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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

The Gopis
Picchvai, Deccan

How to Destroy a Spiritual Movement

BY: HANUMAN DAS

Jul 31, CROATIA (SUN) — There is very subtle propaganda in ISKCON, which I witnessed personally. The idea is to divide rules set by the Founder-Acarya into 'important' and 'non-important'. Another version is to divide the rules into 'principles' and 'details'.

The following video show gives many examples of how to destroy a spiritual movement, and how to defend it:

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Giving Thanks
While I Am Still Here

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

Jul 31, NEW YORK (SUN) — I do not claim to have been an intimate associate of H.G. Jagat Pati dasa prabhu. I have known him for many years and he was always a friend. It always hits closer to home when someone you know personally passes away, especially when you have been in their company just a day or so prior to their going away. I want to say some things, even though they are very small and insignificant things, because my heart hurts. I know there are others, who knew him better than I, also experiencing the sorrow of separation. There is some shock, some numbness, and the realization that I will also have to leave my body and it could happen anytime and anywhere.

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Jagannatha's Nabakalebara Festival Ends

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jul 31, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA The curtain came down on the century's first Nabakalebara (formation of new bodies for the Deities) festival of Jagannath Temple in Puri, as the newly carved Deities were taken inside the sanctum sanctorum on Thursday, marking the Niladri Bije ritual. The Deities have been out on Their annual sojourn to Their birth place, Gundicha Temple, since July 18.

Like Rath Yatra and Bahuda Yatra, a sea of humanity turned up in Puri and witnessed the final ceremony of Nabakalebara, which was last observed in 1996. Hymns, chants, slokas and traditional music permeated the atmosphere of spiritual ecstasy in Puri.

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1968 Edition Speaks Out

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Jul 31, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad-gita As It Is 9.5

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"And yet everything that is created does not rest in Me. Behold My mystic opulence! Although I am the maintainer of all living entities, and although I am everywhere, still My Self is the very source of creation."

'Manuscript':
"Simultaneously, everything that is created they do not rest on Me. Just see my mystic opulence. Although I am the Maintainer of all living entities and although I am Everywhere, still My Self is the source of creation."

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Water Scarcity Hits Mahaprasad Preparation

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jul 31, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Hundreds of pilgrims were deprived of Mahaprasad in Jagannath Temple in Puri during the daytime on Friday, as the sumptuous food could not be cooked owing to unavailability of water in the shrine. The temple encountered such a crisis for the first time in living memory.

When the cooks started the process of cooking in the kitchen, touted as the biggest shrine kitchen in the country, they were shocked to find little water in two wells—Ganga and Jamuna—whose water has exclusively been used for Mahaprasad preparation since centuries.

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Ten Years of Sun

BY: SUN EDITORS

Jul 29, CANADA (SUN) — We hope you'll enjoy this video, which marks the Sampradaya Sun's Tenth Anniversary in publication. The video is comprised of screenshots of every edition of the Sun, on the first day of each month of publication (in random order). You'll find the embed code for re-posting under the video player. Hare Krsna

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ISKCON Brooklyn:
Falling Standards

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

Jul 29, NEW YORK (SUN) — ISKCON Brooklyn: Falling standards, family/clique control, apparant racism and spying - or business as usual in Brooklyn.

After approximately a six year absence due to my work schedule I have recently spent time at Radha Govinda Mandira. For the past few months I have been visiting the ISKCON facility located in downtown Brooklyn on Sunday evenings and attending the programs there.

The purpose for visiting a temple of Krsna is for spiritual purification - a place to take shelter of the Lord and the Vaisnavas. It is supposed to be an oasis in the midst of the material world where one may cleanse the heart and rejuvenate the soul. It is supposed to be a place of pilgrimage.

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Does Srila Prabhupada Need to be 'Communicated'?

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Jul 29, DENMARK (SUN) —

H.H. Sacinandana Swami: "I personally believe that the BBT is a communicator between Srila Prabhupada and the audience."

Conversation in Boston, 1969, between Srila Prabhupada and editorial staff (Hayagriva, Satsvarupa, Brahmananda, Kirtanananda, Jayadvaita, Pradyumna):

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Book Release:
Muslim Devotees of Krsna

BY: DAMODAR NITYANANDA DASA

Jul 29, INDIA (SUN) — The book – Muslim Devotees of Krsna was launched by H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami during Baroda Ratha Yatra festival on 18th July, 2015.

The book contains a synopsis of biographies and works of thirty Vaisnavas from Islamic background. This book has been reviewed by Srila Chandramauli Swami, Srila Hanumatpresaka Swami, and other eminent devotees and Islamic scholars.

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Parishads: Srila Sanatana Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 29, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Srila Sanatana Goswami is observed on July 30th.

Rati Manjari, who was previously very dear to Rupa Manjari and was also known by some wise persons as Lavanga Manjari, has become the worshipable Sanatana, who is non-different from Gaura himself. The jewel amongst sages, Sanatana Kumara, has also entered into him to fulfill a certain mission. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 181)

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Sea Of Humanity In Puri For Suna Besha

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jul 27, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA A large number of pilgrims thronged Puri and witnessed the annual Suna Besha of the newly carved Deities of Jagannath Temple on Monday. The Deities donned at least 208 kg. of gold and gave darshan to countless devotees on Their decked chariots in front of the 12th Century shrine.

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Stage Set For Suna Besha

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jul 27, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Face value of the gold and silver reserves of Lord Jagannath continues to be a mystery even as the state government gears up for annual Suna Besha of the sibling Deities on Monday.

As per practice, the Deities will sport glittering gold ornaments weighing nearly 208 kg aboard their decked chariots in front of Jagannath Temple. Sources said the Deities used to wear nearly 138 designs of gold ornaments long back. The number has been curtailed to nearly 20 or 30 designs as of now.

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Puri Deities to be Shifted for Repair of Jagamohan

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jul 27, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), custodian of Jagannath Temple in Puri, has asked the Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) to relocate the presiding Deities for repair of interiors of sanctum sanctorum and Jagamohan (adjoining hall facing the sanctum sanctorum).

The development came two days after SJTA's chief administrator Suresh Mohapatra wrote to ASI's director general, seeking urgent repair of the Jagamohan, whose inner structure is in bad shape.

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Curtain Comes On Nabakalebara, Deities Make Homebound Journey

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jul 27, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Neither Rath Yatra's stampede nor downpour could dampen the religious ecstasy of a teeming crowd that converged in Puri to bid adieu to the Deities on Bahuda Yatra on Sunday.

Amidst chants of 'Jai Jagannath' and musical jamboree, the Deities ended their nine-day sojourn at Gundicha Temple (birth place) and headed towards Jagannath Temple in Their iconic chariots. By the time of filing this report, the chariots of Balabhadra and Subhadra had already reached Jagannath Temple, while the chariot of Lord Jagannath was located nearly 200 metres from the destination.

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Controversies Mar
Rath Yatra in Puri

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jul 27, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Though Rath Yatra is celebrated at different places on the earth, the one observed since time immemorial in Puri continues to be a show stealer. The traditional grandeur might have remained unharmed despite the invasion of modernity, but it has been marred by controversies since 2010.

Stampedes, resentment by priests, clash between police and priests, controversial reforms, misbehaviour to foreigners on chariots and Bramha Paribartan fiasco marked tumultuous celebrations of the millennia-old grand festival in the past six years.

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A Safe and Progressive Situation

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Jul 27, UK (SUN) — Professor Einstein thought that it would be possible to travel back and forwards in time. Perhaps this could be realised, but not exactly in the way the professor envisioned. Could it be that among the millions of universes that are present in the one quarter of Krishna's creation, different time periods are always present? After all, time is an energy of Krishna and is eternal, as stated in the five topics of Bhagavad-gita.

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Foods in the Mode
of Goodness

BY: PARI DEVI DASI

Jul 27, USA (SUN) — Why aren't some ISKCON Temples adhering to the Gita?

"Foods in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one's existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such nourishing foods are sweet, juicy, fattening and palatable. Foods that are too bitter, too sour, salty, pungent, dry and hot, are liked by people in the modes of passion. Such foods cause pain, distress, and disease. Food cooked more than three hours before being eaten, which is tasteless, stale, putrid, decomposed and unclean, is food liked by people in the mode of ignorance."
(Srimad Bhagavad Gita –As It Is 17.8-10)

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Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 65

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 31, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Kadambas

In our opening segment on the dynasties of the Deccan Plateau and South India, starting with the Sangam Era Kingdoms, we introduced three predominant empires: the Chera, the Chola and the Pandya. Having now covered the Cheras, we will move on to the Cholas and Pandyas as they arise on the timelines. First, however, a summary of the Kadambas.

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Sridham Mayapur Great Flood of Krsna-Prema

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jul 31, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

uchalila prema-vanya caudike vedaya
stri, vrddha, balaka, yuva, sabare dubaya

"The flood of love of Godhead swelled in all directions, and thus young men, old men, women and children were all immersed in that inundation. (Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 7.25)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 31, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK IV
CHAPTER VII.

Sons of Purúravas. Descendants of Amávasu. Indra born as Gádhí. Legend of Richíka and Satyavatí. Birth of Jamadagni and Viśwámitra. Paraśuráma the son of the former. (Legend of Paraśuráma.) Sunahśephas and others the sons of Viśwámitra, forming the Kauśika race.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jul 31,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

July 31, 1973, London
Bhagavad-gita 1.44 "If we want to kill anyone, any living entity, for my satisfaction, either my tongue satisfaction or any sense satisfaction, it is maha-papam, great sinful act."


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

Sampradaya Sun's
10th Anniversary

BY: SUN EDITORS

Jul 29, CANADA (SUN) — Today, we are very pleased to announce the Tenth Anniversary of the Sampradaya Sun, and the 20th Anniversary of HareKrsna.com. In July 2005, the Sun ran its first Feature story, entitled "HareKrsna.com Celebrates 10th Anniversary". In July 2010, another Feature story, "Happy Anniversary, Sampradaya Sun!" marked the Sun's 5th, and HareKrsna.com's 15th Anniversaries. Today, we are happy to still be here, publishing the Sun's 10th Anniversary edition and heralding another decade of HareKrsna.com.

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Attachment to Krsna can be Invoked by Pure Devotee Association

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jul 29, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Srila Prabhupada: As attachment can be invoked by the association of pure devotees, so attachment can also be extinguished by committing offenses at the lotus feet of pure devotees... This extinguishing is like the waning moon, which gradually decreases and at last becomes darkness. (NOD 18)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 29, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK IV
CHAPTER VI - Part Two

After this, Purúravas and Urvaśí dwelt together in Alaká, sporting amidst the groves and lotus-crowned lakes of Chaitraratha, and the other forests there situated, for sixty-one thousand years 4. The love of Purúravas for his bride increased every day of its duration; and the affection of Urvaśí augmenting equally in fervour, she never called to recollection residence amongst the immortals. Not so with the attendant spirits at the court of Indra; and nymphs, genii, and quiristers, found heaven itself but dull whilst Urvaśí was away.

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Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 64

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 27, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Cheras

'The location of one of the greatest seaports of the ancient eastern world, Muziris (c. 100 B.C. – 1341 A.D.), was long identified as being at Kodungallur. The settlement was an integral part of Mahodayapuram, the capital city of the Second Cheras empire. Kodungallur (also known as Cranganore, not to be confused with Kadungallur) is now the municipality of Thrissur district, Kerala, 9 km. northwest of Kochi.

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Material Life Means Foaming at the Mouth

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jul 27, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: "In spite of working so hard, there is frustration. No one is satisfied, I am not satisfied, nor is the person for whom I work so hard satisfied. Pa, pha, ba, bha, ma. Bha means always fearful. We are always wondering what danger is coming next. Ma means death, mrtyu. This is material life: You work very hard, so hard that foam will come from your mouth, and still you feel frustration and are always fearful. In this way you live, and then one day comes and you die.

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NBS#17: 'Vidura, Uddhava and Maitreya'

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Jul 27, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

We had covered the Life of Vidura in our NBS#15 edition. In this edition, we have covered the conversations he has with Uddhava, the most exalted personality in the Vrishni Dynasty.

NBS#17 Features:

1) Vidura questions Uddhava - Srila Sukadeva Goswami

2) The Most exalted Personality in the Vrishni Dynasty - Sriman Purnaprajna Dasa

3) Uddhava remembers Krishna - Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakur

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jul 27, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Suppose I am trying to spread this Krishna consciousness movement, but if a very famous man tries for it, it will be very quickly spread. That is the utilization of his fame."

(Lecture, Mumbai, April 1, 1971)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 27, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK IV
CHAPTER VI - Part One

Kings of the lunar dynasty. Origin of Soma, or the moon: he carries off Tárá, the wife of Vrihaspati: war between the gods and Asuras in consequence: appeased by Brahmá. Birth of Budha: married to Ilá, daughter of Vaivaswata. Legend of his son Pururavas, and the nymph Urvaśí: the former institutes offerings with fire: ascends to the sphere of the Gandharbas.

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Famous Verse Drop

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Jul 27, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad-gita 9.2 Purport

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Nārada personally says,
"Once only, by their permission, I took the remnants of their food, and by so doing all my sins were at once eradicated. Thus being engaged, I became purified in heart, and at that time the very nature of the transcendentalist became attractive to me." (Bhāg. 1.5.25)"

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Everything You Need
to Know About Food Waste, Part 3

BY: ROB GREENFIELD

Jul 27, CANADA (SUN) — By Rob Greenfield / robgreenfield.tv for Films For Action.

1 in 7 Americans are food insecure, which means they are often hungry with no food to eat, yet we produce enough food to feed every American two times over. That's about $165 billion worth of food that is not being eaten. So where's all that extra food? Well it's in our dumpsters and it's in our landfills!

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Middle Kingdoms of India
Great Flood of Krsna-Prema
1968 Edition Speaks Out
Giving Thanks While Still Here
How to Destroy
Vishnu Purana
Water Scarcity Hits Mahaprasad
Nabakalebara Festival Ends
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Sun's 10th Anniversary
Parishads
Pure Devotee Association
Prabhupada 'Communicated'?
ISKCON Brooklyn Standards
Vishnu Purana
Muslim Devotees of Krsna
Ten Years of Sun
Middle Kingdoms of India
Food Waste, Part 3
Foaming at the Mouth
Famous Verse Drop
Foods in Mode of Goodness
Safe and Progressive Situation
Vishnu Purana
Vidura, Uddhava and Maitrey
Controversies Mar Rath Yatra
Deities Homebound Journey
Puri Deities to be Shifted
Stage Set For Suna Besha
Sea of Humanity
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Middle Kingdoms of India
Food Waste, Part 2
Vaidhi-Bhakti to Bhava-Bhakti
Deva-Sayana Ekadasi
Bouncy Castles & Vyasasanas
Mother of Enjoyment
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Saturday Laffs
Middle Kingdoms of India
Food Waste, Short Films
Kicking Ass-Like Mentality
Vishnu Purana
Complaints Disposed Of
Classifieds

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