Tuesday, March 10, 2015


Rice and Mung Bean Stew (Khichari)

by Kurma Dasa

1/3 cup of whole mung beans (split mung does

well, too).

3 tablespoons Ghee (or other oil)

1/3 cup raw cashews (pieces or halves).

2 teaspoons cumin seed.

1 tablespoon hot chilies (depending on choice,

jalapena was the favored chili in original recipe).

2 tablespoons chopped or diced ginger.

1 teaspoon turmeric.

1 teaspoon yellow asafoetida (aka hing, in India).

1 small cauliflower (about 14 ounced cut up into


5 to 6 cups of water.

2/3 cup of cooked green peas

1 teaspoon of salt

1 tablespoon of butter

Fresh chopped cilantro


Take the cauliflower and break it into small flowerets. Rinse it off and set it aside. Also rinse a cup of rice and 1/3 cup of whole mung beans (which look like peas). In a large saucepan, 4 quarts or larger, heat 3 tablespoons of a favorite oil, canola, safflower, or the famous Indian Ghee. After it warms, toast 1/3 cup of raw cashews, just let them get a “golden” brown. Remove the cashews and add 2 teaspoons of cumin seed, and let it toast until it is golden brown, after that you add 2 tablespoons of freshly chopped or diced ginger, then add the 1 tablespoon of hot green chilis, sauté for a few seconds, then add teaspoons each of asafoetida and turmeric.

Now you have a kind of sauce. You add the cauliflower flowerets and stir making sure they are covered in the mixture. Then add the rice and mung beans with the cauliflower and spices and stir for one minute.

When everything is mixed up and covered with the sauce add 5 to 6 cups of water and bring it to a boil. Lower the flame and let it simmer in a partially covered pot for about 30-40 minutes.

While your pot is simmering on low do this. Chop a cups worth of tomatos, add 2/3 cup of a can green peas, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 tablespoon of butter or margarine and some fresh chopped cilantro if you choose, together in a bowl with the toasted cashews.

When the cauliflower, rice and mung beans are done (don’t let it get too dry, if so add water) fold the bowl of cashews, salt, tomatoes, peas, and butter or margarine into the recipe. Let it warm so the new ingredients are hot, then you may turn off the stove.

Serve hot.

Sunday, February 22, 2015


He killed the things he loved and he loved me. How I would love to watch him bleed right in front of me.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

How to Maintain Good Mental Health in 2015

Here's a link to the article which was shared by Patrick Kennedy but I have my own ideas. Surely, keeping the microwave spic and span is the key to good mental health for me in 2015.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Tealiban

I have been following this group at Facebook called I Hate the Tealiban. The Tealiban is what they consider the Tea Party. After all, the Taliban are ultra conservative religious nationalists and would be good for Americans to keep that in mind. They are not typical of Islam nor of the Middle East. They are much like these Tea Party people but without the influence. They have recoursed to their 2nd amendment rights though none exist in their nations.

Why Yoga and When?

     Was thinking about how I never got into yoga and following a spiritual master until I was a grown man and it dawned on me the corporations. My mom and dad worked for the Pennsylvania Railroad. Oh, no waves to make in that organization. Although they had a union, the MBA, Mutual Beneficial Association of Transportation Employees I am sure there were no protections for them getting flaky in anyway as most devotees are perceived to be by the general public.
     So this corporate structure keeps you living a certain way, believing certain things and that is at odds with a system like Siddha Yoga for instance. Having food on the table, a home to live in and a good neighborhood and schools for the kids is the most important thing. Yogananda existed back in my mom's day. Vivkenanda came to the States in the late 19th century. 

Friday, June 20, 2014

A share for siddha yoga website that was too long. Only 175 words were allowed.

I had been reading and listening to Yoga Vasishtha last night. I shared it with a person on Facebook called The White Hindu. We have been discussing things like reincarnation and Sikhism and discrimination. Today she posted what she thought was a stereotype of a Western Hindu. It was a woman in matted locks dancing. I couldn't see that as a Hindu but really as a person of groups in America calling themselves Tribes, like the American Indians did. I have thought of the Krishna Devotional group as Hindus and then the memories of Krishna Devotees and Vasishtha. How they hate Vasishtha. A professor online discusses Vasishtha in audio. He is an Irish person and was quite congenial and so these memories of the furious fight the Gaudiya Vaishnavas put up about Vasishtha was particularly ugly and hurtful to my feelings. I will come out of it. The Vaishnava Acarya here, Acarya Deva who was one of Prabhupada's orignal 10 devotees who were given control over all of the Krishna Temples and dealings visits here. I have heard him talk. I know the attitude of the Krishna Gurus. I like to think of my own Guru when they annoy me as I know I do not have to follow them and they are rude in interrupting my devotion. So, I thought to myself I will go to the Siddha Yoga website and I will read the virtue but I was surprised that instead this wonderful song by, is it Shambhavi Christian (formerly Meg), appeared. What a lovely song. It made my day. I have her CD, Whatever It Takes and it is a lovely work. I had been working on a paper on counseling methods and one is called the Person Centered approach. Also included with Person Centered are Existential and Gestalt. I turned to Vasishtha for some commentary on Person Centered theory. D. R. Butler is very fond of Vasishtha and I receive his lessons (by scholarship - he is giving them free to me). I tried to find some comment on the Pratyahbhijnahridayam but I could not find any. I did find some peer reviewed research articles on Carl Jung and Kundalini Yoga. Discussion of tantra and the chakras went on in that document. Jung thought the lower chakras were important not in a sexual Freudian sense, but in his own way. I did not pay much attention to it. I have been chanting the Kundalini Stavah and so that's why I thought something of it. I remember being called young when I chanted Hare Krsna back in the woebegone days of the late 70's. Sometimes I did not know what it meant. I had had a dream, a strange dream and I woke up and would not chant because I felt the chanting brought the dream on and I was not too happy with it though it did have some redeeming features. So, I was young for not chanting but a dialog had been going on and I did not know if I was young as in young or if I  was young as in Jung or if I was young as in a 5th grade teacher named Fred Young who was very popular in childhood village but then was occused of child molestation and committed suicide. I also know that young people are said to be drawn mostly to the Hare Krsna Movement. Seeing the video and hearing Meg sing gave me some peace in what was a troubling morning (though it is afternoon). I am waiting on money and getting very consternated about it ( a loan stipend from my school where I am studying Psychology with a concentration on Substance Abuse Counseling). I am out of SNAP benefits. I am living in a friend's quarters where I have no closet but he has given me a bed and shelter, use of the stove, refrigerator and bathing facilities. He has been very helpful. He is a substance abuse counselor and we met at the Siddha Meditation Center here in Gainesville, Fl where we live. We have both had this awful cold. I have been taking medicine which is hard for me to get because I must rely on charity. There is a charitable health clinic hear associated with a United Methodist Church. They get me medicine for my various health issues which include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and acid reflux. Also a bit near sighted. I have gone to the Krishnas to eat. I had their books and traded them for lunches which now cost money ($4). They have appeared at homeless helping places like St. Francis House, the Salvation Army and at this Methodist Church where medical help is offered to the homeless. Not sure if they had done that before I arrived. I remember telling them about my homelessness. There was nothing they could do. They could not put me up. They did make the deal on the food though. I do enjoy their nourishment, their Krsna prasada. I have prepared it myself in the kitchens of the homes where I previously lived. Mostly I lived with my mom and then after she died by myself. I also made some Siddha recipes, principally savory cereal and chai. So, feeling so hurt this morning with all my troubles I was so delighted to remember this is Birthday Month. I went to a 10 Day Gurumayi Birthday Intensive in 1992. I have unfortunately never been able to get back to Shree Muktananda Ashram in N. Y. I do continue with the text chants. I love the Guru Gita and pray for deliverance from chanting it and other texts in The Nectar of Chanting. I read and reread books, too. I am rereading Play of Consciousness and The Ramayana though I must admit I never thoroughly read the latter at all. I am enjoying the story of Vishvamitra and Vasishtha (oh, there's a coincidence) and how Vishvamitra coveted Vasishtha's wish fulfilling cow. Ah, yes, I also have work that is overdue for school.