TOFU CARROT 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
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.
Add the water and tamari and simmer until the vegetables are tender.
Transfer the vegetables to a food processor or blender. Add the tofu. Blend until smooth.
Spoon the mixture into a 2½ cup baking dish.
Bake in the oven for about 30 minutes, just until firm.
Leave to cool.
Garnish with sesame seeds or parsley before serving.
Conquer the hurdles. Give a bold front and continue the spiritual practice vigorously in right earnest. – Sri Swami Sivananda
03 Akshaya Titreeya (Vamana Incarnation)
Keep your heart tranquil, pure, empty of desires and thoughts, then alone the divine light and Grace will descend. – Sri Swami Sivananda
CHITTA SUDDHA – Chitta: consciousness; Suddhi: purification. Chitta Suddhi: purity of heart and mind, a fundamental for progress on any spiritual path.
Chitta is pure, universal consciousness, which becomes clouded or impure by thought and ego.
Do Nishkama Karma Yoga for some years to attain Chitta Suddhi and purify the heart. You must develop humility, the spirit of self-sacrifice, Kshama, mercy, Visva-prem. These virtues can be acquired by selfless service – Karma Yoga. You must have the qualifications Sama (peaceful nature), Dama (self-restraint), Sarva-sanga-parityaga (freedom from all sorts of attachments) and perfect obedience to and implicit faith in the teacher before you.
When you have Chitta Suddhi you will have no attraction for sensual objects, worldly desires, unholy ideas, sexual Vasanas. Anger, vanity, hypocrisy, egoism, greed, jealousy, etc. will not arise in your mind. Even in dreams you will not entertain these thoughts. The signs to indicate that you have attained Chitta Suddhi are virtuous divine qualities such as mercy, cosmic love, forgiveness, harmony and balance of mind. Then you will have sustained lasting Vairagya.
Deep beneath the noise and storm on the surface, deep beneath the surging mental waves, there is that stupendous ocean of peace and stillness. Realize this through deep and intense meditation. – Sri Swami Sivananda