Wednesday, July 31, 2013


As many as 500 Hindu leaders and scholars from more than 21 countries called for enhancing tolerance during the Second World Hindu Summit (WHS), held in Bali last month. “We happily announce to the world that harmony and tolerance shall prevail and that acceptance is the basic principle of our relationship, with our brothers of same faith or with our brothers of the different faiths. Hindu believes in one world, one God Supreme, and one World Family. There are no boundaries or borders in Hindu Dharma. We are all one, we share the same fate and destiny,” the summit declaration said. A similar tone was expressed by the newly elected president of the World Hindu Parisad, Ida Pedanda Gede Ketut Sebali Tianyar Arimbawa.

Tianyar Arimbawa called on Hindus to enhance tolerance. “We are calling for all Hindu devotees to always be respectful to each other and accepting of different faiths,” the Hindu high priest said. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono addressed the assembled leaders in a speech to the opening ceremony of the 35th Bali Arts Festival, attended by WHS participants. “I urge Hindu devotees from all around the world to always embody a harmonious and peaceful life,” he said. 
He also urged Indonesians across the archipelago to maintain tolerance. “We should firmly refuse any forms of violence committed in the name of a specific religion or identity because that is simply not consistent with our values and character as a nation that respects pluralism,” he said, stressing the nation's motto of Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity).

The Second World Hindu Summit held in Bali last month discussed many contemporary issues including tolerance, the environment, health, science, human rights, and globalisation. Summit participants discussed increasing cases of intolerance around the world, and this is a crucial issue because tolerance is the key for creating a peaceful life. Lack of tolerance makes us sectarian and that spirit - that makes us support only the religious group which we belong to and motivates us to forcibly convert others to our belief - only has brought turmoil and unrest in the world. Instead of criticizing and being intolerant of others, why not glorify their values and strengths? (Editor's note).

Guru Maharaj, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Promode Puri Goswami Maharaj. His behavior is the absolute example of a Vaishnava. Of a Vaishnava's nature, there are four main qualities. First quality is humility. His humility was excellent. No one can compare with him. He is an example of humility. For that reason other Vaishnava were attracted to him. It would always be a nice connection. And then his tolerance. Amongst the Vaishnavas communities, societies, there are so many problems. But he was not one of these problems; he never engaged in discord. He was always in his mood, his divine mood. He felt it this tolerance. He never criticized any soul, no one at all. I never heard any criticism to others. Instead of criticism his nature was to glorify. He made a habit of glorifying the devotees.

Śrīla Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Mahārāja :
Interview on 20 May 2001 
Interviewed by Gourapriya Das (RVN)
Translated by Anuradha Dasi
Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math -

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

Tuesday, July 30, 2013


OF FRIENDSHIP TODAY - International Day of Friendship is observed today (Tuesday) to promote the role of friendship in promoting peace. International Friendship Day is marked globally as a day for promoting the role that friendship plays in advocating peace in many cultures. Through this day, young children and youth who are future leaders are engaged in different community activities that include celebration of different cultures and promotion of diversity.
In 2011, the United Nations (UN) proclaimed the International Day of Friendship with the idea that friendship between people, countries, and cultures can inspire peace efforts and build bridges between communities.

UN wanted to involve young people - as future leaders - in community activities that include different cultures and promote international understanding and respect for diversity. 
The day is also intended to support the goals and objectives of the Declaration and Programme of Action on a Culture of Peace and the International Decade for a Culture of Peace and Non-Violence for the Children of the World (2001-2010). 
To mark the International Day of Friendship, UN encourages governments, international organizations and civil society groups to hold events, activities and initiatives that contribute to the efforts of the international community.

Today July 30 is International Friendship Day. Initially, the date was proposed by the “International Crusade for Friendship”, a movement created in Paraguay in 1958. Today's celebrations are held on diverse dates in different countries of the world. We tend to consider “friend” only to those who think and act as we want or those who meet our needs or desires. However, we must show our friendship for all God's creation. A good friendship with God means acting like good sons and daughters of God. Being a friend of God is treat with love and respect all living beings - our little brothers - and with care and attention to all his creation: our earth and its environment. (Editor's note).

“Sakha” in Sanskrit means friend. We can understand the concept of “friend” in two ways ... The first way to understand is: “A friend in need is a friend indeed”, this means that a true friend is always there when needed. The second is “a friend without need is a friend indeed”, this is even deeper and that is to say a friend never expects anything from us, but is always there to help. That is the criterion of a true relationship. ... Our relationship with God is not the most friendly to say, even worse, if we are friends of God, and He has been very friendly with us, why do we give so much trouble and ill-treatment  to our brothers and sisters? ... because if you really want to be friends of God, then we must be friends of His sons and daughters, or do you think that there is another way to be?

Śrīla Bhakti Aloka Paramadvaiti Mahārāja :
Vrinda Sunday Chats
“Who are Your Real Friends?”
Conference from Austria. 21/07/13

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

Sunday, July 28, 2013


CHEAPER LIFE INSURANCE In the UK, vegetarians are to be offered cheaper life insurance because, it is claimed, they are healthier and less likely to die early. The AFI insurance agency has devised the Vegetarian Term Life policy to reward non meat-eaters with lower premiums. The company claims that the wider industry has failed to catch up with the reality that vegetarians are a better insurance risk. They are, it says, less likely to suffer from the sort of serious or chronic illnesses that shorten lives.
According to the Vegetarian Society, the risk of some cancers is reduced by up to 40 per cent and of heart disease by 30 per cent.

The chance of developing kidney and gall stones is also lower, it says, while the threat of diet-related diabetes and high blood pressure is minimised. The prospect of getting the human form of Mad Cow Disease becomes much more remote, it is argued, while there is also less danger of food poisoning. The new policy, underwritten by the Liverpool Victoria Life Company, offers a 25 per cent reduction on monthly premiums in the first year only.
But AFI - which stands for Animal Friends Insurance - is arguing for the entire industry to deliver long-term discounts to vegetarians. They gave the example of a 45-year-old female non-smoker. She would pay US$16.48 a month for a $150,458 policy over 15 years with the company's vegetarian policy, compared to an average figure of $24.66 and a top rate of $27.68.

An insurance company in the UK has developed a special policy to reward vegetarians with lower premiums. It is definitely good news and it is very encouraging that vegetarians receive a financial reward - reducing the cost of premiums - by the fact of not consuming meat. However, the best reward for those who do not participate in acts of violence against animals and can maintain a meat-free diet is to get to understand what is compassion towards our younger brothers and develop love for all living entities. (Editor's note).

“The animals are my friends, I don't eat up my friends.” G.B. Shaw.
If we are the children of the same Mother Earth, Mother Nature and of the Supreme Lord, then how can we deny our smaller siblings, the little animals, their right to live just as we claim it for ourselves. We are all maintained by the Creator, thru Mother Earth. We should feel gratitude for her and manifest compassion for those that need our help. That will provide us with happiness and peace. While we put meat and blood on our plates we won't be able to find peace in our lives. The Biblical principle is that who kills with a sword will die by a sword. It is the clear law of karma. Don't do to others what you don't want them to do to you. We should learn how to feel. To love. We will be loved this way also and we will feel happy.

Casa de la Sabiduría - House of Wisdom :
“Services - Health”
“Peace and Vegetarianism”

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

Friday, July 26, 2013


ENCOURAGE PROMOTE AGROECOLOGY Valentina Vives Granella, the spokeswoman from American Free Seed Network (RSL) in Chile, now lives around Valdivianos environments, based on Rebellin. Moving into the region of Araucanía, Los Ríos and Los Lagos, she works hard in shaping collaborative human networks around permaculture, self-sufficiency, and good living, with particular focus on the seeds, the basis of life. 
The school house that she is leading has the purpose to promote sustainable local development and its many aspects, by connecting and linking to community practice. Valentina studied chemistry and environmental biology at the University of Chile but now she serves as an activist in defense of biodiversity and indigenous peoples. Mainly through collaborative networking, education and information campaigns.

Chile Free Seed Network was organized due to the fact that the original seeds, and the old cultural tradition (ancient wisdom) associated with the native cultivation, feeding, gastronomy, medicine, textiles, celebrations, rituals, ceremonies, storing and planting techniques, are now threatened, and at risk of disappearing, by the modern industrial food system.
Valentina explains that one of the greatest threats are the laws that allow companies to have intellectual property rights on seeds, genetic manipulation, monocultures, border barriers, among many others threats which include the growing disconnection of humans with the Earth and the lack of observation and respect towards nature's own cycles. These laws and this multinational model allow land erosion, genetic manipulation, cultural destruction and the lost of identity, with the result that feeding is monopolized.

Valentina Vives Granella, from American Free Seed Network Chile, explains that “by controlling seeds, people is controlled. This movement, which puts the seed at the center and at the base of their actions, is a movement whose main objective is the liberation of human beings and good living.” The RSL Chile was formed in 2012 with people from different disciplines and occupations as activists and enthusiasts of LIFE seeds. “We work to rescue and promote the cultural identity of peoples, and also to the seed which is source of life and creativity,” Valentina says.  We have to defend our freedom; therefore, we have to save mother Earth's seeds.

There is a global emergency because seeds have been appropriated and colonized. Corporations have declared that seeds are their intellectual property, and the only way that they can get the intellectual property is by modifying and mutilating by genetic engineering. So we have a double hazard - the hazard of genetic engineering and the hazard of seed patenting. We have seen what this combination does in the area of cotton. India is the land of cotton ... but today the seed is under threat, because all the cotton we can spin now is genetically engineered Bt cotton, under the control of one company, Monsanto. That’s why, if we don’t save seeds, all the diversity will be gone forever, and with it the memory that is in the seed - the ecological memory and the cultural memory. And with it will go the livelihood of farmers. It devastates Nature.

Dr. Vandana Shiva :
Interview by Bhavani Prakash
From Eco Walk the Talk

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


“IDOLS” OF MONEY, POWER, PLEASURE - Pope Francis urged Catholics to resist the “ephemeral idols” of money, power and pleasure during a pilgrimage Wednesday to one of the most important shrines in Latin America. Francis celebrated the first public Mass of his trip to Brazil after praying before the statue of Our Lady of Aparecida, Brazil's patron saint. His eyes welled up with emotion as he stood silently in deep prayer before the tiny dark-skinned statue. 
In his homily, Francis appealed for the faithful to not seek out false idols of money and success that he said take the place of God. Rather, he called for Brazilians to keep Christian values of faith, generosity and fraternity.

Crowds roared, church bells rang out and a multitude of faithful waved in jubilation as the pope arrived in this small town, where thousands packed into the cavernous Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida. A powerful choir burst into song as Pope Francis arrived and tens of thousands of additional believers braved a cold rain outside. Francis paused in deep prayer before the statue of the virgin, his eyes tearing up as he breathed heavily. He touched the frame holding the statue and made the sign of the cross as a small group of prelates behind him applauded. 
It was a deeply personal moment for this pontiff, who has entrusted his papacy to the Virgin Mary and, who like many Catholics in Latin America, places great importance in Marian devotion.

In a sermon to a congregation of thousands, Pope Francis appealed to the faithful to focus on non-material values of spiritualism, generosity, solidarity and perseverance. During his first mass in Brazil, he also urged Catholics to resist the “ephemeral idols” of money, power, success and pleasure. “Let us never lose hope! Let us never allow it to die in our hearts!” the pontiff said in his message. Francis is in Brazil for World Youth Day. Pope Francis has said a great truth: the ‘idols’ of money, power, success and pleasure are against the practice of devotional service.

What harm do the six enemies, which are unfavorable to devotional service, cause a practitioner of devotional service?
The six enemies (lust, anger, greed, illusion, pride, and envy) constantly appear in the human mind and create disturbances. These six enemies engage the mind in the following temporary material activities: the urge to speak in order to cause anxiety, the mental urge to speculate, the urge to speak harsh words in anger, the urge of the tongue to relish the four kinds of foodstuffs (sweet, sour, salty, and bitter), the urge of the stomach to eat palatable foodstuffs, and the urge of the genitals to enjoy the association of men and women. Because of these six enemies, pure cultivation of devotional service does not take place in the heart.

Śrīla Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thākura :
‘Activities Unfavorable to Devotional Service’
“Śrī Bhaktivinoda Vānī Vaibhava” - Vol 2. “Abhidheya”
Compiled by Śrīpad Sundarānanda Vidyāvinoda

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

Tuesday, July 23, 2013


MEETING IN MADRID, SPAIN - Madrid, Spain. The priest Juan Carlos Ramchandani, of Ceuta, successfully concluded participation in the first meeting of Hindus of Spain last month in Madrid, where he served as coordinator. The conference, one of the great aspirations of the community in recent years, benefited from presentations and panel discussions by leading personalities of that religious denomination in Spain.
The meeting of the various schools of Hinduism took place in the Jhulelal Temple, which selflessly lent its facilities for the two-day event. A commemorative poster, with text in Castilian and Sanskrit, was created for the event by the artist Hari Chaitanya. The program began with a puja (ritual) to welcome the participants and the Mangalacharan, an invocation with recitation of mantras to favor an auspicious beginning.

Then, it was Ramchandani who opened the meeting with a presentation on the state of Hinduism in Spain, and called on other groups to seek unity in diversity. Among the speakers was the writer and editor Alvaro Enterria, resident in India for 30 years, whose exposure to Orthodox Hinduism and integration of foreigners mainly revolved around his personal experience as a Hindu believer of Western origin in that country.
The monk and scholar Swami Satyananda spoke about teaching the Hindu tradition in a world that doesn't value spiritual life and a return to the fundamental principles of Vedic cultural heritage. Philosopher and teacher of Yoga, Oscar Montero, Swami Omkarananda, from the Sivananda Mandir Hindu Temple of Valencia, and doctor of philosophy and writer Javier Ruiz Calderon also were among the speakers.

Last June was held in Madrid the First Meeting of Hindus of Spain. It was by invitation only for those very committed to Hinduism in Spain, and next year they are planning a congress open to the general public. The audience was made up entirely of Hindu practitioners of one of the four main schools. The following topics were discussed: What is Hinduism?, Who is a Hindu?, Hinduism and media and interreligious dialogue Hinduism and Hinduism and academics, among others. Among the guests were personalities of great erudition, as the founding director of the Purusa, Pedro Soto. There was also time for silent meditation, for an arati (worship ceremony) and also a kirtan (devotional music). Hinduism is more than a religion, but a way of life.

Hinduism is pluralistic. In other words, it does not claim any one prophet or savior; it includes all aspects of God; it does not subscribe to any one philosophy or dogma; it includes various schools of thought and ways of understanding spiritual Truth; it includes a variety of religious rites or sacraments; it does not exclude any particular scripture that can help a person understand more about God and spiritual Truth; and it does not say that you have only one life in which to become spiritually perfect or you will go to eternal damnation. Thus, Vedic philosophy is more of a way of living and an outlook on life than a religion. Because of this, Hinduism and the path of Vedic culture includes a variety of customs, ideas, and philosophies.

Dr Stephen Knapp (Śrīpad Nandanandana dasa) :
“Vedic Culture / Hinduism: A Short Introduction”
“What is Vedic Culture / Hinduism”

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

Monday, July 22, 2013


VIOLATIONS DIRECTED AT HINDUS Last month, with the release of their ninth annual report, members of the Hindu American Foundation are pushing policymakers to take action against international human rights violations directed at Hindus. The four countries the report categorized as egregious violators - Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malaysia and Pakistan - are all Muslim-majority countries. Samir Kalra, author of the report, titled “Hindus in South Asia and the Diaspora: A Survey of Human Rights” said the foundation included countries in which the plight of Hindus is largely overlooked. The impact of the report, he said, is twofold: It gives a voice to Hindu minorities and educates officials in the U.S. and worldwide.

The 2012 report cites Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the Indian state of Jammu as countries of serious concern, while Fiji, Saudi Arabia and Trinidad and Tobago as countries where conditions for Hindus have improved. Kalra said the problem is that many of these nations sanction discrimination, creating “an atmosphere of intolerance at the top, which trickles down.” Kalra said he’s concerned the U.S. government hasn’t taken more notice of this persecution, adding that human rights often take a back seat to geopolitical issues. But he hopes the foundation’s report works to create a link between the two issues. Kalra, who urged members of Congress to sign the recommendation, said it is important that the FBI track these numbers so the issues behind these incidents can be addressed.

“When you hear about Hindus targeted for wearing a ‘bindi’ or ’tilak’ or Sikh boys and men living in fear of attack simply because they wear a turban, it’s time to say enough is enough and take action. Groups from India aren’t the only ones targeted for their faith, but I can tell you the Indian-American community is deeply disturbed by what is going on,” said Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.  Hindu American Seva Communities (HASC) has repeatedly expressed concern over xenophobia against Hindus, as well as Muslims and Sikhs. The FBI’s Advisory Policy Board is scheduled to discuss a congressional recommendation to update its Hate Crime Statistics Act.

People who show their love for their own religion by hating all others will spiritually stagnate and cause disharmony and quarrels between those of their religion and those of others. Someone may be a kind, generous, and devout person amongst those of his own culture, while ready to howl, insult, hate, and do injury to those of another. This is love of the lowest level, similar to the way a dog may love its master and will show it by snarling at anyone else. Only those individuals and dry forms of religion that are bereft of real spiritual knowledge look at all others with hate and suspicion. Only when one’s consciousness becomes mature does this form of fanaticism or immature enthusiasm subside. Then real love and respect for all will naturally emanate from that person.

Dr Stephen Knapp (Śrīpad Nandanandana dasa) :
“Toward World Peace: Seeing the Unity Between Us All”  -

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

Sunday, July 21, 2013


WITH NO MEMORY OF HIS PAST - When Michael Boatwright woke up in the emergency room, the nurses began asking him questions for which it became clear he had no answers. The gray-haired, soft-spoken man looked at his identity card and didn't recognize his own face. He answered only to Johan Ek. Though his driver's license said he was born in Florida, he spoke in Swedish and said he remembered nothing about his life before.
“The guy Michael - it wasn't me. I'm still Johan,” he said through a translator in a recent interview at Desert Regional Medical Center. The man was found unconscious in a Motel 6 room at noon on Feb. 28 and taken to the hospital, said Lisa Hunt-Vasquez, a social worker.

He had with him a duffel bag of casual athletic clothes, a backpack, five tennis rackets, two cellphones, some cash, a set of old photos and four forms of identification naming him as Michael Thomas Boatwright: a passport, a California identification card, a veteran's medical card and a Social Security card. Following mental and physical health exams, Boatwright was diagnosed by a psychiatrist and psychologist with transient global amnesia in a “fugue state”.
The conditions, both temporary and related to memory loss, were likely triggered by some kind of emotional or physical trauma. Medical staff determined that it would be unsafe to release Boatwright and have moved him to the hospital's skilled nursing facility. “He's kind of a blank slate,” Hunt-Vasquez said.

Michael Boatwright, 61, a man who woke up in the emergency room at Desert Regional Medical Center with amnesia, refers to himself as Johan Ek and spoke in Swedish. “The guy Michael - it wasn’t me. I’m still Johan,” he said through a translator. Boatwright was found unconscious in a Motel 6 room. He had with him a duffel bag of casual athletic clothes, some cash, a set of old photos and IDs identifying him as Boatwright. A psychiatrist and psychologist diagnosed him with Transient Global Amnesia in a “fugue state.” However, other explanations may be possible. Is he remembering his past life? Nowadays, hypnotherapists use sessions of past life regression as psychotherapeutic process.

Reincarnation forms an integral part of the explanation of the Vedic scriptures for the seeming contradictions in karma. They assert the eternality of our existence; our life doesn't begin with birth or end with death. Each one of us is an irreducible, infinitesimal particle of anti-matter - spirit. It is this spark which animates the material body that we currently reside in. The body is merely an external covering like a dress. And just as we give up old and worn out clothes and accept new ones, the soul similarly gives up old and worn out bodies and accepts new ones at the time of death. ... Thus the principles of reincarnation allow us to view life with a much broader perspective - not from the standpoint of one brief lifetime which is nothing more than a flash in time, but from the standpoint of eternity.

Śrīpad Chaitanya Charan das :
“The Spiritual Scientist” - Vol 1 Issue 7
“Reincarnation - The Basis of an Infallible Justice”

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

Saturday, July 20, 2013


POPULOUS NATION AROUND 2028 - India's population is forecast to continue to grow until 2050, according to the United Nations. India looks set to overtake China as the world's most populous country from 2028, according to the United Nations. At that point, both nations will number 1.45 billion people each. Subsequently India's population will continue to grow until the middle of the century, while China's slowly declines. 
The UN also estimates that the current global population of 7.2 billion will reach 9.6 billion by 2050. That is a faster rate of growth than previously estimated. The UN said the reason for the increase in its projection is largely new information on fertility levels in certain high birth rate countries.

The world's 49 least developed countries are projected to double in size from around 900 million people in 2013 to 1.8 billion in 2050, whereas the population of developed regions will remain largely unchanged. Large developing countries, such as China, India and Brazil, have seen a rapid fall in the average number of children per woman, but in other nations, such as Nigeria, Niger, Ethiopia and Uganda, fertility levels remain high.
The population growth will be mainly in developing countries, particularly in Africa, the UN says. “Although population growth has slowed for the world as a whole, this report reminds us that some developing countries, especially in Africa, are still growing rapidly,” said Wu Hongbo, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Economic and Social Affairs.

The ONU's report says India is expected to become the world's most populous country, passing China around 2028, when both countries will have populations of 1.45 billion. After that, India's population will continue to grow and that of China is expected to start decreasing. The report says the world's population will hit 7.2 billion next month and is projected to reach 10.9 billion by 2100. In view of all this, proponents of contraception claim it solves many social problems. However, a family who raises children dedicated to God is blessed with spiritual growth and satisfaction.

Many people will argue that without birth control, families will have a dozen or more children. Yet in societies where birth control isn't practiced, the average number of children per family is six. Six children per family may seem too many for the earth, but the entire present world population could fit in France or in the state of Texas, with 1,500 square feet per person. ... All the world's scriptures urge us to have many children, and describe children as a blessing. The only burden on the earth mentioned in the Vedic scriptures is that of a large population of sinful people who live lives of crime and deceit. The Lord, Sri Krishna, is unlimitedly wealthy and can easily provide adequately for all His obedient children.

Śrīmati Urmila devi dasi :
“Birth Control Myths”
Less of a Population Burden on the Planet?

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”

Friday, July 19, 2013


SHAVES HEAD FOR CHARITY - Beauty pageant queens have been the butt of a lot of jokes lately - for example, Marissa Powell, Miss Utah, who recently flubbed an answer about the gender gap in wages during the Miss USA pageant. 
But one crowned beauty has people talking because of a noble act: chopping off all her hair for charity.
Patricia Celan was named Miss Charity British Columbia on July 1. Contestants were raising money for the organization Cops for Cancer, which funds research for children's cancers and sends kids stricken with the disease to summer camp. Patricia, a former Top Teen of Canada contestant, was touched by cancer after losing her uncle to the disease last year.

Patricia Celan promised that if she raised the most money, she would shave her head. Well, she raised $8,000, topping what the other contestants raked in. So, she made good on her promise right there on the pageant stage. First her ponytail was cut off, and then the electric buzzer came out. 
Celan donated her hair, and she had it shaved to stand in solidarity with cancer patients who have lost their hair. Celan said of her new look, "I've been told that I'm pulling off the Natalie Portman look."
The new short haircut will be great for the summer, during which Celan is volunteering at Camp Goodtimes for children with cancer. Now there's a pageant queen who is beautiful inside and out. Would you cut your hair off for charity?

Patricia Celan wants you to know that you don't need long hair to be a beauty queen. “You can be beautiful, even with short hair.” It's a message that the 20-year-old woman took to the 2013 Miss B.C. pageant held over Canada Day long weekend: she won Miss Charity B.C. and celebrated by lopping off the brown locks she's had all her life in an effort to raise money for cancer research. “I hoped that it would inspire people,” she said. As a commentator notes: “I think she is beautiful inside and out, I know how it feels to loose your hair, I battle cancer last year went thru chemo, loosing my long hair. She is a beauty Queen by all standards.” A good example to society. By living at the disposal of others, we may learn selfless service of the higher.

This is the contrast between the material and spiritual worlds. In Vrindavana everything is Krsna-centered, and in the material world everything is self-centered. If we want to enter Krsna-lila, we must start here. When we find selfishness in ourselves, we must convert it into selfless action. From this the heart will be purified, self knowledge will arise, and devotion proper becomes a real possibility, “mad bhaktim labhate param.” ... We love our body because we are within it in the sense that we have identified with it. It is the self that is dear to us - more so than our bodies - and this self is a particle of Krsna's jiva-sakti. ... As the self is more dear than the body, Krsna is more dear than the self. Thus if we understand ourselves, we will understand that Krsna is the most dear object and learn to love him.

Śrīla Bhakti Vedanta Tripurari Mahārāja :
Śrī Caitanya Sanga - Vol. I, No. 22
“This Is Vrindavana”

Published by dasavatara das - "Vedic Views on World News"

Thursday, July 18, 2013


KILLS 22 INDIAN CHILDREN - At least 22 Indian children died and dozens needed hospital treatment after apparently being poisoned by a school meal, sparking violent protests and angry allegations of blame. The children aged four to 12 fell ill on Tuesday after consuming a lunch of rice, soybean and lentils in the impoverished eastern state of Bihar.
The school, at Mashrakh village in the district of Chapra, provided free meals under the Mid-Day Meal Scheme, the world's largest school feeding program involving 120 million children.Medical teams treating the children said they suspected the food had been contaminated with insecticide, but “we will have to wait for forensic reports,” they said.

The school headmistress fled after the deaths became known and was dismissed, P.K. Shahi, Bihar's education minister, told a news conference. “In spite of the cook's complaint (over the smell of cooking oil used for the food), the headmistress insisted on its use and the cook made the food. The children had also complained about the food to the cook,” Shahi said. The cook, who also fell ill after eating the food and was hospitalized, told Reuters television it had looked as if there was a layer of residue at the bottom of the oil jar.
Opposition parties accused the Janata Dal party-led government of acting too slowly to hospitalize the children and dozens of people took to the streets to protest, television channels showed.

At least 22 children have died and another 35 are being treated in hospital in India after eating a contaminated school meal. The children fell sick after eating their free school lunch of rice and lentils in the village of Marakh in the Saran district in the eastern state of Bihar. The meal was prepared at the school. The poisoning is believed to have been caused by insecticides in the food. Hundreds of people demonstrated outside a local police station in Marakh, demanding that measures be taken against the school administration. Bihar, bordering Nepal, is one of the most impoverished states in India. It is necessary to rise the levels of food hygiene and enhance the quality of the school meals to protect the innocent children and avoid future food poisoning cases.

In the glorious days, or before the advent of the age of Kali, the brāhmanas, the cows, the women, the children and the old men were properly given protection. ... The protection of children gives the human form of life its best chance to prepare the way of liberty from material bondage. Such protection of children begins from the very day of begetting a child by the purificatory process of garbhādhāna-samskāra, the beginning of pure life. ... The killing of the above-mentioned innocent creatures is totally forbidden because even by insulting them one loses one's duration of life. In the age of Kali they are not properly protected, and therefore the duration of life of the present generation has shortened considerably.

Śrīla A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda :
Śrīmad Bhāgavatam - Canto 1: “Creation” 
Chapter 8: “Prayers by Queen Kuntī and Parīkshit Saved”
Verse 5 - Bhaktivedanta VedaBase

Published by dasavatara das - “Vedic Views on World News”