Question: Why No Eggs?
I am a fervent reader of yours and I have really understood many things and I carry out many things like getting up at 4 in the morning, bathing, donning devotional clothing and chanting to the spiritual master. I am not yet initiated, I am an aspirant to be initiated, therefore I offer my obeisances to Srila Prabhupada and to the spiritual master I am aspiring for. In addition, I read daily a chapter of the book Self-realization, and when I am done with it I will continue with another one. I spite of the knowledge that I am acquiring through lectures and thanks to your wonderful movement in cyber space, there is something I cannot understand. I follow the 4 principles, no illicit sex, no gambling of intoxicating beverages, or drugs, chanting the holy names (at this time I am only chanting 2 rounds, my goal is to reach 16, no meat eating, or fish, chicken or eggs. In this last principle it is very clear to me why they should not be eaten. But I don't understand why not eggs if in this day and age there are specialized farms for producing eggs and as such they are not an embryonic product of the chicken since they have not been fertilized by a rooster.
Could you enlighten me and explain why one should not eat eggs?
I thank you in advance for your attention en reading this letter and giving me your answer.
Answer: Krishna Does Not Eat Them
We are not vegetarians. We are Krishnatarians. We only eat those foods that have been offered to Krishna. Since Srila Prabhupada, who has perfect knowledge of Krishna, has instructed us that Krishna does not eat eggs, we therefore do not offer them to Him, and therefore we cannot partake of them even if they are unfertilized.