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A Personal Note

I am still convalescing from pneumonia. On October 27th I flew back to JFK from Mumbai nonstop aboard Delta, and my first night in Philadelphia spiked a high fever accompanied by violent vomiting and chills. I feared I had malaria. (Mumbai records 6,000 cases this year.) The next day fever continued, and I began bring up rust colored goop from my lungs. My doctor immediately diagnosed bacterial pneumonia:


At least I tested negative for malaria:


He confirmed it with a chest x-ray and blood test and prescribed a ten-day course of antibiotics. I weakened steadily until the fourth day, on which vital energy made its slight, but firm, reappearance. I finished the antibiotics last week; still I find myself exhausted after even a little effort and I sleep a lot. My strength returns, but it seems to take its own time.

On the Vaishnava Care website, I see many compassionate devotees have been praying for my recovery. Thank you all. I hope to repay you with service to Srila Prabhupada.

A Welcome Note from Jayadvaita Maharaja


I’m reading and appreciating your blog.

One point (from an old e-mail exchange):

“Shri” is needless–and antiquated.


Two of my dictionaries–American Heritage and Random House–list
“Sri,” not “Shri.” The third–Merriam-Webster–does have “Shri.”
Definition? “variant of Sri.”

And since it’s “Sri,” then “Srila” and “Srimad.”


–ys, js

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Munchies for the Mind IV

Divine Biology

“…the hills and mountains are the stacks of His bones.”
-Shrimad Bhagavatam 2.1.32


“…the rivers are the veins of the gigantic body…”
-Shrimad Bhagavatam 2.1.33



“the trees are the hairs of His body…”
-Shrimad Bhagavatam 2.1.33



“…the clouds which carry water are the hairs on His head…”
-Shrimad Bhagavatam 2.1.34




“…the terminations of days or nights are His dress”
-Shrimad Bhagavatam 2.1.34sunrise-2



32-New American Standard Bible

(1)Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” (2) Aaron said to them, “Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” (4) He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.” (5) Now when Aaron saw this, he built an altar before it; and Aaron made a proclamation and said, “Tomorrow shall be a feast to the LORD.” (7) Then the LORD spoke to Moses, “Go down at once, for your people, whom you brought up from the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves. (8) “They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, ‘This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!'” (10)”Now then let Me alone, that My anger may burn against them and that I may destroy them; and I will make of you a great nation.” (11) Then Moses entreated the LORD his God, and said, “O LORD, why does Your anger burn against Your people whom You have brought out from the land of Egypt with great power and with a mighty hand? (14) So the LORD changed His mind about the harm which He said He would do to His people. (15) Then Moses turned and went down from the mountain with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand, tablets which were written on both sides; they were written on one side and the other. (19) It came about, as soon as Moses came near the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing; and Moses’ anger burned, and he threw the tablets from his hands and shattered them at the foot of the mountain. (20) He took the calf which they had made and burned it with fire, and ground it to powder, and scattered it over the surface of the water and made the sons of Israel drink it. (26) then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, “Whoever is for the LORD, come to me!” And all the sons of Levi gathered together to him. (33) The LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book. (35) Then the LORD smote the people, because of what they did with the calf which Aaron had made.


(Thanks to Rupa for the link.)


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