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Not Taking Anything for Granted—Practicing Appreciation for Krishna's gifts

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After returning from the Japa Retreat enthused and divinely touched by sharing such potent spiritual practices in uplifting company my wife and I also received another type of mercy: the flu that some devotee inadvertently gave us. Sickness, although never sought after, often teaches us about the dual nature of the material world (happiness and distress) and its temporary nature. If we are a “spiritual possibility thinker”, then every situation can be favorable, helpful, and instructive for our holy aspirations to make progress in “shuddha Bhakti” or pure devotion. What follows are some of my thoughts from being sick and having reduced capacities for living.

Monthly call for Couples (or those thinking of marrying)

Monthly Phone Teleconference for Devotees With Marriage Questions

This Month's Topic: THE NEED FOR ON-GOING RELATIONSHIP

SKILL-BUILDING-ESPECIALLY IN MARRIAGE.

WHEN: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21st, 2010, 7-8 p.m. EST
Bridging the gap
WHERE: Teleconference call-in number is 712-432-0111 begin
access code: 761698 #. If you have any difficulties connecting, PLEASE HANG UP AND TRY AGAIN.

Dead Poet’s Society

Modern poetry leaves me cold
(though the poet's allure is appealing)
rarely I find a work meaningful
of consequence to my life
either emotionally or spiritually—
which to me are all important.

Why should I have to work so hard
to unravel the meaning in a poem
like a detective searching for a murderer
shifting through reams of so-called evidence
finding a children’s playground of no consequence.

Vegetables Au Gratin and Quick and Easy Cucumber and Tomato Salad

So here, where I live, it is beginning to cool down and I can almost visualize the months to come when I will be cold and bundled up with socks and a coat. Anyways, when winter begins to come, I start to look towards more warm, rich foods to satisfy my body’s cravings. As the winter months become cold our bodies begin to store fat in order to stay warm throughout the cold winter. With this in mind, I am sharing a recipe today from the awesome cookbook Great Vegetarian Dishes by Kurma Dasa which you can purchase easily here: http://store.krishna.com/Detail.bok?no=721&bar=_shp_media-books

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.

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