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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

1960s Krsna Culture

Preaching in USSR
1973-1991

BY: SITALATMA DAS

Apr 25, RUSSIA (SUN) — This is in continuation of Shyamasundara Prabhu's article posted earlier, "Preaching in USSR 1980-81".

Sometime in 2009, ISKCON TV recorded a long interview with Kirtiraja Prabhu and Hari, former Harikesha Swami, where they talked about preaching in Soviet Union from their side of the Iron Curtain. They give a slightly different take on the story told by Shyamasundara Prabhu - they don't mention that Calcutta temple was also involved in that mass mail campaign of 1980-1981.

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BRAZIL: Chandramukha Swami & Karmi Rock Band

BY: KRISHNA DASA

Apr 25, BRAZIL (SUN) —

14 Bis is a famous band of pop rock music. It has nothing to do with bhakti at all, its members are just ordinary meat-eating karmis. They actually closed the temple's doors for this. You had to pay R$ 30 if you wanted to come in and watch their show (and see the Deities being offended).

Proof this thing happened in August 2016 is here.

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Franco-Canadian Perspective

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Apr 25, FRANCE (SUN) — I read Vyswambhara das's article entitled "Sad" and I myself became, suddenly, very saddened because of his obvious illusion.

First, just a detail… His byline says "France", but, as far as I know, he has not been in France for more than 20 years and so. He is more or less speculating about a situation he doesn't know at all! He speaks from Canada, I suppose, and only on a very sentimental basis.

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Mathura: Boy Drowns
in Swimming Pool of ISKCON-run School

BY: STAFF CORRESPONDENT

Apr 25, MATHURA, UTTAR PRADESH (IE) — 13-year-old Kartik, a 7th class student in Delhi was drowned yesterday.

A 13-year-old boy drowned in the swimming pool of a boarding school run by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), police said Tuesday.

The incident took place yesterday when Kartik, a 7th class student in Delhi, was taking a bath in the pool of the Bhakti Vedanta Gurukul and International School (BGIS), Vrindavan station incharge Uday Pratap Singh said.

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Who Wants to
Have the Moon

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Apr 25, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Who wants to have the moon
So many have tried
So many spiritually died
Who wants to wear the ring
So many have tried
So many have spiritually died
One group to another
One person or other
Lord of the ring
See what they bring
Time and time again
Repeating error insane
Professor Einstein claimed

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Parishads: Sri Gadadhara Pandit Goswami

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 25, CANADA (SUN) — The Appearance day of Sri Gadadhara Pandit is observed on April 25th.

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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BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 25, CANADA (SUN) — New items in the Sun's Classified ads section.

[ Wanted ]


In Response to
Bhakti Vikasa Swami

BY: SANAKA RSI DAS

Apr 23, ENGLAND (SUN) — Bhakti Vikasa Maharaj, could you clarify your Pposition on the use of Corporal Punishment?

Hare Krsna Bhaktivikas Maharaj,
Please accept my obeisance. All Glories to Srila Prabhupada.

I am grateful that you have taken the time to reply to and for your Asirvaadam. I noted, however, that you omitted to address some of the more important points raised the first time around and that your reply published on the Sun is slightly different from the version you posted on your website.

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A Response to H.H. Bhakti Vikas Swami

BY: MAHAVIDYA DAS (ACBSP)

Apr 23, UK (SUN) —

An interesting reply to Sanaka Rsi prabhu from H.H. Bhakti Vikas Swami.
Maharaja says "a little fear is good" in the upbringing of children...
Yes, I'm a father of 3 and grandfather of 6 children,
and I would be inclined to agree…
"a little fear is good".
But as we have seen in the ISKCON gurukulas
does...
urinating in one's dhoti as a 7 year old while one waits to be beaten...
does this count as "a little fear"?
How about a 5 year old being punched in the face by an ashram teacher because you wore your dhoti into the bathroom...?
Or being made to choose the cane that you were to be beaten with…?
Being made to eat one's own vomit...?
Etc... etc... etc.
The list of horrors goes on... and on.

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Twisting Children's Ears

BY: GIRIBARADHAI DAS

Apr 23, INDIA (SUN) — Dear Bhakti Vikasa Swami. Asirvadam. (Blessings) Jaya Srila Prabhupada.

I don't have a dog in this fight but having nothing else to do I looked at what was going on between you and H.G. Sanaka Rsi Prabhu and the Cost of Silence documentary which he made.

I just love when people quote the 9.30 Bhagavad Gita verse to try to escape justice. However, there is a word in that verse that's really important. A small word with a big consequence. One "little" word makes a big difference, as you well know. The little word "if."

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Goals and Guidelines

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Apr 23, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) — I would like to understand just what Srila Prabhupada meant when referring to his society as being operated materially and spiritually, with some control centrally, but also with freedoms for individuals to express their devotion. Just what are the main areas of direction and control that should be legislated throughout the society?

Can temples and presidents and GBC men set their own agenda? It seems they can up to a point, but obviously there is a limit. What is that limit? How are we to measure when a temple or the GBC have gone beyond the limits? Probably our society needs definite goals and guidelines of priorities which presidents and GBC can follow.

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Blind Freedom

BY: BHAKTA GREG

Apr 23, DUBLIN, IRELAND (SUN) —

I've been blind my whole life,
Never seen a thing.
Deaf as a mule too,
Ignorant of others feelings.
My sense of touch loses its grip,
Always with tendency to slip.
Vocally my sound is almost nil,
Dumbed-down near inaudible.
Smell and taste are not something
sharp to me anymore, misled if I
follow with them at the fore.
The mind is a burden
of more weight than I can bear.
The noetic plane became dull,
too infrequent to pay its fare.

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NBS#60: After Finding
a Qualified Guru

BY: NITYAM BHAGAVATA-SEVAYA

Apr 23, MUMBAI, INDIA (SUN) —

With NBS#60, the fifth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam begins. It covers the topics: After receiving initiation and instructions from a bona fide guru, a fortunate disciple should follow the path of the previous sadhus. Those who are proud neglect the previous mahajanas and create new paths. As a result, they proceed on an inauspicious path and ruin themselves.

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Apr 23, CANADA (SUN) — The Sun's weekly cartoon series.

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Sad

BY: VYSWAMBHARA DAS

Apr 21, FRANCE (SUN) — The following report comes from France and was sent by H.G. Nitai Gaurasundara Prabhu. This Prabhu was first initiated by Bhagavan das and became an enthusiastic sankirtana leader for many years. When Bhagavan fell, he was reinitiated by Tamal Krsna Gosvami. He then became president of the Paris Temple, a position he has struggled to maintain against all odds for more than twenty years. He translated the present French edition of Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad-gita As It Is as well as the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta in its entirety. Over the years he also acted as editor and publisher of various magazines to promote Krsna consciousness in France.

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Response to
Sanaka Rsi das

BY: H.H. BHAKTI VIKASA SWAMI

Apr 21, INDIA (SUN) —

Dear Sanaka Rsi Prabhu, Asirvadam. Jaya Srila Prabhupada!

Thank you for your polite and thoughtful letter. The issues the CPO (ISKCON's Child Protection Office) deals with are indeed very serious. I appreciate the CPO's effort in highlighting the issues and working towards finding solutions for protecting our children. In your letter, you highlight three main issues: The conduct of certain senior members of our society; socially acceptable conduct in the current era; and use of fear as an instrument of discipline.

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Information from the GBC

BY: PRAHLADA NRSIMHA DAS

Apr 21, FRANCE (SUN) — Recently we got in Dandavats.com this communication from the GBC: "Principles for Creating a Diksa-guru System for ISKCON". So, on the basis of some of Srila Prabhupada's (at least supposed to be... we'll see that later in this paper... ) quotes taken from letters, the GBC explains its way and process for allowing some persons to become diksa gurus:

"Similarly, in the Vedic scriptures we will not find directions for Vaisnava institutions to endorse or authorize spiritual positions like sannyasa or diksa-guru. Our evidence for the legitimacy of the GBC establishing such processes consists of Srila Prabhupada's instructions and activities."

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Varaha Mihira

BY: SHYAMASUNDARA DASA

Apr 21, INDIA (SUN) — The following is from a text I wrote sometime ago about various famous, ancient Vedic astrologers. Chapter 4 section 16 is on the life of Sriman Varaha Mihira. Varaha Mihira is in many ways even more important than Parasara Muni for the reason that while there are several ancient commentaries on the work of Varaha Mihira none exist for those of Parasara Muni. Hence, we do not really know what the actual corpus of Parasara Muni's work is but we do know about Varaha Mihira. It is for this and many other reasons that in South India Varaha Mihira is held in greater esteem than Parasara Muni.

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How to STOP Wars with Spiritual Education, by Srila Prabhupada!

BY: RONALD SINGH

Apr 21, SACRAMENTO, CALIFORNIA (SUN) —

Prabhupada: But you Irish people, you are never tired to fight. (laughter)

O'Grady: No. We've been fighting for three thousand years now.

Prabhupada: I think the fighting is going on still.

O'Grady: Very much so. Very badly, very bad now, very bad. What do you do about that? And that's a serious question. Is it morally correct to be sitting here, for me to be sitting here...

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The Shelter of Caves, Part Ten

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 25, CANADA (SUN) — A study of famous caves in ancient Bharat.

Cave Symbology in Vedic Temple Architecture

In our last segment we closed with a description of the Burmese Ananda Temple, which is a replica of the ancient Nandamu Cave temple in the Himalayas. That temple design incorporated various Vedic temple styles commonly found in North India. And in fact, the symbology of caves is a formally recognized element of traditional Vedic temple architecture.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Georg Wilhelm
Friedrich Hegel, Part 5

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 25, CANADA (SUN) —

VII. GERMAN IDEALISM - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

Hayagriva dasa: Concerning God and man, Hegel writes: "God is only God insofar as He knows Himself; His self-knowledge is moreover His consciousness of Himself in man, and man's knowledge of God, a knowledge that extends itself into the self-knowledge of man in God."

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 133

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 25, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Twelve - In a song of Vasudeva Ghosa:

The beauty of Goracandra while crawling in the compound of the house could not be described by a single mouth. He had been looking very beautiful as saliva rolled down from his mouth and ripe marmelo like lips. His hands were decorated with armlets, his legs decorated by scalloped bangled and a locket of tiger nail hanged from his neck. There was a beautiful golden chain on the beautiful head.966-969

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF



Apr 25,
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.


Please visit Vanipedia.org for audio files and transcripts.

April 25, 1973, Los Angeles
Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.8.33
"Suppose a man is very comfortably situated. Does it mean that he will not die? He'll die. So simply by bodily comforts you cannot exist."

April 25, 1977, Bombay
Morning Talk
"And the most degraded man, previously he was praised by millions of people and next day he's condemned. That means who elevated her to the post, they're all rascals."


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

The Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 23, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of the island of Jambudvipa and the sixteen Great States residing there.

The Kosala Kingdom

The country of Kosalas was located to the northwest of Magadha, with its capital at Savatthi (Sravasti). In ancient times it was located about 60 miles north of modern Ayodhya, at the border of Gonda and Behraich districts in the Sahet-Mahet region. The Kosala territory corresponds to the modern Awadh (Oudh) in central and eastern Uttar Pradesh. Ayodhya, Saketa, Benares and Sravasti were the chief cities of the Kosala Kingdom.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Georg Wilhelm
Friedrich Hegel, Part 4

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 23, CANADA (SUN) —

VII. GERMAN IDEALISM - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

Syamasundara dasa: Hegel understood the Absolute Truth to be always changing and yet always permanent.

Srila Prabhupada: The Absolute does not change. Even we are permanent. Being part and parcel of Krsna, we are permanent even though we are moving about in these material bodies. Although Krsna manifests Himself in various expansions, He remains the same.

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 132

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 23, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Twelve - In Sri Krsna Caitanya Carita (1st chapter)

Srimad Jaganantha Misra became very glad to get Sri Gaura Sundara as his son whose eyes could be compared to the blooming lotuses, whose face was as beautiful as the bright full moon, whose complexion was as bright as Gaura i.e. golden and the glow of hose body decorated by ornaments could destroy the utter darkness of the whole surface of the universe.883

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The Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa, Part 2

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial exploration of the island of Jambudvipa and the sixteen Great States residing there.

The Kingdom of Kashi

Today we begin to explore the first of the sixteen Great States of Jambudvipa, whose rulers were topmost among Bharat's ancient kingdoms. Throughout this series we will include a number of illustrations done in the Paithan style, several from a late 19th c. Karnataka manuscript. Paithan paintings were used in storytelling performances and are considered to be non-different from illustrations in sacred texts.

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Dialectical Spiritualism: Georg Wilhelm
Friedrich Hegel, Part 3

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 21, CANADA (SUN) —

VII. GERMAN IDEALISM - Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel (1770-1831)

Syamasundara dasa: Hegel says that these forms are not eternal but that the interaction of forms is an eternal process.

Srila Prabhupada: A mirage is neither factual nor eternal, but there is factual and eternal water. Otherwise, how could anyone have a conception of water?

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Sri Bhakti Ratnakara,
Part 131

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of Sri Bhakti Ratnakara by Srila Narahari Cakravarti Thakur.

Chapter Twelve - Rudra Dvipa

There situated on the east side of the Ganges the village named Radupura which was also called by Rudrapura by many persons. Sri Ishana Thakur told Srinivasa that this Rudupura formerly known as Rudrapur had been a flourishing place but now it became a name only. The name Rudrapura came from an incident.

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Varuthini Ekadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 21, CANADA (SUN) — Varuthini Ekadasi (observed on Apr 22nd in LA, 23rd in Mayapur), as described in the Bhavishya-uttara Purana.

Sri Yudhisthira Maharaj said, "Oh Vasudeva, I offer my most humble obeisances unto You. Please now describe to me the Ekadasi of the dark fortnight (krsna paksha) of the month of Vaisakha (April-May), including its specific merits and influence."

Lord Sri Krishna replied, "Oh King, in this world and the next, the most auspicious and magnanimous Ekadasi is Varuthini Ekadasi, which occurs during the dark fortnight of the month of Vaisakha.

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Love of God

BY: BHAKTA GREG

Apr 21, DUBLIN, IRELAND (SUN) —

Like watering the root of a tree
The distribution occurs so nicely, so evenly
Our loves authorised original repository.
Like hitting every bird with just one stone
The potency immeasurable possessed by Him alone
Our assurance that any land can be seen as our home.
Like hating perfectly with the whip of the intellect
The sin afflicted but the sinner it does not affect

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Raindrops from Heaven

BY: CAITANYA DAS

Apr 21, MANCHESTER, ENGLAND (SUN) —

Raindrops from heaven
Clouds of rain
Take that right inside your heart
Forgotten love again

Fairer winds that blow
Homeward path the course
Will you take a helping hand
Fill your cup not half

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Parishads: Srila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura

BY: SUN STAFF

Apr 21, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Srila Vrndavana Dasa Thakura is observed on April 21st.

Vedavyasa described Krishna-lila in the Srimad Bhagavatam. Non-different from Vyasa, Vrindavan Das described Mahaprabhu's lila in his Chaitanya Bhagavat. His book was first called Chaitanya Mangala, but when Locana Das gave the same name to his biography of the Lord, it was dubbed "Chaitanya Bhagavat".

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The Shelter of Caves, Pt. 10
Parishads
Who Wants to Have the Moon
Franco-Canadian Perspective
Chandramukha & Karmi Rock
Preaching in USSR
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 133
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hegel
Student Drowns in Pool
Classifieds
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa
After Finding a Qualified Guru
Blind Freedom
Goals and Guidelines
Twisting Children's Ears
Response to Bhakti Vikasa
Response to Bhakti Vikasa
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 132
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hegel
Weekend Laffs
Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa
Parishads
Raindrops from Heaven
Love of God
Varuthini Ekadasi
How to STOP Wars
Varaha Mihira
Information from the GBC
Sad
Response to Sanaka Rsi das
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 131
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hegel
Mahajanapadas of Jambudvipa
Ramanuja Swamir Upadesh
Who is the Atheist?
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 130
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hegel
Features & Intentions of Cows
Nixon, Dixon, Hitler, Obama
A Revolutionary Mood
How Many Cows?
Sri Bhakti Ratnakara, Pt. 129
Dialectical Spiritualism: Hegel

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