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Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti 2008

The Jayanti celebrations of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahamsa will be observed on Sunday, March 9th, 2008. This birthday (Jayanthi) celebration is based on the Hindu lunar calendar. According to the English calendar or the general Indian Calendar, Sri Ramakrishna was born on February 18, 1836. Numerous programs are being organized by Ramakrishna mission in India and in several countries around the world on the day.

If you wish to participate in the Sri Ramakrishna Jayanti celebrations there are numerous Ramakrishna mission centers spread across the world and in India.

Uttarakhand Vegetarian Dish and Snack – Urad Dal Ki Pakodi

Some of the vegetarian cuisines of Uttarakhand (Uttaranchal) are based on easily obtained seasonal ingredients. Recipes are simple and filling. Urad Ki Pakodi or Urad Daal Ki Pakodi is a dish specially made to mark celebratory and other occasions. Urad Ki PakodiFor 8 to 10 personsPre-preparation: Soak 1 cup split Urad dal with skin overnight. You can also use Urad dal without skin or polished one.Ingredients1 inch piece ginger, chopped coarse
1 green chilli
2-3 pieces of clove
½ tsp cumin powder
¼ tsp asafetida powder
Salt to taste
1 bowl of water
Oil for fryingFor Garnish2tbsp sesame and cumin. Cooking MethodStrain soaked urad daal well. If you are using urad with skin, the while washing rub it well to remove as many of the skins as possible and swirling them out. Place washed dal in a mixi or blender along with all the other ingredients – ginger, green chilli, clove, cumin, asafetida and salt. Make a grainy paste using the minimum amount of water.When in the paste form, remove it to a bowl…

Inspirational quotes from Swami Ranganathananda

Whatever may be the current maladies, whatever may be the dismal social situation around us, we may assure ourselves that these are only passing phases. There is enough wisdom and inspiration available in the world to take humanity on the road of man's spiritual growth…Vedanta says: Do not stagnate. That is the only warning it gives to man; do not convert wayside rest and sleep to death, but recoup and move on. Let the current of water flow; stagnant water is unhealthy; flowing water is pure and healthy. Human life must be a continuous unfoldment. Arrested and made stagnant at the sensate level, life ceases to be life and becomes death. Today's human life all over the world shows the evils of such stagnation. We have to stir up the waters of life, remove the clogging materials, and make it flow on as a healthy stream of human energy, revealing greater and greater dimensions of truth, beauty, and goodness.Swami Ranganathananda