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  1. i recently ordered three packets of seeds, krishna tulsi, rama tulsi, and vana tulsi. all three are coming along fine. krishna and rama are annuals and vana is a perenial. i'm curious to know, which is usually offered in the temples or does it matter? i asked my salagrama (sankarshana), but he just looked at me like i didn't know what i was talking about.

  2. in bhagavat gita as it is 6.13-14 "One should hold one's body, neck and head erect in a straight line and stare steadily at the tip of the nose..."

    Paramahansa Yogananda: "A majority of Gita translators and commentators have misinterpreted the word nasikagram to mean 'tip of the nose'. The word literally means 'origin of the nose'. The origin or the starting place of the nose is the spot between the two eyebrows...My guru Sri Yukteswar noticing how frequently nasikagram is misunderstood, once said drolly: 'The path of the yogi is singular enough as it is. Why councel him that he must also make himself cross-eyed?"

    Has anybody really heard of a yoga teacher teaching their students to stare at the tip of your nose when the spiritual eye is located at the origin of the nose?


    do wop unto others as you would have them do wop unto you

  3. just a note concerning the Egyptian hieroglyphs at Abydos: what appears to be a helicopter and a submarine is a simple case of palitation (the superimposition of one cartouche upon another, combined with erosion) produces this unusual shape. the practice of writing ones name over another (the cartouche) was quite common in ancient egypt as pharaohs would often take credit from pre-existing rulers. Abydos dates to 1500 BC, sorry to say there were no helicopters then, if there were they would have been written about in the texts of Egypt (of which there are over a thousand), and besides the digitally enhanced image you see here is far clearer than the murky original ..........................................................

    fundamentalism- where the fun comes before the mental

  4. exactly! when i was at the radha-damodara mandir, i misunderstood the priest, when he came out with a plate of prasadam and said "500 ruppees". i replied by negativley saying, "what ya want another 500, this place is nothing more than a business!!" and left in a huff frustrated with that kind of practice, when a devottee came out with the prasad saying, "he wanted to know who gave the generous donation so he could give a plate of mercy", at Raval, (the birthplace of Radha), i didn't give anything, nor did they ask...the priests didn't speak english...i didn't speak hindi...but we talked for over an hour...still... i say the biggest cheat is kirtanananda. when i went to radha-damodar temple...i was offered to sleep in prabupada's room and they gave me a plate of prasad...just so happened to be my faves...sweet rice, kofta, kachoris and mint chutney. the pujari told me kirtananada went there...offered him 1 million ruppees for the temple and he refused and he never returned...but i should hold no ill will against him since he turned me on to krsna (whatever)...i ever see him on the streets of new york, i'll kick that cain soon as i am able.


    i ran over my dogma with my karma

  5. i thought the temple priests in vrndavan were exceptionally bad (also the ones in new vrndavan!) but the priests in orissa take the cake (and eat it too). Jaganatha temple was terrible as was those at Sakshi gopal but when i went to hari das' temple in orissa, all i heard was the sweet sounds of bhajans and was never once asked or demanded any ruppees, so they got the biggest donation. by the way the "sadhus" at rishi kesha were equally greedy, except for one whom i only knew as maharaja, and he helped me alot when i was there, so i gave him a large contribution also. i just felt krsna's words, "as you surrender unto me, i reward you accordingly


    i'm only into religion for the sects

  6. just a quick note: Karnak temple: Eighty-one line inscription by Merneptah on what is called the Israel Stele, which contains among a list of conquests the only known pharonic reference to Israel: “Israel is crushed, it has no more seed”. On the strength of his Israel Stele at Karnak and the identification of his father as the Pharaoh of Oppression, many scholars hold that Merneptah was the Pharaoh of the Exodus. The Israel Stele is now located in the Cairo Museum.

    Karnak Temple: called the shoshenk relief commemorating the triumphs of the XXII Dynasty Pharoh Shoshenk. Traditionally scholars have identified him as the Biblical Shishak I Kings (14: 25-26) who plundered Jerusalem and achieved a victory over Rehoboam, son of Solomon, king of Judah in 925 BC, thus establishing a crucial link between the chronologies of Ancient Egypt and the Old Testament. In one relief, Shoshenk’s figure is almost invisible, but Amen-Ra stands with a sword in his hand and announces the conquest and of 156 villages in Judah and Palastine and presiding over the slaughter of Rheoboamite prisoners in Palastine.

  7. many scholars herald aten-worship (1353-1336 bc) as a breakthrough in a spiritual and cultural evolution: the world's first monotheistic religon- rising above superstition. similarities between the Hymn to Aten and the song of solomon (supposedly written 500 years later has encouraged speculation about the influence of atenism on early jewish monotheism. In Moses and monotheism freud argued that moses was an egyptian nobleman and the biblical exodus a pious fiction with a remote tradition reworked to service their own biases. conversely, a book by ahmed osman advances the theory that akhenaten's deity derived from tales of the jewish god related to him by his maternal grandfather yuya, the joseph of the old testament. i was at mt. sinai last year and didn't realize at the time there was a debate about- did the exodus really happen? it seems odd that several million people can camp at a mountain and there is no sign they were ever there. no bones, no pottery, no nothing. plus the mountains are so close together that there would not be room for that many people there- although i'm always open if some evidence should shed some some light on the subject. also this site wasn't dubbed mt. sinai until aprox. 1,000 years later by alexander the great's mother, a devout christian and one of the first archeologists of the world. of course, there is another theory that some to that monotheism came to egypt from india via parasurama- although there is a distinctive time line of 1,693,000 years to reconcile with.

  8. on one of the roof-lintels is a cartouche which has achieved mythical status on the internet; it shows a helicopter and a submarine-though archeologists deride the "Abydos helicopter" as a simple case of palitation (the superimposition of one cartouche upon another- common in ancient egypt- combining with erosion to produce an unusual shape), and the digitally enhanced image on the web is far clearer than the murky original

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