.  There exists a national list of recipients and i have moved from no. 100 to 15 in two months, so Mahaprabhu is truly so extremely wonderfully merciful!!!......I simply try to get closer to him everyday, and leave the rest to HIM. 

            Vaishnav prayers can make the impossible possible.....Thanks for your prayers.....very very much appreciated...

            Hare Krsna,

        • They will get good karma for giving you a kidney. Yes, please do accept whatever kidney is available.

          • Hare Krsna,

             

            Thank you for your reply!!

             

            I will...I am patiently awaiting upon Krsna. i know that when the time, place and circumstances are right, Krsna will act decisively in this regard.

             

            Once again, thank you!

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