Newsletter Number #170  ( End January issue2006 A.D. Gaurabda 519 )

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All Glories To Srila Prabhupad.

/ \ All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga.

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IN THIS ISSUE: (click on the hyper-linked underlined below to jump there...)
WWW - news and views: Calendar Updates & Events - Festivals, Feasts, Fasts & Functions:

See the events on Interactive Calendar site for details:

The present year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2005-2006
(some selected locations are available already below)

...Download the Vaishnava Calendar software VCAL 4.01
...Ekadasi Information - fasting - breakfast times

Local temples
...Newsletters & Blogs

Words of Wisdom - Shastra & Shastrakaras speak:
... (Srila Prabhupad & the previous Acharyas)
... Coming Festivals
... Local temples
... Verses from Shastra
... Hare Krishna Maha Mantra
... Hare Krishna as ancient religion - NOT a cult
... Vaishnava Songs
... Samskaras and Agama Tantra
... Articles - topical
... Other Topical links - etc
... Vedik revival - Vedik World Heritage

Advertisements - what's on where: check them out...
... Cyber Community Notice Board
...lastest important news items !!!!
Mayapur Gaura Purnima 2006 Offerings Now Online

... Hare Krishna School in Auckland
... Ayurvedic health - and seminars - Radiance Ayurved has new site
... Fire Safety - Water Safety - Internet Safety
... Singles - Hare Krishna Singles - Vegetarian Singles - Marriage Compatibility checking
... FREE CD Rom
... Sri Shalagram Tirtha Pradarshini web-site and new newsletter
... Vegetarianism and Beyond site gets re-vamped
... Gaura Yoga - Wellington
... The Loft Auckland
... The new Auckland Temple now open

... and much more

At Grass Roots: Topical stuff
... Seasonal Greetings.....Happy 2006
... Have a Happy Year - Gaurabda 519

Prasadam Recipes: To slake the thirst of body, mind & soul
...World Vegetarian Day & World Vegetarian Awareness Month of October links
... Religious Stands on Vegetarianism (Vaishnava - Hindu, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism, Judaism)
... some really useful Vege links and support
... inspiring Vegetarian articles
... Eggless cooking - baking - cakes
... Vegetarian Cheeses - new page (try the Tuxford range...)(updated August 2004)
... Vegetarian clubs
... Hare Krishna Food For Life - local and international food relief
... check out the new Ekadasi recipes link
... 101 reasons to be a vegetarian
... Meat substitutes - Tofu - Soy - TVP - tempe recipes
... White Sugar free from bone char in NZ
... FREE Meet your Meat CDRoms
... How to offer your food to God
... You mean that's in the Bible?
... visit our Vegetarianism and Beyond Award winning web-site
... Kurma's new web-site
... The Meatrix
... Holiday Season & Xmas survival recipes

Krishna conscious - Vedikly acceptable jokes:
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... did U ever wonder -  Ways of the world - Strange but true

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Simply the Cheapest & Best

The Interactive Vaishnava Calendar page of Fasts, Festivals, Functions and Feasts. ( )

Now you can view the FULL years 1999-2000 & 2000-2001 & 2001-2002 & 2002-2003 & 2003-2004 & 2004-2005, and 2005-2006.
All Calendar entries are explained - Appearance or Disappearance days, festivals, fasts, feasts, etc.

View previous years festival dates on the Calendar:
The present year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2005-2006
(some selected locations are available already below)

Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Sat-tila Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 26th February 2006  in NZ)

Sri Ganga Sagara Mela

3rd Feb 2006 Friday the following occur on:
Sri Vasanta Pancami
Srimati Visnupriya Devi - Appearance - Avirbhav
Srimati Sarasvati Puja
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi - Appearance - Avirbhav
Sri Raghunandana Thakur - Appearance - Avirbhav
Sri Raghunatha Das Goswami - Appearance - Avirbhav

5th February 2006 Sunday
Sri Advaita Acarya - Appearance - Avirbhav (Fasting till noon)

6th February 2006 Monday - public holiday for Waitangi day

Sri Bhismastami

Sripad Madhvacarya - Disappearance - Tirubhav

Sripad Ramanujacarya - Disappearance - Tirubhav

Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Bhaimi Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 9th February 2006  in NZ)

10th February 2006 Friday  Dvadasi

Sri Varaha Dvadasi - Appearance of Lord Varaha deva
 (The fast is observed till noon on the Ekadasi.) (Feasting is done today.)

11th February 2006 Saturday
Sri Nityananda Trayodasi - Appearance of Nityananda Prabhu  (Fasting till noon)

Sri Krsna Madhura utsava
Srila Narottama Das Thakur - Appearance - Avirbhav
Kumbha Sankranti (Sun enters Aquarius)

18th February 2006 for the following:
Sri Purusottama Das Thakur - Disappearance - Tirubhav
HH Gour Govinda Swami -- Disappearance - Tirubhav
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupad - Appearance - Avirbhav - (Fasting till noon)

Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Vijaya Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 25th February 2006  in NZ)

Sripad Isvara Puri - Disappearance - Tirubhav

Sri Shiva Ratri - Appearance Day of Lord Shiva (27th February 2006 in NZ)

 1st March 2006 for the following:
Srila Jagannatha Das Babaji - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Rasikananda - Disappearance - Tirubhav
HH Tamal Krishna Goswami  - Disappearance - Tirubhav
HG Vrindavaneswari devi dasi - Disappearance - Tirubhav

Sri Purusottama Das Thakur - Appearance - Avirbhav

Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Amalaki vrata Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 10th March 2006  in NZ)

Sripad Madhavendra Puri - Disappearance - Tirubhav

15th March 2006 (Wednesday)  Holika Purnima        (Holi)
Sri Krishna Chaitanya (Gauranga) Mahaprabhu - Appearance - Avirbhav
*** Gaura Purnima *** (Fasting Ekadasi style untill moonrise)

Penumbral Lunar Eclipse (do not cook, eat, etc. Only Chant Hare Krishna) see eclipses-page

Mina Sankranti (Sun enters Pisces)

This year's full panjikam also now available for viewing:

All Calender information HERE

Check out the Ekadasi pages with links to every Ekadasi:
(also find out from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada what is, and what constitutes a mahadwadasi)
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kasmad ekadasi jata tasyah ko va vidhir dvija
kada va kriyate kim va phalam kim va vadasva me

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

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

Find out what was said HERE:

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The present year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2005-2006
(some selected locations are available already below)

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Festivals on the Vrindavan Calendar

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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
Bangkok - Thailand Johannesburg - RSA Muscat - Oman
Boston - MA - USA Katikati  - New Zealand New York - NYC - USA
Brisbane  - Australia Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia Perth  - Australia
Calcutta - Kolkata - India Kuwait City  - Al kuwait - Kuwait Singapore
Caracas - Venezuala London  - UK Suva - Fiji
Carterton - New Zealand Los Angeles - CA - USA Sydney - Australia
Christchurch  - New Zealand Madras (Chennai) India Toronto - Canada
(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
...just a few places where our readers are located.

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Festivals Coming Soon

Vasant Panchami - 3rd February 2006

Srila Advaita Acharya's Avirbhav - Appearance Day

5th February 2006

fasting until noon.

See more about Advaita Acharya and the Shaligram He worshipped on Shaligram Tirtha Pradarshini

Sri Varaha Dvadasi - Appearance Day of Lord Varahadev

10th February 2006 in NZ

The fast is observed until noon on the Ekadasi - feasting today

Sri Nityananda Trayodasi - Appearance Day of Lord Nityananda

11th February 2006 in NZ

Fasting until noon

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupad Avirbhav - Appearance Day

18th February 2006 in NZ

Fasting until Noon

Srila Tamal Krishna Goswami Tirubhav - Disappearance

1st March 2006 in NZ

Fasting untill noon for his disciples

Sri Gaura Purnima - Appearance Day of Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

15th March 2006 in NZ

Fasting until Moonrise - breakfast with Ekadasi style prasadams

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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS

Bhagavad Gita:  Chapter 5 -  Karma-yoga : Action in Krsna Consciousness


                        tad-buddhayas tad-atmanas
                        tan-nisthas tat-parayanah
                        gacchanty apunar-avrttim


   tat-buddhayah--those whose intelligence is always in the Supreme;
   tat-atmanah--those whose minds are always in the Supreme;
   tat-nisthah--those whose faith is only meant for the Supreme;
   tat-parayanah--who have completely taken shelter of Him;
   gacchanti--go; apunah-avrttim--to liberation; jnana--by knowledge;
   nirdhuta--cleansed; kalmasah--misgivings.


   When one's intelligence, mind, faith and refuge are all fixed in
   the Supreme, then one becomes fully cleansed of misgivings through
   complete knowledge and thus proceeds straight on the path of

    PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad

   The Supreme Transcendental Truth is Lord Krsna. The whole
   Bhagavad-gita centers around the declaration that Krsna is the
   Supreme Personality of Godhead. That is the version of all Vedic
   literature. Para-tattva means the Supreme Reality, who is
   understood by the knowers of the Supreme as Brahman, Paramatma and
   Bhagavan. Bhagavan, or the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the
   last word in the Absolute. There is nothing more than that. The
   Lord says, mattah parataram nanyat kincid asti dhananjaya.
   Impersonal Brahman is also supported by Krsna: brahmano hi
   pratisthaham. Therefore in all ways Krsna is the Supreme Reality.
   One whose mind, intelligence, faith and refuge are always in Krsna,
   or, in other words, one who is fully in Krsna consciousness, is
   undoubtedly washed clean of all misgivings and is in perfect
   knowledge in everything concerning transcendence. A Krsna conscious
   person can thoroughly understand that there is duality
   (simultaneous identity and individuality) in Krsna, and, equipped
   with such transcendental knowledge, one can make steady progress on
   the path of liberation.

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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

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Prabhupada Uvacha:
(here's some nectar, sometimes it comes in the form of Srutakirti prabhu's diary, other times from Govinda dasi's diary, Hari Sauri prabhu's Transcendental Diary, or sometimes from a letter, or other related source, but still nectar...)

December 8th, 1975

Prabhupada is always concerned about our welfare -- not just philosophically, but in many practical ways as well. For example, this morning was very cold; winter is really setting in. He remarked about it on his walk and then asked if the devotees are getting ghee on their capatis. Aksayananda Swami replied that only the guests are given some because it's expensive and not necessary for the devotees.

But Prabhupada disagreed. He said that it is necessary in this season. In the cold weather the devotees must have a little extra ghee and grains. He recommended a mix of channa and urad dals as being both palatable and beneficial -- not too little and not too much. "Unnecessary vairagya," he said, "there is no need. We don't approve that. Yuktahara-viharasya. What you require for keeping health -- but not to eat too much. But what is absolutely required must be done."

Srila Prabhupada is quite pleased with Harikesa's article, "Experimental Knowledge." Last night he had him read it aloud. Then this morning as we walked, he asked him to reiterate some points for the other devotees to hear.

He injected some very amusing observations himself. Recalling his trip to South Africa he said there were many factories for chicken killing. "So I suggested that the egg, you can analyze. Find out the chemicals and create one egg. That was my proposal. "Motioning to Harikesa, he said, "So he is going to create!" We all laughed as Srila Prabhupada continued, "He'll explain how to create egg from... "

"From chemicals," Aksayananda Swami suggested.

And Jnana dasa added, "And make chicken."

Then Harikesa described, "Calcium phosphate and a little sulphur for the yellow. Make some color and cover it in plastic and put it in an incubator, and let a chicken grow."

"And you eat!" Prabhupada concluded.

Aksayananda Maharaja thought that would be a great article.

Prabhupada stopped and said seriously, "My only regret is that these rascals are going as scientists and big men. Simply talk. They cannot create. It is very simple thing. Put some chemicals together, and if you know the chemicals, then why don't you put it? And incubator put, then you don't require to kill so many chicken."

"Actually it's a wonderful challenge," Harikesa agreed. "This big, big scientist, big, big brain... "

But Prabhupada interrupted, "'Big, big monkey, big, big belly. Ceylon jumping -- melancholy!' You do not know this? Baro baro bandolel, baro baro pet, la"ka dingate, matakare het!"

We were all laughing as Prabhupada went on, "This translation was done by one big professor of President's College, Professor Rowe. So these professors required to learn Bengali, so he translated, 'Big, big monkey, big, big belly. Ceylon jumping -- melancholy!'"

Prabhupada was extremely humorous, and his descriptive analogies perfectly fit. Scientists are always full of big talk, saying that life comes from matter and that it is just a combination of chemicals. Yet life is occurring everywhere at every moment, and still they can neither say what the combination is, nor can they reproduce it. Similarly, the big monkey companions of Hanuman were full of bravado and boasts, but when it came to jumping across the ocean from India to Lanka they were "melancholy." Only Hanuman by the grace of Lord Rama could do it.

Nevertheless, despite his often humorous critiques and sometimes general condemnations of the modern materialistic scientists, Prabhupada cautioned us that any attempt to preach on a scientific basis must be done expertly. When Alanatha, a European devotee, told him of plans to publish a magazine in Sweden with articles challenging the material scientists, Prabhupada warned him. "Don't write anything nonsense. It must be very solid. Otherwise you'll be laughing stock. One must be confident before challenging others. In all stages he must be able to defend himself from the opposing elements. Then such challenge is all right. We are confident that this soul cannot be manufactured by any material combination. Therefore we can challenge. And we can defend ourselves in any stage."

- From the "A Transcendental Diary Vol 1" by HG Hari Sauri dasa

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"A Kindly Slap For A Fool"

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Morning Walk -- March 23, 1974, Bombay

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Prabhupada: Just like, just like if you want to give me some food to eat. So you should give me to my mouth, not to my rectum. (laughter)

Dr. Patel: But they are doing it now. We are giving enema. We treat with enema in America. (laughs) He said, he said that don't give these things to him because...

Prabhupada: No, no. That is, this is the reason: To give one food, there is the only one mouth. You cannot say, "Because there are so many holes, any hole."

Dr. Patel: But that is not the real..., I mean, real argument that you give...

Prabhupada: No, no, that's right.

Dr. Patel: But my question is...

Prabhupada: Avidhi-purvakam.

Dr. Patel: No, but they're...

Prabhupada: That is avidhi-purvakam.

Dr. Patel: Avidhi-purvakam. But also, still, they are worshiping God.

Prabhupada: No, no. Everyone is part and parcel of God, but everyone is not God. That is the way. That any hole of my body, that is my body. But when food is to be taken, it is only this, not another, other hole. That is the way. [break] ...and if you are saying like that... Just like... Here... When you...

Dr. Patel: But it is of the... is doing that to you also. Why do you worry about it?

Prabhupada: No, no. When the...

Dr. Patel: We can give it in the vein also.

Prabhupada: No, no. (laughter.) That is not the way. That is avidhi-purvakam.

Dr. Patel: But... Listen. That is why I say, disease or no disease, vidhi's going to help your body and bring you nutrients, even given by intravenously or by rectum or by mouth. By any way.

Prabhupada: No, no. No, no, no.

Dr. Patel: But they are going to... He's going to...


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samstutah purushah pasuh
Prabhupad nitya lila — ekendra @ 07:51:35 am - 15/11/05

My Guru Maharaja once said, "The modern world is a society of the cheaters and the cheated." Unfortunately, the cheated are eulogizing the cheaters, and the small cheaters are worshiping the great cheaters. Suppose a flock of asses comes and eulogizes me, saying, "Oh, you are Jagad-guru." What is the value of their praise? But if a gentleman or learned man gives praise, his words have some value. Generally, however, the persons who are praising and those who are being praised are both ignorant. As the Vedas put it, samstutah purushah pasuh: "A big animal is being praised by a small animal."

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad - Morning Walk - May 8, 1973

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sa hänis tan mahac chidraà
sa mohaù sa ca vibhramaù
yan-muhürtaà kñaëaà väpi
väsudevaà na cintayet

“If even for a moment remembrance of Väsudeva, the Supreme personality of Godhead, is missed, that is the greatest loss,
that is the greatest illusion, and that is the greatest anomaly.” (Visnu Purana)

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tyaktvä sva-dharmaà caraëämbujaà harer
bhajann apakvo 'tha patet tato yadi
yatra kva väbhadram abhüd amuñya kià
ko värtha äpto 'bhajatäà sva-dharmataù

tyaktvä—having forsaken; sva-dharmam—one's own occupational engagement; caraëa-ambujam—the lotus feet; hareù—of Hari (the Lord); bhajan—in the course of devotional service; apakvaù—immature; atha—for the matter of; patet—falls down; tataù—from that place; yadi—if; yatra—whereupon; kva—what sort of; vä—or (used sarcastically); abhadram—unfavorable; abhüt—shall happen; amuñya—of him; kim—nothing; kaù vä arthaù—what interest; äptaù—obtained; abhajatäm—of the nondevotee; sva-dharmataù—being engaged in occupational service.

One who has forsaken his material occupations to engage in the devotional service of the Lord may sometimes fall down while in an immature stage, yet there is no danger of his being unsuccessful. On the other hand, a nondevotee, though fully engaged in occupational duties, does not gain anything. (Srimad Bhagavatam 1:5:17.)

As far as the duties of mankind are concerned, there are innumerable duties. Every man is duty-bound not only to his parents, family members, society, country, humanity, other living beings, the demigods, etc., but also to the great philosophers, poets, scientists, etc. It is enjoined in the scriptures that one can relinquish all such duties and surrender unto the service of the Lord. So if one does so and becomes successful in the discharge of his devotional service unto the Lord, it is well and good. But it so happens sometimes that one surrenders himself unto the service of the Lord by some temporary sentiment, and in the long run, due to so many other reasons, he falls down from the path of service by undesirable association. There are so many instances of this in the histories. Bharata Mahäräja was obliged to take his birth as a stag due to his intimate attachment to a stag. He thought of this stag when he died. As such, in the next birth he became a stag, although he did not forget the incident of his previous birth. Similarly, Citraketu also fell down due to his offenses at the feet of Çiva. But in spite of all this, the stress is given here to surrendering unto the lotus feet of the Lord, even if there is a chance of falling down, because even though one falls down from the prescribed duties of devotional service, he will never forget the lotus feet of the Lord. Once engaged in the devotional service of the Lord, one will continue the service in all circumstances. In the Bhagavad-gétä it is said that even a small quantity of devotional service can save one from the most dangerous position. There are many instances of such examples in history. Ajämila is one of them. Ajämila in his early life was a devotee, but in his youth he fell down. Still he was saved by the Lord at the end. (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam 1:5:17. purport)

Same translation cited in SB 4:22:37 "If a person, out of sentiment or for some other reason, takes to the shelter of the lotus feet of the Lord and in due course of time does not succeed in coming to the ultimate goal of life or falls down due to lack of experience, there is no loss. But for a person who does not take to devotional service yet executes his material duties very nicely, there is no gain."

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tasyaiva hetoù prayateta kovido
na labhyate yad bhramatäm upary adhaù
tal labhyate duùkhavad anyataù sukhaà
kälena sarvatra gabhéra-raàhasä

tasya—for that purpose; eva—only; hetoù—reason; prayateta—should endeavor; kovidaù—one who is philosophically inclined; na labhyate—is not obtained; yat—what; bhramatäm—wandering; upari adhaù—from top to bottom; tat—that; labhyate—can be obtained; duùkhavat—like the miseries; anyataù—as a result of previous work; sukham—sense enjoyment; kälena—in course of time; sarvatra—everywhere; gabhéra—subtle; raàhasä—progress.

Persons who are actually intelligent and philosophically inclined should endeavor only for that purposeful end which is not obtainable even by wandering from the topmost planet [Brahmaloka] down to the lowest planet [Pätäla]. As far as happiness derived from sense enjoyment is concerned, it can be obtained automatically in course of time, just as in course of time we obtain miseries even though we do not desire them.(Srimad Bhagavatam 1:5:18.)

Every man everywhere is trying to obtain the greatest amount of sense enjoyment by various endeavors. Some men are busy engaged in trade, industry, economic development, political supremacy, etc., and some of them are engaged in fruitive work to become happy in the next life by attaining higher planets. It is said that on the moon the inhabitants are fit for greater sense enjoyment by drinking soma-rasa, and the Pitåloka is obtained by good charitable work. So there are various programs for sense enjoyment, either during this life or in the life after death. Some are trying to reach the moon or other planets by some mechanical arrangement, for they are very anxious to get into such planets without doing good work. But it is not to happen. By the law of the Supreme, different places are meant for different grades of living beings according to the work they have performed. By good work only, as prescribed in the scriptures, can one obtain birth in a good family, opulence, good education and good bodily features. We see also that even in this life one obtains a good education or money by good work. Similarly, in our next birth we get such desirable positions only by good work. Otherwise, it would not so happen that two persons born in the same place at the same time are seen differently placed according to previous work. But all such material positions are impermanent. The positions in the topmost Brahmaloka and in the lowest Pätäla are also changeable according to our own work. The philosophically inclined person must not be tempted by such changeable positions. He should try to get into the permanent life of bliss and knowledge where he will not be forced to come back again to the miserable material world, either in this or that planet. Miseries and mixed happiness are two features of material life, and they are obtained in Brahmaloka and in other lokas also. They are obtained in the life of the demigods and also in the life of the dogs and hogs. The miseries and mixed happiness of all living beings are only of different degree and quality, but no one is free from the miseries of birth, death, old age and disease. Similarly, everyone has his destined happiness also. No one can get more or less of these things simply by personal endeavors. Even if they are obtained, they can be lost again. One should not, therefore, waste time with these flimsy things; one should only endeavor to go back to Godhead. That should be the mission of everyone's life.  (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam 1:5:18. purport)

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na vai jano jätu kathaïcanävrajen
mukunda-sevy anyavad aìga saàsåtim
smaran mukundäìghry-upagühanaà punar
vihätum icchen na rasa-graho janaù

na—never; vai—certainly; janaù—a person; jätu—at any time; kathaïcana—somehow or other; ävrajet—does not undergo; mukunda-sevé—the devotee of the Lord; anyavat—like others; aìga—O my dear; saàsåtim—material existence; smaran—remembering; mukunda-aìghri—the lotus feet of the Lord; upagühanam—embracing; punaù—again; vihätum—willing to give up; icchet—desire; na—never; rasa-grahaù—one who has relished the mellow; janaù—person.

My dear Vyäsa, even though a devotee of Lord Kåñëa sometimes falls down somehow or other, he certainly does not undergo material existence like others [fruitive workers, etc.] because a person who has once relished the taste of the lotus feet of the Lord can do nothing but remember that ecstasy again and again. (Srimad Bhagavatam 1:5:19.)

A devotee of the Lord automatically becomes uninterested in the enchantment of material existence because he is rasa-graha, or one who has tasted the sweetness of the lotus feet of Lord Kåñëa. There are certainly many instances where devotees of the Lord have fallen down due to uncongenial association, just like fruitive workers, who are always prone to degradation. But even though he falls down, a devotee is never to be considered the same as a fallen karmé. A karmé suffers the result of his own fruitive reactions, whereas a devotee is reformed by chastisement directed by the Lord Himself. The sufferings of an orphan and the sufferings of a beloved child of a king are not one and the same. An orphan is really poor because he has no one to take care of him, but a beloved son of a rich man, although he appears to be on the same level as the orphan, is always under the vigilance of his capable father. A devotee of the Lord, due to wrong association, sometimes imitates the fruitive workers. The fruitive workers want to lord it over the material world. Similarly, a neophyte devotee foolishly thinks of accumulating some material power in exchange for devotional service. Such foolish devotees are sometimes put into difficulty by the Lord Himself. As a special favor, He may remove all material paraphernalia. By such action, the bewildered devotee is forsaken by all friends and relatives, and so he comes to his senses again by the mercy of the Lord and is set right to execute his devotional service.
In the Bhagavad-gétä it is also said that such fallen devotees are given a chance to take birth in a family of highly qualified brähmaëas or in a rich mercantile family. A devotee in such a position is not as fortunate as one who is chastised by the Lord and put into a position seemingly of helplessness. The devotee who becomes helpless by the will of the Lord is more fortunate than those who are born in good families. The fallen devotees born in a good family may forget the lotus feet of the Lord because they are less fortunate, but the devotee who is put into a forlorn condition is more fortunate because he swiftly returns to the lotus feet of the Lord, thinking himself helpless all around.
Pure devotional service is so spiritually relishable that a devotee becomes automatically uninterested in material enjoyment. That is the sign of perfection in progressive devotional service. A pure devotee continuously remembers the lotus feet of Lord Çré Kåñëa and does not forget Him even for a moment, not even in exchange for all the opulence of the three worlds. (Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam 1:5:19. purport)

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satäà prasaìgän mama vérya-saàvido
bhavanti håt-karëa-rasäyanä kathäù
taj-joñaëäd äçv apavarga-vartmani
çraddhä ratir bhaktir anukramiñyati

 "The spiritually powerful message of Godhead can be properly discussed only in a society of devotees, and it is greatly pleasing to hear in that association. If one hears from devotees, the way of transcendental experience quickly opens to him, and gradually he attains firm faith that in due course develops into attraction and devotion." (Srimad Bhagavatam 3:25:25.)

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kecit kevalayä bhaktyä
aghaà dhunvanti kärtsnyena
néhäram iva bhäskaraù

kecit—some people; kevalayä bhaktyä—by executing unalloyed devotional service; väsudeva—to Lord Kåñëa, the all-pervading Supreme Personality of Godhead; paräyaëäù—completely attached (only to such service, without dependence on austerity, penance, cultivation of knowledge or pious activities); agham—all kinds of sinful reactions; dhunvanti—destroy; kärtsnyena—completely (with no possibility that sinful desires will revive); néhäram—fog; iva—like; bhäskaraù—the sun.

Only a rare person who has adopted complete, unalloyed devotional service to Kåñëa can uproot the weeds of sinful actions with no possibility that they will revive. He can do this simply by discharging devotional service, just as the sun can immediately dissipate fog by its rays.

In the previous verse Çukadeva Gosvämé gave the example that the dried leaves of creepers beneath a bamboo tree may be completely burnt to ashes by a fire, although the creepers may sprout again because the root is still in the ground. Similarly, because the root of sinful desire is not destroyed in the heart of a person who is cultivating knowledge but who has no taste for devotional service, there is a possibility that his sinful desires will reappear. As stated in Çrémad-Bhägavatam (10.14.4):

çreyaù-såtià bhaktim udasya te vibho
kliçyanti ye kevala-bodha-labdhaye

Speculators who undergo great labor to gain a meticulous understanding of the material world by distinguishing between sinful and pious activities, but who are not situated in devotional service, are prone to material activities. They may fall down and become implicated in fruitive activities. If one becomes attached to devotional service, however, his desires for material enjoyment are automatically vanquished without separate endeavor. Bhaktiù pareçänubhavo viraktir anyatra ca: [SB 11.2.42] if one is advanced in Kåñëa consciousness, material activities, both sinful and pious, automatically become distasteful to him. That is the test of Kåñëa consciousness. Both pious and impious activities are actually due to ignorance because a living entity, as an eternal servant of Kåñëa, has no need to act for his personal sense gratification. Therefore as soon as one is reclaimed to the platform of devotional service, he relinquishes his attachment for pious and impious activities and is interested only in what will satisfy Kåñëa. This process of bhakti, devotional service to Kåñëa (väsudeva-paräyaëa), relieves one from the reactions of all activities.

Since Mahäräja Parékñit was a great devotee. the answers of his guru, Çukadeva Gosvämé, concerning karma-käëòa and jïäna-käëòa could not satisfy him. Therefore Çukadeva Gosvämé, knowing very well the heart of his disciple, explained the transcendental bliss of devotional service. The word kecit, which is used in this verse, means. "a few people but not all." Not everyone can become Kåñëa conscious. As Kåñëa explains in Bhagavad-gétä (7.3):

manuñyäëäà sahasreñu
kaçcid yatati siddhaye
yatatäm api siddhänäà
kaçcin mäà vetti tattvataù

"Out of many thousands among men, one may endeavor for perfection, and of those who have achieved perfection, hardly one knows Me in truth." Practically no one understands Kåñëa as He is, for Kåñëa cannot be understood through pious activities or attainment of the most elevated speculative knowledge. Actually the highest knowledge consists of understanding Kåñëa. Unintelligent men who do not understand Kåñëa are grossly puffed up, thinking that they are liberated or have themselves become Kåñëa or Näräyaëa. This is ignorance.

To indicate the purity of bhakti, devotional service, Çréla Rüpa Gosvämé says in Bhakti-rasämåta-sindhu (1.1.11):

änukülyena kåñëänu-
çélanaà bhaktir uttamä
 [Cc. Madhya 19.167]

"One should render transcendental loving service to the Supreme Lord Kåñëa favorably and without desire for material profit or gain through fruitive activities or philosophical speculation. That is called pure devotional service." Çréla Rüpa Gosvämé further explains that bhakti is kleçaghné çubhadä, which means if one takes to devotional service, all kinds of unnecessary labor and material distress cease entirely and one achieves all good fortune. Bhakti is so powerful that it is also said to be mokña-laghutäkåt; in other words, it minimizes the importance of liberation.
Nondevotees must undergo material hardships because they are prone to commit sinful fruitive activities. The desire to commit sinful actions continues in their hearts due to ignorance. These sinful actions are divided into three categories—pätaka, mahä-pätaka and atipätaka—and also into two divisions; prärabdha and aprärabdha. Prärabdha refers to sinful reactions from which one is suffering at the present, and aprärabdha refers to sources of potential suffering. When the seeds (béja) of sinful reactions have not yet fructified, the reactions are called aprärabdha. These seeds of sinful action are unseen, but they are unlimited, and no one can trace when they were first planted. Because of prärabdha, sinful reactions that have already fructified, one is seen to have taken birth in a low family or to be suffering from other miseries.

When one takes to devotional service, however, all phases of sinful life, including prärabdha, aprärabdha and béja, are vanquished. In Çrémad-Bhägavatam (11.14.19) Lord Kåñëa tells Uddhava:

yathägniù susamåddhärciù
karoty edhäàsi bhasmasät
tathä mad-viñayä bhaktir
uddhavainäàsi kåtsnaçaù

"My dear Uddhava, devotional service in relationship with Me is like a blazing fire that can burn to ashes all the fuel of sinful activities supplied to it." How devotional service vanquishes the reactions of sinful life is explained in Çrémad-Bhägavatam (3.33.6) in a verse spoken during Lord Kapiladeva's instructions to His mother, Devahüti. Devahüti said:

yat-prahvaëäd yat-smaraëäd api kvacit
çvädo 'pi sadyaù savanäya kalpate
kutaù punas te bhagavan nu darçanät

"My dear Lord, if even a person born in a family of dog-eaters hears and repeats the chanting of Your glories, offers respects to You and remembers You, he is immediately greater than a brähmaëa and is therefore eligible to perform sacrifices. Therefore, what is to be said of one who has seen You directly?"
In the Padma Puräëa there is a statement that persons whose hearts are always attached to the devotional service of Lord Viñëu are immediately released from all the reactions of sinful life. These reactions generally exist in four phases. Some of them are ready to produce results immediately, some are in the form of seeds, some are unmanifested, and some are current. All such reactions are immediately nullified by devotional service. When devotional service is present in one's heart, desires to perform sinful activities have no place there. Sinful life is due to ignorance, which means forgetfulness of one's constitutional position as an eternal servant of God, but when one is fully Kåñëa conscious he realizes that he is God's eternal servant.

In this regard, Çréla Jéva Gosvämé comments that bhakti may be divided into two divisions: (1) santatä, devotional service that continues incessantly with faith and love, and (2) kädäcitké, devotional service that does not continue incessantly but is sometimes awakened. Incessantly flowing devotional service (santatä) may also be divided into two categories: (1) service performed with slight attachment and (2) spontaneous devotional service. Intermittent devotional service (kädäcitké) may be divided into three categories: (1) rägäbhäsamayé, devotional service in which one is almost attached, (2) rägäbhäsa-çünya-svarüpa-bhütä, devotional service in which there is no spontaneous love but one likes the constitutional position of serving, and (3) äbhäsa-rüpä, a slight glimpse of devotional service. As for atonement, if one has caught even a slight glimpse of devotional service, all needs to undergo präyaçcitta, atonement, are superseded. Therefore atonement is certainly unnecessary when one has achieved spontaneous love and, above that, attachment with love, which are signs of increasing advancement in kädäcitké. Even in the stage of äbhäsa-rüpä bhakti, all the reactions of sinful life are uprooted and vanquished. Çréla Jéva Gosvämé expresses the opinion that the word kärtsnyena means that even if one has a desire to commit sinful actions, the roots of that desire are vanquished merely by äbhäsa-rüpä bhakti. The example of bhäskara, the sun, is most appropriate. The äbhäsa feature of bhakti is compared to twilight, and the accumulation of one's sinful activities is compared to fog. Since fog does not spread throughout the sky, the sun need do no more than merely manifest its first rays, and the fog immediately disappears. Similarly, if one has even a slight relationship with devotional service, all the fog of his sinful life is immediately vanquished. (Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad. Srimad Bhagavatam 6:1:15. purport.)

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na tatsiddhau loka-vyävahäro heyaù kintu phala-tyägas tat-sädhanaà ca käryam eva

na—not; tat—of it (devotional service); siddhau—in the achievement; loka—mundane; vyävahäraù—business; heyaù—to be abandoned; kintu—rather; phala—of the results; tyägaù—abandonment; tat—of it (devotional service); ca—and; käryam—must be done; eva—indeed.

Even after one has achieved devotional service, one should not abandon one's responsibilities in this world but should rather continue surrendering the results of one's work to the Lord. And while still trying to reach the stage of pure devotion, one must certainly continue executing prescribed duties.

Lord Kåñëa has strongly criticized the pseudo renunciants who live at the cost of society: "One who restrains the senses of action but whose mind dwells on sense objects certainly deludes himself and is called a pretender" (Bg. 3.7).  Çréla Prabhupäda states that it is better to work in karma-yoga (Kåñëa consciousness) within one's varëa and äçrama designation:

A householder can also reach this destination [Viñëu, or Kåñëa] by regulated service in Kåñëa consciousness. For self-realization, one can live a controlled life, as prescribed in the çästras, and continue carrying out his business without attachment, and in that way make progress. A sincere person who follows this method is far better situated than the false pretender who adopts show-bottle spiritualism to cheat the innocent public. A sincere sweeper in the street is far better than the charlatan meditator who meditates only for the sake of making a living. [Bg. 3.7, purport]

This does not mean, however, that ordinary work is itself the fulfillment of human life. The karmé slogan "Work is worship" is not the same as working in Kåñëa consciousness. But one has to do both: work to earn one's living and at the same time work for the satisfaction of Viñëu, or Kåñëa. Çréla Prabhupäda writes, "Any other work done in this material world will be a cause of bondage, for both good and evil work have their reactions, and any reaction binds the performer."
How to maintain oneself and one's family and at the same time work for Kåñëa is a great art, and as such it requires the guidance of the Lord's devotee. If obligations to family and society conflict with one's basic spiritual vows, then one must give first priority to the spiritual duties. One who has taken initiation into spiritual life should never give up his vow to chant a quota of holy names daily and to fulfill the basic orders of the spiritual master.

Whether a Vaiñëava works in the business world or lives as a renunciant, he should never be embarrassed to preach Kåñëa consciousness or doubt the value of preaching. Even if we consider preaching work a debt to humanity, it is a crucial social commitment. Once the mother and father of a young devotee complained to Çréla Prabhupäda that their son was a full-time student in the Kåñëa consciousness movement. They said they wanted him to become a doctor. Prabhupäda replied that they should let the young man decide for himself, and that in any case, there were many doctors in the world but few serious devotees. Prabhupäda said that the work of the devotee was more important than the work of a physician. A doctor can repair the health of a few hundred people, but even that is temporary. Medical cures do not free the patient from his karma, which forces him to take rebirth and suffer again in another material body. But a devotee who successfully distributes Kåñëa consciousness can help people achieve liberation from birth and death. So his work is the most important in the world.

Although he may not be an expert politician or economist, a bhakta knows the real cause of people's suffering—forgetfulness of their relationship with Kåñëa, which leads to their becoming conditioned by the modes of material nature. Knowing that bhakti-yoga is the only way to extricate oneself from material conditioning and reestablish one's relationship with God, the devotee tries to distribute knowledge of Kåñëa consciousness. Çréla Prabhupäda writes, "Since the [devotee] tries to broadcast the importance of becoming Kåñëa conscious, he is the best philanthropist in the world" (Bg. 6.32, purport).

The preacher stays connected to the world, yet he is transcendental to worldly concerns. Although some yogés abandon society and cultivate their own spiritual salvation, the bhakti-yogé who follows Prahläda Mahäräja, Lord Caitanya, and Çréla Prabhupäda keeps a compassionate connection with the people of the world. As Lord Caitanya stated to His followers, "Distribute this Kåñëa consciousness movement all over the world. Let people eat these fruits [of love of God] and ultimately become free from old age and death" (Cc. Ädi 9.39).

The surrendered devotee, therefore, does not worry about his worldly situation, nor does he support mundane welfare causes. But to satisfy Lord Caitanya and the spiritual masters descending from Him in disciplic succession, he works magnanimously on behalf of all living beings by spreading Kåñëa consciousness.

Narad Bhakti Sutra 4:62. purport.

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Livingstone speaks to Moscow Mayor about harassment of Russian Hindus
........British Parliamentarians launching campaign at House of Commons

London 16th January - The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone handed over letters expressing concern about the alleged harassment of Russian Hindus by the Moscow Government and the Russian Orthodox Church to the visiting Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov in London on 14th January, even as British Parliamentarians led by Ashok Kumar MP, Lord Dholakia and Baroness Flather got ready to host the launch of the Defend Russian Hindus campaign at the House of Commons on 18th January.

“The Mayor of London has successfully led social integration and community cohesion in London which is one of the most diverse and cosmopolitan cities in the world,� said Ramesh Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindu Forum of Britain. “When we asked him to hand over our letters of concern to the Mayor of Moscow who was attending the Russian Winter Festival at Trafalgar Square, Mr Livingstone immediately agreed in keeping with the traditions of justice and freedom that London continues to stand for.�

Following the meeting between the two Mayors, British Parliamentarians and members of the Hindu, Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities will adopt a resolution at the Defend Russian Hindus launch at the House of Commons, urging the Moscow Government to stop harassment of minority religions in Russia. Parliamentarians from all three parties will later hand a copy of this resolution to the Russian Ambassador in London.

In January 2004, the Mayor of Moscow Yuri Luzhkov signed a decree allocating land in northwest Moscow for construction of a new temple in place of an older Hindu temple which had been demolished for construction of a commercial venture. This was followed by mass protests orchestrated by the Russian Orthodox Church against the building of the temple in the newly allocated land. In October 2005 the Mayor repealed the decree and cancelled the allocation of land and further ordered the removal of a temporary Hindu shrine that devotees had erected from the newly allocated land. During this time, miscreants who had heard of Orthodox opposition to Russian Hindus entered a Hindu temple and beat 30 people including women and children with iron rods, who were hospitalised with fractured skulls.

 â€œThe only Hindu temple in Moscow had been demolished last year, leaving some 15,000 Indians and 10,000 Russian followers of Hinduism without a place of worship,â€? said Ramesh Kallidai, secretary general of the Hindu Forum of Britain, one of the organisations hosting the meeting. “Now the Mayor of Moscow and the Russian Orthodox Church are together trying to stop Hindus from having a place of their own.â€?

Earlier, Archbishop Nikon of the Russian Orthodox Church had described Lord Krishna as an “evil demon� and the “personified power of hell opposing God� in a letter to the Mayor of Moscow urging him to stop the construction of a Hindu temple in Moscow.

“It is unbelievable that in a country as industrialised and modern as Russia, we are seeing religious intolerance of a level reminiscent of medieval times,� continued Ramesh Kallidai. “We urge people of all faith traditions to intervene and stop this kind of outrageous behaviour against the peace-loving Hindus of Russia. The international communities continue to monitor the situation closely.�

 Other Parliamentarians attending the Defend Russian Hindus reception hosted by Ashok Kumar MP include Lord Dholakia, Baroness Shreela Flather, Dr Phyllis Starkey MP, John Grogan MP, Angela Watkinson MP, John McDonnell MP, Shailesh Vara MP, Piara Khabra MP, Jim Dobbin MP and Mark Lazarowicz MP . Parliamentarians from all three parties are expected to join members of the Hindu, Jewish and Christian communities on a visit to Russia later this year to express their concerns on the treatment of minority faith communities.

For more details contact Ramesh Kallidai on  07915 383 103 or 07867 837 241  or

Editor’s Notes

The Defend Russian Hindus Campaign launched in London has the support of leading organisations including the Hindu Forum of Britain, National Council of Hindu Temples UK, Hindu Council UK, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK, Hindu American Foundation, Hindu Council of Australia and Hindu Council of Africa.

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Text of Letter handed by Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone to the Mayor of London, Yuri Luzhkov

The Mayor of London handed over separate letters written by the Hindu Forum of Britain, the Hindu Council of UK, International Society for Krishna Consciousness and BAPS Swaminarayan Hindu Mission. Reproduced below is the text of the letter written by the Hindu Forum of Britain.

Mr Yuri Luzhkov

Mayor of Moscow


Dear Mr Luzhkov

We are writing this letter on behalf of 270 Hindu organisations that are affiliated formally as members of the Hindu Forum of Britain, the representative body of the Hindu community in UK.

There are over 100,000 Hindus in Russia. In Moscow alone, there are 5000 Hindus of Indian origin and over 10,000 Hindus of Russian origin. However, this peaceful community is being denied a simple right to have a place of worship where they can pray, counsel and celebrate their faith.

We learnt that two years ago the Moscow Government asked Hindus to vacate their only temple in Moscow in exchange for a piece of land on which they could build a bigger temple. After the land was allocated to the Hindu temple, the original temple was demolished.

After learning of the allocation of land to the Hindu temple, some members of the Russian Orthodox Church orchestrated mass protests and started a misinformation campaign against Hindus in the Russian media. Many Hindus were victimised, threatened, bullied, and even beaten and subject to violence in different regions of Russia.

The Hindu community in the UK and other parts of the world were very unhappy to learn that in October 2005, the Moscow Government cancelled the land order and took away the piece of land given for the construction of the Hindu temple citing a small technical detail that could easily have been rectified. Now, the 15,000 Hindus in Moscow have no place to worship. The consecrated Deities of Radha and Krishna will have no home. The pattern of events suggests a planned and orchestrated scheme to subjugate the freedom of worship of Russian Hindus and to deny them a basic place where they can congregate peacefully and pray.

To add to this, around the time of Indian Prime Minister’s state visit to Moscow to meet Russian President Putin, Archbishop Nikon, a leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, called the Hindu God, Lord Krishna an ‘evil demon, the personified power of hell opposing Godâ€?, and “a livid lascivious youthâ€?.  The Archbishop further requested the Mayor to ban construction of a proposed Hindu temple in Moscow saying it would otherwise become “an idolatrous disgrace erected for the glory of wicked and malicious ‘god’ Krishnaâ€?.

Hindus all over the world have reacted with outrage and shock at these comments of the Archbishop, and disbelief to note that a great country like Russia has subject religious minorities to this treatment. As a result, The Defend Russian Hindus Campaign, launched by the Hindu Forum of Britain, Hindu Council UK, National Council of Hindu Temples UK, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK, Hindu Council of Australia, Hindu American Foundation and many other worldwide Hindu organisations, will be launching its first awareness event from the House of Commons on 18th January 2006.

The event aims to build awareness about the harassment and discrimination against Russian Hindus by sections of the Russian Orthodox Church and the actions of the Moscow Government with regard to the cancellation of the land order, despite support from the Central Government. We note that the Moscow Government has gone so far as to cut off gas, electricity and water to the make-shift temple on the new land, in violation of all known human rights legislation in Europe.

In addition to the event at the House of Commons, the Defend Russian Hindus campaign will be launching a three-pronged plan to communicate the situation of Russian Hindus through media, community and political networks. We are also planning a Parliamentary delegation to visit Russia in the Spring of 2006. We will be  contacting the heads of the G8 countries to take note of the treatment of religious minorities in Russia, which is poised to take over the Presidency of the G8 later this year.

We would be most grateful if you could kindly look at this matter in favourable light.  Hinduism is one of the world’s oldest faith traditions and has always remained peaceful and non-violent. The universal world view of the Hindu tradition, which accepts the whole world as one family and all other faith communities as different ways to the same Truth have been appreciated by world leaders. Therefore, at a time when the world is moving towards an era of tolerance, respect and understanding, it seems rather odd that the Moscow Government chooses to ignore the human rights and freedom of worship for one of the most peaceful faith traditions in the world.

We look forward to hearing back from you after you in this matter.

With best wishes for a happy 2006,

Yours sincerely,

Ramesh Kallidai

PS. An Englishman speaks for Hindus, but where is our own Sardar Manmohan Singh, who became PM ?? Is he sleeping??? Can someone please wake him? Does he wake up only when Sonia rings the bell? What a shameful situation!!!

Famed Krisha Temple Oversight Changes Hands on Schedule

UDUPI, INDIA, January 16, 2006: The two-year-long paryaya (right to conduct the worship) of Sri Vishvapriya Theertha Swami of the Admar mutt will come to a close in the wee hours of January 18 when he hands over the charge of the famous Sri Krishna temple here to his successor Sri Vidyasagar Theertha Swami of Krishnapura mutt. Ever since he took charge of the temple affairs on January 18, 2004, the Admar seer had involved himself in several social-oriented schemes to help rural people. His involvement in social work and participation in the daily Sri Krishna pooja at the temple was widely appreciated. The seer was in trouble when he took steps to demolish the old gopuram in front of the temple and put up a new one in its place. The move did not go down well with a section of the people, especially the Kuruba community, and they resorted to widespread protests demanding the arrest of the seer and taking over the temple administration by the state government. However, the issue died down after the pontiff succeeded in demolishing the old gopuram and constructing a 65-ft huge and magnificent Kanaka gopuram at a cost of US$156,000. The swamiji would hand over the charge to his successor after performing the Nairmalya Visarjana pooja to the presiding deity in the wee hours of January 18. Administration of the temple rotates among the eight ashrams founded by the eight successors of Madhvacharya, founder of the dualistic school of Hinduism in in the twelfth century.

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Violent Video Games Make People More Aggressive

NEW YORK, NEW YORK, January 10, 2006: People who play a lot of violent computer games may become aggressive, says a new study that confirms a link between violent computer games and destructive behavior. Earlier research has found people who play such games are more likely to be aggressive though some say this just shows violent people gravitate towards them. However, researchers at University of Missouri-Columbia monitored the brain activity of 39 game players and found changes in their brain activity when they play violent video games, reported BBC News. They measured a type of brain activity called the P300 response, which reflects the emotional impact of an image. The researchers gave the game players opportunity to punish a pretend opponent; those with the greatest reduction in P300 were much more severe with the kinds of punishments being picked. "This is the first study to show that exposure to violent games has effects on the brain that predict aggr essive behavior," Bartholow, the lead researcher of the study, said. "People who play a lot of violent video games didn't see them as much different from neutral. They become desensitized. However, their responses are still normal for the nonviolent negative scenes," he said. The findings will back up what many have argued over recent years with the growth in games, there may be a growth of graphic violence.

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The Spiritual Slaughter House of Youth - Most Christian Youth Abandon Religion After Entering College

USA, January 12, 2006: (HPI note: The disaffection of youth for religion is a cross-cultural phenomenon.) A story in the Christian Post details how leaders of church denominations, youth pastors and parachurch organizational leaders gathered to brainstorm ways to keep college students from falling away from the Christian faith and how to correct the dysfunctions in youth ministry. Mission America and the National Network of Youth Ministries convened the January 11-12 meeting in Orlando. "A significant majority of our church's youth are leaving the foundations of their faith when they transition from high school," said Paul Fleischmann, president of the National Network of Youth Ministries. Research has shown that 69-94 percent of Christian youths forsake their faith after high school, while one study by the Southern Baptist Convention found that 88 percent of youth are leaving the Church. A pilot study of 69 college students conducted by Fuller Theological Seminary was presented during the meeting. Results found that 100 percent of the youth group graduates had since used alcohol. The study also found, however, that the greater their faith maturity, the less likely the students were to engage in risk behaviors. Fleischmann cited youth culture, a lack of parental involvement, and biblical illiteracy as major contributors to the issues at hand.

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Hindu temple coming up in north England
20 Jan 2006

By Prasun Sonwalkar, London: In the latest example of exquisitely carved Hindu temples in Britain, a team of four marble masons from India has arrived to build a temple in Middlesbrough in north England.

There are several Hindu temples in towns across Britain - many of them featuring idols and stonework brought from India or executed here by experts brought in from India.

The most popular of such temples is the Swaminarayana temple in Neasden, London, and the Jain temple in Leicester.

For the temple under construction in Middlesbrough, blocks of marble have been imported from the same quarries from where marble was used during the construction of the Taj Mahal - the Chosira mines in Rajasthan.

The team of four marble masons led by Shokat Ali Rander Munnabhai is currently working on the 150,000 pounds temple inside the Hindu Cultural Centre in North Ormesby.

The entire marble shipment arrived in 76 boxes in October.

"It took us two days just to unload it all. About 15 masons worked for six months to carve the marble by hand and it is a very intricate design," Hindu Cultural Centre's president Krishan Nath told reporters.

"The whole plan for the temple started two years ago and prior to this, our temple was made of wood. We thought we would make the temple like the traditional ones in India that are marble.

"The priest and I appealed to the congregation to buy one square metre of marble each that costs 120 pounds. One family bought one metre, then another would buy two metres and then someone else would buy three metres. It just went from there," he said.

"Once this (the temple) is finished, it will last for 100 years," Nath said.

The four masons will stay until Feb 20.

New Hindu Temple Under Construction in North England

MIDDLESBROUGH, ENGLAND, January 20, 2006: In the latest example of exquisitely carved Hindu temples in Britain, a team of four marble masons from India has arrived to build a temple in Middlesbrough in north England. There are several Hindu temples in towns across Britain - many of them featuring Deities and stonework brought from India or executed here by experts brought in from India. The most popular of such temples is the Swaminarayana temple in Neasden, London, and the Jain temple in Leicester. For the temple under construction in Middlesbrough, blocks of marble have been imported from the same quarries from where marble was used during the construction of the Taj Mahal - the Chosira mines in Rajasthan. The team of four marble masons led by Shokat Ali Rander Munnabhai is currently working on the 150,000 pound-temple inside the Hindu Cultural Centre in North Ormesby. The entire marble shipment arrived in 76 boxes in October. "It took us two days just to unload it all. About 15 masons worked for six months to carve the marble by hand, and it is a very intricate design," Hindu Cultural Centre's president Krishan Nath told reporters. "The whole plan for the temple started two years ago and prior to this, our temple was made of wood. We thought we would make the temple like the traditional ones in India that are marble. "The priest and I appealed to the congregation to buy one square metre of marble each that costs US$212. One family bought one metre, then another would buy two metres and then someone else would buy three metres. It just went from there," he said. "Once this (the temple) is finished, it will last for 100 years," Nath said. The four masons will stay until February 20.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

Selective Abortion: Ten Million Girls "Missing" In India

INDIA, January8, 2006: Around 10 million female foetuses may have been aborted in India over the past two decades because of ultrasound sex screening and a traditional preference for boys which cuts across all India's religions, according to a study published online in The Lancet. Researchers based in Canada and India looked through data from a national survey, conducted among 1.1 million households in 1998, and at information about 133,738 births that took place in 1997. They found that in cases where the preceding child was a girl, the gender ratio for a second birth was just 759 girls to 1,000 boys. And when the two previous children were girls, this ratio fell even further, to 719 girls to 1,000 boys. On the other hand, when the preceding child or children were male, the gender ratio among successive births was about the same.

"We conservatively estimate that prenatal sex determination and selective abortion accounts for 0.5 million missing g irls yearly," said one of the authors, Prabhat Jha of St. Michael's Hospital at the University of Toronto, Canada. "If this practice has been common for most of the past two decades since access to ultrasound became widespread, then a figure of 10 million missing female births would not be unreasonable." The "girl deficit" is far more prominent in educated women, the investigators found. The number of boys born as second children was twice as high among this group than among illiterate mothers. However, the deficit did not vary by religion.

The study published by the London-based medical journal comes on the heels of a report last October by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), which warned that infanticide or abortion was driving India towards a gender imbalance with alarming social consequences. Afghanistan, China, Nepal, Pakistan and South Korea face similar problems, the UNFPA said.

Courtesy of Hinduism Today

Milk And Bodybuilding - Do They Mix?

Here is an article about the glories or milk for body builders.
Not strictly vegetarian but very positive about the benefits of milk.

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American Scholar on Indian Christian Schools - The War Against Hinduism

Posted November 3, 2005
By Stephen Knapp

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 aroundIndia 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 also 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 inevitably 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.

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Sometimes great authorities will teach asat sastra, a teaching which is not actually bona fide, but is just something to beat the heads of the atheists and kick them out.  There is one story of Gopala Bhar.  He was employed by king Krsnacandra, who lived about 300 years ago in Bengal, and Gopala was the joker.  He was also very intelligent, and very bold.  There was a digvijaya pandita, who came to Bengal.  At that time, the main king or emperor of Bengal was a Muslim, but in different provinces there were also Hindu kings, and Maharaja Krsnacandra was one such Hindu king, he was king in that area of Navadvipa.  So this digvijaya pandita had been going all over India defeating all the panditas, and getting it written down, "I have defeated this one, I have defeated that one."  So he came to the muslim emperor, saying, "I am the great digvijaya pandita, I have come now to Bengal and I'm making a challenge.  You bring your best pandita.  I will defeat him."  What he expected was that whoever he defeated had to become his disciple.  So he made a very strong challenge.  The muslim emperor turned to his adviser and said, "What should we do?"  The minister replied, "Well, you know all our best panditas are down in Navadvipa."  That was the centre of learning.  So a message was sent to Maharaja Krsnacandra that a big pandita has come to the muslim emperor and given challenge.  "Send your best panditas, and if I defeat them they must become my disciples."  So it was very heavy for Maharaja Krsnacandra, because he knew, "The muslim emperor is expecting that I send some panditas that can defeat him.  It is all now on my shoulders."  So then, together with his advisers, he decided to bring in the big panditas.  They  explained to the panditas what was going on, but all the panditas in Navadvipa said, "No.  We're not getting involved in this."  They didn't want their prestige to be diminished, they were thinking, "If we go there and he defeats us then it means we have to become his disciples, and then our prestige will be diminished.  So we'll just stay out of this."  The king was very much worried, because he was a kshatriya, he cannot force Brahmins to do his will.  He can only ask, and if they say no then he's in a helpless situation.  So he was very worried.  Then Gopala Bhar came in, and saw the king sitting there very morose.  "Hey king!  What's wrong?"  "Oh Gopala, look don't bother me now."  Gopala said, "Oh, come on, What's the matter."  The king was very sober, "Look Gopala, we don't want to laugh now.  We don't want to hear jokes.  Please come back another day."  "No no," Gopala said, "Why don't you just tell me?"  "All right," the king said, and then he explained everything.  Then Gopala said, "All right, then I will go."  "You?" the king asked.  "Yes, I will go, and I will defeat this pandita.  No problem."  So then Gopala went home, and he dressed himself up like a big Brahmin.  Cut his hair with a big sikha, huge tilaka and a harinam chadar, looking very bonafide.  And Brahmins used to carry their sastra in a roll, a scroll wrapped in silk cloth, under their arm.  So he was looking for something to wrap up, and he had in his house one old broken bed.  So in Bengal these beds are strips of cloth which are woven together, like a deck chair, and in Bengali they call such a bed a kata.  Because the English settled India, many English words come from the Indian language.  In English such a bed is called a cot.  So he took a leg from that old broken bed, and he wrapped in cloth.  He went back to the king, and showed himself.  Everyone was astonished.  "Wow, he looks like a real heavy Brahmin."  He was really getting into the role.  "What is this sastra?" the king asked, and Gopala replied, "This is my Khatvanga Purana."  "But we never heard of this sastra," everyone was saying.  "When I come back I will tell you," Gopala said, and then he left.  Actually what it was, was that khata means "bed", anga means "part of" or in this case the leg, and purana means "old."  So it was "an old leg of a bed," or "Khatvanga Purana."  So this was his sastra.  Then he went to the emperors palace, and he came walking in.  "Oh, what great pandita is this?"  "My name is Gopala Bhar Das Pandit Maharaja.  I have been sent by the king Maharaja Krsnacandra to defeat this so-called digvijaya.  I am master of the four Vedas, and especially my field of expertise is the Jyotir-Veda (which includes astrology."  He was speaking so confidently, and he was looking fearless.  Everyone was very impressed, and even this digvijaya pandita was thinking, "He's not at all afraid of me.  He must be a heavy one."  So the digvijaya pandita saw this scripture that Gopala was carrying, and he asked, "What is this scripture, may I ask?"  "This," Gopala replied, "Is my Khatvanga Purana, of which I am a master."  The pandita was saying, "Wait a minute, I've heard of Visnu Purana, Skanda Purana.  I've never heard of Katvanga Purana.  May I see this?"  Then Gopal Bhar exclaimed, "Ohh!"  He was looking into the sky and going, "Ohhh!  I have just noticed the angle of the sun, and I am remembering now the date today.  We have just now entered a most auspicious moment, according to the Jyotir-Veda.  Anybody who takes a hair from the head of this pandita," pointing to the digvijaya, "will immediately be granted with long life, and wealth in this lifetime, and liberation in the next.  All auspicious result will come in this life and the next, simply by taking a hair from such a great digvijaya pandita as this."  So then immediately everyone in the court ran and was taking hairs from the pandita.  The pandita was being driven, and they were taking from his beard and everything.  He went running and they were all chasing him.  He was gone.  Gopala Bhar returned to Navadvipa with his head in the air.  "Don't worry King, he is gone.  That pandita has run off.  He's completely defeated, completely finished."  "Oh!" the king said.  "How did you do this?"  "As you were saying, I have this Katvanga Purana.   I am a master of the learning of this."  And when he opened it he showed a leg of a bed, and everyone was astonished.  Then he explained the story, and they could all understand that he had just played a big joke, that's all.  Then they asked him, "How is it that you could go so confidently, so boldly into that courtyard of the muslim emperor, simply dressed up like a brahmin and carrying an old bed leg under your arm.  How were you so sure that you could defeat him just by a trick?"  Gopala replied, "As soon as I heard that this pandita was going to the muslim king and declaring that he is a great learned scholar, and that he would defeat any other scholar, then I knew that he must have been a fool.  He must have actually been a kind of rascal because what do muslims know about Vedic learning.  Why did he go to the muslim, why didn't he come down here or go to another Hindu king.  He was going to the muslim king, so I knew that he must just be a rascal, trying to make a big show, so I did not think I had anything to fear when I went there."

MORAL: The digvijaya pandita was just actually a rascal, which means not really one who's situated on the platform of knowledge, just someone who's trying to gain some name and fame.  That's a rascal.  Rascals can be defeated by rascal means.

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Some Official web-sites of senior Iskcon devotees:

HG Amal Bhakta dasa ACBSP

(the late) HH Bhakti Tirtha Swami (UK)  (Institute for Applied Spiritual Technology) (Perth Aus)

HH Bhakti Vikas Swami

HH Bir-Krishna Goswami

HH Devamrita Swami

HH Gopal Krishna Goswami:

HH Indradyumna Swami

HH Jayapataka Swami
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HH Kadamba Kanana Swami

HH Prabhavishnu Swami

HH Prahladananda Swami

HH Romapada Swami

HH Sacinandan Swami

HH Sivaram Swami:

HH Sridhar Swami (the late Sridhar swami formerly in Bombay)

HH Suhotra dasa Tapa Vanacharin

HH Trivikram Swami

HG Vaiyasaki dasa Adhikari

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Mayapur Gaura Purnima Offerings Now Online

Devotees around the world can now make offerings to Sri Gauranga in Mayapur on Gaura Purnima by visiting and joining the Gaura Purnima Offering of Service.

This facility has been especially set up for those who are unable to come for the festival itself. Devotees everywhere can participate as a sponsor at the level of their choice and enjoy the benefit of having a variety of sevas performed on their behalf.

Donations start at just $21 for offering a Silver Lamp and include a variety of Kalash abhishek sponsorships for donations of $51 and more. In addition to the opportunity of offering personal service to Sri Gauranga donors receive a packet of special gifts including their offered item, photographs, and other benefits according to the level of contribution.

Proceeds from these offerings are used to fund the Mayapur Gaura Purnima festival, providing the prasadam, seminars, entertainment and festivities for nearly 4000 devotees from all over the world as well as hundreds of thousands of visiting pilgrims.

Any surplus funds will go to the Sri Mayapur Project Annual Fund to provide much-needed resources for a variety of programs and services like teacher training, expanded curriculum resources for the schools, development of various sites along the parikrama path, developing new programs for cow protection, beautifying and enhancing the Mayapur Gardens, and many more important projects.

One special project that is expected to be funded through this appeal is the installation of a webcam in the temple to provide constant darshan of the deities worldwide.

The web site also provides facilities for sponsoring prasadam meals for the devotees and pilgrims as well as other festivities.

In addition, devotees who would like to assist in this appeal can register as a volunteer sevak. Volunteers are provided with their own personal web site and many special tools to reach out to their friends, family and associates to invite them to join in this offering.

For nearly 10 years now the festival has been funded exclusively by the donations from visiting devotees and supporters from around the world.  This year through the opportunity for offering this service is extended to all devotees, friends and well-wishers of ISKCON around the world.

This online facility has made it extraordinarily easy for everyone to take part in this campaign with just a few clicks of the mouse. Visitors to have a choice of making their own personal offering, sponsoring the devotees prasadam and other events, and registering as a volunteer sevak to help expand the reach of this appeal.

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Its a simple weekly program thats been running for a few years, at Clubspace,
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By the mercy of Guru, Gauranga and Radha Krishna, (after our first bhajan album Bhajanamrtam) we have managed to produce a new CD entitled "Bhaktivinoda", a collection of bhajans of Saccidananda Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur and other Vaisnava acaryas in Orissi classical ragas.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Go here to follow the simple system for offering foodstuffs to the Lord
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Tararua Lite Sour Cream for Vegetarians hits the shelves Sept 1st 2004.

(we bought some Stilton, Parmesan, Edam, Swiss and a few others - LOL - you have to check out these pages and then go to your Woolworths, Countdown, Foodtown, Pak'nSav, New World or local Deli.....believe me it's worth it, especially the Tuxford range; Cheshire, Red Leicester, Double Gloucester, Wensleydale varieties from the UK  =>:-))) updated to help you

updated 16th Sept 2004

All the Meatless Pasta preparations you'd like to prepare:

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Vegan and Vegetarian recipes
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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.   Post a Message:

Vegetarian 10-minute tortellini
You can't get much easier than this meal idea - it's on the table in 10 minutes at the most and requires only five ingredients.

300g pack fresh spinach and cheese tortellini
1 Tbsp olive oil
250g pack cherry tomatoes
1 bunch parsley, leaves roughly chopped
3 Tbsp finely grated Parmesan

Boil the pasta for 2 minutes until just cooked. Meanwhile, heat the oil in the frying pan and sizzle the tomatoes until they start to blister.

When the pasta is cooked, drain it quickly, reserving some cooking water. Put the tomatoes back on a high heat. Tip in the pasta, parsley, a splash of cooking water and most of the Parmesan. Bubble everything together, season to taste. Offer and serve with remaining Parmesan.

Primavera with Zucchini, Tomato and Corn
Serves 6
1 pound (1/2 kg - 500grms) Mostaccioli, Medium Shells or other medium pasta shape, uncooked
1 tbsp. Oilive oil
1 tsp hing
1 medium red cabbage, finely chopped
2 cups chopped zucchini
2 cups chopped fresh tomato
1 cup fresh corn or 1 cup frozen corn, thawed
1/2 tsp. hot red pepper flakes
1 cup skim milk
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup minced Italian flat-leaf parsley
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
Additional freshly grated Parmesan cheese (optional garnish)

Prepare pasta according to package directions; drain.

Heat the Olive oil in a large skillet. Add the hing, chopped red cabbage and zucchini and cook over medium-high heat until the cabbage goes soft and gets a golden cooked look to it. Reduce heat to medium and add the tomato, corn, red pepper flakes, skim milk and Parmesan cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted and the vegetables are hot. Add the pasta and parsley and mix thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cheese Sauce:

½ cup butter or Vegetarian / Vegan margarine
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3½ cups milk
½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

1. Melt butter in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat.
Whisk in flour, and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 minute.

2. Gradually whisk in milk. Bring to a boil, and cook, whisking constantly, for 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened.

3. Whisk in cheese, salt, and pepper. Remove from heat.

This can then be poured over or served with your vegetable preps.

Celeriac Remoulade

Remoulade is just another word for a salad. This one is quick, tasty and very simple to make.

Serves 2
½ small celeriac, cut into thin strips
½ lemon, juice only
2 tbsp double (heavy) cream
3 tbsp good-quality mayonnaise (see our recipe)
2 tsp Dijon mustard
salt and white pepper

1. Place the celeriac strips into a bowl along with the lemon juice and toss to combine.

2. Mix the double cream, mayonnaise and mustard together then stir into the celeriac.

3. Season with salt and white pepper.

4. Place in the fridge for a couple of hours for the flavours to develop before serving.

Eggless Mayonnaise
This mayonnaise tastes so much like the real thing you'd swear it has cholesterol, and heaps of bad karma, but since it doesn't, feel free to spread it around!

Ingredients (use vegan versions):
3 tablespoons lemon juice
210 ml soya milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon paprika
1/4 teaspoon prepared vegan mustard
6 tablespoon vegetable oil


Put all the ingredients except the oil in a blender. Blend on the 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.

Welsh Llanddarog Fair Cakes

Makes 6
12oz (335g) self-raising flour
8oz (225g) butter
6oz (160g) caster (refined granulated) sugar
4oz (110g) mixed fruit (sultanas, raisins, currants)
3 tbsp beer (yes, and of course we would use non-alcoholic beer if making this recipe - look in you super-market for it)

1. Pre-heat oven to 190°C/375°F/Gas 5.

2. Rub the butter into the flour and add the sugar.

3. Mix in the beer to form a soft dough.

4. Roll out on a floured surface to a thickness of ½ inch.

5. Shape into 6 rounds and press the fruit into the surface.

6. Bake for 15 minutes.

Buttercream Icing Recipe
Makes 5 cups

1/2 cup butter or margarine
8 ounces cream cheese softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 pound confectioner's sugar.

Combine the butter, cream cheese and vanilla. Gradually add the powdered sugar while beating vigorously. Thin with milk as needed.

(This recipe is very easy in a food processor and freezes well)

Mango and Cardamom Lassi

Crushed pistachios and cardamon bring an exotic scent and flavour to this simple smoothie of mango and mild yoghurt.

Serves 3-4
425g/15oz tinned mango pieces in syrup
250g/9fl oz bio low-fat plain yoghurt
1 tbsp green cardamom pods
1 tbsp shelled pistachio nuts
ice cubes, to serve

1. Use a sieve to drain the tin of mango thoroughly, reserving the syrup. Weigh out 250g/9oz of mango pieces and place them in a blender with the yoghurt.

2. Split open the cardamon pods to extract the dark seeds. Crush them well and add 1/2 tsp of the spice to the blender. Reserve the rest to use as a garnish.

3. Blend the mixture until thoroughly pureed and silky. Then thin it to the desired consistency using the reserved syrup from the tin of mangoes, adding a little syrup at a time and blending well after each addition. Chill thoroughly.

4. Roughly chop or crush the pistachios and mix them with the little bit of remaining cardamon. Place one or two ice cubes in each glass, pour in the mango lassi and sprinkle with some of the pistachio mixture before serving.

Cooks Note: Many plain low-fat yoghurts on sale are unpleasantly acidic, but choosing one made from bio cultures will ensure it has a mild clean taste. You can certainly use fresh mango in this recipe if you prefer, but for best results it needs to be very ripe. If using fresh mango, thin the mixture with a little milk and add up to 4 teaspoons of sugar. For a tangy variation, use buttermilk in place of the yoghurt.

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

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

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The Lentil page - very useful all about lentils and the numerous kinds of lentil

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


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Points of View
I don't know if Shel was actually a vegetarian or not, but he did do some pro-veg works like the following:

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

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

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

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

A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:

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Excellent "Meat Substitute" recipes

Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes

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


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

Religious Stands on Vegetarianism

Vaishnavism - Hinduism
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.

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Wellington Vegetarian Society' Newsletters

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

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


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

see their mention on our 2004 events

Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants throughout New Zealand

Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan

Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan

How did you do?

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

See more details HERE

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Questions About Food Ingredients - US

Confusing food labels - UK

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

See more details HERE

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

Vegetarian Cartoons and Jokes

 Krishna Conscious - Vedikly acceptable Jokes

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

'Hasya' or humour, created using either a situation or a behaviour-mode, easily reveals in dialogues and gestures during a play but a difficult theme for a sculpture or painting. There are, however, some excellent examples of 'Hasya' in pictoral art also and these days in cartoons. Besides caricatures and 'bhangeris'-type characters, myths, legends or stories are also used for depicting humour. For example Lord Shiva is camping with Parvati under a tree in the forest. As Shiva is adorned with serpents, a serpent, drapes across the otherwise naked form of Shiva like a loincloth, is covering his private parts. Hearing of him being there under the tree, Lord Vishnu, along with Garuda, His faithful vehicle, comes to pay him homage. The snake, as soon as it sees the bird carrier Garuda, his natural enemy, abandons Shiva leaving him all exposed and naked and flees into an anthill. It is humour by situation. Deliberate tricks and or sarcasm, usually bringing forth the philosophy and culture, sometimes in Krishna-related themes, are also used for creating humour.

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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:

Dana-Nirvartana-Kunda (Tax Pastime)
From Dana-keli-cintamani by Raghunaha dasa Goswami

This sacred kunda is the site of another wonderful pastime where Krsna tried to extract tax from the gopis.

 Once, when Radharani and Her girlfriends were at Radha-kunda, one of Radharani’s pet parrots informed Her of a great sacrifice being conducted at Govinda-kunda.  Taking bath and dressing very nicely, Radharani and all Her girlfriends left for Govinda-kunda, carrying golden pots of milk products on their heads.

Meanwhile, Krnsa’s pet parrot informed His that Srimati Radharani was proceeding towards Govinda-kunda along with Her girlfriends.  Immediately Krsna and His cowherd boyfriends came to this sacred kunda and waited for the gopis to arrive.  When Radharani and the gopis arrived, Krsna challenged them to stop and pay a tax for using the pathway.  He accused them of being thieves for regularly using the pathway to sell their milk products but never ever paying any tax.  An argument then started between the two parties.

When the argument turned erotic by Krsna’s clever use of words, Radharani warned Him to stay away and not even dare to touch Her, otherwise the milk products She was carrying for the sacrifice would become contaminated.  A cuckoo sitting in a nearby tree spoke to Krsna and advised Him to simply speak nice words to this very proud girl and just take the tax.  Krsna then told the gopis to wait a moment while His assistants calculated the tax amount.  Krsna then informed Radharani that each of Her girlfriends must give a handful of diamonds as tax.  Krsna told Radharani that She should have to pay an extra tax for all the beautiful parts of Her body.

Hearing these words of Krsna Radharani became angry and started to walk away, but Krsna forcibly stopped Her.  He told Radharani that She could go to the sacrifice and on the way back pay the tax. The only condition was that Lalita would have to stay behind as a hostage just to ensure that the gopis returned.  On hearing this, Lalita became angry and told the other gopis to call Mother Yasoda, the brahmanas at the sacrifice, as well as Radharani’s mother-in-law Jatila.

At that moment, Radharani’s close companion Nandimukhi arrived on the spot and proposed a solution to the problem.  She told Krsna that He should immediately release Radharani and the gopis, otherwise their reputation as chaste and saintly girls would be ruined.  Nandimukhi then assured Krsna that Radharani and the gopis would return to the grove on the banks of this same kunda the next day to pay the tax in full.  Because Radharani and the gopis promised to return (nivartana) to this kunda and pay the tax (dana), this place became famous as Dana-nirvartana-kunda.  However, the gopis were feeling very angry at Krsna for the way He had obstructed Radharani on her way to the sacrifice at Govinda-kunda, so they decided to teach Him a lesson.

The next day Lalita and Visakha and hundreds of gopis hid themselves all around the kunda where Krsna was going to come and collect the tax payment.  When Krsna arrived with a few cowherd boys the gopis pounced on them, gave them a good thrashing, tied them up to a tree and humiliated them in various ways.  Lalita then demanded that Krsna pay a tax to Srimati Radharani, the queen of Vrndavana, because His cows were eating the grass of Her forests.  Lalita then brought Radharani and forced Krsna to bow down to Her lotus feet, ask forgiveness and accept Her as the queen of Vrndavana.

(from “The Color Guide to Govardhana Hill – India’s Most Sacred Mountain”
 by Rajasekhara dasa Brahmacari)

Even in such close association, Prabhupada remained always the spiritual master, a transcendental personality of the spiritual world. It was not that upon close contact or in minute dealings he was ever ordinary; he remained always Krsna's representative. His solutions to practical problems, no less authoritative than his discourses on the Bhagavatam, would invariably be supported with fitting examples from Vedic history.

At such intimate gatherings devotees were free to inquire from their spiritual master about matters bearing directly on their service. I had a question to ask. Prabhupada acknowledged my raised hand. "Swamiji, what is the spiritual world like?"

"In the spiritual world there are no draft boards," came Prabhupada's reply, and all the devotees laughed. One of the devotees must have informed Prabhupada that I was worried about being drafted into military service.

Seeing my puzzled look, Prabhupada explained further. "Once there was a preacher of Christ who was trying to spread Christ's teachings among the coal miners. His preaching was that if they accepted Christ as their savior, they would be spared from going to hell. Hell was a dark, dank place.

"But the coal miners were not impressed. 'We are already in a dark place,' they said.

"The preacher thought that somehow he must frighten them about hell, so that they would believe in Jesus Christ. He could realize that actually these people were already living in hell, so how to impress them?

"Then he thought practically and said, 'In hell there are no newspapers.'

" 'Oh! That is horrible. Very horrible! Then we must immediately follow Lord Jesus.' " And Prabhupada laughed along with all of the devotees. With the help of this humorous story I now understood that spiritual life, the spiritual world, meant that all problems are finished. Though he had not answered my question in an academic way, Prabhupada's reply actually diminished the material anxiety I felt by increasing my faith in the process of Krsna consciousness.

- From the "Servant of the Servant" by HH Tamala Krsna Goswami

Morning has broken

Devotee: "Krishna, what is a billion years to You?

Krishna: "A billion years is only a moment for me."

Devotee: "What is a billion dollars to You?

Krishna: "Oh, it's only pocket change for me."

Devotee: "Krishna, could you spare some change?"

Krishna: "Just a moment."

This guy is walking with his friend. He says to this friend, "You know, Sunil's a a walking economy."

His friend replies, "How's that so?"

"He thinks he's the body, and his hair line is in recession, his stomach is a victim of inflation, and both of these together are putting him into a deep depression."

On a beautiful summer's day, a father and his eight-year-old son were lying on the grass by the riverbank, looking up at the sky and watching the wisps of cloud float gently overhead.

After a few minutes of silence, the boy turned to his father and said: 'Father, why are we here?'

'That's a good question, son. I think we're here to enjoy days such as this, to enjoy associating together like this, to experience nature in all its glory, the vastness of the sky, the beauty of the trees, the song of the birds, the rippling flow of the water. We're here to understand who we are, and to learn to love God, and by doing that help make the world a better place, to pass on our wisdom to future generations who will hopefully profit from our achievements and learn from our mistakes.

We're here to celebrate the small triumphs of life - passing your school exams, the birth of a new member of the family, promotion at work, a win for the home team. And we're here to comfort those dearest to us in times of distress, to provide kindness and compassion, support and strength, to let them know that, no matter how bad a situation may seem, they are not alone.

Does that answer your question, son?'

'Not really, Dad.'


'No, what I meant was, why are we here when Mum said to pick her up forty minutes ago?'

HOMILETICS, n. The science of adapting sermons to the spiritual needs, capacities and conditions of the congregation.

So skilled the parson was in homiletics
That all his normal purges and emetics
To medicine the spirit were compounded
With a most just discrimination founded
Upon a rigorous examination
Of tongue and pulse and heart and respiration.
Then, having diagnosed each one's condition,
His scriptural specifics this physician
Administered -- his pills so efficacious
And pukes of disposition so vivacious
That souls afflicted with ten kinds of Adam
Were convalescent ere they knew they had 'em.
But Slander's tongue -- itself all coated -- uttered
Her bilious mind and scandalously muttered
That in the case of patients having money
The pills were sugar and the pukes were honey.

Biography of Bishop Potter

Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce



Picture this - As the coals from our barbecue burned down, our hosts passed out marshmallows and long roasting forks. Just then, two fire trucks roared by, sirens blaring, lights flashing.  They stopped at a house right down the block.

All twelve of us raced out of the back yard, down the street, where we found the owners of the blazing house standing by helplessly.

They glared at us with looks of disgust..

Suddenly, we realized why... we were all still holding our roasting forks with marshmallows on them...

Did you ever wonder?

I used to be a tap dancer but I kept falling into the sink...

The child that's left to himself will put his mother to shame.
Gaelic Proverb

Last October a friend of my wife bought a magnolia tree from the local nursery, but after only a few weeks the leaves shriveled. It appeared to be on its last legs.

She took some leaf samples and marched into the nursery to demand an explanation.

"I know exactly what's wrong with your magnolia," said the manager.

"Good," said my wife's friend. "What's it suffering from?"

"Autumn," he replied.

ICONOCLAST, n. A breaker of idols, the worshipers whereof are imperfectly gratified by the performance, and most strenuously protest that he unbuildeth but doth not reedify, that he pulleth down but pileth not up. For the poor things would have other idols in place of those he thwacketh upon the mazzard and dispelleth. But the iconoclast saith: "Ye shall have none at all, for ye need them not; and if the rebuilder fooleth round hereabout, behold I will depress the head of him and sit thereon till he squawk it."

Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce

The judge read the charges, then asked, "Are you the defendant in this case?"

"No sir, your honor, sir," replied Bob, "I've got a lawyer to do the defendin'.  I'm the guy who done it."

Our seal of approval

How words can be seen differently by people:

My secretary stopped me as I approached her desk. Red faced and nervous, she pointed to an expense statement and asked if I thought it appropriate to charge the company for such an item. It read "Viagrafix."

I didn't see any cause for her concern, until I realized we were reading the word differently: she as "viagra fix" and I, "ViaGrafix," a software design package.

Q: Why did the Surd couple decide to have only 4 children?

A: They'd read in the newspaper that one out of every five babies born in the world today is Chinese.

The ways of this material world - strange but true

Fascinating Historical Facts!

Many years ago in Scotland, a new game was invented. It was ruled "Gentlemen Only..Ladies Forbidden" and thus the word GOLF entered into the English language.

In the 1400's a law was set forth that a man was not allowed to beat his wife with a stick no thicker than his thumb. Hence we have "the rule of thumb"

In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. Hence the phrase...."goodnight, sleep  tight."

The first novel ever written on a typewriter: Tom Sawyer. Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:
Spades - King David
Hearts - Charlemagne
Clubs -Alexander, the Great
Diamonds - Julius Caesar Q.

If you were to spell out numbers, how far would you have to go until you would find the letter "A"?
Ans. One thousand

It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law with all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month . which we know today as the honeymoon.

In English pubs, ale is ordered by pints and quarts... So in old England, when customers got unruly, the bartender would yell at them "Mind your pints and quarts, and settle down."
 It's where we get the phrase "mind your P's and Q's"

Many years ago in England, pub frequenters had a whistle baked into the rim, or handle, of their ceramic cups. When they needed a refill, they used the whistle to get some service. "Wet your whistle" is the phrase inspired by this practice.

from Chetan

NEW WORDS FOR  2006   -- Essential additions for the workplace vocabulary:

BLAMESTORMING : Sitting around in a group, discussing why a deadline was missed or a project failed, and who was responsible.

SEAGULL MANAGER: A manager who flies in, makes a lot of noise, craps on everything, and then leaves.

ASSMOSIS: The process by which some people seem to absorb
success and advancement by kissing up to the boss rather than by working hard.

SALMON DAY: The experience of spending an entire day swimming upstream only to get screwed and die in the end.

CUBE FARM: An office filled with cubicles.

PRAIRIE DOGGING: When someone yells or drops something loudly in a cube farm, and people's heads pop up over the walls to see what's going on.

MOUSE POTATO: The on-line, wired generation's answer to the couch potato.

STRESS PUPPY: A person who seems to thrive on being stressed out and whiny.

IRRITAINMENT: Entertainment and media spectacles that are annoying but you find  yourself unable to stop watching them. The Anna Nicole show or the Bachelor is a prime example.

PERCUSSIVE MAINTENANCE : The fine art of whacking the crap out of an electronic device to get it  to work again.

ADMINISPHERE: The rarefied organizational layers beginning just above the rank and file. Decisions that fall from the adminisphere are often profoundly inappropriate or irrelevant to the problems they were designed to solve.

404 : Someone who's clueless. From the World Wide Web error message "404 Not Found" (meaning that the  requested document, like the person's brain, could not be located.)

GENERICA: Features of the North American landscape that are exactly the same no matter where one is, such as fast food joints, strip malls, subdivisions.

OHNOSECOND: That minuscule fraction of time in which you realize that you've just made a BIG mistake.

WOOFYS:  Well Off Older Folks.

CROP DUSTING: Surreptitiously farting while passing through a cube farm, then enjoying the sounds of dismay and disgust (leads to PRAIRIE DOGGING).

sent in by Pauline Archel-Thompson in the UK

From British newspapers

1) Commenting on a complaint from a Mr.ArthurPurdey about a large gas bill, a spokesman for North West Gas said, "We agree it was rather high for the time of year. It's possible Mr.Purdey has been charged for the gas used up during the explosion that destroyed his house." (The Daily Telegraph)

2) Irish police are being handicapped in a search for a stolen van, because they cannot issue a description. It's a Special Branch vehicle and they don't want the public to know what it looks like. (The Guardian)

3) A young girl who was blown out to sea on a set of inflatable teeth was rescued by a man on an inflatable lobster. A coast guard spokesman commented, "This sort of thing is all too common". (The Times)

4) At the height of the gale, the harbourmaster radioed a coastguard and asked him to estimate the wind speed. He replied he was sorry, but he didn't have a gauge. However, if it was any help, the wind had just blown his Land Rover off the cliff. (Aberdeen Evening Express)

5) Mrs.IreneGraham of Thorpe Avenue, Boscombe, delighted the audience with her reminiscence of the German prisoner of war who was sent each week to do her garden. He was repatriated at the end of 1945, she recalled. "He'd always seemed a nice friendly chap, but when the crocuses came up in the middle of our lawn in February 1946, they spelt out 'HeilHitler.'" (Bournemouth Evening Echo)

Children's Science Exam

Almost better than a cup of coffee to start your morning.... If you need a laugh, read through these Children's Science Exam Answers. These are real answers given by children.

Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: How is dew formed?
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour?
A: Keep it in the cow.

Q: What causes the tides in the oceans?
A: The tides are a fight between the Earth and the Moon. All water tends to flow towards the moon, because there is no water on the moon, and nature hates a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight.

Q: What are steroids?
A: Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs.

Q: What happens to your body as you age?
A: When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental.

Q: What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty?
A: He says good-bye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery

Q: Name a major disease associated with cigarettes.
A: Premature death.

Q: What is artificial insemination?
A: When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow.

Q: How are the main parts of the body categorized? (e.go., abdomen.)
A: The body is consisted into three parts--- the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain; the borax contains the heart and lungs, and the abdominal cavity contains the five bowels, A, E, I, O, and U.

Q: What is the fibula?
A: A small lie.

Q: What does "varicose" mean?
A: Nearby.

Q: Give the meaning of the term "Caesarean Section"
A: The Caesarean Section is a district in Rome

Q: What does the word "benign" mean?'
A: Benign is what you will be after you be eight.

IDIOT, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot's activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but "pervades and regulates the whole." He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.

Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce

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

A Sardarji goes to a hotel and eats heartily.
After eating he goes to wash his hands but starts washing the basin instead.
The manager comes running and asks him, `Prahji, aap kya kar rahe ho?' (what are you doing)
To this the man replies, `Oye, tumne hi to idhar board lagaya hai, 'Wash Basin' (the board says `Wash Basin').

Two Marwaris went to a fast food joint and sat down at the counter.
They ordered two sodas, took sandwiches out of their packs and started to eat them.
The owner saw what was going on and approached the men. `You can't eat your own sandwiches in here,' he complained.
The two Marwaris stopped, looked at each other, and then swapped their sandwiches.

IGNORAMUS, n. A person unacquainted with certain kinds of knowledge familiar to yourself, and having certain other kinds that you know nothing about.

Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce


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


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