Happy Mothers Day – A day to honour ALL MOTHERS, but how?

On this day we honour our mother and all mothers that are near and dear to us by buying them flowers, chocolates or maybe making them breakfast in bed. It is a day to meditate on the unconditional love that our mothers have offered us all these years. However, all these sincere and loving gestures…

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Dreams sometimes remind us of lessons learned and how far we still have to go

His Holiness Radhanath Swami I dreamt of a great saint the other night, but sadly I did not act as I would have liked. I was inside a temple where many people had gathered. I was not sure why I was there, but then in the background I noticed Radhanath Swami, an initiating spiritual master…

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Nityananda, Nityananda, can you pick up the phone? (POEM)

Nityananda Nityananda, your love knows no bounds, Nityananda Nityananda, you chant the holiest of sounds, Nityananda Nityananda, ever since I called out your name, my dry and boring life has never be the same. Nityananda Nityananda, can you pick up the phone? This lowly traveller wants to get back in the zone Of higher consciousness…

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My journey with Food for Life – A summary of 30 years of service

I could hardly imagine Food for Life being so successful when I first became a volunteer way back in 1984. Back then, I worked as an assistant cook and server at a free food cafe called, Gopals in Parramatta, Australia. That was one of the first free food cafes set up by the Hare Krishna…

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Jayapataka Swami talks about the beginning of Food for Life

Jayapataka Swami was one of my early inspirations in my service to Food for Life. I wrote him many times through letters and later emails for guidance in the 80s and 90s as a monk, and whenever he saw me he told me, “Please tell me how I can help you.” He loved that I…

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Food for Life Director featured in AUSTRALIAN YOGA LIFE

First printed Australian Yoga Life and put the www.ayl.com.au Nourishing the soul Sitting on a beach in Sri Lanka at the beginning of his world tour earlier this year, Food For Life (FFL) Global director Paul Rodney Turner was quietly reflecting on his life journey. “I pondered why I find myself travelling so much?” he…

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Saint Francis of Assisi and Compassion for Animals

Saint Francis of Assisi Excerpt from:  FOOD YOGA – Nourishing Body, Mind & Soul A new book by Paul Rodney Turner, the Food Yogi There are basically two distinct schools of Christian thought: The Aristotelian-Thomistic school and the Augustinian-Franciscan school. The Aristotelian-Thomistic school teaches that animals are here for our pleasure—they have no independent purpose.  We can eat…

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Mind – Body Oneness

Thich Nhat Hanh Excerpt from The YOGA of POOL – Secrets to Becoming a Champion in Billiards and in Life (by Paul Turner) It is true that through the power of mind management we can affect physical reality; however, because we are ultimately a combination of both gross and subtle energy (yin and yang), it is also…

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My Father – Rodney John Turner

Fairfax, Virginia USA A eulogy to my father, Rodney John Turner, on the occasion of his funeral, May 15, 2001 (first time published) Mum and Dad 1960 My dear family and friends, First I would sincerely like to thank you all for coming today to pay your last respects to my father, Rodney Turner. It is…

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Keeping it real – while still seeking spiritual emancipation.

I gave Srimad Bhagavatam class today in the Hare Krishna temple in Riga, Latvia on this verse (http://vedabase.net/sb/3/20/6/ ). I was feeling very unqualified and somewhat perplexed. I mean, I am not a Vedic scholar, nor a self realised soul in any sense, and yet this verse was talking about how much a true devotee of…

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