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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

Krsna Demanding curds
Rajput

Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram, Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 22, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's English introduction to "Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram", in eight parts.

Rati as explained above is the unit of the principle of pure spiritual love of Krishna. Mixed up with ullash ( zeal ) it becomes priti. Priti creates exclusive love in Krishna and repulsion for things and persons other than Krishna and His connections. When the idea that Krishna is my own is added to priti it becomes prem. Here commences the idea that God is my own Lord and I am His servant. Add confidence to prem and it becomes pranay.

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Giving Nature Legal Rights as a Living Entity

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 22, CANADA (SUN) — Very interesting news reports are coming out of Uttarakhand, announcing that the High Court there has just declared the holy Ganga and Yamuna rivers to be living entities, bestowing legal rights upon them.

This is but one of several recent cases in which similar legal precedents have been set. The first instance was in Ecuador in 2008, when the nation codified a 'rights of nature' principle in their Constitution. About six months ago, similar legal precedent was set in New Zealand, when the national park Te Urewera was granted legal personhood under New Zealand law. And just a few days ago, New Zealand also granted rights of personhood to the Whanganui River.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Immanuel Kant

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 22, CANADA (SUN) —

VII. GERMAN IDEALISM - Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Syamasundara dasa: In Critique of Pure Reason, Kant asks the fundamental question, "How are a priori synthetic judgments possible?" How can we apprehend the relationship between cause and effect? Where does this facility come from? What is the source of knowledge? He proposes that one knowledge-acquiring process, the transcendental aesthetic, synthesizes sense experience through the concepts of time and space. The mind acts upon sensory perceptions and applies time and space relations to them. Knowledge of time and space is a priori, prior to and independent of sense experience. It is an internal creation of the mind. Even before we sense anything, we have an idea of time and space.

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Imitation Enjoyer, Fundamentally Floored

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Mar 22, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

A Vedic culture so wonderfully sweet
fits everyone for the needs they meet
out with neo liberalism and fundamental fools
intelligence applied, and the following of rules
a slow or fast move forward, take what you need
but don't neglect the wise man, in his words heed
the head of the body serves as well
the ultimate goal the love that dwells
deep in the heart of all women and men
brought out by careful training
and a heart that will lend
time thought and contemplation
in the realm where He resides
and the loving exchanges, which maya hides

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Yamuna Boat
Festival 2017

BY: DEENA BANDHU DAS (ACBSP)

Mar 22, VRINDAVAN DHAM (SUN) — On Saturday evening March 18, ISKCON Vrinda Kunda very ecstatically celebrated the annual Yamuna Boat Festival on the opposite side of Yamuna from Sringar Vat. All the devotees gathered at Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi in the afternoon to take the special festival large Deities of Radha Shyamasundar along with Radha Govinda, the personal Deities of HH Radha Govinda Maharaja, on procession to the boat ghat. Our dear godbrother Punyatama Prabhu arranged flags of a hundred different countries for the devotees to carry to show that Srila Prabhupada has brought Krishna Consciousness to the whole world!

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Who is Pushing the Movement These Days?

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Mar 20, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

One leading member of the U.K. yatra was recently heard and published his concern that who will succeed us (us, being such important important managers of ISKCON). Never mind that he and other leading managers have engineered things in such a way that devotee making in the ashram is past history. Always bringing in new blood makes a society thrive and prolongs its influence and makes for exciting times. You never know just what influence they may have… and although our leading managers are fond of following the corporate model, they leave out this all important feature and place too much emphasis on just congregational, mostly Indian orientated preaching.

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World's Biggest Religious Group Bans Female Priests 'Forever'

BY: MURARI DAS

Mar 20, INDIA (SUN) — Pope Francis has said he believes the Catholic Church's ban on women becoming priests is forever and will never be changed, in some of his most definitive remarks on the issue.

Key points: Pope Francis stands by "last clear word" on women priests from Pope John Paul II Document by Pope John Paul II closed the door on female priesthood Proponents of female priesthood hope a future pope might overturn the decision He was speaking aboard a plane taking him back to Rome from Sweden, when a reporter noted that the head of the Lutheran Church who welcomed him in Sweden was a woman, and then asked if he thought the Catholic Church could allow women to be ordained as ministers in coming decades.

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What People Want,
God Does Not Want

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Mar 20, FRANCE (SUN) — A global email was sent on Sunday by some devotees (old friends of Nitai Gaurasundara) to all French devotees and to the local GBC. The goal of this email was to support Nitai Gaurasundara das, who was officially put out of Paris temple presidency.

So, I am very happy to see that those persons are still alive... They suddenly woke up after 30 years of coma or deep sleeping. What they want is the picture of what became Krsna Consciousness in France and what it can become in many places. Those persons want things to stay the same and Nitai Gaurasundara das is their guarantee for that. These people want their church, so that in the very best case, they can go on Sunday to the temple and meet their friends, see a little bit the Deities, maybe participate in the kirtana, take prasadam, and go back home till the next Sunday. It is their sadhana bhakti, service and goal of life. And the temple devotees are supposed to do everything to guarantee that.

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Surya Siddhanta: Similarities with Modern Astronomy

BY: RADHA MOHAN DAS

Mar 20, WATFORD, ENGLAND (SUN) — In this Youtube presentation, "The Surya Siddhanta - Similarities with Modern Astronomy", as well as drawing upon remarkable consistent data between Surya Siddhanta and modern calculations, I also touch on the various connections with the 5th Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam.

This is my humble contribution towards the narrative in connection with the exhibits planned for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) in Mayapur:

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Papamocani Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, CANADA (SUN) — Papamocani Ekadasi (observed on Mar 23rd in Los Angeles, 24th in Mayapur), from the Bhavishya-uttara Purana.

Sri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Supreme Lord, I have heard from You the explanation of Amalakii Ekadasiii which occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Phalguna (February-March), and now I wish to hear about the ekadasii that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Chaitra (March-April). What is its name, Oh Lord, and what results can one attain by observing it?"

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Dialectical Spiritualism: David Hume, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, CANADA (SUN) —

VI. BRITISH EMPIRICISM - David Hume (1711 - 1776)

Syamasundara dasa: Hume would say that it is not logic or reason that determines morality, but sentiment.

Srila Prabhupada: We cannot decide what is moral or immoral. Only the supreme will can decide that.

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Following the Founder-Acarya's Constitution

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Mar 18, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — The position of Srila Prabhupada as the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON will only be secure and thoroughly understood when ISKCON forms his constitution. At that time Srila Prabhupada's instructions for the direction of ISKCON will be enacted.

The position paper by Ravinda Svarupa prabhu and the lectures by Survesvara Prabhu that the GBC are fond of promoting DO NOT address this real issue. These devotees seek to promote the idea that Srila Prabhupada is the real spiritual head for all devotees, and hint that no one else is able to really be the transparent medium.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: David Hume, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 18, CANADA (SUN) —

VI. BRITISH EMPIRICISM - David Hume (1711 - 1776)

Hayagriva dasa: As far as we can ascertain, Hume personally had no religion, no faith in the Christian or any other God. He also rejected the contention that argument or reason could justify a faith. He is a skeptic who denies the possibility of attaining certainty outside of a mere sequence of perceptions or ideas.

Srila Prabhupada: In other words, all statements are to be rejected except his.

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Mar 18, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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The Shelter of Caves, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 22, CANADA (SUN) — A study of famous caves in ancient Bharat -- Part One.

It is believed that it was in this cave that the great sage Vyasa Rishi composed the Mahabharata. In addition to Mahabharata, he composed the 18 Puranas, Brahma Sutras and classified the Vedas. Vyasa cave is located in Mana village, at the Indo China border, 3 km from Badrinath. Nearby, below Vyas gufa is the Ganesh cave. Saraswati River is said to be visible from this place, although not visible elsewhere at the present time.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 116

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Eleven - Some information on Baru Gangadasa

Sri Jahnava's mother was Bhadravati who was the wife of Surya dasa. Gangadasa was the son of her elder sister. He was a devout disciple of Gauridasa Pandita. The worldly disappearance of Gauridasa was followed by the disappearance of his foremost disciple.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Mar 22,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

Mayapur, March 22, 1976
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.42
"People are amazed by seeing the wonderful activities of nature. But behind these activities there is the direction of the Supreme Personality."


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

The Shelter of Caves

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, CANADA (SUN) — A study of famous caves in ancient Bharat -- Part One.

The caves in prehistoric times, discovered all over the world, mostly represent natural caves partly improved by human hand. Some of them contain ante-chambers and the walls of many of them are decorated with pictures of animals and natural objects. These caves served as shelters of men in life and death. It was in them that our remote ancestors developed in different ways our culture and civilization.

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Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram, Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's English introduction to "Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram", in eight parts.

8) Bhakti is the only means of attaining the final object of spiritual existence. Karma as it is, can not directly and immediately produce spiritual result. When it does, it does by means of Bhakti. Hence Bhakti is independent and Karma and Gyan are dependent principles. Gyan or the knowledge, that man is a spiritual being, can not directly bring the ultimate object. When it does, it does with the assistance of Bhakti. Bhakti, therefore, is the only means to obtain the ultimatum.

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Parishads: Sri Srivas Pandita

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Srivas Pandita is observed on March 23rd.

THE PANCHA TATTVA "There is no difference between the energy and the energetic in regard to the Lord's appearance as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His four associates--Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Prabhu, Gadadhara, and Srivasa. Amongst these five diverse manifestations of the Supreme Lord (as the Lord Himself and His incarnation, expansion and energies) there is no spiritual difference. They are five in one Absolute Truth. For the sake of relishing transcendental flavors in the Absolute Truth, there are five diverse manifestations. These are called the form of a devotee, the identity of a devotee, the incarnation of a devotee, the pure devotee and devotional energy.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 115

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Eleven - Sri Isvari returns to Vrndavana

Sri Jahnava informed Sri Dasa Gosvami that she wanted to visit Govardhana and other holy places, and the old Vaisnava bowed at her feet and gave his humble permission for his to begin her journey. First Jahnava and her followers went to Govardhana from Radha Kunda. They saw Sri Govardhana, Mana Saganga, Nandagrama and other holy places.

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Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting,
Part 25

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture.

THE PAHARI SCHOOLS - 17th–19th Centuries - BASOHLI SCHOOL

In our last segment on the Pahari School of paintings, being the first installment on the Basholi School, we featured several 17th and 18th Century examples of beautiful Vaisnava themed Basohli miniatures. These four pieces represent a very recognizable style produced by the Basohli artists. Today we offer a contrasting collection, also featuring Krsna-lila scenes, but depicted in a very different style.

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Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 18, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's English introduction to "Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram", in eight parts.

4) The soul is His Vibinangsha or separated part. By soul are meant all sorts of souls whether animal, human or celestial. It must be understood that Mahaprabhu believed in the very liberal theory of transmigration of the soul. Certain readers may reject the idea on the ground that certain forms of faith do not support that theory. It is not liberal to reject a theory because it is in antagonism with the dogmas of certain sectarian creeds. Indeed it is a matter which reason can not dare to meddle with.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 114

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Eleven

After some days they entered Mathura and were delighted to see the beauty of the city. After offering obeisances to the brahmanas of Mathura, Sri Isvari and her associates went to Vishrama ghata to bathe in the Jamuna.

When the devotees of Mathura learned that Sri Isvari had arrived they came forward to meet her. They mahantas and Isvari were happy to meet them, and the devotees of Mathura cried in joy. Whoever saw the meeting of the devotees felt very fortunate to witness such a sweet relationship.

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St. Patrick's Day Madness - We are Not Irish

BY: KRISHNA DAS

Mar 18, ENGLAND (SUN) — Ok, the devotee who is responsible for this is a great guy and dedicated to the cause of spreading the Holy Names, fair play, but when he starts to ram this Saint Patrick's Day madness down our throats, well it's a step too far. People buy into this idea.

I admit I did it once wear the green hat and tinsel, but thought deeply about it afterwards and asked myself if Srila Prabhupada would have done all this.

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Flag of Victory

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Mar 18, FRANCE (SUN) — I received two days ago an email starting with this quote from Srila Prabhupada:

CC Adi 8.62:
"A Vaishnava, a sober man, accepts only a man's glories and not his faults, for flies seek sores whereas honeybees seek honey"

In the whole email, the verb "accepts" from the quote was, for one reason(?), clearly interpreted as "sees". So, let's develop the conversation on this basis, for it was the devotee's idea.

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Shelter of Caves, Pt. 2
Dialectical Spiritualism: Kant
Imitation Enjoyer
Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal 7
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 116
Yamuna Boat Festival 2017
Giving Nature Legal Rights
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Shelter of Caves
Parishads
Papamocani Ekadasi
Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal 6
Surya Siddhanta Similarities
God Does Not Want
Female Priests Banned 'Forever'
Who's Pushing the Movement?
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 115
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hume
Indian Miniature Painting
Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal 5
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hume
Flag of Victory
St. Patrick's Day Madness
Founder-Acarya's Constitution
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 114
Weekend Laffs
Indian Miniature Painting
Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal 4
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hume
Choice of Guru
True Membership in ISKCON
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 113
Indian Miniature Painting
Fools Rush In
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hume
Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal 3
Nitai Gaurasundara das
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 112

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