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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

Lord Narayana

Constitution for ISKCON As It Is - Article 9

BY: SUN EDITORS

Aug 18, CANADA (SUN) —

ARTICLE 9 - SADHU-SANGA

9.1 The Association of Devotees

9.1.1 "The spiritually powerful message of Godhead can be properly discussed only in a society of devotees, and it is greatly pleasing to hear in that association. If one hears from devotees, the way of transcendental experience quickly opens, and gradually one attains firm faith that in due course develops into attraction and devotion." [73]

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Dialectical Spiritualism: William James, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 18, CANADA (SUN) —

XI. AMERICAN PRAGMATISM - William James (1842 - 1910)

Syamasundara dasa: For James, the mind must survive the body, since the mind is not dependent on the body for its existence.

Srila Prabhupada: That is a fact. When the gross body is finished, the subtle body consisting of the mind, intelligence, and ego remains. These guide us to another gross body. They are like the aroma coming from a rose. We can see the rose, but we cannot see the aroma. Still, the aroma is being scattered by the air. Similarly, when the spirit soul gives up the gross body, it is carried by the mind, intelligence, and ego. According to our desire, that subtle body enters another gross body.

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Mahaprabhu Sowed
a Mango Seed

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Aug 18, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Mahaprabhu sowed a mango seed
That quickly fructified and grew
But dearest Srila Prabhupada
Did you not do that too
The tree of Sri Caitanya bloomed
With beautiful ripe fruits
People struck with wonder
Their flavour every tongue suits
But the seed Prabhupada planted
In thousands of hearts worldwide
Are ripening mangoes trees of succession
And their taste cannot be denied

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NBS#68: Janmastami Special Edition, Part - 3: When Brahma Returns

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Aug 18, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

On the auspicious occasion of Sri Krishna Janmastami, we wish to humbly offer a series of special editions. NBS#68 describes how Brahma, though maintaining a mood of reverence, immersed himself in the great ocean of Krishna's sweetness. After praising Sri Krishna with great devotion mixed with knowledge, Brahma asks some questions.

Features:

1) When Brahma Returns - Conversation between Sukadeva Goswami and Maharaja Pariksit
2) After the Disappearance of Yogamaya's Influence - Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura
3) Brahma's Prayers to The Supreme Lord - His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
4) Why Krishna Did Not Respond to Brahma's Prayers - Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura
5) Brahma Leaves for His Own Abode - Srila Vaiyasaki
6) Prayer to Yogamaya - Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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Slaughterhouse Project
at Navadwip Dham Scrapped

BY: GOPAL DAS

Aug 18, NAVADWIP DHAM (SUN) — Nadia district administration today formally announced scrapping of rupees 4-crore abattoir (slaughter house) project in the wake of displeasure and protest by the Hindu monks of 26 religious organizations of Nabadweep, Mayapur and Swarupganj, which include ISKCON and Bharat Sevashram Sangha.

The monks today expressed their happiness on the decision of the administration, even though they did not appear to be convinced enough in absence of any formal written order issued by the district administration. The monks categorically said that the announcement lacks transparency and strong enough to create doubts.

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Nandotsava - Birth Ceremony of Lord Krsna

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 16, CANADA (SUN) — Nandotsava, observed on August 16th, from Srimad Bhagavatam 10:5:1-17, Translation and Purport by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

TEXTS 1-2

Sukadeva Gosvami said: Nanda Maharaja was naturally very magnanimous, and when Lord Sri Krsna appeared as his son, he was overwhelmed by jubilation. Therefore, after bathing and purifying himself and dressing himself properly, he invited brahmanas who knew how to recite Vedic mantras. After having these qualified brahmanas recite auspicious Vedic hymns, he arranged to have the Vedic birth ceremony celebrated for his newborn child according to the rules and regulations, and he also arranged for worship of the demigods and forefathers.

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Vyasa Puja Offering to His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada

BY: JAYA MADHAVA DAS (ACBSP)

Aug 16, MOSCOW, RUSSIA (SUN) — Dear My Eternal Spiritual Master and Real Father, Your Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada. Please accept my obeisances at you Lotus Feet.

On this most Auspicious day, in the most inauspicious of times, I beg your mercy to me and your true followers.

My Vyasa Puja - Offering 2017

You Came alone to the NY USA to bring us KRSNA's Name
Among the Sudras and Demonic City, you came anew.
You preached Strongly devotional service to God was true
You gave the us the Holy Names and told us, its not something
we can change or like some new age mundane yoga games.

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Constitution for ISKCON As It Is - Article 8, Part 4

BY: SUN EDITORS

Aug 16, CANADA (SUN) —

ARTICLE 8 - GURU-TATTVA (Cont'd)

8.6.5 Regulation and Oversight of Diksa

8.6.5.1 Diksa initiation shall not be institutionally controlled within the Society. There shall be no regulatory mechanism for approving those wishing to take up the service of diksa-guru, nor is any form of permission required, beyond the rules of etiquette described in § 8.6.4.2 and § 8.6.4.7.

8.6.5.2 The Society shall have no responsibility for ensuring that qualified diksa-gurus are available to those candidates wishing to become initiated. Such arrangements are dependent upon Chaitya Guru, and are a personal matter between guru and disciple.

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Everyone's Role

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Aug 16, FRANCE (SUN) — "..... In this verse, both blind following and absurd inquiries are condemned. One should not only hear submissively from the spiritual master, but one must also get a clear understanding from him, in submission and service and inquiries..." Bhagavad-Gita 4-34, Purport from Srila Prabhupada)

"To those who are constantly devoted and worship Me with love, I give the understanding by which they can come to Me" (BB 10-10)

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Is God Love, Yes

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Aug 16, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Is God Love, yes and death are well
Not for the soul of course
But those attracted to heaven or hell
Is God known in many different ways
Yes for He is everything
But direct in the sadhu's gaze
Can there be variety of exchanges
With our Lord
Unlimited as souls there are, the blessings
He'll accord
Unlimited Lord comes in unlimited forms
And unlimited souls as well
Each with their attraction and in
Dunderbuts they fell
But in the greater picture we're told
Sri Krishna in Vrndavana shows
All the sweetest qualities
As the road to rasa shows

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I Shall Become Dull
and Dumb?

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Aug 16, DENMARK (SUN) —

"Anyābhilāṣitā-śūnyaṁ.

Zero.

All everything zero, make it zero.

Śūnyam. Jñāna-karmādy-anāvṛtam [Cc. Madhya 19.167].

Jñāna-karma means there is some aspiration of profit. Karmīs, they are trying to be elevated in higher planetary system.

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Why Krsna Comes
to This World

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 14, CANADA (SUN) — By His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.

August 1973 at the Bhaktivedanta Manor, in the countryside near London. Several thousand guests (including the Indian High Commissioner) listen to His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada speak about the day Lord Krsna made His appearance on earth.

Your Excellency the High Commissioner, ladies and gentlemen, I thank you very much for your coming here and participating in this ceremony - Janmastami, the advent Bhagavad-gita Krsna says,

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Sweetest Description of Janmastami-lila

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 14, CANADA (SUN) — From Ananda Vrindavan Champu by Srila Kavi Karnapura, Translated by Bhanu Swami & Subhaga Swami, published by Mahanidhi Swami.

Now we will discuss the truth about the transcendental birthplace of Bhagavan and the appearance of Lord Sri Krishna. Once upon a time, Bhumi, the predominating deity of the earth, felt overburdened by different demons posing as members of the royal order. Feeling aggrieved upon seeing her miserable condition, the lotus-born Brahma appealed to Ksirodakasayi Visnu, the maintainer of the universe, saying, "Please deliver Goddess Bhumi who is feeling greatly distressed by these demoniac kings. Only You can remove this terrible influence from the earth."

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Constitution for ISKCON As It Is - Article 8, Part 3

BY: SUN EDITORS

Aug 14, CANADA (SUN) —

ARTICLE 8 - GURU-TATTVA (Cont'd)

8.6.3 Qualifications of Diksa Guru

8.6.3.1 The bona fide spiritual master (diksa, siksa, or vartma-pradarsaka) is one who delivers the pure siddhanta in disciplic succession. (§ 8.1)

8.6.3.2 "…any person who seriously desires real happiness must seek a bona fide spiritual master and take shelter of him by initiation. The qualification of the bona fide guru is that he has realized the conclusions of the scriptures by deliberation and is able to convince others of these conclusions. Such great personalities, who have taken shelter of the Supreme Godhead, leaving aside all material considerations, should be understood to be bona fide spiritual masters." [59]

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India Design Motifs, Part 19

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 18, CANADA (SUN) — A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design.

Today we'll make a brief comparative study of the two Calcutta lithographs depicting Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Sankirtana party. There are a number of interesting similarities and differences in design motif employed by the two artists.

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Jai Srila Prabhupada!

BY: SUDARSHAN DASA


Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Aug 18, SINGAPORE (SUN) —

"Prabhu means master and the leader of the masters is called Prabhupada.So if the prabhus have surrendered to the Prabhupada why shall there be such mentality of occupying the superior position."

(Letter to Bali Mardan and Upendra, May 10, 1970)

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Aug 18, INDIA (SUN) — August 18, 1976 : Hyderabad

Srila Prabhupada celebrates Sri Krishna Janmastami and inagurates the Hyderabad temple. (During the inaugural address Srila Prabhupada said, "The Bharata-bhumi is meant for doing good to others. Bharata-bhumi is not meant for exploiting others. This is not bharatiya mission. Para-upakara. So every Indian...That is Caitanya Mahaprabhu's mission. Because every Indian is born Krishna conscious, naturally he has got instinct. Don't destroy it. Don't destroy it.")

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Aug 18,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

August 18, 1968, Montreal
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.12
"Nowadays the nonsense are becoming God by meditation. But does it mean by meditation one can become God? Do you think a dog meditates and becomes God? This is all nonsense. (shouting:) God is God! Always God!"

August 18, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.2.15
"… maya's business is very thankless task, but she is engaged by the supreme authority to punish."

August 18, 1973, London
Bhagavad-gita 2.12
"There is no limit how many living entities are there. If you search out, after passing stool, if you search out stool, you'll find millions of living entities, germs."


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

The Appearance of Srila Prabhupada, Sampradaya Acarya

BY: ROCANA DASA

Aug 16, CANADA (SUN) — The auspicious occasion of Srila Prabhupada's Vyasapuja, November 17th.

In 1896, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada made his appearance in Calcutta, Bengal. He was given the name Abhay Carana by his Vaisnava father, Gour Mohan De, whose principle desire for his son's spiritual future was for him to become a pure devotee of Lord Sri Krsna, the ultimate goal of Vaisnavism.

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Sri Guru-vandana

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 16, CANADA (SUN) — "Personally, I have no hope for any direct service for the coming crores of births of the sojourn of my life, but I am confident that some day or other I shall be delivered from this mire of delusion in which I am at present so deeply sunk. Therefore let me with all my earnestness pray at the lotus feet of my divine master to allow me to suffer the lot for which I am destined due to my past misdoings, but to let me have this power of recollection: that I am nothing but a tiny servant of the Almighty Absolute Godhead, realized through the unflinching mercy of my divine master. Let me therefore bow down at his lotus feet with all the humility at my command."

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Annada Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 16, CANADA (SUN) — Annada Ekadasi, observed on August 17th/18th (Los Angeles/Mayapur), from the Brahma-vaivarta Purana.

Sri Yudhisthira Maharaja said, "Oh Janardana, protector of all living entities, please tell me the name of the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Bhadrapada (August-September)."

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Dialectical Spiritualism: William James, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 16, CANADA (SUN) —

XI. AMERICAN PRAGMATISM - William James (1842 - 1910)

Syamasundara dasa: Well, this is James's criterion for truth: that which I perceive is true. Truth is what one can experience.

Srila Prabhupada: But what you can perceive may also be wrong because you are not perfect. You may think an imperfect thing perfect, or a perfect thing imperfect. In the sastras it is stated that because human beings are controlled by the mode of passion, they love to work very hard, and thus they think that hard work is happiness. At the same time, the sastras point out that hard work for sense gratification is also being carried on by hogs and dogs. Animals are also working hard for some remuneration, for food, or sense enjoyment. This is called maya, illusion.

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Celebrating Krsna's Birth

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 14, CANADA (SUN) — From 'Mathura Mandala-parikrama' by Srila Narahari Chakravarti Thakur, on the auspicious occasion of Sri Krsna Janmastami, observed August 15th.

In Vraja-vilasa-stava the following description is found: "I offer my obeisances to Mahavana, where Vrajaraja Nanda celebrated the birth of Krishna by distributing eighteen lakha cows, each wearing a large pearl necklace and golden ornaments. He also gave the brahmanas a tremendous quantity of jewelry and grains."

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Dialectical Spiritualism: William James

BY: SUN STAFF

Aug 14, CANADA (SUN) —

XI. AMERICAN PRAGMATISM - William James (1842 - 1910)

Hayagriva dasa: In his most famous book, The Varieties of Religious Experience, James writes: "Were we to limit our view to it, we should have to define religion as an external art, the art of winning the favor of God The relation goes direct from heart to heart, from soul to soul, between man and his maker."

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Aug 14, INDIA (SUN) — August 14, 1965 : On Sail

Today, ship started at about 11 o'clock in the morning majestically...There was vomiting tendency and dizziness and I felt uncomfortable the whole day and night. (Srila Prabhupada embarked on a voyage at the age of 69, enduring the unbearable discomfort of sea sickness. All this he did to fulfill the desire of his spiritual master.)

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One and Different

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Aug 14, FRANCE (SUN) — In Sri Vrndavana das's article, "Lord Caitanya's Teachings Open the Field of Activity for the Pure Soul", we could find that:

"Lord Caitanya also recommended that the highest mode of worship in the highest perfectional stage is the method practiced by the damsels of Vraja. These damsels (gopis, or cowherd girls) simply loved Krsna without a motive for material or spiritual gain. Lord Caitanya also recommended Srimad-Bhagavatam as the spotless narration of transcendental knowledge, and He pointed out that the highest goal in human life is to develop unalloyed love for Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.

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So Live Forever
by Serving

BY: SRI VRINDAVAN DAS

Aug 14, INDIA (SUN) — Srila Prabhupada Lecture, Mayapur, March 7, 1976:

"Even the devotee or the servant of Krishna says something, even it is wrong, Krishna upholds this. Kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranasyati. So even it is wrongly done, still, Krishna fulfills because He thinks that "My servant has promised; it must be fulfilled." Therefore Prahlada Maharaja, in the previous verse he has said, tava bhrtya-parsva. So to serve the servant of Krishna is better than to serve directly Krishna, because if the servant of Krishna promises something, if the servant of Krishna says, "I'll take you to Krishnaloka," you must go there."

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Slaughterhouse at Navadwip Dham

BY: GURUGOVINDA KRIPA DAS

Aug 14, NAVADWIP DHAM (SUN) — This is regarding an upcoming slaughterhouse at Navadwip Dham, which is apparently going to have fully modernized machinery and is financed by the local state government (40%).

We have started a petition against this. Please sign the petition and support this effort:

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India Design Motifs, Part 19
Mahaprabhu's Mango Seed
NBS#68: Janmastami
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Dialectical Spirit: William James
Srila Prabhupada Today
Slaughterhouse Scrapped
Jai Srila Prabhupada!
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Appearance of Srila Prabhupada
Annada Ekadasi
Become Dull and Dumb?
Is God Love, Yes
Everyone's Role
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Vyasa Puja Offering
Nandotsava
Dialectical Spirit: William James
Sri Guru Vandana
Celebrating Krsna's Birth
So Live Forever by Serving
One and Different
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Sweetest Janmastami Description
Why Krsna Comes to This World
Srila Prabhupada Today
Dialectical Spirit: William James
Slaughterhouse at Navadwip
Scotsman in the Himalayas, Pt. 2
Lord Caitanya's Teachings
No Secrecy No Privacy
God is Love, Love is God
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Srila Prabhupada Today
Dialectical Spirit: Karl Marx
Weekend Laffs
Scotsman in the Himalayas
Perfect Devotees are Sent
Prabhupada's Travel Timeline
Vanaprasta Ashram???
Balarama Jayanti Correct?
Little Known Pastime
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Srila Prabhupada Today
Dialectical Spirit: Karl Marx
Teachings of Prahlada
Nrsimhadeva Gold
Simply By Chanting
Vanaprasta Ashram
Gay Charade
Sacred Union
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Srila Prabhupada Today
Dialectical Spirit: Karl Marx
Teachings of Prahlada

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