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“So Malati how do I spiriualized my life?” my friend’s question while I was serving KrishnaLunch.

A couple of months ago I befriended a Polish couple Stefano and Anya, both of them are students from University of Florida. It all just started with the simple polish word “cześć” which means “hi/hello” in English and it so happens that my fiance is Polish. So everyday they would come to KrishnaLunch and we just exchange hi,hellos and the common how are yous. Usually during KrishnaLunch you can’t talk that much to the students, so there’s no way I could talk to them about Krishna or the philosophy instead we would talk about prasadam and it’s glory.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007 an amazing thing happen when my friend Stefano asked me this question out of the blue. “So Malati how do I spiritualized my life?” At first I didn’t know if I heard it right, maybe because I was so focused with the long line of students waiting patiently for prasadam or maybe because I wasn’t so sure how to answer him. After I regained my composure I said to him right away “Just chant Hare Krishna”, “Really that’s it? WOW so easy!” he said, talked about perfect answer for a perfect question (at least I thought so). At the back of my mind I was laughing crazily “Hehehehe!! It’s just the beginning you don’t know that you’ve been tricked by Krishna (in a good way)”. I also told him that he can also change his diet by becoming a vegetarian, before he left the line I promised that I’ll give him a book on the next day.

After we finished the program and packing up I was surprised that him and Anya was still there at the plaza so I run to them right away thinking that “this is it! It’s now or never will I have the chance to talk to them about Krishna” . So we had a funny conversation, talk a little bit about Krishna Consciousness, then to my surprise I’d found out that Stefano was allergic to Gluten! It just give me an idea on what kind of book I’m going to give, and they said that hopefully the book won’t be big and thick. So I decided to give them the Chant and be Happy and the Higher Taste. Two days after that I gave him the book and he was so happy and same time so surprised how small it is :o)

Realization:
TrulyKrishna will used us as His instruments to get all those who are calling to get closed to Him and to get back to Him.

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Jaya Jagannatha!

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After almost 10 years of waiting Krishna finally allowed me to took Him home with me. Eversince I become a “devotee” I was always enchanted by Lord Jagannatha’s big lotus eyes. “One day I’m gonna have a Jagannatha Deity” I said to myself, 6 years after my first initiation He finally came. It was all unexpected. My guru once told me that “if the desire is pure then Krishna will facilitate”, I know my desire to have Lord Jagannatha is not even pure but rather it was His mercy that made it all possible. Last year, December of 2006 my good friend Hanan Prabhu went to India and he asked me if what do I want for a present, and I just told him anything will do. “Malati I’m not good on getting gifts for women so better tell me what you really want” he said, so I think for a while and with enthusiasm I burst out saying ” Hanan I want a Jagannatha Deity”. “Are you sure?” he said, “YES”!!! and he replied “I’ll see what I can do.”

When I’d heared his answer, I was a little bit disappointed but then Krishna is not cheap! So I’m sure it would cost a lot in order to have Him. Days and nights pass by and my hope was slowly drifting, wondering if will it happen or not just like Narottam Das Thakur’s prayer “When oh when will that be mine?; When oh when will your mercy shine?” One month of waiting and anticipation the moment of truth arrived! Hanan Prabhu came back from India and after two days he called me and said that he have some present for me. “Is it Jagannatha?” I asked, “Why don’t you come and we’ll have some nice Krishna katha” he replied. After worked me and Radha Ramana rushed to his place, my mind was somewhere as I was climbing the stairs that I almost fell! Hanan Prabhu talked first about this trip and pilgrimage in India we had some nice Krishna katha and then suddenly he gave me a plastic bag full of crumpled newspapers! “Whats this?” I said, “Open it, it’s the one that you really want” he said.

My hands were trembling as I was opening it just like a kid opening a christmas present! And there He was, 8 inches tall with big big round lotus eyes together with Mighty Baladeva and the unfathomable beauty personified Lady Subhadra. I was so happy that I almost cried and very thankful to Hanan Prabhu in fulfilling one of my wishes. Jaya Jagannatha!!!

    krpa-paravara sajala-jalada-shreni-ruciro
    rama-vani-rama sphurad-amala-pankeruha-mukha
    surendrair aradhya shruti-gana-shikha-gita-carito
    jagannatha svami nayana-patha-gami bhavatu me

Lord Jagannatha is an ocean of mercy and as beautiful as a row of blackish rain clouds. He is the storehouse of bliss for Laksmi and Sarasvati, and His face resembles a spotless full-blown lotus. The best of demigods and sages worship Him, and the Upanisads sing His glories. May that Jagannatha Svami be the object of my vision.

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Quick Almond Burfi

This is actually the recipe of my fiance Radha Ramana, I just remeasured the original recipe in order to come out with this normal amount of serving since it was formulated for bulk preparation. This will be the best burfi you’ll ever tasted (hehehe), enjoy!!!

Quick Almond Burfi

2 cups sugar
2 cups cream
2 cups milk powder
3 cups of roasted almonds (or whatever nuts you prefer it could be chopped or not)
1 1/4 cup butter
2 teaspoon vanilla essence

Procedure

1. Melt the butter, add the sugar and roast the sugar dark brown on a low flame.
2. Add vanilla essence and the cream slowly while stirring carefully. If cream is added too fast, sugarlumps will appear.
3. Cool down.
4. Whisk in the milk powder and the roasted chopped almonds.
5. Put in trays, about 2 cm thick and let it cool down completely.

Dont forget to offer it to Krishna 🙂

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Everyday hundreds of people asking me about our salad dressing and I’m almost suffering from dehydration due to too much talking (answering) about this revered almond dressing. So folks here it is!!!

Krishna Lunch’s Almond Dressing

1-1/2 cups almonds
1-1/2 cups nutritional yeast
2 cups water
1-1/2 cups sunflower oil
1/2 cup Bragg’s amino acids (or soya sauce if you don’t like braggs)
1 teaspoon hing (asafetida) (you can buy this at wards or any indian store)

Put all of this in a blender or food processor until it’s creamy. Now there you go, enjoy, share and serve this with love 🙂

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Sri Rama Navami

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For the glory of Lord Ramachandra ‘s Appearance Day I would like to share this story to all the beautiful Vaisanavas. This was the part when Mother Sita was kidnapped by Ravana. It’s actually kind of funny, Lord Shiva and Mother Parvati is also part of the story. Enjoy!!!

SCENE I
While mother Sita was abducted by Ravana, Lord Rama was lamenting and gone insane.

Rama: Sita my Sita where are you? Hey trees have you seen my Sita passed this way? Hey bumblebees have you seen my dear Sita also? (Keep on rolling on the ground while doing this).

SCENE III
Meanwhile Lord Shiva saw what happened to His Lord.

Shiva: Oh! What happened to my Lord Ramachandra? Ah… Hmmm…
(Lord Shiva smiling)

Parvati: My dear Lord, you seem so happy at this very moment! May I know if what’s the reason behind?

Shiva: Hmmm… No… I don’t think so, coz I don’t think that you will understand.

Parvati: How dare you say that to me! As your duty as my husband, you have to share w/ me 50% of your happiness!

Shiva: Okay! But don’t forget that you also have to share 50% of my sufferings!

SCENE III
And so Lord Shiva give’s mother Parvati the vision.

Parvati: Oh! Is that Lord Ramachandra? No! It mustn’t be! He’s gone crazy and insane lamenting for His wife. He’d become a henpecked husband. Oh! You must be joking about this! But you’re not a henpecked husband, aren’t you?

Shiva: (Just smiles and shrugged His shoulder) Hey! I told you already that maybe you will not understand this! I’d warned you.

Parvati: Hmm… I have a nice plan…. I have a very nice plan…

Shiva: Ah! 3x You’re not going anywhere! I know what you’re thinking! Don’t do that, or else I’ll gona have 50% of your sufferings!

Parvati: Let’s see…

SCENE IV
So Lord Shiva can’t do anything but to tolerate mother Parvati’s plan!

Parvati: (disguised as Mother Sita) Rama, Rama, I’m here don’t worry I’m fine. I have beautiful flowers for you. I’m sorry that I’ve gone for so long coz I’ve lost my way in the forest, but now I’d found my way back, I’m here. Rama, don’t cry now, I’m here! Rama, Rama.

SCENE V
But Lord Ramachandra didn’t noticed her,instead He continued crying, rolling and calling Sita, until suddenly!

Lord Rama: (Get into mother Parvati’s lotus feet) My dear Parvati please accept my humble obeisance’s on your beautiful lotus feet. Have you seen my Sita? Please help me find her. (Continue crying and rolling after that).

SCENE VI
So mother Parvati got shocked and feel so embarrassed of what she just did and she immediately went back into her husband’s abode.

Shiva: So my dear Parvati, what happened? Are you sarisfied? (Ask jokingly)

Parvati: Hmp! Why are you asking me? You already know what happened! You’re the one who gives me the vision and now you’re asking me!

Shiva: Ha! 3x I’d already warned you but you didn’t listen (continued laughing)

Parvati: Hmp! Whatever, you win this time, but next time! I’ll make sure that it’ll be my turn!

SCENE VII
Both exit while Lord Shiva continued laughing

END
—–oo0oo—–

Wisdom from Lord Rama
nandan thyuditha adithyenandan thyusthamitheravow
athmanona vabuddyanthemanushyajivitha kshayam

Dear Bharata! Light has come up in the sky,now we can go and earn
well,proceeds one category of people whereas others feel joy as the sun sinks and night
begins,for,they can relish their sensual pleasures and enjoy satisfying
their desires. It’s surprising that nobody is atleast worried that,the huge tree
of life span is being cut down with the sharp saw of ‘day’ and ‘night’,”
remarks Rama.

Sri Lord Ramachandra Ki Jaya! Sri Sita Rama Laksmana Hanumana Ki Jaya!!!

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Heres some videos on one of Indradyumna Swami’s program, although I am not actually the one taking this videos. At this moment I was on a hurry to get inside the house of Dharmatma Prabhu where one of Maharaja’s home program was held. I was setting in front with mother Laksmi and Mother Nitay at the right most corner, I considered my self lucky then:o) Thanks to atmaji108 prabhu for posting this at youtube. Enjoy!!!

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Yes, you read it right! Instead of calling it Festival of India, we decided to address it as Festival of Krishna, since it’s all about Krishna. The students were so happy about the whole exhibits and the special prasadam that we prepared for them, the atmosphere was almost perfect you know the bhajans and the devotees presence just set up the peaceful mood until our friend Joey came, the Fanatic/Lunatic Christian Preacher! They call him the Turlington Guy, I don’t exactly know why but one thing for sure he’s really a pain in the a$$! He’s been harassing us since the beginning of this year and at same time disturbing the students. I can still vividly remember the first time he started his outrageous preaching which is actually just yelling! Out from nowhere he just appeared right in front of us and started his below the belt accusations to the devotees, saying things that “Krishna is an idol”, “Hare Krishna’s are devil worshiper” and that “Krishna is not God but rather just a hindu mythology”My God! What is wrong with this guy? This was the first thing that came in my mind. And then I thought maybe he’s just going there to spread his glories because of the long line of students waiting patiently for prasadam and in this way they can hear what stupidity he’s saying. That could be true, oh ok I think it is true but I think also that he is just envious of Krishna thats why he is doing such non-sense, whatever is the reason it I don’t really care. As a devotee, we learned to be tolerant and merciful, so we didn’t do anything to him we just ignored him and pretend that he doesn’t exist but then again Krishna protects his devotees and He made some special arrangements, it turned out that the students were the one defending us and fighting for us. Students would do all this funny stuff just to stop Joey, sometimes they would yelled back to him “1234 we don’t want your religious war!” or “Shut the F up and go back to Turlington”

I really feel bad for him because somehow he had some good intentions for the people like the way we do its just that he’s on the wrong path or the wrong way of preaching about Jesus. Every time Joey is there, I just think that maybe that’s Krishna’s mercy to him because no matter what non-sense he’s doing he’s still able to hear the glory of the maha-mantra. Anyway, here’s some Krishna Lunch videos during the Festival and of course Joey was there too :o)

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