Paul Turner

A summary of my journey with FFLG

Paul Turner managing the serving of the 2 millionth meal in Sydney

Today, I want to share a summary of my journey with Food for Life Global. I started my career with Food for Life as a young monk in Sydney. I was 20 years-old when I got started and was one of the early pioneers of the project in the 80s in Australia. My big contribution back then was to demonstrate how effectively FFL was as a communications tool to inspire all kinds of people to participate in this service and assimilate its message of equality. I took a lead role in developing Food for Life in Australia and in 1991, I managed the celebration of the serving of the 2-millionth free meal in Sydney, where Clover Moore cut the cake. I launched the Food for Life International newsletter, writing it on my Mac+ computer, cutting and pasting photos, reproducing it on a copy machine, stapling pages together and then sending the newsletter out to ISKCON temples all around the world with my own money. In 1993, I left Australia as a monk and started lecturing and training others to start their own FFL project in Eastern Europe and Asia. During one travel stint I visited 44 cities in Eastern Europe in 2 months, lecturing morning and evening. in 1994, I settled in the US to establish the first-ever headquarters for what was then a grassroots operations in about 10 countries. Food for Life Global was originally founded by myself and my mentor, Mukunda Goswami in 1994 and registered as a 501c3 in 1995 in Potomac, MD. One of the first things I did was build a website in 1995, way before most larger companies had a presence on the web. Sadly, there are no records of that very early website but there are from as early as 1998 on the […]

The Simple Solution to World Hunger

Paul Rodney Turner giving a talk

A talk I gave at the cafe 360 to open the Food Surplus Network in Ljubljana, Slovenia in October 2015. To learn more on this see Paul’s article. John Robbins, the author of the best-selling Diet for a New America, writes: “The existence of so much hunger in the world is a reality we cannot deny. It is a reality that challenges us deeply: it asks us to become more fully human.” Robbins argues that the world hunger problem is not only the responsibility of the United Nations, but of every human being on the planet. “When we remember those who are without food,” says Robbins, “something is awakened within us. Our own deeper hunger comes to surface—our hunger to live fully, to bring our lives into alignment with our compassion, to make our lives expressions of our spirits.” Food for Life started in India, after the founder, Swami Prabhupada proclaimed to his yoga students that no one should go hungry within a ten-mile radius of a temple. Since that time, over two billion free plant-based meals have been served to the needy on six continents. Food for Life has emerged as the largest vegan food relief program in the world! Food for Life’s mission—to bring about peaceful and prosperity through the liberal distribution of pure plant-based food prepared with loving intention.

Food for Life featured in main Newspaper in Colombia

Paul Rodney Turner, director of Food for Life Global. (c) 2014 El Espectador

Mission: Food for Life Source: El Espectador, 13 April, 2014 Paul Rodney Turner said that the country [Colombia] has the most nutritious fruits and vegetables in the world. The food relief program is in 60 countries. In 1974, in Calcutta, India, the spiritual master Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness saw a group of children in his village fighting for food scraps with stray dogs. “No one within 10 miles of our temples should go hungry,” he told his students that day. So was born the Food for Life Global organization (FFLG), now the world ‘s largest plant-based food relief, with hundreds of volunteers in 50 countries delivering over three million free meals daily. That initial act of compassion soon spread beyond the borders of India, inspiring Krishna devotees to start a project in a small a kitchen in Sydney, Australia. Paul Rodney Turner has been a volunteer for the organization since 1984. He first went to live a solitary life in the blue mountains of Sydney at age 19, and then chose to became a monk for 14 years and dedicate himself to meditation and the study of India’s ancient spiritual teachings. In 1995, he established Food for Life Global to spread the project throughout Europe, Asia and the Americas, mitigating hunger with vegan food and the support of thousands of spontaneous helpers ready to serve. His first arrived in Colombia in August 2013 and he now plans to stay. Not only because he is convinced that the fruits and vegetables of the country are extraordinary and nutritious, but also because one of the charity’s main volunteers and his fiancé, Juliana Castaneda is Colombian. They met during the development of the project in Bogota. Juliana also manages an animal sanctuary in Guasca (Cundinamarca) called Paramatma […]

What is the dietary standard for a YOGI?

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The director, Paul Rodney Turner talks about the ancient tradition of prasadam distribution and food yoga and his new book The main purpose of my new book, FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul is to introduce all people (Hindu and non-Hindu) to the concept of eating prasadam or high-vibrational, karma-free food. The word yoga means to unite, so in this sense we are talking about uniting body, mind and spirit, and ultimately connecting with the supreme spirit through the process of offering food and eating. However, much of my book also talks about what constitutes a healthy lifestyle for a budding yogi. For those already comfortable with the idea of sanctifying food, I point out that food yoga begins not at the offering altar, but in the growing and selecting of pure ingredients. In this sense, I  advocate that yogis should eat whole foods and stay away from processed foods and any food that has harmed the life of animals or the planet. My organisation, Food for Life Global stipulates that only such pure food should be served by our affiliates. I feel that ISKCON, a principle partner, has made a huge mistake in advocating commercial dairy as an acceptable part of their yogi diet in their temples, and it is our aim that their outreach project, Food for Life veers clear of this belief. In pursuance of this ideal, Food for Life Global does not financially support any FFL projects that serve commercial dairy. I consider myself a “Krishna-dairian,” or someone that will only consume milk from a protected cow who has willingly offered her milk to me with love and who has not been violated or inconvenienced in any way. Commercial milk cannot claim such purity and in my opinion, because of the circumstances surrounding its production, it should not be offered on […]

VERITAS magazine features FOOD YOGA

Leading consciousness magazine, VERITAS, published a three-page article on Food Yoga written by the director of Food for Life Global, Paul Rodney Turner. The article is an introduction to food yoga, but also shares many of Paul’s early experiences as a monk and humanitarian, including his work during the 2005 Tsunami relief in Sri Lanka. “The path of food yoga is about reconnecting with your food in such a way that it nourishes your body, mind, and soul. This is I believe is a major flaw in most lifestyle or nutrition programs being espoused today. My background as a monk and my volunteer work for Food for Life Global, have taught me just how powerful food is as a uniter and healer of our body, mind, and soul. In fact, the mission for the charity is not to feed hungry people, but rather, to unite the world through pure food. A food yogi is one who lives a balanced and conscientious life fueled by the uniting power of pure foods that have been prepared with loving intention. Food yoga is, in essence, a discipline that embraces all spiritual paths by accepting one core truth – that food in its most pure form is divine and therefore an excellent medium for spiritual purification.” – (Excerpt from article)  The 13th edition of VERITAS magazine is available online and through most newsagents.   FOOD YOGA WORKSHOP On October 20th, Paul will conduct a one day Food Yoga immersion workshop at the Unity of Melbourne center.  The goal of the Food Yoga one-day immersion workshop is to inspire people to live and eat more consciously, by making your food choices and their relationship with food an integral part of their spiritual journey. Email events@theveritasmagazine.com or phone 1300 916 798 ABOUT VERITAS VERITAS, Latin for Truth, will focus on […]

FOOD YOGI talking at Temple Byron – Sept 15

On Saturday, 15 September, the Food Yogi, Priya Vrata will be leading a discussion on the art and science of food yoga at Temple Byron in Australia’s fabulous tourist capital of Byron Bay. Come and learn about the secrets of connecting with food so that you nourish your body, mind and soul. In his new book, FOOD YOGA, the food yogi makes the case that if we make the effort to focus on this very essential part of our lives—eating—incredible and transformative things can happen to us. Biodynamic Guru, Peter Proctor, also believes quality food helps people make moral decisions and have moral thoughts — “It’s not just stuff to fill your stomach. It actually gives you a real quality of thought and you realize that this is what the world needs.” When you are living consciously, beginning with conscious eating, you will do so in all your thoughts and actions. Your life will be consistent and in harmony with your environment. In other words, you will complement your environment and not disturb it. Rather than being a “spoke in the wheel” of Nature, you will be a welcome participant in the garden of unlimited possibility. Food is the most basic necessity of life. Its only purpose is to nourish the body, mind and soul. Food, therefore, should give us life, cleanse our body and also nourish our spirit. Eating food should never be just about fueling the physical body. Priya will also share his experience of traveling to more than 50 countries expanding the world’s largest plantbased food relief, Food for Life (www.ffl.org) COST: $10 at the door. See the event listing on Facebook and share with your friends. JOIN the discussion on Facebook: www.facebook.com/foodyogi

Food hero holds workshops

SOURCE: Caboolture News, Queensland Priya Vrata has published a book Food Yoga – nourishing the soul about the benifits of raw food both physically and spiritually. Photo Vicki Wood Leesa Petfield | 14th February 2012: INTERNATIONAL food yoga hero Yogi Priya Vrata (Paul Turner) – recently conducted two food yoga workshops on Bribie Island at the Witchie Woo Wellness B & B. Paul said he received positive feedback from both workshops. Some pupils said it was the most positive thing that had happened to them this year. All participants learnt the science of food yoga and were treated to a two-hour gourmet raw food demonstration. Paul is the international director of Food for Life and the director of Food for Life Global, the charity’s world headquarters. Food for Life is the largest plant-based food relief organisation in the world. The project is in more than 50 countries and serves up to two million meals daily. Paul’s journey began when he left home at 19. He lived in a commune in Sydney’s Blue Mountains where he was introduced to the fundamentals of Indian cooking by Akrura das, a former Hare Krishna monk. The experience ignited a desire in Paul to one day become a temple chef. Paul said he was always fascinated with karma and spirituality, so he joined the Krishna ashram in NSW and become a monk. During his time as a monk Paul said he learned the art of gourmet vegetarian cooking. In 1986 Paul started a Food for Life club and in 1989 his food yogi journey took him to the Hunter Valley region where he started a new Food for Life program. Paul soon realised that food was a wonderful communicator. Travelling to over 54 countries over the next 25 years, Paul helped to inspire and set up new Food for Life projects and train volunteers. […]

Food Yogi interviewed on Angel Heart Radio

Food for Life Global director, Paul Turner (aka Priya the Food Yogi) was interviewed by Kerry Chuttur of Angel Heart Radio that goes out to 29 countries. The 1.5 hour interview covered Priya’s life as a monk; his work with Food for Life in war-town countries; his various books, including the Yoga of Pool and the new Yoga of Eating series, as well as his take on health and spirituality. About Angel Heart Radio The Angel Heart Radio Network is all about authentic conversations, dissolving the walls that separate us and  helping us all to come together peacefully as the Global family we are in Truth. We have opportunities never before present on this planet to make the difference that tips the balance as we are moving into this new age of Peace on Earth. All Angel Heart Radio shows are archived on iTunes. Created by Anayah Joi Holily in September 2010, Angel Heart Radio® is constantly bringing opportunities to connect everyone with interesting people from all over the world. Site: Angel Heart Radio