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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

Jhulan Yatra
Nathdwara, early 20th c.

John Krishna

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

May 25, CANADA (SUN) — John Krishna - or why we cannot set the bad example of changing Srila Prabhupada´s books. Explained in simple words by Srila Prabhupada himself:

"Now we have to accept knowledge from Vedas, Vedic knowledge, not this rascal's knowledge. Rascal knowledge is that "Yes," as soon as he comes to the imperfect point, "yes, we are trying." You are trying. What is this trying? Trying means that your knowledge is imperfect. And another rascal will come, he will say, "Now here is the perfect." And ten years after, another rascal will come," No, this is not perfect. This is perfect." This is going on. This is called scientific advancement. This is... Advancement means... But we don't change our Vedic knowledge.

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Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam, Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF

May 25, CANADA (SUN) — A commentary on Lord Caitanya's 'Siksastakam' by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, with a Bengali song for each verse that expands upon Mahaprabhu's devotional moods (Sanskrit, 1886).

"My Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, in Your holy name there is all good fortune for the living entity, and therefore You have many names, such as Krsna and Govinda, by which You expand Yourself. You have invested all Your potencies in those names, and there are no hard and fast rules for remembering them. My dear Lord, although You bestow such mercy upon the fallen, conditioned souls by liberally teaching Your holy names, I am so unfortunate that I commit offenses while chanting the holy name, and therefore I do not achieve attachment for chanting."

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Guru and Krsna Must be Served Simultaneously

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 25, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Srila Prabhupada: "The spiritual master and Krishna are two parallel lines. The train, on two tracks, moves forward. The spiritual master and Krishna are like these two tracks, they must be served simultaneously. Krishna helps one to find bona fide spiritual master and bona fide spiritual Master helps one to understand Krishna. If one does not get bona fide spiritual master, then how he can ever understand Krishna? You cannot serve Krishna without spiritual master, or serve just spiritual master without serving Krishna. They must be served simultaneously."

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Parishads: Sri Ramananda Raya

BY: SUN STAFF

May 25, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance Day of Sri Ramananda Raya is observed on May 26th.

There are two Arjunas in Krishna lila: one is a priya-narma-sakha in Vraja, the other is one of the Pandavas. These two combined to become Ramananda Raya, the dear companion of Mahaprabhu. He was very knowledgeable in the teachings of loving devotion to Radha and Krishna, which he described to Gauracandra on a daily basis.

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Earth Is Not a Globe

BY: GOUR MOHAN DAS

May 23, INDIA (SUN) — In reply to "Modern Blasphemy: Earth Is Not A Globe, Part Two".

We have ample information how Lord Caitanya engaged in debate with the learned scholar who came to Navadvipa, Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, the Mayavadis and the Kazi, etc.

All the debates were based on philosophical grounds. Never did He engaged in cursing anyone or attacking any person directly like Rajasekhara prabhu has done in his papers. We are advised to follow in the footsteps of the Lord and the Acharya's. They are our examples. We make a humble request to Rajasekhara prabhu to take a straw between his teeth and submit his apologies to Mayesvara prabhu as he has done nothing else then to follow the instruction that Srila Prabhupada gave in 1977 to the devotees.

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Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu Criticises Edited Bhagavatams

BY: KRISHNA DASA

May 23, EUROPE (SUN) — In a lecture (date unknown) on Srimad Bhagavatam (1.1.1), Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu compares Srila Prabhupada's 1962 purport with the edited purport. The edited version is full of mistakes in his opinion. His lack of diplomacy suggests the lecture was given before the book editing became a hot topic. He says:

"I want you to look at this because again you see where Prabhupada's original is superior to the edited version...."

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GBC UK and GBC NA EC Banning of Women:
Masters or Mothers?

BY: MURARI DAS (BVKS)

May 23, INDIA (SUN) — This book was banned by the GBC UK, GBC NA EC and VEB (Vrindavan Executive Board). We continue our serialized response to the Resolution by NA EC banning Women: Masters or Mothers? (WMM). For information on the background of this serialized response please read the Introduction.

[NA GBC] Clause

Whereas on page 40 he applauds what he admits is technically child labor (kids as young as eight years avoiding education beyond what is learned from working with their family business);

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Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam, Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

May 23, CANADA (SUN) — A commentary on Lord Caitanya's 'Siksastakam' by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, with a Bengali song for each verse that expands upon Mahaprabhu's devotional moods (Sanskrit, 1886).

The fourth perfection:

vidya-vadhu-jivanam

"The holy name is the life of transcendental knowledge (the Lord's own wife)."

In the Garuda Purana it is stated:
"O best of kings! If you are desirous of acquiring that extraordinary knowledge by which the Supreme Goal is realized, then chant Lord Govinda's name with love and devotion."

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We Are Not Afraid of Maya Because Krsna
is There

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 23, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Viṣṇujana: How will it be possible, Prabhupāda, for a man whose mind is clouded to constantly chant Hare Kṛṣṇa? A man who's always thinking thoughts about family, friends, country, nation?

Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. Think of. At the same time, chant. Two things will go on, and this will conquer. (chuckling) As māyā is forcing you to drag you from this Kṛṣṇa consciousness, you also force māyā by chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. There is fight. And māyā will go away.

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www.krishnachildren.com

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

May 21, UK (SUN) —

I have just watched the very well made documentary, The Cost of Silence
on the recently created website, www.krishnachildren.com.
I would heartily recommend that anyone connected to ISKCON...
in any way shape or form...
watch it. The narrator…
Sanaka Rsi prabhu is himself a victim.
The producers have skillfully joined up many of the dots to give one an overall view of what many of us have been trying to express for many years.
The ISKCON leadership is not what it should be.
My heartfelt thanks go out to all those who have contributed in any way shape or form to produce a professional documentary that is worthy of any major network TV channel.
One can only surmise that Lord Nrsmhadeva has empowered them.
I take off my hat and salute them all.
Sanaka prabhu is a very courageous man who...
as the narrator…
has very publicly taken on a very sordid aspect of ISKCON and as yet...
still lives to tell the tale.

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How Devotees Profit from this Market Crash

BY: RAM APRAMEYA DAS

May 21, INDIA (SUN) —

As the first half of 2016 is almost over, economic enthusiasts are recalling the big boom days of 2000 and 2008. It is being predicted that we are in a similar economic bubble now. The intelligent can perceive this, as they see that loans are available easily, things of luxury like car, cellphone etc have become affordable for everyone, and fixed deposit interest rates are quiet low and many other factors. The rate of interest for deposits in some countries is zero or even negative. What it means? We are supposed to pay to the bank to keep our money. Money is floating so much around us that people don’t have to work that hard to get some. But behind this rosy picture is a bed of thorns that people of today are unable to perceive.

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Prasadam - Camphor, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

May 25, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

The highly aromatic qualities of camphor are referred to in numerous sastric descriptions, most referring to the sweet qualities of Radha and Krsna's smiles and personal fragrance. But camphor is also used to illustrate the energetic qualities of two things coming together. For example, in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta there are passages describing the pastimes of Lord Caitanya and Ramananda Raya, such as the following:

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

May 25, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Having tasted the words of Krishna's representative, we will feel satisfied, just as we feel satisfied upon eating a full meal."

(Raja Vidya)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



May 25,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

May 25, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 3.16-17
"… by establishing a godless civilization we are not happy. We are not happy, just like the same way, not supplying foodstuff to the stomach, we are thinking of becoming happy. No, that cannot be."

May 25, 1975, Honolulu
Lecture
"What mystic power Prahlada could attain? He was only five years old. So there was no opportunity of acquiring any mystic power. But he was being protected by the supreme mystic, Krsna. That should be a devotee's point of view."

May 25, 1976, Honolulu
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.25
"… so much stress is given that wife should be chaste and husband should be very well behaved, then life will be successful."


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

Prasadam - Camphor, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

May 23, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

The historical use of camphor is well documented. In ancient and medieval Europe, it was used as an ingredient in sweets. During the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907) in China, it was a flavoring used in confections similar to ice cream. Both 10th century Arabic and 13th century Andalusian cookbooks include it as an ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. In India, camphor is used in a host of grain and milk sweets, in rice preparations, and in various breads, chutneys, savouries, and sabjis.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

May 23, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The other day there was question in class, one Indian boy asked whether I am am happy. So I answered him that in India I left my five children, but here, although I came alone, Krishna has given me hundreds of nice children. So I told him to just compare practical happiness. So I am not at all inconvenienced under the care of my children here."

(Letter to Brahmananda, 6 May 1969)

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Prasadam - Camphor

BY: SUN STAFF

May 21, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

Today, we begin a three-part series on what is perhaps the least often used, yet the most distinctive of all prasadam ingredients -- karpura, or camphor. Known by many names, camphor is an important part of Vaisnava culture, both in cooking and in deity worship. This highly aromatic substance is also referred to many places in sastra in descriptions of various qualities of Sri Krsna and Srimati Radharani.

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Instead of Earning Livelihood by Showing the Deity in the Temple

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Prabhupāda: "Yes. If by the dress of sannyāsī, you take some money and eat and sleep, then it is transcendental fraud. (SP laughs) (Hindi) Just like others are toiling, and we are getting money by some dress. That's all. They are getting money by laboring hard, and we are getting money...

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Parishads: Paramesvari dasa Thakura, Madhavendra Puri, and Srinivasa Acarya

BY: SUN STAFF

May 21, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Madhavendra Puri and Sri Srinivasa Acarya, and the Disappearance Day of Sri Paramesvari Dasa Thakura are observed on this day.

Srila Paramesvari das Thakur

Srila Paramesvari Thakur appeared in a Vaidya family. He made his home in Antpur, a village which was previously known by the name of Bishakhali. The Antpur station is on the on the Champadanga branch of the Howrah-Amta rail line. Paramesvari Thakur’s Sripat is not far from the train station and near the old Radha Govinda temple established of the diwan or chief minister of Burdwan’s king, Tej Bahadur.

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Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

May 21, CANADA (SUN) — A commentary on Lord Caitanya's 'Siksastakam' by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, with a Bengali song for each verse that expands upon Mahaprabhu's devotional moods (Sanskrit, 1886).

The forms and features of Transcendence radiate a tender and cooling sheen that is perceivable through the chanting of Krsna's holy name. In the mundane realm, the body, mind and above them the soul not only become purified by chanting the holy name, but they too gradually and inevitably are touched by the cooling tenderness of the spiritual realm. The subtle and gross contaminations of the material conception of life and the acceptance of false designations have devoured the spirit soul, but all these afflictions can be ended by chanting the holy name. When the soul finds release from material designations, he becomes eager to reach Lord Krsna. He thus engages in devotional service, taking shelter in the cooling shade of the Lord's lotus feet.

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May 21, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Prasadam - Camphor
Parishads
John Krishna
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
Served Simultaneously
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Prasadam - Camphor
Not Afraid of Maya
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
Banning of WMM
Ravindra Svarupa Criticisism
Earth Is Not a Globe
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prasadam - Camphor
Parishads
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
How Devotees Profit
www.krishnachildren.com
Instead of Earning Livelihood
Saturday Laffs
Vrindavan Associates - Sudama
Parishads: Sri Vishnupriya Devi
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
Banning of WMM
From Bhakta John S.
Modern Blasphemy
Five Prayers to Lord Narasimha
The Cost of Silence
Nrsimhadeva's Appearance
Try Your Best to Execute
Classifieds
Vrindavan Associates - Sudama
Parishads: Sri Vasudeva Vipra
Dhruva, Uttanapada and Narada
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
Appreciation for WMM
Reason for 'Back To Godhead'
How Shall I Serve You?

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