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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

The Cowherd Boys at Play
Bhagavat Purana, c. 1765

Shri Jagannath Temple Act, 1955


Mar 28, CANADA (SUN) — Background and Present Features – By Susanta Kumar Dash and Dr. Bhaskar Mishra for Orissa Review.

Shree Jagannath Temple situated at Shrikshetra Puri is one of the holiest and most sacred pilgrimages of India. Shree Jagannath Temple has been subjected to many an impediment in the past, still then it has survived and has remained unaffected. The temple has ever since its inception been an institution of unique and international importance. The independent kings of Odisha were directly managing the affairs of the Temple. While the Britishers took over the State of Odisha in 1803 it was felt imperative to frame the rules/ laws for better management of Shree Jagannath Temple. In 1805 a comprehensive report was furnished by Mr. Gromeson about the prevailing mismanagement in the Temple and its remedial measures.


Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram, Part 10


Mar 28, CANADA (SUN) — Auspicious Verses for Remembering Lord Gauranga's Pastimes by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura – The Verses, Part One.


ucchishta-bhandeshu vasan varango
matre dadau jnanam anuttamam yah
advaita-vithi-pathikair upasyam
tam gauracandram pranamami nityam

One day, handsome young Lord Gaurachandra sat on rejected cooking pots, [and when His mother chastised Him for it, He replied by] speaking incomparable transcendental philosophy. I repeatedly offer my respectful obeisances to that Lord Gaurachandra, the supreme object of worship for those who travel on the path of impersonal philosophy.


Dialectical Spiritualism: Immanuel Kant, Part 4


Mar 28, CANADA (SUN) —

VII. GERMAN IDEALISM - Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Syamasundara dasa: According to Kant, when we examine material phenomena by our reason, we arrive at certain contradictions called antimonies — that is, two opposing statements regarded to be true.

Srila Prabhupada: In Sanskrit, this is called viruddhartha, words that mean both yes and no.


Without Ecstasy



without ecstasy how can you manage
without management how can ecstasy increase
Prabhupada gave up ecstasy to manage
but in his being the ecstasy filled his heart
it overflowed into all his management
kindness compassion a heart that broke establishment
left establishment behind and transcended it
but when establishment was needed it was taken
but the heart always overrules for the greater vision
those that want to manage must want a heart
a heart with a taste of sweetness


Understanding Our Jail


Mar 26, FRANCE (SUN) — I read Mayesvara prabhu's paper about cosmology. I am afraid that this subject will be unsolved for a very long time, even if we take, for example, information from Sadaputa das prabhu's past books or other sources.

TOVP is a wonderful project and will be a marvellous place for people to visit. And it was Srila Prabhupada's great desire. So, it was something to be fulfilled! But I am afraid that we will present something that we will not be really able to clearly explain. So, we will have only the choice between being very dogmatic or very humble. Personally I prefer the second choice.


Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram, Part 9


Mar 26, CANADA (SUN) — Auspicious Verses for Remembering Lord Gauranga's Pastimes by Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura – The Verses, Part One.


rahu-graste jada-shashadhare phalgune purnimayam
gaude shake manushatamite sapta-varshadhike yah
mayapuryam samajani shaci-garbhasindhau pradoshe
tam cic-chakti-prakatita-tanum mishra-sunum smarami

In the town of Mayapur in Bengal, just after sunset on the evening of the 23rd Phalguna 1407 Sakabda, (answering to the 18th February 1486 of the Christian era), Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu took birth as the son of Jagannatha Mishra from the ocean of Shrimati Shaci-devi's womb. I meditate on that Lord Chaitanya, whose spiritual form is manifested by His own cit potency.


Dialectical Spiritualism: Immanuel Kant, Part 3


Mar 26, CANADA (SUN) —

VII. GERMAN IDEALISM - Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Syamasundara dasa: Kant maintains that the mental speculators try to reconstruct ultimate reality by applying mundane categories to it. They attempt through the mind to create what they believe to be the real world.

Srila Prabhupada: For mental speculators, the real world is nothing more than the negation of this world. This is voidism. In this world, we experience that everything is material. The mental speculator's materialistic thinking induces him to conclude that the spiritual must be the opposite of the material. Since the material has form, the spiritual must be formless, or void. This is typical materialistic thinking. He thinks, "Since this is not truth, the opposite must be truth."



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Mistakes in the Models
for the Temple of
Vedic Planetarium


Mar 24, IRELAND (SUN) — Part One. In this two part paper, we would like to point out some fundamental mistakes in the present depiction of the universal form in the working models for the main dome exhibition at the Mayapur Temple of Vedic Planetarium, particularly the depiction of the Earth or Bhu-mandala. In pointing out these mistakes we mean no disrespect to the artists who have worked on these exhibitions. The issue is really with the concept of Bhu-mandala that has been handed to the artists, not with the work of the artists themselves. The mistake emerges from an erroneous understanding of the Earth itself. Part one will therefore examine the state of consciousness behind the erroneous depictions of Bhu-mandala and other features of the universal form, and part two will look at the mistakes in the actual models presently being prepared.


Dialectical Spiritualism: Immanuel Kant, Part 2


Mar 24, CANADA (SUN) —

VII. GERMAN IDEALISM - Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)

Hayagriva dasa: In Critique of Judgement, Kant writes: "Absolutely no human reason...can hope to understand the production of even a blade of grass by mere mechanical causes. That crude matter should have originally formed itself according to mechanical laws, that life should have sprung from the nature of what is lifeless, that matter should have been able to dispose itself into the form of a self-maintaining purpose — is contradictory to reason."


NBS#58: Understanding the Favour of Lord Shiva



NBS#58 highlights the sincere devotees who follow the advice of Lord Shiva and take shelter at the lotus feet of Lord Vishnu. The so-called devotees of Lord Shiva, who are simply after material prosperity, are in a way deceived by Lord Shiva.


1. Result of Association with Lord Shiva - Maitreya Rsi

2. Does Lord Shiva Deceive His Devotees? - His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

3. The Function of the Demigods - Srila Haridas Thakura

4. When Bhrgu Muni Tested Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu - Srila Vrindvana Das Thakura


Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting,
Part 27


Mar 28, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture.

THE PAHARI SCHOOLS - 17th to 19th Centuries - GULER SCHOOL

Today we begin a new regional school of miniatures under the category of the Pahari School – the Guler School of painting. Of all the hill states, Guler has perhaps the longest tradition in the art of miniatures. In fact, Guler is often described as the birthplace of Kangra painting.


Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 119


Mar 28, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Eleven - Sri Nityananda's family

In Ekchakra lived a pious brahmin who was famous because of his title `Ojha'. He was a wealthy man but had affection for his Yajamanas on whose behalf he performed his worship. His wife was a lady of sweet disposition but she was unhappy because she had no child although she was able to bear children. Each of her children died at the time of birth.


Prabhupada Padma-vakya


Mar 28,

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.

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March 28, 1966, New York
Bhagavad-gita 2.46-47
"Dead body, where there is no consciousness, the dead body does not feel even he is chopped up by some chopper, because the consciousness is gone. Therefore, it is not very difficult to understand that "I am the consciousness. I am not this material body."

March 28, 1968, San Francisco
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.1-3
"We are also part and parcel, but we are separated. Therefore we haven't got the full potency of God. We have got potencies of God. The six potencies, namely opulence, fame, strength, beauty, knowledge and renunciation, we have also got these in minute quantity."

March 28, 1974, Bombay
Bhagavad-gita 4.8
"But here the struggle is that everyone is trying to become isvara. Nobody wants to become servant. Although he is servant of maya. He cannot be isvara constitutionally. Any one of us. This is called illusion."

March 28, 1975, Mayapur
Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 1.4
"It is very difficult to understand Krsna, and what to speak of His loving affairs. It is very difficult."

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

Vedic Art: Indian Miniature Painting,
Part 26


Mar 26, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of India's artistic legacy in paintings, sculpture and temple architecture.

THE PAHARI SCHOOLS - 17th to 19th Centuries - BASOHLI SCHOOL

Generally, the Basohli style shows a use of strong and contrasting colours, even in the pastel range. Monochrome backgrounds often set the stage for finely chiseled figures with large eyes and very detailed attributes. The more highly decorative examples were sometimes enhanced by the artists, applying the wings of beetles to the paint to create a diamond sparkle in clothing and ornamentation.


Tragic Death of Family at Saranagati Village


Mar 26, CANADA (SUN) — Friends mourn family of four found dead in a home near Ashcroft

The sudden death of four people, including two children, in a remote B.C. community has left friends and loved-ones in mourning. Local media identified the victims as Harvey Volaine [Haripad das], his wife Melissa Penner, and their two boys, Kaylex, 10, and Ay, 7. The family was found dead by RCMP Friday afternoon inside a home on Saranagati Village, a 1,600-acre Hare Krishna religious community located in the Venables Valley, about 30 kilometres south of Ashcroft.


Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 118


Mar 26, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Eleven - Sri Isvari visits Ekchakra

After the wedding Sri Isvari, Narottama, Ramacandra and Govinda left Budhari and headed for Ekchakra in Radhadesha. When Sri Isvari saw Ekchakra in the far distance she felt the surge of emotion.


The Shelter of Caves, Part 3


Mar 24, CANADA (SUN) — A study of famous caves in ancient Bharat -- Part One.

Patel Bhuvanesvar

Patal Bhuvanesvar is a limestone cave temple complex situated 14 km. from Gangolihat, in the Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand. Pithoragarh is in the Kumaon region of the western Himalayan Range. Located in the village of Bhuvanesvar, Patel Bhuvanesvar is not one cave, but rather a whole cave complex built by to the flow of water. It is said to be the abode of Lord Shiva and thirty-three crore divine personalities. The caves are said to connect by underground route to Mount Kailash.


Srimad-Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal Stotram, Part 8


Mar 24, 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.


Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 117


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

Chapter Eleven - Sri Jahnava visits Kheturi

At last Sri Isvari bid farewell to Sri Jiva in Mathura and started for Gaurmandala. Some days later she reached Gauda and went straight to Kheturi. Ramacandra, Narottama and others happily came forward to receive her. They prostrated themselves on the ground before Sri Isvari and also bowed to the other Mahantas. Sri Santosh Dutta and others bowed at he feet of Ramacandra and Narottama as did Sri Govinda Kaviraja. Surrounded by the Bhagavatas Sri Isvari entered Kheturi.


We Are Fools If
We Think to Enjoy



we are fools if we think to enjoy
our time is spent on work
our minds anxiety filled, oh boy
so much fear so much pride
so much anger and lust to hide
we are foolish to think to enjoy
our body decreasing our youth just once
desperately seeking perfection we hunt
in older age we give up the chase
but is your mind still ready in haste
to lock in on objects of a world that delights
careful, what is daytime for karmis is a devotee's night


Parishads: The Ghosh Brothers


Mar 24, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Govinda Ghosh is observed on March 24th.

Govinda Ghosh is counted amongst the branches of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Chaitanya Charitamrita 1.10.118). Eventually, he made his home in Agradvipa, Vasudeva in Tamluk, and Madhava Ghosh in Dain Hat. Govinda Ghosh Thakur's house is not far from Agradvipa in Kashipura Vishnutala. Some are of the opinion that Vaishnavatala was his birthplace.


Indian Miniature Paintings
Without Ecstasy
Dialectical Spiritualism: Kant
Shri Jagannath Temple Act
Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal 10
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 119
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Indian Miniature Paintings
Dialectical Spiritualism: Kant
Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal 9
Understanding Our Jail
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 118
Tragic Death at Saranagati
Weekend Laffs
Shelter of Caves, Pt. 3
We Are Fools
NBS: Favour of Lord Shiva
Dialectical Spiritualism: Kant
Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal 8
Mistakes in TOVP Models
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 117
Shelter of Caves, Pt. 2
Dialectical Spiritualism: Kant
Imitation Enjoyer
Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal 7
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 116
Yamuna Boat Festival 2017
Giving Nature Legal Rights
Shelter of Caves
Papamocani Ekadasi
Gaurangalila-Smaranamangal 6
Surya Siddhanta Similarities
God Does Not Want
Female Priests Banned 'Forever'
Who's Pushing the Movement?
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 115
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hume


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