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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

Kalyana Kalpataru

Sampradaya Acarya,
Part 8

BY: ROCANA DASA

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) —

The Succession Controversy

Practical Application of Siksa

Srila Prabhupada introduced Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati's GBC administrative model into ISKCON. This organizational model not only served an obvious practical function, more importantly it acknowledged the potency of empowering siksa gurus directly representing the Sampradaya Acarya within an institutional framework. Srila Prabhupada structured his Society so that siksa gurus were afforded due reverence relative to their proven success in contributing to the missionary efforts of the bonafide Sampradaya Acarya. In an institutional scenario, Srila Prabhupada wove the successful western institutional model with the traditional Sampradaya Acarya system. In retrospect, we can see that ISKCON was a far cry from a traditional guru/disciple scenario.

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Perspectives on BBT Editing

BY: GARUDA DAS, PhD

Oct 21, USA (SUN) — Episode 2: The Heart of the Matter (pt. 2)

Click the link below to listen to our second Internet podcast. In this episode Garuda and Bhutatma continue their discussion on some fundamental issues regarding post-disappearance editing.

Perspectives on BBT Editing - The Heart of the Matter, Part 2


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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 14

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER FOUR
The Factual Truth of Krishna (bhagavat-svarupa tattvam)

12.13.01 Suta Gosvami to Shaunaka Rishi

suta uvaca
yam brahma varunendra-rudra-marutah stunvanti divyaih stavair
vedaih sanga-pada-kramopanishadair gayanti yam sama-gah
dhyanavasthita-tad-gatena manasa pashyanti yam yogino
yasyantam na viduh surasura-gana devaya tasmai namah

Suta Gosvami said: Unto that personality whom Brahma, Varuna, Indra, Rudra and the Maruts praise by chanting transcendental hymns and reciting the Vedas with all their corollaries, pada-kramas and Upanishads, to whom the chanters of the Sama Veda always sing, whom the perfected yogis see within their minds after fixing themselves in trance and absorbing themselves within Him, and whose limit can never be found by any demigod or demon—unto that Supreme Personality of Godhead I offer my humble obeisances.

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NBS#97: The Yogapitha In Vrindavan

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Oct 21, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) — It is understood that Mathura City is the transcendental abode of Lord Krishna. It is not an ordinary material city, for it is eternally connected with the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Vrindavan is within the jurisdiction of Mathura, and it still continues to exist. Because Mathura and Vrindavan are intimately connected with Krishna for eternal time, it is said that Lord Krishna never leaves Vrindavan (vrndavanam parityajya padam ekam na gacchati). At present, the place known as Vrindavan, in the district of Mathura, continues its position as a transcendental place, and certainly anyone who goes there becomes transcendentally purified.

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Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Sampradaya Acarya,
Part 7

BY: ROCANA DASA

Oct 19, CANADA (SUN) —

The Succession Controversy

Today, all the warring camps that have spawned from the original, pre-samadhi ISKCON share a common hypothesis, which is that before departing, Srila Prabhupada ordered us/GBC to implement a specified process pertaining to future initiations in ISKCON. In my opinion, this supposition is incorrect. Srila Prabhupada followed in his Spiritual Master's footsteps and proposed that the focus of worship be on the Sampradaya Acarya.

This irresolvable controversy centers on the existence - or absence - of proof positive. To date, no unequivocal evidence of Srila Prabhupada's official authorization has come to light approving his senior disciples' assumption of the responsibilities of diksa initiation.... what to speak of their absurd title, "Zonal Acarya". The same problem holds true for the Rtvik proponents, who have no proof positive in support of their conclusions. All parties are relying on interpretations of the very same vague statements and institutional documents, while coming to diametrically opposing conclusions - which indicates just how inconclusive the "proof" actually is.

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Lord Ranchhodraiji

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 19, CANADA (SUN) — Dakor, Gujarat in its earlier phases as a pilgrimage center, was famous for the Danknath temple, a place of Shiva worship. In the later phases it developed into a Vaishnavite center with the growing fame of Ranchhodraiji temple, which was built in 1772 A.D. Over the years, much has changed at Dakor. From a small village of Dankapur, it has now transformed itself into a major center of religious and commercial activity in the region. Dakor is home to Lord Sri Krsna Ranchhodraj, and pilgrims throng here to offer Him worship.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 13

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER THREE
The Exposition of Bhagavata (bhagavat-vivritti)

12.12.45 Suta Gosvami to Shaunaka Rishi

deha-tyagash ca rajarsher
vishnu-ratasya dhimatah
shakha-pranayanam risher
markandeyasya sat-katha
maha-purusha-vinyasah
suryasya jagad-atmanah

There are also an account of the passing away of the wise and saintly King Vishnurata [Parikshit], an explanation of how Shrila Vyasadeva disseminated the branches of the Vedas, a pious narration concerning Markandeya Rishi, and a description of the detailed arrangement of the Lord's universal form and His form as the sun, the soul of the universe.

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Sampradaya Acarya,
Part 6

BY: ROCANA DASA

Oct 17, CANADA (SUN) —

Undermining Srila Prabhupada's Status as Sampradaya Acarya

The Zonal Acarya's "Lilamrita" Influence

During the ISKCON lila period, an elite group of senior disciples enjoyed exclusive access to Srila Prabhupada's direct association. This privileged exposure unfortunately resulted in an overly familiar attitude towards the Sampradaya Acarya. In stark contrast, ISKCON's rank and file membership displayed a mood of awe and reverence in relation to Srila Prabhupada.

The historical record shows that within a few months of the Acarya's disappearance, the elite amongst the senior disciples conspired to form the notorious Zonal Acarya fellowship. The first task executed under their calculated plan was to capture the minds and hearts of ISKCON's grassroots followers, which were exclusively reposed in Srila Prabhupada. In order to accomplish this goal, they went about undermining the prevailing "myth" of Srila Prabhupada being a nitya-siddha Sampradaya Acarya.

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Ramacandra Vijayotsava

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 17, CANADA (SUN) — On October 18th, Lord Rama's victory over the demon Ravana is celebrated as Ramachandra Vijyotsava.

The Slaying of Ravana
Excerpted from the Valmiki Ramayana

When Ravana heard from his messengers that Rama had already arrived at Mahendra Hill, and was preparing to cross the ocean to Lanka, he summoned his ministers for advice. They unanimously decided to fight Rama to his death. To them, Ravana was indestructible and they, undefeatable. Only Vibhishana, the younger brother of Ravana, was cautious and opposed to this.

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Sri Madhvacarya's Literary Works

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 17, CANADA (SUN) — In honor of the Appearance Sri Madhvacarya on October 18th, from 'Madhvacarya (Life and Teachings)' by Bannanje Govindacarya.

Sri Madhvacarya has written four works on the Sutraprasthana (the Vedantic school of Brahmansutra):

1. Brahmasutra-bhasya
2. Sarva-sastratha-sangraha (Anubhasya)
3. Brahmasutra-anuvyakhyana
4. Brahmasutra-anuvyakhyana-vivarana

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Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 13

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Krsna's liberation of Banasura, the Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed these pastimes.

Over the course of this series, we have gotten a brief look at the cultural and religious life of the Kirats. Described in the context of Mahabharata Period pastimes of the asuric kings, we see that the Kirats are closely associated with the yavana and mleccha presence in northern India. While some famous Kirat personalities are Vaisnava, others are Shaivite or Buddhist.

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Sad Sandarbhas, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — Introduction to the Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

INTRODUCTION

Without studying the Shat Sandarbhas one must struggle to understand the message of the Srimad Bhagavatam and still he may not succeed. However, one who has studied the Shat Sandarbhas will have no misgivings about the essence of the Srimad Bhagavatam.

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Parishads: Raghunatha Dasa Goswami,
Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami and
Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 21, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance Day of Sri Raghunatha Dasa Goswami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami and Sri Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami is observed on October 21st.

SRILA RAGHUNATHA BHATTA GOSWAMI

raghunathakhyako bhattah pura ya raga-maïjari
krita-shri-radhika-kunda-kutira-vasatih sa tu

In Krishna-lila, Raghunath Bhatta, who made his home in a cottage by Radha Kund, was Raga Manjari. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 185)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Oct 21,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



October 21, 1968, Seattle
Bhaktiprajnana Kesava Maharaja's Disappearance Lecture
"On the first day of my sannyasa, I never thought, but I remembered that I'll have to speak in English. So I remember on that sannyasa day, when there was a reception, so I, first of all, I spoke in English. So it is all arrangement of Krsna, higher authority."

October 21, 1972, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.10
"Our love for Krsna is there already. But it is covered. It is covered. By the influence of the modes of material nature, it is covered. So this Krsna consciousness movement is nothing but discovering Krsna consciousness."

October 21, 1974, Mayapura
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.41
"A man has got affection for one family, but a woman has got affection for two families: father's family and husband's family."

October 21, 1975, Johannesburg
Morning Walk
"Here is one big animal, and the small animals voting him. That's all. This is the society, animal society -- the small animals praising the big animals. That's all. All of them are animals only."

October 21, 1975, Durban
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.1
"We are under the clutches of material nature's law. In this law, by evolutionary process we have come to this human form of life, and if we don't utilize it properly, then we are missing the chance."

October 21, 1975, Johannesburg
Room Conversation
"Any religious system, ask them, "What do you understand by God?" They will not be able to explain, because that is not complete, not doubtless."


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

Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 12

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 19, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Krsna's liberation of Banasura, the Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed these pastimes.

In the story of the demon Narakasura of Assam we mentioned his son Bhagadatta, who became king after his father was dispatched by Sri Krsna. Bhagadatta fought in the Kurukshetra war, and was killed by Arjuna's arrow. One of Bhagadatta's peers, the Kirat king Jitedasti, was also fighting for the Kauravas and was killed, his soldiers then taken over by Bhima. While Bhagadatta is associated with Assam and Jitedasti was a king in Nepal, these two Kirat kings give us a good timeline marker as we turn our focus back to the region of Nepal.

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Sad Sandarbhas

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 19, CANADA (SUN) — Introduction to the Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

Srila Jiva Goswami's Sad Sandarbhas (Six Sandarbhas) are comprised of the supremely perfect philosophy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Jiva Goswami has explained that Gopala Bhatta Goswami had already done the preliminary work on these books, but was unable to complete them. Srila Jiva took on the work of Gopala Bhatta, and expanded his writings into six books. In the Sad Sandarbhas, Srila Jiva Goswami has systematically presented the philosophy of Caitanya Mahaprabhu with complete scriptural evidences. He also wrote an extensive commentary to the Sandarbhas, known as the Sarva-samvadini.

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Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 11

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 17, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Krsna's liberation of Banasura, the Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed these pastimes.

The asuric presence in the Himalayan foothills of India, Assam and Nepal during the Mahabharata period has been mentioned throughout this series. But as we see in the descriptions to follow of Assamese temples related to King Banasura, by Krsna's arrangement, the mleccha and yavana temples in that region were still being destroyed as recently as the end of the 19th Century.

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Papankusa Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 17, CANADA (SUN) — Papankusa (Pasankusa) Ekadasi from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, observed on Septemer 20th, LA & Mayapur.

Yudhishthira maharaj said, Oh Madhusudana, what is the name of the Ekadasi that comes during the light fortnight of the month of Ashvina (September - October)? Please be merciful and disclose this truth to me."

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 12

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER THREE
The Exposition of Bhagavata (bhagavat-vivritti)

12.12.28-44 Suta Gosvami to Shaunaka Rishi

tasya karmany aparani
kirtitany asura-dvishah
putanasu-payah-panam
shakatoccatanam shishoh
trinavartasya nishpeshas
tathaiva baka-vatsayoh
aghasura-vadho dhatra
vatsa-palavaguhanam

Also glorified are the innumerable pastimes of Shri Krishna, the enemy of the demons, including His childhood pastimes of sucking out Putana's life air along with her breast-milk, breaking the cart, trampling down Trinavarta, killing Bakasura, Vatsasura and Aghasura, and the pastimes He enacted when Lord Brahma hid His calves and cowherd boyfriends in a cave.(28-29)

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Help Desk at Temple Ananda Bazaar for Devotees' Convenience

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Oct 17, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Shree Jagannatha Temple Administration in Puri has decided to set up a grievance cell-cum-help desk at Ananda Bazaar in the shrine to ensure that the devotees are not fleeced during purchase of Mahaprasad. The grievance cell will be jointly manned by representatives of the SJTA and Suar Mahasuar Nijog, an association of servitors, who prepare and sell Mahaprasad in the temple.

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Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Parishads
NBS: Yogapitah in Vrindavan
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Perspectives on BBT Editing
Sampradaya Acarya, Pt. 8
Sad Sandarbhas
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Lord Ranchhodraiji
Sampradaya Acarya, Pt. 7
Sad Sandarbhas
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Pasankusa Ekadasi
Appearance of Madhvacarya
Ramacandra Vijayotsava
Sampradaya Acarya, Pt. 6
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Ananda Bazaar, Help Desk
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Mahabharata Tirtha-Yatra
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Sampradaya Acarya, Pt. 5
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
340 West 55th Street
Sampradaya Acarya, Pt. 4
Weekend Laffs
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Indological Writings in Latin
Glorification of Nityananda Rama
Sampradaya Acarya, Pt. 3

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