Bhakta Manovedanā (The Anguish of a Devotee)

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In this short editorial, Bhakta Manovedanā (The Anguish of a Devotee) published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.10, issue 7 in 1899. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura decries the killing of animals in Jagannātha Purī, especially monkeys, and laments the local governments decision to build a latrine next to the sacred temple of Lord Jagannātha.

(translated by Swami B.V. Giri)

Nowadays, a type of anti-Vaiṣṇava behaviour has appeared in Śrī Śrī Puruṣottama-kṣetra. I have heard that some arrogant people have taken up the habit of killing monkeys. Slaughtering monkeys is most certainly the conduct of a non-devotee. The benevolent and gallant government has declared the killing of monkeys in Vraja-dhāma as a major offence. Śrī Puruṣottama-kṣetra is a Vaiṣṇava kṣetra just like Śrī Vṛndāvana. If you kill a monkey there, it will certainly be an act against the government. It is necessary to propagate that monkeys, peacocks etc. cannot be killed within five krośas (11 miles) of Śrī Puruṣottama-kṣetra.

I have also heard that a public toilet was being set up on the south wall of the Śrī Mandira. This act of the Municipal Commissioner is most unfortunate. The four walls around the temple have a wide access road for the general public. That path is also a special part of the temple. There should be no unclean deeds on it. Rather, a latrine can be installed for the benefit of the pilgrims by arranging a space outside the four lanes around the temple for such a necessity. In this regard, we will inform you as we know more information.

(‘Bhakta Manovedanā – The Anguish of a Devotee’ by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 10, issue 7 in 1899.  This was translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri)
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