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Monday, May 29, 2006
Sanatam Kaur@Park Ave.

Here are some videos of Sanatam Kaur doing kirtan with her beautiful blissful voice at Park Ave. Gurdwara. I was sitting right near the front luckily and got some good shots. For some reason, every time there I go to Park Ave, and miraculously I sit at the front, I can always feel and hear the Sangat singing along with the kirtan. Wonderful...














by Pali @ 10:54 AM comments: 2
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Some Lovely Pictures!




by Pali @ 10:07 AM comments: 9
Candle Meditation!


A pleasant and easy meditation method is the candle meditation. It is used to help increase your concentration power.

It’s fairly self explanatory. You just place a candle, in a safe holder, on a low table. A coffee table would be perfect. Light the candle, then sit arms length away and then gaze at the flame.

This normally requires sitting cross legged, or in lotus. Optionally you could sit on your haunches.

If you are not comfortable in these positions you could just put the candle on a normal height table and sit on a chair. Remember to stay arms length away during the meditation.

Blink as little as possible. Your eyes may water. This is good, your eyes will enjoy a good cleansing.

[This meditation can also help improve your eyesight.]

After a short while you can close your eyes and you’ll still see the candle flickering and dancing away…

In your mind’s eye. Either faintly, or as if it’s really there. Either is fine.

You can either just watch the flame as it ‘appears’ or visualise it between your eyebrows.

If thoughts come just let them be there or drift by while keeping most of your attention on the candle flame.

If the image of the flame fades just open your eyes and repeat the process.

You could start off with a few minutes of this meditation,working up to about twenty.

If time allows it is a good idea to rest, lying down, for a few minutes after safely snuffing out the candle.

If you want to do the candle meditation as a prelude to your usual meditation a few minutes should be enough. It's very settling and peaceful. Of course, then you only need to rest at the end of your main meditation!

It’s really powerful and relaxing to do this candle meditation. If you’ve ever had a real fire at home you know how enjoyable and mesmerising it is to sit gazing into the flames.

There are even dvds available so you can gaze at a flickering fire on your TV screen!

Although, I must confess, I prefer the real thing!

by Pali @ 9:34 AM comments: 5
Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Fresh Cream Strawberry Tarts!

It was my sister’s birthday recently and I thought I should bake a cake while she was at work. It took me about 2 hours to make in total. I made everything from scratch and the joy you get out of completion of the cake is awesome, not to mention the taste. Please everyone, have a go at making these delicious cakes!

Ingredients:

Short crust pastry

Double Cream

Custard

Strawberry flavoured jelly crystals (vegetarian of course)

Strawberries

Preparation Directions

  1. Heat Oven
  2. Roll out pastry and cut circles, roughly 4-inches. Place the pastry circles into the baking tray/muffin cups. Pinch 5 equally spaced pleats around side of each cup. Prick each pastry generously with fork.
  3. Bake pastry 5 to 7 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 5 minutes. Carefully remove from muffin cups. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make custard until thick and lumpy and place in Refrigerator until cool.
  5. Also whip some cream, using Double cream and store in the Refrigerator.
  6. And make the Strawberry flavoured jelly, but this should not be solid, and should remain runny, so that you can pour it on top of the strawberries.
  7. Once everything has cooled, take the muffin cups/baking tray and fill with the cool custard, so that it fills the cup to the top.
  8. Then add the strawberries!
  9. Then the half liquid jelly, just to glaze the strawberries. Don’t worry if it spills everywhere, it adds to the effect!
  10. Then Garnish each with whipped cream topping.
  11. Ahhh, we haven’t finished yet though….place everything in the Refrigerator for about 30 minutes.
  12. Serve and Enjoy! Yummmmm!

Please enjoy the pictures below :)

I also made a big one above, looks soo yummm dont u think? hehehe!

by Pali @ 12:25 PM comments: 7
Thursday, May 04, 2006
Nature Coming Alive!!

Yes recently ive been out and about taking happy snaps to rival Prabu Singh's Awsome pictures on nature. These pictures are un-edited and have just amazing colours!
Amazing colours are'nt they just! Thank You God for Everything!

by Pali @ 3:33 PM comments: 6