Books in Hindi language
Sri Upadesamrta by Srila Rupa Gosvami gives instructions indispensable for practitioners (sadhakas) of the devotional path (bhakti). 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. This unprecedented edition contains the commentaries of Srila Radha-ramana dasa Gosvami, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada.
Utkalika means 'very intense eagerness mixed with extreme restlessness,' and vallari means 'creeper;' hence Utkalika-vallari means 'The Vine of Intense Longings.' Srila Rupa Gosvami, being Sri Gaurahari's topmost associate, was saturated with His mercy. As the acarya of transcendental rasa-sastras, he wrote invaluable literatures, including the most exceptional Sri Stava-mala, 'A Garland of Prayers,' which was actually compiled later by Srila Jiva Gosvami. Utkalika-vallari, one of the flowers in this garland, is a poetic entreaty for the service of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna by Srila Rupa Gosvami.
Issuing from the divine mouth of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the eight verses comprising this Sri Siksastaka shine as the supremely radiant transcendental jewel of the entirety of Indian literature. They are the very essence of all the Vedas. Although its Sanskrit language is quite simple, its import is so profound that even if one studies it throughout his life, his study will not come to an end. Each time one reads and deliberates on this subject, newer and newer meanings come to light. This edition includes the soul-stirring commentary, Sri Sanmodana-bhasyam, by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura translated by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja.
Sri Manah-siksa is a collection of eleven verses offering instructions to oneâ€™s mind. In a very concise manner Srila Das 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 Svarup Damodara and rasacarya Srila Rupa Gosvami. Included is the translation by Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja of purport for these verses written by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
In this book Srila Rupa Gosvami has given a brief yet vital description of the names, forms, qualities and different services of Sri Radha's and Sri Krsna's cherished companions. In the Brhad-bhaga, or first part, of this composition, he describes those in vatsalya-rasa and madhura-rasa, and in the Laghu-bhaga, or second part, he describes those in sakhya-rasa and dasya-rasa. Sometimes, especially in the second part, he depicts in detail the beautiful forms of Sri Radha and Sri Govinda, as well as Their bodily limbs, Their ornaments and the astonishing paraphernalia used by Them. Such a comprehensive description of Sri Krsna and His companions will not be found in any other single scripture.
Vaisnava-siddhanta-mala was originally composed in the Bengali language by the incarnation of auspiciousness upon this world, om visnupada Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, who is to be included as an intimate member among the eternal associates of Sri Sacinandana Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the purifier of the age of Kali and the source of all incarnations. It is a compilation of selected verses from the Vedic literatures to provide the reader with a comprehensive analysis of all questions related with sambhanda, abhideya and prayojan tattva.
After taking shelter of this desire tree of aspirations presented 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 guru and Vaisnavas.
The groundbreaking spiritual novel by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Jaiva-dharma reveals the ultimate development of the path of pure devotion to the Hindi-speaking world.
A scientific analysis of the various stages of advancement, i.e. from the birth of bhakti to sraddha, guru-padasraya to nistha, ruci, asakti upto prema, that one ascends while on the devotional path, done in 8 showers (i.e. chapters). There is no precedent or parallels to this work of Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura. A must read book for those who are curious to know about the growth, symptom and subtleties of bhakti.
This is a unique work of Kavi Karnapura, describing the identities of the prominent associates and followers of Sri Caitanya, in krsna-lila. This book is a definitive guide for those who want to know who is who in mahaprabhu-lila and in krsna-lila.
The conversation between Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Raya Ramananda from Sri Caitanya-caritamrta.
A philosophical novel by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura which clarifies and examines distinctions between the behaviour, aspirations and destinations of various types of Vaisnavas, yogis and neophytes.
This book describes the glories of Sri Navadvipa-dhama. Lord Sri Nityananda Prabhu explains on tour to Sri Jiva Gosvami all the different places of pilgramage in the holy land of Sri Navadvipa.
Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu is a book written by rasikacarya Srila Rupa Gosvami in an elaborate way about the science of devotional service, and by reading this book one can understand the meaning of devotional service. But to elaborately explain madhura-rasa, which is not dealt in great depth in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, he wrote Sri Ujjvala-nilamani. It deals with every aspect of madhura-rasa. This book is the only definitive guide to madhura-rasa and ragamayi-bhakti.
Caution: This book will not be comprehensible unless one dives into the deep ocean of bhakti, i.e. Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. Only after attaining proficiency in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu should one dare to search for this blue emerald, Ujjvala-nilmani, found deep within the ocean of bhakti, otherwise one may get lost. We should very carefully understand the exalted position of this book and also appreciate the qualification that are required for hearing it.
This book is a complete guide, both to the beginners and scholars, regarding all the four Vaishnavas sampradayas and their philosophy. It contains a brief life sketch of the four acaryas of the four Vaisnava sampradayas and also philosophical conclusions of each of these sampradayas. It also includes the acintya-bhedabheda siddhanta of Gaudiya Vaisnavism (Sri Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya sampradaya), a special branch of the Madhva sampradaya, as given by Svayam Bhagavan Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
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