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Welcome to the latest edition of the on-line HKSRNewsletter, and our humble attempt to render some service to the devotee community. The format of this newsletter is that of a continuous scroll, please see the table of contents where everything is hyper-linked on-line, we hope it's now easier for you all. This newsletter still goes out to way over 3008 receivers. We trust that all is well with everyone by the Mercy of the Lord. However, if anyone would like to be removed please just send us a message requesting me to do so, and we will do it promptly. If you are receiving this from a friend, and would like to be added directly to the mailout please also let us know and we will do the needful there too. Removal and Subscription details at the very end of this newsletter.
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All Calendar entries are explained - Appearance or Disappearance days, festivals, fasts, feasts, etc.
View previous years festival dates on the Calendar:
The coming year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2006-2007
5th June - World Environment Day every year
Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana - Disappearance
Sri Ganga Puja
Srimati Gangamata Goswamini - Appearance - Avirbhav
Fasting on Vyanjuli Mahadvadasi
for Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi - (Fasting from
Beans and Grains - 8th June 2006 in NZ)
(Total fast, even from water, if you have broken Ekadasi)
Sri Panihati Cida Dahi Utsava
Snana Yatra (Sunday 11th June 2006 in
Sri Mukunda Datta - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Sridhara Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Syamananda Prabhu - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Mithuna Sankranti (Sun enters Gemini)
Sri Vakresvara Pandit - Appearance - Avirbhav
Father's Day - 3rd Sunday in June in US & UK - 1st Sunday in September in Aus & NZ
Sri Srivas Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Trisprsa Mahadvadasi - Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Yogini Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 22nd June 2006 in NZ)
Sri Gadadhara Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur - Disappearance - Tirubhav (Fasting till noon)
Sri Gundica Marjana
Ratha Yatra - in Jagannath Puri 27th June
Hera Pancami after 4 days
Return Ratha after 8 days
Sri Swarupa Damodara - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Sivananda Sen - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Vakresvara Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Sayana Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 7th July 2006 in NZ)
8 July Sayana Dwadasi
Sri Guru (Vyaasa) Purnima - 11th
July in NZ
Sri Sanatana Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
First month of Caturmasya
begins.(Fast from sak, green leafy vegetables, for one month.)
(Caturmasya is not observed during Purusottama Adhika Masa.)
Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Karaka Sankranti (Sun enters Cancer)
Sri Lokanatha Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
The incorporation of ISKCON in New York
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Kamika Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 21st July 2006 in NZ)
Sri Raghunandana Thakur - Disappearance
Sri Vamsidas Babaji - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Pavitropana Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 6th August 2006 in NZ)
Sri Sri Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra begins
Srila Rupa Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Gauridas Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Jhulan Yatra ends on the evening of the
Lord Balaram - Appearance - Avirbhav (Fasting till noon)
Second month of Caturmasya begins. (Fast from yogurt for one month.)
10th Auguest 2006 - Srila Prabhupada's departure for the USA 1965 AD.
Sri Krsna Janmastami: Appearance
of Lord Sri Krsna - 16th August 2006 in NZ
(Fasting till midnight - breakfast with Ekadasi style prasadam)
Sri Nandotsava - celebration of the birth of Lord Krishna
Srila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Appearance - avirbhav (Fasting till noon) 17th August 2006 in NZ
Simha Sankranti (Sun enters Leo)
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Paksa vardhini Mahadvadasi for Annada Ekadasi (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 20th August 2006 in NZ)
27th Aug 2006 Ganesh Chaturthi - ends 21:48 - do not look at the Moon
Srimati Sita Thakurani (Advaita's consort) - Appearance - Avirbhav
Sri Lalita sasti
Sri Radhastami : Srimati Radharani's Appearance - Friday 1st September 2006 in NZ (Fasting till noon)
Father's Day - 1st Sunday in September in Aus & NZ - 3rd Sunday in June in US & UK
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Parsva Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 4th Sept 2006 in NZ)
Sri Vamana Dvadasi - Appearance of Lord
(The fast is observed till noon on the Ekadasi.)(Feasting is done tomorrow.)
Srila Jiva Goswami - Appearance - Avirbhav
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur - Appearance - Avirbhav Utsava (Fasting till noon)
Sri Ananta Caturdasi Vrata
Srila Hari Das Thakur - Disappearance - Tirubhav
8th Sept 2006 - Partial Lunar Eclipse (do not cook, eat, etc. Only Chant Hare Krishna) see eclipses-page
Sri Visvarupa Mahotsava
Acceptance of sannyasa by Srila Prabhupada 1959 AD.
Srimad Bhagavatam Day
Third month of Caturmasya begins.(Fast from milk for one month.)
Srila Prabhupada's arrival in the USA 1965
Kanya Sankranti (Sun enters Virgo)
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Indira Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 18th Sept 2006 in NZ)
22nd Sept 2006 - Amavasya - Annular Solar Eclipse (do not cook, eat, etc. Only Chant Hare Krishna) see eclipses-page
Sri Durga Puja
1st Oct World Vegetarian Day (every year)
Sri Ramacandra Vijayotsava (Vijay Dasami)
Sripad Madhvacarya - Appearance - Avirbhav mahotsav
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Pasankusa Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 4th October 2006 in NZ)
Srila Raghunatha Das Goswami - Disappearance
Srila Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sria Krsna Das Kaviraj Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Krsna Saradiya Rasayatra
Sri Murari Gupta - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Laksmi Puja
Fourth month of Caturmasya (Karttika mase) begins. (Fast from urad dahl for one month.)
Srila Narottama Das Thakur - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Appearance of Radha Kunda prakat, snan dan
Sri Viracandra Prabhu (Virabhadra) - Appearance - Avirbhav
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Ramaa Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 18th October 2006 in NZ)
Tula Sankranti (Sun enters Libra)
Sri Dipa dan, Dipavali, Diwali (Kalipuja) - Sunday 22nd October in NZ
Sri Govardhana Puja, Go
Puja, Go krda (Worship of Govardhana Hill) - Monday 23rd October in
Sri Bali Daityaraja Puja
Sri Rasikananda - Appearance - Avirbhav
Sri Vasudeva Ghosa - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Disappearance - Tirubhav (Fasting till noon) Thurs 26th October in NZ
Sri Gopastami, Gosthastami
Sri Gadadhara Das Goswami - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Dhananjaya Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Srinivasa Acarya - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Jagaddhatri Puja
Srila Gaura Kishora das babaji - Disappearance
- Tirubhav was on Ekadasi
(Fasting till noon)(Feasting is done tomorrow)
Sri Bhisma Pancaka
Fasting on Suddha Ekadasi for Utthana - Devotthani Ekadasi - (Fasting from Beans and Grains - 2nd November 2006 in NZ)
Sri Bhugarbha Goswami - Disappearance -
Sri Kasisvara Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav
Sri Krsna Rasayatra - Kartika purnima
Sri Tulasi-Saligram Vivaha (marriage)
Sripad Nimbarkacarya – Appearance - Avirbhav
Caturmasya vrata ends.(have some urud dal kachoris and urid dal popadam)
This year's full panjikam also now available for viewing:
The coming year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2006-2007
All Calender information HERE
Check out the Ekadasi pages
with links to every Ekadasi:
(also find out from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada what is, and what constitutes a mahadwadasi)
Find out about Dwadasi and Mahadwadasi here:
NEW EKADASI RECIPES:
kasmad ekadasi jata tasyah ko va vidhir dvija
kada va kriyate kim va phalam kim va vadasva me
ka va pujyatama tatra devata sad-gunarnava
akurvatah syat ko dosa etan me vaktum arhasi
"Oh Gurudeva! When did Ekadasi take birth and from whom did she appear? What are the rules of fasting on the Ekadasi? Please describe the benefits of following this vow and when it should be followed. Who is the utmost worshippable presiding deity of Sri Ekadasi? What are the faults in not following Ekadasi properly? Please bestow your mercy upon me and tell about these subjects, as you are the only personality able to do so."
Find out what was said HERE:
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GBC Vaishnava Calendar Committee - Vaisnava Calendar Calculation
The present year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2005-2006
(some selected locations are available already below)
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Here's a few Vaishnava Calendar locations around the World friends asked for us to post !!
(Calendars) for 2006 - 2007
|Adelaide - SA - Australia||Hobart - Tasmania - Australia||Munich - (Munchen) - Germany|
|Amsterdam - Holland||Hong Kong||Murwillumbah - NSW - Australia|
|Atlanta - GA - USA||Jakarta - Indonesia||Muscat - Oman|
|Auckland - New Zealand||Johannesburg - RSA||New York - USA|
|Bangalore - India||Kathmandu - Nepal||Perth - WA - Australia|
|Bangkok - Thailand||Katikati - BOP - New Zealand||Singapore|
|Belgrade - Hungary||Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia||Suva - Fiji Islands|
|Boston - MA - USA||Kuwait City - Al kuwait - Kuwait||Sydney - NSW - Australia|
|Brisbane - Australia||London - UK||Toronto - Canada|
|Budapest - Serbia||Los Angeles - CA - USA||Trinidad & Tobago - West Indies|
|Calcutta - Kolkata - India||Madras - (Chennai) - India||Vrindavan (Sri Vrindavan Dham)- India|
|Christchurch - CHCH - New Zealand||Malawi - Afrika||Warsaw - Poland|
|Delhi (New Delhi) India||Manchester - UK||Washington DC USA|
|Dubai - UAE||Mauritius||Wellington - New Zealand|
|Durban - RSA||Mayapur - West Bengal - India||Whakatane - New Zealand|
|Glasgow - Scotland||Melbourne - VIC - Australia||Whangamata - New Zealand|
|Hamilton - New Zealand||Monte Video - Uruguay|
|Hawera - New Zealand||Moscow - CIS - Russia|
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Festivals Coming Soon
Panihati Chidadahi mahotsav - chipped rice festival
Sri Panihati Chida Dahi Utsava
10th June in NZ
or go to New Panihati in Atlanta GA, USA for a five day festival there.....
June 3 and 4 Atlanta, Georgia--PANIHATI Cida-dahi and Ratha Yatra Festivals
Many temples in Northern Hemisphere will observe on Friday 9 Panihati
Chida Dahi Utsava
(Chipped Rice Festival)
(...yes I saw it too - it says 2005 but includes 2006 festivals)
Snana Yatra of Lord Jagannath
(Sunday 11th June 2006 in NZ)
Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur - Disappearance - Tirubhav (Fasting till noon)
Sunday 25th June in NZ
Sri Gundicha Marjanam - 26th June 2006
Ratha Yatra - in Jagannath Puri 27th June 2006
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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 5 - Karma-yoga : Action in Krsna Consciousness
WORD FOR WORD
kama--from desires; krodha--and anger; vimuktanam--of those who are
liberated; yatinam--of the saintly persons; yata-cetasam--who have
full control over the mind; abhitah--assured in the near future;
brahma-nirvanam--liberation in the Supreme; vartate--is there;
vidita-atmanam--of those who are self-realized.
Those who are free from anger and all material desires, who are
self-realized, self-disciplined and constantly endeavoring for
perfection, are assured of liberation in the Supreme in the very
Of the saintly persons who are constantly engaged in striving
toward salvation, one who is in Krsna consciousness is the best of
all. The Bhagavatam (4.22.39) confirms this fact as follows:
karmasayam grathitam udgrathayanti santah
tadvan na rikta-matayo yatayo 'pi ruddha-
sroto-ganas tam aranam bhaja vasudevam
"Just try to worship, in devotional service, Vasudeva, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead. Even great sages are not able to control
the forces of the senses as effectively as those who are engaged in
transcendental bliss by serving the lotus feet of the Lord,
uprooting the deep-grown desire for fruitive activities."
In the conditioned soul the desire to enjoy the fruitive results of
work is so deep rooted that it is very difficult even for the great
sages to control such desires, despite great endeavors. A devotee
of the Lord, constantly engaged in devotional service in Krsna
consciousness, perfect in self-realization, very quickly attains
liberation in the Supreme. Owing to his complete knowledge in
self-realization, he always remains in trance. To cite an analogous
example of this:
svany apatyani pusnanti
tathaham api padma ja
"By vision, by meditation and by touch only do the fish, the
tortoise and the birds maintain their offspring. Similarly do I
also, O Padmaja"
The fish brings up its offspring simply by looking at them. The
tortoise brings up its offspring simply by meditation. The eggs of
the tortoise are laid on land, and the tortoise meditates on the
eggs while in the water. Similarly, the devotee in Krsna
consciousness, although far away from the Lord's abode, can elevate
himself to that abode simply by thinking of Him constantly--by
engagement in Krsna consciousness. He does not feel the pangs of
material miseries; this state of life is called brahma-nirvana, or
the absence of material miseries due to being constantly immersed
in the Supreme.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Copyright 1983 The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Used with permission.
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Trying to make the toilet a nice place is less intelligent
There was a very amusing incident in mid-morning, when Prabhupada had a visit from a yogini, Yogashakti Ma. She came smiling into Prabhupada's room, her long hair streaming over saffron clothing, accompanied by three male followers. She wanted to invite Prabhupada to a World Yoga and Peace Conference they plan to hold. The address they gave was an apartment in Calcutta.
She expressed her hope that leaders of various yoga and peace groups could get together and exchange their different experiences to everyone's benefit, so that the world could be a better place to live, where everyone could become happy. Of course, she would be at the center of it, as the organizer.
To this end she had issued a leaflet. One of her men read it out. It proclaimed "Health, Harmony, Happiness" through jnana, dhyana, bhakti, karma, and so on. In other words, it was a hodgepodge of ideas with no real focus. She finished by saying that their goal was to serve God and humanity.
Hearing the bit about serving God, Prabhupada called her bluff. "Who is God?" he asked her.
But neither she nor any of her followers could answer. One of them mumbled, "Hari Om." Another said something about the Creator and "love of us all."
Prabhupada continued in his matter-of-fact, simple, and direct manner. "If there is a toilet," he said, "and you go there and throw some scent, does that make it a nice place? Trying to make the toilet a nice place is less intelligent. Krsna says duhkhalayam asasvatam. This material world is temporary and full of suffering, so trying to be happy here is simply a waste of time."
He was going to continue but couldn't. His analogy visibly shocked them. Yogashakti Ma had conjured up an image of attaining bliss on earth, and Prabhupada frankly and abruptly shattered her sentimental vision.
They all took it like a slap in the face. One of the men became visibly disturbed. Speechless, he began to shake. Agitated and disturbed in mind, he wouldn't stay a moment longer. He simply offered his respects, uttered "Hari Om," and got up and left. Yogashakti Ma and the others followed.
Srila Prabhupada continued to sit at his desk, a smile gracing his face. He wasn't concerned that his words had disturbed their idealistic notions. They were typical Mayavadis -- in maya. He had spoken the truth as revealed by God Himself, Lord Sri Krsna. If they couldn't take it, it was no fault of his. He laughed. "By their yoga-sakti," he told me, "they have one flat in Calcutta. We have no such sakti, and we have a hundred centers like this [Mayapur]!"
Prabhupada is simply wonderful. Others may or may not appreciate, but he cannot compromise the truth for anyone. His only interest is in serving Krsna and Krsna's mission -- nothing else. By Krsna's grace he is enjoying world-wide success. He has neither the need nor desire to have his name associated with anything that deviates from the strict principles of bhagavata-dharma.
- From the "A Transcendental Diary Vol 1" by HG Hari Sauri dasa
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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
"Bodily Spirituality Exposed"
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Prabhupada: [break] ...fire, explain.
Harikesa: Oh, because people can't see life in fire, they think there's no life in it, so therefore there's no life in the sun. But it's just like the Tata factory. When you see it from a distance there's many planes and fires, but inside there's many people who are working. Therefore just because you can't see life in fire doesn't mean it's not there. We see life in the earth, we see life in the water, we see life in the air, so why not in the fire? Is that all right?
Prabhupada: Now question, answer.
Tamala Krsna: Well, one question is that the people in the Tata factory are not actually in the fire.
Prabhupada: So they are also not in the fire. I say even if it is in the fire, there is no harm because the living soul is not burned to fire. That is stated in the Bhagavad-gita. Adahyo 'yam. Dahya. Dahya means burned. It is not burned. These are wrong conception. Because they have no conception of the soul, they think bhasmi bhutasya dehasya: "When the body is burned, then the soul is also burned." If the soul is burned, then where is the question of tatha dehantara-praptih [Bg. 2.13]? How? In the Hindu system they burn the body. So if the soul is also burned, then where is punar janma? You?
Tamala Krsna: We can accept that the soul is not burned, but what about the body?
Prabhupada: Body is burned.
Tamala Krsna: So how can any body live in the sun?
Prabhupada: So they are.... No, if.... They have got fiery body. As your body is made of earth, the fish body is made of water, and the so many others, different elements, so similarly, there the body is made of earth..., er, fire, fiery body. The so-called scientist, educationist, they.... Everything they conclude according to his own position. Therefore avajananti mam mudhah [Bg. 9.11]. They think Krsna also "like me."
Acyutananda: The fish is in the water, but the fish is not water.
Prabhupada: No, fish is not water, but he has got a body suitable for the water.
Acyutananda: So the people on the sun have earthly bodies...
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puräëam amalaà yad vaiñëavänäà
yasmin päramahaàsyam ekam amalaà jïänaà paraà géyate
tatra jïäna-viräga-bhakti-sahitaà naiñkarmyam äviskåtaà
tac chåëvan su-paöhan vicäraëa-paro bhaktyä vimucyen naraù
Çrémad-Bhägavatam is the spotless Puräëa. It is most dear to the Vaiñëavas because it describes the pure and supreme knowledge of the paramahaàsas. This Bhägavatam reveals the means for becoming free from all material work, together with the processes of transcendental knowledge, renunciation and devotion. Anyone who seriously tries to understand Çrémad-Bhägavatam, who properly hears and chants it with devotion, becomes completely liberated.
Because Çrémad-Bhägavatam is completely free of contamination by the modes of nature, it is endowed with extraordinary spiritual beauty and is therefore dear to the pure devotees of the Lord. The word päramahaàsyam indicates that even completely liberated souls are eager to hear and narrate Çrémad-Bhägavatam. Those who are trying to be liberated should faithfully serve this literature by hearing and reciting it with faith and devotion. (Srimad Bhagavatam 12:13:18.)
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uttishthata jägrata präpya varän nibodhata
kshurasya dhärä nishitä duratyayä
durgam pathas tat kavayo vadanti
"Wake up and take advantage of the human form of life. Learned
transcendentalists say that the path of spiritual life is
difficult; it is sharp like a razor's edge."
(Katha Upanishad 1:3:14)
näyam ätmä pravachanena labhyo na medhayä na bahunä
yam evaisha vrinute tena labhyas tasyaisha ätmä vivrinute tanüm sväm
"The Supreme Self can never be known by any amount of argument,
reasoning, intelligence, or by much hearing. To those whom He
chooses, HOWEVER, He may reveal His personal form."
(Katha Upanishad 1:2:23)
nigama-kalpa-taror galitam phalam
pibata bhägavatam rasam älayam
muhur aho rasikä bhuvi bhävukäh
Shrimad-Bhägavatam is the essence of all Vedic literature.
It is the ripened fruit of the desire tree of Vedic knowledge. It has been sweetened by emanating from the mouth of Sukadeva Gosvämi.
O thoughtful men, who relish transcendental mellows, always taste this fully ripened fruit. As long as you are aspiring to be absorbed in the transcendental bliss derived from the Lord's loving service, you should continue tasting Shrimad-Bhägavatam even after liberation.
(Srimad Bhägavatam - Mahabhagavat Purana. 1:1:3)
artho 'yam brahma-sütränäm bhäratärtha vinirnayah
gäyatri-bhäshya-rüpo 'sau vedärtha-paribrimhitah
The Shrimad-Bhägavatam explains the meaning of Vedänta and
the purpose of Mahäbhäräta.
It reveals the inner meaning of the Gäyatri mantra and the essence of the Vedas.
mui, mora bhakta, ära grantha-bhägavate
yära bheda äcche tära näsha bhälamate
Myself, My devotees, and the scripture Shrimad-Bhägavatam one who
sees any difference between these three will find that all his intelligence
has been destroyed.
(Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat Madhya-lila 18.)
"But a person free from all attachment and aversion and able to control his senses through regulative principles of freedom can obtain the complete mercy of the Lord.
"For one thus satisfied (in Krishna consciousness), the threefold miseries of material existence exist no longer; in such satisfied consciousness, one's intelligence is soon well established.
"One who is not connected with the Supreme (in Krishna consciousness) can have neither transcendental intelligence nor a steady mind, without which there is no possibility of peace. And how can there be any happiness without peace?
"As a boat on the water is swept away by a strong wind, even one of the roaming senses on which the mind focuses can carry away a man’s intelligence.
"Therefore, 0 mighty-armed, one whose senses are restrained
from their objects is certainly of steady intelligence.
"What is night for all beings is the time of awakening for the self-controlled; and the time of awakening for all beings is night for the introspective sage.
"A person who is not disturbed by the incessant flow of desires - that enter like rivers into the ocean, which is ever being filled but is always still - can alone achieve peace, and not the man who strives to satisfy such desires.
"A person who has given up all desires for sense gratification, who lives free from desires, who has given up all sense of proprietorship and is devoid of false ego - he alone can attain real peace."
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YOGA AND THE YOGI
What is called renunciation you should know to be the same as yoga, or linking oneself with the Supreme, O son of Pändu, for one can never become a yogé unless he renounces the desire for sense gratification.
For one who is a neophyte in the eightfold yoga system, work is said to be the means; and for one who is already elevated in yoga, cessation of all material activities is said to be the means.
A person is said to be elevated in yoga when, having renounced all material
desires, he neither acts for sense gratification nor engages in fruitive
A person is said to be established in self-realization and is called
a yogé [or mystic] when he is fully satisfied by virtue of acquired
knowledge and realization. Such a person is situated in transcendence and
is self-controlled. He sees everything—whether it be pebbles, stones or
gold—as the same.
There is no possibility of one’s becoming a yogé, O Arjuna, if one eats too much or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough.
He who is regulated in his habits of eating, sleeping, recreation and work can mitigate all material pains by practicing the yoga system.
When the yogé, by practice of yoga, disciplines his mental activities
and becomes situated in transcendence - devoid of all material desires
- he is said to be well established in yoga.
In the stage of perfection called trance, or samädhi, one’s mind is completely restrained from material mental activities by practice of yoga. This perfection is characterized by one’s ability to see the self by the pure mind and to relish and rejoice in the self. In that joyous state, one is situated in boundless transcendental happiness, realized through transcendental senses. Established thus, one never departs from the truth, and upon gaining this he thinks there is no greater gain. Being situated in such a position, one is never shaken, even in the midst of greatest difficulty. This indeed is actual freedom from all miseries arising from material contact.
One should engage oneself in the practice of yoga with determination
and faith and not be deviated from the path. One should abandon, without
exception, all material desires born of mental speculation and thus control
all the senses on all sides by the mind.
Thus the self-controlled yogé, constantly engaged in yoga practice, becomes free from all material contamination and achieves the highest stage of perfect happiness in transcendental loving service to the Lord.
A true yogé observes Me in all beings and also sees every being
in Me. Indeed, the self-realized person sees Me, the same Supreme Lord,
Such a yogé, who engages in the worshipful service of the Supersoul, knowing that I and the Supersoul are one, remains always in Me in all circumstances.
He is a perfect yogé who, by comparison to his own self, sees
the true equality of all beings, in both their happiness and their distress,
The unsuccessful yogé, after many, many years of enjoyment on
the planets of the pious living entities, is born into a family of righteous
people, or into a family of rich aristocracy.
And when the yogé engages himself with sincere endeavor in making further progress, being washed of all contaminations, then ultimately, achieving perfection after many, many births of practice, he attains the supreme goal.
A yogé is greater than the ascetic, greater than the empiricist and greater than the fruitive worker. Therefore, O Arjuna, in all circumstances, be a yogé.
And of all yogés, the one with great faith who always abides
in Me, thinks of Me within himself, and renders transcendental loving service
to Me - he is the most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest
of all. That is My opinion.
The yogic situation is that of detachment from all sensual engagements. Closing all the doors of the senses and fixing the mind on the heart and the life air at the top of the head, one establishes himself in yoga.
After being situated in this yoga practice and vibrating the sacred
syllable om, the supreme combination of letters, if one thinks of the Supreme
Personality of Godhead and quits his body, he will certainly reach the
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thanx again Shyam'
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The Mahabharata explains by example how Lord Krsna's Vedic culture and Varnashrama Dharma are meant to work. Where the Manu Smriti is a concise book of laws for Mankind the Mahabharata shows how those laws are applied. The Mahabharata along with the Ramayana have been the main foundation for the continuation of Vedic culture because they are easily accessible to the masses. The Mahabharata was actually written for the unfortunate people of the Kali Yuga to help uplift them. A close study of the Mahabharata and Ramayana in conjunction with the Manu Samhita would serve as a good guide on how to implement Varnashrama Dharma. And, in conjunction with the Srimad Bhagavatam, insight into Daivi Varnashrama Dharma. The Mahabharata is thus an essential text for anyone interested in implementing VAD.
The Mahabharata is a vast treasure house of Brahminical knowledge and as the Mahabharat itself says: "What is found in the Mahabharata may be found in other texts; whatever is not found in the Mahabharata is not found anywhere."
You will also find a PDF copy of a canto of Agnivesa's Caraka Samhita (an Ayurvedic text) entitled Sarirasthana, a fascinating account of how the body is formed starting with philosophical details, conception, karmic details, embryology etc. I once gave this text to an obstetrician to read while she was waiting to see me and she was astounded at how much knowledge was contained in such an ancient text. Size 14 MB
"krsnas tu bhagavan svayam"
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Creating an environment where individuals are not identified by caste, creed, religion or nationality
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
Since I last communicated with you all there has been no change on our situation here in Kazakhstan.
On Wednesday 24 May there was an ordered television report. I will attach a transcript of the interview. In the interview a government officer described us as "wolves in sheeps clothing."
A team of devotees from Europe and America has pulled together to discuss strategy for the Kazakhstan campaign.
The team consists of Anuttama Prabhu, Saunaka Rsi prabhu, Gauri and Romapada Prabhus, Sivarama Maharaja, and myself. We have been having discussions to develop our presentation for government agencies, religious, and human rights organisations.
AT THIS MOMENT THERE IS AN IMPORTANT WAY IN WHICH YOU CAN HELP US:
Kazakhstan wishes to become the Chairman of OSCE in 2009. Thus the Kazakh government is hosting an OSCE conference in Kazakhstan on June 12-13, 2006.
Prior to the event we want to create an international awareness of our issue so that it will be discussed during this important conference.
PLEASE HELP WITH THE FOLLOWING POINTS:
1. We are requesting that you look at the three documents that I will attach.
a. Appeal letter
b. Chronology of Events
c. Legal Injustice Brief
2. Next we are requesting that you will fax and email those three documents to Vienna, Austria to the OSCE Ambassador who represents your country.
3. We are also requesting you to fax and email these documents to the OSCE offices in your respective countries. I have attached a list of member nations of OSCE. You will have to search their email and fax address within your country. Then please send it to the appropriate person.
4. The next step will take place on June 6, 2006 when we request that you please fax and email the same package to different officers in the Kazakh government, Their names and addresses are as follows:
Abykaev Nurtay Abykayevich, Chairman of the Parliament's Senate Fax +7 3172 333892
Tokayev Kasymzhomart Kemelevich, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fax +7 3172 720293
Muhamedzhanov Ural Baygunsovich, Chairman of the Parliament's Majlis Fax +7 3172 243532
We hope that this attention will bring the Kazakh government to the point of helping us to peacefully resolve the issue with our project here in Kazakhstan.
With affectionate regards,
BB Govinda Swami
Read more about the Kazakhstan issue HERE and what to do to help
Please accept my humble obeisances, all glories to the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada.
As you may be aware the persecution of devotees is continuing in Kazakhstan. The international campaign is now in full swing. The Bhaktivedanta Manor Communications Team has produced a pack for UK temples, and indeed all organisations to use to imitate their own campaign at a local level. Please find PDF file attached. It includes up to date information, a petition and a letter writing campaign.
A hard copy and CD Rom can be sent on request. (see document for details)
Please act now.
Bhaktivedanta Manor Communications
My internet connection works only at times, and for more than a week I couldn't get connected at all. I'm not sure, therefore, if I'm aware of the latest developments in the Kazakhstan-crisis. To me it seems, though, as if protests by Indian media and officials, ISKCON devotees, and Hindu-organizations all over the world are causing the central government of Kazakhstan to keep the local administration in Almaty in check for the time being.
Kazakh authorities are known for their intolerance towards religious and cultural minorities; the human-rights organization forum18 documents many instances of persecution of minorities, including several articles about the ISKCON-property near Almaty, on their web site.
In order to gain recognition and trade-concessions from western countries the government of Kazakhstan likes to present itself as accommodating and liberal towards minorities, but the local administrations seem to be more influenced by communal interest groups and material greed.
In this situation it is very important, in my opinion, to maintain or better increase the public pressure we were able to generate, to continue to keep the local administration of Almaty in check, and finally arrive at a permanent solution for The Palace of the Soul.
In this article you'll find the latest updates from HH BB Govinda Maharaja and ISKCON Communications Director Anuttama das, suggestions how to support the campaign, reports of activities by Hungarian and Malaysian devotees, and a whole resource-kit with sample-letters and post- and email-addresses of Kazakh authorities.
India Post, News Report, India Post News Service, May 22, 2006
NEW YORK: Krishna devotees in Kashkhstan mounted their campaign against the Kazakhstan government to challenge religious persecution. The Kazakhstan government's attempt on April 25 to bulldoze five ashrams and private homes owned by Krishna devotees - followers of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) - has triggered protests around the globe.
In Hungary, two hundred protestors demonstrated in front of the Kazakhstan Embassy in Budapest on May 3, accompanied by a real bulldozer driven up to the steps of the embassy. Holding placards reading "Where is religious freedom," Krishna leaders and Ilona Szent-Iv?nyi, European representative of the International Association for Religious Freedom, appealed to an embassy representative to stop religious persecution. "It is obvious that they [Hare Krishnas] are being purposely forced out," Ninel Fokina, head of the Almaty Helsinki Committee rights group told the Associated Press. Fokina concluded that, despite the arguments that the Krishnas have failed to properly register the land, their real motivation was simply to usurp the Krishnas' land-property whose value has soared in recent years.
Authorities ordered the seizure without compensation on the basis of a court ruling in the government's favor.
Members of ISKCON claim that the seizure amounts to religious persecution and violates their religious and civil rights. India TV headlined the plight of the Krishna devotees, broadcast in India recently, with an interview of Kazakhstan Deputy Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov. The program drew immediate action from thousands of viewers, who sent SMS text messages to the station, requesting the Indian prime minister to intervene. "I can assure you that the rights of conventional or ethnic groups living in harmony at peace in Kazakhstan will be protected," the Foreign Minister promised.
In a two-hour meeting held with ISKCON leaders in New Delhi, the Kazakh Ambassador to India, Kairat Umarov, assured the Krishna leaders that he would personally work to find a solution to the volatile situation. Meanwhile, protests continue to build, with demonstrations planned in New York, Washington, DC, and other American and European cities within the next few days. "We are interested in working with the government of Kazakhstan to arrive at a reasonable solution," said ISKCON spokesperson Anuttama Dasa in New York. "The national government needs to intervene and act swiftly to ensure that religious and civil rights are not being violated on the local level. Unless that happens, there will continue to be an international outcry."
National Hindu organisations from UK, USA, Australia, Canada and other countries have come together to call upon the Kazakhstan Government to stop harassment and human rights abuse against Hindus living in the country. Hindus living at Karasai in Kazakhstan are currently awaiting a riot squad from the local government which has promised to invade, demolish and confiscate their homes simply because they are Hindus.
A previous attempt to demolish homes on 25th April failed because local Hindus gathered together to lock their hands in prayer, sat in the pathway and blocked the way leading to the building. At that time the local executives told the members of the Society for Krishna Consciousness that they had not been prepared but would come with riot police on a surprise visit next time to ensure that the houses were demolished.
When the members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness attempted to register their properties they were asked to sign a document stating that they were not followers of the Krishna branch of Hinduism. On the other hand, 265 other homes owned by non-Hindus in the same area had no problems in registering their properties. Eviction and demolition notices have been issued only against hand-picked houses of Hindus.
In spite of such targeted human rights abuse that violates the United Nations Charter on Human Rights, the chairman of the Department of Religious Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Justice, Mr. Yeraly Tugzhanov tried to mislead the public by saying that the events were purely economic and not religious. Local Hindus from Karsai have pointed out that the land owned by Hindus had appreciated from fifty thousand dollars to nearly two million. They have pointed out that the targeting of homes belonging just to the Hindu community could be linked to demand by real estate developers who wish to occupy the land and develop urban properties.
Kazakhstan is seeking to become a member of the OCSE in the near future, and its human rights violation against minority religious communities does not bode well for such membership. We are deeply concerned by the human rights violations against Hindus in Kazakhstan, and request the President of Kazakhstan to intervene in this matter and take the following actions:
1.Immediately stop any action or order to demolish the houses belonging
to the followers of the Hare Krishna section of Hinduism
2.Facilitate registration of properties legally occupied and owned by local Hindus in Karasai
3.Stop harassment and misinformation campaigns directed against Hindus in Kazakhstan
The city government in Moscow has agreed to allot land for the construction of a Krishna temple, ending a longstanding controversy over whether Hindus should have a place of worship in the Russian capital, The Hindu newspaper reports.
The paper quoted Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dixit as saying that the Moscow Mayor had assured her he would allot land for the temple. This promise was also registered in a joint statement issued at the end of Ms. Dixit’s talks with the Mayor.
In 2004 Moscow’s Hare Krishna temple was demolished under a city development plan, and the International Society of Krishna Consciousness (ISKON), which was in charge of it, was offered another piece of land to build a temple. However, the offer was withdrawn following protests from the Russian Orthodox Church against plans to build a temple that would eclipse the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, the main Orthodox church in Moscow.
ISKON later scaled down its temple plan, but it is only now that the Mayor has cleared the project.
The Chief Minister was in Moscow for a cultural festival held under a twinned-city accord between the two capitals. She described the three-day festival as “a roaring success.” Performances by vocalist Kalapini Komkali, sarod maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, dancer Astad Deboo and others drew full houses.
The festival featured a fashion show, traditional Indian dances, a recital of poetry by Indian authors and the screening of Bollywood films. The rock band Euphoria also performed. ’Days of Moscow’ will be held in Delhi next year, ahead of a Year of Russia festival in India in 2008.
The Chief Minister held wide-ranging discussions with the Mayor of Moscow on ways to enhance trade and economic cooperation between the two capitals.
She invited Moscow to bid for a contract to supply trolley-buses to Delhi, while Moscow asked for Indian software for its metals stock exchange.
The two sides agreed to launch an educational and student exchange program, encourage tourism between the two capitals and hold an Indian fashion week in Moscow.
Delhi is seeking Moscow’s expertise in water purification and recycling, while the Russian capital is keen to learn from Delhi’s experience of becoming an international health tourism hub.
Nearly 20 executives of a Delhi-based IT company and other companies participated in an Indo-Russian business forum organized as part of the ’Days of Delhi’.
The Chief Minister identified IT, mechanical engineering, education, food processing and ecological waste recycling as priority areas for business ties between the two cities.
Dear friends and members,
We invite you all to read the following letter from Ambarisa Das, who was instrumental in setting up the Braj Foundation to protect and preserve the sacred places of Lord Krishna's pastimes.
The letter explains the current situation, and invites you to look further online. Members of our congregation have already signed a petition which we have sent to the Indian High Commission in Wellington to be forwarded to the Prime Minister of India. We attached 156 signatures from our last Sunday Feast (from Auckland), but now we ask you all to sign the petition online, and to inform your friends also. All temples world wide are joining in this protest which will surely, by the Lord's grace, achieve its purpose.
Thank you all for your assistance.
Dear Maharajs and prabhus,
Please accept my most humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I believe that many of you are already aware of the critical threat to the environment of Braj Dham by illegal mining close to Barsana. In a nutshell, here is the problem:
In the last 10 years, illegal mining of the hilly terrain in the Braj region has grown nearly 25 times. The focus of this activity is in the sacred groves of Kamavan where Sri Krishna had many pastimes with his cowherd boyfriends. In addition to the brutal destruction of these sacred hills, the extensive use of dynamite has damaged some prominent sites of Krishna's pastimes, like Phisalini Shila a natural rock formation over which Krishna used to slide with his friends.
Inspired by the dedicated resistance that has grown up amongst the local Brijbasi community, I joined with other devotees to fund a Public Interest Litigation suit in the Supreme Court of India. The suit was successful and the Supreme Court ordered a complete ban last January. I also joined in forming the Braj Foundation to stimulate regeneration of the environment of Braj.
However, despite the ruling of the Supreme Court, backed up by several other Central government rulings and a ruling from the Rajasthan High Court, the Rajasthan government has been dragging its feet on stopping this illegal activity under the apparent sway of the mining "mafia."
This collusion of unscrupulous businessmen has gone so far as to threaten the lives of senior activists and has succeeded in orchestrating the murder of one of the dedicated volunteers.
To try to bring more pressure on the government, the local Brijbasis have mounted a demonstration, conducting continuous Harinam at the Jantar Mandir in Delhi since April 22nd and will submit their petition to the Prime Minister on May 11. (it is an on going thing though....)
I'm writing to ask you to support this effort with your own petition, signed by members of your congregations, and faxed to the Prime Minister care of the Indian Embassy of your country.
I also ask you to join the online version of this petition at (http://www.petitiononline.com/braj/petition.html). Please announce this to your congregation as well so they can join online and forward it to their friends and associates, helping create a wider awareness about this important issue.
The success of this effort will strengthen the foundations for increased action to stem the rapid environmental degradation of the entire Braj region. Your support today could mean the difference for our children tomorrow - a renewed Braj filled with sacred groves, forested hills and beautiful kunds, instead of a devastated and barren land.
I thank you for your support.
NEW DELHI, INDIA, April 30, 2006: Common ayurvedic formula triphala strengthens tissues, prevents ageing, and promotes health and immunity by scavenging free radicals and inhibiting formation of uric acid in the body, a new research has discovered. When triphala was tested for superoxide radical scavenging activity, it was observed that in addition to reacting with superoxide radical, it also inhibited uric acid formation, reported Current Sciences, a magazine.
Triphala, which is made from fruits of three medicinal herbs - amalaki (Emblica officinalis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), is non-habit forming and widely prescribed by ayurvedic practitioners. It strengthens tissues, prevents ageing, promotes health and immunity, the study claims. The study also shows that triphala inhibits formation of uric acid. A small amount - 20 to 126 microgram per milliliter of triphala - can effectively inhibit uric acid formation by 5 to 86 per cent. It cures constipation problem, cleanses and tonifies the gastrointestinal tract.
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com
NEW DELHI, INDIA, May 7, 2006: Wild banana species are disappearing in India, the world's biggest producer of the fruit, due to shrinking forests and rapid urbanization, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization has said. India is the world's biggest banana grower, with an annual production of 18.52 tons, or more than 20 percent of the total world output of 80.03 tons in 2005, the FAO said in a recent press statement. "But over-exploitation and the loss of forests as a result of encroachment and logging, slash-and-burn cultivation and urbanization are causing a rapid loss of wild banana species that have existed in India for thousands of years," it said. Bananas are the world's most exported fruit, and the fourth most important food commodity after rice, wheat and maize, the food agency added.
India, as the largest producer of the fruit, had contributed significantly to the "global genetic base of bananas," said NeBambi Lutaladio, FAO's agriculture officer. "But due to ecosystem destruction, it is probable that many valuable gene sources have now been lost," Lutaladio said. "That could cause serious problems because bananas, particularly commercial varieties, have a narrow genetic pool and are highly vulnerable to pests and diseases," he said. Historically, it was Alexander the Great who put bananas on the map in 327 B.C. when, during his invasion of India, he reported eating and enjoying the fruit, the statement said.
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com
LONDON, ENGLAND, May 22, 2006: The on-line magazine, Hindu Voice UK, has posted its May issue. Some excerpts:
Hindu in Holland: "After the United Kingdom, the second largest Hindu community of Europe live in the Netherlands. There are between 150,000 - 200,000 Hindus currently living in the Netherlands, the vast majority of who migrated from Surinam - a former Dutch colony in South America. There are about 50,000 Hindus living in the Hague, the Dutch capital, while the other concentrations of Hindus are in the cities of Amsterdam and Rotterdam. Most Dutch Hindus trace their ancestry back to India from about 5 to 6 generations ago. Their ancestors were mainly from the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh areas of India."
Other stories include "An Alternative Look at the Caste System," "If Hanuman Dies" and "Drug Trials, The Dark Side" about secret drug experiments carried out by Western countries in India--an unanticipated application of "outsourcing."
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com
GOLDFIELD, IOWA, May 21, 2006: The pungent liquid called ethanol, made from corn, has Iowa farmers giddy. Inspired by high oil prices and changing sentiment in Washington, thousands of investors are pouring tens of millions of dollars into new facilities, such as the US$90 million plant here. Ethanol prices are surging across the country as legislators add incentives to spur usage and fleet owners rearrange their fuel orders to cope with $3-a-gallon gasoline. The boom has meant profits for early investors, corn farmers, truckers and suppliers, even as financial analysts and government officials hurry to assess the fuel's staying power and its impact on such matters as farm subsidies and national security. With national capacity more than doubling in the past three years and set to grow an additional 50 percent by the end of 2007, the wave is moving fast--from New York, where construction of the state's first ethanol plant is set to begin, to California, whe re Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates recently invested $84 million in Pacific Ethanol Inc. Iowa, the top corn-producing state, is the nation's ethanol leader, generating 25 percent of the U.S. ethanol. In addition to 22 ethanol refineries in operation, the state has seven under construction and at least 20 are being planned. The boom here has largely been a grass-roots phenomenon, fueled by clusters of growers, bankers and small-town professionals. Aspiring biofuel plant owners have been barnstorming the state, delivering investment pitches in firehouses, schools and community centers.
The state legislature this year passed incentives designed to increase the percentage of ethanol and biodiesel in Iowa fuel sales to 25 percent by the end of 2019. Three of every four gallons of gas sold in the state contain at least 10 percent ethanol, although most of the state's production is shipped elsewhere. Ethanol is the fuel Henry Ford originally envisioned for his mass-produced Model T automobile. It is blended into three of every 10 gallons of gas sold in the United States, although its percentage of the overall national fuel supply remains tiny (approximately 3-4 percent of the country's liquid fuel). The clear liquid burns more cleanly than gasoline and, unlike that of crude oil, the potential supply is virtually unlimited and close to home. Illinois-based agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently announced a large expansion, while car makers are increasing their commitment. General Motors Corp. says it will manufacture 400,000 more flex-fuel vehicles, which will join more than 5 million on the road. To read the article in its entirety, click on "source" above.
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com
I have been listening to some of the lectures that my Gurumaharaja gave in relation to his style of urban city preaching. One major point that comes up often is just how degraded the lives of the average young adults have become. Quite often, while trying to explain what it's like growing up in the western world to devotees of different cultural backgrounds, I think this point is often misunderstood.
It sometimes seems to come across that the current atmosphere of the western world is one that offers incredible sensual enjoyments all the time. With this in mind, devotees may assume "Oh it is so hard for young people to come to Krsna consciousness, after all, they have so much opportunity for material enjoyment, so many allurements, how can we compete!" The idea is that the allurements of the western world are so sparkling that they constantly fill a person up with hopes of enjoyment, and thus it's impossible for them to escape and come to Krsna consciousness.
Actually, there are several things wrong with this mind set, but I'm just going to mention one. The problem with the current western world, and the situation of young westerners, is not that they are constantly allured by the trappings of the western world, but that they have already been victimized by them from a young age, and thus carry such deep scars that doing anything is actually difficult for them. As my Gurumaharaja explains, it is incredibly common for a young westerner to start a life of illicit sex and intoxication at the ages of 12 and 13. This constant self abuse starts sometimes even before puberty properly kicks in, yet already they are carrying out irrepairable damage to their bodies and minds.
The long term psychological effects of teen promiscuity are well recorded. Sexually active youth have much higher rates of depression in later life, and are much less likely to be able to develop proper relationships as they get older. People's hearts are thrashed at a young age, and as a result, they don't have a clue what real love is, nor are they capable of pursuing it. Drug use carries heavy effects. Use of the drug Ecstasy results in permanent damage to neuro-pathways, in particular to the cells which control release of seritonin, the neuro-chemical which is said to be responsible for ones ability to love and feel loved.
The rise of internet usage amongst the young has given rise to an unexpected phenomenom of porn addiction at young ages. Before even having the mental and emotional capacity to understand the full effects of sexual activity, young kids are fully aware of every physical side of the issue. John Stoltenberg, author of such books as "Refusing to be a Man" makes many solid arguments showcasing the psychological effects of such indecent exposure at such a young age. Such images stay with the youth their entire lives, and transplant themselves into the world of reality, so that never again can a person be seen as much more than a potential object of enjoyment.
These are the anartha's our civilisation has left us with. As Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu points out,'We're messed up. Society, our parents, our upbringing have all done a very thorough job of messing us up.' Thus there is a neccessity in our society for Krsna consciousness. In the words of my Gurumaharaja, on the day of my initiation ceremony, "Without Krsna consciousness there is no hope".
These are major anarthas, our senses have been incredibly contaminated with so many things. But as Sukadeva Goswami points out in the 10th Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam, the senses can be purified by austerity. And believe it or not, but one of the most potent types of austerity one can engage in as a Kali-yuga refugee is sadhu-sanga, devotee association.
I know that not that many people are often willing to admit that devotee association is an austerity, most devotees will keep such sentiments to themselves, thinking that acknowledging it will expose them as envious neophytes. But it's a fact, it's tuff hanging out with devotees, but it is certainly worth it! Austerity means voluntarily accepting difficult things for a higher cause, and this is certainly devotee association. Actually, anything that rips out our anartha's is going to be an austerity, because these things are so cemented in our hearts, it's like ripping off band-aids. It's painful.
But this is what Vallabha Bhatta had to go through. He was starting to find it tuff to hang out with Lord Caitanya's devotees, because he didn't feel they were listening to him. At first he thought they were angels, with shinny faces. Isn't that how it is when we first meet devotees? They seem so pure. Put as time goes on, as our familiarity sets in, and our pride comes back, suddenly the devotees don't look so great anymore. Suddenly we see what we think to be flaws. This is what happened to Vallabha Bhatta.
But still, he kept coming to the devotees, trying to get them to listen to his commentary. And the devotees just kept revealing his anartha's, pointing out that his pride was preventing him from actually understanding Lord Caitanya and devotional service properly. Vallabha Bhatta one day came to the assembly of Lord Caitanya's devotees and said "Hear me! Krsna is the supreme husband, the purusa, and everyone else in relation to him is his wife, prakrti. It is the duty of the wife, according to religious principles, never to say the name of her husband in public. Why then are you all chanting the names of Krsna constantly?"
In this way Vallabha Bhatta was trying to show that his understanding of the scriptures was greater then the other devotees. But Advaita Acarya pointed him in the direction of Lord Caitanya for an answer to his question. Lord Gaurasundara replied "Actually, you don't have a clue what you are taking about. The first religious principle in this matter is that the wife should carry out the orders of the husband, and since Krsna has instructed that everyone chant His name constantly, it is the duty of everyone to do so."
Vallabha Bhatta was humiliated! His anartha of pride was constantly being battled. But it was gone yet. He came back the next day and said "Hear me! I have rejected the commentary on Srimad Bhagavatam by Sridhara Swami. He is always commenting according to the situation, and thus he is never consistent, therefore I have rejected him."
Lord Caitanya simply smiled and said "Whoever rejects the authority of the swami (which also means husband), I consider to be a prostitute." He then became very grave, and all of the devotees were very much pleased by this answer.
Vallabha Bhatta again was totally humiliated. But this time, something was different. This time, he understood what was going on. "Lord Caitanya is showing His mercy upon me, by trying to purify me of this false pride. Although I interpret His actions as an insult, actually He is acting for my benefit." With this realisation, Vallabha Bhatta went back to the Lord in a humble mood, asking forgiveness, and for the opportunity to serve the Lord. Through the austere assocation of the devotees, and their ability to bring to the surface all of our poisonous anarthas, gradually we will be purified by their mercy, and thus be qualified to directly render service to the Lord and His devotees. At which point, all the negative side effects of growing up in this age of Kali will be nullified.
The VedAs are our paramANam
The VedAs are "the edifices of eternal knowledge". They has timeless relevance to the practioners of Sri VisishtAdhvaitham and other darsanams based on Vedic Doctrines. There is a lot there that is absolutely relevant to our contemporary life. As such, the VedAs have "everlasting appeal and "applicability for all times and nations "for men, women and children as the fundamental units of the family.
VedAs take a humanistic approach to life. An individual relation to his or her own family is dwelt at length in the VedAs. The relationship between man and woman, the parents and the children are taken very seriously by Vedas, since It ties in very closely with the health and well being of Society and the preservation of DharmA The need to develop Social consciousness with the family as an elemental unit of society is very important one taught by the Vedas.
Material civilization generates a lot of wealth, but is found wanting in social consciousness and a dharmic way Of life stressing one's obligation to the different members of society. DharmA encompasses "the entire gamut of life".
Pursuit of a dhArmic way of life elaborated by Sruthis and SaasthrAs creates a sound infrastructure to build a sound and stable society that enjoys all the benefits of a higher order of civilization.
The MAN-TO-WOMAN relationship is one of the most important subject dealt with by the VedAs instructing us on how to build a sound and stable society, where righteousness prevails. VedAs show a keen interest in the unity of man and woman and spells out their duties, responsibilities and rights. GeethAchAryan elaborates them further.
They point out the important role of women in building a fair, stable and just society. Satapatha BrahmaNA passage states unblushingly that only woman fulfills the purposes of human life. It extols the divine aspect of women and declares that women are the embodiment of Sri Devi (SriyA vA yEthath rUpam yathA patnaya :).
The modern women may not be familiar with the high status given to women in our religious world and its scriptures. Contrary to the popular belief that VedAs deny freedom to women, it stresses the underlying duty and THE RIGHTS of WOMEN, while focusing on the stability of the family as a unit, which then strengthens the society.
It is in this context, Vedic thought gave ample room for a personal God to be conceived as divinity in male or female form. Vedic Gods like Ushas (dawn) are adoringly saluted by the manthrams of Ushas sUktham in Rg Vedam. There are many Rishi pathnis and wives, who have been equally revered in PurANAs (AnusUyA, Kausalya, Damayanthi, Saavithri et al).
Vedam describes the wife to be the best friend of the husband AT ALL TIMES. The Vedic obligations are recognized as SamAna (equally moving), since married men and women move freely in society in pursuit of their complimentary duties, VedAs and Manu Smruthi vividly describe the responsibilities of women in the house as yajamAnis. The importance of women in the economic aspect of the family is fully emphasized and asks men to give the women the responsibility of looking after the family budget. Similarly, maintaining family tradition and strengthening the spiritual affairs of the family is entrusted with the women.
IN THE EYE OF THE VEDAS, WOMEN AND MEN ARE EQUALLY IMPORTANT
I will quote now verbatim from AgnihOthram Sri RaamAnuja TatachAr's monograph on the Eternal relevance of VedAs Dealing with the role of women in Hindu Society:
"In the early years of marriage, love has a sexual importance. But with the advance of years, it mellows into a great attachment and affection. No one can disturb this mutual love. Marriage is not made for sexual purpose, BUT FOR A REAL UNITED LIFE. . . .
The VedAs say that the wife is the only friend of her husband. . . . Their comradeship is strengthened by day-to-day movements. She never claims superiority over her husband and she is never treated as inferior by her husband. She is the mistress of the house. . . . She is a real friend and closely follows her husband in the good and bad of domestic life and takes keen interest in his welfare. She also advises him at times. Smruthi following the direction given by the Vedas states clearly that it is the duty of a wife to correct the mistake of her husband ". SitA piraatti did just that in a famous pasage in Srimadh RaamAyaNam in Her conversation with HanumAn inAsOka Vanam.
AgnihOthram TatachAr swamy points out a special Vedic term: Purandhi and explains its significance.
According to the VedAs, women are more intelligent than men (i. e.) she is a purandhi. In AsvanEdhA, there is a prayer that women must be "purandhi". By that term, Women's superior intelligence is indicated. "According to the VedAs, Woman is a karma yogi. She does duty for duties sake. She sacrifices her individual pleasure and pain and serves the family.
The early lives of all children depend on the care of the mother. She brings them up as intelligent and pious ones. The stability of her integrity is brought out in one MantrA, which points out those women are to be strong as a rock in the family so that the family can survive. Her integrity not only keeps the family in a high order, but it overcomes all enemies as well ". She is the queen of her husband's house.
She maintains the customs and traditions of the house strictly, with vigilance. The house may be built by bricks and wood, but it is not the real house. In fact, the wife is only the real house. VedAs never confine a woman to the house. Many brilliant women have reached out with their husbands and attained a spiritual status equal to or higher than that of their husbands, who are revered as Manthra dhrushtAs of the various Veda Manthrams.
The names of the women Rishis (RishikAs or Lady Seers) are etched in the annals of the Veda manthrams. None of the Rishis or the Rishi pathnis are recognized as the composers of the Veda manthrAs, but as samhithAkarthAs, who assisted in the collection of the Veda manthrams through the power to "see" them as manthra dhrushtAs. Angirasa, Gautama, VasishtA, ViswAmithrA, Bhrugu, Athri, Marici, KasyapA, AgasthyA and BharadhvAjaa belong to the rich set of Rishis in this category.
Every Veda manthram has a Rishi or RishikA, Chandas and DevathA. We invoke them prior to the recitation of the individual mathrAs of the different Vedas. Each of these Rishis has a distinguished wife well versed in scholarship, AchAram and anushtAnam. These rishikAs or Lady Seers took an important part in SamaadhikaraNam. YajnavalkyA's wife and her tight questioning of her husband gave birth to a great Upanishad. There are abundant references to the RishikAs in the Tenth Canto of Rg Vedam besides the other Cantos.
LopamudhrA is one such RishikA as the wife of AgasthyA, known for his command over Sanskrit and Tamil. The meaning of the word "LopamudhrA " is one,who is totally absorbed in herself (i-e)., she is one of the BrahmavAdhini RshikAs. Two manthrAs of the Rg Vedam (Canto I. 179. 1-2) are attributed to her.
RoamasA the wife of SvanyA, VisvavArA belonging to the Athri family, AangirasI Sarasvathi of Angirasa family, ApAlA of the Athri family, YamI Vaivasvathi, SraddhA, Vasukra pathni, GhOshA, SooryA, IndrANi, Urvasi, Sarama, Joohu, VagAmbhruNi and PoulOmi Sachi are well Known RshikAs, who are revered and are associated with individual Rg Veda ManthrAs.
There are selected Rg Veda manthrAs linked to the individual RishikAs to illustrate the importance of Vedic Women, who are models for us even today. The women in many Indian households along the length and breadth of Bharatha Varsham have imbibed these rich and resonant values in their bone and blood and keep their family strong and righteous.
Sri Vaishnavite households have had such exemplary Women, who quietly served as the living examples of these Vedic Values and cherished them as their kula dhanams.
Some of them are ANDAL (the mother of ParAsara Bhattar and the wife of KuratthAzhwAn), Devaki Piratti,the spiritually advanced ( jn~Adhikai) daughter of ThirukkOshtiyUr nampi.,She was a disciple of AchArya RaamAnujA. The incident associated with the 18th Thituppaavai is linked to her. At the time of her father's ascent to Parama padham, her father asked his daughter as to what she was thinking about. She replied with all sincerity that she was thinking about her father ataining Sathgathi due to his association with HER ACHARYA,Sri RaamAnujA. That is the measure of Her AchArya Bhakthi.
The joyous father blessed her with AchArya RaamAnujA's ancient vigraham obtained by Naathamuni from NammAzhwAr before RaamAnujA's birth. That mUrthy was worshipped in turn by UyyakkonDAr, MaNaRkkAL nampi, AlawandhAr. The grateful father asked his daughter to give that vigraham to his Sishyan, Sri RaamAnujA. This is the quality of relationship between the anuvrutthi prasannAcchAryar like ThirukkOshtiyUr nampi and the KrupAmAthra PrasannAcchAr like Sri RaamAnujA.
One of the links here is through the Bhagavathai, Devaki Pirratti. AthtuZhAi, the daughter of Periya Nampi was another example of these illustrious Sri VaishNavite women.
The five AchAryAs of Sri RaamAnujA - Periya nampi, ThirukkOshtiyUr nampi, ThirumAlai AanDaan, Periya Thirumalai nampi, ThirukkOshtiyUr nampi, Thiruvaranga PerumAn Araiyar --recognized AchArya RaamAnuja, their disciple as their own UttAraka AchAryan and entrusted their Brothers, sons and DAUGHTERS as his sishyAs. Devaki PirAtti and ANDAL belong to this group of exemplary women. Sri VaishNava kulam grew out of such dedicated,modest, spiritually rigorous women, who were like kalankarai viLakku ( lighthouses).
The WIVES AND DAUGHTERS of the men of the ten branches of KaimkaryaparALs assigned by AchAryA RaamAnujA for Sri RanganaathA's daily kaimkaryam were also shining lights in their own rights.
Parutthik Kollai AmmAl, Kongup PirAtti (AchArya RaamAnujA's Sishyai), Vangipuratthu Aacchi (the disciple of AlawanadAr), Ammangi (ThirukkaNNapuram Nampi) are other shining examples of illustrious Sri Vaishnava Bhagavathais, who spread the darsanam of Sri RaamAnujA. Ammangi, another disciple of AlavandhAr is the one, who instructed AchArya RaamAnuja with the five pointers of proper code of conduct for a Sri Vaishnava Achaarya as she (?)Learnt it from her Acharya, Alavandar These five codes of conduct are deep in meaning and are like aphorisms for us to reflect as well even today. The most merciful AchArya, Sri RaamAnujA was very receptive to great Bhaagavathais and their upadEsa vAkhyams as well. His respect for his AchArya pathnis is legendary.
Our most merciful AchArya Sri RaamAnuja was visiting at one time ThirukkOLur, the birth place of Madhura Kavi AzhwAr. He met a young girl there, who came to offer her praNAmams and entered into a conversation with her. He was so delighted with this girl's divya Prabhandha Jn~Anam that he blessed her and her family. Our AchAryAs follow that way of life and care equally for the spiritual well being of our men, WOMEN and the entire family.
Lit from those lamps, our women persevere joyously with the steady diffusion / dissemination process by personal code of conduct and serve as the Sheet Anchor for our SampradhAyam. They tend to their other duties and continue today at India and the distant households in America through the efforts of the organizers of NaamA Sathsangams at Dallas, Denver, Singapore and elsewhere. May those efforts grow and flourish !
Rg Veda manthrams that came our way through the intercession of great RishikAs or the women manthra drushtAs
A)The first and foremost set of manthrAs of Rg Vedam from this perspective is the manthrams housed in the 10th Canto of Rg Vedam dealing with the Marriage Ceremony. Sri VilliputthuR ANDAL transformed them into Sundara Tamil in Her NaacchiyAr Thirumozhi ( VaraNamAyiram Paasurams).
The manthra dhrashtA of Rg Vedam's 10th canto, soktham 85 most appropriately is a Rishi pathni by the name Saavithri SooryA. This 85th Sooktham has 47 manthrams, number of which are used in the different phases of Hindu Marriage Ceremony.
I will focus on these important manthrAs first which houses the prayer and the vision of the RishikA as revealed to her as instructions from the Veda Purushan.
The first manthram of 10. 85 is a profound one:
satyEnOtthabbhithA Bhumi: SooryENOtthbhithA Dhyau:
R*thEnAdhithyasthishtanthi divi sOmO adhi sritha:
Rg Vedam: X. 85. 1
(Meaning): Our Earth is upheld by truth, heaven is upheld by the Sun; the solar regions are supported by the eternal laws (r*tham); the elixir of divine love reigns supreme in heaven.
The 27th manthram distills the thoughts housed in the previous posting of this two part series:
iha priyam prajayA --- vadhAta:
Rg Vedam : X. 85. 27
(Meaning): In this new family of your husband,May you be happy and prosperous along with your off springs. Be watchful over your domestic duties in this house. May you unite your person with your lord, your husband; thus may you both,growing in age together, manage your household affairs according to gruhasthAsrama rules.
Rg Vedam: X. 85. 33
SumangalIriyam VadhUrimAm samEtha pasyatha
SoubhAgyamasya dhathvAyathasthAm vi parEtana
(Meaning); blessed indeed is this bride; come one, come all of you; meet, behold and bless her. Convey to her your felicitations and then RETURN to your homes.
Rg Vedam: X. 36
(Meaning); I accept your hand for good fortune, that you attain old age with me as your husband. Our Lord of grace, cosmic orders, creation and wisdom has given you (purandhi) to me that I may be the yajamaanan of a household to practice our assigned dharmAs.
Rg Vedam X. 85. 42
May you both reside here together; may you both never be separated; may you live together all your lives sporting with sons and grandsons; and thus rejoice in your own home.
Rg Vedam X. 85. 43
May the supreme power grant us progeny, may the ordained unite us together until old age. May that protector free us from evils, may you the bride enter your husband's household and be the bringer of prosperity to our bipeds and quadrupeds.
Rg Veda manthram: X. 85. 44
O Bride! May you never look your husband with an evil eye; never be hostile to him; be tender to animals (sivA pasubhya :); may you ever be amiable and cheerful; may you fulfill one of your roles as the mother of brave children, loving to the divine powers, be the grantor of happiness, and usher prosperity to our bipeds and quadrupeds (dhvipadhE sam chathushpadhE).
Rg Veda manthram: X. 85. 45
O Generous Lord! Make the bride blessed with children! Make her blessed with fortune! Give her ten sons; and then her husband becomes the eleventh one (son) (dasAsyAm puthrAn dEhi pathimEkAdasam krudhi).
Rg Vedam X. 85. 46
Be a sovereign to your father-in-law; be a queen to your mother-in-law; be a queen to your husband's sister, be a queen to your husband's brothers (SamrA~Jni svasurE bhava; samrA~jni svasravam bhava; nanAndhAri samra~jni bhava;samrA~jni adhi dEvrushu)
Rg Vedam X. 85. 47
"May the entire assembly of the invited guests unite the hearts of both of us; may we be calm and united like the mixed waters. May we be united like the vital breaths; may both of us be in unison like the Creator and His creation; may we be one like the preceptor and his disciple; may we be loving to each other!"
B. Indrasnusha Vasukra-pathni Sooktham
Another illustrious RishikA is Vasukrapathni, who has given us Rg Vedam X. 28. 1, 6, 8, 10 and 11).
The First manthram is set as the invocation of the Goddess of Dawn (to her supreme Lord) in a symbolic way:
(Meaning): Now all other divine forces accept you (including the Sun) have arrived, but you, the Sovereign Lord, my sire-in-law has not arrived; may Thou accept my oblations of parched grains and the elixir(SomA) and return home fully satisfied. (Rg Vedam X. 28. 1)
The 1oth and the 11th manthrams are glorious tributes to the power of Gayathri by this RishikA:
"The gloriously shining Self (sEshi) is thirsty for the divine elixir, as a thirsty buffalo for water. For this, Yajamaanan, the sEsha soul, invokes Gayathri metre, which becomes a she-hawk and fastens her claw in the divine realm, just as a lioness confined in a cage places one foot over the other (X. 85. 10).
Gayathri without difficulty brings the divine elixir, which is enjoyed by the Self, and whatever is left over is shared by the sense organs. With the help of this elixir, the enemies (the aasura svabhAvam) are retaliated and finally destroyed "(X. 85. 11).
C. RishikA ApAlA: A Human Prayer
The Fourth manthram of Rg Vedam 8. 91 is symbolic and humorous at the same time. There is a lot of legend going with this. Apala is a maiden - Rishika desirous of marrying the beautiful prince SomA and the 7th manthram of this Sooktham is used in Hindu marriages even today during mangala snanaam for the bride for ceremonial cleansing. Here we will focus on the Fourth manthram of X. 91.
Rg Vedam VIII. 91. 4: Dream & Prayer of a Wedding-ready Maiden
Kuvicchath kuvith karath-- samgamAmahE
(Meaning): May the Lord of illustrious luster and glory bless us, the family to be powerful. May He Make us (the family and the future husband)) wealthier repeatedly. May He support us and work for us (in our favor). may he unite me with my (future) husband, who has been indifferent (as a courtier), unconcerned and unfriendly with me so far !
D. RishikA VisvavarA, Agni DEvathA, Four Metres
This Lady Seer is a great poet as well. She sets her Six manthrAs of Rg Vedam Canto 5. 28 in four different metres( Tr*shtup, JagathI, Anushtup and GayathrI chandas).
The name VisvavarA according to Sayana (Vedic commentator: Saayana Bhaashyam) relates to one who repels all sins. She belongs also to the family of Sage Athri. She is conducting a Vedic ceremony, which we would think today would have been the domain of the male seers. Not so! She is invoked with the Ladle in hand transporting the Soma rasam. So much goes for the legend about women subdued/inferior role in YaaagAs. She specifically prays for the concordance of relations between men and women through their complimentary roles to perform assigned tasks (the opposite of male chauvinism!).
We will study the first two manthrams of X. 28 here.
Rg Vedam : X. 28. 1(Tr*shtup metre)
SammiddhO agnir dhivi-- havishA gruthAchI
(Meaning): The incomparable glory of the revered Lord, when enkindled spread its luster throughout the firmamnet, and shines far and wide and transforms itself into the supreme light of divine intelligence. Eastward the ladle! Let knowledge that repels all sins and worries proceed to advance! Let that diffusion of knowledge honor the nature's bounties with reverence and oblations!
Rg Vedam X. 28. 2: JagathI metre
SamidhyamAnO amruthasya rAjasi-dhatta ithputhra:
(Meaning): O Revered Lord! Whilst your glory is eulogized, you are recognized as the king of immortals. You take total care of the offered of the havis (oblation) for his well being. He, whom You favor, acquires universal wealth; he sets before You, O Lord, the gifts that (Your) guests may claim.
On this note of moving salutation to the Lord eulogizing His glories by the RishikA VisvavarA, I conclude this set of two postings on the important and nourishing role of Women in the Vaithika Mathams like Sri VaishNavam, where every thing is rooted in the Ubhaya Vedams.
NamO Veda NaarAyaNAya,
BOMBAY, INDIA, May 27, 2006: As this city of 16 million becomes the cosmopolitan main nerve of a booming Indian economy, real estate is increasingly intersecting with cuisine. More middle-class Indians are moving in, more of them are vegetarian, and the law is on their side. "Some people are very strict. They won't sell to a non-vegetarian even if he offers a higher price than a vegetarian," said real estate broker Norbert Pinto. Vegetarianism is a centuries-old custom among Hindus, Jains and others in India. The government estimates India has some 220 million vegetarians, more than anywhere else in the world. "Veg or non-veg?" is heard in restaurants, at dinner parties and on airlines. And the question has long been an unwritten part of the interrogation to which house hunters must submit. But it's becoming more open, and the effects more noticeable, all the more so in Bombay, which attracts immigrants from Gujarat and Rajasthan, strongly vegetarian states, as well as followers of the Jain religion. In constitutionally secular India, there's no bar to forming a housing society and making an apartment block exclusively Catholic or Muslim, Hindu or Zoroastrian. Vegetarians say they too need segregation. Rejected home seekers have mounted a slew of court challenges to the power of housing societies to discriminate, but last year India's highest tribunal ruled the practice legal.
Courtesy of Hinduism today
INDIA 100% VEGGIE
Meat eaters are increasingly unwelcome in upscale Bombay housing
BY RAMOLA TALWAR BADAM
BOMBAY, India - Never mind pets, smokers or loud music at 2 a.m. House hunters in Bombay increasingly are being asked: ``Do you eat meat?''
If yes, the deal is off.
As this city of 16 million becomes the cosmopolitan main nerve of a booming Indian economy, real estate is increasingly intersecting with cuisine. More middle-class Indians are moving in, more of them are vegetarian, and the law is on their side.
''Some people are very strict. They won't sell to a nonvegetarian even if he offers a higher price than a vegetarian,'' said real estate broker Norbert Pinto.
Vegetarianism is a centuries-old custom among Hindus, Jains and others in India. The government reckons India has some 220 million vegetarians, more than anywhere else in the world.
''Veg or non-veg?'' is heard constantly in restaurants, at dinner parties and on airlines. And the question has long been an unwritten part of the interrogation to which house hunters must submit.
But it's becoming more open, and the effects more noticeable, all the more so in Bombay, which attracts immigrants from Gujarat and Rajasthan,
strongly vegetarian states, as well as followers of the Jain religion.
In constitutionally secular India, there's no bar to forming a housing society and making an apartment block exclusively Catholic or Muslim, Hindu or Zoroastrian.
Vegetarians say they too need segregation.
''I live in a cosmopolitan society,'' said Jayantilal Jain, trustee of a charity group. ``But vegetarians should be given the right to admit who they want.''
Rejected home seekers have mounted a slew of court challenges to the power of housing societies to discriminate, but last year India's highest tribunal ruled the practice legal.
''It's just not fair. It's a monopoly by vegetarians,'' said Kiran Tal-war, 49, a prosthetics engineer who has seen vegetarianism take over restaurants and groceries all over his childhood neighborhood on posh Nepeansea Road.
''If you step out to eat, there's nothing for miles because everything around is veggie,'' he said.
Suburban supermarkets have been known to dump their non-veg foods overnight because of complaints from shoppers.
''We cleared our shelves of tuna tins and frozen chicken. We don't keep any nonvegetarian items now,'' said Neelam Ahuja, owner of the K-value supermarket. ``Many customers don't like non-veg, so we stopped stocking it.''
K-value took the action even though it's in a heavily Christian neighborhood, and Christians in India aren't known to have particularly many vegetarians among them.
While Indians are accustomed to housing societies demarcated by religion, separation by diet has meat-eaters worried. Bombay likes to think of itself as a city wide open to the world, and some worry that the vegetarian tide goes against that trend.
Vikramaditya Ugra, a young Bombay banker in search of an apartment, said vegetarian colonies were fine in neighboring Gujarat, a state dominated by vegetarians. ''That's in tune with local sensitivity,'' he said.
``But to impose this restriction is not right in a cosmopolitan city like Bombay.''
Ravi Bhandari, a 68-year-old retired businessman, said he tried to lease his apartment to an Indian oil company but the housing society bluntly nixed the deal.
''They said the first tenant is vegetarian, but who knows who will replace him?'' said Bhandari, himself a vegetarian who confesses that he had a soft spot for chicken in his youth. ``I respect their concerns, so I didn't lease my flat.''
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by V SUNDARAM
'The Christian God is cruel, vindictive, capricious and unjust'
-President Thomas Jefferson
'Missionaries are perfect nuisances and leave every place worse than they found it'. -Charles Dickens.
Pope Benedict XVI hails from the land of Hitler and Nazidom. He is now living in a country which produced another great man of compassion like Benito Mussolini. It is not therefore surprising that he has warned the government and the people of India on the question of enactment of laws against conversion by duly constituted authorities under the law in India. By virtue of the fact that a woman from the country where Vatican is located happens to be temporarily in a position of supreme and unchallenged strength and power in India today like that of Queen Elizabeth I, Pope Benedict XVI seems to have derived the ballast power to come out with the following statement: 'the disturbing signs of religious intolerance which have troubled some regions in the nation (India), including the reprehensible attempt to legislate clearly discriminatory restrictions on the fundamental right of religious freedom, must be firmly rejected'.
Henry VIII in order to marry the woman of his choice called Anne Boleyn divorced his catholic wife Catherine of Aragon from Spain. He took this extraordinary decision after he had failed to persuade the Pope to give his consent to marry Anne Boleyn. Not only did he marry Anne Boleyn, but also broke away from the Church in Rome because he could not put up with the tyrannical authoritarianism of the Pope and his blatant interference in what Henry VIII considered a personal matter. Thus was born the 'Anglican Church' in England. This was almost a few years later than Martin Luther declared his independence from the authority of the Pope in Germany in 1519.
Pope Benedict XVI seems to be under the mistaken impression that he is living in 16th century Europe, if not England. He seems to think that he can control the duly elected President of India, even as the Pope in the 16th century tried to control Henry VIII with catastrophic consequences for the Catholic papacy and ludicrous consequences for the Church in England.
I am very amused by what Pope Benedict XVI has described as 'religious intolerance' in India. The record of Christianity in India in the field of tolerance and compassion is well-known. I would like to give a few 'snap shots' from certain moments in the history of Hindu-Christian encounters in India. Coming to facts of history, the first encounter between Hinduism and Christianity took place not in India, but in those parts of West Asia, North Africa and Southern Europe which comprised the Roman Empire at the dawn of the Christian era. There is evidence, archeological as well as literary, that Hinduism had made its presence felt in Graeco-Roman Religions and philosophies long before Jesus was born. It was widely believed in the ancient Western world that the Greeks had learnt their wisdom from the Brahmanas of India. Evidence of Hindu colonies in some leading cities of the Roman Empire is also available. Hindu temples had come up wherever Hindu merchants and traders ! had established their colonies. Christianity did not fail to notice this Hindu presence as soon as it became a force in the Roman Empire. We find Saint Hippolytus attacking the Brahmanas as a source of heresy as early as the first quarter of the 3rd century.
Right from the very early days of Christianity, Hindu Temples were viewed by the Christian Priests as the most vibrant and visible symbols of what they called 'Brahmana Religion'. They became targets of Christian attack like all other Pagan temples. To quote Dr R C Majumdar, the eminent historian: 'According to the Syrian writer Zenob, there was an Indian colony in the Canton of Taron on the upper Euphrates, to the west of Lake Van, as early as the 2nd century B.C. The Indians had built two temples containing images of Gods about 18 to 22 feet high. When about A.D. 304, St. Gregory came to destroy these images, he was strngly opposed by the Hindus. But he defeated them and smashed the images, thus anticipating the iconoclastic zeal of Mahmud of Gazini'.
Historians of the Roman Empire have documented the large scale destruction of thousands of Pagan temples by Christianity from the 4th century onwards. According to Majumdar it cannot be ruled out that many of these temples were places of Hindu worship. The word 'Pagan' is a comprehensive term in Christian parlance and covers a large variety of religious and cultural expressions which are non-Christian in character.
The next important encounter
between Hinduism and Christianity commenced with the coming of Christian
missionaries to Malabar after Vasco da Gama found his way to Calicut in
A.D. 1498. It took a serious turn in A.D. 1542 when Francis Xavier, started
his inquisition in India.
The proceedings have been preserved by the Christian participants. They make the most painful reading in the history of Christianity in India.
Fancis Xavier had come with the firm resolve of 'uprooting Paganism from soil of India and planting Christianity in its place. His ayings and doings have been documented in many biographies and cited by every historian of the Portuguese period in the history of India.
Francis Xavier came to the conclusion that Hindus are an 'unholy race and they are liars and cheats to the very backbone. The Indians being black themselves, consider their own colour the best. They believe that their gods are black. On this account the great majority of their idols are as black as black can be, and moreover are generally so rubbed over with oil as to smell detestably, and seem to be as dirty as they are ugly and horrible to look at.' So much for Francis Xavier's civilized and humane tolerance of the Hindus. He wrote to Rome to install inquisition in Goa immediately and it all started in an organized way in 1560 and continued till 1812.
In 1560 Viceroy's building in Goa was modified to become the 'palace of inquisition' with 200 cells with residence of the first inquisitor, house of secret, house of doctrine, any number of cells, and other special ones: of secret, of penitence; of perpetual confinement; of the tortures etc. Those officially responsible for inquisition were endowed with powers higher than those of Viceroys. I would like to present below a summarized calendar of events under the umbrella of Inquisition from 1560 to 1812.
Apr-2 1560: Viceroy D Constantine de Braganca ordered that all Brahmins should be thrown out of Goa and other areas under Portuguese control.
Feb-7 1575: Governor Antonio Morez Barreto, issued orders that the properties of those Hindus whose 'presence was prejudicial to Christianity' should be confiscated.
1585: The Third Concilio Provincial adopted a resolution asking the king of Portugal to banish from Goa 'the Brahmins, physicians and other infidels' whom the Church finds as an obstacle to convert the 'the heathens' to the 'only true faith'.
Jan-31, 1620: Portuguese government ordered that '...no Hindu, of whatever nationality or status he may be, can or shall perform marriages in this city of Goa, nor in the islands or adjacent territories of His Majesty...'
1625: Governor Francisco Barreto, issued orders to 'bar Hindus from seeking employment' in the Portuguese held Indian territory and Portuguese officials were ordered not to 'use the services of any infidel in matters of his office anyway'
To quote from the pages of
Joao Felix Pereira (19th century) in Historia de Portugal, '..This Portuguese
inquisition, this tribunal of fire, thrown on the surface of the globe
for the scourge of humanity, this horrible institution, which will eternally
cover with shame its authors, fixed its brutal domicile in the fertile
plains of the Hindustan.
On seeing the monster everyone fled and disappeared, Moguls, Arabs, Persians, Armenians, and Jews. The Indians even, more tolerant and pacific, were astounded to see the God of Christianism more cruel than that of Mohammed, deserted the territory of the Portuguese...'
Hitler and his compassionate men, cleverly connived at if not guided by the Pope in Rome from 1940 to 1945, exterminated the Jews in Europe in a cold-blooded manner. But perhaps Hitler got his seminal
ideas from the Portuguese pirates who were responsible for the Holy
Inquisition against the Hindus in Goa from 1560 to 1812. Portuguese Judges Magalhaes and Lousada in Vol 2 of their Annaes Maritimos e Coloniais have given a graphic account of Portuguese Catholic cruelty, bestiality, brutality, inhumanity and savagery: '...The terrors inflicted on pregnant women made them abort....Neither the beauty or decorousness of the flower of youth, nor the old age, so worthy of compassion in a woman, exempted the weaker sex from the brutal ferocity of the supposed defenders of the religion. There were days when seven or eight were submitted to torture. These scenes were reserved for the inquisitors after dinner.
It was a post-prandial entertainment.'
The Goan inquisition is regarded by all contemporary portrayals as the most violent inquisition ever executed by the Portuguese Catholic Church. It lasted from 1560 to 1812 though in Europe it ended by 1774. Historian Alfredo De Mello has described the Directors of Goan Inquisition as 'nefarious, fiendish, lustful, corrupt religious orders which pounced on Goa for the purpose of destroying paganism and introducing the true religion of Christ'.
This story presented by me of the Roman Church's record of organised cruelty in India during the last 2000 years, is not an end; not even the beginning of the end, but only the end of the beginning.
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How much do you make an hour, daddy
"'Daddy, how much do you make an hour?' With a timid voice and idolizing eyes, the little boy greeted his father as he returned from work.
"Giving his boy a glaring look, the father said: 'Look, Son, don't bother me now, I'm tired.'
"'But, Daddy, just tell me please! How much do you make an hour?' the boy insisted.
"The father, finally giving up, replied: 'Ten dollars an hour.'
"'Okay, Daddy. Could you loan me five dollars?' the boy asked.
"Showing his restlessness and positively disturbed, the father yelled: 'So that was the reason you asked how much I earn, right? Go to sleep and don't bother me anymore!'
"It was already dark and the father was meditating on what he said and was feeling guilty. Maybe, he thought, his son wanted to buy something. Finally, trying to ease his mind, the father went to his son's room. 'Are you asleep, son?' asked the father.
"'No, Daddy. Why?' replied the boy, partially asleep.
"'Here's the money asked for earlier,' the father said.
"'Thanks, Daddy!' rejoiced the son, while putting his hand under his
pillow and removing some money. 'Now I have enough! Now I have ten
Daddy, could you sell me one hour of your time?'"
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Auckland Veda club.
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yajne cha bhagam amrtayur avavarundha
ayusya vedam anusasty avatirya loke
"The Lord in His incarnation of Dhanvantari very quickly cures the diseases of the ever diseased living entities simply by His fame personified and only because of Him do the demigods achieve long lives. Thus the Personality of Godhead becomes ever glorified. He also exacted a share from the sacrifices, and it is He only who inaugurated the medical science or the knowledge of medicine in the universe." (Srimad Bhagavata Purana 2.7.22 )
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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.
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Making Food Sacred - Offering
our food to Krishna:
....excerpt from lecture by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1-3 -- San Francisco, March 28, 1968
The Vedic literature says like this, that God has no leg, no hand. Therefore the impersonalists take advantage of it. "Oh, here it is stated God has no legs, no hands." But the next line is, javana grhita: "He can accept everything which you offer Him in devotion."
Now how He can accept? If He has no hand, how He can accept things from us? That means He hasn't got a hand like us. His hand is different. Therefore even though He is situated in the spiritual world, which is far, far away from us, still, He says in the Bhagavad-gita, it is said,
patram puspam phalam toyam
yo me bhaktya prayacchati
tad aham bhakty-upahrtam
Krsna says that "A little flower or little water or a little leaf, whatever My devotee offers Me in love and devotion, I accept it." And tad aham bhakty-upahrtam. "And because he has brought it with great devotion, therefore I eat." Tad aham bhakty-upahrtam asnami. Asnami means "I eat." Now you can say, "All right, I'll offer these fruits and flower to God, but it is the same. It is remaining. How He is eating?" But His eating is not like my eating, because He hasn't got a body like this. This body is material. If you bring me a plate of fruits, this body immediately swallows it. But He has got spiritual body. He eats... Simply as soon as He knows that you have offered it in devotion, He eats immediately.
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Panihati Chida-Dadhi Pots
Clay pots (or halved small coconuts), 2 per person
Banana Leaves, As needed
Chipped Rice (chida), 8 Cups
Milk, 1 Gallon
Heavy Cream, 1 Pint
Yoghurt (dadhi), 2-1/2 Quarts (10 Cups)
Sugar, 7 Cups
Bananas, just ripe, 15
Ghee, 4 Tablespoons
Camphor, Two Pinches
Nutmeg, powder, 1/8 Teaspoon
Cinnamon, powder, 1/8 Teaspoon
Cardamom, 1/4 Teaspoon
Clay pots can be gotten at many Indian grocery stores today. Most are meant for puja, so they’re not necessarily ‘food grade’. If needed, you can lightly steam banana leaves to make them pliant, then shape them so they fit nicely as liners in the clay pots. This is particularly helpful if a lot of time will elapse between arranging the chida-dadhi bowls and offering them. If clay pots aren’t available, you can use small coconut shells that have been halved. Shave a little slice off the bottom so they’ll sit flat.
Heat the milk in a heavy bottom pot, then add the chip rice. Let it
soak just long enough to soften, but don’t let it get mushy or begin to
break down. Pour the pot contents through a fine sieve, separating the
rice out and setting aside. Put the milk back in the pot, add the heavy
cream, and continue cooking at a low boil until the volume of milk is reduced
to the desired consistency (1/2 to 1/3 the original volume). When the kheer
is ready, and just before offering, divide the chip rice into two portions.
Blend the sugar, ground nutmeg and cinnamon well with the yoghurt. Thin
slice half the bananas and fold gently into yoghurt. Add ½ the rice
to yoghurt and put in pots, ready to offer. Mix the ghee, sugar, cardamom
and camphor into the kheer. Thin slice the remaining bananas and gently
fold into the kheer. Put in clay pots and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Buttermilk in Leaf Cups
Buttermilk, 1 Pint
Banana Leaves, As needed
Chill the buttermilk. Lightly steam the banana leaves so they’re pliant enough to work with. You can shape the leaf cups in various ways. One way is to make a cone shape, then reinforce the bottom to block the hole. Another way is to criss-cross several rectangular shapes to form an enclosed bottom, then wind pieces around to form the sides of the cup. Since the cup will be holding buttermilk, it needs to pretty watertight. The cups can be fairly small, holding only a few ounces of buttermilk. You can also offer/serve the cups by nestling them down into the Upma. That way, any leakage will only be a good thing. Soft, slightly damp banana leaves crimp nicely. If needed, you can finish off the cup construction with a toothpick to hold pieces together.
Panihati Chida dahi - Gunja-Mala Malpoora
Flour, self-raising, 2-1/8 Cups
Powdered Sugar, 1 Cup
Ghee, For frying
Yoghurt, 5 Cups
Sugar, 3/4 Cup
Red Raspberries, 1-1/2 Cup
Black Raspberries (or Blueberries), 1/2 Cup
Celery Stalks, 6
To make the gunja-mala garlands, carefully strip long threads off the celery stalks and set aside. The threads should be six to eight inches long, and have one end that’s fairly thick or stiff. Gently wash, drain and pat dry ½ cup of each type of berry. Thread the berries onto the celery string, like beads on a necklace, alternating colors as you go. Create garlands just long enough to settle snugly around the fried Malpooras. Tie them off, or double thread one end to hold the circle.
Sift the flour and powdered sugar, and add up to 1-1/4 cups chilled water, as needed, to get a batter that’s thick, but pour-able. Mix in two tablespoons of yoghurt. The batter should cling to your spoon. Set batter aside to rest for 15 minutes, covered. Heat the ghee in a wok or deep pan. Using a tablespoon, put heaping spoonfuls of batter into the hot ghee, frying until they increase in size. Gently roll over, and fry the other side for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove and drain.
Puree remaining 1 cup of the Red Raspberries and force through a sieve. Set the fruit pulp aside for later use in another prep. Add the strained raspberry juice to the yoghurt, add granulated sugar and mix well. Set the fried Malpooras in a serving dish and cover with the yoghurt mixture. Gently place a berry mala on top of each, and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Ganges Curd Upma
Cabbage, 1/2 Head
Brussel Sprouts, 8
Yam, orange, 1 Large
Peas, 1 Cup
Tomatoes, 1 Cup
Semolina, 4 Cups
Water, 7 Cups
Butter, 3/4 Pound
Coriander seeds, 2 Teaspoons
Cumin seeds, 2 Teaspoons
Red Chili flakes, 1 Teaspoon
Asofoetida, 1/2 Teaspoon
Turmeric, 1 Teaspoon
Rosemary, 1/2 Teaspoon
Cinnamon, 1/4 Teaspoon
Nutmeg, 1/8 Teaspoon
Salt, To Taste
Black Pepper, medium grind, 4 Tablespoons
Yoghurt, 4 Cups
Ghee, 2 Tablespoons
Curry leaves, fresh, 6
Coriander powder, 1 Teaspoon
Cumin powder, 1 Teaspoon
Garam Masala, 1 Teaspoon
Coarsely shred the cabbage and chop all the other vegetables into small bits. Chaunce the coriander seeds, cumin seeds, red peppers, and asofoetida. Add all the vegetables and fry until just cooked. Add 2 Tablespoons butter along with turmeric, rosemary, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cook until the cabbage is done, then add all remaining butter and let melt. Next add the semolina and stir well. Should become the consistency of halvah. Stir and cook on medium heat until grains are lightly toasted, to darken a few shades.
Add warm water and bring to a boil. Add salt and black pepper (don’t be shy with the pepper), then the semolina. Continue stirring until all water is absorbed, and lumps are out of the grain. Cover and set aside.
Make a chaunce with curry leaves, coriander and cumin powder and garam masala. Once spices are darkened, add to the yoghurt and blend well. Put a nicely shaped mound of upma in a small dish, pour a stream of yoghurt around the bottom, and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Cracked Urad Dal
Urad dal, cracked, 2 Cups
Water, 10 Cups
Tomatoes, 2 Cups
Turmeric, 1 Teaspoon
Ginger, fresh, 1 Inch
Salt, To taste
Black Pepper, 2 Teaspoons
Cumin seeds, 2 Teaspoons
Anise seeds, 1 Teaspoon
Asofoetida, 1 Teaspoon
Red chilis, flakes, 1/2 Teaspoon
Cook the dal in the usual way, adding chopped tomatoes, turmeric, minced ginger, salt and black pepper to the water. Bring to a slow boil and cook, covered for 4 to 5 hours. Stir occasionally and add ghee or water (scant water) as needed to keep from sticking. Just before offering, make a chaunce with the remaining seeds and spices, and add to dal, mixing well.
Panihati Chida dahi - Banana Chapatis with Orange Cardamom Butter
Whole Wheat Flour, 4 Cups
Bananas, ripe, 2
Milk, As needed
Ghee, 2 Tablespoons
Butter , 1/2 Pound
Cardamom powder, 1/2 Teaspoon
Orange juice, 1 Teaspoon
Orange zest, 2 Tablespoons
Put the flour into a mixing bowl. Mash the banana and add to bowl. Add warm milk, as needed, to the flour and banana and knead it into a dough. Add a tablespoon of ghee to the dough, and knead for 8 minutes or so, until pliant and non-sticky. Cover the dough and let it rest for 15 minutes. Make chapatis in the usual way, rolling dough into balls, heating a griddle or tawa. Roll out balls to flat chapatis, sprinkle a little flour on and re-roll and flatten as needed, because the banana makes the dough sticky. On final roll-out, brush the chapati with ghee then fry until it puffs. Take off griddle and toast over a grill for a moment, then butter and cover until ready to offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Cauliflower & Red Pepper Sabji
Cauliflower, 2 Large
Red Bell Peppers, 4 Large
Cream Cheese, 16 Ounces
Cilantro, 3 Bunches
Black Pepper, coarse ground, 3 Tablespoons
Ghee or Olive Oil, 1/4 Cup
Jaggery, 1/8 Cup
Clean the cauliflower and break down into large florets. Spread out on a baking sheet and coat well with ghee or olive oil (spray or brush on). Put under the broiler and turn the florets every 10 minutes or so, until all sides of the florets are toasty brown (or black-ish). In a heavy bottom pot, put 1/8 cup of water, add the cauliflower, the bell peppers cut into long strips (about ¼” thick), and two or three handfuls of chopped cilantro. Cut the cream cheese into chunks and toss on top, then sprinkle the jaggery. Cover pot and put on low heat for about 2 hours. Stir occasionally to help break the cream cheese up, but try not to break the cauliflower florets apart. Swishing the liquid around the pot, up into the sabji, will also help melt the cream cheese. This sabji can sit and slow cook with almost no attention, and the least stirring the better.
Panihati Chida dahi - Dry Peas and Paneer in Lemon
Chenna, 1-1/2 Pounds
Milk for Chenna, 1 Gallon
Lemon Juice for Chenna, 1/2 Cup
Peas, fresh or frozen, 2 Cups
Sour Cream, 1/2 Cup
Ginger, fresh, 1 Inch
Cumin Seeds, 2 Teaspoons
Curry Leaves, 10
Turmeric, 3/4 Teaspoon
Cayenne, 1/4 Teaspoon
Coriander leaves, fresh, 3 Tablespoons
Salt, To taste
Make chenna in the usual way. Press at heavy weight for 40 minutes. Fry in ghee until crispy and golden. Set aside. Cut all the lemons in half and carefully take a small slice off the bottom so the half will sit evenly, like a cup. Using a melon baller or small sharp knife, remove all the membrane from all the halves, so they’re relatively empty. Turn upside down and set aside.
Make a chaunce with the cumin seeds, then the curry leaves and brown. Add the minced ginger and brown. Add the turmeric, cayenne, and half the coriander leaves, then add the chenna and fry till fully coated, for about 5 minutes with pan covered. Add the peas and sour cream, reduce heat and cook, covered, for another 20 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep from sticking, and cook until all the liquid has evaporated. Stuff each lemon half full of the chenna/pea mixture, sprinkle with a little fresh coriander, and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Rava Idli
Basmati Rice, parboiled, 2 Cups
Urad Dal (black gram), 1 Cup
Salt, To taste
Soak the rice and dal separately for 5 hours. Soak the rice in four cups of water, and the dal in two cups of water. Again separately, drain the dal and blend in a food processor to a fine paste, using scant water as needed. Then do the same for the rice. Now mix the two together into a blended batter. Add salt to taste, cover, and let sit in a warm spot for 8 to 12 hours, to ferment. When ready to cook, gently make balls and flatten between your hands (grease hands with ghee, if needed). Don’t stir the batter, as the air trapped in it makes the idli a nice, fluffy consistency. Steam the idli in a pressure cooker without weight, or in a steamer pot, for 15 to 20 minutes and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Aloo Kerala Fry
Potatoes, white or Yukon, 3 Large
Bitter Melon (kerala), 2 Medium
Ghee, 3 Tablespoons
Cayenne, 1/2 Teaspoon
Horseradish, 1 Teaspoon
Coconut, grated, 2 Tablespoons
Lime Juice, 1/2 Tablespoons
Salt, To taste
Flour, pastry, 2 to 3 Tablespoons
Ghee, For frying
Clean the seeds and membrane out of the bitter melon and slice or dice them. Salt well and let sit under weight for about 20 minutes. Wash all salt off, drain, and pat dry. Peel and boil the potatoes until they’re fork soft. Mash the potatoes just to break down, and mix the bitter melon in. Add all other ingredients except the ghee for frying. Mix well, and form into patties. Put a little ghee in a frying pan and pan fry the patties until reddish-brown on both sides. Remove, drain, and offer.
Stuffed Baby White Eggplant
Baby white eggplant, 15
Almond butter, fresh ground, 4 Cups
Red Chilis, flakes, 1-1/2 Teaspoons
Basil, fresh, 2 Cups
Ginger, 3 Inches
Lemongrass, 5 Stalks
Ghee, 2 Teaspoons
Choose eggplants that are pure white, if possible, about the size and shape of a large egg. Slice in half, leaving the step cap on the top half. Using a small melon baller or spoon, scoop out a small area in the center, about the size of a unshelled walnut. Save the discarded eggplant for later use. Wash the lemongrass, and carefully peel off as many individual leaves as you can, keeping them as intact as possible. This gets difficult the close you peel down to center, but working with 5 stalks, you just need enough to have one leaf for each complete eggplant.
Heat the ghee and fry the red chilis until a little brown. Add the minced ginger and fry until crisp. Chop the fresh basil into small pieces and add, frying for just another minute until soft and flavor has released into the ghee. Remove from heat and add to the almond butter, blending in completely. Use this mixture to fill the hollow spaces in each eggplant half. Don’t overfill, because you’ll want to put the two pieces snugly back together. Hold two halves together (it helps if you match them up as you cut them) and wrap a band of lemongrass around the center cut tightly. Wrap the stuffed eggplant in tin foil, pressing tight to keep the lemongrass in place. Seal the foil closed, but leave the top edges accessible so the bundle is easy to open later. Stand upright in a baking dish and bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for about 40 to 45 minutes. Don’t open the foil until ready to offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Baigan Sarson
Mustard Greens, large leaves, 30
Eggplant, 2 Medium
Mustard seeds, 1-1/2 Teaspoons
Asofoetida, 1 Teaspoon
Cumin powder, 2 Teaspoons
Ginger powder, 1 Teaspoon
Turmeric, 1/2 Teaspoon
Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, 2 Teaspoons
Ghee, For frying
Blanche the mustard greens just enough so they’re pliant to work with. Drain, pat dry, and set aside. Make a chuance with the mustard seeds until they splutter, then add the turmeric and black pepper. Finely dice the eggplant and fry in the chaunce, stirring often, until the eggplant is soft inside and crispy outside. Set aside to cool. Lay the mustard leaves out flat, dab off any extra moisture. Lightly sprinkle with ginger powder on one side only (the ‘up’ side). When eggplant has cooled enough to handle, evenly distribute the eggplant mixture onto each of the leaves. Form the stuffing in a rectangular shape, then roll the leave up around the filling, tucking the corners into make as compact and sealed a bundle as possible, without tear the leaf. Use toothpicks (uncolored) to hold the bundle together. Drop into hot ghee and fry for a few minutes, turning at least once. When the leave has crisped nicely, and before the stuffing begins to escape through any cracks, remove gently with a slotted spoon and drain. Offer hot or at room temperature.
Panihati Chida dahi - Roasted Okra Raita
Okra, fresh, 1 Pound
Chickpea Flour (Besan), 1/2 Cup
Garam Masala, 2 Teaspoons
Cayenne, 1/2 Teaspoon
Coriander powder, 3 Teaspoons
Ghee or olive oil, 3 Tablespoons
Yoghurt, 1-1/2 Cups
Cumin, roasted and ground, 1/2 Tablespoon
Salt, To taste
Black Pepper, 1 Teaspoon
Parsley, fresh, 2 Tablespoons
Cut the fresh okra into 1” pieces. Mix together the besan, garam masala, cayenne and coriander powder. Coat the okra in this spice mixture, then set on a baking sheet, spray with ghee or olive oil, and bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit until brown and crispy. Remove and let cool. Blend together the ground cumin, salt, pepper and yoghurt. Gently fold the okra into the yogurt, sprinkle with parsley, and chill until ready to offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Rhubarb & Dried Cherry Chutney
Rhubarb, fresh, 1 Pound
Green Apple, tart, 1
Dried Cherries, 3/4 Cup
Jaggery, 1-3/4 Cups
Ginger, fresh, 2 Inches
Mustard seeds, yellow, 2 Tablespoons
Salt, 2 Teaspoons
Coriander powder, 2 Teaspoons
Lemon juice, 1 Cup
Corn Syrup, light, 1/8 Cup
Asofoetida, 1/4 Teaspoon
Chop the rhubarb and apple into small pieces. In a heavy bottom pot, combine all ingredients except lemon juice and corn syrup. Heat to a slow boil then reduce to a simmer. Continue cooking, partially covered, for about 30 minutes. Add the lemon juice and corn syrup, stir well, and cook uncovered over medium-high heat for another 20 to 30 minutes, stirring often. Chutney should get thick and somewhat glazed. Remove from heat, let cool for 10 minutes, and offer.
Panihati Chida dahi - Lime Cooler
Sugar, 1-1/2 Cup
Honey, 1-1/2 Cup
Ginger, 3 Inches
Anise, 5 Stars
Mint, fresh, Handful
Zest a dozen of the limes, and set the zest aside. Squeeze the fresh
lime juice and remove all seeds and large bits of membrane. Make a small
bag of clean linen or several layers of cheesecloth, and put the minced
ginger, anise stars and lime zest inside. Mix the lime juice, sugar and
honey together, submerge the spice bag in the liquid, and let sit for 5
or 6 hours. Remove the bag and discard (or use later in another prep).
Put ¼ cup of the lime syrup in an 8 ounce glass (or less, proportionate
to cup size), fill with crushed or cracked ice, and top off the glass with
chilled water. Add a sprig of fresh mint on top and offer.
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Points of View
I don't know if Shel was actually a vegetarian or not, but he did do some pro-veg works like the following:
Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless,
Christmas dinner's dark and blue,
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.
Sunday dinner isn't funny
Easter feasts are just bad luck,
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of the chicken or the duck.
Oh, how I once loved tuna salad,
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops, too,
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.
Shel Silverstein - song writer (he wrote all Dr Hook and medicine show's
A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:
How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:
101 Reasons Why I'm
Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:
Excellent "Meat Substitute"
Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes
Fat-free vegetarian meals:
A lot of inspiring Vegetarian preparations here, some have onion and garlic in,
so replace that with hing or omit that altogether as you see fit, still this page is well worth a serious look for ideas.
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"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
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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.
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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.
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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
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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
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(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
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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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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:
Click on this link to see how really short life is.
sent in by Shyamasundar prabhu ACBSP
CAST: Narrator, Professor, Boatman. PROPS: The professor wears a long coat and hat, small wire-framed glasses and carries a briefcase. In the briefcase is a copy of Srimad Bhagavatam, Canto 1. He also carries an umbrella.
Narrator: Our scene opens on the bank of the Ganges river, opposite to the city of Benares. The professor is in a hurry to cross the Ganges in time for his scheduled lecture as a guest speaker at the prestigious Institute of Futurology.
Professor: (irritated, in a hurry, talking to himself) I can't believe it! The bridge is destroyed from the flood last week! Typically India! Typical, typical! How am I supposed to get across this blasted river now? I simply must be at the university on time! (sees Boatman sitting and mending something) Hey there, you! Tell me, how on earth and heaven is one supposed to get across this river when the bridge is out, huh?
Boatman: (detached) Well, you could take a boat.
Professor: A boat. Not a bad idea. (still irritated) And where might one find a boat under these conditions? No doubt there are thousands of people trying to get boat rides across the river under these conditions!
Boatman: Well, I've got a boat for hire.
Professor: Really? I do say? (feigning indifference) What's your price?
Boatman: One way, or round trip?
Professor: One way.
Boatman: One person?
Professor: One person. (emphasizes words in his impatience)
Boatman: Five rupees, fifty paisa.
Professor: (astonished) Five rupees, fifty paisa!? That's insane! Forget it. I'm not going to pay that much. In my country that's called thievery...
Boatman: As you like. (continues mending) But I don't think you'll find anyone cheaper. That's the price these days. A man has to earn a living to support his family...
Professor: Okay, okay, just show me your boat.
Boatman: Just five minutes and I'll be finished mending this life-jacket.
Professor: No! Let's go now! I'll be late for my appointment at the university. I must deliver a very important lecture... (looks at his watch) ...in exactly one hour.
Boatman: Alright. Here's my boat — please get in, sir.
Professor: (hesitant) Is this boat navigable?
Boatman: Navigable? What does that mean?
Professor: It doesn't leak?
Boatman: No, sir! I've had this same boat for twenty years. No problem!
Professor: (doubtful) Alright. Let's go.
Boatman: (holds out hand, expecting payment. Professor pays him hurriedly) You climb in, please, and I will push off. (Professor climbs in clumsily, forgetting his umbrella) Your umbrella, sir. (Boatman hands him his umbrella)
Professor: Oh yes, thank you. (Boatman pushes off, beginning to row, showing great endeavor) Tell me, boatman, if you don't mind my asking, what is your age?
Boatman: My age? Fifty-two last week.
Professor: Hmmm, fifty-two, and I suppose you have been rowing boats across the Ganges your whole life, eh?
Boatman: That's right.
Professor: Did you ever consider investing in a motorboat?
Boatman: Invest?... Motor...?
Professor: Sure. If you had started saving money when you were young, by now you could have bought a first-class motorboat. Not only would you not have to work so hard in your old age, you could carry a lot more passengers and make a lot more money. And with that extra money you could buy more boats and rent them out... and by now you could be a rich man. Money makes money, they say!
Boatman: (gravely) Hmmm... money... I'm certainly not a rich man, but I get by. And whatever excess money I have, I use for Krishna-seva.
Boatman: Krishna-seva — service to Krishna. Worship of Krishna.Professor: You don't mean to say you belong to that Hare Krishna sect, do you?
Boatman: My family has been worshiping Krishna for generations. I don't know what you mean by "sect." In Bhagavad-Gita Krishna says "bhoktaram yajna tapasam, sarva-loka-mahesvaram" — He says, "I am the Supreme Lord, the Supreme enjoyer of all sacrifices." Therefore I worship Him. I simply accept the statements of Bhagavad-Gita.
Professor: Ach! This religion nonsense! Nothing more than an opiate for the people, if you ask me! It is one thing I have to agree with Karl Marx about: "Religion is the opiate for the people." Have you ever heard of Karl Marx?
Boatman: He is a movie actor, isn't he?
Professor: (turns to audience) Just see! He doesn't know anything! He hasn't the slightest idea about economics, neither for his own economic advancement nor in theory. He has no idea about the great theories of economics, by which this whole world moves! Typically India! (turns to Boatman) I must say, Boatman, 25% of your life is wasted!
Professor: Wasted! Simply wasted.
Boatman: Well, I wouldn't say "wasted." I may not be so well educated as far as book learning in school goes, but every evening I hear stories read by our village brahmanas from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. You have heard of these books, sir?
Professor: Of course, of course — mythology, all my-tho-lo-gy! Just some stories compiled for maintaining a stable and complacent society. As the rest of the world marches onward to greater and greater frontiers of advancement, India hobbles behind, worshipping her "sacred" cows. You probably don't even know that we have landed men on the moon, do you?
Boatman: Yes, someone was telling me about that, but quite frankly, I have my doubts.
Professor: (flabbergasted) DOUBTS!?
Boatman: Yes, doubts. After all, what did they find there? A few rocks, I heard.
Professor: Not "a few rocks" — a LOT of rocks!!!
Boatman: Okay, a lot of rocks. Anyway, according to the Vedic description of the moon, there is much more than rocks to be found there. Actually it is a very beautiful, heavenly place. The people there live for 10,000 years, with each day being equal to our six months. If you ask me, they didn't land on the moon. Maybe some other planet. Anyway, they couldn't stay there, so what is the use?
Professor: (indignant) Use? For advancement of human knowledge, of course! Man has an intrinsic need to explore the vast reaches of the unknown, to leave no stone unturned, as the saying goes.
Boatman: That's alright, but what is the use if you know so much about moon rocks and film stars, but do not know who you are?
Professor: (offended) You think I don't know who I am!? Of course I know who I am! I am the famous, one and only, Professor Swagalot, with degrees in several subjects, including Astro-physical-biology, Political-economic-simplistics, and Ontological-paleo-cryptology. And I've studied so many subjects thoroughly and written hundred of papers and articles and books and I'm so busy with speaking engagements, that I simply have no time...
Boatman: No time to consider who you actually are... after all, that is what human life is for. That is what the Vedas say — the goal of life is to realize who you really are — as an eternal spirit soul...
Professor: Look, Boatman, that's quite enough. And why are you slowing down? It is getting late. Hurry up, for God's sake!
Boatman: Yes, okay. (resumes rowing, singing quietly to himself the Hare Krishna mantra)
Professor: With your cows and Vedas and all that, you don't even believe that we have landed on the moon! Ha! I say 50% of your life is wasted! I... my God, I almost forgot, I have to prepare my address to the Institute of Futurology about human genetic perfection. Where is my notebook? (digs in his briefcase, pulls out Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 1) What is this book? Oh yes, some young lady sold me this book in the New York airport. I told her I wouldn't have time to read it, but she wouldn't take "no" for an answer. (opens book, reads one verse aloud) Hmmm... Sanskrit — very old language... srnvatam sva-kathah krsnah... Ha! Krishna! I thought so! (addresses Boatman) You Krishnas are everywhere! (opens book randomly, reads aloud) "In the revealed scriptures, the ultimate object of knowledge is Sri Krishna, the Personality of Godhead. The purpose of performing sacrifice is to please Him. Yoga is for realizing Him. All fruitive activities are ultimately rewarded by Him only. He is supreme knowledge, and all severe austerities are performed to know Him. Religion (dharma) is rendering loving service unto Him. He is the supreme goal of life." That's 1.2.28 and 29. (forgets himself for a moment)
Boatman: Jai! Haribol, Haribol!
Professor: (resuming attitude of irritated impatience) Oh, no! Again this Krishna! Why me?! Anyway, look here Boatman, just get me across this accursed river, fast!
Boatman: Excuse me, sir, but this river is none other than the sacred mother Ganges, whose waters emanate from the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu. Please don't offend her in that way.
Professor: (exaggerated apology) Oh, I'm so sorry. And I suppose you want to tell me that the water is completely pure, huh? If you only knew how much disease-carrying micro-organisms these rivers in India carry! Sometimes I wonder what is the use of this country at all. After all that the British did for you, you still insist on keeping your antiquated ways. Boatman, tell me what you know about the British colonial time in India.
Boatman: Not a whole lot. I know they came and built railroads all over the place so that many people left the land and went to the cities to work in factories in squalorous, inhumane conditions...
Professor: 75% of your life is wasted! I say there, where did you hear this propaganda? What nonsense. Simply nonsense. If it weren't for the British... Hey, what's going on? (opens his umbrella) It's raining and getting cold and blowing like anything! (a little humble) Boatman, can't you be quicker?
Boatman: I'm trying my best. But the current is very strong. (rows intently, chanting "Jaya Govinda, Jaya Gopal, Keshava Madhava Dina-dayal") The weather is very unpredictable at this time of year. A heavy rainstorm can come at a moment's notice.
Professor: But, but hurry up... (shows panic) This can't be — I have to deliver my lecture on Futurology. Look, I'll even pay you five rupees extra to hurry up!
Boatman: That is all right. I don't think it will help at this point. You can keep your money. (takes off shoes, shirt)
Professor: What are you doing now?
Boatman: Getting ready to swim.
Professor: (panicking, tearful) Swim?! You are going to swim?
Boatman: What else is there to do? (boat capsizes) Excuse me sir, but we'll just have to swim for it now; it's not so far, but... can you swim, by the way?
Boatman: Then 100% of your life is wasted!
Narrator: The life of our unfortunate Professor was not actually 100% wasted. After all, he had read a verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam, heard the Hare Krishna mantra, and even drowned in the sacred Ganga — no doubt freeing him from all sinful reactions of his past misdeeds. As for his so-called advanced learning, we see that it was not sufficient to defend him from the jaws of death. Our simple boatman, on the other hand, despite his lack of book-knowledge on material subjects of so-called advancement, had sufficient knowledge not only to save himself from a physically dangerous situation, but also to bring him to realize the goal of life — going back home, back to Godhead.We urge you to read the books mentioned in this play — the ancient Vedic literatures translated into English by His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. The Srimad-Bhagavatam and the Bhagavad-Gita are available today from the devotees here. Thank you very much.
Two elderly gentlemen from a retirement center were sitting on a bench under a tree when one turns to the other and says, "Slim, I'm 83 years old now, and I'm just full of aches and pains. I know you're about my age. How do you feel?"
Slim says, "I feel just like a newborn baby!"
"Really, like a newborn baby!"
"Yep. No hair, no teeth, and I think I just wet my pants."
....can you put me up for a few days?
....picture this, if this was the yuga dharma !!!!
"No you let go !!!" (.....I'm not attached)
A young man once went to a guru and asked him how he might obtain wisdom.
After some thought, the guru responded,
"To gain wisdom, my son, you must have good judgement."
This response gave the young student something to ponder, but he wasn't wholly satisfied. A few days later he returned to the master and inquired what it would take to attain good judgement, if that was indeed the path to wisdom. Once again, the guru pondered the question, then smiled, saying, "To develop good judgement, you must have a great deal of experience."
For a while this answer mollified the young man's curiosity, but seeds of discontent began to sprout. If he needed experience to acquire good judgement, and good judgement to gain wisdom, how he could get the appropriate experience? Once again he approached the teacher. Without hesitation, the wise man responded, "Oh, that is simple. To get experience, you must exercise a great deal of bad judgement!"
Indian Airlines pilot training school
"Freedom of speech is wonderful - right up there with
the freedom not to listen"
Did you ever wonder?
Air conditioned rail travel on Indian Railways
A True and Sad story......................
Traveling through Spain, my friend Amy and I soaked up the culture,
gorged ourselves on excellent food and, basically, indulged our every whim.
One day, we walked into a shop that had the most gorgeous coats.
As we tried a few on, we noticed the odd looks we were getting from
We didn't know why, until one kind English-speaking patron took pity on us.
"Excuse me," she said, "This is a dry cleaners."
sent in by Annony-the-mouse =.:.=
Two tramps are feeling hungry and go up to a big house to see if they can do a bit of work in exchange for some hot lunch.
The lady at the house directs them around the rear of the house where there's a pile of wood to be chopped for the fire.
She asks them to keep out of the way as she is expecting her friends around for a chat.
Twenty minutes later as the ladies are enjoying a cuppa, movement in
the garden catches their attention
and they see one of the tramps performing cartwheels around the garden.
Impressed, she approaches the second tramp and remarks on his friend's athletic abilities and "Would he like twenty pounds to do some more?"
"Oi!, Tommy," says the first tramp, "This lady's offering twenty quid if you'll chop off another finger!"
.......did you reserve your seat???
We encouraged our 18-year-old daughter to find a job to help pay for her various needs.
One day she came home with five applications, and later that evening we read them.
Under "Previous Employment," she listed "Baby-sitting."
And under "Reason for Leaving" she wrote, "They came home."
The ways of this material world - strange but true
sent in by Pauline Archell-Thompson in the UK
IT computer class in rural Indian school
It was the beginning of term at a primary school in Auckland. The teacher asked the children their names one at a time, and for each to spell their name out loud. When she came to a young Indian boy and asked his name.
"Nursinghaswamy Venkataraman Subramaniyam Iyer" he replied.
"How do you spell that? asked the teacher.
"My mother helps me" said the little boy.
ORPHAN, n. A living person whom death has deprived of the power of filial ingratitude -- a privation appealing with a particular eloquence to all that is sympathetic in human nature. When young the orphan is commonly sent to an asylum, where by careful cultivation of its rudimentary sense of locality it is taught to know its place. It is then instructed in the arts of dependence and servitude and eventually turned loose to prey upon the world as a bootblack or scullery maid.
Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
.......more optical illusions and paradigm twists here:
At a Sunday school class, the teacher's plan was to explore the children's notion of God. She began the lesson with the question, "Timmy, who is God?"
Timmy is six years old. His brow furrowed as he thought about the question
he had been asked.
After a few seconds, a smile came to his face. "God," he said, "is the man who saved the Queen."
A family of moles had been hibernating all winter. One beautiful spring morning, they woke up. The father mole stuck his head out of the hole and looked around. "Mother Mole!" He called back down the hole. "Come up here! I smell honey, fresh made honey!" The mother mole ran up and squeezed in next to him. "That's not honey, that's maple syrup! I smell maple syrup!" The baby mole, still down in the hole, was sulking. "I can't smell anything down here but molasses..."
.....no I just wanna check my e-mail again.....
Money may not be everything, but it sure keeps the Kids writing to you!
One college kid wrote home,
"Dear Folks, I've been worried sick because I haven't heard from you. Please send me A check so I'll know you're okay."
ORTHOGRAPHY, n. The science of spelling by the eye instead of the ear. Advocated with more heat than light by the outmates of every asylum for the insane. They have had to concede a few things since the time of Chaucer, but are none the less hot in defence of those to be conceded hereafter.
A spelling reformer indicted
For fudge was before the court cicted.
The judge said: "Enough --
His candle we'll snough,
And his sepulchre shall not be whicted."
Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
Danger at every step !!!!
Prostate: What causes older men to get up in the wee wee hours of the morning.
I have at long last found out why I can't stay on a diet.
I have metal fillings in my teeth and the magnets that I have on the refrigerator door keep pulling me into the kitchen!!
.......and always remember (don't forget...)
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