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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

"May cows stay in front of me; may cows stay behind me; may cows stay on both sides of me. May I always reside in the midst of cows."
(HBV 16.252)
In remembrance of Kurma Rupa dasa

Bronze Deepa, 19th c.

The Stealing of Srila Prabhupada's Properties

BY: KRSNANATHA DASA

Feb 07, PORTLAND, OREGON, USA (SUN) — There are few things which could show a breathing lack of Krsna consciousness more than the selling of Srila Prabhupada's properties. Few maneuvers could more plainly expose the corrupt mentality that Srila Prabhupada is dead and gone than thinking that one is somehow entitled to claim Srila Prabhupada and Krsna's properties as one's own and act accordingly.

This represents a kind of materialistic thinking that the word 'atrocious' barely begins to cover.

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The Positive Alternative Alternative

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Feb 07, UK (SUN) —

When I was a lad...
I was young, idealistic and incredibly naïve.
I thought that everyone who joined Srila Prabhupada's Hare Krishna society
shared a common set of high ideals...
a common goal.
We actively promoted ISKCON as the "positive alternative".
Now...
one is neither as young nor as naïve.
Collectively...
we watch the daily drama in Srila Prabhupada's ISKCON unfold.
Although His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada enshrined the topmost values in His Divine instructions…
daily…
we experience deviation after blatant deviation individually or as a society.
Our Governing Body Commission...
or as they wish to be known...
"the Ultimate Managerial Authority"
allow or even support this sad state of affairs to continue.
What to do...?
It is, after all, Kali Yuga.

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An Introduction
to Uttrakhand, Part 13

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

Feb 07, NEW YORK (SUN) — The last of a series of excerpts from a pilgrimage guide from the 1970s.

CHAPTER IX - JOURNEY TO MANA- SAROVAR AND KAILASH

Where any one goes to Manasarovar and Kailash, it certainly reminds him of the past glories of our great country, and one who visits these places is really proud of having been there and satisfied with the zenith of these glorious places. Badrinath to Mt. Kailash is about 305 Km. and Almora to Mount Kailash 405 Km.

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9.30 Well Proven Verse Changed

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Feb 07, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 9.30.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Even if one commits the most abominable actions, if he is engaged in devotional service, he is to be considered saintly because he is properly situated."

Original, authorized 1968 edition:
"One who is engaged in devotional service, despite the most abominable action, is to be considered saintly because he is rightly situated."

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3rd Annual Ratha Yatra ISKCON Adelaide (Australia) 2016

BY: JAYA SADA GOSAI DASA

Feb 07, ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA (SUN) — On the 26th of January this year, ISKCON Adelaide celebrated its 3rd annual Rath Yatra. Lord Jagannath took to the streets as a part of the Australia Day Parade, His rath being designated as one of the floats. But, true to form, He stole the show yet again. With His huge, delighted eyes and inimitable smile, the Lord of the Universe appeared to be in rollicking good cheer. He was primed for an afternoon of wanton mercy distribution and thousands of unsuspecting onlookers reaped the full benefit.

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Feb 07, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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The Sale of ISKCON's Brooklyn Radha Govinda Mandir

BY: MUKUNDA DAS

Feb 05, BROOKLYN, NEW YORK (SUN) — Dispelling the lies of Romapada Swami and Ramabhadra Prabhu regarding the sale of ISKCON's Brooklyn Radha Govinda Mandir.

While devotees worldwide are celebrating the 50 year anniversary of ISKCON , nobody is celebrating with enthusiasm in Brooklyn NY's Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandir, other than Romapada Swami and Ramabhadra prabhu. Soon Radha Govinda will be moved once again to where and for how long only the two so called leaders know for sure. They have yet to inform the congregational members that they have entered into a contract to sell the Temple and are in a mad scramble to complete the sale before the annual GBC meetings in Mayapur.

The devotee community should also be made aware that Romapada Swami had told Sivarama Swami as well as Bhakti Caru Maharaj that he would wait until after the Mayapur meetings to sell the building. However Romapada Swami had already entered into contract to sell the temple. Maharaj's deceptive behavior has angered many and the congregation itself is no longer sitting by and going along with the plan to sell. Devotees are being threatened with banishment from the Temple if they voice opposition to the sale.

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An Introduction
to Uttrakhand, Part 12

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

Feb 05, NEW YORK (SUN) — Excerpts from a pilgrimage guide from the 1970s.

CHAPTER VIII
GAUMUKH

Gaumukh is the recognized source of Ganga. The Gangotri Glacier which is 6 to 8 Km. in width and nearly 24 Km. in length is situated at a height of 4255 M. above sea-level and set in the heart of the Gangotri Peaks. The best time to visit Gaumukh is June to September every year. Before June and after October the bridle path can be full of ice.

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Ganga Sagara Mela

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 05, NEW YORK (SUN) — Ganga Sagara Mela is observed on February 7th.

Gangapujan Dashahara or Dussehra is the "appearance day" or day that marks the descent of Mother Ganges - Ganga Ma". Throughout India this festival lasts ten days beginning on the Amavasya (dark moon night) and going through to the dasami tithi (tenth phase of the Moon, the day before Pandava Nirjal Ekadasi). The Ganga Sagara Mela festival is celebrated at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal.

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Cultivate the Consciousness

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 05, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Cultivate the consciousness of the particular relationship you desire with Krishna.

Srila Prabhupada Bury Place Morning Walk

Srila Prabhupada: ...One who worships Krishna does not come back again to this miserable material condition. Why? He has attained the highest perfection, to go back to Krishna. So this is the greatest benediction for human society, to train people to go back to Krishna's spiritual planet, where they can dance with Krishna in rasa-lila. Have you seen pictures of Krishna's rasa-lila dancing?

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Krishna's Bridge Preaching Method

BY: RAM APRAMEYA DAS

Feb 03, INDIA (SUN) — Preaching is the essence of the Krishna conscious society, as quoted by Srila Prabhupada. Different techniques of preaching are tried like scientific preaching, college preaching, festivals, harinam sankirtan, book distribution, etc. Bridge preaching is a popular word used in the current days in our society. This has been considered in our society as a recent innovation to preach to people who are at different levels and help bridge the gap. Various techniques are followed in this regard. People are shown some documentaries, some contemporary news, encouraged to donate for feeding poor, etc. The goal is to gradually introduce people to the philosophy. Bridge preaching in essence means that we build a bridge between a newcomer and the society and then help the person cross the bridge and develop the necessary understanding and start practicing Krishna consciousness.

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The Glories of Raghava's Bag, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 07, CANADA (SUN) —

Pickles and Condiments

The story of raghavera-jhali offers the following first mention of foodstuffs contained within Raghava's Bag:

"These are the names of some of the pickles and condiments in the bags of Raghava Pandita: amra-kasandi, ada-kasandi, jhala-kasandi, nembu- ada, amra-koli, amsi, ama-khanda, tailamra and ama-satta."

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We Have Captured
the Original

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 07, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — We have captured the original. govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi.

Srila Prabhupāda: So just imagine the position of the Kṛṣṇa conscious person. Everyone is worshiping somebody. Somebody is worshiping his wife, somebody is worship..., worshiping his husband, somebody is worshiping the leader of the country, somebody is worshiping something, something, something. And if anyone has nothing, then somebody is worshiping a dog, a cat. But we are worshiping the original person, Kṛṣṇa. Just see our position. Govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi . We are not flattering ordinary things. We have captured the original. Govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi. And why not? He is so...

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Feb 07,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

February 7, 1975, Hawaii
Bhagavad-gita 16.11-12
"Millions of years ago, the past and present and future as they were, at the present moment also, the same past present and future are there. So there is no question of modern age or past age, the nature's law is the same."


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

The Glories of Raghava's Bag

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 05, CANADA (SUN) —

Today we begin a new Feature series, inspired by the story of 'Raghava's Bag'. Following today's introductory text, tomorrow we will begin a survey of the various wonderful contents of sri-raghavera-jhali: the categories of foodstuffs prepared for Lord Caitanya's traveling sankirtana party.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Feb 05, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Those who are visnujana, their most favorable subject of understanding is Srimad Bhagavatam amalam puranam."

(Lecture, September 10, 1976, Vrindavan)

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Chitrakoot Dhama,
Part 10

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 03, CANADA (SUN) — The last in a serial exploration of the Holy Dhama of Chitrakoot.

Sarbhang Asrama

In Chitrakoot Dhama, about 20 kilometers southeast of the Sati Anasuya Asrama is another important Rama tirtha – the Sarbhang Asrama. Here, Rama gave darshan to the great sage Sarbhang, a mendicant living in the forests of Chitrakoot. Lord Indra is also said to have visited this place.

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Sat-tila Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 03, CANADA (SUN) — Sat-tila Ekadasi (Magh-krishna), observed on February 4th (LA and Mayapur) - from the sacred Bhavishya-uttara Purana of Srila Krishna Dwaipayana Vyaasa.

Sri Dalbhya Rishi said to Palastya Muni, "When the spirit soul comes in contact with the material energy, he immediately begins to perform sinful activities, such as stealing, killing, and illicit sex. He may even perform many other terrible deeds, such as killing a brahmin. Oh purest of personalities, please tell me how these unfortunate souls may escape the punishment of being sent to hellish regions of creation. Kindly inform me how, by giving even a little in charity, one may be easily released from the reactions of his sins."

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By Krishna's Inconceivable Energy Everything is Possible

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 03, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Hari-śauri: I heard a story, Viśvāmitra once he grew people from trees. Is that correct?

Prabhupāda: Everything is possible by Kṛṣṇa's inconceivable energy. Everything is possible. That is inconceivable. It is called therefore "inconceivable." You, we cannot conceive how it is done. Our intelligence is very little. We cannot conceive. Therefore we say, "Oh, this is all mythology." Because we cannot conceive of it. Whatever we cannot conceive we take it as mythology. Nothing is mythology. Everything is possible.

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Sages Disappear
from 5.29

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Feb 03, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 5.29.

Original, authorized 1972 edition, Srila Prabhupada writes:
"The sages, knowing Me as the ultimate purpose of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attain peace from the pangs of material miseries."

Original, authorized 1968 edition, Srila Prabhupada writes:
"The sages, knowing Me as the ultimate purpose of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the Benefactor and Well-Wisher of all living entities, attain peace from the pangs of material miseries."

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An Introduction
to Uttrakhand, Part 11

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

Feb 03, NEW YORK (SUN) — Excerpts from a pilgrimage guide from the 1970s.

CHAPTER VIII
GANGOTRI - WHERE THE GANGA DESCENDED ON EARTH

The temple of Ganga is situated on the right bank of the Bhagirathi (Ganga) and its journey can be seen in various moods deep and silent in the lower plains, but at Gangotri, Bhagirathi is gurgling, tossing, frothing and singing an ecstatic melody. Bhagirathi is quite different from Alaknanda, Sarasvati and Yamuna, so the water of Gangotri is carried to Rameshwaram in South India and offered to Lord Shiva. There are also a few ashrams and dharamshalas on the left bank of Bhagirathi.

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NBS#30: Lord Kapila's Teachings - Part 1

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Feb 03, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

This issue brings to light the teachings of Lord Kapila Muni, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. The Glories of Devotional service, which is the basis of bhakti yoga, is explained by Lord Kapila to His mother, Devahuti. Along with that, a fresh translation for Srila Bhaktivinod Thakur's song from the book Saranagati has been included.

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The Glories of Raghava's Bag
Well Proven Verse Changed
Intro. to Uttrakhand, Pt. 13
Positive Alternative Alternative
Stealing Prabhupada's Properties
We Captured the Original
Adelaide Ratha Yatra
Sunday Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
The Glories of Raghava's Bag
Cultivate the Consciousness
Ganga Sagara Mela
Intro. to Uttrakhand, Pt. 12
Sale of ISKCON Brooklyn
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Chitrakoot Dhama, Pt. 10
NBS: Lord Kapila's Teachings
Sat-tila Ekadasi
Intro. to Uttrakhand, Pt. 11
Sages Disappear
Krishna’s Bridge Preaching
Everything is Possible
Chitrakoot Dhama, Pt. 9
India Arts, Pt. 20
Women Attacked
Mixed vs. Pure
Intro. to Uttrakhand, Pt. 10
Bhagavata, Pancaratrika-Marga
Chitrakoot Dhama, Pt. 8
Parishads
India Arts, Pt. 19
Censoring Peon
The Elephant's Tale
Elephant in the Mandir
GBC NA EC on WMM
Intro. to Uttrakhand, Pt. 9
You Will Gain Everything
Orissa HC Orders Interim Stay
Secret Contract to Sell Brooklyn
Saturday Laffs

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