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Is it always worth it to take the high road?

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I HAVE BEEN THRILLED!   I am so happy to report that whilst trying to call my dear friend Sanwar?  I  bought all the  ingredients to make Gulabi-Chai.  I followed mostly the recipe below with the double boil technique and reduction of tea liquore.   The difference is that I added naturally a wonderful green tea from Yunnan province which has aged for 7 years of a sheng puerh.  Alot of people would say what I did was sacrilegious.  I reckon that if Mongolia and China were trading on the tea horse road and silk road?  Most likely this could be the tea originally used.  I cheated also on the spices.  I have a blend of a thousand herbs and flowers and spices from Lebanon.  My theme here is Did Jesus possibly cross paths with the Buddhist philosophy?  Frankly I would bank on it most certainly.  Whether the anointed one Christ went to India is for me hard to fathom entirely, but Kashmir is really not terribly far away and surely his teachings went to Kashmir. I don’t know why if Jesus endured such terror and ressurected why he would go back up to heaven and not travel and spread the world but he had a better way and that was like yoga.  Become one in body, mind and spirit with ones heart.  Tea is very much for me like the consecration of the host in terms of Gong-fu-cha or Chinese tea ceremony but Teaists worship nature itself in the spirit of the tea.  These are esoteric sacred matters, so back to my Did Jesus ever drink a cup of Kashmiri Gulabi cha?   Hmmmm?    Tea is 5,000 years old and I have not brushed up on the history of the Moka bean!  Never the less, I love the idea of history and all the magic of 2,5oo years.  By the way, my tea if I do say came out like  a creamy song.  Love at first sip!




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Thank you Abreen! This is a beautiful and complex reci-pink-tea!

Ambreen Ali

On special occasions, my mom would switch up her routine and make a vibrant pink tea for us instead of the typical masala (spiced) chai. I had no idea as a child what went into this tea, but her groaning about how long it would take to prepare made it clear in my mind that it was a complicated process.

Well, “Ammi” as we call her just returned from Pakistan, and she met me at JFK airport with a bag full of green tea leaves. Yes, this gulabi (pink) concoction begins with green tea. I couldn’t find much information about it online, but this bit from Ellen’s Kitchen seems to apply:

The third type of tea is called shi:r’ cha:y or shirchai. This type is not made with bambay cha:y green tea, but with a slightly fermented tea such as an oolong. It is brewed with bicarbonate of soda, salt…

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exceptional recipe for tea! Right from the source… Thank you agian! Mad Tea Party!

I am thrilled to find this Rose recipe again… I found it in 2007 and now it is a perfect moment to revisit her enchanting recipes with delightful rosy lenses…<3 Thank's for the reblog!

English: Head of the Buddha from Hadda, Centra...

English: Head of the Buddha from Hadda, Central Asia, Gandhara art, Victoria and albert Museum (London) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


English: Painting of the miraculous birth of G...

English: Painting of the miraculous birth of Gautama Buddha, out of the side of Queen Maya. Sanskrit Astasahasrika Prajnaparamita Sutra manuscript written in the Ranjana script. Nalanda, Bihar, India. Circa 700-1100 CE. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


What was India of 2,500 years ago?   Are they biographically enlightened?  Where was the Shakya tribe of the Buddha originating and was it possibly located amongst the Scythian civilizations geographical zones?  Is it so difficult to ImAGINe that the 3 wise men were from Northern India, hence the Buddhist legacy and Christian connection….



SeatedBuddhaGandhara2ndCentury (Photo credit: Wikipedia)



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