Devotees are Called 'Santas'

The devotees of the Supreme Lord, or the persons who are in Krsna consciousness, are called santas, and they are always in love with the Lord as it is described in the Brahma-samhita (5.38):

premanjana-cchurita-bhakti-vilocanena santah sadaiva hrdayesu vilokayanti.

The santas, being always in a compact of love with the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda (the giver of all pleasures), or Mukunda (the giver of liberation), or Krsna (the all-attractive person), cannot accept anything without first offering it to the Supreme Person. Therefore, such devotees always perform yajnas in different modes of devotional service, such as sravanam, kirtanam, smaranam, arcanam [SB 7.5.23], etc., and these performances of yajnas keep them always aloof from all kinds of contamination of sinful association in the material world.

From Bhagavad-gita As It Is 3.13 

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Radha-Govardhandhari's Cheesecake Recipe

See attached printable .pdf here.

Lord Jagannatha in Mayapur by Jananivasa Prabhu

There is some symptom of missing the point.

There is some symptom of missing the point. The point is to be engaged in doing something for Krishna. Never mind what is that job, but being so engaged in doing something very much satisfying to the devotee then he remains always enthusiastic. He will automatically follow the regulative principles because they are part of his occupational duty - by applying them practically as his occupational duty, he realizes the happy result of regulative principles.

- Srila Prabhupada to Karandhara Dasa, 22 December, 1972

Women Equally Competent in Krishna Movement

I am especially proud how my householder disciples are preaching Lord Caitanya's Mission.

This is a new thing in the history of the Sankirtana Movement. In India all the acaryas and their descendants later on acted only from the man's side. Their wives were at home because that is the system from old times that women are not required to go out. But in Bhagavad-gita we find that women are also equally competent like the men in the matter of Krishna Consciousness Movement.

Please therefore carry on these missionary activities, and prove it by practical example that there is no bar for anyone in the matter of preaching work for Krishna Consciousness.

- Srila Prabhupada to Himavati Mataji - December 20, 1969

God's Hotline

The Chief Pujari of ISKCON, Vrindavan and the Pope are in a meeting in Rome. The Pujari notices an unusually fancy phone on a side table in the Pope’s private chambers.

“What is that phone for?” he asks the pontiff.

“It’s my direct line to the Lord!”

The Pujari is skeptical, and the Pope notices. The Holy Father insists that the Pujari try it out for himself, and, indeed, he is connected to the Lord. The Pujari holds a lengthy discussion with Him. After hanging up, the Pujari says, “Thank you very much. This is great! But listen, I want to pay for my phone charges.”

The Pope, of course refuses, but the Pujari is steadfast and finally, the pontiff gives in. He checks the counter on the phone and says, “Alright! The charges were 1000,000 Lira. ($560)

The Chief Pujari gladly hands over a packet of bills. A few months later, the Pope is in Vrindavan, India on an official visit. In the Chief Pujari’s chambers, he sees a phone identical to his and learns it also is a direct line to the Lord. The Pope remembers he has an urgent matter that requires divine consultation and asks if he can use the Pujari’s phone. The Pujari gladly agrees, hands him the phone, and the Pope chats away.

After hanging up, the Pope offers to pay for the phone charges. This time, the Chief Pujari refuses to accept payment. After the Pope insists, the Pujari relents and looks on the phone counter and says: “Rs 10.00 !” ($0.25).

The Pope looks surprised: “Why so cheap!?”

The Pujari smiles: “Because it’s a Local call.”

Sunday Feast Cook Book: Lemon Vanilla Whey Drink

Ok. So you've just made half a ton of panir (fresh cheese from milk curds) for your Sunday Feast subji and you're feeling guilty about the thought of pouring all of that nutrient laden liquid down the drain. Or you might think to pour it into buckets, leaving them in the cool room in an attempt to pass the buck. "Let someone else delete the credit from their karmic bank account. So what if it's a total waste of one of nature's gifts. We gotta have our curd!"

This recipe can not only help relieve your anxiety but will make the devotees smile.

First things first - when you make your curd, use as little curdling agent as possible. If you HAVE to use citric acid then just put it in a pinch at a time. Then patiently watch for the curd to separate from the whey. If you put too much citric acid or lemon juice the whey will be very acidic and make the drink tart. Yuck!

This recipe is for about 10 litres total drink because that is the size of the ghee buckets we save and use to serve it out. The quantities multiply out proportionately, but we just find it easy to use this recipe in several buckets simultaneously and then put them in the cool room until its time to offer.

  • 1 litre sugar
  • 1.5 litres whey
  • 500 ml lemon juice (freshly squeezed is best)
  • 40 ml vanilla extract (the non-alcohol based kind)
  • 8 litres water

Just combine the above ingredients, stir with a wire whisk and keep in a clean cool place. Simple.

You could substitute other fruit juices for the lemon but the only one we've tried is orange which had good results.

Sunday Feast Cook Book: Introduction

Recently I was talking to Braja Gauranga Prabhu who does a lot of catering in Australia. Australian devotees do massive catering and prasadam distribution in general but Braja Gauranga has ratcheted the program up and has a fleet of commercial trucks that go to various concerts and festivals throughout the year and distribute thousands of plates of prasad.

We've identified a need that we suspect might have been fulfilled at some point in the past but since we don't have anything to really build on at the moment I'm just going to start here until I'm directed otherwise.

We need a Sunday Feast cook book.

Anyone who's tried to multiply the excellent recipes from books by devotees like Kurma, Yamuna or Adiraja into large quantities can tell you that it usually doesn't work so well. The spicing is different with larger quantities and depends on factors such as wetness.

I was asked to cook the Sunday Feast about a week ago here at New Govardhana for what turned out to be around 200 seasoned guests. When I say 'seasoned' I don't intend a pun - these are mostly old-school devotees who can discern a well cooked devotional feast from an attempt by an amateur. This is a great testing ground for recipes of large quantity, and by Krishna's grace, we somehow managed to pull it off. I received a fair amount of praise from some of the stalwarts which is not easy to come by in this area.

Since I've completed my 5 week mega-strict health cleanse & mineral therapy (no salt, sugar, dairy, grains and heaps of other restrictions) I've got energy reserves that I wasn't aware of. In many ways I feel like I'm in my 20's again - just way more cynical and a lot less 'hip' i guess :)

So I'll open up comments here so that anyone reading can point me in the right direction. (btw - I usually leave comments closed because I was getting far too much blog spam and it was taking me so much time to delete them every day.) Anyone who wishes to follow the progress can click 'The Kitchen Religion' link at the top of every page.

I'd like to focus on compiling tried and true recipes from experienced devotees before they depart from this world. This is one way the sankirtan mission can go forward without having to re-invent the most basic mechanics. If you know how I can get in contact with any old-school kitchen bhaktas who'd be happy to share their wealth of experience then please leave a comment or contact me here.

I'll start posting the recipes as blog entries and when I have enough material I'll look at different means to publish them. I think lulu.com sounds interesting.

I'll use mostly metric volumes because its just a better system than what they taught me in elementary school in the USA. The figures multiply easier too.

The Art of Living

This Krsna consciousness movement is an art of living by which you will feel your senses are fully satisfied, but you are going to be free next life. This is the nice process. And artificially if you want to stop your senses, you will fail.

Srila Prabhupada, Lecture on Bhagavad-gita 3.6-10 -- Los Angeles, December 23, 1968

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