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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

Lord Vishnu with
Chakra, Conch, Lotus & Kaustaba
National Museum, Delhi

BBT Loyalty vs. High Editing Standards

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Nov 20, EUROPE (SUN) — This is in response to Garuda Prabhu's article.

Jayadvaita Swami and Dravida Prabhu are far more qualified than the average devotee at editing. So it must be frustrating for them to constantly hear criticism from uninformed devotees. They have patiently, over the years, answered many unfair objections. By doing so, they have restored the faith of many devotees in the BBT.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 29

BY: SUN STAFF

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

CHAPTER SIX
Tasting the Sublime Nature of Relationships with the Lord (bhagavad-rasa-tattvam)

10.23.35 Shukadeva Gosvami to Maharaja Parikshit

tatraika vidhrita bhartra
bhagavantam yatha-shrutam
hridopaguhya vijahau
deham karmanubandhanam

One of the ladies had been forcibly kept back by her husband. When she heard the others describe the Supreme Lord Krishna, she embraced Him within her heart and gave up her material body, the basis of bondage to material activity.

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Parishads: Sri Bhugarbha Goswami & Sri Kashishvara Pandit

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 20, 2018 CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Bhugarbha Goswami & Sri Kashishvara Pandit is observed on November 21st.

Lokanatha Goswami was known as Lila Manjari in Krishna lila. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 187)

Lokanatha is considered to be Mahaprabhu's direct disciple and associate. Prior to coming to Nabadwip, he lived in the village of Talakharii in Jessore district in what is now Bangla Desh. Prior to that, he lived in Kacna Paria. His father's name was Padmanabha Chakravarti and his mother Sita Devi. The Bhakti-ratnakara quotes an old verse which confirms this:

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The Mistake of Change:
A Critique of Dravida das Prabhu's Editorial Approach

BY: GARUDA DAS, PhD

Nov 18, USA (SUN) — Dravida's bold claim that editing is not just copyediting but is also essentially "to change" or content editing:

"If for some reason the intended philosophical point Srila Prabhupada is trying to make isn't clear, the editors make changes to clarify."

"So yes, philosophical clarification is part of editorial decision-making."

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Editing of the Founder-Acharya's Scriptures

BY: HLADINI SAKTI DEVI DASI

Nov 18, ALACHUA, FLORIDA (SUN) — I wanted to share my realizations regarding the editing of our Founder-Acharya's Scriptures. For too long I accepted the official policy and rationale for the edits. Only this year, did I research the edits for myself. At the end of a nine day sojourn, I came to the realization that the Lord, Himself, has arranged this transcendental controversy in order to increase our love for Srila Prabhupada.

I've been a devotee long enough to know that offenses can destroy my spiritual life. I applaud the Sampradaya Sun for maintaining a semblance of Vaisnava etiquette. My prayer is that Srila Prabhupada uses what ever skills I've acquired in his service. I pray I may be of some small assistance in re-establishing His Divine Grace's original scriptures in his founded temples and all other temples that bear the proud name of ISKCON.

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Front Picture Is
Most Important

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Nov 18, DENMARK (SUN) — THE FRONT PICTURE IS MOST IMPORTANT THING AND YOU HAVE CHANGED IT - IN FUTURE YOU DON´T DO ANY CHANGES WITHOUT ASKING ME FIRST

"You have done most nonsensically. Why change the cover? When people look to see the Bhagavad-gita they expect to see Krishna and Arjuna, not the picture of Krishna with cow.

You have done a great mistake by changing the front picture and it will hamper the sale.

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Understanding of Sri Guru

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Nov 18, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — During a morning walk with Srila Prabhupada in Bombay with Dr. Patel, a furious discussion took place between Prabhupada and the doctor. It was concerning the position of Sri Guru.

Dr. Patel indicated that it was the knowledge within the Guru that was important. As Sri Guru is a manifestation of Krishna, Krishna was manifesting Himself within the Guru. Srila Prabhupada rebutted him saying the inside and outside of the Guru is the same as it is with Sri Krishna, the mayavadi making a distinction between the outside and inside of Sri Krishna's transcendental form.

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Bhishma Pancaka

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 18, CANADA (SUN) — The following five-day fast is prescribed for the last five days of Kartika (Damodara) month, known as Bhisma Pancaka. During that vrata puja offerings to the Lord are also prescribed. For Bhisma Pancaka, devotees may offer the following to the Lord:

On the first day, one must offer padma (lotus) flowers to the feet of the Lord

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The Disappearance of Srila Gaura Kishora
das Babaji

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 18, DENMARK (SUN) — The Disappearance Day of Srila Gaura Kisora Dasa Babaji is observed on this day.

namo gaura-kishoraya sakshad vairagya-murtaye
vipralambha-rasambhodhe padambujaya te namah

I bow to your lotus feet, Srila Gaura Kishora Das Babaji, the embodiment of renunciation and the ocean of sacred rapture in separation.

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NBS#99: The Tactics For Removing Anarthas

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Nov 18, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

"If one has an intention to remove from the kingdom of the heart, the disturbances created by those demons whom Lord Krishna had killed, one should humbly pray to Lord Hari. Then Hari will certainly remove those anarthas (obstacles). And the anarthas which are created by those demons who were killed by Baladeva should be removed by the endeavor of the practitioner. This is the secret of worshiping Lord Krishna in the mood of the Brajavasis, the inhabitants of Vrindavan."

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Nov 18, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Utthana Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 16, CANADA (SUN) — Utthana (Haribodhini) Ekadasi from the Bhavisya-uttara Purana, observed November 18th in LA, 19th in Mayapur.

Lord Brahma said to Narada Muni, "Dear son, O best of the sages, I shall narrate to you the glories of Haribodhini Ekadasi, which eradicates all kinds of sins and bestows great merit, and ultimately liberation, upon the wise persons who surrender unto the Supreme Lord.

"O best of the brahmanas, the merits acquired by bathing in the Ganges remain significant only as long as Haribodhini Ekadasi does not come. This Ekadasi, which occurs during the light fortnight of the month of Kartika, is much more purifying than a bath in the ocean, at a place of pilgrimage, or in a lake. This sacred Ekadasi is more powerful in nullifying sin than one thousand Asvamedha sacrifices and one hundred Rajasuya sacrifices."

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Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 28

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 20, CANADA (SUN) — The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.

Today we continue our presentation of the watercolors of Henry Ambrose Oldfield, who captured the beauty of Nepal's temple architecture in the mid 1850's. Following are a number of his paintings of Vaisnava and Buddhist temples and shrines.

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 15

BY: SUN STAFF

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

SECTION FIFTEENTH

Similarly, the Vayaviya-samhita of the Siva Purana indicates the Vedic nature of the Puranas by discussing their common appearance:

"The ingenious Lord abridged the Veda then divided it into four and therefore He became known as 'Veda Vyasa'. The Puranas were also summarized in four hundred thousand verses, but in the heavenly planets they still have one billion verses". (Siva Purana, 7.1.1.37,38)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Nov 20,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



November 20, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 8.22-27
"Vaisnava means we want to worship God as He is, and we keep our separate identity eternally to serve Him. That is Vaisnava philosophy. And the Mayavada philosophy and impersonalist philosophy is that they want to close their individual identity and merge into the existence of the Supreme."

November 20, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.20
"Bhoga means sense gratification. Bhogaisvarya. Aisvarya, opulence and sense gratification, those who are too much attached."

November 20, 1976, Vrndavana
Room Conversation
"Yes, if the brain is clear -- it is not filled up with rubbish cow dung -- then Krsna consciousness easy."


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

Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 27

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 18, CANADA (SUN) — The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.

Today we present the first of three segments featuring a select collection of the paintings of Henry Ambrose Oldfield. These watercolors depicting the temple architecture and landscapes of Nepal were painted in the 1850's, and stand as an enduring snapshot of the historical Nepal.

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 28

BY: SUN STAFF

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

CHAPTER SIX
Tasting the Sublime Nature of Relationships with the Lord (bhagavad-rasa-tattvam)

10.39.37 Shukadeva Gosvami to Maharaja Parikshit

ta nirasha nivavritur
govinda-vinivartane
vishoka ahani ninyur
gayantyah priya-ceshtitam

The gopis then turned back without hope that Govinda would ever return to them. Full of sorrow, they began to spend their days and nights chanting about the pastimes of their beloved.

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF

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

SECTION FOURTEENTH

In the Vayu Purana (60.16-18 and 60.21-22) Suta Gosvami explains why the Itihasas and Puranas are considered the fifth Veda:

"The almighty Supreme Lord (Vyasa) accepted me as the qualified speaker of the Itihasas and Puranas. In the beginning there was only one Veda, the Yajurveda, which was divided into four by Srila Vyasa. These four divisions gave rise to the four activities called Caturhotra, which constitutes a sacrifice.

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Nepal in the Mahabharata Period,
Part 26

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 16, CANADA (SUN) — The Yadava dynasty's presence in Nepal, and the events that preceded and followed.

Our reference in this series to the 'Mahabharata Period' deserves some explanation. The title for this period is used loosely to describe the period leading up to the Kurukshetra war, particularly those pastimes that directly resulted in the battle taking shape. These pastimes took place over generations, and some are so far distant that they far precede the period we are referring to in the context of Nepal's place in that history. The vast history memorialized in the Mahabharata itself is described by one writer, S. Kak, this way:

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Tattva Sandarbha,
Part 13

BY: SUN STAFF

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

SECTION THIRTEEN

The Prabhasa Khanda of the Skanda Purana states therefore:
Previously, Lord Brahma, the grandfather of the demigods, performed severe penances and thereafter the Vedas appeared along with their Pada and Krama texts and their six limbs. Then the unchanging complete Purana, the embodiment of all scriptures, composed of eternal sound, sacred in nature, and consisting of one billion verses emanated from the mouth of Lord Brahma. Know that of the various divisions of that Purana the Brahma Purana is the first... (Sk.P. 2.3-5)

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Bhagavad Arka
Marichi Mala, Pt. 27

BY: SUN STAFF

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

CHAPTER SIX
Tasting the Sublime Nature of Relationships with the Lord (bhagavad-rasa-tattvam)

01.11.35-36 Suta Gosvami to Shaunaka Rishi

sa esha nara-loke 'sminn
avatirnah sva-mayaya
reme stri-ratna-kutastho
bhagavan prakrito yatha
uddama-bhava-pishunamala-valgu-hasa-
vridavaloka-nihato madano 'pi yasam
sammuhya capam ajahat pramadottamas ta
yasyendriyam vimathitum kuhakair na shekuh

Although the queens' beautiful smiles and furtive glances were all spotless and exciting, and although they could conquer Cupid himself by making him give up his bow in frustration, and although even the tolerant Shiva could fall victim to them, still, despite all their magical feats and attractions, they could not agitate the senses of the Lord. (36)

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Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Parishads
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
BBT Loyalty vs. High Standards
Sad Sandarbhas
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Tactics for Removing Anarthas
Disappearance of Gaura Kisora
Bhisma Pancaka
Understanding of Sri Guru
Front Picture is Most Important
Editing Founder-Acarya's Scriptures
The Mistake of Change
Sad Sandarbhas
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Weekend Laffs
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Utthana Ekadasi
Sad Sandarbhas
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Parishads
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Gopastami
Sad Sandarbhas
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Glorification of Mathura
Rare Souls
Sad Sandarbhas
Nepal in Mahabharata Period
Samkirtan Movement, Germany
Modifying Installed Deities
Launching Vishnudutas!
Prabhupada's Disappearance
Sad Sandarbhas
Bhagavad Arka Marichi Mala
Weekend Laffs

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