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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

Sri Krsna Murari

Feminist Diksha Gurus are Coming

BY: MOHAN DAS

Dec 14, INDIA (SUN) — If you thought that because all was quiet on the Western front in regard to Feminist Female Diksha Gurus and that the issue had died then you were wrong. While ISKCON India was lulled into a false sense of security the opposing party has been furiously but quietly working to have Female Diksha Gurus become a fact in ISKCON by the next AGM in 2019!

The iGBC secretly had discussions about FDG at the mid term meeting in October but there is no mention of them in the publicly available GBC minutes. Why? It appears that the plan is to ambush ISKCON India and suddenly foist it on us so that we (ISKCON India) will have no time to react and it will then be a fait acompli. This has been a successful strategy for the North American controlled iGBC in the past and this is how we ended up with Female GBCs, the Women's Vaisnavi Ministry, women giving class in Mayapura and several other abominations.

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The Book Changes Controversy

BY: MADHU DAS

Dec 14, INDIA (SUN) —

Swami B.G. Narasingha's interview with Garuda dasa Prabhu / Ph.D. on the 'Book Changes Controversy'. See also www.AsItWas.yoga.


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Cease and Desist

BY: KRSNA DASI

Dec 14, USA (SUN) —

This is in reply to some recent comments about Dravida's ongoing proofreading and editing of Srila Prabhupada's published literary works.

- The Mistake of Change: A Critique of Dravida das Prabhu's Editorial Approach
- Editing of the Founder-Acharya's Scriptures
- BBT Loyalty vs. High Editing Standards

Specifically, I want to continue with what Garuda dasa prabhu has shared:


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Yoga Group Shutters after Cultural Appropriation Complaint

BY: KENNETH NELSON

Dec 12, WASHINGTON, D.C. (SUN) — American University student Maya Krishna complained to AU's President's Council on Diversity and Inclusion and wrote an op-ed after seeing a non-Indian group perform an Indian epic in the school's yoga club.

The yoga club's faculty adviser, as well as its student president and vice president, subsequently resigned their posts.

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Kurukshetra, Part Two

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 14, CANADA (SUN) — From "A Tour in the Punjab", a report by Alexander Cunningham, published in Calcutta (1882) for the Archaeological Survey of India.

The river that flows past Thanesar has always been known as the holy Saraswati, and as this formed the northern boundary of Kurukshetra, the southern boundary must have been the Rakshi. In the Mahabharata the four comers of the sacred region are called Ratnuk to the north-east, Aratnuk to the north-west, Rama-hrada to the south-west, and Bachakruk to the south-east. In the modern Mahatmyas the names are given somewhat differently, as Ratna Yaksha to the north-east, Aratnuk Yaksha to the north-west, Kapila Yaksha to the south-west, and Bachakruk Yaksha to the south-east. In this series the four names belong to four Yakshas, or demons, who are said to have sung and danced with joy during the battle, while they drank the blood of the slain.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 41

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER TEN
Characteristics of the Inconceivable Oneness and Difference
(acintya bhedabheda laksanam)

tamasad api bhutader
vikurvanad abhun nabhah
tasya matra gunah shabdo
lingam yad drashtri-drishyayoh

From the darkness of false ego, the first of the five elements, namely the sky, is generated. Its subtle form is the quality of sound, exactly as the seer is in relationship with the seen.(25)

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Recitation of Srimad Bhagavatam

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 12, CANADA (SUN) — "Srimad-Bhagavatam is the desire tree of Vedic wisdom. Veda itself means "the aggregate of knowledge." And whatever knowledge is required for human society is perfectly presented in Srimad-Bhagavatam. There are different branches of knowledge in the Vedic writings, including sociology, politics, medicine and military art. All these and other branches of knowledge are perfectly described in the Vedas. So, as far as spiritual knowledge is concerned, that is also perfectly described there, and Srimad-Bhagavatam is considered to be the ripened fruit of this desire-fulfilling tree of the Vedas. A tree is honored by the production of its fruit. For example, a mango tree is considered very valuable because it produces the king of all fruits, the mango. When the mango fruit becomes ripened it is the greatest gift of that tree, and Srimad-Bhagavatam is similarly held to be the ripened fruit of the Vedic tree. And as ripened fruit becomes more relishable when first touched by the beak of a parrot, or suka, Srimad-Bhagavatam has become more relishable by being delivered through the transcendental mouth of Sukadeva Gosvami.

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Kurukshetra

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 12, CANADA (SUN) — From "A Tour in the Punjab", a report by Alexander Cunningham, published in Calcutta (1882) for the Archaeological Survey of India.

The famous battle-field of Kurukshetra, where the Kauravas and Pandavas fought for eighteen days, is situated on the south side of Thanesar, 30 miles to the south of Ambala, and 40 miles to the north of Pinipat. [1] It was called Kurukshetra, "the field of Kuru," after Kuru, the progenitor of the Kauravas, who is said to have become an ascetic on the bank of the Narbida Til close to the town of Thanesar.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 40

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 12, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER TEN
Characteristics of the Inconceivable Oneness and Difference
(acintya bhedabheda laksanam)

03.04.13 Shri Krishna to Uddhava

pura maya proktam ajaya nabhye
padme nishannaya mamadi-sarge
jnanam param man-mahimavabhasam
yat surayo bhagavatam vadanti

O Uddhava, in the lotus millennium in the days of yore, at the beginning of the creation, I spoke unto Brahma, who is situated on the lotus that grows out of My navel, about My transcendental glories, which the great sages describe as Shrimad-Bhagavatam.

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Quantum Mechanics and Krishna Consciousness

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Dec 10, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — In regards to Quantum Mechanics and Krishna Consciousness, it's hard to put exacting measures on the topic, but one things for sure -- when Krishna says 'I am very near yet very far', when He says He is simultaneously situated in every atom and within the hearts of all living beings, when He says He is directly and indirectly conscious of all living beings, when He says He is the cause of all causes, it sure don't sound like classical Physics.

So the quantum world and its suggestions of matter reacting when observed one way, and another when not, kind of reminds me of Krishna saying 'I reserve the right of not being known'.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 39

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 10, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER NINE
Characteristics of the Fortunate Soul (bhagyavaj-jiva lakshanam)

02.02.33-34 Shukadeva Gosvami to Maharaja Parikshit

na hy ato 'nyah shivah pantha
vishatah samshritav iha
vasudeve bhagavati
bhakti-yogo yato bhavet

For those who are wandering in the material universe, there is no more auspicious means of deliverance than what is aimed at in the direct devotional service of Lord Krishna. (33)

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Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 40

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 14, CANADA (SUN) — The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.

Baraha-kshetra at Chatara

Outside of the royal durbar squares, there are several more important abodes of Lord Narasimhadeva in Nepal that we would like to mention. The first is a temple previously mentioned in this series -- the Barahachhetra (Varaha-kshetra) in Chatara (Chatraa-gaddi), situated at the Sapta-Koshi confluence in Sunsari district.

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 27

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 14, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION TWENTY-SEVEN

Here in the Shat-sandarbhas I will quote from the Vedas and Puranas and other such scriptures, just as I have seen them. Not to verify the statements of Srimad Bhagavatam, but to verify the interpretations I present. Some of the verses I have not seen personally, but have gleaned them from the Bhagavat tatparyya, Bharata tatparyya, Brahma sutra bhashya, and other works of the venerable Sri Madhvacarya. He was the prolific preacher of the Vaisnava philosophy of Tattvavada, the chief among the knowers of the Vedas and their meaning, and in his line have appeared such renowned scholars as Vijayadhvaja and Vyasatirtha, of great fame in the South.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Dec 14,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



December 14, 1966, New York
Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.172-246
"And then, after being brahmana, then you have to transcend that position and put yourself in the pure goodness. This material goodness is contaminated."

December 14, 1972, Ahmedabad
Bhagavad-gita 7.1-3
"To understand Krsna means to understand the whole cosmic manifestation, God, the material nature, the time factor, the living entities, their respective relationship, everything. That is called samagram."

December 14, 1973, Los Angeles
Morning Walk
No transcript available.

December 14, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.36
"With gopis Krsna is dancing. Here also we are dancing, in nightclub, and this club, that club. But that will not give you satisfaction, because it is imitation. If you want real dancing, come to Krsna."

December 14, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.02
"We are ordinary Brahman and Krsna is the Supreme Brahman. So Brahman, either Supreme or ordinary is seeking after happiness. That is Brahman life. Seeking after happiness. Just like Krsna is Parabrahman, but He is also seeking happiness with Radharani and the gopis and the cowherds boy and the cows and the calves."

December 14, 1975, New Delhi
Morning Walk
"The trees also do that. They are called pada-pa. Pada-pa means they drink water by the legs. You drink water by the mouth and they drink water by the legs."

December 14, 1975, New Delhi
Room Conversation
"Just like one born in the dog's body so the dog care... They, from the very beginning they are searching after a master."

December 14, 1976, Hyderabad
Bhagavad-gita 16.7
"They have universities, educational institution and advancement of knowledge, so on, so on. But ask them what is the aim of life, why education is being imparted, what is the purpose. These are... They do not know."


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

Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 39

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 12, CANADA (SUN) — The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.

Today we present the third and last image of Lord Narasimha, residing in a royal square of Nepal -- this one at Patan's Durbar Square. Here, a large statue of Narasimhadeva is located at the main entrance to Sundari Chowk and the royal palace of Patan. The entrance to Sundhara Chowk, the most southerly of the palace courts, is guarded by Narasimha, Ganesh and Hanuman.

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 26

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 12, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION TWENTY-SIX

Therefore, to determine what is the ultimate good for a person, and while keeping proper harmony and consistency in the beginning, middle, and end, the Srimad Bhagavatam alone will be analyzed. Our introductory statements in the Shat-sandarbha will be like the sutras and the statements of the Srimad Bhagavatam will be the subject matter.

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Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 38

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 10, CANADA (SUN) — The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.

Lord Narasimha holds a place of prominence in the royal squares of Nepal's three most important cities. Today, we are focused on Lord Narasimhadeva in the Durbar Square of Bhaktapur. This image of Sri Nrsimha is located outside the main entrance to the National Art Gallery. Lord Narasimha sits on the right, while Hanuman sits on the left, carved in a similar style.

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 25

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 10, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION TWENTY-FIVE

Therefore it is said:

"At that time all the great minds and thinkers, accompanied by their disciples and sages who could verily sanctify a place of pilgrimage just by their presence, arrived there on the plea of making a pilgrim's journey. From different parts of the universe there arrived great sages like Atri, Vasishtha, Cyavana, Saradvan, Arishtanemi, Brighu, Angira, Parasara, Visvamitra, Parasurama, Utathya, Indrapramada, Idhmabahu, Medhatithi, Devala, Arshtisena, Bharadvaja, Gautama, Pippalada, Maitreya, Aurva, Kavasha, Kumbhayoni, Dvaipayana and the great personality Narada.

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It Is For the Greatest Scholar, It Is For the
Innocent Boy…

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 10, CANADA (SUN) — By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Back To Godhead Vol. 01, No. 44, Nov 1st, 1971 - Part 2.

Q. Your Grace, how does one attain Krsna consciousness?

Srila Prabhupada: There are several stages in attainment of Krsna consciousness. The first stage is faith, or inquisitiveness just as you have come to me now, this is the first stage. Due to some inquisitiveness or some faith in the people who are teaching Krsna consciousness, who have said that it is very helpful, one comes to the first stage. One should be inquisitive and have a little faith, or a little respect for Krsna consciousness: "It is very nice. They are speaking and working." This is the first stage.

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Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Book Changes: Garuda Interview
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Kurukshetra, Pt. 2
Cease and Desist
Feminist Diksha Gurus Coming
Sad Sandarbhas
Cultural Appropriation
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Recitation of Bhagavatam
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Kurukshetra
Sad Sandarbhas
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
For the Greatest Scholar
Quantum Mechanics & KC
Sad Sandarbhas
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
For the Greatest Scholar
Sad Sandarbhas
Ludhiana Rathyatra
Weekend Laffs
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Bhauma (The Earth)
Quantum Physics and KC
Sad Sandarbhas
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Parishads
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Bali Maharaja
Sad Sandarbhas

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