(HH Kadamba Kanana Swami, Radhadesh, Belgium, April 2012) Lecture: SB 5.12.5-6
Sometimes we see in our movement a philosophy that is developing, that a long time ago the devotees would only appreciate other devotees and the rest of the world were,‘meat eating karmi demons!’ Fortunately we have evolved from that platform and now actually we are having a lot of appreciation for a lot of the things that are going on out there. That’s very good, of course. In another sense there are meat eating karmi demons. What can we say? It’s not that we want to label the whole world like that but there certainly are such people also in the world – they do eat meat. They are only interested in sense gratification, and they are outright demons.
So we can be respectful and yet not gullible and that is very interesting. We can respect everyone and try to find the good in a person without buying into everything such as whether the person is believing, writing or saying and so on.
Therefore Ravindra Svarupa Dasa was once making this analogy that I remembered. He says:
‘Just as we are taking bhoga, we have to take the bhoga and make it suitable for offering to Krishna. We have to cut off some parts and clean it, and with this and that; prepare it properly and then we can offer it.’
So he says:
‘Whatever we take from the material world (or from the material sources) is like bhoga. It has to be purified. Some parts have to be cut out and then the useful part is properly prepared and then alright we can offer it to Krishna!’
I thought that, that really shed some light on our relationship with the world.