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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

Waking Ravana's Brother, Kumbhakaran
Ramayana Illustration, 17th c.

The Earth Is Not a Globe, Part Three

BY: MAYESVARA DASA

Jul 24, IRELAND (SUN) —

DEFINITIONS, DESCRIPTIONS, AND TRANSLATIONS OF THE NAMES BHU-GOLA, BHU-MANDALA, AND BHARATA-VARSHA

SECTION 1.0 — INTRODUCTION

With reference to the relevant verses in Srimad Bhagavatam, the following paper will show conclusively that the description of Earth presented by the great Vedic sage, Sukadeva Goswami is not that of a globe-shaped planet floating in space. It will demonstrate, on the contrary, that the continents of our known Earth area are but a small part of a vast Earth plane known as the Bhu-mandala. In the course of this paper, we hope to impress upon the reader the rather startling declaration that the images of Earth as a globe in space, presented by such agencies as NASA and the European Space Agency, are not real images of the real Earth.

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Correcting Transcriptions of Srila Prabhupada's Lectures & Conversations

BY: VISNU MURTI DASA

Jul 24, RADHADESH, BELGIUM (SUN) — In his article of the 20th of July, " Cheating Right Under Our Noses", Bhakta Torben requested Vanimedia to explain what is going on. This is what I can say.

The audio file you mention, along with all of the other 1976 audio files, was reviewed by the Bhaktivedanta Archives and their team of volunteers before they made the release of the 1976 audio files in November of 2013. The transcription errors should have been caught during the proofreading process.

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Sri Suka-sari-stava (Parrots praise
Radha and Krsna), Pt. 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'Sri Suka-sari-stava' by Srila Krsna das Kaviraja Gosvami.

Text 53

radha-citta-marala-drk-sapharika-sasvad-vilasaspadam | kanci-sarasa-pali-nisvani-tatam lomali-saivalakam | lavanyamrta-puritam tribalika-suksmormi-vibhrajitam | sri-nabhi-nalinam lasaty agha-ripoh sri-tunda-sat-palvalam

A playground for the swan of Radha's thoughts and the saphari fish of Her eyes, its shores filled with sounds of the cranes of His sash of bells, its moss a line of hairs, filled with the necatar of handsomeness, handsome with gentle waves of three folds of skin, and glorious with the graceful lotus of a navel, the lake of Krsna's abdomen shines with great splendor.

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Parishads: Srila Gopala Bhatta Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 24, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Srila Gopala Bhatta Goswami is observed on July 24th.

She who was formerly Ananga Manjari has appeared to enrich Mahaprabhu's pastimes as Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami. Some say that Gopal Bhatta is actually Guna Manjari. (Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 184)

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Jul 24, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Tick Tock – We Still Have Time To Change – Tick Tock – But How Much Time?

BY: BHAKTA JOHN JAGANNATHA

Jul 22, NEW YORK (SUN) — My question for the current leadership of so-called "ISKCON", the GBC, is the following: Are you willfully ignoring the teachings of the Founder-Acarya and deviating from the basic rules and regulations of sadhana bhakti or is the sum total of your combined intelligence no greater than a pile of dumb inert rocks?

Have you forgotten that Krsna consciousness is a scientific process? It's known as the science of self-realization. At the center of the process is the chanting of the Holy Names – HARE KRSNA HARE KRSNA KRSNA KRSNA HARE HARE / HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE. If you concoct something, if you add or subtract something, the proper result, Love of God, will not be achieved.

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WMM Book Ban Lifted
by the GBC

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 22, NEW YORK (SUN) —

From: Basu Ghosh (das) ACBSP (Baroda - IN)
Date: 20-Jul-16 00:48 (06:18 +0530)
To: IIAC (ISKCON India Advisory Committee)
Subject: WMM book ban lifted by the GBC

Home Base: ISKCON Baroda
Camp: ISKCON Krishna Balaram Mandir, Vrindavan, U.P.

Dear Maharajas and Prabhus,
Namonamaha. Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

This is to inform you all that the GBC has rescinded [without a public announcement] the ban on Bhakti Vikas Swami's book, "Women, Masters or Mothers?".

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The Vibrant Hare Krishna Non-movement

BY: GADI DAS

Jul 22, MULBERRY, TENNESSEE, USA (SUN) — "I got blisters on my fingers!" ……. in 1971. Blisters, and blood dripped down our fingers…. Once again the kartals smashed them… blood speckled mrdanga. These were the daily injuries, and we would not have it any other way. Someone has a roll of duct tape… wrap them up… continue…

Hari Nam Sankirtana in the streets used to be like that. I was there, those were my bloody fingers, and the speckled mrdanga was around Vishnujnana's neck. Injuries while executing the sacrifice of the age… small price to pay for love of God one may say… BTGs was our literature of perfection… thousands and thousands… distributed in dhotis, humbly requesting a small donation. A lot were given free to one and all. "What the hell are those people doing?" referring to the kirtan and "what's with the duct tape?" It was easy to get people's attention when you are possessed of Caitanya Shakti… all the jivas wanted in… wanted to know… "what is this?" Invariably we would bring one or two youngsters back to the temple. Some stayed, some left… that was the way of Harinam Sankirtana.

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Mundane Psychology vs. Krsna Consciousness

BY: D. DAS

Jul 22, VANCOUVER, CANADA (SUN) — One of the definitions of 'mayavada' is "The superimposition of mundane perspective on the spiritual Reality" as it (the Reality) is described in the revealed sastras. In other words, mayavadis try to adapt the sastric revelations and their injunctions to fit their limited perspective.

The modern day psychology and psychiatry, which concern themselves entirely with the lower manifestations of the subtle material energy as presented in the revealed sastras, are accepted by such atheistic mayavadis who cannot conceive of the existence of the higher Reality as their "religion". A sincere devotee, though, can, in the light of sastric revelations and through the power of his sadhana bhakti and the mercy of Lord Krsna, understand their superficial shallowness and see their utter unsuitability for "treating" the conditions of mind.

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My Visitor

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Jul 22, UK (SUN) —

Call me sentimental...
but today...
I received another unexpected visitor to my temple room.
Yep… the fox came back.
Saturday past it came in... had a brief look around and left.
So today I was a little prepared...
I caught my guest on camera.
Now some say nature is beautiful but in this case...
this unfortunate creature was a real heartbreaking mess.
Emaciated… probably starving... most of its fur missing…
not a romantic picture at all.
While I looked around trying to find a little prasadam to offer...
it took off just as it had appeared.
It left me with some food for thought.
Just what had this spirit soul done to deserve such a situation?
And...
there but for the grace of my spiritual master go I.
And...
If I don't shape up...
there I may be again in the future.

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Sri Suka-sari-stava (Parrots praise
Radha and Krsna), Pt. 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'Sri Suka-sari-stava' by Srila Krsna das Kaviraja Gosvami.

Text 31

uru-dvayam su-valitam lalitam bakareh
pinam su-cikkanam adhah-krama-karsya-yuktam
kandarpa-vrnda-vara-nartaka-lasya-rangam
lavanya-keli-sadanam hrdi nas cakastu

May Lord Hari's charming, graceful, broad, smooth, tapering thighs, which are handsomeness' playground and many Kamadevas' dancing arena, be manifest in our hearts.

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That is Pure Devotee

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jul 20, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — To serve Krsna, not for my benefit but Krsna's satisfaction. that is pure devotee.

Guest: Swami, do you see a difference or a conflict between being a devotee of Jesus and a devotee of Kṛṣṇa? May one be both?

Prabhupāda: ..."A devotee means, real devotee means, he has no purpose for material gain. That is real devotee. Now we have to see what kind of devotee he is. There are two kinds of devotees: with purpose and without purpose. The "without purpose" devotee is pure devotee, and "with purpose" devotee, they are material devotee. That is distinguished in Bhagavad-gītā,

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Sri Krsna's Vrindavan Associates: Stoka-krsna

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Krsna's transcendental Vrindavan associates.

Today we begin our next presentation on Sri Krsna's transcendental associates in Vrindavan, this time featuring the cowherd boy, Stoka-krsna. The confidential friends of Krsna known as the priya-sakhas are closer to Krsna than some of His boyhood friends, cousins, etc. The priya-sakhas are almost Krsna's age, and their very confidential relationships with Krsna are based on pure friendship.

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The Mystery and Secret of Bhagavad-gita

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jul 24, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada:..."Just like you'll find in the Bhagavad-gita that Krsna requesting Arjuna to become a yogi, but He never asked him to cease from the fight. How one can become a yogi, at the same time remain a fighter? That, a practical example you see.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Jul 24, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"When one realizes that the holy name of the Lord is identical with the Supreme Person, he becomes completely eligible to chant the holy name of the Lord. Such an ecstatic chanter and dancer must be considered to have a direct relationship with the Lord."

(Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 7.73)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jul 24,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

July 24, 1973, London
Bhagavad-gita 1.31
"Brahmacari, grhastha, vanaprastha, sannyasa asrama. Asrama, when the word is added, asrama, that means it has got reference with cultivation of spiritual life."

July 24, 1973, London
Room Conversation with Reporter from Researchers Magazine
"Our philosophy is that this material world may be temporary, but because it has connection with Krsna, it can be used for Krsna's purpose. That is karma-yoga, bhakti-yoga."

July 24, 1973, London
Room Conversation with Reporter from Researchers Magazine
"Just like the king, it is the government's duty to see that nobody cheats. If a person without any medical qualification, if he writes "Doctor, Medical practitioner," he should be punished. Similarly, if one is claiming to be brahmana, he must act as brahmana."

July 24, 1975, Los Angeles
Morning Walk
"Moon is one of the heavenly planets. So unless one is very advanced in karma-kanda, offering sacrifices, nobody can go there. It is not so easy."


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

Prasadam - Bananas, Pt. 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 22, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

Bananas not only come in an astounding variety of sizes and colors, the variety of flavors is also surprising. There are red bananas, for example, that have a reddish-purple skin and a slight raspberry flavor. Most, however, offer the same high nutritive value and excellent taste. Bananas contain lots of fiber and three kinds of sugar: sucrose, fructose and glucose. They're also high in Vitamin B6, which regulates blood sugars, and potassium, which keeps blood pressure normal. Srila Prabhupada undoubtedly knew how beneficial bananas were when he recommended the devotees take them twice: morning and night.

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Sri Suka-sari-stava (Parrots praise
Radha and Krsna), Pt. 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'Sri Suka-sari-stava' by Srila Krsna das Kaviraja Gosvami.

Text 40

sri-vasti-romavali-nabhi-dambhan
nipana-sad-rajju-sudhoda-kupan
trsarta-gopi-gana-go-gananam
panaya dhatasrjad acyutange

On the pretext of fashioning a navel and lower abdomen decorated with a line of hairs, the creator Brahma placed on the body of the infallible Personality of Godhead a series of nectar watering-places to slake the thirst of the surabhi cows that are the vraja-gopis.

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I Have Shed My Blood Three Tons

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jul 22, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — To serve Krsna, not for my benefit but Krsna's satisfaction. that is pure devotee.

Guest (1): How many disciples do you now have, sir, in the U.S.?

Srila Prabhupāda: You cannot expect many disciples, but still, there are two thousand. Because I have got so many conditions and the fact is so difficult to understand, Kṛṣṇa consciousness.

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Prasadam - Bananas, Pt. 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 20, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

Bananas hold a special place among the most favored foodstuffs offered in temples. Used in fire yagnas and in opulent displays of fruit offered to the deities, bananas are always a striking symbol of Sri Krsna's amazing arrangements for feeding the living entities.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Jul 20, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Sometimes they say about me '74 Years Young Holy Man', and sometimes they say 'Jet age parivrajakacarya'. They also very kindly have written that I have done magic to the foreigners. So I thank you all for the good wishes, although I am not eligible for these honors. Whatever is being done, it is Lord Krishna's mercy. He is unlimited, and His mercy is also unlimited, so by His mercy even a crow can dance like a peacock."

(Letter to Sri Sharanji, 6th June, 1970)

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Cheating Right Under
Our Noses

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jul 20, DENMARK (SUN) — In this official transcript of Bhagavad-gita As It Is 2.1, the text does not correspond with the audio.

Hari Sauri prabhu is reading the original text aloud to Srila Prabhupada:

"Sañjaya said: Seeing Arjuna full of compassion and very sorrowful, his eyes brimming with tears, Madhusūdana, Kṛṣṇa, spoke the following words."

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Vrindavan Assoc. - Stoka-krsna
Parishads
Correcting Transcriptions
Sri Suka-sari-stava, Pt. 6
Earth Is Not a Globe
Mystery & Secret of Gita
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Sunrday Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Prasadam - Bananas
My Visitor
Mundane Psychology
Vibrant Non-movement
WMM Ban Lifted by GBC
Tick Tock
Sri Suka-sari-stava, Pt. 5
I Have Shed My Blood
Prasadam - Bananas
That is Pure Devotee
Sri Suka-sari-stava, Pt. 4
Right Under Our Noses
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prasadam - Bananas
Don't be Cheap Preacher
Sri Sanatana Goswami
Sri Suka-sari-stava, Pt. 3
Joining Up the Dots
We Failed Humanity
Chaos by Unruly Puri Priests
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Vrindavan Associates - Sridama
NBS: Life of King Vena
Sri Suka-sari-stava, Pt. 2
340 West 55th Street
The Supreme Prabhu
Siblings Golden Avatar
Saturday Laffs

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