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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

Visnu and Shiva

Talking "Down" Varnasrama

BY: NITAI DASA

Sep 17, INDIA (SUN) — (This article was sent to Dandavats.com, they did not post it. It was then sent as comments and it hasn't been posted as yet.)

During the 2014 North American GBC meetings, Anuttama das and Nityananda das shared a platform in a presentation; their topic was Varnasrama. They talked "down" varnasrama. Key quotes by Anuttama das, current Chair of the GBC, as he said it, are found at the end of this article.

If a politician talks down the currency or economy of his country, even in a positive way, his career is practically finished. There will be no end of criticism and pressure for him to resign.

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The 30 Day Nakshaktra Month

BY: DHARMAPAD DAS

Sep 17, BRAZIL (SUN) — I have read Shyamasundara Prabhu's recent article on planetary period calculations, and I would like to make a few comments.

There are years, and then there are years. Perhaps it is akin to using the word "ball." A ball is not always a ball; there is baseball, football, basketball, and volleyball, for example. There is variety in all aspects. Where baseball is played, basketball is not, and the very balls are different from each other. What there is not is hodge-podge, impersonalism; one thing which is different from another thing cannot be the same.

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Indira Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — Indira Ekadasi, observed on October 19th (LA and Mayapur), from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana.

Yudhishthira Maharaj said, "Oh Madhusudana, Oh killer of the Madhu demon, what is the name of the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Ashwina (September-October)? Please describe its glories to me."

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna then replied, "This Holy day is called Indira Ekadasi. If a person fasts on this day, all his sins are eradicated and his forefathers who have fallen into hell are liberated. Oh best of kings, one who simply hears about this sacred Ekadasi achieves the great merit earned by performing a horse sacrifice.

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Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru,
Part 8

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — A Songbook of 62 Songs in Bengali by Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

SONG 16 ---- CHEATING DEVOTEES ARE REJECTABLE

(1)
mana, tumi barai cancala
ekanta sarala bhakta-
jane naha anurakta,
dhurta-jane asakti prabala

Oh, my dear mind, you are certainly most restless and flickering. You are not attracted by unalloyed devotees of the Lord who are free from crooked complications, but instead you remain strongly attached to the company of sly, hypocritical cheaters.

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The Daughter of Vrsabhanu

BY: ISVARA DASA

Sep 16, VRINDAVAN DHAM (SUN) — By His Divine Grace Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada

Why Śrī Rādhā's name is not clearly mentioned in Śrīmad- Bhāgavatam:

Lord Krishna's pastimes are elaborately described in the paramahaṁsa saṁhītā called Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, compiled by Śrī Krishna Dvaipāyana Vedavyāsa. Mys- teriously he did not specifically mention Śrīmatī Rādhikā's name. She for whom Krishna performs pastimes, who is the principal heroine of Krishna's pastimes, who is the topmost devotee and shelter for Krishna's pastimes – why wasn't Her name mentioned in Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam? This question may arise in many people's hearts.

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Hearing of the Main SLP Commenced in
Bangalore Case

BY: SUN CORRESPONDENT

Sep 16, NEW DELHI, INDIA (SUN) — Today the Supreme Court started their hearing of the main SLP in the Bangalore vs. Mumbai lawsuit. ISKCON's main senior counsel, Sri K. K. Venugopal, was not keeping well (he had fever) and therefore wanted the matter to be adjourned for a week. Madhu Pandit dasa's senior lawyer strongly opposed, however, and there was a heated exchange of words between Madhu Pandit's lawyer and Krishnan Venugopal, the son of K. K. Venugopal who is also senior counsel, but is junior to his father in representing ISKCON reg. in Mumbai.

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Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru,
Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 16, CANADA (SUN) — A Songbook of 62 Songs in Bengali by Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

SONG 13 --- SANNYASA NOT AS IMPORTANT AS DEVOTION

(1)
mana, tumi sannyasi sajite keno cao?
bahirer saja jata,
antarete phanki tata,
dambha puji' sarira nacao

My dear mind, why do you want to disguise yourself as a sannyasi? As much as you decorate yourself externally with this garb, to that same degree you deceive yourself internally with this hoax. Worshiping your own false pride, your simply make a show of your material body by artificially accepting the dress of the renounced order.

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On "Planetary Period Calculations"

BY: SHYAMASUNDARA DASA

Sep 15, INDIA (SUN) — This is in response to "Planetary Period Calculations: 360 Day Years, or 365? - Part Two" by Dharmapad das.

I recently came across this statement from Bhaskaracarya's Siddhanta-siromani, and his own Vasana commentary on the text. (From Bhaktisiddhanta's Bengali translation.) In it he clearly explains what the different standards, sauramana (solar), chandramana (lunar), savana (civil), nakshatramana (sidereal) are used for. [I have edited it slightly for consistency.]

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Care For Cows

BY: KURMA RUPA DASA


Sep 15, VRINDAVAN, INDIA (SUN) — Dear Friends, Jai Govinda! Our September 2014 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience. This issue of fifty pages (2.1 MB) covers events over the past three months. The articles in this issue are:

1. A reprint of a strong article against cow slaughter appearing in BTG in 1976.
2. A brief appreciation of Vrinda who was rescued from the street seven years ago. She is reciprocating by lactating for two-and-a-half years. She is a champion home-grows tomato!
3. Fourteen Amazing Benefits of Ghee by Diana Herrington.

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Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru,
Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 15, CANADA (SUN) — A Songbook of 62 Songs in Bengali by Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

SONG 10 --- MUNDANE KNOWLEDGE MOST HARMFUL

(1)
mana re, keno koro bidyar gauraba
smrti-sastra, byakarana, nana-bhasa-alocana,
brddhi kore' jaser saurabha

Oh mind, why do you give such importance to mundane knowledge? Your discussion and deliberation on the smrti scriptures, various languages and grammar certainly increases the sweet fragrant aroma of your own material reputation, name and fame.

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Sri Rai Ramananda

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — A five-part presentation of Sri Rai Ramananda by HDG Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.

FOREWORD

This brochure is not to be considered as a hagiological attempt [narration of the lives and legends of the saints] but an endeavor for inculcating the procedure of following the life of a transcendental devotee who had a thoroughly peculiar mood of service of the Absolute, unknown to the vitiated mundane atmosphere.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Sep 17, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"My Guru Maharaja's Guru Maharaja, he was illiterate, Gaura Kisora dasa Babaji Maharaj. He could not sign even his name. But my Guru Maharaj was the best scholar of his time. He accepted him as guru. So this is the process, that yei Krishna tattva sei guru haya."

(Lecture, Bombay, April 24, 1974)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 426

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto XVIII. - Ráma's Speech

Then Ráma's rising doubt was stilled,
And friendly thoughts his bosom filled.
Thus, deep in Scripture's lore, he spake:
"The suppliant will I ne'er forsake,
Nor my protecting aid refuse
When one in name of friendship sues.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Sep 17,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

September 17, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.11-12
"Actually Buddha philosophy does not accept God, neither soul. They simply philosophize on the material elements, and they want to finish the material exis..., dismantle the material elements."

September 17, 1975, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.2.14
"Why we are establishing so many centers? Just to give the people in general the chance of association. It is very important thing, association."

September 17, 1976, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.20-21
"So if we actually chant this Hare Krsna mantra properly, without any offense, then once chanting is sufficient to make you free from the reaction of all sinful life. Once chanted. There is no question of chanting thousand times."


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

Rishis

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 16, CANADA (SUN) — A study of the famous Rishis and Munis of Vedic literature.

Conclusion

Our brief series on the Saptarishis offers only a glimpse of the many Rishis glorified in Vedic literature, what to speak of the breadth and depth of Vedic knowledge they have imparted. The Saptarishis and other Maharishis deliver the Absolute Truth in the form of mantram, and demonstrate for humanity knowledge in all areas of life, from performing yagna to varnasrama, yoga, science, cosmology, physics, ayurveda, mathematics, astrology and palmistry, samvat, vimana and space travel, and medicine.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Sep 16, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Just like I am sitting on this dias. So I have got some relationship. What is that relationship? That this dias is giving me service silently. There is relationship."

(Lecture, August 1, 1966, New York)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 425

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto XVII. - Vibhishan's Flight

Soon as his bitter words were said,
To Raghu's sons Vibhishaṇ fled.
Their eyes the Vánar leaders raised
And on the air-borne Rákhshas gazed,
Bright as a thunderbolt, in size
Like Meru's peak that cleaves the skies.

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Atri Rishi, Part Two

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 15, CANADA (SUN) — A study of the famous Rishis and Munis of Vedic literature.

In the manuscript illustration above and the painting below, we see a pastime from Bhagavat Purana in which the Trimurti -- Lord Visnu, Brahma and Shiva -- came to test Atri Rishi's wife, Anasuya. The Deities came to test her because she was well known for being the embodiment of chastity.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Sep 15, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Vrddha refers to one who is advanced in knowledge. There are two kinds of old men - he who is advanced in years and he who is experienced in knowledge. One who is advanced in knowledge is actually vrddha (jnana-vrddha); one does not become vrddha simply by advancing in age."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.21.44)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 424

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 15, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto XVI. - Rávan's Speech

Then, while his breast with fury swelled,
Thus Rávaṇ spoke, as fate impelled:
"Better with foes thy dwelling make,
Or house thee with the venomed snake,
Than live with false familiar friends
Who further still thy foeman's ends.

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Sri Rai Ramananda
Indira Ekadasi
30 Day Nakshaktra Month
Talking "Down" Varnasrama
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Rishis
The Daughter of Vrsabhanu
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
Bangalore Case Hearing
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Atri Rishi, Pt. 2
Planetary Period Calculations
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
Care For Cows
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Atri Rishi
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Kutsa Rish, Pt. 2
New Vrindaban Reality
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Classifieds
Kutsa Rish
Prabhupada, New York 1966
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Pulaha Rish, Pt. 2
Ghee (Mother)
Astrology
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
The Ramayan of Valmiki
New Book: Vakttavali:
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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