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BAKED BUTTERNUT SQUASH – Serves 4 A favourite dish for holiday dinners this recipe has much sweetness and creamy texture. Squash is a yellow vegetable and rich Vitamin A. It’s a perfect accompaniment to acidic foods. Squash helps with acidic stomachs.

1 butternut squash or 2 acorn squash
4 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
2 cups fresh whole wheat bread crumbs
¼ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
½ teaspoon grounded cinnamon
2 large eating apples, peeled and cut into chunks

2. Heat oven to 350 degrees F.
3. Cut the squash in half and remove the seeds and stringy bits.
4. Mix the melted butter or margarine with the bread crumbs, spices and apples. Spoon this mixture into the squash halves.
5. Place them in the roasting pan, cover with foil and bake for about 45 minutes.
6. Remove the foil and bake 10 minutes longer to brown the tops.
7. Serve hot.

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

Saturate your mind with divine thoughts. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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SIDDHIS [Sanskrit]: Psychic powers manifested as by-products of spiritual advancement through personal Sadhana practice, such as meditation, mantra repetition and yoga.

Commentary: Siddhis that are brought into the present life by birth indicate their attainment in a previous life, but it does not guarantee that the individual is making proper use of them in this life. Those gained through chemical means are not necessarily associated with any level of spirituality at all, and can be easily governed by the ego. Siddhis achieved by Mantra repetition or tapas, austerities, are generally of a very high order as long as they are performed for attaining God-Realization rather than personal or material gain. Powers that come from ‘samadhi’ are the purest, for they come to the aspirant without being desired. It must be remembered that siddhis are not the aim but a by-product of the path to God-Realization. Those who misuse Siddhi power for destroying others are themselves destroyed in the end.

Example: The repetition of Gayatri or Pranava or OM Namah Sivaya, OM Namo Narayanaya, OM Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, one and a quarter lakh of times with Bhava, faith and devotion will bestow a Mantra Siddhi.

When you love God, you love everything. All are manifestations of God. – Sri Swami Sivananda