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MAYA is strong but KC is more strong

A young hippy asked Srila Prabhupada, "If our purpose is to go back toGodhead, why is Maya so strong?" Without the slightest hesitation SrilaPrabhupada profoundly and poetically answered, "Because your purpose is notstrong."In other words Maya, the Lord's illusory energy, only has power over us tothe extent that we are not determined to go back to home, back to Godhead.If we are determined to become fully Krishna conscious and not take birthhere again in this material world, the material energy will be powerless todo anything to stop us from achieving our goal.So instead of being weak in our determination, we must become powerful inour determination. How to do that? Srila Prabhupada taught us thatover-indulgence in sense-gratification, especially sex life, makes us weakin our determination. This is why one of the most important regulativeprinciples followed by a Krishna conscious person is "No illicit sex life."By limiting our sexual activities only to procreation we gain a great powerof determination that makes us solidly fixed on the transcendental platform.The great example of a devotee so fixed is Srila Haridas Thakur. He wasengaged in chanting 300,000 names of God daily in a secluded hut. This wasabout 500 years ago in India. The Muslim political leaders were not happy tosee that a converted former Muslim had now become recognized as a greatVaisnava saint. So they conspired to ruin his reputation by sending abeautiful prostitute to seduce him in the dead of night. The prostituteundressed herself before the sage and begged him for sexual intercourse. Hetactfully told the lady that first he had to finish his chanting and hewould then satisfy her desire. So he chanted all night without fulfillingher desire on the plea of not having finished his chanting. He thenapologized telling her to come again on the 2nd night, that he would thensatisfy her. The same thing happened on the 2nd night because he still hadnot completed his chanting. This time he assured her that if she came againon the 3rd night he would definitely fulfill her desire. On the third nightthe prostitute had become so purified by hearing the constant chanting ofthe Hare Krishna mantra from the lips of Haridas Thakur that in great shameshe fell at his feet and begged forgiveness by having tried to pollute him.In this way by the great determination of Haridas Thakur to remain firmlyfixed in his vows of chanting, he was able to withstand the attack of thematerial energy in the form of the prostitute.Even if we are not so strong in our determination to chant 300,000 names ofGod daily and spend three nights all alone with a naked beautiful youngprostitute without falling down, at least we can we chant 16 rounds dailyand strictly follow the four regulative principles:1. No illicit sex2. No intoxication3. No meat eating4. No gamblingThis will give us sufficient strong to remain fixed solidly in Krishnaconsciousness 24 hours daily and become fully qualified for going back tohome, back to Godhead at the time of death.
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innocent killing materialistic people

Americans consume almost a quarter of all the beef produced in the world. Every 24 hours 100,000 cattle are slaughtered in the United States; the average American consumes the meat of seven 1,100- pound animals in his or her lifetime.According to a report by the U.S. Surgeon General, more than 70 percent of deaths in this country -- more than 1.5 million annually -- are related to diet, particularly the over- consumption of beef and other foods high in cholesterol and saturated fat. Study after study confirms that consumption of red meat is a primary factor in the development of heart disease, strokes, and colon and breast cancer. The American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society, the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Pediatrics all recommend that people reduce their consumption of red meat and other animal-derived foods, and eat more grain, fresh vegetables, and fruits instead.The beef addiction of the United States and other industrialized nations has set off a global food crisis. Today, hundreds of millions of cattle are being fed precious grain so that American and European consumers can enjoy the pleasures of "marbled" beef. Meanwhile, nearly one billion people suffer from hunger and malnutrition, and between 40 and 60 million people -- mostly children -- die each year from starvation and related diseasesCurrently, more than 70 percent of the U.S. grain harvest -- and more than one third of the grain produced in the world is fed to cattle and other livestock. We could provide proper nourishment to more than a billion people if we used the world's agricultural lands to grow food for human consumption rather than feed for cattle and other livestock.Forests, particularly the rain forests of Central American and the Amazon, are being burned and cleared to make way for cattle pasture. Since 1960, more than 25 percent of the Central American forests have been lost to beef production -- most of it for export to the United States and Europe. It has been estimated that for every quarter-pound fast-food hamburger made from Central American beef, 55 square feet of tropical forest -- including 165 pounds of unique species of plants and animals -- is destroyed.Nearly half of the world's land is being used as pasture for cattle and other livestock. In addition, hundreds of millions of acres of arable land are being used to grow feed for livestock.Even Ethiopia at the height of its famine in 1984 was using some of its agricultural land to produce linseed cake, cottonseed cake, and rapeseed meal for export to feed livestock in Europe.Currently, one third of the world's grain is fed to livestock. In the United States, 70 percent of the grain produced is fed to livestock; and two thirds of all the grain the United States exports to other countries goes to feed livestock rather than hungry people.This misappropriation of resources is the direct result of economic policies and programs adopted by the developing world at the urging of the industrial nations, multi-national corporations, and international aid-givers.The United States has encouraged developing countries to climb the protein ladder in order to provide a market for surplus American grain. At the same time, developing countries have been encouraged to enter the world commodities market with livestock feed to pay off their considerable debt to the first world. Today, production of livestock and livestock feed for the world market is supplanting the production of staple foods in many developing countries.In Mexico, for example, where millions of people are chronically under-nourished, one third of the grain produced is fed to livestock. In Brazil, where 23 percent of the cultivated land is now being used to grow soybeans -- half of which is destined for export for livestock feed -- less land is available to grow corn and black beans, staples of the Brazilian peasant diet. The result has been less food at higher prices for an increasingly hungry and impoverished population.Beef industry workers are among the most exploited inhumanely treated workers in the United States. Meat-packers, for example, suffer from one of the highest rates of injury of all occupations. Working conditions are often dehumanizing and primitive. Employee turnover is as high as 4.7 percent a month at some plants -- a situation that is often deliberately encouraged in order to discourage union activity. According to Eleanor Kennelly of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, "A meat- packing plant is like nothing you've ever seen or could imagine. it's like a vision of hell."Imagine what would happen if every American decided today to cut his or her beef consumption in half.The Chinese study found that Chinese consume 20 percent more calories than Americans, but that Americans are 25 percent fatter. That's because 37 percent of the calories in the U.S. diet comes from fat, whereas less than 15 percent of the calories in the rural Chinese diet comes from far. The study also found that 70 percent of the protein in the Western diet conies from animal sources and 30 percent from plants. In China, only 11 percent comes from animal products and 89 percent from plants.4if worldwide agricultural production were shifted from livestock feed to food grains for direct human consumption, more than a billion people could be fed -- the precise number which currently suffer from hunger and malnourishment.8The present level of human malnutrition—twenty percent—is the highest in human history.· Nearly half of the earth's landmass is used as pasture for cattle and other livestock. On very rich grasslands, two and a half acres can support a cow for a year. On marginal grazing land, 50 or more acres may be required.13"When we kill the animals to eat them, they end up killing us because their flesh, which contains cholesterol and saturated fat, was never intended for human beings."
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