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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

Lord Brahma
J.X. Schley, Hand-engraving, c. 1820

The Journey Home:
How I Came to Radhanath Consciousness

BY: KALIYA MARDANA DASA BRAHMACHARY

May 21, INDIA (SUN) — PART THIRTY-FIVE: Editing Krishna out of Krishna Consciousness

How much is The Journey Home influencing the newer members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness? Well, it's actually killing the movement from the roots—and that is because the nature of Mayavada is to destroy the devotee's loving relationship with Lord Shri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. In a word, Mayavada spells death for the devotee's love of Krishna. Truth be told, the Mayavadis are base killers of the soul because they try to kill the Personality of Godhead by claiming that He has no form, no arms, no legs, and no body. In the final analysis Mayavadis are actually demonic entities who are the most offensive of all aparadhis because they are seething with envy for Krishna.

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Devotional Services

BY: SUN STAFF

May 21, CANADA (SUN) — English version of the Bhakti Rasamrita Sindhu by Sri Rupa Goswami by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

Back to Godhead, April 5, 1960

Text:
Akhilla, Rasa, Amrita, Murti, Prasrmara, Ruci, Ruddha, Taraka, Pali, Kalita, Syama, Lalita, Radha, Preyan, Bidhu, Jayati.

Akhila=All inclusive, Rasa=Mellow, Zest, Amrita=Nectar, Murti=Form, Prasrmara=Expanding, Ruchi=Attractive features, Ruddha=Controlling, Taraka=of the name, Pali=of the name, Kalita=Influenced by, Syama=of the name, Lalita=of the name, Radha=Shrimati Radharani, Preyan=Dearest, Bidhu=Consort, Jayati=Exists with glories.

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The 24 Gurus

BY: SUN STAFF

May 21, CANADA (SUN) — A brief synopsis, from Srimad Bhagavatam 11.7.33-35.

The 24 gurus are: the earth, the air, the sky, water, fire, moon, sun, pigeon, python, the sea, the moth, honeybee, elephant and honey thief, the deer, the fish, the prostitute Pingala, the kurara bird, the child, the young girl, arrow maker, serpent, spider and wasp.

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If You Want to Know Me

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

May 21, DENMARK (SUN) — IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ME, READ MY BOOKS

"You know I am a person, I am talking, I have written so many books.

This is knowing me.

Similarly, one must know what is God, what is His feature, what does He do, what does He teach, what law He gives.

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No Government Syllabus for ISKCON Gurukulas

BY: TRIBHANGA DAS

May 19, INDIA (SUN) — The third offense against the Holy Name is to disobey the instruction of the Guru or minimize his instructions. In the following dialogue Srila Prabhupada gives a very direct instruction. This instruction has been violated and disregarded by ISKCON leaders at the so-called 'Bhaktivedanta College' in Radhadesh Belgium, at the International School in Mayapura, and specifically in Vrndavana, the focus of the dialogue, as well as other places. And we then wonder why ISKCON has difficulties? How can we not have difficulties if we blatantly disobey Srila Prabhupada's direct instructions?

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The Journey Home:
Win Your Own Samadhi at Mayavadi Land

BY: KALIYA MARDANA DASA BRAHMACHARY

May 19, INDIA (SUN) — PART THIRTY-FOUR: SATIRE - Your chance of a lifetime …

That's right, boys and girls, Prabhus and Matajis, ISKCON's GBC is sponsoring a Samadhi Sweepstakes with your chance to win your very own samadhi at Mayavadi Land. Your Samadhi will sit right next to the pushpa samadhis of all the avataras, yogis, and babas in Radhanath's exciting study of so-called "gurus," The Journey Home. Yes, this is a chance of a lifetime. Just fill out the form at your local ISKCON Yoga Seminar—and you're entered.

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2019 GBC Resolutions

BY: SUN STAFF

May 19, CANADA (SUN) —

MINUTES OF THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - SRI MAYAPUR DHAM, MARCH 3 - 12, 2019

Section 200: Governing Body Commission

202.3 Executive Committee of the GBC Body
GBC EC Service Description Research — 2019
[Action order]
(Proposed by the GBC EC)

A committee consisting of the Executive Secretariat, Devakinandan Das (General Counsel), and Radha Krsna Das, is hereby formed to deal with the service description of the GBC Executive Committee, with the possible timeline for the 2019 Midterm General Meeting, or latest by the 2020 Annual General Meeting.

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2019 Zonal Assignments

BY: SUN STAFF

May 19, CANADA (SUN) — Note: In the interest of enhancing the readability of this document, we have simplified the entries by omitting the country names "India", "USA", "UK", and "Canada".

I. Zonal Assignments for GBC Members
Acyutatma Das

Co-Zonal Secretary with Bhakti Caitanya Swami for: Russia: Northwest

Co-Zonal Secretary with Gopal Krishna Goswami and Niranjana Swami for: Russia: Moscow

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Relevant Enquiries (Athato Brahama Jijnasa)

BY: SUN STAFF

May 19, CANADA (SUN) — Edited and Founded Under Direct Order of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhakti-Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada, by Goswami Abhay Charan Bhaktivedanta.

Delhi, Wednesday 20th April, 1960

A small child walking with his father goes on enquiring constantly. He asks his father so many odd things, and the father has to satisfy him with proper answers. When I was a young father in my householder-life, I was overflooded with hundreds of questions from the then second son, who was my constant companion.

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No One Came to Help

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

May 19, DENMARK (SUN) — NONE OF OUR MEN FROM INDIA CAME TO HELP - I CAME WITHOUT ANY MEN

"In the beginning of my preaching work in the Western countries I thought that some of our men from India should come here because I came here alone, single handed, without any men or money.

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May 19, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Lord Nrsimhadeva's Ontological Position

BY: SUN STAFF

May 17, INDIA (SUN) — Today is the observance of Lord Nrsimhadev'a glorious Appearance.

Lord Vishnu descends in the forms of a variety of avatars, all of whom are non-different from Him. All the avatars are of the nature of sat-cid-ananda: eternity, bliss and knowledge. They reside in the spiritual world, Vaikuntha. When They descend into the material world, They are called "avatara" (literally, "descent"). Any attempt to minimize the transcendental status of any avatar constitutes an offense and is a stumbling block on the path of self-realization. And to understand Lord Nrsimha, one must first appreciate the transcendence of Vishnu.

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Garuda Purana:
Shiva's Prayer to
Lord Nrsimhadev

BY: SUN STAFF

May 17, INDIA (SUN) — On the glorious observance of Sri Nrsimha Caturdasi.

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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The Journey Home:
What is the GBC's Focus, Anyway?

BY: KALIYA MARDANA DASA BRAHMACHARY

May 17, INDIA (SUN) — PART THIRTY-THREE: When Saints are Punished

While the GBC promotes the Mayavadi-saturated The Journey Home by seeing that it has become translated into over a dozen languages, the genuine devotees of ISKCON who hit the streets for Srila Prabhupada have long since been swept out the door. They naturally feel alienated from a Society that decades back, changed the original premise of Krishna consciousness into a new form of impersonal mental speculation. Changes and concoctions are shown by many of the GBC's new and bizarre "laws", which only create more institutionalization of ISKCON and less Krishna consciousness. Add to that the pretended warmth and compassion that is spread throughout ISKCON in Nectar Drop sayings and motivational videos—all of which have been spearheaded by GBC members.

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Parishads: Sri Madhavendra Puri, Sri Srinivasa Acarya, and Sri Paramesvari Dasa Thakura

BY: SUN STAFF

May 17, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Madhavendra Puri and Sri Srinivasa Acarya, and the Disappearance Day of Sri Paramesvari Dasa Thakura are observed on May 18th.

Sri Madhavendra Puri

Mahaprabhu's seniors, His parents and gurus, are all his servants and eternal associates and they take their birth prior to His appearance in order to serve Him in their own way.

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The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 67

BY: SUN STAFF

May 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society.

Previously, we gave a number of historical references which confirmed the breadth of destruction Emperor Aurangzeb wrought upon India's temples, Deities and citizens. Today we look at some of the events that marked the slow unwinding of Aurangzeb's reign, whose ending inaugurated the Later Mughal Period and the eventual collapse of a once powerful invading force.

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Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa, Part 25

BY: ISVARA DASA

May 21, KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL (SUN) — Conversations and Divine Discourses by His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.

Conversation Seven – Part Two
Śrīla Prabhupāda and Kumāra Prājña, Mr. Singh, Mr. Sen, and others
October 24, 1928

Kumāra: Many of us accept or have accepted mantras, but our tendency to speculate has not been vanquished. anscendental knowledge, He said:

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Bhagavat Sandarbha,
Part 34

BY: SUN STAFF

May 21, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION THIRTY-FOUR

The reason for the above explanation is understood from a narration found in the Third Canto. In the phrase tac capi satyam (10.14.14), means that the Lord's expansion of Narayana is real, and not illusory like the universal form. Tac cej jala-stham (10.14.15) indicates that if the Lord's real form which is on the water was the universal form, then it will also be part of material nature; but it is not so.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



May 21,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



May 21, 1972, Los Angeles
Sunday Feast Lecture
"You can create one sputnik or jet plane, and you take so much credit, "Oh, I am flying in the sky." But why don't you give the credit to God, who is plying, flying millions of sputniks in the sky? Not small; with so many mountains, seas, houses, trees, plants, and so many things."

May 21, 1973, Dallas
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.1.10
"A rich man, a king, may be very respectful, respectable, in his own country amongst his own men, but a vidvat, a learned scholar, he is respected all over the world."

May 21, 1975, Melbourne
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.1
"The taste, the same. The dog's pot and man's pot and demigod's pot, within the material world, the taste is the same, and ultimately, you have to die. That's all."

May 21, 1975, Melbourne
Room Conversation with Director of Research of the Dept. of Social Welfare
"But the husband and wife fight, and he, as soon as he goes to the lawyer and he gives incentive, "Yes, come to the court." This is going on. So the first defect is there is divorce law. Another defect is that there is no method how to train a man to become first class."

May 21, 1976, Honolulu
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.21
"They are criticizing in India that I am giving a brahmana's position to these mlecchas and yavanas. You should be very careful so that we may not be subjected to criticism."


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

The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 66

BY: SUN STAFF

May 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society.

Today we complete our survey of the references found in various historical and literary records which document the campaign of temple destruction engaged in by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Such records leave little room for the standard denials by Muslim apologists.

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Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa, Part 24

BY: ISVARA DASA

May 19, KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL (SUN) — Conversations and Divine Discourses by His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.

Conversation Seven – Part One
Śrīla Prabhupāda and Kumāra Prājña, Mr. Singh, Mr. Sen, and others
October 24, 1928

Kumāra: What is the difference between the methods of worship adopted by the Śāktas and that of the Vaiṣnavas?

Śrīla Prabhupāda: The Vaiṣnavas consider the Supreme Lord the son. The Supreme Lord can never be the mother figure. Although the Supreme Lord contains the mother figure, Mother Nature, service to the mother is not the same as service to the Supreme. Wherever there is a relationship between father and mother, there has to be a tinge of matter in it. The fatherhood of God that Christ accepts is imbued with awe, reverence, and a sense of duty. It can be compared to dāśya-rasa. But Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam teaches a much higher conception than that. Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam teaches that God Himself accepts the role of the son.

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Bhagavat Sandarbha,
Part 33

BY: SUN STAFF

May 19, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION THIRTY-THREE

The Lord's body cannot be limited by water or other elements.

Lord Brahma relates his own experience to prove the Lord's body cannot be limited by water or other elements (S.B. 10.14.15):

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The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 65

BY: SUN STAFF

May 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society.

In an earlier segment of this series, we presented a survey of just some of the temples known to have been destroyed by the Muslims in India. While the list is painfully long, it's only a brief sampling. Many of these demolitions were undoubtedly the work of Emperor Aurangzeb, who elevated the campaign of destruction to its highest level since Babur.

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Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa, Part 23

BY: ISVARA DASA

May 17, KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL (SUN) — Conversations and Divine Discourses by His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.

Conversation Six - Part Five: Śrīla Prabhupāda and Kumāra Śrīyukta Śaradindu Narāyaṇ, October 17, 1928

Kumāra: This is very nice. I am becoming more and more surprised, hearing your words. It is you who is really preaching the pure teachings of Mahāprabhu to the educated society by protecting the Vaiṣṇava society from the stain of the Neḍā-Neḍīs.

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The Ecstacy of Madhavendra Puri,
Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

May 17, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Back To Godhead Vol. 01, No. 56, 1973.

We have already discussed some logical conclusions about thearca-murti at some length, and now we may also discuss to some extent the offering of foodstuffs to the Deity. The arca-murti accepts only foodstuffs offered by bona fide devotees. The Absolute Godhead is always perfectly full in all respects, but He condescends to accept an offering of flowers, leaves, fruit or water if it is offered in transcendental loving service.

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Bhagavat Sandarbha,
Part 32

BY: SUN STAFF

May 17, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION THIRTY-TWO

The Lord's Form is Unlimited.

Now a new section is initiated to again establish that the Lord's form is simultaneously limited and all-pervading, through the experience of learned authorities, using the ukta-posha-nyaya, or the principle of fortifying the previous experience. Lord Brahma spoke this in eleven verses (S.B.10.14.11)

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An Essential Service

BY: SUN STAFF

May 17, CANADA (SUN) — Edited and Founded Under Direct Order of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhakti-Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada, by Goswami Abhay Charan Bhaktivedanta.

Delhi, Monday 5th November, 1956

"Back to Godhead" is published fortnightly to enlighten modern leaders, religionists, philosophers and the people in general -- on Rational Theism. Its is not blind religious fanaticism neither it is a revolt of an upstart but it is scientific approach to the matter of our eternal necessity in relationship with the Absolute Personality of Godhead or the Purushottam. It simply deals with our eternal relation with Him, the process of discharging our relative duties towards Him and thereby to achieve the highest perfection of life attainable in the present human form of existence

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Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism
If You Want to Know Me
The 24 Gurus
Devotional Services
JH: Radhanath Consciousness
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa
Sad Sandarbhas
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism
No One Came to Help
Relevant Enquiries
Journey Home: Win a Samadhi
No Gov't Syllabus for Gurukula
2019 Zonal Assignments
2019 GBC Resolutions
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa
Sad Sandarbhas
Weekend Laffs
Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism
Parishads
An Essential Service
Ecstacy of Madhavendra Puri
Shiva's Prayer to Nrsimhadev
Lord Nrsimhadeva's Position
Journey Home: GBC's Focus
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa
Sad Sandarbhas
Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism
Entering Forest
Definition of Vice & Its Scope
Ecstacy of Madhavendra Puri
Journey Home: Bridge to Sell
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa
Sad Sandarbhas
Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism
Ambition & Unsatiated Lust
Journey Home: Kali Chelas
2nd Generation Diksa-gurus
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa
Sad Sandarbhas
Nitai Chand Gos. Sues Queen

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