"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
Mar 15, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of the Satapatha Brahmana, translated by Julius Eggeling in 1882.
First Kânda - The Darsapûrnamâsa-Ishtî or New And Full-Moon Sacrifices - Second Adhyâya - Third Brâhmana
THE PREPARATION OF THE ALTAR.
1:2:3:1 - 1. Fourfold, namely, was Agni (fire) at first. Now that Agni whom they at first chose for the office of Hotri priest passed away. He also whom they chose the second time passed away. He also whom they chose the third time passed away . Thereupon the one who still constitutes the fire in our own time, concealed himself from fear. He entered into the waters. Him the gods discovered and brought forcibly away from the waters. He spat upon the waters, saying, 'Bespitten are ye who are an unsafe place of refuge, from whom they take me away against my will!' Thence sprung the Âptya deities, Trita, Dvita, and Ekata.
Ah! Interesting. What is this problem? Or rather first, its symptom used by His Grace to raise this issue. Well... Maharaja says that he has been chanting the Holy Name for 45 years, and other devotees for even more, and still he does not cry torrent of tears or have other symptoms of ecstasy, like Lord Caitanya had, when he chants the Holy Name. And neither do other devotees...
Mar 13, AUSTRALIA (SUN) [Revised] I just wanted to bring to attention that Madhudvisa Maharaj was not an "Australian devotee", as mentioned in Bhakta Torben's recent post. He was an early American devotee, initiated in San Francisco in 1968 (possibly named Michael Morrisey?) who came to Australia to manage Melbourne's Mahaprabhu Mandir in the early 1970's amongst other things (travelling kirtan bus up the Australian Eastern seaboard, afterwards Fiji, back to USA, etc). Certainly not to be confused with the West Australian younger (post-Prabhupada) devotee of similar name from a later era.
Mar 13, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of the Satapatha Brahmana, translated by Julius Eggeling in 1882.
First Kânda - The Darsapûrnamâsa-Ishtî or New And Full-Moon Sacrifices - Second Adhyâya - Second Brâhmana
1:2:2:1 - 1. He pours (the ground rice) into that which contains the strainers--viz. into a dish (pâtrî) on which he has laid the two strainers--with the text (Vâg. S. I, 21): 'At the impulse of the divine Savitri I pour thee out, with the arms of the Asvins, with the hands of Pûshan!' The import of this formula is the same (as before, I, 1, 2, 17).
After two special issues on the occasion of Sri Gaur Paurnima, we are continuing again from the 5th Canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. NBS#82 describes 'The Nature of Stars': When bulls are yoked together and tied to a central post to thresh rice, they tread around that pivot without deviating from their proper positions one bull being closest to the post, another in the middle, and a third on the outside. Similarly, all the planets and all the hundreds and thousands of stars revolve around the polestar, the planet of Maharaja Dhruva, in their respective orbits, some higher and some lower.
Mar 11, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of the Satapatha Brahmana, translated by Julius Eggeling in 1882.
First Kânda - The Darsapûrnamâsa-Ishtî or New And Full-Moon Sacrifices - Second Adhyâya - First Brâhmana, Part Two
1:2:1:14 - 14. Now he  who puts the two mill-stones on (the black antelope skin), (in the first place) takes up the black antelope skin, with the text (Vâg. S. I, 19): 'Bliss-bestowing art thou!' He shakes it, with the text (ib.): 'Shaken off is the Rakshas, shaken off are the enemies!' the import and application of which is the same (as above, I, 1, 4, 4). He spreads it (on the ground) with the neck-part turned towards west, whilst muttering the text (ib.): 'The skin of Aditi (the inviolate or boundless earth) art thou! May Aditi acknowledge (receive) thee!' the import (of this formula) being the same (as before, I, 1, 4, 5).
Mar 15, CANADA (SUN) A serial presentation of the compilation, comprised of the instructions of HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami, Srila Prabhupada.
Chapter 1 - God and His energies
The Isopanisad explains that whatever we see, whether animate or inanimate, is controlled by the Supreme Lord. Lord Krsna says the same thing in the Bhagavad-gita (9.10)--that His energies are managing everything. And the Visnu Purana confirms, eka-desa-sthitasyagner jyotsna vistarini yatha: "As heat and light are distributed all around by a fire situated in one place, so the whole creation is a manifestation of energies expanded from the Supreme Lord." For example, the sun is in one place, but it is distributing its heat and light all over the universe. Similarly, the Supreme Lord is distributing His material and spiritual energies all over the creation.
Srila Prabhupada celebrates Gaura Purnima (Lord Chaitanya was born in the month of Phalguna. Gaura Purnima is the full moon day of the month of Phalguna. He is the most munificient incarnation of Lord Krishna in the mood of Srimathi Radharani. He spread the holy names of the Lord all over India and predicted that in every town and village of the world, the chanting of His name would be heard. The prophecy was fulfilled by Srila Prabhupada.)
Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.
March 15, 1968, San Francisco
"One should be Krsna conscious or God conscious, why? Because He is
the master of your self and the most intimate friend, suhrt."
March 15, 1974, Vrndavana
"One must eat sumptuously. Not over-eating, indulgence. No. But he must have sufficient food to keep up the health."
Bhaktivedanta Book Trust. HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada.
Worship of Lord Brahma, Part 59
BY: SUN STAFF
Mar 13, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.
Purusha Sukta - The Hymn of Creation
Having now completed our extensive survey of the places of Lord Brahma's worship in Tamil Nadu, and before moving on to the next southerly state, we would like to insert the nectarian hymns of Sri Purusha Sukta.
Mar 13, CANADA (SUN) Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's English introduction to "Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram", the last of eight parts.
The religion preached by Mahaprabhu is universal and not exclusive. The most learned and the most ignorant are both entitled to embrace it. The learned people will accept it with a knowledge of sambandha-tatwa as explained in the categories. The ignorant have the same privilege, by simply uttering the name of the Deity and mixing in the company of pure Vaishnavs. The principle of kirtan invites, as the future church of the world, all classes of men without distinction of caste or clan to the highest cultivation of the spirit. This church it appears, will extend all over the world and take the place of all sectarian churches, which exclude outsiders from the precincts of the mosque, church or the temple.
Srila Prabhupada travels from London to Tehran. (Srila Prabhupada sanctified the whole world with his lotus footprints, criss-crossing the world. He was a pure devotee carrying Krishna within his heart, therefore wherever he went he made it a holy place.
Mar 13, INDIA (SUN) Srila Prabhupada: As explained in Caitanya-caritāmṛta, loving service to the Personality of Godhead is of two different kinds: aiśvarya-pūrṇa, full of opulence, and aiśvarya-śīthila, without opulence. Real love of Godhead begins with aiśvarya-śīthila, simply on the basis of pure love.
Mar 11, CANADA (SUN) A serial exploration of places of Lord Brahma's worship.
Lord Brahma at Suchindram
A fifteen minute journey from Nagercoil is the ancient and famed Suchindram Temple in Kanniyakumari district of Tamil Nadu. Although well known to local devotees as a Brahma temple, Suchindram (Susindram) is seldom included on the short lists of Brahma temples in India, most likely because the presiding deities here are Trimurti, and the temple is dedicated to Shiva Sthanunatha.
Mar 11, CANADA (SUN) By Dr. Ratnakar Mohapatra for Odisha Review.
The temple of Mudgala-Madhava (Nila Madhava) is one of the important Vaishnava shrines of the Prachi Valley in Odisha. It is situated at the village Mudgala in the Astharanga Block of Puri district. This temple is located at a distance of about 5 kms from Jiunti, on a bifurcation away from the Kakatpur-Astharanga road.