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Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2
Contents of the Gita Summarized
avinasi tu tad viddhi
yena sarvam idam tatam
na kascit kartum arhati
WORD FOR WORD
avinasi--imperishable; tu--but; tat--that; viddhi--know it; yena--by whom; sarvam--all of the body; idam--this; tatam--pervaded; vinasam--destruction; avyayasya--of the imperishable; asya--of it; na kascit--no one; kartum--to do; arhati--is able.
That which pervades the entire body you should know to be indestructible. No one is able to destroy that imperishable soul.
PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
This verse more clearly explains the real nature of the soul, which is spread all over the body. Anyone can understand what is spread all over the body: it is consciousness. Everyone is conscious of the pains and pleasures of the body in part or as a whole. This spreading of consciousness is limited within one's own body. The pains and pleasures of one body are unknown to another. Therefore, each and every body is the embodiment of an individual soul, and the symptom of the soul's presence is perceived as individual consciousness. This soul is described as one ten-thousandth part of the upper portion of the hair point in size. The Svetasvatara Upanisad (5.9) confirms this:
satadha kalpitasya ca
bhago jivah sa vijneyah
sa canantyaya kalpate
"When the upper point of a hair is divided into one hundred parts and again each of such parts is further divided into one hundred parts, each such part is the measurement of the dimension of the spirit soul." Similarly the same version is stated:
jivah suksma-svarupo 'yam
sankhyatito hi cit-kanah
"There are innumerable particles of spiritual atoms, which are measured as one ten-thousandth of the upper portion of the hair."
Therefore, the individual particle of spirit soul is a spiritual atom smaller than the material atoms, and such atoms are innumerable. This very small spiritual spark is the basic principle of the material body, and the influence of such a spiritual spark is spread all over the body as the influence of the active principle of some medicine spreads throughout the body. This current of the spirit soul is felt all over the body as consciousness, and that is the proof of the presence of the soul Any layman can understand that the material body minus consciousness is a dead body, and this consciousness cannot be revived in the body by any means of material administration. Therefore, consciousness is not due to any amount of material combination, but to the spirit soul. In the Mundaka Upanisad (3.1.9) the measurement of the atomic spirit soul is further explained:
eso 'nur atma cetasa veditavyo
yasmin pranah pancadha samvivesa
pranais cittam sarvam otam prajanam
yasmin visuddhe vibhavaty esa atma
"The soul is atomic in size and can be perceived by perfect intelligence. This atomic soul is floating in the five kinds of air (prana, apana, vyana, samana and udana), is situated within the heart, and spreads its influence all over the body of the embodied living entities. When the soul is purified from the contamination of the five kinds of material air, its spiritual influence is exhibited."
The hatha-yoga system is meant for controlling the five kinds of air encircling the pure soul by different kinds of sitting postures--not for any material profit, but for liberation of the minute soul from the entanglement of the material atmosphere.
So the constitution of the atomic soul is admitted in all Vedic literatures, and it is also actually felt in the practical experience of any sane man. Only the insane man can think of this atomic soul as all-pervading visnu-tattva.
The influence of the atomic soul can be spread all over a particular body. According to the Mundaka Upanisad, this atomic soul is situated in the heart of every living entity, and because the measurement of the atomic soul is beyond the power of appreciation of the material scientists, some of them assert foolishly that there is no soul. The individual atomic soul is definitely there in the heart along with the Supersoul, and thus all the energies of bodily movement are emanating from this part of the body. The corpuscles which carry the oxygen from the lungs gather energy from the soul. When the soul passes away from this position, the activity of the blood generating fusion ceases. Medical science accepts the importance of the red corpuscles, but it cannot ascertain that the source of the energy is the soul. Medical science, however, does admit that the heart is the seat of all energies of the body.
Such atomic particles of the spirit whole are compared to the sunshine molecules. In the sunshine there are innumerable radiant molecules. Similarly, the fragmental parts of the Supreme Lord are atomic sparks of the rays of the Supreme Lord, called by the name prabha, or superior energy. So whether one follows Vedic knowledge or modern science, one cannot deny the existence of the spirit soul in the body, and the science of the soul is explicitly described in the Bhagavad-gita by the Personality of Godhead Himself.
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And in Hell, There Are No Newspapers!
As a young brahmacari in a young ISKCON movement,
Tamala Krsna asked Srila Prabhupada, "What is it like in the spiritual
word, in Krsnaloka?"
Prabhupada replied, "There are no draft boards there." The devotees laughed at Prabhupada's witty pertinence. Srila Prabhupada then told a story about a Christian missionary preaching among coal miners. The missionary began a fire-and-brimstone speech by telling the miners that a sinful person would have to go to hell and could only be saved if he surrendered to Jesus Christ.
On hearing the name Jesus Christ, one of the miners asked, "What is his number?" Since everyone in the mining company was assigned a number, the miners could not imagine Jesus Christ being anyone other than a mine worker.
The missionary tried again, by describing the misery of hell.
"Hell," he said, "is very dark and damp."
The miners looked back at the missionary without concern. His description of hell sounded just like the mine, which they already knew. Then the missionary understood that he was preaching to people with a very limited conception of reality, so he would have to address their actual experience.
"And in hell," he said, "there are no newspapers!"
"Oh, horrible! Very frightening!" the miners exclaimed.
Srila Prabhupada's joke made the devotees laugh, and they also appreciated that a preacher has to think carefully when addressing an audience and speak according to time, place, and circumstance. But personally, for Tamala Krsna and the other young men, it was also a great relief to think that there was a spiritual world where they would not be in anxiety about being drafted into the army.
Tamala Krsna Goswami, interview; Bhurijana dasa, interview.
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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
" Scriptural Test For Avatar "
Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.353-354
New York, December 26, 1966
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sarvajna munira vakya-sastra-'paramana'
ama-saba jivera haya sastra-dvara 'jnana'
We should always think that we are in the modes of ignorance. We are just trying to make progress from ignorance to goodness and then transcend. This is the process of spiritual realization. Nobody should think that we are perfect. We cannot be. God is... Only God is perfect, and we are all imperfect. Even our so-called liberated stage, we are still imperfect. Therefore one has to take shelter of authority because, constitutionally, we are imperfect. Lord Caitanya says, ama-saba jivera haya sastra-dvara 'jnana'. So therefore, for real knowledge, we have to consult the scriptures, sastra. Sadhu-sastra-guru. Sadhu means pious, religious, honest person. Sadhu, whose character is spotless, he's called sadhu. Sastra means scripture, and guru, guru means spiritual master. They are on the equal level. Why? Because the medium is scripture. Guru is considered to be liberated because he follows the scripture. Sadhu is considered to be honest and saintly because he follows scripture. Sadhu-sastra-guru-vakya. Nobody can become a sadhu if he does not accept the principles of scripture. Nobody can be accepted as guru, or spiritual master, if he does not follow the principles of scripture. This is the test.
tad-vijnanartham sa gurum eva abhigacchet
samit-panih srotriyam brahma-nistham
Srotriyam, srotriyam means one who has accepted the Vedic literature, the sastra, scripture, as the guidance, he can be... Not a extravagant upstart, he makes some group and religious principle of his own and become a guru. No, no, he'll not be...
So Lord Caitanya advises... Sanatana Gosvami's inquiry is how to know that he, here is a avatara. So Caitanya Mahaprabhu says the medium is sastra, and direction is the guru. Sastra also we cannot understand any book, what to speak of the scripture. Sometimes we find contradiction in the scripture. That is not contradiction; that is my poor fund of knowledge. I cannot understand; therefore assistance of guru, a spiritual master, is required. So far incarnation is concerned, here Lord Caitanya says that we have to see through the sastra whether a person is incarnation or not. We should not blindly accept anybody as incarnation because there are, nowadays, numberless incarnations.
avatara nahi kahe-'ami avatara'
muni saba jani' kare laksana-vicara
This is another significance of incarnation. Incarnation never says that "I am incarnation of God." I have read one book about a big avatara in India. He was canvassing his students, "Do you now accept me as incarnation? Do you now accept me as incarnation?" And the... Perhaps you know. (laughs) And the disciple was denying, "No." Then, at a time the disciple said, "Yes, I accept you." So this is not avatara. Here Caitanya Mahaprabhu says avatara does not canvass that "I am..." Guru does not canvass. Sadhu does not canvass. He automatically, by his qualities, he becomes accepted. Yes.
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Govardhan Puja - Govardhan Hill
ShrI Govardhana-vAsa-prArthanA-dazaka - Ten Appeals for Residence at Govardhana Hill
atula-pRthula-zaila-zreNi-bhUpa priyaM me
nija-nikaTa-nivAsaM dehi govardhana tvam
O Govardhana, O king of all incomparable great mountains, O hill that became an umbrella with the arm of your own Lord as the handle and then destroyed the pride of the deva king madly attacking with raised weapons, please grant the residence near you that is so dear to me.
pramada-madana-lIlAH kandare kandare te
racayati nava-yUnor dvandvam asminn amandam
iti kila kalanArthaM lagnakas tad-dvayor me
nija-nikaTa-nivAsaM dehi govardhana tvam
O Govardhana, please grant to me the residence near you that will guarantee the sight of the youthful divine couple as they enjoy passionate amorous pastimes in your caves.
saha bala-sakhibhiH saGkhelayan sva-priyaM me
nija-nikaTa-nivAsaM dehi govardhana tvam
O Govardhana, O hill where Lord KRSNa happily plays with BalarAma and His friends in the incomparable jeweled courtyards, jeweled lion-thrones, trees, waterfalls, mountain-brooks, caves, peaks, and valleys, please grant the residence near you that is so dear to me.
rasa-nidhi-nava-yUnoH sAkSiNIM dAna-keler
dyuti-parimala-viddhaM zyAma-vediM prakaSya
rasika-vara-kulAnAM modam AsphAlayan me
nija-nikaTa-nivAsaM dehi govardhana tvam
O Govardhana, O hill that provides the dark courtyard that witnesses the dAna-keli pastime of the nectar-treasure youthful divine couple, O hill that brings great bliss to the best of they who relish transcendental nectar, please grant to me residence near you.
hari-dayitam apUrvaM rAdhikA-kuNDam Atma-
priya-sakham iha kaNThe narmaNAliGgya guptaH
nava-yuva-yuga-khelAs tatra pazyan raho me
nija-nikaTa-nivAsaM dehi govardhana tvam
O Govardhana, O hill that, hiding as you playfully embrace the neck of your dear friend, Lord Hari's dear, unprecedented RAdhA-kuNDa, secretly gazes at the pastimes of the youthful divine couple, please grant to me residence near you.
sthala-jala-tala-zaSpair bhUruha-chAyayA ca
pratipadam anukAlaM hanta samvardhayan gAH
tri-jagati nija-gotraM sArthakaM khyApayan me
nija-nikaTa-nivAsaM dehi govardhana tvam
O Govardhana, O hill that by nourishing the
cows with its water, grass, and the shade of its trees declares to the
three worlds the appropriateness of its own name, please grant to me residence
Note: Govardhana means "that which nourishes (vardhana) the cows (go)."
tava nava-gRha-rUpasyAntare kurvataiva
agha-baka-ripuNoccair datta-mAna drutaM me
nija-nikaTa-nivAsaM dehi govardhana tvam
O Govardhana, O hill that the enemy of Agha and Baka honored by transforming into a new house to give Vraja protection from the sustained fury of the sura king, please grant to me residence near you.
mRtam idam uditaM zrI-rAdhikA-vaktra-candrAt
vraja-nava-tilakatve klpta-vedaiH sphuTaM me
nija-nikaTa-nivAsaM dehi govardhana tvam
O Govardhana, O king of mountains, O hill whose nectar name "the best of Lord Hari's servants" flows from the moon of zrI RAdhA's mouth, O hill that the Vedas declare to be the tilaka marking of Vraja, please grant to me residence near you.
agaNita-karuNatvAn maM urI-kRtya tAntaM
nija-nikaTa-nivAsaM dehi govardhana tvam
O Govardhana, O philanthropist that gives transcendental happiness to Vraja's people, animals, and birds, all anointed with the nectar of friendship for zrI zrI RAdhA-KRSNa surrounded by Their friends, out of Your immeasurable mercy, please accept unhappy me and please grant me residence near you.
tvayi kapaTi-zaTho 'pi tvat-priyenArpito 'smi
iti khalu mama yogyAyogyatAM mAm agRhNan
nija-nikaTa-nivAsaM dehi govardhana tvam
Although I am a cheater and a criminal, unlimitedly merciful Lord zacInandana, who is very dear to you, has given me to you. O Govardhana, please do not consider whether I am acceptable or not, but simply grant me residence near you.
rasada-dazakam asya zrIla-govardhanasya
kSitidhara-kula-bhartur yaH prayatnAd adhIte
sa sapadi sukhade 'smin vAsam AsAdya sAkSAc
chubada-yugala-sevA-ratnam Apnoti tUrNam
One who carefully reads these ten nectar verses describing zrIla Govardhana, the king of mountains, will very soon reside near that blissful hill and quickly attain the precious jewel of the service to the handsome divine couple.
zrI GovardhanAzraya-dazaka - Ten Appeals for Shelter at Govardhana Hill
prodyad-valgu-varAtakoparimilan-mugdha-dvirepho 'pi yaH
pAthaH-kSepaka-zakra-nakra-mukhataH kroDe vrajaM drAg apAt
kas taM gokula-bandhavaM giri-varaM govardhanaM nAzrayet
Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, the best of mountains, the friend of Gokula, the charming bumblebee that for seven days stood on the graceful whorl of the lotus flower of Lord KRSNa's hand and protected Vraja from the mouth of the Indra-crocodile raining a great monsoon?
indratve nibhRtaM gavAM suranadI-toyena dInAtmanA
zakreNAnugatA cakAra surabhir yenAbhiSekaM hareH
yat-kacche 'jani tena nandita-janaM govinda-kuNDaM kRtI
kas taM go-nikarendra-paTTa-zikharaM govardhanaM nAzrayet
What pious person will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, whose peak is the place of pastimes for Lord KRSNa, the master of the surabhi cows, and near which is blissful Govinda-kuNDa, where a surabhi cow, followed by humbled Indra bearing the waters of the celestial Ganges, bathed Lord KRSNa and secretly crowned Him king of the surabhi cows?
svar-dhuny-Adi-vareNya-tIrtha-gaNato hRdyAny ajasraM hareH
prema-kSema-ruci-pradAni parito bhrAjanti yasya vratI
kas taM manya-munIndra-varNita-guNaM govardhanaM nAzrayet
What pious person will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, which is glorified by the great sages, and which is encircled by the lakes SIri-kuNDa, Brahma-kuNDa, Hara-kuNDa, ApsaraH-kuNDa, Priyaka-kuNDa, and zrI-dAna-kuNDa, which are splendid with the happiness of pure love and more dear to Lord Hari than the celestial Ganges and a host of other sacred places?
gAndharvAdi-sarAMsi nirjhara-giriH zRGgAra-siMhAsanam
gopAlo 'pi hari-sthalaM harir api sphUrjanti yat-sarvataH
kas taM go-mRga-pakSi-vRkSa-lalitaM govardhanaM nAzrayet
Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill,
which is charming with cows, deer, birds, and trees, and which is the place
where the lakes JyotsnAmokSaNa-kuNDa, MAlya-kuNDa, HAra-kuNDa, SumanaH-kuNDa,
GAndharvA-kuNDa, many other lakes, many swiftly-moving mountain streams, many lion-thrones for amorous pastimes, many places for Lord Hari's other pastimes, and the cowherd boy Lord Hari Himself, are all splendidly manifest?
gaGgA-koTy-adhikaM bakAri-pada-jAriSTAri-kuNDaM vahan
bhaktyA yaH zirasA natena satataM preyAn zivAd apy abhUt
rAdhA-kuNDa-maNiM tathaiva murajit-prauDha-prasAdaM dadhAt
preyaH-stavyamano 'bhavat ka iha taM govardhanaM nAzrayet
Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill? He who with always devotedly caries on his bowed head the lake known as zyAma-kuNDa, which is millions of times greater than the Ganges, and which was born from the foot of Lord KRSNa, becomes more dear to the Lord than even the demigod ziva. He who in the same way carries the jewel known as RAdhA-kuNDa attains the full mercy of Lord KRSNa. He becomes the most dear and glorious of devotees.
yasyAM mAdhava-nAviko rasavatIm AdhAya rAdhAM tarau
madhye caJcala-keli-pAta-valanAt trAsaiH stuvatyAs tataH
svAbhiSThaM paNam Adadhe vahati sA yasmin mano-jAhnavI
kas taM tan nava-dam-pati-pratibhuvaM govardhanaM nAzrayet
Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, where the divine couple enjoy Their rescue-fee pastimes, and where the MAnasa-gaGgA flows? In the MAnasa-gaGgA the pilot MAdhava took sweetly beautiful RAdhA on His boat, and when She, frightened by a great storm, prayed that He calm it, He claimed from Her as a rescue-fee the fulfillment of His amorous desires.
rAse zrI-zata-vandya-sundara-sakhI vRndAJcitA saurabha-
bhrAjat-kRSNa-rasAla-bAhu-vilasat-kaNThI madhau mAdhavI
rAdhA nRtyati yatra cAru valate rAsa-sthalI sA parA
yasmin sa sukRtI tam unnatam aye govardhanaM nAzrayet
Ah, what pious person will not take shelter of lofty Govardhana Hill, the beautiful and transcendental place of the rAsa dance, where zrI RAdhA, accompanied by Her beautiful friends worshiped by hundreds of goddesses of fortune, and the splendid, nectar arm of Lord KRSNa playfully resting on Her neck, dances in the springtime rAsa-lIlA?
yatra svIya-gaNasya vikrama-bhRtA vAcA muhuH phullatoH
smera-krUra-dRg-anta-vibhrama-zaraiH zazvan mitho viddhayoH
tad yUnor nava-dAna-sRSTija-kalir bhaGgyA hasan jRmbhate
kas taM tat-pRthu-keli-sUcana-zilaM govardhanaM nAzrayet
Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill where, blossoming with happiness at the outrageous joking words of Their friends, perpetually wounded by the swift arrows shot from the corners of Their cruel, smiling eyes, and laughing at the crooked words of the ever-new dAna-keli quarrel, the youthful divine couple displayed so many transcendental pastimes?
yasmin go-caya-cAru-cAraNa-paro rIrIti gAyaty asau
raGge gUDha-guhAsu ca prathayati smAra-kriyAM rAdhayA
kas taM saubhaga-bhUSitAJcita-tanuM govardhanaM nAzrayet
Who will not take shelter of graceful and auspicious Govardhana Hill, where, accompanied by zrIdAmA and His other friends, playing with SaGkarSaNa, and carefully herding the cows, Lord KRSNa happily sings rI rI, and where Lord KRSNa enjoys amorous pastimes with RAdhA in the rAsa dance arena and deep in the hidden caves?
kAlindIM tapanodbhavaM giri-gaNAn aty-unnamac-cekharAn
zrI-vRndAvipinaM janepsita-dharaM nandIzvaraM cAzrayam
hitvA yaM pratipUjayan vraja-kRte mAnaM mukundo dadau
kas taM zRGgi-kirITinaM giri-nRpaM govardhanaM nAzrayet
Who will not take shelter of Govardhana Hill, the crowned king of all mountains? For the people of Vraja's sake Lord Mukunda neglected the sun-god's daughter YamunA, a host of other lofty hills, the wish-fulfilling forest of VRndAvana, and the town of NandIzvara, and respectfully worshiped Govardhana Hill.
tasmin vAsadam asya ramya-dazakaM govardhanasyeha yat
prAdurbhUtam idaM yadIya-kRpayA jIrNAndha-vaktrAd api
tasyodyad-guNa-vRnda-bandhura-khaNer jIvAtu-rUpasya tat-
toSAyApi alaM bhavatv iha phalaM pakvaM mayA mRgyate
By the mercy of Govardhana Hill these ten beautiful verses about Govardhana Hill, which grant residence at Govardhana Hill, have come from the mouth of a blind old man. The pleasure of Govardhana Hill, which is my life and soul, and which is a beautiful jewel-mine of transcendental virtues, is the ripe fruit I seek from my labor in writing these verses.
1 Govardhana Hill is like a flag of intense sweetness placed in the opulent land of Vrndavana. As the king of mountains Govardhana Hill offers very pleasing royal service to the young prince of Vraja.
2 The rocks of Govardhana Hill are many kinds of splendid jewels that provide thrones, couches, and other kinds of furniture for Sri Krsna, the supreme monarch of all nectar mellows.
3 Govardhana Hill's beautiful forests and caves are Krsna's nectar pastime palaces, each one perfect for the supreme good fortune of His beloved and Her friends.
4 Govardhana Hill's trees and vines serve Sri Krsna by offering Him blossoming branches with sweet fruits, and flowers filled with honey, nectar and fragrant pollen.
5 The red, vermilion, yellow and other coloured pigments of Govardhana Hill decorate Lord Krsna's transcendental body for the pleasure of His beloved gopis.
6 The musk left by deer, as well as the kunkuma, camphor, and aguru naturally produced by Govardhana Hill, were all used to give a sweet fragrance to the transcendental body of Lord Krsna.
7 There is a pleasant grove of sandalwood trees on Govardhana Hill. Although snakes generally flock to sandalwood trees, no snakes ever come here, or if sometimes a snake may come it is not poisonous, or if sometimes a poisonous snake may come its poison is automatically counteracted, and it can do no harm. As the best servant of Lord Hari, Govardhana Hill has made this wonderful arrangement for the Lord's pleasure.
8 One time a contrary fawn-eyed gopi left Sri Krsna. A short time afterwards She saw a snake on the road. Frightened, She took shelter of Lord Krsna, embracing Him and begging for protection. As Lord Hari's best servant, Govardhana Hill made all these nectarean arrangements for His pastimes.
Note: This verse may also be translated in the following way:
Rejected by a certain contrary fawn eyed gopi, Sri Krsna said: "I have just been bitten by one of Govardhana Hill's snakes". When the gopi heard this, she became repentant and came before the Lord with many apologies. As Lord Hari's best servant, Govardhana Hill made all these arrangements for His pastimes.
9 The rocks of Govardhana Hill are all precious gems. Some are sapphires, some emeralds, some rubies or crystals. They provide the perfect backdrop for Lord Krsna's pastimes.
10 If, while walking on Govardhana Hill, Krsna's elder brother Balarama sees a series of golden stones, He thinks: 'the daughter of King Vrsabhanu must have just now walked before Me', and He changes course to avoid an awkward situation. In the same way, if She sees a series of crystal stones, She thinks: 'Balarama must have just now walked before Me', and She changes Her course.
11 If, on Govardhana Hill, which is the best of Lord Hari's servants, Sri Krsna sees a golden stone, He takes it to be His beloved. In the same way, His beloved sees a sapphire, She assumes it is Her lover.
12 The gopis' necklaces, ornaments, red foot cosmetic, betelnuts, and other paraphernalia gaze on the beauty of Govardhana Hill's groves and caves. Who would not become enchanted by the beauty of Govardhana Hill?
13 Sri Krsna is the sapphire and the gopis the golden necklaces ornamenting Govardhana Hill. The pastimes of Krsna and the gopis are the sons and daughters of Govardhana Hill. Who is able to describe the glories of Govardhana Hill?
14 The peacocks dance enthusiastically, the bees and cuckoos sing melodiously and may other birds chirp a rhythmic accompaniment, as they all gaze on the serve to Lord Hari done by Govardhana Hill, the best of Lord Hari's servants.
15 The land around Govardhana Hill in all directions is filled with many lakes, groves, and other charming places of Lord Krsna's pastimes. Many lovely streams flow from Govardhana Hill onto these lands in all directions.
16 To the east is Dana-nivartana-kunda. When Sri Radhika's handsome beloved remembers it, He begins to tremble, and the hairs on His body stand erect.
17 To the east of that is Candra-sarovara, where the divine couple enjoyed many rasa dances. The memory of this place makes Them dance in ecstatic love.
18 Southeast of Govardhana Hill is Sanksarsanananda-sarovara, and to the east of that is Gauri-tirtha, which is scrupulously avoided
by Gauri's husband, Lord Siva.
19 The nectar flood of supreme good fortune rising from His eternal pastimes with Her has made Her beloved supremely learned in the philosophy of forest-pastimes.
20 In between Sankarsana-sarovara and Dana-nivartana-kunda is Anandaraja-tirtha, where the Mahanna-kuta festival delighted the young prince of Vraja.
21 West of that are two splendid places in the mouth of Krsna's pastimes. They are Sri Dhana-ghata and Sri Sumani-ghata, where the divine couple playfully talked and joked.
22 At this place the divine couple enjoyed the playful quarrel pastimes known as dana-keli. Who would not be astonished by this pastime? When this pastime enters the ears it makes both the body and mind dance.
23 Govardhana Hill resembles a gigantic peacock that has Govinda-kunda as its tail. The Manasa-ganga, where the divine couple eternally enjoys boat-sailing pastimes, enters into the waters of Govinda-kunda.
24 If one hears about the divine couple's boat-sailing pastimes, he will become stunned in ecstasy and it will not be possible for him to stop hearing about them.
25 On the Manasa-ganga's shores are many madhavi-vine pavilions with nectar beauty that shines in the three worlds. There the divine couple enjoys splendid pastimes that are eternally remembered in the world's hearts.
26 With its nearby forest groves and the limitless nectar-trickling flowers in its waters, Kusuma-sarovara shines with great splendour. Is it the handsome face of Govardhana Hill, the king of mountains?
27 This lake is known as Kusuma-sarovara because of the many blossoming flowers, destined to become gopis in the future, that grow in its waters. Simply by one bathing in this Kusuma-sarovara, Narada Muni attained a gopi-form. This fact is directly confirmed in the words of the enchanting Supreme Personality of Godhead.
28 The Supreme Personality of Godhead eternally enjoys pastimes on Govardhana Hill. He personally lifted Govardhana Hill with His own hand to protect His cowherd associates. Who is able to describe the glories of Govardhana Hill, the best of Lord Hari's servants?
29 Radha-kunda and Syama-kunda are Govardhana's two love-filled eyes. Because it nourishes the gopas, gopis, and surabhi cows with Lord Madhava's sweetness, it shines with the name 'go-vardhana'.
30 Syama-kunda and Radha-kunda are two great floods of the nectar of beauty. They are two great oceans of splendour. They are two beautiful roots from which sweet devotional service grows.
31 They are two jewel-mines of love. They are two seeds from which grow the jewel-vines of transcendental pastimes. How did they become two splendid and nectar-sweet lakes?
32 By seeing these two lakes, Radha and Krsna believe They are present in them. It is as if They directly see each other there. The wise say that by approaching these lakes one directly approaches Radha and Krsna.
33 Longing to meet, but forced to remain separate, Radha and Krsna assumed the forms of Radha-kunda and Syama-kunda. In this way They becomes splashed with the nectar of meeting each other.
34 I think that when Radha saw Krsna She melted with ecstasy and thus assumed the liquid state of the waters of Radha-kunda, and in the same way when Krsna saw Radha He also melted in ecstasy and became the waters of Syama-kunda. In this way these two lakes bear the names and qualities of the divine couple.
35 Out of great kindness to the people, so they could directly taste Their sweetness, Radha and Krsna have become these two lakes. Shining with happiness, the devotees bathe in these two lakes.
36 I think these two lakes are the divine couple's love. They who are fortunate bathe there. Because bathing there is like bathing in Their transcendental love, these two lakes bear the names of the divine couple.
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New Zealanders Celebrate the Festival of Lights
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, November 1, 2004: Thousands of people from many cultures helped Auckland's Indian community celebrate Deepavali yesterday in the Town Hall and outside on Queen St. A constant stream of people moved from the Town Hall, where music, dance, art and a fashion show provided most of the entertainment, to Queen St where a stage was set up for a Bollywood dance competition. Outside there were numerous food stalls. But revellers did not stay long in one place. The path into the Town Hall was just as busy. The celebration, also know as the Festival of Lights signifying a renewal of life, was put on through a partnership between the Auckland City Council and the Asia 2000 Foundation. Organizers said more than 40,000 people attended last year's event and hoped for 60,000 by the end of the celebrations last night. Deepavali is a Hindu festival that is now celebrated around the world. It is a demonstration of India's many subcultures
Yesterday's Auckland celebration showed it is a powerful force for unity among cultures. A dance troop from India, the Rangla Punjab Cultural Youth Club, has been in the country for 10 days, courtesy of the Indian Council for Cultural Relations and Asia 2000. It performed in Wellington for its Deepavali celebration last week and yesterday in Auckland. The traditional folk group made up of mainly university students performed during the day and helped wind up celebrations before a fireworks finale in Queen St. The group has performed in nearly 20 countries and is heading to Fiji and Australia - for more Deepavali celebrations.
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MALAYSIA, October 24, 2004: Deepavali, the Festival of Light, brings joy, happiness and prosperity to every Hindu home. It is on this auspicious day--on November 11 this year--that the Goddess of wealth, Devi Mahalakshmi, is said to visit people's homes. To show respect to the Goddess, it is important that the home be prepared properly, says Star columnist T. Selva. According to Vasthu Sastra, homeowners should begin preparing their homes at least two weeks before the festival. This is because a house that is not well kept will not receive any blessings from the Goddess of wealth--and such places will not receive positive energy, Selva continues.
The first thing to do is ensure the house is not damaged and that its ceiling and roof tiles are in good condition, and there are no leaking pipes or cracks in the walls. After repairing the faults, the home owner should make sure cobwebs, dirt and dust are removed from the walls, ceilings and corners of the house. Next, remove broken and unwanted items. These include all disused, cracked or broken items, like mirrors, shoes, furniture, toys and old clothes. On Deepavali eve, homeowners should welcome the triumph of good over evil by cleaning their homes. The entire house must be scrubbed and washed thoroughly with water, which is the cleansing agent of Vasthu. Following this, draw the kolam (rice flour pattern) portraying devotional themes on the sidewalk and doorstep of the house to further enhance the merry-making mood. The traditional art signifies beauty, gratitude and sacrifice in every facet of our lives. Deepavali is represented by fire, which is one of the five elements, according to Vasthu Sastra, and the most powerful carrier of our messages and prayers to the cosmic forces. The essence of Deepavali is to light up the house with oil lamps throughout the day to protect the property against darkness and evil--in Vasthu, light signifies goodness.
Selva has been invited to present a talk on Vasthu Sastra for harmonious living and world peace at the Well-being Show in London on November 7 at the Royal Horticultural Hall. The four days of talks, workshops and exhibitions will bring together over 50 experts from all over the world to discuss subjects related to metaphysics, ancient sciences, alternative healing and self healing. Over 10,000 visitors are expected. For more of Selva's Deepavali preparations, click on "source" above.
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Vegetarians in Britain will Benefit from Stricter Labelling
The Times Newspaper (London)
LONDON, ENGLAND, October 18, 2004: According to the article, Britain now has four million vegetarians and the market for this segment of the population generates over US$1.5 billion a year. With this in mind, the Food Standards Agency has been lobbying with supermarkets and manufacturers to establish rules for labelling vegan and vegetarian foods. Within a year the agency hopes to institute an amiable solution for both parties. Presently there is a label called "suitable for vegetarians." However, the article points out that many foods that are labelled suitable for vegetarians are not acceptable. The article explains, "Often a product may not contain an animal ingredient, yet its formation depends on an industrial process that uses animal or fish extracts. Many yoghurts and ice-cream, for example, contain animal gelatin, which is produced by boiling the skin, bones, fats and tissue of cattle and pigs. This can even be used to remove sediments in fruit juices. Yet this information is rarely provided on labels." However, spokeswoman for the British Retail Consortium suggests that the proposed rules may be too strict and says, "Trying to bolt on extra issues to dietary definitions would simply add extra layers of bureaucracy for retailers and restrict choice for the majority of consumers." Norman Baker, the Liberal Democrat environment and animal welfare spokesman, says, "The Food Standards Agency needs to recognize that this is a real problem. We have a range of products that are notproperly labelled. Many people would be appalled if they were eating any meat product in a food." The Food Standards Agency agrees by stating, "The presence of processing agents derived from animals on a food labelled suitable for vegetarians is against the rules, and companies could face legal action by Trading Standards."
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UK Celebrates Deepavali In a Big Way
LEICESTER, UK, October 26, 2004: With the flick of a switch, 6,000 bulbs will illuminate this city to mark the start of one of the biggest Deepavali celebrations outside of India. More than 70,000 people are expected to attend official events in this Asian dominated city over two days beginning October 31. The switch-on will follow a ceremony with cultural entertainment, music and dancing that starts in Belgrave Road, at 6 p.m. Councillor Piara Singh Clair, the Lord Mayor of Leicester, is the guest of honor and will turn on the illuminations. He said: "I am really delighted to be chief guest at this year's Deepavali celebrations. "Deepavali is an opportunity for all cultures to come together. It is a time for family and friends to share and enjoy. I am very proud of Leicester's Deepavali celebrations." Maganbhai Patel, president of the Leicester Hindu Festival Council, said: "We are very proud to have been at the heart of this event for more than a decade. Deepavali celebrations here are the biggest outside the Indian subcontinent, and attract visitors to our city from across the world.
This year's official Deepavali firework celebrations are being sponsored by Alliance & Leicester, a finance major. The celebrations come after students, staff and parents at Abbey Primary School and Community centre enjoyed Raas and Garba dancing last week. Children of all ages dressed in colorful costumes enjoyed dancing to music provided by the Shivranjini group on the first day of Navratri.
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Brazil: A Preaching Revolution
Dated: Monday, November 01 2004 @ 07:22 AM
By Lilananda Dasa, Lalita Priya Devi Dasi, and Bhakta Ivan Salles
Posted October 27, 2004 on dipika.org (click here for pictures) http://www.dipika.org/2004/10/31/27_preaching_revolution_in_brazil/index.html
"Brazil?" you ask. "Where is Brazil on the map, anyway?" Well, you will be hearing more from us from now on. There is a preaching revolution going on in Brazil, perhaps the greatest, most significant ISKCON has seen since the 60s and 70s.
Nando Reis, a famous Brazilian singer inspired by George Harrison, has taken Krishna consciousness and the chanting of Hare Krishna to a level never heard before. Below are some statistics that will give you a glimpse of this Krishna consciousness revolution in Brazil:
1. Brazil is famous worldwide for its soap operas. These soap operas are dubbed in several languages and broadcast in many countries. There is a new soap opera being televised six days a week on Globo, the main television network in Latin America. The soap opera is Começar de Novo ("New Beginning"), and it is watched by more than 71 million Brazilians of social classes ABCD and E, including children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. The amazing thing is that the Mahamantra, sung by Nando Reis accompanied by His Holiness Chandra Mukha Swami and 11 other Vaishnavas, is part of this soap opera's sound track. It is presented as a song called "Mantra."
2. What's more, Começar de Novo is reaching 52 percent of the women age 25 and older in class C. And the Mahamantra is sometimes heard more than once on an episode.
3. Começar de Novo captured 38 points in audience rating in Brazil and 63 percent of all the televisions sets, thus consolidating leadership in its category and show time. This means that six days a week during evening prime time, for every ten television sets in Brazil, six are tuned in to Começar de Novo. This audience of more than 70 million has listened to the Mahamantra at least 49 times since the soap opera started seven weeks ago.
4. Other television shows such as Altas Horas ("Late Nights") are also broadcasting Nando Reis and his Hare Krishna friends chanting the Mahamantra. Since Altas Horas opened, on October 14, 2000, it has averaged seven points in audience rating and 40 percent in the national market. Its nationwide audience exceeds four million. Nando and the Hare Krishnas chanted Hare Krishna on the show last Saturday, October 23.
5. MTV Brazil, the hottest Brazilian Music television network among ages 10 to 50, has recorded Nando Reis and the Hare Krishnas chanting "Mantra" live and is broadcasting it every day.
6. "Mantra" is also playing daily on radio stations across the country, and the DVD and CD are being sold in thousands of music stores and on internet sites across Brazil.
7. "Caldeirão do Hulk," a television show with almost seven million viewers from ages 12 to 49 in social classes ABCD and E, has also featured Nando and the Hare Krishnas.
8, Public Concerts: Nando Reis, Chandra Mukha Swami, and eleven other devotees performed live this past weekend at the Canecao in Rio de Janeiro, Rio's equivalent to New York's Madison Square Garden, and there are many other concerts scheduled throughout Brazil.
And there is much more. Television stations are visiting the Sunday feast at several of the more than 25 ISKCON temples in Brazil to learn more about the Hare Krishnas. People are stopping devotees at malls, on the streets, and in public places. "I have seen you on TV," they say. "Where are you located? I want to learn more."
It is simply, without exaggeration, the biggest Hare Krishna revolution we have ever seen.
Stay tuned. There is more coming ...
Source: General direction of commercialization, Globo Network official website
Courtesy of Ekendra's Mridanga:
Eugene Weekly typifies the collapse of the ideals of the liberal/progressive movement into the wreckage of personal gratification of the sexual entitlements. You claim not to accept sexual advertising. The abortion work and lesbian monologue of Shelly Sheklow is sexual advertising incarnate.
The U.S. inflicts upon an impoverished and poisoned world a demented militarism, unusually cruel war-making and insane materialism with its rampant environmental devastation, largely without protest because the liberal progressive movement has substituted the selfishness of sexualism for true political activism.
Eugene Weekly champions the falsehood that morality is synonymous with hate and sexual entitlement with selfless service. Just the opposite is closer to the truth. Morality informed by conscience is active compassion, and social service of lasting value is never about sexual or material gratification. Regardless of changing customs, all sexuality is inveterately self-centered, and selfishness is the cause and not the solution to human suffering.
You have surrendered the ideals of pacifism and material simplicity to follow the pelvic priesthood. In the service of an open dialogue, I challenge you to print the enclosed essay, "Autodeism, Hefnerism and the Pelvic Priesthood" albeit heresy, against cults of personal gratification which you so slavishly admire, or share this article's address: www.winfinity.com/beachwalla/adh.htm (Website no longer available)
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Some time back I found something interesting in Mahanidhi swami's book G . V. Samadhis on page 94 regarding the most prominant instructions cited by Jagannath dasa Goswami it mentions there.
Never forget Gaura who is more merciful and benevolent than Krsna.
Krsna is like a just ruler who takes into account your offences in his administration of justice . Gaura does not take into account your offences.
Whereas, Krsna is more interested in the dispensation of justice, Gaura
is more interested in the distribution of mercy.
From this point of view, Gaura- Kirtan is more useful than Krsna - Kirtan.
Gaura Kirtamn means : Sri Krsna Caitanya, Prabhu Nityananda, Sri Advaita, Gadadhara, Srivasidi, Gaura Bhakta Vrnda.
Krsna is the Avatara of Dvapara- Yuga. Gaura is the Kali yuga avatara. We should sing the name and glories of the avatara in whose age we live; just as in a kingdom we praise the ruling king." Jai Sacinandana Gaura Hari, Jaya Sacinandana Gaura Hari
I thought you might find this interesting It seems to be that there are many angles of vision to the reflected rays of the Daimond like holy names.
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Vegan CEO Offers Meat-Free Cafeteria
ROANOKE, VIRGINIA, October 31, 2004: For telephone company CEO Norm Mason, a vegan and lifelong animal lover, there was never any doubt what he'd offer at his company cafeteria. Soy steaks and soy sloppy joes, veggie burgers, nachos and other meatless, eggless, butter-free delicacies are cooked daily using heavy bags of texturized vegetable protein. And it's all free. Mason says he created the "Vegeteria" out of concern for the well-being of his 200 employees of Cat Communications International. "This was a way to say: 'Look, we don't feel it's right to have the flesh of an animal, an animal killed for your benefit,'" Mason said. "I see it no different than smoking. People are asked to go outside and smoke.
Bruce Friedrich, a spokesman for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, says Mason is part of a growing number of vegetarian and vegan CEOS, including Steve Jobs of Apple Computers Inc., Michael Eisner from Walt Disney Co., John Mackey of Whole Foods Market Inc. and Bill Ford of Ford Motor Co., who have made it easier for employees to eat meat-free. "They haven't actually prohibited eating mat, but they've certainly increased exponentially the vegan offerings in their cafeterias," Friedrich said.
Mason, who is a PETA member, wants to go beyond catering to current vegetarians. He sees a person's craving for meat as a nasty habit that can be broken. By providing free vegetarian lunches and stocking the room with information pamphlets about vegetarianism, Mason hopes to nudge his carnivorous employees toward a different lifestyle. Mason, 60, gave up meat about 25 years ago. He said he eased into it after a period of soul-searching about the food on his plate. So far, however, Mason's carnivorous employees have been slow to reform. A few disgruntled employees called a local television station to complain about not being able to bring meat into the Vegeteria. But Mason says they still can eat meat--they just have to take it into another company room. Or they could go out for lunch. "I try to combine as much preaching with living by example," Mason said. "That's why the cafeteria is free. Nobody's forced to eat in the cafeteria. They can go somewhere else. If they want to spend their money, that is their right."
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SINGAPORE, November 1, 2004: Thousands of devotees fulfilled their vows by taking part in the annual fire walking festival. It's a key event of the Hindu community, and here in Singapore, it was held in the wee hours of the morning at Sri Mariamman Temple at South Bridge Road. Since 1999 the annual fire walking ceremony has been held in the morning. The chief priest of Sri Mariamman temple carried the Karagam - a pot - containing items of spiritual offerings as he crossed the fire pit first. The successful crossing of the Fire Pit by the Chief Priest is seen as a good omen and an indication of a successful fire walking ceremony. Thousands of male devotees then followed the priest across the fire. Female devotees are only allowed to walk around the pit. It's a four meter long pit filled with red hot charcoal. Days before walking on fire the devotees go on stringent fast and observe a vegetarian diet.
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Arabian Vedic Roots.
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Date: Sun, 10 Oct 2004 17:25:39 -0500
Hi There! you have posted a great article in the web page I just finished reading. You may want to add this info somewhere, as it is devoid of this important findings as well.
The articles under this web page are remarkable. THey missed out few items like the City of UR was where URVASI, the demsel from Hindu Purana lived.
ANd also the city of KARBALA is where VEDAS recited on the banks of Euphrites and Tigris River first;
CIty of QURNAH, was the demon king KARNA, the evil pharaoh lived once.
City of HIndiyah is later moved down to Indus valley where Hindi speaking people originated. HIndi speaking India came out of that city's name in IRAQ!
KEdar River was where LORD KEDARINATH's temple once existed in Mesopotemian times. This river's name is mentioned in bible OT. KETURAH was the wife of KETU as in Raghu and KETU.
BADR is the place where BADRINATH temple once existed in IRAQ, which got demolished when those Hvites became Shiiates. Hvites are called that in Hebrew which means SHIVITES in Sanskrit language.
SADR was also a place where LORD SADASHIVA's temple once existed in IRAQ.
Also about TERAH, the TRIFOLD and his 3 sons~ABRAHM, HARAN and NAHOR.(Bible OT). THis TERAH was the last Saguna or manifested BRAHMANOMAHARISH from Santana Dharma times, who worshipped BYBLOS or MAHA NANDHI and LORD SHIVA mostly.
SAIs Island in Nubian Kingdom where Shirdi SAIBABA's ancestors came from to INdus Valley Western ghat of India back in 1800s. SAIs were kings who were hindus first, Voodoo practioners next and muslims at last before they migrated into MUMBAI region back in 1800s. SAIBABA was born in INDIA during BRITISH times 1836AD.
Why LORD NARAYAN is called "SUMER" NARAYAN? Because the Saguna BRAHMAN HARAN (was no other than NARAYANSELF who was killed by ABRAHM's followers back in 3,000BCE, before Ramayana Times).
NAHOR's followers were relocated to NAGERCOIL in SOUTH and KAALADI is not too far from that place where ADHI S was born, before he travelled up north to meet w aryun Pali speaking Buddhists from Afghanisthan back in 600AD or so. Adhi S's ancestors arrived from Mesopotemia to Nagercoil to build a temple for Shiva back in 2,900BCE.
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THE EXPERT PLASTERER
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.
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Update for the Auckland temple
Grand Diwali Feast will be celebrated on the 6th November, 2004 at the temple.
During Kartik Auckland Nama Hatta Groups would like to
do 108 home programs for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada.
contact the temple for more information on being part of this.....
Public celebration of Gita Jayanti will be held at the
temple on Sunday 19th December.
ohu vaha ho
ohu vaha ho
ohu vaha ho........oh how wonderous
On Thursday 28th October in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Sudhir Sundar prabhu and Nama Nista mataji gave birth to a baby girl by C section. All are well.
Srila Prabhupad on the topic:
"Sucinäm Shrimatäm gehe. So this child is born of a devotee father and devotee mother. Now he?ll again begin from the point where he lost last life. Suppose Krishna consciousness he executed fifty percent. So he?ll begin from this life fifty-one percent. That fifty percent was in his stock. But ordinary karmis?cent percent lost. He has to begin another chapter of life according to his karma." (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 17th July 1971. Lexture in Detroit.)
"There are two kinds of children born of good fathers: one is educated in Krishna consciousness so that he can be delivered from the clutches of mäyä in that very life, and the other is a ray of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and teaches the world the ultimate goal of life." (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 8th August 1976. Srimad Bhagavatam class SB 3:22:19. Tehran, Iran)
Lord Sri Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita 7:11.
balam balavatäm cäham
kämo ?smi bharatarshabha
balam?strength; bala-vatäm?of the strong; ca?and; aham?I am; käma?passion; räga?and attachment; vivarjitam?devoid of; dharma-aviruddhah?not against religious principles; bhüteshu?in all beings; kämah?sex life; asmi?I am; bharata-rishabha?O lord of the Bhäratas.
"I am the strength of the strong, devoid of passion and desire. I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles, O lord of the Bhäratas [Arjuna]."
"Kandarpa is the sex desire for presenting good sons; therefore Kandarpa is the representative of Krishna. Sometimes sex is engaged in only for sense gratification; such sex does not represent Krishna. But sex for the generation of good children is called Kandarpa and represents Krishna." (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Bhagavad Gita 10:28 purport.)
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yajne cha bhagam amrtayur avavarundha
ayusya vedam anusasty avatirya loke
"The Lord in His incarnation of Dhanvantari very quickly cures the diseases of the ever diseased living entities simply by His fame personified and only because of Him do the demigods achieve long lives. Thus the Personality of Godhead becomes ever glorified. He also exacted a share from the sacrifices, and it is He only who inaugurated the medical science or the knowledge of medicine in the universe." (Srimad Bhagavata Purana 2.7.22 )
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The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 - 4/21/03-4/27/03
Making Food Sacred - Offering
our food to Krishna:
....excerpt from lecture by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1-3 -- San Francisco, March 28, 1968
The Vedic literature says like this, that God has no leg, no hand. Therefore the impersonalists take advantage of it. "Oh, here it is stated God has no legs, no hands." But the next line is, javana grhita: "He can accept everything which you offer Him in devotion."
Now how He can accept? If He has no hand, how He can accept things from us? That means He hasn't got a hand like us. His hand is different. Therefore even though He is situated in the spiritual world, which is far, far away from us, still, He says in the Bhagavad-gita, it is said,
patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
Krsna says that "A little flower or little water or a little leaf, whatever My devotee offers Me in love and devotion, I accept it." And tad aham bhakty-upahrtam. "And because he has brought it with great devotion, therefore I eat." Tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami. Asnami means "I eat." Now you can say, "All right, I'll offer these fruits and flower to God, but it is the same. It is remaining. How He is eating?" But His eating is not like my eating, because He hasn't got a body like this. This body is material. If you bring me a plate of fruits, this body immediately swallows it. But He has got spiritual body. He eats... Simply as soon as He knows that you have offered it in devotion, He eats immediately.
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Not just cheeses also vegetarian yogurts and other dairy produce.
Tararua Lite Sour Cream for Vegetarians hits the shelves Sept 1st 2004.
(we bought some Stilton, Parmesan, Edam, Swiss and a few others - LOL
- you have to check out these pages and then go to your Woolworths, Countdown,
Foodtown, Pak'nSav, New World or local Deli.....believe me it's worth it,
especially the Tuxford range; Cheshire, Red Leicester, Double Gloucester,
Wensleydale varieties from the UK =>:-)))
http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html updated to help you
16th Sept 2004
All the Meatless Pasta preparations
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Vegetable Semolina (Upmä)
Preparation time: 35 minutes
1 pound assorted vegetables
2 tablespoons ghee or vegetable oil
2 teaspoons cumin seeds
1 teaspoon black mustard seeds
'/2 teaspoon fenugreek seeds
2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
1 dried chili, crushed
6 curry or bay leaves
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon asafetida (aka hing)
5 cups water
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
3 teaspoons salt
22/3 cups semolina or farina (suji)
1 cup butter or ghee
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons lemon juice
2 tablespoons butter
1. Begin by cutting the vegetables. Green beans and peppers can be cut into pieces, carrots sliced, potatoes cubed, tomatoes quartered, and cauliflowers cut into flowerets. Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in a saucepan over a medium flame and fry the cumin seeds, black mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, curry leaves, ginger, and chili. After 30 to 45 seconds, toss in the turmeric and asafetida. Then add the cut vegetables. (If you want to give your upmä a special taste and texture, lightly deep-fry the cubed potatoes, sliced carrots, and cauliflower flowerets and add them to the upmä at the end.) Stir the vegetables until they brown. Then add a little water to prevent scorching. Lower the heat, cover, and simmer until the vegetables are tender. While the vegetables simmer, put the water and salt in a small pot to boil.
2. Melt the butter in a 5-pint saucepan, add the semolina, and stir-fry gently over a medium-low flame, stirring every time the bottom layer of semolina appears lightly browned. It should take 10 to 15 minutes for all the semolina to turn light brown.
3. When the grains are ready and the water is boiling, put the cooked vegetables into the grains and toss in the raisins. Then pour the boiling water into this mixture. Be careful! The mixture will erupt and sputter. Lower the flame. Stir several times to break up any lumps. Then cover the pot to trap the steam. Let the upmä simmer on the lowest flame. After 5 minutes, lift the lid to see if the grains have absorbed all the water. If not, stir briskly several times and cook a few more minutes uncovered. Finally, add the pepper, lemon juice, and butter. Mix again and offer to Krsna.
CHOLE (CURRIED CHICKPEAS)
Servings. 6 Serving size. 1 serving preparation time: 3 hours
1-1/4 cups kala chana or dry chickpeas
5-1/2 cups water
1 piece Bay leaf
5 tablespoons Ghee
¼ piece Cinnamon stick
6 pieces Peppercorns
½ teaspoon cardamom seeds
8 pieces Cloves
1 tablespoon Cumin seed
1 tablespoon Ginger root, minced
1 teaspoon green chilies, minced
1 teaspoon Turmeric, ground
1-1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 tablespoon Coriander, ground
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Asafetida (hing)
1 tablespoon mango powder
3 tablespoon Coriander, fresh
1 large Tomato, raw, diced
6 lemon wedges
Sort through the beans and remove any foreign matter. Rinse and drain.
Soak in hot water for at least 8 hours or overnight.
Place the chickpeas with the soaking water in a saucepan. Add bay leaf and a dab of gee, bring to a full boil over high heat. Reduce heat to moderately low, cover and let boil for about 3 hours, or until the chickpeas are tender.
Drain the chickpeas, save the liquid. Discard the bay leaf. Take 1/4f cup of the chickpeas and mash it to a coarse paste.
For the garam masala: pound the cinnamon stick into small bits. Combine the cinnamon, peppercorns, cloves cardamom seeds and cumin seeds in coffee mill or stone mortar and grind into powder / you may use already grounded spices)
Heat 3 tablespoons of ghee in a nonstick saucepan over moderate heat. When is hot stir in ginger and green chilies, fry until browned. Remove pan from heat, sprinkle in turmeric, paprika, ground coriander, cayenne and asafetida. Over moderate heat drop in tomato. Stir-fry for about 5 minutes.
Add salt, whole chickpeas, mashed chickpeas, ½ cup of cooking water and the mango powder (or a twist of lemon juice). Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the liquid is reduced to a thick sauce. Sprinkle with the garam masala powder. Stir and sprinkle the remaining ghee and chopped coriander leaves. Garnish the dish with lemon wedges
ALOO MATAR PULAU (RICE+ VEG)
Servings: 6 Serving size. 1 serving Preparation time: 40 minutes
½ Tablespoon ginger root, minced
2 teaspoons green chilies, minced
¼ piece Cinnamon stick
1 piece Bay leaves
1 teaspoon Salt
6 pieces Cloves, whole
½ cup Peas
2 medium lemon
¾ teaspoon Turmeric, ground
1-1/2 teaspoons Cumin seed
2 tablespoons Coriander, fresh
¼ cup Coconut shredded
3 tablespoons Yogurt Plain, low fat
1 tablespoon Ghee
1 cup Basmati rice
2-1/4 cups water
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 medium Potatoes
Wash rice Wash peeled potatoes and cut them evenly in small cubes.
Combine ginger root, green chilies, coconut, coriander and yogurt in a bowl. Mix well. Drop potato cubes. Stir and allow to marinate.
Heat ghee over moderately high heat. Drop in the whole Cloves, cinnamon stick, bay leaves and cumin seeds. Fry until brown and add the marinated potatoes. Stir fry until browned.
Add rice, salt turmeric, lemon juice, water and sugar. Stir and bring to a full boil.
Reduce heat to a very low and let simmer covered. Add defrosted peas about 5 minutes before the end of cooking.
Add ghee (or butter). Cover and let rice sit for few minutes. Fluff and serve. Decorate with a wedge of lemon.
Servings: 6 Serving size: 1 serving Preparation time: 30 minutes
2 medium Cucumber
1-1/2 cups Yogurt Plain, low fat if necessary
2 tablespoons Coriander, fresh
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
1teaspoon Mustard seeds
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon lemon peel grated
½ tablespoon Paprika
2 tablespoons Sesame oil
Peel and coarsely shred the cucumbers, place them in a bowl. Sprinkle
with salt and toss. Let cucumbers sit at room temperature for about 25
minutes. Pour into a strainer, press out the excess liquid, pat them dry
with paper towels.
Place yogurt, cayenne and fresh chopped leaves in a bowl and wisk until smooth and creamy. Add cucumbers.
Heat oil in a small pan. When is hot add the mustard seeds. Pour the fried seeds and oil into the cucumber and yogurt mixtiure , stir to blend.
Refrigerate for at least one hour ( better if two), to allow the seasoning to release their flavors. Sprinkle with paprika and serve.
This refreshing dish it?s a good appetizer, especially in the summer.
Tofu Egg Salad Sandwiches
Submitted by Anony-mouse
celery, chopped finely
whole grain bread (see bread recipe below)
Mix crumbled tofu with vegan mayonnaise, turmeric, cumin, mustard, hing, salt, pepper, pickle relish and celery, all to taste.
Chill, if desired.
Spread mixture on bread, and garnish with lettuce leaves.
BREAD ? LIKE THE BAKERS MAKE ? BUT BETTER.
This recipe is from the "Kurma" cookbook "Great Vegetarian Dishes" page 34.
Preparation Time: 50 mins
Dough Rising Time: one and half hours
Baking time: 45 mins
Makes 2 loaves
6 teaspoons (30 ml) fresh yeast
1 tablespoon (20 ml) brown sugar
2 1/2 cups (625 ml) warm water
1/2 (125 ml) gluten flour
2 teaspoons (10 ml) salt
6 cups (1.5 litres) wholemeal flour
1 tablespoon (20 ml) oil
1/. Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl, crumbling
the yeast and mixing it well. Leave this bowl undisturbed in a warm place
for 10 minutes or until frothy.
2/. Combine the gluten flour, salt, and half the wholemeal flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast and the oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. Let it stand, covered, for 30 minutes.
3/. Stir the mixture. Add flour to make a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead it for 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elasitc.
4/. Wash and oil the mixing bowl. Roll the dough into a ball, coat it with oil, and place it in the bowl, covered. Let it rise in a warm place for one hour or until it has doubled in size.
5/. Punch down the dough with your fist and knead again lightly. Shape it into 2 loaves. Place the loaves into oiled loaf tins and cover them, placing them in a warm spot for another 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 Centigrade/Celsius - 390 F.
6/. Brush the risen loaves with milk and sprinkle them with sesame seeds.
Place them in the hot oven and cook for about 45 minutes or until golden, crisp, and hollow-sounding when tapped. Remove the tins from the oven and let stand for 10 miutes.
Now you can carefully invert the bread tins and turn out the loaves, placing them on cooling racks. When the loaves are completely cool, slice and use as required. Or offer hot with ooooodles of butter or ghee.........=>:-Q
Vedavati dd's (my wife's) Butterscotch Pudding
1 cup SR Flour
3/4 cup sugar - Mix all together - melted butter, etc.
1/2 cup milk - Put into buttered pudding dish on bottom.
60 g butter
30 g melted butter with 1 1/2 cups hot water and 2 tablespoons golden syrup.
Pour gently over pudding mixture and cook for approx 40 minutes in moderate oven.
Variations: Any fresh or canned fruit. Put fruit on bottom
and pour over juice. Also carob - I'll send that to you some other
time, but you have some great recipes for carob deserts anyway.
The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 - 4/21/03-4/27/03
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?If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat.
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- 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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XMAS Recipes @ http://www.hknet.org.nz/XmasMadness.html
We wish you a Vege Xmas...and a Hari new year.
Wellington Vegetarian Society'
You'll also notice that for October we have a book sale of our Living a Good Life book, and it is ideal for vegetarian families - it covers pregnancy, childcare and the teen years, not to mention adults and the elderly. We've just reprinted more copies as a result of recent demand, and these are selling well, with the proceeds going to vegetarian products including a farm animal sanctuary down our way.
The book "Living a Good Life" normally selling at $21.95 is now going at the $14.95 price which lasts until Xmas, although we could consider extending it if anyone were to approach us after them with this reference.http://vegsoc.wellington.net.nz/livingGd.htm
Auckland's New Zealand Vegetarian Society
....has a myriad of excellent books for sale on vegetarianism
see their mention on our 2004 events
Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurants throughout New Zealand
According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar 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 http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html
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 mailto:Chalissa1@aol.com
THIS HAS TO BE SEEN AT LEAST ONCE - SHOW YOUR MEAT
IF THEY ARE WORTH KEEPING AS FRIENDS THEY WILL GIVE UP THE MEAT HABIT
Vegetarians BEWARE of Orange Softdrinks
Coca-Cola (manufacturer) - Not suitable for vegetarians; lists the following products as not vegetarian
These products contain traces of fish gelatine, which are used as a stabiliser for beta-carotene colour.
Diet Fanta Orange
Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Diet Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for
added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
(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 http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html
Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves =>;-))
Visit our Hasya Rasa pages
Laughter Therapy - its no joke:
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:
Sadaji Jaspreet Singh is telling his friends about his recent divorce.
"Yeah, she divorced me for religious reasons. She worshipped money and I didn't have any."
....After getting all of Pope John Paul's luggage loaded into the limo, (and he doesn't travel light), the driver notices that the Pope is still standing on the curb.
"Excuse me, Your Holiness," says the driver, "Would you please take your seat so we can leave?" "Well, to tell you the truth," says the Pope, "they never let me drive at the Vatican, and I'd really like to drive today."
"I'm sorry but I cannot let you do that. I'd lose my job! And what if
something should happen?" protests the driver, wishing he'd never gone
to work that morning.
"There might be something extra in it for you," says the Pope.
Reluctantly, the driver gets in the back as the Pope climbs in behind the wheel. The driver quickly regrets his decision when, after exiting the airport, the Pontiff floors it, accelerating the limo to 105 mph. "
Please slow down, Your Holiness!!!" pleads the worried driver, but the Pope keeps the pedal to the metal until they hear sirens. "Oh, dear God, I'm gonna lose my license," moans the driver. The Pope pulls over and rolls down the window as the cop approaches, but the cop takes one look at him, goes back to his motorcycle, and gets on the radio. "I need to talk to the Chief," he says to the dispatcher.
The Chief gets on the radio and the cop tells him that he's stopped a limo going a hundred and five. "So bust him," says the Chief. "I don't think we want to do that, he's really important," said the cop. The Chief exclaimed," All the more reason!" "No, I mean really important," said the cop. The Chief then asked, "Who ya got there, the Mayor?"
"Well," said the Chief, "Who is it?"
Cop: "I think it's God!"
Chief: "What makes you think it's God?"
Cop: "He's got the flaming Pope as a chauffeur!!"
Pauline Archell-Thompson - UK
Why did the vampire give his girlfriend a blood test?
To see if she was his type.
How many vegetarians does it take to screw in a lightbulb?
I don't know, but where do you get your protein?
Doctor's & Referals
When a panel of doctors was asked to vote on adding a new wing to their
hospital, the Allergists voted to scratch it and the Dermatologists preferred no rash moves.
The Psychiatrists thought it was madness; the Surgeons decided to wash
their hands of the whole thing, and the Radiologists could see right through it!
The Gastroenterologists had a Gut feeling about it, but the Neurologists
thought the administration had a lot of nerve, and the
Obstetricians stated they were laboring under a misconception.
The Ophthalmologists considered the idea shortsighted; the Pathologists
yelled, "Over my dead body!", while the Pediatricians said, "Grow up!"
The Internists thought it was a bitter pill to swallow but the Plastic
Surgeon said, "This puts a whole new face on the matter."
The Podiatrists thought it was a step forward, but the Urologists felt
the scheme wouldn't hold water.
The Anesthesiologists thought the whole idea was a Gas, and the
Cardiologists didn't have the heart to say no.
And in the End, the Proctologists left the decision up to some a-hole
who didn't give a crap !.
There were three men at a bar. One man got
drunk and started a fight with the other two men.
The police came and took the drunk guy to jail.
The next day the man went before the judge.
The judge asked the man, Where do you work?
The man said, Here and there.
The judge asked the man, What do you do for a living?
The man said, This and that.
The judge then said, Take him away.
The man said, Wait, judge when will I get out?
The judge said to the man, Sooner or later.
The first said "I had a big house built for Mama."
The second said "I had a hundred thousand dollar theatre built in the
The third said "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver an SL600 to her".
The fourth said, "You know how Mama loved reading the Bible and you
know she can't read anymore because she can't see very well. I met
this preacher who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Bible.
It took twenty preachers 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to
contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the church, but it was worth
it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot will recite
The other brothers were impressed.
After the holidays Mom sent out her Thank You notes.
"Milton, the house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but
I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.
"Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home; I have my groceries delivered,
so I never use the Mercedes. The thought was good. Thanks.
"Michael, you gave me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound, it could
hold 50 people, but all my friends are dead, I've lost my hearing and I'm
nearly blind.I'll never use it. But Thank you for the gesture just the
"Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give
a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you."
thanx to Bh Gary in Q8
Moral to be learned:
....you tell me? post in your realizations to this novel tale !!!!!
The ways of this material world - strange but true
TRUE - MITCHELL LIBRARY IN GLASGOW (Scotland)
THE world is going mad in its abuse of political correctness. Staff at the coffee shop in the Mitchell Library in Glasgow last week allegedly refused to serve a customer who had ordered a 'black coffee', claiming that it was a racist phrase - he would only get his cuppa if he used the terminology 'coffee without milk'. I wonder how he managed to ask for white sugar?
I realised I was dyslexic when I went to a toga party dressed as a goat.
.......Marcus Brigstocke at the Assembly Rooms
from Mark B
Embarrassed, he tried to distract the old woman by making conversation and asked her "Do you by any chance have today's paper?"
The lady looked at him suspiciusly and said "No, but the next time we pass by a tree I'll try an grab you a handful of leaves
All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence;
then success is sure.
George: "There's nothing like getting up
at six in the morning, going for a run around the park,
and taking a brisk shower before breakfast."
His friend Bob asked, "How long have you been doing this?"
George replied, "I start tomorrow."
The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment:
Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The next day the kids came back and 1 by 1 began to tell their stories.
"Antonio do you have a story to share?"
"Yes ma'am. My Mumma told me a story about my Uncle Guido. He was a pilot in WW11 and his plane got hit. He had to bail out over enemy territory and all he had was a small flask of Grappa, a pistol and a survival knife. He drank the Grappa on the way down so it wouldn't break and then his parachute landed right in the middle of twenty Nazi troops.. So he shot fifteen of them with the gun until he ran out of bullets, killed four more with the knife, till the blade broke, and then he killed the last Nazi with his bare hands.
"Good Heavens" said the horrified teacher. "What kind of moral did you learn from this horrible story?"
"Stay the hell away from Uncle Guido when he's been drinking."
bh Gary in Q8
My daughter's husband owns thoroughbred horses, and she was upset with him because he was spending so much time with them. One day while she was out shopping, she saw a bumper sticker that read "Treat her like a thoroughbred so she won't become a nag."
Amused and trying to get her point across, she bought one and put it on the back of her husband's truck.
A day or two later, her husband came home one night on time, kissed his wife and gave her a small box wrapped with a blue ribbon. Inside were two sugar cubes.
They had tried everything and everyone else to get the machine to work but to no avail. In desperation, they called on the retired engineer who had solved so many of their problems in the past. The engineer reluctantly took the challenge. He spent a day studying the huge machine. At the end of the day, he marked a small "x" in chalk on a particular component of the machine and stated, "This is where your problem is."
The part was replaced and the machine worked perfectly again. The company received a bill for $50,000 from the engineer for his service. They demanded an itemized accounting of his charges.
The engineer responded briefly: One chalk mark $1 Knowing where to put it $49,999
It was paid in full and the engineer retired again in peace.
sent in by Pauline Archell-Thompson UK
....and last but not least, over heard a blonde asking a devotee:
".....if animals aren't supposed to be eaten, then why are they made out of meat?"
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