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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

"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

Krsna and Arjuna

Sri Balarama-
paddhati-patala

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 26, CANADA (SUN) — Balarama Purnima, the glorious Appearance day of Lord Balarama is celebrated on August 29th.

Sri Balarama-paddhati-patala - Sri Garga-samhita, Canto Eight, Volume Two, Chapter Ten

Text 1

duryodhana uvaca bhagavan gargacaryena gopi-yuthaya katham dattam balabhadra-pancangam tat-krpaya vadatat. tvam sarvajno 'si

Duryodhana said: O master, you know everything. Please kindly repeat to me what Garga Muni spoke to the gopis to tell them of the five-part worship of Lord Balarama.

Text 2

Sri Pradvipaka Muni said: O king of the Kauravas, one day Garga Muni left Mount Garga and went to Vraja to bathe in the Yamuna. In a certain forest grove by the Yamuna's shore, where gentle breezes moved the graceful trees, flowering vines, and new sprouts, and where the bees were maddened by the sweet scent of the flowers, some gopis bowed down before Garga Muni, who was rapt in meditation on Lord Krishna and Lord Balarama. Remembering their previous birth as snake-princesses, the gopis asked him what kind of devotional service they should perform to attain the company of Lord Balarama. Seeing their great devotion, Garga Muni gave these gopis the paddhati, patala, stotra, kavaca, and sahasra-nama of Lord Balarama. What more do you wish to hear? You may ask.

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NBS#19: 'Birth Of
The Unborn'

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Aug 28, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

On the auspicious occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami and the appearance day of Srila Prabhupada, we wish to humbly offer this special edition at Their lotus feet.

**Janmashtami Special Edition** NBS#19 Features:-

1) Seasonal Changes at the time of Lord Krishna's Birth
His Divine Grace A .C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

2) The Cause of Birth of Lord Krishna
Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur

3) Lord Krishna's Journey to Gokula
Sripad Vallabhacharya

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Prabhupada Set the Standards Very High

BY: ALAKAZAM DAS

Aug 26, ASIA (SUN) — Throughout the years I am noticing more and more an undercurrent of confusion, consternation and even criticism concerning some of the (so-called) controversial statements found in Srila Prabhupada's writings. Let me say this about that.

The serious student of Krishna consciousness -- the genuine surrendered disciple or follower of Prabhupada is one who has reached a stage of feeling fed up with -- disgusted and disillusioned with -- life in the material world. Sastra defines this as being materially exhausted. Such a person who is ready, willing and eager to render submissive aural reception will have no problem whatsoever with anything spoken or written by the authorized representative spiritual master who is disseminating knowledge of the absolute truth.

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How Our Society
is to Function

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Aug 26, UK (SUN) — Recently I completed some business with one gentleman who owned a stately home near Yoeville in the U.K. We were discussing the social state of the U.K. in current times and how Socialism at present is not in vogue. He reflected upon events and told the story of a landowner around the 1920s who had coal mines on his lands, and how the landowner had such a good relationship with his workers. He had genuine respect, care, and had the workers interest in his heart, and would frequently join them in the mines to see how things were going. A real kshatriya in spirit. In turn, the workers were very fond of the boss. Perhaps we could say it was a relationship of love and trust.

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Sage Gone Plural

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Aug 26, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is 5.18.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"The humble sage, by virtue of true knowledge, sees with equal vision a learned and gentle brāhmaṇa, a cow, an elephant, a dog and a dog-eater [outcaste] ."

Original, authorized 1968 edition:
"The humble sage sees with equal vision a learned and gentle Brahmin, a cow, an elephant, a dog, and a dog-eater (outcaste)."

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To Think of Krsna,
What is the Difficulty?

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 26, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Prabhupada: So what is the difficulty? Krsna is recommending these four things: man-mana bhava, "always think of Me." You, man-mana bhava mad-bhaktah. "You become My devotee." Unless you become devotee, you cannot think of Krsna. That is automatic. If you think of Krsna always, that means you are devotee. Otherwise, why a person wastes his time thinking of Krsna? He can think of business. He can think of so many other things. Only the devotee can think of Krsna. So if you think of Krsna, then automatically you become devotee. Is there any objection?

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Parishads: Srila Rupa Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 26, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Srila Rupa Goswami is observed on August 26th.

shri-rupa-maïjari khyata yasid vrindavane pura | sadya rupakhya-gosvami bhutva prakatatam iyat

She who was known in Vrindavan as Rupa Manjari has now appeared as Rupa Goswami. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 180)

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Taking Shelter (again)
of Krsna

BY: MAHANANDA DASA

Aug 24, ALACHUA, FLORIDA, USA (SUN) — In the beginning when we first came to Krsna consciousness 46 years ago, there was a clear-cut distinction between what was material life, or maya, illusion, and what wasn't. Maya was seen as everything in our lives up to that point -- our many sinful habits, our ignorance and bodily consciousness, our unending longings for a variety of sense enjoyment, and of course, our determined forgetfulness of God. What wasn't maya was the temple, devotional service, Sankirtan, prasadam, hearing and chanting, reading the Bhagavad-gita and describing the glories of Krsna, and associating with our beloved godbrothers, and of course following in the footsteps and instructions of a genuine pure devotee. This distinction seemed then like black and white.

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Learning From the Experts

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Aug 24, UK (SUN) —

A text message recently landed on my desk. Apparently there was to be a seminar given at Bhaktivedanta Manor Monday 24th, August 2015.
The seminar was entitled...
'Cultist Behaviour in ISKCON'.
The gentleman presenting this seminar was H.G. Annutama das, ISKCON GBC member and Minister of Communications.
Of course, I was immediately interested in attending... hoping to one day start my own cult.
I have been involved in ISKCON for over 40 years and still haven't received the customary Rolex watch, expensive camera, designer luggage, and all the other fringe benefits that should have materialised by now.
Obviously...
I have been going seriously wrong somewhere.
So what to do...?

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Renunciation Renounced

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Aug 24, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is 5.5.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"One who knows that the position reached by means of renunciation can also be attained by works in devotional service and who therefore sees that the path of works and the path of renunciation are one, sees things as they are."

Original, authorized 1968 edition:
"One who knows that the position reached by means of renunciation can also be attained by devotional service, and who therefore sees that Samkhya and Yoga are on the same level, sees things as they are."

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Death: Passing Life's Final Examination

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 24, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Srila Prabhupada:...So mind is the basic principle of another form of body. Therefore our Krsna consciousness movement is training the mind how to remain Krsna conscious at the time of death, because Krsna says in the Bhagavad-gita, yam yam vapi smaran bhavam [Bg. 8.6]. Therefore in Bengali poetry there is a saying, bhajan kara sadhan kara mate janle haya,(?) means "You are doing everything in spiritual life, but everything will be examined at the time of death. How you have practiced your bhajana, sadhana, this will be examined at the time of death." If at the time of death you remember Krsna, that will be the examination. We are chanting

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Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 79

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 28, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Pandyas

In Caitanya-caritamrta Adi lila 1.19, and elsewhere in Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur's writings we find mention of the Pandya kingdom, primarily in reference to it being the birthplace of Sri Visnuswami, Acarya of the Rudra Sampradaya. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta describes why the priests at Jagannatha Puri are known as the Lord's 'pandya' servants, as noted in this excerpt from our Rudra Sampradaya section:

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 28, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK IV
CHAPTER XIX - Part Two

The son of Mahávíryya was Urukshaya, who had three sons, Trayyáruńa, Pushkarin, and Kapi; the last of whom became a Brahman. The son of Vrihatkshatra was Suhotra, whose son was Hastin, who founded the city of Hastinápur. The sons of Hastin were Ajamíd́ha, Dwimíd́ha, and Purumíd́ha. One son of Ajamíd́ha was Kańwa, whose son was Medhátithi; his other son was Vrihadishu, whose son was Vrihadvasu; his son was Vrihatkarman; his son was Jayadratha; his son was Viśwajit; his son was Senajit, whose sons were Ruchiráśwa, Káśya, Drid́hadhanush, and Vasahanu.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Aug 28,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

August 28, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.25
"We are all created beings. But Krsna is not created. He is above creation. Before creation, He was existing; therefore His existence is not within this creation."


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

Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 78

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 26, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Pandyas

'The Pallava dynasty was replaced by the Pandyas in the 8th Century. Their capital city, Madurai, was in the deep south, away from the coast. The Pandyas had extensive trade links with the Southeast Asian maritime empires of Srivijaya (Sumatra) and their successors. They even had diplomatic contacts reaching as far afield as the Roman Empire.

FULL STORY

Jai Srila Prabhupada!


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Aug 26, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The suggested ceremonial gifts for the spiritual master are as follows: grains; fruits; ghee; flowers; clothing and garments; bedding; shoes; umbrellas; asana; sacred thread; utensils; lamp; bead bags; neck beads; incense; ornaments; money."

(Letter to Nayanabhirama, April 4, 1971)

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 26, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK IV
CHAPTER XIX - Part One

Descendants of Puru. Birth of Bharata, the son of Dushyanta: his sons killed: adopts Bharadwája or Vitatha. Hastin, founder of Hastinapur. Sons of Ajámíd́ha, and the races derived from them, as Pánchálas, &c. Kripa and Kripí found by Śántanu. Descendants of Riksha, the son of Ajámíd́ha. Kurukshetra named from Kuru. Jarásandha and others, kings of Magadhá.

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Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 77

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Pallavas

The Five Rathas of Mahabalipuram

Today, we would like to offer a brief description of each of the five rock temple monoliths built by the Pallavas at Mahabalipuram. These five 'chariots' are famously known as the pancha-ratha, and the three vahana (vehicle) animals attending them.

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Sri Sri Radha-Govinda's Jhulan Yatra

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 24, CANADA (SUN) — The start of Sri Sri Radha-Govinda Jhulana Yatra is observed on August 25th.

One of the most popular events in the holy town of Vrindavan, India - where Lord Krishna appeared 5,000 years ago - is the celebration of Jhulan Yatra, the Radha-Krishna swing festival. In Vrindavan among the local villagers and inhabitants this festival lasts for 13 days. In Vrindavan this is one of the biggest festivals of the year and Vrindavana is very crowded at this time, literally hundreds of thousands of people from surrounding towns and villages visit Vrindavan over this period in the auspicious sacred month of Shravana (July-Aug). Opulence or simplicity, everything is used in Vrindavan for the service of the Divine couple, so during this time you may see swings made simply, out of love, but often the swings are made of gold or silver.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Aug 24, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"These American boys are helping me in this endeavor, therefore, until they are admitted to the Jagannatha Puri temple I'm not inclined to go there."

(Letter to Shyama Sundarji, 15 November, 1976)

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 24, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK IV
CHAPTER XVI.

Descendants of Turvasu.

PARÁŚARA.--I shall now summarily give you an account of the descendants of Turvasu.

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Pavitropana Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 24, CANADA (SUN) — Pavitropana or Putrada Ekadasi from the Bhavishya Purana, observed on August 25th (LA and Mayapur).

Shri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Madhusudana, Oh killer of the Madhu demon, please be merciful to me and describe to me the Ekadasi that occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Shravana (July-August)." The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, replied, "Yes, Oh king, I shall happily narrate its glories to you, for just by hearing about this sacred Ekadasi one attains the merit of performing a horse sacrifice.

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Middle Kingdoms of India
NBS#19: 'Birth Of The Unborn'
Balarama-paddhati-patala
Vishnu Purana
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Middle Kingdoms of India
Parishads
What is the Difficulty?
Sage Gone Plural
How Society is to Function
Standards Very High
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Middle Kingdoms of India
Life's Final Examination
Pavitropana Ekadasi
Renunciation Renounced
Jhulan Yatra
Learning from the Experts
Taking Shelter (again)
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Middle Kingdoms of India
Quote From the Sastra
Stay Strong in Krsna
Better Watch Out…
Bhaktivedanta College
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Saturday Laffs
Middle Kingdoms of India
Annihilated Annihilation
All Acaryas Non-Different
Lord of The Universe
Blazing Edits
Defining Sahajiya
Vishnu Purana

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