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Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura

Śrīla Saccidānanda Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura appeared in this world in 1836 and is considered to be the pioneer of the modern Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava movement. The Thākura was a respected district magistrate and despite his busy schedule, he wrote volumes of books, articles and commentaries on Vaiṣṇava philosophy in Bengali, English and Sanskrit. He began a monthly journal named Sajjana Toṣaṇī and began the Nāma-haṭṭa (‘marketplace of the Holy Name’) programme of preaching in rural villages as well as in the metropolis of Kolkata. Bhaktivinoda also rediscovered the original birthplace of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu in Śrīdhāma Māyāpura. After accepting the renounced order of life in 1908, he left this world in 1914.

Articles by Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura

Topics in Praise of Śrī Gaṅgā Devī

"Topics in Praise of Śrī Gaṅgā Devī" (Śrī Gaṅgā-devīr-māhātmya Viṣaye Arthavāda) was first published in Sajjana Toṣaṇi, Vol 10, Issue 4 in 1899. Herein, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura writes about the purity of the Gaṅgā as well as the offences one may commit in bathing in her waters. This Bengali article was translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri.

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Vaiṣṇava Nindā

In Vaiṣṇava Nindā (Offences to Devotees) which was first printed in the May-July issues of the 5th Volume of Sajjana-toṣaṇī in 1893, Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura describes the different categories of jīvas and Vaiṣṇavas and explains the dangers of committing offences to them. This Bengali article was translated into English by Swami B.V. Giri and Sanātana Dāsa.

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In this article "Envy” from Sajjana Toṣaṇi Vol.4, Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura deliberates upon envy according to the Vaiṣṇava perspective as a direct competitor to divine love (prema) and the harm it does to a practicing devotee. This article was translated by Swami B.V. Giri and Sanātana Dāsa.

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