This short article, Vaiṣṇavera Vyavahāra Duḥkha (The Worldly Difficulties of a Vaiṣṇava) was published in the 10th Volume, 2nd Issue of Sajjana Toṣaṇī in 1898. Herein, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura explains the difference between the difficulties encountered by a Vaiṣṇava and those of a non-Vaiṣṇava. Towards the end of the article he speaks about the Bubonic Plague which broke out at the end of 1897 and was still a huge threat in Kolkata at the time of writing.
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.
In this article, "Brāhmaṇatva o Vaiṣṇavatva (Brāhmaṇism and Vaiṣṇavism)", from Sajjana Toṣaṇī Vol. 4, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura explains the unique relationship between Brāhmanism and Vaiṣṇavism, and how these two things are interdependent.
In this short essay, Manuṣya Ki? (What is a Human?) from Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Volume 2, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura demonstrates the futility of modern science in understanding the subtle body and the spiritual body.
Sādhu-vṛtti (Following in the footsteps of the previous ācāryas) is imperative in bhakti. In this article from Vol.10 of Sajjana Toṣaṇī, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura describes the two types of sādhus - the householders and the renunciants - and the qualities that they should cultivate.
There are two types of saṅga - association and attachment. One who is serious about advancement in bhakti should avoid bad association completely. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura ellucidates upon this point in this article, "Saṅga-tyāga (Giving up the association of non-devotees)" from Vol.10 of Sajjana Toṣaṇī.
In Upadeśāmṛta, Rūpa Gosvāmī states that acting according to the regulative principles is imperative in bhakti. This article "Tat-tat-karma-pravartana (Various activities favourable for devotional service)" from Vol.10 of Sajjana Toṣaṇī discusses this point in detail.
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…