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Pepsi is using aborted baby cells to develop flavor enhancers ( Article)

By my23rdwish, November 15, 2011

LARGO, Florida, May 26, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Scores of prolife groups are calling for a public boycott of food giant, PepsiCo, due to its partnership with Senomyx, a biotech company that uses aborted fetal cells in the research and development of artificial flavor enhancers.

LifeSiteNews previously reported on Senomyx’s partnership with major food corporations, most notably PepsiCo, Kraft Foods, and Nestlé.

Pro-life watchdog group, Children of God for Life (CGL), is now joined by major pro-life organizations calling upon the public to target PepsiCo in a boycott.

Pepsi is funding the research and development, and paying royalties to Senomyx, which uses HEK-293 (human embryonic kidney cells) to produce flavor enhancers for Pepsi beverages.

“Using isolated human taste receptors we created proprietary taste receptor-based assay systems that provide a biochemical or electronic readout when a flavor ingredient interacts with the receptor,” says the Senomyx website.

“What they do not tell the public is that they are using HEK 293 – human embryonic kidney cells taken from an electively aborted baby to produce those receptors,” stated Debi Vinnedge, President for CGL, the watch dog group that has been monitoring the use of aborted fetal material in medical products and cosmetics for years.

The aborted fetal cells are not in the product itself. However, “there are many options PepsiCo could be using instead of aborted fetal cells,” noted Vinnedge.

The revelation about Senomyx’s research techniques motivated Campbell Soup to sever all relations with Senomyx.

However, PepsiCo continues their business relationship despite the abortion connection. They drew public ire earlier this year when they responded, saying, “our collaboration with Senomyx is strictly limited to creating lower-calorie, great-tasting beverages for consumers.”

When pressed further, PepsiCo sent out a form letter response saying they had been accused of conducting aborted fetal tissue research.

Bradley Mattes, executive director of Life Issues Institute, said, “While aborted fetal cells aren’t actually in the product itself, the close relationship is enough to repulse most consumers.  To our knowledge, this is the first time a food product has been publicly associated with abortion.”

The pro-life groups noted that additional companies collaborating with Senomyx will be targeted for boycott next.

The pro-life organizations are asking the public to boycott all Pepsi drink products and encourage consumers to contact Pepsi management requesting that they sever all ties with Senomyx.

For a list of Pepsi Beverages included in the boycott: http://pepsico.com/Brands/Pepsi_Cola-Brands.html

To Contact PepsiCo:

Jamie Caulfield, Sr. VP
PepsiCo, Inc.
700 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577
(914) 253-2000
Email form.

Edmund M. Carpenter, Chair, Corporate Development
Campbell Soup
1 Campbell Place
Camden, NJ 08103-1701
1-800-257-8443
Email form

Pro-life groups joining CGL in the boycott to date are:  Life Issues Institute, American Life League,  Colorado Right to Life, American Right to Life, Sound Choice Pharmaceutical Institute, ALL Arizona, Central Nebraskans for Life, Pro-Life Waco, Houston Coalition for Life, Mother and Unborn Baby Fox Valley, Womankind, Billboards for Life, Movement for a Better America, Defenders of the Unborn, Focus Pregnancy Help Center, Idaho Chooses Life, EMC Frontline Pregnancy Centers of NY, Four Seasons for Life, CREDO,  Life Choices, STOPP Dallas, CA Right To Life, Human Life Alliance, International Right to Life Federation, Operation Rescue, Pro-Life Nation, LifeNews.com, and Mary’s Outreach for Women.

 

 

 

Wild Dash Mahavidhyas

Dash Mahavidhyas – Ten Great Revelations of the Divine Mother

Bhuvaneshwari – The presiding of Mani-dwipa (name of a place) as described in Devi Bhagawat is an embodiment of the Mantra ‘Hrillekha’ (HRIM), Shakti and Maha Laxmi and also a companion of Lord Shiva in all of his divine activities and is called Goddess Bhuvaneshwari.

Goddess Bhuvaneshwari is the preeminent and a nurturer of the whole humanity. Her appearance is Somber and her complexion is red. She blesses her devotee by making him fearless and also help him in the accomplishment of all the powers. In the scriptures her greatness has been described in detail.

Sodhashi – She is called Shodashi because she possesses all the sixteen Supernatural powers (Kala). Goddess Shodashi is the most enchanting beauty of all the ten great learnings. Shodashi, who has the mantra consisting of sixteen letters, has organs glowing like a rising sun. She has four hands and three eyes. She is seated on the lotus, which is placed on the body of Shiva who is lying in a peaceful posture. She has a noose, a hook, a bow and an arrow in each of her hands. Everyday to shower blessings on her devotees, her appearance is completely Somber & gentle and her heart is full of compassion. A devotee who takes her refuge achieves great divinity like the deities. In fact her splendors are indescribable. Even the Vedas are incapable of describing her greatness. Being pleased with her devotee she gives more than he demands.

Dhoomavati – There is a narration regarding goddess Dhoomavati that once goddess Parvati being tormented by great hunger requested Lord Shiva to satisfy her hunger. But Lord Shiva did not respond. When he did not respond even after her repeated request than she swallowed Lord Shiva himself. Smoke came out from her appearance. Lord Shiva told her that from now onwards her enchanting appearance of Bhagta would be known as ‘Dhooma or Dhoomavati’.

Goddess Dhoomavati’s appearance resembles that of an old woman terrifying, always tormented by great thirst and hunger and is considered to posses’ great powers

Tripura Sundari – The methods for the worship of Tripura-Bhairavi have been described in the sacred texts for the attainment of victory over the sensual desires and all round development.

Tripura-Bhairavi who is also called Kala-Bhairavi is the presiding goddess of this decaying-world. Her complexion is red like the thousands of rising-sun, wears silken apparel and has a garland of heads around her neck. Her lips are marked with blood. She has three eyes and possesses a moon in her crown. She has a garland in her hand and is an embodiment of knowledge, fearlessness and boons. There is a soft smile on her lips.

Chinnmastika (Phool Jogani Mata) – The tale about the manifestation of goddess Chhinnamasta is as follows, Once, goddess Bhagwati-Bhawani, went to have a bath in the river Mandakini, with her two companion Jaya and Vijaya.

After having their bath all of them became hungry. The complexion of goddess Bhagawati turned dark because of sheer hunger. Jaya and Vijaya asked for something to eat. Goddess Bhagawati told both of them to wait for some time. After sometime they demanded for food again. They were again told by goddess Bhagawati to wait. Unable to control their hunger Jaya and Vijaya said very politely to Bhagawati that “Mother, give food to her hungry children as soon as it is demanded.” Bhagavati was very pleased by their innocence, she severed her head by her own hand and held the severed head in her left hand, three streams of blood started to ooze out from the neck. All of them, satisfied their hunger by drinking the blood from the three streams of blood respectively. She is called Chhinnamasta because of her severed head.

Goddess Chinnamasta is a symbol of the perception of secrecy. She stands on the seat of white lotus. In her navel ‘Yoni Chakra’ are situated. The directions itself are her apparel. Her two companions symbolizes the two qualities of TARA (dark) and Raja (medium). She is alive even though her head is severed from her body.   This severed head is symbolic of introverted nature of accomplishment.

Kalika – Goddess Kali holds the primary position among all the ten great learnings. There is a tale mentioned in the Kalika-Purana. Once the deities went to the Himalayas and eulogized the personifications of the illusions of the world (Mahamaya). According to the Purana this place was the hermitage of Sage Matang. Pleased by them, Bhagavati appeared in the form of Matang’s mistress and asked as to whom were they eulogizing.

Instantly a divine appearance manifested from the body of that mistress, which was as dark as a Mountain in complexion.This divine appearance herself answered on behalf of the deities that these deities are eulogizing me. Since the complexion of that divine appearance was black like a collyrium she was given the name of KALI.

Maatangi – Lord Shiva is also known as Matang. His Shakti (power) is called Matangi. Her complexion is dark and possesses a moon on her forehead. The three-eyed goddess is seated on the crown decorated with jewels. Her luster is like a blue lotus and is destroyer of the demons (forest) like a fire. In each of her four hands, she has a noose, a mace, an axe and a hook. She is a destroyer of the demons by enchanting them first with her beauty and a fulfiller of every desire of her devotees. She is worshipped for the attainment of great powers, power of speech, happiness in family life etc.

Kamala – Goddess Kamala is the personified energy of Lord Vishnu and a companion in all the divine activities of MahaVishnu. Her worship in reality is the worship of Shakti (Power) the root cause of the existence of this world. Without her blessings a man’s life becomes full of misfortune and miseries. Not only the humans but also the deities, the demons, the Gandharvas (Supernatural celestial beings) are eager to have her favors and blessings. She has her seat on the lotus flower and possesses a golden luster in her appearance. Four elephants as white as the snow of Himalayas surround her on four sides, holding vessels full of gold in their trunks. Goddess Kamala has four hands, there are lotus flowers in each of her two hands, and her two remaining hands are in the posture of giving boons and blessings She has a crown on her head and her apparel are silken. Her worship gives victory, splendors, wealth etc. On the spiritual ground, worship of all these ten great learnings is considered the means for attainment of salvation and almighty god.

Tara – Though Tara & Kali are same yet their complexions are different. Kali complexion is dark whereas Tara complexion is blue. Tara killed the demon ‘Hayagreeva’. She has Lord Shiva lying under her feet like a corpse. Her bluish complexion’s beauty is magnified manifold by her three eyes, which appear like a blue lotus flowers. In her four hands she has a scissors, a head (skull), a lotus flower and an axe. She wears tiger’s skin on her body, and has a necklace of skulls around her neck. She is considered to be very violent in nature, but her eagerness to shower blessings on the devotee is infallible too. So she is the most merciful. Tara or Ugratara is worshipped for the attainment of powers of speech, pleasures and even salvation. She is also worshipped for the destruction of enemies. Tara is worshipped in the night and is an another appearance of Shakti. She is considered to be the ruler and presider of miraculous effects and accomplishments.

Bagala (Bagalamukhi) – The worship of Baglamukhi who is also famous as ‘Pitambara Vidya’ (yellow Color is prominently used in her worship) for protection against the enemies and to defeat them, to get victory in the legal matters, to acquire wealth, to clear away the debts and to attain power of oratory etc. In her worship yellow clothes, garland made of turmeric; yellow seat and yellow flowers are used. She is the presiding goddess who has a desire of annihilating the demons in her individual form and carries on the destruction of commodities according to the wishes of the almighty God.

She has her abode amidst the ocean of ambrosia where her canopy decorated with diamonds is situated and her throne is decorated with the jewels. Her complexion is yellow, wears yellow apparels, ornaments and a garlands, which is also of yellow color. In her one hand is a tongue of an enemy and in the other hand she holds a mace.

There is a tale regarding her manifestation. In the ‘Satyuga’ period once the whole world was threatened by a terrific cyclone. Lord Vishnu being concerned about the safety of the whole humanity went near to Haridra (reservoir) situated in Saurashtra, to please Goddess Bhagawati by his penance.

Shri Vidya (Baglamukhi) appeared before him, manifesting from the water of Haridra wearing yellow apparels. She controlled the powerful current of the threatening flood and destructive nature.

Goddess Bagla helps the almighty god by punishing and controlling those negative powers that try to trespass the natural flow, She controls our speech knowledge and movement. She is capable of giving powers (Siddhis) and fulfilling all the wishes of her devotee like a ‘Kalpa-Taru’.

[ Text from: http://www.shridusmahavidhya.com/ ]

 

Peanut Soup, Sauce and Salad

I love peanuts so do my best to buy organic ones or from the Indian market.  I do not eat them raw, but roast them with spices.  I then use these in the recipes below.

Peanut Soup (or dipping sauce)

1/2 cup organic peanut butter

1/4 cup dates

1-2 cups of pure water (depending on if you want to make this a soup or a dipping sauce)

1-2 pieces of seaweed (or 2 tablespoons of Miso; or 1/4 cups seaweed .. to taste)

1/4 cup finely chopped peanuts

Blend the first four ingredients until smooth.  Sprinkle with finely chopped peanuts and enjoy!

Peanut Sauce (or soup)

1 cup organic peanut butter

2-3 tablespoons honey (or other sweetener)

1-2 cups water (less for sauce, more for soup)

2-3 tablespoons Miso (or soy sauce, or seaweed .. as above)

1 clove garlic

5-8 sprigs cilantro

optional: cayenne

Blend all until smooth.  Great for dippping veggies!

Carrot and Peanut Salad

3-4 organic Carrots, shredded (I use a potato peeler)

1 tablespoon Coconut Oil

1 teaspoon Black Mustard Seeds

1 green chili, shredded

1 tablespoon sweetener

5-8 Curry Leaves (or 1 Tablespoon curry powder)

juice of one Lime

1/2 cup roasted Peanuts, finely chopped

Heat Coconut Oil in cast iron pan.  Saute Black Mustard Seeds, shredded chili, and the curry leaves (or powder) .. just to wilting.  Pour the spice mix and Lime Juice over shredded Carrots, add roasted/chopped Peanuts, mix well and its ready to eat!

Iya, Inity and Ital!

 

Being Attached

In my post explaining why I no longer identify as being a vegan, I mentioned “radical vegans”, or those who feel they must defend-the-faith of vegan-ism.

From a Yoga perspective, this comes down to non-attachment, or vairagya, which is the ability to release and/or be free of attachments, aversions, fears and identities that cloud the true s/Self.

For example, when we become attached to an idea / cause, we become invested in defending it.  This then compels us to become belligerent with others, to hold our position, to maintain the argument, to prove the point. Anyone attached to an idea begins to think they *are* that idea, and so when encountering questions or opposing ideas, feel compelled to protect their stance from what they perceive as ‘attackers’.

With ownership comes being owned.

When we realize that we are all human beings sharing a human experience, then we take the first steps in aligning ourselves with grace.  What naturally follows is expansion – for such energy cannot be contained – so that we extend our grace to the world around us, which includes all living things.  (Or initially for some, the recognition that animals and plants, too, are living things and so worthy of our respect and grace.)

When we realize that nothing can be owned, that we are not things, then we find calm, we find peace of mind .. and with this comes stability and steadiness .. and so we begin to manifest a firm ground that needs no defending.

For example, attachment / ownership prompts the fear of loss, of being found insufficient, of ill-informed; a condition that can trigger anger, stress and a lack of satisfaction, and self-questioning.  So that, as my grandmother used to say, “The guilty speak loudest”, or, those that protest the most are themselves the least convinced.

Being attached to an ideal (like ‘veganism’, for example) mixes with our sense of duty, our love of family and friends, and/or sense of isolation from all that we feel is ‘right’.  Why?  Well, by *not* clinging to an idea, we are better able to be more present to every circumstance, which further develops a greater acceptance of all-that-is.  This then manifests as deep meaningfulness, or balance and loving kindness.

Indeed .. acceptance is the art of living in the present, so that every moment of life is an opportunity to grow.  And in the case of a plant-based diet, an opportunity to educate ourselves first, then educate others.  Afterall, if one truly knows truth, then they know truth needs no defending.

For a moment, lets look at language, for truly, the biggest obstacle to this idea is how the translation of vairagya has become lost in translation itself.

You see, many consider “non-attachment” to be synonymous with “not caring”.  This is grossly inaccurate, and far from the truth.  Which is why I paid particular attention in my comment above to “grace” .. or goodwill and loving kindness. When one is ‘at one’ with their s/Self, then that oneness flows outwards, manifesting as acceptance for all others.  We see this in your point of “standing up for the defenseless”.

Caring for those/that in need of defense is very much an aspect of non-attachment .. when done in a non-harmful (ahimsa) manner.  Which is why I stress (as I always do) the opportunity for education.
Many Eastern ideas have made their way to Western thought; however, the translations are often inaccurate; or specifically, the meaning of a word in one language may carry a different definition in another language.  This is why I say that “non-attachment” is understood in the West as “not caring” (which, again, is incorrect).

To the point, non-attachment is actually a practice (abhyasa), meaning “an attitude of persistent effort to attain and maintain a state of stable tranquility”.  The two – non-attachment and practice – *must not* be separated, for only in these twin streams is one able to discern the inner course that leads to “oneness”, or the idea that there is no separation between our s/Self and All That Lives.  At the least, separating the two (non-attachment and practice, leads to a misunderstanding (and/or application) of both.

Now .. lets look at an example: Many see animals as separate from humans, giving them freedom to disregard them as unworthy of respect, let alone carriers of the lifeforce (prana).  Likewise, many consider the environment in a similar light, that somehow humans are not part of their surroundings, giving them freedom to disregard and so pollute water, land and air.

So that, true non-attachment’s natural inclination is helping others, or selfless service – which is Seva, or Karma Yoga.

You see, when we become non-attached to the idea that any individual is more important than another, or that any individual (and/or group) is more important than animals (or the environment; other living things, and those things imbued with prana), then we become filled with grace – which is the desire for Seva / Karma Yoga.

For me, it is clear that we are all part of the Creative Lifeforce (made in ‘his image’ if you will), and the Creative Lifeforce is found in  All That Lives, so hurting other Creative Beings hurts our s/Self.  In Yoga this comes down to the gunas – think ‘String Theory’ here; or imagine pulling a single thread out of a garment and how that damages the entire garment.

Non-attachment then is the *fact* that we are all related, all inter-connected, so what we are not attaching to is the idea that we we  ‘special’ or somehow above every other Creative Lifeforce on the planet.  Put another way, we detach from the idea of ‘every man for himself’ to ‘it takes a village’ .. and that invokes responsibility for All That Lives (not just ‘some that live’).

Non-attachment allows us to discover our inner truth, or who we truly are at our spiritual core, without getting sidetracked by all the distractions along the way.

Iya, Inity and Ital!