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The 108th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
of the appearance of
His Divine Grace
A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA
1896 – 2004
Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
The International Society for Krishna Consciousness
The year beginning on Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja September 6th, 2004, and ending with his Vyasa Puja on August 28, 2005 marks the 108th anniversary of his birth. While everyone honors 100th anniversaries, Vaisnavas place great significance on the 108th anniversary, because 108 is a special number. Krsna enjoys with 108 principal gopis (cowherd girls), there are 108 Upanishads, and a round of japa on beads is 108 Hare Krsna mantras. ISKCON has created a special opportunity to glorify Srila Prabhupada on his 108th birthday and throughout the year afterwards. ISKCON's governing body commissioners in their annual meeting this year passed the following resolution.
Whereas: The 108th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's appearance can
bring special inspiration to the devotee community by glorifying Srila
Whereas: H.H. Lokanath Swami was successful in performing the service of Srila Prabhupada's Centennial Global Minister.
Resolved: ISKCON will make the celebration of Srila Prabhupada's 108th appearance anniversary year a highlight of its activities until Vyasa Puja 2005. H.H. Lokanath Swami will take up the service of global coordinator for this project.
In 1996 ISKCON celebrated Srila Prabhupada's Centennial.
Participation in events far exceeded expectations. Throughout the
Centennial year, followers of Srila Prabhupada made extraordinary efforts
to spread his glories world wide by inundating their countries, states,
and cities with the holy name of Krsna, Krsna prasadam, and Prabhupada's
books. Temples world wide joined in celebrating many spectacular
special events. Streets were named in Prabhupada's honor, and several
biographies about him were published. There were also many wonderful
special achievements and offerings by individuals and groups. but
why was the Centennial so successful? We could only conclude that
it was because Krsna wanted to glorify Srila Prabhupada. Krsna wanted
to show the world that He is know as bhaktanama mana vardhanah, "He who
enhances the reputation of His devotees."
Srila Prabhupada's teachings, which continue to be felt throughout all parts of ISKCON, are the universal inspiration for the 108 celebration. All initiated devotees and all followers of Srila Prabhupada have a high level of awareness, appreciation, and remembrance of him. They feel connected with him as their siksa guru, accepting as essential the teaching he gave in his books. Inspired by his powerful presence, they follow his instructions in their own lives and are able to bring others to follow them too.
The celebration of Srila Prabhupada's 108th anniversary will focus on a series of public events. most of the international events that were so successful in 1996 will be held again. The events will bring about a heightened appreciation for Srila Prabhupada and his movement in the public and increase ISKCON's member's awareness of being part of a united worldwide movement.
The 108th Celebration is not limited to events. The spirit of the Celebration is to encourage each ISKCON devotee, member and follower to make at least one personal offering to Srila Prabhupada during the year in one or more of the following areas:
1. Help spread Srila Prabhupada's mission by expanding the congregation, distributing books and chanting the holy name, especially at 108 events.
2. Dedicate oneself to glorifying Srila Prabhupada by personally meaningful special achievement during the 108th year.
3. Build personal internal strength by commitment to improving both personal spiritual standards and practices and those of your community.
The 108th Celebration is a great time to introduce the whole world to Srila Prabhupada and his mission. Let us all take seriously this very special opportunity, and wholeheartedly glorify Srila Prabhupada.
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Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 2 - Contents of the Gita Summarized
samudram apah pravisanti yadvat
tadvat kama yam pravisanti sarve
sa santim apnoti na kama-kami
WORD FOR WORD
apuryamanam--always being filled; acala-pratistham--steadily situated; samudram--the ocean; apah--waters; pravisanti--enter; yadvat--as; tadvat--so; kamah--desires; yam--unto whom; pravisanti--enter; sarve--all; sah--that person; santim--peace; apnoti--achieves; na--not; kama-kami--one who desires to fulfill desires.
A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires--that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still--can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.
PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
Although the vast ocean is always filled with water, it is always, especially during the rainy season, being filled with much more water. But the ocean remains the same--steady; it is not agitated, nor does it cross beyond the limit of its brink. That is also true of a person fixed in Krsna consciousness. As long as one has the material body, the demands of the body for sense gratification will continue. The devotee, however, is not disturbed by such desires, because of his fullness. A Krsna conscious man is not in need of anything, because the Lord fulfills all his material necessities. Therefore he is like the ocean--always full in himself. Desires may come to him like the waters of the rivers that flow into the ocean, but he is steady in his activities, and he is not even slightly disturbed by desires for sense gratification. That is the proof of a Krsna conscious man--one who has lost all inclinations for material sense gratification, although the desires are present Because he remains satisfied in the transcendental loving service of the Lord, he can remain steady, like the ocean, and therefore enjoy full peace. Others, however, who want to fulfill desires even up to the limit of liberation, what to speak of material success, never attain peace. The fruitive workers, the salvationists, and also the yogis who are after mystic powers are all unhappy because of unfulfilled desires. But the person in Krsna consciousness is happy in the service of the Lord, and he has no desires to be fulfilled. In fact, he does not even desire liberation from the so-called material bondage. The devotees of Krsna have no material desires, and therefore they are in perfect peace.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Copyright 1983 The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Used with permission.
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We had a long discussion about the relationship between Lord Visnu and Lord Siva. At one point the famous battle between Banasura and Krsna was mentioned, where the ultimate weapons of Lord Siva and Lord Visnu were pitched against each other. The siva-jvara produced intense heat, but the visnu-jvara, which generated intense cold, was the victor.
An Indian devotee said that when Prabhupada was very ill in Vrndavana with a high fever he had prayed that the visnu-jvara might reduce his fever. "So we were just reading the Bhagavatam when you were sick. Anybody suffering from fever means you read such and such a portion. So it should come down."
It seemed like a nice sentiment, but from Prabhupada's pure devotional viewpoint it wasn't acceptable. "No, Visnu should not be utilized for curing your fever. That is not bhakti. That is business."
Kirtanananda Swami asked, "Can a disciple invoke Lord Visnu's help for serving his spiritual master?"
Srila Prabhupada replied more enthusiastically. He also revealed something of his internal mood in his struggle to establish the Bombay temple. "Hm! That is nice. That is for curing Visnu's representative. When we were in danger, there was so much obstruction for constructing the temple, and we prayed to Krsna that it should be stopped. We prayed to Krsna, 'Please give your protection.' That is for Visnu's purpose."
As we walked along the firm sand near the water's edge we suddenly found ourselves caught in a small cul-de-sac formed by the incoming tide. The flux of the waves revealed a shining object imbedded in the sand, glinting in the sunlight like a valuable gem. Lokanatha ran over to see. It was a piece of broken glass.
Everyone laughed as Prabhupada declared, "That is called maya! The light is here, but it appears light is there. This is called maya. The real world is the spiritual world and here it is simply reflection, but we are taking this is real world."
- From the "A Transcendental Diary Vol 1" by HG Hari Sauri dasa
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"Why no More Men from Apes"
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Prabhupada: Therefore his civilization -- so much, that's all. His standard of civilization, this much. (break) ... no tree, even a small tree is considered big tree. (break) Man came from ape, so why man is not coming now from ape? Hm?
Harikesa: It only happened once, and that was enough to start the whole thing.
Prabhupada: Only once.
Pusta Krsna: It had to happen at least twice.
Prabhupada: That is another rascaldom. We see the flowers and fruits are coming every season. Why once? This dogmatic, we have to accept? Our experience is that by nature's way we find the same flower is coming again in the same season.
Pusta Krsna: Well, actually Darwin said that there's a missing link.
Prabhupada: You rascal, you say that. What is that missing link? Simply bluffing, and it is going on in the name of science. Just see the fun. Simply misleading, and people are so rascal, this civilized man, so-called, he is accepting as great theory.
Pusta Krsna: Accepting?
Prabhupada: This Darwin's theory as very big invention or discovery. Simply childish rascaldom. There is no reason; there is no sense. Man came from monkey -- why not coming now? Stop once. So what kind of men came first?
Pusta Krsna: First there was very primitive man.
Prabhupada: No, primitive...
Pusta Krsna: They think that he resembles a monkey very much.
Prabhupada: So there are in Africa these men. They resemble that, what is called? That animal?
Pusta Krsna: Gorilla.
Prabhupada: Gorilla. So these men are still existing. But why from gorilla they do not come?
Pusta Krsna: They don't come from the gorilla.
Prabhupada: Africans, I have seen, they look like gorilla. So why now from gorilla the Africans or any black man is not coming? Then the question is the black man... We have got experience. The black man come. And wherefrom the white man came? Is there any white gorilla?
Pusta Krsna: No.
Prabhupada: No. Then white man, how did he come?
Harikesa: Well, sometimes there is a freak of nature, and the pigments that are in the skin...
Prabhupada: Simply it is for Darwin, "sometime." To support his rascaldom, nature has to serve him "sometimes. "Just see. We have to believe. Nature's law is the same, symmetrical. Nature is not obliged to serve Mr. Darwin, the rascal. Sometimes. He says, "sometimes." He did, and he knew it only and nobody knew. We have to believe that. Sometimes it was done, and it was revealed to Darwin. How he came to know? Nobody could understand. Only Darwin could understand? There was no other?
Pusta Krsna: They use the same argument against us, though, that... They use the same argument against us that so few people can understand God...
Prabhupada: No. We don't say like that. We say that God first spoke to sun-god, and sun-god spoke to his son, Manu, and Manu spoke to Iksvaku, Iksvaku spoke to his son. In this way are there. We don't say, "The God spoke to me." Evam parampara praptam, that is quite reasonable. God said to Brahma, and the Brahma said to Narada, Narada said to Vyasadeva, Vyasadeva said to others. In this way we should know. If my father said to my forefather... My forefather said to my father or my grandfather, and the same news is coming in family way, then where is the wrong? We don't say, "Darwin simply knew it." No, we don't say that. Evam parampara praptam. He was a rascal number one, all these scientists, the so-called scientists.
Pusta Krsna: But how can we prove Krsna scientifically?
Prabhupada: First of all let them prove their theory. Then we shall prove ours. We are proving. We have got our own way. But why they are speaking all this nonsense? First of all let him prove that he is genuine. Then our turn will be next. Ours is very easy. Krsna said to sun-god, and sun-god said to his son, his son, his son. It is coming like that. Where is the difficulty? Again Krsna says, "Now it is mismanaged. It is lost, so I am saying again to you Arjuna." So what Arjuna has understood, we are understanding the same way. How Arjuna understood it, that is written in the Bhagavad-gita. Where is the... We have no difficulty. But you jump over: "There is link," that "Once only from monkey came." What is this nonsense? We have to believe this? Has it any sense? And because Mr. Darwin is speaking we have to accept it? We cannot...
Harikesa: Well, certain changes take place. Just like when it is very hot, if you are in a hot climate all the time your blood thins.
Prabhupada: That's all right. No, no. This is not...
Harikesa: Well, if you take that further, all of these changes that mount up to some big physical change.
Prabhupada: No change is taken. The nature is working symmetrically always. The sun is rising in the morning. That is going on for million, million, million, millions of years.
Harikesa: Gradually the change has taken place in a very scientific way, step by step.
Prabhupada: What change has taken place?
Harikesa: First the hairs fell off...
Prabhupada: Morning... In the morning the sun rises on the eastern side. That is going on. What change has taken place? This flower, seasonal flower is... Now seasonal changes -- winter, summer, spring -- everything is going on symmetrically. There is no change. Because it is going on symmetrically, therefore we can say that February, next February will be very nice season here. Why? Because we have got experience last February, so we are certain the same thing will happen in the next February. Therefore we can say. There is no such change. Nature's way. Prakrteh kriyamanani gunaih karmani. It is very symmetrical. Everything is going on nicely, nature's way.
Pusta Krsna: One of the strong points of Darwin's theory...
Prabhupada: I don't find. Simply foolishness I accept. And rascal, foolish like you, will believe. (laughter)
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sa gurum eväbhigacchet
samit paniù çrotriyaà brahma-niñöham
One who wants to know the Absolute Truth scientifically must approach a bona fide spiritual master and offer him everything required for sacrifice. Such a spiritual master must be fixed in the truth, having heard it in disciplic succession. (Muëòaka Upaniñad 1.2.12)
präpya varän nibodhata
kñurasya dhärä niçitä duratyayä
durgaà pathas tat kavayo vadanti
Wake up and take advantage of the human form of life. Learned transcendentalists say that the path of spiritual life is difficult; it is sharp like a razor's edge. (Kaöha Upaniñad 1.3.14)
näyam ätmä pravacanena
labhyo na medhayä na bahunä çrutena
yam evaiña våëute tena labhyas tasyaiña ätmä vivåëute tanüà sväm
The Supreme Self can never be known by any amount of argument, reasoning, intelligence, or by much hearing. To those whom He chooses, however, He may reveal His personal form. (Kaöha Upaniñad 1.2.23)
jala-räçim iva upahära-päniù çrotriyaà
brahma-niñöhaà gurum upasåtya tam anusarati
Just as a person whose head is afire runs towards water, one burning from the fire of material existence birth, death, old age, and disease must run to a guru for relief. Such a guru must be fixed in the Absolute Truth and well-versed in the scriptures. One should approach him with all that is needed for sacrifice, submit to him, and be ready to carry out his every instruction. (Vedänta-sära 11)
jéva tähä bhuli' gela
ei doñe mäyä tära galäya bändhila
Because the soul has forgotten
that he is the eternal servant of Kåñëa, Mäyä
has chained him by the neck. (Chaitanya Charitamrita. Madhya lila 22.24)
kåñëa bhuli' sei
ataeva mäyä täre deya saàsärädi-duùkha
Forgetting Kåñëa, the soul is attracted by the illusory energy since time immemorial, which gives him innumerable miseries in the material world. (Chaitanya Charitamrita. Madhya lila 20.117) courtesy of www.Vedabase.com
haiyä bhoga väïchä kare
nikaöa-stha mäyä täre jäpaöiyä dhare
piçäcé päile yena mati-chhanna haya
mäyä-grasta jévera haya se bhäva udaya
"ämi nitya kåñëa-däsa" —ei kathä bhule
mäyära naphara haiyä cira-dina bule
kabhu räjä, kabhu prajä, kabhu vipra, çudra
kabhu sukhé, kabhu duùkhé, kabhu kéöa, kñudra
kabhu svarge, kabhu martye, narake vä kabhu
kabhu deva, kabhu daitya kabhu däsa prabhu
Being averse to the service
of the Supreme Lord, the living entity tries to satisfy his lusty desires
for sense gratification, and thus the illusory energy keeps him tightly
within her embrace. The living entity, captured by the illusory energy,
becomes just like a madman under a witch's spell.
"I am the eternal servant of Kåñëa" forgetting this, he becomes the slave of mäyä and forever wanders through a succession of lives. Sometimes he is a king, sometimes a subject. Now a brähmaëa, now a çudra. Now an insignificant ant. Sometimes happy, sometimes sad. Now he goes to heaven, now to hell. Sometimes he is a god, sometimes a devil, now a servant, now a lord. (Prema-vivarta) courtesy of www.Vedabase.com
kona bhägyavän jéva
guru-kåñëa-prasäde päya bhakti-latä-béja
täte kåñëa bhaje, kare gurura sevana
mäyä-jala chuöe, päya kåñëera caraëa
Wandering throughout the universe, by the mercy of Kåñëa, the living entity who is fortunate meets a bona fide spiritual master. By the mercy of the spiritual master, he gets the seed of the bhakti-latä. By worshiping Kåñëa and rendering service to the spiritual master, one is liberated from the illusory world of mäyä, and attains the lotus feet of the Lord. (Charitamrita. Madhya lila 19.151, 22.25)
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"IN EVERY TOWN AND VILLAGE the chanting of the Holy Name of Krishna shall be heard. This was the forecast made by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu almost 500 years ago in India. Today, as the Hare Krishna Mantra -- Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare -- resounds in Bombay and New York, Nairobi and Sydney, and in Paris and Hong Kong, the prophecy of Lord Caitanya stands fulfilled. The universal import of this "Samkirtan Movement" (the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord) was expressed by Lord Caitanya as follows:
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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 Nectar of Caring
By HH Sacinandan Swami
Let me share some deep thoughts today with you – which have occupied, fascinated and urged me into action – these last days.
There is a very effective method to come out of ones 'Hamseterrad' or daily mental conditioning. This method is to think and act for others interest and not in ones own little egocircle which is often quite limiting, full of repetitions and actually most of the time a little boring.
I stumbled about this method when I read a summary of HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami’s recent VP lecture, and immediately recognized its great value. From own experience, I could see how true his words are:
'Look at our lives and distinctly see if we are helping to relieve the miseries of others. Our lives as Vaisnavas have as much value as we touch the life of another. Most of our thoughts and arrangements are about what isn't working in our lives. That is not transcendental. Yes, problems will be there and many of them will stay there. But we are all bigger than our own little problems. These experiences, problems, and challenges are part of our particular battlefield that we have to deal with to meet Krsna on the other side. That's why Krsna says one who is dear to Him is unaffected by happiness and distress. They're not seeing themselves as the centre. As we think, act, plan, and strategize more in that way, then we will see so many issues, problems, and stagnations in our own lives are minimized or removed.'
I was further intrigued when I read on and discovered practical guidelines which my dear godbrother had given to his disciples and followers, guidelines which help them to become more compassionate, caring and loving.
'Also new devotees who have vowed to follow the 4 regulative principles
are also expected to honor 8 other principles which Srila Bhakti Tirtha
Swami requests of all his disciples: the 4 Principles of Community Building
and the 4 Principles of Balance.
The 4 Principles of Community Building
1. Treat everyone you encounter as if the success or failure of your spiritual life depends on the quality of your interactions with them.
2. Reflect on the person you love the most, and aspire to treat everyone with that same quality of love.
3. View all conflicts as your own fault first.
4. Realize that people in your present environment might very well be the people with whom you will live out your life, and who are likely to be with you at the time of death.
The 4 Principles of Balance
1. Place more emphasis on having loving Vaisnava relationships. See all interactions as a cry for love or an extension of love.
2. Go the extra mile with regards to the care and protection of women and children. The Bhagavatam mentions that when elders, brahmanas, cows, women and children are not protected, not only does the individual who doesn't do those things suffer, but the whole society or community suffers.
3. Have a healthy balance with regard to our spiritual life and our material life, but make sure the secondary supports the primary.
4. Remain chaste to Srila Prabhupada's movement, but not sectarian. We are to remain loyal to Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON, but to respect all other Vaisnavas.'
While I was contemplating these points I turned to my 'e-mail mountain' and saw a story which caught my interest (most probably because the last name of the author (Peterson) is almost identical with my own passport-name).
The Sandpiper - by Robert Peterson
She was six years old when I first met her on the beach near where I live. I drive to this beach, a distance of three or four miles, whenever the world begins to close in on me. She was building a sand castle or something and looked up, her eyes as blue as the sea.
"Hello," she said.
I answered with a nod, not really in the mood to bother with a small child.
"I'm building," she said.
"I see that. What is it?" I asked, not really caring.
"Oh, I don't know, I just like the feel of sand."
That sounds good, I thought, and slipped off my shoes. A sandpiper glided by.
"That's a joy," the child said.
"It's a what?"
"It's a joy. My mama says sandpipers come to bring us joy."
The bird went gliding down the beach. Good-bye joy, I muttered to myself, hello pain, and turned to walk on. I was depressed, my life seemed completely out of balance.
"What's your name?" She wouldn't give up.
"Robert," I answered. "I'm Robert Peterson."
"Mine's Wendy... I'm six."
"Hi, Wendy." She giggled.
"You're funny," she said.
In spite of my gloom, I laughed too and walked on. Her musical giggle followed me.
"Come again, Mr. P," she called. "We'll have another happy day."
After a few days of a group of unruly Boy Scouts, PTA meetings, and an ailing mother. The sun was shining one morning as I took my hands out of the dishwater. I need a sandpiper, I said to myself, gathering up my coat.
The ever-changing balm of the seashore awaited me. The breeze was chilly but I strode along, trying to recapture the serenity I needed.
"Hello, Mr. P," she said. "Do you want to play?"
"What did you have in mind?" I asked, with a twinge of annoyance.
"I don't know, you say."
"How about charades?" I asked sarcastically.
The tinkling laughter burst forth again. "I don't know what that is."
"Then let's just walk."
Looking at her, I noticed the delicate fairness of her face. "Where
do you live?" I asked.
"Over there." She pointed toward a row of summer cottages.
Strange, I thought, in winter.
"Where do you go to school?" "I don't go to school. Mommy says we're
She chattered little girl talk as we strolled up the beach, but my mind was on other things. When I left for home, Wendy said it had been a happy day.
Feeling surprisingly better, I smiled at her and agreed.
Three weeks later, I rushed to my beach in a state of near panic. I was in no mood to even greet Wendy. I thought I saw her mother on the porch and felt like demanding she keep her child at home.
"Look, if you don't mind," I said crossly when Wendy caught up with me, "I'd rather be alone today." She seemed unusually pale and out of breath.
"Why?" she asked.
I turned to her and shouted, "Because my mother died!" and thought, My God, why was I saying this to a little child?
"Oh," she said quietly, "then this is a bad day."
"Yes," I said, "and yesterday and the day before and--oh, go away!"
"Did it hurt?" she inquired.
"Did what hurt?" I was exasperated with her, with myself.
"When she died?"
"Of course it hurt!" I snapped, misunderstanding, wrapped up in myself. I strode off.
A month or so after that, when I next went to the beach, she wasn't
Feeling guilty, ashamed and admitting to myself I missed her, I went up to the cottage after my walk and knocked at the door. A drawn looking young woman with honey-colored hair opened the door.
"Hello," I said, "I'm Robert Peterson. I missed your little girl today and wondered where she was."
"Oh yes, Mr. Peterson, please come in. Wendy spoke of you so much. I'm afraid I allowed her to bother you. If she was a nuisance, please, accept my apologies."
"Not at all -- she's a delightful child." I said, suddenly realizing that I meant what I had just said.
"Wendy died last week, Mr. Peterson. She had leukemia. Maybe she didn't tell you."
Struck dumb, I groped for a chair. I had to catch my breath.
"She loved this beach so when she asked to come, we couldn't say no. She seemed so much better here and had a lot of what she called happy days. But the last few weeks,! she declined rapidly..." Her voice faltered, "She left something for you ... if only I can find it. Could you wait a moment while I look?"
I nodded stupidly, my mind racing for something to say to this lovely young woman. She handed me a smeared envelope with "MR. P" printed in bold childish letters. Inside was a d rawing in bright crayon hues -- a yellow beach, a blue sea, and a brown bird. Underneath was carefully printed:
"A SANDPIPER TO BRING YOU JOY"
Tears welled up in my eyes and a heart that had almost forgotten to love opened wide. I took Wendy's mother in my arms. "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry," I muttered over and over, and we wept together. The precious little picture is framed now and hangs in my study. Six words -- one for each year of her life -- that speak to me of harmony, courage, and undemanding love.
A gift from a child with sea blue eyes and hair the color of sand – who taught me the gift of love.
NOTE: This is a true story sent out by Robert Peterson. It happened over 20 years ago and the incident changed his life forever. It serves as a reminder to all of us that we need to take time to enjoy living and life and each other. The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.
Life is so complicated, the hustle and bustle of everyday traumas can make us lose focus about what is truly important or what is only a momentary setback or crisis.
This week, be sure to give your loved ones an extra hug, and by all means, take a moment...even if it is only ten seconds, to stop and smell the roses.
This comes from someone's heart, and is shared with many and now I share
May God Bless everyone that receives this! There are NO coincidences!
Everything that happens to us happens for a reason. Never brush aside anyone as insignificant. Who knows what they can teach us?
I Wish For You, A Sandpiper !!
Yes – it is a sentimental story, a typical 'soup for the soul' story – but it makes 2 special points: One is obvious – the other not so.
The obvious point – Wendy cared for Mr.Peterson.
The hidden point: change your perspective!
First Mr. Peterson saw Wendy as a disturbance, even an intruder.
Then he perceived her differently and learned so much.
I agree that a story like this one is not 'everyones cup of tea' – but maybe it can change someone’s perspective on caring
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LONDON, ENGLAND, June 11, 2005: The desikids.co.uk web site ("source" above) offers a wide selection of books, videos and other resources for Hindu children. It sells the Japanese version of the Ramayana, done in cartoon form, which was made a number of years ago and only occasionally been available.
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com/
LONDON, ENGLAND, May 30, 2005: The portrayal of Hindus, and Hindu women in particular, in the British and Western media recently offended thousands of adherents of the religion, a rights group claimed today. Hindu Human Rights claimed that it has been flooded with verbal, written and electronic complaints regarding the matter. "While complaints are quite common, what makes the current sense of outrage peculiar is that the vast majority of complaints we have received are from Hindu women born and brought up in the West," they stated in a media release. The group identify the BBC as the chief culprit with its new three-episode program Meera Syal's "Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee" (website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/hahaheehee/) which, according to them, once again showed BBC's inability to provide a positive portrayal of Hindus in Britain. "Containing a series of cheap and insulting digs at Hindus, this program continues the tradition of the Western media's denigration of Hinduism and Hindu culture," the press release read. "In addition to the ridiculing of the Hindu religion, there is the worrying aspect of how this program reinforces deeply ingrained stereotypes about Hindus." One program started off with a stereotypical scene of "progressive Hindu woman" being amorous. The character later insults a much esteemed Hindu deity, they complained. "We also wonder why was goddess Kali Mata, revered by millions, is represented as being equivalent to evil in this program?" HHR asked. "What was the point of the remark about Sita if you cannot be bothered to actually give an accurate account of its Dharmic significance?"
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Thursday, 05 May , 2005, 15:47
Shani Peyarchi on 27th June 2005 will have a far-reaching impact on the lives of many. Some will be blessed with promotions and / or increments. Business will see sudden improvement for many. Many unmarried people will get married while others will be starting a difficult, challenging period in their lives.
Kennedi - Shani Transit Prediction
The planet Saturn enters into Cancer after a 4 month retrograde period. This particular transit (happening between May & June 2005) will bring immense changes in people`s lives in the area related to marriage,career, relationship, children & wealth. Get to know how this particular phenomenon will affect your personal life.
Shanee (Shani - Saturn), the Lord that brings us all good things is moving from MITHUNA RASI to KADAKA RASI (Gemni to Cancer) on Monday 27th June, 2005 at 1.24 a.m. and is going to remain there for the next two and half years. This shift is going to bring in several good things and fortune to all.
From Gemini: This will be positive transit. Person involved with banking, stock markets, mutual funds derivatives, commodity trading, plastics, water items will be successful. U will have increase in money. There will be multiplication of asset and people who have less raja yoga there will be addition of the asset. Family situation will shift, need to be in vigil and react according to changing circumstances. This will be test for you. Eating food outside the house, missing the food and having delicious dishes will be situations. Relationship with the close family members will under go change for the positive, your communication skills and speech patterns will have good impact.http://www.chennaionline.com/astro/articles/sanipeyarchi2005.asp
To Cancer: This will be very important transits. Many people who have been searching for proposals to get married will be successful. There will be shift in the attitude perceptions and the way u look things about life. There can be incidents which will shake the belief system and make a new person. Person who are in teenage will be able to see it more accurately in there life. Change of hair style dressing in fashionable trend will be common. Development of new virtues like patience and kindness will be easier for u. in general works, health and wealth will be positive.http://www.chennaionline.com/astro/articles/sanipeyarchi2005.asp
Astrology doesn't fix one's future - it only reduces the set of possibilities in a probabilistic manner. If an astrologer claims 100% success rate, he is cheating you (unless he is a really special spiritual person)! Even a stalwart like Prof. B.V. Raman (who is regarded as the modern day Varahamihira) had many short-comings (as he himself acknowledged).
Astrology is a probabilistic subject in nature. An astrologer can only say that event x is "very likely" and event y is "very unlikely" - he can never say "this will happen".
Astrology is a probabilistic study of natural tendencies. It is a probabilistic study of the "gravity towards destiny". Just as the gravity towards earth can be overcome, this "gravity towards destiny" can be overcome by several means ("will power" being one of those), and Divine Grace another (…this being more applicable to invoking through Divine acts, prayer, austerities of devotion etc).
"Astronomical calculations of stellar influences upon a living being are not suppositions, but are factual, as confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Every living being is controlled by the laws of nature at every minute, just as a citizen is controlled by the influence of the state. The state laws are grossly observed, but the laws of material nature, being subtle to our gross understanding, cannot be experienced grossly. As stated in the Bhagavad-gita (3.9), every action of life produces another reaction, which is binding upon us, and only those who are acting on behalf of Yajna (Vishnu) are not bound by reactions. Our actions are judged by the higher authorities, the agents of the Lord, and thus we are awarded bodies according to our activities. The law of nature is so subtle that every part of our body is influenced by the respective stars, and a living being obtains his working body to fulfill his terms of imprisonment by the manipulation of such astronomical influence." (Srimad Bhagavatam 1:12:12)
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 material debt I bow down before all-powerful Lord Nrsimha, who gives fearlessness to His devotees when they are troubled by cruel planets.(Runa-mochanam Sloka 7 - prayer to Lord Narasimhadev)
NaaLEnna seyyum kOLenna Seyyum
NaarAyaNan Thiruvadi piditthARkkE
This a Tamil verse (Meaning ): what can the Tithi (phase of the Moon) and nakshathrams (stellar constellation) do for one, or to one, who has firmly grasped Sriman NaarAyaNA's Thiruvadi (Lord Narayana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Vishnu or Lord Sri Krishna) as one’s protection ? Nothing. No need to fear Grahams (planets) and their effects. Graha PhalamEmi asks Saint ThyagarAja for those who has recieved the anugraham of Sri Raamachandran (Sri Rama).
Shastra tells us that the worship of Garuda and Bhagavan Narasimha wards off all evil effects from the navagrahas (nine planets). The Nrisimha PuraNam specifically glorifies this aspect in the RuNa vimOchana stotram salutation "krUragrahaI: piidithAnAm bhakthAnAm abhaya pradham".
For those who are still very concerned about the influences of a particular planet, it is recomended that the recitation of Srila Jayadev Goswami's, or Sripad Vadiraj Tirtha's, or Swami Desikan's Dashavatara stotram (prayers in glorification of the 10 primary incarnations) safeguards one from all evil effects of navagrahas. Matsya avataram rules over Ketu, while Kurma avataram confers protection against the effects of Shani (Saturn), Varaha grants succour from the effects of Rahu, Narasimha from Mars, Vamana from Brihaspati (Jupiter), Bhargava Rama (Parasuram) from Shukran (Venus), Dasharatha Rama from the Sun, Sri Krishna from the Moon, Lord Balarama from Gulikan (an ethereal planet like Rahu), and Kalki from Budhan (Mercury) - again a wonderful demonstration of the compassion of Our Paramacharyan - Purvacharyan (previous gurus) for their followers.
For more information on the Dasavatara incarnations of the Lord, please visit here; http://www.hknet.org.nz/Dasavatara-page.htm
"The jam-packed house sat stunned as Nityananda danced to perfect Odissi rhythm executing mudras and presenting mimetic prowess effortlessly. Unlike Sudha Chandran, he had no artificial leg fixed. Therefore, he literally danced with one leg moving the audience to rapture."
When a cruel twist of fate took from a dancer his most valuable asset, he proved that the best was yet to come. BIBHUTI MISHRA investigates.
Sudha Chandran had done it years ago. And the film Nache Mayuri was a tribute to the miracle she wrought in her own life by making a comeback to stage as a dancer after losing one leg in an accident.
Nityananda Das' story is eerily similar. He lost his right leg in a road accident five years back at the peak of his career as a dancer-choreographer. Everything seemed bleak for the moment. But his spirits had not died and his guru Bimbadhar Das came forward to keep them alive. "If Sudha Chandran could do it, so can you," he told Nityananda and thus began a saga of grit and determination that had its high point recently when with just one leg Nityananda returned to the stage and mesmerised the audience with his terpsichorean skills!
Hailing from Bideipur in Bhadrak, Nityananda had started learning dance
almost two decades back. In 1991 he came to Bhubaneswar to be groomed as
an Odissi dancer and learned under the tutelage of Guru Bimbadhar Das and
Guru Gangadhar Pradhan of Orissa Dance Academy. He soon blossomed into
a dancer of rare talent and stamina. He turned a choreographer and choreographed
for the `Jatra' teams in the state.
That proved lucrative and all seemed to be going well till he met with that unfortunate accident.
On June 11, 2000 he was going on his newly bought motor bike from Bhubaneswar to Bhadrak when it collided head on with a speeding truck. He was saved but his right leg could not be.
Beat and worn
After six months in the hospital when he returned home his world seemed to have fallen into a shambles. The talented dancer and the successful choreographer for opera parties seemed to be no more. But Nityananda was made of sterner stuff and he had his guru Bimbadhar to boost his self-confidence. He decided to rise Phoenix-like and practiced hard to build his balance and stamina. "It was very tough. But I fell back on my experience as a dancer and my guru had convinced me that with hard work and determination nothing is impossible."
The Puranas say that with God's grace, `Pangu langhayate giri/mukam karoti bachalam (The lame scales mountains and the dumb turns voluble)'. Surely God was smiling on Nityananda. Upon his comeback effort at Rabindra Mandap, Bhubaneswar recently presented `pangu langhayate giri' an item choreographed by ace dancer Guru Naba Mishra who also had been a great moral support for Nityananda.
The jam-packed house sat stunned as Nityananda danced to perfect Odissi rhythm executing mudras and presenting mimetic prowess effortlessly. Unlike Sudha Chandran, he had no artificial leg fixed. Therefore, he literally danced with one leg moving the audience to rapture.
After the show when the people lined up to congratulate him, a beaming Nityananda thanked God and said, "I am glad that I am back to what I love the most ie dance. I dedicate my life to it."
Nityananda has set up a dance institution `Kalasharam' in Bhubaneswar where hundreds of students learn dance from him. He explains the mudras to them and uses hands to explain the footwork.
Nityananda refused the financial assistance that was offered to him by friends and well wishers in the wake of the accident. A man of self-esteem he chose to earn his living again.
Loath to live on charity he began accepting professional assignments from opera parties and is back doing choreography for them and earning a living. He also teaches students at his village and dance becoming his passion and profession again has pushed the tragedy in his life to the distant past.
Says his guru Bimbadhar Das, "He was always a dancer of excellence. Therefore, it was a shock when he lost his right leg. However, I knew that he could come out of this tragedy. We often discussed how Sudha Chandran had overcome her handicap.
Nityananda had the courage and he was willing to put in hard work and be patient. The result is there for all to see today."
LESSONS FROM LIFE
By: Yaduvendu dasa (used with permission)
I first heard of Ratnavali in July 2002. My wife and I had met our good friend Kishore at a wedding in <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" />Scarborough. It was a hot day and after the reception we decided to go for a paddle and walk along the beach.
As we made our way back from the beach to the promenade Kishore asked if I remembered the accident he’d been involved in 1973, in which a devotee had been killed. I replied that I did and that I’d known the devotee (whose name was Dave) and that we were pot-washing buddies.
I was living in the bramacari ashram at Bhaktivedanta Manor at the time and I remember Bhajahari making an announcement one morning that devotees from the Edinburgh temple had been involved in a collision with a lorry and that one devotee (Bhakta Dave) had been killed.
Kishore then narrated the tale of a young 27 year old girl, currently at the Soho Street temple in central London, who believed that she was bhakta Dave in her previous life.
This girl, whose initiated name is Ratnavali, grew up in a Hindu family in London and although she has a female body her mood is more like that of a bramacari. She feels internally male, has a bramacari mentality, is renounced and likes to play drum on harinam, which is her daily activity.
Kishore explained that he’d been approached by Ratnavali after he’d spoken at Tribhuvanath’s funeral in October 2001. He’d mentioned the accident and Ratnavali, who was sitting nearby felt that she remembered Kishore’s face.
She told me later that when he mentioned a devotee dying in the accident she’d wanted to call out ‘no I’m here, everything’s okay.’ She felt that she could see the pain in his face and wanted to tell him not to worry and that everything was alright.
When Kishore narrated this story on Scarborough beach he repeatedly referred to Dave as Raghava. I hadn’t known him by that name and when I mentioned this Kishore explained that Dave had received his initiation letter on the morning he was killed and that Prabhupada had given him the name Raghava.
In the early 70’s Kishore was a bramacari with a reputation for being hardworking and enthusiastic. Everyone knew that he pushed himself hard and as temple commander of the Edinburgh temple he was busy from morning till night.
At the time of the accident Kishore was driving the devotees to Glasgow for book distribution. He fell asleep at the wheel and the temple van veered across the road and collided with an oncoming lorry. Some of the devotees were thrown from the vehicle on impact, while Dave who’d been asleep in the back was killed instantly. He’d been lying exactly where the lorry hit and his body was almost cut in two at the waist.
Kishore, who was only around 24 at the time left the movement shortly afterwards. There was no counselling in those days and Kishore’s life all but collapsed under the weight of guilt, depression and addiction. He worked through these issues years later, but his life was completely overshadowed by this terrible event.
Kirtana Rasa and I were amazed by Kishore’s tale – that a devotee could die, come back thirty years later and tell the person responsible that everything’s okay – which must be the ultimate closure. It sounded more like a fantastic tale from the Mahabarata than something you’d expect to find happening around London. Yet, we could relate to it because we’d had a similar experience years before.
Our eldest son Yaduvamsa was plagued by past life memories from the age of three. I describe them in the negative because although they are amazing to look back on now, twenty five years later, we found them quite disturbing at the time.
No parent wants to hear their child speak repeatedly of death in a forceful and anxious way. We were devotees and liked to hear of such things when they were rationally explained in a Bhagavatam class, but vivid memories of past lives are not always recalled in the same calm and philosophical manner.
Yadu was sometimes distraught by these memories. On one occasion he called out anxiously from the back of the car as we drove out of Belfast on a December night in 1982 just before his 5th birthday.
He kept saying that he remembered dying. ‘I remember what it was like to die’ he shouted again and again. ‘And, I remember living before.’
I was tired. I’d had a long, hard day and didn’t want to deal with it. I was also scared by the frantic tone of his voice and it was probably made worst by the fact that it was dark and cold. But I thought that the best way to put an end to these episodes was to let him talk about whatever it was he was experiencing.
‘Okay, what was it like to die?’ I asked him reluctantly.
‘You feel pain in every part of your body at the same time’, he replied.
‘Do you remember where you lived in your past life?’ I asked.
‘Where in England?’
‘On Barry Island.’
Actually, Barry Island is in Wales. But as a four year old he could not differentiate between England and Wales. I asked Yadu who he’d lived with. He replied that he’d lived with his grandparents. I then asked what he called them.
‘I used to call them mum and dad,’ he said. Then he became confused and said, ‘but why would I do that?’
What Yadu did not know when he said this is that I had a brother who’d died the year before he was born. He was 19 and had been killed driving to work on a bike one morning. Yadu was only a child and he’d grown up in Krsna Consciousness, living in the temple. We didn’t see my family very often and had no reason to tell him about my brother’s death.
My brother also saw Prabhupada at the London Rathayatra in 1973 and as a child Yadu frequently dreamt of Prabhupada at Rathayatra.
On our next visit to my parent’s house in Wales I took Yadu into a room that had a photo of my brother taken just a few days before he died and asked Yadu if he knew who it was.
Immediately he replied, ‘that’s me.’
I could hardly believe what I was hearing. Over the following couple of years he remembered a number of things about his earlier life as my brother, such as the bikes we had for Christmas in 1963 and the shed at the top of the garden that was taken down years before Yadu was born. But everyone in our family now accepts that Yadu was my brother in his previous life, even his personality and interests are exactly the same.
A few days after speaking with Kishore at Scarborough I got a call from Ratnavali and we had a long chat about everything. I saw no reason to doubt what she was telling me even though they were not from vivid remembrances. And, I noticed a similar trait. Ratnavali had the same overwhelming need to talk and make sense of her situation as Yadu when things were coming up for him.
Shortly afterwards I posted an article on a devotee internet site asking if anyone had similar stories. I had several replies. One told me of a three year old girl who told her parents she was a babaji living near Radha Kunda. Waking up crying one night she asked for a book they’d never heard of. The book turned out to be written by one of the Goswami’s and dealt with the intimate pastimes of Radha and Krishna.
Another mother in Dallas told me that her daughter remembered many previous lives as a child and I heard of a young woman who recalled living in New York and seeing Prabhupada there in the 60’s. She was later murdered and took birth in Croatia where she became a devotee.
I now believe that past life memories can manifest in a number of ways – as direct recollections as Yadu experienced or through subtle impressions: emotions, feelings and dreams as in Ratnavali’s case.
Like most devotees I’m accepting Ratnavali’s story in good faith, only she knows what she is remembering and feeling and we have no way of proving or disproving it.
But it should be of no great surprise that we return to be with the same people we knew before as we become connected karmicly. So in this way, through a combination of desires and reactions we are drawn back to be with those we love (and hate) again and again. It is only those we are indifferent to that we may be sure of never meeting again.
These are straight-forward spiritual truths. Everything in life / nature rotates – planets, atoms, ages, seasons and us along with it all – from life to life. Krsna say’s in Bhagavad Gita that we’ve been taking repeated birth and death since time immemorial. It’s just that his lessons are not always confined to a book.
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Historian deSouza on the Goa Inquisition
Dr. T. R. de Souza
"At least from 1540 onwards, and in the island of Goa before that year, all the Hindu idols had been annihilated or had disappeared, all the temples had been destroyed and their sites and building material was in most cases utilized to erect new Christian Churches and chapels. Various viceregal and Church council decrees banished the Hindu priests from the Portuguese territories; the public practices of Hindu rites including marriage rites, were banned; the state took upon itself the task of bringing up Hindu orphan children; the Hindus were denied certain employments, while the Christians were preferred; it was ensured that the Hindus would not harass those who became Christians, and on the contrary, the Hindus were obliged to assemble periodically in Churches to listen to preaching or to the refutation of their religion.\"
"A particularly grave abuse was practiced in Goa in the form of \'mass baptism\' and what went before it. The practice was begun by the Jesuits and was alter initiated by the Franciscans also. The Jesuits staged an annual mass baptism on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25), and in order to secure as many neophytes as possible, a few days before the ceremony the Jesuits would go through the streets of the Hindu quarter in pairs, accompanied by their Negro slaves, whom they would urge to seize the Hindus. When the blacks caught up a fugitive, they would smear his lips with a piece of beef, making him an \'untouchable\' among his people. Conversion to Christianity was then his only option.\"
The Goan inquisition is regarded by all contemporary portrayals as the most violent inquisition ever executed by the Portuguese Catholic Church. It lasted from 1560 to 1812. The inquisition was set as a tribunal, headed by a judge, sent to Goa from Portugal and was assisted by two judicial henchmen. The judge was answerable to no one except to Lisbon and handed down punishments as he saw fit. The Inquisition Laws filled 230 pages and the palace where the Inquisition was conducted was known as the Big House and the Inquisition proceedings were always conducted behind closed shutters and closed doors. The screams of agony of the culprits (men, women, and children) could be heard in the streets, in the stillness of the night, as they were brutally interrogated, flogged, and slowly dismembered in front of their relatives. Eyelids were sliced off and extremities were amputated carefully, a person could remain conscious even though the only thing that remained was his torso and a ! head.
Diago de Boarda, a priest and his advisor Vicar General, Miguel Vazz had made a 41 point plan for torturing Hindus. Under this plan Viceroy Antano de Noronha issued in 1566, an order applicable to the entire area under Portuguese rule :
"I hereby order that in any area owned by my master, the king, nobody should construct a Hindu temple and such temples already constructed should not be repaired without my permission. If this order is transgressed, such temples shall be, destroyed and the goods in them shall be used to meet expenses of holy deeds, as punishment of such transgression.\"
In 1567 the campaign of destroying temples in Bardez met with success. At the end of it 300 Hindu temples were destroyed. Enacting laws, prohibition was laid from December 4, 1567 on rituals of Hindu marriages, sacred thread wearing and cremation. All the persons above 15 years of age were compelled to listen to Christian preaching, failing which they were punished.
A religious fatva was issued on the basis of the findings of Goa Inquiry Commission. It stated,\"...Hereby we declare the decision that the conventions mentioned in the preamble of the fatva as stated below are permanently declared as useless, and therefore prohibited\".
Prohibitions Regarding Marriages
* The instruments for Hindu songs shall not be played.
* While giving dowry the relatives of the bride and groom must not be invited.
* At the time of marriage, betel leaf packages (pan) must not be distributed either publicly or in private to the persons present.
* Flowers, or fried puris, betel nuts and leaves must not be sent to the heads of the houses of the bride or groom.
* Gotraj ceremony of family God must not be performed.
* On the day prior to a wedding, rice must not be husked, spices must not be pounded, grains must not be ground and other recipes for marriage feast must not be cooked.
* Pandals and festoons must not be used.
* Pithi should not be applied.
* The bride must not be accorded ceremonial welcome. The bride and groom must not be made to sit under pandal to convey blessings and best wishes to them.
Prohibitions Regarding Fasts, Post-death Rituals
* The poor must not be fed or ceremonial meals must not be served for the peace of the souls of the dead.
* There should be no fasting on ekadashi day.
* Fasting can be done according to the Christian principles.
* No rituals should be performed on the twelfth day after death, on moonless and full moon dates.
*No fasting should be done during lunar eclipse.
* Hindu men should not wear dhoti either in public or in their houses. Women should not wear cholis .
* They should not plant Tulsi in their houses, compounds, gardens or any other place.
Following the law of 1567, orphans were kidnapped for converting them to Christianity.
On September 22, 1570 an order was issued that :
* The Hindus embracing Christianity will be exempted from land taxes for a period of 15 years.
* Nobody shall bear Hindu names or surnames.
In 1583 Hindu temples at Esolna and Kankolim were destroyed through army action.
"The fathers of the Church forbade the Hindus under terrible penalties the use of their own sacred books, and prevented them from all exercise of their religion. They destroyed their temples, and so harassed and interfered with the people that they abandoned the city in large numbers, refusing to remain any longer in a place where they had no liberty, and were liable to imprisonment, torture and death if they worshipped after their own fashion the gods of their fathers.\" wrote Sasetti, who was in India from 1578 to 1588.
An order was issued in June 1684 eliminating Konkani language and making
it compulsory to speak Portuguese language. The law
provided for dealing toughly with anyone using the local language. Following that law all the symbols of non-Christian sects were destroyed and the books written in local languages were burnt.
The Archbishop living on the banks of the Ethora had said during one of his lecture series, \"The post of Inquiry Commission in Goa is regarded as holy.\" The women who opposed the assistants of the commission were put behind the bars and were used by them to satisfy their animal instincts. Then they were burnt alive as opponents of the established tenets of the Catholic church.
The victims of such inhuman laws of the Inquiry Commission included a French traveller named Delone. He was an eye witness to the atrocities, cruelty and reign of terror unleashed by priests. He published a book in 1687 describing the lot of helpless victims. While he was in jail he had heard the cries of tortured people beaten with instruments having sharp teeth. All these details are noted in Delone\'s book.
So harsh and notorious was the inquisition in Goa, that word of its
brutality and horrors reached Lisbon but nothing was done to stop this
notoriety and escalating barbarity and it continued for two hundred more
years. No body knows the exact number of Goans subjected to these
diabolical tortures, but perhaps it runs into hundreds of thousands, may
be even more. The abominations of inquisitions continued until a brief
respite was given in 1774 but four years later, the inquisition was introduced
again and it continued un-interruptedly until 1812. At that point in time,
in the year of 1812, the British put pressure on the Portuguese to put
an end to the terror of Inquisition and the presence of British troops
in Goa enforced the British desire. Also the Portuguese power at this time
declining and they could not fight the British. The palace of the Grand Inquisitor, the Big House, was demolished and no trace of it remains today, which might remind someone of inquisitions a! nd the horrors inside this Big House that their great saint Francis Xavier had commenced.
Dr. Trasta Breganka Kunha, a Catholic citizen of Goa writes, "Inspite
of all the mutilations and concealment of history, it remains an undoubted
fact that religious conversion of Goans is due to methods of force adopted
by the Portuguese to establish their rule. As a
result of this violence the character of our people was destroyed. The propagation of Christian sect in Goa came about not by religious preaching but through the methods of violence and pressure. If any evidence is needed for this fact, we can obtain it through law books, orders and reports of the local rulers of that time and also from the most dependable documents of the Christian sect.â€?
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Making Food Sacred - Offering
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....excerpt from lecture by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1-3 -- San Francisco, March 28, 1968
The Vedic literature says like this, that God has no leg, no hand. Therefore the impersonalists take advantage of it. "Oh, here it is stated God has no legs, no hands." But the next line is, javana grhita: "He can accept everything which you offer Him in devotion."
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patram puspam phalam toyam
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Krsna says that "A little flower or little water or a little leaf, whatever My devotee offers Me in love and devotion, I accept it." And tad aham bhakty-upahrtam. "And because he has brought it with great devotion, therefore I eat." Tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami. Asnami means "I eat." Now you can say, "All right, I'll offer these fruits and flower to God, but it is the same. It is remaining. How He is eating?" But His eating is not like my eating, because He hasn't got a body like this. This body is material. If you bring me a plate of fruits, this body immediately swallows it. But He has got spiritual body. He eats... Simply as soon as He knows that you have offered it in devotion, He eats immediately.
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Panihati Chida dahi - Ganges Curd Upma
Cabbage, 1/2 Head
Brussel Sprouts, 8
Yam, orange, 1 Large
Peas, 1 Cup
Tomatoes, 1 Cup
Semolina, 4 Cups
Water, 7 Cups
Butter, 3/4 Pound
Coriander seeds, 2 Teaspoons
Cumin seeds, 2 Teaspoons
Red Chili flakes, 1 Teaspoon
Asofoetida, 1/2 Teaspoon
Turmeric, 1 Teaspoon
Rosemary, 1/2 Teaspoon
Cinnamon, 1/4 Teaspoon
Nutmeg, 1/8 Teaspoon
Salt, To Taste
Black Pepper, medium grind, 4 Tablespoons
Yoghurt, 4 Cups
Ghee, 2 Tablespoons
Curry leaves, fresh, 6
Coriander powder, 1 Teaspoon
Cumin powder, 1 Teaspoon
Garam Masala, 1 Teaspoon
Coarsely shred the cabbage and chop all the other vegetables into small bits. Chaunce the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, red peppers, and asofoetida. Add all the vegetables and fry until just cooked. Add 2 Tablespoons butter along with turmeric, rosemary, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook until the cabbage is done, then add all remaining butter and let melt. Next add the semolina and stir well. Should become the consistency of halvah. Stir and cook on medium heat until grains are lightly toasted, to darken a few shades.
Add warm water and bring to a boil. Add salt and black pepper (don’t be shy with the pepper), then the semolina. Continue stirring until all water is absorbed, and lumps are out of the grain. Cover and set aside.
Make a chaunce with curry leaves, coriander and cumin powder and garam masala. Once spices are darkened, add to the yoghurt and blend well. Put a nicely shaped mound of upma in a small dish, pour a stream of yoghurt around the bottom, and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Cracked Urad Dal
Urad dal, cracked, 2 Cups
Water, 10 Cups
Tomatoes, 2 Cups
Turmeric, 1 Teaspoon
Ginger, fresh, 1 Inch
Salt, To taste
Black Pepper, 2 Teaspoons
Cumin seeds, 2 Teaspoons
Anise seeds, 1 Teaspoon
Asofoetida, 1 Teaspoon
Red chilis, flakes, 1/2 Teaspoon
Cook the dal in the usual way, adding chopped tomatoes, turmeric, minced ginger, salt and black pepper to the water. Bring to a slow boil and cook, covered for 4 to 5 hours. Stir occasionally and add ghee or water (scant water) as needed to keep from sticking. Just before offering, make a chaunce with the remaining seeds and spices, and add to dal, mixing well.
Panihati Chida dahi - Banana Chapatis with Orange Cardamom Butter
Whole Wheat Flour, 4 Cups
Bananas, ripe, 2
Milk, As needed
Ghee, 2 Tablespoons
Butter , 1/2 Pound
Cardamom powder, 1/2 Teaspoon
Orange juice, 1 Teaspoon
Orange zest, 2 Tablespoons
Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Mash the banana and add to bowl. Add warm milk, as needed, to the flour and banana and knead it into a dough. Add a tablespoon of ghee to the dough, and knead for 8 minutes or so, until pliant and non-sticky. Cover the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes. Make chapatis in the usual way, rolling dough into balls, heating a griddle or tawa. Roll out balls to flat chapatis, sprinkle a little flour on and re-roll and flatten as needed, because the banana makes the dough sticky. On final roll-out, brush the chapati with ghee then fry until it puffs. Take off griddle and toast over a grill for a moment, then butter and cover until ready to offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Cauliflower & Red Pepper Sabji
Cauliflower, 2 Large
Red Bell Peppers, 4 Large
Cream Cheese, 16 Ounces
Cilantro, 3 Bunches
Black Pepper, coarse ground, 3 Tablespoons
Ghee or Olive Oil, 1/4 Cup
Jaggery, 1/8 Cup
Clean the cauliflower and break down into large florets. Spread out on a baking sheet and coat well with ghee or olive oil (spray or brush on). Put under the broiler and turn the florets every 10 minutes or so, until all sides of the florets are toasty brown (or black-ish). In a heavy bottom pot, put 1/8 cup of water, add the cauliflower, the bell peppers cut into long strips (about ¼” thick), and two or three handfuls of chopped cilantro. Cut the cream cheese into chunks and toss on top, then sprinkle the jaggery. Cover pot and put on low heat for about 2 hours. Stir occasionally to help break the cream cheese up, but try not to break the cauliflower florets apart. Swishing the liquid around the pot, up into the sabji, will also help melt the cream cheese. This sabji can sit and slow cook with almost no attention, and the least stirring the better.
Panihati Chida dahi - Dry Peas and Paneer in Lemon
Chenna, 1-1/2 Pounds
Milk for Chenna, 1 Gallon
Lemon Juice for Chenna, 1/2 Cup
Peas, fresh or frozen, 2 Cups
Sour Cream, 1/2 Cup
Ginger, fresh, 1 Inch
Cumin Seeds, 2 Teaspoons
Curry Leaves, 10
Turmeric, 3/4 Teaspoon
Cayenne, 1/4 Teaspoon
Coriander leaves, fresh, 3 Tablespoons
Salt, To taste
Make chenna in the usual way. Press at heavy weight for 40 minutes. Fry in ghee until crispy and golden. Set aside. Cut all the lemons in half and carefully take a small slice off the bottom so the half will sit evenly, like a cup. Using a melon baller or small sharp knife, remove all the membrane from all the halves, so they’re relatively empty. Turn upside down and set aside.
Make a chaunce with the cumin seeds, then the curry leaves and brown. Add the minced ginger and brown. Add the turmeric, cayenne, and half the coriander leaves, then add the chenna and fry till fully coated, for about 5 minutes with pan covered. Add the peas and sour cream, reduce heat and cook, covered, for another 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking, and cook until all the liquid has evaporated. Stuff each lemon half full of the chenna/pea mixture, sprinkle with a little fresh coriander, and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Rava Idli
Basmati Rice, parboiled, 2 Cups
Urad Dal (black gram), 1 Cup
Salt, To taste
Soak the rice and dal separately for 5 hours. Soak the rice in four cups of water, and the dal in two cups of water. Again separately, drain the dal and blend in a food processor to a fine paste, using scant water as needed. Then do the same for the rice. Now mix the two together into a blended batter. Add salt to taste, cover, and let sit in a warm spot for 8 to 12 hours, to ferment. When ready to cook, gently make balls and flatten between your hands (grease hands with ghee, if needed). Don’t stir the batter, as the air trapped in it makes the idli a nice, fluffy consistency. Steam the idli in a pressure cooker without weight, or in a steamer pot, for 15 to 20 minutes and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Aloo Kerala Fry
Potatoes, white or Yukon, 3 Large
Bitter Melon (kerala), 2 Medium
Ghee, 3 Tablespoons
Cayenne, 1/2 Teaspoon
Horseradish, 1 Teaspoon
Coconut, grated, 2 Tablespoons
Lime Juice, 1/2 Tablespoons
Salt, To taste
Flour, pastry, 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Ghee, For frying
Clean the seeds and membrane out of the bitter melon and slice or dice them. Salt well and let sit under weight for about 20 minutes. Wash all salt off, drain, and pat dry. Peel and boil the potatoes until they’re fork soft. Mash the potatoes just to break down, and mix the bitter melon in. Add all other ingredients except the ghee for frying. Mix well, and form into patties. Put a little ghee in a frying pan and pan fry the patties until reddish-brown on both sides. Remove, drain, and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Baigan Sarson
Mustard Greens, large leaves, 30
Eggplant, 2 Medium
Mustard seeds, 1-1/2 Teaspoons
Asofoetida, 1 Teaspoon
Cumin powder, 2 Teaspoons
Ginger powder, 1 Teaspoon
Turmeric, 1/2 Teaspoon
Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, 2 Teaspoons
Ghee, For frying
Blanche the mustard greens just enough so they’re pliant to work with. Drain, pat dry, and set aside. Make a chuance with the mustard seeds until they splutter, then add the turmeric and black pepper. Finely dice the eggplant and fry in the chaunce, stirring often, until the eggplant is soft inside and crispy outside. Set aside to cool. Lay the mustard leaves out flat, dab off any extra moisture. Lightly sprinkle with ginger powder on one side only (the ‘up’ side). When eggplant has cooled enough to handle, evenly distribute the eggplant mixture onto each of the leaves. Form the stuffing in a rectangular shape, then roll the leave up around the filling, tucking the corners into make as compact and sealed a bundle as possible, without tear the leaf. Use toothpicks (uncolored) to hold the bundle together. Drop into hot ghee and fry for a few minutes, turning at least once. When the leave has crisped nicely, and before the stuffing begins to escape through any cracks, remove gently with a slotted spoon and drain. Offer hot or at room temperature.
Panihati Chida dahi - Roasted Okra Raita
Okra, fresh, 1 Pound
Chickpea Flour (Besan), 1/2 Cup
Garam Masala, 2 Teaspoons
Cayenne, 1/2 Teaspoon
Coriander powder, 3 Teaspoons
Ghee or olive oil, 3 Tablespoons
Yoghurt, 1-1/2 Cups
Cumin, roasted and ground, 1/2 Tablespoon
Salt, To taste
Black Pepper, 1 Teaspoon
Parsley, fresh, 2 Tablespoons
Cut the fresh okra into 1” pieces. Mix together the besan, garam masala, cayenne and coriander powder. Coat the okra in this spice mixture, then set on a baking sheet, spray with ghee or olive oil, and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit until brown and crispy. Remove and let cool. Blend together the ground cumin, salt, pepper and yoghurt. Gently fold the okra into the yogurt, sprinkle with parsley, and chill until ready to offer.
Panihati Chida-Dadhi Pots
Clay pots (or halved small coconuts), 2 per person
Banana Leaves, As needed
Chipped Rice (chida), 8 Cups
Milk, 1 Gallon
Heavy Cream, 1 Pint
Yoghurt (dadhi), 2-1/2 Quarts (10 Cups)
Sugar, 7 Cups
Bananas, just ripe, 15
Ghee, 4 Tablespoons
Camphor, Two Pinches
Nutmeg, powder, 1/8 Teaspoon
Cinnamon, powder, 1/8 Teaspoon
Cardamom, 1/4 Teaspoon
Clay pots can be gotten at many Indian grocery stores today. Most are meant for puja, so they’re not necessarily ‘food grade’. If needed, you can lightly steam banana leaves to make them pliant, then shape them so they fit nicely as liners in the clay pots. This is particularly helpful if a lot of time will elapse between arranging the chida-dadhi bowls and offering them. If clay pots aren’t available, you can use small coconut shells that have been halved. Shave a little slice off the bottom so they’ll sit flat.
Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pot, then add the chip rice. Let it soak just long enough to soften, but don’t let it get mushy or begin to break down. Pour the pot contents through a fine sieve, separating the rice out and setting aside. Put the milk back in the pot, add the heavy cream, and continue cooking at a low boil until the volume of milk is reduced to the desired consistency (1/2 to 1/3 the original volume). When the kheer is ready, and just before offering, divide the chip rice into two portions. Blend the sugar, ground nutmeg and cinnamon well with the yoghurt. Thin slice half the bananas and fold gently into yoghurt. Add ½ the rice to yoghurt and put in pots, ready to offer. Mix the ghee, sugar, cardamom and camphor into the kheer. Thin slice the remaining bananas and gently fold into the kheer. Put in clay pots and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Gunja-Mala Malpoora
Flour, self-raising, 2-1/8 Cups
Powdered Sugar, 1 Cup
Ghee, For frying
Yoghurt, 5 Cups
Sugar, 3/4 Cup
Red Raspberries, 1-1/2 Cup
Black Raspberries (or Blueberries), 1/2 Cup
Celery Stalks, 6
To make the gunja-mala garlands, carefully strip long threads off the celery stalks and set aside. The threads should be six to eight inches long, and have one end that’s fairly thick or stiff. Gently wash, drain and pat dry ½ cup of each type of berry. Thread the berries onto the celery string, like beads on a necklace, alternating colors as you go. Create garlands just long enough to settle snugly around the fried Malpooras. Tie them off, or double thread one end to hold the circle.
Sift the flour and powdered sugar, and add up to 1-1/4 cups chilled water, as needed, to get a batter that’s thick, but pour-able. Mix in two tablespoons of yoghurt. The batter should cling to your spoon. Set batter aside to rest for 15 minutes, covered. Heat the ghee in a wok or deep pan. Using a tablespoon, put heaping spoonfuls of batter into the hot ghee, frying until they increase in size. Gently roll over, and fry the other side for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and drain.
Puree remaining 1 cup of the Red Raspberries and force through a sieve. Set the fruit pulp aside for later use in another prep. Add the strained raspberry juice to the yoghurt, add granulated sugar and mix well. Set the fried Malpooras in a serving dish and cover with the yoghurt mixture. Gently place a berry mala on top of each, and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Buttermilk in Leaf Cups
Buttermilk, 1 Pint
Banana Leaves, As needed
Chill the buttermilk. Lightly steam the banana leaves so they’re pliant enough to work with. You can shape the leaf cups in various ways. One way is to make a cone shape, then reinforce the bottom to block the hole. Another way is to criss-cross several rectangular shapes to form an enclosed bottom, then wind pieces around to form the sides of the cup. Since the cup will be holding buttermilk, it needs to pretty watertight. The cups can be fairly small, holding only a few ounces of buttermilk. You can also offer/serve the cups by nestling them down into the Upma. That way, any leakage will only be a good thing. Soft, slightly damp banana leaves crimp nicely. If needed, you can finish off the cup construction with a toothpick to hold pieces together.
Panihati Chida dahi - Rhubarb & Dried Cherry Chutney
Rhubarb, fresh, 1 Pound
Green Apple, tart, 1
Dried Cherries, 3/4 Cup
Jaggery, 1-3/4 Cups
Ginger, fresh, 2 Inches
Mustard seeds, yellow, 2 Tablespoons
Salt, 2 Teaspoons
Coriander powder, 2 Teaspoons
Lemon juice, 1 Cup
Corn Syrup, light, 1/8 Cup
Asofoetida, 1/4 Teaspoon
Chop the rhubarb and apple into small pieces. In a heavy bottom pot, combine all ingredients except lemon juice and corn syrup. Heat to a slow boil then reduce to a simmer. Continue cooking, partially covered, for about 30 minutes. Add the lemon juice and corn syrup, stir well, and cook uncovered over medium-high heat for another 20 to 30 minutes, stirring often. Chutney should get thick and somewhat glazed. Remove from heat, let cool for 10 minutes, and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Lime Cooler
Sugar, 1-1/2 Cup
Honey, 1-1/2 Cup
Ginger, 3 Inches
Anise, 5 Stars
Mint, fresh, Handful
Zest a dozen of the limes, and set the zest aside. Squeeze the fresh
lime juice and remove all seeds and large bits of membrane. Make a small
bag of clean linen or several layers of cheesecloth, and put the minced
ginger, anise stars and lime zest inside. Mix the lime juice, sugar and
honey together, submerge the spice bag in the liquid, and let sit for 5
or 6 hours. Remove the bag and discard (or use later in another prep).
Put ¼ cup of the lime syrup in an 8 ounce glass (or less, proportionate
to cup size), fill with crushed or cracked ice, and top off the glass with
chilled water. Add a sprig of fresh mint on top and offer.
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Points of View
I don't know if Shel was actually a vegetarian or not, but he did do some pro-veg works like the following:
Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless,
Christmas dinner's dark and blue,
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.
Sunday dinner isn't funny
Easter feasts are just bad luck,
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of the chicken or the duck.
Oh, how I once loved tuna salad,
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops, too,
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.
Shel Silverstein - song writer (he wrote all Dr Hook and medicine show's
A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:
How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:
101 Reasons Why I'm
Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:
Excellent "Meat Substitute"
Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes
Fat-free vegetarian meals:
A lot of inspiring Vegetarian preparations here, some have onion and garlic in,
so replace that with hing or omit that altogether as you see fit, still this page is well worth a serious look for ideas.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR - LET ME KNOW...!
"You Mean That's in theBible"
- expose on meat eating:
Religious Stands on Vegetarianism
- Hinduism - Jainism
Christianity - Bible - Book of Morman - 7th Day Adventist
- oxymoron of the yuga:
Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply.
May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers!
Rig Veda Samhita 10.37.11.
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check out what he's doing during October 2004
Cooking with Kurma Videos to purchase:
Jesus was a vegetarian video for sale:
Healthy Wealthy and Wise video for sale:
Award-winning video on the science of vegetarianism, featuring important nutritionists, economists and celebrities. This film, produced by ITV, is used by the Vegetarian Society and other organizations to demonstrate the common sense of vegetarianism and non-violence. "Sacred Cow: Pagan Ritual or Cultural Wisdom?" explores the economical, social and ethical aspects of cow protection in Vedic society and today. In "It Is Written," TV celebrity and Seventh Day Adventist Pastor George Vandemann presents a touching explanation of Biblical injunctions on vegetarianism. "In Vegetarina Cuisine for the Athlete," tennis pro Peter Burwash and Nancy Rossi make vegetarian scrambled "eggs", lasagna, soups & more. Delicious! Color, 115 minutes. Also available in VHS and VHS-PAL. PAL version is for most VHS players outside the US and Canada.
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XMAS Recipes @ http://www.hknet.org.nz/XmasMadness.html
We wish you a Vege Xmas...and a Hari new year.
Wellington Vegetarian Society'
You'll also notice that we have a book sale of our Living a Good Life book, and it is ideal for vegetarian families - it covers pregnancy, childcare and the teen years, not to mention adults and the elderly. We've just reprinted more copies as a result of recent demand, and these are selling well, with the proceeds going to vegetarian products including a farm animal sanctuary down our way.
The book "Living a Good Life" normally selling at $21.95 is now going at the $14.95 price, .http://vegsoc.wellington.net.nz/livingGd.htm
Auckland's New Zealand Vegetarian Society
....has a myriad of excellent books for sale on vegetarianism
see their mention on our 2004 events
Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurants throughout New Zealand
Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan
Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan
According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.
See more details HERE
McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:
Meet your Meat FREECDRoms
This is a must for those who live in the illusion of animal killing is somehow acceptable or humane.
I have converted the "Meet your Meat" video into a CD rom & will send a copy of it for free to anyone with a Cd burner & a pledge to make at least 4 copies to give to their meat eating friends.
Meet your meat - shocking live footage of the
TRUTH in the meat industry:
This is the new version
I sent out a total of over 750 CD's last year to 60 different countries. My goal in 2003 is to double that number.
I would appreciate if you would forward this message to your readers.
Anyone willing to participate, please forward my mailing address as mailto:Chalissa1@aol.com
THIS HAS TO BE SEEN AT LEAST ONCE - SHOW YOUR MEAT
IF THEY ARE WORTH KEEPING AS FRIENDS THEY WILL GIVE UP THE MEAT HABIT
Vegetarians BEWARE of Orange Softdrinks
Coca-Cola (manufacturer) - Not suitable for vegetarians; lists the following products as not vegetarian
These products contain traces of fish gelatine, which are used as a stabiliser for beta-carotene colour.
Diet Fanta Orange
Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Diet Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for
added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
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According to recent communications with Chelsea Sugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.
See more details HERE
As of last week in November 2003 Yopliat the yogurt people now put gelatine in their products
See here for pointers of okay ones http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html
Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves =>;-))
Visit our Hasya Rasa pages
Laughter Therapy - its no joke:
So Lord Caitanya is known as the one:
- hasya-kari & hasya-yuk ==> who laughs & jokes
- hasya-priya ==> who is fond of joking
- hasya-nagara ==> who is the hero of those expert in speaking joking words
- hasya-grami & hasya-kara ==> is expert at joking
- pushpa-hasa ==> whose smile & laugh are as charminng as flowers.
Lord Gauranga's smiling & laughing qualities ki...
ys Radhe Govinda dasa
P.S. One of the qualities of Srimati Radharani is that she is very expert
in the art of joking.
This is a MUST READ =>;-Q
Four Wives parable:
On the way to the temple in the morning a Gurukul school teacher asked her little children, as they were just about to enter the temple for the morning program service, ".....And why is it necessary to be quiet in the temple?"
One bright little gurukuli replied, "Because devotees are sleeping."
......errr man's best friend !
A first grader was sitting in class as the teacher was reading the story
of the Three Little Pigs.
She came to the part of the story where the first pig was trying to acquire building materials for his home.
She said "...And so the pig went up to the man with a wheelbarrow full
of straw and said
'Pardon me sir, but might I have some of that straw to build my house with?'"
Then the teacher asked the class, "And what do you think that man said?"
My friend's son raised his hand and said "I know! I know!, he said...
'Holy smokes! A talking pig!'"
The teacher was unable to teach for the next 10 minutes.
The day of the great debate came. Santu and the Pope sat opposite each other for a full minute before the Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers, Santu looked back at him and raised one finger.
The Pope waved his fingers in a circle around his head. Santu pointed to the ground where he sat. The Pope pulled out a wafer and a glass of wine. Santu pulled out an apple.
The Pope stood up and said, "I give up. This man is too good. The Indians can stay."
An hour later, the cardinals were all around the Pope asking him what had happened. The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent the trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind me that there was still one God common to all religions. Then I waved my finger around me to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground and showing that God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us from our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of original sin. He had an answer for everything. What could I do?
Meanwhile, the Indian community had crowded around Santu. "What happened?" they asked. "Well" said Santu , "First he said to me that the Indians had three days to get out of here. I told him that not one of us was leaving. Then he told me that this whole city would be cleared of Indians. I let him know that we were staying right here."
"Yes, yes,.. and then???" asked the crowd.
I don't know", said Santu , "He took out his lunch, and I took out mine!"
Sent in by Shyamasundara prabhu ACBSP
There are some pramanik lessons to be learnt from this joke, see our links here:
A scientist, trying to prove his theorem,
was doing a experiment with liquid chemicals
when he fell into the vat and some say became part of the solution.
A priest is driving down to New York to see a show, and he's stopped in Connecticut for speeding.
The state trooper smells alcohol on his breath, sees an empty wine bottle on the floor, and asks, "Sir, have you been drinking?"
The minister replies, "Just water."
The trooper asks, "Then, why do I smell wine?"
The minister looks down at the bottle and exclaims,
"Good Lord, its a miracle, He's done it again!"
Few months later, after a very hard days work, the woodchopper was walking by the river with his wife, all of a sudden she slipped and fell in the river, he couldn’t save her and she drowned. The Lord heard his cries and again came to his rescue. He dived in and came up with Lucy Lou. The woodchopper was delighted and said yes my lord she is my wife…..well the Lord was very angry at the woodchopper’s dishonesty and threatened to take everything away from him. But the woodchopper said: “My lord, if I had said no, you would have gone back and come up with Catherine Zeta Jones; how would I have been able too support someone like her”
Thanks to Shahin M in Auckland 4 that one.
Did you ever wonder?
One day a boy and his father were at the dining room table working on
the boy's Social Studies homework, the chapter about government.
The boy turns to his father and asks, "Dad, how many people work in the New Zealand government?"
The father replies without hesitating, "Oh, about half of them."
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are this year's winners:
1. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
2. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly
3. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
5. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido: All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
15. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
And the pick of the literature:
18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
thanx you Pauline Archell-Thompson in the UK for these
.....a basket case !!!
Let me tell you the one thing I have against Moses. He took us forty years into the desert in order to bring us to the one place in the Middle East that has no oil!
-- Golda Meir
Mother: "Why are you home from school so early?"
Son: "I was the only one who could answer a question."
Mother: "Oh, really? What was the question?"
Son: "Who threw the eraser at the principal?"
Last night I played a blank tape at full blast. The mime next door went nuts.
If a person with multiple personalities threatens suicide, is that considered a hostage situation?
Just think how much deeper the ocean would be if sponges didn't live there.
So what's the speed of dark?
After eating, do amphibians need to wait an hour before getting OUT of the water?
Why don't they just make mouse-flavored cat food?
If you're sending someone some Styrofoam, what do you pack it in?
I just got skylights put in my place. The people who live above me are furious.
Why do they sterilize needles for lethal injections?
Do they have reserved parking for non-handicapped people at the special Olympics?
Is it true that cannibals don't eat clowns because they taste funny?
If it's tourist season, why can't we shoot them?
Isn't Disney World a people-trap operated by a mouse?
Whose cruel idea was it for the word `lisp' to have an 's' in it?
How come 'abbreviated' is such a long word?
If it's zero degrees outside today and it's supposed to be twice as cold tomorrow, how cold is it going to be?
Why do you press harder on a remote control when you know the battery is dead?
Why are they called buildings when they're already finished? Shouldn't they be called builts?
Why are they called apartments when they're all stuck together?
Why do banks charge you a 'non-sufficient funds' fee on money they already know that you don't have?
If the universe is everything, and scientists say that the universe is expanding, what is it expanding into?
What would a chair look like if your knees bent the other way?
If a tree falls in the forest and no one is around to see it, do the other trees make fun of it?
Why is a carrot more orange than an orange?
When two aeroplanes almost collide, why do they call it a near miss? It sounds like a near hit to me!
Do fish get cramps after eating?
Why are there five syllables in the word 'monosyllabic'?
Why do scientists call it 'research' when they are looking for something new?
If vegetarians eat vegetables, what do humanitarians eat?
When I erase a word with a pencil, where does it go ?
Why is it that when a door is open, it's ajar, but when a jar is open,it's not a door?
Tell a man that there are 400 billion stars and he'll believe you. Tell him a bench has wet paint and he just has to touch it.
How come Superman could stop bullets with his chest, but always ducked when someone threw a gun at him?
Why is it fake lemon juice contains mostly artificial ingredients, but dishwashing liquid contains real lemons?
Why do we wait until a pig is dead to 'cure' it?
Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them?
Why do we put suits in a garment bag and put garments in a suitcase?
why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle?
Do Roman paramedics refer to IVs its '4s'?
What do little birdies see when they get knocked unconscious?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
If man evolved from monkeys and apes, why do we still have monkeys and apes ?
Should you trust a stockbroker who's married to a travel agent?
Is boneless chicken considered to be an invertebrate?
Do married people live longer than single people do, or does it just SEEM longer?
I went to a book store and asked the saleswoman, 'Where's the self-help section?' She said if she told me it would defeat the purpose.
If all those psychics know the winning lottery numbers, why are they all still working?
Thanx Shyam' for sending these little gems
The ways of this material world - strange but true
When I stopped to pick up my son's friend for Gurukul day school, I noticed an older woman hugging one of the other children as they left the house.
"Is that your grandmother?" I asked.
"Yes," Sunil said.
"She's come to visit us for the Christmas holiday."
"How nice," I said. "Where does she live?"
"At the airport," Sunil replied. "Whenever we want her, we just go out there and get her."
.......more optical illusions and paradigm twists here:
1. A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."
2 Two fish swim into a concrete wall. The one turns to the other and says, "Dam!"
3. Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
4. Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says "I've lost my electron." The other says "Are you sure?" The first replies "Yes, I'm positive." (It helps to know a little chemistry.)
5. Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication.
6. A group of chess enthusiasts checked into a hotel and were standing in the lobby discussing their recent tournament victories. After about an hour, the managercame out of the office and asked them to disperse. "But why?" they asked, as they moved off. "Because", he said, "I can't stand chess-nuts boasting in an open foyer."
7. A woman has twins and gives them up for adoption. One of them goes to a family in Egypt and is named "Ahmal." The other goes to a family in Spain; they name him "Juan" Years later, Juan sends a picture of himself to his birth mother. Upon receiving the picture, she tells her husband that she wishes she also had a picture of Ahmal. Her husband responds, "They're twins! If you've seen Juan, you've seen Ahmal."
8. Three friars were behind on their belfry payments, so they opened up a small florist shop to raise funds. Since everyone liked to buy flowers from the men of God, a rival florist across town thought the competition was unfair. He asked the good fathers to close down, but they would not.
He went back and begged the friars to close. They ignored him. So, the rival florist hired Hugh MacTaggart, the roughest and most vicious thug in town to "persuade" them to close. Hugh beat up the friars and trashed their store, saying he'd be back if they didn't close up shop. Terrified, they did so, thereby proving that only Hugh can prevent florist friars.
9. Mahatma Gandhi, as you know, walked barefoot most of the time, which produced an impressive set of calluses on his feet. He also ate very little, which made him rather frail and with his odd diet, he suffered from bad breath. This made him ...(Oh, man, this is so bad, it's good)..... A super calloused fragile mystic hexed by halitosis.
10. And finally, there was the person who sent ten different puns to his friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.
Forward these to 10 people and absolutely anything could happen, but probably won’t.
Sent in by Bhakta Gary Kerns in Q8
.......and always remember (don't forget...)
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