Regulative Principles - an essential subject

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The 4 regulative principles stated in shastras are: no meat-eating, no gambling, no intoxication and no illicit sex. If one wants to become a serious inquirer and student of the scriptures, then one has to follow these very basic, yet essential regulative principles. However, just following these principles is insufficient to advance quickly. One must take shelter of a spiritual master who can guide him in the right direction, who can explain to him the meaning of these regulative principles and the reason as to why one must abide by them to be able to move ahead on the spiritual platform.

Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Regulative Principles category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.

   
 

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