Is becoming vegetarian favorable for devotional service to Hari? What is the spiritual result of becoming a vegetarian?
By eating foodstuffs that are in the mode of goodness, one’s existence becomes purified. The word existence refers to the body and mind. If one’s existence is purified but his behavior is not in the mode of goodness, however, his purified existence will gradually degrade. The word behavior refers to all activilics other than eating. The renunciation of inhumanity, practicing truthfulness, simplicity, nonviolence, and sense and mind control are all included in what is understood as “behavior.” Even though a human being’s eating and behavior are in the mode of goodness, unless he regularly cultivates Krsna consciousness, how can his human nature be improved? If anyone wants to personally see the results of eating in the mode of goodness, he should try eating sattvic food and engage in sattvic behavior and cultivation. One will certainly achieve results. (However, if there is any discrepancy in his endeavor, it will certainly affect those results.) In order to become qualified to behave in the mode of goodness one must first learn to eat in the mode of goodness.
(Sajjana Tosatu 2/8)
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