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.
Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura writes about how the process of sādhana is necessary for increasing one’s thirst to attain the Supreme, in this article first published in 1899, in the 11th Volume of Sajjana Toṣaṇī.
Sad-guṇa and Bhakti was first published in 1893, in Volume 5 of Sajjana Toṣaṇī, this article describes the many auspicious qualities found in the personality of a Vaiṣṇava, and Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura points out how all such qualities naturally appear wherever bhakti is found.
In this article "Pratiṣṭhāśa Parivarjana (Desire for Name and Fame)" from 1896, first published in the 8th Volume of Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura describes the dangers of pratiṣṭḥāśā (the desire for name and fame) and the necessity for all serious sādhakas to uproot this tendency.
This English article "On Durga, Siva and Kali in Their Exoteric Aspects: A Criticism on Max Muller" appeared in three parts in The Dawn, Vol.2. No. 5, 6 and 8, September/October/December, 1901. This was a revised and shorter version of the Ṭhākura’s earlier essay entitled ‘The Hindu Idols’ that he wrote in response to the Anti-Hindu article published in the magazine of the Christian Tract Society in 1899. It would seem that this article was discontinued in The Dawn.
In this article "Śrī Gaurāṅga Samāja (The Society of Śrī Gaurāṅga)" from the 10th volume of Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura deliberates upon what is the actual society of Śrī Gaurāṅga and explains the true meaning of iṣṭa-goṣṭhi according to Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta.
In this article "Puruṣottama Māsa Māhātmya (The Glories of Puruṣottama Māsa)", Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda describes the glories of the holy month of Puruṣottama according to the śāstras, how to observe it and the true goal in following it.
Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda composed this book review "A Review of Nitya-rupa-sangsthapanam – A Sanscrit Work" in English for publication in a European journal 1883. He came across a book written by one Upendra Mohana Gosvāmī entitled "Nitya-rūpa-saṁsthāpanam" (Establishing God's Eternal Form), and liked the way it presented the facts about the Lord's existence in a logical, straightforward way. His purpose in writing this review was to interest educated Western readers.
This important article "Nitya Dharma Sūryodaya (The Sunrise of Eternal Dharma)" which was first published in 1885 in Volume 4, Issue 3 of Sajjana Toṣaṇī, predicts the spread of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu’s nāma-saṅkīrtana movement all over the world.
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Vaiṣṇava Siddhānta Mālā
Īśopaniṣad with the Vedārka Dīdhiti Commentary
Datta Vaṁśa Mālā
Manaḥ Śikṣā of Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī
Śrī Navadvīpa-dhāma Māhātmya
Śrī Nāma Pracāra
Śrī Nāma Mahimā
Śrī Upadeśāmṛta of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī
Śrī Caitanya Upaniṣad
Śrī Navadvīpa Bhāva Taraṅga
The Poriade – Adventures of Porus
Śrī Godruma Kalpāṭavī
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Shri Chaitanya His Life and Precepts
On 18th August 2012, on the occasion of his Vyāsa Pūjā, Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja announced to the devotees that he had a strong desire to create a website called “Bhaktivinoda Institute” in honour of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and his teachings in order to preserve and propagate them. Read More…