In Vedānta Darśana (The Vedānta Philosophy), published in Sajjana Toṣaṇi, Vol.8, Issue 1 in 1896, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Thākura gives a brief history of the Brahma-sūtras (Vedānta) and explains what is within them.
Did Advaita Ācārya have a beard? Was he bald? In this article by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, from Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol.7. issues 9-11 from 1896, the Ṭhākura gives evidence from various śāstra and explains the true meaning of the word 'nāḍā.
We take initiation, chant the Holy Name, follow Ekādaśī, worship the Deity, go on pilgrimage to holy places - but we still feel nothing! Why? In this important article, 'Bhaktira Prati Aparādha (Offences Against Bhakti)' by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol. 8. Issue 10 in 1896, the Ṭhākura explains clearly where we are going wrong.
'Vaiṣṇavera Sañcaya (The Savings of a Vaiṣṇava) was written by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura for Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.5, issue 11 in 1894. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura describes in this article how it is not wrong for householder Vaiṣṇavas to save money in order to maintain their families and to engage in kṛṣṇa-sevā and vaiṣṇava-sevā. He also describes the rules for householders and mendicants.
Śrī Gaura Kṛṣṇa Abheda (The Non-Difference Between Śrī Gaura and Kṛṣna) was written by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura for Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.11, issue 6 in 1899. In this article, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura describes how Gaurāṅga and Kṛṣṇa are identical, and how one cannot simply worship Gaura and reject Kṛṣṇa as some persons were doing at the time.
This article, Kṛṣṇa-dāsya (Servitorship to Kṛṣṇa) was written by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura for Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.11, issue 6 in 1899. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura explains the process how one can attain true kṛṣṇa-dāsya by avoiding nāmāparādha and by taking shelter of a genuine guru.
This article, Nāmāśrayera Phala (The Results of Taking Shelter of Nāma) was written by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.11, issue 5 in 1899. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda explains the results of chanting the Holy Name in regards to sambhoga-rasa and vipralambha-rasa.
This article, 'Buddha-Gayā' was written by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura in Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Vol.7, issue 1 in 1895. Bhaktivinoda reports on a meeting amongst the paṇḍita community of Gayā to ascertain the significance of Bodhagayā for Hindus.
This article, 'Hindu' was written by Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura in 1874 for the Ananda Bazar Patrika newspaper. Bhaktivinoda discusses the origins of the word 'Hindu' and explains why it was not used in the Vedas, Purāṇas etc.
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.
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…