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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

Sri Krsna Chaitanya

Honor Amongst the Deviant ISKCON Oligarchy

BY: MARCIA EMERSON

Apr 24, USA (SUN) — The Threefold Incompetence of Jayadvaita Swami and Dravida dasa

Bhakta Torben is doing a good job exposing the idiocy of Jayadvaita Swami. The center of Srila Prabhupada's mission was his translation and commentary service, therefore these fools and rascals are attempting to destroy the validity of Srila Prabhupada core mission.

Without doubt, the incompetence of Jayadvaita can be analysed in three areas:

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The Birth of Sita Devi

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 24, CANADA (SUN) — Sita Devi's Appearance day is observed on April 26th.

In honor of Sita Devi's Appearance we offer images from a beautiful Indian Miniature depicting the episode from Ramayana of the Birth of Sita devi. Sita devi, who is an incarnation of Laksmi, was not born of woman but of the Earth Goddess, Bhumi devi herself. In Maharishi Valmiki's own words, Ramayana is known as the noble story of Sita -- "Sita-ayah Charitam Mahat".

Here is the story of her birth and discovery:

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Confusing Cross-referencing

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 24, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 5.29.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"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."

JAS It Is:
"A person in full consciousness of Me, knowing Me to be the ultimate beneficiary of all sacrifices and austerities, the Supreme Lord of all planets and demigods, and the benefactor and well-wisher of all living entities, attains peace from the pangs of material miseries."

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Neem Tree Selected
for Devi Subhadra

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 24, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA A Neem tree for craving the idol of Devi Subhadra for Nabakalebara was on Friday identified at Adhangagada village in Jagatsinghpur district. It coincided with the holy log of Lord Sudarshan reaching Jagannath Temple in Puri and the cutting of Balabhadra's tree at Kanakpur.

"After the identification of Balabhadra's tree in Jagatsinghur district, Daitapati servitors have selected Devi Subhadra's tree in the same district. The servitors would soon reach near Subhadra's tree for consecration," Jagannath Temple's Chief Administrator Suresh Mohapatra said. "We will announce the location of Lord Jagannath's Neem tree within a week," Mohapatra said.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 24, CANADA (SUN) — As we proceed in presenting this manuscript, there are a few notable points we would like to call to the reader's attention. As we advised in the opening segment of this series, Chaitanya and His Associates is being presented to Sun readers for its historical interest. The author does make a few departures from Gaudiya siddhanta in his narration. For example, in Chapter XIX there was a paragraph about Vivekananda and Ramakrishna - two historical personalities that Srila Prabhupada not only did not hold in high regard, but rebutted philosophically. And in Chapter X, there was a poem by Rabindranatha Tagore, who is not at all an authoritative source.

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In Other Words

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Apr 24, CANADA (SUN) —

wrestling
when is the sky like bath
water
how
about
that how about
that
cycle
of
birth and death
sport


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Sinister Influences
in ISKCON

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Apr 22, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) —

"It is a fact however that the great sinister movement is within our Society." (HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada)

Following are two timely letters by Srila Prabhupada to Hamsaduta das, in 1970 and 1972, relevant to the present precarious position of ISKCON and the GBC body. These letters to a senior GBC man show Srila Prabhupada's full awareness of the shortcomings of his GBC. Not only that, it also shows positively his willingness to disband it, if necessary. Most devotees today don't know this, and should.

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Dubious Edit

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 22, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 6.8, Purport.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Book knowledge without realization of the Supreme Truth is useless. This is stated as follows:

ataḥ śrī-kṛṣṇa-nāmādi na bhaved grāhyam indriyaiḥ
sevonmukhe hi jihvādau svayam eva sphuraty adaḥ."

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XIX. Raghunatha Dasa - Part Seven

Routine of his daily life.

The routine of Raghunatha's daily life is given to us by Krsnadasa Kaviraia who wrote from intimate personal knowledge. He says:

"The routine of his day he follows to the letter. It is unalterable like carving on stone. For seven and half Prahars (21 hours) he remains plunged in God realization or in recording his spiritual experience. The rest is spent in sleep and in taking his meals. There are days when he does not reserve even these small hours for that purpose. His asceticism is wonderful. He has abstained entirely from rich meal. He dresses himself in rags and carries out the Master's instructions to the letter."[12]

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Better Luck the Next Time

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) —

or
should
i
say better death the same time dear
no
wait i am
not
going
to
get
you
started on the same thing


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BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ For Sale ]


The Book Changes
and Gitar Gan

BY: AJIT KRISHNA DASA

Apr 20, DENMARK (SUN) —

The Gitar Gan is Srila Prabhupada’s poetic rendition of Srimad Bhagavad-gita in the Bengali language.

So far Gitar Gan has never been translated into English. Online we find a version with the original Bhagavad-gita verses added as a translations (here). On the Vedabase we find a version with BBTI’s edited verses added as translations (also available online). Both are without English word-for-word meanings.

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A Sample from
the Edit Pot

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Apr 20, DENMARK (SUN) — Take something from the original, something from the manuscript and something of your own - mix, and voila!

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 17.7

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Even food of which all partake is of three kinds, according to the three modes of material nature. The same is true of sacrifices, austerities and charity. Listen, and I shall tell you of the distinctions of these."

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 20, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XIX. Raghunatha Dasa - Part Six

He no more invites Chaitanya to dinner.

For two years Raghunatha continued inviting Chaitanya to this humble repast, but at the end of two years he discontinued it. A month passed and Chaitanya did not receive any invitation from Raghunatha and when the next month passed also Chaitanya asked Svarupa: "Why is it that Raghu does not invite us any more?" Svarupa told the Master that Raghu would not further accept any money from a worldly man. This could not, he was convinced, give any satisfaction to the Master, though the latter accepted the invitation for the sake of mere courtesy; so he had dispensed with it. Chaitanya said: "Raghu has understood aright. It is even so; acceptance of a gift from a rich man makes the life of an ascetic poor spiritually. It spots his clear vision of God."[11]

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Check

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Apr 20, CANADA (SUN) —

so many steps
there
is
no
fortunately there is
some
distance
between
those who fall
fast
asleep


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BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 20, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Personals ]


Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 18

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

Today we complete our summary of the early tribes who entered northwestern India during the Middle Kingdom period, then we will move on to the northeast. The invading empires prevalent in the northeast will no doubt be more familiar, not only because the invasions crossed over some of our most important holy dhams, but also because they were, respectively, more current on the timeline.

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Krsna-Kirtana versus Maya-Kirtana

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Apr 24, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — By Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada.

In the very beginning of the Srimad Bhagavatam, in its middle and at its end, we have been repeatedly advised about the efficacy of sri nama-sankirtana. The principle of sri nama-bhajana (loving service to the holy name) is deeply set at the root of the limb of devotion called Mathura-vasa, or sri dhama-vasa - residence in the places of Sri Bhagavan's pastimes - for these holy places are frequently visited by sadhus who are always engaged in sri nama-sankirtana. Furthermore, the principle of chanting the holy name accompanies the service of sri murti, the transcendental deity, for it is conducted with mantras (incantations) framed with Sri Bhagavan's names. Thus sri nama-kirtana is glorified above all, and all success is available through it.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 24, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"In discussing Krishna's opulences and His diverse energies, the pure devotees take transcendental pleasure. Therefore they want to hear and discuss them."

(Bhagavad-gita 10.19 Purport)

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 24, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER IV. - Part Two

The sons of Bhavya, the king of Śáka-dwípa, after whom its Varshas were denominated, were Jalada, Kumára, Sukumára, Maníchaka, Kusumoda, Maudákí, and Mahádruma. The seven mountains separating the countries were Udayagiri, Jaládhára, Raivataka, Śyáma, Ámbikeya, Ramya, and Keśarí. There grows a large Sáka (Teak) tree, frequented by the Siddhas and Gandharbas, the wind from which, as produced by its fluttering leaves, diffuses delight.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Apr 24,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

April 24, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.32
"If you don't think that there is no life after death, that is foolishness. There is life after death. So because we are accepting one body after another since time immemorial, we cannot think of that there is life eternal. It is difficult for us."

April 24, 1975, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.7
"We have got a disease, heart disease. What is that? Kama, lusty desires. That is called hrd-roga-kama. So we have to cure this heart disease, hrd-roga-kama. And that will be done simply by chanting and hearing the Hare Krsna mantra."

April 24, 1976, Melbourne
Morning Walk
"Devotee means the first sign will be happy, brahma-bhutah prasannatma [Bg. 18.54]. If he's not prasannatma, he's a rascal. He has not entered even devotional life. He's outside. That is the test."

April 24 1976, Melbourne
Bhagavad-gita 9.5
"When Krsna says, God says, that everything is resting upon Him, that means everything is resting upon His expanded energy, not personally on Him. Personally He is aloof."

April 24, 1977, Bombay
Second Meeting with Mr. Dwivedi
"Poor means who has no knowledge. He is rascal. He is poor. Poor means poor in knowledge. Otherwise nobody is poor. Everyone is getting his food according to his karma."


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

Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 17

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Indo-Sassanid Kushanshahs

As noted in our last segment, the rise of a new Persian dynasty, the Sassanids saw them re-exert their influence into the Indus region and conquer lands from the Kushans, setting up the Kushanshahs around 240 A.D. The Sassanids were able to maintain their influence in the region until they were overthrown by the rising Caliphate. Afterwards they were displaced in 410 A.D. by the invasions of the Indo-Hephthalites.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 22, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The followers, disciples and sons are all on one level for the bona fide spiritual master, and he is always kind to them and always speaks to them on transcendental subjects, even though he is not asked by them."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 3.7.36)

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 22, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER IV. - Part One

Account of kings, divisions, mountains, rivers, and inhabitants of the other Dwípas, viz. Plaksha, Śálmala, Kuśa, Krauncha, Śáka, and Pushkara: of the oceans separating them: of the tides: of the confines of the earth: the Lokáloka mountain. Extent of the whole.

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Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 16

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Kushans

"The Kushans inherited the Greco-Buddhist traditions of the Indo-Greek Kingdom they replaced, and their patronage of Buddhist institutions allowed them to grow as a commercial power.[43] Between the mid-1st Century and the mid-3rd Century Buddhism, patronized by the Kushans, extended to China and other Asian countries along the Silk Road.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Apr 20, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"A Vaishnava therefore tries to bring conditioned souls to their senses."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 6.2.22)

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 20, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER III.

Description of Bhárata-varsha: extent: chief mountains: nine divisions: principal rivers and mountains of Bhárata proper: principal nations: superiority over other Varshas, especially as the seat of religious acts. (Topographical lists.)

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Sri Nama-Mahatmya: The Glories of the Chanting of the Holy Name

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Apr 20, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — When you go on a journey, you need a compass. Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's poem Sri Nama-Mahatmya is such a compass for chanting the Holy Names. It describes the process of chanting and strengthens our faith. The strength of our faith is what determines how quickly we advance. Faith in a process is strengthened when we see that it works.

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Middle Kingdoms of India
In Other Words
Krsna-Kirtana, Maya-Kirtana
Chaitanya and His Companions
The Birth of Sita Devi
Confusing Cross-referencing
Deviant ISKCON Oligarchy
Vishnu Purana
Neem Tree for Devi Subhadra
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Middle Kingdoms of India
Better Luck the Next Time
Dubious Edit
Chaitanya and His Companions
Sinister Influences
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Middle Kingdoms of India
Check
Sri Nama-Mahatmya
Chaitanya and His Companions
Sample from the Edit Pot
Book Changes and Gitar Gan
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Middle Kingdoms of India
Parishads
Mind A One Way Medium
Chaitanya and His Companions
Removed by Sadhu-Sanga
Bir Krishna Goswami
Forgotten Edit
Thank You, Bhakta Torben
Noumenal vs. Numinous
Vishnu Purana
High Court Drops Contempt
Balabhadra's Neem Tree
ISKCON Baltimore's Bhumi Puja
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Middle Kingdoms of India
One Side of the Story
Authority Accepted
Chaitanya and His Companions
“Enter Blazing”
Bir Krishna Goswami, Croatia
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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