Newsletter Number #157  ( mid-July issue 2005 A.D. Gaurabda 519)

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All Glories To Srila Prabhupad.

/ \ All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga.

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WWW - news and views: Calendar Updates & Events - Festivals, Feasts, Fasts & Functions:

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The present year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2005-2006
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Words of Wisdom - Shastra & Shastrakaras speak:
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... Coming Festivals
... Local temples
... Verses from Shastra
... Hare Krishna Maha Mantra
... Hare Krishna as ancient religion - NOT a cult
... Vaishnava Songs
... Samskaras and Agama Tantra
... Articles
... Topical links - etc
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At Grass Roots: Topical stuff
... Seasonal Greetings...Happy 2005
... Have a Happy Year - Gaurabda 519

Prasadam Recipes: To slake the thirst of body, mind & soul
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The Interactive Vaishnava Calendar page of Fasts, Festivals, Functions and Feasts. ( )

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All Calendar entries are explained - Appearance or Disappearance days, festivals, fasts, feasts, etc.

View previous years festival dates on the Calendar:
The present year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2005-2006
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Karaka Sankranti (Sun enters Cancer)

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

Dvadasi   (Sayana Dwadasi) 19th July 2005

Sri Guru (Vyaasa) Purnima
Sri Sanatana Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
First month of Chaturmasya begins.(Fast from sak, green leafy vegetables, for one month.)

(Chaturmasya is not observed during Purusottama Adhika Masa.)

Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav

Sri Lokanatha Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav

The incorporation of ISKCON in New York

Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi for Kamika Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 1st August 2005  in NZ)

Sri Raghunandana Thakur - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Vamsidas Babaji - Disappearance - Tirubhav

Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Pavitropana Ekadasi.- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 16th August 2005  in NZ)

Sri Sri Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra begins on the Ekadasi

Srila Rupa Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Gauridas Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav

----------------- Simha Sankranti (Sun enters Leo) -----------------

Jhulan Yatra ends on the Full Moon - Purnima.
Lord Balaram - Appearance  of Lord Balaram (Fasting till noon)

Second month of Chaturmasya begins. (Fast from yogurt for one month.)

Srila Prabhupada's departure for the USA 1965 AD. - 20 Aug 2005 in NZ

Sri Krsna Janmastami: Appearance of Lord Sri Krsna - Saturday 27th Aug 2005 in NZ
(Fasting till midnight - breakfast with Ekadasi style prasadam)

Sri Nandotsava - Festival of Nananda maharaj for birth of Krishna - Jata karman

Srila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Appearance -  (Fasting till noon) Sunday 28th August 2005

Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Paksa vardhini Mahadvadasi for Annada Ekadasi- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 31st August 2005  in NZ)

Father's Day -  1st Sunday in September in Aus & NZ - 3rd Sunday in June in US & UK (4th Sept in NZ)

Ganesh Chaturthi  - Wednesday 7th Sept 2005 in NZ - DO NOT LOOK @ the MOON

Srimati Sita Thakurani (Advaita's consort) - Appearance - Avirbhav

Sri Lalita sasti

Sri Radhastami : Srimati Radharani's - Appearance Day  (Fasting till noon) (Monday 12th September in NZ)

Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Parsva Ekadasi.- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 15th September 2005  in NZ)

Sri Vamana Dvadasi - Appearance of Lord Vamandeva
(The fast is observed till noon on the Ekadasi.) (Feasting is done tomorrow.)

Srila Jiva Goswami - Appearance - Avirbhav

Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur - Appearance - Avirbhav Utsava
(The fast is observed till noon on the Ekadasi.)(Feasting is done today.)

Sri Ananta Caturdasi Vrata
Srila Hari Das Thakur - Disappearance - Tirubhav
----------------- Kanya Sankranti (Sun enters Virgo) -----------------

Sri Visvarupa Mahotsava
Acceptance of sannyasa by Srila Prabhupada 1959 AD.
Srimad Bhagavatam Day

Third month of Caturmasya begins.(Fast from milk for one month.)

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

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

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

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Sri Sri Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra - Swing Festival
16th August 2005 in NZ

Appearance Day of Lord Balaram
Fasting 'till noon
19th August in NZ

Sri Krishna Janmastami
27th August 2005 in NZ
(fasting until midnight grain free breakfast)

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's Avirbhav
Sri Vyasa pujan mahotsav

of the appearance of
His Divine Grace

1896 – 2004

Founder Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness

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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 Prabhupada.
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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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS

Bhagavad Gita:  Chapter 2 - Contents of the Gita Summarized

                        esa brahmi sthitih partha
                         nainam prapya vimuhyati
                        sthitvasyam anta-kale 'pi
                         brahma-nirvanam rcchati

                             WORD FOR WORD

   esa--this; brahmi--spiritual; sthitih--situation; partha--O son of Prtha; na--never; enam--this; prapya--achieving; vimuhyati--one is bewildered; sthitva--being situated; asyam--in this; anta-kale--at the end of life; api--also; brahma-nirvanam--the spiritual kingdom of God; rcchati--one attains.


   That is the way of the spiritual and godly life, after attaining which a man is not bewildered. If one is thus situated even at the hour of death, one can enter into the kingdom of God.

PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

   One can attain Krsna consciousness or divine life at once, within a second--or one may not attain such a state of life even after millions of births. It is only a matter of understanding and accepting the fact. Khatvanga Maharaja attained this state of life just a few minutes before his death, by surrendering unto Krsna. Nirvana means ending the process of materialistic life. According to Buddhist philosophy, there is only void after the completion of this material life, but Bhagavad-gita teaches differently. Actual life begins after the completion of this material life. For the gross materialist it is sufficient to know that one has to end this materialistic way of life, but for persons who are spiritually advanced, there is another life after this materialistic life. Before ending this life, if one fortunately becomes Krsna conscious, he at once attains the stage of brahma-nirvana. There is no difference between the kingdom of God and the devotional service of the Lord. Since both of them are on the absolute plane, to be engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord is to have attained the spiritual kingdom. In the material world there are activities of sense gratification, whereas in the spiritual world there are activities of Krsna consciousness. Attainment of Krsna consciousness even during this life is immediate attainment of Brahman, and one who is situated in Krsna consciousness has certainly already entered into the kingdom of God.

   Brahman is just the opposite of matter. Therefore brahmi sthiti means =not on the platform of material activities.= Devotional service of the Lord is accepted in the Bhagavad-gita as the liberated stage (sa gunan samatityaitan brahma-bhuyaya kalpate). Therefore, brahmi sthiti is liberation from material bondage.

   Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has summarized this Second Chapter of the Bhagavad-gita as being the contents for the whole text. In the Bhagavad-gita, the subject matters are karma-yoga, jnana-yoga, and bhakti-yoga. In the Second Chapter karma-yoga and jnana-yoga have been clearly discussed, and a glimpse of bhakti-yoga has also been given, as the contents for the complete text.

   Thus end the Bhaktivedanta Purports to the Second Chapter of the Srimad Bhagavad-gita in the matter of its Contents.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Copyright 1983 The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Used with permission.

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Syamasundara Tried Jamming, Cursing, and Forcing the Key

In 1972, when Srila Prabhupada was residing at the home of Kartikeya Mahadevia in Bombay, an unusual incident occured one morning. Prabhupada's secretary, Syamasundara dasa, and servant, Srutakirti dasa, had taken Prabhupada to Chowpatti Beach for his morning walk. Syamasundara had driven them in Mr. Mahadevia's car, one of those black Ambassadors popular throughout India. When they were ready to return, Syamasundara found that he couldn't start the car engine. He fitted the key into the ignition, but the key wouldn't turn. Syamasundara tried jamming, cursing, and forcing the key until he became completely frustrated.
"It's not going to work, Srila Prabhupada," he said. "I'll go get a taxi." He dashed out of the car, leaving Srila Prabhupada chanting japa in the back seat with Srutakirti. After a few minutes, two Indian gentlemen in suits and ties approached the car, opened the front door, and got in. Srutakirti became alarmed, but Srila Prabhupada began a friendly talk with them in Hindi. When the man put his key in the ignition, started the car, and drove off, Srutakirti finally understood what had happened. Syamasundara had led Srila Prabhupada to the wrong car! When the real owners of the black Ambassador heard from Srila Prabhupada his explanation, they were honored and insisted driving Prabhupada back to Mr. Mahadevia's.
Srutakirti tried apologizing for what had happened, but one of the men turned and replied, "Oh, no, this is very nice opportunity for us to do some seva for Swamiji."
Srila Prabhupada then began to explain the basis of Krsna consciousness and his worldwide mission, and the men listened attentively.
When they arrived at Mr. Mahadevia's building, Srila Prabhupada invited the men up to take some prasadam.
"No, we have to go to the office, but thank you very much, Swamiji."
"Yes, thank you, Swamiji. Hare Krsna!"
After the pleasant incident, Srila Prabhupada remarked to his servant, "This is the difference between India and America. In America if we had gotten into someone's car, we would have been in great difficulty."
Srutakirti dasa, interview. Srila Prabhupada repeated a similar anecdote in his lectures about the time he and his disciples had walked across a farmer's field in Vrndavana. The farmer had come out with members of his family to meet Prabhupada and to express that it was a great honor for him to have Srila Prabhupada walking in his field. Prabhupada compared this to the West, where there are signs, "Beware of Dog," and where a trespasser may be shot.

- From the Prabhupada Nectar by HH Satsvarupa dasa Goswami

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"Wildcats And Special Rascals"

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation -- April 27, 1976, Auckland, New Zealand

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Guru-krpa: Srila Prabhupada, for the abhiseka, do we require cow urine and cow dung and tail of cow? Is it...

Prabhupada: If available, not?

Devotee (1): Yes, we can get it.

Guru-krpa: It's available.

Pusta Krsna: They're feeling threatened by our kirtana parties.

Prabhupada: Who?

Pusta Krsna: He said that some of the town councils are trying to pass laws against our chanting in the streets.

Devotee (2): The Christians are behind it in Whangarei.

Prabhupada: So, can they pass such law?

Devotee (2): I don't think so. We're having.... Some of our men are going to meet with the council the day after tomorrow at the meeting. They're open to our side. The reason is that the businessmen have complained, some of the businessmen have complained.

Prabhupada: Not all of them. You take some signature from other businessmen.

Devotee (2): Yes, all right.

Prabhupada: You present that.

Devotee (2): Yes. The men who are going to speak are businessmen, devotees. One is an architect.

Prabhupada: Then he can organize so many signatures.

Devotee (2): One is a restaurant owner, and one has a hairdressing salon. And they're going to speak...

Prabhupada: Everyone likes; that's a fact.

Guru-krpa: We gave the argument before that they say it is a disturbance, but there are so many cars and airplanes which are making disturbance. They should also be stopped.

Devotee (2): Last week we wrote letters to the newspaper, and they published them, showing our view. And in Whangarei.... It's another city, a hundred miles from here. It's near the farm up north, and the devotees chant there. And the businessmen complained. And the devotees wrote a letter criticizing the materialistic businessmen, and that they didn't care for the people, only they wanted money. And they printed it this big in the newspaper, completely criticizing, and the people liked it. They put it in everything, word for word what the devotees said. So it was good.

Prabhupada: So there is agitation against chanting. That is also good. Yes, "Hare Krsna is bad." (laughs)

Pusta Krsna: They don't want to be bothered with Hare Krsna.

Prabhupada: Huh?

Pusta Krsna: They don't want to be bothered with Hare Krsna. Go on with their hellish life.

Prabhupada: So we want that. Let them chant Hare Krsna somehow or other. (devotees laugh) "We don't want to be bothered by Hare Krsna." That means chanting Hare Krsna.

Devotee (2): Because our kirtana party now, we have, we go on kirtana, eighty men. We go two nights a week with eighty men. Huge kirtana with five mrdangas and guitars, and we get huge crowd from the whole street.

Prabhupada: That will make you triumphant. Go on kirtana. That is very nice. Kirtana, and book distribution. This is also kirtana.

Guru-krpa: This is brhad mrdanga.

Prabhupada: Yes. So do it enthusiastically. Keep yourself pure. Nobody will be able to do any harm to you. Krsna will give you protection. So? [break]

Devotee (2): Eight crores.

Hari-sauri: Didn't he say eighty crores?

Prabhupada: One crore means ten million.

Hari-sauri: Rupees.

Prabhupada: Such eight.

Devotee (2): Eighty million rupees.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Devotee (2): That's a million dollars.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Pusta Krsna: Eight million dollars.

Prabhupada: Now it will be tested how much money we have got. (Pusta Krsna laughs)

Guru-krpa: Ghee is cheaper in New Zealand than in Australia.

Prabhupada: Anyway, first of all arrange for selling.

Guru-krpa: I've already sent off the letter.

Prabhupada: And you can disvertise(?) it from New Zealand or from Australia. There can be very peaceful condition of the whole world. Simply mismanaged by the rascal leaders. Otherwise, people can live very peacefully, eat sumptuously, save time, and there is no necessity of stopping the bare necessities of life. There is arrangement for eating, sleeping, sex life also. But not like fools and rascals. Like sane man. But this modern civilization, it is insane, crazy civilization. There is a little pleasure in sex life -- simply sex life, increase sex life, spoiling everything. That is crazy. Eating-eat anything, any nonsense thing, and become a hog. Sleeping-oh, there is no limit, twenty-four hours sleeping if it is possible. Go on, this is going on. Eating, sleeping, mating. And defense -- and discover atomic weapon, this weapon, that weapon, and kill innocent persons, unnecessarily, defense. This is going on. But everything can be used properly for peaceful condition, and when you become peaceful, no disturbance, then you can very happily chant Hare Krsna and your life becomes successful. This is our program. We don't want to stop anything. How it can be stopped? Whatever is the bare neces.... Just like we have taken sannyasa. What is that? "Oh, we have no sex life only. Otherwise, we are also eating, we are also sleeping." So that is also stopped in good old age. In old age, if a person like me, at the age of eighty years, if I would have shopped for sex life, does it look very good? Young men, they are allowed. That's all right. But a young..., old man is going to the club and spending for sex life so much money. Therefore younger generation, they're allowed grhastha life from twenty-five years to fifty years. That's all. After that, stop sex life. Actually, they want to stop population. Then why it, sex, then? No, they'll have sex life, at the same time, no population, kill the children. What is that? Simply sinful life. They will suffer, continue to suffer. So we want to stop that suffering. These rascals, they do not understand. They think, "Hare Krsna movement is disturbing." A rascal civilization. So let us try our best. What can be done? You also helping in this movement. So don't spoil the movement by manufacturing ideas. Don't do that. Go on in the standard way, keep yourself pure; then movement is sure to be successful. But if you want to spoil it by whimsical, then what can be done? It will be spoiled. If you manufacture whims and disagree and fight amongst yourself, then it will be another edition of these so-called movements. It will lose the spiritual strength. Always remember it. You cannot.... Now, actually, people are surprised: "What this Hare Krsna mantra has got power that it is changing so quickly?" And on the other hand, it is to be admitted, unless it has got power, how it is changing? So we have to keep that power. Don't make it an ordinary musical vibration. It is a different thing, spiritual. Although it seems like musical vibration, but it is spiritual, completely. Mantrausadhi-vasa. Even, by mantra, the snakes can be charmed. So mantra is not ordinary sound vibration. So we have to keep the mantra in potency, potent, by offenseless chanting, by remaining pure. If you pollute the mantra, then it will lose its effect. (devotees discuss some money matters in background)

Devotee (2): So concerning the temple, Srila Prabhupada, I talked to some boys, and the one boy, Dhumra(?), he used to be in Australia, he made a fifteen-foot-high Lord Caitanya. Do you remember at the Ratha-yatra?

Prabhupada: Hmm. Hmm.


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"So it doesn't matter where we are born. If we take to Krsna consciousness, then he becomes a suchi, purified soul, and he is eligible to go back to home, to back to Godhead."

(Srimad-Bhagavatam [2.4.18] by Sukadeva Gosvami,)

varam eko guni putro, na ca murkha-satair api
ekas candras tamo hanti, na ca tara-ganair api

A single son endowed with good qualities is far better than a hundred sons devoid of them, for the moon, though one, dispels the darkness,
which the stars, though numerous, cannot.

Chanakhya Pandit - Niti shastra

matrvat para-daresu, para-dravyesu lostavat
atmavat sarva-bhutesu, yah pasyati sa panditah

An educated person is one who sees people's property as garbage on the street, deals with others as he would like them to deal with him,
and sees every woman except his wife as mother.

Chanakhya Pandit - Niti shastra

bhavad-vidha bhagavatas
tirtha-bhutah svayam vibho
tirthi-kurvanti tirthani
svantah-sthena gadabhrta

My Lord, devotees like your good self are verily holy places personified. Because you carry the Personality of Godhead within your heart,
you turn all places into places of pilgrimage.

The Personality of Godhead is omnipresent by His diverse potencies everywhere, just as the power of electricity is distributed everywhere within space. Similarly, the Lord's omnipresence is perceived and manifested by His unalloyed devotees like Vidura, just as electricity is manifested in an electric bulb. A pure devotee like Vidura always feels the presence of the Lord everywhere. He sees everything in the potency of the Lord and the Lord in everything. The holy places all over the earth are meant for purifying the polluted consciousness of the human being by an atmosphere surcharged with the presence of the Lord's unalloyed devotees. If anyone visits a holy place, he must search out the pure devotees residing in such holy places, take lessons from them, try to apply such instructions in practical life and thus gradually prepare oneself for the ultimate salvation, going back to Godhead. To go to some holy place of pilgrimage does not mean only to take a bath in the Ganges or Yamuna or to visit the temples situated in those places. One should also find representatives of Vidura who have no desire in life save and except to serve the Personality of Godhead. The Personality of Godhead is always with such pure devotees because of their unalloyed service, which is without any tinge of fruitive action or utopian speculation. They are in the actual service of the Lord, specifically by the process of hearing and chanting. The pure devotees hear from the authorities and chant, sing and write of the glories of the Lord.

Yuvatinäm yathä yüni yünäm ca yuvatau yathä/
mano 'bhiramate tadvan mano me ramatäm tvayi


 As a young man thinks of a woman and a young woman thinks of a young man within their mind, and remain attached,
similarly let my mind remain attached to Your lotus feet and not be deviated.

Yä pritir avivekänäm visayeshv anapäyini/
tväm anusmaratah sä me hridayän näpasarpatu

"Unintelligent persons have unflinching affection for the objects of sense gratification. Similarly, may I always remember You,
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Mama sukarmani dushkarmani ca yad räga-sämänyam,
tad sarvato-bhävena bhagavad-vishayam eva bhavatu

"Whatever attraction I have for pious or sinful activities, let that attraction be wholeheartedly invested in You."

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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:

"Glory to the Sri Krishna Samkirtan which cleanses the heart of all the dust accumulated for years together. Thus the fire of conditional life, of repeated birth and death, is extinguished. The Samkirtan Movement is the prime benediction for humanity at large because it spreads the rays of the benediction Moon. It is the life of all transcendental knowledge, it increases the ocean of transcendental bliss, and it helps us to have a taste of the full nectar for which we are always anxious."

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“All the lists of the incarnations of Godhead submitted herewith are either plenary expansions or parts of the plenary expansions of the Supreme Godhead, but Kåñëa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.28)

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kåñëaù svayaà samabhavat paramaù pumän yo
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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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Hare Krsna!

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The Mahabharata is a vast treasure house of Brahminical knowledge and as the Mahabharat itself says: "What is found in the Mahabharata may be found in other texts; whatever is not found in the Mahabharata is not found anywhere."

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ISKCON Statement on London Bombings

This statement is issued on behalf of ISKCON Communications, 7 July 2005.

The 7 July attack on London was cruel and senseless. Devotees of Krishna share in the world's horror at these murders.

We share in the feelings of sorrow and sympathy for the dead and their families, and for those injured physically and emotionally. Many ISKCON members live in London and many more have close ties with it and share, in a very direct way, the turmoil resulting from these terrible acts.

This is a crime against humanity in the truest sense. Those attacked had been de-humanised by their attackers — they were no longer seen as individuals with lives, and cares, and souls of their own, but as targets in a political struggle. We object to that behaviour at all times.

We also sympathise with our Muslim friends, many of whom may in turn be de-humanised as "the enemy" in the UK and in other countries.

This is a sad time for all sincere religionists, whatever tradition they belong to — to see the antithesis of Godly behaviour touted as an example of what religion stands.

In this dark time, we pray that all afflicted find comfort and that our societies can begin to find a way out of this violence.

God and Terrorism

“God told me to maim.” “God told me to kill children.” “God told me to desecrate.” Sound familiar? Stirring terrorism in with God makes a sickening brew. Let’s be frank: terrorists don’t believe in God — unless there is a God who encourages the sudden and unexpected killing of civilians, workers, and children.

Terrorists can garner fame and recognition from their peers, and perhaps the most dangerous sorts are those who live to die heroically by killing an unsuspecting “enemy.”

Many terrorists, we learn, think their actions are all for the pleasure of God. But we shouldn’t be surprised, for such notions of what pleases God are nothing new to human beings, especially in a secular world where God and the Devil can change positions at the drop of a sabre.

But along with theology, all religion professes common decency. All faiths say that the original human nature is to be good, and that lower forms of behaviour pollute this nature.

Although God is invoked as the ultimate sanctioning agent in many conflicts, wars are usually fought over land, economic power, and political or tribal supremacy. Many wars are based on crazy concepts of God.

But religion – of any stripe, in any country – espouses love of God as the ultimate teaching and this is meant to transcend all confessions. God specifically advises us to develop qualities of peacefulness, self-control, austerity, purity, tolerance, honesty, knowledge, and wisdom. These common values will help us discover peace, internally and externally.

Mukunda Goswami

London Bombings

The London attacks are a terrible tragedy and our hearts and prayers go out to all affected.

Such atrocities are becoming all too common all around the world. Often it is done in the name of religion, and indeed there are “religious groups” claiming responsibility for this latest wave of attacks.

Such groups are generally marked by an unswerving certainty that they are doing God’s will. They therefore feel that they are doing no wrong; after all, God, by any definition, is all-good, and his will must surely mean the good of all beings.

But how do we know the divine will? Many times it has been invoked in order to justify war. The first crusaders who attacked Jerusalem a thousand years ago were promised salvation by Pope Urban II, while the defending Muslims believed the Lord was with them.

More recently, in the Gulf War, President Bush and Saddam Hussein each declared that he had God on his side. And now the Muslims who die in what they see as their jihad believe they will go to Paradise and enjoy everlasting pleasures.

Quite a conundrum for God, it seems. How can he support everyone?

What is his definition of good and bad? It might be handy to know before we embark on any fierce campaigns.

Well, a good place to start looking is scripture, but that of course is often the root of disagreement. Opposing parties have their different scriptures from which they quote in order to establish that followers of any other scripture are godless barbarians. I once walked into a shop in my priestly robes and the shopkeeper immediately exclaimed, "Your book is wrong!" (at which I beat a hasty retreat).

So, whose book is right? Who is actually on God's side, doing his will? Perhaps Christ's instruction to judge a tree by its fruits is helpful. If a person is actually approaching God, which is the aim of all religion, then he or she should become godly — tolerant, humble, kind, merciful, and non-violent are a few definitions of goodness given in Bhagavad-gita.

Of course, these good qualities can be developed by anyone from any faith background. They are not the exclusive preserve of any religion, for we find genuine saints in all traditions.

Religion is a process that aims to please God, thereby taking the practitioner closer to him. This may manifest in different forms and rituals following different scriptures, but if the essential aim is to please the Lord, then why squabble? If I am actually trying to please a person I love, then how1 can I hate others trying to please the same person, even if they are doing it in a different way to me?

Hating others in the name of God defeats its own purpose of pleasing God. Rather than pleasure it would more likely give the Lord pain. Is a father pained when he sees his sons fight? And if I hold such hatred, it seems to be evidence that I myself am not actually coming close to God.

Is there ever any justification for a holy war? How about rooting out unbelievers? Surely that must please God? And clearly some self-styled holy warriors see things in those terms, believing they are purging the earth of its scourge of atheists.

But can that please the Lord? If my brother turns away from my father and I therefore kill him, would that make my father happy?
The real war then is against ignorance, first of all in ourselves. This is the actual triumph of good over evil — gaining knowledge of who we really are, and of God, and of how to reach him.

If we really do want good to prevail, then we should come together with a desire to know and satisfy the Supreme, peacefully discussing how that can best be done. We should recognise the integrity of other people's faiths, and see that they too are children of the same God we are trying to worship, equally loved by him. And those without faith should be loved too, even if at present they choose to turn away from him. After all, has not the Lord himself given us that free choice?

The ultimate definition of good must be that which is conducive to the permanent happiness of all beings. Only God has that vision, and thus our highest good lies in approaching Him.

Krishna Dharma Dasa  UK

Terrorist Attack On Ayodhya Temple Foiled

AYODHYA, INDIA, July 5, 2005: Indian police have killed five gunmen who attacked a flashpoint religious site in the northern city of Ayodhya. A sixth man is thought to have died triggering the blast which began the raid. A two-hour gunfight raged at the complex, claimed by Hindus and Muslims. Religious sites across India are on high alert following the attack, and the government has appealed for calm. No group has so far claimed the attack. In 1992, Hindu nationalists tore down the Babri Masjid at the site, sparking riots. (HPI adds: The Masjid was built on the site of the temple marking Lord Rama's birthplace.)

The unidentified gunmen forced their way into the heavily guarded site in Uttar Pradesh state at about 0915 local time (0415 GMT). They used a jeep loaded with explosives to blow a hole in the wall of the complex, and drove a car through the gap. The gunmen were surrounded by armed police as they tried to enter the inner area of the compl ex. Three members of the security forces were injured. The inner area contains a tent with a temporary Hindu temple attended by Hindu priests and pilgrims.

"All the attackers were wearing black trousers and shirts which made them look like commandos," one local man told Reuters news agency. Television pictures showed the charred jeep, with bodies and body parts littered around. A local official told the BBC that all the Hindu pilgrims and the religious structure were safe. The driver of the men's vehicle has been arrested and is being questioned by police, who say they recovered three AK-47 assault rifles and hand grenades at the site.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

Victoria State's Racial and Religious Tolerance Act Causes Controversy

VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA, June 23, 2005: Ever since the state of Victoria in Australia passed the Racial and Religious Tolerance Act in early 2002, the outcome has become controversial, according to this report from, a Christian news agency.

Premier Bob Carr of New South Wales, a neighboring state, says, "Religious vilification laws are difficult because determining what is or is not a religious belief is difficult. It is subjective. Religious vilification laws can undermine the very freedom they seek to protect -- freedom of thought, conscience and belief."

Victoria has received a huge reaction nationally and internationally as a result of the new law. The case causing all the controversy is explained in this news release, "Two evangelical pastors in Australia convicted of vilifying Muslims say they will go to prison rather than obey a judge's order to apologize. A tribunal judge in the state of Victoria on Wednesday i nstructed Danny Nalliah and Daniel Scot to apologize for their comments by publishing a prescribed statement in newspapers and on the website of Nalliah's ministry, Catch the Fire. They would also have to promise never to repeat them -- or any other comments which would have the same or similar effect -- anywhere in Australia or on the Internet."

Judge Michael Higgins of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT), a body that operates like a normal court of law, says, "Scot, a Pakistan-born pastor who addressed the seminar, had done so in a way which is essentially hostile, demeaning and derogatory of all Muslim people, their God, Allah, the prophet Mohammed and in general Muslim religious beliefs and practises. The offending statement included the view that the Koran promotes violence and killing; that Muslims lie; and that Muslims intend to take over Australia and declare it an Islamic State. An article by Nalliah in a Catch the Fire newsletter c ontained statements likely to incite a feeling of hatred towards Muslims, including the claim that Muslim refugees were being granted visas to Australia while Christians who suffer persecution in Islamic nations were refused refugee visas."

The case against Nalliah and Scot resulted when the state's Islamic Council lodged a complaint. It has taken twenty months to finalize and has other countries considering the outcome of the law. The article explains, "At one point is 2003, the Australian Embassy in Washington was flooded with letters from concerned Americans, and was hard pressed to explain that the case was being heard by a court-like tribunal operating under a law passed by one state's Labor government, not Australia's federal government. In Britain, opponents of a religious hatred bill currently under consideration have cited the Australian episode in their campaign against the legislation."

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

Bangalore School Combines Modern Syllabus with Vedic Training

BANGALORE, INDIA, July 9, 2005: A symbiosis of two universes, the ancient and the modern, philosophy and science, is what one finds in this unique Guru Kula which does not have the trappings of a conventional school. Situated amidst the scenic and serene environs of Mutthathi forest range, near the confluence of river Arkavathy and Cauvery, this project believes in "strengthening the moral and ethical fibre of a student," Satyavratha, secretary of the project, told PTI. "Merit and inclination towards Vedic learning" is the only criteria for admission to this school, about 92 km from Bangalore which takes students from fifth standard, said Satyavratha.

In the first phase, a six-year course, the students are made aware of the relevance of Vedic culture and ancient heritage and imparted Vedic knowledge about all the four Vedas by experts (Vidwans) in the field, Satyavratha said. While the first half of the day is devoted to yoga, Vedic ritual and le arning including Sanskrit grammar, the post-lunch session comprises regular classes in Science, Math, English, History and Computers, conforming to the National Institute of Open School syllabus, he said. An option is given to students to either pursue Vedic studies or join the mainstream. If the student decides to continue, he goes deep into the Shastras and Sanskrit and trains as a Vedic scholar, Satyavratha said.

The young students not only have to follow a unique dress code of wearing the sacred thread, a dhoti and angavastra, they also have a strict daily schedule which requires them to be up at "Brahma Muhurtha" (4 am), he said. After finishing their daily ritual, they clean their "Kutirs" and then go for yoga practice. This is followed by "Sandhyavandanam" (detailed recitation of gayatri mantra) and "Agnihotra." Later they do "Go Seva," which involves cleaning and milking the cows followed by Vedic classes. Nutritious "Sattvic" (without onion or garlic) foo d with much less spice and oil is provided to them. The vegetables and fruits are totally organic and home-grown, Satyavratha said. Play hours in the evening is the time when the students closely interact with the teachers, playing badminton, cricket, throwball and indoor games like chess with them.

Parents are allowed to meet their wards only once in four months. During this time a parents-teachers meeting is held wherein parents are briefed not only about their wards' academic progress but also his personality development. "Guru Purnima," celebrated in a grand manner in the school, is another occasion when parents and friends can visit the students and take part in the festivities, Satyavratha said. A team of like-minded people from different walks of life conceived the project and formed the Om Shantidhama Charitable Trust in 1991. The Gurukula has 45 students at present and 10 teachers including five Vedic scholars.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

Want to Reduce Global Warming? Go Vegetarian

LONDON, ENGLAND, July 10, 2005: Global warming could be controlled if we all became vegetarians and stopped eating meat. That's the view of British physicist Alan Calverd, who thinks that giving up pork chops, lamb cutlets and chicken burgers would do more for the environment than burning less oil and gas. Writing in this month's Physics World, Calvert calculates that the animals we eat emit 21% of all the carbon dioxide that can be attributed to human activity. We could therefore slash man-made emissions of carbon dioxide simply by abolishing all livestock. Moreover, there would be no adverse effects to health and it would be an experiment that we could abandon at any stage. "Worldwide reduction of meat production in the pursuit of the targets set in the Kyoto treaty seems to carry fewer political unknowns than cutting our consumption of fossil fuels," he says.

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Chariot Festival Begins In Puri

PURI, INDIA, July 8, 2005: Braving intermittent rains hundreds of thousands of devotees thronged the holy city, abode of Lord Jagannath, today to witness the world famous car festival even as an elaborate security blanket has been cast following the terrorist attack in Ayodhya. The three-km long Grand road from the Lions gate of the 12th century ce temple to Gundicha was crowded with pilgrims and the air reverberated to the chants of "Haribol" and "Jai Jagannth" as the rituals for the royal procession of three presiding deities--Lord Jagannath, elder brother Lord Balabhadra and sister Subhadra--began. The three deities would begin their journey to Gundicha temple on three gigantic well decorated colorful chariots--Nandighosh, Taladhawaja and Darpadalan-- parked outside the temple. The deities would return to their original abode after a nine-day sojourn in Gundicha temple.

UNI Reports: The police have made a foolproof security arrangement for the 128th rath yatra of Lord Jagannath, to be taken out from famous centuries-old Jagannath Temple located in communally sensitive Jamalpur area of the walled city today morning. Additional Commissioner of Police (Sector-2), Ashish Bhatia, said a thick security blanket has been thrown around the entire 15-km long route of the yatra with deployment of a strong contingent of over 15,000 security personnel. The passing of the procession in the most sensitive part, the minority dominated (i.e. Muslim) Jordan Road locality of the Dariapur area, will be closely monitored by the officials through a special network of CCTVs (close circuit televisions). Thirty video cameras will shoot the entire procession.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

Strict vigil mounted for Ahmedabad rath yatra
Ahmedabad, July 8 (UNI): The police have made a foolproof security arrangement for the 128th rath yatra of Lord Jagannath, to be taken out from famous centuries-old Jagannath Temple located in communally sensitive Jamalpur area of the walled city today morning.

Additional Commissioner of Police (Sector-2), Ashish Bhatia, said a thick security blanket has been thrown around the entire 15-km long route of the yatra with deployment of a strong contingent of over 15,000 security personnel.

Bhatia, heading the security arrangements, said for the first time as a special strategy a special Radio Trunk Line (RTL) communication network has been set up for the officials of the rank of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) and above.

On this RTL network, officials can contact each other and city Police Commissioner, K R Kaushik, for exchange of information or help in case of any emergency.

He said a total of 67 companies of law enforcement agencies, including BSF, RAF, SRPF, CRPF, Home Guards and police force from Madhya Pradesh have been pressed into the service for the annual religious event.

Besides, nearly 7,000 personnel of the city police force, including 29 DCPs, 52 ACPs, 131 PIs, 508 PSIs, 58 Horse Mounted Police officials, over 6,000 Constables and Head Constables, are also on the job.

Bhatia said these personnel have been specially briefed about the security arrangements.

The officer said a total of 24 terrace points, including two mobile ones, have been set up at the communally sensitive places on the entire route of the procession.

The passing of the procession in the most sensitive part, the minority dominated Jordan Road locality of the Dariapur area, will be closely monitored by the officials through a special network of CCTVs (close circuit televisions).

Thirty video cameras will shoot the entire procession.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

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Grandfather and The Wooden Bowl

A frail old man went to live with his son, daughter-in-law, and four-year old grandson. The old man's hands trembled, his eyesight was blurred, and his step faltered. The family ate together at the table. But the elderly grandfather's shaky hands and failing sight made eating difficult. Peas rolled off his spoon onto the floor. When he grasped the glass, milk spilled on the tablecloth. The son and daughter-in-law became irritated with the mess. "We must do something about Grandfather," said the son.  "I've had enough of his spilled milk, noisy eating, and food on the floor."

So the husband and wife set a small table in the corner. There, Grandfather sat & ate alone while the rest of the family enjoyed dinner together. Since Grandfather had broken a dish or two, his food was served in a wooden bowl.

When the child glanced in Grandfather's direction, sometimes he had a tear in his eye as he sat alone. Still, the only words the couple had for him were sharp admonitions when he dropped a fork or spilled food.

The four-year-old watched it all in silence. One evening before supper, the father noticed his son playing with wood scraps on the floor. He asked the child sweetly, "What are you making?" Just as sweetly, the boy responded, "Oh, I am making a little bowl for you and Mama to eat your food when I grow up." The four-year-old smiled and went back to work.

The words so struck the parents that they were speechless.  Then tears started to stream down their cheeks. Though no word was spoken, both knew what must be done. That evening the husband took Grandfather's hand and gently led him back to the family table.  For the remainder of his days he ate every meal with the family.  And for some reason, neither husband nor wife seemed to care any longer when a fork was dropped, milk spilled, or the tablecloth got soiled.

Children are remarkably perceptive. Their eyes ever observe, their ears ever listen, and their minds ever process the messages they absorb. If they see us patiently provide a happy home atmosphere for family members, they will imitate that attitude for the rest of their lives.

The wise parent realizes that every day the building blocks are being laid for the child's future.

Let's be wise builders and role models.

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ohu vaha ho
ohu vaha ho
ohu vaha ho.....oh how wonderous !!!!!!

Congratulations to Sriman Dina-bandhu prabhu NRS (BBT ART Department) and Srimati Karuna-mayi mataji IDS,  residents of New Varshana Auckland on the birth of their Ray of Vishnu born on 11th July 2005 in Helensville Birthing Centre. "Mother and daughter is all right" (I did their marriage last year...)

&&&&&&&&&&& ....and

On 10th July 2005,  at Gurgaon (Delhi), Lord Krishna sent another new Ray of Vishnu (a boy) to be taken care of by Sriman Nartak Gauranga prabhu and Srimati Radhanidhi mataji (I did their Simantanayanam samskara back in March at their hom,e in Gurgoan)  HH Bhakti Vikas swami, their initiating spiritual master, will name the child soon.

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

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

Lord Sri Krishna says in Bhagavad Gita 7:11.

balaà balavatäà cähaà
dharmäviruddho bhüteñu
kämo ’smi bharatarñabha

balam—strength; bala-vatäm—of the strong; ca—and; aham—I am; käma—passion; räga—and attachment; vivarjitam—devoid of; dharma-aviruddhaù—not against religious principles; bhüteñu—in all beings; kämaù—sex life; asmi—I am; bharata-åñabha—O lord of the Bhäratas.

"I am the strength of the strong, devoid of passion and desire. I am sex life which is not contrary to religious principles, O lord of the Bhäratas [Arjuna]."

"Kandarpa is the sex desire for presenting good sons; therefore Kandarpa is the representative of Kåñëa. Sometimes sex is engaged in only for sense gratification; such sex does not represent Kåñëa. But sex for the generation of good children is called Kandarpa and represents Kåñëa." (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Bhagavad Gita 10:28 purport.)


This is very important for all the Indians Deepavali is an important Indian festival, and the US Post Office Department is thinking about issuing stamps for this occasion. And why not, USPA has stamps for other festivals too like Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Eid, and Chinese New Year.

To do this, USPS needs 5,00,000 signatures to have a stamp release, and so far they have 205013. people who have signed the petition.

Please go to the site below and support the release of the Diwali stamp. Also, please forward widely to others who would support this  (do not have to be Indian to sign the petition! )

Please sign the petition

Transcendental Visions Videos
Two new items being offered by Prananath prabhu in CHCH

Auckland Temple Opening Video & DVD
Puspa Samadhi Festival of HH Tamal Krsna Goswami - Double DVD only

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Dear Prabhus,

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

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

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

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

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Letter to: Hayagriva
Tokyo April 27, 1972

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How Spiritual Are You? Take This Test

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

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Incense made in one family for hundreds of years. Incense developed for worship of local
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Wrapped in 50 gram bundles, it will be posted to your home and soon be taking place of
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Problems with Ghosts, Evil Eye, Curses, Black Magic etc etc

Continuous illness - All medical treatments fail.

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

Continuous illness of any member of the family.

Tiredness and weakness like M.E.

Eating disorders associated with obesity and anorexia.

Being short tempered. Sterility, without any physical

deficiency or without any medical reason.

Repeated miscarriages or death of children.

Sudden unnatural deaths in the family.

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

Shortness of money, in spite of hard labour.

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

Apathy, no desire to rise In Life.

Achievement of objectives seems impossible.

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

Unexpected loss in the business of property.

Ill health and under development of children.

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

Discord between spouses or the family.

Greatest efforts always resulting in failure.

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

Poverty, in spite of hard work.

Mental disorders - Insanity - Craziness.

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

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

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

To see the Online 2004 Vyasa Puja Book visit:

Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa pujan in Mayapur 2003 pictures:

Go to Links to Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Pujan

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

HH Bir-Krishna Goswami's site

HH Devamrita Swami

HH Gopal Krishna Goswami:

HH Indradyumna Swami

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

HH Kadamba Kanana Swami

HH Prabhavishnu Swami

HH Prahladananda Swami

HH Romapada Swami

HH Sacinandan Swami

HH Sivaram Swami:

HH Sridhar Swami (the late Sridhar swami)

HH Suhotra dasa Tapa Vanacharin

HH Trivikram Swami

HG Vaiyasaki dasa Adhikari

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

See the Blogs above also for some interesting reads:

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


The Peace Formula

The Real Peace Formula

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The New Iskcon Auckland temple open one year.

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

photos updated 12th March 2004

Hare KrishnaSchool & Playgroup

Krishna Conscious education for children

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

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

A school bus service provides transport from Auckland suburbs.

For enrolment information please contact:-

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

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

 For details please contact-

Vishnupadi dasi Ph.836-1214

Gaura Yoga Centre
First floor
175, Vivian Street,

Phone:  (04) 801-5500

Learn about the Krishna conscious life-style
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Sunday Love Feasts - contact your local temple, or community for details

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

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

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

Vegetarian Clubs
Waikato University - Hamilton campus

2 days per week serving about 100 plates each day.

for more information contact Mangala Vaishnava dasa

Auckland Veda club.
Auckland University - Wellesley St. campus

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

For more information contact Auckland temple:

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

contact Jambavati dasi (03) 477 8277



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

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

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

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

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New CD of Bhaktivinoda Thakur bhajans

by Ashok Krishna das and Syamabiharini dasi

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

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

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

Account number 3125628, Ashok Jagram, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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

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Check out this amazing new Krishna conscious music CD

by Navayauvana dasa ACBSP in Holland

Rasa Productions
The Musik of Bhakti Rasa dasa

Welcome to the world of
Indian Art Music

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

Krishna Lila Entertainment

Welcome to Krishna Lila Entertainment
Here you can find a host of musicals, dramas and comedies,
depicting the pastimes of the Lord and His associates,
elucidating the Vedic philosophy,
whilst exposing the flaws of atheistic science.

Parividha Dasa Productions

Welcome to a few samples of what's at The Sound Lounge

Contemporary and Traditional Vedik style music

Buddhi Manta's place in Kerikeri

Exotic India - for everything Indian

Music - Dolls - Art - all kinds of gifts and jewelry - books and much more

 For all your Astrological gems, necklaces, yantras, devotional paraphernalia

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

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

Practicing Krishna Consciousness at Home:

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

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

Wellington Loft (Gaura Yoga centre)

Christchurch Loft
Hanuman dasa:

The Loft - Auckland

First Floor, 103 Beach Road,
Auckland City

ph (09) 379-7301

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

ph 3379 7307

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

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

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

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

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

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Vegan and Vegetarian recipes
Panihati Chida dahi festival recipes
 updated 13th July  2005

Paneer Tikka

Preparation Time : 10 Min
Cooking Time : 30 Min
Serves / Makes : 6

500 gms Paneer - casein - milk curd
2 big green bell peppers
1 small head of firm white cabbage
4 tsp oil
juice of 2 lemons
2 tsp red chilli sauce
1 tsp soy sauce
2 tsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp pav bhaji masala (see pav bhaji recipe)
1 tsp chat masala - rasam masala (see recipe)
1 tsp amchoor powder - dried mango powder
1 tsp salt or according to the taste
1/2 tea spoon of red food colour (optional)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp red chilli powder

1. Cut paneer, bell peppers and cabbage in 1 inch squares.
2. In a baking tray, mix all the other ingredients with the cubes of paneer, white cabbage and bell peppers that all the cubes of paneer - curd are properly coated with the mixture.
3. Leave it to marinate for at least 1 hour and upto 5 hrs depending on the time you have.
4. Pre heat the oven at 350F and bake the cubes for 30 mins checking ocassionally.
5. Remove and Serve hot on a serving platter.Add more lemon juice if required.

Chat Masala - Rasam Spice

Rasam powder is an important spice in south Indian dishes. You can make the spice as given below.

Coriander seeds, 4 Tbsp
Cumin seeds, 2 Tbsp
Carom seeds (ajwain), 1 tsp
Red chili powder, 1 tsp
Black salt crystals (or ordinary salt), 2 Tbsp
Dry Mango powder (amchoor), 1 Tbsp
Garam masala, 1/2 tbsp
Oil, 1 tsp


Spray oil in a non-stick frying pan and roast coriander seeds, cumin, and carom seeds separately till they turn aromatic.
Mix all the ingredients and grind into a fine powder using a grinder.
Store chat masala in a air-tight bottle and use rasam spice when required.

Fried Spiced Okra - Bhindi bhaji

Preparation Time : 15 minutes
Cooking Time : 10 minutes
Serves / Makes : four

Okra - Lady fingers - bhindi - 1/2 kg
Chilli powder - 4 tsps
cinamon powder - 1 tsp
cumin powder - 1 tsp
corriander powder - 1 tsp
black salt
oil or ghee for frying

Wash and dry the bhindi (okra) thoroughly.
Slit the bhindi vertically but dont cut into two pieces.
Heat oil in a kadai wok.
Deep fry the bhindi .
Mix all the spices.
Coat the bhindi with the spices.
Serve hot.

User Comments & Tips
After washing the bhindi make sure they are dried thoroughly.

Pav-Bhaji Recipe

Recipe type: Low fat, cholesterol free
Preparation time: 25 minute
For 4 persons

Potato, 2, boiled and mashed
Carrot, 2 medium size, grated
Cabbage (patta gobhi), 3 cups, finely chopped (of which 2 cups is for chawnk)
Broccoli or cauliflower, 1 cup, finely chopped
Beans (any type), 1 cup, finely chopped
Green peas, 1/2 cup
Tomatoes, 2, finely chopped
Capsicum (Green pepper/banana pepper), 1/2 cup finely chopped
Ginger, 1 inch, finely chopped (or equivalent ginger paste)
Green chilies, 2, finely chopped
Lime/lemon juice, 1 tsp fresh
Coriander, 1 Tbsp finely chopped

Olive oil, 1 tsp
Water, 2 cup

Red chili powder, 1.5 tsp
Coriander powder, 2 tsp
Turmeric powder, 1/4 tsp
Garam masala, 1 tsp
Cumin (jeera)seeds, 1/2 tsp
Amchur (mango powder) 1 tsp
Cloves, 5, cut into fine pieces
Hing (Asafoateda), 1 small grain or powder 1.5 tsp
Salt to taste


Heat a deep nonstick skillet and pour oil and make a chawnk. Add cumin and let it splutter. Add hing, 2 cups grated white cabbage heart, ginger and green chili and stir for 5 minutes on medium heat or till cabbage turns little brown.
Add Tomatoes and stir, mesh the tomatoes stirring with a spoon pressing it against the walls of the skillet.
Add all the remaining ingredients (except the potato and the spices) and the water. Cook for 10-15 minutes with occasionally stirring. Add potato and spices, and stir. Remove from heat after 5-7 minutes.
Serve with pav (long burger buns) with or without low fat butter.


This recipe is good to use any small quantities of uncooked vegetables left in your kitchen.
You can use any additional vegetables in the recipe.
This bhaji is very tasty even with roti/naan, bread, etc.

Dhania-pudina chatny - Coriander-mint chutney

Preparation Time : 5 minutes.
Cooking Time : 5 minutes
Serves / Makes : 1small bowl

200 grams fresh dhania patta,
100 grams fresh mint leaves,
anar dana ( if not available , use dry anar dana - pomegranate seeds.)
1 tbl spoon dahi - yogurt,
1 t.spoon lemon juice.
2 green chilis.

wash dhania / mint leaves and drain the excess water. put in the mixer grinder along with the anar dana, dahi lemon juice , green chilis. grind well. make a smooth pest. use water if required. take out in a small bowl and finally add salt to test.

User Comments & Tips
chatny is ready to eat. very delicious with paneer tikka or any type of tikkis.

Tomato Tokkku

Preparation Time : 5 mins
Cooking Time : 15 mins
Serves / Makes : 4

Olive oil - 2 tblsp,
Tomatoes finely chopped - 8-9 medium sized,
Red Bell Peppers - 3 medium sized,
fresh Red long chilly (fresh red chillies) - 4-5 ,
Sugar - 2 tsp,
red chilli powder - 1tsp,
haldi (turmeric) - 1 tsp,
salt to taste

Grind Red bell peppers and fresh long red chillies.
Heat oil in a Kadai wok. Add tomatoes cover and cook for 5 mins. Then add haldi, salt, sugar, red chilli pd and the ground paste.. Let this cook ..till the water evaporates and the tomatoes become pulp like..If you need to store for a week or so.. add some more oil . and refridgerate. It tastes good with Parathas, Idlis, Dosas and other snacks. Very tasty and quick tangy recipe. Too hot to handle some say, but too sweet to resist......

User Comments & Tips
Cook tomatoes till it forms a pulu..let no water remain.

Luscious Lemon Pie

For a quick and delicious no-cook summer dessert, this easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy flan is just the ticket!

Serves 6-8 (hahaha yeah right !!! or two hungry brahmacharins)

For the base
180g/6 1/4oz crunchy oat biscuits (see recipe), (or substitute digestives, gingernuts, graham's crackers etc)
80g/2 3/4oz butter, melted

For the topping
2 x 397g/14 1/4oz tins condensed milk
300ml/10 1/2fl oz double (heavy) cream
4 unwaxed lemons
fresh raspberries, to decorate
icing (confectioners) sugar, for dusting

1. Crush the biscuits to coarse crumbs in a food processor (or alternatively pop then into a plastic bag and bash with a rolling pin). Mix the biscuit crumbs with the melted butter and press into the base of a 20cm/8in loose-bottomed cake tin in an even layer. Refrigerate for about 10 minutes, until firm.

2. Pour the condensed milk and cream into a large bowl. Finely grate the zest from 2 of the lemons and add to the bowl. Squeeze the juice from the remaining lemons and add this into the mixture. Stir, until everything is well incorporated; the mixture will become very glossy, thick and smooth.

3. Spoon the lemon mixture over the biscuit base and refrigerate for 2 hours or so, until firm. Carefully remove the flan from the tin and arrange the raspberries over the top. Dust with icing sugar and serve in slices.

Bonfire Toffee - olde English recipe

A nice recipe for the kids.

60g Margarine
180g White Sugar
155g Golden Syrup
70g Black Treacle
20mls Vinegar


Put the margarine and the white sugar in a saucepan and heat gently, stirring all of the time. When all of the margarine has melted, add the golden syrup and black treacle. Continue to stir until the sugar has dissolved. Boil slowly, over a low heat, stirring occasionally.

You need to boil off enough water for the mixture to solidify when cooled to room temperature but you also need to keep the temperature of the mixture low enough during cooking to prevent burning. The test involves getting a sample of mixture on a teaspoon and dropping it into cold water - either in a cup or a saucer.

When the test yields a soft but not liquid result, add the vinegar carefully. The water and most of the acetic acid in the vinegar will boil off but some will stay in the toffee and modify the flavour - most importantly, the malt will stay in the final toffee.

Lightly grease a toffee tray with margarine.

Keep on boiling slowly and testing every few minutes (things speed up towards the end) until you get a stiff result - you will get a feel for how fast you can boil toffee without burning it. Carefully pour into a greased toffee tray and let cool. When cold, break up with a toffee hammer or the handle of a heavy knife or spoon.

Add some peppermint oil or orange oil near the end to alter the flavour slightly.
Add some nuts (sliced roast almonds or brazils).


Break up and store in an airtight tin - bonfire toffee is deliquescent so, unless you want to end up with a sugar solution, make sure that it is airtight.

Serving suggestions:

Eat straight from the tin whilst watching the bonfire.

American Cookie Cheesecake

A wickedly scrummy easy pudding. Get the kids to help you make it and serve it as a treat for the whole family.

Serves 4
For the base:
225g/9oz digestive biscuits (just check the contents making sure egg free - or use the Oat cookie recipe here)
150g/6oz/2/3 cup butter, melted

For the filling:
450g/1lb 2oz/2 1/2 cups cream cheese
1 tbsp crunchy peanut butter, heaped
6 Oreo cookies, roughly chopped (just check the contents making sure egg free)

For the decoration:
275ml/1 1/3 cups double (heavy) cream
110g/4oz/1/2 cup peanut brittle, broken

Line the base of a 20cm/8in springform release cake tin with cling film. Crush the digestive biscuits to a fine crumb, either in a food processor or in a plastic bag with a rolling pin.
Mix the crumbs with the melted butter and then press into the lined tin and put in the fridge to set.
Beat the cream cheese until soft and stir in the peanut butter.
Carefully fold in the cookies so the pieces don’t break up too much.
Spoon the mixture over the base and smooth the top with a palette knife. Chill for 30 minutes then turn out onto a serving plate.
Whip the double cream and place small spoonfuls around the edge of the cheesecake. Top the cream with bits of peanut brittle.

Oat Biscuits

These are reasonably easy to prepare although they never seem to last long enough for me to evaluate their shelf life - ask the kids why.

3 ounces Margarine
3 ounces Solid Vegetable fat (if you can't find any of this, use 6 ounces of Margarine)
Almond Essence
4 teaspoons Golden Syrup
6 ounces Rolled Oats
3 ounces Brown Sugar
6 ounces Wholewheat Flour
½ teaspoon Baking Powder
½ teaspoon Salt


Beat the fat and the sugar together until they reach a creamy consistency and then work in the almond essence. Finally mix in the golden syrup.

In another bowl, mix together the rolled oats, brown sugar, flour baking powder and salt. Add this to the fat mixture and mix. divide into around 50 balls and flatten them, placing them on a greased baking tray (use a Teflon sheet as this works better - less prone to burning, easier to get off and so on).

Bake for 10 minutes or so at 375 Fahrenheit and turn out onto a cooling tray.


chocolate chips,
almond flakes,
chopped glace cherries and so on.


Store in an airtight container for up to a month (possibly longer, I don't know - they have never lasted that long).

Serving suggestions:

On their own or with ice cream. Make it up as you go along.

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

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

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


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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 lyrics)

A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:

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

Vegetarian recipes:

101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian:

Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:

Excellent "Meat Substitute" recipes

Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes

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


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

Religious Stands on Vegetarianism

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

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

Rig Veda Samhita 10.37.11.

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Wellington Vegetarian Society' Newsletters

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

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


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

see their mention on our 2004 events

Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants throughout New Zealand

Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan

Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan

How did you do?

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

See more details HERE

McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:

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

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

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

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


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

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

Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
(Text PAMHO:5891790) ---------------------------------------

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

See more details HERE

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

Vegetarian Cartoons and Jokes

 Krishna Conscious - Vedikly acceptable Jokes

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

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

        So Lord Caitanya is known as the one:

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                ys Radhe Govinda dasa

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

This is a MUST READ =>;-Q

Four Wives parable:

A Gurukul school teacher, tired of dealing with educational jargon, asked for a small allotment of money for "behaviour modification reinforcers."

The principal saw the item and asked, "What in heaven's name is that?"

"Maha-prasadam Barfi & Sandesh," he explained.

Last week I bought a box of self-improvement tapes--

 "How To Handle Disappointment - vol One."

 I got it home and the box was empty.

This is why I can read but not spell...

I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid. Aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? Yaeh, and I awlyas thought slpeling was ipmorantt.

The priest is repairing the church fence. A boy is standing nearby for a long while.

The priest asks him: "Do you want to speak with me, my son?"

"No, I'm just waiting."

"Waiting for what?"

"Waiting to hear what a priest says when he hits his finger with a hammer."



This week, My phone went dead and I had to contact the telephone repair people. They promised to be out between 8:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

When I asked if they could give me a smaller time window, the pleasant gentleman asked, "Would you like us to call you before we come?"

....they heard about the free feast !

Did you ever wonder?

More and more computer science majors at U.S. colleges are opting not to take programming jobs after they graduate. -

Not because they don't want to work in the computer industry, it's just that they want to spend a few more years in America before having to move to India.

During my discourse in Banaras (Varanasi - Kashi), an elephant became very uncontrollable and began running berserk among the passers by. I, along with my disciples, were passing by that street on our way to bathe in the Ganga. Seeing the elephant running amuck, we had to run for safety. One pandit who used to attend my discourses daily, referring to this incident, asked me the question: "O, great teacher. If as you say, the world is maya [illusion] and the soul is indestructible, why did you, a liberated soul, run for safety seeing the maya elephant running wildly?" I replied: "Well put, my learned brother. The elephant was maya, as you say, and so was my running!"

Adi Sankara during his famous debate with Mandana Mishra. (7th July . Daily Inspiration. Hinduism Today)

It is teeming rain in the flood plain of the Mississippi valley, and the rising river begins to threaten all manner of private homes, including that of the local Rabbi.

With water coming into the ground floor, a rowboat with police comes by, and the officer shouts,

"Rabbi, let us evacuate you! The water level is getting dangerous."

The Rabbi replies, "No thank you, I am a righteous man, who trusts in the Almighty, and I am confident he will deliver me."

Three hours go by, and the rains intensify, at which point the Rabbi has been forced up to the second floor of his house.
A second police rowboat comes by, and the officer shouts,

"Rabbi, let us evacuate you! The water level is getting dangerous."

The Rabbi replies, "No thank you, I am a righteous man, who trusts in the Almighty, and I am confident he will deliver me."

The rain does not stop, and the Rabbi is forced up onto the roof of his house. A helicopter flies over, and the officer shouts down,

"Rabbi, grab the rope and we'll pull you up! You're in terrible danger!"

The Rabbi replies, "No thank you, I am a righteous man, who trusts in the Almighty, and I am confident he will deliver me."

The deluge continues, and the Rabbi is swept off the roof, carried away in the current and drowns. He goes up to heaven, and at the Pearly Gates he is admitted, and comes before the Divine Presence. The Rabbi asks,

"Dear Lord, I don't understand. I've been a righteous observant person my whole life, and depended on you to save me in my hour of need. Where were you?"

And the Lord answers, "Schmuck, I sent two boats and a helicopter. What more do you want?"

Thanx to Bhakta Gary Kearns in Q8

This guy goes into a doctors and says,

"Doctor half of me feels like a wig-wam, and half of me feels like a teepee."

The Doctor says, "I know your problem, you're two tents."

"Did you hear about the paranoid wiseman?

He thought the star was following him."

Two of my friends, Rosemary and Basil got evicted from their flat yesterday.

The bayleaves came round.

What do you get when you cross a vampire with a snowman?

Frost bite!!

I used to be a deep sea diver, but I couldn't stand the pressure.

from Bhakta Gary Kearns all the way from Q8

We had a few flashbacks and picked out our favourites:

What does Geronimo yell when he jumps out of a plane?

I'd like to help you out. Which way did you come in?

Did you hear about the guy who died while eating breakfast? He was pulled in by a strong currant? I think it was a cereal killer!

What do you call a cow with a sense of humour? Laughing stock.

What sits at the bottom of the sea and shakes? A nervous wreck.

What's brown and sticky? A stick

What did the fish say when he hit a concrete wall? Dam!

Did you hear about the man who lost his whole left side? He's all-right now.

The fourth-grade teacher had to leave the room for a few minutes.  When she returned, she found the children in perfect order. Everybody was sitting absolutely quiet.  She was shocked and stunned and said, "I've never seen anything like this before.  This is wonderful. But, please tell me, what came over all of you? Why are you so well- behaved and quiet?"

Finally, after much urging, little Sally spoke up and said, "Well, one time you said that if you ever came back and found us quiet, you would drop dead."


an inovative lion stalking a girraffe...!!!

The ways of this material world - strange but true


Those who jump off a bridge in Paris are in Seine.
A backward poet writes inverse.
A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking.
Dijon vu - the same mustard as before.
Shotgun wedding  - A case of wife or death.
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
Reading while sunbathing makes you well red.
When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I.
A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired.
What's the definition of a will?  (It's a dead giveaway.)
Time flies like an arrow.  Fruit flies like a banana.
In democracy your vote counts.  In feudalism your count votes.
She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off.
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion.
If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed.
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress.
When a clock is hungry, it goes back four seconds.
The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered.
You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it.
Local Area Network in Australia the LAN down under.
Every calendar's days are numbered.
A lot of money is tainted - It taint yours and it taint mine.
He had a photographic memory that was never developed.
A plateau is a high form of flattery.
A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large.
Those who get too big for their britches will be exposed in the end.
Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall.
Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis.
 Acupuncture is a jab well done

Thanks to Kurma prabhu ACBSP for these lil' beauties

A sixth grade class is doing some spelling drills. The teacher asks Deepak if he can spell 'before.'

He stands up and says,  "Before, B-E-P-H-O-R."

The teacher says, "No, that's wrong. Can anyone else spell before?"

Another little boy stands up and says, "Before, B-E-F-O-O-R."

Again the teacher says, "No, that's wrong." The teacher asks, "Little Jaspreet, can you spell 'before'?"

Little Jaspreet stands up and says, "Before, B-E-F-O-R-E."

"Excellent Jaspreet, now can you use it in a sentence?"

Little Jaspreet says, "That's easy. Two plus two be fore."

If You Think Education Is Expensive
Check Out The Cost Of Ignorance

.......more optical illusions and paradigm twists here:

We'll leave you with this one, simply entitled "Justifiable homicide"

The couple had been debating the purchase of a new auto for weeks. He wanted a new truck. She wanted a fast little sports-like car so she could zip through traffic around town. He would probably have settled on any beat up old truck, but everything she seemed to like was way out of their price range.

"Look !" she said. I want something that goes from 0 to 200 in 4 seconds or less.

"And my birthday is coming up. You could surprise me."

For her birthday, he bought her a brand new set of bathroom scales. Services are pending..........

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


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