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SRI VYASA-PUJA Book 2001 in PDF Format

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Bhagavad Gita As It Is - Chapter 18 TEXT 69

na ca tasman manusyesu
kascin me priya-krttamah
bhavita na ca me tasmad
anyah priyataro bhuvi

na--never; ca--and; tasmat--than him; manusyesu--among men; kascit--anyone; me--to Me; priya-krt-tamah--more dear; bhavita--will become; na--nor; ca--and; me--to Me; tasmat--than him; anyah--another; priya-tarah--dearer; bhuvi--in this world.

There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear.

18 TEXT 70
adhyesyate ca ya imam
dharmyam samvadam avayoh
jnana-yajnena tenaham
istah syam iti me matih

adhyesyate--will study; ca--also; yah--he who; imam--this; dharmyam--sacred; samvadam--conversation; avayoh--of ours; jnana--of knowledge; yajnena--by the sacrifice; tena--by him; aham--I; istah--worshiped; syam--shall be; iti--thus; me--My; matih--opinion.

And I declare that he who studies this sacred conversation of ours worships Me by his intelligence.

18 TEXT 71
sraddhavan anasuyas ca
srnuyad api yo narah
so 'pi muktah subhal lokan
prapnuyat punya-karmanam

sraddha-van--faithful; anasuyah--not envious; ca--and; srnuyat--does hear; api--certainly; yah--who; narah--a man; sah--he; api--also; muktah--being liberated; subhan--the auspicious; lokan--planets; prapnuyat--he attains; punya-karmanam--of the pious.

And one who listens with faith and without envy becomes free from sinful reactions and attains to the auspicious planets where the pious dwell.

PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
In the sixty-seventh verse of this chapter, the Lord explicitly forbade the Gita's being spoken to those who are envious of the Lord. In other words, Bhagavad-gita is for the devotees only. But it so happens that sometimes a devotee of the Lord will hold open class, and in that class not all the students are expected to be devotees. Why do such persons hold open class? It is explained here that although not everyone is a devotee, still there are many men who are not envious of Krsna. They have faith in Him as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. If such persons hear from a bona fide devotee about the Lord, the result is that they become at once free from all sinful reactions and after that attain to the planetary system where all righteous persons are situated. Therefore simply by hearing Bhagavad-gita, even a person who does not try to be a pure devotee attains the result of righteous activities. Thus a pure devotee of the Lord gives everyone a chance to become free from all sinful reactions and to become a devotee of the Lord.

Generally those who are free from sinful reactions, those who are righteous, very easily take to Krsna consciousness. The word punya-karmanam is very significant here. This refers to the performance of great sacrifices, like the asvamedha-yajna, mentioned in the Vedic literature. Those who are righteous in performing devotional service but who are not pure can attain the planetary system of the polestar, or Dhruvaloka, where Dhruva Maharaja is presiding. He is a great devotee of the Lord, and he has a special planet, which is called the polestar.

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Preparations for Janamashtami in Full Swing

JAIPUR, INDIA, August 7, 2001: Though there are five days for Janamashtami
to arrive, in this city of Jaipur widespread preparations for the festival
have started. The main festival is celebrated in Govind Dev Ji. Here the
material of display is being prepared and programs of religious
music/bhajans are being held. To celebrate the birthday of Lord Krishna,
people are busy in preparations in their own unique manner with special food
dishes and decorations for the temples. (translated from Hindi)
Srimad Bhagavatam 1:2:7

vasudeve bhagavati
bhakti-yogah prayojitah
janayaty asu vairagyam
jnanam ca yad ahaitukam

"There is no want of knowledge in the devotional service of Vasudeva, the Personality of Godhead. He, the Lord, personally takes charge of dissipating the darkness of ignorance from the heart of a devotee. "

"By rendering devotional service unto the Personality of Godhead, Shri Krishna, one immediately acquires causeless knowledge and detachment from the world."

Those who consider devotional service to the Supreme Lord Shri Krishna to be something like material emotional affairs may argue that in the revealed scriptures, sacrifice, charity, austerity, knowledge, mystic powers and similar other processes of transcendental realization are recommended. According to them, bhakti, or the devotional service of the Lord, is meant for those who cannot perform the high-grade activities. Generally it is said that the bhakti cult is meant for the shüdras, vaishyas and the less intelligent woman class. But that is not the actual fact. The bhakti cult is the topmost of all transcendental activities, and therefore it is simultaneously sublime and easy. It is sublime for the pure devotees who are serious about getting in contact with the Supreme Lord, and it is easy for the neophytes who are just on the threshold of the house of bhakti. To achieve the contact of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Shri Krishna is a great science, and it is open for all living beings, including the shüdras, vaishyas, women and even those lower than the lowborn shüdras, so what to speak of the high-class men like the qualified brähmaNas and the great self-realized kings. The other high-grade activities designated as sacrifice, charity, austerity, etc., are all corollary factors following the pure and scientific bhakti cult.

The principles of knowledge and detachment are two important factors on the path of transcendental realization. The whole spiritual process leads to perfect knowledge of everything material and spiritual, and the results of such perfect knowledge are that one becomes detached from material affection and becomes attached to spiritual activities. Becoming detached from material things does not mean becoming inert altogether, as men with a poor fund of knowledge think. Naishkarma means not undertaking activities that will produce good or bad effects. Negation does not mean negation of the positive. Negation of the nonessentials does not meant negation of the essential. Similarly, detachment from material forms does not mean nullifying the positive form. The bhakti cult is meant for realization of the positive form. When the positive form is realized, the negative forms are automatically eliminated. Therefore, with the development of the bhakti cult, with the application of positive service to the positive form, one naturally becomes detached from inferior things, and he becomes attached to superior things. Similarly, the bhakti cult, being the supermost occupation of the living being, leads him out of material sense enjoyment. That is the sign of a pure devotee. He is not a fool, nor is he engaged in the inferior energies, nor does he have material values. This is not possible by dry reasoning. It actually happens by the grace of the Almighty. In conclusion, one who is a pure devotee has all other good qualities, namely knowledge, detachment, etc., but one who has only knowledge or detachment is not necessarily well acquainted with the principles of the bhakti cult. Bhakti is the supermost occupation of the human being.
(Srila A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Srimad Bhagavatam 1:2:7 text and purport)
"'Fools deride Me when I descend in the human form. They do not know My transcendental nature and My supreme dominion over all that be.' Therefore, one must receive knowledge from a person to whom the Lord has revealed Himself; there is no value in creating an imaginary name or form for the Lord. " (Srimad Bhagavatam. 6.4.29)
Please chant:

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

.......and your life will become sublime.
"The spiritual master is present wherever his sincere disciple is trying to serve his instructions. This is possible by the mercy of Krishna. In your attempts to serve me and in all your sincere devotional sentiments, I am with you as my Guru Maharaja is with me. Remember this always." (letter to Bhakta Dan dated 12-1-73)
Sri Vyaasa Puja 2001

Tuesday 14th August 2001 the Avirbhav appearance celebration of
His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

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na dharma nishtOsmi na chaatma vEdi
na bhaktimaan tvaccharaNAravindE
akinchanOananyagatih saraNya!
tvat paadamoolam saranam prapadye. (Sthothra Rathnam- 22nd sloka)

Oh you worthy of being sought as refuge! I am not one established in Dharma, nor am i a knower of the self. I have no fervent devotion to your lotus-feet. Utterly destitute as I am, and having none else for resort, I take refuge under your feet. (Translation by Sri Vaishnava - Swamy Adidevananda)
"By culture of Vedic knowledge one must know Lord Krsna and should not falsely speculate on the word aham, or "I." The only method for understanding the Supreme Truth is devotional service, as stated in Bhagavad-gita (18.55): bhaktya mam abhijanati yavan yas casmi tattvatah. ONLY BY DEVOTIONAL SERVICE CAN ONE KNOW THAT THE ULTIMATE TRUTH IS THE PERSONALITY OF GODHEAD AND THAT BRAHMAN AND PARAMATMA ARE ONLY HIS PARTIAL FEATURES. This is confirmed in this verse by the great sage Maitreya. With devotion he offers his sincere surrender, namah, to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, bhagavate." (Srimad Bhagavatam. 3.6.40)
Sweetest Description of Janmastami-lila
from Ananda Vrindavan Champu by Srila Kavi Karnapura
Translated by Bhanu Swami & Subhaga Swami
Published by Mahanidhi Swami
Now we will discuss the truth about the transcendental birthplace of Bhagavan and the appearance of Lord Sri Krishna. Once upon a time, Bhumi, the predominating deity of the earth, felt overburdened by different demons posing as members of the royal order. Feeling aggrieved upon seeing her miserable condition, the lotus-born Brahma appealed to Ksirodakasayi Visnu, the maintainer of the universe, saying, "Please deliver Goddess Bhumi who is feeling greatly distressed by these demoniac kings. Only You can remove this terrible influence from the earth."

The time for an appearance of the Lord coincided with two internal desires of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. First the Lord desired to descend on earth to increase the fortune of Yasoda and Nanda. Also at that time Krishna wanted to relish the sweet mellow of smgara rasa (paramour love) while enacting His worldly pastimes. For these two reasons the Lord appeared within the material creation on Bhuloka, (earth planet), along with His parents, friends, and other eternal associates.

Another distinction of Lord Krishna's earthly pastimes is that when the eternally liberated gopis such as Srimati Radharani, Candravali, and others appeared, the Srutis personified also appeared in the homes of other gopis, because they had previously cultivated the desire to serve Sri Krishna as Vraja gopis. The Dandakaranya sages, upon seeing the svakiya bhava (the sweet conjugal relationship) of Lord Ramacandra and Sitadevi, desired to have the same relationship with their Lord Madana Gopala. Upon attaining perfection in their sadhana they achieved the fortunate position of appearing as gopis in Vrindavan. Yogamaya, Lord Krishna's pastime potency who possesses unlimited abilities, appeared invisibly in Gokula to arrange this, and perform other difficult tasks on behalf of the Lord.

Sri Nanda, Yasoda, and others appeared in Brhadvana (Mahavana) before the Lord. The gopas, gopis, and other eternally liberated associates appeared after the Lord. Then those who had attained perfection by sadhana, namely the sruti-caris and muni-caris, took birth in Vrindavan.

Learning of Krishna's imminent appearance, the earth personified, feeling like a wife happily greeting her husband after a long separation, immersed in unlimited joy. At the time of Krishna's birth the general mass of people tasted the inner bliss that devotees forever relish. Auspicious signs abounded everywhere. As Visnu's conchshell Pancajanya opens in a clockwise fashion, similarly, auspicious sacrificial fires glowed in all directions. Pure gentle breezes brought a refreshing coolness like devotees who satisfy and sanctify everyone with their calm, sweet, and affectionate behavior.

The whole atmosphere became as completely purified as the heart of a devotee. The devotees once again found peace and prosperity in worshiping the lotus feet of Lord Hari. Fruits filled the jubilant trees. But the envious demons exhibited various inauspicious signs of degradation such as rapidly aging bodies and symptoms of imminent death. The desire vines of the celestial denizens seemed to be hanging in the air as if eager to produce fruits. At that time all the directions became felt as pure and joyful as the mind of a devotee who has received the mercy of Lord Hari. Just as gems, mantras, or medicines can a remove a poisonous disease from the body of a man, the advent of the Lord relieved the world from the contamination of material existence and the sinful effect of the demons. Happiness gradually replaced the distress in everyone's hearts.

The bodies of all creatures manifested extraordinary beauty and youthful vitality. Men felt extremely joyful and displayed virtuous qualities. Throughout the world people behaved cordially and interacted amicably. Happiness twinkled in everyone's eye. At the end of Dvapara-yuga, which completely destroys faults and doubts, an auspicious, favorable, obstacle-free time appeared on the eighth day of the waning moon in Bhadra month. Just at that sweet moment the Rohini Naksatra, along with the good qualities of the moon and an auspicious conjunction of stars called Ayusman, appeared in the sky to give shelter to gentle persons.

As the living entity comes out from the womb of his mother and the moon appears on the lap of the eastern direction, Yogesvara Sri Krishna, the personification of complete bliss, appeared amidst great festivities. As the moon appears in the lap of the eastern direction, which is like a beautiful bride, Krishna manifested the wonderful pastime of His appearance out of His love and compassion for the conditioned souls.

Due to austerities performed in previous lives, Vasudeva and Devaki received the opportunity to momentarily relish parental affection for Lord Sri Krishna when He appeared before them in His form as Vasudeva. Thereafter in fear of Kamsa, Vasudeva brought Vasudeva Krishna to Gokula. There the Supreme Lord appeared as Govinda before Nanda and Yasoda, His eternal parents who have been smothering Him with the sweetest form of parental love since time immemorial. The four symbols of Visnu (sankha, cakra, gada, padmd) adorned His hands and feet. The flute, flower garland, and kaustubha mani, although present within Him, had not yet manifested.

In fear of cruel Kamsa, Vasudeva decided to transfer all his wives except Devaki to Gokula. He sent Rohini to the house of Vrajaraja Nanda. By the sweet will of the Lord, Yogamaya arranged for the seventh child of Devaki (Balarama) to enter the womb of Rohini. As a result, Balarama appeared in the home of Vrajaraja Nanda before the birth of Krishna.

Lord Hari, who is bliss personified, appeared in the home of Nanda Maharaja, the king of Vrindavan for three reasons: to engage the self satisfied sages in devotional service, to please the devotees by performing sweet transcendental pastimes, and to relieve the earth's burden caused by the demons. At the time of His majestic birth Krishna employed His inconceivable powers to appear in a body of eternity, bliss and knowledge. Everyone in the maternity room swelled with joy upon seeing the Lord's exquisite transcendental form that looked like a creeper of beauty.

Mother Yasoda resembled a lake of spiritual ecstasy in which a brilliant blue lotus of personified bliss had appeared. Neither the wind nor the bees relished the fragrance of that blue lotus. That unborn lotus was never touched by the waves of the modes of nature. Even Lord Brahma could not see it, what to speak of ordinary men.

After Yasoda and her family members fell asleep in the maternity room, Hari cried beautifully like a newborn baby. His crying sounded like the maha-vakya omkara announcing the auspicious arrival of His pastimes. Omkara is a transcendental vibration that had previously emanated from the mouth of Lord Brahma. When the ladies of Vrindavan heard the sweet sound of Krishna's crying, they woke up and ran to see the Lord. With the mellow of their matchless overflowing affection they anointed His body.
The natural fragrance of Krishna's body smelled just like musk. After the ladies bathed Krishna hi sweet ambrosia, He looked cleansed and beautiful. Then they smeared His body with fragrant sandalwood pulp. The presiding deity of the house sent a campaka flower resembling the flame of a lamp into the maternity room to worship that ornament of the three worlds. With the strength of His little arms, delicate as the tender leaves of a tree, Krishna made all the lamps in the maternity room look like a garland of lotus flower buds.

The ladies of Vrindavan saw baby Krishna like a blossoming flower made of the best of blue sapphires, or like a newly unfurled leaf of a tamala tree. Krishna looked like a fresh rain cloud decorated with the musk tilaka of the goddess of fortune of the three worlds. The ointment of the greatest auspiciousness lined His eyes. His presence filled the maternity room with good fortune. Although a mere baby, Krishna had a head full of curly hair. To hide the unique signs on His hands (goad, fish, conch etc.) the Lord folded His delicate petal-like fingers into His lotus palm. At that time Krishna laid on His back with His eyes closed.

Mother Yasoda awoke amidst the joyous chattering of the elderly gopis. Leaning over the bed she admired her gorgeous son. But upon noticing her own reflection on Krishna's body, she imagined it another woman. Thinking that a witch had assumed her form to kidnap Krishna, Yasoda became bewildered and yelled, "Get out of here! You go away!" Spontaneously she cried out to Nrsimhadeva to protect her precious son. Beholding Krishna's tender face, Yasoda showered tears of affection that looked like an offering of a pearl necklace.

Yasoda saw Krishna's body as a mound of dark blue musk, softer than the butter churned from the milk ocean. Overflowing with nectar, His charming body appeared like the foam of milk, but being dark blue in color it seemed the foam was full of musk juice. Admiring the supremely delicate form of her son, Yasoda worried about His safety and feared the touch of her body might hurt his tender body.
As she leaned over the bed Yasoda bathed Krishna with the milk dripping from her breasts. The elderly gopis instructed Yasoda how to caress the baby in her lap, and affectionately push the nipple of her breast into Krishna's mouth to feed Him. Due to Yasoda's intense love, personified bliss flowed from her breasts as steady streams of milk. When milk sometimes spilled out of Krishna's bimba fruit red lips onto His cheeks, Mother Yasoda would wipe His face with the edge of her cloth. After feeding her son, Yasoda gazed affectionately at Him in wonder.

She saw her child's body as made of dazzling blue sapphires. His mouth resembled a red bimba fruit and His hands and feet looked like exquisite rubies. Krishna's nails shone like precious gems. In this way, Yasoda thought her child was completely made of jewels. Then she perceived that His naturally reddish lips looked like bandhuka flowers, His hands and feet resembled Java flowers, His nails looked like maJlika flowers. Yasoda then thought, "Krishna's whole body seems to be made of blue lotus flowers. He does not appear to be mine." After thus deliberating within herself Yasoda became stunned in amazement.

The beautiful, soft curly hairs on the right side of Krishna's chest resembled the tender stems of a lotus. Seeing the mark of Srivatsa on His chest, Yasoda thought it was breast milk that had previously spilled out of His mouth. She tried unsuccessfully to remove these 'milk stains' with the edge of her cloth. Struck with wonder, Yasoda thought this must be the sign of a great personality. Observing the sign of Laksmi (a small golden line) on the left side of Krishna's chest, Yasoda thought a small yellow bird had made a nest amidst the leaves of a tamala tree. Could this be a streak of lightning resting on a rain cloud, or could it be the golden streaks marking a black gold-testing stone? Krishna's delicate, leaf-like hands and feet, glowing pink like the rising sun, looked like clusters of lotus flowers floating in the Yamuna.

Sometimes Yasoda saw the curly, dark blue locks of baby Krishna as a swarm of bumblebees surrounding His face. Intoxicated from drinking too much honey nectar, the bees just hovered in the sky. His thick, beautiful blue hair appeared like the dark night. The two lotus eyes of Krishna looked like a pair of blue lotus buds. His cheeks resembled two huge bubbles floating in a lake of liquefied blue sapphires. Krishna's attractive ears looked like a pair of fresh unfurled leaves growing on a blue creeper.
The tip of Krishna's dark nose appeared like the sprout of a tree, and His nostrils looked like bubbles in the Yamuna River, the daughter of the sun god. His lips resembled a pair of red Java flower buds. Krishna's chin rivaled a pair of ripe, redjambu fruits. Seeing the extraordinary beauty of her son fulfilled the purpose of her eyes and submerged Yasoda in an ocean of bliss. The elderly Vrajavasi ladies addressed Vrajaraja Nanda, "O most fortunate one, you fathered a son!" Previously Nanda Maharaja had felt deeply aggrieved over his long-standing inability to obtain a son. His heart was like a small lake that had completely dried up during a long hot summer. But when Nanda Maharaja heard of his son's birth he felt as if the dry lake of his heart had been blessed with a sudden downpour of nectar. The gentle sound of Krishna's voice removed all his grief and lamentation. Now he bathed in the rains of bliss, swam in the ocean of nectar, and felt embraced by the joyful stream of the celestial Ganges.
Eager to see his son, Nanda's body thrilled with astonishment and waves of ecstasy as he stood outside the maternity room. Because he had accumulated heaps of pious activities, it appeared that the King of Vrindavan was now shaking hands with the personification of pious deeds. Anxiously standing in the background, Yogamaya induced Nanda Maharaja to enter the maternity room. He rushed in to see his son, the personified seed of condensed bliss. It seemed that all the auspiciousness of the three worlds now resided within Krishna, the original cause of everything. Nanda saw his son as a perfectly charming person. The kajala around Krishna's eyes looked like lines on a black creeper of beauty. As the very embodiment of Nanda's good fortune, Sri Krishna bloomed like a beautiful flower in a garden of desire trees.

The aparajita flower is compared to the body of the Queen of Vrindavan. Her son is like the representative of the Upanisads that are compared to the fruit of the desire creepers. By seeing his glorious son Nanda felt that he had attained happiness, perfection, and the fulfillment of all his desires. Meeting that embodiment of bliss overwhelmed Nanda with immeasurable satisfaction. He stood motionless, stunned; his hair stood erect and tears flowed from his eyes. He appeared like a person carved in stone or a figure drawn in a painting. For some time Nanda Maharaja remained in this semi-conscious state like a sleeping man about to awaken.

Upananda, Sunanda, and other relatives felt extremely joyful while observing the best ofbrahmanas perform the rites of purification for Krishna's birth. To insure his son's welfare Nanda Maharaja donated newborn calves to each and every brahmana, thus turning their homes into abodes of surabhi cows. These cows had gold and silver plated horns and hooves, and jeweled necklaces adorning their necks. In addition, Vrajapati Nanda filled the courtyards of their homes with hills of gold, jewels, and sesame seeds. While Nanda distributed charity, the kamadhenus, touch- stones, and desire-trees lost their power to produce valuable items. Even the jewel-producing oceans lost their stock of jewels, and the goddess of fortune, the abode of lotuses, had but one lotus in her hand. The auspicious news of Krishna's wonderful appearance spread in all directions by word of mouth. Delight danced in the hearts of Nanda, his brothers Upananda and Sunanda, and all the other gopas. The gopas brought many varieties of delicious dairy products such as milk, yogurt, butter, wet cheese, and hard cheese in jewel-studded pots. The pots were tied to the ends of bamboo poles with jute straps and carried on their shoulders. Bedecked with many precious jeweled ornaments, the gopas appeared very handsome. They dressed in beautiful yellow cloth defeating the brilliance of lightning, and held staffs topped with gold and jewels in their lotus hands. As a great ocean spreads its waves in all directions, the birth of Krishna filled the Vrajavasis with unbounded bliss. The gopas and gopis enjoyed a grand festival by happily eating and by splashing each other's bodies with a mixture of yogurt, butter, milk, and condensed milk. The society girls visiting Nanda Maharaja's house experienced more happiness than they had ever felt since their birth. Their minds saturated with joy and satisfaction. Hearing the delightful description of Krishna's birth carried away the chariots of their minds and made them abandon all other duties. They became possessed with the desire to see Krishna.

Sparkling rubies hung from the necklaces adorning the society girls. Their diamond-studded armlets shown more beautifully than drops of crystal clear water. Their jewel inlaid golden bangles boasted unparalleled elegance. For this unique festival they took out some highly ornamental waist-belts from their jewel boxes and tied them around their hips. The sweet jingling of the waist-bells resting on their broad hips enhanced the beauty of these society girls. They attracted the minds of everyone with their bulky golden anklets, loosened hair braids, and graceful gait, which resembled the smooth gliding of swans. Their minds entered a state of enchantment as they gazed upon the captivating beauty of Krishna's transcendental body. To worship Krishna they brought golden trays full of auspicious articles such as fruits, flowers, yogurt, durva grass, uncooked rice, and jewel bedecked lamps. They covered the offering plates with splendid yellow silk cloth and held them in their soft lotus hands. Their jeweled ankle-bells vibrated pleasantly as they walked.

Beholding the astounding beauty of the delicate baby, the society girls considered the purpose of their eyes fulfilled. They perceived Krishna's perfect birth to be like the appearance of the leaves of an important herbal medicine. Krishna resembled a blue lotus floating hi the lake of His parent's affection. After bestowing their blessings for Krishna's prosperity, they worshiped Krishna with fresh flowers and a constant shower of loving glances. With great enthusiasm the society girls glorified Vrajesvari Yasoda since she had attained the essence of all good fortune by having Krishna as her son. Leaving the maternity room, the society girls entered the assembly hall of Nanda Maharaja's palace. Their faces looked exceedingly beautiful as they sung melodious songs, which resembled the soft sweet humming of bees moving amidst a cluster of lotus flowers. All the guests bathed in a nectar shower produced by these soothing sounds. Overwhelmed with love, they filled then- lotus palms with fragrant oil, turmeric paste, and fresh butter and started smearing each other's faces and bodies. They looked very attractive with then* smiling faces and glittering white teeth.

Then: red lips seemed more beautiful than red bandhuka flowers. This incredible display of elegance smashed the pride of the goddess of fortune of the three worlds. Carried away with joy over Krishna's birth, they fearlessly threw cheese balls, butter, and yogurt at each other. One could mistake the white balls of cheese for hailstones, solidified moonlight, or white mud from the floor of the milk ocean. Then they showered each other with buttermilk, aromatic oils, and water mixed with turmeric.

Cymbals, damru drums, bherries, and big drums vibrated auspicious sounds hi specific melodies. A celestial concert of precise poetical meters, proper rhythms, and metrical compositions suddenly manifested there. The musical ensemble inspired the society girls to sing and dance in mirth and merriment. Though not good singers, by the will of the Lord they sang with great virtuoso. Then" wonderful songs filled Nanda Maharaja's heart with joy. The combined vibrations of brahmanas' chanting Vedic hymns, the recitation of Purank lore, and the panegyrists' prayers transformed the ethers into sabda brahman,

The joy of Krishna's birth celebration taxed the drains of Nanda's capital city as they swelled to the brim with milk, yogurt, and other auspicious liquids. Soon rivers of this nectar flooded the streets of the town and permeated the entire atmosphere with a sweet fragrance. Disguising themselves as birds, the demigods descended to Vrajapura to happily drink the flood of nectar. The Vrajavasis decorated their cows with gold and jeweled ornaments. Then in great excitement they smeared them with oil, fresh butter, and turmeric paste. Beholding Krishna in their hearts, these fortunate cows looked like the essence of the earth's auspicious-ness. The whole world resounded with their jubilant bellowing. Absorbed in the ecstasy of Krishna's birth, they forgot about eating and drinking.

The festival drowned the gopis in an ocean of joy. After offering oil, vermilion, garlands, and utensils in charity to all the assembled gopis, Rohini, the wife of Vasudeva, asked them to bless Krishna, Upon completion of the sacrifice, Upananda and the other relatives felt constant happiness while taking their baths. Keeping the King of Vrindavan in the front, Nanda's relatives offered opulent cloth, jeweled ornaments, tambula, garlands, and sandalwood pulp to the guests. Then they humbly requested all in attendance to bless that wonderfully auspicious boy who had just appeared in Vrindavan.

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Sri Kåñëa-Balaräma-dhyäna - meditation:

dadarça kåñëaà rämaà ca vraje go-dohanaà gatau
péta-nilämbara-dharau çarad-amburuhekñanau

kiçorau çyämala-çvetau çré-niketau båhad-bhujau
su-mukhau sundara-varau bäla-dvirada-vikrämau

dhvaja-vajräìkuçämbhojaiç cihnitair aìghribhir vrajam
çobhayantau mahätmänau sänukroça-smitekñaëau

udära-rucira-kréòau sragviëau vana-mälinau
puëya-gandhänuliptäìgau snätau viraja-väsasau

pradhäna-puruñäv ädyau jagad-dhetü jagat-paté
avatérëau jagaty-arthe sväàçena bala-keçavau

diço vitimirä räjan kurväëau prabhayä svayä
yathä märakataù çailo raupyaç ca kanakäcitau

Akrüra then saw Kåñëa and Balaräma in the village of Vraja, going to milk
the cows. Kåñëa wore yellow garments, Balaräma blue, and Their eyes
resembled autumnal lotuses. One of those two mighty-armed youths, the
shelters of the goddess of fortune, had a dark-blue complexion, and the
other's was white. With Their fine-featured faces They were the most
beautiful of all persons. As they walked with the gait of young elephants,
glancing about with compassionate smiles, those two exalted personalities
beautified the cow pasture with the impressions of Their feet, which bore
the marks of the flag, lightning bolt, elephant goad and lotus. The two
Lords, whose pastimes are most magnanimous and attractive, were ornamented with jeweled necklaces and flower garlands, anointed with auspicious, fragrant substances, freshly bathed, and dressed in spotless raiment. They were the primeval Supreme Personalities, the masters and original causes of the universes, who had for the welfare of the earth now descended in Their distinct forms of Keçava and Balaräma. O King Parikñit, They resembled two gold-bedecked mountains, one of emerald and the other of silver, as with Their effulgence They dispelled the sky's darkness in all directions. [Srimad Bhägavatam. 10:38:28-33]
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After leaving the florist’s place, Kåñëa and Balaräma saw a hunchbacked young woman carrying a dish of sandalwood pulp through the streets. Since Kåñëa is the reservoir of all pleasure, He wanted to make all His companions joyous by cutting a joke with the hunchbacked woman. Kåñëa addressed her, “O tall young woman, who are you? Tell Me, for whom are you carrying this sandalwood pulp in your hand? I think you should offer this sandalwood to Me, and if you do so I am sure you will be fortunate.” Kåñëa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and He knew everything about the hunchback. By His inquiry He indicated that there was no use in serving a demon; she would do better to serve Kåñëa and Balaräma and get an immediate result of the service.

The woman replied to Kåñëa, “My dear Çyämasundara, dear beautiful dark boy, You may know that I am engaged as a maidservant of Kaàsa. I am supplying him pulp of sandalwood daily. The King is very much pleased with me for supplying this nice thing, but now I see that there is no one who can better be served by this pulp of sandalwood than You two brothers.” Being captivated by the beautiful features of Kåñëa and Balaräma, Their talking, Their smiling, Their glancing and Their other activities, the hunchbacked woman began to smear all the pulp of sandalwood over Their bodies with great satisfaction and devotion. The two transcendental brothers, Kåñëa and Balaräma, were naturally beautiful and had beautiful complexions, and They were nicely dressed in colorful garments. The upper portions of Their bodies were already very attractive, and when the hunchbacked woman smeared Their bodies with sandalwood pulp, They looked even more beautiful. Kåñëa was very pleased by this service, and He began to consider how to reward her. In other words, in order to draw the attention of the Lord, the Kåñëa conscious devotee has to serve Him in great love and devotion. Kåñëa cannot be pleased by any action other than transcendental loving service unto Him. Thinking like this, Lord Kåñëa pressed the feet of the hunchbacked woman with His toes and, capturing her cheeks with His fingers, gave her a jerk in order to make her straight. At once the hunchbacked woman looked like a beautiful straight girl, with broad hips, thin waist and very nice, well-shaped breasts. Since Kåñëa was pleased with the service of the hunchbacked woman, and since she was touched by Kåñëa’s hands, she became the most beautiful girl among women. This incident shows that by serving Kåñëa the devotee immediately becomes elevated to the most exalted position in all respects. Devotional service is so potent that anyone who takes to it becomes qualified with all godly qualities. Kåñëa was attracted to the hunchbacked woman not for her beauty but for her service; as soon as she rendered service, she immediately became the most beautiful woman. A Kåñëa conscious person does not have to be qualified or beautiful; after becoming Kåñëa conscious and rendering service unto Kåñëa, he becomes very qualified and beautiful.
When the woman was turned by Kåñëa’s favor into an exquisitely beautiful young girl, she naturally felt very much obliged to Kåñëa, and she was also attracted by His beauty. Without hesitation, she caught the rear part of His cloth and began to pull it. She smiled flirtatiously and admitted that she was agitated by lusty desires. She forgot that she was on the street and before the elder brother of Kåñëa and His friends.

She frankly proposed to Kåñëa, “My dear hero, I cannot leave You in this way. You must come to my place. I am already very much attracted to Your beauty, so I must receive You well, and since You are the best among males, You must also be very kind upon me.” In plain words she proposed that Kåñëa come to her home and satisfy her lusty desires. Kåñëa, of course, felt a little bit embarrassed in front of His elder brother, Balaräma, but He knew that the girl was simple and attracted; therefore He simply smiled at her words. Looking towards His cowherd boyfriends, He replied to the girl, “My dear beautiful girl, I am very much pleased by your invitation, and I must come to your home after finishing My other business here. Such a beautiful girl as you is the only means of solace for persons like Us, who are away from home and not married. Certainly, a suitable girlfriend like you can give Us relief from all kinds of mental agitation.” Kåñëa satisfied the girl in this way with sweet words. Leaving her there, He proceeded down the street of the marketplace, where the citizens were prepared to receive Him with various kinds of presentations, especially betel nuts, flowers and sandalwood pulp.

The mercantile men in the market worshiped Kåñëa and Balaräma with great respect. When Kåñëa was passing through the street, all the women in the surrounding houses came to see Him, and some of the younger ones almost fainted, being captivated by His beauty. Their hair and tight clothing loosened, and they forgot where they were standing.

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kñipram—very soon; bhavati—becomes; dharma-ätmä—righteous; shashvat-shäntim—lasting peace; nigacchati—attains; kaunteya—O son of Kuntii; pratijäniihi—declare; na—never; me—My; bhaktah—devotee; pranashyati—perishes.

He quickly becomes righteous and attains lasting peace. O son of Kunti, declare it boldly that My devotee never perishes. update from Melbourne, Australia on Ananya Bhak prabhu's condition

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Vegetables simmered in a rich tomato gravy.

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Cooking Time : 14 min.
Preparation Time : 10 min.
Serves/Makes : Serves 4.

For the garnish
1 tablespoon chopped coriander
1 teaspoon butter

Main Recipe
1/2 cup french beans, cut into 25 mm. (1") pieces
1/2 cup carrots, cut into 25 mm. (1") pieces
1/2 cup green peas
1/2 cup cauliflower florets
1 t spoon hing
1/4 cup baby corn, sliced
12 mm. (1") piece ginger
3 large tomatoes, sliced
1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder (haldi)
1 teaspoon chilli powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (jeera)
1 teaspoon garam masala
4 tablespoons cream
1/2 teaspoon kasuri methi (dried fenugreek leaves)
2 teaspoons sugar
4 tablespoons butter
salt to taste

1. Combine the ginger, hing, tomatoes, turmeric powder and chilli powder in a glass bowl. Microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes.
2. Blend this mixture in a liquidiser to get a smooth puree. Keep aside.
3. Put 2 tablespoons of butter and the cumin seeds in another glass bowl and microwave on HIGH for 1 minute.
4. Add the french beans, carrots, green peas, baby corn and cauliflower, cover with a lid and microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes. Keep aside.
5. In another glass bowl, add the remaining butter, cooked puree, vegetables, garam masala, cream, kasuri methi, sugar and salt and mix well. Microwave on HIGH for 4 minutes. 6.

Serve hot, garnished with the chopped coriander and butter.
Hariyali Tikki aur Chole
This potato and methi tikki is filled with cheese. The cheese just melts once the tikkis are fried with the result that the tikkis taste best when they are hot.
Be careful while filling the tikkis with cheese and make sure that the cheese is completely enclosed in the potato portion. Otherwise, the cheese will ooze out of the tikki while it is being fried.
You can enjoy these tikkis with ketchup and can even make a burger out of it.
I love them with hot chole!

Cooking Time : 10 mins.
Preparation Time : 5 mins.
Serves/Makes : Makes 10 tikkis.

Main Recipe
1 cup grated boiled potatoes
1 cup chopped fenugreek (methi) leaves
4 green chillies, finely chopped
10 cubes mozzarella cheese [cut into 25 mm. (1") cubes]
salt to taste
oil for shallow frying

Main Procedure
1. Combine the potatoes, fenugreek leaves, green chillies and salt in a bowl. Mix well.
2. Divide into 10 equal portions and shape each portion into a 50 mm. (2") diameter circle.
3. Place one cube of the cheese in the centre of each circle. Bring the sides together in the centre so as to seal the cheese stuffing inside the potato circle.
4. Roll the tikki between the palms of your hands in such a way that there are no cracks on the surface. Press firmly on top to make flat tikkis.
5. Repeat the procedure and make 9 more tikkis.
6. Shallow fry on both sides in hot oil on a griddle (tava) until golden brown in colour.
7. Handy Tip(s)
        1.Two medium sized potatoes will give you 1 cup grated potatoes.
        2.Instead of mozzarella, you can use your favourite cooking cheese.

Recipe Source
Chaat by Tarla Dalal
Adapted from Gaia's Kitchen, by Julia Ponsonby

Roasted red peppers and aubergines (eggplants) provide the
filling of this sumptuous Mediterranean tart. In contrast to a
regular quiche, no eggs or milk are included in the filling. Instead,
the roast vegetables have their feet nestling in a bed of cream
cheese and basil, while mozzarella cheese melts
luxuriously over their tops. This recipe has the advantage that you
can prepare the various elements in advance and then just throw the
finished article together at the last moment.

For 8-10
6 oz. ground walnuts
8 oz. plain white flour
5 oz. butter
2 tbsp. tahini
1 tbspoon yogurt
pinch salt
3-4 tbsp. cold water

1 1/4 lb. Peppers, mainly red
2 medium aubergines (eggplants)
1 tsp hing
8 oz. cream cheese
2 tbsp. tomato puree (paste)
2 tbsp. pesto (optional)
3 tbsp. fresh chopped basil
6 oz. mozzarella cheese
olive oil for roasting

1. Slice the butter into a mixing bowl containing flour and salt. Rub
the butter lightly into the flour with your fingertips, to obtain a buttery, breadcrumb-like consistency.
2. Grind or crush the walnuts fairly finely, then stir these into the butter/flour mixture. Next add the tahini, yogurt and water and mix until everything binds together. Divide the dough into the number of tarts you are making. Roll each portion into a ball and pat down a little. Chill in the fridge for about half an hour while you get on with preparing the vegetables.
3. Roll the pastry out on a floured surface until it is about 3/16"
thick. Because it is so short (i.e. buttery), it may be difficult to line your lightly oiled flan tin with one piece, but you can push it into place with your fingers.
4. Pre-bake for 15-20 minutes in a moderate to low oven, or until the pastry has become quite firm, but is not yet browning.
5. Slice the aubergines into circles measuring about 3/8" thick. Quarter these. Toss salt over the aubergine and leave for half an hour to sweat. Afterwards rinse them and leave to drain in a colander, either pressing or patting out excess moisture. Spread out on a baking tray and massage generously with olive oil. Season with a little dried oregano or basil and roast in the oven for 30-40 minutes, stirring half way through.
6. While the aubergines are sweating, you can begin preparing the bell peppers. Slice these into 3/8" wide strips the full length of each pepper. As with the aubergine, place on a baking tray and drench with olive oil. Sprinkle with a little black pepper and oregano or basil. Cook for 30-40 minutes at 400F.
7. Peel and finely slice about two-thirds of the garlic, and stir this
into the cooking peppers when you give them a midway stir.
8. When the roast vegetables are ready they can be combined, and the
excess olive oil drained off and kept to add to the cream cheese later – or for making a vinaigrette. If you intend to assemble the tart later on, keep the roast vegetables in the fridge until you are ready to use them.
9. Final preparations. Mix the hing into the cream cheese along with half the chopped fresh basil, pesto, tomato puree, a teaspoonful of Dijon mustard and the reserved roasting oil. Season with a little salt and black pepper. Spread out this mixture evenly in the bottom of the walnut pastry cases.
10. Mix the rest of the basil with the roast vegetables, and spread them
over the cream cheese mixture.
11. Slice the soft mozzarella cheese into generous rounds, perhaps averaging 3/16" thick. Place six to eight pieces of cheese decoratively on top of each tart. Place in a pre-heated moderate oven (350F) for 30-40 minutes – as long as it takes for the tart to warm up and the cheese to melt and brown a little.
12. When the cheese is looking an inviting golden brown in patches and all is hot – even sizzling – remove from the oven. Slip off the edges of the flan tin (if detachable) before serving.

Serve with a green salad, and perhaps new potatoes fresh with garden mint.
A lavish nutty crust surrounds layers of juicy peaches and
blueberries for this perfect summer treat.

1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
5 tablespoons butter, cut into 1-inch chunks
2 tble spoons yogurt beaten
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Peach layer
3 cups peeled and sliced fresh peaches
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon cornstarch
1 tablespoon butter

Blueberry layer
4 cups blueberries
1/4 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch
1 teaspoon lemon juice
dash ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon butter

1. To make the crust, place the flour and sugar in a food processor. Process briefly to mix. Drop the chunks of butter into the feed tube with the motor running and process quickly until the mixture is crumbly. Add the beaten yogurt, almond, and pecans and process until just combined. Do not overmix the crust.
2. Form the dough into a flattened ball and press it into the bottom and sides of a 9-inch tart pan with a removable bottom. Chill the crust for 30 minutes.
3. Preheat oven to 350°F.
4. Bake the crust for 15 to 20 minutes, or until slightly brown around the edge. Cool the crust on a wire rack.
5. To make the peach layer, mash the peaches together with the sugar, lemon juice, and cornstarch in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat for 5 minutes, or until the mixture thickens. Add the butter and stir until blended. Cool slightly and pour into the cooled crust.
6. To make the blueberry layer, mash 2 cups of the blueberries with the sugar, cornstarch, lemon juice, and cinnamon and cook in a large saucepan over medium heat for about 10 minutes, or until thickened and translucent. Stir in the butter and the remaining whole blueberries. Cover the peach layer with this blueberry mixture. Leave the tart in the pan and cover tightly with plastic wrap before putting into the pack.

Makes one 9-inch tart
Moong Dal Sheera
A classic recipe of a delicious sweet.

Cooking Time : 40 mins.
Preparation Time : 10 mins.
Serves/Makes : Serves 4 to 6.

1 cup yellow moong dal (split yellow gram)
1 cup milk, warmed
1 1/4 cups sugar
1/2 teaspoon cardamom (elaichi) powder
a few saffron strands
6 tablespoons ghee

For the garnish
1 tablespoon almonds, slivered
1 tablespoon pistachios, slivered

1. Soak the moong dal in water for 3 to 4 hours.
2. Drain and grind to a coarse paste using very little water.
3. Dissolve the saffron in 1 tablespoon of warm milk and keep aside.
4. Melt the ghee in a broad non-stick pan.
5. Add the moong dal paste and stir the mixture continuously on a low flame till it becomes golden brown.
6. Add in the warm milk and 1 cup of warm water and cook, stirring continuously till all the moisture has been absorbed.
7. Add the sugar and cook on a slow flame till the ghee separates.
8. Add the saffron and cardamom powder and mix well.
9. Garnish with slivers of almonds and pistachios. Serve hot.

Handy Tip(s) 1.
If the moong dal paste has excess water after grinding, drain it out through a strainer.

Recipe Source
Mithai by Tarla Dalal
Lavender Mint Tea - Recipe
Excerpted from Excerpted from 500 Treasured Country Recipes, by Martha Storey.
Lavender adds a pleasant but not too flowery contrast to the
sweetness of mint in this herbal tea that is refreshing hot or

Simple Solution:
There are teas for all occasions: for morning, afternoon, and bedtime, teas to soothe, and teas to stimulate. In recent years, our appreciation of tea has expanded to include herbal tisanes (some of which are centuries old) and a wide array of green teas, barks, and spices. Taking a break for tea or making a pot to share with a companion is somehow very relaxing.

Lavender Mint Tea
1 teaspoon fresh lavender flowers or 1/2 teaspoon dried lavender flowers
1 1/2 to 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves or 2 teaspoons dried mint
1 cup boiling water
1. In a teapot, combine the lavender flowers and mint. Pour boiling water over the mixture; steep 5 minutes.

Yield: 1 cup

Variation: For more interesting blends, add rosemary, lemon balm or lemon verbena, and rose geranium.

Three ways to Make Iced Tea
Brewed Tea. Make tea approximately double strength and steep only 5 minutes. Pour into a pitcher over an equal amount of ice. (If you are using a glass pitcher, let the tea cool before pouring it in.) If you sweeten the tea while it is hot, you'll need only half as much sugar.
Refrigerator Tea. Follow the procedure for sun tea, except let the mixture brew in the refrigerator overnight. This method has two advantages: When it's done, it's already cold, and no matter how long it sits, it doesn't get cloudy.
Sun Tea. In a glass jar or pitcher, place 1 teaspoon of loose tea or 1 tea bag per pint or tap water (with sugar, if you wish). Cover and set in the sun for 1 hour or so. Timing is not critical - because the water doesn't boil, the tea will not get bitter.

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Outside a pharmacy in a busy street, a poor man is clutching onto a pole for dear life, not breathing, not moving, not twitching a muscle, just standing there, frozen.

The pharmacist, seeing this strange sight in front of his shop, goes up to his assistant and asks, "What's the matter with that guy? Wasn't he in here earlier?"

Assistant replies, "Yes he was. He had the most terrible cough and none of my prescriptions seemed to help."

Pharmacist says, "He seems to be fine now."

Assistant replies, "Sure, he does. I gave him a box of the strongest laxatives on the market. Now he won't dare cough!"

Q: How can to tell when a vacuum cleaner is Buddhist?

A: It has no attachments
Father Murphy was playing golf with a parishioner. On the first hole, he sliced into the rough. His opponent heard him mutter "Hoover!" under his breath.
On the second hole, the ball went straight into a water hazard. "Hoover!" again, a little louder this time.
On the third hole, a miracle occured and Fr. Murphy's drive landed on the green only six inches from the hole!
"Praise be to God!"
He carefully lined up the putt, but the ball curved around the hole instead of going in.
"HOOVER!!!!" By this time, his opponent couldn't withhold his curiosity any longer, and asked why the priest said "Hoover". "It's the biggest dam I know."
"Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up traffic jams."

- Mary Kelly
"The Jewish people have observed their 5761st year as a people."
the Hebrew teacher informed his class.

"Consider that the Chinese have observed only their 4695th.
What does this mean to you?"

After a reflective pause, one student volunteered, "Well for one thing,
the Jews had to do without Chinese food for 1066 years.
Bhakta Fred was walking through a graveyard in the dark after a very late program. Naturally he was a little nervous.

Half way through he heard a tapping sound: "Tap...Tap...Tappedy Tap...Tap...Tap..." Bhakta Fred nearly jumped out of his skin, but bravely he chanted to himself and walked on. Soon he saw an old man with a beard kneeing down in front of one of the gravestones. He was using a hammer and a chisel. "Thank God," said Bhakta Fred, "It's just the caretaker doing a little restoration work."

Approaching the old man, looking for a preaching opportunity, Bhakta Fred introduced himself. "Oh good evening sir. My name's Bhakta Fred. What's your name?"

Lowering his hammer and chisel, the old man replied, "Roberto Marcus Bertouche."

"That's unusual," observed Bhakta Fred.

"I know," said the old man whilst continuing to chisel at the gravestone,"Look...THEY SPELT IT WRONG..."
A doctor and a lawyer were talking at a party. Their conversation was constantly interrupted by people describing their ailments and asking the doctor for free medical advice.

After an hour of this, the exasperated doctor asked the lawyer, "What do you do to stop people from asking you for legal advice when you're out of the office?"

"I give it to them," replied the lawyer, "and then I send them a bill."

The doctor was shocked, but agreed to give it a try. The next day, still feeling slightly guilty, the doctor prepared the bills. When he went to place them in his mailbox, he found a bill from the lawyer.

A taxi passenger tapped the driver on the shoulder to ask him something. The driver screamed, lost control of the car, nearly hit a bus, went up on the footpath, and stopped centimeters from a shop window. For a second everything went quiet in the cab, then the driver said "Look friend, don't ever do that again. You scared the daylights out of me!" The passenger apologized and said he didn't realize that a little tap could scare him so much. The driver replied "Sorry, it's not really your fault. Today is my first day as a cab driver - I've been driving a hearse for the last 25 years."

"I drank a whole bottle of bug repellent by mistake the other day....

Now my fly doesn't work"

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- Alice Kahn
Yes, and the great Yogi (Berra) offered advice in making life's difficult decisions:

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it."
.......Ah Yogi.

Isn't he also the one who said "Always go to other people's funerals, otherwise they won't come to yours."?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Q: Why do seagulls live near the sea?

A: If they lived near the bay, they'd be bagels.
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A beggar walked up to a well dressed woman shopping on a modeling stage and said, "I haven't eaten anything in four days."

She looked at him and said, "I wish I had your willpower."
Did you know that someone who is “pauciloquent” uses as few words as possible when speaking?

....there you go !!!
A Sunday school teacher was teaching her class about the
difference between right and wrong.

"All right children, let's take another example," she said.
"If I were to get into a man's pocket and take his billfold
with all his money, what would I be?"

Little Johnny raises his hand, and with a confident smile, he
blurts out, "You'd be his wife!"
A young and foolish pilot wanted to sound cool on the
aviation frequencies. So, this was his first time
approaching a field during the nighttime.
Instead of making any official requests to the tower, he
said: "Guess who?"
The controller switched the field lights off and replied:
"Guess where!"
An airline pilot with poor eyesight managed to pass his periodic vision exams by memorizing the eye charts beforehand. One year, though, his doctor used a new chart that the pilot had never before seen. The pilot proceeded to recite the old chart and the doctor realized that he'd been suckered all these years.

Then the doctor could not contain his curiosity. "How is it that someone with your eyesight can manage to pilot a plane at all? I mean, how for example do you taxi the plane out to the runway?"
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"I can understand that," replied the doctor. "But what about the take-off?"
"Again, a simple procedure. I just aim the plane down the runway, go to full throttle, pull back on the stick, and off we go!"

"But once you're aloft?"

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Fly Bangladesh Bimal Airlines
There was a church that had problems with outsiders parking in its
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Trespassers will be baptised!

.... "No God - No Peace. Know God - Know Peace."

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.... "How will you spend eternity - Smoking or Non-Smoking."

..... "Dusty Bibles lead to Dirty Lives."

.... "Come work for the Lord. The work is hard, the hours are long
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..... "It is unlikely there'll be a reduction in the wages of sin."

.... "If you're headed in the wrong direction, God allows U-turns."

.... "Looking at the way some people live, they ought to obtain eternal fire Insurance soon."

.... " A ch__ch is a church when (U R) in it.

..... If you can't sleep, don't count sheep. Talk to the Shepherd."

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