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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

Mercy on Jagai and Madai

A Serious Report on ISKCON Daiva Varnasrama Ministry

BY: NEAL MOROZOV

Jul 22, INDIA (SUN) — This is to draw the attention of ISKCON leaders to take stock as to what on Earth is going on in the name of Varnasrama. We have to take care that a noble concept such as this doesn't degenerate into something that's hoodwinking the society, instead of spearheading a revolution.

Our Krishna conscious projects are not meant to be a publicity stunt. Success of our movement is based on purity, on practicing what we preach. Like many Kaliyuga organization, we don't just do our activities and take photos, record videos, for the sake of cheap public adoration and fund collection. We deeply believe in what we do and sincerely practice it.

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Constitution for ISKCON As It Is - Article 3

BY: SUN EDITORS

Jul 22, CANADA (SUN) —

ARTICLE 3 - MEMBER RIGHTS

3.1 Autonomy of Members

Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness As It Is shall be fully autonomous and self-governing, free to execute as they see fit all activities in Krsna Consciousness and in furtherance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's Sankirtan Movement, so long as they uphold and do not come into conflict with the principles, aims and objectives set forth herein and in the Society's Lawbook.

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Simple for the Simple, Difficult for the Crooked

BY: GADI DAS

Jul 22, MULBERRY, TENNESSEE, USA (SUN) — "We are simple kirtan men". How does that compare to the way things are being done today, with elaborate stages and sound systems designed to overpower the audience? Has not kirtan itself simply morphed into a "road show"? Where are those "simple kirtan men" who have no desire for fame and adoration? Where is that simple pure setting where the only focus is on the Holy Name and the Form of Krishna, Krishna katha, and not on the performers? Real sampradayic discussions of the absolute truth? What would happen to the audience if that were the center of the event? I'll tell you, the same thing that happened to Aindra dasa when he would speak on these topics… gradually the audience would diminish…

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Auguste Comte, Pt. 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 22, CANADA (SUN) —

IX. UTILITARIANISM AND POSITIVISM - Auguste Comte (1798 - 1857)

Syamasundara dasa: Comte believed that social reforms are implemented more by love than anything else. His motto was: "Love for the principle, order for the basis, progress for the end."

Srila Prabhupada: Unfortunately, he does not know what the end is. He is simply theorizing. The end is Visnu. Srimad-Bhagavatam states:

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Jul 22, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Constitution for ISKCON As It Is - Article 2

BY: SUN EDITORS

Jul 20, CANADA (SUN) —

ARTICLE 2 - THE MEMBERS

2.1 Definition of 'Members'

2.1.1 Members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness As It Is are defined as being those individuals and groups who sign and thereby adopt the Society's Oath of Allegiance and live faithfully under that oath.

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Original Choice

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Jul 20, FRANCE (SUN) — In about 1999, in the Paris temple, we were speaking about jiva-tattva with a swami who was in our yatra at this time, helping us very nicely. He was saying that for him, it was not possible that the jiva's origin could be the neutral area because in such a case, (only) according to him, there would be a problem of justice or fairness from Krsna for, accepting this hypothesis, we would have come into this material world without having first an experience of both the material and spiritual worlds. So, without real knowledge about both of them. For him, that would not be fair, considering the painful reality which is related to that coming in this material world. He was thinking himself, in this case, not in capacity to love a God who, in this supposed hypothesis, only according to him, would not be fair. I agree with this swami that we could not love a God who would not be fair or unjust. But this hypothesis does not exist anyway!

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Independent of Structures of Religion

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Jul 20, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — Taking to Krishna consciousness by the mercy of Lord Krishna's representatives, who create sukriti, or who further revive the consciousness of those that previously took to the devotional process, is the greatest boon for all of us. In this age by the will of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu the full realisations of Love of God have been spoken on and demonstrated by the Lord Himself and His strict following, even to the point of surpassing varna ashrama and religion.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Auguste Comte

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 20, CANADA (SUN) —

IX. UTILITARIANISM AND POSITIVISM - Auguste Comte (1798 - 1857)

Hayagriva dasa: Comte is the French founder of Positivism. He felt that theology dealt solely with the heart, or sentiments, and that metaphysics dealt solely with the intellect, but that Positivism reconciled the two. In A General View of Positivism, he writes: "It is a fundamental doctrine of Positivism... that the heart preponderates over the intellect. The intellect should devote itself exclusively to the problems which the heart suggests, the ultimate object being to find proper satisfaction for our various wants."

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NBS#66: Janmastami Special Edition, Part 1 - Deliverance of Aghasura

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Jul 20, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

On the auspicious occasion of upcoming Sri Krishna Janmastami, we wish to humbly offer a series of special editions. NBS#66 describes Krishna's playing with His friends, and their entering the body of the serpent demon Aghasura. To save His friends Krishna also entered the demon and killed him by expanding His body.

Features:

1) Deliverance Of Aghasura - Srila Sukadeva Goswami
2) How Can Krishna's Pastimes Be Interrupted By A Demon? - Srila Vishvanatha Chakravarti Thakura
3) Why Was Aghasura Promoted To The Vaikuntha Planets? - His Divine Grace A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
4) Faith In Krishna As Protector - Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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Krishna Balarama Rath Yatra and Sri Balarama Purnima

BY: SUNANDANA DAS

Jul 20, QUEENS, NEW YORK (SUN) — Sunday, July 30, 2017

The devotees of Queens invite all to come and celebrate our Annual Rath Yatra parade. It begins at 12 noon from the corner of Liberty Avenue and 123rd Street, and will continue all the way to our Mandir at 111-14 101 Avenue at 3:00 pm, followed by the festival's stage show until 6:00 pm.

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Sri Rai Ramananda,
Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 18, CANADA (SUN) — Serial presentation of the text by HDG Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur.

CHAPTER 3 - THEIR CONVERSATION
(For the Beginners)

The ritualists were amazed to find that the mendicant, coming in contact with a person of lower cast though of high position, showed such ardent love which was not usual. The Supreme Lord thanked His fortune and went on to say that He was cherishing an extraordinary desire to meet him ever since his transcendental serving mood had been spoken to Him by the erudite scholar Sarvabhouma.

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India Design Motifs,
Part 15

BY: SUN STAFF

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

Today we move from the realm of Gaura-lila to Krsna's Vrindavan-lila, exploring another beautiful Chore Bagan Art Studio lithograph, this one of Sri Krsna and Lord Balarama. The print is entitled, "Krishna and Balaram under a kadamba tree". The plate, marked number 41, was printed at Chore Bagan's Calcutta press.

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Sri Rai Ramananda,
Part 6

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 22, CANADA (SUN) — Serial presentation of the text by HDG Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur.

CHAPTER 4 - THEIR CONVERSATION
(For the Advanced)

The enlightening hymns of Chandyogya have impressed us that he who can surpass all conceptions of limitation knowing the indestructible Personality of the Absolute, is alone not a kripana but is a brahmana. So the Supreme Lord asked Ramananda to explain his knowledge of transcendence in order to shake off the popular crippled view of ascertaining him by the outward phase. We have surveyed the different aspects of knowledge that are commonly known to people who draw their decision out of their present knowledge derived through the medium of senses.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Jul 22, INDIA (SUN) — July 22, 1971 : New York

Srila Prabhupada conducts initiation at New York.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Jul 22,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

July 22, 1973, London
Bhagavad-gita 1.28-29
"This is the defect. They are advertising, humanitarian work, philanthropic work, communism, this "ism," but when there is question of bodily relationship, immediately everything is changed."


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

India Design Motifs, Part 14

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 20, CANADA (SUN) — A study of the historical, spiritual and cultural elements of Vedic design.

Today we resume our presentation of the super-excellent devotional images produced by the Chore Bagan Art Studio of Calcutta, who in the late 1800's published many chromolithographs featuring Vaisnava themes. Of all the art presses operating in India at that time, Chore Bagan appears to have produced the greatest number of prints featuring Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu and His associates, along with the more widely available images of Radha-Krsna, Krsna-Balarama and other transcendental personalities.

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Sri Rai Ramananda,
Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Jul 20, CANADA (SUN) — Serial presentation of the text by HDG Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur.

CHAPTER 3 - THEIR CONVERSATION
(For the Beginners) Continued

Ramananda again taking up the thread said that the sojourner of Theism should leave off his mundane affinity and this will bring the desired result. He culled a sloka from the eleventh and another from the first canto of the Bhagavatam in order to amend his views to have a higher platform in his discourse:

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Jul 20, INDIA (SUN) — July 20, 1975 : San Francisco

Srila Prabhupada attends Ratha-yatra at San Francisco. (Srila Prabhupada held Ratha-yatra at San Francisco, which he called as New Jagannatha Puri. Srila Prabhupada spoke to thousands of people on the need to become Krishna Conscious, chanting Hare Krishna and eating prasadam. There was a nice program of kirtana, plays and feast, so that everyone was satisfied. The mere presence of Srila Prabhupada made the occasion electrifying, just like the presence of Lord Caitanya at the Puri Ratha-yatra.)

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India Design Motifs, Part 13

BY: SUN STAFF

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

In our last segment we presented one-half of a Chore Bagan Art Studio chromolithograph plate, featuring Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. Today we will discuss the second half – a beautiful image of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. This double-panel image was included in Chore Bagan's cloth folio, in which this particular print is No. 6. The left panel is entitled "Chaitanya" (in English), with additional titles in Bengali.

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Srila Prabhupada Today

BY: SRILA PRABHUPADA TODAY

Jul 18, INDIA (SUN) — July 18, 1976 : New York

Srila Prabhupada attends Ratha-yatra at New York on the 10th anniversary of ISKCON.

Reference: Transcendental Diary Volume 3

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Constitution for ISKCON As It Is - Article 1

BY: SUN EDITORS

Jul 18, CANADA (SUN) —

1.1 Purpose of Constitution

The Constitution sets forth the founding principles, aims and objectives of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness As It Is ("the Society"), a Society that will operate according to the instructions of its Founder-Acarya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.

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Lost Victims

BY: BHAKTA TORBEN

Jul 18, DENMARK (SUN) — Another illegal book-change example.

Bhagavad-gita As It Is, Original 1972 edition, 13.21, purport:

"The spiritual world is pure, but in the material world everyone is struggling hard to acquire victims who present different pleasures to the body."

'JAS It Is' version, the official, highly changed, 'ISKCON' version of the same:

"The spiritual world is pure, but in the material world everyone is struggling hard to acquire different kinds of pleasures for the body."

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India Design Motifs, Part 15
Dialectical Spirit: Auguste Comte
Difficult for the Crooked
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Serious Report on IDVM
Sri Rai Ramananda, Pt. 6
Srila Prabhupada Today
Weekend Laffs
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
India Design Motifs, Part 14
NBS#66: Janmastami Special
Dialectical Spirit: Auguste Comte
Structures of Religion
Original Choice
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Sri Rai Ramananda, Pt. 5
Srila Prabhupada Today
Queens Ratha Yatra
India Design Motifs, Part 13
Dialectical Spirit: John Mill
Sri Rai Ramananda, Pt. 4
Lost Victims
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Srila Prabhupada Today
Intimate Worlds, Bhumi
Parishads
Kamika Ekadasi
Dialectical Spirit: John Mill
Constitution, ISKCON As It Is
Incorporation of ISKCON
Sri Rai Ramananda, Pt. 3
Srila Prabhupada Today
Deities, Cash Stolen
Classifieds
Weekend Laffs
Intimate Worlds, Monsoon
Dialectical Spirit: John Mill
Hierarchy in Projects
Darwinism, Western Mayavadi
Life Comes From Life
Sri Rai Ramananda, Pt. 2
Srila Prabhupada Today
Intimate Worlds, Dhenakasura
Parishads
Solar System and Vedas
Dialectical Spirit: John Mill
In Keeping with the Spirit
Pride
Sri Rai Ramananda
Srila Prabhupada Today
Jai Srila Prabhupada!

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