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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

Gopas Tending the Cows

We Live in Two Worlds…

BY: GADI DAS

Apr 23, MULBERRY, TENNESSEE, USA (SUN) — That is to say, we should live in two worlds…

The world of the material body and material mind take up most of our time, they require a great deal of attention, and being situated in the bed of illusion requires creative ways to engage our fragile existence in practical devotional service in this physical world, and there is ample opportunities for good engagement. The different services we perform with this body and mind in this visual world constitute one world we live in. We have to do something… as Krsna says, the soul cannot refrain from doing something even for a moment. Shastra, through Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur recommend that as we live in this world within this material tabernacle (as Srila Prabhupada calls it), that we externally serve the devotees of the Lord, and internally, 24/7, serve the Divine Couple in our spiritual aspired position.

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Easter Holidays London Hariman

BY: PARASURAM DAS

Apr 23, LONDON, ENGLAND (SUN) — "Sankirtan will always be appreciated because it is the special blessings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu on the people of this fallen age of Kali". (Letter to Achyutananda, 1975)

The general public of London are appreciating more and more the devotee's Kirtan on the streets. There was a time when we would get arrested for chanting and book distribution, now the police just walk by and nod to us with a smile. We started the Maha Harinam at 1 pm and continued till 6 pm, took prasad and went out again till about 10 pm. 350 books were distributed, 280 medium and 70 maha big. This was organised by Sutapa Prabhu of the Manor brahmacaris and the Soho temple devotees.

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Really?

BY: BHAKTA WILL SMITH

Apr 23, USA (SUN) — Apparently now ISKCON finds some need for "horror movie" background music and other sound effects to be added to some recorded story told from the Vyasasana. Apparently the simple presentation of the conclusions of Guru, Sadhu and Sastra is just not quite enthralling enough these days.

This was found on the Dandavats website, which is of course the "Official" propaganda mechanism of current ISKCON, so I'm assuming this type of presentation was completely authorized by ISKCON authorities.

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Varuthini Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 23, CANADA (SUN) — Varuthini Ekadasi, observed on April 25th (Los Angeles & Mayapur), as described in the Bhavishya-uttara Purana.

Sri Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "Oh Vasudeva, I offer my most humble obeisances unto You. Please now describe to me the Ekadasi of the dark fortnight (krsna paksha) of the month of Vaisakha (April-May), including its specific merits and influence."

Lord Sri Krishna replied, "Oh King, in this world and the next, the most auspicious and magnanimous Ekadasi is Varuthini Ekadasi, which occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Vaisakha.

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Parishads: Srila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 23, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance Day of Srila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura is observed on April 24th.

Vedavyasa described Krishna-lila in the Srimad Bhagavatam. Non-different from Vyasa, Vrindavan Das described Mahaprabhu's lila in his Chaitanya Bhagavat. His book was first called Chaitanya Mangala, but when Locana Das gave the same name to his biography of the Lord, it was dubbed "Chaitanya Bhagavat".

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Remembrance for
Bhakta Steve Roy

BY: MATTY DREAD

Apr 23, LONDON, ENGLAND (SUN) — Please see below the video for dear Steve's remembrance evening. I hope it's something that we all can cherish along with our internal memories of Steve in our hearts and minds.


"Remembrance evening for dear Steve Roy. Gaura-arotik followed by kirtan (congregational chanting of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra) followed by personal remembrances from some of Steve friends, work colleagues and devotees. It will be one month on the 24th April that Steve sadly left us. He is dearly missed by his dear Mother and Father, dear Malar his fiancée, and by everyone who knew and loved Steve. Always in our hearts and never forgotten. Hare Krsna."

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Identity Cards for Puri Temple Servitors

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 23, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Alarmed by reports that two top Indian Mujahideen operatives recently visited the holy city of Puri, the State government has prepared a security blueprint to thwart possible terrorist attacks on the abode of Lord Jagannath.

Puri is due to attract lakhs of pilgrims on June 29th during the annual car festival of Lord Jagannath. The 12th Century shrine is also making elaborate preparations for the 2015 car festival, when more than 30 lakh footfalls are expected in the city to witness the grand spectacle called Nabakalebara, which happens every 12 years.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 23, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Seva ]
[ Real Estate ]


Can Creation Come
from Chaos? Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — A challenge to the prevailing scientific view that life comes from a chance combination of material elements, by Madhava Dasa, Sadaputa dasa and Svarupa Damodara dasa.

Although materialistic science has spread throughout the world, recently it has been challenged by thoughtful scientists, philosophers, and other intelligent people. Notably, the famous psychologist Carl Jung investigated the Western philosophical concept of matter and found that there is no clear definition of the term. Jung concluded that the term matter is no more than a symbol we attach to our observations of reality, and he saw no reason why we couldn't see reality as spiritual (that is, conscious) rather than material. Further, many researchers are discovering phenomena that simply defy explanation by the standard laws of mathematics, chemistry, and physics. For instance, the newly recognized field of parapsychology concerns psychic phenomena such as ESP (mental telepathy), psychokinesis ("mind-over-matter"), and reincarnation. These phenomena suggest the need for a new understanding of nature one that will explain the things around us in terms of a conscious cause.

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Can Creation Come
from Chaos?

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 21, CANADA (SUN) — A challenge to the prevailing scientific view that life comes from a chance combination of material elements, by Madhava Dasa, Sadaputa dasa and Svarupa Damodara dasa - Part One.

Although scientists would like to assume that in the past, inert chemicals combined to produce life, as yet no one has ever observed such an event. In addition, although scientists have many theories about how life is working inside the cell, they have not been able to combine the constituent chemicals to form living cells, even in controlled laboratory settings. Thus, the claim of molecular biologists that life has come about by evolutionary development beginning from a primordial environment of methane, ammonia, and water sparked by an electromagnetic or thermal stimulus has never been substantiated by experimental evidence. Although scientists have found traces of amino acids (the building blocks of biological molecules) in reaction chambers filled with ammonia, methane, and water, the formation of these simple amino acids does not prove that life evolved by a chance combination of chemicals. Amino acids are a very long way from a living organism, so there is really no substantial justification for concluding that this common laboratory experiment proves life originated by chance in a "primordial chemical soup.

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Deconstructing the Lilamrta - Part 60

BY: ROCANA DASA

Apr 21, CANADA (SUN) — A critical analysis of the Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta by Satsvarupa das Goswami.

Today we begin Volume III of Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta, chapter five, entitled "Swamiji's Departure". The title of this chapter indicates the point at which Srila Prabhupada departed from New York and went to San Francisco. Because Satsvarupa is telling the story, he's considering Srila Prabhupada's departure from his perspective as a resident of New York. Srila Prabhupada later left San Francisco to go back to India in an attempt to regain his health. The whole story about Srila Prabhupada recuperating from what is described as some sort of heart attack is interesting in the sense that the author goes into great detail, both about what Srila Prabhupada did in New York as well as in San Francisco and India.

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Security Increased at
Puri Jagannatha Temple

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 21, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA A jittery Odisha government on Monday scaled up security at Jagannath Temple in Puri in the wake of intelligence inputs of a possible terror strike during the world famous Rath Yatra, scheduled for June 29th.

The massive security makeover has been made after two arrested operatives of Indian Mujahideen, a terrorist outfit, told the Delhi police that they had plans to sabotage the Rath Yatra. Police are also on toe as the government is gearing up for the 2015 Nabakalebar festival of Lord Jagannath.

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The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Jahnudvipa and Jahnu-nagara

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 23, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 65.

Next on the 'Glossary of Places' list are two closely related sacred places: Jahnudvipa and Jahnu-nagara:

"Jahnudvipa - one of the nine islands of Navadvipa. This place embodies the devotional practice of vandanam, offering prayers and obeisances. It is non-different from Bhadravana in Vraja. Jahnu Rsi performed penances and meditation here and obtained darsana of Sri Gauranga (see also Jahnavi and Jahnu-nagara).

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Jai Srila Prabhupada

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 23, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The bona fide spiritual master must see the bona fide qualities of a person whom he is going to initiate. An unworthy person should not be initiated. The spiritual master should train his disciple in such a way so that in the future only the Supreme Personality of Godhead will be the dearmost goal of his life."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.32.42)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 279

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 23, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book III - Canto LXXIII - Kabandha's Counsel

"The monster ceased: the princely pair
Heard great Kabandha's eager prayer.
Within a mountain cave they sped,
Where kindled fire with care they fed.
Then Lakshmaṇ in his mighty hands
Brought ample store of lighted brands,
And to a pile of logs applied
The flame that ran from side to side.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Apr 23,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

April 23, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.31
"We should not love Krsna for some material gain. It is not that: "Krsna, give us our daily bread. Then I love You. Krsna, give me this. Then I love You." There is no such mercantile exchange."

April 23, 1974, Hyderabad
Morning Walk
"All, everyone is sudras. This movement is to promote the sudras to the highest class, Vaisnava, more than brahmana. This is Krsna consciousness movement. Everyone is rascal, sudra."

April 23, 1974, Hyderabad
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.9
"So execution of dharma, religion -- never mind, Hindu religion or Christian religion or -- the purpose is not for any material gain."

April 23, 1975, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.6
"You cannot understand Krsna by these material senses. It is not possible. Then bhakti-yoga. Bhakti-yoga. Bhakti means to engage oneself in the service."

April 23, 1976, Melbourne
Bhagavad-gita 9.4
"The rascals, they claim that "I am God." What kind of God you are? Are you everywhere spread? So you should not accept such cheap God. God's description is there in the sastra."

April 23, 1976, Melbourne
Room Conversation
"So our first promise is, before the Deity, before the fire, before the Vaisnavas, before the spiritual master, that from this day no more illicit sex, no more intoxication, no more meat-eating, no more gambling. This is the first initiation. Then chanting Hare Krsna mantra."


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

The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Jahnavi

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 64.

As previously mentioned, place names are often used interchangeably for the Jahnavi and Ganges rivers. While the Jahnavi is sometimes used to refer to the specific portion of the Ganges associated with Jahnu Muni (whose daughter is Jahnavi), it is often translated more broadly as being the Ganga or Ganges. For example, the holy Jahnavi's name appears in Sri Caitanyopanisad, in a sloka often quoted about the Appearance of Sri Krsna Chaitanya in Navadvipa. This text, excerpted from Atharva Veda by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, is translated by the Thakur as follows:

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 278

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book III - Canto LXXII - Kabandha's Tale

"Lord of the mighty arm, of yore
A shape transcending thought I wore,
And through the triple world's extent
My fame for might and valour went.

Scarce might the sun and moon on high,
Scarce Śakra, with my beauty vie.

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The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Jahnavi

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 63.

Our next sacred place listed in the 'Glossary of Places' is the Jahnavi River.

"Jahnavi - a name for the Ganga, which reveals her connection with Jahnu Rsi. Jahnu Rsi was sitting by the Ganga chanting his gayatri mantra, when his acamana cup fell into the river and was swept away by the current. Out of anger, Jahnu Rsi opened his mouth and drank all the water in one gulp.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 21, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Anyone who once meditates upon Me with faith and affection, who hears and chants about Me, surely goes back home, back to Godhead."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.32.43)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 277

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book III - Canto LXXI - Kabandha's Speech

Kabandha saw each chieftain stand
Imprisoned by his mighty hand,
Which like a snare around him pressed
And thus the royal pair addressed:
"Why, warriors, are your glances bent
On me whom hungry pangs torment?

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Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Parishads
Varuthini Ekadasi
Really?
We Live in Two Worlds…
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Identity Cards for Puri Servitors
Remembrance for Bhakta Steve
Easter Holidays London Hariman
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Creation from Chaos?
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Príncipes de los Reyes Zonales
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Deconstructing the Lilamrta
Creation from Chaos?
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Príncipes de los Reyes Zonales
Security Beefed Up at Puri
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Parishads
The Secret of Real Religion
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
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
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Your Position is Different
Association With Saintly Persons
El "Krishna West"
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Tribhuvanath's Festival Team

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