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(Chaturmasya is not observed during Purusottama Adhika Masa.)
Third month of Chaturmasya begins.(Fast from milk for one month.)
Sri Ramacandra Vijayotsava (Vijay Dasami) (13th
October 2005 in NZ)
Sripad Madhvacarya - Appearance
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Pasankusa Ekadasi.- (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 14th October 2005 in NZ)
Srila Raghunatha Das Goswami - Disappearance
Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
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Sri Krsna Saradiya Rasayatra
Sri Murari Gupta - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Laksmi Puja
Purnima 17th October - Partial Lunar Eclipse (do not cook, eat, etc. Only Chant Hare Krishna) see eclipses-page
Fourth month of Chaturmasya (Karttika mase) begins. (Fast from urad dahl for one month.)
Tula Sankranti (Sun enters Libra)
Srila Narottama Das Thakur - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Appearance of Radha Kunda prakat, snan dan
Sri Viracandra Prabhu (Virabhadra) - Appearance - Avirbhav
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Ramaa Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 29th October 2005 in NZ)
Sri Dipa dan, Dipavali, Diwali (Kalipuja) Amavasya - 2nd November 2005 in NZ
Sri Govardhana Puja, Go
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Sri Bali Daityaraja Puja
Sri Rasikananda - Appearance - Avirbhav
Sri Vasudeva Ghosa - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Disappearance - Tirubhav (6th November - Fasting till noon)
Sri Gopastami, Gosthastami
Sri Gadadhara Das Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Dhananjaya Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Srinivasa Acarya - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Jagaddhatri Puja
Srila Gaura Kishora das babaji - Disappearance
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Sri Bhisma Pancaka
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Utthana - Devotthani Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 12th November 2005 in NZ)
Sri Bhugarbha Goswami - Disappearance -
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Sri Krsna Rasayatra
Sri Tulasi-Saligram Vivaha (marriage)
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"Oh Gurudeva! When did Ekadasi take birth and from whom did she appear? What are the rules of fasting on the Ekadasi? Please describe the benefits of following this vow and when it should be followed. Who is the utmost worshippable presiding deity of Sri Ekadasi? What are the faults in not following Ekadasi properly? Please bestow your mercy upon me and tell about these subjects, as you are the only personality able to do so."
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|Adelaide - Australia||Hamilton - New Zealand||Melbourne - Australia|
|Atlanta GA - USA||Hawera - New Zealand||Monte Video - Uruguay|
|Auckland - New Zealand||Hong Kong - China||Moscow - CIS - Russia|
|Bangalore - India||Jakarta - Indonesia||Munich (Munchen) - Germany|
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|(New) Delhi - Delhi - UP - India||Malawi - Africa||Trinidad|
|Dubai - UAE||Manchester - UK||Vrindavan - UP - India|
|Durban - RSA||Mauritus||Wellington - New Zealand|
|Glasgow - Scotland||Mayapura - W.Bengal - India||Whakatane - New Zealand|
Partial Lunar Eclipse 17th October 2005 @ 12.12 Ut (GMT)
Oct. 17. Partial eclipse of the Moon. The beginning of the umbral phase visible in central and western North America, northern Central America, northern Greenland, the Arctic region, eastern Asia, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Wilkes Land and coastal Marie Byrd Land of Antarctica, the North Pacific Ocean, the South Pacific Ocean except eastern part, and the eastern Indian Ocean; the end visible in western North America, northern Greenland, the Arctic region, Asia except the extreme western part, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, part of Wilkes Land in Antarctica, the North Pacific Ocean, the South Pacific Ocean except eastern part, and the eastern Indian Ocean.
News from Sydney Australia's Observatory http://www.sydneyobservatory.com.au/events/whatson.asp "Monday 17th October, 8:30pm – 11pm. View the full moon on this special night. While only 7 per cent of the moon will be covered by the earth's shadow during the partial lunar eclipse (9:34pm – 10:03pm Sydney Time)
If you are looking for your place in the world for exact accuracy of the time of the Lunar eclipse go to the US Navy's site http://aa.usno.navy.mil/cgi-bin/aa_lunecl.pl
Partial Eclipse of the Moon KATIKATI (New Zealand)
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E175 55, S37 33
Zone: 13h East of Greenwich
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Moonrise 2005 Oct 17 19:16 78.9 ----
Moon enters penumbra 2005 Oct 17 22:51.4 38.1 33.8
Moon enters umbra 2005 Oct 18 00:34.0 8.3 41.3
Middle of eclipse 2005 Oct 18 01:03.3 358.9 41.5
Moon leaves umbra 2005 Oct 18 01:32.5 349.6 40.8
Moon leaves penumbra 2005 Oct 18 03:15.1 320.9 31.9
Moonset 2005 Oct 18 06:33 284.9 ----
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13th October 2005
Sripad Madhwacharya appeared more than 700 years ago as a great religious and social reformer.
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2nd November 2005 in NZ
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The Glories of Offering Many Lamps
During the Month of Kärttika
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Worship of Govardhan Hill
Thursday 3rd November 2005 in NZ
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter5 - Karma-yoga : Action in Krsna Consciousness
brahmany adhaya karmani
sangam tyaktva karoti yah
lipyate na sa papena
WORD FOR WORD
brahmani--unto the Supreme Personality of Godhead;
adhaya--resigning; karmani--all works; sangam--attachment;
tyaktva--giving up; karoti--performs; yah--who; lipyate--is
affected; na--never; sah--he; papena--by sin; padma-patram--a lotus
leaf; iva--like; ambhasa--by the water.
One who performs his duty without attachment, surrendering the
results unto the Supreme Lord, is unaffected by sinful action, as
the lotus leaf is untouched by water.
PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad:
Here brahmani means in Krsna consciousness. The material world is a
sum total manifestation of the three modes of material nature,
technically called the pradhana. The Vedic hymns sarvam hy etad
brahma (Mandukya Upanisad 2), tasmad etad brahma nama-rupam annam
cajayate (Mundaka Upanisad 1.2.10), and, in the Bhagavad-gita
(14.3), mama yonir mahad brahma indicate that everything in the
material world is a manifestation of Brahman; and although the
effects are differently manifested, they are nondifferent from the
cause. In the Isopanisad it is said that everything is related to
the Supreme Brahman, or Krsna, and thus everything belongs to Him
only. One who knows perfectly well that everything belongs to
Krsna, that He is the proprietor of everything and that, therefore,
everything is engaged in the service of the Lord, naturally has
nothing to do with the results of his activities, whether virtuous
or sinful. Even one's material body, being a gift of the Lord for
carrying out a particular type of action, can be engaged in Krsna
consciousness. It is then beyond contamination by sinful reactions,
exactly as the lotus leaf, though remaining in the water, is not
wet. The Lord also says in the Gita (3.30), mayi sarvani karmani
sannyasya: Resign all works unto Me [Krsna]. The conclusion is
that a person without Krsna consciousness acts according to the
concept of the material body and senses, but a person in Krsna
consciousness acts according to the knowledge that the body is the
property of Krsna and should therefore be engaged in the service of
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Copyright 1983 The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Used with permission.
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Prabhupada is a Powerful Preacher
Srila Prabhupada possessed unlimited power to preach. Once in India, Prabhupada was so ill he could hardly talk above a whisper, yet he possessed such spiritual potency that even big government leaders and members of Parliament were completely transformed by his preaching. One such politician went to see Prabhupada. He was filled with doubts as to whether Krsna even existed. After hearing Srila Prabhupada speak, however, he became a stalwart defender of ISKCON and boldly stood up for ISKCON to the press and other politicians.
On one occasion in Melbourne, Prabhupada was talking about how just by chanting Krsna's holy name, anyone can be reformed and brought to perfection. He spoke of how bad a condition the world was in, but that simply by chanting, everything could be rectified. In a very serious and sober way, Prabhupada said, "I think we can do it." In this way he impressed the devotees with the depth of his faith and realization.
Prabhupada was once considering traveling to different places to preach and he wanted to know what his disciples thought of his plans. Rupanuga wanted Prabhupada to stay in the United States. Another devotee expressed his opinion, and then Prabhupada asked Dayananda what he thought. "Well, Prabhupada," Dayananda said, "I don't know what your desire is." Like an arrow, Prabhupada answered back, "My desire is to spread this sankirtana movement all over the world."
Giriraja Swami, interview; Caru dasa, interview; Dayananda dasa, interview.
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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
"Krsna Will Bless You"
>>> Ref. VedaBase => Lecture at a School -- Montreal, June 11, 1968
Listen to the entire lecture on-line:
Prabhupada:This is the greatest drawback of modern education, that not only in your country or any country they have completely neglected what is meant by God. And in India, they are especially... Now, as soon as there is any question of God, they see phobia: "Oh, this is all nonsense." They have become so clever.
So anyway, my appeal to you, American people, that you are considered to be the leader of all nations of the world. You should take this Krsna conscious movement very seriously. It is good for you. It is good for the whole world. It is individually, collectively, without any consideration of caste, creed, or color. Everyone can chant Hare Krsna, anyone and everyone, at home, on the street. There is no expenditure. Suppose while walking if you chant Hare Krsna, there is no loss, there is no expenditure, but you see how much you are profited by chanting Hare Krsna. This is practical. We don't say that "You come to our temple and give us some subscription. Become our member." That is a secondary question. Our primary movement is that everyone may take advantage of this movement and simply chant wherever possible, at home, at work, on the street, anywhere. There is no regulation where you have to chant and how you have to chant. It is spontaneous. Simply chant Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. There are only three words there: Hare, Krsna, and Rama, but they are adjusted in a different position. There are sixteen words. So it is not very difficult. You can make an experiment. The children also may take pleasure. We have got our records. If you play those records and chant with it, you will find a transcendental pleasure in you. These are facts. So our request to you, that you take this movement a little seriously, and you will be happy by grace of Krsna.
Thank you very much. If you have got any question, you can ask. (pause)
Devotee: We should chant about five minutes. Then we'll serve milk.
Prabhupada: Yes. No, let, if there is any question, we shall answer. That is not yet one hour.
Devotee: Some of the older boys want to stay after, and you can discuss with them then. They may have some questions.
Prabhupada: So first of all you have to chant? All right. Please join with us and chant Hare Krsna. Yes?
Yamuna: Swamiji, may I say something before we chant?
Yamuna: I want everybody to listen very carefully. This is a new song that... It would be very nice if you should learn how to sing and learn how to sing it very well. And the only way you can do it is by listening very carefully, everybody, So give your attention to these words: Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Now, if everybody will do this, and stand up, close your eyes very tight, put your hands up in the air and sing this song, so you really learn the words, and you can go home and teach it to your brothers and sisters and your mother and your father, and tell them what you learned today. You have to say you learned something. So if you teach them this song, that would be very nice. But you must learn it by listening. So listen to the words. Then get up, close your eyes and just sing. And you'll find it's a very nice song. But unless you try it, you won't learn it. Just like all the other songs you learn in your class. So try it. So I'm going to say the words, and then you say the words after me. We're going to practice it once. Okay. (with children repeating) Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Okay. Now we're going to clap our hands too. [break]
Devotee: Do you want this? It's pineapple.
Prabhupada: Distribute prasada. What is this?
Devotee: Pineapple. There's apples too.
Prabhupada: Pineapple? Oh. There is what? What is that?
Devotee: Oh, this is milk and bananas.
Devotee: Warm milk and bananas. (end)
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This surrending process is unconditional. Surrendering does not mean that one should only surrender in favorable circumstances. That is not surrender. Surrendering means that in any condition the surrendering process must continue. [And what is an important part of that surrendering process?]...You must work conjointly. That is my desire. And if you fight amongst yourselves for some individual interests, that is not surrender.
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adau-mata guroh patni, brahmani raja-patnika
dhenur dhatri tatha prthvi, saptaita matarah smrtah
These seven should be considered as mothers: the king's wife, the preceptor's wife, the friend's wife, your wife's mother, your own mother, the land, and the cow.
Chanakhya Pandit - Niti shastra
ye tv anevaà-vido 'santaù
paçün druhyanti viçrabdhäù
pretya khädanti te ca tän
ye—those who; tu—but; anevam-vidaù—not knowing these facts; asantaù—very impious; stabdhäù—presumptuous; sat-abhimäninaù—considering themselves saintly; paçün—animals; druhyanti—they harm; viçrabdhäù—being innocently trusted; pretya—after leaving this present body; khädanti—they eat; te—those animals; ca—and; tän—them.
Those sinful persons who are ignorant of actual religious principles, yet consider themselves to be completely pious, without compunction commit violence against innocent animals who are fully trusting in them. In their next lives, such sinful persons will be eaten by the same creatures they have killed in this world.
In this verse we can clearly see the great discrepancies in those persons who do not surrender to the Supreme Personality of Godhead and His law. As stated in the Bhägavatam, haräv abhaktasya kuto mahad-guëäù: those who do not accept the supremacy of the Supreme Lord gradually become infected with the most sinful propensities that bring, in their turn, terrible suffering upon the nondevotees. In the Western countries such as America, many people proudly proclaim themselves to be most pious religionists and sometimes even prophets or representatives of God. Boasting of their religiosity, such foolish people experience no fear or doubt in cruelly slaughtering innumerable animals in slaughterhouses or on hunting trips for their whimsical sense gratification. In the state of Mississippi there are sometimes pig-killing festivals, in which entire families enjoy watching a pig cruelly butchered before their eyes. Similarly, a former president of the United States from Texas did not consider any social occasion complete without the slaughtering of a cow. Such persons mistakenly consider themselves to be perfectly observing the laws of God and due to such arrogant foolishness lose all touch with reality. When a man is raising an animal for slaughter, he feeds the animal nicely and encourages it to grow fat. Thus the animal gradually accepts its would-be killer as its protector and master. When the master finally approaches the helpless animal with a sharp knife or gun, the animal thinks, "Oh, my master is joking with me." Only at the last minute does the animal understand that the so-called master is death personified. It is clearly stated in Vedic literature that cruel masters who kill innocent animals will undoubtedly be killed in the next life by a similar process.
mäà sa bhakñayitämutra
yasya mäàsam ihädmy aham
etan mäàsasya mäàsatvaà
"That creature whose flesh I am eating here and now will consume me in the next life.' Thus meat is called mäàsa, as described by learned authorities." In Çrémad-Bhägavatam this grizzly fate of animal killers is described by Närada Muni to King Präcénabarhi, who was excessively killing animals in so-called sacrifices.
bho bhoù prajäpate räjan
paçün paçya tvayädhvare
ete tväà sampratékñante
smaranto vaiçasaà tava
"O ruler of the citizens, my dear King, please see in the sky those animals which you have sacrificed, without compassion and without mercy, in the sacrificial arena. All these animals are awaiting your death so that they can avenge the injuries you have inflicted upon them. After you die, they will angrily pierce your body with iron horns." (Srimad Bhagavatam 4.25.7–8) Such punishment of animal killers may take place under the jurisdiction of Yamaräja on the planet of the lord of death. In other words, one who kills an animal or who eats meat undoubtedly acquires a debt to the living entity who has contributed his body for the satisfaction of the meat-eater. The meat-eater must pay his debt by contributing his own body to be consumed in the next life. Such payment of one's debt by offering one's own body to be eaten is confirmed in the Vedic literature.(Srimad Bhagavatam 11:5:14.purport.)
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Garden Conversation with Professors, Chairman of the Religion Dept. of U.S.C., and Dr. Stillson Judah, and others -- June 24, 1975, Los Angeles
Prabhupada: ...... According to Vedic civilization the cow is to be given special protection. Why it is recommended for the cow? It does not say of other animal. When animal killing is required according to Vedic civilization, those who are meat-eaters, they are allowed to kill some insignificant animal like deer, goat, pigs. It is for the animal eaters, not for all. But if one is bent upon... And there are persons, they want meat-eating. So for them these unimportant animals are recommended. But cow is very important animal. You get from its milk so many nutritious food. So apart from religious sentiment, from economic point of view, cow-killing is not good. And from moral point of view it is not good because you drink cow's milk, so cow is your mother.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.22 -- Hawaii, January 18, 1974
Here we see Maharaja Pariksit, as soon as he saw that a cow was being attempted to be killed, immediately he took his sword..., "What are you, nonsense? You are killing my citizen." This is good government. This is good government. Why the cow is not national? He's also, she's also born in the land; so she's as important a national as you are. Krsna has given her the grass to eat. She's not interfere, interfering with your food. Why? What right you have got to kill? You have got your own food. The cow has got the grass for her food. You have got food grains. You have got... Cow is giving you milk, just to give her protection, that "You take my blood, turn into milk. Please do not kill me." So why these things are happening? Because there is rascal government. Kalina upasrstan. Rascal government. So one should lament that this, "We are under this rascal government, under the rascal guru, rascal father. But who are meant for giving protection, they are all rascals. This is our position." This is called Kali-yuga. This is Kali-yuga.
Bhagavad-gita 1.12 -- London, July 13, 1973
Vaisya, they should engage themselves in agricultural production and giving protection to the cows, especially mentioned, go-raksya. Go-raksya, cow protection, is one of the items of state affairs. And now there is no cow protection. Poor cows, they deliver milk, and later on they become slaughtered. How much sinful the modern society is, and they still want peace and prosperity. That is not possible. The society must be divided -- brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra -- and they must execute their proper duty. And the vaisyas, they should give protection to the cows. And the sudras, they should work under the direction of the higher three divisions. In this way there will be nice management.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.46 -- Los Angeles, May 8, 1973
So the king's business is as soon as he sees one undesirable element, immediately he would kill him. That is real protection. Just like when Pariksit Maharaja was going on tour, he saw one black man was trying to kill a cow. Immediately saw, "Who are you? You are trying to kill cow in my kingdom? I shall kill you." He immediately took out his sword. This is king, that... Not that animals should not be given protection, only man should be given protection. No. Praja. Praja means one who taken birth in the kingdom. That is called praja. So animal is also American, man is also American, but there is no protection for the animal by the government. So that kind of government, rascal government, was not there. Equal right. Your country says equality given. Why not equality to the animals? That is defect. It is due to, I mean to say, absence of Krsna consciousness. A Krsna conscious person will not distinguish like that. For eating animal, they will philosophize that animal has no soul; therefore it can be killed. No. This is nonsense. Everyone has got soul.
Hare Krishna Festival Address -- San Diego, July 1, 1972, At Balboa Park Bowl
The idea is the Maharaja Pariksit was so pious that, that when he was touring in his kingdom all over the world, he found one man, one black man was trying to kill one cow. Immediately, Maharaja Pariksit took his sword and wanted to kill the man. He was Kali. So "Who are you, that you are killing cow in my kingdom?" So formerly, when the whole world was under the one king of the Pandavas, just like Pariksit Maharaja, there was equal protection for the animals and the man. Not that man should be given protection by law, and not the animals. The animals, they're also national. What is the meaning of "national"? One who is born in that land. Suppose you are American. You are born in this land of America; therefore you are American national. Why not the cats and the dogs and the cows? They are also national. So this is injustice, that to give protection to the human kind and to send the animals to the slaughterhouse. This, this inequality, discrimination between man and animal is due to lack of Krsna consciousness. When one becomes actually Krsna conscious, he does not make such distinction that a man should be given protection and the animal should be killed.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.21 -- Hawaii, January 17, 1974
We are taking so much milk from the cows, and we are killing instead of giving them protection. So in this way, we are simply committing sinful life. How you can expect to become happy?
Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.6.7 Purport
As far as eating beef is concerned, however, it is strictly prohibited to everyone. Thus in Bhagavad-gita Krsna personally speaks of go-raksyam, cow protection. Meat-eaters, according to their different positions and the directions of the sastra, are allowed to eat flesh, but never the flesh of cows. Cows must be given all protection.
Bhagavad-gita 14.16 Purport
Slaughtering poor animals is also due to the mode of ignorance. The animal killers do not know that in the future the animal will have a body suitable to kill them. That is the law of nature. In human society, if one kills a man he has to be hanged. That is the law of the state. Because of ignorance, people do not perceive that there is a complete state controlled by the Supreme Lord. Every living creature is a son of the Supreme Lord, and He does not tolerate even an ant's being killed. One has to pay for it. So indulgence in animal killing for the taste of the tongue is the grossest kind of ignorance. A human being has no need to kill animals, because God has supplied so many nice things. If one indulges in meat-eating anyway, it is to be understood that he is acting in ignorance and is making his future very dark. Of all kinds of animal killing, the killing of cows is most vicious because the cow gives us all kinds of pleasure by supplying milk. Cow slaughter is an act of the grossest type of ignorance. In the Vedic literature (Rg Veda 9.4.64) the words gobhih prinita-matsaram indicate that one who, being fully satisfied by milk, is desirous of killing the cow is in the grossest ignorance. There is also a prayer in the Vedic literature that states:
govindaya namo namah
"My Lord, You are the well-wisher of the cows and the brahmanas, and You are the well-wisher of the entire human society and world." (Visnu Purana 1.19.65) The purport is that special mention is given in that prayer for the protection of the cows and the brahmanas. Brahmanas are the symbol of spiritual education, and cows are the symbol of the most valuable food; these two living creatures, the brahmanas and the cows, must be given all protection -- that is real advancement of civilization. In modern human society, spiritual knowledge is neglected, and cow killing is encouraged.
The Quest for Enlightenment Chapter 2 - Matter, spirit and the controller of both
The Mercy of Lord Caitanya
So, the cow is also a native. Then why should the cow be slaughtered?
The cow is giving milk and the bull is working for you, and then you slaughter
them? What is this philosophy? In the Christian religion it is clearly
stated, "Thou shalt not kill." Yet most of the slaughterhouses are in the
This is all a misunderstanding of spiritual life. Every animal should be given protection. That is the Vedic idea. Otherwise, by killing, killing, killing, you become entangled in sinful activities.....
....That is why we have prescribed four regulative principles: no illicit sex, no meat-eating, no gambling, and no intoxication. Especially in your country, America, you have so many nice vegetables, fruits, grains, and milk products. So why should you kill the cow? You have taken our prasadam feasts. How delicious they are! So why kill the cow?
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.8-13 -- New York, July 24, 1971
According to Vedic law, if one cow dies while he's locked up on the neck... Because the cow is on the safe.(?) Somehow or other, it dies and the rope is round the neck, the proprietor of the cow has to make some atonement. Because it is to be supposed that the cow has died on account of being locked up with the rope, there is atonement. Now if you are willingly killing cows and so many animals, so how much we are being responsible? Therefore at the present moment there is war, and the human society becomes subjected to be killed in mass massacre -- the nature's law. You cannot stop war and go on killing animals. That is not possible.....
....Suppose something, some animal, and this man who has killed. He will take another birth and he will slaughter him. There are so many subtle laws. Mamsa. The word mamsa, Sanskrit. Mam means "me," and sa means "he." "As I am eating him just now, he will eat me next life." That is called mamsa. Mamsa khadati. This is the definition of mamsa, or flesh. Mamsa khadati. "As I am eating, enjoying now, palate, eating some animal, so he'll also eat me next life." This is called karma-bandhana. Karma-bandhana means being locked up in one's material activities. Yajnarthe karmanah anyatra karma-bandhanah. Yajna, Visnu..., if you act for Krsna, beyond this, whatever you act, you'll be under bondage. Just like I'm killing some animal, eating, enjoying, so it is karma-bandhana. I am being locked up with my action so that I shall become again a cow or goat, and this man, this cow and goat will become man, and he will kill me and eat. You believe or not believe -- that's a different thing. But these are the Vedic statement.
Discussions with Syamasundara dasa
The Evolutionists: Thomas Huxley, Henri Bergson, and Samuel Alexander
Prabhupada: Part and parcel, that is explained in Bhagavad-gita. Every living entity. Why man? Every living entity is part and parcel. Mamaivamso jiva-bhutah [Bg. 15.7]. But they take that "Cow is not living entity. It has no soul. So let us eat. It is eatable." That is their nonsense philosophy. That is not fact. Everyone. Even the... All living entities are part and parcel of God.
Evening Darsana -- February 25, 1977, Mayapura
Prabhupada: This is their civilization. They have got so nice thing to eat, but they are making business by killing. How much insane. Killing is done by the uncivilized men when they are hungry. But when there are so many things to eat, why they should kill? And that is not for themselves. For others.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 11.5.14 Purport
In the Western countries such as America, many people proudly proclaim themselves to be most pious religionists and sometimes even prophets or representatives of God. Boasting of their religiosity, such foolish people experience no fear or doubt in cruelly slaughtering innumerable animals in slaughterhouses or on hunting trips for their whimsical sense gratification. In the state of Mississippi there are sometimes pig-killing festivals, in which entire families enjoy watching a pig cruelly butchered before their eyes. Similarly, a former president of the United States from Texas did not consider any social occasion complete without the slaughtering of a cow. Such persons mistakenly consider themselves to be perfectly observing the laws of God and due to such arrogant foolishness lose all touch with reality. When a man is raising an animal for slaughter, he feeds the animal nicely and encourages it to grow fat. Thus the animal gradually accepts its would-be killer as its protector and master. When the master finally approaches the helpless animal with a sharp knife or gun, the animal thinks, "Oh, my master is joking with me." Only at the last minute does the animal understand that the so-called master is death personified. It is clearly stated in Vedic literature that cruel masters who kill innocent animals will undoubtedly be killed in the next life by a similar process.
mam sa bhaksayitamutra
yasya mamsam ihadmy aham
etan mamsasya mamsatvam
"That creature whose flesh I am eating here and now will consume me in the next life.' Thus meat is called mamsa, as described by learned authorities." In Srimad-Bhagavatam this grizzly fate of animal killers is described by Narada Muni to King Pracinabarhi, who was excessively killing animals in so-called sacrifices.
bho bhoh prajapate rajan
pasun pasya tvayadhvare
ete tvam sampratiksante
smaranto vaisasam tava
"O ruler of the citizens, my dear King, please see in the sky those animals which you have sacrificed, without compassion and without mercy, in the sacrificial arena. All these animals are awaiting your death so that they can avenge the injuries you have inflicted upon them. After you die, they will angrily pierce your body with iron horns." (SB 4.25.7–8) Such punishment of animal killers may take place under the jurisdiction of Yamaraja on the planet of the lord of death. In other words, one who kills an animal or who eats meat undoubtedly acquires a debt to the living entity who has contributed his body for the satisfaction of the meat-eater. The meat-eater must pay his debt by contributing his own body to be consumed in the next life. Such payment of one's debt by offering one's own body to be eaten is confirmed in the Vedic literature.
The Quest for Enlightenment - Chapter 5
Spiritual Solutions to Material Problems - Advice to the United Nations
Srila Prabhupada: But now the so-called priestly class are amending
the Biblical injunctions according to their whims. For instance, the Bible
enjoins, "Thou shalt not kill." But the priestly class is like the other
classes -- sanctioning slaughterhouses. So how can they guide?
Mr. Hennis: But the animal world is entirely composed of beings who eat one another. I suppose that the justification that people have for maintaining slaughterhouses is that it is just a cleaner way of killing than for a lion to jump on the back of an antelope.
Srila Prabhupada: But as a human being you should have discrimination. You should be guided by your brain, and society should be guided by the "brain class" of priestly, thoughtful men. Nature has given human beings the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the milk, which all have great nutritional value, and human beings should be satisfied with these wholesome foods. Why should they maintain slaughterhouses? And how can they think they will be happy by being sinful, by disobeying God's commandments? This means society has no brain....
...Srila Prabhupada: And from the moral point of view, do you like sending
your mother to the slaughterhouse? You are drinking the milk of the cow
-- so she is your mother -- and after that you are sending her to the slaughterhouse.
That is why we ask. Where is society's brain?
Mr. Hennis: Of course, when we speak of the distinctions that are made between pious activities and sinful activities --
Srila Prabhupada: Today practically no one is making this distinction. We are making it, and we have introduced these ideas by establishing farm communities and protecting our cows. And our cows are winning awards for giving the most milk, because they are so jubilant. They know, "These people will not kill me." They know it, so they are very happy. Nor do we kill their calves. At other farms, soon after the cow gives birth to a calf, they pull her calf away for slaughter. You see? This means society has no brain. You may create hundreds of organizations, but society will never be happy. That is the verdict.
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.2 -- Hyderabad, April 11, 1975
Guest (2): Why doesn't Krsna consciousness movement stop cow slaughter?
Every day five thousand cows are being slaughtered.
Prabhupada: Yes, we are teaching don't eat meat. So don't eat meat means don't slaughter cows and goats and everyone. You are after stopping cow slaughter, but you are advocating goat slaughter. But we are not for any slaughter. Don't eat meat, that's all.
Room Conversation -- December 13, 1970, Indore
Prabhupada: In India, the land of sages, land of Krsna, land of Lord
Ramacandra, land of Maharaja Pariksit, without any restriction cow slaughter
is going on. And they are speaking of karma-yoga. Just see the fun.
Guest (1): I don't know where this India is going to, the land of Krsna is going to.
Prabhupada: Well... No, we should try our best.
Guest (1): We have to fight these habits. It is our duty.
Prabhupada: Yes, that's it. So you are a military man. I request you to fight against this nonsense.
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The Hinduscriptures from the oldest Vedic to all the later layers in time all advocate vegetarianism and not killing animals and certainly never offer animals in their Yajnas!
The Vedic word frequantly mentioned is Aghnya = not to be killed. This word was in particular used for cows.
Aahavaniiye maamsapratishedha (Katyayana Sutra)
That which is used in Yajna (aahavaniiya) must be vegetarian
Maa himsyaat sarvabhuutaani. (RigVeda)
No creature/animal should be killed.
Yah paurusheyena kravishaa samankte yo ashvyena pashunaa yaatudhaanah,
Yo aghyaayaa bharati kshiiramagne teshaam shirshaani harasaapi vrshcha. (RV 10.87.16)
The evil person who kills or eats the meat of a horse or cow deserves to be terminated.
Dhaanaa dhenurabhavad, vatso’syaastilo’bhavat. (AtharvaVeda 18.4.32)
Rice is named as ‘cow’ and sesame as ‘calf’.
[Just like someone saying ‘I want the meat of hazel = I want the nut of hazel]
Maamsapaakapratishedhashcha tadvat. (MiimaamsaSuutra 10.3.65)
Killing and eating meat is totally prohibited.
Dhenuvachcha ashvadakshinaa. (MS 10.3.65)
Like a cow is given (in charity) so also a horse.
Suraam matsyaan madhu maamsamaasavam krsaraudanam,
Dhuurttaih pravartitam hyetannaitad vedeshu kalpitam. (Mahabharata, ShaantiParvan 265.9)
It is only the evil-minded hypocrites who started telling that Vedic Yajnas involve intoxicants and meat eating. It is not in the Vedas.
[This comment must have been around the time, far beyond the Bharata Battle and in post-Vedic times, when many customs arrived in the Vedic Heartland, which were totally foreign to its culture]
The full Anushaasana Parvan of the Mahaabhaaratam discusses the evils of meat eating:
Akhaadannanumodamshcha bhaavadoshena maanavah,
Yo’numodati hanyantam so’pi doshena lipyate. (MB, AnushaasanaParvan 115.39)
The one who himself doesn’t eat meat but even if he gives his consent to eat meat or to kill an animal, he becomes equally sinful as them.
Hanyaajjantuun maamsagrdhnuh sa vai narakabhaangnarah. (MB, AP 115.43)
The meateater who kills an animal in the name of Vedic Yajna or tells that it is a requirement of the Yajna is a sinner and he will be a person who will dwell in hell.
Aahartaa chaanumantaa cha vishastaa krayavikrayii,
Samskartaa chopabhoktaa cha khaadakaah sarva eva te. (MB, AP 115.45)
The one who brings an animal to be killed, the one who buys an animal to be killed, the one who sells, buys, cooks and eats the meat are all sinners.
Na dadyaadaamisham shraaddhe na chaadyaad dharmatattvavit,
Munyannaih, syaatparaa priitiryathaa na pashuhimsayaa. (Bhaagavatam 7.15.7)
It is Dharma that in the Shraaddha feast he should never offer meat
nor should eat meat. Only vegetarian food must be offered because meat
is obtained by killing.
[One can understand that in the days of this particular verse, the mainstream Hindus were confronted with people starting to eat meat]
Naitaadrshah paro dharmo nrnaam saddharmaamichchhataam,
Nyaaso dandasya bhuuteshu manovaakkaayajasya yah. (Bhaagavatam 7.15.8)
This is the best Dharma to observe for everyone that one should not hurt other beings even in his thoughts.
ManuSmriti or ManavaDharmaShastra
Manu strongly admonishes that one should never drink and should never even smell any intoxicant like wine. (MS. 11.146-149)
Manu asserts that selling, buying, cooking and eating meat is a sin which is as great as killing an animal itself. (MS 5.15)
Gaudii Paishtii cha Maadhvii cha Vijneyaa trividhaa suraa.
Yathaivaika tathaa sarvaa na paatavyaa dvijottamaih. (MS 11.94)
Yaksharakshah pishaachaannam madyam maamsam suraasavam.
Tad braahmena naattavyam devaanaamashnataa havih. (MS 11.95)
Brahmans, Kshatriyas and Vaishyas should never drink wine, liquor or intoxicants of any kinds, because intoxicants, wine, liquor and meat of animals are the food of Yakshas, Rakshasas and Pishachas (all kind of non-Vedic people or even demons). So they mustn’t consumed.
Naakrtvaa praaninaam himsaam maamsamutpadyate kvachit.
Na cha praanivadhah svargyastamaanmaamsam vivarjayet. (MS 5.48)
Anumantaa vishasitaa nihantaa krayavikrayii.
Samskartaa chopahartaa cha khaadakashchetighaatakaah (MS 5.51)
Flesh of animals is obtained only after killing him, which is a sin,
and the killer of animals never enters the celestial abode.
All those involved in killing, consenting the killing, helping the killing, carrying, selling, buying, cooking and eating the meat of an animal are equally sinful as the killing of that animal.
Incorrect view of Hindus (Shraaddha ritual)
Annam tu saadhikshiiram goghrtam sharkaraanvitam. (Maasam) priinaati
vai sarvaanpitrnityaaha keshavah. (Matsya Purana 17.30)
Vegetarian food prepared with pure butter, milk, sugar and curd, etc. are most pleasing to the Pitr.
Dvau maasau matsyamaamsaena triinmaasaanhaarine tu.
Aurashnenaatha chaturah shaakunenaatha pancha vai. (MP 17.31)
Shanmaasam chhaagamaamsena trnyanti pitarastathaa.
Sapta paarshatamaamsena tathaashtavenajena tu. (MP 17.32)
Dasa maasaamstu trnyanti varaahamahishamishaih.
Shashakuurmajamaamsena maasaanekaadeshaiva. (MP 17.33)
Samvatsaram tu gavyena payasaa paayasena cha.
Rauravena cha trpyanti maasaanpanchadashaiya tu. (MP 17.34)
Vaardhranisasya maamsena trptirdvaadashavarshikii.
Kaalashaakena chaanantaa khadgamaamsena chaiva hi. (MP 17.35)
Verses 31 to 35 describe the acts of cooking and offering of all kinds of meat (fish, gazelle, sheep, special birds, goat, deer, black deer, pig, buffalo, rabbit, turtle, special deer, rhino) to Pitr, which is totally out of place and out of context, and it appears to have been deliberately interpolated. The 36th verse again goes like this:
Yatkimchinmadhusammishram gokshiiram ghrtapaayasam,
Dattamakshayamityaahuh pitarah puurvadevataah. (MP 17.36)
Apart from the cow’s milk, honey and the sweet pudding made of milk and rice and sugar with dry nuts satifies Pitr forever.
Interpolation in Aashvalayana GrhyaSutra 5 (Shraaddha)
In the end of this chapter there are 45 sutras on Shuulagava which is
a ceremony to sacrifice a bull/ox for Shiva to appease him.
Everybody familiar with Shiva and Nandinii, knows that that is impossible. If Ashvalayana was a gotra of Vasishtha, as stated in the Sutras, then that is equally impossible, because Vasishtha owned Nandinii, and was famous for his protection of cows. And he was a Shaiva.
It is very significant that most of the interpolated verses on eating of animal flesh is in relation to the Shraaddha ritual. The rest are in other Samskara ceremonies.
The Harivamsha an appendix to the Mahabharata describes in the Giri Utsava Varnana the sacrifice of bulls and buffaloes in the Govardhana worships. One familiar with the Krshna worship does understand the ridiculous statement.
In the Paraskara GrhyaSutra one comes across the description of a 6 month old baby who has to be fed with meat in the Annapraashana Samskara ceremony. How disgustful and obviously a horrid interpolation.
Swami Prakshananda: The True History and Religion of India
2001, Delhi. Motilal Banarsidass.
(additional remarks, changes and new order done by Ishwa)
Edited by Ishwa (09/20/02 04:15 PM)
Scriptures Against Killing and Meat-Eating
What are known today as the Hindu scripture speaks clearly and forcefully on nonkilling and vegetarianism. In the ancient Rig Veda, we read: "O vegetable, be succulent, wholesome, strengthening; and thus, body, be fully grown." The Yajur Veda summarily dictates: "Do not injure the beings living on the earth, in the air and in the water." The beautiful Tirukural, a widely-read 2,000-year-old masterpiece of ethics, speaks of conscience: "When a man realizes that meat is the butchered flesh of another creature, he must abstain from eating it." The Manu Samhita advises: "Having well considered the origin of flesh and the cruelty of fettering and slaying of corporeal beings, let one entirely abstain from eating flesh." In the yoga-infused verses of the Tirumantiram, warning is given of how meat-eating holds the mind in gross, adharmic states: "The ignoble ones who eat flesh, death's agents bind them fast and push them quick into the fiery jaws of hell (Naraka, lower consciousness)." The roots of noninjury, nonkilling and nonconsumption of meat are found in the Vedas, agamas, Upanishads, Dharma Shastras, Tirumurai, Yoga Sutras and dozens of other sacred texts of Hinduism. Here is a select collection.
Vedas and agamas, Hinduism's Revealed Scriptures
LET YOUR AIMS BE COMMON, and your hearts be of one accord, and all of you be of one mind, so you may live well together.
Rig Veda Samhita 10.191
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. VE, 319
One who partakes of human flesh, the flesh of a horse or of another animal, and deprives others of milk by slaughtering cows, O King, if such a fiend does not desist by other means, then you should not hesitate to cut off his head.
Rig Veda Samhita, 10.87.16, FS 90
Peaceful be the earth, peaceful the ether, peaceful heaven, peaceful the waters, peaceful the herbs, peaceful the trees. May all Gods bring me peace. May there be peace through these invocations of peace. With these invocations of peace which appease everything, I render peaceful whatever here is terrible, whatever here is cruel, whatever here is sinful. Let it become auspicious, let everything be beneficial to us.
Atharva Veda Samhita 10. 191. 4
Those noble souls who practice meditation and other yogic ways, who are ever careful about all beings, who protect all animals, are the ones who are actually serious about spiritual practices.
Atharva Veda Samhita 19.48.5. FS, 90
If we have injured space, the earth or heaven, or if we have offended mother or father, from that may Agni, fire of the house, absolve us and guide us safely to the world of goodness.
Atharva Veda Samhita 6.120.1. VE, 636
You must not use your God-given body for killing God's creatures, whether they are human, animal or whatever.
Yajur Veda Samhita 12.32. FS, 90May all beings look at me with a friendly eye. May I do likewise, and may we all look on each other with the eyes of a friend.
Yajur Veda 36.18.
Nonviolence is all the offerings. Renunciation is the priestly honorarium. The final purification is death. Thus all the Divinities are established in this body.
Krishna Yajur Veda, Prana Upanishad 46-8. VE, 413-14
To the heavens be peace, to the sky and the earth; to the waters be peace, to plants and all trees; to the Gods be peace, to Brahman be peace, to all men be peace, again and again-peace also to me! O earthen vessel, strengthen me. May all beings regard me with friendly eyes! May I look upon all creatures with friendly eyes! With a friend's eye may we regard each other!
Shukla Yajur Veda Samhita 36.17-18. VE, 306; 342
No pain should be caused to any created being or thing.
Devikalottara agama, JAV 69-79. RM, 116
The Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita, Epic History
The very name of the cows is aghnya, indicating that they should never be slaughtered. Who, then could slay them? Surely, one who kills a cow or a bull commits the most heinous crime.
Mahabharata, Shantiparva 262.47. FS,pg. 94The purchaser of flesh performs himsa (violence) by his wealth; he who eats flesh does so by enjoying its taste; the killer does himsa by actually tying and killing the animal. Thus, there are three forms of killing: he who brings flesh or sends for it, he who cuts off the limbs of an animal, and he who purchases, sells or cooks flesh and eats it -all of these are to be considered meat-eaters.
Mahabharata, Anu. 115.40. FS, pg 90
He who desires to augment his own flesh by eating the flesh of other creatures lives in misery in whatever species he may take his birth.
Mahabharata, Anu. 115.47. FS, pg. 90
One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one's own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Yielding to desire and acting differently, one becomes guilty of adharma.
Those high-souled persons who desire beauty, faultlessness of limbs, long life, understanding, mental and physical strength and memory should abstain from acts of injury.
Ahimsa is the highest dharma. Ahimsa is the best tapas. Ahimsa is the greatest gift. Ahimsa is the highest self-control. Ahimsa is the highest sacrifice. Ahimsa is the highest power. Ahimsa is the highest friend. Ahimsa is the highest truth. Ahimsa is the highest teaching.
He who sees that the Lord of all is ever the same in all that is-immortal in the field of mortality-he sees the truth. And when a man sees that the God in himself is the same God in all that is, he hurts not himself by hurting others. Then he goes, indeed, to the highest path.
Bhagavad Gita 13. 27-28. BgM, pg. 101
Nonviolence, truth, freedom from anger, renunciation, serenity, aversion to fault-finding, sympathy for all beings, peace from greedy cravings, gentleness, modesty, steadiness, energy, forgiveness, fortitude, purity, a good will, freedom from pride-these belong to a man who is born for heaven.
Bhagavad Gita 16.2-3. BGM, pg. 109
Tirumantiram and other Scriptures
Many are the lovely flowers of worship offered to the Guru, but none lovelier than non-killing. Respect for life is the highest worship, the bright lamp, the sweet garland and unwavering devotion.
Tirumantiram 197SPIRITUAL MERIT and sin are our own making. The killer of other lives is an outcast. Match your words with your conduct. Steal not, kill not, indulge not in self-praise, condemn not others to their face.
AHIMSA IS NOT CAUSING pain to any living being at any time through the actions of one's mind, speech or body. Sandilya UpanishadWhen mindstuff is firmly based in waves of ahimsa, all living beings cease their enmity in the presence of such a person.
Yoga Sutras 2.35. YP, pg. 205
Those who are ignorant of real dharma and, though wicked and haughty, account themselves virtuous, kill animals without any feeling of remorse or fear of punishment. Further, in their next lives, such sinful persons will be eaten by the same creatures they have killed in this world.
Shrimad Bhagavatam 11.5.4. FS, pg, 90
The Tirukural, Preeminent Ethical Scripture
Perhaps nowhere is the principle of nonmeat-eating so fully and eloquently expressed as in the Tirukural, written in the Tamil language by a simple weaver saint in a village near Madras over 2,000 years ago. Considered the world's greatest ethical scripture, it is sworn on in South Indian courts of law.It is the principle of the pure in heart never to injure others, even when they themselves have been hatefully injured. What is virtuous conduct? It is never destroying life, for killing leads to every other sin.
312; 321, TW
Harming others, even enemies who harmed you unprovoked, assures incessant sorrow. The supreme principle is this: never knowingly harm any one at any time in any way.
313; 317, TW
What is the good way? It is the path that reflects on how it may avoid killing any living creature. Refrain from taking precious life from any living being, even to save your own life.
324; 327, TW
How can he practice true compassion Who eats the flesh of an animal to fatten his own flesh?
TK 251, TW
Riches cannot be found in the hands of the thriftless. Nor can compassion be found in the hearts of those who eat meat.
TK 252, TW
Goodness is never one with the minds of these two: one who wields a weapon and one who feasts on a creature's flesh.
TK 253, TW
If you ask, "What is kindness and what is unkind?" it is not killing and killing. Thus, eating flesh is never virtuous.
TK 254, TW
Life is perpetuated by not eating meat.The clenched jaws of hell hold those who do.
TK 255, TW
If the world did not purchase and consume meat, there would be none to slaughter and offer meat for sale.
TK 256, TW
When a man realizes that meat is the butchered flesh of another creature, he must abstain from eating it.
TK 257, TW
Perceptive souls who have abandoned passion will not feed on flesh abandoned by life.
TK 258, TW
Greater than a thousand ghee offerings consumed in sacrificial fires is to not sacrifice and consume any living creature.
TK 259, TW
All that lives will press palms together in prayerful adoration of those who refuse to slaughter and savor meat.
TK 260, TW
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CALIFORNIA, U.S.A., August 1, 2005: David Ian Miller conducts an interview with Marilyn Schlitz, vice president for research and education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and senior scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, on the controversial subject of prayer and healing.
Researchers at Duke University have recently published research that indicates that cardiac patients showed no improvement in their condition when many people prayed for them. However, Marilyn Schlitz indicates that there is 45 years of "Good solid laboratory-based, quantitative studies -- that support the idea that one person's intentions may influence another person's physiology at a distance under well-controlled laboratory conditions." Schlitz comments that one study cannot prove or disprove a particular hypothesis.
Schlitz herself is presently conducting a study funded by the National Institute of Health. She explains, "The study is a three -part clinical trial working primarily with breast cancer patients who are going through reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. Participants either get distant healing or they don't, and they either don't know which group they're in or they are told about it. By considering the placebo effect we are able to look at whether or not there's an additive effect of knowing that you are receiving distant healing."
As people pray in many different ways, Schlitz has defined prayer as compassionate intention in her research. Healers that have been invited to participate in the study may be trained in Reiki, the Barbara Brennan School of Energy Medicine, Christian Science or the Tonglen Buddhist tradition. Schlitz says, "In the study the healers are asked to hold a compassionate intention for the well-being of another person -- in whatever way that works for them. In our current study on wound healing we ask healers to send compassionate intention to their assigned p atients for 30 minutes each day for eight days. We measure distant healing by implanting a tiny Gore-Tex patch under the skin. What you see on the surface is a little suture. Under the skin is a spaghetti-like strand of Gore-Tex that has little pores in it. This provides a kind of collection device for measuring collagen. Collagen is an aspect of the wound-healing process. And so we are looking at it as an indicator of wound healing."
Schlitz further adds, "Data from distant-healing experiments actually suggest that consciousness is more than what goes on in the brain, or that the brain has the capacity to transcend itself in ways that we have yet to understand. To me, that's where a real breakthrough may come in our understanding of who we are and what we are capable of doing and being."
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com/
David Ian Miller, Special to SF Gate
Monday, August 1, 2005
Can prayers heal? Surveys show that millions of Americans routinely pray when they are sick or when friends or relatives fall ill. Yet studies on the impact of prayer by strangers, or what's called "distant healing," are inconclusive.
A recent study by researchers at Duke University indicated that cardiac patients showed no improvement in their condition when people prayed for them. Similar studies have indicated a more positive impact from prayer but never without stirring controversy in scientific and religious communities.
Marilyn Schlitz, vice president for research and education at the Institute of Noetic Sciences and senior scientist at the California Pacific Medical Center, is no stranger to the debate.
Schlitz, who has published numerous articles on distant healing, cross-cultural healing and consciousness studies, is leading a major study of remote prayer funded by the National Institutes of Health. Recently I asked her about the difficulties of studying prayer in the laboratory.
The recent study at Duke University Medical Center casts doubt on the idea that praying for people helps them heal. How do you read the results?
There are about 45 years of data -- I would say good, solid laboratory-based, quantitative studies -- that support the idea that one person's intentions may influence another person's physiology at a distance under well-controlled laboratory conditions.
For example, 35 studies designed to measure the impact of one person's intentions on another person's autonomic nervous system have now been conducted in laboratories across the world, subjected to critical evaluation and published in a major peer-reviewed journal. Researchers concluded the data support the distant-healing hypothesis. The fact that the current study conducted at Duke did not support that same hypothesis under a particular set of conditions is not an argument for disregarding the larger body of data.
We clearly need more research to address the clinical implications and to better understand what's going on in this work.
So you are not discouraged by the results?
One study cannot prove or disprove a particular hypothesis. Science moves forward based on a body of data evaluated as a whole. I think there is a compelling case to be made that the science of distant healing is replicable -- not in the sense of turning on a light switch, but certainly in the same sense that most psychological or medical research considers valid.
Tell me about your study funded by the National Institutes of Health. What are you testing?
The study is a three-part clinical trial working primarily with breast cancer patients who are going through reconstructive surgery after a mastectomy. Participants either get distant healing or they don't, and they either don't know which group they're in or they are told about it. By considering the placebo effect we are able to look at whether or not there's an additive effect of knowing that you are receiving distant healing.
Prayer is a difficult concept to define. There are so many different ways that people pray around the world. How do you define it in your study?
I don't really talk about prayer in my research. I talk about compassionate intention.
What we do is invite healers to practice a certain way, and then we allow them to do whatever they need to do to get there. We tell them, "Please hold a compassionate intention for the well-being of another person -- in whatever way that works for you."
So, in our study, they might be subtle-energy practitioners, they may have trained in Reiki -- that's another common practice now. There's the Barbara Brennan School of Energy Medicine. There's Christian Scientists. There is the Tonglen Buddhist tradition, which is basically a heart-opening practice.
There are a lot of practices within Christianity and Judaism that are related to connecting with another person and assuming no distance. And so we have tried to distill those processes and traditions into what we are calling compassionate intention.
So it's not really prayer?
Well, a lot of people in the study are praying. And lot of people believe they are sending subtle energies. We're not trying to control that as much as we are trying to establish some general parameters that everyone can follow.
You have to keep in mind that this is such a premature field with very few resources directed towards it, and much, much more research is needed in order to really begin to ask some of these process-oriented questions like What are people really doing when they pray? And when they move their bodies, does that make a difference? And is there a correlation between the psychophysiology of the healer and the healee? Is that important? And does dosage matter?
Since you brought it up, what is an acceptable dose of compassion in the context of your experiment?
At this point, nobody knows the answer to that question. More research is needed to find an answer. I'll just say that we have certain set ways of standardizing it. In our current study on wound healing, we ask healers to send compassionate intention to their assigned patients for 30 minutes each day for eight days.
How do you measure whether distant healing is having an effect?
We have a tiny Gore-Tex patch that we implant under the skin. What you see on the surface is a little suture. Under the skin is a spaghetti-like strand of Gore-Tex that has little pores in it.
This provides a kind of collection device for measuring collagen. Collagen is an aspect of the wound-healing process. And so we are looking at it as an indicator of wound healing.
Science is so specific. How do you approach something as amorphous as spiritual questions in a scientific manner?
Florence Nightingale said, "God is revealed through statistics." I don't know if I go that far, but I think that there is a way that the practice of doing science is every bit a spiritual practice, because it is about studying something far greater than ourselves.
We are trying to glimpse what is true about reality. It's not the only system for understanding truth, but it's one tool for doing that.
Prayer studies have skeptics on both ends of the religious spectrum. Atheists argue there's no point in doing the research because there is nothing scientific about prayer. At the same time, some religious leaders say that understanding prayer is beyond human capacity, so why try?
I don't think it's at all true that we can't understand the nature of our inner experience. Tibetan Buddhism, for example, has been studying subjectivity for thousands of years.
In our own culture, huge breakthroughs have been made in the last 10 years in understanding the neurophysiology of attention, intention and our belief systems.
What I advocate in the context of current brain research is that we not lose sight of the transpersonal paradigm in terms of understanding the potential reaches of consciousness.
The current worldview is very much dominated by the physicalist, reductionist, mechanistic model. But it may well be that data from distant-healing experiments actually suggest that consciousness is more than what goes on in the brain, or that the brain has the capacity to transcend itself in ways that we have yet to understand. To me, that's where a real breakthrough may come in our understanding of who we are and what we are capable of doing and being.
I'm curious to know, since you're doing research on prayer and healing, do you consider yourself a spiritual or religious person?
I think of myself as an eclectic spiritual person, but I'm not religious. I became a Lutheran when I was about 12. I got myself baptized and confirmed, and then, by the time I was 16, I drifted away from that.
Have you had any personal experiences with the healing properties of prayer?
I've had lots of experiences that suggest to me that there is a transpersonal realm, and I believe that holding that awareness is very expansive and life affirming.
That said, I think open-minded skepticism is a very valid position in thinking about the science of prayer and intention for healing. This is the position that I hold.
I don't know what the answers are. I'm having fun thinking about the ways of asking the questions. But at this point we are not even sure what the right questions are. That's a valid criticism, and at the same time it sort of reveals the possibilities of what we are getting into. I think that there is a whole lot more to learn about our human capacities.
Do you ever pray?
Yes, and I make sure my son does, too. We say a prayer that I made up because I couldn't find anything that was adequate.
It goes like this: "Dear God, thank you for a wonderful day. Please help me to be grateful for what I have, and help me to be the best person I can be."
I figure that if he says that over and over again every day for at least his growing-up period, it has got to be good for shaping his character.
Who or what are you praying to? Does some notion of God figure into it?
Well, my God is not a Judeo-Christian God. I think prayer for me is about connecting to something unnamable, something bigger than myself, and it's a way of engaging in my own humility and appreciation for existence, because there are days when life is not so much fun.
I'm not into religion. But I really do believe there are essential capacities of virtue that come from the wisdom of spiritual traditions -- like gratefulness, forgiveness and altruism -- that help guide our sense of purpose in life and help it to be more meaningful.
As you see it, God is unknowable. As a scientist, you're OK with that?
Yes. I have to live in the mystery of that. Scientists are always kind of playing with the edges, knowing that what's out there is greater than any experiment is ultimately going to reveal.
And yet the fact that these experiments reveal what they do is a great indication of God. The fact that our human minds are capable of understanding that is another indication that we are participants in God's work. And that, to me, is so precious.
By: Bibhuti Mishra
July 10, 2005
In Orissa, the ratha yatra of Lord Jagannath has become a platform to bring people of both these faiths in a touching example of harmony.
Villagers of Narayanpur, more than 300 km away from the holy town of Puri, the abode of Lord Jagannath, have set such an example. The rath yatra committee of the village has both Hindus and Muslims.
In fact the bank account for the purpose is operated jointly by Shyamsundar from the Hindu community and Rehmuddin representing Muslims. People of both religions pull the chariot on which are placed Lord Jagannath, Lord Balabhadra and Goddess Subhadra.
After the festival is over the chariot is taken to the premises of the mosque and the Muslims maintain it!
Says the Hindu sarpanch of the village of about 1,000 people, “We have a temple and a mosque and there is no constraint on visiting either irrespective of faith.”
In the village of Deulasahi too, Muslims who constitute one-third of its population, joined hands with Hindu devotees in pulling the ropes of the rath. Earlier Muslims too had cleaned the village road for the smooth running of the chariot.
A number of carpenters building the chariots are also Muslims. Both communities provide timber to construct the chariot and a week before the holy rath yatra, villagers eat vegetarian food.
The practice of Muslims and Hindus joining to pull the chariot has been there since long in this village of 2,500.
Tirupati temple shuts down for solar eclipse
Hyderabad | October 03, 2005 12:15:06 PM IST
The world-famous temple of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati and other adjoining temples were closed for the day Monday in view of the annular solar eclipse.
As the event is not considered auspicious for worship, the temple atop Tirumala hills and eight other temples in the surrounding areas have been shut down for the day.
The Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which manages the temples, closed the doors at 9.15 a.m. Monday. The doors will reopen at 7 p.m., after the eclipse that starts at 4.21 p.m. and lasts till 6.13 p.m.
Thousands of Hindu pilgrims from all over the country and abroad throng the Venkateswara and other temples every day. The sprawling premises of the country's richest temple were deserted as temple authorities also postponed all rituals connected with the annual Brahmotsavams.
Some other major temples, including the Sri Sitharamachandraswamy temple in Bhadrachalam, have also been closed.
Hindu astrologers believe that the solar eclipse this year is not auspicious and could affect earth and seas, triggering natural calamities.
Vedic expert and astrologer Vishwapati has pointed out that the solar eclipse would be followed by a lunar eclipse on Oct 17. According to him, it was rare for a solar and lunar eclipse to occur within a fortnight.
Astrologers are of the view that people should be celibate, not eat or drink or go to the toilet during the eclipse, which occurs under the star of 'Hasta'. They advised pregnant women and unwell people to remain indoors.
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Run Your Car On Coconut Oil
AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND, October 7, 2005: It might sound nuts, but two engineering students in New Zealand claim that coconut oil can be used as an alternative to diesel, providing a possible answer to rising fuel cost woes. Samoan Dominic Schwalger and Penaia Rogoiumari from Fiji, both students at Auckland University in northern New Zealand, demonstrated on Friday how a diesel engine can run on a blend of diesel and coconut oil, or on pure coconut oil alone. "What we have shown is that without any modification to either the pure oil or the engine you can use it as an alternative fuel,'' they said in a statement released by the university. The budding engineers said they have analyzed engine performance and exhaust emissions as part of their research. Their findings could help reduce fuel prices, especially in southern Asia and the Pacific Islands where coconuts are cheaply grown and plentiful. Schwalger said producing coconut oil for use in standard diesel engines is a simple process, unlike some bio-diesels, which require complex equipment and chemical reactions. "The combination of a ready supply of coconuts, rising fuel prices and ease of manufacture makes this a real option for villagers who need to run equipment like generators or boat engines,'' Rogoiumari said. At that point, it is ready for use and is utilized already in various ways such as cooking oil and suntan lotions,'' he said, adding that experiments involving coconut oil as a fuel substitute have been carried out in Asia and the Pacific Islands in the past two years.
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Vegetarian kids get plenty of good nutrients.
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Don’t worry about vegetarian kids getting their nutrients. As with adults, a meatless diet is considerably healthier.
Protein: More and more health authorities agree that the optimal diet receives 65 percent of its calories from carbohydrates, 20 percent from fat and 15 percent from protein. You can get as much as 8 percent protein just from oranges or rice. Whole wheat bread is 16 percent protein, peanuts 18, beans 28 and tofu 34.
Fiber: A diet based on plant food provides about 60 grams of fiber per day. A meat- and dairy-based diet provides about 10 grams of fiber per day.
Minerals: All minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium and zinc, originate from the ground. They are absorbed through the roots of plants and stored in plant parts. Greens like broccoli, collards, kale, celery, romaine lettuce and roots are rich in usable calcium. In fact, one cup of broccoli contains as much usable calcium as a 6-ounce glass of milk. Iron and magnesium are plentiful in many grains, beans, nuts and seeds. Zinc can be found in amaranth, whole wheat flour and wheat germ, almonds, cashews, filberts, raw sesame and pumpkin seeds, peanuts, and miso (soybean paste).
Vitamins: Plants make 11 of the 13 recognized vitamins: beta carotene (A), thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pantothenic acid, pyridoxine (B6), biotin, folic acid, ascorbic acid, E and K. Vitamin D is synthesized by sunlight acting on cholesterol circulating through the skin. Vitamin B12 is synthesized by certain bacteria and a few algae. Neither animals nor plants make B12 , but animals store it. Only vegans who avoid all animal products are at risk for B12 deficiency. Five micrograms, or one tablespoon of brewer’s yeast will provide your child’s B12 needs.
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The Aryan Invasion Theory
LONDON, ENGLAND, September 30, 2005: HPI note: This article appears in a section of the BBC website called "Religion and Ethics: Hinduism." It is an excellent article, especially for the section called "Dangers of the theory." We recommend this list be incorporated in protests to schools over the continued promotion of this theory in school textbooks.
The article reads:
One of the most controversial ideas about Hindu history is the Aryan invasion theory. This theory, originally devised by F. Max Muller in 1848, traces the history of Hinduism to the invasion of India's indigenous people by lighter skinned Aryans around 1500 BCE. The theory was reinforced by other research over the next 120 years, and became the accepted history of Hinduism, not only in the West but in India. There is now ample evidence to show that Muller, and those who followed him, were wrong.
Why is the theory no longer accepted?
The Aryan invasion theory was based on archaeological, linguistic and ethnological evidence. Later research has either discredited this evidence, or provided new evidence that combined with the earlier evidence makes other explanations more likely. Modern historians of the area no longer believe that such invasions had such great influence on Indian history. It's now generally accepted that Indian history shows a continuity of progress from the earliest times to today. The changes brought to India by other cultures are not denied by modern historians, but they are no longer thought to be a major ingredient in the development of Hinduism.
Dangers of the theory
The Aryan invasion theory denies the Indian origin of India's predominant culture, but gives the credit for Indian culture to invaders from elsewhere. It even teaches that some of the most revered books of Hindu scripture are not actually Indian, and it devalues India's culture by portraying it as less ancient than it actually is.
The theory was not just wrong, it included unacceptabl y racist ideas:
* It suggested that Indian culture was not a culture in its own right,
but a synthesis of elements from other cultures
* It implied that Hinduism was not an authentically Indian religion but the result of cultural imperialism
* It suggested that Indian culture was static, and only changed under outside influences
* It suggested that the dark-skinned Dravidian people of the South of India had got their faith from light-skinned Aryan invaders
* It implied that indigenous people were incapable of creatively developing their faith
* It suggested that indigenous peoples could only acquire new religious and cultural ideas from other races, by invasion or other processes
* It accepted that race was a biologically based concept (rather than, at least in part, a social construct) that provided a sensible way of ranking people in a hierarchy, which provided a partial basis for the caste system
* It provided a basis for raci sm in the Imperial context by suggesting that the peoples of Northern India were descended from invaders from Europe and so racially closer to the British Raj
* It gave a historical precedent to justify the role and status of the British Raj, who could argue that they were transforming India for the better in the same way that the Aryans had done thousands of years earlier
* It downgraded the intellectual status of India and its people by giving a falsely late date to elements of Indian science and culture
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com/
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Once Sripada Sankaracarya was touring India. As they walked through one village an outcaste woman approached him and gave him some sweets. He accepted and ate them. His disciples seeing the behaviour of their guru also accepted sweets from her and ate them. Seeing that his disciples were imitating him, Sankaracarya then walked to a blacksmith's shop and asked the the man if he had any molten lead. He did. Sankaracarya took the molten lead, tilted his head back and drank some like one would drink water. After taking a good gulp he offered the ladle of hot lead to his amazed disciples asking "who is next?" No one stepped forward. He said, "I can see the atma in the heart of that woman therefore I took her offering to remove her sins. You can not do that. Rather by eating her offering you took on her sins and became contaminated."
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The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 - 4/21/03-4/27/03
Making Food Sacred - Offering
our food to Krishna:
....excerpt from lecture by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1-3 -- San Francisco, March 28, 1968
The Vedic literature says like this, that God has no leg, no hand. Therefore the impersonalists take advantage of it. "Oh, here it is stated God has no legs, no hands." But the next line is, javana grhita: "He can accept everything which you offer Him in devotion."
Now how He can accept? If He has no hand, how He can accept things from us? That means He hasn't got a hand like us. His hand is different. Therefore even though He is situated in the spiritual world, which is far, far away from us, still, He says in the Bhagavad-gita, it is said,
patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
Krsna says that "A little flower or little water or a little leaf, whatever My devotee offers Me in love and devotion, I accept it." And tad aham bhakty-upahrtam. "And because he has brought it with great devotion, therefore I eat." Tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami. Asnami means "I eat." Now you can say, "All right, I'll offer these fruits and flower to God, but it is the same. It is remaining. How He is eating?" But His eating is not like my eating, because He hasn't got a body like this. This body is material. If you bring me a plate of fruits, this body immediately swallows it. But He has got spiritual body. He eats... Simply as soon as He knows that you have offered it in devotion, He eats immediately.
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Not just cheeses also vegetarian yogurts and other dairy produce.
Tararua Lite Sour Cream for Vegetarians hits the shelves Sept 1st 2004.
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- you have to check out these pages and then go to your Woolworths, Countdown,
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Wensleydale varieties from the UK =>:-)))
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Vegetarian Kitchen Crafts:
This list is about vegetarian kitchen crafts. This list is created for postings regarding back to basics vegetarian kitchen crafts. When we say vegetarian we mean no meat, fish or eggs. When we say back to basics, we mean tips on making yeast, bread, gluten, tofu, sprouts and so forth. http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vkcrafts Post a Message: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vkcrafts/post
Welsh Rarebit (Caws Pobi)
2 to 4 slices of bread
4oz/1½ cups of grated cheddar cheese
2 tablespoons of milk
1oz/30g of butter
1 teaspoon of mustard
1. Toast the slices of bread and grate the cheese. Arrange the cooked toast on a baking tray ready for grilling/broiling and spread with butter.
2. Slowly melt the cheese and milk in a small saucepan. Then add the mustard and pepper. Stir continuously. When thick and smooth, pour over each piece of toast and grill/broil until golden brown.
Griddle-Baked Bread (Chapati)
Chapatis are one of India's most popular breads. They are enjoyed
especially in the northern and central regions of India. They are partially
cooked on a hot griddle and finished over an open-heat source. Chapatis
are made from a special wholemeal flour called atta, available from Indian
grocers. If unavailable, substitute sifted wholemeal flour. You can spread
melted butter or ghee on the chapatis after they are cooked.
Chapatis are usually served at lunch or dinner and are great whether served with a 5-course dinner or just with a simple dal and salad.
PREPARATION TIME: 5 - 10 minutes
DOUGH RESTING TIME: 1/2 - 3 hours
COOKING TIME: 25 - 35 minutes
YIELD: 12 chapatis
2 cups (500 ml) sifted chapati flour
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) salt (optional)
extra flour for dusting
melted butter or ghee (optional, for spreading over chapatis after they've been cooked)
1. Combine the flour and salt in a mixing bowl. Add up to 2/3 cup (165 ml) of water, slowly pouring in just enough to form a soft kneadable dough. Turn the dough onto a clean working surface and knead for about 8 minutes or until silky-smooth. Cover with an overturned bowl and leave for 1/2 - 3 hours.
2. Knead the dough again for 1 minute. Divide the dough into 1 dozen portions. Roll them into smooth balls and cover with a damp cloth.
3. Preheat a griddle or non-stick heavy frying pan over moderately low heat for 3 - 4 minutes. Flatten a ball of dough, dredge it in flour, and carefully roll out the ball into a thin, perfectly even, smooth disk of dough about 15 cm (6 inches) in diameter.
4. Carefully pick up the chapati and slap it between your hands to remove the excess flour. Slip it onto the hot plate, avoiding any wrinkles. Cook for about 1 minute on the first side. The top of the chapati should start to show small bubbles. Turn the chapati over with tongs. Cook it until small brown spots appear on the underside (about minute).
5. If you are using gas, turn a second burner on high, pick up the chapati
with your tongs, and hold it about 5 cm (2 inches) over the flame. It will
swell into a puffy balloon. Continue to cook the chapati until it
is speckled with black flecks. Place the cooked chapati in a bowl
or basket, cover with a clean tea towel or cloth, and continue cooking
the rest of the chapatis. When they're all cooked and stacked, you might
like to butter them. Serve chapatis hot for best results or cover
and keep warm in a preheated warm oven for up to 1/2 hour.
Dedicated to all Vaisnavas
This is a South Karnataka dish. This was contributed by my friend who is originally from Bangalore.
Puthani(dalia split) - 1/4 cup
Fresh grated coconut - slightly less 1/4 cup
Cinnamon - 1 long stick(broken into pieces)
Pepper - 2 tsp
Cloves - 6
Poppy seeds - 1 tbsp
Cumins - 1 tbsp
cilantro - 2 tbsp
green chillies- 2
Carrots - 1/4 cup
green beans - 1/4 cup
green peas - 1/4 cup
Cooked potatoes - 1/2 cup
Cook all the vegetables in the usual mustard vaggairni. Grind all the ingredients for masala with little bit of water. Pour that paste into the cooked vegetables. Allow it to boil. Add water in case it is too thick.
Serve it with pooris or chapatis.
DRY CAULIFLOWER AND POTATOES:
1 t. turmeric
1 t. salt
Wash and cube potatoes. Wash cauliflower and break into small flowerettes. Make massala (or use garam massala). Add vegetables, salt and turmeric. Cover with water and cook over medium heat covered until dry.
1973 Hare Krishna Cookbook.
Srila Prabhupada's EGGPLANT FAVORITE
1 eggplant, cubed
1 cup chopped green beans
2 sliced tomatoes
Heat ghee in a pan and make massala. Add eggplant and green beans with a little ghee and cook until soft in covered pan. Add tomatoes. On a high flame, cook and stir until wetness has evaporated.
1973 Hare Krishna Cookbook.
ASPARAGUS TIP PASTA
1 lb Fusilli pasta (spirals)
3 tb Olive oil
4 tb Sweet butter
10 oz Fresh asparagus tips (1-inch lengths)
1 c Pitted black olives, Sliced
2 tb Calvert's cedar street or Dejon mustard.
2 tb Fresh lemon juice
1/2 c Kasseri or fresh Parmesan, finely grated
Salt and freshly cracked Black pepper
Cook pasta according to directions.
While cooking, melt butter in saute pan over medium heat.
Add asparagus tips and cook briefly about 4 minutes.
Drain pasta and toss with olive oil.
Add asparagus, butter, olives, mustard and lemon juice, and salt and pepper.
Top with freshly grated cheese.
Sugar Pie (as in sugar pie honey bunch......)
Easy and fast to do, only 5 ingredients plus the pie shell.
Makes 1 pie (8 servings).
1 (9 inch) pie shell (see below)
3 cups/24oz white sugar
1 cup/4oz all-purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups/16fl oz water
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4.
2. In a large bowl, combine sugar, flour, and salt. Mix well and gradually pour in water, stirring until mixture is creamy. Pour mixture into pastry shell and sprinkle with nutmeg.
3. Bake in the preheated oven for 35 to 45 minutes, until edges are very bubbly.
SINGLE CRUST PIE CRUST (9 inch pie shell)
1 1/4 cup. all-purpose white flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 c. ghee solids
3-4 tbsp. cold water
Stir together flour and salt. Cut in ghee solids until pieces are the size of small peas. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon water over part of the mixture; gently toss with a fork. Push to side of bowl; repeat procedure until all is moistened. Form dough into a ball.
On lightly floured surface, flatten dough with hands, roll from center to edge, forming a circle about 12 inches in diameter. Wrap pastry around rolling pin. Roll onto a 9 inch pie plate. Ease pastry into pie plate, being careful to avoid stretching pastry. Trim edge 1/2 to 1 inch beyond edge of pie plate; fold excess under. Flute edge.
For a baked pie shell, prick bottom and sides. Bake in 450 degree oven (225 C) for 10-12 minutes. Or, line pastry with foil and fill with dry beans. Bake in 450 degree oven (225 C) for 5 minutes longer or until golden brown. Makes 1 9 inch pastry shell.
"Chocolate" Cola-battered Apples with Maple Syrup
For a hot and delicious sweet treat with a difference, try some chocolatey flavoured cola-battered apples with maple syrup.
2 Granny Smith apples
500ml/18fl oz vegetable oil, for frying
For the batter:
125g/4oz plain flour
30g/1oz cocoa or carob powder (use chocolate essense as well if using carob - 2 caps full)
2 table spoons yogurt
125ml/4fl oz American Cola (decaf obviously)
1½ tbsp vegetable oil (Olive oil)
3-4 tbsp brown sugar
150ml/5fl oz maple syrup
1. Peel the apples, remove the cores and pips and cut into quarters. Lay out on kitchen paper to dry.
2. Meanwhile, sieve the flour and cocoa powder together in a large bowl.
3. Whisk in the yogurt, sugar and salt together to stiff peaks.
4. Stir the American Cola, and oil together and whisk this slowly and thoroughly into the flour and cocoa powder, until smooth. Fold in the yogurt mixture.
5. Heat the vegetable oil in a saucepan. Using a fork, pierce an apple
quarter and dip this into batter.
Fry for 45 seconds or so, until the batter is crisp.
6. Roll the hot apples in brown sugar and serve straight away with maple syrup.
American Style No Coffee - Coffee Cake
This knockout American Style Coffee Cake packs a real punch on flavour - and is wonderful for feeding a hungry crowd of devotees!
For the crumble topping:
45g/1 3/4oz plain flour
45g/1 3/4oz walnuts, finely chopped
1-2 tsp ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
45g/1 3/4oz unsalted butter, melted
125g/5oz raspberries (or diced plums if preferred)
60g/2 1/2oz, light muscovado sugar
For the cake:
150g/6oz self-raising flour
1 tea spoon baking powder
pinch of salt
150g/6oz soured cream or thick Greek yoghurt
1/2 tea spoon vanilla extract
45g/1 3/4oz unsalted butter, melted
110g/4 1/2oz caster sugar
1 table spoon condensed milk
Make the topping. Place the flour, chopped walnuts, Muscovado sugar, cinnamon and salt into bowl. Add melted butter and mix until crumbly. Leave to firm up in the fridge.
Set the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas4. Lightly grease and base line a 23cm/9in cake tin with baking parchment/paper. To make the cake, melt the butter in a saucepan over a gentle heat.
Put the flour, baking powder, and pinch of salt into a large bowl.
Stir in the Greek yoghurt (or sour cream), vanilla extract, and caster sugar and condensed milk.
Add the melted butter and beat the mixture until smooth. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and scatter over the raspberries.
Remove the topping mixture from the fridge, break into crumbly pieces and sprinkle over the raspberries. Bake for 45-50 minutes, or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool. Cut into slices and offer and serve. Serves 8-10 (yeah right hahaha)
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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
A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:
How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:
101 Reasons Why I'm
Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:
Excellent "Meat Substitute"
Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes
Fat-free vegetarian meals:
A lot of inspiring Vegetarian preparations here, some have onion and garlic in,
so replace that with hing or omit that altogether as you see fit, still this page is well worth a serious look for ideas.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR - LET ME KNOW...!
"You Mean That's in theBible"
- expose on meat eating:
Religious Stands on Vegetarianism
Christianity - Bible - Book of Morman - 7th Day Adventist
From World Vegetarian Awareness Month 2004
- 2005 newsletters
- oxymoron of the yuga:
Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply.
May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers!
Rig Veda Samhita 10.37.11.
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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
XMAS Recipes @ http://www.hknet.org.nz/XmasMadness.html
We wish you a Vege Xmas...and a Hari new year.
Wellington Vegetarian Society'
You'll also notice that we have a book sale of our Living a Good Life book, and it is ideal for vegetarian families - it covers pregnancy, childcare and the teen years, not to mention adults and the elderly. We've just reprinted more copies as a result of recent demand, and these are selling well, with the proceeds going to vegetarian products including a farm animal sanctuary down our way.
The book "Living a Good Life" normally selling at $21.95 is now going at the $14.95 price, .http://vegsoc.wellington.net.nz/livingGd.htm
Auckland's New Zealand Vegetarian Society
....has a myriad of excellent books for sale on vegetarianism
see their mention on our 2004 events
Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurants throughout New Zealand
Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan
Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan
According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.
See more details HERE
McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:
Meet your Meat FREECDRoms
This is a must for those who live in the illusion of animal killing is somehow acceptable or humane.
I have converted the "Meet your Meat" video into a CD rom & will send a copy of it for free to anyone with a Cd burner & a pledge to make at least 4 copies to give to their meat eating friends.
Meet your meat - shocking live footage of the
TRUTH in the meat industry:
This is the new version
I sent out a total of over 750 CD's last year to 60 different countries. My goal in 2003 is to double that number.
I would appreciate if you would forward this message to your readers.
Anyone willing to participate, please forward my mailing address as mailto:Chalissa1@aol.com
THIS HAS TO BE SEEN AT LEAST ONCE - SHOW YOUR MEAT
IF THEY ARE WORTH KEEPING AS FRIENDS THEY WILL GIVE UP THE MEAT HABIT
Vegetarians BEWARE of Orange Softdrinks
Coca-Cola (manufacturer) - Not suitable for vegetarians; lists the following products as not vegetarian
These products contain traces of fish gelatine, which are used as a stabiliser for beta-carotene colour.
Diet Fanta Orange
Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Diet Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for
added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
(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 http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html
Vegetarian Cartoons and Jokes
Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves =>;-))
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Laughter Therapy - its no joke:
So Lord Caitanya is known as the one:
- hasya-kari & hasya-yuk ==> who laughs & jokes
- hasya-priya ==> who is fond of joking
- hasya-nagara ==> who is the hero of those expert in speaking joking words
- hasya-grami & hasya-kara ==> is expert at joking
- pushpa-hasa ==> whose smile & laugh are as charminng as flowers.
Lord Gauranga's smiling & laughing qualities ki...
ys Radhe Govinda dasa
P.S. One of the qualities of Srimati Radharani is that she is very expert
in the art of joking.
This is a MUST READ =>;-Q
Four Wives parable:
At our Gurukula little kid's starting in the first year of the ashram.
The teacher says, "Every day you have to put on a clean pair of underwear."
By Saturday, he couldn't get his pants on.
......beware of cats.....er I mean chats
Normal life for many is getting dressed in clothes that you buy on credit for work. Driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for, in order to get to a job that you need so badly, so you can pay for the clothes, car and the house that you leave empty all day, in order to afford to live in it.
A fifteen year-old boy came home with a Porsche and his parents began
to yell and scream,
"Where did you get that car???!!!"
He calmly told them, "I bought it today."
"With what money?" demanded his parents. We know what a Porsche costs."
"Well," said the boy, "this one cost me fifteen dollars."
So the parents began to yell even louder. "Who would sell a car like that for fifteen dollars?" they said.
"It was the lady up the street," said the boy. I don't know her
name-they just moved in.
She saw me ride past on my bike and asked me if I wanted to buy a Porsche for fifteen dollars."
"Oh my Goodness!," moaned the mother, "she must be a child abuser. Who knows what she will do next? John, you go right up there and see what's going on."
So the boy's father walked up the street to the house where the lady lived and found her out in the yard calmly planting petunias! He introduced himself as the father of the boy to whom she had sold a Porsche for fifteen dollars and demanded to know why she did it.
"Well," she said, "this morning I got a phone call from my husband.
I thought he was on a business trip, but learned from a friend he has run off to Hawaii with his secretary and really doesn't intend to come back.
He claimed he was stranded and asked me to sell his new Porsche and send him the money.
So I did."
sent in by Gary Kearns in Q8
A student essay stated: "The girl tumbled down the stairs and lay prostitute at the bottom.
"In the margin of the paper, the professor commented: "My dear sir, you must learn to distinguish between a fallen woman and one who has merely slipped.
Did you ever wonder?
My father is so old that when he was in school,
history was called current affairs.
A little bird was flying south for the winter. It was so cold, the bird
froze and fell on the ground in a large field. When it was lying there, a
cow came by and dropped some dung on it. As the frozen bird lay there in the
pile of cow dung, it began to realize how warm it was. The dung was
actually thawing him out! He lay there all warm and happy, and soon began to
sing for joy. A passing cat heard the bird singing and came to investigate.
Following the sound, the cat discovered the bird under the pile of cow dung
and promptly dug him out and ate him.
THE MORAL OF THIS STORY:
1. Not everyone who drops "the pooh" on you is your enemy.
2. Not everyone who gets you out of "the pooh" is your friend.
3. When you are in deep "pooh" keep your mouth shut.
sent in by Jaya Vijaya dasa Brisbane
In criminal justice could we say that : hanging is a suspended sentence?
The ways of this material world - strange but true
....ooooopths....they went down the quack
There is a two-letter word that perhaps has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that is "UP."
It's easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP? At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report? We call UP ! our friends. And we use it to brighten UP a room, polish UP! the silver, we warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We lock UP the house and some guys fix UP the old car. At other times the little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses. To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.
And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.
We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP! To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of UP, look the word UP in the dictionary. In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4th of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions. If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used. It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don't give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more. When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP. When the sun comes out we say it is clearing UP.
When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.
When it doesn't rain for awhile, things dry UP.
One could go on and on, but I'll! wrap it UP, for now my time is UP, so..........Time to shut UP!
Oh...one more thing:
What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night? U-
hackers telling jokes
sent in by Shahin Maghsoudhi
This is flight 717 to Mumbai. Landing there is not guaranteed, but we will end up somewhere in India. And, if luck is in our favor, we may even be landing on your village!
Air India has an excellent safety-record. In fact, our safety standards are so high, that even terrorists are afraid to fly with us! It is with pleasure;
I announce that, starting this year, over 30% of our passengers have reached their destination. If our engines are too noisy for you, on passenger request, we can arrange to turn them off!
To make your free fall to earth pleasant and memorable, we serve complimentary DHARU and Wada pavw.
For our not-so-religious passengers, we are the only airline who can help you find out if there really is a God!
We regret to inform you, that today's in-flight movie will not be shown as we forgot to record it from the television. However, for our movie buffs, we will be flying right next to Emirates Airline, where their movie will be visible from the right side of the cabin window.
There is no smoking allowed in this airplane. Any smoke you see in the cabin is only the early warning system on the engines telling us to slow down! In order to catch important landmarks, we try to fly as close as possible for the best view. If however, we go a little too close, do let us know.
Our enthusiastic co-pilot sometimes flies right through the landmark!
Kindly be seated, keep your seat in an upright position for take-off and fasten your seat-belt. For those of you who can't find a seat-belt, kindly fasten your own belt to the arm of your seat. And, for those of you who can't find a seat, do not hesitate to get in touch with a stewardess who will explain how to fasten yourself to your suitcase."
ENJOY AIR INDIA
sent in by Jai Simmam prabhu in Jakarta
.......more optical illusions and paradigm twists here:
A sister from a local convent became a Certified Public Accountant to
help small shop owners manage their finances better.
Her title: "Nun of Your Business."
oh those material senses.......
Morris, an 82 year-old man, went to the doctor to get a physical. A
few days later the doctor saw Morris walking down the street
with a gorgeous young woman on his arm.
A couple of days later the doctor spoke to Morris and said, "You're really doing great, aren't you?"
Morris replied, "Just doing what you said, Doc: 'Get a hot mamma and be cheerful.'"
The doctor said, "I didn't say that. I said, 'You've got a heart murmur. Be careful.'"
A visiting rabbi waxed eloquent during his first prayer. "God," he began with arms extended, "without you we are but dust..."
He would have continued but at that moment my daughter who was listening
carefully leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little
"Dad, what is butt dust?"
.......and always remember (don't forget...)
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