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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

The Lord Appears in Kamsa's Jail

Celebrating Krsna's Birth

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 23, CANADA (SUN) — From 'Mathura Mandala-parikrama' by Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur.

In Vraja-vilasa-stava the following description is found: "I offer my obeisances to Mahavana, where Vrajaraja Nanda celebrated the birth of Krishna by distributing eighteen lakha cows, each wearing a large pearl necklace and golden ornaments. He also gave the brahmanas a tremendous quantity of jewelry and grains."

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A Review of "Swami
in a Strange Land"

BY: ROCANA DASA

Aug 23, CANADA (SUN) — I was recently asked to review the new book by Yogesvara das (Joshua Greene), Swami in a Strange Land: How Krishna Came to the West. The request was made by my godbrother, Devi Deva das, who has been helping to promote the book.

In my conversation with Devi Deva das, I attempted to make him aware that over the years, I have developed a philosophical perspective on the subject of who Srila Prabhupada is, and I've articulated that position in many articles. Expecting what kind of book this was going to be, and suspecting there's a good chance I would disagree with its general philosophical tone, I somewhat reluctantly agreed to review it. I've now done so and as anticipated, found the book was basically disappointing.

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A Glorification of
Ravanari Prabhu

BY: MANIDHARA DAS (ACBSP)

Aug 23, COPENHAGAN, DENMARK (SUN) — Ravanari Prabhu is one of my godbrothers I cannot forget. Joining one year later than me in Schloss Rettershof temple, Germany, I always considered him to be senior nevertheless. An amazing devotee in all kinds of ways.

He appeared in midst of the German yatra as if coming from another world. Growing up in Middle East, he told us all the stories about his guerilla upbringing. By no means a terrorist, he nevertheless had to handle weapons in order to survive from his very early youth. Death and war was for him daily life and so he joined with realizations far beyond our scope.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 11

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 23, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter One (continued) - The biographies of Rupa, Sanatana and Vallabha

Sanatana, Rupa and Vallabha were great devotees. Sanatana was the elder brother and Rupa the middle.578

Sri Vallabha was the youngest of the three brothers and his son was Sri Jiva Gosvami.579

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Failing to Implement
Srila Prabhupada's Vision

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Aug 21, UK (SUN) — Perhaps some will agree with me that the dykes and dens of the paper written by Ravindra Svarupa prabhu condemns ISKCON to a centralised organisation suitable and attractive to the Hindu community only.

The professionalism behind such an administration seems pleasing in some circles, but judging a thing by its results, our temples are practically empty and full on occasions with only the Indian community. I think we are failing to implement the vision Srila Prabhupada had and have thrown the baby out with the bathwater.

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Devotees pay 'Homage
to Srila Prabhupad'
in ISKCON

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Aug 21, KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL (BS/PTI) — To mark the Golden Jubilee celebrations (1996- 2016) of International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), devotees organised a "Homage to Srila Prabhupad" to pay tribute to the founder Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupad.

Glittering lights, melodious chanting of Hare Krishna mahamantra by several devotees transformed the auditorium of Prabhupad Samadhi Mandir at ISKCON Mayapur in Nadia district into a transcendental world even as rich tributes poured in from all over the world in the form of messages including President of India Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minster Narendra Modi and UK PM Theresa May.

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RUSSIA: Anti-sharing Beliefs Law First Use

BY: VICTORIA ARNOLD

Aug 21, RUSSIA (F18) — Less than four weeks after Russia's legal amendments restricting sharing beliefs came into force, a Judge acquitted Vadim Sibiryev on 15 August in the first attempted prosecution. Anti-extremism police had charged Hare Krishna devotee Sibiryev for offering religious books on the streets of Cherkessk.

A Hare Krishna adherent has become the first person to be charged under Russia's new law restricting sharing beliefs. Anti-extremism police in the North Caucasus republic of Karachai-Cherkessiya arrested 19-year-old Vadim Sibiryev on 28 July on suspicion of violating the Religion Law by handing out religious literature in the street. But a judge acquitted Sibiryev on 15 August, when his lawyer successfully argued that his actions did not fit the law's definition of "missionary" activity.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 10

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter One (continued) - The circulation of devotional scriptures by the Gosvamis

Prabhu sent Rupa Sanatana west where they could circulate many devotional scriptures.525

They wrote the books like Sri Hari Bhakti Vilasa in which they taught many aspects of devotional philosophy.526

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

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Lord Nrsimhadeva's Ontological Position

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 19, CANADA (SUN) — Lord Vishnu descends in the forms of a variety of avatars, all of whom are non-different from Him. All the avatars are of the nature of sat-cid-ananda: eternity, bliss and knowledge. They reside in the spiritual world, Vaikuntha. When They descend into the material world, They are called "avatara" (literally, "descent"). Any attempt to minimize the transcendental status of any avatar constitutes an offense and is a stumbling block on the path of self-realization. And to understand Lord Nrsimha, one must first appreciate the transcendence of Vishnu.

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Departure of the Jaladuta

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 19, CANADA (SUN) — The observance, according to the Vaisnava calendar, of the days of Srila Prabhupada's transcendental journey aboard the Jaladuta

Saturday, August 14, 1965

"The ship started at about 11 o'clock in the morning majestically. I do not feel any jerking whatsoever. But on reaching the Bay of Bengal, there is tilting of the ship and little rolling also. The roughness increased gradually on the upper Bay of Bengal and I felt sea sickness. There was vomiting tendency and dizziness and I felt uncomfortable the whole day and night. The sea was foamy all through. It appeared like a big plate of water extending to 40 square miles but factually it was endless so, today. It is a vivid example of God's Maya because it appears like something but factually it is something else." (Cont'd...)

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**Janmashtami Special Edition** NBS#43: Deliverance of Putana

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Aug 19, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

On the auspicious occasion of Sri Krishna Janmashtami and the appearance day of Srila Prabhupada, we wish to humbly offer this special edition, "Deliverance of Putana" at Their lotus feet. We pray that this issue brings some pleasure to the devotees of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

NBS # 43 Features:

1) Deliverance Of Putana - Srila Sukadeva Goswami
2)Understanding The Deliverance Of Putana - Sri Sanatana Goswami
3)Did Putana Really Attain Goloka Vrindavan? - Srila Jiva Goswami
4) Two Types Of Gurus - Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur
5)Why Then Should One Go To Any Demigod? - His Divine Grace A .C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

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The Birth of Lord Krsna

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 23, CANADA (SUN) — In observance of the glorious occasion of Sri Krsna Janmastami, August 25th - from chapter three of Krsna Book by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

As stated in the Bhagavad-gita, the Lord says that His appearance, birth, and activities, are all transcendental, and one who understands them factually becomes immediately eligible to be transferred to the spiritual world. The Lord's appearance or birth is not like that of an ordinary man who is forced to accept a material body according to his past deeds. The Lord's appearance is explained in the Second Chapter: He appears out of His own sweet pleasure.

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Sri Krsna's Family

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 23, CANADA (SUN) —

Mother Yasoda

Krnsa's mother is named Yasoda because she bestows (da) fame (yasah) on the cowherd residents of Vraja. She is like the personification of parental love for Krnsa. Her complexion is dark and her garments are like a rainbow. Mother Yasoda's body is of a medium size, neither large nor small. She has long black hair. Her closest friends are Aindavi and Kirtida.

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Departure of the Jaladuta

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 23, CANADA (SUN) — The observance, according to the Vaisnava calendar, of the days of Srila Prabhupada's transcendental journey aboard the Jaladuta

Sunday, August 22, 1965 - Under Diary heading for Friday, August 20th

"The ship is stranded on the Arabian Sea about 4 miles away from the coast. We are in this position from 3/20 p.m. 20/8/65 to 9/30 a.m. on 22/8/65." (Cont'd...)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Aug 23,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit PrabhupadaVani.org for audio files and transcripts.

August 23, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.20
"Because so long we are in the jurisdiction of ignorance and passion, there cannot be any jubilant. There cannot be any enlightenment. Therefore you have to come to the platform of goodness."

August 23, 1973, London
Bhagavad-gita 2.17
"I know you have got your mind, I have got my mind, you have got intelligence, I have got intelligence. But I do not see your intelligence; it is subtle. Just like there is sky, but here is sky in my front, but I do not see."

August 23, 1973, London
Lecture
"So that supreme authority is God, and whatever He gives, the rules and regulation, that is called religion. You cannot change it."


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

The Vedic Fathers of Geology, Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation on Vedic discoveries in Geology, from the book by Narayan Bhavanrao Pavgee.

But, more than this, even before and at the time of Mahabharata, the idea having taken a deep root, had a firm hold on the Indian mind, that the region lying between the two divine rivers, viz. the Sarasvati and the Drishadvati, was the scene of creation, as it was the tract fashioned by God. In fact, in Mahabharata it has been called Brahmavarta.

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Departure of the Jaladuta

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 21, CANADA (SUN) — The observance, according to the Vaisnava calendar, of the days of Srila Prabhupada's transcendental journey aboard the Jaladuta

Monday, August 16, 1965

"Today early in the morning I saw that the ship is plying on the surface of the sea almost on 0 degree of waves. Yesterday night was comfortable and although I did not take my lunch, I took a little chara-murki [puffed rice/chidwa] with milk. The ship ran all the night yesterday smoothly and the sky although not very clear there was moon light in the night. In the morning there was sunshine but after 11 the sea became a little more rough showing foamy waves from distance. After passing the latitude of Trichinopoli we experienced a dark cloud subsequently raining all over the sea. (Cont'd...)

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Devotees, Either They Live or They Die—the Same Thing

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 21, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: Don't be disappointed. Kṛṣṇa will act through His movement and kill them, these demons. How it will be done, that you cannot know now, but it will be done. Let us remain true soldiers. That's all. And if it is a fight, suppose we die in the fight. The fight means with vow, with determination either to gain victory or die. Because it is fight against māyā, why we shall be afraid of being killed?

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The Vedic Fathers of Geology, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation on Vedic discoveries in Geology, from the book by Narayan Bhavanrao Pavgee.

Professor Bloomfield, while reviewing Tilak's Orion or the Researches into the Antiquity of the Vedas, had, in his address on the occasion of the eighteenth Anniversary of John Hopkins University, very rightly observed that, "The language and literature of the Vedas is, by no means, so primitive as to place with it the real beginnings of Aryan life."

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 9

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter One (continued) - Sri Gokulananda

Later I shall describe how Sri Rama candra used to serve his own God, but now I shall discuss the topic of Sri Gokulananda.483-484

Dwija Haridasa, giver of love and devotion was a disciple and associate of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.485

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Kṛṣṇa-kathā is All-Auspicious

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 19, SRIDHAM MAYAPUR (SUN) — Excerpted from the Introduction to "Kṛṣṇa, the Supreme Personality of Godhead" By His Divine Grace Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupāda.

"…The position of Mahārāja Parīkṣit and Śukadeva Gosvāmī is unique. Mahārāja Parīkṣit is the right person to hear about the transcendental pastimes of Kṛṣṇa, and Śukadeva Gosvāmī is the right person to describe them. If such a fortunate combination is made possible, then Kṛṣṇa-kathā immediately becomes revealed, and people may benefit to the highest possible degree from such a conversation.

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The Birth of Lord Krsna
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 11
Glorification of Ravanari
"Swami in a Strange Land"
Celebrating Krsna's Birth
Departure of the Jaladuta
Sri Krsna's Family
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Vedic Fathers of Geology, 6
Departure of the Jaladuta
Failing to Implement
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 10
Live or They Die, Same Thing
Russia Anti-sharing Law
Devotees pay Homage
Sunday Laffs
Vedic Fathers of Geology, 5
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 9
NBS: Deliverance of Putana
Lord Nrsimhadeva
Departure of the Jaladuta
Krsna-katha All-Auspicious
Vedic Fathers of Geology, 4
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 8
Belfast Deities Taken in Night
Brainless Impersonalist?
Vaisnava Hero, Ravanari Prabhu
Training Must Be Complete
Departure of the Jaladuta
Belfast Deities Disappear
Book Stall at Railway Station
Prasadam - Spinach, Pt. 3
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 7
ISKCON Justice… As It Is
Balarama-paddhati-patala
I am Servant
Appearance of Lord Balarama

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