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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

Thirukoshtiyur Narasingan

Archaeology and Vaishnava Tradition,
Part Eleven

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 17, CANADA (SUN) — Part Eleven of a monograph by Ramaprasad Chanda, published by the Archaeological Survey of India, 1998.

III.

Our last document throwing light on another phase of the early history of Vaishnavism is a fragmentary stone inscription of the time of the Mahakshatrapa Sodasa that relates to the great place (Mahastana) of Bhagavat Vasudeva, evidently at Mathura. It is incised on the side of a carved door jamb of red sandstone now in the Mathura Museum of Archeology (8' by 8" by 1' 3").

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Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam,
Part 12

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of Srila Prabhupada's preaching on Srimad Bhagavatam.

Today we begin with Text 1 of the First Chapter of the First Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. Throughout this First Canto, we will continue to offer a comparative view of the text as it appears in Srila Prabhupada's original Bhagwatams and in his first BBT edition. But beginning with this first sloka, we will now add a few layers to our study.

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340 West 55th Street:
A Second Glimpse

BY: BHAKTA JOHN JAGANNATHA

Jan 17, NEW YORK (SUN) — Back to Godhead 1978-1979, Part 2

The following is a collection of excerpts from the Back to Godhead Magazine section titled Every Town and Village, published during the years 1978 and 1979 when the humble author of this current series of articles was a resident of 340 West 55th Street's Sri Sri Radha Govinda Mandira.

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Parishads: Sri Jagadisa Pandit

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 17, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Jagadisa Pandita is observed on January 18th.

apare yajna-patnyau shri-jagadisha-hiranyakau
ekadashyaà yayor annaà prarthayitva'ghasat prabhuh

The wives of the sacrificing Brahmins in Vraja took birth as Jagadisa and Hiranya. The Lord (Mahaprabhu) asked for and ate their prasad on the Ekadasi day.
(Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 192)

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Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam,
Part 11

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 15, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of Srila Prabhupada's preaching on Srimad Bhagavatam.

Today we complete our comparative review of 'A short life sketch and teachings of Lord Chaitanya, the Preacher of Srimad Bhagwatam' as presented in the Introduction to Srila Prabhupada's original Srimad Bhagwatam, and in his first BBT edition of Srimad Bhagavatam. Today's excerpt begins with the Lord's travels to Vrindavan, His instructions to the Goswamis, converting the Mayavadi sannyasis and the Pathans, a description of the five stages of devotional service, and the Sri Siksastakam.

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Archaeology and Vaishnava Tradition,
Part Ten

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 15, CANADA (SUN) — Part Ten of a monograph by Ramaprasad Chanda, published by the Archaeological Survey of India, 1998.

The background, again, of the picture within the frame, the philosophy of the Bhagavadgita called the epic Samkhya, is held by Deussen [1] and Hermann Oldenberg [2] as the precursor of Buddhism. Now let us turn to the chief element of the religion of the Bhagavadgita -- the path.

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Western Mind – Eastern Mind: There Is No Difference

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Jan 15, DENMARK (SUN) — "David Lawrence: One other point---and again a practical point really, this one---this is about the nature of the book. I suggested early on that I hoped that I might get the cooperation of somebody like George Harrison. What would you think about this? Do you think, with your knowledge of the young mind, particularly the young Western mind, that this might be a good means through to the young people...?

Prabhupāda: It is not the question of Western mind, Eastern mind. Any sincere student will take to.

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Pavitropana Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 15, CANADA (SUN) — Pavitropana or Putrada Ekadasi from the Bhavishya Purana, observed on January 17th in LA and Mayapur.

Shri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Madhusudana, Oh killer of the Madhu demon, please be merciful to me and describe to me the Ekadasi that occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Shravana (July-August)." The Supreme Lord, Sri Krishna, replied, "Yes, Oh king, I shall happily narrate its glories to you, for just by hearing about this sacred Ekadasi one attains the merit of performing a horse sacrifice.

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More Floating?

BY: VASTAVIKA DAS

Jan 13, USA (SUN) — Detroit arrival of Srila Prabhupada. I was there in 1971. I swear on a stack of Mac2 Bhagavad Gita's: I didn't see Srila Prabhupada float anywhere except via hyperbole. I didn't see any light show; and I didn't see him rising up like he had some mystic jetpack hovering over an escalator and down into his seat. In fact, I didn't see an escalator. I saw him come out of the jetway and walk to a seat in front of the ecstatic devotees jubilant in kirtan.

Everyone was in the lounge overlooking the tarmac where, in those days without security, anyone could wait to greet the passengers as they disembarked right out of the plane at the same level. Escalator? Not that I remember.

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Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam,
Part 10

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 13, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of Srila Prabhupada's preaching on Srimad Bhagavatam.

Today we continue with our presentation of the Introduction to Srila Prabhupada's original Srimad Bhagwatam. Over the last several segments of this series we have been exploring the main portion of the Introduction -- 'A short life sketch and teachings of Lord Chaitanya, the Preacher of Srimad Bhagwatam'. Today's excerpt begins with Lord Caitanya's tirtha-yatra preaching tour of South India, describes his discourse with Ramananda Roy on the bank of the Godavari River, and His return to Jagannath Puri.

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Acarya's Discrepancies Shall Remain As Is

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Jan 13, DENMARK (SUN) — "So unless one is self-realized, there is practically no use writing about Krsna.

This transcendental writing does not depend on material education.

It depends on the spiritual realization.

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An Interesting Exercise

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Jan 13, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — An interesting exercise for our current GBC could be the following... If theoretically a constitution for ISKCON is deemed to be compulsory, or a least a list of priorities, actually Srila Prabhupada said to write a constitution, does it get more compulsory than that?

What would be the top ten priorities or directives? Perhaps all would have completely differing ones. For instance according to Hrdayananda Goswami, the North American GBC had western preaching as number 10 in the priorities list, and when they decided to whittle it down to four, western preaching was dropped from the list.

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Archaeology and Vaishnava Tradition,
Part Nine

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 13, CANADA (SUN) — Part Nine of a monograph by Ramaprasad Chanda, published by the Archaeological Survey of India, 1998.

According to the Mahabharata the venerable Bhishma, the mightiest and the most chivalrous of the Kurus, was its first champion, and the five sons of Pandu its foremost adherents. The story of the Indian Herakles and his daughter Pandaia told by Megasthenes, as we have [previously discussed] indicates that as early as the fourth century B.C. the connexion of Krishna-Vishnu with the Pandavas was an article of popular faith.

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The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society.

In yesterday's segment we mentioned the fact that the first Mughal Emperor in India, Babur, held such a short period of rule (1526 to 1530 A.D.) that we find no real mark left on Indian art as a result of his court's influence. He was followed by Hamayun, then Akbar, under whose reign a great impact was made on India's devotional arts. Even so, the footprint of Babur's rule can be traced to later day Vaisnava paintings, some of which emulate the Mughal style first presented in the Babur-namah, the autobiography of Babur.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 58

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Sadhana Bhakti Executed Exclusively by Taking Shelter of the Holy Name (aikantiki namasraya sadhana-bhakti)

06.03.25 Yamaraja to his Order Carriers

Because they are bewildered by the illusory energy of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Yajnavalkya and Jaimini and other compilers of the religious scriptures cannot know the secret, confidential religious system of the twelve mahajanas. They cannot understand the transcendental value of performing devotional service or chanting the Hare Krishna mantra.

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 45

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 17, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION FORTY-FIVE

Therefore the Supreme Lord, who instructs the jivas about their ultimate welfare; who destroys their sorrows; who represents the supreme nature of all jivas, as the sun is to it's rays; and who is endowed with all good qualities to their maximum, is the supreme repository of love. Thus the prayojana, or purpose, is also established.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jan 17,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



January 17, 1974, Hawaii
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.25
"Just like this platform, it has got four legs. Animal stands on four legs. Anything, it requires four pillars. So to remain steadily on the platform of dharma, these four legs required: dharma, artha, kama..."

January 17, 1975, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.26.42
"Everything is there in the earth. Everything is there, and by the expert handling of the prakrti and behind the prakrti, Krsna, varieties of things are coming. This is Krsna consciousness, how things are coming by the handling, expert handling of Krsna."


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

The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 15, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society.

In yesterday's segment we briefly discussed the timeline of Mughal occupation in India, and the fact that India's devotional art schools were variously affected under the reign of successive Mughal rulers. Our study will follow that timeline, beginning with the reign of the first invading emperor to overturn the Sultanate, Babur, who ruled from 1526 to 1530. Babur was followed by Humayun (1530 to 1556), then Akbar (1556 to 1605), Jahangir (1605 - 1627), and finally Shah Jahan (1628 to 1658).

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 57

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 15, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Sadhana Bhakti Executed Exclusively by Taking Shelter of the Holy Name (aikantiki namasraya sadhana-bhakti)

06.02.49 Sukadeva Gosvami to Maharaja Pariksit

While suffering at the time of death, Ajamila chanted the holy name of the Lord, and although the chanting was directed toward his son, he nevertheless returned home, back to Godhead. Therefore, if one faithfully and inoffensively chants the holy name of the Lord, where is the doubt that he will return to Godhead?

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 44

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 15, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION FORTY-FOUR

Therefore, since the Lord and the jiva are naturally distinct, the Lord being the basis of Maya and the jiva being deluded by her, it is concluded that service to the Lord is the process.

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The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 13, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society.

We began this series with a brief summary of the invaders who preceded the Mughal drive into India. The northern invasion of the Delhi Sultanate in the 13th century brought the first wave of Islamic influence to India.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 56

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 13, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER THIRTEEN
Sadhana Bhakti Executed Exclusively by Taking Shelter of the Holy Name (aikantiki namasraya sadhana-bhakti)

12.11.25 Suta Gosvami to Saunaka Rsi

O Krishna, O friend of Arjuna, O chief among the descendants of Vrsni, You are the destroyer of those political parties that are disturbing elements on this earth. Your prowess never deteriorates. You are the proprietor of the transcendental abode, and Your most sacred glories, which are sung by Vrndavana's cowherd men and women and their servants, bestow all auspiciousness just by being heard. O Lord, please protect Your devotees.

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 43

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 13, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION FORTY-THREE

Therefore, the scriptural statements instructing us about non-difference between the jiva and Brahman, because both are conscious by nature, must be used to come to the same conclusion as Sri Vyasa did in his trance. The jiva, being by nature like an atomic ray of the sun, is both identical and distinct from the Lord. Any contradiction in this is dispelled by the inconceivable inherent potency of the Lord, who can make even the impossible possible.

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Jan 13, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
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More Floating?
Sad Sandarbhas
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Sad Sandarbhas
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