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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 Caitanya Mahaprabhu

High Thinking

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Dec 10, FRANCE (SUN) — Recently we had a GBC report about a meeting between the GBC Chairman with others and Hridayananda das non-Goswami. And the result of what they call "their philosophical discussion". First, just the idea of Bhakti Caru Swami deeply thinking philosophically, not only makes me laugh but also frightens me a lot...

This important detail apart, I wonder how the GBC can serve any longer some "goswami" to a person who, more or less, lives with or is regularly shown very close to a woman. Personally, I don't see any problem with the fact that someone lives in couple, but everyone has to choose. Nobody can win on all counts. To get the honors due to sannyasa and to have, on the other side, some kind of married life commodities can not be accepted. But we see that what would never be tolerated for a simple devotee is not even questioned for Hridayananda das. Double thinking from the GBC... the routine.

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A Very Difficult Job

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Dec 10, DENMARK (SUN) — To become first-class devotee, that is very difficult job

Our attempt should be from kanistha-adhikara to madhyama-adhikara - Uttama-adhikari, it is not to be imitated

"So we must elevate ourself to the second class devotee position.

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Turn the Mood Around

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Dec 10, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — In these days of Kali Yuga, it is the desire of Mahaprabhu and His following that every opportunity is given for the general public to have a chance meeting with devotees. Being as there are billions of people who need these chance meetings, it appears that is was Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja and Srila Prabhupada's method to open missionary temples and centres, so men and women could live, be trained and then be sent out for chance meetings with the general public.

If after their intense missionary work some needed to adopt family life, the plan was to develop self-sufficient communities where families could live peacefully together, living simple lives and developing further Krishna Consciousness, expanding preaching into different fields of interest, like the economy with interactions in the business world through restaurants, etc., etc,

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Dec 10, INDIA (SUN) — December 10, 1973 : Los Angeles

Srila Prabhupada conducts initiation in Los Angeles.

Reference: Chronology

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Short Rap

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Dec 10, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Material manipulation
Mental agitation
Sensual gratification
Degraded fornication
Short term stimulation
Leads to degradation
Bodily identification
False ego's fixation
A brilliant demonstration
Of a life of frustration


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Dec 10, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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First Conversation With Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Part 10

BY: SUN EDITORS

Dec 08, CANADA (SUN) — SM: Our Prabhupada passed away. Then of course the question of successor came out and some accepted some acarya, some another acarya, some new acarya in this way. Now came the question whether that om visnupada Prabhupada, that should be accepted, that should be given, that title to the present acarya or not. That was a burning question at that time. I told looking at the scripture that om visnupada Prabhupada, that should be given. It is written in the sastra that a disciple should pronounce the name of his guru with all these titles, om visnupada. But vehement opposition came from the other persons who were not gurus, but I continued that it is in the sastra that a disciple must give his all respect to his guru, it is written. [-->]

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Sri Guru Links
to the Parampara

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Dec 08, MANCHESETER, ENGLAND (SUN) — So far I have understood, the notion of Ritvik or even soft-Ritvik is being rejected by Srila Sridhar Swami, as he gives his authentic understanding of the position of Sri Guru.

It appears Sri Guru must be at least to the intermediate standard, having one foot in this word and one foot in the spiritual realm, he should not be struggling in his mind with sex or craving followers, or worship, He must dedicate himself totally to his Guru, he must take worship, but knowing it's his Guru who is worshiped, because without his Guru he would be nowhere. He should take all risks, and fully depend on the mercy of his Guru and Krishna to carry out the service.

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He Is Practical Example
of Guru-Bhakti

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 08, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: "Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has taught very, very nicely about guru. Therefore he has written in Gurvastaka, yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah. Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura has taught very, very nicely about guru. Therefore he has written in Gurvastaka, yasya prasadad bhagavat-prasadah.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA

Dec 08, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"The more you dress Krishna you become satisfied."

(Lecture, April 28 1973, Los Angeles)

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First Conversation With Srila Sridhara Maharaja, Part 9

BY: SUN EDITORS

Dec 06, CANADA (SUN) — BCS: Maharaja, isn't this the understanding, that the spiritual master is accepting disciples, but he is offering the disciples to his spiritual master.

SM: Yes.

BCS: That is the mood of Ramesvara Maharaja also. He is accepting disciples but he is feeling unqualified…

SM: At the same time, at the command of his guru, he will be prepared to give facility to his disciples as he gave. At the same time he must…

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Making It Confused

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Dec 06, FRANCE (SUN) — Of course, I don't put everyone in the same bath. In ISKCON, there are persons who are more honest than others. But... it looks like, during Srila Prabhupada's time, all things were generally very clear for everyone because the acarya, naturally, is the perfect servant of Krsna and of his guru. And never puts his own personal interest as a goal. Nothing material is there. So, everything is generally transparent. From that, I guess and I heard that anyone serving Srila Prabhupada, when he was physically present on the planet, was feeling him (her)-self spiritually advancing. It was clear, and Srila Prabhupada wrote in Bhagavad-gita that a devotee, from the very beginning of his spiritual life, feels, inside of himself, an increasing bliss while practicing Krsna Consciousness. There is no question of ignorance or doubts about this point of feeling oneself spiritually advancing. Prabhupada even compared that to a hungry person who starts to eat and gradually feels himself becoming satisfied. This person does not need anyone to tell him if he experiences that. Or not.

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Who is a 'Sadhu'?

BY: SUN STAFF


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Dec 06, INDIA (SUN) — By HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada - 'Back to Godhead', Vol. III, Pt. II, March 16, 1956, Delhi.

"The Sanskrit word 'Sadhu' is translated into English by the word 'mendicant' and very rarely with another word 'Sage'. But 'Sadhu' is differently meant in the revealed scriptures like Srimad Bhagwat Geeta or Srimad Bhagbatam. In the 'Bhagwat Geeta' the qualification of a 'Sadhu' is based on one's faithfulness in the transcendental service of the Personality of Godhead. One who is firmly fixed up in the devotional service and nothing more—is called a 'Sadhu' and Mahatma in terms of Bhagwat Geeta. Even if a man is apt to some vicious habits which a 'Sadhu' must not have as part of his personal qualification, is accepted also as a 'Sadhu' for the only qualification of his staunch faithfulness in the service of the Personality of Godhead. The sloka in this connection mentioned in the Bhagwat Geeta runs as follows:—

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 10, CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma Temple at Kaleshwaram

Another little known temple dedicated to Lord Brahma is found in Kaleshwar, in the Karimnagar area of north central Andhra Pradesh. As in Alampur, this temple is one in a group of shrines predominantly dedicated to Lord Shiva. Kaleshwaram, also known as Manthrakuta, is located 130 kilometers from Karimnagar, in the thick interior forests of A.P., at the confluence of the Godavari River and its tributary, Pranahita. The nearest village is Manthani, 32 kms. away. 'Kaleswara' also refers to the Lord of Death, or Yamaraj.

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Saphala Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 10, CANADA (SUN) — Saphala Ekadasi or Pausha-krshna Ekadasi, from the Bhavishya-uttara Purana, observed on December 13th (LA/Mayapur).

Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "O my Dear Lord Sri Krishna, what is the name of that Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Pausha (December-January)? How is it observed, and which Deity is to be worshipped on that sacred day? Please narrate these details to me fully, so that I may understand Oh Janardana."

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Simply Execute What Your Guru Has Said

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 10, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: Now, I'll say from my practical life... It is not pride. Actually everyone knows that my Guru Maharaja had thousands of disciples. So out of thousands of disciples, practically I am little successful. That everyone knows. Why? Because I firmly believed in the words of my guru. That's all.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Dec 10,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


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December 10, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 9.23-24
"But those fools who do not accept the Supreme God and misunderstand that "This particular type of demigod is all in all," oh, they are doing nonsense. They are doing nonsense. They are keeping, placing, so many competitors of the Supreme Lord."

December 10, 1972, Ahmedabad
Bhagavad-gita 18.67
"…even if you go to the Brahmaloka, where the duration of life is so long and the comforts of life are many, many thousand times what, which we can perceive here, Krsna says that "Even you go there, then the birth, death, old age and disease is there. You cannot avoid it."

December 10, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.15.32
"…the face is the index of mind. You have got different types of mind; therefore you have got different types of body, not every one."

December 10, 1974, Bombay
Srimad-Bhagavatam 3.25.42
"The modern so-called scientists, they say, "There is no demigod. There is no God. This is all natural function." That's all right. Nature is working. But nature is matter. Matter cannot work without the direction of the living being."

December 10, 1975, Vrndavana
Morning Walk
"Krsna says this is the test to find out who is a rascal. And who is rascal? Who is not Krsna conscious, he is a rascal. So if you are not Krsna conscious, you are a rascal."

December 10, 1975, Vrndavana
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.6.8
"So out of hundred years, fifty years wasted by sleeping, twenty years wasted by playing like boy and young man, and twenty years as old man, diseased, invalidated, and balance ten years..."

December 10, 1976, Hyderabad
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's Disappearance Day, Lecture
"The evolutionary theory is there in the Padma Purana. It is not Darwin's theory. Darwin stolen it from Padma Purana, and he presented in a distorted way of his own imagination."

December 10, 1976, Hyderabad
Room Conversation on Farm Management
"Whatever that will attract them. That I want. Krsna-prasadam. Don't waste, give them nice palatable foodstuff. Give them one finest kacuri, one nice samosa, two puris, they will be very glad. Make very, very, nice prasadam."


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

Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 13

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 08, CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

The Nava Brahma Temples at Alampur

At Alampur, in the Mahbubnagar district of Andhra Pradesh, is an ancient temple complex known as Navabrahmeshwara Theertha, or the Nava Brahmas (nine shrines). Built in the 7th century during the Chalukyan period, the area was previously known as Hatmpura, Halampuram, Hamalapuram and Alampuram.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Dec 08, INDIA (SUN) — December 8, 1975 : Vrindavan

Srila Prabhupada is very eager to begin go-raksha, or cow protection. He told Akshayananda Swami to construct a shed and immediately buy some cows. He sees this program as an essential aspect of our preaching work and is encouraging us to establish it on a worldwide basis. (Srila Prabhupada, walking in the footsteps of Maharaj Parikshit, stressed on the need to protect the cow and bull. He said that there is a severe want of pious executive heads like Maharaja Parikshit and the Pandavas, who can protect cows and bulls. Cows are considered to be mothers to all human beings. In the absence of willingness by the executive, Srila Prabhupada instructed as above.)

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 12

BY: SUN STAFF

Dec 06, CANADA (SUN) — Reprise of a serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.

Lord Brahma on Kanappa Hill

In the famed temple town of Sri Kalahasti, 30 miles from Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh, is another very obscure temple dedicated to the worship of Lord Brahma. The Kalahasti complex is visited by many of the pilgrims who visit Tirupati. It is surrounded on either side by prominent hills, and sits along the banks of the Swarnamukhi River. The main temple at Sri Kalahasti is dedicated to Lord Shiva, in the form of Vayu Linga, one of the five great Lingas representing the five elements (water, fire, air, ether and earth).

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Bhagavad-gita As Worshipable as Lord Krishna Himself

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Dec 06, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada: "The Bhagavad-gita is identical with Krishna; and because Krishna is the Absolute Supreme Personality of Godhead, there is no difference between Krishna and His words. Therefore the Bhagavad-gita is as worshipable as Lord Krishna Himself, both being absolute. One who hears the Bhagavad-gita "as is" actually hears the words directly from the lotus lips of the Lord."

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Dec 06, INDIA (SUN) — December 6, 1975 : Vrindavan

Prabhupada angrily chastised temple managers, because after spending fifty lakhs of rupees to build such a big temple and guest house, yet he cannot get hot water in the cold season. (Srila Prabhupada was a perfectionist. He never compromised nor did he approve of mediocrity in the service of Lord Krishna. He never accepted inconvenience caused to devotees. When Srila Prabhupada spoke of inconvenience caused to himself, he was worried about the exasperation of the other devotees.)

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The Generals Complained

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Dec 06, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

The generals complained
In the Hungarian French war
Napoleon doesn't know war code
And what we foresaw
Is not happening, tactics have changed
Not attacking our weak point first
But he comes straight for the strongest
We retreated, our intelligence lurched
Can't work out this war policy
And we wonder why
our troops that stood steady
Are now left injured and die

The real great general he did the same
He goes for the strongest
In Maya's great game
Those who were strongly fallen
Should not have the chance
But in this time, spiritual life is enhanced

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Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 14
Short Rap
Saphala Ekadasi
A Very Difficult Job
High Thinking
Turn the Mood Around
Simply Execute What Guru Said
Srila Prabhupada Today
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 13
Sri Guru Links to Parampara
1st Conversation with Sridhara
Example of Guru-Bhakti
Srila Prabhupada Today
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 12
The Generals Complained
Who Is a Sadhu?
Making It Confused
1st Conversation with Sridhara
Bhagavad-gita As Worshipable
Srila Prabhupada Today
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 11
Bhaktisiddhanta's Disappearance
Jayadvaita Swami Resigns
Initiation: Absolute Necessity
1st Conversation with Sridhara
Srila Prabhupada Today
Try Your Best to Execute
Classifieds
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 10
Not To Be Uttered
Gita Jayanti Celebrations
Double Thinking
1st Conversation with Sridhara
Srila Prabhupada Today
Without Spiritual Master
Weekend Laffs
Worship of Lord Brahma, Pt. 9
Cooperation
Does Earth Float in Space?
1st Conversation with Sridhara
They're Supposed To Be
Srila Prabhupada Today
Spanish Nityam Bhagavata
2018-2020 Vaisnava Calenders
Jayadvaita Swami Resigns
Classifieds

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