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We pray that the Lord will comfort those who are in need or who have lost loved ones.
I am sure you are all aware of the recent earthquake
off the coast of Indonesia and the subsequent Tsunami waves that have devastated
Sri Lanka, India and Africa, and have taken the lives of more than 125,000
people. The death rate is rising by the hour, and Food for Life is
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We will bring you more information on our efforts soon.
If you would like to help our relief efforts donations may be given through the web http://www.ffl.org, or the Auckland temple office can forward on your behalf, or see Iskcon Sri Lankan appeal below.
Your servant in Lord Krishna's service,
Thank you for your friendship, from FFL Global Director, Priyavrata das
Mahakarta Dasa (Prabhupada's disciple) is the temple president
of ISKCON Sri Lanka, and he is the coordinator of this Food for life relief
program for the tsunami victims.
The program started from 31st December 2004. The Temple President has gone to Trincomalee (worst affected area) this morning to directly supervise the program with some congregational devotees where prasadam will be cooked and distributed to the victims, beginning from 5000 plates per day and increasing rapidly to 20,000. We are starting from Trincomalee and it is the worst affected area in Sri Lanka.
The rate of prasadam distribution is now more than 30,000 per day, providing cooked meals and fresh drinking water as well as some medical aide http://www.ffl.org See other articles in this issue.
This food for life program will continue for a long period and the program will expand to the other affected areas in the country and for this your help is very much needed.
Sri Lanka was among the worst affected by the recent earthquake in Sumatra (Indonesia) and the subsequent tidal wave which has affected many countries in this region. The tide was 40ft high. In the recent news this morning, the death rate has increased to more than 25000 and many thousands are still missing. Over a million are refugees. The refugees have taken shelter in hospitals, schools and temples. Hospitals have been washed out along with the patients and doctors. To continue this, we need assistance and we have to also go to different affected areas. Another rising problem is the thousands of orphans.
His Holiness Indradyumna swami and over 45 other Iskcon devotees are now in the area feeding over 30,000 prasadam meals a day and helping to heal the disrupted lives of the orphans.
So the food for life project by ISKCON (Sri Lanka) should provide a minimum of at least ten thousand plate per day or it will be insufficient for the victims.
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We need assistance from you also for this humanitarian service. Please donate generously for this cause and inform your friends to donate for this purpose. Contact us for further information.
Mahakarta Dasa (Prabhupada's disciple) is the temple president of ISKCON Sri Lanka, and he is the coordinator of this relief program for the tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.
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Festivals Coming Soon
Vasant Panchami - 13th February in NZ
Appearance Day of Srila Advaita Acharya - 15th February in NZ
Varaha Dwadasi - Monday 21st
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Sri Nityananda Trayodasi
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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati
Thakur Prabhupada's Appearance Day
1st March in NZ
Srila Gour Govinda maharaj's Disappearance Day (1996)
Shivaratri - Appearance Day of Lord Shiva
Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami's Disappearance Day (1946 - 2002)
Sri Gaura Purnima - Advent of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu
26th March in NZ
Sri Ramanavami - Appearance Day of
Sri Ramachandra Bhagavan
30th March in NZ
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Sri Nrsimha Chaturdasi - Appearance Day of Lord Narasimhadev
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2 - Contents of the Gita Summarized
prajahati yada kaman
sarvan partha mano-gatan
atmany evatmana tustah.
WORD FOR WORD
sri-bhagavan uvaca--the Supreme Personality of Godhead said; prajahati--gives up; yada--when; kaman--desires for sense gratification; sarvan--of all varieties; partha--O son of Prtha; manah-gatan--of mental concoction; atmani--in the pure state of the soul; eva--certainly; atmana--by the purified mind; tustah--satisfied; sthita-prajnah--transcendentally situated; tada--at that time; ucyate--is said.
The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: O Partha, when a man gives up all varieties of desire for sense gratification, which arise from mental concoction, and when his mind, thus purified, finds satisfaction in the self alone, then he is said to be in pure transcendental consciousness.
PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad:
The Bhagavatam affirms that any person who is fully in Krsna consciousness, or devotional service of the Lord, has all the good qualities of the great sages, whereas a person who is not so transcendentally situated has no good qualifications, because he is sure to be taking refuge in his own mental concoctions. Consequently, it is rightly said herein that one has to give up all kinds of sense desire manufactured by mental concoction. Artificially, such sense desires cannot be stopped. But if one is engaged in Krsna consciousness, then, automatically, sense desires subside without extraneous efforts. Therefore, one has to engage himself in Krsna consciousness without hesitation, for this devotional service will instantly help one onto the platform of transcendental consciousness. The highly developed soul always remains satisfied in himself by realizing himself as the eternal servitor of the Supreme Lord. Such a transcendentally situated person has no sense desires resulting from petty materialism; rather, he remains always happy in his natural position of eternally serving the Supreme Lord.
- His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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...)
In 1969 when Prabhupada stayed at John Lennon's
estate, he liked to walk in the misty morning through the gardens and groves.
It was there that Prabhupada met the head gardener, an old English gentleman
who used to wear a tweed suit jacket even when digging in the earth. The
gardener had shown no interest in the philosophy or the devotees, but when
Prabhupada came he was interested to meet him. On Prabhupada's first morning
walk the head gardener presented himself. Prabhupada was also dressed in
a gentlemanly way, wearing a long black coat, black hat, and wellington
"I am the head gardener here." said the man. Prabhupada said he was glad to meet him and asked him, "What are you growing?" The gardener eagerly showed Prabhupada some of the plants and fruits he was raising in the greenhouse, including watermelons and varieties of flowers. He also pulled out trays from underneath a greenhouse table and showed Prabhupada his mushrooms.
"O, we do not eat this," said Prabhupada. "This is fungus." The man admitted that it was a fungus. Prabhupada explained that mushrooms do not have a good taste, and because they grow in a dark, damp place, they are considered food in the mode of ignorance. Srila Prabhupada then suggested that the gardener should try to grow ladyfingers, but the man didn't know what Prabhupada meant. Prabhupada pointed to his own fingers. "You should grow these ladyfingers." He gave the Hindi word, bhindi, which the man also couldn't understand. Finally the gardener understood that Prabhupada was talking about okra. Prabhupada asked if the man could grow mangoes, but he said he couldn't, not even in the greenhouse.
"What is your age?" asked Prabhupada.
The gardener replied that he was sixty-six.
Prabhupada said, "Do you still have all your teeth?"
The gardener seemed to be a little embarrassed, but replied, "No, I don't. I have all false teeth."
"My age is seventy-two," said Prabhupada, "but I have all my teeth." Prabhupada opened his mouth and showed.
The gardener replied, I've lost all my teeth because I like sweet things too much."
"I also like sweets", said Prabhupada. "I eat many sweets myself - rasagulla, gulabjamuns. But I am eating the right kind of sweets. You should also eat these sweets."
After that, when taking his morning walk, Prabhupada regularly greeted the gardener with a few words, or at least, whenever the gardener was working at a distance, they exchanged a wave of hands.
- From the Nectar by HH Satsvarupa Dasa Goswami
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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
"Fact, Faith, Foolishness"
Room Conversation with U.N. Doctor -- September 29, 1976, Vrndavana
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Prabhupada: Na taj janesu abhijnesu. Abhijnah janesu,
no attachment. Vyasadeva, Sukadeva Gosvami, Narada Muni, all the acaryas,
Ramanujacarya, they have no respect for these. They're creating their howling
habits, that's all. How there can be peace?
Doctor: Now when the Krsna mantras...
Prabhupada: Why do you say Krsna pantha?
Doctor: No, mantras. I have come to mantra. Klim krsnaya govindaya gopijanavallabhaya namah. Is that not a very powerful Krsna mantra?
Doctor: That is better than Hare Krsna.
Prabhupada: No. Hare Krsna is therefore called maha-mantra.
Doctor: Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare.
Prabhupada: Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare.
Doctor: This you regard as the, higher than any other...
Prabhupada: Oh yes. Therefore it is called maha-mantra.
Doctor: But I was told that the Sudarsana-cakra words, mahamala parakramaya maha patanivaya bhakta jane kalpanaya,(?) that is a very powerful mantra.
Prabhupada: Yes. Everything in relationship with God is powerful. But the name in this age is the most powerful. Kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet [SB 12.3.51].
Doctor: And the word om has been praised in the Upanisads, but...
Prabhupada: Om, veda, pranavah sarva-vedesu. Krsna says that raso 'ham apsu kaunteya prabhasmi sasi-suryayoh pranavah sarva-vedesu [Bg. 7.8]. Pranava is omkara. Sarva-vedesu, "That pranava I am." That is sound representation of Krsna.
Doctor: Then that one word as a mantra, is it not...
Doctor: ...the highest sort of word?
Prabhupada: No. If you keep Krsna, that "This pranava is the sound representation of Krsna," then it is all right. If you think it is separately powerful than Krsna, that is nama-aparadha.
Doctor: I understand.
Prabhupada: Yes. If you accept it as Krsna says, that "I am pranava," if you do remember Krsna by chanting omkara, then it is all right.
Doctor: Otherwise, om is only given to sannyasis?
Prabhupada: Not necessarily. It is not mentioned there. Anyone chanting Vedic mantra, he has to begin with omkara.
Doctor: All mantras begin with om.
Prabhupada: Yes, omkara. So sarva-vedesu. Pranavah sarva-vedesu. This is beginning. Just like we take Bhagavata, om namo bhagavate vasudevaya.
etad aksaram brahma
etad aksaram param
etad aksaram jnatva
Prabhupada: The difficulty is that we consider Krsna is different from omkara.
Doctor: That is a mistake.
Prabhupada: That is a mistake.
Doctor: But then Krsna is not different from Brahman.
Prabhupada: If you take this omkara as Krsna's sound representation, then it is all right.
Doctor: Then it is as good as chanting Krsna.
Doctor: But it does not give...
Prabhupada: But because Krsna is remembered, if you take omkara as Krsna's sound representation then Krsna is remembered.
Doctor: But Krsna is three letters. Om is one.
Prabhupada: That doesn't matter.
Doctor: In the last minute when you are dying you can feel it, easily feel it.
Prabhupada: Krsna has many names. Krsna has name Govinda. It is not three letters. It is more than that. Krsna has so many thousands names. Advaitam acyutam anadim ananta. So therefore Krsna advises for the beginners, "Just try to remember Me in this way-raso 'ham apsu kaunteya [Bg. 7.8] -- I am the taste of the water." The water you must be drinking twice, thrice, four times. So when you drink water, the taste satisfies your thirst. So if you simply remember, "This taste is Krsna," that is Krsna conscious.
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I don't say, "Follow me." I say,"Follow Krsna."
Krsna says, "Surrender unto Me."I say, "Surrender
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tan-madhyAd api cittaM
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“The inner senses are well hidden away, concealed behind the eyes and other external organs; of them all, the mind is the most cleverly hidden--yet Krishna steals even that. So what is He not capable of stealing?”(Gopala Champu 1.7.48)
na desha niyamo räjan na käla niyamas tathä
vidyate nätra sandeho vishnor-nämänu-kirtane
kälo'sti däne yajne ca snäne kälo' sti saj jape
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O king, there are no rules governing the time and place wherein the holy name of Vishnu can be chanted. Of this there can be no doubt. Charity and sacrifice are governed by various rules regarding time and place, as are the taking of one's bath and the silent uttering of different mantras. But the holy name of Vishnu can be chanted in saìkértana at any time in any place on earth. (Hari-bhakti-viläsa 11.412, 413)
na desha-niyamas tasmin na käla-niyamas-tathä
nocchishthädau nishedho 'sti shri harer-nämni lubdhaka
O hunter, there are no restrictions on when or where the holy name of Sri Hari may be chanted and no prohibitions regarding the uncleanness of the mouth from which the holy name comes forth. (Hari-bhakti-viläsa 11.408)
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"IN EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE the chanting of the Holy Name of Krishna shall be heard. This was the forecast made by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu almost 500 years ago in India. Today, as the Hare Krishna Mantra -- Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare -- resounds in Bombay and New York, Nairobi and Sydney, and in Paris and Hong Kong, the prophecy of Lord Caitanya stands fulfilled. The universal import of this "Samkirtan Movement" (the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord) was expressed by Lord Caitanya as follows:
"Glory to the Sri Krishna Samkirtan which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years together. Thus the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death, is extinguished. The Samkirtan Movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction Moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge, it increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it helps us to have a taste of the full nectar for which we are always anxious."
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“I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda [Kåñëa], who is always situated in various incarnations such as Räma, Nåsiàha and many subincarnations as well, but who is the original Personality of Godhead known as Kåñëa, and who incarnates personally also.” (Brahma samhita 5:39.)
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Food For Life Global helps Tsunami victims
FFL is the world's largest vegetarian food relief
Priyavrata das, director of Food for Life Global, requires devotees for relief work in areas affected by the recent Tsunami disaster in Sri Lanka. On January 14, Indradyumna Swami will arrive in the capitol, Colombo, to assist local devotees in setting up an infrastructure to distribute prasadam at refugee camps throughout the disaster areas. Presently, Mahakarta das, temple president for Colombo and local devotees are distributing 30,000 plates of prasadam daily in just one area affected by the disaster. But the scope for distribution is unlimited as hundreds of thousands of people remain without home or shelter along the coastal areas hit by the Tsunami.
Food for Life has made an appeal for volunteers on it's website: WWW.FFL.ORG and over 60 non-devotees have replied. Many are professionals in various fields of medicine, education and social services. Priyavrata and Indradyumna Swami are presently choosing 48 of them to assist in prasadam distribution in different refugee camps, beginning January 16.
FFL Global is appealing for expert devotee cooks and kitchen helpers to volunteer for service in this relief effort. Those with first hand emergency relief experience are especially desired.
Devotees should be aware that they will be working in a disaster area and that conditions may be very austere. All accommodation, food and water will be provided and FFL Global will cover all expenses related to volunteering, except travel. Devotees will have to pay their own way to Sri Lanka. American citizens do not require visas, if they intend to stay less than one month.
Interested volunteers are also advised to take the necessary inoculations such as Typhoid and Cholera.
For more information, and to volunteer for this "experience of a lifetime" service, please visit WWW.FFL.ORG - or call Priyavrata das on (1) 301 987 5883 or 1 571 277 2329
Food for Life Global was established in 1994 by Mukunda Goswami and myself to support Food for Life projects all over the world. To date we have helped numerous temples around the world either start a new FFL program or improve on what they already had established. FFL Global does this quietly in the background through correspondence, grants and the creation and distribution of FFL training and promotional materials.
Our office was originally based at the Potomac Temple in Washington DC, however, we are now based from my home in Gaithersburg, MD, about 20 minutes from the Potomac temple. My wife Radha Seva and I run the office. Both of us are volunteers. I have my own graphic design and web development business that maintains our family. My work with FFL is voluntary.
Over the last 10 years, FFL Global has networked extensively with the vegetarian and vegan movements, raising awareness that FFL is the world's largest vegetarian food relief. As a result of this networking, which included making presentations about FFL at International Vegetarian Conferences, many vegetarians around the world now actively support FFL programs. We receive most of our donations from the vegetarian community who visit our web site www.ffl.org .
Over the last 5 days, thousands of people have visited the FFL Global web site to donate money to help the Tsunami Relief. As of January 1, 2005 we have raised more than $15,000 from the web site alone, with much more expected from checks we will be receiving in the Post Office box. 100% of these donations are being sent to support the FFL teams in Sri Lanka, Chennai and any other relief efforts going on to help Tsunami survivors. Not one penny is being kept for our administration. We routinely collect all the many small donations we receive throughout the year, and then wire a bulk donation to needy FFL projects, thus minimizing bank charges and government beaurocracy.
Food for Life Global actually has a membership program that supports any administration costs we may have throughout the year. Membership is $35/year. Members receive a t-shirt and sticker and of course all donations are tax deductible.
The response to this disaster has been overwhelming. Many people are calling our office asking how they can help. Whether its going over their personally or organizing a food, clothing or water drive at their school, campus or business. It is very touching to read people's emails. One man said, "Rock on, this is my last 10 dollars for some time. Put it to good use." Food for Life Global has set up a Volunteer page that provides some guidance to those that are not able to donate money at http://www.ffl.org/html/volunteer.html
One other positive thing that has come out of this calamity, is the raised awareness of Hare Krishna Food for Life. Many prominent web sites are posting banners and announcements to their site visitors and members to help Food for Life. It is this kind of appreciation and awareness of the positive social contributions that ISKCON devotees are making that is an important part of FFL Global's purpose.
We pray that one day FFL Global can fully fund all FFL projects as needed and that prasadam distribution expands unlimitedly as Srila Prabhupada desired. We hope you will support us in this mission.
The servant of prasadam distributors,
Food for Life Global
Ancestral early warning systems saved Andaman janajaati
Ancestral early warning systems saved Andaman janajaati: ASI
The five aboriginal tribes inhabiting the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, our last missing link with early civilisation, have emerged unscathed from the tsunamis because of their age old "warning systems".
"The tribals get wind of impending danger from biological warning signals like the cry of birds and change in the behavioural patterns of marine animals. They must have run to the forests for safety. No casualties have been reported among these five tribes," ASI Director Dr V R Rao told .
This has promted the Anthropological Survey of India (ASI) to propose its immediate documentation to save coastal populations from similar disasters in future.
His team in the badly-hit islands reported the well being of all five aborigines tribes -- Jarwas, Onges, Shompens, Sentenelese and Great Andamanese.
Early warning systems developed by their forefathers and adapted successfully by the tribals must have sent the first alarm signals and given them time to run for safety, he said.
These tribes could be traced down to the mesolithic and upper paleolithic era (from 20000 to 60000 years ago), he said. They had inherited a wealth of indigenous knowledge that had not yet been recorded.
"Anthropologists have been recording these aspects for long. But the question is to properly document them and find means to create a national resource base upon which a coastal signalling system can be operated.
"We have proposed to the Centre to take up immediate documentation of these systems and geomorphological changes triggered by the tsunami since these would be fresh in the memory of the tribals now," Rao said.
Nataraja Darshan saves lives of 4000 fishermen
While thousads lost their lives in the Cuddalore coast to Tsunami, close to 4000 fishermen belonging to some 20 villages like Killai, Pichavaram, Kavarapattu neighboring the Chidambaram region escaped. They had left their villages to attend the annual ritual of "Arudra Darshan" at the world famous Nataraja Mandir in Chidambaram. As has been their practice for generations, they were involved in the pulling of the Mandir Car. When they returned to their villages post Tsunami, they found their entire villages ravaged beyond recognition. Sri Srinivasakumar a member of the fishermen community told us that they were saved because of the grace of Nataraja. He stated that inside the Chidambaram Mandir, they did not find any impact at all. He concluded " all of us owe our lives to Him".
Trust in god saves you from any danger (full fill your needs).
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'Smell of death keeps them away from meat'
Friday January 14 2005 13:27 IST
BANGKOK: The gruesome task of retrieving the bodies of tsunami victims has turned many Thai rescue workers vegetarian, the “Matichon” newspaper said on Friday.
''Our operations in the first days weren't going smoothly,'' Chatchawan Suthiarun, who led a team of 70 in Khao Lak where about 4,000 people, more than half of them foreign tourists, were killed on December 26, told the Thai-language newspaper.
''After we turned to vegetarian food and lighting jossticks to the spirits asking for help, the job has become much easier, he said.
Matichon said vegetarian food was all the rage in one nearby village, where a makeshift relief kitchen produced about 1,000 boxes of meatless food a day.
The newspaper quoted a survivor as saying that the smell of death had put her off meat.
Opening hearts, wallets for disaster relief funds
Filed under: Syndicate Media Watch @ 7:37 am
On another front the Hare Krishna Movement’s Food for Life organisation has embarked on a food relief project for Tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.
His Holiness Indradyumna Swami, an international leader of the society, will accompany 45 other Hare Krishna devotees to the devastated country where they will set up food distribution camps.
Instead of sending money to the victims, Food for Life will provide them with hot meals. According to a spokesman, the meals will consist of rice, dhall and vegetables.
Daily News - Opening hearts, wallets for disaster relief funds http://www.dailynews.co.za/index.php?fSectionId=500&fArticleId=2370840
The Hare Krishna temple in Hertfordshire has sponsored a team of doctors and volunteers to treat the victims of the Asian tsunami.
Since December 26, a team of 60 doctors and 100 volunteers has treated more than 4,000 victims and provided 1,500 stoves in southern India.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu has also distributed more than 450,000 hot meals.
Newindpress.com - Coastal Calamity
Hare Krishna sponsors doctors for tsunami-hit areas
Thursday January 13 2005 08:02 IST
LONDON: The Hare Krishna temple in Hertfordshire has sponsored a team of doctors and volunteers to treat the victims of the Asian tsunami.
Since December 26, a team of 60 doctors and 100 volunteers has treated more than 4,000 victims and provided 1,500 stoves in southern India.
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) in Sri Lanka and Tamil Nadu has also distributed more than 450,000 hot meals.
Said Gauri Dasa, president of Bhaktivedanta Manor: "Doctors and volunteers from ISKCON...Mumbai were some of the first to reach the disaster area to provide hot meals and medical treatment.
"In addition to immediate relief we are now focusing on adopting entire villages where we will provide housing reconstruction and rehabilitation.
Bhaktivedanta Manor has launched an appeal in Britain to collect funds for tsunami victims in India.
Indradyumna Swami from food distribution in Sri Lankha
Silver lining in a dark cloud:
January 2005 - Sri Lanka
I have been quite moved by what I have seen and experianced during my two weeks of disaster relief work here in Sri Lanka. I have travelled the world as a monk ( sannyasi ) for 35 years and have seen many disturbing situations; war in Grozny, the aftermath of war in Sarajevo, hunger in Sudan. But to echo the recent words of Colin Powell, I have never seen anything as devastating as the tsunami disaster here in Sri Lanka.
I traveled along the coast from Colombo to Galle yesterday and saw devastation worse than war. Whole villages had disappeared. Hardly a home was left standing. Bridges were destroyed, train tracks uprooted. Everything was rubble - for hundred of kilometers. I was stunned by the force of the Tsunami wave.
Myself and party were going to do food relief in the refugee camps. When we arrived the army assisted us. However, I soon saw that the refugees, for the most part, were not hungry. Soon after the disaster the government, aided by generous donations from around the world, had began providing food for the victims of the tragedy. I inquired further and learned that there is no scarcity of food in any of the refugee camps throughout the country.
Neither have there been any epidemics. There are medical personel available in all refugee camps.
I must say that it is a credit to the people of the world, who reacted so swiftly and with such generosity, that hunger and disease have been avoided here in Sri Lanka. I have heard that the situation is the same in the other 10 countries affected by the Tsunami. It is wonderful that so many barriers have been broken down ( at least temporarily ) as a result of the disaster. I believe it is unprecedented. If only such sentiments of cooperation could continue in the world. History has shown they often don’t.
I believe the real issue now at hand - as regards relief work - is the many orphaned children in this country. Personally, I am redirecting ISKCON’s efforts here from food relief, to taking care of orphaned children. It simply breaks my heart to see them crying in the refugee camps.
Here in Colombo, our local Hare Krsna temple runs a successful orphanage with 100 children. My efforts will now be to raise funds to expand that orphange so that it can accept another 100 children whose parents died in the disaster. I will even request the orphanage to take several children I have personally met in my travels; kids whose big eyes, sad faces and desire for love have captured my heart.
I am not sure what the media is reporting these days, as I have no access to television. But I have been to the ravaged coast and cried my tears of sympathy for the dead, the dying and the injured. I have walked through the refugee camps, spoken to the people, heard their stories and given them my shoulder to lean on. And significantly, I seen first hand the result of unprecedented world sympathy for the victims. People are being taken care of - as best one can under such circumstances. Food is here, medicine is here and homes are slowly being built for the people to return to. Of course, no one can replace their loved ones. And only time may help them to recover from the trauma they experienced.
I am leaving here soon. I will take with me an enduring impression of the cruel face that material nature sometimes shows, but the assurance that sometimes, if ever so rarely, the human race can work together in a spirit of love to help each other. This can only be God’s grace.
PS If you would like to assist in some way you are welcome to donate directly to our ISKCON Colombo Temple. For more information write to mailto:email@example.com
"Here in this world there are thousands of newspapers and magazines reporting the stale, repetitious happenings of this limited space. So for reporting the news of the unlimited spiritual realm, concerning the eternal, ever-fresh Supreme Personality of Godhead, we could publish a newspaper at every second, what to speak of daily."
- Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad.
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Vedic Heritage Still Survives
The home of this eternal wisdom and universal lifestyle was India. India's ancient name was Bharata, which means,
bhàyàm ratah bhàratah
Being totally dedicated to a way of life
based on divine knowledge.
Even today, the official name of India is Bharata. This name has a great significance. Bharata is the name of a renowned Vedic King born in the Solar Dynasty. He observed the Vedic lifestyle precisely, achieved great wisdom, and eventually attained enlightenment.
In the Vedic Age, whoever adopted the universal way of life to become established in this Supreme wisdom, was called "Arya". Nowadays this term has become misunderstood and manipulated by various groups. The Nazis used it to promote their super-human race, knowing that the Aryans were once the world's most advanced, invincible civilization. Today scholars use this term to denote a race of people coming from the bank of the Danube or the Volga Rivers, or somewhere in Central Asia, who later invaded India. But all of these misconceptions are due to intellectual circumspection devoid of intuitive satoric capacities and Vedic knowledge. Rather than adding anything to the world, they have caused a great havoc.
Aryans were the original residents of India living at the foot of the Himalayas, and the first inhabitants of Earth(1). Over time, people left the country voluntarily to live elsewhere or were banished, populating other areas of the world. Later, masters of this civilization were sent to different parts of the world to help these individuals maintain the Vedic way of life. The renowned Emperor Manu stated,
etaddesaprasùtasya sakàsàdagra janmanah
sve sve charitram sikseran prthivyàh sarva mànavàh
All the inhabitants of the world should receive an education in the Aryan lifestyle from the knowers of Absolute Truth, born in the land of Bharata.
Confusion concerning this expansion of civilization is due to misrepresentations of world history, misconstrued around vested interests and improper interpretation of mystical Sanskrit expressions.
Yet, even with this misrepresentation, the educated West has become aware that the Vedas are the world's most ancient and esoteric literatures. The Vedas form the nucleus around which the Vedic civilization revolved.
The Vedicans or Aryans enjoyed life's richest possibilities in one Intergalactic
civilization. Much of the Vedic civilization was either destroyed or converted
from approximately the First Century on, by Christian and Moslem zealots,
who were out to gain wealth and power in the name of religion. Rulers all
over the world have repeatedly obliterated world history with a view to
subjugating the masses, since knowledge is power. In this context, thousands
of manuscripts have been burned, millions of people tortured, thousands
of buildings and cities converted into modern religious sites, with their
artifacts buried in the dusts of time. Some famous expungings include:
240 BC: The Chinese Emperor Dic Huyang destroyed all of the books on history and science he had access to;
146 BC: The Romans burnt the Library in Carthage which contained 500,000 manuscripts. It burned for 17 days;
? BC: Library at the Temple of Ptah, the Divine Lord in Memphis was burned destroying many palm-leaf manuscripts;
? : In Asia Minor the library at Peragmus was burnt containing 200,000 texts;
48 BC: Julius Ceaser burned the famous library in Alexandria, Egypt which contained 700,000 manuscripts;
6 BC: Pisistratus in Athens was burnt; only Homer's epics were salvaged;
? : The Bibractis Druid College's Library in Autun, France was destroyed by Roman troops;
? : Emperor Tsin-She Hwangeti of China had thousands of ancient manuscripts burned;
? : Leo Isarus burned down a library of 300,000 volumes in Istanbul;
296 AD: Dioclisian burned a large number of Aegyptian and Greek manuscripts;
312 AD (approximately): The first neo-convert Roman Christian Emperor Constantine swooped down on the Vatican (then Vedican) destroying a number of Vedic manuscripts. It is believed that he also slew the Vedic pontiff and installed a Christian in his place.
1555 AD: A European Christian ruler, Franciso Telod, in Peru destroyed all the records and manuscripts throwing light on the ancient civilization of the Americas in his access.
1600 AD: Bishop Diago de Landa destroyed most of the ancient literature and sacred books of Mexico(2)
1860-1940 AD: British rule in India effectively destroyed the public educational system and robbed thousands of valuable manuscripts, destroying the rest. Even with all of this, there are numerous facts which still point to the glory of the Vedic Age.
Some of these include:
The existence of Vedic calendars extending back thousands of years and more, such as the Yudhistira Calendar(3) wide-spread use of accurate time-measurement and astrological calculations(4); Sanskrit names used all over the world for countries, cities, towns, rivers, and people(5); the existence of ancient Vedic sciences such as Ayurveda(6); Mayasur the oldest architectural text in the world(7); war policies(8); ethics, history, and philosophy(9); mathematics(10); grammar(11); physics(12); and astronomy(13). These ancient Vedic systems parallel and surpass what our modern 21st Century advancements have given us.
In the two Vedic epics of India, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata(14), similar to the Iliad and the Oddysey, capitals are mentioned which were in existence until just recently, or which are still centers of attraction(16). Their traditions, methods of time-measurement, architecture, dressing style, ornamentation, cooking style, and religious observances deeply resemble those of ancient India. This is also true of various parts of ancient Russia, Egypt, Greece, and Japan.
Researchers in the journal of the Polynesian Society, Volumes 13, dated 1904, and 26, dated 1917, state that the Maories (aborigines of Australia) seem to be a branch of ancient Vedic society, as their language is akin to Sanskrit and their deities seem to be from the Vedic pantheon. Another researcher named Treager published a book in 1885 entitled, The Aryan Maori.
(JTCd's note: there's a typo in the above section, it may be intended to be (and aborigines of Australia), or the writer doesn't know his Iwi from his Abo'.)
In the well spread Vedic civilization of the Golden Age Iran, Asia Minor, and Iraq followed the Vedic way of life. In the second century of the Christian era, Japan, China, and central Asia adopted Buddhism without any violent threats to convert. Buddhism arose from the Vedic civilization. Eastern and Northern Africa were also very close to Vedic living.
Brihadaranyaka Upanisada was written before 3100 BC. It describes an esoteric science called Madhuvidya, expounded by Rishi Dadhichi. He was born forty seven generations before Poutibhasya. If we take even fifty years for one generation, Dadhichi's time goes back to 2350 BC, before Poutibhasya's time, which was 3500 BCE(17). This would indicate that at least five thousand eight hundred fifty years ago, the Vedic civilization existed in its full glory and grace.
In 1000 BCE the Vedic civilization was still predominant in India. At that time India was as large as Europe, excluding Russia. India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Turkey, Khotan, Burma, Malaya, Thailand, Indonesia, Indochina, Bali, the Philippines, and Simhal were all living the Vedic lifestyle.
Greek ambassador Megasthenes to Emperor Selukas, who lived in Bihar,
India at the end of 400 BCE, wrote:
"India, being of enormous size, is populated by races both numerous and diverse of which not even one was originally of foreign descent, but all were indigenous, and more over, that India neither received a colony from abroad nor sent out a colony to any other nation(18)."
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THE MAN WHO TRIED TO CHEAT YAMARAJA
There is a popular story from India of one man who tried to cheat Yamaraja. He consulted one astrologer, and he found out the exact day that he was going to die. So he was a sculptor, and he knew how to work with clay very nicely. He made nine clay images of himself. He painted them and dressed them expertly. If you weren't an artist you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. They all looked exactly like him. The moment came when he was supposed to die, so he lined them up and stood very still amongst them. Yamaraja came, and he was very confused. "Hey, wait a minute. This person is supposed to be leaving now, but which one is he?" He was puzzled, and for a long time he was thinking, "This man is going to be the first person to cheat death." But Yamaraja is one of the twelve mahajanas, so he's very intelligent. So he said, "Actually, whoever has done this has made a really lousy job. It's bad work. I've seen much better sculptures than this. It doesn't look like the original artist at all." Suddenly the sculptor became very upset, and he came out of the row of images, saying, "What do you mean? It looks just like me!" "All right," Yamaraja said, "Come with me."
MORAL: You cannot cheat death.
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PRABHUPAD FESTIVAL, MUMBAI
"GLOBAL KRISHNA: PRABHUPAD'S LEGACY LIVES!"
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FEBRUARY 12 - 20, 2005
A GRAND-SCALE PRABHUPAD FESTIVAL WILL BE CELEBRATED THIS WINTER, IN THE SAME MANNER AS THE 1971 CROSS MAIDAN PANDAL, IN THE VERY HEART OF DOWNTOWN MUMBAI.
The goals of this Festival are:
(1) In the 108th year of his birth, to re-affirm Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad's pre-eminence as the single greatest Indian-born spiritual messenger of modern times.
Over the past 33 years the consciousness and worship of Radha and Krishna have increased greatly all over India. Yet the names Bhaktivedanta Swami and Prabhupad remain unfamiliar to many citizens. The name ISKCON is well recognized, but has been lumped with other Hindu societies as just another religious institution. Other personalities dominate the public image as great torchbearers of Hinduism, while the real Hero responsible for single-handedly reviving the spiritual life of India in its purest form and spreading it all over the world, has been largely forgotten.
(2) To inspire a cultural renaissance among Indian youth; to become the preferred spiritual guides for India's new generations;
Thousands of Indian youth--including a great many hi-IQ students and young professionals--are being attracted to Krishna Consciousness, especially in Mumbai.
(3) To bring together ISKCON devotees from all parts of the globe in a joyous celebration of Srila Prabhupad; from Mumbai devotees can travel onwards to the Mayapur Festival in early March.
2004's deity installation gathering in Mayapur was a major eye-opener: to have so many thousands of global ISKCON devotees assembled in one place was a blissful experience beyond compare.
THEMES: BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPAD'S 108th YEAR!
PRABHUPAD'S CHILDREN: 33 YEARS LATER!
The format of the 1971 event will be followed in
all respects. Each day different ones of Prabhupad's most advanced disciples
from around the world will give morning and evening lectures, just as Prabhupad
did back in '71. International devotees will perform kirtans under the
leadership of famous kirtan leaders.
Gorgeous Radha-Krishna deities will be housed and worshipped around-the-clock.
A "Vedic Global Village" tent will be constructed where the public can view big-screen videos and check out displays and presentations by individual temples from different parts of the world.
Drama groups will stage performances.
A "Life of Prabhupad" photo display, dioramas, book stalls and information booths will surround the main pandal tent.
Krishna prasadam will be distributed throughout the day.
Public Impact: Being in the heart of India's most populous city, there is a ready-made audience of many thousands of people per day. A widespread advertising campaign will be launched to insure large public participation. Media coverage will be extensive.
"By the Grace of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha and Krishna our recent festival in Cross Maidan Exhibition Ground has been counted a grand success, and quite noticeably the spirit of bhakti has been actively revived in Bombay. My blessings go especially to all of you who have joined with us in service." ---A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, April 1971.
"On behalf of those who were blessed to witness Srila Prabhupad's wondrous pastimes conceiving, organizing, managing-and starring in-the 1971 Cross Maidan event, I am appealing to all Devotees, especially the old Bombay hands, to help us make this 2005 show a similar resounding success!" ---Shyamasundar das, 33 years later.
Contributions, inquiries or ideas can be addressed to:
ISKCON Radha-Gopinath Mandir
7, K.M.Munshi Marg,
India 400 007
Co-Chairmen, Prabhupad Festival: H.H. Radhanath Swami, H.H. Giriraj Swami, Shyamasundar dasa
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FESTIVAL EVENTS AND VENUES:
A two day celebration of the Earth and Nature based faiths, religions and beliefs. Stalls, lectures, workshops, discussion forums and a general get together! The festival will be held at Scoutlands, 316 Kaitoke Road, Wanganui, NZ on the 19th-20th of March 2005, opening with a dawn ceremony on the Saturday morning.
Day entry will be $2 for adults and $1 for children. Sorry folks but
no animals please.
A dollar per entry will go towards Scouting Wanganui for generously allowing the use of their grounds for the duration of the festival. Day Entry fees don't include entry to workshops or lectures. Entry to these two activities are a gold coin donation which will go directly to the lecturer (either as a monetary or grocery donation, depending on their preference).
For those that need accomodation, take a quick squiz at the accomodation page for options and prices. Scoutlands has powered sites, camping sites and cabins and is actually in the middle of a bird sanctuary! Plus for those that need a more gentle style of accomodation, there are several hotels and motels available a short distance away.
Any queries or suggestions are welcome so drop us a line at:
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Hare Krishna School in Riverhead, Auckland is a government funded school that runs from 9am – 3pm five days a week. We cover all core subjects in the New Zealand Curriculum and in addition teach Sanskrit, Sastra and Vedic arts. Children who come to this school get everything that children at state schools get plus Vedic culture and values in a serene rural environment.
We also run a preschool program for children 3 and up.
A school bus service provides transport from Auckland suburbs.
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Its a simple weekly program thats been running for a few years, at Clubspace,
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Seven hundred plates of free prasadam (food offered to the Lord) were distributed to an appreciative public and to 50 devotees who took part in a central city Harinam (chanting in the streets).
Nimananda das and his wife Suchitra devi dasi, Organisers of the Food for Life Restaurant in Auckland City, celebrated Srila Prabhupada’s 108th Birthday, by following the request of their spiritual master, Tamal Krisna Goswami, to distribute prasadam to the public.They have been performing this act of charity regularly for 19 years in Fiji, Wellington and now Auckland.
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Making Food Sacred - Offering
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....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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Non-vegetarian aditives and non-ekadasi food
Meat Free Zone:
A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a
FIRST~CLASS PRASADAM - A COLLECTION OF RECIPES
- NO ANIMAL RENNET only VEGE
(even Parmesan and other favorites)
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
you'd like to prepare:
The Meatrix -
this you have to see to believe - take the red pill see reality - The Meatrix
it's all around you:
Allow the Meatrix to download fully before attempting to observe.............
Baked Zucchini with Cheddar Cheese
Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3 as a side
2 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1/2 cup Cheddar cheese or Tasty Cheese; shredded
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
Place the sliced zucchini into a large bowl.
Combine the remaining ingredients and toss well.
Pour into a lightly oiled 2-quart casserole.
Bake at 350F. for 35-40 minutes.
Soy Sauce (or Tamari)
Salt & Pepper if desired
Preparation time: 30 Minutes.
This is a wonderful bacon substitute that is very simple. This works best on sandwiches.
Slice a cake of tofu in long strips that are about 1/4 inch thick. Fry them in a little oil, slowly, until they are golden. Next, douse a couple of tablespoons of soy sauce into the pan. Make sure your heat isn't too high and just let them cook until they are crispy and firm, turning them occasionly. They need to cook a while so your tofu isn't mushy. Makes wonderful B.L.Teases!
1/4 cup chickpea flour
3/4 cup water
1/2 tsp salt or to taste
1/2 tsp white pepper or to taste
1 small white cabbage heart sliced finely
1 or 2 potatoes (depends how hungry you are)
1 broccoli stalk (or other vegetable; You can experiment)
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp hing
This recipe sounds kind of gross, but you have to make it to appreciate how wonderful it is.
Make a mixture with water and chickpea flour in such a proportion to get an 'egg-like' batter. Start with 1/2 cup of water, add the chickpea flour, stirring constantly, and progressively increase the amount of water and chickpea flour until you get about 1 cup of batter. The amounts I have indicated above are approximate. Season it with salt and pepper. Boil the potatos 'al-dente', then slice.
In a pan, stir-fry the white cabbage heart (sliced) in 1 TSP. of olive oil. Add the sliced potatos and stir until golden. Add the broccoli florets and pour the batter along the vegetables. Put a lid on top and simmer until the bottom is golden, then turn (a plate can help - if the pan is non-stick it will make the turn a lot easier) and cook the other side.
Serve hot or cold.
Preparation time: 20 min
1 brick of firm tofu
1 tsp hing
1 Tbsp minced green or white cabbage heart pulp
1/8 tsp turmeric
salt and pepper to taste
fillings of choice
Preparation time: 10 minutes.
The key to a tofu omelette is to grate the tofu and then very gently mix in the seasonings (cabbage pulp, hing, turmeric, salt and pepper). The long strands of tofu create a lattice that gives the omelette structural integrity. Once the tofu is mixed, pour off any water that has collected in the bottom of the bowl and then arrange the tofu in two omelette-shaped patties on a heated, oiled nonstick or well-seasoned skillet. Cook the omelettes at a medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, until much of the moisture is evaporated and the edges look a bit dry. Fill with whatever you like, fold, offer and serve.
This old European recipe with its flaky pastry dough and brown sugar and cinnamon filling is simply delicious!
For the Dough:
8oz/1 cup butter
8oz/2 cups flour
1 over ripe banan mashed
6oz/3/4 cup sour cream
For the Filling:
6oz/3/4 cup chopped pecans
6oz/3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
4oz/1/2 cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon vanilla
icing (confectioners) sugar
Cut butter into the flour. Add mashed banana and sour cream, blending until smooth. Cover and chill overnight.
Cut dough in halves. Keep one half in refrigerator until ready to use. Roll other half of dough into a 10 to 12in circle on a floured board.
Combine all filling ingredients together. Spread filling into dough from the centre towards the outside of the circle. Cut into 16 wedges. Roll each piece from wide end to centre. Press seam down on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 oven for 25 minutes.
Allow to cool then roll in icing (confectioners) sugar.
Serve with fresh cream or ice cream if desired.
Fresh Fruit Smoothie
Smoothies are delicious, make you feel good, and are good for you! You
can make them in a blender with any combination of fresh fruit.
(Note: Most bars put either banana or mango in each of their smoothies).
4 fresh strawberries, hulled and wiped clean and frozen
1/2 banana peeled and sliced
1 Tbs. honey
1/2 cup/4fl oz orange juice
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1/2 cup/4fl oz vanilla yogurt (or vanilla frozen yogurt)
2 Tbs. protein powder, or powdered milk, if desired * (check that no egg powder is inside)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
* TIP: If you are having a smoothie instead of a meal, add protein powder
or powdered milk.
If you are having a smoothie as a snack, add a cup of ice cubes so it isn't so rich.
Try experimenting with flavourings such as vanilla, almond extract, lemon juice and honey.
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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: http://www.hknet.org.nz/great100.zip
Visit our Award winning site - Vegetarianism & Beyond
Interesting articles - information - history - arguments - links............ (been re-vamped)
...in fact everything you want to know about Vegetarianism and Beyond:
... last updated 1st October 2004
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.
HUNDREDS OF USEFUL LINKS COMPILED 4 U:
Points of View
I don't know if Shel was actually a vegetarian or not, but he did do some pro-veg works like the following:
Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless,
Christmas dinner's dark and blue,
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.
Sunday dinner isn't funny
Easter feasts are just bad luck,
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of the chicken or the duck.
Oh, how I once loved tuna salad,
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops, too,
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.
Shel Silverstein - song writer (he wrote all Dr Hook and medicine show's
A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:
How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:
101 Reasons Why I'm
Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:
Excellent "Meat Substitute"
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.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR - LET ME KNOW...!
"You Mean That's in theBible"
- expose on meat eating:
Religious Stands on Vegetarianism
- Hinduism - Jainism
Christianity - Bible - Book of Morman - 7th Day Adventist
- 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.
Download one of Bhakti Rasa prabhu's songs
"Don't Eat Your Friends" (It Ain't Nice)
and visit Bhakti Rasa prabhu's site:
Check out Kurma prabhu's new web-site:
check out what he's doing during October 2004
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 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 just after 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
Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan
Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan
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:
Learn from the mistakes of others.
You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.
Reflecting on the nature of the world:
If You're Talking To God It's Praying
But If He Talks To You, You're Crazy
......no he didn't fall out of an Indian Airline's plane, and no he
hasn't lost his car keys,
he's trying to prove a point. This is not the yuga dharma.
Health insurance is just like one of those hospital gowns.
You only think you're covered.
There were these 4 guys, a Russian, a German, a Britisher and a Frenchie, who found this small genie bottle. When they rubbed the bottle, a genie appeared. Thankful that the 4 guys had released him out of the bottle, the genie said, "Next to you all are 4 swimming pools, I will give each of you a wish. When you run towards the pool and jump, you shout what you want the pool of water to become, then your wish will come true."
The French man wanted to start. He ran towards the pool, jumped and shouted "WINE." The pool immediately changed into a pool of wine. The Frenchman was so happy swimming and drinking from the pool.
Next is the Russian's turn, he did the same and shouted," VODKA" and immersed himself into a pool of vodka.
The German was next and he jumped and shouted, "BEER." He was so contented with his beer pool.
The last is the British. He was running towards the pool when suddenly
he steps on a banana peel. He slipped towards the pool and shouted,
"oh SH.......!!!!!!!........." Well you know the rest of this story.
Today's Lesson - Think twice before you say something, because sometimes what you say accidentally does happen.
Did you ever wonder?
......well that's what a few dinners said about the food.
At New York's Kennedy airport today, an individual later discovered to be a public school teacher was arrested trying to board a flight while in possession of a ruler, a protractor, a set square, a slide rule, and a calculator.
At a morning press conference, the U.S. attorney general said he believes the man is a member of the notorious Al-Gebra movement.
He is being charged by the FBI with carrying weapons of math instruction.
"Al-gebra is a fearsome cult," the attorney general said. "They desire average solutions by means and extremes, and sometimes go off on tangents in a search of absolute value. They use secret code names like 'x' and 'y' and refer to themselves as 'unknowns', but we have determined they belong to a common denominator of the axis of medieval with coordinates in every country. As the Greek philanderer Isosceles used to say, 'there are 3 sides to every triangle'."
When asked to comment on the arrest, President George W. Bush said,
"If God had wanted us to have better weapons of math instruction, He would
have given us more fingers and toes!!!"
Poland's worst air disaster occurred today when a small 2 seater plane
crashed into a cemetery this morning.
Polish search and rescue workers have recovered 826 bodies so far and expect that the number will climb as the digging continues into the night.
The ways of this material world - strange but true
A boat docked in a tiny Mexican village. An American tourist complimented the Mexican fisherman on the quality of his fish and asked how long it took him to catch them.
"Not very long," answered the Mexican.
"Well, then, why didn't you stay out longer and catch more?" asked the American.
The Mexican explained that his small catch was sufficient to meet his needs and those of his family.
The American asked, "But what do you do with the rest of your time?"
"I sleep late, fish a little, play with my children, and take a siesta with my wife. In the evenings, I go into the village to see my friends, have a few drinks, play the guitar, and sing a few songs...I have a full life."
The American interrupted, "I have an MBA from Harvard and I can help you! You should start by fishing longer every day. You can then sell the extra fish you catch. With the extra revenue, you can buy a bigger boat. With the extra money the larger boat will bring, you can buy a second one and a third one and so on until you have an entire fleet of trawlers. Instead of selling your fish to a middle man, you can negotiate directly with the processing plants and maybe even open your own plant. You can then leave this little village and move to Mexico City, Los Angeles, or even New York City! From there you can direct your huge enterprise."
"How long would that take?" asked the Mexican.
"Twenty, perhaps twenty-five years," replied the American.
"And after that?"
"Afterwards? That's when it gets really interesting," answered the American, laughing. "When . your business gets really big, you can start selling stocks and make millions!"
"Millions? Really? And after that?"
"After that you'll be able to retire, live in a tiny village near the coast, sleep late, play with your children, catch a few fish, take siestas with your wife, and spend your evenings drinking and enjoying your friends."
Thanx to Shyamasundara prabhu ACBSP for that gem
My wife's friend, a teacher, was discussing compound nouns with her class. "They're made up of two or more words," she said. "For example, 'townhouse' or 'boxcar.' Can anyone think of another one?"
One boy raised his hand and offered, "Asphalt."
from Reader's Digest
A grandfather bought a hobby horse by mail order as a Christmas present for his granddaughter. The toy arrived in 189 pieces. The instructions said that it could be put together in an hour. It took the old man two days to assemble the toy. Finally, when it was all put together, he wrote a cheque, cut the cheque into 189 pieces and mailed it off to the company.
Out of the mouth of babes..........
I was driving with my three young children one warm summer evening when a Woman in the convertible ahead of us stood up and waved. She was stark naked! As I was reeling from the shock, I heard my 5-year-old shout from the back seat, "Mum! That lady isn't wearing a seat belt!
My son 4, came screaming out of the bathroom to tell me he'd dropped his toothbrush in the toilet. So I fished it out and threw it in the garbage. He stood there thinking for a moment, then ran to my bathroom and came out with my toothbrush. He held it up and said with a charming little smile, "We better throw this one out too then, 'cause it fell in the toilet a few days ago.
On the first day of school, a first-grader handed his teacher a Note from his mother. The note read, "The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents."
A woman was trying hard to get the ketchup to come out of the jar. During her struggle the phone rang so she asked her 4-year-old daughter to answer the phone. "It's the Minister, Mummy," the child said to her mother. Then she added, "Mummy can't come to the phone to talk to you right now. She's hitting the bottle."
A little boy got lost at the YMCA and found himself in the women's locker room. When he was spotted, the room burst into shrieks, with ladies grabbing towels and running for cover. The little boy watched in amazement and then asked, "What's the matter haven't you ever seen a little boy before?"
Thanx to Pauline Archell-Thompson in UK for that
........think you got is down, think life just isn't challenging enough - try the 15th, 16th, and 17 holes on this golf course !
She said, “I vant to go to India.”
“ No, no Mrs. Goldstein, India is a very hot and harsh place for an elderly woman.”
“But I vant to go to India.”
“No no Mrs. Goldstein, it is so hard to get cabs and get good food there, and there’s no toilet paper!”
“But I vant to go to India.”
“Well, Mrs. Goldstein, ok, there’s nothing we can say to persuade you otherwise, here is your passport for India.”
So Mrs. Goldstein flew to New Delhi and traveled on train for many hard miles to a small town far away in the northern mountains and had to even take an oxen cart for a long journey, and she finally reached the famous yogi’s ashram. There were throngs of people there waiting to have a brief interview with the famous guru. Mrs. Goldstein waited in a long line of people for eight hours, and finally she was nearing the end of the queue. She could see people prostrating and supplicating before the yogi who was sitting on a throne-like cushioned seat. When she was almost to the end of the line, the assistants of the yogi told her that since there were so many people coming to see the famous guru, that she could only speak 6 words, and 6 words only.
Finally she stood face to face with the yogi, and his servants prompted her, reminding her to speak only 6 words, and she said, “Sheldon, its your mother, come home!”
A husband and wife are having dinner at a fine restaurant when this absolutely stunning young woman comes over to their table, gives the husband a big open-mouthed kiss, then says she'll see him later and walks away. The wife glares at her husband and says, "Who the hell was that?" "Oh," replies the husband, "she's my mistress." "Well, that's the last straw," says the wife. "I've had enough, I want a divorce." "I can understand that," replies her husband, "but remember, if we get a divorce it will mean no more shopping trips to Paris, no more wintering in Barbados, no more summers in Tuscany, no more Infiniti or Lexus in the garage, and no more yacht club. "But the decision is yours." Just then, a mutual friend enters the restaurant with a gorgeous babe on his arm. "Who's that woman with Jim?" asks the wife. "That's his mistress," says her husband. "Ours is prettier," she replies.
The Moral to this story is........
......she went that a way
.......and always remember (don't forget...)
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