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  1. H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Wednesday 22 June 2011--The Universal Science of the Self--and--Challenge: Your Materialistic Advertisement
  2. The Loft, Auckland, NZ: Shabda This Saturday – 25th june
  3. ISKCON News.com: A Day with Krishna`s Cows in Vraja
  4. Jahnavi, UK: Worth a thousand words.
  5. ISKCON News.com: Meditating in Silence as the Fire Draws Near
  6. H.H. Sivarama Swami
  7. Japa Group: Attentive Japa Opens One's Heart
  8. Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: not a human being
  9. Ravinjaya, Indonesia: Radhadesha Offering
  10. Bhakti Lata, Alachua, USA: Neverending Love Song
  11. Srila Prabhupada's Letters
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  19. New Vrndavan, USA: Kaunteya Prabhu to Visit New Vrindaban
  20. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Rasa Lila: The Perfect Organisation
  21. Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: How fragile we are: Why the complexity of modern civilization threatens us all
  22. Nityananda Chandra Das, Dallas TX: Bhagavad Gita 7th Chapter summary
  23. Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: GiveAway : A Year’s Supply of Primal Strips Vegan Jerky!
  24. Japa Group: Those Who Pray Together
  25. H.H. Sivarama Swami: Practicing the art of work (Part 2)
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H.G. Sankarshan das Adhikari, USA: Wednesday 22 June 2011--The Universal Science of the Self--and--Challenge: Your Materialistic Advertisement

bb A daily broadcast of the Ultimate Self Realization Course Wednesday 22 June 2011 The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna, and His eternal consort, Srimati Radharani are enjoying transcendental pastimes in the topmost planet of the spiritual world, Sri Goloka Vrindavan. They are beckoning us to rejoin them. (Click on photo to see a larger image.) Our Mission: To help everyone awaken their original Krishna consciousness, which is eternal, full of knowledge and full of bliss. Such a global awakening will, in one stroke, solve all the problems of the world society bringing in a new era of unprecedented peace and prosperity for all. May that day, which the world so desperately needs, come very soon. We request you to participate in this mission by reviving your dormant Krishna consciousness and assisting us in spreading this science all over the world. Dedicated with love to ISKCON Founder-Acharya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, our beloved spiritual master, and to you, our dear readers. Today's Thought: The Universal Science of the Self Uploaded from Khasadesh Krishna consciousness is not a sectarian religion. It is the universal science of the individual self in his relationship with the Supreme Self. Some people argue that Krishna consciousness is bogus because there is no such thing as the Supreme Self. But we see everywhere that people possess different quantities of power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame. Therefore, somewhere there must a be person who possesses a greater quantity of power, beautify, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, and fame than anyone else. That person is the Supreme Person. And to perfect our relationship with that Supreme Person is the universal science of the self. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Presenting the Universal Science Klang, Malaysia--19 June 2011 http://www.backtohome.com/images/2011-Spring/Klang_Lecture2.JPG Answers According to the Vedic Version: Challenge: Your Materialistic Advertisement Your e-course is advertised as presenting the world's leading self-realization training system. This seems to be materialistic. What do you say? M.S. Answer: It is Krishna's Advertisement, Not Ours Lord Sri Krishna states in the Bhagavad-gita that the self-realization system he presents in the Bhagavad-gita is the topmost self-realization training system. We are simply presenting Krishna's system purely as it is without any additions or subtractions. So if you want to accuse someone for being materialistic for advertising this process as the topmost process, you will have to accuse Krishna. We are not making any spurious claims. We are simply repeating the words of Krishna. We are simply messengers. If you don't like the message, you should be accusing the person who has sent the message, not those who are delivering the message. Sankarshan Das Adhikari Transcendental Resources: Receive the Special Blessings of Krishna Now you too can render the greatest service to the suffering humanity and attract the all-auspicious blessings of Lord Sri Krishna upon yourself and your family by assisting our mission. Lectures and Kirtans in Audio and Video: Link to High Definition Videos Link to Over 1,000 Lecture Audios Lecture-Travel Schedule for 2011 http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/schedule Have Questions or Need Further Guidance? Check out the resources at: http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com or write Sankarshan Das Adhikari at: sda@backtohome.com Get your copy today of the world's greatest self-realization guide book, Bhagavad-gita As It Is available at:http://www.ultimateselfrealization.com/store Know someone who could benefit from this? Forward it to them. Searchable archives of all of course material: http://www.sda-archives.com Receive Thought for the Day as an RSS feed: http://www.backtohome.com/rss.htm Unsubscribe or change your email address Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Daily_Thought Sankarshan Das Adhikari on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SDASITE Thought for the Day on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/Ultimate.Self.Realization Copyright 2005-2011 by Ultimate Self Realization.Com Distribution of this material is encouraged. Simply we request you to acknowledge where it is coming from with a link to our sign up page: http://www.backtohome.com Our records indicate that at requested to be enrolled to receive e-mails from the Ultimate Self Realization Course at: This request was made on: From the following IP address:

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The Loft, Auckland, NZ: Shabda This Saturday – 25th june

Just to let you know that SHABDA will be playing this Saturday 25th June @theloft instead of the first Saturday in July as advertised. We are recording our CD on that weekend and therefore need time to for this important project. We have some new kirtans to share fresh from the heart ….. Please come [...]

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ISKCON News.com: A Day with Krishna`s Cows in Vraja

By Parsada Dasi for ISKCON News on 21 Jun 2011

I have never touched a cow in my life. I have been to Vrindavan a few times but between my kids, the husband, their getting sick, the morning program, parikramas, Loi bazaar and the MVT restaurant, there was no time for the cows.

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Jahnavi, UK: Worth a thousand words.

I have a very visual memory. In school I used to draw cartoons to help me remember things like lists of kings and how cells divide. I also used to write poetry and songs sometimes – one named all the parts of the earth using the metaphor of an apple – it was pretty silly but I still remember it!

These days I don’t have so many formulas to remember, but it always helps me to illustrate quotes and ideas to really make them stick.



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ISKCON News.com: Meditating in Silence as the Fire Draws Near

By Marc Lacey for The New York Times on 21 Jun 2011

Those living in the path of a huge wildfire typically express all sorts of emotions, but in one remote Buddhist community in southeastern Arizona, the reaction has been muted.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami

Experience is a good teacher, but she sends in terrific bills.

- Minna Antrim

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Japa Group: Attentive Japa Opens One's Heart

Chanting attentive japa opens one's heart to higher and higher stages of loving God, just as natural forces make a lotus unfold or the moon seem to wax.

We japa chanters often begin a japa session dull, anxious, or bewildered. We leave it strong and focused. Why? Not because our breath becomes regulated or our minds numb; we change during japa because, however awkwardly, we are associating with Krsna by chanting His name.

From Japa And The Opening Heart
by Kalakantha dasa
BTG Magazine #42 2008

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Bharatavarsa.net: Bhakti Vikasa Swami: not a human being

(Srila Prabhupada said)

...anyone who is not in our disciplic succession, he's not a human being.

>>> Ref. VedaBase => Room Conversation -- September 6, 1976, Vrndavana

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Ravinjaya, Indonesia: Radhadesha Offering

I offer my humble obesainces at the lotus feet of Srila Prabhupada, who constructed a canal which channels the nectarean honey-like ambrosia of Krsna Prema to the seven oceans.

Surrounded by ever green trees and speckled with enchanting flowers, I dream of that very castle on a hill, which houses Sri Sri Radha Gopinatha, Lalita Devi, Vishaka Devi, Gaura Nitai and Jagannatha Baladeva Subhadra.

May that very same castle bless me and purify me. Although such a piece of Belgian history appears to be something material and mundane, to the eyes of a devotee, that very same castle is a manifestation of Goloka Dhama

I fall down before its most advanced residents, who utter the holy names at every step. I aspire to have their association and live amongst them. For a moment spent with them, relishing any of the six exchanges of loving association, imbue the heart with the desire to taste more and more of this addictive form of inebriety.

The hills replicates the mood of Bharata-varsha. The cows gracefully graze the green grass and provide its milk, the favorite of Sri Gopal. Indeed, such a worship-able community attracts the Six Gosvamis of Vrindavan and the other such saints in the sampradaya, and beyond.

The bright and gleaming faces of its youthful inhabitants engage their time diving into the ocean of the Vedic literature; from who, Lord Kesava is to be known. I offer my respects to such fortunate souls who accepts such a dosage of ambrosia on daily basis.

O Srimati Radhika! O attractor of the attractor of millions of cupids! O queen of Vraja, whose lotus feet agitates my heart! Kindly allow me to enter your private vicinity; Radhadesha! Kindly let me be accepted there and kindly let me reside there! It is identical with your own dwelling, therefore there is no reason to not worship such a place.
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Bhakti Lata, Alachua, USA: Neverending Love Song

Have you ever sung a love song for 24 hours straight?

Impossible, you may say. Love songs get old after 24 minutes!

I beg to differ.

This weekend at the 24 Hour Kirtan festival in New Vrindavan, I took a vow of silence (mauna vrata) and committed to chanting only God's name. 8 hours or so into the festival I stopped singing a love song and started living in one. Every heartbeat, every breath, every movement - I lived in the world of the holy name.

Hour after hour, the holy name soaked into even the most forgotten crevices of my heart. I grew up in New Vrindavan with the deities of Radha Vrindavan Chandra, and yet during one kirtan especially (Acyuta Gopi's), I glanced over to Their beautiful forms and fell in love all over again.

At around 2:30 in the morning, I began to realize that this love song never got old - I only became more and more addicted. My room was upstairs above the templeroom, but I couldn't sleep. When I tried to sit down and write in my journal, the kirtan from downstairs thrummed through the very floors; I slammed my journal shut mid-sentence and ran downstairs to dance!

Even when exhaustion settled over me at around 5:30am and I somehow stumbled back to my room - still, the kirtan resonated through my body. Half-asleep, I listened to each melody as each person sang, and deep down I wanted to jump to my feet and dance.

And when the last kirtaniya sang the last kirtan, I felt a longing that this love song would never end... that it would just go on and on and on... and on...

 Bhakti Charu Maharaj

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 Beautiful and soulful Jahnavi (violin) and Jaya Sita (cello)

 Gaura Vani - organizer of the festival 


His Grace Aindra Prabhu - the one who started it all
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Srila Prabhupada's Letters

1968 June 21: "We can endeavor for money making if it doesn't hamper our devotional service. Otherwise, we shall prefer to starve and chant Hare Krishna. That should be the pivot of all our activities."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1968

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1969 June 21: "Rupa Goswami spent 50% for Krishna, 25% for emergency, and 25% for relatives. So you can also try to follow this principle as far as possible. Your main business is to keep in Krishna Consciousness, and if you keep that point in view, you can deal with others according to social conventions without being attached."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1969

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1970 June 21: "So I do not know why you have asked about my previous life. So far my present life is concerned, I do not remember when I was forgetful of Krishna. Throughout my whole life I do not know what is illicit sex, intoxication, meat-eating or gambling."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1970 June 21: "A bona fide Spiritual Master is always liberated. In any condition of His life He should not be mistaken as ordinary human being. This is achieved by sadhana siddha, krpa siddha, or nitya siddha. These are the three features of the perfection of life."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1970

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1971 June 21: "Just yesterday I arrived in Moscow. We are trying to arrange through the embassy some talks. Afterward I will go to Paris and then fly to San Francisco Rathayatra. Then I will go to London Rathayatra and return to New York. All mail can go to LA."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1971

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1972 June 21: "Collect foodstuffs profusely. If you collect more, distribute more and if you collect less, distribute less, but only distribute what you have collected. If there is no food, do not contribute our own funds for this purpose."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1972

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1973 June 21: "Why are you giving them spiritual names? You are not authorized to do this. Spiritual names are given by the bona fide Spiritual Master at the time of initiation. It is not to be done as a whimsical act. It is done strictly according to regulative principles."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1973

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1975 June 21: "I want to take up one project of constructing a Varna Ashrama College and Temple in Kuruksetra. I am presently negotiating for this. The world is suffering on account of not taking up Krishna consciousness, so we have to try to save them. You kindly help me to do this."
Prabhupada Letters :: 1975

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New Vrndavan, USA: Kaunteya Prabhu to Visit New Vrindaban

Dear Devotees: Dandevat pranams. Hare Krishna!

Kaunteya Prabhu, the Co-Minister (along with Jayapataka Swami) of Congregational Development, is due to arrive in New Vrindaban Wednesday morning. This ministry is not about fund raising, it is about increasing the ranks of practicing devotees via the congregational model. Kaunteya is an out-of- the- box personality who, although a faithful member of the establishment, is not adverse to pushing buttons to get people to broaden their mind set and “get out of the box.”

Wednesday, June 22
5:30 pm in the Guest Kitchen
“Why Religious Movements Succeed or Fail.”
(followed by wonderful Krishna Prasad, if everything works out )

Thursday morning at regular time in temple
Srimad Bhagavatam Class
(followed by breakfast prasad)

Hope to see everyone!

yr servant, malati dd

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: Rasa Lila: The Perfect Organisation

In this video the speaker explains how Krishna’s Rasa Lila can be viewed as an organizational model.

Thanks to Chaitanya Mangala for the link and transcription

Question starts at 3:00 minutes:

Menaka Doshi’s Question:

Is there the embodiment of an ideal organization anywhere in [Indian] mythology? Does mythology talk about the perfect organization, the perfect business, the perfect enterprise?

Devdutt Pattanaik’s Answer:

Yes it does. First let’s ask, why does an organization exist? An organization exists because we can’t cope with the forest, the wild nature. Wild nature frightens us. We want to feel safe and secure and therefore we create an organization. The problem with organizations is that they end up domesticating people. We don’t like domestication because we want to be ourselves.  We are born free and we want to live free lives. We are trying to negotiate the path between the forest and the organization. Between being wild and being domestic.

To me, the best representation of this is Krishna’s Rasa Lila. What is Rasa Lila? Rasa Lila is a dance. It is a dance which takes place in the forest.  The forest is a place of fear.  It takes place at night.  It takes place outside the village, which means it is outside the organization.  So, there is no formal organization out there and yet everyone who is participating in the Rasa Lila is completely unafraid.  There is no fear.

They are dancing and having a good time and yet there is perfect organization. They form a circle, which means there is an organization there.  They are all circled because they are equidistant from the leader, who treats them equally, yet each one feels special. That is Krishna in the center and these are the Gopis dancing around Him. In this wild forest they are not afraid at all and there is no reason for them to be there. They are not bound by custom, law, systems, processes or obligations. They are they by their own free will and yet complying and creating this perfect circle. Nobody is coming in to disturb the circle. In fact, if one does that Krishna disappears. The fear returns.

What I’m asking is if the forest is like the market place can my leader be like Krishna? A person who gives me complete freedom to do what I want yet I voluntarily align with the system. It means I come on time and go on time and do 100% work not because I’m obliged by a contract but because of devotion with passion, with Bhakti. That’s the goal of our philosophy; to do it with integrity and devotion not because a law tells me to do so. Can we achieve that? Well that’s the promised land of India.

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Madhava Ghosh dasa, New Vrndavan, USA: How fragile we are: Why the complexity of modern civilization threatens us all

“This loss of practical knowledge sets up precisely the kind of situation I hinted at earlier, where a disruption in the complex systems that deliver our essentials results in the masses panicking because they have no clue what to do. They’ve never had to use live-off-the-land skills, so they don’t even know where to begin.”

How fragile we are: Why the complexity of modern civilization threatens us all

by Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com

The fragility of our modern human civilization did not become clear to me until I began living full-time in South America. As a resident of Vilcabamba, Ecuador, I’ve grown accustomed to the idea of knowing where the things I consume come from.

The water I drink, for example, comes from a hole in the ground that taps into a water table replenished by the clouds hanging over the Podocarpus National Forest to the East. I can make a logical connection between the clouds, the rainfall, and the water in my glass. And if the well pump fails, I know I can always carry a bucket to the river a few hundred meters away and scoop up virtually unlimited quantities of water that recently fell out of the sky.

During a recent trip to Tucson, however, I found myself hesitating when I turned on the kitchen faucet. I paused, marveling at the magic of this water which apparently appears from nowhere. And it’s always there, reliable and uninterrupted. That’s when I noticed myself asking the commonsense question: “Where does the water come from around here?”

I had no idea.

The realization astonished me. I lived in Tucson for over five years and yet the thought suddenly occurred to me that if the water stopped magically flowing out of these pipes, I had absolutely no idea where to physically find water beyond the bottled water in the grocery stores, and that wouldn’t last very long.

Sure, I know where the rivers are in Tucson, but these desert rivers are bone dry river beds for all but a few days of the year. And yes, I know how to get water out of cactus, but it’s hard work, and the water isn’t pure water. Try to live off cactus juice for a few days and you’ll end up with severe diarrhea (which is dehydrating).

This thought never hit me when I lived in America, but now it struck me hard: Life in many U.S. cities is extremely fragile. Much of the abundance and convenience of city life is pure illusion, conjured up by a system of underground pipes that deliver water to your home and another set of pipes that magically dispose of your flushed liquid waste. A set of wires brings electricity that makes your home livable (at the great expenditure of energy for heat or cooling), and cheap gasoline makes it possible for fresh produce to magically appear in the grocery stores that feed us all with food from who-knows-where.

Take away any one of these — electricity, water, sewers, fuel, food — and virtually every U.S. city becomes an urban death trap for all its citizens.

It’s not just Tucson, either: The entire American Southwest is extremely fragile when it comes to supporting life. The same story holds true with Phoenix, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, San Diego and many other cities and towns of all sizes. The population currently living in the Southwest USA is far greater than what those geographic regions could support on their own: It is the mass-importation of water, electricity, food and fuel that makes life possible there.

And all those mass imports are extremely fragile.

The flipside of this problem exists across Northern USA and Canada, where extremely cold winters make these regions unlivable without the steady importation of heating fuel. Most Americans and Canadians would freeze to death in less than a week if left without some ability to heat their homes during a severe winter freeze. Very few people (in the cities especially) still have free-standing, non-electric wood-burning stoves or effective fireplaces that can keep them warm and alive during such an outage. Most of the younger generation has never even chopped wood! (And wouldn’t know where to start if they had to…)

The illusion of progress hides the frailty of complex civilizations

As U.S. cities have become increasingly complex and population dense, they have simultaneously become alarmingly fragile. Just one small break in the supply lines — or one severe disruption in a single essential input — can ripple through the entire system, causing widespread catastrophe.

I found this difficult to see when living in the USA. Everything seems fine on the surface. The water always appears when you turn on the faucet. Electricity seems ever-present. Food is magically replaced on store shelves each night (apparently by sleepless Elves of some kind) and no matter how much gasoline you pump out of the gas station, it always seems to have more!

But what if these essentials stopped? Could YOU survive for even one weekend without store-bought food, water pressure in your home, fuel, electricity and internet access? Increasingly, the honest answer is simply “No”.

(This isn’t an article about survival, by the way. But if you’re interested in the concept of “surviving and thriving,” then check out the “surthrival” website of Daniel Vitalis at www.Surthrival.com )

Our modern world lacks redundancy

In the quest for complexity, specialization and profit, our modern civilization has completely forgotten about redundancy. There is almost no slack in the systems that deliver your food, fuel, electricity, water or consumer products. That means if something goes wrong, even for a little while, you’ll need to depend on yourself to provide these things. Yet how many people have the ability to provide all these essentials for themselves — disconnected from the grid — for even as little as one weekend?

Very few, it turns out. And that leads to one giant, disturbing realization: When the next great disruption occurs, the vast majority of the population will panic. That’s because they’re unprepared. They have unknowingly bet their lives on the reliability of just-in-time delivery systems and complex infrastructure interdependencies. When the water stops flowing, or the electricity goes off, or the gasoline runs out, they literally will have no idea what to do.

The very idea that such a thing could happen will be entirely foreign to them. It’s as if they’ve all been living in The Truman Show (a Jim Carey film, one of my favorites) then suddenly the veil is lifted and they’re shown the real world. In the real world, water doesn’t just automatically flow through your pipes. Fuel doesn’t materialize into existence out of nowhere. Food isn’t mysteriously teleported to your local store each night while you sleep. In the real world, food, fuel, energy and water all depend on a long, intricate web of interdependent processes, and there isn’t a person living today who truly understands the complexity of those dependencies.

In essence, we are all living a civilization experiment. It’s an experiment that asks the question, “What happens if we all become specialists and give up our redundancies in the pursuit of higher specialized production?”

The cost of specialization

Let me rephrase it more simply: A hundred years ago, almost everybody was a farmer. If your neighbor’s garden crop failed, that was no big deal because you had some extra garden food to share with them. But as society became more “advanced” and complex, people became specialists: Forklift operators, grocery store checkout clerks, bank paper pushers, auto alarm installers, and so on.

Importantly, in this process they all lost the knowledge of how to grow their own food, or fetch their own water, or heat their own homes. Instead, they pursued their own narrow specialized skills and traded their time (and money) for bits and pieces of other peoples’ special skills, some of which include delivering the essentials we all need to survive. A newspaper journalist, for example, doesn’t need to grow her own food. She writes stories that farmers want to read, and in exchange, she eats some of the food they grow. The medium of exchange for all this is called “money,” of course.

As you can see, however, this specialization results in the mass loss of basic living knowledge such as how to raise chickens, how to prune fruit trees or how to plant garden seeds. I’m actually forcing myself to re-learn many of these basic skills now in Ecuador, and I’m finding myself astonished at how little I really knew about living off the land…

This loss of practical knowledge sets up precisely the kind of situation I hinted at earlier, where a disruption in the complex systems that deliver our essentials results in the masses panicking because they have no clue what to do. They’ve never had to use live-off-the-land skills, so they don’t even know where to begin.

Where can you find water within walking distance? How to build a water filter out of a plastic barrel, some sand and some old tree stumps? How do you repair a flat tire on a bicycle without changing the inner tube? How do you protect your garden veggies from insects or rodents without using chemical pesticides? These are the kinds of things that most people just don’t know, and yet in a breakdown emergency, these are precisely the kinds of skills that are desperately needed. (They’re the skills your parents or grandparents probably knew very well, but have since been largely abandoned…)

Skills matter

The upshot of all this is that it’s a good idea to acquire some essential preparedness skills so that you don’t find yourself a complete noob when the lights go out. And this isn’t about acquiring just stuff (gadgets and the like), it’s about developing skills and know-how. Skills beat stuff any day.

For example, by working alongside some of the locals I’ve hired in Ecuador, I’ve learned how to cut wire without a wire cutter. I’ve learned how to repair irrigation pipes without pipe clamps (just using bailing wire and a nail). I’ve learned how to build water troughs out of bamboo and how to make a decent roof covering out of dried sugar cane leaves. It’s all the more curious given that I came to Ecuador from what people call an “advanced nation” (the USA) and yet found myself clueless in so many areas that are considered common knowledge by the people of this “developing nation” (Ecuador).

I can tell you this: In a prolonged crisis, rural Ecuadorians will out-live USA city-dwellers by a hundred to one. Many skills that we might consider “advanced preparedness skills” in the USA are everyday knowledge to the Ecuadorians I know. There is much to learn from these knowledgeable people.

Come visit Southern Ecuador some time if you’d like to learn more for yourself. In cooperation with the local tourism bureaus, I plan to cover several tourist events and destinations throughout Ecuador in 2010. Watch for those announcements here on NaturalNews. For starters, the primary cities / towns to visit in Southern Ecuador include Loja, Zamora, Cuenca and Vilcabamba, where I live.

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Nityananda Chandra Das, Dallas TX: Bhagavad Gita 7th Chapter summary

Taking the advise of my dear Godbrother Omkara I gave this Sunday Feast class on the entire 7th chapter of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is.  by Krishna's and Guru's grace all verses were recited from memory.
Sunday Feast Class - Bhagavad Gita Chapter 7
 Hare Krishna
Your humble servant,
Nityananda Chandra Das

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: GiveAway : A Year’s Supply of Primal Strips Vegan Jerky!

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Japa Group: Those Who Pray Together

"Those who pray together, stay together"

Chanting together is a very important part of devotee association and especially our Japa. When we chant together, we get inspired by each other's efforts and we tend to pull our socks up and be the best we can - this may come from our sense of false ego, but it's a good catalyst for improvement and advancement in our chanting.

Today we chanted together in front of the Deities - it was a very wonderful experience and one that we will now implement on a daily basis -sometimes we forget the importance of doing Krsna conscious activites together....we would rather lock ourselves in our room or go on a Japa walk by ourselves.

Our families should practice and take joy in the process of Krsna consciousness, and Japa can be the basi of that joy we share.

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H.H. Sivarama Swami: Practicing the art of work (Part 2)

Talk with community members at the Manor.

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Vraja Kishor, JP: Misery of not being humble.

Humility is the truest wisdom. Without it we are “fools.” Without humility all we do is see faults in everyone else, we are “critical.” We don’t care about how others feel, only how we feel is important – thus we speak and act “harshly.” This sort of lifestyle provides as much true happiness as a desert provides water. Therefore we become “wanton” – which means our eyes and mind ever rove and roam to find an oasis of pleasure in the desert of the world. We are more prone to do “ill deeds” to reach an inaccessible oasis. Without humility we feel that the world is against us, treating us unfairly. Thus we perceive “enemies and obstacles everywhere.”

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Dandavats.com: What Happened in Vegas…

By Akruranatha dasa

The word is gradually getting out among U.S. moteliers, roughly 65% of whom are Hindus of mostly Gujarati extraction, that ISKCON will provide Srila Prabhupada’s translation and commentary on Bhagavad-gita for the benefit of their English-speaking guests. Many of the moteliers are enthusiastically embracing the idea, and others are willing to be persuaded

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Dandavats.com: How Hard-hearted Bhakti Affects our Iskcon Home

By Kesava Krsna Dasa

We read a BBT publication before joining Iskcon. We learn of inner tranquillity, peaceful coexistence and divine vaisnava qualities. After we join, we often discover a world of hard-hearted Bhakti in practice. Iskcon has softened up recently, but if we retain Westernised versions of renunciation and jnana, then our pursuits into devotee care and welfare will mean little to us

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Dandavats.com: Mayapur Institute website address is now mayapurinstitute.org

Nimaai Paṇḍita Dasa: Please note that the Mayapur Institute website address is now mayapurinstitute.org. The previous website address mihet.org will henceforth be dysfunctional

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Dandavats.com: 30th annual Jagannath Rathayatra festival @ Baroda

Basu Ghosh Das: The Rathayatra procession will begin at 2:30 PM at the Baroda railway station, as per local tradition. The Mayor of Baroda, Honorable Doctor Jyotiben Pandya will inaugurate the Rathayatra by sweeping the road in front of the Rath of Their Lordships, just as the Gajapati Maharaj of Puri does annually at Jagannath Puri

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Mayapur Online: Mayapur Institute Changes Website Address

Our Mayapur Institute has changed their website address that it will be using, and now they will only be using the address MayapurInstitute.org. Please tell all of your friends whom might be interested in signing up for courses that they should now visit this new address.

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Devadeva Mirel, Alachua, USA: Recipe : 3 Gallons of Vegan Barbecue Sauce

Cook up one batch and bust it down into half gallon freezer bags to keep you stocked all summer. Don’t forget to freeze it! Rapture that.

I hate secrets, especially when it comes to recipes. I realized this back in 1997 when an acquaintance, let’s just call him Gregg, refused to give away his barbecue sauce recipe claiming secret status.

Here’s how I see it. If you want the world to be filled with yummy stuff, share share share those recipe gems. Otherwise, you will surely be subject to the law of karma and have to suffer through many meals cooked by people who could have benefitted from a little recipe share.
This is my barbecue sauce recipe. It makes about 3 gallons of sauce, which may be more than you can handle in one sitting, but feel free to freeze a whole mess of it to get your through the recession.

Quantity Vegan Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 industrial size can of tomato paste (3.14 kg)
  • 1.5 times the can volume in water
  • 3.5 c soy sauce
  • 8 c sugar (the darker the better)
  • 8 c baker’s molasses
  • 1 c hing


  • See, simple stuff. Cook it until it thickens (about 15-20 minutes) and gets a little darker.
  • Stir well because salty taste seems to settle to the bottom of the pot.
  • This recipe is economical and intense. Sweet and salty–totally addictive.
  • It can be applied onto things and then broiled in the oven for a nice sticky charred effect or it can be added as a condiment to burgers or used as a dipping sauce for fries.

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Gouranga TV: Day After Ratha Yatra Kirtan

Day After Ratha Yatra Kirtan

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