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Outer Silence, Inner Insights: Reflections on the Holy Name

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At the recent Japa Retreat III we spent days chanting the maha-mantra (the Hare Krishna chant) while observing a “mauna vrata” or a silence vow. Devotees of Krishna are advised to “always” chant the holy name (satatam kirtayanto mam Bg 9.14). Refraining from talking can help this goal by freeing up our time and facilitating deep contemplation about the mantra and our life. Silence with spiritual practice is like turning down the volume of the external channels of our awareness and opening up the inner one.

Retreating into the Heart of the Holy Name

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Eight day japa retreat focused on
living, breathing vital Krishna consciousness,
expanding on the “basics”
by looking at them in deeper ways.

Some said that they
couldn’t be paid to attend
revealing (sadly) their lack of taste
negative projection, dejection, resignation.

Brown Rice and Brown Rice Salad

This week we are going to visit brown rice. Although basmati is fabulous and yummy, it is not quite as healthy as brown rice and is completely different in taste and texture.

Brown rice is rice which has not had the naturally occurring bran and germ removed from it. When the bran and germ layer of the rice is removed it takes away some of the fiber and also the rice bran oil, which has been shown to lower some types of cholesterol.

Paneer/curd and Scrambled Curd

This week we are going to talk about something that is near and dear to my heart... Paneer!! Paneer is a homemade, non-aged cheese which is made by adding an acidic curdling agent to milk. This cheese is not suitable for melting and has a delicate yet extra delicious flavor. Paneer can be used in many many different dishes in a variety of ways.

Today I will share how to make paneer, and also how to make a delicious scrambled curd.

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Paneer
[Recipe by Pishima]

More Hearts Come Closer to Krsna by Bhakti-lata Dasi

What is so EXCITING about volunteering for IPM is that miracles become an everyday fare! No one can come in contact with Krsna consciousness without seeing his/her life changed for the better. I was just listening to a Prabhupada lecture today and he was reiterating that if one spend one hour rendering devotional service, his life is a success, but that even if one spends millions of lifetimes in material life, there is no gain. I immediately thought of the inmates and how
exhilarating it is to witness inmates putting their heart into Krsna consciousness, reading, chanting, and giving Krsna to others. Despite being in the most deplorable material position, they are making great spiritual advancement.

What is so EXCITING about volunteering for IPM is that miracles become an everyday fare! No one can come in contact with Krsna consciousness without seeing his/her life changed for the better. I was just listening to a Prabhupada lecture today and he was reiterating that if one spend one hour rendering devotional service, his life is a success, but that even if one spends millions of lifetimes in material life, there is no gain. I immediately thought of the inmates and how

Khitchri and Puri

Hello again everyone,

This week I am going to share two recipes that, when made together, make up a fabulous and delicious meal. These two recipes are Khitchri and Puri. Khitchri is a full meal in itself but is extra delicious when served with Indian flat bread. These recipes are taken from a great cookbook titled The Hare Krishna Book of Vegetarian Cooking by Adiraja dasa.
[Available here: http://store.krishna.com/Detail.bok?no=369]

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Khitchri: Boiled rice, dal and vegetables.

Three Vaishnava Saints—Our Worshipable Family

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We have had back to back to back holy days commemorating the appearance or disappearance of great saints in Gaudiya Vaishnavism. These include the appearance day of Shrila Jiva Gosvami (sort of hidden by Lord Vamanadeva’s appearance on the same day), the appearance of Bhaktivinode Thakur, and today, the disappearance day of the “namacharya” (great teacher of the glories of the holy name) Shrila Haridas Thakur.

Though I can’t do them justice especially in the same essay, at least in this short piece the significance of these great personalities can be brought to your attention, perhaps inspiring the need for more research. So please consider this three blogs in one!

Quick and Easy Split Mung Dahl

As a vegetarian I am often asked how I get my protein. The simple answer to this is that I get protein from a variety of sources including beans, tofu, soy products, dairy products and delicious dahl.

As a child I loved to eat dahl with rice but my favourite was to roll up a chapatti (Indian flat bread) and dip it into my dahl. My daughter also loves dahl with rice and one of her favorite foods is kichari, a dish made with rice, lentils and vegetables.

Shri Radha--The Divine Feminine: More Secret than the Most Secret of All Secrets

Radha 2In this world we find that there are many kinds of secrets for living happily that are known by only a few people. Ordinary knowledge is concerned with exploiting the resources of the planet, or other people for our survival, enjoyment and prosperity. This knowledge is based on our individual ego or false sense of self based on bodily identification.

Best Laid Plans

Bees teach us to seek the nectar

After contemplating a verse
for morning scripture preparation
I give Shrimad Bhagavatam class
returning home late to worship
honor breakfast Prasadam
attend to Internet and calls
time has evaporated
so plan B to make opportunity
escaping in seclusion
casual clothes, walking stick
heading outside for better focus

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