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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

Radha and Krsna Swimming

The Logician and Lord Caitanya

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) — From Back To Godhead Vol. I, No. 48, July 1, 1972.

At the age of twenty-four years, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu accepted sannyasa, the renounced order of spiritual life, and soon thereafter He set out for the holy city of Jagannatha Puri. Jagannatha Puri is a transcendental city ruled by Krsna Himself in the Deity form of Lord Jagannatha. In temples of Krsna the Lord is always worshiped in His various forms, which are represented in wood, metal, stone, etc. To one who is untrained in the science of Krsna consciousness, such forms appear to be mere statues or idols, but one who knows the science sees Krsna Himself in these forms, not material elements like stone or wood. Thus when Lord Caitanya entered the temple of Lord Jagannatha, He was immediately filled with ecstasy upon seeing the transcendental form of the Deity. He was thinking, "Oh, Krsna! For so long I have wanted to see You, and now I can see You." Lord Caitanya was so saturated with transcendental bliss that He could not even say the name of Lord Jagannatha but could only call out, "Jaga … Jaga … Jaga …" and in a trance of ecstasy He fell unconscious on the temple floor.

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The Logic of Sastric Poetry

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 16, DENMARK (SUN) — The Shvetasvatara Upanishad (5.9) confirms this:

balagra-sata-bhagasya satadha kalpitasya ca bhago jivah vijneyah sa canantyaya kalpate

"When the upper point of a hair is divided into one hundred parts and again each of such parts is further divided into one hundred parts, each such part is the measurement of the dimension of the spirit soul."

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Sankirtan Dindi Walk
by ISKCON Devotees

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 16, KOLHAPUR, MAHARASHTRA (FPJ) — Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born in Mayapur in the town of Nadia just after sunset on the evening of the 23rd Phalguna (1407 Sakadba), answering to the 18th of February 1486 of the Christian era. Sri Krishna Caitanya manifested his divine mercy in Kali Yuga by delivering the Hare Krishna maha mantra and thereby saving the most fallen souls.

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Society

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) —

as it just so happens
personality
has
time
for
space
the
famous
territorial imperative is
in


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Deconstructing the Lilamrta - Part 57

BY: ROCANA DASA

Apr 15, CANADA (SUN) — A critical analysis of the Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta by Satsvarupa das Goswami.

Today we continue with Volume 3, Chapter Three of Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta, entitled "New Jagannatha Puri". The title refers to Srila Prabhupada's pastimes and stay in San Francisco. Satsvarupa himself was in New York at the time, and didn't directly participate in these particular pastimes, although you would never know it by the way that he writes. He provides a great depth of detail, giving the reader the impression that he was not only there, but that knew everything that was going on, right down to the dialogue.

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Secular Looking Vaisnava Websites

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Apr 15, EUROPE (SUN) — Vaisnava websites are looking more and more secular these days. The Oneiskcon.com has a mundane statue, the American flag, two men in suits, and a jigsaw on its front page. The ISKCON.us website goes a step further. It claims to be respectful, but has a picture of a medical doctor with Srila Prabhupada's head stuck on it. I can't imagine how much Srila Prabhupada would chastise the person who did that. The website also depicts Krishna Kirti Prabhu as a martial artist, and in an article about Aindra Prabhu there is a drawing of two flies urinating.

Discussing the latest controversies is bona fide if it is for the growth of ISKCON, and strengthens our faith. So Vaisnava websites can do that. But the pictures should be spiritual in order to elevate the consciousness. The Spiritual Master is as good as God and must be properly respected. Gravity please!

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Contribute Stories to 'Prabhupada Now!'

BY: BRAJISMA DAS

Apr 15, MALAGA, SPAIN (SUN) — As we are working on the layout of the book Prabhupada Now! about dreams and mystical experiences of devotees with Srila Prabhupada, it occurred to us to ask for more nectar. If you have:

- a dream
- a mystical experience
- a first meeting account

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A Response to Hridayananda Maharaja on Vaisnava Moral Theology

BY: KRISHNA KIRTI DAS

Apr 14, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS (SUN) — Hridayananda Maharaja has recently replied to my paper, "HH Hridayananda Goswami, Krishna West, and Consequentialism". In this regard, please find below my response to his claims:

In his first enumerated point, Maharaja misrepresents my argument. He wrote, "KK ironically suggests that we accept all that Prabhupada says as true, even if to do so we must reject as untrue the limits that Prabhupada places on his own statements." However, I specifically confined my argument to his books. As Maharaja has quoted me, I wrote, "But if Srila Prabhupada is fallible in his own books, how could anything else he says in them be trusted?" I did not make the claim that "all that Prabhupada says" is true. This distinction matters because on the one hand it acknowledges that a guru even of Srila Prabhupada's stature is not omniscient and, for example, might be mistaken about how the latest iPhone works. And on the other hand, it asserts that there are some domains in which Srila Prabhupada's opinion should be considered infallible.

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The Vedic Conception
of Communism, Part Three

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 14, CANADA (SUN) — From Back To Godhead Vol. 1, No. 57, July 1, 1973.

Prabhupada: Yes, they have taken a whole house, a nice house. So our process is very simple. We ask our students to observe four prohibitive principles-no illicit sex life, no eating of meat, fish or eggs, no gambling and no intoxication, including cigarettes, tea and coffee. One has to obey these four principles and chant the Hare Krsnamaha-mantra, and you will find how, by this process only, these boys and girls are quickly improving. The process is very simple. Besides that, we have books volumes of books Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita. Throughout all these years, I have written about one dozen 400-page books Krsna in two parts,Srimad-Bhagavatam in six parts. Teachings of Lord Caitanya in one part, Nectar of Devotion in one part. So we are trying to push this Krsna consciousness. Krsna is a historical personality, as much as Lenin is a historical personality. Just as you are trying to understand his philosophy, we are trying to understand Krsna's philosophy.

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What Initiation Is

BY: PARASURAM DAS

Apr 14, LONDON, ENGLAND (SUN) —

There has been a lot of talk about initiation in recent articles. Is it first or is it second? Which is the initiation ? I believe the video below explains what initiation is! Jyestha prabhu recalls the event, available on Vol 6 of "Following Srila Prabhupada."

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The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Gora-hrada

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 58.

Next on Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places' is Gora-hrada:

"Gora-hrada - a pond near the Gadigacha area where Sri Gora (Go-Govinda, Ra-Radha) sported."

Gora-hrada is mentioned only once in Jaiva Dharma -- at the beginning of chapter eight:

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Jai Srila Prabhupada

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 16, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Now, as far as I am concerned here, I also cook myself my food and offer to Krishna, and therefore I ask my friends that unless it is offered to Krishna, you please do not take it. You see? Sometimes I see that in your country, while cooking, they taste. They taste. But I request them that don't taste before the cooking is finished. After cooking is finished and when it is offered to the Deity, then you take as much as you like, as much as you like."

(Bhagavad-gita Lecture, April 1, 1966, New York)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 272

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Book III - Canto LXVI - Lakshman's Speech

He stood incensed with eyes of flame,
Still mourning for his ravished dame,
Determined, like the fire of Fate,
To leave the wide world desolate.
His ready bow the hero eyed,
And as again, again he sighed,
The triple world would fain consume
Like Hara in the day of doom.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Apr 16,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

April 16, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.24
"Uncultured man wants to see a woman naked. But that has become a fashion nowadays. A woman is not to be, supposed not to be naked in anyone's, before except her husband."

April 16, 1974, Bombay
Bhagavad-gita 4.27
"Chanting. If there is chanting or there is some speaking, then we can hear. That is recommended by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, that simply hear."

April 16, 1976, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.12.05
"Everything, all collection, either in cash or kind, that is for the benefit of guru, not the personal benefit. No."


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

The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Goloka Vrndavana

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 15, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 57.

Following the passage from Jaiva Dharma presented in the last segment, in this chapter our main character, Vijaya-kumara becomes fully resolved in his understanding of the nature of Goloka Vrindavan and the Lord's pastimes there, having had his last doubts removed by his spiritual master in a dream.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 15, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The perfect devotee does not see the material world as it appears to material eyes, for he sees everywhere the presence of his worshippable Lord in His Paramatma feature."

(Krsna Book - 'The Meeting of Lord Krsna with Sudama')

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 271

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Book III - Canto LXV - Ráma's Wrath

With piteous voice, by woe subdued,
Thus Raghu's son his speech renewed:
"Thy steps, my brother, quickly turn
To bright Godávarí and learn
If Sítá to the stream have hied
To cull the lilies on its side."
Obedient to the words he said,
His brother to the river sped.

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The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Goloka Vrndavana

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 56.

In chapter thirty-one of Jaiva Dharma there is an extensive discussion of Goloka Vrndavana, which has the power to manifest itself anywhere the Lord's pastimes unfold, as well as in the hearts of His devotees.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 14, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"O My mother, My devotees always see the smiling face of My form, with eyes like the rising morning sun. They like to see My various transcendental forms, which are all benevolent, and they also talk favorably with Me."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.25.35)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 270

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book III - Canto LXIV - Ráma's Lament

Reft of his love, the royal chief,
Weighed down beneath his whelming grief,
Desponding made his brother share
His grievous burden of despair.
Over his sinking bosom rolled
The flood of sorrow uncontrolled.

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Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Logic of Sastric Poetry
Society
Logician and Lord Caitanya
Derrota del Ritvik-vada
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sankirtan Dindi Walk
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Secular Looking Websites
Deconstructing the Lilamrta
The Ramayan of Valmiki
'Prabhupada Now!'
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
What Initiation Is
Vedic Conception, Communism
A Response to Hridayananda
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Parishads
Balaram, Krsna Rasayatra
Vedic Conception, Communism
The Life of Tulasi Devi
Hriday & Consequentialism
Hriday & Prabhupada's Purports
Deconstructing the Lilamrta
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Vedic Conception, Communism
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Saturday Laffs
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Daikshika - Initiation
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Entrance Into Eternity
GBC Minutes and Zonals
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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