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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

Rasa Dance

Puri Temple Body Warns of Action Against Chariot Climbers

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jun 24, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Amidst the tussle between Shree Jagannath Temple administration and a section of priests on the issue of banning pilgrims' access on the chariots, the shrine body on Friday warned they would arrest people if they climb the chariots on the day of Rath Yatra, on Saturday.

FULL STORY

Puri Chariots Ready
to Roll

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jun 24, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA The temple town is packed, as neither a downpour on Saturday nor a heavy rain forecast for the next few days stopped devotees from reaching the hallowed place to watch the nine-day car festival, starting Sunday. The 3-km-long Grand Road, where the three colourful chariots of the sibling Deities will roll on amidst a million cheers on Sunday, is soaked in religious fervour.

FULL STORY

Foreign Devotees Elated to Watch Rath Yatra

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jun 24, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA The year-long wait of non-Hindus, mostly foreigners, is over. The sibling Deities of Jagannath Temple, which is off-limits to non-Hindus, will be out in the open on the day of Rath Yatra on Sunday for devotees, irrespective of caste and class and religion.

FULL STORY

Mercy, and a Little Understanding

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Jun 24, FRANCE (SUN) — In regards to Prahlada Nrsimha prabhu and his last piece, it's my understanding from Srila Prabhupada and our Acaryas that one should never consider any rasa or different kinds of relationships superior or inferior, as they all give transcendental pleasure to The Lord, each devotee serving the Lord in unlimited variety of moods and service and giving Him pleasure.

FULL STORY

Atlanta Temple Takeover

BY: NIL GOVINDA DAS

Jun 24, ATLANTA, GEORGIA, USA (SUN) — Recently Gopal Krishna Goswami came to Atlanta to collect donations from his disciples and the Atlanta congregation for his projects in India. This has been a long-standing habit of many ISKCON gurus, going from temple to temple and collecting funds for their individual pet projects.

We all know Gopal krishna Swami is well known for building temples and is very successful at it. But is that what we need more of in ISKCON? Temples built on the cracks of social injustice and self-glorification. The need for fame and the need for power causes people to not see the true need for our society. We have hundreds of devotees in this movement who are looking for justice and shelter, both spiritual and emotional. What we get is the cold shoulder from the big boys club.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Samuel Alexander, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 24, CANADA (SUN) —

VIII. EVOLUTIONARY NATURALISM - Samuel Alexander (1859-1938)

Hayagriva dasa: Alexander sees God's body as neither spaceless nor timeless, for it is space-time itself.

Srila Prabhupada: Yes, since everything emanates from Him, there is nothing separate from Him. God includes everything. Everything is part and parcel of God. The Mayavadis say that everything is one, but they do not accept the variety. The wheel is one, but there are different parts: the rim, the spokes, and the hub.

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Jun 24 CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Answer

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Jun 22, FRANCE (SUN) — Referring to Caitanya das's answer, "Three Wrong Conclusions", first, someone is not very subtle if he did not understand from my article entitled "Brahmajyoti Mystery" that I was trying to give indications that our origin is the Brahman. And believed that I was thinking that we were coming from Goloka... I believe that everyone but him understood properly my point, so that may give us some very insignificant little doubts about his proper understanding of much more complicated philosophical points.

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A Real Woman, a Real Wife… True Well Wisher, True Love

BY: GADI DAS

Jun 22, MULBERRY, TENNESSEE, USA (SUN) — Having a great spouse is no small thing. Especially in this horrible age of selfishness. Yet that is what my wife is. She is not ordinary girl…she has been making exquisite outfits for Prabhupada's Lords all over the world, especially here in America… she started when she was 5 yrs old. That's all she really wanted to do, and that is the first thing she did when she walked into the temple on Depot Ave., in Gainesville in 1974(?) (I am writing this without her knowing so could not verify the date). She has been doing this service for 40+ years.

FULL STORY

Herbal Treatment for
Puri Deities

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jun 22, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA Ayurveda might have been overshadowed by modern medicines, but the ancient method of treatment still has its firm roots in Jagannath culture. On Tuesday, the Deities were given herbal treatment to recuperate from illness they suffered post-Debasnan Purnima, an annual ritual where the Deities are given grand bath. Debasnan Purnima was observed on June 9.

FULL STORY

Dialectical Spiritualism: Samuel Alexander, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 22, CANADA (SUN) —

VIII. EVOLUTIONARY NATURALISM - Samuel Alexander (1859-1938)

Syamasundara dasa: During Alexander's day, people were very optimistic about man's future, thinking that everyone would be benefitted by scientific discoveries.

Srila Prabhupada: People think that by nature's way, they will be promoted, that once they have attained the status of man, they cannot be degraded. But if one can go up, he can also go down. The rich can become poor again. Theosophists and others think that everything goes up, progresses. They don't even have the common sense to look around them.

FULL STORY

Narasimha - The Lost Temples

BY: DHRUVA DAS

Jun 22, INDIA (SUN) — Introduction to Narasimha The Lost Temples

Lord Narasimha is known as the divine protector and remover of all spiritual obstacles. As explained in the Foreword, He appeared in the form of a half-man/ half lion incarnation of Vishnu to protect and save His devotee Prahlad, who was only a young boy at the time. Prahlad's father, Hiranyakashipu, was perhaps the most heinous demon-king that ever lived, and Narasimhadeva's destruction of this demon speaks to the power of good over evil, or righteousness over iniquity.

FULL STORY

Rath Yatra Campaign
on Social Media
Gains Momentum

BY: SUN STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jun 22, JAGANNATHA PURI, ORISSA As Rath Yatra draws near, tour operators have taken to the social networking sites to woo as many pilgrims as possible from across the country and abroad to Puri for the nine-day mega festival, starting June 25. Popular messaging sites like Facebook and Twitter are abuzz with messages, campaigns and tour packages related to car festival and Jagannath culture.

FULL STORY

Parishads: Sri Gadadhara Pandit

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 22, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Gadadhara Pandit is observed on June 23rd.

The incarnation of love who previously was the queen of Vrindavan, Radha, is now the beloved of Gaura named Srila Gadadhara Pandit. Svarupa Damodar himself indicated that he was Vraja's goddess of fortune, the Lakshmi who was previously the beloved of Shyamasundara in Vrindavan. She today has become the goddess of fortune of love for Gaura and is known as Srila Gadadhara Pandit. Lalita, who is also known as Anuradha, is Radha's closest friend and confidante. She has also entered into Gadadhara, as was shown in the play Chaitanya-candrodaya. (Gaura-ganoddesha-dipika 147-150)

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ISKCON's Govardhan Eco Village Launches Course for Yoga Gurus

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Jun 20, MUMBAI (BS) — [The latest shameless profiteering from Radhanath Swami's camp. Ed.]

A retreat centre linked to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) today announced the launch of a month-long training course for yoga teachers.

The course, announced on the eve of International Day of Yoga, will be conducted by Govardhan Eco Village (GEV), a model farm community and retreat centre of ISKCON located at Wada in adjoining Thane district.

FULL STORY

God Is Love and
Love Is God

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Jun 20, FRANCE (SUN) —

Ah?!!! And maybe some are fools and fools are some...

The maxim said in the title of this article seems to be used more and more today. I saw Garuda das, one of the ISKCON stars of the moment, using it as the title and directing line of his very boring and deluded conferences. And I heard and saw one very big guru being in the same mood and understanding.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Samuel Alexander, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 20, CANADA (SUN) —

VIII. EVOLUTIONARY NATURALISM - Samuel Alexander (1859-1938)

Syamasundara dasa: Alexander maintains that new categories are constantly being uncovered because evolution is progressing. The living entity can evolve into new forms that we now know nothing about.

Srila Prabhupada: No, we do not agree. We know that the days are going on now, and will continue, just as we have experienced them in the past. In the past there was summer, autumn, winter, and spring, and in the future these will also be experienced. Of course, the old order changes and yields to the new, but from our past experience we know what will be there.

FULL STORY

India Design Motifs,
Part 8

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 24, CANADA (SUN) — A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design.

In Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur's Gita-mala (2.30), we find the prayer of Sri Rupa Manjaari, a personal maidservant of Srimati Radharani. She refers to nineteen most auspicious marks that manifest on Sri Sri Radha-Krsna's feet, including the wheel, conch, lotus, etc.:

FULL STORY

Gundica Marjana

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 24, CANADA (SUN) — On Gundica-marjana, observed on this day, from Caitanya-caritamrta, Madyam lila.

Lord Caitanya's Pastimes in Jagannatha Puri

"Now please hear about Lord Jagannatha's going to the Gundica temple while Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu danced before the Ratha car. The Lord performed kirtana for some time and, through His own endeavor, inspired all the devotees to dance. When the Lord Himself wanted to dance, all seven groups combined together.

FULL STORY

Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Jun 24, INDIA (SUN) — June 24, 1976 : New Vrindavan

Srila Prabhupada inspects the office of the Back to Godhead magazine. (Srila Prabhupada published Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Teachings of Lord Chaitanya, Srimad-Bhagavatam, Krishna, Easy Journey to Other Planets, The Nectar of Devotion and many other Krishna conscious books. He requested everyone to understand the movement by reading these authoritative literatures. But what gave him immense joy was the publishing of the magazine, Back to Godhead, every month in so many languages. He stated that just by reading these books and magazines human society could save itself from continuing in the cycle of birth and death.)

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 163

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Thirteen

Srinivasa Acarya prabhu's visit to Vanavisnupura and his second marriage

When Srinivasa was about to leave Yajigrama, Thakura Kanai said something to him which made Srinivasa cry profusely. Srinivasa tearfully began his journey. He cried all the way to Yajigrama, remembering the extraordinary devotional qualities of Sri Raghunandana.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jun 24,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

June 24, 1972, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.4.1
"If you practice, then you become learned scholars, simply by chanting these mantras, and the translation, transcendental vibration, will keep you fit for spiritual advancement."

June 24, 1975, Los Angeles
Garden Conversation with Professors
"So you are all learned scholars. You join this movement and help us. To keep people in darkness, that is not advancement of education. And education does not mean how to find out a fish expertly. That is being done by the birds."

June 24, 1976, New Vrindaban
Room Conversation
"Just for your food work little, and balance time engage yourself in Krsna consciousness. This is ideal life."

June 24, 1976, New Vrindaban
Room Conversation
"Your real business is that you have got this human form of body to improve your next life. You are going to have a next life. Suppose you are going to be a dog. Is that success?"


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

India Design Motifs,
Part 7

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 22, CANADA (SUN) — A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design.

In earlier segments of this series, we have discussed some of the basic symbols found in Vedic culture, including the yantra, mandala, and various motifs created in rangoli and kolam designs. Today we begin a new study, of the most transcendental of all canvases upon which artistic designs may be rendered – the lotus hands and feet of Sri Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, His consort, Srimati Radharani, and various of His incarnations and expansions.

FULL STORY

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta's Eulogy of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Jun 22, INDIA (SUN) — The Disappearance Day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura is observed on June 23rd.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Thakura Prabhupada wrote the following words in Sajjana-tosani after the disappearance of Om Vishnupada Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur Mahasaya:

FULL STORY

Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Jun 22, INDIA (SUN) — June 22, 1971 : Moscow

Srila Prabhupada converses with Prof. Kotovsky, which he recollects in many lectures. (During his visit to the Soviet Union in 1971, Srila Prabhupada spoke with Professor Grigoriy Kotovsky, head of the India Department at the U.S.S.R. Academy of Sciences.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 162

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 22, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Thirteen

Sending King Vira Hamvira back to Visnupura

Srinivasa Acarya and his favorite followers returned to Yajigrama from Kantakanagara. The affectionate Acarya sadly bid farewell to Sri Vira Hamvira. The king was extremely unhappy at the thought of returning to Visnupura. With tears in his eyes he took the feet of Acarya in his hands and requested him to visit Vanavisnupura very soon.

FULL STORY

The Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa, Part 17

BY: SUN STAFF

Jun 20, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of the island of Jambudvipa and the sixteen Great States residing there.

The Kamboja Kingdom

Today we present the last of solasa (sixteen) mahajanapadas -- the great states of ancient India. The Kamboja Kingdom has been mentioned in association with the Gandhara Kingdom, the two being located in close proximity to one another in northwest India. Kamboja is also listed along with Darada and the Bahlika (Bactria).

FULL STORY

Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Jun 20, INDIA (SUN) — June 20, 1975 : Los Angeles

On arriving in Los Angeles, Srila Prabhupada received a joyous welcome. He was accompanied by leading sannyasis and G.B.C. secretaries, including Kirtanananda Swami, Vishnujana Swami, Brahmananda Swami, Tamala Krishna Goswami, and others. (Srila Prabhupada had said, "Just like I am traveling all over the world twice, thrice, in a year. My duty is to see that my disciples who have accepted me as guru, they may not fall down. That is my anxiety.")

FULL STORY

Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 161

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Chapter Thirteen

Sri Jahnava devi sends the Deity of Sri Radha from Khardaha to Vrndavana

In the meantime a messenger arrived from Khardaha and Acarya impatiently inquired about events there. The messenger humbly reported that everything was well in Khardaha and that the residents were always receiving the blessings and love of Sri Iswari.

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NBS#64: Maharaja Bharata's Fall Down: Accident or Intentional?

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Jun 20, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

NBS#64 describes How Bharata Maharaja raised a fawn, and meditating on it, attained the body of a deer in his next life. Krishna, an ocean of cleverness, protected this deer who was previously Bharata to show that compassion, if it is an obstacle to bhakti, must be given up. The Lord shows his affection for his devotee by protecting Bharata in the form of a deer, so that he would fall in the ocean of remorse in order to drown in the ocean of prema.

Features:

1) Maharaja Bharata, Deer and Mystic Yoga - Srila Sukadeva Goswami
2) Was Maharaja Bharata's Addiction to the Deer Intentional? - His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
3) Maharaja Bharata Pretended to be Materially Affected? - Srila Sanatana Goswami
4) Are the Tests Manifestations of Lord's Mercy?- Srila Bhaktisiddhnata Saraswati Thakura
5) Unfavorable to Devotional Service- Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

FULL STORY

Am I to Follow My Heart

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Jun 20, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

How am I to conclude
Am I to follow my heart
Or should I peruse
The words of sadhus past
How am I to know
How to please our Lord
Management friend or foe
Am I wanted or ignored
Actually the sadhu
Is sweet in all respects
His heart is yours
If you want it, it reflects
The true nature of a soul
In divine service he assists
Those truly in our line
In love they never miss
An opportunity to give themselves
And bring glory to a heart
That's starved and pained and fallen

FULL STORY

India Design Motifs, Part 8
Dialectical Spirit: Alexander
Atlanta Temple Takeover
Mercy and Understanding
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 163
Srila Prabhupada Today
Gundica Marjana
Foreign Devotees Elated
Puri Chariots Ready to Roll
Action Against Chariot Climbers
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
India Design Motifs, Part 7
Parishads
Dialectical Spirit: Alexander
A Real Woman, a Real Wife
Answer
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 162
Srila Prabhupada Today
Euology for Srila Bhaktivinoda
Rath Yatra Campaign
Narasimha - The Lost Temples
Herbal Treatment for Deities
Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa
Am I to Follow My Heart
NBS: Maharaja Bharata
God Is Love, Love Is God
Dialectical Spirit: Alexander
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 161
Srila Prabhupada Today
Eco Village Yoga Gurus
Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa
Parishads
Yogini Ekadasi
Dialectical Spirit: Alexander
Sastra, Quotes and Reasoning
Three Wrong Conclusions
Belfast Temple Update
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 160
Srila Prabhupada Today
New Police Wing for Puri Tussle
Laffs
India Design Motifs, Part 6
Dialectical Spirit: Alexander
The Jiva's Ultimate Home
The Viṣṇupāda Riddle
Rasa Tyranny
H.H. Bhakti Vikasa Swami???
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 159
Srila Prabhupada Today
India Design Motifs, Part 5
Parishads
The River of Love
Dialectical Spirit: Bergson
Brahmajyoti Mystery
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 158
Srila Prabhupada Today

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