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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

Ganga Devi with Makara

Are There Uttama-adhikaris in ISKCON?

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Jan 24, EUROPE (SUN) — The doubt about item 26, raised by Mahavidya Prabhu is worth exploring further. According to the GBC-approved book, Siksa Outside of ISKCON?, there must be highly qualified devotees in ISKCON:

"Is it rational to argue that Sr¦la Prabhupada was empowered to spread Krsna consciousness all over the world but incapable of producing even one qualified disciple to carry on his legacy? Hardly! Though the indictment is directed at Prabhupada's disciples, it discredits Srila Prabhupada as well! "

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Urmila's Agenda?

BY: MARCIA EMERSON

Jan 24, EUROPE (SUN) — Next for the freedom of women!

Just yesterday I saw the captioned pictures of Urmila dasi, sitting on the actual meeting table, microphone in hand, lecturing the 'male' devotees. Once the shock of such an uncultured scene had settled, I focused on the 'male' devotees in the photo. They look downcast, uncomfortable, and overpowered.

Urmila's sari evidences feminist calculation. It is white (I'm a renounced widow) with orange saffron trim (I'm a sannyasini). Could this indicate the future plan, eventually less white and more saffron, until women are taking and awarding sannyasa to men and women? Will Urmila be the first female to put on a brahmin thread? Will Urmila be the first to take sannyasa from a picture of Srila Prabhupada? And then carry a sannyasa danda?

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How Hinduism Took Down ISKCON in the U.S. Heartland

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Jan 24, MOSCOW, RUSSIA) (SUN) — Why Hindus won't or can't preach to locals and make devotees in the West.

Whatever happened to Srila Prabhupada's WAR AGAINST MAYA in the West?

"Acaryas, they declare war against Maya's activities"
(HDG Srila Prabhupada Lecture on Cc Adi Lila 1.3 - Mayapur, April 6th, 1975)

By preaching we ISKCON devotee are Hindus, devotees do a great disservice to the preaching mission of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and misrepresent Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON. We then make people think along mundane sectarian lines, as is the case of all mundane religions.

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Lord Gauranga or Salvation For All

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 24, CANADA (SUN) — Today we begin a serial presentation of Lord Gauranga or Salvation For All by Shishir Kumar Ghose (1907). The manuscript is kindly being prepared for our publication by Sriman Jagannatha dasa. A brief WikiBio follows:

"Sisir Kumar Ghosh (1840–1911) was a noted Indian journalist, founder of the Amrita Bazar Patrika, a noted Bengali language newspaper in 1868 and a freedom fighter from Bengal. He was one of the founding members of the India League. He was also a Vaishnavite, remembered for writings on mystic-saint Lord Chaitanya, and penning a book on him titled Lord Gauranga or Salvation for All in 1897.

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The First Time

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Jan 24, CANADA (SUN) —

listen
listen
listen
yes this is
in
no way going to be the
last
time
now
where
were
we oh my yes now
i
remember


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Vrinda Kunda
Festival Schedule

BY: DEENA BANDHU DAS (ACBSP)

Jan 24, VRINDAVAN DHAM (SUN) — 31st January, Varaha Dvadasi will mark 12 years since the opening of our Vrinda Kunda Temple! To celebrate, we will do special parikramas to the Holy Places of Braja. The program will culminate with our famous Kalash Yatra, an ecstatic Sankirtan procession with the ladies carrying water pots with coconuts on their heads on 8 Feb. Programs will be going on from 31 jan-15 Feb.

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

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Misconceptions and
Their Danger

BY: D. DAS

Jan 22, VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA (SUN) — It is explained, that "....only a brahman realized uttama-adhikari can transmit the transcendental knowledge to a disciple....". One way to understand it is, that because the information he supplies creates samskaras or impressions in one's subconsciousness, he must be capable of presenting it (the intended information) in such a way that one's reflections upon it, composed of relating one's own life experiences with the impressions formed by the information, will enable one to realize the injunction in focus. Thus before awakening one's transcendental feelings, the bona fide presentation is the only means that can lead one to the truth needed to awaken those feelings. Even though, as explained in the sastras, any actual realization is awarded by Krsna Himself, it is, as He Himself states, revealed in "....proportion to the degree of one's surrender...." manifested, at the initial stages, as a correct understanding in accordance with the intensity of sadhana bhakti performed on one's mental and intellectual levels.

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The Siddhanta of
Krishna dasa

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 22, CANADA (SUN) — In the video below, we find proof of who the so-called 'great kirtaniya', Krishna dasa really is. As one reader points out, what a great contribution from Sacinandana Swami and Radhanath Swami, to bring such a person into ISKCON and to their public programs. (See "Spiritual Slut") This is precisely the sort of contamination we referred to in our 2013 editorial series, "The 'Kirtaniya' Infestation in ISKCON".

The offensive video below is being promoted by Daniel Tucker under the banner, "Satsang with Krishna Das". The YouTube video, subtitled "Who is greater, Shiva or Vishnu?" is also presented on the Bhakti Breakfast Club website. In fact, Krishna dasa's "preaching" is enough to make one lose their breakfast.

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Disciples of My Disciples...?

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Jan 22, UK (SUN) —

With reference to the recent article by Premanjana prabhu...
I appreciated his compilation of quotes from Srila Prabhupada....
However…
I am somewhat bewildered by his conclusion that there are many qualified uttama-adikari souls amongst us. (Item #26)
If one considers the considerable "mission drift" (as it is politely referred to) within Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON
and…
the notable absence of protest by the ISKCON society as a whole...
well… perhaps
Premanjana prabhu could name some of those great souls amongst us.
I for one would be happy to hear from them their views on...."mission drift".

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Worship of Lord Jagannatha in India

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA

Jan 22, NEW YORK (SUN) — Excerpts from "Daily Life And Work In India" by W.J. Wilkins, c. 1881.

A short description of the worship of Lord Jagannatha in India, in the main temple in Puri, Orissa, and the festivals celebrated, during the 19th century, from the point of view of a British Christian missionary.

Holy Places And Pilgrims

The next place of pilgrimage is Puri, the scene of Jagannatha's worship; or if the distance is too great, as similar images with their cars are to be seen elsewhere, the people visit one of these minor shrines.

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Always Serving Krishna in the Mood of Separation

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jan 22, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

7 May, 1975
Perth, Australia
Letter to Lalita Priya devi

"We should follow in the footsteps of Lord Caitanya and the six Goswamis of Vrndavana.
They were always serving Krishna in the mood of separation. They never said that "now I have seen Krishna" or "last night I danced with Krishna" - no. They were crying where is Krishna, and they were always searching after Him, wondering when they would finally be able to see Him.

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Disciples of My Disciples

BY: PREMANJANA DAS

Jan 20, INDIA (SUN) — A compilation of quotes on guru-tattva.

(1)
At the present moment it has become fashionable to disobey the unimpeachable directions given by the ācāryas and liberated souls of the past. Presently people are so fallen that they cannot distinguish between a liberated soul and a conditioned soul. A conditioned soul is hampered by four defects: he is sure to commit mistakes, he is sure to become illusioned, he has a tendency to cheat others, and his senses are imperfect. Consequently we have to take direction from liberated persons. This Krishna consciousness movement directly receives instructions from the Supreme Personality of Godhead via persons who are strictly following His instructions. Although a follower may not be a liberated person, if he follows the supreme, liberated Personality of Godhead, his actions are naturally liberated from the contamination of the material nature. Lord Caitanya therefore says: "By My order you may become a spiritual master." One can immediately become a spiritual master by having full faith in the transcendental words of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and by following His instructions.

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Three Women Respond to Urmila dasi's Questions

BY: CAITANYA DASI

Jan 20, USA (SUN) —

This a response from three ladies in our mataji group on FaceBook to Urmila's questions on Dandavats. Two of the ladies are from Europe, the other from India. These are not formal papers just remarks and observations. But from them you will get the point that Urmila clearly doesn't represent the guru-parampara, but has a typical feminist agenda that she picked up from her bad association in university getting her PhD (Perpetual humility Deficit).

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Dear Gurudeva,
Part Ten

BY: JAGANNATHA DAS

Jan 20, NEW YORK (SUN) —

PAMHO AGTSP
August 1, 2003, 2128
Dear Gurudeva,

Hare Krishna! How are you today? I am sitting on the ground outside of 26 2nd Avenue. I just honored some rice and subji prasadam. Niranjana swami gave the lecture and led the kirtan. Niranjana swami was my bhakta leader when I lived at 340 West 55th Street way back when.

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Shankha-kshetra:
The Third Fold

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 24, CANADA (SUN) — A seventeen-part series on Sri Jagannath Puri Dham.

In describing Jagannath Puri Dham as Shankha-kshetra, a conch-like area comprised of 115 transcendental tirthas, teerthams and shrines, we have begun to describe the seven concentric folds within which all these holy spots are contained. The first, innermost fold is home to the Jagannath Deities Themselves, in the sanctum of Their 12th century shrine. The second fold, a hexagonal shape adjacent to the inner fold, is home to four Devis and contains two tirthas, two sacred trees, and two tanks.

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Krishna Comes Himself
in the Form of Guru

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jan 24, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Morning Walk with Srila Prabhupada – December 15, 1973, Los Angeles, USA (excerpt).

Guru Knows Everything Perfectly

Candanacarya: ...there must have been very many gurus. Were there many gurus then?

Srila Prabhupada: When? Guru or... First of all, try to understand: what is the meaning of guru? Guru means heavy. So one who knows more than you, or one who knows perfectly, that, he is guru. So if you know anything perfectly, then you are guru. But if you do not know anything perfectly, then you are not a guru. You are rascal.So, guru means one who knows perfectly. So if you find out somebody, that he knows everything perfectly, then he is guru.

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Parishads: Srimad Advaita Acharya

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 24, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance Day of Srimad Advaita Acharya is observed on January 26th.

vraje avesha-rupatvad vyuho yo'pi sadashivah | sa evadvaita-gosvami caitanyabhinna-vigrahah

Sadashiva, an expansion of the supreme lord in Vraja, is here known as Advaita Acharya. He is non-different from Chaitanya. (Gaura-ganoddesha- dipika 76)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 516

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 24, CANADA (SUN) — The last in a serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

INDEX OF PRINCIPAL NAMES

Our presentation of Ramayana concludes with the following, a list of all the principal names featured in the great epic:

Abhijit
Abhikála
Abhíra
Abravanti
Aditi
Ádityas
Agastya

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jan 24, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"I may tell you that those who have taken this society, Krishna consciousness, very seriously, they are not ordinary persons. They must have had such culture in their previous life. Now they are again trying to revive that thing."

(Lecture, September 18, 1966, New York)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jan 24,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

January 24, 1977, Bhuvanesvara
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya-lila 8.128

"Everyone knows milk is very nice and nutritious food, but if it is touched by the lips of a serpent, it is spoiled, no more to be... So it is forbidden, that we should not try to understand about Krsna from a person who is not Vaisnava."


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

Shankha-kshetra:
The Second Fold

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 22, CANADA (SUN) — A seventeen-part series on Sri Jagannath Puri Dham.

As described in yesterday's segment on Shankha-kshetra, the conch-like shape of Jagannatha Puri Dham is composed of seven concentric folds. The first fold is the innermost, being the kshetra's navel, where the abode of Lord Jagannath, Baladeva and Subhadra resides.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jan 22, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Just through a little association with a pure devotee, one can become successful in his journey back to Godhead."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 5.13.21)

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Parishads: Sri Visvanatha Cakravarti, Sri Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Srila Raghunandana Thakur, and Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 22, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance Day of Visvanatha Cakravarti, and Appearance day of Pundarika Vidyanidhi, Raghunandana Thakur, and Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami is observed on January 24th.

Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura

vishvasya natha-rupo'sau bhakti-vartma-pradarshanat | bhakta-cakre vartitatvat cakravarty-akhyayabhavat

Because he revealed the path of devotion, he is considered to be identical with the Lord of the Universe, Vishvanath; and because he was predominant in the circle of Vaishnavas, he held the title Chakravarti.

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 515

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 22, CANADA (SUN) — The last in a serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

APPENDIX - Uttarakánda, Continued

Sítá is honourably received by the saint Válmíki himself, and the holy women of the hermitage are charged to entertain and serve her. In this calm retreat she gives birth to two boys who receive the names of Kuśa and Lava. They are carefully brought up and are taught by Válmíki himself to recite the Rámáyaṇ.

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Shankha-kshetra: The Holy Dham at Puri Jagannath

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 20, CANADA (SUN) — The first in a seventeen-part series on Sri Jagannath Puri Dham.

Today we begin a serial survey of the 115 transcendental abodes in Puri Dham. The State of Orissa is divided up into four kshetras which represent the paraphernalia of Lord Visnu: His shankha (conch), chakra (disc), gada (mace) and padma (lotus). Puri Dham, the abode of Lord Jagannath, is known as Shankha-kshetra -- a manifestation of the Lord's conch, while Bhubaneswar is Chakra-kshetra, Jajpura is Gada-kshetra, and Konark is Padma-kshetra.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jan 20, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

Young boy: Swamiji? You said that if you eat too much you will pay. But how about the devotee? How about when they eat too much prasadam?
Prabhupada: You want to eat more?
Young boy: I just wanted to know how.
Prabhupada: You think you are eating more? So you can eat more. Yes it is medical advise, that there are two kinds of mistakes in eating. Over eating and under eating. So under eating mistake for old man is very good. And over eating for boys, that is good. So you can over eat. I cannot.

(Lecture, Feb 21, 1969, Los Angeles)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 514

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 20, CANADA (SUN) — The last in a serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

APPENDIX - Uttarakánda, Continued

In the twenty-seventh section Rávaṇ goes "under the earth into Pátála the treasure-house of the waters inhabited by swarms of serpents and Daityas, and well defended by Varuṇ." He subdues Bhogavatí the city ruled by Vásuki and reduces the Nágas or serpents to subjection. He penetrates even to the imperial seat of Varuṇ. The God himself is absent, but his sons come forth and do battle with the invader. The giant is victorious and departs triumphant.

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In Service to Srila Gurudeva

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Jan 20, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Excerpts from a lecture delivered by Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada in the Sarasvata Assembly Hall, Sri Caitanya Matha, Mayapura Saturday, 9.00 pm, on the 28th day of the month of Magha (January) 1931.

Everyone is Advancing Except Me

Once I went to Mangala-giri in South India to establish the sacred impressions of Sriman Mahaprabhu's footprints. A devotee among us raised this doubt: "When I first came to the matha, I noted the character of the matha residents and their attachment to serving Bhagavan. This impressed and inspired me and I cherished a high aspiration to be like them. But now, the standard I once envisioned attaining has lessened considerably. I am engrossed in various mundane thoughts such as thinking about the many brahmacaris who have turned to their homes and entered household life."

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Shankha-kshetra
Parishads
The First Time
Krishna Comes Himself
Hinduism Took Down ISKCON
Gauranga or Salvation
Urmila’s Agenda?
Uttama-adhikaris in ISKCON?
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Vrinda Kunda Festival
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Shankha-kshetra
Parishads
Always Serving Krishna
Worship of Jagannatha
Disciples of My Disciples?
Siddhanta of Krishna dasa
Misconceptions and Danger
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Shankha-kshetra
Service to Srila Gurudeva
Dear Gurudeva, Pt. 10
Three Women Respond
Disciples of My Disciples
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Sri Garuda
Dear Gurudeva, Pt. 9
Christian Tale of Woe
Great Enemy of Deceit
Ganga Sagara Mela
Diluted Vaisnavism
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Samadhi Museum Announces
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Sri Garuda
Acarya Always Travels
Dear Gurudeva, Pt. 8
Christian Tale of Woe
What Is Knowledge?
Female Diksa Guru Issue
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Hasyagrami das Departs

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