"We have to practice remembering the Lord always, twenty-four hours a day, by chanting His names and molding our life’s activities in such a way that we can remember Him always.

"How is this possible? The ācāryas give the following example. If a married woman is attached to another man, or if a man has an attachment for a woman other than his wife, then the attachment is to be considered very strong. One with such an attachment is always thinking of the loved one. The wife who is thinking of her lover is always thinking of meeting him, even while she is carrying out her household chores. In fact, she carries out her household work even more carefully so her husband will not suspect her attachment. Similarly, we should always remember the supreme lover, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and at the same time perform our material duties very nicely. A strong sense of love is required here. If we have a strong sense of love for the Supreme Lord, then we can discharge our duty and at the same time remember Him. But we have to develop that sense of love. " - A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Bhagavad-gita As Is Is, Introduction


Tuesday, November 1, 2016


Dear Reader, Often used in this blog are quotes from lectures and books given to us by His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. This may be easily misunderstood to mean merely Srila Prabhupada's opinion, but that is not the case; Prabhupada is repeating only what he heard from his spiritual predecessors or what is related to Vedic dharma.

His Divine Grace is coming from a disciplic succession that can be traced back to Lord Krishna Himself. So what "Prabhupada says" is coming from the opinions of Lord Sri Krishna, the supreme goal of all Vedic wisdom, and "Prabhupada's books" are translations and authorized commentaries of Krishna's books, blessed by the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaisnava disciplic succession. Since Prabhupada is a pure devotee of the Lord, he may quote other sources, but that's because he understands the essence of everything and how it is related to sastric evidence.

In short, one must have faith that such a highly qualified soul knows what is what in order to fully appreciate what may otherwise be considered by a nondevotee as controversial statements. And the purpose of this blog was a humble attempt to defend those statements by living them rather than armchair debate. It is based on notes kept during that time.

Consciously or unconsciously, we all follow someone.  Everyone needs direction. Without a doubt, all that Prabhupada has taught has proven to be true to those who follow them. Therefore I offer him my heartfelt respects, taking shelter at his lotus feet.

For readers who wish to get to know Srila Prabhupada: Click here and read for yourself the amazing, transcendental translations and purports on India's wonderful storehouse of Vedic wisdom he singlehandedly and out of love for his spiritual master, brought to the west.
om tat sat

Please note that these pages may be subject to revisions at any time without notice. Recipes, too, since everyday home cooking is such a dynamic activity!

SOURCE ABBREVIATIONS: Bg= Bhagavad Gita As It Is, SB= the Srimad Bhagavatam, CC=Caitanya Cartamrta, NOD= The Nectar of Devotion, KB= Krishna Book, SBB= Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta 

Recipe Abbreviations: t=teaspoon, T=tablespoon c=cup