May from Leicestershire, UK writes:
Thanks for a great blog – I am an avid reader. Thank you very much for your informative article on the pasteurization of milk (Tuesday, March 6, 2007) highlighting the dangers of this process. You wrote “pasteurization is a destructive process that changes the physical structure of the fragile proteins in milk (especially casein) and converts them into proteins your body was never designed to handle – and that can actually harm you”. read the entire article Given that unprocessed milk directly from the cow is not available to buy in the UK, would you recommend avoiding milk entirely rather than drinking pasteurized milk?
I also read with much interest your other posts on cow’s milk. Quoting from “Religion You Can Drink” (2/11/2007), milk “fortifies the body and develops the brain’s finer tissues as well. By filling us with goodness, milk clears the consciousness so we can consider higher, spiritual life.” read the entire article Is all this also true of milk that has been pasteurized? Lastly, would it be possible for a vegan spiritual adherent to gain those benefits through other foods? Many thanks, May.”
Thanks so much for your thoughtful letter. Excuse the delay in reply. Glad to hear you are enjoying the blogs.
You ask ‘given that unprocessed milk directly from the cow is not available to buy in the UK, would you recommend avoiding milk entirely rather than drinking pasteurized milk?’
There are still benefits from drinking milk under any circumstances, in my opinion. And whereas un-pasteurized milk is not legally sold, some farmers are happy to sell it to you ‘under the counter’. But don’t quote me on that one. If that is impossible, try to buy unhomogenized whole milk. That should be easy enough to find. Here in Australia it’s available in all the supermarkets.
Organic, biodynamic milk is also available here. I am sure that is available in the UK also. In a nutshell, try to buy the purest, cruelty-free milk you can find.
You ask if pasteurized milk can still have spiritual benefits. Yes, if it is drunk hot with a little sweetener and some spice like cardamon, saffron, nutmeg, cinnamon or even a little turmeric added. The sweetener and the spice help it digest and counter mucus-forming. And especially if that milk is sanctified. I explain that below.
Lasty, you ask if it would possible for a vegan spiritual adherent to gain those benefits through other foods?
Definitely. I have many vegan friends who, like me, practice Bhakti-yoga. Part of that ancient and practical yoga system is to prepare foods in a clean, devotional consciousness and offer the resultant dishes to God before partaking.
The food becomes subtly transformed, like a sacrament, and partaking of such spiritualised foods purifies the mind and senses, bringing one closer to God.
Hope this all sheds some light.
Posted by Kurma on 13/6/08; 7:49:30 AM