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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

Lord Visnu
Pahari, c. 1840

Sukadeva's Instructions

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 21, INDIA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Back To Godhead Volume-01 Number-33, 1970

I am pleased that you are doing things just to my satisfaction. Stick to this principle, and Krsna will bless you. Our line of action is not difficult: chanting sixteen rounds regularly, trying to follow the four restrictive principles, taking prasadam, reading the books, speaking, discussing about the subject matter of devotional service. This is the process.

I am speaking tonight about Pariksit Maharaj, of whom I have spoken several times before. As you know, he had only seven days to meet his death. He was a young man, but somehow or other he was cursed by a  brahmana boy that he would meet death within seven days. According to Vedic culture one should prepare very nicely before death for going back to Godhead. This is Vedic culture. In the modern civilization, they do not know what is going to happen after death. But our Vedic culture is not so blind.

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Truth is Self-Revealing

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Nov 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — By Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada (Harmonist 25.230, March 1928).

"Do not try to discover the nature of truth by the exercise of your imagination. Do not endeavor to attain the truth through experience of this world. Do not manufacture truth in order to satisfy your erring inclinations, or hastily accept anything for the reason that it satisfies such inclinations. Do not regard as truth anything that has been "built up" or has the support of a majority of people like yourself, nor as untruth anything that is rejected by the overwhelming majority.

According to the scriptures there will be found hardly one in a crore of human beings who really worships the truth. What is proclaimed by the united voices of all the people of this world as truth may turn out to be false. Therefore, cease to confront the truth in a challenging mood.

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ISKCON Devotee Accuses Vrindavan Sadhu of Harassment

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 21, CANADA (SUN) — On October 30th, the Times of India published the following report from their Mathura bureau:

"An Iskcon devotee of Italian origin has filed a police complaint against a sadhu for allegedly harassing her and making lewd gestures.

Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manzil Saini has ordered an inquiry and filing of a case against the sadhu, identified as Nitai Das by the woman. In her complaint, she alleged that he has been harassing her for a long time.

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Bhaktivedanta College a Feminist Stronghold

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Nov 19, INDIA (SUN) — It is not surprising that Bhaktivedanta College in Radhadesha is so confused about the questions that Haladhara Prabhu asked in Reflections on Vaisnavi-dharma. They actually reject what Srila Prabhupada and sastra say about women's duties and concoct their own idea. How has this come about? By the influence of feminists like Urmila dd, Laxmimoni dd, Annuttama Prabhu and his wife Rukmini, Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu and Sacinandana Swami.

Sacinandana Swami has a big influence at Bhaktivedanta College because the husband of Anupama dd, Dinadayal Prabhu is a disciple of Sacinandana Swami. Dinadayal Prabhu is one of the heads at Bhaktivedanta College plus has a big role in the Euro GBC.

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Scrutinizing Romapada Swami

BY: DASARATH DAS

Nov 19, SEDONA, ARIZONA, USA (SUN) — My interest in creating a website with information about some questionable financial dealings of Romapada Swami, an ISKCON guru and GBC member, came about initially as a need of a strong response to his master-minding and circumventing proper procedure of change of management of the Phoenix Arizona temple back in 2007 (a temple which most of you know I started), and the ensuing breakup and alienation of a large portion of the temple congregation due to this GBC politics.

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Mahā-prasāda:
"The Great Favor"

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Nov 19, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — The following is an excerpt from Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada's Sree Caitanya's Teachings on the theology of mahā-prasāda:

"A person whose body and mind have been accepted by the Lord is privileged to approach Him with offerings of food and drink. The Lord is pleased to accept food offered by such persons. By His acceptance, the food is spiritualized in the same way that the body and mind are spiritualized by dedication to the Lord. This dedication of all food to the Lord is true renunciation of all material foodstuffs. Foods accepted by the Lord are spiritualized and changed into mahā-prasāda, "the great blessing."

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ISKCON to Build Golden Temple in Guntur

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Nov 19, GUNTUR, ANDHRA PRADESH (DC) — The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) is going to construct a unique golden Lord Butter Krishna temple near Kondaveedu Fort of Guntur district with a fund of Rs 500 crore. This is the first of its kind of a golden temple in south India.

The surroundings of the temple will host pavilions for different attractions from Mahabharata and Ramayana.

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Govardhan Puja Celebration at Giridhari Mandir

BY: BHAKTA BHARATH

Nov 19, BANGALORE, INDIA (SUN) — 5,000 years ago, Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead lifted Govardhana Hill to rescue the residents of Vrndavana from Indra. Commemorating this sweet pastime, an occasion of great joy for His devotees, Govardhana Puja was celebrated with opulence and gaiety at Sri Narasimha Giridhari Mandir.

Sri Narasimha Giridhari Kshetra is a beautiful place in Bangalore. Its bountiful gardens and goshala accompany an exquisite temple graced by Deities of Lord Krishna and His eternal consort, Radharani. The formal name of the Deities, Sri Sri Gandharvika Giridhari, honors the lifter of Govardhana.

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Ludhiana Rathyatra

BY: BHAKTA KAPLISH

Nov 19, LUDHIANA, INDIA (SUN) — ISKCON Ludhiana annual Rathyatra concluded around midnight on November 16th, covering the area about five kilometers. Lacs of devotees from India and abroad joined this festival of chariot. The parade route was welcomed by different sections of society and they recited the Mahamantra all the way. Both sides of the road were beautifully decorated and people welcomed the Lord of the Universe with great devotion and dedication.

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Bhagavatastakam of Rasikananda, Verse 5

BY: DR. DEMIAN MARTINS

Nov 17, INDIA (SUN) —

TEXT 5

alokamrta-danato bhava-maha-bandham nrnam chidantah
sparsat pada-saroja-sauca-payasam tapa-trayam bhindatah |
alapad vraja-nagarasya padayoh premanam atanvato
vande bhagavatan iman anulavam murdhna nipatya ksitau || 5 ||

By giving their nectarean darsana, they remove the great bondage of material existence from people. They destroy their threefold misery by the mere touch of the water that washed their lotus feet, and by talking together they spread pure love for the lotus feet of Lord Krsna to everyone. Bowing my head on the ground, I respectfully glorify these great devotees of the Lord at every moment.

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Are There Different
Sizes of Infinity?

BY: SHYAMASUNDARA DASA

Nov 17, INDIA (SUN) — In the Purusha Sukta1.3-4 from Rig Veda 10.90 [1] it states that the material creation of the Lord is only one quarter of the total creation while the remaining three quarters is the spiritual sky.

etavanasya mahima-ato jyayash-ca purushah
pado-asya vishva bhutani tri-pad-asya-amrtam divi

tri-pad-urdhva udait-purussah pado-asye'ha-abhavat-punah
tato vishvang vya'kramat-sashana-anashane abhi

"Such is His greatness, but the Purusha is greater than this. All beings make up only one-quarter of Him. Three-quarters of Him which are immortal are in Heaven. Three-quarters of the Purusha ascended high; one-quarter was here, again and again. And, diversified in form, it moved to the animate and inanimate world."

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A Closer Look at Thanksgiving

BY: MAYESVARA DASA (ACBSP)

Nov 17, OJAI, CALIFORNIA (SUN) — It's that time of year when I will host the Free Pre-Thanksgiving Annual Tofu Turkey Gathering at 7:15pm, November 18, 2014.

Give Thanks to Whom?

At the end of this month the people of America celebrate "Thanksgiving". As the title implies, the whole purpose of this event is to stop and become consciously grateful for the things we have each been given particularly in the area of bountiful food. Traditionally it is God, the Supreme Lord who we thank to for the gifts of the wonderful harvest and the blessings of family, friends, and good health etc.

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Parishads: Sri Kaliya Krsnadasa

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 17, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Kaliya Krsnadasa is observed on November 18th.

kalah shri-krishnadasa sa yo lavangah sakha vraje

In Vraja, Kala Krishna Das was Krishna's cowherd friend named Lavanga. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 132)

Kaliya Krishna Das was known throughout the three worlds. One can attain Gauracandra through remembrance of him. (Chaitanya Bhagavat 3.5.740)

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Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri Temple, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 21, CANADA (SUN) — The last in a three-part summary of Mahaprasad at Jagannath Temple.

During the 15-day period between Snana Purnima and Ratha Yatra (July 3rd), which we are currently in as of this writing, the Jagannath Deities are cloistered in Their sick room. They take no food, and are served only a cool drink called Pana. Pana is made by combining 1 cup of curd (yoghurt) with ½ cup sugar and 4 cups of water. On other festival days, bananas and raisins may be added to this sweet curd drink.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Nov 21, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"In the last stage of the spiritual master's life, the devotees of the spiritual master should take preaching activities into their own hands. In this way the spiritual master can sit down in a solitary place and render nirjana bhajana."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.28.33)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 484

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto CI - Lakshman's Fall

"When Rávaṇ saw his darts repelled,
With double rage his bosom swelled.
He summoned, wroth but undismayed,
A mightier charm to lend its aid.
And, fierce as fire before the blast,
A storm of missiles thick and fast,
Spear, pike and javelin, mace and brand,
Came hurtling from the giant's hand.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Nov 21,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

November 21, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 8.28-9.2
"You have many rich men here in your New York City, but nobody can claim that he is the richest of all, he has got all the riches of the world. Nobody can claim. But if you find somebody who claims that "All the riches of the world or the universe belongs to me," He's God. He is God, just like Krsna claimed."

November 21, 1972, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 2.15
"We do not know how old we are because we are transmigrating from one body to another. We do not know when we have begun this. Therefore, actually we are very old…"

November 21, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.21
"One who knows what is the form of atma, he sees..."

November 21, 1976, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.34
"The nirvisesavadi, sunyavadi, they want to make oneself like stone. That is not curing. They give up everything. Brahma satyam jagan mithya. They That is not mithya but temporary."


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

Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri Temple, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 19, CANADA (SUN) — A three-part summary of Mahaprasad at Jagannath Temple.

In the broad sense, everything that is touched or used by the Deities of Sri Jagannath Temple is considered to be Mahaprasad, not only the foodstuffs. This includes tulsi leaves, bath water of the Deities, called paduka, cloth, and everything else that is used by the Deities. All Mahaprasad is surcharged with spiritual energy – the mercy of the Lord of the Universe.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Nov 19, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"However, only one who is a bona fide spiritual master expanding the cult of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Krishna consciousness movement, and who is in full control of his senses can be addressed as a goswami. Unfortunately, the hereditary process is going on; therefore at the present moment, in most cases the title is being misused due to ignorance of the word's etymology."

(Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 9.289)

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Parishads: Sri Saranga Thakur

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 19, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Saranga Thakur is observed on November 19th.

Vraja's Nandimukhi became Saranga Thakur in Gaura-lila. Some people say that he is Prahlad, but that is not the opinion held by my father. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 172)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 483

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto C. Rávan In The Field

"The plain with bleeding limbs was spread,
And heaps of dying and of dead.
His mighty bow still Ráma strained,
And shafts upon the giants rained.
Still Angad and Sugríva, wrought
To fury, for the Vánars fought.

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Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri Temple

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 17, CANADA (SUN) — A three-part summary of Mahaprasad at Jagannath Temple.

Traditions associated with Mahaprasad at Jagannath Puri Dham can be traced back to the remote past, and stories of Lord Jagannath in His original form of Neela Madhava. The tribal chief Biswabasu in the Nilagiri mountains of Orissa is said to have made daily offerings of fruits to the Deity as part of his worship. In the thick forested area at that time there were no rice paddies or fields of vegetables growing, yet when Biswabasu opened the temple doors in the morning with his meagre offering of fruits, he would find each day huge quantities of rice dishes and delicious curries.

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The Acceptance of
the Holy Name

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Nov 17, INDIA (SUN) — By Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura Mahasaya from'Sri Hari-nama Cintamani', Chapter 2.

Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna Hare Hare | Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

All glories to Shri Gadadhara Pandit and Lord Shri Gauranga; all glories to Lord Nityananda, the life of Shrimati Jahnavadevi; all glories to Shri Advaita Acarya and Mother Sita; all glories to Shrila Shrivasa Pandit and all the devotees of Lord Chaitanya.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Nov 17, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"And if you question me that "Swamiji, why you have taken sannyas?" You may ask that question. Yes. So I may tell you frankly that I had no desire to accept this sannyasa. I never dreamt in my householder.....I was householder. I never dreamt. But circumstantially I was forced to accept the sannyas dress just to become preacher."

(Lecture, August 24, 1966, New York)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 482

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto XCVI - Rávan's Sally

"The groans and cries of dames who wailed
The ears of Lanká's lord assailed,
For from each house and home was sent
The voice of weeping and lament.
In troubled thought his head he bowed,
Then fiercely loosing on the crowd
Of nobles near his throne he broke
The silence, and in fury spoke:
"This day my deadly shafts shall fly,
And Raghu's sons shall surely die.

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Tricky Business No Tricky Business

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Nov 17, CANADA (SUN) —

spicy
practicality
no
spicy practicality it is nice
to
be
sensitive
to
taste
oh
my
God as much
as
one
is
sensitive
to
identity

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Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri
Truth is Self-Revealing
Sukadeva's Instructions
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Vrindavan Sadhu Harassment
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri
Parishads
Mahā-prasāda
Scrutinizing Romapada Swami
Bhaktivedanta College
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Ludhiana Rathyatra
Govardhan Puja at Giridhari
Golden Temple in Guntur
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri
Parishads
Tricky Business
Closer Look at Thanksgiving
Acceptance of the Holy Name
Different Sizes of Infinity?
Bhagavatastakam
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Interpretations of Gita
Utpanna Ekadasi
The Saintly Person's Code
Sacinandana Swami, Sahajiya
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
The Paintings of Sita Ram
Jayadvaita's Bold Challenge
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Contempt Notice to Mumbai
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
The Paintings of Sita Ram
Sri Guru Parampara
Reflections on Vaisnavi-dharma
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Muckraking Magazine
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
The Paintings of Sita Ram
By The Mercy of Krishna
Editor's Note
The Paintings of Sita Ram
Begging for Your Mercy
If You Take This Process
Bhagavatastakam, Verse 4
Cow Protection, Community
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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