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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 5 - Karma-yoga : Action in Krsna Consciousness
brahmane gavi hastini
suni caiva sva-pake ca
WORD FOR WORD
vidya--with education; vinaya--and gentleness; sampanne--fully
equipped; brahmane--in the brahmana; gavi--in the cow; hastini--in
the elephant; suni--in the dog; ca--and; eva--certainly;
sva-pake--in the dog-eater (the outcaste); ca--respectively;
panditah--those who are wise; sama-darsinah--who see with equal
The humble sages, by virtue of true knowledge, see with equal
vision a learned and gentle brahmana, a cow, an elephant, a dog and
a dog-eater [outcaste].
PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad
A Krsna conscious person does not make any distinction between
species or castes. The brahmana and the outcaste may be different
from the social point of view, or a dog, a cow, and an elephant may
be different from the point of view of species, but these
differences of body are meaningless from the viewpoint of a learned
transcendentalist. This is due to their relationship to the
Supreme, for the Supreme Lord, by His plenary portion as Paramatma,
is present in everyone's heart. Such an understanding of the
Supreme is real knowledge. As far as the bodies are concerned in
different castes or different species of life, the Lord is equally
kind to everyone because He treats every living being as a friend
yet maintains Himself as Paramatma regardless of the circumstances
of the living entities. The Lord as Paramatma is present both in
the outcaste and in the brahmana, although the body of a brahmana
and that of an outcaste are not the same. The bodies are material
productions of different modes of material nature, but the soul and
the Supersoul within the body are of the same spiritual quality.
The similarity in the quality of the soul and the Supersoul,
however, does not make them equal in quantity, for the individual
soul is present only in that particular body whereas the Paramatma
is present in each and every body. A Krsna conscious person has
full knowledge of this, and therefore he is truly learned and has
equal vision. The similar characteristics of the soul and Supersoul
are that they are both conscious, eternal and blissful. But the
difference is that the individual soul is conscious within the
limited jurisdiction of the body whereas the Supersoul is conscious
of all bodies. The Supersoul is present in all bodies without
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Copyright 1983 The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Used with permission.
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Either you surrender to Krsna, or clear it by question
In the evening Prabhupada had an engagement at the home of Mrs. Gopi Kumara Birla and her son, Ashoka. She had invited friends from many of the leading business families in Bombay. The Birlas are possibly the richest, and one of the most influential, families in India. Giriraja had previously suggested to her several possible topics for the evening's discussion, and she has chosen "How to Become Successful in Life."
The Birlas had set up an asana on a side lawn of their large, opulent estate. Next to it, on a table, the devotees placed a shrine with small brass Radha-Krsna Deities.
Srila Prabhupada arrived in the Birla's white Mercedes. He immediately noticed that his seat was placed higher than that of the Deities. So he had the devotees remove the base of the asana, making his seat lower.
Then, above the muted clamor of Bombay's evening traffic, Prabhupada addressed his attentive audience on the evening's topic. "Radharani and Durga, both of them are the prakrtis of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but one prakrti is meant for controlling this material world and the other prakrti is meant for blessing the spiritual world.
"Radharani, the name has come from the word aradhyate. Aradha means worshiping, beginning from Radharani and her expansion Laksmi in Vaikuntha. Here we worship Mother Laksmiji, the goddess of fortune, to receive some favor, but in the Vaikuntha world there are many hundreds of thousands of Laksmis, and with great respect they are engaged in serving the Supreme Lord.
"So, we being expansions of the spiritual Laksmi, or Radharani, our duty is to serve Radharani, and through Radharani serve Krsna. This is Krsna consciousness movement. We are missing this point. That instead of learning from Radharani how to serve Krsna, we are being controlled by the other prakrti, material energy, Durga, with weapons in her ten hands. This is our position."
Prabhupada possesses a unique ability to link anyone from any walk of life to the common goal of spiritual attainment. His preaching is always perfectly suitable for the time, place and circumstance. To the leaders of this wealthy business community he thus offered a pertinent example.
"In this material world they do not know what is the aim of life. Everyone is very much expert to see his interest. Two businessmen, they are agreeing; but everyone is trying to see his personal interest first. This is called svartha-gatim. That is natural. But Prahlada Maharaja says, na te viduh svartha-gatim hi visnum. Unfortunately, these materialistic persons they do not know what is real interest. The real interest is Visnu, how to serve Visnu."
Prabhupada came directly to the keynote of his address. "The subject matter was how to become successful in life. Krsna comes to instruct this simple truth -- that you are being controlled by the material energy. You give up this business, you be controlled by the spiritual energy, and your life is successful. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has said jivera 'svarupa' haya-krsnera 'nitya-dasa'. But our disease is, instead of becoming dasa we are trying to become the master of the prakrti. This is called the materialistic way of life. So that will not make us happy at any stage of our life. The success of the human form of life is to understand this: our relationship with God. And we should act in relationship with God. Then our success of life will be achieved. This is the main purpose of Krsna consciousness movement."
The Birla family have become equally famous for both their religious interests and business ventures, with Birla temples prominent in most Indian major cities. Srila Prabhupada took the evening's opportunity to invite the family to expand from the merely religious to practicing a full transcendental life. "That is Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission," he said. "He wished especially Indians to take this job of preaching the teachings of Bhagavad-gita all over the world. The mission is they must be very, very merciful to all outsiders. That is India's mission. They are in darkness, tamasi, bring them in the light: tamasi ma jyotir gamah. This attempt has been done by us individually with teeny effort but it is becoming successful. But every one of us should become completely aware of this Movement and take this mission."
Srila Prabhupada's speech was direct and frank. "Krsna said, 'You just offer a little flower and water to Me.' If you think that, 'We have got money, the money is for my enjoyment, and Krsna may be offered a little water and flower,' that is cheating. That is not good. According to your position you must worship. This is wanted. To become very big businessman is not ordinary thing; it requires tapasya, very great labor, brain, yat tapasyasi. But the result, Krsna says, kurusva mad-arpanam. He's asking, 'Give it to Me.' So there is no harm to become very big businessman, earning money. That is all right. But you give it to Krsna. Then in any position you can remain Krsna conscious. And if you remain Krsna conscious, then you will understand Krsna."
Winding up his lecture, Prabhupada asked for questions several times, but got no response.
Giriraja, whose lawyer father had once offered him a million dollars to give up Krsna Consciousness, spoke up. "The process of hearing and then asking questions is the way to clarify our understanding, just like Krsna and Arjuna. So actually we must have some questions in our minds, otherwise we would all immediately surrender to Krsna."
Prabhupada agreed, "Yes, either you surrender to Krsna, or clear it by question."
Still, there was no response. So the lecture ended, and while other devotees showed a film on the lawn, Srila Prabhupada and a small group of us were invited inside to take prasadam.
- From the "A Transcendental Diary Vol 1" by HG Hari Sauri dasa
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>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation -- March 22, 1977, Bombay
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Prabhupada: Suppose I am a very big business magnate. Next life, if I am going to become a dog -- according to my karma, the nature's law will act -- then what is benefit? One day before, Indira Gandhi was so important. Next day I'll maybe(?) nowhere, finished. Nobody knows where is Indira Gandhi. Just twenty-four hours she was most prominent woman. And after twenty-four hours nobody cares to look at her. This nature's law, how you can check? This is going on. Any moment, anything can be changed by the laws of nature. So India's importance is there. They know the law. Therefore so long the body, full of intelligence, human body, is there, they'll utilize it very... That is life, not to be carried away by the waves of nature. This is India's duty. So we want to make our institution at least a place for understanding this knowledge. It doesn't matter only a few persons may understand. That is sufficient. Ekas candras tamo hanti na ca tarah sahasrasah: "If you keep one moon in the sky, that is sufficient for light. What is the use of millions of stars?" Modern education, they are creating twinkling stars, millions. All useless for light. No light. And our Vedic civilization is: "Create one moon. That's all." That is sufficient. We respect, therefore, acaryas. Ramanujacarya, Madhvacarya, not the so-called voted leaders. We don't care for them. What is their value? Sva-vid-varahostra-kharaih samstutah purusah pasuh [SB 2.3.19]. You say, "Oh, they are being liked, eulogized, by so many hundreds and thousands," but what these hundreds and thousands of people are? Sva-vid-varahostra-khara. They're kept in ignorance like dogs, hogs, camels and asses. This propaganda should go on by the ISKCON movement. Bombay is the nicest place. Invite them. Convince them. We have got answers for everyone, however big scientist, big philosopher, big politician. Bhagavata has answered everyone. How selected animals' name has been given. This is Bhagavata. How the comparison is perfect. I have tried to explain why a particular animal has been selected.
Tamala Krsna: That purport is very clear.
Prabhupada: So the sum and substance is that I have got the opportunity of human form, everyone, and they should not be kept in the same animal consciousness. This is civilization. They should be raised to the standard of inquiring. Athato brahma jijnasa. That is civilization. This, civilization? To keep them in darkness? Hm? Sanatana Gosvami went to Caitanya Mahaprabhu. The first question is ke ami kene amaya jare tapa-traya. "Sir, I was prime minister, and I was very much eulogized by the people as pandita." Gramya-vyavahare pandita tai satya mani. "These village people, they call me pandita, and I also, such a fool, I accept, 'Yes, I am pandita. Yes.' But factually, if I inquire, 'What kind of pandita'? then apanara hitahita kichui na jani: 'I am such a learned pandita that I do not know what is the ultimate goal of my life. I am such a pandita.' Therefore I have come to You, Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You say what is my ultimate goal of life." This is approaching guru, not that "I am pandita, I am brahmana, or minister. Why shall I go to learn? I can teach everyone whatever nonsense I know. Let them..." What is that injunction? That emasculation? That Sanjay Gandhi became?
Tamala Krsna: Sterilization.
Prabhupada: Rascal, he's a boy, and he thought by sterilization the country will be delivered. Just see. By force. He thought... He became learned leader in one day, and he thought, "This will be sacrifice now." This is going on. "Because I am Indira Gandhi's son, I am perfect." Nature's law -- "Yes, you are perfect. It is all right. But I kick out in a moment -- finished."
Tamala Krsna: Perfect rascal.
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vasati dasana-sikhare dharani tava lagna
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O Keshava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari, who have assumed the
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Who is Lord Nityananda?
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada sings in Los Angeles, January
Lord Nityananda, who is Balarama Himself, the first direct manifestation or expansion of Krsna, is the original spiritual master. He helps Lord Krsna in His pastimes, and He is a servant of the Lord. Lord Caitanya is the same Lord Krsna, and Lord Nityananda is Lord Balarama. Lord Nityananda fulfills all of Lord Caitanya's desires. The source of the sentiment of servitude is indeed Lord Balarama, and the plenary expansions who follow Him are all influenced by that ecstasy.
Sri Rama, or Balarama, is the protector of the devotees of the Lord. Baladeva acts as the spiritual master of all devotees, and by His causeless mercy the fallen souls are delivered. Balarama comes with Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and both of Them are so merciful that in this age of Kali one may very easily take shelter of Their lotus feet. They come especially to deliver the fallen souls of this age. Their weapon is sankirtana, hari-nama. Thus one should accept the sword of knowledge from Krsna and be strong with the mercy of Balarama.
Paraphrased from text and purports of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
"Narottama dasa Thakura says that Balarama and the son of Maharaja Nanda have advented Themselves as Gaura-Nitai. To propagate this fundamental principle, we are establishing a Krsna-Balarama temple to broadcast to the world that worship of Gaura-Nitai is the same as worship of Krsna-Balarama.
Although it is very difficult to enter into the Radha-Krsna pastimes, most of the devotees of Vrndavana are attracted to the Radha-Krsna lila. However, since Nitai-Gauracandra are direct incarnations of Balarama and Krsna, we can be directly in touch with Lord Balarama and Lord Krsna through Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Nityananda Prabhu. Those who are highly elevated in Krsna consciousness can enter into the pastimes of Radha-Krsna through the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. It is said: sri-krsna-caitanya radha-krsna nahe anya. Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is a combination of Radha and Krsna.
Balarama means guru-tattva. Balarama represents guru. Yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah. If we want to understand Caitanya Mahaprabhu, if we want to understand Krsna, then we must take shelter of Balarama. Nayam atma bala-hinena labhyah. This bala-hinena labhyah, this Vedic injunction, means "Without the mercy of Balarama you cannot understand, you cannot realize your spiritual identification. So that Balarama comes as Nityananda Prabhu. Balarama haila nitai. Therefore we must take shelter of Balarama."
Lecture by Srila Prabhupada, 02-02-77, Bhubaneswara
(c) Bhaktivedanta Book Trust.
sarac-candra-bhrantim sphurad-amala-kantim gaja-gatim
hari-premonmattam dhrta-parama-sattvam smita-mukham
sada ghurnan-netramkara-kalita-vetram kali-bhidam
bhaja nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi
(1) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, whose bright face mocks the full autumn moon, whose pure complexion glistens, whose gait is like that of a maddened elephant, who is always intoxicated in Krsna-prema, who embodies pure spiritual energy, whose face holds a gentle smile, whose eyes are always rolling due to His absorption in Krsna-prema, whose lotus hand holds a glowing staff, and who, by the performance of nama-sankirtana, pierces the influence of Kali-yuga.
(2) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who is the mainstay of all the rasas, who is everything to His devotees, who is beyond compare, who is the master of both Vasudha and Jahnava-devi, who consider Him more dear than their own lives, who is always maddened in Krsna-prema, and who is unknown only to those of meager intelligence.
bhaja nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi
(3) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who is very dear to Sri Saci-nandana, who is worshipped by the entire universe, who is the embodiment of happiness, who possesses infinite mercy for delivering the souls who are drowning in the age of Kali, and who, by the performance of sri-harinama-sankirtana, thwarts the progressing false pride of the ocean of repeated birth and death.
aye bhratar-nrnam kali-kalusinam kinnu bhavita
tatha prayascitam racaya yad-anayasata ime
varajanti tvam-ittham saha bhagavata mantrayati yo
bhaje nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi
(4) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who said to Sri Krsna Caitanya, "Hey brother Gauranga! What will be the destination of the sinful souls of Kali-yuga and how will theyt be redeemed? Please devise a method by which they will easily attain You."
yathestam re bhratah! kuru hari-hari-dhvanam-anisam
tato vah samsarambudhi-tarana-dayo mayi laget
idambahu-sphotair-atati ratayan yah pratigrham
bhaja nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi
(5) I perpetually worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who wandered around Bengal and, approaching the door of each and every home, threw open His arms and exclaimed, "O brothers! All of you should eternally perform sri-harinama-sankirtana together. By doing so, I will take the responsibility to deliver you all from the ocean of material existence."
satam srayah-sindhunnati-kumuda-bandhum samuditam
bhaje nityanandambhajana-taru-kandam niravadhi
(6) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who is likened to the Agastya Muni who forcibly swallows the ocean of repeated birth and death, who is a rising full moon which increases the ocean of the saintly persons' welfare, and who is a sun which dissipates the darkness of ignorance cast by the various classes of miscreants.
(7) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the tree of Krsna-bhakti, who wandered on every path in Bengal dancing, singing, and calling out "Hari bol! Hari bol!" and who lovingly bestowed merciful sidelong glances upon those who were not compassionate to even their own selves.
subibhranam bhratuh kara-sarasi-jamkomalataram mitho
bhramantam madhuryair-ahaha! madayantam pura-janan
bhaje nityanandambhajana-taru-kundam niravadhi
(8) I eternally worship Sri Nityananda Prabhu, the root of the Krsna-bhakti tree, who held the supremely soft lotus-hand of His brother Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu, whose heart became filled with the highest bliss when the two brothers gazed into each other's faces, and who wandered here and there delighting the townspeople with His sweetness.
rasagaram saram patita-tati-taram smaranatah
param nityanandastakam-idam-apurvam pathati yas-
tad-anghri-dvandvabjam sphuratu nitaramtasya hrdaye
(9) May Sri Nityananda Prabhu place His lotus feet in the heart of one who lovingly recites this unprecedented Nityanandastaka, which is the reservoir of rasa, the greatest treasure of the most exalted Vaisnavas, and the storehouse of the essence of bhakti-rasa. This astaka is sung in the melody known as 'Sikharini".
Translated by Swarupa Damodara dasa
Lord Siva lives under a tree. He is master of the material energy and so does not have to bother with housing. However, the followers of Lord Siva are awarded with material opulences. Shouldn't we desire material opulences and comforts?
"The devotees of Lord Siva are opulent only in terms of the material qualities. Factually, such so-called advancement of civilization is the cause of entanglement in material existence. It is actually not advancement but degradation. The conclusion is that because Lord Siva is the master of the three qualities, his devotees are given things manufactured by the interactions of these qualities for the satisfaction of the senses. In the Bhagavad-gita, however, we get instruction from Lord Krsna that one has to transcend this qualitative existence. Nistrai-gunyo bhavarjuna: the mission of human life is to become transcendental to the three qualities. Unless one is nistrai-gunya, he cannot get free from material entanglement. In other words, favors received from Lord Siva are not actually beneficial to the conditioned souls, although materially such facilities seem opulent."
Krsna Book ch 88
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Free Speech and a Clash of Cultures
Many Hindus can relate to the outrage by the world-wide Muslim community over the cartoons of the prophet Mohammed carried in newspapers across Europe recently.
The Hindu community have also been similarly incensed and deeply offended by the way Hindu deities, and Hinduism generally, continue to be blasphemously depicted. The pictures of Lord Krishna on shoes, and Hindu deities on toilet seats, are but two recent examples.
Though Hinduism believes in freedom of expression, it also recognises the responsibility that comes with it. Free speech should not be so irresponsible that it flagrantly mocks bonafide religious personalities - blasphemy is just an abuse of free speech. The media therefore has a huge responsibility in recognising the difference between free speech and straightforward blasphemy.
Current issues of grave concern to Hindus are the advertisement of Southern Comfort in Greece, which portrays the Goddess Durga holding bottles of Whisky; and the paintings of Mr. M. F. Hussain that depict Hindu deities in the nude. In dealing with these cases of blasphemy, Hinduism would not normally issue threats of violence to deal with the situation. Strongly worded condemnations and, if necessary, organised but lawful protests are the recommended methods of response.
6th February 2006
Scientists Works to Create First synthetic Life Form From Scratch
ROCKVILLE, MARYLAND, December 19, 2005: Work on the world's first human-made species is well under way at a research complex in Rockville, Md., and scientists in Canada have been quietly conducting experiments to help bring such a creature to life. Robert Holt, head of sequencing for the Genome Science Centre at the University of British Columbia, is leading efforts at his Vancouver lab to play a key role in the production of the first synthetic life form -- a microbe made from scratch. The project is being spearheaded by U.S. scientist Craig Venter, who gained fame in his former job as head of Celera Genomics, which completed a privately-owned map of the human genome in 2000. Dr. Venter, 59, has since shifted his focus from determining the chemical sequences that encode life to trying to design and build it: "We're going from reading to writing the genetic code," he said in an interview.
The work is an extreme example of a burgeoning new field in science known as synthetic biology. It relies on advances in computer technology that permit the easy assembly of the chemical bits, known as nucleotides, that make up DNA. Several scientific groups are trying to make genes that do not exist in nature, in hopes of constructing microbes that perform useful tasks, such as producing industrial chemicals, clean energy or drugs. Dr. Venter and his colleagues are pushing the technology to its limits by trying to put together an entirely synthetic genome.
But even if the team can assemble all of the bacteria's 500,000 DNA chemicals (roughly 35,000 has been the record so far), no one knows if the organism will be viable. Will simply synthesizing a chemical sequence spark life? "Nobody has ever done it before so absolutely it is a key hurdle," Dr. Venter said. "So the profound problem is what do you do with this DNA once you get it? How do you turn it into an actual organism? You need the genome to encode and make the organism. "But the way biology works, you need the organism to make the genome."
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com/
pamho agtsp! agtsg&g!
as promised below, the higher resolution videos (and the original version as well) are now available online. i think you will find it very charming... i had the fortune to work with mr fabrizio in training the girls to sing the brahma samhita and it was a most memorable experience.
pls note that you can download it in 6 parts, or all at once - the full versions are labelled as 1 of 1.
(the clip with the Brahma Samhita part is clip 3 of 6, fyi)
you can locate them here http://video.google.com/videosearch?q=fabrizio
if you like to put these on your website, you are welcome to do so - just click on the video, then click the link on the right of the page which says "put on site"
i do hope more devotees will make use of this very useful free offer by google. it is also possible to sell your videos thru this site, with a commission going to google for the service
yr humble servant
Sri Vidyasagara Thirtha Swamiji of the Krishnapura mutt ascended the sacred 'paryaya sarvajna peeta' inside the sanctum sanctorum of the about 800-year-old Sri Krishna temple and took charge of the temple for the next two years, amidst chanting of vedic hymns, early today.
The 34th pontiff of the Krishnapura mutt (48), wearing a silk saffron turban, ascended the paryaya peeta at Dhanur Lagnam at 0555 hrs. This is his third paryaya term, after the ones in 1974-76 and 1990-92.
Earlier, the outgoing Sri Vishvapriya Thirtha Swamiji of Admar mutt performed the last pooja of his paryaya term to the presiding deity, before descending the peeta.
After taking charge, Sri Vidyasagara Thirtha Swamiji sat on the peeta and took the temple keys and 'Akshaya Patra' (the perennial golden bowl and ladle) from the outgoing seer, marking the most significant ritual of the paryaya festival.
The biennial paryaya system among the pontiffs of the Ashta (eight)
mutts of Udupi to conduct Sri Krishna pooja and run the temple was introduced
by saint Sri Vadiraja Swamigal of Sode Vadiraja mutt in 1522. However,
earlier, the term was for just two months in rotation. As many as 30 cycles
of paryaya have been completed, starting from the Palimar mutt to Pejavar
mutt. In the present cycle to be completed in 2018, the Krishnapura mutt
seer was the third swamiji to ascend the paryaya peeta.
MUMBAI, INDIA, January 20, 2006: The year 2005 may well have been the year of news channels, which became hugely popular among viewers, but the actual surprise element has been the significant rise in viewership of religious channels such as Aastha, GOD, Sanskar and Zee Jagran. According to a TAM report, religious channels had a viewership share of 0.63 per cent of the total television pie in 2004, and it rose to 0.72 per cent in 2005, which, when rounded off, is almost equal to the viewership that comes from the music channels (1 per cent). Channels such as Aastha and GOD, for instance, had an all-India viewership share of 28 per cent in 2005, while Zee Jagaran had a 23 per cent share.
Mr. Pradeep Hejmadi, Vice-President, TAM Media Research, said, "The viewership of religious channels has been on the rise. In fact, the viewership rates significantly shot up on events such as the opening of the Akshardham Temple in September, which was telecast l ive by Aastha. The same channel had also covered the Navaratri celebrations live in different parts of the country, during which it attracted a lot of younger viewers."
In fact, the genre also attracted a number of advertisers last year, the prominent categories being tires, antiseptic creams, basic telecom services, cement, baby products, and so on. However, Mr. Hejmadi said the advertising growth had not kept pace with the genre growth. He said media planners had not found the environment in religious channels conducive enough to place their brands. "Religious channels have to invest in marketing. These channels are like black boxes now and their topmost challenge is to educate and convince advertisers to advertise on their channels."
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com/
NEW DELHI, INDIA, January 31, 2006: (HPI note: Though vultures are quite unpleasant in appearance, and have dining habits to match, they are environmentally important. They also figure benevolently in Hindu history from time to time. The vulture king Jatayu tried to save Sita from abduction in the Ramayana, and was injured in the process. Jatayu informed Rama who took Sita, leading eventually to her rescue. The vultures sudden approach to extinction has been a concern for over a decade.)
More than 90 percent of India's vultures, a crucial link in the environment, have died and the government is working to ban a drug blamed for the near-extinction, officials said Tuesday. A. Raja, the minister for environment and forests, also said at an international conference on vultures that officials would soon begin a nationwide census of the birds to assess how many are left, the government's Press Information Bureau reported. Over the past 15 years, millions of oriental white-backed, long-billed and slender-billed vultures in South Asia have died from eating cattle carcasses tainted by diclofenac, an anti-inflammatory and painkiller given to sick cows, experts say. Now a replacement drug harmless to vultures will eliminate the need for diclofenac.
Vultures play a vital role in disposing of carcasses and in the process help halt the spread of disease. Fewer vultures has meant more food for India's large population of stray dogs, allowing them to thrive, which ''could lead to rise in incidence of rabies,'' junior environment minister Namo Narain Meena said, calling for a complete ban on the veterinary use of the drug.
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com/
Taking FREEDOM too far.........
Wednesday, 04 January , 2006, 23:35 Reuters
Rome: Forget the US debate over intelligent design versus evolution. An Italian court is tackling Jesus - and whether the Roman Catholic Church may be breaking the law by teaching that he existed 2,000 years ago.
The case pits against each other two men in their 70s, who are from the same central Italian town and even went to the same seminary school in their teenage years.
The defendant, Enrico Righi, went on to become a priest writing for the parish newspaper. The plaintiff, Luigi Cascioli, became a vocal atheist who, after years of legal wrangling, is set to get his day in court later this month.
"I started this lawsuit because I wanted to deal the final blow against the Church, the bearer of obscurantism and regression," Cascioli told Reuters.
Cascioli says Righi, and by extension the whole Church, broke two Italian laws. The first is "Abuso di Credulita Popolare" (Abuse of Popular Belief) meant to protect people against being swindled or conned. The second crime, he says, is "Sostituzione di Persona", or impersonation.
"The Church constructed Christ upon the personality of John of Gamala," Cascioli claimed, referring to the 1st century Jew who fought against the Roman army.
A court in Viterbo will hear from Righi, who has yet to be indicted, at a January 27 preliminary hearing meant to determine whether the case has enough merit to go forward.
"In my book, The Fable of Christ, I present proof Jesus did not exist as a historic figure. He must now refute this by showing proof of Christ's existence," Cascioli said. Speaking to Reuters, Righi, 76, sounded frustrated by the case and baffled as to why Cascioli - who, like him, came from the town of Bagnoregio - singled him out in his crusade against the Church.
"We're both from Bagnoregio, both of us. We were in seminary together. Then he took a different path and we didn't see each other anymore," Righi said.
"Since I'm a priest, and I write in the parish newspaper, he is now suing me because I 'trick' the people."
Righi claims there is plenty of evidence to support the existence of Jesus,including historical texts.
He also claims that justice is on his side. The judge presiding over the hearing has tried, repeatedly, to dismiss the case - prompting appeals from Cascioli.
"Cascioli says he didn't exist. And I said that he did," he said. "The judge will to decide if Christ exists or not."
Even Cascioli admits that the odds are against him, especially in Roman Catholic Italy.
"It would take a miracle to win," he joked.
sent in by Sridam dasa Auckland
Ancient Hindu civilisation and mathematics
By Dr R.N. Das
The ancient Hindu sages discovered the miracles of modern scientific tools. Believe it or not, the following are the glorious examples of them.
I. The Concept of Zero
The concept of zero came from the revered Hindu sages in Vedic times thousands of years ago.
Without the concept of zero the binary system is blind. No counting,
no commerce or no computer business. The earliest documented "date" was
found in today's Gujarat [BC 585-586] in an inscription on Sankedia copper
plate. In Brahamaphuta—Siddhanta of Brahamagupta (7th century CE), zero
was lucidly explained. Muslim invaders from Central Asia crossing the Hindukush
mountain ranges invaded Bharat 1300 years ago and plundered its beauty,
riches, books, thrones and what not. They plagued the holy land with sword,
loot, arson and rape and destroyed and ravaged the whole land in the name
of jehad and "Allah". There was no Steven Spielberg (Schindler's List)
like cinema director who could document this sordid past of our history.
There was no patent system at that time. Might was right. They considered
those substances of robbery maal-e-ganimat (booty looted from kafirs to
be distributed among themselves and friends of theirs) and thus inculcated
those invaluable theorems of mathematics, astronomy and geometry in Arabic
books in around 770-1200 CE. From there, those extraordinary concepts were
carried to Spanish Europe in the 8th century. However the concept of zero
was referred to as shunya in the early Sanskrit texts of the 4th century
BC and was
clearly explained in Pingala's Chand Sutra of the 2nd century too.
II. The Contribution to Astronomy
Hindu sages told modern scientists how to map the sky in terms of glaring stars almost 4000 years ago. Copernicus published his theory of revolution of the Earth around the Sun in 1543 AD only. But our Aryabhatta in the 5th century had stated that the Earth revolves around the Sun in these specific words: "Just as a person boarding on a boat feels that the trees on the banks are moving, people on the revolving earth also feel that the sun is moving". Such illustrious teaching of astronomy was rarely seen in the contemporary writings of the Greek astronomers. In his Aryabhatteem, he clearly stated that our Earth was round and it rotated on its own axis, orbited the Sun and was suspended in the space. It also explained that the lunar and solar eclipses occurred by the interplay of the shadows of the Sun, the Moon and the Earth.
III. The Law of Gravity
The Law of Gravity was known to the ancient Hindu astronomer Bhaskaracharya. In his Surya Siddhanta he noted: "Objects fall on the Earth due to force of attraction of the Earth. Therefore, the Earth, planets, constellations, the Moon, and the Sun are all held in the galaxy due to this great cosmic attraction."
It was in 1687—1200 years later—that Sir Isaac Newton discovered (re-discovered?) the Law of Gravity, which was already invented by the greatest Hindu astronomer Bhaskaracharya, of course which was written in the holiest language, Sanskrit.
IV. The Invention of Trikonmiti
The word geometry seems to have emerged from the Sanskrit word gyaamiti, which means measuring the Earth. And the word trigonometry is similar to trikonmiti meaning measuring triangular forms.
Euclid was famous for the invention of geometry in 300 BC whilst the concept of trikonmiti had emerged in 1000 BC in Bharat. It is evident lucidly from today's "practice of making fire alters (at homagni kshetra) in different shapes, e.g., round, triangular, hexagonal, pentagonal, square and rectangular". It was part and parcel of daily pujas and homagnis in ancient times. The treatise of Surya Siddhanta (4th century) described in fascinating details about trigonometry, which was introduced in Europe by Briggs 1200 years later in the 16th century.
V. The Invention of Infinity
The value of "Pi" was first invented by the ancient sages of Bharat. The ratio of circumference and diameter of a circle is known as "Pi" which gives its value as 3.14592657932...
The old Sanskrit text Baudhayna Sulbha Sutra of the 6th century BC mentioned that above-mentioned ratio as approximately equalled to that of Aryabhatta's ratio [in 499 BC] worked out the value of "Pi" to the fourth decimal place as [3x (177/1250) = 3.1416]. Many centuries later, in 825 AD, Arab mathematician, Mohammed Ibn Musa admitted: "This value of "Pi" was given by the Hindus (62832/20,000 = 3.1416)."
VI. Baudhayna's Sulbha Sutra versus Pythagoras's Theorem
The famous Pythagoras's theorem states: "The square of the hypotenuse angled triangle equals to the sum of the two sides." This theorem was actually discovered by Euclid in 300 BC but Greek writers attributed this to Pythagoras. But the irony of fate is that our so-called intellectuals (indeed Macaulay's sons who have forgotten their old but rich and glorious ancient Hindu heritage) had also accepted that theorem as a contribution of Pythagoras. They never read or tried to know that Baudhayna's Sulbha Sutra which has been existing for many thousands of years (written in the Sanskrit) had already described lucidly the theorem as follows: "The area produced by the diagonal of a rectangle is equal to the sum of the area produced by it on two sides."
VII. The Measurement of Time or Time Scale
In Surya Siddhanta, Bhaskaracharya calculated the time taken by the Earth to revolve around the Sun up to the 9th decimal place. According to Bhaskaracharya's calculation it is 365.258756484 days.
Modern scientist accepted a value of the same time as 365.2596 days.
The difference between the two observations made by ancient Hindu sage Bhaskaracharya just by using his super brain (in the 4th century AD) and today's NASA (National Aeronautic and Space Agency) scientists of America by using super computer (in the 20th century AD) is only 0.00085, i.e., 0.0002 per cent of difference.
The ancient Bharatbhoomi had given the world the idea of the smallest and largest measuring units of Time. In modern time, only Stephen Hockings, Cambridge University Professor of theoretical physics, had the courage to venture into the abysmal depth of the eternity of Time. Astonishingly, our ancient sages taught us the following units of time:
Krati =34,000th of a second
Truti =300th of a second
2 Truti =1 Luv
2 Luv = 1 Kshana
30 Kshana =1 Vipal
60 Vipal = 1 Pal
60 Pal = 1 Ghadi (=24 Minutes)
2.5 Ghadi = 1 Hora (=1 Hour)
24 Hora = 1 Divas (1 Day)
7 Divas = 1 Saptah (1 Week)
4 Saptah = 1 Maas (1 Month)
2 Maas = 1 Ritu (1 Season)
6 Ritu = 1 Varsha (1 Year)
100 Varsha = 1 Satabda (1 Century)
10 Shatabda = 1 Saharabda
432 Saharabda = 1Yug(Kali Yuga))
2 Yuga = 1 Dwapar Yuga
3 Yuga = 1 Treta Yuga
4 Yuga = Kruta Yuga
10 Yuga = 1 Maha Yuga (4,320,000)
1000 Maha Yuga = 1 Kalpa
1 Kalpa = 4.32 Billion Years.
Therefore, the lowest was 34,000th of a second known as krati and the highest of the measurement of the Time was known as kalpa, which equalled to 4.32 billion years. Is it not amazing? Are you not feeling proud to be a Hindu descendent? Swami Vivekananda, the modern sage of Bharat, stated in his famous sermons compiled in his Rousing Call to the Hindu Nation, "Take pride in Hinduism; pronounce yourselves as a descendant of a Hindu. Boast to be a Hindu and give a clarion call to rouse the Hindu nation from its lethargy and slumber."
VIII. The Invention of Decimal System
It was the ancient Bharatbhoomi that gave us the ingenious methods of expressing all the numbers by means of 10 symbols (decimal systems)—an invaluable and gorgeous idea that escaped the genius of Archimedes and Apollonius, two of the greatest Greek philosophers and mathematician produced by antiquity (100-130BC).
The highest prefix used for raising 10 to the power in today's mathematics is "D" for 1030 (for Greek Deca).While as early as 100 BC Hindu mathematicians had exact names for figures up to 1053.
a. Ekam = 1
b. Dashkam = 10 (101)
c. 1 Shatam = 100 (102)
d. 10 Shatam = 1 Shahashram = 1000 (103)
e. 10 Dash Shahashram = 10,000 (104)
f. Laksha = 100,000 (105)
g. Dash Laksha = 10,00,000 (106)
h. Kotihi = 10, 00, 0000 (107)
i. Ayutam = 100,000,000 (109)
j. Niyutam = 100,000,000,000 (1011)
k. Kankaram = 10,000,000,000,000 (1013)
l. Vivaram = 10,000,000,000,000,000 (1016)
m. Pararadahaa = 1017
n. Nivahata = 1019
o. Utsangaha = 1021
p. Bahulam = 1023
q. Naagbaalaha = 1025
r. Titlambam = 1027
s. Vyavasthaanapragnaptihi = 1029
t. Hetuhellam = 1031
u. Karahuhu = 1033
v. Hetvindreeyam = 1035
w. Sampaata Lambhaha = 1037
x. Gananaagatihi = 1039
y. Niravadyam = 1041
z. Mudraabalam = 1043
aa. Saraabalam = 1045
ab. Vishamagnagatihi = 1047
ac. Sarvagnaha = 1049
ad. Vibhutangaama = 1051
ae. Tallakshanaam = 1053
Is it not amazing to know that the ancient Hindu sages used to remember them just by using their outstanding memory power or was there some super computer known to them also, which we are quite unaware of?
In Anuyogadwar Sutra, written 100 BC, one numeral had been shown to be raised to as high as 10140 which is beyond our outmost stretches of imagination. All of our remaining hidden treasures, which had not been destroyed or stolen by the foreign mercenaries and invaders, were written in Sanskrit, mother of all languages, which should be revived. It is our legacy to inherit such rich property that our forefather had left for us by their meticulous observations over thousands of years ago.
All hidden treasures are written in Sanskrit, which we are quite ignorant of and our so-called Macaulay's sons are trying their best to prevent us from knowing about our glorious past. Sir Monier-Williams rightly said: "Hindus are perhaps the only nation, except the Greeks, who have investigated independently and in true scientific manner, the general laws that govern the evolution of languages."
There was no patent system at that time. Might was right. They considered those substances of robbery maal-e-ganimat (booty looted from kafirs to be distributed among themselves and friends of theirs) and thus inculcated those invaluable theorems of mathematics, astronomy and geometry in Arabic books in around 770-1200 CE.
More than this, the Hindus had made considerable advances in astronomy, algebra, arithmetics, botany and medicine, not to mention their superiority in grammar, long before some of these sciences were cultivated by the most ancient nations of Europe.
Indeed, Hindus were Spinozists 2000 years before the birth of Spinoza, Darwinians many centuries before the birth of Darwin, and evolutionists, centuries before the doctrine of evolution had been accepted by Aldus Huxley's of our times, and before any word like evolution existed in any language in this world.
We should take a vow to work together to search those hidden treasures out, propagate the notion that Sanskrit is not a dead language. Sanskrit is the elite of the elitist, classic of the classics and it should be revived once again. We will again sit in the seat of the world assembly with our head held high and with pride. I would like to draw the final touch with the quotation from Swami Vivekananda, "I do not see into the future nor do I care to see. But one vision I see clear as life before me, that the ancient Mother has awakened once more sitting on her throne rejuvenated, more glorious than ever. Proclaim her to all the world with the voice of peace and benediction."
(The writer is Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Manipal Teaching Hospital, Pokhara, Nepal,
Who remembers ancient India’s scientific wealth?
By Md. Vazeeruddin - Syndicate Features
Sessions of Indian Science Congress are held with monotonous regularity at fixed periodicity. Eminent persons use them to think aloud on what breakthroughs India needs to achieve. For instance, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has just told such a session that India should aim at a second Green Revolution. That was a laudable sentiment. But is it not the duty of the notables to use such sessions to tell the masses what ancient India had achieved in the field of science?
Is Indian heritage only spiritual and cultural, and not scientific? On the contrary, it is at least as scientific as it is spiritual or cultural. It is, however, true that any claim that India’s scientific heritage is as great as its spiritual and cultural heritage may baffle many Indians because we have for decades, if not centuries, believed that science is the West’s contribution to humanity while India made the world aware of, and prize, cultural and moral values.
That is the reason why we talk day in and day out of our spiritual and cultural heritage but seldom, if ever, of our scientific heritage. Do we have any? Not many know the true answer. In the book “Changing Perspectives in the History of Science: Essays in Honour of Joseph Needham”, edited by Mikulas Teich and Robert Young, Dr Rahman, “speaking for India”, convincingly exploded the myth that science and technology were essentially European.
The Director of the National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies called for co-ordination among various agencies for the allocation of funds for the promotion of research into the history and philosophy of science in India.
Inaugurating in Delhi a meeting of experts on “approach and logistics of supporting research into history and philosophy in India”, Dr Ashok Jain said that critical studies in the historical and philosophical contexts of science and technology were vital for the sustenance of an innovative tradition. Research in this area is not only of cultural and academic significance but is responsible also for bringing to life the “foundational aspect of science” which is vital for the development of theoretical science.
Unfortunately, a meeting, jointly organized by the Institute and the National Commission on History and Philosophy of Science, went more or less unnoticed by the public; understandably because the view is gaining ever-increasing acceptance that interest in the history of science is a sign of failing powers. Mercifully, however, medical practitioners who are usually enthralled by the history of medicine do not hold this low opinion. The possible reason is that physicians and surgeons, like all who are executants rather than theorists, are great hero-worshippers, and hero-worship is a great incentive to the study of historical records.
What, anyway, is the Indian science whose history needs to be known? Take, for instance, zinc. Europe learnt to produce it in 1746, but it was distilled in India more than 2,000 years ago through the use of a highly sophisticated pyro-technology. Distillation of this metal in India was brought to light through a series of nearly intact structural remains of ancient Indian zinc distillation furnaces at Zawar near Udaipur in Rajasthan. In late 17th century zinc was imported in small quantities from the East and used in the production of brass. After all, before the advent of present-day high-pressure technology, zinc had inevitably to be produced as a vapour because of the vast difficulties in its distillation process at Bristol in Britain in 1747. The discoveries at Zawar nevertheless prove that Indians knew the process some 2,000 years ago.
Or consider astronomy. According to Dr B.G.Sidhartha, Director of the B.M. Birla Planetarium at Hyderabad, Rig Vedic authors had already discovered the spherecity of the Earth and established the heliocentric (Sun-cantered) theory much before Copernicus. The Rig Veda, according to him, is the oldest textbook on modern astronomy. As such, its seers were scientists in the modern sense. Yet they deliberately concealed this knowledge in hymns, probably because the subject was the preserve of priests. In the hymns themselves, however, can be found through new interpretations the information that light is composed of seven colours, a discovery attributed by modern science to Newton. Thus, when Indra lets loose his seven rivers, it means the splitting of sunlight. Therefore, the rainbow is called “Indradhanush” in the Atharveda.
Three ancient astronomers, the “Ribhus”, were the first to establish that the Earth was round and that Mercury and Venus revolved round the Sun. But these sacred texts came down from father to son and thus lost their form and structure till they were lost by about 1400 B.C.
The computer is the reigning fad today and, therefore, India’s scientific achievements of the past, some argue, pale into insignificance. But were our ancient scientists totally ignorant of what has developed into the computer? Aryabhata, the ancient Indian mathematician, it is true, had no computer, but some of the techniques that he developed were precisely the ones used in solving problems with today’s computer. What is more, computer designers in the West are now studying the works of ancient Indian mathematicians to learn a thing or two about writing software. Aryabhata’s algorithm, called “kuttaka” and meant to solve linear intermediate equations, has been found by the West to be extremely efficient computationally. Similarly, the method of Brahmagouta, Jayadeva and Bhaskara-II (rediscovered in Europe 1000 years later) was “optimum in minimizing the number of steps for solving a problem”.
Dr Rick Briggs, an American computer engineer, in a paper published in the 1985 issue of “Artificial Intelligence”, said that ancient Indians had developed a method for paraphrasing Sanskrit “in a manner that is identical not only in essence but also in form with the current work of artificial intelligence”. According to him, “Sanskrit grammarians had already found a way of solving what is perhaps the most important problem in computer science—natural language understanding and machine translation”.
Now take physics. Dr Erwin Schrodinger, in an essay, “Seek For The Road”, written in 1925, said that science, like Vedantic philosophy, used analogy to comprehend phenomena, as logic had its own limitations and left the scientist in the lurch after taking him up to a certain point. Dr Schrodinger, who won the Nobel Prize for his wave equation that placed the revolutionary quantum concept (as opposed to the Newtonian mechanistic interpretation) on a firm scientific basis, found support for Vedanta in the new physics with its element of indeterminism and idea of “collapse of the wave function”, mathematical entity to describe nature for no discernible physical reason.
The most important link between science and the Sastras is an uncompromising logical attitude to everything. According to Prof. T.S.Shankara, who took up “sanyas” and became Swami Parmananda Bharati after teaching physics for 15 years in the prestigious Indian Institute of Technology at Chennai, some basic concepts of modern-day physics are found in the Sastras. For example, the concept of relativity is to be found in them. Basic ideas of relative velocity (velocity not being absolute but only relative) are extensively referred to by Shankaracharya, quoting the Vedas. The Brahmashastras contain a profound discussion on the same subject. According to Swamiji, “if only some of our students had known this, one of them could have developed Einstein’s theory of relativity much before it was done. Pithy statements in the Sastras can help our scientists make significant contributions”.
Or consider what the eminent nuclear physicist D.S.Kothari has to say. In a prestigious lecture on “Science and Values” delivered at the Indian National Science Academy on the concluding day of its golden jubilee celebrations, he claimed that the view of the universe provided by physics proclaimed the moral insight of philosophy. “Plank’s constant, which explains movement of electrons at various levels of energy, does lead to the moral conclusion that in practicing truth lies immortality as stated in the Rig Veda,” he explained. “Plank’s constant has a message that either we hang together or will be destroyed together,” he said, and referred to the Rig Vedic invocation to the Sun that stressed the wisdom of practicing truth. How can we lament lack of national pride in Indians without first acquainting them with the country’s phenomenal scientific achievements in the dim distant past?
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Secret Worlds: The Universe Within
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How marine archaeologists found Dwaraka
Chennai, Feb 1:
The submergence into the sea of the city of Dwaraka, vividly picturised in the great epic of Mahabaratha, is indeed true! A chance discovery made by a team of scientists, in the Gulf of Cambay region, establishes that the Mahabaratha story is not a myth. The rich city with fertile landscape and great rivers had indeed submerged into the seas several thousand years ago.
But before we get to the present, a bit of history is quite in order.
There is a vivid description in the Mausalaparvan of the Mahabaratha about the submergence of Dwaraka. The people of Dwaraka including Arjuna seemed to have witnessed strange things before its submergence in the sea. 'The event was preceded by the unabated rumbling noise of the earth throughout the day and night, birds screamed continuously, and heavy winds swept the land. The sea, which has been beating against the shores, suddenly broke the boundary that was imposed on it by nature. Huge tide with great height surrounded Dwaraka. The sea rushed into the city submerging beautiful buildings. The sea covered up everything and in a matter of few moments, there was no trace of the beautiful city.' It was something of an ancient tsunami.
And now the scientists at NIOT (National Institute of Ocean Technology, of the Department of Ocean Development) have established this. While working for British gas in the Gulf of Cambay region, a few years ago, the scientists of the NIOT, were stunned to see images of objects and things, completely alien to the marine domain. Immediately a team swung into action and samples were collected and sent for analysis and dating (it is usually done to scientifically establish the antiquity of the excavated objects).
Samples collected include artefacts, wood pieces, pottery materials, hearth pieces, animal bones. They ere sent to Manipur University, Oxford University, London, Institute of Earth Sciences, Hanover, Germany for analysis and dating. The results were astonishing. It was found beyond doubt that the samples belonged to a period varying from 7800 to 3000 years (BP) Before Present !
The even more flooring discovery happened soon. NIOT, which carried outside scan and sub-bottom surveys in the year 2002-03, established beyond doubt the presence of two large palaeochannels (river channels which existed once and later submerged under the sea) in the Gulf of Cambay. Alluvium samples were collected from different locations in the areas of the palaeochannels by the gravity core and grab method.
Badrinarayanan, Marine Archaeologist and formerly coordinator for the project, says 'the most astonishing thing was that all of the crew-members, including the ship master who was a catholic, had dreams full of strange visions, on the night of discovery. We felt we had stumbled upon something great and unusual.'
The study of the samples under microscope revealed the occurrence of fragile and highly sensitive Ostracods (tiny marine and fresh water crustaceans with a shrimp-like body enclosed in a bivalve shell) overlain by regular marine fauna.
These results strongly indicated that the freshwater deposition which took place in this area was very much a part of the onshore land region and later submerged to the depths varying from 20 to 40 meters. The alluvium (fresh water sand) samples sent to the Earth Science Department, Manipur University for OSL (optically stimulated luminescence) dating gave the OSL determinant of 3000 years (BP) Before Present !
Prof.Gartia (The Journal of Indian Ocean Archaeology, No.2 of 2005, Pg.144) after conducting extensive investigations concluded that Gujarat region had experienced at least three large killer earthquakes about 1500, 3000 and 5000 years BP respectively. Geomorphological evidences also show beyond doubt that the North- Western part of the Indian landmass was seismically active during the last 10,000 years. These killer quakes are likely to have caused the shifting of the rivers and sea level fluctuation including the sinking of the legendary city of Dwaraka, capital of the Lord-King Krishna. The discovery about the availability of fresh water from the now submerged major rivers along with other marine-archaeological evidences, corroborates the Mahabaratha reference that Dwaraka, the ancient city of Sri Krishna, lies under the great ocean !
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LALU AND KALU
Lalu and Kalu refused to learn anything. They were just scamps. All
they wanted to do was fritter away their lives. So they refused to learn
anything. Their father was trying by so many ways to get them educated,
and by so many ways they were driving the teachers away by their rascal
behaviour. So because the father was wealthy, he proclaimed, "I will give
half the wealth of my business to any teacher who can simply educate my
two boys in simple arithmetic, because if they can learn how to add up
sums, then they can at least later in life do some business. I can give
them some part of my business, and they can carry on. But they must at
least learn how to add up sums. If they can't do that, then they'll be
totally useless to me."
So he proclaimed this, and then one old brahmana came. The brahmana was very old. He had seen a lot of life, and he'd seen many different kinds of bad students, so he was quite experienced. So he said, "Let me give it a try." Unlike all the other teachers, he wasn't acting like a teacher. He decided, "I'll act like I'm the friend of these boys." So then he said, "Boys, let's forget about these lessons and go for a walk." So he took Lalu and Kalu for a walk, and took them out to the field, and there were some cows grazing there.
So then he turned to Lalu and said, "Lalu, I wonder if you could tell me how many legs that cow has." So then Lalu very eagerly said, "Yes. One, two..." he began to count and the teacher was thinking, "Ah, he's learning, very good." But then Kalu put his hand over Lalu's mouth. "Don't say any more! He's trying to trick you! He wants to teach you how to count. Therefore he's asking you how many legs that cow has. Don't say another word." This is the crafty cunningness of the materialist. This Kalu thought he was being so clever in outwitting the teacher, but this cleverness is simply the symptom of his own foolishness, his own rascaldom.
The teacher was trying in so many ways to trick the boys, but they were so clever, so over intelligent, that they avoided any lesson that the teacher tried to get them to take up. So finally, the old brahmana became tired. He said, "Well boys, it's been a hard day. I'm going to take a nap." So they retired in some room. "Let's lay down here and take rest." So the boys pretended to go to sleep. But they waited and when they saw that the teacher was snoring peacefully, they got up and started smoking, because they were rascals. And then the teacher woke up suddenly. The boys very quickly threw the cigarettes out the window and jumped back into bed and pretended that they were sleeping. The teacher looked around and saw smoke in the air, he smelt it. He woke up the boys. "What have you been doing? You've been smoking!" The boys pretended like they were being woken up. "Hm? What are you saying? Smoking? We've been sleeping."
The teacher said, "No no, look. The room is filled with smoke. Obviously you've been smoking." So the boys began to argue with the teacher. "No no. Obviously what has happened is that why we were all sleeping, some person came in here and was smoking. Someone else."
The teacher grabbed their hands and smelt them. "No! I can smell on your fingers cigarette smoke!" Then they boys just persisted, "No no, obviously what has happened is that the man who came in here to smoke placed the cigarettes between our fingers and was holding our hands to his mouth and smoking like that."
So then the old brahmana was finally driven to distraction. He went to the boy's father, and said, "I'm sorry. I can do nothing with them. They're such rascals. They continually persist in their rascaldom."
MORAL: This is what's going on today also. The so called intelligence and expertise shown by today's materialists is just like that. It is actually a demonstration of their own incapacity to understand the simple truth of life.
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These are some effects which prove that one is under the spell of the supernatural or black magic.
Even though Intelligent, one still fails to find solutions to such problems.
It is only due to "Black Works" that all your wisdom, all your strategies
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HH Bir-Krishna Goswami
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HH Gopal Krishna Goswami:
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HH Romapada Swami
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HH Sridhar Swami (the late Sridhar swami formerly in Bombay)
HH Suhotra dasa Tapa Vanacharin
HH Trivikram Swami
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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 http://www.Gaurapurnima.com 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 www.Gaurapurnima.com 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 http://www.Gaurapurnima.com 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.
Visit this site to take advantage of the opportunity to simultaneously offer your personal seva to Sri Chaitanya on His most auspicious appearance day and in His holy dham, and to see the power of your gift extend to the service of His devotees and His mission both during the festival and throughout the year.
For more information contact visit http://www.Gaurapurnima.com or write to Mayapur Donor Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Body Mind Spirit FESTIVAL 4th – 5th March 2006
The next Body Mind Spirit Festival is scheduled for March 4 - 5, 2006.
Join us for a weekend gathering of like-minded people who take a holistic approach to life - promoting wellbeing of the total self... Explore a range of alternate lifestyle options by sitting in on a free workshop or talking with any one of over one hundred carefully selected exhibitors. Relax over a coffee, an organic lunch, and some fine music; devote a little time to yourself...
When we took over the Festival earlier this year, we were given a list of some 1500 email addresses to contact regarding the festival. We expect that some of these will no longer be valid.
Whilst updating our records we have decided to make two lists, one of people who are interested in having a stall and another for those who wish to hear when and where our Festivals will be held.
Should you want to be included in our list of possible STALLHOLDERS, please reply to this email by writing ‘stall’ in the subject line and we will email you a Booking Form and any accompanying information for each Festival.
Should you want to be included in the other list, those wanting Festival DETAILS, please reply to this email by writing ‘info’ in the subject line. We will then send you the relevant details as they become available.
In the case that you'd rather opt out of any communication regarding the festival, please just ignore this email. If we do not hear back from you, we'll remove you from our database.
Please note that you can be moved from one list to another at any time should you wish.
We don’t expect you to write anything in the body of the email but if you’d like to include any comments then please feel free to do so - we really do appreciate hearing from you with your thoughts, ideas, and opinions.
Thanks for your time.
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Krishna Conscious education for
Hare Krishna School in Riverhead, Auckland is a government funded school that runs from 9am – 3pm five days a week. We cover all core subjects in the New Zealand Curriculum and in addition teach Sanskrit, Sastra and Vedic arts. Children who come to this school get everything that children at state schools get plus Vedic culture and values in a serene rural environment.
A school bus service provides transport from Auckland suburbs.
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Come and join the throng 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Waikato University - Hamilton campus
2 days per week serving about 100 plates each day.
for more information contact Mangala Vaishnava dasa
Auckland Veda club.
Auckland University - Wellesley St. campus
Its a simple weekly program thats been running for a few years, at Clubspace,
where we have a vegetarian prasadam lunch and sometimes show a video.
Srila Prabhupada's books are available to browse or buy.
For more information contact Auckland temple:
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Seven hundred plates of free prasadam (food offered to the Lord) were distributed to an appreciative public and to 50 devotees who took part in a central city Harinam (chanting in the streets).
Nimananda das and his wife Suchitra devi dasi, Organisers of the Food for Life Restaurant in Auckland City, celebrated Srila Prabhupada’s 108th Birthday, by following the request of their spiritual master, Tamal Krisna Goswami, to distribute prasadam to the public.They have been performing this act of charity regularly for 19 years in Fiji, Wellington and now Auckland.
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New CD of Bhaktivinoda Thakur bhajans
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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
Janama Saphala Ta'ra
Brajendranadana, Bhaje Jei Jana
Kabe Ha'be Bolo
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The Musik & Media arts of Bhakti Rasa dasa
Welcome to the world of
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depicting the pastimes of the Lord and His associates,
elucidating the Vedic philosophy,
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Shaligram Tirtha Pradarshini newsletter October 2005 - Theme Prasadam
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
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
... and always with the Magic ingredient - Offer it to Krishna.....
... with L'n D (love and devotion)
How To Offer Your Food To The Lord
Cooking for Krishna
Why do we offer our food to God before eating?
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- NO ANIMAL RENNET only VEGE
(even Parmesan and other favorites)
Not just cheeses also vegetarian yogurts and other dairy produce.
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 =>:-)))
http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html updated to help you
16th Sept 2004
All the Meatless Pasta preparations
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The Meatrix -
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it's all around you:
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Chaturmasya four month fasting period is Here:
updated 15th September 2005
Vegetarian Kitchen Crafts:
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vegetarian we mean no meat, fish or eggs. When we say back to basics, we
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Tamarind Rice (Huli Chitranna)
Tamarind water-1/2 cup
Chana dal-1 tbsp
Peanuts - 2 tbsp
Curry leaves- 20
red chillies - 3
Make mustard or jeera vaggarini(vagar) and add peanuts, chanadal, turmeric, a pinch of hing. As the dal and peanuts turns brown add tamarind water, curry leaves, red chillies, salt and allow it to boil until it thickens into a paste. To this paste mix the cooked rice(2 cups) .
Other version of chitranna: Everything is same except that you add Saaru pudi and jaggery and add only one red chilli(if needed).
Srila Prabhupada's EGGPLANT FAVORITE
1 eggplant, cubed
massala (1tsp cummin, 1 tsp corriander, 1 stp turmeric powder, pinch hing, nutmeg, cardamon, cinnamon, allspice, chili, cloves ground).
1 cup chopped green beans
2 sliced tomatoes
Heat ghee in a pan and make massala Add eggplant and green beans with a little ghee and cook until soft in covered pan. Add tomatoes. On a high flame, cook and stir until wetness has evaporated.
1973 Hare Krishna Cookbook.
DRY CAULIFLOWER AND POTATOES:
1 t. turmeric
1 t. salt
Wash and cube potatoes. Wash cauliflower and break into small flowerettes. Make massala. Add vegetables, salt and turmeric. Cover with water and cook over medium heat covered until dry.
1973 Hare Krishna Cookbook.
Cooking Time : 45 mins.
Preparation Time : 15 mins.
Makes 12 kachoris.
For the dough
2 cups plain flour (maida)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup melted ghee or vanaspati
For the filling
1/2 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram), soaked for 4 hours
1 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1/4 teaspoon asafoetida (hing)
1 teaspoon green chilli-ginger paste
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon garam masala
1 tablespoon amchur (dry mango powder)
2 tablespoons Bengal gram flour (besan)
3 tablespoons oil
salt to taste
oil for deep frying
2 cups beraten curds
khajur imli ki chutney
roasted cumin seed (jeera) powder
sev or nylon sev
For the dough
1. Combine all the ingredients and knead into a firm dough using a little water. Knead very well for 5 to 7 minutes.
2. Divide the dough into 12 equal parts and keep covered under a wet muslin cloth.
For the filling
1. Heat the oil in a pan and add the cumin seeds and asafoetida.
2. When the seeds crackle, add the soaked and drained moong dal and sauté for a few seconds.
3. Add the green chilli-ginger paste, chilli powder, garam masala, amchur, gram flour and salt and stir for 5 to 7 minutes till the masalas are cooked.
4. Cool and divide into 12 equal portions. Shape each portion into a ball and keep aside.
How to proceed
1. Roll out each portion of the dough into a circle of 50 mm. (2") diameter.
2. Place one portion of the filling mixture in the centre of the rolled dough circle.
3. Surround the filling mixture with the dough by slowly stretching it over the filling mixture.
4. Seal the ends tightly and remove any excess dough if necessary.
5. Roll each filled portion into a circle of 62 mm. (2½") diameter taking care to ensure that the filling does not spill out.
6. Gently press the centre of the kachori with your thumb.
7. Deep fry on low heat in hot oil till golden brown on both sides. The kachoris should puff up like puris. These take a long time to fry as the crust is thick and need to be cooked on the inside also.
8. Cool and keep aside.
How To Proceed
1. Place one kachori on a serving plate and make a hole in the centre.
2. Fill it with 3 to 4 tablespoons of the beaten curds.
3. Top with green chutney, khajur imli ki chutney, chilli powder, cumin seed powder, salt and coriander.
4. Sprinkle sev on top and serve immediately.
Handy tip(s) :
1. The kachoris can also be eaten without the curd topping. Just serve them with khajur imli ki chutney.
2. VARIATION : MINI KHASTA KACHORIS
3. You can make 24 small kachoris using the above recipe.
Scrambled Curd - Great Vegetarian Dishes by Kurma dasa
This is the vegetarian counterpart to scrambled eggs. Fresh curd cheese (panir) is scrambled with sour cream and sprinkled with black salt (which has a distinct sulphur-like flavour), spices, and fresh herbs to produce a stunning result. Serve at breakfast with hot gradually add the lemon juice and toast or Puffed Fried Breads (Pooris), and Tomato Chutney.
PREPARATION AND COOKING TIME: 40 - 50 minutes
YIELD: enough for 4 - 6 persons
6 litres (101/2 pints) full-cream milk
7 tablespoons (140 ml) lemon juice
2 tablespoons (40 ml) ghee or butter
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) yellow asafoetida powder
1/2 teaspoon (1 ml) turmeric
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) sweet paprika
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) coarsely ground black pepper
3/4 cup (185 ml) cream or sour cream
2 tablespoons (40 ml) coarsely chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Indian black salt (kale namak), finely ground
1. Boil the milk in a heavy-based 8 - 10 litre/quart saucepan, stirring
constantly. When the foam rises, gradually add the lemon juice and reduce
the heat to low. Stir very slowly until the solid curd cheese separates
from the yellowish whey. (If separation does not occur after 1 minute,
add a little more lemon juice.
2. Pour the curds and whey into a colander lined with a triple-thickness of cheesecloth. Press under a heavy weight for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Unwrap the curd cheese and break it into 21/2 cm (1-inch) chunks.
4. Heat the ghee or butter in a large pan or wok over moderate heat. Saute the asafoetida and turmeric in the hot ghee. Add the pieces of curd cheese and stir gently until the turmeric-coloured ghee is well distributed. Increase the heat and add the paprika, salt, and pepper. When the curd cheese is well mixed, remove from the heat.
5. Add the cream or sour cream and the black salt, stirring carefully. Add the fresh herbs, mix well, and serve hot.
Blueberry and Mascarpone Tart
( Mascarpone Cheese http://www.pastrywiz.com/season/tira2.htm )
Preparation Time Less than 10 mins
Cooking Time 10 to 30 mins
packet of shop bought puff pastry
2 tubs of mascarpone
1 tub of runny honey
icing sugar to dust
Roll out the puff pastry into a large square and cook according to the instructions on the packet (approximately 7 minutes).
Once cooked, leave the pastry to cool.
Mix the mascarpone cheese and honey together and spread over the cooled pastry.
Decorate with blueberries and a light dusting of icing sugar.
SUFGANIYOT - Hanukkah Donuts
The young State of Israel has created many of its own customs. One is serving jelly doughnuts at Hanukkah, which are fried in oil to symbolize the miracle of the oil that lasted for eight days instead of one.
1 scant tablespoon (1 package) dry yeast
4 tablespoons sugar
3/4 cup lukewarm milk or warm water*
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Pinch of salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons yogourt
2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) butter, softened*
Apricot or strawberry preserves
Vegetable oil for deep-frying
little corn flour and water to make paste
*Use butter and milk if serving at a milk meal.
Child: Mix together the yeast, 2 tablespoons of the sugar, and the milk. Let sit to make sure it bubbles.
Child: Sift the flour and mix it with the remaining sugar, salt, cinnamon, yogourt, and the yeast mixture.
Adult with Child: Knead the dough until it forms a ball. Add the butter or margarine. Knead some more, until the butter is well absorbed. Cover with a towel and let rise overnight in the refrigerator.
Adult: Roll out the dough to a thickness of 1/8 inch.
Child: Cut out the dough into 24 rounds with a juice glass, or any object about 2 inches in diameter. Take 1/2 teaspoon of preserves and place in center of 12 rounds. Top with the other 12. Press down at edges, sealing with corn flour and water paste. Crimping with the thumb and second finger is best. Let rise for about 30 minutes.
Adult: Heat 2 inches of oil to about 375°. Drop the doughnuts into the hot oil, about 5 at a time. Turn to brown on both sides. Drain on paper towels.
Child: Roll the doughnuts in sugar.
Makes about 12.
Adapted from: The Children's Jewish Holiday Kitchen, by Joan Nathan - Random House, Inc.
Third Place -- Dessert Category
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Serves 8 (hahaha)
12 pieces lasagne
4 cups ricotta cheese
1 cup sugar, divided
8 kiwis, peeled
4 cups strawberries, washed and trimmed, 8 reserved for garnishing
4 cups blackberries, washed
1/2 cup toasted, sliced almonds
Mint sprigs, to garnish
Cook the pasta according to package directions. Rinse, drain and set aside.
In a medium bowl, stir together the ricotta cheese and 1/2 cup sugar. Set aside.
In the food processor, puree 4 kiwis with 2 tablespoons sugar. Transfer the puree to a bowl and set it aside. Rinse the processor bowl.
In the processor, puree half the strawberries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Strain the puree into a bowl and set it aside. Rinse the processor bowl.
In the processor, puree half the blackberries with 2 tablespoons sugar. Strain the puree and set it aside.
Slice the kiwis into 1/4-inch thick rounds. Slice the strawberries into 1/8-inch thick pieces. Slice the blackberries in half.
Reserve 1/4 cup of each of the purees to use as a garnish when serving.
To assemble the lasagne, first cover the bottom of a 9-inch-by-13-inch glass baking pan with 3 pieces of pasta. Spoon 1/3 of the ricotta on top and spread it evenly. Pour the kiwi puree over the cheese and arrange the kiwi slices on the puree. Lay on 3 more pieces of pasta and cover with 1/2 the remaining cheese. Pour the strawberry puree over the cheese and sprinkle with sliced strawberries. Lay on 3 more pieces of pasta and cover with the remaining cheese. Pour the blackberries puree over the cheese and sprinkle with blackberries. Top with a final layer of pasta. Cover tightly with plastic and refrigerate overnight.
Just before serving, sprinkle the lasagne with the remaining 2 tablespoons sugar and with the toasted almonds. Cut into 8 rectangles and use a spatula to set the pieces on dessert plates. Decorate the plates with dots of reserved purees. Garnish each piece of lasagne with a strawberry and a sprig of mint.
The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 - 4/21/03-4/27/03
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All the Meatless Pasta preparations
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OVER 100 EGGLESS CAKE recipes can be found
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Interesting articles - information - history - arguments - links............ (been re-vamped)
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tasty vegetarian recipes from Food For Peace by Rambhoru devi dasi.
“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat.
That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it.
Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
--Sir Paul McCartney
Check out heaps of information
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download books, Vegetarian Recipe programs, and more.
HUNDREDS OF USEFUL LINKS COMPILED 4 U:
Points of View
I don't know if Shel was actually a vegetarian or not, but he did do some pro-veg works like the following:
Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless,
Christmas dinner's dark and blue,
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.
Sunday dinner isn't funny
Easter feasts are just bad luck,
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of the chicken or the duck.
Oh, how I once loved tuna salad,
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops, too,
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.
Shel Silverstein - song writer (he wrote all Dr Hook and medicine show's
A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:
How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:
101 Reasons Why I'm
Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:
Excellent "Meat Substitute"
Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes
Fat-free vegetarian meals:
A lot of inspiring Vegetarian preparations here, some have onion and garlic in,
so replace that with hing or omit that altogether as you see fit, still this page is well worth a serious look for ideas.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR - LET ME KNOW...!
"You Mean That's in theBible"
- expose on meat eating:
Religious Stands on Vegetarianism
Christianity - Bible - Book of Morman - 7th Day Adventist
From World Vegetarian Awareness Month 2004
- 2005 newsletters
- oxymoron of the yuga:
Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply.
May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers!
Rig Veda Samhita 10.37.11.
Download one of Bhakti Rasa prabhu's songs
"Don't Eat Your Friends" (It Ain't Nice)
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check out what he's doing during October 2004
Cooking with Kurma Videos to purchase:
Jesus was a vegetarian video for sale:
Healthy Wealthy and Wise video for sale:
Award-winning video on the science of vegetarianism, featuring important nutritionists, economists and celebrities. This film, produced by ITV, is used by the Vegetarian Society and other organizations to demonstrate the common sense of vegetarianism and non-violence. "Sacred Cow: Pagan Ritual or Cultural Wisdom?" explores the economical, social and ethical aspects of cow protection in Vedic society and today. In "It Is Written," TV celebrity and Seventh Day Adventist Pastor George Vandemann presents a touching explanation of Biblical injunctions on vegetarianism. "In Vegetarina Cuisine for the Athlete," tennis pro Peter Burwash and Nancy Rossi make vegetarian scrambled "eggs", lasagna, soups & more. Delicious! Color, 115 minutes. Also available in VHS and VHS-PAL. PAL version is for most VHS players outside the US and Canada.
Natural Nirvana Vegan, Vegetarian & Spiritual
XMAS Recipes @
We wish you a Vege Xmas...and a Hari new year.
Wellington Vegetarian Society'
You'll also notice that we have a book sale of our Living a Good Life book, and it is ideal for vegetarian families - it covers pregnancy, childcare and the teen years, not to mention adults and the elderly. We've just reprinted more copies as a result of recent demand, and these are selling well, with the proceeds going to vegetarian products including a farm animal sanctuary down our way.
The book "Living a Good Life" normally selling at $21.95 is now going at the $14.95 price, .http://vegsoc.wellington.net.nz/livingGd.htm
Auckland's New Zealand Vegetarian Society
....has a myriad of excellent books for sale on vegetarianism
see their mention on our 2004 events
Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurants throughout New Zealand
Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan
Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan
According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.
See more details HERE
McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:
Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Food Additives
ANIMAL-DERIVED FOOD ADDITIVES LIST - AUS
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 mailto:Chalissa1@aol.com
THIS HAS TO BE SEEN AT LEAST ONCE - SHOW YOUR MEAT
IF THEY ARE WORTH KEEPING AS FRIENDS THEY WILL GIVE UP THE MEAT HABIT
Vegetarians BEWARE of Orange Softdrinks
Coca-Cola (manufacturer) - Not suitable for vegetarians; lists the following products as not vegetarian
These products contain traces of fish gelatine, which are used as a stabiliser for beta-carotene colour.
Diet Fanta Orange
Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Diet Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for
added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
(Text PAMHO:5891790) ---------------------------------------
According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.
See more details HERE
As of last week in November 2003 Yopliat the yogurt people now put gelatine in their products
See here for pointers of okay ones http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html
Vegetarian Cartoons and Jokes
Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves =>;-))
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Laughter Therapy - its no joke:
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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:
In the Lalita-madhava it is stated that Lord Baladeva, intoxicated from drinking excessive quantities of honey, once began to address the ants, "O you kings of the ants! Why are you hiding yourselves in these holes?"
At the same time He also addressed the King of heaven, "O King Indra! You plaything of Saci! Why are you laughing? I am now prepared to smash the whole universe, and I know that Krishna will not be angry with Me..."
Then He addressed Krishna, "My dear Krishna, tell Me immediately why the whole world is trembling and why the moon has become elongated! And O you members of the Yadu dynasty, why are you laughing at Me? Please give Me back My liquors made of honey from the kadamba flower!"
Srila Rupa Goswami prays that Lord Balaram will be pleased with all of us while He is thus talking just like an intoxicated person...
The Nectar of Devotion
You must go on pulling
This morning was particularly memorable. The sun was shining brightly through the tall and narrow windows, casting patches of dazzling light on the clean, white sheets on the floor. He sat comfortably in the middle, his legs crossed, right ankle resting on the left knee. His fingers loosely intertwined, he closed his eyes briefly and enjoyed the warmth of the sun as it danced upon his golden form. Seeing the opportunity, Hansaduta, Harikesa, and I sat on either side of him, just happy to be with him in a quiet moment. He began to reflect on the unfortunate state of the world's inhabitants. He explained that due to a lack of knowledge about the Supreme Lord people are suffering. Under the false impression of being independent they commit all kinds of sinful acts, not knowing and not caring for the results, foolishly thinking they are free to do as they like. But when the volume of sinful life becomes too great they suffer the consequences in the form of pestilence or war. They think that by politics and meetings they can avoid such things, but that is not possible. They are helpless to prevent them, and therefore they receive their punishment through the three-fold miseries of life. At just the right moment, nature brings the demons together and engages them in war.
To illustrate the point, he gave an amusing but striking example of how maya works. "In my young days we had one teacher. Whenever there was any misbehavior between the boys, the teacher would stop them and bring them out to the front of the class. He would make them stand face-to-face and each take hold of the ears of the other and on his order make them pull. So the one, he is pulling, and the other is hurting, so he pulls back even harder, and each one is pulling and crying. But they cannot let go because the teacher is ordering, 'No, you cannot stop. You must go on pulling!' Similarly, maya brings together one Churchill and one Hitler. 'Now, rascal, pull!' And neither can stop. And the foolish people glorify them."
The thought of the scene so humored him that even before he finished he began to laugh heartily. His shoulders and belly shook, and his brilliant teeth flashed like pearls in the sun. When Prabhupada smiles the entire room, even the universe, seems to light up. It's a Vaikuntha smile that spreads transcendental effulgence everywhere around. Prabhupada's mood was so open and congenial it seemed, if just for a moment, that we had joined a picnic with Krsna and His cowherd boyfriends, joking and laughing in the forests of Goloka. We laughed with him, glancing at each other in appreciation and wonder as to who this extraordinary personality Srila Prabhupada really is. He is far beyond our comprehension, yet we feel ourselves extremely fortunate to share these intimate moments with him.
It was an entrancing moment, and it occurred to me that Srila Prabhupada must have many friends in the spiritual world with whom he can eternally enjoy happy and carefree days. Yet being extraordinarily merciful he chooses to be here among us. Although the most exalted personality, he appears to like nothing better than to be with his disciples, foolish and neophyte as we are. He gives the impression there is no one in the world he would rather be with and nothing he would rather be doing than sharing whatever he has with us, although we have nothing to give him in return that could possibly be of interest to him. It seems a lopsided relationship, but Prabhupada doesn't mind. He is not looking for anything for himself, only to see what he can give us. As a result, we have obtained more than any of us can ever have hoped for.
- From the "A Transcendental Diary Vol 1" by HG Hari Sauri dasa
She appreciated the pretty sanctuary and the music by the choir, but the sermon went on and on. Worse, it wasn't very interesting. Glancing around, she saw many in the congregation nodding off.
Finally it was over. After the service, she turned to a still sleepy-looking gentleman next to her, extended her hand and said, "I'm Gladys Dunn."
He replied, "You and me both!"
A jeweler called the police station to report a robbery.
"You'll never believe what happened, Sergeant. A truck backed up to my store, the doors opened, and an elephant came out. He broke my plate glass window, stuck his trunk in, sucked up all the jewelry, and climbed back into the truck. The doors closed and the truck pulled away."
The desk sergeant said, "Can you tell me, for identification purposes, whether it was an Indian elephant or an African elephant?"
"What's the difference?" asked the jeweler.
"Well," said the sergeant, "an African elephant has great big ears and an Indian elephant has little ears."
"Come to think of it, I couldn't see his ears," said the jeweler. "He
had a stocking over his head."
On a high school science quiz, there was the question, "When water becomes ice which of its physical properties increases?"
Everyone answered, "Its volume.."
Except one wise guy who wrote, "When water becomes ice, its price increases."
The telephone rings in the principal's office at a school.
"Hello, this is Dhunn Elementary," answers the principal.
"Haji. sasrigar principal, Jasbinda won't be able to come to school all next week," replies the voice.
"Well, what seems to be the problem with him?"
We are all going on a family vacation," says the voice,
"I hope it is all right."
"I guess that would be fine," says the principal. "May I ask who is calling?"
"Sure. This is my father!"
Eight-year-old Subhadra brought her report card home from school. Her
marks were good ... mostly A's and a couple of B's.
However, her teacher had written across the bottom:
"Subhadra is a smart little girl, but she has one fault. She talks too much in school. I have an idea I am going to try, which I think may break her of the habit."
Subhadra's father signed her report card, putting a note on the back:
"Please let me know if your idea works on Subhadra because I would like to try it out on her mother."
IMPALE, v.t. In popular usage to pierce with any weapon which remains fixed in the wound. This, however, is inaccurate; to imaple is, properly, to put to death by thrusting an upright sharp stake into the body, the victim being left in a sitting position. This was a common mode of punishment among many of the nations of antiquity, and is still in high favor in China and other parts of Asia. Down to the beginning of the fifteenth century it was widely employed in "churching" heretics and schismatics. Wolecraft calls it the "stoole of repentynge," and among the common people it was jocularly known as "riding the one legged horse." Ludwig Salzmann informs us that in Thibet impalement is considered the most appropriate punishment for crimes against religion; and although in China it is sometimes awarded for secular offences, it is most frequently adjudged in cases of sacrilege. To the person in actual experience of impalement it must be a matter of minor importance by what kind of civil or religious dissent he was made acquainted with its discomforts; but doubtless he would feel a certain satisfaction if able to contemplate himself in the character of a weather-cock on the spire of the True Church.
Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
The start of the new school term always brings out the most interesting questions for computer consultants on campus. The predominant questions this term pertain to "getting into" E-mail and how to access the "Information Highway."
An obviously distraught student came into the consulting office yesterday complaining that his E-mail wasn't working; his attempts to get tickets for an on-campus concert kept resulting in returned mail.
He showed me the mail address he was attempting to reach. I asked him where he obtained such an unusual mail address.
He replied, "The sign told me, 'begins@7:30 P.M.'"
Did you realize that every Vaishnava calendar's days are numbered.
Did you ever wonder?
Some optional suggested reasons:
from Bhaktine Cynthia AUS
HOW TO CLEAN THE HOUSE
1. Open a new file in your PC.
2. Name it "Housework."
3. Send it to the RECYCLE BIN
4. Empty the RECYCLE BIN
5. Your PC will ask you, "Are you sure you want to delete Housework permanently?"
6. Calmly answer, "Yes," and press the mouse button firmly......
7. Feel better?
Works for me!
from Pauline Archell-Thompson in the UK
INFIDEL, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does. (See GIAOUR.) A kind of scoundrel imperfectly reverent of, and niggardly contributory to, divines, ecclesiastics, popes, parsons, canons, monks, mollahs, voodoos, presbyters, hierophants, prelates, obeah-men, abbes, nuns, missionaries, exhorters, deacons, friars, hadjis, high-priests, muezzins, brahmins, medicine-men, confessors, eminences, elders, primates, prebendaries, pilgrims, prophets, imaums, beneficiaries, clerks, vicars-choral, archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, preachers, padres, abbotesses, caloyers, palmers, curates, patriarchs, bonezs, santons, beadsmen, canonesses, residentiaries, diocesans, deans, subdeans, rural deans, abdals, charm-sellers, archdeacons, hierarchs, class-leaders, incumbents, capitulars, sheiks, talapoins, postulants, scribes, gooroos, precentors, beadles, fakeers, sextons, reverences, revivalists, cenobites, perpetual curates, chaplains, mudjoes, readers, novices, vicars, pastors, rabbis, ulemas, lamas, sacristans, vergers, dervises, lectors, church wardens, cardinals, prioresses, suffragans, acolytes, rectors, cures, sophis, mutifs and pumpums.
Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
The next sequence of pictures is not making fun of those suffering,
or other's misfone, rather it's to support the premise that there really
is danger at every step.
A doctor examined a woman, took the husband aside, and said, "I don't like the look of your wife at all."
"Me neither, Doc," said the husband. "But she's a great cook and is really good with the kids."
The ways of this material world - strange but true
The answer by one student was so profound that the professor shared it with colleagues, via the Internet, which is, of course, why we now have the pleasure of enjoying it as well.
Is Hell exothermic (gives off heat) or endothermic (absorbs heat)?
Most of the students wrote proofs of their beliefs using Boyle's Law (gas cools when it expands and heats when it is compressed) or some variant.
One student, however, wrote the following:
First, we need to know how the mass of Hell is changing in time. So we need to know the rate at which souls are moving into Hell and the rate at which they are leaving. I think that we can safely assume that once a soul gets to Hell, it will not leave. Therefore, no souls are leaving
As for how many souls are entering Hell, let's look at the different religions that exist in the world today. *Most of these religions state that if you are not a member of their religion, you will go to Hell.
Since there is more than one of these religions and since people do not belong to more than one religion, we can project that all souls go to Hell.
*With birth and death rates as they are, we can expect the number of souls in Hell to increase exponentially.
Now, we look at the rate of change of the volume in Hell because Boyle's Law states that in order for the temperature and pressure in Hell to stay the same, the volume of Hell has to expand proportionately as souls are added.
This gives two possibilities:
1. If Hell is expanding at a slower rate than the rate at which souls enter Hell, then the temperature and pressure in Hell will increase until all Hell breaks loose.
2. If Hell is expanding at a rate faster than the increase of souls in Hell, then the temperature and pressure will drop until Hell freezes over.
So which is it?
If we accept the postulate given to me by Teresa Banning during my first year at university that, "it will be a cold day in Hell before I sleep with you", and take
into account the fact that I slept with her last night, then number 2 must be true, and thus I am sure that Hell is exothermic and has already frozen over.
The corollary of this theory is that since Hell has frozen over, it follows that it is not accepting any more souls and is therefore, extinct...leaving only Heaven thereby proving the existence of a divine being which explains why, last night, Teresa kept shouting, "Oh my God., Oh my God ! ! Yes, Yes, Oh God Yes ! !"
THIS STUDENT RECEIVED THE ONLY "A"
sent in by Jananirvas prabhu in Christchurch NZ
aent in by Hrishikeshananda prabhu ACBSP who was born in the USA
I was self-conscious about going to the gym, because I thought the pounds I had put on would make me stand out among the spandex-clad regulars.
I chose a treadmill in the corner so I'd be inconspicuous. However, as I exercised, my worst fears came true.
At least a dozen people turned to stare at me periodically. I thought it might be my imagination, but then one woman even squinted to get a better look.
Mortified, I stepped off the machine to leave. When I turned around, I realized that the gym's only wall clock had been hanging just inches above my head.
Understanding Pramanam - truths
INTRODUCTION, n. A social ceremony invented by the devil for the gratification
of his servants and the plaguing of his enemies. The introduction attains
its most malevolent development in this century, being, indeed, closely
related to our political system. Every American being the equal of every
other American, it follows that everybody has the right to know everybody
else, which implies the right to introduce without request or permission.
The Declaration of Independence should have read thus:
"We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, and the right to make that of another miserable by thrusting upon him an incalculable quantity of acquaintances; liberty, particularly the liberty to introduce persons to one another without first ascertaining if they are not already acquainted as enemies; and the pursuit of another's happiness with a running pack of strangers."
Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
.......more optical illusions and paradigm twists here:
Analogies and Metaphors
Actual Analogies and Metaphors Found in High School Essays
1) Her face was a perfect oval, like a circle that had its two sides gently compressed by a Thigh Master.
2) His thoughts tumbled in his head, making and breaking alliances like underpants in a dryer without Cling Free.
3) He spoke with the wisdom that can only come from experience, like a guy who went blind because he looked at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it and now goes around the country speaking at high schools about the dangers of looking at a solar eclipse without one of those boxes with a pinhole in it.
4} She grew on him like she was a colony of E. coli and he was room-temperature Canadian beef.
5} She had a deep, throaty, genuine laugh, like that sound a dog makes just before it throws up.
6) Her vocabulary was as bad as, like, whatever.
7) He was as tall as a six-foot-three-inch tree.
8) The revelation that his marriage of 30 years had disintegrated because of his wife's infidelity came as a rude shock, like a surcharge at a formerly surcharge-free ATM.
9) The little boat gently drifted across the pond exactly the way a bowling ball wouldn't.
10) McBride fell 12 stories, hitting the pavement like a Hefty bag filled with vegetable soup.
11) From the attic came an unearthly howl. The whole scene had an eerie, surreal quality, like when you're on vacation in another city and Jeopardy comes on at 7:00 p.m. instead of 7:30.
12) Her hair glistened in the rain like a nose hair after a sneeze.
13) The hailstones leaped from the pavement, just like maggots when you fry them in hot grease.
14) Long separated by cruel fate, the star-crossed lovers raced across the grassy field toward each other like two freight trains, one having left Cleveland at 6:36 p.m. traveling at 55 mph, the other from Topeka at 4:19 p.m. at a speed of 35 mph.
15) They lived in a typical suburban neighborhood with picket fences that resembled Nancy Kerrigan's teeth.
16) John and Mary had never met. They were like two ummingbirds who had also never met.
17) He fell for her like his heart was a mob informant and she was
the East River.
18) Even in his last years, Grandpappy had a mind like a steel trap, only one that had been left out so long, it had rusted shut.
19) Shots rang out, as shots are wont to do.
20) The plan was simple, like my brother-in-law Phil. But unlike Phil, this plan just might work.
21) The young fighter had a hungry look, the kind you get from not eating for a while.
22) He was as lame as a duck. Not the metaphorical lame duck, either, but a real duck that was actually lame. Maybe from stepping on a landmine or something.
23) The ballerina rose gracefully en pointe and extended one slender leg behind her, like a dog at a fire hydrant.
24) It was an American tradition, like fathers chasing kids around with power tools.
25) He was deeply in love. When she spoke, he thought he heard bells, as if she were a garbage truck backing up.
26) Her eyes were like limpid pools, only they had forgotten to put in any pH cleanser.
27) She walked into my office like a centipede with 98 missing legs.
28) It hurt the way your tongue hurts after you accidentally staple it to the wall.
from Verneita Boonlom
Here is a list of 'actual' announcements that London Tube train drivers have made to their passengers...
"Ladies and Gentlemen, I do apologize for the delay to your service. I know you're all dying to get home, unless, of course, you happen to be married to my ex-wife, in which case you'll want to cross over to the Westbound and go in the opposite direction."
"Your delay this evening is caused by the line controller suffering from E & B syndrome: not knowing his elbow from his backside. I'll let you know any further information as soon as I'm given any."
"Beggars are operating on this train. Please do NOT encourage these professional beggars. If you have any spare change, please give it to a registered charity. Failing that, give it to me."
During an extremely hot rush hour on the Central Line, the driver announced in a West Indian drawl: "Step right this way for the sauna, ladies and gentleman... unfortunately, towels are not provided."
"Let the passengers off the train FIRST!" (Pause .) "Oh go on then, stuff yourselves in like sardines, see if I care - I'm going home...."
"Please allow the doors to close. Try not to confuse this with 'Please hold the doors open.' The two are distinct and separate instructions."
"Please note that the beeping noise coming from the doors means that the doors are about to close. It does not mean throw yourself or your bags into the doors."
"Please move all baggage away from the doors." (Pause..) "Please move ALL belongings away from the doors." (Pause...) "This is a personal message to the man in the brown suit wearing glasses at the rear of the train: Put the pie down, Four-eyes, and move your bl**dy golf clubs away from the door before I come down there and shove them up your a**e sideways!"
"May I remind all passengers that there is strictly no smoking allowed on any part of the Underground. However, if you are smoking a joint, it's only fair that you pass it round the rest of the carriage."
NOTE: from newsletter, we are simply reporting and am not encouraging smoking anything, anywhere, at any time, with anyone - been there done that, and now don't !!!!!
Why can't a woman ask her brother for help?
Because he can't be a brother and assist her too.
JUSTICE, n. A commodity which is a more or less adulterated condition the State sells to the citizen as a reward for his allegiance, taxes and personal service.
Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
No joke - words of wisdom
If the children are untaught, their ignorance and vices
in later life cost us much dearer in their consequences than
it would have done in their correction by a good education.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
.......and always remember (don't forget...)
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