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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

Krishna laying the Flute in Himalayas
(Vikram Singh, after Nicholas Rohrich)

The Festival of
Jagannath Mishra

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, INDIA (SUN) — Anandotsava, the Festival of Jagannath Mishra, is observed on March 21st.

The Festival of Jagannath Mishra is an observance of the Jata karma samskara for baby Nimai (Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu). Following the fast for Gaura Purnima, which is broken upon the rising of the moon, the next day is held for feasting. On Jagannath Mishra festival day, the devotees meditate upon the Jata karman ceremony.

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The Radhanatha Gita: With the American Swami on the Battlefield of Life

BY: KALIYA MARDANA DASA BRAHMACHARY

Mar 20, INDIA (SUN) — PART FOUR

In The Journey Home, page 183, Radhanatha Swami describes his visit to Kurukshetra. He writes:

"The Gita had been spoken on a battlefield because life itself is a battle, where evil perpetually attacks good and our sacred ideals are destined to be tested … Krishna's timeless call culminated in the practice of selfless devotion, determination and spiritual absorption as a means to access a power beyond our own to overcome all fear—the power of God's love."

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Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam,
Part 43

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of Srila Prabhupada's preaching on Srimad Bhagavatam.

Following is the translation to SB 1.2.2 and beneath that, a breakdown of the statements contained therein. Under each statement, we have listed the essential points Srila Prabhupada made in his two lectures on this sloka, as paraphrased in the previous segments.

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Sri Caitanya-carita:
The Pastimes of
Lord Caitanya, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 18, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Caitanya-carita: The Pastimes of Lord Caitanya by Srila Kavi-karnapura - Part Three.

Volume One - Chapter Three

1 Kamadeva crowned as the ruler of the kingdom of youth Lord Caitanya, whose graceful and youthful limbs were a nectar flood of youthful handsomeness.

2 The Lord studied under a cheerful, learned, expert teacher named Visnu dasa. By considering this pandita His teacher, the Lord gave great mercy to him. How can anyone be the Lord's teacher?

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The Journey Home
is a Flaccid Study
in Compromise

BY: KALIYA MARDANA DASA BRAHMACHARY

Mar 18, INDIA (SUN) — Part Three of a series.

The Journey Home, the adventures of the American Swami and ISKCON guru Radhanatha, is a leftover stew of limp noodles mixed with one rancid compromise after another. For any genuine Vaishnava such a foul goulash that stinks to high heaven is a repulsive repast.

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Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam,
Part 42

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of Srila Prabhupada's preaching on Srimad Bhagavatam.

Today we are enumerating the essential points Srila Prabhupada made in his second of two lectures on Srimad Bhagavatam 1.2.2. This lectures was given in Rome on May 26, 1974. Srila Prabhupada mentions the following (paraphrased) points, among others:

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"Spiritual Culture"
Book Review

BY: DEVAKINANDAN DAS

Mar 18, INDIA (SUN) — I have heard that Devaki Mataji preaches importance of stri-dharma all around ISKCON. Great. But I wondered, how can you preach stri-dharma to ladies by traveling around the world, which is not at all a good example of stri-dharma according to Srila Prabhupada:

"Just like our women, Krsna conscious, they are working. They don't want equal rights with the men. It is due to Krsna consciousness. They are cleansing the temple, they are cooking very nicely. They are satisfied. They never said that "I have to go to Japan for preaching like Prabhupäda." They never say. This is artificial."

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Perfect Discretion: On Accepting the GBC as Spiritual Authority, Part 3

BY: NITYA KRSNA DASA

Mar 16, INDIA (SUN) — PART THREE

Srila Prabhupada, Can a Sudra Be Guru?

The GBC's journey from being the 1978 rubber stamp for the autocratic zonal acaryas acting in the tradition of guru's supreme authority to being the ecclesiastical and absolute masters of all affairs "ISKCON" is now largely complete. In recent years the ISKCON Law Book has even contained a number of mandatory vows that their apparent gurus have to agree to and sign.

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The Journey Home
Could Be the Worst Book in the World

BY: KALIYA MARDANA DASA BRAHMACHARY

Mar 16, INDIA (SUN) — At least in many ways, The Journey Home by Radhanath Swami is the worst book I have ever had the great misfortune to lay these poor hands on. After reading it, I concluded that this catalogue of concocted yoga bursts with more crap than an Alabama outhouse. The Journey Home is to genuine yoga what Cher is to womanhood—you could call it yoga that has undergone repeated plastic surgery. Divinity with silicone implants. It is like a paper packet of artificial sweetener; just add water and stir and—voila—instant saccharine mahatma-ism.

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Srila Prabhupada on Srimad Bhagavatam,
Part 41

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 16, CANADA (SUN) — In our last segment, we presented Text 2 of the Second Chapter, First Canto from the original Srimad Bhagwatam, offering a few comments about the differences between the various editions. Today we will begin to explore Srila Prabhupada's preaching on SB 1.2.2, beginning with one of two lectures he gave on this sloka.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 87

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER NINETEEN
The Perfection of the Mellow of Pure Love, The Glories of Rasa (siddha prema-rasa/rasa-mahima)

10.12.13-14 Shukadeva Gosvami to Maharaja Parikshit

My dear King Parikshit, thereafter there appeared a great demon named Aghasura, whose death was being awaited even by the demigods. The demigods drank nectar every day, but still they feared this great demon and awaited his death. This demon could not tolerate the transcendental pleasure being enjoyed in the forest by the cowherd boys. (13)

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

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

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The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 36

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society.

While the Ramanandis didn't reach Galta until the late 1500's, their line had begun hundreds of years earlier. This rasik sect of Rama devotees was originally founded by Ramanandiji (1299-1410 A.D.) who, according to historians, was the first preceptor of Ramabhakti in Northern India. His disciple Anant das, along with his own disciple Krishnadas Payhari, established the Ramanandi matha at Galta.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 89

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER NINETEEN
The Perfection of the Mellow of Pure Love, The Glories of Rasa (siddha prema-rasa/rasa-mahima)

10.13.62 Shukadeva Gosvami to Maharaja Parikshit

After seeing this, Lord Brahma hastily got down from his swan carrier, fell down like a golden rod and touched the lotus feet of Lord Krishna with the tips of the four crowns on his heads. Offering his obeisances, he bathed the feet of Krishna with the water of his tears of joy.

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Bhagavat Sandarbha,
Part 9

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 20, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION NINE

In regard to the manifestation of Bhagavan, Lord Brahma also said (S.B.3.9.11):

O my Lord, Your devotees can see You through the ears by the process of bonafide hearing, and thus their hearts become cleansed, and You take Your seat there. You are so merciful to Your devotees that You manifest Yourself in the particular eternal form of transcendence in which they always think of You.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Mar 20,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



March 20, 1975, Calcutta
Arrival Lecture
So by Caitanya Mahaprabhu's grace, with the cooperation of the Western youths, this movement is going on. I have traveled all over the countries, as I reported, and everywhere I saw, I was very much pleased that sankirtana is going on.


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

The Life and Teachings of Lord Caitanya

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 18, CANADA (SUN) — A short sketch of the life and teachings of Lord Caitanya, the Preacher of Srimad-Bhagavatam, from the Intro- duction to Srimad Bhagavatam by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

"Lord Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the great apostle of love of God and the father of the congregational chanting of the holy name of the Lord, advented Himself at Sridhama Mayapura, a quarter in the city of Navadvipa in Bengal, on the Phalguni Purnima evening in the year 1407 Sakabda (corresponding to February 1486 by the Christian calendar).

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 88

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala by HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur.

CHAPTER NINETEEN
The Perfection of the Mellow of Pure Love, The Glories of Rasa (siddha prema-rasa/rasa-mahima)

10.13.05-6 Krishna to the Cowherd Boys

My dear friends, just see how this riverbank is extremely beautiful because of its pleasing atmosphere. And just see how the blooming lotuses are attracting bees and birds by their aroma. The humming and chirping of these bees and birds is echoing throughout the beautiful trees in the forest. Also, here the sands are clean and soft. Therefore, this must be considered the best place for our sporting and pastimes. (5)

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Bhagavat Sandarbha,
Part 8

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 18, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

SECTION EIGHT

Sri Suta Gosvami gives the qualification for Bhagavan to manifest (S.B.1.7.4):

Sri Suta Gosvami said: "Thus he fixed his mind, perfectly engaging it by linking it in devotional service [bhakti-yoga] without any tinge of materialism, and thus he saw the Absolute Personality of Godhead along with His external energy, which was under full control."

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The Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism, Part 35

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Mughal effect on Vaisnava society.

As we have described in the previous segments, we are interested to discover the threads of connection between Mughal emperor Akbar's influence and our Gaudiya Vaisnava line. The two intersect in relatively close quarters in Galta, where Akbar held court, and where Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana preached Gaudiya bhasya to the Ramanandis. While the Ramanandis arrived in Galta about 50 years before Akbar, author William Pinch suggests that the Ramanandis didn't become a dominant force until the 1713 conclave of the four Vaisnava Sampradayas. But in a further description of the militarization of the Ramanandis, the author gives us another point of connection back to Akbar: In Peasants and Monks in British India he writes:

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Sri Caitanya-carita:
The Pastimes of
Lord Caitanya, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 16, CANADA (SUN) — Sri Caitanya-carita: The Pastimes of Lord Caitanya by Srila Kavi-karnapura, in three parts.

Sri Caitanya-carita: The Pastimes of Lord Caitanya by Srila Kavi-karnapura

Volume One - Chapter Two

1 Splendid with many glittering jewels, and more fortunate and glorious than all the planets of heaven, the earth goddess placed the city of Navadvipa in her realm and set many great jewels within it.

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Bhagavat Sandarbha,
Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF

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

SECTION SEVEN

Lord Brahma gives a similar explanation of Brahman realization to Narada in one and half verses (2.7.47,48):

That which is eternal, devoid of any disturbance and fear, pure consciousness, free from the material modes, equipoised, beyond cause and effect is called atma-tattva or Absolute Reality. It cannot be attained by the chanting of the Vedic mantras in the performance of sacrifices. Even Maya flees away from It out of shyness. This footstep of the Supreme Personality of Godhead which is unlimited bliss and devoid of any grief is called Brahman.

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Parishads: Sri Madhavendra Puri

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 16, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Madhavendra Puri is observed on March 17th.

Mahaprabhu's seniors, His parents and gurus, are all his servants and eternal associates and they take their birth prior to His appearance in order to serve Him in their own way.

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Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Prabhupada on Bhagavatam
Festival of Jagannatha Misra
The Radhanath Gita
Sad Sandarbhas
Classifieds
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Life & Teachings of Caitanya
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
"Spiritual Culture" Book Review
Prabhupada on Bhagavatam
Journey Home, Flaccid Study
Sri Caitanya-carita
Sad Sandarbhas
Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism
Parishads
Sri Caitanya-carita
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Prabhupada on Bhagavatam
Journey Home, Worst Book
Perfect Discretion, Part 3
Sad Sandarbhas
Classifieds
Weekend Laffs
Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Amalaki vrata Ekadasi
Prabhupada on Bhagavatam
Sri Caitanya-carita
The Journey Home, Aparadha
Perfect Discretion, Part 2
Sad Sandarbhas
Mughal Influence on Vaisnavism
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Sri Caitanya and Guru Nanak
Prabhupada on Bhagavatam
Let the Ball Roll On, As Set
GBC Sidesteps CPO Restrictions
Perfect Discretion: On GBC
Sad Sandarbhas

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