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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

Hayagriva

Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, Part 33

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — By Sri Vrindaban Das Thakur – Madhya lila, Chapter Two, Part One.

All glories to the moon-like Sri Gaurachandra whose cooling rays benedict the entire universe. Kindly offer me Your lotus feet as the eternal treasure of my heart. All glories to Lord Gauranga and His devotees. If one hears the transcendental pastimes of Lord Sri Chaitanya he surely attains the highest stage of love of God

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Baramsa: The Month
of Chaitra

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — Chaitra (March/April).

In today's illustration from Baramasa, the month of Chaitra is depicted with the lush foliage of spring. Flowering trees and a lotus pool frame the wife, welcoming her husband with garlands. From a translation of the Chaitra inscription:

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Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, Part 32

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 28, CANADA (SUN) — By Sri Vrindaban Das Thakur – Madhya lila, Chapter One, Part Three.

Lord Visvambhara who is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krishna, explained the devotion mood of servitorship to Himself, unaware that it was always past noon and still He continued. The students listened as if hypnotized with undivided attention. No one felt like disturbing or making contradictory remarks. One must understand that these students are not ordinary mortals, they are all servants of Lord Krishna, otherwise how can they be personally taught by the Supreme Lord Krishna.

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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 28, CANADA (SUN) — The auspicious Appearance Day of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakur is observed on February 29th.

Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura appeared in Purusottam Ksetra, Jagannatha Puri, Orissa, on February 6, 1874. He was born in the family home next to the Narayan-chhata of Sri Jagannatha Temple, which always reverberated with the chanting of the Holy Name. Named Bimala Prasad, He was the fourth son of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srimati Bhagavati Devi.

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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta, Srila Bhaktivedanta

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 28, CANADA (SUN) — Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati appeared in Purusottam Ksetra, Jagannatha Puri, Orissa, on February 6, 1874. He was born in the family home next to the Narayan-chhata of Sri Jagannatha Temple, which always reverberated with the chanting of the Holy Name. Named Bimala Prasad, He was the fourth son of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srimati Bhagavati Devi.

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Baramsa: Songs
of the Seasons

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 28, CANADA (SUN) — The Month of Phalgun (February/March).

Today we share the first in a twelve-part series on the Baramasa, or 'Songs of the Seasons' - a manuscript of visual and poetic expression of the Vedic seasons, from Rajasthan.

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Reason and Love

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 26, CANADA (SUN) — From an article entitled, "The Temple of Jagannath at Puri (India)", published September 15, 1871.

We do not mean to say that Reason is a foolish principle. On the contrary we do not find better admirers of Reason than our humble selves. We hold that man's superiority amongst all created beings consists in man's possessing the noble gift of Reason.

What we maintain is this, that independent of this noble principle there is another higher gift in man which goes by the name of Love. Reason helps Love to maintain its proper bounds in the Spiritual world. Love often tends to degrade itself by exercising its function on objects other then God and converts itself into lust for women, wine, meat and gold. Here Reason advises her to rise higher till she reaches her proper sphere above.

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Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, Part 31

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 26, CANADA (SUN) — By Sri Vrindaban Das Thakur – Madhya lila, Chapter One, Part Two.

Lord Visvambhara is the Supreme Absolute Truth and the embodiment of transcendental sound vibration, so whatever he speaks is the absolute truth. The memorized students listened to the Lord's words with individual attention, while the Lord spoke on as if in a trance revealing the absolute truth. The Lord explained everything in the light of Krishna consciousness and he established a facile connection of every word with the Supreme Lord Krishna, this was an astonishing feat for the Supreme Lord Himself.

Lord Visvambhara soon became aware of His external words and coming out of His trance He became shy thinking what His students would think of Him as being mad or something, so in order to cover it up He said a few words. He asked the students, "How were my commentaries today?" The students replied, "We could not understand any thing, you have described Krishna as a purport to every word, who is there who can understand Your explanations?" Lord Visvambhara laughed and said, "Listen my dear brothers, pack your books and lets go to the Ganga for a bath."

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Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, Part 30

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 24, CANADA (SUN) — By Sri Vrindaban Das Thakur – Madhya lila, Chapter One.

All glories, all glories to Lord Visvambhara the crest jewel among brahmanas, and all glories to the beloved associates of Lord Visvambhara. All glories to Lord Gaura Chandra a stalwart amongst all religious preachers, the safe bridge to the spiritual sky, He has fully subdued his physical and mental urges. All glories to him, He possesses incomparable beauty and is the embodiment of congregational chanting of the holy name of God. All glories to Lord Gaura Chandra for He is the dearest friend and life of Lord Nityananda Prabhu, and the sublime object of love of Gadadhara Pandita and Advaita Acarya Prabhu. He is very dear to Sri Jagadananda Pandita, and the tender loving heart of Vapreshar Pandita and Kasiswara. He is the Lord and master of Srinivasa and other beloved associates.

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

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The Appearance of Sri Nityananda Prabhu

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 21, CANADA (SUN) — Glorification of Sri Nityananda Rama on Nityananda Trayodasi, observed on this day.

What follows is a collection of verses and bhajans in glorification of Sri Nityananda Rama. This collection is far from being exhaustive and complete, for Nityananda Prabhu's glories are unlimited! Even Ananta-sesa, with His thousands of mouths, has been speaking the glories of Nityananda Prabhu since the beginning of time and has still not reached their end!

sankarsanah karana-toya-sayi garbhoda-sayi ca payobdhi-sayi
sesas ca yasyamsa-kalah sa nitya-nandakhya-ramah saranam mamastu

"May Sri Nityananda Rama be the object of my constant remembrance. Sankarsana, Mahavisnu, Garbhodaksayi Visnu, and Ksirodaksayi Visnu, as well as Sesa are His expansions and the expansions of His expansions." (Caitanya-caritamrta Adi 1.7)

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Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, Part 29

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 21, CANADA (SUN) — By Sri Vrindaban Das Thakur - Chapter Seventeen.

Now listen carefully to the narrations of Lord Gaura Sundara going to Gayadham. The Lord of the Vaikuntha planets now resided in Nabadwip as the crest jewel teacher and scholar. The condition of human society had deteriorated to such an extent that there was an increase of atheistic people, and the process of devotional service had become very rare. People in general were attracted by the temporary and illusory pleasures of the senses and this greatly saddened the devotees.

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Varaha Dvadasi

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 19, CANADA (SUN) — February 20th is the auspicious Appearance Day of Lord Varaha, the Boar incarnation.

O Kesava! O Lord of the universe! O Lord Hari,
who have assumed the form of a boar! All
glories to You! The earth, which had become
merged in the Garbhodaka Ocean at the
bottom of the universe, sits fixed upon the tip of Your tusk like a spot upon the moon.

Sri Dasavatara Stotra, 3rd Sloka

Varaha in the Vedic Literature Lord Varaha is glorified in virtually all of the major Puranas (the Vedic histories), which describe His different descents over the ages. In this kalpa (day of Brahma), Lord Varaha appeared twice. The first time He appeared from Brahma's nostril with a white (sveta) complexion, and He saved the Earth after the previous devastation. Hence, He is called Sveta-Varaha and this kalpa is named after Him -- the Sveta-Varaha-kalpa.

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108 Divya-deshams:
Thanjaiyali

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — A tour of the 108 Divya-desams, the divine abodes of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi.

Thanjaiyali Nagar, or Thanjai Mamani Koil, is a set of three adjacent temples dedicated to Vishnu in Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu. The complex is one of the Divya Desams mentioned in Nalayira Divya Prabandham. Unlike other Divya Desams where a single shrine is referenced, this set of temples is referred together in all the pasurams (sacred hymns). Three temples are: Manikundra Perumal, Neelamegha Perumal temple and Veera Narasimha Perumal temple.

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 315

BY: SUN STAFF

Mar 01, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book Book IV - Canto XXXII - Hanumán's Counsel

"Sugríva heard, and, trained and tried
In counsel, to his lords replied:
"No deed of mine, no hasty word
The anger of the prince has stirred.
But haply some who hate me still
And watch their time to work me ill,
Have slandered me to Raghu's son,
Accused of deeds I ne'er have done.

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Prabhupada Padma-vakya

BY: SUN STAFF


Mar 01
CANADA (SUN)

Audio files with transcripts recorded on this day.



March 1, 1974, Mayapur
Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 7.1
"And he predicted that the whole world like to read Caitanya-caritamrta, and for this reason they'll learn Bengali. Therefore, following his footsteps, I have kept the Bengali character and tried to give the literary meaning of each word of the Bengali poem."

March 1, 1975, Atlanta
Morning Walk
"Don't speculate, hear. That is the qualification. All others, they are simply speculating. How long their energy will go on, limited energy? How speculating will help them? It is not possible. It is condemned."

March 1, 1975, Atlanta
Caitanya Caritamrta Adi 7.1
"To become next life as a dog or god, that will not depend on you; that will depend on the nature."

March 1, 1975, Atlanta
Room Conversation with Trappist Monks, Psychologists, and Lawyer
"Because son is the expansion, part and parcel of the father, so all the qualities of the father are there. The only quality difference is the father maintainer and the sons are maintained. That means the father has got unlimited resources to maintain the sons, and the sons, they have no resources."

March 1, 1975, Atlanta
Room Conversation with Svarupa Damodara
"You are living entities. There are so many living entities. Now try to understand what is your actual constitutional position so that you may become happy and peaceful."

March 1, 1976, Mayapur
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.23
"The death orders, "Immediately vacate" -- finished. You have to vacate. At that time their power, opulence, position -- nothing can help."

March 1, 1977, Mayapur
Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.9
"The platform is so great that a bhakta, without any other ultra-motive, he's already liberated."


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

108 Divya-deshams:
Thirukadalmallai

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 28, CANADA (SUN) — A tour of the 108 Divya-desams, the divine abodes of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi.

Sthalasayana Perumal Temple, or Thirukadalmallai, is at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu. This Divya Desam is dedicated to the worship of Lord Vishnu as Sthalasayana Perumal with His consort Nilamangai Thayar (Lakshmi). Sthalasayana Perumal appeared to the sage Pundarika at this place. The temple is located close to Arjuna's Penance, the most famous landmark among the monuments at Mahabalipuram.

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Parishads: Sri Purusottama Das Thakur

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 28, CANADA (SUN) — The Disappearance day of Sri Purusottama Das Thakur is observed on February 29th.

Nagar Purushottam was previously the cowherd named Daman in Vraja. He is now born in a Vaidya family as the son of Sadashiva. (Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika 131)

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 314

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 28, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book Book IV - Canto XXXI - The Envoy

"Thus Ráma spoke, and Lakshmaṇ then
Made answer to the prince of men:
"Yea, if the Vánar, undeterred
By fear of vengeance, break his word,
Loss of his royal power ere long
Shall pay the traitor for the wrong.

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108 Divya-deshams:
Nilthingal Thundam

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 26, CANADA (SUN) — A tour of the 108 Divya-desams, the divine abodes of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi.

Nilthingal Thundam Perumal temple (also called Chandrasoodeswarar Perumal temple) is located in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. The temple is located in a shrine in the Ekambareswarar Temple complex, the largest temple in the town of Kanchipuram. Lord Visnu is worshiped here as Nilathingal Thunda Perumal with His consort Nilathingal Thunda Nayagi (Lakshmi). Unlike other Vaishnava temples, this temples has a Saiva priest.

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 313

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 26, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book Book IV - Canto XXX - Ráma's Lament

"But Ráma in the autumn night
Stood musing on the mountain height,
While grief and love that scorned control
Shook with wild storms the hero's soul.
Clear was the sky, without a cloud
The glory of the moon to shroud.

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108 Divya-deshams:
Thirukandiyur

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 24, CANADA (SUN) — A tour of the 108 Divya-desams, the divine abodes of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi.

Hara Saabha Vimochana Perumal Temple in Thirukandiyur, a village in the outskirts of Thiruvayaru, Tamil Nadu, is a Divya Desham dedicated to the worship of Lord Visnu as Hara Saabha Vimochana Perumal with His consort Kamalavalli Nachiyar (Lakshmi). The place is also known as Kandiyur, Kandana Kshetram and Pancha Kamala Kshetram. It is considered to be older than Srirangam Ranganathaswamy temple, having been in existence from the Treta Yuga.

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 312

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 24, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book Book IV - Canto XXIX - Hanumán's Counsel

"No flash of lightning lit the sky,
No cloudlet marred the blue on high.
The Saras missed the welcome rain,
The moon's full beams were bright again.
Sugríva, lapped in bliss, forgot
The claims of faith, or heeded not;
And by alluring joys misled
The path of falsehood learned to tread.

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108 Divya-deshams:
Thiruvaigundam

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 21, CANADA (SUN) — A tour of the 108 Divya-desams, the divine abodes of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi.

Srivaikuntanathan Perumal Temple, also known as Srivaikuntam and Kallapiran, is locaed in Srivaikuntam, a town in Thoothukudi district of Tamil Nadu. Lord Visnu is worshipped here as Sri Vaikunthanathar with His consort Vaikunthavalli (Lakshmi).

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 311

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 21, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book Book IV - Canto XXVIII - The Rains

"See, brother, see" thus Ráma cried
On Mályavat's dark-wooded side,
"A chain of clouds, like lofty hills,
The sky with gathering shadow fills.
Nine months those clouds have borne the load
Conceived from sunbeams as they glowed,
And, having drunk the seas, give birth,
And drop their offspring on the earth.

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108 Divya-deshams:
Tirukkalvanur

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 19, CANADA (SUN) — A tour of the 108 Divya-desams, the divine abodes of Lord Vishnu and Lakshmi.

The Sri Kamakshi Amman Temple is an ancient Divya Deshem dedicated to the goddess Kamakshi, one of the highest aspects of Adi Parashakti. The temple is located in Kanchipuram, near Chennai. Lord Visnu is worshipped here as Tirukalavanur, in His form of Varaha. The temple is glorified in the Naalayira Divya Prabandham. It is also known as Kamakoti Peetha or Kamakota Nayaki Kovil, where Tripura Sundari had settled after killing a demon.

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The Ramayana of Valmiki, Part 310

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 19, CANADA (SUN) — A serial presentation of 'The Epic Journey of Rama'.

Book Book IV - Canto XXVII - Ráma On The Hill

"But when the solemn rite was o'er,
And bold Sugríva reigned once more,
The sons of Raghu sought the hill,
Praśravaṇ of the rushing rill,
Where roamed the tiger and the deer,
And lions raised their voice of fear;
Thick set with trees of every kind,
With trailing shrubs and plants entwined;
Home of the ape and monkey, lair
Of mountain cat and pard and bear.

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Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, Part 28

BY: SUN STAFF

Feb 19, CANADA (SUN) — By Sri Vrindaban Das Thakur - Chapter Sixteen, Part Three.

There is another similar incident related by a snake charmer. One day in the courtyard of a rich man's house this snake charmer was performing a snake dance. He was chanting a special mantra accompanied by musicians playing the mrdanga and mandira. Haridasa was passing by and stood to one side watching the snake dance. Although the snake charmer was an ordinary human being, by the influence of his mantra he could dance as though he were possessed by the spirit of the king of the snakes, Ananta Sesha. With an enchanting melody he sang about the pastime of Lord Krishna in the lake called Kalidasha where the Lord vanquished an evil serpent called Kalia.

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Divya-desh: Thanjaiyali
Baramsa: Chaitra
Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, 33
The Ramayana of Valmiki, 315
Prabhupada Padma-vakya
Divya-desh: Thirukadalmallai
Parishads
Bhaktisiddhanta, Bhaktivedanta
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati
Baramsa: Songs of the Seasons
Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, 32
The Ramayana of Valmiki, 314
Divya-desh: Nilthingal Thundam
Reason and Love
Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, 31
The Ramayana of Valmiki, 313
Divya-desh: Thirukandiyur
Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, 30
The Ramayana of Valmiki, 312
Weekend Laffs
Divya-desh: Thiruvaigundam
Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, 29
Appearance of Sri Nityananda
The Ramayana of Valmiki, 311
Divya-desh: Tirukkalvanur
Varaha Dvadasi
Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, 28
The Ramayana of Valmiki, 310
Divya-desh: Thirupruthi
Disappearance of Ramanuja
Disappearance of Madhvacarya
Bhaimi Ekadasi
Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, 27
The Ramayana of Valmiki, 309
Divya-desh: Thirukkachi
Parishads
Glories of Jagannath Pradadam
Madhva Defeats Mayavadis
Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, 26
The Ramayana of Valmiki, 308
Divya-desh: Thirukkachi
Vasantotsava
Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat, 25
The Ramayana of Valmiki, 307


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