The story of the “Mountain of Food Festival”

The story of the “Mountain of Food Festival”

Today marks the anniversary of lifting of Govardhan hill by Lord Krishna some 5000 years ago, however the festival celebrating this event is more popularly known as the “Mountain of Food Festival.” Govardhana is a hill located near the sacred town of Vrindavana, in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, India. It was a favourite place of pastimes for Lord Krishna who was born in Vrindavan and is considered sacred especially in the Vaishnava traditions within Hinduism. The famous hill is also known as Giriraj and is identified as one of the natural forms of Lord Krishna. The name ‘Govardhana’ has two primary meanings, ‘Go’ translates to ‘cows’, and ‘vardhana’ translates to ‘nourishment’, so the name is simply a place of nourishment for the cows. But ‘Go’ also refers to ‘the senses’ and ‘vardhana’ can also mean ‘to increase’ – thus the name can be translated by devotees as that which increases their attraction to Krishna. In this connection, it is believed that the personality of Govardhan blesses the devotee by increasing their devotion (bhakti) to Krishna (God).  The lifting of Govardhan The worship of Govardhan hill, known as Govardhana Puja is celebrated the day after Diwali the festival of light. On this day, some 5000 years ago Lord Krishna defeated Indra, the God of thunder and rain. Young Krishna saw the local residents making enormous  preparations of food for their annual offering to Indra. Practically the entire hill was covered in food. Young Krishna questioned his father Nanda about the need for such a ritualistic offering. At the time, Indra the demigod was feared by human beings because he would either give the people no rain or flood them if he was not satisfied with their worship. However, Krishna called this annual offering useless and openly debated with the villagers about what their true duty as farmers was. He told them to concentrate on farming […]

Food for Life fire up new ovens to feed hungry kids

Manaia PHO

By Lindy Laird Friday Oct 24, 2014 – Food for Life founder Buddhi Wilcox is baking a batch of pinwheels in two new ovens funded by a Manaia PHO grant when a woman from the Whangarei Bee Club drops off a 10kg bucket of honey. It is a fitting symbol of how the community pulls together to help Food for Life’s school dinner programme. “It’s wonderful and things like this happen every day,” a grateful Mr Wilcox says. Food for Life trustee David Martin, Manaia PHO chief executive Chris Farrelly and health promotions manager Ngaire Rae are also tickled pink as the honey is handed over. “There’s something else happening here, apart from feeding people,” Mr Farrelly said of the gesture, steeped in the ethic of sharing. The group is at the Water St premises for the ribbon cutting to celebrate the Christchurch-made Moffat catering ovens the trust has bought with a $600 grant from the PHO’s Tamariki Ora Community Action Fund. Mr Wilcox, who only in 2012 founded the centre that provides free, nutritious vegetarian meals weekly to more than 1000 Whangarei schoolchildren (that will amount to 50,000 meals this year) said the ovens will help get those meals prepared and delivered more efficiently. Food for Life is one of four groups to receive a share of the $20,000 the PHO set aside. “The idea of that fund is to support ground roots community efforts in making a difference for children in need,” Ms Rae said. Nationally, school lunches are back on the agenda, with former Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira’s Education (Breakfast and Lunch Programmes in Schools) Amendment Bill picked up by the Green Party. In the meantime, individuals continue to give to the Food for Life trust so its volunteers can feed Whangarei kids without waiting for […]

World Food Day is a great idea, but what is the real solution to World Hunger?

Food for Life Global strongly believe that only until there is a major shift in consciousness and the world begins to see the spiritual equality of all living beings, including cows, pigs, and chickens, can their be a remote chance of actually solving world hunger.

12 day Nepal Adventure with the Food Yogi in April


Join the Food Yogi for this exclusive trek in Nepal, April 3-14, 2015 Paul Turner the “food yogi” and Food for Life director is teaming up with Bohemian tours to put on an exciting trek in Nepal.  I have traveled to 65 countries in the last 30 years and have seen so many amazing places and had so many life-changing experiences, including: visiting three war zones, walking on rock ledges in the Grand Canyon, getting sprayed by Niagara Falls, scuba dived in Bali, and taking the orient express through Siberia during the Winter. I have even visited India over 25 times, but somehow I have never made it to the Himalayas.  So next April, Paul plans to change by leading a tour, trekking some of the most beautiful passes in the Himalayas while teaching Food Yoga and connecting with each one of the five elements, earth, water, fire, air and ether. It is sure to be a life-changing experience. The spots are limited and there is an early bird discount of $200 off if you register before November 30.  Highlights include: Incredible Himalayan trekking in the Annapurnas Whitewater rafting on the Trishuli River w/ overnight camping Exploring the amazing UNESCO architectural wonders of the Kathmandu Valley Boating on Lake Phewa Vegan BBQ and kirtan in the Himalayas Yoga/meditation sessions Seminars on Food Yoga and connecting with the 5 elements Reiki healing for humans and animals Aromatherapy basics Cost Includes Airport pickup & drop services Hotel in Kathmandu and Pokhara (3 star category by Nepalese standard) in twin sharing room on bed and breakfast basis Insurance, meals and accommodation and other expenses of trekking crew (guide and porters) All your meals (Vegan) Simple tea-house lodge accommodation with 3 meals daily during the trek Necessary trek permit and national park fee Farewell dinner with cultural programs Transportation […]

What will you do today?

Today marks the anniversary of one of the most famous and influential men of the modern era, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, born October 2, 1869. Gandhi was the preeminent leader of Indian independence movement in British-ruled India. Employing nonviolent civil disobedience, he led India to independence and inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world. Today he is still revered for these actions and is most often associated with all kinds of movement and causes for peace, animal right and vegetarianism.  Many people are unaware that the Russian philosopher Leo Tolstoy was a key influence in Gandhi’s life. He once wrote “A Letter to a Hindu,” in which he said that only by using love as a weapon through passive resistance could the Indian people overthrow colonial rule. In 1909, Gandhi wrote to Tolstoy seeking advice and permission to republish his “A Letter to a Hindu” in Gujarati. Tolstoy responded and the two continued a correspondence until Tolstoy’s death in 1910 (Tolstoy’s last letter was to Gandhi). The letters concern practical and theological applications of nonviolence. Gandhi saw himself a disciple of Tolstoy, for they agreed regarding opposition to state authority and colonialism; both hated violence and preached non-resistance. The Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) popularised an event in honour of Gandhi’s birthday called World Farmed Animals Day, a day dedicated to exposing and memorializing the needless suffering and slaughter of farmed animals.  Most recently, there has been a campaign spreading through social media for people to fast today in memory of the tens of billions of animals killed ever year. Although this is certainly noble, the question must be asked: Is that the best we can do? Will this actually help? My feeling is it won’t have as much impact as people assume. Simply because the powerful corporations that run this world will continue […]