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Mahakarta Dasa (Prabhupada's disciple) is the temple president
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program for the tsunami victims.
The program started from 31st December 2004. The Temple President has gone to Trincomalee (worst affected area) this morning to directly supervise the program with some congregational devotees where prasadam will be cooked and distributed to the victims, beginning from 5000 plates per day and increasing rapidly to 20,000. We are starting from Trincomalee and it is the worst affected area in Sri Lanka.
The rate of prasadam distribution is now more than 30,000 per day, providing cooked meals and fresh drinking water as well as some medical aide http://www.ffl.org See other articles in this issue.
This food for life program will continue for a long period and the program will expand to the other affected areas in the country and for this your help is very much needed.
Sri Lanka was among the worst affected by the recent earthquake in Sumatra (Indonesia) and the subsequent tidal wave which has affected many countries in this region. The tide was 40ft high. In the recent news this morning, the death rate has increased to more than 25000 and many thousands are still missing. Over a million are refugees. The refugees have taken shelter in hospitals, schools and temples. Hospitals have been washed out along with the patients and doctors. To continue this, we need assistance and we have to also go to different affected areas. Another rising problem is the thousands of orphans.
His Holiness Indradyumna swami and over 45 other Iskcon devotees are now in the area feeding over 30,000 prasadam meals a day and helping to heal the disrupted lives of the orphans.
So the food for life project by ISKCON (Sri Lanka) should provide a minimum of at least ten thousand plate per day or it will be insufficient for the victims.
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Mahakarta Dasa (Prabhupada's disciple) is the temple president of ISKCON Sri Lanka, and he is the coordinator of this relief program for the tsunami victims in Sri Lanka.
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2 - Contents of the Gita Summarized
tani sarvani samyamya
yukta asita mat-parah
vase hi yasyendriyani
tasya prajna pratisthita
WORD FOR WORD
tani--those senses; sarvani--all; samyamya--keeping under control; yuktah--engaged; asita--should be situated; mat-parah--in relationship with Me; vase--in full subjugation; hi--certainly; yasya--one whose; indriyani--senses; tasya--his; prajna--consciousness; pratisthita--fixed.
One who restrains his senses, keeping them under full control, and fixes his consciousness upon Me, is known as a man of steady intelligence.
PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad:
That the highest conception of yoga perfection is Krsna consciousness is clearly explained in this verse. And unless one is Krsna conscious it is not at all possible to control the senses. As cited above, the great sage Durvasa Muni picked a quarrel with Maharaja Ambarisa, and Durvasa Muni unnecessarily became angry out of pride and therefore could not check his senses. On the other hand, the king, although not as powerful a yogi as the sage, but a devotee of the Lord, silently tolerated all the sage's injustices and thereby emerged victorious. The king was able to control his senses because of the following qualifications, as mentioned in the Srimad-Bhagavatam (9.4.18-20):
sa vai manah krsna-padaravindayor
karau harer mandira-marjanadisu
ghranam ca tat-pada-saroja-saurabhe
srimat-tulasya rasanam tad-arpite
padau hareh ksetra-padanusarpane
kamam ca dasye na tu kama-kamyaya
"King Ambarisa fixed his mind on the lotus feet of Lord Krsna, engaged his words in describing the abode of the Lord, his hands in cleansing the temple of the Lord, his ears in hearing the pastimes of the Lord, his eyes in seeing the form of the Lord, his body in touching the body of the devotee, his nostrils in smelling the flavor of the flowers offered to the lotus feet of the Lord, his tongue in tasting the tulasi leaves offered to Him, his legs in traveling to the holy place where His temple is situated, his head in offering obeisances unto the Lord, and his desires in fulfilling the desires of the Lord... and all these qualifications made him fit to become a mat-para devotee of the Lord."
The word mat-para is most significant in this connection. How one can become mat-para is described in the life of Maharaja Ambarisa. Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana, a great scholar and acarya in the line of the mat-para, remarks, mad-bhakti-prabhavena sarvendriya-vijaya-purvika svatma-drstih sulabheti bhavah. "The senses can be completely controlled only by the strength of devotional service to Krsna." Also, the example of fire is sometimes given: "As a blazing fire burns everything within a room, Lord Visnu, situated in the heart of the yogi, burns up all kinds of impurities." The Yoga-sutra also prescribes meditation on Visnu, and not meditation on the void. The so-called yogis who meditate on something which is not on the Visnu platform simply waste their time in a vain search after some phantasmagoria. We have to be Krsna conscious--devoted to the Personality of Godhead. This is the aim of the real yoga.
- His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
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(here's some nectar, sometimes it comes in the form of Srutakirti prabhu's diary, other times from Govinda dasi's diary, or sometimes from a letter, but still nectar...)
At lunch there was excessive ghee in one preparation.
Prabhupada complained not about the ghee but about the fact that there
were no chilies. He said that even when there was too much ghee, if chilies
were also eaten there was no trouble digesting the food. Prabhupada suggested
we hire a local cook to prepare food for the devotees. He said we should
avoid eating at a hotel or purchasing hotel food for our regular meal.
Remembering that chilies had been left out of the earlier prasadam because of the cook's forgetfulness, Srila Prabhupada pronounced that because of so much sex indulgence in our previous lives, we had become physically and mentally zero with no brains. Our only hope was Krsna consciousness, which was beyond any mental and physical considerations.
Public darsana hour was from five to six o'clock in the evening. News of the arrival of His Divine Grace had already spread throughout Rishikesh, and many persons were eager for the pure devotee's association. About forty persons from many nations attended. Srila Prabhupada spoke about the essence of Bhagavad-gita, "dehino 'smin yatha dehe," and a very lively question and answer session followed, lasting half an hour. Prabhupada was uncompromising and devastating in his replies: "You cannot understand because you are crazy. Your compassion is as valuable as blowing air on a boil to heal it." Everyone left in a state of amazement at the power and purity of Krsna's representative. Many more will come tomorrow. Prabhupada ordered that kirtana be held mornings and evenings. This was not a hotel for eating and sleeping.
- From the TKG's Diary by HH Tamal Krishna Goswami
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"Flies Want To Enjoy The Fire"
Room Conversation with M. Lallier, noted French Poet -- June 12, 1974, Paris
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Yogesvara: ...and Mr. Lallier has a reputation among young
literary circles in France as being a very good poet.
Prabhupada: He's good poet?
M. Lallier: No. (laughs)
Jyotirmayi: (French) Before he came, he already knew a little Bhagavad-gita, little Vedanta. So he has a lot of questions. There's some points, he likes very much Krsna consciousness, and some, he says that maybe in the Vedanta philosophy is different things.
M. Lallier: She says that I knew that entire philosophy, but I knew it very badly, very... I'm not a great philosopher. No, not at all.
Prabhupada: Which philosophy?
Yogesvara: What kind of philosophy are you familiar with?
M. Lallier: Oh, I'm very interested by Indian philosophy, and I think it's the most high, the higher, the highest philosophy. But it's difficult to understand for us.
Yogesvara: He says he thinks that Indian philosophy is the highest in the world, but he finds it difficult to understand.
Prabhupada: Hmm. You call Bhagavan. We are talking of philosophy. Then let them hear.
Prthu Putra: He said it is very hard to applicate this spiritual philosophy in our modern world.
Prabhupada: Call Karandhara also. You also hear the philosophy. So what is that philosophy?
Nitai: He's talking about the Vedanta philosophy, that he is studying, but... He thinks it's the highest, but he finds it very hard to understand and apply.
Prabhupada: So which part he finds very, very hard to understand?
M. Lallier: I think the relation between the, the, the body, material body and the atma...
Yogesvara: The soul?
M. Lallier: The soul, soul. The relation between the two parts...
Bhagavan: To apply the fact that the soul exists and the body exists? How to practically apply that difference between the body and the soul?
M. Lallier: Yes.
Bhagavan: Is that what you...?
M. Lallier: And the relation between the two parts, between body and soul.
Bhagavan: In other words, you recognize that there's difference between body and soul, and how to practically apply it?
M. Lallier: I think, perhaps, there is some peoples for whom there is no difference between the soul and body.
Prabhupada: Who says?
M. Lallier: Oh, spiritual masters.
Prabhupada: Who's that spiritual master, says soul and the...
M. Lallier: Oh, I don't know very... I think you are one of them. Or...?
Prabhupada: No, we don't say. We say spirit soul is different from the body. Just like you are living, staying in this room. The room and you are two separate things. Because you are staying in the room, it does not mean you are room, or the room is your self. Does it mean?
M. Lallier: Yes.
Prabhupada: It means so? Because you are staying in this room, you are this room?
M. Lallier: No. But... No, I... I understand that... There is some difficulties for me about the signification of two Sanskrit words which are purusa and prakrti. Is there any relation between those two, those two...?
Prabhupada: Yes. Purusa means the enjoyer, and prakrti means the enjoyed.
Bhagavan: Can you understand English?
M. Lallier: No. (Devotee translates)
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Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's
jayati—glory; sat—eternity; cid—knowledge; änanda—bliss; rasa—nectar; anubhava—perception; vigrahaù—form; procyate—is spoken; sat-cid-änandänubhütir—the perception of eternity, knowledge and bliss; yat-prasädataù—by the mercy of whom.
Glory to Çré Kåñëa Caitanya, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in whose form rest eternity, knowledge, bliss, and the taste of nectar. By His mercy this book, which bears the title "Sac-cid-änandänubhüti" (Directly Seeing the Supreme Personality of Godhead, in Whose Form Rest Eternity, Knowledge, and Bliss) has been written.
ko 'haà vä kià
ävayoh ko 'nvayo dhruvam
ätmänaà nivåto jévaù
ko—who?; aham—am I; vä—or; kim—what?; idam—this; viçvam—world; ävayoù—of us both; ko—what?; anvayo—the relationship; dhruvam—always; ätmänam—himself; nivåto—surrounded by matter; jévaù—the soul; påcchati—asks; jïäna-siddhaye—to find the truth.
"Who am I? What is this world? What relation have I with this world?" To learn the truth, a soul in this material world will always ask himself these questions.
Commentary by Çréla
Many days after their birth, human beings finally attain good knowledge of sense objects. The outside world perceived by the senses is called "viñaya" (the world of sense objects). As his sensory powers grow, a child becomes increasingly aware of the world of sense objects. Tasting pleasure there, he is drawn to the world of sense objects. Thus attracted to the world of sense objects, a human being thinks of and acts for nothing else. Becoming a constant companion, sound, touch, form, taste, and smell gradually turn the human mind into their slave. In this way human beings are plunged into the world of sense objects. "Death must come, and when it does, I will have no relationship with this world of senses objects." When this thought arises, a fortunate person turns from the world of sense objects and yearns to know the truth. He then asks these questions: "Who am I, the person who perceives this world? What is this world? What relation have I with this world?"
dadäti citram uttaram
sva-svarüpa-sthito hy ätmä
dadäti yuktam uttaram
ätmä—self; prakåti—nature; vaicitryäd—because of the variety; dadäti—gives; citram—variegated; uttaram—reply; sva—own; svarüpa—original form; sthito—situated; hy—indeed; ätmä—self; dadäti—gives; yuktam—proper; uttaram—reply.
Because of their different natures, those who ask these questions attain a great variety of answers. Only a soul situated in his original spiritual form attains the true answers.
Commentary by Çréla
person who has turned away from the world of sense objects finds
an answer to these three questions. Scriptures and philosophies attempt
to answer these three questions. In our country answers are given
by the Vedas, Vedänta, and other books following the Vedic teachings.
Answers are also given by philosophies that misinterpret the Vedic
teachings, philosophies like nyäya, pseudo-säìkhya,
pätaïjala, vaiçeñika, and karma-mémäàsä.
Answers are also given by philosophies that openly oppose the Vedic
teachings, philosophies like Buddhism and the philosophy of the atheist
Cärväka. In this way many philosophies give many different
answers. In China, Greece, Persia, France, England, Germany, Italy,
and other countries many different philosophies were preached, philosophies
like Materialism, Positivism, Secularism, Pessimism, Scepticism,
Pantheism, and Atheism. Many philosophers used logic to prove the
existence of God. Then again, in other places was preached the idea
that one should simply believe in God and worship Him. In many places
were preached religions that claimed to be originally given by God.
Some religions were rooted in each person's own individual faith
in God. In other places it was said that God Himself had given the
teachings of religion. Religion rooted in each person's own individual
faith is called Theism. Included among the religions with belief-systems
and scriptures given by God are Christianity and Mohammedanism. The
answers to the poreviously mentioned three questions are truly of
two kinds: 1. the answer given by a soul situated in his original
form, and 2. the great variety of answers given by all others. Why
is not a single answer only given to each of these questions? The
true answers are given by a pure person situated in his original
spiritual form. All persons situated in their original spiritual
forms give the same answers. However, the persons who have fallen
into the material world are not situated in their original spiritual
forms. The material world is not their real home. It is a world born
from material illusion. The Supreme Truth (para- tattva) has a spiritual
potency (parä çakti). The shadow of that spiritual potency
is the potency of illusion (mäyä-çakti). Mäyä-çakti
is the mother of the material world. The great variety of qualities
mäyä offers are accepted by the souls residing in the material
world as their own qualities. In this way the soul's original qualities
are withdrawn and the specific mixture of qualities and an identity
offered by mäyä are accepted by the soul. In this way the
spirit soul identifies with matter. Spiritual and material ideas
thus become mixed together in many different ways in the mind of
the spirit soul. Each accepting a different mixture of material qualities,
the spirit souls misidentifying with matter each give his own answers
to these three questions. In this way a great variety of answers
is manifest. Influenced by the traditions, activities, associates,
foods, language, and thought patterns of the countries where they
live, the souls in this world give answers to these three questions.
In this way time, place, and circumstance combine to create a great
variety of natures. Firstly, the souls come in contact with matter
in different ways. Those different kinds of contact bring one set
of variations of nature. Secondly, their different countries, languages,
families, and other circumstances bring another set of variations
of nature. In this way the a great variety of natures becomes multiplied.
Only a person who has traveled to every country, learned every language,
and studied every country's history can understand the scope of that
variety. Here I will only point in the direction of that variety.
I will not do more. It would be a great trouble. Of the two kinds
of answers given by the living entities, one is the true answer.
The other is the great variety of answers according to the views
of different philosophies. The great variety of answers may be divided
into two groups. The first group is called “jïäna" and the second
group is called "karma". Here someone may protest: "When you say
the true (yukta) answer you imply that you honor logic (yukti) as
the way to know the truth. Why, then, do you not accept the great
variety of answers that logic brings?" To this protest I reply: Spiritual
logic does not depend on the material logic that brings a variety
of answers. Therefore when I use the words logic (yukti) and truth
(yukta), I refer to the logic and truth accepted by liberated souls
purified of matter's touch, logic and truth that properly distinguish
between matter and spirit. Logic that is material, that takes shelter
of matter, will always lead to a great variety of conclusions. A
liberated soul situated in his original spiritual form can give the
true, the genuinely logical answer. Among the great variety of answers
is seen the group called jnana. Employing jïäna, the spirit
soul in contact with matter tries to distinguish spirit from matter.
When it speaks positively (anvaya), jïäna affirms the primacy
of matter, saying matter is the beginningless root of all that exists.
When it speaks negatively (vyatireka) jïäna says that matter
cannot be destroyed, for it is merely a transformation of the Supreme
(brhaman), who has no potencies (niùçakti). They who follow
karma say God does not exist, and therefore the living entities should
engage in material activities. Pure jïäna and karma have
their place in true spiritual love and spiritual activities. They
are part of the true answers to our three questions. They will be
discussed later in this book, when devotional service (bhakti) will
be described. Because they are material in nature, words cannot completely
describe the pure spiritual truth.
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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.
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By Louisa Barnett (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Two monks from Aldenham's Hare Krishna temple have gone to Sri Lanka to help survivors of the tsunami disaster.
Vaikuntha Krishna das and Niti Laksa das, from Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hilfield Lane, have joined a team of American volunteers at a relief camp dedicated to cooking and feeding thousands of homeless victims left without basic supplies.
Before leaving this week, Vaikuntha said: "I want to go and help out in Sri Lanka because I see it as fulfilling a personal responsibility, as well as it being very much part of my faith.
"Feeding people in need is a central activity in the Hare Krishna movement, and so we are well-equipped and trained to deal with the immense amount of work that lies ahead."
He added that it was even more important to ensure the long-term rehabilitation of the victims including psychological counselling, chaplaincy, building new homes and schools as well as employment and livelihood.
Since December 30, 500,0000 vegetarian meals have been distributed by ISKCON (the Hare Krishna movement) and this relief work is set to continue indefinitely, with work now underway in some of the hardest-hit Sri Lankan coastal towns and inland communities such as Trincomalee and Hambantota.
Bhaktivedanta Manor has so far raised over £200,000 towards the disaster.
To donate to their appeal, you can send a cheque, made payable to 'ISKCON Tsunami Flood Appeal' to Bhaktivedanta Manor, Aldenham, Watford, Herts, WD25 8EZ.
Alternatively, you can call 01923 856848 or 07713 133313.
6:50pm Thursday 20th January 2005
Colombo, Sri Lanka - Food for Life has given out more than 150,000 hot meals in Sri Lanka and 100,000 in India since the Dec. 26 tsunami. In Sri Lanka, the humanitarian organization has provided food relief in Batticaloa, Maratuwa, Matara, Point Pedro, and Trincomalee, states a ISKCON (Sri Lanka) press release.
"We are a non-sectarian organization. In fact, Food for Life Global's motto is 'Uniting the World Through Food,'" explained Mahakarta Das, President of ISKCON, Sri Lanka.
Immediately after the waves hit the U.S. based headquarters of the NGO, Food for Life Global began coordinating relief efforts. Volunteers from around the world began arriving in Sri Lanka to help set up food relief kitchens throughout the island.
One of the first operations was in the Matara district where FFL cooperated with the Sri Lankan military to provide freshly cooked rice, dhal, and vegetable curry to families in relief camps.
ISKCON Swami, Indradyumna Maharaja, actually flew from South Africa to meet with the Presidential Secretary to coordinate the relief efforts in Matara.
ISKCON's food distribution will continue for the next few months. However, its main focus now is the tsunami orphans.
Responding to this need, plans are underway to expand ISKCON's Bhaktivedanta Children's Home to accommodate 250 needy children.
The Home is reputed to be the best of its kind in Sri Lanka.
BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, January 19, 2005: A sacred metal wheel at the 12th
century Jagannath temple in Orissa is safe, experts have said after examining it with the help of sophisticated equipment. Experts from the National Metallurgical Laboratory (NML) and the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) spent three hours examining the wheel on the top of the temple in the coastal town of Puri using a high-resolution scanner and other gadgets. The examination, the third since a five sq cm hole on the wheel was noticed by devotees in May, revealed that the structure is safe, an official told IANS. The experts, including R.N. Ghosh, director of NML, and Jitendra Das, ASI's Bhubaneswar superintendent, will issue a detailed report and make recommendations after all the data is studied. The Jagannath temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu, one of the Hindu holy trinity. The conical tower of the temple, on which the flag and the wheel of the deity are installed, is 58 metres high. Each day devotees climb the tower to tie a flag to the mast attached to the wheel. In May 2004, they told temple authorities about the hole in the sacred 'neel chakra' or blue wheel. The wheel, made of an alloy of eight metals, is 3.5 m high and 11 m in circumference. Experts say the wheel turns blue when the sun heats it. The state government had sought the help of the experts after an intense public outcry over allegations by the ASI that the temple, and especially the wheel, was being inadequately maintained.
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King of Thailand receives a set of Srimad Bhagavatams
Srimad Bhagavatam Maha-puranam Collection of
His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej Rama IX of Thailand
Tragedies for some but might turn out the other way (opportunities or blessings) We know that 80% of the town of Meulaboh in Aceh was destroyed by the Tsunami waves and 80% of the people also died. This is one of the towns that were hit the hardest. But there is a fantastic testimony from Meulaboh.
In that town are about 400 Christians. They wanted to celebrate Christmas on December 25th but were not allowed to do so by the Muslims of Meulaboh. They were told if they wanted to celebrate Christmas they needed to go outside the city of Meulaboh on a high hill and they can celebrate Christmas there.
Because the Christians desired to celebrate Christmas the 400 believers left the city on December 25th and after they celebrated Christmas they stayed overnight on the hill. As we all know, in the morning of Sunday, December 26 -2004, there was the earthquake followed by the Tsunami waves destroying most of the city of Meulaboh and thousands were killed. The 400 believers were on the mountain and were all saved from destruction.
Now, the Muslims of Meulaboh are saying that the God of the Christians punished them for forbidding the Christians to celebrate Christmas in the city. Others are questioning why so many Muslims died while not even one of the Christians died there.
Had the Christians insisted on their rights to celebrate Christmas in the city, they would have all died. But because they humbled themselves and followed the advice of the Muslims they all were spared destruction and can now testify of God's marvellous protection.
This is a testimony of the grace of God and the fact that as believers we have no rights in the world. Our rights come before God and commit our lives to Him. Our rights are kneeling down before the Lord almighty and commit our ways to Him. He is our Father and is very capable to care for His children.
Praise the Name of the Lord!
Pastor, Calvary Life Fellowship in Indonesia
BANGALORE, INDIA, January 21, 2005: There was a total chaos in the press meet organized by the committee of "Pray for India and Festival of Blessing" (Benny Hinn's Program) in Bangalore. This colorful report from the Hindu activist RSS news service ("source") reads, in part:
The program organizers Gul Kriplani, Paul Thangaiah, former DGP Kolaso, Ruban, Satyavrat and Samuel spoke about the objectives of Benny Hinn's program to be organized in the city of 21st of this month. After all this, question/answer session started: First a Hindu Voice Representative questioned about the handbills which has been distributed throughout Bangalore city in which it has targeted Hindus as followers of idol worship, prostitution, black magic, etc. and advised to accept Jesus as the only God. Gul Kriplani evades the question by saying that it is not their pamphlet and they have nothing to do with that. He demanded a copy of the leaflet to be produced immediately and said that whosoever is responsible action will be taken against him. Suddenly a media person presented it to him saying, "Here it is." Stunned Gul Kriplani said: "I have no idea about it, Mr. Colaso and Paul Thangaiah will answer you." Paul Thangaiah and Colaso said: "This pamphlet is not for public distribution, but for Church circulation and should have been distributed only to Christians." Hearing this, the media men were on their feet and protested his comments, saying: "You people have already circulated over 300,000 pamphlets in all the pockets of Bangalore and now you are saying it is only for church circulation, who are you trying to fool? That means you are preaching hate against the Hindu community in your churches," for which both Paul Thangaiah and Colaso had become voiceless and were looking helpless.
HPI adds: It is a violation of Indian law to circulate material which is critical of other religions, which made the pamphlet a substantial issue.
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Mix Of Quake Aid And Preaching Stirs Concern
MORAKETIYA, SRI LANKA, January 19, 2005: A dozen Americans walked into a relief camp here, showering bereft parents and traumatized children with gifts, attention and affection. They also quietly offered camp residents something else: Jesus, begins this article. The Americans, who all come from one church in Texas, have staged plays detailing the life of Jesus and had children draw pictures of him, camp residents said. The attempts at proselytizing are angering local Christian leaders, who worry that they could provoke a violent backlash against Christians in Sri Lanka, a predominantly Buddhist country. Most American groups, including those affiliated with religious organizations, strictly avoid mixing aid and missionary work. But scattered reports of proselytizing in Sri Lanka, Indonesia and India are arousing concerns that the good will spread by the American relief efforts may be undermined by resentment.
The Americans in Sri Lanka belong to the Antioch Community Church, an evangelical church based in Waco, Texas. It is one of a growing number of evangelical groups that believe in mixing aid-giving with discussing religion, an approach that older, more established Christian aid groups call unethical. In Sri Lanka, alarmed local Christian leaders say proselytizing at such a sensitive time could reverse the grass-roots interfaith cooperation that has emerged since the tsunami and endanger Christians, who make up 7 percent of the population. Older Christian aid groups say they do not proselytize, abiding by Red Cross guidelines that humanitarian aid not be used to further political or religious purposes. Ken Hackett, president of Catholic Relief services, said that in the last 20 years there had been an increase of smaller Christian evangelical groups providing relief aid in the wake of disaster. "I think there are new groups that are driven by missionary zeal," Mr Hackett said. In the last several weeks, Mr. Hackett said, his group has received anecdotal reports of proselytizing in countries devastated by the tsunami.
More evangelical groups are apparently on their way. A message posted on the Web site of the Moral Majority leader Jerry Falwell says the school he founded, Liberty University, is preparing to send a team to Sri Lanka, India and other countries battered by the tsunami. "Distribution of food and medical supplies along with the dissemination of thousands of gospel tracts in the language of the people will keep the L.U. team very busy," the Web site says. "Mission trips to the Asian region by many L.U. students will follow in the months, and perhaps years, to come."
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On the occasion of the 108th appearance Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada under the guidance and inspiration of H.H. Lokanath Swami Maharaja and all ISKCON leaders of India, ISKCON Pune organized a grand successful National Youth Festival. We could clearly as students see that tremendous efforts were made for organizing this festival, which was indeed a grand success.
Over 5,000 students from across the nation participated. Well over 12 Sannyasis (H.H. Lokanath Swami, H.H. Radhanath Swami, H.H. Subhag Swami, H.H. Gopal Krishna Goswami, H.H. Jayadvaita Swami, H.H. Radha Govinda Swami, H.H. Nava Yogendra Swami, H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami, H.H. Veda Vyasa Priya Swami, H.H. Jayapataka Swami, H.H. Bhakti Purusottama Swami and H.H Sukadeva Swami) attended the program along with several ISKCON leaders.
Many great dignitaries like the Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Mr.R.R. Patil, founder chancellor of Bharati Vidyapeeth Deemed University, Dr.Patangarao Kadam and others graced the occasion. All of them were full of heartfelt praise for this festival, encouraging more such events in future.
All the students coming from different parts of India were accommodated in different lodges with a provision of mattresses, blankets, pillows, bed sheets and hot water. Shuttle bus services from the festival ground to the different lodges during mornings and evenings made everything even more convenient for the students.
There were 28 display stalls put up by various temples and youth groups all over India. We were served breakfast, lunch and dinner prasadam, which was opulent and sumptuous.
We from Nagpur were a strong group of 50 students, mostly new who traveled by bus from Nagpur to Pune I.a 21-hour road trip as our bus wouldn't exceed the limit of 45 kms per hour. ISKCON Vallabh Vidya Nagar (Gujarat) brought 108 students.
Srila Prabhupada katha, his pastimes, guidelines, instructions and quotes were spoken by disciples of Prabhupada showing the Indian youth how Prabhupada was a unique leader who transformed the lives of thousands of youths who were plunged in self destructive habits and bogus-isms etc.
The day began with mangala-arati, Tulasi kirtan, breakfast and Bhagavatam class. Two sannyasis gave the Bhagavatam class, one hour each. There were seminars on "Mind Management", "Power of Habits" and "Revolution in Consciousness" conducted by different sannyasis. Twenty minutes were given to each leader and the balance time was for questions and answers.
We had debate and discussion competition in which 5 ISKCON Youth forums from 5 different ISKCON temples sent their representatives as one pair or one team. One of the two spoke for the topic and one against the topic. Each team got 6 minutes, 3 minutes for each member to represent his side. There were 2 topics on 2 different days.
ISKCON Nagpur chose the topic "Is Youth Meant for Enlightenment or Enjoyment?" The best part is that ISKCON Nagpur bagged the first prize with Shyam Mohan Prabhu and Gauranga Dasa on the team. Also Gauranga Dasa was given the "best individual debater" prize. The second prize was bagged by ISKCON Chowpatty. The judges were Rasaraja Prabhu (BI) and Gauranga Prabhu (IIT, Chowpatty).
There was yet another debate the next day on the topic "Manava Seva or Madhava Seva" in which other temples participated. The judges were H.H. Jayadvaita Swami and H.G. Mukunda Madhava Prabhu. ISKCON Delhi got the first prize for this debate. After the debates the judges clarified the misconceptions that arose in the course of the debate giving a Krsna conscious angle of view.
There were also drama presentations by ISKCON Juhu. The presentations were so great that they very powerfully impacted the students with the message and importance of Krsna consciousness. Ekalavya Prabhu and Vishvambhar Prabhu played orchestra and performed kirtan most of the time. There were multimedia presentations in the stalls and Rasaraja Prabhu's scientific slide projector power point presentations, which were based on understanding quantum through Vedic scriptures.
There was a special Q/A session called "Material Problems and Spiritual Solutions" in which ISKCON leaders inspired the youth by speaking on relevant pastimes of Srila Prabhupada and giving valuable instructions.
Later the Leaders took questions on paper from students and gave brief answers pertaining to the questions taking turns one by one. In the end the gurukulis from Bhaktivedanta Gurukula And International School from Vrndavana performed a show depicting the life in the gurukula. A Souvenir was released on the occasion of the National Youth Festival.
We know that never has there been such an ecstatic program for youth conducted before in the history of ISKCON. It was simply wonderful! We have learned many new things. We saw the humility and cooperation in which devotees work and this has left an indelible mark on our lives.
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"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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Newsweek Hears Hindu Complaints on Tsunami Coverage
USA, January 19, 2005: Newsweek magazine printed the following letter from Aseem Shukla of the Hindu American Foundation, along with a rebuttal. The article in question dealt with the theological reaction of Christianity, Buddhism, Islam and Hinduism. The views of each, with the exception of Hinduism, were represented by educated members. Only in the case of Hinduism did the article try to state the view of the uneducated villagers -- and even in doing so, quoting an American-based, non-Hindu scholar, and not the villagers.
Kenneth L. Woodward's depiction of the Hindu view of suffering after
the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami was deeply flawed ("Countless Souls
Cry Out to God," Jan. 10). Woodward dismissed Hindu victims as "untutored"
animists who viewed the disaster as the hapless consequence of "capricious
deities." Hindus believe that there is one God who is omnipotent and omnipresent
throughout the universe and worshiped by people in different forms according
to their individual perceptions. Hardly capricious, Hindus perceive God's
grace as always flowing and easily felt by those who open their minds to
receive that blessing. Multiple millennia before Buddhism, Hindu Scripture
defined the relationship between reincarnation and karma. Recognizing an
eternality of existence, Hindus take comfort in the face of calamity knowing
that while the body may die and be shed as old clothes, the immortal soul
continues its journey in the next life along its path toward God.
Aseem R. Shukla
Hindu American Foundation
Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Editor's Note: NEWSWEEK recognizes that in all religious traditions, including Hinduism, there are differences between popular piety and intellectually sophisticated spiritual reflections. Our article specifically stated that we were describing the outlook and reactions of the inhabitants of poor fishing communities, mostly Hindus, who typically "are untutored in refined theological speculation on life and death."
Courtesy of Hinduism Today
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There is a story told by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur called the nengti pancho. In a village, there was a very prominent village leader. But naturally, because of village politics there were a few people who were envious of him. These envious people would always find some reason to criticize him. This leader had a son whose name was Panchanan. When Panchanan was a little child, about four years old, he loved to run around the village naked, so he had the nickname nengti pancho, which means naked Pancho, because he would run around naked with just a thread around his waist. Everyone called, "Nengti Pancho, come here, come here!" He grew up and later he got into the secondary school and he stood number one in his whole class. And people said, "Oh, this is Panchanan, he is a very good student, he is number one in the state wide examination!" But the village anti-party leaders said, Ah, how can he be number one? He was in our village, nengti pancho, naked kid running around. You are telling us the kid is number one?" Then he went to university, and got high grades. Then he got his law degree and became established in the bar as a first class advocate. Then some people said, "Look at this! Panchanan has become a first class advocate. He is a barrister." And the envious said, "Ah, how can he get such a degree? He must have cheated in his exams." Then finally he got promoted to the bench and he became the Chief Justice of the High Court. Some people said, "Look! It's that Panchanan, now he is the Chief Justice!" And the envious said, "Him? Oh! He was running around naked in our village, nengti pancho! How can he be a Chief Justice?
Even if he is, he may not be getting his monthly salary. He is not qualified!" So it became so ridiculous that the envious people still remembered the four year old naked boy playing in the mud.
MORAL: In the Vedas this is called nagna-martrka-nyaya, naked mother logic.
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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.
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Nimananda das and his wife Suchitra devi dasi, Organisers of the Food for Life Restaurant in Auckland City, celebrated Srila Prabhupada’s 108th Birthday, by following the request of their spiritual master, Tamal Krisna Goswami, to distribute prasadam to the public.They have been performing this act of charity regularly for 19 years in Fiji, Wellington and now Auckland.
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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.
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The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 - 4/21/03-4/27/03
Making Food Sacred - Offering
our food to Krishna:
....excerpt from lecture by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1-3 -- San Francisco, March 28, 1968
The Vedic literature says like this, that God has no leg, no hand. Therefore the impersonalists take advantage of it. "Oh, here it is stated God has no legs, no hands." But the next line is, javana grhita: "He can accept everything which you offer Him in devotion."
Now how He can accept? If He has no hand, how He can accept things from us? That means He hasn't got a hand like us. His hand is different. Therefore even though He is situated in the spiritual world, which is far, far away from us, still, He says in the Bhagavad-gita, it is said,
patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
Krsna says that "A little flower or little water or a little leaf, whatever My devotee offers Me in love and devotion, I accept it." And tad aham bhakty-upahrtam. "And because he has brought it with great devotion, therefore I eat." Tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami. Asnami means "I eat." Now you can say, "All right, I'll offer these fruits and flower to God, but it is the same. It is remaining. How He is eating?" But His eating is not like my eating, because He hasn't got a body like this. This body is material. If you bring me a plate of fruits, this body immediately swallows it. But He has got spiritual body. He eats... Simply as soon as He knows that you have offered it in devotion, He eats immediately.
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?
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NEW EKADASI RECIPES:
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Ekadasi Recipes - preps without grains or beans
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
Meat Free Zone:
A Guide to Gourmet Vegetarian Cooking and a
FIRST~CLASS PRASADAM - A COLLECTION OF RECIPES
- NO ANIMAL RENNET only VEGE
(even Parmesan and other favorites)
Not just cheeses also vegetarian yogurts and other dairy produce.
Tararua Lite Sour Cream for Vegetarians hits the shelves Sept 1st 2004.
(we bought some Stilton, Parmesan, Edam, Swiss and a few others - LOL
- you have to check out these pages and then go to your Woolworths, Countdown,
Foodtown, Pak'nSav, New World or local Deli.....believe me it's worth it,
especially the Tuxford range; Cheshire, Red Leicester, Double Gloucester,
Wensleydale varieties from the UK =>:-)))
http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html updated to help you
16th Sept 2004
All the Meatless Pasta preparations
you'd like to prepare:
The Meatrix -
this you have to see to believe - take the red pill see reality - The Meatrix
it's all around you:
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Vege Meatballs and spaghetti
1 box vital wheat gluten (found in bread section)
1 cup quaker oatmeal (from the canister) processed into flour
a few tablespoons tamari soy sauce in a quart of water (to boil)
Italian spices and seasonings ( 2 tsp basil, 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp hing, 1 tsp garam masala, 1/2 tsp mint flakes)
tomato sauce - paste
any pasta you want - but spaghetti is good
toasted powdered nuts (optional)
Combine vital wheat gluten with enough water to make a gummy mass. Boil the tamari water. Slice the gummy mass into small peices and boil them for a few minutes, or until they swell and are no longer sticky. Drain and cool the pieces and grind them in a cuisinart until the mass resembles cooked ground beef - mincemeat. Transfer to a bowl and add the oatmeal flour, italian seasonings, and salt and pepper to taste.
Make into balls and fry balls until crispy on the outside, then add to boiling tomato sauce mixed with enough water to cover all the balls. Simmer on low for an hour until alot of the water has cooked off. Cool balls slightly while you cook the pasta because they hold together better when they are not piping hot. Carefully remove balls to a serving bowl and reconstitute some of the sauce with water before serving. Serve over the pasta with the sauce on the side. You can use toasted powdered nuts in place of parmasan cheese as a topping.
Refrigerate leftover meatballs and use for meatball subs and sandwiches the next day. They are even better the next day and will keep in the fridge all week. After that, freeze for up to six months.
Preparation time: not too long
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Juratek)
The following is from "Kathy Cooks" (copyright 1989)
8 oz. dried bean curd (yuba) sticks (carried in larger Oriental marts - inexpensive)
1/4 C nutritional yeast
1/4 C peanut butter
2 Tbsp. miso
2 Tbsp. warm melted margarine
2 tsp. paprika
2 C barbeque sauce
Soak the dried bean curd 4-6 hours or overnight in hot water.
Drain and cut sticks into 4-6 inch lenths.
Squeeze out excess water and drain.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Oil cookie sheet.
In a large mixing bowl, mix next 5 ingredients together to form a smooth paste.
Toss yuba sticks in and mix until all sticks are evenly coated.
Lay side by side (touching each other) one layer thick, on the cookie sheet.
Bake 25 minutes or until the bottoms are brown and crisp.
Remove from oven and put in mixing bowl with barbeque sauce.
Toss well. Lay out on baking sheet again and bake at 350 degrees for 10-15 minutes.
(5-6 servings) Messy and good.
* 1 pound firm tofu
* 1 cup (non salt free) soy sauce
* 1 cup BBQ or teriaki sauce
* 1 small (diced) head of cabbage (size of fist)
* 1-2 Tbsp. Hing
* olive oil (if necessary)
1. Slice tofu into 4-6 strips lengthwise.
2. Freeze the strips uncovered for about 2 hours.
3. Mix sauces, garlic, and diced onion in a square container.
4. Place the frozen strips flat in the sauce mixture and let set for 2-3 hours (not in a fridge).
5. Heat a 10 skillet with olive oil (if necessary).
6. Pan fry the strips until dark and firm.
7. Select the sauce of your choice or eat plain!
Serves: 2-4 Preparation time: 1/2 Hour
VANILLA-POACHED PEACHES 4 CREOLE PANCAKES
1-1/2 cups water
1 cup turbinado sugar (or 2/3 cup white sugar mixed with 1/3 cup dark brown sugar)
1 vanilla bean, split and scraped
4 peaches, peeled and sliced
For the topping, place the water, sugar and vanilla bean into a heavy
sauté pan and cook over low heat
until the sugar is dissolved into a syrup, and the specks of vanilla bean are evenly distributed. Add the peaches and turn up the heat; cook the peaches for a minute or two until they're barely tender but not mushy. Remove from heat immediately and spoon the peaches and syrup over the fluffy pancakes.
Makes about 1 3/4 lbs.
Put in the mixing bowl and let stand 1 hour:
3 tablespoons kosher veg gelatin (this is 3 packets of Emes)(check to make sure it is not from fish bones etc)
1/2 cup water
In about 1/2 hour, begin to prepare a syrup. Place in a heavy pan over low
heat and stir until dissolved:
2 cups sugar (I used unbleached)
3/4 cup light corn syrup
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
Well, I finally had the chance to make the marshmallows yesterday with
Emes Kosher Gelatin (purely veg - made from Carageenan, Locust Bean Gum,
and Malto-dextrin). The results were really nice...I made them with
unbleached Florida Crystals sugar (a light blonde sugar made by an environmentally
friendly company), but the marshmallows still came out beautifully white.
The marshmallows are amazingly soft and fresh-tasting. They aren't
quite as puffy as commerical ones, but they puff and brown when toasted
and melt easily in liquid (can't wait to try them in hot chocolate or cocoa).
I think they'll make yummy s'mores with vegan chocolate chips and graham
crackers! I'm also thinking of cutting some of them into Xmas tree
shapes (triangles) and dipping them in chocolate for Xmas cookie/candy
This is not a difficult recipe, but you need an electric mixer to do it. It will be a lot easier if you have a candy thermometer (fairly cheap in a kitchen shop...I got mine at a grocery store for about $4). Also, don't try this if you hate making messes! The "creme" is very sticky and hard to scrape out of the bowl. I got it all over me!!
I'd like to try the Carmel brand kosher veg gel, but the only way I've found it is pre-sweetened, and I can't figure out how to convert the amount needed. When I have tried the Carmel brand for other things before, though, I didn't like it as well as the Emes...it didn't look as clear and "gelatin"-like.
Anyway - for those of you who have a couple of hours to kill and a hankering for marshmallows, here's that recipe again. Enjoy!!
When the mixture start to boil, cover it about 3 minutes to allow any crystals which have formed to be washed down from the sides of the pan. Be )careful, though, not to let the mixture boil over.
Continue to cook uncovered and unstirred over high heat to the firm-ball stage (244 degrees F). Overcooking makes the marshmallows tough. Remove the mixture from heat and pour slowly over the gelatin, beating constantly with an electric mixer. Continue to beat about 15 minutes after all the syrup has been added. While beating, when the mixture is thick but still smooth, add:
2 tablespoons vanilla extract. Put the mixture into an 8 x 12 in pan that has been lightly dusted with cornstarch. Dust the top with cornstarch and set aside. When it has dried for )12 hours, remove it from the pan, cut it into square with scissors dusted with )cornstach, and store the fully dusted pieces in a closed tin.
Possible variations: Add coconut extract instead of vanilla. pour into pan coated with tasted coconut and roll cut pieces in toasted coconut instead of cornstarch.
Use creme de menthe instead of vanilla for mint marshmallows. Use other flavors/liquers (almond extract, orange, Kahlua, etc.) instead of vanilla.
Cut marshmallows into shapes and dip in melted vegan chocolate. Tint marshmallows with vegetable colors while beating the creme. Cut into holiday shapes (especially nice for spring - Easter, etc.).
The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 - 4/21/03-4/27/03
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All the Meatless Pasta preparations
you'd like to prepare:
(some need some adjustment, as they contain onion and garlic)
Different Shapes of pasta:
OVER 100 EGGLESS CAKE recipes can be found
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Interesting articles - information - history - arguments - links............ (been re-vamped)
...in fact everything you want to know about Vegetarianism and Beyond:
... last updated 1st October 2004
Nutrition and Health - vitamins, a balanced
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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
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download books, Vegetarian Recipe programs, and more.
HUNDREDS OF USEFUL LINKS COMPILED 4 U:
Points of View
I don't know if Shel was actually a vegetarian or not, but he did do some pro-veg works like the following:
Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless,
Christmas dinner's dark and blue,
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.
Sunday dinner isn't funny
Easter feasts are just bad luck,
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of the chicken or the duck.
Oh, how I once loved tuna salad,
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops, too,
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.
Shel Silverstein - song writer (he wrote all Dr Hook and medicine show's
A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:
How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:
101 Reasons Why I'm
Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:
Excellent "Meat Substitute"
Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes
Fat-free vegetarian meals:
A lot of inspiring Vegetarian preparations here, some have onion and garlic in,
so replace that with hing or omit that altogether as you see fit, still this page is well worth a serious look for ideas.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR - LET ME KNOW...!
"You Mean That's in theBible"
- expose on meat eating:
Religious Stands on Vegetarianism
- Hinduism - Jainism
Christianity - Bible - Book of Morman - 7th Day Adventist
- oxymoron of the yuga:
Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply.
May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers!
Rig Veda Samhita 10.37.11.
Download one of Bhakti Rasa prabhu's songs
"Don't Eat Your Friends" (It Ain't Nice)
and visit Bhakti Rasa prabhu's site:
Check out Kurma prabhu's new web-site:
check out what he's doing during October 2004
XMAS Recipes @ http://www.hknet.org.nz/XmasMadness.html
We wish you a Vege Xmas...and a Hari new year.
Wellington Vegetarian Society'
You'll also notice that we have a book sale of our Living a Good Life book, and it is ideal for vegetarian families - it covers pregnancy, childcare and the teen years, not to mention adults and the elderly. We've just reprinted more copies as a result of recent demand, and these are selling well, with the proceeds going to vegetarian products including a farm animal sanctuary down our way.
The book "Living a Good Life" normally selling at $21.95 is now going at the $14.95 price which lasts until just after Xmas, although we could consider extending it if anyone were to approach us after them with this reference.http://vegsoc.wellington.net.nz/livingGd.htm
Auckland's New Zealand Vegetarian Society
....has a myriad of excellent books for sale on vegetarianism
see their mention on our 2004 events
Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurants throughout New Zealand
Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan
Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan
According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.
See more details HERE
As of last week in November 2003 Yopliat the yogurt people now put gelatine in their products
See here for pointers of okay ones http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html
McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:
Meet your Meat FREECDRoms
This is a must for those who live in the illusion of animal killing is somehow acceptable or humane.
I have converted the "Meet your Meat" video into a CD rom & will send a copy of it for free to anyone with a Cd burner & a pledge to make at least 4 copies to give to their meat eating friends.
Meet your meat - shocking live footage of the
TRUTH in the meat industry:
This is the new version
I sent out a total of over 750 CD's last year to 60 different countries. My goal in 2003 is to double that number.
I would appreciate if you would forward this message to your readers.
Anyone willing to participate, please forward my mailing address as mailto:Chalissa1@aol.com
THIS HAS TO BE SEEN AT LEAST ONCE - SHOW YOUR MEAT
IF THEY ARE WORTH KEEPING AS FRIENDS THEY WILL GIVE UP THE MEAT HABIT
Vegetarians BEWARE of Orange Softdrinks
Coca-Cola (manufacturer) - Not suitable for vegetarians; lists the following products as not vegetarian
These products contain traces of fish gelatine, which are used as a stabiliser for beta-carotene colour.
Diet Fanta Orange
Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Diet Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for
added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
(Text PAMHO:5891790) ---------------------------------------
According to recent communications with Chelsea Sugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.
See more details HERE
As of last week in November 2003 Yopliat the yogurt people now put gelatine in their products
See here for pointers of okay ones http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html
Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves =>;-))
Visit our Hasya Rasa pages
Laughter Therapy - its no joke:
So Lord Caitanya is known as the one:
- hasya-kari & hasya-yuk ==> who laughs & jokes
- hasya-priya ==> who is fond of joking
- hasya-nagara ==> who is the hero of those expert in speaking joking words
- hasya-grami & hasya-kara ==> is expert at joking
- pushpa-hasa ==> whose smile & laugh are as charminng as flowers.
Lord Gauranga's smiling & laughing qualities ki...
ys Radhe Govinda dasa
P.S. One of the qualities of Srimati Radharani is that she is very expert
in the art of joking.
This is a MUST READ =>;-Q
Four Wives parable:
One day Gopala was inspecting his house when a man sent by the king came up and pretended to be suffering from an urgent call of nature. "Gopala," he said, "I have to immediately pass stool. Please show me your bathroom. I cannot contain myself." "All right," said Gopala, "come on." He took him over to the bathroom of the newly constructed house and allowed the man to squat down inside. But when he tried to close the door for privacy, Gopala stood there by the open door. "Gopala, why are you standing there and not allowing me to close the door? Why are you holding that big stick in your hand. Gopala said, "No, you can pass stool in my bathroom, but if you pass one drop of urine I'm going to smash your head." Then the man laughed and confessed, "You are very clever," and he ran off defeated.
Two Hindu yoga practitioners were in conversation:
One said to the other, "How did you like my latest book, 'The Art of Levitation"?
His companion replied, "it kept me up all night."
Did you ever wonder?
When I was a kid I used to pray every night for a new bike.
Then I realised that The Lord doesn't work that way, so I stole one and asked him to forgive me.
Student: "I lose my temper, but it's all over in a minute."
Teacher: "So is the hydrogen bomb, but think of the damage produced!
I called the plumber on the phone,
"Can you come over and fix my kitchen sink again?"
His encouraging reply, "You know I'm always at your disposal."
The ways of this material world - strange but true
courtesy of Vegetarian Times Feb 2005
I hope no-one objects to this, it is true, but was some time ago now:
From the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper in Australia comes this story
of a central west couple who drove their car to K-Mart only to have their
car break down in the parking lot. The man told his wife to carry on with
the shopping while he fixed the car there in the lot.
The wife returned later to see a small group of people near the car. On closer inspection she saw a pair of male legs protruding from under the chassis. Although the man was in shorts, his lack of underpants turned private parts into glaringly public ones. Unable to stand the embarrassment she dutifully stepped forward, quickly put her hand UP his shorts and tucked everything back into place.
On regaining her feet she looked across the hood and found herself staring
at her husband who was standing idly by.
The mechanic, however, had to have three stitches in his head.
sent by Sunil (Doc)
Science definitions from Kids...
H2O is hot water, and CO2 is cold water.
To collect fumes of sulphur, hold a deacon over a flame in a test tube.
When you smell a oderless gas, it is probably carbon monoxide.
Water is composed of two gins, oxygin and hydrogin. Oxygin is pure gin. Hydrogin is gin and water.
Three kinds of blood vessels are: arteries, vanes, and caterpillers.
Blood flows down one leg and up the other.
Respiration is composed of two acts, first inspiration, and then expectoration.
The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even deader.
Artificial insemination is when the farmer does it to the cow instead of the bull.
Dew is formed on leaves when the sun shines down on them and makes them perspire.
A supersaturated solution is one that holds more than it can hold.
Mushrooms always grow in damp places and so they look like umbrellas.
The pistol of a flower is its only protection against insects.
The skeleton is what is left after the insides have been taken out and the outsides have been taken off.
The purpose of the skeleton is that it is something to hitch meat to.
A permanent set of teeth consists of eight canines, eight cuspids, two molars, and eight cuspidors.
The tides are a fight between the Earth and Moon. All water tends towards the Moon, because there is no water in the Moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the Sun joins this fight.
A fossil is an extinct animal. The older it is, the more extinct it is.
Equator: a managerie lion running around the Earth through Africa.
Germinate: to become a naturalized German.
Liter: a nest of young puppies.
Magnet: something you find crawling all over a dead cat.
Planet: a body of earth surrounded by sky.
Rhubarb: a kind of celery gone bloodshot.
Before giving a blood transfusion, find out if the blood is affirmative or negative.
To remove dust from the eye, pull the eye down over the nose.
For a nosebleed, put the nose much lower than the body until the heart stops.
For a dog bite, put the dog away for several days. If he has not recovered, then kill it.
For a head cold, use an agonizer to spray the nose until it drops in your throat.
To keep milk from turning sour, keep it in the cow.
During the Cold War, if USA launched a nuke-loaded missile, Soviet Satellites would inform the Soviet army in 3 seconds and in less than 45 seconds Soviet counter-missiles would be on their way.
Recent studies commissioned by US department of Defense included one on nuclear war between India and Pakistan :
This was the scenario................
The Pakistan army decides to launch a nuke-missile towards India. They don't need any permission from their government, and promptly order the countdowns.
Indian technology is highly advanced. In less than 8 seconds, Indian army detects the Pak countdown and decides to launch a missile in retribution.
But they need permission from the Government of India. They submit their request to the Indian President. The President forwards it to the Cabinet.
The Prime Minister calls an emergency Lok Sabha session.
The LS meets, but due to several walkouts and severe protests by the
opposition, it gets adjourned indefinitely.
The President asks for a quick decision.
In the mean time, the Pak missile failed to take off due to technical failure. Their attempts for a re-launch are still on.
Just then the Indian ruling party is reduced to a minority because a party that was giving outside support withdraws it. The President asks the PM to prove his majority within a week.
As the ruling party fails to win the confidence vote, a caretaker government is installed.
The caretaker PM decides to permit the armed forces to launch a nuclear missile. But the Election Commission says that a caretaker government cannot take such a decision because elections are at hand.
The ElectionCommission files Public Interest Litigation in the Supreme Court alleging misuse of power.
The Supreme Court comes to the rescue of the PM, and says the acting! PM is authorized to take this decision in view of the emergency facing the nation.
Just then one of the Pak missiles successfully took off, but it fell 367 miles away from the target, on its own government building in Islamabad at 11.00AM.
Fortunately there were no casualties as no employee had reached the office that early. In any case, the nuclear core of the missile had detached somewhere in flight.
The Pakistan army is now trying to get better technologies from China and USA. The Indian Government, taking no chances, decides to launch a nuclear missile of its own, after convening an all-party meeting. This time all the parties agree.
Its three months since the army had sought permission.But as preparations begin, "pro-humanity", "anti-nuclear" activists come out against the Government's decision. Human chains are formed and Rasta rokos organized.
In California and Washington endless e-mails are sent to Indians condemning the government and mentioning "Please forward it to as many Indians as possible".
On the Pakistan side, the missiles kept malfunctioning. Some missiles deviate from target due to technical failures or high-speed wind blowing over Rajasthan.
Many of them land in the Indian Ocean killing some fishes.
A missile (smuggled from USA) is pressed into service. Since the Pakistan army is unable to understand its software, it hits it original destination: Russia.
Russians successfully intercepts the missile and in retaliation launches a nuclear missile towards Islamabad. The missile hits the target and creates havoc.
Pakistan cries for help. India expresses deep regrets for what has happened and sends in a million dollars worth of Parle-G biscuits.
Thus India never gets to launch the missile.
Pakistan never gets it right.
And both live happily ever after!!!!
"Only two things are infinite, the Universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." --Einstein .
Whenever your kids are out of control, you can take comfort from the
thought that even God's omnipotence did not extend to God's kids.
After creating heaven and earth, God created Adam and Eve.
And the first thing He said to them was:
"Don't what?" Adam replied.
"Don't eat the forbidden fruit." God said.
"Forbidden fruit? We got forbidden fruit?
Hey, Eve...we got Forbidden Fruit!"
"Don't eat that fruit!" said God.
"Because I'm your Father and I said so!" said God, wondering why he hadn't stopped after making the elephants. A few minutes later God saw the kids having an apple break and was angry.
"Didn't I tell you not to eat that fruit?" the First Parent asked.
"Uh huh," Adam replied.
"Then why did you?"
"I dunno," Eve answered.
"She started it!" Adam said.
Having had it with the two of them, God's punishment was that Adam and Eve should have children of their own.
Thus the pattern was set and it has never changed. But there is a reassurance in this story. If you have persistently and lovingly tried to give them wisdom and they haven't taken it, don't be hard on yourself.
If God had trouble handling children, what makes you think it would be a piece of cake for you?
.......and always remember (don't forget...)
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