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All Calendar entries are explained - Appearance or Disappearance days, festivals, fasts, feasts, etc.
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The coming year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2006-2007
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)
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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."
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(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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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS
Bhagavad Gita: Chapter 5 - Karma-yoga : Action in Krsna Consciousness
sparsan krtva bahir bahyams
caksus caivantare bhruvoh
pranapanau samau krtva
yah sada mukta eva sah
WORD FOR WORD
sparsan--sense objects, such as sound; krtva--keeping; bahih--external; bahyan--unnecessary; caksuh--eyes; ca--also; eva--certainly; antare--between; bhruvoh--the eyebrows; prana-apanau--up-and down-moving air; samau--in suspension; krtva--keeping; nasa-abhyantara--within the nostrils; carinau--blowing; yata--controlled; indriya--senses; manah--mind; buddhih--intelligence; munih--the transcendentalist; moksa--for liberation; parayanah--being so destined; vigata--having discarded; iccha--wishes; bhaya--fear; krodhah--anger; yah--one who; sada--always; muktah--liberated; eva--certainly; sah--he is.
Shutting out all external sense objects, keeping the eyes and vision concentrated between the two eyebrows, suspending the inward and outward breaths within the nostrils, and thus controlling the mind, senses and intelligence, the transcendentalist aiming at liberation becomes free from desire, fear and anger. One who is always in this state is certainly liberated.
PURPORT by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Being engaged in Krsna consciousness, one can immediately understand one's spiritual identity, and then one can understand the Supreme Lord by means of devotional service. When one is well situated in devotional service, one comes to the transcendental position, qualified to feel the presence of the Lord in the sphere of one's activity. This particular position is called liberation in the Supreme.
After explaining the above principles of liberation in the Supreme, the Lord gives instruction to Arjuna as to how one can come to that position by the practice of the mysticism or yoga known as astanga-yoga, which is divisible into an eightfold procedure called yama, niyama, asana, pranayama, pratyahara, dharana, dhyana and samadhi. In the Sixth Chapter the subject of yoga is explicitly detailed, and at the end of the Fifth it is only preliminarily explained. One has to drive out the sense objects such as sound, touch, form, taste and smell by the pratyahara process in yoga, and then keep the vision of the eyes between the two eyebrows and concentrate on the tip of the nose with half-closed lids. There is no benefit in closing the eyes altogether, because then there is every chance of falling asleep. Nor is there benefit in opening the eyes completely, because then there is the hazard of being attracted by sense objects. The breathing movement is restrained within the nostrils by neutralizing the up-moving and down-moving air within the body. By practice of such yoga one is able to gain control over the senses, refrain from outward sense objects, and thus prepare oneself for liberation in the Supreme.
This yoga process helps one become free from all kinds of fear and anger and thus feel the presence of the Supersoul in the transcendental situation. In other words, Krsna consciousness is the easiest process of executing yoga principles. This will be thoroughly explained in the next chapter. A Krsna conscious person, however, being always engaged in devotional service, does not risk losing his senses to some other engagement. This is a better way of controlling the senses than by the astanga-yoga.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Copyright 1983 The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Used with permission.
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May 12th, 1976
Hardly a day goes by without Prabhupada engaging us in some discussion on science, and this morning's walk was no exception. Radhaballabha dasa is visiting from Los Angeles and as we walked along the ocean front he told Srila Prabhupada how his mother was a nurse. She used to tell him that she had seen many people die and that it was very nice; it was very peaceful.
"Your mother is also peaceful?" Prabhupada asked him.
"She's dead!" Radhaballabha replied. He said he had asked her to chant Hare Krsna because she was dying, but she thought she could fight it. She lost the fight.
Sukadeva prabhu tried to argue that death is like sleep, so what is the wrong with dying? Why should we be afraid of death? He said that we will simply go to sleep, it will be very comfortable.
"But after sleep you have to wake up again," Prabhupada countered. "And you have to bark like a dog, 'Give me food, give me food, give me food! Gow! Gow! Gow!' You are awakening like a dog and bark and disturb others. That is your mistake, that you are sleeping forever."
"But if I am going to wake up again, then why should I want to stop it? I go to sleep; I wake up," Sukadeva said.
Prabhupada shook his head. "You are going to wake up like a dog." And he wasn't talking figuratively. "That is the privilege. You sleep for seven months, and then you wake up as a dog. The body is changed. That you do not know. That is ignorance. Die means you sleep as a man and you wake up as a dog."
Prabhupada was willing to give the scientists credit for their achievements but, he said, our protest is that they should not try to say there is no God. But even their achievements are questionable. When Sukadeva asked what kind of programs we should develop to defeat them, Prabhupada replied, "Defeat is that, 'You are scientist. I don't want death. Please stop it.' Ask him. 'I don't want disease. Please stop it.' Then you are scientist. Otherwise I kick on your face!"
He said actually they were not scientists because they cannot explain why a dead body does not grow; they cannot understand why a body changes and what makes it change. But when Bhagavad-gita describes how the soul changes body, they will not accept. They are obstinate just like a dog and cannot be reasoned with.
The first subject matter for science, he told us, is to understand that there is a soul within the body that gives it life. But the modern scientists have avoided this. "Discover this: What is the principle within the body? Real discovery they are not interested. They are bluffing. They are fools and going on as scientific advancement."
He said that as long as they continue with research they cannot claim to be scientists. Research means they are students, neophytes, but they advertise themselves as scientists and mislead people. And we are protesting this he said. "You cannot solve any major problem, so why you are claiming as scientist? Stop this as a gentleman. There is the soul within the body, and when the soul is gone, transferred to another body, it is dead. One who is actually scientist, he is not surprised. He knows the soul has transferred to another body, that's all. That is scientist. We accept Krsna as scientist because He explains. You cannot explain. How can we accept you as scientist? You are rascal."
These discussions are thoroughly enlivening both to us and Srila Prabhupada. Becoming very animated and strong, he immediately gets to the heart of a problem and drives home his points with logic, common sense and an incisive humor until everyone is convinced. As he says, we are perhaps the only ones in the world who can see through the tremendous bluff that passes for knowledge and education nowadays; and this is all simply by his divine grace.
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Pradyumna: Translation: "Then Bhisma, the great valiant grandsire of the Kuru dynasty, the grandfather of the fighters, blew his conchshell very loudly like the sound of a lion, giving Duryodhana joy." [Bg. 1.12]
Prabhupada: So Duryodhana was doubting that "My grandfather, Bhisma, is more affectionately inclined to the other party. So he may not be lenient in fighting." So in order to encourage Duryodhana, tasya sanjanayan harsam. "Don't think that I am lenient. I am strong." Immediately, to encourage him, he blew his conchshell. Nowadays they use bugle. Formerly the conchshells were used by the kings.
And not that in modern days the fighting takes place -- the poor soldiers, they come to fight, and the leaders, they remain in safety place. It is not like that. All of them came out, ksatriya. Bhismadeva came, Duryodhana came, Arjuna came. And face to face, they had to fight. Not that the poor soldiers would fight and they would remain in a secure place, no. So tasya sanjanayan harsam kuru-vrddhah. Kuru-vrddha, the oldest man in the dynasty, Kuru dynasty, pitamaha, he's the grandfather of Arjuna and Duryodhana. The Dhrtarastra's elder uncle, his father's elder brother. He was very old man, brahmacari, and in that old age also, he was taking the risk of fighting. This is ksatriya spirit. Not that only... Dhrtarastra was escaping. Not escaping, because he was physically incapable, blind, therefore he did not come in the battlefield. Otherwise even Bhismadeva, in such old age he also came. This is ksatriya spirit. When there is fight, there is no rest. And fight means "Either the other party should be killed or I shall be killed." Not that without any decision the fighting will be stopped. No, that cannot be. When there is two parties, must be belligerent, one party. So decision is that "Either you kill me or I kill you." Not that without killing... "Without being killed one of us, the fighting cannot be stopped."
Just like Jarasandha was fighting with Bhima. During daytime the fighting was going on, and at night Bhima was a guest of Jarasandha. As guest is honored, respected, all the parties... But during daytime the fighting was going on. And this fighting went on for twenty-eight days. Still, there was no decision. Then Krsna gave hint, Bhimasena, that "Jarasandha has got a defect. He is joined, two bodies joined. So if you bifurcate him, then he will be killed." So later on Bhimasena took that policy, and Jarasandha was killed.
So amongst the ksatriyas when there is fighting, unless one party is killed, the fighting cannot be stopped. This is the Battle of Kuruksetra, to see the history of the former kings and ksatriyas, how they were determined. This is one of the qualifications of ksatriya: not to go away from the fighting. When there is challenge of fighting, immediately a ksatriya would accept. That is ksatriya spirit. Isvara-bhavam ca, and ruling over others. And charitable. These are the symptoms of ksatriya.
They are described in the Bhagavad-gita, brahmana qualification, ksatriya qualification, vaisya qualification, sudra qualification. So... Very nice arrangement, Vedic civilization. Everyone is guided by the superior. The brahmana guides the ksatriyas, the ksatriya guides the vaisyas, and the vaisya employs the sudras. Catur-varnyam maya srstam guna-karma-vibhagasah [Bg. 4.13]. In this way, four divisions of brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, they manage the whole society so nicely. The ksatriyas, as the ksatriya's business was to give protection to the citizens, similarly, vaisya's duty was to give protection to the animals. Krsi-go-raksya-vanijyam vaisya-karma svabhava-jam [Bg. 18.44].
Vaisya, they should engage themselves in agricultural production and giving protection to the cows, especially mentioned, go-raksya. Go-raksya, cow protection, is one of the items of state affairs. And now there is no cow protection. Poor cows, they deliver milk, and later on they become slaughtered. How much sinful the modern society is, and they still want peace and prosperity. That is not possible. The society must be divided -- brahmana, ksatriya, vaisya, sudra -- and they must execute their proper duty. And the vaisyas, they should give protection to the cows. And the sudras, they should work under the direction of the higher three divisions. In this way there will be nice management.
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The attempt is to awaken God consciousness. God is neither Christian nor Hindu nor Muslim. God is God. There may be angles of vision to approach God, but God is one . Therefore our attempt is that you become God conscious. Don't be limited by Christianism or Hinduism or Muhammadanism. So our formula is explained in the Srimad Bhagavatam. We have got the copies there. Sa vai pumsam paro dharmo yato bhaktir adhoksaje: "That is first-class religious system by which the followers become a lover of God." This is the, our formula.
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Bhägavatam Derides Karma and Jïäna
naiñkarmyam apy acyuta-bhäva-varjitaà
na çobhate jïänam alaà niraïjanam
kutaù punaù çaçvad abhadram éçvare
na cärpitaà karma yad apy akäraëam
The freedom from karma or liberation attained through impersonal knowledge is ugly because it is devoid of a conception of the personal absolute. What then is the use of karmic activities? They are painful and inauspicious from beginning to end, and their results are temporary. Of what use is any work if it is not for Kåñëa's pleasure? Merely retiring from work cannot bring about fulfillment. Even liberation, which is free from karma, cannot be considered perfection for it lacks a personal conception of reality. How then, can one expect fulfillment in a life of laborious work which is not done for the satisfaction of Kåñëa? (Srimad Bhägavatam. 1.5.12)
Materialistic Karmic Activities arc Condemned
neha yat karma dharmäya na virägäya
na tértha-pada-seväyai jévann api måto hi saù
Anyone whose work (karma) does not elevate him to religious life (dharma), whose religious life does not lead to renunciation (vairägya) and whose renunciation does not lead to devotional service to the Supreme Lord is counted among the living dead. (Srimad Bhägavatam. 3.23.56)
puàsäà viñvaksena-kathäsu yaù
notpädayed yadi ratià çrama eva hi kevalam
Any religious practices and occupational duties that do not promote attraction for the message of the Personality of Godhead are certainly a useless waste of time. (Srimad Bhägavatam. 1.2.8)
dharmasya hy äpavargyasya närtho
närthasya dharmaikäntasya kämo läbhäya hi småtaù
All dharmas are certainly meant for ultimate liberation. They should never be performed for material gain. Further, according to sages, one engaged in the ultimate occupational duty should never use material gain to cultivate sense gratification. (Srimad Bhägavatam. 1.2.9)
läbho jéveta yävatä
jévasya tattva-jijïäsä närtho yaç ceha karmabhiù
Life's desires should never
be aimed at sensual enjoyment. One should not wish for anything more than
what is needed for self-preservation, because the real purpose of human
life is to inquire after the Absolute Truth. Nothing else should be the
goal of one's works. (Srimad Bhägavatam. 1.2.10)
The Path of Karma is Condemned in the Vedas
plavä hyete adåòhä
añöädaçoktamavaraà yeñu karma
etacchreyo ye' bhinandanti muòhä
jarä-måtyuà te punareväpi yanti
Even the best kinds of karmic sacrifice carefully performed with eighteen priests are unreliable boats for crossing the ocean of material existence. Those deluded souls who take to materialistic forms of sacrifice, thinking that they lead to the highest spiritual gain, are fools who suffer again and again the miseries of birth, death, old age, and disease. (Muëòaka Upaniñad 1.2.7)
svayaà dhéraù paëòitam manyamänäù
jaìghanyamänäù pariyanti müòhä
andhenaiva néyamänä yathändhäù
Thus deluded by ignorance, but thinking themselves to be wise, sober, and learned, such fools, even while suffering the miseries of sense enjoyment, lead other fools into darkness, just as blind men lead other blind men into a ditch. (Muëòaka Upaniñad 1.2.8)
vayaà kåtärthä ity-abhimanyanti bäläù
yat karmiëo na pravedayanti rägät
Deep in the darkness of ignorance,
these fools think, "We have reached the goal". Being attached to karmic
religions they fail to understand the truth. After their piety is exhausted
they fall down to repeated birth and death. (Muëòaka Upaniñad
Without Worshiping Viñëu, Worship of Demigods is Improper
ye 'py anya-devatä-bhaktä
te 'pi mäm eva kaunteya yajanty avidhi-pürvakam
Those who faithfully dedicate themselves to the worship of demigods worship Me indirectly, but their worship is done with improper understanding. (Bhagavad-gétä 9.23)
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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.
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We Still Need Your HELP - Join The Campaign ... Save The Kazkhstan Temple
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From: (Bhakti Bhrnga) Govinda Swami
Date: 20-Apr-06 07:54 (14:54 +0700)
To: Free Forum (Announcements) 
Subject: X all com users
Please accept my humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.
In 1999 the devotees in Kazkhstan purchased a beautiful farm outside of the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan. Since that time substantial strides have been made in creating an agricultural community, a home for many vaisnavas, and the venue for a wonderful summer yearly festival attended by devotees from Central Asia and Russia.
Since October 2004 there have been many attempts from the government of Kazakhstan to push us from this property. This has been done by smear campaigns in the media and ongoing litigation in the courts.
On March 29, 2006 a case was conducted in the Almaty Oblast Court. Prior to issuing the ruling the judge declared that the legal arguments of the government land agency had no substance and that the arguments presented by the advocates representing our society were correct and in accordance to the Kazakhstan legal code.
But after private discussion in their chambers the judges emerged and issued a ruling against our society in which it is stated that the land be confiscated and returned to the government. This ruling was illegal and not based on legislation of the government of Kazakhstan.
We purchased the land at the market value in 1999. In 2004 we privatised the land according to the laws of Kazakhstan in. Since this time the value of this land has increased dramatically. The situation we have is that the powerful government land barons want to eliminate us by any illegal process that they may possess the land, again sell, and make astronomical profit.
We have neither time nor options left. Our last option is the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan, but need-less-to-say, the legal system does not work in this country. It is either a matter of paying for the decision or having a powerful person order the decision.
Thus we are requesting devotees throughout the world to assist us in different ways:
First, we are requesting you to send this letter to all the contacts you have.
Second, we are requesting you to print the following letter and send to the Administration of the President of Kazakhstan requesting him to intervene in this case.
Third, we are requesting you to contact the heads of religious organisations, the foreign ministries in your countries, international human rights agencies, and register an appeal that they will voice concern to the government of Kazakhstan.
And at last, we are humbly requesting that you will all pray that this situation may be reversed and our farm, Sri Vrindavan Dham, will not be stolen by the government of Kazakhstan.
The President of Kazakhstan has gained international respect for having hosted an international religious forum in 2003. Yet, despite the talks of religious equality and openness, he is allowing a religious society to be illegally evicted from their legally acquired property. It is an injustice performed in the name of religious equality.
With affectionate regards,
BB Govinda Swami
To the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Mr. N.A. Nazarbayev
Government palace, Levoberezhye,
Astana, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan.
To the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan
Mr. Nazarbayev N.A.
Akorda, Astana, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan.
President's e-mail: sitePRK@global.kz
Dear President Nazarbayev,
It is with deep regret that we have been informed of your government's attempted confiscation of the land which is owned by the Kazakhstan Society for Krishna Consciousness.
The land has been legally purchased and privatised according to the land codes of Kazakhstan.
But since 2004 there has been ongoing litigation in an attempt by government officials to steal the land where the Kazakhstan Society for Krishna Consciousness has been officially registered, and situated, for the past seven years.
On March 29, 2006 a hearing was conducted in the Almaty Provincial Court.
The judge in charge of the case explained that he had carefully studied the case and that there was no substance in the arguments of the Government Land Committee and District Hakimat.
Yet, when the decision was read it was ruled that the land at issue be returned to the land reserve of Kazakhstan. The decision of the court was enacted due to executive pressure as it violates legislative and procedural rules of the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Mr. President, you want that your fine country come into the rank of the leading nations of the world.
You have shown your open mindedness by conducting your International Religious Forum in 2003. Yet in this case we have a glaring example of a religious society being destroyed by the greed of self motivated officers.
Sir, we are respectfully appealing to you to intervene in this case.
Please stop the abuse and destruction of the one element of Indian religion which is active in your nation.
Please allow these people to live peacefully on their property in accordance to the vision of religious equality that you have presented for the nation of Kazakhstan.
From the GBC Chairman
Dear ISKCON members, Please accept my most humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I want to thank those who are working to help the situation ISKCON is facing in Kazakhstan. Please find at the end of this letter excerpts from some of the messages I’ve received from various parts of the world.
All ISKCON members who haven’t taken any action yet are humbly requested to make this a top priority in their service at present, as it remains crucial that we reach out to our devotee community in Kazakhstan in their hour of need.
I specifically request all GBCs and Temple Presidents to take action and write to me by May 31st, describing what they have done to help our fellow devotees in Kazakhstan:
firstname.lastname@example.org. Hoping this meets you in the best of health.
Your servant, AC Bhaktivaibhava Swami, GBC Chairman
NOTE: the da a little old but the message remains the same to
offer help to the devotees in Kazakhstan
you can see what persistence did below
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.
CALCUTTA, INDIA, June 14, 2006: At Calcutta's Kalighat temple, a young woman in slit denims and silver danglers, stood the mostly traditionally attired crowd waiting for darshan. She couldn't care less as long as she catches a glimpse of Ma Kali. She is representative of the many educated and urban young in West Bengal who are showing signs of a religious bent of mind or a penchant for rituals. So is Deep Banerjee, a 31-year-old doctor, who pasted a stick-on swastika sign on the windscreen of his car for "good luck," like student Rupali Das who wears her green Ganesh T-shirt for luck on exam days while 24-year-old Lipika Bose, a social worker, bows in reverence every time she crosses a temple because she doesn't want to "incur the displeasure of the Deity," "Yes, it is quite true that Bengali youth today is no longer afraid to express their religious self," says Ajoy Kumar Mitra, president of the Kalighat Temple Committee. Swami Ritananda of the Ramakrishna Mission at Golpark in Calcutta points out that the number of young men choosing the life of a hermit is also on the rise.
A snap survey of a small section of the youth conducted by The Telegraph says that eighty-four per cent sought solace in religion while fifty-four per cent said they often visited a place of worship. When Calcutta academic Prasanta Ray was a student of political science in the Sixties, he maintains that they generally were more secular where religion was a source of oppression, a justification for exploitation. However, in recent times, Ray, who has been teaching for 40 years, holds that his students are a lot more religious today than they were earlier.
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com
"It is best, it seems to me, to separate one's inner striving from one's trade as far as possible. It is not good when one's daily break is tied to God's special blessing." -- Albert Einstein
"It may affront the military-minded person to suggest a reqime that does not maintain any military secrets." -- Albert Einstein
"It would be possible to describe everything scientifically, but it would make no sense; it would be without meaning, as if you described a Beethoven symphony as a variation of wave pressure." -- Albert Einstein
"So long as they don't get violent, I want to let everyone say what they wish, for I myself have always said exactly what pleased me." -- Albert Einstein
"Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty." -- Albert Einstein
"Gravity cannot be held responsible for people falling in love." -- Albert Einstein
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"When you sit with a nice girl for two hours, it seems like two minutes. When you sit on a hot stove for two minutes, it seems like two hours that's relativity." -- Albert Einstein
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"He who joyfully marches to music in rank and file has already earned
my contempt. He has been given a large brain by mistake, scince for him
the spinal cord would fully suffice. This disgrace to civilization should
be done away with at once. Heroism at command, senseless brutality, deplorable
love-of-country stance, how violently I hate all this, how despiceable
an ignoreable war is; I would rather be torn to shreds than be a part of
so base an action! It is my conviction that killing under the cloak of
war is nothing but an act of murder." -- Albert Einstein
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"As far as the laws of mathematics refer to reality, they are not certain;
as far as they are certain, they do not refer to reality."
Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein
Sometimes one pays most for the things one gets for nothing. -- Albert Einstein
"If we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research,
- Albert Einstein
"Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen."
- Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein, when asked to describe radio, replied:
"You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."
God doesn't play dice.
-- Albert Einstein
God may be subtle, but He isn't plain mean. -- Albert Einstein
"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." -- Albert Einstein
If A equals success, then the formula is _ A = _ X + _ Y + _ Z. _ X is work. _ Y is play. _ Z is keep your mouth shut. -- Albert Einstein
"If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith."
-- Albert Einstein
Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else
-- unless it is an enemy.
-- Albert Einstein
The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax. -- Albert Einstein
"The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." --Albert Einstein
"If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts." --Albert Einstein
"I never think of the future. It comes soon enough." --Albert Einstein
"Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." --Albert Einstein
"Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish." --Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"The most incomprehensible thing about the world is that it is at all comprehensible." --Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"The release of atomic energy has not created a new problem. It has merely made more urgent the necessity of solving an existing one." --Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war." --Albert Einstein (1879-1955)
"There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing
is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle."
"Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocrities. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence." --Einstein, Albert
"A man's ethical behavior should be based effectually on sympathy, education, and social ties; no religious basis is necessary. Man would indeeded be in a poor way if he had to be restrained by fear of punishment and hope of reward after death." --Einstein, Albert
"What really interests me is whether God had any choice in the creation of the world." --Albert Einstein
"If one studies too zealously, one easily loses his pants." --Albert Einstein
Through the release of atomic energy, our generation has brought into
the world the most revolutionary force since prehistoric man's discovery
of fire. This basic force of the universe cannot be fitted into the outmoded
concept of narrow nationalisms.
For there is no secret and there is no defense; there is no possibility of control except through the aroused understanding and insistence of the peoples of the world. We scientists recognise our inescapable responsibility to carry to our fellow citizens an understanding of atomic energy and its implication for society. In this lies our only security and our only hope - we believe that an informed citizenry will act for life and not for death.
A. Einstein, 1947 d.C.
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THE WHOLE WORLD IS WAITING
The Vedic Theatre Company is being formed to bring the Vedas and Krsna consciousness to the masses in a kinetic and entertaining manner. While there have been many attempts at presenting "Vedic plays" in the past, they were primarily presented as "temple skits." The goal and vision of The Vedic Theatre Company is to create a professional venue for aspiring Vaisnavas to create and take part in Krsna conscious plays that can be performed within as well as outside of the "temple environment."
With this in mind, we would like to eventually create a "travelling theatre sankirtana" or theatre troupe with the long-term goal of presenting these dramas to colleges, Hindu organizations, theatre venues and ISKCON temples worldwide. For the moment, we are only concerned with serious Vedic stories such as "Mahabharata" "Ramayana" "Lord Caitanya" "Srimad-Bhagavatam" and original, innovative Krsna conscious adaptations.
To accomplish this, it is our desire to begin by hearing from interested devotees, and especially the younger, 2nd generation devotees who are interested in acting and theatre.
At this point, we feel a core of 8-10 devotees would be a good start. However, in order to accomplish this, it is necessary to know where the largest base of devotees are who desire to become involved in such an undertaking. This would be primarily in the USA. The location where the greatest concentration of devotee actors are is where the company will begin.
We already have very good plays, some that have never been seen in ISKCON before and more being written. The concept is to concentrate on just 3-4 plays and polish them to be done in repertory. This would also be a great vehicle for book distribution and Sunday feast crowds as well as creating a "Vedic dinner theatre" concept. The idea being, admissions or donations will be accepted thereby making the theatre company self-sustaining.
We would therefore like to hear from serious devotees and benefactors to make this preaching effort a reality. Kindly leave a comment or email me at:
Q. Perhaps I may ask one question: we know Vaisnavas are oceans of mercy and compassion for the suffering jivas, so how can a devotee really be happy in the spiritual world knowing that there are countless living entities suffering horrendously in the stress planets? Spiritual amnesia, out of sight out of mind?
A. That is a thought provoking question. A pure devotee is one who knows that Krishna is everything. Although many pure devotees often are affected by Yoga Maya in seeing Krishna as their lover, friend, etc., ultimately there is an understanding among pure devotees that Krishna is the supreme controller and is doing everything. So the knowledge that Krishna is doing everything possible for the jivas who ultimately must exercise their own free will to go back to Godhead allows them to remain in the spiritual world. Otherwise, the spiritual world would be empty and everyone would be out doing missionary work. Of course we know that some devotees prefer to accompany Krishna in His missionary activities.
There is another point. Ultimately the essence of pure devotion is the pure desire to please Krishna. Krishna Himself makes perfect arrangements to save the fallen souls and assigns a sufficient number of devotees to preach. As I said, since everything depends upon the free will of the conditioned souls, there is, in a sense, a finite amount that can be done for them. Therefore those pure devotees whom Krishna wants to preach feel inspired to preach and will be happy in no other service. Those pure devotees whom Krishna wants to be with Him in the spiritual world can only find happiness in that service since that is Krishna¹s pleasure. Krishna¹s pleasure in retaining pure devotees in the spiritual world is never a selfish desire and never limits, impedes or reduces the practical preaching that goes on in the material world.
Hoping you are well
With best wishes,
Hridayananda das Goswami
Posted in Recent articles at 6:04 pm 4th June 2006 by Krishna Dharma dasa
Last month, after a seven hour debate in which 90 peers spoke, the House of Lords blocked the passage through parliament of the Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill. It seems that controlled euthanasia, or doctor assisted dying, is something that more and more people desire. Lord Joffe, who introduced the bill, cited opinion polls suggesting that as many as 80% of the population are in favour of it.
Invariably the question of euthanasia provokes fierce debate. Those of a religious bent are generally opposed, and indeed on this occasion the three main religious leaders in Britain Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Westminster Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, and Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks issued a joint statement. In a letter to the London Times they said, “We are opposed to this Bill and to any measure that seeks to legalise assisted suicide or euthanasia. We believe that all human life is sacred and God-given with a value that is inherent, not conditional.”
Vedic teachings concord with this statement, although they take it even further by arguing that all life, being a part of the Supreme Lord, is sacred and worthy of protection by the state. Of course, human life is especially valuable as it provides us with the opportunity to cultivate God consciousness. No doubt this was what the honourable religious leaders were thinking.
But it was not only the faithful who opposed the bill. Well aware of the many abuses that might arise if assisted suicide were made legal, doctors also largely stood in opposition, with organisations such as National Council for Palliative Care voicing their disapproval. The secularists and humanists were the most vociferous in its support. Speaking before the Lords debate, Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society, said that if the Bill were blocked it would be a “disgraceful abuse of the democratic process.”
The desire for an early death is of course driven by a wish to end suffering. As Lord Laing said, “Why on earth should we refuse to grant a competent adult their request to receive assistance in dying when suffering unbearably…?” He went on to say, “If after prayer one chooses assisted suicide, that is a personal decision between one’s self and one’s maker and we should bear in mind that God gave us free will.”
Free will for sure, but what are our choices? Basically to follow God’s will or to do what we feel like doing, perhaps based upon our own idea of morality. But by the universal opposition to any form of suicide from all religious quarters it should be plain that all scripture, i.e. all divine direction, forbids it. That may seem unreasonable when we face a situation where a person is dying a slow and painful death, but do we not need to think carefully about the root cause of such suffering? Vedic wisdom tells us that we suffer as a result of our own past acts. There is no shortcut way to avoid this suffering. The only answer is to understand Krishna’s will and follow his directions. These are meant to lead us out of all pain, permanently. Cutting short a painful life will only result in us having to take another birth and live out the rest of our due suffering. Killing the body may even compound our difficulties as it is considered a sinful act. It could be compared with a prisoner trying to escape from jail rather than reforming himself and gaining a proper release.
We are eternal souls and suffering is an ephemeral experience that we should tolerate, while all the time striving to awaken our spiritual consciousness. In that spiritualised state we will no longer identify with the temporary body and its many pains.
Atheists will of course not accept such arguments. For them this life is the all in all and meant for as much pleasure as possible. Naturally then, when such pleasure is no longer possible and there is instead too much suffering, death is contemplated. Lord Desai summed up the atheistic position when he said, “I have no fear of God or the afterlife. I value my life for the pleasure it gives me and I have always liked this Bill because it gives me autonomy.”
But such so-called autonomy is an illusion. We are all under the control of nature and ultimately Krishna, who controls nature. The laws of nature that force us to grow old, become diseased and die are the laws of God. We must follow them, one way or another. As the famous saying goes, “You cannot break God’s laws, but you can break yourself upon them.”
So instead of thinking about suicide as a means to escape our suffering, let’s try our best to understand the Lord’s will and abide by that. Then the heavy doors of this temporary world of misery will swing back and let us out forever.
Humans as Carnivores
Posted by: "Vrndavan Parker" firstname.lastname@example.org vrnparker
Date: Thu Jun 15, 2006 5:28 pm (PDT)
Vijay Ashar <email@example.com> wrote: Date: Fri, 9 Jun 2006
16:16:34 -0700 (PDT)
From: Vijay Ashar <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Rejoice fellow vegetarian Brothers and Sisters for being smarter,
more empathetic and more foresighted than your carnivore brothers. If any
of you are part of any group with a common purpose, please circulate
this revelation amongst your friends. It is also important to remember
the express msg of Bhagavad Gita (Chap. 17) how the type of food (aahaara)
we eat determines the three-fold qualities of our mind (Sattwa, Rajas and
Food for Thought on Whether Human Beings Should be Carnivores
WASHINGTON, May 28, 2006: Writer William Saleton has given readers food for thought on the practice of eating meat. He mentioned the ability of a person to munch away on a burger and then pet the household dog. Psychiatrists call this behavior "cognitive dissonance." Saleton questions whether we really have the right to ignore the habit of eating meat in view of all the evidence that shows animals may be our fellow creatures. He explains, "The case for eating meat is like the case for other traditions: It's natural, it's necessary, and there's nothing wrong with it. But sometimes, we're mistaken. We used to think we were the only creatures that could manipulate grammar, make sophisticated plans or recognize names out of context. In the past month, we've discovered the same skills in birds and dolphins. In recent years, we've learned that crows fashion leaves and metal into tools. Pigeons deceive each other. Rats run mazes in their dreams. Dolphins teach their young to use sponges as protection. Chimps can pick locks. Parrots can work with numbers. Dogs can learn words from context. We thought animals weren't smart enough to deserve protection. It turns out we weren't smart enough to realize they do."
Scientists seem to agree that at one time meat was necessary in the diet for human beings to survive but that was thousands of years ago. Now we know that we can get all the nutrition we need to sustain a healthy body from a vegetarian diet. So Saleton questions why we keep eating meat. He adds, "If we were just beasts, that would end the discussion. But we're not. Evolution didn't stop with our lusts; it started there. Food gave us brainpower. Technology lifted us above survival and gave us time to think. We began to understand the operation of living things, even ourselves. We saw what we were, and we saw what we could be. That's the paradox of humanity: Our aspirations transcend our nature, but they have to respect it. To become what we must become, we have to work with what we are."
In the very same way present society now condemns animal sacrifice, human sacrifice, slavery and the subjugation of women. Saleton points out that at one time this was the norm and that 300 years from now, when our descendants look back at slaughterhouses the way we look back at slavery, they won't remember the benefits to us but they'll want to know whether we saw the moral calling of our age.
Courtesy of Hinduism Today http://www.HinduismToday.com
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Did You Know? Expose:
Max Muller: A paid employee of the British Empire, who translated the Rig Veda in a demeaning style. The hidden duplicity and secret of his life.
Max Muller (1823-1900) German philologist and Orientalist. He was a British agent, especially employed (in 1847) to write the translations of the Vedas in such a demeaning way so that the Hindus should lose faith in them. His personal letter to his wife and mother dated December 9, 1867 reveals this fact.
He was highly paid for this job. He was paid 4 pounds per sheet of his writing which comes to 800 pounds of today (1999). This is an incredibly high price for only one sheet of writing. But the British were in such an imperative need to get someone to do this job and Max Miller was the right person, so they paid whatever Max Muller asked for.
Max Muller's letters dated August 25, 1856, February 26, 1867, and December 16, 1868 reveal the fact that he was desperate to bring Christianity into India so that the religion of the Hindus should be doomed.
His letters also reveal that:
He lived in poverty before he was employed by the British. His duplicity in translation was praised by his superiors, and in London, where he lived, there were a lot of Orientalists working for the British.
To Chevalier Bunsen, 55 St. John Street, Oxford, August 25, 1856, he wrote:
"I should like to live for 10 years quite quietly and learn the language, try to make friends, and then see whether I was fit to take part in a work, by means of which the old mischief of Indian priestcraft could be overthrown and the way opened for the entrance of simple Christian teaching.Whatever finds root in India soon overshadows the whole of Asia."
To the Dean of St. Paul's (Dr. Milman), Stauton House Bournemouth, February 26, 1867, he wrote:
"I have myself the strongest belief in the growth of Christianity in India. There is no country so ripe for Christianity as India, and yet the difficulties seem enormous."
(source: The True History and the Religion of India: A Concise Encycloedia of Authentic Hinduism - By Swami Prakashanand Saraswati p. 268 - 270). For more on Max Muller refer to chapter FirstIndologists and Aryan Invasion Theory).***
As Max Mueller, the propagator of the Aryan invasion theory, wrote to his wife, "It took only 200 years for us to Christianise the whole of Africa, but even after 400 years India eludes us, I have come to realize that it is Sanskrit which has enabled India to do so. And to break it I have decided to learn Sanskrit."
The soul of India lies in Sanskrit. And Lord Macaulay saw to it that the later generations are successfully cut off from their roots.
|(source: Assaulting India's pluralist ethos - by D. Harikumar The Hindu).
For more on refer to chapter on Education in Ancient India).
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Needing Each Other
Have you had the desire to isolate yourself recently? As conflicts arise in the workplace and remain unresolved, we may become convinced that we could work better alone. At times, we may also become convinced that we do not need others in our lives. The following story demonstrates why the exact opposite is true.
A boy was extended an invitation to visit his uncle who was a lumberjack up in the Northwest... His uncle met him at the depot. As the two pursued their way to the lumber camp, the boy was impressed by the enormous size of the trees on every hand. There was a gigantic tree, which he observed standing all alone on top of a small hill. The boy, full of awe, called out excitedly, "Uncle George, look at that big tree! It will make a lot of good lumber, won't it?"
Uncle George slowly shook his head, then replied, "No, son, that tree
will not make a lot of good lumber. It might make a lot of lumber, but
not a lot of good lumber. When a tree grows off by itself, too many branches
grow on it. Those branches produce knots when the tree is cut into lumber.
The best lumber comes when they grow together in groves. The trees also
grow taller and straighter when they grow together." It is so with people.
We become better individuals, more useful timber, when we grow together.
It takes more than one tree to make a forest. When there is a storm, the surrounding trees share the punishing winds, rains, and snow, sometimes affording protection to the trees in the middle. Such is the case with the people with whom we work and live. Their presence can help us grow tall and strong as we grow personally and spiritually.
While there is beauty in the many branches that a solitary tree may spawn, the knotholes may weaken the fiber of the tree just as isolating ourselves from others may weaken us.
Affirmation for the Week:
"I stand tall and strong, secure in the knowledge that the presence of other trees around me makes me even stronger."
Have a week of seeing the forest AND the trees!
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Continuous illness - All medical treatments fail.
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Continuous illness of any member of the family.
Tiredness and weakness like M.E.
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Problems in the construction of new houses, new factory or any other building.
Shortness of money, in spite of hard labour.
No desire to live. Feels suffocated. Life seems useless.
Apathy, no desire to rise In Life.
Achievement of objectives seems impossible.
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Poverty, in spite of hard work.
Mental disorders - Insanity - Craziness.
These are some effects which prove that one is under the spell of the supernatural or black magic.
Even though Intelligent, one still fails to find solutions to such problems.
It is only due to "Black Works" that all your wisdom, all your strategies
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Auckland Veda club.
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Its a simple weekly program thats been running for a few years, at Clubspace,
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The CD includes 8 bhajans and a 12-page booklet with all
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Gurudeva! Kabe Mora Sei Din Habe
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"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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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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South Indian Stuffed Dal Puri
Wheat flour - 1 cup
Blackgram dal (urad) - 1/2 cup
Red chillies - 2 nos
Cumin seeds - 1/2 tsp
Cardamon - 2 nos
Cloves - 2 nos
Cinnamon - 1/2" piece
Water - 1/5th cup
Ghee or Oil To fry
Salt To taste
Rub 1 tsp oil into the wheat flour.
Add 1/2 tsp salt to the what flour. Make a soft dough using small amounts of water.
Set aside the dough for 25 minutes, covered with a wet cloth.
Soak blackgram dal for atleast one hour and grind to a paste adding very little or without any water.
Grind together red chillies, cumin seeds, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon and keep aside.
Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a fry pan. Add the dal paste and the ground masalas, stirring constantly till the dal is fried and the water is absorbed leaving it dry.
Knead and divide the dough into 10 balls.
Make a cup with each ball and fill with the prepared dal mixture. Seal by extending the dough over the filling.
Flatten and roll into a ball, 3" in diametre.
Deep fry in hot oil till golden brown.
Drain and serve hot.
Vege Sausage Whirls
Very similar to the good old sausage roll, but with the inclusion of mashed potato, plus its purely vegetarian, and offered to Krishna too - it has a very unique taste indeed, we have found that devotees and non-devotees (those in the process of realizing they are becoming devotees through Krishna prasadam) all love them!!
450g (16oz) vege sausage mix (see our recipe below)
340g (12oz) self-raising flour
170g (6oz) cooked mashed potato
55g (2oz) butter
1 tsp Hing
2 tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped
handful rosemary, finely chopped
salt and pepper
1. Pre-heat oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6.
2. Rub the butter into the flour, add the rosemary and season. Add the mashed potato and mix thoroughly. Gradually add the milk, to produce a moist, but not sticky dough. Knead the dough gently and allow to rest.
3. Mix the vege sausage mix and hing for the filling.
4. Roll the dough into a large rectangle and spread the filling mixture over evenly. Roll along the long edge similar to a Swiss roll.
5. Cut into slices about ¾ inch thick and place onto an oiled
baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes.
Sausage roll mix
100 grams rolled oats
100 grams milk powder
100 grams TVP crushed (Plain TVP Mince)
100 grams bread crums (now you'll want the bread recipe)
handful sweet basil dried
two handfuls rubbed sage
1 Tbspoon thyme
1 Tbspoon Rosemary dried and rubbed
1 tsp Hing
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp white pepper
Mix all dry ingredients into a bowl, add warm water until mixture forms a thick paste like dough. Let it sit for at least half an hour to an hour, check the consistency. It should be quite dry but a little sticky to touch, and can be easily spread onto pastry, or rolled slightly into sausage rolls in puff pastry
Then it may be cooked in an oven for half an hour at 210 degrees C
Can also be rolled into small balls and placed into soups, or rolled into pate type cakes and cooked into a kofta sauce, or flattened into burgers, yes we've used this one quite a bit. Kids love it especially.
Tofu Goujons with Mustard Sauce
These pakora-like fries deal for a quick snack or you could serve them with French fries (chips) and peas for a lunchtime treat.
Cals: 437, Fat: 32g (per serving)
For the goujons:
1 x 500 grams Tofu
2 tsp thyme leaves
1 tsp lemon juice
5 tsp Olive oil
1 tbsp flour, seasoned
60g (2oz) fresh fine white breadcrumbs
vegetable oil, for frying
For the mustard sauce:
100ml (3½fl oz) creme fraiche or sour cream
1 tsp horseradish sauce
1 tsp Dijon or English mustard
1 tsp course-grain mustard
Note: if you'd rather use paneer - casein than tofu then do it.
1. Put the strips of Tofu in a shallow dish, add the thyme leaves, lemon juice and 3 tsp of the oil and leave to marinate for a couple of hours or, better still, overnight.
2. Put the Tofu in a sieve to drain off the marinade. Toss the Tofu in the seasoned flour, shake off the excess.
3. Add the remaining Olive oil to the batter; dip the Tofu strips into the mixture, then roll them in the breadcrumbs. Place on a plate and chill for 15 minutes.
4. Heat some ghee or vegetable oil, about 5cm (2in) deep, in a deep pan or wok and fry the goujons, a few at a time, for 2-3 minutes until crisp and golden. Drain on kitchen paper.
5. To make the sauce: Mix all the ingredients and serve cold, or warm in a small pan. Serve in a bowl or spoon round the plate.
Scotch Bonnet & Sweet Potato Soup
Chilli fans will adore this creamy coconut based knock-your-socks-off scotch bonnet and sweet potato soup.
1.2kg (2lb 10oz) sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
350g (12oz) plum tomatoes, halved
3 Scotch bonnet peppers, cut in half, (reserve a pinch of chilli seeds to garnish)
3 tbsp Olive oil
1 tea spoon Hing
400ml (14fl oz) canned coconut milk
500ml (17½fl oz) vegetable stock
3 tbsp natural yogurt, to serve
1. Preheat the oven to 220°C/425°F/Gas 7. Put the sweet potatoes, tomatoes and chillies into a large roasting tray and drizzle over the olive oil (it may be best to use two trays to ensure even cooking).
2. Roast for 25-30 minutes, until tender and just coloured.
3. Remove and put in a food processor.
4. Add the coconut milk and half the stock and blend until smooth.
5. Pass through a large sieve directly into a saucepan, add the remaining stock and reheat.
6. Serve topped with a swirl of yogurt and a few crushed chilli seeds, if desired.
Panzanella with avocado
This Vegetarian salad is best made at least an hour in advance so that all the flavours mingle.
Ready In: 20 minutes (Plus 1 hour standing time)
16 cherry tomatoes
extra virgin olive oil
1 cucumber, peeled, halved, seeds scooped out and sliced
4 thick slices bread, cut into 3cm cubes
1 small heart of red cabbage, sliced
1 bunch curly parsley, chopped
1 Tbsp capers
2 Tbsp cider or balsamic vinegar
2 ripe avocados
Heat the oven to 200°C (fanbake). Put the tomatoes on a baking tray with a little olive oil and roast for 10 minutes.
Put the cucumber in a bowl with the tomatoes and bread. Add the red cabbage and parsley, along with the capers, 4 Tbsp olive oil and the vinegar. Season to taste. Mix well, cover and leave to stand for 1 hour.
Just before serving the salad, peel, stone and slice the avocados. Arrange
them on a plate and serve topped with the panzanella.
Apple Pie with Cheddar Crust
Most people love this American favourite, but I've added a little twist and made the pastry with some mild cheddar cheese.
Cals: 316, Fat: 6g (per serving)
For the pastry:
50g (2oz) butter, softened
50g (2oz) ghee, softened
225g (8oz) plain flour
70g (2½oz) mild cheddar cheese, grated (might not find Cheddar in NZ)
(BUT check out the new Basics cheeses @ Woolworths; Edam and Colby 1kg blocks no-animal rennet)
For the filling:
1 tbsp fine semolina
40g (1½oz) Splenda (or other sweetener) (or use good old sugar) plus
2 tsp for sprinkling
1 tsp cinnamon
700g (1lb 9oz) cooking apples, peeled, cored and sliced
700g (1lb 9oz) eating apples, peeled, cored and sliced
a small cup of sugary water made from three parts sugar one part water. This will be a nice sealant and a nice glaze for the topping.
1. To make the pastry, add the butter and ghee to the plain flour and cut through with a round-ended knife until roughly mixed. Use your fingertips to rub the ghee and butter fats in until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in the cheese. Add 3-4 tbsp cold water to turn the mixture to dough. Cover with cling film (food wrap) and chill for 30 minutes.
2. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas 6. Divide the pastry into two and roll out one half to fit a 22cm/ 8in pie dish. Leave the edges to overhang. Sprinkle the semolina over the base.
3. Mix together the Splenda and cinnamon and sprinkle over the apples. Add the cloves and stir. Spoon the apple mixture into the pastry base, pressing down gently to form a dome.
4. Roll out the remaining pastry to fit. Brush the pastry rim with a kittle sugary water and place the lid on top.
Ensure the edges are sealed together and then trim.
Pinch the edges together to make a pattern and use any remaining pastry to make decorative leaves.
Make a small incision in the top of the pie for steam to escape. Brush the top with sugary water and bake for 40-50 minutes until golden and the apple is cooked through (test by carefully inserting a skewer).
5. Sprinkle with Splenda before serving. Can be offered and served hot or cold with custard, ice cream or cream.
Tip: Don't be tempted to open the oven door while baking. The temperature will drop and so might your dish.
Indulge a sweet tooth with these temptingly good banana fritters.
2 ripe bananas, coarsely chopped
750ml/1pt 5fl oz milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
500g/1lb 2oz self-raising flour
1 tsp baking powder
3 tbsp caster (refined granulated) sugar
¼ tsp ground allspice
1 table spoon yogurt
ghee or vegetable oil for deep-frying
icing (confectioners) sugar, to serve
1. Place the yogurt, bananas, milk, vanilla extract, flour, baking powder and sugar in a blender or food processor. Whiz to make a smooth batter with a creamy, pourable consistency (if it is too thick add a little extra milk). Set aside for 10 minutes.
2. Heat the oil in a heavy saucepan or deep fat fryer or wok and carefully fry spoonfuls of the mixture for 3-4 minutes until golden. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain on kitchen towel.
3. Serve with grilled/broiled pineapple, chilli syrup and a good dusting of icing sugar.
The Animal Spirit Newsletter - Issue #2 - 4/21/03-4/27/03
Higher Taste cook book FREE on-line
All the Meatless Pasta preparations
you'd like to prepare:
(some need some adjustment, as they contain onion and garlic)
Different Shapes of pasta:
The Lentil page - very useful all about lentils
and the numerous kinds of lentil
OVER 100 EGGLESS CAKE recipes can be found
on our Main index and
on many other pages at: http://www.hknet.org.nz/great100.zip
Visit our Award winning site - Vegetarianism & Beyond
Interesting articles - information - history - arguments - links............ (been re-vamped)
...in fact everything you want to know about Vegetarianism and Beyond:
... last updated 1st October 2004
Nutrition and Health - vitamins, a balanced
diet, through prasadam:
Vegetarian Update - newsletter from NZ Vegetarian
Socity in Wellington:
Siberian Center for Vedic Culture
tasty vegetarian recipes from Food For Peace by Rambhoru devi dasi.
“If anyone wants to save the planet, all they have to do is just stop eating meat.
That’s the single most important thing you could do. It’s staggering when you think about it.
Vegetarianism takes care of so many things in one shot: ecology, famine, cruelty.”
--Sir Paul McCartney
Check out heaps of information
on Vegetarianism, Prasadam-ism,
download books, Vegetarian Recipe programs, and more.
HUNDREDS OF USEFUL LINKS COMPILED 4 U:
Points of View
I don't know if Shel was actually a vegetarian or not, but he did do some pro-veg works like the following:
Thanksgiving dinner's sad and thankless,
Christmas dinner's dark and blue,
When you stop and try to see it
From the turkey's point of view.
Sunday dinner isn't funny
Easter feasts are just bad luck,
When you see it from the viewpoint
Of the chicken or the duck.
Oh, how I once loved tuna salad,
Pork and lobsters, lamb chops, too,
Till I stopped and looked at dinner
From the dinner's point of view.
Shel Silverstein - song writer (he wrote all Dr Hook and medicine show's
A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:
How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:
101 Reasons Why I'm
Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:
Excellent "Meat Substitute"
Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes
Fat-free vegetarian meals:
A lot of inspiring Vegetarian preparations here, some have onion and garlic in,
so replace that with hing or omit that altogether as you see fit, still this page is well worth a serious look for ideas.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR ANYTHING IN PARTICULAR - LET ME KNOW...!
"You Mean That's in theBible"
- expose on meat eating:
Religious Stands on Vegetarianism
Christianity - Bible - Book of Morman - 7th Day Adventist
From World Vegetarian Awareness Month 2004
- 2005 newsletters
- oxymoron of the yuga:
Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply.
May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers!
Rig Veda Samhita 10.37.11.
Download one of Bhakti Rasa prabhu's songs
"Don't Eat Your Friends" (It Ain't Nice)
and visit Bhakti Rasa prabhu's site:
Check out Kurma prabhu's new web-site:
check out what he's doing during October 2004
Cooking with Kurma Videos to purchase:
Jesus was a vegetarian video for sale:
Healthy Wealthy and Wise video for sale:
Award-winning video on the science of vegetarianism, featuring important nutritionists, economists and celebrities. This film, produced by ITV, is used by the Vegetarian Society and other organizations to demonstrate the common sense of vegetarianism and non-violence. "Sacred Cow: Pagan Ritual or Cultural Wisdom?" explores the economical, social and ethical aspects of cow protection in Vedic society and today. In "It Is Written," TV celebrity and Seventh Day Adventist Pastor George Vandemann presents a touching explanation of Biblical injunctions on vegetarianism. "In Vegetarina Cuisine for the Athlete," tennis pro Peter Burwash and Nancy Rossi make vegetarian scrambled "eggs", lasagna, soups & more. Delicious! Color, 115 minutes. Also available in VHS and VHS-PAL. PAL version is for most VHS players outside the US and Canada.
Natural Nirvana Vegan, Vegetarian & Spiritual
XMAS Recipes @
We wish you a Vege Xmas...and a Hari new year.
Wellington Vegetarian Society'
You'll also notice that we have a book sale of our Living a Good Life book, and it is ideal for vegetarian families - it covers pregnancy, childcare and the teen years, not to mention adults and the elderly. We've just reprinted more copies as a result of recent demand, and these are selling well, with the proceeds going to vegetarian products including a farm animal sanctuary down our way.
The book "Living a Good Life" normally selling at $21.95 is now going at the $14.95 price, .http://vegsoc.wellington.net.nz/livingGd.htm
Auckland's New Zealand Vegetarian Society
....has a myriad of excellent books for sale on vegetarianism
see their mention on our 2004 events
Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly
Restaurants throughout New Zealand
Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan
Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan
According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.
See more details HERE
McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:
Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Food Additives
ANIMAL-DERIVED FOOD ADDITIVES LIST - AUS
Questions About Food Ingredients - US
Confusing food labels - UK
Meet your Meat FREECDRoms
This is a must for those who live in the illusion of animal killing is somehow acceptable or humane.
I have converted the "Meet your Meat" video into a CD rom & will send a copy of it for free to anyone with a Cd burner & a pledge to make at least 4 copies to give to their meat eating friends.
Meet your meat - shocking live footage of the
TRUTH in the meat industry:
This is the new version
I sent out a total of over 750 CD's last year to 60 different countries. My goal in 2003 is to double that number.
I would appreciate if you would forward this message to your readers.
Anyone willing to participate, please forward my mailing address as mailto:Chalissa1@aol.com
THIS HAS TO BE SEEN AT LEAST ONCE - SHOW YOUR MEAT
IF THEY ARE WORTH KEEPING AS FRIENDS THEY WILL GIVE UP THE MEAT HABIT
Vegetarians BEWARE of Orange Softdrinks
Coca-Cola (manufacturer) - Not suitable for vegetarians; lists the following products as not vegetarian
These products contain traces of fish gelatine, which are used as a stabiliser for beta-carotene colour.
Diet Fanta Orange
Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Diet Lilt Pineapple & Grapefruit
Soft Drinks - Some canned Orange drinks use gelatine as a carrier for
added Beta Caratine.
(This would not appear on the ingredients panel).
(Text PAMHO:5891790) ---------------------------------------
According to recent communications with ChelseaSugar group - NZ Sugars their Sugars are now free from "Bone Char" bleaching process and so devotees can again use and offer White Sugar safely.
See more details HERE
As of last week in November 2003 Yopliat the yogurt people now put gelatine in their products
See here for pointers of okay ones http://www.hknet.org.nz/vege-cheese.html
Vegetarian Cartoons and Jokes
Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves =>;-))
Visit our Hasya Rasa pages
Laughter Therapy - its no joke:
To read more about Hasya
visit our pages
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
When he returned, the second monk stood up and said, "I forgot to put my the other underwear to dry." He too walked calmly across the water and returned the same way. The third monk watched the first two carefully in what he decided must be the test of his own abilities. "Is your learning so superior to mine? I too can match any feat you two can perform," he declared loudly and rushed to the water's edge to walk across it. He promptly fell into the deep water.
Undeterred, the yogi climbed out of the water and tried again, only to sink into the water. Yet again he climbed out and yet again he tried, each time sinking into the water. This went on for some time as the other two monks watched.
After a while, the second monk turned to the first and said, "Do you think we should tell him where the stones are?"
Professor Richard P. Hayes of McGill University in Canada has compiled a list of known viruses inhabiting Buddhist's computers. These viruses have been around for thousands of years and they even defy the skills of McAffey. (If Professor Hayes is still active writing wonderful Buddhist wit, will someone please let me know?)
THERAVADA TERROR (often packaged in a seemingly innocuous file known as BHIKKHU.BUG): operates by giving ordination to your computer's CPU. While relatively harmless during the morning hours, this virus has the effect of making your computer refuse to intake or process any hard data after noon. (Female scholars need not be concerned about this virus, since female CPUs are not entitled to receive full ordination.)
MADHYAMAKA MONSTER: systematically replaces all data on the hard drive by a bit having a value of not 1, not 0, not both 1 and 0 and not neither 1 nor 0. The screen goes entirely blank, and whenever the operator taps a key, an information box pops up saying, "There are no statements in this information box."
VIJNANAVADA VEXATION: is the only known computer virus that has no effect whatsoever on your software. It does, however, make all the hardware and peripheral devices disappear, and convinces the software that there is no real distinction between a computer program and the data it processes. One extreme version of this viral scourge (also known as SOFTWARE ONLY) has the effect of making your software believe that it is the only software in the universe.
VAJRAYANA VIRUS: attacks the computer's BIOS, causing the screen to emit a radiant clear light that beams directly into the operator's heart. The computer itself sustains no damage, but the operator's mind is transformed into mush with the inane message "The passions themselves are enlightenment. Misinformation itself is data." The operator then is overwhelmed with a compulsive urge to upload billions of gigabytes worth of graphics displays of incomprehensible mandalas onto Web sites around the world, for the benefit of all sentient machines.
INDRAJALA INFECTION: which causes all sentient beings to be networked, all information to be replicated, and whenever any sentient being is removed from the network neither it nor its previous context can be said to exist. (Also known as the 'ten coins terror'). Rumour has it this was the by-product of a marketing slogan coined by a lama doing contract work for Sun Microsystems, "the network is the operator". Once this virus has infected any machine, everything is instantly affected, and it is no longer possible to conceive of the universe in the absence of the virus.
From Alt.Religion Buddhism Tibetan 1997
2547 BE Virus Update
BUDDHIST COMPUTER VIRUSES
By Dr. Richard Blackwell
PHURBA VIRUS: annihilates anyone who sends viruses along with their computer and their server. also purifies the network.
CHENREZI VIRUS: downloads programme into your computer which causes computer to do nothing else but pray for all beings to the exclusion of any other operation.
KALACHAKRA VIRUS: downloads extremely complex ritual into the computer which operator must perform before computer will perform any other operation.
HAYAGRIVA VIRUS: enters computer through a back door and takes entire control of your computer by force
TROMA VIRUS: chops your files and operating programme into small pieces transforms them into wisdom nectar then feeds the nectar to non-buddhist computers which it visualizes as demons
MAHAKALA VIRUS: protects your computer from all other viruses but requires you to offer meat and liquor daily through a special opening with which it replaces your floppy drive
EKADZATI VIRUS: allows only one file on your computer
PADMASAMBHAVA VIRUS: subjugates your computer and takes it with it on the path
TARA VIRUS: only allows female operators access. causes computer to give long lecture to male operators concerning views on male-only enlightenment
MANJUSHRI VIRUS: downloads a programme which causes your computer to begin an endless debate over any information you enter
DZOGCHEN VIRUS: deletes all programmes including operating programme leaving only the blue screen of the unborn dharmata.
MENDROLING variation produces white screen of the clear light essence
On his first visit to the US after his accession to the head of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict 16th is being driven to the White House from Ronald Regan International Airport in Washington DC when his driver falls ill at the wheel.
Not missing a beat, The Holy Father remembers his cherished Volkswagen Beetle with fondness and, waving off back-up drivers from the lead and chase cars, he climbs behind the wheel to relive his days when he was just plain old Father Joe Ratzinger.
He gets carried away and puts his foot down and soon the sirens of the local police have the car pulled over.
As the policeman approaches the car, he is shocked to see the Pope, in full papal dress, sitting at the steering wheel. The young policeman radios in his predicament.
"Er, control, this is Officer Ramsay. I have a situation. I've just stopped a speeding car heading into the city and there's someone really important in it."
"What do you mean important? Important like a Senator? Important like a former president?"
"Well, that's just it, I don't know how important this person is. All I can tell you is that the Pope's his chauffer!"
Compassion with an umbrella
A Western Buddhist woman was In india, studying with her teacher. She was riding with another woman friend in a rickshaw-like carriage, when they were attacked by a man on the street. In the end, the attacker only succeeded in frightening the women, but the Buddhist woman was quite upset by the event and told her teacher so. She asked him what she should have done - what would have been the appropriate, Buddhist response.
The teacher said very simply, "You should have very mindfully and with
great compassion whacked the attacker over the head with your umbrella."
Did you ever wonder?
A kangaroo at the Sydney zoo kept getting out of his enclosure every night.
Knowing that mature kangaroos could hop very high, the zoo officials replaced the eight-foot fence with a ten-foot fence.
He was out the next morning, just roaming around the zoo.
They tore down the ten-foot fence and put up a fifteen-foot fence.
He was out again the next morning.
A twenty-foot fence was put up.
Again he got out.
When the fence was forty feet high, a camel in the next enclosure asked the kangaroo, "How high do you think they'll go Sport?"
The kangaroo said, "About a thousand feet, unless somebody thinks to
lock the gate at night!"
A husband and wife were debating on buying a new car. She wanted
a fast sports car. He wanted a pickup.
As time passed on, her birthday came up and she thought it a great time to fulfill her wish.
She told her husband, "Look, I want something that can go from 0 to 200. Furthermore, I want it to be able to do it in just a few seconds!"
The husband bought her a bathroom scale.
On a bitterly cold winter's day in Otago, a man was driving down a lonely country road when heavy sleet began to fall.
As the car windows iced up, his worn wiper blades were unable to cope with the conditions and soon fell apart.
With no visibility, he faced the prospect of having to stay in his car until the weather improved, but just then he had an idea. Stepping into the surrounding heathland, he overturned a series of large rocks until he found two extremely lethargic hibernating adders (small vipers) that people said we didn't have....... Straightening the snakes out flat, he installed them on the blades and they gave him perfect visibility.
When he relayed the story to his wife, she was puzzled as to what had given him the idea about using the snakes.
'Surely,' he said, 'you've heard of wind chilled vipers?'
...it's what happens when you ain't got a master !!!
Watching TV news shows, and the add's between them,
I found out our highways aren't safe,
our schools aren't safe,
our parks aren't safe
but under our arms we have complete protection.
The ways of this material world - strange but true
A bloke walks into a store and sees a Thermos.
He has never seen one before so he asks the assistant what it is.
"Why, that's a vacuum flask!
It keeps hot things hot and cold things cold!"
The bloke is facinated by this so he buys it and the next day he goes to work carrying this thermos.
His work-mates ask him what it is, and he tells them.
"It's a vacuum flask. It keeps hot things hot, and cold things cold."
"What have you got in it?"
"Two ice-creams and a cup of coffee."
PAIN, n. An uncomfortable frame of mind that may have a physical basis
in something that is being done to the body,
or may be purely mental, caused by the good fortune of another.
Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
.......more optical illusions and paradigm twists here:
Actual Court Transcripts
Q: What is your date of birth?
A: July 15th.
Q: What year?
A: Every year.
Q: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact?
A: Gucci sweats and Reeboks.
Q: What was the first thing your husband said to you when he woke up that morning?
A: He said, "Where am I, Cathy?"
Q: And why did that upset you?
A: My name is Susan.
Q: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning?
A: Did you actually pass the bar exam?
Q: The youngest son, the twenty-year-old, how old is he?
Q: Were you present when your picture was taken?
Q: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th?
Q: And what were you doing at that time?
Q: She had three children, right?
Q: How many were boys?
Q: Were there any girls?
Q: How was your first marriage terminated?
A: By death.
Q: And by whose death was it terminated?
Q: Can you describe the individual?
A: He was about medium height and had a beard.
Q: Was this a male, or a female?
Q: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to deposition notice which I sent to your attorney?
A: No, this is how I dress when I go to work.
Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you
performed on dead people?
A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.
Q: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK?
What school did you go to?
Q: Do you recall the time that you examined the body?
A: The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.
Q: And Mr. Dennington was dead at the time?
A: No, he was sitting on the table wondering why I was doing an autopsy.
Q: Are you qualified to give a urine sample?
Q: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse?
Q: Did you check for blood pressure?
Q: Did you check for breathing?
Q: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy?
Q: How can you be so sure, Doctor?
A: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar.
Q: But could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless?
A: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law somewhere.
Wise blind elephants
Six wise, blind elephants were discussing what humans were like. Failing to agree, they decided to determine what humans were like by direct experience.
The first wise, blind elephant felt the human, and declared, "Humans are flat."
The other wise, blind elephants, after similarly feeling the human, agreed.
A precious little girl walks into a pet shop and asks, in the sweetest
little lisp, between two missing teeth,
"Excuthe me, mithter, do you keep widdle wabbits?"
As the shopkeeper's heart melts, he gets down on his knees so that he's on her level and asks,
"Do you want a widdle white wabbit, or a thoft and fuwwy bwack wabbit, or maybe one like that cute widdle bwown wabbit over there?"
She, in turn, blushes, rocks on her heels, puts her hands on her knees, leans forward and says, in a tiny quiet voice,
"I don't tink my python weally gives a thit."
.........snake eating dog
........on par with buying the naughty child of a neighbour a drum or a whistle for their birthday !!!!
PAINTING, n. The art of protecting flat surfaces from the weather and exposing them to the critic.
Formerly, painting and sculpture were combined in the same work: the
ancients painted their statues.
The only present alliance between the two arts is that the modern painter chisels his patrons.
Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce
CHINESE: Please divert your course 15 degrees to the south to avoid
AMERICANS: I recommend that you instead divert your course 15 degrees
the north to avoid a collision. Over.
CHINESE: Negative. You will have to divert your course 15 degrees to
south to avoid a collision. Over.
AMERICANS: This is the captain of a US Navy ship. We are several boats.
say again, divert YOUR course. Over.
CHINESE: No, I say again, you divert YOUR course. Over.
AMERICANS: This is the Aircraft Carrier USS MIDWAY, the second largest
ship in the United States Pacific Fleet. We are accompanied with three
Destroyers, three Cruisers and numerous support vessels. I DEMAND that you
change your course 15 degrees north. I say again, that's one-five degrees
north, or counter-measures will be undertaken to ensure the safety of this ship. Over.
CHINESE: This is a lighthouse. Over.
sent in by Prof. Shahin Maghsoudhi in Auckland
Here are the 2005 winners
1. Cashtration (n): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
2. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until
you realize it was your money to start with.
3. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
4. Bozone (n): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
5. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
6. Giraffiti: Vandalism spraypainted very, very high.
7. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
8. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
9. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
10. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease.
11. Karmageddon: It's like, when everybody is, like, sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like! , the Earth explodes and it's, like, a serious bummer.
12. Decafalon (n): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming
only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido: All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
15. Arachnoleptic fit (n): The frantic dance you perform just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor (n): The color you turn after finding half a worm in
the fruit you're eating.
18. Ignoranus: A person who's both stupid and an ass.
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