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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

Krsna and Gopis
North India, 17th c.

Sat-Cid-Ananda

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Oct 15, FRANCE (SUN) — In ISKCON's official newspaper, we have a report about a mid-term meeting of the GBC. As well, we have a photo of the meeting. I was immediately completely choked when seeing it. And it is not the first time I am! Is it really a meeting of Srila Prabhupada's and Lord Caitanya's Movement devotees? Or rather the preparation of a funeral?

I can see what looks to be Prahladananda Maharaja, Malati devi dasi, Anuttama das etc., etc... and it is really not a vision of Vaikuntha! But much more a picture of what looks to be depressive people, with sinister and six-foot long faces, with symptoms of heavy tamo-guna in the dress of goodness, not any sign of happiness... Woah! I guess that everyone will be greatly inspired by this transcendental picture! Who would not want to go through so many austerities, sacrifices etc. in order to finally become like that?

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This is Modern ISKCON

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 15, CANADA (SUN) — "GBC meet outlines major priorities of ISKCON" by FP News Service, Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh.

Roles of zonal supervisors should meet standards set by Srila Prabhupada, assert members.

About three dozen Governing Body Commission members, including the senior sanyasi and sadhu of the ISKCON, went on a sight-seeing tour of Ujjain, under the guidance of chairman Bhakticharu Maharaj. They first paid a visit to the Mahakaleshwar Temple and then visited Narsing Ghat, Ram Ghat, Sandipani Ashram. They were briefe on the importance of these places.

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Instructions for a Constitution

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Oct 15, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

In the conversation in Vrndavana 1977, ref . 77052, Srila Prabhupada speaks about his Guru Maharaja wanting to form a constitution. But in the conversation Prabhupada is heard saying later he avoided it. I get the impression Prabhupada was referring to Tirtha Maharaja, avoiding making this constitution.

Tirtha Maharaja kept a scrap of paper that Srila Bhaktisiddanta had written on before he was to undergo a hernia operation, which later he decided not to go ahead with. Anyhow, Tirtha Maharaja produced this scrap of paper in court and was given rights to some of the Gaudiya math. The paper gave Srila Bhaktisiddanta's desires should he pass away during the hernia operation, that three trustees would manage the math by majority.

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Sri Damodarastakam, Text 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 15, CANADA (SUN) — The glorious month of Damodara.

Sri Sri Damodarastakam - Text 5

idam te mukhambhojam avyakta-nilair
vrtam kuntalaih nigdha-raktais ca gopya
muhus cumbitam bimba-raktadharam me
manasy avirastam alam laksa-labhaih

O Lord! Your lotus like face is completely surrounded by very dark blue, glossy reddish- | tinted curling hair and is kissed again and again by mother Yasoda | Your lotus face is endowed with lips red as bimba fruits - may it always remain visible in my heart | The attainment of millions of other boons is completely useless to me

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Guiness Record Bhagavad-gita Scam

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Oct 15, DENMARK (SUN) — The falsely edited "ISKCON" Bhagavad-gita will now be an attempted Guiness Book record. Thereby making it the greatest scam of religious books ever.

If for some reason you have any doubt that this is indeed a scam, you may inform yourself here.

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Oct 15, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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"Because I Never Factually Heard"

BY: SUN EDITORS

Oct 13, CANADA (SUN) — Following our recent article, "Challenging the Zonal Acaryas …and the Ritvik-Vadis", a reply from Yasodanandana dasa has been posted on a few Ritvik forums. In it, he informs that a mistake was made in our article – Pradyumna was not a key author of the 1979 Vrindavan challenge paper, as we thought.

Yasodanandana complains that:
"…the loquacious self-styled independent brahminical commentator and editor (the "Independent Brahminical Commentator") of the Sampradaya Sun, has attempted to misrepresent various statements, and written letters which I authored in 1978 and 1979, and my role in the submission of a paper presented to the GBC…"

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Sri Damodarastakam, Text 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 13, CANADA (SUN) — The glorious month of Damodara.

Sri Sri Damodarastakam - Text 4

varam deva! moksam na moksavadhim va
na canyam vrne 'ham varesad apiha
idam te vapur natha! gopala-balam
sada me manasy avirastam kim anyaih

He Deva! O Lord! Although You are capable of granting any boon I do not pray to You for liberation, | nor for eternal life in Vaikuntha, or for any other benediction | He Natha! O Lord! May Your form as a cowherd child forever remain manifest in my heart | Other than this I have no need of anything

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Difficult Situation

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Oct 13, FRANCE (SUN) — In the middle of the present international situation related to Islamist terrorism, we should be aware that the situation of the many normal and genuine Muslims is even much more complicated and uncomfortable than ours.

On one side, they are not considered as true Muslims by the extremists, and even as apostates. And therefore, become sometimes the first target of those extremists. We saw that recently, on several occasions, in France. And those Muslims are anyway victims, as well as non-Muslims, of the blind attacks made by the jihadists. They don't discriminate at all in their mass murders.

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This Flute Has
Created a Problem

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Oct 13, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

This flute has created a problem
The gopis say
What did the flute do?
Audacity of appearing in male form
Even no formal marriage, and low birth
Born from the non moving
What right to taste Those Lips
It is our right to Taste
When that flute gives
Cries of bliss
Not the sound of blowing air
But the touch of Krishna
And we are forced to hear this sound
The flute takes all
And won't leave a morsel

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Sigmund Freud, Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 13, CANADA (SUN) —

XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS - Sigmund Freud (1856-1934)

Hayagriva dasa: Freud writes: "The believer will not let his faith be taken from him neither by arguments nor by prohibitions. And even if it did succeed with some, it would be a cruel thing to do. A man who has for decades taken a sedative is naturally unable to sleep if he is deprived of it...."

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1970s Hare Krishnas Perform in Downtown Toronto

BY: CYNTHIA REASON

Oct 13, CITY TORONTO, CANADA (SUN) — This week's #ThrowbackThursday documents an early 1970s performance by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) – more commonly known as the Hare Krishnas – in downtown Toronto.

Taken sometime between 1970 and 1972, the photo was captured in front of the Bank of Montreal on the north-east corner of Yonge and Queen streets.

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The Direction ISKCON
is Taking

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Oct 11, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — Thoughts on GBC, central management, temple authorities, mentor systems, and the direction of preaching coming from the pure representative the pure empowered devotee.

In this time of ISKCON, the position of Guru has been diminished to someone who comes and gives classes, occasionally some retreats, or social media events. Communications take place to disciples through e mails, and such Gurus have little or no influence on the services that the disciples carry out.

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The Appearance of Radha-kund

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 11, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance of Radha-kund, Snana Dana Bahulastami, is observed on October 11th.

After killing a bull-demon named Aristasura, Krishna approached Radharani to engage in loving affairs. However, She rebuked Him, stating He was impure because of committing the sin of killing a bull, the symbol of religion. She suggested that to counteract this sin He should bathe in all the sacred rivers.

Krishna, being eager to engage in loving affairs with Srimati Radharani, immediately shoved His lotus foot into the ground, making a large hole, and called all the sacred rivers to enter into it. They appeared before Him and formed Syama-kunda (the bathing place of Syama--one who is the color of a dark rain cloud).

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Sri Damodarastakam, Text 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 11, CANADA (SUN) — The glorious month of Damodara.

Sri Sri Damodarastakam - Text 3

itidrk sva-lilabhir ananda-kunde
sva-ghosam nimajjantam akhyapayantam
tadiyesita-jnesu bhaktair jitatvam
punah prematas tam satavrtti vande

In this way, to He Who perpetually drowns the residents of Gokula in pools of pure bliss Who informs those devotees desirous of knowing His supreme opulence and majesty that He is naturally conquered only by His loving devotees I again offer my obeisances with love unto that lord Damodara hundreds and hundreds of times.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 11, 2017 CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

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A Scotsman in the Himalayas, Part 12

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 15, CANADA (SUN) — Excerpts from the journal of an artist on expedition to the Himalayas.

Today's coloured aquatint was made by Robert Havell and Son from plate 5 of J.B. Fraser's Views in the Himala Mountains. Fraser and his brother William reached Rampur, the capital of Bushair State in the Himalayan foothills, on 12 June 1815. It was an important trading place for cashmere wool and was situated on the banks of the river Sutlej, which was crossed by the precarious rope bridge seen in the bottom left corner.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Carl Jung

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 15, CANADA (SUN) —

XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS - Carl Gustav Jung (1875 - 1961)

Hayagriva dasa: Jung gave the following criticism of Sigmund Freud: "Sexuality evidently meant more to Freud than to other people. For him it was something to be religiously observed One thing was clear; Freud, who had always made much of his irreligiosity, had now constructed a dogma, or rather, in the place of a jealous God whom he had lost, he had substituted another compelling image, that of sexuality."

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Vaisnava Is Always Humble

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Oct 15, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: "Vaiṣṇava is always humble—meek and humble. That is Vaiṣṇava. Vaiṣṇava is powerful, but still he is very meek and humble."

Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.8 -- Mayapur, February 28, 1977:

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Oct 15, INDIA (SUN) — October 15, 1972 : Vrindavan

Srila Prabhupada takes His disciples on a tour around Vrindavan. (Srila Prabhupada trained his disciples in all aspects of Krishna consciousness - kirtanas, chanting, book distribution, Vaishnava etiquette, cooking for the Lord, Deity worship etc. Everything was expertly taught by the most qualified spiritual master. In this instance, he taught the devotees how one should see, revere and live in a holy dhama.)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Oct 15,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

October 15, 1973, Bombay
Bhagavad-gita 13.21
"Fifty years ago, when I first came to Bombay, at that time I was grhastha. I saw there were persons lying down care of footpath, and fifty years after, we are seeing the same thing is going on. No change. There is a class of men who must lie down care of footpath."

October 15, 1974, Mayapura
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.35
"There are 8,400,000 different forms of life, and we are finishing one body, entering another body. Tatha dehantara-praptih. Krsna says. Either you have to reject Krsna's word or you have to reject all this so-called scientific research. But we have... We are pledged to Krsna consciousness. We cannot reject Krsna's word."

October 15, 1975, Johannesburg
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.5-6
"By bhakti-yoga you can cleanse your mind without any contamination, immediately. If you want to be liberated from the contamination of material existence, or material modes of nature, then immediately you take to bhakti-yoga."

October 15, 1975, Johannesburg
Room Conversation
"What is the use of living with ailments, with toothache and many other things? What is the use of such life? Better die young, in good health, chanting Hare Krsna. What is the use of prolonged life? The prolonged life... The trees are also prolonged life. Does it mean it is happy?"


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

Ancient Indian Cookery, Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 13, CANADA (SUN) — A study of ancient texts on Vedic cookery and foodstuffs, in Sanskrit and Kannada.

Today we return to our discussion of the Supa Sastra, written by King Mangarasa III in 1508 A.D., which deals with the Vedic science of cooking. His six-chapter tome draws upon the earliest known Vedic cookbook -- Nala Pandava's Pakadarpanam.

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Fully Cognizant of the Science of Krsna

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Oct 13, INDIA (SUN) — Prof. O'Connell: ...Is it possible, Swamiji, for a woman to be a guru in the line of disciplic succession?

Srila Prabhupada: ...Yes. Jahnava devi was -- Nityananda's wife. She became. If she is able to go to the highest perfection of life, why it is not possible to become guru? But, not so many.

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Rama Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 13, CANADA (SUN) — Rama Ekadasi, from the Brahma-Vaivarta Purana of Srila Krishna Dwaipayana Veda Vyaasa, observed October 15th.

Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "O Janardana, O protector of all beings, what is the name of the Ekadasi that comes during the dark fortnight (Krishna paksha) of the month of Karttika (October - November)? Please impart this sacred knowledge to me."

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Oct 13, INDIA (SUN) — October 13, 1976 : New Delhi

Due to his servant's mistake, Srila Prabhupada takes the risk of overnight travel from Delhi to Chandigarh to preach. (Srila Prabhupada set aside all his physical discomfort and was totally committed to preaching Krishna consciousness to people around the world. Thus, he took the trouble to travel, lecture and write voluminous books on Krishna consciousness. Who can be more munificent than Him?)

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Ancient Indian Cookery, Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 11, CANADA (SUN) — A study of ancient texts on Vedic cookery and foodstuffs, in Sanskrit and Kannada.

Wheat is one of the oldest crops cultivated in India. Historical records show that it was introduced in India at least four thousand years ago, most likely from the East Mediterranean region of the Middle, as well as from West Asia. Mostly a northern crop, wheat is grown today primarily in the Punjab, Haryana and western Uttar Pradesh, as well as in Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Oct 11, INDIA (SUN) — October 11, 1976 : New Delhi

Srila Prabhupada meets with an accident while travelling from Aligarh to Delhi. (All through his life Srila Prabhupada had to face many adversities. He overcame all the material obstacles with his unflinching faith in Lord Krishna. He remained unfazed.)

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I Am Not Flattering You

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Oct 11, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: "We must be very much thankful to our Govinda dāsī. She first of all cultivated the tulasī plant in Hawaii. And now our tulasī plants are distributed. So she has done a great service. I think I gave her the seeds, and she very nicely done it. Now everywhere we see tulasī plant. It is very pleasing.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Sigmund Freud, Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 11, CANADA (SUN) —

XIII. PSYCHOANALYSIS - Sigmund Freud (1856-1934)

Hayagriva dasa: Freud further writes: "The riddles of the universe only reveal themselves slowly to our inquiry. To many questions science can as yet give no answer; but scientific work is our only way to the knowledge of external reality No, science is no illusion. But it would be an illusion to suppose that we can get anywhere else what it cannot give us."

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A Scotsman in the Himalayas
Vaisnava is Always Humble
Guiness Record Gita Scam
Instructions for a Constitution
Dialectical Spirit: Jung
Sri Damodarastakam
Sat-Cid-Ananda
Srila Prabhupada Today
This is Modern ISKCON
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Cooking in Ancient India
1970s Devotees, Toronto
Rama Ekadasi
Dialectical Spirit: Freud
Flute Has Created a Problem
Difficult Situation
Sri Damodarastaka
"I Never Factually Heard"
Fully Cognizant of the Science
Srila Prabhupada Today
Cooking in Ancient India
I Am Not Flattering You
Dialectical Spirit: Freud
Sri Damodarastaka
Appearance of Radha-kund
Direction ISKCON is Taking
Srila Prabhupada Today
Classifieds
Cooking in Ancient India
Parishads
Dialectical Spirit: Freud
Progressive March?
Sri Damodarastaka
The Process for Initiations
Poor Cows, Milked, Slaughtered
Srila Prabhupada Today
Long Island Lawsuit Victory!
Cooking in Ancient India
Dialectical Spirit: Freud
Mussulman's Menace
Apparent Contradiction
Sri Damodarastakam
Krsna's Will Executed
Srila Prabhupada Today
Weekend Laffs
The Glories of Kartika
Parishads
The Genuine Cry
Dialectical Spirit: Freud
Sri Krishna Blends His Flute
Proven Nonsense Change
Individual Effort
Initiation Into Spiritual Life
The Glorious Month of Damodar
Duties in Month of Kartikka
Sri Krsna Saradiya Rasayatra
Srila Prabhupada Today
Classifieds

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