Radha Govinda Jhulan Yatra Mahaotsava takes place in the month of Sravana from Ekadashi till Baralama Purnima. Radha Govinda are deities of abideya or the process of devotional service. The festival is a special opportunity for the devotees to render some personal service to Them. Service is the medium to express our love for the Lord. This festival is similar to Ratha Yatra where the Deities come down from the altar to receive service from everyone.
Lord Balaram's Pot Breaking Contest during Sri Sri Radha Madhava's Jhulan Yatra Festival Video editing, rendering by Shyamsundar dasa.
On this date in 1965, at the age of sixty-nine, Srila Prabhupada left India on a steamship bound for the United States, with the intention of bringing the teachings of Krishna and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu to the English-speaking world. With him was a trunk full of his translations and commentary on the First Canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam, and about forty rupees in cash.
August 22nd is the appearance day of Lord Balaram, the elder brother of Lord Sri Krishna, and is celebrated on the full moon day of Shravana (August), also known as Balaram Jayanti and Balaram Purnima. Lord Balaram appeared as the son of Rohini and Vasudeva. He is also known as Baladeva and Sankarshana. He gives us the required spiritual strength to cross over the hurdles in our journey of self-realization.
Source: Krishna's Food & Travel
Today I will show you how to use the steam cooker to prepare 3 dishes following Srila Prabhupad.
Put a pot of water with mung dal. For one part of dal we take 12 parts of water. We put the first section on top of the pot and place a metal cup with rice. We take two parts of water to one part of rice and add some salt.
Now put the second section with raw vegetables on top. We took cauliflower, potatoes, carrots and asparagus beans. Cover with a lid. Due to the steam from the pot all three dishes will get cooked at the same time. Mung dal is softer than ordinary peas and it is getting cooked much faster. When you see that the steam began to reach the upper tier with vegetables, reduce the heat to minimum and cook for 25 minutes.
Now the vegetables are steamed, and they have preserved many vitamins. Now let's finish our subji within a couple of minutes.
Put a frying pan on the fire, add oil and make the masala the way you like most. I’m using turmeric, ground coriander, and red chili. Fry the pieces of paneer in spices and add vegetables.
Now I’m making subji without sauce, but you can add cream or tomatoes, so the dish will be more saturated. It’s up to your imagination!
Next step is mixing vegetables with paneer and salt.
Finally, sprinkle with coriander and that's it. Our first dish is done!
Now we finish cooking dal. Make masala in the pan, and add the tomatoes.
Mix it all and add some salt. If it’s too thick, add some water. Bring to a boil and boil for few minutes.
Sprinkle with coriander or any other greens.
Put rice in a bowl. Keep in mind that the cup of rice is hot and be careful not to get burned.
Then add oil or butter into rice and mix it.
Now it’s all done! This is a very convenient and fast way to cook. In just 35-40 minutes, we have prepared three dishes. Srila Prabhupad taught his disciples to cook in this way.
Prabhupad was a genius, and a man of genius is genius in everything! I showed you the main principle of cooking in the steam cooker, using which you can cook different dishes the way you like!
His Grace Nrsingha Chaitanya Das(ACBSP) has passed away in Vrindavan, where he lived for many years at the MVT. He was initiated by Srila Prabhupada in 1971 at New Dwarka, Los Angeles. On the auspicious occasion of Hariyali Teej, on August 11th, he departed from this world due to cardiac arrest. Devotees found him his bed around 10:30 A.M. IST and he looked peaceful as always.
On August 10, Federal Minister of Food and Agriculture Julia Kloeckner chose the ISKCON Bhakti Retreat Center Goloka Dhama in southern Germany as the start of a tour with e-bikes in her ongoing election campaign. The minister is running for the federal elections on September 26, 2021, and Goloka Dhama in the small village of Abentheuer is part of her election district.