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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

Performing Brahma-puja
18th century

Vedic History Reveals a Greater Earth Plane

BY: MAYESVARA DASA

Apr 20, IRELAND (SUN) — Part Four: Pradyumna And Ugrasena In Jambudvipa

In part four of this paper we will look at the conquest of Jambudvipa by Pradyumna (the son of Krishna) on behalf of King Ugrasena. This history is narrated in the Garga Samhita. According to Srimad Bhagavatam and other Puranas, Jambudvipa is the central island of the Vedic Earth (bhu-mandala) and is described as being a hundred thousand yojanas (800,000 miles) in diameter. Since I have not yet read of Ugrasena's sovereignty over Jambudvipa in any other text, I present the following ideas regarding the extent of Urgasena's influence merely as a basis for further research into the subject. The ideas set forth in the following paper require to be substantiated by further evidence from the Puranas. In any case, the idea of King Ugrasena's sovereignty over Jambudvipa is at least consistent with the history contained in Srimad Bhagavatam of this greater Earth area being under the sovereignty of King Yudhisthira and later King Pariksit. We have discussed the history of Yudhisthira and Pariksit in Jambudvipa in the previous papers which can be found here and here.

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The Krishna Conscious- ness Movement Is the Genuine Vedic Way

BY: BHAKTA JOHN JAGANNATHA

Apr 20, NEW YORK (SUN) — On January 11, 1970, an article appeared in the Los Angeles Times on the Krsna consciousness movement. What follows are excerpts from the article and the unusual correspondence that ensued between the two authorities, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami and Professor Staal.

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Prema Pradipa,
Fifth Ray

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 20, CANADA (SUN) — A philosophical novel by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

Part Two - Through purification of the nerves by 'matra,' pranayama's kumbhaka is performed

By practicing pranayama from one to twelve matras, adhama-matra is done. If one can do sixteen matras it is madhyama-matra. By practicing twenty matras, uttama-matra is accomplished. All matras are done five times morning, midday, afternoon, after dusk, and midnight. After three months of practice in this way the nerves are purified. After the nerves are purified, pranayama's fourth part, kevala-kumbhaka is completed. Patanjali has stated:

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Mahaprasad Back On Platters of Devotees in Puri

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 20, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Ending a four-day stalemate, the Jagannath Temple administration facilitated the sale of Mahaprasad to devotees in the shrine on Friday. The temple’s Suar servitors had stalled cooking of the holy food following their standoff with the shrine administration since Monday.

“We are glad that the Suar servitors agreed to resume the preparation of Mahaprasad for the devotees. Devotees were served with the holy food around 12:30 p.m. at Ananda Bazaar in the temple,” said a senior temple officer.

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Satapatha-Brahmana, Part 29

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Satapatha Brahmana, translated by Julius Eggeling in 1882.

First Kânda - The Darsapûrnamâsa-Ishtî or New And Full-Moon Sacrifices - Fifth Adhyâya – First Brâhmana

1:5:1:1 - 1. He (the Adhvaryu) now utters his call for the Pravara (choosing of the Hotri) [2]. The reason why he utters his call, is that the (Adhvaryu's) call is the sacrifice: 'having bespoke the sacrifice, I will choose the Hotri,' thus (he thinks, and) for this reason he utters his call for the Pravara.

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Howard J. Resnick (Hridayananda das Goswami) & Shabby Scholarship

BY: RADHA DAMODAR DAS

Apr 18, GERMANY (SUN) — Howard J. Resnick, Ph.D. has received his Ph.D in Sanskrit and Indian Studies from Harvard University. As a visiting scholar at UCLA, Dr. Resnick has taught the history, philosophies and religions of India at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley and at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Resnick, according to his own website, is a world-renowned teacher of both Sanskrit and Indian Studies. Dr. Resnick has translated numerous Sanskrit texts and has written many commentaries, essays and articles. Dr. Resnick is also known as Hridayananda das Goswami or Acharyadeva, and he is one of the prominent leaders of ISKCON (International Society of Krishna Consciousness) and Krishna West.

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He Opened Our Eyes with the Torch of Knowledge

BY: BHAKTA JOHN JAGANNATHA

Apr 18, NEW YORK (SUN) — Who is that pre-eminent personality from the previous century who declared worldwide for all to hear that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Bhagavad-gita As It Is the original unchanged words of Sri Krishna?

Who is that pre-eminent personality from the previous century who traveled the world on the order of his spiritual master and successfully engaged the fallen conditioned souls in the chanting of the Holy Names - HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE / HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE?

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3 New Initiatives of ISKCON Bhāgavata Mahāvidyālaya

BY: BRAJSUNDER DAS

Apr 18, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) — On the auspicious occasion of Akṣaya-tṛtīyā, ISKCON Bhāgavata Mahāvidyālaya is releasing its three new projects.

1) Bhāgavata Carcā – A 64-week program compiled from 64 chapters of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam
2) Self-study course on Caitanya-caritāmṛta
3) Video series on Vraja Maṇḍala Parikramā

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Prema Pradipa,
Fifth Ray

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) — A philosophical novel by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

According to modern western thought, Vaishnavas are debauchees and bhakti is simply licentiousness

Naren Babu and Anand Babu were lying down together, but for a long time they were unable to sleep because of various thoughts. Naren Babu said, "Anand Babu! What do you think? For a long time we knew Vaishnavism as most despicable. Some debauchees turned Krishna, the crest jewel of debauchees, into God. Even that day Reverend Chart gave a long captivating speech on this subject. Our own head acarya especially warned us many times about Krishna. One day he said that the Vaishnavas speak highly about devotional service, but actually they take the lusty affairs of men and women to be bhakti. He doesn't see that there is a natural propensity which is known as bhakti. But seeing the Vaishnavas' devotional mood and listening to their instructions, so pregnant with knowledge, I no longer feel disrespect towards them. What do you say?"

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Crisis in Puri Jagannatha Temple, Deities Remain Hungry for Several Hours

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 18, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA The Deities of Jagannath Temple could not be offered bhog and continued to remain hungry from Monday afternoon until Tuesday night, following serious mismanage- ment in conduct of daily rituals at the shrine for the last two days. Out of nearly 23 types of daily rituals, only two rituals were performed in early morning. The stalemate at Jagannath Temple triggered political outcry with opposition Congress and BJP slamming the state government for failing to manage the functioning of the 12th Century shrine.

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Puri Deities Finally Given Food, But Devotees Not

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 18, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Face-off between a section of servitors of Jagannath Temple and shrine administration (SJTA) that badly affected the daily rituals and forced the presiding Deities to go without food for several hours since Monday afternoon ended partly on Wednesday. Though the rituals went off smoothly and the Deities were offered bhog, Mahaprasad for the devotees continued to remain off the platters since Monday.

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The Life of Tulasi Devi,
Part Two

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) — Serial presentation of 'The Life of Tulasi Devi' from Brahma Vaivraata Purana.

Chapter One - THE APPEARANCE OF TULASI DEVI

Lord Narayana was highly gratified. With sweet, nectarean words, He said, "O Lord Siva, you are the symbol of all good and welfare. Thus, to ask about your welfare would be foolish. I would ask you only out of respect for the rules of society and the method prescribed in the Vedas. One who yields fruits of devotion and gives all prosperity should not be asked about his austerities or material prosperity. Since you preside over knowledge, it would be useless to ask if you are increasing in knowledge. It would be equally useless to ask a conqueror of death if he is free from all danger. But you have come to my residence for a reason. What is it? Have you become angry over something?"

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Down to Earth Advice

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 16, DENMARK (SUN) —

If you get a piece of land and one cow, your whole economic question is solved

"Your only business is to find out Brahman.

That is your business.

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The Laws of Nature:
An Infallible Justice,
Pt. 21

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the compilation, comprised of the instructions of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Srila Prabhupada.

Chapter 3 - The Peace Formula

The laws of nature work collectively, as well as individually. In the following brief but cogent statement, Srila Prabhupada explains that if we want to break out of the tangled web of collective karma that is wreaking havoc in present-day society--if we want peace both collectively and individually--we need to take to Krsna consciousness seriously.

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Jagamohan Re-opens Amidst Ritual Delay

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 16 JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA The much-awaited opening of the repaired Jagamohan, a hall facing the sanctum sanctorum of Jagannath Temple, was delayed for nearly five hours on Monday owing to serious disruptions in the daily rituals of the deities. The delayed completion of rituals took a heavy toll on preparation of Mahaprasad as well. Mahaprasad, which is usually sold among devotees in afternoon, was served in night.

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 78

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 20, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma at Aihole and Badami

In the north central region of Karnataka are two famous rock-cut temple complexes, Aihole and Badami. With a distance of only 33 km. between them, most pilgrims visit these holy sites one after another. The complex at Aihole, which has been called the "cradle of Indian architecture", is comprised of more than 120 temples scattered around the village. The oldest monument there, the Lad Khan temple, dates back to the 5th century A.D.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Apr 20, INDIA (SUN) — April 20, 1975 : Vrindavan

Srila Prabhupada inaugurates ISKCON Sri Sri Krishna Balarama Temple in Vrindavan on Rama Navami day. (Srila Prabhupada installed the Deities during the grand opening of the Krishna-Balarama Mandir. A thousand disciples were present, and the Governor of Uttar Pradesh was the Guest of Honor.

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The Life of Tulasi Devi, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 20, CANADA (SUN) — Serial presentation of 'The Life of Tulasi Devi' from Brahma Vaivraata Purana.

Chapter Four - TULASI DEVI TESTS KING SANKHACHUDA

Tulasi saw Sankhacuda approaching in his jewelled airplane and noticed that he was in the prime of his youth. He was handsome like Cupid, white-complexioned like the Champaka flower and decorated with gems. His face resembled the full moon of autumn, his eyes looked like lotuses in full bloom, and his cheeks flashed with the glow of his earrings. A Parijata flower garlanded his neck, musk and saffron anointed his body, and sandal paste perfumed his person.

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The Laws of Nature:
An Infallible Justice,
Pt. 23

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the compilation, comprised of the instructions of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Srila Prabhupada.

Chapter 3 - The Peace Formula
Transcendental Teachings of Prahlada Maharaja (Continued)

In the grossest sense, the word atma--"self"--refers to the body. In the subtler sphere the mind or intelligence is the atma, and in the real sense atma means the soul. In the gross stage we are very fond of protecting and satisfying the body, and in a subtler stage we are very fond of satisfying the mind and intelligence. But above the mental and intellectual planes, where the atmosphere is spiritualized, we can understand, "I am not this mind, intellect, or body. Aham brahmasmi--I am spirit, part and parcel of the Supreme Lord." That is the platform of real understanding.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Apr 20,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



April 20, 1972, Tokyo
Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.9.1
"We have not created a situation, Krsna has given us a situation. Because we wanted to imitate Krsna, so Krsna has given an opportunity."

April 20, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.28
"The history of this body, past, present, and future, finished. You accept another body. Again your past, present and future begins. But Krsna has no past, present, futures because He does not change His body."

April 20, 1974, Hyderabad
Morning Walk
"Eternally liberated, they never forget Krsna. There is no period throughout the existence... There is no question of existence. It is their all existence. Never touched by maya, forgetfulness. That is nitya-mukta."

April 20, 1974, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 13.4
"The man is trying to enjoy the woman, and the woman is trying to enjoy the man. This attitude of enjoyment is called purusa. Actually, we are not purusa. We are also prakrti."

April 20, 1975, Vrndavana
Speech
"… if you manufacture dharma without any reference to the authority, that is not dharma. That is cheating religion. Dharmah projjhita-kaitavah."

April 20, 1975, Vrndavana
Conversation with Governor
"Unfortunately the whole world is in darkness, and therefore every human is identifying with this body and thinking wrongly, 'I am Indian,' 'I am American,' 'I am brahmana,' 'I am this,' 'I am that.'"

April 20, 1976, Melbourne
Bhagavad-gita 9.2
"Even if you are opulent externally, if you are sick, if your mind is not in proper condition, you suffer. That is called adhyatmika."

April 20, 1976, Melbourne
Room Conversation
"You can manufacture bone, hard bone, with earth or wood or something plastic. So we are analyzing the combination of the body, so everything you can manufacture. But where is the life you can manufacture?"


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

Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 77

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma at Trikuteshwara

Today we visit Gadag, in the Dharwad region of northern Karnataka. Gadag-Betagiri is a twin city, situated 150 km. due east of Goa. Home to the Trikuteshwara Temple, an 11th century trikut, or triple shrine, Gadag is bordered on the north by the Mala Prabha River, on the south by the Tungabhadra River, and is situated directly between Hubli (to the west) and Hampi (to the east).

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Apr 18, INDIA (SUN) — April 18, 1961 : New Delhi

With the hope of attending the conference in Tokyo, Srila Prabhupada approached Dr. Radhakrishnan for monetary help. But after a personal interview with him, he received a definite no. In disappointment, Bhaktivedanta Swami then turned to Mr. Nakano - Secretary General, International Foundation for Cultural Harmony and wrote to him for help.

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The Life of Tulasi Devi, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) — Serial presentation of 'The Life of Tulasi Devi' from Brahma Vaivraata Purana.

Chapter Two - TULASI PERFORMS AUSTERITIES

Tulasi Devi smiled and gladly said to Lord Brahma, "O Father, I will be honest with you. I am not as devoted to the four-armed Narayana as I am to the two-armed Krsna. For in Goloka, my close encounter with Krsna was suddenly interrupted, leaving me still longing for Him. Thus, it was only because Krsna had asked me that I have been praying to get Narayana for my husband. But now it appears certain that by your grace I will again get Krsna, who is very difficult to attain. However, O lord, please grant me the following boon: that I lose my fear of Radharani."

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The Laws of Nature:
An Infallible Justice,
Pt. 22

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the compilation, comprised of the instructions of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Srila Prabhupada.

Chapter 3 - The Peace Formula
Transcendental Teachings of Prahlada Maharaja

What follows is based on a series of talks Srila Prabhupada gave in 1968 on the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 7, Chapter 6.

The Dearmost Person

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Satapatha-Brahmana, Part 28

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Satapatha Brahmana, translated by Julius Eggeling in 1882.

First Kânda - The Darsapûrnamâsa-Ishtî or New And Full-Moon Sacrifices - Fourth Adhyâya – Fifth Brâhmana

1:4:5:1 - 1. When he (the Adhvaryu) is about to make the second libation with the offering-spoon (sruk), he (twice) lays his joined hands (añgali) on the ground before the two offering-spoons (guhû and upabhrit), with the formulas (Vâg. S. II, 7 b), 'Adoration to the gods!' 'Svadhâ to the fathers!' Thereby he propitiates the gods and the fathers, now that he is about to perform the duties of the sacrificial priest.

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 76

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Last of the Brahmalingeshwara Shrines

Today we conclude our study of the Brahmalingeshwara temples and shrines with a brief mention of the last examples in this category. A number of additional Brahma linga are found in Karnataka, primarily around the Udupi region, including sites at Ninjur Chitrabail, Kokkarne, Brahamavar, Kedinje, Maladi and Yedabettu, along with Kedar, Udyavara.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Apr 16, INDIA (SUN) — April 16, 1975: Vrindavana

Srila Prabhupada arrives at Vrindavana for the opening of the Krishna-Balaram temple. (When Srila Prabhupada arrived to finally conduct the Krishna-Balaram Mandir opening, he was pleasantly surprised to see the three tall domes rising over the temple. The domes had been constructed entirely during the eight months since his last visit.

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Satapatha-Brahmana, Part 27

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Satapatha Brahmana, translated by Julius Eggeling in 1882.

First Kânda - The Darsapûrnamâsa-Ishtî or New And Full-Moon Sacrifices - Fourth Adhyâya – Fourth Brâhmana

1:4:4:1 - 1. That same fire, then, they have kindled, (thinking), 'In it, when kindled, we will sacrifice to the gods.' In it, indeed, he makes these two first oblations [1] to Mind and Speech (or, Voice); for mind and speech, when yoked together, convey the sacrifice to the gods.

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Inviting All! Windows to the Spiritual World - Prabhupada's Painters

BY: NRSIMHANANDA DAS

Apr 16, CALIFORNIA, USA (SUN) — 2018 Prabhupada Festival - New Dwarka (LA) May 26-27 - PrabhupadaFestival.com and Facebook:PrabhupadaFestival

Theme: Windows to the Spiritual World- Prabhupada's Painters
Artists attending: Baradraja, Rukmini dd, Shyamarani dd, Puskar, Dhirlalita dd, Ramdas, Dhriti dd, Jahnava dd
Special guests: Srimati dd and Nanda Kishore
Kirtan, Harinam, Prasadam, Katha, Sanga - FREE!

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Prema Pradipa,
Fourth Ray

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) — A philosophical novel by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

Accompanying Yogi Babaji, Mallik Mahasaya and the two Babus go to the Govardhana cave, and they hear a song on the way

The day was almost over. The heat of the sun had reduced. A soft western breeze was blowing. Many people were out on pilgrimage. Some lady pilgrims were singing the following song as they walked along:

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 78
Satapatha-Brahmana, 29
Life of Tulasi Devi, Pt. 4
Prema Pradipa, Fifth Ray
The Genuine Vedic Way
Vedic History Reveals
Srila Prabhupada Today
The Laws of Nature
Mahaprasad Back On Platters
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 77
Satapatha-Brahmana, 28
Life of Tulasi Devi, Pt. 3
Prema Pradipa, Fifth Ray
He Opened Our Eyes
Howard J. Resnick (Hriday)
Srila Prabhupada Today
The Laws of Nature
Deities Finally Given Food
Crisis in Puri Jagannatha Temple
3 New Initiatives
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 76
Satapatha-Brahmana, 27
The Laws of Nature
Prema Pradipa, Fourth Ray
Life of Tulasi Devi, Pt. 2
Down to Earth Advice
Srila Prabhupada Today
Prabhupada's Painters​
Jagamohan Re-opens
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 75
Parishads
Satapatha-Brahmana, 26
The Laws of Nature
Prema Pradipa, Third Ray
The Life of Tulasi Devi
Further Considerations
Good Karma vs. Pure Bhakti
Murari: Vrndavan Villages
Srila Prabhupada Today
Weekend Laffs
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 74
Satapatha-Brahmana, 25
NBS: Glories of Anantadeva
The Laws of Nature
Prema Pradipa, Second Ray
Srila Prabhupada Today
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Heritage Bank Temple
Classifieds
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 73
Parishads
Do As I Say, Not As I Do
Satapatha-Brahmana, 24
Varuthini Ekadasi
The Laws of Nature
Prema Pradipa
Srila Prabhupada Today

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