ELM 2013 – Radhadesh – presentations
12th ISKCON European Leaders Meeting, Radhadesh, Belgium, October 5-6
Theme 1: Traditional Vaisnava diet: Milk in ISKCON
Today the animal rights lobbyists are very outspoken about animal welfare and often they advocate a vegan diet due to the cruelty inflicted on Mother cow in the dairy industry. Many devotees are being influenced by the vegan argument. We will have two presentations on this topic from different points of view. Is there anything different now than when Srila Prabhupada was physically with us that requires us to change the standard given by Srila Prabhupada with regard to a lacto vegetarian diet? Or should we continue with that standard using non ahimsa milk for the deities and devotees.
Milk in ISKCON: statement from the European leaders’ Meeting 2013
We deplore the slaughter of cows and regard it as completely unnecessary for the dietary requirements of human society.
We commit ourselves to a future when ISKCON’s self-sustaining communities and/or slaughter-free farms are able to provide the milk requirements of our ISKCON communities and projects.
Our preference will always be a lacto-vegetarian diet, in accordance with the teachings of Srila Prabhupada.
Until such time as cow-protection standard milk / slaughter-free milk is available, we will serve this lacto-vegetarian preference in the following ways.
- We will source better qualities of milk. (64%)
- We will completely avoid milk and dairy products. (23%)
- We will reduce our milk consumption generally. (13%)
- We will continue the current status quo. (0%)
Theme 2: Re-invigoration of book distribution in Europe
Book distribution is in decline in Europe. The purpose of this exercise is to explore ways to increase our book distribution. How to reinvigorate our traditional street distribution as well as exploring effective ways to open up new avenues of distribution. Such as hotels, hospitals, prisons, shops, libraries, mail order, internet, etc.
Book Distribution group workshops summaries (Download here.)
Theme 3: Kirtan Yoga
Kirtan is now the in-thing in many parts of the world including Europe. In many places other groups are way ahead of us as far as filling this growing need of the general public. While we cannot claim to be the sole inheritors of kirtan, we are certainly one of the first and main proponents of it in the west. That being the case we should not miss out on this current kirtan explosion. The next two presentations will give us all a template to follow to develop this program more.