UPDATED — Dec 16, 2017 11:59 pm PST
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

Radha and Krsna in Grove
Mewar, c. 1800

Long Island Case Update

BY: NIMAI PANDIT DASA

Dec 16, NEW YORK (SUN) — The Appellate Court of NY State, on December 4, 2017, gave a Stay on the recent order of Judge Marber from the NY Trial court, that had ordered the transfer of the Long Island temple and the control of ISKCON, Inc., Srila Prabhupada's original society incorporated in NY in 1966, to the ISKCON GBC.

The stay was requested by the Defendant Nimai Pandit Das, TP of ISKCON Long Island temple and non-party necessary parties - The Congregation and the Trustee board of the Temple - collectively called Appellants. The Respondents are the ISKCON GBC and Adarsi Das, old TP of the temple. The stay is for the duration of the pending appeal in the Appellate court - usually around 1-1.5 years.

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India Through the
Eyes of Europe -
Matsya Avatara

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 16, CANADA (SUN) — Many of the images explored in this series were first rendered in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Some of the finest were first drawn and engraved by Bernard Picart, in his book entitled The ceremonies and religious customs of the various nations of the known world (London, 1733 - 1739).

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Impractical Fools

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Dec 16, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — In Srimad Bhagavatam 1.16:1, Srila Prabhupada makes a point that Maharaja Pariksit was a responsible king, because his kingship obliged him to follow great authorities and instructions left In Vedic literature. He did not act as an impractical fool to enact daily a new legislative bill and to conveniently alter it again to serve some purpose. The rules and regulations are set in place by liberated sages who know the how to enact policies for time, place and circumstances.

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But the Problem Is

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Dec 16, DENMARK (SUN) — "I entered Prabhupada's room and found him clearly relieved at having resolved the matter.

He smiled at me and said, "Of all the GBC, he," indicating Tamal Krishna Maharaja with a tip of his head, "is the most intelligent.

But the problem is, those with intelligence want to control everything.

And he wants to control the whole Society.

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Changing Means Rascal!

BY: BHAKTA YAREK

Dec 16, POLAND (SUN) —

Srimad Bhagavatam 1.5.11:

tad-vāg-visargo janatāgha-viplavo
yasmin prati-ślokam abaddhavaty api
nāmāny anantasya yaśo 'ṅkitāni yat
śṛṇvanti gāyanti gṛṇanti sādhavaḥ

TRANSLATION
"On the other hand, that literature which is full of descriptions of the transcendental glories of the name, fame, forms, pastimes, etc., of the unlimited Supreme Lord is a different creation, full of transcendental words directed toward bringing about a revolution in the impious lives of this world's misdirected civilization. Such transcendental literatures, even though imperfectly composed, are heard, sung and accepted by purified men who are thoroughly honest.

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Parishads: Sri Locana Dasa Thakura

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 16, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Locana Dasa Thakura is observed on December 18th.

Lochan Das Thakur was born in 1523 in Kogram, in the Katwa block of Burdwan district. This village is about ten miles north of Guskara train station. The Thakur's home is situated near the Ajaya River.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 16, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

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Dec 16, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Garuda Purana:
Shiva's Prayer to
Lord Nrsimhadev

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 14, CANADA (SUN) —

Following is Chapter 231 of the Garuda Purana, in which Mahadeva Shiva calls on Lord Nrsimhadev. The Matrgana's mentioned in this story are eight goddesses produced from the bodies of Vishnu, Shiva and six other main deities during the killing of a powerful demon called Andhaka. Their origin is recounted in the Varaha-purana.

1.

Suta said: O Saunaka, I shall now mention the prayer to Narasimha sung by Shiva. Formerly the Mothers (matrgana) told Sankara thus:

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India Through the
Eyes of Europe

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 14, CANADA (SUN) — During the sixteenth century, from the Greeks onward, "India" was a general name in Europe for the most remote lands to the East. Alexander the Great's campaigns (326-324 B.C.) in the Indus valley inaugurated a period of more direct intercourse which markedly broadened the latitudes of fact and fantasy about Asia to the east of Persia. In addition to factual accounts of Alexander's exploits, a host of imaginary stories became associated with the great Macedonian's name. Overland trade with India helped to produce even greater awareness of the people on the Indian subcontinent.

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4 Russians Detained
for Flying Drone over Srimandir

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Dec 14, JAGANNATH PURI, ORISSA (OP) — The Orissa Police Thursday detained four Russian nationals for flying a drone equipped with a camera capable of taking high-definition images over the Srimandir here, a senior police officer said.

The Russians nationals were identified as Maxim Verkhoturov, Yulia Shvaleeva, Dima Zlobin and Elena Solodehuk. Three of the four, who said they were members of ISKCON, were women, the officer added.

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A Festival of Happiness

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Dec 14, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Srila Rupa Goswami says
The Holy Names attracts
Those expert in relishing
Mellows so sweet
The Bliss of His devotees
Increasing as His Qualities
Are remembered
Such service to His lotus feet
A festival of happiness
The artistic dancing
And side long glance
Charmed the hearts
Of the servants who
Forever enhance
service to the utmost servant

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Parishads: Mahesa Pandita & Uddharana Datta Thakura

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 14, 2017 — CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Mahesa Pandita & Uddharana Datta Thakura is observed on December 15th.

In Vraja, Mahesh Pandit was Krishna's cowherd friend, Mahabahu.
Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 129

Mahesh Pandit was one of the Dvadasa-gopala, or twelve cowherd boys. His home (Sripat) was first situated in Masipur across the river from Jirat on the eastern bank of the Ganges. When Masipur fell into the river, the Sripat was moved to Beledanga near Sukhasagar. Here too, the banks of the Ganges fell into the river causing the destruction of the village.

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Court Urged to Reject Petition for Sale of Brooklyn Temple

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 12, CANADA (SUN) — New York Attorney General Urges Supreme Court to Reject Pending Petition for Sale of Hare Krishna Temple in Brooklyn

December 6, 2017 - New York Supreme Court for Kings County Room 525 was filled with Krishna devotees opposing a petition seeking approval of the sale of their temple in Brooklyn. Also appearing in court to oppose the proposed sale were attorneys for ISKCON's Governing Body Commission (GBC), an attorney for the newly reconstituted Bharati Center board, an attorney for the temple's congregants and a New York Assistant Attorney General.

New York State law requires court approval of the sale of real property belonging to a religious society. Typically, a religious society desirous of selling its place of worship first seeks approval from the New York State Office of the Attorney General. If the Attorney General rejects a religious society's petition to sell its place of worship, the seller's sole recourse is to attempt to overturn that decision in New York Supreme Court.

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The Ritvik Confusion
on Parampara

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Dec 12, DENMARK (SUN) —

Where the Ritvik-dogma disagrees with Srila Prabhupada

Where the Ritvik-dogma disagrees with parampara

"So we got this information from His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, and that knowledge is still going on.

You are receiving through his servant.

And in future the same knowledge will go to your students.

This is called parampara system.

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 17

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 16, CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma at Gurramguda

Today, we visit a small temple in Andhra Pradesh that is very much 'off the beaten track'. The Brahma Maanasa Sarva Siddhi Kshetram is located in Hyderbad, at Gurramguda Village, 15 km. from Koti. The temple is housed in humble facilities, being a concrete building with little facility. Nonetheless, the presiding deities – Devi Saraswati and Lord Brahma – are very beautiful. Saraswati is also known here as Shri Rajarajeswari Devi.

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Krsna: The Uncontaminated Original Flavor Which Permeates Everything

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 16, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: Puṇya means that which is not decomposed; puṇya is original. Everything in the material world has a certain flavor or fragrance, as the flavor and fragrance in a flower, or in the earth, in water, in fire, in air, etc. The uncontaminated flavor, the original flavor, which permeates everything, is Kṛṣṇa. Similarly, everything has a particular original taste, and this taste can be changed by the mixture of chemicals. So everything original has some smell, some fragrance and some taste."

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Dec 16, INDIA (SUN) — December 16, 1976 : Hyderabad

Srila Prabhupada holds press conference at Hyderabad. (Srila Prabhupada was relentless in his pursuit to spread Krishna consciousness worldwide. What better way than engaging the media to do so? Wherever he traveled, media representatives would pose various questions to Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada welcomed these queries. Being most confidential servant of the Lord, he was blessed with an uncanny ability to answer even the most complex of questions. His impeccable answers based on his scriptural expertise would convince them all.)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Dec 16,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

December 16, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 9.26-27
"Just establish, just propagate this everywhere. In the hospital, in the charitable societies, in industrial places, everywhere distribute this prasada and chant this Hare Krsna. Just see what is the result."

December 16, 1966, New York
Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.245-253
"Anyone who understands about the appearance and disappearance of God or His incarnation, simply by understanding this, one is liberated."

December 16, 1968, Los Angeles
Bhagavad-gita 2.46-62
"Miser is thinking on his own account, "How much I'll get? How much in my share?" And liberal means he has no more share, everything Krsna's. This is Krsna consciousness."

December 16, 1973, Los Angeles
Morning Walk
"In our organization... Just like in each temple we elect a president. Then we get GBC. Then above all, I am. So that is needed. It is not conventional. It is needed. Therefore above everything, there must be God."

December 16, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.38
"The rascals, they do not know whom to vote, and therefore another rascal is elected, and when he is not doing well, they cry. You have elected."

December 16, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.04
"By surrendering to Krsna, by becoming a devotee of Krsna, you become free from the clutches of maya. Mam eva ye prapadyante. Simply by surrendering."

December 16, 1975, Bombay
Morning Walk
"You cannot expect any good behavior from animals. This is going on. They want to keep the whole population animal, and they're making big, big plans-United Nations, this, that."

December 16, 1976, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 16.8
"The division is deva and asura. It doesn't matter where you are born. Even in India... Suppose you are born in a brahmana family. It does not mean that you cannot become an asura."


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

Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 16

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 14, CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Brahma Tirtha at Manthani

Another of the Brahma shrines in Andhra Pradesh is in the temple complex at Manthani, in the Karimnagar district. Manthani is one of the most ancient centers of Vedic learning in Andhra Pradesh. There are many ancient temples in the village, the most prominent of which is the Gauthameswara (Goutameshwara) Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. In fact, Gauthameswara is the presiding deity of the entire village.

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Everyone Becomes Initiated Into the Chanting of the Holy Names

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 14, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: A bona fide spiritual master chants the holy names-Hare Kṛṣṇa, Hare Kṛṣṇa, Kṛṣṇa Kṛṣṇa, Hare Hare/ Hare Rāma, Hare Rāma, Rāma Rāma, Hare Hare-and the transcendental sound vibration enters into the ear of the disciple, and if a disciple follows in the footsteps of his spiritual master and chants the holy name with similar respect, he actually comes to worship the transcendental name. When the transcendental name is worshiped by the devotee, the name Himself spreads His glories within the heart of a devotee.

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 15

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 12, CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma, Sampradaya Acarya

Over the course of researching this series on the worship of Lord Brahma, we have been very enlivened to discover the great devotion offered to the father of our Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya, and we hope that our readers will continue to enjoy this systematic presentation of Brahma worship sites, which are significant in number.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Dec 12, INDIA (SUN) — December 12, 1975 : Vrindavan

Disciples disturbed about having to hear "a woman" singing the "Govindam" prayers at greeting of the Deities and report to Srila Prabhupada. Srila Prabhupada replies, "It is not ordinary singing. It is concert," and "I approve of it. Here in Krishna-Balaram temple we are hearing the same recording every morning, so if it is good here, why not there?" (Srila Prabhupada saw and treated his disciples as equals regardless of gender. He propagated that according to the bodily conception of life there are men and women; according to the spiritual conception - bhagavat-dharma - there are only souls.)

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Empowered To Write Transcendental Literature

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 12, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: To write about the transcendental pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead is not an ordinary endeavor. Unless one is empowered by the higher authorities, or advanced devotees, one cannot write transcendental literature, for all such literature must be above suspicion, or, in other words, it must have none of the defects of conditioned souls, namely, mistakes, illusions, cheating and imperfect sense perceptions.

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Parishads: Sri Devananda Pandit

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 12, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Devananda Pandit is observed on December 13th.

Purananam artha-vetta sri devananda-panditah
Purasin nanda-parisat-pandito bhandarir munih

The scholar Devananda Pandit knew the meaning of all the Puranas. Previously, he was bhandari Muni, the scholar in Nanda Maharaj's court. Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 106

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 17
Parishads
Changing Means Rascal!
But the Problem Is
Impractical Fools
India Through Eyes of Europe
Long Island Case Update Uncontaminated Original Flavor
Srila Prabhupada Today
Classifieds
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 16
Parishads
A Festival of Happiness
India Through Eyes of Europe
Garuda Purana
Everyone Becomes Initiated
Flying Drone over Srimandir
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 15
Parishads
Ritvik Confusion on Parampara
Brooklyn Temple Sale Petition
Empowered to Write
Srila Prabhupada Today
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 14
Short Rap
Saphala Ekadasi
A Very Difficult Job
High Thinking
Turn the Mood Around
Simply Execute What Guru Said
Srila Prabhupada Today
Weekend Laffs
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 13
Sri Guru Links to Parampara
1st Conversation with Sridhara
Example of Guru-Bhakti
Srila Prabhupada Today
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 12
The Generals Complained
Who Is a Sadhu?
Making It Confused
1st Conversation with Sridhara
Bhagavad-gita As Worshipable
Srila Prabhupada Today

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