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How to Spiritualize Your Food in Three Easy Steps













Fruits and vegetables are living and growing beings but they are much less sentient than animals, and so the karma (mental and physical reactions) for eating them is much less. To completely nullify the effect of karma, one can spiritualize their vegetarian food by offering it to God. In the Vedas such pure, soul-nourishing food is taken beyond vegetarianism and is known asprasadam, which literally means “God’s mercy”. When you prepare prasadam, even cooking becomes an act of meditation and loving devotion.

1. MAKE SURE IT’S VEGETARIAN. As Krishna accepts only vegetarian offerings, make sure your food does not include any meat, fish or eggs. Dairy products are fine, honey is fine. Cook with the consciousness of love, knowing that the food will be offered to Krishna. For example, when you look at any painting, you can say a lot about the emotions and the consciousness of the painter, just by seeing how they used the brush, which colors were chosen, etc. Similarly, your consciousness “enters” the food you cook as well. Also, in cooking for Krishna, we do not taste the preparations while cooking, but leave the first taste for Krishna when it is offered.

2. PLACE THE FOOD, OR LITTLE PORTIONS OF IT, IN FRONT OF A PICTURE OF KRISHNA. (Or a Deity of Krishna, if you have) Generally people keep special plates or little bowls that are used for offering foods to Krishna, and nobody else eats from those plates. If you are traveling or for any reason don’t have a picture of Krishna with you, you can still offer your food to Him – after all, God does not need to eat. The most important thing He accepts in your offering is the love with which it’s offered. So think of Krishna, meditate on Him, and go to Step 3.

3. ASK KRISHNA TO ACCEPT YOUR OFFERING. You can use your own words, to humbly ask Krishna to accept your loving offering. There are special mantras that can be chanted. The Vedas describe how the maha-mantra includes all other mantras in it – you can just chant Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare. Wait a moment, let Krishna peacefully accept your offering, thank Him for doing so, and you are ready to enjoy your spiritual, karma-free prasadam meal!













Quotes on Vegetarianism by Famous Thinkers













Living entity is food for another living entity, it does not mean that I shall eat my children also. There is discretion.

– Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 

The man who regards his own life and that of his fellow creatures as meaningless is not merely unhappy but hardly fit for life.

– Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

 

It is my view that the vegetarian manner of living, by its purely physical effect on the human temperament, would most beneficially influence the lot of mankind.

– Albert Einstein(1879-1955)

 

Nothing will benefit human health and increase chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet.

– Albert Einstein(1879-1955)

 

As long as men massacre animals, they will kill each other. Indeed, he who sows the seeds of murder and pain cannot reap joy and love.

– Pythagorus

 

Nonviolence leads to the highest ethics, which is the goal of all evolution. Until we stop harming all living beings, we are all savages.

– Thomas Edison, inventor

 

Truly man is the king of beasts, for his brutality exceeds them. We live by the death of others. We are burial places! I have since an early age abjured the use of meat.

– Leonardo da Vinci

He who, seeking his own happiness, punishes or kills beings who also long for happiness, will not find happiness after death.

– Buddhist Dhammapada

 

To be nonviolent to human beings and to be a killer or enemy of the poor animals is Satan’s philosophy. In this age there is always enmity against poor animals, and therefore the poor creatures are always anxious. The reaction of the poor animals is being forced on human society, and therefore there is always strain of cold or hot war between men, individually, collectively or nationally.

– Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

 

No humane being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does.

– Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

 

If he be really and seriously seeking to live a good life, the first thing from which he will abstain will always be the use of animal food, because …its use is simply immoral, as it involves the performance of an act which is contrary to the moral feeling — killing.

– Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910)

 

While we ourselves are the living graves of murdered beasts, how can we expect any ideal conditions on this earth?

– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)













Simple Living, High Thinking













Take a fish out of the water, and give him the best cigar. Give him designer clothes and a million dollars. The fish will not be happy. A fish will only be satisfied when placed in its natural environment, the water. Why do we work so hard all our lives for various material things? We want to secure our happiness. But everything we own and see around us is temporary – even the Sun is not eternal, what to speak of our bodies. Anything temporary cannot secure happiness. There will be losses. The Vedas teach that if the central element of our existence is missing, we cannot be satisfied, no matter what external arrangements are made. Just as a fish needs water, we need our original spiritual consciousness.

The actual identity of a living being, the atma, is distinct from the machine of the body. But when the atma identifies with the material body, he tries to enjoy life. But as the song goes, “I can’t get no satisfaction”. This is an age-old truth; a spiritual being requires spiritual things, experiences and feelings to become satisfied. And those can be acquired simply by a change in consciousness, by developing higher consciousness (Krishna consciousness). Then everything will fall in place.

Then you don’t need to work so hard for so many things. You can live a simple, peaceful life, ideally producing your own food and having access to all other basic needs in your local community. But simple living can start today, by skipping the movie and instead going through your  and recycling unnecessary clothes, toys and furniture. Simple living can mean sitting down and reading nourishing books instead of going shopping.

Be creative, live simple and you will have time to think, and fulfill the purpose the Vedas give to human life: to inquire into the meaning of life, and re-awaken the dormant spiritual consciousness.

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Yoga













Do everything for Krishna!

 

Yoga is the origin of the English word “yoke”. A yoke links two oxen, and yoga links the individual living being and God.  Even a few minutes of physical yoga exercise rejuvenate the body and help relax and focus the mind. But to be in yoga, to be connected with the Supreme at every moment, requires more. It is a way of life.

The yoga way of life is not difficult. Most of the time, the ancient wisdom sounds much like common sense. “There is no possibility of one’s becoming a yogi, O Arjuna, if one eats too much or eats too little, sleeps too much or does not sleep enough” (Bhagavad-gita). The Vedas establish the yoga lifestyle as the standard of civilized life.

Not everyone in the Vedic society would be a sadhu, an ascetic holy man, or a monk serving in guru’s ashram. In everyday life, while cleaning the house or buying groceries, one can be absorbed in yoga by keeping God in the center of their consciousness. The principle is very simple: “Whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer or give away, and whatever austerities you perform—do that, O son of Kunti, as an offering to Me.” (Bhagavad-gita). Just as all the branches, leaves and flowers become nourished when you water the root of the tree, when you harmonize your activities with the desire of God, or Krishna, the living beings will individually and collectively become satisfied.













Superconsciousness













Yogie meditating on the Paramatma (Lord in the heart).

A yogie meditating on the Paramatma (Lord in the heart).

 

A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA – Krishna consciousness is the highest yoga performance by trained devotional yogis. The yoga system, as is stated in the standard yoga practice formula given by Lord Krishna in the Bhagavad-gita, and as recommended in the Patanjali yoga discipline, is different from the nowadays practiced hatha-yoga as is generally understood in the Western countries.

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Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare  ॐ हरे कृष्णा हरे कृष्णा कृष्णा कृष्णा हरे हरे। हरे रामा हरे रामा रामा रामा हरे हरे॥ ॐ