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Bhagavad Gita As It Is - Chapter 18  TEXT 76

rajan samsmrtya samsmrtya
samvadam imam adbhutam
kesavarjunayoh punyam
hrsyami ca muhur muhuh

rajan--O King; samsmrtya--remembering; samsmrtya--remembering;
samvadam--message; imam--this; adbhutam--wonderful; kesava--of Lord
Krsna; arjunayoh--and Arjuna; punyam--pious; hrsyami--I am taking
pleasure; ca--also; muhuh muhuh--repeatedly.

O King, as I repeatedly recall this wondrous and holy dialogue between Krsna and Arjuna, I take pleasure, being thrilled at every moment.

PURPORT by HDG Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:
The understanding of Bhagavad-gita is so transcendental that anyone who becomes conversant with the topics of Arjuna and Krsna becomes righteous and he cannot forget such talks. This is the transcendental position of spiritual life. In other words, one who hears the Gita from the right source, directly from Krsna, attains full Krsna consciousness. The result of Krsna consciousness is that one becomes increasingly enlightened, and he enjoys life with a thrill, not only for some time, but at every moment.

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bhajami radham aravinda netram smarami radham madhura smitasyam
vadami radham karunabharardram tato mamanyasti gatir na kapi

"I worship lotus-eyed Radha, I remember Radha with Her sweet smile on Her countenance, I speak of Radha, who melts of compassion. Thus I have no other shelter."
Shrila Prabhodananda Sarasvati.
Sri Gopala-Tapani Upanishad: Chapter One [ Translated by Kusakratha Dasa ] text 42
Commentary by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana: The goddess of fortune here is Srimati Radharani, who is described in the Purusa-bodhini Upanisad. "Candravali and Radhika always remain at Lord Krishna's side. Laksmi, Durga, and the Lord's other potencies are expansions of Sri Radhika." The Gautamiya Tantra also explains: The transcendental goddess Srimati Radharani is the direct counterpart of Lord Sri Krishna. She is the central figure for the goddess of fortune. She possesses all the attractiveness to attract the all-attractive Personality of Godhead. She is the primeval internal potency of the Lord.
Meditation on the auspicious markings under the lotus feet of Sri Radhika

Text 1&2
are manas cintaya radhikaya vame pade 'ngusthatale yavari pradesini-sandhi-bhagur dhvarekha makuncitama carana arddham eva madhya tale 'bja-dhvaja-puspa-vallih kanisthakadho'nkusam ekam eva cakrasya mule valayata patre parsnau tu candra arddha mathanya-pade

O mind! Please meditate on the left lotus foot of Srimati Radharani which is decorated with the following auspicious markings: Below the toe of the left foot is a barleycorn and a disc. Starting from mid point between the main toe and the second toe, continuing for half the length of the foot, is a shining upward-line. Below the middle toe are a lotus, flag, flower and a twig. Below the little toe is an elephant goad. Below the disc is an umbrella, and below that is a bracelet. On the heel is a beautiful looking half-moon.

Text 3
parsnau jhasam syandana-sailam urdhve tat-parsvayoh sakti-gade ca
sankham angustha-mule 'tha kanisthakadho vedim adhah kundalam eva tasyah

Please remember the right lotus foot of Srimati Radhika with the following descriptions: On the heel of the right foot is a fish. Above that is a chariot. Above the chariot is a mountain. On one side of the chariot is a sakti weapon, and on the other side is a club. Above the club is the conchshell, which is at the root of the toe. Below the little toe is a sacrificial altar, and below the sacrificial altar is an earring.
(from 'Pada Sevanam - Meditation on the Lotus Feet and Hands of Their Lordships' )
tebhyas tah pasu-pala-pankaja-drsas-tabhyo 'pi sa radhika (Sri Upadesamrta,10): and the high devotion of Srimati Radharani is categorically different from that of all the Gopis. The type of service found in Her is practically unaccountable, inconceivable. srutibhir vimrgyam (Bha: 10.47.61): the Rsis, the Seers, saw that the Vedic mantras were eternal. They are not creators of the mantras in the Vedas, they are only seers and feelers of spiritual current; they are only observers.
Please chant:

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

.......and your life will become sublime.
Kalindi has stated that ''Surely Sri Radhika is the very soul of Lord Krishna Who is Atma-Rama, that is, One Who delights in Himself alone.''

Bhagavan Krishna is always immersed in Sri Radha consciousness, which is His very soul. Therefore learned sages who have grasped the secret esoteric significance of this deep mellow call him 'Atma-Rama.'

Without the mercy of Srimati Radhika, one can never attain Krsna. Therefore one must remember them together, as They are always nicely situated by each others'side.
(Srila Dhyana-chandra Goswami's Paddhati)

Shri Krishna says: O Narada!! If you have faith in the process of prema-bhakti and wish to attain my favour, then please become the worshipper of Srimati Radharani in the mood of ecstatic emotion.
Sri Krishna says: O Narada! I tell you truly truly, again truly, truly, again and again - without the mercy of Srimati Radharani, one cannot attain my mercy.(Narada Purana)

O' Radharani, the queen of Vrndavana, with the medicine of the red lac from Your lotus feet, please bring back to life this person now dead from the bites of the black snake of not seeing You. (Vilapa-kusmanjali by Raghunath Dasa Goswami)

I am Yours alone! I am Yours alone! I cannot live without You! O queen, please understand this and bring me to Your feet. (From Vilapa Kusumanjali by Srila Raghunatha dasa Goswami)
O Syame (Sri Radhe)! When will I worship You as Indira (Laksmi), when Your beautiful body is bound up by Syama's left arm? Krsna's beauty enchants all the people of the world and is even greater than that of Rama-ramana (Lord Visnu, Laksmi's husband).

Yo brahma rudra shuka narada bhishma mukhyair
Alakshito na sahasa purushasya tasya
Sadyo vashikarana churnam annata shaktim
Tam radhika charana renum anusmarami.
(Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 4)

"I constantly remember Shrimati Radharani`s foot dust which is a fragrant transcendental powder possessed of unlimited potency, able to immediately subdue the Supreme being, Shri Krishna Who is not so easily seen even by great devotee-leaders like Brahma, Shiva, Shukadeva, Narada and Bhishma."

gaurange mradima smite madhurima netrancale draghima
vakshoje garima tathaiva tanima madhye gatau mandima
shroNyam ca prathima bhruvoh kutilima bimbadhare shoNima
shri radhe hridi te rasena jadima dhyane'stu me gocarah

"O Sri Radhe! May the softness of Your transcendental golden body, the sweetness of Your smile, the wideness of Your eyes, the abundance of your bosom, the slimness of Your waist, the lightness of your gait, the wideness of Your hips, the crookedness of Your eyebrows, the redness of Your cherry-lips and the numbness of Your heart saturated with aesthetic loving sentiments, be present in my meditation."
verse 75 of Sri Radharasa Sudhanidhi

Vraja chandrendriya grama vishrama vidhushalika
Krishna sarvendriyonmadi radhety akshara yugmaka
(Srila Raghunatha Dasa Goswami’s 108 names of Sri Radhikha 45)

"Although Krishna is the pleasure giving like cooling moon for all the inhabitants of Vraja, still Srimati Radharani is the resting place for all of His senses which She completely maddens with the two syllables of Her name Radha.”

Yaj japah sakrideva gokulapater akarshakas tat kshanad
Yatra premavatam samasta purushartheshu sphuret tucchata
Yan namankita mantra japana parah pritya svayam madhavah
Shri krishno’pi tad adbhutam sphuratu me radheti varna-dvayam.
(Sri Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 95)

"May the two strikingly wonderful syllables "Ra-dha”, that immediately attracts the Lord of Gokula (Krishna) when they are pronounced even once, that reveals the insignificance of all human pursuits (other than bhakti sadhana and prema) when there is love for Them, that are included in the mantra-formula repeated with great love by Lord Madhava (Vishnu) and even by Sri Krishna himself, appear in my heart !”

Kalindi tata kunja mandira gato yogindravad yat pada
Jyotir dhyana parah sada japati yam premashru purno harih
Kenapy adbhutam ullasad rati rasanandena sammohitah
Sa radheti sada hridi sphuratu me vidya para dvy akshara
(Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 96)

"May the surprisingly fine, bliss giving, spiritually tastfull, endowed with the flavour of absolute transcendental shringara-love, wish fulfilling and charming two syllables of Radha’s name, which represent the highest supreme cognition and are muttered by Sri Hari (Krishna) who like a great yogi sits in a bower’s temple on the bank of the Yamuna, meditating on the effulgence of Shri Radha’s lotusfeet with streaming tears of love, be always revealed in my heart !

Devanam atha bhakta mukta suhridam atyanta duram ca yat
premananda rasam maha sukhakaram coccaritam prematah
premnakarnayate japaty atha muda gayaty athalisv ayam
jalpaty ashrumukho haris tad amritam radheti me jivanam
(Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 97)

"The divine ambrosial transcendental name of Sri Radha, that remains difficult to utter by the demigods, the devotees in general, the liberated souls and Krishna’s friends, is even repeated and described with love by Hari (Krishna). He listens this name of Radha being sung to him by the sakhis and also chants it congegationally with them in ecstasy. This name of Radha that consists of the greatest spiritual love, gusto and bliss, is my very life.”

Radha namaiva karyam hy anudinam militam sadhanadhisa kotis
Tyajya nirajya radha padakamala sudham sampumarthagra kotih
Radha padabja lila bhuvi jayati sada’manda mandara kotih
Sri radha kinkarinam luthati caranayor adbhuta siddhi kotih.
(Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 144)

"If one can simply get into the habit of daily chanting only the holy name of Radha, millions of best spiritual practises (exept the different limbs of bhakti sadhana) will be naturally depreciated and given up. Millions of greatest human goals of life just worship the transcendental nectar of Sri Radha ‘s lotusfeet, and are thus of no interest for those worshipping Them. There are Millions of wishyielding trees in Sri Radha’s playground (Vraja) which is always decorated by Her foot marks, and millions of wonderfull mystic perfections roll at the feet of Sri Radha’s manjaris, but are simply uncared for by them.”
Sripad Raghunatha das Gosvami's 'Stavavali"
radheti nama nava sundara sidhu mugdham
krishNeti nama madhuradbhuta gadha dugdham
sarva kshaNam surabhi raga himena ramyam
kritva tad eva piba me rasane kshudharte

"O my tongue suffering from thirst! Please mix the delicious fresh enchanting nectar of the name Radha with the wonderfully sweet condensed milk of the name KrishNa, add the fragrant delightful ice of pure passionate love and drink this charming drink at every moment!"
Anulikhyanantan api sad aparadhan madhupatir
Maha premavistas tava parama deyam vimrisyati
Tavaikam sri radhe grinata iha namamrita rasam
Mahimnah kah simam sprisatu tava dasyaika manasam
(Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi 155)

"O Sri Radhe! Madhupati (Krishna) doesn’t take into consideration the innumerabile offenses commited to Saints by anyone who relished even once the sweetness of repeating your delicious holy name, but rather considers, overwhelmed with great ecstatic love, to bestow the highest gift of Your personal service to such a person. Then how can we ever think to understand the greatness of someone whose mind always dwells on Your service.”
Jaya jaya radha nama vrindavana yara dhama
Krishna sukha vilasera nidhi
Heno radha guna gana na shunilo mora kana
Vanchita korilo more vidhi
(Prema Bhakti Chandrika 108)

"Glory, glory to the holy name of Radha, that permanently dwells everywhere in Vrindavana, and that is the ocean of Krishna’s blissful transcendental pastimes. Due to my bad luck I didn’t hear the glorification of such a Radha.”

Krishna nama gane bhai, radhika charana pai
Radha nama gane krishna chandra
Sankshepe kohinu kotha, ghuchao monera byatha
Duhkamaya anya katha dhanda.
(Prema Bhakti Chandrika)

"O brother ! (Sister !) By singing Krishna’s name you will reach Radhika’s lotus feet, and by singing Radha’s name you will reach Krishna-chandra. Now that I have told you this in brief, follow this advice and you will be relieved of your mental ditress.
Srila Narottama Das Thakur Mahashaya

Radhika charana renu, bhushana koriya tanu
Anayase pabe giridhari
Radhika charanashraya, ye kore se mahashaya
Tare mui yai bolihari.
(Prema Bhakti Chandrika 107)

"Anyone who decorates his body with Radhika’footdust easily attains Giridhari. Anyone who takes shelter of Radhika’s lotusfeet is a commendable great soul of very fine spiritual taste and intelligence whom I repeatedly praise.”

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Saturday 25th August 2001, the date for Charity Dinner is now only weeks away. I would like to humbly request you all to please promote this fundraising event to all your friends and families.
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YIELD: enough for 6 - 8 persons

3 cups (750 ml) water
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11/2 cups (375 ml) long-grain brown rice
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1. Bring the water, salt, and bay leaves slowly to a boil in a heavy 2-litre/quart saucepan over moderate heat.
2. Heat half the ghee or oil in a 2 litre/quart saucepan over moderately low heat. When hot, stir in the rice and saute for about 2 minutes. Pour in the boiling salted water. Stir, raise the heat, and bring the water to a full boil. Immediately reduce the heat to low, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and gently simmer, without stirring, for 45 - 55 minutes or until all the water has been absorbed and the rice is tender and flaky.
3. Remove the rice from the heat, leaving the lid on for another 5 minutes to allow the rice to become firm.
4. Heat the rest of the ghee or oil over moderate heat in a heavy pan or wok. Saute the asafoetida and black pepper momentarily in the hot ghee. Add the minced ginger and saute for 1/2 minute. Stir-fry the cauliflower pieces, celery, peas, peppers, and carrot straws until tender. Add the cooked corn, tomato pieces, chickpeas, peanuts, sesame seeds, and parsley and combine well. Remove from the heat.
5. Fold together the cooked rice and vegetables and serve immediately, garnished with twists of lemon or lime.

Great Vegetarian Dishes - Kurma Cookbook 1
ghee for deep frying
cayenne pepper
1 cup of cleaned, split urad dahl
2 cups white flour
2 T. freshly ground anise seed
butter or ghee solids

Wash urad dahl thoroughly. Soak in water overnight. Drain, leaving a tiny
bit of water. In a blender, grind urad dahl until it is a smooth paste,
a little more water if necessary. The paste should be very thick. Set aside.
Add anise seed to paste. Using white flour, butter or ghee solids and water,
make a soft dough, like puri dough. (Not wet.) Let the dough sit for one hour
under a dampened cloth. Meanwhile prepare three very small bowls in the
following manner:

1.      Put in a mixture of 1 T. water and 1/2 t. asafoetida.
2.      Put plain salt in the second.
3.      Put cayenne pepper in the third.

Pinch off balls of dough one inch in diameter. Roll them out into circles of 21/2" in diameter. Pinch off a ball of kachori paste about one inch in diameter; dip into each of bowls in succession, and place in the center of the circle of kachori dough. Gather up the dough around the paste as you would gather a paper bag. Make sure all the urad dahl is covered, and seal the top edge very well using a little water. Flatten the sealed kachori with a rolling pin, and then roll gently as you would a puri or chapati.

Be very careful not to break the surfaces. If necessary, pat them out by hand. Deep-fry the kachori in fairly hot ghee as you would a puri. Stand up kachoris on paper toweling to drain. Before offering them, refry very quickly, but do not brown.

This preparation is one of Srimati Radharani's favorites and is always prepared for Her appearance day. There is nothing in the material world to compare with the flavor of Radhaballabha Kachoris.
Creamy Herbed Potatoes
12 small new red potatoes
2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
2 teaspoons hing
1 teaspoon salt
freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill or parsley

Scrub the potatoes and place in a saucepan.
Cover the potatoes with water and bring to a boil.
Reduce the heat to medium and simmer until tender, about 10 to 15 minutes.
Drain the potatoes well.
Place the potatoes in a bowl and add the sour cream.
Stir gently and add the salt and pepper and hing.
Serve warm with a sprinkle of chopped dill or parsley or other fresh herb like
rosemary, sage or thyme.

LOOCHI - pooris
500gms Flour
2 tbl spoon refined oil
salt according to taste
warm water to knead the flour oil to fry the pooris in.

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

‘Radha Red’ Plum Chutney
This is a version of the famous "Radha
Red" plum chutney that has been a favourite at many Hare Krishna multi-course feasts throughout Australia for decades. It features the subtle and exotic flavour of pure camphor, sometimes available at Chinese and Indian grocery stores. The plums should, if possible, be the Damson variety or the red plums referred to as a "blood plums".

PREPARATION TIME: about 1 hour
YIELD: about 3 cups (750 ml)

1.4 kg (3 pounds) ripe red plums,
pitted and cut into eighths
a pinch of raw camphor crystals
2 cups (500 ) sugar
3 tablespoons (60 ml) finely shredded
fresh coconut
4 tablespoons (80 ml) butter
11/2 teaspoons (7 ml) ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon (1 ml) powdered cardamom seeds

1. Heat the butter over low heat in
heavy 5-litre/quart saucepan until it froths. Add the coriander, cardamom,
and coconut, saute for one minute, and add the plums. Raise the heat and
bring the chutney to a boil; then reduce the heat and simmer covered for
about 15 minutes or until the plums lose their shape.
2. Add the sugar and continue to simmer
uncovered for another 40 - 45 minutes or until the chutney is fairly thick
and glazed, stirring occasionally. Add the camphor crystals and mix well.
Serve at room temperature or refrigerate covered for up to 4 days.

Great Vegetarian Dishes - Kurma Cookbook1
Vegetable Fritters (Pakoras):
Pakoras are popular spiced, batter-dipped, deep-fried, vegetables that make perfect snacks or hors d'oeuvres. Ghee is the preferred medium for frying pakoras, although you can use nut or vegetable oil. Serve hot pakoras with you favourite chutney or dip.
Try batter-frying various types of vegetables. Cauliflower pakoras are probably the most popular, but equally delicious are potato rings, zucchini chunks, spinach leaves, pumpkin slices, eggplant rings, baby tomatoes, sweet potatoes, red or green pepper slices, asparagus tips, and artichoke hearts.
Cook pakoras slowly to ensure that
the batter and the vegetables cook simultaneously. You needn't precook
the vegetables.

BATTER SITTING TIME: 10 - 15 minutes
COOKING TIME: 30 minutes
YIELD: 2 dozen large or 3 dozen medium pakoras

2/3 cup (165 ml) chickpea flour
2/3 cup (165 ml) plain flour
2/3 cup (165 ml) self-raising flour
21/2 teaspoons (12 ml) salt
2 teaspoons (10 ml) yellow asafoetida powder
11/2 teaspoons (7 ml) turmeric
2 teaspoons (10 ml) cayenne pepper
11/2 teaspoons (7 ml) ground coriander
2 teaspoons (10 ml) green chilies, seeded and finely chopped about 21/2 cups (625 ml) cold water, or enough to make a smooth batter bite-sized vegetable pieces of your choice ghee or oil for deep-frying

1. Combine the flours, salt, powdered spices, and green chilies in a bowl. Mix well with a wire whisk.
2. Slowly add cold water while whisking the batter until it achieves the consistency of medium-light cream. When you dip the vegetable in the batter, it should be completely coated but neither thick and heavy nor runny and thin. Have extra flour and water on hand to adjust the consistency as required. Let the batter sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
3. Heat fresh ghee or oil, to the
depth of 61/2 - 71/2 cm (21/2 - 3 inches, in a wok or deep-frying vessel
until the temperature reaches about 180°C/355°F. Dip 5 or 6 pieces
of vegetable in the batter and, one at a time, carefully slip them into
the hot oil.
4. The temperature will fall, but try to maintain it between 173°C - 180°C/345°F - 355°F
throughout the frying. Fry until the pakoras are golden brown, turning
to cook them evenly on all sides. Remove with a slotted spoon and drain
on paper towels. Continue cooking until all the pakoras are done. Serve
immediately or keep warm, uncovered, in a preheated cool oven for up to
1/2 hour.
Great Vegetarian Dishes - Kurma Cookbook 1
For the Shortbread:
175g/6oz unsalted butter, softened
75g/3oz golden caster sugar
175g/6oz plain flour
75g/3oz rice flour or ground rice

For the Filling:
425ml/¾pt double cream
1 vanilla pod
45g/3tbsp icing sugar, sieved
450g/1lb fresh strawberries, washed

To Garnish:
8 whole strawberries
icing sugar, to dust

1. Preheat the oven to 160C/325F/Gas3.
2. Place the butter into a large bowl and, using a wooden spoon, cream until softened. Add the sugar and blend together.
3. Sift both the plain flour and ground rice together into the creamed mixture.
4. Shape the mixture into a sausage shape, cut it in half and set one half aside. Squash the mixture down onto a large baking tray. Use a 20cm/8in plain flan ring as a guide and press the mixture around the ring. Use the back of a metal tablespoon to smooth the surface of the mixture.
5. Remove the flan ring and decorate the shortcake mixture by crimping the mixture with your thumb and forefinger to form scalloped edges. Prick the surface of the shortcake with a fork. Repeat the process with the remaining shortcake mixture.
6. Place the shortcakes in the fridge and chill for 30-40 minutes until hard. Meanwhile, reserve 8 whole strawberries. With the remaining strawberries remove the stalks (or hull) and cut in half. Set aside.
7. Remove the shortcakes from the fridge and bake for about 30 minutes until pale golden brown.
8. To prepare the vanilla cream filling: pour the cream into a large bowl. Split the vanilla pod with a knife lengthways, scrape out the seeds and add the seeds to the double cream with the icing sugar. Whisk until the cream forms soft peaks.
9. Allow the shortcakes to cool for 2 minutes. Carefully release from the baking sheet with a palette knife. Using a large knife mark into 8 equal wedges. Allow to cool completely.
10. To assemble: place 8 of the shortcake wedges onto a large plate. Lay the wedges closely together. Spoon over half of the whipped cream; pile the halved strawberries onto the cream. Spoon over the remaining cream and place the remaining 8 shortcake wedges at an angle with the reserved whole strawberries underneath to keep each piece at an angle.
11. Dust with icing sugar and serve.
Lavender Mint Tea - Recipe
(I was asked to keep this for a second issue)

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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A couple of grihastha devotees are awakened by the sound of someone knocking on their door.
The husband gets up, opens the window, and shouts, "Hey, Who's there?"
A voice from below calls out, "Please help me. I need a push."
"It's two in the morning," the devotee hollers. "Get outta here before I call the cops!"
His wife rolls over and says, "Prabhu, really you should help that person. Remember when our children got stuck on the highway late that night and that trucker helped? You never know when we'd need help too!"

The husband sighs, goes downstairs, and calls out, "Hey, do you still need a push?"

"Yes," a voice in the darkness replies.

"Where are you?"

"Over here, on the swings!"
A newspaper reporter was writing a feature story about prison life and was
interviewing one of the prisoners. "Do you watch much television here?"

"Only the daytime shows," the inmate said. "At night we're locked in our
cells and don't see any television."

"That's too bad," the reporter said, "But I do think it is nice that the
warden lets you watch it in the daytime."

"What do you mean, nice??" the inmate said. "That's *part* of the
After the church service, a little boy told the pastor, "When I grow up, I'm going to give you some money." "Well, thank you," the pastor replied,"but why?" "Because my daddy says you're one of the poorest preachers we've ever had."
A guy's on the electric chair. The warden's just about to pull the switch when the guy gets the hiccups.

The warden says, "Do you have any last requests?" The guy says, "(hic) Yeah... (hic) could you please do (hic) could you please do something to scare me?"
Two village bhais from Navsari in India were visiting Sydney for the first time to attend a conference.

They were invited to a friends place whre there was a large party thrown, with lots of food and drink.

At the end of the party, they both staggered outside full.

One bhai crossed the street, while the other stumbled into a subway entrance.

When the 1st bhai reached the other side of the street, he noticed the other bhai emerging from the subway stairs.

"Where ya been, bhai?" he said.
"I don't know," gushed the other bhai, "but you should see the train set that guy has in his basement!"
The world's first fully computerized airliner was ready for its maiden flight without pilots or crew.

The plane taxied to the loading area automatically, its doors opened automatically, the steps came out automatically.

The passengers boarded the plane and took their seats.

The steps retreated automatically, the doors closed, and the airplane taxied toward the runway.

"Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen," a computer voice intoned.

"Welcome to the debut of the world's first fully computerized airliner.

Everything on this aircraft is run electronically. Just sit back and relax.

Nothing can go wrong ... Nothing can go wrong...nothing can go wrong...."
The Boy Scouts were out collecting bottles for a fund raising activity. One ambitious young man knocked on a door and a sour-faced lady came to the door and asked: "What do you want, Sonny?"
"D-d-do you have any beer bottles for the Boy Scouts, M-m-m-ma'am?" he asked.
"Look here, young man, do I look like the kind of lady who would drink beer?" replied the lady.
"S-s-sorry, Ma'am," was his reply. "W-w-what about vinegar bottles?"
A Dublin Jew who happens to be walking by an Orangemen march, is hit in the head by a rock, and collapses, nearing the point of death.

A priest, who happens to be at the march, takes the man in his arms and says, "Do you believe in God the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost?"

The Jew looks at him with a puzzled gaze and says, "Here I am dying, and he asks me riddles!"
Two vultures board an airplane, each carrying two dead raccoons.

The stewardess looks at them and says, "I'm sorry, gentlemen, only one carrion allowed per passenger."
A devotee was lamenting that s/he had gained weight. S/he'd made the family's favorite cake over the weekend, s/he reported, and they'd eaten half of it at dinner.

The next day, s/he said, s/he kept staring at the other half, until finally s/he cut a thin slice. One slice led to another, and soon the whole cake was gone. The devotee went on to tell us how upset s/he was with their lack of willpower, and how s/he knew her family would be disappointed.

Everyone commiserated, until someone asked what their family said when s/he found out. S/he smiled. "They never found out. I made another cake and ate half!"

Anonymous - alright it was me =>:-)(

In Krishna consciousness you can have your cake and eat it too.
=-=-=-=-=--=-=-=-=-=- Did you ever wonder? =-=--=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-
...I was very lonely when I was a child. I only had two imaginary
friends. .....And they would only play with each other. :-(
Q: What is a terminal illness?
A: When you are sick at the airport or bus station
It isn't pollution that's harming the environment.
It's the impurities in our air and water that are doing it.

George W. Bush
"Inventions have long since reached their limit, and I see no hope for further development."

Julius Frontinus, engineer in 1st century AD Rome
>(|)<>( The ways of this material world - strange but true )<>(|)

Doctors in India have removed two horns growing out of a woman's head.

The 40-year-old still has two other horns protruding from her scalp.

The abnormality is said to be due to unhygienic conditions.

The seven-centimetre horns were removed in about 15 minutes at a hospital at Jodhpur.
Doctors said though the woman's grandfather, father and sister had developed similar horns, the deformity was not hereditary.

"It happens when oil ducts in the human system get choked. The oil secreted by the sebaceous glands develop into horns," Dr Sanjeev Malhotra told the Rajasthan Patrika Newspaper.

The woman's family has refused to comment on the abnormality which has affected them for many decades
"Every great man nowadays has his disciples and it is always Judas who writes the biography."

Oscar Wilde
No need for doors in Indian village where 'god fights crime':

God 'told preacher not to tax or insure car'

Hundreds hurt during annual stone-throwing festival:
The victims described their injuries as a "kind of blessing from the goddess",
United News Of India reports.

Hindu mother slaughters children as sacrifice to Kali:

Don't turn my son into a cushion, begs bereaved father:
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