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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

Mahaprabhu Caught in Fisherman's Net
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Srila Prabhupada's Significant Order
from Bhaktisiddhanta
to Become Guru

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 29, DENMARK (SUN) —

"Indian man: When did you become the spiritual leader of Krsna consciousness?

Srila Prabhupada: What is that?

Brahmananda: He's asking when did you become the spiritual leader of Krsna consciousness?

Prabhupada: When my Guru Maharaja ordered me. This is the guru-parampara.

FULL STORY

Open Letter to all ISKCON Devotees about Srila Prabhupada's Position

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Apr 29, BRAZIL (SUN) —

What follows below is a GBC Resolution that was published in 2013:

304. Founder-Acarya Foremost on ISKCON Temple Websites
[Guideline]

"Whereas numerous websites of ISKCON temples currently do not prominently feature the personality and teachings of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada as the Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness on their home page. Many do not have a picture of Srila Prabhupada at all. Few of them have links to Srila Prabhupada's books, tapes, & videos. Srila Prabhupada's pre-eminent position as the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON appears to have been de-emphasized on numerous ISKCON temple websites. On certain sites, "ISKCON" or "Prabhupada" only appear in the introductory pages in a very small, faint font;

FULL STORY

Criticizing Dilemma

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Apr 29, FRANCE (SUN) — First... recently, on the Dandavats.com front page (window), just a little time after my article entitled "Information From the GBC", maybe completely by chance, we had what follows:

"True Happiness Must Be Eternal
Krsna consciousness is not a tower of Babel to Krsna. There are two processes in spiritual life, the ascending and the descending. Through the ascending process one tries to construct a ladder up to Krsna by processes of yoga, meditation, word jugglery, logic, dry philosophy, etc. However sincere, Krsna is acyuta, unapproachable, that process will never be successful But if the unapproachable Krsna wants to come to us, then nothing can stop Him. That is called the descending process, Krsna consciousness. Krsna is presenting Himself to you and I through the authorized disciplic..."

FULL STORY

What Does a Modern Vedic World Look Like

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Apr 29, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

What does a modern Vedic world look like
Computers airplanes high tech robots
Since nothing is to be neglected to serve
And since Krishna inspired this time
And all the techno things we find
There must be an underlying purpose
Certainly fast efficient communication
Brings many messages quickly home
Perhaps we'll use these methods a while
To bring home our points in novel ways
So many topics so much talking needed

FULL STORY

Apr 29, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

FULL STORY

A Child Drowns at the Vrindavana Gurukula

BY: SANAKA RSI DAS

Apr 27, ENGLAND (SUN) — On the 25th of April, Kartik Sharma, one of the students at the Vrindavana Gurukula drowned in the school swimming pool.

The police said that on a first impression it appears to be a case of negligence on the part of the school management because there was no life-guard on duty at the time of the incident.

FULL STORY

BRAZIL: Yoga Nonsense in Goura Vrindavana

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Apr 27, BRAZIL (SUN) — Some weeks ago I made a post about some yoga nonsense that was happening in Paraíso dos Pândavas. However, I recently found out on the official blog of a yoga hotel inside an ISKCON property, right next to the Goura Vrindavana temple (under the responsibility of Purushatraya Swami), that they are also hosting the same acroyoga nonsense that we saw in Paraíso dos Pândavas. Click here if you want to see it (warning: features a half-naked woman).

FULL STORY

ISKCON Mayapur Interested in Cultivating 8 Varieties of
Aromatic Rice

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 27, KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL (MP) — ISKCON Mayapur has approached the state government showing interest to cultivate eight out of 21 variety of aromatic rice which have been revived by the state agriculture department.

The state Agriculture department has revived 21 varieties of aromatic rice which have become almost extinct. The rice research centre of the state Agriculture department at Hamskhali had been working in the sector and have become successful in reviving the 21 varieties of the aromatic rice. The step to revive the rice varieties was taken up after the change of guard in the state and it is one of the most important tasks carried out by the rice research centre in the past few years.

FULL STORY

I'll Do My Service
For What Suits Me

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Apr 27, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

I'll do my service for what suits me
This is of course mixed Bhakti
I'll put my mind in what suits me
This of course is mixed Bhakti
I'll do my service for what I can enjoy
Forgetting of course under whose employ
My only marker should be of course

The pleasure of guru, voluntarily not force
Under the direction of a greater heart
Whose eradicated fear and selfless impart
That mood of a follower a pleasure to bring
Not calculated manoeuvres accepting any old thing
And call it Bhakti when truth be told
It's for my pleasure my enjoying kingdom unfold

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 27, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Personals ]


Preaching in USSR
1973-1991

BY: SITALATMA DAS

Apr 25, RUSSIA (SUN) — This is in continuation of Shyamasundara Prabhu's article posted earlier, "Preaching in USSR 1980-81".

Sometime in 2009, ISKCON TV recorded a long interview with Kirtiraja Prabhu and Hari, former Harikesha Swami, where they talked about preaching in Soviet Union from their side of the Iron Curtain. They give a slightly different take on the story told by Shyamasundara Prabhu - they don't mention that Calcutta temple was also involved in that mass mail campaign of 1980-1981.

FULL STORY

BRAZIL: Chandramukha Swami & Karmi Rock Band

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Apr 25, BRAZIL (SUN) —

14 Bis is a famous band of pop rock music. It has nothing to do with bhakti at all, its members are just ordinary meat-eating karmis. They actually closed the temple's doors for this. You had to pay R$ 30 if you wanted to come in and watch their show (and see the Deities being offended).

Proof this thing happened in August 2016 is here.

FULL STORY

Franco-Canadian Perspective

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Apr 25, FRANCE (SUN) — I read Vyswambhara das's article entitled "Sad" and I myself became, suddenly, very saddened because of his obvious illusion.

First, just a detail… His byline says "France", but, as far as I know, he has not been in France for more than 20 years and so. He is more or less speculating about a situation he doesn't know at all! He speaks from Canada, I suppose, and only on a very sentimental basis.

FULL STORY

Mathura: Boy Drowns
in Swimming Pool of ISKCON-run School

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 25, MATHURA, UTTAR PRADESH (IE) — 13-year-old Kartik, a 7th class student in Delhi was drowned yesterday.

A 13-year-old boy drowned in the swimming pool of a boarding school run by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), police said Tuesday.

The incident took place yesterday when Kartik, a 7th class student in Delhi, was taking a bath in the pool of the Bhakti Vedanta Gurukul and International School (BGIS), Vrindavan station incharge Uday Pratap Singh said.

FULL STORY

Parishads: Sri Gadadhara Pandit Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 25, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Gadadhara Pandit is observed on April 25th.

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)

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 25, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Wanted ]


The Shelter of Caves, Part Twelve

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 29, CANADA (SUN) — A study of famous caves in ancient Bharat.

Sastric References to Bodily Caves

Patanjali, the famed 2nd Century Tamil siddhar and author of Yoga Sutras, a collection of aphorisms on hatha yoga practice, is another great sage who took refuge in a cave. Patanjali's Cave in Saptur village of Tamil Nadu is a popular destination site, where visitors swim through a small lagoon to reach the cave entrance. But the focus of this segment is not Patanjali's rock cave, but rather his and other sastric references to the 'cave' of the body.

FULL STORY

Dialectical Spiritualism: Georg Wilhelm
Friedrich Hegel, Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 29, CANADA (SUN) —

VII. GERMAN IDEALISM - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

Syamasundara dasa: Hegel also maintains that each state should be independent in itself and not be subordinate to other states.

Srila Prabhupada: Every state may be independent in an individual capacity, but every state is dependent on God's order. If the states are representatives of God, how can they be independent?

FULL STORY

Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 135

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 29, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Twelve - Many childish activities of Nimai

What shall I say about the childish activities of Nimai. He used to be very disturbed if he could not get all the things what he wanted to have.1116

Here while looking at the sky, Niami used to claim the moon from his mother. Looking at the flying bird, he invariably used to claim it from his mother and used to cry for it.1117-1118

FULL STORY

Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Apr 29,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

April 29, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.37
"Therefore to be visible to our imperfect eyes, Krsna has appeared in the stone form, but Krsna is not stone. It is not that we are worshiping stone; we are worshiping Krsna."

April 29, 1974, Hyderabad
Morning Walk
"So we have to depend on Krsna sincerely. Serve Him, everything, what is required, that will come, some way or other. That is miracle."


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

The Shelter of Caves, Part Eleven

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 27, CANADA (SUN) — A study of famous caves in ancient Bharat.

Ravana Ella Cave

In Sinhala, in the Badulla district of Uva province, Sri Lanka, is an ancient cave famously described in Ramayana literatures. The Ravana Ella Cave is part of a complex of natural features all associated with Ravana's abduction of Sita Devi, and Rama's subsequent efforts to secure her return. Ravana's Cave is the secluded abode in which the demon king hid Sita away.

FULL STORY

Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 27, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"But Krishna can perform unlimited mystic powers through His devotee."

(Lecture, Vrindavan, November 22, 1976)

FULL STORY

Dialectical Spiritualism: Georg Wilhelm
Friedrich Hegel, Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 27, CANADA (SUN) —

VII. GERMAN IDEALISM - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

Hayagriva dasa: Since the body is the soul's instrument, Hegel considered injury to the body to be injury to the person himself. In The Philosophy of Right and Law, he says: "It is but vain sophistry that says that the real person — the soul — cannot be injured by maltreatment offered to one's body Violence done to the body is really done to me."

Srila Prabhupada: Then what is the justification for killing animals?

FULL STORY

Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 134

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 27, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Twelve - In a song Narahari described:

The ladies of Navadvipa would ask Nimai to dance giving him their word that they would offer Kshira, Sara and Nani after his dancing. They began to clap their hands with the dance of Nimai. Gora looked at the face of his mother and began to smile sweetly. The smile which could make the whole universe forget its own entity. While dancing the nupuras in the feet of Gora used to ring sweetly. His mother had been looking at the moon like face of her son with a delightful heart.1005-1013

FULL STORY

The Shelter of Caves, Part Ten

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 25, CANADA (SUN) — A study of famous caves in ancient Bharat.

Cave Symbology in Vedic Temple Architecture

In our last segment we closed with a description of the Burmese Ananda Temple, which is a replica of the ancient Nandamu Cave temple in the Himalayas. That temple design incorporated various Vedic temple styles commonly found in North India. And in fact, the symbology of caves is a formally recognized element of traditional Vedic temple architecture.

FULL STORY

Dialectical Spiritualism: Georg Wilhelm
Friedrich Hegel, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 25, CANADA (SUN) —

VII. GERMAN IDEALISM - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

Hayagriva dasa: Concerning God and man, Hegel writes: "God is only God insofar as He knows Himself; His self-knowledge is moreover His consciousness of Himself in man, and man's knowledge of God, a knowledge that extends itself into the self-knowledge of man in God."

FULL STORY

Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 133

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 25, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Twelve - In a song of Vasudeva Ghosa:

The beauty of Goracandra while crawling in the compound of the house could not be described by a single mouth. He had been looking very beautiful as saliva rolled down from his mouth and ripe marmelo like lips. His hands were decorated with armlets, his legs decorated by scalloped bangled and a locket of tiger nail hanged from his neck. There was a beautiful golden chain on the beautiful head.966-969

FULL STORY

Who Wants to
Have the Moon

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Apr 25, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Who wants to have the moon
So many have tried
So many spiritually died
Who wants to wear the ring
So many have tried
So many have spiritually died
One group to another
One person or other
Lord of the ring
See what they bring
Time and time again
Repeating error insane
Professor Einstein claimed

FULL STORY

The Shelter of Caves, Pt. 12
Modern Vedic World
Criticizing Dilemma
Srila Prabhupada's Position
Prabhupada's Significant Order
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 135
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hegel
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
The Shelter of Caves, Pt. 11
Service for What Suits Me
Brazil Yoga Nonsense
A Child Drowns at Gurukula
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 134
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hegel
Aromatic Rice in Mayapur
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
The Shelter of Caves, Pt. 10
Parishads
Who Wants to Have the Moon
Franco-Canadian Perspective
Chandramukha & Karmi Rock
Preaching in USSR
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 133
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hegel
Student Drowns in Pool
Classifieds
Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa
After Finding a Qualified Guru
Blind Freedom
Goals and Guidelines
Twisting Children's Ears
Response to Bhakti Vikasa
Response to Bhakti Vikasa
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 132
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hegel
Weekend Laffs
Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa
Parishads
Raindrops from Heaven
Love of God
Varuthini Ekadasi
How to STOP Wars
Varaha Mihira
Information from the GBC
Sad
Response to Sanaka Rsi das
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 131
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hegel

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