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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

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Lapis lazuli, c. 500 A.D.
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Hare Krishna Guru vs. Christian Show Host

BY: SIMON STERN

Jun 16, UK (SUN) — This is an extremely revealing video of Hridayanada Goswami's mindset. He is unable to give straight responses to Jesse's interview.

I was very surprised that he credited his previous Jewish faith to his introduction to Krsna consciousness. What a chance to praise Srila Prabhupada for opening his eyes with the torchlight of knowledge.

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Vedic Answers We Miss

BY: MAYESA DASA (ACBSP)

Jun 16, INDIA (SUN) — Sometimes while we search for complex answers we miss answers that are simple.

If we have a circle and assign it a number (length around its circumference) and want to derive smaller circles within it, could we do it? Of course a competent mathematician could do this. And this appears to be the simple, yet a thorough method given us in Srimad Bhagavatam.

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Mahaprasad at Jagannatha Puri Temple

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 16, CANADA (SUN) — A three-part summary of Mahaprasad at Jagannath Temple.

Traditions associated with Mahaprasad at Jagannath Puri Dham can be traced back to the remote past, and stories of Lord Jagannath in His original form of Neela Madhava. The tribal chief Biswabasu in the Nilagiri mountains of Orissa is said to have made daily offerings of fruits to the Deity as part of his worship. In the thick forested area at that time there were no rice paddies or fields of vegetables growing, yet when Biswabasu opened the temple doors in the morning with his meagre offering of fruits, he would find each day huge quantities of rice dishes and delicious curries.

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Regarding the Poisonous Effect in Our Society

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Jun 16, DENMARK (SUN) — I KNOW WHERE THE POISONOUS TREE HAS SPRUNG UP

"Regarding the poisonous effect in our Society, it is a fact and I know where from this poison tree has sprung up and how it affected practically the whole Society in a very dangerous form.

But it does not matter.

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Hari-bhakti-kalpa-latika

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 16, CANADA (SUN) — Fourteen clusters of flowers on 'The Flowering Vine of Devotion to Lord Hari'.

Distributing a copy of this manuscript, Kusakratha dasa noted that Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura found the unsigned manuscript of Sri Hari-bhakti-kalpa-latika, was impressed by it, and printed it in his Sajjana-tosani. Later, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur printed it as a book, reprinting it regularly.

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Gaudiya Vaishnava Bookstore

BY: DIPTIMAN GAURAHARI DAS

Jun 16, INDIA (SUN) — Please checkout our International Bookstore stacked with Gaudiya Vaishnava books dedicated to preaching the timeless message and glories of Lord Chaitanya and His beloved associates. Some of these books are dedicated to Gauda mandala Bhumi and talks about its eternal pastimes and exalted stature.

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BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 16, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

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

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A Reply to Danavir Goswami's Article,
"Flat-Earth or Globe?"

BY: MAYESVARA DASA

Jun 14, IRELAND (SUN) — Part Two

The following is the continuation of a reply to Danavir Goswami's article "Flat-Earth or Globe". The first part of this paper can be found here.

In part one of this we paper we cited a history from the Garga Samhita wherein Sri-Krishna states that there is only one Earth in the universe: sri bhagavan uvaca anya na medini loke. (Garga-Samhita, Canto six, chapter 9). The Vedic Earth is described in chapters 16-26 of the fifth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. The same description is repeated (with more or less details) in the cosmological sections of all the major and minor Puranas (Vedic histories). Drawing from these sources we have established in our first paper that the size of the Vedic Earth is measured at panchsat-koti-yojana or four billion miles.

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Vaishnava Prayers in English Poetry

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 14, CANADA (SUN) — Today we conclude our series of articles and monographs written by Srila Prabhupada, and published in his original Back to Godhead magazine during the period 1944 to 1960. We end the series with several Vaisnava songs and prayers in English, and with these nectarian poems as an introduction, we will immediately commence a new series of poems in English by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, beginning tomorrow.

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Adore thy feet my Master And those who are devotees. Rupa with elder and the other Jiva Adwaita with societies.

Krishna Chaitanya is my Lord Radha Krishna and Lalita accord. Vishaka is there in the midst. That's my prayer in the gist.

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Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa, Part 37

BY: ISVARA DASA

Jun 14, KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL (SUN) — Conversations and Divine Discourses by His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.

PART TWO
Discourse Three – Part Two
Initiation and Spiritual Enlightenment

Place: Śrī Sanātana Gauḍīya Maṭha, Kāśī Dhāma | Time: Sunday Afternoon, October 2, 1927 | (During the installation of the Śrī Gaurāṅga Deity)

Sambandha-jñāna is itself transcendental knowledge, or initiation

First, there is sambandha-jñāna, knowledge of one's relationship with the Supreme Lord. Another name for sambandha-jñāna is "transcendental knowledge" or "initiation." This transcendental knowledge is obtained by hearing from the lotus mouth of the spiritual master. It is said in Śrī Hari-bhakti-vilāsa (2.3–4):

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India's Juggernauts,
Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 12, INDIA (SUN) — A three-part series on India's temple-car 'juggernauts'.

Temple-car Festivals

Every month of the year, in one part of India or another, ratha carts are being pulled by devotees of the Lord, and by worshippers of so many of His transcendental representatives. While ISKCON devotees only participate in Lord Jagannath's grand procession, there are many other devotees who look forward to getting darshan of their own worshipable Lordships during festivals throughout the year.

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The Message of His Divine Grace

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 12, CANADA (SUN) — Edited and Founded Under Direct Order of His Divine Grace Sri Srimad Bhakti-Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Prabhupada by Goswami Abhay Charan Bhaktivedanta.

Back to Godhead, 1944

His Divine Grace Sree Sreemad Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Goswami Maharaj the celebrated Acharya (Spiritual Head) of the Gaudiya Vaisnavas spoke the following few lines as His Message just a few days (23rd December, 1936) before His passing away from this mortal world.

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Ganga Puja

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 12, CANADA (SUN) — Ganga Puja is observed on this day.

The Appearance day of Srimati Ganga Ma is celebrated throughout India beginning on the Amavasya (dark moon night) and lasting through to the dasami tithi (tenth phase of the Moon, the day before Pandava Nirjal Ekadasi).

In the book "Festivals, Fairs and Fasts of India", Shakti Gupta writes: "Festivals connected with rivers are essentially bathing festivals. Ganga Dussehra is celebrated on the tenth day of Jyeshtha. River Ganga is worshipped as a mother as well as a Goddess, particularly by people of Uttara Pradesh, Bihar, and Bengal through which the river flows. On this day, if a devotee is unable to visit and bathe in the river Ganga, then Ganga jal (water) kept in most Hindu homes is used for purification. A bath in the river is said to purify the bather of all sins. The Ganga is revered all over India even in places far from its course.

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The Holy Places of
Jaiva Dharma: Antardvipa

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 11.

In Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places', Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur next lists the dham of Antardvipa:

"Antardvipa – one of the nine islands of Navadvipa. This place embodies the devotional practice of atma-nivedanam, surrendering one's very self to Sri Krsna. Antardvipa is situated in the antar (heart or middle) of the eight-petaled lotus of Navadvipa. At the center of Antardvipa is Sri Mayapura, and at the very core of Mayapura is Yogapitha, the place where Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared.

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Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa, Part 38

BY: ISVARA DASA

Jun 16, KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL (SUN) — Conversations and Divine Discourses by His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.

PART TWO
Discourse Four – Part One
Śrī Caitanyadeva

Place: Talkotra, New Delhi, November 5, 1927
Utthāna Ekādaśī, the Disappearance Anniversary of Śrīla Gaura Kiśora dāsa Bābājī

Humble invocation befitting an exalted personality, and an indication of the topic

First, I offer my obeisances to all who have assembled here. Today I am scheduled to speak about Śrī Caitanyadeva.

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Bhagavat Sandarbha,
Part 47B

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 16, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION FORTY-SEVEN 'B'

Another doubt is raised: How can birth and activities be eternal? They both are actions and every action consists of various parts each having a beginning and an end, otherwise it cannot be designated as actions.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jun 16,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



June 16, 1969, New Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.5.13
"Spiritual life means normal life, and material life means diseased life. Therefore we are always suffering in materialistic way of life."

June 16, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.20
"His affectionate mother Yasoda, feeding Him, and there are servants also, serving Krsna. And the trees, the water, the flowers, they are serving silently. Panca-mukhya-rasa, five chief mellows, humors."

June 16, 1973, Mayapur
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.10.1
"Just like nowadays so many dharmas have been manufactured. They are not dharma. Dharma means the order which is given by the Lord."

June 16, 1974, Germany
Bhagavad-gita 2.1
"… knowledge of God, who is beyond your sense perception, how can you know? Therefore you have to know from God Himself or His representative."

June 16, 1976, Detroit
Srimad-Bhagavatam 6.1.50
"This is business of guru, to engage. How the arms can be engaged? You can engage your arms for decorating the Deity, for sewing the clothing, dress, garland. In this way you can engage your arms."


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

The Holy Places of
Jaiva Dharma: Amraghata

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 14, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 10.

In Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places', Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur next lists the village of Amraghata:

"Amraghata - a village in Godrumadvipa also known as Amghata. It is on the east side of the Ganga, about midway between Svarupaganja and Devapalli.

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Bhagavat Sandarbha,
Part 47A

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 14, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION FORTY-SEVEN 'A'

Krishna's Name, Form, Activities, and Attributes are Transcendental.

Therefore, Gajendra after negating His forms, names, and so on are material, establishes their transcendental nature. (S.B.8.3.8):

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The Holy Places of
Jaiva Dharma:
Ambika-Kalna

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 12, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 9.

The town of Kalna, 50 kms. from Bardhaman, is one of the Shaktipiths, or holy dhams of the Shakti worshippers. The town is named for Devi Ambika, an expansion of Durga, who is worshipped at the Siddheshwari Temple. Aside from numerous Shiva temples there are a number of important Vaisnava temples here, including the Krishna Chandra mandir (pictured above), famous for its 25 steeples, the Anantavasudev temple, and a Jagannatha temple. Much of the temple architecture in Kalna is constructed in the terracotta style for which Bengal is famous.

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Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa, Part 36

BY: ISVARA DASA

Jun 12, KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL (SUN) — Conversations and Divine Discourses by His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur.

PART TWO
Discourse Three – Part One
Initiation and Spiritual Enlightenment

Place: Śrī Sanātana Gauḍīya Maṭha, Kāśī Dhāma | Time: Sunday Afternoon, October 2, 1927 | (During the installation of the Śrī Gaurāṅga Deity)

Invocation by the exalted follower of Śrī Rūpa while offering obeisances to Śrī Sanātana, the ācārya of sambandha-jñāna

vairāgya-yug-bhakti-rasaṁ prayatnair
apāyayan mām anabhīpsum andham
kṛpāmbudhir yaḥ para-duḥkha-duḥkhī
sanātanas taṁ prabhum āśrayāmi

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Parishads: Sri Baladeva Vidyabhushana and
Sri Gangamata Gosvamini

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 12, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Baladeva Vidyabhushana and the Appearance Day of Sri Gangamata Gosvamini are observed on June 12th.

Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana

The exact time and place of Sri Baladeva Vidyabhushana's birth are unknown. Perhaps one day historians will be able to establish these facts beyond any doubt. From the little information that we do have about his life, we can conjecture that he was born in the 17th century of the modern era. Though we do not know the name of the exact village where he took birth, it was likely in the Balesore (Baleshvara) district of Orissa, somewhere near Remuna. From the date given in his commentary on Rupa Goswami's Stavamala, it is clear that Baladeva was still living after the Battle of Plassey in 1757.

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Bhagavat Sandarbha,
Part 46

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 12, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION FORTY-SIX

Lord's body is invisible but can be seen by His mercy.

King Nriga also describes the Lord's imperceptible nature as the Supersoul (S.B. 10.64.26):

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What is New in VedaBase-2019?

BY: EKANATH DAS

Jun 12, NORTH CAROLINA, USA (SUN) —

Released on the Auspicious Appearance Day of Baladeva Vidyābhūṣana, June 12th, 2019.

1966 Reverified Against Original Audio—119 files – 87 hours
All Original Audio Linked to Transcripts—3,804 files – 2,435 hours
Audio Transcription Erratum—Corrections Updated
Back to Godhead Magazine with PDFs—73 missing issues added
BBT Transcendental Art—1400+ large reference images
Bhaktivedanta Music & Purports Alphabetized—190 songs – 50 hours
Bhaktivedanta Vedic Library—Cooking for Krishna & narrations

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Jaiva Dharma: Antardvipa
Hari-bhakti-kalpa-latika
Poisonous Effect
Mahaprasad at Puri Temple
Vedic Answers We Miss
Guru vs. Christian Show Host
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa
Sad Sandarbhas
Gaudiya Vaishnava Bookstore
Classifieds
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Jaiva Dharma: Amraghata
Vaishnava Prayers in English
Reply to Danavir Goswami, Pt. 2
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa
Sad Sandarbhas
Jaiva Dharma: Ambika-Kalna
Parishads
Ganga Puja
Message of His Divine Grace
India's Juggernauts, Pt. 3
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa
Sad Sandarbhas
What's New in VedaBase-2019?
Jaiva Dharma: Ambika-Kalna
Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi
The Supreme 'Vedantist'
India's Juggernauts, Pt. 2
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa
Sad Sandarbhas
Jaiva Dharma: Ambika-Kalna
A Reply to Danavir Goswami
Change India to Bharata?
Journey Home: Chicago to Delhi
Back to Godhead
India's Juggernauts
Sri Sarasvati Sanlapa
Sad Sandarbhas
Siddhanta-ratnam Release
Weekend Laffs

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