Newsletter Number #158  ( August 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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...Ekadasi Information - fasting - breakfast times

Local temples
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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
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At Grass Roots: Topical stuff
... Seasonal Greetings...Happy 2005
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Prasadam Recipes: To slake the thirst of body, mind & soul
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Now you can view the FULL years 1999-2000 & 2000-2001 & 2001-2002 & 2002-2003 & 2003-2004 & 2004-2005, and 2005-2006.
All Calendar entries are explained - Appearance or Disappearance days, festivals, fasts, feasts, etc.

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The present year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2005-2006
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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 3 - Karma-yoga

                                 TEXT 1

                              arjuna uvaca
                         jyayasi cet karmanas te
                         mata buddhir janardana
                        tat kim karmani ghore mam
                            niyojayasi kesava

                             WORD FOR WORD

   arjunah uvaca--Arjuna said; jyayasi--better; cet--if; karmanah--than fruitive action; te--by You; mata--is considered; buddhih--intelligence; janardana--O Krsna; tat--therefore; kim--why; karmani--in action; ghore--ghastly; mam--me; niyojayasi--You are engaging; kesava--O Krsna.


   Arjuna said: O Janardana, O Kesava, why do You want to engage me in this ghastly warfare, if You think that intelligence is better than fruitive work?

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

   The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krsna has very elaborately described the constitution of the soul in the previous chapter, with a view to delivering His intimate friend Arjuna from the ocean of material grief. And the path of realization has been recommended: buddhi-yoga, or Krsna consciousness. Sometimes Krsna consciousness is misunderstood to be inertia, and one with such a misunderstanding often withdraws to a secluded place to become fully Krsna conscious by chanting the holy name of Lord Krsna. But without being trained in the philosophy of Krsna consciousness, it is not advisable to chant the holy name of Krsna in a secluded place, where one may acquire only cheap adoration from the innocent public. Arjuna also thought of Krsna consciousness or buddhi-yoga, or intelligence in spiritual advancement of knowledge, as something like retirement from active life and the practice of penance and austerity at a secluded place. In other words, he wanted to skillfully avoid the fighting by using Krsna consciousness as an excuse. But as a sincere student, he placed the matter before his master and questioned Krsna as to his best course of action. In answer, Lord Krsna elaborately explained karma-yoga, or work in Krsna consciousness, in this Third Chapter.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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

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Srila Prabhupada Tells a Story

One time in India, while Srila Prabhupada was staying in Mayapur, two of Srila Prabhupada's Western-born sannyasis visited a temple and heard an odd comment from a pujari. While Srila Prabhupada's men were taking darsana of the Deities, the pujari seemed to appreciate their reverence and demeanor.

"Continue to render devotional service," the pujari brahmana advised them, "and maybe in your next life you will be born as a brahmana."

The disciples later went to Srila Prabhupada and told him of the incident. Prabhupada smiled and told a story.

Once there was an old lady who lived in a remote village. One day the British district magistrate visited her town. This old lady had been entangled in a quarrel regarding possession of land, which some of her relatives were trying to take from her. Friends advised that she see the magistrate and present the matter to him for a settlement. When she did so, the magistrate immediately ruled in her favor and made sure the land was put in her name. Delighted, the old lady attempted to bless the magistrate.

"I bless you," she said, "that in your next life you will become a police constable."

In the old lady's mind, Srila Prabhupada explained, the office of police constable was the highest thing she could imagine. "Similarly," said Srila Prabhupada, "these caste brahmanas do not know that pure devotional service is much higher than being born as a brahmana."

Bhakti-caru Swami, interview. Although the Hindu pujari naively blessed the devotees to become Hindu brahmanas in their next life, he at least appreciated their reverence and devotion in the temple. Because he appreciated their behavior in his own way, he wanted to bless them and wish them well. Proper behavior by Prabhupada's followers is a credit to Prabhupada, to the Krsna consciousness movement, and to the devotees. The credit to the devotees, however, has to be earned; it is not automatic. Prabhupada writes in The Nectar of Instruction, "Indeed, whether the devotees come from a family of previous acaryas or from an ordinary family, they should be treated equally. One should not think, 'Oh, here is an American gosvami,' and discriminate against him. Nor should one think, 'Here is a nityananda-vamsa-gosvami.' ..a According to the statements of Srila Rupa Gosvami in this verse, an American gosvami and a gosvami in a family of acaryas are nondifferent." If we go at all to a temple or place of pilgrimage, it should be for our devotional service, and we should do it with humility and purity to properly represent Prabhupada. Prabhupada also said that wherever we go in the world, if we follow the rules and behave properly, people will worship the devotees. Even if the brahmana in the temple does not bless us, however, Prabhupada and Krsna will be pleased with our proper public behavior.

- From the Prabhupada Nectar by HH Satsvarupa dasa Goswami

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"Violent Nonviolence"

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation with Reporter from Researchers Magazine -- July 24, 1973, London

Listen to the entire lecture on-line:

Prabhupada: (indistinct) you can reject one and accept another. It must be properly utilized.

Reporter: Yes, yes.

Prabhupada: Just like if one has got money, he cannot... He can utilize it for good purposes, and he can utilize it for bad purposes. So money is not bad. It is bad when the purpose is bad. It is good when the purpose is good.

Reporter: Yes, yes.

Prabhupada: Similarly himsa, it is used for... Just like in Manu-samhita it is said that the murderer should be hanged. So this is also himsa, to get him a man hanged. But Manu-samhita says that this kind of himsa is necessary. Because the man who's committed murder, if he's hanged, then in this life all his sinful activities finished. Otherwise, in his next life he has to suffer so many things. So it is the duty of the king to take his life so that he may be relieved from other sinful reaction. So according to sastra, himsa..., ahimsa is good, but when there is necessity, himsa is also good.

Reporter: Yes. When there is right himsa, then it becomes a right action.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Reporter: And a right action is inherently inspired with love and devotion to Krsna.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Reporter: And therefore it is no more himsa. But when the devilish...

Prabhupada: And actually it is not himsa.

Reporter: Actually it is not himsa, exactly, but...

Prabhupada: Just like father gives a slap.

Reporter: Yeah, it is not himsa.

Prabhupada: It is not himsa.

Reporter: Yeah.

Prabhupada: Similarly, the himsa, so-called himsa, when it is directed by Krsna, that is not himsa. That is love.

Reporter: Yeah. But when it is not directed by Krsna...

Prabhupada: Then it is himsa.

Reporter: Yeah. Then it is himsa. And I am against that himsa which is not directed by Krsna.

Prabhupada: Yeah, that's all right, that's all right.

Reporter: (laughs) Yes. And especially today in the society we are all living in, nuclear age where all the power of destruction in the hands of those who are not devotees of Krsna is...

Prabhupada: That is himsa.

Reporter: That is himsa.

Prabhupada: Yes.

Reporter: Yeah. Therefore we are trying to make how you can, I mean...

Prabhupada: That you have understood. That is my point.

Reporter: Yes.

Prabhupada: That so-called himsa, when it is directed by Krsna, is not himsa.

Reporter: Yeah, exactly. I agree. That's, that's...

Prabhupada: The same example as I gave, gave you. That when the king condemns a murderer to death, it is not himsa. It is doing good to him.

Reporter: Yeah. But only if the king is a devotee of Krsna.

Prabhupada: No... King is... King means a devotee. Because the king did not remain devotee, now monarchy is abolished. King means Krsna's representative, nara-devata. The king is supposed to act on behalf of Krsna. Just like Krsna's business is paritranaya sadhunam vinasaya ca duskrtam [Bg. 4.8].

Reporter: Yes, yes.

Prabhupada: Similarly, king's business is to give protection to the faithful and punish the unfaithful.

Reporter: But today's kings...

Prabhupada: Today's no... I'm speaking... Today's good and tomorrow is bad, that is not.

Reporter: Yeah, yeah.

Prabhupada: I'm speaking the principle. The king must be representative of God. Therefore we offer so much honor to the King. Exactly like God. Why? Because King is supposed to be representative of God. Our Vedic conception is catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah [Bg. 4.13]. Brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra. This catur-varna. It is the king's duty, government's duty, to see that a person claiming to be brahmana, whether he's acting as a brahmana. Nowadays that... Such supervision is not there. Therefore a man acting as sudra, but he's claiming to be brahmana.

Reporter: Yeah, yeah, yeah. (laughs)

Prabhupada: Isn't it?

Reporter: Yeah.


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viñama-matir na yatra nåëäà
tvam aham iti mama taveti ca yad anyatra
viñama-dhiyä racito yaù
sa hy aviçuddhaù kñayiñëur adharma-bahulaù

viñama—unequal (your religion, my religion; your belief, my belief); matiù—consciousness; na—not; yatra—in which; nåëäm—of human society; tvam—you; aham—I; iti—thus; mama—my; tava—your; iti—thus; ca—also; yat—which; anyatra—elsewhere (in religious systems other than bhägavata-dharma); viñama-dhiyä—by this unequal intelligence; racitaù—made; yaù—that which; saù—that system of religion; hi—indeed; aviçuddhaù—not pure; kñayiñëuù—temporary; adharma-bahulaù—full of irreligion.

Being full of contradictions, all forms of religion but bhägavata-dharma work under conceptions of fruitive results and distinctions of "you and I" and "yours and mine." The followers of Çrémad-Bhägavatam have no such consciousness. They are all Kåñëa conscious, thinking that they are Kåñëa's and Kåñëa is theirs. There are other, low-class religious systems, which are contemplated for the killing of enemies or the gain of mystic power, but such religious systems, being full of passion and envy, are impure and temporary. Because they are full of envy, they are full of irreligion.

Bhägavata-dharma has no contradictions. Conceptions of "your religion" and "my religion" are completely absent from bhägavata-dharma. Bhägavata-dharma means following the orders given by the Supreme Lord, Bhagavän, as stated in Bhagavad-gétä: sarva-dharmän parityajya mäm ekaà çaraëaà vraja [Bg. 18.66]. God is one, and God is for everyone. Therefore everyone must surrender to God. That is the pure conception of religion. Whatever God orders constitutes religion (dharmaà tu säkñäd bhagavat-praëétam [SB 6.3.19]). In bhägavata-dharma there is no question of "what you believe" and "what I believe." Everyone must believe in the Supreme Lord and carry out His orders. Änukülyena kåñëänuçélanam: [Cc. Madhya 19.167] whatever Kåñëa says—whatever God says—should be directly carried out. That is dharma, religion.

If one is actually Kåñëa conscious, he cannot have any enemies. Since his only engagement is to induce others to surrender to Kåñëa, or God, how can he have enemies? If one advocates the Hindu religion, the Muslim religion, the Christian religion, this religion or that religion, there will be conflicts. History shows that the followers of religious systems without a clear conception of God have fought with one another. There are many instances of this in human history, but systems of religion that do not concentrate upon service to the Supreme are temporary and cannot last for long because they are full of envy. There are many activities directed against such religious systems, and therefore one must give up the idea of "my belief" and "your belief." Everyone should believe in God and surrender unto Him. That is bhägavata-dharma.

Bhägavata-dharma is not a concocted sectarian belief, for it entails research to find how everything is connected with Kåñëa (éçäväsyam idaà sarvam [Éço mantra 1]). According to the Vedic injunctions, sarvaà khalv idaà brahma: Brahman, the Supreme, is present in everything. Bhägavata-dharma captures this presence of the Supreme. Bhägavata-dharma does not consider everything in the world to be false. Because everything emanates from the Supreme, nothing can be false; everything has some use in the service of the Supreme. For example, we are now dictating into a microphone and recording on a dictating machine, and thus we are finding how the machine can be connected to the Supreme Brahman. Since we are using this machine in the service of the Lord, it is Brahman. This is the meaning of sarvaà khalv idaà brahma. Everything is Brahman because everything can be used for the service of the Supreme Lord. Nothing is mithyä, false; everything is factual.

Bhägavata-dharma is called sarvotkåñöa, the best of all religious systems, because those who follow bhägavata-dharma are not envious of anyone. Pure bhägavatas, pure devotees, invite everyone, without envy, to join the Kåñëa consciousness movement. A devotee is therefore exactly like the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Suhådaà sarva-bhütänäm: [Bg. 5.29] he is the friend of all living entities. Therefore this is the best of all religious systems. Whereas so-called religions are meant for a particular type of person who believes in a particular way, such discrimination has no place in Kåñëa consciousness, or bhägavata-dharma. If we scrutinize the religious systems meant for worship of demigods or anyone else but the Supreme Personality of Godhead, we will find that they are full of envy and therefore impure. (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam text & purport 6:16:41.)

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kaù kñemo nija-parayoù
kiyän värthaù sva-para-druhä dharmeëa
sva-drohät tava kopaù
para-sampéòayä ca tathädharmaù

kaù—what; kñemaù—benefit; nija—to oneself; parayoù—and to others; kiyän—how much; vä—or; arthaù—purpose; sva-para-druhä—which is envious of the performer and of others; dharmeëa—with the religious system; sva-drohät—from being envious of one's own self; tava—of You; kopaù—anger; para-sampéòayä—by giving pain to others; ca—also; tathä—as well as; adharmaù—irreligion.

How can a religious system that produces envy of one's self and of others be beneficial for oneself and for them? What is auspicious about following such a system? What is actually to be gained? By causing pain to one's own self due to self-envy and by causing pain to others, one arouses Your anger and practices irreligion.

Any religious system but the process of bhägavata-dharma-service as an eternal servant of the Supreme Personality of Godhead—is a system of envy of one's own self and of others. For example, there are many systems of religion in which animal sacrifices are recommended. Such animal sacrifices are inauspicious both for the performer and for the animal. Although one is sometimes permitted to sacrifice an animal before the goddess Kälé and eat it instead of purchasing meat from a slaughterhouse, permission to eat meat after a sacrifice in the presence of the goddess Kälé is not the order of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. It is simply a concession for the miserable person who will not give up eating meat. It is meant to restrict his desire for unrestricted meat-eating. Such a religious system is condemned. Therefore Kåñëa says, sarva-dharmän parityajya mäm ekaà çaraëaà vraja: [Bg. 18.66] "Give up all other duties and surrender unto Me." That is the last word in religion.
One may argue that the sacrifice of animals is recommended in the Vedas. This recommendation, however, is a restriction. Without Vedic restrictions on the purchase of meat, people will purchase meat from the market, which will be overflooded with meat shops, and slaughterhouses will increase. To restrict this, sometimes the Vedas say that one may eat meat after sacrificing an insignificant animal like a goat before the goddess Kälé. In any case, a system of religion in which animal sacrifices are recommended is inauspicious for those who perform the sacrifices and for the animals. Envious persons who perform ostentatious animal sacrifices are condemned in Bhagavad-gétä (16.17) as follows:

ätma-sambhävitäù stabdhä
yajante näma-yajïais te

"Self-complacent and always impudent, deluded by wealth and false prestige, they sometimes perform sacrifices in name only without following any rules or regulations." Sometimes animal sacrifices are performed very gorgeously with grand arrangements for worshiping the goddess Kälé, but such festivals, although performed in the name of yajïa, are not actually yajïa, for yajïa means to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Therefore it is recommended that in this age specifically, yajïaiù saìkértana-präyair yajanti hi sumedhasaù: [SB 11.5.32] those who have good intelligence satisfy the yajïa-puruña, Viñëu, by chanting the Hare Kåñëa mantra. Envious persons, however, are condemned by the Supreme Personality of Godhead as follows:

ahaìkäraà balaà darpaà
kämaà krodhaà ca saàçritäù
mäm ätma-para-deheñu
pradviñanto 'bhyasüyakäù
tän ahaà dviñataù krürän
saàsäreñu narädhamän
kñipämy ajasram açubhän
äsuréñv eva yoniñu

"Bewildered by false ego, strength, pride, lust and anger, the demon becomes envious of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is situated in his own body and in the bodies of others, and blasphemes against the real religion. Those who are envious and mischievous, who are the lowest among men, are cast by Me into the ocean of material existence, into various demoniac species of life." (Bg. 16.18-19) These persons are condemned by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, as indicated by the words tava kopaù. A person who commits murder is envious of himself and also the person he has killed, for the result of committing murder is that he will be arrested and hanged. If one transgresses the laws of a man-made government, he may escape being killed by the state, but one cannot escape the laws of God. A killer of any animal must be killed in his next life by the same animal. This is the law of nature. One must follow the instructions of the Supreme Lord: sarva-dharmän parityajya mäm ekaà çaraëaà vraja [Bg. 18.66]. If one follows any other system of religion, he is subject to punishment by the Supreme Personality of Godhead in many different ways. Therefore if one follows a concocted system of religion, he is envious not only of others but also of himself. Consequently his system of religion is useless.
Çrémad-Bhägavatam (1.2.8) says:

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

"Duties (dharma) executed by men, regardless of occupation, are only so much useless labor if they do not provoke attraction for the message of the Supreme Lord." Following a system of religion that does not awaken one's Kåñëa consciousness, or God consciousness, is merely a waste of time and labor.

(Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam text & purport 6:16:42.)
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na vyabhicarati tavekñä
yayä hy abhihito bhägavato dharmaù
apåthag-dhiyo yam upäsate tv äryäù

na—not; vyabhicarati—fails; tava—Your; ékñä—outlook; yayä—by which; hi—indeed; abhihitaù—declared; bhägavataù—in relationship with Your instructions and activities; dharmaù—religious principle; sthira—nonmoving; cara—moving; sattva-kadambeñu—among the living entities; apåthak-dhiyaù—who do not consider distinctions; yam—which; upäsate—follow; tu—certainly; äryäù—those who are advanced in civilization.

My dear Lord, one's occupational duty is instructed in Çrémad-Bhägavatam and Bhagavad-gétä according to Your point of view, which never deviates from the highest goal of life. Those who follow their occupational duties under Your supervision, being equal to all living entities, moving and nonmoving, and not considering high and low, are called Äryans. Such Äryans worship You, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

Bhägavata-dharma and kåñëa-kathä are identical. Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu wanted everyone to become a guru and preach the instructions of Kåñëa everywhere from Bhagavad-gétä, Çrémad-Bhägavatam, the Puräëas, Vedänta-sütra and similar Vedic literatures. Äryans, who are advanced in civilization, follow bhägavata-dharma. Prahläda Mahäräja, although merely a child of five years, recommended:

kaumära äcaret präjïo
dharmän bhägavatän iha
durlabhaà mänuñaà janma
tad apy adhruvam arthadam
(SB 7.6.1)

Prahläda Mahäräja preached bhägavata-dharma among his classmates as soon as an opportunity was afforded by the absence of his teachers from the classroom. He said that from the very beginning of life, from the age of five, children should be instructed about bhägavata-dharma because the human form of life, which is very rarely obtained, is meant for understanding this subject.
Bhägavata-dharma means living according to the instructions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In Bhagavad-gétä we find that the Supreme Lord has arranged human society in four social divisions, namely brähmaëa, kñatriya, vaiçya and çüdra. Again, the Puräëas and other Vedic literatures set forth four äçramas, which are the divisions of spiritual life. Therefore bhägavata-dharma means the varëäçrama-dharma of the four social and four spiritual divisions.

The members of human society who strictly follow the principles of bhägavata-dharma and live according to the instructions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead are called Äryans or ärya. A civilization of Äryans who strictly follow the instructions of the Lord and never deviate from those instructions is perfect. Such civilized men do not discriminate between trees, animals, human beings and other living entities. paëòitäù sama-darçinaù: [Bg. 5.18] because they are completely educated in Kåñëa consciousness, they see all living beings equally. Äryans do not kill even a small plant unnecessarily, not to speak of cutting trees for sense gratification. At the present moment, throughout the world, killing is prominent. Men are killing trees, they are killing animals, and they are killing other human beings also, all for sense gratification. This is not an Äryan civilization. As stated here, sthira-cara-sattva-kadambeñv apåthag-dhiyaù. The word apåthag-dhiyaù indicates that Äryans do not distinguish between lower and higher grades of life. All life should be protected. All living beings have a right to live, even the trees and plants. This is the basic principle of an Äryan civilization. Apart from the lower living entities, those who have come to the platform of human civilization should be divided into a society of brähmaëas, kñatriyas, vaiçyas and çüdras. The brähmaëas should follow the instructions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead as stated in Bhagavad-gétä and other Vedic literatures. The criterion must be guëa and karma. In other words, one should acquire the qualities of a brähmaëa, kñatriya, vaiçya or çüdra and act accordingly. This is the civilization accepted by the Äryans. Why do they accept it? They accept it because they are very much eager to satisfy Kåñëa. This is perfect civilization.

Äryans do not deviate from the instructions of Kåñëa, nor do they have doubts about Kåñëa, but non-Äryans and other demoniac people fail to follow the instructions of Bhagavad-gétä and Çrémad-Bhägavatam. This is because they have been trained in sense gratification at the cost of all other living entities. Nünaà pramattaù kurute vikarma: [SB 5.5.4] their only business is to indulge in all kinds of forbidden activities for sense gratification. Yad indriya-prétaya äpåëoti: they deviate in this way because they want to gratify their senses. They have no other occupation or ambition. Their method of civilization is condemned in the previous verse. Kaù kñemo nija-parayoù kiyän värthaù sva-para-druhä dharmeëa: "What is the meaning of a civilization that kills oneself and others?"

This verse, therefore, advises that everyone become a member of the Äryan civilization and accept the instructions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One should conduct his social, political and religious affairs according to His instructions. We are spreading the Kåñëa consciousness movement to try to establish a society the way that Kåñëa wants it. This is the meaning of Kåñëa consciousness. We are therefore presenting Bhagavad-gétä as it is and kicking out all kinds of mental concoction. Fools and rascals interpret Bhagavad-gétä in their own way. When Kåñëa says, man-manä bhava mad-bhakto mad-yäjé mäà namaskuru [Bg. 18.65]—"Always think of Me, become My devotee, worship Me and offer your homage unto Me"—they comment that it is not Kåñëa to whom we must surrender. Thus they derive imaginary meanings from Bhagavad-gétä. The Kåñëa consciousness movement, however, strictly follows bhägavata-dharma, the instructions of Bhagavad-gétä and Çrémad-Bhägavatam for the complete welfare of human society. One who misinterprets Bhagavad-gétä, twisting out some meaning for his sense gratification, is a non-Äryan. Therefore commentaries on Bhagavad-gétä by such persons should be immediately rejected. One should try to follow Bhagavad-gétä as it is. In Bhagavad-gétä (12.6-7) Lord Çré Kåñëa says:

ye tu sarväëi karmäëi
mayi sannyasya mat-paräù
ananyenaiva yogena
mäà dhyäyanta upäsate
teñäm ahaà samuddhartä
bhavämi na cirät pärtha
mayy äveçita-cetasäm

"For one who worships Me, giving up all his activities unto Me and being devoted to Me without deviation, engaged in devotional service and always meditating upon Me, who has fixed his mind upon Me, O son of Påthä, for him I am the swift deliverer from the ocean of birth and death."

(Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam text & purport 6:16:43.)
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na hi bhagavann aghaöitam idaà
tvad-darçanän nåëäm akhila-päpa-kñayaù
yan-näma sakåc chravaëät
pukkaço 'pi vimucyate saàsärät

na—not; hi—indeed; bhagavan—O my Lord; aghaöitam—not occurred; idam—this; tvat—of You; darçanät—by seeing; nåëäm—of all human beings; akhila—all; päpa—of sins; kñayaù—annihilation; yat-näma—whose name; sakåt—only once; çravaëät—by hearing; pukkaçaù—the lowest class, the caëòäla; api—also; vimucyate—is delivered; saàsärät—from the entanglement of material existence.

My Lord, it is not impossible for one to be immediately freed from all material contamination by seeing You. Not to speak of seeing You personally, merely by hearing the holy name of Your Lordship only once, even caëòälas, men of the lowest class, are freed from all material contamination. Under the circumstances, who will not be freed from material contamination simply by seeing You?

As stated in the Çrémad-Bhägavatam (9.5.16), yan-näma-çruti-mätreëa pumän bhavati nirmalaù: simply by hearing the holy name of the Lord, one is immediately purified. Therefore, in this age of Kali, when all people are very contaminated, the chanting of the holy name of the Lord is recommended as the only means of improvement.

harer näma harer näma
harer nämaiva kevalam
kalau nästy eva nästy eva
nästy eva gatir anyathä
 [Cc. Ädi 17.21]

"In this age of quarrel and hypocrisy the only means of deliverance is the chanting of the holy name of the Lord. There is no other way. There is no other way. There is no other way." (Båhan-näradéya Puräëa) Çré Caitanya Mahäprabhu introduced this chanting of the holy name five hundred years ago, and now through the Kåñëa consciousness movement, the Hare Kåñëa movement, we are actually seeing that men who are considered to belong to the lowest class are being delivered from all sinful activities simply by hearing the holy name of the Lord. Saàsära, material existence, is a result of sinful actions. Everyone in this material world is condemned, yet as there are different grades of prisoners, there are different grades of men. All of them, in all statuses of life, are suffering. To stop the suffering of material existence, one must take to the Hare Kåñëa movement of saìkértana or Kåñëa conscious life.

Herein it is said, yan-näma sakåc chravaëät: the holy name of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is so powerful that if once heard without offenses, it can purify the lowest of men (kiräta-hüëändhra-pulinda-pulkaçäù). Such men, who are called caëòälas, are less than çüdras, but they also can be purified simply by hearing the holy name of the Lord, not to speak of personally seeing the Lord. From our present position, the Supreme Personality of Godhead can be personally seen as the Deity in the temple. The Deity of the Lord is not different from the Supreme Lord. Because we cannot see the Supreme Lord with our present blunt eyes, the Lord has kindly consented to come before us in a form we can see. Therefore the Deity in the temple should not be considered material. By offering food to the Deity and by decorating and serving the Deity, one gets the same result that one derives from serving the Lord personally in Vaikuëöha.

(Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam text & purport 6:16:44.)
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atha bhagavan vayam adhunä
sura-åñiëä yat kathitaà
tävakena katham anyathä bhavati

atha—therefore; bhagavan—O Supreme Personality of Godhead; vayam—we; adhunä—at the present moment; tvat-avaloka—by seeing You; parimåñöa—wiped away; äçaya-maläù—contaminated desires in the heart; sura-åñiëä—by the great sage of the demigods (Närada); yat—which; kathitam—spoken; tävakena—who is Your devotee; katham—how; anyathä—otherwise; bhavati—can it be.

Therefore, my dear Lord, simply seeing You has now wiped away all the contamination of sinful activities and their results of material attachment and lusty desires, which always filled my mind and the core of my heart. Whatever is predicted by the great sage Närada Muni cannot be otherwise. In other words, I have obtained Your audience as a result of being trained by Närada Muni.

This is the process of the perfect way. One must take lessons from authorities like Närada, Vyäsa and Asita, and follow their principles. Then one will be able to see the Supreme Personality of Godhead even with one's own eyes. One only needs training. Ataù çré-kåñëa-nämädi na bhaved grähyam indriyaiù [Cc. Madhya 17.136]. With our blunt eyes and other senses we cannot perceive the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but if we engage our senses in the service of the Lord according to the instructions of the authorities, it will be possible to see Him. As soon as one sees the Supreme Personality of Godhead, all the sinful reactions in the core of one's heart are certainly vanquished.

(Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam text & purport 6:16:45.)
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viditam ananta samastaà
tava jagad-ätmano janair ihäcaritam
vijïäpyaà parama-guroù
kiyad iva savitur iva khadyotaiù
viditam—well known; ananta—O unlimited; samastam—everything; tava—to You; jagat-ätmanaù—who are the Supersoul of all living entities; janaiù—by the mass of people, or all living entities; iha—within this material world; äcaritam—performed; vijïäpyam—to be informed; parama-guroù—to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the supreme master; kiyat—how much; iva—certainly; savituù—to the sun; iva—like; khadyotaiù—by the fireflies.
O unlimited Supreme Personality of Godhead, whatever a living entity does in this material world is well known to You because You are the Supersoul. In the presence of the sun there is nothing to be revealed by the light of a glowworm. Similarly, because You know everything, in Your presence there is nothing for me to make known.

(Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam text & purport 6:16:46.)

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namas tubhyaà bhagavate
kuyoginäà bhidä paramahaàsäya

namaù—all obeisances; tubhyam—unto You; bhagavate—Your Lordship; sakala—all; jagat—of the cosmic manifestation; sthiti—of the maintenance; laya—dissolution; udaya—and creation; éçäya—unto the Supreme Lord; duravasita—impossible to understand; ätma-gataye—whose own position; ku-yoginäm—of those who are attached to the objects of the senses; bhidä—by the false understanding of separateness; parama-haàsäya—unto the supreme pure.

My dear Lord, You are the creator, maintainer and annihilator of this cosmic manifestation, but persons who are too materialistic and who always see separateness do not have eyes with which to see You. They cannot understand Your real position, and therefore they conclude that the cosmic manifestation is independent of Your opulence. My Lord, You are the supreme pure, and You are full in all six opulences. Therefore I offer my respectful obeisances unto You.

Atheistic men think that the cosmic manifestation has come about by chance, by a combination of matter, without reference to God. Materialistic so-called chemists and atheistic philosophers always try to avoid even the name of God in relation to the cosmic manifestation. For them God's creation is impossible to understand because they are too materialistic. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is paramahaàsa, or the supreme pure, whereas those who are sinful, being very much attached to material sense enjoyment and therefore engaging in material activities like asses, are the lowest of men. All their so-called scientific knowledge is null and void because of their atheistic temperament. Thus they cannot understand the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

(Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam text & purport 6:16:47.)

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bhoktäraà yajïa-tapasäà
suhådaà sarva-bhütänäà
jïätvä mäà çäntim åcchati

bhoktäram—the beneficiary; yajïa—of sacrifices; tapasäm—and penances and austerities; sarva-loka—of all planets and the demigods thereof; mahä-éçvaram—the Supreme Lord; su-hådam—the benefactor; sarva—of all; bhütänäm—the living entities; jïätvä—thus knowing; mäm—Me (Lord Kåñëa); çäntim—relief from material pangs; åcchati—one achieves.

A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries.

The conditioned souls within the clutches of the illusory energy are all anxious to attain peace in the material world. But they do not know the formula for peace, which is explained in this part of the Bhagavad-gétä. The greatest peace formula is simply this: Lord Kåñëa is the beneficiary in all human activities. Men should offer everything to the transcendental service of the Lord because He is the proprietor of all planets and the demigods thereon. No one is greater than He. He is greater than the greatest of the demigods, Lord Çiva and Lord Brahmä. In the Vedas (Çvetäçvatara Upaniñad 6.7) the Supreme Lord is described as tam éçvaräëäà paramaà maheçvaraà. Under the spell of illusion, living entities are trying to be lords of all they survey, but actually they are dominated by the material energy of the Lord. The Lord is the master of material nature, and the conditioned souls are under the stringent rules of material nature. Unless one understands these bare facts, it is not possible to achieve peace in the world either individually or collectively. This is the sense of Kåñëa consciousness: Lord Kåñëa is the supreme predominator, and all living entities, including the great demigods, are His subordinates. One can attain perfect peace only in complete Kåñëa consciousness.

This Fifth Chapter is a practical explanation of Kåñëa consciousness, generally known as karma-yoga. The question of mental speculation as to how karma-yoga can give liberation is answered herewith. To work in Kåñëa consciousness is to work with the complete knowledge of the Lord as the predominator. Such work is not different from transcendental knowledge. Direct Kåñëa consciousness is bhakti-yoga, and jïäna-yoga is a path leading to bhakti-yoga. Kåñëa consciousness means to work in full knowledge of one's relationship with the Supreme Absolute, and the perfection of this consciousness is full knowledge of Kåñëa, or the Supreme Personality of Godhead. A pure soul is the eternal servant of God as His fragmental part and parcel. He comes into contact with mäyä (illusion) due to the desire to lord it over mäyä, and that is the cause of his many sufferings. As long as he is in contact with matter, he has to execute work in terms of material necessities. Kåñëa consciousness, however, brings one into spiritual life even while one is within the jurisdiction of matter, for it is an arousing of spiritual existence by practice in the material world. The more one is advanced, the more he is freed from the clutches of matter. The Lord is not partial toward anyone. Everything depends on one's practical performance of duties in Kåñëa consciousness, which helps one control the senses in every respect and conquer the influence of desire and anger. And one who stands fast in Kåñëa consciousness, controlling the abovementioned passions, remains factually in the transcendental stage, or brahma-nirväëa. The eightfold yoga mysticism is automatically practiced in Kåñëa consciousness because the ultimate purpose is served. There is a gradual process of elevation in the practice of yama, niyama, äsana, präëäyäma, pratyähära, dhäraëä, dhyäna and samädhi. But these only preface perfection by devotional service, which alone can award peace to the human being. It is the highest perfection of life.

Thus end the Bhaktivedanta Purports to the Fifth Chapter of the Çrémad Bhagavad-gétä in the matter of Karma-yoga, or Action in Kåñëa Consciousness.

(Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavad Gita text & purport 5:29.)

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dhyäyantu bhütäni shivam mitho dhiyä
manash cha bhadram bhajatäd adhokshaje
aveshyatäm no matir apy ahaituki

"May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other’s welfare. Therefore let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krishna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him."
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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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"The religious principles taught by Mohammed and Jesus Christ are similar to the religious principles taught by Vaishnava sects. Buddhism and Jainism are similar to Saiva-dharma. This is scientific consideration of truths regarding religious principles. Those who consider their own religious principles as real dharma and others religious principles as irreligion or subreligion are unable to ascertain the truth due to being influenced by prejudice. Actually religious principles followed by people in general are different only due to the different qualifications of the practitioners, but the constitutional religious principles of all living entities are one." (Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur. Sri Krsna Samhita.)

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Hare Krsna!

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The Mahabharata explains by example how Lord Krsna's Vedic culture and Varnashrama Dharma are meant to work. Where the Manu Smriti is a concise book of laws for Mankind the Mahabharata shows how those laws are applied. The Mahabharata along with the Ramayana have been the main foundation for the continuation of Vedic culture because they are easily accessible to the masses. The Mahabharata was actually written for the unfortunate people of the Kali Yuga to help uplift them. A close study of the Mahabharata and Ramayana in conjunction with the Manu Samhita would serve as a good guide on how to implement Varnashrama Dharma. And, in conjunction with the Srimad Bhagavatam, insight into Daivi Varnashrama Dharma. The Mahabharata is thus an essential text for anyone interested in implementing VAD.

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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U.K.: Londoners Defiant After Latest Attacks

Commuters in the British capital remain defiant after an explosives attack that targeted London's transportation system, the second in two weeks. Londoners vow that they won't be frightened into disrupting their daily routine. Explosive devices were placed on three underground trains and a double-decker bus in different parts of London yesterday; the near-simultaneous blasts caused severe disruptions, but no serious injuries were reported. RFE/RL spoke yesterday with Londoners at the scene of one of the incidents, at London's Warren Street subway station.

London, 22 July 2005 (RFE/RL) -- Police helicopters buzzed overhead, and sirens wailed. Barriers prevented commuters from entering London's subway system, and many roads were closed. Tens of thousands of Londoners walked home, as the city attempted to cope with yet another series of attacks on its subway and bus systems.

But there was no panic; simply resolve not to let the attacks disrupt normal life.

"I am not worried. I get more angry, actually, rather than worried...about them trying to disrupt our lives, and trying to do this sort of thing. But it won't stop me from coming into London or stop me from going into work, or anything like that," said 28-year-old Irene, a Londoner who was sent home from her office near the Warren Street subway station, the scene of one of the incidents. "You know, you can't just stop living because of these people who are trying this sort of stuff. It's just not right. I think Londoners are made of pretty strong stuff, and they'll carry on coming to work, carry on coming to the city, as they have always done, basically."

Joanna, 33, works next to the Warren Street station.

"I think usually we're concerned on the day the trouble happens, and after that, we feel a bit more secure -- after a day or two," she said. "We're a bit used to it over here."

Reports say casualties from the latest attacks might have been limited by the possible failure of the devices to trigger a large blast. Investigators are looking at the remains of the devices to find fingerprints or other clues that could lead to the perpetrators.
"You know, you can't just stop living because of these people who are trying this sort of stuff. I think Londoners are made of pretty strong stuff, and they'll carry on coming to work, carry on coming to the city, as they have always done, basically."

London Metropolitan Police Commissioner Ian Blair said police believe the intention of the devices was to kill people in a manner similar to the 7 July London attacks, which left at least 56 people dead. But whether the latest attacks are connected to the earlier bombings remains to be determined.

"I don't think I am in a position to say that it is connected. I think that will take a little time. There is a resonance here, isn't there? I mean, these are four attacks; there were four attacks before," Blair said. "Whether or not this is directly connected in the sense that it was carried out by the same group of people, however loosely -- I think it's going to take just a little bit longer before we can qualify that."

Fifty-eight-year-old Charles works at University College Hospital, which is next to the Warren Street subway station. He and his co-workers were sent home after special police squads searched the grounds, apparently believing that one of the attackers may have been hiding on the premises.

"We're not worried at all. We're just -- we'll get on with our lives, and they won't deter us," he said. "We work in the hospital that they've just got the siege on at the moment, and everybody there has good spirits. It won't bother us at all."

Tony, 31, works as a computer specialist in a nearby block of offices. He said he's angry at Islamic extremists who are being held in detention in Britain.

"I am annoyed now because of all this going on now. I think they should -- and I think everybody feels the same -- send these people back to their country," he said. "These people who are in prison, you know, send them back. No more argument. Let's be gone with them, you know. I think we've all had enough now."

Sharon, a shop assistant, was amused by Londoners' resilience.

"The good thing today is that rumor has it there were no injuries or no deaths. But no violence is bearable, but don't you think that when something like this happens, nobody will defeat London, will they?" she said, and added in a reference to a group of Hare Krishna followers playing music nearby, "You know, you get the Hare Krishna. I think it's wonderful."

Twenty-five-year-old David is an accountant who is rushing to see some clients. He said he's optimistic that police may find the latest bombers because so much of the devices remain intact.

"There is not a lot you can do about it, so there is not a lot of point in worrying, really," he said. "If it happens, it happens, doesn't it? It is a bit more encouraging than last time, I suppose, isn't it?"

There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks.

Prime Minister Tony Blair appealed for calm in the wake of the incidetns, urging Britons to continue with their business as normally as possible.

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Hare Krishnas Undeterred  "Calm Replaces the Crowds"

BY: Mark Tran, Guardian Unlimited

Tottenham Court following evacuation. Photograph: Martin Godwin/Guardian

Jul 22, LONDON (GUARDIAN UNLTD.)— On an ordinary afternoon, Tottenham Court Road would be full of tourists and Londoners looking for bargains at its furniture and electronics shops.

But this was not an ordinary day. Warren Street tube station, at the end of the road, had been closed in a bomb attack - two weeks to the day after four suicide blasts on London's transport network killed 56 people.

As a result, Tottenham Court Road, on this bright sunny afternoon, looked like a ghost town. Police had evacuated virtually the whole length of the street, sealing off the side roads with blue and white tape.

The only people allowed on to the street were a gaggle of reporters, who were at first stationed outside the upmarket Heals furniture store, opposite Goodge Street tube station.

As a helicopter clattered overhead in a gloriously blue sky, the police moved away the few stragglers, bellowing: "Can you move back, please, for your own safety."

One unfortunate merchant had to dismantle his stall - an elaborate structure full of suitcases, handbags and wallets - after the police told him to close up.

Eventually, officers allowed the reporters to move closer to the Warren Street, where a man had earlier been seen running towards the nearby University College Hospital.

Although the streets were empty, people had stayed inside their shops and offices. Three women employees at the travel agent Going Places stood behind the glass doors, looking out at the unfamiliar scene.

Next door, office workers stood on a balcony as police cars and fire engines tore past, sirens wailing.

By around 4pm, Tottenham Court Road began to return to normal. The shops started reopening and the traffic returned, although police kept the street sealed off around 200 yards from Warren Street tube.

Gilly, whose husband Steve runs the nearby Kingsley photographic shop, said police had asked them to close up and stay inside at around lunchtime.

"I had never heard so many sirens - gosh, it was loud," she said. "The police pulled over all the buses and evacuated them.

"It's sad for humankind, it's happening again. I hadn't thought it would happen so quickly, just after two weeks. But why should any of us be surprised?"

Gilly said there had no significant drop in takings since the attacks of two weeks ago and, as she was speaking, a group of Hare Krishna, chanting and banging on their tambourines, walked past.

She laughed and said: "Look at that. That is so London. These terrorists are bonkers if they think they can make a difference. Not in London they won't."

Death of a 'TV dinner' salesman
By Laura Smith-Spark
BBC News

Gerry Thomas, the US salesman who brought the concept of the TV dinner to the world, has died of cancer aged 83.

Fifty years ago, his idea of packaging frozen dinners in a compartmentalised foil tray was to change forever the way meal times were viewed.

Instead of families sitting down together around a table to eat a home-cooked dinner, they could combine dining with the new 1950s hobby - watching television.

Gerry Thomas' initial brainwave in 1953 was a clever solution to his company's post-Thanksgiving surplus of turkey.

Buttered peas

Mr Thomas, then a marketing executive for CA Swanson and Sons, of Nebraska, had been handed the challenge of finding a home for 270 tons of unused poultry.

While travelling on business, he spotted a metal tray being tested out for in-flight hot dinners, and the idea of pre-packaged frozen dinners was born.

 It's a terrible invention as far as family life is concerned
Dr Pat Spungin
UK campaigner on family meals

"It was just a single compartment tray with foil," he recalled in a 1999 interview with news agency AP. "I asked if I could borrow it and stuck it in the pocket of my overcoat."

The first Swanson TV Dinner - made up of three sections containing turkey with cornbread dressing and gravy, sweet potatoes and buttered peas - went on sale in 1953 priced at 98 cents.

Ten million of the cartons, innovatively packaged to look like a TV screen complete with knobs, disappeared from US shop shelves in 10 months, as viewers settled down to munch as they watched number one show I Love Lucy.

The TV dinner's runaway success led to a pay rise for Mr Thomas, booming business for Swanson and a culinary trend of convenience which shows little sign of falling from favour.

'Eating in a line'

However, Mr Thomas' invention is not remembered fondly by all.

"He has a lot to answer for," UK child psychologist and parenting expert Doctor Pat Spungin told the BBC News website. "It's a terrible invention as far as family life is concerned."

Dr Spungin - who has set up the Back to the Table campaign in the UK to encourage families to eat home-cooked meals together - says the problem is that the TV dinner destroys conversation.

"Even if you have seven people together eating TV dinners, they are eating in a line and that's not conducive to communication," Dr Spungin said.

"Eating together has always been a mark of family life. You also eat together as a sign of hospitality and welcome.

"[The TV dinner] is a big problem in the UK and America but I think in countries with a stronger food/family tradition, like Italy and Spain, the concept of the TV dinner is probably regarded with horror."

'Hate mail'

In the UK, celebrity chef Jamie Oliver has launched a high-profile campaign to improve children's diets by cutting down on processed food.

Even in its early days, the TV dinner was not universally well received.

Mr Thomas received "hate mail from men who wanted their wives to cook from scratch like their mothers did", he said.

But Robert Thompson, director of the Center for the Study of Popular Television at Syracuse University, believes it is unfair to blame Mr Thomas for the decline of home-cooked food.

 He was a gourmet cook. He never ate the TV Dinners Widow Susan Thomas

The advent of the TV dinner coincided with a changing society where women were increasingly going to work and had less time to cook, he told AP.

"Some people claim the TV dinner was the first step toward breaking up the American family because it made it possible for everybody to eat in a 'modular' way," he said.

"That was going to happen anyway. The redefinition of the American family was going on anyway."

It was not until the 1990s that Mr Thomas' role in inventing what became a national icon was fully recognised. The original aluminium tray can now be seen in the Smithsonian Institution.

Mr Thomas said of his invention: "It's a pleasure being identified as the person who did this because it changed the way people live. It's part of the fabric of our society."

But wife Susan has admitted her late husband's pride did not extend to consuming the fruit of his labours.

"He was a gourmet cook. He never ate the TV dinners," she said.
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Published: 2005/07/21 15:03:46 GMT


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Novelty acts - Religious symbols for major faiths crack pop culture
By Jim Baker (Contact)

Saturday, October 2, 2004

Is nothing sacred?

If you take a look at the irreverent -- some would argue borderline blasphemous -- way that American popular culture treats the icons and symbols of Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism and Hinduism, the answer is an emphatic "no."

The lowbrow lampooning of traditionally beloved articles of faith is a big business these days, as the trappings of religion are co-opted by savvy marketers, recycled and then commercialized -- reappearing in pop culture as hip fashion, decor and tongue-in-cheek novelties.

How else to explain the enduring popularity of "Nunzilla," a windup, plastic nun in full habit -- complete with a crucifix around her neck and a ruler in hand -- who spits sparks as she walks.

Or the Jesus Action Figure ("with posable arms and gliding action"), a mini, plastic Jesus Christ in biblically correct clothing -- and little wheels under his feet.

But wait -- Christianity isn't singled out as a target. Pop culture is nothing if not democratic. Most of the major faiths come in for their share of gentle (or not so gentle) ribbing.

For Jews with a sense of humor, there are Rabbi Punching Puppets, a Torah Personalities Set (baseball-card size) and a Kosherland Board Game.

For Buddhists, there's the Happy Squeak Monk -- a little squeaky-toy Buddhist monk, legs crossed, chatting away on a cell phone while sipping a tiny latte.

Those fond of Hinduism can buy a set of Handy Hindu Finger Puppets, in which the gods Brahma, Ganesh, Garuda and Kali are accurately portrayed in firm rubber.

Many pop-culture novelties spoof religion or religious symbols. "Nunzilla" (left) is a windup toy, walks and spits sparks. "Wash Away Your Sins" body wash (below) contains frankincense and myrrh and offers "in-the-shower cleansing power" to "liars, cheaters & wrong-doers."

Shocked? Offended? Tickled?

Reactions to these mass-marketed products vary. It depends upon whom you ask and where they're coming from.

And whether the folks who buy them have some appreciation for the deeper meaning behind these religious symbols -- or are just looking for a laugh -- isn't entirely clear.

But one thing is: This stuff is selling like, well, holy hotcakes.

Just ask Jeremy Cain, a salesperson for the past three years at Hobbs Inc., 700 Mass. The store carries Nunzilla at $5.50 apiece.

"These are top sellers," he says. "We always get requests for them, so we call customers when they get in. There's not a person who doesn't laugh when we show it to them."

‘Buddha Is My Homeboy'

It's easy to find religious kitsch, or mass-marketed products that poke fun at the symbols of faith, in Lawrence stores.

Hobbs used to sell the Jesus Action Figure, but they have sold out of the popular novelty item.

"Jesus actually glided; he has wheels," Cain says. "We can't keep those in. The Moses Action Figure had the Ten Commandments and a staff. Customers usually giggle and call their friends over to see it."

The store also sells "Wash Away Your Sins Body Wash," a $12 product made with frankincense and myrrh, that offers "in-the-shower cleansing power" "for liars, cheaters & wrong-doers."

Or you can buy a $3.50 card from the iconoclastic Mik Wright line of cards, that has a picture of Jesus at the Last Supper on the outside.

The inside of the card reads: "Excuse me ... but we asked for separate checks! I don't know about everyone else, but this will be the last supper I eat here!"

The Third Planet, 2 E. Ninth St., offers T-shirts that have a silk-screened, smiling Buddha design, with the words, "Buddha Is My Homeboy."

"Pocket Angels" are among the mass-marketed religious novelties at Hobbs Inc., 700 Mass.

The store also sells the Jesus Action Figure. The packaging of the novelty seems respectful; it explains who the biblical Jesus is and faithfully cites 11 passages of Scripture ("I come not to judge the world but to save it" John 12:47).

There are greeting cards that depict Buddha and Hindu gods and goddesses such as Lakshmi, Devi, Sarasvati and Lord Shiva, though these don't seem intended to be humorous.

Third Planet sold out of the Handy Hindu Finger Puppets a while ago. They were so popular that some people were shoplifting them, according to manager Melissa Padgett.

The Jesus and Moses action figures have attracted a lot of attention among customers.

"They come in and they crack up. We've done really well with Jesus, but Moses only does well at Easter. I thought the Christians would be pissed off (at the products), but only a couple have," Padgett says.

Salesclerk Desiree Schumacher explains why she thinks the pop-culture religious items appeal to the store's younger customers.

"I think it has to do with our generation. We're pulling things from different cultures, we're into trying everything. We're looking for ways to express ourselves," says Schumacher, 19.  ‘G Force Jesus'

Another place to buy products that riff on traditionally sacred symbols is Urban Outfitters, 1013 Mass.

The store, which caters to a youthful customer base, offers T-shirts with creative graphics and messages, such as: "Jehovah's Fitness, Running and Jumping About for God"; "Jesus Is My Homeboy"; "The Pope Is Dope"; "God Squad"; and "Everyone Loves a Catholic Girl," among others.

The T-shirts that declare "Jesus Is My Homeboy" and "Mary Is My Homegirl" have sold out. So have the red velvet coin banks in the form of Jesus or Mary, and the Jesus Action Figure.

"G Force Jesus," a rosary that's meant to be hung from a car's rearview mirror, went on sale and has been bought out. At the end of the rosary is a miniature Jesus on the cross -- but the little figure appears to be struggling to hold on against an unseen force.

You can still buy, however, a $24 "Biblical Wig" from Michele's Wig Collection. The brown-colored wig, mustache and beard is billed as one-size-fits-all, completely washable and flame retardant.

Questions about the appropriateness of such products were referred by Lawrence store employees to the company's Philadelphia headquarters.

An Urban Outfitters spokeswoman reached Wednesday said simply, "We don't comment on that kind of stuff."

How long will this trend of religious symbols being refracted through the prism of pop culture last?

"I think it's a definite cycle. The pendulum swings back and forth all the time," says Mark Swanson, owner of Hobbs Inc.

"When I was growing up in the '60s and '70s, there was a time when that was going on; that's when I first saw fuzzy Buddha (coin) banks. I think that it ebbs and flows with popularity."

The faithful can take heart. The shelf life of these products, Swanson says, isn't indefinite.

"It's been a good run. I'm not saying that Nunzilla is done -- she's an icon. But when you start seeing it everywhere, it's done. It's over."
So how do Lawrence religious leaders feel about the mass-marketed pop-culture products that poke fun at religion or the traditionally sacred symbols of faith?

You won't find the Rev. Steve Kawiecki lining up to purchase Nunzilla (the walking, spark-spitting nun), the Jesus Action Figure or a T-shirt that declares "Jesus Is My Homeboy."

"It's just not my bag. I wouldn't buy them," says Kawiecki, associate pastor for youth ministries at First Baptist Church, 1330 Kasold Drive.

"There's certainly a place for humor and satire when talking about religion. In fact, there's a Christian satire magazine I read called The Door, and it's hilarious. But at the same time, some of these things we're talking about, like Nunzilla, I think that's more about tearing down a faith and trivializing it."

While he finds novelty products such as the "G Force Jesus" rosary disrespectful and inappropriate, the Rev. Paul Gray says religion can be leavened with laughter now and then.

"God has a sense of humor, and he's passed that onto us. If people do find themselves being offended by things like this (various pop-culture items), I think my counsel would be to really do some soul searching and try to determine what it is that offends you," he says.

"If it's literally something that is really sacrilegious and mean spirited, that's one thing, if it's just humorous, maybe you need to lighten up."

-- Jim Baker

McDonald's Supersizes Hindu Endowment:
$10 Million Settlement-Includes $255,000 for Hinduism Today International Magazine

Hindu Press International

KAUAI, HAWAII, July 4, 2005: They deceived the public about beef flavorings in their "vegetarian fries." They got caught. They were sued. They settled in court. This week the food giant McDonald's mailed a check for US$254,773.19 to Hinduism Today magazine's endowment fund (Hindu Heritage Endowment), one of a handful of elite vegetarian-friendly institutions in America chosen as recipients of the court-ordered $10 million settlement.

It was all started by a Seattle lawyer, Harish Bharti, a vegetarian Hindu who makes a habit out of identifying the ingredients in purportedly vegetarian foods. He examined McDonald's french fries. Back in 1990, news reports appeared that stated, for example, "McDonald's, Wendy's and Burger King are switching to all-vegetable oil to cook their fries." The reason was to reduce the saturated fat content (bad for the heart), which, in McDonald's case, went from 42 grams to 23 grams for a two-ounce serving of fries. Prev iously, the fries were cooked with beef tallow. Our on-line dictionary appetizingly defines tallow as, "Hard fat obtained from parts of the bodies of cattle, sheep or horses, and used in foodstuffs or to make candles, leather dressing, soap and lubricants." Yum.

The problem for McDonald's was that the veggie-oil cooked fries didn't taste like their popular tallow-cooked fries, which they solved by including a beef flavoring at the time of preprocessing for distribution (not while being cooked in the restaurant). Under the US government's food guidelines, they were allowed to label this beef flavoring as "natural flavor," which it is. But because of the hype over the switch to vegetable oil for frying, vegetarians assumed--and McDonald's did not try to dissuade--that the fries were now vegetarian.

Bharti sued McDonald's in 2001, and that grew into a law suit involving a number of lawyers and organizations. Ultimately, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Muslims, vegeta rians and vegans joined the fray--the Jews because the beef flavoring was not kosher and the Muslims because it wasn't halal.

In March, 2002, the lawsuit was close to being settled. McDonald's agreed to issue a formal apology, better disclosure of ingredients, creation of an advisory board and payment of us$10,000,000 to organizations which promote vegetarianism and issues related to the fries.

The apology reads, in part, "McDonald's sincerely apologizes to Hindus, vegetarians and others for failing to provide the kind of information they needed to make informed dietary decisions at our U.S. restaurants. We acknowledge that, upon our switch to vegetable oil in the early 1990s for the purpose of reducing cholesterol, mistakes were made in communicating to the public and customers about the ingredients in our french fries and hash browns. Those mistakes included instances in which french fries and hash browns sold at U.S. restaurants were improperly ident ified as "vegetarian.'" It is part of the settlement that the full apology be printed in Veggie Life, India Tribune and Hinduism Today.

Bharti wrote at the time, "I am proud of obtaining the apology (with admission of wrongdoing), the enhanced disclosure from McDonald's and the advisory board. This means a lot to my clients and me, because this is very valuable for the consumer interest in the long run. In the last 100 years this is the first giant corporation to apologize, admit wrongdoing and also pay millions of dollars."

McDonald's is indeed giant, and serves as a kind of magnet for all criticism of big business (see For the year 2002, McDonald's worldwide income was $15.4 billion, which yielded a net profit of $893 million. More than 30,000 local McDonald's restaurants serve 46 million customers each day in more than 100 countries.

Organizations were invited to submit specific proposals to Bharti and the othe r lawyers for a share in the settlement. The money was to go, according to McDonald's, "to Hindu, vegetarian and other groups whose charitable and educational activities are closely linked to the concerns of these consumers [having dietary restrictions]." The Hindu Heritage Endowment, founded by Hinduism Today's creator, Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami, was invited to submit a request. HHE proposed to put any settlement share in its Hinduism Today Distribution Fund to increase the magazine's free distribution in the US, on the basis that the magazine has consistently promoted vegetarianism among Hindus.

In May, 2003, the Illinois court where the suit was litigated, announced the 24 organizations awarded money under the settlement, one of which was the Hinduism Today endowment. The groups and the amount of settlement is:

Hindu: International/American Gita Society, $50,000; Hinduism Today Endowment, $250,000; Supporting Excellence in Education, $900,000; Council of Hindu Temples of North America $200,000; SSV Temple, $50,000; Hindu Students Council, $500,000

Muslim: Muslim Consumer Group for Food Products, $100,000; Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America, $450,000

Jewish: Jewish Community Centers Association, $200,000; Orthodox Union, $150,000; Star-K/Torah.Org, $300,000; CLAL, $50,000; The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life (Hillel), $300,000.

Sikh: Guru Harkrishan Institute of Sikh Studies, $50,000

Vegetarian: Vegetarian Resource Group, $1,400,000; ADAF Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, $600,000; Preventive Medicine Research Institute, $550,000; North American Vegetarian Society, $1,000,000; Vegetarian Vision, Inc., $250,000; American Vegan Society, $500,000; Loma Linda University, $300,000

Academic/Other: Tufts University, $850,000; Produce for Better Health Foundation, $500,000; Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity at the Centers for Diseas e Control and Prevention ("CDC"), $500,000.

An appeal was dismissed just last month, and the final disbursement made at the beginning of July, 2005.

So, what will Kauai's Hindu Monastery do with these funds? The monks plan to place the entire amount, just over $250,000, in the magazine's permanent endowment. None of the principle will be touched, so this will be a perpetual source for funding outright 1,000 or more subscriptions a year forever, or subsidize a larger number. In short, their supersized endowment will educate Americans, especially youth, about the merits of a veggie lifestyle, which has been a Hindu ideal for 6,000 years or more. A spokesmonk from the monastery noted they were "humbled" to be counted among some of America's most respected educational institutions.

Hindu vegetarians around the world may wish to take note of the little-publicized fact that McDonald's made no changes in their fries, which are still beef-flavoring saturated. Sure, the oil is vegetable. But make no mistake about it. There is meat in those luscious Golden Arches french fries.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

At this supremely dangerous moment in human history, the only way of salvation is the ancient Hindu way. Here we have the attitude and spirit that can make it possible for the human race to grow together into a single family. British historian Arnold Joseph Toynbee (1889-1975)

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

History of Vegetarianism -  George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

From the archives of The Vegetarian Society UK:

The Summer of 1946 seems to have been a season of anniversaries and memorials. The Vegetarian Society itself was looking forward to its 100th anniversary and giving its members advance warnings of celebratory plans.

But the big story of the July issue of The Vegetarian Messenger was the tribute to George Bernard Shaw, celebrating his 90th birthday on the 26th of that month. He had, at that time, been a vegetarian for 66 years and was commended as one of the great thinkers and dramatists of his era. "No writer since Shakespearean times has produced such a wealth of dramatic literature, so superb in expression, so deep in thought and with such dramatic possibilities as Shaw." The writer was a staunch vegetarian, anti-vivisectionist and opponent of cruel sports.

Writings and Quotes on Vegetariansim

On being asked why he was a vegetarian:
Oh, come! That boot is on the other leg. Why should you call me to account for eating decently? If I battened on the scorched corpses of animals, you might well ask me why I did that. - The Vegetarian, 15 January 1898

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth? - unknown origin

Animals are my friends...and I don't eat my friends. - unknown origin

Think of the fierce energy concentrated in an acorn! You bury it in the ground and it explodes into a giant oak! Bury a sheep and nothing happens but decay. - unknown origin

A dinner!
How horrible!
I am to be made the pretext for killing all those wretched animals and birds, and fish! Thank you for nothing.
Now if it were to be a fast instead of a feast; say a solemn three days' abstention from corpses in my honour, I could at least pretend to believe that it was disinterested.
Blood sacrifices are not in my line.
- Letter 30 December 1929

THE YOUNG WOMAN: You know, to me this is a funny sort of lunch. You begin with the dessert. We begin with the entrees. I suppose it's all right: but I have eaten so much fruit and bread and stuff, that I don't feel I want any meat.
THE PRIEST: We shall not offer you any. We don't eat it.
THE YOUNG WOMAN: Then how do you keep up your strength?
THE PRIEST: It keeps itself up.
- The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles, Prologue, Sc. III

"... It seems to me, looking at myself, that I am a remarkably superior person, when you compare me with other writers, journalists, and dramatists; and I am perfectly content to put this down to my abstinence from meat. That is the simple and modest ground on which we should base our non-meat diet. . . ."

I was told that my diet was so poor that I could not repair the bones that were broken and operated on. So I have just had an Xradiograph taken; and lo! perfectly mended solid bone so beautifully white that I have left instructions that, if I die, a glove stretcher is to be made of me and sent to you as a souvenir. - Letter to Mrs.Patrick Campbell

Archibald Henderson, author of a three-volume biography of Shaw, recorded an appropriate conversation with him in 1924, when Shaw was already sixty-eight; it appears in Table-Talks, a colection illustrating the outspoken and witty side of the prolific playwright:

Henderson: So be a good fellow and tell me how you succeeded in remaining so youthful.
Shaw: I don't. I look my age; and I am my age. It is the other people who look older than they are. What can you expect from people who eat corpses and drink spirits?
Henderson: Our time is running short. You will have to be off to speak on behalf of the Labor Party, or Vegetarianism, or Communism, or Fabianism, or what not. You are such an incorrigible publicist that I have not yet got round to literature, or to drama which is popularly supposed to be one of your chief interests.

A poem - attributed to Shaw, but disputed by some (see notes below):

Living Graves

We are the living graves of murdered beasts,
Slaughtered to satisfy our appetites.
We never pause to wonder at our feasts,
If animals, like men, can possibly have rights.
We pray on Sundays that we may have light,
To guide our footsteps on the path we tread.
We're sick of war, we do not want to fight -
The thought of it now fills our hearts with dread,
And yet - we gorge ourselves upon the dead.

Like carrion crows we live and feed on meat,
Regardless of the suffering and the pain
we cause by doing so, if thus we treat
defenceless animals for sport or gain,
how can we hope in this world to attain,
the PEACE we say we are so anxious for.
We pray for it o'er hecatombs of slain,
to God, while outraging the moral law,
thus cruelty begets its offspring - WAR.

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British role in planning the ruin of india

   Date: Wed, 20 Jul 2005 11:36:34 +0530
   From: "sanjeev nayyar" <>

Namaskar Mitra,

Dr Manmohan Singh praised British rule during a recent trip to U.K. Surely they did some good work in India but the damage that inflicted on the Indian economy, political scene and culture cannot be imagined. The following articles attempt to throw some light on how they ruined India.

  1. Secularism, an International Perspective tells yu how the brits gave us a perverted concept that has no meaning.

  2. Decolonising the Indian Mind' - we continue to allow our lives & minds to be ruled by the British, the article gives you numerous examples of the Brit view and the corresponding Indian one.

  3. How the Brits created the dowry system in punjab and divided us, created a hindu sikh divide.

  4.How the British made India a poor country - looks at the Indian economy from 1000 to 1947.

  5. History of urdu - brits used language to accentuate the hindu muslim diovide.

  6. Rediscovering India by Dharampal -

Bullet Point Summary of key points.
  ·        To the British darkness and ignorance had wholly different meanings and to the majority of them, these terms conveyed not any ignorance of arts and crafts or technology, or aesthetics but rather the absence of the knowledge of Christianity and its scriptural heritage.

  ·        Peasants, artisans, those engaged in the manufacture of iron and steel, or in the various processes of its flourishing indigenous textile industry, or its surgeons and medical men, even many of its astronomers and astrologers belonged to this predominant section i.e. Sudras is unquestionable.

  ·        Some of the important changes brought about the British were (i) revenue enhancement and centralization, (ii) attempts at breaking the sense of community (geographical, or based on occupation or kinship) amongst the people of India, (iii) reducing their consumption to the minimum through higher taxation and lowering of wage rates, and (iv) an imposition of newer concepts of property rights and laws.

  ·        They created a system of landlordism, ryotwari and peasant indebtedness.

  ·        Deliberate & planned lowering of the wages of Indians.

  ·        When the British began to conquer India, the majority of the rajas in different parts of India had also been from amongst such castes which have been   placed in the sudra varna.

    a..   Yet it can, perhaps also be argued that the existence of caste has added to the tenacity of Indian society, to its capacity to survive and after lying low to be  able to stand up again.
    b.. The British demonized caste because it stood in the way of their breaking Indian society, hindered the process of atomization, and made the task of conquest and governance more difficult.
    c.. Today's backward classes or Sudras cultural and economic backwardness is post 1800 due to impact of British economic policies.
    d.. Madras Presidency 1822 survey showed sudras and castes below formed 70 per cent to 80 per cent of the total students in the Tamil speaking areas.
    e.. Some of today's Bihar's notified tribes were whose ancestors were warriors and gave unceasing battle to the British till they got exhausted and succumbed to the overwhelming British power. Besides being warriors, their main occupations are said to have been of ironsmith (Iuhar) etc.
  ·        In 1804 according to The Edinburgh Review wages of the Indian agricultural laborer were also much more than British counter part.

  ·        There is a paper by Capt. Halcott on the drill plough employed in south India. He has said that he never imagined a drill plough considered as a modern European invention, at work in remote village in India

  ·        High Yields were on account of the variety of seeds available to the Indian peasant, the sophistication and simplicity of his tools, and the extreme care and labor he expended in tending to his fields and crops.

    a.. Around 1800 India had 15-20 lakh weavers with mining being major industrial activity. Due to British policies by 1820 Indian industry was on its knees.
    b.. There are accounts of the Indian process of making steel which was called 'wootz'. The British experts who examined samples of 'wootz' sent to them by one Dr. Helenus Scott have commented that it is decidedly superior compared in any other steel they have seen.
  ·        Incidentally, modern plastic surgery in Britain is stated by its inventor to have been derived from and developed after the observation and study of the Indian practice from 1790 onwards.

    a.. Because of the British desire to invest newly acquired British capital, a new structure of industrialization began to be established in various parts of India, especially round Calcutta and Bombay, by about 1880.
    b.. The larger proportion of the historical and traditional professionals of Indian Industry however, even today, work outside the modern industrial complex, and mostly work individually and on their own. In the idiom of today they would form a fairly large proportion of the 'Backward' and 'Other Backward' castes.
    c.. According to current findings the India-China region produced around 73 per cent of the industrial manufactures of the world around 1750.
  ·     Cloth was manufactured in practically all the 400 districts. Many districts of south India had 10,000 to 20,000 looms in each district even around 1810. Also India had some 10,000 furnaces for the manufacture of iron and steel. Indian steel was considered of very high quality and in the early decades of the nineteenth century, it was being used by the British for the making of surgical instruments.

    a.. In 1763 smallpox was consciously and deliberately introduced in North America by the British military commander to kill local population.
  See you at the site, Share the Wealth, Cheers & Om


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Once there was a Christian minister preaching among coal miners.  The missionary began a fire and brimstone speech by telling the miners that a sinful person would have to go hell and could only be saved if he surrendered to Jesus Christ.  On hearing the name of Jesus Christ, one of the miners asked, "What is his number?"  Since everyone in the mining company was assigned a number, the miners could not imagine Jesus Christ being anyone other than a mine worker.  The missionary tried again by describing the misery of hell.  "Hell," he said, "is very dark and damp."  The miners looked back at the missionary without concern.  His description of hell sounded just like the mine which they already knew.  Then the missionary understood that he was preaching to people with a very limited conception of reality, and so he would have to address their actual experience.  "And in hell," he said, "There are no newspapers!"  "Oh horrible!  Very frightening!"  The miners exclaimed.

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Continuous illness - All medical treatments fail.

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Tiredness and weakness like M.E.

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

Shortness of money, in spite of hard labour.

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Achievement of objectives seems impossible.

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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 formerly in Bombay)

HH Suhotra dasa Tapa Vanacharin

HH Trivikram Swami

HG Vaiyasaki dasa Adhikari

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Hare KrishnaSchool & Playgroup

Krishna Conscious education for children

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

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

A school bus service provides transport from Auckland suburbs.

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

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Sunday Love Feasts - contact your local temple, or community for details

Harinaam Kirtan and Bhajans in Tauranga BOP.
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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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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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Narada Muni
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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.

Go here to follow the simple system for offering foodstuffs to the Lord
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Chaturmasya four month fasting period is Here:

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

Ekadasi recipes  = from Narottam dasa in RSA
Vegan and Vegetarian recipes
Conversion of temperatures and formulas
Panihati Chida dahi festival recipes
 updated 13th July  2005

Aloo Tikki - shallow fried potato cakes

Preparation Time : 30 mins
Cooking Time : 30 mins
Serves / Makes : 3

For Crust :
7 to 8 Potatoes - Boiled, peeled & mashed
1/2 teaspoon - Turmeric powder
3 nos - Green chillies chopped
1/2 teaspoon - Garam Masala
1/2 cup bread crumbs
Salt to taste

For Filling :
1 cup - Chana dal (chickpeas) cooked & drained
1 teaspoon - Ginger grated
1 teaspoon - Hing
3 - Green chillies chopped
1/2 teaspoon - Cumin seeds
1 tablespoon - corainder leaves chopped
Salt to taste

For Crust - Mix all the ingredients

For Filling - Mash cooked dal & mix all ingredients

Method -

Take a tablespoonful of potato mixtureand place a teasponnful of the dal mixture in it, roll and press into a thick coin sturcture
Shallow fry both the sides and serve with green chutney

Green Chutney  (Hari Chutney)

Serves: 4
Cooking time (approx.): 2 minute(s)
Style: North Indian Vegetarian

2  tablespoon(s) grated coconut
½" piece ginger peeled and chopped
6  tablespoons fresh coriander leaves chopped
4  green chillies chopped
1  teaspoon(s) each of cumin and mustard seeds and hing
1  tablespoon(s) finely chopped white cabbage heart
1  tablespoon(s) oil
lemon juice and salt to taste

Grind the coconut, white cabbage heart, cumin seeds, green chillies, coriander leaves, hing and ginger to a fine paste using a little water. Pour the paste / chutney into a bowl and adjust the consistency using suitable amount of water.
Heat the oil in a pan on medium level for about 2  minute(s) till it is hot enough. Add the mustard seeds. Fry briefly till they splutter and pour them on the chutney.
Add salt and lemon juice to the chutney.

Marinated Mozzarella

An incredibly simple but flavourful dish from Italy, this makes an attractive starter for a  meal/offering.

Serves 4
4 balls buffalo mozzarella cheese, about 100g/3 1/2oz each, drained
200g/7oz creme fraiche (sour cream)
2–3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 t spoon hing
2 tbsp chopped fresh herbs, such as parsley, basil, oregano or dill
freshly ground salt and black pepper
1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
200g/7oz baby spinach leaves
1 small white cabbage heart sliced finely - as close to grated as possible but slithers

1. Slice the mozzarella balls into 4-5 slices each.

2. Whisk together the creme fraiche with 1 tbsp olive oil, hing and half the chopped herbs. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.

3. Toss the sliced mozzarella with the creme fraiche dressing. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

4. Meanwhile, whisk together the remaining olive oil, balsamic vinegar and seasoning. When ready to serve, toss the spinach and finely sliced cabbage heart in the vinegar dressing, then divide between 4 serving plates. Spoon the dressed cheese on top, season with freshly ground pepper and scatter over the remaining herbs. Its now ready to offer.

Sun-Cured Pickled Jalapeños

These pickled chiles have an East Indian flavor because of the mustard seeds and ginger. Any small green chiles can be substituted for the jalapeños. Serving Suggestions: Serve these unusual chiles on the side of the plate, or sandwiches, vege-burgers, or as a side relish for grilled or roasted veges.

Note: This recipe requires advance preparation.

1 cup jalapeño chiles, stems and seeds removed, cut in 1/4-inch strips
1 tablespoon coarse salt
1 tablespoon mustard seeds
1 teaspoon cumin seeds
1/4 cup oil, peanut preferred
1 teaspoon chopped fresh ginger
1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Sprinkle the chile strips with the salt; toss and let them sit for 10 minutes.

Toast the mustard and cumin seeds on a hot skillet, stirring constantly, for a couple of minutes until the seeds begin to crackle and "pop."

Heat the oil to 350 degrees F (176 C)., remove from the heat, stir in the ginger, and let it simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the ginger and discard.

Stir in the chiles, cumin seeds, lemon juice, and pack in a sterilized jar.

For 5 days, set the jar in the sun in the morning on days when it is at least (20-23 C ) at least 70 F degrees, and bring it in at night. Shake the jar a couple times each day.
Yield: 1 pint  - Heat Scale: Hot 

Potato Pugliese (Focaccia)

Most bakers like to keep things simple and Pugliese is made with a traditional recipe (Focaccia dough) originating from Puglia in Southern Italy.

Makes 1 Loaf

500g/1lb 2oz flour
15g/1oz salt
20g/¼ oz yeast
splash of olive oil
290ml/½ pint water
8-10 new or salad potatoes, sliced

Make the dough by mixing all the ingredients together except for the potatoes.
Once fully mixed, leave in a bowl to double in size.
Remove from the bowl and flatten with your hands, brush with olive oil and make indentations with your fingers.
Layer your potatoes over the top and sprinkle with a little salt (rock salt if you can get it).
Leave to rise on a baking sheet for 1 hour and bake in an oven set at 230°C/450°F/Gas 8 and bake for 30 minutes.
Once cooked, remove from the oven and brush the loaf with more olive oil and offer and serve when cooled.

Green Chilli And Ginger Pickle
This a very quick and simple pickle prep, and will last for some time too, well depends on how many devotees ar around.......

Ginger                       - 200grams
Green chillies  - 10-15 0r more if you don’t mind having it volcanic hot.
Cumin seeds            -2 tsp
Asafoetida ( Hing)    - pinch
Fenugreek seeds    -1 tsp
Oil                           -1 ½ tbsp
Lemon juice            - ½ cup
Salt to taste

Clean and Grate ginger.
Slit the Green Chillies and chop them finely.
Heat oil in pan.
Add asafoetida, Cumin seeds and Fenugreek seeds and let it splutter.
Add   the grated ginger and chopped Chillies
Sauté it for at least 10 min.
Add Lemon juice and sauté it again for 10 to 15 min.
Finally add salt to taste.
Cool and store them in refrigerator in a airtight containers. It stays for fours to fives days. If you love having chatpata stuffs, I am sure you will definitely enjoy it.

Feta, Lemon and Basil Tart

Chockfull of Mediterranean flavours, this crisp tart and wilted salad makes a great summer or spring lunch combination.

Serves 2
For the tart:
180g/6oz puff pasty (see below for recipe as most puff pastries have yukky things in them)
1 small mushy over-ripe banana mushed and beaten, for glazing
100g/3½oz feta cheese, crumbled
½ lemon zest, finely grated
1 tbsp lemon juice
50g/2oz black olives
pinch salt and fresh ground black pepper
3 tbsp Olive oil
12 basil leaves, roughly torn

For the salad:
2 plum tomatoes, thinly sliced
1 head romaine or baby gems lettuce
2 tbsp Balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp Olive oil

1. Set the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4. Roll out the puff pastry into a 20x10cm/8x4in rectangle. Crimp around the edges and prick the centre with a fork. Brush with a little over-ripe banana mush (egg substitute) and bake for 12-15 minutes, until lightly brown.
2. Crumble the feta into a large bowl and add the lemon zest, lemon juice, olives and seasoning.
3. Add the olive oil and basil and spoon the mixture into the centre of the tart. Bake for 2-4 minutes, until the cheese softens.
4. In the meantime, arrange the sliced tomatoes in a circle on a plate, season with salt and black pepper.
5. Separate the lettuce leaves and toss in a bowl with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Fry the leaves in a hot pan for one minute, until just wilted.
6. Transfer the wilted leaves to a salad bowl. Add the seasoned tomatoes and serve alongside the tart.

Simple Puff Pastry

1 cup. cold butter
1 1/2 cup. white flour
1/2 cup. dairy sour cream

Cut butter into flour with pastry blender until completely mixed. Stir in sour cream until thoroughly blended. Divide dough into 2 parts; wrap each and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight. (If in a real hurry, 3 or more hours in the freezer will work too.)

Blackcurrant Sponge

Don't worry if you can't get hold of any blackcurrants, as this dish works well with most frozen or even canned fruit, and as it's made in the microwave oven, a really fast dessert for when you are in a hurry.

Serves 4 (hahaha....that should be in the joke section. If it serves four you didn't prepare it well)
55g/2oz caster (refined granulated) sugar
55g/2oz butter, unsalted
110g/4oz self-raising flour
splash of milk
pinch of baking powder
2 tbsp juice from can of blackcurrants
55g/2oz blackcurrants, from a can

Cream the butter and sugar together in a food processor until pale and thick. Add the flour, milk and baking powder until combined.
Carefully fold in the juice and blackcurrants to create a marbled effect.
Grease a small pudding dish and pour the sponge mix in.
Cover with cling film (food wrap) and microwave on high for four minutes.
Turn out onto a serving plate and serve with fresh cream or ice cream.

Cardamom Plum Fool

Fragrant cardamom adds a delicious flavour to this simple fruit fool, an ideal summer dessert.

Serves 6
1kg/2lb 3oz plums, stoned and chopped
125g/4oz caster (refined granulated) sugar
3 cardamom pods, husks discarded and seeds crushed
juice of 2 lemons
150g/5oz ready-made custard
500g/1lb 2oz carton Greek yogurt
mint leaves, to garnish
amaretti biscuits, to serve

1. Simmer the plums with the sugar, cardamom and lemon juice for about 15 minutes. Leave to cool.
2. Drain the plums (reserving the syrup) then puree the plums until smooth.
3. Re-heat the syrup and reduce by half. Stir the reduced syrup into the plum puree. Mix the puree with the custard and yoghurt, folding together well.
4. Spoon into dessert bowls, cover and chill until required.
5. Garnish with mint leaves. Serve with amaretti biscuits.

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.

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“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat.
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Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
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Points of View
I don't know if Shel was actually a vegetarian or not, but he did do some pro-veg works like the following:

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

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

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

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

A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:

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Religious Stands on Vegetarianism

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Christianity - Bible - Book of Morman - 7th Day Adventist
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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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Jesus was a vegetarian video for sale:

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Award-winning video on the science of vegetarianism, featuring important nutritionists, economists and celebrities. This film, produced by ITV, is used by the Vegetarian Society and other organizations to demonstrate the common sense of vegetarianism and non-violence. "Sacred Cow: Pagan Ritual or Cultural Wisdom?" explores the economical, social and ethical aspects of cow protection in Vedic society and today. In "It Is Written," TV celebrity and Seventh Day Adventist Pastor George Vandemann presents a touching explanation of Biblical injunctions on vegetarianism. "In Vegetarina Cuisine for the Athlete," tennis pro Peter Burwash and Nancy Rossi make vegetarian scrambled "eggs", lasagna, soups & more. Delicious! Color, 115 minutes. Also available in VHS and VHS-PAL. PAL version is for most VHS players outside the US and Canada.

Natural Nirvana Vegan, Vegetarian & Spiritual Shopping

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

Wellington Vegetarian Society' Newsletters

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

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


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

see their mention on our 2004 events

Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants throughout New Zealand

Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan

Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan

How did you do?

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

See more details HERE

McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

See more details HERE

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

Vegetarian Cartoons and Jokes

 Krishna Conscious - Vedikly acceptable Jokes

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

Laughter Therapy - its no joke:

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

        So Lord Caitanya is known as the one:

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

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

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

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

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

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

                                                ys Radhe Govinda dasa

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

This is a MUST READ =>;-Q

Four Wives parable:

A sardar was drawing money from ATM, The sardar behind
him in the line said, "Ha! Ha! Haaa! I've seen ur password.
Its 4 asterisks(****).

The first sardar replies, Ha! Ha! Haaa! U r wrong, Its 1258

sent in by Yagnik Devang in Katikati

Man: Sardarji where were u born?
Sardarji: Punjab.
Man: Which part?
Sardar: Oye part part kya kar raha hai, whole body is born in punjab".

sent in by Yagnik Devang in Katikati

One sardarji professor asked a plumber to come to his college.

You know Why?

Because he wanted to check where the question paper is leaking...

sent in by Yagnik Devang in Katikati

Sardar's wish : when I die, I wanna die like my grandpa who died peacefuly in  his sleep not screamin like all d passengers in d car he was driving..

sent in by Yagnik Devang in Katikati

Sardar was writing something very slowly.

Friend asked:" Why r u writing so slowly?

Sardar: "I'm writing 2 my 6 yr old son, he can't read very fast.

sent in by Yagnik Devang in Katikati

A Sardar & his wife filed an application for divorce.
Judge asked:  How'll you divide, you have children?

Sardar replied: Ok! We"ll apply NEXT YEAR

sent in by Yagnik Devang in Katikati

Sardarji gets himself ready, wears tie, puts on a coat, goes out of the house,
climbs a tree, sits on the branch regularly. A man asks why he does this.

Sardarji: "I've been promoted as branch manager."

sent in by Yagnik Devang in Katikati

A teacher told all students in a class to write an essay on a cricket match. All were busy writing except one Sardarji.

sent in by Yagnik Devang in Katikati

............the rolling pin !!!!!!

Our manager at the Govinda's restaurant where I worked was a friendly, jovial man.
But there was one subject you didn't dare discuss in front of him, his height. Or, should I say... his very obvious lack of it.

One day he stormed through the front door and announced angrily, "Someone just picked my pocket!"

Most of my fellow waiters, servers and waitresses and I were speechless, except for one who just had to blurt out. . . "How could anyone stoop so low?"

An older man is on the operating table awaiting surgery. He has insisted that his son, a renowned surgeon, perform the operation.
He is about to receive the anesthesia when he asks to speak to his son.

"Yes, Dad, what is it?"

"Don't be nervous, do your best, and just remember, if it doesn't go well, if something happens to me, your mother is going to come and live with you and your wife."

Did you ever wonder?

Madhurimaa:  I think menopause may not be such a bad thing, even with these awful hot flashes.

Jagadgauri:  Besides not being able to get pregnant, what's good about it?

Madhurimaa:  The hair on my legs and under my arms seems to have stopped growing.  I haven't shaved in ages.

Jagadgauri:  Well, that does sound like a good thing.

Madhurimaa:  It is!  It gives me more time to pluck out the hairs in the moustache I'm getting.

This could happen to you.

I was barely sitting down when I heard a voice from the other stall saying:
"Hi, how are you?"

I'm not the type to start a conversation in the restroom but I don't know what got in to me, so I answered, somewhat embarrassed,
"Doin' just fine!"

And the other person says:
"So what are you up to?"

What kind of question is that? At that point, I'm thinking this is too bizarre so I say:
"Uhhh, I'm like you, just traveling!"

At this point I am just trying to get  out as fast as I can when I hear another question:
"Can I come over?"

Ok, this question is just too weird for me but I figured I could just be polite and end the conversation. I tell them:
"No........I'm a little busy right now!!!"

Then I hear the person say nervously...
"Listen, I'll have to call you back. There's an idiot in the other stall who keeps answering all my questions.

from Bhaktine Nicki Stewart TNG

English is a language not noted for its logic.  If adults commit adultery, do infants commit infantry?  If olive oil is made from olives, what do they make baby oil from?  If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian consume?  And if pro and con are opposites, is progress the opposite of congress?

How do you get into Heaven ?

I was testing the children in my Sunday school class to see if they understood the concept of getting to heaven.

I asked them, "If I sold my house and my car, had a big garage sale and gave all my money to the church, would that get me into Heaven?"

"NO!" the children answered.

"If I cleaned the church every day, mowed the yard, and kept everything neat and tidy, would that get me into Heaven?"

Again, the answer was, "NO!"

By now I was starting to smile. Hey, this was fun!

"Well, then, if I was kind to animals and gave candy to all the children, and loved my husband, would that get me into Heaven?" I asked them again.

Again, they all answered, "NO!"

I was just bursting with pride for them.

Well, I continued, "then how can I get into Heaven?"

A five-year-old boy shouted out, "YOU GOTTA BE DEAD!"...

from Verneita Boonlom

An elderly man in upstate NY had owned a large farm house for several years. He had a large pond in the back, fixed up nice: Picnic tables, horseshoe courts, a volleyball court, and some apple and peach trees. The pond was properly shaped and fixed up for swimming.

One evening the old farmer decided to go down to the pond and look it over, as he hadn't been there in a while.
He grabbed a five gallon bucket to bring back some fruit.

As he neared the pond, he heard voices shouting and laughing with glee. As he came closer he saw it
was a bunch of young women skinny-dipping in his pond. He made the women aware of his presence and they all went to the deep end.

One of the women shouted to him, "We're not coming out until you leave!"

The old man frowned, "I didn't come down here to watch you ladies swim naked or make you get out of the pond naked."

Holding the bucket up he said, "I'm here to feed the alligator."

Purport: Old men can still think fast

Paramseva prabhu in Atlanta GA sent to him by his sister

As a new school Principal, Mr. Mitchell was checking over his school on the first day.

Passing the stockroom, he was startled to see the door wide open and teachers bustling in and out, carrying off books and supplies in preparation for the arrival of students the next day. The school where he had been a Principal the previous year had used a check-out system only slightly less elaborate than that at Fort Knox.

Cautiously, he asked the school's long time Custodian, "Do you think it's wise to keep the stock room unlocked and to let the teachers take things without requisitions?"

The Custodian looked at him gravely... "We trust them with the children, don't we?"

From Joy Peck

Two Jewish men, "Sid" and "Al," were sitting in a Mexican restaurant. Sid asked Al, "Are there any people of our faith born and raised in Mexico?"

Al replied, "I don't know, let's ask our waiter."

When the waiter came by, Al asked him, "Are there any Mexican Jews?" and the waiter said, "I don't know Senor, I'll ask the cooks."

He returned from the kitchen in a few minutes and said "No sir, no Mexican Jews."

Al wasn't really satisfied with that and asked, "Are you absolutely sure?"

The waiter, realizing he was dealing with "Gringos" gave the expected answer, "I will check again, Senor!" and went back into the kitchen.

While the waiter was away, Sid said, "I find it hard to believe that there are no Jews in Mexico. Our people are scattered everywhere."

The waiter returned and said, "Senor, the head cook said there is no Mexican Jews."

"Are you certain?" Al asked once again, "I can't believe there are no Mexican Jews!"

"Senor, I ask EVERYONE," replied the exasperated waiter. "All we have is orange Jews, prune Jews, tomato Jews and grape Jews."

Did you hear about the lawyer for the church, he did some cross-examining.

Local Area Network in Australia: the LAN down under.


One early morning, a farmer was milking his cow. The farmer was just starting to get a good rhythm going when a bug flew into the barn and started circling his head. Suddenly, the bug flew into the cow's ear. The farmer didn't think much about it, until the bug squirted out into his bucket. It went in one ear and out the udder!

The ways of this material world - strange but true

If you listen closely in church next sunday and there's any children in the vicinity you may hear some five-year-olds actually saying,"deliver us some email" during the Our Father rather than "deliver us from evil."

"It's getting so bad," I commented to a friend the other day, "that pretty soon if you forget your Sunday church contribution envelope, there'll be one of those credit card slides in your pew so you can charge it."

He asked, "You mean your parish still uses envelopes? Ours uses Paypal."

Join PayPal today - click HERE, it's simple:

The college football player knew his way around the locker room better than he did the library,
so when my husband's co-worker saw the gridiron star roaming the stacks looking confused, she asked how she could help.

"I have to read a play by Shakespeare," he said.

"Which one?" she asked.

He scanned the shelves and answered, "William."

We were new in town and met our daughter's teachers for the first time at the school's open house.
The science teacher, with a twinkle in her eye, asked me, "Are you a minister?"

"Yes," I replied. "Why do you ask?"

"It was just a feeling I had after reading one of your daughter's homework assignments," she said, handing me the corrected paper.

Next to the item "Define the Great Divide," my daughter had written, "When Moses parted the Red Sea."

In church a mother and son celebrated Communion.  During the "children's sermon", the minister was talking about Communion and what it is all about.

"The Bible talks of Holy Communion being a 'joyful feast'. What does that mean?  Well, 'joyful' means happy, right? And a feast is a meal. So a 'joyful feast' is a happy meal.  And what are the three things we need for a happy meal?"

The son got really excited and just blurted out, "I know, a Vege burger, fries, and a regular soft drink?"

( I don't like your one.........)

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

Punny Exercises:

Here is an exercise program for those of us whose wisdom exceeds our ambition. The doctor told me "Physical exercise is good for you." I know that I should do it, but my body is out of shape, so I have worked out this easy daily program I can do anywhere. If I can do it, you can do this, too.

Monday: Beat around the bush. Jump to conclusions. Climb the walls. Wade
through paperwork.

Tuesday: Drag my heels. Push my luck. Make mountains out of molehills.
Hit the nail on the head.

Wednesday: Bend over backwards. Jump on the bandwagon. Balance the books.
Run around in circles.

Thursday: Toot my own horn. Climb the ladder of success. Pull out the
stops. Add fuel to the fire.

Friday: Open a can of worms. Put my foot in my mouth. Start the ball
rolling. Go over the edge.

...needless to say please contact your health advisor before undergoing any of the above strenuous exercises.

A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience, raised a glass of water and asked, "how heavy is this glass of water?"  Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g. The lecturer replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long you try to hold it."

"If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm. If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. "In each case, it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." He continued, "And that's the way it is with stress management. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on." "As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden."

"So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down. Don't carry it home. You can pick it up tomorrow. Whatever burdens you're carrying now, let them down for a moment if you can."  "Relax; pick them up later after you've rested. Life is short. Enjoy it!

And then he shared some ways of dealing with the burdens of life: Accept that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue. Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them. Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it Drive carefully. It's not only cars that can be recalled by their maker. If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague. If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it. It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others. Never buy a car you can't push. Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have aleg to stand on. Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late. The second mouse gets the cheese. When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. You may be only one person in the world, but you may also be the world to one person. Some mistakes are too much fun to only make once. We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names, and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box. A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.

Have an awesome day (and week, or fortnight until the next newsletter) and know that someone has thought about you I did.

sent in by Shyamasundara prabhu ACBSP the astro-walla.

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


Please Try our little Colour Test - Right Brain vs Left Brain:

You might like to check out Krishna-conscious jokes -
Also check out the Humour section of the Main Index:

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