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CARROT TOFU MOUSSE- A wonderful baked dish with root vegetables. Serve with steamed vegetables and a crisp salad.


  • 2 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2-3 carrots sliced
  • 1 small rutabaga or parsnip, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 1-2 tbsp tamari
  • 9 ounces firm tofu
  • Toasted sesame seeds or chopped fresh parsley to garnish


  1. Heat the oven to 400 degrees F. Heat the sesame oil in a pan and saute the carrots and rutabaga (or parsnip) over medium heat for 5 minutes.
  2. Add the water and tamari and simmer until the vegetables are tender.
  3. Transfer the vegetables to a food processor or blender. Add the tofu. Blend until smooth.
  4. Spoon the mixture into a 2½ cup baking dish.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, just until firm.
  6. Leave to cool.
  7. Garnish with sesame seeds or parsley before serving.

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.

You should be spiritually hungry.  Then alone will the Lord fill you with His grace. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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INDRIYAS –  The senses.

The Indriyas (senses) have two states, static and dynamic. When the desire begins to operate, the Indriyas are put in motion. This is the dynamic state. As soon as the desire is gratified, the Indriyas shrink through Tripti (satisfaction). This is the static or passive state of the Indriyas.

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Eyes can only see. Ears can only hear. Tongue can only taste. Skin can only touch. Nose can only smell. But, the mind can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. Mind is the common sensory. The five senses are blended there. It can directly see, hear, smell, taste and feel independent of the senses. It is an aggregate of the five senses. All the sense-faculties are blended in the mind. You can see and hear directly through the mind by Yogic practice (clairvoyance and clairaudience).

Vasikaran – In this highest stage of Vairagya, the objects no longer tempt you. They cause no attraction. The Indriyas are perfectly quiet. Mind also is free from likes and dislikes (raga and dwesha). Then you get supremacy or independence. Now you are conscious of your supremacy.

Kaivalya (perfect independence) is when the Indriyas are drawn into the mind, the mind into the Mahat, and the Mahat into the Purusha. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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