Topic: Sādhana

Articles on the topic of Sādhana by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Vairāgya (Renunciation)

This article ‘Vairāgya’ by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura seems to have been published after his disappearance by Śrīla Sarasvatī Ṭhākura in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.24. Issues 1-2. Bhaktivinoda had previously written a similar article in Vol.11, Issue 6, however, this more extensive article gives greater detail about the topic of renunciation, its characteristics and who is qualified to be a renunciate.

Epilogue to Śrī Kṛṣṇa Karṇāmṛta

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.

Kalikātāra Kīrtana (Kīrtana in Kolkata)

Kalikātāra Kīrtana (Kīrtana in Kolkata) was published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol.11, issue 3 in 1899. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura happily reports on the many kīrtanas going on in the city of Kolkata, but also points out how the citizens may be initiating kīrtana due to the plague, and have not fully understood the true necessity of kirtana. He also mentions the unfortunate use of foreign musical instruments, as well as modern tunes being introduced into kīrtana

Kuṭīnāṭī (Politics and Duplicity)

Kuṭīnāṭī (Politics and Duplicity) was published in 1894, in two parts in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 6, issues 3 and 7. In this essay, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura explains the meaning of kuṭīnāṭī according to the philosophy of Śrī Caitanya and also speaks about the verse from Gītā, ‘api cet suduracāro’ in relation to kuṭīnāṭī.

Asat-saṅga Parityāga (Abandoning Bad Association)

Asat-saṅga Parityāga (Abandoning Bad Association) was published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 4, Issue 5 in 1892. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura writes about the necessity of rejecting bad company, and especially describes  Mahāprabhu’s phrase ’strī-saṅgi’ - being overly attached to one’s wife and not attached to Kṛṣṇa.

Viṣaya u Vairāgya (Sense enjoyment and Renunciation)

In this article, Viṣaya u Vairāgya (Sense enjoyment and Renunciation), first published in the 4th Volume of Sajjana Toṣaṇī in 1892, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura describes the gradual development of renunciation within one who lives in this world. He gives the example of Śrīla Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī, and also warns against immature renunciation.

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