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Last night, the hubby and me was watching an amazing show about a futuristic medical machine, which in my opinion is rocking the medical world. The looks on my other half’s face while looking at the monitor was like a kid who just had a new toy. He was really giddy and proudly telling me that he once installed  a recording camera inside that machine, and that it cost $1M. Dang! I was totally impressed with this robotic wonder because it really defies the amount of knowledge and skills that humans acquire in such a very demanding field of medical technology. I guess for us women, it is sometimes helpful to know if what’s happening in the technology world because it gives our confidence and knowledge some extra edge. I’m the least techy person (I’m more like a tetchy,LOL) to be updated of what’s new in the high-tech world, but innovation like this deserves a shout out. Anyway, without further ado, I present, The Da Vinci Robot.

All credits goes to TED.

Surgeon and inventor Catherine Mohr tours the history of surgery (and its pre-painkiller, pre-antiseptic past), then demos some of the newest tools for surgery through tiny incisions, performed using nimble robot hands. Fascinating — but not for the squeamish.

P.S.

TED is actually a good website if you want to know and be updated of the latest innovations, watch presentations from the experts, and just be amazed and learned from people with great minds. Registration is free, so sign up and explore all the wonderful presentations.

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Common,everyone of us raised our eyebrows,made faces, in all honesty, we ridiculed them before they started performing, which left us dumbfounded at the end. Ahhh…. the irony…. This is just beautiful…To have a dream, and to never lose hope in achieving it is just inspiring :o.

“My life’s positivity; Positivity come to me”

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Have you ever heard of a Sea Dragon? What about a Leafy Sea Dragon? If you haven’t, I’m not surprise at all because I myself never even knew that they existed. My limited knowledge of distinct sea creatures  are only up to seahorses and jelly fishes, credits to my previous zoology class, LOL! I had my first encounter of this amazingly beautiful creatures when my husband took me to the Tampa Aquarium  in Tampla, Florida. While strolling inside the aquarium, we saw this poster advertising about sea dragons exhibit, and it indeed intrigued me. I got my camera ready and headed to the exhibit hall, but when I got there, the management forbid the people in using the camera flash in taking pictures because it causes stress to the sea dragons :(, which I think is reasonable enough to protect this endangered species. Despite the dimmed lighting, and the swarm of people, I managed to took some decent pictures.

While watching the sea dragons, swimming beautifully inside their “protected” cage, I can’t help but wonder on how did Krishna (God) made them. Krishna must have made hundreds and millions of beautiful creatures that we haven’t seen yet, or some that are still undiscovered, and some that we might never see again.

More pics:

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     Friday morning, and I woke up on the wrong side of the bed. It was a hot and humid day, and  I couldn’t wait to take a cold and refreshing shower. Since I wasn’t in a good mood at early in the morning, I decided to skip breakfast in order to avoid my mother’s never ending litany. I went all the way to the bathroom and immediately brushed my teeth when suddenly a loud knock was pounding the bathroom. In a moment, there was a total silence then a not so pleasing sound to my ear follows, ” how many times I have to tell you to not to take shower on Fridays!” It was my mother yelling with all her might. I was like, oh my god! How did she even knew that it was me taking shower? Anyway, to make matters worse, she threatens me that if I disobey her, she won’t give me a penny for the entire week! Sweet! So, I think I got my ultimatum and just waved my white flag. Yes, that’s my mom with all of her “traditions”, or to put it properly, her superstitions, and I can’t even reason out with her. Is our common sense being reduce to a fraction just to accommodate superstitious belief?

I really don’t have anything against superstitious stuff, but if it’s too much sometimes, then that’s the time that it gets into my nerves. I myself have couples of superstitious things, but it’s quite justifiable. For example:

1. I always wear pink or baby blue outfit whenever I have a job interview because I feel like it’s a lucky charm to get that dream job.

2. With regards to my faith, whenever I cook, I don’t do a pre-tasting of any food that I prepared because I believe that I am cooking to please Krishna (God) rather than pleasing my sense of taste. After that, I offer the food to the altar. When the offering is over, I wash first the offering plate before I could start eating the sanctified food. 

I know it may sounds bizarre and people ask me if how is it possible that the food is palatable since I don’t pre-taste it? The only answer I could give is that it’s magic!

      Now, my other practice which most people still consider superstitious may sounds unimaginable, but trust me, I’d been doing this since I was younger and that is, I don’t eat egg, fish, and meat. Yes, I’m a full-pledge vegetarian. I remember what my parents told me when I decided to become a vegetarian, ” You will not survive”, “Animals are meant to be eaten”, and lastly, “WHAT SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEF IS THAT?” It was a big slapped on my parents’ face. The reason I abstain myself from eating animal flesh is that I believe in karma; moreover, when I was little,my aunt told me a scary story that if I eat pig, I’ll also become a pig on my next life! That pig tale alone manipulated my vulnerable ten years old mind to change my diet.

     In conclusion, superstitious beliefs may or may not be rational, but I guess it all depends to the person wether to follow it or not, what what good or bad to make out of it. It could be base on ignorance that if we don’t pray on Friday the 13th, then something bad will happen, or it could also be base on knowledge like don’t do unto others what others don’t want to do unto you.

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Last week, I posted this article “Caring for Every Devotees By: HH Radhanatha Swami. As I was trying to submit this article to another domain, the devotee in charged of that site asked me for any authenticity proof regarding the article in order to avoid any conflict. It could either be a permission from the author itself, or a URL from which where the article was first posted. Since it’s impossible for me to get the first one, I settle for the later. I managed to find the URL, and I feel relieved. I would like to thank the kind mataji who informed me about this authenticity matter. What a lesson learned!

The article posted below is only an excerpt from the whole original article. To read its entirety , please click here.

I recieved this article from my aunt in New Zealand, and I couldn’t help but share it. While I was reading it, I remember a phrase I’ve heard from one of Ravindra Svarup prabhu’s lectures. It  may not be the exact words, but the meaning and contents are the same:

“When we become a devotee, we work hard to become a perfect devotee. But, what’s next after we become a perfect devotee? That is we should work hard to become a human being.”

Remembering this, made me realize that most of the time we forgot that we’re also human beings who are working on the path of self-realization. Along that path, we’ll make mistakes and make progress, and along that path we forgot compassion because we’re too focused with our “philosophical” pursuits.

Caring for Every Devotees

By: HH Radhanatha Swami

How to apply these principles today, in our society of devotees, is a great challenge. But it is essential, because without it so many problems will play havoc in our society. For a society to be strong, all members must know their duties, and everyone should care for each other. Care means personal attention in serving each devotee. This is the one of the greatest needs of our society. We are preaching the most personal theology in the world: Krishna is a person and every living being is also a person. Everyone has an eternal relationship with God; every one has an eternal relationship with His part and parcels. As Krishna says: “You cannot show love for Me unless you show love for My devotees, and even show love to those who forgot that they are My devotees.” Sometimes in our society we become so highly philosophical that we forget that we are people.
Devotees need encouragement and basic facilities to be happy and serve
Krishna throughout their life.
A devotee has given his whole life to serve this mission, and then he becomes very sick. He needs help. He lays sick on the floor “I can’t do my service.” And we say, “You are in maya. You are not the body.” “Thank you. Philosophically it’s true: I am not this body and I am in maya, but I need your help to get out of maya and transcend this body. I need the love, support and care of a Vaisnava to take me through this.”
Srila Prabhupada was so caring to his devotees. On the first Gaura Purnima festival the only existing building was not yet finished. The first night that the devotees were there Srila Prabhupada got up in the middle of the night to look in each room to see if each devotee was properly taken care of, to see if everyone had a mosquito net. He would also ensure that there was prasadam for all of them and when they were getting sick he was very concerned about their health.
In Vrindavana, during his last months on the planet, Srila Prabhupada was so sick that he couldn’t even walk. When he had to go upstairs two British devotees would pick him up and would carry him in his chair. One of these devotees had a boil in his foot, and once, while he was carrying Srila Prabhupada, something hit the boil. The devotee said “Oh!” and tried to hide it, but Srila Prabhupada understood. Srila Prabhupada could not eat for months and had lost so much weight. His body was only bones. In these state most people would think about themselves. What was a little boil for a big, strong, young devotee, in comparison with Srila Prabhupada’s condition? Still, Srila Prabhupada asked: “What is your problem?” “No problem, Srila Prabhupada, no problem” said the disciple. But Srila Prabhupada insisted: “No, no, please, tell me”, and then he saw the boil and told him exactly what medicine to put. He told him to take the leaf of a certain tree, put it in mustard oil, boil it, and apply this at least three times a day. The next day, when that devotee was carrying Srila Prabhupada upstairs, Srila Prabhupada asked: “How is your foot? Let me see.” And for the next several days, until the boil was completely cured, Srila Prabhupada would inquire with attention and concern. How much do you think this increased the love of that devotee for Srila Prabhupada? He felt: “Srila Prabhupada is so concerned with such an insignificant disciple like myself. I am not a big preacher or anything like that.” This is bhakti. When devotees have physical or mental difficulties it’s an opportunity for us to express our love for them. It’s an opportunity to express our love for Krishna through serving a Vaisnava.

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The week before Gaura Purnima, I was praying to Krishna to please let me do some service, for I’d been completely absorbed with work and school. Five days before the event, I got a call from Mother Nataka. She was asking me if I can do some cake for Radharani’s club fund raising for the temple. The moment I heard her request, I just said yes right away. I didn’t even asked her for the details because I was just overwhelmed with joy that Krishna fulfilled my desire for doing devotional service. I may sounds exaggerated here, but having the chance to do some service (in any possible little ways) is something that I really value, for it rarely comes to me. With my crazy busy life of going to school and working at same time, doing my part as a wife, as a friend, and as a daughter, now you know why I’m thankful. I don’t even mind not having time for myself. I arrive a little late at the temple because I was having some last minute fixture for the cake (I also fallen asleep  a bit while fasting, LOL), but when I got there, it was all worth it because the devotees were happy with the cake. Matajis from the Radharani club told me that they don’t want to cut the cake because it’s too cute to be eaten :). Anyway, they decided to auctioned the cake (as a whole piece) in order to raised more funds, and luckily an Indian couple bought it for a $100. I wasn’t there during the auction, so I missed the chance to asked the couple if I could have a tiny slice of the cake just to have a taste of it, LOL!

I don’t have money to donate for the temple, since I’m just a poor student. But, doing this somehow made me feel useful, and not just eating for free on Sundays. Thank you dear blue boy.

NOTE: I know my Lord Caitanya cartoon character doesn’t look at his best, but I promise to make him better next time.

Radhe Syam with their ever magnanimous presence.

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Sri Sri Gaura Nitai! The cutest ever.

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Jaya Nrsimhadeva! I just love His loving eyes.

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He build a house in which the whole world can leave. Jaya Prabhupada!

More Radhe Shyam pictures:

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Temple and devotee pictures:

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More pictures of the cake I made:

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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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