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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

Devi
M. V. Dhurandhar, c. 1920

Guru-parampara:
The List of 32, Pt. 22

BY: ROCANA DASA

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas

Aksobhya:

Aksobhya Tirtha, who is 9th on the List of 32, gives us our first opportunity in this comparative survey of Sampradaya Acaryas to consider members of the elite disciplic succession from the standpoint of bhasya.

When using the term 'Sampradaya Acarya' to describe Srila Prabhupada, one of the most commonly heard objections is that this term only refers to the founders of the four main sampradayas, all of whom are distinguished by the fact that they established bhasya for the sampradaya.

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Associates of Sri Caitanya

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — From 'Krsna-kathamrta'by HDG Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

APPEARANCE OF THE DIVINE

The appearance of Godhead in this world implies the co-appearance of all His Divine paraphernalia. Godhead must not be conceived as in any way separable from His entourage. Godhead shorn of any of His paraphernalia is a delusion. In the same way the appearance of divine paraphernalia involves the appearance of the divinity. The two are distinct yet inseparable forms of the one Supreme.

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The Narada-bhakti-sutra, Part 17

BY: SUN EDITORS

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — Serial presentation of Chapter Three of Sri Narada Bhakti Sutra.

49

yo vedan api sanyasyati kevalam avicchinnanuragam labhate

TRANSLATION

That person who renounces even the Vedas obtains exclusive and uninterrupted attraction for God.

PURPORT

By "renouncing the Vedas" Narada means renouncing the fruitive sacrifices recommended in the Vedas' karma-kandiya portions, which are for those pursuing fruitive results. Lord Krsna advises Arjuna, "The Vedas deal mainly with the subject of the three modes of material nature. O Arjuna, become transcendental to these three modes...

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NBS#95: Sri Narayana-kavaca

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Sep 21, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

"One who employs Sri Narayana-kavaca or hears about it with faith and veneration when afraid because of any condition in the material world, is immediately freed from all dangers and is worshiped by all living entities."

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Guru-parampara:
The List of 32, Pt. 21

BY: ROCANA DASA

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas

Madhava:

Relatively little information is available on Madhava Tirtha's life. He is 8th on the List of 32, and was the third acarya in charge of Madhvacarya's math after his departure. Previously he lived the life of an ascetic. In one famous pastime, he founded the city of Vijayanagar after the discovery of a huge amount of hidden treasure. As an ascetic in the mountains, he blessed the shepherd Bukka to become a king, which he did, and Madhava later served as a minister under him.

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The Transcendental Arts of Srimati Radharani,
Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — The 64 transcendental arts.

Before we proceed with our study of the individual items which comprise the list of Srimati Radharani's 64 transcendental arts, we will begin to look at some of the suggested categorizations of items on such various lists. One Tamil list offers the following categorization of Sri Krsna's chausath kalas (64 arts) into ten areas of accomplishment.

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The Appearance of
Sri Vamanadev

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — Vamana Dvadasi, the auspicious Appearance Day of Sri Vamana Avatar is observed on September 21st.

The fifth among the Dasavatara is Sri Vamana-avatara. There are innumerable lila-avataras. Among them are twenty-five chief lila-avataras of which Sri Vamanadeva is the eighteenth. All the lila-avataras have been mentioned in the previous description of Matsya-avatara. Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Aniruddha are the original catur-vyuha, or original four expanded forms of Sri Krishna in Dvaraka. They are prabhava-vilasa (four-handed forms) of Sri Krishna.

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The Narada-bhakti-sutra, Part 16

BY: SUN EDITORS

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — Serial presentation of Chapter Three of Sri Narada Bhakti Sutra.

48

yah karma-phalam karmani sanyasyati tato nirdvandvo bhavati

TRANSLATION

[Who can cross beyond illusion?] That person who renounces material duties and their profits, thus transcending duality.

PURPORT

A devotee has faith that Lord Krsna will supply his needs. But this does not mean that he becomes lazy or inactive. He works for Krsna. By dedicating all acts to the Lord, the devotee becomes free from karmic reactions. As long as one continues to work under the influence of the modes of nature, one must experience duality -- good and bad, hot and cold, rich and poor, pleasure and pain, and so on. As Lord Krsna states in Bhagavad-gita (7.27),

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Guru-parampara:
The List of 32, Pt. 20

BY: ROCANA DASA

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas

Nrhari (Narahari Tirtha):

Nrhari is 7th on the List of 32. According to his biographical sketch, he was divinely chosen by the royal elephant as a replacement for the departed King. He quickly surrendered his role as King, passing it to his 12 y.o. son. As a parting gift, he asked for the now famous Deity of Mula Rama, which was placed in the Uttaradi Mutt. Madhva also gave Narahari a Deity of Kaliyamardana Krsna.

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The Transcendental Arts of Srimati Radharani,
Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — The 64 transcendental arts.

In Sanskrit, the word kala means, among other things, the arts, and specifically 64 fine or mechanical arts. We have already mentioned two versions of the list of 64 arts -- Radharani's transcendental arts listed in Brahma Samhita, and Vatsyayana's list of yogas for young women. But since ancient times, many iterations of the list of 64 arts have been produced. Vatsyayana listed them as 64 bahya kalas, or practical arts which are required study for cultured persons. But generally the lists have developed into two unique sets of 64 kalas, for males and females.

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Three Cities of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — A three-part summary of cities corresponding to the three gunas.

The cities of Ayodhya, Kishkinda and Lanka, respectively, are respected as sattva, rajas and tamas cities. In Srimad Ramayana, the Sage Valmiki gives an elaborate description of these three cities. He has also described the types of people living there, including their rulers.

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The Appearance of HDG Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur

BY: SUN EDITORS

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur is observed on September 22nd.

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur appeared in 1838 in an aristocratic family of Calcutta. Named Kedarnath, his youth was spent absorbed in studies. A prolific reader and writer, he authored many articles and poems in English. He entered the Hindu School as a student in the class in 1856 at the University of Calcutta, where he studied the philosophical works of Kant, Goethe, Hizel, Swedenburg, Schopenhuer, Hume, Voltaire and others.

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Satapatha-Brahmana, Part 105

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Satapatha Brahmana, translated by Julius Eggeling in 1882.

FIFTH ADHYÂYA. THIRD BRÂHMANA - C. THE SÂKAMEDHA OFFERINGS – Part Two

2:5:3:11 - 11. Then there is this other. The same altar covered (with sacrificial grass) which has served for the Maruts, the Scorchers, is (used now). Near this covered altar they lay down the enclosing-sticks and pieces of firewood; and having had (the cows) milked in the same way (as before) he cooks the rice-pap. The butter he puts on so as to be no mere accessory [4]

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Sep 21,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



September 21, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.16
"How they can stand on the ocean? How they can churn? Oh, these are all stories." They are not stories."

September 21, 1976, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.7.24
"A boy has to be changed to become a young man. A young man has to be changed to an old man. You cannot stop that. Therefore it is called jiva-loka, conditioned. Every one of us is conditioned."


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

The Science of Kingship in Ancient India, Part 44

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — The last in a series on the religious dictates that influenced kingship in Vedic culture.

CHAPTER XXV

It must also be emphasized that the above account of the main characteristics of Indian kingship from the point of view of the comparative study of religion does not intend to be anything like a history of kingship in ancient India. We could not go into such questions as to how far royal authority was, in practical life, strengthened by particular causes and circumstances, for instance by the existence of a loyal aristocracy or by a more or less influential body of brahmans.

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The Appearance of
Srila Jiva Goswami

BY: SUN EDITORS

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance Day of Srila Jiva Goswami is observed on September 21st.

Srila Jiva Gosvami made his appearance in 1455, Sakabdha (1533 A.D.), on the 12th day of the bright fortnight in the month of Bhadra. He disappeared from view at the age of 85 in 1540 A.D., (Sakabdha, 3rd day of bright fortnight, Pausa).

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Satapatha-Brahmana, Part 104

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Satapatha Brahmana, translated by Julius Eggeling in 1882.

FIFTH ADHYÂYA. THIRD BRÂHMANA - C. THE SÂKAMEDHA OFFERINGS – Part One

2:5:3:1 - 1. Verily, by means of the Varunapraghâsâh Pragâpati delivered the creatures from Varuna's noose; and those creatures of his were born without disease and blemish. Now with these Sâkamedha offerings,--therewith indeed the gods slew Vritra, therewith they gained that supreme authority which they now wield; and so does he now therewith slay his wicked, spiteful enemy and gain the victory: this is why he performs these offerings in the fourth month (after the Varunapraghâsâh). He performs them on two successive days.

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The Science of Kingship in Ancient India, Part 43

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — The religious dictates that influenced kingship in Vedic culture.

CHAPTER XXIV

That the prime minister, or the ministers collectively, and the high officials in general, were an important element of the state is no news to anyone who has read such books as the Manusmrti or the Artha-sastra with any care. It seems therefore worth while to examine their function and their relation to the king more closely.

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Parsva Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — Parivartinii or Parsva Ekadasi, from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana, observed September 20th (LA and Mayapur).

Sri Yudhishthira Maharaja asked of Lord Sri Krishna, "What is the name of that Ekadasi that occurs during the light fortnight (shukla paksha) of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September "Hrishikesha mase")? Who is the worshipable Deity for this Ekadasi, and what merit does one attain in observing it? Kindly reveal all of this to me my Lord."

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Satapatha-Brahmana, Part 103

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Satapatha Brahmana, translated by Julius Eggeling in 1882.

FIFTH ADHYÂYA. SECOND BRÂHMANA - B. THE VARUNAPRAGHÂSA OFFERINGS – Part Three

2:5:2:39 - 39. The Adhvaryu then proceeds with the cake on eleven potsherds for Ka; and having made that offering, he says, 'Pronounce the invitatory prayer to Agni Svishtakrit (" the maker of good offering")!' The Adhvaryu then takes cuttings from all (his) oblations, one from each; and the Pratiprasthâtri also takes one cutting from that oblation of curds (to the Maruts).

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The Narada-bhakti-sutra, Part 15

BY: SUN EDITORS

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — Serial presentation of Chapter Three of Sri Narada Bhakti Sutra.

47

yo vivikta-sthanam sevate yo loka-bandham unmulayati nistraigunyo bhavati yo yoga-ksemam tyajati

TRANSLATION

[Who can cross beyond illusion?] That person who stays in a secluded place, cuts off at the root his attachment to mundane society, becomes free from the influence of the three modes of nature, and gives up hankering for material gain and security.

PURPORT

Narada is giving more ways to cross beyond maya. The first is solitude (vivikta-sthanam sevate). Several times in the Bhagavad-gita Lord Krsna advises that one practice spiritual life alone. Solitude is particularly stressed in meditative yoga, which requires that one live alone in a secluded place (rahasi sthitah ekaki) (Bg. 6.10). And in the Thirteenth Chapter, when listing the items of knowledge, Lord Krsna includes vivikta-desa-sevitvam, "aspiring to live in a solitary place" (Bg. 13.11).

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Cities of Sattva, Rajas & Tamas
NBS#95: Sri Narayana-kavaca
Appearance of Srila Bhaktivinoda
Narada-bhakti-sutra, Pt. 17
Associates of Sri Caitanya
Guru-parampara: List of 32
Satapatha-Brahmana, 105
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Science of Kingship, Pt. 44
Appearance of Jiva Goswami
Narada-bhakti-sutra, Pt. 16
Appearance of Sri Vamanadev
Transcendental Arts of Radha
Guru-parampara: List of 32
Satapatha-Brahmana, 104
Science of Kingship, Pt. 43
Parsva Ekadasi
Narada-bhakti-sutra, Pt. 15
Transcendental Arts of Radha
Guru-parampara: List of 32
Satapatha-Brahmana, 103
Science of Kingship, Pt. 42
Narada-bhakti-sutra, Pt. 14
Bhagavan Lord Buddha
Transcendental Arts of Radha
Guru-parampara: List of 32
Satapatha-Brahmana, 102
Weekend Laffs
Science of Kingship, Pt. 41
Appearance of Sita Thakurani
Narada-bhakti-sutra, Pt. 13
Guru-parampara: List of 32
Cosmology of Vayu Purana
Satapatha-Brahmana, 101
Bhagavata Mahavidyalaya
Science of Kingship, Pt. 40
Narada-bhakti-sutra, Pt. 12
ISKCON Censorship In Action
Guru-parampara: List of 32
Satapatha-Brahmana, 100
Jayapataka's Twin Transplants

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