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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

Dhruva's Meditations

Talks With the Sampradaya Acarya,
Part 39

BY: ROCANA DASA

Oct 16, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's conversations with ISKCON leaders.

Today's Talks is inspired by Srila Prabhupada's Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.7, February 27, 1977 in Mayapur. This was the last time Srila Prabhupada was on the planet during a Mayapur Festival and was preaching directly to the assembled devotees, including all the GBC who were there. It's interesting to note that in both 1976 and 1977 during the Mayapur meetings, Srila Prabhupada was preaching about Prahlad Maharaja. At that point in time no one in attendance had any idea that one year from that day, those in the class who were the most senior would be declaring themselves "Zonal Acaryas" at the next GBC meeting, and Srila Prabhupada would have left the planet.

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Lord Sri Venkateswara of Seven Hills and Lord Sri Jagannath of Blue Hill

BY: ROCANA DASA

Oct 16, CANADA (SUN) — Adapted from the article by Professor A.V.P.R. Rao of Chennai, India, from Orissa Review.

It is essential to point out that both presiding deities - Lord Sri Venkateswara of the Seven Hills at Thirupati (Andhra Pradesh) and Lord Sri Jagannath at Puri (Orissa) - represent the same omnipotent and omnipresent Almighty who is,

Purnamadah Purna Midam Purnat Purnam Udacyate Purnasya Purnam Adaya Purnam Evavasiyate.

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Oct 16, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Talks With the Sampradaya Acarya,
Part 38

BY: ROCANA DASA

Oct 14, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's conversations with ISKCON leaders.

Today's Talks is inspired by Srila Prabhupada's Lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.23, March 1, 1976 in Mayapur. All the verses Srila Prabhupada lectured on during this period were successive and deal with Prahlada Maharaja's prayers after Lord Nrsimhadeva killed Hiranyakasipu. In this verse, Prahlada states that even though he had all this opulence, Krsna came in the form of death and killed his father within a moment. As I've stated in previous presentations of late, in the class on this day were many of the big GBC leaders, who had come to the Mayapur meeting. Again in this verse, Srila Prabhupada refers to "big big leaders". He mentions big political leaders, but was obviously aware that all his "big big leaders" were sitting right there, listening.

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Ramacandra Vijayotsava

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 14, CANADA (SUN) — Lord Rama's victory over the demon Ravana is celebrated on this day.

The Slaying of Ravana
Excerpted from the Valmiki Ramayana

When Ravana heard from his messengers that Rama had already arrived at Mahendra Hill, and was preparing to cross the ocean to Lanka, he summoned his ministers for advice. They unanimously decided to fight Rama to his death. To them, Ravana was indestructible and they, undefeatable. Only Vibhishana, the younger brother of Ravana, was cautious and opposed to this.

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Sri Madhvacarya's Literary Works

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 14, CANADA (SUN) — In honor of the Appearance Sri Madhvacarya on October 14th, from 'Madhvacarya (Life and Teachings)' by Bannanje Govindacarya.

Sri Madhvacarya has written four works on the Sutraprasthana (the Vedantic school of Brahmansutra):

1. Brahmasutra-bhasya
2. Sarva-sastratha-sangraha (Anubhasya)
3. Brahmasutra-anuvyakhyana
4. Brahmasutra-anuvyakhyana-vivarana

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Papankusa Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 14, CANADA (SUN) — Papankusa (Pasankusa) Ekadasi from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, observed on October 16th in LA & Mayapur.

Yudhishthira maharaj said, Oh Madhusudana, what is the name of the Ekadasi that comes during the light fortnight of the month of Ashvina (September - October)? Please be merciful and disclose this truth to me."

The Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna replied, "Oh king, please listen as I explain the glories of this Ekadasi - Papankusha Ekadasi - which removes all sins. On this day one should worship the Deity of Padmanabha, the lotus naveled Lord Vishnu, according to the rules of archana viddhi (regulations). By so doing, one achieves whatever heavenly pleasures one may want in this world, and at last attains liberation from this world thereafter.

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Talks With the Sampradaya Acarya,
Part 37

BY: ROCANA DASA

Oct 12, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's conversations with ISKCON leaders.

Today's Talks was inspired by Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.9, on February 16, 1976 in Mayapur. With this lecture, we're continuing on with our recent theme of hearing from Srila Prabhupada when he is speaking with his leaders, particularly during the Mayapur Festival period. As usual, my perspective is that of Srila Prabhupada being the Sampradaya Acarya.

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Dwadas Yatras of
Sri Jagannath

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 12, CANADA (SUN) — Twelve Festivals of the Lord by Banamali Suar.

The temple of Lord Jagannath at Puri, a coastal town near Bay of Bengal popularly known "Mahodadhi" occupies a distinct place in the entire religious world. The word "Puri" has been derived from "Purusottam Puri", which is the fundamental and original essence of Hindu philosophy. Both the temple and the Lords have a deep impact on the social life of people.

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Sanskrit Pronunciation for ISKCON - Online Course

BY: NITYANANDA DASA (BVKS)

Oct 12, INDIA (SUN) — ISKCON has become a huge worldwide movement that consists of people from every possible country and language background in the world. It is definitely easy to miss or even not find the correct Sanskrit pronunciation among its members, as every one of us brings pronunciation traits and accents from our native languages. Let alone this, many devotees end up creating their own conventions of how words in songs or mantras should sound, and these "conventions" are accepted as a standard for the next generation of devotees.

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Talks With the Sampradaya Acarya,
Part 36

BY: ROCANA DASA

Oct 10, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada's conversations with ISKCON leaders.

Today's Talks was inspired by Srila Prabhupada's lecture on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.7.27, given on September 24, 1976. This lecture was given at the beginning of Kartika in Vrindavan. The first thing I noticed was that although the verse itself was on the subject of Ashvatthama releasing the brahmastra, Srila Prabhupada didn't comment on that aspect. First of all he commented on the fact that Srila Vyasadeva was not an ordinary muni or saintly person, but a maha-muni. As I've said many times, Srila Prabhupada is also not an ordinary Spiritual Master, but is a maha- Spiritual Master -- in other words, a Sampradaya Acarya. Having presented the Srimad Bhagavatam in English, thereby introducing it to the entire world, while I can't say it with authority I think we should consider him to be practically an expansion of Vyasadeva.

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Arjuna's Penance and Descent of Ganges

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 10, CANADA (SUN) — At Mamallaparuam, in Tamil Nadu stands a remarkable rock sculpture known as "Arjuna's Penance". This massive sculpted relief is carved into two huge boulders, and is one of the biggest open-air rock sculptures in the world.

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Oct 10, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 47

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya.

Pana-nrsimha

Today we are going to one of the most famous tirthas visited by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu during His South India travels. The temple of Pana-nrsimha still draws many devotees, who come to get the Lord's darshan in His Andhra Pradesh abode. This tirtha is mentioned in the Summary of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya Lila 9:

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Shri Karnananda, Part 8

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 16, CANADA (SUN) — Shri Karnananda – Seven Extracts by Srila Yadunandana Dasa.

FIFTH EXTRACT

The king requested Shri Ramachandra to explain the Gosvami writings to be followed by Ramcandra and others. Ramcandra agreed to explain why he and others received the writings from Shri Jiva. Formerly Shri Jiva Goswami sent his book Gopala Champaka to Shri Nivasa. Shri Nivasa became very enchanted to go through the whole book of Shri Jiva. Shri Jiva dealt with pure parakiya leela in his book, which thrilled Shri Nivasa. The inner meaning in this book was so difficult to grasp that everybody tried to understand only the described slokas of the book. Shri Nivasa wondered to find that as if Shri Jiva had found a precious gem and he tried to conceal it from the eyes of others.

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Parishads: Raghunatha Dasa Goswami,
Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami and
Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 16, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance Day of Sri Raghunatha Dasa Goswami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami and Sri Krishnadasa Kaviraja Goswami is observed on October 16th.

SRILA RAGHUNATHA BHATTA GOSWAMI

In Krishna-lila, Raghunath Bhatta, who made his home in a cottage by Radha Kund, was Raga Manjari. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 185)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF


Oct 16,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



October 16, 1974, Mayapura
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.36
"Theoretically or practically, we have accepted it that if we can please Krsna, then our future is hopeful. We have got some hope. But what these people have got hope, these karmis? They have no hope. Simply wild goat chasing, that's all."

October 16, 1975, Johannesburg
Room Conversation with Reporter of The Star
"… I am going to every country because everywhere the same mistake is going on, bodily concept of life. So I am trying to bring them to the real life and then make their plan. They will be happy."


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

Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 46

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya.

Trimatha

Today we return to the state of Tamil Nadu, and another of the tirthas visited by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This location, Trimatha, is in a cluster of sites relative close together, but with other locations interspersed in the list that are quite a distance away. Trimatha is mentioned in the Summary of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya 9:

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The Passing of Pita das (ACBSP)

BY: VAISNAVANANDA DAS (ACBSP)

Oct 14, USA (SUN) — It is with a heavy-laden heart that we inform the sudden passing of Pita Das prabhu on Wednesday October 7th of this year 2021. He passed away peacefully in his sleep.

For those who knew and loved Pita it is a great loss for us and certainly the world at large. Why is the passing of Pita prabhu such a great loss for all? Well, it is difficult to begin extolling his glories, there are so many!

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Shri Karnananda, Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 14, CANADA (SUN) — Shri Karnananda – Seven Extracts by Srila Yadunandana Dasa.

FOURTH EXTRACT - PART TWO

The king also heared the most confidential episode from Ramchandra that what Rup Manjari wished to do for Shri Radha was the wish of Prabhu who always prayed to Radha and to worship Radha and wanted to beat her service constantly. He wished to ne a confidante of Rasha like her other confidantes and the permission of serving her always. He had nothing more to demand for. The lotus-like eyes of Radha attracted him [text missing]

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Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 45

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 12, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya.

Trimanda

Yesterday we visited Dhundirama-tirtha, which is mentioned in Caitanya-caritamrta in the same breath with Trimanda, the site where Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu defeated and converted the Buddhists. Both places are mentioned in Madhya Lila 9.14:

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Shri Karnananda, Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 12, CANADA (SUN) — Shri Karnananda – Seven Extracts by Srila Yadunandana Dasa.

FOURTH EXTRACT - PART ONE

With the blessings of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the deliverer of mankind, I shall describe another episode which I heard from my guru, Shri Iswari Hemalata.

Returning to his home, the king began to think of the exalted spiritual qualities of Ramacandra. Thinking in this way he realised that Ramacandra's association was as valuable as a precious gem, and he desired to learn the proper method of worship from him. Thus the king went before Shrinivasa and fell at his feet. Prabhu lifted him affectionately and embraced him cordially. The king then offered his obeisances to Shrimati Thakurani and Ramacandra.

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Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 44

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 10, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya.

Dhundirama-tirtha

Today we are following the path of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's tirth-yatra through South India, to a place that is little mentioned in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. Dhundirama-tirtha is not included in the Madhya Lila 9 Summary list of places Lord Caitanya visited. We do find mention of it at Madhya 9.14:

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Shri Karnananda, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 10, CANADA (SUN) — Shri Karnananda – Seven Extracts by Srila Yadunandana Dasa.

THIRD EXTRACT - PART TWO

Once upon a time Dronacarya was engaged in teaching the art of using weapons to Duryodhana and his hundred brothers, along with Yudhistira and his four brothers. Dronacarya put a bird on the highest branch of a tree and ordered them all to hit the eye of the bird with one arrow. Duryodhana and his brothers took up their weapons and happily aimed at the mark. Dronacarya then asked them what they were seeing at that moment, and they replied that they saw the tree, its branches, and the bird. Drona was angry and dissatisfied with their answer and rebuked them, saying that they would never be able to learn the art of using weapons.

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Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra, Part 43

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 08, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of the holy sites visited by Lord Caitanya.

Trikala-hasti

Today we return to Andhra Pradesh, and another of the Shiva temples visited by Lord Caitanya during His South India preaching tour. Trikala-hasti is mentioned in the Summary of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya Lila 9:

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Shri Karnananda, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 08, CANADA (SUN) — Shri Karnananda – Seven Extracts by Srila Yadunandana Dasa.

THIRD EXTRACT - PART ONE

By the mercy of Shri Krishna Chaitanya, Nityananda Prabhu, Advaitacandra, and all the devoted disciples of Gaura, I shall now discuss some unrevealed theories and episodes which may be beneficial for the listeners. I shall first attempt to describe the glories of Ramacandra whose generosity knew no bounds.

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Natyachudamani of Somanarya

BY: SUN STAFF

Oct 10, CANADA (SUN) — The sastra of raga, song and instrument, by V. Premalatha.

The Natyachudamani of Somanarya is an unpublished musicological work originally written in Sanskrit and accompanied by a Telugu commentary. The author of this work is Ashtavadana Somanarya (Ashtavadana means one who can concentrate on or give attention to eight things at a time), said to be a student of Sitarama. The author is also referred to as Somanatha in the work.

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Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra 47
Parishads
Venkateswar and Jagannath
Talks, Sampradaya Acarya 39
Shri Karnananda, Pt. 8
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra 46
Pasankusa Ekadasi
Madhvacarya's Literary Works
Ramacandra Vijayotsava
The Passing of Pita das (ACBSP)
Talks, Sampradaya Acarya 38
Shri Karnananda, Pt. 7
Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra 45
Dwadas Yatras of Jagannath
Talks, Sampradaya Acarya 37
Shri Karnananda, Pt. 6
Sanskrit Course
Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra 44
Natyachudamani of Somanarya
Arjuna's Penance
Talks, Sampradaya Acarya 36
Shri Karnananda, Pt. 5
Weekend Laffs
Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra 43
Maha-Mantra On Trial
Talks, Sampradaya Acarya 35
Shri Karnananda, Pt. 4
Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra 42
As He Wanted Me
Talks, Sampradaya Acarya 34
Shri Karnananda, Pt. 3
Mahaprabhu's Tirtha-yatra 41
Gaudiya Catechism, Pt. 11
Talks, Sampradaya Acarya 33
Shri Karnananda, Pt. 2

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