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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

A Glimpse Into Devotional Life at 340 West 55th Street, Part 6

BY: BHAKTA JOHN JAGANNATHA

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 18, NEW YORK (SUN) — Random Remembrances - The Story of Butter and Fire (A Third Person Narrative)

More than once upon a time there was a young man named John who joined the Hare Krishna Movement. He was not exactly pious having engaged in illicit sex life and intoxication and gambling and meat eating prior to his affiliation with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He was a mix of all four of the above mentioned types of pious men who render devotional service to the Supreme Lord. He was certainly experiencing a distressful material existence, he was in need of money, he was somewhat inquisitive about life in general and he had been subconsciously searching, during his brief existence, for the Absolute Truth.

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Urgent Announcement...

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Feb 18, UK (SUN) —

Following the recent public announcement from Bhaktivedanta Manor that...
they would NOT be accepting the latest issue £5.00 notes due to the fact
that animal fat had been used in the manufacturing process...
(December 1st 2016)
this recent statement has just been released from Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Bhaktivedanta Manor
Statement on Tallow Bank Notes
16 February 2017

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Prabhupada You Are
Your Own Successor

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Feb 18, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Prabhupada you are your own successor
you live within your teachings
if we could carry them out
if we could formulate them precisely
then there will be no doubt
of what to do and how to do it
the mahajans make it clear
the mind of your sincere follower
close to your heart and near
the symptom will be mercy
distributed to one and all


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Dialectical Spiritualism: Gottfried von Leibnitz, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 18, CANADA (SUN) —

Gottfried von Leibnitz (1646 - 1716)

Syamasundara dasa: Leibnitz says that innate truths are governed by the principle of contradiction. That is, the opposite of the truth is impossible to conceive.

Srila Prabhupada: The opposite is maya.

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Feb 18, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Devamrita Maharaja's "Solution"

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 16, CANADA (SUN) — The following email was distributed by Aniruddha das. It concerns a statement made by Devamrita Swami regarding a sexual abuse situation in Australia, and the resultant flack it has caused in the general devotee community. The content of the email is disturbing, to say the least. The writers suggests that sannyasis should have 'full impunity', and the protection of their reputations should be our 'utmost mission'.

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Lord Caitanya and Lord Krishna Only Come Here "Once" in a Day of Brahma

BY: GAURAGOPALA DASA

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 16, AUSTRALIA (SUN) — The great Sankirtan Movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is a great gift to the world and a very rare event. Many take it for granted without realizing how rare Lord Caitanya's appearance actually is as He comes once in every day and night of Brahmā. That is once every 1,000th Kali-yuga in the cycle of Maha Yugas.

There are 4 Yugas to a Maha Yuga. Lord Caitanya appears ''once'' in a Kali-yuga with His Sankirtan Movement out of every one thousand Maha yugas that take 12 hours of Brahma, during the day which is 4 billion 320 million human years.

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Associates of Sri Caitanya

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 16, CANADA (SUN) — From Krsna-kathamrta by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.

APPEARANCE OF THE DIVINE

The appearance of Godhead in this world implies the co-appearance of all His Divine paraphernalia. Godhead must not be conceived as in any way separable from His entourage. Godhead shorn of any of His paraphernalia is a delusion. In the same way the appearance of divine paraphernalia involves the appearance of the divinity. The two are distinct yet inseparable forms of the one Supreme.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Gottfried von Leibnitz, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 16, CANADA (SUN) —

Gottfried von Leibnitz (1646 - 1716)

Syamasundara dasa: Leibnitz agrees that the mechanics of nature serve to fulfill God's purposes.

Srila Prabhupada: Yes, that's it. All the laws of nature are working under Krsna's direction.

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The HypocRitviks - Part 2

BY: ANONYMOUS DEVOTEE DAS

Feb 14, NEW ZEALAND (SUN) — "I am the doer."

This article will focus on the ISKM 'Food for Families' bhoga distribution program run by Hanuman das, who prefers to remain incognito using his karmi name, Martin Reading.

Hanuman das, once famous in New Zealand for his online ISKCON guru bashing, now prefers to sport a 'nice guy' profile, seeking donations from everyone and anyone. Dressing up like a geriatric school boy, this hypocRitvik will go to great lengths to deny his connection with the Sankirtan movement.

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'Violation of copyright': Bombay High Court restrains release of translated edition of Gita

BY: RADHIKA RAMASWAMY

Feb 14, MUMBAI, MAHARASHTRA (IE) — The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust told the court that they hold the copyright of Srimad Bhagvatam.

The Bombay High Court has temporarily restrained the release and distribution of a translated edition of the Bhagavad Gita by Thomson Press, a printing and publishing company, after another publisher approached the High Court citing a violation of copyright rules in reprinting its work without licence or authorisation.

The Bhaktivedanta Book Trust (BBT) through its counsel told the court that they hold the copyright of Srimad Bhagvatam, a translated work of which has been reprinted. The suit also says that a photograph of the reprinted work indicates that the reprint does not claim to be an independent work, adding that it is a classic edition by BBT and that it has obtained a licence from them to print and publish this work as well as other works of Swami Prabhupada, the founder of BBT. The plaint states that no such licence was granted to Thomson.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 14, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Real Estate ]


Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting,
Part 18

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture

CENTRAL INDIAN AND RAJASTHANI SCHOOLS - 17th – 19th Centuries

The art of painting in Central India, Rajasthan and the Pahari region is deeply rooted in Vedic tradition. Unlike Mughal paintings, which are primarily secular, the Central Indian schools were inspired by Vedic epics like the Puranas, Upanishads and other Sanskrit works.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 100

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Nine - Sri Acarya visits Katoa

After visiting Jajigrama Srinivasa went to Kantaka Nagara, the place from which Gauracandra had started his ascetic life. He cried doing darshan of the deity of Sri Gauranga and later he met the favorite devotees of Mahaprabhu.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Feb 18,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

February 18, 1976, Mayapur
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.11
"God is good" means when He's favoring somebody and when He's killing somebody, both of them are benefited. Therefore God is always good, both ways."

February 18, 1977, Mayapur
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.4
"Some rascals they say that once getting this human body, he does not degrade. No. That is not the fact. The fact is that out of 8,400,000's of different species of life, according to your karma you'll get a body. That's all. No guarantee that you have And even if you get Indian body, who cares for you?"


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

Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting,
Part 17

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture

THE DECCANI SCHOOLS - 16th to 18th Centuries

HYDERABAD
Before turning to the Central Indian and Rajasthani schools of the 17th-19th Centuries, today we'll explore the last of the Deccani schools – Hyderabad. Located in south central India (as opposed to Hyderabad, Rajasthan), Deccan Hyderabad's art was naturally influenced by not only the Mughal, but also the South Indian style.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 99

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Nine - Srinivasa Acarya gives diksa to king Vira Hamvira

Srinivasa Acarya remained in Visnupura for two months and fulfilled the desires of many people. He was pleased to find that the king had a good capacity for studying and understanding the religious books. He granted the king diksa in Radha Krsna mantra.

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Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting,
Part 16

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture

THE DECCANI SCHOOLS - 16th to 18th Centuries

BIJAPUR: The state of Bijapur is generally recognized as having produced the lion's share of Deccan paintings, thanks in large part to two Mughal patrons of the arts -- Ali I and his nephew, Ibrahim II, in the late 16th to early 17th Centuries.

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The Appearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 14, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance Day of HDG Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur is observed on February 15th.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura appeared in Purusottam Ksetra, Jagannatha Puri, Orissa, on February 6, 1874. He was born in the family home next to the Narayan-chhata of Sri Jagannatha Temple, which always reverberated with the chanting of the Holy Name. Named Bimala Prasad, He was the fourth son of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srimati Bhagavati Devi.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 98

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Nine - Srinivasa Acarya returns to Gauda

Having received news of his disciples in Gauda from Ramacandra, Srinivasa decided to return home and hastily took leave from everyone in Vrndavana. On the auspicious day of the full moon in the month of Vaisakh, the Simhasama-Yatra of Radha-Raman took place. On this occasion there was a large festival in the house of Sri Bhatta Gosvami and Srinivasa enjoyed the festivities.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Gottfried von Leibnitz

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 14, CANADA (SUN) —

Gottfried von Leibnitz (1646 - 1716)

Syamasundara dasa: Leibnitz was a German mathematician and philosopher who maintained that in the universe, every act has a purpose, and the purpose of the universe is to realize the goal set forth by God.

Srila Prabhupada: Yes, actually the goal is to reach God. The ignorant do not know this. Instead, they are hoping for something that can never be realized. This is the version of Srimad-Bhagavatam:

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Parishads: Sri Purusottama Das Thakur

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 14, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Purusottama Das Thakura is observed on February 15th.

Nagar Purushottam was previously the cowherd named Daman in Vraja. He is now born in a Vaidya family as the son of Sadashiva. (Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 131)

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Indian Miniature Painting
Dialectical Spiritualism: Leibnitz
Your Own Successor
Urgent Announcement...
340 West 55th Street
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 100
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Indian Miniature Painting
Associates of Sri Caitanya
Dialectical Spiritualism: Leibnitz
Devamrita Maharja's "Solution"
"Once" in a Day of Brahma
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 99
Indian Miniature Painting
Parishads
Appearance of Bhaktisiddhanta
Dialectical Spiritualism: Leibnitz
The HypocRitviks, Pt. 2
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 98
Violation of copyright
Classifieds
Trishul-astra
Scholars Deluded
Non-Provisioned Sentence
Dialectical Spiritualism: Spinoza
Useless, Dishonest Editing
Whatever Next...
Unexcelled Supreme Class
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 97
Weekend Laffs
Trishul-astra
Parishads
Truth and Beauty
Your Time, a Speck
Dialectical Spiritualism: Spinoza
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 96
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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