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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

Bal Bhojanke Jhaki
Kalyana Kalpataru, c. 1952

Bhakti Charu Swami Dies from Covid-19 in Florida

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jul 03, UTTARKHAND, INDIA (UKK) — Swami Bhakti Charu Maharaj, commissioner and head of the governing body of ISKCON's highest governing committee, died on Saturday from Corona in Florida, USA. He was undergoing treatment in America. He was on ventilator for the last few days. He breathed his last on Saturday due to multi organ failure. He spent most of his time at the Ujjain ISKCON temple in Madhya Pradesh. On June 3, he flew to the US from Ujjain, on June 18, his Corona report came back positive.

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Go Out and Preach

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Jul 05, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — ISKCON needs urgently men, money and independent thinkers, ISKCON needs to finish what Srila Prabhupada started, ISKCON needs big projects to engage big men and needs expensive projects which give opportunity for the wealthy to engage in Krishna's service. Here in the UK, for instance, Bhaktivedanta Manor could have the long term plan to turn itself into a Vedic Farm project, simple living high thinking community. The new build could be converted into a smaller version of the Vedic universe exhibition, with a strong emphasis on scientific preaching, bearing in mind Oxford and Cambridge are a short distance away. After all, what preaching in general terms can go on at Bhaktivedanta Manor when restrictions are still in place, primarily due to the needs of the greater Hindu population? Only certain festival days, only certain amount of cars entering with limited parking, so the project is neither one thing or the other.

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Six Qualities that Enhance Bhakti: Niscaya

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 05, CANADA (SUN) — By HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, in eight parts.

Niscaya – Confidence

In his Upadesamrita, Srila Rupa Gosvami has instructed the practitioners of devotional service to be confident. Until this confidence is achieved, one will remain doubtful. Doubtful persons never have auspiciousness. How then will they have faith in unalloyed devotional service when they are doubtful at heart? It is said in Bhagavad-gita (4.40):

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Jul 05, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Six Qualities that Enhance Bhakti

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 03, CANADA (SUN) — By HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, in eight parts.

Utsaha - Enthusiasm

In his Sri Upadesamrita, Srila Rupa Gosvami has described atyahara, prayasa, prajalpa, niyamagraha, jana-sanga, and laulya as detrimental to devotional service. We have already separately described these six items. Now, in the third sloka he mentions the six items favorable for devotional service:

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Yamunashtakam of Srila Rupa Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 03, CANADA (SUN) —

Text 1

bhrAtur antakasya pattane 'bhipatti-hAriNI
prekSayAti-pApino 'pi pApa-sindhu-tAriNI
nIra-mAdhurIbhir apy azeSa-citta-bandhinI
mAM punAtu sarvadAravinda-bandhu-nandinI

May Sri Yamuna, the daughter of Suryadeva, who saves one from having to enter the city of her brother Yamaraja, the sight of whom enables the most sinful persons to cross the ocean of sin, and the sweetness of whose water charms the hearts of everyone, always purify me.

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Mayapur to Open Gates for Visitors from 5th July

BY: MAYAPUR COMMUNICATIONS

Jul 03, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Each year more than 70 lakh people from different parts of the world visit Mayapur, birth place of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and headquarters of ISKCON. Over the years Mayapur has evolved as a significant tourist destination of not only West Bengal, but the entire world. However this year the global pandemic cast a spell of gloom on the devotees, pilgrims and visitors all over the world who come in search of spiritual enlightenment and to be submerged in the blissful ocean of Harinam Sankirtan.

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Bahuda Ratha

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 01, CANADA (SUN) — In Jagannatha Puri Dham, the Lord's return Ratha departs Gundicha Temple to return to Jagannath Temple, traditionally set for the ninth day of Rathyatra. Following the observance of Hera Pancami, Badhuda Ratha is the next and final major element of the annual car festival.

On this day, when the three chariots are halfway home, Mahalaxmi, in an extraordinarily euphoric mood, appears on the Bhog Mandap of the main temple and steals a glance of the chariots moving along towards the grand temple. Over the course of this ritual, the deity of Mahalaxmi is taken out in a procession. This ritual observance is conducted by Gajapati Maharaj, who leads Her to the chariot of Lord Jagannatha. Here again, Mahalaxmi welcomes Their Lordships. Jagannatha, as usual, offers her a garland -- ajnya-mala -- as a mark of His earnest concern. Mahalaxmi then moves back to the temple.

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Nagas in the Sculptural Decorations of Early West Orissan Temples, Part 3

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Jul 01, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) — The last in a three-part study of the iconography of Nagas in Orissan art and architecture by Sasanka S. Panda.

The Kaliyadamana theme or the suppression of the epic Naga Kaliya is a popular story in the childhood Lilas of Krsna. A beautiful child Krsna, dancing on the raised seven hoods of the serpent Kaliya, is depicted in the sculptural art of the upper Mahanadi valley. Here Krsna is two-handed, holding the tail of the Naga Kaliya in his right hand and the tail of the wife of Kaliya, the Nagi in his left hand. While Kaliya is depicted in the complete serpentine form, the Nagi is up-waist human and below-waist snake. She is worshipping the Lord in Anjalimudra.

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Sri Caitanya's Nectarian River Pastimes, Part 16

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 05, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's transcendental pastimes with rivers.

Today we will talk about a river made famous by the lila pastimes of Lord Caitanya: the Gautami-ganga in Andhra Pradesh. This holy river is a main branch of the Godavari, which is perhaps even more famously known, being the place where Mahaprabhu had His conversations with Sri Ramananda Raya. We talk more about that theertham later in the series.

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Sri Bhakti Sandarbha,
Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 05, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

VOLUME ONE - Anuccheda 30

1 How does attraction for the Supreme Personality of Godhead develop? That is explained in the following question and answer (Srimad Bhagavatam 1.19.38):

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jul 05
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.




July 5, 1971, Los Angeles
Lecture Excerpt
"If you do not love, do not develop your love for God or Krsna, then what is the use of your philosophizing and scientific knowledge? This is all useless."

July 5, 1975, Chicago
Morning Walk
"Common men, they didn't care for big palace, the palatial building. Common man would be very glad to live in a cottage, and a small garden for growing vegetables, fruits, small lake, that's all. Not wasting time for big, big buildings, big, big... What is called, amenities?"

July 5, 1975, Chicago
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.21
"Mind is very flickering. Even five thousand years ago, when Arjuna was advised by Krsna that "You make your restless mind fixed up," he frankly said, "Krsna, it is not possible.'"

July 5, 1975, Chicago
Room Conversation with Mr. & Mrs. Wax, Writer and Editing Manager of Playboy Magazine
"Everything is there. If you train a boy to become first-class man, he can become first-class man. If you don't train, then he will become a debauch, criminal, disturbing."

July 5, 1975, Chicago
Room Conversation with Lt. Mozee, Policeman
"This is the age of forgetting God. We say it is Kali-yuga. Kali-yuga means the age of misunderstanding. And that is, I said, dirty things within the heart. So God is so powerful that if we chant the holy name of God, then we become purified."

July 5, 1976, Washington, D.C.
Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.100
"Sometimes we are accused, the Vaisnavas are, of slave mentality because they want to serve God. And the Mayavadis, they think that "We are so exalted that I am as good as God. I am God." That is their position. But actually, nobody is God here. Everyone is servant."

July 5, 1976, Washington, D.C.
Conversation with Prof. Saligram and Dr. Sukla
"With that twenty dollars I got out down on the land of America, and that forty rupees. So I did not know where to go, where to stay. So Krsna is giving us all facilities, and these American boys are helping."


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

Sri Caitanya's Nectarian River Pastimes, Part 15

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 03, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's transcendental pastimes with rivers.

In the Antya-lila of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta we read about the travels of Srila Sanatana Goswami, who set out to travel along the same paths Sri Caitanya Himself had, on His earlier sojourns. As Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura sings in Śaraṇāgati (31.3):

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Srila Sanatana Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 03, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Srila Sanatana Goswami is observed on July 4th.

Sri Sanatana Gosvami took his birth in 1488 A.D. (1410, Sakabda). As a child, he began his studies along with his brothers, from their maternal uncle's house in a small village called Sakurma near the capital of Gaura-desa. At the age of 27 he came to live at Braja, and remained there for 43 years. At the age of 70, Srila Sanatana disappeared on the full moon day of Asar in the year 1558 A.D.

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Sri Bhakti Sandarbha,
Part 13

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 03, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

VOLUME ONE - Anuccheda 27

1 In the next chapter (Srimad Bhagavatam 2.2.14) he says:

"Unless the gross materialist develops a sense of loving service unto the Supreme Lord, the seer of both the transcendental and material worlds, he should remember or meditate upon the universal form of the Lord at the end of his prescribed duties."*

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Sri Caitanya's Nectarian River Pastimes, Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 01, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's transcendental pastimes with rivers.

Finally departing for Vrindavan with his servant, Balabhadra Bhaṭṭācārya, Sri Chaitanya passed through the forest of Jhārikhaṇḍa, causing all the wild animals to dance, chant the Hare Kṛṣṇa mahā-mantra and exchange loving affections.

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NBS#139: The Format For Grhastha Life

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Jul 01, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

Proper association with exalted, swanlike personalities rescues us from falling into the blind well of material life. If we associate with liberated souls, we will become qualified as spiritual householders. Those who do not associate with the personified Bhagavatas to discuss the scripture Bhagavata, knowing the two to be non-different, will never find a fortune in household life. It is good for devotees to live at home because it allows them to peacefully worship Lord Hari. Such peace, however, is not available to those who are gross materialists due to being too attached to household life.

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Sri Bhakti Sandarbha,
Part 12

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 01, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

VOLUME ONE - Anuccheda 24

1 The statement "Devotional service should be performed" is discussed in the conversation of Srila Sukadeva Gosvami and Maharaja Pariksit. (Srila Sukadeva Gosvami said, in Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.2):

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No Need of Administrative Orders

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Jul 01, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

There is no need of administrative orders
For the protection of others,
or protection of others that harm themselves
In a land where life's purpose is fulfilled
Is there such a land or place
If there is who has set the boundaries
Who has decided what is acceptable
Who has decided what is not acceptable
Political parties and philosophers
Have sought such an ideal
Since time immemorial
Will they ever come to conclusions
Or is it that this perfection is
Beyond a comprehension or indeed a utopian dream


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Nectarian River Pastimes, 16
Go Out and Preach
6 Qualities Enhance Bhakti
Sad Sandarbhas
Weekend Laffs
Bhakti Charu Swami Departs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Nectarian River Pastimes, 15
Srila Sanatana Goswami
Yamunashtakam of Srila Rupa
6 Qualities Enhance Bhakti
Sad Sandarbhas
Mayapur Gates Open
Nectarian River Pastimes, 14
Nagas in Sculptural Decorations
NBS: Format for Grhastha Life
Bahuda Ratha
No Administrative Orders
Sad Sandarbhas
Nectarian River Pastimes, 13
Nagas in Sculptural Decorations
Deva-Sayana Ekadasi
Kasturi for Muhk Shringar
The Visaya
Sad Sandarbhas
Nectarian River Pastimes, 12
Shri Gaudiya Kanthahara, 49
Nagas in Sculptural Decorations
Naba Kalebar Yatra, Pt. 2
Bona Fide Branches
Sad Sandarbhas
Classifieds
Weekend Laffs
Nectarian River Pastimes, 11
Parishads
The Nagas, Part 2
Shri Gaudiya Kanthahara, 48
Naba Kalebar Yatra
Varnasrama in ISKCON
Food Security COVID 19
Sad Sandarbhas
Classifieds

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