To: GBC Discussions
Hare Krishna. Thought you might find this interesting. I just heard a clip from the BBC news service confirming the Vedic injunction that everything about the cow is auspicious and beneficial. It was a piece on research being done in Australia on a particular bacteria found primarily in cow dung or "gobar" as they call it in India.
Turns out that this bacteria, when inhaled (as would happen naturally in a rural setting or village life) helps generate serotonin, a chemical which acts in the brain to regulate moods and creates a sense of well-being. Even more so, this bacteria is found to reduce the effects of asthma and a host of other diseases and bodily distresses.
They say cows have no souls and no finer sentiments. Not so! Consider the implications of this text below vs. McDonalds etc.
A new report on animal behavior reveals that cows develop relationships within the herd that can only be described as best friends, and become stressed if separated from each other.
Doctoral student Krista McLennan of Britain’s Northampton University, who discovered the relationships, says that if these bonds were recognized and honored within dairies, it could improve milk yields.
During her research, cattle were penned on their own, with their best friend or with another cow they did not know for 30 minutes while their heart rates were measured at 15-second intervals.
A devotee wrote to me asking about the etymology of the word 'God' and also about the relation between the words Christos and Krishna. I thought my reply might be of general interest, so I am sending it to you.
Here is the etymology of the word 'God.'
1. There is a tendency for a Sanskrit 'h' to change into a 'g' in European languages.
2. Examples of this h -> g:
a) aham, 'I' becomes Greek 'ego'.
b) maha -> Latin 'magna'
c) vahana -> German 'wagen', 'vehicle'.
3. Similarly, Sanskrit 'huta', 'one who is invoked, worshipped' changes into German 'gott', then English 'God.'
The Greek word 'khristos' means "the anointed" (Sanskrit: abhishikta) and is a translation of the Hebrew 'mashiah' (messiah). Khristos is thus a
Someone sent this short list on Leadership, and I thought of sharing it with you. It's orientation is for a corporate work environment, but the elements are easily translatable to our Vaisnava Society.
Whatever is our stage of spiritual progress, as vaisnavas we are called upon to be empowers of others who are engaged in varieties of services to Krishna.
One of the best ways to ensure good leadership within our vaisnava sanga is for each of us to set a principle-centered example, however tiny our sphere of influence may be. This shapes our culture. For
example, you can start right in your own home! Or amongst your closest devotee friends, etc.
A new theory in astrophysics posits that radiation rings hint that the universe was recycled over and over.
There are so many speculators out there that by the odds at least one or two of them are going to come up with a theory that comes close to matching the Vedic reality of multiple creations and devastations.