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Lord Krishna: How Can God Not Be A Vegan?
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Lord Krishna: How Can God Not Be A Vegan?

As the birthday of Lord Krishna is approaching, I am constantly thinking of the peacock feather tucked into his crown. Krishna surely wasn't a vegan the way we define it today. But the tales do speak a lot about his relationships with the cows and other creatures. There are many stories about the peacock feather in his crown. Whatever the reason is, we all know that it looks beautiful.

I recently purchased a peacock feather to keep little lizards away from my kitchen and my house. I didn't think about it twice. A little piece of decoration does not hurt. But did it hurt the peacock it was taken from? Now becoming V-aware, I am curious.

I know and have been told that birds automatically shed their feathers every year. These feathers are collected and sold. I bought the feathers very cheap (5 pieces for about a USD) and wonder why the price was so low. From what I know, plucking feathers from live birds does not hurt them but it is surely not the best way to get the feathers.

I hope the feather I have brought home was picked and not plucked. I am sure Lord Krishna did not pluck the feather from the bird, but picked one up from the ground. How can God not be a Vegan?

I have heard of feather plucking of other birds in different countries. Bird feather was also used for writing before pen was invented. I believe the problem is not with the usage but the greed that comes with commercializing everything. Some tales tell us that the peacock was honored when Lord Krishna put its feather on his crown. There are instances that tell that cows used to feel better in presence of Krishna.

Going a bit more into the story of Krishna, he was the one who stopped queens from bathing in cow milk. Every family in his town raised one or more cows and the milk was sent to the king's palace. Krishna stopped this practice and the calves started getting a good supply of their mothers' milk again. The stories are endless but the point was always clear. Be nice to the cows, respect them and only use the milk left after the calves have it.

If the queens didn't bathe with it, why should we? Why do we need milk in our soaps, our chocolates and ice creams and other things we enjoy for pleasure? It is not the companies but the consumers who are responsible for the bad fate 'holy' cows suffer. Its time we learn to differentiate between friend and food.

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  1. Rashmi
    Very Good Post Akanksha ..:) thumbs up to you
    1. Akanksha
      Thank you so much Rashmi :)
      1. Rashmi
        Happy Janmashtami :)
        1. Akanksha
          Same to you dear!
  2. Veganara
    Voted. Great post, very interesting. I don't think you are right about plucking feathers from live birds not hurting them though: I believe it hurts them a good deal. You are so right that it is not so much the use of animal products that is the problem, it is the greed and commercialisation. If only people could not cross the line between need and greed!
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks Maggie!
  3. kristo
    very nice, Akanksha :) unrelated question - do the lizards run away from the feathers? I also have geckos in my kitchen and i want them to leave, not that I will buy a peacock feather, of course ;) voted!
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks Kristofir! I know your comments are rare and I value them :) Yes, I heard about it and have not seen a lizard since I placed a peacock feather in my kitchen. It has been about 2 months. I think it would be harmless if you happen to visit a park and pick up a naturally fallen peacock feather. There are quite a few parks/reserved forests in India where the national bird(Peacock, that is) is protected and taken care of, and the falling feathers are collected for sale.
  4. Carolyn
    Vote #10! I enjoy hearing about other countries and beliefs!
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks Carolyn!
  5. Akanksha
    Thanks every one for votes and comments...check out my latest Zucchini recipe..
  6. elisabeth
    I have seen peacock feathers on the ground at a zoo where they had them wandering around (yes, I took my sons to the zoo in my pre-gan days), so I know they shed them quite freely. However, you're right that once someone decides to make something into merchandise, the free amount never seems to be enough and the practices become cruel. Very interesting post.
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks elizabeth :)


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