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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

Saraswati Devi

Imitating the
Divine Couple

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 15, CANADA (SUN) — A Sun reader provided an update on the recent article, "Radhanath Bends a Knee with other Disposable Heroes", which reported that Radhanath Swami is listed as a 'high profile student' of Sharon Gannon's on her Wikipedia webpage. He writes:

"However, current visitors to that Wikipedia webpage will not find any reference to Radhanath Swami. A quick look at the history of that Wikipedia webpage will show that the reference to Radhanath Swami was removed on that webpage January 13, 2018 by an anonymous user. The IP address of that anonymous user shows they are from Rajasthan, India."

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How to Broadcast
the Teachings of
Bhagavad Gita

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 15, CANADA (SUN) — By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 'Back To Godhead', May 20, 1956, Vol. 03, No. 06.

1. The Personality of Godhead Sree Krishna appears Himself in this mortal world by dint of his Internal Potency in order to be visible to the conditioned souls and specially to human being, although in essence He is eternally unchangeable Supreme Truth and Absolute Lord of the visible and invisible worlds. He is ever existent prior to the creation of the manifested world. The Vedas are known to be transcendental because they were impregnated in the heart of Brahma by Sree Krishna after creation of the universes and as such Vedic knowledge has descended in a transcendental process of aural reception from Sree Brahma to Narada, from Narada to Vyasa, from Vyasa to Sree Sukhdeva Goswami and Sree Sukhdeva Goswami to other disciples by succession. The Vedic knowledge is famous as Sruti because it has descended in the above process of hearing only. But the original Teacher of such knowledge is nobody else than Sree Krishna Himself.

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Constitutional Svarūpa Revival

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Jan 15, DENMARK (SUN) — Every living being, out of many, many billions and trillions of living beings, has a particular relationship with the Lord eternally

"…Bhagavad-gītā is best understood by a person who has qualities similar to Arjuna's.

That is to say he must be a devotee in a direct relationship with the Lord.

As soon as one becomes a devotee of the Lord, he also has a direct relationship with the Lord.

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Ganga Sagara Mela

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 15, CANADA (SUN) — Ganga Sagara Mela is observed on January 16th.

Gangapujan Dashahara or Dussehra is the "appearance day" or day that marks the descent of Mother Ganges - Ganga Ma". Throughout India this festival lasts ten days beginning on the Amavasya (dark moon night) and going through to the dasami tithi (tenth phase of the Moon, the day before Pandava Nirjal Ekadasi). The Ganga Sagara Mela festival is celebrated at the confluence of the Ganges and the Bay of Bengal.

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An Essential Service

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 13, CANADA (SUN) — By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 'Back To Godhead', Nov 05, 1956, Vol. 03, No. 11.

"Back to Godhead" is published fortnightly to enlighten modern leaders, religionists, philosophers and the people in general on Rational Theism. It is not blind religious fanaticism neither it is a revolt of an upstart but it is scientific approach to the matter of our eternal necessity in relation with the Absolute Personality of Godhead or the Purushottam. It simply deals with our eternal relation with Him, the process of discharging our relative duties towards Him and thereby to achieve the highest perfection of life attainable in the present human form of existence.

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Radhanath Star
and Ringo Starr

BY: SADHUSANGA DAS

Jan 13, ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI, USA (SUN) — Radhanath Swami with the 'stars'? Yes, I've seen. Once or twice a week I'll turn on the national news to keep up with world events. So last week there was a brief news report on Ringo Starr (the famous drummer for the Beatles), that he was going to be Knighted by the Queen of England. OK. But then I noticed someone standing right next to him on the stage... Radhanath Swami!

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10% Fall From
Spiritual Sky

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Jan 13, DENMARK (SUN) — 90% they don't fall down - Now, you do whatever you like

"Dr. Mize: The question that bothers me in part is, then, why would the soul... Because I understand your conception that the soul is part of the spiritual sky originally, or part of God, and it somehow falls out of this blissful condition due to pride, much like the Christian thesis that the devil fell out of heaven due to pride. And it seems puzzling why the soul would be so silly, so foolish, so insane, as to do such a thing.

Prabhupāda: That is his independence.

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NBS#78 : Demi-gods - The Powerful Representatives of God

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Jan 13, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

NBS#78 describes: The different demigods like Ganesha and Durga that are mentioned in reference to worship of the Lord's abode and associates are the eternal associates of the Lord in Vaikuntha like Visvaksena and others. Therefore they are not like the Ganesha and Durga of the material world.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Jan 13, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Similarly, a spiritual master who is actually spiritual master, he can know, he knows the pulse-beating of the disciple, and he therefore gives him particular kind of medicine so that he may be cured."

(Srimad Bhagavatam Lecture - June 13, 1969, New Vrindavan)

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Jan 13, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Perception of the Earth According to the Three Modes of Nature

BY: MAYESVARA DASA

Jan 11, IRELAND (SUN) —

The Vedic description of the Earth (Bhu-mandala) can be found in chapters 16-26 of Srimad Bhagavatam's fifth canto. The description of Bhu-mandala is that of a massive Earth circle with amazing, fantastic, and colossal features; it is certainly not a description of a small Earth globe floating in space, nor does the description of our own area of the Earth (in Bharata-varsha) in any way conform to such an idea. In this paper we would like to discuss the various possible reactions from devotees to the Srimad Bhagavatam's description of the Earth. We will consider these possible reactions from the perspective of Lord Kapila's analysis of devotional service within the three modes of material nature.

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Nationalism of Pure Consciousness

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 11, CANADA (SUN) — By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 'Back To Godhead', Jun 20, 1956, Vol. 03, No. 08

When a man enters into the sitting room of a friend, the friend receives the man with all cordiality and offers him the best couches for his comfortable rest. The friend accepts this friendly welcome and sits along with his host in all security. Does this mean that the man who has entered the house of his friend will consider the sitting room his own property? Certainly he will not think like that unless he has turned to be a mad man. His consciousness of the fact that none of the paraphernalias of the friend's sitting room do belong to him does not disturb him in the least to sit down there tightly and securely and with this pure consciousness of his position, he is allowed equal facility along with his friend who is actually the proprietor of the sitting room.

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The Smell of Ghee in BBT

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Jan 11, DENMARK (SUN) — Suppose a man was very good now he has stolen something still he is a good man?

Srila Prabhupada: So phalena paricīyate. You have to consider the case, suppose a man was very good now he has stolen something still he is a good man? Present consideration is the judgement... There is a Bengali proverb that seven generations before my forefathers used to eat ghee, ghee butter so still I got this smell.

Devotee (1): Hm.

Prabhupada: Seven generations before my forefathers used to eat ghee so therefore that smell is still there in my house. Is that very good argument?"

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Radhanath Bends a Knee with other Disposable Heroes

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 11, CANADA (SUN) — A Sun reader has called to attention that on the Wiki page for Jivamukti yoga teacher Sharon Gannon, Radhanath Swami is listed as one of her "high profile students".

This designation puts him (and ISKCON) in the company of her other star- and starlet-students, which include Madonna, rocker Joan Jett, fashionista Donna Karan, and musician Michael Franti of the rock band, 'The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy'. With a slight spelling alteration, that sounds like a band the Swami should join. In his free time after mundane yoga lessons, of course.

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 32

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 15, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma at Thirumukkoodal

At the confluence of three rivers near Kanchipuram, just south of Mahabalipuram lies the village of Thirumukkoodal. An ancient Chola temple resides there, at the sangam of the rivers Palar, Seyar, and Vegavathi. Because all three rivers are visible at the confluence, this place is considered by some to be more sacred than Triveni Sangam, in which the Saraswati River is underground and cannot be seen.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Jan 15, INDIA (SUN) — January 15, 1976 : Calcutta

Srila Prabhupada took his walk around the grounds of Calcutta's famous Victoria Memorial. Many people were out exercising and walking. Rather than speak, Prabhupada had us perform a gentle kirtana the entire time. (Srila Prabhupada's actions were always based on time, place, people and circumstances. He knew what was to be done for the common good without compromising on the Vedic injunctions.)

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Difference Between a Pure Devotee and a Mixed Devotee

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Jan 15, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: The sunrays are open to everyone, but the capacities of the receptacles differ. Foolish people think that devotional service is flattering the Lord to get special mercy. Factually the pure devotees who are engaged in the transcendental loving service of the Lord are not a mercantile community. A mercantile house renders service to someone in exchange for values. The pure devotee does not render service unto the Lord for such exchange, and therefore the full mercy of the Lord is open for him.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jan 15,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

January 15, 1974, Hawaii
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.16.19
"Just like if there is some epidemic, disease, and if you take vaccine, it is supposed that you are free from the contamination. So this vaccine of chanting Hare Krsna maha-mantra will keep you fit without any contamination of this age of Kali."

January 15, 1977, Allahabad
Morning Lecture
"Vaisnava means that he's not worshiper of any other demigods. There is no question of disrespect for any other demigods. But saranam saranyam. But to take shelter of and to worship is recommended to the Supreme Lord-mam ekam -- not everyone."


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

Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 31

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 13, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma at Atiranachanda and Shore Temple

The Shore Temple is one of the most prominent sites in the Mahabalipuram complex of rock-cut temples. The Shore compound has three structural temples and a few rock cut sculptures, one temple having a very tall pyramidal tower. Local elders believe that there are five more similar temples now under water. There are periodic reports that locals have seen the metal kalashas, but no evidence has been found to support the sightings. A long rock cut wall, like a prakhara, has been found jutting out into the sea.

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Fall Down at Krsna's Lotus Feet

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Jan 13, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: The body of Kṛṣṇa, the ocean of the eternal beauty of youth, can be seen to move in waves of beauty, and there is a whirlwind at the sound of His flute. Those waves and that whirlwind make the hearts of the gopīs flutter like dry leaves on trees, and when those leaves fall down at Krsna's lotus feet, they can never rise up again. There is no beauty to compare with that of Krsna, who is the origin of Nārāyaṇa and all other incarnations, for no one possesses beauty equal to or greater than Krsna's.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Jan 13, INDIA (SUN) — January 13, 1976 : Calcutta

Srila Prabhupada took his morning walk and saw the hundreds of pilgrims coming for the Ganga-sagara-mela. Noting the shining lota one man carried, Prabhupada remarked that if even the lota is so clean, we can understand how clean he must personally be. (Srila Prabhupada is probably the greatest ambassador of Indian culture and heritage. He commented on many aspects of the Indian milieu. The devotees became very appreciative of everything India had to offer, courtesy of Srila Prabhupada.)

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 30

BY: SUN STAFF

Jan 11, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma at Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram was previously known as Mamallapuram, the City of Mamalla, which is thought to refer to a title of King Narasimhavarman I (630-70 AD), the great Pallava ruler. Following the architectural style of his father Mahendravarman, Narasimhavarman is credited with building many of the rock-cut temples at Mahabalipuram. Narasimhavarman's grandson, Pallava Narasimha's grandson Paramesvara Pallava, and his son Rajasimha, also built similar works.

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Are Arjuna and Kunti Devi in Krishna Loka?

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Jan 11, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: To answer your second question, you should know that Arjuna and Kunti Devi are not in Krishna Loka. They are eternally associated with Krishna only in the material world. Just like Krishna is always in the spiritual world, so similarly He is always in the material world and His Pastimes are going on there also.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Jan 11, INDIA (SUN) — January 11, 1976 : Bombay

Srila Prabhupada gave the Sunday Feast lecture in Hindi.

Reference: Transcendental Diary, Volume 1

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Double Mistake

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Jan 11, FRANCE (SUN) — From Bhakta Torben's article, "Nonsense Ph.D." I learn that: "The reader will know that one of the main arguments for changing Srila Prabhupada's books, presented by corporate 'ISKCON', is to 'accommodate' scholars and academicians."

Great! That shows us perfectly how Maya devi works! After reading many of the "improved" Jayadvaita's Bhagavad-gita verses, I could see how bad is his work, even on the strict plan of literature. It looks the reverse or anti-Ph.D. work. A foolish child's one. It is that bad! Therefore, to think that scholars or academicians will appreciate this new version of Bhagavad-gita and moreover, will even prefer it to the original one is an incredible illusion. Jayadvaita was right to resign, recently, from the BBTI. He might have been fired soon anyway, with no diplomacy nor any honor. His resignation will, however, not save him much from the consequences of his nonsense.

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 32
Ganga Sagara Mela
Constitutional Svarupa Revival
Broadcast the Teachings of Gita
Imitating the Divine Couple
Pure Devotee and Mixed Devotee
Srila Prabhupada Today
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 31
Jai Srila Prabhupada
NBS #78: Demi-gods
Radhanath Star and Ringo Starr
10% Fall from Spiritual Sky
An Essential Service
Fall Down at Krsna's Lotus Feet
Srila Prabhupada Today
Weekend Laffs
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 30
Radhanath Bends a Knee
The Smell of Ghee in BBT
Double Mistake
Nationalism, Pure Consciousness
Perception of the Earth
Arjuna and Kunti Devi
Srila Prabhupada Today
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 29
Sat-tila Ekadasi
Just to Discuss Metaphysics
False Idea
A Successful Life
Siddha-deha
Srila Prabhupada Today
Classifieds
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 28
Parishads
Nonsense Ph.D.
Life Comes from Life
Progressive Ambition
GBC Critique of SAC Paper
Prabhupada Calls Earth a Globe?
Prabhupada: Authorized
Srila Prabhupada Today
Classifieds
Weekend Laffs
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 27
Parishads
Ajna Tahal: Patrolling
All Compact in Thought
A Speech to the Devotees
Puts No Other Into Difficulty
Srila Prabhupada Today

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