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4 Responses to Svaha

  1. Well, at least its not a pig farm, although the boss does look carolinian.

  2. What an odd cartoon, given that cow protection is seen as such a high and valuable service in Kṛṣṇa Book and all of vaiṣnavism. Maybe that is why there are so little devotee farm communities to be found successfully leading the way on “plain living and high thinking”.

    Few precious devotees know the extreme value of Go-Mata and are willing to do the sacrifice to show the example. I see this as a larger problem in “ISCKON” culture as a whole. There is no example community that has implemented Daivi-varṇāśrama for the long term.

    A well balanced method of practical observation and implementation of varṇā and gaṇa is wholly missing. I usually get my ‘head bitting off ‘ when I mention “varṇāśrama-dharma” in devotee circles though.

    If we are all “priests” (brāhmaṇas), then who will be the Arms; the Belly or the Legs?

    Although the satire of the cartoon is skewed towards the view of some gnarly karmī farmer stating to “start shovelin'” it can very easily be seen that he is just another ‘devotee’ who just was burnt out from to much “emergency” non-compatible service. Sadly it conveys where priorities are being set.

    In loving service,

    Bhakta Marcos

    • Bhakta Marcos, I think you’ll be happy to hear that I was serving the cows around three or four hours a day when I drew that comic. It is indeed making fun of devotees who think they are above “menial” services because of being high class.

      • Dear Gurunistha Prabhu,

        Hare Kṛṣṇa!

        Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Śrīla Prabhupāda!

        I very much appreciate your funny and witty cartoons. Your extraction of real-world issues in the devotee world in a captive parody, I feel, sends a message that is more easily ‘digested’ in the mainstream devotee community.

        On top of that they are hilarious. I truly enjoy your service prabhu.

        I am also very thankful for your service to our mothers, the cows. I strongly feel that serving go-mata is essential towards releasing our attachments to non-devotees and the corporate shackles of modern so called civilization.

        We can all do a bit a service towards cow protection. Whether or not one is shovelin’ the cow dung or simply encouraging a local devotee’s go-shala, there is always appropriate service to be done that is just as important as the pujari in front of the altar or homa sacrifice. Where is the ghee coming from for the lamps? Where is Kṛṣṇa’s favorite the milk and other nice sweet bhoga offerings coming from? Most importantly what is Kṛṣṇa’s spiritual planet named after?

        In loving service,

        Bhakta Marcos

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