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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

Lord Narasimha
Pokharni, Maharashtra

Easier Said Than Done

BY: ROCANA DASA

May 22, CANADA (SUN) — This is in response to the continuing inquiries of a number of Sun readers, who have asked various questions about how qualified a diksa guru has to be, and where to find such a person in ISKCON. I have given this a great deal of thought over the years, and tried to address the issue properly in the Constitution, which focuses on the most essential points of principle underlying the initiation issue. The Constitution quotes sastra and cites Srila Prabhupada's comments on the subject but even so, the complexity and seeming contradictions make it a challenging subject for devotees.

Krsna consciousness is a science. It's very practical, and not mysterious. You simply have to try and comprehend your own personal circumstances, and the circumstances we are now trying to make spiritual advancement in. I've touched on this before and it's a recurring theme: that we exist right now in a very unique circumstance relative to the lila of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

FULL STORY

The Car of Juggernaut

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

May 22, NEW YORK (SUN) — Excerpts from 'India's Great Religious Festival As Seen By A European', The Living Age, Friday, February 1st, 1929, by F. Yeats-Brown,

Lord Jagannatha and Jagannatha Puri in the 19th and early 20th century, Conclusion:

For uncounted centuries Jaganath has been the symbol of the oldest living faith and the adored of millions. A hundred devadasis dance in his honor. He has a score of elephants to attend him. The revenue of his temple is kingly, and he has two locked cellars which are knee-deep in jewels. When he rides in his car, on his day of days, escorted by his brother Balarama and sister Subhadra, surrounded by his priests and worshiped by his people, he goes on such a tide of human love and faith as we in the West may never see.

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Timber for Lord Jagannatha's Idol Reaches Puri

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

May 22, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA A wave of euphoria swept along the Grand Road in Puri as the holy Neem wood for creation of the idol of Lord Jagannath for Nabakalebara reached the 12th Century shrine on Friday. Braving scorching heat and humidity, a sea of humanity gathered and caught glimpse of the sacred timber.

The ambience resembled the annual car festival. From early morning, devotees in droves took positions on the spacious Grand Road, which was choked for nearly six hours till the wood entered the temple around 12 pm. Devotees jostled for space and tried to touch the wood-laden cart, which started its journey from Kharipadia in Jagatsinghpur on May 14.

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Confessions of the Evolutionists, Chapter 8

BY: SUN STAFF

May 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the book by author Harun Yahya.

Confessions Regarding the Sudden Emergence of Life

Investigation of the geological strata and the fossil record shows that life on Earth emerged all of a sudden. The deepest stratum in which fossils of living things are encountered is that known as the Cambrian, dating back 520 to 530 million years.

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Darwin is Missing the Whole Point

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 22, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Los Angeles, June 1972: Śrīla Prabhupāda asserts that Darwin's theory of evolution is inconclusive and illogical. But Darwin's is not the only theory of evolution. The Vedas explain that an evolutionary process governs the progress of the soul. "We accept evolution," Śrīla Prabhupāda says, "but not that the forms of the species are changing. The bodies are all already there, but the soul is evolving by changing bodies and by transmigrating from one body to another.... The defect of the evolutionists is that they have no information of the soul."

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Quarterlight

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

May 22, CANADA (SUN) —

limited to association
limited
by
one
kind
of
association you hear of as
one
limited to listening
for
the time being limited by
listening


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It's Up To Krishna

BY: CAITANYA DAS

May 20, UK (SUN) — Regarding the point on who is the deliverer of the devotee, Krishna declares in the Gita He is the swift deliverer of His devotee. There is the sloka that one should not become father or guru if he cannot deliver his dependents from birth and death. Because the pure devotee is in full knowledge of Krishna he can give his disciple the means to connect with Krishna. It's up to the disciple to follow, and Krishna within his heart helps the sincere soul to advance.

But there are questions on the way, and to fully surrender, and fully understand, and to enter into the spiritual realm in his svarupa one is never without the constant association of his guru, either by carrying out his orders for his mission whilst in this mortal world or assisting him in his activities in the spiritual world. There is never a time where one should forget his guru, as Prabhupada would say.

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A Description of
Lord Jaganath

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

May 20, NEW YORK (SUN) — Excerpts from 'The Cyclopaedia of India and of Eastern and Southern Asia', Volume 2 (1885) by Surgeon General Edward Balfour.

Lord Jagannatha and Jagannatha Puri in the 19th and early 20th century, Part 3:

JAGANATH, vernacularly Jugurnath, from Yoganatha, lord of the world, is a name now especially applied to Vishnu in the form in which he is worshipped at the temple of Jaganath at Puri in Orissa. All the land within 20 miles round this pagoda is considered holy, but the most sacred spot is an area of about 650 feet square, which contains fifty temples. The most conspicuous of these is a lofty tower about 184 feet in height and about 28 feet square inside, called the Bur Dewali, in which the idol and his brother and sister Subhadra are lodged. Adjoining this are two pyramidal buildings. In one, about 40 feet square, the idol is worshipped, and in the other the food prepared for the pilgrims is distributed.

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Confessions of the Evolutionists, Chapter 7

BY: SUN STAFF

May 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the book by author Harun Yahya.

Confessions Regarding the Dead-End of Molecular Evolution - Part Two

G.A. Kerkut, is an evolutionist and zoologist in the Department of Physiology and Biochemistry at University of Southampton:

The first assumption was that non-living things gave rise to living material. This is still just an assumption…. There is, however, little evidence in favor of biogenesis and as yet we have no indication that it can be performed….

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Darwin's Speculation

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 20, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Morning Walk -- July 11, 1975, Chicago.

Srila Prabhupada: No, no, he admitted that he (Darwin) speculated. He is not a philosopher, he is a speculator. He has admitted that "It is my speculation. I think like this."... Anywhere, speculation is not science nor philosophy. We don't admit. No hypothesis. ...

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More Edit Ingenuity

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

May 20, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 17, 8-10.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Foods in the mode of goodness increase the duration of life, purify one's existence and give strength, health, happiness and satisfaction. Such nourishing foods are sweet, juicy, fattening and palatable. Foods that are too bitter, too sour, salty, pungent, dry and hot, are liked by people in the modes of passion. Such foods cause pain, distress, and disease. Food cooked more than three hours before being eaten, which is tasteless, stale, putrid, decomposed and unclean, is food liked by people in the mode of ignorance."

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Puri Priests Upset over Debasnan Purnima Restriction

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

May 20, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA A section of servitors of Jagannath Temple in Puri on Tuesday threatened to boycott rituals on Debasnan Purnima on June 2, protesting the shrine administration's ban on touching the Deities on the bathing altar of the temple. Debasnan Purnima is a vital ritual in the run-up to the July 18 Rath Yatra.

"On Monday, the temple administration announced to prevent devotees from touching the deities on Debasnan Purnima. We will protest and boycott rituals if the devotees are barred from touching the deities," Daitapati Nijog's assistant general secretary Binayak Dasmohapatra told media persons.

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Unruly Priest Attacks Couple at Jagannath Temple

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

May 20, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA As the state government goes all out to woo tourists to Puri for the Nabakalebara festival of Jagannath Temple, a priest on Tuesday brutally assaulted a couple and misbehaved with their daughter when they refused to take his assistance to enter the sanctum sanctorum.

Singhadwar police arrested the uncouth priest, Chandan Khuntia, 30, following a complaint lodged by injured devotee Sanatan Nayak, a retired army officer from Bhadrak. Nayak suffered a nosebleed after Khuntia allegedly rained punches on his face.

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To Mind the Attention Span

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

May 20, CANADA (SUN) —

it
touches it but
one
is
only
a
new
kind of experienced
being
with
no
attention span to
realize
it


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The GBC Dilemma:
Can Srila Prabhupada
Deliver Everyone?

BY: KRISHNA DASA

May 18, EUROPE (SUN) — The article of Haridasa dasa is most relevant to today's ISKCON in that it relates to the question of who delivers the sadhaka from the ocean of birth and death. Everyone agrees that Srila Prabhupada can deliver his immediate disciples. But can he deliver his granddisciples etc.?

If the GBC says yes, then it is accused of being soft-Rtvik. Many prominent Gaudiya Vaisnavas, including Gaura Govinda Maharaja, have accused the GBC of this. They say the guru can't give what the guru doesn't have, so if one's guru is not so advanced and one does not have the association of a living bhagavata one cannot go back to Godhead in this life. Srila Prabhupada's books are insufficient because one needs to hear from the lips of a pure devotee. They also say the responsibility to deliver the sadhaka lies with the living guru (either siksa-guru or diksa-guru), and not with Srila Prabhupada. Ironically, the Founder-Acarya paper, although meant to unify ISKCON, is alienating some of its members because it is perceived as supporting this so-called soft-Rtvik philosophy.

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Constitutional Issues: Disciplic Succession

BY: ROCANA DASA

May 18, CANADA (SUN) — I would like to address the issues recently brought up by two Sun readers, Haridasa dasa and Krishna dasa regarding an essential principle within our philosophy about the continuation of our Sampradaya. Within the ISKCON As it Is Constitution (Article 8), I have made a concerted effort to provide many quotations from sastra and from the Founder-Acarya, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, in regards to the essential philosophical principles underlying this issue. Due to the complexity and seeming contradictions of the many quotations originating from Guru, Sadhu, and Sastra addressing the deliverance of a sincere jivatma from their material bondage, this subject remains open to much discussion.

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Confessions of the Evolutionists, Chapter 7

BY: SUN STAFF

May 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the book by author Harun Yahya.

Confessions Regarding the Dead-End of Molecular Evolution - Part One

To the question of how life on Earth originally emerged, the theory of evolution has no answers to give, even right from the very beginning of the debate. Evolutionists claim that life began with when one single cell that came into being by chance. According to this scenario, under the effects of lightning and earthquakes, various inanimate substances entered into a reaction in the primordial atmosphere of some 4 billion years ago; thus giving rise to the first cell.

FULL STORY

Darwinism Extinct

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 18, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — All right, scientist, why is life not coming from matter now? You rascal. Why isn't life coming from matter now? Actually such scientists are rascals. They childishly say that life came from matter, although they are not at all able to prove it.

Recorded on April 19, 1973, in Cheviot Hills Park, Los Angeles:

FULL STORY

BY: SUN EDITORS

May 18, CANADA (SUN) —

Our apologies to those devotees who have written emails to us over the last few weeks, and have not yet had a reply. We have been somewhat overwhelmed with the volume of email since publication of the Constitution, and are slowly working our way through the queue, along with various editorials on the subject. We appreciate your patience, and will be in touch soon. Hare Krsna


Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 31

BY: SUN STAFF

May 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Vishnukundinas

"The Vishnukundina Empire was a Middle Kingdom dynasty that ruled over the Deccan, Odisha and parts of South India during the 5th and 6th Centuries, carving land out from the Vakataka Empire.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 22, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The immediate spiritual master is the representative of Narada Muni; there is no difference between the instructions of Narada Muni and those of the present spiritual master."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 6.5.22)

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

May 22, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XXVII. Chaitanya's tokens - Part One

The Kantha.

The Kantha (a cotton robe of coarse quality) which Chaitanya wore is still preserved in the temple of Puri. The pious pilgrims often bribed the Pandas for so much as a few threads or a little cotton from the sacred robe, till after these four hundred years, we find it now reduced to a mere shred a few inches in size.

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

May 22, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER XV.

Bharata relates the story of Ribhu and Nidágha. The latter, the pupil of the former, becomes a prince, and is visited by his preceptor, who explains to him the principles of unity, and departs.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



May 22,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

May 22, 1969, New Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.1-4
"… the Americans have failed to achieve the highest pleasure of life even by arranging all kinds of material facilities, therefore they should be eager to understand. At least, they should inquire what is the cause."

May 22, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.1-3
"So we should note it, that so-called love is bogus in this material world. Love cannot be possible. This very word love, prema, is specially reserved for Krsna"

May 22, 1973, New York
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.9.40
"So the gopis' activities, they are the supreme platform of pure devotion. There is no other business, there is no other business. Gopis, they are not interested to know philosophically whether Krsna is God. Although they are seeing every step, Krsna is God."

May 22, 1975, Melbourne
Room Conversation with Two Lawyers and Guest
"The best conclusion is, "It is God's property. God has given us to live. Let us thank God, feel obliged to Him, and glorify Him." That is our vision. That is Krsna consciousness movement. You accept the real position, that nothing belongs to you, everything belongs to God."

May 22, 1976, Honolulu
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.22
"The Milk Ocean is there in some part of the universe, top, near Brahmaloka. So it is not fiction; it is itihasa, means history. We do not know the universal history. We may know some history of our country or this planet, that's all. But there are millions and trillions of planets."


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

Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 30

BY: SUN STAFF

May 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Gurjars

From 550 to 1018 AD, the Gurjars (Gurjaras) played a great part in history of Northern India nearly for 500 years. Present day Rajasthan was under the rule of the Gurjars for centuries. Their capital was situated at Bhilmal (Bhinmal or Srimal), nearly 50 miles to the northwest of Mount Abu.

FULL STORY

Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 20, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Every plan is made by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but He is so kind and merciful to His devotees that He wants to give the credit to His devotees who carry out His plan according to His desire."

(Bhagavad-gita 11.34)

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

May 20, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XXV. The pedigree of Chaitanya and his wife.

We have mentioned that Chaitanya in his early life was indebted to Iswara Puri and Advaita for his first impulses towards the spiritual life. I have briefly described his associations with Iswara Puri. I have also mentioned that Sachi, Chaitanya's mother, made Advaita accountable for the spiritual tendencies of both her sons, leading them eventually to sever their home-ties permanently. Iswara Puri, Advaita and Kesava Bharati are the three spiritual masters to whom Chaitanya owed his connection with the Maddhi sect. If a name is to be added, we should mention that of Srivasa. Chaitanya's early education was completed at the tol of Gangadasa Pandit of Vidyanagara in Nadiya.

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

May 20, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER XIV

Dialogue continued. Bharata expounds the nature of existence, the end of life, and the identification of individual with universal spirit.

PARÁŚARA.--Having heard these remarks, full of profound truth, the king was highly pleased with the Brahman, and respectfully thus addressed him: "What you have said is no doubt the truth; but in listening to it my mind is much disturbed.

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Middle Kingdoms of India, Part 29

BY: SUN STAFF

May 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

Harsha Vardhana

'Harshavardhana's father, Prabhakar- vardhana, was from Thanesar. His brother followed Hinayana Buddhism while, according to Bana, Harsha himself was a Mahayana Buddhist. Harsha was a tolerant ruler and supported all Indic faiths – Buddhism, Vedism and Jainism. Early in his life, he seems to have been a follower of Sun Worship, becoming a patron of Shaivism and Buddhism later on.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

May 18, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XXIV. The Gurus of the Maddhi Sect - Part Three

The thief of the milk.

In the noon-time the offering of rich meal was made as usual to Gopinatha in the temple. The doors were shut and dedicating the meal to God, the priest went out of the temple for sometime as usual. He came back and distributed the meal, first offered to the god, among the worshippers. This was what usually happened, but when the priest took his afternoon nap, Gopinatha appeared to him in a dream and said, "I have kept pieces of the ksira tied in my outer robes for Madhava who is one of my truest worshippers. Go and seek him from the town and offer him the food."

FULL STORY

Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

May 18, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"One should seriously study the facts concerning creation, maintenance and devastation, as well as the permanent place from which one never need return."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 6.5.17)

FULL STORY

BY: SUN STAFF

May 18, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK II
CHAPTER XIII. - Part Two

The head servant of the king of Sauvíra, looking upon him as an indolent, untaught Brahman, thought him a fit person to work without pay (and took him into his master's service to assist in carrying the palankin.)

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The Lord of the World, Part Two

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA (SDG)

May 18, NEW YORK (SUN) — Excerpted from the article by William Simpson, American Magazine, Volume XIV, July to December, 1882.

Along with the god was his wife Lakshmi in her most benign aspect; and also the Sudarsana-Chakra, or celestial wheel. This vision was looked upon as a good omen, and at the end of the ceremonies a log floated ashore with the emblems of Vishnu upon it. This was explained to be a hair from the body of the god, and that it had come from Sweta-Dwipa, or the "White Island." From this log the first images of Jagannatha, Balarama, Subhadra and the Sudarsana-Chakra were made.

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Superfluous and Awkward

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

May 18, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad- gita As It Is, 3.26.

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Let not the wise disrupt the minds of the ignorant who are attached to fruitive action. They should not be encouraged to refrain from work, but to engage in work in the spirit of devotion."

Manuscript:
"Those who are after the fruitive results of prescribed duties may not be induced to stop work, disrupt his intelligence. Rather they should be engaged in all sorts of activities, for gradual development of Krsna consciousness.

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More or Less

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

May 18, CANADA (SUN) —

however
mechanically inclined one
senses
one
is
real
simultaneously
one and different in reality the inevitable
so
what
does
it
matter
who fails to be pretty presentable compared to the
way
one
is
now


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Middle Kingdoms of India
Quarterlight
Chaitanya and His Companions
Darwin Missing the Whole Point
Confessions of Evolutionists
The Car of Juggernaut
Easier Said Than Done
Vishnu Purana
Timber for Lord Jagannatha
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Middle Kingdoms of India
Mind the Attention Span
Chaitanya and His Companions
More Edit Ingenuity
Darwin's Speculation
Confessions of Evolutionists
Description of Lord Jaganath
It's Up To Krishna
Vishnu Purana
Debasnan Purnima Restriction
Unruly Priest Attacks Couple
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Middle Kingdoms of India
More or Less
Chaitanya and His Companions
The Lord of the World
Superfluous and Awkward
Darwinism Extinct
Confessions of Evolutionists
Disciplic Succession
The GBC Dilemma
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Editor's Note
Middle Kingdoms of India
Accepting and Rejecting
Chaitanya and His Companions
Not Even Darwin
Confessions of Evolutionists
The Lord of the World
BGIS Vrindavan Rates
Disciplic Succession Questions
Vishnu Purana
Rath Cart Construction
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Saturday Laffs
Middle Kingdoms of India
I Feel Funny
Chaitanya and His Companions
Confused the Whole World
Failed De-sexing Edit
A Pilgrim on the Way
Checks and Balances
Confessions of Evolutionists
Vishnu Purana
Sri Bhishma-Stuti
Lord Jagannath's Timber
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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