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Title: Its Aweful Hot

User: Nitaipada_Maharaja   Date: 2006-07-24 21:48:35


It has been terribly hot here for the past few days.  Even the poor animals suffer from this heat.  Over 105 for the past few days means everything suffers.


Shrila Prabhupada told us that even when material nature makes things difficult and unpleasant that we still must preform our devotional duties.  We must still chant, cook, clean, maintain the Deities, ect.  But it is so hard at times when all you desire is to cool off and get a little relief.


I was cooking prasadam last evening when it hit me that even when things are miserably hot, we still have to cook for the Lord.  This also means everything that goes along with it.  Clean up the kitchen prior to prep, sweep the floors out, Lord knows I didn't desire to last night.  But in the midst of it all I remembered a time when I was a teen and my Grandmotherhad me cleaning during the summer.  "Why do we have to clean again, we just did all this at breakfast?"  Because Son, God will accept a megar meal out of a clean kitchen, but not a King's feast out of a dirty one."  So simply, but wisely said.  Now as a Devotee, those words carry even more weight than they did at 14.


I love to cook for Their Lordships.  I think I lost my mind last night.  It was 110 in that kitchen, but I managed to make several wonderful dishes for Their Lordships.  Caitanaya Bhagavata tells us of how Shri Gaura loves spinich, so I made him Paneer Sak.  I made Samosas for Shri Nitai.  And since my belly didn't want anything heavy, I made some Urad Dhal and Chapatis.  It was a nice dinner, and I made enough that I won't have to cook much today.  But it is nice to make atleast one dish a day to offer to Their Lordships.  (Wonder if They hate leftovers as much as I do?)


Mataji Chandrika has started a recipe blog, has some nice items on it.  Later I want to print off several of her recipes and try them out.  Wonder how her sweet tomato sauce differs from mine?  Have to try and see.


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Title: Re: Its Aweful Hot

User: candrika         Date: 2006-07-25 08:32:26


It hot here too Nitaipada Maharaja. Last week hottest day in England for 100 years, 37 degrees. All the shops here are sold out of fans and there is a hose pipe ban!


It would be cool if sometimes you would post your variations and tips for recipes in the recipes: section on the main forum page, where the recipes get transferred to, as I expect you and others have alot of tips about recipes to add something or whatever, from your own cooking experiences, that could improve them and add variations.


Talking about grandmothers wise words, as you were, my own Grandmother when I was a child, if we ever refused to eat what was on the plate she gave us, say if I left the greens, then when she brought desert, I would find the left over greens hidden under the custard. This stood me in good stead for later honoring Prasad, being careful to take only what  is necessary, so as not to leave a  crumb on my plate.


I hope you are well Nitaipada, and I think you should get a fan for your kitchen, if they are not all sold out there in the good ol US of A! :sun:


Title: Re: Its Aweful Hot

User: JagannathaGaurangadasa     Date: 2006-07-25 10:27:42


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!



I thought Caturmasya started July 11? I beieve we are supposed to refrain from sak for this 1st month? I am just stating this because I don't want anyone to fall into any unneccesary trouble and I am a little confused. For the whole four months of Caturmasya we must refrain from tomatoes, urad dahl, honey, eggplants, runner beans, loki, and parmal. These 4 months are a time to seriously limit our sense gratification and not eat palatable foods. We should try to give up good tasting food, this is what I have read from the acaryas. We have 8 months to eat palatable food. For breakfast I eat oats and corn grits cooked in water without salt and some cheese on the side, for lunch I eat vegetables and plain basmati rice without butter and ghee and when I come home from work I eat a little fruit. I still eat enough food I have just given up the pleasing tastes and I have found this is an easy way to control the senses and I have found this very satisfying. This seems like a good time to really focus on what we should be doing and really not give in to the senses if at all possible.The new recipes look very tasty but I would be careful what ingredients you use for these 4 months. I just don't want anyone to displease Lord Vishnu because our pleasure relies on his. Afterall these 4 months are a perfect time to refocus and gather spiritual strength.

Here is a good web page to view on the rules and glories of Caturmasya:


Aspiring for the foot dust of the Vaishnavas

Jagannatha Gauranga dasa


Title: Re: Its Aweful Hot

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-07-25 13:52:31


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams! :pranams: and Blessings! :bless: True, leafy plants are to be avoided by us for the first month of Chaturmasya. But we can surely offer them to the Lord as the Lord in His aprakrata eternal lila (pastimes) in the spiritual world does not do Chaurmasya fasting. The Lord should not have to fast from any item when we fast. Urad dahl is to be avoided for the last month of Chaturmasya. Yes, prasadam should be simple and sumptuous. Tasting nice prasadam will not be an obstacle for Naam and Bhakti Yoga if it is cooked and offered to the Lord with devotion by a devotee from ingredients which are purchased by the money of a devotee. The pleasing taste of prasadam is not material, it is spiritual. Infact the pleasing taste of prasadam will conquer the urges of the tongue and thus it will no longer hanker for material taste of non-offered foods even if that is very palatable. Dry yogis who do not offer or eat prasadam mix all items on their plate because they are afraid that tasting each item will make them fall into Maya, but devotees are superior and they never mix all items but relish the taste of each item of the prasadam exactly in the same way as it was tasted by the Lord Himself because they know that tasting prasadam (Lord Gauranga-Krishna's adharaamrita) will lead to their spiritual advancement and never falldown. Thankyou.


Title: Re: Its Aweful Hot

User: JagannathaGaurangadasa     Date: 2006-07-26 10:41:35


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!


Dear Swami Gaurangapada,


Thanks for the reply and I wholeheartedly agree with your statements, I'm sorry if I seemed offensive or childish. My problem is that I sometimes make the food and offer it with my enjoyment in the back of mind. Also I was eating my oats and grits breakfast with milk and honey, and my rice for lunch with yogurt, and spices, so the food tasted very good and consequently I eat more than I should which can slow the body and mind down a bit,(and add a little chub to the waistline) so I figured Caturmasya would be a perfect time to lighten up, improve my digestion, etc. Hopefully in the future I can offer food in the purest love and devotion to Lord Nityananda and Lord Gauranga and please them with my sincere feelings :sun:


Your servant,

Jagannatha Gauranga dasa


Title: Re: Its Aweful Hot

User: candrika         Date: 2006-07-26 16:46:08


It is a scientifically proven fact that by refraining from grains the apetite is reduced. The Atkins Diet is based on this, a diet many people use to lose weight.


So refraining from grains on Ekadashi or for Caturmasya actually really does reduce the appetite and reduce those cravings for food that we may call hunger pangs. So leaving our minds free to think of other things.


The reason this happens, is because grains basically contain alot of complex carbohydrates, and once taken in the body breaks them down to glucose (simply sugar) which goes into the blood causing blood sugar levels to rise.


Hunger pangs occur when blood sugar levels swing from high to low. But if you refrain from eating starchy carby foods, such as grains, then the blood sugar levels remain at a constant steady level and you do not experience the appetite and hunger pangs.


It is slightly more complicated than that, and involves insulin and things, but this is proven scientific fact. I stick to this kind of diet and have experienced that the appetite reducing effect is very true.


Title: Re: Its Aweful Hot

User: Igor     Date: 2006-07-26 18:18:49


I stick to this kind of diet and have experienced that the appetite reducing effect is very true.

This is very interesting. So, are there some other things that should be avoided or only grains? Sugar, potatoes,etc. What about ghi?


Title: Re: Its Aweful Hot

User: JagannathaGaurangadasa     Date: 2006-07-26 21:56:07


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!


Yes Candrika I must agree with your statements. I have tried low carb, high protein diets when I used to powerlift and it's an easy way to lose fat and build muscle and take care of hunger pangs. Of course I'm not concerned about building muscle anymore and I actually want as low a protein intake as possible to help me with celibacy, so it's hard for me to find a replacement for carbs.

When I was seriously lifting I would get 200-300 grams of protein a day(alot coming from protein shakes), but now I certainly want less that 50-60 grams per day. Another problem is with the quality of protein available. I can only find pasteurized milk products except for some raw milk cheese and milk products when pasteurized lose all enzymes and are difficult to digest, it basically destroys all the health properties of milk. So the organic milk and organic yogurt that I can get a hold of is barely adequate for human consumption because they are not made with raw milk.

Of course I could get extra calories from nuts and seeds, but even then I can't find many nuts that are in the shell which is nature's way of keeping the oils in the nuts and seeds from going rancid, so I stay away from these. And then peanuts and pistachios that I can find in shell are regularly toxic from mold and peanuts cause me stomach upsets anyhow. Now they are even genetically modifying foods like potatoes, tomatoes, etc. and I surely want to stay away from these foods.

So because of these problems I  have trouble finding food I consider fit to eat.

I eat plenty of organic fruits and vegetables but I do eat too many carbs and I know this is not so healthy but in my situation I don't really feel that I have too much of an option because I surely don't get filled up on fruits and vegetables and I have trouble finding that good quality replacement for rice, oats, etc, and I am pretty active so I do need some calories but not too much protein. Not really a big deal but I am careful about what I eat as I don't want to end up suffering down the road any more than I have to.

Not being able to find good quality food is just another symptom of kali-yuga.


Thanks for the help

Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!


Title: Re: Its Aweful Hot

User: Igor     Date: 2006-07-27 08:19:04


The way that we are taking prasadam - food is also very important. It is recommended to chew up very well not just swallow our meals. I heard that one should chew food for 32 times. It is also recommended to take 1/4 of water, 2/4 of food and 1/4 of air during our mealtime.:victory: