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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

Srinathji Picchvai
Nathdwara, late 19th c.

ISKCON Brooklyn:
The Secret Contract --
Still a Secret

BY: H.H. JAYADVAITA SWAMI

Aug 29, INDIA (SUN) — For immediate release, August 30, 2016 - Contact: Jayadvaita Swami, jaswami+rgbrooklyn@ gmail.com.

As discovered early in January, sometime last year the managers of ISKCON Brooklyn signed a contract to sell Sri Sri Radha-Govinda's temple, without telling either the congregation or the GBC.

What exactly does the contract say? That's a closely held secret. Who is the buyer? What's the price? What are the terms of the contract? Even now, almost a year after the contract has been signed, the Brooklyn temple managers don't want to say. Can the members of the congregation see the contract? No. Can the members of the GBC? No.

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The Shameful Situation
in Belfast

BY: ROCANA DASA

Aug 29, CANADA (SUN) — We recently received and published the article, "The History of Sri Sri Radha Madhava in Ireland" by Bhagavati devi dasi. As one of the participants in the removal of the Deities from ISKCON Belfast temple, she offered the leadership's version of the events surrounding what has now become a highly surcharged situation.

We wrote to her and posed a few of the most obvious questions left unaddressed in her article. For example: Why didn't one of ISKCON's maha-gurus depute their disciples to go take up service at the Belfast temple, to provide the necessary support and to train local devotees -- and if there were none trainable, to simply remain there themselves in service to Sri Sri Radha-Madhava, so They could remain in Their long-time abode? Likewise, why weren't funds acquired from one of our numerous wealthy swamis/gurus to provide for whatever repairs were needed to the abode of Their Lordships?

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Closing Edinburgh ISKCON, Hijacking its Deities

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Aug 29, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) — What would His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada say?

The recent creepy, late nighttime hijacking of the Belfast, Northern Ireland Deities was a shock to many devotees around the world. Disgraceful and inauspicious, despite the GBC Praghosh das giving so many lame lies and excuses for doing it. Praghosh (so-called GBC) also wants to close down the Edinburgh ISKCON Temple.

This act is contradicting HDG Srila Prabhupada's exact instructions to NEVER close Sri Krsna's Temples. It's in black and white. I guess Praghosh das can't read Prabhupada's letters.

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Bhaktivedanta Hospital Propagated at Mayapur ILS Meeting

BY: SRI GOPINATH DASA

Aug 29, RUSSIA (SUN) — This year I attended ILS meeting where over 750 devotees gather to share discuss and learn more, with vision to increases preaching and service to Srila Prabhupada.

There were more than 80 seminars offered and it was difficult to catch up with time. Apart from seminars, bhajans, meetings and discussions, there was a display of ISKCON worldwide activities and few booths/stalls with various devotees presenting their activities, books, products to the leaders.

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Initiation

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 29, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's Initiation Lecture - Hamburg, August 27, 1969.

The whole process, this Krsna conscious- ness movement, is to purify the people in general from the contaminated condition of material existence. Purifying. It is purifying process. A living entity by nature is pure because he is part and parcel of the Supreme Pure, God. But due to his impure condition, he has forgotten his eternal relationship with God. So this initiation means that one is being accepted as student by the spiritual master to promote him gradually to the purified state, where he can realize himself and God. This is the whole process.

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**Radhastami Special Edition** - NBS#44: 'Gopi-gita'

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Aug 29, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

For the upcoming Radhastami festival, we wish to humbly offer this special edition of NBS Magazine, 'Gopi-gita', at the lotus feet of Srimati Radharani. We pray that this issue brings some pleasure to the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

NBS#44 Features:

1) Lord Krishna's Disappearance From The Rāsa Dance - Editorial
2) Gopī-gīta - Srila Sukadeva Goswami
3)Krishna's Re-appearance In The Rāsa Arena - His Divine Grace A .C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
4)The Glories Of Srimati Radharani - Srila Krishnadas Kaviraja Goswami
5)The Sakhīs Of Vraja - Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur
6)The Process Of Becoming One Of Radha's Girlfriends - Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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Belfast Deities Stolen

BY: MADHAVA DAS

Aug 27, BELFAST, NORTH IRELAND (SUN) — This is in response to "Radha Madhava are welcomed to ISKCON Leicester" from the Dandavats website managed by Pragosh.

May I first say that I feel disgusted that Pragosh (the GBC member who stole the Deities) is stating that he has known Sri Sri Radha Madhava since 1983. Pragosh in 1983 was working as a postman in London and it was not until 1985 that he traveled back to Ireland and joined the Hare Krishna movement full-time prior to helping out in Govindas Restaurant in London.

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The History of Sri Sri Radha Madhava in Ireland

BY: BHAGAVATI DASI

Aug 27, IRELAND (SUN) — Sri Sri Radha Madhava were installed in a spacious rented house in its own grounds in the Dublin suburb of Templeogue in the early 1980's. ISKCON preaching was going very well but the Catholic Church became alert to the threat this posed to the youth of Ireland. An anti-cult movement added its voice to the outcry from the pulpits against the devilish activities of the devotees of Krsna.

Alarmed at this course of events, the local leader in Ireland decided to hurriedly re-locate Sri Sri Radha Madhava over the border to a newly purchased house in a prime residential area near the Queens University in the heart of Belfast. Preaching was again successful and the sonorous kirtans were plentiful.

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Bad Things Happen...

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Aug 27, UK (SUN) —

Quote from dad, 1964...
"Bad things happen when all the good people say nothing."
Yep... it's as true today as it was then.
Only now after my ISKCON experience of 43+ years... it's
"Absolute insanity happens because all the saintly people say nothing."
Let's face it...
what institution promotes a man with a dubious character reference to a high managerial position?
What institution promotes a man to the position of chairman of its ...ultimate managerial authority...
who tells anal jokes in front of the entire senior management...
and...
in the presence of children?
How about a spiritual master who honours paedophiles...
while he himself is implicated in murder?
Another authorised saint is watching young girls bathe…
Just what sort of institution blatantly denies their own Child Protection Office restrictions?
Yet all this... and more... goes on under the very noses of our ISKCON saintly people.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 13

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Chapter One (continued) - The discussion of Bhagavata by Sanatana

Sanatana gave up royal service and began to study and discuss the scriptures in his house. In the midst of the Bhattacarya brahmins in his house, he especially enjoyed discussions of Srimad Bhagavatam.653-654

Sanatana then went to Kashi and there he met Prabhu. Sri Caitanya Caritamrta has mentioned all these incidents.655

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Aug 27, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Nandotsava - Birth Ceremony of Lord Krsna

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 25, CANADA (SUN) — Nandotsava, observed on August 26th, from Srimad Bhagavatam 10:5:1-17, Translation and Purport by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

TEXTS 1-2

Sukadeva Gosvami said: Nanda Maharaja was naturally very magnanimous, and when Lord Sri Krsna appeared as his son, he was overwhelmed by jubilation. Therefore, after bathing and purifying himself and dressing himself properly, he invited brahmanas who knew how to recite Vedic mantras. After having these qualified brahmanas recite auspicious Vedic hymns, he arranged to have the Vedic birth ceremony celebrated for his newborn child according to the rules and regulations, and he also arranged for worship of the demigods and forefathers.

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Annada Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 25, CANADA (SUN) — Annada Ekadasi, observed on August 27th/28th (Los Angeles/Mayapur), from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana.

Sri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Janardana, protector of all living entities, please tell me the name of the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September)."

The Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna, then replied, "Oh King, hear me attentively. The name of this sin-removing, sacred Ekadasi is Aja. Any person who fasts completely on this day and worships Hrishikesha, the master of the senses, becomes free of all reactions to his sins. Even one who simply hears about this Ekadasi is freed from his past sins. Oh King, there is no better day than this in all the earthly and heavenly worlds. This is true without a doubt.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 12

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Chapter One (continued) - Sri Gaurasundara in Ramkeli

Out of divine love for his devotees Gaura candra went to Ramkeli to meet Sanatana and Rupa.620

The people of Ramkeli - even the Yavanas - went en masse to see Prabhu.621

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Prasadam - Squash, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 29, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

Though always called a vegetable when it comes to cooking, botanically speaking, squash is really a fruit, because it's a vessel for the plant's seeds. The earliest known evidence of squash was discovered by anthropologists in the Peruvian Andes, where seeds were discovered that have been dated to somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 years old. Of course, we know that Radharani cooked squash for Sri Krsna in Vrindavan, and the ingredient has undoubtedly been used in prasada preparations for untold ages.

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If We Can Please Radharani We Can Very Easily Understand Krsna

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 29, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: Rādhārāṇī is very dear to Kṛṣṇa, and if we approach Kṛṣṇa through the mercy of Rādhārāṇī, we can easily attain Him. If Rādhārāṇī recommends a devotee, Kṛṣṇa immediately accepts him, however foolish he may be. Consequently in Vṛndāvana we find that devotees chant Rādhārāṇī's name more often than Kṛṣṇa's. Wherever we go in India we will find devotees calling, "Jaya Rādhe." We should be more interested in worshiping Rādhārāṇī, for however fallen we may be, if somehow or other we can please Her, we can very easily understand Kṛṣṇa.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Chapter One (continued) - The biography of Sri Jiva

Sri Jiva had grown very discontent in Gauda and he was pulled by his attractions to his uncles in Vrndavana.684

The visit to Vrndavana by Sri Jiva was a peculiar incident.685

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Aug 29,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

August 29, 1973, Los Angeles
Bhagavad-gita 2.26-27
"Because those who are not Krsna conscious, they are hovering on the mental plane. They cannot, there cannot be any fixed up morality, honesty, dishonesty."

August 29, 1975, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.62
"These living entities, these conditioned souls who has come to this material world -- the only reason is that they want to satisfy the senses, manah-sasthanindriyani. Therefore there is struggle for existence."


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

Prasadam - Squash

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 27, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

One of the very nicest vegetables to use when cooking for Sri Krsna is squash. Many references are found in sastra to this excellent foodstuff, and Srila Prabhupada talked about it on several occasions. He generally refers to it as squash, while the Sanskrit term found most often, in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta for example, is tumbi. In fact, there are a great many different Sanskrit terms for squash – as many as there are varieties that have been grown in India over the ages.

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Śrī Guru: Dear to Kṛṣṇa & Non-Different
from Him

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 27, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — From Śrīla Prabhupādera Upadeś- āmṛta, a compilation of Śrī Srimad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda's instructions, in question-and-answer form.

Question 1: Who is known as harijana*?

*'Hari' is the Supreme Lord; 'jana' refers to those who are His people. In other words, harijana refers to the true devotees of God. A contemporary use of the word was introduced during India's Independence Movement in an attempt to elevate the social status of those born in lower castes. For this reason, the original meaning will be elucidated here.

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Vyas puja Offering 2016

BY: ADHIYAJNA DAS

Aug 27, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (SUN) — Offered at Vancouver ISKCON Mandir.

The Most Valuable Jewel

O Jewel of Beauty on the garland of the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya
having the same color as the rain laden cloud, you are heavy with daya
your brilliant rays of instruction free us from our attachment to our kaya
Srila Prabhupada, O Perpetual Recipient of humble obeisances from Maya

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The Appearance of
His Divine Grace

BY: ROCANA DASA

Aug 25, CANADA (SUN) — The glorious Appearance day of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada is observed on August 26th.

In 1896, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada made his appearance in Calcutta, Bengal. He was given the name Abhay Carana by his Vaisnava father, Gour Mohan De, whose principle desire for his son's spiritual future was for him to become a pure devotee of Lord Sri Krsna, the ultimate goal of Vaisnavism.

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Srila Prabhupada
As He Is

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 25, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's Lecture on Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati's Appearance Day, Feb 7, 1969, Los Angeles.

"Bhaktivinoda Thakura organized this Krsna Caitanya's movement in pure form from Mayapur. He published many books and papers, Sajjana-tosani. When he passed away in 1914, at that time, he entrusted the matter to Siddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, that "I am going, my work unfinished, about this Caitanya Mahaprabhu's movement. You take charge of it." So he took very seriously the word of Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

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Departure of the Jaladuta

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 25, CANADA (SUN) — The observance, according to the Vaisnava calendar, of the days of Srila Prabhupada's transcendental journey aboard the Jaladuta

Wednesday, August 25 to Monday, August 30, 1965

Between Wednesday, August 25 and Monday, August 30, 1965, Srila Prabhupada's Jaladuta journal falls silent for six days. On the seventh day, August 31, the silence is broken with these simple words, "Passed over a great crisis on the struggle for life and death." (Continued next page)

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Sri Guru-vandana

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 25, CANADA (SUN) —

sri-guru-carana-padma, kevala-bhakati-sadma,
bando mui savadhana mate
jahara prasade bhai, e bhava toriya jai,
krsna-prapti hoy jaha ha'te

The lotus feet of our spiritual master are the only way by which we can attain pure devotional service. I bow to his lotus feet with great awe and reverence. By his grace one can cross the ocean of material suffering and obtain the mercy of Krsna.

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A Review of "Swami
in a Strange Land"

BY: ROCANA DASA

Aug 23, CANADA (SUN) — I was recently asked to review the new book by Yogesvara das (Joshua Greene), Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West. The request was made by my godbrother, Devi Deva das, who has been helping to promote the book.

In my conversation with Devi Deva das, I attempted to make him aware that over the years, I have developed a philosophical perspective on the subject of who Srila Prabhupada is, and I've articulated that position in many articles. Expecting what kind of book this was going to be, and suspecting there's a good chance I would disagree with its general philosophical tone, I somewhat reluctantly agreed to review it. I've now done so and as anticipated, found the book was basically disappointing.

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Prasadam - Squash, Pt. 2
NBS: Radhastami Special
Initiation
Bhaktivedanta Hospital Prop
Closing Edinburgh ISKCON,
Shameful Situation in Belfast
Brooklyn Secret Contract
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 14
If We Can Please Radharani
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Prasadam - Squash
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 13
Bad Things Happen
Radha Madhava in Ireland
Belfast Deities Stolen
Vyas puja Offering
Śrī Guru, Dear to Kṛṣṇa
Saturday Laffs
Appearance of His Divine Grace
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 12
Annada Ekadasi
Sri Guru-vandana
Nandotsava
Departure of the Jaladuta
Srila Prabhupada As He Is
The Birth of Lord Krsna
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 11
Glorification of Ravanari
"Swami in a Strange Land"
Celebrating Krsna's Birth
Departure of the Jaladuta
Sri Krsna's Family
Vedic Fathers of Geology, 6
Departure of the Jaladuta
Failing to Implement
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 10
Live or They Die, Same Thing
Russia Anti-sharing Law
Devotees pay Homage
Sunday Laffs

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