Votado como el mejor presidente en el mundo , el presidente de Uruguay , José ” Pepe” Mujica estuvo de acuerdo en permitir que el director de Food For Life Global , Paul Rodney Turner ( Priyavrata das ) cocinara para el alimentos veganos ( prasadam ) y luego discutir la creación de un proyecto de Food For Life para Montevideo. ” La coordinadora de FFLG para Sur America Juliana Castañeda ( Jagannatha Priya ) y yo llegamos a la casa presidencial a las 8 am . El personal de cocina estaba esperando mis instrucciones. También se nos unio una devota de ISKCON local Labanga Manjari . Nuestro equipo FFLG hizo un subji de patata dulce, espinaca y tomates a la barbacoa, arroz al limón , samosas , chutney de mango , chapatis , sopa de lentejas , ensalada de aguacate y un lassi de leche de coco con mango , rematado con un helado vegano de menta con top de chocolate. Sí !, esto es lo que tienes que hacer cuando se cocina para un presidente ! ” De acuerdo con el personal de la casa , esta era la primera vez que alguien ha preparado un almuerzo vegetariano en la casa presidencial, qué decir de un almuerzo vegano. Todos estaban muy emocionados y el chef estaba tomando notas frenéticamente de todas mis recetas. “Terminamos justo a tiempo a las 12 del mediodía y luego Jaggy,Labanga y yo hicimos una ofrenda a Dios de la comida, para llenar la comida con la energía divina. “Luego almorzamos con el presidente, su secretaria, el ministro de Desarrollo Social el Sr. Daniel Olesker y nuestro amigo y famoso periodista deportivo , Pepe Mansilla, quien será el nuevo presidente de FFL Global Uruguay . Estamos muy emocionados de tener a un hombre tan […]
Voted the best president in the world, President of Uruguay, Jose “Pepe” Mujica agreed to allow Food for Life Global director, Paul Rodney Turner (Priyavrata das) to cook him a vegan lunch (prasadam) and then discuss setting up a Food for Life project in Montevideo. “FFLG Coordinator for South America, Juliana Castaneda (Jagannath Priya) and I arrived at the Presidential house at 8am. The kitchen staff were waiting for my directions. We were also joined by a local ISKCON devotee, Lavanga Manjari. The three of us made a sweet potato, spinach curry with bbq tomatoes, lemon rice, samosas, mango chutney, chapatis, lentil soup, avocado salad, and a mango/coconut milk lassi made by Juliana that he was absolutely thrilled by. We finished off the meal with the most incredible peppermint vegan ice cream choc-top pie! Yes, that was what you have to do when you cook for a president! “According to the house staff, this was the first time anyone has prepared a vegetarian, what to speak of a vegan lunch in the president’s house. They were all so excited and the head chef was furiously taking notes on all my recipes. Everything went like clockwork. By 12 noon all the preparations were complete. I was told that the lunch would be served at 12, but actually it was not served until 12.40. I put together a sampling of all the things we made and had all the cooks come together with me and did an offering meditation over the food to bless it with nice energy. The local staff watched on and were really impressed. “We then dined with the president, his secretary, the minister of social development, Mr. Daniel Olesker and our friend and famous sports reporter, Pepe Mansilla, who will be the new president of FFL Global Uruguay. We are […]
Who is Prasadam Das and what does the name mean? Prasadam Das is the mascot for Food for Life Global. He was originally created as a cartoon character by Nataraja Das from Riga, Latvia in 1996 and later updated by FFL Director, Paul Rodney Turner in 1998. At that time, Nataraja das produced a comic book of Prasadam das promoting the ideals and practices of Food for Life. The character became a icon for the charity all over the world, appearing on vans and newsletters produced by affiliates of Food for Life Global. Most volunteers, however, were not aware of Prasadam das’s origins. Prasadam means: Sanctified plant based meals; and das means: Servant of. So Prasadam das means, that person who is the servant of sanctified meals. Prasadam also means mercy and there is nothing so merciful than giving food to someone you love and respect. In this way, Prasadam das represents the core essence of what Food for Life is all about, expressing our love for others through the liberal sharing of pure food.
Lunes, 17 de febrero, Bogotá — El director de Food For Life, Paul Rodney Turner, se reunió con uno de los más poderosos hombres de los medios en Colombia, Jorge Cardona, director general de El Espectador, la empresa que gestiona las revistas más importantes y el principal periódico del país. Turner le entregó al Sr. Cardona, vegetariano de tiempo atrás, una copia de su libro, FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul,, que generosamente recibió. Paul Turner comentó: “Al comienzo de la reunión, el señor Cardona me informó que teníamos algo en común (en alusión a la época en la que Paul era monje y estudiante de las antiguas Escrituras de la India)”. Luego le mostró una copia de la versión original en español del Bhagavad Gita. Añadió: “Me comentó que era el libro más importante que había leído”. En la entrevista de una hora se trataron temas generales, entre ellos la historia y las actividades de Food For Life, la ciencia del yoga de la alimentación (food yoga), la filosofía del Bhagavad Gita, el vegetarianismo, la nutricion y la solución que Food For Life ofrece para erradicar el hambre a nivel mundial. Turner explicó que ni el dinero, ni las leyes, ni la política, ni siquiera los alimentos pueden resolver el hambre del mundo, si no se aborda el problema fundamental: la desigualdad. Food For Life, por tanto, aborda la causa principal del hambre con la distribución de alimentos puros de origen vegetal, para demostrar que todos somos parte de una misma familia. Turner explicó que aunque Food for Life es la organización más grande del mundo que distribuye alimentos, su objetivo es hacer de la comida un medio para crear la unidad, la paz y la prosperidad igualitaria necesarias en este mundo. La ciencia del yoga de la alimentación, […]
[youtube]http://youtu.be/0jsq3C40Aeo[/youtube] Radha Krishna Das and Radhanath Swami speak about the beginnings of ISKCON’s Midday Meal program (Annamrita) and the inspiration for doing this service. To learn more about Food for Life Annamrita visit: www.annamrita.org
On this day, March 16, 1974, the founder of Food for Life, Srila Prabhupada wrote to his student, Satyajit das: “I am hopeful that if we can widely distribute free foodstuffs to the people of India, by giving it out at our centers as well as by traveling parties to villages, we will win over the whole country and the whole world by this activity on Krishna’s behalf” (Srila Prabhupada to Satyajit das, March 16, 1974). It was Srila Prabhupada’s hope that through the liberal distribution of pure (sanctified plant-based) meals, that the whole world could become peaceful and prosperous. Not long before he wrote that letter to his student he requested that no one within a ten-mile radius of any of his temples should go hungry. These visionary ideals and orders inspired his students all over the world to start what is now known as Food for Life. Food for Life is essentially free prasadam distribution to the public as an expression of the volunteers’ unconditional love for them. The project has taken on many formats over the last 40 years, from humble street distribution from pots to expensive and sophisticated midday meal meals program serving millions of school children across India. The common denominator in all of them is that each Food for Life program distributes prasadam (plant-based meals that have been prepared with love and offered with love to God) before being served to the public. Preparing meals in this way ensures that the recipients get nourishment of their body, mind and soul. When Food for Life started in Mayapur, India the yoga students served kitchri, a dhal and rice curry with vegetables. Today Food for Life projects serve a variety of meals that are typically designed according to local taste, but always plant-based. Although ISKCON has […]
Director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner and his assistant Juliana Castaneda appeared on the live daytime talk show, Dia A Dia on VTV in Uruguay to talk about Food for Life’s work around the world and his new book, FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul. Host of the show Fito Galli asked what Paul was doing in Uruguay to which he responded: “We hope to expand Food for Life’s work in this country with the support of the President Jose “Pepe” Mujica. Paul told Fito that he was inspired by the President’s talk at the United Nations promoting equality for all people, and believed that he would love to learn about Food for Life Global’s goal of uniting the world through pure food. “President Mujica is very popular even in Australia,” he told Fito, to which he responded, “Oh my God, Uruguay used to be popular for our meat, but now we are more popular because of the President!” Paul and Juliana will be in Uruguay until March 25 doing TV and Newspaper interviews and talking with the county’s leaders and corporate sponsors to initiate a new Food for Life project in Uruguay.
With ongoing wars in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Nigeria, South Sudan and violence now overflowing in Venezuela and about to explode in Ukraine; and with Hollywood action movies and the latest video games spilling blood all over the screen, it is no wonder that those looking from the outside in, are so desensitised by all the madness and escalating violence in the world today. But violence in the real world hurts deeply. Ask any mother that has had to deal with their child losing an arm or a leg from a land mine explosion, or a father that has lost his young son to a war against an unknown enemy. It hurts deeply. Every day we see violence posted on Facebook timeline feeds; whether it is violence against humans or innocent animals, violence is violence and it hurts deeply all those connected with the victims. Why is there so much violence and hate in the world and how can we convert this hate energy to something more loving and beneficial? Look at this picture published by the Guardian the other day. Beirut (AFP) – Gaunt, ragged figures fill the streets for as far as the eye can see in the besieged Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmuk outside Damascus, where some 40,000 are said to be slowly starving to death. The United Nations distributed shocking images this week of thousands of people, their faces emaciated, desperately flocking to receive food aid that only a few were lucky enough to collect. The walls of “isms” that keep us weak and divided John Lennon famously asked us to imagine a world with no religion, no possessions and no countries, and all the people living life as one. “It’s easy if you try,” he sung. The essence of his message was that all these material things […]