Datta Kaustubham

(translated by Swami Bhakti Vijñāna Giri)

Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s Datta Kaustubham was written in 1873 at Jagannātha Purī and contains 104 Sanskrit verses with an auto-commentary. This is one of the Ṭhākura’s earliest works in Sanskrit and presents a systematic analysis of sambandha, abhidheya and prayojana. The title ‘Datta Kaustubham’ refers to Kṛṣṇa’s kaustubha-gem of sat-siddhānta (transcendental philosophy) that has been given to Kedaranatha Datta (Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura). This translation is based upon the Gauḍīya Mission edition printed in 1942.

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