UPDATED — Sep 03, 2015 11:59 pm PST Happy Sri Krsna Janmastami!
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

Mother Yasoda holding Krsna
Early Bengal School, c. 1890

Sweetest Description
of Janmastami-lila

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 03, CANADA (SUN) — From Ananda Vrindavan Champu by Srila Kavi Karnapura, Translated by Bhanu Swami & Subhaga Swami.

Now we will discuss the truth about the transcendental birthplace of Bhagavan and the appearance of Lord Sri Krishna. Once upon a time, Bhumi, the predominating deity of the earth, felt overburdened by different demons posing as members of the royal order. Feeling aggrieved upon seeing her miserable condition, the lotus-born Brahma appealed to Ksirodakasayi Visnu, the maintainer of the universe, saying, "Please deliver Goddess Bhumi who is feeling greatly distressed by these demoniac kings. Only You can remove this terrible influence from the earth."

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Shri Shri Krishna
Janma Tithi Vidhih

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 03, CANADA (SUN) — By Srila Rupa Gosvami.

On the day before Janmastami (ie the saptami) one should build the snana vedi (altar on which the deity will be bathed) in the courtyard, to the accompaniment of devotional songs and instrumental music.

One should then have some holes dug at the four corners of the mandapa area and place in the holes banana trunks. The area should be surrounded seven times with red string and covered with a newly painted canopy.

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Celebrating Krsna's Birth

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 03, CANADA (SUN) — From 'Mathura Mandala-parikrama' by Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur.

In Vraja-vilasa-stava the following description is found: "I offer my obeisances to Mahavana, where Vrajaraja Nanda celebrated the birth of Krishna by distributing eighteen lakha cows, each wearing a large pearl necklace and golden ornaments. He also gave the brahmanas a tremendous quantity of jewelry and grains."

In the first song of Nandottsava in the Stava-mala, Gitavali, it is written; "Yashoda gave birth to a beautiful son, so the gopas were overwhelmed with joy. Some cowherd men presented gifts, others danced continuously, while others sang sweet songs. Some of them distributed yogurt and butter, some satisfied the desires of others and some simply took darshana of Krishna's eternal transcendental form."

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A Janmastami Poem

BY: SAMAPRIYA DEVI DASI

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Sep 03, ORISSA (SUN) —

Janmastami

Mother earth was burdened, laden with grief,
when all the gods gathered to pray for relief.
From high in the universe their descent was grand,
as the Lord's pastimes were about to expand.

When Vasudeva rode with his new bride
on a chariot bedecked with gold,
There was heard a voice vibrating in the sky,
and the future was thus foretold.

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Test Yourself: How much you have advanced?

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Sep 03, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Śrīla Prabhupāda: - [Regarding how we should test ourselves on how much we are actually advancing in our Kṛṣṇa consciousness]

"This is the test. The more you advance in spiritual consciousness, Kṛṣṇa consciousness, you'll dislike this material happiness. This is the test.

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Guinness Record -
A Big Failure of ISKCON

BY: SUNDARA DASA

Sep 01, INDIA (SUN) — ISKCON Kolkata recently (on Aug 13, 2015) celebrated the 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada leaving India by the cargo ship, Jaladuta. The festival was very grand, and certainly all glories to the organizers and hundreds of devotees who worked hard to make it happen.

Someone in the management thought to make a world record with the highest number of participants from different countries. Following was the mail (dated 9th July) in this regard from Radharaman Prabhu (who seems to be the main organizer):

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The Jaladuta Diary

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 01, CANADA (SUN) — 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's Departure for the West.

Saturday, August 14, 1965

"The ship started at about 11 o'clock in the morning majestically. I do not feel any jerking whatsoever. But on reaching the Bay of Bengal, there is tilting of the ship and little rolling also. The roughness increased gradually on the upper Bay of Bengal and I felt sea sickness. There was vomiting tendency and dizziness and I felt uncomfortable the whole day and night. The sea was foamy all through. It appeared like a big plate of water extending to 40 square miles but factually it was endless so, today. It is a vivid example of God's Maya because it appears like something but factually it is something else."

Becoming a Gopi

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Sep 01, UK (SUN) —

Dear Krishna dasa... unless your parents gave you the name Krishna das, I can only assume you are somebody's disciple.
I can only assume that somebody is a bona fide spiritual master.
If you do not as yet have a bona fide spiritual master then may I advise you to pray to Krsna to lead you to one.
Because that is the secret of success in spiritual life.
That is what Lord Krsna advised in Bhagavad-gita.
By satisfying the bona fide spiritual master with the proper service attitude and inquiries everything is automatically revealed.
That means we are not whimsical in the performance of our spiritual duties.
We do as Srila Prabhupada taught us.
Srila Prabhupada never taught us that we have to make any speculative endeavour (as in the case of H.H. Sivarama Swami ) to become a gopi.

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The Progression of Srila Prabhupada's Movement

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Sep 01, UK (SUN) — In reference to the last piece I had written, leaving a question: are the GBC successors, as claimed by Ravindra Svarupa prabhu in his latest book on the position of Srila Prabhupada? My conclusion is that it is the bona fide siksa and diksa gurus who are the natural successors to Srila Prabhupada, because such persons are considered Vaisnava brahmins and their hearts are full of love for Krishna and all His parts and parcels. These personalities may or may not be GBC members, but it is they who give their association in Krishna consciousness to the jivas, and it is they who help advance the spiritual lives of all, and who know the conclusions of the scripture.

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Apathetic Edit

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Sep 01, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 9.28.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"In this way you will be freed from all reactions to good and evil deeds, and by this principle of renunciation you will be liberated and come to Me."

Original, authorized 1968 edition:
"Thus you will be freed of all reactions to good and evil deeds; and by this principle of renunciation you will be liberated, and come to Me."

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Chanting Hare Krishna Loudly Will Help your Neighbor

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Sep 01, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Devotee (for German guest): If chanting means out loud, how can you do it all day while you're working in so many different situations? How can you chant out loud?

Prabhupāda: You chant slow. There is no harm. Either loud or slow, it doesn't matter, but you chant the holy name of God.

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Jayadvaita Swami on Kirtana Standards;
Sura das Responds

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 30, CANADA (SUN) — In the following video, Jayadvaita Swami is preaching at ISKCON Juhu in November 2014, giving part two of his 'Kirtan Standards Seminar'. His remarks, mood and message are entirely controversial. Following this is a second video containing the response lecture presented by Sura das, a senior godbrother who has long been involved in management of the BBT.

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50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's Departure for West

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 30, CANADA (SUN) — August 30th marks the observance day of the 50th Anniversary of the start of Srila Prabhupada's transcendental journey west aboard the Jaladuta.

50 years ago, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada mercifully came to America. Having taken sannyasa, he arranged passage aboard the Jaladuta, a freighter owned by the Scindia Steamship Company. In August 1965, Srila Prabhupada began his journey, sailing out of Bombay for his destination in Boston, Massachusetts. Leaving India with little more than several trunks containing 200 sets of his transcendental three-volume Srimad Bhagwatam, on the orders of his Spiritual Master, Srila Prabhupada began his epic journey to preach Krsna consciousness in the Western world.

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A Hard Sell

BY: ALAKAZAM DAS

Aug 30, ASIA (SUN) — At a time when the Vietnam War was raging on and the peace movement was growing, Srila Prabhupada arrived in America and presented Bhagavad-gita As It Is, a scripture in which Krishna chastises Arjuna for being a pacifist and tells him to get onto the battlefield and kill.

At the height of the Civil Rights Movement and a time when feminism was on the rise, Srila Prabhupada came to teach that spiritually we are all equal, but on the bodily platform it just isn't so.

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Sahajiyas Mislead Others

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Aug 30, USA (SUN) —

I would like to thank both Mahavidya das and Caitanya das for their recent articles on the topic of sahajiya. Thank you, Caitanya das, for pointing out in your article, 'Defining a Sahajiya,' two of many references to sahajiya:

" .........for as soon as they come into contact with a pure devotee their lives will become successful." (Adi lila 8.22. Purport)

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Fussy Academia Edit Makes Simple Complicated

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Aug 30, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 8.4.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Physical nature is known to be endlessly mutable. The universe is the cosmic form of the Supreme Lord, and I am that Lord represented as the Supersoul, dwelling in the heart of every embodied being."

Original, authorized 1968 edition:
"The physical Nature is known to be endlessly mutable. The universe is the cosmic Form of the Supreme Lord, and I am that Lord represented as the Supersoul, dwelling in the heart of every embodied being."

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Aug 30, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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The Birth of Lord Krsna

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 03, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance of Sri Krsna is celebrated on September 5th.

Chapter Three of Krsna Book by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, the Lord says that His appearance, birth, and activities, are all transcendental, and one who understands them factually becomes immediately eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. The Lord's appearance or birth is not like that of an ordinary man who is forced to accept a material body according to his past deeds. The Lord's appearance is explained in the Second Chapter: He appears out of His own sweet pleasure.

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Why Krsna Comes
to This World

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 03, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

August 1973 at the Bhaktivedanta Manor, in the countryside near London. Several thousand guests (including the Indian High Commissioner) listen to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada speak about the day Lord Krsna made His appearance on earth.

Your Excellency the High Commissioner, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you very much for your coming here and participating in this ceremony - Janmastami, the advent Bhagavad-gita Krsna says,

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A Glimpse into
Devotional Life at
340 West 55th Street

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

Sep 03, NEW YORK (SUN) — Part One.

INTRODUCTION

Hare Krsna! The following may be considered a "worm's-eye" view of devotional life at the maha-temple in Manhattan, New York City. It is told from the perspective of a neophyte devotee who never achieved any important or elevated position within the International Society For Krishna Consciousness.

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BY: SUN STAFF

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

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK IV
CHAPTER XXII.

Future kings of the family of Ikshwáku, ending with Sumitra.

I WILL now repeat to you the future princes of the family of Ikshwáku.

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The Jaladuta Diary

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 03, CANADA (SUN) — 50th Anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's Departure for the West.

Sunday, August 15,1965

"In the morning I woke up and felt a little better but I felt no hunger. Took only a glass of lemon sikanjie [lemon drink/nimbu pani] but the head dizziness is continuing. Up to 10/30 I was in the captain's room, radio room, chatting with the officers. In the radio room they were despatching news to other ships.

The captain's room is full with nautical paraphernalia. I saw a chart of different appearancial photo of the sea. The grades are 0 to 10 degrees and I think we are passing on the sea between 4 to 7 points the scene of the 10th point was furious and the 12th serious. The captain advised me to take more solid food."

Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Sep 03,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

September 3, 1973, London
Bhagavad-gita 2.33-35
"There is Ramanujacarya, Madhvacarya, even Sankaracarya. But never said that
Bhagavad-gita is proof of nonviolence. Nonviolence is good but when there is dharma-yuddha, righteous fighting, there is no question of nonviolence. Violence is approved."

September 3, 1975, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.67
"You are already completely under the regulative principle of nature. You cannot violate even. But if you foolishly violate, then you are preparing your next life according to your karma."


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

Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 81

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 01, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Yadavas

'The Yadava dynasty, in power from 850–1334 A.D., is also known as the Seuna or Sevuna empire. At its peak, the dynasty ruled a kingdom stretching from the Tungabhadra to the Narmada rivers, including present-day Maharashtra, north Karnataka and parts of Madhya Pradesh. The capital city of this Yadava dynasty was at Devagiri, known today as Daulatabad, Maharashtra.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Sep 01, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"But these two brothers (Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda) dissipate the darkness of the inner core of the heart, and thus They help one meet the two kinds of bhagavatas (persons or things in relationship with the Personality of Godhead).

(Caitanya-caritamrta Adi lila)

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BY: SUN STAFF

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

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK IV
CHAPTER XXI.

Future kings. Descendants of Paríkshit, ending with Kshemaka. vI WILL now enumerate the kings who, will reign in future periods. The present monarch, Paríkshit, will have four sons, Janamejaya, Śrutasena, Ugrasena, and Bhímasena. The son of Janamejaya will be Śatáníka, who will study the Vedas under Yájnyawalkya, and military science with Kripa; but becoming dissatisfied with sensual enjoyments, he will acquire spiritual knowledge from the instructions of Śaunaka, and ultimately obtain salvation.

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Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 80

BY: SUN STAFF

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

The Rashtrakutas

'In the middle of 8th Century the Chalukya rule was ended by their feudatory, the Rashtrakuta family rulers of Berar (modern Amravati district of Maharashtra). Sensing an opportunity during a weak period in the Chalukya's rule, Dantidurga trounced the great Chalukyan, Karnatabala, ('power of Karnata').[100-1]

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We Are Completely Personalist

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 30, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada:...So the Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement means variety of service to the Supreme. The example is just like, the varieties of different parts of the body: the head is there, the hand is there, the brain is there, the leg is there. The head cannot work like the leg, neither the leg can work like the brain. The hand cannot work the belly, or belly cannot work like the hand. Varieties. Similarly, there are varieties of service to the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and if we serve Kṛṣṇa with our varieties, sa karmaṇā manasā vācā, then it is everything peaceful. That is Kṛṣṇa consciousness movement.

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BY: SUN STAFF

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

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK IV
CHAPTER XX

Descendants of Kuru. Devápi abdicates the throne: assumed by Śántanu: he is confirmed by the Brahmans: Bhíshma his son by Gangá: his other sons. Birth of Dhritarásht́ra, Páńd́u, and Vidura. The hundred sons of Dhritarásht́ra. The five sons of Páńd́u: married to Draupadí: their posterity. Paríkshit, the grandson of Arjuna, the reigning king.

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Krishna West - Mad Rush to Copy Started

BY: HANUMAN DAS

Aug 30, CROATIA (SUN) —

ISKCON ping pong acarya mercifully led us to higher dimensions of sannyasa a few weeks ago, as shown in my previous video. Since many females in ISKCON constantly want to be equal to men, after ping pong acarya defeated a female, he proclaimed that Krishna West is a great success. In the following video, we analyse his success story:

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Super-sized Krishna Temple Opens in Grand Style in Penang

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Aug 30, BUTTERWORTH, PENANG, MALAYSIA (MALAYSIA CHRONICLE) — Thousands of Hindu devotees came for the opening of the Sri Sri Radha Krishna Temple of Devotion and Under¬standing in Seberang Jaya, which is billed as the country's grandest Krishna temple. The pinnacle of the day-long ceremony yesterday was the Kumbha Abhiseka, which saw holy water sprinkled from the top of the temple onto devotees after a series of prayers.

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BY: SUN STAFF

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

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A Janmastami Poem
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Celebrating Krsna's Birth
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Sweetest Description
Why Krsna Comes
Vishnu Purana
Jaladuta Diary
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Middle Kingdoms of India
Chanting Hare Krishna Loudly
Apathetic Edit
Progression of Movement
Becoming a Gopi
Guinness Record Failure
Vishnu Purana
Jaladuta Diary
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Middle Kingdoms of India
Krishna West Mad Rush
Fussy Academia Edit
Sahajiyas Mislead Others 
50th Anniversary, Jaladuta
A Hard Sell
Jayadvaita Swami, Sura das
Completely Personalist
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
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