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Bhagavad Gita Chapter 18 TEXT 46

yatah pravrttir bhutanam
yena sarvam idam tatam
sva-karmana tam abhyarcya
siddhim vindati manavah

yatah--from whom; pravrttih--the emanation; bhutanam--of all living
entities; yena--by whom; sarvam--all; idam--this; tatam--is
pervaded; sva-karmana--by his own duties; tam--Him; abhyarcya--by
worshiping; siddhim--perfection; vindati--achieves; manavah--a man.

By worship of the Lord, who is the source of all beings and who is
all-pervading, a man can attain perfection through performing his
own work.

PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
As stated in the Fifteenth Chapter, all living beings are fragmental parts and parcels of the Supreme Lord. Thus the Supreme Lord is the beginning of all living entities. This is confirmed in the Vedanta-sutra--janmady asya yatah. The Supreme Lord is therefore the beginning of life of every living entity. And as stated in the Seventh Chapter of Bhagavad-gita, the Supreme Lord, by His two energies, His external energy and internal energy, is all-pervading. Therefore one should worship the Supreme Lord with His energies. Generally the Vaisnava devotees worship the Supreme Lord with His internal energy. His external energy is a perverted reflection of the internal energy. The external energy is a background, but the Supreme Lord by the expansion of His plenary portion as Paramatma is situated everywhere. He is the Supersoul of all demigods, all human beings, all animals, everywhere. One should therefore know that as part and parcel of the Supreme Lord one has his duty to render service unto the Supreme. Everyone should be engaged in devotional service to the Lord in full Krsna consciousness. That is recommended in this verse.

Everyone should think that he is engaged in a particular type of occupation by Hrsikesa, the master of the senses. And by the result of the work in which one is engaged, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, should be worshiped. If one thinks always in this way, in full Krsna consciousness, then, by the grace of the Lord, he becomes fully aware of everything. That is the perfection of life. The Lord says in Bhagavad-gita (12.7), tesam aham samuddharta. The Supreme Lord Himself takes charge of delivering such a devotee. That is the highest perfection of life. In whatever occupation one may be engaged, if he serves the Supreme Lord he will achieve the highest perfection.

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Whatever merit is gained by performing sacrifice, performing austerities, giving charity, going to the places of pilgrimage, fasting, following the scriptural rules and regulations and building water ponds and gardens is all attained by one who remembers the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Visnu (Krsna).
The soul is born and unfolds in a body, with dreams and desires and the
food of life. And then it is reborn in new bodies, in accordance with
its former works. The quality of the soul determines its future body;
earthly or airy, heavy or light.

Krishna Yajur Veda, Svetasvatara Upanishads 5.11
adya zvo vA yAsyatIdaM kku-dehaM
sarve bhogA yAnti tatra sthite 'pi
tasmAt saukhyAbhAsa uccair vibhAti
nityAnande nanda vRndAvanAntaH

adya-today; svah-tomorrow; va-or; yasyati-will go; idam--this;
ku-deham-worthless material body; sarve-all; bhogah-enjoyments; yanti-go;
tatra-there; sthite-situated; api-even; tasmat-therefore; saukhya-of
happiness; abhasah-the mirage; uccaih-largely; vibhati-is manifest;
nitya-eternal; anande-full of bliss; nanda-rejoice; vrndavana-VRndavana;

Today or tomorrow this worthless material body will leave me and I will lose all the material happiness connected with it. Because this material happiness is temporary, it should be understood to be only a mirage of the real happiness. O my mind, please abandon this false happiness and enjoy thereal, eternal happiness of devotional service within the land of VRndAvana.

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sodhvA pada-praharan api ca zatazatam dhik-kRtInAM ca koTiH
kSut-tRtzitAdi-vAdhAzatam api satataM dhairyam Alambya sodhvA
muNcan zokASru-dharAm ati-karuNa-girA rAdhikA-krSNa-nAmAny
udgAyan karhi vRndAvanam ati-vikalo 'kiNcanaH saNcarAmi

sodhva-tolerating; pada-of the feet; praharan-blows; api--even; ca-also; sata-satam-hundreds; dhik-krtinam-of insults; ca-also; kotih-millions; ksut-hunger; trt-thirst; sita-cold; adi-beginning with; vadha-sufferings; satam-hundreds; api-even; satatam-constantly; dhairyam-patience; alambya-attaining; sodhva-tolerating; muncan-releasing; soka-of grief; asru-of tears; dharam-a shower; ati-very; karuna-pathetic; gira-with words; radhika-krsna-of zrI zrI Radha-Krsna; namani-the names; udgayan-singing; karhi-when?; vrndavanam-in VRndavana; ati-very; vikalah-agitated; akincanah-without any possessions; sancarami--will I wander.

When, patiently tolerating hundreds of kicks, millions of insults, and the constant onslaught of hunger, thirst, cold, heat, and hundreds of other sufferings, penniless, agitated, shedding a great shower of tears, and calling out the names of zrI zrI RAdhA-KRiShNa in a piteous voice, will I wander in this land of VRndavana?
akämah sarva-kämo vä
moksha-käma udära-dhih
trivrena bhakti-yogena
yajeta purusham param

“‘Whether one desires everything or nothing, or whether he desires to merge into the existence of the Lord, he is intelligent only if he worships Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, by rendering transcendental loving service.’

Shrimad-Bhagavatam 2:3:10.
kona bhägye käro samsära kshayonmukha haya
sädhu-sange tabe krishne rati upajaya

“By good fortune one becomes eligible to cross the ocean of nescience, and when one’s term of material existence decreases, one may get an opportunity to associate with pure devotees. By such association, one’s attraction to Sri Krishna is awakened.

Purport by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thäkura explains this point. Is this bhägya (fortune) the result of an accident or something else? In the scriptures, devotional service and pious activity are considered fortunate. Pious activities can be divided into three categories: pious activities that awaken one’s dormant Krishna consciousness are called bhakty-unmukhi sukriti, pious activities that bestow material opulence are called bhogonmukhi sukriti, and pious activities that enable the living entity to merge into the existence of the Supreme are called mokshonmukhi sukriti. These last two awards of pious activity are not actually fortunate. Pious activities are fortunate when they help one become Krishna conscious. The good fortune of bhakty-unmukhi is attainable only when one comes in contact with a devotee. By associating with a devotee willingly or unwillingly, one advances in devotional service, and thus one’s dormant Krishna consciousness is awakened.

Shri Chaitanya Charitamrita 22:45 text and purport
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hare krishna hare krishna krishna krishna hare hare
hare rama hare rama rama rama hare hare

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


Anyone who has accumulated sins by actions, mind and words, those sins are
removed only by remembering the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krsna.
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‘sädhu-sanga’, ‘sädhu-sanga’——sarva-shästre kaya
lava-mätra sädhu-sange sarva-siddhi haya

“The verdict of all revealed scriptures is that by even a moment’s association with a pure devotee, one can attain all success.

Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita Madhya lila 22:54.

tulayäma lavenäpi
na svargam näpunar-bhavam
martyänäm kim utäshishah

“‘The value of a moment’s association with a devotee of the Lord cannot be compared even to the attainment of the heavenly planets or liberation from matter, and what to speak of worldly benedictions in the form of material prosperity, which is for those who are meant for death.’

PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:This is a quotation from Shrimad-Bhägavatam (1:18:13). This verse concerns the Vedic rites and sacrifices performed by the great sages of Naimishäranya, headed by Shaunaka Rishi. The sages pointed out that association with a devotee for even less than a second is beyond comparison to a thousand Vedic rituals and sacrifices, elevation to heavenly planets or merging into the existence of the Supreme.
If a man first takes firm hold on faith and then offers his sacrifice,
then in that man's sacrifice both Gods and men place confidence.

Krishna Yajur Veda, Taittriya Upanishads Samhita, Vedic Experience, pg. 401


Even if a person has not fully realized Krsna, he becomes completely free from all sinful reactions by accepting the true method of atonement, full surrender at His lotus feet. Even in dreams, such surrendered souls do not see Yamaraja or his carriers, who are equipped with ropes to bind the sinful.
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.”

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"Astronomical calculations of stellar influences upon a living being are not suppositions, but are factual, as confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam. Every living being is controlled by the laws of nature at every minute, just as a citizen is controlled by the influence of the state. The state laws are grossly observed, but the laws of material nature, being subtle to our gross understanding, cannot be experienced grossly. As stated in the Bhagavad-gita (3.9), every action of life produces another reaction, which is binding upon us, and only those who are acting on behalf of Yajna (Vishnu) are not bound by reactions. Our actions are judged by the higher authorities, the agents of the Lord, and thus we are awarded bodies according to our activities. The law of nature is so subtle that every part of our body is influenced by the respective stars, and a living being obtains his working body to fulfill his terms of imprisonment by the manipulation of such astronomical influence." (Srimad Bhagavatam 1:12:12)

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Now Science Says Prayer Heals


CHICAGO, ILLINOIS, June 30, 2001: Dr. Larry Dossey revealed the results of a
second phase study at Duke University on the power of prayer. The MANTRA
project at Duke is headed up by cardiologist Dr. Mitchell Krucoff and nurse
practitioner, Susan Craven. The results show that heart patients who receive
prayer have 50 percent to 100 percent fewer side effects than those patients
not prayed for. If patients agreed to be part of the study they were
randomized and the "prayer" patients' names went to prayer groups around the
world. First names only were sent via e-mail to Buddhist groups in Nepal,
Hindus in India and Jewish groups in Jerusalem. Catholic nuns, Unity Village
Missouri and Protestants in North Carolina also participated. The full
report on the study will be published in an upcoming issue of the American
Journal of Cardiology, according to Dossey. It will be the first time a
heart journal has published a study on the effects of "distance" prayer.
Dossey also noted hundreds of other studies on the power of prayer that,
until now, have been mostly ignored by the allopathic, or traditional
medical community. However based on the Duke study Dossey concluded,
"There's no going back. This is a huge transition in medicine. Medicine will
not be able to retreat from the impact."

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Taliban Not to Force Hindus to Wear Badges


ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN, June 27, 2001: Bowing to international pressure, the
Taliban Government in Afghanistan has agreed not to force Hindus to wear
yellow badges, an issue which created a world-wide stir, a newspaper here in
Pakistan reported today. According to a fresh understanding reached between
the Taliban and the Hindu community, the Hindus would be issued
identification cards and they would be required to keep them in their
pockets and produce them whenever needed, "The News" daily reported, quoting
diplomatic sources. It said two Pakistani diplomats -- Additional Secretary
Foreign Office Zziz Ahmad Khan and Pakistan's Ambassador to Kabul Arif Ayub
-- met Afghan Foreign Minister Maulvi Mutawakil recently and convinced him
to reconsider the militia's decision. (PTI)

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How To Carry Your Burden

A monarch of long ago had twin sons. There was some confusion about
which one was born first. As they grew to young manhood, the king sought a
fair way to designate one of them as crown prince. All who knew the young
men thought them equal in intelligence, wit, personal charm, health, and
physical strength. Being a keenly observant king, he thought he
detected a trait in one which was not shared by the other.

Calling them to his council chamber one day, he said, "My sons, the
day will come when one of you must succeed me as king. The burdens of
sovereignty are very heavy. To find out which of you is better able to bear them
cheerfully, I am sending you together to a far corner of the kingdom. One of my
advisors there will place equal burdens on your shoulders. My crown will one
day go to the one who first returns bearing his burden like a king should."
In a spirit of friendly competition, the brothers set out together.

Soon they overtook an aged woman struggling under a burden that seemed far
too heavy for her frail body. One of the boys suggested that they stop to
help her. The other protested: "We have a burden of our own to worry
about. Let us be on our way."

The objector hurried on while the other stayed behind to give aid to
the aged woman. Along the road, from day to day, he found others who also
needed help. A blind man took him miles out of his way, and a lame man
slowed him to a cripple's walk.

Eventually he did reach his father's advisor, where he secured his own
burden and started home with it safely on his shoulders. When he
arrived at the palace, his brother met him at the gate, and greeted him with
dismay. He said, "I don't understand. I told our father the burden was too heavy
to carry. However did you do it?"

The future king replied thoughtfully, "I suppose when I helped others
carry their burdens, I found the strength to carry my own."

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Scientist Says Mind Continues After Brain Dies

June 29, 2001 10:08 AM ET
By Sarah Tippit

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A British scientist studying heart attack patients
says he is finding evidence that suggests that consciousness may continue
after the brain has stopped functioning and a patient is clinically dead.
The research, presented to scientists last week at the California Institute
of Technology (Caltech), resurrects the debate over whether there is life
after death and whether there is such a thing as the human soul.

"The studies are very significant in that we have a group of people with no
brain function ... who have well-structured, lucid thought processes with
reasoning and memory formation at a time when their brains are shown not to
function," Sam Parnia, one of two doctors from Southampton General Hospital
in England who have been studying so-called near-death experiences (NDEs),
told Reuters in an interview.

"We need to do much larger-scale studies, but the possibility is certainly
there" to suggest that consciousness, or the soul, keeps thinking and
reasoning even if a person's heart has stopped, he is not breathing and his
brain activity is nil, Parnia said.

He said he and colleagues conducted an initial yearlong study, the results
of which appeared in the February issue of the journal Resuscitation. The
study was so promising the doctors formed a foundation to fund further
research and continue collecting data.

During the initial study, Parnia said, 63 heart attack patients who were
deemed clinically dead but were later revived were interviewed within a week
of their experiences.

Of those, 56 said they had no recollection of the time they were unconscious
and seven reported having memories. Of those, four were labeled NDEs in that
they reported lucid memories of thinking, reasoning, moving about and
communicating with others after doctors determined their brains were not

Among other things, the patients reported remembering feelings of peace, joy
and harmony. For some, time sped up, senses heightened and they lost
awareness of their bodies.

The patients also reported seeing a bright light, entering another realm and
communicating with dead relatives. One, who called himself a lapsed Catholic
and Pagan, reported a close encounter with a mystical being.

Near-death experiences have been reported for centuries but in Parnia's
study none of the patients were found to have received low oxygen levels,
which some skeptics believe may contribute to the phenomenon.
When the brain is deprived of oxygen people become totally confused, thrash
around and usually have no memories at all, Parnia said. "Here you have a
severe insult to the brain but perfect memory."

Skeptics have also suggested that patients' memories occurred in the moments
they were leaving or returning to consciousness. But Parnia said when a
brain is traumatized by a seizure or car wreck a patient generally does not
remember moments just before or after losing consciousness. Rather, there is
usually a memory lapse of hours or days. "Talk to them. They'll tell you
something like: 'I just remember seeing the car and the next thing I knew I
was in the hospital,"' he said.

"With cardiac arrest, the insult to the brain is so severe it stops the
brain completely. Therefore, I would expect profound memory loss before and
after the incident," he added.

Since the initial experiment, Parnia and his colleagues have found more than
3,500 people with lucid memories that apparently occurred at times they were
thought to be clinically dead. Many of the patients, he said, were reluctant
to share their experiences fearing they would be thought crazy.

One patient was 2-1/2 years old when he had a seizure and his heart stopped.
His parents contacted Parnia after the boy "drew a picture of himself as if
out of his body looking down at himself. It was drawn like there was a
balloon stuck to him. When they asked what the balloon was he said, 'When
you die you see a bright light and you are connected to a cord.' He wasn't
even 3 when he had the experience," Parnia said.

"What his parents noticed was that after he had been discharged from
hospital, six months after the incident, he kept drawing the same scene."
The brain function these patients were found to have while unconscious is
commonly believed to be incapable of sustaining lucid thought processes or
allowing lasting memories to form, Parnia said-pointing to the fact that
nobody fully grasps how the brain generates thoughts.

The brain itself is made up of cells, like all the body's organs, and is not
really capable of producing the subjective phenomenon of thought that people
have, he said.

He speculated that human consciousness may work independently of the brain,
using the gray matter as a mechanism to manifest the thoughts, just as a
television set translates waves in the air into picture and sound. "When you
damage the brain or lose some of the aspects of mind or personality, that
doesn't necessarily mean the mind is being produced by the brain. All it
shows is that the apparatus is damaged," Parnia said, adding that further
research might reveal the existence of a soul.

"When these people are having experiences they say, 'I had this intense pain
in my chest and suddenly I was drifting in the corner of my room and I was
so happy, so comfortable. I looked down and realized I was seeing my body
and doctors all around me trying to save me and I didn't want to go back.
"The point is they are describing seeing this thing in the room, which is
their body. Nobody ever says, 'I had this pain and the next thing I knew mysoul left me."'

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"Yob culture" Blamed For UK Riots


Burnley violence mirrored that in other northern towns By BBC News Online's
community affairs reporter Cindi John. The involvement of Asian youths in
civil disturbances and violence at the recent Pakistan/Australia cricket
matches has painted a picture of a rebellious generation. But there are
conflicting views among Asians themselves. One community leader said the
recent disturbances involving Asian youths were the result of "yob culture"
not race issues. "Yob" -- "boy" spelled backwards -- is, according to the
Webster's, "A rowdy, destructive youth; a hooligan or ruffian." Manzoor
Moghal, chairman of the Leicester-based Federation of Muslim Organisations,
said many British-born Asians in the riot-hit towns had assimilated the
worst of English culture. He said: "They have the yobbish culture, they are
defiant, not so obedient to their parents any longer, they don't comply with
the peace and quiet the family want, the way their parents lived here and
they are rebellious. They are following the norms of the youth culture of
this country. Then because they come from a different racial group things do
tend to acquire a racial complexion." While the current disturbances have
involved mostly Muslim youth, Hindu communities have been drawn in at times.
Sociologist Dr Virinder Kalra of Manchester University says the recent
troubles are not a new phenomenon. He said: "Twenty years ago twelve Asian
and African-Caribbean young people were arrested for making petrol bombs in
Bradford, the so-called Bradford 12 case. "Their argument in court was they
were defending their communities against the National Front. And in 1976 in
Southall the murder of a young Asian taxi driver sparked a riot," Dr Kalra said.

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...will be at New Varshan, Auckland Temple
from 16th July evening - 20th July

For details of classes and programs, etc.,
Contact Radhikatma dasa
It is with the greatest pleasure that the devotees of the Christchurch Yatra invite you to attend a weekend of celebration, reunion, association, entertainment, fundraising & fun.

Friday 03rd August 6:30pm, Cathedral Square
*Arrival Maha Harinaam

Saturday 04th August 7:00am, Christchurch Temple
*Lord Balaram's Appearance Day Morning Programme
& Midday Feast

Saturday 04th August 7:00pm, Lumiere Theatre, Central City
Westpac Lane, Behind Heritage Hotel
*Major Preaching & Entertainment Programme
Gala Fundraising Concert

Single $20.00
Unwaged $16.00
Family $50.00

Celebrating the blend of
Eastern & Western Culture

An evening of
Song, Dance, Music, Drama, Poetry, Humour, Feasting and more...

Sunday 05th August 10:00am, Christchurch Temple
*15 years of Sri Sri Nitai Gaurachandra in Christchurch
Family Reunion Day
Sunday 05th August 5:30pm, Christchurch Temple
*Christchurch Yatra Sunday Feast Programme

R.S.V.P. by 18th July is essential for ticketing for the
Gala Funraising Concert

Further information & accomadation arrangements please contact:
Yashoda Dulal dasa (03) 355 7832
Kunja Kishori dasi (03) 332 0352
Ian (03) 332 3629

Tickets Available for Gala from Echo Records 235 High St, CHCH.

Gopal's Vegetarian Restaurant
in Auckland has now re-opened
at Level 2, 246., Queen Street., Auckland.

The hours are:
Mon - Wed 11am to 3.30pm and Thurs - Fri 11am to 9pm.

Seating for about 65 persons

You have to come and check it out, bring the family too when
you're late night shopping in the City.

Mention you saw this add and claim a FREE Fresh Fruit lassi drink
We also give a 20% discount for students with ID.

Reservations and enquiries
Phone: 09-306-4143.

...the menu:
$7 Real Meal Deal (Rice, 2 Sabjis, Dahl, Halava, 2 koftas,
Chutney and Salad)
$5 Curd Steak on Rice (2 Veg Steaks, Rice, Salad and Halava)
$10 All You Can Eat (From the Real Meal Deal)
$4.50 On the Lite Side (Salad and choice of Pizza or Samosa)
$6 Vegan Special (2 Tofu Steaks, Rice and Salad)
Samosas - $2.50 each
Pizza - $2.00 per slice

Juice Bar Now Open in the restaurant, serving fresh juices,
coffee alternatives and fresh fruit lassis too.

You have to check this out. Bring the family

It's on the opposite side from Aotea Square, approx in the
middle of Queen St, near McDonalds and opposite from Midcity
(where the cinemas used to be).

Eventually opening on Saturdays too. Small staff at present.
Gopal's is available 4 Catering for your special functions.

and now Gopal's on Newmarket too:
204., Broadway, 1st Floor, Newmarket.

Ph: (09) 529 1529
Hours: Monday to Saturday
11.30am to 3.00pm and
5.00pm to 8.00pm
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The Ramayana in the Gujarati language

Published and presented by HH Bhakti Vikas Swami

It's beautifully designed, well printed on quality paper, and reasonably priced

A Hindi edition should also be available after a few months. ys, BVS

We're taking orders now.

NZ$20 plus postage
Harinaam Kirtan and Bhajans in Tauranga BOP.

Every Saturday in the Red Square by the Strand

Come and join the throng 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

...for more details contact Surya Narayan dasa
To be announced, the opening of the New
Wellington Gopals Vegetarian and Food for Life

Kiwi Youth Web-page

Meet the Kuli's
Picture Gallery(ies)
...and much more. us a visit, and be part of it

We welcome your contributions - articles, ideas, links, etc.

Kiwi Kuli Camp ~ 2002
A week of fun celebrating our shared Love for Krsna.
16th-23rd January 2002

We will be camping at Kokako Lodge, approx an hour from the Auckland Temple, situated in native bush & 2 minutes walk from the large Hunua Falls. The Camp is fully powered, with modern kitchen, large lounge/dining room, all amenities & music/video room.

We have full access to Kayaks, Tyre Tubes, Archery equipment, Table Tennis, Outdoor Games, Video/TV, Bush walks, Beaches, Dams, Caves and more!

Planned Activities
Swimming in Hunua Falls Tyre Tubing (no rocks this time!)
Kayaking - Bush walk to large Dam
Volleyball & Soccer championships - Archery
Beach Visits Local Caves trip
Visit & stories by Mukunda Goswami Family Day
Plays - Great Prasadam!
Musical Instruments & Equipment! - Table Tennis

We have the further options of Abseiling over the side of the Hunua Falls,
Hotpools & a Movie & Dinner outing… costs may be additional.

This Kiwi Kuli Camp has the vision of providing a time & place for a varied balance of fun & challenging activities, relaxing times, meeting & sharing time & thoughts with KC friends, great Prasadam, Games, Music & Bhajans. Above all, the common goal is one of sharing our common bond ~ our Love for Sri Krsna We ask all wishing to attend for their full participation in planned events, camp schedules, cooking, cleaning etc. ~ thanks!

All Devotee Youth are Welcome, but there is an age minimum of 15 years.

Cost ~ NZ$100 - $150 pending Funding & CKI Grant

Kayaking Trip ~ Starts 26th Jan. (Cost is Additional to the Camp). Approx 7-10 days of kayaking around either the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park, or down the rapids of the Whanganui River!
Numbers are limited, criteria applies.
Contact Shana at for details.

Camp/Reunion T. Shirts/Singlets ~ NZ$20!
These will be available for those interested,
please pre-order yours NOW!

Camp Contact Details ~ Please email Nitya-Lila at
for all camp enquiries & bookings! See you there!

Vegetarian Clubs

Waikato University - Hamilton campus

2 days per week serving about 100 plates each day.

for more information

Auckland University - Wellesley St. campus

Otago University - Dunedin

Room 2., Clubs & Societies Building
Albany St.,

contact Jambavati dasi (03) 477 8277

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Exposes the fallacy of humane killing in slaughterhouses

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A friend once offered me a very musty, beautiful bureau. Because the bureau was so nice, I gratefully accepted the gift, with the thought that setting the bureau in a little sun for a day or two might kill the mold. Unfortunately, the sun didn't do the trick. Much to my surprise, the solution I finally found was easy, used all natural materials, and removed 100 percent of the musty smell.Over the years I have found three natural ingredients that kill mold: tea tree oil (an essential oil found in most health food stores), grapefruit seed extract, and vinegar. There are pros and cons of each, but all three work. Vinegar is by far the cheapest. Tea tree oil is expensive, but it is a broad spectrum fungicide and seems to kill all the mold families it contacts. The problem is that it has a very strong smell, but that dissipates in a few days. Grapefruit seed extract is also expensive, but has no smell. Click here for how to use these three ingredients in your home, to kill mold and mildew.
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Paneer Tikkis

The ever popular paneer tikki, made richer with dry fruit stuffing and
spiced with green chillies.

Cooking Time : 10 min.
Preparation Time : 10 min.
Serves/Makes : Makes 20 tikkis.

400 grams paneer (milk curd - casein) mashed
2 tablespoons chopped coriander
2 green chillies, finely chopped
2 pinches sugar
2 tablespoons cornflour
1 teaspoon chopped cashewnuts
2 teaspoons raisins, chopped
oil for shallow frying
salt to taste

Mash the paneer thoroughly.
Add the coriander, green chillies, sugar, cornflour and salt and mix very well.
Mix the cashewnuts and raisins.
Shape the paneer mixture into small balls. Press a little in the centre of each ball, fill some cashewnut- raisin mixture and close.
Roll the tikkis in some cornflour.
Shallow fry in oil in a tava.

Serve hot with mint chutney.

Recipe Source
Tava Cooking by Tarla Dalal
Curried Potato Salad With Lentils

This recipe is provided by Nava Atlas at .
A grilled version of the classic French stew, this glistening warm salad will whet
appetites dulled by summer heat.

Serves: 6

3/4 cup lentils, rinsed
4 large potatoes
4 medium firm, ripe tomatoes, diced
1/2 cup soy mayonnaise
1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt or soy yogurt
1 to 2 teaspoons good quality curry powder, to taste
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro, or more to taste
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the lentils with 2 cups water in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat and simmer gently until the water is absorbed and the lentils are done but still firm, or about 25 minutes. Drain off any excess cooking liquid and let the lentils cool to room temperature. Meanwhile, cook or microwave the potatoes in their skins until tender but still firm. When cool enough to handle, peel and dice them. Combine the lentils and potatoes in a serving bowl and add the remaining ingredients. Toss gently but thoroughly and serve at once.

- Douglas Stevenson
Vegetable Curry Puffs

Ingredients for curry puffs:

*Pepperidge farm pastry sheets - 1 pack
(For stuffing):
Cooked Potato (Lightly mashed) - approximately 6.
Green peas (cooked) - 1/2 cup.
Minced green chiilis - 2-3.
Cilantro - 1/2 cup
Lime juice - 1 tbsp.

Preparation Method:
1. To make the potato curry, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a curry pan. To the lightly heated oil add
fennel seeds(Sounf). Then add turmeric, cooked potatoes, Cooked green peas, green chillis,
cilantro and salt to taste. Once the curry is done add lime juice and mix it well. Keep this
2.Thaw the pastry sheets.One can make 6 curry puffs from one folded sheet.There wiil be 2
sheets in a pack. so you can make 12 puffs. Follow the instructions on the pack for oven
3.Put the curry in the center of the sheet and fold it lightly.Do not press it. Then bake it at
preheated oven for about 10 min until golden brown.
4.Serve hot with tomato sauce or green chutney.

serving time: For curry: 20 min, for puffs: 40min

Serves: 4-6
*Note: The sheet does not contain any animal source. Mono- and di- glycerides are obtained from a vegetable source. Please Check the ingredients on the pack.
Black Pepper White Gravy

Here is another gravy recipe that is good on biscuits, pastries,etc for breakfast.

1. In skillet or saucepan melt 2 Tbsp. butter or oil.

2. Over low heat, add 1 1/2 to 2 Tbsp. of flour. Stir about 3-4 minutes or
until well blended and the sight of raw flour has vanished.

3. Stir in slowly 1 cup of soy milk or vegetable stock. (Doug - I
like to use homemade soy milk that has not been sweetened.)

4. Add a pinch each of nutmeg, salt, and black pepper to taste.

5. Simmer and stir the gravy with a wire whisk until it has
thickened and is smooth and hot. You can also crumble a
vegetarian sausage patty into the gravy for more flavor if you like.

6. Serve over hot biscuits.

from Douglas Stevenson

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Aunt Bessie and the Bomb

Great-aunt Bessie loved to visit her nieces and nephews, seems she had relatives all over the country. Problem was that no matter how much she enjoyed seeing them, she hated flying. No matter how safe people told her it was, she was always worried that someone would have a bomb on the plane. She read the books about how safe it was, and listened to the stewardess demonstrate all the safety features. But she still worried herself silly every time a visit was coming up. Finally, the family decided that maybe if she saw the statistics she'd be convinced. So they sent her to a friend of the family who was an actuary. "Tell me," she said suspiciously, "what are the chances that someone will have a bomb on a plane?"

The actuary looked through his tables and said, "A very small chance. Maybe one in five hundred thousand." She nodded, then thought for a moment. "So what are the odds of two people having a bomb on the same plane?"
Again he went through his tables. "Extremely remote," he said. "About one in a billion."

Aunt Bessie nodded and left his office. And from that day on, every time she flew, she took a bomb with her.
Despite warnings from her guide, Vickie skiing in Switzerland got separated from her group and fell into a deep crevasse.

Several hours later, a rescue party found the hole, and to reassure the stranded skier shouted down to her, "We're from the Red Cross"

"Sorry," Vickie echoed back, "I already gave at the office!"
A man goes to a doctor for a physical checkup.
The nurse starts with certain basic items. "How much do you weigh?" she asks.
"seventy five kilos" he says.
The nurse puts him on the scale.
It turns out that his weight is 85 kgs.

The nurse asks, "Your height?"
"Five-eleven." he says.

The nurse checks and sees that he's only 5' 8 1/2".
She then takes his blood pressure, and it's very high.

The man explains, "Of course it's high. When I came in here, I was tall and wiry.
Now, I'm short and fat!"
Once Laloo Yadav, Sonia Gandhi, a saint and a schoolboy were travelling by a private plane.

Suddenly the engine caught fire and the pilot came out shouting,"This plane is going to crash! And we have only four parachutes and there are five of us in the plane. Since I am a very important Indian Airlines pilot I am taking one parachute and getting out of here."

Saying this he rushed to the luggage area grabbed one parachute and jumped out the plane.

Sonia Gandhi said,"Since I am the future Prime Minister of India I am very important and have to live!" She also grabbed a parachute and jumped.

Laloo Yadav said, "I am the king-maker of this country, the most honest politician of India and above all the most intelligent person living in this country, and the most intelligent person must live!" Saying so Laloo went to the luggage area, grabbed one and jumped off the plane.

The old saint said to the school boy, "There is only one parachute left, and there are two of us. I am an old man and don't need to live any more. You take the last parachute and jump."

The school boy said, "Don't worry! There are still two parachutes left with us! The most intelligent person, Laloo Yadav, jumped off the plane with my school bag!"

(from Chintu, Bangalore)
A little girl was sitting on her daddy's lap. She gazed up at her father and said, "Daddy, did anyone ever tell you that you're the most wonderful and smartest man in the world?"

Her father, filled with pride said, "Why no, honey, they haven't."

"Then where did you get the idea?" She asked.

The company where my godbrother worked had a phone system that rerouted after-hours calls.
If any calls came in on a certain line while he was working late, Dave knew it would be a wrong number.
It got to the point where, as soon as the phone rang, Dave would pick up and say, "Psychic Hotline. I'm sorry, but you've dialed the wrong number."

The callers would often reply with something like, "But I didn't even ask to speak to anyone yet. How did you know I dialed the wrong . . . Oh! (Click)
Fidel Castro dies and goes to heaven. When he gets there, St. Peter tells him that he is not on the list and that no way, no how, does he belong in heaven.
Fidel must go to hell.
So Fidel goes to hell where Satan gives him a hearty welcome and tells him to make himself at home.
Then Fidel notices that he left his luggage in heaven and tells Satan, who says, "No hay problema. I'll send a couple of little devils to get your stuff."
When the little devils get to heaven, they find the gates are locked [St. Peter is having lunch.] and they start debating what to do. Finally, one comes up with the idea that they should go over the wall and get the luggage.
As they are climbing the wall, two little angels see them, and one angel says to the other, "My goodness! Fidel has been in hell no more than ten minutes, and we're already getting refugees."
While taking a routine vandalism report at an elementary school, I was
interrupted by a little girl about six years old.

Looking up and down at my uniform, she asked, "Are you a cop?"

"Yes," I answered and continued writing the report.

"My mother said if I ever needed help I should ask the police. Is that right?"

"Yes, that's right," I told her.

"Well, then," she said as she extended her foot toward me, "would you please
tie my shoe?"

I swear this is True:

Once in Mayapur we were attending a wonderful class that ironically was centred around the Bhagavad Gita verse 4:34 Tad vidhi pranipätena pariprashnena sevayä....... approach an enlightened soul, enquire of him, render service unto him, for he has seen the Truth....... well it came to the end of the most enlightening and enlivening class and the speaker asked, "Any questions?"
A voice from the back of the room bellowed out, "Panditji, when I came here today I left my shoes nearby the door, I've just been to look for them and they are not there, could anyone enlighten me as to where they might be............" To which, sadly the stunned assembly turned, took a double take at the lone standing Indian gentleman, looked back at the speaker, and again looked back at the gentleman ...... a couple of devotees came to his aide, as the speaker smilingly said, "grantaraj Srimad Bhagavatam ki jaya"
A lady on her first visit to Yellowstone National Park said to her guide, "Look at all those big rocks. Wherever did they come from?"

"The glaciers brought them down," said the guide.
"But where are the glaciers?"

"The glaciers," said the guide in a weary voice, "must have gone back for more rocks."
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Q: Why did everyone like to buy the psychic clothes for her birthday?

A: Because they knew she was a medium.
My cousin just died. He was only 19. He got stung by a bee - the natural
enemy of a tightrope walker.

-- Emo Philips
The Age We Live In:

A group of young children were siting in a circle with their Gurukul teacher.

She was going around in turn asking them all questions.

"Depak, what noise does a cow make?"

"It goes moo, miss"

"Aravind, what noise does a cat make?"

"It goes meow, miss"

"Jai, what sound does a lamb make?"

"It goes baaa, miss"

"Ravi, what sound does a mouse make?"

"Errr.., it goes.. click!"
>(|)<>( The ways of this material world - strange but true )<>(|)

One day a young man was visiting the fair. Over to one side was a small tent, with a sign that said "For 50 dollars I'll teach you to be a mind reader! - Apply within."

So the young man thought that he'd give it a go, and went inside. Behind a small table inside was an old man, who looked up when the young man entered and says, "Ah, you must be here for the mind reading lessons."

"Er, yes," the young man said.

"Well, follow me, and I'll give you your first lesson." Then the old man goes out the back of the tent and comes back with a hose. "Here, hold this hose," he said.

"Why?" said the young man.
"It's part of the lesson," replies the old man, "Now, look in the end and tell me what you see."

So the young man looks into the end of the hose, and only sees darkness. "I don't see anything," he tells the old man.

Just then the old man turns on a tap, and the hose shoots water into the young man's face.
"I just knew you'd do something like that." the young man shouts at the old man.
"There.. you are now a mind reader!" the old man replies, "That'll be 50 dollars."

In this world there are two kinds of people, the cheats and the cheated.
MYTH: A pound of gold and a pound of feathers are the same weight.

FACT: 'Which weighs more, a pound of gold or a pound of feathers?' is a quick poser that draws the quick answer, 'Why, a pound of gold, of course!', from someone who reacts solely to the objects mentioned, missing the key word 'pound'. He/she soon realizes his miscalculation and is rewarded with a teasing grin that shows up on the trickster's face.

There is, however, a real - yet little known - catch to the poser, one that should surprise both trickster and victim. For technically speaking, a pound of feathers is actually heavier than a pound of gold!

The key to this almost unbelievable statement lies in the particular weight system associated with each item. Feathers, and most ordinary commodities, are weighed by the 'avoirdupois' system, in which a pound equals 7,000 grains; while gold and other gems use the 'troy' system of weighing, in which a pound has only 5,760 grains. (A grain is the smallest unit in both weight systems.)

However, although a 'troy' pound is lighter than an 'avoirdupois' pound, the opposite is true when it comes to the ounce. A 'troy' ounce comes out heavier than an 'avoirdupois' ounce.

If you were asked which would you prefer dropped (unpackaged) on your head the answer might be different.
Once I was speaking with a wise old Indian gentleman about how to get things done, and how much influence we have over others. In desperation I threw my hands in the air and exclaimed a little negatively, "You can take a horse to water but you can't make it drink!!!"

His reply retored back, and has stayed with me since, "Oh but Gosaiji, you can!"
Startled at his confidence I gestured that he continue.

"Simply add bicarb-soda to the horse feed and he will drink of his own accord......"
Standing in the middle of the road is very dangerous; you get knocked down
by the traffic from both sides.

- Margaret Thatcher

Fire authorities in California found a corpse in a burned out section of forest while assessing the damage done by a forest fire. The deceased male was dressed in a full wet suit, complete with scuba tanks on his back, flippers, and face mask. A post-mortem revealed that the person died not from burns, but from massive internal injuries. Dental records provided a positive identification. Investigators then set about to determine how a fully clad diver ended up in the middle of a forest fire. It was revealed that on the day of the fire, the person went for a diving trip off the coast some 20 miles from the forest. The fire fighters, seeking to control the fire as quickly as possible, called in a fleet of helicopters with very large dip buckets. Water was dipped from the ocean and then flown to the forest fire and emptied. You guessed it. One minute our diver was making like Flipper in the Pacific, the next he was doing the breaststroke in a fire dip bucket 300 feet in the air.

Apparently he extinguished exactly 5'10" of the fire. (This article was taken from the California Examiner, March 20, 1998)

A man was working on his motorcycle on his patio and his wife was in the kitchen. The man was racing the engine on the motorcycle when it accidentally slipped into gear. The man, still holding onto the handle bars, was dragged through the glass patio doors and along with the motorcycle dumped onto the floor inside the house. The wife, hearing the crash, ran into the dining room and found her husband lying on the floor, cut and bleeding, the motorcycle lying next to him, and the shattered patio door.

The wife ran to the phone and summoned the ambulance. Because they lived on a fairly large hill, the wife went down the several flights of stairs to the street to escort the paramedics to her husband. After the ambulance arrived and transported the man to the hospital, the wife up righted the motorcycle and pushed it outside. Seeing that gas was spilled on the floor, the wife got some paper towels, blotted up the petrol, and threw the towels in the toilet. The man was treated and released to come home. Upon arriving home, he looked at the shattered patio door and the damage done to his motorcycle. He became despondent, went to the bathroom, sat down on the toilet and smoked a cigarette. After finishing the cigarette, he flipped it between his legs into the toilet bowl while seated. The wife, who was in the kitchen, heard the loud explosion and her husband screaming. She ran into the bathroom and found her husband lying on the floor. His trousers had been blown away and he was suffering burns on the buttocks, the back of his legs, and his groin. The wife again ran to the phone to call the ambulance. The very same paramedic crew was dispatched and the wife met them at the street. The paramedics loaded the husband on to the stretcher and began carrying him to the street. While they were going down the stairs to the street accompanied by the wife, one of the paramedics asked the wife how the husband had burned himself. She told them and the paramedics started laughing so hard, one of them slipped and tipped the stretcher, dumping the husband out. He fell down the remaining stairs and broke his arm.

Karma will get you in the end (among other places)

A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. Until that moment he had been happily "grooving" listening to his Walkman.


Iraqi terrorist, Khay Rahnajet, didn't pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back with "return to sender" stamped on it. Forgetting it was the bomb, he opened it and was blown to bits. Your day's not so bad, is it!!

"...and the Lord says whatever you do's gonna come right back on you!!!" (George Harrison. All Things Must Pass album)
Quote of the Day

The generation of random numbers is too important to be left to chance.

- Robert R. Coveyou, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth gets its pants on.

- Anonymous
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