Newsletter Number #147  ( February issue 2005 A.D. Gaurabda 518)

ki jaya


Please Accept My Respectful Obeisances & Best Wishes To All


All Glories To Srila Prabhupad.

/ \ All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga.

Welcome to the latest re-vamped edition of the on-line HKSRNewsletter, and our humble attempt to render some service to the devotee community. As you can see we've changed the format, and everything is here hyper-linked on-line, we hope it's now easier for you all. This newsletter now goes out to way over 2108 receivers. We trust that all is well with everyone by the Mercy of the Lord. However, if anyone would like to be removed please just send us a message requesting me to do so, and we will do it promptly. If you are receiving this from a friend, and would like to be added directly to the mailout please also let us know and we will do the needful there too. Removal and Subscription details at the very end of this newsletter.

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IN THIS ISSUE: (click on the hyper-linked underlined below to jump there...)
WWW - news and views: Calendar Updates & Events - Festivals, Feasts, Fasts & Functions:

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Vaishnava Calendar for 2005-2006????
(some selected locations are available already below)

The present year's calendar:

Download the Vaishnava Calendar software VCAL 4.01

Local temples

Words of Wisdom - Shastra & Shastrakaras speak:
... (Srila Prabhupad & the previous Acharyas)
... Coming Festivals
... Local temples
... Verses from Shastra
... Hare Krishna Maha Mantra
... Hare Krishna as ancient religion - NOT a cult
... Vaishnava Songs
... Samskaras and Agama Tantra
... Articles
... Topical links - etc
... Vedik revival - Vedik World Heritage

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... Vegetarianism and Beyond site gets re-vamped
... Gaura Yoga - Wellington
... The Loft Auckland
... The new Auckland Temple now open

... Boxing Day Asian Tsunami Disaster Food (prasadam) Relief Appeal

... and much more

At Grass Roots: Topical stuff
... Seasonal Greetings...Happy 2005
... Have a Happy Year - Gaurabda 518

Prasadam Recipes: To slake the thirst of body, mind & soul
... some really useful Vege links and support
... inspiring Vegetarian articles
... Eggless cooking - baking - cakes
... Vegetarian Cheeses - new page (try the Tuxford range...)(updated August 2004)
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... 101 reasons to be a vegetarian
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... How to offer your food to God
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The Interactive Vaishnava Calendar page of Fasts, Festivals, Functions and Feasts. ( )

Now you can view the FULL years 1999-2000 & 2000-2001 & 2001-2002 & 2002-2003 & 2003-2004 & 2004-2005.
All Calendar entries are explained - Appearance or Disappearance
days, festivals, fasts, feasts, etc.

View previous years festival dates on the Calendar:
Vaishnava Calendar for 2005-2006????
(some selected locations are available already below)

The present year's calendar:

Sri Advaita Acarya - Appearance  - Avirbhav (Fasting till noon)

Sri Bhismastami

Sripad Madhvacarya - Disappearance  - Tirubhav

Sripad Ramanujacarya - Disappearance  - Tirubhav

Fasting for Bhaimi Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 20th February 2005  in NZ)

Sri Varaha Dvadasi - Appearance of Lord Varaha deva
(The fast is observed till noon on the Ekadasi)(Feasting is done today.)

Sri Nityananda Trayodasi - Appearance of Nityananda Prabhu (Fasting till noon - 22nd Feb in NZ)

Sri Krsna Madhura utsava

Srila Narottama Das Thakur - Appearance  - Avirbhav

Sri Purusottama Das Thakur - Disappearance  - Tirubhav

Srila Gour Govinda Swami -- Disappearance  - Tirubhav

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupad - Appearance  - Avirbhav (Fasting till noon)

Fasting for Vijaya Ekadasi- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 7th March 2005  in NZ)

Sripad Isvara Puri - Disappearance  - Tirubhav

Sri Shiva Ratri - Appearance Day of Lord Shiva

Srila Jagannatha Das Babaji - Disappearance  - Tirubhav

Sri Rasikananda - Disappearance  - Tirubhav

Sri Purusottama Das Thakur - Appearance  - Avirbhav

Mina Sankranti (Sun enters Pisces)

Fasting for Amalaki vrata Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 21st March 2005  in NZ)

Sripad Madhavendra Puri - Disappearance  - Tirubhav


Sri Krishna Chaitanya (Gauranga) Mahaprabhu - Appearance - ( 26th March 2005 in NZ )
Gaura Purnima - (Fasting Ekadasi style untill moonrise)

Jatakarma Festival of Srila Jagannatha Misra for Birth of Baby Lord Chaitanya

Sri Srivas Pandit - Appearance  - Avirbhav

Fasting for Fasting for Papamocani Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 5th April 2005  in NZ)

Sri Govinda Ghosa - Disappearance  - Tirubhav

9th April 2005 - Amavasya - Hybrid Solar Eclipse (do not cook, eat, etc. Only Chant Hare Krishna) see eclipses-page

Sripad Ramanujacarya - Appearance

Mesa Sankranti (Sun enters Aries)

Beginning of Shalagram and Tulsi Jala Dan

Sri Rama Navami: Appearance of  Lord Ramacandra (Fasting till sunset) (18th April 2005 in NZ)

Fasting for Fasting for Kamada Ekadasi- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 20th April 2005  in NZ)

Damanaka-ropana dvadasi

Sri Balarama Rasayatra

Sri Krsna Vasanta Rasa

Sri Vamsivadana Thakur - Appearance  - Avirbhav

Sri Syamananda Prabhu - Appearance  - Avirbhav

24th April 2005 - Purnima - Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (do not cook, eat, etc. Only Chant Hare Krishna) see eclipses-page

Sri Abhiram Thakur - Disappearance  - Tirubhav

1st Sunday in May = 1st May 2005 - Mother's Day (NZ, Aus, USA, UK)

Srila Vrindavana Das Thakur - Disappearance  - Tirubhav

Fasting for Fasting for Varuthini Ekadasi- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 4th May 2005  in NZ)

This year's also now available for viewing:

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

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

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

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Hare Krishna.  ISKCON Food for Life is working to give assistance to those
who are suffering from this immense disaster.

Please read more on the FFL website,

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 responding to this disaster with all the resources we have available in several countries involved.
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, 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


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ISKCON Sri Lanka is providing cooked prasadam (food) for the tsunami victims. The victims are desperate. They have no facility to cook food. They have no place, they have no utensils and it is a necessity for us to provide them with cooked prasadam (food).

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  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.

How to donate

100% of the donations will be given to the tsunami victims. We will also supply medical items, sleeping mats, bed sheets etc as we receive.

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.

We are the only authorized ISKCON center in Sri Lanka :

Address:  Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple (ISKCON Sri Lanka)
               188, new chetty street,
               Colombo 13
               Sri Lanka

phone: (00941) 2433325
fax: (00941) 2471099

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Co GBC: H.H.Bhanu Swami

Your donations could be sent by draft/cheque/ money order on behalf of the ISKCON account mentioned below to the ISKCON Sri Lanka address:

ISKCON Sri Lanka, 188, New chetty street, Colombo 13, Sri Lanka

Bank account name: ISKCON
Account no: 1050669901
Bank name and address: Commercial bank company Ltd
Kotahena branch
Colombo 13
Sri Lanka


If you deposit the cheques or drafts in any bank of your country (eg. western union) it will be transferred to the bank here.


If you wish to send the money through your credit card, you could also do that the same precedure via the bank in your country directing it to the ISKCON account here in sri lanka.

But you should mention the bank and the branch name and address where the money is to be transferred.

Please contact us via email for further information.

Thanking you
Your humble servant
Nandarani dd
ISKCON Sri Lanka

Festivals Coming Soon

Appearance Day of Srila Advaita Acharya  - 15th February in NZ

Varaha Dwadasi - Monday 21st February in NZ
Appearance Day of Lord Varahadeva

Sri Nityananda Trayodasi - 22nd February in NZ
Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda

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

Disappearance Day of Jayananda dasa Adhikari

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

                               TEXT 60

                         yatato hy api kaunteya
                          purusasya vipascitah
                          indriyani pramathini
                         haranti prasabham manah

   yatatah--while endeavoring; hi--certainly; api--in spite of; kaunteya--O son of Kunti; purusasya--of a man; vipascitah--full of discriminating knowledge; indriyani--the senses; pramathini--agitating; haranti--throw; prasabham--by force; manah--the mind.

   The senses are so strong and impetuous, O Arjuna, that they forcibly carry away the mind even of a man of discrimination who is endeavoring to control them.

PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad:
   There are many learned sages, philosophers and transcendentalists who try to conquer the senses, but in spite of their endeavors, even the greatest of them sometimes fall victim to material sense enjoyment due to the agitated mind. Even Visvamitra, a great sage and perfect yogi, was misled by Menaka into sex enjoyment, although the yogi was endeavoring for sense control with severe types of penance and yoga practice. And, of course, there are so many similar instances in the history of the world. Therefore, it is very difficult to control the mind and senses without being fully Krsna conscious. Without engaging the mind in Krsna, one cannot cease such material engagements. A practical example is given by Sri Yamunacarya, a great saint and devotee, who says:

                 yad-avadhi mama cetah krsna-padaravinde
               nava-nava-rasa-dhamany udyatam rantum asit
                 tad-avadhi bata nari-sangame smaryamane
               bhavati mukha-vikarah susthu nisthivanam ca

   "Since my mind has been engaged in the service of the lotus feet of Lord Krsna, and I have been enjoying an ever new transcendental humor, whenever I think of sex life with a woman, my face at once turns from it, and I spit at the thought."

   Krsna consciousness is such a transcendentally nice thing that automatically material enjoyment becomes distasteful. It is as if a hungry man had satisfied his hunger by a sufficient quantity of nutritious eatables. Maharaja Ambarisa also conquered a great yogi, Durvasa Muni, simply because his mind was engaged in Krsna consciousness (sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayor vacamsi vaikuntha-gunanuvarnane).

 - His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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 - His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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Patience and tolerance

Almost Everyday, Haridasa Prabhu too would go to the city to make members and collect donations. One evening, after a long, hard day in the city. Haridasa returned to Juhu. Unfortunately nobody had saved prasada for him.
Frustrated and upset, Haridasa went upstairs to see Srila Prabhupada. He went into Srila Prabhupada's room, threw his beads on Srila Prabhupada's desk, and told Srila Prabhupada, "I quit."
"What happened?"
"I went out all day to make life members and no one was interested."
"Don't worry," Srila Prabhupada replied. "Just be patient. When the new temple opens, people will stand in queue to become life members."
Then Haridasa began to complain about the foreign devotees, how he was going out to preach all day and they didn't even save prasada for him. Prabhupada replied, "Practically only they have come forward to help me. They are giving service, so we have to tolerate. Sometimes when you go to milk a cow, the cow kicks you - but you tolerate, because you want the milk."

- From the "Watering the Seed" by HH Giriraja Swami Maharaja

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 Morning Talk -- April 25, 1977, Bombay

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Prabhupada: ...said that "This is our mission. Now whether you'll cooperate?" We cannot make any compromise. [break]
Tamala Krsna: He's going to have to hold regular kirtanas and arati.
Prabhupada: You have to teach them. But so far the young boys who were there, they were very much impressed.
Tamala Krsna: But they won't change their lives, I'm sure. They...
Prabhupada: Why not?
Tamala Krsna: They're impressed to the point of hearing, let's say, yes.
Prabhupada: If they hear more, they'll change.
Tamala Krsna: Yeah. It's just that I... You know, from our experience here in India, practically the only place that we've made devotees regularly is in Bengal. Other than there, we have not been able to make people give up their ways.
Prabhupada: Why don't you say that "We could not preach"?
Tamala Krsna: Yeah, it's our own fault.
Prabhupada: Why do you blame the other party?
Tamala Krsna: Yes, it's our own fault.
Prabhupada: It is preaching. Preaching means to make Jagai-Madhai a devotee. That is preaching. Simply talking big, big words...
Tamala Krsna: So I'm enthusiastic to go there and to try and get these people to be devotees. I mean, I'm enthusiastic to do that. I'm just... I know that in order for it to work, they have to take it themselves. That...
Prabhupada: Otherwise it is not possible.
Tamala Krsna: No. That was my only point.
Prabhupada: Yes. Where we shall get men?
Tamala Krsna: No, that's the one thing we cannot...
Prabhupada: That I have already clearly said.
Tamala Krsna: But I'm very keen to go there and to associate with the workers there, teach them as much as...
Prabhupada: I am also going there for that. Otherwise...
Tamala Krsna: I think it's a real good challenge. I mean, I feel it's a nice challenge.
Prabhupada: Now the... We can see practically how the system of civilization is bad, that this Indira Gandhi, raksasi, she became exalted in the topmost rank, and she thought... A person who is equally good or more than her, he was imprisoned. Then how the system is bad, that a rogue comes to the topmost post and a good man is put into the prison? Is not the system defective? Imperfect? Some way or other, you can become very important, and the actually important man you can cut down.


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          The animals, birds, and insects cannot chant the holy name, but by hearing the holy name chanted they can benefit. Chanting the japa of the holy name of Kåñëa purifies oneself, but the loud saìkértana of the holy name of Kåñëa benefits all living beings. Therefore, loudly chant the holy name of Kåñëa in kértana, and you will get one hundred times the benefit of chanting japa. This is the verdict of all the çästras. (Chaitanya Bhagavat. Ädi 11.275-277)

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vrndavane taru lata, adbhuta taharan katha,
boro mas dhare phula phal
vrindavane devi-gana, kunja dasi yoto jan,
phala pari aniya sakal

“The vines and trees of Vrndavana are wonderful, because they bear fruits and flowers twelve months a year. Vrndavana’s sylvan goddesses and bower-maidservants bring all these fruits in.”

uttama samskara kori, bodo bodo thali bhari,
ratna mandira pindara upore
bhaksanera krama kori, dhariyache sari sari
age asan koribara tare

“They clean the fruits in best way, filling big plates with them and placing these plates on a platform in the jeweled temple. They place the foods in orderly rows and make a sitting place in front of it.”

eka narikela nana jati, eka amra nana bhati
kola koli ­ vividha prakara
panasa kharjura kamala, naranga , jama santara
draksa badam meoya yoto ara
kharamuja khirini tala, kesara, paniphal, mrnala
bilva pilu dadimbadi yoto
kon dese karo khyati, vrndavane sob prapti,
saharsa jati, lekha yay koto?

“There were different kinds of coconuts and mangos, bananas, berries, jackfruits, dates, tangerines, oranges, blackberries, grapes, peanuts and buttermilk. There were cantaloupes, khirinis, palmfruits, kesaras, waterfuits, lotusfruits, baelfruits, pilus, pomegranates and many other fruits. Some of them are variously known in different places, but in Vrndavana they are always available in so many thousands of varieties. Who can write them all down?”

gangajala, amrta keli, piyusa granthi karpura keli,
sarapupi, amrta, padmacini
khanda ksiri sara vrksa, ghare kori nana bhaksya
radha yaha krsna lagi ani

“Sri Radhika had made different kinds of sweets at home, such as Gangajala (Ganges water), Amrta-keli (nectarplay), Piyusa-granthi (knot of nectar), Karpura-keli (pay of camphor), Sarapupi , Amrta, Padmacini (lotussugar), Khanda-ksira-sara-vrksa (sugarcandy trees), for Krsna to enjoy.”

bhaksyera paripati dekhi, krsna hoila maha sukhi,
bosi koilo vanya bhojana
sange loiya sakhigana, radha koila bhojana,
dunhe koila mandire soyana

“Seeing the nice arrangements of food, Krsna became very happy. He sat down and enjoyed a picknick. Then Radha took Her friends along and also ate. After this Radha and Krsna lay down in the bedroom.”

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Food For Life Global helps Tsunami victims

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.

Indradyumna Swami

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

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Reporting from Colombo, Sri Lanka

Serving Food "Military-style"

On Saturday we traveled down South to meet our food relief team in Matara. On the way we witnessed the incredible scale of the destruction as literally hundreds of miles of coastlines was wiped out. At one point we stopped to view a train that had been hit by the wave. As I surveyed the area I came across hundreds of personal items, including a child's shoe. Nothing more needs to said.

Our team in Matara have been cooperating with the Sri Lankan military to provide hot meals to various refugee camps in the area. The people down here have a very particular taste -- they love chilies, salt and loads of rice cooked a very particular way. So our team made the adjustments and began serving thousands of meals daily. The other unique feature of this program was how the meals were served. Rather then sit everyone down or have everyone line up in front of our pots, the local soldiers and some villagers helped us to scoop the rice, dhal and vegetable curry into plastic wrap and then package them with newspaper.

Major General Kulatunga told me, "this is military style." And I must say it was very efficient under the circumstances. The meals stayed hot for a long time while we traveled to each refugee camp to distribute them.

Food for Life Relief Coordinator, Indradyumna Swami (Maharaja) meets with Major General Kulatunga in Matara. 

Afterwards we gave out Food for Life Volunteer T-shirts to all the children that helped us. Talk about enthusiasm, the kids swarmed us like a Rugby scrum pleading for one of our bright yellow t-shirts.

The next day the military suggested we move our operations to more needy areas on the island. We had to agree, it was becoming clear now that the military had done an excellent job of providing food for these camps. Food for Life was instrumental in making sure no one went hungry during the early stages of the relief, but it was time now to move on. Our team packed up, loaded the truck with our rice and headed back to Colombo. Next stop, Batticaloa, on the far east side of the Island and one of the hardest hit areas, where we will join our other relief team.

Since the beginning days of the Tsunami relief, Food for Life has been operating in the East in the main port of Trincomalee Our teams continues to provide much needed food and counseling in this area, and soon our team from the South will join them in the nearby city of Batticaloa. We expect to also close down these operations in one month as the situation continues to normalize and go from relief to reconstruction.

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Many villagers like this man lost everything. Food for Life's hot meal was greatly appreciated. Vaikuntha Vijay stirs the huge 200 gallon pot used to cook the vegetable stew. Volunteers place the cooked meal into plastic wrap and then newspaper to be handed out later at the relief camps.

Foundation Laid for New Orphanage Buildings

Children at the orphanage offer pranams and song to the visiting dignitaries. 

On Monday, local representatives from the United Nations and Lions Club joined other local dignitaries in the inauguration of the construction of new buildings at the Bhaktivedanta Children's Home (Orphanage). Mr. Mahakarta Das, the director of Food for Life in Sri Lanka, greeted the dignitaries and thanked them for their ongoing support for the project. The Lions Club recently donated $30,000 towards the expansion.

The children looked very happy and healthy as usual and entertained the crowd with singing. The facility currently cares for 80 orphan children but the new expansion will enable 170 more children, of which 100 will be Tsunami orphans. See:

Fund Raising Office in Colombo

Sita Devi, the youngest and most popular orphan at the Bhaktivedanta Children's school

As mentioned in our last newsletter, Food for Life Global is planning to finance the expansion of the Bhaktivedanta Children's Home (orphanage) by gifting a major portion of the Tsunami relief donations we received over the last month and also setting up a fund raising office in Colombo.

Already some volunteers from abroad have expressed interest in helping Food for Life Global in this endeavor. Two in particular have experience in film production and have offered to produce a documentary on the orphanage.

We are all very excited about the potential of this orphanage and are confident that many people will step forward to help the Bhaktivedanta Children's Home to realize its dream of creating a haven for 250 needy orphans.

Food for Life Global will soon be setting up an "Orphan Sponsorship" program and posting details on our website. Yesterday we had a professional photographer take a photo of the beautiful children who range from 2 to 18 years of age.

The Future of the Children

Food for Life volunteer, Devala das, comforts the children at the orphanage.

As with every shelter program like an orphanage, at some point in time the child has to stand on its own and start a life independent of the orphanage. The thought of this however has been worrying Mr. Mahakarta das, as to the best way to do that. We discussed at length possible transition initiatives and a couple of interesting ideas came up. I want to share them with you and get your feedback.

One idea would be for the Orphanage to start its own set of cottage industries, whereby the older orphans could be trained by local professionals in building a business that could give back to the orphanage. They could earn a living and at the same time be participating in a business that could support the orphanage.

Another idea I felt had a lot merit, would be to start a Children's Home Food for Life service and engage the elder orphan children in distributing free meals to the needy. In this way, the program could not only help the poor, but would be very therapeutic as the children reach out to other less fortunate people.

Volunteer Coordinator Urgently Needed

Food for Life Global continues to receive applications from volunteers wishing to assist FFL in its worldwide projects. We desperately need the expert help of an experienced Volunteer Coordinator. The ideal person needs to have the following qualifications:

Familiarity with Food for Life projects
Familiarity with ISKCON
Enthusiastic, determined and straight-forward in dealings
Able to communicate with a wide range of personality types
Can work virtually as well as on-site when needed
Good team player
Ability to "Rally the troops" and inspire people

If you or someone you know possess these traits, first I would like to say "Wow" and then ask that you please write to us with references to

Food for Life volunteers (left to right) Vaikuntha, Jake From and Ursula Kreb cut potatoes. Food for Life Relief Team in Matara, Sri Lanka

How to Contact Food for Life Global in Sri Lanka

The Food for Life base camp is situated at:
188, New Chetty Street,
Colombo 13
Sri Lanka

Bhaktivedanta Children's Home

Office phone: +94 11 2433325
fax:+94 11 2471099
Paul Turner Cell: 94 77 302 0495

Volunteering Offshore

Food for Life is encouraging people to give their time in their local area to help raise awareness of FFL's activities and thus raise much needed money. Many students have emailed to ask if they can organize a fundraising drive at their campus. The answer is a resounding "Yes." Please help in whatever way you can, whether it is selling t-shirts, approaching your local businesses, or writing an article. We just ask that you keep Food for Life Global informed of all your activities.

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Thank you for your friendship.

On behalf of all the Food for Life volunteers, we hope this meets you in the best of health and happiness.

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Diary of a Traveling Preacher
(HH Indradyumna Swami)

Volume 6, Chapter 3

January 12 - 20, 2005

"When Will It End?"

 As my flight made its descent towards Colombo, the capitol of Sri Lanka, I gazed out at the tropical scenery below. Sri Lanka looked much the exotic land described in the in-flight magazine. It seemed all the more so when, after landing, I drove into the city with the local ISKCON temple president, Mahakarta das. The humidity, the endless array of rich green foliage, the luxuriant swirls of the Sinhalese alphabet, the multi-colored Buddhist flags and the variety of fruits on sale all made for what seemed a paradise. Indeed, Marco Polo described Sri Lanka as the finest island of its size in  the world.

But like anywhere in the material world, Sri Lanka also has had its fair share of misery, which recent events have only confirmed. Just two weeks before I had arrived, a tsunami, a 10m wall of water created by an undersea earthquake thousands of miles away, ravaged much of the country's beautiful 1,340km coastline.

I had come to assist local devotees in the relief effort, not to enjoy the beauty of the island, which attracts an annual 400,000 tourists. As we stepped out of the car and into our small temple in the center of the city, Mahakarta said, "Since the tsunami hit we have been distributing prasadam in several towns along the coast. But it's presently beyond our capacity to reach out effectively to the many victims of the catastrophe."

"How many people have been affected?" I inquired.

"More than 33,000 have died," Mahakarta replied, "and 835,000 have been made homeless, mainly in the southern and eastern coastal regions. The United Nations and numerous humanitarian organizations are working to give food, shelter and badly needed supplies in these districts, but relations between the Sinhalese government and the Tamil Tiger rebels is hampering aid distribution to some areas."

Researching Sri Lanka before arriving, I had an idea of the political situation. For more than 30 years the country has been embroiled in a civil war between the minority (18%) Tamils in the north and the majority (74%) Sinhalese in the south. More than 60,000 people had died until a ceasefire was agreed in 2002. The fragile truce has been threatened, however, due to Tamil disatisfaction with alleged inaction over their demands for autonomy.

The tension evaporated with the tsunami. Although bickering broke out when the government was accused of giving more foreign aid to the Sinhalese, both sides are now preoccupied with burying their dead and caring for the survivors.

"We have to increase our prasadam distribution," Mahakarta said. "Donors are sending a lot of funds."

I agreed, but I was at a loss how to begin. Many relief organizations were already at work and the government had recently complained that some of the smaller groups were actually getting in the way. As destroyed roads were repaired and washed-out bridges rebuilt, tons of supplies were being shipped into the affected areas. Army personnel and doctors from around the world were setting up camps along the coast to help victims. Those that survived the tragedy were temporarily being moved into schools, sports stadiums, government buildings, or tents. Plans were already under way for the reconstruction of villages. But a law was quickly passed that no structures could be built within 500m of the shoreline - a precaution against future tsunamis.

It wouldn't be easy to just jump into such a professional, well coordinated operation. It couldn't be the usual American Food for Life program of driving to a downtown area and feeding the homeless. In Sri Lanka we would be working in a disaster zone.

I phoned Priyavrata dasa, director of Food for Life Global in America. Together we came up with the idea of calling the Red Cross and offering our help. It seemed wise to join in already-successful efforts. I could understand that we weren't the first to offer help when the Red Cross secretary on the phone asked, "What particular contribution does your organization have to offer, Sir?"

I had to think quickly. "We're prepared to cook and distribute hot meals, Ma'am."

There was a short pause, then the secretary said, "Give me your number and I'll call you back in an hour."

Forty-five minutes later my cell-phone rang and the secretary said, "I have made an appointment for you with the president's secretary at 4pm today."

"The presidential secretary of the Red Cross?" I queried.

"No, Sir, with the secretary of the President of Sri Lanka."

"Oh, yes, of course," I replied, trying to hold back my excitement.

That afternoon, accompanied by Mahakarta das, I met the president's secretary, Mr Krishnan. Needless to say, he was a little surprised when we entered his office in our robes.

Standing up and shaking my hand, he said, "I am in charge of organizing the present relief work in our country. I am dealing with the main disaster relief organizations, such as Oxfam, Care, Red Cross, Medicine sans Frontier, UNICEF, etc."

Squinting at me, he said, "Which organization do you represent?"

"Food for Life - Global," I replied. "A branch of the International Society for Krsna consciousness."

"Food for Life - Global?" he said.

Again I had to think quickly. Seeing a computer on his desk, I said, "Yes, Sir. Please look at our website:"

He typed in the address, and when the website came up he studied it carefully.

"I see," he said after a few minutes. "Very impressive. So your people can distribute hot meals to the victims of the tsunami?"

"Yes, Sir. We're experienced in the matter. It's vegetarian food - no meat, fish or eggs. Will people be inclined to eat that? I heard most of the tsunami victims were fishermen."

"For now it's not a problem," he replied. "At the moment, the fisherman are not eating fish because they say the fish are eating the dead bodies of their relatives washed out to sea by the tsunami."

"Oh, I see," I said grimmacing.

"How many can you feed daily?" he asked.

"Five thousand to begin with," I replied. "And more later."

He picked up the phone and dialed a number. My eyebrows went up as he began to speak.

"Major-General Kulatuga? This is the presidential secretary. I understand you need help with food relief in the Matara district. I have a group of people here who can cook and distribute food for 5,000 people a day. They can increase that number as the weeks go by. Are you interested?"

The reply must have been immediate, for Mr Krishnan said, "Yes, Sir, I'll send them down immediately to discuss the details with you."

Foreseeing that any relief work we would do in Sri Lanka would be a major operation, I had requested several devotees from my Polish festival tour to join me. Tara das and his fiancee, Radha Sakhi Vrnda dasi, flew from Greece where they were distributing books, Santi Parayana das and Rasamayi dasi came from Mayapura, Niti laksa das from London, and Laksminath das (who runs Food for Life in Durban, South Africa) also made the journey.  Dwijapriya dasi and her two sons, Dhruva and Devala, joined us from America.  With several of the men, we set out the next day in a van along the coastal road south towards the district of Matara, one of the worst affected areas.

The mood in the car was upbeat. Within 24 hours of arriving in the country we had met the president's secretary, who had given us government authorization to distribute food in a designated area, and we were about to meet the military to discuss the logistics of distributing food to refugees. The mood switched from upbeat to light when a devotee mentioned the bad weather in Europe and how we were in the tropics. But we were soon reminded that this material world is a fool's paradise at best.

Forty-five minutes into our journey we rounded a bend on the winding coast road. Suddenly all of us became silent. An entire village had been reduced to rubble. As our driver instinctively slowed down, we saw the destructive power of a tsunami. Not a house in the village was left standing, the entire place a pile of broken concrete, twisted steel, and splinters of glass and wood.

"My dear Lord!" one devotee exclaimed.

"I can't believe what I am seeing!" said another.

The worst thing I had ever seen was the destruction in Sarajevo, Bosnia, just after the end of the Balkan War. I thought I would never witness anything more terrible. An entire city had been ravaged. But as we drove through more villages and towns leveled by the tsunami, I realized it was unprecedented in recent history: 33,000 people had been killed in just under 30 seconds. That's how long it took the 10m wave, moving rapidly as it hit the shoreline, to devastate the villages. Witnessing it first hand certainly had a more pronounced effect on me than seeing it in the media.

As we continued driving my heart broke seeing people,  20 days after the tragedy, sitting dazed in the ruins of what used to be their homes or businesses. Some were crying. We passed one home that was partially standing. The facade of the house had been ripped away revealing several bedrooms. Inexplicably, despite the force of the tsunami, children's clothes were neatly folded on shelves in one room.

Mesmerized, I hadn't even taken my camera out to take pictures for an article I had been asked to write for Back to Godhead magazine. Grabbing the camera, I now clicked away kilometer after kilometer, trying to capture the destruction. Suddenly, I stopped the photographic frenzy and put the camera away. "There's no hurry, " I thought. "You'll be seeing scenes like this every day for the next month."

Every 2-3km I noticed fresh graves alongside the road. "There was no time to transport the bodies elsewhere," said our driver. "All of these roads were closed because of debris."

In some places we passed lines of survivors standing by the road. I inquiredfrom our driver what they were doing.

"They've lost everything," he said. "They're standing there hoping people will stop and give them anything - cooking utensils, clothes, toys, some comforting words."

Although Krsna says in Bhagavad-gita that a devotee does not lament for the living or the dead, at that moment I felt genuine saddness for those people. Unable to offer any practical assistance, I prayed to Srila Prabhupada that they would have the opportunity for devotional service, the panacea for all suffering in this material world.

Struggle for existence
 A Human race,
The only hope
 His Divine Grace.

[ From Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa-puja offering, 1932 ]

After three hours of driving past crumbled homes, smashed cars, upturned boats and piles of rubble with untold pieces of household paraphernalia, I couldn't watch any longer. I took out my Bhagavad-gita and began to read. I thought, "From this day on, if you entertain even the slightest desire to enjoy this world you're simply a fool and the greatest hypocrite."

While passing through one village, our driver said, "In this town 11,000 people died and 230 cars were washed out to sea."

I looked up briefly to see a little girl crying next to her mother on the steps of what must have been their home. I also noticed that the traffic was moving slowly. There was none of the usual speeding and passing cars, the sound of engines roaring and the continuous honking that one generally experiences on Asian roads. Seemingly out of respect for the tsunami victims - living and dead - the traffic moved at a funereal pace.

A slight respite came sometime later, just before we turned off the road towards the army camp. Looking up from my reading, I saw a large black dog sitting in the ruins of a decimated house. I had noticed very few animals along the coast. Obviously some had been swept away, while many seemed to have instinctively anticipated the tsunami and run in search of shelter. Somehow this dog had survived and looked quite well. I asked the driver to slow down and I called out "Hare Krsna!" to the animal. He heard me and ran excitedly towards the car. I waved as we passed him. A moment later I looked back and saw him sitting by the road wagging his tail - eyes still fixed on our car.

Somehow our little exchange in the midst of all the sorrow had encouraged us both. "In the worst of times," I thought, "a little love goes a long way."

A few minutes later we pulled into the army camp. The sergeant-at-arms was waiting for us and quickly escorted us into a room with a large oval table surrounded by 12 chairs. A few minutes later Major-General Kulatuga entered, accompanied by six of his staff. Like Mr Krishnan the day before, he looked surprised to see our robes. As we stood to greet him, I shook his hand and remained standing until he was seated.

The mood was formal as the Major-General began his briefing. Standing with stick in hand, he pointed to the wall full of maps and charts.

"Here in Matara district there are 1,342 confirmed deaths, 8,288 people injured, 613 missing and 7,390 families have lost their homes and are living in camps for displaced persons."

Turning around and looking at me, he said, "We prefer not to call them refugee camps." Then, with emotion in his voice, he continued, "They are our people, not refugees. Do you understand?"

With scenes of people sitting hopelessly in their devastated homes still fresh in my mind, I replied, "Yes, Sir. I do understand."

Still looking at me, he emphasised the need of the hour. "We are professional soldiers. We fought the Tamil Tigers for years. But now we are busy clearing the roads of debris, cleaning wells and repairing buildings."

"And we are here to help you," I said.

Pausing for a moment, and with less formality, he said, "Thank you."

Turning back to the maps and charts, he said, "Our priorities are reopening the hospitals and schools, rebuilding the bridges, and restoring communication. Seventy-five percent of all telecommunication, 80% of all contaminated water supplies, and 87% of electricity have been restored."

Looking at me again, he said, "Your contribution will be to feed the people in camps for displaced persons. Mr Krishnan told me you can provide hot meals. Is that correct?

"Affirmative, Sir."

Pausing again, he looked at me curiously and said, "You were a military man?"

"Yes, Sir," I said with emphasis, as a soldier does when addressing a superior officer.

Smiling, he nodded his head, obviously more comfortable with our cooperation.

"Now you will visit one of the camps so you can get an idea of what is happening." Turning to one of his staff he said, "Major Janaka, take them to Rahula College. I believe we have over a thousand displaced persons there."

Following in our van behind the Major and six armed soldiers in a truck, we drove for 30 minutes to the camp for displaced persons. Getting out of our vehicles, we walked into the camp and were immediately the object of everyone's attention. Due to the humidity, only the children were active. Most adults sat about talking in small groups. I noticed a huge pile of clothes on the campus lawn, obviously donations, through which several women were rummaging. There was an improvised medical clinic in one classroom, where three members of the Red Cross were attending to a few infants. Five army soldiers, obviously present at the camp for security, sat casually nearby.

It was a sober scene. Though the horror of the devastation was kilometers away on the beachfront, the reality that these people had lost family members, homes and professions was close at hand in the looks on their faces. When I smiled at one elderly couple sitting on the lawn, they stared back at me with no emotion. I saw many such people. Others expressed their loss when I spoke with them. The Major told me that most people in the camp had lost one or more relatives - and everyone had lost their home. Once again the magnitude of the tragedy hit me.

"You can cook over here," the Major said, pointing to a nearby shed. As we approached the site, I noticed a number of people cooking rice and subjis.

"Where are they getting their foodstuffs to cook?" I inquired from the Major.

"We are providing them," he replied.

I was a little surprised. "Is that the case with all the camps in this area?" I asked.

"Yes, it is."

"And throughout the country?" I inquired further.

"For the most part."

I was taken aback. The media in the West had given the impression that victims of the tsunami were in desperate need of food.

"I thought people here were hungry, Major."

"They were in the initial stages of the disaster - for the first week," he replied, "but we have things under control now. The world has given us ample food, medicine and other supplies."

"Then what part do we have to play?" I asked.

"You can take some of the burden. My men are overworked delivering supplies to the 35 camps in this region. We've been here for three weeks. All relief organizations have a part to play and every effort helps in serving the people who survived the tsunami."

As I reflected on his words, he stepped closer and said, "The government will be grateful for anything you can do, I assure you. "

I looked around and surveyed the camp again. "It's no small thing if the government acknowledges our support in relief work at this difficult time," I thought. "It will surely bear fruit in the future. And, what's more, we'll be distributing prasadam, the mercy of the Lord. Such mercy is the best of all forms of welfare."

Breaking my meditation, I shook his hand and said, "We'll play our part. We'll begin in three days."

Quickly jumping into our van, we headed back to Colombo to pick up the rest of the team and supplies. Making a quick calculation, I realised we'd require tons of rice, dhal and vegetables. I called Mr Krishnan and requested a large truck to carry the goods south. He replied it was ready anytime.

As we journeyed, I watched again in disbelief at the destruction. At one point we ran into a huge traffic jam. As we waited, our driver pointed to an  empty battered train with 15 coaches, standing still on the railway line just 30m away.

"That train was hit broadside by the tsunami," he said. "Over 1,000 people died. No one survived. They are still finding bodies in the area."

As I looked closer I could see men with white masks around their mouths and noses, digging in the mud nearby.

"The masks are for the stench of death," the driver said. "It's been almost three weeks and any corpses remaining are very deteriorated."

It was yet another stark reminder of the cruel face of material nature. I turned my eyes from the scene. I'd had enough for one day. Enough tales of death. Enough scenes of descruction. Enough of the tsunami.

"Move on!" I shouted at the driver as the traffic cleared.

He looked back at me.

"I'm sorry," I said. "It's been a difficult day."

As he accelerated, I thought, "Tomorrow will bring relief, for we'll begin distributing prasadam."

But just 2km down the road we witnessed yet another reminder of material existence: the aftermath of a head-on collision between two cars.

"Don't look," one devotee said turning from the scene.

"Don't worry, I won't," I replied as I closed my eyes and started to chant japa. "When will it end?" I thought.

It must have been only two minutes later that Krsna showed me the final and most painful lesson of the day. We rounded a bend and suddenly a dog ran into our path, pausing just 10m in front of our car. I immediately recognized it as the dog I had waved to earlier in the day.

"Watch out!" I yelled.

But the poor creature never had a chance. Just as he turned his face towards us, our van ploughed into him with a loud thud. Disappearing under the vehicle, I heard his body being crushed under the wheels. The driver had failed to slow down.

It was dusk, so no one saw the tear that glided down my face and dropped silently onto the floor of the van. But I guessed they could sense I was affected.

"It was just a dog," the driver said.

"He was more than that, " I said softly.  "He was a spark of life among all the death and destruction I saw today."

"The day's almost over, Maharaja," one devotee said.  "We'll be home soon."

"Yes," I said under my breath, "I want to go home, to the spiritual world, and never return to this world of birth and death."

etam sa asthaya paratma nistham
adhyasitam purvatamair maharsibhih
aham tarisyami duranta param
tamo mukundanghri nisevayaiva

"I shall cross over the insurmountable ocean of nescience by being firmly fixed in the service of the lotus feet of Krsna. This was approved by the previous acaryas, who were fixed in firm devotion to the Lord, Paramatma, the Supreme Personality of Godhead."

[Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.23. 57 - One of the sannyasa mantras given by the guru at the moment of initiation into the renounced order of life.]
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Meat Eating Society (What's the connection?)

How much longer can we allow this madness to go on? Can we remain silent while corporations run these legalized murder factories? Torture, sacrifice, abuse, mistreatment - the evil act of killing innocent sentient beings for profit and greed. It's also costing the lives of millions of humans to cancer, stroke and heart disease.

There's a sick and evil travesty that's takin' over the planet Earth. It's these abominable animal exploitation and killing realities. Mankind's ritualistic and hideous animal concentration camps of filth, disease, death and brutality. Yes, It's just another gruesome and horrifying major holocaust of unimaginable cruelty.

Money, money and more money is all the industries of death care about. Cut em up, slice em up, feed em to the masses of hungry carnivores. Hang em upside down by their hind legs, 'till it's for mercy they beg. Blood thirsty professional killers, high tech machinery butcherin' billions of cows, chickens, lambs and pigs behind the blood splattered slaughterhouse steel doors.

Is there any wonder why there has to be so much anarchy? It's all because the government and fast food companies are druggin' and brainwashing you into this corrupt and violent meat eating society.

Just close your eyes to the horror that's hidden behind there. Your neighborhood supermarket brings your choice of flesh right to you. You don't have to kill it, and you don't have to watch it die. Just pay the robotic cashier up front, that's all you have to do. Then you can drive on home, and cook your E-Coli contaminated poisoned stew.

Have you ever wondered why there's so much violence in America and all over the world? Well, I'll tell you, The same disrespect man has for animals, he has for himself. No wonder there are serial killers, world wars, women being raped, capital punishment, and gangs killin' one another, is that {enuffa clue}? Our prison systems most violent criminals are being fed on a steady diet of murdered animal beings.

So much of this madness and killing stems from man's inhumanity to animals. {What a shame} PepsiCo, I.B.P., McDonalds, Conagra, Tyson foods, and all the other criminal meat merchants of death are all cold and heartless, murderous capitalistic beasts, who fuel the violence flame.

Is there any wonder why there has to be so much anarchy? It's all because the government and fast food companies are druggin' and brainwashing you into this corrupt and violent meat eating society.

I'm sick and tired of all this shit, poor defenseless animals gettin' their throats slit - All for steak, ribs and chops.

I'm sure damn proud, and I'll say it clear and loud. I don't eat cows, pigs, fish or fowl. I'm a vegetarian - In defense of all the animals incarcerated on death row. We've got to liberate them, set them free, let them go! We've got to educate the masses, or face total destruction! For everything we do, we reap what we sow!

You are what you eat, and what you eat can kill you. More people on this Earth, they die with their knife and fork. Blood dripping out of their mouths, swallowing chemicalized pieces of rotted flesh. Chewing on their greasy fat burgers, and their disgusting bacterial ridden, cancerous Farmer John pork.

Is there any wonder why there has to be so much anarchy? It's all because the government and fast food companies are druggin' and brainwashing you into this corrupt and violent meat eating society.

So what's this shit about, burnt dead chicken so finger lickin' good? Just more deceptive advertising, and more government cover-up and lies. The legal system, and the deceitful media (keeps us from the truth.) Ten thousand butcher shops, slaughter plants and Ronald McDonalds are hypnotizing and mind-controlling our youth.

Haven't we had enough of this world-wide animal murdering insanity that's causing so much human violence and suffering?

It's time to WAKE UP!

Meat is cold blooded murder my friend and that's no lie. Welcome to the meat eating society. -Written by Jingles

The Cow's Revenge

As a crowd of parents and children gathered at McDonald's in Lincoln, Mo., awaiting the arrival of the man of the hour- actually, the clown of the hour, Ronald McDonald- a "cow" named Petunia slipped quitely through the throngs of people. She carried a special delivery for the orange haired mascot of the merchants of death- a tofu "cream" pie.

Petunia stepped forward, told Ronald "Stop killing animals," and promptly squished the pie into his face. Although the children squealed with delight, Ronald wasn't so happy. He grabbed Petunia by the jugular and threw her to the ground, illustrating the violent way McDonald's treats the billions of cows it grinds up into hamburgers.

(Fact: The very first man to play Ronald McDonald, Jeff Juliano, ditched his ditties about hamburger patches and became a vegetarian!)

To love or kill (man vs animal)

HBO produced "To Love or Kill (man vs. animal)" which takes a close look at human relationships with animals. In this one hour undercover investigation it covers the use of animals in ritual traditions of religion, animal experimentation, hunting, and for food. The most disturbing scenes include the use of cats and dogs for food in south China, as well as animal sacrifice in the name of religion. In one scene you see a cat get skinned alive then tossed into a pool of water where it drowns. In another scene they show animals being thrown out of a high building in Spain for the sake of a religious tradition.

Here is an excerpt from "To Love or Kill" about the slaughterhouse:

The difficulty for the meat industry is that these techniques of intensive farming and mass slaughter are being refined to new levels of efficiency, which so often means cruelty, at the very moment when the public is becoming increasingly sensitized towards animals. The solution for the producers is secrecy. The modern factory farm, the modern slaughterhouse are fortresses, screened from public view and surrounded by high security fences. The disguise continues all the way to the point of sale, where we, the customers are happy to cooperate. In place of the old fashion butcher displays of hanging carcasses, we now demand cellophane packages of something called meat which bares resemblance to any animal of origin.


"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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Hindu Leaders Oppose Evangelist Benny Hinn's Bangalore Program

BANGALORE, INDIA, January 18, 2005: American Evangelist Benny Hinn is planning a three day Festival of Blessings, beginning this Friday in Bangalore. Organizers expect up to three million people to attend. But the prayer meetings are running into a lot of opposition with Hindu religious leaders. Hindu religious leaders from around Karnataka met in Bangalore's Shankara mutt to discuss their opposition to the Festival of Blessings. Their plans to prevent the prayer meetings from being held ranged from the mild to the militant. "The Christian missionary organization is aiming at a political gain of converting the people from Hindu religion to Christianity. The Hindus will mobilize at least 50,000 people and surround that area," said Sadhu Rangaraja, Bharatamata Ashrama. The state government says the meetings will go ahead despite petitions filed in court. Doubts have been raised over Hinn's healing abilities. There is also anger over pamphlets that condemned the worship of idols, though the organizers have distanced themselves from it. "Pastor Benny Hinn does not have any powers of healing, it is only God who can heal anybody. What Pastor Benny Hinn is coming here is not for healing but to pray for those who need healing," said Gul Kripalani, National Chairman of Festival. "His only objective is to come here to pray for India. He also has no other agenda, no conversions. We respect other religions," added Kripalani. With the religious leaders standing firm in their protest, the festival may not go off as peacefully as planned.

HPI adds: Benny Hinn is a highly controversial figure among Christians themselves on two counts. First is that many consider him a "heretic" for his unusual interpretations of key Christian beliefs. Second is that investigations by fellow Christians into his "healing" of people at programs such as being held in Bangalore have failed to yield a single confirmed case of a miraculous healing. Click for just one of many web sites attacking Hinn.

News Report Claims Missionaries Demand Conversion Before Relief

 SAMANTHAPETTAI, INDIA, January 16, 2005: Rage and fury has gripped this tsunami-hit tiny Hindu village in India's southern Tamil Nadu after a group of Christian missionaries allegedly refused them aid for not agreeing to follow their religion. Samanthapettai, near the temple town of Madurai, faced near devastation on the December 26 when massive tidal waves wiped it clean of homes and lives. Most of the 200 people here are homeless or displaced, battling to rebuild lives and locating lost family members besides facing risks of epidemic, disease and trauma.

Jubilant at seeing the relief trucks loaded with food, clothes and the much-needed medicines the villagers, many of who have not had a square meal in days, were shocked when the nuns asked them to convert before distributing biscuits and water. Heated arguments broke out as the locals forcibly tried to stop the relief trucks from leaving. The missionaries, who rushed into their cars on seeing television reporters and the cameras refusing to comment on the incident and managed to leave the village.

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E-News Update from Habitat for Humanity, 19 January 2005

Just days after a gigantic tsunami killed over 150,000 people and displaced as many as 5 million in South-East Asia; it is now clear that the recovery efforts will be among the largest the world has ever seen.

Your help is desperately needed today. By donating now, your gift will help provide urgently needed housing for 25,000  families in the four worst hit countries - Sri Lanka, India, Thailand and Indonesia.

Habitat for Humanity is helping families move out of refugee camps and other temporary shelter and into transitional accommodation as a first step to permanent housing. Overcrowding, hunger, disease and crime in many camps is encouraging local authorities to persuade families to return to their communities, where possible, in order to start rebuilding their shattered lives.

Habitat's two-part response involves working in partnership with local officials, relief agencies and other non-governmental organizations to quickly provide transitional housing. The preference is to build simple "core" house, preferably on land sites already owned by families. At a later stage these, "core" homes can be improved and extended.

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Another way you can help is by forwarding this email and letting other people know about the help Habitat for Humanity will be providing to the survivors of the worst natural disaster in recent history.

Thank you in anticipation.

Grant Cathro
Executive Director
Habitat for Humanity New Zealand
Phone: 0800 44 22 48

I actually applied for help with their housing scheme here in NZ but refused because I'm not a Christian. If I re-converted then I'd be eligible - and that's here in New Zealand. Imagine what its like in these areas where they really have you by the throat.

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There is a story about a guru who had a brahmacari disciple.  He ordered the brahmacari that he should perform Bhakti by reading Gita every day.  So he sat in a cave, reading the Bhagavad-gita.  But there was a small mouse who came to nibble at the Gita, when it was not being read.  He became tired of scaring the mouse away, so he thought, "I need to get a cat to take care of the mouse."  So he got a cat.  The cat kept away the mouse, but it started making sounds because it was hungry.  So he had to feed the cat.  Then he thought, "I need a cow in order to feed the cat milk."  He had to take care of the cow.  Gradually he started giving less and less time for his Gita reading.  Since he had to give the cow so much attention, he thought, "I need someone to take care of the cow," and he hired a man.  The man took care of the cow, but he found that he had to have someone to watch the man, otherwise he was not doing his work properly.  He thought, "This is becoming a little complicated.  I have to get married, then the wife will watch over the man who is taking care of the cow, who is feeding the milk to the cat, to keep away the mouse."  He got married, but his wife wanted certain things.  So there were children, and he had to get some money.  He started some business enterprise and brought some land.  One day, the guru came back to see his disciple.  He said, "What happened?  I ordered you to read Gita, but I see you have got wife, children, family, business, workers and so many things.  You have forgotten the Gita?  Tell me what happened."  He replied, "Gurudeva, I am simply doing all this in the service of the Gita.  In order to read the Gita, I h ad to do all this.  This is all Gita-samsara."

MORAL: We have to be careful not to perform bhakti for some other objective, that is not pure bhakti.

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How Spiritual Are You? Take This Test

UNITED STATES, October 20, 2004: Are you fascinated by the many things in life that cannot be scientifically explained? Do you seem to have a "sixth sense" that sometimes allows you to know what is going to happen? Do you sometimes feel so connected to nature that everything seems to be part of one living organism? To find out how spiritual you are, click on "source" above. The short test is adapted from a personality inventory devised by Washington University psychiatrist Robert Cloninger, author of "Feeling Good: The Science of Well-Being."

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FEBRUARY 12 - 20, 2005


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.


    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:
Telephone:  +91-22-2369-7228
ISKCON Radha-Gopinath Mandir
7, K.M.Munshi Marg,
Chowpatty, Mumbai
India 400 007

Co-Chairmen, Prabhupad Festival:    H.H. Radhanath Swami,  H.H. Giriraj Swami, Shyamasundar dasa

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Wrapped in 50 gram bundles, it will be posted to your home and soon be taking place of
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Problems with Ghosts, Evil Eye, Curses, Black Magic etc etc

Continuous illness - All medical treatments fail.

Constant worries, Suicidal tendencies, or Desire to move away from home and family.

Continuous illness of any member of the family.

Tiredness and weakness like M.E.

Eating disorders associated with obesity and anorexia.

Being short tempered. Sterility, without any physical

deficiency or without any medical reason.

Repeated miscarriages or death of children.

Sudden unnatural deaths in the family.

Problems in the construction of new houses, new factory or any other building.

Shortness of money, in spite of hard labour.

No desire to live. Feels suffocated. Life seems useless.

Apathy, no desire to rise In Life.

Achievement of objectives seems impossible.

Sudden quarrels between brothers or the members of the family, without any reason.

Unexpected loss in the business of property.

Ill health and under development of children.

Loss of peace due to the fear of enemies and their evil designs.

Discord between spouses or the family.

Greatest efforts always resulting in failure.

Lack of Govt, favours, promotions and the desired raises or transfers.

Poverty, in spite of hard work.

Mental disorders - Insanity - Craziness.

These are some effects which prove that one is under the spell of the supernatural or black magic.

Even though Intelligent, one still fails to find solutions to such problems.

It is only due to "Black Works" that all your wisdom, all your strategies and all your intelligence fails.for relief

To see the Online 2004 Vyasa Puja Book visit:

Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa pujan in Mayapur 2003 pictures:

Go to Links to Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Pujan

Some Official web-sites of senior Iskcon devotees:
HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami (UK)  (Institute for Applied Spiritual Technology) (Perth Aus)

HH Bir-Krishna Goswami's site

HH Devamrita Swami

HH Gopal Krishna Goswami:

HH Indradyumna Swami

HH Jayapataka Swami
Many lectures by HH Jayapataka Swami and HH Radhanath Swami

HH Kadamba Kanana Swami

HH Prabhavishnu Swami

HH Prahladananda Swami

HH Romapada Swami

HH Sacinandan Swami

HH Sivaram Swami:

HH Sridhar Swami (the late Sridhar swami)

HH Suhotra Swami (new) (old)
This takes the surfer to the startpage where they can see the cool animation.

HH Trivikram Swami

HG Vaiyasaki dasa Adhikari

If you know of any other senior Iskcon devotee web-sites please send their URL to us to share with others through this media

Here's a short list with some links - sadhu sanga ki jaya


The Peace Formula

The Real Peace Formula

See more on Yoga and Meditation HERE:

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Magick Earth Festival

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:

Magick Earth Festival
c/o Pamoana Station, RD3, Parapara Highway, Wanganui, New Zealand
Phone 021 243 1912


The New Iskcon Auckland temple open one year.

for more information and some wonderfrul pictures of the event see our page:

photos updated 12th March 2004

Hare KrishnaSchool & Playgroup

Krishna Conscious education for children

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.

For enrolment information please contact:-

Ph: 09-412-6325
Mob: 021-265-7587
Fax: 09-412-6325

Find out what the NZ Government Education Review Office thinks of the Hare Krishna School. Click the link below.$File/4204.htm?OpenElement

Balgopal Krishna Conscious Preschool in Henderson Auckland prepares children for school with a nurturing academic and character development program founded on Krishna consciousness.

 For details please contact-

Vishnupadi dasi Ph.836-1214

Gaura Yoga Centre
First floor
175, Vivian Street,

Phone:  (04) 801-5500

Learn about the Krishna conscious life-style
Learn Yoga
Learn about Vegetarianism
...all in a non-threatening friendly atmosphere.

Contact us:

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Sunday Love Feasts - contact your local temple, or community for details

Harinaam Kirtan and Bhajans in Tauranga BOP.
Every Saturday in the Red Square by the Strand (or Mt. Maunganui)

Come and join the throng 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

...for more details contact Trivikrama dasa (for Trivikram prabhu)

Vegetarian Clubs
Waikato University - Hamilton campus

2 days per week serving about 100 plates each day.

for more information contact Mangala Vaishnava dasa

Auckland Veda club.
Auckland University - Wellesley St. campus

Its a simple weekly program thats been running for a few years, at Clubspace,
where we have a vegetarian prasadam lunch and sometimes show a video.
Srila Prabhupada's books are available to browse or buy.

For more information contact Auckland temple:

Otago University - Dunedin - Vege Club
Room 2., Clubs & Societies Building
Albany St.,

contact Jambavati dasi (03) 477 8277



See more about Food For Life and how you can help HERE:

 268., Karangahape Road., Auckland

Delicious hot inexpensive Vegetarian Meals !

Pure Vegetarian Restaurant

$5 Combo Meal

Open Mon-Fri 11am-7.30pm

Sat 11am-2.30pm

Phone (09) 300 7585


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.

Come Hungry and Bring a Friend.

11am – 8.00pm from Monday to Friday, and on Saturdays 11am – 3.00pm

Catering for Students, shoppers, office workers, and the needy.

All will find full satisfaction for the body, mind and soul
(09) 300 7585.

Saturday Evenings at “Food for Life” from 4.00pm to 6.00pm.
Come along to join in an evening of Chanting,
Philosophy and a Vegetarian Dinner.

On alternate Monday nights H.H. Mukunda Goswami will be present to speak and answer your questions.

Phone Food for Life, 268 Karangahape Road (K-rd), Auckland, for more information, (09) 300 7585

Higher Taste
Amazing Vegetarian Cuisine At Down to Earth Prices!

Organic Fruit Juices
Delicious Curries
$ 5.95
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Hare Krishna Higher Taste Restaurant
Level 1 Will Bank Court 57 Willis St Wellington

 Phone: 0-4-472 2233

New CD of Bhaktivinoda Thakur bhajans

by Ashok Krishna das and Syamabiharini dasi

By the mercy of Guru, Gauranga and Radha Krishna, (after our first bhajan album Bhajanamrtam) we have managed to produce a new CD entitled "Bhaktivinoda", a collection of bhajans of Saccidananda Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur and other Vaisnava acaryas in Orissi classical ragas.

The CD includes 8 bhajans and a 12-page booklet with all lyrics and a translation of the songs:
Gurudeva! Kabe Mora Sei Din Habe
Hari Hari, Kabe More Hoibe Sudina
Kabe Sri Caitanya More
Narada Muni
Janama Saphala Ta'ra
Brajendranadana, Bhaje Jei Jana
Kabe Ha'be Bolo

Price, inclusive of shipping, is 15 Euros per CD. If you want to order this CD, please transfer the amount to the following account (and send us your shipping address by mail or email):

Account number 3125628, Ashok Jagram, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Bank details: Postbank, Foreign operations, P.O. Box 1800, 1000 BV Amsterdam [Swiftcode: PSTB NL2]

For more information, email us: or

Check out this amazing new Krishna conscious music CD

by Navayauvana dasa ACBSP in Holland

Rasa Productions
The Musik of Bhakti Rasa dasa

Welcome to the world of
Indian Art Music

Here you will learn about the features of this glorious and sophisticated form of music.
You will also meet here with two of its most authentic and senior practitioners,
who are at once concert performers, scholars, composers and teachers --

Please find the Nokia Hare Krishna Ringtone code
at the ISKCON Ahmedabad website at

Bollywood and Hindi and English "do it yourself" ringtones for cell phones

Practicing Krishna Consciousness at Home:

See your local groups of devotees and see how you can do it too

East Meets West @ "The Loft"
Enjoy an enlightening time associating with energetic devotees. Explore the similarities of ancient and modern surroundings through Krishna consciousness in a friendly non-threatening atmosphere.

Wellington Loft (Gaura Yoga centre)

Christchurch Loft
Hanuman dasa:

The Loft - Auckland

First Floor, 103 Beach Road,
Auckland City

ph (09) 379-7301

Brisbane Loft (Brisbane Australia)
2nd floor
99 Elizabeth St, City

ph 3379 7307

Sydney Temple (Aus) Shop On-line:

Subscribe to Sydney's E-newsletter –
and Streaming MP3 classes and music –

more options in the marketplace HERE:

Sydney temple:

Australian yatra: (...across the ditch )

...the site for Shaligram, Govardhan, Dwaraka and Tadiya shilas and Their Sevaks
Why not come on in for Cyber-darshan

There's so many new participants (GBCs, Gurus, Sannyasis, et al), new incredible pic's, capturing and enlivening articles and stories, pilgrimage diaries - check it out - believe me you won't be disappointed.

Thousands of Salagrams, Govardhan, Dwarka shilas from ALL over the world.

READ Salagram kosha on-line.......
 Hari Bhakti Vilas segments
 Padma Purana
 Garuda Purana


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Visit the Site and join our Quarterly Newsletter:

If you'd like to send in an article, picture(s), story or experience with Shilas please send it to me:

last updated 18th January 2005

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Visit Vaidya Yolande Manson's Ayurvedic practice - in Hamilton:

dhanvantaris cha bhagavan svayam eva kirtir
namna nrnam pururujam ruja asu hanti
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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This material world is described as padam padam yad vipadäm,
which means that at every step there is danger.
Please be a little careful - everything is not always as it seems in the Matrix:

Sun Protection: Slip slop slap wrap

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Summer Season Fire Safety

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New Zealand and Tsunamis - not to be forgotten:

What are Tsunamis - how they appear - warnings:

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Sacred Vegetarian Recipes - Prasadam

World Vegetarian Day 1st October each year

World Vegetarian Awareness Month - October

see what's already happening this year

See our World Vegetarian Day issue of the newsletter for a wide range of Vegetarian issues

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

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

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
asnami prayatatmanah

Krsna says that "A little flower or little water or a little leaf, whatever My devotee offers Me in love and devotion, I accept it." And tad aham bhakty-upahrtam. "And because he has brought it with great devotion, therefore I eat." Tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami. Asnami means "I eat." Now you can say, "All right, I'll offer these fruits and flower to God, but it is the same. It is remaining. How He is eating?" But His eating is not like my eating, because He hasn't got a body like this. This body is material. If you bring me a plate of fruits, this body immediately swallows it. But He has got spiritual body. He eats... Simply as soon as He knows that you have offered it in devotion, He eats immediately.

Go here to follow the simple system for offering foodstuffs to the Lord
... and always with the Magic ingredient - Offer it to Krishna.....
... with L'n D (love and devotion)

Cooking for Krishna

Why do we offer our food to God before eating?

Pure Vegetarianism - booklet from Food For Life Global FREE

Download your FREE  EGGLESS Cake Recipe Cookbook
 - with 100 EGGLESS recipes

EgglessDotCom - A site for vegetarian baking without eggs.


Ekadasi Book Cooking - new book coming:

Ekadasi Recipes - preps without grains or beans etc:

Vrata ka khaana - Fast Foods cook book 4 sale (all ekadasi preps - some samples here):

Fast Food of a Different Kind:

Non-vegetarian aditives and non-ekadasi food aditives list:

Meat Free Zone:

A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a Karma-Free Diet:


(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  =>:-))) updated to help you

updated 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.............

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

Vegan and Vegetarian recipes 

Tomato Rice

Cooked Rice - 2 cups
Vegetable Oil - 2 tbsp
Cumin seeds - 1 tsp
Chana Dal - 2 tsp
Green Chillies(split in halves) - 2
Tomatoes - 1 big
Curry leaves - 15-20 leaves
Turmeric - 1/2 tsp
Hing - a pinch
Salt to taste

Heat the oil in a vessel. Add cumin seeds in the vessel. Once they splutter add turmeric, hing, Chana Dal. Once the chana dal turns brown add cinnamon, cloves, and bay leaves. Now, add green chillies, tomatoes and curry leaves. Once the tomatoes are cooked add cooked rice to it. Mix it well and garnish with cilantro.


1 cauliflower
4 potatoes
1 t. turmeric
1 t. salt

Wash and cube potatoes. Wash cauliflower and break into small flowerettes. Make massala. Add vegetables, salt and turmeric. Cover with water and cook over medium heat covered until dry.

1973 Hare Krishna Cookbook.

Srila Prabhupada's EGGPLANT FAVORITE

1 eggplant, cubed
massala (1tsp cummin, 1 tsp corriander, 1 stp turmeric powder, pinch hing, nutmeg, cardamon, cinnamon, allspice, chili, cloves ground).
1 cup chopped green beans
2 sliced tomatoes

Heat ghee in a pan and make massala  Add eggplant and green beans with a little ghee and cook until soft in covered pan. Add tomatoes. On a high flame, cook and stir until wetness has evaporated.

1973 Hare Krishna Cookbook.


Serves: 4

1 lb Fusilli pasta (spirals)
3 tb Olive oil
4 tb Sweet butter
10 oz Fresh asparagus tips (1-inch lengths)
1 c Pitted black olives, Sliced
2 tb Calvert's cedar street or Dejon mustard.
2 tb Fresh lemon juice
1/2 c Kasseri or fresh Parmesan, finely grated
Salt and freshly cracked Black pepper

Cook pasta according to directions.
While cooking, melt butter in saute pan over medium heat.
Add asparagus tips and cook briefly about 4 minutes.
Drain pasta and toss with olive oil.
Add asparagus, butter, olives, mustard and lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
Top with freshly grated cheese.

Shavigi Paayasa

Ingredients and Method:

Please refer to vermicelli paayasa.The only difference is for naivedyas, we use home made shaavigi and not the commercial one's. If you do not have home made shaavigi, you still can use commercial ones that are available, as your aim is to please loving god.

Vermicelli Paayasa (Shaavigi Paayasa)

     2 cups of roasted vermicelli (roasted in a tbsp of ghee)
     1 and 3/4 cup of sugar
     1/2 tsp of saffron threads
     1 and 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder
     2 tbsp of cashews
     2 tbsp of raisins
     4 cups of whole milk/2% milk

Roast cashews and raisins in a tsp of ghee and keep it aside. Pour required amount of milk and allow it to boil. To the boiled milk add roasted vermicelli. Once the vermicelli gets cooked in the milk, add sugar. Then add roasted cashews, raisins, ground cardamom, and saffron threads. Allow it to boil and serve it warm or cold.


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

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

Higher Taste cook book FREE on-line

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

Different Shapes of pasta:

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

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


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 lyrics)

A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:

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

Vegetarian recipes:

101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian:

Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:

Excellent "Meat Substitute" recipes

Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes

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


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

Religious Stands on Vegetarianism

Vaishnavism - 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 for FREE
"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 @
We wish you a Vege Xmas...and a Hari new year.

Wellington Vegetarian Society' Newsletters

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.


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

How did you do?

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

McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:

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

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

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

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


Vegetarians BEWARE of Orange Softdrinks
Coca-Cola (manufacturer) - Not suitable for vegetarians; lists the following products as not vegetarian
These products contain traces of fish gelatine, which are used as a stabiliser for beta-carotene colour.

Fanta Orange
Diet Fanta Orange
Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Diet Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit

Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
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According to recent communications with Chelsea Sugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.

See more details HERE

As of last week in November 2003 Yopliat the yogurt people now put gelatine in their products
See here for pointers of okay ones

 Krishna Conscious - Vedikly acceptable Jokes

Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves  =>;-))
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Laughter Therapy - its no joke:

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

        So Lord Caitanya is known as the one:

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                ys Radhe Govinda dasa

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

This is a MUST READ =>;-Q

Four Wives parable:

Birbal was one the main ministers of Akbar the Moghul Emperor of India.

                    Birbal the Witty
    One day while out hunting  with Akbar, Birbal  got lost and was captured by bandits.

When the bandit chief learned who his prisoner was he threw him a large pumpkin.

“They say that you’re the wisest man in Hindustan,” he said, “Let us see if that is true. When I clap my  hands  you must tell me the exact  weight of the pumpkin. We will weigh it afterwards and if you answer is right we’ll set you free. If you’re wrong, you’ll die. You’ll get only one chance.”

    Then he immediately clapped his hands.“it weighs exactly as much as your head, O chief,” said Birbal, calmly. “Weigh  it and see.”
    The chief was taken aback . Then seeing the broad grins on the faces of his men, he burst into loud laughter. Birbal’s wit had saved him once again. The bandit not only set him free but also sent one of his men along with him to help him find his royal master.

sent in by Shyamasundara prabhu ACBSP

More Birbal gems here

The new Vice Principal made an announcement, over the school intercom
"The staff and students would like to congratulate Mr. Singh on his forthcoming marriage."

Later, when she saw him he thanked her for the special attention.
He added, that perhaps, for grade school, she should use smaller words.

It seems 2 or 3 students had asked him about his 3 earlier marriages.

Aren't kids sweet....

A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales. The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.

The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.

Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.

The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah".

The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?"

The little girl replied, "Then you can ask him".

Two youngsters were walking home from Sunday School,  each deep in his own thoughts.
Finally one said, "What do  you think about all this devil business we studied today?"

The other boy replied thoughtfully, "Well, you know how Santa Claus
turned out. This is probably just your Dad, too."

Did you ever wonder?

A couple of hunters in the rural south are out in the woods when one of Them falls to the ground.
He doesn't seem to be breathing, his eyes are rolled back in his head.

The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, "My friend is dead! What can I do?"

The operator, in a calm soothing voice says, "Just take it easy. I can help.

First, lets make sure he's dead."

........There is a silence, then a shot is heard. The guy's voice comes back on the line.  He says, "OK, now what?"

From the mouths of babes and not so small kids..........
We discovered a book, "Non Campus Mentis," described by the Washington Post as a volume of "non sequiturs, faux facts and boneheaded statements gleaned from three decades of student tests and papers at universities and colleges across North America."
Some choice items written by college students trying to fill in for not having studied:

- "the airplane was invented and first flown by the Marx brothers."

- "Hitler's instrumentality of terror was the Gespacho."

- Noah's wife was Joan of Ark

- Middle Eastern history was written by Florence of Arabia

- The Soviets erected the Berlin Mall
- "The Germans took the by-pass around France's Marginal Line. This was known as the 'Blintz Krieg.' "

- "The Boston Tea Party was held at Pearl Harbor."

- "Americans . . . wanted no involvement in the French and Indian War because they did not want to fight in India."

- "Moses was told by Jesus Christ to lead the people out of Egypt into the Sahaira [sic] Desert. The Book of Exodus describes this trip . . . including the Ten Commandments, various special effects and the building of the Suez Canal."

- "Zorroastrologism was founded by Zorro. This was a duelist religion."

- "During the Dark Ages it was mostly dark."

- "Christianity was just another mystery cult until Jesus was born. The mother of Jesus was Mary, who was different from other women because of her immaculate contraption."

- "The fall of empires has been a good thing, because it gives more people a chance to exploit their own people without outside interference"

from Sunil

A fellow boards a bus, his hands stretched out from his body, and held out as though in supplication.  He asked the bus driver, "Will you take out the fare from out of my pocket and put a transfer back in?"

The bus driver replies, "Why, what's the matter, are you paralyzed?

"No, nothing like that, the doctor ordered a bedpan for my wife and I don't want to lose the measurements."

The ways of this material world - strange but true

A True Story? It's Not Hard to Believe...
(I  have my doubts but who knows when it comes to computers (-:  Shyam )

In March 1992 a man living in Newton near Boston Massachusetts received a bill for his as yet unused credit card stating that he owed $0.00.  He ignored it and threw it away.

In April he received another and threw that one away too.  The following month the credit card company sent him a very nasty note stating they were going to cancel his card if he didn't send them $0.00 by return of post.  He called them, talked to them, they said it was a computer error and told him they'd take care of it.

The following month our hero decided that it was about time that he tried out the troublesome credit card figuring that if there were purchases on his account it would put an end to his ridiculous predicament.  However, in the first store that he produced his credit card in payment for his purchases he found that his card had been cancelled.

He called the credit card company who apologized for the computer error once again and said that they would take care of it.  The next day he got a bill for $0.00 stating that payment was now overdue.

Assuming that having spoken to the credit card company only the previous day the latest bill was yet another mistake he ignored it, trusting that the company would be as good as their word and sort the problem out.

The next month he got a bill for $0.00 stating that he had 10 days to pay his account or the company would have to take steps to recover the debt.

Finally giving in he thought he would play the company at their own game and mailed them a cheque for $0.00.  The computer duly processed his account and returned a statement to the effect that he now owed the credit card company nothing at all.

A week later, the man's bank called him asking him what he was doing writing a cheque for $0.00.  After a lengthy explanation the bank replied that the $0.00 cheque had caused their cheque processing software to fail.   The bank could not now process ANY cheques from ANY of their customers that day because the cheque for $0.00 was causing the computer to crash.

The following month the man received a letter from the credit card company claiming that his cheque had bounced and that he now owed them $0.00 and unless he sent a cheque by return of post they would be taking steps to recover the debt.  The man, who had been considering buying his wife a computer for her birthday, bought her a typewriter instead.

Sent in by Shyamasundar prabhu ACBSP


Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are flat?

Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough?

Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?

Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle?

Why do they use sterilised needles for death by lethal injection?

Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?

Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?

Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?

Whose idea was it to put an "S" in the word "lisp"?

What is the speed of darkness?

Are there specially reserved parking spaces for "normal" people at the Special Olympics?

If you send someone 'Styrofoam', how do you pack it?

If the temperature is zero outside today and it's going to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold will it be?

If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?

If it's true that we are here to help others, what are the others doing here?

Do married people live longer than single ones or does it only seem longer?

If someone with a split personality threatens to commit suicide, is it a hostage situation?

  (the actual AP headline)

  Linda Burnett, 23, a resident of San Diego, was visiting her in-laws and while she was there she went out to a nearby supermarket to pick up some groceries. Several people noticed her sitting in her car with the windows rolled up and with her eyes closed, with both hands behind the back of her head.

  One customer who had been at the store for a while became concerned and walked over to the car. He noticed that Linda's eyes were now open, and she looked very strange. He asked her if she was okay, and Linda replied that she'd been shot in the back of the head, and had been holding her brains in for over an hour. The man called the paramedics, who broke into the car because the doors were locked and Linda refused to remove her hands from her head.

 When they finally got in, they found that Linda had a wad of bread dough on the back of her head. A Pillsbury biscuit canister had exploded from the heat, making a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot, and the wad of dough hit her in the back of her head. When she reached back to find out what it was, she felt the dough and thought it was her brains. She initially passed out, but quickly recovered and tried to hold her brains in for over an hour until someone noticed and came to her aid.

  Linda is a blonde, but I'm certain that's not relevant.

Thanx for that one too Shyam'

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Thanks to Hrishikeshananada prabhu ACBSP for this one.

This is an optical illusion. If you stare at it long enough, a giraffe will seem to appear. Be patient and stare!

Thanks to Hrishikeshananada prabhu ACBSP for this one also.

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


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