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The Twelve Month Sandwich


In effort to compete with Sabjimata Mata and Kurma Prabhu delicious prasadam blogs I hearby submit our twelve month sandwich.

There are five main cooks who are always involved. The first one is Gaurachandra and on His right side stands Nitaichand and His left side stands Gadadhara. Nearby cooking is Advaita and Srinivas is holding the spatula. Sweet Mrdanga sauce is mixed in with spicy kartals accompanied with side orders of conch and bells. All the demigods headed by Lord Brahma line up to get an opportunity to relish this sandwich. In fact the flavor of this sandwich conquers the flavor of millions upon millions of curd sabjis. Lord Shiva, Sukadeva Goswami, and Narada Muni are all there and are choked in ecstacy to get but just a taste.

This sandwich is what we have had the pleasure to honor for the past twelve months. The ISKCON sandwich. During Srila Prabhupada's time he established a program of spiritual purification by which one can make steady progress in Krishna Consciousness. It was nicknamed the ISKCON sandwich, a Krishna Conscious Program of bhajan, kirtan, artik and class every morning and every evening. Many devotees eager to rapidly expand Krishna Consciousness asked Srila Prabhupada if it were ok to miss the evening program in the event of late evening book distribution and other such outreach functions. However when such late activities were decreased also the habit of returning back to regular programs in the evening waned. Instead of live chanting during the Gaura Artik more often it would be found that there was simply a tape playing. This one slice sandwich was not enough to fill up the spiritual staved soul therefore the devotees decided to return to the healthy diet of the double slice, Mangal mustard, Gaura Artik greens and a class ever few days for proper nutrition.

We have seen many health benefits to this diet given by Srila Prabhupada. Even our restaurant customers are finding new energy in their spiritual attraction. Before, in the evening, if they ventured into the temple they were greeted only by an electronic kirtan, hardly enough to encourage one to start singing with full lungs. But now we are serving the real organic kirtan, fresh from the hearts of the devotees. And as they say local is more healthy, these local lungs are inspiring to hear for all who enter. So whether you are at home, at the gym, watching TV, or out on book distribution make sure to get some daily doses of the ISKCON sandwich. Thank you

Hare Krishna

Your humble servant,

Nityananda Chandra Das

* for an actual translation of the Gaura Artik song click here.


Thu, 07/31/2008 - 04:27 — ekbhaktin8

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Hare Krishna

Consumers of this sandwich get Govinda. Here's how

Green for Durga Mata : OR for SAT - Sandhini Shakti. - Lord's existential energy

White for Saraswati Devi : CHIT - Samvit Shakti - Lord's knowledge potency

Red for Lakshmi Devi : ANANDA - Hladini Shakti - Lord's pleasure potency

The sandwich filler of SAT-CHIT-ANANDA is the energy

The entire sandwich itself is GOVINDA - Sacchidananda Vigraha



isvarah paramah krsnah


anadir adir govindah



isvarah--the controller; paramah--supreme; krsnah--Lord Krsna; sat--

comprising eternal existence; cit--absolute knowledge; ananda--and absolute

bliss; vigrahah--whose form; anadih--without beginning; adih--the origin;

govindah--Lord Govinda; sarva-karana-karanam--the cause of all causes.


Krsna who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal

blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all. He has no other origin and He

is the prime cause of all causes.

Hare Krishna

Thu, 07/24/2008 - 05:05 — Preethi.N

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New version!

Hari Hari!

I see a newer version of the Gaura Aarti!Wow, this is truly beautiful.Wonderful job!!Hope all of us get a taste of that nectar Sandwich and just get a glimpse of that sublime truth of Harinam Sankirtan!

Trying to rather imagine how the five merciful Lords, are preparing that nectar sandwich! :) :) :)

Beautiful ! :)

Aspiring to be your insignificant servant,

Radha Priya Devi Dasi.