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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

Sat Sai of Bihari Lal
Rajasthan, Amber, c. 1800

Engaging the Senses

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 30, CANADA (SUN) — "Simply find out how Krsna conscious you can be. If you want to be really at peace, if you want to be happy, then develop Krsna consciousness. And the beginning is to develop attachment for Krsna. The process which we have prescribed is chanting and dancing before the Deities, and offering prasadam, spiritual food. This will make you more Krsna conscious.

The yoga system as it is described in the Bhagavad-gita is different from the bogus yoga system which is going on in the West these days. The yoga systems which have been introduced into the West by so-called yogis are not bona fide. Yoga is difficult: the first thing is to control the senses. That is the position of the yogi: he is not allowed to indulge in sex life. If you indulge in intoxication, if you indulge in meat-eating, and if you indulge in gambling and sporting--all nonsense--you cannot at the same time become a yogi. I was astonished when a yogi came here, having advertised in India that you can be a yogi even though you may be addicted to drinking. This is not the yoga system. This is not standard. You can call it yoga, but it is not the standard yoga system.

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Personal Practice of the Four Regulative Principles

BY: ROCANA DASA

Oct 30, CANADA (SUN) — It is a common practice in today's Vaisnava culture to introduce the four regulative principles as part of the initial introduction to Krsna Consciousness: no meat eating, no intoxication, no illicit sex and no gambling. The introduction of these regulative principles is often done without much explanation, as many consider the "four regs" to be fairly simple, cut-and-dried. In some respects, however, that is not the case. There are many gray areas surrounding these four regulative principles that have led to a host of speculative interpretations as to exactly what they entail.

First and foremost, one should keep in mind that these principles have been introduced by the Sampradaya Acarya, Srila Prabhupada, and the disciplic succession that he represents, as being the topmost position. It is the absolute authority's responsibility to present the ultimate principles. And, it is the responsibility of us conditioned souls who are aspiring to achieve Krsna Consciousness to strive to come up to these standards, knowing full well the benefits and the repercussions of either following or not.

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Sri Guru is Eternally Manifest!

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Oct 30, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — "Worship of Sri Guru" by Srila Narottama Dasa Thakura Mahasaya from Sri Prema-Bhakti-Candrika.

1. The lotus feet of the Spiritual Master are the abode of pure devotional service. I bow down to those lotus feet with great care and attention. My dear brother (my dear mind)! It is through the grace of the Spiritual Master that we cross over this material existence and obtain Sri Krsna.

2. Make the teachings from the lotus mouth of the Spiritual Master one with your heart, and do not desire anything else. Attachment to the lotus feet of the Spiritual Master is the best means of spiritual advancement. By His mercy all desires for spiritual perfection are fulfilled.

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Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 23

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 30, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 78 (Kamoda-raga)

1. Glistening like a gold and jewel necklace, the gopis form a circle. In that circle's center of centers is Lord Krishna, the king of dancers. He glistens like a great sapphire there.

2. (Refrain) O beautiful gopi, O beautiful gopi, there is the wonderful rasa-dance pastime. Radha and Krishna are like a stationary lightning flash and restless monsoon cloud that together shower without stop a great monsoon of nectar.

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The Killing of Dhenukasura

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 29, INDIA (SUN) — On the auspicious occasion of Gopastami, observed October 30th, from Chapter Fifteen of 'Krsna Book' by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

In this way, Sri Krsna, along with His elder brother Balarama, passed the childhood age known as kaumara and stepped into the age of pauganda, from the sixth year up to the tenth. At that time, all the cowherd men conferred and agreed to give those boys who had passed their fifth year charge of the cows in the pasturing ground. Given charge of the cows, Krsna and Balarama traversed Vrndavana, purifying the land with Their footprints.

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Lord Nityananda: The Last Limit of Mercy

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Oct 29, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Vrindavan Das Thakura has written this song, "Are Bhai Nitai Amar Doyara Avadhi" and sings the glories of Lord Nitai, who wanders village to village giving love of God (Krsna-prema) to one and all.

Nityananda Rama is patita-pavana, the deliverer of the patitas (most fallen). He is wonderfully merciful, unlimitedly merciful, nitai amar doyar avadhi. There is no limit to the mercy of Nitai; you cannot find out the limit. If there would have been some limit to His mercy, then the last limit is Nityananda!

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Inside the World of
a Hare Krishna

BY: BERNARD WILCHUSKY

Oct 29, ORLANDO, FLORIDA (CFF) — It began with a chant. In a small house off Rouse Road, in the center of the shrine room's wood-paneled floor, a bald man in saffron robes shifted from foot to foot, singing the words of his faith: hare krishna, hare krishna, krishna krishna, hare hare, hare rama, hare rama, rama rama, hare hare.

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Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 22

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 29, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 71 (Dhanasi-raga)

1. The gopis assemble and depart. They joyfully enter the waters of the pastime lake.

2. The gopis meet in the midst of the waters. The divine couple enjoy many water pastimes. Playfully They fight in the water.

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Parishads: Sri Gadadhar das, Srinivas Acarya, and Dhananjaya Pandit

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 29, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance Day of Sri Gadadhar das, Srinivas Acarya, and Dhananjaya Pandit is observed on October 30th.

Gadadhar das Goswami

She who during Krishna's incarnation was Candrakanti, the manifestation of Radharani's opulence, has become Gadadhara Das by Gauranga's side. Balaram's beloved Purnananda has also entered into him for some special purpose. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 154-155)

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Bhagavatastakam of Rasikananda, Verse 2

BY: DR. DEMIAN MARTINS

Oct 28, INDIA (SUN) —

TEXT 2

padabje krta-sat-krtav api catur-varge ghrnam kurvato
drk-pate'pi gata-vyathan vraja-pati-premamrta-svadakan |
manvanan atidustaram bhava-maha-patho-nidhim gospadam
vande bhagavatan iman anulavam murdhna nipatya ksitau
|| 2 ||

Although dharma, artha, kama and moksa worship and fall at their lotus feet, they despise them. Actually they do not even glance at these things. This great ocean of material existence is very difficult to surpass, but they consider it just like the water on a cow's hoofprint. Relishing the nectar of the love for the Lord of Vraja, they are free from all pains. Bowing my head on the ground, I respectfully glorify these great devotees of the Lord at every moment.

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Crying is Required!

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Oct 28, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — From Saranagati (Bhajana-lalasa, hankering for divine service, 13 songs) by Sri Srimad Bhaktivinode Thakura Mahasaya (written in 1880-1897, Song 10.

"Gurudeva!"

1. By a drop of your mercy make this servant of yours more humble than a blade of grass. Give me strength to bear all trials and troubles, and free me from all desires for personal honor.

2. O lord and master! Invest me with the power to properly honor all living beings. Only then will I sing the holy name in great ecstasy and will all my offenses cease.

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The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 24

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 30, CANADA (SUN) —

Yasoda Vishvarupa-darshan

One of the Krsna-lila pastimes often glorified during the month of Damodar is that of Yasoda Ma getting vishvarupa-darshan in Krsna's mouth. In a lecture on Bhagavad-gita 2.25, Srila Prabhupada explained the pastime in terms of vatsalya-rasa:

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Oct 30, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"People are generally very poor in their thought; therefore the saintly persons move among them just to enlighten them a little, to give them a chance to serve Krishna. That is the saintly person's duty."

(Perfect Questions, Perfect Answers)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 470

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 30, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto LXV - Kumbhakarna's Speech

"But haughty Kumbhakarṇa spurned
His counsel, and to Rávaṇ turned:
"Thy life from peril will I free
And slay the foe who threatens thee.
A hero never vaunts in vain,
Like bellowing clouds devoid of rain,
Nor, Monarch, be thine ear inclined
To counsellors of slavish kind,
Who with mean arts their king mislead
And mar each gallant plan and deed.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Oct 30,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

October 30, 1972, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.19
"Don't think that Arjuna was a ksatriya. He, after studying Bhagavad-gita, he became brahmana, because he understood Krsna."

October 30, 1975, Nairobi
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.28.20
"We have to understand something very rigidly by three things, the... It must be confirmed by the sastra, and it must be confirmed by the acaryas and by the spiritual master. Very simple thing."

October 30, 1976, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 5.5.8
"Nobody is feeling that "I shall be enjoyed." Everyone is thinking, "I shall enjoy." Nobody wants to be predominated; everyone wants to be predominator. This is the illusion."


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

The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 23

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 29, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 6.1.22, December 13, 1970, Indore.

Vatsalya-rasa: Parenthood

Nectar of Devotion, Chapter 43: When ecstatic love develops into the relationship of parenthood and becomes steadily established, the relationship is called vatsalya-rasa. The exhibition of this vatsalya-rasa standard of devotional service can be found in the dealings of Krsna with His devotees who represent themselves as superior personalities like father, mother and teacher.

FULL STORY

5 Year Old Boy Dies
in Mayapur

BY: RADHANA D. & ALAUKIKA-PREMA DAS

Oct 29, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Dear devotees please join together in the prayers for this sweet boy Doyal Caitanya who left his body yesterday in Kolkata hospital. He lived in Mayapur with his Family, he was only 5 years old. Doctor said that he had an acute case of diphtheria. Please pray also for his parents and younger brother that they can somehow survive his departure from this world.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Oct 29, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"And when he has fully surrendered unto the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord, he does not care whether his condition of life is favourable or unfavourable."

(Krsna Book - 'Prayers of the Personified Vedas')

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 469

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 29, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto LXIV - Mahodar's Speech

"He ceased: and when his lips were closed
Mahodar thus his rede opposed:
"Why wilt thou shame thy noble birth
And speak like one of little worth?
Why boast thee thus in youthful pride
Rejecting wisdom for thy guide?

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The Glorious Month of Damodar, Part 22

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 28, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 6.1.22, December 13, 1970, Indore.

Krsna Lifted Govardhan -- No Interpretation

Prabhupada: …So the Brahma and Indra, they are not fools. When they saw that "A boy is in Vrndavana, and He is accepted as the Supreme Lord, and He is doing something like God. Let us test," so Brahma took away all His cows and calves and playmates. And after a second, when he came, he saw the same cows, same calves, same boys were there. Krsna has expanded.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Oct 28, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"I am successful only because I am following strictly the orders of my Guru Maharaj and do not deviate. Therefore people respect what I am saying and they listen, because I do not say one thing and do another."

(Letter to Madhuvisa, June 16, 1972)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 468

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 28, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto LXIII - Kumbhakarna's Boast

"Then Kumbhakarṇa laughed aloud
And cried; "O Monarch, once so proud,
We warned thee, but thou wouldst not hear;
And now the fruits of sin appear.
We warned thee, I, thy nobles, all
Who loved thee, in thy council hall.

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Padyavali of Srila
Govinda das, Part 21

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 28, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the 95 songs from 'Padyavali'.

Song 68 (Sri-raga)

1. Flowers bloom in the forest. Parrots and cuckoos sweetly talk.

2. Peacocks and peahens loudly call. These sounds make one wild with bliss.

3. Look! Look! There is the king of playful heroes. He walks to the forest-place where He will meet His beloved.

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Glorious Month of Damodar
Engaging the Senses
Padyavali, Pt. 23
Sri Guru is Eternally Manifest! 
Four Regulative Principles
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Glorious Month of Damodar
Parishads
Padyavali, Pt. 22
The Last Limit of Mercy   
Killing of Dhenukasura
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Inside the World
5 Year Old Boy Dies
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 21
Crying is Required!  
Rasikananda's Bhagavatastakam
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 20
Clasp His Lotus Feet Tightly  
Grateful Reply to Bhakta Torben
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Temple of Vedic Planetarium
VedaBase and Original Audio
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 19
O Saintly Vaisnava Thakura
What Should Be Avoided  
The Nuwabians  
Afrocentric, Pt. 2 
Tragic Disappearances 
Disappearance of His Divine Grace
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Mantra to Soothe
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Glorious Month of Damodar
Padyavali, Pt. 18
Sadhus Pray for Us
When Karttika Begins
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Saturday Laffs
Glorious Month of Damodar
Parishads
Padyavali, Pt. 17
Offering a Lamp in the Sky
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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