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ISKCON Klang, Malaysia: HG Aindra Prabhu's Immense Love for Deity Worship

BY UNKNOWN RUSSIAN DEVOTEE Many know him as King of Kirtans but very few know he had immense love for deity worship. The reason why he could put deep impressions in everyone’s heart was because of his eternal loving service to his silas and Sri Sri Radha Shyamsunder… If you really loved his kirtans please [...]

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Kurma dasa, AU: Whereforth Art Thou, Kurma?

I have received a few letters wondering if I am still extant in Ye Land of Blogge, and the answer is yes. Some days it's hard enough to tackle a small portion of my To Do List what to speak of blog about it.

controlled chaos:

But thanks for checking up on me. Some semblace of regular blogging will recommence soon.

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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1967 July 21: "I start for India tomorrow. I am trying for your free passage. When you come, take my trunk, tape recorder and finally my big Royal typewriter, which you must pack nicely and bring."
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1969 July 21: "In a Krishna Conscious marriage the basic principle is to serve Krishna nicely and to help the partner advance in spiritual life. Husband and wife are true benefactors for one another and there is no question of any serious conflicts or separation."
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1969 July 21: "Your present engagement is very nice; neither I think that you can be better educated in the universities. Unless a man is Krishna Conscious, his external advancement of knowledge has no value."
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1969 July 21: "The hippy philosophy is nice in that they are disgusted with materialistic life. Therefore they want to renounce. Unfortunately, they have no good leader, neither they have information that there is another beautiful life in Krishna Consciousness."
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1970 July 21: "My Dear Sri Poddarji, I hope by this time you are feeling well. Regarding the books, please excuse me. I cannot charge price from you. Please keep them in your study room - that will engladden me."
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1971 July 21: "Yes, it is encouraging news that he is favorably inclined toward giving us land in Raman Reti. Another nice news is that all of you women are going out daily for preaching. Very good. Continue it whole heartedly."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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1967 July 20: "I am feeling too much to return to Vrindaban at the lotus feet Vrindaban Behary Lord Krishna; and therefore I have decided to return to India immediately. I would have liked to return via sea, but in my precarious health that is not possible."
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1967 July 20: "The Holy Name of Hare Krishna is now being chanted not only in America but also in England, Holland and Mexico, that I know of. It may be even more widespread. Therefore it is a need that this movement must be spread. It is glorious for India and glorious for Hindu Religion."
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1969 July 20: "To understand Radha Krishna's Pastimes, that is our aim, but we should not indulge in this at present. Unless one is highly elevated it is risky. We have so many other things to discuss; what is the soul, what is bhakti."
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1969 July 20: "Krishna Consciousness is not brought to America in an altered form. It is the bonafide process. If you continue to associate with the devotees you will see practically how you are making very, very nice spiritual advancement."
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1973 July 20: "So you have sufficient engagement there? Because if we are not full time engaged then the mind is free to do its fickle business. Maya will immediately enter - we do not even have to call her."
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1973 July 20: "We want all our foreign language books to be translated by devotees. If a nondevotee tries to give his interpretation, you know well the havoc which can result. For the duratma, Krsna is very difficult."
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1973 July 20: "I am awaiting anxiously your report on my meeting with the Emperor of Japan. As to when I shall be able to go, in September I will stay in L.A. Then whenever you call me to Japan I shall be able to go."
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1973 July 20: "You proposed to move to another building but I do not appreciate this idea. Go directly to the Columbia Club building so we can purchase and move directly there. I am praying to Krsna that He will favor you with that new house for conducting His preaching work."
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Doyal Gauranga dasa & Gadadhar Pandit dasa, NYC: Intro to meditaiton

Last Wednesday evening we did a short introduction to the practice of meditation. Looking at some news clips and articles, we saw how meditation is more widely being recognized as a means to not only reduce stress and anxiety, but also increase or physical health and even reverse effects of life-threatening diseases such as cancer. Don't take our word for it, check out the research at University of Pennsylvania your self.
As the saying goes, mind over matter. The clip above is a short but entertaining animation demonstrating how a control over the mind can allow us to change the way we allow ourselves to be effected by the world around us.

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ISKCON Melbourne, AU: Daily Class - Yamuna Lila Mataji

Srimad Bhagavatam 11.22.30 - Sleeping consciousness is false. True consciousness is Krishna consciousness.

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Bharatavarsa.net: Book distribution seminar: Krishna immediately recognizes a preacher

letter, December 11, 1975

"The Sankirtana devotees are very dear to Krishna. Because you are doing the field work of book distribution, Krishna has immediately recognized them as true servants. Just like during war time, a farm boy or ordinary clerk who goes to fight for his country on the front immediately becomes a national hero for his sincere effort. So Krishna immediately recognizes a preacher of Krishna Consciousness who takes all risk to deliver His message.

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: the roots of entanglement in the material world


argument, false prestige and lack of discrimination.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => SB 5.13.22

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Maddy Jean-claude Durr, New Govardhana, AU: A Journey Across to Poland: [P8] Unstuck in Ustronie Morskie

Tuesday 13th, July 2010. I passed HG Prahlada Nrsimha Prabhu in the halls, for the first time this year.. I paid my obeisances and greeted him warmly. Our illustrious astrologer was back to deal out the fate and we were all eager to be back in his association. I was in the bathroom, later in the morning, and I heard some great cries from the Gymnasium. "Haribol! Haribol!" I wondered what all the celebrations were? Later I found out that it was HG Tribhuvanesvara Prabhu's (ie Tribi's) birthday today and the crowd was going wild with spiritual appreciation. It was finally that time of the morning when the harinam buses were leaving for Ustronie Morskie. I was in my room and I thought "why not?" Moments later I was piled on the bus, off to taste the nectar.

We piled out at the old, familiar site. HH Indradyumna Swami stepped out onto the field. Maharaja wasn't on the last harinam that I attended so I was happy to see him today, armed with his camera (facebook false ego!). HH Bhakti Vaibhava Maharaja was also here and I felt the inspiration of the added purity.

Tribhuvanesvara was in a celebratory mood, which showed in his kirtana leading. I had been missing harinams with Tribi, going down the Cross in Australia (Kings Cross, Sydney), with our merry batch or brahmacris and matas from Govindas. Now he was leading the way here in Poland, with almost ten times the number of devotees, decked out in all sorts of decorations and vibrant colours.

We made our way down to the sand; at first, I didn't know what to do with my shoes. I was about to attempt tucking them into my dhoti, when I saw Visnu Puri (harinam service charge) with two big garbage bags. All the devotees, in a robotic routine, deposited their shoes into the bag. I quickly followed the example and made my way back into my spot in the party. We danced down the beach edge. The water lapped up at our ankles, and soaked the edge of our dhotis and saris. It was a little awkward, weaving in and out of countless people and sand castles but I soon had the hang of it. It was a totally different flavour to any harinam that I had experienced. The people responded with great enthusiasm and familiarity.

We marched all the way up the coastline. When we made it to the end, we turned around and went back, past our entry point and down to the other end. There were thousands of people on the beach, catching the dull rays and the cool northern waters. We rested for a while, in the shade, and then HH Vaibhava Maharaja led the chant. HG Adikarta Prabhu played the accordion and we made our way up to the streets. I danced enthusiastically and tried to keep up with the insane beats. My arms were virtually paralyzed by the end, having wampers as my instrument.

Vaibhava Maharaja handed over the lead to Adikarta Prabhu and he marched to the front. HH Vaibhava Maharaja caught my attention and pointed towards my instruments. I thought he wanted to take them so I tried to hand them to him. He shook his head and I realized that he was encouraging me to play. I forced my body to keep on going, just for a little longer, and then I tasted the bliss. We came to a raging finish at the site and the devotees put in the remainder of their fading energy into the mixture of dance and instruments. This is what Indradyumna Swami must have meant when he said "end on a high note".

HG Prahlada Nrsimha Prabhu was back so his Astrology tent took on it's old, familiar atmosphere. There were crowds of devotees and a flourishing social scene. The devotees came for the great Krsna katha and friendly environment that manifested, as well as the occasional insightful words of Prahlada Nrsimha Prabhu's intergalactic wisdom. This was a cosmic mix that was the Astrology tent.

Pulkit and Sri Nama returned from the store. They had a gift for me. They found a miniature, novelty sign that read "AGENT Bogus". It was a perfect statement, both a jesting insult and a comical compliment. I was the Agent by my own personal quality (of bogusness) and I was also given the authority to deem others under the rule of the Agent (ie call people bogus). There was to be no more non-bona fide behaviour without the yellow sign's appearance, emerging from my bag and being presented to the culprit. I was also not free to perform such acts myself without a verbal request for me to present the sign for my own benefit. This was to be an all tour gag that was going to bring comical relief for many days to come; such is the madness of tour.

Tribhuvanesvara Prabhu was introducing an act onstage. All of a sudden there was a loud "ZAP…POP…BANG!" I checked my instruments as Indradyumna Swami asked "what happened?" "The power went out" I replied, "it must have been the generator." Dominik ran to the scene and we put the show back on the road, hoping that this would be the last power cut.

Next onstage, we had our band. They were playing for some time and then the generator stopped again. After the band, we had our Govardhana play. In the first five minutes of the play the power went out again! Raksana, one of the leaders of security, was called. Whilst the power was out one of the harinam speakers had been allegedly stolen. Raksana was desperately seeking out the culprit while Cidananda Gaura was suggesting: "oh no. When they contact Raksana that means it's something really serious." Later we found out that it was Cidananda Gaura, who was taking the speaker onto the stage for Tirbi to use. Due to the onsets of the power outs Maharaja wasn't happy; "this is the worst show ever" he said.

Tribi came back onstage and announced a few minute break from the stage show. Dominik planned the time out so we could fix the generator. The power was back and running in no time, hoping now that we would be totally free of the problem. Tribi started Nandalal and all the kids were on the stage dancing and chanting. All of a sudden… "ZAP..POP..BANG!" In the spirit of "the show must go on" Tribi kept the kids singing and dancing without the assistance of his microphone, whilst the others tried desperately to start back up the generator.

Nandini Mataji came on the stage next. She was holding her son, Alexander and the hand of another young child. There was a whole dialogue in Polish and then, for some strange reason, the child began to sing the Polish national anthem. All the audience rose from their seats in allegiance. It was strange but that was the last I heard of it.

We had the magician onstage, playing his Krsna Love track. He danced around until the power went out, again!? Maharaja was looking at the schedule; "This is a bad line up" he said. The Gita play was next. We watched Radheya in the dance scene, trying to unravel a whistle from two sets of sunglasses, one of which was attached to his head. Maharaja repeated his comment on the bad line up and I could tell he was pretty upset; Ustronie Morskie, after all, was his favourite festival.

After Gita, Tribi didn't appear onstage straight away. "Where's Tribi?" said Maharaja, in an unhappy mood. Maharaja, for the fourth or fifth time, commented that he didn't like the line up. To make matters worse, we were behind schedule. For the end of the show, Tribi was introducing acts at lighting speeds. My hand was on the dial, poised, and I kept good time with our gracious MC. I thanked the Supersoul for quick direction, so that I wasn't caught out and my false ego exposed. Dina Dayal's act came on with a new tone, having his two Brahmana servants clad in black dhotis and chadas. It was a rather spooky spectacle but had an amazingly flavourful effect.

The lecture was about to begin. I was having difficulty with the desk for the past few festivals; I could never get a visual read on the signal level and therefore couldn't tell if the microphone was working when HH Indradyumna Swami wanted to speak. Tonight was no exception and the devotees onstage tried to make some adjustments to compensate. In the end, I had no idea which channel gate to open for Maharaja to be heard, so I opened all of them. Maharaja was speaking and then there was a loud "POP…BANG." I checked my instruments and the power was still on. I looked onstage, at the confused devotees, and I noticed that someone had just plugged in a wire to one of the open channels. I had left the channels on in my panic state and thus it was my error that caused this confusing sound. I switched off all the excess channels, feeling a little humbled but relieved that the power didn't turn off at the crucial point of the show.

The kirtana came on in due time and we finished off our shift. On the way to the bus, Pulkit pulled me over to the side of the festival site and presented me with my first (for this tour) Radhe Syama (the most awesome sweet on tour). Last year I had a bit of sweet tooth, which was exemplified by my intense Radhe Syama addiction. This year I was attempting to be a renunciate, a brahmacari in externals and generally a cheapskate. I thanked Pulkit, letting him know that this was my first Radhe Syama but he simply wasn't convinced of the fact. He merely presumed, due to my tainted reputation, that I had been endlessly indulging my senses on numerous occasions this year.

We had another wild and unregulated kirtana on the bus. It was transcendental in a very sarcastic kind of way. Everyday we, the youth, were feeling the urge for maturity but we would never be able to control our senses for long enough to implement this initiative. The kirtanas would start off sweetly and then end in giggles and shouts. It seemed a little inappropriate but was let slide in the notion of "no hard and fast rules". I took the notion to another level when I was back in base; I had a shower before bed and engaged in another silly kirtana in the shower block. A few of the harinam party was there and we all sung a kirtana in a high octave, which reverberated around the dinky shower block. I went back to the room, where all the boys were hanging out, and we had a long sat sanga in the pitch black, before someone decided it was bedtime. We curled up and readied ourselves for another day.

Wednesday 14th, July 2010. I woke up, still a little tired. I hit the snooze, knowing that any minute I would most likely receive a personal wakeup call from the Swami. "Rise and shine boys" came the familiar voice of HH Indradyumna Swami. HH Bhakti Vaibhava Maharaja was giving class this morning so I presume Maharaja didn't want us to miss it. Nonetheless I was kneading three hundred samosas so I couldn't quite make the class. Braja also couldn't make it, announcing that he was sick. We gave him his rest and gave him his space (for our own survival as well. You don't want to catch anything on tour! )

We ate cakes with chopsticks for breakfast (figure that one out) and Ganga Mata came out for an announcement; "Please bring your passports to the library. The police are here, just like last year." I doubted that it was anything like last year. The boarder control usually come, each year, and process all the passports, just to check everyone is legitimate. Last year, however, they were tipped off, by an anonymous source, that the devotees had drugs. They assembled all the devotees in the Gymnasium, as they did a drug raid on the school (obviously finding nothing). This year we merely casually lined up and showed them our documents. I decided to bring my laptop down (knowing that japa would just be a farce with all the social activity) and we all congregated around the screen, looking at the latest photos Maharaja had put on facebook.

We waved goodbye to Braja, who was staying behind to recover, and we boarded the bus to the festival. We sat at the festival site and the harinam soon returned. The harinam brought with it a most blissful atmosphere, and one could not help but rise up to chant and dance. Gurudeva was still snapping away photos and he snapped one of me, casually singing from the sound tent.

We started the show late, so they could attempt to fix the generator once and for all. Dominik had finally started to produce some tangible results from his light programming. Today we received a little preview of his work. Subbudhi Raya Prabhu had taken Braja's shift for the day and he was on the prowl, nervously ensuring nothing wrong happened in the stage show line up.

The power went out again. What was the problem this time? I thought they fixed it this morning? Apparently the petrol had run out and it took them a little longer to start up. It was all up and running just in time for Lilamrta Two, one of the many stage dramas in Festiwal Indii. I laughed as the big Gorilla, Dvivida, paraded through the audience. This was almost as amusing as Syama, who was playing one of Kamsas wrestlers, and his dhoti coming undone. His costume was now a "rudy-noody" wrestler, dancing around with a club, fighting Krsna and Balarama. His dhoti appeared like a cape and the whole incident brought us many laughs in the sound tent.

The show went on. We had our magician come back onstage and give a super long magic show. He was dancing around the stage, with his strings and trap doors. At one point he stuck a sword through the throat of his translator. Next, we had Dina Dayal's old stick routine. Devaprastha was no longer performing with Dina Dayal so now there were some old elements coming back. While the show was going on, Nandini Mataji was talking with Maharaja about Sankya group and other integral aspects of this year's show.

Maharaja was wiped out. He was still fried about the line up. He lay his head down on the bench at one point and seemed to rest a little. I could tell that he was really pouring his heart and soul into this festival tour. There was a drum workshop next, onstage. Cid managed not to plug three out of four of the microphones, which Dominik had a little bit of a chuckle at him about. The drum workshop was good for people who liked to count beats, those who were musically inclined, but I don't know how the estranged Polish audience saw it. The crowd thinned a bit throughout the performance, which added more to Maharaja's anxiety.

We lost a bit of the crowd while the drummers were onstage but soon the next drama came up and the seats were occupied yet again. I played the music, as Maharaja anxiously hovered over the tent. "Is that loud enough?" he asked me, and I notched up the dial a little. Maharaja's eyes were like Siva at the end of universal destruction. I really prayed that we could please him before the day was to meet its end.

Sankya group came on to a massive cheer from the crowd. I was amazed at the sudden response and then I spotted the source, a few of the other Sankya group members, in the front, edging the others on. HH Indradyumna Swami asked "am I on next?" It was a funny question; he was asking if he was going to lecture onstage but the way he said it was like as if he was simply another of the many acts on the set.

Maharaja stepped up for lecture. There were no indicators on the mixing desk so I just prayed that all the sound worked. He spoke and it came through - what a relief. Maharaja began to propound that great Vedic knowledge that was the very basis of the festival. While Maharaja was talking, Pulkit came by the tent and handed me a Radhe Syama (I was making a point not to mention Prasadam too much in this year's diary but Pulkit insisted I mention this Radhe Syama. Maybe he spiked it with Bhakti Shakti or something). It seemed he had been on tour long enough to learn the dibs of the dab, and how to consolidate his influence on the Restaurant tent. The night ended to an awesome kirtana, accompanied by Dominik's new light show. Everything seemed to be rolling on and hopefully we'd see a smile on Gududeva's after this, if it all worked out.

Thursday 15th, July 2010. I neglected my alarm in the morning, setting it later for a snooze. Maharaja woke us up with his usual: "rise and shine". I was lucky that Maharaja did wake us up because my snooze wasn't working and if it wasn't for Swami Maharaja (as we called him in Australia) then I would have missed the samosa shift. Maharaja turned to Braja; "Braja are you feeling well? We missed you yesterday." I was happy that Maharaja was looking out for his lovely stage director, who was a little under the weather still.

The day before I was mixing samosa flour with cold butter from the fridge (normally they soften it out a bit first), which was tolerable, but today I was mixing frozen butter. I had three hundred samosas to knead today and every butter block, almost, had to be cut into little pieces before I could work it in.

I heard some news through the Gaura Mohana grape vine. He mentioned that Rasikendra Prabhu, head of the Restaurant, had to siphon fuel from the generator the day before. The fuel had been corrupted by water and they suspected sabotage. Although most of the public very much appreciate the Festiwal Indii, there are still some negative influences over Poland, coming in the forms of religious discrimination and other such predeceases. The nation of Poland is Catholic, some being very favourable and others considering us the devils, and there are also many gangs in Poland, with their mixed opinions of who they consider inimical. Such religious fanatic fundamentalists were on the list of the usual suspects, as well as skin heads, and whatever other crazy menaces there were in the crazy country of the Poles.

We made our way to the Ustronie Morskie. The festival came on its way yet again. The generator was still giving us a hard time, going out in the middle of Lilamrta. When the power returned, I mixed the sound track back in and the whole thing went on as before. Radheya and Govinda Dev stepped onstage and played the notorious Canura and Mustika. We laughed as they developed their comical wrestling regime.

Sankya group came onto the stage. Maharaja made a comment, using a word I have never heard before. I nodded dully, while I secretly tried to look up the meaning on my computer (with no success). We had a little chat, which was sweet. It was nice to have the Swami so close and seek that intimate association but I was always on guard not to make any offence.

Today Dominik was sorting out the smoke machines. He had sorted most of his lighting out and now it was time to add the finishing touches. This year's lighting show was going to be the best yet, with all the old lighting replaced with new, advanced technological components, and all of it was tied under the safeguard of Dominik's creative licensing and the additional intelligence of a CPU. The Yogis performed in front of a backdrop of red and yellow rays, jetted through a thin haze of smoke. Dina Dayal emerged from a smoky dream and started to wail his stick around menacingly.

The Gita play began. The Gita track was now being played from my computer, which was increasingly uncomfortable. I normally write on my computer so I try to make a conscious effort that it does not become part of the mixing paraphernalia, but today Dominik insisted. I played the track, nearly forgetting to give the actors sound monitors so they could hear what they were doing. I had to use my computer, while it was a player, to write the epic diaries (ie these ones) and I tried my hardest not to make any conspicuous computer sounds. Eventually I failed, when I was doing a name search on my documents and there was a loud, too familiar computer noise that cried out the presence of an error.

Dominik filled the stage with smoke on the Universal Form scene, making good use of his new devices. The power went out again and all the actors froze. I waited patiently, and so did the stage performers, until Dominik and the others fixed the generator. We soon had them back on their way, to complete the drama in one piece.

I played my last track, which was a little scary. Braja had to run from the backstage because we were adding in a last act before HH Indradyumna Swami's legendary lecture. While the lecture went on, I found myself with Rucira Mataji and Sitala Mataji, two magnanimous Prabhupada disciples. I went over to them with some enquiry and ended up being shouted to a full course, snack feast, from the Restaurant tent. Krsna works in mysterious ways…

The kirtana was going off like there was no tomorrow. Both HH Indradyumna Swami was onstage as well as HH Bhakti Vaibhava Maharaja. I was hiding in a tent, writing, whilst the tent crew was breaking down the structure around me. Ustronie Morskie had been a mortifying festival, behind the scenes, but we were quite happy to pull it off yet again.

We all crammed on the bus. I had to sit in the back isle stairs, otherwise there was no room. Just as we were leaving, the back doors burst open. The bus came to a jolting stop and we were all a little startled. All of a sudden, the Aussie girls came bustling through the doors; they had nearly been forgotten. They dictated to me a poem, that they had mustered up over the tour, feeling their immanent departures in a few days. I mentally laughed at their anecdotes, catching all the classical traits of Poland, the school base, festivals and the association of foreign devotees; all the factors that make the tour unique.

I spent some time with Braja, when we were back at base. He was feeling a lot better today, which was a relief for us all. We stayed up a little, making some silly jokes with Pulkit and having a great ole ball. It was all a bit too funny to be written down but it can simply be explained as "tour antics". There is only so much of the tour rasa that can go down in writing. Some of it is missed, either because it is not serious enough or in the context of writing it, it may appear as Vaisnava aparadha. At most, I can give what is available of this unlimited storehouse of nectar and simply encourage everyone to one day taste it first hand, knowing that you will never regret it in a million lifetimes.


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Book Distribution News: Krishna immediately recognizes a preacher

letter, December 11, 1975

"The Sankirtana devotees are very dear to Krishna. Because you are doing the field work of book distribution, Krishna has immediately recognized them as true servants. Just like during war time, a farm boy or ordinary clerk who goes to fight for his country on the front immediately becomes a national hero for his sincere effort. So Krishna immediately recognizes a preacher of Krishna Consciousness who takes all risk to deliver His message.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Report on yesterday’s EU sponsored conference between Europe’s religious and political leaders in Brussels

It went very well.

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Rupa Madhurya das, TX, USA: Rathayatra 2010 - Dance by Bhakti-vriksha Children - 7/14

The Bhakti-vriksha children presented a dance about Krishna and the gopis at the Dallas Rathayatra.

Dallas,  TX

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Pictures from Brussels

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Japa Group: One Must Practice It Seriously

"...Chanting is very simple, but one must practice it seriously."
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Jaya Kesava Das, USA: CRAWL. . . STAND . . WALK. . . RUN. . FLY (Spirituality for Valley People)

As nature would have it, every important thing in life happens in stages. Unless somewhat handicapped, progress is so natural that we often overlook it (well we seem to over look every natural thing), but by careful observation we can grow both Materially and Spiritually. This light came on a bit earlier today as I took in my daily dose of "The Nectar of Instruction".
I usually do a quick quiz or recap of what I read previously and then perhaps read something again that might have made an impression. In this book, I realize, Srila Prabhupada is giving us a practical guide to a healthy Spiritual life. Here's how I explained it to myself today:

(Conversation with my inner child) (I only teach him, never listen to him, although there were times I wish I had)
Ok, so you're stuck in ignorance, which means your existence is on the animal level- eating, sleeping, mating, fearing. But you inhabit a human form. So in order to get full benefit of that human form, you have to find out what humans do/ are supposed to do beyond those basics. When you come across a book like nectar of instruction, you've come across a guide that teaches you how to crawl comfortably, then stand,then walk then run- all in good company.
Everyone wants to be spiritual, which is the best thing to do in this material realm. But often we try to knock on the heavens door without an invitation to the party. So we meditate, pray, eat vegan food, do hot yoga, shop at that sensual yoga store, sleep in a scented oil room, and walk around with that look on our faces that says "hey, I'm spiritual, you too? Cool, lets hang out!" And the mind goes along with it because it feels good. Feels good, do it. And we live like this for years and eons, body after body, and no deeper understanding of the self. Except that "I'm spiritual, not religious".
So Rupa Goswami welcomes us anyway, and gives us hints on how to go deeper, to a more internal realm. "OK, you're spiritual, but your spiritaul- ness can be like more like awesome if you learn how to like control these few urges like the tongue, your mind, anger urge, you know, stuff like that." Then he tells us what cool things to do, and what not to do " like OK, so, keep it simple, don't eat too much (watch your spiritual figure), don't collect too much stuff ( like NYC and minimalism), only talk abou tlike cool spiritual stuff. Better to hang out with like cool spiritual people, but don't get too cultish and not know why you're like, doing spiritual stuff right?.
But " use your cheerleader skills, be enthusiastic, you're on the best team, play the game steadily, don't hang with the visiting team, watch videos of the previous players and you'll totally be spiritual. Totally!

By now you should be standing, and ready to walk to where he's gonna introduce you to other spiritual people and tell you how to act and be cool around them. Its called, in grown up terms, culture. Then he shows you different levels of spiritaul people and then tells you not to feel weird if all the other spiritual people don't look as cool as you. They're special and you could get kicked out of the spiritual camp for disrespecting them. When you get this all down, then, he tells you about Spirituality.
At which point you're hopefully not a Valley child anymore but have blossomed, or are showing symptoms of blossoming into a full on spiritual person who other spiritual people can take anywhere with them.
In their association you begin to discuss spiritual topics, and develop a desire to go and see the spiritual world.
" Unfortunately", my inner one replied, " I understand, but to actually do it is not so easy. Sounds nice, but not so easy."
"Well", I say, " if at first you don't succeed, get back on your knees, crawl a little bit, then stand again, then take baby steps and avoid tripping over things that made you fall the last time :)

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: He Reasons Ill

“Sometimes the liberated souls recruit disciples who then go out and preach, following the example of their spiritual master. Great souls sometimes begin movements or societies in which devotees can live and practice bhakti. And sometimes they construct temples where the public can come to see the Deity form of Lord Krsna and taste His prasadam, the remnants of food offered to Him.

“Thus both by personal example and by precept, and even after their disappearance from the mortal world, the great souls help the conditioned souls who have forgotten their love for Krsna. As Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura so eloquently put it:

“He reasons ill who says that Vaisnavas die,
When thou art living still in sound!
The Vaisnavas die to live, and living try
To spread the holy name around.”

Narada-Bhakti-Sutra 50

This thought that the Vaisnava lives on in sound was well established before any recording devices were available or even conceived of. It is about the chanting of God’s Names being eternal sound vibration, and that having ever been part of it, one is always part of it.

Recently there has been the tragic accidental death of a devotee in Vrindaban, India. He has been the moving force behind the 24 hour kirtan in Vrindaban that has been going on nonstop for decades and heard by tens if not hundreds of thousands of people. Even the 24 kirtan held twice a year in New Vrindaban is an echo of his energy an example of his spreading the holy name around.

Over that period of time, there have been probably thousands of hours of his kirtan recorded. I won’t even attempt to put in a link, just Google Aindra and you will find so many.

So in his case not only all the previous logic to living in sound applies but even recordings of his literal transcendental sound vibrations can be heard, adding even another layer to “When thou art living still in sound!”

Read more here.

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New Vrndavan, USA: Invitation To Welcome 6 Goswamis to New Vrindaban

Dear Devotees,

Please accept our humble obeisances. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada


Date : 25th JULY 2010.
Day : Sunday
Time : 5:00 Pm
PLace : GOVARDHAN HILL (H.H Varsana Maharaj’s Land)


5:15 pm Abhishek of Sri Sri Radha Gopinath
5:45 pm A Short Tour of Govardhan Hill
Beautiful Narration of the pastimes by H.H Varsana Maharaj
7:00 pm AArti and Kirtan
7:30 pm Prasadam.


Please confirm your presence for the Occasion via email at


or phone at 304 845 3710, so we may be able to properly serve you.

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Dandavats.com: HH Subhag Swami's visit to Arizona brings rain in sultry heat

Radha MadhavaHari das: Based in Mayapur, West Bengal, India, His Holiness Subhag Swami stopped over in Phoenix enroute to Laguna Beach California during his brief visit to America.

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Dandavats.com: HG Aindra Prabhu - Final Update from Vrindavan

By Lakshman das

HG Aindra Prabhu often performed bhajan until the dead of night. On the night of 16th July 2010, he probably did the same, and never knew it was his last day. Probably to cook some bhoga to Deities, he ignited the gas stove unknowing the gas leakage.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: 15

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3:47 A.M.

I slept well and woke up at 2:00 A.M. I have chanted twelve rounds. The rounds were done with good speed and attention. My mind did not stray to other objects. It probably would have been better if I could have chanted them out loud but I chanted them in my mind as a precaution. Nevertheless I heard the mantras silently with a clear head. I am grateful for what I was able to do but sorry I could not do better. At least it was mantra meditation on the syllables of the names and I did it smoothly without drowsiness.

Sitting in your chair
early in the morning, you
reach numerical strength
of twelve rounds before 4 A.M.
Now that they are done
so quickly I wish they
could have been better.
I have only four more
in which to improve.
Your mind does not drift
to other things but it
doesn't reach fervor
for the holy names. It
should not be a mechanical act
but a diving into loving
feelings and pangs of
separation for the
most valuable target
in your life.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Prabhupada Smaranam

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Prabhupada is giving out a number of japa beads at an initiation ceremony at the Los Angeles temple. His leading manager, Karandhara Prabhu, stands beside him checking off the names of the initiates on a list. By accepting a disciple and handing him his beads, Prabhupada is establishing an eternal personal bond with the person. He or she gets a new spiritual name and is released from previous lives of sinful karma. It is like pulling the plug out from an electric fan. The blades may revolve a few times as they slow down—the disciple may suffer some reactions—but the connection to karma input is stopped. The disciple recites out loud the four sinful activities, no meat eating, no illicit sex, no intoxication and no gambling and vows to stop them. Prabhupada tells him to chant at least sixteen rounds of the mahamantra, and this is the basis of the honorable bond. If in the course of life, the disciple slips and commits the sinful acts again, he or she can be forgiven if they take up their service again with repentance. The same is true for the promise to keep the quota of sixteen rounds. But one cannot go on repeatedly, deliberately, committing sins on the strength of chanting and expect to be an acceptable disciple.

Prabhupada was criticized by some smarta-brahmanas and caste gosvamis in India for awarding harinama and brahminical initiation to westerners, who are considered to be of the lower caste. But Prabhupada was supported by the sastras that state as gold can be manufactured by a combination of base metal and mercury, a low caste man can be made a Brahmin by the chanting of the holy names.

Here he regally sits back and gives out the mercy on behalf of his spiritual master Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati. The link is made and the devotee is raised to the transcendental position in parampara, connected to all the acaryas and to Krishna Himself. Receiving their beads from Prabhupada's hand is the greatest gift they have been given in this life and if they use it properly it will save them from the greatest fear at death.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: My Friend and I

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I walked with my friend one half hour
one way, over the roots and
grass, under the branches
chanting Hare Krishna japa
the whole way, no conversation,
until my ankle ached.
We had to turn back at the
bridge and continued chanting.

In the evening while drinking
lemonade, he told me
I should tell my headaches
to go away. Tell them to
go to Paris, he said, and fall
in love with a beautiful
woman and not come back.
I don't need them and they
don't need me, he said. But it was just talk.
They are not going away.
Then he read to me from his
commentary on Ecclesiastes,
a very good book.
Then I took my pills and
went to sleep. We'll
meet and do the same
thing today.

Maybe I'll think of something
to say. The summer lasts
and I introduced him to
the wood thrush in the
woods. My face became
covered by sweat. We'll
have lunch today, his
menu which I am
finding tasty. He is
an ayurvedic patient
and has a special diet.
I have been gaining too
much weight and I
think I'll cut out
taking ice cream at lunch.

The summer lasts and
I did a video of a
reading from poems
of Prabhupada in 1966.
He said they were
intimate and I read
them well. I hope
we can find a
good enough technician
to do them again
in two weeks.

These are just notes
written down to music,
taken from my quiet days in a new house
which seems to be suitable
for the rest of my life.

If you can only say your
rounds better that will
be better and Krishna will
reciprocate with you. After
all, we are living here just
to connect with Him.

My friend is preaching
actively in Africa, pushing
the book sales and I
am writing my journal
if He lets me keep
it up. It all depends
on His inspiration.

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H.H. Satsvarupa das Goswami: Free Write

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I am not going to write the "Free write" with pictures anymore. I find it too hard to select a picture and write on the topic of the photo. I lost the inspiration, or ability to do it. I can just leave out the "Free write" section and make the journal shorter, or I could attempt to write free write in the old way I used to, just spontaneously putting down what comes to your mind. "That's scary" I say. The danger is you will write something that isn't Krishna conscious, isn't substantial and quickly done. Who would it take to read a jumpstart free write? It would take a jumpstarting of the ink in the pen.

That doesn't make sense. I could drift off into space. Grab a hold of yourself and focus. I shot my pistol at the row of stage coaches and hit the driver of one of them. That disrupts our progress. His prayers are offered to Krishna. Why don't my friends read this?

I crushed her hand but none of her fingers were broken. This is a non-conscious stream of words in free write. It can be Krishna conscious if you salvage it. He said their Radha-Murlidhara Deities were their life and soul (at the temple on 1st Street in New York City) and he invited me to visit. But what would I do there to contribute to their spirit? You are not confident about your lecturing. Say New York City is the best place to preach. Yes I could go there sometime, maybe in the fall. You are expected to speak. But it won't be the Atlanta Braves playing in the World Series.

Painted pictures of some cows but I had to concentrate on one specific cow and I couldn't do it. The cows in Goloka are decorated with jewels and gems. I can think of what to say and it will be alright.

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Eggless Zucchini Bread Recipe

(not my pic, but it will look like this)

It’s zucchini time! Or so I read on Facebook. We had tiny carrots, beans, nasturtium, bell pepper, chilies, herbs and tomatoes. Even our cabbage is growing, although it better hurry up because we want to till everything under. But zucchini. Zucchini! The idiots crop. Did nothing in our sad little plot. Well, it flowered. And I did contemplate cooking with those flowers. But no. I have no sense of flower gender so I left the blossoms alone. And my payoff? Nothing.

But that’s not to say your plot or CSA box is not overwhelmed by zucchinis. It most likely is, which is why  my husband refuses to join a CSA. He doesn’t even want the small box.

Here is a great zucchini bread recipe adapted from the Better Homes & Garden Cookbook and made famous by my friend Kadamba. The recipe is for a loaf pan but feel free to make it in a cake pan. And feel free to drizzle a frosting made of condensed milk and powdered sugar over the top while it is still hot. Or just a straight up powdered sugar and milk (or water for you vegans without a well stocked pantry) frosting over it once cooled. Plain is pretty nice, too.

Here is the now famous zucchini bread recipe.  If I recall right, Kadamba mixed it up a little…using some whole wheat and some white.  Therefore, she had to add more liquid, which I think she did in the form of milk.  When making the bread here, she used yogurt as the egg substitute but ground flaxseed gooed up in some water would probably work well also.

Eggless Zucchini Bread Recipe / Vegan -izeable Zucchini Bread Recipe

1.5 c flour (you can mix it up with your flours, but will need to add liquid if you use whole grains…usually it is 1 tb liquid for 1 c whole wheat)

1 tspn cinnamon

1/2 tspn bake soda

1/4 tspn bake pwdr

1/4 tspn salt

1/4 tspn nutmeg

1 c sugar

1 c shredded zucchini

1/4 c oil

2 TB yogurt or 1 recipe flax egg

1/4 tspn lemon peel (this is nice but if you don’t have a lemon on hand, forge ahead)

1/2 c walnuts (pecans are lovely, too)

1 c water or milk

Mix it up. After getting batter in tin, you may choose to sprinkle top with large crystalled turbinado sugar.

Bake at 350 for 55 minutes in a loaf pan. If using a cake pan, bake for 35-40 minutes.

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Madri dd, South Africa: Sri Sri Nitai Gaura-Hari Darsan 18th July 2010

Sri Sri Nitai Saci-suta

Chota Sri Sri Nitai Gaura-Hari

Sri Giriraj

Jai Nitai

Jai Gaura-Hari

Sri Sri Nitai Gaura-Hari [Iskcon in Johanessburg, South Africa]

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Dandavats.com: The Vegan Threat to Bovine Welfare

By Mayesvara Dasa

As director of the American Vedic Association and a practicing Vegetarian I have embraced the tradition of honoring and protecting the cow as one's own mother for nearly 40 years. I therefore share with the Vegan community their outrage at the cruelty inflicted on commercial dairy cows. I don't however agree the Vegan gospel: "Thou Shall NOT drink Milk" is the most effective strategy for putting an end to the barbaric way the dairy industry exploits and abuses cows.

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Dandavats.com: Aindra Prabhu´s Instructions

By Muniraja dasa

Here in Vrndavana so many people come to the temple for darshan and we can do kirtan here. But in the west you don´t get that many people to the temple, you have to go out to do kirtan. How often do you go out?

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Dandavats.com: My Aindra Story

By Devala Das

There's much to be sad about these days, but so many good memories to cherish. As I write this I constantly listen to the amazing recordings of his, that can only give a small taste of what it was like to sit beside him while he poured his heart out to their Lordships

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Dandavats.com: Shukracharya in the Horoscopes of Devotees

Abhaya Mudra Dasi: Shukracharya is a great devotee of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is great soul although he is often disregarded simply because he is the guru of the asuras. Shukracharya is not a simple character; his exalted qualities are hidden. Often he acts in a twisted manner because it is not easy to direct his demonic disciples towards the path of devotion

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Dandavats.com: Vrindavana Will Never be the Same

By Dhanesvara Das

It was with great shock and sadness that I received the news of his unexpected departure from this world. Over the days that have followed, whenever I was somehow reminded of the event I would feel the same shock again, followed by emptiness and woeful lamentation. Why did he have to go *now*!

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Dandavats.com: Aindra Das

Gopal das: This is I what heard from a great vaishnava devotee, when an airhostess inquired about the passing away of HG Aindra das in tragic circumstances: Q: why did Krishna allow this to happen for such a wonderful devotee like Aindra prabhu? A: Lord Krishna personally wanted to hear his ecstatic kirtans right there in Golaka Vrindavan!!!

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Dandavats.com: Aindra and Padmalochan Prabhus

Vrindavan Lila Dasi: Aindra Prabhu has now joined nitya-lila... he was the closest friend of my husband, Padmalochan Das. Few days before my husband left his body, Aindra Prabhu called from Vrindavan...

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Gouranga TV: Lokanath Swami – Gurupuja kirtan – ISKCON Mayapur 2007 – Part 4/4

Lokanath Swami – Gurupuja kirtan – ISKCON Mayapur 2007 – Part 4/4

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Kaunteya das, Mayapura: A sad and thought-provoking article

Tim Padgett wrote for Time magazine "The Vatican and Women: Casting the
First Stone":


Padgett presents himself as a Catholic but openly shares his discomfort at
some of the attitudes of the Church in regard to ordaining women, which the
Vatican recently indicated as a grievous sin, in the same league as
child-sodomy (!). He also speaks about the official position of the Church -
and, in comparison, the mood of its American followers - on homosexuality.

The picture he paints is pretty bleak, saying things like: "What's at stake
is the Catholic Church's ability to salvage any moral authority from the
sexual-abuse tragedy." He says that the Church is "losing sight of the
difference between dogged traditionalism and mean-spirited obscurantism" and
that "Many if not most of us Catholics remain Catholics today not because of
the church's leadership but in spite of it."

Parallel with (selected) ISKCON leaders come natural to mind; if their views
on, for instance, women gurus or homosexuality would be widely aired, it
would probably attract much condemnation and disdain upon Lord Caitanya's

Am I saying that we should bend the philosophy according to the contemporary
taste of the public, veering our message according to the latest winds of
trend and opinion? Not at all. I think our message should remain pure and
totally aligned with guru, sadhu and sastra; but that's exactly the point:
sometimes some devotees express views that are contradictory to sadhu, guru
and sastra either in content or in style of presentation -- or both.

An example related to style: something that Srila Prabhupada said in a
private conversation with close disciples about, say, a politician is not
necessarily meant to be shared with a journalist during a formal interview.
Sometimes devotees "project" in the sastras conclusions that just are not
there (or are there for other times and recipients).

This reminds me of a saying by William Blake: "Both read the Bible day and
night, But thou read'st black where I read white."

Tim Padgett mentions "Luke's story about Jesus visiting the sisters Martha
and Mary of Bethany (who Catholic tradition says was Mary Magdalene)" and
points out that "Many biblical scholars believe the narrative shows Jesus
encouraging Mary to assume the role of a disciple, like Peter and the guys."
He explains that "the New Testament is full of other passages that indicate
Jesus believed women could be 'alteri Christi,' or 'other Christs,' as
priests often call themselves. Real Catholicism encourages that kind of
enlightened thinking - and it certainly doesn't call it, as the Catholic
Church does, a crime."

The Church's misogynists apparently tried in various ways to minimize and
discredit scriptural passages that seem to encourage the priesthood of
women. Modern authors have written books on the theory that Magdalene was
actually appointed as a sort of acarya by Jesus himself, but that that line
of Christianity later withered under the attacks of the 'male-only" party.

What I am mostly interested in is pointing out the danger (and, believe me,
it's not just a theoretical one) that in ISKCON some loud-speaking leaders
eclipse or misrepresent some sastric truths, doing so not because inspired
by knowledge and loyalty to tradition, but under the pressure of anarthas in
the heart and disturbs in the mind.

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Dandavats.com: Mac Version of GCal

Bhaktarupa das: The GBC Vaishnava Calendar Committee is pleased to announce that an initial release of GCal for Mac OS X is now available for download at KrishnaDays.com

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Eggless Plum Tart

I wanted to bake something. Something that I would not blame for my thighs rubbing together. Something with fruit. It’s summertime, after all!

We had plums in the fridge. Tart, oversized, un-Italian, totally American plums. Not the kind of plums you would find in a Williams poem. I would improve upon what they weren’t born with…and I would do it with butter and sugar. This tart recipe is very simple and allows the natural taste of your plums to shine. With improvements.

Want to play along? Here’s my recipe. Don’t be frightened off if you, like me, don’t own a tart plate. A pie pan worked pretty darn okay. Such a simple ingredient list, preparing this recipe makes me feel kind of like I stepped into the pages of a McCloskey book. So simple. So good. My son had three slices!

Plum Tart Recipe

1 cup all purpose flour (I used white, wheat would be fine, too)
1/4 cup corn flour
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces

Pulse in a food processor. Add a tablespoon or two of cold water until forms a ball. Transfer to work surface and make into a mound/ball/large glob of dough. Don’t overwork dough. Wrap in wax paper or plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.

*I refrigerated 2 hours and thought it could be colder so I stuck my dough in the freezer.

When you have prepped the filling, take out the dough and roll it out between two pieces of parchment or wax paper. I had some ghee solids laying around so I rubbed that onto the dough for a little extra fatness. Feel free to do things like that on a whim.

Roll out to the size of your pie/tart plate. Transfer to plate and gently press in and cut away excess, if you have any (I rarely do).

4 very large plums or 7-8 small plums
3/4 cup sucanat (yes, you can use a different type of sugar)
2 tablespoons arrowroot powder

Slice washed plums 1/4″ thick and combine in a bowl with sugar and arrowroot powder. Give it a mix and then arrange plum slices in a concentric circle on tart crust.

Bake in preheated oven at 400 degrees F for 35-45 minutes.

Remove from oven, let cool a few minutes and then carefully pour off any excess liquid–you may or may not have.

I had this time and saved the liquid for tofu marinade. Allow to cool on countertop and set. If desired sprinkle with powdered sugar when cooled. My husband ate his à la mode. I would have liked a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

Unwrapped and out of the freezer--the dough.

Plums, sucanat, arrowroot powder.

All mixed up.

Out of the oven, mostly cooled and topped with a course sprinkling of powdered sugar.

Up close...

Not fully cooled but fully delicious.

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