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On 13 Apr 1997, Bankabihari dd wrote:
> based on what I
> have heard, devotee diet would be extremely high in carbohydrates and
> extremely low in essential amino acids, fresh essential oils (from uncooked
> nuts and seeds), fresh vegetables, etc.
> And such diet would make them drowsy all day, constipated, with bad
> teeth, with falling hair, with week bones, etc.
What ever happened to the standard devotee diet, as instructed directly by Srila Prabhupada, that all of the temples used to follow everyday? This diet, in addition to being completely nutritious, is much less expensive than the whimsical diets that most temples now have.
Simple farina cereal, with nuts and raisins
Milk (steaming hot) (or yogurt in the summertime)
Chick peas (raw, soaked overnight)
Ginger root (raw)
Oranges and/or apples and/or bananas
Dal (made with freshly ground ginger root and freshly ground spices)
Subji (made with ghee, freshly ground ginger root and freshly ground spices)
BEFORE TAKING REST:
Milk (steaming hot)
All of the temples used to use paper plates and cups and plastic spoons. Now, most devotees use metal plates, cups and spoons. These waste time, hot water, detergent and hand lotion, and they cause increased illness. Unless these metal plates, cups and spoons are washed and rinsed in water that is too hot to touch, they are not getting cleaned properly. The use of these metal utensils also causes guests to be offended by the resultant tendency not to have paper plates, paper cups and plastic spoons available.
Also, while I'm at it, Prabhupada used to brag about how simply his disciples lived, sleeping on the floor. I thought that our sleeping place was supposed to be washed daily! Now most temples have dirty, messy looking bunk beds. Who's idea was that? Some ISKCON authorities say that they save space. ISKCON School in NC, USA, for example, has had as many as 11 people living there, all sleeping on the floor. I would like to see anyone find space at ISKCON School for even one bunk bed! Bunk beds don't save space; they waste space! In the early 70s, when I was a brahmacari living in the temple, we used to sleep on the floor in the prasadam room, the temple room, the hallways, etc. What's the problem?
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