Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Divine Prayer for ALL


Devanagari Transliteration English Translation

जय जगदीश हरे
स्वामी जय जगदीश हरे
भक्त जनों के संकट,
दास जनों के संकट,
क्षण में दूर करे,
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे
जो ध्यावे फल पावे,
दुख बिनसे मन का
स्वामी दुख बिनसे मन का
सुख सम्पति घर आवे,
सुख सम्पति घर आवे,
कष्ट मिटे तन का
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे

मात पिता तुम मेरे,
शरण गहूं मैं किसकी
स्वामी शरण गहूं मैं किसकी .
तुम बिन और न दूजा,
तुम बिन और न दूजा,
आस करूं मैं जिसकी
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे

तुम पूरण परमात्मा,
तुम अंतरयामी
स्वामी तुम अंतरयामी
पारब्रह्म परमेश्वर,
पारब्रह्म परमेश्वर,
तुम सब के स्वामी
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे

तुम करुणा के सागर,
तुम पालनकर्ता
स्वामी तुम पालनकर्ता,
मैं मूरख खल कामी
मैं सेवक तुम स्वामी,
कृपा करो भर्ता
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे

तुम हो एक अगोचर,
सबके प्राणपति,
स्वामी सबके प्राणपति,
किस विधि मिलूं दयामय,
किस विधि मिलूं दयामय,
तुमको मैं कुमति
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे

दीनबंधु दुखहर्ता,
ठाकुर तुम मेरे,
स्वामी ठाकुर तुम मेरे
अपने हाथ उठाओ,
अपने शरण लगाओ
द्वार पड़ा तेरे
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे

विषय विकार मिटाओ,
पाप हरो देवा,
स्वमी पाप हरो देवा,.
श्रद्धा भक्ति बढ़ाओ,
श्रद्धा भक्ति बढ़ाओ,
संतन की सेवा
ॐ जय जगदीश हरे

Om jaya Jagadiśa hare
Swāmi jaya Jagadiśa hare
Bhakta jano ke sankaṭa
Dāsa jano ke sankaṭa
Kśaṇa men dūra kare
Om jaya Jagadiśa hare

Jo dhyāve phala pāve
Dukha bina se mana kā
Swami dukha bina se mana kā
Sukha sampati ghara āve
Sukha sampati ghara āve
Kaṣṭa miṭe tana kā
Om jaya Jagadiśa hare

Mātā pitā tuma mere
Śaraṇa gahūṁ main kiski
Swāmi śaraṇa gahūṁ mai kiski
Tuma bina aura na dūjā
Tuma bina aura na dūjā
Āśā karūn main jiski
Om jaya Jagadiśa hare

Tuma pūraṇa Paramātmā
Tuma Antarayāmi
Swāmi tuma Antarayāmi
Pāra Brahma Parameshwara
Pāra Brahma Parameshwara
Tuma saba ke swāmi
Om jaya Jagadiśa hare

Tuma karuṇā ke sāgara
Tuma pālana kartā
Swāmi tuma pālana kartā
Mai mūrakh khalakhāmi
Mai sevaka tuma swāmi
Kripā karo Bhartā
Om jaya Jagadiśa hare

Tuma ho eka agochara
Saba ke prāṇapati
Swāmi saba ke prāṇapati
Kisa vidhi milūn dayāmaya
Kisa vidhi milūn dayāmaya
Tuma ko main kumati
Om jaya Jagadiśa hare

Dīna bandhu dukha harata
Ṭhākura tuma mere
Swāmi ṭhākura tuma mere
Apane hāth uṭhao
Apani sharaṇi lagāo
Dwāra paḍā hūn tere
Om jaya Jagadiśa hare

Vishaya vikāra mitāvo
Pāpa haro Devā
Swāmi pāpa haro Devā
Shradhā bhakti baḍhāo
Shradhā bhakti baḍhāo
Santana ki sevā
Om jaya Jagadiśa hare

Oh Lord of the whole Universe
Mighty Lord of the whole Universe
The agonies of devotees
The sorrows of devotees
In an instant, you make these go away
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

He who's immersed in devotion
With a mind without sadness
Lord, with a mind without sadness
Joy, prosperity enter the home
Joy, prosperity enter the home
A body free of problems
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

You are my Mother and Father
I am anyone's refuge of wheat
Lord, the refuge of wheat for anyone
Without you, there is no other
Without you, there is no other
For whom I would wish
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

You are the ancient great soul,
You are the indweller
Lord, you are the indweller
Perfect, Absolute, Supreme God
Perfect, Absolute, Supreme God
You are the Lord of everything and everyone,
Oh Lord of the whole Universe

You are an ocean of mercy
You are the protector
Lord, you are the protector
I am a simpleton with wrong wishes,
I am a servant and you are the Lord
Oh Lord,Grant me your divine grace
Oh Lord of the Universe

You are the one unseen
Of all living beings
The Lord of all living beings
Grant me a glimpse
Grant me a glimpse
Guide me along the path to thee,
Oh Lord of the Universe

Friend of the helpless and feeble
Benevolent saviour of all
Lord, benevolent saviour of all
Lift up your hand
Offer me thy refuge
At thy feet
Oh Lord of the Universe

Removing earthly desires
Defeating sin,Supreme Soul,
Lord, defeating sin
With all my Faith and devotion
Oh Lord,With all my faith and devotion
In Eternal Service Unto Thee,
Oh Mighty Lord of the whole Universe

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Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Bitters and Soda for a Rainy Day

Ever felt a little bloated, over stuffed with indigestion, regretting sopping up the last bit of sauce with the crusty ciabatta bread?
While finishing off the bottle of wine before the desert comes to finish the grande meal?

Eating and drinking like a King and Queen in the midst of good lighting, fascinating company and the murmurs of the outside world far from your table is not a sin, for it is a blessing to anyone who can enjoy moments like those!

But did you know that it could all be aided with one more thing to digest? A Digestive!

The ancients have been brewing tonics and elixers to purify the belly from the woefull night of excess for centuries, and sometimes, in our modern world, we forget the secrets that have seemed to work for centuries.

Next time you feel the burps coming, along with the internal dialogue of "oh WHY did I eat all that?" Sit back, take a deep breath, ask for the drink list and keep your eye out for these options...

The French have Chartreuse, an infused herbal liqueur that has curative powers.
Central Europe has Eaux de vie, that can wake up any cranky belly.
Germany has herbal schnapps like Underberg (this is actually sold in drugstores)
Italy has Amari: bitter liquides derrived from quinine that are filled with herbs, roots, flowers, spices and alchohol, sometimes sweet and sometimes bitter as hell.
Cynar is made from artichokes, others use fermented green walnuts and black truffles.
Fernet Branca is the most popular and also the most bitter of the amaris.
Campari, better known as an aperitif (before the meal) is best mixed with a little soda, lemon peel and oj if desired.
If none of these options are available at the bar you seem to be at, ask for the common, Bitters and Soda and all will be well!

Today, many new styles of drinks are being mixed with these bitter digestives, to add a bit of digestion, hearty taste, structure to the drink and fancy artistry- that the "Mixologists" are thoroughly getting off on.

So next time you are wining and dining, try a little digestif apres the meal and feel the difference!

Monday, January 18, 2010

Indian Languages at your Finger Tips

Going to India? Or, maybe an Indian restaurant down the street? Here you go! 
Secrets of how to walk in a stranger and leave a friend! Speak their language and show comradery! 

(National language of India)
Hello: Namaste-ji
Thank you: Dhanya-waad
Good bye: Phir Milenge (literally= we will meet again)

(second most common language in North West India, after Hindi)
Hello: Sat Shri Akal
Thank you: Shukriyah
Good bye: Sat Shri Akal

(spoken in western India, Calcutta and Bagladesh - with 230 million Bengali speakers - considered the 5th or 6th most spoken language in the world):
Hello: Nomoshkaar
Thankyou: Dohnobaad
Goodbye: Nomoshkaar

Saturday, January 16, 2010

How Gypsy are you?

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Friday, January 15, 2010

How to Help Haiti

With all the horrible images on the news about the devastating earthquake in Haiti...
its hard to find answers!
Answers like why did this happen and most importantly, WHAT CAN WE DO?

Here are 3 things you can do right now!

1. Keep your thoughts positive!
The collective
consciousness , how an entire community comes together to share similar values, is very powerful and we have work to do as healers, visionaries and brothers and sisters!
 Visualize healing, cooperation, medical recovery, families reuniting...Try not to let the horrors and heartbreaks into your mind, for that will only create more of that. Affirm the health, happiness and safety of the Haitians!
This is also a good time for gratitude and reflection. What we might be going through right now is nothing compared to the Haitian people. So lets use this opportunity to bring more appreciation into our lives, with our family, friends and loved ones and also send waves of healing energy to those in Haiti!!!

2. Text Donation
I have checked with my sources to see what organizations are good to support and donate.
Here is one simple thing you can do.

Text HAITI to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross. The $10 will appear on your phone bill.

3. Doctors with out Borders

Options: Give a one-time donation online, by mail, or by phone.

By phone:
Call our toll-free number at 1-888-392-0392
By mail:

Doctors Without Borders USA
PO Box 5030
Hagerstown, MD 21741

Right now, the people in Haiti need our spiritual support to affirm their healing and recovery and our financial support- even $10 will help to get doctors in the city.
Though we can not be there in person to help, we can be there in spirit and take some action to make a difference!

Thank you for your efforts and please send me any thoughts and other sources that you might know of!

America's Gypsy
Uniting Us Through Our Cultural Differences!

Monday, January 11, 2010

A Taste of Ethiopia in NYC

Have you ever wanted to straddle a wooden horse, eat on a leather drum and have your table cloth be your fork? if you answered YES to any of these questions then you need to head on over to an Ethiopian restaurant near you!

Having just moved to NYC from LA, I was sad to find only a few Ethiopian restaurants in the city. For in LA, there is an actual Little Ethiopia on Fairfax and Pico. Blocks and blocks of specialty shops selling all things Ethiopian...and the food...just delish!

In NYC, I happened to find a mouth watering Ethiopian restaurant on the Lower East Side: Meskel Ethiopian Restaurant. 199 E. 3rd st btween Ave A and B.
Cozy, cultural and clean! My 3 favorite things!
You must start with a warm sambusa; which is a fried dough stuffed with lentils or beef, very similar to the Indian Samosa. Then finish off with the traditional vegetarian plate! The table cloth ...HA HA really a sponge bread called Injera that you use to pick up your food with. The bread has a unique texture but a delicious flavor and has practically no gluten and is very good for you! Dip that injera into stewed beans, cabbages, spinach, peas, and everyother veggie imaginable- and with such spicy and savory flavors!

But the most important part is what quences your thirst!

Ehiopians have a famous wine they drink called, Tej. Refered through out the Holy Scriptures as "Mead", it is now bottled and produced in America from pure Honey and under the highest standards of quality using NO SULFITES! The brand I drank at the restaurant was amazing: ShebaTe'j.

Best served chilled, this wine has a perfect balance of sweet notes and a medium body wine that sure accentuates the flavors in the food.

Remember, before drinking the wine, give a great big Ethiopian Cheers and say, "Le Tenachin!" ("To Our Health")

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Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Universal Prayer Beads

Allah o Akbar! Yasu! Jesus Christ, son of G-d! Om Namah Shivaya!!!
All of these prayers can be said while rubbing your fingers on beads strung on a string. The only difference is a few materials, the amount of beads and the titles for G-D! But all in all, its a Universal Prayer bead to me!

In Islam they are called: Masbaha. They are used to perform the Dhiker where one can say phrases like, "Allah o Akbar" (G-d is great), "Subhanallah" (exalted in G-d), and "Alhumdulillah" (all the praise is for G-d).
The Masbaha is like an abacus that helps in memorizing verses of the Qur'an. There are usually 99 beads that represent the 99 names of G-d but there are also shorter strings that have about 33 beads.

Greeks call their worry beads; Komoloi. These have no religious significance but many of the beads are in the design of "The Eye"; a Blue, white and black eye that protects one from the Evil Eye.

In Christianity: the prayer beads are often called a Prayer Rope or Rosary (which means a garland of roses).
The Rosary is a Roman Catholic devotion that allows the person to repeat sequences of 'The Lords Prayer' and 'Hail Mary'.
Whereas the Prayer Rope is traditionally found in Eastern Orthodox communities. It is made from silk and other soft materials that are stung along in complex knots. Most have 100 knots and others come in rows of 50 and 33. There is usually a red tassel on the end and that symbolizes the blood of christ. jesus christo!

 Mala beads are popular in Hinduism and Buddhism (and Los Angeles ;)
In Hinduism, the practice is called Japa Mala and there are 108 beads on a string. The 109th bead is called the Guru Bead and it signifies the time for the devotee to switch directions. In Hindu tradition, the index finger represents the ego; therefore its best to avoid that finger when chanting. One can chant many mantra's and holy names of G-d when praying with the Mala. A few examples would be:
Om Nama Shivaya
Om gam ganapataye namaha!

The Jewish religion does not have prayer beads but they do have the tallit. A blue and white silk shall with fringe, 5 knots and 4 tassels "so you will remember all the commandments of the Lord."

The Native Americans have always held much sacred significance in beads. Usually worn around the neck and attached to articles of clothing, these "little spirit seeds" were sometimes seen as gifts from G-d. On every string of beads, it is recommend to have a Spirit Bead- one that stands out from all the rest because of a unusual color or design, something that looks like a mistake. This is to remind us all that we are not perfect, only G-d is perfect.

African cultures have long prized beads and used them to communicate, acting as "love letters", the Zulu tribe manipulated the colors and patterns of beaded offerings to one's suitor in order to convey secret messages.

"Ambassador beads," were used to elicit the goodwill of the Divine in Rhodesia. Matabele chiefs gave beads to witch doctors as tribute to their god.

For the Yoruba, beads represent the qualities of spiritual wisdom, the power of the gods, and the gods themselves. They believe that using beads in ritual or on ritual objects will enhance their power. Diviners wear special bead necklaces that identify them as spiritual leaders and enhance their power.

Finally, the Masai find beads so meaningful to their culture that their language includes more than 40 words for different kinds of beadwork.

Beads around the world!!! Filled with religious and cultural significance, adorned with vibrant and healing colors, and sacred pebbles that hold the power for our own personal devotion. Its beautiful to live in a country where we can choose who we praise! For I choose to praise them all who praise love, unity and joy!!!

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

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"We are born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us, it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” ~Marianne Williamson