Shrimati Manika Gandhi, the daughter-in-law of the late Indira Gandhi, has spoken out strongly against the Indian milk industry for its appalling cruelty, its trashing of the environmenT, and the well documented effect of dairy, and commonly
adulterated dairy, on human health. She has dispelled many of the myths about milk in Indian culture. BKWSU's 4000 centres in India daily offer polluted dairy to God, but scrupulously avoid touching the humble Onion.
We wrote to BK Management in Australia, drawing the board's attention to the situation regarding the serving of dairy in Australian
BK centres, and suggesting it was time for a change. Below is our personal email, sent on 30 March 2016. We have had no reply from Australian leadership, though the international core group apparently are staying with current dietary practise. However, Brahma
Kumaris Australia is an Australian company, and the board is free to make its own decisions. We rather hoped that the board would respond positively, in support of a new awareness about dairy in BK centres. But not to date...
Good morning.You may recall that when we were in Madhuban I mentioned that I would write you my thoughts about adopting a vegan diet
and lifestyle within our Brahma Kumaris Australia. I am writing as a member of the Australian BK Environment Wing.
Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative website tells us that
"Brahma Kumaris Environment Initiative is about awakening greater environmental awareness within our own organisation, as well as collaborating
and learning from others through dialogue, partnerships, UN conferences and local initiatives.”
I draw your attention the the bold sentence.
As is well known, cows are now part of an integrated dairy/meat industry. Consuming dairy results in the systematic killing of 1-5 day old calves, so we can enjoy the mother's milk, butter, cheese and yoghurt. There is great suffering for
mother cows over some five years of enforced pregnancy before they can no longer have children and are killed. In good conscience I believe we should no longer eat such foods, let alone offer them to God.
On another level, we BKs embrace environmental awareness through our UN presence and in many BK centres. We hold numerous programs on the topic. However, none have yet addressed the question of BK centres awakening to a compassionate vegan diet,
nor the catastrophic results of industrial scale dairy/meat production on the environment. (UNEP Report May 2015).
I would encourage members of the Australian BK Environment Wing to become active
in promoting a truly compassionate diet within our Godly organisation, and so bring to our spiritual lives, a benevolent change in attitude and practise: this would surely be an initiative admired around the world. We hope the seniors would support such a
benevolent move, and I believe that Brahma Kumaris Australia could play an exemplary role: such an awakening in our organisation is surely now the Call of the Time.
You can find good information
about the matter on the official BK Environment Initiative Facebook page ‘Green Group ( BK Environment Initiative)’, as well as on ‘BK World Vegan’ and ‘Brahma Kumaris Go Vegan’. There are many
links on the web to tasty and creative vegan recipes too! From my experience here at the BK sanctuary, changes to a compassionate vegan diet require only modest changes in the kitchen, which I believe our talented cooks would creatively embrace.
You might also like to visit https://www.voiceless.org.au/our-approach/research-and-publications and click on 'The Dairy Cow: A Life of Quiet Suffering'.
Voiceless is an Australian animal support group: a patron is Sir Michael Kirby, who you will remember visited Madhuban.
I do hope you will consider how we can bring about such a loveful revolution
in Brahma Kumaris Australia. I will cc: this letter to members of the BK greens.
Note: Some members
of the Australian BK Environment Wing have written Charlie in support of this letter.
Also see link: OZ WILL DO WONDERS? and do please visit
our Facebook page MORE ABOUT BRAHMA KUMARIS and read the post 'COWS MILK: A CRUEL AND UNHEALTHY PRODUCT' from Peta.
GREAT NEWS JUST IN!
It is posted on the Facebook page BK World Vegan that the following BK CenEres have chosen to be
Vegan: Brighton U.K., Brussels Belgium, Casa Sangam (Gubbio) Italy, Colchester U.K., Glasgow Scotland, Helsinki Finland, Isle of Man U.K., Itteville France, Leeds U.K., Jersey U.K., Lisbon Portugal, Mullheim Germany, Port Elizabeth South Africa, Rome Italy,
Worthing U.K....and 'the sanctuary australia'. Congratuliions to all for this compassionate initiative.