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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

Narada prostrate before Visvarupa,
the Lord's Universal Form

Gopastami

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 14, CANADA (SUN) — The glories of Gopastami are observed on November 14th.

The celebration of Gopastami during Kartikka marks the day when Sri Krsna and Balarama are honored by Nanda Maharaja, who advanced their duties of caring for the calves to now giving them the charge of caring for the cows. Advancing to the role of transcendental Gopa marks Krsna's boyhood transition from His kumara period, from birth to age five, to His pauganda period, from six to ten years old.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 26

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER SIX
Tasting the Sublime Nature of Relationships with the Lord (bhagavad-rasa-tattvam)

10.16.36 Naga-patnis to Shri Krishna

kasyanubhavo 'sya na deva vidmahe
tavanghri-renu-sparashadhikarah
yad-vanchaya shrir lalanacarat tapo
vihaya kaman su-ciram dhrita-vrata

O Lord, we do not know how the serpent Kaliya has attained this great opportunity of being touched by the dust of Your lotus feet. For this end, the goddess of fortune performed austerities for centuries, giving up all other desires and taking austere vows.

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Parishads: Sri Gadadhar das, Srinivas Acarya,
and Dhananjaya Pandit

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 14, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance Day of Sri Gadadhar das, Srinivas Acarya, and Dhananjaya Pandit is observed on November 15th.

She who during Krishna's incarnation was Candrakanti, the manifestation of Radharani's opulence, has become Gadadhara Das by Gauranga's side. Balaram's beloved Purnananda has also entered into him for some special purpose.
(Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 154-155)

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Rare Souls

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Nov 12, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — Arjuna is an eternal servant of the Lord, and as a warrior goes through struggles and difficulties to render service to the Lord. After all, it was he that personally fought the war at Kuruksetra, his energies and skills used in service to The Lord. Arjuna is an eternal companion of Lord Krishna and we are told accompanies the Lord on His many sojourns through universes and time.

Such eternally liberated souls appear to face the same difficulties as do ordinary conditioned souls, but Krishna uses His eternally liberated souls in such ways so the glories of His devotees becomes foremost in others minds.

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Srila Rupa Goswami's Glorification of Mathura

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 12, CANADA (SUN) — Translated by Sriman Kusakratha dasa.

Text 1

harir api bhajamanebhyah
prayo muktim dadati na tu bhaktim
vihita-tad-unnati-satram
mathure dhanyam namami tvam

Generally Lord Hari gives mukti, but not bhakti, to his worshipers. O Mathura, to you, who gives a great sacrifice of pure bhakti and who are very auspicious, I offer my respectful obeisances.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 25

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 12, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER SIX
Tasting the Sublime Nature of Relationships with the Lord (bhagavad-rasa-tattvam)

10.14.34 Brahma to Shri Krishna

My greatest possible good fortune would be to take any birth whatever in this forest of Gokula and have my head bathed by the dust falling from the lotus feet of any of its residents. Their entire life and soul is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Mukunda, the dust of whose lotus feet is still being searched for in the Vedic mantras.

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Disappearance Day of
His Divine Grace
A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

BY: ROCANA DASA

Nov 10, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance day is observed this year on November 11th.

On November 14, 1977, in Vrindavan, India, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada departed from this world. As Srila Prabhupada explains below, the appearance and disappearance of the Lord and his pure representatives from this world is a cause for celebration. While there is no need to lament the disappearance of the Lord's pure nitya-siddha representative, at the same time the devotees feel great pangs of separation due to the manifest physical absence of His Divine Grace.

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Should Installed Deities be Modified Like
Toy Dolls?

BY: JAHNAVA NITAI DAS

Nov 10, BHADRAK, ORISSA (SUN) — Should installed deities be modified like toy dolls? Originally Mayapur Panchatattva deities were cast without eyelids and with large eyes. I am told that at some point Bhavananda didn't like the eyes and complained they were too big. So he made them use M-Seal (a plumbing putty used for sealing leaks in pipes) to reshape the eyes and modify the deity.

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Launching Vishnudutas!

BY: BHARAT CHANDRA DASA

Nov 10, INDIA (SUN) — Dedication on the eve of Srila Prabhupada Disappearance Day.

End of Life Care for Vaisnavas

'Death literacy' is a must for all who have taken birth. Certainly, we should all enquire and seek out - "What is death? Who actually dies? What happens to us after death? Why do we die? We really do not want to die but why are we forced to?"

Well, if we are not interested or think it is a taboo to talk about it, here is something we need to remind ourselves:

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The Samkirtan Movement in Germany – The Early Years

BY: ATMAVIDYA DAS

Nov 10, GERMANY (SUN) — The last in a six-part video series documenting some of the history of the Samkirtan Movement in Germany.

PART SIX

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Nov 10, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 25

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 14, CANADA (SUN) — The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.

Lalitpur has produced the greatest number of renowned artists and the finest craftsmen in all of Nepal's art history. Almost without exception, the focus of their artistic expression has been sacred, including both Vaisnava and Buddhist subjects. Not surprisingly, many images of Garuda are found that have been done in Buddhist iconography, rather than the traditional Vaisnava style. These are easily identified by the crown and flame motif on the stella or murti background.

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 12

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 14, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION TWELVE

But at present (the complete text of the Vedas is unavailable and owing to a decrease in human memory,) it is difficult to study the whole body of the Vedas. Further, because of their abstruse nature the available portions are difficult to understand. In addition great thinkers, commentators on the Vedas, give contradictory conclusions to the Vedic statements. Analyzing the Itihasas and Puranas is worthwhile, therefore, as they have the same nature as the Vedas and are decisive in giving the meaning of the Vedas.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Nov 14,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



November 14, 1972, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1
"… whenever there is something manufacturing, or creation, we do not find automatically some matter comes into being. We don't, we haven't such experience. Whenever there is anything manufactured or created, there is a person behind it."

November 14, 1973, New Delhi
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.9-10
"If you eat only for yourself, for sense gratification, it doesn't matter whether you are vegetarian or nonvegetarian. You are simply eating sinful results of your life."

November 14, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.14
"By sentiment he comes to Krsna consciousness, and even if he falls down, still, where is the loss? And contrary to this, a man who is performing very perfectly his sva-dharma, but has no Krsna consciousness, then what is the gain?" There is no gain."

November 14, 1975, Bombay
Morning Walk
"Nobody is authority. That is our first assertion. Nobody is authority. Therefore we have placed Krsna consciousness. Krsna is only authority. All rascals."

November 14, 1976, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.27
"Krsna has given us one chance, this ear. If we properly use it... Therefore Vedic knowledge is to be heard, hearing. Listen. It is therefore called sruti. The Vedic instruction has to be gotten from the right person through aural reception."


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

Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 24

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 12, CANADA (SUN) — The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.

There are many remarkable and beautiful images of Sri Garuda found in Nepal. Several of them are described as being located in 'Durbar Square', which can be a little confusing. 'Durbar Square' is a generic name used to describe plazas opposite the old royal palaces of Nepal. Prior to the Unification, Nepal consisted of many small kingdoms, and the Durbar Squares are basically the locations of the most prominent remnants of those old kingdoms.

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 11

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 12, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION ELEVEN

This conclusion is confirmed by the following statements from the scriptures:

1. Reasoning has no sure basis (it cannot refute the conclusion of the Veda). (Brahma Sutra 2.1.11)

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Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 23

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 10, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Krsna's liberation of Banasura, the Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed these pastimes.

One of the most recognizable divine personalities in Nepal who is associated with many pastimes in the Mahabharata Period is Sri Garuda, the winged vahana (carrier) of Sri Krsna/Visnu. Numerous beautiful shrines and pieces of statuary depicting Garuda are found throughout Nepal, with a concentration of them in the Kathmandu Valley.

FULL STORY

Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 24

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 10, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER SIX
Tasting the Sublime Nature of Relationships with the Lord (bhagavad-rasa-tattvam)

10.43.17 Shukadeva Gosvami to Maharaja Parikshit

The various groups of people in the arena regarded Krishna in different ways when He entered it with His elder brother. The wrestlers saw Krishna as a lightning bolt, the men of Mathura as the best of males, the women as Cupid in person, the cowherd men as their relative, the impious rulers as a chastiser, His parents as their child, the King of the Bhojas as death, the unintelligent as the Supreme Lord's universal form, the yogis as the Absolute Truth and the Vrishnis as their supreme worshipable Deity.

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 10

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 10, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION TEN

For us who are inquisitive, therefore, about that which is beyond all, yet the support of everything, which is most inconceivable and wondrous in nature, direct perception, inference and so on are not suitable means. For this purpose we accept only the Vedas, whose words are transcendental, which is the source of all mundane and transcendental knowledge, and which have been passed down in humanity through unbroken chains of succession since time immemorial.

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Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Parishads
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Gopastami
Sad Sandarbhas
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Glorification of Mathura
Rare Souls
Sad Sandarbhas
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Samkirtan Movement, Germany
Modifying Installed Deities
Launching Vishnudutas!
Prabhupada's Disappearance
Sad Sandarbhas
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Weekend Laffs
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Parishads: Sri Rasikananda
Parishads: Sri Vasudeva Ghosh
Samkirtan Movement, Germany
Govardhana Hill Pastime
Sad Sandarbhas
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
No One More Merciful
Using Natural Talents for Krsna
Samkirtan Movement, Germany
Princes of Zonal Acarya Kings
Sad Sandarbhas
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
NBS: Glories of Vrindavan Dham
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Samkirtan Movement, Germany
Princes of Zonal Acarya Kings
Sad Sandarbhas
NY Supreme Court on Temple
Weekend Laffs

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