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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

Lotus Pond

The Bhu-mandala
Tattva Group

BY: BHAKTIN EMILY NAYHREE

Feb 21, DUBLIN, IRELAND (SUN) —

An Introduction

For decades, ISKCON scientists, Sanskrit scholars and devotees in general have been puzzled by the remarkable and almost unbelievable descriptions of the Bhu-mandala earth disc described in the Fifth Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam, and its incredible dimensions, features, shapes, oceans, mountains, etc. None were able to resolve the obvious differences when compared to conventional modern Cosmology and how our known earth fits in. Many theories were put forth to explain this such as, multi-layered meanings by Sukadeva Goswami, other dimensional landmasses beyond our vision, the miniature duplicate Bharat-varsha idea, etc. But nothing seemed 100% certain and clear and the entire concept has remained an ongoing mystery.

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Romapada Swami
Leave of Absence

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 21, USA (SUN) —

REQUEST FOR LEAVE OF ABSENCE

I am requesting permission from the GBC Body to take a leave of absence from my GBC duties and ISKCON management responsibilities until the Freeport Temple litigation is finally resolved. I will, however, continue as before with the performance of my duties as the GBC for the Freeport Temple.

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Offenses

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Feb 21, FRANCE (SUN) — I heard a little of Prahladananda Maharaja's recent class in Mayapur and what appears, coming from him, to be threats and attempts to intimidate the Mayapur assembly of devotees. That is very often practiced in ISKCON: if you dare to criticize ISKCON's high authorities, your life will be destroyed! Who will not be afraid of that?

Therefore, if those devotees read me, I want to tell them that there is absolutely no harm in having one's own opinion about everything and everyone, including ISKCON's so-called big leaders. Devotees just have to try to build their personal opinion as rightly as possible. And that, on the basis of Srila Prabhupada's genuine books and philosophy, on the basis of what other devotees say everywhere and also on the basis of their own intelligence and intuition which Krsna gives them, mainly through their japa.

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The Science of Congrega- tional Chanting of the Name of the Lord, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 19, CANADA (SUN) — By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 'Back To Godhead', Jan 1, 1944, Vol. 01 & 04.

Such is the unbounded mercy of the Lord on us but still we are so much wretched that we have no inclination for chanting His Name in spite of His being so easily available for the fallen souls of the Age of quarrel. There is nothing to lose or nothing to spend-but everything to gain by chanting the Name of the Lord but still we have no genuine desire for their chanting and we must see to the causes why we are so much disinclined although the Lord has become so merciful on us.

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Make-believe and Superstition

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Feb 19, FRANCE (SUN) — Every attempt made by ISKCON's media to counter what is often rightly said on other news sites, shows the same usual tactic. A tactic which is also used intra-muros by its leaders: to build myths and to make-believe. And, of course, make-believe makes a very bad couple and wedding with our exact philosophy. On contrary, make-believe absolutely needs the creation of superstition. And superstition goes together with fear and abusive, subtle intimidation of others. Everyone has long known that.

To the opposite, the exact science of Krsna Consciousness, and its public expression, destroys myths and fake beliefs and assertions. Therefore, to make people believe, for instance, that to have received initiation in Srila Prabhupada's time and therefore to be an "exclusive Prabhupada disciple" confers special extraordinary hidden spiritual powers and ability to give very special blessings (which is, of course, perfectly wrong), it absolutely requires using the tool of created myth and superstition. For this above assertion does not resist either our philosophy and any intelligent analysis nor any consideration of facts.

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Consciousness

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Feb 19, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Consciousness to whom does it belong
Conscious energies originating from
Consciousness a supreme source
A delightful blissful force
Consciousness meant to please
Submit and share and heed
Consciousness meant to link
Consciousness ready to think
A way of service driven by
A consciousness sweet and shy
Consciousness needs inspiration
Never alone less more frustration
Supreme consciousness never alone
He has become many and He has shown
How consciousness meets
And in Union complete
Only to separate again
And unite and increase
Spiritual hankering won't cease

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The Science of Congrega- tional Chanting of the Name of the Lord, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 19, CANADA (SUN) — By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 'Back To Godhead', Jan 1, 1944, Vol. 01 & 04.

Then again Sree Krishna Samkirtan being transcendental sound, we must distinguish Him from any of the mundane sounds. The mundane sound is always different from the object designated by the sound. For example we may cite that the mundane sound 'water' is always different from the object water designated by the sound water. When we are thirsty we may repeat the word 'water' and 'water' by sounds for one hundred and a thousand times, still we shall not be able to quench our thirst by such constant practices. That is the imperfectness or mundane inebriety of the mundane sounds. But Sree Krishna Samkirtan although descends from the transcendental kingdom apparently like the mundane sounds, just to favour us for His being audible by our present imperfect senses, He should never be concocted as one with the mundane sound.

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Parishads: Sri Purusottama Das Thakura

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 19, 2018 — CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Purusottama Das Thakura is observed on February 19th.

sadasivasuto namna nagarah purusottamah
vaidya-vamsodbhavo namna dama yo vallavo vraje

Nagar Purushottam was previously the cowherd named Daman in Vraja. He is now born in a Vaidya family as the son of Sadashiva. (Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 131)

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Diksha and Forgiveness

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Feb 17, FRANCE (SUN) — In continuation of my last article and the topic of spiritual self-responsibility, I've noticed many times that many devotees believe only in what they want to believe. And make a confusion between Santa Klaus and both Krsna and Srila Prabhupada. Or dress them with Santa Klaus' red clothes. That is both offensive and silly.

I've heard many times, including from leaders, that we were already saved because we joined this movement for Krsna Consciousness. We just had to wait for death. Or some similar eccentric theories. With, at the same time, the eternal public nauseating self-outpourings of how one was so fallen and without any quality. Wow! That is humility!

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The Science of Congrega- tional Chanting of the Name of the Lord, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 17, CANADA (SUN) — By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, 'Back To Godhead', Jan 1, 1944, Vol. 01 & 04.

According to Lord Chaitanya, this Sree Krishna Samkirtan is glorified for the following reasons:

Sree Krishna Samkirtan is glorified because by His influence the darkness of Nescience cast over our pure consciousness is dissipated. The Nescience is our forgetfulness of the service of the Lord, the All-attractive Personality of Godhead.

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Regional Compositions
of Sri Ramayana,
Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 17, CANADA (SUN) — The last in a serial presentation of the preeminent versions of Sri Ramayana.

CONTEMPORARY VERSIONS OF SRI RAMAYANA

We conclude our series on the many variations of Sri Ramayana with some of the contemporary and dramatic versions from stage and screen.

Among the contemporary prose versions of the epic is Sri Ramayana Darshanam by Dr. K. V. Puttappa in Kannada, and Ramayana Kalpavrikshamu by Viswanatha Satyanarayana in Telugu. Both of these have received the Jnanpith Award.

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Losing the Whole Thing

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Feb 17, DENMARK (SUN) — We cannot allow Bhagavad-gita to be understood by anyone´s imagination

That is not allowed in the Bhagavad-gita by the author

Krishna says in the fourth chapter that as soon as the parampara system of understanding is lost, then the whole thing is lost

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 50

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 21, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma at Thirukkannapuram

In the Tanjore district of Tamil Nadu, 10 miles inland from Nagapattinam and 4 miles from Nannilam, is the temple at Thirukkannapuram. It is one of the 108 Vaisnava Divya Deshams, and is considered to be the eastern gateway to Srirangam. A long time ago, Thirukkannapuram Temple was very close to the seashore, but the sea has now drifted back about 10 kilometers at this place.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Feb 21, INDIA (SUN) — February 20, 1966 : New York

Srila Prabhupada completes tape recording of the Gitopanishad introduction. (Bhagavad-gita is also known as Gitopanishad. It is the essence of Vedic knowledge and one of the most important Upanishads in Vedic literature. There are many editions of Bhagavad-gita available, but none of them can be considered authoritative because in almost every one of them the commentator has expressed his own opinions without touching the spirit of Bhagavad-gita as it is. Bhagavad-gita should be understood as it is directed by the speaker Himself. The speaker of Bhagavad-gita is Lord Sri Krishna. Srila Prabhupada, the most confidential servitor of the Lord, presented Bhagavad-gita as it was spoken by the Lord.)

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Feb 21,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



February 21, 1975, Caracas
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.1
"So very small parts, bright, brightened part, combined together, that is called sunshine. So we living entities, we are also small bright particles as part and parcel of God. In this way God is expanded everywhere."

February 21, 1975, Caracas
Room Conversation with Metaphysics Society
"So as soon as He has got a brain, He is a person. Therefore God is person ultimately. Just like the government. Government is imperson, but the president is person."

February 21, 1976, Mayapur
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.14
"One family is attached to another guru family by hereditary rules, the sons after sons accepting guru, the other party, and there is regular business. So such kind of guru is not wanted."


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

Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 49

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 19, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma at Darasuram

The village of Darasuram is located a few kilometers from Kumbakonam, in the Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. Darasuram (Dharasuram) is known for the grand Airavateswara Temple, constructed by King Rajaraja Chola II in the 12th century A.D. The historical name for this place was Rajarajapuram, no doubt named after the ruler who raised it. The temple is dedicated to Easwaran, and Lord Brahma is found here as a subsidiary deity, beautifully sculpted in a niche on the outer sanctum wall.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Feb 19, INDIA (SUN) — February 19, 1973 : Auckland

Srila Prabhupada arrives in Auckland (New Zealand) (Srila Prabhupada embarked on a preaching tour in Australia. He preached at cities like Melbourne, Sydney, Auckland, and Jakarta. He later remarked that the preaching was very satisfactory. Even while touring various parts of the world, Srila Prabhupada constantly corresponded with his disciples through letters. He clarified their doubts, rectified their mistakes and instructed them. These letters are treasured instruction manuals today.)

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Attachment for Anything Material Will Kick You Upon the Face

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 19, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: Everyone wants to repose his loving tendency in some object which is in his opinion worthy. But the question is one of ignorance only, because people have a poor fund of knowledge about where to find that supreme lovable object who is actually worthy to accept and reciprocate their love. People simply do not know. There is no proper information. As soon as you have some attachment for anything material, it will kick you upon the face, deteriorate, and disappoint you. It's bound to dissatisfy and frustrate you. That's a fact. But these young boys in your country, and all over the world, are accepting, "Yes, that is a fact," and they are getting the right information from Kṛṣṇa:

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 48

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 17, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma at Chakrapani

Less than two kilometers north of the Ramasamy Temple in Kumbakonum, Tamil Nadu is an ancient shrine known as Chakrapani Temple. Built in the 13th century, it is one of the most colorful and vividly sculptured temples in Tamil Nadu. Chakrapani Temple, also known as Chakrapaniswamy Temple, is situated on the southern banks of the holy River Kaveri (Cauvery). It was mostly built by the Nayak kings, with construction spanning the 13th to 17th centuries.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Feb 17, INDIA (SUN) — February 17, 1972 : Visakhapatnam

Srila Prabhupada visits his godbrother Puri Maharaja's ashrama at Visakhapatnam. (Puri Maharaja's ashrama was a simple single-story building of about eight rooms. When he offered Prabhupada a room next to his own, Prabhupada was pleased, accepting it as an expression of friendship.

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Krsna-Prema. Why Don't You Take It?

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 17, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: "If you want to love somebody, you must know him. Love is not with the air. If you want to love somebody, then you must know what he is and why should I love him. So nobody can understand Kṛṣṇa. Where is the question of love? If you do not understand what is Kṛṣṇa, the question of loving Him does not arise. But here Caitanya Mahāprabhu is giving directly love of Kṛṣṇa. That means Kṛṣṇa understanding is automatically —finished. Therefore He is addressed as the most magnanimous.

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 50
Congregational Chanting
Offenses
Romapada Swami Leave of Absence
Bhu-mandala Tattva Group
Srila Prabhupada Today
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 49
Parishads
Congregational Chanting
Consciousness
Make-believe and Superstition
Attachment Will Kick You
Srila Prabhupada Today
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 48
Regional Ramayana Compositions
Losing the Whole Thing
Congregational Chanting
Diksha and Forgiveness
Krsna-Prema - Take It
Srila Prabhupada Today
Classifieds
Weekend Laffs
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 47
Parishads
Jagannatha Dasa Babaji
Congregational Chanting
Regional Ramayana Compositions
Avoid Sentimental "Revelations"
Tears of Joy
Fallacy of GBC as Successors
Instead of Loving Dog, Love God
Srila Prabhupada Today
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 46
Regional Ramayana Compositions
Canada Dry
Congregational Chanting
ISKCON Apartments, Land Leases
Kindly Hear Patiently
Srila Prabhupada Today
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 45
Parishads
NBS: Chaitanya, Ramananda
No Objection
Regional Ramayana Compositions
Payroll Brahmana = Dog
Godless Creation, Pt. 2
The Antimatter Misnomer
Did Varaha Lift Earth Globe?
A Picture of Vrndavana
Srila Prabhupada Today
Weekend Laffs

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