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101. How many species of living beings are there?
jalaja nava lakshani, sthavara laksha-vimshati, krimayo rudra-sankhyakah, pakshinam dasha-lakshanam, trinshal-lakshani pashavah, chatur lakshani manavah (Padma Purana)
The above was written down 5000 years ago.

This is another unique piece of information from the Vedic scriptures. There are 8.4 million different species or bodies that the soul can reside in. Not all the species are present on this planet and not all the species are manifested all the time.

Shri Krishna

Jalaja (Water based life forms) – 0.9 million
Sthavara (Immobile implying plants and trees) – 2.0 million
Krimayo (Reptiles) – 1.1 million
Pakshinam (Birds) – 1.0 million
Pashavah (animals) – 3.0 million
Manavah (human-like) – 0.4 million
Total 8.4 million species of living beings

102. Are animals our brothers and sisters?
Yes. All living beings including the animals and plants have a soul, as they are created by the one God. Consciousness is a sign of the existence of the soul, and thus the animal and plant bodies also have souls, because they also have consciousness. They are our brothers and sisters, that’s why we should not eat our helpless brothers and sisters, the animals. The heart of every living being contains the individual soul, and the super soul, Lord Krishna.

“I am the super soul, situated within the heart of all living beings. I am the origin, the middle, and the end of all living beings.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 10.20)

We should not destroy the plant life in our gardens. We should plant more fruit, vegetable, and flower bearing plants in our gardens.

103. Does the Bhagavad-Gita preach meat eating?
Absolutely not.
God (Lord Krishna) is a pure vegetarian. He doesn’t eat the flesh of animals.
“If a pure hearted person, offers me with devotion, a leaf, flower, fruit, or water. I will accept it.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 9.26)

God is the father of all living beings and thus He would not order some of His children (the humans) to eat His other children (the animals). Thus, the followers of God must not eat meat, fish, eggs, or buy items made from animals like leather.

We should offer all plant foods to God before we eat. So in this way, we will be released from any sins we unknowingly commit.

“The righteous persons eat food that is first offered to Me. They are released from all kinds of sins. But those who don’t offer food to Me before eating, are committing sin.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 3.13)

Based on the above verse, we can only eat food that is first offered to Lord Krishna, and since He does not accept meat, fish, or eggs. We cannot eat these either.

Some meat eaters say I didn’t kill the animal, and so I cannot be punished. Well in the courts, the accomplices of murderers are also punished by the Judge. In a similar way, the following seven accomplices are all equally responsible for animal murdering, and they are all punished by the Supreme Judge, Lord Krishna:

“He who permits the slaughter of an animal, he who cuts it up, he who kills it, he who buys or sells meat, he who cooks it, he who serves it up, and he who eats it, must all be considered as the slayers of the animal.” (Manu-smriti 5.51)

# Those who permit the killing
# Those who cut up the animal
# Those who kill the animals
# Those who buy or sell the meat
# Those who cook the meat
# Those who serve the meat
# Those who eat the meat

104. Why do Hindus consider cows as sacred?
The cow gives milk, which every human being drinks from birth till death. The human mother drinks cow milk, which is turned into human milk and drunk by babies via the mother’s breasts. Then as the baby grows up it drinks cow milk in bottles and then in cups. Children and adults drink cow milk and eat foods made from cow milk. Foods such as ice cream, yogurt, cheese, curd and other preparations made from these. Thus, the cow is the most valuable animal to the humans. It’s for this reason that Hindus consider the cow as sacred and thus give it all respects by treating her like a mother and treating her well, because she (the cow) treats humans like her own children by giving us her milk. Even though the cow is an animal, the Hindus have appreciation for her due to her contribution to the humans (milk). This is the highest level of humanness, to be grateful even to the animals.

Those who are wicked and ungrateful, will drink the milk of cows and then cut her throat and eat her.

The benefits of cows to humans:
# They give the best food for humans, milk. Which the scientists’ state is the most complete food, full of vitamins, protein, and calcium. Cow milk is the number one food item for humans which is taken every day. Without cows there would be no ice cream, no cheese, no pizza, no yogurt, and so on.
# Cow dung is the best fertilizer and it’s also used as fire wood for cooking and heating, each cow produces many tons of dung each year.
# Cow urine is clinically proven to be anti-septic (pure) and is used in medicine including treatment of cancer.

It’s evil and wicked man made ideologies that makes humans into killers of those who provide so many benefits to humans, cows.

105. What is leather?
Leather items like sofas, car seats, jackets, handbags, and chair covers, are mainly made from cows. This means cows are killed so you can sit on them or wear them. Don’t buy leather, buy cloth sofas, cloth car seats, cloth clothing, and clothe bags.

We should not buy anything made from any animal.

106. Is killing plants and animals the same?
Cutting the throat of chickens and cutting grass is not the same. When we take the fruits and vegetables, in most cases, we don’t actually kill the plant. We are just taking a by-product of the plants. For example, when we take an apple off a tree, we are not killing the apple tree. But when we take the leg of a chicken, we are killing the chicken. If you live with animal killers, then the chances are very high that you will become a killer too, and so will your children. In this way, a whole generation starting from you will become killers. Therefore minimize your association with killers.

Who are these souls in animal bodies that are being killed and eaten? They are ex-humans who ate animals and now it’s their turn to be eaten. An eye for an eye, life for a life, this is the law of nature, karma.

107. What does the letter from our most humble friends say?

My Dear Humans,
YOU HAVE FEELINGS, WE ALSO HAVE FEELINGS
YOU FEEL PAIN, WE ALSO FEEL PAIN
YOU GET NERVOUS, WE ALSO GET NERVOUS
YOU HAVE A FAMILY, WE ALSO HAVE A FAMILY
YOU WANT TO LIVE, WE ALSO WANT TO LIVE
YOU ARE LIVING BEINGS, WE ARE ALSO LIVING BEINGS
YOU WERE CREATED BY GOD, WE WERE ALSO CREATED BY THE SAME GOD
YOU HAVE CONSCIOUSNESS, WE ALSO HAVE CONSCIOUSNESS
YOU HAVE A SOUL, WE ALSO HAVE A SOUL
YOU ARE VERY FEARFUL, ESPECIALLY IF SOMEONE TRIES TO KILL YOU, WE ARE ALSO VERY FEARFUL
YOU WOULDN’T LIKE TO HAVE YOUR THROAT CUT, WE WOULDN’T EITHER
YOU ARE NOT FOOD FOR US, WE ARE ALSO NOT FOOD FOR YOU
Yours faithfully,
Signed: Your most humble friends (Cows, Chickens, goats, pigs, and others)

108. What are the three gates to hell?
“Lust, anger, and greed are the three gates that leads one to hell. One must give up these qualities.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 16.21)

The motivation for most crimes and sinful activities can be linked to lust, anger, and greed.
109. Keeping pets is bad for the pets and humans?

Yes. It’s cruel to keep pets because the animals are deprived of their natural life in their own environment with their own kind.

Would you like to live in a cage?
Would you like to live in an air pocket in the water?
Would you like to be locked up all your life?
Would you like to be deprived of socializing with others?
No? Well, do you think the helpless birds love to live in a small cage all their life? Do you think fish love being locked up in a small air pocket (tank) all their life? Do you think dogs love to be deprived of socializing with their own kind and living their natural life with their own kind?

If you love animals like dogs, cats, birds, fish, and others, then let them be free by allowing them to live in their own natural environment, with their own kind.

Some people think that by keeping their pet in their 5 star home is better than the jungle for the pet. Well, would you like to live in a 7 star hotel alone, all your life?
Another reason why you should not keep pets is that, if at the time of death, you think of them, then you will become one of them. This means that if you think of your dog at the time of death, then you will get a dog’s body, without fail. Then the humans will pick up your stool, if you live in countries like America.

“Whatever nature, one has at the time of death. That nature he will attain without a doubt.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 8.6)

If you have served a dog in your life then you will naturally think of a dog at the time of death. Thus you will attain a dog’s nature (become a dog). Why do you think there are dogs in the first place? The variety of species is due to the variety of mentalities that souls in human bodies developed. If you have served God in your life then you will naturally think of God at the time of death. Thus, you will attain Lord Krishna’s nature, which is a beautiful body, full of bliss, full of knowledge, and eternal.

“Whoever thinks of Me [Krishna] at the end of life, attains My nature, without a doubt.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 8.5)

In this short life, you can serve Lord Krishna (God) and get the nature of Lord Krishna (beautiful, blissful, loving, full of knowledge, eternal), or serve dogs, and get the nature of dogs (4 legs, barking). The choice is yours. Some people say the life of a dog is better than that of humans in countries like America/Sweden. Well you could also become a dog in Taiwan/China/Africa, where dogs are eaten.

110. Is abortion bad or good?
Abortion is very bad.
Would a mother kill a child she has seen? No! Just because the child is in the womb and not seen, does it mean that the child is not the mothers’ or does it mean the child is not alive in the womb?

From the second a woman becomes pregnant, a new soul has entered into the woman’s womb. This means a unique living being with consciousness is now in the womb of the mother. Only a stonehearted and very cruel mother would kill this unique living being.

“All living entities are My eternal fragmental particles. Due to material nature, they are conditioned by the six senses, including the mind, and struggle very hard.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.7)

All living beings belong to God, and thus, we have no right to take away life (human or animal).

111. Can you digest your food?
If you can digest your food then you should thank Lord Krishna, because Lord Krishna is the fire of digestion. Without God, no living being can digest food.

“I am in the bodies of all living beings as the fire of digestion. I unite with the ingoing and outgoing air, and I digest the food.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 15.14)

Yet another proof of Krishna as God, some people say God willing in their daily conversations. Without the will of God, we can’t even digest food.

112. Do you enjoy water and sun light?
If you drink water and are able to see due to the light, then you should thank Lord Krishna, because He is the taste of water and the light of the sun and the moon.

“I am the taste of water, the light of the moon and sun, the syllable ‘aum’ in the Vedic scriptures, the sound vibration in ether, and the ability in man.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.8)

Every time you drink water, you should thank Lord Krishna, because He is the taste of water. When you wake up in the morning, you should thank Lord Krishna, because He is the light of the sun and in the evening He is the light of the moon. If you are able to do anything, then you should thank Lord Krishna, because He is the ability in man.

113. Why is life full of ups and downs?
One time we are very happy and another time we are sad. This is the law of nature. We can’t always be happy nor can we always be in distress. Just like the stock market, for some period of time, it goes up, for some periods it goes down, and sometimes it crashes.
Don’t be disturbed when there is joy or sorrow in your life. They will come and go like the seasons. Instead, work towards ending this cycle of ups and downs, by following the Vedic principles, of which the highest principle is to surrender unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Krishna.

“The winter and summer seasons will come and go. In a similar way, due to one’s perception, happiness and distress will come and go. One should learn to tolerate them, without being disturbed.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 2.14)

114. Who are the Demigods?
The demigods are very powerful living beings who are assigned the task of maintaining nature (wind, rain, plants, oceans, clouds, earth..). There are 330 million (33 crore) demigods in this universe, they are more powerful than us, but they are not God. They are like the vice presidents, and directors in a corporation.

Many people think that there are millions of Gods in the religion of India, but this a mistake. In the Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna is referred to as the Godhead, which means the head of all Gods. The word ‘God’ in the Vedic sense means someone who is in control, and not necessarily the supreme controller, the God. There are 330 million gods (controllers), and one Godhead (supreme controller), Lord Krishna.

Lord Brahma is the vice president of creation. It’s his job to create everything within the universe at the beginning of each cycle.
Lord Shiva is the vice president of destruction. It’s his job to destroy everything within this universe at the end of each cycle.
Indra is the director of the heavenly planets. Durga is the director of material energy and so on. In this way the demigods perform various tasks in the universe. All the demigods report to Lord Krishna directly or indirectly. Just like in a corporation, everyone reports to the CEO, either directly or indirectly.

115. How great are the Demigods?
When 8.64 billion years pass on Earth, one full day passes for Lord Brahma and his life span is 311 trillion, 40 billion years. He can walk on air, and water. He has created a whole universe with food, brought back the dead, and traveled from one planet to another without any machine and so on.

There are millions of Brahmas, one in each universe. This universe we live in is the smallest one. There are other universes, which are much bigger than ours.

Those with the mentality of a bacteria (most of us) will find the above hard to digest.

116. Should the Demigods be worshipped?
No. The demigods should be respected but not worshipped.

“One who knows Me [Krishna] as the beneficiary of all sacrifices, penances, austerities, and the supreme Lord of all the planets, demigods, and the well-wisher of all living beings, can attain peace from the miseries of material life.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 5.29)

Krishna is the Lord of all the demigods and thus you should only worship Lord Krishna.

“Those who are less intelligent, worship the demigods. The results achieved by worshipping the demigods are temporary, and after this life they go to the planets of the demigods. My devotees go to My supreme planet.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 7.23)

Those who are less intelligent will worship the demigods and they will get limited and temporary benefits and at death, they will go to the material planets of the demigods. On all the material planets, life is full of misery, old age, disease, and death. Those who worship Lord Krishna will go to His supreme planet, where one will get a beautiful body that is eternal, full of bliss, knowledge, and no misery.

117. Does Satan really exist?
No, when humans engage in violence against any living being, hatred, wickedness, lust, greed, anger, pride and so on, they have become Satanic. There is no species of living beings that are Satan. Any human who engages in sin is called the Satan, until he stops all sinful activities.

Some people foolishly stone walls, as they think this will kill the Satan. They should stone themselves whenever they engage in sinful activities like wickedness, hate, violence, intolerance to other faiths, killing of animals and so on. This will really stop the satanic values.

God does not create Satan (evil, wicked, full of hate, violent, intolerant, and terrorist), rather people become satanic due to evil ideology and bad association.

118. Is Bollywood demonic?
Yes.
The theme of most Bollywood movies is lust and materialism. By Vedic standards, a half-naked girl dancing is called a prostitute, and those watching her are promoting prostitution. By watching Bollywood movies, you will slowly and unknowingly attain the demonic qualities that are portrayed in movies. These are meat eating, gambling, lust, greed, anger, materialism, and ignorance of spirituality.

The simple fact is that what you see and hear on TV will eventually manifest in your home and life. This means lust, greed, anger, ignorance of spirituality and so on. You should not watch Bollywood movies, unless you want to degrade yourself, and move down in life (lower species).

119. Is America the supreme destination?
Most people in India and many other countries are crazy about America. They want to go to America and become American Citizens. What is the difference between life in India and America?

# There is old age in India and America
There is disease in India and America
# The death rate in India and America is the same, 100%
# Outside India there is more spiritual degradation
# Most people in India know that we are the soul and those outside think we are the body (no spiritual knowledge)

The destination for all living beings should be the abode of God. Where you will get a beautiful body which is eternal, full of bliss, full of knowledge, no old age, no disease, no death, and there is no need to work.

For millions of years, India was pure and prosperous but now it has become degraded due to Indians becoming beggars of foreign cultures and technology, instead of being givers of India’s greatest asset, spiritual knowledge.

“The supreme destination, which is infallible, the ultimate destination, a place from which, once having reached it, one never returns. That is My supreme abode.” (Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-Gita 8.21)

A short life on the land of Bharat-varsa (India) is better than a lifetime on the planet of Brahmaloka, where the lifespan is trillions of years. Because after a long life on Brahmaloka, one must return to this or other planet and go through the repeated cycle of birth, old age, disease, misery, and death. In one short lifetime in India, if one can elevate his consciousness to Krishna consciousness, then the result will be that this will be the last material life. At death, the soul will be immediately transferred to the spiritual abode called Vaikuntha. There one can live in a beautiful body eternally, with no problems. Even the demigods, who are now living on the higher planets, wish to take birth in India when they end their current life. This is because outside India, there is godlessness. However, India is very quickly becoming degraded due to the influence of foreign cultures of sex before marriage, materialism, cow killing, lust in public, God being invisible, people suffer or enjoy by chance (no karma), this is the only life (no reincarnation), we are the body (no spiritual knowledge) and so on.

120. Why does Krishna only appear in India?
In the Vedic scriptures, there is no mention of any pastimes of Lord Krishna outside India. In short, when He descends to this planet, the people outside India are mostly atheistic. He does not appear to the atheistic.

Lord Krishna appears in His original form as Krishna only once in the daytime of Brahma. This is every 8.64 billion years, and this was last just 5000 years ago. Lord Krishna (God) is not so cheap that He will loiter anywhere.

# Outside India, the majority of people believe God is invisible/unknown. They cannot describe Him. God is eternal and thus He must have described Himself to humans by now. He has, and is completely known to those who believe in Him (theistic) and completely unknown to those who don’t believe in Him (atheistic). Lord Krishna does not appear to the atheistic.
# In India, there are millions of devotees of Lord Krishna who are pious and very eager to see Him, and they can completely describe Him. Thus Lord Krishna appears only in India.

The followers of Sanatan-Dharma are most pious, have the highest humane consciousness and thus deserve to be visited by the Supreme person. This can be proven by the following facts:

The Vedic followers have never enslaved humans.
The Vedic followers have never stolen land belonging to others.
The Vedic followers have never attacked another nation.
The Vedic followers consider all living beings having a soul.
The Vedic followers are very appreciative, the cow is treated like a mother, even though she is an animal, because she provides milk for us.
The Vedic followers consider all living beings as divine, because the Supreme is present in them (Lord Krishna is present in the heart of all living beings as the super soul).
The Vedic followers believe the Supreme is present everywhere (omnipresent). He is the witness to all our actions and thus one must take responsible actions. (Lord Krishna is present everywhere)
The Vedic followers believe life is an intelligent design, nothing happens by chance (karma and reincarnation). There is justice for all living beings

The non-Vedic followers have a history of using humans as slaves, they have a history of stealing land belonging to others, they have a history of invading and attacking other nations, they do not consider the animals having souls, they have no appreciation, they drink the milk of cows and then cut her throat and eat her, they do not believe all living beings are divine, they do not believe the Supreme is omnipresent, they cannot understand why people suffer or enjoy, they cannot understand why there are variety of living beings in different situations, there is no justice for the animals (they are killed for food), and for no equal rights for those who don’t follow their religion (no freedom of religion).

Even 5000 years ago, when He last appeared on this planet, although there was only one religion in the whole world at that time, Sanatan-Dharma (The Eternal Religion). Lord Krishna appeared only in India, because the people outside India did not believe that this Krishna was the Supreme person. Most people in the world at that time believed Krishna was some powerful Yogi and not the Supreme person, Krishna.

Some people will look at the India of today and say how God can appear in a country where there is so much corruption, dirty streets, disorganization, tobacco chewers who spit everywhere and so on. Well, until a few hundred years, India was the most prosperous country in the world. The British and Mogul invaders ruled her for about 1000 years until 1947 and they raped India of her wealth and engaged in polluting and destroying the Vedic religion, because they cannot accept anything superior to their recently created man made religions where God is completely unknown. They are envious of Lord Krishna, the only proven God. Also since 1947, atheistic/anti-Vedic politicians have been ruling her and the result is the India of today.

The situation will change in 427,000 years’ time, when the current age of Kali Yuga ends and the next age of Satya Yuga begins. Then once again, Sanatan-Dharma (the Eternal Religion) will be the only religion in the world, and prosperity will return to India and another cycle will be repeated. In every Kali Yuga, it’s pretty much the same situation, there are many made religions/ideologies who are envious of the Supreme person, Lord Krishna and they deny Him for some unseen/unproven/unknown/invisible God.

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