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28 Jun 2018 | Thursday | by Admin

Sacrificial Offering to Goddess Kali

Kali and Jada Barata 

By His Grace Stoka Krishna Dasa

JADA BHARATA: There was a great devotee called Jada Bharata who was always meditating on the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord within his heart. To avoid becoming materially attached he behaved externally as if he was dumb, deaf and dull-headed. Jada Bharata was the youngest son of a very learned brahmana. His father tried to train him hoping that one day Jada Bharata would become a learned brahmana. But Jada Bharata did not learn anything. After his father passed away, his elder brothers, considering him unfit for any other work, engaged him in guarding the agricultural field at night.

Desiring to have a son, a certain leader of a gang of dacoits decided to offer nara-bali to Goddess Kali. The scriptures do not permit offering a human being to Goddess Kali. But those in the mode of ignorance think that offering a human being to Goddess Kali is better than offering a goat. This is a concoction by such foolish people.

The dacoit leader had found a man-animal for the offering who was brought before the Goddess. Somehow this man escaped, and the leader sent the other dacoits to search and bring him back. While searching for the man who had escaped, the dacoits came upon Jada Bharata guarding the field late in the night. Thinking that Jada Bharata was fit to be offered as a nara-bali, they caught him and brought him to their leader. Jada Bharata did not protest at all. The dacoits bathed Jada Bharata, gave him new clothes to wear, and fed him sumptuosly. Bringing him before Goddess Kali, they began chanting some mantras according to their concocted rituals. Finally, the leader took a very sharp sword to cut off the head of Jada Bharata for making the offering to Goddess Kali. Kali is also known as Vaishnavi because she is a devotee of the Supreme Lord. She could understand that a great Vaishnava was about to be killed by the dacoits. In order to protect Jada Bharata, Kali personally came bursting out of her deity form, snatched the sword and cut off the head of all the dacoits.

What do the scriptures say about sacrificial offerings to Goddess Kali? Is animal killing condoned if the animal is offered in sacrifice to Goddess Kali? Srila Prabhupada gives clear answers to such questions in his various writings.

MEAT EATERS ARE MURDERERS: In the Srimad Bhagavatam in a purport to verse number 1.7.37, Srila Prabhupada says: “According to Manu, the great author of civic codes and religious principles, even the killer of an animal is to be considered a murderer because animal food is never meant for the civilized man, whose prime duty is to prepare himself for going back to Godhead. He says that in the act of killing an animal, there is a regular conspiracy by the party of sinners, and all of them are liable to be punished as murderers exactly like a party of conspirators who kill a human being combinedly. The below-mentioned are all murderers, and all of them are liable to be punished by the laws of nature.

-          He who gives permission,

-          he who kills the animal,

-          he who sells the slaughtered animal,

-          he who cooks the animal,

-          he who administers distribution of the foodstuff, and

-          he who eats such cooked animal food.

No one can create a living being despite all advancement of material science, and therefore no one has the right to kill a living being by one's independent whims. For the animal-eaters, the scriptures have sanctioned restricted animal sacrifices only, and such sanctions are there just to restrict the opening of slaughterhouses and not to encourage animal-killing. The procedure under which animal sacrifice is allowed in the scriptures is good both for the animal sacrificed and the animal-eaters. It is good for the animal in the sense that the sacrificed animal is at once promoted to the human form of life after being sacrificed at the altar, and the animal-eater is saved from grosser types of sins (eating meats supplied by organized slaughterhouses which are ghastly places for breeding all kinds of material afflictions to society, country and the people in general).” Animal killing is always sinful, but the flesh-eaters are allowed to eat meat only after performing restricted animal sacrifice.


MAMSA: In a Srimad Bhagavatam discourse on verse number 2.9.9, Srila Prabhupada explains “Therefore according to Vedic system, the meat-eater is given chance by sacrificing an animal before some demigod. Not free slaughterhouse. No. That you cannot do. Undergoing that process, some day he will come to his senses that "Meat-eating and killing of animal is not good." Because there are so many mantras. If you understand mantras, the mantra, when a goat is sacrificed before Goddess Kälé, before the goat being cut by his throat, the priest says that "Because you are sacrificing your life before Goddess Kälé, next life you are going to have human form of body for your, this sacrifice." Otherwise you have to undergo the process. That is gradual evolutionary process. But because you are forced somehow or other in the presence of mother material energy, she will give you the facility to promote immediately to the human form of life. And as human being, you will have every right to kill this man who is killing you. That is meaning of mäàsa. Mäm means me, sa means he. "He will also eat me." So I will have to take the form of a goat next life. And he will take the form of a human being and he will get the chance of killing me. He can excuse, but he will get the chance. This is the bandhana. Karma-bandhana. So after hearing all these mantras, if one takes the risk of eating meat, let him do that. But who is that sane man who will take this risk? This is the meaning of sacrifice. Not that it is a slaughterhouse substitute. No. They will understand that what kind of risk they are going to take by killing the animal under the name of sacrifice. Another thing is that to sacrifice the goat before the demigod Kälé means it is restricted. Because the prescription is that one can sacrifice a goat before Goddess Kälé on the dark moon night, amävasyä. That is once in a month. So even the çästra gives him the facility, the facility is restricted.”


ANIMAL KILLERS HAVE TO SUFFER IN A HELL CALLED RAURAVA: In Kali yuga, animal sacrifices are forbidden because there are no qualified brahmanas to chant the mantras effectively. The only sacrifice recommended in this age is the Sankirtana Yajna. The animal killers are punished in hell according to the Srimad Bhagavatam verse number 5.26.10: “A person who accepts his body as his self works very hard day and night for money to maintain his own body and the bodies of his wife and children. While working to maintain himself and his family, he may commit violence against other living entities. Such a person is forced to give up his body and his family at the time of death, when he suffers the reaction for his envy of other creatures by being thrown into the hell called Raurava.”


KALI-PRASAD: There are foolish people who consider meat as “Kali Prasad”. Srila Prabhupada explains the fallacy in this idea:In Calcutta there are many butcher shops which keep a deity of the goddess Kälé, and animal-eaters think it proper to purchase animal flesh from such shops in hope that they are eating the remnants of food offered to goddess Kälé. They do not know that goddess Kälé never accepts non-vegetarian food because she is the chaste wife of Lord Çiva. Lord Çiva is also a great Vaiñëava and never eats nonvegetarian food, and the goddess Kälé accepts the remnants of food left by Lord Çiva. Therefore, there is no possibility of her eating flesh or fish. Such offerings are accepted by the associates of goddess Kälé known as bhütas, piçäcas and Räkñasas, and those who take the prasäda of goddess Kälé in the shape of flesh or fish are not actually taking the prasäda left by goddess Kälé, but the food left by the bhütas and piçäcas.”


COW-KILLERS: Formerly great sages used to perform sacrifices involving cow-killing. It is explained in the Chaitanya Charitamrita that “In the Vedas and Puräëas there are injunctions declaring that if one can revive a living being, one can kill it for experimental purposes. Therefore, the great sages sometimes killed old cows, and by chanting Vedic hymns they brought them back to life for perfection. The killing and rejuvenation of such old and invalid cows was not truly killing but an act of great benefit. Formerly there were powerful brähmaëas who could make such experiments using Vedic hymns, but now, because of the Kali-yuga, brähmaëas are not so powerful. Therefore, the killing of cows and bulls for rejuvenation is forbidden. Since people cannot bring killed cows back to life, they are responsible for killing them. Therefore, they are going to hell; there is no way for their deliverance. Cow-killers are condemned to rot in hellish life for as many thousands of years as there are hairs on the body of the cow.”

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