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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

Satyabhama Pulling on Krsna
Tamil Nadu, c. 1826

Response to Caitanya das: Is Book Bhagavata Enough?

BY: KRISHNA DASA

May 26, UK (SUN) — I appreciate many of the points made by Caitanya das over the last few months, including his desire for a constitution. But he appears to differ on the details of the ISKCON As It Is constitution? He writes:

"As life comes from life, spiritual life comes from spiritual life, namely the living devotees, "so we have to learn Bhagavatam from the living Bhagavats. You study Srimad Bhagavatam from the living Bhagavats. So if one does not take or does not surrender unto the living Bhagavata, he cannot understand Srimad Bhagavatam." said Srila Prabhupada. It's my conviction that once trained and surrendered, the book Bhagavata becomes fully understood and acts and is realised as subdha brahman.

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Surrender and Understanding

BY: CAITANYA DAS

May 26, UK (SUN) — Continuing the theme of guru-tattva, I don't want to appear to keep banging on on this subject, and would like to hear from other Sampradaya Sun readers. Rasaraja prabhu has given interesting points in his class at Bhaktivedanta Manor this Tuesday morning about the process of acintya bheda tattva of Srila Prabhupada, and the fact that the book bhagavat Prabhupada and the person Bhagavat Srila Prabhupada are one and different. In the same way for one who understands by devotion and training that Krishna is understood as one and different, but Krishna is everything. In the same way, Srila Prabhupada is understood and is fully understandable, and accessable, in all ways though his books, tapes, etc., and directly in the heart of one who is trained, and has surrendered his heart, to one who has understood Srila Prabhupada.

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Collateral Discoveries

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

May 26, NEW YORK (SUN) — Part One.

While looking for all things Jagannatha and Jagannatha Puri in the books on India of the western world in the previous centuries, there were many photos and illustrations of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krishna, in His many forms, which were collaterally discovered. In addition, there were also many artistic and photographic depictions of the demigods and the devotees and their activities and I would like to present them for the pleasure of the Vaisnavas.

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Sri Ganga-puja

BY: JAYA VIJAYA DASA

May 26, WASHINGTON, USA (SUN) — Ganga-puja is observed on May 27th.

Sri Ganga-puja, also known as Sri Ganga-dushara (she who removes inauspiciousness), appears in the month of Jyestha (May/June) on the 10th day of Sukla-paksa, or the waxing fortnight of the full moon. On this day, Maharaja Bhagiratha's desire of bringing Ganga to this mortal world was finally fulfilled as the sacred river descended from Lord Siva's blessed head at Mount Kailasa. The River Ganga then flowed through the Himalayas behind Maharaja Bhagiratha's chariot and entered Jahnu Rsi's asrama. Afterwards, he successfully let the Ganga go to Rasatala, in the lower planetary system, to liberate the sixty-thousand sons of King Sagara.

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Confessions of the Evolutionists, Chapter 9

BY: SUN STAFF

May 26, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the book by author Harun Yahya.

Confessions Regarding the Lack of Intermediate-Form Fossils - Part Two

The history of most fossil species includes two features particularly inconsistent with gradualism:

1. Stasis. Most species exhibit no directional change during their tenure on Earth. They appear in the fossil record looking much the same as when they `disappear; morphological change is usually limited and directionless.

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Nature Not Obliged
to Serve Mr. Darwin,
the Rascal

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 26, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Morning Walk: Durban, South Africa, October 13, 1975

Srila Prabhupada: Simply it is for Darwin, "sometime." To support his rascaldom, nature has to serve him "sometimes." Just see. We have to believe. Nature's law is the same, symmetrical. Nature is not obliged to serve Mr. Darwin, the rascal. Sometimes. He says, "sometimes." He did, and he knew it only and nobody knew. We have to believe that. Sometimes it was done, and it was revealed to Darwin. How he came to know? Nobody could understand. Only Darwin could understand? There was no other?

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Puri Temple Body Says Sorry to Shankaracharya

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

May 26, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA After prolonged dithering, the Sri Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) on Tuesday apologized to Puri Shankaracharya Swami Nischalananda Saraswati for the unpalatable circumstances which had prompted the seer to boycott the 2014 Rath Yatra.

A SJTA delegation, led by the temple managing committee's chairman, Gajapati Dibyasingha Deb met the Shankaracharya at Govardhan Peeth and invited him to attend the July 18 car festival. Deb, the Puri scion, was seen with folded hands before the seer and begged apology.

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Parishads: Sri Baladeva Vidyabhushana and Sri Gangamata Gosvamini

BY: SUN STAFF

May 26, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Baladeva Vidyabhushana and the Appearance Day of Sri Gangamata Gosvamini are observed on May 27th.

Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana

The exact time and place of Sri Baladeva Vidyabhushana's birth are unknown. Perhaps one day historians will be able to establish these facts beyond any doubt. From the little information that we do have about his life, we can conjecture that he was born in the 17th century of the modern era. Though we do not know the name of the exact village where he took birth, it was likely in the Balesore (Baleshvara) district of Orissa, somewhere near Remuna. From the date given in his commentary on Rupa Goswami's Stavamala, it is clear that Baladeva was still living after the Battle of Plassey in 1757.

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The Responsibility
Lies with Us

BY: CAITANYA DAS

May 24, UK (SUN) — I appreciate Rocana prabhu's article, and his humble approach to the topic, and agree that one can have the best of gurus but there is no magic formula to achieve perfection. One has to follow and hear from the spiritual master how to perform his bhajan and regular service. The words and instructions of the guru must enter deep within the heart of the disciple, and are pinpointed instructions for how one can surrender the false ego and take up the life of service to Krishna, and remember Krishna at every moment.

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Confessions of the Evolutionists, Chapter 9

BY: SUN STAFF

May 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the book by author Harun Yahya.

Confessions Regarding the Lack of Intermediate-Form Fossils - Part One

According to the theory of evolution, life forms are descended from one another. One species supposedly gradually developed into another, and each new species emerged in that same way. According to the theory, this transition took place over a very long period of time, hundreds of millions of years, and proceeded stage by stage. That implies that countless intermediate life forms must have emerged and lived during the course of such a lengthy transition.

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Kick Darwin on
the Face with Boot

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 24, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Morning Walk—December 3, 1973, Los Angeles.

Prabhupāda: What is the scientific question? Muḍhāḥ. Māyayāpahṛta-jñānāḥ [Bg. 7.15].

Svarūpa Dāmodara: When they say about the, how one starts talking about the origin of life, they say that one should first of all consider how the earth was formed, how this planet earth where we live, how it was formed, what is the origin of the earth.

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Holidays of Lord Jagannatha in Puri, Orissa, 1914

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

May 24, NEW YORK (SUN) — Excerpts from an alphabetical list of the feasts And holidays of the Hindus and Muhammadans, Imperial Record Department, Calcutta: Superintendent Government Printing, India, Edited by Denison Ross 1914.

SNANA YATRA
[SNANA = BATHING, THE BATHING FESTIVAL OF JAGANNATHA.]

The Snana Yatra or the bathing ceremony in Jaistha (May-June) ushers in the great festival, the Ratha Yatra, which occurs 17 days later. On the Snana Yatra day, i.e., the full moon of Jaistha, the images of Jagannatha, Valabhadra and Subhadra are taken out of the sanctuary at Puri and placed on a lofty platform near the wall where they can be seen from the street below. Here they are bathed with 108 pitchers of water taken from a well near the northern gateway, which is used on this day alone. The bathing ceremony should take place before sunrise. This festival is the anniversary of the day when the divinity, Jagannatha, descended on earth. Like the Ratha Yatra this is also a festival observed wherever Jagannatha is worshipped.

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Puri Shankaracharya Lambasts Jagannath Temple Body

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

May 24, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Shankaracharya of Puri, Swami Nischalananda Saraswati came down heavily on Sri Jagannath Temple administration and the Odisha government for not giving due respect to him. Addressing media persons at Puri on Saturday, the top religious leader said he was saddened that the temple administration did not consult him for Nabakalebara rituals.

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Another Trivial Edit

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

May 24, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 10.7.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"He who knows in truth this glory and power of Mine engages in unalloyed devotional service; of this there is no doubt."

Manuscript:
"Man who is factually convinced about the opulences of the Supreme Personality of Godhead certainly he becomes engaged in devotional service without any division, there is no doubt about it."

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Srimad Bhagavata Anusthan

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA TEAM

May 24, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) — For the upcoming Purushottam Masa (17th June to 16th July) we would like devotees to take a sankalpa to fully absorb themselves in the reading of Srimad Bhagavatam. This would require 3-4 hours per day. Interested devotees can reach out to us at nityambhagavatasevaya@gmail.com for further details on this course.

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More Than Enough

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

May 24, CANADA (SUN) —

easier
done
than
you
can
say it is better to
talk
about
how
it
is
more than enough to tell


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

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Easier Said Than Done

BY: ROCANA DASA

May 22, CANADA (SUN) — This is in response to the continuing inquiries of a number of Sun readers, who have asked various questions about how qualified a diksa guru has to be, and where to find such a person in ISKCON. I have given this a great deal of thought over the years, and tried to address the issue properly in the Constitution, which focuses on the most essential points of principle underlying the initiation issue. The Constitution quotes sastra and cites Srila Prabhupada's comments on the subject but even so, the complexity and seeming contradictions make it a challenging subject for devotees.

Krsna consciousness is a science. It's very practical, and not mysterious. You simply have to try and comprehend your own personal circumstances, and the circumstances we are now trying to make spiritual advancement in. I've touched on this before and it's a recurring theme: that we exist right now in a very unique circumstance relative to the lila of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

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The Car of Juggernaut

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

May 22, NEW YORK (SUN) — Excerpts from 'India's Great Religious Festival As Seen By A European', The Living Age, Friday, February 1st, 1929, by F. Yeats-Brown,

Lord Jagannatha and Jagannatha Puri in the 19th and early 20th century, Conclusion:

For uncounted centuries Jaganath has been the symbol of the oldest living faith and the adored of millions. A hundred devadasis dance in his honor. He has a score of elephants to attend him. The revenue of his temple is kingly, and he has two locked cellars which are knee-deep in jewels. When he rides in his car, on his day of days, escorted by his brother Balarama and sister Subhadra, surrounded by his priests and worshiped by his people, he goes on such a tide of human love and faith as we in the West may never see.

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Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 33

BY: SUN STAFF

May 26, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Maitrakas

'The Maitraka Empire ruled Gujarat in western India from 475 A.D. to 767 A.D. The founder of the dynasty, Senapati (general) Bhatarka, was a military governor of Saurashtra peninsula under the Gupta Empire. He had established himself as the independent ruler of Gujarat in approximately the last quarter of the 5th Century.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 26, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"A pure devotee is one whose intelligence is clear; he is truly thoughtful because he engages in the service of the Lord-not as a matter of show, but with love, with his mind, words and body."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 6.3.26)

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

May 26, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XXVII. Chaitanya's tour in Southern India - Part One

The Chaitanya Bhagavata was written in the year 1573 and Chaitanya Charitamrta in 1581 A.D. But Chaitanya toured in the Deccan during 1509-1511. A considerable time had thus elapsed before these accounts were written. We have already mentioned that Chaitanya himself would by no means encourage any one to take notes on any incidents of his life.

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BY: SUN STAFF

May 26, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK III
CHAPTER I.

Account of the several Manus and Manwantaras. Swárochisha the second Manu: the divinities, the Indra, the seven Rishis of his period, and his sons. Similar details of Auttami, Támasa, Raivata, Chákshusha, and Vaivaswata. The forms of Vishńu, as the preserver, in each Manwantara. The meaning of Vishńu.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



May 26,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

May 26, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.9
"So, so long there will be desire to lord it over, then we have to accept a body. It doesn't matter what kind of body. It may be Brahma's body, it may be cat's body, it may be man's body, it may be bird's body, it may be beast's body. That will depend on my desire."

May 26, 1974, Rome
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.2
"So the sacred thread is the sign of those who are competent to study the Vedas from acarya, or the bona fide spiritual master."

May 26, 1976, Honolulu
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.26
"… now it is everywhere we can see, embracing, kissing, open to everyone. So young man, seeing this, how he can restrain, check his lusty desire? It is not possible. Kali-yuga is so fallen."


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

Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 32

BY: SUN STAFF

May 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Vishnukundinas

Among the marks of antiquity left by members of the Vishnukundina dynasty are the cave temples of Andhra Pradesh. 'The hills around Vijayawada are rich with rock-cut architecture, but the most magnificent and largest among these monuments are the Undavalli Caves. The caves are an amazing achievement in engineering, being four floors high and ornamented with numerous rock-cut sculptures and murals.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 24, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"A pure devotee can see the presence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead in everything materially manifested."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.27.11)

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

May 24, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XXVII. Chaitanya's tokens - Part Two

The images of Chaitanya.

The images of Chaitanya in Nim wood made during his lifetime; or shortly after, are to be seen in the following places:

1. The celebrated image at Nadiya (now enshrined in a beautiful temple), made by the order of Visnupriya Devi, wife of Chaitanya, and worshipped by her after his Sannyasa.

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

May 24, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER XVI.

Ribhu returns to his disciple, and perfects him in divine knowledge. The same recommended to the Rájá by Bharata, who thereupon obtains final liberation. Consequences of hearing this legend.

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Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 31

BY: SUN STAFF

May 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Vishnukundinas

"The Vishnukundina Empire was a Middle Kingdom dynasty that ruled over the Deccan, Odisha and parts of South India during the 5th and 6th Centuries, carving land out from the Vakataka Empire.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 22, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The immediate spiritual master is the representative of Narada Muni; there is no difference between the instructions of Narada Muni and those of the present spiritual master."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 6.5.22)

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

May 22, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XXVII. Chaitanya's tokens - Part One

The Kantha.

The Kantha (a cotton robe of coarse quality) which Chaitanya wore is still preserved in the temple of Puri. The pious pilgrims often bribed the Pandas for so much as a few threads or a little cotton from the sacred robe, till after these four hundred years, we find it now reduced to a mere shred a few inches in size.

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

May 22, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER XV.

Bharata relates the story of Ribhu and Nidágha. The latter, the pupil of the former, becomes a prince, and is visited by his preceptor, who explains to him the principles of unity, and departs.

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Timber for Lord Jagannatha's Idol Reaches Puri

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

May 22, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA A wave of euphoria swept along the Grand Road in Puri as the holy Neem wood for creation of the idol of Lord Jagannath for Nabakalebara reached the 12th Century shrine on Friday. Braving scorching heat and humidity, a sea of humanity gathered and caught glimpse of the sacred timber.

The ambience resembled the annual car festival. From early morning, devotees in droves took positions on the spacious Grand Road, which was choked for nearly six hours till the wood entered the temple around 12 pm. Devotees jostled for space and tried to touch the wood-laden cart, which started its journey from Kharipadia in Jagatsinghpur on May 14.

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Confessions of the Evolutionists, Chapter 8

BY: SUN STAFF

May 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the book by author Harun Yahya.

Confessions Regarding the Sudden Emergence of Life

Investigation of the geological strata and the fossil record shows that life on Earth emerged all of a sudden. The deepest stratum in which fossils of living things are encountered is that known as the Cambrian, dating back 520 to 530 million years.

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Darwin is Missing the Whole Point

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 22, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Los Angeles, June 1972: Śrīla Prabhupāda asserts that Darwin's theory of evolution is inconclusive and illogical. But Darwin's is not the only theory of evolution. The Vedas explain that an evolutionary process governs the progress of the soul. "We accept evolution," Śrīla Prabhupāda says, "but not that the forms of the species are changing. The bodies are all already there, but the soul is evolving by changing bodies and by transmigrating from one body to another.... The defect of the evolutionists is that they have no information of the soul."

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Quarterlight

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

May 22, CANADA (SUN) —

limited to association
limited
by
one
kind
of
association you hear of as
one
limited to listening
for
the time being limited by
listening


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Middle Kingdoms of India
Parishads
Chaitanya and His Companions
Mr. Darwin, the Rascal
Confessions of Evolutionists,
Collateral Discoveries
Surrender and Understanding
Response to Caitanya das
Sri Ganga-puja
Vishnu Purana
Sorry to Shankaracharya
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Middle Kingdoms of India
More Than Enough
Chaitanya and His Companions
Another Trivial Edit
Holidays of Lord Jagannatha
Kick Darwin on the Face
Confessions of Evolutionists
Responsibility Lies with Us
Vishnu Purana
Srimad Bhagavata Anusthan
Puri Shankaracharya Lambaste
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Middle Kingdoms of India
Quarterlight
Chaitanya and His Companions
Darwin Missing the Whole Point
Confessions of Evolutionists
The Car of Juggernaut
Easier Said Than Done
Vishnu Purana
Timber for Lord Jagannatha
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Middle Kingdoms of India
Mind the Attention Span
Chaitanya and His Companions
More Edit Ingenuity
Darwin's Speculation
Confessions of Evolutionists
Description of Lord Jaganath
It's Up To Krishna
Vishnu Purana
Debasnan Purnima Restriction
Unruly Priest Attacks Couple
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Middle Kingdoms of India
More or Less
Chaitanya and His Companions
The Lord of the World
Superfluous and Awkward
Darwinism Extinct
Confessions of Evolutionists
Disciplic Succession
The GBC Dilemma
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
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