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    2018.02.14 This year Maha Shivaratri is being celebrated over two days. The majority of pilgrims who have brought Ganga water to offer to Lord Shiva in Braj are making the offering today. Many pilgrims will visit the four ‘dik pal’ Shiva Lings of Braj, which are said to protect the four corners of Sri Krishna’s Lila Stan. Many pilgrims start by offering Gangajal to Gopeshwar in Vrindavan, then visit Bhuteshwar Mahadev in Mathura, followed by Chakaleshwar and Kameshwar Mahadev in Goverdhan. Many will also make the journey to Nandagaon to worship Nandeshwar Mahadev. P.C. Indiatotal Many make the journey on foot, taking weeks to travel hundreds of kilometres in a traditional pilgrimage that requires pilgrims to dedicate several weeks of their life, giving up many creature comforts. Many carry beautifully decorated palanquins with bottles they have filled with Ganga water and can be seen walking along the side of the road in the lead up to Shivaratri. Speaking about the tradition of worshiping Mathura’s Bhuteshvara Mahadeva in his Mathura-Mahatmya (texts 234-238), Srila Rupa Gosvami has quoted the following verses from the Adi-varaha Purana recounting Krishna’s words: “O deva! You will be the protector of Mathura. O greatest of the gods! Whoever sees you will attain My abode. By seeing Bhuteshwar Mahadeva, all sins are destroyed. O Vasudha, one who sees him, achieves the land of Mathura. In Mathura is the deity of Lord Bhuteshwar, who grants liberation even to the sinful. This Bhuteshwar deity is very dear to Me. How is it possible for a sinful person who tries to worship Me but will not worship Bhuteswar Shiva, to attain devotion to Me? Those who are bewildered by My Maya, who are the lowest of men, will not meditate on, bow down before, or offer prayers to Lord Bhuteshwar.” For a full description of the glories and history of Braj’s ancient Shiva temples, see here.
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    Gurudev about austerities: Waiting for the meeting is also austerity. Time is not for looking at each other, that is also austerity. Gurudeva says to the disciples: you have to do austerities, be ready to wait, no need to rush. You do your duty, your time will come to you, the moment will come in your life. Austerity is important for the meeting. In Love, austerity is important. Austerities are also ever fresh. Every moment Radhika is ready to do austerities, she does austerities to escape Jatila and Kutila. In rainy times she walks on muddy roads, she comes to the Kunja and has to wait for Krsna. She is waiting like anything in night time, night is coming to an end and after that she feels " I have no time, I have to go back, but Krishna is not here....time is going to be over", and in that moment Krsna enters the kunja, and her eyes start dancing after these austerities. This is a one pointed program. The Kinkaris are watching that, how Svamini is happy by looking at Krsna. In that way, the Kinkari become very much in ecstasy. Patience means Tolerance. I am waiting for you. I will cry myself, but I will not talk about that. I will suffer myself, but I will not share this with anyone. This is patience.
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    Barsana, 2018.02.05 (VT) Barsana now has Asia’s biggest plant for generating gas and electricity from cow dung. Ramesh Baba’s Mataji Goshala is utilizing the dung (gobar) from its 45,000 cows to produce biogas and electricity. The state of the art gobar gas plant has been undergoing trials for the last four months. The plant is currently producing enough electricity to supply the Goshala’s own needs and supply Radha Rani Temple (Maan Mandir). Plans to supply electricity to the town of Barsana are being discussed. The plant processes 13 tonnes of gobar per day which is produced by the goshala’s 40,000 cows, from which 13,000 cubic metres of biogas and 16,000 units of electricity are produced every day. Plant manager, IIT Engineer Chandramohan said that harmful gasses such as carbon dioxide are filtered out of the gas. Home gobar gas plant, P.C. → With the recent increases in the price of cooking gas due to the withdrawal of the Government subsidy, more and more people are looking for alternatives to purchasing LPG cylinders. It is estimated that over 2 million households in India already have their own gobar gas plants which create cooking gas, however, there are several problems with the home-gobar-gas-plant model. The gas that is produced from home gobar gas units is unfiltered and often only allows for cooking on low flame. Mostly people do not cook rotis with this gas. The home-based plants depend on the availability of land to build a pit to keep wet gobar and are not completely reliable as weather and other environmental conditions can effect the amount of gas produced. Having a centralized gobar gas plant that can sell gas and electricity back to the town overcomes many of the limitations of home-gas-plants and is a big step forward in the move towards renewable energy sources.
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    ТОМАТНЫЙ СУП (Таматар ка суп) • 2 кг помидоров • 6 ст. л. топленого или растительного масла • 1 ч. л. молотого кориандра • 1/4 ч. л. асафетиды • 4 ст. л. нарубленных листьев свежего кориандра (кинзы) • 1,5 ст. л. сахара • 1,5 ч. л. соли • 1/4 ч. л. молотого черного перца • по 2 ст. л. сливочного масла и муки • 1 3/4 чашки (425 мл) молока • 1 ст. л. лимонного сока 1. Нарежьте помидоры дольками и сделайте из них пюре в электромиксере. Пропустите полученную массу через дуршлаг, чтобы отделить кожицу. 2. Нагрейте топленое или растительное масло в кастрюле с толстым дном, обжарьте кориандр и асафетиду в течение нескольких секунд и добавьте томатное пюре. Уменьшите огонь и варите 20–25 минут. Добавьте кинзу, сахар, соль и черный перец. 3. В другой кастрюле нагрейте сливочное масло и, помешивая, поджарьте муку на медленном огне до золотисто-коричневого цвета. После этого медленно влейте молоко и продолжайте варить, помешивая все время, чтобы не образовалось комков, пока соус не загустеет. 4. Влейте его в томатное пюре и добавьте лимонный сок. Готовьте с любовью! Рецепт из книги «Ведическое кулинарное искусство»
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    Bhajans and Kirtans of Various Vaishnavas. Format: MP3. Content: Бхаджаны и киртаны различных вайшнавов. Формат: MP3. Содержание: