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Bhagavad Gita chap:16 The Divine and Demoniac Natures, texts:1-3
danam damas ca yajnas ca
svadhyayas tapa arjavam
ahimsa satyam akrodhas
tyagah santir apaisunam
daya bhutesv aloluptvam
mardavam hrir acapalam
tejah ksama dhrtih saucam
bhavanti sampadam daivim
WORD FOR WORD
sri-bhagavan uvaca--the Supreme Personality of Godhead said; abhayam--fearlessness; sattva-samsuddhih--purification of one's existence; jnana--in knowledge; yoga--of linking up; vyavasthitih--the situation; danam--charity; damah--controlling the mind; ca--and; yajnah--performance of sacrifice; ca--and; svadhyayah--study of Vedic literature; tapah--austerity; ariavam--simplicity; ahimsa--nonviolence; satyam--truthfulness; akrodhah--freedom from anger; tyagah--renunciation; santih--tranquillity; apaisunam--aversion to fault-finding; daya--mercy; bhutesu--towards all living entities; aloluptvam--freedom from greed; mardavam--gentleness; hrih--modesty; acapalam--determination; teiah--vigor; ksama--forgiveness; dhrtih--fortitude; saucam--cleanliness; adrohah--freedom from envy; na--not; ati manita--expectation of honor; bhavanti--are; sampadam--the qualities; daivim--the transcendental nature; abhijatasya--of one who is born of; bharata--O son of Bharata.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: Fearlessness; purification of one's existence; cultivation of spiritual knowledge; charity; self-control; performance of sacrifice; study of the Vedas; austerity; simplicity; nonviolence; truthfulness; freedom from anger; renunciation; tranquillity; aversion to faultfinding; compassion for all living entities; freedom from covetousness; gentleness; modesty; steady determination; vigor; forgiveness; fortitude; cleanliness; and freedom from envy and from the passion for honor--these transcendental qualities, O son of Bharata, belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.
PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
In the beginning of the Fifteenth Chapter, the banyan tree of this material world was explained. The extra roots coming out of it were compared to the activities of the living entities, some auspicious, some inauspicious. In the Ninth Chapter, also, the devas, or godly, and the asuras, the ungodly, or demons, were explained. Now, according to Vedic rites, activities in the mode of goodness are considered auspicious for progress on the path of liberation, and such activities are known as daiviprakrti, transcendental by nature. Those who are situated in the transcendental nature make progress on the path of liberation. For those who are acting in the modes of passion and ignorance, on the other hand, there is no possibility of liberation. Either they will have to remain in this material world as human beings, or they will descend among the species of animals or even lower life forms. In this Sixteenth Chapter the Lord explains both the transcendental nature and its attendant qualities and the demoniac nature and its qualities. He also explains the advantages and disadvantages of these qualities.
The word abhijatasya in reference to one born of transcendental qualities or godly tendencies is very significant. To beget a child in a godly atmosphere is known in the Vedic scriptures as Garbhadhana-samskara. If the parents want a child in the godly qualities they should follow the ten principles recommended for the social life of the human being. In Bhagavad-gita we have studied also before that sex life for begetting a good child is Krsna Himself. Sex life is not condemned, provided the process is used in Krsna consciousness. Those who are in Krsna consciousness at least should not beget children like cats and dogs but should beget them so that they may become Krsna conscious after birth. That should be the advantage of children born of a father and mother absorbed in Krsna consciousness.
The social institution known as varnasrama-dharma--the institution dividing society into four divisions of social life and four occupational divisions or castes--is not meant to divide human society according to birth. Such divisions are in terms of educational qualifications. They are to keep the society in a state of peace and prosperity. The qualities mentioned herein are explained as transcendental qualities meant for making a person progress in spiritual understanding so that he can get liberated from the material world.
In the varnasrama institution the sannyasi, or the person in the renounced order of life, is considered to be the head or the spiritual master of all the social statuses and orders. A brahmana is considered to be the spiritual master of the three other sections of a society, namely, the ksatriyas, the vaisyas and the sudras, but a sannyasi, who is on the top of the institution, is considered to be the spiritual master of the brahmanas also. For a sannyasi, the first qualification should be fearlessness. Because a sannyasi has to be alone without any support or guarantee of support, he has simply to depend on the mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If one thinks, After I leave my connections, who will protect me? he should not accept the renounced order of life. One must be fully convinced that Krsna or the Supreme Personality of Godhead in His localized aspect as Paramatma is always within, that He is seeing everything and He always knows what one intends to do. One must thus have firm conviction that Krsna as Paramatma will take care of a soul surrendered to Him. I shall never be alone, one should think. Even if I live in the darkest regions of a forest I shall be accompanied by Krsna, and He will give me all protection. That conviction is called abhayam, fearlessness. This state of mind is necessary for a person in the renounced order of life.
Then he has to purify his existence. There are so many rules and regulations to be followed in the renounced order of life. Most important of all, a sannyasi is strictly forbidden to have any intimate relationship with a woman. He is even forbidden to talk with a woman in a secluded place. Lord Caitanya was an ideal sannyasi, and when He was at Puri His feminine devotees could not even come near to offer their respects. They were advised to bow down from a distant place. This is not a sign of hatred for women as a class, but it is a stricture imposed on the sannyasi not to have close connections with women. One has to follow the rules and regulations of a particular status of life in order to purify his existence. For a sannyasi, intimate relations with women and possession of wealth for sense gratification are strictly forbidden. The ideal sannyasi was Lord Caitanya Himself, and we can learn from His life that He was very strict in regards to women. Although He is considered to be the most liberal incarnation of Godhead, accepting the most fallen conditioned souls, He strictly followed the rules and regulations of the sannyasa order of life in connection with association with woman. One of His personal associates, namely Chota Haridasa, was associated with Lord Caitanya along with His other confidential personal associates, but somehow or other this Chota Haridasa looked lustily on a young woman, and Lord Caitanya was so strict that He at once rejected him from the society of His personal associates. Lord Caitanya said, For a sannyasi or anyone who is aspiring to get out of the clutches of material nature and trying to elevate himself to the spiritual nature and go back home, back to Godhead, for him, looking toward material possessions and women for sense gratification--not even enjoying them, but just looking toward them with such a propensity--is so condemned that he had better commit suicide before experiencing such illicit desires. So these are the processes for purification.
The next item is jnana-yoga-vyavasthiti: being engaged in the cultivation of knowledge. Sannyasi life is meant for distributing knowledge to the householders and others who have forgotten their real life of spiritual advancement. A sannyasi is supposed to beg from door to door for his livelihood, but this does not mean that he is a beggar. Humility is also one of the qualifications of a transcendentally situated person, and out of sheer humility the sannyasi goes from door to door, not exactly for the purpose of begging, but to see the householders and awaken them to Krsna consciousness. This is the duty of a sannyasi. If he is actually advanced and so ordered by his spiritual master, he should preach Krsna consciousness with logic and understanding, and if one is not so advanced he should not accept the renounced order of life. But even if one has accepted the renounced order of life without sufficient knowledge, he should engage himself fully in hearing from a bona fide spiritual master to cultivate knowledge. A sannyasi, or one in the renounced order of life, must be situated in fearlessness, sattva-samsuddhi (purity) and jnana-yoga (knowledge).
The next item is charity. Charity is meant for the householders. The householders should earn a livelihood by an honorable means and spend fifty percent of their income to propagate Krsna consciousness all over the world. Thus a householder should give in charity to institutional societies that are engaged in that way. Charity should be given to the right receiver. There are different kinds of charity, as will be explained later on--charity in the modes of goodness, passion and ignorance. Charity in the mode of goodness is recommended by the scriptures, but charity in the modes of passion and ignorance is not recommended, because it is simply a waste of money. Charity should be given only to propagate Krsna consciousness all over the world. That is charity in the mode of goodness.
Then as far as dama (self-control) is concerned, it is not only meant for other orders of religious society, but is especially meant for the householder. Although he has a wife, a householder should not use his senses for sex life unnecessarily. There are restrictions for the householders even in sex life, which should only be engaged in for the propagation of children. If he does not require children, he should not enjoy sex life with his wife. Modern society enjoys sex life with contraceptive methods or more abominable methods to avoid the responsibility of children. This is not in the transcendental quality, but is demoniac. If anyone, even if he is a householder, wants to make progress in spiritual life, he must control his sex life and should not beget a child without the purpose of serving Krsna. If he is able to beget children who will be in Krsna consciousness, one can produce hundreds of children, but without this capacity one should not indulge only for sense pleasure.
Sacrifice is another item to be performed by the householders, because sacrifices require a large amount of money. Those in other orders of life, namely brahmacarya, vanaprastha and sannyasa, have no money; they live by begging. So performance of different types of sacrifice is meant for the householders. They should perform agni-hotra sacrifices as enjoined in the Vedic literature, but such sacrifices at the present moment are very expensive, and it is not possible for any householder to perform them. The best sacrifice recommended in this age is called sankirtana-yajna. This sankirtana-yajna, the chanting of Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare, is the best and most inexpensive sacrifice; everyone can adopt it and derive benefit. So these three items, namely charity, sense control and performance of sacrifice, are meant for the householder.
Then svadhyaya, Vedic study, is meant for brahmacarya, or student life. Brahmacaris should have no connection with women; they should live a life of celibacy and engage the mind in the study of Vedic literature for cultivation of spiritual knowledge. This is called svadhyaya.
Tapas, or austerity, is especially meant for the retired life. One should not remain a householder throughout his whole life; he must always remember that there are four divisions of life--brahmacarya, grhastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa. So after grhastha, householder life, one should retire. If one lives for a hundred years, he should spend twenty-five years in student life, twenty-five in householder life, twenty-five in retired life and twenty-five in the renounced order of life. These are the regulations of the Vedic religious discipline. A man retired from household life must practice austerities of the body, mind and tongue. That is tapasya. The entire varnasrama-dharma society is meant for tapasya. Without tapasya, or austerity, no human being can get liberation. The theory that there is no need of austerity in life, that one can go on speculating and everything will be nice, is recommended neither in the Vedic literature nor in Bhagavad-gita. Such theories are manufactured by show-bottle spiritualists who are trying to gather more followers. If there are restrictions, rules and regulations, people will not become attracted. Therefore those who want followers in the name of religion, just to have a show only, don't restrict the lives of their students, nor their own lives. But that method is not approved by the Vedas.
As far as the brahminical quality of simplicity is concerned, not only should a particular order of life follow this principle, but every member, be he in the brahmacari ashrama, grhastha ashrama, vanaprastha ashrama or sannyasa ashrama. One should be very simple and straightforward.
Ahimsa means not arresting the progressive life of any living entity. One should not think that since the spirit spark is never killed even after the killing of the body there is no harm in killing animals for sense gratification. People are now addicted to eating animals, in spite of having an ample supply of grains, fruits and milk. There is no necessity for animal killing. This injunction is for everyone. When there is no alternative, one may kill an animal, but it should be offered in sacrifice. At any rate, when there is an ample food supply for humanity, persons who are desiring to make advancement in spiritual realization should not commit violence to animals. Real ahimsa means not checking anyone's progressive life. The animals are also making progress in their evolutionary life by transmigrating from one category of animal life to another. If a particular animal is killed, then his progress is checked. If an animal is staying in a particular body for so many days or so many years and is untimely killed, then he has to come back again in that form of life to complete the remaining days in order to be promoted to another species of life. So their progress should not be checked simply to satisfy one's palate. This is called ahimsa.
Satyam. This word means that one should not distort the truth for some personal interest. In Vedic literature there are some difficult passages, but the meaning or the purpose should be learned from a bona fide spiritual master. That is the process for understanding the Vedas. Sruti means that one should hear from the authority. One should not construe some interpretation for his personal interest. There are so many commentaries on Bhagavad-gita that misinterpret the original text. The real import of the word should be presented, and that should be learned from a bona fide spiritual master.
Akrodha means to check anger. Even if there is provocation one should be tolerant, for once one becomes angry his whole body becomes polluted. Anger is a product of the mode of passion and lust, so one who is transcendentally situated should check himself from anger. Apaisunam means that one should not find fault with others or correct them unnecessarily. Of course to call a thief a thief is not faultfinding, but to call an honest person a thief is very much offensive for one who is making advancement in spiritual life. Hri means that one should be very modest and must not perform some act which is abominable. Acapalam, determination, means that one should not be agitated or frustrated in some attempt. There may be failure in some attempt, but one should not be sorry for that he should make progress with patience and determination.
The word tejas used here is meant for the ksatriyas. The ksatriyas should always be very strong to be able to give protection to the weak. They should not pose themselves as nonviolent. If violence is required, they must exhibit it. But a person who is able to curb down his enemy may under certain conditions show forgiveness. He may excuse minor offenses.
Saucam means cleanliness, not only in mind and body but in one's dealings also. It is especially meant for the mercantile people, who should not deal in the black market. Nati-manita, not expecting honor, applies to the sudras, the worker class, which are considered, according to Vedic injunctions, to be the lowest of the four classes. They should not be puffed up with unnecessary prestige or honor and should remain in their own status. It is the duty of the sudras to offer respect to the higher class for the upkeep of the social order.
All these twenty-six qualifications mentioned are transcendental qualities. They should be cultivated according to the different statuses of social and occupational order. The purport is that even though material conditions are miserable, if these qualities are developed by practice, by all classes of men, then gradually it is possible to rise to the highest platform of transcendental realization.
- His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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In San Francisco in early 1967, Gaurasundara and
I met Srila Prabhupada. Early on in our relationship we already felt we
had known him eternally but there were of course many things we did not
know about him. After all, we were children, as he would often say, only
19 or 20 years old. Once while walking back from a rip-roaring kirtan in
Golden Gate Park we were walking alone with Srila Prabhupada, just the
three of us. The kirtan was still going on but it was getting a bit late,
so Srila Prabhupada had expressed the desire to go back to his Frederick
Street apartment. Gaurasundara and I volunteered to walk with him, one
of us on each side, eager to hear him speak and to get know him better.
Srila Prabhupada walked silently. Softly sounding his eternal japa, occasionally
it became audible. The path was winding and just as we rounded a bend Srila
Prabhupada stopped short. He pointed to a bunch of trees on his right;
it was considerably off from the path, and he said: 'Gaurasundara, can
you bring some small branches from that tree, about this thick,' and held
up his little finger to demonstrate the size. Gaurasundara nodded eagerly
and thrashed into the bushes to reach the selected tree. After a few minutes
of scrambling in the bushes we saw the big tree shudder slightly as Gaurasundara
pulled off some branches. Srila Prabhupada stood patiently waiting on the
pathway, watching quietly as Gaurasundara clamored through the bushes,
his arms full of small branches. Long pointed leafs stuck out here and
there and Gaurasundara's smiling face was visible just above them. Srila
Prabhupada was clearly pleased, so we felt pleased. We had no idea, however,
why he wanted those branches. We were dying to know but he was silent and
we were too timid to ask. Quietly we walked on, and while walking, Srila
Prabhupada plucked the leaves off the twigs, one by one; the small branches
were only about three feet long, so as he walked the plucked leafs scattered
the path behind us. Then he began the branches into eight inch pieces and
gathering the bundles in his hands. I was dying of curiosity but still
just watched quietly. We had no idea what he was doing. Suddenly, just
was we were leaving the park, Srila Prabhupada smiled brightly and said
to us: 'These twigs will be my tooth brushes. This tree has a very medicinal
sap. It has very antiseptic properties'. He turned to us, flashing his
bright smile and perfectly white teeth and said: 'If you want to have teeth
like mine at eighty, you can not use a tooth brush, you must use these
tree twigs. It will keep your teeth very healthy'. We were stunned, and
then we courageously asked him how he used them. He said 'simply, I shall
show you', and some time later he showed us how to chew the one quarter
inch end of the twig until it became like a brush, then how to scrub the
teeth and gums side to side, cleaning the plaque from them and stimulating
the gums and leaving them feeling cleaner than a dentist's office visit.
Srila Prabhupada later told us the best twig was eucalyptus, but mango
was also very good, and on the East coast, where eucalyptus was not available
he used birch. Srila Prabhupada, you taught us everything, even how to
brush our teeth, and more over you taught us how to serve unquestioningly
and eagerly without reservation. If you wanted twigs from a tree we eagerly
gave them to you. Krsna tested our service mood in so many ways, even if
we did not know or understand we trusted you anyway. That was the key.
Krsna wanted to see how much we sincerely believed in you. Thank you, Srila
Prabhupada, for still watching over us, for giving us the faith that you
are still here, watching, guiding and waiting patiently for us to bring
the twigs of our devotion to your lotus feet. Even now, just as then you
stood patiently on the forest path, watching and waiting, and even now
you still stand quietly in our hearts, guiding and waiting for us to invite
you to sit down and remain there eternally, guiding and teaching us from
within. There is no limitation on your mercy. You were kind and powerful
that you can sit in the heart of everyone who calls to you.
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pranopaharac ca yathendriyanam
tathaiva sarvarhanam acyutejya
"By giving water to the root of a tree one satisfies its branches, twigs and leaves, and by supplying food to the stomach one satisfies all the senses of the body. Similarly, by engaging in the transcendental service of the Supreme Lord one automatically satisfies all the demigods and all other living entities." (Srimad-Bhagavatam 4.31.14)
maya-mugdha jivera nahi svatah krsna-jnana
jivere krpaya kaila krsna veda-purana
"The conditioned soul cannot revive his Krsna consciousness by his own
effort. But out of causeless mercy, Sri Krsna compiled the Vedic literature
and its supplement, the Puranas." (Caitanya-caritamrta, Mad. 20.122)
ko näma loke puruñärtha-säravit
äpéya karëäïjalibhir bhaväpahäm
aho virajyeta vinä naretaram
kaù—who; näma—indeed; loke—in the world; puruña-artha—goal of life; sära-vit—one who knows the essence of; purä-kathänäm—of all past histories; bhagavat—regarding the Personality of Godhead; kathä-sudhäm—the nectar of the narrations about the Personality of Godhead; äpéya—by drinking; karëa-aïjalibhiù—by aural reception; bhava-apahäm—that which kills all material pangs; aho—alas; virajyeta—could refuse; vinä—except; nara-itaram—other than the human being. being.
Who, other than one who is not a human being, can exist in this world and not be interested in the ultimate goal of life? Who can refuse the nectar of narrations about the Personality of Godhead’s activities, which by itself can deliver one from all material pangs?
The narration of the activities of the Personality of Godhead is like a constant flow of nectar. No one can refuse to drink such nectar except one who is not a human being. Devotional service to the Lord is the highest goal of life for every human being, and such devotional service begins by hearing about the transcendental activities of the Personality of Godhead. Only an animal, or a man who is almost an animal in behavior, can refuse to take an interest in hearing the transcendental message of the Lord. There are many books of stories and histories in the world, but except for the histories or narrations on the topics of the Personality of Godhead, none are capable of diminishing the burden of material pangs. Therefore one who is serious about eliminating material existence must chant and hear of the transcendental activities of the Personality of Godhead. Otherwise one must be compared to the nonhumans.
Thus end the Bhaktivedanta purports of the Third Canto, Thirteenth Chapter, of the Çrémad-Bhägavatam, entitled “The Appearance of Lord Varäha.”
Appearance Day of Lord Varahadev
(The fast is observed 'till noon on ekadasi in NZ)(Feasting done today - 3rd Feb 2004)
vasati dasana-sikhare dharani tava lagna
sasini kalanka-kaleva nimagna
keshava dhrta-sukara-rupa jaya jagadisa hare
O Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the
form of a boar! All glories to You! The earth, which had become I,merged
in the Garbhodaka Ocean at the bottom of the universe, sits fixed upon
the tip of Your tusk like a spot upon the moon.
excerpt from Sri Dasavatara-stotra
(from Gita-govinda) by Jayadeva Gosvami
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Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda
4th February 2004
(Fasting 'till noon) (4th Feb in NZ)
Who is Lord Nityananda?
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada sings in Los Angeles, January
Lord Nityananda, who is Balarama Himself, the first direct manifestation or expansion of Krsna, is the original spiritual master. He helps Lord Krsna in His pastimes, and He is a servant of the Lord. Lord Caitanya is the same Lord Krsna, and Lord Nityananda is Lord Balarama. Lord Nityananda fulfills all of Lord Caitanya's desires. The source of the sentiment of servitude is indeed Lord Balarama, and the plenary expansions who follow Him are all influenced by that ecstasy.
Sri Rama, or Balarama, is the protector of the devotees of the Lord. Baladeva acts as the spiritual master of all devotees, and by His causeless mercy the fallen souls are delivered. Balarama comes with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and both of Them are so merciful that in this age of Kali one may very easily take shelter of Their lotus feet. They come especially to deliver the fallen souls of this age. Their weapon is sankirtana, hari-nama. Thus one should accept the sword of knowledge from Krsna and be strong with the mercy of Balarama.
Paraphrased from text and purports of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
"Narottama dasa Thakura says that Balarama and the son of Maharaja Nanda have advented Themselves as Gaura-Nitai. To propagate this fundamental principle, we are establishing a Krsna-Balarama temple to broadcast to the world that worship of Gaura-Nitai is the same as worship of Krsna-Balarama.
Although it is very difficult to enter into the Radha-Krsna pastimes, most of the devotees of Vrndavana are attracted to the Radha-Krsna lila. However, since Nitai-Gauracandra are direct incarnations of Balarama and Krsna, we can be directly in touch with Lord Balarama and Lord Krsna through Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu. Those who are highly elevated in Krsna consciousness can enter into the pastimes of Radha-Krsna through the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It is said: sri-krsna-caitanya radha-krsna nahe anya. Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is a combination of Radha and Krsna.
Balarama means guru-tattva. Balarama represents guru. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah. If we want to understand Caitanya Mahaprabhu, if we want to understand Krsna, then we must take shelter of Balarama. Nayam atma bala-hinena labhyah. This bala-hinena labhyah, this Vedic injunction, means "Without the mercy of Balarama you cannot understand, you cannot realize your spiritual identification. So that Balarama comes as Nityananda Prabhu. Balarama haila nitai. Therefore we must take shelter of Balarama."
Lecture by Srila Prabhupada, 02-02-77, Bhubaneswara
(c) Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.
sarac-candra-bhrantim sphurad-amala-kantim gaja-gatim
hari-premonmattam dhrta-parama-sattvam smita-mukham
sada ghurnan-netramkara-kalita-vetram kali-bhidam
bhaja nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi
(1) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, whose bright face mocks the full autumn moon, whose pure complexion glistens, whose gait is like that of a maddened elephant, who is always intoxicated in Krsna-prema, who embodies pure spiritual energy, whose face holds a gentle smile, whose eyes are always rolling due to His absorption in Krsna-prema, whose lotus hand holds a glowing staff, and who, by the performance of nama-sankirtana, pierces the influence of Kali-yuga.
(2) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who is the mainstay of all the rasas, who is everything to His devotees, who is beyond compare, who is the master of both Vasudha and Jahnava-devi, who consider Him more dear than their own lives, who is always maddened in Krsna-prema, and who is unknown only to those of meager intelligence.
bhaja nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi
(3) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who is very dear to Sri Saci-nandana, who is worshipped by the entire universe, who is the embodiment of happiness, who possesses infinite mercy for delivering the souls who are drowning in the age of Kali, and who, by the performance of sri-harinama-sankirtana, thwarts the progressing false pride of the ocean of repeated birth and death.
aye bhratar-nrnam kali-kalusinam kinnu bhavita
tatha prayascitam racaya yad-anayasata ime
varajanti tvam-ittham saha bhagavata mantrayati yo
bhaje nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi
(4) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who said to Sri Krsna Caitanya, "Hey brother Gauranga! What will be the destination of the sinful souls of Kali-yuga and how will theyt be redeemed? Please devise a method by which they will easily attain You."
yathestam re bhratah! kuru hari-hari-dhvanam-anisam
tato vah samsarambudhi-tarana-dayo mayi laget
idambahu-sphotair-atati ratayan yah pratigrham
bhaja nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi
(5) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who wandered around Bengal and, approaching the door of each and every home, threw open His arms and exclaimed, "O brothers! All of you should eternally perform sri-harinama-sankirtana together. By doing so, I will take the responsibility to deliver you all from the ocean of material existence."
satam srayah-sindhunnati-kumuda-bandhum samuditam
bhaje nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi
(6) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who is likened to the Agastya Muni who forcibly swallows the ocean of repeated birth and death, who is a rising full moon which increases the ocean of the saintly persons' welfare, and who is a sun which dissipates the darkness of ignorance cast by the various classes of miscreants.
(7) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the tree of Krsna-bhakti, who wandered on every path in Bengal dancing, singing, and calling out "Hari bol! Hari bol!" and who lovingly bestowed merciful sidelong glances upon those who were not compassionate to even their own selves.
subibhranam bhratuh kara-sarasi-jamkomalataram mitho
bhramantam madhuryair-ahaha! madayantam pura-janan
bhaje nityanandambhajana-taru-kundam niravadhi
(8) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who held the supremely soft lotus-hand of His brother Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, whose heart became filled with the highest bliss when the two brothers gazed into each other's faces, and who wandered here and there delighting the townspeople with His sweetness.
rasagaram saram patita-tati-taram smaranatah
param nityanandastakam-idam-apurvam pathati yas-
tad-anghri-dvandvabjam sphuratu nitaramtasya hrdaye
(9) May Sri Nityananda Prabhu place His lotus feet in the heart of one who lovingly recites this unprecedented Nityanandastaka, which is the reservoir of rasa, the greatest treasure of the most exalted Vaisnavas, and the storehouse of the essence of bhakti-rasa. This astaka is sung in the melody known as 'Sikharini".
Translated by Swarupa Damodara dasa
"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."
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måòayanti yuge yuge
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The pro-vegetarian People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals launched its Beef.com website Wednesday, happily noting the similarity to the National Cattlemen's Beef Association online address.
The Denver-based trade group's site at Beef.org promotes the wholesomeness of American beef products and insists the mad cow case reported in Washington state last month is a single isolated incident.
But mistakenly type in Beef.com and up pops a picture of a foaming-at-the-mouth cow and the warning, "It's mad to eat meat."
Bruce Friedrich of the Washington, D.C.-based PETA acknowledged that his group is delighted to benefit from any confusion over the Internet addresses. He said the group wants to spread its belief that U.S. meat isn't safe because of the feed given to animals and the hormones and antibiotics pumped into them.
"The best way to keep your family safe from contaminated meat is to throw any meat in your freezer into the trash can," Friedrich said.
PETA posted its anti-meat and mad cow messages on Beef.com after Michael Fischer of Troy, Mich., allowed the group to use his domain name. Friedrich said Fischer, who was out of the country, was seeking $2.5 million for the address, but offered it to PETA for free for a month because he's sympathetic to the group's cause.
The National Cattlemen's Beef Association said in a prepared statement that PETA was unnecessarily frightening people and capitalizing on the mad cow scare "to push a radical vegetarian lifestyle on consumers."
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India will shape world culture, says Indologist
Jan 20, 2004 The Hindu newspaper
By Our Staff Reporter
COIMBATORE, JAN. 19. India will be the greatest contributor to the universal world culture that is likely to develop in the years to come, the Indologist Koenraad Elst, said here today.
Delivering a special lecture on `India's image in the West' at the Avinashilingam University, Dr. Elst said, "In future, we are going to have one universal civilisation in which the most valuable elements of every culture will have a place. Most of these will be traceable to India."
Many of the worthwhile elements that the Indian civilisation had produced over long periods of time would be useful for everyone in the world.
Some of these universal precepts such as vegetarianism and yoga were now being practised abroad even by people who had never visited India.
"At present, the rest of the world is standing in awe of India as a land of brains and intellect, most conspicuously in computer science. India is also taking off economically, with many industries that were destroyed or moved to Britain during British rule, coming back to the country," he said, and added that this was the result of the inborn talent and working capacity of Indians.
Dr. Elst said that in the past, India had been identified with poverty and misery.
People in the developed countries lived under the impression that these undesirable conditions could be removed only by combating negative and inhuman practices.
Despite the developmental efforts after Independence, India continued to be considered a land of "injustice, untouchability and idolatory" with Indians themselves contributing much to create a negative image of their own country.
In the 1960s, India gained reputation as the "land of enlightenment", with accent on yoga and spirituality.
"People from popular culture in the West, such as film stars and singers, came to India to sit at the feet of gurus and learn transcendental meditation, Dr. Elst said.
With the resurgence of nationalism in India, there were attempts to rewrite history recorded under the British rule. However, the tendency to claim that India was the "origin for everything", was a "form of greed".
These views had been picked up and highlighted by those who wanted to project a negative impression of India to the rest of the world.
The Chancellor of Avinashilingam University, K. Kulandaivel, who presided, observed that Western historians had not brought out the greatness of India.
There had been "distortions and misinterpretations" that had been brought to light through current research, he added.
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In the entry here for 10 December I asked:
Do you know that Darwin's theory of evolution is derived from the Newtonian worldview? Do you know that from the standpoint of the quantum physical worldview, Darwinian evolution stands upon no scientific foundation whatsoever?
I thought it might be interesting to consider why this is so.
In Evolution at a Crossroads, a book published in 1985, David J. Depew and Bruce H. Weber write on page 254, "Darwin's theory was an explicit extension of the Newtonian paradigm to the biosphere..." Leading quantum theoreticians like Werner Heisenberg were openly doubtful of Darwin's ploy of appealing to Newtonian physics to explain the origin of life.
One of the simplest presentations of the incompatibility of Newtonian Darwinism and quantum physics is offered by the eminent Cambridge physicist Fred Hoyle in Chapter Eight of his 1983 book, The Intelligent Universe. The crux of the problem is the boundary between what Hoyle calls the macroworld (the world of everyday experience) and the microworld (the world at the atomic scale). The macroworld, which to some extent is apparent to our senses, is thought by quantum physicists to be sustained by the energy constantly traded back and forth within the vast swarm of invisible subatomic particles that make up the universe.
Hoyle writes that the official line regarding the scientific relationship between macroworld and microworld is that
...quantum mechanics leads to essentially the same results as used to be calculated in the days before quantum mechanics, results of a predictable or deterministic kind in which one large-scale event was said to be the cause of another. On an atomic scale things were different, however, because the usual concept of cause and effect dissolved into indeterminancy.
To make this clearer: it is supposed that many quantum events average out in the macroworld as mechanical, and thus predictable, certainties. In the microworld, on the other hand, a singular event like the path an electron takes within a sealed container is decided by the consciousness of the observer.
If you're wondering how that works, well, even physicists don't agree; and their conclusion is that it can't really be explained. Anyway, what follows is my own attempt to draw a verbal picture of the role of consciousness in quantum mechanics.
The word "quantum" is employed by scientists to indicate a tiny unit of energy that cannot be directly observed. All matter is reduced by quantum theory down to such quantum units. An example of a quantum unit is a photon, which can be conceived of as a point-particle of light. (Let me interject here that many physicists are hesitant about declarations that a photon really is a point particle...however, it is OK to think that way for practicality's sake.) A photon travels though space and time riding a "probability wave." The word probability is used to indicate that a photon's movement can only be discussed in potential terms, not certain terms.
Imagine a tropical ocean wave rolling in to a lovely island beach. Riding the wave is a surfer who symbolizes the photon particle. The strange thing here is that quantum theory says that while he rides the wave, the surfer-photon occupies no certain place. He may be considered to be anywhere along the whole wavefront. Then--in the jargon of quantum physicists--"the wavefunction collapses" when the wave touches the beach. The surfer-photon pops into view at one unforeseeable point somewhere on the beach along what was the whole front of the wave. The surfer is a pinpoint but where he lands cannot be predicted with pinpoint accuracy. Therefore photons and all subatomic particles (electrons, protons, neutrons, etc.) are called wave-particles, since they are particles (or seem to be particles; as I said, some physicists aren't sure) that travel like waves. The beach is the consciousness of the observer. Before light is observed, the most that can be said about it is that it exists in a state of fuzzy uncertainty.
Unobserved light is not there, it is...well, somewhere. Only when we see it, is it there. Though "facts" such as visible light are supposed to emerge out of the uncertainty of the microworld, it is strange that moment by moment, the facts of the macroworld around us appear stable. Quantum physics says that the point-particles that make up the computer keyboard I am using to type these words are by chance dancing in patterns that somehow cause the form of the keyboard to arise in my consciousness as a solid object of steady reality.
And so it goes that phenomena in the microworld are not predictable with the kind of certainty that says, for example, "Paper will ignite if I touch a burning match to it." That sort of certainty--which is independent of my observation, in that paper touched by a burning match will ignite whether I see it or not--is limited to the macroworld. Such certainty is called deterministic. Microworld events depend upon conscious observation. They are therefore indeterministic.
If this difference between the macroworld and microworld was real, it might relieve the tension between the Darwinian and the quantum mechanical positions. Then quantum uncertainty would apply only to subatomic events, with evolution ticking on like clockwork, independent of consciousness, as a regular function of the macroworld. But Hoyle argues that scientists maintain this difference only by deception. Their purpose is to "try to avoid the involvement of consciousness."
He offers a thought-experiment to show how it might be impossible to distinguish a macroworld event from a microworld event:
It would easily be possible for an experimental physicist to arrange that the explosion of a huge bomb was triggered by just one quantum event--a single electron tripping a switch, for example. So enormous events in the macroworld could be dependent on the outcome of an individual quantum event. How then was one to decide the outcome of such a link between the microworld and the macroworld? Unless one were to ignore quantum mechanics, the outcome of even enormous events like a bomb destroying a whole city could not be decided by calculation. The decision about whether the explosion happened or not would have to come from the actual act of observation, through one's consciousness. It could therefore be that events of overwhelming practical importance were actually quite unpredictable, outside the usual chain of cause and effect.
Perhaps you find it difficult to follow Hoyle's explanation. It boils down to this question: How much does the macroworld--the world in which the Darwinists say evolution occurs as a mechanical series of natural events--actually depend on conscious supervision? Keep in mind that the orthodox Darwinian position is that the events of nature give rise to consciousness. Hence consciousness depends upon nature, not vice versa. But quantum mechanics, when understood free of the deception tagged by Hoyle, may point to the opposite conclusion: the events of nature are completely dependent upon consciousness. Indeed, this is the Vedic conclusion.
A close look at the arguments of the evolutionists reveals that they confuse the issue of whether natural events direct consciousness or consciousness directs natural events. This confusion is evident in the arguments for natural selection. According to Charles Darwin, natural selection is the process by which nature organizes and improves life forms. Note the language Darwin himself used to explain it:
Natural selection is daily and hourly scrutinizing throughout the world, the slightest variations, rejecting those that are bad, preserving and adding up all that are good, silently and insensibly working...
On the one hand, Darwin wrote that natural selection is "scrutinizing." The act of scrutinizing requires consciousness. On the other hand, he used the word "insensibly" to depict the way natural selection works. The dictionary lists "unconscious" as a synonym for the word insensible.
As Hoyle explains in Chapter Ten of The Intelligent Universe, the term "natural selection" was coined in 1831 by Patrick Matthew to distinguish it from "artificial selection" directed by the intelligence of man. If natural selection is indeed an unintelligent function of blind Newtonian physics, there is no sense in describing it as an act of scrutiny. But Darwinists seem unable to shake themselves free of the language of consciousness. That is because their theory is meant to explain the appearance of sentient life forms, which are by definition conscious and intelligent. Logic (the law of thought and speech) works against the notion of something unconscious and unintelligent giving rise to something that is conscious and intelligent.
And so the arguments of the evolutionists are pervaded by a profound contradiction. This is abundantly evident in a 1997 essay entitled "Can Science Reassure?" by Dr. Geoff Watts, a science reporter for a British television channel. Here he tells of a computer program devised by two Swedish scientists, Nilsson and Pelger, that simulates the evolution of the eye. Excerpts:
As would happen naturally in successive generations of a real organism, Nilsson and Pelger allowed their model to deform itself at random, but within fixed limits. Playing the part of Nature red in tooth and claw, they programmed the computer to select only those of the random changes that improved the "fitness" of the system...
Step by step-unscripted, unrehearsed, and with no pre-ordained goal-the patch of light-sensitive cells modelled within the computer will turn itself into a perfectly "designed" eye.
Dr. Watts is playing a game in which he reserves for himself the right to move the goalposts whenever he likes. He maintains the difference between "natural" and "artificial" selection only by a transparent trick of word-jugglery. Casting two human scientists in the role of nature, he tells us they programmed a computer (clearly an act of consciousness and intelligence) to duplicate natural selection. Then he breezily reports how their computer will run without a script, rehearsal or goal to model an eye. Regrettably, Dr. Watts on computer technology needs a Sherlock to set him straight. A computer program is most definitely a script...a script that is debugged in the course of many rehearsals...a script that is devised by intelligent programmers to reach a particular goal they have in mind from the start.
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OREGON, U.S.A., January 10, 2004: Mad Cow Disease, scientifically known as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, has caused alarm to some American consumers of beef after a Washington Holstein was identified as carrying the disease. Some are considering adopting a vegetarian diet. This article explains how the beef industry has permeated American Society. Cow by-products are used to make gelatin, soap, asphalt roads and car tires. In the pharmaceutical industry many drugs come from a cow's body including Heparin, an anticoagulant used to thin blood, and Epinephrine to stimulate the heart in the event of cardiac arrest. The article says, "Plenty to render, recycle -- only about half of a beef cow ends up in the meat case, according to the National Renderers Association. The castoffs from beef production -- 35 million cattle slaughtered annually -- would quickly overflow the nation's landfills if they weren't rendered and recycled. So the humble cow continues to yield fertilizer from dried blood, buttons from hooves, neat's-foot oil from shin bones and toothpaste from fats." For Hindus, this article is a real eye opener -- actually rather shocking -- as we revere all life forms and do not consider that a human life form is superior to any other. Our hearts go out to the humble cow, used, abused and never honored in modern society.
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Animal Sacrifice in Hinduism refuted
Ashvamedha and Purushamedha are not sacrifices in the sense of killings
of Ashva and Purusha, as wrongly translated by the first generations of
indologists (who were missionaries), but is a ritual in which Ashva ad
Purusha play the central role in establishing or knowing/understanding
how the balance of power respectively the division in society is. Would
the Rajasuya then mean the pressing=killing of the Raja?
Medha is a word which has a cognate in Medha=Wisdom or Medhira, which means the same. (Medha comes from older obsolete mazdha, which is attested in Avestan (Ahura) Mazda, the Varuna of the ancient Iranis. No Varuna is associated with killing of animals.
The only time people are sacrificed is in the Antyeshti Yajna, or cremation ceremony.
Besides this, the understanding that the potency of the brahmanas was
very much different in previous times, they were much stronger and more
pure. The brahmanas would recite Vedic mantras and lead an animal to the
sacrificial fire, however the animal wasn't just thrown into the fire and
its body then eaten as the Christian missionaries presented "animal sacrifice
of the pagan savages" to be. Rather prior to the Kali yuga an old animal
was lead to the fire, and by the perfect recitation of sacred Vedic mantras
when the animal was lead into the fire it's old body was rejuvenated by
the flames rather than consumed and a young healthy body inherited.
Due to the lack of potency of the brahmanas in the Kali yuga, it is condemned that one even try to perform such a sacrifice in this age. There were several advocates of Ahimsa in this regard; Lord Buddha and His doctrine of Ahimsa, the saint Madhwacharya (circa 13th centuary) who stopped animal sacrifice again in India and had Vedic brahmanas offer grain balis into the fire with the mantra idam krsnaya idan na mama, Chaitanya mahaprabhu is mentioned in the Pratisagar parva 19th Chapter of Kaliyuga khanda of Bhavishya purana as being the instigator for this.
Gomedha doesn't mean the killing of Go=cow, but it means agriculture. It is known in old Iran-Afghanistan as Gomez, which is only used in the sense of agriculture. Both cultures are cognate, so are their customs. Go-medha then is the proper sacrifice of the animals strength in using it in agriculture within the daivi varnashram system, that dedicates all of men's natural attributes and actions, as well as that of those animals in their care into the blissful service of Govinda (pleaser of the cows and the senses) - Gopala (He who looks after the cows).
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Hindu scriptures on eating meat/killing animals
The Hinduscriptures from the oldest Vedic to all the later layers in time all advocate vegetarianism and not killing animals and certainly never offer animals in their Yajnas!
The Vedic word frequantly mentioned is Aghnya = not to be killed. This word was in particular used for cows.
Aahavaniiye maamsapratishedha (Katyayana Sutra)
That which is used in Yajna (aahavaniiya) must be vegetarian
Maa himsyaat sarvabhuutaani. (RigVeda)
No creature/animal should be killed.
Yah paurusheyena kravishaa samankte yo ashvyena pashunaa yaatudhaanah,
Yo aghyaayaa bharati kshiiramagne teshaam shirshaani harasaapi vrshcha. (RV 10.87.16)
The evil person who kills or eats the meat of a horse or cow deserves to be terminated.
Dhaanaa dhenurabhavad, vatso’syaastilo’bhavat. (AtharvaVeda 18.4.32)
Rice is named as ‘cow’ and sesame as ‘calf’.
[Just like someone saying ‘I want the meat of hazel = I want the nut of hazel]
Maamsapaakapratishedhashcha tadvat. (MiimaamsaSuutra 10.3.65)
Killing and eating meat is totally prohibited.
Dhenuvachcha ashvadakshinaa. (MS 10.3.65)
Like a cow is given (in charity) so also a horse.
Suraam matsyaan madhu maamsamaasavam krsaraudanam,
Dhuurttaih pravartitam hyetannaitad vedeshu kalpitam. (Mahabharata, ShaantiParvan 265.9)
It is only the evil-minded hypocrites who started telling that Vedic Yajnas involve intoxicants and meat eating. It is not in the Vedas.
[This comment must have been around the time, far beyond the Bharata Battle and in post-Vedic times, when many customs arrived in the Vedic Heartland, which were totally foreign to its culture]
The full Anushaasana Parvan of the Mahaabhaaratam discusses the evils of meat eating:
Akhaadannanumodamshcha bhaavadoshena maanavah,
Yo’numodati hanyantam so’pi doshena lipyate. (MB, AnushaasanaParvan 115.39)
The one who himself doesn’t eat meat but even if he gives his consent to eat meat or to kill an animal, he becomes equally sinful as them.
Hanyaajjantuun maamsagrdhnuh sa vai narakabhaangnarah. (MB, AP 115.43)
The meateater who kills an animal in the name of Vedic Yajna or tells that it is a requirement of the Yajna is a sinner and he will be a person who will dwell in hell.
Aahartaa chaanumantaa cha vishastaa krayavikrayii,
Samskartaa chopabhoktaa cha khaadakaah sarva eva te. (MB, AP 115.45)
The one who brings an animal to be killed, the one who buys an animal to be killed, the one who sells, buys, cooks and eats the meat are all sinners.
Na dadyaadaamisham shraaddhe na chaadyaad dharmatattvavit,
Munyannaih, syaatparaa priitiryathaa na pashuhimsayaa. (Bhaagavatam 7.15.7)
It is Dharma that in the Shraaddha feast he should never offer meat
nor should eat meat. Only vegetarian food must be offered because meat
is obtained by killing.
[One can understand that in the days of this particular verse, the mainstream Hindus were confronted with people starting to eat meat]
Naitaadrshah paro dharmo nrnaam saddharmaamichchhataam,
Nyaaso dandasya bhuuteshu manovaakkaayajasya yah. (Bhaagavatam 7.15.8)
This is the best Dharma to observe for everyone that one should not hurt other beings even in his thoughts.
ManuSmriti or ManavaDharmaShastra
Manu strongly admonishes that one should never drink and should never even smell any intoxicant like wine. (MS. 11.146-149)
Manu asserts that selling, buying, cooking and eating meat is a sin which is as great as killing an animal itself. (MS 5.15)
Gaudii Paishtii cha Maadhvii cha Vijneyaa trividhaa suraa.
Yathaivaika tathaa sarvaa na paatavyaa dvijottamaih. (MS 11.94)
Yaksharakshah pishaachaannam madyam maamsam suraasavam.
Tad braahmena naattavyam devaanaamashnataa havih. (MS 11.95)
Brahmans, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas should never drink wine, liquor or intoxicants of any kinds, because intoxicants, wine, liquor and meat of animals are the food of Yakshas, Rakshasas and Pishachas (all kind of non-Vedic people or even demons). So they mustn’t consumed.
Naakrtvaa praaninaam himsaam maamsamutpadyate kvachit.
Na cha praanivadhah svargyastamaanmaamsam vivarjayet. (MS 5.48)
Anumantaa vishasitaa nihantaa krayavikrayii.
Samskartaa chopahartaa cha khaadakashchetighaatakaah (MS 5.51)
Flesh of animals is obtained only after killing him, which is a sin,
and the killer of animals never enters the celestial abode.
All those involved in killing, consenting the killing, helping the killing, carrying, selling, buying, cooking and eating the meat of an animal are equally sinful as the killing of that animal.
Incorrect view of Hindus (Shraaddha ritual)
Annam tu saadhikshiiram goghrtam sharkaraanvitam. (Maasam) priinaati
vai sarvaanpitrnityaaha keshavah. (Matsya Purana 17.30)
Vegetarian food prepared with pure butter, milk, sugar and curd, etc. are most pleasing to the
Dvau maasau matsyamaamsaena triinmaasaanhaarine tu.
Aurashnenaatha chaturah shaakunenaatha pancha vai. (MP 17.31)
Shanmaasam chhaagamaamsena trnyanti pitarastathaa.
Sapta paarshatamaamsena tathaashtavenajena tu. (MP 17.32)
Dasa maasaamstu trnyanti varaahamahishamishaih.
Shashakuurmajamaamsena maasaanekaadeshaiva. (MP 17.33)
Samvatsaram tu gavyena payasaa paayasena cha.
Rauravena cha trpyanti maasaanpanchadashaiya tu. (MP 17.34)
Vaardhranisasya maamsena trptirdvaadashavarshikii.
Kaalashaakena chaanantaa khadgamaamsena chaiva hi. (MP 17.35)
Verses 31 to 35 describe the acts of cooking and offering of all kinds of meat (fish, gazelle, sheep, special birds, goat, deer, black deer, pig, buffalo, rabbit, turtle, special deer, rhino) to Pitr, which is totally out of place and out of context, and it appears to have been deliberately interpolated. The 36th verse again goes like this:
Yatkimchinmadhusammishram gokshiiram ghrtapaayasam,
Dattamakshayamityaahuh pitarah puurvadevataah. (MP 17.36)
Apart from the cow’s milk, honey and the sweet pudding made of milk and rice and sugar with dry nuts satifies Pitr forever.
Interpolation in Aashvalayana GrhyaSutra 5 (Shraaddha)
In the end of this chapter there are 45 sutras on Shuulagava which is
a ceremony to sacrifice a bull/ox for Shiva to appease him.
Everybody familiar with Shiva and Nandinii, knows that that is impossible. If Ashvalayana was a gotra of Vasishtha, as stated in the Sutras, then that is equally impossible, because Vasishtha owned Nandinii, and was famous for his protection of cows. And he was a Shaiva.
It is very significant that most of the interpolated verses on eating of animal flesh is in relation to the Shraaddha ritual. The rest are in other Samskara ceremonies.
The Harivamsha an appendix to the Mahabharata describes in the Giri Utsava Varnana the sacrifice of bulls and buffaloes in the Govardhana worships. One familiar with the Krshna worship does understand the ridiculous statement.
In the Paraskara GrhyaSutra one comes across the description of a 6 month old baby who has to be fed with meat in the Annapraashana Samskara ceremony. How disgustful and obviously a horrid interpolation.
Swami Prakshananda: The True History and Religion of India
2001, Delhi. Motilal Banarsidass.
(additional remarks, changes and new order done by me)
Edited by Ishwa (09/20/02 04:15 PM)
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Once a crocodile invited a monkey in a tree to come and ride on his back. The foolish monkey jumped down from the tree and soon found himself clinging to the crocodile's back in the middle of the river.
The monkey asked the crocodile, "Where are we going?"
The crocodile replied, "I'm going to take you home, where my wife will cut out your heart and we will eat you for lunch!"
The monkey replied, "But I left my heart back on shore in the tree. Will you please let me get it?"
The crocodile thought this was a good proposal and allowed the monkey to touch shore. But the monkey jumped into his tree and refused to accept further invitations from the crocodile.
The moral of this story: You may associate with the nondevotee, but don't give him your heart.
from Narada Bhakti Sutra 45 ppt.
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19th FEB -
20th FEB -
Festival Inauguration Day
4.15 am - Mangal Arotic
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8.00 am - Dhwaja Arohanm ( Raising Garuda Flags)
9.00 am - Prasad
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Drama by Vaikuntha Players
Nama Yajna Adhivas
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7.00 am - Deities greeting
8.00 am - SB. Class at the pandal
9.00 am - Breakfast Prasad
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4.30 pm - Fire sacrifice in Pancha Tattav temple ( For donors to participate)
Astottara asta Kundiya yajna (108 Kunda fire sacrifice to celebrate Srila Prabhupada 108 birth anniversary)
7.00 pm - Deities installation Adhivas
8.00 pm - Drama by Vaikuntha players
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4.15 am - Mangal Arati
7.00 am - Deities greeting
8.00 am - SB. Class
9.00 am - Prasad
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7.00 am - Deities greeting
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6.00 pm - Evening Arati
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4.15am - Mangal Arati
7.00am - Darshan Arati
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9.00 am - Prasad
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4.00 pm - Seminars
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7.30 pm - Cultural programs
4.15 am - Mangal Arati
7.00 am - Greeting deities
8.00 am - Bhagavatam Class
9.00 am - Prasad
10.00 am - Seminars
2.30 pm - Prasad
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7.00 am -Greeting the deities
8.00 am - Bhagavatam Class
9.00 am Prasadm
10.00 am -Ratha Yatra
2.30 pm Prasad
4.00 pm Seminar
6.30 pm - Cultural program
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8.00 am - Bhagavatam Class
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7.30 pm - Anukulpa Prasad
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7.00 am - Greeting the deities
8.00 am - Bhagavatam Class
9.00 am Prasad
2.30 am - Maha Feast
End of the Mayapur Festival - 2004
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Black Bean, Corn, And Cheddar Fritters
Yield: 5 Servings
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 cup unbleached white flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
-- Dash of cayenne
1/2 cup milk
1 cup black beans; cooked
1 cup sharp Cheddar cheese; (4 -ounces), grated
1/2 cup fresh corn; or frozen corn kernels
2 tble spn cilantro; minced fresh
3/4 cup red bell pepper; (1 medium
2 tble spn green chili peppers; roasted
- and chopped
1/2 cup Olive oil
-- Sour cream for serving
-- Salsa for serving
1 cup yogurt
Stir together the cornmeal, flour, baking powder, salt, chili powder, cumin, and cayenne in a medium-size bowl.
Beat the milk with the yogurt, and add it to the dry ingredients, mixing well.
Stir in the beans, cheese, corn, cilantro, red pepper, and green chilies.
Gently fold them into the batter,
Heat the 1/2 cup oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. (Test the heat by dropping a bit of batter into the oil; it should immediately sizzle and rise to the top.)
Spoon in about 1/4 cup of batter for each fritter, making three or four
at a time. Fry until golden brown on one side, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn and
fry until golden brown on the other side, and drain on paper towels.
Fry the rest of the batter in batches.
Serve immediately with sour cream and salsa on the side.
Fritters are best served hot and crispy, right out of the pan.
4 or 5 servings (about 15 fritters)
Primavera with Zucchini, Tomato and Corn
1 pound (1/2 kg - 500grms) Mostaccioli, Medium Shells or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
1 tbsp. Oilive oil
1 tsp hing
1 medium red cabbage, finely chopped
2 cups chopped zucchini
2 cups chopped fresh tomato
1 cup fresh corn or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup minced Italian flat-leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Additional freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional garnish)
Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.
Heat the Olive oil in a large skillet. Add the hing, chopped red cabbage
and zucchini and cook over medium-high heat until the cabbage goes soft
and gets a golden cooked look to it. Reduce heat to medium and add the
tomato, corn, red pepper flakes, skim milk and Parmesan cheese. Stir until
the cheese is melted and the vegetables are hot. Add the pasta and parsley
and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Noodle Eggplant Casserole
8 oz. Medium Noodles, uncooked
1 eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 cup egg substitute
3/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs
1 16-oz. can low-sodium tomato sauce
1/2 tsp. hing powder
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/2 tsp. oregano
1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
4 oz. part-skim mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced, divided
Prepare noodles according to package directions. While noodles are cooking, dip each slice of eggplant into egg substitute, then into bread crumbs. Coat each side well. Spray a cookie sheet with vegetable cooking spray. Place eggplant slices on cookie sheet and place under broiler for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or until lightly browned.
Preheat oven to 375-o F. In a medium bowl, combine tomato sauce, garlic powder, pepper and oregano.
When noodles are done, drain well. Spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray. Place a layer of eggplant in bottom of baking dish. Layer half the noodles, followed by half the tomato mixture. Sprinkle half the Parmesan cheese and half the mozzarella cheese on top. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking 15 minutes, until cheese is melted and top is lightly browned.
What is a good substitute for eggs?
Ener-G Egg Replacer - follow directions on box.
2 Tbsp corn starch = 1 egg
2 Tbsp arrowroot flour = 1 egg
2 Tbsp potato starch = 1 egg
1 heaping Tbsp soy powder + 2 Tbsp water = 1 egg
1 Tbsp soy milk powder + 1 Tbsp cornstarch + 2 Tbsps water = 1 egg.
1 Tbsp flax seeds + 1 cup water = 1 egg. Blend seeds and water for 1 to 2 minutes
until desired consistency.
1 banana = 1 egg in cakes.
Stuffed Shells Marinara
24 Jumbo Shells, uncooked
2 10-oz. packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 cups low-fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup grated white cabbage
1 14-oz. jar spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tspoon Hing
Prepare pasta according to package directions. While pasta is cooking, cook spinach according to package directions. Drain spinach thoroughly in colander by pressing out extra liquid with a large spoon; cool. In a medium bowl, combine spinach with cottage cheese, grated cabbage and hing.
When pasta is done, drain. Rinse with cold water and drain again. Preheat oven to 375-o F. Spoon cheese mixture into shells. Place shells in a lightly oiled 9 x 13 x 2-inch baking dish. Pour spaghetti sauce over shells. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Cover with foil. Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until hot.
1/4 Cup Virgin Olive Oil
1 Cup white cabbage -- chopped or grated fine
2 Tablespoons Fresh Parsley -- finely chopped
2 Tablespoons Fresh Basil -- finely chopped
2 Teaspoons Hing
1 Teaspoon Oregano
1/2 Teaspoon Thyme
1 Gallon (8 pints - 4 litres)(10-12 pounds = 5kgs) Plum Tomatoes, Diced *
Salt and Pepper -- to taste
Heat Olive oil in sauce pan on medium heat Add White cabbage and sauté 15 minutes
Add herbs and hing, continue to sauté for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add Tomatoes and *saved juice, Salt & Pepper and simmer for about 30 minutes. Stir occasionally.
NOTES : * Drain the tomatoes and chop finely, save about 1/3 of juice.
Baked Ditalini with Three Cheeses
Serves 6 as a side dish
1 pound (500 grams) Ditalini, Elbow Macaroni or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
1 cup skim milk
3/4 cup part skim ricotta cheese
1/2 cup grated low-fat Cheddar cheese
1/3 cup plus 2 tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped parsley
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 cup fine bread crumbs, dry
2 tbsp. melted butter
Prepare pasta according to package directions, reducing cooking time by one-third; drain.
While pasta is cooking, combine the milk and ricotta in a blender. Blend until smooth. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl and stir in the Cheddar cheese, 1/3 cup of the Parmesan cheese, the parsley and salt and pepper.
Stir the pasta into the cheese mixture until well blended. Transfer to a 10-inch round casserole dish. Stir the bread crumbs, melted butter and remaining 2 tablespoons of Parmesan cheese in a small bowl until thoroughly mixed. Sprinkle mixture evenly over casserole.
Bake at 375-o F until heated through, bubbling around the edges and the bread crumbs are golden brown, about 35 minutes. Serve immediately.
Linguine and Spinach Pesto
1 pound (500 grms) Spaghetti, Linguine or Thin Spaghetti, uncooked
1 10-oz. package frozen spinach, thawed, well drained
2 tbsp. Olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 tbsp. chopped parsley
2 tsp hing
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. dried sweet basil
2 tbsp. butter
1/3 cup water
4 oz. crumbled feta cheese
Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.
In blender or food processor, combine spinach, oil, Parmesan cheese, parsley, hing, salt and sweet basil. Blend at medium speed or process until finely chopped. Melt butter in pot in hot water. With blender or processor running, gradually pour in melted butter mixture until blended. Toss with pasta. Sprinkle feta on top and serve.
Capellini Orange Almondine
Serves 6 to 8
1 pound Angel Hair (Capellini) or your favorite long, thin pasta shape, uncooked
2 tbsp. margarine, divided
1/2 cup orange spreadable fruit or orange marmalade
1/4 cup whole milk
1 6-oz. can mandarin oranges, drained
1/2 cup almonds, toasted
Cinnamon, for sprinkling
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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
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Why do we offer our food to God before eating?
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Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
--Sir Paul McCartney
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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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Meet your meat - shocking live footage of the
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THIS HAS TO BE SEEN AT LEAST ONCE - SHOW YOUR MEAT
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
See here for pointers of okay ones http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html
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Four Wives parable:
Every evening, the students would assemble in a Hall where the Guru would teach them the prayer versus and slokhas for them to learn. On one such evening, while the prayer class was on, a brown kitten entered the hall. The Guru immediately gave asylum to the kitten and since then the kitten started living in the Ashram.
One fine evening, when the prayer class was about to start, the kitten started playing and thus diverted the students' attention. So the Guru thought of putting an end to this menace and he told a disciple student to tie the kitten to a pillar in the prayer hall, for which he handed a red silk ribbon which was used to tie the Vedic scripts and manuals. Also, the Guru instructed the student to tie the brown cat to the pillar in the prayer hall, every evening before start of the prayer and to free it only after the prayer class was over. This he thought, would stop the cat from playing around while the prayer class was on.
This practice was continued everyday for a long time, prior to start of the prayer a student used to tie the brown cat in the pillar. One day, the cat died, and the worried students, went in search for another brown cat and found one to tie in the prayer hall. The Guru was unaware of this and kept on teaching the students.
After a few years, the Guru too passed away. Then a new person took over as Guru of the Ashram and he too allowed the students to tie the brown cat to the pillar of the prayer hall, without knowing the reason, nor did he check with anybody about this practice.
Days passed on, many students had come and gone as also many Gurus changed. However, the practice of tying a brown cat in the prayer hall continued, no one knowing the reason nor did anyone bother to check.
After a few generations, a gentleman came forward to write the history of the Ashram in details and wrote everything in praise of the Ashram. The concluding note read:
"The evening prayer of this Ashram is a very typical one, IT IS A MUST to tie a brown cat in the prayer hall, with a Red color Ribbon before the start of daily evening prayer."
There was a long silence. Then the son asked softly, "Daddy, are you talking to me?
"Are you here for me?" she asked. "Is my time up?"
"No," answered the angel. "I have come here for the person next to you.
You still have another 30 years left." At that moment she was revived.
Elated by her experience, she decided to stay in the hospital to have a few cosmetic thinks done. She had a face lift, liposuction, breast augmentation, tummy tuck, etc. She even had her hair dyed and was discharged from the hospital looking and feeling 20 years younger. She walked out the hospital, spotted a taxi across the street and flagged it down. While crossing the street to get to the taxi she was struck down by an speeding ambulance and killed instantly. On her way to the next world she saw once again the angel of death.
"But you told me I had another 30 years left. What happened?"
"Wait a minute," said the angel. "Is that you? Oh, sorry, I didn't recognize you."
When he got there, he has the Corps of Engineers build a huge pontoon bridge.
Once they got on the other side, they blew up the bridge while the Egyptians
were trying to cross and all the Egyptians drowned."
The father was shocked. "Is that what the teacher taught you?"
"No," replied the boy. "But you would never believe the story he DID tell us!"
The devotee asked, "Please, I'm dying of thirst, can I have some water?"
"I don't have any water, the man replied. But why don't you buy a neck tie? Here's one that goes nicely with your kurta and dhoti robes."
The devotee lost it and shouted, "I don't want a tie, you idiot, I need
"OK, don't buy a tie. But to show you what a nice guy I am, I'll tell you that over that hill there, about 4 miles, is a nice restaurant. Walk that way, they'll give you all the water you want."
The devotee thanked him and walked away towards the hill and eventually disappeared. Three hours later the devotee came crawling back to where the man was sitting still behind his card table.
"I told you, about 4 miles over that hill. Couldn't you find it?"
"I found it all right, the devotee rasped. They wouldn't let me in without a tie.
"And now what, my little man?"
"Now we run!"
The owner didn't know what Johnny's problem was, but the boys would
constantly tease him.
They would always comment that he was two bricks shy of a load, or two pickles short of a barrel, two cards short of a pack.
To prove it, sometimes they would offer Johnny his choice between
a nickel (5 cents) and a dime (10 cents) and John would always take the
nickel -- they said, because it was bigger.
One day after John grabbed the nickel, the store owner took him aside and said
"Johnny, those boys are making fun of you.
They think you don't know the dime is worth more than the nickel.
Are you grabbing the nickel because it's bigger, or what?"
Slowly, Johnny turned toward the store owner and a big grin appeared on his face and Johnny said,
"Well, if I took the dime, they'd stop doing it, and so far I have saved $20!"
After awhile he stands on his back paws to push the "stop" button, then
the shop keeper follows him off.
The dog runs up to a house and drops his bag on the porch.
He goes back down the path, takes a big run, and throws himself -Whap!- against the door. He does this again and again. No answer.
So he jumps on a wall, walks around the garden, beats his head against
a window, jumps off, and waits at the front door.
A big guy opens it and starts cursing and pummeling the dog.
The shop keeper runs up screams at the guy: "What the hell are you doing? This dog's a genius!"
The owner responds, "Genius my foot, this is the second time this week the mutt's forgotten his key!"
Gatche katal, Goper tail
"Don't oil (grease) your moustache before you climb the jack fruit tree"
Gatch means "tree," Katal is jackfruit, a Gope is a mustache, and of course, taila is "oil"
Ahimsa version of not counting chickens before they are hatched
"What would you most like for your birthday?" a devotee asked his wife.
"I'd love to be ten again," she answered.
So on the morning of her birthday, the devotee woke her up bright and early and off they went to the local Theme Park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park, the Death Slide, The Screaming Loop, the Wall of Fear...everything there is! Wow!
She staggered out of the Theme Park five hours later, her head reeling and her stomach upside down. Right into Gopal's Vegetarian restaurant they went. Her husband ordered a large tali with all the trimmings, lasanga, curd steakes, chips, samosas, jalebis, barfi, mango kulfi, everything for her along with extra fries and a refreshing strawberry lassi shake.
Then off to a movie... it's the latest Star Wars epic, and popcorn,
Sprite and 7 Up and carob M & Ms. What a fabulous adventure!
Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapses in to bed.
He leans over lovingly and asks, "Well, dear, what was it like being ten again?"
One eye opens and she groaned, completely full and bloated, "I meant dress size."
The ways of this material world - strange but true
This week, My phone went dead and I had to contact the telephone repair department. They promised to be out between 800 a.m. and 700 p.m.
When I asked if they could give me a smaller time window, the pleasant gentleman asked, "Would you like us to call you before we come?" I replied that I didn't see how he would be able to do that, since our phones weren't working.
IDIOTS IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD
I live in a semi rural area. We recently had a new neighbor call the local township administrative office to request the removal of the Deer Crossing sign on our road. The reason "too many deer were being hit by cars" and he didn't want them to cross there anymore.
The stoplight on the corner buzzes when it's safe to cross the street. I was crossing with an intellectually challenged coworker of mine when she asked if I knew what the buzzer was for. I explained that it signals blind people when the light is red.
Appalled, she responded, "What on earth are blind people doing driving?"
I work with an individual who plugged her power strip back into itself and for the life of her couldn't understand why her system would not turn on.
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