Canto 7: The Science of GodChapter 15: Instructions for Civilized Human Beings

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrīmad Bhāgavatam 7.15.11

tasmād daivopapannena

muny-annenāpi dharmavit

santuṣṭo 'har ahaḥ kuryān

nitya-naimittikīḥ kriyāḥ


tasmāt — therefore; daiva-upapannena — obtainable very easily by the grace of the Lord; muni-annena — with food (prepared in ghee and offered to the Supreme Lord); api — indeed; dharma-vit — one who is actually advanced in religious principles; santuṣṭaḥ — very happily; ahaḥ ahaḥ — day after day; kuryāt — one should perform; nitya-naimittikīḥ — regular and occasional; kriyāḥ — duties.


Therefore, day by day, one who is actually aware of religious principles and is not heinously envious of poor animals should happily perform daily sacrifices and those for certain occasions with whatever food is available easily by the grace of the Lord.


The word dharmavit, meaning "one who knows the actual purpose of religion," is very significant. As explained in Bhagavad-gītā (18.66), sarva-dharmān parityajya mām ekaḿ śaraṇaḿ vraja [Bg. 18.66]: becoming Kṛṣṇa conscious is the topmost stage in understanding of religious principles. One who reaches this stage performs the arcanā process in devotional service. Anyone, whether a gṛhastha or a sannyāsī, can keep small Deities of the Lord suitably packed or, if possible, installed, and thus worship the Deities of Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa, Sītā-Rāma, Lakṣmī-Nārāyaṇa, Lord Jagannātha or Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu by offering food prepared in ghee and then offering the sanctified prasāda to the forefathers, demigods and other living entities as a matter of routine daily work. All the centers of our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement have Deity worship programs very nicely going on in which food is offered to the Deity and distributed to the first-class brāhmaṇas and Vaiṣṇavas and even to the people in general. This performance of sacrifice brings complete satisfaction. The members of the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement engage daily in such transcendental activities. Thus in our Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement there is no question at all of killing animals.

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