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Vegetarian Cuisine

Just right for the festive season, enjoy a delicious healthy lighter and aromatic fruitcake without added sugar.

1 orange
½ lemon
3 ½ cups fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
1 ¾ cups currents
1 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon mugi miso
4 tablespoons apple juice concentrate
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour
9 ounces tofu, mashed
3 tablespoons barley malt syrup
2 eating apples, grated
1 ¼ cup walnuts, lightly toasted
2 tablespoons cold-pressed corn oil
1 cup rolled oats
Orange juice (optional)
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
4 ounces creamed coconut, shredded and dissolved in 1 ¼ cups water

Heat the oven to 325° F.
Line a 9 inch cake pan with parchment paper and oil on it.
Peel the orange and lemon. Slice the peel finely. Chop the flesh, removing the pips.
Stir all the ingredients with a wooden spoon, adding more juice or oats to achieve a consistency like thick, wet mud.
Spoon into the cake pan, cover with foil, and bake in the oven for 3 hours, or until firm to the touch.
Leave to cool on a wire rack for several hours, before turning out of tin.

This recipe is an edited contribution for the Sivananda Gurugram sourced and edited from The Yoga Cookbook. Vegetarian Food for Body and Mind. Recipes from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres. 1999.

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A craving for comforts weakens your fibre. Lead a simple; a hard life. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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AVIDYA – nescience; ignorance of our true nature; all consciousness or knowledge, so long as it is restricted to the subject-object manifold
This world of experience is due to the force of Avidya. It is the force of Avidya that plunges us into the ocean of Samsara. It is a negative power which makes us forget our divine nature. Avidya operates through the mind, and the mind functions through the time, space and causation. Avidya is an illusory power that disintegrates the Divine into a million different fragments. Pleasure, pain, desire, Karma, attraction, repulsion, delusion, pride, lust, egoism, anger, jealousy, the three bodies, five sheaths, are all effects of Avidya. Avidya is the source of all ignorance, sin and misery. Avidya is beginningless (Anadi) but it has an end.

As soon as one gets knowledge of the Self, Avidya terminates. Brahman appears as the world on account of Avidya, just as the rope appears as snake in the dusk. If we bring a lamp, the snake disappears, but the rope alone remains. Even so, when we get knowledge of Brahman, the appearance of the world will vanish. Avidya is not negative, but is positive (Bhavarupa). It is absence of Knowledge. It is erroneous knowledge. Avidya or Ajnana which constitutes the causal body is the cause for the two bodies, gross and subtle.

It is impossible to define the nature of Avidya. It is not real, because it vanishes when knowledge of the Self dawns. It is not unreal, because we experience it unlike the horn of a hare or a barren woman’s son. It is not a non-entity as it is destroyed by Atma Jnana. It is through the force of Avidya that the ignorant Jiva has mistaken the impure mortal body for the pure immortal Self and says I am a Brahmin, I am a Pandit, I am a householder, I am beautiful, I am lean, I am a doctor, etc.

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It is in the nature of man to strive for happiness, but all the happiness which he can gain by his actions is only of limited duration. The enjoyments of the senses are transient and the senses themselves are worn out by too much enjoyment. – Sri Swami Sivananda