Topic: Śāstra

Articles on the topic of Sastra by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

Vedānta Śāstra

‘Vedānta Śāstra’ was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 1 issue 1 in 1881. This was the first ever article written for Sajjana Toṣaṇī by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura. In this brief editorial, the Ṭhākura explains how he plans to publish the Govinda Bhāṣya of Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa, but first wishes to extend the subscriber base of the magazine first.

‘Śrī Muralī Vilāsa’

‘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.

Introduction to Śrī Kṛṣṇa Vijaya

The Introduction to Śrī Kṛṣṇa Vijaya was written by Bhaktivinoda Ṭḥākura in 1887. The poem Śrī Kṛṣṇa Vijaya by Guṇarāja Khāṅ ( Śrī Mālādhāra Vasu) was practically lost until Bhaktivinoda republished it again. In this introduction, the Ṭhākura explains the significance of this work and gives an biography of Guṇarāja Khāṅ.

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A Question and Answer Concerning Śrī Kṛṣṇa Saṁhitā (Praśnottara)

Praśnottara (A Question and Answer Concerning Śrī Kṛṣṇa Saṁhitā) is an undated article by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura which was republished in the 18th volume of the Gauḍīya Magazine in 1939. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura answers a question concerning the Bhāgavatam’s narration of kṛṣṇa-līlā, as found in his work, Śrī Kṛṣṇa Saṁhitā.

Identifying the Supreme Object (Vastu Nirdeśa)

Vastu Nirdeśa (Identifying the Supreme Object) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.2 issue 6 in 1885. This article is in answer to one gentleman inquiring about the position of Brahman, Paramātmā and Bhagavān, wishing to know the ‘Vedāntic siddhānta.’ In response, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura gives a detailed answer.

An Assembly to Preserve the Bhakti Śāstra (Bhakti-śāstroddhāriṇī Sabhā)

Bhakti-śāstroddhāriṇī Sabhā (An Assembly to Preserve the Bhakti Śāstra) was published in Vol.1 of Sajjana Toṣaṇi in 1881. In this short article, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura laments that the Royal Asiatic Society has not printed any respectable versions of the Bhakti Śāstra and suggests that a new assembly be created for that purpose.

Śrī Dayānanda Sarasvatī and the Tantra Śāstra (Śrī Dayānanda Sarasvatī u Tantra Śāstra)

Śrī Dayānanda Sarasvatī u Tantra Śāstra (Śrī Dayānanda Sarasvatī and the Tantra Śāstra) was published in Sajjana Toṣaṇi, Vol.1, Issue 1 in 1881. In this unique article, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Thākura answers a rebuttal against the Tantra Śāstra by Swami Dayānanda Sarasvatī, the founder of the Ārya Samāj, and explains the true necessity of the Tantras Śāstra.

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