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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

Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

Freedom from Lust,
Envy and Greed

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Apr 26, UK (SUN) — An unchaste and loose woman or man dressed in a provocative way and acting in a flirtatious manner will bring out the lust of a conditioned soul. Depending on the victim's strength of morals and character he or she may try to avoid the inevitable, but it may be only a question of time before he or she falls victim, gross or subtle.

A proud and boastful person, self-centered, broadcasting and flouting his own glories. insensitive to others' real wants and needs will bring out the envy in the conditioned soul, much to the proud mans' pleasure. In varying degrees according to the individual's knowledge do they fall victim to their lack of knowledge and the cravings of the proud.

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Krsna's Blessings in the Chanting of His Name

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 26, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — The Hare Krsna movement has just arrived in Great Britain, and a gathering of Londoners interested in the movement listens to this message, recorded for them by His Divine Grace Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada:

Recorded Speech to Members of ISKCON London, at Los Angeles, December 23, 1968:

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Disappearance of Advent

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 26, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 4.8.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"In order to deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to reestablish the principles of religion, I advent Myself millennium after millen- nium."

Manuscript:
"In order to deliver the pious devotees, and to annihilate the miscreant non-devotees, as well as to re-establish the principles of religiosity, do I advent Myself millennium after millennium."

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 26 CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XX. Further notes on Chaitanya - Part Two

The world vainly tried to win him to glory.

The world often tried to seduce him by praise and worldly fame. But as often did he shake off these from him as a traveler does the drops of rain from his cloak. We find that at the report of his intended visit to Vrndavana, Pradyumna Misra (alias Nrsinhananda) placed his whole property at the service of Chaitanya for beautifying and improving the roads. The road from Kulia to Kanairnatsala, extending over a distance of two hundred miles, was adorned with beautiful stones and metallic decorations, and at proper intervals tanks were dug for the pilgrims who would journey to the holy city in Chaitanya's company.

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Mohini Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 26 CANADA (SUN) — Mohini Ekadasi is observed on April 29th (Los Angeles & Mayapur).

Sri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Janardana, what is the name of the Ekadasa that occurs during the light fortnight (sukla paksha) of the month of Vaisakha (April-May)? What is the process for observing it properly? Kindly narrate all of these details to me."

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna replied, "Oh blessed son of Dharma, what Vasishtha Muni once told to Lord Ramachandra I shall now describe to you. Please hear Me attentively.

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Think Of It

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Apr 26, CANADA (SUN) —

too
much
personality
spoils
it
for
you
hear it all
the
time too much
personality
spoils


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Apr 26, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Honor Amongst the Deviant ISKCON Oligarchy

BY: MARCIA EMERSON

Apr 24, USA (SUN) — The Threefold Incompetence of Jayadvaita Swami and Dravida dasa

Bhakta Torben is doing a good job exposing the idiocy of Jayadvaita Swami. The center of Srila Prabhupada's mission was his translation and commentary service, therefore these fools and rascals are attempting to destroy the validity of Srila Prabhupada core mission.

Without doubt, the incompetence of Jayadvaita can be analysed in three areas:

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The Birth of Sita Devi

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 24, CANADA (SUN) — Sita Devi's Appearance day is observed on April 26th.

In honor of Sita Devi's Appearance we offer images from a beautiful Indian Miniature depicting the episode from Ramayana of the Birth of Sita devi. Sita devi, who is an incarnation of Laksmi, was not born of woman but of the Earth Goddess, Bhumi devi herself. In Maharishi Valmiki's own words, Ramayana is known as the noble story of Sita -- "Sita-ayah Charitam Mahat".

Here is the story of her birth and discovery:

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Confusing Cross-referencing

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 24, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 5.29.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"The sages, knowing Me as the ultimate purpose of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attain peace from the pangs of material miseries."

JAS It Is:
"A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries."

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Neem Tree Selected
for Devi Subhadra

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 24, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA A Neem tree for craving the idol of Devi Subhadra for Nabakalebara was on Friday identified at Adhangagada village in Jagatsinghpur district. It coincided with the holy log of Lord Sudarshan reaching Jagannath Temple in Puri and the cutting of Balabhadra's tree at Kanakpur.

"After the identification of Balabhadra's tree in Jagatsinghur district, Daitapati servitors have selected Devi Subhadra's tree in the same district. The servitors would soon reach near Subhadra's tree for consecration," Jagannath Temple's Chief Administrator Suresh Mohapatra said. "We will announce the location of Lord Jagannath's Neem tree within a week," Mohapatra said.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 24, CANADA (SUN) — As we proceed in presenting this manuscript, there are a few notable points we would like to call to the reader's attention. As we advised in the opening segment of this series, Chaitanya and His Associates is being presented to Sun readers for its historical interest. The author does make a few departures from Gaudiya siddhanta in his narration. For example, in Chapter XIX there was a paragraph about Vivekananda and Ramakrishna - two historical personalities that Srila Prabhupada not only did not hold in high regard, but rebutted philosophically. And in Chapter X, there was a poem by Rabindranatha Tagore, who is not at all an authoritative source.

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In Other Words

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Apr 24, CANADA (SUN) —

wrestling
when is the sky like bath
water
how
about
that how about
that
cycle
of
birth and death
sport


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Sinister Influences
in ISKCON

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Apr 22, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) —

"It is a fact however that the great sinister movement is within our Society." (HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

Following are two timely letters by Srila Prabhupada to Hamsaduta das, in 1970 and 1972, relevant to the present precarious position of ISKCON and the GBC body. These letters to a senior GBC man show Srila Prabhupada's full awareness of the shortcomings of his GBC. Not only that, it also shows positively his willingness to disband it, if necessary. Most devotees today don't know this, and should.

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Dubious Edit

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 22, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 6.8, Purport.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Book knowledge without realization of the Supreme Truth is useless. This is stated as follows:

ataḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-nāmādi na bhaved grāhyam indriyaiḥ
sevonmukhe hi jihvādau svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ."

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Better Luck the Next Time

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) —

or
should
i
say better death the same time dear
no
wait i am
not
going
to
get
you
started on the same thing


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BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ For Sale ]


Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 19

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Northeastern India - The Gangetic Plains and Deccan - The Maurya Empire

"The Maurya Empire was a geographically extensive historical power during the Iron Age of ancient India. The Maurya dynasty ruled from 322–185 B.C. Originating from the kingdom of Magadha in the Indo-Gangetic Plain (modern Bihar, eastern Uttar Pradesh) on the eastern side of the Indian subcontinent, the empire had its capital city at Pataliputra (modern Patna).

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 26, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The intelligent man seeks the help of the Lord, and the Lord helps the sincere devotees engaged in His multifarious services."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.5.51)

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Parishads: Srimati Jahnava Devi

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 26, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Srimati Jahnava Devi is observed on April 27th.

Balaram's wives Varuni and Revati became Vasudha and Jahnavi, the two wives of Nityananda Prabhu, in Chaitanya-lila. Both of them were the daughters of Surya Das, who was as effulgent as the sun. He was Kakudman, the father of Revati, in his previous birth. According to another opinion, Jahnava was the incarnation of Ananga Mjari. Both these opinions are possible, as we have shown that more than one identity can be joined in associates of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 65-6)

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BY: SUN STAFF

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

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER V.

Of the seven regions of Pátála, below the earth. Nárada's praises of Pátála. Account of the serpent Śesha. First teacher of astronomy and astrology.

PARÁŚARA.--The extent of the surface of the earth has been thus described to you, Maitreya. Its depth below the surface is said to be seventy thousand Yojanas, each of the seven regions of Pátála extending downwards ten thousand.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Apr 26,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

April 26, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.34
"… when the world is overburdened by atheists, demons, nonbelievers, the world becomes overburdened. Otherwise things will go on nicely."

April 26 1976, Melbourne
Bhagavad-gita 9.10
"There is no transcription in the Vedabase for this lecture."


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

Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 18

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Today we complete our summary of the early tribes who entered northwestern India during the Middle Kingdom period, then we will move on to the northeast. The invading empires prevalent in the northeast will no doubt be more familiar, not only because the invasions crossed over some of our most important holy dhams, but also because they were, respectively, more current on the timeline.

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Krsna-Kirtana versus Maya-Kirtana

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Apr 24, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — By Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada.

In the very beginning of the Srimad Bhagavatam, in its middle and at its end, we have been repeatedly advised about the efficacy of sri nama-sankirtana. The principle of sri nama-bhajana (loving service to the holy name) is deeply set at the root of the limb of devotion called Mathura-vasa, or sri dhama-vasa - residence in the places of Sri Bhagavan's pastimes - for these holy places are frequently visited by sadhus who are always engaged in sri nama-sankirtana. Furthermore, the principle of chanting the holy name accompanies the service of sri murti, the transcendental deity, for it is conducted with mantras (incantations) framed with Sri Bhagavan's names. Thus sri nama-kirtana is glorified above all, and all success is available through it.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 24, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"In discussing Krishna's opulences and His diverse energies, the pure devotees take transcendental pleasure. Therefore they want to hear and discuss them."

(Bhagavad-gita 10.19 Purport)

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BY: SUN STAFF

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

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER IV. - Part Two

The sons of Bhavya, the king of Śáka-dwípa, after whom its Varshas were denominated, were Jalada, Kumára, Sukumára, Maníchaka, Kusumoda, Maudákí, and Mahádruma. The seven mountains separating the countries were Udayagiri, Jaládhára, Raivataka, Śyáma, Ámbikeya, Ramya, and Keśarí. There grows a large Sáka (Teak) tree, frequented by the Siddhas and Gandharbas, the wind from which, as produced by its fluttering leaves, diffuses delight.

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Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 17

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Indo-Sassanid Kushanshahs

As noted in our last segment, the rise of a new Persian dynasty, the Sassanids saw them re-exert their influence into the Indus region and conquer lands from the Kushans, setting up the Kushanshahs around 240 A.D. The Sassanids were able to maintain their influence in the region until they were overthrown by the rising Caliphate. Afterwards they were displaced in 410 A.D. by the invasions of the Indo-Hephthalites.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 22, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The followers, disciples and sons are all on one level for the bona fide spiritual master, and he is always kind to them and always speaks to them on transcendental subjects, even though he is not asked by them."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.7.36)

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER IV. - Part One

Account of kings, divisions, mountains, rivers, and inhabitants of the other Dwípas, viz. Plaksha, Śálmala, Kuśa, Krauncha, Śáka, and Pushkara: of the oceans separating them: of the tides: of the confines of the earth: the Lokáloka mountain. Extent of the whole.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XIX. Raghunatha Dasa - Part Seven

Routine of his daily life.

The routine of Raghunatha's daily life is given to us by Krsnadasa Kaviraia who wrote from intimate personal knowledge. He says:

"The routine of his day he follows to the letter. It is unalterable like carving on stone. For seven and half Prahars (21 hours) he remains plunged in God realization or in recording his spiritual experience. The rest is spent in sleep and in taking his meals. There are days when he does not reserve even these small hours for that purpose. His asceticism is wonderful. He has abstained entirely from rich meal. He dresses himself in rags and carries out the Master's instructions to the letter."[12]

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Middle Kingdoms of India
Parishads
Think Of It
Mohini Ekadasi
Chaitanya and His Companions
Disappearance of Advent
Krsna’s Blessings
Lust, Envy and Greed
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Middle Kingdoms of India
In Other Words
Krsna-Kirtana, Maya-Kirtana
Chaitanya and His Companions
The Birth of Sita Devi
Confusing Cross-referencing
Deviant ISKCON Oligarchy
Vishnu Purana
Neem Tree for Devi Subhadra
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Middle Kingdoms of India
Better Luck the Next Time
Dubious Edit
Chaitanya and His Companions
Sinister Influences
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Middle Kingdoms of India
Check
Sri Nama-Mahatmya
Chaitanya and His Companions
Sample from the Edit Pot
Book Changes and Gitar Gan
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Middle Kingdoms of India
Parishads
Mind A One Way Medium
Chaitanya and His Companions
Removed by Sadhu-Sanga
Bir Krishna Goswami
Forgotten Edit
Thank You, Bhakta Torben
Noumenal vs. Numinous
Vishnu Purana
High Court Drops Contempt
Balabhadra's Neem Tree
ISKCON Baltimore's Bhumi Puja
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs

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