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By Krishna’s grace, I and Radha Ramana got married last May 10, 2008. It was a small and simple civil wedding attended by our good friends, and we did it in front of Srila Prabhupada instead in the courthouse. I don’t know much what to say, so I’ll just post some pictures, and also, I found some nice and funny quotations about marriage, and I couldn’t disagree with most of it.

Mohandas K. Gandhi: “I first learned the concepts of non-violence in my marriage.”

Socrates: “My advice to you is to get married. If you find a good wife, you’ll be happy; if not, you’ll become a philosopher.”

Louis K. Anspacher: “Marriage is that relation between man and woman in which the independence is equal, the dependence mutual, and the obligation reciprocal.”

Ambrose Bierce: “Love: a temporary insanity, curable by marriage.”

Bill Cosby: “For two people in a marriage to live together day after day is unquestionably the one miracle the Vatican has overlooked.”

John Berger : “All weddings are similar, but every marriage is different.”

Lyndon B. Johnson: “Only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. One is to let her think she is having her own way, the the other, to let her have it.”

Oscar Wilde: “Marriage is the triumph of imagination over intelligence.”

Joyce Brothers :”Marriage is not just spiritual communion, it is also remembering to take out the trash.”

According to my experienced :”Marriage is like two false egos living in one roof!”

Outside the temple with our friends after the ceremony.

Our simple wedding cake made by yours truly :o)

Another cake picture with the garlands I made with the smallest needle we had in the house at that time. I made the garlands early in the morning before I started cooking, so I didn’t have the time to run an errand for the needle. About my husband’s where abouts, he was also busy cleaning the entire house,which I really appreciate since it’s not really my cup of tea,hehehe!

A happy posed for a happy ocassion :o)

For more happy pics, just click my flickr link.

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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

Chapter 16 Text 8

asatyam apratistham te

jagad ahur anisvaram

aparaspara-sambhhutam

kim anyat kama-haitukam

Translation

They say that this world is unreal, with no foundation, no God in control. They say it is produced of sex and has no cause other than lust.

Purport

The demonic conclude that the world is phantasmagoria. There is no cause and effect, no purpose: everything is unreal. They say that this cosmic manifestation arises due to chance material actions and reactions. They do not think that the world is created by God for a certain purpose. They have their own theory: that the world has come about on its own way and that there is no reason to believe that there is a God behind it. For them there is no difference between spirit and matter, and they do not accept the Supreme Spirit. Everything is matter only, and the whole cosmos is supposed to be a mass of ignorance. According to them, everything is void, and whatever manifestation exists is due to our ignorance in perception. They take it off for granted that all manifestation of diversity is a display of ignorance. Just as in a dream, we may create so many things which actually have no existence, so when we are awake, we shall see that everything is simply a dream. But factually, although the demon say that life is a dream, they are very expert in enjoying this dream. And so, instead of aquiring knowledge, they become more and more implicated in their dreamland. They conclude that as s child is simply the result of sexual intercourse between man and woman, this world is born without any soul. For them, it is only a combination of matter that has produced the living entities, and there is no question of the existence of the soul. As many living creatures come out from  perspiration and from a dead body without any cause, the whole living world has come out of the material combinations of the cosmec manifestation.Therefore, material nature is the cause of this manifestation, and there is no other cause. They do not  believe in the words of Krishna (Supreme Spirit) in Bhagavad-Gita: mayadhyaksena prakrtih suyate sa-caracaram. “Under My direction the whole material world is moving.” In other words, among the demons, there is no perfect knowledge of the creation of the world; to them, one interpretation of the scripture is as good as another, for they do not believe in a standard understanding of the scriptural injunctions.

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For those asking and emailing me about the puto cups, you can just go to this site:

http://www.beyond-chocolates.com/cgi-bin/product_catalog/default.asp?product_category_id=5&offset=42

But if you want to improvise like I did, I suggest you can just use the regular muffin/tart baking cups as shown in this picture. You can purchase this cups at any kitchen supply store and they come in different sizes. Good luck on your first puto, and just have fun :o)

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Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

Chapter 5 Text 4

Karma-Yoga-Action in Krishna Consciousness

säìkhya-yogau påthag bäläù
pravadanti na paëòitäù
ekam apy ästhitaù samyag
ubhayor vindate phalam

Translation

Only the ignorant speak of devotional service [karma-yoga] as being different from the analytical study of the material world [Säìkhya]. Those who are actually learned say that he who applies himself well to one of these paths achieves the results of both.

Purport

The aim of the analytical study of the material world is to find the soul of existence. The soul of the material world is Vishnu, or the Supersoul. Devotional service to the Lord entails service to the Supersoul. One process is to find the root of the tree, and the other is to water the root. The real student of Sankhya philosophy finds the root of the material world, Vishnu, and then, in perfect knowledge, engages himself in the service of the Lord. Therefore, in essence, there is no difference between the two because the aim of both is Vishnu. Those who do not know the ultimate end say that the purposes of Sankhya and karma-yoga are not the same, but one who is learned knows the unifying aim in these different processes.

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It’s been a while since I posted a new recipe, and some of my friends have been asking me about it. So for my recipe update, I present to you, Puto!Puto is a famous native delicacy in the Philippines. In every province and island, the people has it’s own version of it. Whenever we have special occasions in our house, my mother would make sure that puto is part of the menu. Will, actually even if there’s no occasion at all, I can still avail it, but only the ordinary plane flavored ones. Originally, puto is made of grinded sticky rice that is soak in water for 24 hours, but now a days, it can be made by regular rice flour ( can be purchase at any Asian store) mixed with regular flour. I found some recipes online, and from there, I just made my own for my convenience.Also, when steaming puto, it is usually placed in banana leaves, but since it’s hard to find it here in Florida, I just simply omit it.In this recipe, I made a strawberry flavored one, but plain puto is also good just add vanilla essence for more aromatic experience. Making puto is really easy, but eating it is more delightful. Offer and enjoy :o)

Puto

Ingredients:

2 cups rice flour

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 cup sugar

5 tsp coconut oil (canola oil is ok too)

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp strawberry essence

1 tsp red food coloring

2 cups fresh coconut milk ( evaporated milk is fine if coconut is not available)

1/4 cup water

Procedure:

1. Mix all the dry ingredients in a bowl.

2. Slowly add the milk and stir for couple of mins until no more lumps is visible.

3. Add the oil.

4. If the batter is too thick, slowy add the water, and continue stirring.

5. Fill butter lined prepared puto cups 3/4 full and steam for 25 to 30 mins.

6. Serve with grated coconut or cheese of your choice.

Note: You can make any flavor you want (don’t be afraid of experimenting), all you have to do is to add the flavoring or the essence you’d like.

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In order to keep myself updated with my so outdated Krishna (God) Consciousness life, I decided to make a new page dedicated to the Bhagavad-Gita. In this way, I’ll be able to read, or I may say, force myself to read (I’d been lazy lately), and associate more my mind with Krishna conscious thoughts. If somehow, I won’t be able to post a new verse each day, prabhus and matajis, please don’t hesitate to bash me. The first verse I posted is one of my favorite verse because it truely shows a firm conviction on how mercifull Krishna is to the fully conditioned hedonistic soul. Hare Krishna!

Bhagavad-Gita As It Is

Chapter 4 Text 36

Transcendental Knowledge

api ced asi päpebhyaù
sarvebhyaù päpa-kåt-tamaù
sarvaà jïäna-plavenaiva
våjinaà santariñyasi

Translation

Even if you are considered to be the most sinful of all sinners, when you are situated in the boat of transcendental knowledge, you will be able yo cross over the ocean of miseries.

Purport

Proper understanding of one’s constitutional position in relationship to Krishna is so nice that it can at once lift one from the struggle for existence which goes on in the ocean of nescience. This material world is sometimes regarded as the ocean of nescience and sometimes as a blazing forest. In the ocean, however expert a swimmer one may be, the struggle for existence is very severe. If someone comes forward and lifts the struggling swimmer from the ocean, he is the greatest savior. Perfect knowledge received form the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is the path of liberation. The boat of Krishna Consciousness is very simple, but at the same time the most sublime.

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After more than a decade, I just realized now why my mother and my grandmother always says to “listen to your parents”. They are so damn smart because they said “listen” not “ALWAYS listen”. Now, that really make sense! That’s what happens when somebody here is so stubborn, and it took her almost the rest of her life to figure it out :o) Yaiks! What to do Krishna? This just shows how idiotic I am, but still, thanks Mama and thank you Lola (grandma in Filipino).

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