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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

The Cowherd Boys

Radhanath Swami on
the Book Changes
(leaked e-mail)

BY: AJIT KRISHNA DASA

Mar 31, DENMARK (SUN) — In September 2014 Radhanath Swami sent the below e-mail to one of his Danish disciples, Caitanya Candra Dasa. Here is the text in digital format:

“Dear Chaitanya Chandra Prabhu,
Please accept my respectful obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada.
I thank you for confiding in me on this subject. There is much to be said and I sincerely respect your concern. Actually, the subject is being discussed on the GBC level. The sacred principle of not changing what our Acarya has written is to be taken with great care. At the same time, the editorial process was done by persons who were personally trained by Srila Prabhupada. So it is not an easy subject. As it stands, it is being discussed on a high level of leadership.

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Keep Calm...
Carry On Chanting

BY: MAHAVIDYA DASA (ACBSP)

Mar 31, UK (SUN) —

From practical experience it would appear that more and more devotees are voting with their feet.
Having become tired of the many deviations... or the more politically correct term, mission drift...
of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission...
we have chosen to just carry on without them.
No... we are not Ritviks...
We are not Gaudiya Matha...
We are not even Hindus.
We don't get paid...
We do not participate in demigod worship…
We do read Srila Prabhupada's books.
We are growing in numbers and simply circumventing the rotten arrogant...
err... leadership... dare I call it that...
that erroneously considers itself our
Ultimate Managerial Authority.
OK... now stop laughing...

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False Ego Edit

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Mar 29, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 17.5-6

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"Those who undergo severe austerities and penances not recommended in the scriptures, performing them out of pride, egotism, lust and attachment, who are impelled by passion and who torture their bodily organs as well as the Supersoul dwelling within are to be known as demons."

Manuscript:
"There are persons who undergo severe penances and austerities not mentioned in the Scriptural injunctions; this they do out of pride, egoism, lust and attachment. They do such things impelled by passion."

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 31, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XIII. Vasudeva Ghosa.

Vasudeva Ghosa, the famous musician and poet, was one of the most conspicuous figures in the processions of kirtana led by Chaitanya at Nadiya. Vasudeva and his two brothers Madhavananda and Gobindananda were all devoted to Chaitanya. They were originally residents of Kumarhatta from where they came down to Nadiya and settled there. Vasudeva's songs are now by far the best of those which have for their themes the incidents of Chaitanya's life. He was one of those who deeply mourned the Sannyasa of Chaitanya and his desertion of Nadiya. This invests his songs with intense pathos and intrinsic poetry.

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Priests Resume
Banajaga Yatra

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Mar 31, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Overwhelmed by rousing cheers from countless devotees on the first day of Banajaga Yatra (the journey to look for Neem timbers for Nabakalebara of Jagannath Temple Deities) on Sunday, young priest Nutan Dasmohapatra was thrilled to resume the 49-day expedition to Kakatpur on Monday late night.

Not only Nutan, but 100 other priests of Daitapati Nijog of the shrine renewed their endeavour for the arduous "barefoot" trek, even as all eyes are on the locations where Neem trees would be traced. After starting their journey from Jagannath Temple on Sunday, the priests stayed overnight at Jagannath Ballav mutt in the Puri town.

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Absolute Truth

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Mar 29, UK (SUN) — All relative truths can be reconciled in the Absolute Truth providing they are absolutely in union of love and service to the Absolute Truth. The true bona fide spiritual master truly represents the Absolute Truth, and his symptom is, there is not in the least a separate attitude toward any living being; there is no envy, he is a total well wisher of all.

The person who is not in union with the absolute remains relative to some but aloof and separate to others, and all their motives and actions will be shown in that way. Relative truth, if strictly following an absolute, also become absolute, but if any deviation or deliberation takes place one will again become relative -- relative to one's own conditional judgment, that one might think is good, but it will not be good for all and does not represent the supreme and remains in the relative world.

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Puri Priests begin Timber Search for Deities

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Mar 29, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA "We appeal to people not to click photographs of the selected trees and upload them on Internet"

It was a throwback to the past as centuries old tradition came alive in Puri on Sunday, with a group of priests kick-starting their 49-day expedition in search of Neem timbers for formation of new idols (Nabakalebara) of the sibling Deities of Jagannath Temple.

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Your Bhagavad-gītā Reading is Perfect, You have Taken the Essence

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Mar 29, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) —

Srila Prabhupada: When Lord Caitanya was traveling in South India…He saw one brāhmaṇa was reading Bhagavad-gītā. And people were joking him, "Oh, Mr. brāhmaṇa, how you are reading Bhagavad-gītā?" Because they were the neighbors, they knew that this brāhmaṇa was illiterate and he was studying Bhagavad-gītā. So they were joking. But the brāhmaṇa did not car. He was taking the book and in his own way he was reading.

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Opiniated Edit

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Mar 29, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 6.47

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"And of all yogis, he who always abides in Me with great faith, worshiping Me in transcendental loving service, is most intimately united with Me in yoga and is the highest of all."

Manuscript:
"Of all practitioners, he who is always abiding by Me within himself, great in faith, and rendering transcendental loving service unto Me, he is the highest of all yogis."

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 29, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XII. Vansivadana.

Vansivadana was the writer of some exquisite songs on Chaitanya and Radha Krsna.

The Vansisiksa.

Jadunandana Dasa wrote a memoir of Vansivadana in the Saka 1638 or 1710 A.D. This work is called the Vansisiksa. We learn from it that Vansivadana was born in the year 1491 A.D. He was therefore junior to Chaitanya by 8 years. His father Chakari Chatto was a resident of the village of Patuli near Kalna, but afterwards settled at Kulia, one of the wards of the town of Nadiya, now merged in the Ganges. Besides his numerous songs which are to be found in the Padakalpataru and other song-anthologies of the Vaisnavas, Vansivadana wrote two works named Dwipakojjala and Dwipannita.

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Mar 29, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 29, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ For Sale ]


Srila Prabhupada on
Sri Rama Navami

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 27, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Lord Ramacandra's auspicious Appearance Day, March 27, 1969, Hawaii. Rama Navami is observed on March 28 this year.

Srila Prabhupada: (chants Mangalacarana prayers)

ramadi murtisu kala-niyamena tisthan
nanavataram akarod bhuvanesu kintu
krsnah svayam samabhavat paramah puman yo
govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

"This is a verse from Brahma-samhita in which the incarnation of Lord Ramacandra is described. Ramadi. Not only Rama, but there are many other, innumerable incarnations. They are compared with the waves of a river. As the waves of the river or the waves of the ocean cannot be counted, similarly, how many incarnations are there of the Supreme Lord it is not possible to count. But out of them, the principal names are mentioned in the sastras. Therefore it is said ramadi. Ramadi means Rama and also other, many incarnations. And they are existing. Not that one incarnation appeared and it is finished. No. Not like that.

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Positive Alternative versus Negative Compromise

BY: RAKSHANA DASA

Mar 27, AUSTRALIA (SUN) —

Positive alternative: Public and private kirtan for the pleasure of the Lord
Negative compromise: Paid kirtaneers and joining forces with mundane so-called yoga chanters

Positive alternative: The perfect books of great Acharyas
Negative compromise: Changing the books to satisfy academics and touchy/feely people

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Leave Spiritual Guidance to Those Fit and Able to Give It

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Mar 27, UK (SUN) — The article by Krishna dasa prabhu makes excellent points. Coupled with the latest GBC Resolution 310, it seems clear the GBC are in the dark on these matters and are forever coming up with different theories on guru-tattva, when actually it's all quite simple and has been said by so many acaryas, and written on. Maybe the inconvenient truth for the GBC is that it takes them out of the picture, as they desperately clutch at straws to maintain some power on spiritual matters as they boldly proclaim themselves successors.

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Prabhupada Katha
Lecture by His Excellency P.B Acharya

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 27, CANADA (SUN) — From Mayapur.com.

On 26th March, we had a Prabhupada katha lecture in Mayapur Temple by His Excellency P.B Acharya (the Governor of Assam, Tripura and Nagaland). He's a Vaisnava born in Udupi, Karnataka and had the fortune of serving Srila Prabhupada at his house in Bombay for 40 days.

During that time he had many memorable experiences with Srila Prabhupada and he narrated some of them. We can't replicate the nectarine experience of hearing this katha in Temple but we attempt to share some of the pastimes told by him.

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Non-Provisioned Sentence

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Mar 27, DENMARK (SUN) — Bhagavad-gita As It Is, 7.12

Original, authorized 1972 edition:
"All states of being—be they of goodness, passion or ignorance—are manifested by My energy. I am, in one sense, everything—but I am independant. I am not under the modes of this material nature."

JAS It Is:
"Know that all states of being — be they of goodness, passion or ignorance — are manifested by My energy. I am, in one sense, everything, but I am independent. I am not under the modes of material nature, for they, on the contrary, are within Me."

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Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 31, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Indo-Scythian Sakas

Concluding his historical survey of ancient Mayurabhanja, author Nagendranath Vasu offers this summary of the progression of early Indo-Scythians' worship of not only Surya, the Sun God, but also Agnideva.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Mar 31, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"One should therefore study the Vedas with faith, not only for one's personal knowledge, but for the sake of spreading this knowledge and these activities through real faith in the words of the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the Vedas."

(Srimad Bhagavatam 4.21.42)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 31, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK I
CHAPTER XVII. - Part Two

Then the Brahmans who were the sons of Bhárgava, illustrious priests, and reciters of the Sáma-Veda, said to the king of the Daityas, "Sire, restrain your wrath against your own son. How should anger succeed in finding a place in heavenly mansions? As for this lad, we will be his instructors, and teach him obediently to labour for the destruction of your foes. Youth is the season, king, of many errors; and you should not therefore be relentlessly offended with a child. If he will not listen to us, and abandon the cause of Hari, we will adopt infallible measures to work his death."

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Mar 31,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

March 31, 1974, Bombay
Morning Walk
"The perfection of life, the symbol is in Vrndavana. Because all the inhabitants of Vrndavana, they were very, very, much attached to Krsna."

March 31, 1974, Bombay
Bhagavad-gita 4.11
"All the necessities of life is being supplied by Krsna. In Africa there are millions of elephants. They are also supplied food, at a time, forty kilos. And the ant is also, within the hole of your room...."

March 31, 1975, Mayapur
Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 1.7
"By our nature we want to be very blissful, always happy. That is our nature. And we can possess, revive our nature of eternal happiness, provided we try to get it in this human form of life."

March 31, 1976, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.5.23
"The karmis, they are in the material world. The jnanis, they are simply trying to get out of the material world, but their attempt will be failure because they do not catch up the real spiritual work. Real spiritual work is Krsna."


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

Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 29, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Indo-Scythian Sakas

In his continued historical survey of Orissa's Mayurabhanja district, Nagendranath Vasu describes the history of the Sakadvipi Brahmanas and their worship of Mitra, an embodiment of the Sun god.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Mar 29, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Just like when a person cuts something, there is no mercy, similarly when a sadhu or a person saint, speaks to his student, he does not make, show any mercy. He speaks the truth so that his mind may be cut off from the unreal attachment."

(Lecture on Bhagavad-gita, September 4, 1966, New York)

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BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 29, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK I
CHAPTER XVII. - Part One

Legend of Prahláda. Hirańyakaśipu, the sovereign of the universe: the gods dispersed or in servitude to him: Prahláda, his son, remains devoted to Vishńu: questioned by his father, he praises Vishńu: Hirańyakaśipu orders him to be put to death, but in vain: his repeated deliverance: he teaches his companions to adore Vishńu.?

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Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 27, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Indo-Scythian Sakas

Our survey of the first group of Middle Kingdom inhabitants, the Scythians (Sakas), continues from the study of religious history in Orissa's Mayurabhanja district presented by Nagendranath Vasu (1911).

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Mar 27, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

Interviewer: Now, one more thing, you have some paint or color down your forehead and your nose and on all your followers who are here in the studio.

Prabhupada: Yes. These marks are a temple of Krishna. We mark these different twelve parts of the body. The idea is that we are being protected by God from all sides.

(Radio Interview, March 12, 1968, San Francisco)

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Chaitanya and His Companions

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 27, CANADA (SUN) — Chapter XI. Narahari Sarkar.

Among the other followers and friends of Chaitanya, Narahari Sarkar of the village of Srikhanda in the District of Burdwan deserves a prominent mention. His father was Narayana Deva Sarkar - a Vaidya by caste. The family claimed descent from Pantlia Dasa (1100 - 1169 A.D.) who was the Commander-in-Chief of Vallala Sen's army.

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A Vaiṣṇava Ācārya is Self-Effulgent

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Mar 27, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda.

Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-līlā: Chapter One, Text 220, purport:

"Unfortunately, in this Age of Kālī there are many mundane persons in the dress of Vaiṣṇavas, and Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura has described them as disciples of Kālī. He says, kali-celā. He indicates that there is another Vaiṣṇava, a pseudo Vaiṣṇava with tilaka on his nose and kaṇṭhi beads around his neck.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 27, CANADA (SUN) — An excerpted presentation of Sri Vishnu Purana, translated by Horace Hayman Wilson, 1840.

VISHŃU PURÁŃA - BOOK I
CHAPTER XVI.

Inquiries of Maitreya respecting the history of Prahláda.

MAITREYA.--Venerable Muni, you have described to me the races of human beings, and the eternal Vishńu, the cause of this world; but who was this mighty Prahláda, of whom you have last spoken; whom fire could not burn; who died not, when pierced by weapons; at whose presence in the waters earth trembled, shaken by his movements, even though in bonds; and who, overwhelmed with rocks, remained unhurt.

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Rukuna Rath Yatra Draws Huge Crowd

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Mar 27, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Braving the scorching heat, a large number of devotees tugged the chariot of Lord Lingaraj on Rukuna Rath Yatra in Bhubaneswar on Friday. Sans any promotion by the state government, the car festival seemed to have been overshadowed by massive preparations for the much-loved Nabakalebara festival of Lord Jagannath in Puri.

After the routine rituals, bronze images of three Deities—Chandrasekhar (the representative of Lord Lingaraj), Rukmini and Basudeva—were brought to the chariot amid boisterous procession.

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Kamada Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 27, CANADA (SUN) — The glories of Chaitra-sukla Ekadasi, or Kamada Ekadasi, observed March 30th in Los Angeles/March 31st in Mayapur, from the Varaha Purana.

Sri Suta Goswami said, "Oh sages, let me offer my humble and respectful obeisances unto the Supreme Lord Hari, Bhagavan Sri Krishna, the son of Devaki and Vasudeva, by whose mercy I can describe the fast day that removes all kinds of sins. It was to the devoted Yudhisthira that Lord Krishna glorified the twenty-four primary Ekadasis, which destroy sin, and now I shall recount one of those narrations to you. Great-learned sages have selected these twenty-four narrations from the eighteen Puranas, for they are truly sublime.

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So

BY: RAGHU MISHRA DASA

Mar 27, CANADA (SUN) —

they got you
i
got you too
i
got
you
by way of
it
they
got
you

by
way of it
too


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Middle Kingdoms of India
Chaitanya and His Companions
False Ego Edit
Radhanath on Book Changes
Keep Calm...
Vishnu Purana
Priests Resume Banajaga Yatra
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Middle Kingdoms of India
Chaitanya and His Companions
Opiniated Edit
Gītā Reading is Perfect
Absolute Truth
Vishnu Purana
Timber Search for Deities
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Saturday Laffs
Middle Kingdoms of India
So
Kamada Ekadasi
Chaitanya and His Companions
Non-Provisioned Sentence
Those Fit and Able
Positive Alternative
Sri Rama Navami
Vaiṣṇava Ācārya
Vishnu Purana
Rukuna Rath Yatra
Prabhupada Katha
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Middle Kingdoms of India
I Am Not the Enemy
Chaitanya and His Companions
Worship an Acarya
Picking Some, Not Others
On Recent Articles
The Process
Bhaktivinoda Envisage GBC?
Uddharaka/Upakaraka
Vishnu Purana
2015 GBC Resolutions
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Classifieds
Middle Kingdoms of India
The Person Bhagavatam
Sequence Scrambled
Chaitanya and His Companions
Transcendental Politics
Trash Music at Auckland
Unrecognizable in 50 Years
Vishnu Purana
Life of Ramanujacarya
Searching for Devotional Youth
'Soul Change' Ritual
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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