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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

Gopal and His Cows

Lord Jagannatha Ratha Yatras in New York City

BY: JAGANATHA DASA (SDG)

Jun 27, NEW YORK (SUN) — Personal Activities, Experiences, Interactions and Reflections from the Recent Lord Jagannatha Ratha Yatras in New York City

BRONX, NEW YORK CITY, 2015
AN AFTERNOON WITH THE LORD OF THE UNIVERSE AND THE VAISNAVA DEVOTEES

The 6th annual Bronx, New York City, Ratha Yatra took place on Sunday, May 17th, on Moshulu Parkway as part of the Bronx Week Parade. This was my first time attending this enlivening Festival of the Chariots. Devotees from all over the five boroughs of New York City and beyond gathered together for what was described thusly in advertisements for the transcendental celebration: "As part of the colorful and lively Bronx Week Parade, the Ratha Yatra is a lively and joyous celebration of Vedic culture for our families and friends to experience and share with you!"

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SCOTUS Ruling Effects
on Temples

BY: BHAKTA JAMES

Jun 27, BEDFORD, INDIANA, USA (SUN) — On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its ruling on same-sex marriage, voting to redefine marriage and strip states of their rights to define marriage as between one man and one woman.

The American Family Association (a Christian organization) recommends that religious institutions immediately consider three recommendations as soon as possible, in order to protect their religious rights. I have taken the liberty to slightly reword the three steps as it fits into Gaudiya Vaishnavism:

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Confessions of the Evolutionists, Chapter 23

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 27, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the book by author Harun Yahya.

Confessions that the Theory Violates the Second Law of Thermodynamics

The Second Law of Thermodynamics, one of the fundamentals of physics, states that left to themselves and natural conditions, all systems in the universe will gradually move towards disorder, fragmentation and corruption, in direct relation to the passage of time.

All things—living and inanimate—eventually erode, decay, fragment and fall apart. This is the eventual and inescapable end of all entities, and according to the Second Law, no way back from the process is possible.

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Jun 27, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Two Priests Suspended over Brahma Parobartan Ruckus

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jun 25, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Bowing to mounting criticism over the Brahma Paribartan (soul transfer) fiasco, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Wednesday suspended two servitors of Daitapati Nijog for the delay in the key ritual of Nabakalebara. They are Jay Krushna Dasmohapatra and his father, Kasinath Dasmohapatra.

"Prima facie, we found evidence against Jay Krushna and his father Kasinath and suspended them under section 21-B of Jagannath Temple Act. They cannot render their services in temple till completion of trial against them. If they are found guilty, we will permanently remove them from the temple service and penalize them," temple's Chief Administrator, Suresh Mohapatra said.

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Suspended Priest
Spills Beans

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jun 25, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Contrary to Jagannath Temple administration's claim that only four Daitapati servitors performed Brahma Paribartan (soul transfer) ritual, suspended priest Jay Krushna Dasmohapatra made a startling revelation and said five more Daitapatis, including his father Kasinath were present during the secret ritual in temple. Kasinath has also been suspended.

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Puri King Targets Government over Temple Affairs

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jun 25, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb, scion of Puri, squarely blamed the state government for completely failing to maintain order and discipline in the world famous Jagannath Temple since it took over the shrine's management from the erstwhile royal kingdom.

"Indiscipline and disorder during Brahma Paribartan (soul transfer) ritual is not a lone case of mismanagement in the shrine. The temple has been witnessing controversies and problems since long because of the lackadaisical attitude of the state government," Deb said after his meeting with some saints and leaders of Viswa Hindu Parishad (VHP) at his residence in Bhubaneswar on Wednesday over Brahma Paribartan row.

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The Evolution of
the Species

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Jun 25, UK (SUN) — My thanks to Caitanya das for his response to my recent article.
If i may ask Caitanya das prabhu ...or any of our readers…
just how do you see ISKCON evolving?
At Bhaktivedanta Manor "the staff " are obliged to sign a gagging order.
Copies available on request.
If one reads the small print…
you'll see one can be banned and legally prosecuted for divulging any information not authorized by the management... hardly brahminical behaviour.
Yet we do NOT hear ANY of our ISKCON leadership objecting.
By dint of remaining silent they are, IN FACT, allowing this situation to continue.
Could it be that ISKCON is IN FACT devolving
(if that's the right word) at best
into a mundane Hindu sect?

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Confessions of the Evolutionists, Chapter 22

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 25, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the book by author Harun Yahya.

Confessions Regarding the Invalidity of Homology

Efforts to provide proof of the theory of evolution have included the interpretation of similarities among living things as evidence of some common ancestor. With that aim in mind, every similarity between living things is portrayed as evidence of yet another evolutionary relationship.

However, scientific discoveries made over the last 20 to 30 years show that resemblances between life forms constitute no evidence for the theory of evolution:

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BY: SUN EDITORS

Jun 25, CANADA (SUN) —

In the recent story, "Hearing Evidence Against Darwinism from a Proselytizing Muslim", the identity of the individual writing to the Sun - Antardwip das - was incorrectly identified as being a devotee by that name working with the TOVP project in Mayapur. In fact, it was another Antardwip das, also in Mayapur and associated with Mayapur.tv. The error was made because the latter's email address has appeared, on at least two occasions, in 'cc' emailing lists with the initials (TOVP) appended to the name. We apologize to both individuals for the error. The article stands corrected.


The Real Essence and Absolute Knowledge

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Jun 25, UK (SUN) — Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Goswami maharaja utilised the varnasrama system with the understanding of yukta vairagya, but the real intention of the devotee of Krishna is understood in Srila Rupa Goswami's sloka in Padyavali 74 ,beginning naham vipro na ca nara patir napi vaisyo na sudro. I am only " the servant of the servant of the servant of the lotus feet of Lord Sri Krishna, the maintainer of the gopis."

Whilst in a neophyte stage, one will identify himself in an external role. The devotee should aspire to come to the transcendental realm and at least advance to seeing all equal. The ISKCON society has in its mind education to the highest realms, and should never be in the mind of establishing mundane varnasrama. And the devotees should not be in the consciousness of externals, but keep a humble spirit as servant of the servant.

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West Bengal and Odisha based NGOs to Come Under Enforcement Directorate Scanner

BY: MADHUPARNA DAS

Jun 25, KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL (ET) — The crackdown of the NDA government on the foreign funded non-governmental organisations has involved at least three major organisations, including Missionaries of Charity, Bharat Sevasram Sangha and ISKCON, based in West Bengal.

Based on the inputs by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Enforcement Directorate has initiated a probe into the financials of 12 NGOs in Bengal and Orissa. Of 12 NGOs, five are based in Kolkata and seven are headquartered in Orissa.

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Petition the Prime Minister of India regarding Indian School History Curricula

BY: RASANANDA DAS (ACBSP)

Jun 25, INDIA (SUN) — Please read and sign this important petition. The text of the petition:

The prime Minister of India: Correct India's school history curricula to reflect her own sources.

Why the petition and its subject matter are important:

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Measuring ISKCON's Progress

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Jun 23, UK (SUN) — Thank you, Mahavidya prabhu, for inviting me to respond to your observations to my thoughts on "ISKCON is Open For All". I was referring to the real spirit of ISKCON. I did not say that what we have at the moment is necessarily the full display of the glories of ISKCON. It's still evolving.

That there should be democracy among the brahmanas and room for free speech, there is in no doubt in my mind. Not that ISKCON becomes an autocracy and blind men follow, and capable fellows are shunted to the sidelines, and we turn into a religion dictated to by our GBC authorities and so-called leading managers.

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Development of the
Inner Soul Function
(Atma-Vritti)

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Jun 23, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur appeared in 1838 in a wealthy family in the Nadia district, West Bengal. He revealed that he is an eternal associate of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu by his extraordinary preaching activities and prolific writing.

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HH Sivarama Swami's Debate on the
Existence of God

BY: RAJESH HIRANI

Jun 23, UK (SUN) — On the 19th June 2015, HH Sivarama Swami had a debate on the existence of God at the Pandava Sena Alumni program. HG Bhuta Bhavana das played the role of an aggressive atheistic interviewer (Jeremy Paxman style), challenging HH Sivarama Swami. The below is the recorded video of the debate:

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Confessions of the Evolutionists, Chapter 21

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 23, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the book by author Harun Yahya.

Confessions that There is No Such Thing as a Vestigial Organ

The idea of vestigial organs is not a scientific one. According to that claim, the bodies of living things contain organs inherited from their forebears, but that have gradually lost their functions through lack of use.

This is very definitely no scientific claim, because it was based on ignorance. Functionless organs are ones whose function has not yet been identified. The best indication of this has been the continued shrinkage of the list of vestigial organs proposed by evolutionists. It has now been established that those organs originally described as vestigial actually possess wide-ranging functions.

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Stolen Edit

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Jun 23, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 7.20.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Those whose minds are distorted by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures."

Read Aloud by Pradyumna to Srila Prabhupada in Stockholm, 1973:
"Those whose minds are distorted by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures."

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 23, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XXXI The Shrine of Vrndavana.

We have not dwelt in these lectures upon a great work that was achieved by Chaitanya's followers on his initiative, viz., the bringing of the old Vrndavana to the fore-front of Indian shrines. Chaitanya had once addressed the God of his love and said, as I have quoted elsewhere in course of these lectures, "I see Thee here, and here do I enjoy the happy union which is ever new to me, yet does Vrndavana charm my fancy." The preference to Vrndavana which Chaitanya indicated in the above words was probably meant to give to his followers a localized place of sanctity for the culture of faith. In consequence, all the spots associated with the incidents of Krsna's life from the time he was brought to Vrndavana down to his final departure, were identified by his followers; and these turned in course of a few years into sacred shrines.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 23, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

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Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 49

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 27, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Eastern Gangas

There are historical records which place the Ganga dynasty much earlier on the timeline than the current Middle Kingdom study's placement of the Eastern Ganga, although the they are one in the same kingdom. In his article on historical aspects of Orissa's famous saint poet, Jayadev, author Ajit K. Tripathy gives an interesting narrative on the early Ganga dynasty's influence in Orissa.

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The Departure of Kurma Rupa dasa (ACBSP)

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 27, CANADA (SUN) — On June 28, 2015 at 8:43 a.m., our dear friend and Godbrother H.G. Kurma Rupa dasa prabhu left his body in Vrindavan-dham. Following a brief illness and recurrence, he recently visited his physicians in Delhi, but declined further care and insisted upon returning to the Holy Dham, and back to the association of Sri Gopal's beloved cows, who Kurma Rupa prabhu has served with such devotion and attentiveness over so many years.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jun 27, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"There are ninety million demigods and seventy million sages, who are called narayanayana, devotees of Lord Narayana. Among them, only a few are called narayana-parayana."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 6.14.5)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 27, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK III
CHAPTER. XV - Part Two

"Having next recited the prayer for the discomfiture of malignant spirits, and scattered sesamum-seeds upon the ground, the Brahmans who have been fed are to be addressed, in common with the ancestors of the sacrificer, in this manner:

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jun 27,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

June 27, 1971, San Francisco
Ratha-yatra
"So as soon as we drink water, if we think that the taste of the water is Krsna, immediately we become Krsna conscious. To become Krsna conscious is not very difficult job.

June 27, 1973, Mayapura
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.10.14
"So these are all symptoms of love for Krsna. That is the highest perfection of life, to shed tears for Krsna.

June 27, 1974, Melbourne
Bhagavad-gita 3.27
"It is very scientific movement, scientific movement because at the present moment we are all godless, forgotten what is God and what to speak of His name.


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

Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 48

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 25, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Eastern Gangas

'The Eastern Ganga dynasty ruled over Kalinga from the 11th Century to the early 15th Century A.D.[61]. Kalinga consisted of parts of modern day Odisha (Orissa), West Bengal, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 25, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XXXII. The Story of some Pretenders.

It is a curious fact that some pretenders during Chaitanya's life-time came to pose as religious teachers and declared themselves to have direct messages from God. They thus tried to reach the level of Chaitanya in popular estimation. We have found some of these men trying to assert themselves as incarnations of God chiefly amongst the rural people. They were, as I have stated all contemporaries of Chaitanya and met with a general rebuff from the enlightened classes.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jun 25, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Somebody says "Swamiji is very conservative. He has got so many rules and regulations," but I have not introduced one percent. Because it is not possible to introduce all those rules and regulations in your country. My policy is to follow the footsteps of Rupa Goswami. He says that somehow or other, let them become first of all attached to Krishna."

(Bhagavad-gita Lecture, December 2, 1968, Los Angeles)

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Oh When Will That Day Come?

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Jun 25, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — By Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya.

"The eleventh obstacle of the Vaishnavas is sectarianism, which takes the shape of the forest fire. Due to sectarianism a person cannot accept anyone outside of their own group as a Vaishnava, and as a result they face many obstacles in finding a guru and associating with devotees. Therefore extinguishing the forest fire is most important."

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Padmini Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 25, CANADA (SUN) — Padmini Ekadasi, observed June 27th (LA; 28th in Mayapur), from the Skanda Purana.

Sri Suta Goswami said, "Yudhishthira Maharaja said, Oh Janardana, what is the name of the Ekadasi that occurs during the light fortnight (shukla paksha) of the extra, leap year month? How does one observe it properly? Please narrate all this to me.'

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BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 25, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK III
CHAPTER. XV - Part One

What Brahmans are to be entertained at Śráddhas. Different prayers to be recited. Offerings of food to be presented to deceased ancestors.

AURVA proceeded.--"Hear next, oh prince, what description of Brahman should be fed at ancestral ceremonies.

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Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 47

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 23, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Candras

The Candra Dynasty, contemporaries of the Palas, ruled over the kingdom of Harikela in eastern Bengal. Their domain was comprised of the ancient lands of Harikela, Vanga and Samatala. They were in power for a period of roughly 150 years, from the beginning of the 10th Century A.D.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jun 23, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"A spiritual sound can be released from many trillions of miles away, and it can be heard, provided that one has the machine to capture it. That machine is bhagavata-prema. Those who have developed love of Godhead can hear it."

(Teachings of Lord Kapila)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 23, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK III
CHAPTER XIV

Of occasional Śráddhas, or obsequial ceremonies: when most efficacious, and at what places.

AURVA proceeded.--"Let the devout performer of an ancestral oblation propitiate Brahmá, Indra, Rudra, the Áświns, the sun, fire, the Vasus, the winds, the Viśwadevas, the sages, birds, men, animals, reptiles, progenitors, and all existent things, by offering adoration to them monthly, on the fifteenth day of the moon's wane (or dark fortnight), or on the eighth day of the same period in certain months, or at particular seasons, as I will explain.

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Middle Kingdoms of India
Confessions of the Evolutionists
SCOTUS Ruling & Temples
New York Ratha Yatras
Vishnu Purana
Departure of Kurma Rupa
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Middle Kingdoms of India
When Will That Day Come? 
The Real Essence
Chaitanya and His Companions
Confessions of the Evolutionists
Evolution of the Species
Padmini Ekadasi
Vishnu Purana
Petition the Prime Minister
West Bengal NGO's
Puri King Targets Gov't
Suspended Priest Spills Beans
Two Priests Suspended
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Editor's Note
Middle Kingdoms of India
Inner Soul Function
Chaitanya and His Companions
Stolen Edit
Confessions of the Evolutionists
Sivarama Swami's Debate
Measuring ISKCON's Progress
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Middle Kingdoms of India
Listen with an Open Mind
Chaitanya and His Companions
Disproves Editor´s Own Words
Confessions of the Evolutionists
Krishna's Servant, All Conditions
ISKCON Open to All?
A Proselytizing Muslim
Vishnu Purana
Free Book Layout
Violence on Brahma Paribartan
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Sunday Laffs
Middle Kingdoms of India
Harder than the Thunderbolt
Chaitanya and His Companions
Confessions of the Evolutionists
Preferred Edit & Reminder
ISKCON is Open For All
Vishnu Purana
'I feared unruly priests'
Temple Seeks Explanation
Prabhupada’s Visit to Sri Lanka
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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