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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

"May cows stay in front of me; may cows stay behind me; may cows stay on both sides of me. May I always reside in the midst of cows."
(HBV 16.252)
In remembrance of Kurma Rupa dasa

Chaitanya Sadbhuja
Rajasthan, c. 1800

Death Golden Gate

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Dec 05, FRANCE (SUN) — First, related to the article "Hugs ", to make things clear, I would like to ask Nrsimhananda prabhu how many hugs/10 lines of commentary does he offer, are they first class hugs or second-hand ones, and are they under some guarantee so I can give them back if I am not fully satisfied? It is not because they are free that I must whimsically accept hugs with no required prior conditions. Well...

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Stainless Steel-nail to
the Ritvik Coffin

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Dec 05, DENMARK (SUN) — "If you have not found out a spiritual master, but if you are sincere, then Kṛṣṇa will take you to a bona fide spiritual master. And if you get a bona fide spiritual master, then he will take you to Kṛṣṇa. So both things parallel.

If you are sincere... Krsna is always sitting within your heart, caitya-guru, the spiritual master within the heart. That spiritual master within the heart manifests himself externally as spiritual master.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Plotinus, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 05, CANADA (SUN) — Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy.

THE EARLY THEISTS
Plotinus (205?-270 A.D.)

Hayagriva dasa: Plotinus envisioned the individual souls existing in different states: some embodied, others unembodied. Some are celestial and do not suffer, whereas others are terrestrial. In any case, they are all individuals.

Srila Prabhupada: No one can count the number of souls. They have the same qualities possessed by the One, but they have them in minute quantity. Some of these souls have fallen into the material atmosphere, whereas others, called nitya-mukta, are everlastingly liberated.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 63

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 05, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Six - Srinivasa's journey from Vrndavana to Gaudadesha (Part Two)

Sri Jiva Gosvami permitted Syamananda to worship as he desired.51

Because Radha Syamananda were pleased by the method of worship employed by Syamananda, Sri Jiva named him Syamananda.52

Day by day his devotees increased, and seeing it the pleasure of the Vrajabasis increased.53

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A Glimpse Into Devotional Life at 340 West 55th Street

BY: BHAKTA JOHN JAGANNATHA

Dec 03, NEW YORK (SUN) — Part 5.

Random Remembrances

I beg for the mercy of the devotees of Lord Krishna that they forgive my faults in continuing this humble presentation. I am a person of no significance. My only saving grace is that I was allowed for a very short time to associate with the Vaisnava devotees of the Lord. I received their mercy regardless of my lack of qualification. I was permitted to chant the holy names – HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA KRISHNA KRISHNA HARE HARE / HARE RAMA HARE RAMA RAMA RAMA HARE HARE – in the association of the devotees. I was blessed to receive darshan of the Deities of Sri Sri Radha Govinda, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva and Lady Subhadra, and Sri Nathaji. So many nice devotees gave their association to me freely and without reservation so that I could make advancement in my spiritual life. I thank them all. I owe them many lifetimes of thanks.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Plotinus

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 03, CANADA (SUN) — Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy.

THE EARLY THEISTS
Plotinus (205?-270 A.D.)

Hayagriva dasa: Plotinus, as well as Origen, studied philosophy in Alexandria under the supposed founder of Neo-Platonism, Ammonius Saccas. Plotinus ascribed to a theory of emanation, which holds that the soul emanates from the intelligence just as the intelligence emanates from the One. The intelligence (nous) is multiple and yet one at the same time. The One is omnipresent, devoid of multiplicity, impersonal, and transcendental. For Plotinus, there is a kind of hierarchy headed by the One, to which the intelligence and individual souls are subordinate.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 62

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 03, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Six - Srinivasa's journey from Vrndavana to Gaudadesha (Part One)

Glory to Sri Gaura Govinda, the jewel of all good qualities. Glory to Sri Nityananda th mine of love. Glory to Sri Advaita Candra, the ocean of grace, and glory to the dearest friend, Gadadhara Pandita.1-2

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Dec 03, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Spiritual Science Applied to the Question of the Earth’s Shape and Location

BY: MAYESVARA DASA

Dec 01, IRELAND (SUN) — Part One.

The following is a response to an article by Sesha dasa entitled Vedic Cosmology, Pt. 2.

A brief description of the universe is contained within the fifth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. For many readers of Srimad Bhagavatam, the section on Vedic cosmology is often regarded as the mysterious and incomprehensible part of the fifth canto that one quickly skims through in the hope of finding something easier to read and understand. Devotees of Krishna, however, should be attentive to the fact that Krishna has created the world in a certain way, and at the very least, we should come to know the nature of that part of the creation that is most close to us, namely, the Earth itself. The effort to understand this section of Srimad Bhagavatam will not be disappointing. As with all the topics discussed in Srimad Bhagavatam, the section on cosmology will open the doors of perception, and create a revolution in consciousness as predicted in the Srimad Bhagavatam itself (SB 1.5.11).

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Hugs

BY: NRSIMHANANDA DAS

Dec 01, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (SUN) — Having joined ISKCON in early 1971, I noticed that "hugs" were not either practiced or encouraged. I, and others, took this behavior to reflect the idea that we "are not this body". In fact, I never saw devotees hugging throughout the time of Srila Prabhupada's physical presence and some years after - unless you were a sanyasi or GBC, and, even then, only rarely. For some unstated reason, hugs amongst those "equals" were an accepted exception. "Mothers" were given more latitude; no one paid much attention to what the women did in that regard.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Aristotle, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 01, CANADA (SUN) — Conversations wtih HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, excerpted from  Dialectical Spiritualism: A Vedic View of Western Philosophy.

Aristotle (384-322 B.C.)

Hayagriva dasa: For Aristotle, God essentially does not have any knowledge of the world, and consequently He cannot return the love He receives. He neither loves nor cares for mankind.

Srila Prabhupada: What kind of God is this? If one knows nothing of God, one should not speak of God. God certainly reciprocates. As we offer our love to God, He responds and cooperates accordingly. In Bhagavad-gita, Krsna says:

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Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting,
Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 05, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in devotional paintings, sculpture and temple architecture.

THE PALA SCHOOL
11th to 12th Centuries (Continued)

Painting is a very complicated art, but in comparison with murals, the technique of manuscript painting is simple. Usually a background colour was laid before the preliminary drawings, but in some examples the drawings were done directly on the leaf.

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Today's Prabhupada Quote

BY: DASANUDASA DASA

Dec 05, INDIA (SUN) —

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Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Part 39

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 05, CANADA (SUN) — By Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Printed by The Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur (1995).

The acarya should then stand facing East on the West side of the fire with his hands folded in prayer, upon a kushasana with tips facing North.

The child should stand facing the acarya between the fire and the acarya, upon a kushasana with tips facing North.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Dec 05,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

December 5, 1966, New York
Caitanya Caritamrta Madhya 20.152-154
"…we respect prasadam. We offer obeisances before taking prasadam. Why? Because the prasadam is also Krsna. So by taking prasadam, I am contacting Krsna. By hearing Krsna, I am contacting Krsna. By working for Krsna, I am contacting Krsna. This is called Absolute."

December 5, 1973, Los Angeles
Morning Walk
"You must do preaching according to the principles ordered by your spiritual master. You cannot manufacture your own way of preaching."

December 5, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.27
"So Krsna by His causeless mercy, He has appeared before you in a manner by which you can touch Him, you can handle Him, you can dress Him, you can give Him. This is Krsna's mercy."

December 5, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.36
"We have to see the Deity beginning from the lotus feet, not jumping over the smiling face. That is the way. First of all you try to see."

December 5, 1975, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.4
"You have got this valuable life. Every moment is so valuable. That means you are wasting your valuable life by such endeavor to improve your economic condition. It is not possible."


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

Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting,
Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 03, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in devotional paintings, sculpture and temple architecture.

THE PALA SCHOOL
11th to 12th Centuries (Continued)

India's earliest examples of Miniature paintings are found in the Pala School, in which the art reached a pinnacle during the rules of two early Pala kings, Dharmapala (c. 781-821 A.D.) and Devapala (c. 821-861 A.D.), when two artists from Varendra in North Bengal attained eminence. These artists, Dhimana and his son Vitapala, were masters in stone and metal work as well as painting.

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Today's Prabhupada Quote

BY: DASANUDASA DASA

Dec 03, INDIA (SUN) —

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Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Part 38

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 03, CANADA (SUN) — By Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Printed by The Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur (1995).

Upanayanam (Taking the Child Back to Godhead):

This ceremony should be conducted counting eight years from conception or eight years from the birth of the son, for brahmanas, on an auspicious day.

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Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 01, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in devotional paintings, sculpture and temple architecture.

Today we begin a summary study of the broad landscape of Vedic fine arts, including painting, sculpture and temple architecture. Drawing on various monographs from the Archeological Survey of India and the Indian Government's Ministry of Culture, we will illustrate the series with some of the finest examples in the Sun archives, in each category of art and architecture.

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Today's Prabhupada Quote

BY: DASANUDASA DASA

Dec 01, INDIA (SUN) —

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Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Part 37

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 01, CANADA (SUN) — By Shrila Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Printed by The Bhaktivedanta Academy, Mayapur (1995).

Putra Murdhabhighranam (Smelling the Son's Head):

This may be performed after the Anna Prashana ceremony, while giving blessings, when the father returns from a long journey.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 61

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 01, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Five - Sri Vrndavana (12) (Part Two)

O Srinivasa, everyone worships the feet of Sri Govinda, Gopinatha and Madan Mohan are the source of everything within holy Vrndavana. Madan Gopal has become famous as Madan Mohan in this world. The accurate explanations of these poems are given in Urdhamna tantra.

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Vedic Art, Pt. 3
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 63
Dialectical Spiritualism: Plotinus
Stainless Steel-nail
Death Golden Gate
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 39
Today's Prabhupada Quote
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Vedic Art, Pt. 2
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 62
Dialectical Spiritualism: Plotinus
340 West 55th Street
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 38
Today's Prabhupada Quote
Saturday Laffs
Vedic Art
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 61
Dialectical Spiritualism: Aristotle
Hugs
Spiritual Science Applied
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 37
Today's Prabhupada Quote
Prasadam - Chickpeas, Pt. 3
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 60
Sri Harinamamrita Vyakaranam
Dialectical Spiritualism: Aristotle
Why M&M is Banned
BV College for Free Mixing
Attempted Murder of Tulasi
Those Who'd Destroy ISKCON
Et Tu GBC?
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 36
Today's Prabhupada Quote
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prasadam - Chickpeas, Pt. 2
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 59
Blue Grass Kirtan 
Dialectical Spiritualism: Aristotle
Older Devotees
Mothers & Masters Still Banned!
Pretenders and Losers
Sacinandana's Sahajiya Gratitude
Gravity and Prana
Sat Kriya Sara Dipika, Pt. 35
Today's Prabhupada Quote
Sunday Laffs

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