"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 Playing Holi
Bikaner, c. 1800
Stuck in Brooklyn
BY: MRIGENDRA DAS
May 27, LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (SUN) Over the past 15 months I have been asked by many devotees about the situation at the Brooklyn temple and specifically about the sale of that property. Most of the concerned devotees know that I am a New York attorney who has been studying and publishing reports about New York Religious Corporation law in relation to New York ISKCON temples from at least as far back as 1992. Over the past couple of years, I have not only kept track of developments, but have actively been involved in obtaining information and relevant documents and have shared those with members of the ISKCON Governing Body Commission ("Commission"), congregants of the Brooklyn temple, and any other persons who are interested. I do not represent anyone in the matter nor do I believe that I have a bias, other than a bias toward the written orders of Srila Prabhupada. In other words, I am against any sale unless I see clear and convincing evidence of the need for a sale.
May 27, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) Gadi Prabhu is of course right to point out his concerns that some of our leading men appear to be "enjoying" their activities externally, not remaining sober and grave -- a sign perhaps of spiritual immaturity.
Sadhus of high consciousness generally find pleasure within themselves and are not subject to bouts of external euphoria, influenced by external circumstances. Taking the position of Guru is a sober business indeed, and it's a fine line I would assume between accepting service and worship as a service, and the subtleties of
enjoying worship and circumstances for oneself, building oneself a kingdom.
May 27, RAJASTHAN (OI) They will come dressed as Sadhus and carry out attacks in India. They will take shelter in religious institutes run by Hindus and then carry out strikes, an Intelligence Bureau report had read. Many Pakistanis disguised as Sadhus and pretending to be Hindus have entered India, the report also states.
On Friday, the police busted a Pakistani national living as a Sadhu in Iskcon temple in the Delhi-Haryana border town of Bahadurgarh. From his the police recovered a Pakistani passport from him in which his name has been mentioned as Raja, a resident of Hindu Colony in Larkana, Pakistan. He had come to Indian in 2013, and his visa has expired. He has allegedly been living in the temple from past few months.
It Simply Comes Down to Chanting, Hearing and Remembering Krishna
BY: GADI DAS
May 25, MULBERRY, TENNESSEE, USA (SUN) WE must read, chant, read, chant… do bhajan for the heart, kirtan for the soul.… if we do not…
If we do not read… and when I say read, I don't mean words on a page… I mean read the life giving, internal yearning of our dear spiritual master... If we don't read and deepen our sadhana we will fall into many types of maya. Sentimental maya is one, and it manifests in many ways, such as throwing oneself off a stage and crowd surfing. This is happening because we do not read with the heart. And if we read at all, we read with the mind and a little, very little intellect. So what happens, our misguided sentiment manifests in giddy, frenzied, imitation punk rasa, which can rightly be called prakrita sahajia, because it focuses on the body as a source of enjoyment.
ISKCON Informational Town Hall Meeting in Brooklyn
BY: SUN STAFF
May 25, CANADA (SUN) The following video of the 'Town Hall Meeting' was describe as follows by the GBC-Brooklyn Temple Sale Committee:
"The pending sale of ISKCON's Radha Govinda Temple in Brooklyn has generated interest, concern and even controversy not only among members of the Hare Krishna Movement in the New York metropolitan area but also among members and well-wishers of the Hare Krishna Movement worldwide.
VIII. EVOLUTIONARY NATURALISM - Thomas Henry Huxley (1825 - 1895)
Hayagriva dasa: Huxley felt that the main difference between man and the animals is the ability to speak. In his essay "Man and the Lower Animals," he writes: "Man alone possesses the marvelous endowment of intelligible rational speech, whereby… he has slowly accumulated and organized the experience which is almost lost with the cessation of every individual life and other animals".
Srila Prabhupada: That is another misconception. Everyone speaks his own language. Animals have theirs, and human beings theirs.
May 25, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.
Mahaprabhu's ecstatic kirtana on the bank of the Ganges
One day Mahaprabhu, along with his companions, went to the bank of the Ganges. By the of the Lord they began sankirtana. In ecstasy, Lord Gauranga danced beautifully in the midst of His devotees. Sometimes He cried, sometimes He laughed, and sometimes he roared.
The Science of Congregational Chanting of the Name of the Lord
BY: SUN STAFF
May 23, CANADA (SUN) By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, 'Back to Godhead', Vol I, Part I, 1944
When Pralhad Moharaj, the celebrated devotee of the Personality of Godhead Vishnu and the son of Hiranyakashipu the well-known atheist—was a mere boy of five years old, was seen one day by his fellow playmates, chanting the transcendental name of Hari (The Lord). The boys, who were all born of atheist family and thereby known as the children of the Ashuras, asked Prolhad Moharaj a question which is now-a-days a common enquiry by all busy men.
The question was quite plain and simple and it was an enquiry by the children of the Ashuras as to why Prolhad was wasting his valuable time by chanting the name of Hari. They asked him to come out of his place and make an enjoyment of life by fulfilling the utilitarian theory of eat, drink, be merry and enjoy. This was quite a natural thing for the children of the Ashuras because the Ashuras are none but those who know nothing of transcendence but are always busy with the business of material enjoyment.
Dialectical Spiritualism: Charles Robert Darwin, Part 5
BY: SUN STAFF
May 23, CANADA (SUN)
VIII. EVOLUTIONARY NATURALISM - Charles Robert Darwin (1809-1882)
Syamasundara dasa: Darwin made the evolution of species seem so mechanically arranged that God is removed from the picture. It appears
as if combinations of ingredients created animals, and that they evolved from one another.
Srila Prabhupada: Combination means God, because it is God who is combining. It is not that the combination takes place automatically. A cook combines many ingredients when he is making a preparation. It is not that the ingredients can combine themselves. Darwin should have asked how the combination comes about, but it appears that he did not even raise this question. Material elements, ingredients, do not combine automatically. There must be a living entity who combines them.
Guru is one
Although he is your guide
The land you walk on
Forever by his side
The steps you take
Planned in the mind
Conceived with devotion
And in love you'll find
An increasing alliance
With his family and friends
Attracting your mind
Real spiritual science
Esoteric realm open
A strong faith pursue
May 27, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of the island of Jambudvipa and the sixteen Great States residing there.
The Surasena Kingdom
The kingdom of the Surasenas lies to the east of Matsya Kingdom and west of Yamuna. This corresponds roughly to the Brij region of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, and the Gwalior region of Madhya Pradesh. Surasena Kingdom had its capital at Mathura (Madhura). Mathura is also associated with Maholi, five miles to the southwest of the present town of Mathura. This should be distinguished from Mathura or Madura, the second capital of the Pandyan kingdom on the river Vaigi in Madras.
Srila Prabhupada conducts initiation of sannyasa in Los Angeles. (Srila Prabhupada writes, "One must be twice-born by proper training and initiation from the bona fide acharya. The once-born scions of brahmana families are equal with the once-born sudras, and such brahma-bandhus, or unqualified once-born men, have no right to accept the priesthood for performing any kind of fruitive sacrifice. Such once-born scions must be rejected for any purpose of religious or Vedic function." Initiation and the desire to inquire from the spiritual master is an essential factor to the progressive path in spirituality.)
May 27, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.
Mahaprabhu's sankirtana in the house of Srivasa
One day Mahaprabhu, along with his companions, went to the house of Srivasa, who was overwhelmed with joy by the presence of Prabhu. While dancing in sankirtana, Prabhu asked His companions, "Why am I not getting peace in my mind?"
May 27, 1966, New York
"At the time of death, whatever you are thinking, that means you
are preparing your next life like that. Therefore the whole life shall
be so processed but at the same time, at the end of our life we can at
least think of Krsna. Then sure and certain you go back to Krsna."
May 27, 1972, Los Angeles
Nrsimha-caturdasi Lord Nrsimhadeva's Appearance Day
"So the demons are always against this Krsna consciousness
movement. That is the whole history. Just like Lord Jesus Christ, he
was crucified. What was his fault? He was preaching God consciousness,
May 27, 1974, Rome
"So the Vedic knowledge is so perfect, that anything you want,
material or spiritual, you will get the knowledge perfect. That is
May 27, 1976, Honolulu
"Just like aeroplane. If dozens of aeroplane is flying, but if one
aeroplane is in danger, no other plane can give him any help. It will
fall down and crash. Finished. So we have to take care of ourself."
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
The Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa, Part 10
BY: SUN STAFF
May 25, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of the island of Jambudvipa and the sixteen Great States residing there.
The Panchala Kingdom
Next among the solasa (sixteen) mahajanapadas is the Panchala Kingdom. The Panchalas occupied the country to the east of the Kurus, between the mountains and the Ganges River. It roughly corresponds to modern Budaun, Farrukhabad and the adjoining districts of Uttar Pradesh. The country was then divided into Uttara-Panchala and Dakshina-Panchala. The northern Panchala had its capital at Adhichhatra or Chhatravati (modern Ramnagar in the Bareilly District), while southern Panchala had it capital at Kampilya, or Kampil in Farrukhabad District.
Srila Prabhupada writes in his diary "In the evening there was meeting the attendance was about 18 heads. After the meeting there was a consultations about incorporation of The International Society for Krishna consciousness." (The struggle and the hardship Srila Prabhupada endured during the initial days of His stay in New York is unimaginable. He left no stone unturned to make His spiritual master's dream come true.)
May 23, CANADA (SUN) A study of famous caves in ancient Bharat.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia is ancient cave complex so large, it houses a full-size temple with gopuram. The cave is situated within a limestone hill that has a series of caves and cave temples branching out from the main entrance. Located in the Gombak district, about 13 kilometres (8 miles) north of Kuala Lumpur, Batu Cave is named after Sungai Batu, or the Batu River, which flows past the hill. A village of the same name is nearby.
Srila Prabhupada conducts initiations in Los Angeles
Srila Prabhupada writes in his SB 1.12.36 purport, "One must be twice-born by proper training and initiation from the bona fide acharya. The once-born scions of brahmana families are equal with the once-born sudras, and such brahma-bandhus, or unqualified once-born men, have no right to accept the priesthood for performing any kind of fruitive sacrifice. Such once-born scions must be rejected for any purpose of religious or Vedic function." Initiation and the desire to inquire from the spiritual master is an essential factor to the progressive path in spirituality.
May 23, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.
The worship of Sri Vyasa
Prabhu offered flowers and sandalwood paste to Sri Vyasa, properly following the appropriate procedures. Afterwards, at this spot, Sacimata found Nimai-Nitai and others taking the prasada of Vyasa.
Previously there was a Kunda tree here from which the Vaisnavas used to pluck flowers for worshipping. One day Gaurarai told Srivasa that Advaita would soon be arriving there carrying various items for worshiping Him.
NBS#62 describes the characteristics of liberated souls like Lord Rsabhadeva, who produced a hundred sons headed by Bharata and satisfied all the desires of his citizens.
1) The Characteristics of Rsabhadeva -
Srila Sukadeva Goswami
2) The Eight Symptoms of a Jivan-Mukta -
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
3) At What Stage is a Bhakta Considered Maya-Mukta? -
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
4) A Devotee Is Free from All Material Designations -
Srila Jagadananda Pandita
5) Can a Person Become Liberated Simply by Becoming a Sannyasī? -
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura