Sri Upadesamrta of Srila Rupa Goswami

(with Piyusa-varsini commentary by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura)

(Translated by Swami B.V. Giri)

Commentary of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura and a Bengali composition explaining each verse.

In 1898, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura wrote a short Bengali commentary to Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī’s Upadeśāmṛta, naming his commentary the Pīyuṣa-varṣiṇī (‘a shower of nectar’). This was serialised in the 9th Volume of Sajjana Toṣaṇī and the Ṭhākura also included the Sanskrit commentary of Śrī Rādhā-ramaṇa Gosvāmī. The Ṭhākura also composed eleven verses in Bengali prose explanations (the Upadeśāmṛta Bhāṣā).

In the early 1890’s Bhaktivinoda travelled to Vraja-maṇḍala in order to find works of the Gosvāmīs. In the library of Vanamāli Lāla Gosvāmī of Rādha-ramaṇa Temple, he found a copy of Śrī Rūpa’s Upadeśāmṛta. Vanamāli Gosvāmī was happy to give a handwritten copy to Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura so that he could distribute this text far and wide. Prabhunātha, the disciple of Vanamāli Gosvāmī, was very dear to Bhaktivinoda, and so he dedicated his commentary to both of them (as seen in the verse at the end of his commentary).

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