Whenever someone hears about a vegetarian diet, the common question is, “But what can you eat if you don’t eat meat, fish, or eggs?” How sad it’s is to see what advertising has done to us, particularly our young folk! They grow up with the vast majority of food commercials on TV showing them the benefits of deep-fried chicken, fast-food hamburgers, “lite” beer, and the like. Rarely is there mention of the grains, beans, vegetables, and fruits that for centuries have made up the staple diet of most people around the world. So all too often youngsters end up thinking “food” means “meat.” ...
I consider the step to vegetarianism, and in particular, the understanding of it, the most important step in my life. It has changed my health for the better, but more importantly, it has changed how I view life. Only after changing to a vegetarian diet did I truly understand the phrase “reverence for life.” When I hear people say, “But a little meat won’t hurt me,” that may be true, but what a selfish way of looking at things. If you asked a cow or a chicken or a fish how it felt about “that little piece”...
So wherever you are in your level of understanding about nutrition, give Kurma’s recipes a try. Through his TV cooking series and video tapes, he has helped thousands of people realize the sheer versatility of vegetarian cooking.
If you sincerely make the effort to follow his instructions and recipes, you’ll discover a whole new world of enjoyment. You will be amazed at how good food really can be. Happy eating.
Excerpt from the Forward by Peter Burwash - Tennis Professional and founder of Peter Burwash International.
The worldwide fame of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, later known as Srila Prabhupada, was to come after 1965–after he arrived in America. Before leaving India he had written three books; in the next twelve years he was to write more than sixty. Before he left India he had initiated one disciple; in the next twelve years he would initiate more than four thousand. Before he left India, hardly anyone had believed that he could fulfill his vision of a worldwide society of Krishna devotees; but in the next decade he would form and maintain the International Society for Krishna Consciousness and open more than a hundred centers. Before sailing for America, he had never been outside India; but in the next twelve years he would travel many times around the world propagation the Krishna consciousness movement.
Although his life’s contribution may appear to have come in a late burst of revolutionary spiritual achievements, the first sixty-nine years of his life were a preparation for those achievements. And although to Americans Prabhupada and his teachings were an unknown sudden appearance–“He looked like the genie that popped out of Aladdin’s lamp”–he was the stalwart representative of a centuries-old cultural tradition.
If asked how humans have progressed over the past centuries, most people would point to technology and science and the knowledge and luxuries they have brought. But how do these things satisfy the soul’s desire for happiness and eternal life. His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, one of the greatest philosophers of the twentieth century, implores us not to lose sight of our true hankering’s and needs. Technology and science are good and have their place, but shouldn’t distract us from our most important pursuit: to transcend this world and awaken our spiritual nature.