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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

Painting by Ananjaya dasa

19 ISKCON Devotees Injured as Bus Hits Tree


Oct 21, MATHURA, INDIA (BS) — Nineteen ISKCON devotees were injured when a Vrindavan bound bus rammed against a tree after one of its tyres punctured near Maghera village falling under Vrindavan police station today.

"While eleven devotees were rushed to district hospital, eight were taken to Paras Mani Hospital. Nobody is in critical position," Dy SP Anil Yadav said.


The Glories of Lighting Another's Lamp During Karttika


Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One, by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 126

bodhanat para-dipasya
vaishnavanam ca sevanat
karttike phalam apnoti

"By serving the Vaishnavas and lighting the lamps they offer during the month of Karttika one attains the result of performing many rajasuya and asvamedha yajnas.


Let There Be One Scripture for the
Entire World


Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Published by Collier Macmillan.

Bhagavad-gita, or the Song of the Opulent One, is the most ancient, widely read and authoritative religious scripture known to man and is a book of spiritual knowledge surpassing all others in bearty, depth and lasting truth. This postgraduate study of the science of religion was revealed five thousand years ago in India as a battlefield dialogue between the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, and His friend and devotee Arjuna. In seven hundred perfect and sublime verses, Sri Krsna, the master of all mystics and cause of all causes, imparted to Arjuna the complete science of the Absolute Truth, including the paths of work, yoga and knowledge, and ultimately He revealed the most confidential secrets of spiritual realization.


Lord Nityananda Distributes Prema with Two Hands!


Oct 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — nitai guna-mani amar: "My Lord Nityananda is the Jewel of all Transcendental Qualities" from 'Sri Caitanya Mangala' by Srila Lochana Dasa Thakura

It is said that Sri Nityananda Prabhu is more merciful, more magnanimous, more munificent than Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu.

1. Srila Lochana Dasa Thakura says, "My Lord Nityananda is the jewel of all transcendental qualities. Sri Nitai came to Gauda-desa with a flood of krsna-prema, with a flood of love of Godhead. He made the whole world inundated with that flood of prema."


Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 14


Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 40 (Kamoda-raga)

1. Hearing the sound of a buffalo-horn, the cowherd people awakened. Bringing some alms, Jatila offered them to the beggar. Disguised as a beggar-yogi, Lord Krishna, the master of all yoga, was silent. He tilted His head. He would not accept the alms.

2. Jatila said: "What do You want, then?" The yogi said, "Your daughter-in-law should offer the alms with Her own hand. Only then will I accept them. Send for Her at once.


Living and Dying Absurd


Oct 20, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, from an evening lecture on the teachings of the boy Prahlad Maharaj, April 12, 1967.

An analysis of materialistic madness

Prahlad Maharaj is instructing his young friends: "My dear friends, material enjoyment means agitating the senses. You have this material enjoyment sense enjoyment my dear friends, and your only thought is how to enjoy these senses, that's all. By contact of this body." In possession of a particular body we have particular senses and we enjoy. Just like a camel: a camel enjoys thorny twigs. Camels are very fond of thorny twigs. Why? Because when they chew the thorny twigs blood comes out of the tongue, and they are tasting their own blood. And the camel is thinking it is very nice. He is eating thorny twigs, and the twig is cutting his tongue and blood is oozing out. He is tasting his own blood, but he thinks, "I am enjoying." This is sense gratification. Sex life is also like that. We are tasting our own blood, and we think we are enjoying. This is our foolishness.


The Glories of Offering a Lamp During Karttika


Oct 20, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One, by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 99

atha tatra dipa-dana-mahatmyam-
skande tatraiva
patakani bahuny api
nimeshardhena dipasya
vilayam yanti karttike

In the Skanda Purana it is said: "When one offers a lamp during the month of Karttika, his sins in many thousands and millions of births perish in half an eyeblink."


Cry for the Mercy of Lord Nityananda


Oct 20, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Sri Nityanadastakam: Eight Verses Glorifying Lord Nityananda: "Lord Nityananda's Face is as Splendid as the Autumn Moon" by Srila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura.

1) Lord Nityananda's lotus face is so beautiful, I have no language to describe. The moon in the autumn season is very beautiful but Lord Nityananda Prabhu's face is more beautiful than this. So cooling like the autumn moon. The effulgence coming out from His body and His bodily features are very, very beautiful, supremely beautiful. Such beauty cannot be found anywhere. He always moves like a mad elephant because He is intoxicated with krsna-prema-rasa-madhira. Krsna-prema-rasa is like a liquor and He has drunk it and become intoxicated like a mad elephant.


Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 13


Oct 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 37 (Kamoda-raga)

1. Accompanied by a young gopi-friend, a beautiful girl goes to meet Krishna. A hundred-petal lotus flower decorates Her left ear. She defeats Kamadeva, who holds a bow of flowers in his hand.

2. She is decorated with red sindura. She is effulgent like the sun. She is gracefully marked with sandal-paste dots. Shyly she watches. She hides by a pond. She is slender like a crescent-moon grown more and more slender after many days.


"Acharyadeva" Not
In Line with Srila Prabhupada


Oct 19, QUEENS, NEW YORK (SUN) — Observance of Ekadasi vrata is calculated to begin at sunrise. The period before sunrise is considered to be part of the previous day. So the Ekadasi vrata starts at sunrise and lasts until the next sunrise. We observe Ekadasi from sunrise to sunrise. Twelve midnight is the western astronomical calculation, but the Vedic astronomical calculation begins either from the sunrise or the moonrise. Generally it is sunrise.

Our calculation is like this: when the sunrise is there, Ekadasi tithi (date) must be there. If the tithi begins a few minutes after the sunrise, then we accept that day as prior to Ekadasi. (Srila Prabhupada Letter to Madhudvisa, 30 September, 1969)


The Various Parts of
the Karttika Vow


Oct 19, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One, by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 92

tatraiva karttika-vratangani
hari-jagaranam pratah
snanam tulasi-sevanam udyapanam dipa-danam
vratany etani karttike

The parts of the Karttika vow are: 1. Keeping an all-night vigil for the sake of Lord Hari, 2. bathing early in the morning, 3. serving Tulasi, 4. properly concluding the vow, and 5. offering a lamp.


A House for Mother Cow


Oct 19, ENGLAND, UK (SUN) — Here is one of many short films that I made at Bhaktivedanta Manor goshala. The idea was to also put a narrative over the top, and the aim was to help devotees who wanted to get more into Cow Protection. So, there is a whole series of short films that were intended to be of some tutorial and educational benefit. I did just under four years seva at the goshala, but unfortunately, things didn't transpire how I would have liked them to.

Anyway, I have my plan, you have your plan and Krsna has His plan. I am hoping that I may have the opportunity to make some more films with other devotees in and around the UK who are engaged in caring for Mother Cow, and have working farms.


Śrī-nāma and Śrī-nāmī


Oct 19, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — The following is from a letter (15 Padmanābha, 429 Gaurābda [1915 A.D.]), Patrāvalī 1.3. of Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada:

"I have received your missive dated Padmanābha 15. Due to lack of time I feared writing an extended letter, yet I see how the delay prolongs, so now I write in brief.

I was very happy to learn that you have come to understand that everything is auspicious when Kṛṣṇa's holy name is chanted with perseverance. When material thoughts come while you are chanting the holy name, do not become slack in your chanting.


The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 15


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) —

The Liberation of Nalakuvara and Manigriva

When the childhood pastime places of Sri Krsna are enumerated, such as in the Brahmanda Purana, Braj-Bhakti-Vilas and Bhakti-Ratnakar, one of the foremost tirthas is Yamalarjuna-uddhara-sthal, where the Yamala-arjuna trees were delivered by Damodar.


Jai Srila Prabhupada!



"Lord Krishna continued, "One cannot purify himself merely by travelling to holy places of pilgrimage and taking a bath there or by seeing the demigods forms in the temples. But if one happens to meet a great devotee, a mahatma, who is a representative of the Personality of Godhead, he is immediately purified."

(Krsna Book - 'Sacrificial Ceremonies Performed by Vasudeva')


The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 461


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

Book VI - Canto LII - Dhúmráksha's Death

"The Vánars saw the giant foe
Pour from the gate in gallant show,
Rejoiced with warriors' fierce delight
And shouted, longing for the fight.
Near came the hosts and nearer yet:
Dire was the tumult as they met,
As, serried line to line opposed,
The Vánars and the giants closed.


Prabhupada Padma-vakya


Oct 21,

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.

Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

October 21, 1968, Seattle
Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Maharaja's Disappearance Lecture
"On the first day of my sannyasa, I never thought, but I remembered that I'll have to speak in English. So I remember on that sannyasa day, when there was a reception, so I, first of all, I spoke in English. So it is all arrangement of Krsna, higher authority."

October 21, 1972, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.10
"Our love for Krsna is there already. But it is covered. It is covered. By the influence of the modes of material nature, it is covered. So this Krsna consciousness movement is nothing but discovering Krsna consciousness."

October 21, 1974, Mayapura
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.41
"A man has got affection for one family, but a woman has got affection for two families: father's family and husband's family."

October 21, 1975, Johannesburg
Morning Walk
"Here is one big animal, and the small animals voting him. That's all. This is the society, animal society -- the small animals praising the big animals. That's all. All of them are animals only."

October 21, 1975, Durban
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.1
"We are under the clutches of material nature's law. In this law, by evolutionary process we have come to this human form of life, and if we don't utilize it properly, then we are missing the chance."

October 21, 1975, Johannesburg
Room Conversation
"Any religious system, ask them, "What do you understand by God?" They will not be able to explain, because that is not complete, not doubtless."

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

The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 14


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Oct 20, CANADA (SUN) —

Worship Sri Sri Radha-Damodara

Radharani is especially keen to hear Krishna's pastimes, but She is particularly attracted to the Damodara pastime. Charmed by Damodara's mood of surrender in agreeing to be bound by Mother Yasoda's love, Sri Radha longs to have that same exchange with Krishna. She desires to express such intense love for Krishna that He will also agree to be bound by Her love.


Jai Srila Prabhupada!



"Children are called parinama, or by products, and when one consults his good intelligence he can see that his by-products should be the expansion of his Krishna consciousness."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.27.6)


The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 460


Oct 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto LI - Dhúmráksha's Sally

"King Rávaṇ, where he sat within,
Heard from his hall the deafening din,
And with a spirit ill at ease
Addressed his lords in words like these:
"That warlike shout, those joyous cries,
Loud as the thunder of the skies,
Upsent from every Vánar throat,
Some new-born confidence denote.


The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 13


Oct 19, CANADA (SUN) — Govindam Damodara-stotram by Bilvamangala Thakura.

Sri Sri Guru-gauraggau jayatah

agre kurunam atha pandavanam
krsna tadakrozad ananya-natha
govinda damodara madhaveti

Before the assembled Kurus and Pandavas, when Dussasana caught her hair and clothing, Krsna (Draupadi), having no other lord, cried out, "Govinda, Damodara, Madhava!"


Jai Srila Prabhupada!



"So what we can see? We can see stone, wood, or material things. So when Krishna appears to be seen by you and He appears like a stone statue, He's not stone statue.Don't think. Therefore we must learn how to see Krishna. So we should not think that "Here is a stone statue." As soon as we think of stone statue, then our, this feeling, bhava will be lost."

(Lecture, April 24, 1976, Vrindavan)


The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 459


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

Book VI - Canto L. The Broken Spell

"Sugríva viewed the flying crowd,
And thus to Angad cried aloud:
"Why run the trembling hosts, as flee
Storm-scattered barks across the sea?"
"Dost thou not mark," the chief replied,
"Transfixed with shafts, with bloodstreams dyed,
With arrowy toils about them wound,
The sons of Raghu on the ground?"


Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 12


Oct 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 34 (Suha-i-raga)

1. In the palace of my heart, Krishna sleeps. Staying awake the whole night, the watchman of love guards Him. Like thieves, my elders and superiors stay far away.

2. (Refrain) O gopi-friend, on this day my jealous quarrel with Krishna is broken into pieces. The snake of love for Krishna has suddenly devoured the foolish frog of my so-called piety.


Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 14
Nityananda Distributes Prema
Let There Be One Scripture
Lighting Another's Lamp
The Ramayan of Valmiki
19 Devotees Injured
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 13
Cry for the Mercy
Glories of Offering a Lamp
Living and Dying Absurd
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 12
Śrī-nāma and Śrī-nāmī
A House for Mother Cow
"Acharyadeva" Not In Line
Parts of the Karttika Vow
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 11
Sadhu-Guru Vaisnava
Krsna Eternally Invites Us
Pious Activities Performed
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Saturday Laffs
Glorious Month of Damodar
Karttika's Glories
Padyavali, Pt. 10
Take Love of Krishna
Sankirtana – The Divine Sound
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Cry Out for Sri Krsna Balaram
Duties in the Month of Kartikka
Rama Ekadasi
Padyavali, Pt. 9
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!


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