"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
BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS
Jun 22, FRANCE (SUN) Referring to Caitanya das's answer, "Three Wrong Conclusions", first, someone is not very subtle if he did not understand from my article entitled "Brahmajyoti Mystery" that I was trying to give indications that our origin is the Brahman. And believed that I was thinking that we were coming from Goloka... I believe that everyone but him understood properly my point, so that may give us some very insignificant little doubts about his proper understanding of much more complicated philosophical points.
A Real Woman, a Real Wife… True Well Wisher, True Love
BY: GADI DAS
Jun 22, MULBERRY, TENNESSEE, USA (SUN) Having a great spouse is no small thing. Especially in this horrible age of selfishness. Yet that is what my wife is. She is not ordinary girl…she has been making exquisite outfits for Prabhupada's Lords all over the world, especially here in America… she started when she was 5 yrs old. That's all she really wanted to do, and that is the first thing she did when she walked into the temple on Depot Ave., in Gainesville in 1974(?) (I am writing this without her knowing so could not verify the date). She has been doing this service for 40+ years.
Jun 22, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Ayurveda might have been overshadowed by modern medicines, but the ancient method of treatment still has its firm roots in Jagannath culture. On Tuesday, the Deities were given herbal treatment to recuperate from illness they suffered post-Debasnan Purnima, an annual ritual where the Deities are given grand bath. Debasnan Purnima was observed on June 9.
Dialectical Spiritualism: Samuel Alexander, Part 4
BY: SUN STAFF
Jun 22, CANADA (SUN)
VIII. EVOLUTIONARY NATURALISM - Samuel Alexander (1859-1938)
Syamasundara dasa: During Alexander's day, people were very optimistic about man's future, thinking that everyone would be benefitted
by scientific discoveries.
Srila Prabhupada: People think that by nature's way, they will be promoted, that once they have attained the status of man, they cannot be degraded. But if one can go up, he can also go down. The rich can become poor again. Theosophists and others think that everything goes up, progresses. They don't even have the common sense to look around them.
Jun 22, INDIA (SUN) Introduction to Narasimha The Lost Temples
Lord Narasimha is known as the divine protector and remover of all spiritual obstacles. As explained in the Foreword, He appeared in the form of a half-man/ half lion incarnation of Vishnu to protect and save His devotee Prahlad, who was only a young boy at the time. Prahlad's father, Hiranyakashipu, was perhaps the most heinous demon-king that ever lived, and Narasimhadeva's destruction of this demon speaks to the power of good over evil, or righteousness over iniquity.
Jun 22, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA As Rath Yatra draws near, tour operators have taken to the social networking sites to woo as many pilgrims as possible from across the country and abroad to Puri for the nine-day mega festival, starting June 25. Popular messaging sites like Facebook and Twitter are abuzz with messages, campaigns and tour packages related to car festival and Jagannath culture.
Jun 22, CANADA (SUN) The Disappearance day of Sri Gadadhara Pandit is observed on June 23rd.
The incarnation of love who previously was the queen of Vrindavan, Radha, is now the beloved of Gaura named Srila Gadadhara Pandit. Svarupa Damodar himself indicated that he was Vraja's goddess of fortune, the Lakshmi who was previously the beloved of Shyamasundara in Vrindavan. She today has become the goddess of fortune of love for Gaura and is known as Srila Gadadhara Pandit. Lalita, who is also known as Anuradha, is Radha's closest friend and confidante. She has also entered into Gadadhara, as was shown in the play Chaitanya-candrodaya. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 147-150)
Ah?!!! And maybe some are fools and fools are some...
The maxim said in the title of this article seems to be used more and more today. I saw Garuda das, one of the ISKCON stars of the moment, using it as the title and directing line of his very boring and deluded conferences. And I heard and saw one very big guru being in the same mood and understanding.
Dialectical Spiritualism: Samuel Alexander, Part 3
BY: SUN STAFF
Jun 20, CANADA (SUN)
VIII. EVOLUTIONARY NATURALISM - Samuel Alexander (1859-1938)
Syamasundara dasa: Alexander maintains that new categories are constantly being uncovered because evolution is progressing. The living
entity can evolve into new forms that we now know nothing about.
Srila Prabhupada: No, we do not agree. We know that the days are going on now, and will continue, just as we have experienced them in
the past. In the past there was summer, autumn, winter, and spring, and in the future these will also be experienced. Of course, the old order changes and yields to the new, but from our past experience we know what will be there.
NBS#64: Maharaja Bharata's Fall Down: Accident or Intentional?
BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA
Jun 20, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN)
NBS#64 describes How Bharata Maharaja raised a fawn, and meditating on it, attained the body of a deer in his next life. Krishna, an ocean of cleverness, protected this deer who was previously Bharata to show that compassion, if it is an obstacle to bhakti, must be given up. The Lord shows his affection for his devotee by protecting Bharata in the form of a deer, so that he would fall in the ocean of remorse in order to drown in the ocean of prema.
1) Maharaja Bharata, Deer and Mystic Yoga -
Srila Sukadeva Goswami
2) Was Maharaja Bharata's Addiction to the Deer Intentional? -
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
3) Maharaja Bharata Pretended to be Materially Affected? -
Srila Sanatana Goswami
4) Are the Tests Manifestations of Lord's Mercy?-
Srila Bhaktisiddhnata Saraswati Thakura
5) Unfavorable to Devotional Service-
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
How am I to conclude
Am I to follow my heart
Or should I peruse
The words of sadhus past
How am I to know
How to please our Lord
Management friend or foe
Am I wanted or ignored
Actually the sadhu
Is sweet in all respects
His heart is yours
If you want it, it reflects
The true nature of a soul
In divine service he assists
Those truly in our line
In love they never miss
An opportunity to give themselves
And bring glory to a heart
That's starved and pained and fallen
Jun 18, BELFAST, NORTHERN IRELAND (SUN) It has now been almost 10 months since Pragosh and the Temple Council decided to remove the deities of Sri Sri Radha Madhava, after residing in Belfast for 30 years. I also reported how a member of the Belfast temple committee tried to poison and murder Tulasi Devi, amongst other strange events which had lead to many other unfortunate and inauspicious events.
Since these events occurred the temple has emptied, with only a single devotee taking residence as a caretaker. Book distributors and traveling sankirtan parties have been repeatedly refused lodging, to the degree that distribution of Srila Prabhupada's books have virtually ceased in this city.
Jun 18, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) I refer Pralada Nrsimha prabhu to the following purport in Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya Lila ch. 11 text 31, for thorough understanding of ISKCON siddhanta, and of the undoubtable qualifications of Srila Prabhupada, who is Guru in the line from Mahaprabhu and Rupa Goswami.
Because of one statement of spiritual desires and service of Srila Prabhupada, one can hardly presume to know his relationship with Krishna. Rather, one should refer to the understandings of the acaryas in our line and the mood they follow. There is much evidence. And as Prabhupada would say, what business is this of yours.
Jun 18, FRANCE (SUN) About the fall of jiva, my article, like many others of mine, was an attempt to take the subject from another angle. Personally, I know since a long time that the jiva comes from Brahman and till now, never put one toe in the spiritual world. We just had a little vision of it. So, it was not a mystery for me. But because, since so long, this fact is denied, in spite of so many hot discussions and arguments based
on Sastra and acarya's quotes, and because there are also all kinds of devotees
functioning differently, it can be useful to catch the subject on another plane.
Jun 22, CANADA (SUN) A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design.
In earlier segments of this series, we have discussed some of the basic symbols found in Vedic culture, including the yantra, mandala, and various motifs created in rangoli and kolam designs. Today we begin a new study, of the most transcendental of all canvases upon which artistic designs may be rendered – the lotus hands and feet of Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, His consort, Srimati Radharani, and various of His incarnations and expansions.
Srila Prabhupada converses with Prof. Kotovsky, which he recollects in many lectures. (During his visit to the Soviet Union in 1971, Srila Prabhupada spoke with Professor Grigoriy Kotovsky, head of the India Department at the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences.
Jun 22, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.
Sending King Vira Hamvira back to Visnupura
Srinivasa Acarya and his favorite followers returned to Yajigrama from Kantakanagara. The affectionate Acarya sadly bid farewell to Sri Vira Hamvira. The king was extremely unhappy at the thought of returning to Visnupura. With tears in his eyes he took the feet of Acarya in his hands and requested him to visit Vanavisnupura very soon.
June 22, 1969, New Vrndavana
"There is no question of happiness in this material world. If you
actually want to be happy, anandamayo 'bhyasat, if you want to be
placed in real happiness, that is Krsna consciousness."
June 22, 1972, Los Angeles
"… being taken care of, affectionate father and mother, on the lap,
we think life is very nice, this life. But this is maya, this is
illusion. Actually, this bhava, to take birth, is very, very unpleasant
task. It is blazing fire, bhava-maha-davagni."
June 22, 1975, Los Angeles
""A rich man or a king may be worshiped in his kingdom," vidvan
sarvatra pujyate, "and if a man is learned, he will be worshiped
everywhere." Therefore, he says, "Never compare with rich man with
June 22, 1975, Los Angeles
Garden Conversation with Dr. Gerson and devotees
"So if you come to the spiritual platform, the test is that you
have no material necessities. So long you are diseased, you require
medicine, but when you are not diseased there is no need of medicine.
It is the healthy state."
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
The Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa, Part 17
BY: SUN STAFF
Jun 20, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of the island of Jambudvipa and the sixteen Great States residing there.
The Kamboja Kingdom
Today we present the last of solasa (sixteen) mahajanapadas -- the great states of ancient India. The Kamboja Kingdom has been mentioned in association with the Gandhara Kingdom, the two being located in close proximity to one another in northwest India. Kamboja is also listed along with Darada and the Bahlika (Bactria).
On arriving in Los Angeles, Srila Prabhupada received a joyous welcome. He was accompanied by leading sannyasis and G.B.C. secretaries, including Kirtanananda Swami, Vishnujana Swami, Brahmananda Swami, Tamala Krishna Goswami, and others. (Srila Prabhupada had said, "Just like I am traveling all over the world twice, thrice, in a year. My duty is to see that my disciples who have accepted me as guru, they may not fall down. That is my anxiety.")
Jun 20, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.
Sri Jahnava devi sends the Deity of Sri Radha from Khardaha to Vrndavana
In the meantime a messenger arrived from Khardaha and Acarya impatiently inquired about events there. The messenger humbly reported that everything was well in Khardaha and that the residents were always receiving the blessings and love of Sri Iswari.
Jun 18, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of the island of Jambudvipa and the sixteen Great States residing there.
The Gandhara Kingdom
The Gandhara Kingdom is included in the list of sixteen great states of ancient India known as the mahajanapadas. Gandhara's territory comprised the modern districts of Peshwar and Rawalpindi in northern Punjab. The Gandhara dynasty, located on the grand northern high road (Uttarapatha), had their capital at Takkasila (Takshasila, or Prakrit Taxila). Their domain was the centre of international commerce and served as an important channel of communication with ancient Iran and Central Asia.
Srila Prabhupada arrived; Hamsaduta and a large group of devotees accompanied him in a procession of twenty cars and vans to the outskirts of the city to the ISKCON center, Schloss Rettershof, a castle on a hill. "My heart becomes engladdened when I hear a mridanga in a German village," Srila Prabhupada said.
Jun 18, CANADA (SUN) The Disappearance day of Srivas Pandita is observed on June 19th.
THE PANCHA TATTVA
"There is no difference between the energy and the energetic in regard to the Lord's appearance as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His four associates--Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Prabhu, Gadadhara, and Srivasa. Amongst these five diverse manifestations of the Supreme Lord (as the Lord Himself and His incarnation, expansion and energies) there is no spiritual difference. They are five in one Absolute Truth.
Jun 18, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.
All glories to Sri Krsna Caitanya, the only shelter for all humanity. All glories to Nityananda Prabhu, the embodiment of mercy and kindness. All glories to Sri Advaitadeva who is an ocean of devotion. All glories to Srivasa Pandita, Gadadhara, Srigupta, Murari, Vakreswara, Sri Mukunda and Narahari.
Jun 18, CANADA (SUN) The observance of Yogini Ekadasi, from Brahma-vaivarta Purana, observed June 20th (Los Angeles & Mayapur).
Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "Oh Supreme Lord, I have heard the glories of the Nirjala Ekadasii, which occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Jyeshtha (May - June). Now I wish to hear from You about the suddha Ekadasii that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Ashadha (June - July). Kindly describe to me all about it in detail, Oh killer of the Madhu demon (Madhusudana)."