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Vegetarian Cuisine

This delicately spiced dish goes well with Lentil Dahl and plain rice or Chapatis. For a more elegant North Indian meal, serve it with Rice Pilau and Curried Vegetables, using courgettes/zucchini, instead of cauliflower. Serves 4 to 6


1 potato, diced
2 tbsp oil, or ghee
1 tbsp mustard seeds
1 ½ tsp cumin seeds
1 tsp ground coriander
½ tsp turmeric
dash of cayenne pepper
1 cabbage , finely chopped
1 tsp salt

1 Steam the diced potato for 5-10 minutes to par-cook; set aside.
2 Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan.
3 Add the mustard seeds and cook over a high heat until they ‘pop’.
4 Add the other spices, then sauté over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
5 Add the cabbage, stir well and cook until the cabbage is soft. Add the part cooked potatoes and salt.
6 Cook for about 5 minutes until the potatoes are cooked. The dish should be fairly dry.
7 Serve at once.

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.

A craving for comforts weakens your fibre. – Sri Swami Sivananda

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KSHURASYA DHARA – the razor’s edge

The Katha Upanishad refers to the spiritual path as the kshurasya dhara, the razor’s edge.
uttiṣṭhata jāgrata prāpya varānnibodhata | 
kśurasya dhārā niśitā duratyayā durgaṃ pathastatkavayo vadanti || 14 ||

14. Arise, awake. Having reached the great teachers, learn from them. The edge of a razor is sharp and impassable. That path, the intelligent say, is hard to go by.

Commentary: Stop not until the Goal is reached. Approach the wise teachers and learn from them. The spiritual path is like the sharp edge of a razor and difficult to tread alone. The importance of the human teacher cannot be overestimated. “Study of scriptures without a Guru, for mere intellectual knowledge alone, will only lead to ajnana — ignorance,” says Lord Vasishta.

Lord Vasishta also says, “If higher knowledge is not already in the soul, then rebirth continues and there will be no other recourse than to suffer cause and effect. Even striving for light will not bestow any real benefit, for to seek enlightenment without the mantra, the teachings and the guru, is like trying to grow crops only at night.”

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