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An Evening with The Veronicas

The Veronicas:

The Veronicas, Australia's ARIA Award-winning music group led by identical twin sisters Jessica Louise Origliasso and Lisa Marie Origliasso, dropped by the Dallas Hare Krishna Restaurant, Kalachandji's, while on tour in Texas this week.

Pictured above: (roughly left to right) Chandravali (video documentary maker for the band), Jessica's boyfriend Azaria, Nityananda Chandra, and the Twins.

Apparently, they are no strangers to Hare Krishna Food (prasadam) and culture. And there's even a Kurma connection (sort of).

Have a read of the whole story...


Posted by Kurma on 13/6/08; 8:00:40 PM from the dept.

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Milky Talk

mothers:

May from Leicestershire, UK writes:

"Dear Kurma,
Thanks for a great blog - I am an avid reader. Thank you very much for your informative article on the pasteurization of milk (Tuesday, March 6, 2007) highlighting the dangers of this process. You wrote "pasteurization is a destructive process that changes the physical structure of the fragile proteins in milk (especially casein) and converts them into proteins your body was never designed to handle - and that can actually harm you". {read the entire article} Given that unprocessed milk directly from the cow is not available to buy in the UK, would you recommend avoiding milk entirely rather than drinking pasteurized milk?

I also read with much interest your other posts on cow's milk. Quoting from "Religion You Can Drink" (2/11/2007), milk "fortifies the body and develops the brain's finer tissues as well. By filling us with goodness, milk clears the consciousness so we can consider higher, spiritual life." {read the entire article} Is all this also true of milk that has been pasteurized? Lastly, would it be possible for a vegan spiritual adherent to gain those benefits through other foods? Many thanks, May."

vrindavan cow:

My reply:

Dear May,

Thanks so much for your thoughtful letter. Excuse the delay in reply. Glad to hear you are enjoying the blogs.

You ask 'given that unprocessed milk directly from the cow is not available to buy in the UK, would you recommend avoiding milk entirely rather than drinking pasteurized milk?'

There are still benefits from drinking milk under any circumstances, in my opinion. And whereas un-pasteurized milk is not legally sold, some farmers are happy to sell it to you 'under the counter'. But don't quote me on that one. If that is impossible, try to buy unhomogenized whole milk. That should be easy enough to find. Here in Australia it's available in all the supermarkets.

Organic, biodynamic milk is also available here. I am sure that is available in the UK also. In a nutshell, try to buy the purest, cruelty-free milk you can find.

You ask if pasteurized milk can still have spiritual benefits. Yes, if it is drunk hot with a little sweetener and some spice like cardamon, saffron, nutmeg, cinnamon or even a little turmeric added. The sweetener and the spice help it digest and counter mucus-forming. And especially if that milk is sanctified. I explain that below.

Lasty, you ask if it would possible for a vegan spiritual adherent to gain those benefits through other foods?

Definitely. I have many vegan friends who, like me, practice Bhakti-yoga. Part of that ancient and practical yoga system is to prepare foods in a clean, devotional consciousness and offer the resultant dishes to God before partaking.

prasadam 6:

The food becomes subtly transformed, like a sacrament, and partaking of such spiritualised foods purifies the mind and senses, bringing one closer to God.

prasadam 3:

Hope this all sheds some light.


Posted by Kurma on 13/6/08; 7:49:30 AM from the dept.

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Attention all Qualling, Onion-eyed Puttocks

Charles from Paris writes:

"Good morning Kurma! I'm a weedy, unchin-snouted, whey-faced Englishman working on the Continent. Your Shakespearean Insult kit is so funny! Maybe your readers would like to hear them again."

My reply:

"Absolutely! Frivolous they certainly are, but laughter is a good medicine. So - bottoms up..."

insults:

Shakespearean Insult Kit

Next time that you are at a loss for a good insult, use this handy table to construct a Shakespearean insult. Combine one word from each of the three columns below.

Warning: Remember to preface it with the word "Thou".

|Column 1______|Columm 2________|Column 3________|
| artless | base-court | apple-john |
| bawdy | bat-fowling | baggage |
| beslubbering | beef-witted | barnacle |
| bootless | beetle-headed | bladder |
| churlish | boil-brained | boar-pig |
| cockered | clapper-clawed | bugbear |
| clouted | clay-brained | bum-bailey |
| currish | crook-pated | clack-dish |
| dankish | dismal-dreaming| clotpole |
| dissembling | dizzy-eyed | coxcomb |
| droning | doghearted | codpiece |
| errant | dread-bolted | death-token |
| fawning | earth-vexing | dewberry |
| fobbing | elf-skinned | flap-dragon |
| froward | fat-kidneyed | flax-wench |
| frothy | fen-sucked | flirt-gill |
| gleeking | flap-mouthed | foot-licker |
| goatish | fly-bitten | fustilarian |
| gorbellied | folly-fallen | giglet |
| impertinent | fool-born | gudgeon |
| infectious | full-gorged | haggard |
| jarring | guts-griping | harpy |
| loggerheaded | half-faced | hedge-pig |
| lumpish | hasty-witted | horn-beast |
| mammering | hedge-born | hugger-mugger |
| mangled | hell-hated | joithead |
| mewling | idle-headed | lewdster |
| paunchy | ill-breeding | lout |
| pribbling | ill-nurtured | maggot-pie |
| puking | knotty-pated | malt-worm |
| puny | milk-livered | mammet |
| qualling | motley-minded | measle |
| rank | onion-eyed | minnow |
| reeky | plume-plucked | miscreant |
| roguish | pottle-deep | moldwarp |
| ruttish | pox-marked | mumble-news |
| saucy | reeling-ripe | nut-hook |
| spleeny | rough-hewn | pigeon-egg |
| spongy | rude-growing | pignut |
| surly | rump-fed | puttock |
| tottering | shard-borne | pumpion |
| unmuzzled | sheep-biting | ratsbane |
| vain | spur-galled | scut |
| venomed | swag-bellied | skainsmate |
| villainous | tardy-gaited | strumpet |
| warped | tickle-brained | varlet |
| wayward | toad-spotted | vassal |
| weedy | unchin-snouted | whey-face |
| yeasty | weather-bitten | wagtail |


Posted by Kurma on 13/6/08; 6:11:11 AM from the dept.

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