Books in Hindi language
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 parivrajaka; that is, one who refuses the comforts of a permanent residence and constantly wanders in search of the essence of life.
The life and teaching of Srila Haridasa Thakura, compiled from the narrations found in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta and Sri Caitanya-bhagavata.
This book by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura presents in eleven chapters the essential teachings of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (i.e. dasa-mula siksa) regarding the nature of pramana (proof); the relationship (sambandha) between Krsna, the jiva and maya which is ascertained in the Vedas; the means to attain the goal (sadhana) and the goal itself (sadhya).
Composed originally in Bengali by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Bhakti-tattva-viveka is a collection of four essays. By understanding the true nature of suddha-bhakti (pure bhakti), one can relish the ultimate goal of all scriptures, the pure nectar of krsna-prema as exhibited and preached by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
About the transcendental holy name of the Lord."When a qualified person chants harinama, this light diffuses, thus keeping the darkness of illusion away from the soul."
Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, the highly exalted preceptor and crown jewel of Sri Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas, has masterfully crafted this incomparable narrative poem, Sri Prema-samputa, in a language that is simple, yet replete with deep meaning.
Once, Sri Krsna, disguised in the attire of a heavenly damsel, came to Srimati Radhika and stood before Her completely silent. The sight of this incredibly beautiful celestial damsel filled Srimati Radhika with bliss and She became most eager to befriend Her. Srimati Radhika asked Her several questions, but the girl offered no reply...
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."
This book is a compilation of lectures by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja on Ratha-yatra, or the Cart Festival of Lord Jagannatha, the world's most ancient annual religious festival.
Sanskrit verses and their translations of the first four Cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam (the Bhagavata Purana), the ripened fruit of all vedic literature. The translations are done in accordance with Vaisnava siddhanta.
This book is written by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and translated and commented upon by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja. It is basically a summary study of Srila Rupa Gosvamiâ€™s Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu. Srila Visvanatha Thakura wrote the three books, Bhagavatamrta-kana, Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu-bindu and Ujjvala-nilamani-kiran, while he was still studying. In Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu-bindu there is a description of the nature of uttama-bhakti, sadhana-bhakti, the stages in the development of prema, the limbs of bhajana, offences committed in the performance of devotional service (sevaparadha), offences against the holy name (namaparadha), vaidhi and raganuga sadhana-bhakti, prema-bhakti and bhakti-rasa.
Five chapters from Srimad-Bhagavatam's Tenth Canto which extols the crown jewel of all the pastimes i.e. Sri Krsna's rasa-lila with the vraja-gopis. It includes commentaries of Sri Sridhara Svami, Srila Jiva Gosvami and Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and their translations.
At the present time there is no Hindi edition of the Tenth Canto Srimad-Bhagavatam which is endowed with the wealth of the Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas' commentaries. This edition is trying to make up for the lack of this. It contains the Tenth Canto's (1-8 chapters') main slokas, anvaya, translation of the slokas, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura's commentary in Sanskrit and its bhavanuvada in Hindi, and the Bhavaprakasika vrtti, a commentary based on the tikas of Vaisnava acaryas such as Srila Jiva Gosvami and Srila Sanatana Gosvami.
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.
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.
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