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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

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The "Secret Contract"
in New York:
It Really Was a Secret

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 09, CANADA (SUN) — For immediate release, February 8, 2016, from H.H. Jayadvaita Swami.

On January 24, I released an article -- "New York ISKCON leaders sign secret contract to sell Brooklyn temple" -- disclosing precisely what the headline says: that the leaders of the ISKCON New York temple had signed a contract to sell the temple and had kept this fact secret. They kept it secret from the temple congregation and even from the GBC.

An answer being circulated spends several paragraphs arguing that a "potential sale" or "imminent sale" of the building, far from being secret, was well known both to the congregation and to the GBC.

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Sri Matsya Avatara

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 09, CANADA (SUN) — From "Dasavatara - The Ten Manifestations of God" by Swami B.B. Tirtha.

Matsya-avatara is the first of the ten avataras. Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami has discussed infinite avataras in his abridged general review of the Prime Original Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila, Chapter 20. There, he writes that the lila-avatara (pastime avatara) is one of the six distinct kinds of principal descents of Sri Krsna. Among lila-avataras, the first is Matsya-avatara. There are countless numbers of lila-avataras mentioned in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. In his commentary on Madhya-lila (20.245), Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Sarasvati has discussed twenty-five principal lila-avataras. Chapter 3 of the First Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam also describes various descents of the Lord and Their characteristics.

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Hrisikesa Disappears from Duo 1.24-25

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Feb 09, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 1. 24-25.

In London on the 20th of July 1973, Srila Prabhupada gave the following lecture on Bhagavad-gita As It Is 1. 24-25:

His disciple Pradyumna read aloud:
sanjaya uvaca
evam ukto hrsikeso
gudakesena
bharata
senayor ubhayor madhye
sthapayitva rathottamam
[Bg. 1.24]

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Chaitanya Kishundyal - A Young Devotee Murdered but
Will Never Die

BY: SHRI DEVI DASI

Feb 09, GUYANA (SUN) — It is really unfortunate that ISKCON Guyana has lost one of its young devotees, who at 21 years old was a very happy and dedicated servant of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Sankirtan movement. Chaitanya Kishundyal hailed from Berbice, Guyana and was born to devotee parents. His mother is the head pujari of Sri Sri Radha-Gokula Chandra Temple. He grew up serving the Lord, and even through his teenage years, when boys his age would be interested in worldly activities, Chaitanya's only concern was doing all he can to help the Sankirtan movement.

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The Stealing of Srila Prabhupada's Properties

BY: KRSNANATHA DASA

Feb 07, PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (SUN) — There are few things which could show a breathing lack of Krsna consciousness more than the selling of Srila Prabhupada's properties. Few maneuvers could more plainly expose the corrupt mentality that Srila Prabhupada is dead and gone than thinking that one is somehow entitled to claim Srila Prabhupada and Krsna's properties as one's own and act accordingly.

This represents a kind of materialistic thinking that the word 'atrocious' barely begins to cover.

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The Positive Alternative Alternative

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Feb 07, UK (SUN) —

When I was a lad...
I was young, idealistic and incredibly naïve.
I thought that everyone who joined Srila Prabhupada's Hare Krishna society
shared a common set of high ideals...
a common goal.
We actively promoted ISKCON as the "positive alternative".
Now...
one is neither as young nor as naïve.
Collectively...
we watch the daily drama in Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON unfold.
Although His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada enshrined the topmost values in His Divine instructions…
daily…
we experience deviation after blatant deviation individually or as a society.
Our Governing Body Commission...
or as they wish to be known...
"the Ultimate Managerial Authority"
allow or even support this sad state of affairs to continue.
What to do...?
It is, after all, Kali Yuga.

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An Introduction
to Uttrakhand, Part 13

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

Feb 07, NEW YORK (SUN) — The last of a series of excerpts from a pilgrimage guide from the 1970s.

CHAPTER IX - JOURNEY TO MANA- SAROVAR AND KAILASH

Where any one goes to Manasarovar and Kailash, it certainly reminds him of the past glories of our great country, and one who visits these places is really proud of having been there and satisfied with the zenith of these glorious places. Badrinath to Mt. Kailash is about 305 Km. and Almora to Mount Kailash 405 Km.

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9.30 Well Proven Verse Changed

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Feb 07, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 9.30.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Even if one commits the most abominable actions, if he is engaged in devotional service, he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated."

Original, authorized 1968 edition:
"One who is engaged in devotional service, despite the most abominable action, is to be considered saintly because he is rightly situated."

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3rd Annual Ratha Yatra ISKCON Adelaide (Australia) 2016

BY: JAYA SADA GOSAI DASA

Feb 07, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (SUN) — On the 26th of January this year, ISKCON Adelaide celebrated its 3rd annual Rath Yatra. Lord Jagannath took to the streets as a part of the Australia Day Parade, His rath being designated as one of the floats. But, true to form, He stole the show yet again. With His huge, delighted eyes and inimitable smile, the Lord of the Universe appeared to be in rollicking good cheer. He was primed for an afternoon of wanton mercy distribution and thousands of unsuspecting onlookers reaped the full benefit.

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Feb 07, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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The Sale of ISKCON's Brooklyn Radha Govinda Mandir

BY: MUKUNDA DAS

Feb 05, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (SUN) — Dispelling the lies of Romapada Swami and Ramabhadra Prabhu regarding the sale of ISKCON's Brooklyn Radha Govinda Mandir.

While devotees worldwide are celebrating the 50 year anniversary of ISKCON , nobody is celebrating with enthusiasm in Brooklyn NY's Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, other than Romapada Swami and Ramabhadra prabhu. Soon Radha Govinda will be moved once again to where and for how long only the two so called leaders know for sure. They have yet to inform the congregational members that they have entered into a contract to sell the Temple and are in a mad scramble to complete the sale before the annual GBC meetings in Mayapur.

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An Introduction
to Uttrakhand, Part 12

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

Feb 05, NEW YORK (SUN) — Excerpts from a pilgrimage guide from the 1970s.

CHAPTER VIII
GAUMUKH

Gaumukh is the recognized source of Ganga. The Gangotri Glacier which is 6 to 8 Km. in width and nearly 24 Km. in length is situated at a height of 4255 M. above sea-level and set in the heart of the Gangotri Peaks. The best time to visit Gaumukh is June to September every year. Before June and after October the bridle path can be full of ice.

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The Glories of Raghava's Bag, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 09, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through the nectarian contents of Raghava's Bag.

Powdered Bitter Vegetables

The next foodstuff found amidst the glorious raghavera-jhali is described in Caitanya-caritamrta Antya lila 10.15-16:

"With great attention, Damayanti also made dried bitter vegetables into a powder."

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We Will Win Over the Whole Country and the Whole World

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 09, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — We will win over the whole country and the whole world by this activity on Krsna's behalf.

"Now I am especially concerned to distribute grains, rice, wheat in the form of dahl and rice prasadam to hungry people all over India. The people here are very disturbed because, partly due to the punishment of Nature, and partly due to the mismanagement of the demon class of men, food is not available. If the people do not even have sufficient food they will not even be able to receive spiritual instructions. So I am hopeful that if we can widely distribute free foodstuffs to the people of India, by giving it out at our centers as well as by travelling parties to villages, we will win over the whole country and the whole world by this activity on Krsna's behalf.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Feb 09, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"In the same way, a pure devotee of the Lord is always with Krishna through thick and thin; his way of life is Krishna."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 7.10.49)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Feb 09,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

February 9, 1976, Mayapur
Morning Walk
"ISKCON is not going to be social reformer, but as far as possible, we can help. Our main business is how to make everyone Krsna conscious. That is our business. We cannot take up, but if possible, we can take up all the system of varnasrama."


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

The Glories of Raghava's Bag, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 07, CANADA (SUN) —

Pickles and Condiments

The story of raghavera-jhali offers the following first mention of foodstuffs contained within Raghava's Bag:

"These are the names of some of the pickles and condiments in the bags of Raghava Pandita: amra-kasandi, ada-kasandi, jhala-kasandi, nembu- ada, amra-koli, amsi, ama-khanda, tailamra and ama-satta."

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We Have Captured
the Original

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 07, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — We have captured the original. govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi.

Srila Prabhupāda: So just imagine the position of the Kṛṣṇa conscious person. Everyone is worshiping somebody. Somebody is worshiping his wife, somebody is worship..., worshiping his husband, somebody is worshiping the leader of the country, somebody is worshiping something, something, something. And if anyone has nothing, then somebody is worshiping a dog, a cat. But we are worshiping the original person, Kṛṣṇa. Just see our position. Govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi . We are not flattering ordinary things. We have captured the original. Govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi. And why not? He is so...

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The Glories of Raghava's Bag

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 05, CANADA (SUN) —

Today we begin a new Feature series, inspired by the story of 'Raghava's Bag'. Following today's introductory text, tomorrow we will begin a survey of the various wonderful contents of sri-raghavera-jhali: the categories of foodstuffs prepared for Lord Caitanya's traveling sankirtana party.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Feb 05, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Those who are visnujana, their most favorable subject of understanding is Srimad Bhagavatam amalam puranam."

(Lecture, September 10, 1976, Vrindavan)

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Ganga Sagara Mela

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 05, NEW YORK (SUN) — Ganga Sagara Mela is observed on February 7th.

Gangapujan Dashahara or Dussehra is the "appearance day" or day that marks the descent of Mother Ganges - Ganga Ma". Throughout India this festival lasts ten days beginning on the Amavasya (dark moon night) and going through to the dasami tithi (tenth phase of the Moon, the day before Pandava Nirjal Ekadasi). The Ganga Sagara Mela festival is celebrated at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal.

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Cultivate the Consciousness

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 05, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Cultivate the consciousness of the particular relationship you desire with Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada Bury Place Morning Walk

Srila Prabhupada: ...One who worships Krishna does not come back again to this miserable material condition. Why? He has attained the highest perfection, to go back to Krishna. So this is the greatest benediction for human society, to train people to go back to Krishna's spiritual planet, where they can dance with Krishna in rasa-lila. Have you seen pictures of Krishna's rasa-lila dancing?

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The Glories of Raghava's Bag
We Will Win
Hrisikesa Disappears
Sri Matsya Avatara
Chaitanya Kishundyal
The "Secret Contract"
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
The Glories of Raghava's Bag
Well Proven Verse Changed
Intro. to Uttrakhand, Pt. 13
Positive Alternative Alternative
Stealing Prabhupada's Properties
We Captured the Original
Adelaide Ratha Yatra
Sunday Laffs
The Glories of Raghava's Bag
Cultivate the Consciousness
Ganga Sagara Mela
Intro. to Uttrakhand, Pt. 12
Sale of ISKCON Brooklyn
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Chitrakoot Dhama, Pt. 10
NBS: Lord Kapila's Teachings
Sat-tila Ekadasi
Intro. to Uttrakhand, Pt. 11
Sages Disappear
Krishna’s Bridge Preaching
Everything is Possible
Chitrakoot Dhama, Pt. 9
India Arts, Pt. 20
Women Attacked
Mixed vs. Pure
Intro. to Uttrakhand, Pt. 10
Bhagavata, Pancaratrika-Marga

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