You start thinking: What are my chances? How much could I walk off with?
What could I do with my winnings? Even if you just play for the sake of
playing, gambling pulls the mind away from thinking about the real purpose
No drugs, no liquor, not even coffee, tea, or cigarettes. The world is
already high enough--high on illusion, high on greed, high on false power
and false ego. The devotee of Krishna wants to be thoughtful, sober.
Material substances like drugs are useless for spiritual realization. They
can bend the mind, but they can't free it. They may take you up, but sooner
or later they let you down.
The self within is by nature joyful. So we don't need any material stuff to
*make* us happy. We just need to purify ourselves and uncover the happiness
that's already there.
No meat, no fish, no eggs. Devotees of Krishna avoid needless violence.
They see other creatures as spiritual living beings. Though these creatures
may be less intelligent than we, they are also God's children, our brothers
and sisters. So why should we kill them? If a child were to kill a less
intelligent brother, do you think the father would be pleased?
the subtle laws of karma, the suffering we cause others will come back
looking for us.
By nature's arrangement we have plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, milk
products, and other innocent food. We should content ourselves with this and
No illicit sex
Everything has its place, and that includes sex. When sex takes place
within marriage, and for the sake of having children, it's fine. You're
accepting the pleasure, and you're accepting the responsibility.
Otherwise, sex brings about entanglement, exploitation, disappointment, and
illusion. For spiritual advancement, you want to simplify your life and
bring your mind and senses under your control. Being temperate about sex