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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

Rasa-lila
Nathadwar, Rajasthan

Afrocentric Krishna Consciousness

BY: KRISHNA DAS

Oct 22, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (SUN) — This article is partially in response to Satya Govinda Prabhu's article entitled "Lord Krishna and the Bodily Conception, published recently. I praise his efforts to address this growing apasiddhantic problem in the New York ISKCON sanga, however he has merely scratched the surface. What is going on is actually much more serious and the local temple authorities seem to either be ignorant of what is going on or just don't deem it a threat.

Basically what's happening is that we have some devotees of African American descent who are preaching a very distorted Afrocentric brand of Krishna Consciousness. The preaching is going on in the temples, on Facebook and YouTube by a local devotee who attends the temples in Queens and in Brooklyn, named Bhakta Caprise. Another devotee also involved in the preaching is Sudarshan Chakra das, a disciple of Bhakti Tirtha Swami, and he also has a cable access show called Krishna 24-7 on Time Warner Cable here in NYC.

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Bhagavatastakam of Rasikananda, Verse 1

BY: DR. DEMIAN MARTINS

Oct 22, INDIA (SUN) — Today (24th October, 2014) we celebrate the appearance of Srila Rasikananda Murari, one of the greatest preachers the world has ever seen and one of the most amazing personalities in the Gaudiya sampradaya. Together with his guru, Sri Syamananda Prabhu, Rasika opened around 3,500 temples during his constant preaching tours in Orissa, West Bengal and North India. He not only initiated thousands of common people, but also converted Muslims, robbers, murderers, pisacis (witches), and even wild animals like the elephant Gopala dasa. Besides 'Syamananda-satakam', which became well known by the commentary Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana wrote on it, the only Sanskrit work of Sri Rasikananda known to us is the 'Bhagavatastakam', in which he sings the glories of the Lord's devotees. Sri Bhajananandadeva Gosvami belonged to the fourth generation of Rasikananda's descendants and was one of the mahantas in Gopivallabhpur in the 17th century during Baladeva Vidyabhusana's life time. His only known composition is a scholarly commentary of the 'Bhagavastakam', which is here presented in English.

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The Glories of Lighting a Lamp on a Temple Roof

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One, by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 130

atha sikhara-dipa-mahatmyam
skande tatraiva
yada yada bhasayate
dipakah kalasopari
tada tada muni-sreshtha
dravate papa-sancayah

In the Skanda Purana it is said: "O best of sages, when a lamp placed atop a temple's dome shines in all directions, then a great host of sins quickly flees to escape its light.

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Chant the Name of Krishna!

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Oct 22, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

How to tread this path of devotional service? Such persons attached to grha, home and hearth, can never develop such a desire. They will never think of it. Therefore, Gaurasundara Mahaprabhu gave an order to Nityananda Prabhu and Haridasa Thakura. Mahaprabhu is our only well-wishing friend. He is our supreme friend. He ordered Them, "Go to every doorstep and give this instruction." What instruction He gave? We are singing: prabhura ajnay, bhai, magi ei bhiksa, bolo krsna' bhajo krsna, koro krsna-siksa...

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Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 15

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 43 (Suha-i-raga)

1. Wherever I place my eyes I see dark Krishna. I cannot keep the vow of a saintly girl.

2. How many times did I carefully close my eyes only to see Krishna's youthful threefold-bending form in the middle of my heart?

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Parishads: Srila Rasikananda Deva Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Srila Rasikananda Deva Goswami is observed on October 24th.

Rasikananda's Birth

Rasikananda Deva Goswami was born in 1512 of the Saka era (1590 AD) in the village of Rohini or Rayni in the Midnapore district. This village is situated at the confluence of the Subarnarekha and Dolanga rivers. His father's name was Raja Achyutananda and his mother, Bhavani Devi.

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19 ISKCON Devotees Injured as Bus Hits Tree

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Oct 21, MATHURA, INDIA (BS) — Nineteen ISKCON devotees were injured when a Vrindavan bound bus rammed against a tree after one of its tyres punctured near Maghera village falling under Vrindavan police station today.

"While eleven devotees were rushed to district hospital, eight were taken to Paras Mani Hospital. Nobody is in critical position," Dy SP Anil Yadav said.

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The Glories of Lighting Another's Lamp During Karttika

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One, by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 126

bodhanat para-dipasya
vaishnavanam ca sevanat
karttike phalam apnoti
rajasuyasvamedhayoh

"By serving the Vaishnavas and lighting the lamps they offer during the month of Karttika one attains the result of performing many rajasuya and asvamedha yajnas.

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Let There Be One Scripture for the
Entire World

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Published by Collier Macmillan.

Bhagavad-gita, or the Song of the Opulent One, is the most ancient, widely read and authoritative religious scripture known to man and is a book of spiritual knowledge surpassing all others in bearty, depth and lasting truth. This postgraduate study of the science of religion was revealed five thousand years ago in India as a battlefield dialogue between the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, and His friend and devotee Arjuna. In seven hundred perfect and sublime verses, Sri Krsna, the master of all mystics and cause of all causes, imparted to Arjuna the complete science of the Absolute Truth, including the paths of work, yoga and knowledge, and ultimately He revealed the most confidential secrets of spiritual realization.

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Lord Nityananda Distributes Prema with Two Hands!

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Oct 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — nitai guna-mani amar: "My Lord Nityananda is the Jewel of all Transcendental Qualities" from 'Sri Caitanya Mangala' by Srila Lochana Dasa Thakura

It is said that Sri Nityananda Prabhu is more merciful, more magnanimous, more munificent than Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu.

1. Srila Lochana Dasa Thakura says, "My Lord Nityananda is the jewel of all transcendental qualities. Sri Nitai came to Gauda-desa with a flood of krsna-prema, with a flood of love of Godhead. He made the whole world inundated with that flood of prema."

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Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 40 (Kamoda-raga)

1. Hearing the sound of a buffalo-horn, the cowherd people awakened. Bringing some alms, Jatila offered them to the beggar. Disguised as a beggar-yogi, Lord Krishna, the master of all yoga, was silent. He tilted His head. He would not accept the alms.

2. Jatila said: "What do You want, then?" The yogi said, "Your daughter-in-law should offer the alms with Her own hand. Only then will I accept them. Send for Her at once.

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Living and Dying Absurd

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 20, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, from an evening lecture on the teachings of the boy Prahlad Maharaj, April 12, 1967.

An analysis of materialistic madness

Prahlad Maharaj is instructing his young friends: "My dear friends, material enjoyment means agitating the senses. You have this material enjoyment sense enjoyment my dear friends, and your only thought is how to enjoy these senses, that's all. By contact of this body." In possession of a particular body we have particular senses and we enjoy. Just like a camel: a camel enjoys thorny twigs. Camels are very fond of thorny twigs. Why? Because when they chew the thorny twigs blood comes out of the tongue, and they are tasting their own blood. And the camel is thinking it is very nice. He is eating thorny twigs, and the twig is cutting his tongue and blood is oozing out. He is tasting his own blood, but he thinks, "I am enjoying." This is sense gratification. Sex life is also like that. We are tasting our own blood, and we think we are enjoying. This is our foolishness.

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The Glories of Offering a Lamp During Karttika

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 20, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One, by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 99

atha tatra dipa-dana-mahatmyam-
skande tatraiva
kalpa-koti-sahasrani
patakani bahuny api
nimeshardhena dipasya
vilayam yanti karttike

In the Skanda Purana it is said: "When one offers a lamp during the month of Karttika, his sins in many thousands and millions of births perish in half an eyeblink."

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The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 16

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) —

The Appearance of Govardhan

In honor of Govardhana-puja, observed in the month of Karika, we offer a detail study of this beautiful painting from an illustrated Bhagavat Purana in Jaipur, c. 1840. Govardhana Hill is the abode of many happy animals, including peacocks, snakes and monkeys. There are different stories about the manifestation of Sri Govardhana in different yugas.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Oct 22, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Touching the lotus feet of a spiritual master means giving up one's false prestige and unnecessary puffed up position in the material world."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.26.20)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 462

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Book VI - Canto LIII - Vajradanshtra's Sally

"When Rávaṇ in his palace heard
The mournful news, his wrath was stirred;
And, gasping like a furious snake,
To Vajradanshṭra thus he spake:
"Go forth, my fiercest captain, lead
The bravest of the giants' breed.
Go forth, the sons of Raghu slay
And by their side Sugríva lay."

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Oct 22,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

October 22, 1972, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.11
"Whatever you execute in this life, bhakti-yoga, that becomes your permanent asset, so that in the next life you can begin from the point where you ended in this life. If you can finish in this life, cent percent, that is very nice. If not..."

October 22, 1973, Bombay
Bhagavad-gita 13.23
"That is nature. Mother is not restricting me; still, I am asking the permission of mother. "Can I go? Can I go?" I remember it. This is natural. Similarly, we cannot do anything without the permission of the Supersoul within the heart."

October 22, 1974, Mayapura
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.42
"Even an animal or insect, living very wretched condition of life, still, if you want to kill it, it will protest. It will protest, "No, no. I don't want to be killed." This is the psychology."

October 22, 1975, Durban
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.2
"This is the yajna of this age. Anyone can join. It doesn't matter that this class of men will join. No, anyone -- poor, rich, white, black, illiterate, learned -- everyone."


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

The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 15

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) —

The Liberation of Nalakuvara and Manigriva

When the childhood pastime places of Sri Krsna are enumerated, such as in the Brahmanda Purana, Braj-Bhakti-Vilas and Bhakti-Ratnakar, one of the foremost tirthas is Yamalarjuna-uddhara-sthal, where the Yamala-arjuna trees were delivered by Damodar.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Oct 21, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Lord Krishna continued, "One cannot purify himself merely by travelling to holy places of pilgrimage and taking a bath there or by seeing the demigods forms in the temples. But if one happens to meet a great devotee, a mahatma, who is a representative of the Personality of Godhead, he is immediately purified."

(Krsna Book - 'Sacrificial Ceremonies Performed by Vasudeva')

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 461

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Book VI - Canto LII - Dhúmráksha's Death

"The Vánars saw the giant foe
Pour from the gate in gallant show,
Rejoiced with warriors' fierce delight
And shouted, longing for the fight.
Near came the hosts and nearer yet:
Dire was the tumult as they met,
As, serried line to line opposed,
The Vánars and the giants closed.

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The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Oct 20, CANADA (SUN) —

Worship Sri Sri Radha-Damodara

Radharani is especially keen to hear Krishna's pastimes, but She is particularly attracted to the Damodara pastime. Charmed by Damodara's mood of surrender in agreeing to be bound by Mother Yasoda's love, Sri Radha longs to have that same exchange with Krishna. She desires to express such intense love for Krishna that He will also agree to be bound by Her love.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Oct 20, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Children are called parinama, or by products, and when one consults his good intelligence he can see that his by-products should be the expansion of his Krishna consciousness."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.27.6)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 460

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto LI - Dhúmráksha's Sally

"King Rávaṇ, where he sat within,
Heard from his hall the deafening din,
And with a spirit ill at ease
Addressed his lords in words like these:
"That warlike shout, those joyous cries,
Loud as the thunder of the skies,
Upsent from every Vánar throat,
Some new-born confidence denote.

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Cry for the Mercy of Lord Nityananda

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Oct 20, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Sri Nityanadastakam: Eight Verses Glorifying Lord Nityananda: "Lord Nityananda's Face is as Splendid as the Autumn Moon" by Srila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura.

1) Lord Nityananda's lotus face is so beautiful, I have no language to describe. The moon in the autumn season is very beautiful but Lord Nityananda Prabhu's face is more beautiful than this. So cooling like the autumn moon. The effulgence coming out from His body and His bodily features are very, very beautiful, supremely beautiful. Such beauty cannot be found anywhere. He always moves like a mad elephant because He is intoxicated with krsna-prema-rasa-madhira. Krsna-prema-rasa is like a liquor and He has drunk it and become intoxicated like a mad elephant.

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Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 13

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 37 (Kamoda-raga)

1. Accompanied by a young gopi-friend, a beautiful girl goes to meet Krishna. A hundred-petal lotus flower decorates Her left ear. She defeats Kamadeva, who holds a bow of flowers in his hand.

2. She is decorated with red sindura. She is effulgent like the sun. She is gracefully marked with sandal-paste dots. Shyly she watches. She hides by a pond. She is slender like a crescent-moon grown more and more slender after many days.

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Glorious Month of Damodar
Parishads
Padyavali, Pt. 15
Chant the Name of Krishna! 
Lamp on a Temple Roof
Bhagavatastakam
Afrocentric Krishna Consc.
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 14
Nityananda Distributes Prema
Let There Be One Scripture
Lighting Another's Lamp
The Ramayan of Valmiki
19 Devotees Injured
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 13
Cry for the Mercy
Glories of Offering a Lamp
Living and Dying Absurd
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 12
Śrī-nāma and Śrī-nāmī
A House for Mother Cow
"Acharyadeva" Not In Line
Parts of the Karttika Vow
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 11
Sadhu-Guru Vaisnava
Krsna Eternally Invites Us
Pious Activities Performed
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Saturday Laffs
Glorious Month of Damodar
Karttika's Glories
Padyavali, Pt. 10
Take Love of Krishna
Sankirtana – The Divine Sound
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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