Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura

Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā Prakāśinī Commentary – Verses 11-20
Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura appeared in this world in 1836 and is considered to be the pioneer of the modern Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava movement. The Thākura was a respected district magistrate and despite his busy schedule, he wrote volumes of books, articles and commentaries on Vaiṣṇava philosophy in Bengali, English and Sanskrit. He began a monthly journal named Sajjana Toṣaṇī and began the Nāma-haṭṭa (‘marketplace of the Holy Name’) programme of preaching in rural villages as well as in the metropolis of Kolkata. Bhaktivinoda also rediscovered the original birthplace of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu in Śrīdhāma Māyāpura. After accepting the renounced order of life in 1908, he left this world in 1914.

Articles by: Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura

Markaṭa Vairāgī (Monkey Renunciates)

Markaṭa Vairāgī (‘Monkey Renunciates’) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.8, Issue 10 in 1897. In this article, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura discusses Mahāprabhu’s instructions to Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī as well as the two types of fake renunciates found in both the gṛhastha āśrama and the sannyāsa āśrama.

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Samāvedana (Editorial)

'Samāvedana' (Editorial) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol 1 in 1881. This brief editorial was written in the first year that Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura began his magazine, and despite health issues, the Ṭhākura was determined to continue with its publication. He mentions herein that he did not expect the readership of Sajjana Toṣaṇī to be large since most people are not interested in spiritual topics.

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Śrī Vaiṣṇavera Varṇāśrama (‘The Varṇāśrama of a Pure Vaiṣṇava’)

Śrī Vaiṣṇavera Varṇāśrama ('The Varṇāśrama of a Pure Vaiṣṉava') was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 11. Issue 10 in 1900. In this article, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura explains how pure Vaiṣṇavas are transcendental to varṇa and āśrama because all of their activities are meant for cultivating kṛṣṇa-bhakti.

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Siddhānta-Ratna – Written by Śrīyukta Upendra-mohana Gosvāmī of Khaḍadara

Siddhānta-Ratna – Praṇetā Śrīyukta Upendra-mohana Gosvāmī Nivāsa Khaḍadara (Siddhānta-Ratna – Written by Śrīyukta Upendra-mohana Gosvāmī of Khaḍadara) was published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.1 in 1881. In this book review, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura praises the author of a new book on philosophy, but bemoans the fact that the style of his language is unreadable to most people.

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Vedānta Śāstra

‘Vedānta Śāstra’ was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 1 issue 1 in 1881. This was the first ever article written for Sajjana Toṣaṇī by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura. In this brief editorial, the Ṭhākura explains how he plans to publish the Govinda Bhāṣya of Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa, but first wishes to extend the subscriber base of the magazine first.

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Śrī Śrī Hari Dāsa Ṭhākura’s Place in Kulīnagrāma (Śrī Śrī Hari Dāsa Ṭhākurera Pāṭa – Kulīnagrāma)

Śrī Śrī Hari Dāsa Ṭhākurera Pāṭa – Kulīnagrāma (Śrī Śrī Hari Dāsa Ṭhākura's Place in Kulīnagrāma) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol.3 issue 1 in 1886. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura recounts his visit to the place of bhajana of Śrī Hari Dāsa Ṭhākura in Kulīnagrāma and its state of disrepair. He then asks generous donors to come forward to renovate this holy place.

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Samāvedana (A Respectful Petition)

Samāvedana (A Respectful Petition) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol.3, issue 1 in 1886. In this brief editorial for the third year of Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura prays to Mahāprabhu, glorifying Him and predicting that His message will soon travel to distant lands. He also mentions the service that the ‘beggar-girl’ Sajjana Toṣaṇī is doing to propagate the message of Śrī Caitanya.

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Vigata Vatsarera Samālocanā (A Review of the Previous Year)

Vigata Vatsarera Samālocanā (A Review of the Previous Year) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 11 issue 1 in 1899. In this review, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura describes the hardships of the previous year, in particular the outbreak of the Kolkata plague and lack of cow protection. He also describes some of the positive aspects such as the preaching and nagara-saṅkīrtana.

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Books by Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Siksastakam with the Sammodana Bhasyam of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Śrī Śīkṣāṣṭakam with the Sammodana Bhāṣyam

Śrī Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā Prakāśinī Commentary

Śrī Śrī Brahma-saṁhitā Prakāśinī Commentary

Datta Kaustubham - by Bhaktivinoda Thakur

Datta Kaustubham

Jaiva Dharma - Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Jaiva Dharma

Bhakti Tattva Viveka

Bhakti Tattva Viveka


Rasika-Rañjana Commentary of Bhagavad-gītā


Śrī Kṛṣṇa Bhajanāmṛtam with Āsvāda-vistāriṇī Commentary

Śrīman Mahāprabhura Śikṣā

Śrīman Mahāprabhura Śikṣā

Vaiṣṇava Siddhānta Mālā

Vaiṣṇava Siddhānta Mālā


Īśopaniṣad with the Vedārka Dīdhiti Commentary

Hari-nāma Cintāmaṇi - Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Hari-nāma Cintāmaṇi

Datta Vaṁśa Mālā

Datta Vaṁśa Mālā

Tattva Viveka


Manaḥ Śikṣā

Manaḥ Śikṣā of Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī


Bhajana Rahasya


Sva-niyama Dvādaśakam

Navadvīpa-dhāma Māhātmya - Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma Māhātmya

Sri Nama Pracara - Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Śrī Nāma Pracāra

Śrī Hari Nāma

Śrī Hari-Nāma

Śrī Nāma Mahimā

Śrī Nāma Mahimā


Śrī Upadeśāmṛta of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī

Śrī Caitanya Upaniṣad

Śrī Caitanya Upaniṣad

Śrī Navadvīpa Bhāva Taraṅga

Śrī Navadvīpa Bhāva Taraṅga

Krishna Samhita

Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā

The Poriade - Adventures of Porus

The Poriade – Adventures of Porus

Śrī Godruma Kalpāṭavī

Śrī Godruma Kalpāṭavī


Gaurāṅga līlā smaraṇa maṅgala Stotram

Prema Pradīpa

Prema Pradīpa

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu His Life and Precepts

Shri Chaitanya His Life and Precepts

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