Posted May 24, 2006
I recently went on an vegan diet with zero dairy as part of a longer ayurvedic treatment. A few days ago, I happened to receive a newsletter from a well known holistic physician entitled "Perspectives on Dairy". It contains a lot of hard researched facts on modern milk and its consumption, which is useful for ethical and health considerations. This article is available to read at Click Here
Additionally, I am aware of a very interesting reference from Nanda Kumar Dasa, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, which is found on Page 217, Volume Two, Prabhupada Memories.
This is the context: Nanda Kumar had come from a raw food background, and when he joined the temple, he began to eat the regular prasadam, with negative physical effects. When he bacame Srila Prabhupada's cook, and had kitchen facility, he could prepare what he needed-- salads, fruits, simple raw foods, but wanted to be sure he was doing the right thing, so he asked Prabhupada about a raw diet as opposed to taking prasadam.
Srila Prabhupada replied, "Actually, a raw diet is the best diet for Krishna consciousness. It's simple. It keeps your body healthy and clear. We don't tell the masses about it, because most people can't follow it, and we don't want them to get distracted from krishna. But if you can do it, it's the best diet for your Krishna consciousness."