Topic: Religion

Genuine improvement within Brahmo Dharma (Brāhmo Dharma Prakṛta Unnati)

‘Brāhmo Dharma Prakṛta Unnati' 
(Genuine improvement within Brahmo Dharma) was first published by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol.2. issue 3 in 1885. In this article, the Ṭhākura rejoices in the news that the ācārya of the Brāhmos (a sect of impersonalists in Kolkata founded by Raja Ram Mohan Roy) is favouring the concept of prema over jñāna.

Considerations for Non-Vegetarians (Āmiṣabhojī-digera Jñātavya)

'Āmiṣabhojī-digera Jñātavya (Considerations for Non-Vegetarians)' was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇi Vol.8. issue 4 in 1896. In this short article, Bhaktivinoda Thākura gives a list of quotes from zoologists, scientists and physicians of his day, in order to make the point to his countrymen that meat eating is not natural for humans.

Darśana-Śāstra (Philosophical Treatise)

Darśana-Śāstra (Philosophical Treatise) was written by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura in 1895 for Sajjana-Toṣaṇi, Vol.7. Issue 1. In this short article, Bhaktivinoda discusses the link between the Six Darśanas of India and the philosophies of the Ancient Greeks. He also briefly discusses the origins of Egyptian mummification.

Chapter 2

Tattva Viveka Chapter Two - Dvitīyo’nubhavaḥ (Second Realization) Text 1 sac-cid-ānanda-sāndrāṅgaṁ parānanda-rasāśrayam cid-acic-chakti-sampannaṁ tam vande kali-pāvanam ||1||| I offer respects to the deliverer of Kali-yuga, who is endowed with the cit and acit śaktis, who is the shelter of the rasa of the highest bliss, and whose limbs are condensed sac-cidānanda. Text 2 svarūpam āsthito hy ātmā svarūpa-śakti-vṛttitaḥ vadaty eva nijātmānam upādhi-rahitaṁ vacaḥ ||2|| Situated in his svarūpa, the ātmā, endowed with svarūpa-śakti, speaks words devoid of upādhis concerning his own ātmā. All the jīvas bound in the material world, taking support of the variety Read More...

Chapter 1

Tattva Viveka Chapter One - Prathamānubhavaḥ (First Realization) Text 1 jayati sāc-cid-ānanda-rasānubhava-vigrahaḥ procyate sac-cid-ānandānubhūtir yat prasādataḥ ||1|| The form of eternity, knowledge and bliss with experience of great rasa, by whose mercy this book concerning the Lord full of eternity knowledge and bliss is written, remains victorious. Text 2 ko'haṁ vā kim idaṁ viśvam āvayoḥ ko'nvayo dhruvam ātmānaṁ nivṛto jīvaḥ pṛcchati jñāna-siddhaye ||2|| “Who am I? What is this universe? What is the relationship of the two?" The jīva enclosed by his body asks these questions for perfecting his knowledge. Many days after taking birth, Read More...

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