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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT ISWORD FOR WORDThe Three Modes of Material Nature - chapter 14 text 26
mam ca yo 'vyabhicarena
sa gunan samatityaitan
mam--unto Me; ca--also; yah--a person who; avyabhicarena--without fail; bhakti-yogena--by devotional service; sevate--renders service; sah--he; gunan--the modes of material nature; samatitya--transcending; etan--all these; brahma-bhuyaya--elevated to the Brahman platform; kalpate--becomes.
One who engages in full devotional service, unfailing in all circumstances, at once transcends the modes of material nature and thus comes to the level of Brahman.
PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swani Prabhupa:
This verse is a reply to Arjuna's third question: What is the means of attaining to the transcendental position? As explained before, the material world is acting under the spell of the modes of material nature. One should not be disturbed by the activities of the modes of nature; instead of putting his consciousness into such activities, he may transfer his consciousness to Krsna activities. Krsna activities are known as bhakti-yoga--always acting for Krsna. This includes not only Krsna, but His different plenary expansions such as Rama and Narayana. He has innumerable expansions. One who is engaged in the service of any of the forms of Krsna, or of His plenary expansions, is considered to be transcendentally situated. One should also note that all the forms of Krsna are fully transcendental, blissful, full of knowledge and eternal. Such personalities of Godhead are omnipotent and omniscient, and they possess all transcendental qualities. So if one engages himself in the service of Krsna or His plenary expansions with unfailing determination, although these modes of material nature are very difficult to overcome, one can overcome them easily. This has already been explained in the Seventh Chapter. One who surrenders unto Krsna at once surmounts the influence of the modes of material nature. To be in Krsna consciousness or in devotional service means to acquire equality with Krsna. The Lord says that His nature is eternal, blissful and full of knowledge, and the living entities are part and parcel of the Supreme, as gold particles are part of a gold mine. Thus the living entity, in his spiritual position, is as good as gold, as good as Krsna in quality. The difference of individuality continues, otherwise there would be no question of bhakti-yoga. Bhakti-yoga means that the Lord is there, the devotee is there and the activity of exchange of love between the Lord and the devotee is there. Therefore the individuality of two persons is present in the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the individual person, otherwise there would be no meaning to bhakti-yoga. If one is not situated in the same transcendental position with the Lord, one cannot serve the Supreme Lord. To be a personal assistant to a king, one must acquire the qualifications. Thus the qualification is to become Brahman, or freed from all material contamination. It is said in the Vedic literature, brahmaiva san brahmapy eti. One can attain the Supreme Brahman by becoming Brahman. This means that one must qualitatively become one with Brahman. By attainment of Brahman, one does not lose his eternal Brahman identity as an individual soul.
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Sometimes when sitting on the beach blanket in New Jersey, Srila Prabhupada would look out at the waves while chanting japa. He was very beautiful and serene, always absorbed in Krsna, yet also carefully scrutinizing the world around him. On some days there were big waves and surfer boys would be out, swimming and surfing in the waves. Srila Prabhupada watched with great interest as they mounted their boards and slid down the faces of the waves. He asked us: What is this? And Gaurasundara and I replied that this is a sport called surfing wherein one mounts a board and slides swiftly on the water as the waves roll in. Srila Prabhupada watched intently for some time, then began to chuckle. He said: You call it surfing, I call it suffering. They are simply wasting their valuable human form of life by jumping in the ocean waves. They have no idea what will happen next. If they become so much fond of remaining on the ocean, then Krsna is very kind: he will satisfy their desire and give them bodies of fishes so that they can enjoy jumping in the ocean more and more but that will be greater suffering. So I call them sufferers, not surfers. He mused as he continued his eternal chanting of Hare Krsna, softly and serenely with the crashing ocean waves in the background. Even now when I see surfers mound their boards on the waves of Sunset beach, North Shore, near where I live, I am always reminded of Srila Prabhupada's observation and the nick name Srila Prabhupada gave surfing and I am reminded of his kindness in walking amongst us foolish living entities, wasting our lives this way and that and his compassion for us who live in various states of delusion. Srila Prabhupada you are so kind, you observed us in surfer consciousness, dog consciousness, money consciousness, so many various forms of consciousness, and you so mercifully taught us about Krsna consciousness, and you gave Remembering Srila Prabhupada - .ems us the opportunity to serve you and Krsna. Thank you, Srila Prabhupada!
- From the 1008 Ways to Remember Srila Prabhupada by Govinda dasi ACBSP
Chant Hare Krishna
It was always relishable to be with Srila Prabhupada.
I especially enjoyed when he would give us a glimpse of his life before
coming to America. This sharing of his life was a wonderful expression
of his love for us. Also, Srila Prabhupada took great pleasure in describing
different aspects of his life with his disciples. One afternoon he began
describing to Paramahamsa and me about his life as a sannyasi.
He said, "While I was living in Vrindavana sometimes I would go to Delhi for a few days to make arrangements with my publisher. I would stay in one room during these periods. During the winter, it was so cold. I would have to crack a thin layer of ice with my lota in my bucket of bath water. Then I would bathe with that water."
Once at Bhaktivedanta Manor a few ladies came to visit Srila Prabhupada on number of occasions. They knew His Divine Grace was a very saintly person. They were hoping that His Divine Grace could help them solve their predicament. They described to Srila Prabhupada how poltergeists inhabited their flat. They were trying so many things to rid their home of the pesky spirits but nothing was working. They informed Srila Prabhupada that different items were being broken while being tossed about the rooms. One of the women asked Srila Prabhupada if there was any particular prayer or mantra they could chant that would force the entities to leave the premises forever.
It was no surprise to his disciples when Srila Prabhupada advised them to chant the Maha Mantra. He sweetly told us of his own experience with the 'supernatural.' He described how when he was a grihasta, he bought a large haunted house in Calcutta for a very good price. He said smiling, "No one would buy the place. It was a very nice big house but because it was haunted everyone was afraid. So, I bought it and lived there. Sometimes, I remember sitting down and you could Remembering Srila Prabhupada - .ems see things moving about in the house. I would sit in my chair and chant 'Hare Krsna.' One time, one of my servants came up to me and said, 'Swamiji, how can you stay here with these ghosts?' I told him there was nothing to worry about, just chant Hare Krsna. So, I was living there and so many things would go on but nothing frightened me."
One day in the spring of 1973, Srila Prabhupada was in his room in New Dwarka. He was walking around chanting Japa. I was fortunate to be sitting on the floor watching him. Suddenly, he looked at me and in a very serious tone said, "The difficulty is that none of my disciples believe Krsna is there. Actually, no one has any faith that Krsna exists." I sat in motionless awe as Srila Prabhupada continued to chant Japa. My faith was microscopic, at best. I was in illusion but not enough to disagree with his profound words. Besides I could not think of anything to say. Srila Prabhupada had already said it all.
Srila Prabhupada, my faith is very weak and my ghost like senses powerfully haunt me. Please purge my soul of these demons. Let me hear the holy name from your courageous lotus lips Please guide me in your service. I do not know Krsna, but I have experienced the shelter of your stalwart lotus feet. I have complete faith that you lovingly experience Krsna at every moment. If I hang on to your fearless lotus feet, by your mercy somehow I will come to serve the Lord. Your Krsna Consciousness was evident in every word you spoke, every glance you gave and every transcendental move you took. Please bless this misguided soul and mercifully glance upon me again. Without hearing you chant the Holy Names, I am lost and full of fear.
Hankering to Serve You,
- From the Srila Prabhupada Uvaca by HG Srutakirti Dasa
In a lecture, Srila Prabhupada remarked that foolish
people often criticise devotees as do-nothings and weaklings, but such
people do not understand the intelligence of a devotee. Therefore, a devotee
does not have to heed such people. To illustrate the point, Srila Prabhupada
told a story.
Some labourers were criticising the minister of the king, claiming he only sat around and did no work. The king reminded them that it took intelligence to become a minister. He said that he would give a test for everyone including the minister. Whoever could pass the test could become the next minister. The king said, "Take this big elephant, weigh him, and let me know the exact weight."
The ordinary men were baffled. Where was there a scale for weighing an elephant? They could not do anything. They came back to the king with no information. Then the king turned to his minister and asked, "Will you kindly weigh this elephant?" So in six minutes he came back and reported, "It is twenty mounds (1.920lbs)." The other men were standing open-mouthed in surprise. "How is that?" they asked. "Within six minutes he came back and he gave the exact weight!"
The king asked, "How did you weigh him? Did you get some very big scale?"
"No sir," replied the minister. "It is not possible to weigh the elephant on a scale. It is very difficult."
"Then how did you weigh it?"
"I took it on a boat. When I got him on the boat then I saw the watermark and I marked it. Then, after getting the elephant off the boat, I added weight onto the boat, and when it came to the same watermark, then I understood."
So the king addressed the labourers and cautioned them. "Now you see the difference?" They agreed, "Yes".
After telling this story, Prabhupada quoted from scripture. "Buddhir yasya balim tasya-nirbuddhes tu kuto balam: one who has got intelligence, he has strength, and one who has no intelligence, a rascal, has no strength."
Prabhupada concluded, "Scientists, atheists, and different critics of devotees are like that - rascal - fools. We don't take advice from them," said Prabhupada. "We take advice from Krsna or His representative."
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“For one who has accepted the boat of the lotus feet of the Lord, who
is the shelter of the cosmic manifestation and is famous as Muräri,
the enemy of the demon Mura, the ocean of the material world is like the
water contained in a calf’s hoofprint. His goal is param padam, or Vaikuntha,
the place where there are no material miseries, not the place where there
is danger at every step.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.58)
Srimad Bhagavatam PURPORT 8:2:32.
This material world is described as padam padam yad vipadäm, which means that at every step there is danger. A fool wrongly thinks that he is happy in this material world, but in fact he is not, for one who thinks that way is only illusioned. At every step, at every moment, there is danger. In modern civilization one thinks that if he has a nice home and a nice car his life is perfect. In the Western countries, especially in America, it is very nice to possess a good car, but as soon as one is on the road, there is danger because at any moment an accident may take place and one will be killed. The record actually shows that so many people die in such accidents. Therefore if we actually think that this material world is a very happy place, this is our ignorance. Real knowledge is that this material world is full of danger. We may struggle for existence as far as our intelligence allows and may try to take care of ourselves, but unless the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, ultimately saves us from danger, our attempts will be useless. Therefore Prahläda Mahäräja says:
bälasya neha sharanam pitarau nrisimha
närtasya chägadam udanvati majjato nauh
taptasya tat-pratividhir ya ihänjaseshthas
tävad vibho tanu-bhritäm tvad-upekshitänäm
We may invent so many ways to be happy or to counteract the dangers of this material world, but unless our attempts are sanctioned by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, they will never make us happy. Those who try to be happy without taking shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are müdhas, rascals. Na mäm dushkritino müdhäh prapadyante narädhamäh [Bhagavad gita. 7.15]. Those who are the lowest of men refuse to take to Krishna consciousness because they think that they will be able to protect themselves without Krishna’s care. This is their mistake. The decision of the King of the elephants, Gajendra, was correct. In such a dangerous position, he sought shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
(excerpt from Srimad Bhagavatam
8:2:32., "The Elephant Gajendra's Cris".)
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näcared yas tu vedoktaà
svayam ajïo ‘jitendriyaù
vikarmaëä hy adharmeëa
måtyor måtyum upaiti saù
na äcaret—does not perform; yaù—who; tu—but; veda-uktam—what is prescribed in the Vedas; svayam—himself; ajïaù—ignorant; ajita-indriyaù—not having learned to control his senses; vikarmaëä—by not executing scriptural duty; hi—indeed; adharmeëa—by his irreligion; måtyoù måtyum—death after death; upaiti—achieves; saù—he.
If an ignorant person who has not conquered the material senses does not adhere to the Vedic injunctions, certainly he will engage in sinful and irreligious activities. Thus his reward will be repeated birth and death.
In the previous verse it was stated that although fruitive activities are prescribed in the Vedas, the actual goal of human life is to free oneself from all materialistic activities. Therefore, one may conclude that there is no need to perform the Vedic rituals, which offer regulated sense gratification. But an ignorant person, or, in other words, one who has not understood that he is not the material body but an eternal spiritual soul, part and parcel of Kåñëa, will invariably be unable to control the urges of the material senses. Therefore, if such a materially inclined person neglects the Vedic injunctions that administer regulated sense gratification, he will surely fall down into unregulated sense gratification in päpa, or sinful life. For example, those who are affected by sexual desire are ordered to accept the viväha-yajïa, or religious marriage ceremony. We often see that because of false pride a so-called brahmacäré, or celibate student of Vedic knowledge, rejects the marriage ceremony as mäyä, or material illusion. But if such a celibate student is unable to control his senses he will undoubtedly degrade himself by eventually engaging in illicit sex, which has no connection to Vedic culture. Similarly, a neophyte in Kåñëa consciousness is encouraged to eat kåñëa-prasädam to his full satisfaction. Sometimes an immature practitioner of bhakti-yoga tries to make a show of severe eating habits and eventually falls down into eating unregulated and abominable foodstuffs.
According to Çréla Viçvanätha Cakravarté Öhäkura, the words måtyor måtyum upaiti mean that a sinful person is awarded a free ticket to hell by the lord of death himself, Yamaräja. This is also described in the Vedas as follows: måtvä punar måtyum äpadyate ardyamänaù sva-karmabhiù. “Persons who cause themselves severe pain by their materialistic activities gain no relief at the moment of death, for they are placed again in a situation in which death will occur.” Therefore, Vedic ritualistic activities such as the wedding ceremony or the relishing of sumptuous yajïa-çiñöa, or food remnants of sacrifice, should not be given up by those whose senses are not yet controlled.
The previous verse gave the example of a father’s administering candy to his son to induce the child to take medicine. If the child rejects the father’s offer, thinking that the candy is unnecessary, the child also misses the opportunity to take the medicine that will cure him. Similarly, if a materialistic person rejects the Vedic injunctions that administer prescribed sense gratification, he will not be purified but instead will be further degraded. Çréla Jéva Gosvämé has described a materialistic person as one whose mind and intelligence are not faithfully fixed in the message of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In Bhagavad-gétä Çré Bhagavän, Lord Kåñëa, gives wonderful explanations to the conditioned souls, represented by Arjuna, concerning the actual goal of life. One who cannot fix his mind on these instructions is to be considered a materialistic person who is inclined toward sinful activities and who must therefore submit himself to the standard Vedic injunctions. Such Vedic injunctions, even though fruitive. are considered puëya, or pious, according to Çréla Jéva Gosvämé, and thus one who strictly performs them will not go to hell. Lord Kåñëa Himself states in the Bhägavatam (11.20.9),
tävat karmäëi kurvéta
na nirvidyeta yävatä
çraddhä yävan na jäyate
“One should continue to perform the Vedic ritualistic activities until one actually becomes detached from material sense gratification and develops faith for hearing and chanting about Me.”
Çréla Viçvanätha Cakravarté
Öhäkura explains that the Vedas prescribe that one rise early
in the morning, bathe, and chant the Gäyatré mantra. If one
artificially gives up such a disciplined, regulated life, one will gradually
become a victim of activities for gross sense gratification, such as eating
in restaurants and indulging in illicit connections with women. Thus losing
control of his senses, he becomes just like an animal, engaging from the
early morning until the night in dangerous activities. Çréla
Madhväcärya has commented in this regard, ajïaù sann
äcarann api. Although in ignorance, one continues to act, not considering
the future result of one’s activities. Such indifference to the future
result of one’s activities is described in Bhagavad-gétä to
be a symptom of the mode of ignorance. Just as an intelligent man will
not drive his car on a highway if he knows the highway will lead him to
danger, an intelligent man will not perform non-Vedic activities if he
knows that the ultimate result will be the disaster described here by the
words måtyor måtyum upaiti. Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta
Sarasvaté Öhäkura has stated that ignorant persons sometimes
think that after death one automatically attains everlasting peace. But
by the powerful reactions of one’s sinful activities one comes to a most
unpeaceful condition, for one must suffer hellish miseries in exchange
for the meager temporary fruits of material work. Such hellish reactions
occur not once but perpetually, as long as one is indifferent to the Vedic
injunctions. (Srimad Bhagavatam
11:3:45. text and purport)
"IN EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE the chanting of the Holy Name of Krishna shall be heard. This was the forecast made by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu almost 500 years ago in India. Today, as the Hare Krishna Mantra -- Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare -- resounds in Bombay and New York, Nairobi and Sydney, and in Paris and Hong Kong, the prophecy of Lord Caitanya stands fulfilled. The universal import of this "Samkirtan Movement" (the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord) was expressed by Lord Caitanya as follows:
"Glory to the Sri Krishna Samkirtan which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years together. Thus the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death, is extinguished. The Samkirtan Movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction Moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge, it increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it helps us to have a taste of the full nectar for which we are always anxious."
(Every Town & Village, album cover)
What's So Special About Chanting Hare Krishna?
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aham kratur aham yajnah
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mantro 'ham aham evajyam
aham agnir aham hutam
"But it is I who am the ritual, I the sacrifice, the offering
to the ancestors, the healing herb,
the transcendental chant. I am the butter and the fire and the offering."(Lord Krishna, Bhagavad-gita 9.16)
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Hindu Puppets Cause Excitement in Basque Country
TOLOSA, SPAIN, December 15, 2003: (translated from Spanish) The story of "Krishna" wowed Spanish audiences at the 21st annual International Marionette Festival of Tolosa in the Basque province of northern Spain during the first week of December. Twenty-one puppet groups from nine countries performed at the Festival. This was the first year that India participated. Two companies, the Mayur Puppet Theatre and the Shankuru Seethalakshmi shadow puppet group (famed for its stories from Ramayana and Mahabarata) presented "Krishna" and "Knowledge is Power." The reaction to the Indian presentations was so good that the organizers of the festival have proposed to dedicate a special edition of next year's festival to India with the presence of six of its puppet companies and an exhibition of Hindu puppets. The Indian ambassador to Spain, Dilip Lahiri, expressed pleasant surprise at the quality of the festival and has announced his intention to do everything he can to facilitate India's participation at next year's event.
Courtesy of http://www.HinduismToday.com/
Institute Monitoring Western Europe's Debate on Religious Garb
WASHINGTON, D.C., U.S.A, December 15, 2003: The Institute on Religion and Public Policy is watching closely the debates in Western Europe regarding religious garb. This is an issue which may already be impacting Hindus, and which Hindus should watch closely. As Europe struggles with the integration of its rising Muslim population and a new wave of anti-Semitism, a long-awaited official report on church-state relations in France is recommending sweeping changes in the way the country balances its fierce commitment to secularism with the demands of its religious minorities. The French report's most dramatic recommendation, which was delivered December 12, 2003, to President Jacques Chirac, was to urge passage of a law banning "conspicuous" religious symbols in public schools. Such symbols would include head scarves worn by Muslim girls, skullcaps worn by Jewish boys, and large crosses worn by Christians. This report does not say if the Hindu bindi would be considered "conspicuous." Although the report was into the wider question of French secularism, debate on the issue has focused on the wearing of Islamic headscarves in schools. "Discreet" medallions and pendants which merely confirm a person's religious faith would be allowed.
"The issue of conspicuous display of religious garb cuts right at the heart of religious rights," commented Institute President Joseph K. Grieboski. "To a Jewish man the kippa (skull cap) is a means to draw out one's inner sense of respect for God, to remind Jews of God, who is the Higher Authority 'above us' (Kiddushin 31a). External actions create internal awareness; wearing a symbolic, tangible 'something above us' reinforces that idea that God is always watching." "Crosses and crucifixes in Christian theology are used to inculcate lessons of piety, are concerned with the order of ideas, and serve as a simple physical reminder of the presence of God in our lives," continued Mr. Grieboski. "In Islam, the headscarf is meant to elevate the status of the Muslim woman by preserving her dignity and honor. Islam has been preserving the correct and proper dress code, not only for ladies, but for men as well." Mr. Grieboski continued. "The governments of France and Germany are impeding the very free expression of religious beliefs at the heart of a democratic system and beginning down a very slippery slope, worsened by the arbitrary distinctions made between public and private by the state."
Courtesy of http://www.HinduismToday.com/
Living the Religious Life of a "None"
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA, December 4, 2003: A growing number of Americans simply answer "none" or "no religion" when pollsters ask them their religious affiliation. Some "nones" identify themselves as atheists or agnostics, but the vast majority believe in God, pray and often describe themselves as "spiritual, but not religious." Nones are one of the fastest growing religious categories in the United States. According to a recent survey, their ranks have more than doubled in a decade and include 29 million Americans. They're easy to find in the West and are the single largest religious group in Oregon and Washington, where they make up 21 and 25 percent of the population,respectively. In California nearly one in five people (19 percent) say they are nones. The sharp increase in the number of Americans nationwide who now claim no loyalty to a single faith has gotten the attention of many scholars. The shift has been noted in several polls, including the American religious Identification Survey of 2001, conducted by the city University of New York. This telephone survey of 50,000 Americans, which was also conducted in 1990, asked the open-ended question, "What is your religion, if any." Based on those answers, the study estimated that the number of "no religion" Americans had jumped from 14 million in 1990 to 29 million in 2001. Out of that 29 million, only 900,000 would call themselves atheists. Those 29 million nones are outnumbered only by the 51 million Americans who call themselves Catholic and 34 million who say they are Baptist.
Courtesy of http://www.HinduismToday.com/
NASA To Study Man Who Survives On Liquids And Sunlight
The article below: http://www.spacedaily.com/news/food-03d.html
From the same category: Jasmuheen(http://www.jasmuheen.com), who recently was in Romania said she hadn't eaten food for 8 years if I remember well and a 76-year-old Hindu pretends that he has not eaten for 68 years.
Delhi - Jun 30, 2003
An Indian man, who claims to have survived only on liquids and sunlight for eight years, has been invited by NASA to show them how he does it.
Hira Ratan Manek - also known as Hirachand - a 64-year-old mechanical
engineer who lives in the southern state of Kerala,
apparently started disliking food in 1992, the Hindustan Times newspaper reported.
In 1995, he went on a pilgrimage to the Himalayas and stopped eating completely on his return.
His wife, Vimla, said: "Every evening he looks at the sun for one hour
without batting an eyelid. It is his main food.
Occasionally he takes coffee, tea or some other liquid."
Last June, scientists from the US space agency verified that Manek spent 130 days surviving only on water, the report said.
They even named this subsistence on water and solar energy after him: The HRM (Hira Ratan Manek) Phenomenon.
Mr Manek is now in the US to show NASA's scientists how he survives without food.
The US space agency hopes to use the technique to solve food storage and preservation problems on its expeditions, the report said.
Mr Manek said he "eats through his eyes" in the evening, when the sun's ultraviolet rays are least harmful. He and his wife claim the technique is totally scientific. However, doctors warn that staring at the sun can make you blind.
His wife said: "He has a special taste for sun energy. He believes only 5 per cent of human brain cells are used by most people. The other 95 per cent can be activated through solar energy."
Practicals of Reincarnation:
One may kill an animal to enjoy eating it, but he will be bound by such an action. Thus in one’s next life he will become a cow or a goat, and the cow or goat will become a man and eat him. This is the Vedic statement, and as with all Vedic statements, one may believe it or not. Unfortunately, at present people are educated in such a way that they do not believe in the next life. Indeed, it seems that the more “educated” one becomes, the less he believes in God, in God’s law, in the next life and in sinful and pious activities. Thus modern education is simply preparing men to become animals. If there is no education to teach a human being what he is and whether or not he is this body, he remains no better than an ass. An ass also thinks, “I am this body,” as do other animals. Thus if a man thinks in the same way, how is he different from any other animal? Srimad-Bhägavatam states:
yasyätma-buddhih kunape tri-dhätuke
sva-dhih kalaträdishu bhauma ijya-dhih
yat tirtha-buddhih salile na karhichij
janeshv abhijïeshu sa eva go-kharah
“For one who accepts the body—which is made of three elements—as his self, who has an affinity for intimate bodily relationships with his wife and children, who considers his land worshipable and who accepts the waters of holy places of pilgrimage but does not take advantage of the knowledge of the saintly persons there, is to be considered to be in illusion and no better than an ass or a cow.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.84.13) According to Äyur Veda, the material body is composed of three elements, kapha-pitta-vätaih—mucus, bile and air. Within the body there is complex machinery which transforms food into liquid. There are so many complicated bodily processes going on, but what do we know of them? We say, “This is my body,” but what do we know about this body? Some people even claim, “I am God,” but they do not even know what is going on within their own bodies. (Srila ACBSP. Matchless Gifts 3. excerpt.)
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Official Opening of the New Iskcon Auckland temple
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ohu vaha ho......oh how wonderous !!!
It gives me great pleasure to announce that we have two new devotees in the community:
In Christchurch Gokulacandra prabhu and Indrani mataji received a new "Ray of Vishnu" on Saturday, 13th December.2003 (Bhakisiddhanta's disappearance), weighing in at 8lb3oz (Pushyami nakshatra Devaganam). Her name is Nadia (after a song by Bhaktivinode Thakur). Apparently mother and baby are well.
and in Ohope in the Eastern Bay of Plenty Bhakta Yaron and wife Effrat mataji also received their Ray of Vishnu, on Wednesday 10th December (Mrigasira nakshatra Devaganam). Effrat had a three day labour but mother and baby are now well. This little girl was blessed with six fingers and six toes on each foot. She's a real treasure!
Srila Prabhupad on the topic of jivas taking birth in devotee families:
"Sucinäm Shrimatäm gehe. So this child is born of a devotee father and devotee mother. Now hell again begin from the point where he lost last life. Suppose Krishna consciousness he executed fifty percent. So hell begin from this life fifty-one percent. That fifty percent was in his stock. But ordinary karmiscent percent lost. He has to begin another chapter of life according to his karma." (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 17th July 1971. Lecture in Detroit.)
"There are two kinds of children born of good fathers: one is educated in Krishna consciousness so that he can be delivered from the clutches of mäyä in that very life, and the other is a ray of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and teaches the world the ultimate goal of life." (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 8th August 1976. Srimad Bhagavatam class SB 3:22:19. Tehran, Iran)
Lord Sri Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita 7:11.
balaà balavatäà cähaà
kämo 'smi bharatarñabha
balam - strength; bala-vatäm - of the strong; ca - and; aham - I am; käma - passion; räga - and attachment; vivarjitam - devoid of; dharma-aviruddhaù - not against religious principles; bhüteñu - in all beings; kämaù - sex life; asmiI am; bharata-åñabha - O lord of the Bhäratas.
"I am the strength of the strong, devoid of passion and desire. I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles, O lord of the Bhäratas [Arjuna]."
"Kandarpa is the sex desire for presenting good sons; therefore Kandarpa is the representative of Kåñëa. Sometimes sex is engaged in only for sense gratification; such sex does not represent Kåñëa. But sex for the generation of good children is called Kandarpa and represents Kåñëa." (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Bhagavad Gita 10:28 purport.)
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Auckland Veda club.
Auckland University - Wellesley St. campus
Its a simple weekly program thats been running for a few years, at Clubspace,
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Catering for students, shoppers, office workers, and the needy - all will find full satisfaction for the body, mind and soul.
Saturday Evenings at “Food for Life” from 4.00pm
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Lunches 11.30 - 2 pm Weekdays. Prices,
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Dinner Fridays 7 - 9 pm, $15 ea, 3 courses. $5 kids under 12 years.
Bhagavad Gita classes Friday nights 6.30 - 8pm, $7 includes dinner.
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CHEESES - NO ANIMAL RENNET only VEGE
(even Parmesan and other favorites)
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Delicious Veggie Lasagna
1 (1 1/2 qt.) jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
1/2 cup grated carrots
1/2 tsp. oregano
6 cooked lasagna noodles
1 ( 16 oz. ) container Ricotta cheese
1 pkg. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and well drained
1 1/2 cups thinly sliced zucchini
3 cups part skim shredded mozzarella
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
Mix carrots, oregano, and spaghetti sauce together.
In a separate bowl, mix ricotta, spinach together.
Spread 1/2 cup spaghetti sauce mixture in bottom of 9 x 13 inch baking dish.
Layer 3 lasagna noodles, 1/2 of the remaining sauce,
1/2 of the ricotta mixture, 1/2 of the sliced zucchini,
1/2 of the shredded mozzarella, and 1/2 of the parmesan.
Repeat layers with remaining ingredients.
Bake in 350 F degree oven for about 45 minutes. Serves 8.
Xmas Parmesan Popovers
1 cup flour
1 cup milk
2 tble spoons yogurt
1 Tbsp. butter, melted
1/4 tsp. salt
1/3 cup finely grated parmesan cheese
Oregano or Italian Seasoning (Sweet Basil, Mint, Oregano, Paprika)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl. In a buttered muffin tin, fill each cup half full.
Place in a cold oven and put temperature on 450 'F degrees for 15 minutes.
Turn oven down to 350 'F for another 15 minutes.
Serve hot with butter. They are better than biscuits!
Recipe makes 10 popovers. .........from Emily
CROSTINI (satwik version)
12 slices Italian bread, sliced ½-inch thick
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, thyme or oregano, (optional)
1 teaspoon Hing
Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly brush one side of the bread with a little olive oil.
Arrange on a baking sheet and sprinkle with optional herbs. Bake, turning once, until golden, about 25 minutes. Cool slightly.
The ever popular paneer tikki, made richer with dry fruit stuffing and spiced with green chillies.
Cooking Time : 10 min.
Preparation Time : 10 min.
Serves/Makes : Makes 20 tikkis.
400 grams paneer mashed
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
2 green chillies, finely chopped
2 pinches sugar
2 tablespoons cornflour
1 teaspoon chopped cashewnuts
2 teaspoons raisins, chopped
oil for shallow frying
salt to taste
Mash the paneer thoroughly.
Add the coriander, green chillies, sugar, cornflour and salt and mix very well.
Mix the cashewnuts and raisins.
Shape the paneer mixture into small balls. Press a little in the centre of each ball, fill some cashewnut- raisin mixture and close.
Roll the tikkis in some cornflour.
Shallow fry in oil in a tava.
Serve hot with mint chutney.
Tava Cooking by Tarla Dalal http://www.tarladalal.com
For the Shortbread:
175g/6oz unsalted butter, softened
75g/3oz golden caster sugar
175g/6oz plain flour
75g/3oz rice flour or ground rice
For the Filling:
425ml/¾pt double cream
1 vanilla pod
45g/3tbsp icing sugar, sieved
450g/1lb fresh strawberries, washed
8 whole strawberries
icing sugar, to dust
1. Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas3.
2. Place the butter into a large bowl and, using a wooden spoon, cream until softened. Add the sugar and blend together.
3. Sift both the plain flour and ground rice together into the creamed mixture.
4. Shape the mixture into a sausage shape, cut it in half and set one half aside. Squash the mixture down onto a large baking tray. Use a 20cm/8in plain flan ring as a guide and press the mixture around the ring. Use the back of a metal tablespoon to smooth the surface of the mixture.
5. Remove the flan ring and decorate the shortcake mixture by crimping the mixture with your thumb and forefinger to form scalloped edges. Prick the surface of the shortcake with a fork. Repeat the process with the remaining shortcake mixture.
6. Place the shortcakes in the fridge and chill for 30-40 minutes until hard. Meanwhile, reserve 8 whole strawberries. With the remaining strawberries remove the stalks (or hull) and cut in half. Set aside.
7. Remove the shortcakes from the fridge and bake for about 30 minutes until pale golden brown.
8. To prepare the vanilla cream filling: pour the cream into a large bowl. Split the vanilla pod with a knife lengthways, scrape out the seeds and add the seeds to the double cream with the icing sugar. Whisk until the cream forms soft peaks.
9. Allow the shortcakes to cool for 2 minutes. Carefully release from the baking sheet with a palette knife. Using a large knife mark into 8 equal wedges. Allow to cool completely.
10. To assemble: place 8 of the shortcake wedges onto a large plate. Lay the wedges closely together. Spoon over half of the whipped cream; pile the halved strawberries onto the cream. Spoon over the remaining cream and place the remaining 8 shortcake wedges at an angle with the reserved whole strawberries underneath to keep each piece at an angle.
11. Dust with icing sugar and serve.
Crunchy Almond-Caramel Brittle
submitted by Karin Frei from Switzerland
Holiday tradition: Christmas
This recipe takes about 10 minutes to make.
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar-molasses
1 tsp. vanilla
2 cups almond chips
Add 1 cup of sugar to pan, heat, stir constantly
Add 1 cup of molasses and cook until sugar is dissolved, mixture bubbles
Add 1 tsp. of vanilla, sugar starts to smell like caramel (about 5 minutes)
Add 2 cups of almond chips added to the hot mixture and stir for another minute (don't overcook, take instantly off the heat when almonds smell finely roasted, or else it might start to smell burnt).
Spread mixture quickly on a well greased baking sheet and roll with greased (!!) rolling pin about 5 mm thick. Let cool, break into pieces. If you want squares, cut while mixture is still warm and soft.
Careful: Melted sugar is exceedingly hot! Don't lick or stick fingers in it while cooking or removing from pan - you'll end up having blisters! And do use regular Brown Sugar-Molasses, not the ones that taste like licorice.
Wrapped in a nice box, these candies also make a brilliant present!
XMAS with JAMAICAN FRUIT 7 ICE CREAM SUNDAE:
4 large bananas
1 whole pineapple
250 grms brown sugar
100 grms butter
500 grms/ half litre cream
500 grms vanila ice cream
either on a BBQ grill or under the toaster grill of your oven, grill the 4 bananas with their skins on. While these are cooking (until bursting and bubbling) take the whole pineapple, take off the top, and while keeping the outter skin on cut it length ways in four and remove the central core.
Then still keeping the outer skin on, cut the pineapple into wedge like shapes by cutting across the length. Dip those wedges into the brown sugar and put the wedges also onto the grill to cook until looking golden brown.
While this is happening melt the 100 grms of butter into a saucepan add the remining sugar to that when the butter has melted and stir this together until it has the unmistakeable aroma of caramel toffee - about five minutes on medium heat. When it is ready add the cream to it and stir in or whisk together.
On the offering plate place the bananas, if they are not already split,
just cut them open with a knife. Place the golden brown sticky pineapple
wedges either side of the bananas place a serving of the ice-cream on top
of the banana and then drizzle over the entire preparation a thick coating
of the caramel toffee cream sauce.
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Offering our food to Krishna:
....excerpt from lecture by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1-3 -- San Francisco, March 28, 1968
The Vedic literature says like this, that God has no leg, no hand. Therefore the impersonalists take advantage of it. "Oh, here it is stated God has no legs, no hands." But the next line is, javana grhita: "He can accept everything which you offer Him in devotion."
Now how He can accept? If He has no hand, how He can accept things from us? That means He hasn't got a hand like us. His hand is different. Therefore even though He is situated in the spiritual world, which is far, far away from us, still, He says in the Bhagavad-gita, it is said,
patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
Krsna says that "A little flower or little water or a little leaf, whatever My devotee offers Me in love and devotion, I accept it." And tad aham bhakty-upahrtam. "And because he has brought it with great devotion, therefore I eat." Tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami. Asnami means "I eat." Now you can say, "All right, I'll offer these fruits and flower to God, but it is the same. It is remaining. How He is eating?" But His eating is not like my eating, because He hasn't got a body like this. This body is material. If you bring me a plate of fruits, this body immediately swallows it. But He has got spiritual body. He eats... Simply as soon as He knows that you have offered it in devotion, He eats immediately.
Go here to follow the simple system for offering
foodstuffs to the Lord
... and always with the Magic ingredient - Offer it to Krishna.....
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Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply.
May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers!
Rig Veda Samhita 10.37.11.
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IF THEY ARE WORTH KEEPING AS FRIENDS THEY WILL GIVE UP THE MEAT HABIT
Vegetarians BEWARE of Orange Softdrinks
Coca-Cola (manufacturer) - Not suitable for vegetarians; lists the following products as not vegetarian
These products contain traces of fish gelatine, which are used as a stabiliser for beta-carotene colour.
Diet Fanta Orange
Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Diet Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for
added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
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According to recent communications with Chelsea Sugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.
See more details HERE
As of last week in November 2003 Yopliat the yogurt people now put geletine in their products
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Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves =>:-))
This is a MUST READ
Four Wives parable:
It was Xmas day and all the family, as well as the local priest came to see the young man dying in the hospital bed, as the family gathered around him suddenly the dying man began to flail about and make motions as if he would like to speak.
The priest, who was keeping watch at the side of his bed, leaned quietly over and asked, "Do you have something you would like to say?" The man nodded to the affirmatively. The priest handed him a pad and pen. "I know you can't speak, but use this to write a note and I will give it to your wife. She's waiting just outside."
Gathering his last bit of strength, the man took them and scrawled his message upon the pad. He stuffed into the priests hands and, moments later, the man died. After administering the last rites, the priest left to break the sad news to the wife.
After consoling the widow, the priest handed her the note.
"Here were his last words. Just before passing on, he wrote this message
The wife tearfully opened the note, which read, "YOU'RE STANDING ON MY OXYGEN HOSE!!"
Qantas airlines have a lot of low priced seats right now across the Tasman sea for Xmas. The carrier has a unique promotion for only $17.
It's one way only, you can only leave on December 24th, and you have
to be able to stand the smell of reindeer.
One beautiful December evening Huan Cho and his girlfriend
Jung Lee were sitting by the side of the ocean.
It was a romantic full moon, when Huan Cho said "Hey baby, let's play Weeweechu."
"Oh no, not now, lets look at the moon" said Jung Lee.
"Oh, c'mon baby, let's you and I play Weeweechu.
I love you and it's the perfect time," Huan Cho Begged.
"But I rather just hold your hand and watch the moon."
"Please Jung Lee, just once play Weeweechu with me."
Jung Lee looked at Huan Chi and said, "OK, we'll play Weeweechu."
Huan Cho grabbed his guitar and they both sang.....
"Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, Weeweechu a Merry Christmas,
Weeweechu a Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year."
.....AND SO DO I !
Pleas play the following URL:
sent in by Pauline Archell-Thompson UK - thanks
A couple had two little boys, ages 8 and 10, who were excessively mischievous. They were always getting into trouble.
Their parents knew that, if any mischief occurred in their town, the boys were probably involved.
There was a certain rabbi in the town who was extremely successful in disciplining children.
The mother of the boys asked if he would speak with her boys.
The rabbi agreed, but said he would need to speak to them individually.
The mother sent her 8-year-old to the rabbi the next morning.
The rabbi was a huge man with a booming voice. He sat the
boy down in front of him.
Towering over the child he asked sternly, "Where is God?"
The boy's mouth dropped open, but he made no response.
The rabbi repeated the question in an even sterner tone, "Where is God!?"
Again the boy, petrified, made no attempt to answer.
The rabbi raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy's
face and bellowed, "WHERE IS GOD!!!?"
The boy screamed and bolted from the room, ran directly home and dove into his closet. His older brother found him in the closet.
"What happened?" he asked.
The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, "We are in BIG trouble
this time. Seems that God is missing - and they think WE did it!"
Feggala Rothstein from Chicago decided to go on vacation to Miami in the 1920s.
Upon trying to check into a nice hotel, the concierge told her,
"Sorry, there's no vacancy." Just then, a man checked out.
Feggala then exclaimed, "Good, now you have a room."
"Sorry", the man behind the counter replied, "this hotel is restricted."
"And what does that mean?" she asked him.
"Jews aren't allowed here!"
"Well what makes you think I'm Jewish?" she shot back.
"I know you are!"
"Well, I'm not! I'm a Catholic! " she insisted.
"So tell me, " the man replied, "Did God have a son?"
"What was his name?"
"And where was he born?"
"In Bethlehem, in a stable. And do you know why he was born there?"
"Because an idiot like you wouldn't rent his parents a room!"
An elderly man in Adelaide calls his son in Sydney and says, "I hate to ruin your day, but I have to tell you that your mother and I are divorcing;
forty-five years of misery is enough."
"Dad, what are you talking about?" the son screams. "We can't stand
the sight of each other any longer," the old man says.
"We're sick of each other, and I'm sick of talking about this, so you call your sister in Brisbane and tell her," and he hangs up.
Frantic, the son calls his sister, who explodes on the phone. "Like
heck they're getting divorced," she shouts, "I'll take care of this."
She calls her dad immediately, and screams at the old man, "You are NOT getting divorced! Don't do a single thing until I get there.
I'm calling my brother back, and we'll both be there tomorrow. Until then, don't do a thing, DO YOU HEAR ME?" and hangs up.
The old man hangs up his phone and turns to his wife. "Okay," he says, "they're coming for Christmas and paying their own airfares."
from my wife's sister Robyn
Temple commander to Temple President:
That new mataji Bhaktine Bertha they tell me she's a light eater,
.........once it gets light, she starts eating.
Did you ever wonder?
Who visits good cats on Christmas Eve?
Santa Claws! (Sean, 9)
What's the best thing to put into a Christmas cake ?
Your teeth !
Why does Scrooge love Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer?
Because every buck is dear to him. (Gail S. Angel)
The ways of this material world - strange but true
A little spider in a cave, where Joseph, Mary and Jesus sought refuge
on the way to Egypt, wanted to protect the Holy Family from the frost cold
and spun a web like a curtain across the cave entrance.
When dawn came, soldiers searching for children to kill in accordance with King Herod's orders came upon the cave.
The captain said, "No need to search this. No-one's gone in there or the spider's web would have been broke."
And that, so they say, is why we put tinsel on our trees, like the strands of frosty web, as thanks to the little spider.
Believe it or not it's TRUE:
As team leader of the Police Tactics and Rescue Unit, I directed officers late one night to strategic positions around a building where a dangerous suspect was hiding. Believing the culprit to be on the roof, I decided to have an officer shine his flash-light in that direction on my command. At just the right moment, I whispered to him, "Okay, throw a light on the roof." The officer hurled his flashlight to the top of the building.
Thanks to Stan for that one....
IDIOTS AT WORK
My aunt died this past January. Citi Bank billed her for February and March for their monthly service charge on her credit card, and then added late fees and interest on the monthly charge... the balance had been $0.00.... now it was somewhere around $60.00.
I placed the following phone call to CitiBank
Me "I am calling to tell you that my aunt died in January."
CitiBank "The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply."
Me "Maybe, you should turn it over to collections..."
CitiBank "Since it is 2 months past due, it already has been."
Me "So, what will they do when they find out she is dead?"
CitiBank "Either report her account to the frauds division, or report her to the credit bureau... maybe both!"
Me "Do you think God will be mad at her?"
Me "Did you just get what I was telling you.... the part about my aunt being dead?"
CitiBank "Sir, you'll have to speak to my supervisor!"
(Supervisor gets on the phone.)
Me ''I'm calling to tell you, my aunt died in January."
CitiBank "The account was never closed and the late fees and charges still apply."
Me "You mean you want to collect from her estate?"
CitiBank "Are you her lawyer?"
Me "No, I'm her great nephew." (Lawyer info given.)
CitiBank "Could you fax us a certificate of death?"
Me "Sure." (Fax number is given.)
(After they get the fax.)
CitiBank "Our system just isn't setup for death..."
CitiBank "I don't know what more I can do to help..."
Me "Well... if you figure it out, great! If not, you could just keep billing her... I suppose... don't really think she will care...."
CitiBank "Well... the late fees and charges do still apply."
Me "'Would you like her new billing address?"
CitiBank "That might help."
Me " (Odessa Memorial Cemetery #### Hwy 129 and plot number given.)
CitiBank "Sir, that's a cemetery!"
Me "What do you do with dead people on YOUR planet?!!"
from Tania & Jeremy
Oh the world we live in...............
If Jesus were to do His same ministry on earth today,
He would be wanted by...
the FDA for turning water into wine without a license,
the EPA for killing fig trees,
the AMA for practicing medicine without a license,
the Dept. of Health for asking people to open graves, for raising the dead and for feeding 5,000 people in the wilderness,
the NEA for teaching without a certificate,
OSHA for walking on water without a life-jacket and for flying without an airplane,
the SPCA for driving hogs into the sea,
and the National Board of Psychiatrists for giving advice on how to live a guilt-free life
Christmas is weird. It's the time of year when our neighbors love to sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of their socks.
Santa Claus: An engineer's perspective
There are approximately two billion children (persons under 18) in the world. However, since Santa does not visit children of Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist (except maybe in Japan) religions, this reduces the workload for Christmas night to 15% of the total, or 378 million (according to the Population Reference Bureau).
At an average (census) rate of 3.5 children per household that comes to 108 million homes, presuming that there is at least one good child in each. Santa has about 31 hours of Christmas to work with, thanks to the different time zones and the rotation of the earth, assuming he travels east to west (which seems logical).
This works out to 967.7 visits per second. This is to say that for each Christian household with a good child, Santa has around 1/1000th of a second to park the sleigh, hop out, jump down the chimney, fill the stockings, distribute the remaining presents under the tree, eat whatever snacks have been left for him, get back up the chimney, jump into the sleigh and get on to the next house.
Assuming that each of these 108 million stops is evenly distributed around the earth (which, of course, we know to be false, but will accept for the purposes of our calculations), we are now talking about 0.78 miles per household; a total trip of 75.5 million miles, not counting bathroom stops or breaks. This means Santa's sleigh is moving at 650 miles per second--3,000 times the speed of sound. For purposes of comparison, the fastest man-made vehicle, the Ulysses space probe, moves at a poky 27.4 miles per second, and a conventional reindeer can run (at best) 15 miles per hour.
The payload of the sleigh adds another interesting element. Assuming that each child gets nothing more than a medium sized Lego set (two pounds), the sleigh is carrying over 500 thousand tons, not counting Santa himself.
On land, a conventional reindeer can pull no more than 300 pounds. Even granting that the "flying" reindeer could pull ten times the normal amount, the job can't be done with eight or even nine of them-Santa would need 360,000 of them.
This increases the payload, not counting the weight of the sleigh, another 54,000 tons, or roughly seven times the weight of the Queen Elizabeth (the ship, not the monarch). 600,000 tons traveling at 650 miles per second creates enormous air resistance- this would heat up the reindeer in the same fashion as a spacecraft re-entering the earth's atmosphere. The lead pair of reindeer would absorb 14.3 quintillion joules of energy per second each.
In short, they would burst into flames almost instantaneously, exposing the reindeer behind them and creating deafening sonic booms in their wake. The entire reindeer team would be vaporized within 4.26 thousandths of a second, or right about the time Santa reached the fifth house on his trip.
Not that it matters, however, since Santa, as a result of accelerating from a dead stop to 650 m.p.s. in .001 seconds, would be subjected to acceleration forces of 17,500 g's. A 250 pound Santa (which seems ludicrously slim) would be pinned to the back of the sleigh by 4,315,015 pounds of force, instantly crushing his bones and organs and reducing him to a quivering blob of pink goo.
Therefore, if Santa ever did exist, he's dead now..........
Merry Christmas from Shyamasundar prabhu ACBSP - N Carolina
A hillbilly named, Shawn Bob, moved to Texas, and bought a donkey from an old farmer for $100. The farmer agreed to deliver the donkey the next day.
The next day, the farmer drove up and said, "Sorry, but I have some bad news. The donkey died."
"Well, then, just give me my money back."
"Can't do that. I went and spent it already."
"OK, then. Just unload the donkey."
"What ya gonna do with him?"
"I'm going to raffle him off."
"You can't raffle off a dead donkey!"
"Sure I can. Watch me. I just won't tell anybody he's dead." A month later the farmer met up with the Hillbilly and asked, "What happened with that dead donkey?"
"I raffled him off. I sold 500 hundred tickets at two dollars apiece and "made a profit of $898."
"Didn't anyone complain?"
"Just the guy who won. So I gave him his two dollars back."
sent in by Shyam'
PS. the presenter of this newsletter accepts no responsibility for anyone
taking this up as a form of 'sankirtan", "doing the pick"
PPS. the donkey was not the one used in the nativity scene in Bethlehem
One particular Christmas season, a long time ago, Santa was getting ready for his annual trip but there were problems everywhere. Four of his elves got sick and the trainee elves did not produce the toys as fast as the regular elves, so Santa was beginning to feel the pressure of being behind schedule. Then Mrs Claus told Santa her mum was coming to visit.
This really stressed Santa! When he went to harness the reindeer he found three of them were about to give birth and two had jumped the fence and were out, heaven knows where. More stress. Then when he began to load the sleigh, one of the boards cracked and the toy bag fell to the ground and scattered the toys.
Becoming really frustrated, Santa went into the house for a cup of coffee and a shot of whisky. When he went to the cupboard, he discovered that the elves had hidden the booze, and there was nothing to drink. In his frustration, he accidentally dropped the coffee pot and it broke into hundreds of little pieces all over the kitchen floor. Santa went to get the broom only to discover that mice had eaten the straw that it was made from.
Just then, the doorbell rang and he began cussing and swearing on his
way to the door.
He opened the door and there was a little angel with a great big Christmas tree.
The angel said, very cheerfully, " Merry Christmas, Santa. Isn't it
just a lovely day ?
I have a beautiful tree for you. Isn't it just lovely ? Where would you like me to stick it ? "
Thus began the tradition of the little angel on top of the Christmas tree.
Thanks to Robyn for this gem too - argh come on maharaj lighten up ROFL
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