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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

Lord Vishnu's Footprints
Rajasthan, c. 1800

Zonalised Siddhanta

BY: AHOBILA DAS

Dec 15, RUSSIA (SUN) — To be implemented in a temple or zone near you… soon.

The GBC has decided to experiment and possibly also implement a new form of management system: Zonalised siddhanta, somewhat akin to the now defunct zonalised acarya system. This idea came up after the backward and over-traditional leaders of ISKCON in India rejected the modern and New Age idea of FDG implementation in ISKCON India. It was then suggested that the idea of FDG be implemented outside of India where it is perfectly correct, even though it is wrong within India. Thus we are seeing the birth of a new system of management: Zonalised Siddhanta, where certain aspects of philosophy can be true in one area and not true in another area, thereby making the correctness of siddhanta depend on spatial considerations.

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The Hijacking of ISKCON, Part Three

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Dec 15, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) — The Mayavadi Poison - a Trojan Horse enters ISKCON

Many devotees know very well the telltale signs of deviation known as PDF: Profit, Adoration and Distinction. Too many of Srila Prabhupada's disciples were laid by the wayside by the GBC body and gurus who were exhibiting these telltale signs. Many of these sidelines devotees had given volumes of service and personal sacrifice for Srila Prabhupada, Lord Krsna and ISKCON. They are no longer being engaged, cared for or recognized for their devotional services... and that's a sad fact. On the other side we see Radhanath Swami taking credit for things in ISKCON in a fashion that does not benefit any aspiring devotee.

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The Death of Death Personified

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 15, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Sri Nrisimha Maha-mantra

ugram viram maha-vishnum
jvalantam sarvato mukham
nrisimham bhishanam bhadram
mrityur mrityum namamy aham

"I bow down to Lord Narasimha who is ferocious and heroic like Lord Vishnu. He is burning from every side. He is terrific, auspicious and the death of death personified."

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Condition of Women - "Unexpected Reactions"

BY: BHAKTA SINGH

Dec 15, CALIFORNIA, USA (SUN) —

"We should be careful to educate our sons, our boys, with bhāgavata-dharma from the very beginning of life. That was the Vedic system. Therefore, in the first twenty-five years of life, the children were sent to gurukula for learning this bhāgavata-dharma.

So the educational system should take very seriously if at all they want to make their country nice, not varṇa-saṅkaraḥ. Strīṣu duṣṭāsu varṇa-saṅkaraḥ bhaviṣyati. This Vedic culture is so scientifically made. Just like according to Vedic culture, the women are instructed or trained up to become very chaste, very chaste.

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Saphala Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 15, CANADA (SUN) — Saphala Ekadasi or Pausha-krshna Ekadasi, from the Bhavishya-uttara Purana, observed on Dec 17th (LA) / Dec 18th (Mayapur).

Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "O my Dear Lord Sri Krishna, what is the name of that Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Pausha (December-January)? How is it observed, and which Deity is to be worshipped on that sacred day? Please narrate these details to me fully, so that I may understand Oh Janardana."

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna then replied, "O best of kings, because you desire to hear, I shall fully describe to you the glories of the Pausha-krshna Ekadasi. "I do not become as pleased by sacrifice or charity as I do by My devotees observance of a full fast on Ekadasi. To the best of one's ability, therefore, one should fast on Ekadasi, the day of Lord Hari.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 15, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Real Estate ]


A Very Expert Editor

BY: THE ASSEMBLED DEVOTEES

Dec 13, WORLDWIDE (SUN) — This essay is not an attempt to defend the misbehavior of anyone. However, we beg to remind everyone that even if a devotee does something unsavory at some point, his previous service does not retroactively become an abomination, in need of being purged, replaced or remedied. Would it make sense to re-do the paintings of a devotee artist who later fell into maya? Or to dismantle and re-build a temple constructed with funds collected by methods later called into question, or by devotees whose character turned out to be less than ideal? We should all thank God that our spiritual bank balance cannot be depleted and our particular bank is way too big to fail.

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The Hijacking of ISKCON, Part Two

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Dec 13, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) —

Should we boldly speak the truth?

This question was put to Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur: "Should we boldly speak the truth?" His reply:

"Without cheating anyone we should boldly speak the truth to everyone. If the truth is bitter or unpopular but bestows blessings on the living entities, we must speak it. This will not ultimately cause them anxiety...Unless we speak the truth boldly we cannot please guru and Gauranga. The more determined one is in devotional service, the bolder and more courageous he will be as a preacher. If I fail to speak the impartial truth because I might become unpopular, I have certainly abandoned the path of my disciplic succession and accepted an unauthorized path. In the end I will either find myself cheated or will become an atheist."

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Always Sorry at Others Pleasures and Merry at Other's Sorrows

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 13, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Pleasure at another's misfortune is evident in children as young as two

They say there is no joy like the joy at another's misfortune, but at what age do we already know how to feel and express it? The following story is based on materials provided by University of Haifa.

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Ramayana Book Release Tomorrow

BY: ISKCON SRI JAGANNATH MANDIR

Dec 13, BANGALORE (SUN) — The timeless wisdom and teachings of the all-time classical epic "Ramayana" has been the beacon light to the lives of billions. The historical narration of the divine life of Lord Sri Ramachandra touches every aspect of life and has guided people to endure challenges of life successfully.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 13, CANADA (SUN) —

Over the last several years, we have on many occasions purchased items from the online store at Krishna.com. The Krishna Store always has a good selection, whether we're looking for books or paraphernalia. And as Canadian customers, we've especially come to appreciate their prompt delivery. Other than Amazon, there are few online vendors we've found to be as dependably fast with deliveries as Krishna Store has been.

In the early years of the HareKrsna.com site, we attempted to run a small storefront, Atishaya, but gave up due to individual vendors not getting their products shipped to customers on time. International shipping is never as easy as we think it should be, but Krishna Store makes it easy. We thank them for their seva, and encourage all to take advantage of what has become a well established supplier of devotional goods.


BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 13, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Real Estate ]


Dec 13, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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The Hijacking of ISKCON

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Dec 11, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) — Part One.

PREFACE

It is not the intention of the writer of this article to make any offences to Radhanath Swami, his disciples, or any of my godbrothers/godsisters. Rather, it's because of the growing deviations in ISKCON and my concern that I write this article. I know well the consequences of Vaisnava aparadha.

On the face of it ISKCON looks normal, but careful examination reveals another picture.

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Lord Caitanya and Guru Nanak in Jagannatha Puri, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 15, CANADA (SUN) — In an article for the Orissa Review written in 2003, author Gitarani Praharaj describes the pastimes of Guru Nanak and Lord Chaitanya in Jagannatha Puri. Praharaj, a Curator of Archaeology for the Orissa State Museum in Bhubaneswar, offers many of the same comments given by H.H. Srila Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Goswami, which were included in yesterday's segment. In fact, some of the content in Praharaj's article appears to have been taken directly from H.H. Bhakti Sravan Tirtha Maharaja's narration, to which Praharaj adds some details about this historical pastime, including a rather peculiar remark about Lord Caitanya.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Dec 15, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"That is my habit. If I see that the water tap is open, I immediately close it. I do not like that the water is wasted, you see, because I think that "The government is spending so much money for supplying water, and this water is unnecessarily being lost. So why should it be?"

(Lecture, February 8, 1969, Los Angeles)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 496

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 15, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto CXVI - The Meeting

"He looked upon that archer chief
Whose full eye mocked the lotus leaf,
And thus the noble Vánar spake:
"Now meet the queen for whose dear sake
Thy mighty task was first begun,
And now the glorious fruit is won.
O'erwhelmed with woe thy lady lies,
The hot tears streaming from her eyes.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Dec 15,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

December 15, 1973, Los Angeles
Morning Walk
"You are atheist. You are posing yourself atheist. Atheist means one who does not believe in God. That's all right. Now what do you mean by God?"

December 15, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.37
"So if the government is by the people, yes, you select your representative. If you are a fool, then you will select another fool."

December 15, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.03
"A man will claim to become God. But as I am requesting Krsna to show the virad-rupa, similarly, if some fool accepted the another fool as God, he should request him, 'Please show your virad-rupa.' Then accept him. Otherwise don't accept."

December 15, 1976, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 16.7
"Real self-interest is that "I am spirit soul, I am son of God, my father is very, very rich, opulent. I have given up my father's association and therefore I am suffering."


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

Lord Caitanya and Guru Nanak in Jagannatha Puri

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 13, CANADA (SUN) — In a paper entitled Guru Nanak in Oriya Sources, author Raghubir Singh Tak describes an Oriyan palm leaf manuscript preserved in the Jagannath Temple Museum, which documents the point in history when Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Guru Nanak were visiting the holy dhama at Puri Jagannath at the same time, along with other associates. Raghubir Singh Tak, formerly a Professor in the Department of Guru Nanak Studies, GNDU, describes the manuscript:

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Dec 13, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"A pure devotee can create Vaikuntha or Vrindavana anywhere simply by chanting the glories of the Lord without offense."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.30.33)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 495

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 13, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto CXV - Sítá's Joy

"The Vánar chieftain bowed his head,
Within the walls of Lanká sped,
Leave from the new-made king obtained,
And Sítá's lovely garden gained.
Beneath a tree the queen he found,
Where Rákshas warders watched around.

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Krishna Carvings at Banteay Srei

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 11, CANADA (SUN) — Among the many Vaishnava ruins in Cambodia, the 10th century temple of Banteay Srei in Angkor has several of the most beautiful carved renditions of Sri Krsna found anywhere in the country. The Lord is depicted in two famous lila scenes, one from the Bhagavat Purana and one from Mahabharata.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Dec 11, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Everyone should take advantage of the wandering devotees, whose only business is to deliver conditioned souls from the clutches of maya."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.30.37)

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Bhagavatastakam of Rasikananda, Verse 7

BY: DR. DEMIAN MARTINS

Dec 11, INDIA (SUN) —

Text 7

premasvada-parayanan hari-pada-sphurti-sphuran-manasan
anandaika-payo-nidhin rasa-samullasi-smita-sri-mukhan |
dhanyan sac-caritaugha-nandita-janan karunya-purasrayan
vande bhagavatan iman anulavam murdhna nipatya ksitau || 7 ||

Relishing love of God as the supreme shelter, they are a unique ocean of bliss. Their hearts sparkle at the sight of Lord Hari's lotus feet. Their beautiful smiling faces shining due to attachment to the Lord, these virtuous souls delight everyone with their saintly behavior and are a stream of mercy to those who take their shelter. Bowing my head on the ground, I respectfully glorify these great devotees of the Lord at every moment.

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The Agony of Separation: O Srila Prabhupada!
O Master!

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 11, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Viraha Astaka: Eight Prayers in Separation from My Spiritual Master by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, December 1958, translated from Bengali by Dasaratha-suta dasa.

First Octet: The Flood of Krishna Prema

1) O Srila Prabhupada! You personally suffer
to see the suffering
of the fallen conditioned souls.
On this anniversary of your separation
I am utterly despondent.

2) "The ocean of mercy was previously held back by a dam,
but Lord Nityananda personally cut a channel in it
and thereby released the outpouring flood
of pure ecstatic love of God."
(from Lochana dasa's song "Nitai Guna Mani")

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ISKCON Wants MHA to Consider Relaxed Visa Norm for Ageing Members

BY: AMAN SHARMA

Dec 11, NEW DELHI (ET) — The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) has requested the Union home ministry to consider a relaxed visa regime for a small group of its ageing foreign devotees wishing to spend their last years in India.

Iskcon governing body commission member GK Goswami and president of Iskcon, Baroda, BG Das, met MoS Home HP Chaudhary on Tuesday and requested for a considerate view to be taken of the cause of their some foreign devotees who wish to breathe their last in India. Iskcon pointed out to the minister that it has a group of foreign devotees who are aged, have spent long time in India with it and now wish to be here till they die.

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Lord Caitanya & Guru Nanak
Saphala Ekadasi
Condition of Women
Death of Death Personified
The Hijacking of ISKCON
Zonalised Siddhanta
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Lord Caitanya & Guru Nanak
Always Sorry at Others Pleasures
The Hijacking of ISKCON
A Very Expert Editor
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Ramayana Book Release
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Editor's Note
Classifieds
Saturday Laffs
Krishna Carvings, Banteay Srei
The Agony of Separation
Bhagavatastakam, Verse 7
The Hijacking of ISKCON
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Relaxed Visa Norm
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Sri Bhagavatamrta Kanika
When Others are Suffering
Female Diksha Gurus
The Ramayan of Valmiki
12th Vrinda Kunda Festival
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Nagas in Ancient India
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Education of Priests' Children
Gita as National Scripture
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Nagas in Ancient India
Managing the Country
Sri Bala-Mukundastakam
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Russian Pilgrim in Trouble
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Personification of Friendship
Vaishnava Culture As It Is
Feet of Lord Nrsimhadeva
Female Diksha Guru Proposal
The Ramayan of Valmiki
"Prabhupada Now"
ISKCON Vedic Wisdom Contest
Nityam Bhagavata-sevaya
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds

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