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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

Gauranga

Guru Devi-ation

BY: LILANANDA DASA

Nov 18, USA (SUN) — A few questions regarding the latest concoction arbitrarily foisted on ISKCON by the ever-imaginative GBC

Does the GBC have a death wish?

Apparently.

Does the GBC want to create irreversibly opposed factions within ISKCON, leading to the break apart of ISKCON?

Apparently.

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Sri Narasimha Swamy
at Namakkal

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 18, CANADA (SUN) — The cave temple of Sri Narasimha Swami is situated at Saaligrama Parvatham, at the foot of a hill near Namakkal, about 150 km north of Madurai, Tamil Nadu. The presiding Deities here are Arulmigu Laxmi Narasimha and Arulmigu Namagiri Laxmi.

In Krutha Yuga, the two gatekeepers of Sri Vaikuntam, by the curse Rishies were born as the cruel Hiranya brothers. Hiranyaksha, the younger brother, was killed by Maha Vishnu in the Varaha Avatharam for the harmful deeds done by him to Sri Boomi Devi. The elder, Hiranyakasipu, concentrated his mind and performed great austerities and penance, which got him a boon from Lord Brahma. Thus began the transcendental pastime of Lord Nrsimhadev protecting his devotee Prahlada against his great demon father, Hiranyakasipu.

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Sri Amnaya-sutra

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Amnaya-sutra by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

Chapter Seven - Jiva-gati-prakarana
Movements of the Spirit Souls

Sutra 49

"O dear one, the Supreme cannot be understood by material logic or by the words of one who is not enlightened."

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Chastising Krsna

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 16, CANADA (SUN) — One of the central themes of Damodar-lila is the service rendered by Mother Yasoda, who was duty-bound to chastise her errant son. In a lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam, Detroit, August 5, 1975, Srila Prabhupada explained:

"He's the supreme controller, but He is controlled by His devotee, Srimati Radharani. He is controlled. So it is not to be easily understood what is the pastimes between... But Krsna is willingly agreed to be controlled by His devotee. That is Krsna's nature. Just like mother Yasoda. Mother Yasoda is controlling Krsna, binding Him: "You are very naughty? I will bind you." Mother Yasoda has a stick, and Krsna is crying. Krsna is crying. These things you study.

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Sri Amnaya-sutra

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Amnaya-sutra by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

Chapter Seven - Jiva-gati-prakarana
Movements of the Spirit Souls

Sutra 47

"The Brahmavadis say: What is the first, the great cause? From where were we born? How do we remain alive? Where do we go at death? O knowers of Brahman, by whose will are we subject to pleasure and pain?"

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

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Ukhal Bandhan
(Purani Gokul)

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 14, CANADA (SUN) — In previous segments of the Damodarastakam series we have shown pictures of a shrine in Mathura said to be the actual grinding mortar Mother Yasoda tied Sri Krsna to. While we are not aware of an authentication of this relic by any of our Sampradaya Acaryas, certainly the villagers and devotees who serve the mandir put all faith in its originality. Pictured here are various scenes from the Ukhal Bandhan tirtha made famous by Sri Krsna's pastime with Mother Yasoda.

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Sri Amnaya-sutra

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Amnaya-sutra by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

Chapter Seven - Jiva-gati-prakarana
Movements of the Spirit Souls

Sutra 45

"Everything animate or inanimate that is within the universe is controlled and owned by the Lord. One should therefore accept only those things necessary for oneself, which are set aside as his quota, and one should not accept other things, knowing well to whom they belong."

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The Holy Places of
Jaiva Dharma: Maharloka

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 87.

Our next stop on the tour of holy places listed in Jaiva Dharma's Glossary is Maharloka, about which Srila Bhaktivinoda writes:

"Maharloka - a planet situated above Svargaloka. This place is obtained by upakurvana brahmacaris, students of the Vedas who honor their teacher with a gift after completing their studies and before becoming grhasthas. The maharsis (great sages) who are progenitors of the universe reside on this planet.

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Sri Krsna Sandarbha,
Part 31

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 18, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

VOLUME ONE - Anuccheda 61 to 63

Anuccheda 61 - Text 1

Vyasa glorifies Narada in the following words (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.21):

"Your Goodness has perfect vision. You yourself can know the Supersoul's Personality of Godhead because you are present as the plenary portion of the Lord. Although you are birthless, you have appeared on this earth for the well-being of all people. Please, therefore, describe the transcendental pastimes of the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krsna more vividly."*

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Nov 18,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



November 18, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 8.20-22
"Because the spiritual world is real and this unreal manifestation appears to be real, appears to be real, but it is not real, we can understand reality will exist; reality will not vanquish."

November 18, 1972, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 2.13
"Krsna is accepted as the supreme teacher by everyone, by all the great sages formerly, like Vyasadeva, Narada, Devala, Asita. All other great sages. And recently, in the modern age, by our acaryas, Sri Ramanujacarya, Madhvacarya, Ramanuja, yes, Sankaracarya, Visnusvami."

November 18, 1973, New Delhi
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.12
"Here one who is black, nobody likes to see, naturally. But Krsna is black, at the same time the most exquisitely beautiful. That we cannot adjust."

November 18, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.18
"The characteristic of chili means to become hot. If sugar becomes hot and chili becomes sweet, then nobody cares for it. Similarly, our characteristic is to serve Krsna. And when we serve anything other than Krsna, that is our diseased condition of life."


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

The Holy Places of
Jaiva Dharma: Mayapura-dhama

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 86.

In chapter nineteen of Jaiva Dharma there is a central turning point in the story, when the Vaisnava Vijaya-kumara and his nephew Vrajanatha make their way to Mayapura-dhama:

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Sri Krsna Sandarbha,
Part 30

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 16, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

VOLUME ONE - Anuccheda 58 to 60

Anuccheda 58 - Text 1

"O Vyasadeva, in that association and by the mercy of those great Vedantists, I could hear them describe the attractive activities of Lord Krsna. And thus listening attentively, my taste for hearing of the Personality of Godhead increased at every step."

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The Holy Places of
Jaiva Dharma: Mayapura-dhama

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 85.

Our next stop on the tour of holy places listed in Jaiva Dharma's Glossary is perhaps the single most familiar and best loved of the devotees: Sridham Mayapur. Srila Bhaktivinoda writes:

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Sri Krsna Sandarbha,
Part 29

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 14, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

VOLUME ONE - Anuccheda 56 to 57

Anuccheda 56 - Text 1

What is the need to explain this point any further? Lord Krsna's pastimes are described, to the exclusion of any other topic, in the Tenth and Eleventh Cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam, which constitute half of the entire book. Other forms of the Lord are summarily described in the first Nine Cantos, whereas the pastimes of Lord Krsna are elaborately described in the Tenth and Eleventh Cantos. We may therefore conclude that the description of Lord Krsna is the principal subject matter of the Bhagavatam. We may also note that Sukadeva Gosvami begins the teaching of the Bhagavatam by appealing for the mercy of Sri Krsna (Srimad-Bhagvatam 2.4.20) in the following words:

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The Holy Places of
Jaiva Dharma: Madhyadvipa

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 10, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 84.

In our first segment on Madhyadvipa we began with Srila Bhaktivinoda's description from the 'Glossary of Places':

"It was here that in Satya-yuga, the seven rsis (Bhrgu, Marici, Atri, Pulastya, Pulaha, Kratu, and Vasistha) worshiped Gauranga with austerities and prayers on the order of their father, Brahma. Being pleased with their prayers, Sri Gauranga appeared before the rsis at mid-day (madhyahna). This place is thus known as Madhyadvipa."

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Jaiva Dharma: Maharloka
Sri Amnaya-sutra
Narasimha Swami at Namakkal
Guru Devi-ation
Sad Sandarbhas
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Jaiva Dharma: Mayapura-dhama
Chastising Krsna
Sri Amnaya-sutra
Sad Sandarbhas
Weekend Laffs
Jaiva Dharma: Mayapura-dhama
Sri Amnaya-sutra
Ukhal Bandhan
Sad Sandarbhas
Jaiva Dharma: Madhyadvipa
A Heart of Gold
Nalakuvara and Mangriva
Sri Amnaya-sutra
Sad Sandarbhas
Jaiva Dharma: Madhyadvipa
Parishads
Appearance of Nimbarkacarya
Tulsi Devi and Shalagrama
Rishis
Worship of Radha-Damodara
Sri Amnaya-sutra
Sad Sandarbhas
Weekend Laffs
Jaiva Dharma: Madhyadvipa
Atri Rishi, Part 2
Govindam Damodara-stotram
Sri Amnaya-sutra
Sad Sandarbhas
Classifieds
Jaiva Dharma: Koladvipa
Utthana Ekadasi
Atri Rishi
Srila Gaura-kisora Dasa Babaji
Svetadvipa and the Flat-Earth
Nanda Bhavan
Sri Amnaya-sutra
Sad Sandarbhas

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