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Question: I work as a cashier at a grocery store. The store sells fruits, vegetables, and amongst other things, meat. Can I get brahminical initiation?

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Jayapataka Swami: I heard that he does tremendous amount of seva in the temple! He especially, after feast days, he and his family clean up the temple, mop it and cleaned it. Heard many good things about him! It is a new thing though, cashier handling meat, I have to study the code book of Manu to see if it fits in. So, since we have lots of questions, I will think about it. But there is definitely something to think about. You see, I was mopping up after, the place at the A&W root beer stand, in St. Catherine Street, in Montreal, Canada. Because they said, all of us brahmacaris, at that time we had no books, they said that all of us somehow or another should get money, to pay for Srila Prabhupada’s flat rent. So, this is what I got, the job. I had to clean up the place. They asked Srila Prabhupada, he has to clean up the place, they serve hamburgers and all kinds of non veg products. So then Srila Prabhupada said, what does he do? They said, he cleans up tables. Oh, he said. Delivering, selling the animal, carrying the animal, killing the animal, and that is all I heard, cooking the animal, eating like that. They said, you eat it, karma has already gone. He just cleans up! Ha! So like that we have to think about, we have to see exactly, do you have to move the meat with your hands, shook shook, or just typing, how much karma you are getting? He pays the bill, you get the karma. But something to think about. We would like it better, not to have to deal with any meat. But whether it fits in the karma or not, I would have to consider that.