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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 Siva Giving the History
of the Solar Races
Rajput, 18th c.

An Analysis of the Paper "Some Evidence Regarding Education and Guruship for Vaishnavis", Part 4

BY: GOLOKA-RANJANA DASA

Feb 25, USA (SUN) —

APPARENT CONTRADICTION IN THE HARI-BHAKTI-VILĀSA - POSITIVE EVIDENCE

tāntrikeṣu ca mantreṣu dīkṣāyāṁ yoṣitām api
sādhvīnām adhikāro 'sti śūdrādīnāṁ ca sad-dhiyām (1.194)

In all matters of initiations in tantras and mantras, saintly ladies have all rights, and so do the śūdras and others who are dedicated to serving their spiritual masters. (The word 'adhikāraḥ'is to be noted in the original Sanskrit.)

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Response to "Sita Devi's Inner Harmony"

BY: BHAKTILATA DEVI DASI

Feb 25, USA (SUN) — I don't know if I am the only one, but this article reprinted from BTG, "Sita Devi's Inner Harmony" by Vishakha dd sounds so strange, as if the author is alienated from the Vedic tradition. Rather, she sounds like she is writing a college paper for some Women's Studies program. Telling us how Sita is an independent woman expressing "her own will by disobeying Lord Rama." Well actually we have all done that; it is the reason we are in the material world. Anyway it gives a very strange spin to the article. Maybe the subtext is that real chastity means to disobey our husbands who are the representatives of the Lord in this life, because real chastity is to express our own will. I am just guessing because I don't know what her purpose is, but it definitely comes across as something different than Lord Krsna's Vedic world view.

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Maintaining the Purity
of the Mission

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Feb 25, UK (SUN) — According to Christian history in England, monks coming from the East set-up bhajan kutir type buildings on the island of Iona off the coast of Scotland, and lived austere lives of meditation and contemplation on God, away from the gaze and influence of the materialist. Later however, Saint Benedict came from Rome and set-up churches and brought the spiritual messages directly to the people, living amongst the people and giving various methods and rules and regs of formal church worship, etc.

A comparison can be made in our tradition of the life of the bhajananandi and the life of a ghosty anandi, and the desires of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur to establish daivi-varnaashram, bringing the spiritual and esoteric truths in a practical way to the general populace by means of sadhana-bhakti and the various teachings thereof of devotional service, thus revealing to the world the mysteries of the science of love of God, that were formally known only to some babajis.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 25, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter II. Chaitanya and Prataparudra, Part 2

The followers of Chaitanya had all assembled at Puri and joined the procession, and Gopinatha, at the bidding of the king, mentioned the names and qualifications of each, and the Raja from that distance saw the figure of Chaitanya in the centre of the procession, looking more like a God than a man; he was in one of those trances in which silent tears bespoke his great emotion and love for the Unseen. The Raja's mind was filled with admiration but he did not find chance for an interview on this occasion.

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Relegated to Dandavats' Back Page

BY: MOHANA MOHINI DEVI DASI

Feb 25, INDIA (SUN) — This was a comment I posted regarding the article, "Krishna Conscious Motherhood" was censored by Dandavats:

Kudos to the author, but shame on Dandavats. Why such an important text is put in an obscure place? Almost as if you don't want people to find it but can officially say that you posted it.

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Amalaki Vrata Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 25, CANADA (SUN) — Phalguna-sukla Ekadasi, or Amalaki Ekadasi (observed Feb 28th in Los Angeles; March 1st in Mayapur), from the Brahmanda Purana.

King Mandhata once said to Vasishtha Muni, "O great sage, kindly be merciful to me and tell me of a holy fast that will benefit me eternally." Vasishtha Muni replied. "O king, kindly listen as I describe the best of all fast days, Amalakii Ekadasi. He who faithfully observes a fast on this Ekadasii obtains enormous wealth, gets free of the effects of all kinds of sins, and attains liberation.

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An Analysis of the Paper "Some Evidence Regarding Education and Guruship for Vaishnavis", Part 3

BY: GOLOKA-RANJANA DASA

Feb 23, USA (SUN) — MANU-SAMHITA

Srila Prabhupada often quoted the following selections from Manu-saṁhitā [7]:

na strī svātantryam-arhati (9.3)

Women should not be given independence. And also,

pravṛttir eṣa bhūtānāṁ nivṛttis tu mahā-phalaḥ (5.56)

Everyone in material life is attracted to furthering the way of attachment (pravṛtti-mārga), but the greatest treasure is to be gained by following the path of detachment (nivṛtti-mārga).

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Krsna Conscious Motherhood

BY: REVATI DEVI DASI

Feb 23, SARAJEVO, BOSNIA (SUN) — (An expectant mother, who is also a devotee book distributor, submits a question to H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami. He gave a short answer and asked one of his female disciples to give further advice.)

QUESTIONS

Dear Guru Maharaja, Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

My name is _________ . I have a question to ask you. I joined ISKCON five years ago. For the last four years my sole service has been to distribute the books of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. During that time, due to both the mercy of Srila Prabhupada and the inspiration I received from the devotees here, I was able to distribute more than twenty thousand books.

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On the Antiquity of the Star Coordinates from the Indian Jyotisa Sastras

BY: JAGANNATHA DASA

Feb 23, NEW YORK (SUN) — Presented below is a scanned copy of the book by Sadaputa dasa (Dr. Richard L. Thompson), entitled On the Antiquity of the Star Coordinates from the Indian Jyotisa Sastras, which was published by the Bhaktivedanta Institute (San Diego 1991 and Badger, CA, 1994). Following is a brief text preview of the manuscript, which is available for download in PDF.

On the Antiquity of the Star Coordinates from the Indian Jyotisa Sastras by Dr. Richard Thompson

"A comparison is made between coordinates for 35 stars listed in traditional Indian astronomical texts and the coordinates of corresponding stars listed in modern tables. We find that the vectors pointing from the Indian star positions to the corresponding modern star positions are strongly correlated with the reversed proper motion vectors of the stars. Once precession is taken into account, the modern star positions show a tendency to move towards the Indian star positions as we go back in time.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 23, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter II. Chaitanya and Prataparudra

As Orissa had become the chief theatre of Vaisnava activities during 1516-1533, the period when Chaitanya lived there, Prataparudra, the king of the place having been one of his staunchest followers — I shall here briefly relate certain facts about the latter which may be of some interest to the students of Vaisnava literature.

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Touch Krishna Immediately by Sound Vibration

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 23, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

13 January, 1969, Lecture: Srila Prabhupada: "So although a physical body is not present, the vibration should be accepted as the presence of the Spiritual Master, vibration. What we have heard from the Spiritual Master, that is living."

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Lord Balarama becomes Shani (Saturn) at ISKCON Chennai

BY: JAYAPRAKASH

Feb 21, CHENNAI, INDIA (SUN) — ISKCON Chennai, well known for following an apasampradayic tradition in deity dressing, has tried something really different to appease the daily visitors. It is a fresh attempt by the management to encourage karma kanda in the garb of bhakti.

ISKCON Chennai has 3 altars:

1. Gaura Nitai - Left
2. Sri Radha Krishna, Lalita Vishaka - Center
3. Jagannath Baladeva Subhadra - Right

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Feb 21, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram, Part Two

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 25, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's English introduction to "Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram", in eight parts.

It was at the age of 14 or 15 that Mahaprabhu was married to Lakshmi Devi, the daughter of Ballabha Acharjya, also of Nadia. He was at this age considered as one of the best scholars of Nadia, the renowned seat of Naya philosophy and Sanskrit learning. Not to speak of the smarta pandits, the naiyaiks were all afraid of confronting him in literary discussions.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 25, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Therefore a person who is typing for Krishna, he is in yoga system. A person who is chanting in the street, distributing our literature, he's also in Krishna."

(Lecture, February 20, 1969 - Los Angeles)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 25, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK I
CHAPTER VIII - Sacrifice of Daksha, Part One

From the Váyu Puráńa

"There was formerly a peak of Meru, named Sávitra, abounding with gems, radiant as the sun, and celebrated throughout the three worlds; of immense extent, and difficult of access, and an object of universal veneration. Upon that glorious eminence, rich with mineral treasures, as upon a splendid couch, the deity Śiva reclined, accompanied by the daughter of the sovereign of mountains, and attended by the mighty Ádityas, the powerful Vasus, and by the heavenly physicians, the sons of Aswiní; by Kuvera, surrounded by his train of Guhyakas, the lord of the Yakshas, who dwells on Kailása.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Feb 25,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

February 25, 1976, Mayapur
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.18
"One who has no spiritual strength, he cannot understand." It is not possible."

February 25, 1977, Mayapur
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.5
"Simply these things are required: you become innocent, accept the Supreme Personality of Godhead, and fall down at His lotus feet. Everything is complete. This is wanted, simplicity."


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

Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 23, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's English introduction to "Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram", in eight parts.

In 1896, HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur published the Sri Gauranga-lila-smarana-mangala-stotram, a Sanskrit work comprised of 104 verses describing all the pastimes and teachings of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, as found in Sri Caitanya-bhagavata and Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. The Thakur opened the book with an English introduction on the life and precepts of Lord Caitanya, which we present for our Sun readers in serial format, beginning today.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 23, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The best purpose of life can be fulfilled by worshipping the sad bhuja murti, the form of the Lord with six arms-two arms of Ramachandra, two arms of Krishna and two arms of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 5.19.8)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 23, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK I
CHAPTER VIII

Origin of Rudra: his becoming eight Rudras: their wives and children. The posterity of Bhrigu. Account of Śrí in conjunction with Vishńu. Sacrifice of Daksha.

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Mantra to Worship
Ugra Narasimha

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 21, CANADA (SUN) — There are two Upanisads that deal with the Narasimha mantra. While the Narasimha mantra was the main mantra in a different Kali yuga, in the present Kali yuga Lord Caitanya mercifully delivered the Hare Krsna Maha-mantra.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 21, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"All our students, they are simply anxious to be overloaded with work, Krishna consciousness. "Swamiji, what shall I do? what can I do ?" They are actually doing. Nicely. Very nice. They don't feel tired. That is Krishna consciousness."

(Lecture, March 17, 1968, San Francisco)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 21, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK I
CHAPTER VII

Creation continued. Production of the mind-born sons of Brahmá; of the Prajápatis; of Sanandana and others; of Rudra and the eleven Rudras; of the Manu Swáyambhuva, and his wife Śatarúpá; of their children. The daughters of Daksha, and their marriage to Dharma and others. The progeny of Disarms and Adharma. The perpetual succession of worlds, and different modes of mundane dissolution.

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 21, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter I. Bengal's great love for Chaitanya

Chaitanya passed away from this world in 1533 A.D. In the eyes of the people he had already become an incarnation of God. The Vaisnava biographers wrote long and erudite memoirs of his life and teachings. The poets sang of his emotional fervour and trances. The sculptors and painters busied themselves in reproducing the beauty of his handsome person and of the Sankirtana scenes where his trances and songs captivated the soul of the admiring multitude. These were often painted in lacquer on wooden boards used as book covers and produced for the decoration of the Bhagavata literature in Bengali from the 16th to the early 18th centuries.

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False Brackets

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Feb 21, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 2, 26

Manuscript:
"If, however, you think that the life symptoms, or the soul, is always born and dies for good - still you have no reason for your lamenting, Mighty-armed."

Original, authorized 1972-edition:
"If, however, you think that the soul is perpetually born and always dies, still you have no reason to lament, O mighty-armed."

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Parishads: Sri Purusottama Das Thakura

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 21, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Purusottama Das Thakura is observed today.

Nagar Purushottam was previously the cowherd named Daman in Vraja. He is now born in a Vaidya family as the son of Sadashiva. (Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 131)

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Gaurangalila-Smaranamanga
Amalaki Vrata Ekadasi
Dandavats' Back Page
Chaitanya and His Companions
Purity of the Mission
Sita Devi’s Inner Harmony
Guruship for Vaishnavis, Pt. 3
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Gaurangalila-Smaranamanga
Touch Krishna Immediately
Chaitanya and His Companions
Antiquity of the Stars
Krsna Conscious Motherhood
Guruship for Vaishnavis, Pt. 3
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Nrsimha Mantra
Parishads
False Brackets
Chaitanya and His Companions
Balarama becomes Shani
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Chaitanya and His Companions
Parishads
Jagannatha Dasa Babaji
The Quality of Chanting
Mandarins of Mendacity
Guruship for Vaishnavis, Pt. 2
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Shankha-kshetra
All Confidential Mysteries
A Lesson Not Learned
Vishnu Purana
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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