"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
Sep 23, CANADA (SUN) The first in a collection of summarized writings on the sacred River Sarasvati.
Indologists C.F. Oldham (1893) and A. Stein ( 1942) had no hesitation in identifying the Ghaggar-Hakra combine with the Rigvedic Sarasvati River. In fact , Stein's 1942 paper bears the caption, A Survey of Ancient Sites along the "Lost" Saraswati River:
Sep 23, CANADA (SUN) By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Back To Godhead, Vol. 01, No. 39, January 1, 1971
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the golden avatara, appeared in India nearly 500 years ago. It is the custom in India that when a child is born, an astrologer is called for. When Lord Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, appeared 5,000 years ago, Gargamuni was called by His father, and he said, "This child formerly incarnated in five complexions, such as red and golden, and now He has appeared in blackish color." Krsna's color is described in the scriptures as blackish, just like a cloud. Lord Caitanya is understood to be Krsna appearing in golden complexion.
Sep 23, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of "In Search of the Ultimate Goal of Life: Ramananda Samvada" by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
Not a Vaisnava - Not a Guru
According to Hari-bhakti-vilasa, a pure devotee of Godhead is never a sudra. On the other hand, one who is not engaged in the service of the Personality of Godhead is definitely a sudra, even though such a person may be born in the family of any varna other than sudra. A brahmana of the standard of varnasrama-dharma, although expert in all the details of the six specific functions of the scriptures, cannot be accepted as a spiritual master if he is not a Vaisnava. But if an untouchable candala (dog-eater) becomes a Vaisnava, he can be accepted as a spiritual master. A pure devotee of Godhead, although born in the family of a sudra, can be the spiritual master of all the other three varnas.
Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) The first in a collection of summarized writings on the sacred River Sarasvati.
In this series, we will present a variety of writings by Indologists and others on the lost River Saraswati of pre-historic India, beginning with the author, B.B. Lal's article, 'Sarasvati - The Mother of Indian Civilization': "Just as a mother gives birth to a child and nourishes it till it comes of age, so did the Sarasvat give birth to this Indian Civilization and nourish it. Unfortunately, however, in the latter case, the mother disappeared not long after raising the child up to its adulthood, leaving some non-believers to doubt even her identity. What an irony!
The perfection of transcendental embodiment in a flower is most surely the Lotus. Employed in every conceivable facet of spiritual life, the glories of the Lotus are divinely demonstrated in the Padma Vesha ritual of Lord Jagannath at Puri Dham. This Lotus ornamentation of the Lord's is described by Pitambara Pradhani, who explains the iconography of the opulent, lotus-drenched costumery of Lord Jagannath known as Padma Vesha.
Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) From "Dasavatara - The Ten Manifestations of God" by Swami B.B. Tirtha.
Among the Dasavatara, Sri Buddha is the ninth avatara. Additionally, Sri Buddha is the twenty-fourth lila-avatara.
The last avatara among the Dasavatara is Lord Sri Kalki. It is also written that the twenty-fifth and final lila-avatara is Lord Kalki. Generally, these twenty-five avataras appear in every kalpa. That is why they are also known as kalpa-avataras. In his Dasavatara-stotra, Srila Jayadeva Gosvami prays to Lord Kalki in this way:
Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) A paper by Prof. Himansu S. Patnaik for Orissa Review.
Puri for over two millennia has commanded the reverence of the Hindus as "The realm established by the God" and "The land that take away sin." Pertinent here is quote from Hunter, who says that Puri is the religion of pilgrimage beloved of Vishnu, known to every hamlet of India and to every civilized nation on earth, as the abode of Jagannath, the Lord of world….. This country is no fit subject for conquest, or for schemes of human ambitions. Exclaimed the victorious general of Akbar. It belongs to the God and from end to end is one region of pilgrimage. Hunter continues, this national reverence for holy places has been for ages concentrated on the city of Puri, sacred to Vishnu under this title of Jagannath….
One of the divine flowers mentioned most often in sastra is the Madhavi-lata, a beautiful creeper bearing fragrant flowers. Madhavi-lata (Hiptage benghalensis) has a strong, fruity perfume, narrow leaves that slope downward, and blooms that range from pinkish to white to yellow. The edges of the flowers are fluffy and toothed, reminiscent of a parrot's head, and the climbing shrubs bear abundant clusters. Stories about the pastimes of Sri Sri Radha Krsna in Vrindavana are replete with mention of the Madhavi-lata creeper, which serves as forest arbor, garland and ornament.
Sep 23, CANADA (SUN) Excerpts from "The Divine Love Trip".
CHAPTER 7 - Chanting
If There Ain't No Name, There Ain't No Prem
Steeped in conditioned life since time immemorial, how can the taste for chanting the holy name of the Lord awaken? The modes of nature control the mind and thus we feel lethargy, guilt, and confusion. Māyā knows where to use her powers of distraction by strengthen- ing our attachments. Through constant hearing and chanting, however, we can defeat hopelessness. With faith in the words of the Lord and our spiritual master, and the determination to execute the yuga-dharma, we can safely pass through the infinite barrage of diversions so strategically arranged by the material energy.
Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.
September 23, 1974, Calcutta
"We have no connection with this material world. But somehow or
other, we are attached to this material enjoyment and we have forgotten
Krsna, we have forgotten our home, we have forgotten our real
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
Audarya Dhama: The Most Munificent Abode, Part 18
BY: SUN STAFF
Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) Compiled by Sriman Padmalochan dasa.
'My small cottage is shining beautifully within that most enchanting garden called Svananda Sukhada Kunja'. Living there, I will sing Lord Krsna's holy name and I will greedily hanker for that time when I will get the service of Him and His associates. (Gita mala)
Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami
Anuccheda 4 - Text 1
The third purusa-avatara is described in these words of srimad-Bhagavatam (2.2.8):
"Others conceive of the Personality of Godhead residing within the body in the region of the heart and measuring only eight inches, with four hands carrying a lotus, a wheel of a chariot, a conchshell, and a club respectively."
Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami
Anuccheda 3 - Text 1
The second purusa-avatara is described in these words (srimad-Bhagavatam 3.8.22-30):
"At the end of Brahma's one hundred years, when his meditation was complete, he developed the required knowledge, and as a result he could see in his heart the Supreme within himself, whom he could not see before with the greatest endeavor.