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Discussion in 'Games / Pics / Jokes / Stories' started by apophenia, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. apophenia

    apophenia Well-Known Member

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    Maybe if you try that recipe you'll trust me about the aniracetam, noopept and phenethylamine.

    Seriously, I know what tastes good :cool:
     
  2. atanu

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    Is it chance? I cooked this in morning and i read it in afternoon. Surely paranormal.
     
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    Well, you certainly know how to cook :D
     
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    Although I feel that adding a lady of name Rose or Mary or Rosemary to the dish would make it infinitely more interesting, however, I am no carnivore. This paneer dish and a kichdi (rice+pulses boiled together) have been my diet for last 10 years. I cook these two dishes well. No one else has dared to try these, however.
     
  7. apophenia

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    So you really did eat my recipe the other day ? I thought you were playing with me.

    I also love kitchari, which is another spelling for kichdi, right ?

    Interesting, I began cooking a lot of minestrone a few months ago, and I have been making variations of it almost every day since, and the recipe gradually went from European to Indian, Basically a masala sauteed in oil and butter, with cabbage,potato, tomato and green beans plus 4-bean mix - pulse, as I now know it is called (thanks).

    When I started including cardamon, garam masala and Lebanese 5-spice it became awesome. I'm so glad I learned to cook. I used to help the Hare Krishnas prepare feasts, and I got some good ideas there.

    I have 'seasons' in my cooking. I get into a certain kind of thing and make lots of variations of it for months, then move on to something else. I have become vegetarian again, but a while back it was mainly dishes with lamb marinated in sumac, thyme, garlic and chilli (with other variations each night), often with eggplant (aubergene) and fetta cheese - served with rice cooked with turmeric and herbs. That was very nice too.

    Over time I am getting into more detail with spices, discovering black mustard seeds and cumin seeds changed everything ( I previously used cumin powder and mustard paste). It's all about finding the blend of masala that does it for you, eh ? Last night I made a subje which I think would be on par with a dish from a top Indian restaurant - just my opinion of course.

    Sometimes I wish I bothered to write down my best recipes - they come and go. I know I discovered some amazing combinations over the years, but I can't remember what they were !

    I grew up in Australia at a time when cooking here was primitive (typically a lamb chop and a few boiled veges). Fortunately, we were taught about food by different waves of immigration - first the Greeks and Italians, then Vietnamese, then Indian and middle eastern. I do 'world cuisine' now.:D

    There is a spice shop in Hobart which is extraordinary, spices from all over the world. I had no idea how many spices there were until I went in there. The smell of the place was mind-altering. I haven't found a place like that in Melbourne, but I am fortunate to live in Footscray, which is 'Little India', so the Bharat store is a blessing.
     
  8. atanu

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    I bow to your expertise -- in matters of food and in all other matters.

    Now, while we are on food, I felt like sharing this:

    Agnihotra yajna (From Chandogya upanishad)

    'Therefore the first food which a man may take, is in the place of Homa. And he who offers that first oblation, should offer it to Prâna (up-breathing), saying Svâhâ. Then Prâna (up-breathing) is satisfied,

    'If Prâna is satisfied, the eye is satisfied, if the eye is satisfied, the sun is satisfied, if the sun is satisfied, heaven is satisfied, if heaven is satisfied, whatever is under heaven and under the sun is satisfied.. And through their satisfaction he (the sacrificer or eater) himself is satisfied with offspring, cattle, health, brightness, and Vedic splendour.

    'And he who offers the second oblation, should offer it to Vyâna (back-breathing), saying Svâhâ. Then Vyâna is satisfied,

    'If Vyâna is satisfied, the ear is satisfied, if the ear is satisfied, the moon is satisfied, if the moon is satisfied, the quarters are satisfied, if the quarters are satisfied, whatever is under the quarters and under the moon is satisfied. And through their satisfaction he (the sacrificer or eater) himself is satisfied with offspring, cattle, health, brightness, and Vedic splendour.


    'And he who offers the third oblation, should offer it to Apâna (down-breathing), saying Svâhâ. Then Apâna is satisfied. If Apâna is satisfied, the tongue is satisfied, if the tongue is satisfied, Agni (fire) is satisfied, if Agni is satisfied, the earth is satisfied, if the earth is satisfied, whatever is under the earth and under fire is satisfied.

    'And through their satisfaction he (the sacrificer or eater) himself is satisfied with offspring, cattle, health, brightness, and Vedic splendour.

    'And he who offers the fourth oblation, should offer it to Samâna (on-breathing), saying Svâhâ. Then Samâna is satisfied,

    'If Samâna is satisfied, the mind is satisfied, if the mind is satisfied, Parganya (god of rain) is satisfied, if Parganya is satisfied, lightning is satisfied, if lightning is satisfied, whatever is under Parganya and under lightning is satisfied. And through their satisfaction he (the sacrificer or cater) himself is satisfied with offspring, cattle, health, brightness, and Vedic splendour.


    'And he who offers the fifth oblation, should offer it to Udâna (out-breathing), saying Svâhâ. Then Udâna is satisfied,

    'If Udâna is satisfied, Vâyu (air) is satisfied, if Vâyu is satisfied, ether is satisfied, if ether is satisfied, whatever is under Vâyu, and under the ether is satisfied. And through their satisfaction he (the sacrificer or eater) himself is satisfied with offspring, cattle, health, brightness, and Vedic splendour.


    'If, without knowing this, one offers an Agnihotra, it would be as if a man were to remove the live coals and pour his libation on dead ashes.

    'But he who offers this Agnihotra with a full knowledge of its true purport, he offers it (i.e. he eats food) 1 in all worlds, in all beings, in all Selfs.

    'As the soft fibres of the Ishîkâ reed, when thrown into the fire, are burnt, thus all his sins are burnt whoever offers this Agnihotra with a full knowledge of its true purport.

    'Even if he gives what is left of his food to a Kandâla, it would be offered in his (the Kandâla's) Vaisvânara Self. And so it is said in this Sloka:--

    'As hungry children here on earth sit (expectantly) round their mother, so do all beings sit round the Agnihotra, yea, round the Agnihotra.'
     
  9. apophenia

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    Thank you so much for that.

    For many years now I have engaged in no ritual practice of any kind - apart from offering grains to the birds who live near me.

    But I notice a kind of dryness, a kind of emotional emptiness. You have given me just the gentle prod I needed. Ritual and volitional use of the capacity for imagination can be very good for the mind, heart and body. Certain subtle emotions need to be exercised, just as the muscles need to be exercised.

    Some years ago I moved to Tasmania for a few yeas. I felt isolated and alone. I began offering food to a small murti of Laddu Krishna. This raised my spirits considerably. I also noticed that when I offered the maha prasad to others, even people with no background or interest in dharma, they responded with great pleasure.

    And so did I.

    I also used to get out of bed at first light and go to the ocean to chant at sunrise.

    As I'm sure you know, this is not necessarily about seeking enlightenment, or 'petitioning god'. It is activity which keeps the heart subtle and connected. Thank you again for taking the time to express that to me, your delightful arrow has found its mark.
     
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    At last, it has been rediscovered - well, it was 'rediscovered' in about 2008, but I had given up looking for it by then. "The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer" was made in 1970, and in my opinion is a work of genius.It was the first film I ever saw which showed what a pile of fetid dingo's kidneys democracy really is. This is probably why it just disappeared, almost without trace. At that time - and until sometime around George W Bush - democracy was an unchallenged sacred cow. Thanks for the heads up Dubya !

    [youtube]PGOfZzGScmQ[/youtube]
    The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (Peter Cook) - YouTube

    It's over 40 years since it was made - and it's about time it was shown on TV, or made popular on the web. So here is my contribution to the rise of 'the rise and rise ...'

    Basically, Peter Cook plays an ad man who becomes England's first dictator. But it is exactly how he goes about it ...
     
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    And here is another film I found on the same day (yesterday), which I have been remembering for 50 years. I saw this as a child and it blew my mind. This final sequence left a strong impression, but for all of my adult life I wondered if it was a real memory, or something I had dreamt.

    This movie was made in 1934. That's at the tail-end of the Great Depression, just prior to WW2. All the characters are from different nursery tales. The plot of the movie centers around a nasty old ****** who is going to foreclose on the mortgage to Mother Hubbard's shoe (house). This is the final violent Revolution in Toyland. No wonder it left an impression on an 8 year old boy in 1963.
    The whole movie can be viewed on youtube, but this finale is so trippy, it is extraordinary by itself. This sequence would make a great video for some seriously psychedelic music - and I don't mean the techno ersatz-psychedelic drivel churned out by the gigabyte, I mean real psychedelic music ! Played by both-real-and-unreal psychedelic people !

    [youtube]W64jCEp3vQk[/youtube]
    Babes in Toyland Finale - YouTube
     
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    I thought I'd put this somewhere safe, LOL

     
  13. atanu

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    Thank you for finding it delightful.:)
     
  14. apophenia

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    *** I am closed for cleanup until I decide what I ultimately want to do with me ***

    Adi Da called the excruciating human dilemma 'avoiding relationship'.

    Avoiding relationship was his re-presentation of the pervasive ubiquitous state often translated as 'ignorance'. Samsara-as-dissociative-fugue.

    He was an interesting fella. Had a major epiphany as a young man, name of Franklin Jones, and eventually persuaded Muktananda to give him a certificate authenticating his enlightenment :areyoucra

    Then he set himself up as the ultimate 'seventh stage' crazy wisdom master.

    It was all a fascinating psychocircus.

    Some of it is worth reading, if only to get a taste for what could happen if James Joyce had written a monologue about the essence of the dharmic systems of upaya. The Dawn Horse Testament in particular, and Nirvanasara.
     
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    Avoiding relationship has the effect of intensifying the self-other dichotomy.

    Enantiodromia.
     
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    And here it ends.

    It must be said - RF is a microcosm of the sad situation called 'humanity'.

    I have posted here for over two years, and now I join the many who have recognised what a dead psychic backwater this place has become.

    But there is always a door opening ...

    I intend to enjoy the hours I could otherwise waste talking to quasi-phantoms in the 21st Century Digitally Enhanced Dissociative Disorder ( DEDD)

    Think about the thousands of hours you have wasted here ...
     
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    Well well. You know, a well is just a cave lying on it's side.

    So I can post here again ? We'll see. Not for long though. I have two fatal diseases competing to see which one will kill me first ! LMAO ! Seriously !

    So if you want to ask me anything about anything, particularly about death and dying ... DON'T DELAY ! THIS IS MY FINAL OFFER !
     
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    Probably a bit too real. That was always an issue around here. Still, the offer stands. As Hundertwasser said " Don't accept the cultural stooge ! "

    More importantly...

    Don't be the cultural stooge !

    (Even if the pay and/or privileges seem attractive :p)
     
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    Hey, good to see you back! Well...

    How do you feel about dying?
     
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