Wednesday, September 13, 2006

A food for Thought and a Payasam for the soul!

An Interesting debate !

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the
problem science has with Krishna. He asks one of his new students
to stand and.....

Professor: You are a Hare Krishna devotee, aren't you, son?
Student: Yes, sir. Prof: So you believe in God? Student:
Absolutely, sir. Prof: Is God good? Student: Sure. Prof: Is God
all-powerful? Student: Yes. Prof: My brother died of cancer even
though he prayed to Krishna to heal him. Most of us would attempt
to help others who are ill. But Krishna didn'! t. How is this
Krishna good then? Hmm?

(The student is silent.) Prof: You can't answer, can you? Let's
start again, young fella. Is God good? Student: Yes. Prof: Is Satan
good? Student: No. Prof: Where does Satan come from? Student:
From...God... Prof: That's right. Tell me son, is there evil in
this world? Student: Yes. Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn't it? And
God did make everything. Correct? Student: Yes. Prof: So who
created evil?

(The student does not answer.)

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these
terrible things exist in the world, don't they? Student: Yes, sir.
Prof: So, who created them?

(The student has no answer.)

Prof: Tell me, son. Do you believe in Krishna? Student: Yes,
professor, I do. Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to
identify and observe the world around you. Have you ever seen
Krishna? Student No, sir. Prof: Tell us if you have ever heard your
Krishna? Student: No, sir. Prof: Have you ever felt your Krishna,
tasted your Krishna, smelt your Krishna? Have you ever had any
sensory perception of Krishna or God for that matter? Student: No,
sir. I'm afraid I haven't. Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student: Yes. Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable
protocol, science says your Krishna doesn't exist. What do you say
to that, son? Student: Nothing. I only have my faith. Prof: Yes.
Faith. And that is the problem science has.

Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat? Prof: Yes.
Student: And is there such a thing as cold? Prof: Yes. Student: No
sir. There isn't.

(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat,
mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don't have
anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no
heat, but we can't go any further after that. There is no such
thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence
of heat. We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the
opposite of heat, sir, just the absence of it.

(There is pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre.)

Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as
darkness? Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn't darkness?
Student: You're wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of
something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light,
flashing light.....But if you have no light constantly, you have
nothing and it's called darkness,isn't it? In reality, darkness
isn't. If it were you would be able to make darkness darker,
wouldn't you?

Prof: So what ! is the point you are making, young man? Student:
Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed. Prof:
Flawed? Can you explain how? Student: Sir, you are working on the
premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is
death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God
as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can't
even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has
never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as
the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death
cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of
life: just the absence of it. Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach
tour students that they evolved from a monkey?

Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process,
yes, of course, I do. Student: Have you ever observed evolution
with your own eyes, sir? (The Professor shakes his head with a
smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going.)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at
work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going
endeavour, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a
scientist but a preacher?

(The class is in uproar.)

Student: Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the
Professor's brain?

(The class breaks out into laughter.)

Student: Is there anyone here who! has ever heard the Professor's
brain,felt it, touched or smelt it?.....No one appears to have done
so. So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable,
demonstrable protocol,science says that you have no brain, sir.
With all due respect, sir,how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face
unfathomable.)

Prof: I guess you'll have to take them on faith, son. Student :
That is it sir.. The link between man & god is FAITH. That is all
that keeps things moving & alive.


I wouldn't like to disappoint all the foodies though,here's, a yummy payasam with Greengram and Jaggery.



Ingredients:

Greengram 1cup
Jaggery 1/2cup
Ghee 1 tbsp
cardamoms
khoya/mawa 1 tbsp (optional)
saffron 1tsp soaked in 1/2 cup milk.
coconut milk 1 cup
Garnishing:
dry coconut 1 tbsp
cashew nuts
Raisins
Almonds
pistachios
cloves 2

Method:

Fry the Greengram with the Ghee & cook it along with coconut milk and water.Later add the Jaggery and Cardomoms till you get a desired consistency. Finally add the saffron milk,mawa and cook for few more mts on a low flame.finally add the chopped nuts sauted'in a dribble of ghee for Garnishing.Payasam is now ready to serve.Can serve this hot or chilled...




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