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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

Nandi Bull
Jamini Roy, Calcutta, c. 1950

Atonement vs. Chanting the Holy Name


Sep 26, CANADA (SUN) — "Here the Visnudutas say that the Vedic scriptures recommend various means of atonement, by which a person may be delivered from the reactions of his sinful activities. In Christianity there is also a means of atonement. If a Catholic commits a sin, for example, he is instructed to go to a priest and confess: "I have committed such-and-such sin." The priest is supposed to be an authorized representative of God, and so if he excuses the sinner, the sin becomes nullified.

However, such atonement cannot purify the sinful man as much as the purifying process of chanting the holy name of Lord Krsna. The man who confesses to having sinned leaves the church and often commits the same sin again. In other words, there is no question of becoming purified by this process of atonement.


Prabhupada Nail in the Ritvik Coffin


Sep 26, DENMARK (SUN) — Another nail in the ritvik coffin - ESSENTIAL FORMALITY

"We have got a disciplic succession - from Kṛṣṇa, Brahmā; from Brahmā, Nārada; from Nārada, Vyāsadeva; from Vyāsadeva, Madhvācārya; from Madhvācārya, so many disciplic succession. Later, five hundred years ago, Mādhavendra Purī, in the line of Madhvācārya. Then his disciple, Īśvara Purī; his disciple, Lord Caitanya. Lord Caitanya, we consider Him Kṛṣṇa Himself, but He also accepted a spiritual master, Īśvara Purī.


Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 28


Sep 26, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Three - Nama sankirtana of Srinivasa in Nilacala and the darshan of Jagannatha in a dream

In the dead of night he decided to rest at a place near the Singha-Dwara and absorbed himself in chanting the holy name. Tears streamed from his eyes and he lost his balance and fell on the ground. Due to the wish of Prabhu he slept and Lord Jagannatha with Balarama and Subhadra, appeared in a dream.92-95



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The Forgotten and Ignored… Devotees who have no place to go



This is a follow up to "What Really happened in 50 Years". Please understand, that I do not say these things because I want to find fault with any certain devotee or devotees. As Lord Brahma and Lord Indra, and the Nagapatnis bring up… directly to Krishna, by the way… 'You know Krishna… your illusory energy is very strong… and we have become influenced by it… it is most bewildering my Lord… this is why we were offensive to you…", etc.

So because the illusory energies of Krishna are so powerful should we not always use the system of Guru, Sadhu and Shastra? I use that system to make my statements. By using that system, it no longer becomes my statement, but simply gives my statements the top credentials. It is a system of confirmation behind my statements. This system is used by the liberated souls… so should we not use the same? If we were to take His Divine Grace's instructions, support them by the previous acaryas and correlate them from shastra, we would not be in the mess we are in at the moment. We would be united, solid, and Harinam Sankirtana together would be all we can think about.


Indira Ekadasi


Sep 24, CANADA (SUN) — Indira Ekadasi, observed on Sep 26th in LA, 27th in Mayapur, from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana.

Yudhishthira Maharaj said, "Oh Madhusudana, Oh killer of the Madhu demon, what is the name of the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Ashwina (September-October)? Please describe its glories to me."

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Sri Krishna then replied, "This Holy day is called Indira Ekadasi. If a person fasts on this day, all his sins are eradicated and his forefathers who have fallen into hell are liberated. Oh best of kings, one who simply hears about this sacred Ekadasi achieves the great merit earned by performing a horse sacrifice.


Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 27


Sep 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Three - Tarja song of Sri Advaita Acarya

Advaita Acarya wrote some Tarja songs and sent them to Narahari in which he exposed some of his intentions.40

In the book Sri Caitanya Caritamrta it is said: Tell to Baula - people have become aula. Tell to Baula - there is no sale of chaula.41


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Mayapur BBT Close-out?


Sep 22 SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — I would like to give some of the quotes by Srila Prabhupada about BBT press and would like to draw your attention especially to the last one: "I am very glad you want to start your own press, but one thing is that you cannot close it once it is begun." (Prabhupada Letter to Hamsaduta, 20th Jan 1972)

It creates great doubt if the present managers are fulfilling these quotes of Prabhupada. Is the present manager is really thinking about giving importance to Prabhupada's desire? If yes, then why do they intend to close down Mayapur BBT? If the BBT here is in Mayapur, as per the point 2 (If you can organize a regular press for printing all our magazines and books and engage all our boys and girls in the press work that will be a nice proposal. (Prabhupada letter to Rayardma, 24th Feb 1968) then many devotees can be engaged in BBT and they can maintain their family, and in this way the Mayapur residential devotees that is increasing rapidly will not be a burden to the society that is without any income source.


Srila Prabhupada Samadhi Mandir, Vrndavana


Sep 22, VRINDAVAN DHAM (SUN) — By Krishna's grace, everything is going well with the Samadhi this year. I apologize for my lack of communication. I am even more delinquent with the Newsletter than usual for reasons beyond my control, mostly material.

We probably have around 100,000 followers who can never repay their debt to Srila Prabhupada. It is a therefore a little surprising that the donations do not reflect that attitude. If everyone in the movement gave just a yearly token $50 donation to Srila Prabhupada's Samadhi, or more, especially as a Kartik vrat, we would be able to build up the Fixed Deposit requirement in no time to cover the maintenance costs with the interest, and also cover future costs of major repair to the aging structure. One's service, charity, austerities, is benefited 1000 times in Vrndavan; in Kartik, 1000 times that. At one time many devotees actually made yearly pledges. Now would be a great time to resume your pledge.


Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 26


Sep 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Three - Glorification of Gauracandra and his associates

All glories to Sri Gaura Sundara, Nityananda Avadhuta-Haladhara, Advaita Iswara, the Lord of Santipura and Gaura's favorite Sri Pandita Gadadhara.1-2

All glories to Pandita Thakura Srinivasa, the Hari namamrtamagna Haridasa, Sri Svarupa Damodara and Sri Murari Gupta.3-4



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The Vedic Fathers of Geology, Part 13


Sep 26, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation on Vedic discoveries in Geology, from the book by Narayan Bhavanrao Pavgee.

Now, in regard to this statement, I may here note that our Indian Geologists appear to have found that vitality in herbs and fish was followed by amphibious life-types (such as the tortoise), and that the progress was naturally in the coming into being of such creatures as tortoise, frog, crocodile, &c., which lived in water as also on land:


Jai Srila Prabhupada!



"A pure devotee, therefore, must execute the order of the Lord and must not gratify his senses by remaining stagnant in one place, falsely proud, thinking that because he does not leave Vrindavan but chants in a solitary place he has become a great devotee."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 9.11.25)


Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Part 4


Sep 26 CANADA (SUN) — By Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Printed by The Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur (1995).

by Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami

In conclusion, the worship of the thirty three million demigods is included in the worship of Narayana. If a person worships Narayana alone, Brahma, the rishis,the bhutas and pitris are all worshipped and become satisfied.

Here are four evidences stating this fact (from Yamala, Purana, Itihasa and Upanishad).


Prabhupada Padma-vakya


Sep 26,

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.

Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

September 26, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.21
"Just like we chant Hare Krsna mantra or any other Vedic mantra. You hear. But there was no need of book. His memory was so sharp that once heard from the lips of the spiritual master, the students become completely well versed. There was no need of book."

September 26, 1973, Bombay
Bhagavad-gita 13.3
"Brahman, everyone is Brahman. There is no question of becoming Brahman. We have now forgotten. We have forgotten that we are Brahman. We are misidentifying with this body. This is maya."

September 26, 1974, Calcutta
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.18
"The example you can see, how they are making bhajana by the Deity worship. You'll never find in Calcutta such nice Deity worship."

September 26, 1976, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.30-31
"And what does it mean bhakti? Bhakti means there must be Bhagavan. Otherwise, what is the meaning of bhakti? If I want... Bhakti means to render service. So if the master is not there, then where is the question of bhakti and service? It is all bogus."

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

Prasadam - Tamarind, Part 3


Sep 24, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

Because its curling leaves at nighttime are associated with ghosts in the trees, and because of its high acidity, many villagers in India refuse to sleep beneath a tamarind tree. While folk legends must be taken with some skepticism, the fact is that many transcendental events are associated with trees, and the demigods have been known to embody themselves in tree forms during in certain pastimes. Whatever the basis in fact, a lot of folk legends associated with trees have resulted in their preservation, in sacred groves that are conserved and treated with great respect by local villagers.


Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Part 3


Sep 24 CANADA (SUN) — By Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Printed by The Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur (1995).

by Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami

Here are some scriptural statements forbidding worship of the devata and pitris
1. Narayana Upanishad

Worship of Shiva, Shakti (Durga), Surya, Ganapati and other devatas and pitris is not prescribed anywhere, neither by local custom nor by scripture (Purana, Smriti, Agama, Dharma Shastra, or Veda), for devotees of Vishnu - who are either householders of varnashrama or outcastes - initiated with Vishnu mantra. Rather, by doing such worship they commit offense.


Prasadam - Tamarind, Part 2


Sep 22, CANADA (SUN) — A journey through India: border to border, bhoga to prasadam.

Tamarind pods are light brown to cinnamon colored, with a thin brittle shell similar to a peanut. The inner fruit is a reddish dark brown pulp that surrounds several large seeds. The pulp is fibrous and sticky, and is often sold in blocks still containing the fiber and seeds. A more prepared version of tamarind is also readily available, this one being a concentrated dark paste from which all the fibrous pieces are eliminated. You can also buy tamarind in whole pods, either fresh or dried, or peeled and deseeded.


Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Part 2


Sep 22 CANADA (SUN) — By Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Printed by The Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur (1995).

by Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami

"Offering obeisances to Lord Shri Krishna, who is eternal, full of knowledge and bliss, is worshipped by the whole world, the controller of the universe, situated in supreme bliss, and the bestower of the desired goal to the unalloyed devotees, I, Gopala Bhatta, receiving the order from saintly, exalted devotees, present a manual on vedic samskaras called "Sat Kriya Sara Dipika". By this, the householders within the varnashrama system ( brahmanas, kshatriyas, vaishyas and shudras) and those outside the varnashrama system (candalas, mlecchas, yavanas etc.) can maintain the principles of Vaishnava teachings. In presenting this, I have always kept in mind the supreme position of devotional service.


World Famous
Acarya Speaks


Sep 22, CLEVELAND, OHIO (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada, Evening Darsana - July 8, 1976, Washington, D.C.

"How there can be, because the democracy? You are corrupt, therefore your government is corrupt. You correct yourself, the government will be automatically corrected. If you are rascals, the government will be rascals. The government means elected. So if you are not rascal, you'll not elect another rascal to take charge of the government affairs. But because you are rascal, you'll send another rascal. So how can you expect good government? You do not know whom to select. And besides that, the whole population is rascal, śūdra. So anyone you elect, if he's by qualification he's a śūdra, worker, he's not intelligent person, he's not brāhmaṇa, he's not kṣatriya."


Vedic Fathers of Geology, Pt. 13
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 28
Nail in the Ritvik Coffin
Atonement vs. Chanting
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 4
Jai Srila Prabhupada
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Prasadam - Tamarind, Pt. 3
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 27
Indira Ekadasi
The Forgotten and Ignored
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 3
Saturday Laffs
Prasadam - Tamarind, Pt. 2
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 26
World Famous Acarya Speaks
Mayapur BBT Close-out?
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 2
Prabhupada Samadhi Mandir
Prasadam - Tamarind
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 25
Om Parthaya Pratibodhitam
Twenty-Two Steps
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika
Vedic Fathers of Geology, Pt. 12
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 24
What Really Happened?
Departure of the Jaladuta
Kartika Parikrama Schedule
Sunday Laffs


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