Sastra. The path of the mahajanas – Part 4

Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura

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– Who has been glorified in the Mangalacharana verse of the book Sri Caitanya-siksamrta?

– Sri Krsna Caitanya is the giver of devotional service to Krsna, in which all erroneous, incomplete, and contradictory conclusions are merged. After offering my respectful obeisances unto Him, I prepare to write the book Sri Caitanya-siksamrta. (Mangalacharana of Sri Caitanya-siksamrta 111)

– When was the book Jaiva Dharma composed and who is qualified to study it?

– On the strength of the mercy of guru, Krsna, and the Vaishnavas, the poor Bhaktivinoda carefully wrote the book Jaiva Dharma in Bengali.

This book was completed on the full-moon day in the month of Magha (Jan-Feb) in 410 Caitanya Era at Surabhi-kunja, Godruma, Navadvipa, near the Ganges.

Anyone who desires to attain the lotus feet of Gauranga, the deliverer of Kali-yuga, should faithfully read this book. Anyone who does not have a tinge of faith in the feet of Gauranga must not read this book.

Those who search after liberation by cultivation of dry knowledge can never achieve Krsna. But the Vraja pastimes of Krsna certainly manifest in the hearts of faithful persons. (Jaiva Dharma Chapter 24)

– Is the book Prema-tarangini available nowadays?

– The Sanskrit book Prema-tarangini written by Srimad Bhagavatacharya is extremely rare nowadays. We have a photocopy of the book, but it is full of printing mistakes and in many places things do not make sense. If any devotee has a copy of the book in good condition, kindly give to us so that we can do something with it. We are appealing to the Vaishnavas with folded hands to please glance mercifully on us in this regard. (Sajjana-toshani 9/12)

– Can a living entity be benefited by reading the topics of Hari written in the form of novels?

– Nowadays people love to read novels. Our duty is to teach the science of devotional service little by little through novels, like administering a dose of homeopathic medicine. By injecting small amounts of spiritual knowledge into the hearts of the materialists, their hearts will become faithful to devotional service. (Sajjana-toshani 10/12)

– Should we offer any respect to the books of the sahajiyas?

– Amrta-rasavali is purely a sahajiya book. In that book, it is written: "The life of one who cannot understand the meaning of sahaja or spontaneous and who does not become sahaja or spontaneous is useless."

Many such books are found among the baulas and sahajiyas.

While searching for some books we came across a few of those books. After reading them, we felt disgusted; we threw them into the Ganges and became purified. (Sajjana-toshani 10/12)

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Natural Brotherhood (Bhaktivinoda Thakura):

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"Gradually, when the offensive portions of the established religions are destroyed, there will be no more differences in the bhajana performed by the various Sampradayas nor any quarrel between them.

Then as brothers, the people of all castes and countries will spontaneously chant the Holy Names of the Supreme Lord together.

At that time, no one will hate anyone or consider others dogeaters; nor will anyone be overwhelmed by the pride of high birth.

The living entities will not forget the principle of natural brotherhood."

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