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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 Chaitanya
Kashindranath, Murshidabad

Appreciation for Women: Masters or Mothers?

BY: SVAYAM-RASESVARI DEVI DASI (LOK)

May 27, VALLABH VIDYANAGAR, INDIA/USA (SUN) — I was raised in America and came of age during the rise of the women's liberation movement and the sexual revolution. Luckily, I was too young to participate in all those so-called newfound freedoms, but unfortunately they did have an effect on my consciousness.

I came across Śrīla Prabhupāda's teachings quite late in my life, but it was not hard for me to see that Śrīla Prabhupāda was presenting the Absolute Truth. I could easily see that Kṛṣṇa had designed a template for a perfect society. Re-establishment of varṇāśrama-dharma seemed to be the best way to save society.

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Call the Police

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

May 27, UK (SUN) —

This past week I've been watching the increasing Internet interest in the controversial website, www.krishnachildren.com.
I've noticed it's had 11,300+ visitors in the first week alone.
It's also been posted many times in other Internet media… Facebook, YouTube, etc.
many many times.
From the various comments it would appear to have brought the issue of the abuse of the most vulnerable once again into the public domain.
Has the ISKCON leadership not learnt anything from history?
Does no one remember the Turley lawsuit?
Are our ISKCON leadership so dull?
Do they have a collective brain cell?
And...
who's got it?
Where have all our ISKCON preachers gone?
What exactly are those wandering mendicants preaching?

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Obey the Mouth

BY: TUSTA KRISHNA DAS

May 27, ENGLAND (SUN) — I came across this advert on the side of a truck as I was plying down the freeway. It made me think of the prasadam prayer that informs us that the senses are a network leading us to hell, and here is an advert advising us to Obey the Mouth.

I have noticed over the years how many of us as devotees actually eat in restaurants and fast food places and totally disregard the one instruction of eating Krishna's prasadam to help us control the senses and prevent us from going to hell.

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Bbtedit.com: Feedback Welcome?

BY: MAHAPRABHU DAS

May 27, AMSTERDAM (SUN) — On the website bbtedit.com it says 'we welcome your feedback'. On the 5th of March I submitted an article to which I never got a reply. Again, after that, two times I submitted a similar article which was not 'welcomed' either. See hereunder the article:

"Hare Krishna dear Vaisnava('s),
Thank you for posting the documents 'Bhagavad gita revisions explained'. Every vaisnava will be happy with the corrections which are mentioned there. The corrections are very understandable.

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108 Mini Temples
Coming Up

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

May 27, AMARAVATI, ANDHRA PRADESH (HANS) — Mini temples under construction on the premises of Iskcon temple at Changheeskhanpet near Kondaveedu in Guntur district.

International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) is constructing 108 mini temples (mandirams) at the upcoming Golden temple premises at Changheeskhanpet near Kondaveedu in Guntur district. These mini temples will depict various phases in the life of Lord Krishna like 'Kali Mardanam', 'Godavardhanagiri', 'Geethopadesam' and others.

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BY: SUN STAFF

May 27, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Wanted (Seva) ]


John Krishna

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

May 25, CANADA (SUN) — John Krishna - or why we cannot set the bad example of changing Srila Prabhupada´s books. Explained in simple words by Srila Prabhupada himself:

"Now we have to accept knowledge from Vedas, Vedic knowledge, not this rascal's knowledge. Rascal knowledge is that "Yes," as soon as he comes to the imperfect point, "yes, we are trying." You are trying. What is this trying? Trying means that your knowledge is imperfect. And another rascal will come, he will say, "Now here is the perfect." And ten years after, another rascal will come," No, this is not perfect. This is perfect." This is going on. This is called scientific advancement. This is... Advancement means... But we don't change our Vedic knowledge.

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Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam, Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF

May 25, CANADA (SUN) — A commentary on Lord Caitanya's 'Siksastakam' by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, with a Bengali song for each verse that expands upon Mahaprabhu's devotional moods (Sanskrit, 1886).

"My Lord, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, in Your holy name there is all good fortune for the living entity, and therefore You have many names, such as Krsna and Govinda, by which You expand Yourself. You have invested all Your potencies in those names, and there are no hard and fast rules for remembering them. My dear Lord, although You bestow such mercy upon the fallen, conditioned souls by liberally teaching Your holy names, I am so unfortunate that I commit offenses while chanting the holy name, and therefore I do not achieve attachment for chanting."

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Guru and Krsna Must be Served Simultaneously

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 25, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Srila Prabhupada: "The spiritual master and Krishna are two parallel lines. The train, on two tracks, moves forward. The spiritual master and Krishna are like these two tracks, they must be served simultaneously. Krishna helps one to find bona fide spiritual master and bona fide spiritual Master helps one to understand Krishna. If one does not get bona fide spiritual master, then how he can ever understand Krishna? You cannot serve Krishna without spiritual master, or serve just spiritual master without serving Krishna. They must be served simultaneously."

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Parishads: Sri Ramananda Raya

BY: SUN STAFF

May 25, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance Day of Sri Ramananda Raya is observed on May 26th.

There are two Arjunas in Krishna lila: one is a priya-narma-sakha in Vraja, the other is one of the Pandavas. These two combined to become Ramananda Raya, the dear companion of Mahaprabhu. He was very knowledgeable in the teachings of loving devotion to Radha and Krishna, which he described to Gauracandra on a daily basis.

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Earth Is Not a Globe

BY: GOUR MOHAN DAS

May 23, INDIA (SUN) — In reply to "Modern Blasphemy: Earth Is Not A Globe, Part Two".

We have ample information how Lord Caitanya engaged in debate with the learned scholar who came to Navadvipa, Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya, the Mayavadis and the Kazi, etc.

All the debates were based on philosophical grounds. Never did He engaged in cursing anyone or attacking any person directly like Rajasekhara prabhu has done in his papers. We are advised to follow in the footsteps of the Lord and the Acharya's. They are our examples. We make a humble request to Rajasekhara prabhu to take a straw between his teeth and submit his apologies to Mayesvara prabhu as he has done nothing else then to follow the instruction that Srila Prabhupada gave in 1977 to the devotees.

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Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu Criticises Edited Bhagavatams

BY: KRISHNA DASA

May 23, EUROPE (SUN) — In a lecture (date unknown) on Srimad Bhagavatam (1.1.1), Ravindra Svarupa Prabhu compares Srila Prabhupada's 1962 purport with the edited purport. The edited version is full of mistakes in his opinion. His lack of diplomacy suggests the lecture was given before the book editing became a hot topic. He says:

"I want you to look at this because again you see where Prabhupada's original is superior to the edited version...."

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GBC UK and GBC NA EC Banning of Women:
Masters or Mothers?

BY: MURARI DAS (BVKS)

May 23, INDIA (SUN) — This book was banned by the GBC UK, GBC NA EC and VEB (Vrindavan Executive Board). We continue our serialized response to the Resolution by NA EC banning Women: Masters or Mothers? (WMM). For information on the background of this serialized response please read the Introduction.

[NA GBC] Clause

Whereas on page 40 he applauds what he admits is technically child labor (kids as young as eight years avoiding education beyond what is learned from working with their family business);

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Sri Krsna's Vrindavan Associates – Sudama, Part Three

BY: SUN STAFF

May 27, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Krsna's transcendental Vrindavan associates.

Having established the transcendental identity of Sri Krsna's priya-sakha friend, Sudama, in terms of his classification amongst the sakha associates, today we offer a few descriptions of his personal identity, appearance and pastimes in Vraja and Caitanya-lila.

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How Powerful is the Mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu!

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 27, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada...."Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu's mercy is so powerful that it acts automatically. If a person renders loving service to Kṛṣṇa, it never goes in vain. It is recorded in a spiritual account, and in due time it will fructify. This is confirmed by the Bhagavad-gītā (BG 2.40):

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Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam, Part 8

BY: SUN STAFF

May 27, CANADA (SUN) — A commentary on Lord Caitanya's 'Siksastakam' by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, with a Bengali song for each verse that expands upon Mahaprabhu's devotional moods (Sanskrit, 1886).

From the above quotations of different revealed scriptures we can conclude that the holy name is endowed with unlimited spiritual potencies. In the practice of karma, jnana, yoga, etc. the sadhaka is bound by the strict rules of scripture and the factors of time, place and circumstances. But in chanting and remembering the Lord's name there is no such consideration of time, place or circumstances - this indeed is an example of Lord's fathomless mercy upon us.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



May 27,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

May 27, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 3.17-20
"At the time of death, whatever you are thinking, that means you are preparing your next life like that. Therefore the whole life shall be so processed but at the same time, at the end of our life we can at least think of Krsna. Then sure and certain you go back to Krsna."

May 27, 1972, Los Angeles
Nrsimha-caturdasi Lord Nrsimhadeva's Appearance Day
"So the demons are always against this Krsna consciousness movement. That is the whole history. Just like Lord Jesus Christ, he was crucified. What was his fault? He was preaching God consciousness, that's all."

May 27, 1974, Rome
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.3
"So the Vedic knowledge is so perfect, that anything you want, material or spiritual, you will get the knowledge perfect. That is Veda."

May 27, 1976, Honolulu
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.27
"Just like aeroplane. If dozens of aeroplane is flying, but if one aeroplane is in danger, no other plane can give him any help. It will fall down and crash. Finished. So we have to take care of ourself."


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

Prasadam - Camphor, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

May 25, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

The highly aromatic qualities of camphor are referred to in numerous sastric descriptions, most referring to the sweet qualities of Radha and Krsna's smiles and personal fragrance. But camphor is also used to illustrate the energetic qualities of two things coming together. For example, in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta there are passages describing the pastimes of Lord Caitanya and Ramananda Raya, such as the following:

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

May 25, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Having tasted the words of Krishna's representative, we will feel satisfied, just as we feel satisfied upon eating a full meal."

(Raja Vidya)

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Prasadam - Camphor, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

May 23, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

The historical use of camphor is well documented. In ancient and medieval Europe, it was used as an ingredient in sweets. During the Tang dynasty (AD 618–907) in China, it was a flavoring used in confections similar to ice cream. Both 10th century Arabic and 13th century Andalusian cookbooks include it as an ingredient in both sweet and savory dishes. In India, camphor is used in a host of grain and milk sweets, in rice preparations, and in various breads, chutneys, savouries, and sabjis.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

May 23, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The other day there was question in class, one Indian boy asked whether I am am happy. So I answered him that in India I left my five children, but here, although I came alone, Krishna has given me hundreds of nice children. So I told him to just compare practical happiness. So I am not at all inconvenienced under the care of my children here."

(Letter to Brahmananda, 6 May 1969)

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Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam, Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

May 23, CANADA (SUN) — A commentary on Lord Caitanya's 'Siksastakam' by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, with a Bengali song for each verse that expands upon Mahaprabhu's devotional moods (Sanskrit, 1886).

The fourth perfection:

vidya-vadhu-jivanam

"The holy name is the life of transcendental knowledge (the Lord's own wife)."

In the Garuda Purana it is stated:
"O best of kings! If you are desirous of acquiring that extraordinary knowledge by which the Supreme Goal is realized, then chant Lord Govinda's name with love and devotion."

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We Are Not Afraid of Maya Because Krsna
is There

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 23, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Viṣṇujana: How will it be possible, Prabhupāda, for a man whose mind is clouded to constantly chant Hare Kṛṣṇa? A man who's always thinking thoughts about family, friends, country, nation?

Srila Prabhupāda: Yes. Think of. At the same time, chant. Two things will go on, and this will conquer. (chuckling) As māyā is forcing you to drag you from this Kṛṣṇa consciousness, you also force māyā by chanting Hare Kṛṣṇa. There is fight. And māyā will go away.

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Vrindavan Associates - Sudama
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
Obey the Mouth
Appreciation for WMM
Call the Police
Bbtedit.com Feedback
How Powerful is the Mercy
108 Mini Temples
Classifieds
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Prasadam - Camphor
Parishads
John Krishna
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
Served Simultaneously
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prasadam - Camphor
Not Afraid of Maya
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
Banning of WMM
Ravindra Svarupa Criticisism
Earth Is Not a Globe
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prasadam - Camphor
Parishads
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
How Devotees Profit
www.krishnachildren.com
Instead of Earning Livelihood
Saturday Laffs
Vrindavan Associates - Sudama
Parishads: Sri Vishnupriya Devi
Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam
Banning of WMM
From Bhakta John S.
Modern Blasphemy
Five Prayers to Lord Narasimha
The Cost of Silence
Nrsimhadeva's Appearance
Try Your Best to Execute
Classifieds

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