Jaiva Dharma

(translated by Śrī Sarvabhāvana Prabhu)

Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura wrote Jaiva Dharma (‘The Inherent Characteristics of the Jīva’) in 1893 and many consider this work to be his magnum-opus. Although Jaiva Dharma seems to be a fictitious novel, learned Vaiṣṇava ācāryas such as Śrīla B.R. Śrīdhara Mahārāja regard all the contents, events and characters to be real and consider it to be kalpa-bheda (pastimes that occurred in another kalpa).

Jaiva Dharma consists of many questions and answers in relation to Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava siddhānta, especially in regards to the daśa-mūla-tattva (ten foundational principles of Gauḍīya philosophy). The text is comprised of 40 chapters, dealing with the fundamentals of sādhana-bhakti, other religions and philosophies prevalent in India, and the last section specifically analyses the higher aspects of rasa-tattva.

Book Chapter Navigation

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Chapter 9

Chapter 10

Chapter 11

Chapter 12

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19

Chapter 20

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