Bhakti Myth and Folklore?
Krishna culture glorifies milk. Should that praise extend to industrialized milk—the processed and tampered product most people buy? And what about “blood milk”—cruelly wrenched from cows condemned to become hamburgers and steaks?
In the Bhaktivedanta commentaries, milk receives glowing commendation. We hear that milk is a miracle food that builds “fine tissues” in the brain—higher brain cells, the sacred texts say, necessary for comprehending subtle spiritual truths.
What do you think? Is it a well-intentioned yet timeworn exaggeration from the bhakti camp? Or maybe it is a Hindu myth affecting our spiritual teachers?
Check out this latest news:
According to a new study by researchers from the University of South Australia and University of Maine (USA), adults who consume dairy products at least once daily have higher cognitive function than those who rarely or never drink milk or eat dairy foods.
Those who consumed the most dairy products had the highest scores in an extensive cognitive test battery that included multiple measures of visual-spatial ability, verbal memory, working memory, reasoning ability, and executive functioning (the ability to plan, organize, and integrate cognitive functions).
As for those who seldom or never consumed dairy, it turns out they performed lower than average for this study population.
“What will it be today? We have Coca-cola, Pepsi, and 7-Up.” Milk consumption, the researchers note, has decreased worldwide in recent years. For example, in the United States, the decline has coincided with a dramatic increase in soft drink consumption.
How can one indeed drink milk without becoming implicated in the horrors of mass cow killing? I would say we cannot turn a blind eye either to the corrupted version of milk most people buy or to the atrocities befalling the cows, calves, and bulls of a slaughterhouse civilization.
It’s tough to avoid milk, and it’s tough to swallow the consequences of long-term living on violent milk.