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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

Demon Aghasura
Nathdwara, Rajasthan, c. 1900

The Hijacking of ISKCON, Part Six

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Dec 21, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) — The Mayavadi Poison - a Trojan Horse enters ISKCON.

In previous segments we have discussed the many ways in which Radhanath Swami is deviating from Srila Prabhupada's standards and instructions for preaching in his ISKCON society. One of the most obvious deviations is the Swami's mundane charity work. Following is an email I received from a concerned godsister, who is embarrassed by the example Radhanath Swami is setting for ISKCON, opening hospitals and eye clinics and similar mundane charity work:

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But You Have to Fight

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Devotee: You so completely destroy the opposition; it's very hard to say anything more.

Srila Prabhupada: Yes. That you have to prove. You can eulogize your Guru Maharaja, but you have to learn it and face the public and be strong to defend yourself. That is success. Not by praising your Guru Maharaja.

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These Things are Required

BY: BHAKTA SINGH

Dec 21, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (SUN) —

Excerpted lecture by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami, from Vaishnava Culture As It Is.

"Trying to go along the modern way of demonic thinking.. and at the same time be devotees?"

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Parishads: Sri Locana Dasa Thakura

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 21, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Locana Dasa Thakura is observed on December 22nd.

Lochan Das Thakur was born in 1523 in Kogram, in the Katwa block of Burdwan district. This village is about ten miles north of Guskara train station. The Thakur's home is situated near the Ajaya River.

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

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Mahanidhi Swami takes Babaji Initiation

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 19, CANADA (SUN) — Following the July/August 2013 public discussion regarding Mahanidhi's falldown and departure from ISKCON, we heard from a number of devotees who objected to any allegations that the Swami was taking shelter of babajis, against his Spiritual Master's (Srila Prabhupada's) instructions.

We now have news that indeed Mahanidhi has taken Babaji initiation, this December 2014. His new name is Sri Madan Gopal Babaji. He received the initiation from Sri Krishna Dasa babaji.

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Walking through a War Zone to Join a Temple

BY: SHYAMASUNDARA DASA

Dec 19, INDIA (SUN) — Man gets Prabhupada's books and walks through a war zone to join a temple

Sarabha dasa tells his story:

Until age 18 or 19 I was like everyone else in Serbia — occupied with attempts to turn my materialistic dreams into reality: a good job, a big car, a house or an apartment with a beautiful wife and lots of ruddy-cheeked children. All my thoughts were focused on realizing this dream, until one day — and to this day I don't know why or how — I suddenly got a completely different vision of that dream, the realistic one. Family fights, misunderstandings, deep-rooted selfishness and intolerance.

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The Hijacking of ISKCON, Part Five

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Dec 19, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) — The Mayavadi Poison - a Trojan Horse enters ISKCON.

An honest explanation of why this article has been written. The Straw that Broke the Camel's Back

Writing this article was not easy for me. To be honest, I did not want to do it. I do not want to hurt or offend Radhanath Swami's disciples, and that's the truth, I do not want to offend Radhanath Swami. You may choose to believe whatever you will, Krsna knows my heart.

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Dumpster Beginnings... Stolen Shoes

BY: GADI DAS

Dec 19, MULBERRY, TENNESSEE, USA (SUN) — Many, but perhaps not all of my godbrothers and godsisters can reflect on this sweet time in our lives. We were poor...that is we basically had no income at all. We were young and this couldn't even begin to bother us. We had each other, and we had Srila Prabhupada. We had a goal and a mission, to follow him back to Krishna's lotus feet, and drag as many friends back with us as possible... we were single-focused. We barely had shoes... and whenever we had shoes, they seemed to find new owners almost instantly, ending up in the temporary custody of another needy family member until he or she left them at the door. And we didn't mind... I guess they needed them. Krishna's mercy. Everything was Krishna's mercy.

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What Is The Bhagavata?

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 19, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — By Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura Mahasaya, from "The Bhagavata, Its Philosophy, Its Ethics, & Its Theology".

''What sort of thing is the Bhägavata?'' asks a European gentleman newly arrived in India. With a serene look, his companion tells him, "The Bhägavata is a book, that an Oriya-bearer daily reads in the evening to a number of hearers. It contains a jargon of unintelligible and savage writing of those men who paint their noses with some sort of clay or sandalwood, and wear beads all over their bodies in order to procure salvation for themselves."

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Story of R. Babu

BY: VAISHNAVA CULTURE AS IT IS

Dec 19, USA (SUN) —

Everyone is doing it. I will also do. A lecture by HH Bhakti Vikasa Swami.

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Parishads: Mahesa Pandita & Uddharana Datta Thakura

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 19, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Mahesa Pandita & Uddharana Datta Thakura is observed on December 19th.

Sri Mahesh Pandit

Mahesh Pandit was one of the Dvadasa-gopala, or twelve cowherd boys. His home (Sripat) was first situated in Masipur across the river from Jirat on the eastern bank of the Ganges. When Masipur fell into the river, the Sripat was moved to Beledanga near Sukhasagar. Here too, the banks of the Ganges fell into the river causing the destruction of the village. Once again the Sripat was moved, this time to its present location in Pal Para near Chakdaha. This last move took place in the Bengali year 1334, or 1927 A.D. Pal Para is situated within the Panchnagar administrative block. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Goswami Thakur mentions in his commentary to Chaitanya Charitamrita 1.10.32 that this final resting place for Mahesh Pandit's Sripat is in Kanghal Puli.

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Mr. and Mrs.
Sacinandana Swami

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Dec 17, EUROPE (SUN) — The secret life of an ISKCON Sannyasi.

[English is not the first language of the author(s) so please excuse any mistakes in their attempt.]

In light of recent articles highlighting HH Sacinandana Swami's long standing deviations and pernicious influence at the Bhaktivedanta College we present the first of a series of articles dedicated to His Holiness Sacinandana Swami (SNS). We really do not find any joy in doing this and would prefer to be just chanting and hearing the glories of the Lord and His devotees and leave such onerous and thankless tasks to senior devotees and especially the GBC where he is active. Sacinandana Swami has a big presence in Germany, Switzerland and the Balkans, but unfortunately the GBC in these areas have done nothing to correct him.

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Ramesvara Group of Temples at Boudh,
Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 21, CANADA (SUN) — A study of Orissan temple architecture by Ramesh Meher, Birbhum, West Bengal.

Significance of the Stellate Plan

Frequently questions are raised about the explanation of the stellate plan and triangular placing of these three [Ramesvara] temples. Not only the garbhagriha, but also the arghapatta of the Siva lingas within have this stellate design.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Dec 21, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The relationship between the Lord and His servitor is very sweet and transcendental. The servitor is always ready to render a service to the Lord, and, similarly, the Lord is always seeking an opportunity to render some service to the devotee."

(Bhagavad-gita 1.21-22)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 499

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book VI - Canto CXIX - Glory To Vishnu

"The shrill cry pierced through Ráma's ears
And his sad eyes o'erflowed with tears,
When lo, transported through the sky
A glorious band of Gods was nigh.
Ancestral shades, by men revered,
In venerable state appeared,
And he from whom all riches flow,
And Yáma Lord who reigns below:

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Dec 21,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

December 21, 1966, New York
Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.313-317
"Always remember that this Krsna consciousness is a sort of declaration of war with this illusory material nature. So there is war. She will always try to get you fall down."

December 21, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.09
"So the Christian philosophers, they do not believe in the Paramatma feature, and they say that "If I am punished for my past deeds, then who is the witness?"


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

Ramesvara Group of Temples at Boudh,
Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 19, CANADA (SUN) — A study of Orissan temple architecture by Ramesh Meher, Birbhum, West Bengal.

Architectural Features of the Temples Ramesvara Temples at Boudh

The Group of Ramesvara temples consists of one structure, i.e. vimana. The vimana of theses temples are rekha deula and divided into four parts, such as pista, bada, gandi, and mastaka.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Dec 19, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead has unlimited powers, and He wants to see that His devotees are also entrusted with unlimited powers."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.30.24)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 498

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Book VI - Canto CXVIII - Sítá's Reply

"Struck down with overwhelming shame
She shrank within her trembling frame.
Each word of Ráma's like a dart
Had pierced the lady to the heart;
And from her sweet eyes unrestrained
The torrent of her sorrows, rained.

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Ramesvara Group of Temples at Boudh

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 17, CANADA (SUN) — A study of Orissan temple architecture by Ramesh Meher, Birbhum, West Bengal.

The Indian Silpasastra recognizes three main types of temples known as the Nagara, the Dravida and the Vesara. All the available texts are agreed on the point that the Nagara style was prevalent in the region between the Himalayas and the Vindhyas.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Dec 17, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"A pure devotee does not pray for liberation or for the cessation of the cycle of birth and death because he does not consider that important. The most important thing for a devotee is getting a chance to hear about the pastimes and glories of the Lord."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.30.33)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 497

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Book VI - Canto CXVII - Sítá's Disgrace

"He saw her trembling by his side,
And looked upon her face and cried:
"Lady, at length my task is done,
And thou, the prize of war, art won,
This arm my glory has retrieved,
And all that man might do achieved;
The insulting foe in battle slain
And cleared mine honour from its stain.

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The Hijacking of ISKCON, Part Four

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Dec 17, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) — The Mayavadi Poison - a Trojan Horse enters ISKCON.

In previous segments of this article we have mentioned Radhanath Swami's false shows of humility, about which much can be said. His whole pitch, the whole saccharine showing of love and devotion, and 'Bhakti is service to others' is simply an act. One only needs to consult sastra to know that is the truth. Radhanath is not following in the footsteps of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in his preaching. Such sentimental acting is the way of movie stars, not Vaisnavas -- not sincere strict followers of His Divine Grace and his teachings.

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16 – No Compromise

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Dec 17, DENMARK (SUN) —

A common misunderstanding of the prescribed 16 rounds of japa is that it is a compromise to 'the standard'. Unfortunately this misunderstanding is used as an excuse for further eliciting of compromises, i.e. changing Srila Prabhupada's books. But as it turns out, the 16 rounds (minimum) is NOT a compromise. Check it out:

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This Earth is a
Prison House

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 17, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

The following is from Srila Prabhupadera Upadesamrta, a compilation of Sri Srimad Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada's instructions in question-and-answer form.

Question: Is this world really a prison house for the conditioned souls?

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Parishads: Sri Devananda Pandit

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 17, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Devananda Pandit is observed on December 17th.

Purananam artha-vetta sri devananda-panditah | Purasin nanda-parisat-pandito bhandarir munih

The scholar Devananda Pandit knew the meaning of all the Puranas. Previously, he was bhandari Muni, the scholar in Nanda Maharaj's court. Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 106

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Ramesvara Temples, Boudh
Parishads
But You Have to Fight
These Things are Required
The Hijacking of ISKCON
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Saturday Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Ramesvara Temples, Boudh
Parishads
Story of R. Babu
What Is The Bhagavata?
Dumpster Beginnings...
Mahanidhi takes Babaji Initiation
The Hijacking of ISKCON
Walking through War Zone
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Ramesvara Temples, Boudh
Parishads
Earth is a Prison House 
16 – No Compromise
The Hijacking of ISKCON
Mr. & Mrs. Sacinandana Swami
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Lord Caitanya & Guru Nanak
Saphala Ekadasi
Condition of Women
Death of Death Personified
The Hijacking of ISKCON
Zonalised Siddhanta
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Lord Caitanya & Guru Nanak
Always Sorry at Others Pleasures
The Hijacking of ISKCON
A Very Expert Editor
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Ramayana Book Release
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Editor's Note
Classifieds
Saturday Laffs
Krishna Carvings, Banteay Srei
The Agony of Separation
Bhagavatastakam, Verse 7
The Hijacking of ISKCON
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Relaxed Visa Norm
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Sri Bhagavatamrta Kanika
When Others are Suffering
Female Diksha Gurus
The Ramayan of Valmiki
12th Vrinda Kunda Festival
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Nagas in Ancient India
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta
The Ramayan of Valmiki
Education of Priests' Children
Gita as National Scripture
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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