Newsletter Number #182  ( Brrrrrrrrrr NZ Winter issue 2006 A.D. Gaurabda 520 )

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Please Accept My Respectful Obeisances (cyber pranams) & Best Wishes To All


All Glories To Srila Prabhupad.

/ \    All Glories to Sri Guru and Gauranga.

Welcome to the latest edition of the on-line HKSRNewsletter, and our humble attempt to render some service to the devotee community. The format of this newsletter is that of a continuous scroll, please see the table of contents where everything is hyper-linked on-line, we hope it's now easier for you all. This newsletter still goes out to way over 3008 receivers. We trust that all is well with everyone by the Mercy of the Lord. However, if anyone would like to be removed please just send us a message requesting me to do so, and we will do it promptly. If you are receiving this from a friend, and would like to be added directly to the mailout please also let us know and we will do the needful there too. Removal and Subscription details at the very end of this newsletter.

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"May there be good fortune throughout the universe, and may all envious persons be pacified. May all living entities become calm by practicing bhakti-yoga, for by accepting devotional service they will think of each other’s welfare. Therefore let us all engage in the service of the supreme transcendence, Lord Sri Krishna, and always remain absorbed in thought of Him."(Srimad Bhagavatam 5:18:9.)

The Nectar in this Issue 

From time to time articles and shlokas (verses) included in this newsletter may require the Balaram font in order to view them nicely. If you don't have the Balaram font installed on your system you can download it for free from our fonts page.

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

See the events on Interactive Calendar site for details:
The present year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2006-2007
(some selected locations are available already below)

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

Local temples
...Newsletters & Blogs

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

Advertisements - what's on where: check them out...
... Cyber Community Notice Board
...lastest important news items !!!!

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

... and much more

At Grass Roots: Topical stuff
... Seasonal Greetings.....Happy 2006
... Have a Happy Year - Gaurabda 520

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

Krishna conscious - Vedikly acceptable jokes:
... cut loose have a laugh
... serious therapy in humour !!!
... did U ever wonder -  Ways of the world - Strange but true

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On the WWW News, Events and Views

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So much more to be found there too... HEAPS of New sites/links
last updated on 19th July 2006

Simply the Cheapest & Best

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

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

View previous years festival dates on the Calendar:
The coming year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2006-2007

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 - Tirubhav
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 Purnima.
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 Vamandeva
(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 - Tirubhav
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 Bahulastami

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 NZ
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 - Tirubhav
Sri Kasisvara Pandit - Disappearance - Tirubhav

Sri Krsna Rasayatra - Kartika purnima
Sri Tulasi-Saligram Vivaha (marriage)
Sripad Nimbarkacarya – Appearance - Avirbhav
Caturmasya vrata ends.(have some urud dal kachoris and urid dal popadam)

This year's full panjikam also now available for viewing:
The coming year's Vaishnava Calendar for 2006-2007

All Calender information HERE

Check out the Ekadasi pages with links to every Ekadasi:
(also find out from Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur Prabhupada what is, and what constitutes a mahadwadasi)
Find out about Dwadasi and Mahadwadasi here:


kasmad ekadasi jata tasyah ko va vidhir dvija
kada va kriyate kim va phalam kim va vadasva me

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

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

Find out what was said HERE:

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Vaishnava Calendar Reminder Services

GBC Vaishnava Calendar Committee - Vaisnava Calendar Calculation

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

Now available:

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Festivals on the Vrindavan Calendar

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This Vaishnava Calendar Reminder is so simple, so nice and so practical
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New version 0.55a of Vaishnava Reminder is ready for use. (updated March 2006) (Click HERE for more details)
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"This software aimed to be a personal information manager of anyone in Krishna's devotee community. Did you ever miss Ekadasi? With Vaishnava Reminder it will not be so easy - it alerts you about fasting days. Also it has built-in vaishnava calendar generator, to-do tasks, custom events, diary and panchang. And it is 100% free - just visit and download it. It quietly sits in the system tray and alerts you when needed."

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Here's a few Vaishnava Calendar locations around the World friends asked for us to post !!

Panjikas (Calendars) for 2006 - 2007
Gaurabda 520

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
...just a few places where our readers are located.

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Moonrise is available in either 32 or 16 bit versions. You may download a free trial version from the download page.

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Festivals Coming Soon

Sri Sri Radha Govinda's Jhulan Yatra (Swing Festival)

begins 6th August - 9th August 2006 in NZ

Lord Balaram's Appearance Day (fasting until Noon)

9th August 2006 in NZ

Sri Krishna Janmasthami (Gokulastami) Appearance Day of Sri Krishna

(Fasting until Midnight - Ekadasi Style non-grain breakfast)

16th August 2006 in NZ

Nandotsav - the Jatakarma ceremony of Sri Krishna:

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad's Appearance Day - Vyasa Puja

17th August 2006 in NZ

(Fasting until Noon - then feasting)

Sri Radhastami - Appearance Day of Srimati Radharani

1st September 2006 in NZ

(Fasting until Noon)

Sri Vaman Dwadasi - Appearance Day of Lord Vamanadev

5th September 2006 in NZ

(Fasting until Noon on the Ekadasi, feasting on the Trayodasi)

Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's Appearance Day

6th September 2006 in NZ

(Fasting until Noon)

Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad taking sannyas in 1959

Srimad Bhagavatam Day

SB. 12.13.13:

prausthapadyam paurnamasyam
dadati yo bhagavatam
sa yati paramam gatim

 "If on the full moon day of the month of Bhadra one places Srimad Bhagavatam on a golden throne and gives it as a gift, he will attain the supreme transcendental destination".


One should place Srimad-Bhagavatam on a golden throne because it is the king of all literature. On the full-moon day of the month of Bhadra, the sun, which is compared to this king of literatures, is present in the constellation Leo and looks as if raised up on a royal throne. (According to astrology, the sun is said to be exalted in the sign of Leo.) Thus one may unreservedly worship Srimad-Bhagavatam, the supreme divine scripture.

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Srimad Bhagavad Gita AS IT IS

Bhagavad Gita:   Chapter 6 - Dhyana-yoga

                                 TEXT 1

                           sri-bhagavan uvaca
                         anasritah karma-phalam
                         karyam karma karoti yah
                         sa sannyasi ca yogi ca
                         na niragnir na cakriyah


   sri-bhagavan uvaca--the Lord said; anasritah--without taking shelter; karma-phalam--of the result of work; karyam--obligatory; karma--work; karoti--performs; yah--one who; sah--he; sannyasi--in the renounced order; ca--also; yogi--mystic; ca--also; na--not; nih--without; agnih--fire; na--nor; ca--also; akriyah--without duty.


   The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: One who is unattached to the fruits of his work and who works as he is obligated is in the renounced order of life, and he is the true mystic, not he who lights no fire and performs no duty.

PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupad:

   In this chapter the Lord explains that the process of the eightfold yoga system is a means to control the mind and the senses. However, this is very difficult for people in general to perform, especially in the Age of Kali. Although the eightfold yoga system is recommended in this chapter, the Lord emphasizes that the process of karma-yoga, or acting in Krsna consciousness, is better. Everyone acts in this world to maintain his family and their paraphernalia, but no one is working without some self-interest, some personal gratification, be it concentrated or extended. The criterion of perfection is to act in Krsna consciousness, and not with a view to enjoying the fruits of work. To act in Krsna consciousness is the duty of every living entity because all are constitutionally parts and parcels of the Supreme. The parts of the body work for the satisfaction of the whole body. The limbs of the body do not act for self-satisfaction but for the satisfaction of the complete whole. Similarly, the living entity who acts for satisfaction of the supreme whole and not for personal satisfaction is the perfect sannyasi, the perfect yogi.

   The sannyasis sometimes artificially think that they have become liberated from all material duties, and therefore they cease to perform agnihotra yajnas (fire sacrifices), but actually they are self-interested because their goal is to become one with the impersonal Brahman. Such a desire is greater than any material desire, but it is not without self-interest. Similarly, the mystic yogi who practices the yoga system with half-open eyes, ceasing all material activities, desires some satisfaction for his personal self. But a person acting in Krsna consciousness works for the satisfaction of the whole, without self-interest. A Krsna conscious person has no desire for self-satisfaction. His criterion of success is the satisfaction of Krsna, and thus he is the perfect sannyasi, or perfect yogi. Lord Caitanya, the highest perfectional symbol of renunciation, prays in this way:

                      na dhanam najanam na sundarim
                       kavitam vajagad-isa kamaye
                        mama janmanijanmanisvare
                    bhavatad bhaktir ahaituki tvayi

   "Almighty Lord, I have no desire to accumulate wealth, nor to enjoy beautiful women. Nor do I want any number of followers. What I want only is the causeless mercy of Your devotional service in my life, birth after birth."

His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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

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April 27th, 1976

For his morning walk the devotees took Prabhupada out to the Domain, a local park with small ponds, walkways, and various statues. One depicted a Viking warrior on horseback blowing a horn. Yasomatinandana asked if the Vikings were ksatriyas.

"No," Prabhupada said. "The ksatriyas fought on religious principles. They were noble warriors, not murderers."

"What about the modern soldiers?" Yasomatinandana inquired. "Do they go to the heavenly planets when they die on the battlefield?"

Prabhupada shook his head. "They are simply demons fighting demons for economic reasons. How can they go to heaven? They go to hell-both sides."

- From the "A Transcendental Diary Vol 2" by HG Hari Sauri dasa

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kim no rajyena govinda
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yesam arthe kanksitam no
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api trailokya-rajyasya
hetoh kim nu mahi-krte
nihatya dhartarastran nah
ka pritih syaj janardana
 [Bg. 1.32-35]

Translation: "O Govinda, of what avail to us are kingdoms, happiness or even life itself when all those for whom we may desire them are now arrayed in this battlefield? O Madhusudana, when teachers, fathers, sons, grandfathers, maternal uncles, fathers-in-law, grandsons, brothers-in-law and all relatives are ready to give up their lives and properties and are standing before me, then why should I wish to kill them, though I may survive? O maintainer of all creatures, I am not prepared to fight with them even in exchange for the three worlds, let alone this earth."

Prabhupada: So Arjuna is thinking in terms of his own sense gratification. He is posing himself as if he does not know what is the plan of Krsna. Yes. The plan of Krsna is explained by Krsna in the Bhagavad-gita.

yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
abhyutthanam adharmasya
tad atmanam srjamy aham
 [Bg. 4.7]

 paritranaya sadhunam
vinasaya ca duskrtam
sambhavami yuge yuge
 [Bg. 4.8]

The plan is already known to everyone how the management of the cosmic manifestation is going on. The cosmic manifestation is there. This material world. It is, although temporary, it has got a purpose. The purpose is to give chance to the living entities who are rotting in this material world to revive his Krsna consciousness, or original consciousness, and go back to home, back to Godhead. This is the plan. This material cosmic manifestation is there, bhutva bhutva praliyate [Bg. 8.19]. The nature is, it is sometimes manifested and sometimes it is dissolved, annihilated. Everything material, that is the way. Just like our body. It is created at a certain date, and it will be annihilated at a certain date. Similarly, this gigantic body... That is also body of the Supreme Lord, virat body. Virat means gigantic. Krsna will show His virat-rupa to Arjuna. So this external body, exactly just like we have got our this external body. Internal body. The soul is covered by two bodies, the external and internal. External means these gross elements -- earth, water, air, fire, sky. And internal means the mind, intelligence and ego. They are also material. Just like our body is covered by shirt and coat, similarly, the soul is encaged in two kinds of bodies. When this gross body is finished, the subtle body, mind, intelligence and ego, they are there. The soul is covered. The gross body is finished. That is called death. But people do not know that there is no death for the soul. The outward cover is finished, the inward cover is there, and the inward cover will carry the soul to another gross body. That is called transmigration. The mind is creating, as we are making our consciousness in this life, so we are making our next life also. Yanti deva-vrata devan pitrn yanti pitr-vratah [Bg. 9.25].

So we have got two kinds of bodies, gross and subtle, and within that, I am living, you are living, soul. Dehino 'smin yatha dehe kaumaram yauvanam jara [Bg. 2.13]. Asmin dehe, within this body, there is the dehi, the proprietor of the body. So people do not understand that this finishing of this gross body is not actually death or annihilation of the soul. Na hanyate hanyamane sarire [Bg. 2.20]. Even annihilation of the subtle body does not mean death of the soul. Na hanyate hanyamane sarire [Bg. 2.20]. There are two kinds of bodies. So when the gross body is annihilated, the subtle body carries me to another gross body. Just like the air carries the flavor of a certain place. If the air is passing over rose garden, it carries the flavor. Although we cannot see, but we can smell. We can understand the breeze is so fragrant, means it is coming over a rose garden. Similarly, filthy place, a bad smell, the air carries. So the subtle body carries the mental situation of the soul and puts him into a particular body according to that mental situation. Yam yam vapi smaran bhavam tyajaty ante kalevaram [Bg. 8.6]. At the time of death, the mental situation will give me chance for another gross body. If we have created my mind Krsna conscious, then he will give me, the mental situation will give me a body by which I can make further progress. That is also stated in the Bhagavad-gita: sucinam srimatam gehe yoga-bhrasto 'bhijayate [Bg. 6.41]. Yoga-bhrastah. Suppose one has begun yoga. Yoga means attempt to link with the supreme. That is called yoga. And viyoga means without any relationship, or without any attachment for the Supreme. Yoga means plus, and viyoga means minus. So plus. Plus means, one plus one equal to two.


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Jïäna-miçra-bhakti Devotion Mixed with Knowledge


brahma-bhütaù prasannätmä na çocati na käokñati
samaù sarveñu bhüteñu mad-bhaktià labhate paräm

 One who is situated in Brahman is joyful. He never laments nor hankers for anything. He is equally disposed toward every living being. In that state he attains pure devotional service unto Me. (Bhagavad-gétä 18.58)

Karma-miçra-bhakti Devotion Mixed with Karma


yat karoñi yad açnäsi yaj juhoñi dadäsi yat
yat tapasyasi kaunteya tat kuruñva mad-arpaëam

 O son of Kunté, whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, as well as whatever austerities you perform should be done as an offering unto Me. (Bhagavad-gétä 9.27)


varëäçramäcäravatä puruñeëa paraù pumän
viñëur-ärädhyate panthä nänyas tat-toña-kärakaù

 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Viñëu, is worshiped by the proper execution of prescribed duties in the system of varëäçrama-dharma. There is no other way to satisfy Lord Viñëu. One must be situated in the one of the four varëas and äçramas. (Viñëu Puräëa 3.8.9)


yajïärthät karmaëo 'nyatra loko 'yaà karma-bandhanaù
tad-arthaà karma kaunteya mukta-saìgaù samäcara

 Work done as a sacnfice for Viñëu must be performed, otherwise work binds one to the material world. Therefore, O son of Kunté, perform your prescribed duties for His satisfaction, and in that way you will always remain free from bondage. (Bhagavad-gétä 3.9)

 The Definition of Bhakti


sä paränuraktiréçvare

 Transcendental attachment to the Supreme Lord is called bhakti. (Çäëòilya-bhakti-sütra)


anyäbhiläñitä-çünyaà jïäna-karmädy-anävåtam
änukülyena kåñëänu-çélanaà bhaktir-uttamä

 Pure devotional service is free from all impurities, beginning with karma and jïäna. In other words, it is devoid of all attempts to attain fulfillment through power and knowledge. Çuddha-bhakti is the favorable cultivation of service to Kåñëa. In çuddha-bhakti a devotee constanly serves Kåñëa's desires. (Bhakti-rasämåta-sindhu, Pürva-vibhäga 1.11)


sarvopädhi-vinirmuktaà tat-paratvena nirmalam
håñékeëa håñékeça-sevanaà bhaktirucyate

 Devotional service means engaging all our senses in the service of the Lord of the senses. By this one is liberated from all material designations and one's senses are purified. (Bhakti-rasämåta-sindhu, Pürva-vibhäga 1.12)

 The Çrutis Glorify Bhakti


bhaktirevainaà nayati bhaktirevainaà darçayati
bhaktivaçaù puruño bhaktireva bhüyasé

 Bhakti leads the jéva to the Lord, and enables the soul to see the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Lord is controlled by bhakti. Bhakti is best of all. (Mädhväcärya's commentary on Vedänta-Sütra 3.3.53)


oà amåtarüpä ca

 Bhakti has a nectarean form. (Närada-bhakti-sütra 1.3)


oà yal labdhä pumän siddho bhavatyamåté-bhavati tåpto bhavati

 On attaining divine love man attains perfection and immortality. He becomes thoroughly satisfied. (Närada-bhakti-sütra 1.4)


oà yat präpya na kiïcit väïchati na çocati na dveñöi
na ramate notsähé bhavati

 Upon attaining love of God one neither hankers nor laments. He is freed from attachment and detachment, and takes no pleasure in material things. (Närada-bhakti-sütra 1.5)

Two Kinds of Bhakti Vaidhé and Rägänugä


çästroktayä prabalayä tat-tan-maryädayänvitä
vaidhé bhaktiriyaà kaiçcin-maryädämärga ucyate

 Devotional service governed by the rules and regulations of the scriptures is also called maryäda-märga, or the reverential path of devotion, the path of serving the Lord in opulence, by different scholars [such as Vallabhäcärya]. (Bhakti-rasämåta-sindhu, Pürva-vibhäga 2.269)


iñöe svärasiké rägaù paramäviñöatä bhavet
tan-mayé yä baved-bhaktiù sä'tra rägätmikoditä

 Räga-bhakti is complete absorbtion in the Deity of one's choice; that absorbing devotion is here described as rägätmikä-bhakti. In other words, spontaneous attraction for Kåñëa while being completely absorbed in thoughts of Him with an intense desire of love. (Bhakti-rasämåta-sindhu, Pürva-vibhäga 2.272)



surarñe vihitä çästre harimuddiçya yä kriyä
saiva bhaktiriti proktä tayä bhaktiù parä bhavet

 O sage amongst the demigods, Närada, those activities prescribed in the revealed scriptures for satsifying the Supreme Personlality of Godhead, Lord Hari, are called the regulative principles of bhakti, (sädhana-bhakti), by practicing which one may attain the highest bhakti (prema). (Bhakti-rasämåta-sindhu, Pürva-vibhäga 2.13)



loka-dharma, veda-dharma, deha-dharma, karma
lajjä, dhairya, deha-sukha, ätma-sukha-marma
dustyaja ärya-patha, nija parijana
sva-jane karaye yata täòana-bhartsana
sarva-tyäga kari' kare kåñëera bhajana
kåñëa-sukha-hetu kare prema-sevana
ihäke kahiye kåñëe dåòha anuräga
svaccha dhauta-vastre yaiche nähi kona däga
ataeva käma-preme bahuta antara
käma andha-tamaù, prema—nirmala bhäskara
ataeva gopé-gaëera nähi käma-gandha
kåñëa-sukha lägi mätra, kåñëa se sambandha
ätma-sukha-duùkhe gopéra nähika vicära
kåñëa-sukha-hetu ceñöa mano-vyavahära
kåñëa lagi' ära saba kare parityäga
kåñëa-sukha-hetu kare çuddha anuräga

  Social customs, scriptural injunctions, bodily demands, fruitive action, shyness, patience, bodily pleasures, self-gratification and the path of varnäçrama-dharma, which is difficult to give up the gopés have forsaken all these, as well as their relatives and their punishment and scolding, for the sake of serving Lord Kåñëa.
 They render loving service to Him for the sake of His enjoyment. That is called firm attachment to the Lord. It is spotlessly pure, like a clean cloth that has no stain. Therefore lust and love are quite different. Lust is like dense darkness, but love is like the bright sun. Thus there is not the slightest taint of lust in the gopés love. Their relationship with Kåñëa is only for the sake of His enjoyment. The gopés do not care for their own pleasures or pains. All their physical and mental activities are directed toward offering enjoyment to Kåñëa. They renounced everything for Kåñëa. They have pure attachment (anuräga) to giving Kåñëa pleasure. (Chaitanya charitamrita. Ädi-lila 4.167-172, 174-175)

The Nine Limbs of Bhakti


çravaëaà kértanaà viñëoù smaraëaà päda-sevanam
arcanaà vandanaà däsyaà sakhyam ätma-nivedanam

 Hearing and chanting about the transcendental holy name, form, qualities, paraphernalia and pastimes of Lord Viñëu, remembering them, serving the lotus feet of the Lord, offering the Lord respectful worship with sixteen types of paraphernalia, offering prayers to the Lord, becoming His servant, considering the Lord one's best friend, and surrendering everything unto Him (in other words, serving Him with the body, mind and words) these nine processes are accepted as pure devotional service. (Srimad Bhägavatam. 7.5.23)


iti puàsärpitä viñëau bhaktiç cen nava-lakñaëä
kriyeta bhagavaty addhä tan manye 'dhétam uttamam

 These nine are the processes of pure devotional service. One who has dedicated his life to the service of Kåñëa through these nine methods should be considered most learned, for he has acquired full knowledge. (Srimad Bhägavatam. 7.5.24)


çré viñëoù çravaëe parékçidabhavad-vaiyäsakiù kértane
prahlädaù smaraëe tad aìghribhajane lakñméù påthuù püjane
akrüras-tvabhivandane kapi-patir-däsye'tha sarhye'rjunaù
sarvasvätma-nivedane balirabhut kåñëäptireñäà param

The following devotees attained Kåñëa and thus realized the ultimate goal of life by following one of the nine methods of devotional service: Mahäräja Parikñita realized Kåñëa through hearing about His glories (çravanam), Çukadeva Gosvämé realized Kåñëa through speaking the Çrémad Bhägavatam (kértanam). Prahläda realized Him through devotional remembrance (smaraëam). Lakñmédevé attained His mercy by serving His lotus feet (päda-sevanam). Mahäräja Påthu attained Him through worship (arcanam). Akrüra attained Him through prayer (vandanam). Hanuman attained Him through personal service (däsyam). Arjuna attained Him through friendship (sakhyam). Bali Maharaja attained Him through complete surrender of body, mind, and words (ätmä-nivedanam). (Padyävali 53)

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“All the lists of the incarnations of Godhead submitted herewith are either plenary expansions or parts of the plenary expansions of the Supreme Godhead, but Kåñëa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself.” (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.28)

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nänävatäram akarod bhuvaneñu kintu
kåñëaù svayaà samabhavat paramaù pumän yo
govindam ädi-puruñaà tam ahaà bhajämi

“I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda [Kåñëa], who is always situated in various incarnations such as Räma, Nåsiàha and many subincarnations as well, but who is the original Personality of Godhead known as Kåñëa, and who incarnates personally also.” (Brahma samhita 5:39.)

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We Still Need Your HELP - Join The Campaign ... Save The Kazakhstan Temple
Repeating this article to gain your assistance

---------- Forwarded Message -------------------------------
Text PAMHO:11445083 (129 lines)
From: (Bhakti Bhrnga) Govinda Swami
Date: 20-Apr-06 07:54 (14:54 +0700)
To: Free Forum (Announcements) [10034]
Subject: X all com users
Dear Vaisnavas,

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.

Or ...

Presidential Residence:

To the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

Mr. Nazarbayev N.A.

Akorda, Astana, 010000, Republic of Kazakhstan.

President's e-mail:

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.


Read more about the Kazakhstan issue HERE and what to do to help

Strategy for the Kazakhstan Campaign.
Posted Jun 02, 2006

Dear All,

Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

Since I last communicated with you all there has been no change on our situation here in Kazakhstan.

On Wednesday 24 May there was an ordered television report. I will attach a transcript of the interview. In the interview a government officer described us as “wolves in sheeps clothing.”

A team of devotees from Europe and America has pulled together to discuss strategy for the Kazakhstan campaign.

The team consists of Anuttama Prabhu, Saunaka Rsi prabhu, Gauri and Romapada Prabhus, Sivarama Maharaja, and myself. We have been having discussions to develop our presentation for government agencies, religious, and human rights organisations.


Kazakhstan wishes to become the Chairman of OSCE in 2009. Thus the Kazakh government is hosting an OSCE conference in Kazakhstan on June 12-13, 2006.

Prior to the event we want to create an international awareness of our issue so that it will be discussed during this important conference.


1. We are requesting that you look at the three documents that I will attach.

a. Appeal letter
b. Chronology
c. Legal Injustice Brief

2. Next we are requesting that you will fax and email those three documents to Vienna, Austria to the OSCE Ambassador who represents your country. file:/C:/COM/Users/CitrakaA/FILES/Ambassadors_to_the_OSCE_in_Vienna.doc

3. We are also requesting you to fax and email these documents to the OSCE offices in your respective countries. I have attached a list of member nations of OSCE . You will have to search their email and fax address within your country.
Then please send it to the appropriate person.

4. The next step will take place on June 6, 2006 when we request that you please fax and email the same package to different officers in the Kazakh government, Their names and addresses are as follows:

Abykaev Nurtay Abykayevich, Chairman of the Parliament's Senate Fax +7 3172 333892

Tokayev Kasymzhomart Kemelevich, Minister of Foreign Affairs Fax +7 3172 720293

Muhamedzhanov Ural Baygunsovich, Chairman of the Parliament's Majlis Fax +7 3172 243532

We hope that this attention will bring the Kazakh government to the point of helping us to peacefully resolve the issue with our project here in Kazakhstan.

With affectionate regards,

BB Govinda Swami

I am sending you a very good Kazakhstan Package that has been prepared by the devotees at the Bhaktivedanta Manor in London.

This can be used by temples around the world in assisting our situation in Kazakhstan.

Thank you very much.

With affectionate regards,

BB Govinda Swami

PS … Please keep up your prayers and efforts to assist us. As yet there is no official word coming from the Kazakh government that there will be any change in policy.

We are requesting meetings with officials to enter dialogue on the issue. Still there is no sign from their side.

His Holiness Subhag maharaj is recovering from the accident that put him in hospital:

Hare Krsna
Please accept my humble obeisances.
All glories to Sri-Sri Guru and Gouranga.

Dear Prabu and Mataji... thank you for your kind empaty, simpaty,
prayer and financial donation for suporting His Holliness Subhaga
Mataji at Jakarta. Maharaja very pleasant and very thankfull with your
kind service. With this letter we are all devotee in Jakarta want to
make a confirmation about the condition Maharaja now. His Holliness
Subhaga Svami already in the temple since yesterday, Monday 11th of
July 2006. And this morning with better condition Maharaja will going
to Denpasar Bali, 12 th of July 2006 at by plane with
Sundarananda das Prabu and two disciple from Australia and India.
So... The latest news about the condition Maharaja will be confirm by
Prabu Sundarananda das next.
Hope you can distribute this letter to many devotees and keep praying
for the better condition of Maharaja. Once again... thank you for

Your lowest servant,
Sarva Laksmi devi dasi  (
at Hare Krsna ISCKON Temple in Jakarta
Sri Nawa Nilacala Ksetra Dhama

Undersea Temple Found Off India's East Coast

VISAKHAPATNAM, ANDHRA PRADESH INDIA, July 3, 2006: Archaeologists in Visakhapatnam claim that a centuries-old temple exists two kilometers from Visakhapatnam coast, on the sea bed. While the eastern coastal city of Visakhapatnam is steeped in history, few know that there was a temple called "Visakeswara Temple" off the coast of the city. Many centuries ago this temple went under the sea due to geological adjustments. According to Professor Gangadharam, who is working on facts regarding this temple, the temple existed centuries ago, but got submerged in the sea. "From the research I did, I found out that the Buchca Rama Lingeshwara temple which right now exists on the coastline is in the same alignment with that of Visakeswara temple under the sea. I have spoken to many old people and fishermen who told me that their forefathers used to confirm that there is this temple under the sea. " According to the priest of Buchcha Rama Lingeshwara temple, the Visakeswara temple existed before Kalyug. "Yes, in Shastras and Puranas there's a mention of this temple. It is believed that before the Kalyug began this temple was submerged into the sea." Professor Gangadharam's further research, which involves under sea exploration, is on hold as he is looking for financial support in his quest to find the temple.

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Bhaktivedanta Hospital full of victims of Mumbai bombing

The whole world is shocked by the horrible terrorist attack on Mumbai killing over 200 innocent people in trains. These people were just like one of us who was rushing home to be with loved ones after a hard day at work & all of a sudden they were embraced by death. there are over 700 injured being treated at various hospitals in Mumbai & some of them are really in critical situation. One of these bomb blasts was near Bhayendar which is like 5 km away from Bhaktivedanta Hospital, Mira road. The Bhaktivedanta Hospital received 42 patients in critical state of which 15 could not survive due to severe bleeding & deep injuries. We have discharged 11 patients after treatments & diagnosis, but we still have 16 innocent persons fighting for life.

At 6.45 p.m. on July 11th. scores of injured began arriving at the Bhaktivedanta Hospital in rickshaws, private vehicles, and ambulances from the bomb blast site of Mira-Bhyander only 5 km away. Immediately a team of over 100 staff doctors, nurses and paramedical staff jumped into action putting the severely injured on stretchers and wheeling them into emergency care and ICU.

The Bhaktivedanta hospital was a faced a hurricane of activity as the staff was bombarded with patients with severe head and brain injuries, mutilated extremities, fractures, shrapnel wounds, deafness, eye injuries and internal injuries all the way up until 4 AM in the morning.

While the staff performed operations continuously throughout the night an information kiosk was set up to facilitate patients relatives updating the condition of each patient while providing relatives friends and volunteers with hot food and refreshments. Family members of the dead and dying were provided support from qualified counselors and all treatments and medicines were provided free to the patients.

Hospital director Dr. Ajay Sankhe said “The Trustees and management of Bhaktivedanta Hospital greatly appreciate the cooperation and service rendered by the staff and the many individuals and volunteers of various organizations and thank them for their support. We also thank the government officials and the media for their support and understanding”

In the face of this great tragedy Bhaktivedanta Hospital renewed it’s commitment to assuring palliative and spiritual care to the dead and dying and continues to provide spiritual care and counseling for the patients and their relatives .

Local newspapers like Mumbai Mirror covered our efforts of grief counseling with the help of Bhagawad-Gita

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Iskcon devotee survived amidst the bombs in Mumbai

There were more than 10 dead bodies inside the compartment - Citizen Journalist Harish Matabonu was on the Borivali Fast (train) when the blast occurred.
I was one compartment ahead of the one that was blasted.

Somehow I was late for office and so I caught the 5:58 pm Borivali Fast from Grant Road station. I had 4 rounds left (Japa Mala ‘ beads that I chant my rounds on). I use to travel in 1st class but lately I had realised that the 1st class is more crowded than the second class compartment.

So last week when I renewed my Railway pass I took second class season ticket for 3 months. (If I would have taken 1st class pass I would have been in the same compartment where the bomb blasted).

I was chanting my rounds and some how managed to get a place to stand near the door.

By the time the train reached Bandra Station I finished my 4 rounds. I kept my bead bag inside my Office Bag and was singing the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra. I was singing and practicing the new tune which I had heard from Jay Sacinandan prabhu. Few minutes when the train left the Bandra Platform I heard a huge sound.

In our childhood we use to blast rassi bomb (Fire Cracker). When we use to be very close to the bomb it use to hurt our ears. Although I was 1 compartment far from the blast the sound was soo huge that for a moment I could not think and realize what sound that could be and I immediately saw behind (since I was standing at the edge of the door)

The scene was terrible. I saw three people flying in the air and falling on the tracks. I was shocked. I immediately screamed and told the people sitting inside to pull the chain since there is a bomb blast first they did not understand and when other people also started screaming they pulled the chain. Before even the train could stop.. people started pushing me; I jumped from the train (fortunately it was running very slow by then). When I turned behind I saw the 1st class compartment was ripped apart and few people were getting down with blood all over their face and body.

I was confused as to what to do, I was shivering and my whole body was trembling; I immediately called up 100 (Police Helpline) I informed the police who attended the call, since this was the first bomb that exploded he was shocked when I said that there is a bomb blast.

I described him the exact location and place and the severity and told him to inform the railways to stop all trains; the idiot police men replied back saying.. “aap railway mein phone karo;’ (you call up railway and inform them) I told I don’t have their number. He gave me a 7 digit number. I knew it would be a wrong number because all local numbers in Mumbai are 8 digits. However I tried calling railways but it did not get through. I hung up.

I was missing my camera cell phone which I lost few weeks back in the same local trains. I wanted to click pictures and take video of the entire scene. However I realized that it is foolishness to think in such a situation to take pics. I was confused as to what to do.

There were many things coming in my mind; I was thinking of forgetting everything and going to office as Tuesdays is the busiest days for me as I have to attend the Leadership meetings and send the reports to VP’s and AVP’s of my company as well as our Clients (DELL, Earthlink etc.)

My mind was running faster than I could ever remember. I immediately dropped the plan to go to office as the best way to go to office is trains and by this bomb blast I realized that all trains might have been halted and roads will become Jammed with traffic.

Since the entire scene was chaotic. It was very difficult to see who is injured and who is not. When I went near the compartment I saw the impact of the blast. There were more than 10 dead bodies inside the compartment.

I saw one person whose hand was ripped apart and only his last finger was hanging and he was crying for help with his other hand. I saw other person who was hanging between the ripped iron sheets of the train and the tracks. I had never seen such a scene.

I saw one person with his elbow ripped open and his raw bone was visible with his veins hanging. I saw much more grave injuries which I think I should not mention in this email.

After seeing these I immediately prayed that there should not be any devotee inside this compartment. I started looking everywhere to see if there is any help coming from anywhere.

I saw people passing water bottles to the injured .. when I saw them doing that, I remembered my recently visited Jagannath Puri Rath yatra where approx 1 million people come and me and some of my devotee friends were helping everyone to pass water bottles to all devotees who were thirsty. I immediately decided to do that service again and I started asking everyone for water and passed to people who were injured.

After doing this for few minutes I saw that there were hundreds of people who were just watching and doing nothing. Now when I think of that I realized that there were 4 categories of people.

1. People who realized that it’s a bomb blast and just ran away from the scene.

2. People who were just shocked to see that they were traveling in the same train in which the blast happened and were standing there watching dumb founded.

3. People who were phoning their relatives and near and dear ones and taking pictures and videos from their camera phones.

4. People who were helping others removing the bodies from the compartment.

I went through all four phases. I realized that this is the right time for me to help someone and I went near the compartment again. There were some people stuck between the iron sheets of the train and the tracks so we tried to pull apart the iron sheet of the compartment so that people who were stuck can come out. There were some brave people who entered the compartment and were pushing bodies outside. One person from inside handed me a huge Iron rod; I immediately took that and asked someone to throw it aside but then one person said that we can use it to support the iron sheet when we pull it out. So then we used that rod to support the ripped iron sheets (you can see the same photo of the ripped iron sheet of the compartment being supported by a iron rod in front of many news paper)

When we pulled the iron sheet one body just fell on the ground and we realized that it was a dead body so no one touched it. We wanted to save the people who were at least half alive or injured.

Then few brave people went inside and got a persons body which was alive but his hand was ripped apart; I saw that 4 people were lifting that body and they were asking someone to help. I felt like going and helping but when I saw his hand I was afraid to touch that body. I really appreciate the bravery of the people who were helping that person. Later on I saw one person who was lying on the compartment and was looking towards me and asking for help and seeing that his entire body was naked and burnt I turned my face away. I knew that he was about to die; but even then I did not help him. I was afraid !!

I then decided to help atleast people who can walk a little and take them to hospital. By this time many local people from surrounding areas came and were helping. I saw a young boy who came near the compartment door. Some people helped him to get down and then I immediately went to him and I decided that I will take him to hospital. His entire face was blackened and his sports shoes was full of blood. He was wearing black t-shirt (atleast that’s what It looked like) and he had worn blue denim jeans but the front portion of his jeans had disappeared (burnt in the blast). He could not walk properly and he wanted to sit right there on the tracks. I told him that there is no way we can sit on the tracks and he need to go to the hospital.

I supported this boy and was walking on the tracks with him; he could not walk properly but still I encouraged him .. I told him that he should thank god and should chant Hare Krishna. When I said that he immediately looked at my face. I told him just chant the names of the lord. Then I asked him what was his name ; He told Pankaj.

I told pankaj that he is very fortunate and he did not say anything. I told him again to chant the names of the lord. Then he said that he cannot hear anything. Then I realized that all the people in that compartment might have gone deaf with the sound.

I started asking people to guide me to a hospital and they said that I should take pankaj to BABA Hospital. As there were hundreds of people on the way I screamed as much as I could to make way and then we somehow came out of the tracks and near the road. There were people who were calling Auto Rickshaws (3 wheelers) I got one of the rickshaw and me and pankaj sat inside. Then I saw few people were carrying a body and asking me to vacate the rickshaw and then I saw the body which they were holding. It was the same body whose right hand’s last finger was left and everything else was missing.

I vacated the rickshaw, then I got another rickshaw and I sat besides Pankaj. Just then another person with this head covered with blood asked me for a seat. I immediately got out and sat next to the rickshaw driver. The rickshaw driver could not take a U turn as there were hundreds of people blocking it somehow he did it. It started raining heavily. I prayed Thank GOD ! I am inside this vehicle. ( however I was getting wet because half my body was out of the vehicle.)

The rickshaw driver took us as fast as he could to BABA Hospital. When we reached there the scene was worst than I thought. BABA is a Municipal Hospital. I need not explain how municipal hospitals are in INDIA. There were people sitting with head injuries and blood all over their body and no one to attend. There were very few doctors. Since it was the nearest hospital all the injured people were coming here. I saw the same person with his last finger being taken inside by 4 people.

When I took Pankaj and the other person inside I realized that we did not have a place to sit. So we came out and sat on the stair case.

I immediately decided that I will take them to Lilavati Hospital (It is very renowned hospital and many film stars get admitted here) I told Pankaj that I will take him to Lilavati and he said yes ! the other person vanished somewhere.

I took pankaj and caught a rickshaw again and told the driver to take us to Lilavati. In 10 minutes we reached Lilavati (1 second was like hours.. I could realize the importance of time). When we reached Lilavati.. we were the first to reach there so the police started asking me “Kai Jhala ani Kuthe challe” (what happened and where are you going) I told we are Bomb Blast patients and we want to go to casualty ward.

He was surprised, but when he saw Pankaj he did not ask me anything and showed us the path. As soon as I opened the door of Casualty ward everything seemed perfect they had enough beds, doctors and nurses. They immediately took care of Pankaj.

Pankaj had given me his cell phone and asked me to call up his DAD. I asked pankaj are you feeling ok and he said his EAR is bleeding and his thighs were paining.

I started calling up Pankaj’s dad and friends. I was trying hard but all the phones were jammed and network not reachable.

After sometime one more person came in lilavati with his whole body stained with blood and his hands covered with a handkerchief and blood dripping from the cloth.

He saw me and we laid him on the next bed and he told that his name is Chintan Gandhi and gave me his cell phone and asked me to call his parents. I was trying to call pankaj and chintan’s relatives and parents. I could not get through. I myself was feeling weak by now.

I immediately called up Amit Hingorani (son of producer ‘ Arjun Hingorani) as he stays very close to Lilavati Hospital.

He immediately came rushing thinking that I am injured but when he saw me he was happy then I told him everything.

I wanted someone to emotionally support me. I hugged him and then I saw Doctor Gurucharan. I did not knew that he practices in Lilavati Hospital. I got energy after seeing 2 devotees with me.

Since Amit Hingorani’s mother is sick and alone at home I told that he should go home again.

He left only after convincing me to come to his home after I complete my formalities in the hospital.

There was one more unattended patient who was completely bleeding and could not hear anything.

He too wanted me to help contact his relatives and gave his mobile. His name was Vivek.

I waited for the next few hours in the hospital. Slowly the news came that there are around seven bomb blasts and as I was waiting for any of the relatives of Pankaj, Chintan and Vivek.

Slowly one by one the relatives came. I handed them their childs mobile, Gold chains and wallet which were handed to me by the doctors to take care.

First person I met was Chintans dad. Since I had spoken to him on phone .. he knew my name and when he saw me he was literally crying with tears flowing from his eyes and he was saying thank you ! thank you !

I took him to Chintan, and by now Chintan had a plaster on his left hand and the nurse was cleaning his face. He was shivering like a leaf. I met Chintans mom and many of his aunty’s and uncles.. they were all crying and thanking me but I just told them that its Lords mercy.

Pankaj was stripped naked and was covered with blankets as his clothes were burnt. I gave the burnt clothes and his blood soaked shoes to his dad. Slowly his mom came and when one of pankaj’s friend told her mom that I got Pankaj to the hospital she cried and she said “ aap mere liye bhagawan ho’ You are God for me. I immediately said no! and tears started flowing from my eyes.

Seeing their emotions I could not contain myself thinking of all the people who might have lost their fathers, husbands, brothers, friends, sons and employees.

Vivek’s relative also came and he too was very grateful to me for helping and he realized that I am from Hare Krishna as I was wearing Kanthi Mala (neck beads) and I loudly said yes I am from Hare Krishna.

(I wanted all the people around me Chintan’s mom/dad, relatives. Pankaj’s mom/dad, relatives and friends and Vivek’s relatives and friends to know that I am from ISKCON ‘ Hare Krishna)

They all asked me for my number and I gave them my card.

I met Gurucharan and left the scene. I went to Amit Hingorani home and he and his mom were waiting for me. Although her mom was sick she gave me nice hot prasad and Amit Hingorani gave me his T-shirt and his favorite shorts to wear and took me to his room.

It was 23:00 hrs by now we immediately lied down after arguing as to who will sleep on the bed and who will sleep on the floor. Naturally Amit Hingorani literally forced me to sleep on the bed but I forced him and I slept on the floor in front of his beautiful home deities (Sri Sri Radha Rasbihari). I closed my eyes and the entire episode, the blast sound, the right hand, the burnt faces etc.. was flashing in my mind. I could not sleep.

Dire Predictions On Tobacco-Related Illness: One Billion Deaths in the 21st Century

WASHINGTON, U.S., July 10, 2006: Curbing tobacco use and taking other steps to eliminate some of the most common risk factors for cancer could save millions of lives over the next few decades, health officials said Monday. Tobacco alone is predicted to kill a billion people this century, 10 times the toll it took in the 20th century, if current trends hold. "In all of world history, this is the largest train wreck not waiting to happen," aid John Seffrin, chief executive officer of the American Cancer Society. Reducing tobacco use would have the single largest effect on global cancer rates, Seffrin and other health officials said Monday in unveiling two reference guides that chart global tobacco use and cancer. Changing diets to contain fewer saturated fats and more fruits and vegetables, as well as reducing infection by cancer-causing viruses and bacteria, could also cut rates dramatically, they said. "We know with cancer, if we take action now, we can save 2 million lives a year by 2020 and 6.5 million by 2040," said Dr. Judith Mackay, a World Health Organization senior policy adviser.

Today, tobacco accounts for one in five cancer deaths, or 1.4 million deaths worldwide each year, according to the new Cancer Atlas. When deaths from tobacco-related cardiovascular and pulmonary diseases are included, the yearly death toll rises to nearly 5 million and it's expected to keep going up. Public health officials also said Monday that the number of teenagers smoking is again on the rise, reports CBS News correspondent Sharyn Alfonsi. For the first time in a decade the number of teen smokers grew--from about 21.9 percent in 2003 to 23 percent in 2005. Seffrin says lawmakers are blowing it by cutting funding for prevention efforts and refusing to regularly raise taxes on cigarettes--a proven way to discourage teen smokers. An estimates 1.25 billion men and women currently smoke cigarettes, and more than half of them will die from the habit, according to the newly issued second edition of the Tobacco Atlas. The two atlases were released Monday at an International Union Against Cancer conference. The two statistics-packed guides are meant as reference guides for doctors, politicians, academics, students and attorneys who work on cancer and tobacco control.

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Where Are All the Half-Evolved Dinosaurs?
Posted Jun 07, 2006

June 7, RUSSIA (PRAVDA) — Millions of people are taught that the fossil record furnishes proof of evolution. But, where are there fossils of half-evolved dinosaurs or other creatures?

The fossil record contains fossils of only complete and fully-formed species. There are no fossils of partially-evolved species to indicate that a gradual process of evolution ever occurred. Even among evolutionists there are diametrically different interpretations and reconstructions of the fossils used to support human evolution from a supposed ape-like ancestry.

Even if evolution takes millions and millions of years, we should still be able to see some stages of its process. But, we simply don't observe any partially-evolved fish, frogs, lizards, birds, dogs, cats among us. Every species of plant and animal is complete and fully-formed.

Another problem is how could partially-evolved plant and animal species survive over millions of years when their basic organs and tissues were still in the process of evolving? How, for example, were animals breathing, eating, and reproducing if there respiratory, digestive, and reproductive organs were still evolving?

In fact, precisely because of this problem more and more modern evolutionists are adopting a new theory known as Punctuated Equilibrium which says that plant and animal species evolved suddenly from one kind to another and that is why we don't see evidence of partially-evolved species in the fossil record. Of course, we have to accept their word on blind faith because there is no way to prove or disprove what they are saying. These evolutionists claim that something like massive bombardment of radiation resulted in mega mutations in species which produced "instantaneous" changes from one life form to another. The nature and issue of mutations will be discussed later and the reader will see why such an argument is not viable.

The fact that animal and plant species are found fully formed and complete in the fossil record is powerful evidence (although not proof) for creation because it is evidence that they came into existence as fully formed and complete which is possible only by creation.

Evolutionists claim that the genetic and biological similarities between species is evidence of common ancestry. However, that is only one interpretation of the evidence. Another possibility is that the comparative similarities are due to a common Designer who designed similar functions for similar purposes in all the various forms of life. Neither position can be scientifically proved.

Although Darwin was partially correct by showing that natural selection occurs in nature, the problem is that natural selection itself is not a creative force. Natural selection can only work with those biological variations that are possible. The evidence from genetics supports only the possibility for horizontal evolution (i.e. varieties of dogs, cats, horses, cows, etc.) but not vertical evolution (i.e. from fish to human). Unless Nature has the ability to perform genetic engineering vertical evolution will not be possible.

The early grooves in the human embryo that appear to look like gills are really the early stages in the formation of the face, throat, and neck regions. The so-called "tailbone" is the early formation of the coccyx and spinal column which, because of the rate of growth being faster than the rest of the body during this stage, appears to look like a tail. The coccyx has already been proven to be useful in providing support for the pelvic muscles.

Modern science has shown that there are genetic limits to evolution or biological change in nature. Again, all biological variations, whether they are beneficial to survival or not, are possible only within the genetic potential and limits of a biological kind such as the varieties among dogs, cats, horses, cows, etc.

Variations across biological kinds such as humans evolving from ape-like creatures and apes, in turn, evolving from dog-like creatures and so on, as Darwinian evolutionary theory teaches, are not possible unless Nature has the capability of performing genetic engineering.

Biological variations are determined by the DNA or genetic code of species. The DNA molecule is actually a molecular string of various nucleic acids which are arranged in a sequence just like the letters in a sentence. It is this sequence in DNA that tells cells in the body how to construct various tissues and organs.

The common belief among evolutionists is that random mutations in the genetic code over time will produce entirely new sequences for new traits and characteristics which natural selection can then act upon resulting in entirely new species. Evolutionists consider mutations to be a form of natural genetic engineering.

However, the very nature of mutations precludes such a possibility. Mutations are accidental changes in the sequential structure of the genetic code caused by various random environmental forces such as radiation and toxic chemicals.

Almost all true mutations are harmful, which is what one would normally expect from accidents. Even if a good mutation occurred for every good one there will be thousands of harmful ones with the net result over time being disastrous for the species.

Most biological variations, however, are the result of new combinations of previously existing genes - not because of mutations.

Furthermore, mutations simply produce new varieties of already existing traits. For example, mutations in the gene for human hair may change the gene so that another type of human hair develops, but the mutations won't change the gene so that feathers or wings develop.

Sometimes mutations may trigger the duplication of already existing traits (i.e. an extra finger, toe, or even an entire head, even in another area of the body!). But mutations have no ability to produce entirely new traits or characteristics.

Young people, and even adults, often wonder how all the varieties and races of people could have descended from Adam and Eve as the Bible teaches. Well, in principle, that's no different than asking how children with different color hair (i.e., blond, brunette, brown, red ) can come from the same parents who both have black hair.

Just as some individuals today carry genes to produce descendants with different color hair and eyes, our first parents, Adam and Eve, possessed genes to produce all the varieties and races of men. You and I today may not carry the genes to produce every variety or race of humans, but Adam and Eve did possess such genes.

All varieties of humans carry the genes for the same basic traits, but not all humans carry every possible variation of those genes. For example, one person may be carrying several variations of the gene for eye color (i.e., brown, green, blue) , but someone else may be carrying only one variation of the gene for eye color (i.e., brown). Thus, both will have different abilities to affect the eye color of their offspring.

Science cannot prove we're here by creation, but neither can science prove we're here by chance or macro-evolution. No one has observed either. They are both accepted on faith. The issue is which faith, Darwinian macro-evolutionary theory or creation, has better scientific support.

What we believe about life's origins does influence our philosophy and value of life as well as our view of ourselves and others. This is no small issue!

Just because the laws of science can explain how life and the universe operate and work doesn't mean there is no Maker. Would it be rational to believe that there's no designer behind airplanes because the laws of science can explain how airplanes operate and work?

Natural laws are adequate to explain how the order in life, the universe, and even a microwave oven operates, but mere undirected natural laws can never fully explain the origin of such order.

The law of entropy in science shows that the universe does not have the ability to have sustained itself from all eternity. In other words, the universe cannot be eternal and requires a beginning.

There is, of course, much more to be said on this subject. Scientist, creationist, debater, writer, and lecturer, Dr. Walt Brown covers various scientific issues ( i.e. fossils, biological variation and diversity, the origin of life, comparative anatomy and embryology, the issue of vestigial organs, the age of the earth, etc. ) at greater depth in his website at Another excellent source of information from highly qualified scientists who are creationists is the Institute for Creation Research ( in San Diego, California.

On his website, Dr. Brown even discusses the possibility of any remains of life on Mars as having originated from the Earth due to great geological disturbances in the Earth's past which easily could have spewed thousands of tons of rock and dirt containing microbes into space. In fact, A Newsweek article of September 21, 1998, p.12 mentions exactly this possibility.

It is only fair that school students be exposed to the scientific arguments and evidence on both sides of the creation/evolution issue.
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Indian Men and Their Kurtas

NEW DELHI, INDIA, June 14, 2006: This humorous news piece about Indian men failing to wear traditional dress gives food for thought while entertaining the reader. Author Jerry Pinto speaks out, "I wonder why all of us men of the East have no confidence in our own traditions as far as dress codes go. Japanese men won't wear kimonos to work and Indian men won't wear kurtas. As soon as a young man earns his MBA, he retires all his Indian clothes and gets himself a wardrobe of suits. Never mind that the suit is completely unsuitable for tropical climates." Then Pinto goes on to say that in youth these same men crawl into jeans which are hot in summer and completed unsuited to rainy weather because they never dry out when they get wet. He asks whether Indian men lack confidence or do they simply like to be hot and uncomfortable. Pinto concludes by saying, "The argument is that men in Indian clothes do not look businesslike. I don't understand this argument, and I don't buy it. If a woman in a salwar-kameez looks businesslike, then a man in a kurta should look businesslike. If a woman in a sari looks like she is ready to take on the world, a man in a sherwani should look like he is ready to schmooze with foreign clients. This is one of those few instances, in which the world works better for women and where being a male works against men. A kurta would keep you cool in the sun; it would keep you warm in the office. And the cut of the outfit is far more flattering to Indian men than Western clothes. Put a pot-bellied old plutocrat into a well-cut kurta and a multitude of sins of commission (too many buffets, too much chaakna, too many expense account martinis) and sins of omission (days skipped at the gym, the golf course or wherever), will be flatteringly hidden."

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To be comfortable in your second skin


I wonder why all of us men of the East have no confidence in our own traditions as far as dress codes go. Japanese men won’t wear kimonos to work and Indian men won’t wear kurtas. As soon as a young man earns his MBA, he retires all his Indian clothes and gets himself a wardrobe of suits. Never mind that the suit is completely unsuitable for tropical climates.

But then it seems to start young, with men. First, they climb into jeans, which don’t suit our climate either. They are so hot in summer that when you take them off, you actually feel the trapped heat escape. In the rains, they get wet and take ages to dry which means you walk into an office – which has been air-conditioned to keep the men in suits cool – and you stay wet and cold all day. In the winter, they’re fine but how many cities in India have a winter?

And yet we don’t think of anything except triple spun cotton as denim. We want to be hot and uncomfortable. We choose it. What is this about? Masochism? Or simply a lack of confidence?

The argument is that men in Indian clothes do not look businesslike. I don’t understand this argument and I don’t buy it. If a woman in a salwar-kameez looks businesslike, then a man in a kurta should look businesslike. If a woman in a sari looks like she is ready to take on the world, a man in a sherwani should look like he is ready to schmooze with foreign clients. This is one of those few instances, in which the world works better for women and where being a male works against men. (The other instance I can think of is being a male model!)

I am not arguing this from some swadeshi stance, although I do think India produces some pretty nice things and we should use them. I am not arguing this from some strange ‘Indianness’ position, because I would not be able to define it or even describe it. I am arguing this from the position of comfort, of ergonomics.

A kurta would keep you cool in the sun; it would keep you warm in the office. Pyjamas of some natural fabric would let you breathe, and they would dry fast if you got them wet in some thundershower. And the cut of the outfit is far more flattering to Indian men than western clothes. Put a pot-bellied old plutocrat into a well-cut kurta and a multitude of sins of commission (too many buffets, too much chaakna, too many expense account martinis) and sins of omission (days skipped at the gym, the golf course or wherever), will be flatteringly hidden.

Now, all we need is for someone with a great deal of self-confidence to go and do it. The rest wouldn’t follow. The rich and powerful are status quo-ist at best and at worst, afraid of change. But it would be a beginning.

And we would all be a lot more comfortable.

Jerry Pinto

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Researchers Study the Correlation Between Money and Happiness

WASHINGTON, USA, June 30, 2006: The well-used adage 'Money can't buy happiness' has been objectified in a study completed by Princeton professors, economist Alan B. Krueger and psychologist and Nobel laureate Daniel Kahneman, as well as colleagues from three other universities. The news release explains, "The researchers developed a tool to measure people's quality of daily life known as the Day Reconstruction Method (DRM), which creates an 'enjoyment scale' by requiring people to record the previous day's activities in a short diary form and describe their feelings about the experiences. For the new study, the researchers examined data from a 2004 survey, which surveyed 909 employed women in Texas. The researchers found that role of income is less significant than predicted, and that people with higher incomes do not necessarily spend more time in more enjoyable ways. "

The researchers reached the following conclusions, "The belief that high income is associated with good mood is widespread but mostly illusory. People with above-average income are relatively satisfied with their lives but are barely happier than others in moment-to-moment experience, tend to be more tense, and do not spend more time in particularly enjoyable activities. Despite the weak relationship between income and global life satisfaction or experienced happiness, many people are highly motivated to increase their income. In some cases, this focusing illusion may lead to a misallocation of time, from accepting lengthy commutes (which are among the worst moments of the day) to sacrificing time spent socializing (which are among the best moments of the day)."

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Choosing Baby's Sex to be Outlawed in UK

LONDON, ENGLAND, July 12, 2006: Sex selection of babies for non-medical reasons is set to be outlawed in the UK under Government plans for a shake-up of embryology regulation. Health Minister Caroline Flint told MPs she was minded to introduce a "clear and specific ban" on the use of new techniques to choose one gender of baby. Allowing parents to pick sex for reasons such as "balancing" the make-up of their family could be the start of a "slippery slope" to designer babies, she warned. But the ban would not prevent British people going abroad where such practices were legal, she accepted.

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In the West we think we are a human being having a spiritual experience.
In the East we know we are a spiritual being having a human experience.

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By Stephen  Knapp (Srinandanandan dasa ACBSP)

Many  people may know about Buddhism, but few seem to understand its connections with  Vedic culture and how many aspects of it have origins in the Vedic philosophy.  To begin with, it was several hundred years before the time of Lord Buddha that  his birth was predicted in the  Srimad-Bhagavatam: "In the beginning  of the age of Kali, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will appear in the  province of Gaya as Lord Buddha, the son of Anjana, to bewilder those who are  always envious of the devotees of the Lord." (Bhag.1.3.24)

This  verse indicates that Lord Buddha was an incarnation of the Supreme who would  appear in Gaya, a town in central India. But some historians may point out that  Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, was actually born in Lumbini, Nepal, and that his  mother was Queen Mahamaya. Therefore, this verse may be inaccurate. But actually  Siddhartha became the Buddha after he attained spiritual enlightenment during  his meditation under the Bo tree in Gaya. This means that his spiritual  realization was his second and most important birth. Furthermore, Siddhartha's  mother, Queen Mahamaya, died several days after Siddhartha's birth, leaving him  to be raised by his grandmother, Anjana. So the prediction in the  Bhagavatam is verified.
When  Lord Buddha appeared, the people of India, although following the Vedas,  had deviated from the primary goal of Vedic philosophy. They had become  preoccupied with performing ceremonies and rituals for material enjoyment. Some  of the rituals included animal sacrifices. The people had begun to sacrifice  animals indiscriminately on the plea of Vedic rituals and then indulged in  eating the flesh. Being misled by unworthy priests, much unnecessary animal  killing was going on and the people were becoming more degraded and  atheistic. The  rituals that included animal sacrifices, according to the Vedas, were not  meant for eating flesh. An old animal would be placed in the sacrificial fire  and, after the mantras were chanted, it would come out of the fire in a new and  younger body as a test to show the potency of the Vedic mantras.
However, as the  power of the priests deteriorated, they could no longer chant the mantras  properly and, therefore, the animals would not be brought back to life. So in  the age of Kali all such sacrifices are forbidden because there are no longer  any brahmanas who can chant the mantras correctly. Thus, Lord Buddha appeared  and rejected the Vedic rituals and preached the philosophy of nonviolence. In  the Dhammapada (129-130) Buddha says, "All beings fear death and pain,  life is dear to all; therefore the wise man will not kill or cause anything to  be killed."
The  Vedic literature also teaches nonviolence, but Buddha taught the people who used  the Vedas for improper purposes to give them up and simply follow him.  Thus, he saved the animals from being killed and saved the people from being  further misled by the corrupt priests. However, he did not teach the Vedic  conclusions of spiritual knowledge but taught his own philosophy. Buddha  was born in the town of Lumbini in Nepal as the son of a king of the Shakya  clan. He is generally accepted to have lived during 560-477 B.C. but has been  shown to have been born in 1887 B.C. and died in 1807 B.C. Check the article  _Reestablishing  the Date of Lord Buddha_
(  for more evidence of this. His  mother, Queen Mahamaya, before she conceived him, saw him in a dream descending  from heaven and entering her womb as a white elephant. After his birth his  father sheltered him from the problems of the world as much as possible. Later,  Buddha married and had one son. It was during this time that he began to be  disturbed by the problems life forced on everyone, especially after he had seen  for the first time a man afflicted with disease, another man who was decrepit  with age, a dead man being carried to the cremation grounds, and a monk who had  dedicated himself to the pursuit of finding a release from the problems of  life.
Soon  after this, at the age of 29, he renounced his family and became a wandering  beggar. For six years Buddha sought enlightenment as an austere ascetic. He  would eat very little food, sometimes only one grain of rice a day, and his  bones would stick out as if he were a skeleton. Finally giving that up, thinking  that enlightenment was not to be found in such a severe manner, he again became  a beggar living on alms. When he started to eat more regularly, the five  mendicants who were with him left him alone, thinking that he had given up his  resolution. During this time he came to Gaya where he determinedly sat in  meditation under the Bo tree for seven weeks. He was tempted by Mara, the Evil  One, with many pleasures in an effort to make Gautama Buddha give up his quest.  But finally he attained enlightenment. It was then that he became the  enlightened Buddha.
Buddha  at first hesitated to teach his realizations to others because he knew that the  world would not want them. Of what use would there be in trying to teach men who  were sunk in the darkness of illusion? Nonetheless, he decided to make the  attempt. He then went to Benares and met the five mendicants who had deserted  him near Gaya. There in the Deer Park, in present day Sarnath, he gave his first  sermon, which was the beginning of Buddhism.

Buddha  taught four basic truths: that suffering exists, there is a cause for suffering,  suffering can be eradicated, and there is a means to end all suffering. But  these four noble truths had previously been discussed in the Sankhya philosophy  before Buddha's appearance, and had later been further elaborated upon in  Patanjali's Yoga Sutras. So this train of thought actually was not new.  Buddha  also taught that suffering is essentially caused by ignorance and our own mental  confusion about the purpose life. The suffering we experience can end once we  rid ourselves of this confusion through the path of personal development.  Otherwise, this confusion and ignorance causes us to perform unwanted activities  that become part of our karma that must be endured in this or another existence.  When karma ceases, so does the need for birth and, naturally, old age, sorrow,  and death. With the cessation of birth, there is the cessation of consciousness  and entrance into nirvana follows. Thus, according to this, there is no  soul and no personal God, but only the void, the nothingness that is the essence  of everything to which we must return. Although this was the basic premise from  which Buddha taught, this theory was mentioned in the Nasadiya-sukta of  the Rig-veda long before Buddha ever appeared. However,  Buddha refused to discuss how the world was created or what was existence in  nirvana. He simply taught that one should live in a way that would  produce no more karma while enduring whatever karmic reactions destiny brought.  This would free one from further rebirth.

In  order to accomplish this, Buddha gave a complete system for attaining  nirvana that consisted of eight steps. These were right views  (recognizing the imperfect and temporary nature of the world), right resolve  (putting knowledge into practice or living the life of truth and nonviolence  toward all creatures, including vegetarianism), right speech (giving up lies,  slander, and unnecessary talk), right conduct (nonviolence, truthfulness,  celibacy, nonintoxication, and nonstealing), right livelihood (honest means of  living that does not interfere with others or with social harmony), right effort  (maintaining spiritual progress by remaining enthusiastic and without negative  thoughts), right mindfulness (remaining free from worldly attachments by  remembering the temporary nature of things), and right meditation (attaining  inner peace and tranquility and, finally, indifference to the world and one's  situation, which leads to nirvana). This, for the most part, is merely  another adaptation of the basic yamas and niyamas that are the  rules of what to do and what not to do that are found in the Vedic system of  yoga.
However,  because of Buddha's lack of interest in discussing any metaphysical topics, many  interpretations of his philosophy were not only possible but were formed,  especially after his disappearance. The two main divisions of Buddhism that  developed were the Hinayana, or lesser vehicle, and Mahayana, or greater  vehicle. The Hinayana was more strict and held onto Buddha's original teachings  and uses Pali as the language of its scriptures. It also accepts reaching  nirvana as the goal of life. Hinayana stresses one's own enlightenment and puts less emphasis on helping others, and Mahayana emphasizes the need of  enlightenment for the good of others while overlooking the need to realize the  truth within. The Mahayana accepts Sanskrit as the language for its texts and  integrates principles from other schools of philosophy, making it more accessible to all varieties of people. Gradually, as followers came from numerous cultural backgrounds, Mahayana Buddhism drastically changed from its original form.

The  ideal of the Mahayana system is the bodhisattva, the person who works for  enlightenment for all other living beings. The personification of this enlightened compassion is one of the major deities of Buddhism, Avalokiteshvara, who is represented in a variety of forms and images. The mantra that is the sound representation of this enlightened compassion is om mani padme hum, which is chanted on beads by aspiring Buddhists. The vibration of this mantra evokes compassionate qualities and feelings in the heart and consciousness of a  person who chants it.

A  third division of Buddhism is the Vajrayana sect. This has the same principles  as the Mahayana, but the Vajrayana bases its process for achieving enlightenment  on the Buddhist Tantras, which are supposed to reveal a quicker path to  enlightenment. The Vajrayana path is one of transforming the inner psychological  energy toward enlightenment by the use of various types of yogic techniques.  First they try to change their conventional perceptions of this world by  identifying themselves with the Buddhist deity that they feel affinity for, and  to view the mandala of the particular deity as the world.  Ultimately,  this form of meditation, as well as other techniques used in this system, is  meant to give one the experience of what is called the "clear light." This clear  light is said to be experienced by everyone shortly after death, but most people  hardly notice it because they are not prepared for it.
The idea is that if one  is prepared for it before death, it can help one to be ready to merge into it  when he sees it after death.

As  Buddhism flourished, the Hinayana spread through the south in Ceylan, Burma, and  Thailand, while the Mahayana spread to the North and East and is now found  primarily in Tibet, China, and Japan. The Mahayana school still uses knowledge  of kundalini and the chakras in its teachings, other topics that  are traced to the Vedic system. It is this Mahayana school which has now developed more than twenty sects with a variety of teachings that, in some  cases, especially in the West, have become so distorted that it is impossible to distinguish the original principles that were established by Buddha. Besides  the Vedic similarities in Buddhism already mentioned, there are many additional  correlations between the Vedic literature and the Buddhist religion of the  Far East. For example, the word Ch’an of the Ch’an school of Chinese  Buddhism is Chinese for the Sanskrit word dhyana, which means meditation, as does the word zen in Japanese. Furthermore, the deity Amitayus is the origin of all other Lokesvara forms of Buddha and is considered the original  spiritual master, just as Balarama (the expansion of Lord Krishna) in the Vedic  literature is the source of all the Vishnu incarnations and is the original  spiritual teacher. Also, the trinity doctrine of Mahayana Buddhism explains the three realms of manifestations  of Buddha, which are the dharmakaya realm of Amitabha (the original  two-armed form is Amitayus), the sambhogakaya realm of the spiritual  manifestation (in which the undescended form of Lokesvara or Amitayus reigns),  and the rupakaya realm, the material manifestation (which is where the  Buddha in the form of Lokesvara incarnates in so many other different forms).  This is a derivative of the Vedic philosophy. Thus, Lokesvara is actually a  representation of Vishnu to the Mahayana Buddhists.  Furthermore,  all the different incarnations of Vishnu appear as different forms of Lokesvara  in Buddhism. For example, Makendanatha Lokesvara is the same as the Vedic  Matsya, Badravaraha Lokesvara is Varaha, Hayagriva in Buddhism is the  horse-necked one as similarly described in the Vedic literature, and so on. And  the different forms of Lakshmi, Vishnu’s spouse as the Goddess of Fortune,  appear as the different forms of Tara in the forms of White Tara, the Green  Tara, etc. Even the fearful forms of Lokesvara are simply the fearful aspects of  Lord Vishnu, as in the case of the threatening image of Yamantaka, who is simply  the form of the Lord as death personified. The name is simply taken from  Yamaraja, the Vedic lord of death.

Many  times you will also see Buddhist paintings depicting a threefold bending form of  Bodhisattvas and Lokesvaras much the same way Krishna is depicted. This is  because the Bodhisattvas were originally styled after paintings from India,  which were prints of Krishna. Most images of Tara are also similar to paintings  of Lakshmi in that one hand is held in benediction. And Vajrayogini, the Buddha  in female aspect, is certainly styled after goddess Kali or Durga. Kuvera, the  lord of wealth in the Vedic culture, is Kuvera Vaishravana in Buddhism. There  are many other carry-overs from the Vedic tradition into Buddhism that can be  recognized, such as the use of ghee lamps and kusha grass, and the offerings of  barley and ghee in rituals that resemble Vedic ceremonies. In this way, we can  see the many similarities and connections in Buddhism with Vedic culture, which  is the origin of many of the concepts found within
Therefore, after the disappearance of  Lord Buddha, the authority of the Vedas and Vedic culture was reinstated  by such scholarly personalities as Shankaracarya, Ramanujacarya, Madhvacarya,  Nimbarka, Baladeva Vidyabushana, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and others.
Also see, _A  Buddhist's Pilgrimage_ ( , a photographic pilgrimage with 22 photos of the  Holiest
places of Buddha, including Lumbini his birth place, Bodhgaya where he  became enlightened, Sarnath where he gave his first sermon, and Kushinagar where  he left this world.for a photographic visit to the major places of Buddha, including Lumbini, Bodhgaya, Sarnath, and Kushinagar.  Available at:  ( .

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Real Leader:

Once there was a man who liked to eat mangoes. One day he decided to get the sweetest mango available, from the very top of the tree. Mangoes which are exposed to the sun the most are the sweetest.

So he climbed up to the top, where the branches were thin. He managed to pick up a few sweet reddish fruits, but, in an attempt to climb down, he slipped and started falling towards the ground. Fortunately, he caught the branch as he was falling and remained helplessly hanging on the tree. Then he started to call nearby villagers for help. They immediately came with a ladder and sticks, but could do little to help him.

Then after some time one calm and thoughtful person arrived - a well-known sage who lived in a simple hut nearby. People were very curious to see what he would do, as he was famous in solving many people's problems in the area and sometimes very complicated ones.

He was silent for a minute and then picked up a stone and threw it at the hanging man. Everybody was surprised. The hanging mango lover started to shout: “What are you doing?! Are you crazy? Do you want me to break my neck?” The sage was silent. Then he took another stone and threw it at the man. The man was furious: “If I could just come down, I would show you… !”

That's what everybody wanted. That he came down. But how? Now everybody was tense, as to what would happen next! Some wanted to chastise the sage, but they didn't. The sage picked another stone and threw it again at the man, even more forcefully. Now the man on the tree was enraged and developed a great determination to come down and take revenge.

He then used all his skill and strength and somehow reached the branches which were safe to start going down. And he made it! Everybody was amazed. “Where is the sage?!” - exclaimed the rescued man. “Oh, he is a wise man. So he didn't wait for you to beat him,”- said the villagers. “I will really smash him completely!” “Hey, wait a minute. He is the only one who helped you. He is the one who provoked you, who induced you to help yourself.”

The mango freak stopped for a second, thought for a moment and admitted: “Yes, all your good intentions and compassion didn't help me. But he expertly induced me to give my best and save myself. I should be thankful and not angry.” So this is an instructive leadership story. A real leader makes us, although sometimes in strange ways, take initiative in our life and give our best. We have to give our best shot, if we want extraordinary results. The best leader makes you a leader by making you responsible for your life.

Source - Leadership Excellence magazine

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deficiency or without any medical reason.

Repeated miscarriages or death of children.

Sudden unnatural deaths in the family.

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.

Sudden quarrels between brothers or the members of the family, without any reason.

Unexpected loss in the business of property.

Ill health and under development of children.

Loss of peace due to the fear of enemies and their evil designs.

Discord between spouses or the family.

Greatest efforts always resulting in failure.

Lack of Govt, favours, promotions and the desired raises or transfers.

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.

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HG Amal Bhakta dasa ACBSP

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

HH Bhaktivaibhava Swami

HH Bhakti Vikas Swami

HH Bir-Krishna Goswami

HH Devamrita Swami
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HH Jayadvaiata Swami:

HH Jayapataka Swami
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HH Kadamba Kanana Swami

HH Kavichandra Swami:

HH Prabhavishnu Swami

HH Prahladananda Swami

HH Romapada Swami

HH Sacinandan Swami

HH Sivaram Swami:

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

HH Suhotra dasa Tapa Vanacharin

HH Trivikram Swami

HH Umapati Swami:

HG Vaiyasaki dasa Adhikari

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The New Iskcon Auckland temple

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Hare KrishnaSchool & Playgroup

Krishna Conscious education for children

Hare Krishna School in Riverhead, Auckland is a government funded school that runs from 9am – 3pm five days a week. We cover all core subjects in the New Zealand Curriculum and in addition teach Sanskrit, Sastra and Vedic arts. Children who come to this school get everything that children at state schools get plus Vedic culture and values in a serene rural environment.

A school bus service provides transport from Auckland suburbs.

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Gaura Yoga Centre
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Harinaam Kirtan and Bhajans in Tauranga BOP.
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Vegetarian Clubs
Waikato University - Hamilton campus

2 days per week serving about 100 plates each day.

Auckland Veda club.
Auckland University - Wellesley St. campus

Its a simple weekly program thats been running for a few years, at Clubspace,
where we have a vegetarian prasadam lunch and sometimes show a video.
Srila Prabhupada's books are available to browse or buy.

For more information contact Auckland temple:

Otago University - Dunedin - Vege Club
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Nimananda das and his wife Suchitra devi dasi, Organisers of the Food for Life Restaurant in Auckland City, celebrated Srila Prabhupada’s 108th Birthday, by following the request of their spiritual master, Tamal Krisna Goswami, to distribute prasadam to the public.They have been performing this act of charity regularly for 19 years in Fiji, Wellington and now Auckland.

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

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Practicing Krishna Consciousness at Home:

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East Meets West @ "The Loft"
Enjoy an enlightening time associating with energetic devotees. Explore the similarities of ancient and modern surroundings through Krishna consciousness in a friendly non-threatening atmosphere.

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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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Sacred Vegetarian Recipes - Prasadam

World Vegetarian Day 1st October each year

World Vegetarian Awareness Month - October

see what's already happened last year

see what we hear is to be happening this year

See our previous World Vegetarian Day issue of the newsletter for a wide range of Vegetarian issues
2005 World Vegetarian Day newsletter
Shaligram Tirtha Pradarshini newsletter October 2005 - Theme Prasadam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Chaturmasya four month fasting period is Here:

These recipes are specifically used in the Brahma-Madhwa Vaishnava community for shaaka haara vrata - first month of Chaturmasya where one fasts from Greem leafy vegetables - spinach:  &

Vegan and Vegetarian recipes
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Vegetarian Kitchen Crafts:

This list is about vegetarian kitchen crafts. This list is created for postings regarding back to basics vegetarian kitchen crafts. When we say vegetarian we mean no meat, fish or eggs. When we say back to basics, we mean tips on making yeast, bread, gluten, tofu, sprouts and so forth.   Post a Message:

Cheddar Crust Pastry

Yield: Two 8" or 9" pie crusts or one 10" crust

2 cups all-purpose flour
½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup vegetable shortening
4 to 5 tablespoons ice water

In a medium bowl mix the flour, shredded Cheddar cheese and salt. With a pastry blender or fork, cut in the vegetable shortening until the pieces are the size of peas. Stir in ice water 1 tablespoon at a time until the dough just holds together.

General Rules On Pie Crust(s)

1) Have Ghee or Butter and Water Very Cold. Solid vegetable shortening - the sort that comes in a can - may be at room temperature.

2) Chill Dough After Mixing. If you have time, chill it in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. It will be easier to handle, less likely to shrink, and bake up flakier.

3) Use a Hot Oven. High heat explodes solid fat particles in the Ghee or Butter (you chill dough to harden the fat). The explosions create steam which lightens and crisps the pastry. At lower oven temperatures, the fat just softens and melts - no explosion, no crisping steam.

This recipe is from “Great Vegetarian Dishes from Around the World.” by Kurma prabhu
8 med. potatoes, peeled and sliced thin
1 Tbsp. olive oil
¾ tsp. yellow asafetida powder (hing)
½ tsp. ground dried rosemary (more is good too)
¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
½ tsp. turmeric
3 Cups. vege sour cream (3 Cups yogurt)
1 Tbsp. melted butter
2 tsp. salt
½ C. water
1 tsp. sweet paprika
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, chopped

1. Boil the potato slices in lightly salted water in a quart sized saucepan until they are cooked but firm. Remove and drain.
2. In a separate pot put the olive oil to a medium saucepan over moderate heat and when hot, add the asafetida. Sauté momentarily.
3. Add the rosemary, black pepper, and turmeric and stir briefly.
4. Add the sour cream, melted butter, salt and water. Whisk it into a smooth sauce and remove from the heat.
5. Combine potato slices and sour cream (or yogurt) mixture into a casserole dish, sprinkle with paprika, and bake at 390 degrees for 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown.
6. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve hot.

A variation is to bake cheese over the top once the yogurt or sour cream has permeated the entire prep dying a little.


This recipe is from the "Kurma" cookbook "Great Vegetarian Dishes" page 34.

Preparation Time: 50 mins
Dough Rising Time: one and half hours
Baking time: 45 mins
Makes 2 loaves

6 teaspoons (30 ml) fresh yeast
1 tablespoon (20 ml) brown sugar
2 1/2 cups (625 ml) warm water
1/2 (125 ml) gluten flour
2 teaspoons (10 ml) salt
6 cups (1.5 litres) wholemeal flour
1 tablespoon (20 ml) oil
little milk
sesame seeds

1/. Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl, crumbling the yeast and mixing it well. Leave this bowl undisturbed in a warm place for 10 minutes or until frothy.
2/. Combine the gluten flour, salt, and half the wholemeal flour in a large bowl. Add the yeast and the oil. Mix with a wooden spoon until well combined. Let it stand, covered, for 30 minutes.
3/. Stir the mixture. Add flour to make a soft dough. Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead it for 8-10 minutes or until smooth and elasitc.
4/. Wash and oil the mixing bowl. Roll the dough into a ball, coat it with oil, and place it in the bowl, covered. Let it rise in a warm place for one hour or until it has doubled in size.
5/. Punch down the dough with your fist and knead again lightly. Shape it into 2 loaves. Place the loaves into oiled loaf tins and cover them, placing them in a warm spot for another 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 200 Centigrade/Celsius - 390 F.
6/. Brush the risen loaves with milk and sprinkle them with sesame seeds. Place them in the hot oven and cook for about 45 minutes or until golden,
crisp, and hollow-sounding when tapped. Remove the tins from the oven and let stand for 10 miutes.
        Now you can carefully invert the bread tins and turn out the loaves, placing them on cooling racks. When the loaves are completely cool, slice and use as required.

Chickpea Spread

6 to 8 servings

This is excellent stuffed into or spread on pita bread, as well as on crispbreads and crackers. I like it best on fresh pumpernickel bread.

One 16-ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1/3 cup soy mayonnaise
1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

Mash the chickpeas well (either by hand with a fork, or pulse on and off in a food processor until coarsely mashed­don’t puree!). Combine them in a serving container with the remaining ingredients. Mix together well, and serve.

Vermicelli Paayasa (shaavigi Paayasa)

     2 cups of roasted vermicelli (roasted in a tbsp of ghee)
     1 and 3/4 cup of sugar
     1/2 tsp of saffron threads
     1 and 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder
     2 tbsp of cashews
     2 tbsp of raisins
     4 cups of whole milk/2% milk

Roast cashews and raisins in a tsp of ghee and keep it aside. Pour required amount of milk and allow it to boil. To the boiled milk add roasted vermicelli. Once the vermicelli gets cooked in the milk, add sugar. Then add roasted cashews, raisins, ground cardamom, and saffron threads. Allow it to boil and serve it warm or cold.

Shira (unlike kshira of Bengal or Orissa)
Ingredients and Method:
Pleae refer to Rava Kesari.
The only differences are as follows:
1. Do with pure and happy heart.
2.Do not add food colors (saffron will do)
3.Finally add one finely cut banana and mix well.

Rava Kesari
     2 cups of roasted cream of wheat (roasted in a tbsp of ghee)
     1 and 3/4 cup of sugar
     1/2 tsp of saffron threads
     1 and 1/2 tsp of cardamom powder
     2 tbsp of cashews
     2 tbsp of raisins
     4 cups of whole milk/2% milk

Roast cashews and raisins in a tsp of ghee and keep it aside. Pour required amount of milk and allow it to boil. To the boiled milk add roasted rava. Once rava gets cooked in the milk add sugar. Then add roasted cashews, raisins, ground cardamom, and saffron threads.If necessary add orange food color. Allow it to boil and serve hot


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

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

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:

Visit our Award winning site - Vegetarianism & Beyond
Interesting articles - information - history - arguments - links............ (been re-vamped) 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 presents
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.


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

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

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

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

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

A Beginners Guide to Vegetarianism:

How Mary and Frank and Friends Eat - very nice Vegetarian pages:

Vegetarian recipes:

101 Reasons Why I'm a Vegetarian:

Healthy Indian Vegetarian Cooking Recipes:

Excellent "Meat Substitute" recipes

Hundreds of Vegetarian recipes

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


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

Religious Stands on Vegetarianism

Vaishnavism - Hinduism
Christianity - Bible - Book of Morman - 7th Day Adventist

From World Vegetarian Awareness Month 2004 - 2005 newsletters
- oxymoron of the yuga:

Protect both our species, two-legged and four-legged. Both food and water for their needs supply.
May they with us increase in stature and strength. Save us from hurt all our days, O Powers!

Rig Veda Samhita 10.37.11.

Download one of Bhakti Rasa prabhu's songs for FREE
"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 Shopping

XMAS Recipes @
We wish you a Vege Xmas...and a Hari new year.

Wellington Vegetarian Society' Newsletters

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

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


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

see their mention on our 2004 events

Vegetarian and Vegetarian Friendly Restaurants throughout New Zealand

Play the new Diamond Jubilee Vegan Game - Spot The Vegan

Challenge a friend to - Spot The Vegan

How did you do?

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

See more details HERE

McDeath - the facts about Ronnie McDonalds:

Food Additives

Vegetarian and Non Vegetarian Food Additives


Questions About Food Ingredients - US

Confusing food labels - UK

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

See more details HERE

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

Vegetarian Cartoons and Jokes

 Krishna Conscious - Vedikly acceptable Jokes

Healing with humour: Taking better care of ourselves  =>;-))
Visit our Hasya Rasa pages

Laughter Therapy - its no joke:

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

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

We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
Benjamin Franklin

Note: this equates with Kalau shudra sambhava - everyone is born untrained.......but then by the mercy of Guru and Krishna one can change

An old nun who was living in a convent next to a construction site noticed the coarse language of the workers and decided to spend some time with them to correct their ways.  She decided she would take her lunch, sit with the workers and talk with them.  She put her sandwich in a brown bag and walked over to the spot where the men were eating.

She walked up to the group and with a big smile asked, "Do you men know Jesus Christ?"

They shook their heads and looked at each other.  One of the workers looked up into the steelwork and yelled, "Anybody up there know Jesus Christ?"

One of the steelworkers asked why.

The worker yelled, "His wife is here with his lunch".

Science and Proof


written by Armen H. Zemanian, published in The Physics Teacher, May 1994.

The usual techniques for proving things are often inadequate because they are merely concerned with truth. For more practical objectives, there are other powerful - but generally unacknowledged - methods. Here is an (undoubtedly incomplete) list of them:

Proof of Blatant Assertion: Use words and phrases like "clearly...,""obviously...,""it is easily shown that...," and "as any fool can plainly see..."

Proof by Seduction: "If you will just agree to believe this, you might get a better final grade."

Proof by Intimidation: "You better believe this if you want to pass the course."

Proof by Interruption: Keep interrupting until your opponent gives up.

Proof by Misconception: An example of this is the Freshman's Conception of the Limit Process: "2 equals 3 for large values of 2." Once introduced, any conclusion is reachable.

Proof by Obfuscation: A long list of lemmas is helpful in this case - the more, the better.

Proof by Confusion: This is a more refined form of proof by obfuscation. The long list of lemmas should be arranged into circular patterns of reasoning - and perhaps more baroque structures such as figure-eights and fleurs-de-lis.

Proof by Exhaustion: This is a modification of an inductive proof. Instead of going to the general case after proving the first one, prove the second case, then the third, then the fourth, and so on - until a sufficiently large n is achieved whereby the nth case is being propounded to a soundly sleeping audience.

More proof methods: Proof by passion: The author gives the proof with a lot of passion, expressive eyes and vigorous movements...

Proof by example: The author gives only the case n = 2 and suggests that it contains most of the ideas of the general proof.

Proof by intimidation: 'Trivial.'

Proof by vigorous handwaving: Works well in a classroom or seminar setting.

Proof by cumbersome notation: Best done with access to at least four alphabets and special symbols.

Proof by exhaustion: An issue or two of a journal devoted to your proof is useful.

Proof by omission: 'The reader may easily supply the details.'  'The other 253 cases are analogous.'  '...'

Proof by obfuscation: A long plotless sequence of true and/or meaningless syntactically related statements.

Proof by wishful citation: The author cites the negation, converse, or generalization of a theorem from literature to support his claims.

Proof by funding: How could three different government agencies be wrong?

Proof by personal communication: 'Eight-dimensional colored cycle stripping is NP-complete [Karp, personal communication].'

Proof by reduction to the wrong problem: 'To see that infinite-dimensional colored cycle stripping is decidable, we reduce it to the halting problem.'

Proof by reference to inaccessible literature: The author cites a simple corollary of a theorem to be found in a privately circulated memoir of the Slovenian Philological Society, 1883.

Proof by importance: A large body of useful consequences all follow from the proposition in question.

Proof by accumulated evidence: Long and diligent search has not revealed a counterexample.

Proof by cosmology: The negation of the proposition is unimaginable or meaningless. Popular for proofs of the existence of God.

Proof by mutual reference: In reference A, Theorem 5 is said to follow from Theorem 3 in reference B, which is shown from Corollary 6.2 in reference C, which is an easy consequence of Theorem 5 in reference A.

Proof by metaproof: A method is given to construct the desired proof. The correctness of the method is proved by any of these techniques.

Proof by picture: A more convincing form of proof by example. Combines well with proof by omission.

Proof by vehement assertion: It is useful to have some kind of authority in relation to the audience.

Proof by ghost reference: Nothing even remotely resembling the cited theorem appears in the reference given.

Proof by forward reference: Reference is usually to a forthcoming paper of the author, which is often not as forthcoming as at first.

Proof by semantic shift: Some standard but inconvenient definitions are changed for the statement of the result.

Proof by appeal to intuition: Cloud-shaped drawings frequently help here.

Even more Proof Techniques

Methods for getting people to believe you (as good as, if not better than, proof).  A collection of proof techniques that will prove invaluable to both mathematicians and members of the general public.

PROOF TECHNIQUE #1 - 'Proof By Induction'

     1.  Obtain a large power transformer.
     2.  Find someone who does not believe your theorem.
     3.  Get this person to hold the terminals on the HV side of the transformer.
     4.  Apply 25000 volts AC to the LV side of the transformer.
     5.  Repeat step (4) until they agree with the theorem.

PROOF TECHNIQUE #2 - 'Proof By Contradiction'

     1.  State your theorem.
     2.  Wait for someone to disagree.
     3.  Contradict them.


     1.  Summon all your inferiors for a departmental meeting.
     2.  Present your theorem.
     3.  Fire those who disagree.

PROOF TECHNIQUE #4 - The Famous Water Proof

     1.  State your theorem.
     2.  Wait for someone to disagree.
     3.  Drown them.

     NB.  This is closely related to the 'bullet' proof, but is easier to make look like an accident.

PROOF TECHNIQUE #5 - Idiot Proof

     1.  State your theorem.
     2.  Write exhaustive documentation with glossy colour pictures and arrows about which bit goes where.
     3.  Challenge anyone to not understand it.

PROOF TECHNIQUE #6 - Child Proof

     1.  State your theorem.
     2.  Encapsulate it in epoxy and shape it into an ellipsoid.
     3.  Put it in a jar with all the other proofs (one with one of those Press-to-Open lids).
     4.  Give it to a professor and challenge him to open it.

PROOF TECHNIQUE #7 - Rabbit Proof

     1.  Generate theorems at an altogether startling rate, much faster than anybody is able to refute them. Use up every
         body else's paper.  Run away at the slightest sign of danger.
     2.  Leave any crap in small, easily identified piles, in prominent places where you no longer are, and it cannot in
         fact be proven that you ever were.


     1.  State your theorem.
     2.  Invite colleagues to comment.
     3.  If they don't agree, exclaim loudly, "You Fools!"

sent in by Yagnesh Rajani in Malawi....maybe Lena mataji doesn't know hahaha

Two senior ladies met for the first time since graduating from high school.
One asked the other, "You were always so organized in school; did you manage to live a well planned life?"

"Oh yes," said her friend. "My first marriage was to a millionaire, my second marriage was to an actor,
my third marriage was to a preacher, and now I'm married to a mortician."

Her friend asked, "What do those marriages have to do with a well-planned life?"

"One for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go!"

Did you ever wonder?
The new Supermarket near my house has an automatic mist machine to keep the produce fresh. Just before it goes on, you hear the sound of a thunderstorm.

When you approach the milk cases, you hear cows mooing.

When you approach the egg case, you hear hens cackle.

I have been too afraid to go down the toilet paper aisle.

yummy.......that's healthy marketing

Bombay, India - Dell Computers has taken the next step in providing its customers with fast phone support.  “We’ve had complaints in the past, but this new system will allow us to provide ultra cheap and berry fast service to our customers,” explains John Smith, Dell’s Customer Service Vice-President.  “Now everyone in our village can participate, and the most best thing is that we all can share the $3 per day provided to us by the most honorable Dell persons,” explains a newly trained customer service agent.

In California's Sonoma Valley, where vineyards cater to wine snobbery, a woman phoned the classified ad department of a newspaper.
She offered for sale what sounded like "well-aged Caumeneur."

The ad-taker was unfamiliar with that particular wine, but was used to the infusion of French words into the local vocabulary.

"Could you please spell that?" she asked.

"You know," said the woman impatiently, "C-o-w M-a-n-u-r-e."

maybe not the best of advertisement boards..........

An uncertain and nervous witness was being cross-examined. The lawyer thundered, "Have you ever been married?"

"Yes, sir," said the witness in a low voice. "Once."

"Whom did you marry?"

"Well, a woman."

The lawyer said angrily, "Of course you married a woman. Did you ever hear of anyone marrying a man?"

The witness replied, "My sister did. Three times!" said so on the back of the rickshaw !!!!!

The ways of this material world - strange but true

I was once asked to choose my favorite body part. So, I picked my nose.

shhhhhhhhheeeeeeeesh - now there's a sign of the times we live in !!!!!!

PALMISTRY, n. The 947th method (according to Mimbleshaw's classification) of obtaining money by false pretences. It consists in "reading character" in the wrinkles made by closing the hand. The pretence is not altogether false; character can really be read very accurately in this way, for the wrinkles in every hand submitted plainly spell the word "dupe." The imposture consists in not reading it aloud.

Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce

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

The children begged for a hamster, and after the usual fervent vows that they alone would care for it, they got one.

They named it Dhanny.  Two months later, when Mom found herself responsible for cleaning and feeding the creature, she located a prospective new home for it.

The children took the news of Dhanny's imminent departure quite well, though one of them remarked, "He's been around here a long time--we'll miss him."

"Yes," Mom replied, "But he's too much work for one person, and since I'm that one person, I say he goes."

Another child offered, "Well, maybe if he wouldn't eat so much and wouldn't be so messy, we could keep him."

But Mom was firm. "It's time to take Dhanny to his new home now," she insisted. "Go and get his cage."

With one voice and in tearful outrage the children shouted, "Dhanny? We thought you said Daddy!"

A spoof of the following article


The person who threw the stone said they had no intention to hurt anyone

PANDEMONIUM, n. Literally, the Place of All the Demons. Most of them have escaped into politics and finance, and the place is now used as a lecture hall by the Audible Reformer. When disturbed by his voice the ancient echoes clamor appropriate responses most gratifying to his pride of distinction.

Devil's Dictionary, Ambrose Bierce

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


Please Try our little Colour Test - Right Brain vs Left Brain:

You might like to check out Krishna-conscious jokes -
Also check out the Humour section of the Main Index:

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