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.
In this article "Mātsarya (Envy)" from Sajjana Toṣaṇi Vol.4, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura deliberates upon envy according to the Vaiṣṇava perspective as a direct competitor to divine love (prema) and the harm it does to a practicing devotee.
In this article 'Deliberation on the Methodology of Sādhu-saṅga', originally published in Śrī Sajjana-toṣaṇī in 1917, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura explains the necessity of associating with sādhus (Sādhu-saṅga), as well as the necessity of recognising who is a sādhu.
This article Śrī Śrīman Mahāprabhura Sambandhe Vitarka (A Dispute about Śrī Śrī Mahāprabhu) was first published Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol 4, Issue 1 in 1892 and deals with the doubts created by certain caste-gosvāmīs on the validity of the gaura-mantra, and the necessity of fasting on the appearance day of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu.
To Love God is a short English article written by Bhaktivinoda Thakura in 1871, describing bhakti (love) as the religion of the soul. The piece is based on Christ Jesus' teaching "Love God with all thy heart, with all thy mind, and with all thy strength, and love man as thy brother.
Originally an English lecture on the Śrīmad Bhāgavatam, delivered in Dinajpur in 1869. The Bhagavat - It's Philosophy, It's Ethics and It's Theology - explains the flaws of orthodox Hinduism as well as the philosophy of the newly formed Brahmo Samaj.
An English essay written in 1871 (The Temple of Jagannath at Puri) describes the history of the establishment of the great temple in Purī, Orissa. This piece also addresses the hypocrisy of temple priests as opposed to sincere devotional worship in pure love of God.
The Marriage System of Bengal is an English article written in 1871 explaining Hindu marriage customs and their deplorable forms. The Ṭhākura gives historical outlines of various types of traditional marriages, and expresses sympathy for the women subjected to the inhumane marital practices of certain groups in Bengal.
Śrī Kṛṣṇa Bhajanāmṛtam with Āsvāda-vistāriṇī Commentary
Śrīman Mahāprabhura Śikṣā
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
Gaurāṅga līlā smaraṇa maṅgala Stotram
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…