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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

Gopis Seek Krishna in the Forest
Bhagavata Purnana, c.1530

Annada Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 19, CANADA (SUN) — Annada Ekadasi, observed on August 21st (LA & Mayapur), from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana.

Sri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Janardana, protector of all living entities, please tell me the name of the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September)."

The Supreme Lord, Shri Krishna, then replied, "Oh King, hear me attentively. The name of this sin-removing, sacred Ekadasi is Aja. Any person who fasts completely on this day and worships Hrishikesha, the master of the senses, becomes free of all reactions to his sins. Even one who simply hears about this Ekadasi is freed from his past sins. Oh King, there is no better day than this in all the earthly and heavenly worlds. This is true without a doubt.

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Sri Caitanya-candramrta, Part 10

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Nectar Moon of Sri Caitanya' by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati.

Chapter Nine - Sri Caitanyotkarsata - (The Exalted Position of Lord Caitanya)

100 All glories to Lord Gauracandrama. He is as powerful as a maddened young lion and as handsome and splendid as a golden young plantain. He flooded this world with the ocean of pure love for Lord Krsna.

101 All glories to Lord Gaura, who is more handsome than millions of Cupids, more pleasing to the people than millions of moons, more affectionate than millions of mothers, more generous than millions of celestial desire trees, more profound than millions of oceans, sweeter than millions of sudha, ksira, and madhvika nectars, and filled with millions of wonderful sentiments of the nectar of pure love for Lord Krsna.

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17th Century Ramayana Manuscript under Lock and Key after Theft

BY: SANDEEP JOSHI

Aug 19, INDIA (HINDU) — On December 22, 2011, when the only original pandulipi (manuscript) of Sri Ramcharitmanas (also referred to as the Ramayana) dated 1648 ce and a few precious articles of its writer, Goswami Tulsidas, were stolen from the Hanuman temple in the Akhara Goswami Tulsidas on Tulsi Ghat, the Mishra family was shocked. Its then head priest, a noted environmentalist and professor at IIT-BHU, Veer Bhadra Mishra, had to face charges of theft conspiracy.

It led to massive search operations by the Varanasi police, which was informally aided by the CBI and the intelligence agencies as it was feared that these rare articles could be smuggled abroad. It took seven months before the police recovered all the articles. "But this theft changed everything...The articles that were so far available for public viewing were safely locked only to be taken out once every year to celebrate the Tulsi Jayanti," says Professor V.N. Mishra, son of Professor Veer Bhadra Mishra, who is now the head priest.

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Vaidurya Mani
Srila Prabhupada

BY: ADHIYAJNA DASA

Aug 18, CALGARY, ALBERTA, CANADA (SUN) —

O Vaidurya Mani, jewel of many colors and grace
we remember Your swan like charms as You walked this place
what a benediction for the Kali Yuga human race
Srila Prabhupada, the day You took birth, Your Divine Grace

O Vaidurya Mani, jewel of many rasas
You told us sternly , you're all Krishna's dasas
put Krishna before the zeroes otherwise all will be losses
Srila Prabhupada, we accepted You as the guru of all bosses

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Ecstasy in Prague

BY: TUSTA DAS

Aug 18, PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC (SUN) — Upon our last Ratha Yatra in Prague and being one of 2 people engaged in the service of driving a 7.5 ton truck loaded with Lord Jagannath's cart to the cities of Paris, Strasbourg, Budapest and Prague, I came across an Indian lady making her way down the ladder on the cart. I mentioned to the pujari that nobody but Titiksu das, myself and the pujaris are allowed on the cart, so he explained to me that the lady was from Puri. I approached her and introduced myself to her and she exclaimed as to why she was so happy, which was evident as she was in tears of joy. This was her story:

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Sri Caitanya-candramrta, Part 9

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Nectar Moon of Sri Caitanya' by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati.

Chapter Eight - Loka-siksa - (Instruction to the People)

80 O foolish people, please seek the path of pure hari-bhakti, which even the great sages in ancient times could not find after long searching. If in your heart there is no faith, and if you think it is too difficult to attain, then please abandon all these misconceptions and take shelter of the lotus feet of Lord Gaura.

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Teachings of Lord Caitanya

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 18, CANADA (SUN) — Conclusion

The last in a serial presentation of the complete narration by Amala Bhakta dasa of the 32 chapters of "Teachings of Lord Caitanya" written by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:

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The Appearance of Srila Prabhupada,
Sampradaya Acarya

BY: ROCANA DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 17, CANADA (SUN) — On the auspicious occasion of Srila Prabhupada's Vyasapuja.

In 1896, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada made his appearance in Calcutta, Bengal. He was given the name Abhay Carana by his Vaisnava father, Gour Mohan De, whose principle desire for his son's spiritual future was for him to become a pure devotee of Lord Sri Krsna, the ultimate goal of Vaisnavism.

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Srila Prabhupada's Transcendental Sound Vibration

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 17, CANADA (SUN) — I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of my spiritual master and unto the feet of all Vaisnavas. I offer my respectful obeisances unto the lotus feet of Srila Rupa Gosvami along with his elder brother Sanatana Gosvami, as well as Raghunatha Dasa and Raghunatha Bhatta, Gopala Bhatta, and Srila Jiva Gosvami. I offer my respectful obeisances to Lord Krsna Caitanya and Lord Nityananda along with Advaita Acarya, Gadadhara, Srivasa, and other associates. I offer my respectful obeisances to Srimati Radharani and Sri Krsna along with Their associates, Sri Lalita and Visakha.

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Tribute to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Prabhupada

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS

Aug 17, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) — On Your Glorious Appearance Day 2014.

I Offer my sincere respectful Obeisances to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada on your Appearance Day.

Many Lives I've spent and lost
Forgetting KRSNA at such a great cost.
Birth, Death, Disease, Old Age
Knock on my door, sadly that I Ignore.

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Sri Caitanya-candramrta, Part 8

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Nectar Moon of Sri Caitanya' by Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati.

Chapter Seven - Upasya-nistha - (The Firm Conviction that Lord Caitanya is the Worshipable Supreme Personality of Godhead)

57 O foolish mind, please take shelter of Lord Gauranga, who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is hidden from the view of the Vedas, and who with His own transcendental potency plunged the entire world into the great nectar ocean of love for the lotus feet of Lord Krsna.

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Teachings of Lord Caitanya

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 17, CANADA (SUN) — The Supreme Perfection

A serial presentation of the complete narration by Amala Bhakta dasa of the 32 chapters of "Teachings of Lord Caitanya" written by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada:

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The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Yamuna

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 181.

Yamunotri

When making pilgrimage on the Char-dhama yatra, one begins at the western-most shrine of Yamunotri in the Garhwal Himalayas. Situated near the Yamuna River, in the area of three hot sulphur springs, the Yamunotir temple was built on a flank of the Bandar Poonch peak, approximately 10,600 feet above sea level. Where the road splits at Dharasu, Yamunotri sits opposite to Gangotri. The temple stands on the foothills of Kalinda Parvata, close to the thermal springs. The region is very close to the modern Indo-Chinese border and is surrounded on all sides by the Himalayan range.

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 397

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book V - Canto XLIX. - Rávan

"On the fierce king Hanúmán turned
His angry eyes that glowed and burned.
He saw him decked with wealth untold
Of diamond and pearl and gold,
And priceless was each wondrous gem
That sparkled in his diadem.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Aug 19,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

August 19, 1968, Montreal
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.12
"The gopis, they also sacrificed everything for Krsna. This is wanted. The degree of sacrifice, the degree of attachment is taken into consideration by God, not any material opulence."

August 19, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.16
"When one is associating nicely, then he will feel, "Why not become a disciple?" So we receive application, "Prabhupada, if you'll kindly accept me as your disciple." This is the beginning of bhajana-kriya."

August 19, 1973, London
Bhagavad-gita 2.13
"When I shall go to the spiritual world, there is no more change of body. Eternal."


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

The Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma: Yamuna

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 180.

Today we begin the final segment of this series, with the very last holy place listed in Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places' -- the Yamuna River. Srila Bhaktivinoda describes the Yamuna as follows:

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 18, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"It is said, therefore, that great personalities of power and opulence never become proud, and the example is given that a tree which is full of fruits and flowers does not stand erect in pride but instead bends downwards to show submissiveness. This is a sign of the wonderful character of great personalities."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.21.5)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 396

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book V - Canto XLVIII. - Hanumán Captured

"To Indrajít the bold and brave
The giant king his mandate gave:
"O trained in warlike science, best
In arms of all our mightiest,
Whose valour in the conflict shown
To Asurs and to Gods is known,
The Kinkars whom I sent are slain,
And Jambumálí and his train;

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Sri Guru-vandana

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 17, CANADA (SUN) — Celebrating the Appearance Day of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, Founder-Acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness - August 18th.

"Personally, I have no hope for any direct service for the coming crores of births of the sojourn of my life, but I am confident that some day or other I shall be delivered from this mire of delusion in which I am at present so deeply sunk. Therefore let me with all my earnestness pray at the lotus feet of my divine master to allow me to suffer the lot for which I am destined due to my past misdoings, but to let me have this power of recollection: that I am nothing but a tiny servant of the Almighty Absolute Godhead, realized through the unflinching mercy of my divine master. Let me therefore bow down at his lotus feet with all the humility at my command."

Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja Offering, 1936

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Srila Prabhupada's Literary Pearls

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 17, CANADA (SUN) — Excerpts of an article by Krsna Dhenu das, published on the Krishna Kirtana Songs (KKSongs.org) website on Unreleased Works and Unsung Songs of Srila Prabhupada.

"By the order of his spiritual master, Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Goswami, Srila Prabhupada has preached Krsna Consciousness to the Western world, created many preaching centers and temples, initiated thousands of disciples, given thousands of lectures, and has written a Vedic library of literature, which is not only read by devotees of Krsna, but academic scholars have even accepted them as textbooks.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 17, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Although when a pure devotee speaks the articulation of his voice may resemble the sound of this material sky, the voice is spiritually powerful because it touches the particles of saffron dust on the lotus feet of the Lord."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.20.25)

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Nandotsava - Birth Ceremony of Lord Krsna

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 17, CANADA (SUN) — Nandotsava, observed on August 18th, from Srimad Bhagavatam 10:5:1-17, Translation and Purport by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

TEXTS 1-2

Sukadeva Gosvami said: Nanda Maharaja was naturally very magnanimous, and when Lord Sri Krsna appeared as his son, he was overwhelmed by jubilation. Therefore, after bathing and purifying himself and dressing himself properly, he invited brahmanas who knew how to recite Vedic mantras. After having these qualified brahmanas recite auspicious Vedic hymns, he arranged to have the Vedic birth ceremony celebrated for his newborn child according to the rules and regulations, and he also arranged for worship of the demigods and forefathers.

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 395

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book V - Canto XLVII. - The Death Of Aksha

"But Rávan, as his fury burned,
His eyes on youthful Aksha turned,
Who rose impetuous at his glance
And shouted for his bow and lance.
He rode upon a glorious car
That shot the light of gems afar.

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Scores Take Part in Lord Krsna's Birthday

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Aug 17, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Jagannatha Dham Puri and temple city Bhubaneswar were soaked in religious fervour on the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami on Sunday. Jagannath Temple and ISKCON temples in Puri and Bhubaneswar were flooded with Lord Krsna followers.

Prasadam, songs, drama and Deity worship marked the birth of Lord Krsna. While security was tightened in all temples to avoid any unsavoury incidents, the annual celebration was peaceful in the temples of Orissa.

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Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Sri Caitanya-candramrta
Annada Ekadasi
The Ramayan of Valmiki
17th Century Ramayana
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Teachings of Lord Caitanya
Sri Caitanya-candramrta
Ecstasy in Prague
Vaidurya Mani Srila Prabhupada
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Sri Guru Vandana
Teachings of Lord Caitanya
Sri Caitanya-candramrta
Nandotsava
Tribute to His Divine Grace
Transcendental Sound Vibration
Appearance of Srila Prabhupada
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Prabhupada's Literary Pearls
Lord Krsna's Birthday
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
The Birth of Lord Krsna
Teachings of Lord Caitanya
Sri Caitanya-candramrta
Sweetest Janmastami-lila
Celebrating Krsna's Birth
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Teachings of Lord Caitanya
Sri Caitanya-candramrta
Why Krsna Comes to This World
Krishna Janma Tithi Vidhih
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Holy Places of Jaiva Dharma
Teachings of Lord Caitanya
Sri Caitanya-candramrta
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Govardhana Hill Book
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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