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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

Krsna, Balarama and the Gopas
Bengal School, Early 20th c.

Management Means People

BY: NITYANANDA DAS

Mar 05, UK (SUN) — In democratic circles when there is unease about events or decisions that take place in government, enquiries take place. One learned, well recognised and well respected person is appointed, and he will gather a group of advisers around him. The group will look at all details of the issues at hand and will report back to the people. This is open democratic society. Of course, it is accepted that often these types of government backed enquiries are often called termed a whitewash and are of little value, but the principle of openness is there.

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The Festival of
Jagannath Mishra

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 05, CANADA (SUN) — Anandotsava, the Festival of Jagannath Mishra, is observed on March 6th.

The Festival of Jagannath Mishra is an observance of the Jata karma samskara for baby Nimai (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu). Following the fast for Gaura Purnima, which is broken upon the rising of the moon, the next day is held for feasting. On Jagannath Mishra festival day, the devotees meditate upon the Jata karman ceremony.

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Mothlike Editing

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Mar 05, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad.gita As It Is, 11.28

Original, authorized 1972-edition:
"As the rivers flow into the sea, so all these great warriors enter Your blazing mouths and perish."

JAS It Is:
"As the many waves of the rivers flow into the ocean, so do all these great warriors enter blazing into Your mouths.

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Urmila dd

BY: ALANKARA DASA (ACBSP)

Mar 05, USA (SUN) — Just a note for the record---

Srimati Urmila devi dasi has always been a very rigid, aggressive, competitive devotee. She has always tried to assert her power on anyone in her path including brahmacaries, visitors, sannyasins, virtually anyone who would listen. Since she was an heir to substantial money from the Kosher Manischewitz fortune she has been allowed some liberties very early on in her devotee career. Unfortunately, this has had a downside. I'm sure she will get back to Godhead in this life due to her sincerity, but she is annoying and, I believe, is taken too seriously.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 05, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter V. Nityananda - Part One

Though junior to Advaita by many years, Nityananda occupies the second place in the trio according to popular estimation. The organisation of the Vaisnava community in its later forms was eminently due to this apostle. His compassion for the depressed castes was a marked feature in his career devoted to the good of people. Though a Brahman, he had no caste-prejudices and he mixed freely with the fallen and lowly without caring for the consequence. He opened the doors of the Vaisnava society to all people irrespective of caste. Though the chief inspiration of this came from Chaitanya himself, the prophet of Nadiya was too far steeped in his emotional felicities to be able to organise a sect or frame laws for it. Nityananda did so at his bidding.

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ISKCON Calendar Paintings of Sri Sri
Radha Krsna

BY: SIMON STERN

Mar 05, UK (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's letter to Madhudvisa, December 8, 1973:

"My Dear Madhudvisa Maharaja, Please accept my blessings.
I am in receipt of the painting you have sent. This is not a good style of painting. It is an artistic style for sense gratification only. I cannot encourage this style—it should be stopped immediately. Paintings should be like the Deities, formal and worshipful. This type of painting is sentimental and not authorized. Paintings should be as our artists in New York are doing. Do not introduce any new styles. I hope this meets you well.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 05, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

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Mercy of Lord Caitanya

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Gaura Purnima, the Appearance Day of Sri Krsna Chaitanya, is observed on March 5th.

A Sunday Feast lecture by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in Atlanta on March 2, 1975:

Although in this age people do not even know who God is, Lord Caitanya came to freely distribute love of Godhead.

namo maha-vadanyaya
krsna-prema-pradaya te
krsnaya krsna-caitanya-
namne gaura-tvise namah

"O most munificent incarnation! You are Krsna Himself appearing as Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu. You have assumed the golden color of Srimati Radharani, and You are widely distributing pure love of Krsna. We offer our respectful obeisances unto You." (Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 19.53)

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Caitanyera-simhera

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) —

Caitanyera-simhera
nava-dvipe avatara
simha-griva, simha virya
simhera-hunkara

Sei simha vasuk jivera
hrdaya-kandare
kalmasa-dvirada nase
yanhara hunkare

"Thus the lionlike Lord Caitanya has appeared in Navadvipa. He has the shoulders of a lion, the powers of a lion, and the loud voice of a lion. May that lion be seated in the core of the heart of every living being. Thus with His resounding roar may He drive away one's elephantine vices."

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Dvitiya Sri Caitanyashtaka

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — Prayers Glorifying Lord Caitanya by Srila Rupa Gosvami.

Text 1

kalau yam vidvamsah sphutam abhiyajante dyuti-bharad
akrishnangam krishnam makha-vidhibhir utkirtanamayaih
upasyam ca prahur yam akhila-caturthasrama-jusham
sa devas caitanyakritir atitaram nah kripayatu

By performing the sacrifice of congregational chanting of the holy name, scholars in the age of Kali worship Lord Krishna, who is now non-blackish because of the great upsurge of feelings of Srimati Radharani. He is the only worshipable Deity for the paramahamsas, who have attained the highest stage of the fourth order (sannyasa). May that Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Caitanya, show us His great causeless mercy.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter IV. Advaitacharya

Next to Chaitanya the two most illustrious apostles of the Vaisnava faith in Bengal were Nityananda and Advaitacharya. Their names are now inseparable from Chaitanya. Advaitacharya was the title, the real name of the apostle being Kamalakara Bhattacharya. He was an inhabitant of Laur in Sylhet and was born in 1484 A.D., or 52 years before Chaitanya. His great scholarship, especially in the Upanisadas, was much admired. He was descended from Nrsimha Nariel, the prime minister of Raja Ganesa ('Kans' of Mahomedan historians), who is said to have succeeded in killing the Emperor of Grauda by following the statesmanly advices of his minister.[1]

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Temple Impasse Ends, Mahaprasad from Wednesday

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Mar 03, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA A two-day stalemate over cooks' strike at Jagannath Temple in Puri ended as the Suar Mahasuar Nijog (which prepares Mahaprasad in the temple) called off their stir on Tuesday. The Nijog, which stopped cooking on Sunday and Monday, had been drawing flak from disgruntled pilgrims, who were deprived of the holy meal for the past two days.

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Can't See the Sastra
for the Sanskrit

BY: MARCIA EMERSON

Mar 01, USA (SUN) — Losing the Instructions of Srila Prabhupada by false scholarship.

This sastra, that sastra. This validity, that validity. This quotation, that quotation. This translation, that translation. This context, that context. This interpretation, that interpretation. This point, that point.

And so the heat goes on about rubber-stamped 'female diksa-gurus'.

In all this talk, talk where is the mention of Srimad Bhagavatam, the guide for Kali-yuga, the spotless Purana, commentated upon by the Founder-Acarya of ISKCON?

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Feel Free - Give And Take

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Mar 01, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 9.19

Original, authorized 1972-edition:
"O Arjuna, I control heat, the rain and the drought. I am immortality, and I am also death personified. Both being and nonbeing are in Me.

JAS It Is:
"O Arjuna, I give heat, and I withhold and send forth the rain. I am immortality, and I am also death personified. Both spirit and matter are in Me."

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The Samurai:
Protectors of the Cow

BY: JAHNAVA NITAI DAS

Mar 01, ORISSA (SUN) — If I were to tell you, that once, no other country, save India, revered the cow as much as Japan, I could understand your disbelief. Today, we think of Japan as a meat-eating culture. However, this image is a product of the last 150 years of American influence. The traditional Japanese culture held the cow as the most sacred animal. What follows next is the true story of among the greatest protectors of the cow – the Samurai.

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Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram, Part Six

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Mar 05, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's English introduction to "Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram", in eight parts.

8) Bhakti is the only means of attaining the final object of spiritual existence. Karma as it is, can not directly and immediately produce spiritual result. When it does, it does by means of Bhakti. Hence Bhakti is independent and Karma and Gyan are dependent principles. Gyan or the knowledge, that man is a spiritual being, can not directly bring the ultimate object. When it does, it does with the assistance of Bhakti. Bhakti, therefore, is the only means to obtain the ultimatum.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Mar 05, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"When a person is firmly fixed in devotional service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, he is described as vira-vrata, fully determined. Such a devotee increases his ecstasy in devotional service more and more. Thus as soon as he remembers Lord Vishnu, his eyes fill with tears. This is the symptom of maha-bhagavata."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 5.17.2)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 05, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK I
CHAPTER IX. - Part Three

Then, seated on a full-blown lotus, and holding a water-lily in her hand, the goddess Śrí, radiant with beauty, rose from the waves. The great sages, enraptured, hymned her with the song dedicated to her praise.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Mar 05,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

March 5, 1975, New York
Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.2.5
"Cats and dogs they have no church, no temple, that they have to go. It is for the human beings. Therefore sastra says that dharmena hinah pasubhih samanah. If in the human society there is no culture of religion, then it is animal society. It is not human society."

March 5, 1976, Mayapur
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.27
"You have to learn how to take from Krsna. Of course, a devotee is never desirous to take anything from Krsna. He wants to give only. This is pure devotee."


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

Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram, Part Five

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's English introduction to "Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram", in eight parts.

4) The soul is His Vibinangsha or separated part. By soul are meant all sorts of souls whether animal, human or celestial. It must be understood that Mahaprabhu believed in the very liberal theory of transmigration of the soul. Certain readers may reject the idea on the ground that certain forms of faith do not support that theory. It is not liberal to reject a theory because it is in antagonism with the dogmas of certain sectarian creeds. Indeed it is a matter which reason can not dare to meddle with.

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Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu Doya Karo More

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's purport to Srila Narottama Das Thakura's song. Taking a humble position, he is praying to Lord Chaitanya and His eternal associates to deliver him, because they have appeared in this material world to deliver the fallen conditioned souls, and saying he is the most fallen, he is totally qualified to get the mercy.

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Ode to Lord Caitanya

BY: SAMAPRIYA DEVI DASI (ACBSP)

Mar 03, ORISSA (SUN) —

A golden youth in flowing robes, He danced all through the street,
And sang the names of Hari, imploring others to repeat.
His hair was long and curling, He wore flowers and love beads,
Awakening all troubled souls to the glory of what one needs.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Mar 03, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Actual knowledge of transcendental bliss can be bestowed upon anybody by a pure devotee."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 5.12.12)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK I
CHAPTER IX. - Part Two

Paráśara continued.--The gods, having heard this prayer uttered by Brahmá, bowed down, and cried, "Be favourable to us; be present to our sight: we bow down to that glorious nature which the mighty Brahmá does not know; that which is thy nature, oh imperishable, in whom the universe abides."

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Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram, Part Four

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's English introduction to "Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram", in eight parts.

We now proceed to explain his precepts to those who are not acquainted with them. This little book and the commentaries contain such of his holy principles as are prominent.

Chaitanya teaches us in the first place that the rational attributes of men are not capable of approaching the Divine sphere of spirit. Jukti as he styles reason, is quite incompetent in such a matter. Ruchi as he styles the religious sentiment in man, even in a very small quantity, has the power to comprehend it. It is inspiration which can alone give light to spiritual matters. Inspirations coming down from Heaven through purified and blessed souls have exhibited themselves in the form of the Vedas.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter III. Interview with Sanatana and Rupa - Part Two

Sanatana came to Hajipur and, dressed in rags, lay under the shadow of a tree singing the praises of God and prayed to Him to grant him' a speedy interview with Chaitanya. His brother-in-law, Srikantha, happened to pass by the way where he lay.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Mar 01, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"If one always follows the orders of the spiritual master there is no question of falling down. As soon as a foolish disciple tries to overtake his spiritual master and becomes ambitious to occupy his post, he immediately falls down."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 5.12.14)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK I
CHAPTER IX. - Part One

Legend of Lakshmí. Durvásas gives a garland to Indra: he treats it disrespectfully, and is cursed by the Muni. The power of the gods impaired: they are oppressed by the Dánavas, and have recourse to Vishńu. The churning of the ocean. Praises of Śrí.

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Vedic Ranch Hosts
Zebu Herd

BY: DASARATH DAS

Mar 01, SEDONA, ARIZONA, USA (SUN) — "Every house-holder can have a little land, a cow for milking, grow their own food - economic problem solved". Srila Prabhupada must have said this many times. He really believed that anyone could live, survive in this way, with Krishna consciousness of course. Without a spiritual life of Krishna consciousness, what's the use, of anything? The only way to satisfy the soul is to lead a life dedicated to God, our natural "healthy" constitutional position.

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Lord Caitanya AVA Ojai
& New Rath Chariot!

BY: MAYESVARA DASA (ACBSP)

Mar 01, OJAI, CALIFORNIA (SUN) — Then next gathering of the American Vedic Association will be held on March 3, 2015, 2015 at 7:30 PM. The topic for that evening has been advertised as:

March 3: Can't Stop Karma by Abstaining from Life Everyone is forced to act and every action, or inaction, yields a reaction. How one can one alleviate the consequences of karma will be the discussion.

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Temple Body on Toe Ahead of Nabakalebara

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Mar 01, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA As Nabakalebara of Lord Jagannath in Puri draws near, dissidence among priests of two prominent associations (Nijogs) of the temple has become a cause for concern for the state government.

While the Suar Mahasuar Nijog has threatened to stop cooking Mahaprasad in protest against the temple administration's alleged apathy towards them, the Daitapati Nijog is a divided house following mismatch of opinions between their members.

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Gaurangalila-Smaranamanga
ISKCON Calendar Paintings
Chaitanya and His Companions
Urmila dd
Mothlike Editing
Festival of Jagannath Mishra
Management Means People
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Gaurangalila-Smaranamanga
Chaitanya and His Companions
Dvitiya Sri Caitanyashtaka
Sri Krishna Chaitanya Prabhu
Caitanyera-simhera
Mercy of Lord Caitanya
Ode to Lord Caitanya
Vishnu Purana
Temple Impasse Ends
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Gaurangalila-Smaranamanga
Chaitanya and His Companions
Feel Free - Give And Take
The Samurai
Can't See the Sastra
Vishnu Purana
Lord Caitanya AVA Ojai
Vedic Ranch Hosts Zebu Herd
Toe Ahead of Nabakalebara
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Gaurangalila-Smaranamanga
Parishads
All Important Bhakti
Chaitanya and His Companions
Guruship for Vaishnavis, Pt. 5
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Gaurangalila-Smaranamanga
Amalaki Vrata Ekadasi
Dandavats' Back Page
Chaitanya and His Companions
Purity of the Mission
Sita Devi’s Inner Harmony
Guruship for Vaishnavis, Pt. 4
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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