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"My long desired scheme of a Krsna Conscious daily newspaper is being implemented. Please do this work very nicely. It will be a very great step in the history of ISKCON movement."
~ Srila Prabhupada, Letter to Satsvarupa 1971

"Here in this world there are thousands of newspapers and magazines reporting the stale, repetitious happenings of this limited space. So for reporting the news of the unlimited spiritual realm, concerning the eternal, ever-fresh Supreme Personality of Godhead, we could publish a newspaper at every second, what to speak of daily."
~ Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

"According to social conventions, it is said that one can speak the truth only when it is palatable to others. But that is not truthfulness. The truth should be spoken in such a straight and forward way, so that others will understand actually what the facts are. If a man is a thief and if people are warned that he is a thief that is truth. Although sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others. That is the definition of truth."
~ Bhagavad-Gita As It Is. Ch 10:4

"May cows stay in front of me; may cows stay behind me; may cows stay on both sides of me. May I always reside in the midst of cows."
(HBV 16.252)
In remembrance of Kurma Rupa dasa

Lord Shiva and Ganges

Maya's Nice and Soft Killing Embrace


Oct 26, EUROPE (SUN) — Those who are keen to make spiritual progress are surely alert and keen to avoid maya's illusions in the form of gross sex life, meat eating, gambling and intoxication. We may forget that there are those living in this material world who do the same... and they are not devotees of the Lord.

So following these four regulative principles is a necessity to practice bhakti, but it isn't bhakti in itself. Being initiated into Srila Prabhupada's movement doesn't entitle us automatically to boast with our status and achievements, especialy as we didn't achieve much yet.


Sri Damodarastakam, Text 5


Oct 26, CANADA (SUN) — The glorious month of Damodara.

O Lord! Your lotus like face is completely surrounded by very dark blue, glossy reddish- | tinted curling hair and is kissed again and again by mother Yasoda | Your lotus face is endowed with lips red as bimba fruits - may it always remain visible in my heart | The attainment of millions of other boons is completely useless to me


Hope Against Hope


Oct 26, UK (SUN) — Like the sparrow pecking at the waves to empty the ocean, that same determination is required to become a yogi, who always brings his mind with determination back to Krishna and his God-given intelligence… such a huge and daunting task, like the sparrow, to free ourselves from this dreadful ocean of material existence.

Mother Yasoda also showed her determination when binding Lord Krishna. She would not give up trying and trying and trying and repeatedly fetched more and more rope, much to the amusement of her friends, and even herself. After some time Krishna, who was in competition with his devotee, watching and enjoying the rasa, finally submitted to her love.


NBS Special Edition #48: Deliverance of Shakatasura and Trnavarta



A special Edition on the auspicious occasion of Sri Damodara Month.

NBS#48: Features:

1. Killing of the Demons Shakatasura and Trnavarta - Conversation Between Sukadeva Goswami and Maharaja Parikshit
2. Destroying Shakatasura and Trnavarta Within - Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
3. Recommendation by Maharaja Parikshit - His Divine Grace A .C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
4. Prakata-Lila and Aprakata-Lila - Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakur
5. Sri Vraja-Raja-Sutastakam - Eight Prayers Glorifying the Son of the King of Vraja


The Glories of Lighting Another's Lamp During Karttika


Oct 26, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa - Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 126

bodhanat para-dipasya
vaishnavanam ca sevanat
karttike phalam apnoti

"By serving the Vaishnavas and lighting the lamps they offer during the month of Karttika one attains the result of performing many rajasuya and asvamedha yajnas.


Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 43


Oct 26, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Five - Sri Glory to Sri Gaura Govinda, the Lord of everything

Glory to Nityananda, Deva Haladara, glory to Sri Advaita the foremost distributor of devotion.

Glory to Sri Pandita Gadadhara the mine of love. Glory to Srivasa Pandita the friend of the poor. Glory to all the devotees of Sri Mahaprabhu.


Vows to Follow


Oct 24, UK (SUN) — I have heard that before being initiated at Bhaktivedanta Manor the prospective disciple has to, along with the four vows, swear allegiance to the GBC. Now I don't know who came up with this additive to the ceremony (presumably our GBC have some insecurity issues), but might I suggest that a better idea would be to add to the ceremony a vow to follow the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and carry out in his or her life the mission of preaching or assisting the preaching to the best of his or her abilities, in a cooperative way with other members of the society? Or something like that. Because actually swearing allegiance to the GBC could be a problem, given some of the decisions they make, papers they produce, neglect of children they show, and in my mind because the philosophy they have introduced -- that they are successors to Srila Prabhupada -- is bogus and in time will be shown to be so, and not in line with our siddhanta.


Sri Damodarastakam, Text 4


Oct 24, CANADA (SUN) — The glorious month of Damodara.

He Deva! O Lord! Although You are capable of granting any boon I do not pray to You for liberation, | nor for eternal life in Vaikuntha, or for any other benediction | He Natha! O Lord! May Your form as a cowherd child forever remain manifest in my heart | Other than this I have no need of anything


The Glories of Offering a Lamp During Karttika


Oct 24, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa - Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 92

atha tatra dipa-dana-mahatmyam-
skande tatraiva
patakani bahuny api
nimeshardhena dipasya
vilayam yanti karttike

In the Skanda Purana it is said: "When one offers a lamp during the month of Karttika, his sins in many thousands and millions of births perish in half an eyeblink."


Rama Ekadasi


Oct 24, CANADA (SUN) — Rama Ekadasi, from the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana of Srila Krishna Dwaipayana Veda Vyaasa, observed October 25th in LA, 26th in Mayapur.

Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "O Janardana, O protector of all beings, what is the name of the Ekadasi that comes during the dark fortnight (Krishna paksha) of the month of Karttika (October - November)? Please impart this sacred knowledge to me."

The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna then spoke as follows, "O lion among kings, please listen as I narrate to you; The Ekadasi that occurs during the dark part of the month of Karttika is called Rama Ekadasi. It is most auspicious, for it at once eradicates the greatest sins and awards one the passage to the spiritual abode. I shall now narrate to you its history and glories."


Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 42


Oct 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Four - Sri Narottama's initiation by Lokenatha Gosvami

Narottama was overwhelmed by unfathomable joy and he dedicated himself to the feet of Prabhu Lokenatha.419

Prabhu Lokenatha was extremely pleased with the sincerity of Sri Narottama and gladly gave him diksha.420

Sri Jiva bestows the title of Thakura Mahasaya on Sri Narottama


Sri Damodarastakam, Text 3


Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — The glorious month of Damodara.

In this way, to He Who perpetually drowns the residents of Gokula in pools of pure bliss Who informs those devotees desirous of knowing His supreme opulence and majesty that He is naturally conquered only by His loving devotees I again offer my obeisances with love unto that lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times.


Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 41


Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Four - Srinivasa's initiation from Sri Gopala Bhatta

At last Sri Jiva Gosvami joyfully brought Srinivasa to his own residence.374

It became known that the next morning Sri Gopala Gosvami would initiate Srinivasa.375


Prasadam - Buttermilk, Part 3


Oct 26, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

The glories of buttermilk are evident in the many passages from sastra that describe the delicious preparations offered to Sri Krsna and Sri Krsna Caitanya by the devotees. In the Govinda-lilamrta of Srila Krishna das Kaviraja Goswami and the associated Rasa-tarangini Tika commentary by Sri Yadunandana Thakur, we read Mother Yasoda's instructions to the gopis, who are preparing dishes for Krsna, including a buttermilk sharbat called Sarab:


Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Part 19


Oct 26 CANADA (SUN) — By Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Printed by The Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur (1995).

Vivaha Karma (marriage)

The groom should sit on an asana facing East saying:

"I preside over this far reaching step for sustenance."

The father should take twenty five leaves of kusha wound two and a half times in counter clockwise direction in the palms of this hands with tips pointing North and say:


Prabhupada Padma-vakya


Oct 26,

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.

Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

October 26, 1973, Bombay
Conversation at Airport
"From Mahabharata we understand that Dhrtarastra, his name is mentioned because he was king. That means at that time people were able to beget one hundred children. And who is begetting one hundred children now? One, two, three, four, that's all. How the population can be increased now? It is all bogus propaganda."

October 26, 1974, Mayapura
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.46
"One generation passed another generation; the fighting is going on in the court. But if people are Krsna conscious, it could be settled within few minutes. Still among the villagers the system is current in India: when there is some fighting, they go to a saintly person or in a temple to settle up."

October 26, 1975, Nairobi
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.28.17
"Why you are trying to preach Krsna consciousness all over the world? Because we have accepted this principle, that "I am Krsna's servant. Krsna wants to deliver these rascals from this misconception of life, so let me do something for Krsna.'"

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

Prasadam - Buttermilk, Part 2


Oct 24, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

Buttermilk has been taken as a beverage in India since ancient times, appreciated for its cool freshness and soothing qualities on the digestive system. Vedanta Desika, in his ahara niyama, set down the rules of eating for Sri Vaisnavas. Included under the section of foods to be avoided on ekadasi is the comment that 'foods from which the essence is taken out are forbidden, except buttermilk'. He also states that among the foods that can be accepted without hesitation are 'old rice that is soaked in clean water and taken with buttermilk, ghee, milk, or yogurt'.


Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Part 18


Oct 24 CANADA (SUN) — By Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Printed by The Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur (1995).

Vivaha Karma (marriage)

Herein the procedures for weddings are explained.

Jnati Karma (rites performed by relatives):

On the morning of the wedding the bride and groom should be ceremoniously bathed by relatives and friends with scented water at their homes.


Prasadam - Buttermilk


Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

Today we begin a new segment on Prasadam ingredients, this time one of the many super-excellent products given by Mother Cow – buttermilk! As with so many bhoga ingredients, there are a few preparations that pass for buttermilk, with differences between the products in east and west. What is known as commercial buttermilk in the west is quite different from India's traditionally prepared buttermilk, and the two don't always perform equally well in some preparations.


Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Part 17


Oct 22 CANADA (SUN) — By Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Printed by The Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur (1995).

It is also stated in the Skanda Purana -

"That brahmana who knows the Absolute Truth, and who is eternally situated on the platform of pure goodness, only worships Govinda, the Lord of all the demigods in his nitya, naimitika and kamya pujas. He worships no one else. If he does so due to illusion, he becomes equal to a candala.”


The Appearance of Radha-kund


Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance of Radha-kund, Snana Dana Bahulastami, is observed on this day.

After killing a bull-demon named Aristasura, Krishna approached Radharani to engage in loving affairs. However, She rebuked Him, stating He was impure because of committing the sin of killing a bull, the symbol of religion. She suggested that to counteract this sin He should bathe in all the sacred rivers.


The Various Parts of
the Karttika Vow


Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa - Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 92

tatraiva karttika-vratangani
hari-jagaranam pratah
snanam tulasi-sevanam udyapanam dipa-danam
vratany etani karttike

The parts of the Karttika vow are: 1. Keeping an all-night vigil for the sake of Lord Hari, 2. bathing early in the morning, 3. serving Tulasi, 4. properly concluding the vow, and 5. offering a lamp.


Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.


Prasadam - Buttermilk, Pt. 3
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 43
Shakatasura and Trnavarta
Hope Against Hope
Maya's Soft Killing Embrace
Lighting Another's Lamp
Sri Damodarastakam
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 19
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Prasadam - Buttermilk, Pt. 2
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 42
Rama Ekadasi
Offering a Lamp During Karttika
Sri Damodarastakam
Vows to Follow
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 18
Prasadam - Buttermilk
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 41
Appearance of Radha-kund
The Karttika Vow
Sri Damodarastakam
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 17
Saturday Laffs
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 40
Radhanath Opposed to Prabhupada
Pious Activities During Karttika
Sri Damodarastakam
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 16
Karttik and Lord Jagannath
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 39
Offering to Srinathji Prabhu
Description of Karttika's Glories
Sri Damodarastakam
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 15
Jai Srila Prabhupada!


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