Saturday Feast: Good Government
I hosted what will probably be the last of my Saturday Feasts in Manchester yesterday. There were a total of eight people present (much to my surprise everyone I invited came and some people brought friends along - and there was just enough prasadam to satisfy everyone). On the menu:
- cumin basmati rice
- chickpea, roast potato, tomato stew (from the Yamuna's Table cookbook)
- sweet potato pie (from Great Vegetarian Dishes)
- apple chutney
- leaf salad with carrot strips, roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted sesame seeds and coconut (with a lemon juice dressing)
- fruity chamomile with orange juice (which surprisingly tastes a lot like it has ginger and cinnamon in it, even though it doesn't)
After lunch we all chanted one round of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra on beads. We then engaged in a lively discussion on: SB 4.22.45.
Since only a person who is completely educated according to the principles of Vedic knowledge deserves to be commander-in-chief, ruler of the state, the first to chastise and the proprietor of the whole planet, P??>thu Mah?r?ja offered everything to the Kum?ras.
Srila Prabhupada makes several statements in the purport which are against conventional so-called wisdom. Some people might even consider such statements controversial. However, I find the plain-spoken tell-it-like-it-is nature of Prabhupada's statements highly refreshing, enjoyable and philosophically sound.
After a discussion that lasted a little over an hour we had a stand-up kirtan. Everyone seemed to really enjoy that. After that, a little general talk and saying goodbye to everyone and the last meeting in Manchester came to a close.
Unfortunately, Vedicsoc Manchester is now no more.