Newsletter Number #134 -  ( Janmastami issue 2004 A.D. Gaurabda 518)

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All Glories To Srila Prabhupad.

/ \ All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga.

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Now available 2004 - 2005 Vaishnava Calendar starts March 2004

First Month of Chaturmasya Begins - Fasting from Sak, green leafy vegetables, for one month
(note Chaturmasya is not observed during Purushottam Adhika Masa.)

Sridhara masa continues after Purusottama Adhika Masa
(Chaturmasya is not observed during Purusottama Adhika Masa.)

Sridhara masa continues after Purusottama Adhika Masa (Fasting from green leefy vegetables)

Fasting  for Pavitropana Ekadasi (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 26th August 2004 in NZ)

Sri Sri Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra begins

Srila Rupa Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Gauridas Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav

Sri Sri Radha Govinda's Jhulan Yatra ends.

Lord Balaram - Appearance - Jayanti  (Fasting till noon)

Second month of Chaturmasya begins (Fast from yogurt for one month.)

Srila Prabhupada's departure for the USA 1965 AD.

Father's Day -  1st Sunday in September in Aus & NZ - (3rd Sunday in June in US & UK)

Birth date annirversary of HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's 108th birthday - 5th September 1896

Sri Krsna Janmastami: Appearance of Lord Sri Krsna (7th Sept in NZ)
(Fasting till midnight - breakfast with Ekadasi style prasadam)

Sri Nandotsava - Nanad maharaj celebrates the Jata karma of Baby Krishna

Srila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Appearance (Fasting till noon)(Srila Prabhupada's 108th Avirbhav mahotsav)

Annada Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 10th September 2004 in NZ)

Kanya Sankranti (Sun enters Virgo)

   Sri Ganesh Chaturthi - 18 Sept in NZ (Do Not Look @ the Moon)

Srimati Sita Thakurani (Advaita's consort) - Appearance - Avirbhav

Sri Lalita sasti

Sri Radhastami : Srimati Radharani's - Appearance (Fasting till noon - 22nd September in NZ)

Trisprsa Mahadvadasi (Fasting for Parsva Ekadasi) - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 25th September 2004 in NZ)

Sri Vamana Dvadasi - Appearance of Lord Vamandeva (The fast is observed till noon on the Ekadasi)(Feasting is done tomorrow.)

Srila Jiva Goswami - Appearance - Avirbhav

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur - Appearance - Avirbhav Utsava
(The fast is observed till noon on the Mahadvadasi)(Feasting is done today)

Sri Ananta Caturdasi Vrata

Srila Hari Das Thakur - Disappearance

Sri Visvarupa Mahotsava

Acceptance of sannyasa by Srila Prabhupada 1959 AD.

Srimad Bhagavatam Day

Third month of Chaturmasya begins (Fast from milk for one month.)

World Vegetarian Day ( 1st October every year)

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kasmad ekadasi jata tasyah ko va vidhir dvija
kada va kriyate kim va phalam kim va vadasva me

ka va pujyatama tatra devata sad-gunarnava
akurvatah syat ko dosa etan me vaktum arhasi

"Oh Gurudeva! When did Ekadasi take birth and from whom did she appear? What are the rules of fasting on the Ekadasi? Please describe the benefits of following this vow and when it should be followed. Who is the utmost worshippable presiding deity of Sri Ekadasi? What are the faults in not following Ekadasi properly? Please bestow your mercy upon me and tell about these subjects, as you are the only personality able to do so."

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Sri Sri Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra

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Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 18 -  Conclusion : The Perfection of Renunciation

                         yatra yogesvarah krsno
                       yatra partho dhanur-dharah
                        tatra srir vijayo bhutir
                         dhruva nitir matir mama

                              WORD FOR WORD

   yatra--where; yoga-isvarah--the master of mysticism; krsnah--Lord Krsna; yatra--where; parthah--the son of Prtha; dhanuh-dharah--the carrier of the bow and arrow; tatra--there; srih--opulence; vijayah--victory; bhutih--exceptional power; dhruva--certain; nitih--morality; matih mama--my opinion.


   Wherever there is Krsna, the master of all mystics, and wherever there is Arjuna, the supreme archer, there will also certainly be opulence, victory, extraordinary power, and morality. That is my opinion.

PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

   The Bhagavad-gita began with an inquiry of Dhrtarastra's. He was hopeful of the victory of his sons, assisted by great warriors like Bhisma, Drona and Karna. He was hopeful that the victory would be on his side. But after describing the scene on the battlefield, Sanjaya told the King, You are thinking of victory, but my opinion is that where Krsna and Arjuna are present, there will be all good fortune. He directly confirmed that Dhrtarastra could not expect victory for his side. Victory was certain for the side of Arjuna because Krsna was there. Krsna's acceptance of the post of charioteer for Arjuna was an exhibition of another opulence. Krsna is full of all opulences, and renunciation is one of them. There are many instances of such renunciation, for Krsna is also the master of renunciation.

The fight was actually between Duryodhana and Yudhisthira. Arjuna was fighting on behalf of his elder brother, Yudhisthira. Because Krsna and Arjuna were on the side of Yudhisthira, Yudhisthira's victory was certain. The battle was to decide who would rule the world, and Sanjaya predicted that the power would be transferred to Yudhisthira. It is also predicted here that Yudhisthira, after gaining victory in this battle, would flourish more and more because not only was he righteous and pious but he was also a strict moralist. He never spoke a lie during his life.

There are many less intelligent persons who take Bhagavad-gita to be a discussion of topics between two friends on a battlefield. But such a book cannot be scripture. Some may protest that Krsna incited Arjuna to fight, which is immoral, but the reality of the situation is clearly stated: Bhagavad-gita is the supreme instruction in morality. The supreme instruction of morality is stated in the Ninth Chapter, in the thirty-fourth verse: man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. One must become a devotee of Krsna, and the essence of all religion is to surrender unto Krsna (sarva-dharman parityajya mam ekam saranam vraja). The instructions of Bhagavad-gita constitute the supreme process of religion and of morality. All other processes may be purifying and may lead to this process, but the last instruction of the Gita is the last word in all morality and religion: surrender unto Krsna. This is the verdict of the Eighteenth Chapter.

From Bhagavad-gita we can understand that to realize oneself by philosophical speculation and by meditation is one process, but to fully surrender unto Krsna is the highest perfection. This is the essence of the teachings of Bhagavad-gita. The path of regulative principles according to the orders of social life and according to the different courses of religion may be a confidential path of knowledge. But although the rituals of religion are confidential, meditation and cultivation of knowledge are still more confidential. And surrender unto Krsna in devotional service in full Krsna consciousness is the most confidential instruction. That is the essence of the Eighteenth Chapter.

Another feature of Bhagavad-gita is that the actual truth is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna. The Absolute Truth is realized in three features--impersonal Brahman, localized Paramatma, and ultimately the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna. Perfect knowledge of the Absolute Truth means perfect knowledge of Krsna. If one understands Krsna, then all the departments of knowledge are part and parcel of that understanding. Krsna is transcendental, for He is always situated in His eternal internal potency. The living entities are manifested of His energy and are divided into two classes, eternally conditioned and eternally liberated. Such living entities are innumerable, and they are considered fundamental parts of Krsna. Material energy is manifested into twenty-four divisions. The creation is effected by eternal time, and it is created and dissolved by external energy. This manifestation of the cosmic world repeatedly becomes visible and invisible.

 In Bhagavad-gita five principal subject matters have been discussed: the Supreme Personality of Godhead, material nature, the living entities, eternal time and all kinds of activities. All is dependent on the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna. All conceptions of the Absolute Truth--impersonal Brahman, localized Paramatma and any other transcendental conception--exist within the category of understanding the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Although superficially the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the living entity, material nature and time appear to be different, nothing is different from the Supreme. But the Supreme is always different from everything. Lord Caitanya's philosophy is that of inconceivable oneness and difference. This system of philosophy constitutes perfect knowledge of the Absolute Truth.

The living entity in his original position is pure spirit. He is just like an atomic particle of the Supreme Spirit. Thus Lord Krsna may be compared to the sun, and the living entities to sunshine.

Because the living entities are the marginal energy of Krsna, they have a tendency to be in contact either with the material energy or with the spiritual energy. In other words, the living entity is situated between the two energies of the Lord, and because he belongs to the superior energy of the Lord, he has a particle of independence. By proper use of that independence he comes under the direct order of Krsna. Thus he attains his normal condition in the pleasure-giving potency.

   Thus end the Bhaktivedanta Purports to the Eighteenth Chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad-gita in the matter of its Conclusion--the Perfection of Renunciation.

Copyright 1983 The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Used with permission.

 - His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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(here's some nectar, sometimes it comes in the form of Srutakirti prabhu's diary, other times from Govinda dasi's diary, or sometimes from a letter, but still nectar...)

August 15 1977

"When I was a small boy, one of my father's friends said to him that he should send me to England to become a barrister, as I was very intelligent. But my father said that he would never send me to become a mleccha. When I became a young man, I liked that idea and was thinking why my father won't let me go? Why not go to England and get a white wife and white children? I thought somehow or other I should go and get an English wife. When I was walking on morning walks in London near the law colleges, I was thinking, 'Now I have got thousands of white children without the help of a white wife.' If I had become a barrister, I would have been a first-class barrister, putting so many convincing arguments in so many ways. Just like the Japanese know how to strike you in the right way. I put my arguments like karate."
While lying on his bed listening to the evening arati, he reflected, "I am amazed how my family, both father and mother's side were living so peacefully in Krsna consciousness. Especially my mother's side. How fortunate I was; all around me were devotees." Prabhupada said his mother was about thirty years old when he was born. Her name was Rajani.

- From the TKG's Diary by HH Tamal Krishna Goswami

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Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.1-2
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Prabhupada: (chants mangalacarana prayers)

nayam deho deha-bhajam nrloke
kastan kaman arhate vid-bhujam ye
tapo divyam putraka yena sattvam
suddhyed yasmad brahma-saukhyam tv anantam
 [SB 5.5.1]

This is a verse instructed by Maharaja Rsabhadeva to his sons. Maharaja Rsabhadeva was incarnation of Krsna, Vasudeva, long, long years ago. And He was the emperor of the whole world. Formerly there was only one king on this planet. In every planet there is a predominating personality. In every... Not only this planet, all other planets also. And the predominating deity, or you may call the king or emperor... In the moon planet he is called Candra. Similarly, the predominating deity or the emperor of the sun planet, at the present moment he is called Vivasvan. So the predominating deity or the emperor in each and every important planet, they are mentioned in the Srimad-Bhagavatam. That means the author of the Srimad-Bhagavatam has complete knowledge not only of this universe, but also beyond the universe.

Beyond the universe, there is spiritual sky. There are also different planets. But in those planets the predominating deity is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. And in this material world, in each and every planet, the predominating deity or the person is a very pious human being or living being. Generally, human being. In other higher planetary system they are also like human being. Their features are exactly like us: two hands, two legs, one head, like that. But they are very pious. They are God conscious. Every, in every planet the living entities or human being, they are of different grades. Just like in this planet also, in some portion of this world there are savages, uncivilized persons, and in some portion of the world there are civilized persons, intelligent persons, God conscious persons, as there are different grades of persons in this planet, similarly, there are different grades of beings, living beings or human beings, in different other planets. The higher and lower grades are calculated in terms of Krsna consciousness. Consciousness is there everywhere, every living entity. Not only human being but also animals, the consciousness is there. But the difference is, consciousness without Krsna is lower grade, and consciousness of Krsna in different degrees, they are higher grade. And when the consciousness is completely Krsna, that is the highest position, or that is the real position of the living entity.

So this human form of life... Maharaja Bharata is instructing to His sons. He had one hundred sons. So all of them assembled together, and the king, before retirement, was instructing. (aside:) Let him come in. (pause) So, instructing His sons. It is the duty of the father that before retirement... Now, here is one significant point. Why the king was retiring? That is the system, Vedic system. Either one is king or one is ordinary human being, at a certain age he must retire. That is Vedic system. Not that because one is king and one has ample opportunities for sense enjoyment, therefore he should indulge in sense enjoyment without retiring from family life. That is not Vedic system. The Vedic system is, the aim is, how to elevate oneself to the perfection of Krsna consciousness. That is Vedic system. You have read Bhagavad-gita. In the Fifteenth Chapter, fifteenth verse, you'll find, vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah [Bg. 15.15]. The whole Vedic system is designed or planned how to know Krsna. So if you follow Vedic system, then the ultimate objective should be to know Krsna. That is the Vedic version and corroborated by Lord Krsna Himself. He is the original compiler of Vedas; therefore His version should be accepted, that the objective of studying Vedas means to know Krsna. That's all. Vedais ca sarvair aham eva vedyah [Bg. 15.15].


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Energy is always kept on the left side.Radharani
is on the left side of the Lord, and similarly,
Lakshmiji is also on the left side of the Lord. We
are also marginal energy, not exactly like
Radharani or Laksmiji, so we should keep ourself
always on the left side of the Lord, and let us act
as His Arms, or army.

Letter to Brahmananda, August 22, 1968

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ätmänam rathinam viddhi
shariram ratham eva cha
buddhim tu särathim viddhi
manah pragraham eva cha

indriyäni hayän ähur
vishayäms teshu gocharän
bhoktety ähur manishishah

“The individual is the passenger in the car of the material body, and intelligence is the driver.
Mind is the driving instrument, and the senses are the horses.
The self is thus the enjoyer or sufferer in the association of the mind and senses. So it is understood by great thinkers.”
(Katha Upanishad 1.3.3-4.)

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura wrote in Shri Chaitanya's Teachings (pgs. 22-23):

        "Worldly people possess a double nature. They express one kind of sentiment but internally cherish a different purpose. Moreover they want to advertise this duplicity as a mark of liberalism or love of harmony. Those who are unwilling to show any duplicity, wish to be frank and straightforward, or in other words exercise unambiguously the function of the soul; such really sincere persons are called sectarian and orthodox by those who practise duplicity."

       "We will cultivate the society only of those who are straightforward.We will not keep company with anyone who is not so. We must by all means avoid bad company. We are advised to keep at a distance of a hundred cubits from animals of the horned species. We should observe similar caution in regard to all insincere persons."

Sri Sri Radha Londonisvara

"The Lord in the temple in the worshipable form is never to be considered to be made of stone or wood, for the Lord in His arca incarnation as the Deity in the temple shows immense favor to the fallen souls by His auspicious presence. By the hearing process, as mentioned hereinbefore, this realization of the presence of the Lord in the temple is made possible." (Srimad-Bhagavatam, 2.3.21, Purport)

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"A person who accepts the path of devotional service is not bereft of the results derived from studying the Vedas, performing austere sacrifices, giving charity or pursuing philosophical and fruitive activities. Simply by performing devotional service, he attains all these, and at the end he reaches the supreme eternal abode."

Bhagavad-gita 8.28

In the teachings of Sriman Mahaprabhu, there are two principal instructions: developing a taste for the chanting of the Lord’s holy names and displaying compassion for the fallen souls. The greatness of a Vaishnava depends on the extent to which he possesses these qualities... All good qualities of a Vaishnava automatically manifest in a Vaishnava who endeavors for these two qualities.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
Sri Chaitanya-shikshamrita 1.7

Prarthana lalasamayi by Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur
(sung to the tune of "jaya radhe jaya Krsna)

(1)       amar emon bhagya kota dine ha'be
        amare apan boli' janibe baisnabe

  After how may days will my good fortune dawn when a Vaisnava will consider
me to be his very own property?

(2)      sri-guru-caranamrta-madhvika-sevane
        matta ho'ye krsna-guna gabo brndabane

  By drinking the honey-wine ambrosia that has washed the lotus feet of my
Divine spiritual master, I will become madly intoxicated and will sing
wildly about the glorious qualities of Lord Krsna in Vrndavana.

(3)       karmi, jnani, krsna-dvesi bahirmukha-jana
        ghrna kori' akincane koribe barjana

  I will abandon the company of all fruitive actors, speculators, those who
are envious of Krsna, as well as those who have turned away from the Lord,
despising them as being insignificant.

(4)      karma-jada-smarta-gana koribe siddhanta
        acara-rohita ei nitanta asanta

  The smarta brahmanas who are simply after dull, materialistic fruitive
results will conclude that I am a very agitated person and bereft of any
proper behavior.

(5)      batula boliya more panditabhimani
        tyajibe amar sanga mayavadi jnani

  Such puffed-up scholars, who are actually impersonalist speculators, will
then renounce my association, considering me to be completely mad.

(6)      kusanga-rohita dekhi' baisnaba-sujana
        krpa kori' amare dibena alingana

  Seeing me thus bereft of all bad association, the most virtuous true
devotee of the Lord will then show his kindness to me by embracing me in
great affection.

(7)      sparsiya baisnaba-deha e durjana char
        anande lobhibe kabe sattvika bikar

  Thus when, touching the body of the devotee will this most wicked and
rejected person will joyfully experience all the eight transcendental
ecstatic sattvika transformations?

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Sweetest Description of Janmastami-lila
from Ananda Vrindavan Champu by Srila Kavi Karnapura
Translated by Bhanu Swami & Subhaga Swami
Published by Mahanidhi Swami

Now we will discuss the truth about the transcendental birthplace of Bhagavan and the appearance of Lord Sri Krishna. Once upon a time, Bhumi, the predominating deity of the earth, felt overburdened by different demons posing as members of the royal order. Feeling aggrieved upon seeing her miserable condition, the lotus-born Brahma appealed to Ksirodakasayi Visnu, the maintainer of the universe, saying, "Please deliver Goddess Bhumi who is feeling greatly distressed by these demoniac kings. Only You can remove this terrible influence from the earth."

The time for an appearance of the Lord coincided with two internal desires of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. First the Lord desired to descend on earth to increase the fortune of Yasoda and Nanda. Also at that time Krishna wanted to relish the sweet mellow of smgara rasa (paramour love) while enacting His worldly pastimes. For these two reasons the Lord appeared within the material creation on Bhuloka, (earth planet), along with His parents, friends, and other eternal associates.

Another distinction of Lord Krishna's earthly pastimes is that when the eternally liberated gopis such as Srimati Radharani, Candravali, and others appeared, the Srutis personified also appeared in the homes of other gopis, because they had previously cultivated the desire to serve Sri Krishna as Vraja gopis. The Dandakaranya sages, upon seeing the svakiya bhava (the sweet conjugal relationship) of Lord Ramacandra and Sitadevi, desired to have the same relationship with their Lord Madana Gopala. Upon attaining perfection in their sadhana they achieved the fortunate position of appearing as gopis in Vrindavan. Yogamaya, Lord Krishna's pastime potency who possesses unlimited abilities, appeared invisibly in Gokula to arrange this, and perform other difficult tasks on behalf of the Lord.

Sri Nanda, Yasoda, and others appeared in Brhadvana (Mahavana) before the Lord. The gopas, gopis, and other eternally liberated associates appeared after the Lord. Then those who had attained perfection by sadhana, namely the sruti-caris and muni-caris, took birth in Vrindavan.

Learning of Krishna's imminent appearance, the earth personified, feeling like a wife happily greeting her husband after a long separation, immersed in unlimited joy. At the time of Krishna's birth the general mass of people tasted the inner bliss that devotees forever relish. Auspicious signs abounded everywhere. As Visnu's conchshell Pancajanya opens in a clockwise fashion, similarly, auspicious sacrificial fires glowed in all directions. Pure gentle breezes brought a refreshing coolness like devotees who satisfy and sanctify everyone with their calm, sweet, and affectionate behavior.

The whole atmosphere became as completely purified as the heart of a devotee. The devotees once again found peace and prosperity in worshiping the lotus feet of Lord Hari. Fruits filled the jubilant trees. But the envious demons exhibited various inauspicious signs of degradation such as rapidly aging bodies and symptoms of imminent death. The desire vines of the celestial denizens seemed to be hanging in the air as if eager to produce fruits. At that time all the directions became felt as pure and joyful as the mind of a devotee who has received the mercy of Lord Hari. Just as gems, mantras, or medicines can a remove a poisonous disease from the body of a man, the advent of the Lord relieved the world from the contamination of material existence and the sinful effect of the demons. Happiness gradually replaced the distress in everyone's hearts.

The bodies of all creatures manifested extraordinary beauty and youthful vitality. Men felt extremely joyful and displayed virtuous qualities. Throughout the world people behaved cordially and interacted amicably. Happiness twinkled in everyone's eye. At the end of Dvapara-yuga, which completely destroys faults and doubts, an auspicious, favorable, obstacle-free time appeared on the eighth day of the waning moon in Bhadra month. Just at that sweet moment the Rohini Naksatra, along with the good qualities of the moon and an auspicious conjunction of stars called Ayusman, appeared in the sky to give shelter to gentle persons.

As the living entity comes out from the womb of his mother and the moon appears on the lap of the eastern direction, Yogesvara Sri Krishna, the personification of complete bliss, appeared amidst great festivities. As the moon appears in the lap of the eastern direction, which is like a beautiful bride, Krishna manifested the wonderful pastime of His appearance out of His love and compassion for the conditioned souls.

Due to austerities performed in previous lives, Vasudeva and Devaki received the opportunity to momentarily relish parental affection for Lord Sri Krishna when He appeared before them in His form as Vasudeva. Thereafter in fear of Kamsa, Vasudeva brought Vasudeva Krishna to Gokula. There the Supreme Lord appeared as Govinda before Nanda and Yasoda, His eternal parents who have been smothering Him with the sweetest form of parental love since time immemorial. The four symbols of Visnu (sankha, cakra, gada, padmd) adorned His hands and feet. The flute, flower garland, and kaustubha mani, although present within Him, had not yet manifested.

In fear of cruel Kamsa, Vasudeva decided to transfer all his wives except Devaki to Gokula. He sent Rohini to the house of Vrajaraja Nanda. By the sweet will of the Lord, Yogamaya arranged for the seventh child of  Devaki (Balarama) to enter the womb of Rohini. As a result, Balarama appeared in the home of Vrajaraja Nanda before the birth of Krishna.

Lord Hari, who is bliss personified, appeared in the home of Nanda Maharaja, the king of Vrindavan for three reasons: to engage the self satisfied sages in devotional service, to please the devotees by performing sweet transcendental pastimes, and to relieve the earth's burden caused by the demons. At the time of His majestic birth Krishna employed His inconceivable powers to appear in a body of eternity, bliss and knowledge. Everyone in the maternity room swelled with joy upon seeing the Lord's exquisite transcendental form that looked like a creeper of beauty.

Mother Yasoda resembled a lake of spiritual ecstasy in which a brilliant blue lotus of personified bliss had appeared. Neither the wind nor the bees relished the fragrance of that blue lotus. That unborn lotus was never touched by the waves of the modes of nature. Even Lord Brahma could not see it, what to speak of ordinary men.

After Yasoda and her family members fell asleep in the maternity room, Hari cried beautifully like a newborn baby. His crying sounded like the maha-vakya omkara announcing the auspicious arrival of His pastimes. Omkara is a transcendental vibration that had previously emanated from the mouth of Lord Brahma. When the ladies of Vrindavan heard the sweet sound of Krishna's crying, they woke up and ran to see the Lord. With the mellow of their matchless overflowing affection they anointed His body.

The natural fragrance of Krishna's body smelled just like musk. After the ladies bathed Krishna hi sweet ambrosia, He looked cleansed and beautiful. Then they smeared His body with fragrant sandalwood pulp. The presiding deity of the house sent a campaka flower resembling the flame of a lamp into the maternity room to worship that ornament of the three worlds. With the strength of His little arms, delicate as the tender leaves of a tree, Krishna made all the lamps in the maternity room look like a garland of lotus flower buds.

The ladies of Vrindavan saw baby Krishna like a blossoming flower made of the best of blue sapphires, or like a newly unfurled leaf of a tamala tree. Krishna looked like a fresh rain cloud decorated with the musk tilaka of the goddess of fortune of the three worlds. The ointment of the greatest auspiciousness lined His eyes. His presence filled the maternity room with good fortune. Although a mere baby, Krishna had a head full of curly hair. To hide the unique signs on His hands (goad, fish, conch etc.) the Lord folded His delicate petal-like fingers into His lotus palm. At that time Krishna laid on His back with His eyes closed.

Mother Yasoda awoke amidst the joyous chattering of the elderly gopis. Leaning over the bed she admired her gorgeous son. But upon noticing her own reflection on Krishna's body, she imagined it another woman. Thinking that a witch had assumed her form to kidnap Krishna, Yasoda became bewildered and yelled, "Get out of here! You go away!" Spontaneously she cried out to Nrsimhadeva to protect her precious son. Beholding Krishna's tender face, Yasoda showered tears of affection that looked like an offering of a pearl necklace.

Yasoda saw Krishna's body as a mound of dark blue musk, softer than the butter churned from the milk ocean. Overflowing with nectar, His charming body appeared like the foam of milk, but being dark blue in color it seemed the foam was full of musk juice. Admiring the supremely delicate form of her son, Yasoda worried about His safety and feared the touch of her body might hurt his tender body.

As she leaned over the bed Yasoda bathed Krishna with the milk dripping from her breasts. The elderly gopis instructed Yasoda how to caress the baby in her lap, and affectionately push the nipple of her breast into Krishna's mouth to feed Him. Due to Yasoda's intense love, personified bliss flowed from her breasts as steady streams of milk. When milk sometimes spilled out of Krishna's bimba fruit red lips onto His cheeks, Mother Yasoda would wipe His face with the edge of her cloth. After feeding her son, Yasoda gazed affectionately at Him in wonder.

She saw her child's body as made of dazzling blue sapphires. His mouth resembled a red bimba fruit and His hands and feet looked like exquisite rubies. Krishna's nails shone like precious gems. In this way, Yasoda thought her child was completely made of jewels. Then she perceived that His naturally reddish lips looked like bandhuka flowers, His hands and feet resembled Java flowers, His nails looked like maJlika flowers. Yasoda then thought, "Krishna's whole body seems to be made of blue lotus flowers. He does not appear to be mine." After thus deliberating within herself Yasoda became stunned in amazement.

The beautiful, soft curly hairs on the right side of Krishna's chest resembled the tender stems of a lotus. Seeing the mark of Srivatsa on His chest, Yasoda thought it was breast milk that had previously spilled out of His mouth. She tried unsuccessfully to remove these 'milk stains' with the edge of her cloth. Struck with wonder, Yasoda thought this must be the sign of a great personality. Observing the sign of Laksmi (a small golden line) on the left side of Krishna's chest, Yasoda thought a small yellow bird had made a nest amidst the leaves of a tamala tree. Could this be a streak of lightning resting on a rain cloud, or could it be the golden streaks marking a black gold-testing stone? Krishna's delicate, leaf-like hands and feet, glowing pink like the rising sun, looked like clusters of lotus flowers floating in the Yamuna.

Sometimes Yasoda saw the curly, dark blue locks of baby Krishna as a swarm of bumblebees surrounding His face. Intoxicated from drinking too much honey nectar, the bees just hovered in the sky. His thick, beautiful blue hair appeared like the dark night. The two lotus eyes of Krishna looked like a pair of blue lotus buds. His cheeks resembled two huge bubbles floating in a lake of liquefied blue sapphires. Krishna's attractive ears looked like a pair of fresh unfurled leaves growing on a blue creeper.

The tip of Krishna's dark nose appeared like the sprout of a tree, and His nostrils looked like bubbles in the Yamuna River, the daughter of the sun god. His lips resembled a pair of red Java flower buds. Krishna's chin rivaled a pair of ripe, redjambu fruits. Seeing the extraordinary beauty of her son fulfilled the purpose of her eyes and submerged Yasoda in an ocean of bliss. The elderly Vrajavasi ladies addressed Vrajaraja Nanda, "O most fortunate one, you fathered a son!" Previously Nanda Maharaja had felt deeply aggrieved over his long-standing inability to obtain a son. His heart was like a small lake that had completely dried up during a long hot summer. But when Nanda Maharaja heard of his son's birth he felt as if the dry lake of his heart had been blessed with a sudden downpour of nectar. The gentle sound of Krishna's voice removed all his grief and lamentation. Now he bathed in the rains of bliss, swam in the ocean of nectar, and felt embraced by the joyful stream of the celestial Ganges.

Eager to see his son, Nanda's body thrilled with astonishment and waves of ecstasy as he stood outside the maternity room. Because he had accumulated heaps of pious activities, it appeared that the King of Vrindavan was now shaking hands with the personification of pious deeds. Anxiously standing in the background, Yogamaya induced Nanda Maharaja to enter the maternity room. He rushed in to see his son, the personified seed of condensed bliss. It seemed that all the auspiciousness of the three worlds now resided within Krishna, the original cause of everything. Nanda saw his son as a perfectly charming person. The kajala around Krishna's eyes looked like lines on a black creeper of beauty. As the very embodiment of Nanda's good fortune, Sri Krishna bloomed like a beautiful flower in a garden of desire trees.

The aparajita flower is compared to the body of the Queen of Vrindavan. Her son is like the representative of the Upanisads that are compared to the fruit of the desire creepers. By seeing his glorious son Nanda felt that he had attained happiness, perfection, and the fulfillment of all his desires. Meeting that embodiment of bliss overwhelmed Nanda with immeasurable satisfaction. He stood motionless, stunned; his hair stood erect and tears flowed from his eyes. He appeared like a person carved in stone or a figure drawn in a painting. For some time Nanda Maharaja remained in this semi-conscious state like a sleeping man about to awaken.

Upananda, Sunanda, and other relatives felt extremely joyful while observing the best ofbrahmanas perform the rites of purification for Krishna's birth. To insure his son's welfare Nanda Maharaja donated newborn calves to each and every brahmana, thus turning their homes into abodes of surabhi cows. These cows had gold and silver plated horns and hooves, and jeweled necklaces adorning their necks. In addition, Vrajapati Nanda filled the courtyards of their homes with hills of gold, jewels, and sesame seeds. While Nanda distributed charity, the kamadhenus, touch- stones, and desire-trees lost their power to produce valuable items. Even the jewel-producing oceans lost their stock of jewels, and the goddess of fortune, the abode of lotuses, had but one lotus in her hand. The auspicious news of Krishna's wonderful appearance spread in all directions by word of mouth. Delight danced in the hearts of Nanda, his brothers Upananda and Sunanda, and all the other gopas. The gopas brought many varieties of delicious dairy products such as milk, yogurt, butter, wet cheese, and hard cheese in jewel-studded pots. The pots were tied to the ends of bamboo poles with jute straps and carried on their shoulders. Bedecked with many precious jeweled ornaments, the gopas appeared very handsome. They dressed in beautiful yellow cloth defeating the brilliance of lightning, and held staffs topped with gold and jewels in their lotus hands. As a great ocean spreads its waves in all directions, the birth of Krishna filled the Vrajavasis with unbounded bliss. The gopas and gopis enjoyed a grand festival by happily eating and by splashing each other's bodies with a mixture of yogurt, butter, milk, and condensed milk. The society girls visiting Nanda Maharaja's house experienced more happiness than they had ever felt since their birth. Their minds saturated with joy and satisfaction. Hearing the delightful description of Krishna's birth carried away the chariots of their minds and made them abandon all other duties. They became possessed with the desire to see Krishna.

Sparkling rubies hung from the necklaces adorning the society girls. Their diamond-studded armlets shown more beautifully than drops of crystal clear water. Their jewel inlaid golden bangles boasted unparalleled elegance. For this unique festival they took out some highly ornamental waist-belts from their jewel boxes and tied them around their hips. The sweet jingling of the waist-bells resting on their broad hips enhanced the beauty of these society girls. They attracted the minds of everyone with their bulky golden anklets, loosened hair braids, and graceful gait, which resembled the smooth gliding of swans. Their minds entered a state of enchantment as they gazed upon the captivating beauty of Krishna's transcendental body. To worship Krishna they brought golden trays full of auspicious articles such as fruits, flowers, yogurt, durva grass, uncooked rice, and jewel bedecked lamps. They covered the offering plates with splendid yellow silk cloth and held them in their soft lotus hands. Their jeweled ankle-bells vibrated pleasantly as they walked.

Beholding the astounding beauty of the delicate baby, the society girls considered the purpose of their eyes fulfilled. They perceived Krishna's perfect birth to be like the appearance of the leaves of an important herbal medicine. Krishna resembled a blue lotus floating hi the lake of His parent's affection. After bestowing their blessings for Krishna's prosperity, they worshiped Krishna with fresh flowers and a constant shower of loving glances. With great enthusiasm the society girls glorified Vrajesvari Yasoda since she had attained the essence of all good fortune by having Krishna as her son. Leaving the maternity room, the society girls entered the assembly hall of Nanda Maharaja's palace. Their faces looked exceedingly beautiful as they sung melodious songs, which resembled the soft sweet humming of bees moving amidst a cluster of lotus flowers. All the guests bathed in a nectar shower produced by these soothing sounds. Overwhelmed with love, they filled then- lotus palms with fragrant oil, turmeric paste, and fresh butter and started smearing each other's faces and bodies. They looked very attractive with then* smiling faces and glittering white teeth.

Then: red lips seemed more beautiful than red bandhuka flowers. This incredible display of elegance smashed the pride of the goddess of fortune of the three worlds. Carried away with joy over Krishna's birth, they fearlessly threw cheese balls, butter, and yogurt at each other. One could mistake the white balls of cheese for hailstones, solidified moonlight, or white mud from the floor of the milk ocean. Then they showered each other with buttermilk, aromatic oils, and water mixed with turmeric.

Cymbals, damru drums, bherries, and big drums vibrated auspicious sounds hi specific melodies. A celestial concert of precise poetical meters, proper rhythms, and metrical compositions suddenly manifested there. The musical ensemble inspired the society girls to sing and dance in mirth and merriment. Though not good singers, by the will of the Lord they sang with great virtuoso. Then" wonderful songs filled Nanda Maharaja's heart with joy. The combined vibrations of brahmanas' chanting Vedic hymns, the recitation of Purank lore, and the panegyrists' prayers transformed the ethers into sabda brahman,

The joy of Krishna's birth celebration taxed the drains of Nanda's capital city as they swelled to the brim with milk, yogurt, and other auspicious liquids. Soon rivers of this nectar flooded the streets of the town and permeated the entire atmosphere with a sweet fragrance. Disguising themselves as birds, the demigods descended to Vrajapura to happily drink the flood of nectar. The Vrajavasis decorated their cows with gold and jeweled ornaments. Then in great excitement they smeared them with oil, fresh butter, and turmeric paste. Beholding Krishna in their hearts, these fortunate cows looked like the essence of the earth's auspicious-ness. The whole world resounded with their jubilant bellowing. Absorbed in the ecstasy of Krishna's birth, they forgot about eating and drinking.

The festival drowned the gopis in an ocean of joy. After offering oil, vermilion, garlands, and utensils in charity to all the assembled gopis, Rohini, the wife of Vasudeva, asked them to bless Krishna, Upon completion of the sacrifice, Upananda and the other relatives felt constant happiness while taking their baths. Keeping the King of Vrindavan in the front, Nanda's relatives offered opulent cloth, jeweled ornaments, tambula, garlands, and sandalwood pulp to the guests. Then they humbly requested all in attendance to bless that wonderfully auspicious boy who had just appeared in Vrindavan.

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India—ancient, modern, mystical, alive.  A vast land of lofty mountains, broad plains, mighty rivers, throbbing cities.  A people searching for identity in a changing world.  A land of contradictions that, if overcome, could burst forth as a leader among nations.
This India, incomparable, unique, is more diverse than any other place on earth.  Nearly a billion people, of multiple languages, castes, opinions, and creeds, squeezed together, struggling to survive.  India groans, but, remarkably, doesn’t collapse.  Each new day still follows on the next with India as a nation still intact.  Her people, a seething mass, seem ever ready to explode in reckless anarchy.  Yet an intrinsic oneness, a sense of being Indian, invisibly binds all together.  That “Indian-ness” is a legacy of her timeless culture—the world’s oldest, most elaborate and most sophisticated.
But modern India is definitely a land of change.  Change is the way of the world, and nothing new to India either.  This “change” has recently been decorated by the word “progress.” Unfortunately, in terms of actual human civilization and happiness, the process of change in India has been one of gradual decline.
Since the beginning of Kali-yuga five thousand years ago, ungodly forces have been eroding India’s cultural sanctity from within.  Kali-yuga’s influence began with the downfall of the brahmana community.  These saintly spiritual leaders of society became degraded by claiming superiority on the basis of birth alone.  According to shastra (Vedic scripture), capable sons of lower families, if possessed of intellectual disposition, could also be trained as brahmanas.  By limiting brahmanism to a family tradition and thus practicing perfidy in the name of religion, downfall began.  The original varnashrama system allowed all classes of men to be trained according to their qualities and abilities.  Later, Hindu society distorted into a stunted caste system based on false privilege and exploitation, pervaded by empty ritualism in the upper castes, discontent among the lower castes, and a lack of spirituality throughout.
Thus weak and sick internally, Bharata, which once ruled the world, fell to the invading Moguls some thousand years ago.  The invaders gained political control by rule of arms and solidified their position by promoting their faith.  Finding ready converts among oppressed lower-caste Hindus, their numbers swelled as a large section of India’s population abandoned the religion of their forefathers.  The coming of the Moguls thus started a new chapter of cultural degradation.
The British accelerated the decline by deliberately attacking and undermining Indian thought and culture.  “Everything Indian is inferior, everything Western best”—so they taught.  Now the British have gone, but their legacy remains.  They de-Indianized India so well that their disciples—the educated Indians—became the new gurus of Westernization.  Indians, of course, are different from Westerners.  Their artificial attempt to be the same is simply a poor imitation.  Still, modern Indians accept Western standards of dress, thinking and living, practically as a new dharma.  As a result, fifty years of independence have degraded India more than a thousand years of foreign rule.  India, politically free, is a slave of foreign ideas.1
After independence, India adopted a policy of industrial expansion.  In pursuit of Western style affluence, the economic system was turned upside down, the ancient culture shaken up, and the natural environment raped.  The educational system was geared to turn out innumerable slavish morons for a vast socio-economic system based on exploitation.  Still, after so much endeavour, India’s economic position is not good.  Even those who work hard for a degree consider themselves lucky just to have a modest income and a little place to live in.
 Most Indians have benefitted very little from technological developments.  Crores still live in slovenly poverty, with a few modern trinkets—a radio, maybe a two-in-one, a TV and a VCR—meant to keep them happy.  Living in hope of a future high-tech paradise, reality for most is a squalid struggle for survival.
Another major cause of India’s decay has been a cheap approach to religion.  By accepting all kinds of bogus ideas, false avat€ras, and questionable gurus, Indians have been their own worst enemies.  Seeing their culture in such a deplorable condition, quasi-sophisticates, influenced by “rationalism” and apparently somewhat embarrassed about being Indian, try to pretend that Indian culture doesn’t exist.  Modern Indians prefer that India be recognized for her industrial achievements rather than her spiritual heritage.  Therefore change (Change!! Change!!) is the order of the day.  Everything alters so rapidly that we are left mentally breathless, unable to imagine what is coming next.  We have no time to consider whether we are changing for better or worse.
Change is taking place not only externally but internally also, in the way people think.  Attitudes are changing, and the result is not good.  The overwhelming trend is towards petty selfishness.
Our great-grandfathers, if alive today, might wonder if they were in the same country.  Constant materialistic propaganda from cinema, TV and magazines spoils peoples’ brains and makes them lusty, greedy and nasty.  Especially in India, for better or worse (mostly for worse), the mass media are rapidly changing the way people think.
Even the so-called intellectuals are steeped in a totally erroneous, materialistic world view.  Being products of an educational system that has deliberately killed their spiritual intelligence, they only imagine that they think for themselves.
Despite all this, Indians are still Indians, although they may not be sure what it means to be Indian.  Therefore, despite trying hard, they cannot completely give up their own culture.  Nor can they become fully Westernized.  Caught between tradition and modernity, India is left with the worst of both worlds.  The greatest sufferers are India’s youth, who have to build their lives in a society that gives them no clear direction.
 “Are we supposed to be just like Westerners?” the youth ask.  “Even if we wanted to be completely Westernized, is it possible for us? Even if it were possible, is it desirable? What about our customs, culture and religion? Can’t we take the good things of Indian life and mix them with the best of the West?”
This mental tug-of-war goes on in young people’s minds, over old values and new.  For example, tradition requires youth to respect elders and care for them in old age.  But the modern era has seen the demise of the joint family.  “Family” used to mean uncles, aunts, cousins, widows, and in-laws living together under one roof.  The demands of city life, combined with the selfishness of consumer society, are killing the joint family.  “Family” now usually means father, mother and two or three children.  Whereas the joint family functions on cooperation between many members, the small-family spirit is “Care for as few as possible.  Throw out your parents and have less children.” Naturally, family values are declining, as the divorce rate shows.  For thousands of years, divorce amongst Hindus simply did not exist.  Nowadays, it is becoming like the West—a little squabble and they are ready to finish the whole thing.
Furthermore, the pressures of modern life create tension in the home.  Many teenagers now openly disregard their parents.  They ask: “Why should I do what you say? I can look after myself.  I don’t need you!” They see their parents as suppressive guardians of an old-fashioned morality that they don’t want imposed on them.  While parents worry about drugs, free sex and the rest, the kids want to enjoy.  Who can stop them?
“Jump a mobike, hit the road.  We’ll do as we like, think as we like, dress as we like!”
The break from conservatism is most clearly expressed in the quest for sex.  Today’s youths, soaked in cinema and disco vibes, are hungry for sex.  Showing off their fashion clothes and fancy hairstyles, young men and women mix freely.  Emboldened by what they see on the screen, unmarried couples publicly indulge in loose sexual behaviour.  Ten years ago it was another world, a different scene.  Yesteryear’s culture receives hammer blows by the day.
Even the schools not only fail to uphold morality, but also contribute to the rot.  Traditional Indian schooling imparted character training and knowledge of God.  Modern education teaches that we have evolved by chance from monkeys.  “No need of God.” No mention of God.  “Science is God.  Science will solve all our problems” (a hopeless hope).  Not only from the TV and cinema, but even at school, kids learn to lie, cheat, brag, use foul language, fight, make politics, smoke, drink, use drugs, and get into sex.
Of course, only a small percentage of young people are outright rogues and ruffians.  It is a great credit to the youth of India that despite so many bad influences, they are not more spoiled.  The vast majority are fairly decent folk.  For even now, the tendency of Indians is to be religious.  Their karma and their background give them an inherent faith in God.  After all, India is punya-bhumi, dharma-bhumi.  But exposure to innumerable nonsense ideas has Indians, especially young people, asking, “Is there really any God? Can the existence of God be proved? Why should we believe all these things?” In India, the land of religion, the land of wisdom, the young people want disco.  Not caring for the ??is and €c€ryas, they idolize monkey-like rock ‘n’ roll stars.  The exalted culture of the past is being forgotten, for modern Indians prefer to imitate meat-eaters and drunkards.
Even those young people who are religious often hide their feelings, being afraid of scorn.  The spiritual aspirations of India’s youth are subverted by the social pressure of atheism.  However, their material desires are being fed at every moment.
A practical example.  The cinema and TV show people with a high standard of material opulence.  But most Indians cannot ever hope to enjoy a very luxurious lifestyle.  They have to struggle just to get food, clothing and shelter.  They see, they want, they cannot get.  Result: frustration.
Almost all the fantasy dramas on screen emphasize sex (and violence).  Watching sexy movies causes lust to burn the heart like fire.  Sex has become ridiculously over-stressed.  Naturally, young people become all excited about it.  But instead of getting any enjoyment from sex, they just feel stifled by unfulfilled desires.  Hot lust, no scope, sex starvation, simply frustration.
Traditional Indian culture teaches not to over-emphasize sex.  The more one becomes interested in sex, the further he descends to the level of animals.  Sex seems good, but is the cause of so many problems.
Another anxiety that young people grow up with is the hope/disappointment syndrome.  “What will happen in the future? Maybe I will excel in my studies and go to America.  Or at least get a good job at home.” The possibilities are exciting.
But the reality, for many, is bitter.  Every year, thousands of bright young men and women graduate into joblessness.  Carrying their hopes and spending their family’s money, they shed blood, sweat and tears on a twenty year crawl up the educational ladder.  From kindergarten, to primary school, to high school, to university, to. . . nothing.  No job.  They worked so hard, so long, to get that prized piece of paper, “Certificate of Graduation,” only to find it, for all practical purposes, useless.  For these highly educated failures, the world seems cruel.
It is not uncommon to get five thousand applicants for fifty jobs or to see “Graduate Driver” painted on an autorickshaw, or a “Graduate Pan Shop.” After so much education, they get a job that even an illiterate person can do quite capably without a B.Sc., B.A.  or even S.S.C.
So, our college-going youth may act real cool, as if they had not a care in the world.  But inside, the anxiety burns: “Will I hit the jackpot or crash into disaster?”
Still another anxiety of young people concerns their future marriage.  Everyone hopes for an agreeable spouse, and simultaneously fears the worst—an unfaithful or incompatible partner.  Young women especially hope more and fear more.  Every girl hopes for a husband who will love her and care for her.  But romantic dreams often turn into nightmares.  The husband may be a drunkard, give dowry harassment, beat the wife cruelly, or worse.  At the wedding everyone is smiling, but there is no predicting what the future will bring.  Young couples start out with great hope, but in the modern age, family life is all too often not “home-sweet-home.”
The position of women has much declined.  In traditional Indian culture, women were considered almost sacred.  They were protected and adored for their virtue of chastity.  Men were trained to see all women (except their own wife) as mothers.  Now, in the name of liberty, women have learned from TV and cinema to mix freely with men and to dress and behave to attract them.  Men view women as usable objects of sex enjoyment.  Therefore, young women (especially) have to live with the fear of molestation.  Respect for women is “out of date.”
Another problem many young people face is the generation gap.  They can’t understand, nor be understood, by their elders.  Today’s kids enjoy computers and mobikes the way their parents had fun with transistor radios.  The world is open for today’s liberated youth: drugs, blue movies, booze, loose sex, violence—watch out, the kids are getting into it.
Parents think to protect their children by imposing restrictions on them.  But the kids rebel.  They want to do what they like.  “I’m young, I’m strong, I’m healthy, I want to enjoy.  Why shouldn’t I?” The older generation laments, “Our children don’t listen to us.  They don’t care for what we say.  They don’t relate to us.” But if parents are unable to give any clear direction to their kids, what do they expect? If the older generation is totally materialistic, absorbed in maintaining and improving a comfortable standard of living, how can they hope that their kids will have higher values? In the unrelenting quest for money (Money!! Money!!) where does the question of right and wrong come in? “Right” means to succeed materially.  “Wrong” means to fail.  Moral instructions are imparted as a convenience to try to keep the kids in line.  Naturally, giving pious speeches but setting an example of selfishness cannot fool the educated youth of today.  If today’s youths are cynical, disenchanted, misguided or out-and-out materialists, greedy or even violent, it’s at least partly because the older generation contributed to the spoiling of their character.
Like it or not, today’s generation is different.  Look at the way they dress.  All fashion and hairstyle, they move around the streets showing themselves off to each other like actors on a stage.  They zoom around on tinny little mobikes, making a big noise, as if they were film stars.  Some are totally corrupt and spoiled.  Some students have their impressionable minds perverted by gangster-type politicians, who deliberately mould them into anti-social monsters.  Such lawless young devils have no respect for their professors, fellow students or anyone else.  Always ready to inflict violence on those who even verbally oppose them, they forcibly impose strikes at whim, regularly terrorize and disrupt campus life, spoil the morale and good name of educational institutions, and generally take pleasure in making others’ lives miserable.
Thus we find today’s youth of India, at best, simply confused; at worst, demons in human form.  Overall, most young people are still good at heart, but much misguided by materialistic propaganda.
After this analysis of the problems and aspirations of the young people of India today, the question is: what is our message to the youth of India?
This is our recommendation: Don’t be fooled by maya, illusion.  Young people are easily enamoured by the glitter of material life.  They think, “If I get a good job, work hard and earn good money, I’ll be a success.  I’ll be happy.” Foolish hope.  Since time immemorial, everyone has been trying to be happy in this material world, and no-one has succeeded yet.  As eternal spirit souls, we belong to the spiritual world, and can only be happy in spiritual activity.  So, to be attracted to that little glimmer of materialism is not very intelligent.  The young, especially students, are expected to be perceptive, so they should use their intellect to find out, “Who am I? What is the meaning of life?”
Please don’t get caught on the superficial platform.  Try to understand who you are.  You are not the body.  Ultimately, you are not even Indian! You are not made to enjoy this material world.  You are pure spirit soul (Atma), part and parcel of the Supreme Soul, Krishna.  By your good fortune, as a result of previous pious activities, you have attained birth in a human body in the land of India.
Of course, nowadays, people think that birth in America is most fortunate.  America is considered the most advanced country in the world.  Almost all young Indians would go to America if they got the chance.
But for spiritual advancement, India is best.  Human life is valuable and is attained only after many, many births.  Humans can inquire about God.  Animals cannot.  Having attained a human birth, we should at least be thoughtful.  We should take a break in our rushed existence to consider: “Who am I? Where have I come from? What happens after death? What is the purpose of life? What about God and my relationship with Him?” Only if we ask such questions do we give real purpose to our human lives.
Human birth in India is especially precious, for India’s very atmosphere, culture and tradition gives all opportunities to advance in pious life.  Those born as humans in India naturally tend towards spiritual development.  Generally only persons who have executed pious activities in previous lives get the chance of human birth in India.
Even those born in non-Hindu families are at an advantage by being born in India.  Those who impartially study the Vedic message, especially the devotional teachings of the Vaishnava Acharyas, must conclude, as so many Westerners also have, that the monotheistic traditions of the world find their conclusion in Vaishnavism (Krishna consciousness).  Krishna consciousness is nonsectarian in the true sense of the term, for it transcends such designations like “Hindu” or “non-Hindu.” The Atma, or self, is neither Hindu nor non-Hindu—it is an eternal particle of God.  Therefore Indians born in non-Hindu families should not approach Krishna consciousness in a sectarian way, as if it were another partisan dogma.  Krishna consciousness is not an ordinary religion.  It is a serious education in spiritual values.  Those who reject Krishna consciousness out of small-minded sectarianism deny themselves the opportunity to find the topmost religious fulfillment.
Therefore, our fervent appeal to all Indians, especially the young and inquisitive, is this: don’t be fooled by the glittering fantasy of maya.  Human life is not meant for decorating the body and riding around on a motorbike.  It is not meant simply for getting a comfortable home, a nice spouse, or a so-called good job.  Human life is meant for understanding God.  You have been born in the land with the greatest culture.  That Vedic culture, based on the dynamic quest for love of God, is eternal, universally applicable, and supremely pure.  It’s essence cannot be polluted in any way.  But having been misrepresented by innumerable cheaters, your original culture (sanatana-dharma) is now passing as mundane “Hindu religion.” Temples and priests remain, but spiritual substance is lacking.  India is dragging on with the hollow remnants of Vedic culture.
Under the circumstances, it is not surprising if intelligent people are skeptical of what is now called “Hinduism.” Educated Indians, rightly, have little taste for empty ritualism in the name of religion.  They fear the type of fundamentalist revival that threatens to plunge us back into medieval bigotry and repression.  However, if they got something of real substance, a zestful, intellectually satisfying way to know ourselves and God, then why should they not take it? Krishna consciousness is that real thing, the genuine representation of Vedic culture in the modern age.
Vedic culture is not in itself bad.  Those who are intelligent enough to doubt should realize that a good thing badly presented doesn’t make it bad.  Vedic wisdom is vast and comprehensive.  It not only comes from an ancient past, but is still followed in one form or another by millions today.  The Vedic teachings are becoming a major cultural influence throughout the world.  That modern man, with his unlimited resources of knowledge, is still attracted to Indian culture, indicates that it cannot be without substance.  The spiritual message of India has not been invalidated by her present weak cultural condition.  That the Vedic teachings have been distorted for personal gain does not alter their truths.
Actual knowledge never changes.  The knowledge of the Vedas is unchangeable because it is based on the Absolute Truth.  Untruths propagated in the name of truth cannot change the Absolute Truth.  Five thousand years ago, Lord Krishna summarized that truth in the Bhagavad-gita, the essence of the Vedas.  That we now have TVs, cars and computers do not render it irrelevant.  The Gita is as fresh and alive today as ever.  Those whose intelligence has not been dulled by crass materialism can appreciate the message of the Gita  Others cannot.
In the Gita, Krishna’s first instructions tell us who we are and what is our position in the universe.  In one verse, He gives us more factual information about  reality than taught in all the schools and universities of the world.

dehino ’smin yatha dehe
kaumaram yauvanam jara
tatha dehantara praptir
dheeras tatra  na  muhyati

These are the ABC’s of spiritual knowledge.  Krishna explains that we are not these bodies but the soul (Atma) within the body.  The body continuously changes, from boyhood, to youth, to old age.  The final change, called death, entails the soul’s leaving its old body and taking a new one.
The body is vinashi—it must be destroyed.  We are avinashi, Atma, never to be destroyed.  Under the influence of maya, we are trapped in material bodies.  We transmigrate in this material world from body to body to body, birth after birth after birth.  Despite all our endeavours in various types of bodies, we can never be happy in this world of repeated birth and death.  Therefore we should try to understand our actual spiritual position.  Despite our machines and technology, the fact remains: material existence is miserable.  Krishna describes this world in Bhagavad-gita (8.14) as duhkalayam ashashvatam, a place of misery wherein repeated birth and death take place.  Krishna further explains how the Atma becomes entangled in maya and how he may become disentangled.  He describes reincarnation, karma, the material and spiritual worlds, the demigods, and much more.  Ultimately Krishna reveals Himself as the Supreme Personality of Godhead.  Bhagavad-gita is a summary of all transcendental knowledge.  Although brief, it is complete and perfect.  The Gita teaches all that is explained in other scriptures of the world and also reveals truths not found elsewhere.
But the youth of modern India are so unfortunate that in the land where Bhagavad-gita was spoken, they are not taught the lessons of the Gita.  Bhagavad-gita is studied and respected throughout the world.  But so-called “modern” Indians do not know what it teaches and do not want to know.  Such a great land of spiritual culture—what a horrible condition India has come to! Sexy cinema magazines sell like hot cakes, but Bhagavad-gita: “We are not interested in these things.”
Of course, many of the youth of India, despite all social pressures, do have at least a little interest in topics of spiritual knowledge.  Such young people would do well to study Chapter Sixteen of Bhagavad-gita, “The Divine and Demoniac Natures,” to understand which direction their life is leading in.
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, vigour, forgiveness, fortitude, cleanliness, and freedom from envy and from the passion for honour—these transcendental qualities belong to godly men endowed with divine nature.
Pride, arrogance, conceit, anger, harshness and ignorance—these qualities belong to those of demoniac nature.  The transcendental qualities are conducive to liberation, whereas the demoniac qualities make for bondage.  (Bhagavad-gita, 16.1-5)
Krishna also says in the Gita:
My dear Arjuna, how have these impurities come upon you? They are not at all befitting a man who knows the value of life.  They lead not to higher planets but to infamy.  Do not yield to this degrading impotence.  It does not become you.  Give up such petty weakness of heart and arise, O chastiser of the enemy!  (Bhagavad-gita 2.2 & 3)
Those who want to be godly should approach a bona-fide spiritual master, who teaches and acts exactly according to Bhagavad-gita as it is (not as he imagines it to be).  Such inquisitive persons must be careful of cheaters posing as spiritual teachers.  A real spiritual master clearly establishes that there is God, that He is a person, that His name is Krishna, and that we can revive our loving relationship with Him and become happy forever by chanting His names, especially the maha-mantra:

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Those who think spiritual life to be old-fashioned, boring, or impossibly austere, should have a look at Krishna consciousness.  Young people who like fun and fast living should also examine Krishna consciousness.  They will be surprised to find a tradition that is simultaneously ancient and modern, alive and relevant to today’s world.  If it were simply dogmatic rituals, how could it appeal to the intellectual youth of the West?
Krishna consciousness is so practical that anyone can take it up.: Businessmen, students, housewives, farmers, lawyers, doctors, and others all over the world practice Krishna consciousness side by side with their worldly duties.  Still, many young people who want to take up Krishna consciousness fear the scorn of others.  Our message to them: Don’t be afraid.  Don’t worry about the taunts of foolish people.  You have your duty toward Krishna.  Krishna will help you.  Even if the whole world is against you (which it never will be), if Krishna is on your side, what is there to fear? Laughter will gradually turn to respect for those who remain strong in their determination to practice Krishna consciousness, come what may.
Of course, not everyone can just drop everything and radically alter their way of life.  But everybody, whatever situation they are in, can take up Krishna consciousness at some level.  The process is simple.  We only have to take Lord Krishna into our hearts, chant His holy names and follow His instructions as given in Bhagavad-gita As It Is.  Of course, it is required that many young people come forward to join this preaching mission full-time.  Those who are ready to dedicate their lives to Krishna should do so.
Krishna consciousness is all-auspicious, and opens up a whole new world of transcendental experience.  Young people especially, all over the world, are accepting Krishna consciousness as the ultimate solution to all problems.  In India too, the young educated class are beginning to recognize the value of this Krishna consciousness movement and take to it in all earnestness.  Those who are more serious about Krishna consciousness, who have a strong spirit of adventure, and who are determined to make the best use of their valuable human life, should dedicate their lives for the highest cause: telling others how to get free from repeated birth and death.
Everyone is distressed because they do not know Krishna.  They need to learn about Krishna.  There are unlimited opportunities for preaching the message of Krishna.  Caitanya Mahaprabhu particularly wanted Indians to spread Krishna consciousness.  Srila Prabhupada also repeatedly stressed that educated young Indians should take training in Krishna consciousness and go all over the world to preach.
The world is suffering for lack of Krishna consciousness.  Wherever the preachers of Krishna consciousness go, they meet many people eager to learn about Krishna.  In the Western countries, they often ask, “How is it that we have got all the comforts of push-button technology, yet still we are dissatisfied? But you Krishna devotees live simply, and just by chanting Hare Krishna become so happy.  You all work together, devotees from America, India, Russia, Africa, and Japan, all the countries of the world.  You are all bright-faced and happy.  How is it possible? What is your secret?”
Many people want to know about Krishna.  But others, those of wicked nature, oppose the Krishna consciousness movement.  Devotees have to meet the challenges of atheists, demons and rascals in the garb of scientists, scholars, philosophers, religionists, politicians and the rest.  The young people of India should come forward and join this great battle to establish dharma in the age of adharma.  As Krishna states in Bhagavad-gita:
“The doubts which have arisen in your heart out of ignorance should be slashed by the weapon of knowledge.  Armed with yoga, stand and fight.”  (Bhagavad-gita  4.42)
The world is waiting.  The era of change is not over yet.  Whatever changes have taken place in the world so far will seem insignificant compared to the great cultural revolution that is coming soon.  People are asking, “What actual benefit has this industrial civilization given us? In the pursuit of materialism, are we not selling our souls? Is there more to life than working hard for little gain?” The world is looking to India for spiritual knowledge.  Unfortunately, India’s good name is spoiled by cheating swamis, who go overseas, talk all nonsense and take peoples money.
However, if the sincere people of India preach Bhagavad-gita as it is, the world will accept it gratefully.  By spreading the real message of Bhagavad-gita, Indians can do the greatest service to themselves, their country, and mankind.  India can lead the world; not by politics, not by technology, not by military strength, but by spiritual culture.  This is the mission of Caitanya Mahaprabhu.  When Indians have the best knowledge, why should they give anything less? Why cheat people in the name of religion? Give people the real thing, Krishna consciousness.  The world will be benefitted.  India will be glorified.
So come forward, young men and women.  Prepare yourselves for a glorious future.  Senior ISKCON devotees, those with many years of experience in the preaching field, are eager and ready to train up new soldiers for Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana army.  Serious candidates will receive a full education in all aspects of Krishna consciousness, theoretical and practical.
Come, live a pure and happy life in Krishna consciousness, and do the greatest good to others.  Don’t live like an animal, simply eating, sleeping, having sex, and fighting.  Don’t degrade yourself in the name of modern advancement.  If you really want to be progressive and advanced, join the Krishna consciousness movement.  Don’t wait until you are old and worn out.  Now is the time.  Your fresh youthfulness, adventurous spirit, inquisitiveness and idealism will be perfectly fulfilled in Krishna consciousness.  Take to Krishna consciousness now, for your own good and for the good of others.
The opportunity is there.  It’s up to you to take it.

This is from HH Bhaktivikas Swami's book A Message to the Youth  of India
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Minister Orders No Gods At India's Railway Stations

INDIA, August 05, 2004: Railway Board Chairman R. K. Singh has  instructed railway authorities to remove pictures of Gods and Goddesses from all rail stations, following Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav's drive to free stations from all religious influences. This has angered railway employees, travellers and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The order may have been prompted by complaints that many railway stations had large photographs of Gods and Goddesses exhibited on platforms and in offices, and influenced by the wish to free stations from all religious activities following the Godhra train tragedy. A senior official at the Southern Railway said that although R. K. Singh had remarked on the subject, there had been no specific order. Photographs of Lord Muthappan and Goddess Lakshmi are displayed at many stations in the Southern Railway Zone. Hundreds of thousands of devotees who travel in trains to religious places use the stations to pray and conduct pujas. Railway employees also conduct Ayudha Puja (blessing of tools) every year during the Mahanavani festival. Railway Caterers' Association national president N. B. Krishna Kurup said the ban is not proper. "Everyone has the right to religious worship. Railway stations are used by millions of people every day. So what is the harm if some of them worship before their Gods at the stations?"  BJP leader P. S. Sreedharan Pillai said no government has the right to ban religious beliefs, and the party would oppose the measure, alleging that the minister has been forced to issue the communique by communists and atheists who control the Manmohan Singh government.

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The battlefield of Indian history
August 16, 2004

Indian history is once again centrestage. There is in some quarters a feeling that history is the most boring of subjects, consisting of long, dry lists of dynasties and the exploits of rather barbaric kings. This, unfortunately, is a result of the way history is taught in India. For it is fake history that has been manufactured by people with vested interests with the intention of keeping Indians enslaved.

History is perhaps the most important of the humanities. There is nothing quite like history that can be used in positive and negative ways to affect the affairs of men. To paraphrase George Santayana, I would say, "Those who forget their history are condemned." Condemned to forever be second-class, to forever lack self-respect, to forever suffer loss of self-image.

India's loss of knowledge of its history is a double disaster, because it turns out India's history is almost unimaginably lustrous:in fact, within the first order of approximation, one could claim that India invented almost everything worth knowing in the ancient world. India was, for millennia, the Empire of the Intellect, the civilization that with astonishing creativity generated more ideas than the rest of the world put together.

The denigration of Indian history is a project originally put into action by colonialist Britons, who identified, correctly, that by controlling the past they would be able to control the present as well. After Independence, a cabal of Marxists has dominated the official version of history in India, and they too want to control India's present and future. They have managed to brainwash entire generations of Indians into believing that everything that originated in India is worthless.

Through the miracles of "truth by repeated assertion" and the patronage extended to them by the Nehru Dynasty and its retainers, these self-proclaimed "eminent historians", many of them affiliated with the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi, have manufactured a history of India that is widely at odds with the evidence on the ground. They are completely unwilling to accept new archaeological and other discoveries. They are dogmatic fundamentalists who remind me of the Catholic Church forcing Galileo to recant heliocentrism despite scientific evidence.

The desire to re-infect history with the Marxists' pet shibboleths is seen in the unseemly haste with which the newly-anointed mandarins of culture in the UPA government have proceeded to change text-books. This is much like the instant histories that were popular in the Soviet Union, and are popular in China these days: every now and then it is rewritten to glorify whoever is the strongman of the moment.

India's, however, is no instant history. It shows a tremendous cultural continuity of at least 5,000 years and possibly as much as 10,000 years: there are identifiable methods and modes of activity that have not changed at all from the Indus-Sarasvati civilization to today. This fits in with the written and oral records of Indic civilization, which talk about the current age, the Kali Yuga, as beginning on a specific date in 3102 BCE.

The Aryan Invasion Mythology, which Max Mueller created, was influenced by his Christian fundamentalist belief that the world was created in 4004 BCE, and therefore he arbitrarily assigned the date of 1500 BCE to the Indus-Sarasvati civilization (he allowed a millennium or two for Noah's floodwaters to recede and for Europeans to find their way to India!). This is utter idiocy. Mueller himself later disowned this date, but the "eminent historians" have yet to wake up, much like Galileo's tormenters took 400 years to accept his theory officially.

There are a number of assertions made by nationalists that the "eminent historians" will and do fight tooth and nail.

There is no such thing as an "Aryan" and a "Dravidian": the people who inhabited the Indus-Saraswati region were just Hindus; it appears increasingly likely that they in fact migrated out from India: this would explain the linguistic and other ties connecting India and points West, just as well as an invasion into India would Ancient Hindu civilization was already mature by 3102 BCE, the beginning of the Kali Yuga. At that time, astronomers observed a peculiar celestial configuration. Only an advanced civilization would have been able to observe and record such an astronomical phenomenon There is significant evidence of a continuous unbroken culture to the present day from the earliest known Indus-Sarasvati settlement at Mehrgarh in Baluchistan, Pakistan (6500 BCE)

Indic, Sanskrit-knowledgeable Mitanni kings in Syria wrote treaties as early as 1400 BCE. One of the Mitanni kings, Tusharatha or Dasaratha, was the father of the famed Queen Nefertiti of Egypt There are enough astronomical clues in the Vedas and other ancient Hindu texts to indicate that they could not have been written later than about 2500 BCE

Even minimal near-shore marine archeological investigations at Bet Dwaraka, Mamallapuram, Poompuhar and Kanyakumari have indicated the presence of man-made structures of great antiquity; one or two artifacts have been dated as early as 7500 BCE

The obvious influence of India on Southeast Asia shows how Indian ideas and thus 'soft power' were irresistible to many cultures; similarly, a lot of Christian myths are derived from older Hindu and Buddhist myths. There was a 'Greater India' that was the India's cultural sphere of influence.

India was also the Empire of the Intellect, although the "eminent historians" are loath to admit it. Some of the greatest achievements in the sphere of pure thought came out of India. And it is not that it was all idle speculation: for, the invention of zero and the decimal system, of algebra and calculus, as well as the creation of accurate astronomical tables, all had practical uses in calculation and in navigation. To take just a few examples:

The so-called Pythagoras Theorem is discussed in the Sulba-sutras circa 800 BCE by Baudhayana. He also showed how to square the circle Panini's Sanskrit grammar ca. 500 BCE is arguably the greatest achievement of a single human mind in all of history, for he was able to capture the infinity of expressions in language in a finite set of 4,000 rules. See also

Aryabhata's astronomy ca. 499 CE is of the highest order, for he realized that the earth is a rotating sphere and quite accurately calculated the diameter; and he predicted eclipses, in addition to providing a value for pi accurate to six decimal places and producing an accurate table of sines

Algebra was known to Aryabhata; and it is discussed in detail in Bhaskara II's "Lilavati" ca. 1150 CE

Parameswara and Nilakantha of the Kerala School of mathematics and astronomy ca. 1400 CE proposed a heliocentric theory for the solar system, displacing the earth as the center of the Universe. Madhava, another member of the Kerala School, invented the theory of infinite series and the basis for calculus (it is now believed that Jesuit missionaries took this material back to Europe, and that Leibniz and Newton possibly got their ideas on the calculus therefrom). See Ian Pearce's website.

In addition, there are astonishing facts about the prosperity of the advanced civilization:

As late as 1750 CE, India accounted for 24.5 per cent of all manufactured good in the world. England accounted for 2%. (A century later, the numbers were reversed)

The Thanjavur delta in Tamil Nadu and the Brahmaputra delta in Bengal were two of the world's four greatest centers of industry till 1750  CE (why do you think the British got their paws into Bengal and Tamil Nadu first?)

India was the only source of diamonds in the world till the late 1800s, when diamond-bearing ore was discovered in South Africa and Australia

Indian metallurgy was remarkable. The famous 'damascene' steel used to make the finest swords (Muslims in the Crusades had these: Saladin is known to have had one) came not from Damascus, but from India: it was called 'wootz' here. Similarly, the rust-free Iron Pillar in Delhi was an amazing feat

India had some of the best textiles and designs in the world; a large number of terms used for textiles come from India, such as muslin, calico, seersucker, cashmere, gingham, madras, dungarees, the 'paisley' design, khaki, pyjamas,...

India was a center for specialty services, such as medicine and surgery

Sushruta practiced plastic surgery and did Caesarian sections; he invented 101 surgical instruments named after animals, some of which are still used

Charaka wrote treatises on digestion, anatomy, metabolism and immunity Ayurveda and the related science of pressure points were taken to East Asia by the Buddhist monk Bodhidharma; East Asian martial arts, as well as quite possibly acupuncture, are derived from these According to the research done by Dharampal based on first-hand colonial reports in the British Museum (see his book The Beautiful Tree) there was a school in every village, and children of every caste were taught therein, before the British invasion of India. Illiteracy was a British gift, as in Burma (see Amitav Ghosh's Glass Palace)

As late as 1750 CE, the average Indian agricultural or industrial worker was better off than his equivalent in England

Then there is a great deal of very interesting information about the Indus-Sarasvati civilization as well (see Michel Danino, The Invasion That Never Was):

It has been shown that the Sarasvati dried up circa 1900 BCE as the result of a series of earthquakes. The entire course of the Sarasvati, a broad and mighty river, has been identified from satellite imagery, showing that it flowed from the mountains to the sea

The geographical area of the Indus-Sarasvati civilization was greater the areas of the contemporary civilizations of Egypt and Mesapotamia put together!

Across this huge area, there was a startling uniformity of town planning techniques, weights and measures (in the binary system ratio 1:2:4:8:16:32:64), and in the sizes of bricks used for construction
They used a decimal system of measurement as well.
At Lothal, an ivory scale was discovered that has precise markings 1.70mm apart; and the pier walls at the port of Lothal are 1.70 meters thick

An analysis of the sites in the civilization shows that there are far more of them clustered around the Sarasvati than the Indus:
Kalibangan, Dholavira, Rakhigarhi, Lothal...

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There is a story about an the expert craftsmanship of a plasterer who worked on the construction of the Taj Mahal.  One of the top directors of the construction was inspecting the building in progress and noticed for three days in a row a certain plasterer who was sitting in the same place mixing plaster.  On the third day the inspector became angry and said, "Why are you still simply sitting and mixing this plaster?  You are so lazy!"  The man who was mixing the plaster also became very angry, and he threw a handful of his plaster at the inspector.  The plaster missed the inspector but landed on a wall.  The plaster was so well mixed, however, so solid and hard, that no one could get it off the wall, and it is still there today.
MORAL:  We must do everything nicely in Krsna's service


There was once a factory where all the workers were Hindus, and mostly Vaisnavas.  The Vaisnavas had freedom, therefore, to wear their Vaisnava tilaka to work, and they also displayed other Vaisnava paraphernalia.  But after some time, the factory went to new management, and then the proprietor was a Muslim.  On taking over the business, the Muslim owner declared that he would not allow the workers to come to work any more wearing Vaisnava tilaka.  Most of the workers obeyed, and on the given date announced by the owner, they appeared at the factory without their tilaka.  One employee, however, thought that he would take his chances and depend on Krsna.  So he went to work wearing very clear, white Vaisnava tilaka.  After seeing all the workers assembled, the new Muslim proprietor said, "This one devotee who has worn Vaisnava tilaka is very courageous.  He may be permitted to continue wearing the tilaka to work.  But all others are forbidden to wear it any more."
MORAL:  We should not unnecessarily abandon our Vaisnava culture.

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These recipes are specifically used in the Brahma-Madhwa Vaishnava community for shaaka haara vrata - first month of Chaturmasya where one fasts from Greem leafy vegetables - spinach:

Eggplant Parmesan For Two
Serves 2 for two meals
9 Lasagne pieces, uncooked
1 medium eggplant, about 3/4 pound
Olive oil flavored cooking spray
2 tsp. dried basil
2 tbsp. grated low-sodium Parmesan cheese
1 26-oz. jar low fat-marinara sauce (see our recipe)
1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1 15-oz. container light ricotta cheese
8 oz. low-sodium shredded mozzarella cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil or parsley (optional)

Italian Seasoning Blend
2 teaspoons dried basil
2 teaspoons dried marjoram
2 teaspoons dried oregano
1 teaspoon dried sage
1/2 teaspoon garam masala
Combine all ingredients; store in an airtight container.

Cook lasagne pieces according to package directions. Meanwhile, preheat broiler. Trim ends and peel eggplant; cut crosswise into 12 1/4-inch slices. Place on foil-lined baking sheet; coat well with cooking spray. Broil 4 to 5 inches from heat source 5 minutes or until browned. Turn; coat well with cooking spray. Broil 3 minutes. Remove from broiler; sprinkle with basil and Parmesan cheese. Return to broiler; broil 1 minute or until cheese is golden brown. Remove pan from broiler; let stand 5 minutes. Preheat oven to 375° F.

Combine marinara sauce and Italian seasoning. Spread 1/3 cup sauce each in bottom of two disposable foil 8 x 8 2-inch baking pans. Drain lasagne; rinse with cold water. Cut lasagne pieces crosswise, forming 18 pieces. Layer 3 pieces in each pan; top with half of ricotta cheese. Place eggplant slices over cheese; top with 1/4 cup sauce. Repeat layering in each pan with 3 more lasagne pieces, 1/4 cup sauce, remaining ricotta cheese, last 3 lasagne pieces and remaining sauce. Serve hot.

Some hints taken from the pasta recipe site - not that devotees would do this but it's what it said here.
Cover pans with aluminum foil; place one pan in a large resealable freezer bag. Freeze up to 2 months for another meal. Bake remaining lasagne 40 minutes or until hot. Remove foil; sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Return to oven and bake 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Let stand 5 minutes; cut in squares. Sprinkle with fresh basil, if desired.

To reheat frozen lasagne, thaw in refrigerator over night or at least 8 hours. Bake as directed above.

JTCd's Spinach lasagna
(I usually double or treble these measurements)
1 x 250grms lasagna pasta
2 large bunches spinach, washed and coarsely chopped
5 tablespoons (100 ml) butter
1 teaspoon (5 ml) ground black pepper
1 teaspoon (5 ml) yellow asafoetida powder
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) nutmeg
2 tablespoons (40 ml) plain flour
3/4 cup (185 ml) milk
250 g (9 ounces) chopped feta cheese (or ricotta or curd cheese)
1 and 1/2 cups (375 ml) tasty cheddar cheese grated
1 and 1/2 cups (375 ml) mozarella cheese grated
1 and 1/2 cups (375 ml) parmesan cheese grated
1 and 1/2 cups (375 ml) mild or edam cheese grated - for topping
2 tablespoons (40 ml) bread crumbs (optional)
1 cup (250 ml) melted butter (for brushing on the pastry layers)
olive oil

1. Place the spinach in a large, heavy saucepan over moderately high heat with 3 tablespoons (60 ml) of butter, salt, and pepper. Bring the spinach to a boil, reduce the heat, and cook uncovered until the spinach is tender and the liquid has evaporated.
2. Melt another 2 tablespoons (40 ml) butter in a separate pan, add asafoetida, and saute for a few moments. Add the nutmeg and flour and saute for about 1 minute. Add the milk and stir carefully until the sauce boils and thickens. Remove from the heat. Combine the spinach, cheese, and sauce. Place the mixture in a bowl. If the mixture is too moist, add the optional bread crumbs.
3. In a separate pot cook the wavey lasagna in a pot of water with salt and olive oil until el-dante
4. Drain lasagna
5. Put lasagna into large baking dish and pour over it the spinach mixture.
6. Add the mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese, and mix all together until evenly mixed
7. Sprinkle  mild and or edam over the top of the lasagna in the dish. I added some crumbled Wensleydale once too, amazingly wonderful combination with added paprika and black pepper sprinkled over the top.

Put into the oven and bake on medium heat for about one hour, or two if you like - it improves by the hour. Offer hot witha drizzle of olive oil.

Fettuccine Alfredo
(some say it) Serves 4
8 oz. Fettuccine pasta
1 cup butter
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

Prepare pasta according to package directions, drain. In a medium saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Blend in cream and cheese and cook over low heat to reduce mixture slightly and melt cheese. Sauce should not boil. Remove from heat, season to taste with salt and pepper, toss with pasta and serve immediately.

Pesto  (Italiano Sauce)
Equal amounts of  (one good bunch):
        Fresh Basil leaves
        Fresh Mint leaves
        Fresh Parsley leaves
200 grams + of Parmasen Grated Cheese
200 grams Almonds
4 table spoons Virgin Olive Oil
1 tsp salt
1 tsp whole black peppercorns
2 tsp sweet basil
2 tsp paprika
1 cup water
squirt lemon juice (half lemon)

Put it all into a blender and blend until thick and creamy

Serve with pasta and pasta sauce above

Vegetarian Peppers and Polenta Kebabs:
For the kebabs:
2 green capsicums  - cut into squares - 1/2 inch in size
2 red capsicums  - cut into squares - 1/2 inch in size
2 yellow capsicums  - cut into squares - 1/2 inch in size
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one large jar of Kalamata black olives pitted
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225 grms (8oz) cherry tomatoes
100 grams Red Leicester cheese - cut into squares - 1/2 inch in size
100 grams Tasty cheese  - cut into squares - 1/2 inch in size
100 grams Parmesan cheese
bamboo kebab sticks - 8 inches long

For the polenta skewers:
1 litre (1 and 1/4 pints) vegetable stock or water
sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
200 grms (70z) course polenta
50 grms (2oz) butter
75 grms (3oz) freshly grated Parmesan cheese - plus extra for sprinkling
1 tea spoon hing
2 tablespoons Olive oil
2 springs Rosemary

For the polenta - method:
1 . In a large saucepan, bring the stock/water and 1tsp salt to the boil. Gradually add the polenta, stirring constantly. Simmer for 30 - 40 mins until the mixture comes away from the pan, stirring frequently. Add the butter, Parmesan cheese, hing, rosemary and pepper.
2. Spread out the hot mixture on to a dampened baking sheet to a 5mm (1/4 inch) thickness. Leave for about 1 hour to set.
3 Cut the polenta into squares or diamonds shapes about one inch in size and lightly grill in the oven until golden brown and a slight puffy.

For the Kebabs:
1. collect all ingredients in small bowls
2. assemble each item onto the bamboo stick
3. Black olive, red capsicum, pineapple, red Leicester cheese, green capsicum, cherry tomato, orange capsicum, polenta, yellow capsicum, tasty cheese, red capsicum, stuffed green olive.

Serve with Satay sauce or Pesto sauce. Serve at room temperature.

Satay Sauce
From Kurma's Great Vegetarian Dishes cookbook.
Satay sauce is delicious served with a variety of fried savouries. This recipe yields a fairly hot sauce. Adjust chilies as desired.
PREPARATION TIME: a few minutes
COOKING TIME: 15 minutes
YIELD: just under 2 cups (500 ml)
1 tablespoon (20 ml) olive oil
1 teaspoon (5 ml) minced fresh ginger
1 tablespoon (20 ml) hot green chilies, minced
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) yellow asafoetida powder
11/2 cups (375 ml) tomato puree.
11/2 teaspoons (7 ml) ground cumin
3 tablespoons (60 ml) peanut butter
4 tablespoons (80 ml) coconut milk
11/2 teaspoons (7 ml) brown sugar
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
1 tablespoon (20 ml) minced parsley
1 tablespoon (20 ml) lemon juice

1. Heat the olive oil in a heavy pan until almost smoking. Saute the ginger and chilies until they start to brown; then add the asafoetida. Saute for just a few seconds; then add the tomato puree. Stirring often, bring the puree to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
2. Add the ground cumin and peanut butter, stirring the sauce until the peanut butter melts. Blend the coconut milk, sugar, salt, parsley, and lemon juice with the peanut butter and remove the sauce from the heat. Whisk until smooth. This sauce is best served hot.

Vrindavanesvari's Krishna Balaram cake:
250 grms butter
1 and 1/2 cups sugar
2 table spoons yogurt
2 table spoons golden syrup
4 cups white flour
4 table spoons baking powder
2 and 1/2 cups liquid (half milk half water)

Works fine doubled or tripled also

1. Melt butter and cream it with the sugar in a pot. When bubbling add yogurt and golden syrup.
2. Disolve baking powder in the half and half milk and water bowl. Be prepared for it to nearly double in size. Add to the creamed mixture (it also works if you add the creamed mixture to this bowl which is easier for mixing in larger quantities)
3. Double the mixture and divide in half or in three for layer cakes. Cook on a meduim 150 C heat until golden brown - usually about 35-40 mins.

For Orange cake add grated orange rind to the butter mixture and 1/2 cup orange juice instead of as much water.
For Carob or Decaf Coffee cake cream the powder with the butter mixture.
It is nice also if you keep a carob or coffee mix seperate from a plain mix and then marble the two together.

The consistency should be semi-liquid not dry and doughy.
if unsure you can always cook for longer on a lower heat.

You can put jams in the layers and icing and cream on top.
Offer and serve.

Cakes in Strawberry Yogurt (Malpoora)
This luscious version of the well known Indian sweet Malpoora is not traditional but rather something that has been developed over 2 decades in the Sunday Feast kitchens of Hare Krishna Temples around the world. Spoonfuls of thick batter are deep-fried in ghee to produce doughnut-like soft cakes, which are suspended in sweetened, fruit flavoured yogurt. You can substitute any fresh ripe berry for the strawberries, or try banana, passion fruit, papaya, mango, or kiwifruit.
COOKING TIME: 20 minutes
YIELD: about 2 dozen
2 and 1/4 cups (560 ml) self-raising flour
1 cup (250 ml) icing sugar
1 and 1/4 cups (310 ml) cold water
ghee for deep-frying
5 cups (11/4 litres) plain yogurt, chilled
3/4 cup (185 ml) caster sugar
1 and 1/2 cups (375 ml) strawberries, washed and quartered

1. Sift together the flour and icing sugar in a bowl. Add the water gradually, while stirring with a wire whisk, until the mixture reaches a consistency somewhere between batter and dough. Spoon in one tablespoon (20 ml) of yogurt and whisk again. The finished batter should cling to a spoon. Allow to set for 15 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, heat the ghee to a depth of 6.5 - 7.5 cm (21/2 - 3 inches) in a wok or deep-frying pan over moderately low heat 160°C/320°F.
3. Spoon out a tablespoon of batter from the bowl. With the aid of a second spoon, deftly slide the batter into the hot ghee. Quickly repeat the procedure for about 8 spoonfuls of batter. Allow the cakes to inflate in the ghee. Then turn them over with a slotted spoon and fry them, turning occasionally, for about 3 to 4 minutes, or until they are light golden brown all over. Remove and drain. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
4. Combine the yogurt and caster sugar in a large bowl. Crush a few berries through your fingers into the yogurt. Add the rest of the berries and combine well.
5. Carefully fold the fried cakes into the fruit yogurt and refrigerate, allowing the cakes to soak for about 30 minutes before serving. Serve the malpoora in individual dessert bowls with strawberry yogurt spooned on top.

Apple and Blackberry Crumble
From Kurma's Great Vegetarian Dishes cook book. This version of the famous English dessert has delighted customers at Gopal's Restaurant in Melbourne for many years. Succulent stewed apples, folded with fresh blackberries, are baked with a buttery, crunchy topping and served with cream or hot custard.
BAKING TIME: 20 minutes
YIELD: enough for 6 to 8 persons
6 medium green apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
1 and 1/2 cups (375 ml) fresh blackberries (or try raspberries, loganberries, or boysenberries)
1 tablespoon (20 ml) sugar
1 tablespoon (20 ml) fresh lemon juice
3/4 cup (185 ml) raw oats
1/2 cup (125 ml) unbleached plain flour
1/2 cup (125 ml) wholemeal flour
1/2 cup (125 ml) raw sugar
1/2 cup (125 ml) brown sugar
1/2 cup (125 ml) melted butter

1. Place the sliced apples along with a sprinkle of water in a heavy 4-litre/quart saucepan. Cook covered over moderate heat until the apples soften. Fold in the fresh berries, one tablespoon (20 ml) sugar, and lemon juice. Remove from the heat.
2. In a bowl, combine the raw oats, unbleached plain flour, wholemeal flour, raw sugar, brown sugar, and melted butter, rubbing in the butter until a coarse meal-like consistency is achieved.
3. Spread the cooked apples and berries in the bottom of a 20 cm (8-inch) ovenproof baking dish. Without pressing down, spoon on all the topping.
4. Place the dish in the top one-third of a preheated 180°C/355°F oven and bake for 20 minutes or until the topping is golden brown. Serve hot.

Vege update:
Social scientists and law enforcement officials have identified animal abuse as a symptom of emotional illness and a precursor to violent crimes against human beings. To allow individuals guilty of perpetrating such cruel acts to go unpunished or not sufficiently punished would be to sanction these horrific crimes and would permit them to go on to possibly commit violent crimes against humans.

The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 -  4/21/03-4/27/03

Higher Taste cook book

All the Meatless Pasta preparations you'd like to prepare:
(some need some adjustment, as they contain onion and garlic)

Different Shapes of pasta:

OVER 100 EGGLESS CAKE recipes can be found on our Main index and
on many other pages at:

Visit our Award winning site - Vegetarianism & Beyond
Interesting articles - information - history - arguments - links............ (been re-vamped) fact everything you want to know about Vegetarianism and Beyond:
... last updated 18th August 2004

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
asnami prayatatmanah

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.....
... with L'n D (love and devotion)

Why do we offer our food to God before eating?

Nutrition and Health - vitamins, a balanced diet, through prasadam:

Vegetarian Update - newsletter from NZ Vegetarian Socity in Wellington:

“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat.
That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it.
Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
--Sir Paul McCartney


Check out heaps of information on Vegetarianism, Prasadam-ism,
download books, Vegetarian Recipe programs, and more.


A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:

How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:

Vegetarian recipes:

Heaps of Quick Vegetarian Recipies:

101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian:

Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:

Excellent "Meat Substitute" recipes

Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes

Fat-free vegetarian meals:
A lot of inspiring Vegetarian preparations here, some have onion and garlic in,
so replace that with hing or omit that altogether as you see fit, still this page is well worth a serious look for ideas.


"You Mean That's in the Bible" - expose on meat eating:

- oxymoron of the yuga:

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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"Don't Eat Your Friends" (It Ain't Nice)

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XMAS Recipes @
We wish you a Vege Xmas

McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:

Meet your Meat FREECDRoms
This is a must for those who live in the illusion of animal killing is somehow acceptable or humane.

I have converted the "Meet your Meat" video into a CD rom & will send a copy of it for free to anyone with a Cd burner & a pledge to make at least 4 copies to give to their meat eating friends.

Meet your meat - shocking live footage of the TRUTH in the meat industry:

This is the new version
I sent out a total of over 750 CD's last year to 60 different countries. My goal in 2003 is to double that number.
I would appreciate if you would forward this message to your readers.
Anyone willing to participate, please forward my mailing address as


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.

Fanta Orange
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).
(Text PAMHO:5891790) ---------------------------------------

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 gelatine in their products
See here for pointers of okay ones

 Krishna Conscious - Vedikly acceptable Jokes

Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves  =>;-))

Visit our Hasya Rasa pages

FOR YOUR INTEREST: This one is not a joke but I thought you might like to know. These are the names of Lord Caitanya taken from the book "Sri Caitanya Sahasra Nama Stotra", i.e. "A Thousand Names of Lord Caitanya" by Srila Kavi Karnapura (as translated by HG Kusakratha Prabhu from the Krsna Institute)...

        So Lord Caitanya is known as the one:

 - hasya-kari  &  hasya-yuk  ==> who laughs & jokes

 - hasya-priya  ==> who is fond of joking

 - hasya-nagara ==> who is the hero of those expert in speaking joking words

 - hasya-grami  &  hasya-kara  ==> is expert at joking

 - pushpa-hasa  ==> whose smile & laugh are as charminng as flowers.

Lord Gauranga's smiling & laughing qualities ki...

                                                ys Radhe Govinda dasa

P.S. One of the qualities of Srimati Radharani is that she is very expert in the art of joking.

This is a MUST READ =>;-Q

Four Wives parable:

The shipwrecked mariner had spent several years on a deserted island. Then one morning he was thrilled to see a ship offshore and a smaller vessel pulling out toward him.  When the boat grounded on the beach, the officer in charge handed the marooned  sailor a bundle of newspapers and told him, "The  captain said to  read through these and let us know if you still want to be rescued."

On a visit to a devotee's wife's native England for their honeymoon, they arrived at London's Gatwick Airport. The mataji, Tania headed for the British-passport control line while the male devotee, an American, waited in the foreigners' line. When his turn came, the customs officer asked him the purpose of my visit.

"Pleasure," he replied. "I'm on my honeymoon."

The officer looked first to one side of him, then the other. "That's very interesting, sir," he said as he stamped his passport. "Most men bring their wives with them."

In Retirement

Working people frequently ask retired people what they do to make their days interesting.
Thought you might like to hear what happened to me yesterday:
I went to the store and was in there for only about 5 minutes.
When I came out there was a meter maid writing out a parking ticket.
I went up to her and said, "Come on, lady, how about giving a guy a break?"
She ignored me and continued writing the ticket.
I called her Frauline Nazi.
She glared at me and started writing another ticket for having worn tyres.
So I called her a piece of horse do do's.

She finished the second ticket and put it on the windshield with the first.
After I called her a self possessed moron she started writing a third ticket.

This went on for about 20 minutes -- the more I abused her, the more tickets she wrote.

I didn't give a crap! My car was parked around the corner.
I try to have a little fun each day. It's important when you're retired.

thanx Gary Kearns 4 that one

Watching her mother as she tried on her new fur coat, the young daughter said unhappily, "Mom, do you realize some poor dumb beast suffered so you could have that?"

The woman shot her an angry look, "How dare you talk about your father like that!"

Did you ever wonder?
Over the psychiatrist's couch:

"I shrink, therefore I am."
(Laurie Ann Poole)

An elderly couple made a deal that whoever died first would somehow come
back to inform the other of the afterlife. Their biggest fear was that there
really was no heaven.

After a long life, the husband was the first to go and, true to his word, a
few weeks later as his wife sat and watched TV, she heard a ghostly voice
saying, "Maude... Maude ... " "Is that you, John?" she asked as she looked
in vain around the room.

The voice responded, "Yes Maude, I've come back just like we agreed."

"What's it like, John?" Maude asked.

John said, "Well, I get up in the morning and I have sex. Then I have
breakfast, and after that more sex. I bathe in the sun for a while and then
I have sex twice. I have lunch, then have sex pretty much all afternoon.
After dinner I have sex until late at night and the next day it starts all
over again."

"Oh, John," Maude said, "then surely you must be in heaven!"

"Not exactly," John said. "I'm a rabbit somewhere near Boston."

Gazza in Q8 strikes again

My elderly aunt plays bridge regularly with seven other women, most of
whom are 70 or older. Recently she told me that they all celebrated the
birthday of their oldest member by taking her out to lunch.

When the waitress came to take their order, one of the women said to
her, "This is a very special occasion. It's Rosie's ninety-second birthday."

My aunt said, "That waitress made seven instant enemies and one fast
friend by asking the question,

"Which one is Rosie?"

There was a little boy in Kindergarten. He cried, so the teacher asked him what was wrong. He sobbed, "I can't find my boots."
The teacher looked around the classroom and saw a pair of boots, "Are these yours?"

"No, they're not mine," the boy shook his head.  The teacher and the boy searched all over the classroom for his boots.
Finally, the teacher gave up, "Are you SURE those boots are not yours?"
"I'm sure," the boy sobbed, "mine had snow on them."

There were two guys on a motorcycle driving down
the road. The driver was wearing a leather jacket that
didn't have a zipper or any  buttons.

Finally he stopped the bike and told the other guy, "I
can't drive anymore with the air hitting me in my chest."

After thinking for a while he decided to put the coat
on backwards to block the air from hitting him.  So
they were driving down the road and they came around
this curb and wrecked.  The farmer that lived there
called the police  and told them what happened.

The police asked him, "Are either of them showing any life signs?"
The farmer then said, "Well, that first one was 'til I
turned his head around the right way."

The mother of a problem child was advised by a psychiatrist, "You are far too upset and worried about your son. I suggest you take tranquillizers regularly."
On her next visit the psychiatrist asked, "Have the tranquillizers calmed you down?"
"Yes" the mother answered.
"And how is your son now?" he asked.
"Who cares?" she replied.

A devotee  woman is sitting at a seat in the park. A man approaches her.
"Hi how are you?," he says."Want a little company?"

"Why?" asks the woman.  "Do you have one to sell?"

The ways of this material world - strange but true

Research language in plain English:

A research team proceeded towards the apex of a natural geologic protuberance,
the purpose of their expedition being the procurement of a sample of fluid hydride of oxygen in a large vessel,
the exact size of which was unspecified.

One member of the team precipitously descended, sustaining severe damage
to the upper cranial portion of his anatomical structure; subsequently
the second member of the team performed a self-rotational translation
oriented in the same direction taken by the first team member.

In simple English what does this translate to??

Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water jack
fell down and broke his crown and Jill came tumbling after.

"Take a pencil and paper," the teacher said, "and write an essay with the title 'If I Were a Millionaire.' "
Everyone but Pradeep, who leaned back with arms folded, began to write furiously.
"What's the matter," the teacher asked.  "Why don't you begin?"
"I'm waiting for my secretary," he replied.

Water to Wine

An Irish priest is driving down to New York and gets stopped for speeding in Connecticut.
The state trooper smells alcohol on the priest's breath and then sees an empty wine bottle on the floor of the car.
He says, "Sir, have you been drinking?"
"Just water," says the priest.
The trooper says, "Then why do I smell wine?"
The priest looks at the bottle and says, "Good Lord! It's a miracle, He's done it again!"

The Reunion

A man stumbles up to the only other patron in a bar and asks if he could buy him a drink.
"Why, of course," comes the reply. The first man then asks, "Where are you from?" "I'm from Ireland," replies the second man.
The first man responds: "You don't say, I'm from Ireland too! Let's have another round to Ireland."
"Of course," says the second. Curious, the first asks: "Where in Ireland?" "Dublin," comes the reply.
"I can't believe it, Me too! Lets have another round of drinks to Dublin."
"Of course" The second man can't help himself so he asks, "What school did you attend?" "Saint Mary's", replies the first man. "I graduated in '62."
"This is becoming unbelievable!!!" They say in union.
About that time, in comes one of the regulars and sits down at the bar.
"What's up?" he asks the bartender. "Nothing much," replied the bartender. "The O'Malley twins are drunk again!"

Gary Kearns in Q8 strikes again thanx


A study published in NEUROLOGY says people who snore are more prone
to getting headaches. No reason is given. But could it be on account
of their spouses hitting them in the head all night long trying to
get them to stop snoring


Man to take care of cow that does not smoke or drink.
(Fred Barling)

3-year-old teacher needed for pre-school. Experience preferred.
(Fred Barling)

and always remember (don't forget...)


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Tentative Program:
11am – Reception of VIPs and public
11.30am – Dhananjaya Prabhu, one of the first disciples of Srila Prabhupada, and others speak on SP interspersed with poetic musical recitations.
12.30pm – Simultaneous :
*Mayapur style gurukulis/youth choir singing Brahma samhita
* joyous conch blowing, ringing of bells and bhajan

*offering of grains by VIPs and public

1.30pm - Guru-puja of Srila Prabhupada and puspanjali (offering of flowers)
1.45pm – Drama by children
2.30pm – Prasad feast for all

CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL – where the children have their own abhiseka, kirtanas, displays and offerings.

FESTIVAL OF INDIA – for displays, books, devotional items, shops and all-day distribution of prasad.



*abhiseka items,
*bhoga items for the feast and the public prasad distribution
*flowers for garlands and offerings
*incense and flowers for the public to offer to Sri Sri Radha- Giridhari and Srila Prabhupada
*art work for the displays and exhibits
*other festival costs

*distribute prasad
*assist the devotees with festival arrangements (eg: promotions), with greeting guests, multimedia, displays, etc.
*plus lots more – just contact us.

You are most welcome. Please contact: Atmananda dasa (412-6108), Manjari devi dasi and Bhaktin Tiffany (412-8933).