It was a small Australian country town. My first impression was that this was a health food shop. It was called So and So Natural Foods and the signage in green and white conveyed an impression of freshness and lightness. Once inside, I realized that it was in fact a butcher’s shop. Some clever butchers “go with the flow” and advertise with slogans such as “chemical free”, “naturally grown” etc… etc.
I made my standard presentation, during which the fairly young attendant took hold of one of my “Higher Taste” copy. In butcher shops, I generally don’t mention the wonderful, karma free Hare Krishna vegetarian cookbook for obvious reasons. But this person was very much interested and revealed that his mother was in fact a vegetarian. For her, he purchased three vegetarian cookbooks by Kurma Prabhu and after thanking him, I left in total amazement at the varieties of Krishna’s sometimes-contradictory arrangements. I also gave him a complimentary copy of one of Srila Prabhupada’s books as per standard procedure: in this case “Renunciation Through Wisdom”.
Let us remember Srila Prabhupada words to the effect that “There is no justice when there is animal-killing. “ in Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.24, purport. Here is the full passage:
“…There are two types of animal-killers. The soul is also sometimes called the “animal” or the living being. Therefore, both the slaughterer of animals and those who have lost their identity of soul are animal-killers.