pÄkhaá¹á¸air hÄribhir janam
yas te yajÃ±a-dhrug aÅva-muá¹
ebhiá¸¥ - by these; indra-upasaá¹sá¹á¹£á¹aiá¸¥ - created by the King of heaven, Indra; pÄkhaá¹á¸aiá¸¥ - sinful activities; hÄribhiá¸¥ - very attractive to the heart; janam - the people in general; hriyamÄá¹am - being carried away; vicaká¹£va - just see; enam - these; yaá¸¥ - one who; te - your; yajÃ±a-dhruk - creating a disturbance in the performance of the sacrifice; aÅva-muá¹ - who stole the horse.
As stated in Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ (3.21):
yad yad Äcarati Åreá¹£á¹has
tad tad evetaro janaá¸¥
sa yat pramÄá¹aá¹ kurute
lokas tad anuvartate
âWhatever action is performed by a great man, common men follow in his footsteps. And whatever standards he sets by exemplary acts, all the world pursues.â
For his own sense gratification, King Indra thought to defeat MahÄrÄja Pá¹thu in the performance of one hundred horse sacrifices. Consequently he stole the horse and hid himself amid so many irreligious personalities, taking on the false guise of a sannyÄsÄ«. Such activities are attractive to the people in general; therefore they are dangerous. Lord BrahmÄ thought that instead of allowing Indra to further introduce such irreligious systems, it would be better to stop the sacrifice. A similar stance was taken by Lord Buddha when people were overly engrossed in the animal sacrifices recommended by Vedic instructions. Lord Buddha had to introduce the religion of nonviolence by contradicting the Vedic sacrificial instructions. Actually, in the sacrifices the slaughtered animals were given a new life, but people without such powers were taking advantage of such Vedic rituals and unnecessarily killing poor animals. Therefore Lord Buddha had to deny the authority of the Vedas for the time being. One should not perform sacrifices that will induce reversed orders. It is better to stop such sacrifices.
As we have repeatedly explained, due to a lack of qualified brahminical priests in Kali-yuga, it is not possible to perform the ritualistic ceremonies recommended in the Vedas. Consequently the ÅÄstras instruct us to perform the saá¹ kÄ«rtana-yajÃ±a. By the saá¹ kÄ«rtana sacrifice, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in His form of Lord Caitanya, will be satisfied and worshiped. The entire purpose of performing sacrifices is to worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Viá¹£á¹u. Lord Viá¹£á¹u, or Lord Ká¹á¹£á¹a, is present in His form of Lord Caitanya; therefore people who are intelligent should try to satisfy Him by performing saá¹ kÄ«rtana-yajÃ±a. This is the easiest way to satisfy Lord Viá¹£á¹u in this age. People should take advantage of the injunctions in different ÅÄstras concerning sacrifices in this age and not create unnecessary disturbances during the sinful Age of Kali. In Kali-yuga men all over the world are very expert in opening slaughterhouses for killing animals, which they eat. If the old ritualistic ceremonies were observed, people would be encouraged to kill more and more animals. In Calcutta there are many butcher shops which keep a deity of the goddess KÄlÄ«, and animal-eaters think it proper to purchase animal flesh from such shops in hope that they are eating the remnants of food offered to the goddess KÄlÄ«. They do not know that the goddess KÄlÄ« never accepts nonvegetarian food because she is the chaste wife of Lord Åiva. Lord Åiva is also a great Vaiá¹£á¹ava and never eats nonvegetarian food, and the goddess KÄlÄ« accepts the remnants of food left by Lord Åiva. Therefore there is no possibility of her eating flesh or fish. Such offerings are accepted by the associates of the goddess KÄlÄ« known as bhÅ«tas, piÅÄcas and RÄká¹£asas, and those who take the prasÄda of the goddess KÄlÄ« in the shape of flesh or fish are not actually taking the prasÄda left by the goddess KÄlÄ«, but the food left by the bhÅ«tas and piÅÄcas.