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His Divine Grace AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya, International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON)

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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

Krsna Rasa
Tanjore

Srila Prabhupada's Audio to Text Fidelity Project

BY: VISNU MURTI DASA

Apr 19, RADHADESH, BELGIUM (SUN) — Vanipedia happily announces to everyone that the Srila Prabhupada's Audio to Text Fidelity Project created to proofread all the lectures & conversations of Srila Prabhupada is now launched. Already there are three devotees (Rishab, Uma and Surya) involved, and now we are ready to engage more proofreaders.

Actually from 1966 to 1977 there are only 890 recorded lectures & 947 recorded conversations so it is not that much to go through - approximately 1500 hours of real time listening - so adding on the time it takes for the proofreader to make corrections and then the correcting in Vanisource we estimate a maximum of 4,000 hours of vaniseva.

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Deconstructing the Lilamrta - Part 59

BY: ROCANA DASA

Apr 19, CANADA (SUN) — A critical analysis of the Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta by Satsvarupa das Goswami.

This week we complete chapter four, Volume III of Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta, "Our Master Has Not Finished His Work". This entire chapter is essentially devoted to Srila Prabhupada's illness in New York. At the end of the chapter, Srila Prabhupada leaves the hospital. We get a very detailed presentation of exactly how this transpired, primarily based on the theme that the doctors didn't want Srila Prabhupada to leave but he insisted on leaving. Brahmananda and his brother Gargamuni removed Srila Prabhupada against the wishes of the medical staff. This is their version of how everything transpired.

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Apr 19, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Association With Saintly Persons

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Back To Godhead Vol. I, No. 46, March 1, 1972.

Lord Caitanya says that one should always try to associate with saintly persons because if one establishes a proper association with a saintly person, even for a moment, he attains all perfection. Somehow or other, if one meets a saintly person and achieves his favor, then the whole mission of his human life is fulfilled. In our personal experience we have actual proof of this statement. Once we had the opportunity to meet Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja and on first sight he requested this humble self to preach his message in the Western countries. There was no preparation for this, but somehow or other he desired it, and by his grace we are now engaged in executing his order, which has given us a transcendental occupation and has saved and liberated us from the occupation of material activities. Thus it is actually a fact that if one meets a saintly person completely engaged in transcendental duties and achieves his favor, then one's life mission becomes complete. What is not possible to achieve in thousands of lives can be achieved in one moment if there is an opportunity to meet a saintly person. It is therefore enjoined in Vedic literature that one should always try to associate with saintly persons and try to disassociate oneself from the common man because by one word of a saintly person one can be liberated from material entanglement. A saintly person has the power, because of his spiritual advancement, to give immediate liberation to the conditioned soul.

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At That Time Your Position is Different

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 18, DENMARK (SUN) — The common arguments from the so-called BBT, "BBTI":

"And in the conversation where Srila Prabhupada complained so strongly about "rascals editors," Srila Prabhupada said about Jayadvaita, "He is good."

"Of course, regarding Jayadvaita Swami, the BBT's chief editor, Srila Prabhupada wrote, "Concerning the editing of Jayadvaita Prabhu, whatever he does is approved by me. I have confidence in him." (letter to Radhavallabha, 7 September 1976)

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Tribhuvanath Prabhu's Festival Team in the UK

BY: PARASURAM DAS

Apr 18, LONDON, ENGLAND (SUN) — This short film has just been released of the festival in Maidenhead, which took place on 10th April. The event was very well attended and went smoothly. Thanks to everyone involved. It was a great example of enthusiastic cooperation between local devotees, the Manor Sankirtan team, Food for All and the Festival group.

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Deconstructing the Lilamrta - Part 58

BY: ROCANA DASA

Apr 17, CANADA (SUN) — A critical analysis of the Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta by Satsvarupa das Goswami.

Last week we virtually covered Srila Prabhupada's time in San Francisco. After two and a half months there he decided to return to New York, which opened up a whole new chapter. Today we begin Chapter 4 of Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta, entitled "Our Master Has Not Finished His Work". This chapter deals with the circumstance of Srila Prabhupada's becoming ill. The author goes into great detail as to what transpired during that period, which lasted a few weeks.

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Asta-kaliya-nitya-lila

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 17, CANADA (SUN) — By Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami.

INTRODUCTION:

"Others hearts are their minds, but my mind is Vrindavana, I know my mind and Vrindavana to be one." ---Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

yah sarvajnah sarva-vidyasyaisa mahima bhuvi | divye brahma-pure hyesa vyomnyatma pratisthitah

"The Supreme Self, who is all-wise, omniscient, and whose glory is pervertedly reflected in the mundane world, resides eternally in the divine city of Brahman, within the great vacuum." ---Mundaka-upanisad (III.3.7),

Vyoma literally means "vacuum," according to the Visvakosa Sanskrit dictionary. Grammatically, vyoma is in the locative case, and thus it literally 'locates' the kingdom of God in a place perfectly free of all matter. Divya-brahma-puri, in the above sloka, is the dhama itself, the transcendental abode of God, and it includes all His divine and glorious qualities, associates, paraphernalia, and pastimes.

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The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Indraloka, Indrapuri & Nandana-kanana

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 61.

In this segment we will explore three more places listed on Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places'. The spiritual locales in this grouping are very closely associated -- Indraloka, Indrapuri and Nandana-kanana:

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Jai Srila Prabhupada

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 19, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"We therefore request that You remain within our hearts as the rising sun. That will Your greatest benediction."

(Krsna Book - 'Krsna and Balarama meet Vrindavana's Inhabitants')

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 275

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book III - Canto LXIX - The Death Of Jatáyus

As Ráma viewed with heart-felt pain
The vulture whom the fiend had slain,
In words with tender love impressed
His brother chief he thus addressed:
"This royal bird with faithful thought
For my advantage strove and fought.
Slain by the fiend in mortal strife
For me he yields his noble life.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Apr 19,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

April 19, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 2.55-56
"You cannot be happy with any millions of dollars, because you are not matter. You are spirit. You think like that, that "I shall be happy." No."

April 19, 1973, Los Angeles
Morning Walk
"If it is already created, biology and chemistry, and you know the process, why don't you create it by chemistry, biology?"

April 19, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.27
"Caitanya Mahaprabhu was very strict about women. In His family life also, He never played any joke with women. He was very joking. But all, all with men."

April 19, 1974, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 13.3
"Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, it appears in due course of time. There is a time when Krsna appears. Everything is there in the calculation of the sastras."

April 19, 1976, Melbourne
Bhagavad-gita 9.1
"Before this Kali-yuga Vyasadeva, he kept all Vedic literature in writing. Before that, there was no book. The knowledge was received through the ear, aural reception, sruti."


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

The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Govardhana

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 60.

There is such a wealth of information about Sri Giri-Govardhana and the environs of Govardhana Hill that we can't possibly include it all here. Instead, we offer this nectarean passage from Srila Visvanath Cakravarti glorifying Haridas-varya, Lord Hari's greatest servant, who Srila Bhaktivinoda specifically mentions in his 'Glossary of Places' listing for Govardhana. Following that is the story of Sri Giriraj's arrival in Vraja.

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 274

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book III - Canto LXVIII - Jatáyus

Thus faithful Lakshmaṇ strove to cheer
The prince with counsel wise and clear.
Who, prompt to seize the pith of all,
Let not that wisdom idly fall.
With vigorous effort he restrained
The passion in his breast that reigned,
And leaning on his bow for rest
His brother Lakshmaṇ thus addressed:

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The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Govardhana

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 59.

Next on Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places' is Govardhana:

"Govardhana - a sacred mountain situated in the middle of Vrajamandala about 26 km north-west of Mathura. This mountain is also known as Sri Giriraja (the king among mountains). He is identical with Sri Krsna and is also known as haridasa-varya, the best devotee of Sri Hari, for He facilitates Sri Krsna's pastimes with His intimate friends and especially the most sacred pastimes with the gopis. Govardhana Hill lies in the shape of a peacock, with Radha-kunda and Syama-kunda as His eyes."

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Jai Srila Prabhupada

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 17, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"My dear Lord, by Your causeless mercy I am awakened to consciousness, although I am only ten months old. For this causeless mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the friend of all fallen souls, there is no way to express my gratitude but to pray with folded hands."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.31.18)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 273

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book III - Canto LXVII - Ráma Appeased

As Ráma, pierced by sorrow's sting,
Lamented like a helpless thing,
And by his mighty woe distraught
Was lost in maze of troubled thought,
Sumitrá's son with loving care
Consoled him in his wild despair,
And while his feet he gently pressed
With words like these the chief addressed:

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Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Deconstructing the Lilamrta
Una Respuesta de Hridayananda
El Consecuencialismo de Hriday
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Tribhuvanath's Festival Team
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Your Position is Different
Association With Saintly Persons
El "Krishna West"
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Tribhuvanath's Festival Team
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Asta-kaliya-nitya-lila
Deconstructing the Lilamrta
Los Príncipes, Parte Dos
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Logic of Sastric Poetry
Society
Logician and Lord Caitanya
Derrota del Ritvik-vada
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sankirtan Dindi Walk
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Secular Looking Websites
Deconstructing the Lilamrta
The Ramayan of Valmiki
'Prabhupada Now!'
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
What Initiation Is
Vedic Conception, Communism
A Response to Hridayananda
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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