UPDATED — Jun 24, 2016 11:59 pm PST
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

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Kirtan: Are there rules?

BY: RASANANDA DAS

Jun 24, USA (SUN) — Excerpted from the section "Notes on The Conduct of Rathayatra" of the (contemplated) second edition of the author's The Rath Construction Book. The references are all from Vedabase 2015.

"How any spiritual activity should be done is understood from three sources: saintly persons, standard scriptures and the spiritual master". (Srimad Bhagavatam 3.28.4, purport)

Proper sankirtan means certain tunes, certain instruments, a certain musical style, certain dress and certain kinds of dancing by the members of the chanting party. In Caitanya Mahaprabhu's sankirtan movement, rathayatra and the kirtan that is its soul are for distributing the benediction of the Lord's own process for spiritual emancipation to onlookers and participants alike. When, understanding this, sincere organizers of a rathayatra or sankirtan party see that the rath and the kirtan are proper, what to speak of people, even birds and animals that hear and witness it can immediately experience spiritual happiness, only some impersonalists and hardened atheists might fail to experience the Lord's benediction. Kirtan not according to the rules may succeed as entertainment for bystanders or seated audiences not being conducted according to the principles given by acharyas and the practices of the most experienced devotees, the greatest result: transformation of hearers and from the state of spiritual somnolescence to the spiritual awakened state of actual Krishna consciousness, will not result. Such improper, impure kirtans don't have the potency to enact such transformation.

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Govinda dasi and the
Wild Women of the West

BY: SVATANTRA DASA

Jun 24, USA (SUN) — In this text (June 19, 2016) Govinda dasi, heavily leaning on past laurels, goes to a FB page dedicated to H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami and that is totally manned and populated by Bhakti Vikasa Swami's disciples (the Swami is not on FB). In a cringe worthy manner, she blatantly criticizes and blasphemes Bhakti Vikasa Swami in relation to a book that she admits she never read, to an assembly consisting mainly of Bhakti Vikasa's disciples and followers. And this is not the first time; she did something similar last January.

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To The GBC: Help! Is My Guru a Deviant?

BY: VRINDAVANA CHANDRA DAS

Jun 24, INDIA (SUN) — Respected GBC Member / Maharaja, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I recently become aware about the Resolution published by ISKCON GBC regarding the ban on H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami's book, Women: Masters or Mothers?

I am a disciple of Maharaja and after seeing the Resolution I am perturbed about my spiritual situation as to what I am supposed to do henceforth. Thus I am writing this letter and seeking a reply.

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Howling Jackals...

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Jun 24, UK (SUN) —

Yes... we have had some interesting responses in relationship to the recent documentary, "The Cost of Silence".
The Prime Minister of the UK, Mr. David Cameron was sent the link along with photographs of himself with some members of the Hare Krishna leadership featured in that documentary.
Unlike the other e-mails I sent to the ISKCON leadership...
I actually got a reply.
Here it is.

1O DOWNING STREET
LONDON SW1A 2AA

Dear Mr Powell
I am writing on behalf of the Prime Minister to thank you for your email of 17 June.

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Parishads: Sri Vakreshvara Pandita

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 24, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Vakreshvara Pandita is observed today.

Vakresvara Pandit is the fourth member of the catur-vyuha, Aniruddha. He brought happiness to the lord by dancing in the mood of Krishna. He would sweetly say to Mahaprabhu, "O merciful lord! Give me a thousand singers so that I can dance." Radha's dear sakhi Sasirekha also entered into him. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 71)

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Regarding the GBC's Resolution 313 of 2016

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 22, CANADA (SUN) — A letter from Basu Ghosh das to H.H. Bhanu Swami on the book banning.

Home Base: ISKCON Baroda
Dear Bhanu Maharaj,
Yatibhyonamaha. Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

Received your message:

"as i already said, there was no ban on the book. That proposal never passed. It was a mistake of the secretary Ananda tirtha to post it as a resolution."

Maharaj, how is this possible? To write off this entire episode as the mistake of Ananda Tirtha Prabhu.

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Change of Consciousness

BY: D. DAS

Jun 22, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (SUN) — Despite so many quotes by Srila Prabhupada from the revealed sastras and vivid practical examples on the topic of the incompatibility of stri-dharma and the leadership role in society, and the need for its implementation as part of the varnasrama-dharma for the peace and spiritual prosperity of the movement and the world, the personal aspirations of few matajis bent on becoming "recognized" leaders and even diksa gurus, perhaps without fully realizing the spiritual implications for one opposing or violating the sastric injunctions, still complicate the situation.

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ISKCON in Real Danger of Attacks and Burglaries

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DASI (ACBSP)

Jun 22, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) — Yesterday, ISKCON Dallas Temple was robbed by two scary, dangerous demons. Lord Krsna protected H.H. Kesava Bharti Swami (ACBSP) from harm. He was sleeping, and was locked into his room by the robbers during the nighttime attack and robbery. Krsna saved him! Thousands of dollars of Krsna Laxmi was stolen, as well as many valuables taken. Fortunately no devotees were hurt or killed.

This reminds me of what I personally saw in ISKCON Mayapur Temple in the year 1984, after the Mayapur Festival. Late at night I saw 100 dacoits attack the Temple. They injured and hurt devotees with bombs and guns and stole the Deity of Radharani that Srila Prabhupada installed. They also took Srila Prabhupada's murti. We had two guards only, but we managed to have two guns, and killed two of the dacoits. That was needed then and needed now… alert, tough security and guns to protect ISKCON Temples.

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An Open Letter to Malati devi dasi

BY: SVETA VARAHA DEVI DASI

Jun 22, USA (SUN) — This is a reply to Srinjaya dasa's article, "Malati dd and the acintya bhedabheda tattva of Book Banning".

Dear Malati Devi Dasi,
As a GBC member, you are quite powerful in ISKCON and so you have used your good offices to push through the ban.

But did you ever think of banning over 65,000 night clubs and bars operating in our country? [1] Why don't you pass a resolution banning these sinister establishments as you have done for the book. Since you are the Lord of all you survey, why don't you ban these clubs where women are openly abused.

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Bhagavata Vidyalaya

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Jun 22, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) — A project to open Bhagavata schools in every town and village.

It is Srila Prabhupada's desire that all the devotees in our society must be well versed with Bhagavad-gita, Srimad Bhagavatam, Chaitanya-caritamrta. For this purpose, many institutions in our society are doing great service since past few years. Taking inspiration from these well-established institutions, Bhagavata Vidyalaya has been conceptualized for the congregational devotees who wish to study Srimad Bhagavatam deeply and to share it with others.

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WMM Ban: Blatant Abuse of Brute Power

BY: DR. ANIRBAN GANGULY

Jun 20, MUMBAI, MAHARASTRA (SUN) — It is disconcerting to learn that ISKCON GBC has gone ahead with the ban on Bhakti Vikasa Swami's scholarly book, Women: Mothers or Masters? You do not ban the work of a person who is writing on spiritual matters simply because you do not agree with him. You ban a thief, a criminal. There are also established norms of ways and means of respectable presentation of divergence of views. None of these had been done.

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The GBC's Mad-elephant Offence

BY: JAGANNATHA VALLABHA DAS

Jun 20, USA (SUN) — Judging from the usual results of the persecutions we've already seen, I get the impression that certain ISKCON socio-political activists are trying to drive out of ISKCON whatever devotees remain somewhat orthodox after decades of quasi-secular initiatives by Anuttama prabhu, etc. They seem hellbent on making ISKCON appear to be consistent with the modern, antithetical, and essentially godless lifestyle that Srila Prabhupada and his predecessors ordered them to replace.

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GBC's Alternative to Women: Masters or Mothers?

BY: RAM APRAMEYA DAS

Jun 20, BANGALORE, INDIA (SUN) — Dear GBC, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

It has been shared recently to us that the distribution of the book Women: Masters or Mothers? by HH Bhakti Vikasa maharaj would not be allowed in ISKCON temples and related programs. Authorities state that it is not a ban but just that it is not allowed to be sold in ISKCON temples. If that is the case, what would a full ban be? Ensuring that all devotees don't read the book is anyway not within the scope of GBC. The best thing GBC could do about the book is to ensure that it is not distributed in ISKCON property and they have done it. In essence, the GBC has done everything within its limits to restrict the book from being distributed.

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Destroying the Authority of Bhagavad-gita As It Is and Srila Prabhupada

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jun 20, DENMARK (SUN) —

"By anything spoken by God or His son or His representative, that cannot be changed. It is not that Christ said two thousand years ago, "Thou shall not kill," now it can be changed. That is rascaldom. They are doing that. If you do that, then, as it is said here, then it becomes lost. Then there is no meaning. If we take the instruction of God and His representative as temporary, then he is not representative, He is not God. Whatever is spoken by God and His representative, that is eternal. You cannot change by your whims. But that is going on.

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Mismanagement Mars Bathing Ceremony of Puri Deities

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jun 20, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA The Deities of Jagannath Temple in Puri were on Monday robbed of their beauty and grandeur as hordes of priests defaced the idols by scraping the faces on the pretext of giving the divine siblings a shower on the occasion of Debasnan Purnima ritual.

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Sri Krsna's Vrindavan Associates – Sridama,
Part Five

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Krsna's transcendental Vrindavan associates.

Today we continue our discussion of Lord Krsna's priya-sakha friend, Sridama dasa, who enjoyed many trans- cendental pastimes in Vraja with Krsna, Radha and the cowherds. Sri Krsna's relationship with gopa Sridama also manifested during His Gaura-lila pastimes. As described in the Garuda Purana:

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VedaBase 2016 Update

BY: EKANATH DASA

Jun 24, SANDY RIDGE, NORTH CAROLINA, USA (SUN) —

New Releases from the Bhaktivedanta Archives

The Bhaktivedanta Archives is pleased to offer two new releases: The VedaBase™ 2016 update and the original unedited audio of Śrīla Prabhupāda for the year 1971.

The 2016 VedaBase™ update includes:

1) Updated audio transcripts for the year 1971
2) Śrī Vyāsa-pūjā 2011–2015 (5 books)
3) Life's Final Exam by Giriraj Swami

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Take the Dust of the Lotus Feet of a Pure Devotee

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jun 24, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada..."Eating, sleeping, mating, and defending. So sometimes the karmīs are afraid of this Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement because they know that as soon as one becomes Kṛṣṇa conscious, he is no more interested in these material things. Just like we say "Don't eat meat." So actually, if all people become Kṛṣṇa conscious and give up meat-eating, then the slaughter-house will be closed. Automatically.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jun 24,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

June 24, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.4.1
"If you practice, then you become learned scholars, simply by chanting these mantras, and the translation, transcendental vibration, will keep you fit for spiritual advancement."

June 24, 1975, Los Angeles
Garden Conversation with Professors
"So you are all learned scholars. You join this movement and help us. To keep people in darkness, that is not advancement of education. And education does not mean how to find out a fish expertly. That is being done by the birds."

June 24, 1976, New Vrindaban
Room Conversation
"Just for your food work little, and balance time engage yourself in Krsna consciousness. This is ideal life."

June 24, 1976, New Vrindaban
Room Conversation
"Your real business is that you have got this human form of body to improve your next life. You are going to have a next life. Suppose you are going to be a dog. Is that success?"


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

Sri Krsna's Vrindavan Associates – Sridama,
Part Four

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Krsna's transcendental Vrindavan associates.

Today we continue with our discussion of Lord Krsna's priya-sakha Vrindavan friend, Sridama dasa. Just as Sridama's personality, characteristics and pastimes are disclosed in sastra by passages identifying Krsna's association with him, so the gopa Sridama is mentioned in relationship to Lord Balarama and Srimati Radharani.

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Put Your Faith in the Right Person, God-Realized

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jun 22, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada...."So there must be faith, faith in the right person. Then it is all right.... Faith is required, but to the right person. Then it will be all right. You know that one barber is honest: then you can make your neck like this and he is with a sharpened razor. But you have faith that "He will not cut my throat; he will shave me." This is faith. And if you do not know him and if you put your neck like this and if he is a rogue, he will cut your throat. That's all.

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Sri Krsna's Vrindavan Associates – Sridama,
Part Three

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Krsna's transcendental Vrindavan associates.

Today we continue our study of Sridama sakha, Sri Krsna's topmost confidential friend amongst the twelve most important gopas. Having discussed Sridama's classification as a sakha associate, and some of his personal qualities and characteristics, we now offer some of the many references to Sridama made in the context of describing the identity of Krsna Himself.

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If You Lead a Natural Life, There is No Need of
Hard Work

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jun 20, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Prabhupāda: "They are working hard because they are hogs and dogs. There is no need of working hard. Nature's arrangement is so perfect that if you live natural life, there is no need of hard work. This tree is standing in one place; it is not at all working. How it is standing and living? It is also living entity.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Jun 20, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"My Guru Maharaj was very kind upon me because I was very much interested to hear him. That you know. I hear him. I did not understand him, actually. In the beginning I could not understand him. He was speaking in so high philosophical way that it was not....still, I wanted to, to hear him. That was my only qualification."

(Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture, Mayapur, September 29, 1974)

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Parishads: Srila Shyamananda Pandit

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 20, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Srila Shyamananda Pandit is observed today.

Sri Shyamananda Prabhu was a servant of a servant of Subala in Krishna-lila. He was the disciple of Hridayananda or Hriday Chaitanya, who was a disciple of Gauri Das Pandit. Gauri Das was Subala in Krishna-lila.

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NEW BOOK:
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa:
Uncommon Dialogues

BY: ISVARA DASA

Jun 20, VRINDAVAN DHAM (SUN) — It is our great pleasure from Touchstone Media to present to you our newest publication, Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa: Uncommon Dialog

The long awaited book has finally being released. Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa are conversations of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura with the eminent scholars, theologians and religious leaders of his time.

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Vrindavan Associates - Sridama
Parishads
Howling Jackals
To The GBC: Help!
Govinda dasi and Wild Women
Kirtan: Are there rules?
Take the Dust
VedaBase 2016 Update
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Vrindavan Associates - Sridama
ISKCON in Real Danger
Open Letter to Malati dd
Change of Consciousness
Regarding the GBC's Resolution
Faith in the Right Person
Bhagavata Vidyalaya
Vrindavan Associates - Sridama
Parishads
Destroying the Authority
GBC's Alternative to WMM
GBC's Mad-elephant Offence
Blatant Abuse of Power
No Need of Hard Work
Bathing Ceremony, Puri
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa:
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prasadam - Sharbat, Pt. 3
Parishads
Until We Have Vrindavan
Dear Mr. Cameron
Malati dd's Banning Tattva
Ban 'The Journey Within'
The Right Source 
Saturday Laffs
Prasadam - Sharbat, Pt. 2
Position of Dhruvaloka
Panihati Cida Dahi Utsava
Much Ado about Nothing
We and Politicians
Consequences of Disobedience
Book Ban: What’s At Stake
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
Take Advice From Krsna

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