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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

Sri Nandi
South Indian

First Conversation With Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Part 2

BY: SUN EDITORS

Nov 20, CANADA (SUN) — DKS: There are some devotees, they feel that Srila Prabhupada, he is being offended. That in their estimation the greatest vaisnava is being offended.

SM: BCS Bengali
BCS:
DKS: By the… for example vyasasanas… we are talking in general of having vyasasanas right next to Prabhupada.

SM: [*]According to my consideration as I hear that the grandeur of the acarya… of the puja of the present acaryas, that is undesirable and too much. It's too much and undesirable and that will create some difficulty. It should be modified. The way in which the acarya puja has been established, that should be modified to suit the circumstances and adjustment with the godbrothers. A protocol, a spiritual protocol should be evolved which may not be very harmful to the body, to the association, organization, ISKCON. Because it is a very difficult thing in tackling the fine points of sentiment divine.

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Open Letter to
Mayesvara Prabhu

BY: GURU-KRSNA DASA

Nov 20, HAWAII (SUN) — Dear Venerable Prabhuji, Namo namah! All glory to our sampradaya-acarya Srila Prabhupada! And all glory to all of his faithful followers!

Several months ago, when I first saw the titles of your various articles posted here on the Sun, my initial reaction was to totally dismiss the "theory" of a flat Earth as just one more speculative concoction by devotees who derive some sort of pleasure from conjuring quasi-philosophical issues to debate in public forums.

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The Moonkeepers

BY: ARJUNA DAS

Nov 20, ENGLAND (SUN) — From Rupa Goswami's Vidagdha Madhava. Translated and adapted by Arjuna das.

The Moonkeepers - A Play in Two Acts from Vidagdha Mādhava by Rupra Goswami

Translated and adapted by ARJUNA DAS
For Richard

INTRODUCTION
Rupa Goswami (1489-1564) holds a prominent position within the bhakti yoga movement which began in 16th century Bengal, India. His erudition and scholarship are widely acclaimed and his grand literary output includes the Sanskrit drama, Vidagdha Mādhava. The Moonkeepers comprises two acts of this epic play detailing a colourful section of the legendary trysts of the esoteric incarnation Sri Krishna (aka Kanhaiya) and the cowherd girls of Braj village. Vidagdha Mādhava, in all its seven acts, follows the structure of a 'Great Play' or Maha-nātaka as delineated in the Handbook to Dramaturgy, or Natyaśastra, compiled c. 1st century CE.

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Theosophy Concluded – Part One

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 20, CANADA (SUN) — By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, 'Back to Godhead' - Volume 1, Part 9, March 1952.

[This article also appeared as the final part of the article "Theosophy Ends in Vaishnavism" in Back to Godhead Vol I Parts I–IV published in 1944]

"It is from this realisation of an interlinking of all mankind, and in a very precise manner the interlinking of man and man within any community, whether small like a village, or large like a nation, that the reality underlying the word 'citizen' derives its implications of responsibility, duty and sacrifice.

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First Conversation With Srila Sridhara Maharaja

BY: SUN EDITORS

Nov 18, CANADA (SUN) — Having just completed our nine-part presentation of the transcript of the devotees' second meeting with Sridhara Maharaja, on August 19, 1980, we will now present the first conversation, which took place the day before. It was not our intention to present them in reverse order; we discovered in our archives the transcript for the first conversation only after we had begun presenting the second one.

Like the second conversation, we do not find a copy of the first conversation with Srila Sridhara anywhere online. It is mentioned in chapter 5 of Our Affectionate Guardians, although the text included in that book does not match what appears to be the original transcript, presented here. That section will be included in our next segment, and we will add the book version for comparison.

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Logical Result

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Nov 18, FRANCE (SUN) — An excellent poem from Caitanya das prabhu, "Oh Cat".

The last report in the Sun about the 1980 meeting with Sridhara Maharaja is significant of the ISKCON situation at this time, and shows us how quickly things changed after Srila Prabhupada's departure. The discussion is already about a kind of ultimatum which devotees should present the big leaders with. Only 2 ½ years after November 1977! ISKCON appears already to be in a desperate and very urgent situation. We can see that 40 years later, things are very little different (which does not mean better), but the worries of many devotees are more or less the same. And ISKCON authenticity is discussed exactly the same. There was not any real improvement in this matter. It is even maybe possible to think that today, it is worse than in 1980.

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The Poetry of
His Divine Grace

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 18, CANADA (SUN) — A collection of transcendental poetry by Srila Prabhupada.

Poem by Srila Prabhupada on His First Arrival in the USA

My dear Lord Krsna, You are so kind upon this useless soul, but I do not know why You have brought me here. Now You can do whatever You like with me. But I can guess that You have some business here, otherwise why should You call me to this demoniac place?

Most of the population here is covered by nature's modes of ignorance and passion, and I do not know how they will be able to understand the transcendental message of Vasudeva.

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I Am Not Liberated

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Nov 18, DENMARK (SUN) — But I am presenting Bhagavad-gita As It Is

Srila Prabhupada: Yes, and it is very easy: "Henceforward I shall simply follow what Krsna says." That's all. You become liberated immediately. It is one minute's task, simply to decide that "No more my concoction, my imagination." Then he is liberated.

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

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Second Conversation With Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Part 9

BY: SUN EDITORS

Nov 16, CANADA (SUN) — Final segment.

SM: Bengali:
If I have to say something formally from outside, then I have to say that among you who enjoy the greatest confidence of all the devotees, through such a man you call for a meeting in America or wherever the field is the most important. And in that meeting, the ones, those who are willing to boldly face the situation, participate, the GBCs, those who you feel are dissatisfied inwardly, call them and call a few acaryas like Ramesvara Maharaja who are sympathetic. And then in the meeting you record the feeling of different devotees and then with the strength of that resolution you call for their explanation that, "What you are doing in the name of Prabhupada? You are not absolutely infallible. Due to your activities the mass of the disciples of Prabhupada has become very bewildered. They are becoming very disappointed and they can see that a great loss is going to be incurred by the ISKCON society. The ISKCON society is in danger."

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Bhakti Caru Swami's Concerns

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Nov 16, FRANCE (SUN) — Reading the 1980 discussions with Sridhara Maharaja, it appears to me that Bhakti Caru Swami's main concern was the fact that the list of gurus was limited to 11. He seemed to wish that this list would be extended so he maybe could also become guru. Possibly he felt himself betrayed by those who organized the post-1977 ISKCON and maybe forgot him and his past "contribution". And indeed, we can see that some years later, after the guru "reform", Bhakti Caru was one of the first ones to become "guru" himself.

Another concern of Bhakti Caru in this meeting is the deviations of the 11. For instance, the sale of records instead of books by the sankirtana devotees. But when Bhakti Caru became guru and many times GBC Chairman, he did much worse. Changes in Srila Prabhupada's books were never so important and radical than under his authority. Therefore, his past concern in this meeting seemed to be more motivated by personal considerations than by pure Krsna Consciousness.

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The Poetry of
His Divine Grace

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 16, CANADA (SUN) — A collection of transcendental poetry by Srila Prabhupada.

Prayer unto the Lotus Feet of Krsna by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

(refrain)
kṛṣṇa taba puṇya habe bhāi
e-puṇya koribe jabe rādhārāṇī khusī habe
dhruva ati boli tomā tāi

I emphatically say to you, O brothers, you will obtain your good fortune from the Supreme Lord Kṛṣṇa only when Śrīmatī Rādhārāṇī becomes pleased with you.

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 20, CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma at Eklingji

In a village twelve miles north of Udaipur, Rajasthan, is an ancient temple compound known as Eklingji Mandir. The temple is home to Sri Eklingji, a Trimurti lingam who was the family deity of the Maharanas of Mewar. The temple was originally built by Bappa Rawal in 734 A.D., and was later rebuilt by Maharana Raimal in the 15th century, after the attacking Mohammedans brought it to ruin.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Nov 20, INDIA (SUN) — November 20, 1956 : New Delhi

Srila Prabhupada publishes Back to Godhead magazine - Volume 3, Part 12. (Srila Prabhupada often said, "Back to Godhead is my life and soul." He started the magazine in 1947 during his householder life. He had no money. He edited, printed and distributed the magazine to secure money for further publication. His ambition was to publish Back to Godhead in huge quantities so that people may understand the transcendental philosophy of Lord Chaitanya.

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Make Progress Towards the Realization of Krsna

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Nov 20, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada" Don't be stuck up in a system. The system is required provided if you make progress towards the realization of the Supreme. But if you simply follow a system but do not make advance in the matter of realizing the Supreme, then, according to Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam or according to the Vedic version, it is simply labor of love. It has no value. Therefore Bhāgavata says, "That is first-class religion system." It doesn't matter you call it Hindu or Muslim or Christian or Buddha. "That is first-class religion which helps you progressing in realization of the Adhokṣaja."

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Nov 20,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

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.

Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 18, CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma Worship in Rajasthan

When mention is made of the rare few Lord Brahma temples in India, after Goa and Pushkar, the most often named is usually the temple in Asotra, Rajasthan. Asotra is a village in Balotra, a town in the Barmer District of Rajasthan. And while it's true that a temple dedicated to the worship of Brahmadev resides there, the temple is quite new. It was built by the Raj Purohits, adherents of Sanatana Dharma, who installed the Deity in 1984. Later in the article we share more information about the Balotra Sri Brahmji Mandir, but first, we look at a far more obscure and ancient residence of Lord Brahma in Rajasthan.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Nov 18, INDIA (SUN) — November 18, 1975 : Bombay

Srila Prabhupada conducts sannyasa initiation. (There are four ashramas in the Vedic system - brahmacharya, grihastha, vanaprastha and sannyasa. To maintain proper social order and help the citizens gradually progress toward the goal of life, namely spiritual understanding, the principles of ashrama along with varna must be accepted. It is said that unless human society is regulated by varnashrama dharma, it is no better than a bestial society.)

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One Who Himself Has Realized Krsna

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Nov 18, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: "If any Vaisnava is writing song about Krishna, that should be from one who himself has realized Krishna, just like our great saints and acaryas like Madhvacarya, Ramanujacarya, Rupa Gosvami, six Gosvamis, Bilvamangala, Bhaktivinode Thakura, like that. They are self-realized souls, therefore if they write something song about Krishna, that is perfectly from the transcendental platform, without any tinge of mundane influence or nonsense imagination.

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Nov 16, CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma Temple - Pushkar, Rajasthan

In Pushkar, Rajasthan, close to Ajmer, is the second of the two most famous temples in India dedicated to the worship of Lord Brahma. Pushkar is situated 11 km. to the North-West of Ajmer and 400 km. from Delhi, nestled in the Pushkar valley beyond Nagaparvat and the Anasagar Lake. The desert city is mentioned in the epic Mahabharat and Ramayana, which refer to it as Adi Tirtha. Evidence exists to establish that Pushkar existed at least as early as the 4th century. The poet Kalidas also mentions Pushkar in his classic Abhigyan Sakuntalam.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Nov 16, INDIA (SUN) — November 16, 1976 : Vrindavan

Srila Prabhupada deals with complaint against Bhagatji. (Bhagatji was a wealthy old businessman who had decided to stay in Vrindavan and serve Lord Krishna for the rest of his life. Srila Prabhupada convinced him to join the movement of Krishna consciousness. He served the movement efficiently. When there was complaint against Bhagatji, Srila Prabhupada handled it tactfully.)

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Krsna Immediately Became Bashful

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Nov 16, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: As described in the Lalita-mādhava, Kṛṣṇa's shyness was manifested when He lifted Govardhana Hill by the little finger of His left hand. All of the gopīs were observing Kṛṣṇa's wonderful achievement, and Kṛṣṇa was also smiling at seeing the gopīs. When Kṛṣṇa's glance went over the breasts of the gopīs, His hand began to shake, and upon seeing His hand shake, all of the cowherd men underneath the hill became a little disturbed. Then there was a tumultuous roaring sound, and they all began to pray to Kṛṣṇa for safety.

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There is No Other Alternative

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Nov 16, DENMARK (SUN) — "One who is not attracted by Krsna's pastimes, he will be attracted by President Johnson's pastimes. (laughter)

One has to be attracted.

One has to be attracted by the dog's pastimes.

Don't you see a person how he is serving the dog?

The dog stands, passes urine, he also stands.

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Oh Cat What is This Change in You

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Nov 16, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Oh cat what is this change in you
You meditate with tilak you're a Guru?
Yes said cat Baba I'm tired of chasing mice
I now live my life free of all vice
Sat with straight back eyes half closed
Cat Baba appears as if body has froze
Mice they gain in confidence moving near to him
Thinking we are safe as Baba gives a friendly grin
Mice think it's true cat Baba has changed his ways
He is not interested in material things
Look how he spends his days
But old cat Baba in his heart of heart knows
This glorious sham will give me
All my needs, without the woes
He stoops down fast and eats the mice
Who took his tricks for real
And cat Baba went his merry way
To search other hearts he could steal

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 4
Theosophy Concluded, Pt. 1
The Moonkeepers
Open Letter to Mayesvara Prabhu
1st Conversation with Sridhara
Progress Towards Realization
Srila Prabhupada Today
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 3
One Who Himself Has Realized
I Am Not Liberated
Logical Result
1st Conversation with Sridhara
Poetry of His Divine Grace
Srila Prabhupada Today
Weekend Laffs
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 2
Bhakti Caru Swami's Concerns
Oh Cat, What is This Change
No Other Alternative
2nd Conversation with Sridhara
Srila Prabhupada Today
Poetry of His Divine Grace
Krsna Immediately Bashful
Worship of Lord Brahma
Parishads: Saranga Thakur
Parishads: Kaliya Krsnadasa
NBS: Jambhudvipa, Mental Spec.
Another Ritvik Rip
The Perfection of Bhoga
2nd Conversation with Sridhara
Srila Prabhupada Today
Poetry of His Divine Grace
Television, Kingdom of God
Nicholas Roerich Himalayan Art
Parishads
Surcharged Spiritual Current
The Greater Earth
Apparent Contradictions
2nd Conversation with Sridhara
Srila Prabhupada Today
Poetry of His Divine Grace
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada in Tompkins Square
The Definition of Pure Devotee
Utpanna Ekadasi
Original Source the Knowledge
Destructive Paralysis
What's Below the Earth?
2nd Conversation with Sridhara
Srila Prabhupada Today
Poetry of His Divine Grace Donations Dwindle at Shrines

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