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The Disappearance of Sriman Gaura Hari das (baba) TKG.

At the Wellington Temple on Monday 5th June at about 11.15 am

By the grace of Sri Sri Nitai-Gauranga Who he served so nicely, he passed away peacefully after devotees had given him a Maha-prasad Tulsi leaf and charanamrta from bathing the Shaligram. He consciously drank the charanamrta and swallowed the Tulsi leaf while Jagdish Prasad kept chanting the Mahamantra to him continuously. In this way his passing was glorious.

The conclusion of the Antyesthi Kriya was performed successfully at the Hamilton Park Crematorium Chapel at 12.45pm by Guru das (TKG.) n the following Friday amid many loving devotees from all over the North Island.

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This story by Srila Bhaktisiddhantha Maharaj, defines a kind of
religionist called a syncretist?

A rich landlord had a flattering servant, a "yes man" who was
always most deferential to his master only because he desired
reward. The master asked the servant one day, "What is your opinion of
potatos?" The servant was hesitant in his reply. "Oh, my dear sir, I
suppose I've never thought about potatos much, really. But it would be
most edifying for me to hear your opinion of potatos." The landlord
said, "Well, as far as I have experienced, the potato is the most
delicious of all the vegetables one can get at the market." But even
before the words had left the landlord's mouth, his yes man was
already praising potatos to the sky: "Oh yes, yes my lord, it's true,
potatos are the best, the absolute best vege- table in the
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delicious, highly tasteful and dainty. It is said:' "this round
potato--boil it in rice, boil it in water, fry it in ghee, mix it in
curry, put it in soup or salad, or make a pickle from it, or serve it
with sauce, or make it into kofta-- whatever recipe you may choose,
this round potato is om- nipresent.' Is there any other vegetable
comparable to it? None whatsoever. The potato is second to

The landlord then observed, "What you say is all very well,
but as much as we might like them, potatos do tax our health if we eat
them too often. It's a rather passionate kind of vege- table." "Oh
yes, yes, yes, how true, how true", the servant spoke up
immediately. "It is really a passionately passionate vegetable. Causes
the body to heat up, it does, excessively passionate. Very difficult
to cool it down. Oh, and what health problems it will cause if we're
not careful. Flatulence, cholera, diarrhoea, diabetes, phthisis--all
these spring from that round potato!"

The landlord put another question to the servant. "Tell me,
what do you think about eggplant?" The servant folded his hands humbly
and replied, "My lord, I was just thinking of asking you the same
question. Let me hear your opinion first, please. How is the
eggplant?" "Well, I have nothing bad to say at all about it. The
eggplant is a nice vegetable, as far as I know." "Oh, that's true,
true, true! So true! Even if you just look at it, you see immediately
that the eggplant is the most beautiful of vegetables. And it makes a
complete meal! If we get two pieces of fried eggplant on our plate,
what else do we need? It tastes better than butter. If a man had
nothing at all in his pantry except one eggplant, he'd still be
considered by others as well off! You can roast it, fry it, cook it in
curry, make a chutney out of it--whatever way you like, eggplant
proves itself extraordinary among vegetables. And among the different
kinds of eggplants, the laaphaa eggplant stands out as supreme. It is
an excellent creation of the Supreme Lord."

The landlord then added, "All that may be true enough, but
eggplants are not very nutritious." "Phew!" exclaimed the yes
man. "And that's why it is called vegun, because ve (no) gun
(quality), it has no qualification at all as nourishment. Simply like
cow dung, like cow dung--even cow dung has some potential value, but
vegun, that eggplant has no value whatsoever. It is troublesome, most
troublesome! It makes the mouth itch worse than wild turnip or
esculant root! Not only that, eggplant brings bad luck! That's why it
should be roasted before serving."

The landlord retorted, "I see you are a very strange
fellow. When I say, 'potato is good', you elaborate, 'potato is very
good.' And when I say, 'potato is bad', you plead that it is very,
very bad. When I say, 'eggplant is good', you glorify it to the
heavens. But if I then say, 'eggplant is bad', you reject it from the
category of foodstuffs. Don't you posses any personal integrity?"
Bowing and scraping, the servant replied with this torrent of
deference: "Oh my lord! Please have mercy and condone my offenses. Now
I'll speak the truth. Lord, I am not the servant of a potato. I am not
the servant of an eggplant. I am your servant! So whatever you say, I
must say likewise. A potato will not provide me with an earning, and
an eggplant will not give me work that I may have a purpose to my
life. I am only your servant, so your your voice should be my voice."
This story illustrates the attitude of a class of pseudo-
religionists called the syncretists. Syncretists are impersonalists
who adhere to no particular devotional practice or philosophy. They
are ready to pay lip service to the tenets of any and all religions
should it suit their purposes of garnering acclaim in society. They
can hop, skip and jump from mouthing the teachings of Caitanya
Mahaprabhu to Sankaracarya, Kapila, Mahavir, Kumarila Bhatta, etc. And
they will finally conclude that "all taught the same truth." It makes
no difference to the syncretist that one doctrine is atheistic and
another is theistic. It makes no different that Krsna has declared
that all dharmas are to be rejected by His devotee. The syncretist,
like the landlord's yes man, performs the most amazing verbal
acrobatics in order to show himself a pious follower of all the
world's scriptures and teachers. But his real purpose, like the yes
man, is to simply insure his material prosperity through flattery.

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A story about frogs that teaches an important lesson.

A group of frogs were traveling through the woods, and two of them fell
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just die. He jumped even harder and finally made it out. When he got out,
the other frogs said, "Did you not hear us?" The frog explained to them that he was deaf. He thought they were encouraging him the entire time.

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bahunam janmanam ante
jnanavan mam prapadyate
vasudevah sarvam iti
sa mahatma su-durlabhah

bahunam--many; janmanam--repeated births and deaths; ante--after;
jnana-van--one who is in full knowledge; mam--unto Me;
prapadyate--surrenders; vasudevah--the Personality of Godhead, Krsna;
sarvam--everything; iti--thus; sah--that; maha-atma--great soul;
su-durlabhah--very rare to see.

After many births and deaths, he who is actually in knowledge
surrenders unto Me, knowing Me to be the cause of all causes and all
that is. Such a great soul is very rare.

The living entity, while executing devotional service or
transcendental rituals after many, many births, may actually become
situated in transcendental pure knowledge that the Supreme Personality
of Godhead is the ultimate goal of spiritual realization. In the
beginning of spiritual realization, while one is trying to give up
one's attachment to materialism, there is some leaning towards
impersonalism, but when one is further advanced he can understand that
there are activities in the spiritual life and that these activities
constitute devotional service. Realizing this, he becomes attached to
the Supreme Personality of Godhead and surrenders to Him. At such a
time one can understand that Lord Sri Krsna's mercy is everything,
that He is the cause of all causes and that this material
manifestation is not independent from Him. He realizes the material
world to be a perverted reflection of spiritual variegatedness and
realizes that in everything there is a relationship with the Supreme
Lord Krsna. Thus he thinks of everything in relation to Vasudeva, or
Sri Krsna. Such a universal vision of Vasudeva precipitates one's full
surrender to the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna as the highest goal. Such
surrendered great souls are very rare.

This verse is very nicely explained in the Third Chapter (verses 14
and 15) of the Svetasvatara Upanisad:

sahasra-sirsa purusah
sahasraksah sahasra-pat
sa bhumim visvato vrtva-
tyatisthad dasangulam

purusa evedam sarvam
yad bhutam yac ca bhavyam
yad annenatirohati

In the Chandogya Upanisad (5.1.15) it is said, na vai vaco na caksumsi
na srotrani na manamsity acaksate prana iti evacaksate prano hy
evaitani sarvani bhavanti: "In the body of a living being neither the
power to speak, nor the power to see, nor the power to hear, nor the
power to think is the prime factor; it is life which is the center of
all activities." Similarly Lord Vasudeva, or the Personality of
Godhead, Lord Sri Krsna, is the prime entity in everything. In this
body there are powers of speaking, of seeing, of hearing, of mental
activities, etc. But these are not important if not related to the
Supreme Lord. And because Vasudeva is all-pervading and everything is
Vasudeva, the devotee surrenders in full knowledge (cf. Bhagavad-gita
7.17 and 11.40).

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The literature which has 18,000 verses and is divided into twelve
cantos, which is the conversation between Pariksit and Sukadeva
Gosvami, is the Srimad Bhagavatam. If somebody wants liberation from
this world and cuts the tie of this material existence, he should
study the Srimad Bhagavatam by himself daily, as a routine, even half
a sloka or even one line of a sloka.
Prabhupada Uvacha - Confessions of Your Personal Servant, by Srutakirti dasa
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Leadership Principles, Determination, Heroism, Motivational Quotes, A STORY

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. Mango which is
exposed to the sun the most is 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 attempt to go back he slipped and started falling towards the ground.

Fortunately, he cached the branch as he was falling and remained helplessly
hanging on a 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
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Everybody was surprised. Hanging mango lover started to shout:"What are
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Sage was silent. Then again, he took the stone and hit it at the man on a tree.
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Now everybody was tense, what will happen next. Some wanted to chastise
the sage, but they didnít. Sage picked another stone and ­ throw it again at the man, even more forcefully. Now the man at the tree completely flipped out and developed a great determination to come down and revenge. He then used all his skill and strength and somehow riched 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 didnít wait for you to beat him,"- said 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."

Mango freak stopped for a second, thought a little and admitted:"Yes, all your good intentions and compassion didnít 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. Real leader makes you, sometimes
in strange ways, take initiative in your life and give your best. You have to move forward. You have to give your best, if you want extraordinary results. The best leader makes you a leader, makes you responsible for your life.
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Combine the yeast, flour, whole wheat flour, salt and water.
Mix with a wooden or plastic spoon and knead for 5 minutes,
~ ~ or mix with the dough hook of an electric mixer for 5 minutes.
Add the remaining ingredients and mix/knead for another 5 minutes.
If the dough is wet and sticky add a bit of flour to absorb the
extra moisture. Cheese cubes should stay whole.
Let stand in the mixing bowl covered at room temperature
for about an hour, or until it has doubled in volume.
Make into two loaves, let rise another hour,
or until doubled in volume. You can shape it into round,
oblong or whatever shapes you desire ~ it's wonderful for
"deli-type" sandwiches !!
Bake at 450 degrees Farenheit for 30 or 40 minutes.
This is a famous recipe from a very famous delicatessen !
The shape of the loaves is as you choose for the shape
of your sandwiches......

Courtesy of Schlotzky's Deli *(cious)* !!

African Vegetarian Stew :

4 sm Kohlrabies, peeled, chunks**
2 Sweet potatoes, peeled,chunk
2 Zucchini, sliced thick
5 Fresh tomatoes (16 oz can)
15 oz Can garbanzo beans & liquid*
1/2 c Couscous or bulgar wheat
1/4 c Raisins
1 ts Ground coriander
1/2 ts Ground turmeric
1/2 ts Ground cinnamon
1/2 ts Ground ginger
1/2 ts Ground cumin
1/4 ts Hing
3 c Water
** Parsnips may be substituted for the kohlrabi.
* Chick-peas
Serve the couscous separately, if desired.
Combine all the ingredients in a large saucepan.
Bring to a boil, lower the heat, and simmer until
the vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes.

Oven Fries:

4 large potatoes
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
1/3 tsp. curry powder
1/2 tsp. salt
fresh ground pepper to taste
1 tsp. paprika
Non-stick cooking spray

Wash potatoes and cut into 1/2 inch strips, about the size of
large homestyle French-fries. Combine cheese, curry powder
salt and pepper in a bowl mixing well. Spray Non-stick cooking
spray on cookie pan and then arrange potato slices on pan. Spray
potatoes lightly with Non-stick spray and sprinkle cheese mixture
over potatoes. Bake in preheated 350 degree oven for 45 minutes
serves 6 to 8.

~ From Arcamax recipes

Sauteed Rice with Black Poppy Seeds:

Sauteeing the rice in butter, ghee, or oil before adding the water allows all the rice grains to remain separate.

COOKING TIME: 25 - 35 minutes
YIELD: enough for 3 or 4 persons

1 cup (250 ml) basmati or other long-grain white rice
2 cups (500 ml) water
3/4 teaspoon (3 ml) salt
1 teaspoon (5 ml) fresh lemon juice
6 teaspoons (30 ml) ghee or oil
11/2 teaspoons (7 ml) poppy seeds

1. Wash, drain, and dry the rice.
2. Boil the water, salt, and lemon juice in a 2-litre/quart saucepan over moderate heat. Keep it covered to avoid evaporation.
3. Heat the ghee or oil over moderately low heat in a 2-litre/quart saucepan. Saute  the poppy seeds in the hot ghee until they become aromatic.
4. Add the boiling lemon juice and salt water, increase the heat to high, and allow the water to fully boil for a few seconds; then reduce the heat and allow the rice to gently simmer. Place a tight-fitting lid on the pan and cook without stirring or removing the lid for about 15 - 20 minutes or until the rice is tender, dry, and fluffy. Turn off the heat, allow the rice to steam another 5 minutes, and serve.

Great Vegetarian Dishes - by Kurma dasa

Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie:

Those of you of "Anglo-Saxon" background, like myself (Kurma dasa), will perhaps be familiar with the non-vegetarian origins of this dish.

YIELD: enough for 6 to 8 persons

For base of pie
11/4 cups (310 ml) brown lentils
2 litres/quarts water
2 tablespoons (40 ml) olive oil
1 teaspoon (5 ml) yellow asafoetida powder
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) freshly ground black pepper
1 cup (250 ml) celery, diced
home-made curd cheese (panir) from 8 cups (2 litres) milk and pressed for 1/2 hour
5 tablespoons (100 ml) soy sauce
For potato topping
6 large baking potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 tablespoons (40 ml) butter
1/2 cup (125 ml) milk
1 teaspoon ( 5 ml) salt
2 tablespoons (40 ml) sour cream
3 tablespoons (60 ml) chopped fresh parsley

1. Boil the brown lentils and water in a heavy 6-litre/quart saucepan. Reduce to a simmer and cook until they become soft. Strain through a colander. Put the lentils aside and retain the liquid for use as a soup stock at a later date.
2. Meanwhile, boil the potato cubes in slightly salted water until they become soft. Drain and mash them until smooth. Add the butter, milk, salt, and sour cream and mix well.
3. Heat the olive oil in a small, heavy pan until very hot. Add the asafoetida and pepper and saute momentarily. Add the celery bits and stir well; reduce the heat and braise the celery until soft, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat.
4. Mash the drained lentils until smooth.
5. Crumble the curd cheese in a bowl and add the soy sauce. Mix well. Combine this mixture with the mashed lentils and the braised seasoned celery bits. Spread this pie filling evenly in the bottom of an ovenproof casserole dish. Cover this with the mashed potatoes. Smooth the mashed potatoes and use a fork to mark the top with lines. Bake in a very hot oven 230°C/450°F until the top is browned. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with fresh parsley, and serve hot.

Great Vegetarian Dishes - by Kurma dasa

Scrambled Curd

This is the vegetarian counterpart to scrambled eggs. Fresh curd cheese (panir) is scrambled with sour cream and sprinkled with black salt (which has a distinct sulphur-like flavour), spices, and fresh herbs to produce a stunning result. Serve at breakfast with hot gradually add the lemon juice and toast or Puffed Fried Breads (Pooris),  and Tomato Chutney.

YIELD: enough for 4 - 6 persons

6 litres (101/2 pints) full-cream milk
7 tablespoons (140 ml) lemon juice
2 tablespoons (40 ml) ghee or butter
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) yellow asafoetida powder
1/2 teaspoon (1 ml) turmeric
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) sweet paprika
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) coarsely ground black pepper
3/4 cup (185 ml) cream or sour cream
2 tablespoons (40 ml) coarsely chopped fresh coriander leaves
1 teaspoon (5 ml) Indian black salt (kale namak), finely ground

1. Boil the milk in a heavy-based 8 - 10 litre/quart saucepan, stirring constantly. When the foam rises, gradually add the lemon juice and reduce the heat to low. Stir very slowly until the solid curd cheese separates from the yellowish whey. (If separation does not occur after 1 minute, add a little more lemon juice.
2. Pour the curds and whey into a colander lined with a triple-thickness of cheesecloth. Press under a heavy weight for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Unwrap the curd cheese and break it into 21/2 cm (1-inch) chunks.
4. Heat the ghee or butter in a large pan or wok over moderate heat. Saute the asafoetida and turmeric in the hot ghee. Add the pieces of curd cheese and stir gently until the turmeric-coloured ghee is well distributed. Increase the heat and add the paprika, salt, and pepper. When the curd cheese is well mixed, remove from the heat.
5. Add the cream or sour cream and the black salt, stirring carefully. Add the fresh herbs, mix well, and serve hot.

Great Vegetarian Dishes - by Kurma dasa

Fettuccine, Pepper and Cream Cheese Salad:

Fettuccine pasta with its delightful "bird's-nest" appearance is the basis for this tasty salad. Combined with cream cheese and roasted peppers, it's great served cold with a main savoury dish.

CHILLING TIME: at least one hour
YIELD: enough for 4 persons

250 g (9 ounces) fettuccine noodles
2 large red peppers, halved, cored, and seeded
125 g (41/2 ounces) firm cream cheese, diced into little cubes
6 to 8 walnuts, chopped

4 tablespoons (80 ml) olive oil
1 tablespoon (20 ml) walnut oil, if available
1 tablespoon (20 ml) lemon juice
1 teaspoon (5 ml) mustard powder
1 teaspoon (5 ml) salt
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) freshly cracked black pepper

1. Cook the fettuccine in lightly salted water for to 10 minutes or until it is tender but still a little firm (al dente). Drain the pasta.
2. Grill the peppers with the cut side down under a griller on high heat (or hold them over a flame) until the skins blacken and blister. When the peppers are cool, skin them and cut them into long, thin, even strips.
3. Add the pepper strips to the cheese and walnuts in a salad bowl. Combine all dressing ingredients and add to the noodles. Toss the noodles, dressing, peppers, cheese, and nuts. Chill the salad for at least 1 hour before serving

Great Vegetarian Dishes - by Kurma dasa

Easy Apple Pie:

Pastry making is not difficult as long as you follow some basic guidelines: keep the ingredients cool; always use cold water and the coldest possible surface for rolling out; measure your ingredients carefully; take care with the amount of flour dredged onto the rolling surface; always roll the pastry in one direction do not turn it over or overstretch it during rolling; the rolling should be light but firm. Don't handle the dough more than necessary the less handling pastry receives, the better it is.

TOTAL BAKING TIME: 45 minutes (the top and bottom of the pie are cooked separately).
YIELD: one 20 cm (8-inch) pie

1 cup (250 ml) plain flour
1 cup (250 ml) self-raising flour
pinch salt
155 g (51/2 ounces) cold unsalted butter
3 tablespoons (60 ml) caster sugar
scant 1/4 cup (60 ml) cold plain yogurt
a little milk for glazing
sugar for sprinkling

6 - 8 medium green cooking apples, peeled, cored, and thinly sliced
2 tablespoons (40 ml) sugar
1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) cinnamon powder

1. Sift the flours and salt into a mixing bowl. Cut the cold butter into little pieces and add it to the flour. Rub the butter into the flour with your fingertips until there are no lumps and the mixture resembles bread crumbs.
2. Sprinkle in the sugar; then add most of the yogurt. Mix quickly until it forms a ball. If the pastry feels a little dry, add a little more yogurt. Gently knead for 10 seconds.
3. Wrap the pastry in plastic wrap and chill for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 220°C/430°F.
4. Place the apples, cinnamon, and sugar with a sprinkle of water in a 2-litre/quart saucepan over moderate heat and cook until the apples are soft. Drain any liquid.
5. Roll out two-thirds of the pastry to line a 20 cm (8-inch) pie dish. Prick with a fork. Place in the oven, and cook for 20 minutes at 220°C/430°F.
6. Remove the pie shell from the oven and fill with the apple filling. Roll out the remaining pastry and cover the pie. Trim the edges and seal them with a fluted pattern with your fingertips or a fork.
7. Brush the top of the pie with milk, sprinkle with sugar, and bake at 220°C/430°F for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow the pie to cool before cutting.

Great Vegetarian Dishes - by Kurma dasa



These and OVER 100 other EGGLESS CAKE recipies can be found
on our Main index and on many other pages.
...and always with the Magic ingredient - Offer it to Krishna........
...with L'n D (love and devotion)

Check out heaps of information on Vegetarianism, Prasadam-ism,
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NEW - an amazing vegetarian souce guide:
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A kindergarten teacher was observing her classroom of children while they drew, occasionally walking around to see each child's artwork. As she got to one little devotee girl, who was working diligently, she asked what the drawing was.

The girl casually replied, "I'm drawing God."

The teacher paused and said, "But no one knows what God looks like."

Without missing a beat, or looking up from her drawing, the girl replied, "They will in a minute, Miss."
A Jewish man took his Passover lunch to eat outside in the park. He sat down on a bench and began eating. Since Jews do not eat leavened bread during the eight day holiday, he was eating Matzoh, a flat crunchy unleavened bread that has dozens of perforations. A little while later a blind man came by and sat down next to him. Feeling neighborly, the Jewish man passed a sheet of matzo to the blind man. The blind man handled the matzo for a few minutes, looked puzzled, and finally exclaimed, "Who wrote this rubbish?"

MORAL: you can't always trust Pratyaksha pramanam for results. See our Pramanam pages:
A man was sitting at home one evening, when the doorbell
rang. When he answered the door, a 6 foot tall cockroach was
standing there. The cockroach immediately punched him between
the eyes and scampered off.
The next evening, the man was sitting at home when the
doorbell rang again. When he answered the door, the cockroach
was there again. This time, it punched him, kicked him and
karate chopped him before running away.
The third evening, the man was sitting at home when the
doorbell rang. When he answered the door, the cockroach was
there yet again. It leapt at him and stabbed him several
times before running off. The gravely injured man managed to
crawl to the telephone and summoned an ambulance.
He was rushed to intensive care, where they saved his life.
The next morning, the doctor was doing his rounds. He asked
the man what happened, so the man explained about the 6 foot
cockroach's attacks, culminating in the near fatal stabbing.

The doctor thought for a moment and said, "Yes, there's a
nasty bug going around."

Look after your health this winter. A balanced program of
Krishna prasadam and dancing in kirtan, and soothing Ginger,
lemon and honey teas, will do wonders for your health.
Three devotee preachers sat discussing the best positions for
prayer while a telephone repairman worked nearby.
"Kneeling in obeisances is definitely best," claimed one.
"No," another contended. "I get the best results standing
with my hands outstretched to Heaven, crying Gauranga."
"You're both wrong," the third insisted. "The most
effective prayer position is lying prostrate - dandavats, face
down on the floor."
The repairman could contain himself no longer. "Hey,
fellas, " he interrupted, "the best prayin' I ever did
was hangin' upside down from a telephone pole after I slipped."
A young woman teacher explains to her class of children that she is an atheist. She asks her class if they are atheists too. Not really knowing what atheism is but wanting to be like their teacher, their hands explode into the air like fleshy fireworks. There is, however, one exception. A girl named Tunga has not gone along with the crowd. The teacher asks her why she has decided to be different.
"Because I'm not an atheist."
"Then," asks the teacher, "what are you?"
"I'm a Hare Krishna devotee."
The teacher is a little perturbed now, her face slightly red. She asks Sara why she is a devotee of Krishna.
"Well, I was brought up knowing and loving God. My mom is a devotee, and my dad is a devotee, so I am a devotee too."
The teacher is now angry. "That's no reason," she says loudly. "What if your Mom was a moron, and your dad was a moron. What would you be then?"

There's a pause, then a smile. "Then," says Tunga, "I'd be an atheist."
Using the New Age Philosophy when you're Stressed Out????

Often we get stressed out by another person's insensitivity or unethical
behavior. It's at times like these when we need a way to reconnect with our
sense of power from that deep spiritual well spring...........

Then try this:
Picture yourself near a stream. Birds are softly chirping in the crisp cool
mountain air. No one knows your secret place. You are in total seclusion
from that hectic place called the world. The sound of a gentle waterfall
fills the air with a cascade of serenity. The water is clear....

You can easily make out the face of the person you're holding under the water.
Upon entering a little country store, the stranger noticed a
sign saying "DANGER! BEWARE OF DOG!" posted on the door
Inside, he noticed a harmless old hound dog asleep on the
floor near the cash register. He asked the store's owner "Is
that the dog folks are supposed to beware of?"
"Yep," the proprietor answered, "That's him."
The stranger couldn't help being amused. "That certainly
doesn't look like a dangerous dog to me," he chuckled. "Why
in the world did you decide to post that sign?"
"Because," the owner replied, "before I posted that sign,
people kept tripping over him."

MORAL: to the surrendered soul, when the guru says its a rope
it's a rope, and when he says its a snake its a snake.
To question is not always wise, rather try to understand why!!!

-=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=- Did you ever wonder? =-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=
Can you be a closet claustrophobic?
It is hard to understand how a cemetery raised its burial
cost and blamed it on the cost of living.
If tin whistles are made out of tin,
what do they make fog horns out of?
"When I hear somebody sigh, `Life is hard,' I am always tempted
to ask, `Compared to what?'"

- Sydney J. Harris
If the former rulers of Russia and their wives were called Tsar
and Tsarina, were their children called Tsardines?
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In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by ropes; when you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the bed firmer to sleep on. That's where the phrase, "goodnight, sleep tight" came from.
Where's the best place to be Krishna conscious?

A devotee chatted with a Minister in Florida as he lamented that it was difficult to get his message across to his congregation: "It's so beautiful here in the winter," he said, "that going to heaven doesn't interest them."
"And it's so hot here in the summer that hell doesn't scare them."

 The devotee said, "I bet hurricane season makes a believer out of a few of them", heh heh
As the Asian Economy Worsens!

Recent reports indicate the Japanese banking crisis shows no signs of improving. If anything, it's getting worse.

Following last week's news that Origami Bank had folded, it was today learned that Sumo Bank has gone belly up. Bonsai Bank plans to cut back some of its branches. Karaoke Bank is up for sale and is going for a song.

Meanwhile, shares in Kamikaze Bank have nose-dived and 500 jobs at Karate Bank will be chopped. Analysts report that there is something fishy going on at Sushi Bank and staff there fear they may get a raw deal.
I wished the buck stopped here, as I could use a few.
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