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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

Govinda

Book Changes -
Cause or Effect?

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Oct 23, DENMARK (SUN) —

ISKCON Founder-Acarya Srila Prabhupada:

"So six things are required for advancing Krsna consciousness. The first thing is enthusiasm. Utsahan dhairyat. And patient. And niscayad, with conviction, firm conviction. Utsahan dhairyat niscayad tat-tat-karma-pravartanat. Following the rules and regulation, chalked out plans. And sato vrtteh, dealing very straightforward. No diplomacy, no politics, no duplicity. That will not help."
(Srila Prabhupada Lecture, September 1970, Los Angeles)

So why not an open, straightforward, honest MEETING/HEARING on the book changes???

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The Glories of Offering Many Lamps During Karttika

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 23, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One, by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 138

atha tatra dipa-mala-mahatmyam-
skande tatraiva
dipa-panktes" ca racanam
sa-bahyabhyantare hareh
vishnor vimane kurute
sa narah sankha-cakra-dhrik

In the Skanda Purana it is said: "A person who lights many lamps inside and outside Lord Vishnu's temple becomes a liberated soul. Holding a dish and conch, he attains a spiritual form like Lord Vishnu's.

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The Holy Name is Sweeter than the Sweetest!

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Oct 23, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Sri Nagar-Kirtan: "madhur e harinam: The Holy Name is so Sweet!" by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura from Gitavali

This krsna-nama, harinama is sweeter than the sweetest, sweeter than the sweetest, madhura madhuram etan mangalam mangalanam. This krsna-nama harinama is more auspicious than the most auspicious. Sakala-nigamavalli-sat-phalam cit-svarupam. This is the last fruit of the Vedic tree, krsna-nama, harinama. Nitai brought the most ripened, sweetest, very nectarean, sweetest fruit, He brought it seeing the fallen condition of the jivas of Kali-yuga. He brought it here, madhur e harinam...

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Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 16

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 23, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 46 (Jayajayanti-raga)

1. Hearing that her lover, more dear to her than life, was now unhappy, the moon-faced gopi asked about Him with broken words in a choked voice. Tears streamed from her glistening lotus eyes.

2. She dressed in fine garments, anointed her limbs with fragrances, abandoned her proud jealous anger, and went to meet Him. Fear of her kinsmen she left far behind. To her elders she gave no thought. Keeping a vigil there, Krishna stayed always in her heart.

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Afrocentric Krishna Consciousness

BY: KRISHNA DAS

Oct 22, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (SUN) — This article is partially in response to Satya Govinda Prabhu's article entitled "Lord Krishna and the Bodily Conception, published recently. I praise his efforts to address this growing apasiddhantic problem in the New York ISKCON sanga, however he has merely scratched the surface. What is going on is actually much more serious and the local temple authorities seem to either be ignorant of what is going on or just don't deem it a threat.

Basically what's happening is that we have some devotees of African American descent who are preaching a very distorted Afrocentric brand of Krishna Consciousness. The preaching is going on in the temples, on Facebook and YouTube by a local devotee who attends the temples in Queens and in Brooklyn, named Bhakta Caprise. Another devotee also involved in the preaching is Sudarshan Chakra das, a disciple of Bhakti Tirtha Swami, and he also has a cable access show called Krishna 24-7 on Time Warner Cable here in NYC.

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Bhagavatastakam of Rasikananda, Verse 1

BY: DR. DEMIAN MARTINS

Oct 22, INDIA (SUN) — Today (24th October, 2014) we celebrate the appearance of Srila Rasikananda Murari, one of the greatest preachers the world has ever seen and one of the most amazing personalities in the Gaudiya sampradaya. Together with his guru, Sri Syamananda Prabhu, Rasika opened around 3,500 temples during his constant preaching tours in Orissa, West Bengal and North India. He not only initiated thousands of common people, but also converted Muslims, robbers, murderers, pisacis (witches), and even wild animals like the elephant Gopala dasa. Besides 'Syamananda-satakam', which became well known by the commentary Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana wrote on it, the only Sanskrit work of Sri Rasikananda known to us is the 'Bhagavatastakam', in which he sings the glories of the Lord's devotees. Sri Bhajananandadeva Gosvami belonged to the fourth generation of Rasikananda's descendants and was one of the mahantas in Gopivallabhpur in the 17th century during Baladeva Vidyabhusana's life time. His only known composition is a scholarly commentary of the 'Bhagavastakam', which is here presented in English.

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The Glories of Lighting a Lamp on a Temple Roof

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One, by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 130

atha sikhara-dipa-mahatmyam
skande tatraiva
yada yada bhasayate
dipakah kalasopari
tada tada muni-sreshtha
dravate papa-sancayah

In the Skanda Purana it is said: "O best of sages, when a lamp placed atop a temple's dome shines in all directions, then a great host of sins quickly flees to escape its light.

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Chant the Name of Krishna!

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Oct 22, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

How to tread this path of devotional service? Such persons attached to grha, home and hearth, can never develop such a desire. They will never think of it. Therefore, Gaurasundara Mahaprabhu gave an order to Nityananda Prabhu and Haridasa Thakura. Mahaprabhu is our only well-wishing friend. He is our supreme friend. He ordered Them, "Go to every doorstep and give this instruction." What instruction He gave? We are singing: prabhura ajnay, bhai, magi ei bhiksa, bolo krsna' bhajo krsna, koro krsna-siksa...

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Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 15

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 43 (Suha-i-raga)

1. Wherever I place my eyes I see dark Krishna. I cannot keep the vow of a saintly girl.

2. How many times did I carefully close my eyes only to see Krishna's youthful threefold-bending form in the middle of my heart?

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Parishads: Srila Rasikananda Deva Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Srila Rasikananda Deva Goswami is observed on October 24th.

Rasikananda's Birth

Rasikananda Deva Goswami was born in 1512 of the Saka era (1590 AD) in the village of Rohini or Rayni in the Midnapore district. This village is situated at the confluence of the Subarnarekha and Dolanga rivers. His father's name was Raja Achyutananda and his mother, Bhavani Devi.

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19 ISKCON Devotees Injured as Bus Hits Tree

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Oct 21, MATHURA, INDIA (BS) — Nineteen ISKCON devotees were injured when a Vrindavan bound bus rammed against a tree after one of its tyres punctured near Maghera village falling under Vrindavan police station today.

"While eleven devotees were rushed to district hospital, eight were taken to Paras Mani Hospital. Nobody is in critical position," Dy SP Anil Yadav said.

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The Glories of Lighting Another's Lamp During Karttika

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Sixteenth Vilasa, Volume One, by Srila Gopal Bhatta Goswami.

Text 126

bodhanat para-dipasya
vaishnavanam ca sevanat
karttike phalam apnoti
rajasuyasvamedhayoh

"By serving the Vaishnavas and lighting the lamps they offer during the month of Karttika one attains the result of performing many rajasuya and asvamedha yajnas.

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Let There Be One Scripture for the
Entire World

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Published by Collier Macmillan.

Bhagavad-gita, or the Song of the Opulent One, is the most ancient, widely read and authoritative religious scripture known to man and is a book of spiritual knowledge surpassing all others in bearty, depth and lasting truth. This postgraduate study of the science of religion was revealed five thousand years ago in India as a battlefield dialogue between the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna, and His friend and devotee Arjuna. In seven hundred perfect and sublime verses, Sri Krsna, the master of all mystics and cause of all causes, imparted to Arjuna the complete science of the Absolute Truth, including the paths of work, yoga and knowledge, and ultimately He revealed the most confidential secrets of spiritual realization.

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Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 40 (Kamoda-raga)

1. Hearing the sound of a buffalo-horn, the cowherd people awakened. Bringing some alms, Jatila offered them to the beggar. Disguised as a beggar-yogi, Lord Krishna, the master of all yoga, was silent. He tilted His head. He would not accept the alms.

2. Jatila said: "What do You want, then?" The yogi said, "Your daughter-in-law should offer the alms with Her own hand. Only then will I accept them. Send for Her at once.

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The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 17

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 23, CANADA (SUN) — Selected Verses in Praise of Govardhana Hill

The Places of Krsna's Lila Surrounding Govardhana from Bhakti Ratnakara by Sri Narahari das

Sri Raghava took Srinivasa and Narottama to see the places near Govardhan where Krsna had performed his lilas and one by one he described them all. The place known as Kusuka Saivor is famous for lilas of Radha Krsna. In another place called Narda Kunda, Narda Muni had fulfilled his desires by performing tapasya. In the Puranas it is written that Narda performed his tapasya on the order of Vrnda. In a place called Ratna Sinhasana, Radha used to sit on a throne. That was the place where Krsna killed Sankha Chuda and that story has been described in the Bhagavatam.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Oct 23, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"He does not like to hear anything except topics relating to Krishna; he does not like to eat anything which is not offered to Krishna; and he does not wish to go anywhere if Krishna is not involved. Therefore his senses are controlled."

(Bhagavad-gita 5.7)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 463

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 23, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto LIV - Vajradanshtra's Death

"The giant leader fiercely rained
His arrows and the fight maintained.
Each time the clanging cord he drew
His certain shaft a Vánar slew.
Then, as the creatures he has made
Fly to the Lord of Life for aid,
To Angad for protection fled
The Vánar hosts dispirited.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Oct 23,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

October 23, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 7.28-8.6
"The child is innocent or ignorant. Innocence is also sometimes ignorance, due to ignorance. We sometimes praise the quality of child, the ignorance. But that child, when grown up, becomes a vicious man. So this ignorance, or innocence, they are not very good qualities."

October 23, 1968, Montreal
Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.1.2-5
"The system of education is faulty. They do not give any education about the atma-tattvam. They give education that, about economic development, about technological understanding, about scientific understanding of the laws of nature, and so many other things, but there is no department of knowledge to understand what is soul."

October 23, 1972, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.12
"So first of all it has been described what is the purpose of life. This human form of life, it is not meant for being spoiled like the dogs and hogs."

October 23, 1974, Mayapura
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.43
"In the material world all these books are material sound vibration, but Vedic knowledge is transcendental sound vibration. Hare Krsna is transcendental sound vibration."

October 23, 1976, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.1
"This age, Kali-yuga, is full of faulty things. Kaler dosa-nidhe. It is an ocean of faulty things. It is very, very difficult."


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

The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 16

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) —

The Appearance of Govardhan

In honor of Govardhana-puja, observed in the month of Karika, we offer a detail study of this beautiful painting from an illustrated Bhagavat Purana in Jaipur, c. 1840. Govardhana Hill is the abode of many happy animals, including peacocks, snakes and monkeys. There are different stories about the manifestation of Sri Govardhana in different yugas.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Oct 22, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Touching the lotus feet of a spiritual master means giving up one's false prestige and unnecessary puffed up position in the material world."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.26.20)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 462

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto LIII - Vajradanshtra's Sally

"When Rávaṇ in his palace heard
The mournful news, his wrath was stirred;
And, gasping like a furious snake,
To Vajradanshṭra thus he spake:
"Go forth, my fiercest captain, lead
The bravest of the giants' breed.
Go forth, the sons of Raghu slay
And by their side Sugríva lay."

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The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 15

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) —

The Liberation of Nalakuvara and Manigriva

When the childhood pastime places of Sri Krsna are enumerated, such as in the Brahmanda Purana, Braj-Bhakti-Vilas and Bhakti-Ratnakar, one of the foremost tirthas is Yamalarjuna-uddhara-sthal, where the Yamala-arjuna trees were delivered by Damodar.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Oct 21, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Lord Krishna continued, "One cannot purify himself merely by travelling to holy places of pilgrimage and taking a bath there or by seeing the demigods forms in the temples. But if one happens to meet a great devotee, a mahatma, who is a representative of the Personality of Godhead, he is immediately purified."

(Krsna Book - 'Sacrificial Ceremonies Performed by Vasudeva')

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 461

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto LII - Dhúmráksha's Death

"The Vánars saw the giant foe
Pour from the gate in gallant show,
Rejoiced with warriors' fierce delight
And shouted, longing for the fight.
Near came the hosts and nearer yet:
Dire was the tumult as they met,
As, serried line to line opposed,
The Vánars and the giants closed.

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Lord Nityananda Distributes Prema with Two Hands!

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Oct 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — nitai guna-mani amar: "My Lord Nityananda is the Jewel of all Transcendental Qualities" from 'Sri Caitanya Mangala' by Srila Lochana Dasa Thakura

It is said that Sri Nityananda Prabhu is more merciful, more magnanimous, more munificent than Sriman Gauranga Mahaprabhu.

1. Srila Lochana Dasa Thakura says, "My Lord Nityananda is the jewel of all transcendental qualities. Sri Nitai came to Gauda-desa with a flood of krsna-prema, with a flood of love of Godhead. He made the whole world inundated with that flood of prema."

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Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 16
Sweeter than the Sweetest!
Offering Many Lamps
Book Changes
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Glorious Month of Damodar
Parishads
Padyavali, Pt. 15
Chant the Name of Krishna! 
Lamp on a Temple Roof
Bhagavatastakam
Afrocentric Krishna Consc.
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 14
Nityananda Distributes Prema
Let There Be One Scripture
Lighting Another's Lamp
The Ramayan of Valmiki
19 Devotees Injured
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 13
Cry for the Mercy
Glories of Offering a Lamp
Living and Dying Absurd
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 12
Śrī-nāma and Śrī-nāmī
A House for Mother Cow
"Acharyadeva" Not In Line
Parts of the Karttika Vow
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 11
Sadhu-Guru Vaisnava
Krsna Eternally Invites Us
Pious Activities Performed
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Saturday Laffs
Glorious Month of Damodar
Karttika's Glories
Padyavali, Pt. 10
Take Love of Krishna
Sankirtana – The Divine Sound
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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