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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

Ganga Ma
Kalighat, c. 1890

On "Planetary Period Calculations"

BY: SHYAMASUNDARA DASA

Sep 15, INDIA (SUN) — This is in response to "Planetary Period Calculations: 360 Day Years, or 365? - Part Two" by Dharmapad das.

I recently came across this statement from Bhaskaracarya's Siddhanta-siromani, and his own Vasana commentary on the text. (From Bhaktisiddhanta's Bengali translation.) In it he clearly explains what the different standards, sauramana (solar), chandramana (lunar), savana (civil), nakshatramana (sidereal) are used for. [I have edited it slightly for consistency.]

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Care For Cows

BY: KURMA RUPA DASA


Sep 15, VRINDAVAN, INDIA (SUN) — Dear Friends, Jai Govinda! Our September 2014 Care for Cows Newsletter has been posted. Please review it at your earliest convenience. This issue of fifty pages (2.1 MB) covers events over the past three months. The articles in this issue are:

1. A reprint of a strong article against cow slaughter appearing in BTG in 1976.
2. A brief appreciation of Vrinda who was rescued from the street seven years ago. She is reciprocating by lactating for two-and-a-half years. She is a champion home-grows tomato!
3. Fourteen Amazing Benefits of Ghee by Diana Herrington.

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Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru,
Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 15, CANADA (SUN) — A Songbook of 62 Songs in Bengali by Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

SONG 10 --- MUNDANE KNOWLEDGE MOST HARMFUL

(1)
mana re, keno koro bidyar gauraba
smrti-sastra, byakarana, nana-bhasa-alocana,
brddhi kore' jaser saurabha

Oh mind, why do you give such importance to mundane knowledge? Your discussion and deliberation on the smrti scriptures, various languages and grammar certainly increases the sweet fragrant aroma of your own material reputation, name and fame.

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Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru,
Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 14, CANADA (SUN) — A Songbook of 62 Songs in Bengali by Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

SONG 7 --- HATHA YOGA IS UNNECESSARY

(1)
pratyahara, dhyana, dhrti samadhite ho'le brati,
phala kiba hoibe bolo na
deho-mana suska kori', rohibe kumbhaka dhori,
brahmatmata koribe bhavana

For attaining ultimate samadhi you undertake many difficult practices like withdrawal of the senses, meditation and perseverance. Tell me, what wonderful result will be there in exchange for such endeavor? Minimizing your bodily and mental activities, and making the senses dull and dry, you live by holding the breath in suspension. Thus you practice the yoga process while contemplating on the soul's nature as Brahman.

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The Color of Reality at New Vrindaban

BY: SUN EDITORS

Sep 13, CANADA (SUN) — September 13th is the 3rd Annual Festival of Colors at ISKCON New Vrindaban. While each year we think that it can't get worse at New Vrindaban, somehow it does. This year, the festival slogan they're advertising is:

"Color your life and throw your worries to the wind!"

The Festival of Colors, billed as "an exuberant event, full of excitement and many bright colors", is nothing more than a fundraiser in the guise of mundane sense gratification. Just what the conditioned living entities need from their local spiritual leaders… exuberance, excitement, and a break from life's worries. This is the face of ISKCON today at Srila Prabhupada's New Vrindaban temple.

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Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru,
Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 13, CANADA (SUN) — A Songbook of 62 Songs in Bengali by Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

SONG 4 --- DEMIGOD WORSHIP PUT INTO PERSPECTIVE

(1)
mana, tumi barai pamara
tomar isvara hari,
tanke keno parihari',
kama-marge bhajo' debantara?

My dear mind, you are certainly most vile and wicked. Your Lord is Sri Hari, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. So then why are you abandoning Him to worship the various demigods, following the path of lust?

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Sep 13, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 13, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Personals ]


The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 422

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 13, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto XIV. Vibhishan's Speech

"He ceased: Vibhishaṇ ill at ease
Addressed the king in words like these:
"O Rávaṇ, O my lord, beware
Of Sítá dangerous as fair,
Nor on thy heedless bosom hang
This serpent with a deadly fang.

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Atri Rishi, Part Two

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 15, CANADA (SUN) — A study of the famous Rishis and Munis of Vedic literature.

In the manuscript illustration above and the painting below, we see a pastime from Bhagavat Purana in which the Trimurti -- Lord Visnu, Brahma and Shiva -- came to test Atri Rishi's wife, Anasuya. The Deities came to test her because she was well known for being the embodiment of chastity.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Sep 15, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Vrddha refers to one who is advanced in knowledge. There are two kinds of old men - he who is advanced in years and he who is experienced in knowledge. One who is advanced in knowledge is actually vrddha (jnana-vrddha); one does not become vrddha simply by advancing in age."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.21.44)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 424

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 15, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto XVI. - Rávan's Speech

Then, while his breast with fury swelled,
Thus Rávaṇ spoke, as fate impelled:
"Better with foes thy dwelling make,
Or house thee with the venomed snake,
Than live with false familiar friends
Who further still thy foeman's ends.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Sep 15,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

September 15, 1969, London
London Town Town Lecture
"An intelligent man should always keep before him the four principles of misery: birth, death, old age and disease. These are the instructions of the
Bhagavad-gita."

September 15, 1975, Vrndavana
Morning Walk
"That is sung by some Vaisnava, that "My heart is harder than the stone, because I know that even the stone melts by chanting Hare Krsna, but my heart does not melt."

September 15, 1975, Vrndavana
Srimad Bhagavatam 6.2.13
"So nice thing, Hare Krsna movement, some way or other, if we can take it very seriously, then our life will be succesful at the end of life if we can chant."

September 15, 1976, Vrndavana
Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.18
"One who is inquisitive or serious about inquiring about Brahman, he requires guru. Guru is not a fashion. Guru is necessity."


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

Atri Rishi

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 14, CANADA (SUN) — A study of the famous Rishis and Munis of Vedic literature.

Atri Rishi is the final member of the Saptarishi, or Seven Great Sages we will cover in this series, and he is one of seven mind-born (manasa-putra) sons of Lord Brahma in the present Manvantara. He was born from Brahma's eyes. He is married to Anasuya, the daughter of Kardama Prajapati. Brahmarshi Atri is the seer in the fifth Mandala of Rigveda. Also known as 'the Devourer', Atri Rishi is an embodiment of the power of detachment.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Sep 14, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Just like I am an Indian sannyasi. I have come to your country, at your country. Oh, there are many rules and regulations in India which different from your rules and regulations. But if I follow, if I stick to rules and regulations of Indian conception, then it is impossible to remain here. So I have to propagate this mission, Krishna consciousness, so I am not attached to the rules and regulations, but I am attached to the preaching work.

(Lecture, August 8, 1966, New York)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 423

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto XV. Indrajít's Speech

He ceased: and Indrajít the pride
Of Rákshas warriors thus replied:
"Is this a speech our king should hear,
This counsel of ignoble fear?

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Kutsa Rishi, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 13, CANADA (SUN) — A study of the famous Rishis and Munis of Vedic literature.

Although Kutsa Rishi is known for the quality of sweetness he embodies, his name might appear to indicate something different. The Sanskrit word 'kutsa' means 'reproachful' or 'contemptuous', and is often associated with fault-finding. But in the case of Rishi Kutsa, the name indicates that as a great sage, he was displeased by the vagaries of the material world and verbally disciplined others.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Sep 13, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"If I specially favor anybody, then I take away all his sources of income. Very dangerous. Yes. I have got my practical experience in this connection. Yes. That is Krishna's special favor. I do not wish to narrate, but it is a fact. It is a fact. My Guru Maharaj ordered me when I was twenty five years old that: "You go and preach." But I thought: " First of all, I shall become a rich man, and I shall use that money for preaching work."

(Lecture, April 19, 1973, Los Angeles)

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Atri Rishi, Pt. 2
Planetary Period Calculations
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
Care For Cows
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Atri Rishi
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Kutsa Rish, Pt. 2
New Vrindaban Reality
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Classifieds
Kutsa Rish
Prabhupada, New York 1966
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Pulaha Rish, Pt. 2
Ghee (Mother)
Astrology
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
The Ramayan of Valmiki
New Book: Vakttavali:
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Kratu Rish, Pt. 2
He Has Forgotten God
No Healing in Material World
Sri Sri Kalyan Kalpa-taru
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Kratu Rishi
Sri Vrindavana-mahimamrita
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Detroit Jazz Fest Harinam
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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