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, ‘Prabodhānanda and Prakāśānanda’ first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 13. issue 1 in 1901 under the title ‘Samālocana’, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura reviews a book which claims that the Vaiṣṇava ācārya Prabodhānanda Sarasvatī and the māyāvādī Prakāśānanda Sarasvatī are one and the same person.
Viśuddha Sāmpradāyikatāī Ārya Dharmera Gaurava (The Glory of Ārya Dharma Within Pure Sampradāyas) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇi, Vol.3 issue 3 in 1886. In this article Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura explains how sectarianism and the sampradāya concept of the Vedas are not the same thing. He also discusses the dangers of mixing various ideologies with hari-bhakti.
‘Śrī Muralī Vilāsa’ was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.6 issue 4 in 1894. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda discusses the book Muralī Vilāsa by Śrī Rāja-vallabha Gosvāmī, a descendant of Śrīla Vaṁśīvadanānanda Ṭhākura, and also explains the concept of kalpa-bheda in harmonising chronological inconsistencies in the ācārya’s works.
‘Vaiṣṇava Granthāvalī’ was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.10 issue 12 in 1899. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura reviews a book that includes three texts by the bāulas and sahajiyās, and the Ṭhākura gives his opinion.
Samālocana (A Critique) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.5 issue 1 in 1893. In this article, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura reviews eight new publications including Caitanya-candrāmṛta, Gaura-gaṇoddeśa Dīpikā and Vāṁśī Śikṣā.
In this short article, ‘Rādhā-kuṇḍa and Śyāma-kuṇḍa’ first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.7 issue 11 in 1895, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura shares news with his readers concerning the renovation of Rādhā-kuṇḍa and Śyāma-kuṇḍa in Vraja-maṇḍala.
Sādhu-jana-saṅga (The Association of Sādhus) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇi, Vol.10 issue 4 in 1898. Here in this article, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura describes the different categories of humans, and how everyone is in need of sādhu-saṅga in order to advance in their spiritual lives.
The Epilogue to Śrī Kṛṣṇa Karṇāṁrta was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇi, Vol.10 issue 5 in 1898. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura gives a brief synopsis of rāgānugā-bhakti and then lists various ślokas within Kṛṣṇa Karṇāṁrta that describe certain characteristics of rāgānugā-bhakti sādhana.
The preface to Śrī Kṛṣṇa Karṇāmṛta was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol.10. issue 1 in 1898. In this preface, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura explains the importance of Kṛṣṇa Karṇāmṛta to Śrī Caitanya, and how Śrī Bilvamangala Ṭhākura’s life reflects the lives of the jīvas in this world.
Śridhāma Navadvīpera Puratana Gañja (Puratana Gañja of Śrīdhāma Navadvīpa) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol. 7 issue 4 in 1895. Continuing from the previous two articles about the location of Kuliyā in Navasvīpa, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura now turns his attention to the location of the real Śrīvāsa-aṅgana.
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…