Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Physical Beauty

One’s bodily luster and beauty, one’s constitution, one’s activities and one’s qualities all depend on the law of cause and effect.

The material beauty of a person is an illusion because actually the body is made of earth, water, fire, air, etc. But because there is the association of the living spark with matter, it appears to be beautiful. No one is attracted by an earthen doll, even if it is most perfectly prepared to attract the attention of others. The dead body has no beauty because no one will accept the dead body of a so-called beautiful woman. Therefore, the conclusion is that the spirit spark is beautiful, and because of the soul’s beauty one is attracted by the beauty of the outward body. The Vedic wisdom, therefore, forbids us to be attracted by false beauty.



Fatness, thinness, bodily and mental distress, thirst, hunger, fear, disagreement, desires for material happiness, old age, sleep, attachment for material possessions, anger, lamentation, illusion and identification of the body with the self are all transformations of the material covering of the spirit soul. A person absorbed in the material bodily conception is affected by these things.
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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Material Body

This body is given according to one’s past desires. To fulfill desires, one is given the body, with which he acts accordingly. Practically speaking, the body is a machine, designed by the Supreme Lord, to fulfill desires. Because of desires, one is put into difficult circumstances to suffer or to enjoy. This transcendental vision of the living entity, when developed, makes one separate from bodily activities. One who has such a vision is an actual seer.

Therefore the living entity must accept a particular type of body awarded to him by maya, the material energy, according to his karma. One cannot independently say, “Give me a body like this” or “Give me a body like that.” One must accept whatever body is offered by the material energy. This is the position of the ordinary living being.

Yet the body is temporary, and only foolish, materialistic persons, who do not have full knowledge of the soul, regard the temporary body as reality and engage in decorating this body. Both of these pitfalls—rejection of the body as false and acceptance of the body as all in all—can be avoided when one is fully situated in Krishna consciousness.


As one changes an old garment, so the individual living being also changes his body, and this change of body is called death. Death is therefore a process of changing the body at the end of the duration of the present life. An intelligent person must be prepared for this and must try to have the best type of body in the next life. The best type of body is a spiritual body

Monday, June 21, 2010

Absolute Power, Absolute Corruption

A serpent with a jewel on its hood is as dangerous as a serpent without such a jewel. Durvasa Muni was a very learned brahmana equipped with mystic power, but because he was not a gentleman, he did not know how to use his power. He was therefore extremely dangerous. The Supreme Personality of Godhead is never inclined toward a dangerous person who uses his mystic power for some personal design. By the laws of nature, therefore, such misuse of power is ultimately dangerous not for society but for the person who misuses it.

Srimad Bhagavatam 9.4.70

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Heaven Vs Original Spiritual World?

Usually the concept in religious books of different religions is that heaven is a place where there is a lot of enjoyment. Quran talks about the various types of sense gratification you can enjoy. The Mormons consider heaven to be a place to get back together with your family and then live there forever after. Family members are happy and there is no suffering and everyone is basically God conscious.

But this concept of heaven fits in with the upper planetary systems in the (material) universe, where people are pious entities who follow the laws of God, and they have good material sense gratification.

But according to the Vedas, one doesn't stay there eternally. One comes down from there, from those planets and is forced to maybe take birth in the human form of life or as an animal, according to their Karmas. One can be on the heavenly planets for thousands or millions of years of our calculation, so one thinks one is there for a very long time but in terms of eternal time it's a drop in the bucket, so to speak. It's just a small period of time, which quickly passes by.

So, the real goal of life is to go back to Godhead, back to the original Spiritual Kingdom of God. But in the Spiritual Kingdom of God, there is no material sense gratification. Everything is in relationship to the service of the Lord.

That means, as long as one is thinking about their personal sense gratification, as long as that is their goal of life, namely how to make their own bodies happy, they are forced to come again in the material world.

Taking Shelter of Krishna

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Friday, August 15, 2008

Varuni Beverage for Lord Balaram

Small amount:
7 litres Milk
6 litres Yogurt
1 litre Cream
5 kg Runny Honey
1 kg White Sugar
1/2 bottle Rose water (7 Roses brand is very nice from Mumbai - 7oz)


Larger amount:
25 litres Milk
15 litres Yogurt
3 litres Cream
10 kg Runny Honey
3 kg White Sugar
1 bottle Rose Water

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Sachimata's Recipes - Vegetarian Pizza


Ingredients:

Crust:

2 ounces package active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1 cup warm water (100-110 deg. F)
3 cups white flour

Pizza Toppings:
1 ounce dry basil
5 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup pitted olives
1 cup grated Cheddar cheese
2 cup crumbled Mozarella cheese
1 cup diced red bell pepper
1 cup diced seeded tomatoes
3 tomatoes sliced
1 zucchini sliced
1/4 broccoli chopped

Directions
1.- Mix water, yeast and sugar and let stand 10 minutes to start bubbling.
2.- Add flour to yeast mix and blend well.
3.- Place in a greased or oiled bowl, and cover with a warm damp cloth.
4.- Allow to rise in a warm place until double in bulk, around 1 hour.
5.- Punch down dough and pat out onto an oiled (or cornmeal dusted) pizza pan to form the crust.
6.- Bake in a preheated 450° F oven for 8 minutes.
7.- Place olive oil, 1 cup diced seeded tomatoes, salt in blender and process until smooth.
8.- Spread mixture onto baked pizza crust evenly.
9.- Add 3 tomatoes sliced, 1/2 cup pitted olives, 1 cup grated cheddar cheese, 2 cup crumbled mozarella cheese, 1 cup diced green bell pepper, 1 zucchini sliced, 1/4 broccoli chopped . Sprinkle with salt and pepper dry basil and bake at 360° for 10 minutes. Bake until pizza is heated through and cheeses melt, about 10 minutes. Cut into squares.

Offering to Krishna.

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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

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Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Cologne Ratha Yatra

Please accept my humble obeissances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada! Please see attached the invitation and announcement to our annual Ratha Yatra in Cologne/Germany.

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Wish you all a happy KC day.

Ys Keshava Dasa

Cleveland Ratha-Yatra

ISKCON Cleveland wishes to invite you to our annual Ratha-yatra celebration! This year's festival of the chariots will take place on Saturday, June 7 at Edgewater Park in Cleveland from 11am until 6pm. Come join us for bhajans, a vegetarian feast, and the chariot parade! As always, Ratha-yatra is free and open to the public! Please contact Dayal-Nitai dasa at 440-895-1005 or donfoose@hotmail.com for more information! Hare Krsna!


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Saturday, April 12, 2008

Agricultural Report

Everything on the radio today sucks— especially to this cow's ears.
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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Mistic Yoga

Those so-called yoguis who manufacture a circle or target are engaged in nonsense.

meditation means thinking of the Lord within. Whether one comes to that stage by the astanga-yoga system or by the method recommended in the sastras especially for this present age—to constantly chant the holy name of the Lord—the goal is to meditate on the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

One should not meditate according to one’s personal whims. One should know perfectly well from the authoritative sources of scriptures through the transparent medium of a bona fide spiritual master and by proper use of one’s trained intelligence for meditating upon the Supersoul dwelling within every living being.



The process of meditation should begin from the lotus feet of the Lord and progress to His smiling face. The meditation should be concentrated upon the lotus feet, then the calves, then the thighs, and in this way higher and higher. The more the mind becomes fixed upon the different parts of the limbs, one after another, the more the intelligence becomes purified.

The impersonalists and the voidists are therefore recommended to meditate upon the universal form of the Lord, whereas the devotees are recommended to meditate on the Deity worship in the temple. Because the impersonalists and the voidists are not sufficiently purified in their spiritual activities, arcana is not meant for them.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

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Tuesday, March 4, 2008

The Lord Built a Temple as a Prank

Utah Krishnas

Last week America’s largest Indian weekly, India Abroad, came out with an article about Westerners who perform service, like pujas, for the Indian community. It was entitled “Mantras with an Accent.” Arthur Pais was the author.

On the first page this photo appeared of Caru Das performing a wedding in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, with text that commenced thusly, “When Salt Lake City businessman Mahesh Shah and his wife Bhavna recently wanted their home blessed, they called Caru Das to perform the puja. It wasn’t that there were no Indian Hindus in the Utah city but the Shah couple has known the Hare Krishna priest for many years. Besides, they had also invited American business associates to the ceremony. And Das could translate the prayers into English…..”

Later, inside its own box, this story and photo appeared, with the Title, “The Lord built a Temple as a Prank.”

Whatever made the Hare Krishna movement build a Hindu temple in the midst of Mormon dominated Utah?

“The Lord built a temple here just to show He could do it. Caru Das, the president of the temple, has often said, “He did it as a prank.”

The temple is situated about 60 miles south of the Salt Lake Mormon Temple. It has been around for more than ten years, but the Hare Krishna set up their community nearly two decades ago in the temple area.

“For a split second, you might wonder if you were in a faraway country like India,” wrote Religion and Ethics Weekly recently. “What you have here is the very first traditional Hare Krishna temple built in the USA.”

It added: “Ten years ago when the Hare Krishnas first proposed building a temple on a hill in a county which was over 95 per cent Mormon, you could imagine the overall reaction here. It could be best described as disbelief.”

“They believe in reincarnation and are vegetarians,” a Mormon leader told a local newspaper recently. “But despite their difference, Mormons discovered they and the Hare Krishnas have many values in common.”

Caru Das says many Mormon leaders supported the temple and even gave cash donations because they admired the Hare Krishna emphasis on celibacy before marriage and the eschewing of tobacco and alcohol. Those are Mormon concerns too.

Today the temple attracts thousands of non Hindus to its religious and non religious events like the annual Festival of India.

Caru Das is in demand in the Indian community to conduct pujas. “Strictly speaking, I should be doing only the Vaishnava pujas,” he says with a gentle laugh. “But I do all kinds of pujas including the Gayatri and Shiva Ratri pujas. For these pujas not only get money for the temple but also give me a chance to inject some thoughts about Vaishnava deities and traditions.”

Though many Mormons welcomed the small Hare Krishna congregation, how difficult was it for him when some Hare Krishna congregations faced charges of corruption and child molestation?

“It’s interesting that hardly any of that appeared in the Utah newspapers, like the Salt Lake Tribune or the Deseret News,” he says. “Though UPI and Reuters sent out the articles, for some reason the local papers did not print them. I would like to think it is because we have been so proactive in Utah and generated so much good press (eight major festival a year for 15 years, 30,000 tours given per annum, donated thousands to New York firefighters after 9/11, more to Katrina victims, as well as to Sri Lanka after the tsunami) that they simply preferred not to.”

“That’s what I would like to believe, but it may be we got lucky,” he continued. “Even if they had printed the stories, many tens of thousands of people have been here for tours and festivals, have had a truly positive experience of us, and could assess things in perspective.”

On his blog, Caru Das wrote last year how Shiva Ratri is always a well attended event at the temple. “I estimate 600 people came and went during the three hour festivities,” he wrote. “There was a mix of 30 per cent Indians and 70 per cent Westerners. I noticed not only Western college age kids, but maybe 10 per cent of the crowd were older grandparents, many of whom stayed the whole time.”

He is proud of the fact that Indian Hindu families have supported the temple with passion, and there are many families that come for the festivals and the pujas year after year. “Jai Krishna, Pragna and her friends did a great job on the chanting last year which varied between Om Namo Shivaya and Hare Krishna,” he recalled. “Dinesh and Kalpana Patel attended, and gave their annual donation of $ 2,000.00, which they have done for Shiva Ratri the last three years.”

As much as many Hindus from India seek him out especially when the services are to be conducted in English or there is a need for English translation, has he felt that he may be considered an “outsider?”

“There are the ‘half full’ and the ‘half empty’ people,” he said. “The ‘half full’ people say, ‘Isn’t it wonderful that these Westerners have taken up the Bhagavad Gita and Sanatan Dharma to the point many of them have become genuine saddhus and gurus.’ The ‘half empty’ people can think only that these did not take a ‘brahmin’ birth and cannot pronounce all the Sanskrit words exactly.

“To the ‘half empty’ people who avoid ISKCON devotees, my reaction is, ‘Your loss.” I have been fortunate for the last 38 years to have had the ‘half full’ people as my dear friends, confidants, mentors, and sponsors.”

Source…

Dukka

Fran from Redland Bay in Queensland, Australia writes:

“Hey Kurma, where have you been? I read your blog every day and missed your stuff. Anyway, tell me, do you have a recipe for Dukkah?

My reply: Thanks for asking. Things have been busy here on the home front, but nothing earth-shatteringly bloggable, although I did prepare a stunning batch of lime marmalade this morning.

Here’s the recipe (not for the marmalade):

dukkah:

Egyptian Crumbly Spice & Nut Dip (Dukkah)

Dukkah is a loose, coarsely-ground mixture of sesame seeds, hazelnuts and aromatic cumin and coriander. It is delicious eaten on oil-dunked bread for breakfast, or as a snack. It has of late started appearing quite regularly on restaurant menus as an appetizer, hence its inclusion in this chapter.

Variants of dukkah are found all over the Middle East, and this version is from Egypt. It is a very personal and individual mixture that varies from one family to another; hence no two versions are exactly the same.

The important thing to remember about dukkah is that it should be dry and crumbly. It is easy to over-grind the ingredients, especially the nuts, which makes the mixture too oily. To prevent this, cool the ingredients after roasting, then proceed slowly. Makes about 2½ cups.

½ cup hazelnuts ¾ cup sesame seeds ½ cup coriander seeds ½ cup cumin seeds 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon pepper olive oil and crusty bread for serving

Preheat the oven to 180? C / 350° F.

Roast the hazelnuts on an oven tray for about 15 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove them from the oven, and when a little cool, rub away as much of the brown skin from the nuts as you can.

Toast the sesame seeds in a heavy frying pan over moderate heat, stirring often, for about 4 minutes, or until golden brown and aromatic. Empty the toasted seeds into a bowl. Toast the coriander seeds in a similar manner for about 2-3 minutes. Repeat for the cumin, toasting for about 2 minutes.

Pound the seeds and nuts using a mortar and pestle, or whiz them in a spice or coffee grinder. The mixture should be dry and crumbly, not oily. Combine the crushed nuts and seeds with the salt and pepper.

Serve as a dip with olive oil and crusty bread.

Note: The mixture will keep in a sealed container for many weeks.

Source…

Saturday, January 19, 2008

60 Vegetarian Foods