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gunan etan atitya trin
dehi deha-samudbhavan
janma-mrtyu jara-duhkhair
vimukto 'mrtam asnute

gunan--qualities; etan--all these; atitya--transcending; trin--three;
dehi--the embodied; deha--the body; samudbhavan--produced of;
janma--of birth; mrtyu--death; jara--and old age; duhkhaih--the
distresses; vimuktah--being freed from; amrtam--nectar; asnute--he

When the embodied being is able to transcend these three modes
associated with the material body, he can become free from birth,
death, old age and their distresses and can enjoy nectar even in this life.

PURPORT by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
How one can stay in the transcendental position, even in this body, in
full Krsna consciousness, is explained in this verse. The Sanskrit
word dehi means "embodied." Although one is within this material body,
by his advancement in spiritual knowledge he can be free from the
influence of the modes of nature. He can enjoy the happiness of
spiritual life even in this body because, after leaving this body, he
is certainly going to the spiritual sky. But even in this body he can
enjoy spiritual happiness. In other words, devotional service in Krsna
consciousness is the sign of liberation from material entanglement,
and this will be explained in the Eighteenth Chapter. When one is
freed from the influence of the modes of material nature, he enters
into devotional service.

Copyright 1983 The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust International. Used with

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"Lord Gauranga has the intent to slay the sinful dogs of kali-yuga, but He
does so through the greatest gift--the Holy Name of Lord Hari; He has a
beautiful form, full of compassion upon the oppressed and fallen. Just
worship that moon of the wooded bowers of Godruma-dvipa, Sri Caitanya
"In the age of Kali, people who are endowed with sufficient intelligence will worship the Lord, who is accompanied by His associates, by performance of sankirtana yajna."
(Bhag. 11.5.32) Sir Caitanya Mahaprabhu is always accompanied by His plenary expansion Sri Nityananda Prabhu, His incarnation Sri Advaita Prabhu, His internal potency Sri Gadadhara Prabhu and His marginal potency Srivasa Prabhu. He is in the midst of them as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. One should know that Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is always accompanied by these other tattvas. Therefore our obeisances to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu are complete when we say, sri krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda sri- advaita gadadhara srivasadigaura-bhakta-vrnda. As preachers of the Krsna consciousness movement, we first offer our obeisances to Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu by chanting this Panca-tattva mantra; then we say, Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
There are ten offenses in the chanting of the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, but these are not considered in the chanting of the Panca-tattva mantra, namely, sri- krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta-vrnda. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is known as maha-vadanyavatara, the most magnanimous incarnation, for He does not consider the offenses of the fallen souls. Thus to derive the full benefit
of the chanting of the maha-mantra (Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare), we must first take shelter of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, learn the Panca-tattva maha-mantra, and then chant the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. That will be very effective.

     Taking advantage of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, there are many unscrupulous devotees who manufacture a maha-mantra of their own. Sometimes they sing, bhaja nitai gaura radhe syama hare krsna hare rama or sri-krsna-caitanya prabhu nityananda hare krsna hare rama sri radhe govinda. Actually, however, one should chant the names of the full Panca-tattva (sri-krsna- caitanya prabhu nityananda sri-advaita gadadhara srivasadi-gaura-bhakta- vrnda) and then the sixteen words Hare Krsna,
Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare
Hare, but these unscrupulous, less intelligent men confuse the entire process. Of course, since they are also devotees they can express their feelings in that way, but the method prescribed by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's pure devotees is to chant first the full Panca-tattva mantra and then chant the maha-mantra-Hare Krsna, Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rarna, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare.
Please chant:

hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

.......and your life will become sublime.

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Svetasvatara Upanisad (3.12):

mahan-prabhur vai purusah sattvasyesa pravarttakah
sunirmalam-imam praptimisano jyotiravyah

"The Personality of Godhead, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, is brilliantly
 effulgent and imperishable like molten gold. He is the Supreme
 Controller, He controls the mode of goodness and through
 sankirtana bestows spiritual intelligence on the living beings. In the
 guise of a sannyasi, He is the source of spiritual purity and
 liberation. He is therefore known as Mahaprabhu."
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yatha yatha gaura-padaravinde
   vindeta bhaktim krta punya-rasih
tatha tathot-sarpati hrdya-kasmad
   radha-padambhoja-sudhambu rasih

"One who is extremely fortunate may get the mercy of Caitanya Mahaprabhu. As much as one can devote his full attention to the lotus feet of Lord Caitanya, to that extent he will be able to taste the nectarine service of the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani in Vrindavana. The more one engages in the service of Sri Caitanya the more one finds oneself in Vrindavana, tasting the nectar of the service of Sri Radha" (Caitanya Candramrta 88)
In the Chaitanya-charitamrta (Madhya-lila 6.253-254) we find the following verses composed by the learned scholar Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya:

                  siksartham-ekah purusah puranah
                  krpambudhir-yas tam-aham prapadye

  "Let me take shelter of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, who has descended in the form of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu to teach us real knowledge, His devotional service, and detachment from whatever does not foster Krsna consciousness. He has descended because He is an ocean of transcendental mercy.
Let me surrender unto His lotus feet."

kalan nastam bhakti-yogam nijam yah
praduskartum krsna-caitanya-nama
avirbhutas tasya padaravinde
gadham gadham liyatam citta-bhrngah

 "Let my consciousness, which is like a honeybee, take shelter of the lotus feet of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who has just now appeared as Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu to teach the ancient system of devotional service to Himself. This system had almost been lost due to the influence of time."
Text Eighteen Sri Chaitanya Upanishad:

ksaraksarabhyam paramah sa eva purusottamah
caitanyakhyam param tattvam sarva-karana-karanam

"dhanyanam hrdi bhasatam givivara-pratyagra-kunjaukasam
satyananda-rasam vikara-vibhava-vyavrttam antar-mahah asmakam kila
ballavi-rati-raso vrndatavi-lalaso
gopah ko'pi mahendranila-ruciras citte muhuh kridatu"

"May the cowherd boy who is a festival of ecstatic bliss for
the hearts of the fortunate creatures residing in the groves
of Govardhana Hill, Who is the lover of the Gopis, Who eagerly
enjoys pastimes in Vrindavana forest, and Whose complexion is
as splendid as a great sapphire, eternally enjoy transcendental
pastimes in our hearts."

Sri Isvara Puri as cited by Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhupada in the
Padyavali-[Bhaktanam Nistha] Text 75.

He who is beyond that which is perishable and imperishable is
the Supreme Person. The name of the Supreme Truth, the cause of
all causes is Sri Caitanya.

The universe is perishable. The spirit soul is imperishable.
The supreme truth beyond both of these, the cause of all causes
is called Caitanya, whose nature is that of the Supreme Person.
By this, the three truths of Vedanta are confirmed.

Go to Lord Chaitanya's page to find the full Upanishad.
Realization of Sri Caitanya as the Supreme Personality of Godhead expressed thus in the Mundaka Upanisad (3.3):

yada pasyah pasyate rukma-varnam
kartaram isam purusam brahma-yonim
tada vidvan punya-pape vidhuya
niranjanah paramam samyamupaiti

"When one realizes the golden form of Sri Caitanya, who is the ultimate actor and the source of the Supreme Brahman, he attains the highest knowledge. He transcends both pious and impious activities, becomes free from worldly bondage, and enters the divine abode of the Lord."
Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.5.32) also confirms that in Kali-yuga Krsna will appear to spread the sankirtana movement along with His eternal associates. In the eleventh canto the sage Karabhajana Muni, while describing the avataras (incarnations) of the four yugas to King Nimi gives the following verse:

      krsna-varnam tvisakrsnam sangopangastra-parsadam
      yajnaih sankirtana-prayair yajanti hi su-medhasah

    "In the age of Kali, Krsna appears in a golden form, chanting the two syllables krs-na. He descends along with His weapons, limbs, energies, and eternal confidential associates. Those with intelligence worship Him with the sankirtana yajna."

The Dan-dharma verse, in chapter 149 of the Mahabharata, also describes the
appearance of Krsna as Sri Chaitanya:

    suvarna-varno hemango varangas-candanangadi
    sannyasa-krc chamah santo nistha-santi-parayanah

  "When Krsna appears as Sri Chaitanya (Sri Gauranga), in His early pastimes His complexion is golden (suvarna-varna), His limbs are the colour of molten white gold (hemanga), His body is extremely beautiful (varangas), and He is decorated with sandalwood pulp (candanangadi). He accepts sannyasa (sannyasa-krt) and shows equanimity (sama). He is peaceful (santa). His mind is always fixed on Krsna and thus He is nistha, or fixed, in performing the great sacrifice of the holy name of Krsna. He silences the non-devotees and impersonalists who are opposed to the service of the Lord by promoting the cause of devotion. Thus He distributes real peace. He is therefore an abode of the highest spiritual peace and devotion."
    namo maha-vadanyaya krsna-prema-pradaya te
     krsnaya krsna-caitanya-namne gaura-tvise namah
                  (C.c. Madhya-lila 19.53)

  "O most munificent incarnation. You are Krsna Himself appearing as Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden colour of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krsna (Krsna prema). We offer our respectful obeisances unto You."
   kaler dosa-nidhe rajan asti hy-eko mahan gunah
   kirtanad- eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet

  "My dear King, although Kali-yuga is an ocean of faults, there is still one good quality about this age: Simply by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra (sankirtana) one can become free from material bondage and be promoted to the transcendental kingdom.
 (Bha: 12.3.51)"

    krte yad dhyayato visnum tretayam yajato makhaih
    dvapare paricaryayam kalau tad- dhari-kirtanat

 "Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Visnu, in Treta-yuga by performing sacrifices, and in Dvapara-yuga by serving the Lord ís lotus feet can be obtained in Kali-yuga simply by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra. (Bha: 12.3.52)"

    kali-kale nama-rupe krsna-avatara
    nama haite haya sarva-jagat-nistara

  "In this age of Kali, the holy name of the Lord, the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, is the incarnation of Lord Krsna. Simply by chanting the holy name, one associates with the Lord directly. Anyone who does this is certainly delivered." (C.c. Adi-lila 17.22)

   kalim sabhajayanty aya guna-jnah sara-bhaginah
   yatra sankirtanenaiva sarva-svartho íbhilabhyate

  "Those who are advanced and highly qualified and are interested in the essence of life, know the good qualities of Kali-yuga. Such people worship the age of Kali because in this age, simply by chanting the Hare Krsna maha-mantra, one can advance in spiritual knowledge and attain life's goal. (Bha: 11.5.36)"

  dvapariyair janair visnuh pancaratrais tu kevalaih
  kalau tu nama-matrena pujyate bhagavan harih

 "In the Dvapara-yuga people should worship Lord Visnu only by the regulative principles of the Narada-pancaratra and other such authorized books. In the age of Kali, however, people should simply chant the holy names of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

    yuga-dharma pravartaimu nama-sankirtana
    cari bhava-bhakti diya nacamu bhuvana

   "I shall personally inaugurate the religion of the age nama-sankirtana, the congregational chanting of the holy name. I shall make the world dance in ecstasy, realizing the four mellows of loving devotional service." (C.c. Adi-lila 3.19)

radha krsna-pranaya-vikrtir- hladini saktir asmad
ekatmanav api bhuvi pura deha-bhedam gatau tau
caitanyakhyam praka?am adhuna tad-dvayam caikyam-aptam
radha-bhava-dyuti-suvalitam naumi krsna-svarupam
sri-radhayah pranaya-mahima kidrso vanayaiva-
svadyo yenabhuta-madhurima kidrso va madiyah
saukhyam casya mad-anubhavatah kidrsam veti lobhat
tad-bhavadyah samajani saci-garbha-sindhau harinduh

 "The loving affairs of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna are transcendental manifestations of the Lord ís internal pleasure-giving potency (hladini). Although Radha and Krsna are one in Their identity, They separate Themselves eternally. Now these two transcendental identities have again united in the form of Sri Krsna Caitanya. I bow down to Him who has manifested Himself with the sentiment and complexion of Srimati Radharani although He is Krsna Himself.

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5-6 bitter melon (korela)

1. Slice the bittermelon (like you would a cucumber) and coat the slices with
    turmeric powder and salt. Leave to sit for 5 minutes.
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    some people prefer thicker slices fried til they are just cooked but still green and soft - while others prefer wafer thin slices fried 'til they are crunchy and become dark bitter melon chips.
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Spinach - Saak

For a serving size of 4-5
2 packets frozen spinach, thawed
1" cube of ginger, finely diced
3 Shukhno lonka (dry red chilli)
Dash of Hing (Asafoetida)
Potatoes - about 4 medium-large ones
Kasoori Methi (Dried fenugreek leaves)
Mouri/Saunf (Fennel seeds)
Salt to taste

Cut the potatoes into small pieces, and then either lightly boil them them for about 8 min. Heat oil, preferably in a wok or kAdAi. To the hot oil, add ginger, hing, and fennel seeds. Add the spinach, and fry on a high flame. After about 5 min of frying, add salt, the dried chillies, and the potatoes. Mix evenly, and add the kasoori methi - then fry for a few minutes. At this point, you might add a little water if you so desire. Serve hot.
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Potatoes - 500 gm.
Nigella seeds - a pinch.
Green chilies - 6 gm.
Sugar - 4 gm.
Poppy seeds - 20 gm. (heaped)
Oil - 30 ml.
Ghee - 25 gm.
Red chili powder - 5 gm.
Salt to taste.
Heat oil and add nigela seeds. Add diced potatoes and fry lightly for 10 mins.
Grind poppy seeds with a little water and add to the potatoes. Cover with lid, stirring occasionally and adding 2 tbspn. of water. When water dries and potatoes are done, add green chilies, sugar, salt and red chilly powder. Top with ghee and allow to cook for one minute. Serve hot with rice.

 Time taken -- 20 mins. Serves -- 4.
SHUKTO: (bitter subji)

Cut all the veggies in big chunks
2 potatoes
1 radish
1 raw green banana
1 bitter gourd
1 egg plant (medium)

grind to paste:
4tsp poppy seed
4tsp cumin seed
4tsp mustard seed
1 tsp flour
2 tsp mustard seed
little oil

Heat oil, season with mustard seeds, after it starts spluttering, add the veggies, cook till tender, after its soft add the ground paste, salt, sugar, water. Bring to boil and this bitter dish is ready.
500 gms small sized potatoes
1/2 tbl spoon mustard seeds
2 twigs kurry leaves
50 gms tamarind
4-5 green chillies
salt according to taste
1 tbl spoon ginger paste
1 tbl spoon sugar
3-4 tbl spoon refined oil
Boil potatoes and peel them.
Soak tamarind in a cup of water for 10 mins.and strain the juice.
 - Heat oil in pan and fry ginger, mustard, kurry leaves till brown.
 - Then add the boiled potatoes & fry for a minute or two.
 - Then add chillies, sugar & salt & add tamarind juice.
 - Stir & serve hot with luchi.
LUCHI - pooris
500gms Flour
2 tbl spoon refined oil
salt according to taste
warm water to knead the flour oil to fry the pooris in.

- knead 500gms of flour, 4 tbl spoon of oil & salt according to taste with warm water.
 - make small balls (like a 10 cent coin NZ cents).
 - flatten them into round chappatis - about 3-4 inches in diametre.
 - deep fry them so they are cooked but still white to light brown
 serve hot
Bengal Royal Rice

Preparation and cooking time: 50 minutes
Yield: 6 to 8 persons (or two Bengalis)

1 ½ Cups Basmati rice, white or brown
1/2 tsp Saffron threads
3 Cups Purified water
2 tsp Sea salt
3 tsp Nutmeg
1/3 Cup Ghee (clarified butter)
1/4 Cup Cashew bits, or halves
1/4 Cup Almonds, slivered
3 Tbsp Raisins
1 tsp Fennel seeds
1 Cinnamon stick
1 tsp Cumin seeds
6 Pods, Cardamom, bruised
6 Whole Cloves
1 tsp. Black pepper
1/4 tsp Cayenne pepper
1/2 tsp. Asafetida, (a spice similar in flavour to onions and garlic), can be found
in most natural food stores.
2 Tbsp Coconut, shredded
1/3 Cup Green peas, frozen if need be
1/4 Cup Raw sugar

 1.Wash, drain, and dry the rice.
 2.Boil the water, salt, saffron and nutmeg in a 2-quart saucepan over
    a moderate heat. Keep it covered to avoid evaporation.
 3.Heat 2 tablespoons of the ghee in a 4-quart saucepan over
    moderate heat. Add the cashews and almonds and toast. Remove
    with a slotted spoon and add the raisins for a couple of seconds
    until they swell. Remove and place them in a bowl with the cashews and almonds.
 4.Heat 2 tablespoons of ghee in same pan. Sauté the rice for 2 to 3
    minutes over moderate heat; then add the boiling water. Stir, raise
    the heat, and bring the water to a full boil. Immediately reduce the
    heat to low, cover with a tight fitting lid, and gently simmer, without
    stirring, for 15 to 20 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed
    and the rice is tender and flaky.
  5.Remove the rice from the heat, leaving the lid on for another 5
    minutes to allow the rice to become firm.
 6.Place the remaining ghee in a heavy pan over moderate heat.
    Stir-fry the fennel seeds, cinnamon stick, cumin seeds, cardamom
    pods and whole cloves for 1 minute. Add the black pepper,
    cayenne, asafetida, and dried or fresh coconut. Sauté for 1 minute
    and then add the peas, sugar, nuts and raisins. Remove from the heat.
 7.Carefully combine the cooked rice with all the other ingredients.
          Serve in a beautiful bowl befitting this beautiful rice.
Bhuna Kichuri (Spicy Fried Rice)

     1/2 c mongo beans, skinless
     2 c aromatic rice (Basmoti)
     1 tbsp ginger, grated
     1 tbsp coriander powder
     2 bitter melons - kerela
     Salt to taste
     4 bay leaves
     4 1-inch cinnamon sticks
     4 1/2 c hot water
     4 green chilies (optional)

Roast mongo beans in heavy frying pan for a few minutes. Let it cool. Wash rice and mongo together and let stand in a strainer. In another pan, heat oil and sauté half of a bitter melon (korela) until golden brown and crisp. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel. To oil in pan, add the rest of the bitter melon and all spices except green chilies. Sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add rice and mongo, and fry for about
 5 minutes more. Add water. When mixture boils, reduce heat and cook until grains are done. Add green chilies and half of fried butter melon. Stir carefully. Keep covered for at least half an hour before serving - adds to the flavour.

Serve with vegetables,  or salad, and pickle.
Cheese Parota

  2½ cups wheat flour
  1 cup grated cheese
  1 tea spoon pepper powder
  ½ tea spoon red chilli powder
  ¼ kilo grams oil
  salt to taste

  Method :
  Prepare dough from wheat flour with oil, salt and some water. Cover it with wet cloth and keep it for 4-5 hours.

  Mix the grated cheese with pepper powder and red chilli powder. Make small balls out of dough and knead it into cup shape. Fill it with masala cheese and cover well. Knead it once again into round shape and roast on a heated pan with some ghee until it turns brown in color. Serve hot.
  Eat with butter for xtra taste.
Pudina (Mint) Chutney

  2 bunches mint leaves
  2 small mangoes
  1½ table spoon sugar
  5-6 green chillies
  ½ tea spoon mustard
  salt to taste

  Method :
  Wash mangoes, peel it off and grate it nicely. Wash mint leaves and mix it with grated mango. Mix all ingredients to it and grind without water. If needed, add grated dry coconut for taste.
Ranga Aloor Pantua - (Sweet Potato Balls in Syrup)

Others may call it Ranga Aloor Pooli - but I prefer to call it Pantua.
That gives a little solace to my poor tastebuds, which rarely get a chance
 to taste real Pantuas.

     300 grams Sweet red potato,
     3 Tablespoon Flour,
     2 Cups of Sugar,
     1 cup Water,
     Oil for deep Frying,

1.Boil the potatos, peel and mash.
2.Mix the flour and make a smooth paste.
3.Make small, 2-3cm Diameter balls from this paste.
4.Boil the sugar with water and make syrup of medium consistency.
5.Heat oil in a deep frying pan, and fry the Potato balls on low to medium heat.
6.Take out a sweet potato ball and check whether it is done by piercing
  a toothpick. The outer surface should be medium brown.
7.Transfer the fried sweet potato balls to the syrup carefully and let the syrup soak in.
8.Refrigerate and serve with whipped cream or icecream, or serve warm.

# An important point in this recipe is to get the sweet potato balls
cooked through, without too much browning of the outer surface.
Keep the heat low and stir occassionally.
# The flour helps to bind the potato - so if the ball breaks into
pieces after you let them in oil, add some more flour to the remaining dough.
Misti Doi (sweet yogurt)

1 litre long life (UHT) full cream milk
1 litre long life (UHT) single cream
1 cup natural yogurt
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup sugar

That's it, mix them together ( no need to boil and cool the milk ) and put the mix in the oven at very low temperature for 6 hours. by trial and error you will find the correct temperature setting for your oven for the perfect DOI ! If it's not setting up the temperature a bit.

Let me break the myth about GAMCHA BANDHA DOI. Any DOI, if it does
not set firm, put it on a gamcha like cloth and hang over a sink to drain for 6 hours. There you go, enjoy your Gamcha Bandha Doi - nice and firm.
Sweet Lassi - yogurt drink

      1 scoop Ice
      2 scoops Yoghurt
      1 splash Lemon juice
      8 handfuls Sugar
      3 pinches Salt
      1 squirt Rosewater

 Mixing instructions:

 Mix them all together in a blender. The measurements are not precise because you oughtta just throw everything in to taste. This is mainly here to help out those, like myself, who tried making the Sweet Lassi with the other Sweet Lassi recipe, and found out that it was pretty bad - watery, not sweet, et cetera.
Ice is the key.

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>()<>(|)<>( Krishna Conscious - Vedikly acceptable Jokes: )<>(|)
What do you call a Gaudiya Vaishnava chanting the Holy Name in ecstacy
wearing only his kaupin underwear?

Gaura Prem in undies...............! (Bolo)
Middle age is when you choose your cereal for the fiber, not the toy.
What do you call a talkative Bengali?
Bolbol Chatterjee.
Today's mighty oak is just yesterday's nut that held its ground.

Hold your ground.
You can't make a fact out of an opinion by raising your voice.
A crumb from a winner's table is better than a feast from a loser's table!

maha prasadam ki jaya
A disbelief in God does not result in a belief in nothing; disbelief in
God usually results in a belief in anything.
The problem with political jokes is that they often get elected.
A terrific explosion occurs in a gunpowder factory, and once all the
mess has been cleared up, and inquiry begins.

One of the few survivors is pulled up to make a statement. "Okay
Agarwal bhai," says the investigator, "you were near the scene, what

"Well, it's like this. Old Anil, you know the beedie walla was in the mixing
room, and I saw him take a cigarette out of his pocket and light up."

"He was smoking in the mixing room?" the investigator said in stunned
horror, "How long had he been with the company?"

"About 20 years, bhai saab"

"20 years in the company, then he goes and strikes a match in the
mixing room, I'd have thought it would have been the last thing he'd
have done."

"It was, bhai saab."
Families are like fudge . . . mostly sweet, with a few nuts.
What do you call a Bengali Peeping Tom? .
..Key holo
What do you call an amazing Malayalee?
Pheno Menon.
What do you call a dashing Malayalee?
Debo Nair.        (.....sorry Mr Nair)
-=-=-=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=- Did you ever wonder? =-=--=-=-=-=-=-=
If the shortest distance between two points is a line,
why does waiting in one take so long?
If Noah had been truly wise, he would have swatted those two flies.

 -- Helen Castle
"It doesn't matter what temperature the room is;
it's always room temperature."

- Steven Wright
>(|)<>( The ways of this material world - strange but true )<>(|)
A TRUE story - believe it or not.

A man walked up to a counter in a convenience store with robbery
on the mind. When he reached into his pocket to get his gun he
realized he had left it in the car. So instead, he grabbed the
clerk by his shirt and threatened him with a pocket knife. He
demanded and received the money from the cash register.

As the crook ran toward the door to make his escape, he fell down
on his knife. Witnesses saw him running out of the store with the
knife in his upper arm. They also indicated that the robber tried
to get into his car, but that he had left it locked and running.
The robber found a large stone and busted out his window and
proceeded to drive off only to have his car stall out.

At that point the robber exited the car with the bag of money in
one hand and the gun in the other. He proceeded to walk toward
witnesses with the idea of trying to steal a car to make his
escape. But, within moments after getting out of his own car he
heard sirens and saw a police car coming around the corner. He
then decided to make his escape on foot. In his run for freedom,
he entered the back door of a building behind the convenience
store. It turned out the building was the police station. Police
were surprised as the robber entered the station with a gun in
one hand a bag in the other and a knife stuck in one arm. Police
immediately apprehended this man. He was rushed to the hospital
with a police guard and later booked for his crime.

märe krsna räkhe ke, räkhe krsna märe ke: If Krsna protects someone,
no one can kill him, and if Krsna wants to kill someone, no one can save him.
...or meanings around that.
A grandmother is giving directions to her grown grandson, who is coming to
visit with his wife:

"You come to the front door of the apartment complex. I am in apartment 14T.
There is a big panel at the door. With your elbow push button 14T. I will
buzz you in. Come inside, the elevator is on the right. Get in, and with your elbow hit 14. When you get out I am on the left. With your elbow, hit my doorbell".

"Grandma, that sounds easy, but why am I hitting all these buttons with my

"You mean,'re coming empty handed"?
A boy at gurukul was assigned a paper on childbirth and asked his
parents, "How was I born?"

"Well batcha..." said the slightly prudish parent, "the stork
brought you to us."

"Oh," said the boy. "Well, how did you and pitasri get born?"
he asked.
"Oh, the stork brought us too."

"Well how were grandpita and grandmata born?" he persisted.

"Well my batcha, the stork brought them too!" said the parent, now starting to squirm a little in the Lazy Boy recliner.

Several days later, the boy handed in his paper to the
teacher who read with confusion the opening sentence:
"This report has been very difficult to write because it appears there
hasn't been a natural childbirth in my family for three generations."
While making rounds, a doctor points out an X-ray to a group of medical students.

"As you can see," he says, "...the patient limps because his left fibula and tibia are radically arched. Madan, what would you do in a case like

"Well," ponders the student a while, "I suppose I'd limp too."
A magician calls a man up on stage, hands him a mallet, and
instructs the guy to hit him as hard as possible on the head.

The magician then proceeds to put his head down on a
wooden block.

The man shrugs his shoulders and pounds him.

Ten years later, the magician wakes up from a coma in the
hospital and goes "Taa-Daa!"
Two friends rented a boat and fished in a lake every day. One day they
caught 30 fish. One guy said to his friend,

"Mark this spot so that we can come back here again tomorrow."

The next day, when they were driving to rent the boat, the same guy asked his friend, "Did you mark that spot?"

His friend replied, "Yeah, I put a big 'X' on the bottom of the boat."

The first one said, "You stupid fool! What if we don't get that same boat
Humor Promotes Healing


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, February 13, 2001: If it tickles your funny bone then
chances are it will reduce the stress in your life and leave your immune
system to do its part. This premise has been supported by both the field of
psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences. A recent publication with research
data appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Skin welt
sizes were compared in patients suffering from severe allergies after one
group watched a video featuring Charlie Chaplin and the other group listened to a documentary on weather. Needless to say, the Japanese study confirmed a reduction in skin welt size in the group watching the famed comedian.

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