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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

Kurma Avatar

Material Science vs.
Vedic Revelation

BY: D. DAS

Mar 03, VANCOUVER, CANADA (SUN) — Conscious intention to do something reveals one's purpose, and as devotees we focus the intention on a detailed study of the sastras because the purpose is to go back Home, back to Godhead.

The mind's inherent nature to seek knowledge turns to the material science and its knowledge of the relative to satisfy this propensity where it becomes dissipated on the relative and spiritually irrelevant. When the Real knowledge of Krsna's revelations becomes prominent in the mind there is no more taste for the relative.

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Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 15

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur.

Khadiravana

The Adi-varaha Purana gives the following description: "The seventh forest is famous on the earth as Khadiravana. O auspicious one, any person who goes there will go to My abode."

O Shrinivasa, see this place where Krishna with His friends played many games as they tended the cows. See here is a most enchanting place called Sangama-kunta [sangama means union] where Krishna and the gopis happily met together. Being an especially secluded place, Lokanatha occasionally stayed here in great happiness with Bhugarbha Gosvami.

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The Appearance of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance Day of HDG Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur is observed on March 3rd.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura appeared in Purusottam Ksetra, Jagannatha Puri, Orissa, on February 6, 1874. He was born in the family home next to the Narayan-chhata of Sri Jagannatha Temple, which always reverberated with the chanting of the Holy Name. Named Bimala Prasad, He was the fourth son of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srimati Bhagavati Devi.

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Sri Vedanta-sutra 54

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Vedanta-sutra - Volume Three by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana.

Pada 4

Adhikarana 3 - Do the Impious Also Go to Candraloka?

Introduction by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana

Thus it has been said that a person who performs pious deeds goes to Candraloka and then again returns with the remainder of his karma. Now will be discussed whether sinners who perform no pious deeds also go and return in the same way. In Isa Upanishad (3) it is said:

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What Happened to Mother Earth, Part 2

BY: MAYESVARA DASA

Mar 01, IRELAND (SUN) — Part One of this paper can be found here.

Although the next two paintings are missing some of the aforesaid features (the goddess, the cow, and the temple) they are interesting nonetheless for the simple reason that they do not depict the Earth as a globe. Again if the creators of these sacred images had believed the Earth was globe-shaped they would have certainly depicted it as such.

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Spaced Out Edit

BY: AJIT KRISHNA DASA

Mar 01, DENMARK (SUN) — Changes to Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.12 purport.

As we know by now BBT International try to convince devotees about their changes by employing the "closer to Srila Prabhupada" manoeuvre.

This manoeuvre has a twofold approach:

It argues that 1) the BBT International have exchanged the editor's words with those of Srila Prabhupada by going back to earlier drafts to see what Srila Prabhupada actually said, while it at the same time 2) deliberately fails to mention the many, many cases where BBT International have added, changed or removed Srila Prabhupada's words in a way that takes the books further away from what Srila Prabhupada actually said.

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Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur.

Nanda's Friend and Minister Upananda

This Sahara-grama is the residence of Upananda. He was very elderly and expert in giving guidance."

Upananda is described in the Vraja-vilasa-stava in these words: "His face handsome with a white beard and his complexion dark, pious Upananda is expert in giving council to the Vraja-vasis. He is always situated in the council chambers of the King of Vraja. Considering Him millions of times more dear than his own life, Upananda delights his nephew Krishna. I pray that Upananda, the resident of Sahara-grama, may always protect the land of Vraja."

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Sri Vedanta-sutra 53

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Vedanta-sutra - Volume Three by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana.

Pada 4

Adhikarana 2 - The Soul's Return to the Earth

Introduction by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana

Vishaya (Statement of the Subject): Following Chandogya Upanishad 5.10.3, which describes how the soul that has performed pious deeds travels by the smoke and other pathways, attains Svargaloka, stays there for some time, and then again returns to the earth, is this passage (Chandogya Upanishad 5.10.5):

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Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 13

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 27, CANADA (SUN) — By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur.

Kamyavana (Continued)

At this place, mother Yashoda, after taking Radha on her lap would tearfully send Her back to Yavat. Who can describe with one mouth the affection of mother Yashoda towards the sakhis headed by Lalita? Yashoda and Rohini could not remain patient after sending off Radharani and Her sakhis.

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The Miracle Plays of Mathura, Part 23

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 27, CANADA (SUN) — The last of the Miracle Plays of Mathura.

The Uddhav Lila of Swami Kunvar Pal - Part Five

Song
There is nothing under my control, that I may devise a remedy.
If Mohan be kindly, then I shall go and ask this very boon,
If he would graciously grant it!

Oh, I shall go from Gokul to Mathura and, after going to Mathura, I shall ask the Lord, 'Oh King, please grant a boon.' And the Lord may say, 'Ask!' Then for what shall I ask? I shall ask that:


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Sri Vedanta-sutra 52

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 27, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Vedanta-sutra - Volume Three by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana.

Pada 4

Adhikarana 1 - The Vehicles of the Soul Are Made of Earth

Introduction by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana

na vina sadhanair devo jnana-vairagya-bhaktibhih dadati sva-padam sriman atas tani budhah srayet

The glorious Supreme Personality of Godhead does not give residence in His abode to they who do not follow the path of devotion, knowledge, and renunciation. Therefore the wise should take shelter of that path.

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Feb 27, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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What Happened to Mother Earth?

BY: MAYESVARA DASA

Feb 25, IRELAND (SUN) — Part One.

Srila Prabhupada used the term ‘impersonalism’ to describe the pseudo-spiritual ideology which denies the idea of God having an eternal form, personality, abode, activities, associates, etc. Srila Prabhupada referred to impersonalism as ‘another type of atheism’, and ‘a calamity for the spiritualists’. In this paper we shall show how the seemingly innocuous idea that the Earth is a globe floating in space actually creates ‘impersonalism’, ‘atheism’, and ‘calamity’ in our understanding of Sri Krishna, as well as in our understanding of Sri Krishna’s avatars (such as Varaha who lifts the Earth, and Ananta-sesha who holds the Earth). We shall also show how the globe creates impersonalism in our understanding of Sri Krishna’s creation, particularly with regards to our understanding of the true shape, size, and purpose of the Earth, as well as our understanding of the personified deity of the Earth, namely Bhu-devi.

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Mathura-mandala Parikrama, Part 12

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 25, CANADA (SUN) — By Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur.

Kamyavana (Continued)

"See here enchanting Krishna-kunda. Here in Sanketa innumerable pastimes were performed that no one could understand. The people of Nanda-grama and Barshana would pass by this road. This same road was used by Radharani to go to Her father-in-laws house at Yavat. This forest is very pleasant and always pleasantly shaded. The various songs of the birds along with the humming sounds of the bumblebees can be heard here.

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Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 30

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Gurjars

From 550 to 1018 AD, the Gurjars (Gurjaras) played a great part in history of Northern India nearly for 500 years. Present day Rajasthan was under the rule of the Gurjars for centuries. Their capital was situated at Bhilmal (Bhinmal or Srimal), nearly 50 miles to the northwest of Mount Abu.

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Sri Paramatma Sandarbha, Part 84

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

Anuccheda 93 - Part Two

Text 21

The glories of the Lord and His devotees are described in this prayer spoken by Queen Kunti to Lord Krsna (srimad- Bhagavatam 1.8.27):

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Parishads: Sri Purusottama Das Thakur

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 03, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Purusottama Das Thakur is observed on March 3rd.

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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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Mar 03
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.




March 3, 1974, Mayapur
Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 7.3
"If we actually are serious to understand the Absolute Truth, then one must have the shelter of acarya. Acaryavan."

March 3, 1975, Dallas
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.12.19
"This body is," means, "it can tolerate any condition, provided you practice it." It is not that, that you are under certain condition, and if you are changed, it becomes so intolerable that you cannot live. No. If you practice..."


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

Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 29

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Harsha Vardhana

'Harshavardhana's father, Prabhakarvardhana, was from Thanesar. His brother followed Hinayana Buddhism while, according to Bana, Harsha himself was a Mahayana Buddhist. Harsha was a tolerant ruler and supported all Indic faiths – Buddhism, Vedism and Jainism. Early in his life, he seems to have been a follower of Sun Worship, becoming a patron of Shaivism and Buddhism later on.

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Sri Paramatma Sandarbha, Part 83

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

Anuccheda 93 - Part One

Text 1

In this way it has been explained in a general way that the Supreme Personality of Godhead engages in pastimes of creating, maintaining, and destroying the material universes. Because some readers may still doubt that this is the truth, we will, as fence-maker will again and again push his fence-pots into the ground to make them secure, present more arguments to prove this truth beyond any doubts.

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Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 28

BY: SUN STAFF

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

The Harsha Vardhana

After the collapse of the Gupta Empire, inhabitants of the Gangetic plains fractured into numerous small nations. King Harsha of Kannauj was able to briefly bind them together. Harsha might have expanded his reign south of the Narmada River, had he not been defeated by the Chalukyas, under king Pulakesi II.

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Sri Paramatma Sandarbha, Part 82

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 27, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

Anuccheda 91

The conditioned soul in the material world who, bewildered by the Supreme Lord's illusory potency maya, does not understand his true nature, is also described in these words of srimad- Bhagavatam (3.7.10):

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Middle Kingdoms
of India, Part 27

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 25, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's great history, religious movements and temple architecture.

The Vakatakas

'The Vakataka Empire was a contemporary of the Gupta Empire, and the successor state of the Satavahanas. They formed the southern boundaries of north India and ruled over today's modern day states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra during the 3rd and 5th Centuries.

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Parishads: Srila Narottama das Thakur

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 25, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance Day of Srila Narottama das Thakur is observed on February 26th.

A brahmachari for his entire life, Narottama Das visited all the places of pilgrimage. He was on the highest platform of devotional achievement. (Bhakti-ratnakara 1.256)

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Sri Paramatma Sandarbha, Part 81

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 25, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

Anuccheda 90 – Part 3

"O Supreme Personality of Godhead, You have cast away the effects of the material energy by dint of Your spiritual potency."

This also confirmed by these words of Srimad-Bhagavatam (2.7.47):

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The Miracle Plays of Mathura, Part 22

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 25, CANADA (SUN) — The Miracle Plays of Mathura.

The Uddhav Lila of Swami Kunvar Pal - Part Four

UDDHAV:

Song
Listen to Uddhav's preaching, O ladies of Braj,
The treasury of beauty, virtue, charm, and all good qualities,
The emblem of love, the embodiment of romance, producers of a host of joys,
Listen, O ladies of Braj!
To tell you one message from Syam have I come to you.
I could not speak; nowhere had I the secluded place and the opportunity,
I constantly though in my mind, 'When shall I find a (suitable) place,
And, having delivered the message of Nandalal, return to Mathura?
Listen, O ladies of Braj!


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Sri Vedanta-sutra 51

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 25, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Vedanta-sutra - Volume Three by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana.

Pada 4

Adhikarana 13 - The Vehicles of the Soul Are Made of Earth

Introduction by Srila Baladeva Vidyabhushana

Now the nature of the material body, which is called by the name "murti" will be examined. In the Brihad-arayanka (3.2.13) it is said that the material body is made of earth:

sariram prithivim apy eti

"The material body becomes earth."

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Middle Kingdoms of India 30
Parishads
Bhaktisiddhanta's Appearance
Sri Vedanta-sutra 54
Mathura-mandala Parikrama 15
Material Science, Vedas
Sad Sandarbhas
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Middle Kingdoms of India 29
Sri Vedanta-sutra 53
Mathura-mandala Parikrama 14
Spaced Out Edit
What Happened Mother Earth?
Sad Sandarbhas
Middle Kingdoms of India 28
Miracle Plays of Mathura, 23
Sri Vedanta-sutra 52
Mathura-mandala Parikrama 13
Sad Sandarbhas
Weekend Laffs
Middle Kingdoms of India 27
Parishads
Sri Vedanta-sutra 51
Miracle Plays of Mathura, 22
Mathura-mandala Parikrama 12
What Happened Mother Earth?
Sad Sandarbhas
Middle Kingdoms of India 26
Sri Nityanandastakam
Sri Nityananda Trayodasi
Sri Vedanta-sutra 50
Varaha Dvadasi
Miracle Plays of Mathura, 21
Mathura-mandala Parikrama 11
Sad Sandarbhas
Middle Kingdoms of India 25
Bhaimi Ekadasi
Life of Sri Madhvacarya
Sri Vedanta-sutra 49
Miracle Plays of Mathura, 20
Mathura-mandala Parikrama 10
Sad Sandarbhas

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