Meat production devastates the Earth. Eating meat degrades both the body and the spirit. Why not vegetarian? It is healthy, inexpensive, sustainable, and sumptuously delicious when properly prepared. Among with its other benefits, Krishna Lunch demonstrates how one can live a healthier life for themselves and the planet without meat.
What does karma-free mean?
Karma is a daily application of Newton's 3rd Law: "Every action produces an equal and opposite reaction." Having academic/legal/relationship/financial/health problems? That is karma, a direct reaction to something in your past. 'Karma-free' means action without any reaction. In terms of food, karma-free fare is bought, prepared, and served as an offering to God. Whether one knows it or not, eating such food is spiritually uplifting.
What is Krishna consciousness?
Krishna consciousness means making one's entire life karma-free by doing everything for God's pleasure. Outside of India, most people do not know Krishna as God. When asked, many people cannot describe or identify God, but they are sure He is not Krishna. Despite this bias, we in the Krishna consciousness movement are presenting the teachings of Bhagavad-gita that there is one God, He is a vegetarian, He plays the flute, He is in your heart, and He hears it when you say or sing His name. He is Krishna and becoming conscious of His all-pervading presence opens the door to a life of purpose, value, happiness, and satisfaction.
Why are you chanting Hare Krishna?
It is said that there is no sweeter sound in any language than the sound of one's own name. This is true for man as well as God. Krishna enjoys hearing any of His countless names. A person who repeats or sings these names, experiences an unexpected rush of happiness because God is the root of our existence and when we please Him, we become pleased.
What's with the sheets and salad dressing on your foreheads? (We get the salad dressing question more often than you might think!)
Clothes do not make the transcendentalist, but some Krishna devotees choose to wear traditional, folded robes because they are simple, comfortable, and always in style. As for the salad dressing, some devotees put it on their forehead because the halavah is too messy. Just kidding! The mark you sometimes see on devotee's forehead is called tilak, clay from a sacred Indian river that marks the body as a temple. It is a tradition similar to a Christian wearing a cross: a mark of devotion and dedication that inspires others.
If you have any other questions, feel free to ask a server at Krishna Lunch, visit Krishna House, or contact us.