SLOKA OF THE DAY:
Bhagavad Gita As It Is -
Chapter 17 Text 24
tasmad om ity udahrtya
tasmat--therefore; om--beginning with om; iti--thus; udahrtya--indicating; yajna--of sacrifice; dana--charity; tapah--and penance; kriyah--performances; pravartante--begin; vidhana-uktah--according to scriptural regulation; satatam--always; brahma-vadinam--of the transcendentalists.
Therefore, transcendentalists undertaking performances of sacrifice, charity and penance in accordance with scriptural regulations begin always with om, to attain the Supreme.
During Lent, Catholics practice sacrifice, penance and alms giving. This is generally done by not eating meat on Fridays and holy days. The money saved by not buying meat is then given to the poor. Many a priest has asked his congregation to continue these practices year round, and some denominations, such as the Franciscans whose main role in the church is to work for social justice, push their practitioners to become vegetarians as a lifestyle. Once again I am amazed at the similarities between the religions.
I have added a new video to the "Srila Prabhupada and George Harrison" page of this blog.