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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

Mohini
19th c., Patna

The Greater Krishna Consciousness Movement, Part 3

BY: NITYA KRSNA DASA

Feb 20, INDIA (SUN) —

Apa-Sampradaya?

Sahajiya

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was a great reformer of the Vaishnavism of 150 years ago. At this time, 350 years after Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu inaugurated the movement of chanting the Holy Name, all sorts of deviations from His teachings had become rampant in India. It was so bad that many respectable people equated Gaudiya Vaishnavism with sexual debauchery, usually because of imitations of Krishna's pastimes with the gopis (cowherd damsels of Vrindavana).

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GBC "vigorously opposes" the Brooklyn Sale

BY: H.H. JAYADVAITA SWAMI

Feb 20, INDIA (SUN) —

For immediate release
February 18, 2017
Contact: Jayadvaita Swami

GBC to NY Attorney General's Office: The GBC "vigorously opposes" the Brooklyn Sale

On January 3, the GBC Executive Committee notified the New York State Attorney General's office that the GBC "vigorously opposes the [Bharati] Center's petition seeking approval of the Sale" of the Radha­Govinda temple in Brooklyn. The Executive Committee's attorney, Daniel Alcott, wrote to the Attorney General's office on the GBC's behalf.

The GBC's move dramatically boosts the likelihood that the State will disapprove the sale. Without State approval, the sale cannot go through.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Gottfried von Leibnitz, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 20, CANADA (SUN) —

Gottfried von Leibnitz (1646 - 1716)

Syamasundara dasa: Leibnitz calls the ultimate entities monads. The word "monad" means "unity," or, "oneness." He says that the stuff out of which even atoms are made are all monads, the ultimate particles.

Srila Prabhupada: That small particle is not final. Within that particle there is Krsna. Andantara-stha-paramanu-cayantara-stham (Brahmasamhita 5.35).

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Lord Jagannath's Prasad to Undergo Quality Check

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Feb 20, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Lord Jagannath's delicious Mahaprasad will undergo quality check before being sold to devotees, as the Puri shrine administration has decided to appoint a food inspector for the task, first of its kind in the country.

"I have written to the Health Department to depute a food inspector in the temple for daily quality check of the Mahaprasad. We had been receiving complaints from many devotees about substandard Mahaprasad sold by some servitors in the shrine precinct. The food inspector will also check the quality of Tanka Torani (water of cooked rice) sold to devotees," chief administrator of Shree Jagannath Temple Administration (SJTA) Suresh Mohapatra said.

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Denying God = Self-Contradiction

BY: AJIT KRISHNA DASA

Feb 20, DENMARK (SUN) —

A video on the "God Does Not Exist" Self-Contradiction:

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Rangoli Designs in Pune

BY: ADI KESAVA DAS

Feb 20, PUNE, INDIA (SUN) —

Devotees from Pune made beautiful rangoli in front of the Samadhi this morning:

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BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 20, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Wanted ]


A Glimpse Into Devotional Life at 340 West 55th Street, Part 6

BY: BHAKTA JOHN JAGANNATHA

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 18, NEW YORK (SUN) — Random Remembrances - The Story of Butter and Fire (A Third Person Narrative)

More than once upon a time there was a young man named John who joined the Hare Krishna Movement. He was not exactly pious having engaged in illicit sex life and intoxication and gambling and meat eating prior to his affiliation with the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. He was a mix of all four of the above mentioned types of pious men who render devotional service to the Supreme Lord. He was certainly experiencing a distressful material existence, he was in need of money, he was somewhat inquisitive about life in general and he had been subconsciously searching, during his brief existence, for the Absolute Truth.

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Urgent Announcement...

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Feb 18, UK (SUN) —

Following the recent public announcement from Bhaktivedanta Manor that...
they would NOT be accepting the latest issue £5.00 notes due to the fact
that animal fat had been used in the manufacturing process...
(December 1st 2016)
this recent statement has just been released from Bhaktivedanta Manor.

Bhaktivedanta Manor
Statement on Tallow Bank Notes
16 February 2017

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Prabhupada You Are
Your Own Successor

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Feb 18, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Prabhupada you are your own successor
you live within your teachings
if we could carry them out
if we could formulate them precisely
then there will be no doubt
of what to do and how to do it
the mahajans make it clear
the mind of your sincere follower
close to your heart and near
the symptom will be mercy
distributed to one and all


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Dialectical Spiritualism: Gottfried von Leibnitz, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 18, CANADA (SUN) —

Gottfried von Leibnitz (1646 - 1716)

Syamasundara dasa: Leibnitz says that innate truths are governed by the principle of contradiction. That is, the opposite of the truth is impossible to conceive.

Srila Prabhupada: The opposite is maya.

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Feb 18, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Devamrita Maharaja's "Solution"

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 16, CANADA (SUN) — The following email was distributed by Aniruddha das. It concerns a statement made by Devamrita Swami regarding a sexual abuse situation in Australia, and the resultant flack it has caused in the general devotee community. The content of the email is disturbing, to say the least. The writers suggests that sannyasis should have 'full impunity', and the protection of their reputations should be our 'utmost mission'.

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The Astras, Part 11 – Narayana-astra

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 20, CANADA (SUN) — A survey of transcendental weaponry.

Lord Vishnu/Krsna is the Controller of numerous transcendental weapons, like Vaishnava-astra, the Kaumodaki mace, Nandaki sword, Sharnga bow, and of course, Sudarshan chakra. In His Narayana manifestation, the Lord employs a most fearsome weapon – the narayana-astra.

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Vijaya Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 20, CANADA (SUN) — The glories of Phalguna-krsna Ekadasi, or Vijaya Ekadasi, from the Skanda Purana, observed on February 22nd (Los Angeles and Mayapur).

Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "Oh Lord Sri Krishna, O glorious son of Vasudeva, please be merciful to me and describe the Ekadasi that occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Phalguna (February-March)."

Lord Sri Krishna replied, "Oh Yudhisthira, Oh king of kings, gladly I shall tell you about this great fast, known as Vijaya Ekadasi. Whoever observes it certainly achieves success in this life and the next. All the sins of one who fasts on this Ekadasi and hears its sublime glories are eradicated.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 101

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Nine - Sri Vira Bhadra Prabhu, the son of Nityananda

Vira bhadra, the son of Prabhu Nityananda, was an ocean of spiritualism. According to the book Sri Caitanya Caritamrta: Sri Vira Bhadra Gosvami was the great heir of Prabhu Nityananda from whom came many branches. He was a Parama Bhagavata and was always absorbed in the verses of the Vedas. Internally he was a lover of God and externally he was a most humble man. He was the driving horse behind the establishment of the Caitanya cult of devotion.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Feb 20,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

February 20, 1975, Caracas
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.1.1
"Your business is not to increase the problem of the four necessities of life. By this karma or unnecessary activities you are increasing simply problems."

February 20, 1976, Mayapur
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.13
"So all the demigods, they are appointed by the Supreme Lord to execute the law and order. Because this material world is a chaotic condition, therefore there is necessity of law and order. In the spiritual world there is no such thing."


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

Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting,
Part 18

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture

CENTRAL INDIAN AND RAJASTHANI SCHOOLS - 17th – 19th Centuries

The art of painting in Central India, Rajasthan and the Pahari region is deeply rooted in Vedic tradition. Unlike Mughal paintings, which are primarily secular, the Central Indian schools were inspired by Vedic epics like the Puranas, Upanishads and other Sanskrit works.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 100

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 18, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Nine - Sri Acarya visits Katoa

After visiting Jajigrama Srinivasa went to Kantaka Nagara, the place from which Gauracandra had started his ascetic life. He cried doing darshan of the deity of Sri Gauranga and later he met the favorite devotees of Mahaprabhu.

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Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting,
Part 17

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture

THE DECCANI SCHOOLS - 16th to 18th Centuries

HYDERABAD
Before turning to the Central Indian and Rajasthani schools of the 17th-19th Centuries, today we'll explore the last of the Deccani schools – Hyderabad. Located in south central India (as opposed to Hyderabad, Rajasthan), Deccan Hyderabad's art was naturally influenced by not only the Mughal, but also the South Indian style.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 99

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 16, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Nine - Srinivasa Acarya gives diksa to king Vira Hamvira

Srinivasa Acarya remained in Visnupura for two months and fulfilled the desires of many people. He was pleased to find that the king had a good capacity for studying and understanding the religious books. He granted the king diksa in Radha Krsna mantra.

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Lord Caitanya and Lord Krishna Only Come Here "Once" in a Day of Brahma

BY: GAURAGOPALA DASA

Bhaktivedanta Book Trust

Feb 16, AUSTRALIA (SUN) — The great Sankirtan Movement of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu is a great gift to the world and a very rare event. Many take it for granted without realizing how rare Lord Caitanya's appearance actually is as He comes once in every day and night of Brahmā. That is once every 1,000th Kali-yuga in the cycle of Maha Yugas.

There are 4 Yugas to a Maha Yuga. Lord Caitanya appears ''once'' in a Kali-yuga with His Sankirtan Movement out of every one thousand Maha yugas that take 12 hours of Brahma, during the day which is 4 billion 320 million human years.

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Associates of Sri Caitanya

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 16, CANADA (SUN) — From Krsna-kathamrta by Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati.

APPEARANCE OF THE DIVINE

The appearance of Godhead in this world implies the co-appearance of all His Divine paraphernalia. Godhead must not be conceived as in any way separable from His entourage. Godhead shorn of any of His paraphernalia is a delusion. In the same way the appearance of divine paraphernalia involves the appearance of the divinity. The two are distinct yet inseparable forms of the one Supreme.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Gottfried von Leibnitz, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 16, CANADA (SUN) —

Gottfried von Leibnitz (1646 - 1716)

Syamasundara dasa: Leibnitz agrees that the mechanics of nature serve to fulfill God's purposes.

Srila Prabhupada: Yes, that's it. All the laws of nature are working under Krsna's direction.

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Narayana-astra
Denying God = Self-Contradiction
Dialectical Spiritualism: Leibnitz
Greater KC Movement,
Vijaya Ekadasi
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 101
Rangoli Designs in Pune
Jagannath's Prasad Check
GBC Opposes Brooklyn Sale
Classifieds
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Indian Miniature Painting
Dialectical Spiritualism: Leibnitz
Your Own Successor
Urgent Announcement...
340 West 55th Street
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 100
Weekend Laffs
Indian Miniature Painting
Associates of Sri Caitanya
Dialectical Spiritualism: Leibnitz
Devamrita Maharja's "Solution"
"Once" in a Day of Brahma
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 99
Indian Miniature Painting
Parishads
Appearance of Bhaktisiddhanta
Dialectical Spiritualism: Leibnitz
The HypocRitviks, Pt. 2
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 98
Violation of copyright
Classifieds
Trishul-astra
Scholars Deluded
Non-Provisioned Sentence
Dialectical Spiritualism: Spinoza
Useless, Dishonest Editing
Whatever Next...
Unexcelled Supreme Class
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 97
Weekend Laffs

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