Adventures with my little boys – three days short of two months!
Once upon a time there was a baby with an elephant on his shirt and a big brother with footballs on his pajamas.
Big brother started telling his mom about his day at school. He was excited about meeting a soldier that day. Baby started talking back to his brother. Big brother told how he learned about soldiers keeping the country safe. Baby responded back with little excited coos and gurgles.
Big brother talked and the baby cooed and big brother talked more while the baby smiled a toothless grin. They both talked to each other until the baby fell asleep. Big brother got tired and yawned a sleepy yawn. Baby and brother had a great night and went right to sleep. 🙂
“Krishna Akshayam” I said while emptying the cup of rice into the cooking pot. It’s become a habit these days, I keep uttering the words even when I’m preparing baby food. Mother when she came to my place post delivery cooked and cleaned every day. One of those days she said “Krishna Akshayam.” I vaguely recalled the story of Draupadi, she possessed a mystical cooking pot. While in exile the Pandavas were unable to feed the holy sages who visited them in forest. Upon praying to Lord Surya, Yudhishtira was blessed with an Akshaya Patra. An everlasting pot, food cooked in that pot would suffice any number of hungry people irrespective of its size.
One time after cooking and serving dinner to her five husbands, Draupadi cleaned all the pots and pans and was about to retire to bed when she receives an unexpected guest Lord Krishna. Draupadi panics and expresses concern over her inability to serve food to him as the pot once cleaned for the day produces no more food. Krishna smiles and asks Draupadi to look once more into the Akshaya Patra for there could be a rice grain left over. Behold to the mystical doings of Lord Krishna, Draupadi could serve him dinner that night.
I recall this story whenever I utter “Krishna Akshayam”. Every time I cook I pray to Lord Krishna to help us have an ever lasting supply of food and not starve my family. It’s simple to me or may be stupid to some others but I find these two words magical and believe they posses the positive energy to keep our little bellies full.
Healthy diet for a healthy planet from WWF on Vimeo.
What we eat has a huge impact on the world around us. For instance nearly one fifth of all greenhouse gas emissions come from agriculture. As the world becomes richer we consume more calories and protein and this means more land required to raise livestock and more seafood that is being pulled from the oceans. The food we eat is part of a complex web of life to which we all belong.
Read more: http://wwf.panda.org/climate