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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

Gathering Cows in Monsoon

Association With Saintly Persons

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Back To Godhead Vol. I, No. 46, March 1, 1972.

Lord Caitanya says that one should always try to associate with saintly persons because if one establishes a proper association with a saintly person, even for a moment, he attains all perfection. Somehow or other, if one meets a saintly person and achieves his favor, then the whole mission of his human life is fulfilled. In our personal experience we have actual proof of this statement. Once we had the opportunity to meet Visnupada Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Maharaja and on first sight he requested this humble self to preach his message in the Western countries. There was no preparation for this, but somehow or other he desired it, and by his grace we are now engaged in executing his order, which has given us a transcendental occupation and has saved and liberated us from the occupation of material activities. Thus it is actually a fact that if one meets a saintly person completely engaged in transcendental duties and achieves his favor, then one's life mission becomes complete. What is not possible to achieve in thousands of lives can be achieved in one moment if there is an opportunity to meet a saintly person. It is therefore enjoined in Vedic literature that one should always try to associate with saintly persons and try to disassociate oneself from the common man because by one word of a saintly person one can be liberated from material entanglement. A saintly person has the power, because of his spiritual advancement, to give immediate liberation to the conditioned soul.

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At That Time Your Position is Different

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 18, DENMARK (SUN) — The common arguments from the so-called BBT, "BBTI":

"And in the conversation where Srila Prabhupada complained so strongly about "rascals editors," Srila Prabhupada said about Jayadvaita, "He is good."

"Of course, regarding Jayadvaita Swami, the BBT's chief editor, Srila Prabhupada wrote, "Concerning the editing of Jayadvaita Prabhu, whatever he does is approved by me. I have confidence in him." (letter to Radhavallabha, 7 September 1976)

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Tribhuvanath Prabhu's Festival Team in the UK

BY: PARASURAM DAS

Apr 18, LONDON, ENGLAND (SUN) — This short film has just been released of the festival in Maidenhead, which took place on 10th April. The event was very well attended and went smoothly. Thanks to everyone involved. It was a great example of enthusiastic cooperation between local devotees, the Manor Sankirtan team, Food for All and the Festival group.

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Deconstructing the Lilamrta - Part 58

BY: ROCANA DASA

Apr 17, CANADA (SUN) — A critical analysis of the Srila Prabhupada-Lilamrta by Satsvarupa das Goswami.

Last week we virtually covered Srila Prabhupada's time in San Francisco. After two and a half months there he decided to return to New York, which opened up a whole new chapter. Today we begin Chapter 4 of Srila Prabhupada-lilamrta, entitled "Our Master Has Not Finished His Work". This chapter deals with the circumstance of Srila Prabhupada's becoming ill. The author goes into great detail as to what transpired during that period, which lasted a few weeks.

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Asta-kaliya-nitya-lila

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 17, CANADA (SUN) — By Srila Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami.

INTRODUCTION:

"Others hearts are their minds, but my mind is Vrindavana, I know my mind and Vrindavana to be one." ---Sri Krishna Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

yah sarvajnah sarva-vidyasyaisa mahima bhuvi | divye brahma-pure hyesa vyomnyatma pratisthitah

"The Supreme Self, who is all-wise, omniscient, and whose glory is pervertedly reflected in the mundane world, resides eternally in the divine city of Brahman, within the great vacuum." ---Mundaka-upanisad (III.3.7),

Vyoma literally means "vacuum," according to the Visvakosa Sanskrit dictionary. Grammatically, vyoma is in the locative case, and thus it literally 'locates' the kingdom of God in a place perfectly free of all matter. Divya-brahma-puri, in the above sloka, is the dhama itself, the transcendental abode of God, and it includes all His divine and glorious qualities, associates, paraphernalia, and pastimes.

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The Logician and Lord Caitanya

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) — From Back To Godhead Vol. I, No. 48, July 1, 1972.

At the age of twenty-four years, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu accepted sannyasa, the renounced order of spiritual life, and soon thereafter He set out for the holy city of Jagannatha Puri. Jagannatha Puri is a transcendental city ruled by Krsna Himself in the Deity form of Lord Jagannatha. In temples of Krsna the Lord is always worshiped in His various forms, which are represented in wood, metal, stone, etc. To one who is untrained in the science of Krsna consciousness, such forms appear to be mere statues or idols, but one who knows the science sees Krsna Himself in these forms, not material elements like stone or wood. Thus when Lord Caitanya entered the temple of Lord Jagannatha, He was immediately filled with ecstasy upon seeing the transcendental form of the Deity. He was thinking, "Oh, Krsna! For so long I have wanted to see You, and now I can see You." Lord Caitanya was so saturated with transcendental bliss that He could not even say the name of Lord Jagannatha but could only call out, "Jaga … Jaga … Jaga …" and in a trance of ecstasy He fell unconscious on the temple floor.

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The Logic of Sastric Poetry

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 16, DENMARK (SUN) — The Shvetasvatara Upanishad (5.9) confirms this:

balagra-sata-bhagasya satadha kalpitasya ca bhago jivah vijneyah sa canantyaya kalpate

"When the upper point of a hair is divided into one hundred parts and again each of such parts is further divided into one hundred parts, each such part is the measurement of the dimension of the spirit soul."

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Sankirtan Dindi Walk
by ISKCON Devotees

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 16, KOLHAPUR, MAHARASHTRA (FPJ) — Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was born in Mayapur in the town of Nadia just after sunset on the evening of the 23rd Phalguna (1407 Sakadba), answering to the 18th of February 1486 of the Christian era. Sri Krishna Caitanya manifested his divine mercy in Kali Yuga by delivering the Hare Krishna maha mantra and thereby saving the most fallen souls.

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Society

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) —

as it just so happens
personality
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The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Govardhana

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 60.

There is such a wealth of information about Sri Giri-Govardhana and the environs of Govardhana Hill that we can't possibly include it all here. Instead, we offer this nectarean passage from Srila Visvanath Cakravarti glorifying Haridas-varya, Lord Hari's greatest servant, who Srila Bhaktivinoda specifically mentions in his 'Glossary of Places' listing for Govardhana. Following that is the story of Sri Giriraj's arrival in Vraja.

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 273

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book III - Canto LXVIII - Jatáyus

Thus faithful Lakshmaṇ strove to cheer
The prince with counsel wise and clear.
Who, prompt to seize the pith of all,
Let not that wisdom idly fall.
With vigorous effort he restrained
The passion in his breast that reigned,
And leaning on his bow for rest
His brother Lakshmaṇ thus addressed:

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Apr 18,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

April 18, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.26
"They think: "It is my property. I have stolen, I have stolen this land of America from the Red Indians. Now it is my property." But he does not know that he's a thief."

April 18, 1974, Hyderabad
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.6
"Unless one is sinless, one cannot be interested in God. The more we are sinful, we are disinterested in God."

April 18, 1975, Vrndavan
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.6
"Just like nowadays especially in the western countries they write any rascal ideas under the name of philosophy or science, "Perhaps," "It may be." That is not the system in the Vedic civilization."


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

The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Govardhana

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 59.

Next on Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places' is Govardhana:

"Govardhana - a sacred mountain situated in the middle of Vrajamandala about 26 km north-west of Mathura. This mountain is also known as Sri Giriraja (the king among mountains). He is identical with Sri Krsna and is also known as haridasa-varya, the best devotee of Sri Hari, for He facilitates Sri Krsna's pastimes with His intimate friends and especially the most sacred pastimes with the gopis. Govardhana Hill lies in the shape of a peacock, with Radha-kunda and Syama-kunda as His eyes."

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Jai Srila Prabhupada

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 17, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"My dear Lord, by Your causeless mercy I am awakened to consciousness, although I am only ten months old. For this causeless mercy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, the friend of all fallen souls, there is no way to express my gratitude but to pray with folded hands."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.31.18)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 273

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Book III - Canto LXVII - Ráma Appeased

As Ráma, pierced by sorrow's sting,
Lamented like a helpless thing,
And by his mighty woe distraught
Was lost in maze of troubled thought,
Sumitrá's son with loving care
Consoled him in his wild despair,
And while his feet he gently pressed
With words like these the chief addressed:

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The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Gora-hrada

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 58.

Next on Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places' is Gora-hrada:

"Gora-hrada - a pond near the Gadigacha area where Sri Gora (Go-Govinda, Ra-Radha) sported."

Gora-hrada is mentioned only once in Jaiva Dharma -- at the beginning of chapter eight:

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Jai Srila Prabhupada

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 16, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Now, as far as I am concerned here, I also cook myself my food and offer to Krishna, and therefore I ask my friends that unless it is offered to Krishna, you please do not take it. You see? Sometimes I see that in your country, while cooking, they taste. They taste. But I request them that don't taste before the cooking is finished. After cooking is finished and when it is offered to the Deity, then you take as much as you like, as much as you like."

(Bhagavad-gita Lecture, April 1, 1966, New York)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 272

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book III - Canto LXVI - Lakshman's Speech

He stood incensed with eyes of flame,
Still mourning for his ravished dame,
Determined, like the fire of Fate,
To leave the wide world desolate.
His ready bow the hero eyed,
And as again, again he sighed,
The triple world would fain consume
Like Hara in the day of doom.

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Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Your Position is Different
Association With Saintly Persons
El "Krishna West"
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Tribhuvanath's Festival Team
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Asta-kaliya-nitya-lila
Deconstructing the Lilamrta
Los Príncipes, Parte Dos
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Logic of Sastric Poetry
Society
Logician and Lord Caitanya
Derrota del Ritvik-vada
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sankirtan Dindi Walk
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Secular Looking Websites
Deconstructing the Lilamrta
The Ramayan of Valmiki
'Prabhupada Now!'
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
What Initiation Is
Vedic Conception, Communism
A Response to Hridayananda
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Parishads
Balaram, Krsna Rasayatra
Vedic Conception, Communism
The Life of Tulasi Devi
Hriday & Consequentialism
Hriday & Prabhupada's Purports
Deconstructing the Lilamrta
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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