"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
Mercy on Jagai and Madai
A Serious Report on ISKCON Daiva Varnasrama Ministry
BY: NEAL MOROZOV
Jul 22, INDIA (SUN) This is to draw the attention of ISKCON leaders to take stock as to what on Earth is going on in the name of Varnasrama. We have to take care that a noble concept such as this doesn't degenerate into something that's hoodwinking the society, instead of spearheading a revolution.
Our Krishna conscious projects are not meant to be a publicity stunt. Success of our movement is based on purity, on practicing what we preach. Like many Kaliyuga organization, we don't just do our activities and take photos, record videos, for the sake of cheap public adoration and fund collection. We deeply believe in what we do and sincerely practice it.
Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness As It Is shall be fully autonomous and self-governing, free to execute as they see fit all activities in Krsna Consciousness and in furtherance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Sankirtan Movement, so long as they uphold and do not come into conflict with the principles, aims and objectives set forth herein and in the Society's Lawbook.
Jul 22, MULBERRY, TENNESSEE, USA (SUN) "We are simple kirtan men". How does that compare to the way things are being done today, with elaborate stages and sound systems designed to overpower the audience? Has not kirtan itself simply morphed into a "road show"? Where are those "simple kirtan men" who have no desire for fame and adoration? Where is that simple pure setting where the only focus is on the Holy Name and the Form of Krishna, Krishna katha, and not on the performers? Real sampradayic discussions of the absolute truth? What would happen to the audience if that were the center of the event? I'll tell you, the same thing that happened to Aindra dasa when he would speak on these topics… gradually the audience would diminish…
2.1.1 Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness As It Is are defined as being those individuals and groups who sign and thereby adopt the Society's Oath of Allegiance and live faithfully under that oath.
Jul 20, FRANCE (SUN) In about 1999, in the Paris temple, we were speaking about jiva-tattva with a swami who was in our yatra at this time, helping us very nicely. He was saying that for him, it was not possible that the jiva's origin could be the neutral area because in such a case, (only) according to him, there would be a problem of justice or fairness from Krsna for, accepting this hypothesis, we would have come into this material world without having first an experience of both the material and spiritual worlds. So, without real knowledge about both of them. For him, that would not be fair, considering the painful reality which is related to that coming in this material world. He was thinking himself, in this case, not in capacity to love a God who, in this supposed hypothesis, only according to him, would not be fair. I agree with this swami that we could not love a God who would not be fair or unjust. But this hypothesis does not exist anyway!
Jul 20, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) Taking to Krishna consciousness by the mercy of Lord Krishna's representatives, who create sukriti, or who further revive the consciousness of those that previously took to the devotional process, is the greatest boon for all of us. In this age by the will of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu the full realisations of Love of God have been spoken on and demonstrated by the Lord Himself and His strict following, even to the point of surpassing varna ashrama and religion.
IX. UTILITARIANISM AND POSITIVISM - Auguste Comte (1798 - 1857)
Hayagriva dasa: Comte is the French founder of Positivism. He felt that theology dealt solely with the heart, or sentiments, and that metaphysics dealt solely with the intellect, but that Positivism reconciled the two. In A General View of Positivism, he writes: "It is a fundamental doctrine of Positivism... that the heart preponderates over the intellect. The intellect should devote itself exclusively to the problems which the heart suggests, the ultimate object being to find proper satisfaction for our various wants."
NBS#66: Janmastami Special Edition, Part 1 - Deliverance of Aghasura
BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA
Jul 20, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN)
On the auspicious occasion of upcoming Sri Krishna Janmastami, we wish to humbly offer a series of special editions. NBS#66 describes Krishna's playing with His friends, and their entering the body of the serpent demon Aghasura. To save His friends Krishna also entered the demon and killed him by expanding His body.
1) Deliverance Of Aghasura - Srila Sukadeva Goswami
2) How Can Krishna's Pastimes Be Interrupted By A Demon? -
Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura
3) Why Was Aghasura Promoted To The Vaikuntha Planets? -
His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
4) Faith In Krishna As Protector -
Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura
Jul 20, QUEENS, NEW YORK (SUN) Sunday, July 30, 2017
The devotees of Queens invite all to come and celebrate our Annual Rath Yatra parade. It begins at 12 noon from the corner of Liberty Avenue and 123rd Street, and will continue all the way to our Mandir at 111-14 101 Avenue at 3:00 pm, followed by the festival's stage show until 6:00 pm.
Jul 22, CANADA (SUN) A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design.
Today we move from the realm of Gaura-lila to Krsna's Vrindavan-lila, exploring another beautiful Chore Bagan Art Studio lithograph, this one of Sri Krsna and Lord Balarama. The print is entitled, "Krishna and Balaram under a kadamba tree". The plate, marked number 41, was printed at Chore Bagan's Calcutta press.
July 22, 1973, London
"This is the defect. They are advertising, humanitarian work,
philanthropic work, communism, this "ism," but when there is question
of bodily relationship, immediately everything is changed."
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
India Design Motifs, Part 14
BY: SUN STAFF
Jul 20, CANADA (SUN) A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design.
Today we resume our presentation of the super-excellent devotional images produced by the Chore Bagan Art Studio of Calcutta, who in the late 1800's published many chromolithographs featuring Vaisnava themes. Of all the art presses operating in India at that time, Chore Bagan appears to have produced the greatest number of prints featuring Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates, along with the more widely available images of Radha-Krsna, Krsna-Balarama and other transcendental personalities.
Jul 20, INDIA (SUN) July 20, 1975 : San Francisco
Srila Prabhupada attends Ratha-yatra at San Francisco. (Srila Prabhupada held Ratha-yatra at San Francisco, which he called as New Jagannatha Puri. Srila Prabhupada spoke to thousands of people on the need to become Krishna Conscious, chanting Hare Krishna and eating prasadam. There was a nice program of kirtana, plays and feast, so that everyone was satisfied. The mere presence of Srila Prabhupada made the occasion electrifying, just like the presence of Lord Caitanya at the Puri Ratha-yatra.)
Jul 18, CANADA (SUN) A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design.
In our last segment we presented one-half of a Chore Bagan Art Studio chromolithograph plate, featuring Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. Today we will discuss the second half – a beautiful image of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This double-panel image was included in Chore Bagan's cloth folio, in which this particular print is No. 6. The left panel is entitled "Chaitanya" (in English), with additional titles in Bengali.
The Constitution sets forth the founding principles, aims and objectives of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness As It Is ("the Society"), a Society that will operate according to the instructions of its Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.