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George from Johannesburg, South Africa wrote me some time ago about a very interesting subject:
"Howzit Kurma! I attended one of your classes years ago when I was living in Durban. Here's my question: In your class you mentioned briefly how the word curry was a made-up name. Can you elaborate please?"
My reply was as follows:
"Hello George. Yes, in actual fact, the word 'curry' is a misnomer, popularised and perpetuated by the British. There is no historical precedence to that name in classic Indian culinary culture before the 18th century. There's a great deal of speculation and guess-work as to how the name 'curry' was first introduced.
Some sources explain: "The term curry could be possibly derived from 'koora' in the Telugu language, which means stew or gravy of any vegetable."
Also: Curry leaves - (Murraya koenigii) are known as 'Karuvapillai', in the Tamil language, 'karibevu' in the Kannada, and 'kariveppila' in Malayalam.
Another theory: the root word for curry is 'Kadhi', which derives from the term 'Kadhna' meaning 'to simmer' or 'Karahi' denoting the cooking vessel used in Indian kitchens. And there is also the term 'tarkari' to denote a spiced vegetable stew.
It's my guess that definitely the British just Anglicized words they heard and these words were the possible origins to the generic term 'curry'.
Here's a well-known example: Early British in India witnessed the awesomely massive wooden Chariots of the Jagannath festival rolling down the main road in the seaside Temple festival at Puri, and upon asking about them from locals, invented the word 'Juggernaut' to approximate how they heard the word 'Jagannath'.
And another: the classic rice and lentil stew 'Khicheri' was enjoyed by the British during their sojourn during the Raj period. After the recipe returned to England, the British added fish, and it became 'Kedgeree'. There are many more examples."
H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Wednesday 4 August 2010--Good Ultimately Triumphs Over Evil--and--Why is a Materialist Punished?
Although in the short run evil sometimes defeats good, in the end good always triumphs over evil. This is so because pure goodness is the quality of the Lord's superior energy while evil is the product of the Lord's inferior energy. When a small candle is lit in a pitch black room, the candlelight illuminates the entire room. But when a small can of...
BY JANANIVAS DAS Source: Mayapur.TV We all know the great inspiration that Aindra was in our movement. I have never met more ecstatic person than Aindra. Not only in his kirtan but whenever we speak to him, Whatever he is speaking he is so intense and fully absorbed. He resides in that it is not [...]
1967 August 3: "Go on playing your guitar and make it successful for Krishna kirtana. You do not require to learn about sitar. Our life is short and any type of education is great and long; so best to utilize properly whatever qualifications we have got for the service of the Lord."
1968 August 3: "His Holiness Pope Paul VI: The Krishna Consciousness movement is meant for overhauling the world. We are creating men of character to become Lovers of God. If you think a meeting will be beneficial for the human society, I shall be very much pleased."
1969 August 3: "Our Krishna Consciousness Movement is a declaration of war against the activities of Maya. So your idea of marching 300 soldiers all over the world with the Hare Krishna Mantra is very very encouraging to me."
1972 August 3: "Today we are looking at a very nice place near London with Mr. George Harrison, who has found the place and wants to have our asrama there. He is coming to see me daily and he is a very nice boy and I like him very much."
1973 August 3: "If we go on preaching vigorously as we are doing for another 25 year then all these so called religions will disappear. So chant, dance and take prasadam - this is our actual solid preaching work all over the world."
1975 August 3: "They should live comfortably and produce grain, vegetables, milk, and cloth; and for recreation they chant Hare Krishna. They should not come to the cities. I wish to introduce this village ideal now."
1975 August 3: "If we are successful this cheating civilization will stop. If people do not cooperate, then how will the factories run on? And, if the people are satisfied by our arrangement, then what will the communists do?"
1975 August 3: "So many men are there and you are all simply writing letters to me. Without my personal presence you cannot do anything. Simply correspondence. Why there is so much delay?"
Srimad Bhagavatam 11.22.46 - The process of bhakti-yoga makes giving up unwanted things easy.
Srila Prabhupada said that just as Varahadeva appeared from the nostril of Brahma and soon assumed a gigantic form, so ISKCON started at 26 Second Avenue and quickly spread all over the world.
Told by SDG to Suresvar Prahbu.
For the upcoming anniversary of the incorporation of ISKCON in New York in 1966.
Still, just because we may spend days noshing chips and grazing on grapes doesn’t mean we are totally desperate and without discrimination. Generally, I dislike most vegetarian restaurants. Especially restaurants that lack a concept–other than hippy international food. I can’t handle a menu of burrito, veggie burger and sushi all on the same printed card. Makes no sense to me.
But when we decided to head over to Sticky Fingers Bakery in the Columbia Heights section of DC, I had no idea the place was anything but a bakery. The selection of baked goods was small, however I have heard from a friend that they sell out quickly so our afternoon visit probably accounts for the slim pickings. I was really surprised, however, to discover a very lunchable menu at Sticky Fingers. And please to see that the menu made sense. Wraps, soups, salads. It wasn’t overly ambitious, sticky to made to order sandwiches and a ready to go case of stuff. And the prices were shockingly good–especially for an urban locale.
Yesterday we just bought some sweeties. It has become painfully obvious that the majority shareholders in my nuclear family are not a fan of the vegan cupcake. Sorry, PPK girls. However, the other stuff we had was solidly edible, with a rather high enjoyment quotient.
Today we went back to Sticky Fingers for lunch. Husband and I split a caesar wrap, which basically broke down to costing us $3.25 a piece, not that we don’t share bank accounts or anything. Kids got the vegan chicken nuggets made out of soy crap. They think eating that stuff is ultra-ironic and were hysterical laughing the whole time. Ha ha. We’re eating chicken nuggets. See? Isn’t that funny?
Another thing I like about Sticky Fingers is that it is a bakery/lunchy shop first. Vegan bakery/lunchy shop second. It does not have VEGAN emblazoned on it’s sign, although there are reassurances along the bottom of the window front that no dairy or eggs enter their kitchen. They do their thing well, vegan or not.
The bakery is in a post-MLK-murder-rioted-newly-gentrified neighborhood with a very cute splash fountain. Although we didn’t bring bathing suits, lots of wetness ensued our sugar treats.
A simple stroll through the park can involve a lot more than you think. Last week we ventured into Riverside Park for a picnic amongst the trees in the company of some good pasta salad and home-made baklava. After sharing a meal, we all took a silent walk in different directions of the park, taking note of the simple sights, sounds, and events going on around us. Without fail, however, many of us found our minds a million miles away. We had a short and simple discussion about how quickly we found ourselves distracted from the simple surroundings we were walking through because our minds were thinking, pondering, and even getting frustrated about outside, unrelated events. What's going on up there? and why can't I simply focus on what's in front of me? The mind is no doubt a restless being.
I slept all right and woke at 1:30 A.M. I felt no pain. I got up and began chanting. My mind wandered the thoughts of what I would write in my journal, but on a separate track I chanted rapidly and paid attention to the syllables. I chanted sixteen rounds in a row by 3:30 A.M.
So on good days I'm able to chant sixteen rounds and complete them by 3:30 A.M. Some days they go later or slower and I only chant twelve by 3:30 A.M. and finish the rest after breakfast. I complain of chanting mechanically, but I do try to follow Prabhupada's adage "Just hear." I hear the syllables but lament that I do not think of the objects of the names, Radha and Krishna. This brings up the topic of raganuga-sadhana and regular sadhana. Narottama Dasa Thakura explains these distinctions in his Prema-bhakti candrika:
"I will constantly desire to serve the lotus feet of Radha and Krishna with loving attachment. Whatever I contemplate in the practice of devotional service will be actually achieved upon perfection in a spiritual body. This is the method on the path of attachment.
"Whatever I aspire as a practitioner I will surely receive in my spiritual body. It is only a consideration of immaturity and maturity. In the immature stage, it is called sadhana-bhakti or regulated devotional service. In the mature stage, it is called prema-bhakti or loving devotional service" (Prema-bhakti candrika,Chapter 5, verses 8-9, Touchstone Media, translated by Bhumapati Dasa and Vinoda Bihari Dasa).
One is advised to live in Vrndavana, and if one cannot live there physically he should mentally live there. The subject is further elaborated in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu: "The advanced devotee who is inclined to spontaneous loving service should follow the activities of a particular associate of Krishna in Vrndavana. He should execute service externally as a regulated devotee as well as internally from his self-realized position. Thus he should perform devotional service both externally and internally."
Considering these and other texts, I conclude that I am ineligible at present to follow a particular associate of Krishna in Vrndavana and practice raganuga or prema-bhakti. The gopi-manjaris are recommended as the topmost devotees, and each of the six Gosvamis were gopi-manjaris in their spiritual forms. But I cannot meditate that I am assisting the gopi-manjaris in their service to Srimati Radharani. It is beyond my qualification, and there is no need to be depressed that I am not meditating in that way. To attempt it would be prakrta-sahajiya, or the fault of taking things cheaply and imitating an advanced position. I may go on hearing the pastimes of Radha and Krishna, and I maybe sorry I cannot meditate on Them or participate with Them, but I have to go on chanting Hare Krishna from the level of self-realization I'm actually at. For me that means hearing clearly and attentively my utterances of harinama, having faith the Divine Couple is reciprocating with me, and taking pleasure in the japa. The day may come when I will reach the higher stages, and in the meantime I will chant with all determination and enthusiasm and make my prayer.
Chanting where you are at,
Prabhupada is sitting on a park bench during his morning walk. He carries his ornate silver cane and gestures with a mudra with his left hand. He is preaching to the devotees who are with him on the walk. He always had an urgency in his message and spoke the philosophy spontaneously, trying to convince his listeners to take up Krishna consciousness seriously. He went over his points methodically using logic and scriptural support. They should accept Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and they should render Him practical service without interruption or separate motive. He spoke urgently, whether to a few people on a walk or to a packed hall in a Srimad-Bhagavatam lecture. It did not matter where he was—he glorified Krishna and His philosophy as the most important thing to be taken up.
Many people who heard him became convinced to follow the philosophy with seriousness and take it up. Others heard and went away, and that was their misfortune and stubbornness.
Prabhupada never let up. Place him anywhere, and you would hear the praises of Krishna. He said he was like a cow who, whatever field you put her in, would give milk. Prabhupada never spoke of Krishna sentimentally but always with Vedic philosophy (of which he knew many verses and historical examples) and he poured it out ceaselessly. Here he is making cogent points in an argument or Vedic passage or preaching from his heart.
Is it possible to write a
The Vedas say krsnas tu
I'd like to convince you too
Unless you use matter
Surrender to Him, and you
A poem to Krishna is possible
The poem to Krishna is
He just wants to see if
Place your heart at His
On his Sunday phone call, Haridasa told Rupa Swami about the Ratha-yatra at Gita Nagari, which Haridasa had attended. He said it was perfect weather, not too hot but blue skies. Among the dignitaries were Candramauli Swami, who led the kirtana during the procession, Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu and Malati Devi Dasi. They all sat on stage and took part in a question and answer session. In addition to the Jagannatha Deities on the cart, the Deities of Radha-Damodara came out of the temple and were pulled by two beautiful horses drawn by Amish people in a comfortable cart. Many people attended, including a bus load from New York City, and a big feast was served. When he heard about it, Swami Rupa was sorry he did not attend. He had decided he'd been getting too many headaches and a long trip would be too much strain on him.
But he had a solace. On the same day of the Ratha-yatra, at 10 A.M. in the morning he did a half-hour live video on the "USTREAM" internet. He continued his series of Remembering Srila Prabhupada, a free-verse collection of poems on Prabhupada's life. He sat in front of the Deities of Gaura-Nitai on the first floor and read the last section of poems from Prabhupada's 1966 days at 2nd Avenue. Disappointingly, only ten people watched this show, though usually thirty to fifty people watched. He attributed the drop in attendance to the Ratha-yatra at Gita-Nagari. The video would be permanently posted on his website however, so whoever missed it could watch it anytime they wanted. Swami Rupa had long resisted use of computers for his creative and preaching expression. He preferred printing books, and he had an old-fashioned aversion to the complex computers. His friends tried to give him lessons how to operate one, but he refused to apply himself. By the time he reached his sixties he lost his ability to actually operate the typewriter keys. He wrote longhand on legal pads and dictated his handwriting onto microcassettes. Volunteers then typed his microcassettes into manuscripts, and then he and his editors polished the writing.
Gradually more and more members of the Hare Krishna movement exchanged email for communications, and preachers did audio lectures. Rupa Swami had found his groove in the old-fashioned system, and he seemed rooted there. But over time more of his Godbrothers went online, and he began to think he might try. Computers became cheaper and easier to use. And printing and selling books was expensive and hard to do. He still wanted to print books, but gradually he began to post his writings on "the Web." His friends designed a website for him and he began posting his writings. Eventually he evolved from posting once a week to posting a journal everyday. It included a section of reminiscences and mini-essays of Prabhupada with a daily photo, a report on the day’s japa, a poem, and a section of "Free Writing," Swami Rupa had found the ideal way to preach without traveling. His headaches already prevented him from a touring lecturing life of a sannyasi, but with the internet it needn't stop him from reaching out to many people with virtual relationships that had come in the computer age. There were teams of children who joined to play video games around the world without meeting each other. There were "bloggers" who told their daily lives and communicated with hundreds of correspondents. There were text messages, twitterers, and among them, the retired Swami Rupa posting a daily journal on Facebook that sometimes reached a hundred readers a day from around the world. He had entered, not without some dragging of feet and resistance, the 21st century.
He still got his daily chronic headaches, but was able to write when they went away and he had a degree of control over them by medicines. They even became grist for the mill, and he shared with his readers the burdens of his illness, in good humor, although realistically. The fact was that the headache syndrome pretty much limited the seventy-and-a-half-year-old man to one location, his newly established Healing House, where except for a daily walk and lunch with his friends, he stayed in his room and endured—and wrote. He even continued to print books, using compilations of prayers and poems that had appeared on his web. Swami Rupa answered mail by email, using a digital Dictaphone and did all his writing by first penning in longhand in a legal pad and then dictating it into the digital Dictaphone, whereupon his assistants downloaded it—in an operation of computer technology that was completely over the Swami's head. But it worked and he thrived for the time being, writing from his sickroom.
Powerful influence on our attitude and personality is what you we to ourself within the mind, and what we believe to be true.
Not too long ago we celebrated the public bathing ceremony of Sri Jagannath Baladeva and mother Subhadra at our center. Sri Jagannath, Baladev and Subhadra on their arrival were first seated in the library, were they were offered cooling yogurt rice and laddus.It was a very intimate moment of service to the Lord as we fanned them with the Chamara and Peacock feather fans. The library was hot and
H.H. Sivarama Swami: If you like to listen to single melody kirtans for a long time, this selection is for you, sung during monday’s vigil for baby Padma
Questions on whether ISKCON allows child abusers into positions of responsibility and whether ladies should ride bicycles naked, followed by Manjari dd’s meritorious question of the art of writing Vyasa Puja offerings.
Dear devotees and friends, Please accept my best wishes. All glories to Srila Prabhupada. I was meant to leave Irkutsk on the 25th early morning, but when we got to the airport at 6am we found that because of fog the plane had been diverted to Ulan Ude, about 200kms away, and we would only [...]
Mad props to DJ Vraj for the video.
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