UPDATED — Nov 23 2014 11:59 pm PST
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

Vishnu on Sheshanaga

ISKCON Guru Who Thinks You Don't Need a Guru

BY: JAGANNATH DAS

Nov 23, RUSSIA (SUN) — Things are getting interesting. Sacinandana Swami removed our YouTube video, linked from the previous post ) with help of his friends from Maan Mandir. What are they hiding anyway? Sacinandana Swami's disciples are quite open on Facebook about the fact that he is siksa disciple/friend/admirer of Ramesh baba. Devotee should be straightforward, and if you like Ramesh baba, you should be proud about it, not trying to hide it. Or maybe this is special lila only for senior disciples of Sacinandana Swami who understand the mood of their spiritual master.

In case our video is removed again, please use Vidme link or you can download movie directly from dropbox. If you download movie directly, you'll need movie player, we recommend vlc (mac, windows, Linux). If none of these links work, contact us directly on Facebook, we will provide new link.

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The Correct Angle
of Vision

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Nov 23, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — This is a reproduction of a conversation with Major Rana N. J. Bahadur at Armadale, Darjeeling on June 14th, 1935. It was originally published in The Harmonist (Vol. XXXI, No.21) on the 27th of June, 1935.

Question: I cannot understand this world.

Answer: It is camp life. This world is not our original abode. It is meant for certain purposes. After that we are to proceed to our original home. This world is not a desirable place. It is not good to be enticed to stay here for a long time, forgetting our original abode. We stay there with Godhead. We are the eternal servants of Godhead. When we decide to lord it over the universe we are allowed these facilities for temporary purposes. They do not serve our eternal purposes. It would be better to seek for a place where we can find the real peace.

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40th Anniversary of Krishna Balaram Mandir

BY: DEENA BANDHU DASA

Nov 23, VRINDAVAN DHAM (SUN) — Ram Navami 2015 marks 40 years since Srila Prabhupada inaugurated the Krishna Balaram Mandir in Vrindavan. To celebrate we devotees have planned out a 5 day festival from 24-28th March, 2015. Daily, morning and evening, we will have the devotees who were there at the inauguration in 1975 share their memories of that wonderful occasion. There will also be cultural presentations by the devotees. One day there will be an amazing procession with the Utsav Deities. And the grand finale will be the most ecstatic triple abhishek of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Krishna Balaram, and Radha Shyamasundar on Rama Navami morning.

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Sukadeva's Instructions

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 21, INDIA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Back To Godhead Volume-01 Number-33, 1970

I am pleased that you are doing things just to my satisfaction. Stick to this principle, and Krsna will bless you. Our line of action is not difficult: chanting sixteen rounds regularly, trying to follow the four restrictive principles, taking prasadam, reading the books, speaking, discussing about the subject matter of devotional service. This is the process.

I am speaking tonight about Pariksit Maharaj, of whom I have spoken several times before. As you know, he had only seven days to meet his death. He was a young man, but somehow or other he was cursed by a  brahmana boy that he would meet death within seven days. According to Vedic culture one should prepare very nicely before death for going back to Godhead. This is Vedic culture. In the modern civilization, they do not know what is going to happen after death. But our Vedic culture is not so blind.

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Truth is Self-Revealing

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Nov 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — By Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada (Harmonist 25.230, March 1928).

"Do not try to discover the nature of truth by the exercise of your imagination. Do not endeavor to attain the truth through experience of this world. Do not manufacture truth in order to satisfy your erring inclinations, or hastily accept anything for the reason that it satisfies such inclinations. Do not regard as truth anything that has been "built up" or has the support of a majority of people like yourself, nor as untruth anything that is rejected by the overwhelming majority.

According to the scriptures there will be found hardly one in a crore of human beings who really worships the truth. What is proclaimed by the united voices of all the people of this world as truth may turn out to be false. Therefore, cease to confront the truth in a challenging mood.

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ISKCON Devotee Accuses Vrindavan Sadhu of Harassment

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 21, CANADA (SUN) — On October 30th, the Times of India published the following report from their Mathura bureau:

"An Iskcon devotee of Italian origin has filed a police complaint against a sadhu for allegedly harassing her and making lewd gestures.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manzil Saini has ordered an inquiry and filing of a case against the sadhu, identified as Nitai Das by the woman. In her complaint, she alleged that he has been harassing her for a long time.

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Bhaktivedanta College a Feminist Stronghold

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Nov 19, INDIA (SUN) — It is not surprising that Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesha is so confused about the questions that Haladhara Prabhu asked in Reflections on Vaisnavi-dharma. They actually reject what Srila Prabhupada and sastra say about women's duties and concoct their own idea. How has this come about? By the influence of feminists like Urmila dd, Laxmimoni dd, Annuttama Prabhu and his wife Rukmini, Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu and Sacinandana Swami.

Sacinandana Swami has a big influence at Bhaktivedanta College because the husband of Anupama dd, Dinadayal Prabhu is a disciple of Sacinandana Swami. Dinadayal Prabhu is one of the heads at Bhaktivedanta College plus has a big role in the Euro GBC.

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Scrutinizing Romapada Swami

BY: DASARATH DAS

Nov 19, SEDONA, ARIZONA, USA (SUN) — My interest in creating a website with information about some questionable financial dealings of Romapada Swami, an ISKCON guru and GBC member, came about initially as a need of a strong response to his master-minding and circumventing proper procedure of change of management of the Phoenix Arizona temple back in 2007 (a temple which most of you know I started), and the ensuing breakup and alienation of a large portion of the temple congregation due to this GBC politics.

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Mahā-prasāda:
"The Great Favor"

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Nov 19, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — The following is an excerpt from Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada's Sree Caitanya's Teachings on the theology of mahā-prasāda:

"A person whose body and mind have been accepted by the Lord is privileged to approach Him with offerings of food and drink. The Lord is pleased to accept food offered by such persons. By His acceptance, the food is spiritualized in the same way that the body and mind are spiritualized by dedication to the Lord. This dedication of all food to the Lord is true renunciation of all material foodstuffs. Foods accepted by the Lord are spiritualized and changed into mahā-prasāda, "the great blessing."

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ISKCON to Build Golden Temple in Guntur

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Nov 19, GUNTUR, ANDHRA PRADESH (DC) — The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is going to construct a unique golden Lord Butter Krishna temple near Kondaveedu Fort of Guntur district with a fund of Rs 500 crore. This is the first of its kind of a golden temple in south India.

The surroundings of the temple will host pavilions for different attractions from Mahabharata and Ramayana.

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Govardhan Puja Celebration at Giridhari Mandir

BY: BHAKTA BHARATH

Nov 19, BANGALORE, INDIA (SUN) — 5,000 years ago, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead lifted Govardhana Hill to rescue the residents of Vrndavana from Indra. Commemorating this sweet pastime, an occasion of great joy for His devotees, Govardhana Puja was celebrated with opulence and gaiety at Sri Narasimha Giridhari Mandir.

Sri Narasimha Giridhari Kshetra is a beautiful place in Bangalore. Its bountiful gardens and goshala accompany an exquisite temple graced by Deities of Lord Krishna and His eternal consort, Radharani. The formal name of the Deities, Sri Sri Gandharvika Giridhari, honors the lifter of Govardhana.

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Ludhiana Rathyatra

BY: BHAKTA KAPLISH

Nov 19, LUDHIANA, INDIA (SUN) — ISKCON Ludhiana annual Rathyatra concluded around midnight on November 16th, covering the area about five kilometers. Lacs of devotees from India and abroad joined this festival of chariot. The parade route was welcomed by different sections of society and they recited the Mahamantra all the way. Both sides of the road were beautifully decorated and people welcomed the Lord of the Universe with great devotion and dedication.

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The Removal of Srila Jiva Gosvami's Doubts

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 23, CANADA (SUN) — Parikrama-khanda, 'Sri Navadvipa Mahatmya' by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

Chapter Seventeen
Jiva Gosvami's Questions and the Answers

All glories to Lord Gauracandra and Prabhu Nityananda! All glories to Advaita and Gadadhara, who relish ecstatic prema! All glories to the devotees headed by Srivasa! All glories to Navadvipa-dhama! And all glories to nama-sankirtana, the abode of prema.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Nov 23, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"A devotee has no vision in his life other than Krishna."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.28.30)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 485

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 23, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto CII - Lakshman Healed

"But Ráma, pride of Raghu's race,
Gazed tenderly on Lakshmaṇ's face,
And, as the sight his spirit broke,
Turned to Susheṇ and sadly spoke:
"Where is my power and valour? how
Shall I have heart for battle now,
When dead before my weeping eyes
My brother, noblest Lakshmaṇ, lies?

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Nov 23,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

November 23, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 9.2-5
"Suppose if you love somebody... You simply take from him, but you don't give. Oh, do you think it is very good? No. It is not good. That is not love. That is exploitation. If I go on simply taking from you, and if I don't offer you anything, that is simply exploitation. So love means you must take, you must give."

November 23, 1966, New York
Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.118
"I am within this material energy, when I am forgetful of Krsna, this material energy is fearful for me, and when I am in Krsna consciousness fully, there is no question of fearfulness from material nature."

November 23, 1968, Los Angeles
Bhagavad-gita 2.8-12
"We must follow the directions on the label or the directions of our physician. The Bhagavad-gita also should be accepted as it is directly by the speaker Himself."

November 23, 1972, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 2.18
"This is the injunction of the sastra, that in the Satya-yuga, when people were said to live for one hundred thousands of years, at that time yogic principle, meditation, was possible."

November 23, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.23
"There is famine; there is pestilence; there is no rain; there is excessive heat, excessive cold. They are called adhidaivika. Earthquake..., so many. So this is the reminder, that "You rascal, you are thinking you are very happy in this material world. What you have done about these sufferings?"


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

Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri Temple, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 21, CANADA (SUN) — The last in a three-part summary of Mahaprasad at Jagannath Temple.

During the 15-day period between Snana Purnima and Ratha Yatra (July 3rd), which we are currently in as of this writing, the Jagannath Deities are cloistered in Their sick room. They take no food, and are served only a cool drink called Pana. Pana is made by combining 1 cup of curd (yoghurt) with ½ cup sugar and 4 cups of water. On other festival days, bananas and raisins may be added to this sweet curd drink.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Nov 21, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"In the last stage of the spiritual master's life, the devotees of the spiritual master should take preaching activities into their own hands. In this way the spiritual master can sit down in a solitary place and render nirjana bhajana."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.28.33)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 484

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto CI - Lakshman's Fall

"When Rávaṇ saw his darts repelled,
With double rage his bosom swelled.
He summoned, wroth but undismayed,
A mightier charm to lend its aid.
And, fierce as fire before the blast,
A storm of missiles thick and fast,
Spear, pike and javelin, mace and brand,
Came hurtling from the giant's hand.

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Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri Temple, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 19, CANADA (SUN) — A three-part summary of Mahaprasad at Jagannath Temple.

In the broad sense, everything that is touched or used by the Deities of Sri Jagannath Temple is considered to be Mahaprasad, not only the foodstuffs. This includes tulsi leaves, bath water of the Deities, called paduka, cloth, and everything else that is used by the Deities. All Mahaprasad is surcharged with spiritual energy – the mercy of the Lord of the Universe.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Nov 19, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"However, only one who is a bona fide spiritual master expanding the cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Krishna consciousness movement, and who is in full control of his senses can be addressed as a goswami. Unfortunately, the hereditary process is going on; therefore at the present moment, in most cases the title is being misused due to ignorance of the word's etymology."

(Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 9.289)

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Parishads: Sri Saranga Thakur

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 19, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Saranga Thakur is observed on November 19th.

Vraja's Nandimukhi became Saranga Thakur in Gaura-lila. Some people say that he is Prahlad, but that is not the opinion held by my father. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 172)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 483

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto C. Rávan In The Field

"The plain with bleeding limbs was spread,
And heaps of dying and of dead.
His mighty bow still Ráma strained,
And shafts upon the giants rained.
Still Angad and Sugríva, wrought
To fury, for the Vánars fought.

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Jiva Gosvami's Doubts
Correct Angle of Vision
Don't Need a Guru
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Krishna Balaram Anniversary
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri
Truth is Self-Revealing
Sukadeva's Instructions
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Vrindavan Sadhu Harassment
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri
Parishads
Mahā-prasāda
Scrutinizing Romapada Swami
Bhaktivedanta College
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Ludhiana Rathyatra
Govardhan Puja at Giridhari
Golden Temple in Guntur
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri
Parishads
Tricky Business
Closer Look at Thanksgiving
Acceptance of the Holy Name
Different Sizes of Infinity?
Bhagavatastakam
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Interpretations of Gita
Utpanna Ekadasi
The Saintly Person's Code
Sacinandana Swami, Sahajiya
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
The Paintings of Sita Ram
Jayadvaita's Bold Challenge
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Contempt Notice to Mumbai
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
The Paintings of Sita Ram
Sri Guru Parampara
Reflections on Vaisnavi-dharma
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Muckraking Magazine
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
The Paintings of Sita Ram
By The Mercy of Krishna
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