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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 5 - Karma-yoga : Action in Krsna Consciousness
yuktah karma-phalam tyaktva
santim apnoti naisthikim
phale sakto nibadhyate
WORD FOR WORD
yuktah--one who is engaged in devotional service; karma-phalam--the
results of all activities; tyaktva--giving up; santimn--perfect
peace; apnoti--achieves; naisthikim--unflinching; ayuktah--one who
is not in Krsna consciousness; kama-karena--for enjoying the result
of work; phale--in the result; saktah--attached;
The steadily devoted soul attains unadulterated peace because he
offers the result of all activities to Me; whereas a person who is
not in union with the Divine, who is greedy for the fruits of his
labor, becomes entangled.
PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
The difference between a person in Krsna consciousness and a person
in bodily consciousness is that the former is attached to Krsna
whereas the latter is attached to the results of his activities.
The person who is attached to Krsna and works for Him only is
certainly a liberated person, and he has no anxiety over the
results of his work. In the Bhagavatam, the cause of anxiety over
the result of an activity is explained as being one's functioning
in the conception of duality, that is, without knowledge of the
Absolute Truth. Krsna is the Supreme Absolute Truth, the
Personality of Godhead. In Krsna consciousness, there is no
duality. All that exists is a product of Krsna's energy, and Krsna
is all good. Therefore, activities in Krsna consciousness are on
the absolute plane; they are transcendental and have no material
effect. One is therefore filled with peace in Krsna consciousness.
But one who is entangled in profit calculation for sense
gratification cannot have that peace. This is the secret of Krsna
consciousness--realization that there is no existence besides Krsna
is the platform of peace and fearlessness.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Copyright 1983 The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Used with permission.
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Before coming to America, Prabhupada was a family man. One day his servant began to cry out in what seemed to be great discomfort, "Oh, I am dying! I am dying!"
Prabhupada immediately called an ambulance and went with the man to the hospital.
In the hospital, several doctors examined the servant and concluded that he required an immediate operation. Prabhupada asked why, and the doctors gave a technical answer. Then a senior physician came and said they would wait until morning to operate. Prabhupada returned home. His wife then told him that a neighbor's wife had come and told her that the servant was only drunk. "No," Prabhupada replied, "the doctors said this is a serious case. He needs an operation."
The next morning the servant came home. When Prabhupada asked him why he had returned, the man replied that he was all right and did not need an operation.
After telling this story to his disciples, Prabhupada explained how demoniac doctors simply want to operate. He recounted how whenever one goes to a doctor in America, they immediately require you to give blood. Then they give you an injection. He said that sometimes in India doctors inject only water and then charge a fee. The doctor will ask, "Which do you want, a bottle of medicine or an injection?" The patient will ask for whichever is better, and the doctor will then give the patient an injection of water and charge five rupees. In this way, Prabhupada illustrated how human civilization is a society of cheaters and the cheated.
Room conversation in Gorakhpur, February 14, 1971.
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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
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>>> Ref. VedaBase => Lecture -- Los Angeles, May 18, 1972
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Prabhupada: (chants mangalacarana prayers) So ladies and gentlemen, I thank you very much for your kindly participating in our, this Krsna consciousness movement. As you know, from the very name, "Krsna consciousness,"... When this society was registered in 1966 in New York, some friend suggested that the society may be named as "God consciousness." Krsna, they thought that Krsna... In the dictionary also, it is said, "Krsna is a Hindu god's name." In English dictionary. But actually, if there is any name or if there any name can be fixed up for God, it is Krsna. God has practically no name. "No name" means He has name, but nobody knows how many names He has. Yes, that is the way. Because God is unlimited, therefore His names must be also unlimited. You cannot fix up one name. Just like Krsna is sometimes called Yasoda-nandana, the son of Mother Yasoda. That is quite all right, because He played the part of son of Yasoda-ma. So Yasoda-nandana means son of Yasoda. Devaki-nandana, son of Devaki. Vasudeva-nandana, Nanda-nandana, Partha-sarathi. Partha-sarathi means He acted as the charioteer of Arjuna, Partha, the son of Prtha. Arjuna's mother's name was Prtha. So Arjuna's another name -- Partha. And because He acted as the charioteer of Partha, His name is Partha-sarathi. So actually, Krsna, or God, has many dealings with His many devotees, and that particular dealing may be called His name. Therefore... He has innumerable devotees, therefore He has innumerable names. You cannot fix up one name.
But this Krsna name means "all-attractive." He attracts everyone. That is the real name, all-attractive. You have seen Krsna's picture. He is attractive to the animals, cows, calves, birds, bees, trees, plants, water, in Vrndavana. He's attractive to the cowherds boy. He's attractive to the gopis, He's attractive to Nanda Maharaja, He's attractive to the Pandavas. He's still attractive to the whole human society. Therefore, if any particular name can be given to God, that is Krsna. And Parasara Muni, a great saint, father of Vyasadeva, who compiled all the Vedic literatures, his father, Parasara Muni, He gave definition of God:
viryasya yasasah sriyah
sad iti bhagam gana
(Visnu Purana 6.5.47)
By these six opulences, one can ascertain what is God. What are those opulences? That He's the proprietor of all riches. Here, we have got experience, one rich man. One may be very rich man, but nobody can say that he is the richest, there is no other man who is not richer than him. Nobody can say. But Krsna, when He was present, those who have read Srimad-Bhagavatam, the history of Krsna... We have described in our book, Krsna. He had 16,108 wives. And each wife had a big palace, made of marble, bedecked with jewels, the furnitures made of ivory and gold. The descriptions are there. So in the history of the human society, you cannot find out any person who had 16,000 wives and 16,000 palaces. Not only that, it is not that He used to go to one wife's house one day, or one night. No. He was present in every one house personally. That means He expanded Himself in 16,108 forms. That is not very difficult. If God is unlimited, then He can expand Himself in unlimited forms; otherwise there is no meaning of unlimited. If God is omnipotent, He can maintain 16,000. Why 16,000? He can maintain 16,000,000's still, it is imperfect. Otherwise there is no meaning of omnipotency.
So, these are the attractive features. Here in this material world, if one man is very rich, he is attractive. Just like in your country, there are rich men, Rockefeller, Ford. They are very attractive, on account of their richness. So aisvaryasya sama... Still... They do not possess all the wealth, riches of the world; still, they are attractive. So how much God will be attractive because He's the possessor of all the riches? Similarly, aisvaryasya samagrasya, viryasya, strength. Krsna, when He was present, from the beginning of His birth He had to fight. When he was only three months old... He was lying down on the lap of His mother. There was a Putana demon. She wanted to kill Krsna, but she was killed. So that is God. God is from the very beginning God. Not that by some meditation, by mystic power, one becomes God. Krsna was not that type of God. Krsna was God from the very beginning of His appearance. Viryasya.
Aisvaryasya samagrasya viryasya, yasasah, then reputation. His fame, reputation, is still going on. Apart from us... We are devotees of Krsna. We may glorify Him. But apart from us, many millions of people are there in this world; still, they know how much reputed and famous is Krsna by His Bhagavad-gita. In all countries, all over the world. This Bhagavad-gita is read by all philosophers, all scholars, all religionists. Still, those who are reading Bhagavad-gita... There are many editions in your country. There are many editions. All of them are selling nicely. Our Bhagavad-gita, Bhagavad-gita As It Is, the latest report is from the trades manager of Macmillan Company, who are our publisher. The report is that our Bhagavad-gita As It Is is increasing in sale, others are decreasing. The reason is that we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is, without any adulteration. Anything, market, if the commodity is pure... Gold, if it is pure, it has more customers. Milk, if it is pure, it has got more customers. So that we are finding. Because we are presenting Bhagavad-gita as it is, we are finding more customers. So, this is the fame. And, yasasah sriyah. Sriyah, beauty. Krsna is Himself very beautiful, and all His associates are very beautiful. That is also opulence.
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When we develop our real spiritual form and enjoy in company and association of the Supreme Lord varieties, just like [in] Vrindavana. In Vrindavana the cows, the trees, the water, they are also spiritual. Some devotee wants to serve Krishna becoming a cow. Some devotee wants to serve Krishna becoming a bird, becoming a monkey. And somebody is serving as gopi or as cowherd boy, as father, as mother. But they are all spiritual.
Srila Prabhupada, lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam 9.2.9, Melbourne 1972
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ca sac-cid-ananda-rupaà jïatvananda-rupo
yaù sthitiù saiva sukham.
sukham - happiness; iti - thus; ca - alos; sat - eternal; cit - knowledge; ananda - bliss; rupam - form; jïatva - understanding; ananda - of bliss; rupaù - form; yaù - who; sthitiù - situattion; sa - that; eva - indeed; sukham - happiness.
Happiness is attained when one directly sees the Supreme Personality of Godhead, whose transcendental form is eternal and full of knowledge and bliss. Seeing Him is happiness. (Niralambha Upanishad Text 15 )
upasya - to be worshiped; iti - thus; ca - and; sarva - all; çaréra - bodies; stha - staying; caitanya - conscious; brahma - Supreme; prapakaù - causing to attain; guruù - the spiritual master; upasyaù - should be worshiped.
The spiritual master brings one to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who stays in the bodies of all living beings. Such a spiritual master should be worshiped. (Niralambha Upanishad Text 30 )
çiñya iti ca vidya-dhvasta-prapaïcavagahita-jïanavasiñöaà brahmaiva çiñyaù.
çiñya - the disciple; iti - thus; ca - and; vidya - knowledge; dhvasta - destroyed; prapaïca - material world; avagahita - plunged; jïana - knowledge; avasiñöam - not specific; brahma - the Supreme; eva - indeed; çiñyaù - disciple.
disciple is one who has attained true knowledge, knowledge that destroys
the illusion that plunges one into the material world. That is a proper
disciple. (Niralambha Upanishad Text 31 )
parama-padam iti ca pran endriyady-antaùkaran a-gun adeù
parataraà sac-cid-anandamaya-nitya-mukta-brahma-sthanaà parama padam.
parama - supreme; padam - abode; iti - thus; ca - and; pran a - life force; indriya - and senses; adi - beginning with; antaùkaraëa - in the heart; guëa - qualities; adeù - beginning with; parataram - superiority; sat - eternal; cit - knowledge; ananda - and bliss; maya - consisting of; nitya - eternally; mukta - liberated; brahma - of the Supreme Personality of Godhead; sthanam - the place; parama-padam - the supreme abode.
abode, which is far above the material world of the modes of nature, material
life, material senses, material mind, and all else material, is the home
of the eternal, all knowing, always blissful Supreme Personality of Godhead,
who is always untouched by matter. That is the supreme abode.
(Niralambha Upanishad Text 36 )
iti ca deça-kala-vastu-pariccheda-rahitya-cin
grahyam - to be accepted; iti - thus; ca - and; deça - place; kala - time; vastu - thing; pariccheda - limits; rahitya - without; cit - spirit; matra - only; svarupam - form; grahyam - to be accepted.
The Supreme Personality
of Godhead, whose spiritual form is not limited by time, space, or anything
else material, should be accepted. He should be accepted.(Niralambha Upanishad
Text 37 )
iti ca sva-svarupa-vyatirikta-maya-maya
agrahyam - not to be accepted; iti - thus; ca - and; sva - own; svarupa - form; vyatirikta - beyond; maya - of maya; maya - made; buddhi - intelligence; indriya - and senses; gocara - within the range; jagat - of the material world; satyatva - of the reality; cintanam - the thought; agrahyam - not to be accepted.
idea that the material world, which is perceived by the material intelligence
and material senses and created by the Mäyä potency, and which
is different in nature from the true spiritual identity of the living beings,
is the true reality, should not be accepted. It should not be accepted.(Niralambha
Upanishad Text 38 )
niralambopaniñadaà yo 'dhéte gurv-anugrahataù so 'gni
puto bhavati sa vayu-puto bhavati na sa punar avartate na sa
punar avartate punar nabhijayate punar nabhijayate ity upaniñat.
niralambopaniñadam - Niralamba Upaniñad; yaù - who; adhéte - studies; guru - of the spiritual master; anugrahataù - by the mercy; saù - he; agni - fire; putaù - pure; bhavati - becomes; sa - he; vayu - air; putaù - pure; bhavati - becomes; na - not; sa - he; punaù - again; avartate - returns; na - not; sa - he; punaù - again; avartate - returns; punaù - again; na - not; abhijayate - is born; punaù - again; na - not;abhijayate - is born; iti - thus; upaniñat - the Upaniñad.
A person who studies this Nirälamba Upaniñad becomes, by his spiritual master's mercy, pure like fire. He becomes pure like the wind. He does not return. He does not return. He is not born again. He is not born again. Thus the Upaniñad.reality, should not be accepted. It should not be accepted.(Niralambha Upanishad Text 40 )
yävän artha udapäne
tävän sarveñu vedeñu
yävän—all that; arthaù—is meant; uda-päne—in a well of water; sarvataù—in all respects; sampluta-udake—in a great reservoir of water; tävän—similarly; sarveñu—in all; vedeñu—Vedic literatures; brähmaëasya—of the man who knows the Supreme Brahman; vijänataù—who is in complete knowledge.
All purposes served by a small well can at once be served by a great reservoir of water. Similarly, all the purposes of the Vedas can be served to one who knows the purpose behind them.(Bhagavad Gita 2:46.)
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"Cooked food left sitting for three hours is called yata-yama, indicating that it has lost its taste, and similarly if a devotee does not remain fixed in Krishna consciousness, the transcendental knowledge that once inspired him on the spiritual path will lose its 'taste' or meaning for him. Thus Sandipani Muni blesses his disciples that the Vedic mantras, which reveal the Absolute Truth, will never lose their meaning for them, but will remain ever fresh in their minds." (Bhag. 10.80.42, purport)
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"Sometimes it is argued that mostly devotees are not very much educated.
It doesn't matter. This external, academic education has no value for spiritual
advancement." - November 1, 1972, Vrndavana, Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.21
"Fire is fire. It is not that because a child takes fire, it will not
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They have taken fire, and it is acting as fire." - November 1, 1974, Bombay,
"You take one rice and you press it in the hand; you can understand
the whole rice pot is now ready. Similarly, if you thoroughly understand
this spiritual entity, you can understand what is God." - November 1, 1975,
Nairobi Bhagavad-gita 7.5
"You should detest sense gratification and tolerate the duality of pleasure and pain, which are like the seasonal changes of summer and winter." - November 1, 1976, Vrndavana, Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.10
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Srila Prabhupada's Rooms Being Destroyed
an appeal by Deena Bandhu dasa
Nov 6, VRINDABAN (SUN) — My dear Maharajas and Prabhujis, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
Yesterday I went to Srila Prabhupada's Bhajan Kutir in Radha Damodara Mandir and was horrified to see that on the kitchen side all the shelves that were there from Prabhupada's time are being torn out under the guise of renovation. I asked Krishna Kishore who stays there why he was doing this, and he answered that he was not doing it, but the Goswami from Radha Damodar Mandir without consulting anyone was doing this "renovation". We never asked for this work to be done.
Since traditionally the temple president of Vrindavan deals with these Goswamis, I asked what he was doing about it. Krishna Kishore's said the president's answer was that this was a VEB (Vrindavan Executive Board) matter. When I asked what they were doing, he had no idea.
We have all been there to see the picture of Srila Prabhupada taking
prasad and gazing out the window at the Samadhi Mandir
of Srila Rupa Goswami. All these shelves were visible behind him.
A protest should be made against this horrible sacrilege. Please
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In service of Sri Sri Krishna Balaram,
Deena Bandhu dasa
Prosecutors Veto Construction of Krishna Temple in
BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT
Nov 1, MOSCOW (SUN) — The prosecutor’s office of the Russian capital has cancelled city hall’s decision to build a Krishna temple in northern Moscow, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday. A spokesman for the Moscow city prosecutor’s office told the agency, that a check carried out by the prosecutors had revealed violations of land-use legislation by the city officials who penned the order on construction of a Krishna temple at 39 Leningradsky Prospekt.
The prosecutor’s office has informed the city mayor of its findings and urged him to take measures to remedy the situation, the spokesman said. “The government of Moscow has recognized the reasoning substantiated and satisfied the request of the prosecutor’s office by canceling the order issued earlier,” the prosecutor’s office said.
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Appeal to President Mr. Putin for protection of Hindu dharma in Moscow.
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To: Govt. of Russia, USA , India and UNO
President Vladimir Putin
The President of Russia
The Presidential Executive Office
4, Staraya Square, Moscow, 103132
Subject: The Mayor of Moscow cancelled the order issued by the Moscow Government one and a half years ago giving ISKCON Moscow a plot of land for construction of a new temple to replace the old temple building
Dear President Mr. Putin:
I was very upset to learn that the land in Moscow had given for the construction of the new Vedic Hare Krishna temple has recently been taken away in an unfair and unprecedented arbitrary decision by Mayor of Moscow, Mr.Yuriy Luzhkov.
Since 1989 the ISKCON Hare Krishna temple has been the only place of worship for thousands of followers of Hindu dharma among both the Indian and Russian communities in Moscow. In 2003 the Moscow Government requested ISKCON to vacate their building. In exchange the Mayor's office gave a new plot of land for the construction of a new temple complex in a prominent part of the city and made to relocate there despite there being no sewerage or electricity connections. ISKCON spent over $250,000 constructing temporary facilities to continue worship operations.
Since October 2003 the temple activities have been conducted in a temporary facility on the gifted land with the expectation of planning approval for a new and wonderful Temple and Vedic Cultural Center. The old building was immediately demolished.
Without warning, on October 7, 2005 the Mayor of Moscow, Mr. Luzhkov arbitrarily withdrew the decision of the Moscow Government on the excuse of some technical mistakes made in the wording of the deed of gift. Further, he issued an order of eviction to remove the devotees from the land, with no alternative offered.
This was done without any consultation or even clarification. Now thousands of followers of Hinduism in Moscow can be legally kicked out from the temporary facilities at any moment
If this unrighteous decision is upheld thousands of members of the Indian community and the followers of Hare Krishna in Moscow will have no place of worship.
This is a gross violation of their religious and human rights.
I hereby request you as the person who is entrusted to protect the law and order in the country of Russia to please urgently investigate the situation and reestablish justice.
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Remembering Kusakratha Prabhu ACBSP
Kusakratha Prabhu's life is an inspiration to the devotees of Lord Krishna. I first saw him in the San Francisco temple, where he was staying for a short time, just coming from the NY temple. He was sensitive to the cold weather, and so he wore pants or jeans under his dhoti. He chanted japa very, very slowly, carefully pronouncing each syllable of the maha-mantra, taking several hours to chant his rounds. This is a great example for us all, to remember to slow down and carefully enunciate the holy names during our japa. I believe that he went to San Diego after that, where he told me that he would sometimes eat 20 japatis in a single sitting. Eventually he settled down in LA, and it was there at New Dwarka that I got to know him. I went to his room occasionally and we would talk for some time. He taught Sanskrit to the kids in gurukula and served with the BBT. Kusa was a transcendental genius, and a bit of an avadhuta. He was always in high spirits. Often we would see each other at a distance, on Watseka, and he would immediately raise both arms above his head, in the Lord Caitanya mudra, walking briskly with a gleeful look on his face. I would raise my arms too as we both shouted out “Nitai-Gour!” He had a cowherd boy sense of humor and his speech was always full of Vaikuntha happiness.
Kusakratha was resolute in purpose, reminding me of the Gita verse, ekaha kuru nanadana, "Those who are on this path are resolute in purpose, and their aim is one."BG2.41. He utilized every moment for his service, being requested by devotees to produce the Krishna Library Corporation editions, the translations of some of the Gosvami's books. He was a transcendental genius, being precocious as a boy, in music and literature. Along with being a genius, he was eccentric like an avadhuta, always inattentive to the exterior world, because of his constant internal absorption in Krishna and His service. A typical genius, like Einstein, is usually eccentric and absent minded, being absorbed in material lofty subjects like physics, trying to figure out the Lord's material energy, with quantum theories and so on, but such genius is inconsequential to the real goal of life. Fortunately for us, Kusakratha’s genius was not wasted on material calculations, but was properly used for glorification of Lord Sri Krsna, by rendering transcendental literatures of the Gosvamis into English, only for the glorification of Sri Uttamasloka, meaning "one who is worshipped by the best of selected Sanskrit verses."
Srila Prabhupada writes in Cc that he recommends for some devotees to read Lalita-madhava and other works of the Gosvamis, [and I may add this recommendation, after one has read Srila Prabhupada’s books 2-3 times], and these are his exact words- "Actually going to Vrndavana involves taking shelter of the six Gosvamis by reading the Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, Vidagdha-madhava, Lalita-madhava and the other books that they have given. In this way one can understand the transcendental loving affairs between Radha and Krsna."Adi 8.31P. Srila Prabhupada made several other statements like this, and I believe there was a morning walk comment that he aspired that his disciples would finish the translations of the works of the Gosvamis. Kusa took up this service, requested by devotees, so that we could take advantage of Srila Prabhupada's recommendations above.
After 1977 some devotees formed the Vaisnava Institute, which was later changed to the Krishna Library Corporation. The purpose was to fulfill Srila Prabhupada’s desire that the works of the six Gosvamis be printed.
The Krishna Library was mainly Kusakratha dasa as the translator, with several members of the board to oversee his productions. The board members were comprised of several devotees like Rabindranatha and Srikanta, mature disciples of Srila Prabhupada, who all encouraged Kusa to do this service. In this way, the edict of Srila Krishna dasa Kaviraja was fulfilled, that being that no one should attempt to write or translate transcendental literatures without being sanctioned and blessed by other Vaisnavas.
So, Kusa was single-minded in unalloyed devotion to his work. For this reason, when I came over for a visit, I had to think of many philosophical points and questions to pose to him about one of his books, or some passage and it's meaning. I had to keep the philosophic topics flowing, because if the conversation got a hole in it and started to sink, then he would say, "time to get back to work." I never wanted to leave because such discussions were so nectarine and rare. He never wasted a moment.
When he first went to India and arrived in Vrndavan, he told me it only took him 5 minutes to know that he belonged in Vrindavan, and he decided to move his whole operation to Vrndavan. He said that he would sneak into the prasadam hall at odd times, when nobody was around. Because, if there was a crowd, then inevitably someone would say, "hey kush, how's it going?" and then he'd be captured for about 20 minutes of prajalpa and distraction. He didn't care for that, he just liked doing his work for Krishna. Kusa also told me that only a few people on the planet were able to make conversation in Sanskrit, and he would sometimes converse with them in that way.
I remember one night, I accosted Kusa on Watseka, and we stopped on the sidewalk, leaning against the fence, telling a few jokes, with Kusa laughing hard. [Humor of a transcendental nature, of course.] I was thinking, "here I am, hanging out with Kusa on Watseka, cracking jokes, what an oddity." After a few minutes, he was back to work. It didn't matter if it was day or night, he was always going full throttle at his work.
He told me about the most amazing book order I've ever heard of. It must have been a Guinness world record for a book sale in a single day, for a solitary self-publisher. Here was just one man writing, translating, producing and printing and selling hundreds of titles, all by himself. One day he got a call from a German devotee, who asked him how much it would cost to get two copies of every book Kusa had in stock, plus the shipping to Germany. Kusa calculated for a while and then told the German devotee it was, [if memory serves], about 5,000 dollars. The German devotee told Kusa that he was writing out the check, as they spoke. What a sale. What a flood of nectar for the German devotees.
He had a funny way of getting prasadam sometimes. Cooking was not his proclivity, as it took too much of his time. Living in the green apartments there in New Dwarka, he said there were always an occasional Vaisnava gathering, or some birthday party, in one of the green apartments. Kusa had this uncanny sixth sense of knowing exactly when the prasadam was about to be served, and at the opportune time he would crash the party with his big steel plate, and the servers would load him up to the top. In that way he would get prasadam that lasted another day. At feasts in the temple he would come with a huge bowl and tell the server in his ever-jovial voice, "don't be shy," and they would fill up his bowl, and that would hold him over to the next day.
His rooms were always full of books, and in my mind it was compared to a pastime of the sixteenth century, when Srila Jiva Gosvami formed the first traveling sankirtan party, which consisting of Shrinivas, Narottam, and Shyamananda. They left Vrindavan with the manuscripts of the original works by Rupa, Sanatan, Gopal Bhatta, Raghunath Das, and Jiva, in a large wooden chest. These manuscripts were the only existing copies of these works, and so this wooden chest was said to be a treasure of "the most precious gems." During their journey, one night the chest was stolen by some dacoits, and afterwards there ensued the very nice pastime of how Srinivas recovered the stolen manuscripts and how King Birhambir became his disciple.
In that way, Kusa's room was a treasure chest of the "most precious gems" of thousands of books of the Gosvamis and Vedic literatures. These books were stacked up all over the living room and other rooms, and it was difficult to walk around his apartment. Kusa lived and breathed books as his life and soul. He produced thousands of books, and was always producing new titles. In fact, he also wrote several books of his own poetry, in Sanskrit and English, several of which I have, very amazing books. He explained to me the business end of it all, how there was a mystical hand in the printing and selling of books. He said how he would send new titles to the printers, get hundreds printed, and then get a printing bill of several thousand dollars, with no plan of how to pay it. Then shortly after he would sell a whole bunch of books, which would cover the printing bill. Then the same thing would happen all over again, he would print a whole bunch of books, get a huge bill, and then sell enough books to pay off the bill, and then be broke again. He was going on, with faith that Krsna would provide, and the books expanded unlimitedly.
Kusa employed a few devotees to do the typing of the manuscripts into text form, but he did a lot of this typing himself. I asked if he was a good typist, and how fast he was. He told me that he only used his two forefingers, never learning the keyboard like most people do. He taught himself a method of memorizing keys only for his two fingers, and said he was “the fastest two finger picker west of the Mississippi.” He gave me a little demonstration and he was right, his fingers were blazing fast.
Kusa was totally resolute and fixed in a single purpose of doing this book service, which was his service to Srila Prabhupada and Lord Krishna. For this reason, Kusa was completely oblivious to the world around him, because he was always thinking of what to do next. You might call him an avadhuta, because he wasn't so much aware as to the degree of neglect of his personal appearance and so on. He just didn't see the external world around him.
He had this bundi where one section of the coat was completely disintegrated, should have been thrown away long ago, but he wore it like nothing was strange. His apartment was very untidy, and the books were stacked up with little organization. He told me that a certain devotee would sometimes come and clean the apartment and arrange the books in order. But, in a few weeks it would all be back to normal, chaotic and untidy. This is totally excusable though, because Kusa just didn’t have time to think about anything but his service. He showed me his astrological chart, done by Srikara dasa, and I noticed that Venus was in the 12th house, which always means untidy appearance and unkempt house, and so on. Of course, Mercury was very strong in the chart, indicating "a man of letters," an author, or dealer of books.
His apartment at one time got infested with roaches, and I could see highways of roaches commuting on the wall, more congested than the Santa Monica freeway. But, being a roach in Kusa's house wasn't so bad for the roach, I guess, as Srila Bhaktivinode wrote that he prayed to be born in a devotee's house, even as an insect. Kusa was completely oblivious to the roaches, didn’t see them at all, when some other person would be freaking out. Kusa handed me one of his new books, and it had a baby roach crawling on it. It surprised me that Kusa didn't see the roach, maybe he did see it, I wasn’t sure. I said, "even the cockroaches are liberated." Kusa laughed inaudibly so hard, that his whole body shook while rocking back and forth. Those were great times in my life.
One day, by great fortune, he treated me to a narration of Vidagdha-madhava in the local Laundromat. I was walking around the temple at night and saw Kusa carrying his laundry, so I walked with him to the Laundromat behind the temple. The subject of Vidagdha-madhava came up, and Kusa decided to narrate to me a synopsis of the pastime of Vidagdha-madhava, written by Srila Rupa Gosvami, which are very intricate pastimes of Lord Krsna and His devotees. While he did laundry, he recounted the whole story off the top of his head. Ordinarily, if I were to read such a book, I would have to read it over and over again, just to slightly understand just a fraction of one such amazing pastimes of Krsna. But Kusa knew it all by heart, and recited it like he perfectly understood it. And hearing it, my heart understood it at the moment, but I've forgotten it all since then. I was thinking of how only a very few devotees on the whole planet even knew these pastimes, even read the book, and even fewer understood them, and I was lucky to hear the straight narration of pastimes, in synopsis, from Kusa, and it was a river of nectar.
Here are a few of some of the many verses composed by Kusakratha, and these particular verses are personal aspirations of the highest order, his fervent petitions to Lord Krishna for service-
From "Sri Vedanta-rahasya" by Kusakratha dasa, English only-
Some day will I, acutely aware of how Lord Krsna is concerned for the welfare of the conditioned souls, earnestly preach the glories of Lord Krsna's holy name to the people of this world?
Some day, simply by speaking the word 'Krsna' will I place lotus-limbed Lord Krsna in the hearts of all who hear me?
When, as I walk in Vrndavana and see the holy places of Lord Krsna's pastimes, will tears flow from my eyes, and my heart become stunned, overcome with bliss and love?
When, chanting japa of Lord Krsna's names, will I suddenly see Radha and Krsna, splendid like a lightning flash and a dark monsoon cloud?
When, walking in charming Vrndavana forest, suddenly seeing lotus-eyed Lord Krsna, and falling down to offer dandavat obeisances, will I recite many sweet and poetic prayers?
Yes, my dear godbrother, Kusakratha prabhu, I'm sure you've attained the treasured goals of these pure desires expressed in hundreds of your original verses. I’m sure you are walking in Vrndavana right now, with tears flowing from your eyes. You were always thinking, speaking, chanting and hearing the holy names of our Lordships, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, every minute of your life. You have placed lotus-limbed Lord Krsna in many devotees’ hearts, and even my hard heart as well. Thank you so much for your life of dedication, all glories to your service, I will always think of you, and Krishna willing, may we all be reunited some day, in the green pastures of Goloka. Begging to remain your servant, and a friend feeling your separation, Vishoka dasa.
"The War Against Hinduism"
as it was published by "The Organiser" in India.
By Stephen Knapp
American Scholar on Indian Chrisitan Schools - The War Against Hinduism
Another way that India is slowly losing its Vedic culture is through
the process of secular or English and Christian education. Of course, in
public schools all Vedic books have been removed from the curriculum. So
there are no possibilities to study the ancient Indian literature or art.
Thus Vedic values are no longer part of what the children are taught. Furthermore,
the Christian schools, often staffed by Christian missionaries, can teach
Christian values in their classes, and include a short study of the Bible
everyday, or of a Koran if it´s an Islamic school. The so-called
secular govern-ment has even helped them with free land and facilities.
Since these schools offer English in their education, along with good discipline,
many of the middle classes of Indians are favouring sending the children
to these schools. Today, in the Indian cities, many parents of today´s
children are the graduates of Christian schools, who also send their own
children to such schools. As this!
trend continues, there will be a decreasing number of Hindus in the educated sector. Thus, children in India, with the help of the secular government, are learning Christian values and perceiving their own history and culture as something less than honourable. They are taught that such important books as the Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana, Bhagavat Purana and other Vedic texts are nothing more than mythology, and not a reuslt of one of the most profound civilisations of the world. They are also taught that their own God is but a demon and the only real way to God is through Jesus.
An example of this is that a few devotees from the New Delhi Iskcon (Hare Krishna) temple go out and give presentations at children´s classes in schools. Some of the questions that are asked by the children are, “Who is your God?” and “What can your God do for me?” and so on. Obviously, these questions are nothing but a direct result of the Christian and English-oriented education that these children are receiving. Now I ask anyone, ‘Isn´t this practically a covert form of conversion?´ This form of education indoctrinates the children to doubt their own culture, and disrespect their own history and traditions. As a result of this form of education, the Hindu population is slowly forgetting the unique history and lofty culture of their homeland.
As I travelled around, it was not unusual to see elementary schools around India with the name something like ‘Saint Xavier´s School´. People should know that this Francis Xavier, who is now one of the greatest so-called ‘saints´, feverishly declared, “When I have finished baptising the people, I order them to destory the huts in which they keep their idols; and I have them break the statues of their idols into tiny pieces, since they are now Christians. I could never come to an end describing to you the great consolation which fills my soul when I see idols being destroyed by the hands of those who had been idolaters,” (from The Letters and Instructions of Francis Xavier, 1993, pp 117-8). This was his goal: to destroy Indian culture and make India a Christian nation. So it is ironic that now India embraces the schools that honour him in this way. How could they not know his true intention?
What is often not recognised is that, up until recently, for the last 50 years the politicians who have been directing the destiny of India are the ones who have an anti-Hindu attitude. They have set the eocnomic direction and the educational policies that the country has been forced to follow. They have also promised the protection of the religious minorities with the hope of acquiring votes. This has been one of the reasons why the secularists in the Congress Party have treated everything that is Hindu with disdain.
Another aspect of the loss of Vedic culture in India is that the younger
Indian generation, especially in ages from 15 to 25, are readily giving
up Vedic customs to follow the more decadent so-called freedom of the West.
They see the western movies, they read what the celebrities say in the
papers, and they admire them and want to adopt their form of dress and
lifestyles. Thus, in big cities like Mumbai, you have Indian couples living
together without marriage, which is something you never would have seen
before, a few years back. Now the Vedic principles are looked upon as something
obsolete, something that restrict the style that those who look to the
West want to adopt. Thus, they are leaving Indian traditions behind and
losing respect for anything Vedic. In this way, they adopt foreign standards,
or lose so much respect for Indian and Vedic values that they become embarrased
to admit their Hindu background and heritage. Furthermore, Sanskrit scholars
at the temples are a!
lso slowly dying out, and the modern Indians view the Ramayana and Mahabharata as merely myths or gaudy television shows.
Although India has been invaded by outsiders so many times and has always survived, what we are talking about is more than mere property or geography. What is actually being threatened is the basis of Indian culture itself. As younger generations give up their Vedic heritage, even if they return to it later when they are older and looking for more philosophical support, with whatever percentage of loss that occurs with each generation, time has shown that it is never fully recovered. A portion of it is lost forever.
Another way of looking at this is that India presently enjoys an 85 per cent Hindu majority in its population. This may sound quite significant, but in actuality this includes 15 per cent Buddhists, Sikhs, and Jains. So it is really only a 70 per cent majority. How many more generations will go by before we see a big drop in this percentage due to the process of secular (meaning Christian or English, or even Islamic) education, or with the present rate of conversions by tactless Christians? This percentage could easily drop well below 50 per cent in only several more generations at the present rate of change.
How many more generations will it take before the Hindu majority is no longer a majority, but a minority in its own country? As Hinduism declines, you will see that the demands on the government and those voted into politics will also change, and the laws will also alter more in favour of the increasing minority religions at the expense of declining Hinduism. Then, as the years go by, there will appear only small clusters of Hindu or Vedic communities, most likely centred around prominent holy places, until the more aggressive religions act in ways to diminish these as well, in the same way that they are presently doing in other countries.
The point of all this information is that it is time for all Hindus and followers of the Vedic culture, Sanatana dharma, to realise what is actually happening and give up their timidness or nonchalance and speak out while such freedom still exists. We must become more pro-active for defending this culture. The point is that if you do not take it seriously, I can assure you that there are others who can take this inaction and tolerance extremely seriously to promote their own goals and religions in India. It is because of this that India may not always remain the homeland of an active and thriving Vedic culture as it is now. We need to protect whatever is left of it and maintain the present liberties that Hindus still have in India. Then we all can continue to engage in Vedic traditions without hindrance, and with full freedom. For this, we need to unite ourselves in a concerted effort to make this happen. And it most certainly is possible.
Recently, as told to me by Professor Subhash Kak, it was noted in a reputable publication that now one per cent of the Russian population claim that they are Hindu. The article stated that this was primarily due to the preaching efforts of Iskcon. This shows a major social impact. This shows what is possible if we can work together in a concerted effort. This is why I am convinced that if we all work in a pro-active way under the banner of a united family of Vedic followers, we can keep and even expand the present freedom that we now have to practise Vedic traditions, and keep India as the homeland of Vedic culture—the most ancient roots of humanity.
India must be protected and kept as the homeland of the Vedic heritage,
Sanatana dharma, Hinduism. Without it, what is its value, in spite of whatever
else it accomplishes? The value of Hinduism and India are clearly expressed
in the words of the famous English theosophist, Dr Annie Besant. She put
great emphasis on the value of India, its history, the Vedic culture, and
its importance to the world. As written in the cover notes from the book,
Hindus, Life-Line of India, by G.M. Jagtiani, she says: “After a study
of some 40 years and more of the great religions of the world, I find none
so perfect, none so scientific, none so philosophic, and none so spiritual
as the great religion known by the name of Hinduism. The more you know
it, the more you will love it; the more you try to understand it, the more
deeply you will value it. Make no mistake: without Hinduism, India has
no future. Hinduism is the soil into which India´s roots are struck,
and torn of that she will inevitab!
ly wither, as a tree torn out from its place. Many are the religions and many are the races flourishing in India, but none of them stretches back into the far dawn of her past, nor are they necessary for her endurance as a nation. Everyone might pass away as they came, but India would still remain. But let Hinduism vanish and what is she? A geographical _expression of the past, a dim memory of a perished glory, her literature, her art, her monuments, all have Hindudom written across them. And if Hindus do not maintain Hinduism, who shall save it? If India´s own children do not cling to her faith, who shall guard it? India alone can save India, and India and Hinduism are one.”
As Hinduism declines, you will see that the demands on the government and those voted into politics will also change, and the laws will also alter more in favour of the increasing minority religions at the expense of declining Hinduism. Then, as the years go by, there will appear only small clusters of Hindu or Vedic communities.
In this light, it is absolutely necessary that as followers of Sanatana dharma, Vedic culture, we realise that we need to repair whatever differences we have between us regarding whatever issues there may be. This is necessary in order to work with some cooperation with whoever we can, if we expect to be a substantial force in defending the Vedic cause. Otherwise, all the issues that invariably come up, although these should not be ignored, should not take so much of our attention that our preaching stops. Otherwise, we will only serve as contributors to the continuing deterioration of all spiritual standards as the age of Kali progresses. This preaching, of course, means that we must all stay in touch with and practise the Vedic standards.
We cannot allow ourselves to be led into the danger of endless debate that leads to inaction. We all must be pro-active in some way to help defend and spread Vedic culture. Then we can work together to keep the freedom we presently have to practise the Vedic traditions and keep India as the homeland of a thriving, dynamic, and still living tradition. Such freedom does not come without its challenges, and we must be prepared as a society to meet those challenges. To take such freedom for granted means that it is only a matter of time before it is lost. And that is exactly what some people want to happen. So we must be willing to work all the harder to prevent such a decline of our Vedic heritage.
I did the Pause for Thought again yesterday with Terry Wogan and his seven million plus faithful listeners. He was very nice (trained as a Jesuit priest, apparently), introducing me as a Hindu theologian (ahem), writer and President of the Manchester Hare Krishna Centre. After a little bit of banter, I delivered the following brief piece:
"The world seems to be having its share of human tragedy lately. For those sadly involved the question 'Why me' is so often asked. As I'm sure you know, Hinduism includes the doctrine of karma. But to many that seems like an insensitive answer that simply adds guilt to the pain already felt. 'It's your own fault, your karma.'
But karma is not about blame, it is about taking responsibility for our acts, and accepting the natural consequences. Surely this is the way we all want to live, free to act as we please, and to get the results. But some of those results are not what we expect or want. Although we always aim for happiness, sometimes we suffer.
In my efforts to train my children I teach them that they have choices, but each choice is accompanied by a certain consequence. I want them to learn which choices lead to their happiness, and which don't. Obviously, as their father I love them deeply, and want only what is best for them. But, as we all know, children are not naturally attracted to the best things - they require training.
The Bhagavad-gita tells us that God is also training us, his children. The do's and don'ts of scripture are directions meant for our happiness. The Lord is not a killjoy, but is simply steering us away from things he knows will end in pain, just as the loving parent does with his child. But if we choose to ignore him, then we choose the painful consequence. To my endless frustration, I find my children choosing the pain of chores and lost privileges many times before they learn. It seems we too often make the wrong choices - I know I am always doing it. But gradually I am learning. By choosing the Lord's directions, as difficult as they may seem in the beginning, I am realising that the results are always good.
In accepting responsibility for my situation I feel empowered and a sense of relief, rather than guilt. Sure, I make mistakes, but that's part of the learning process. And although the pain is sometimes hard to bear, I always know that the person in control loves me and wants only one thing, my ultimate happiness."
the author Krishna dharma dasa
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Nov 2, UDUPI (SUN) — Following the devastating terrorist attack in Delhi a few of days ago, residents of Udupi are pressing the government to step up security preparations against a feared attack by terrorists in their city.
Sources at the intelligence bureau say that the terrorist group landed in the coastal district more than a month ago, and is chalking out strategies to derail security and administrative systems. Home Ministry is on alert and has urged the police department to be on the lookout, especially with regard to strangers who might have taken up residence in the Manipal, Udupi area over the last one-month period or so.
Confirmed sources in the Intelligence bureau sources have revealed that Shri Krishna Temple is on the terrorist's hit list, along with Kollur Mookambika Temple, education institutions in Manipal, government and private offices, software companies including Infosys, and religious places in Mangalore
Udupi is in Daksina Kannada (South Karnataka) in an area known as Parasurama-ksetra. Udupi is the main center of the Madhva Sampradaya, as Sri Madhvacarya established his Dvaita Vedanta philosophy and propagated it from this place. He also installed the Deity of Krsna that had previously been worshiped by Rukmini-devi in Dvaraka. He obtained this Deity when he saved a ship from sinking off the coast of Udupi and was presented a large piece of gopi-candana. When he washed the candana away in the Madhva-sarovara (the pond adjacent to the temple), a beautiful Deity of Bala-Krsna manifested. Sri Madhva initiated eight of his chief disciple into the sannyasa order and they established eight mathas around the Sri Krsna Temple.
The flesh-eaters of India
Though largely unnoticed, a historic dietary shift is taking hold in India. Non-vegetarian Indians are eating eggs, chicken, and meat more often and in greater amounts. And a vast number of vegetarians — 20% of India's population, according to the authoritative Peoples of India — have begun to try out flesh foods outside home.
Hard data and anecdotal evidence bear out this dietary shift. India's per capita consumption of poultry meat has doubled in the last five years. Though urban areas eat three-quarters of India's poultry meat, the consumption of egg, fish, and meat has also gone up in rural homes, reports the National Sample Survey.
This dietary change isn't surprising because global trends show that increa-sed meat-eating accompanies rising incomes. For India, however, it's an irreversible moment in its history. Home to over 90% of the world's Hindus, Hinduism is the world's only major religion with a streak of vegetarianism. But globalisation is changing that, as Indian food habits move in tune with a meat-eating world.
India's per capita consumption of meat is still tiny at 5.2 kg per annum. The average Pakistani, Chinese and American eats two times, 10 times and 23 times more meat, respectively, than an Indian. The Hindu unease over flesh food has fallen for three reasons.
First, the falling price of eggs and poultry meat thanks to spiralling production; second, the seductiveness of inexpensive tandoori chicken available at every street corner; and third, the overseas travel of some four million Indians every year. When they go abroad and find everybody eating meat and vegetarian food hard to find, they can't help but be influenced.
The cheapest meats will sell the most in a poor country. This is entirely true of India. Despite BJP propaganda, hard data suggests that Indians have little aversion to eating beef (available only in West Bengal and Kerala) and buffalo meat. These two meats sell nearly twice as much as chicken because their cost is half.
And chicken sells four times as much as goat meat because it's much cheaper by Rs 40 a kg in Delhi. It's all a question of money. Pig meat, for instance, is widely regarded by traditional Hindus as unclean. But it sells much more than goat meat, thanks to its lower cost. A person's wallet decides his meat preferences.
A non-vegetarian Muslim Bangladeshi eats less meat per capita than a partly vegetarian Indian because Bangladeshis are poorer. Despite a trend towards increased meat-eating, India has more vegetarians than the whole world put together. A few decades can't wipe out centuries of tradition. Meat-eating (and even egg-eating) in India is full of idiosyncrasies.
Strict vegetarians will eat a cake with egg in it but will recoil from a fried egg. Experimenting vegetarians will eat a meat kebab or mutton curry but not a meat piece. Lakhs of north Indians will eat mutton but not fish or buffalo meat. More men than women eat meat. People don't eat meat on religious days and when they grow old.
Meat sales fall on Tuesdays, a Hindu holy day. Many Hindu pilgrim towns don't permit the sale of meat and even eggs. Widespread vegetarian eccentricities make it impossible to estimate the number of vegetarian households in India. The National Sample Survey puts the percentage at a questionable 42. But it's the Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organisation which best describes India's dietary shift to meat.
"Strict vegetarians are becoming less strict", it says. Globalisation, however, irons out crinkles in human behaviour. Globalisation plus the need of the stomach has even eroded India's taboo against eating beef and buffalo meat. Twenty years ago, beef and buffalo meat accounted for 3% of India's meat production. Today, they account for 50%.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that it's only the upper castes esti-mated at 16% of India's population in the 1931 census which avoid buffalo meat. Other castes have no such reservations. They have the numbers.
The writer is a journalist
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Tsunami reveals ancient temple sites
By Paddy Maguire
BBC News, Madras
Thursday, 27 October 2005
Layers of sea shells and debris point to previous tsunami strikes Archaeologists say they have discovered the site of an ancient temple in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.
It is the latest in a series of archaeological discoveries in the area struck by December's tsunami, which desilted large areas of the coastline.
The brick temple dates back more than 2,000 years to the late Tamil Sangam period and was discovered on the beachfront near Saluvankuppam, just north of a famous World Heritage site at Mahabalipuram.
The discovery lends more weight to growing evidence that a huge tsunami hit the east coast of India during this period, obliterating large habitations along the coastline.
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) made the discovery while looking for a 9th Century Pallava temple.
We are looking at the remains of a brick temple that was destroyed by a tsunami approximately 2,200 years ago
Badrinarayanan S, rtd director,
Geological Survey of India
"The tsunami exposed inscriptions on a huge rock that had previously been protected as a site of importance," said T Satyamurthy of the ASI.
"These inscriptions dated back to 935 AD and said that Krishna the Third, from the Rashtrakuda Dynasty in Karnataka, had given gold to a temple to pay for keeping an eternal flame alight.
"This led us to dig further. Near the surface we found coins, pottery, stucco figurines and bronze lamps and so we knew there must be something more. Soon we discovered the remains of the 9th century Pallava temple."
As they continued to excavate they came across the earlier Sangam temple. The distinctive shift from courses of brickwork to large granite slabs indicates the different periods.
"The Pallavas just built on the brick foundations left behind after the Sangam temple was levelled. The two periods are there, clear to see," said Dr Satyamurthy.
But it is the question of how these two temples were destroyed rather than their age that has fired the interest of the teams involved.
Shift from brickwork to granite slabs indicates different periods Layers of sea shells and debris in the sand show that tsunami activity had twice levelled the temple complex.
"The Pallava structure was destroyed by waves some time in the 13th Century and evidence suggests that beneath it, we are looking at the remains of a brick temple that was destroyed by a tsunami approximately 2,200 years ago," said Badrinarayanan S, a retired director of the Geological Survey of India.
Another archaeologist from the ASI, G Thirumoorthy, said: "We can see these tsunami deposits in Orissa, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. We've found that devastation happened along about 1,200km (750 miles) of India's eastern coastline.
"The discovery of this Sangam temple will lead us to other geological sites along the coast and teach us more about the pre-Pallavan period."
Since the tsunami on 26 December, marine archaeologists have also discovered evidence of large structures on the seabed up to 1km out to sea.
They think the structures may be part of a former, legendary city of Mahabalipuram.
Myths state the city was destroyed by a flood sent by gods envious of its beauty.
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Making Food Sacred - Offering
our food to Krishna:
....excerpt from lecture by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1-3 -- San Francisco, March 28, 1968
The Vedic literature says like this, that God has no leg, no hand. Therefore the impersonalists take advantage of it. "Oh, here it is stated God has no legs, no hands." But the next line is, javana grhita: "He can accept everything which you offer Him in devotion."
Now how He can accept? If He has no hand, how He can accept things from us? That means He hasn't got a hand like us. His hand is different. Therefore even though He is situated in the spiritual world, which is far, far away from us, still, He says in the Bhagavad-gita, it is said,
patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
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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Tomato Zucchini Salsa
7 cups. tomatoes, peeled and grated
3 cups. grated white cabbage heart
2 jalapeno peppers, grated fine
8 cups. zucchini, grated fine
5 tbsp. salt
Let ingredients stand overnight.
1 tsp. hing powder
1 tbsp. cumin
1 cup. brown sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tsp. dry mustard powder
2 cups. cider vinegar
2 tsp. crushed red pepper
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. white pepper
1 tsp. turmeric
Boil 30 minutes. Fill HOT JARS and cap. Boil 15 minutes more. Good stuff!
Creamy Olive Spread Recipe
6 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise (see eggless mayonnaise recipe below)
1 cup pimiento stuffed olives, chopped (reserve liquid)
1/2 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons reserved olive liquid
1 dash cayenne pepper
1 dash Tabasco (check the label no garlic)
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce (check label no onion)
In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese with electric beater until fluffy. Add mayonnaise and beat until creamy. Add olives, nuts, olive liquid, cayenne, Tabasco and Worcestershire sauce and blend well. Cover and chill for 24 hours before serving. Serve with assorted crackers or party rye slices.
3 tablespoons lemon juice
1/2 cup milk soy
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon mustard
6 tablespoons vegetable oil
Put all the ingredients except the oil in a blender. Blend on lowest speed. Gradually - literally one drop at a time - add the oil until the mixture starts to thicken. Continue blending until thickened and smooth. Transfer to a jar and store in the refrigerator.
Makes 3/4 cup
BREAD – LIKE THE BAKERS MAKE – BUT BETTER.
This recipe is from the "Kurma" cookbook "Great Vegetarian Dishes" page 34.
Preparation Time: 50 mins
Dough Rising Time: one and half hours
Baking time: 45 mins
Makes 2 loaves
6 teaspoons (30 ml) fresh yeast
1 tablespoon (20 ml) brown sugar
2 1/2 cups (625 ml) warm water
1/2 (125 ml) gluten flour
2 teaspoons (10 ml) salt
6 cups (1.5 litres) wholemeal flour
1 tablespoon (20 ml) oil
1/. Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl, crumbling
the yeast and mixing it well. Leave this bowl undisturbed in a warm place
for 10 minutes or until frothy.
2/. Combine the gluten flour, salt, and half the wholemeal flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast and the oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. Let it stand, covered, for 30 minutes.
3/. Stir the mixture. Add flour to make a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead it for 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elasitc.
4/. Wash and oil the mixing bowl. Roll the dough into a ball, coat it with oil, and place it in the bowl, covered. Let it rise in a warm place for one hour or until it has doubled in size.
5/. Punch down the dough with your fist and knead again lightly. Shape it into 2 loaves. Place the loaves into oiled loaf tins and cover them, placing them in a warm spot for another 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 Centigrade/Celsius - 390 F.
6/. Brush the risen loaves with milk and sprinkle them with sesame seeds. Place them in the hot oven and cook for about 45 minutes or until golden,
crisp, and hollow-sounding when tapped. Remove the tins from the oven and let stand for 10 miutes.
Now you can carefully invert the bread tins and turn out the loaves, placing them on cooling racks. When the loaves are completely cool, slice and use as required.
For a summer dessert what could be simpler than caramalised apple slices, served hot from the barbie with ice cream.
4 dessert apples
1 tbsp Olive oil
grated zest of 2 lemons
2 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
ice cream, to serve
1. Slice the apples into 3cm/1in-thick discs, removing any core. Brush with olive oil. Mix together the lemon zest, sugar and cinnamon.
2. Grill the apple slices on the barbecue for 2 minutes. Turn the apple slices over and sprinkle with the lemon zest mixture.
3. Cook for a further 2-3 minutes and serve with ice cream.
Come home to a warming autumnal pudding with this very easy to make crisp-topped fruit cobbler.
For the fruit:
900g/2lb mixed raspberries and blackberries
3 tbsp clear honey
For the topping:
225g/8oz plain flour
½ tsp salt
3 tsp baking powder
110g/3¾oz butter, chilled, diced
170ml/6fl oz buttermilk
6 brown sugar cubes, crushed
vanilla ice cream
1. Place the fruit into a deep oven-proof dish and spoon over the honey.
2. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. Sieve the flour, salt and baking powder into a food processor. Add the butter and process until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
3. Pour in the buttermilk and briefly pulse the machine until you have a thick, sticky dough.
4. Spoon tablespoons of the mixture over the fruit and sprinkle with
the crushed sugar. Bake the cobbler for 25-30 minutes, or until the crust
is golden brown. Serve warm, accompanied with vanilla ice cream.
Welsh Breakfast Muesli
Freshly prepared muesli makes a healthy breakfast beginning to any morning.
100g/3 1/2oz jumbo oats
275ml/9 3/4fl oz plain natural yoghurt
150ml/5fl oz fresh apple and mango juice
25g/1oz hazelnuts, toasted
50g/2oz mixed pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds, toasted
50g/2oz dried prunes and dates, chopped
50g/2oz dried sultanas (golden raisins)
fresh raspberries and strawberries
1. Mix the oats in a large bowl with the yoghurt, fruit juice, hazelnuts, sunflower, pumpkin, sesame and sunflower seeds. Now add the dried fruit.
2. The mixture will be fairly wet at this stage. Now chill for 15 minutes. Serve in bowls with some fresh summer fruits.
Simple to prepare, this unusual but deliciously sticky classic is traditionally made a few days before bonfire night in the UK, and is known as gingerbread from Yorkshire, there it's is a great winter warmer. Some say it can be kept for a week, and true it does get better as it ages, but very few ever experince such a phenomenon, as it is just so nice it never lasts a week.
Serves 8-10 (why they say that I don't know)
oil, for greasing
225g/8oz self-raising flour
1 tsp ground ginger
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tablespoon yogurt, lightly beaten
115g/3¾oz caster (refined granulated) sugar
115g/3¾oz golden syrup
225ml/8fl oz milk
1. Preheat the oven to 150°C/300°F/Gas 2.
2. Grease a 25 x 18cm (10 x 7in) cake tin and line with greased greaseproof paper.
3. Sift the flour, ginger and bicarbonate of soda into a bowl. Stir in the beaten yogurt and then the caster sugar, mixing well.
4. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and the golden syrup, stirring to mix. Remove from the heat and stir in the milk.
5. Gradually stir the milk mixture into the flour and beaten yogurt mixture. Stir until smooth, then pour into the prepared tin.
6. Bake for about 1 hour or until the mixture starts to shrink away from the sides of the tin.
7. Remove from the oven and turn out onto a wire rack to cool.
8. Cut into squares and serve, preferably after about 2 to 3 days when the parkin will have become nice and sticky.
The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 - 4/21/03-4/27/03
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All the Meatless Pasta preparations
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Different Shapes of pasta:
The Lentil page - very useful all about lentils
and the numerous kinds of lentil
OVER 100 EGGLESS CAKE recipes can be found
on our Main index and
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Visit our Award winning site - Vegetarianism & Beyond
Interesting articles - information - history - arguments - links............ (been re-vamped)
...in fact everything you want to know about Vegetarianism and Beyond:
... last updated 1st October 2004
Nutrition and Health - vitamins, a balanced
diet, through prasadam:
Vegetarian Update - newsletter from NZ Vegetarian
Socity in Wellington:
Siberian Center for Vedic Culture
tasty vegetarian recipes from Food For Peace by Rambhoru devi dasi.
“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat.
That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it.
Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
--Sir Paul McCartney
Check out heaps of information
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download books, Vegetarian Recipe programs, and more.
HUNDREDS OF USEFUL LINKS COMPILED 4 U:
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.
Download one of Bhakti Rasa prabhu's songs
"Don't Eat Your Friends" (It Ain't Nice)
and visit Bhakti Rasa prabhu's site:
Check out Kurma prabhu's new web-site:
check out what he's doing during October 2004
Cooking with Kurma Videos to purchase:
Jesus was a vegetarian video for sale:
Healthy Wealthy and Wise video for sale:
Award-winning video on the science of vegetarianism, featuring important nutritionists, economists and celebrities. This film, produced by ITV, is used by the Vegetarian Society and other organizations to demonstrate the common sense of vegetarianism and non-violence. "Sacred Cow: Pagan Ritual or Cultural Wisdom?" explores the economical, social and ethical aspects of cow protection in Vedic society and today. In "It Is Written," TV celebrity and Seventh Day Adventist Pastor George Vandemann presents a touching explanation of Biblical injunctions on vegetarianism. "In Vegetarina Cuisine for the Athlete," tennis pro Peter Burwash and Nancy Rossi make vegetarian scrambled "eggs", lasagna, soups & more. Delicious! Color, 115 minutes. Also available in VHS and VHS-PAL. PAL version is for most VHS players outside the US and Canada.
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 =>;-))
Visit our Hasya Rasa pages
Laughter Therapy - its no joke:
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FOR YOUR INTEREST: This one is not a joke but I thought you might like to know. These are the names of Lord Caitanya taken from the book "Sri Caitanya Sahasra Nama Stotra", i.e. "A Thousand Names of Lord Caitanya" by Srila Kavi Karnapura (as translated by HG Kusakratha Prabhu from the Krsna Institute)...
So Lord Caitanya is known as the one:
- hasya-kari & hasya-yuk ==> who laughs & jokes
- hasya-priya ==> who is fond of joking
- hasya-nagara ==> who is the hero of those expert in speaking joking words
- hasya-grami & hasya-kara ==> is expert at joking
- pushpa-hasa ==> whose smile & laugh are as charminng as flowers.
Lord Gauranga's smiling & laughing qualities ki...
ys Radhe Govinda dasa
P.S. One of the qualities of Srimati Radharani is that she is very expert
in the art of joking.
This is a MUST READ =>;-Q
Four Wives parable:
Overheard at the local Catholic school where little Sanjay was being taught:
TEACHER: Now, Sam, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?
SANJAY: No sir, I don't have to, my Mom is a good cook and she
offers it to Krishna.
A 60 year old woman was walking along 5th Avenue when she heard a voice from above "You will live to be 100!!"
She looked around and didn't see anyone. Again she heard "You will live to be 100."
Boy, she thought to herself, that was the voice of God. I've got 40 more years to live! So off she went to the plastic surgeon. She got everything fixed from head to toe. When she left the plastic surgeon's office, she got hit by a bus, died, and went up to heaven. She said to God "You told me I would live to be 100. I was supposed to have had 40 more years. So how come you let the bus kill me?".
God said: "I didn't recognize you".
A three-year-old boy went with his dad to see a litter of kittens.
On returning home, he breathlessly informed his mother, "Mataji, There were 2 boy kittens and 2 girl kittens."
"How did you know?" his mother asked.
"Pita picked them up and looked underneath." the child replied. "So I think it must be printed on the bottom."
Three buddies die in a car crash, they go to heaven to an orientation. They
are all asked, "When you are in your casket and friends and family are
mourning upon you, what would you like to hear them say about you?
The first guy says, "I would like to hear them say that I was a great doctor
of my time and a great family man."
The second guy says, "I would like to hear that I was a wonderful husband
and school teacher who made a huge difference in our children of tomorrow."
The last guy replies, "I would like to hear them say, "Look, he's moving!"
Thanks to Shyamasundar ACBSP for that one
One day God was looking down at Earth and saw all of the rascally behavior that was going on. So he called one of His angels and sent the angel to Earth for a time. When he returned, he told God, "Yes, it is bad on Earth; 95% are misbehaving and only 5% are not."
God thought for a moment and said, "Maybe I had better send down a second angel to get another opinion." So God called another angel and sent him to Earth for a time too.
When the angel returned he went to God and said, "Yes, it's true. The Earth is in decline; 95% are misbehaving, but 5% are being good."
God was not pleased. So He decided to email the 5% that were good, because He wanted to encourage them, to give them a little something to help them keep going.
Do you know what the email said?
Okay, just wondering; I didn't get one either.
sent in by Jananirvas prabhu in CHCH
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as knowing when to come in out of the rain, why the early bird gets the worm, life isn't always fair, and maybe it was my fault.
Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don't spend more than you earn) and reliable parenting strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).
His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place.
Reports of a six-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.
Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job they themselves failed to do in disciplining their unruly children
It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer Panadol, sun lotion or a sticky plaster to a student; but, could not inform the parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.
Common Sense lost the will to live as the Ten Commandments became contraband; churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.
Common Sense took a beating when you couldn't defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar can sue you for assault.
Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realise that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge settlement.
Common Sense was preceded in death by his parents, Truth and Trust; his wife, Discretion; his daughter, Responsibility; and his son, Reason. He is survived by three stepbrothers; I Know My Rights, Someone Else is to Blame, and I'm A Victim.
Not many attended his funeral because so few realised he was gone.
If you still remember him pass this on. If not join the majority and do nothing.
sent in by Pauline Archell-Thompson in UK
TEACHER: What is the chemical formula for water?
TEACHER: What are you talking about?
L-JOHNNY: Yesterday you said it's H to O!
Did you ever wonder?
Click on this link to see how really short life is.
thanx again Shyam'
I do not pray for a lighter load, but for a stronger back.
.....profound eh !!!
During a visit to the mental asylum, a visitor asked the Director what the criteria was which defined whether or not a patient should be institutionalized.
"Well," said the Director, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the patient and ask him or her to empty the bathtub."
"Oh, I understand," said the visitor. "A normal person would use the bucket because it's bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"Actually," said the Director, "A normal person would just pull the plug. So tell me, do you want a room with an East view or a West view?"
......nun of that if you don't mind
As the old man lies dying in the bedroom, out in the parlor the family discusses funeral arrangements. Son Gary says, "We'll make a real big thing out of it. We'll have five hundred people. We'll order fifty limos."
Daughter Grace says, "Why do you want to waste money like that? We'll have the family and maybe a few friends. One limo just for us."
They proceed. Grandson Jeff says, "We'll have lots of flowers. We'll surround him with dozens of roses and lilies, dozens and dozens."
Daughter Alice says, "What a waste! We'll have one little bouquet, that's enough."
Suddenly, the voice of the old man is heard, wafting weakly from the
bedroom, "Why don't you get me my pants? I'll walk to the cemetery."
The ways of this material world - strange but true
Indian Yoga Verses Aussie Yoga
and the Australian version........
......yeah it's what happens without proper yoga supervision !
sent in by Rami Sivan - Sydney Aus
This story happened a while ago in Brisbane, and even though it sounds like an Alfred Hitchcock tale, it's true.
John Bradford, a Sydney University student, was on the side of the road, hitch hiking on a very dark night, and in the midst of a storm. The night was rolling on and no car went by. The storm was so strong he could hardly see a few feet ahead of him.
Suddenly he saw a car slowly coming towards him and stopped. John, desperate for shelter, and without thinking about it, got in the car and closed the door, just to realize there was nobody behind the wheel, and the engine wasn't on!
The car started moving slowly. John looked at the road and saw a curve approaching. Scared, he started to pray, begging for his life. Then, just before he hit the curve, a hand appeared through the window, and turned the wheel.
John, paralyzed with terror, watched how the hand appeared every time they came to a curve. John saw the lights of a pub down the road, so, gathering strength, jumped out of the car and ran to it.
Wet and out of breath, he rushed inside and asked for two shots of tequila. He then started telling everybody about the horrifying experience he went through. A silence enveloped everybody when they realized he was crying and....wasn't drunk.
About 10 minutes later, two guys walked into the same pub. They were also wet and out of breath. Looking around and seeing John Bradford sobbing at the bar, one said to the other, (Are you ready for it?)
"Look, Bruce, here's the idiot that got in the car while we were pushing it."
A man died and went to heaven. As he stood in front of Peter at the Pearly Gates, he saw a huge wall of clocks behind him. He asked, "What are all those clocks?"
St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie the hands on your clock will move."
"Oh," said the man, "Whose clock is that?"
That's Nelson Mandela's. The hands have never moved, indicating that he never told a lie."
Incredible," said the man. "And whose clock is that one?"
St. Peter responded, "That's Abraham Lincoln's clock. The hands have moved twice, telling us that Abe told only two lies in his entire life."
Where's Bush's clock?" asked the man.
St. Peter responded, "Bush's clock is in Jesus' office.
He's using it as a ceiling fan
sent in by Shyamasundara prabhu ACBSP
......the original poly-graph
"Mummy, tomorrow I have an oral exam. One question the teacher will ask me is "who made you?" What shall I say?" asked Little Jaspreet Singh.
"Say God made you." replied his mother.
The next day, when the question came up, poor Little Jaspreet Singh forgot what his mother had said, so he explained, "Teacher, until yesterday I was sure it was my father who made me. But then mother said it was someone else - and I can't remember the guy's name."
.......more optical illusions and paradigm twists here:
A little girl was talking to her teacher about whales.
The teacher said it was physically impossible for a whale to swallow a human because even though it was a very large mammal its throat was very small.
The little girl stated that Jonah was swallowed by a whale.
Irritated, the teacher reiterated that a whale could not swallow a human; it was physically impossible.
The little girl said, "When I get to heaven I will ask Jonah".
The teacher asked, "What if Jonah went to hell?"
The little girl replied, "Then you ask him".
Many of us are pleased that this isn't the yuga dharma
Our lawn mower was broken and my wife kept nagging that I should get it fixed. But somehow, the message never sank in.
Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I came home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a pair of scissors.
I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a few moments and when I came back out again I handed her a toothbrush. I told her when you finish cutting the grass you might as well sweep the sidewalk.
The doctor says I will probably walk again, but will always have a limp.
.......and always remember (don't forget...)
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