Why Prabhupada Utilised Dairy In Mass From The Slaughterhouse Chain

Devotee : In New Zealand they have a hundred million tons of surplus milk powder, and they can’t sell it, so they decided to feed it to the pigs. They could send it all over the world.

Prabhupada: Why not take it free and send it to India?….. So I am requesting you that from India you take books and distribute, and in exchange, half the money you send us in powdered milk and ghee.

Room Conversation, February 25, 1977, Mayapur


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Harikesa: I was thinking also that Gopala Krsna could buy the milk powder from Bali-mardana by printing books for him. He could print the books in India for Australia…

Prabhupada: I have suggested already, already suggested that “Take milk powder and ghee from Australia, and every center distribute prasadam like anything.”

Room Conversation, February 27, 1977 Mayapur


Anywhere you keep cows. And what cows to maintain? No expenditure. The fruits? The skin thrown away, and the cow will eat. And in exchange it will give you nice foodstuff, milk. Or it will eat in the grazing ground, some grass. So there is no expenditure of keeping cows, but you get the best food in the world. The proof is that the child born simply can live on milk. That is the proof. So anyone can live only on milk. If you have got the opportunity to drink one pound milk maximum, not very much—half-pound is sufficient; suppose one pound—then you don’t require any other foodstuff. Only this cow’s milk will help you. It is so nice. And it gives very nice brain, not pig’s brain. So it is so important thing.

Prabhupada Lecture on SB 6.1.21 — Honolulu, May 21, 1976



The first thing I find in the taste of the milk. The milk which we are taking here is not at all comparable with New Vrindaban milk. Anyway, there must be a gulf of difference between city life and country life. As poet Cowper said, “Country is made by God, and city is made by man.” Therefore, my special request is that you should try to maintain as many cows as possible in your New Vrindaban.

[Prabhupada Letter to: Kirtanananda, Los Angeles, 24 June, 1969]



Letter to: Kunja Behari

19 January, 1977

Ashland, Kentucky

Dear Kunja Behari das,
Please accept my blessings. I have received your letter dated January 4th and have noted the contents. My instruction is that whatever food they serve, you should not eat meat, only bread, some butter, milk, vegetables and fruit if available. And always chant Hare Krishna. Then, it doesn’t matter whether you are in heaven or hell. Yes, it will be a great service, even in prison, if you can preach there. You should inform the authorities for protection if other prisoners attack you. We have no business there except chanting Hare Krishna.
Hoping this meets you in good health.

Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami



Letter to: Madhudvisa:

25 October, 1974


My Dear Madhudvisa Swami:
Please accept my blessings. In India ghee is required for our temples. I want to now if you can supply 200 lbs. per month in exchange for books.
I hope this meets you in good health.

Your ever well wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami


Letter to: Madhudvisa

Los Angeles
12 January, 1974


Dear Madhudvisa Maharaja,
Please accept my blessings. I beg to acknowledge receipt of your letter dated January 7, 1974.
Regarding the confusion you have about receiving book from India, you may go ahead and send ghee in exchange for the books. I have already discussed this with Karandhara. The books were given to India. From India there was no possibility of sending money. Therefore if you get the books you should send ghee in return.
I have seen the monthly book distribution report and your name, Australia, is first among the world distributers. This is very pleasing to me and indicates you are leading all others in preaching and spreading the mission of Krsna Consciousness.
As for obtaining a deity after the style of Bunkebehari, we shall discuss that further at another time whether it is possible.
I am going back to India via Honolulu on next Monday. I am very much encouraged by your activities in selling books. So not only you shall supply ghee in exchange of books supplied by Gargamuni Swami. In the future we may need large quantities of ghee in our different centers because after going back to India I shall see that in every temple food distribution goes on nicely. Australia is famous for producing wheat and milk products. My question is whether you can supply as contribution to our ISKCON centers in India, wheat and ghee in exchange of books. If it is possible then consult with the Trustees of BBT and consider the matter and do the needful.

Your ever well-wisher,
A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami



Hari-sauri: No. That’s not her. It’s another one. We’re just getting the ghee.
Brahmananda: She has brought some ghee.
Prabhupada: Oh. What is this, 3.92?
Bhagavata: Three dollars, ninety two cents, Australian money, for four pounds of ghee. Seven cans.
Prabhupada: So Australian dollar, about ten rupees?
Bali-mardana: No, it is less. Now, devalued.
Jayatirtha: Same as an American dollar now.
Bali-mardana: One dollar, eight. One dollar eight, US. Eight cents.
Prabhupada: So about ten rupees, Indian ten rupees.
Bali-mardana: Although the rate in India they give less, for some reason, because it was just devalued. So it’s about 8.90 for cash, about 9.70 for Australian travelers checks.
Prabhupada: No, the Amer…, is ten rupees. It is one kilo?
Bhagavata: This is two kilos. Four pounds, 6.5.
Prabhupada: So about five rupees per kilo. Very cheap.
Bhagavata: That’s forty rupees… No… Kg…
Bali-mardana: Forty per kg.
Bhagavata: No. It’s forty rupees for two kgs.
Bali-mardana: Yes. Twenty.
Bhagavata: Twenty rupees per kg. If you tried to buy some ghee in India now, butter ghee, you’d have to pay about twenty-five rupees.
Bali-mardana: But this… The export… The Australian ghee in Australia is cheaper. This is export quality, is much higher quality. Higher…
Prabhupada: Oh.
Bali-mardana: …price.
Prabhupada: Higher.
Bali-mardana: But now they are going to cut down the amount of ghee they make, because not many countries are buying ghee.
Prabhupada: India is not buying?
Bali-mardana: Not so much.
Prabhupada: They have learned to eat meat. Meat-eaters, they don’t like ghee. Meat-eaters, they say (Hindi). (laughter) “A dog cannot digest ghee.” Because they are meat-eaters.
Bhagavata: Here’s some more ghee.
Bali-mardana: These are all the book distributors. They have all come for your darsana with ghee. (laughter)
Bhagavata: Soon I will not be able to see you.
Jayatirtha: Also meat-eaters can’t stand the smell of ghee cooking. No?
Prabhupada: This ghee should be distributed in all our Indian centers.

Evening Darsana

February 25, 1977, Mayapura


Devotee (1): Tamala Krsna was saying to me earlier on, Prabhupada, last night, that it is very pleasing to you possibly if we can supply some ghee…
Prabhupada: Oh, yes.
Devotee (1): …from Australia. So I’m thinking that this might be good to do with any money that we have.
Gopala Krsna: What we have decided is that food relief money which Australia has to give, it’s going to send it in the form of ghee.
Prabhupada: That’s nice.
Gopala Krsna: We had a meeting, Jayapataka Swami, myself, and Bali-mardana…
Prabhupada: Very good.
Gopala Krsna: …that we’d sell to the temples, and then the temples would pay for it and that money would then go back into Food Relief.
Prabhupada: That’s nice.

Room Conversation

July 19, 1977, Vrndavana


Room Conversation, February 27, 1977 Mayapur:

Harikesa: I just suggested also that Gopala Krsna could…

Prabhupada: Instead of keeping in the bank, keep books stock. It will save. That principles let us follow. Simply keep the book that it may not be spoiled, it may not be stolen. Otherwise it is our…, as good as government currency notes. Take that. As soon as there is money, convert it into books.

Harikesa: I was thinking also that Gopala Krsna could buy the milk powder from Bali-mardana by printing books for him. He could print the books in India for Australia…

Prabhupada: I have suggested already, already suggested that “Take milk powder and ghee from Australia, and every center distribute prasadam like anything.” And in India at least, if you give them nice puri and chana preparation and sweet preparation from milk, oh, they’ll be so glad, both poor man and rich man. Yesterday I was eating kacuris. What is this kacuri? Made of ghee. Samosa, made of ghee; rasagulla, made of… Cow is so important. She can deliver so many nice preparations, sweet and salty. The whole world does not know how to eat. Like raksasas they are killing the poor animals. So we have to teach. This is an introduction of new type of civilization for making life successful.


Morning Walk, April 21, 1976, Melbourne:

Devotee (3): They have the “white Australia policy.” (break)

Prabhupada: …Chinese man, Indians, they will come in large number. But they will not allow. That is the difficulty.

Guru-krpa: There’s more cows in this country than people.

Prabhupada: They are killing?

Guru-krpa: They are eating them.

Prabhupada: And other countries, they are starving for want of milk. Therefore I say the United Nation simply barking dogs. What is the value if they cannot adjust? United Nation, all the nations should take advantage all the facilities offered, but that they will not allow. And they are named, “United.” Just see. Farce.

Devotee (1): In New Zealand they have a hundred million tons of surplus milk powder, and they can’t sell it, so they decided to feed it to the pigs. They could send it all over the world.

Prabhupada: Why not take it free and send it to India? (break) …of the world. Everything is sufficiently there, but still, some are starving and some are enjoying for want of Krsna consciousness.

Guru-krpa: The rascals, they try to blame everything on Krsna by saying, “Why is Krsna letting people starve?”

Prabhupada: Krsna is giving them sufficient. They are mismanaging. Still, Krsna is still bad. Envious. Krsna created this earth. Did He say, “This is for the Australians. This is for the Americans”? Did He say? Why you are keeping so much land as “Australia”? That is also Krsna’s fault? Australia was never given to the Englishmen. They came and they, by force they took it. So similarly America, the land was there.


Room Conversation, February 25, 1977, Mayapur:

Bali-mardana: Yeah. They call it “the train.” It’s bigger than a train.

Prabhupada: No, rooms are nice?

Bali-mardana: Yes. They’re not quite complete, but it’s very comfortable.

Prabhupada: So I am requesting you that from India you take books and distribute, and in exchange, half the money you send us in powdered milk and ghee.

Bali-mardana: Hm. Yes, I am prepared to order all the hardbound books from India. I’ve already ordered forty thousand Bhagavad-gitas and some four or five thousand Srimad-Bhagavatams.

Prabhupada: So make this arrangement.

Bali-mardana: But how will we arrange that?

Tamala Krsna: Well, there’s no problem. In other words, as long as we can get the import license… We’ll be able to get an import license.

Prabhupada: No, one thing can be done.

Hari-sauri: I don’t know how they’re going to do it.

Bali-mardana: Gopala wants me to make LCs for the books.

Prabhupada: Oh.

Tamala Krsna: LCs?

Bali-mardana: Letter of credits. I have to open a letter of credit for the full amount.

Tamala Krsna: So if he can get permission… Gopala has to get permission from Delhi that instead, fifty percent will be paid in the form of these milk products.

Prabhupada: Hm?

Tamala Krsna: He just has to get permission from Delhi. That’s all. Once he gets permission, there should be no problem.

Bali-mardana: Yes. I can work it out with Gopala. It is no problem.

Tamala Krsna: From your end you can arrange.

Bali-mardana: There’s no difficulty. They will be glad to export ghee.

Prabhupada: So wherever we have got center in India, just like this Mahesh Pandit, if we supply them the chana dal and puri and halava and nice, what is called, puspanna, his great-grandfather will come to eat.

Tamala Krsna: Wow. They’ll give up all their fish-eating, that whole community.

Prabhupada: So from this milk powder we can make this chana and dahi, and ghee is there.

Bali-mardana: Chana.

Tamala Krsna: Cheese.

Prabhupada: Cheese. And you produce in the farm milk and utilize and give the cows protection.

Bali-mardana: Yes. I was thinking that we should not increase the cows too many in the beginning…

Prabhupada: No.

Bali-mardana: …because I want to make sure they are maintained nicely.

Prabhupada: Yes. Maintain means fodder. Grow fodder. They will eat that leaf.

Tamala Krsna: Got a good cow man there?

Bali-mardana: Yes. A boy’s had experience. There is no problem. New Zealand also. We can either export from Australia or New Zealand. New Zealand is also very…, maybe even a little cheaper, but the shipping might be…

Hari-sauri: New Zealand milk products are…

Prabhupada: Oh, very cheap.

Bali-mardana: Where should we send? To one center?

Prabhupada: Send in Bombay.

Bali-mardana: Send to Bombay, and they can stock and then supply everywhere.

Hari-sauri: Balarama already knows about sending ghee.

Bali-mardana: Yes. I was just investigating it. They wanted some ghee in Hawaii.

Hari-sauri: They’ve already done two or three shipments to India before, so that’s already established.

Bali-mardana: No problem.

Tamala Krsna: International cooperation.

Prabhupada: For making devotees. It is not for business.

Bali-mardana: And the books are nice quality. No problem.

Prabhupada: You have seen?

Bali-mardana: Oh, yes.

Prabhupada: Yes, very nice.

Bali-mardana: Very nice quality.

Tamala Krsna: Now Bhagavatam will be there.

Bali-mardana: Any volume we want, they are prepared to print. We simply give them the volume. They will print.

Tamala Krsna: Yes, because he is giving such a big order that they can print the whole printing even for him.

Prabhupada: Oh, yes.

Bali-mardana: Five thousand they can print.

Prabhupada: And in Hyderabad let us produce grains. The grains, milk, ghee–then we can maintain hundreds and thousands of devotees in any place. Chant Hare Krsna and take nice food.

Bali-mardana: I know that Australia has been shipping some cows to India for increasing milk production, so we can also investigate that. If we have a farm in Hyderabad…

Prabhupada: Oh, yes.

Bali-mardana: …that might be productive.

Tamala Krsna: Yes. They can eat all the grains. There’s so much grains produced there.

Prabhupada: Arrange all this. Our philosophy is “Eat nicely, live nicely, and advance in Krsna consciousness.” First problem is eating. That we shall supply, no problem. Eating and clothing we shall give. And shelter. Make this propaganda. They put this logic, “If we chant Hare Krsna, who shall earn? Who will earn for us?” The Indians, they do that. Rascals, they do that. They do not know Krsna provides. So we give them that “You… I give you shelter, food, cloth. Chant Hare Krsna.”


Author: Mukunda dasa

I desire to fully surrender my life and soul to Srila Prabhupada. Then I can become instrumental in assisting him with his mission of delivering all the conditioned souls to the shelter of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and Sri Sri Radha Krishna.

2 Replies to “Why Prabhupada Utilised Dairy In Mass From The Slaughterhouse Chain

  1. Cow is mother, it was declared as such by great Acharya Swami AC Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada,
    Now we people are not as empowered as Adolf Hitler was, as he was empowered by Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna, so it is not possible for us to enact laws protecting animal life and give special care for cows,
    So the two beneficial acts which can be done
    1) either purchase the Processed packed milk from the departmental stores and offer it to Swami AC Bhaktivedanta Srila Prabhupada, thereby he would present it to Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna, WHICH WOULD UNDOUBTEDLY HELP THE SOULS TRAPPED IN THE COW’S BODY FOR ITS FURTHER SPIRITUAL ELEVATION.
    2) if you are able to maintain and economically stable, then purchase a Cow ,take good care of it, and get milk from cow and offer it to Swami AC Bhaktivedanata Srila Prabhupada and Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna.

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