Brāhmaṇa u Vaiṣṇava – Ubhaye-i Sampūrṇa Vaidika (The Brāhmaṇa and the Vaiṣṇava – Both are Completely Vedic) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇi, Vo.1 in 1881. This article by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura portrays some of the differences between Brahmanism and Vaiṣṇavism, and why they are ultimately discordant.
'Sādhu Śikṣā (Holy Teachings)' was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇi, Vo.5. issues 10,11 and 12, in 1893. In this article, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura talks about the two ways a sādhu teaches, and explains how the conduct of a Vaiṣṇava is most important. At the end of the article, he gives a selection of ślokas from Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta and Śrī Caitanya-bhāgavata that clarify his point.
Śuddha Vaiṣṇava Paricaya (Recognising a Pure Vaiṣṇava) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.1 in 1881. In this article, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura deliberates upon pure Vaiṣṇava dharma in order to explain some of the characteristics of a pure devotee. He also discusses the various cults that arose after Mahāprabhu's disappearance that claim to be Vaiṣṇavas.
In Vaiṣṇavera Svarūpa u Taṭastha Lakṣaṇa (The Natural and Marginal Characteristics of a Vaiṣṇava), published in Sajjana Toṣaṇi, Vol.4, Issue 1 in 1892, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Thākura describes the two types of characteristics found in Vaiṣṇavas. He explains the twenty-six qualities of a Vaiṣṇava and how such qualities, when found in a non-devotee, are useless.
In this short editorial entitled 'Maṅgalācaraṇa' from Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.4, issue 1, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura invokes the blessings of Mahāprabhu and the Vaiṣṇavas, and prays for the good health of Queen Victoria, the ruler of India, so that the devotees can continue to relish and propagate pure Vaiṣṇava dharma.
Vaiṣṇava Svabhāva (The Nature of a Vaiṣṇava) was published by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.4. Issue 11. In this short article, the Ṭhākura briefly describes the dual nature of a Vaiṣṇava.
Vaiṣṇave Jāti-buddhi (Conceiving of Caste Distinctions in Vaiṣṇavas) was first published in 1897 in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol 9, Issue 1. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura warns his readers of the dangers of meditating upon the caste or birth of a Vaiṣṇava, explaining how high birth in a Vaiṣṇava family does not guarantee purity, and the low birth of a Vaiṣṇava should not be considered.
Jīvera Dayā (Mercy to the Living Entities) was published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 4. Issue 8 in 1893. In this important article, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura explains the absolute necessity for a Vaiṣṇava to cultivate compassion for other living beings and states that this is one of the most important qualities of a devotee.
Vaiṣṇava Sevā u Pracalita Mahotsava Prathā (Service to the Vaiṣṇavas and the Practice of Festivals at Present) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol 4. Issue 5. Herein, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura describes the three types of Vaiṣṇavas according to Caitanya-caritāmṛta and what is actual Vaiṣṇava sevā.
This article, Ācāra u Pracāra (Good Conduct and Preaching) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol 4. Issue 2 in 1892. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura writes about the three types of devotees in relation to proper personal conduct and preaching and explains who is the best.
On 18th August 2012, on the occasion of his Vyāsa Pūjā, Śrīla Bhakti Gaurava Narasiṅgha Mahārāja announced to the devotees that he had a strong desire to create a website called “Bhaktivinoda Institute” in honour of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and his teachings in order to preserve and propagate them. Read More…