Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura

The Inclination to Engage in Pāpa on the Strength of the Name (Nāma Bale Pāpe Pravṛtti)
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

The Inclination to Engage in Pāpa on the Strength of the Name (Nāma Bale Pāpe Pravṛtti)

The Inclination to Engage in Pāpa on the Strength of the Name (Nāma Bale Pāpe Pravṛtti) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 8, Issue 9 in 1896. Herein, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura gives a clear definition of pāpa (sin) and why sometimes the inclination for pāpa remains in a devotee. He also discusses pāpa in relation to nāma-aparādha.

Śrī Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī Prabhu, Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī Prabhu and Śrī Śrīnivāsa Ācārya Prabhu

'Śrī Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī Prabhu, Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī Prabhu and Śrī Śrīnivāsa Ācārya Prabhu' was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.2 issues 10 and 11 in 1885. Herein, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura gives a short biography of each of these famous Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava ācāryas.

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A Critique of the Book: A Virtuous Treasury of Proper Conduct (Samālocana: Guṇa-nidhi Sadācara)

A Critique of the Book: A Virtuous Treasury of Proper Conduct (Samālocana: Guṇa-nidhi Sadācara) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.5 issue 9 in 1893. In this review, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura shows an eclectic and encouraging mood in dealing with the worshipers of Demigods, in particular the Śaivites. He briefly discusses the topics of accepting a sad-guru, animal sacrifice, śālagrāma worship and chanting the name of Śiva.

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Vairāgya (Renunciation)

This article ‘Vairāgya’ by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura seems to have been published after his disappearance by Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.24. Issues 1-2. Bhaktivinoda had previously written a similar article in Vol.11, Issue 6, however, this more extensive article gives greater detail about the topic of renunciation, its characteristics and who is qualified to be a renunciate.

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Jñāna (Knowledge)

Jñāna (‘Knowledge’) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.8, Issue 7 in 1897. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura analyses what is jñāna and then defines the various types of jñāna specifically in relation to the jīva - in particular, he explains svabhāvaja-jñāna (inherent knowledge) and prasādaja-jñāna (knowledge born from mercy).

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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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Books by Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Bhāgavatārka Marīci Mālā

Śrī Bhāgavatārka Marīci Mālā

Garbha Stotra Commentary (Prayers to Kṛṣṇa in the Womb)

Garbha Stotra Commentary (Prayers to Kṛṣṇa in the Womb)

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

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Datta Kaustubham

Jaiva Dharma - Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Jaiva Dharma

Bhakti Tattva Viveka

Bhakti Tattva Viveka

Bhagavad-Gita-Rasika-ranjana

Rasika-Rañjana Commentary of Bhagavad-gītā

Krsna-Bhajanamrtam

Śrī Kṛṣṇa Bhajanāmṛtam with Āsvāda-vistāriṇī Commentary

Śrīman Mahāprabhura Śikṣā

Śrīman Mahāprabhura Śikṣā

Vaiṣṇava Siddhānta Mālā

Vaiṣṇava Siddhānta Mālā

Isopanisad

Īśopaniṣad with the Vedārka Dīdhiti Commentary

Hari-nāma Cintāmaṇi - Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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Hari-nāma Cintāmaṇi

Datta Vaṁśa Mālā

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Datta Vaṁśa Mālā

Tattva Viveka

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Tattva-Viveka

Manaḥ Śikṣā

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Manaḥ Śikṣā with Commentary

Bhajana-Rahasya

Bhajana Rahasya

Svaniyama-Dvadasakam

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Sva-niyama Dvādaśakam

Navadvīpa-dhāma Māhātmya - Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma Māhātmya

Sri Nama Pracara - Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Śrī Nāma Pracāra

Śrī Hari Nāma

Śrī Hari-Nāma

Śrī Nāma Mahimā

Śrī Nāma Mahimā

Upadeśāmṛta

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Śrī Upadeśāmṛta of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī

Śrī Caitanya Upaniṣad

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Śrī Caitanya Upaniṣad

Śrī Navadvīpa Bhāva Taraṅga

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Śrī Navadvīpa Bhāva Taraṅga

Krishna Samhita

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Śrī Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā

The Poriade - Adventures of Porus

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The Poriade – Adventures of Porus

Śrī Godruma Kalpāṭavī

Śrī Godruma Kalpāṭavī

Gaurāṅga-līlā-smaraṇa-maṅgala-stotram

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Gaurāṅga līlā smaraṇa maṅgala Stotram

Prema Pradīpa

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Prema Pradīpa

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu His Life and Precepts

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Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu – His Life and Precepts

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