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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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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2 - Contents of the Gita Summarized
visayan indriyais caran
WORD FOR WORD
raga--attachment; dvesa--and detachment; vimuktaih--by one who has become free from; tu--but; visayan--sense objects; indriyaih--by the senses; caran--acting upon; atma-vasyaih--under one's control; vidheya-atma--one who follows regulated freedom; prasadam--the mercy of the Lord; adhigacchati--attains.
But a person free from all attachment and aversion and able to control his senses through regulative principles of freedom can obtain the complete mercy of the Lord.
PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
It is already explained that one may externally control the senses by some artificial process, but unless the senses are engaged in the transcendental service of the Lord, there is every chance of a fall. Although the person in full Krsna consciousness may apparently be on the sensual plane, because of his being Krsna conscious he has no attachment to sensual activities. The Krsna conscious person is concerned only with the satisfaction of Krsna, and nothing else. Therefore he is transcendental to all attachment and detachment. If Krsna wants, the devotee can do anything which is ordinarily undesirable; and if Krsna does not want, he shall not do that which he would have ordinarily done for his own satisfaction. Therefore to act or not to act is within his control because he acts only under the direction of Krsna. This consciousness is the causeless mercy of the Lord, which the devotee can achieve in spite of his being attached to the sensual platform.
- His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Copyright 1983 The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Used with permission.
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The following discussion took place between Srila
Prabhupada and Satadhanya:
"How they say God does not exist? If they think God does not exist, then they can do as they like. But they cannot do anything they like; they are restricted in so many ways. So how they say God has no existence?"
"They say we have faith, but they don't have such faith."
"Faith or no faith, if a thief has faith in government or not, still he is beat with your shoes. Faith or no faith, you must abide by government's laws. So how they can say God does not exist?"
"They say we cannot see God."
"But they are controlled. If they say nature controls, not God. Nature, God, whatever you call it, they are controlled."
"Some scientists may concede God may exist."
"No question of may. He does!"
"They then say, 'All right, He is impersonal.'"
"How do they know? Everything they say is material; how can they say anything about spirit? So how they can say God doesn't exist?"
"Prabhupada, we cannot defeat you."
"How can you defeat me? I am sane and you are mad."
In this way, Srila Prabhupada challenged Satadhanya Maharaja: "How they can say God doesn't exist?"
Srila Prabhupada was appreciating the book distribution efforts of Ghanasyama in Yugoslavia. "My books are the real Communism. I am writing for the whole human society. My philosophy is to unite human society on the basis of Krsna consciousness. And that is actually happening. Why black man is working for me and white man also? How much potency he [Ghanasyama] has. Practically, he is preaching in the jungle; the people do not know the language and still persons gave standing orders. I never expected standing orders from the Communists. Now I can understand they have lost all sense, but still there is hope-Krsna consciousness."
"Srila Prabhupada, the whole world is expressing their indebtedness to you," I said.
"They must!" he replied. "I am giving real civilization. If they don't, they are ungrateful. There is no future hope for Western civilization. Hari-sauri's grandmother advised his mother to kill him. There is no culture, no God, no religion, no behavior; for women, no husband, no father, no son. From childhood to end of life, alone. And they declare independence! A woman alone is a prostitute. One of my Godbrothers' wife was an adulterer. When her son found her out, he said he would tell his father. So the mother poisoned him. And when the father found out his son was poisoned by his mother, he committed suicide. The only hope of Western civilization is to chant Hare Krsna. Otherwise, they are finished!"
- From the TKG's Diary by HH Tamal Krishna Goswami
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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
"Feeling Krishna's Presence"
Room Conversation With Three College Students -- July 11, 1973, London
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Student (1): Is that what you're trying to do in your
Prabhupada: No, my movement... I am talking of yoga syst... What is my movement, that we shall discuss later on. First of all the question was the yoga. You asked me that. Yoga means to control the mind and the senses. So if one is not able to control the mind and senses, he does not know what is the meaning of yoga. That... You read Bhagavad-gita? Bring Bhagavad-gita.
Revatinandana: Do you understand the necessity of controlling the mind and the senses? Can you see why it is necessary?
Student (1): Yes. Sort of. Not to the full extent I don't see how it's necessary to a full extent, because I can't control the mind and senses.
Prabhupada: Hm. Call Pradyumna.
Student (1): Because I can't completely control my mind and senses.
Revatinandana: The thing that is covered when we are always acting on the sensual platform, agitated in the mind, is we do not experience our self, our eternal self, which doesn't change. We become locked on the temporary platform.
Student (1): In normal life, you mean? Most people, you're talking about.
Revatinandana: Yes. Because all of our attention is lodged in the mind and the senses, and we are lost to ourselves, so any kind of self-realization process means that you have to control the mind and senses or you cannot be self-situated. Beyond being situated in the self, there may be more, but that's the first point. That's the basic point of yoga.
Student (2): Where does Krsna fit into it? Where does Krsna fit into the yoga?
Revatinandana: He wants to know... If being self-situated is one thing, then where does Krsna enter into the system? That's his question.
Prabhupada: Self-situated. When you are self-situated... Just like in the water you are taking bath in a pool. Something has fallen on the water. Suppose your key has fallen. Now you'll have to find out. You are just trying to settle up the water and see where is the key. So when your mind and senses are controlled, then you can talk of Krsna. Before that you cannot talk. Because Krsna is missing, with uncontrolled mind, senses, you cannot capture Krsna. That is not possible. The same example. When the water is agitated, you cannot see where your things have fallen. You have to wait to make the water calm and quiet. Then you'll see, "Here is my key."
Student (2): What are the ways in which... How can we get to Krsna? How do you get to Krsna.
Prabhupada: You come here. Take this. Sixth chapter, the practice of yoga. The process.
Pradyumna: Should I read from the beginning?
Prabhupada: Hmm. You read. Read.
Pradyumna: "To practice yoga..."
sucau dese pratisthapya
sthiram asanam atmanah
tatraikagram manah krtva
"To practice yoga, one should go to a secluded place."
Prabhupada: Now, first of all you have to find out secluded place. Yoga practice is not possible in a hotel or in a public place. It is not possible. You have to find out a secluded place. First condition. Then?
Pradyumna: "...and should lay kusa grass on the ground and then cover it with a deerskin and a soft cloth."
Prabhupada: Then there is process of making the asana, deerskin, kusasana, then cloth. You have to sit down in that asana. Asana, dhyana, dharana, pran... Then?
Pradyumna: "The seat should neither be too high nor too low."
Prabhupada: Yes, everything is there. "It should not be too high nor too low." Then?
Pradyumna: "And should be situated in a sacred place."
Prabhupada: A sacred place. Just like formerly those who were practicing yoga, they were going to Gangotri where the Ganges is coming down, in the Himalaya, in the Haridwar, in a secluded, sacred place. These are the condition, first condition. So where you are getting these conditions fulfilled? You cannot practice yoga in a hotel or in a club. That is not possible.
Student (2): How do you decide whether a place is sacred or not?
Prabhupada: Sacred place, generally we take as a lonely place, solitary place. If it is not solitary, it is not sacred.
Student (2): Is sacred the same as solitary?
Prabhupada: Yes, they used to sit down in the Himalaya where the Ganges is coming. That is a sacred place. If you go simply on the Ganges side on the bank of the Ganges, Yamuna, you will find immediately purified your mind, immediately. Or on a seaside where there is nobody disturbing. These are sacred places. Then?
Pradyumna: "The yogi should then sit on it very firmly."
Prabhupada: Then yogi has to sit down very firmly like this. Yes, straight, perpendicularly. Then?
Pradyumna: "And should practice yoga by controlling the mind and the senses."
Prabhupada: Then he has to practice meditation for controlling the mind and the senses. First of all asana place, sacred place, now, asana, secluded place, alone. That is stated. These are the yogic process.
Student (3): What do you mean by control your mind, I mean, control your senses? If your senses are controlled, can you see anything you wish or hear anything you wish? Or taste anything you wish?
Prabhupada: Just explain what is control, mind and senses.
Revatinandana: Well, controlling, being in control of your mind and senses, means that whatever destination you fix up with your intelligence -- you understand, you want a particular result -- then if you are in control of your mind and senses, then it means that it won't disturb you.
Prabhupada: First of all... First of all thing is the, what is the aim of practicing yoga? So to achieve that end, that purpose, you have to control the mind because mind is very flickering, going here, there, there, there. So first of all you must know what is the purpose of practicing yoga, why you should practice yoga. So in order to achieve that goal, you have to concentrate your mind, and therefore you have to control the mind going here and there. That is control. Mind business is acceptance and rejecting. This is mind's business. Immediately I accept, "It is very good;" again, next moment, "No, no it is not good. Reject it." This is called flickering mind. So by yoga practice you have to make your mind in such a way that whatever you decide, that is correct, not the state of rejecting and accepting. So first of all, you have to know why you are practicing yoga. As you asked the question, "Why control of mind?" Then the next question will be "Why you are practicing? What is your aim?" You are going to practice yoga. Why? What is the aim?
Student (1): Is it to realize God?
Prabhupada: That's nice. Therefore you must have to concentrate upon God; therefore you have to control your mind. You have to withdraw your mind from any other engagement, only concentrate on God. Then the... What is God?
Student (1): That's what I'm trying to find out.
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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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Volume 6, Chapter 4
January 21 - February 10, 2005
"The Medicine of the Holy Names"
by HH Indradyumna Swami
The day after returning to Colombo from our trip to Matara we quickly busied ourselves for the relief work ahead. We used funds donated from overseas to purchase the basics required for cooking: tons of rice, dhal, and vegetables, as well as spices, five huge new pots and various cooking utensils. Ten devotees loaded everything on a government lorry, piled in a van and returned to southern Sri Lanka, ready to begin serving daily prasadam to five thousand displaced persons.
The same day I took three devotees in another van to the east coast of Sri Lanka, scouting for opportunities to distribute prasadam there. The thirteen-hour drive would take us through a hilly area and across a 100km plain to the ocean.
Much of Sri Lanka's east coast is controlled by the Tamil Tigers. The rebel force had fought the Sinhalese government for thirty years before agreeing to a ceasefire three years ago. The ceasefire had held, but the government had recently warned that it could not guarantee the safety of humanitarian workers going into rebel-controlled areas.
"If you go to distribute prasadam and have kirtan they won't bother you," said Mahakarta dasa, the Colombo temple president. "In fact, they'll welcome you. Most of the tsunami world aid given to Sri Lanka is being distributed in the southern region, controlled by the government."
The horrors that I had witnessed in the southern coast seemed far away as we drove through the picturesque interior jungle. The winding road took us through some of the most beautiful scenery I have ever seen. The well-maintained road serviced the many tourists who flocked to Sri Lanka before and just after the war. An astonishing variety of colorful birds soared through the humid air, their beautiful colors clashing splendidly with the deep green jungle foliage. A tropical climate and diversity of habitats endow Sri Lanka with an abundance of bird life. "There are more than four hundred different species," said our driver .
We passed nearby Kandy, the second biggest city on the island and the Sinhalese cultural and spiritual headquarters. In the center of the city is a beautiful lake, and on its northern shores sits Sri Dalada Maligawa, the Temple of the Tooth. This temple enshrines an original tooth of Lord Buddha, reputed to have been snatched from His funeral pyre in 543 BC and smuggled into Sri Lanka in the hair of a princess some nine hundred years later.
Driving further, we saw hills carpeted with the glowing green of large tea plantations. Two hours into our journey we passed a sign advertising an elephant orphanage.
"An elephant orphanage?" I asked in surprise.
"There are many wild elephants on the island," our driver informed us. "Because of the war, many baby elephants were orphaned. So the government started an orphanage. It's open to the public."
"Let's go see it!" one devotee suggested.
"That's not what we're here for," I said. "We're not tourists. We're on a mission to help the victims of the tsunami; don't forget that."
Everyone in the van became silent.
After several hours I spoke up. "How do we know when we're in Tamil Tiger territory?" I asked the driver.
"You'll know," he said with a laugh.
Hours later, as twilight was settling in and just as I had drifted off to sleep, I was rudely shaken awake by the jerking motion of our car bouncing up and down on the road.
"What's going on?" I asked the driver.
"We're now in Tamil Tiger territory," he grinned.
Sticking my head outside the widow, I saw potholes in the road every few meters. The asphalt was cracking everywhere and there were few road signs giving proper directions.
"It's a different world from here on," our driver said. "Some parts of the area are patrolled by government forces . . . and others by Tamil Tigers."
Sure enough, within minutes we came to a government army checkpoint barricaded in barbed wire. Soldiers came over to our van and shined their flashlights in. Not knowing exactly what to do, I simply smiled. To my surprise they all smiled back.
"They know you're here for relief work," said the driver. "Few tourists come this way anymore."
"I can understand why," I replied.
The soldiers let us pass. As we bounced along the road I strained my eyes to see the jungle outside. Suddenly, our driver slammed the brakes to avoid hitting a huge form laboring on the road before us.
"Hare Krsna! It's an elephant!" one devotee exclaimed.
Speeding up again, our driver calmly drove around the beast.
Some time later we descended out of the hill country and onto the plains that stretched towards the sea.
"How many more hours to go?" I asked. It seemed like we'd been driving for days.
"Five," he answered.
"Five! Okay, then pull over; I have to answer nature's call." As the driver pulled over I stepped out and started walking towards a field.
Just as I stepped on the grass a devotee screamed out, "Maharaja! Stop! It's a minefield!"
Immediately I stopped and carefully backtracked, only then noticing several red signs nearby painted with skulls and crossbones, reading, "Danger! Landmines!"
"Come back," said the driver. "We'll find someplace else."
As we drove on he explained that many areas in the region were mined during the war by both government and Tamil Tiger forces. "Hundreds of thousands of land mines and tons of explosives are buried in this part of the country," he said. "Be careful where you walk. Stick to the main roads. And watch out for snakes too. Sri Lanka has five venomous types."
Reaching beneath his seat, he pulled out a vial containing some dirt. "You'll be protected if you carry this," he offered.
"What is it?" I asked curiously.
"It's from the town of Madhu, up north," he replied. "That's where the statue of Our Lady of Madhu is located. She protects us from snakebites, just as earth taken from around her shrine protects us. Would you like some?"
"No, that's okay," I declined, waving my hand. "I'll just stay on the beaten path."
Darkness fell as we drove on through the plains. I noticed there wasn't a single person on the streets in the small villages through which we passed.
"Where is everyone?" I asked.
"Most of the fighting during the war took place at night," the driver replied, "so these people are accustomed to going inside just after nightfall."
"But there's a ceasefire in effect now," I said.
"Ceasefire doesn't mean the war is over," he said. "There are still skirmishes from time to time. Recently a top Tamil Tiger politician was assassinated nearby."
Again silence prevailed inside the van, and I dozed off. I awoke in a village and saw a building with a sign that read, "Tamil Tiger Regional Headquarters."
Surprised, I turned to the driver who in a serious voice said, "They're in control here."
Just after midnight we arrived at our final destination: a small village near Batticaloa on the far-eastern shore of Sri Lanka.
After being in the stuffy van all day, I wanted some fresh air. I was about to ask the driver if he could take me the short distance to the beach so I could take a walk. Then I remembered that it would be a terrible scene of devastation, like most other places along the coast.
We soon met a local Hindu priest with whom we had a prearranged meeting. He took us to a wedding hall across from a Ganesh temple where we were to rest that night. Inside there was a small light shining, and I was surprised to see many men sleeping on the floor.
"They're fisherman who lost their homes and families in the tsunami," the priest said.
As I set up my mosquito net huge clashes of thunder pounded outside. Soon rain started pouring down. I quickly fell asleep, exhausted by the day's long journey.
I woke up late. The fishermen were already up and cooking their breakfast in a corner of the hall. When everyone was up we bathed at the well outside. After chanting most of our rounds we went with the local priest, our translator, to check the camps for displaced persons.
As we approached the first camp, I asked the priest if the people were getting enough food.
"Food is not the problem here," he told us. "Although the government has done little to help us, our people from the interior, unaffected by the tsunami, have been giving sufficient rice and dhal. The Indian government has also sent several shiploads of the same.
"The real problem here is that most of the victims of the tsunami are suffering from trauma. People are still in shock. At least twice a week rumors circulate that another tsunami is coming, and people panic. They grab their children and belongings and run out of the camps screaming.
"Are you trained in dealing with trauma?" he asked me.
"No," I replied, "but we have a special medicine for such things."
"A special medicine?"
"Yes, wait and see."
As we walked into the first camp I noticed a distinct difference from those on the south coast. Some seven hundred people milled about. Things appeared much less orderly. There were no Red Cross representatives or army personnel. People seemed disoriented. A number had bandaged injuries. One woman's face was just beginning to heal from a bad burn. Sadness seemed to hover over the camp like a dark monsoon cloud.
Walking straight into the middle of the camp, I asked for a chair and sat down. The people, curious, started to gather around us. The devotees sat around me, and taking our mrdanga in my hands I started to chant Hare Krsna. Within moments the whole camp was listening carefully. As the tempo built up I indicated that the people should clap along, which they began to do enthusiastically. After ten minutes I stopped. Turning to the priest I said, "They're clapping, but they're not chanting."
He leaned over and whispered, "They don't know Krsna here. But they know Ramacandra. After all, this is Lanka, where Ravana lived."
Smiling, I began kirtan again, singing "Raghupati Raghava Raja Ram, Patita Pavana Sita Ram." Immediately the people responded by smiling and chanting along. As the kirtan got faster some people started dancing. After twenty minutes I brought the kirtan to a close. The atmosphere was like Vaikuntha.
Astonished, the priest said, "They all look so happy!"
Turning to him with a smile, I said, "It's the medicine of the holy names."
After the crowd settled down I began telling stories from the Ramayana. It was obvious by the way they nodded their heads that they knew the pastimes, but they drank the nectar of Rama-katha as if it was their first taste. After forty-five minutes I called all the children forward and asked a few simple questions: Who is Lord Rama's wife? What color is Lord Rama? Who is His most faithful servant? When a child answered correctly, I would give him or her a little card with a picture of Radha and Krsna and a calendar on the back. From the enthusiasm of the children, it seemed that those colorful cards were as good as gold.
Then I taught them the Hare Krsna mantra, and the blissful atmosphere expanded as they chanted along.
As we got up to leave, many of the women came rushing forward to put their babies in my arms. I wasn't exactly sure what to do, so I just chanted Hare Krsna in each infant's ear. There were many babies and it took quite some time.
As we walked toward the gate, the entire camp followed us. They appeared very grateful: everyone waved and some even cried as we got into our van to go to the next camp. It was more evidence for me that kirtan and Hari-katha are the panacea for all problems in Kali-yuga.
aho ahobhir na kaler viduyate
sudha su dhara madhuram pade pade
dine dine candana candra sitalaà
yaso yasoda tanayasya giyate
"One who daily sings the glories of Yasoda's son, Krsna, which are cooling as sandalwood and camphor, is not troubled by the days of Kali-yuga. For him every step is a torrential flood of the sweetest nectar."
[Srila Rupa Goswami - Padyavali, Text 41]
As we drove to the next camp I got a call from Tara das, who was directing the prasadam distribution in the Matara district to the south.
"It's going well, Maharaja," Tara said. "Yesterday we distributed four thousand plates. It's just the beginning. Many people in the camp enjoy helping us gather wood for cooking, and they also help us cutting up vegetables. The major has arranged trucks for us to go out and distribute prasadam to several camps in the area each day.
"More devotees will be arriving from Russia soon," he continued, "and we'll begin distributing prasadam in other parts of the country as well."
As we continued driving to the next camp the priest turned to me and said, "The most traumatized are the people still on the beach. Although their homes were destroyed, some won't leave. Do you think you could visit there before we go any farther? They really need help."
"Okay," I said. "Let's go."
Within a few minutes we were at the beach. As we got out of the car I felt as if my eyes were tricking me. Everything was devastated as far as one could see. It seemed even more extensive than the southern part of the country. The tsunami had flattened practically every house. Cars, bicycles, chairs, sofas, toys, and clothes--a seemingly unlimited assortment of paraphernalia--were strewn everywhere. And there was the awful stench of death. I covered my mouth with a cloth.
"Mostly dead animals," the priest said, "but we are still finding human bodies. They're under the rubble of the houses and also wash up periodically on the shore."
On my drive along the southern coast I had seen the destruction only from a distance. Now I was walking through it. We had to step carefully through the decimated area, over shards of broken glass, chunks of concrete, and jagged pieces of wood and wire--and bones, already bleached white by the tropical sun. Nearby I saw volunteers from a humanitarian organization spraying everything in sight with disinfectant.
"By God's grace there has been no epidemic yet," said the priest.
Walking through one neighborhood completely destroyed by the tsunami, we came across two distraught men sitting in the rubble of what used to be a house.
As we approached, one of them looked up and sobbing uncontrollably, said, "I was on top of the house, and I saw my mother swept away before my eyes."
"I lost both my children," said the other man, standing. "They were torn from my arms as I sat right here."
Grabbing my kurta, he screamed, "Why has God allowed this? I am not a bad man!"
For the moment there was nothing to say; no words could offer reason to one in such distress. I simply put my arm around him. After two minutes, as our group turned to go, I said to him softly, "Hare Krsna." Nodding his head, he looked to the sky, silently accepting his destiny and the will of providence.
A few minutes later we approached a severely damaged temple that was completely deserted. "Where is the priest?" I inquired.
"He died in the tsunami," said our priest. "Hardly anyone survived in this area. We burned his body and spread the ashes over there near the sea."
Just then I saw a young man wandering aimlessly through the rubble nearby. I asked the priest to call him over.
"What are you doing here?" I asked him. "School started a few days ago."
"I'm looking for the bodies of my mother, father, three brothers, and four sisters," he said with a dazed expression. "The terrible ocean took them away."
I sat him down and put my hand on his shoulder.
"The body is temporary," I said, "but the soul is eternal and never dies."
Those few words calmed him, so I continued. "Your mother, father, brothers, and sisters are elsewhere now. You won't see them again in this life."
I asked where he was living.
"With my auntie," he replied.
"Don't come back here," I said. "Your mother would have wanted you in school now. Am I right?"
"Yes," he agreed, and as he turned to go he said, "Thank you."
Just as he left, a distressed woman came running up to me and grabbed my arm. She was speaking in Tamil, so I couldn't understand her.
"She said she lost her husband and eight-year-old daughter in the tsunami," the priest said. "And her three-year-old boy is in the hospital. She has no money to feed him. She's asking if you can give her some."
I reached into my pocket, and taking out two thousand rupees put it in her hand. Still crying, she went to sit in the ruins of her home.
We spent several hours among the devastation near the beach, talking to people and trying to comfort them as much as we could. Sometimes I would offer transcendental knowledge, but more often it was a simple embrace that gave a person the solace they needed.
On the way back to our van we stopped at the local school, which was not much more than a steel frame left standing after the tsunami. Going inside, I watched as the teachers gave thirty or forty kids a lesson in mathematics.
When the children noticed me they all ran up close, staring. I spent several minutes shaking their hands, asking them their names and pulling on the girls' pigtails. One boy was wearing a hat, and I took it off and put it on my own head, making all the kids laugh. Suddenly I saw the reason he was wearing the hat: he had a horrible skin infection on his head. As I took the hat off I thought, "I'll probably pay a high price for that trick."
I taught the children to chant Hare Krsna and after a short kirtan we departed.
As we left, the teacher said, "Thank you. They'll never forget your visit."
Walking back to our van, I said to the priest, "There's years of work to be done, just in this one village."
"Can you stay a little longer?" he asked.
"I'm afraid I have to move on," I replied, "but I'll be sending a group of devotees here in a few days to distribute prasadam and chant with the people. And I'll spread the word. Perhaps there are devotees overseas who can spare a little time and come here as well."
Stopping, the priest took both my hands and said, "Tell them we would be most appreciative. Even if they came for just a few days."
We visited several more camps and the next day started the long drive back to Colombo.
As we neared our base in Colombo late that afternoon, our driver reminded me of a promise I had made to visit an orphanage just outside the city, run by the local ISKCON temple. Seeing that I was tired and so a little hesitant, he said, "They're wonderful little devotees."
"Devotees?" I asked.
"Yes. It's more than just an orphanage. Shall we go?"
"All right," I agreed.
When we arrived at the orphanage, I met Nandarani dasi, Mahakarta's wife, who started the project seven years ago.
"We have seventy-nine children at the moment," she said, "most of them orphans from the war. But recently the government has asked us to take seventy-five more children orphaned by the tsunami. We've just begun construction on a new dormitory for that purpose."
As she took me on a tour of the property, I was amazed at the clean and well-organized facility.
"We also run a school for the children," she said with a smile.
"It must be difficult raising orphans who've experienced the horrors of war," I suggested.
"Many saw their parents killed," she said soberly. "It was a technique used by soldiers on both sides. But through the years, these children have come to terms with all they saw in the war."
"How is that?"
"Through Krsna consciousness," she replied. "Come, I'll show you."
She took me to the temple room, where all the children were anxiously waiting to meet me. When I walked in, they all paid obeisances and then eagerly gathered around me.
"They want to hear stories about Krsna," she said, "and then have kirtan. It's their life and soul."
I immediately began telling them Krsna conscious stories, and after an hour I picked up a drum and started kirtan. Once again, I witnessed the all-merciful nature of the holy names as the children danced wildly with abandon, their big smiles radiating with youthful enthusiasm. I took the kirtan outside, and we chanted and danced all over the property. They were beside themselves with happiness. After an hour and a half I was exhausted and brought the kirtan party back into the temple room. But they wanted more, so I kept going, praying for the strength to fulfill their taste for the holy names. When we finally finished, I sat on the floor with all the children around me, blissful smiles still decorating their innocent faces.
"Am I in a war-torn country, recently ravaged by a tsunami--or am I in Vaikuntha, the spiritual world?" I wondered to myself in amazement. Looking again at the blissful children, I knew: "For the moment, I'm in Vaikuntha."
As our group continued back to Colombo, I said to the devotees in the van, "This is something new in our movement: a Krsna conscious orphanage!"
That night I began making the final touches on the infrastructure I had set up for our relief work on the island. I would be leaving in a few days, but devotees who had come with me from overseas would continue the work for at least another two months.
Before taking rest, I remembered my promise to the priest on the east coast. I wrote emails to several godbrothers, asking if they could spare some time to come and help the villagers deal with the tragedy of the tsunami.
I got an instant reply.
"I don't know how much help I could be," one godbrother wrote. "I don't have money, I'm not a doctor, and I don't have experience in counseling."
I wrote back, "Just come with the holy names. They're what's needed most here now."
"May Krsna's holy name, which is a reservoir of all transcendental happiness, the destruction of Kali-yuga's sins, the most purifying of all purifying things, the saintly person's food as he traverses the path to the spiritual world, the pleasure-garden where the voices of the greatest saints, philosophers, and poets play, the life of the righteous, and the seed of the tree of religion, bring transcendental auspiciousness to you all."
[Srila Rupa Goswami, Padayavali - Text 19]
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The Hindu Forum of Britain, the largest umbrella body for British Hindus, today launched a national campaign to reclaim the Swastika, regarded as a holy symbol by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains from its Nazi connection. The campaign has been started as a result of German members of the European parliament calling for a Europe-wide ban on the symbol, which has been the subject of much debate after Prince Harry wore the Swastika on a Nazi uniform to a fancy dress party.
“We want to restore it to the symbol of universal goodness, fortune and life that it originally stood for,” commented Ramesh Kallidai, Secretary General of the Hindu Forum of Britain. “A symbol we have used for more than 5,000 years is now on the verge of being banned because of association with the Nazis over which we had no control. Hindus wish to continue to use this symbol as part of their religion, but they risk being labelled a Nazi or, in the case of a ban, risk breaking the law. We need to educate people about the historical context of the symbol, its wrong use by the Nazis and its importance to Hindus.”
Hindus in Britain expressed alarm after Franco Frattini, the European Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security, had indicated earlier in the week that he was considering the possibility of a ban. Nazi symbols including the swastika are already banned in Germany.
Explaining the scope of the national campaign to reclaim the Swastika, Ramesh Kallidai, explained that they were appealing to the national media to help spread awareness of the importance of the symbol to Hindus worldwide. “We are planning meetings across the country and a major conference in London to promote awareness about why Hindus use Swastika,” he explained. “We will also be writing to every MP in Parliament and printing information booklets that can be distributed to faith communities and other stakeholders.”
Hindus use the Swastika in a number of ways during religious ceremonies it is often used on the doorway to bring good luck, used on colourful patterns drawn on the floor during festivals like Diwali, worn as a pendant, painted on portraits of Hindu Gods, and even painted on the head of child who has gone through the sacrament of the first hair cutting ceremony. “It is ironic that a symbol depicting the wheel of life and good fortune had become a symbol of racism, torture and war,” added Kallidai.
“There are two types of Swastikas,” commented Swami Nirliptananda, Spiritual Commissioner of the Hindu Forum. “The right-handed one depicts life and good fortune, while the left-handed one denotes death and illusion. Although the Nazis initially used the right-handed one, later they started using the left-handed version. It is necessary to educate people about what the Swastika is and to differentiate between the two. The one used by the Hindus is quite different from the one used by the Nazis.”
Speaking on behalf of the National Hindu Students Forum, the largest student body for British Hindus, its PRO, Nishma Gosrani said, “British Hindu Students from across the country have shown great support for the Hindu Forum’s national campaign to reclaim a religious symbol which should be respectfully honoured for many more generations. We are keen to see that the Swastika continues to be used as a religious symbol without being tarnished by the Nazi reputation as a result of its misuse by Adolf Hitler.”
Ashok Chudasama, of the Blackburn Hindu Centre, who runs courses to explain the use of Hindu symbols, said “When people in the north raised concerns about us using the swastika, we educated them and they have taken on board the true meaning.”
Bhupendra Patel, a magistrate and the secretary of the Shree Sattavis Gam Patidar Samaj, a large Hindu organisation for the Patel community, expressed his concern about the ban. “Like many Christians wear crosses, many Hindus wear swastikas. Does this mean they will be ostracised as Nazis?” he asked.
“It is unfortunate that a symbol of life has been tainted as a representation of greed and evil in the last century,” said Mahesh Bhatt, President of the Federation pf Brahmin Associations of Europe. “It is time that this latter view is corrected for the millions of people around the world who regard the Swastika as an important symbolism.”
Swastika ancient symbol of life and fortune
One of the oldest known swastikas was painted on a Palaeolithic cave 10,000 years ago and swastikas have been found on pottery and coins from ancient India, China and Greece. Swastika is derived from the Sanskrit word svastikah, “being fortunate”. Swastika is made up of two Sanskrit words, “su” meaning good and “asti” meaning to exist, which together means “let good prevail”
According to Buddhist texts, the Buddha left footprints in the shape of swastikas
The symbol is formed from the shape of a cross, with the arms bent to the right symbolising health and life, or to the left, which came to symbolise ill fortune
The original designer of the Nazi emblem was Dr Freidrich Krohn, a dentist and a member of several German nationalist groups
The swastika was popularised in Germany after the archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann found many objects with swastikas on them when directing the excavation of Troy and Mycenae. He linked the symbol to the Aryan people. For the Hindus it remains one of the most auspicious symbols, only next to OM.
It is shaped like a Greek cross with its arms bent at right angles. There are two Swastikas, male and female. The arms of the female Swastika are bent anti-clockwise. Most people are not aware that there are two different Swastikas.
Member of European Parliament Says Europe Needs History
Lesson On the Swastika
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM, February 2, 2005: The following news released was received from the office of Robert Evans ("source"), Labour Member of the European Parliament for London:
Labour Member of the European Parliament, Robert Evans has called for a European campaign on the real history of the swastika to highlight its importance to Europe's Hindus. "The swastika was not invented by Hitler" said Robert Evans. "In fact, it has been used for over 3,000 years by many cultures, in particular the Hindu, Jain and Buddhist communities to represent life, sun, power, peace, strength and good luck." "Whilst of course I understand why some MEPs are suggesting the swastika should be banned, in reality this would have the effect of discriminating against Europe's one million plus Hindus and deprive them of their sacred symbol." In a European Parliament Written Declaration, co-tabled by West Midlands MEP Neena Gill, they refer to the fact that the word "swastika" comes from the old Indian or Sanskrit word svastika (to be good) and that until the twentieth century it was not associated with anything other than positive messages. "To Hindus, it's the second most sacred symbol in their tradition and has been used for several thousand years to ward off evil. Unlike the Nazi swastika which faced left, the Hindu swastika faces to the right and by tradition it is red, a color regarded as auspicious by Hindus." states Robert Evans. (HPI adds: This is, in part, a common piece of misinformation. Hindus use both the right and left swastikas, and there are examples even on Indus Valley seals.)
"The swastika was adopted by Adolf Hitler's Nazis in 1920. It then became a symbol of all that is evil and was associated with the greatest crimes in the history of mankind." "I completely condemn its use for xenophobic, racial hatred or right wing purposes. However, what is needed now is tolerance and understanding. The swastika in a different form is very important to millions of Hindus across Europe and the rest of the world." added Robert Evans. "Of course this issue has to be handled sensitively and I am very conscious of the anguish that the use of the swastika causes to the Jewish Community, but for Hindus the swastika is a religious sacrament, to express their devotion to God. In London I have seen it in many houses and in Hindu temples." "It must be possible to separate the evil of Hitler and his ideology from the Hindu symbol which actually means almost the opposite." concluded Mr Evans.
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UK Hindu Youth Protest Proposed Swastika Ban
LONDON, ENGLAND, February 5, 2005: Preeti Raichura, chairperson of the Hindu Youth UK Leicester and representative to the Hindu Council UK, issued the following statement regarding proposals to ban the use of the swastika in the European Union:
For thousands of years the Swastika has been used in the name of Goodness, Purity, Love and tolerance. But the true meaning of the Swastika has been diminished by the rein of the Nazis. Once a symbol that was universally accepted from all walks of life with open arms is now tainted with the scrutiny dictated by Hitler. The word Swastika originates from the Sanskrit language and is composed of two separate words: Su and Asti. Su meaning "good" and Asti "to exist." As per Sanskrit grammar the words Su and Asti when amalgamated into one word become Swasti (as in the case of Su and Aagatam becoming Swagatam meaning welcome). If this derivation of the word Swastika is true, then the literal meaning of the term Swastika would be "let good prevail." So if the swastika means "let good prevail" why would anyone want to ban its use? Our so-called multi-cultural, society shouldn't even be questioning its use but welcoming the very meaning of it. The swastika is seen as a powerful symbol to Hindus and holds the unshakable faith of millions around the world. The swastika is a symbol of Lord Ganesha, the Lord of prosperity, happiness, luck and the remover of obstacles. In both Hinduism and Jainism, the Swastika is used to mark the opening pages of account books, doors and thresholds, and during the time of any religious ceremony.
Nazi Germany took an ancient Hindu symbol and perverted it to such a degree that it can never be used again without bringing up all the associations of death, destruction, hatred and vileness that it perpetrated. If the Swastika is displayed in any of the "civilized" parts of the earth, the reactions of the viewer are universally of rage and disgust. How can such a beautiful meaning be corrupted to such extremes? Just because some less educated, ignorant members of our society do not associate the symbol with Hindu ideology as a positive symbol of the cosmos, discounting thousands of years of positive Hindu association with the swastika, the West, instead see this as a history purely in terms of its more recent, 70-year-old link with Hitler and the Nazi killing machine.
As a British-born Hindu, bought up in multi-cultural Leicester, I believe the swastika can be used as a means of bringing communities together, and sharing a universal approach of community cohesion, and togetherness, promoting goodness and tolerance. Swastika has been used for centuries by people far beyond India. The significance of Swastika is still prevalent today within Hinduism and other religions. Within Buddhism the Swastika means the 4 L's: Luck, Light, Love and Life. To the People of Mexico and Central America, the Swastika is used as a charm to drive away evil, bring good luck, long life and prosperity. Marks of the Swastika have also been found on coins dated back 2,300 years. The Swastika's influence has reached the length and breadth of the world and has influenced people in one way or another. The Swastika has proved to be a universal symbol which is beyond national boundaries, religion, race and gender.
Personally, I don't think putting a ban on the Swastika is going to stop Hindu's using this very sacred symbol during times of religious ceremonies, and neither do I believe Hindu's should stop using the symbol they have used for thousands of years as a gesture of "goodness." Hindu Youth UK Leicester, organizers of "Get Connected" Leicester Extravaganza, have been involved in educational campaigns to educate communities on the meaning of the non threatening use of the Swastika, reassuring the British society that this symbol is not associated with the Nazi's.
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NEW DELHI, JULY 13: Old shipwrecks -- like that of the Titanic -- which have been lying buried under the sea with their precious treasure along with the submerged city of Dwarka off the Gujarat coast, for centuries, could soon vie for the status of an underwater world cultural heritage site.
Over 200 experts from 84 countries, who gathered under the aegis of UNESCO in Paris recently to examine a draft convention on the issue, unanimously agreed that underwater cultural heritage was in urgent need of protection from destruction and pillaging.
Currently, structures or properties lying under water can not claim the status of cultural heritage. The absence of any protective mechanism has left them open to pillaging and destruction by treasure hunters and curious deep-sea divers. The experts agreed that the definition of cultural heritage needed to be expanded in order to protect underwater heritage as well.
The submerged city of Dwarka is believed to be an important site having both historical and cultural value for India. Legend has it that the remains -- the wall of a city is clearly visible while the rest is yet to be discovered -- are in fact, that of the ancient city of Dwarka mentioned in stories of Lord Krishna.
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Auckland Veda club.
Auckland University - Wellesley St. campus
Its a simple weekly program thats been running for a few years, at Clubspace,
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"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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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
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... with L'n D (love and devotion)
Cooking for Krishna
Why do we offer our food to God before eating?
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- NO ANIMAL RENNET only VEGE
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Not just cheeses also vegetarian yogurts and other dairy produce.
Tararua Lite Sour Cream for Vegetarians hits the shelves Sept 1st 2004.
(we bought some Stilton, Parmesan, Edam, Swiss and a few others - LOL
- you have to check out these pages and then go to your Woolworths, Countdown,
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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:
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Tamarind Rice (Huli Chitranna)
Tamarind water-1/2 cup
Chana dal-1 tbsp
Peanuts - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves- 20
red chillies - 3
Make mustard or jeera vaggarini(vagar) and add peanuts, chanadal, turmeric, a pinch of hing. As the dal and peanuts turns brown add tamarind water, curry leaves, red chillies, salt and allow it to boil until it thickens into a paste. To this paste mix the cooked rice(2 cups) .
Other version of chitranna: Everything is same except that you add Saaru pudi and jaggery and add only one red chilli(if needed).
Rasam Powder (Saru pudi)
Coriander seeds (Dhania) -1 cup
Cumin seeds - 1/4 cup
15-20 red chillis
Black Pepper - 1/4 cup
Dry roast the above ingredients and grind it.
Hoorna Holige (Puran Poli)
Hoorna (pooran) Ingredients and Method:
The method is simple.
To 1 cup of cooked chana dal add 3/4 cup of jaggery.
Add roasted cashews and raisin (roasted in ghee).
Add Dry coconut and mix it well .
Add a tsp of cardamom powder.
2 cups of pressure cooked chana dal
2 cups of sugar
1/4 cup of grated dry coconut
2 cups of maida (white flour)
1/2 cup of oil
water (approximately 1/4 cup)
1/2 tsp of turmeric
1.Remove the water from the cooked chana dal.(You can use that water for Kattu saaru)Mash the cooked chana dal thoroughly. Transfer the mashed stuff to a non-stick cooking pan and put it on a medium set stove. Add sugar and coconut and mix it well. Allow it to boil and allow it thicken. Once it gets thickened allow it to cool. Make small balls out of it.
2.Meanwhile, make a poli dough by taking maida(all purpose flour), turmeric, and oil. Add water bit by bit until it forms into a soft dough. It should be soft and a bit oily.
3.Heat the griddle or tava(pan) on the stove top. Take a small ball
size dough and roll it. Take puran(hoorna) ball and stuff it in the dough
and seal it. Dust the dough with rice flour and start rolling it. Roll
it nicely and place it on a pan.Pour 1 tsp of ghee onto it. Flip it over
and allow it to get cooked thoroughly. Roughly it will take about 3-5 min
for each poli.
While serving apply a tsp of ghee.(Forget about the fat! )
Jhoonka - It is a North Karnataka dish.
Buttermilk/water - 4 cup(32 oz)
Besan - 1/4 cup
green chillies - 2 to 3
cilantro - (coriander) one handful
curry leaves - 15-20
salt to taste
Potatoes in combo with Tomatoes - 2 cups
Indian eggplant in combo with tomato - 2 cups
Cook the required vegetables in a pan. If using buttermilk, Churn and keep it aside. Add besan to the buttermilk and blend it well.
Pour this into a pan. Allow it boil. It gets thickened a little bit.
Goes well with rotis and even rice.
KodBale - nibbler
3 cups of rice flour
1 cup of maida
2 tsps of chilli powder
1/2 cup of freshly grated coconut
salt to taste
a pinch of hing
Make a dough by mixing all the above ingredients with water. Add 1 tbsp of oil while mixing. Dough should be pliable enough to work on. Heat the oil in the frying pan(kadai). Take a small ball size of dough and roll it with your palm. roll evenly and it should not be too thin. Coil it and deep fry it. Remove them as they turn to a brown color. fry them in a medium heat.
Ingredients and Method:
1 cup of soaked moong dal/chana dal
1/4 cup of fresh grated coconut and grated cucumber
green chillies (finely chopped) - 1 to 2
1 tbsp of lime juice
2 tbsps of finely chopped cilantro (coriander leaf)
salt to taste
Mix all the above ingredients in a salad bowl and pour vagar (saasvi vaggarini) onto it.
Shavigi Paayasam - "sweet rice"
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 our 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.
Moong Dal Paayasa (Hesara Bele Paayasa)
2 cups of pressure cooked moong dal; Roast the dry dal in a ghee and then cook it.
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
2 to 3 cloves
1/2 cup of whole milk/2% milk
Roast cashews and raisins in a tsp of ghee and keep it aside. To the cooked dal, add sugar and milk and keep it on a medium set flame and allow it to boil. Add 2 to 3 cloves. Then add roasted cashews, raisins, ground cardamom, and saffron threads. Allow it to boil and serve
Patisa (Soan Papdi)
1 1/4 cup gramflour
1 1/4 cup plain flour (maida)
250 gms. ghee
2 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cup water
2 tbsp. milk
1/2 tsp. cardamom seeds crushed coarsely
2 tsp. Charmagaz paste: Seed mixture - muskmelon, watermelon, pumpkin, cucumber seeds in equal quantites.
4" squares cut from a thin polythene sheet
Sift both flours together.
Heat ghee in a heavy saucepan.
Add flour mixture and roast on low till light golden.
Keep aside to cool a little, stirring occasionally.
Prepare syrup simultaneously.
Make syrup out of sugar, water and milk as shown in introduction.
Bring syrup to 2 1/2 thread consistency.
Pour at once into the flour mixture.
Beat well with a large fork till the mixture forms threadlike flakes.
I have seen halowai's in Vrindavan throw onto hooks on the wall and streatch the mizture so it becomes more fibre-glass like.
Pour onto a greased surface or thali and roll to 1" thickness lightly.
Sprinkle the charmagaz seeds and elaichi and gently press down with palm.
Cool, cut into 1" squares, wrap individually into square pieces of thin plastic sheet.
Store in airtight container.
Making time: 45 minutes
Makes: 20 pieces (approx.)
Shelflife: 2 weeks (yeah right, not around our house...)
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Serves 8 (hahaha)
12 pieces lasagne
4 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup sugar, divided
8 kiwis, peeled
4 cups strawberries, washed and trimmed, 8 reserved for garnishing
4 cups blackberries, washed
1/2 cup toasted, sliced almonds
Mint sprigs, to garnish
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse, drain and set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese and 1/2 cup sugar. Set aside.
In the food processor, puree 4 kiwis with 2 tablespoons sugar. Transfer the puree to a bowl and set it aside. Rinse the processor bowl.
In the processor, puree half the strawberries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Strain the puree into a bowl and set it aside. Rinse the processor bowl.
In the processor, puree half the blackberries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Strain the puree and set it aside.
Slice the kiwis into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Slice the strawberries into 1/8-inch thick pieces. Slice the blackberries in half.
Reserve 1/4 cup of each of the purees to use as a garnish when serving.
To assemble the lasagne, first cover the bottom of a 9-inch-by-13-inch glass baking pan with 3 pieces of pasta. Spoon 1/3 of the ricotta on top and spread it evenly. Pour the kiwi puree over the cheese and arrange the kiwi slices on the puree. Lay on 3 more pieces of pasta and cover with 1/2 the remaining cheese. Pour the strawberry puree over the cheese and sprinkle with sliced strawberries. Lay on 3 more pieces of pasta and cover with the remaining cheese. Pour the blackberries puree over the cheese and sprinkle with blackberries. Top with a final layer of pasta. Cover tightly with plastic and refrigerate overnight.
Just before serving, sprinkle the lasagne with the remaining 2 tablespoons
sugar and with the toasted almonds. Cut into 8 rectangles and use a spatula
to set the pieces on dessert plates. Decorate the plates with dots of reserved
purees. Garnish each piece of lasagne with a strawberry and a sprig of
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“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.”
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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.
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"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.
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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.
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Four Wives parable:
Two cows are standing next to each other in a field. Daisy says to Buttercup: "I was artificially inseminated this morning."
"I don't believe you," said Buttercup.
"It's true, no bull!"
"Now remember boys and girls," said the science teacher. "You can tell a tree's age by counting the rings in a cross section. One ring for each year."
Alec went home for dinner and found they were having a jelly roll for
dessert. "I'm not eating that, Mom," he said, "It's five years old!"
Scientists have finally figured out what is wrong with mankind.
The problem lies in the two halves of their brains - the left and the right.
The left half has nothing right in it. And the right half has nothing left in it!
Did you ever wonder?
A guy was on trial for murder and if convicted, would get the electric chair. His brother found out that a redneck was on the jury and figured he would be the one to bribe. He told the redneck that he would be paid $10,000 if he could convince the rest of the jury to reduce the charge to manslaughter.
The jury was out an entire week and returned with a verdict of manslaughter.
After the trial, the brother went to the redneck's home, told him what a great job he had done and paid him the $10,000.
The redneck replied that it wasn't easy to convince the rest of the jury to change the charge to manslaughter. They all wanted to let him go.
Route finders are fantastic. They save so much time and effort. Try this to see what I mean:
1. Go to http://mappoint.msn.com/DirectionsFind.aspx
2. In the Start section, select "Norway" from the list box and
"Haugesund" into the "City" field
3. In the End section, select "Norway" from the list box and
"Trondheim" into the "City" field
4. Click on "Get Directions" ...
Well done Microsoft.
sent in by Shyam'...hope you made it home okay
George W. Bush's simple explanation for France's economic
decline: "the French trouble is that they don't have a word for entrepreneur."
Teacher : "Which is more important to us, the Sun or the Moon?"
Pupil : "The Moon".
Teacher : "Why?"
Pupil : "The Moon gives us light at night when we need it, but the Sun gives us light only in the day time when we don't need it".
"Mr. Banta Singh, I have reviewed this case very carefully," the divorce court judge said, "...and I've decided to give your wife $775 a week."
"That's very fair, your honour, thank you" the husband said. "....And every now and then I'll try to send her a few bucks myself."
What's the difference between your boss and the bus?
Sometimes you miss the bus.
Two medical students were walking along the street when they saw an old man walking with his legs spread apart. One of the students said to his friend: "I'm sure he has Petry Syndrome. Those people walk just like that." The other student says: "No, I don't think so. The old man surely has Zovitzki Syndrome. He walks just as we learned in class." Since they couldn't agree they decided to ask the old man. They approached the old man and one of the students said to him: "We're medical students and couldn't help but notice the way you walk, but we couldn't agree on the syndrome you might have. Could you tell us what it is?" The old man said: "I'll tell you, but first you'll tell me what you think." One of the students said: "I think it's Petry Syndrome." The old man said: "You thought.......... but you're wrong." Then the other student said: "I think you have Zovitzki Syndrome." The old man said: "You thought.......... but you're wrong." So they asked him: "Well, what do you have?" And the old man said: "I thought I needed to pass air........... but I was wrong."
The moral to this story.........
"Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna
get." Forest Gump.
A man walked into a bar with his alligator and asked the bartender,
"Do you serve lawyers here?". "Sure do," replied the bartender. "Good,"
said the man.
"Give me a beer, and I'll have a lawyer for my 'gator."
Reader comment......and make it snappy
An elderly lady went to see her physician about a problem she was having. After an examination, the doctor told her that she needed a sigmoidoscope to check her lower intestine. He began the examination, telling her to let him know if she felt pain. Well the doctor's efforts brought forth a tremendous amount of gas in her stomach that she expelled with a very loud fart.
"Madam!" the doctor exclaimed, "A simple "yes" or "no" will suffice.
A Sunday school teacher was telling her class the story of the
Good Samaritan, in which a man was beaten, robbed and left for dead.
She described the situation in vivid detail so her students would catch the drama.
Then, she asked the class, "If you saw a person lying on the roadside, all wounded and bleeding, what would you do?"
A thoughtful little girl broke the hushed silence, "I think I'd throw
.......and always remember (don't forget...)
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