Newsletter Number #153  ( Mid-May issue 2005 A.D. Gaurabda 519)

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Fasting for Suddha Ekadasi for Mohini Ekadasi- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 20th May 2005  in NZ)

Srimati Rukmini Dvadasi

Sriman Jayananda Prabhu - Disappearance   - Tirubhav - 22nd May 2005 in NZ

Sri Nrsimha Caturdasi -  Appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva (Fasting till dusk) - 23rd May 2005 in NZ

Krsna Phula Dola, Salila Vihara
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Sri Ramananda Raya - Disappearance   - Tirubhav

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Fasting for Suddha Ekadasi for Apara Ekadasi- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 3rd  Jun 2005  in NZ)

Srila Vrindavana Das Thakur - Appearance   - Avirbhav

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Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana - Disappearance   - Tirubhav
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Fasting for Suddha Ekadasi for Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi.- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 18th June 2005  in NZ)
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Snana Yatra of Lord Jagannath in Puri India - 22nd June 2005 (Purnima)
Sri Mukunda Datta - Disappearance   - Tirubhav
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Sri Srivas Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav

Fasting for Suddha Ekadasi for Yogini Ekadasi.- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 2nd July 2005  in NZ)

Sri Gadadhara Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur - Disappearance - Tirubhav (Fasting till noon)(6th July in NZ)

Sri Gundica Marjana - cleansing of the Gundicha temple the day before Rathyatra

Ratha Yatra (in Jagannath Puri India) (8th July in India)
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Sri Swarupa Damodara - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Sivananda Sen - Disappearance - Tirubhav
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Karaka Sankranti (Sun enters Cancer)

Fasting for Suddha Ekadasi for Sayana Ekadasi.- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 18th July 2005  in NZ)

Dvadasi   (Sayana Dwadasi) 19th July 2005

Sri Guru (Vyaasa) Purnima
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kasmad ekadasi jata tasyah ko va vidhir dvija
kada va kriyate kim va phalam kim va vadasva me

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

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Bhagavad Gita:  Chapter 2 - Contents of the Gita Summarized

               TEXT 68

                         tasmad yasya maha-baho
                           nigrhitani sarvasah
                        tasya prajna pratisthita

                             WORD FOR WORD
   tasmat--therefore; yasya--whose; maha-baho--O mighty-armed one; nigrhitani--so curbed down; sarvasah--all around; indriyani--the senses; indriya-arthebhyah--from sense objects; tasya--his; prajna--intelligence; pratisthita--fixed.

   Therefore, O mighty-armed, one whose senses are restrained from their objects is certainly of steady intelligence.

 PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
   One can curb the forces of sense gratification only by means of Krsna consciousness, or engaging all the senses in the transcendental loving service of the Lord. As enemies are curbed by superior force, the senses can similarly be curbed, not by any human endeavor, but only by keeping them engaged in the service of the Lord. One who has understood this--that only by Krsna consciousness is one really established in intelligence and that one should practice this art under the guidance of a bona fide spiritual master--is called sadhaka, or a suitable candidate for liberation.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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You must go on pulling

This morning was particularly memorable. The sun was shining brightly through the tall and narrow windows, casting patches of dazzling light on the clean, white sheets on the floor. He sat comfortably in the middle, his legs crossed, right ankle resting on the left knee. His fingers loosely intertwined, he closed his eyes briefly and enjoyed the warmth of the sun as it danced upon his golden form. Seeing the opportunity, Hansaduta, Harikesa, and I sat on either side of him, just happy to be with him in a quiet moment. He began to reflect on the unfortunate state of the world's inhabitants. He explained that due to a lack of knowledge about the Supreme Lord people are suffering. Under the false impression of being independent they commit all kinds of sinful acts, not knowing and not caring for the results, foolishly thinking they are free to do as they like. But when the volume of sinful life becomes too great they suffer the consequences in the form of pestilence or war. They think that by politics and meetings they can avoid such things, but that is not possible. They are helpless to prevent them, and therefore they receive their punishment through the three-fold miseries of life. At just the right moment, nature brings the demons together and engages them in war.

To illustrate the point, he gave an amusing but striking example of how maya works. "In my young days we had one teacher. Whenever there was any misbehavior between the boys, the teacher would stop them and bring them out to the front of the class. He would make them stand face-to-face and each take hold of the ears of the other and on his order make them pull. So the one, he is pulling, and the other is hurting, so he pulls back even harder, and each one is pulling and crying. But they cannot let go because the teacher is ordering, 'No, you cannot stop. You must go on pulling!' Similarly, maya brings together one Churchill and one Hitler. 'Now, rascal, pull!' And neither can stop. And the foolish people glorify them."

The thought of the scene so humored him that even before he finished he began to laugh heartily. His shoulders and belly shook, and his brilliant teeth flashed like pearls in the sun. When Prabhupada smiles the entire room, even the universe, seems to light up. It's a Vaikuntha smile that spreads transcendental effulgence everywhere around. Prabhupada's mood was so open and congenial it seemed, if just for a moment, that we had joined a picnic with Krsna and His cowherd boyfriends, joking and laughing in the forests of Goloka. We laughed with him, glancing at each other in appreciation and wonder as to who this extraordinary personality Srila Prabhupada really is. He is far beyond our comprehension, yet we feel ourselves extremely fortunate to share these intimate moments with him.

It was an entrancing moment, and it occurred to me that Srila Prabhupada must have many friends in the spiritual world with whom he can eternally enjoy happy and carefree days. Yet being extraordinarily merciful he chooses to be here among us. Although the most exalted personality, he appears to like nothing better than to be with his disciples, foolish and neophyte as we are. He gives the impression there is no one in the world he would rather be with and nothing he would rather be doing than sharing whatever he has with us, although we have nothing to give him in return that could possibly be of interest to him. It seems a lopsided relationship, but Prabhupada doesn't mind. He is not looking for anything for himself, only to see what he can give us. As a result, we have obtained more than any of us can ever have hoped for.

- From the "A Transcendental Diary Vol 1" by HG Hari Sauri dasa

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Prabhupada: Simply for Krsna, there is simply to understand Krsna. Anything else-waste of time. But in Krsna's connection there are varieties. Does it mean, although the dictaphone is there, still I shall write in my hand? Krsna consciousness cannot touch this. We don't follow this nonsense philosophy. Unnecessary vairagya. Suska-vairagya, dry knowledge.
Devotee (1): Suska-vairagya.
Prabhupada: Suska, suska means dry. Oh, it is material, I shall not touch. I shall not touch. Just like that rascal, Ramakrishna, if anyone wanted to give him some money (gesture). (laughter) How, he does not touch money. These rascals, why shall I not touch? Come on, you have got money, George Harrison, spend. Yes, come on, I shall take it, for Krsna. We haven't come to this house for living very comfortably and enjoying. No, we have come here for Krsna's service.
Hamsaduta: This point is revolutionary in spiritual circles.
Prabhupada: Because it is Krsna's property. It is not my property, neither George's property. This is mistake. Everything belongs to Krsna. So it must be utilized for Krsna.
Revatinandana: Simply they don't know Bhagavad-gita.
Prabhupada: Eh?
Revatinandana: They don't know Bhagavad-gita, therefore they don't understand us.
Prabhupada: No, no. Therefore I say, all... Immediately, how you are all rascals. We have got a test. Test tube. As soon as one is not Krsna conscious, he is rascal, he is miscreant, he is lowest of the mankind, he has no knowledge. These, these are groups, they belong to. Na mam duskrtino mudhah prapadyante naradhamah. He maintains that he is very big man, Nixon, but we know that he is a rascal number one. This is Krsna consciousness. You can understand immediately what is what. By this test:

na mam duskrtino mudhah
prapadyante naradhamah
asuram bhavam asritah
 [Bg. 7.15]

Revatinandana: said if he's coming from God, then what difference does it make?
Prabhupada: You can see that you are a fool (but) God is not fool. That is the difference. But God is (indistinct), He'll not speak foolish. Because he is above all this foolishness but you are within the foolishness. That is the difference. Try to answer them like that. You are within the status of foolishness, maya, and God is above maya. If God is also within the maya, as the rascal Mayavadis say, then what is the use of God? We are everything.
Yogesvara: They just accumulate knowledge just for knowledge sake.
Prabhupada: Not just for knowledge because they do not get any knowledge. They have no knowledge. What is the knowledge? They talk all nonsense. What is the knowledge?
Revatinandana: His argument was "Well there's no point in talking about this matter. All of us accept this." He's saying: all big authorities, they accept this point of view, that this was recently written literature.
Prabhupada: No, they don't know who are authorities.
Revatinandana: That's right.
Prabhupada: You manufacture your own authorities. You do not know. That is your misfortune. You do not know who is authority.
Devotee (2): They all smoke cigarettes and they think they're authorities. They're nonsense.
Revatinandana: I met another old authority on Sanskrit and he is sitting behind his desk and his whole body is shaking: "No, I'm not interested in the spiritual side of these Vedas. I'm just interested in the Sanskrit." He's dying you know, and still he's like that. That's their authority. You can't save them but...
Prabhupada: Adhyaki, adhyaki(?), therefore adhyaki(?).
Revatinandana: What's that?
Prabhupada: External. Adhyaki(?). (indistinct) is interested in the body not in the soul. So he is a fool. This, this sculptor, he is simply interested in the outward body, he has no knowledge of the soul. And he wants to become a very famous man, remaining in the category of asses. Because one who is in the bodily concept of life, he is an ass. Go-khara, khara means ass. Sa eva go-kharah [SB 10.84.13]. Yasyatma-buddhih kunape tri-dhatuke [SB 10.84.13]. Anyone who is in the bodily concept of life he is no better than animal. The cats and dogs, they are also in the bodily concept of life. Sa eva go-kharah [SB 10.84.13]. So he has not advanced beyond these cats and dogs because he is in the same conception, that I am this body. A dog cannot understand that you are not this body. So similarly, if the human being cannot understand that he is not this body, what is the difference between him and the dog? So sastra says sa eva go-kharah: [SB 10.84.13] he's no better than the cows and the asses. That's all. And actually it is a fact. The first instruction of Bhagavad-gita, they cannot take it, and they're scholars. That is the most regrettable situation that these fools and rascals under the bodily concept of life, they are become authorities. Actually they are asses. Yes.


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Rna-mochana - Prayer to Lord Nrsimhadeva - for Release from Worldly Debts

Sloka 1

si-nrsimham maha-viram
namami rna-muktaye

Devata - the demigods.....karya - to be done.....siddhi - perfection.....artham - for the purpose.....sabha - of the assembly.....stambha - from a pillar.....samudbhavam - born.....sri-nrsimham - Sri Nrsimha.....maha-viram - very powerful.....namami - I bow down.....rna - from debt.....muktaye - for freedom

"To become free from debt I bow down before all-powerful Lord Nrsimha, who, to rescue the demigods, was born from a pillar in the palace.

Sloka 2

bhaktanam vara-dayakam
si-nrsimham maha-viram
namami rna-muktaye

laksmi - the goddess of furtune.....alingita - embraced.....vama - left.....ange - body.....bhaktanam - of the devotees.....varadayakam - the giver of blessings.....sri-nrsimham - Sri Nrsimha.....maha-viram - very powerful.....namami - I bow down.....rna - from debt.....muktaye - for freedom

To become free from debt I bow down before all-powerful Lord Nrsimha, who is embraced by Goddess Laksmi at His left and who gives blessings to His

Sloka 3

antra-mala-dharam sankha-
cakrab jayudha-dharinam
si-nrsimham maha-viram
namami rna-muktaye

antra-mala-dharam - wearing a garland of entrails.....sankha - conchshell.....cakra - cakra.....abja - lotus.....ayudha - weapons.....dharinam - holdings.....sri-nrsimham - Sri Nrsimha.....maha-viram - very powerful.....namami - I bow down.....rna - from debt.....muktaye - for freedom

To become free from debt I bow down before all-powerful Lord Nrsimha, who wears a garland of entrails and holds a conch, cakra, lotus, and a host of weapons.

Sloka 4

smaranat sarva-papa-ghnam
kadru ja-visa-nasanam
si-nrsimham maha-viram
namami rna-muktaye

smaranat - by remembering.....sarva - all.....papa - sins.....ghnam - killing.....kadruja - - poison.....nasanam - destruction.....sri-nrsimham - Sri Nrsimha.....maha-viram - very powerful.....namami - I bow down.....rna - from debt.....muktaye - for freedom

To become free from debt I bow down before all-powerful Lord Nrsimha. The remembrance of Him destroys all sins and counteracts the poison of snakes.

Sloka 5

simha-nadena mahata
si-nrsimham maha-viram
namami rna-muktaye

simha - of a lion.....nadena - by a roar.....mahata - great.....dig - of the directions.....danti - the elephants.....bhaya - fear.....nasanam - destruction.....sri-nrsimham - Sri Nrsimha.....maha-viram - very powerful.....namami - I bow down.....rna - from debt.....muktaye - for freedom

To become free from debt I bow down before all-powerful Lord Nrsimha, whose great lion-roar calms the fears of the elephants who guard the directions.

Sloka 6

prahlada-varadam srisam
si-nrsimham maha-viram
namami rna-muktaye

prahlada - to Prahlada.....vara - boons.....dam - giving.....sri - of the goddess of fortune.....isam - the master.....daitya - of the demons.....isvara - the king..... vidaranam - ripping apart.....sri-nrsimham - Sri Nrsimha.....maha-viram - very powerful.....namami - I bow down.....rna - from debt.....muktaye - for freedom

To become free from debt I bow down before all-powerful Lord Nrsimha, the master of the goddess of fortune. He blessed Prahlada and ripped apart the demons' king.

Sloka 7

krura-grahaih piditanam
bhaktanam abhaya-pradam
si-nrsimham maha-viram
namami rna-muktaye

krura-grahaih - by the cruel planets..... piditanam - tormented.....bhaktanam - of the devotees.....abhaya - fearlessness.....pradam - giving.....sri-nrsimham - Sri Nrsimha.....maha-viram - very powerful.....namami - I bow down.....rna - from debt.....muktaye - for freedom

To become free from debt I bow down before all-powerful Lord Nrsimha, who gives fearlessness to His devotees when they are troubled by cruel planets.

Sloka 8

veda-vedanta-ya jnesam
si-nrsimham maha-viram
namami rna-muktaye

veda - of the Vedas..... vedanta - of Vedanta.....ya jha - of yajnas.....isam - the master.....brahma - Brahma..... rudra - and Siva..... adi - beginning with..... vanditam - bow down.....sri-nrsimham - Sri Nrsimha.....maha-viram - very powerful.....namami - I bow down.....rna - from debt.....muktaye - for freedom

To become free from debt I bow down before all-powerful Lord Nrsimha, who is the master of yajnas, Vedas, Vedanta. Brahma, Siva, and all the demigods bow down before him.

Sloka 9

ya idam pathate nityam
rna-mocana-sam jhitam
anrni jayate sad yo
dhanam sighram avapnuyat

yah - who..... idam - this.....pathate - recites.....nityam - regularly.....rna - from debt..... mocana - freedom..... samjhitam - names..... anrni - free from debt.....jayate - becomes.....sadyah - at once.....dhanam - wealth.....sighram - quickly.....avapnuyat - attains

This prayer is called Rna-mocana (Prayer to Lord Nrsimha for Release From Worldly Debts). One who regularly reads this prayer is at once freed from debt."

hari smrty ahlada stimita manaso yasya krtinah
sa romancah kayah nayanam api sananda salilam
tam evacandrarkam vaha purusa dhaureyam avane
kim anyais tair bharair yama sadana gaty agati paraih

"When the devotees remember Lord Hari, their hearts become overwhelmed with bliss, their bodily hairs stand erect in horipulations, and their eyes become filled with tears of joy. O Mother Earth, these devotees are the best of men. Please carefully maintain them for long as the Sun and the Moon shine in the sky. What is the use of your carefully maintaining those other burdensome persons (the non-devotees) who are simply intent on coming and going to and from the house of Yamaraja in repeated birth and death?"

[Padyavali, Srila Rupa Goswami, Text 55 by Sri Sarvananda]

vayam tu na vitripyäma uttama-shloka-vikrame
yac chrinvatäm rasa-jnänäm svädu svädu pade pade.

"Devotees can never be satiated even though one continuously hears the transcendental pastimes of Kåñëa, who is glorified by Vedic hymns. Those who have entered into a transcendental relationship with Kåñëa relish in every step descriptions of the pastimes of the Lord."

Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya-lila 2:93:


choöa baòa bhakta-gaëa,     vandoì sabära çré-caraëa,
sabe more karaha santoña
svarüpa-gosäïira mata,     rüpa-raghunätha jäne yata,
täi likhi’ nähi mora doña

choöa—small; baòa—great; bhakta-gaëa—devotees; vandoì—I worship; sabära—all of them; çré-caraëa—the lotus feet; sabe—all of you; more—unto me; karaha—please do; santoña—satisfaction; svarüpa-gosäïira mata—the view of Svarüpa Dämodara Gosvämé; rüpa-raghunätha—Rüpa and Raghunätha; jäne—know; yata—all; täi—that; likhi’—writing; nähi—there is not; mora—my; doña—fault.

I worship herewith the lotus feet of all kinds of devotees, both advanced and neophyte. I request all of them to be satisfied with me. I am faultless because I have written herein whatever I have understood from Svarüpa Dämodara Gosvämé and Rüpa and Raghunätha däsa Gosvämés. I have neither added to nor subtracted from their version.

According to Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura, there are three kinds of devotees, known as bhajana-vijïa (experts in devotional service), bhajana-çéla (devotees engaged in devotional service), and kåñëa-näme dékñita kåñëa-näma-käré (initiated devotees engaged in chanting). The author of Çré Caitanya-caritämåta begs the mercy of all these devotees and asks them to be pleased with him. He says, “Let the neophyte devotees—the devotees who are very expert in arguing though they have no sense of advanced devotional service, who think themselves very advanced because they imitate some smärta-brähmaëa—let such devotees not be displeased with me, thinking that I have committed errors in this regard. I beg their pardon with great humility, but I am submitting that I personally have no desire to add or subtract anything. I have only written what I have heard in the disciplic succession because I am dedicated to the lotus feet of previous äcäryas like Svarüpa Dämodara, Raghunätha däsa Gosvämé and Rüpa Gosvämé. I have only written what I have learned from them.”

visaya chadiya kabe suddha ha 'be mana
kabe hama herabo sri-vrndavana

“When my mind will be purified after leaving the contamination of material sense enjoyment, I shall be able to visit Sri Vrindävana.”
Srila Narottam dasa Thakur mahasaya

yam brahma-varunendra-rudra(-marutah) stunvanti divyaih stavair
vedaih sanga-pada-kramopanisadair gayanti yam sama-gah
dhyanavasthita-tad-gatena manasa pasyanti yam yogino
yasyantam na viduh surasura-gana devaya tasmai namah

Süta Gosvämé said: Unto that personality whom Brahmä, Varuëa, Indra, Rudra and the Maruts praise by chanting transcendental hymns and reciting the Vedas with all their corollaries, pada-kramas and Upaniñads, to whom the chanters of the Säma Veda always sing, whom the perfected yogés see within their minds after fixing themselves in trance and absorbing themselves within Him, and whose limit can never be found by any demigod or demon—unto that Supreme Personality of Godhead I offer my humble obeisances.(Srimad Bhagavatam 12:3:1.)

dhyeyaà sadä paribhava-ghnam abhéñöa-dohaà
térthäspadaà çiva-viriïci-nutaà çaraëyam
bhåtyärti-haà praëata-päla bhaväbdhi-potaà
vande mahä-puruña te caraëäravindam

My dear Lord, You are the Mahä-puruña, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and I worship Your lotus feet, which are the only eternal object of meditation. Those feet destroy the embarrassing conditions of material life and freely award the greatest desire of the soul, the attainment of pure love of Godhead. My dear Lord, Your lotus feet are the shelter of all holy places and of all saintly authorities in the line of devotional service and are honored by powerful demigods like Lord Çiva and Lord Brahmä. My Lord, You are so kind that You willingly protect all those who simply bow down to You with respect, and thus You mercifully relieve all the distress of Your servants. In conclusion, my Lord, Your lotus feet are actually the suitable boat for crossing over the ocean of birth and death, and therefore even Lord Brahmä and Lord Çiva seek shelter at Your lotus feet." (Srimad Bhagavatam 11:5:33.)

påñöhe bhrämyad amanda-mandara-giri-grävägra-kaëòüyanän
nidräloù kamaöhäkåter bhagavataù çväsäniläù päntu vaù
yat-saàskära-kalänuvartana-vaçäd velä-nibhenämbhasäà
yätäyätam atandritaà jala-nidher nädyäpi viçrämyati

When the Supreme Personality of Godhead appeared as Lord Kürma, a tortoise, His back was scratched by the sharp-edged stones lying on massive, whirling Mount Mandara, and this scratching made the Lord sleepy. May you all be protected by the winds caused by the Lord's breathing in this sleepy condition. Ever since that time, even up to the present day, the ocean tides have imitated the Lord's inhalation and exhalation by piously coming in and going out. (Srimad Bhagavatam 12:13:2.)

At times we alleviate an itching sensation by blowing upon it. Similarly, Çréla Bhaktisiddhänta Sarasvaté Öhäkura explains, the breathing of the Supreme Personality of Godhead can alleviate the itching sensation within the minds of mental speculators, as well as the itching of the material senses of conditioned souls engaged in sense gratification. Thus by meditating on the windy breath of Lord Kürma—the tortoise incarnation—all categories of conditioned souls can be relieved of the deficiencies of material existence and come to the liberated, spiritual platform. One must simply allow the pastimes of Lord Kürma to blow within one's heart like a favorable breeze; then one will surely find spiritual peace.

a vai puàsäà paro dharmo
yato bhaktir adhokñaje
ahaituky apratihatä
yayätmä suprasédati

The supreme occupation [dharma] for all humanity is that by which men can attain to loving devotional service unto the transcendent Lord. Such devotional service must be unmotivated and uninterrupted to completely satisfy the self. (Srimad Bhagavatam 1:2:6.)

väsudeve bhagavati
bhakti-yogaù prayojitaù
janayaty äçu vairägyaà
jïänaà ca yad ahaitukam

By rendering devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead, Çré Kåñëa, one immediately acquires causeless knowledge and detachment from the world. (Srimad Bhagavatam 1:2:7.)

dharmaù svanuñöhitaù puàsäà
viñvaksena-kathäsu yaù
notpädayed yadi ratià
çrama eva hi kevalam

The occupational activities a man performs according to his own position are only so much useless labor if they do not provoke attraction for the message of the Personality of Godhead. (Srimad Bhagavatam 1:2:8.)

dharmasya hy äpavargyasya
närtho 'rthäyopakalpate
närthasya dharmaikäntasya
kämo läbhäya hi småtaù

All occupational engagements are certainly meant for ultimate liberation. They should never be performed for material gain. Furthermore, according to sages, one who is engaged in the ultimate occupational service should never use material gain to cultivate sense gratification.

We have already discussed that pure devotional service to the Lord is automatically followed by perfect knowledge and detachment from material existence. But there are others who consider that all kinds of different occupational engagements, including those of religion, are meant for material gain. The general tendency of any ordinary man in any part of the world is to gain some material profit in exchange for religious or any other occupational service. Even in the Vedic literatures, for all sorts of religious performances an allurement of material gain is offered, and most people are attracted by such allurements or blessings of religiosity. Why are such so-called men of religion allured by material gain? Because material gain can enable one to fulfill desires, which in turn satisfy sense gratification. This cycle of occupational engagements includes so-called religiosity followed by material gain and material gain followed by fulfillment of desires. Sense gratification is the general way for all sorts of fully occupied men. But in the statement of Süta Gosvämé, as per the verdict of the Çrémad-Bhägavatam, this is nullified by the present çloka.
One should not engage himself in any sort of occupational service for material gain only. Nor should material gain be utilized for sense gratification. How material gain should be utilized is described as follows.(Srimad Bhagavatam 1:2:9.)

kämasya nendriya-prétir
läbho jéveta yävatä
jévasya tattva-jijïäsä
närtho yaç ceha karmabhiù

Life's desires should never be directed toward sense gratification. One should desire only a healthy life, or self-preservation, since a human being is meant for inquiry about the Absolute Truth. Nothing else should be the goal of one's works.

The completely bewildered material civilization is wrongly directed towards the fulfillment of desires in sense gratification. In such civilization, in all spheres of life, the ultimate end is sense gratification. In politics, social service, altruism, philanthropy and ultimately in religion or even in salvation, the very same tint of sense gratification is ever-increasingly predominant. In the political field the leaders of men fight with one another to fulfill their personal sense gratification. The voters adore the so-called leaders only when they promise sense gratification. As soon as the voters are dissatisfied in their own sense satisfaction, they dethrone the leaders, The leaders must always disappoint the voters by not satisfying their senses. The same is applicable in all other fields; no one is serious about the problems of life. Even those who are on the path of salvation desire to become one with the Absolute Truth and desire to commit spiritual suicide for sense gratification. But the Bhägavatam says that one should not live for sense gratification. One should satisfy the senses only insomuch as required for self-preservation, and not for sense gratification. Because the body is made of senses, which also require a certain amount of satisfaction, there are regulative directions for satisfaction of such senses. But the senses are not meant for unrestricted enjoyment. For example, marriage or the combination of a man with a woman is necessary for progeny, but it is not meant for sense enjoyment. In the absence of voluntary restraint, there is propaganda for family planning, but foolish men do not know that family planning is automatically executed as soon as there is search after the Absolute Truth. Seekers of the Absolute Truth are never allured by unnecessary engagements in sense gratification because the serious students seeking the Absolute Truth are always overwhelmed with the work of researching the Truth. In every sphere of life, therefore, the ultimate end must be seeking after the Absolute Truth, and that sort of engagement will make one happy because he will be less engaged in varieties of sense gratification. And what that Absolute Truth is is explained as follows..(Srimad Bhagavatam 1:2:10.txt and purport)

vadanti tat tattva-vidas
tattvaà yaj jïänam advayam
brahmeti paramätmeti
bhagavän iti çabdyate

Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance Brahman, Paramätmä or Bhagavän.

The Absolute Truth is both subject and object, and there is no qualitative difference there. Therefore, Brahman, Paramätmä and Bhagavän are qualitatively one and the same. The same substance is realized as impersonal Brahman by the students of the Upaniñads, as localized Paramätmä by the Hiraëyagarbhas or the yogés, and as Bhagavän by the devotees. In other words, Bhagavän, or the Personality of Godhead, is the last word of the Absolute Truth. Paramätmä is the partial representation of the Personality of Godhead, and impersonal Brahman is the glowing effulgence of the Personality of Godhead, as the sun rays are to the sun-god. Less intelligent students of either of the above schools sometimes argue in favor of their own respective realization, but those who are perfect seers of the Absolute Truth know well that the above three features of the one Absolute Truth are different perspective views seen from different angles of vision.
As it is explained in the first çloka of the First Chapter of the Bhägavatam, the Supreme Truth is self-sufficient, cognizant and free from the illusion of relativity. In the relative world the knower is different from the known, but in the Absolute Truth both the knower and the known are one and the same thing. In the relative world the knower is the living spirit or superior energy, whereas the known is inert matter or inferior energy. Therefore, there is a duality of inferior and superior energy, whereas in the absolute realm both the knower and the known are of the same superior energy. There are three kinds of energies of the supreme energetic. There is no difference between the energy and energetic, but there is a difference of quality of energies. The absolute realm and the living entities are of the same superior energy, but the material world is inferior energy. The living being in contact with the inferior energy is illusioned, thinking he belongs to the inferior energy. Therefore there is the sense of relativity in the material world. In the Absolute there is no such sense of difference between the knower and the known, and therefore everything there is absolute.

(Srimad Bhagavatam 1:2:11.txt and purport)

Such is our fate
by Sajjan Priya Krishna dasa

We all know that Human life is very rare to obtain but still we do not understand the seriousness of devotional service and tend to procrastinate it.There is a nice story told by His Divine Grace Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada in this regard.

Kaamini Mohan was a very lazy man especially for spiritual activities. He was very much addicted to the comforts of his home. One day his friend asked him. "O Kaamini Mohan ! Let us both go and visit a sadhu. A great personality has come to Sridham Mayapur and he is preaching very nice transcendental subject matters. Your life will be fulfilled upon hearing his instructions." Kaamini Mohan was very reluctant. Then his friend tried to allure Kaamini Mohan, saying, " By the way, there is a great funfair at the bank of Kuliya. It is full of recreations and amusements. So let us go and visit the fair". Kaamini Mohan immediately agreed to visit the funfair at Kuliya for some enjoyment. The friend's plan was to take Kaaminimohan to the bank of Kuliya and then it would be possible for him to take him across the Ganges to Sridham Mayapur. Arriving at the bank of Kuliya, Kaaminimohan enjoyed the funfair for a while.

Then his friend told him, "Just across the river is Sridham Mayapur. Let us go and visit the holy dhaama. There you will find the birthplace of Lord Chaitanyadeva, tomb of Chand Kazi, the great lake of Ballaal Sen and many other places of interest".

Kamini Mohan realized now that his friend had become almost determined to take him across the river for a visit to the holy dhama. So he made a counter-plan and said, "My dear friend, I am very afraid of crossing the river. I am in fact not at all used to traveling on a boat, it gives me nausea, dizziness, I become extremely afraid of drowning and palpitations start immediately. This is rainy season, but in winter, when the river will become dry, then we can easily walk down the river without the help of any boat. At that time I will definitely visit Sri Mayapur and all its interesting places.

Listening to Kaamini Mohan's plea his friend told him " O my dear friend , you say you will cross the river when it will be dry. This is nothing but your insincerity and hypocrisy. The river will never be dry and you won't be able to cross it."

Conclusion of the story by His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Swami Prabhupada:

"Many of us think that we may devote enough time for listening to transcendental preaching from some saintly person, after completing all our business in the field of our domestic material entanglements concerning our family members, their desires and wants, diseases and other things. But in fact these entanglements will never go. Devotional practices will never be  undertaken unless we make it point to start devotional practices immediately."

We all have this procrastinating tendency. It is referred by Lord Krishna in Gita 18.68 as dhirgha-sutri, ie., one who postpones the activity or take longer time to complete that activity which can be done very quickly. The reasons are three fold:

1. Our inherent lack of genuine interest in the activity (mainly devotional practices)
2. We keep thinking that we will live for a long time and there is enough time to do them.
3. We assume that till the end of our life we will be hale and healthy.

We can implement the following instructions of Pure devotees like Srila Prabhupada to make our lives successful:

1. Arise and do Mangala arati in the Brahma Muhurta and chant lovingly Krishna's names.
2. Study Srimad Bhagavatam seriously and meditate on the verses, applying them practically in our lives.
3. Work Hard for Lord Krishna in devotional service.
4. See the hand of Krishna in everything and every situation.
5. Do not be critical of others, and blame only yourselves for the mishaps in your life.
6. Be happy and peaceful in devotional service always.
7. BE LOVING IN YOUR DEALINGS WITH ALL - be united and cooperate with each other to further the holy name.
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“I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda [Kåñëa], who is always situated in various incarnations such as Räma, Nåsiàha and many subincarnations as well, but who is the original Personality of Godhead known as Kåñëa, and who incarnates personally also.” (Brahma samhita 5:39.)

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"The religious principles taught by Mohammed and Jesus Christ are similar to the religious principles taught by Vaishnava sects. Buddhism and Jainism are similar to Saiva-dharma. This is scientific consideration of truths regarding religious principles. Those who consider their own religious principles as real dharma and others religious principles as irreligion or subreligion are unable to ascertain the truth due to being influenced by prejudice. Actually religious principles followed by people in general are different only due to the different qualifications of the practitioners, but the constitutional religious principles of all living entities are one." (Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur. Sri Krsna Samhita.)

updated 15th December 2004

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A selection of interesting Krishna conscious articles from New Panihati - Atlanta temple USA:

Paradigms - where things are not all they seem

Krishna conscious Dramas and plays:
A collection of 88 transcendental dramas assembled and presented for the pleasure of
His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Wonderful modern Krishna conscious plays:

These are great for Sunday feasts, or school programs or street presentations, or just for our own understanding.

Read here what Prabhupad says about such plays and dramas:

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Blessing The Lumber Before Making Chariots For Puri's Jagannath Festival

BHUBANESWAR, INDIA, May 12, 2005: Nearly a hundred traditional carpenters worshipped three big logs in Orissa's temple town of Puri in an annual ritual that precedes the carving out of three gigantic wooden chariots for the Jagannath festival in July. "We have already got the first lot of logs to begin work, the rest will come phase wise," temple official Bhaskar Mishra told IANS. As every year, the wooden logs arrived in the temple town, 56 km from here, on the auspicious day of Akshay Tritiya Wednesday. "The carpenters worship them before beginning work on the chariots as part of tradition." The temple administration arranges over 1,000 big wooden logs and the construction work goes on for two months. The carpenters are those who have inherited the craft from their forefathers. A senior priest of the temple touched the logs with a golden axe and offered ceremonial prayers. A fire ritual was also performed on the road where the logs have been kept. Now carpenters can begin cutting logs to make the chariots, the official said. The temple organizes a grand festival every year on the auspicious day of Asadha Dutiya when the three gigantic chariots of Lord Jagannath, his brother Balabhadra and sister Subhadra roll out from the 12th century temple to another shrine called Gundicha, located one and a half kilometers away, in a procession. After nine days, the procession is reversed and the deities are taken back to their primary residence. Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the world gather to watch and take part in the procession. The festival is known as Ratha Yatra and will start July 8 this year, the temple official said.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

Delhi given 1 week to take cows off roads

New Delhi, May 2. (Observer News Service): Armed with stun guns and large nets, officials will be out on the streets of the Indian capital in their hundreds this week as the capital gets tough in its mission to eradicate stray cattle.

The problem of New Delhi's rampaging cow population has become so severe that the High Court has issued city authorities with a one-week ultimatum to clear the streets of illegally roaming animals.

The crackdown is likely to end in violence as the owners of the city's 3,500 illegal street dairies fiercely resist all attempts to round up the beasts.

Although tourists are charmed by the sight of traffic brought to a standstill by cows grazing on the city's highways, Delhi's residents are increasingly disgusted by the disruption and danger that cattle pose.

Almost every week new stories of their savagery hit the front pages. Last February, a retired railway official and a maid were gored to death by a wild bull, and in March a Hindu priest was attacked and killed by a cow.

Despite a two-year clean-up campaign, officials estimate 32,000 cows remain. Failure to solve the problem led to this week's court ultimatum.

Last Thursday, April 28, Chief Justice BC Patel ordered the head of the New Delhi Municipal Council and other senior officials to appear in court `if the problem of stray cattle is not solved within a week'.

Officials' reluctance stems not from respect for the cow as a holy Hindu animal, but from fear of reprisals.

At the heart of the problem are the city's illegal dairies whose owners allow the cattle to graze untended during the day before rounding them up for milking in the evenings. These small businesses are often protected by powerful local interests, and have responded with gang violence to attempts to confiscate their animals.

`Our officials are beaten up whenever they go to catch stray cattle,' a lawyer for the municipal council told the court.

Officials have been attacked by mobs and their vehicles vandalised. The council asked the court for better police protection during this week's intensive campaign but its request was not granted.

UK Gives Grant to Hindu Council

LONDON, ENGLAND, May 4, 2005: Britain has sanctioned a grant of US$67,000 pounds to the Hindu Council, UK, part of which would be used for its cultural projects for children. Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Fiona Mactaggart, said the grant was for meeting the cost of the Hindu Council website and its pilot cultural projects for children, according to an official communication on Saturday night. Founded in 1994, the Council works towards providing an effective voice on policy matters with the government while enhancing mutual understanding among major faiths in the UK. It is invited to consult on government policy from time to time.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

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The Amazing Banana
By Mr Breakfast

A banana a day keeps the doctor away... and the dermatologist...and the psychologist... and if current research can be trusted... death. It seems there's almost no ailment that the banana can't help cure. The word "banan" is Arabic for finger.

The banana is unique among fruits. Rather than growing on trees, bananas come from the world's largest herb, Musa sapientium, which is directly related to the orchid family. They are believed to be the first fruit farmed by man. Available all year round, they are currently the most popular fruit in North America.
In February 2002, the International Banana Association reported that 60% of respondents in a recent study had a banana for breakfast at least once a week. The Mr Breakfast Institute of California (MBIC) recommends that bananas be included with breakfast at least twice a week.

According to a 2003 research project conducted by MBIC, bananas may aid in alleviating a very long list of ailments.

What Bananas Cure:
Anemia -- Because of their high iron content, bananas have the ability to stimulate hemoglobin production in the bloodstream.

Bone Mass Decay In Salt Eaters - A study at the University of California at San Francisco discovered that "The potassium [found in bananas] appears to counteract the bad effects of high-salt diets by preventing bones from decaying at a fast rate."

Constipation - If you're blocked up, stick a banana in your... mouth. The banana's high fiber content helps to restore normal bowel function. It also contain pectin, a water-absorbing nutrient which aids in firming your stool.

Depression - Like turkey, bananas contain tryptophan, a protein that converts to the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin is instrumental in facilitating relaxation. Low levels of serotonin are believed to cause mood disorders including depression.

High Blood Pressure - The U.S. Food and Drug Association recently allowed the banana industry to make official claims that bananas reduce the risk of blood pressure problems.

Nervousness - Bananas are high in the B-complex vitamins, which are known to have a calming effect on the nervous system.

Strokes -- A study of 5,600 people revealed that those with the lowest intakes of potassium were 50% more likely to suffer a stroke. The New England Journal of Medicine reported that adding banana to your regular diet can cut the risk of death by stoke by as much as 40%.

Ugliness - The Body Shop uses some 250,000 bananas each year in the manufacture of its beauty products. In Central America, mashed bananas are used to relieve dry skin. Other homespun banana beauty treatments include exfoliating masks (blend mashed bananas with cosmetic clay), hair conditioner (combine mashed banana with a few drops of almond oil) and hand moisturizing lotion (mash a banana with 2 pats of butter).
Numerous other conditions are said to be cured by bananas by old wives, if not yet by scientists. Consider using bananas to relieve hangovers (blend with milk and honey), heartburn, morning sickness, mosquito bites and warts (apply the inside of peel to irritated skin).

The Oxford English Dictionary recognizes the term "going bananas" as a comical series of actions associated with moneys picking bananas. But the only comical monkey in these days of modern science is a fool who doesn't eat bananas.

Go here to see over 50 Banana recipes:

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Ever Wonder Why Monkeys have so Much Energy yet are so Relaxed?
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Kerala's Premier Temple Revokes Dress Code

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM, KERALA, INDIA, May 12, 2005: The Guruvayoor Temple, India's second-richest shrine after Tirumala Tirupathi Devasthanam (TTD) has revoked the new dress code it introduced last month following pressure from devotees. Temple rules introduced in April said that for security reasons, men would have to enter the sanctum without their shirts. Earlier, male devotees were allowed to take off their shirts and sling it over their shoulders. Another temple order banning children above the age of five from wearing short pants has also been withdrawn after protests from devotees. Though female devotees have been demanding the right to wear dresses of their choice, the temple authorities continue to insist that they either wear saris or pavadas (long skirts) within the complex. Pilgrims from other parts of the country have registered complaints about the uncomfortable dress code for women, but for the moment, the status quo remains.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

DNA Study: Europeans Arrived Via India
NEW YORK, USA, May 13, 2005: By studying the DNA of an ancient people in Malaysia, a team of geneticists says it has illuminated many aspects of how modern humans migrated from Africa. The geneticists say there was only one migration of modern humans out of Africa; that it took a southern route to India, southeast Asia and Australia; and that it consisted of a single band of hunter-gatherers, probably just a few hundred people strong. Because these events occurred in the last Ice Age, when Europe was at first too cold for human habitation, the researchers say, it was populated only later, not directly from Africa but as an offshoot of the southern migration via India. The people of this offshoot would presumably have trekked back through the lands that are now India and Iran to reach the Near East and Europe.

The findings depend on analysis of mitochondrial DNA, a type of genetic material inherited solely through the female line. They are reported today in Science by a team of geneticists led by Dr. Vincent Macaulay of the University of Glasgow. Everyone in the world can be placed on a single family tree, in terms of their mitochondrial DNA, because everyone has inherited that piece of DNA from a single woman, the mitochondrial Eve, who lived some 200,000 years ago, states this article. There were many other women in that ancient population. But over the generations, one mitochondrial DNA replaced all the others through the process known as genetic drift. With the help of mutations that have built up on the one surviving copy, geneticists can arrange people in lineages and estimate the time of origin of each lineage. With this approach, Dr. Macaulay's team calculates that the emigration from Africa occurred 65,000 years ago, pushed along the coasts of India and southeast Asia and reached Australia by 50,000 years ago, the date of the earliest known archaeological site there.

The Malaysian people whom the geneticists studied are the Orang Asli. the term means "original men" in Malay. They are probably descended from this first migration, because they have several ancient mitochondrial DNA lineages that are found nowhere else, continues the article. These lineages are 42,000 to 63,000 years old, the geneticists say. For the full article, click on "source" above.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

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Some frogs were worshipping a stone. It was their tradition that this stone next to their frog pond was their deity, their god. So they would go to this stone and they would bow down and pray. One young frog thought, "Why have these frogs been bowing down to this stone for generations? What's so special about this stone anyway?"
So one day in the middle of the worship when all the frogs were bowing down before the stone, this young frog jumped over the stone. Everyone was shocked. "You've jumped over the stone!"
"Yes!" the young frog exclaimed. "So how can that be God? Why have you been worshipping this stone for so long? If that was God, how could I have jumped over it?"
And then the frogs said, "Yes, it's true what he's saying. We've been so foolish! So, our dear young frog, then you please tell us what should we worship?"
"You should worship an entity who is so tall that you cannot jump over him."
"Oh? Who is that?"
"I have seen one big, white bird with a long beak. The stork. He's very tall. A frog cannot jump over a stork."
"Oh very good! Let's go to the stork."
So they all went to the stork and they were paying obeisances. But the stork thought, "Aah! For so long I've had to hunt for frogs to eat, but now they're all coming to me. Very nice." So he ate them all.

MORAL: This story is to illustrate that when one is bewildered, in an inferior state of consciousness, then his conception of the absolute will always be inferior. He can play these mental games, finding faults in previous conclusions and inventing new conclusions, but they're all taking place on a very inferior platform, like the frogs.

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ohu vaha ho.....oh how wondrous !!!

It gives me great pleasure to announce that Sriman Yagnesh Rajani prabhu, and his good wife mother Lina in Malawi had a son Rohan Rajani born 02nd March 2005, both mother and baby are well, congratulation to all. Haribol !!!

"Sucinäm Shrimatäm gehe. So this child is born of a devotee father and devotee mother. Now he’ll again begin from the point where he lost last life. Suppose Krishna consciousness he executed fifty percent. So he’ll begin from this life fifty-one percent. That fifty percent was in his stock. But ordinary karmis—cent percent lost. He has to begin another chapter of life according to his karma." (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 17th July 1971. Lexture in Detroit.)

"There are two kinds of children born of good fathers: one is educated in Krishna consciousness so that he can be delivered from the clutches of mäyä in that very life, and the other is a ray of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and teaches the world the ultimate goal of life." (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. 8th August 1976. Srimad Bhagavatam class SB 3:22:19. Tehran, Iran)

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Dear Prabhus,

  Please accept our respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

 With thankfulness to our Founder Acharya Srila Prabhupada, Sri Gaura-Nitai, and the inspiration of all of you, we announce the Grand Opening of "NECTARBOOKS.COM". This website contains rare, wonderful Krishna Literature by our Vaisnava Acharyas, beautifully and carefully translated by Dasaratha Suta Prabhu, a scholarly disciple of Srila Prabhupada, long known for his translation work.

It was a desire of Srila Prabhupada to give all of us, his children and grandchildren, the entire Vaisnava Library of devotional writings, and we are  blessed by His Divine Grace to recieve some of this literature with which to further water our creepers of devotion.

Please consider forwarding this email to your address list in the mood of going for the mercy of Lord Chaitanya by assisting His missionary desires.

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Tokyo April 27, 1972

.. It is my serious desire to devote the fag end of my life to translating Srimad Bhagavatam and so many other Vaisnava literatures so by assisting me in this regards you will be performing the highest service to Krsna....

How Spiritual Are You? Take This Test

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

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Incense from the comfort of home, choose from 14 pure incense flavours. This incense is
like no other, made according to ancient principles rather than commercial constraints.
Incense made in one family for hundreds of years. Incense developed for worship of local
temple Deities and discovered by western travellers and incense hunters during the late
sixties. now offers exclusive availability real incense.

Wrapped in 50 gram bundles, it will be posted to your home and soon be taking place of
all your aromatherapy needs. On this site you will find all the ingredients that make up
these ancient recipes, plus a fascinating insight into the making and consciousness behind
a product that is made in a devotional spirit - where purity is the most important element has to smell GREAT!'s natural sticks are steeped in over 200 years of family history using
timeless recipes passed down from father to son.

Made with focused consciousness within a family atmosphere, free from exploitation, we
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The end result? A clean, natural burning, temple grade stick that is completely different
from the harsh, synthetic-perfume that has become a hallmark of cheap imports.

Again mention that you came through this site for preferential treatment.

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Problems with Ghosts, Evil Eye, Curses, Black Magic etc etc

Continuous illness - All medical treatments fail.

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

Continuous illness of any member of the family.

Tiredness and weakness like M.E.

Eating disorders associated with obesity and anorexia.

Being short tempered. Sterility, without any physical

deficiency or without any medical reason.

Repeated miscarriages or death of children.

Sudden unnatural deaths in the family.

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

Shortness of money, in spite of hard labour.

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

Apathy, no desire to rise In Life.

Achievement of objectives seems impossible.

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

Unexpected loss in the business of property.

Ill health and under development of children.

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

Discord between spouses or the family.

Greatest efforts always resulting in failure.

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

Poverty, in spite of hard work.

Mental disorders - Insanity - Craziness.

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

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

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

To see the Online 2004 Vyasa Puja Book visit:

Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa pujan in Mayapur 2003 pictures:

Go to Links to Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Pujan

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

HH Bir-Krishna Goswami's site

HH Devamrita Swami

HH Gopal Krishna Goswami:

HH Indradyumna Swami

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

HH Kadamba Kanana Swami

HH Prabhavishnu Swami

HH Prahladananda Swami

HH Romapada Swami

HH Sacinandan Swami

HH Sivaram Swami:

HH Sridhar Swami (the late Sridhar swami)

HH Suhotra dasa Tapa Vanacharin

HH Trivikram Swami

HG Vaiyasaki dasa Adhikari

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

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


The Peace Formula

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The New Iskcon Auckland temple open one year.

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Hare KrishnaSchool & Playgroup

Krishna Conscious education for children

Hare Krishna School in Riverhead, Auckland is a government funded school that runs from 9am – 3pm five days a week. We cover all core subjects in the New Zealand Curriculum and in addition teach Sanskrit, Sastra and Vedic arts. Children who come to this school get everything that children at state schools get plus Vedic culture and values in a serene rural environment.

We also run a preschool program for children 3 and up.

A school bus service provides transport from Auckland suburbs.

For enrolment information please contact:-

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

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Every Saturday in the Red Square by the Strand (or Mt. Maunganui)

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

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

Vegetarian Clubs
Waikato University - Hamilton campus

2 days per week serving about 100 plates each day.

for more information contact Mangala Vaishnava dasa

Auckland Veda club.
Auckland University - Wellesley St. campus

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

For more information contact Auckland temple:

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

contact Jambavati dasi (03) 477 8277



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Seven hundred plates of free prasadam (food offered to the Lord) were distributed to an appreciative public and to 50 devotees who took part in a central city Harinam (chanting in the streets).

Nimananda das and his wife Suchitra devi dasi, Organisers of the Food for Life Restaurant in Auckland City, celebrated Srila Prabhupada’s 108th Birthday, by following the request of their spiritual master, Tamal Krisna Goswami, to distribute prasadam to the public.They have been performing this act of charity regularly for 19 years in Fiji, Wellington and now Auckland.

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

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New CD of Bhaktivinoda Thakur bhajans

by Ashok Krishna das and Syamabiharini dasi

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

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

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

Account number 3125628, Ashok Jagram, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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

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Check out this amazing new Krishna conscious music CD

by Navayauvana dasa ACBSP in Holland

Rasa Productions
The Musik of Bhakti Rasa dasa

Welcome to the world of
Indian Art Music

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

Please find the Nokia Hare Krishna Ringtone code
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Bollywood and Hindi and English "do it yourself" ringtones for cell phones

Practicing Krishna Consciousness at Home:

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

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

Wellington Loft (Gaura Yoga centre)

Christchurch Loft
Hanuman dasa:

The Loft - Auckland

First Floor, 103 Beach Road,
Auckland City

ph (09) 379-7301

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

ph 3379 7307

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dhanvantaris cha bhagavan svayam eva kirtir
namna nrnam pururujam ruja asu hanti
yajne cha bhagam amrtayur avavarundha
ayusya vedam anusasty avatirya loke

"The Lord in His incarnation of Dhanvantari very quickly cures the diseases of the ever diseased living entities simply by His fame personified and only because of Him do the demigods achieve long lives. Thus the Personality of Godhead becomes ever glorified. He also exacted a share from the sacrifices, and it is He only who inaugurated the medical science or the knowledge of medicine in the universe." (Srimad Bhagavata Purana 2.7.22 )

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Sacred Vegetarian Recipes - Prasadam

World Vegetarian Day 1st October each year

World Vegetarian Awareness Month - October

see what's already happening this year

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

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

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

Making Food Sacred - Offering our food to Krishna:
....excerpt from lecture by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1-3 -- San Francisco, March 28, 1968

The Vedic literature says like this, that God has no leg, no hand. Therefore the impersonalists take advantage of it. "Oh, here it is stated God has no legs, no hands." But the next line is, javana grhita: "He can accept everything which you offer Him in devotion."

Now how He can accept? If He has no hand, how He can accept things from us? That means He hasn't got a hand like us. His hand is different. Therefore even though He is situated in the spiritual world, which is far, far away from us, still, He says in the Bhagavad-gita, it is said,

patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
asnami prayatatmanah

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

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

Cooking for Krishna

Why do we offer our food to God before eating?

Everything you ever wanted to know about Hare Krishna food:

Pure Vegetarianism - booklet from Food For Life Global FREE

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

EgglessDotCom - A site for vegetarian baking without eggs.


Ekadasi Book Cooking - new book coming:

Ekadasi Recipes - preps without grains or beans etc:

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

Fast Food of a Different Kind:

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

Meat Free Zone:

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


(even Parmesan and other favorites)
Not just cheeses also vegetarian yogurts and other dairy produce.

Tararua Lite Sour Cream for Vegetarians hits the shelves Sept 1st 2004.

(we bought some Stilton, Parmesan, Edam, Swiss and a few others - LOL - you have to check out these pages and then go to your Woolworths, Countdown, Foodtown, Pak'nSav, New World or local Deli.....believe me it's worth it, especially the Tuxford range; Cheshire, Red Leicester, Double Gloucester, Wensleydale varieties from the UK  =>:-))) updated to help you

updated 16th Sept 2004

All the Meatless Pasta preparations you'd like to prepare:

The Meatrix - this you have to see to believe - take the red pill see reality - The Meatrix it's all around you:

Allow the Meatrix to download fully before attempting to observe.............

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

Vegan and Vegetarian recipes
 updated 18th May 2005

Injera (Ethiopian Flat Bread)
And now for something completely different. This is a bit like making pancakes, so you can fill the bread with either a sweet or savoury mix of your choice.
Note: If you want to use this bread on Monday, you will have to start making it today, as the flours and yeast have to sit at room temp for 3 days!!
1 3/4 cups/7oz Flour
1/2 cup/2oz Self-raising flour
1/4 cup/1oz Wholewheat Flour
1 package Dry yeast
2 1/2 cups/20fl oz Water, warm
1/2 teaspoon Baking soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt

Combine the flours and yeast in a ceramic or glass bowl.
Add the warm water and mix into a fairly thin, smooth batter.
Let the mixture sit for three full days at room temperature.
Stir the mixture once a day. It will bubble and rise. When you are ready to make the injera, add the baking soda and salt and let the batter sit for 10-15 minutes. Heat a small, nonstick 9-inch skillet/pan. When a drop of water bounces on the pan's surface, take about 1/3 cup of the batter and pour it in the skillet quickly, all at once. Swirl the pan so that the entire bottom is evenly coated, then return to the heat.
The injera is cooked only on one side and the bottom should not brown. When the moisture has evaporated and lots of "eyes" appear on the surface, remove the injera.
Let each injera cool and then stack them as you go along. If the first injera is undercooked, try using less of the mixture, perhaps 1/4 cup, and maybe cook it a bit longer. Be sure not to overcook it. Injera should be soft and pliable so that it can be rolled or folded, like a crepe. Offer to the Lord, and serve to the devotees

Vegan Clam Dip

1 (8 oz) pkg. Tofutti Better Than Cream Cheese
1/4 cup soy milk
2 tsp. A-1 Steak Sauce
2 tsp. Bragg's Liquid Aminos
1/2 tsp. hing powder
1/8 tsp. salt
pepper to taste (optional)
1/2 cup dry chicken textured soy protein

This is a wonderful dip and tastes like I remember clam dip tasting; even non-vegan family members eat it.

Mix everything except textured soy protein in blender or food processor. When well mixed add dry chicken textured soy protein and mix. Let sit 1/2 hour for Textured Soy Protein to re-hydrate. Dip will thicken as it sits. Serve with veggies, chips or crackers.

Preparation time: 10 minutes


1 cup fine whole wheat flour
1/2 teasp. salt
1/4 cup warm water
ghee or oil for shallow-frying

1 cup mashed potatoes
1 1/2 teasp. salt
1/2 teasp. black pepper
1/4 teasp. tumeric


1. Sift flour and salt.
2. Knead in water until a pliable dough forms.
3. Divide dough into 6 balls.
4. Grease rolling pin and surface.
5. Roll each ball into a 4-inch diameter round.
6. Dip finger in water and wet slightly around border.
7. Place 1 Tablesp. of filling in center of round.
8.  Leave border free of filling.
9. Lay a second round on top.
10. Lay a second round on top.
11. Press edges to seal.
12. Slightly cover bottom of hot frying pan with ghee.
13. Place in paratha. Bake on both sides until brown. Spoon in more ghee as needed.
* Yields 3 parathas.

Bean Dip

1 15-oz. can garbanzo beans
1 tea spoon hing
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 to 1/4 cup olive oil, depending on consistency desired

Blend garbanzo beans in a food processor with hing, salt, and olive oil.

Stir in some lemon juice, tahini, sun dried tomatoes or chopped olives for variety.

DHOKLA  (Steamed chickpea flour bread)

1/2 cup chickpea (besan) flour
2 green chilies, chopped
1 1/2 Tablesp. ginger, grated
1/4 teasp. tumeric
3/4 teasp. salt
1/4 teasp. hing
1 teasp. sugar
3 Tablesp. ghee or oil
2/3 cup yogurt
1/2 teasp. baking powder
1/2 teasp. bicarbonate soda
3 Tablesp. warm water

1. Sift flour, chilies, ginger, black pepper, tumeric, salt, and hing.
2. Rub ghee into flour evenly.
3. Beat in yogurt until creamy. Cover.
4. Leave 8 hours.
5. Organize steamer:
* 1 large pot, 1/4 filled with water
* 1 round shallow cake form to fit inside large pot.
* 1 flat sieve or metal bowls for elevating tray above water.
6. Grease cake form. Set aside.
7. Place steamer pot on high heat.
8. Stir baking powder and soda into chickpea-yogurt batter.
9. Stir in water. Immediately, pour batter into cake form.
10. Lower dhokla pan into steamer pot, resting it on sieve or cups.
(pan should not come in direct contact with water.)
11. Cover pot tightly with lid. Place a heavy weight on top.
12. Steam 10 minutes or until firm and cracks appear on surface.
13. Remove dhokla from steamer.
14. Cut into squares.
* Yields 12 squares.

Buttermilk Cinnamon Rolls
A light buttermilk yeast dough starts you off on the right foot for these gooey rolls filled with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter. Once assembled, they can be refrigerated overnight if need be, so you can wake up and pop them right in the oven.
Serves 4-6
2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/4 cup/2fl oz warm water
1 1/2 cups/12fl oz buttermilk
1/2 cup/4fl oz vegetable oil
4 1/2 cups/18oz all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup/4oz butter, melted
1 1/4 cups/10oz brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. In a small saucepan, heat the buttermilk until warm to the touch.
Pour the buttermilk and oil into the yeast mixture; mix well. Combine the flour, salt and baking soda. Stir the flour mixture into the liquid 1 cup at a time, until a soft dough forms. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead 20 times. Cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
In a small bowl, stir together the butter, brown sugar and cinnamon.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough out into a large rectangle. Spread the brown sugar and butter mixture over the dough, roll up into a log and pinch the seam to seal. Slice into 1 inch pieces and place cut side up in a lightly greased 10 x 15 inch baking pan. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes or cover and refrigerate overnight. If baking immediately, preheat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown. Let stand for 2 to 3 minutes before offering and serving.

Honey Flapjacks
Not your usual 'pancake' type but something you will certainly find in the highlands of Scotland - yummy all the same!!
Makes 12
200g/7¼oz unsalted butter
200g/7¼oz demerara (brown) sugar
200g/7¼oz honey
400g/14¼oz porridge oats
50g/1¾oz nuts, dried fruits or glacé ginger,
chopped or desiccated coconut (optional)
You will also need a 20cm x 30cm (8in x 12in) cake tin, greased
Put the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Add the oats and nuts, fruit, ginger or coconut, if using, and mix well.
Transfer the oat mixture to the prepared cake tin and spread to about 2cm (¾in) thick. Smooth the surface with the back of a spoon. Bake in a preheated oven at 180C/350F/Gas 4 for 15-20 minutes, until lightly golden around the edges, but still slightly soft in the middle. Let cool in the tin, then turn out and cut into squares.

Winter Afterglow
A nice sweet non-alcoholic drink that
takes just seconds to make.
Serves 1
1fl oz grenadine
4fl oz orange juice
4fl oz pineapple juice
Mix all ingredients together and serve over ice.

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

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

Higher Taste cook book FREE on-line

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

Different Shapes of pasta:

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

Visit our Award winning site - Vegetarianism & Beyond
Interesting articles - information - history - arguments - links............ (been re-vamped) fact everything you want to know about Vegetarianism and Beyond:
... last updated 1st October 2004

Nutrition and Health - vitamins, a balanced diet, through prasadam:

Vegetarian Update - newsletter from NZ Vegetarian Socity in Wellington:

Siberian Center for Vedic Culture presents
tasty vegetarian recipes from Food For Peace by Rambhoru devi dasi.

“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat.
That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it.
Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
--Sir Paul McCartney


Check out heaps of information on Vegetarianism, Prasadam-ism,
download books, Vegetarian Recipe programs, and more.


Points of View
I don't know if Shel was actually a vegetarian or not, but he did do some pro-veg works like the following:

Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless,
Christmas dinner's dark and blue,
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.

Sunday dinner isn't funny
Easter feasts are just bad luck,
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of the chicken or the duck.

Oh, how I once loved tuna salad,
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops, too,
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.

Shel Silverstein - song writer (he wrote all Dr Hook and medicine show's lyrics)

A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:

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

Vegetarian recipes:

101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian:

Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:

Excellent "Meat Substitute" recipes

Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes

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


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

Religious Stands on Vegetarianism

Vaishnavism - Hinduism - Jainism
Christianity - Bible - Book of Morman - 7th Day Adventist
- oxymoron of the yuga:

Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply.
May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers!

Rig Veda Samhita 10.37.11.

Download one of Bhakti Rasa prabhu's songs for FREE
"Don't Eat Your Friends" (It Ain't Nice)

and visit Bhakti Rasa prabhu's site:

Check out Kurma prabhu's new web-site:

check out what he's doing during October 2004

XMAS Recipes @
We wish you a Vege Xmas...and a Hari new year.

Wellington Vegetarian Society' Newsletters

You'll also notice that we have a book sale of our Living a Good Life book, and it is ideal for vegetarian families - it covers pregnancy, childcare and the teen years, not to mention adults and the elderly.  We've just reprinted more copies as a result of recent demand, and these are selling well, with the proceeds going to vegetarian products including a farm animal sanctuary down our way.

The book "Living a Good Life" normally selling at $21.95 is now going at the $14.95 price, .


Auckland's New Zealand Vegetarian Society
....has a myriad of excellent books for sale on vegetarianism

see their mention on our 2004 events

Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants throughout New Zealand

Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan

Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan

How did you do?

According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.

See more details HERE

McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:

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

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

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

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


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

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

Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
(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

 Krishna Conscious - Vedikly acceptable Jokes

Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves  =>;-))
Visit our Hasya Rasa pages

Laughter Therapy - its no joke:

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

        So Lord Caitanya is known as the one:

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                ys Radhe Govinda dasa

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

This is a MUST READ =>;-Q

Four Wives parable:

For weeks a six-year old gurukul boy kept telling his first-grade teacher about the baby brother or sister that was expected at his house.

One day at home the mother allowed the boy to feel the movements of the unborn child. The six-year old was obviously impressed, but made no comment. Furthermore, he stopped telling his teacher about the impending event. Missing the updates the teacher finally sat the boy on her lap and said, "Aravinda, whatever has become of that baby brother or sister you were expecting at home?"

Little Aravinda simply burst into tears and confessed, "I think Mataji ate it!"

Thank God for Children Saying Grace...

Last week I took my children to a restaurant.

My six-year-old son asked if he could say grace.

As we bowed our heads he said, "God is good, God is great.

Thank you for the food, and I would even thank you more if Mom gets us ice cream for dessert.

And Liberty and justice for all! Amen!"

Along with the laughter from the other customers nearby I heard a woman remark, "That's what's wrong with this country.
Kids today don't even know how to pray. Asking God for ice cream! Why, I never!"

Hearing this, my son burst into tears and asked me, "Did I do it wrong? Is God mad at me?"

As I held him and assured him that he had done a terrific job and God was certainly not mad at him, an elderly gentleman approached the table.

He winked at my son and said, "I happen to know that God thought that was a great prayer.

"Really?" my son asked.

"Cross my heart," the man replied.
Then in a theatrical whisper he added (indicating the woman whose remark had started this whole thing), "Too bad she never asks God for ice cream.
A little ice cream is good for the soul sometimes."

Naturally, I bought my kids ice cream at the end of the meal.

My son  stared at his for a moment and then did something I will remember the rest of my life. He picked up his sundae and without a word, walked over and placed it in front of the woman. With a big smile he told her,

"Here, this is for you. Ice cream is good for the soul sometimes; and my soul

is good already."

The End.

I loved this story!  Sometimes we all need some "ice-cream".   I hope God sends you some "ice cream" today!

sent in by Sheela Muralidhar in the UK

What's an eight letter word that has only one letter in it?

An envelope!

A driver did the right thing, stopping at the crosswalk even though he could have beaten the red light by accelerating through the intersection.

The tailgating woman behind him went ballistic, pounding on her horn and screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to drive through the intersection with him.

Still in mid-rant, she heard a tap on her window and looked up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer ordered her to exit her car with her hands up. He took her to the police station where she was searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a cell.

After a couple of hours, a policeman approached the cell and opened the door. She was escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer was waiting with her personal effects. He said, "I'm awfully sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping the guy off in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him.

I noticed the 'Choose Life' license plate holder, the 'What Would Jesus Do' bumper sticker, the 'Follow Me to Sunday School' bumper sticker, and the chrome-plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk."

"Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car"

An American man: In our country, marriage even takes place with email.

Santa Singh: In India, it is only with female

1825 Thomas Henry Huxley (d. 1895), English scientist, supporter and populariser of Charles Darwin's theories. His investigations in comparative anatomy, palaeontology and evolution exerted a great influence on the 19th century biology. He was the grandfather of biologist Julian Huxley and writer Aldous Huxley.

At the famous Oxford University Meeting of 1860, Huxley defended Darwin's theory of Natural Selection against Samuel Wilberforce, the Bishop of Oxford. Wilberforce used essentially the same arguments that he had used in his anonymous review of Darwin's epochal On the Origin of Species for the previous July's The Quarterly Review. Then he smugly asked, was it through Huxley's grandfather or his grandmother that he claimed his descent from a monkey?

courtesy of Wilson's Almanac

Did you ever wonder?
Early one morning, a mother went in to wake up her son. "Wake up, son. It's time to go to school!"
"But why, Mom? I don't want to go."
"Give me two reasons why you don't want to go."
"Well, the kids hate me for one, and the teachers hate me, too!"
"Oh, that's no reason not to go to school. Come on now and get ready."
"Give me two reasons why I should go to school."
"Well, for one, you're 52 years old. And for another, you're the principal!"


A blind psychic in Germany claims he can tell people's future
by feeling their naked buttocks.
I believe this is called ass~trology.

Jay Leno

When I was a kid, my dad and I had a running joke. If anyone asked what he did for a living, I always said, "He's a sports mechanic.
He fixes boxing matches and horse races."

Once I answered a teacher this way. She flipped out and summoned my parents. Dad calmed her down by explaining it was a joke.

"So what do you do?" she asked.

Dad, a sales rep for a pharmaceutical company said, "I sell drugs."


The ways of this material world - strange but true


Spotted in farmyard: Manure for sale.  Bring your own bucket.

The room service in a Lisbon hotel tells you: If you wish for breakfast, lift the telephone and ask for room service.  This will be enough for you to bring your food up.

In a Bangkok temple: " It Is Forbidden To Enter A Woman, Even A Foreigner, If Dressed As A Man." (Richard Lederer)

In An East African Newspaper: "A New Swimming Pool Is Rapidly Taking Shape Since The Contractors Have Thrown In The Bulk Of Their Workers." (Richard Lederer)

Television Owner's Manual: Do not pour liquids into your television set.  (Carin Lamberson)

Georgia Peaches - California Grown - 89 Cents Lb. (Douglas Helsel)

On An Athi River Highway: "Take Notice: When This Sign Is Under Water, This Road Is Impassable." (Richard Lederer)

Traffic sign: Parking restricted to 60 minutes in any hour.
Spotted in a Blackpool (UK) guest house: Hot and cold running in all rooms.

Ultimate road rage !!!!!

BTW........Have you ever noticed?
Anybody going slower than you is an idiot,
and anyone going faster than you is a maniac.

We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.

from Swarup

more optical illusions here

Following are answers given by elementary school-age children to the given questions:

Why did God make mothers?
1. She's the only one who knows where the Scotch Tape is.
2. Think about it. It was the best way to get more people.
3. Mostly to clean the house.
4. To help us out of there when we were getting born.

How did God make mothers?
1. He used dirt, just like for the rest of us.
2. Magic, plus super powers, and a lot of stirring.
3. God made my mom just the same like he made me. He just used bigger parts.

Why did God give you your mother and not some other mom?
1. We are related.
2. God knew she likes me a lot more than other people's moms like me.

What ingredients are mothers made of?
1. God makes mothers out of clouds and angel hair and everything nice in the world and one dab of mean.
2. They had to get their start from men's bones. Then they mostly use string. I think.

What kind of little girl was your mom?
1. My mom has always been my mom and none of that other stuff.
2. I don't know because I wasn't there, but my guess would be pretty bossy.
3. They say she used to be nice.

How did your mom meet your dad?
1. Mom was working in a store and dad was shoplifting.

What did mom need to know about dad before she married him?
1. His last name.
2. She had to know his background. Like is he a crook? Does he get drunk on beer? Does he make at least $800 a year? Did he say NO to drugs and YES to chores?

Why did your mom marry your dad?
1. My dad makes the best spaghetti in the world. And my mom eats a lot.
2. She got too old to do anything else with him.
3. My grandma says that mom didn't have her thinking cap on.

What makes a real woman?
1. It means you have to be really bossy without looking bossy.

Who's the boss at your house?
1. Mom doesn't want to be boss, but she has to because Dad is such a goofball.
2. Mom. You can tell by room inspection. She sees the stuff under the bed.
3. I guess Mom is, but only because she has a lot more to do than Dad.

What's the difference between moms and dads?
1. Moms work at work and work at home, and dads just work at work.
2. Moms know how to talk to teachers without scaring them.
3. Dads are taller and stronger, but moms have all the real power because that's who you have to ask if you want to sleep over at your friend's.

What does your mom do in her spare time?
1. Mothers don't have spare time.
2. To hear her tell it, she pays bills all day long.

What's the difference between moms and grandmas?
1. About 30 years.
2. You can always count on grandmothers for candy. Sometimes moms don't even have bread on them.

Describe the world's greatest mom?
1. She would be able to make broccoli taste like ice cream.
2. The greatest mom in the world wouldn't make me kiss my fat aunts.
3. She'd always be smiling and keep her opinions to herself.

Is anything about your mom perfect?
1. Her teeth are perfect, but she bought them from the dentist.
2. Her casserole recipes. But we hate them.
3. Just her children.

What would it take to make your mom perfect?
1. On the inside she's already perfect. Outside, I think some kind of plastic surgery.
2. Diet. You know, her hair. I'd dye it, maybe blue.

If you could change one thing about your mom, what would it be?
1. She has this weird thing about me keeping my room clean. I'd get rid of that.
2. I'd make my mom smarter -- then she would know my sister did it and not me.

from Patricia

While attending a Marriage Seminar dealing with communication, Tom and his wife Grace listened to the instructor,
"It is essential that husbands and wives know the things that are important to each other."

He addressed the man, "Can you describe your wife's favorite flower?"

Tom leaned over, touched his wife's arm gently and whispered, "It's Stoneground wholemeal, isn't it?

The rest of the story gets rather ugly, so I'll stop right here.


Man Is Always Trying To Kill Time
But In The End It's Time That Kills Him

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


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