Topic: Sajjana Toṣaṇī

Articles originally published in Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s Sajjana Toshani magazine.

The Inclination to Engage in Pāpa on the Strength of the Name (Nāma Bale Pāpe Pravṛtti)

The Inclination to Engage in Pāpa on the Strength of the Name (Nāma Bale Pāpe Pravṛtti) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 8, Issue 9 in 1896. Herein, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura gives a clear definition of pāpa (sin) and why sometimes the inclination for pāpa remains in a devotee. He also discusses pāpa in relation to nāma-aparādha.

Śrī Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī Prabhu, Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī Prabhu and Śrī Śrīnivāsa Ācārya Prabhu

'Śrī Śrī Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī Prabhu, Śrī Śrī Kṛṣṇa Dāsa Kavirāja Gosvāmī Prabhu and Śrī Śrīnivāsa Ācārya Prabhu' was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.2 issues 10 and 11 in 1885. Herein, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura gives a short biography of each of these famous Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava ācāryas.

A Critique of the Book: A Virtuous Treasury of Proper Conduct (Samālocana: Guṇa-nidhi Sadācara)

A Critique of the Book: A Virtuous Treasury of Proper Conduct (Samālocana: Guṇa-nidhi Sadācara) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.5 issue 9 in 1893. In this review, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura shows an eclectic and encouraging mood in dealing with the worshipers of Demigods, in particular the Śaivites. He briefly discusses the topics of accepting a sad-guru, animal sacrifice, śālagrāma worship and chanting the name of Śiva.

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.

Jñāna (Knowledge)

Jñāna (‘Knowledge’) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.8, Issue 7 in 1897. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura analyses what is jñāna and then defines the various types of jñāna specifically in relation to the jīva - in particular, he explains svabhāvaja-jñāna (inherent knowledge) and prasādaja-jñāna (knowledge born from mercy).

Markaṭa Vairāgī (Monkey Renunciates)

Markaṭa Vairāgī (‘Monkey Renunciates’) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.8, Issue 10 in 1897. In this article, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura discusses Mahāprabhu’s instructions to Raghunātha Dāsa Gosvāmī as well as the two types of fake renunciates found in both the gṛhastha āśrama and the sannyāsa āśrama.

Samāvedana (Editorial)

'Samāvedana' (Editorial) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol 1 in 1881. This brief editorial was written in the first year that Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura began his magazine, and despite health issues, the Ṭhākura was determined to continue with its publication. He mentions herein that he did not expect the readership of Sajjana Toṣaṇī to be large since most people are not interested in spiritual topics.

Bhakti Tattva Viveka – Chapter Four

The Bhakti Tattva Viveka (Deliberations on the principles of bhakti) was originally a series of articles written by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura for the third volume of Sajjana Toṣaṇī in 1886. Bhakti Tattva Viveka comprises the essence of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī’s Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu in simple Bengali and outlines the inherent nature of bhakti (bhakti-svarūpa), the semblance of bhakti (bhakti-ābhāsa), the qualities of bhakti (bhakti-svabhāva) and the qualification to attain bhakti (bhaktyādhikāra).

Bhakti Tattva Viveka – Chapter Three

The Bhakti Tattva Viveka (Deliberations on the principles of bhakti) was originally a series of articles written by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura for the third volume of Sajjana Toṣaṇī in 1886. Bhakti Tattva Viveka comprises the essence of Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī’s Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu in simple Bengali and outlines the inherent nature of bhakti (bhakti-svarūpa), the semblance of bhakti (bhakti-ābhāsa), the qualities of bhakti (bhakti-svabhāva) and the qualification to attain bhakti (bhaktyādhikāra).

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