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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

Gauri Ragini, Marwar

The Bhakti Movement: Rama Bhakti, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Bhakti Movement's development in India.

Among Ramananda Swami's diksa disciples, the most famous is undoubtedly Kabir, known as a mystic poet in the Bhakti tradition. Kabir (1440-1518 A.D.) was brought up in a family of Muslim weavers at Varanasi. His adoptive parents, Niru and Nima, trained him in the weaver's trade.

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Kendubilwa

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — The holy land of Utkal is well known as the birthplace of the Gita-Govinda poet, Sri Jayadeva, who was born in a Brahmin village called Kendubilwa. Today, Jagannatha Puri Dham is closely associated with the Gita-Govinda, and pilgrims travelling to Puri for the annual Ratha Yatra are likely to heard Gita-Govinda sung and recited along the way. But the small village of Kendubilwa is also known as the abode of Madhava Krsna, who resides at Sri Radha-Krsna Mandir.

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Colloquies With Foreigners

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, originally published in The Harmonist (Sree Sajjanatoshani), December 26, 1935.

Interview of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta by Professor Johans, Head of the Department of Philosophy, St. Xaviers College

Q: Please tell me in brief the doctrine of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.

A: There is an old Shloka which says "Bhagavan Krishna's (Son of the Chieftain Nanda of Braja) own place Vrindavana is the object of worship according to the example of the cowherd-wives of Braja which is glorified in the Srimad Bhagavatam, the stainless Puranam, and Love of God is the highest thing for attainment." This is the doctrine of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, for which we have the greatest regard and not for anything else.

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Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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God of the Fools

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

As in the present day, throughout history many cheaters have falsely claimed to be incarnations of God, and naive followers have acclaimed them. This excerpt from Srila Prabhupada’s Krsna Book tells of the fate of one such fraudulent incarnation.

The story of King Paundraka is very interesting because there have always been many rascals and fools who have considered themselves God. Even in the presence of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krsna, there was such a foolish person. His name was Paundraka, and he wanted to delcare himself God.

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The Bhakti Movement: Rama Bhakti, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Bhakti Movement's development in India.

Having described in our last segment the personality of Ramananda, a key figure in the 15th Century Bhakta Movement, today we'll look at how this branch of the Bhakti cult fits in the context of Vaisnava sampradaya.

Although the lineage of the Ramanandis is commonly referred to as the Ramananda Sampradaya, Ramananda Swami's line belongs to the Ramavat sect, a branch of the Shri Sampradaya. The Shri Sampradaya, more formally known as the Lakshmi Sampradaya, is one of the four main Vaishnava sampradayas.

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Colloquies With Foreigners

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, originally published in The Harmonist (Sree Sajjanatoshani), December 26, 1935.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's Talk with Herr Baron H.E. Von Keth and Herr E.G. Schulze. Herr Schulze was a great German scholar and a famous writer, who became a disciple of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati, living in India as a mendicant.

"We require the fullness of things. The plenary transcendence is to be approached. The difficult problem to be solved is how we can do so. First of all we find that the mind is meant for dealing with the external finite things of this world. Our senses are gratified by available objects but these objects are found to be inadequate for our purpose. When we are in search of more than is available here, or when we require a continuity of those very things, we are simply denied this full satisfaction. We cannot have our desirable objects in full, so we try to devise some means that continuity may be preserved.

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The Bhakti Movement: Rama Bhakti, Part 1

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the Bhakti Movement's development in India.

Ramananda was one of the most prominent preachers of Bhakti in northern India in the late 14th and early 15th centuries, and is considered one of the main figures responsible for spreading the Bhakti Movement. One of the primary differences between Ramananda and the earlier Bhakti acaryas, most importantly Lord Caitanya's line of Bhakti, is that Ramananda looked upon Rama, not Krishna/Vishnu as the object of bhakti.

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Colloquies With Foreigners

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur, originally published in The Harmonist (Sree Sajjanatoshani), December 26, 1935.

Interview of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta by Mr. Willion Henri Jan Vandor Stok of Batavia

Q: -- Your Holiness, kindly enlighten me about the different aspects of human pursuits.

A: -- In India as in Europe we find people holding different views, but here we have attempted to classify them into three divisions. One class of people are seekers of fruits of their action. Another class wish to annihilate their individuality. And the third class want, in their true selves as absolute infintesimals, to be in touch with the Absolute Infinity, rejecting all non-absolute features. We belong to the third party.

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The Holy Places of
Jaiva Dharma:
Govardhana

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 59.

Next on Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places' is Govardhana:

"Govardhana - a sacred mountain situated in the middle of Vrajamandala about 26 km north-west of Mathura. This mountain is also known as Sri Giriraja (the king among mountains). He is identical with Sri Krsna and is also known as haridasa-varya, the best devotee of Sri Hari, for He facilitates Sri Krsna's pastimes with His intimate friends and especially the most sacred pastimes with the gopis. Govardhana Hill lies in the shape of a peacock, with Radha-kunda and Syama-kunda as His eyes."

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Indira Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — ; Indira Ekadasi, observed on September 24th in LA, 25th in Mayapur, from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana.

Yudhishthira Maharaj said, "Oh Madhusudana, Oh killer of the Madhu demon, what is the name of the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight (krishna paksha) of the month of Ashwina (September-October)? Please describe its glories to me."

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Sri Krsna Sandarbha,
Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 21, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

VOLUME ONE - Anuccheda Three

TEXT 1

These two forms (Bhagavan-Vasudeva and the purusa-incarnation) possess the same spiritual quality. This is described (by Suta Goswami in Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.3):

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Karttika Parikrama Schedule

BY: DEENA BANDHU DAS (ACBSP)

Sep 21, VRINDAVAN DHAM (SUN) —

Sri Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir Kartika Parikrama Schedule

Kartika is glorified in the Puranas as very special for making spiritual advancement and the best place to be in Kartika is Sri Braja Dham. In fact this month is known as Damodar, since in the middle of this month, the Lord performed His very enchanting Damodar Lila. Kartika month also represents Radharani, and devotees perform special austerities to gain Her favor.

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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 Holy Places of
Jaiva Dharma:
Gora-hrada

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 58.

Next on Jaiva Dharma's 'Glossary of Places' is Gora-hrada:

"Gora-hrada - a pond near the Gadigacha area where Sri Gora (Go-Govinda, Ra-Radha) sported."

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Sri Krsna Sandarbha,
Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 19, CANADA (SUN) — Sad Sandarbhas by Srila Jiva Goswami

VOLUME ONE - Anuccheda Two

TEXT 1

To describe how the second purusa-incarnation arranges the activities of the secondary phase of creation within each universe, (Suta Goswami) speaks the next one and a half verses. (S.B. 1.3.2-3):

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The Holy Places of
Jaiva Dharma:
Goloka Vrndavana

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of the holy places mentioned in the Jaiva Dharma of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur - Part 57.

Following the passage from Jaiva Dharma presented in the last segment, in this chapter our main character, Vijaya-kumara becomes fully resolved in his understanding of the nature of Goloka Vrindavan and the Lord's pastimes there, having had his last doubts removed by his spiritual master in a dream.

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Priti (Love)

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — By Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura.

The sweetness of the word "love"

Love is a very sweet word. When it is spoken, a very sweet mood arises in the hearts of both the speaker and the listeners. Though few are able to understand its true meaning, everyone still likes to hear the word. All beings are controlled by love. Many will even give up their lives for it.

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Sri Krsna Sandarbha,
Part 1

BY: SUN STAFF

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

VOLUME ONE - Anuccheda One

TEXT 1

In the previous three sandarbhas the conception of God as the Supreme Person full of all powers and opulences is proved to be the ultimate phase of the Absolute Truth, superior to every other conception of God. This essay is written to give a specific description of that Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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King Alark's Queries about Yoga

BY: SUN STAFF

Sep 17, CANADA (SUN) — A summary of the pastimes of King Alark, from the Markandeya Purana, in which the sage Markandeya answers queries put forth by the sage Jaimini.

KING ALARK RECEIVES A RING

After reaching youthhood, Prince Alark got married. By that time, his father King Ritudhwaj had also grown old. Hence before Grihastha, he crowned his son as the new king. At the time of crowning, queen Madalasa presented him a ring and said- 'O son! This ring contains a note which will teach you on how a king should administer the kingdom.' Saying this, Madalasa blessed Alark and left the palace with her husband Ritudhwaj to spend their lives in the forest.

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Jaiva Dharma: Govardhana
Indira Ekadasi
Kendubilwa
Colloquies With Foreigners
Bhakti Movement: Rama Bhakti
Sad Sandarbhas
Karttika Parikrama Schedule
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Jaiva Dharma: Gora-hrada
Colloquies With Foreigners
Bhakti Movement: Rama Bhakti
God of the Fools
Sad Sandarbhas
Jaiva Dh.: Goloka Vrndavana
Colloquies With Foreigners
King Alark's Queries on Yoga
Bhakti Movement: Rama Bhakti
Priti (Love)
Sad Sandarbhas
Jaiva Dh.: Goloka Vrndavana
Iron in the Vedas
Terrors of Kali-yuga
Sad Sandarbhas
Classifieds
Weekend Laffs
Jaiva Dh.: Goloka Vrndavana
Make the World Dance
Merits of Building a Temple
Ongong Exploitation at Manor
Mayapur, Capital of Bengal?
Sri Visvarupa Mahotsava
Sad Sandarbhas
Jaiva Dharma: Godruma
Return of Govind Dev Temple
Thakur Bhaktivinoda
Appearance of Bhaktivinoda
Reply to Bhakta Torben, Earth
Disappearance Haridasa Thakur
Sad Sandarbhas
Puri King, Rathyatra Dates
Jaiva Dharma: Godruma
Vishnupur as the New Vrindavan
Appearance of Lord Vamana
Lord Vamana Stepped Over
Sad Sandarbhas

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