UPDATED — May 02, 2015 11:59 pm PST Jai Sri Nrsimha Caturdasi!
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

Lord Nrsimhadeva

Constitution for
ISKCON As It Is

BY: SUN EDITORS

May 02 CANADA (SUN) — On the auspicious occasion of Sri Nrsimha Caturdasi, we are pleased to publish the draft Constitution for ISKCON As it Is. The document is presented below in Word format, with links to extensive footnoted material. If can also be downloaded here in PDF format, without footnote material. A Spanish version of the document can be downloaded here.

In drafting the Constitution, every effort was made to address all key elements of philosophy and sadhana in the context of the society's participation in Lord Chaitanya's sankirtana movement. These principles were stated as concisely as possible. Naturally, there is a great deal of supplemental information that can be distilled from the instructions of our Founder-Acarya, Srila Prabhupada. Some of these instructions, relevant to rules and regulations under which the society will be governed, will take the form of a Lawbook. (See Constitution §3.2.) In addition, a series of Guidelines will eventually be compiled, representing the guidance of devotees adept at leading and managing in the preaching field.

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ISKCON As It Is -
Draft Constitution

BY: SUN EDITORS

May 02 CANADA (SUN) —

Preamble

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness As It Is represents the preaching mission established by the Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, for propagating Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Sankirtana Movement throughout the world.

Members of the Society are dedicated to preaching the Science of Krishna Consciousness and distributing to all people the Holy Names, particularly the Maha-mantra for this age:

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

May 02 CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XXI. A Comparative Study of Mysticism, Occidental and Oriental - Part Two

Other mystics.

The Mahomedans have amongst them their Sufi poets and mystics, such as Jelaluddin (1207-1273 A.D.), Hafiz (1300-1388 A.D.) and Jami (1414-1493 A.D.), who have expressed the ideas which are closely similar to those to be found in the Songs of Songs and in the lyrical poems of the Vaisnavas. Many of the Catholic Saints of the middle ages saw visions of Christ and experienced mystic trances of this nature. There are even sects among the Protestants, such as the Quakers (founded by George Fox 1624-1691 A.D.) whose faith is characterized by physical manifestations of joy similar to those to found every where amongst the Vaisnava of Bengal.

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May 02, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Dangerous Ground They're Treading

BY: MAHASRNGA DASA

Apr 30, JAIPUR, RAJASTHAN (SUN) — The BBT Trust was created in 1970, for the sole purpose of publishing the writings, words and books of the maha-bhagavat, uttama-adhikari, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada. Indeed, the International society for Krsna consciousness, ISKCON, grew and expanded beyond anyone's expectations, to unprecedented proportions, causing a spiritual revolution throughout the world in only 10 short years, due to the "divinely inspired" pristine words of Srila Prabhupada.

However, even in the 70's there were warning signs:

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Five Prayers to
Lord Narasimha

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 30, CANADA (SUN) — Nrsimha Caturdasi, the glorious Appearance day of Lord Nrsimhadeva, is observed on May 2nd.

"Five Prayers to Lord Narasimha" from Sri Navadvipa Bhava Taranga, 36-40, by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has written five beautiful prayers in "Sri Navadvipa Bhava Taranga" for receiving the mercy of Lord Narasimha. These prayers are certainly assurance to all sincere devotees that the worship of Lord Narasimha is purely in the line of aspiring love and devotion to Sri Sri Radha and Krsna. Those prayers are as follows:

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Jagannatha's Holy Tree
in Jagatsinghpur District

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 30, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Ending days of speculation, Shree Jagannath Temple administration on Wednesday announced the location of the Neem tree to sculpt Lord Jagannath's idol.

"The Banajaga Yatris have selected a Neem tree near Kharipadia at Raghunathpur in Jagatsinghpur district for Jagannath. They informed us about it on Tuesday night," said temple's Chief Administrator, Suresh Mohapatra.

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Basic Point Edit

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 30, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 4.10 purport.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"So, by the slow process of devotional service, under the guidance of the bona fide spiritual master, one can attain the highest stage, being freed from all material attachment, from the fearfulness of one's individual spiritual personality, and from the frustrations resulting from void philosophy."

Manuscript:
"So, by the slow process of devotional service - under the guidance of the bonafide spiritual master one can attain the Bhava stage - being freed from all material attachment, fearfulness of one´s individual spiritual personality, and the frustration of voidness."

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Forfeit

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Apr 30, CANADA (SUN) —

excuse me hey before you
go
mind
the
court
of
public opinion as
a
disgrace to God and country
and
pass
it
on


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BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 30, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Employment ]


The GBC Oligarchy Construction

BY: MARCIA EMERSON

Apr 28, USA (SUN) — Part One: Understanding the meaning and methodology of Oligarchy

Oligarchy is very much the governmental system of Kali-yuga. Government 'by the few over the many' in this age inevitably becomes repressive and progresses to a vicious murderous tyranny. Instead of protecting and developing the populace, both materially and spiritually, the oligarchy exploits the populace in every way possible, financially, militarily, educationally, even sexually.

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The Glories of Srimati Rukmini Devi

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 28, CANADA (SUN) — Rukmini Dvadasi, the Appearance Day of Rukmini Devi, is observed on April 30th.

In Anuccheda 386 of Sri Priti-sandarbha, Vol. I, Srila Jiva Goswami describes pranaya-mana, jealous anger or pride without a cause. Having no external cause, such anger is caused only by the pastimes of love. In describing pranaya-mana, Sri Jiva Goswami discusses the pastimes of Lord Krsna and Rukmini Devi, as they are described in the 10th Canto of Srimad-Bhagavatam:

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Inventive Strife Edit

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 28, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 1. 21-22.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
Arjuna said: O infallible one, please draw my chariot between the two armies so that I may see who is present here, who is desirous of fighting, and with whom I must contend in this great battle attempt.

Manuscript:
"Arjuna said, Oh the infallible please place my chariot in between the two armies. (Please keep the chariot) as long as I see who are present here with desire to fight and whom I have to fight in this great attempt of strife."

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To Think Of It Again

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Apr 28, CANADA (SUN) —

mind
the limitations to
think
of it once
again
think of it
as
going
out
on
a
limb to say hey is that you


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The Time Has Come

BY: ROCANA DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 02, CANADA (SUN) — A reprise of the July 2013 launch announcement for ISKCON As It Is.

[In July 2013, we first announced the launch of ISKCON As It Is, an organized effort to create a revival of Srila Prabhupada's spiritual mission in accordance with his perfect mood and mission. Today, on Nrsimha Caturdasi, we are releasing the draft Constitution for ISKCON As It Is, which has been under review and discussion over these last two years.]

The importance of following in the footsteps of the previous Acaryas is an instruction received often by readers of our Vaisnava sastra. At first this decree sounds so simple and easy. In reality, nothing is more difficult for the fallen conditioned soul. The relatively short history of Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON has demonstrated that the challenge of faithfully following the Founder-Acarya's mood and message may seem nearly impossible.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 02, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"In all cases a devotee glorifies the Lord because he knows that whatever He does is good for all."

(Bhagavad-gita 11.36)

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

May 02, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER VII.

Extent and situation of the seven spheres, viz. earth, sky, planets, Mahar-loka, Janaloka, Tapo-loka, and Satya-loka. Of the egg of Brahmá, and its elementary envelopes. Of the influence of the energy of Vishńu.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



May 02,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

May 2, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.40
"Because you are trying to become Krsna's devotee, He has come before you in His full opulence, and He's glancing over you, and you become happy and beautiful."


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

Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 21

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 30, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Satavahanas

"Following the demise of the Mauryan Empires the Satavahanas rose as the successor state to check and contend with the influx of the Central Asian tribes from the Northwest into mother India. The Satavahanas straddling the Deccan plateau also provided a link for transmission of Buddhism and contact between the Northern Gangetic plains and the Southern regions, even as the Upanishads were gaining ground.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 30, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"One who is very fortunate, he's in meeting, he meets somebody who is a pure devotee and accepts him as his spiritual master."

(Bhagavad-gita Lecture, Mumbai, March 8, 1971)

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 30 CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XXI. A Comparative Study of Mysticism, Occidental and Oriental - Part One

The mystic light, it will be proved by history, shone in the East and the West alike in the favoured medieval ages. For the purpose of showing the similarity of the experiences of European and Asiatic mystics we shall briefly refer to the lives of some Catholic saints of the West.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 30, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER VI.

Of the different hells or divisions of Naraka, below Pátála: the crimes punished in them respectively: efficacy of expiation: meditation on Vishńu the most effective expiation.

PARÁŚARA.--I will now, great Muni, give you an account of the hells which are situated beneath the earth and beneath the waters, and into which sinners are finally sent.

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Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 20

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 28, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Maurya Empire - Chandragupta Maurya and Chanakya

"The Maurya Empire was founded by Chandragupta Maurya, with help from Chanakya, a Brahmin teacher at Takshashila. According to several legends, Chanakya traveled to Magadha, a kingdom that was large and militarily powerful and feared by its neighbors, but was insulted by its king Dhana Nanda, of the Nanda Dynasty. Chanakya swore revenge and vowed to destroy the Nanda Empire.

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Regarding the Cooking

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 28, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Prasadam cooking standards by Srila Prabhupada:

Letter to Kirtanananda, Bombay, 23 November, 1974:

    "The right thing is that only twice initiated brahmana disciples cook in the temple."

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 28, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"If one begets children with the purpose of training them to surrender to Krishna, fatherhood is good. Similarly, when the spiritual master trains the conditioned souls to become Krishna conscious, his position is successful."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 6.4.44)

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 28 CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XX. Further notes on Chaitanya - Part Three

His strictness in dealing with the Sannyasis of his Order.

He was strict in dealing with those ascetics in whom he discovered the least tendency to worldliness. An ascetic should have an unspotted character and be above blame. He could tolerate no breach of conduct in those who had adopted the Sannyasi's vow. Chaitanya, however, did not deal with all in the same manner; he had studied the weaknesses and strengths of those who were near him in a discriminating manner. Rama Ray used to be often in the company of women, but Chaitanya knew that they sang holy songs to him giving fervour to his faith. His character stood on the firm rock of unflinching devotion to God. But in the case of Haridasa, the younger, Chaitanya's treatment was hard, for he knew the man to be weak though he had taken the ascetic's vows. The little incident leading to his tragic fate related in the Chaitanya Charitamrta is full of pathos.

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The Time Has Come
The Constitution
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Chaitanya and His Companions
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Middle Kingdoms of India
Forfeit
Chaitanya and His Companions
Basic Point Edit
Prayers to Lord Narasimha
Dangerous Ground
Vishnu Purana
Jagannatha's Holy Tree
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Middle Kingdoms of India
To Think Of It Again
Chaitanya and His Companions
Regarding the Cooking
Inventive Strife Edit
Srimati Rukmini Devi
GBC Oligarchy Construction
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Middle Kingdoms of India
Parishads
Think Of It
Mohini Ekadasi
Chaitanya and His Companions
Disappearance of Advent
Krsna’s Blessings
Lust, Envy and Greed
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Middle Kingdoms of India
In Other Words
Krsna-Kirtana, Maya-Kirtana
Chaitanya and His Companions
The Birth of Sita Devi
Confusing Cross-referencing
Deviant ISKCON Oligarchy
Vishnu Purana
Neem Tree for Devi Subhadra
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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