Friday, 13 December 2013

International miniature zebu association

http://www.imza.name/index.html

Interesting link. Of course most of the members are meat eaters. But,
devotees in US could source dwarf breed of cows through these links.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Cows grazing - solution to all climatic problems

http://www.ted.com/talks/allan_savory_how_to_green_the_world_s_deserts_and_r
everse_climate_change.html


"Desertification is a fancy word for land that is turning to desert," begins
Allan Savory in this quietly powerful talk. And it's happening to about
two-thirds of the world's grasslands, accelerating climate change and
causing traditional grazing societies to descend into social chaos. Savory
has devoted his life to stopping it. He now believes -- and his work so far
shows -- that a surprising factor can protect grasslands and even reclaim
degraded land that was once desert.

Allan Savory works to promote holistic management in the grasslands of the
world.

Thursday, 31 October 2013

Muslims fight for cow protection in Gujarat

http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2013-10-30/india/43526376_1_cow-slaughter-cow-protection-local-muslims

AHMEDABAD: Muslims have taken the onus of cow protection in Gujarat.
Following riots on Eid-ul-Adha over cow slaughter at Sansrod village in
Vadodara district, local Muslims have formed a cow protection group.

"We are going to convince butchers that they should give up slaughtering
cows. We are opposing cow
slaughter<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Slaughter>
as it is against the law," said Haji Dilawar Yakub, president of the newly
formed Gujarat Muslim Gau Hifazat Samiti in Bharuch.

He said that the decision to form such a committee was taken by
organizations after the alleged police torture of Sansrod villagers. These
organizations have planned a demonstration in Vadodara on Wednesday in this
regard.

The committee in Bharuch has 15 members and 150 volunteers who have begun
sensitizing Muslims on how cow slaughter has resulted in exploitation of
butchers and traders by animal protection activists in connivance with the
police.

"Muslims in four villages, including Vahalu and Hingala, have given an
undertaking that they will not indulge in cow slaughter," Dilawar said, and
added they plan to start propagating this idea across Gujarat.

Organizations like Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, Gujarat, Bharat Bachao Andolan,
and Gujarat Muslim Development Council have supported the cause.

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Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Super Smog Hits Chinese City

Super Smog Hits Chinese City As Air Pollution Soars To 40 Times Higher Than
International Safety Standard

Super Smog Hits Chinese City As Air Pollution Soars To 40 Times Higher Than
International Safety Standard


BEIJING (AP) — Visibility shrank to less than half a football field and
small-particle pollution soared to a record 40 times higher than an
international safety standard in one northern Chinese city as the region
entered its high-smog season.

The manager for U.S. jazz singer Patti Austin, meanwhile, said the singer
had canceled a concert in Beijing because of an asthma attack likely linked
to pollution.

Winter typically brings the worst air pollution to northern China because of
a combination of weather conditions and an increase in the burning of coal
for homes and municipal heating systems, which usually starts on a specific
date. For the large northern city of Harbin, the city's heating systems
kicked in on Sunday, and on Monday visibility there was less than 50 meters
(yards), according to state media.

"I couldn't see anything outside the window of my apartment, and I thought
it was snowing," Wu Kai, 33, a housewife and mother of a baby boy, said in a
telephone interview from Harbin. "Then I realized it wasn't snow. I have not
seen the sun for a long time."

She said her husband went to work in a mask, that he could barely see a few
meters (yards) ahead of him and that his usual bus had stopped running.

"It's scary, too dangerous. How could people drive or walk on such a day?"

The density of fine particulate matter, PM2.5, used as an indicator of air
quality was well above 600 micrograms per cubic meter — including several
readings of exactly 1,000 — for several monitoring stations in Harbin,
according to figures posted on the website of China's environmental
protection agency. They were the first known readings of 1,000 since China
began releasing figures on PM2.5 in January 2012, and it was not immediately
clear if the devices used for monitoring could give readings higher than
that.

A safe level under WHO guidelines is 25 micrograms per cubic meter.

Primary and middle schools and some highways were closed, said authorities
in the city, which is in China's northernmost province bordering Russia. At
least 40 flights to destinations in southern China and Beijing among others
were canceled or postponed at Harbin's Taiping International Airport on
Monday morning.

Austin's management team said the 63-year-old singer had been treated in a
hospital Friday morning for an asthma attack in combination with a
respiratory infection. She returned to her hotel later Friday to rest, but
was unable to perform at her Beijing concert scheduled for Friday evening.
Her Saturday night concert in Shanghai went ahead.

Her manager, Barry Orms, said Monday that Austin, as an asthma sufferer,
would have been "affected by the amount of pollution." He said that it
wasn't their goal to place blame, and that "Patti has expressed our belief
that the Chinese government can be a leader in this very important issue."

On the morning ahead of her concert Friday, Beijing's air was visibly
polluted, with the city's environmental monitoring center warning children,
the elderly and those with respiratory illnesses to reduce outdoor activity.

China's major cities have some of the world's worst smog. The government was
long indifferent to the environment as it pursued economic development, but
has begun launching some anti-pollution initiatives after mounting public
frustration.

Last month, China's Cabinet released an action plan that aims to make a
small reduction in the country's heavy reliance on coal to below 65 percent
of total energy usage by 2017. According to Chinese government statistics,
coal consumption accounted for 68.4 percent of total energy use in 2011.

Saturday, 17 August 2013

Sugar addiction!

http://www.thehindu.com/features/metroplus/the-hidden-truth/article5029228.e
ce?homepage=true


*Forget coffee and desserts. Even breads and granola bars come loaded with
sugar these days, and we get addicted to it unwittingly. Shonali Muthalaly
talks to experts who insist that the addiction must be fought. Thankfully,
it can be!*


How much sugar do you have in a day? Two spoons with coffee? Three spoons,
if you count dessert. So five in total?

Not really. Even if you're a health nut. Actually, especially if you're
health nut. Your healthy breakfast cereal contains sugar. So do your
virtuous digestive biscuits. And your righteous granola bars. Replacing
aerated sodas with energy drinks? Well, that's merely swapping ten
teaspoons of sugar for 6.

Raj Ganpath, co-founder and coach at The Quad, a Chennai-based boot camp,
which promotes optimal fitness and sustainable wholesome nutrition, warns
his clients that what's considered 'normal' today is far from healthy.
"Today's normal amount is in reality excessive and today's occasional is in
reality frequent," he says, adding, "The one teaspoon of sugar in your
coffee is not going to kill you." It's your daily choices that make you
unhealthy.

Even as sugar is being hidden better and better in processed food, Ganpath
says we are getting "dumber and dumber about what we eat". He says, "We
choose to believe the marketing because it's convenient. It's convenient to
pour out cereal and milk out of the bowl and believe you are giving your
children a nutritious breakfast. Even though it is the equivalent of
handing them a chocolate bar and a multivitamin."

As food manufacturers have discovered, back, sugar makes everything taste
better. "A lot of what we eat today is made in a lab, not a kitchen. It's
engineered, and there is a lot of research going into it. Manufacturers
find ways to layer sugar, salt and fat to make it difficult to resist,"
says Ganpath, adding "And they have discovered that sugar makes everything
taste better. Ten years ago, things never used to be so sweet. We don't
realise this because the changes have been gradual. Bread used to be flour,
yeast, water, salt. Now it has 30 to 40 ingredients, including sugar.
Apples used to be tart. Over the last 120 years, we have selectively bred
them to make them sweet. Today everything is homogenised with a sugar-bias.
Even nachos have sugar."

"If it has a label, it stays off my table," says Jill Escher, author of
*Farewell,
Club Perma-Chub: A Sugar Addict's Guide to Easy Weight Loss*. Jill, who
moved from a size 12 to a size six 6 dress size in four months after giving
up sugar runs the 'End Sugar Addiction' blog, which explains to people just
how addictive sugar can be. "Processed food tends to be replete with sugars
in various forms. If a food didn't come from fairly directly from a plant
or animal, it does not belong in your diet."

Dr Sheela Nambiar, obstetrician and gynaecologist, who runs a fitness
programme called 'Training For Life' in Chennai and Udhagamandalam,
explains why you should, in particular, watch out for 'fat-free' food. The
author of the recently launched book *Get Sizewise*, she says, "When
manufacturers take out the fat, the taste goes down. So they add a lot of
sugar to compensate." Start reading labels, and you'll notice hidden sugar
everywhere. "It's in sauces and mixes. In ketchup. In packaged yoghurt."

"Sugar is intoxicating — it floods users with a mild euphoria that, for
reasons of both brain chemistry and hormonal actions, is highly addictive,"
says Escher. "Willpower is a myth, a very destructive myth because it
places the blame on the victim and not the perpetrator. Sugar urges stem
from an abnormally altered biochemistry. To overcome sugar addiction and
create the foundation for healthy eating, we need to reclaim our innate
biochemistry from the invading forces of processed food, sugar, and grains.
A normal biochemistry, based on eating real, unprocessed food, has no need
for refined sugars."

She adds, "The idea of sugar as a staple food is a modern construct and our
distorted bodies show the scars of this relentless assault." Ganpath says,
"It's not normal to eat dessert every day. But any meal at a restaurant now
comes with dessert. Coffee is served with cookies. It's hard to imagine
being addicted to sugar, but picture a world with no sugar and try to fit
anything you do into it, and you'll see how it makes sense."

When Escher gave up sugar three years ago, it wasn't easy. I was 45 years
old, and at only five feet tall, packed on about 30 excess pounds. I knew
deep inside I had become addicted to sugar, and that it was making me fat,
sluggish, and foggy-headed." She adds, "My problem wasn't too many calories
or insufficient willpower, but a nearly lifelong chemical dependence on
refined sugars which had sickened by body and hijacked my brain." Although
the first few weeks were challenging, she says, "I started feeling better
after just a few days. My cravings began to lift, and I began to feel more
nourished with my new way of eating. Weight loss happened fast—almost two
pounds a week. The benefits went far beyond anything I could have imagined:
going from size 12 to size 6 in clothing; clear, glowing skin; a more
focused mind; better sleep; receding arthritis in my spine; better vision;
great cholesterol numbers (even though I ate plenty of dietary fats); and
more energy and zest for work, family, life, and projects.

According to the report *India's Sugar policy and the World Sugar
Economy*submitted at the FAO International Sugar Conference, Fiji 2012, the
consumption in India is growing rapidly. While per capita consumption of
sugar in India is at 20.2 kg, which is that's lower than the global average
of 24.8 kg, it's a steep increase from 4.9 kg in 1963. (The global average
on the other hand shows an increase from 17.3 kg in 1963.)

The fact that we're now eating more refined sugars, including high fructose
corn syrup, makes it additionally worrying. "These are the products of
complex, highly mechanised chemical and physical processes of extraction.
Our bodies were not designed to metabolise these foreign substances," says
Escher. "The problem is not just calories," says Dr Nambiar. "Your insulin
spikes as soon as you consume it." This in turn triggers low blood sugar,
which exhausts you and triggers more sugar cravings. "Artificial sweeteners
aren't much better," says Dr. Nambiar. "The jury is out on aspartame.
Stevia is the safest as as it's natural. But ideally you should train your
palate to get used to less sugar."

"I never ask clients to quit sugar," says Ganpath. "They instantly stop
listening to me. Really, how long are you going to live free from sugar in
a world that celebrates sugar in everything from your morning coffee to
your bedtime antacid?" He adds, "But if you need chocolate to get through
the day, it's time you realised you're sugar-dependent. Your body doesn't
need sugar — it gives you nothing." What about those celebrated 'feel-good
hormones' released by sugary food? He counters, "You get that from patting
a dog."

*Jill Escher's list for sugar-addicts: *

1. Avoid the "white stuff," including refined sugar, flour, most starches
(easy on the rice and potatoes), and processed food, which invariably
contains blood sugar-spiking junk. Starches are nothing more than
long-chain sugars which convert to sugars during digestion. A bowl of pasta
is little more than a bowl of sugar.

2. Eat plenty of dietary fats, including butter, ghee, lard, avocados,
coconut oil, and olive oil.

3. Avoid vegetable oils, such as soybean oil, corn oil, safflower oil, and
canola oil. These highly refined oils cause inflammation.

4. Eat plenty of raw veggies – always have a bowl of sliced and yummy
veggies in your fridge to snack on (I tend to have cucumber, carrots, red
peppers, celery).

5. Don.t eat late at night. For example, try to eat dinner by 7pm, and then
go at least 12 hours without food, having breakfast no earlier than 7am.
When I say "weight loss happens in your sleep," I.m not kidding — you need
to give your digestion and hormones a break if you want the body to start
using fat stores for energy.

6. Drink water, preferably lemon water, throughout the day. Stay hydrated,
carry your water bottle around with you. If you need a bit of sweetness,
add a pinch of stevia.

Saturday, 10 August 2013

Ghost towns of China

http://www.ndtv.com/article/world/empty-cities-emerging-in-china-warns-top-o
fficial-403956?pfrom=home-topstories



Press Trust of India | Updated: August 10, 2013 20:20 IST

'Empty cities' emerging in China, warns top official

Beijing: In a grim warning against rapid urbanisation in China, a top
development official has said that reckless expansion of cities has turned
many of them into ghost towns with no occupants in sight.

Qiao Runling, deputy director of the China Centre for Urban Development,
said local governments had relied on quick urbanisation to stimulate
economic growth and generate fiscal revenue.

"Nearly every big or medium-sized city across China has plans to erect a new
town," Qiao said.

New towns are usually bigger than old ones and thus many are left empty as a
result, he said at a forum on urban development in Jiangxi Province.

"China now has an oversupply of cities, given the number of new urban
districts that we have," Qiao said, adding that the excess of new urban
districts are especially serious in medium and small-sized cities in central
and western parts of the country.

State-run broadcaster CCTV recently carried a report showing two such "ghost
cities" with massive apartment and commercial complexes with no occupants,
leaving local governments in deep debts.

Official statistics showed that land used for urban construction rose by
83.41 per cent from 2000 to 2010, while the urban population saw an increase
of 45.12 per cent in the period, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

China, a predominantly rural society, has rapidly urbanised in the past
decades with urban people now forming over 50 per cent of the population.

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Dioxins found in cow milk samples

http://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/dioxins-found-in-cow-milk-sample
s/article4996571.ece?homepage=true


In a study conducted by the Tamil Nadu Veterinary and Animal Sciences
University (TANUVAS) twenty samples of milk collected from cows contained
traces of dioxins. The cows had been brought to the veterinary hospital
after they developed gastroenterological problems, as a result of swallowing
large amounts of plastic waste. The professors behind the study say dioxins
can turn carcinogenic in some cases.

In recent cases, doctors at TANUVAS have had cases where cows had swallowed
more than 25 kg of plastic. The study on the impact of plastic on the cow
and its milk, however, ongoing and is expected to reveal interesting
details. According to estimates, 500 households in the city could be
dependent on milk from their milch cows and buffaloes.

"The toxication occurs when the plastic is stuck in the lumen of the cow for
a long time. Besides bringing down the appetite of the cow, it contaminates
the milk it produces as well. We are looking at how dangerous the impact is
for the cattle and for people who are dependent on the milk," said TANUVAS
Vice-Chancellor R. Prabhakaran.

On an average, every month, 10 per cent of the cows brought to TANUVAS
centres are diagnosed with excessive plastic consumption. "We get nearly
seven cases every month now, which is alarming," said a professor. The
affected cow is put through a long surgery because the plastic forms a mould
and gets stuck.

In a recent case of a cow that had swallowed over 20 kg of plastic, sharp
items such as hairpins, pointed threads, safety pins too were taken out.

"Such cows, instead of 5 litres milk a day, give just about 2 litres," he
added.

The increase in number of cows swallowing huge amount of plastic is also
because people are increasingly discarding their wastes in light garbage
bags which are less than 20 micron. Cattle cannot spit, which makes them
more vulnerable, said a professor.

Monday, 29 July 2013

Kankrej cows

Dear Prabhus/Matajis,

Dandavat Pranams, Sri Sri Guru Gauranga Jayatah

.We are on the look out for first class Kankrej cows for our Project in
Tamil Nadu.

We seek to be contacted by two types of people:


- .those
interested in selling
.best in class Kankrej cows/calves
- t
.hose.
interested in
..working with us to jointly
buy
. them from Gujarat
and transporting them to South India

For the the latter option we already have experts in place in Gujarat who
can pick the best. We are still to tie up with transporters and other
buyers as we need only 2 cows which is not a lot size.

We seek Iskcon temples,
communities
. .
or individuals interested in getting .Kankrej cows to South India
...

nandakumar108@gmail.com

+971559961086

OR

Savyasaachi Pr

backtovillage@gmail.com

+919500656554


Das,

Nanda kumar Das
... ..... ...
SB 1.7.10 purport - ittham-bhüta is "complete bliss." Transcendental bliss
in the realization of impersonal Brahman becomes *comparable to the scanty
water contained in the pit made by a cow's hoof. It is nothing compared
with the ocean of bliss of the vision of the Personality of Godhead*. The
personal form of Lord Çré Kåñëa is so attractive that it comprehends all
attraction, all bliss and all tastes (rasas).

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Medieval England twice as well off as today's poorest nations

---------- Forwarded Message ----------
From: Samba (das) (Mayapur)
Subject: Medieval England twice as well off as today's poorest nations
------------------------------------------------------------
Please post where you think fit!

YS Samba das



More proof that the simple life of the past was much better than the so
called
progress of today.

Medieval England twice as well off as today's poorest nations

Research led by economists at the University of Warwick reveals that
medieval
England was not only far more prosperous than previously believed, it also
actually boasted an average income that would be more than double the
average
per capita income of the world's poorest nations today.


For full paper:

http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/soc/economics/staff/academic/broadberry/wp/bri
tishgdplongrun8a.pdf


------- End of Forwarded Message ------

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Determination by Murari sevaks

BY: GADI DAS


Jun 28, 2013 — MULBERRY, TENNESSEE, USA (SUN) — The marriage of James and
Olivia, June 8, 2013.

First and foremost, our goal at Murari's Kirtan Valley is the pursuit of the
pure chanting of the Holy Names. This is certainly enhanced with a lifestyle
conducive to gaining the cherished goal of pure kirtan.

No one receives a salary, not me nor anyonei no stipends, etci. everyone
here feels that to place oneself in this village with full dependence on
Krsna is the best starting point. Yes, starting point. If your devotion is
mixed with enhancements of this world, then you might wanna think about a
restart.

If you receive salary or stipend for your service, then your reward is there
in the money. This is going on, and it has been accepted, but it is outside
the lifestyle of pure devotional service and attitude.

So if you are feeling dissatisfied at heart with the present structure of
your devotional service, perhaps you should consider restructuring it free
from the desire for profiti.. and might as well throw in adoration and
distinction.

Murari's Kirtan Valley just had a wonderful wedding, The marriage of James
and Olivia. You can visit our website for pics and suchi
www.murarisevaka.com. You can also get a nice overview on our Facebook.

About 150 friends and relatives participated in the ceremony, where only the
Maha-Mantra was vibrated by all.

James and Olivia are visibly a very special match. The pictures tell all.
They have submitted themselves to the scientific process of surrender
designed by the great devotional scientists, more commonly called our
Acaryas. The Holy Name is everything for them, and full dependence on Krsna
is everything for them.

Murari's Kirtan Valley is becoming a sanctuary for the soft heartedi no
politics, no faultfinding, no agendas, no conspiracy theories, no etceteras
allowed, kicked out, not allowed.

Complete dependence on the cows, land, and of course Krsnai to sustain us.

Make a visit someday and enjoy a taste of the life that Srila Prabhupada has
really given usi"Make Vrindavan Villages" is the order, and we are following
that one and will complete it! Hare Krsna,
your insignificant servant on call at Murari's Kirtan Valley
Gadi das

Friday, 21 June 2013

Moving people off of the land

---------- Forwarded Message ----------
From:      Dhanesvara (das) (ACBSP) (Kiev - UA)
Date:      21-Jun-13 13:05 (15:05 +0200)
Subject:   Moving people off of the land
------------------------------------------------------------
Dear Friends and devotees,

This is important information for anyone attempting or even thinking of
doing something on the land. Under the name of sustainability there is a
widespread attempt to move peope OFF of the land and into cities, and it is
taking place in different ways in different countries. All of this is going
on to fulfill a UN Treaty signed by 178 nations 21 years ago at Rio de
Janeiro -- Agenda 21 -- all in the name of combating poverty and saving the
earth. You can download and read the treaty from here:
http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&nr=23&type=400&menu
=35

According to some there is nothing on the face of this planet that will not
be impacted by this treaty.

In America and India the effort to clear people off of the land is going on
through a program to bankrupt farmers:
http://www.thecommonsenseshow.com/2013/06/19/the-forced-depopulation-of-amer
icas-rural-areas/

In China they are simply forcing people into 'ghost' cities that have been
previously built:

China's Great Uprooting: Moving 250 Million Into Cities
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/16/world/asia/chinas-great-uprooting-moving-2
50-million-into-cities.html?hp&_r=1&

and here:
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/business/land-grab-chinese-countryside
and here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_evictions_in_China

In Russia they are simply going to stop providing infrastructure to all but
21 urban centers, leaving anyone in that vast land to live without
electricity, gas, or piped water.  The proposal is to relocate people to
twenty giant agglomerations where Russia's main natural resources such as
oil and gas were located.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/russia/8137816/Russia-consi
ders-biggest-population-redistribution-since-Stalin.html

For some of the bizarre concepts being considered, such as 'living units' as
small as 200 sq. ft.,  please see what Occupy Corporatism writes here:
http://www.occupycorporatism.com/eco-fascists-push-agenda-21-mega-cities-to-
replace-growing-cities-and-rural-areas/

Look at this map where 50% of the American land mass will be totally
off-limits to any human activity and ask yourself where the people that live
there are going to go:
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-hXGSRx4D7Po/TWo5PLIdXaI/AAAAAAAAHFU/gsrqtDhPszY/s1
600/Wildlands-Map.jpg

And recently the EU declared that it is unlawful to plant any seeds that are
not registered with (approved by) the government:
http://www.naturalnews.com/040214_seeds_European_Commission_registration.htm

Perhaps good if this is used to restrict GMO planting; perhaps bad if
intended against planting of heirloom seeds. Time will tell if is a threat
or protection.

Several years ago in Mayapura I gave a presentation on this subject. It
sound weird or 'conspiratorial' to say that this is being done to force
people to give up their independence on the land, but it is going on
nontheless. Don't expect the government to make an announcement that this is
what they are doing. Judge by the results.  It behooves anyone interested in
village/simple living to know about this as it will likely impact your
efforts in some way in the future. Go right to the source:
http://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/index.php?page=view&nr=23&type=400&menu
=35

All the more reason to seriously call on the holy names of the Lord to make
His appearance to rectify the anamolies of the age of Kali.

Dhanesvara Das
(Text PAMHO:25239672) --------------------------------------

------- End of Forwarded Message ------

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Make Vrindavan Villages Film

http://youtu.be/Q4krjwQT9rg

His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder Acharya of International Society of Krishna Consciousness wanted that ISKCON establish ideal communities to show example to the troubled world. He instructed - Make Vrindavana Villages. The documentary shows a humble effort at Indonesia of such a community in working. Wonderful interviews of eminent personalities rich with their experience and good line up of the story engages the viewer to fully extract the essence of the mission.

Muslim community in Mathura hold anti-cow slaughter convention

Thanks to Sridhari Madhav Prabhu for the news.
_____________________________________________________________________________
An interesting report link sent.

Your humble servant,
Sridhari Madhav Das

http://www.deccanherald.com/content/337836/muslim-community-mathura-hold-anti.html
_____________________________________________________________________________

Muslim community in Mathura hold anti-cow slaughter convention

Mathura, June 10, 2013, PTI :

In a rare gesture, Muslim community in Mathura has taken a pledge that they would not allow cow slaughter in the district.

"The Muslims of Mathura are not in favour of cow slaughter. It is the handiwork of outsiders who kidnap cows from here at night and then slaughter them," said Abdul Zabbar, convener of the anti-cow slaughter convention held at Islamia Inter College here last evening.

"Cow slaughtering was started by Britishers in order divide both the communities.    The country got independence owing to Hindu-Muslim unity," Sant Ramesh Baba, who was the first to start crusade against mining in hillocks of Barsana about two decades ago, said.

In order to protect the culture of Brij, unity in both the communities is a must, Sant Jai Kishan Das, National President of Yamuna Rakshak Dal said during the convention, which also addressed issues relating to pollution of river Yamuna.

"I am sure that none of the Muslim in Mathura is involved in cow slaughtering since 99 per cent of the Muslims here do not consume beef," claimed SP leader and social worker Ashok Agrawal.

Several Muslim leaders present during the convention jointly pledged that they would not allow cow slaughtering in the district and would start a crusade against it.

Monday, 3 June 2013

Hundreds learn Sanskrit

http://www.fijitimes.com/story.aspx?id=235630


Hundreds learn Sanskrit

Rakesh Kumar
Saturday, June 01, 2013

Admita Kumar (middle) joins her aunts Hirdeshni Gautam (left) and Ashodra
Gautam in a Sanscrit reading during classes at the Flagstaff Ashram in Suva.
Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA + Enlarge this image

Admita Kumar (middle) joins her aunts Hirdeshni Gautam (left) and Ashodra
Gautam in a Sanscrit reading during classes at the Flagstaff Ashram in Suva.
Picture: JONE LUVENITOGA

HUNDREDS of people around the country are taking the time to learn Sanskrit
language in seven days.

The free online encyclopedia, Wikipedia, describes Sanskrit as a historical
Indo-Aryan language, the primary liturgical language of Hinduism and a
literary and scholarly language in Buddhism and Jainism.

Sanskrit is listed as one of the 22 scheduled languages of India, and it is
an official language of the State of Uttarakhand. It also holds a prominent
position in Indo-European studies.

On the invitation of the Fiji Sevashram Sangha, world renowned Sanskrit
scholar Prof Gajendra Punda is now taking classes in Labasa before doing the
same in Lautoka.

Swamy Sanyukta Nanda of the Fiji Sevashram Sangha said classes in Suva were
well attended and participants numbers had to be restricted to 55.

"The group was organised into two smaller ones, one session being run by his
wife and one by Prof Punda. Participants were of all age groups and from all
walks of life such as academics, workers and retired senior teachers," Swamy
Nanda said.

"The way this course was run was easy to understand and it captured the
participants' interest and enthusiasm on the first day and they were
compelled to take time every evening for classes."

Participants who attended classes in Suva, agreed that the Fiji Sevashram
Sangha had provided an opportunity to get them to better understand and
learn conversational Sanskrit.

Many said they never imagined they would be able to speak a word of Sanskrit
in their life.

While closing the course, Swamy Nanda acknowledged Prof Punda's "selfless"
efforts to promote Sanskrit.

He thanked Mr Punda for travelling to Fiji at his own expense to provide
Fijians the opportunity to learn Sanskrit.

He reminded participants that every nation's progress was measured by its
sampati (wealth) and sanskriti (culture), saying "sadly people are
accumulating wealth but losing their culture".

Swami Nanda also said Sanskrit was the symbol of Hindu culture and heritage
and Hindus should revive it.

Classes are now being held in Labasa while the Lautoka session is scheduled
for June 3-10.

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Farmers’ suicide rates soar above the rest

Opinion » Columns » Sainath

MUMBAI, May 18, 2013

http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/columns/sainath/farmers-suicide-rates-soar-a
bove-the-rest/article4725101.ece?homepage=true



Suicide rates among Indian farmers were a chilling 47 per cent higher than
they were for the rest of the population in 2011. In some of the States
worst hit by the agrarian crisis, they were well over 100 per cent higher.
The new Census 2011 data reveal a shrinking farmer population. And it is on
this reduced base that the farm suicides now occur.

Apply the new Census totals to the suicide data of the National Crime
Records Bureau (NCRB) and the results are grim. Sample: A farmer in Andhra
Pradesh is three times more likely to commit suicide than anyone else in the
country, excluding farmers. And twice as likely to do so when compared to
non-farmers in his own State. The odds are not much better in Maharashtra,
which remained the worst State for such suicides across a decade.

"The picture remains dismal," says Prof. K. Nagaraj, an economist at the
Asian College of Journalism, Chennai. Prof. Nagaraj's 2008 study on farm
suicides in India remains the most important one on the subject. "The
intensity of farm suicides shows no real decline," he says. "Nor do the
numbers show a major fall. They remain concentrated in the farming
heartlands of five key States. The crisis there continues. And the adjusted
farmers' suicide rate for 2011 is in fact slightly higher than it was in
2001." And that's after heavy data fudging at the State level.

Five States account for two-thirds of all farm suicides in the country, as
NCRB data show. These are Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Madhya
Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The share of these 'Big 5' in total farm suicides
was higher in 2011 than it was in 2001. At the same time, the new Census
data show that four of these States have far fewer farmers than they did a
decade ago. Only Maharashtra reports an increase in their numbers.

Nationwide, the farmers' suicide rate (FSR) was 16.3 per 100,000 farmers in
2011. That's a lot higher than 11.1, which is the rate for the rest of the
population. And slightly higher than the FSR of 15.8 in 2001.

In Maharashtra, for instance, the rate is 29.1 suicides per 100,000 farmers
('Main cultivators'). Which is over 160 per cent higher than that for all
Indians excluding farmers. Such gaps exist in other States, too. In as many
as 16 of 22 major States, the farm suicide rate was higher than the rate
among the rest of the population (RRP) in 2011.

The data for 2011 are badly skewed, with States like Chhattisgarh declaring
'zero' farm suicides that year. The same State reported an increase in total
suicides that same year. But claimed that not one of these was a farmer.
What happens if we take the average number of farm suicides reported by the
State in three years before 2011? Then Chhattisgarh's FSR is more than 350
per cent higher than the rate among the rest of the country's population.

In 1995, the 'Big 5' accounted for over half of all farm suicides in India.
In 2011, they logged over two-thirds of them. Given this concentration, even
the dismal all-India figures tend to make things seem less terrible than
they are.

Ten States show a higher farm suicide rate in 2011 than in 2001. That
includes the major farming zones of Punjab and Haryana. The average farm
suicide rate in the 'Big 5' is slightly up, despite a decline in Karnataka.
And also a fall in Maharashtra. The latter has the worst record of any
State. At least 53,818 farmers' suicides since 1995. So how come it shows a
lower FSR now?

Well, because Census 2011 tells us the State has added 1.2 million farmers
('main cultivators') since 2001. That's against a nationwide decline of 7.7
million in the same years. So Maharashtra's farm suicide rate shows a fall.
Yet, its farm suicide numbers have not gone down by much. And a farmer in
this State is two-and-a-half times more likely to kill himself than anyone
else in the country, other than farmers.

Karnataka, in 2011, saw a lot less of farm suicides than it did a decade
ago. And so, despite having fewer farmers than it did in 2001, the State
shows a lower FSR. Yet, even the 'lower' farm suicide rates in both
Maharashtra and Karnataka are way above the rate for the rest of the
country.

These figures are obtained by applying the new farm population totals of
Census 2011 to farm suicide numbers of the NCRB. The Census records
cultivators. The police count suicides. In listing suicides, the State
governments and police tend to count only those with a title to land as
farmers.

"Large numbers of farm suicides still occur," says Prof. Nagaraj. "Only that
seems not to be recognised, officially and politically. Is the 'conspiracy
of silence' back in action?" A disturbing trend has gained ground with
Chhattisgarh's declaration of 'zero' farm suicides. (That's despite having
had 4,700 in 36 months before the 'zero' declaration). Puducherry has
followed suit. Others will doubtless do the same. Punjab and Haryana have in
several years claimed 'zero' women farmers' suicides. (Though media and
study reports in the same years suggest otherwise). This trend must at some
point fatally corrupt the data.

At least 270,940 Indian farmers have taken their lives since 1995, NCRB
records show. This occurred at an annual average of 14,462 in six years,
from 1995 to 2000. And at a yearly average of 16,743 in 11 years between
2001 and 2011. That is around 46 farmers' suicides each day, on average. Or
nearly one every half-hour since 2001.

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Over 2,000 fewer farmers every day

http://goo.gl/lDJUl


The Hindu

Over 2,000 fewer farmers every day

The mistaken notion that the 53 per cent of India's population 'dependent on
agriculture' are all 'farmers' leads many to dismiss the massive farmers'
suicides as trivial.

There are nearly 15 million farmers ('Main' cultivators) fewer than there
were in 1991. Over 7.7 million less since 2001, as the latest Census data
show. On average, that's about 2,035 farmers losing 'Main Cultivator' status
every single day for the last 20 years. And in a time of jobless growth,
they've had few places to go beyond the lowest, menial ends of the service
sector.

A December 2012 report of the Institute of Applied Manpower Research (IAMR)
— a part of the Planning Commission — puts it this way: "employment in total
and in non-agricultural sectors has not been growing. This jobless growth in
recent years has been accompanied by growth in casualization and
informalization." It speaks of an "an absolute shift in workers from
agriculture of 15 million to services and industry." But many within the
sector also likely moved from farmer to agricultural labourer status.
Swelling the agrarian underclass.

So how many farmers do we have?

Census 2011 tells us we now have 95.8 million cultivators for whom farming
is their main occupation. That's less than 8 per cent of the population.
(Down from 103 million in 2001 and 110 million in 1991). Include all
marginal cultivators (22.8 million) and that is still less than 10 per cent
of the population.

Even if you count together all cultivators and agricultural labourers, the
number would be around 263 million or 22 per cent of the population.
(Interestingly, this reduced figure comes after a few big states have
actually reported a rise in the total number of cultivators. Since 85 per
cent of all marginal workers reported more than a 100 days work, this could
possibly reflect the reverse pull of MNREGA, among other factors).

Between 1981 and 1991, the number of cultivators (main workers), actually
went up from 92 million to 110 million. So the huge decline comes post-1991.

Hold on: aren't 53 per cent of the population farmers?

No. That's a common fallacy. The over 600 million Indians dependent on
agriculture are not all farmers. They are deployed in an array of related
activities — including fisheries. This confusion is widespread and innocent.

Yet, there are also a few whose colossal ignorance leads them to dismiss the
country's massive farmers' suicides as trivial. For instance: "at least half
of the Indian workforce is engaged in farming. This fact points to a much
lower suicide rate per 100,000 individuals for farmers than in the general
population." Note how easily those 'engaged in farming' become 'farmers!'

As a notion it borders on the whacko. It goes: After all, 53 out of every
100 Indians are farmers. So our 270,940 farm suicides since 1995 are a low
number on a population base of over 600 million. So low that we should be
agitated over how the suicide rate in the general population can be brought
"down to the levels prevailing amongst farmers."

Never mind for now the appalling moral position that a quarter of a million
human beings taking their lives is hardly alarming. The Bhopal gas tragedy,
the worst industrial disaster in human terms, claimed over 20,000 lives. But
in this perverse logic, since that was less than 0.003 per cent of the then
population, it is rendered meaningless. That position says more about its
authors than about the suicides. It shows they are clueless about who a
farmer is — and about what the data show.

It shows even greater ignorance of who defines and counts a 'farmer
suicide.' The Census records cultivators. The police count suicides. The
police do not read the Census. Not for definitions, anyway.

The Census groups the population into workers and non-workers. The latter
would be infants, children, students, housewives, unemployed, aged and
retired people. Farmers, or cultivators come under 'Workers' — a huge
category covering many varied groups. Now rural workers account for close to
70 per cent of all workers. And rural workers consist of farmers,
agricultural labourers and non-farm workers.

Cultivators (main workers) in the Census are barely eight per cent of the
population as a whole. (That's after a two-decade secular decline in this
group). The ongoing farm suicides — 184,169 of them since 2001 according to
the National Crime Records Bureau — are taking place on a smaller and
shrinking base. Their intensity has hardly diminished. In most of the States
accounting for two-thirds of all farm suicides, the intensity has likely
risen.

Of course distress affects a much wider population dependent on agriculture.
(Farmer bankruptcies crush the village carpenter, and even play a role in
weaver suicides). The sufferings of others are as real. It is not as if the
agricultural labourer or non-farm worker is having a great time. Both
sections have seen distress migrations — and suicides. (For that matter the
owner of a small industrial unit in an urban city could be distress-hit).
Their suicides are no less tragic. But it is vital to know who officially
gets counted as a farmer. And who gets listed in the 'farmers' suicides. For
that tells us more about the ongoing tragedy and gives us a sense of its
awful scale.

Everybody who works in the film industry is not an actor. Everyone in the
educational system is not a student. And all those in the 53 per cent of the
population related to the farming sector are not farmers. Even among those
who are, only a limited group gets counted as such when police and
governments make farmers' suicide lists. Cultivators are counted by the
Census. Suicides are recorded by police stations across the country. The
numbers collated by State governments. Very different approaches are
involved.

The Census considers someone a cultivator if he or she operates a piece of
land — which they may or may not own; State governments and police count
only those with a title to land as farmers. The Census records two kinds of
cultivators: 'Main workers' and 'marginal workers.' The latter are more like
agricultural labourers or non-farm workers since farming is not their main
activity. A 'Main worker' in cultivation is someone for whom that is the
major occupation for at least half the year. That group makes barely eight
per cent of the population as a whole.

Suicides among the others in the agrarian world (within that "53 per cent")
won't be recorded as 'farmer suicides.' Try getting State governments and
their police to do that! Even within the 'recognised' eight per cent, those
whose title to land is not clear will not be listed as farmers' suicides,
should they take their own lives. For instance, women and tenant farmers are
routinely excluded. Even eldest sons running the farms — with the land still
in the names of their aged fathers — would also be omitted.

Police and State governments run the suicide lists, not the Census. Nor does
the NCRB, which has neither the vested interest nor the ability to fiddle
that data. It merely collates what the State Crime Record Bureaus submit to
it. Hence, the Chhattisgarh government could brazenly declare a 'zero farm
suicides' figure in 2011. That after the State saw over 7,500 of them (by
its own admission) between 2006-10. With all the fiddles in the data, the
numbers and intensity remain appalling.

Maharashtra revels in such fraud. With close to 54,000 since 1995, the State
has been the worst in farm suicides for over a decade. And even those
numbers conceal major exclusions. They've invented categories like 'Farmer's
relatives suicides,' or "non-genuine" suicides, in order to further trim the
numbers. So the State governments and their police, have immense power in
re-defining who a farmer is. Watch out for more and more States doing 'a
Chhattisgarh' and declaring 'zero' farm suicides in coming months and years.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Sad news

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Vyapaka Prabhu is assiting Pancharatna Prabhu (Jaipur) in organizing the
Ahimsa Foundation for Cattle Protection

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Hare Krishna,

Obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

A shocking article has just been brought to my attention and I thought it
would be interesting for everyone to better understand the nature of what
we are up against.

The opening paragraph of this article reveals: "The Centre's Pink
Revolution<http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/Pink-Revolution>to
promote meat production and export has led to a 44% increase in meat
consumption <http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/topic/meat-consumption> and
export in four years, but it has failed to regulate the industry."

Previous research performed by AFFCAP revealed that -- according to FAO
stats -- 4.9 million tonnes of meat was being produced annually via legal
slaughterhouses, of which 30% was beef.

Taking into account these new figures, India is now slaughtering over 7
million tonnes per annum. If the beef percentage remains constant, then 2.1
million tonnes of cows are now meeting the butcher knife.

Previously three cows per minute were being slaughtered in India; however,
that figure has increased to over four cows per minute.

Our prayer is that AFFCAP can make a difference at least within the goshala
movement to stop this horrific activity.

The full article can be found at:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Beef-exports-up-44-in-4-years-India
-is
-top-seller/articleshow/19314449.cms


Hoping this is meeting you well.

Best regards,

Vyapaka dasa




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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Ambaa!

'Ambaa' a Short Film


A mother for the child gives milk for a maximum of one year but the rest of
the life 'Milk' comes from the cow. Considered as 'Kamadhenu' in our
culture, such a cow is slaughtered and consumed as meat. Although there is
strong opposition to killing of cows the attempts are made to bring
awareness on importance of cow. Recently we had the film 'Shankara
Punyakoti' and now producer of Kannada cinema 'Auto' a social servant owner
of 'Maruthi Medicals' Mahendra Munoth has produced this short film 'Ambaa'
on the significance of cow.

It is a short and sweet narration on cow protection and humble appeal a
youngster makes to slaughter house people is touching to the heart in
'Ambaa'. This is the debut direction of short film by Swathi and Shakthi. A
young boy in this short film grows up from cow milk as his mother dies soon
after delivery. A cow becomes very important in the growth of a boy. When
such a cow is smuggled for the sake of meat by disgruntled elements it
becomes a bitter experience for the youngster. How he appeals and makes the
stony heart to melt down is the climax of this short film 'Ambaa'.

The short film was screened in the presence of historian Dr Chidananda
Murthy who has written a book on cow protection and argued with Governor of
Karnataka for not passing the ordinance on cow protection, literary
personality Sashi Muralaiah and team of 'Ambaa' was joined by Crazy star V
Ravichandran in the DVD release of the short film.

'Amba'...Nammamma, by environment protector, Rajiv Gandhi award winner
Mahendra Munnoth and Smt Suraksha Mahender Munoth in Anand Cinemas is also
the vested interest of Mahendra Munoth. When Shakthi and Swathi came to him
with another project the offer was made by producer to come out with any
useful project on 'Cow'.

Mahendra Munnoth disclosed that it is duty of all of us to protect the cow
in this country. Writer Saashi Marulaiah remembered how the calf was
protected and given prominence. Crazy star V Ravichandran wished good luck
to the team of 'Amba'.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Why We Were Wrong About Ghee

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Why We Were Wrong About Ghee

Growing up, I thought that ghee was dangerous. Uncles and aunties would say,
"We're cutting back on ghee," or, "We don't use that stuff anymore, it's so
bad
for you." I wondered why ghee got such a bad rap, and soon I learned
everyone's
doctors had been urging them to drop ghee because something called saturated
fats – which ghee has in abundance – causes heart attacks.

'Desis,' it turned out, were susceptible to heart attacks. Someone from our
community had a heart attack almost every month, or so it seemed then, and
sometimes an uncle we knew would die from it. So finding what caused heart
attacks was a really big deal. Now fast forward to today, and here's a new
thought. What if we were wrong about ghee? What if eating ghee, or using
ghee
to cook food, never caused heart attacks?

Research in the past decade strongly suggests that ghee was not the problem.
If
we were wrong about ghee, we were not alone. At the same time
Indian-Americans
were dropping ghee, Americans were dropping butter (from which ghee is made)
for margarine, a processed oil-and-milk product. The replacement of butter,
which had been eaten traditionally throughout America's history, was part of
the bigger phenomenon of Americans adopting a low-fat diet.

The motivating factor was the "lipid hypothesis." Research since the 1950s
led
experts to believe that diets high in cholesterol and saturated fats would
cause coronary heart disease, the kind that led to heart attacks. Although
the
science was not complete or entirely convincing, the idea that lipids (or
cholesterols) cause heart attacks became accepted as fact. In the 1970s, the
U.S. government, the American Heart Association, the American Cancer Society
and other groups, hoping to slow down the rise in heart disease, began a
massive campaign to convince us to stop eating foods containing a lot of
fat.
This is why your doctor told you to drop ghee.


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Saturday, 16 February 2013

Simple Living Technologies

http://www.dandavats.com/?p=11274#more-11274



Simple Living Technologies
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Technologies

By Vaishnava Das

Imagine a box 3 feet (X) 3 feet (X) 3 feet filled with water. Take a guess
at how much this would weigh? The Answer: This box would contain 27 cubic
feet, with 7.48 gallons per cubic foot, each gallon weighing 8.32 pounds.
The total weight would be 1,680 pounds (27*7.48*8.32) containing 202 gallons
(27*7.48). According to the U.S. Geological Survey the average American uses
between 80-100 gallons of water per day (showering, washing dishes,
cleaning, cooking, flushing toilets, watering lawns) - source:
http://ga.water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-home-percapita.html).
Now imagine there was a stream of water (hillside run-off, a creek, or even
a river) say 500 feet away and perhaps at 150 feet lower elevation. If you
could carry 50 pounds of water per trip (25 pounds for each arm), it would
take you approximately 33 trips to gather this water and fill up the box. At
500 feet away (1,000 feet round trip), you would have to walk 33,000 feet
(round trip). There are 5,280 feet in a mile, so you would need to travel
approximately 6 miles (9.6 kilometers). The average person walks between 2
to 3 miles per hour (without carrying any load). So this trip at a minimum
would take you 2 to 3 hours to complete, not counting walking up the 150
foot elevation of the hill.

What if I were to tell you that you could build a device for around $150
that will move this water, and more, for you 24 hours a day with no
electricity and no gasoline. This isn't some "free energy, perpetual motion"
device. It is based on technology that has been around for over 200 years.
I was watching a random TED (Technology, Education, and Design) conference
video when one presenter made an off-hand comment about "installing Ram
pumps in poor countries". I had never heard the term before so decided to
look it up. What I saw truly amazed me. A Ram pump is based on technology
that has been around for over 200 years. It uses a large amount of water at
low pressure to move a small amount of water at higher pressure.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words, here is a video of a homemade Ram
pump in action: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFZYD05I29s

As in our example, this Ram pump is moving run-off water about 500 feet away
and 150 feet above the source. To put this in perspective, a football field
is 300 feet, so this is moving water almost two football fields. And a story
is generally between 10 to 12 feet, so this is lifting water to the height
of a 12 to 15 story building.

The "waste water" seen is only waste in the sense that it is not pumped. If
this is run-off water, it simply spills out at another location. If built
next to a river (see Cambodia and Philippines videos in the Appendix), the
water simply spills out and continues to flow down river. The only example
that I have seen that seemed wasteful to me was tapping into lakes, coming
up and under the lake, to drain it downhill. As 90% of water is spilled to
move 10% of water out, you are effectively draining the lake if you use this
approach. There may be certain instances where this approach would make
sense, perhaps during heavy rain that would cause a lake to otherwise
overflow.

Here are instructions on how to build this homemade Ram
pump:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CG0laNqJWY0

Here are similar instructions (another perspective) to build the same
design:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-cGi1rF6yQ

Here are detailed written instructions from Clemson University on building
this Ram pump design:
http://www.clemson.edu/irrig/equip/ram.htm

According to Clemson University this design, using a 1 1/4 inch input, will
move a minimum of 1/4 gallon per minute (15 gallons per hour; 360 gallons
per day) or at maximum 1 1/5 gallons per minute (72 gallons per hour; 1,728
gallons per day).

I have actually built this Ram pump myself but have not had the facilities
to properly test it as of yet. The key to this pump are the two equal size
check valves (sometimes called a swing check valve). These are the only
moving parts. In the U.S. these should cost you around $22 each. You have to
be careful with the check valves. My local national chain hardware store did
not carry the size I needed (1 1/4 inch), so I ended up going to a local
"Mom & Pop" hardware store. I was lucky I did. They informed me that many
check valves contain lead and that they could not sell them to me for
drinking water as they can only be used to move waste water such as sewage.
Instead they specially ordered some lead free check valves for me. Always
check before you purchase any item that the parts you use are lead free. The
owner indicated that in the U.S. lead free check valves will be marked with
a classic "v" (down-and-up) check mark, either on the item or on the
package. What is the point of moving drinking water if you are slowly
poisoning yourself with lead?

When I heard this I brought them two gate valves I had bought at the
national chain hardware store. These are different from the check valves, as
they are used to open and close the system to let water in and out. The gate
valves were noted as "low lead". I had assumed that low lead was the only
version they came in and since they were being sold in the national chain
store they were safe to use. The "Mom & Pop" store informed me that there
are no-lead versions, and it would be better to use a ball valve instead of
a gate valve. They informed me that gate valves may corrode over time or get
sediment caught in the gear and jam. When this happens they can no longer be
used to open and close. However, a ball valve will accomplish the same
thing, but will never jam, so you can always open and close the system. As a
general rule I'd say the small "Mom & Pop" stores are more knowledgeable
about the items they sell - they have to be in order to compete against the
big chain stores.

As someone with zero mechanical skills I was able to build this homemade Ram
pump. There was something satisfying looking for the parts and building
something physical. If I can do it anyone can do it.

This design is missing one element found in professionally made models - a
snifter. Over time (several weeks) the air in the pressure chamber gets
"pushed" into the water and pumped out. This effectively creates a vacuum
chamber and shuts down the pump process. To reboot the system only requires
opening up the air chamber and letting it fill with fresh air. Other designs
have a snifter - a hole that squirts out water on the down push, and pulls
in fresh air on the up pull. Unfortunately, I am not knowledgeable enough to
advise how to add a snifter to this design.

In general, professionally built Ram pumps cost upwards of $550. Here is one
source for a classic Ram Pump ($559):
https://www.lehmans.com/p-2967-our-best-water-ram-pumps.aspx

Lehman's is a site with many simple living, Amish and Mennonite tools,
including Ram pumps, butter churns, and other such tools.

From what I have seen, different designs claim a lift of 40/1, 25/1, or 10/1
for lift in elevation per length in input drive pipe. If you are interested
in a professionally built Ram pump you can search the net for a number of
designs.

I find this technology truly amazing. If we keep in mind the human effort to
accomplish the same task it becomes rather remarkable. First, the technology
is on a human scale. It is relatively small, inexpensive, and only has two
moving valve parts. Second, it requires no external energy, relying neither
on electricity nor gasoline, but only the domestic movement of water. Third,
it can work 24 hours a day for years on end with little to no maintenance.
Fourth, it is distributed technology, something that any community can buy
or build and use as needed. Finally, the Ram pump has a perfectly auspicious
name.

Besides water for individual use, there is the need for water for animals,
as well as for irrigation of rural land. This technology has been used for
over 200 years to irrigate large areas of land, especially in remote areas,
which would be near impossible for an individual to do otherwise.

I close out this article with one quote from Srila Prabhupada on the
importance of water supply:

Room Conversation On Farm Management - December 10, 1976 Hyderabad
Prabhupa-da: Therefore that means water supply. Maha-m.s'a: Yes, that's what
I have to arrange now. Prabhupa-da: Ha. So why, when you will arrange?
Arrange it immediately. Maha-m.s'a: Yes, beforei Prabhupa-da: And that is
also one of the water pool to solve water problem. The tank. Do you follow
what I say? Maha-m.s'a: Yes. Prabhupa-da: You fill up the tank and by
pumping through pipe, you distribute water. Jagadi-s'a: The viaducts are
already there. Maha-m.s'a: Yes. Prabhupa-da: If you have got water filled up
in that tank, we can water so many lands. We shall spend for that. We shalli
Pipe line, pumping. Here is so much land we can produce gur. But you have no
brain. Produce gur, get money and spend it for Kr.s.n.a. This is wanted. Not
simply planning and talking. The world is suffering for want of right
planning.



If you found this article useful please forward along to others.

Appendix -
In the Appendix I am including other links of videos on Ram pumps that you
may find of interest.

Williamson Ram Pump: This was the first Ram pump video that I saw and it
sold me on this technology. This is a New Zealand manufacturer whose design
will lift water 40/1 in lift to drop.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b2kv8BUVy6E
Website: http://williamsonrampump.co.nz/

Cambodia Ram Pump: This is a Williamson Ram pump installed in Cambodia. This
is a very large version, built next to a river, which gives you a sense of
just how much water this system can move.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=vwBTB2W4E20

Philippines Ram Pump: The AID Foundation installing Ram pumps in poor
villages in the Philippines. This has improved health, sanitation, and
agriculture among the poor villages.
Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-BoAM1ODArQ
Website: http://www.aidfi.org/

Ebay Ram Pump: Here is an individual selling a fairly large, personally
built, Ram pump for $259. I can't validate the construction, but it looks
rather substantial.
Website:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Improved-All-Steel-Hydraulic-Ram-Hydram-Water-Pump-6
00GPD-Free-Power-No-Fuel-/300687859977?pt=PCA_UPS&hash=item460264a109


Rife Ram Pumps: One company selling professionally made Ram pumps.
Website: http://www.riferam.com/

Thursday, 14 February 2013

Varnasrama College Now! We Can Do It

Very nice. But the sudras are the legs of the society. So why don't these
people consider that important? They are service oriented and are to be
trained and protected.

Varnasrama College Now! We Can Do It

Very nice. But the sudras are the legs of the society. So why don't these
people consider that important?

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

Varnasrama College Now! We Can Do It

New Book: Varnasrama College Now! We Can Do It
by Madhava Priya devi dasi with Krsnasraya dasa

In ISKCON in many ways we suffer from ungroundedness and dysfunction. We try
to be spiritual but our foundation is unstable, and that is why Srila
Prabhupada in his great wisdom instructed us to establish varnasrama dharma.
Whether or not we ever succeed in establishing the whole varnasrama culture,
if we delve into this study it will go a long way toward healing our
emotional wounds and curing our ungroundedness and dysfunction, because
varnasrama's very purpose is to create a stable foundation to support
devotional service.

We all know that Prabhupada said he left 50% of his work for us to do,
namely the setting up of varnasrama dharma. Until now, we in ISKCON have
been more or less stuck in a debate about how to do it, or whether it is
even possible.

But here is something we can do: we can follow his instructions to set up
varnasrama colleges in our centers. And we can do it very easily, very
naturally and very inexpensively with the resources we already have. How can
it be so easy? It can, if we understand the essence of this instruction
(which was given in the so-called "varnasrama walks" in Vrindavan in March
1974 and are compiled with other spoken instructions on varnasrama in the
book Speaking About Varnasrama, compiled by Hare Krishna devi dasi and
available from Krishna.com.)

The essence, the purpose, of varnasrama colleges would be to create three
classes of men, namely brahmanas, ksatriyas and vaisyas. Therefore, the
colleges would not primarily be about the teaching of specific or
traditional skills of those varnas. They would be primarily about teaching
the qualities and duties of those varnas. A set of skills does not alone
make a class of men, but a set of qualities along with a knowledge of and
acceptance of duties does make a class of men. The skills are secondary and
would come automatically once the classes of men are created, because the
material world is full of resources for all kinds of traditional and
specific skills. Qualified men can search out those sources themselves, and
will do so, and will develop classes on them for the varnasrama colleges as
time goes on.

This book is an in-depth study of the varnas, based on quotes from
Prabhupada's books and instructions, focusing on qualities, duties and
relationships, seeking to apply these elements in our modern situations. It
also points out some material-world resources for information on skills, and
suggests ways of organizing the colleges.

Using the format "Discovery, Understanding and Application" this book hopes
to stimulate further discussion by giving the example.

The book is available in paperback for $10.00 and ebook for $5.00 at
Lulu.com, at this link:
http://www.lulu.com/shop/search.ep?keyWords=Varnasrama+College+Now%21&catego
ryId=100501


If there is any difficulty for anyone who wants the book or any feedback
please contact the author at
madhavapriya7@yahoo.com

Saturday, 19 January 2013

Community at Kentucky - more news

By Adikarta das

Dear Devotees,
Hare Krishna. We just wanted to let you know about our new community in
Kentucky named Cintamani Dham. We are totally ISKCON oriented, and very much
believe in Srila Prabhupada's desire for an organized movement to work
cooperatively together in order to spread Krishna Consciousness. We have 250
acres of very beautiful land in Kentucky, USA. The property has mountains,
springs, fertile bottom land by a fresh green/blue mountain spring fed
creek, and very awesome views.

We are strong believers in Srila Prabhupada's words as recorded in Srimad
Bhagavatam Canto 8 Chapter 24 Text 6:
Sri Sukadeva Gosvami said: "O King, for the sake of protecting the cows,
brahmanas, demigods, devotees, the Vedic literature, religious principles,
and principles to fulfill the purpose of life, the Supreme Personality of
Godhead accepts the forms of incarnations."

Purport: The Supreme Personality of Godhead generally appears in various
types of incarnations to give protection to the cows and brahmanas. The Lord
is described as go-brahmana-hitaya ca; in other words, He is always eager to
benefit the cows and brahmanas. When Lord Krsna appeared, He purposefully
became a cowherd boy and showed personally how to give protection to the
cows and calves. Similarly, He showed respect to Sudama Vipra, a real
brahmana. From the Lord's personal activities, human society should learn
how to give protection specifically to the brahmanas and cows. Then the
protection of religious principles, fulfillment of the aim of life and
protection of Vedic knowledge can be achieved. Without protection of cows,
brahminical culture cannot be maintained; and without brahminical culture,
the aim of life cannot be fulfilled. The Lord, therefore, is describd as
go-brahmana-hitaya because His incarnation is only for the protection of the
cows and the brahmanas. Unfortunately, because in Kali-Yuga there is no
protection of the cows and brahminical culture, everything is in a
precarious position. If human society wants to be exalted, the leaders of
society must follow the instructions of Bhagavad-gita and give protection to
the cows, the brahmanas and brahminical culture.

The last sentence is particularly adamant."If human society wants to be
exalted, the leaders of society must follow the instructions of
Bhagavad-Gita and give protection to the cows, the brahmanas, and
brahminical culture."

Whilst we are very committed personally to going out door to door, shop to
shop, college to college, to distribute Srila Prabhupada's books, and preach
in general, we feel that this very important goal of Srila Prabhupada's has
somehow been somewhat neglected in the United States. In Hungary, having
visited several times, we have been completely amazed by the superexcellence
of New Vraja Dham. It is in my humble opinion the best project in ISKCON,
and really sets the bar for devotees in many ways. We do realize that it
will be highly unlikely that we can establish such a project here in the US,
for a multitude of different reasons. The foremost reasonis the fact that
Sivarama swami is a transcendental genius, and we are not. However, despite
the fact that farming is not my thing, I really feel that without
demonstrating the ideals emphasized in this purport we are really neglecting
our duty. Whilst I try hard not to be critical, it's hard not to be
dissappointed by the general lack of interest shown by the majority of
devotees in such an important limb of Vaisnava culture as cow protection.
From my experience of living in Alachua, probably the largest devotee
community in the world, it was often very difficult to "get rid of" our milk
products from our beloved, protected cows. It was quite bewildering to be
honest, that devotees generally seemed to prefer to buy milk from commercial
dairies, who, as we all know, treat the cows abominally.

In one purport in the SB describing the opulence of Nanda Maharaja and the
cowherd men, Srila Prabhupada pointed out how in this age the cowherds are
all dressed in "niggardly dress." For those that are not up on antique
English words, niggardly means basically very poor. So this is the
situation, that nowadays people do not understand the benefits of the Holy
Cow, and are not prepared to pay a fair price for protected cow's milk,
including our devotees. So we feel that it is our duty to not only preach,
but show in our lives that cows really are important, and that living a more
simple and natural way of life is not only one of the original eight goals
that Srila Prabhupada wanted, but an invaluable example for people to see.

Personally I am from London, UK and have experienced many of the different
so called pleasures that big city life affords. Even, as a devotee, I have
had so many wonderful highs preaching in the city, but to do both is far
superior. To preach in a city is important, but to be able to actually show
people that we walk the talk, by having nice farm communities seems the only
way to go if we do not want to be accused of being hypocrites. The may say,
"Your books talk about cow protection, but I see you all buy your milk from
blood dairies." Of course we could all become vegans and forget about it
altogether, but that would seem to fly in the face of Srila Prabhupada's
words here.

So here we are in Kentucky! Personally I feel it would be nice to preach
somewhere like California, San Francisco perhaps, or Berkeley, (which I may
end up doing anyway) but such places are not ideal places to show people
about how important the cow is. Kentucky has very nice land, adequate
rainfall, no building codes, lots of springs, rivers, and generally the
people are very open. All the so-called hip places in the United States have
some defect. For instance California has very little rain along with
Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Texas. New Hampshire, Vermont, and New
England are in my opinion too cold. Florida is too hot, and building codes
are tough etc. North Carolina is either expensive or swampy, as is South
Carolina. Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama are also too hot. So here we
are in Kentucky.
We are attracting some people here, and we have several colleges in the area
for preaching; at one university we collected over 250 e-mail addresses of
interested students, most of whom are agnostics or atheists.

We have some accommodation available, and we are building more as we write.
Visit our facebook page for more pictures and to catch a glimpse of our
pioneering in progress: facebook.com/landoftouchstone.

If any of you would like to visit, or feels a calling to help establish this
essential missing part of Srila Prabhupada's mission, please let us know.

Contact Adikarta das
E-mail: akd108.1@gmail.com
606-464-8332

Hare Krishna,
Adikarta das

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