Books in English language
This unprecedented edition contains the commentaries Srila Radha-ramana dasa Gosvami, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada. Translated from the Hindi edition of Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja, Sri Upadesamrta gives instructions indispensable for practitioners of the devotional path. Without following these instructions, entering the realm of pure devotion and especially following the intricate and elevated path of spontaneous devotion (raganuga-bhakti) is not only difficult, but impossible.
The true nature of devotion: This book describes Krsna's sweet childhood pastimes, in which He plays with Mother Yasoda as an ordinary child.
This is a summary work examining the verse "Absorb your mind and heart in Me, become My devotee, worship Me, offer your obeisances to Me, and certainly you will come to Me.", the essence of the Bhagavad-gita. This brief publication offers vivid illustrations of the practical application of this verse with many pastimes of Krishna and our great saintly predecessors.
A detailed and nectarean historical account of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Prabhupada's long-standing relationship with both his sannyasa-guru, Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja, and Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja.
A compilation of essays which illuminate the subject of sri guru-tattva and glorify Gaudiya Vaisnava siddhanta.
The guru-disciple relationship"Even Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, wants to be controlled by love and affection." - Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
Sri Manah-siksa is a collection of eleven verses which offer instructions to the mind. In a very concise manner Srila Raghunatha dasa Gosvami has surcharged these eleven verses with the teachings of Sri Gaurasundara, the prema-intoxicated embodiment of the combined forms of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, His intimate associate Srila Svarupa Damodara, and rasacarya Srila Rupa Gosvami. Included is the commentary of Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja and the expanded purport of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
"Sri Damodarastakam is eternal; therefore we should study it, sing it out loud, and discuss it, not just during the month of Kartika, but every day throughout Caturmasya. It is so important that it is worth reading every month and indeeed every day of the year. If this Sri Damodarastakam is glorified in a sublimely pure way, Sri Damodara will become pleased. It is with this intention that with great effort we have compiled this book."
-- Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami Maharaja
Sri Vraja-mandala parikrama, originally inaugurated by Sriman Mahaprabhu Himself, has been conducted for over fifty years under the supervision and guidance of Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. This book is a beautiful exposition of the confidential places of Sri Krsna's sweet pastimes in Vraja. The sincere devotee who has a deep thirst to enter into the sweetness of the land of Vraja will find ambrosial nectar flowing through these pages.
"Blessed is the land of Vraja, where the creator of the universe, Lord Brahma, dwells in the form of a mountain range in Varsana, to have the dust of the Divine Couple Sri Sri Radha-Krsna's lotus feet on the head: where the maintainer, Lord Visnu, has assumed the forms of Govardhana and Visnu-parvata: where the moon-crested Lord Siva has taken up residence as Nandisvara Hill in Nandagrama: and where Sri Uddhava, the best of Hari's servants, lives as a blade of grass, a small shrub or a creeper on the bank of Kusuma-sarovara."
After taking shelter of this desire tree of aspirations presnted by Srila Visvanath Cakravati Thakura, that is to say, in order to attain the desire for the seva described in this compilations, one should sincerely, and without duplicity, with body, mind and words, remain under the guidance of the devoted persons who are completely immersed in this seva. These topmost, incomparable and transcendental aspirations can then quickly be fulfilled. Thus, the name of this book, Sri Sankalpa-kalpadrumah, is appropriate, because it makes one's desires bear fruit. The sadhaka's life attains success only when the impetus to obtain these trancendental aspirations appear in the heart by the causeless mercy of the guru and Vaisnavas.
In this book Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura, describes the glories of Sri Navadvipa-dhama. The author himself says:
"Although I am lowly and insignificant, I have described Sri Navadvipa-dhama, only on the order of Sri Nityananda Prabhu and Sri Jahnava-devi."
"It is the verdict of the scriptures that by deliberating on this book at the time of doing parikrama, the benefit one receives increases a hundredfold."
Sri Raya Ramananda Samvada (the conversation between Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Sri Raya Ramananda) is one of the most shining treasures within Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, written by Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja. Indeed, it is like the Kaustubha-mani, the most brilliant jewel adorning the neck of Sri Krsna Himself. Sri Caitanya-caritamrta is a most unprecedented, gem-like literature containing the siddhanta(trancendental conclusions) of pure devotion. With regards to this, the most repected Srila Narottama dasa Thakura has written the following:
"Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja is an exceptionally high-class devotional poet. He is also bhavuka, one who is immersed in experiencing the more elevated expressions of divine love. He has composed the unprecedented sacred texts, Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, which describes the pastimes of Sri Gauranga, and Sri Govinda-lilamrta, which depticts the pastimes of Sri Govinda. Both of these books, being crown jewels of trancendental literature, are the best of all contributions."
From the ancient Vedic scriptures of India comes the famous epic of Prince Prahlad.
In a previous era - long, long ago - there was an evil monarch named Hiranya-kashipu, who succeeded in seizing control of the entire universe. He was extremely cruel, and due to his darkened heart he made life impossible for everyone - from animals to demigods. Only his son Prahlad, who was always absorbed in meditating on the Lord, remained undisturbed by his father's reign of terror. Seeing the boy's natural predilection for spiritual life, and thus taking him as an archenemy, he tried to kill his own child, but was unsuccessful every time.
Through his resolute faith and constant meditation, the young prince conquered fear and remained untouched by death. By following Prahlads's teachings, one can become fearless pure devotee of the Lord.
Srila Sanatana Gosvami's Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta occupies a special place in the realm of Vaisnava literature. It is unparalleled in its delineation of siddhanta, rasa, bhava and lila. Its glories are limitless, and it is without question one of the most beneficial books for the progressive sadhaka. It is divided into two parts, and both parts tell the story of a parivrajaka; that is, one who refuses the comforts of a permanent residence and constantly wanders in search of the essence of life.
The title of this book, Arcana-dipika, means "the lamp that illuminates arcana." The term arcana signifies honour or worship. As one of the the nine processes of devotional service it refers to worshiping the deity form of the Lord. Arcana-dipika teaches us how this service is performed and how to please the Lord through this process of worship. By the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; the six Gosvamis and other contemporary followers of Sriman Mahaprabhu; and more recently Srila Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja the process of deity worship, which is the authentic method of approaching Sri Bhagavan, has been successfully introduced to the entire world.
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