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A Glimpse into the Life of Shrila Baladeva Vidyabhusana

 

Shrila Baladeva Vidyabhusana was born in the early part of the 18th century in a village near the city of Remuna.  Even though he was born the son a vaisya farmer, in his youth he still received a very thorough education in Sanskrit, rhetoric, logic and scripture.  In his youth he accepted sannyasa in the Madhva-sampradaya, and, staying in Jagannatha Puri, he quickly became prominent in intellectual circles.  His study of Shrila Jiva Goswami's Sandarbhas made him a follower of Shri Chaitanya mahaprabhu.  He visited Navadvipa and spent the remaining part of his life in Vrndavana, studying Shrimad-Bhagavatam and other Vaishnava scriptures under the guidance of his spiritual master, Shrila Visvanatha Cakravarti.  At this time, by the order of Visvanatha Cakravarti, and by the mercy of the Deity of Shri Govinda, the famous Govinda-bhasya commentary on Vedanta-sutra was written to answer criticism that the followers of Shri Chaitanya were not genuine followers of the Vedas because they had neglected to comment on the Vedanta.

The most important works of Shrila Baladeva Vidyabhusana are:  1.  Govinda-bhasya, 2.  Siddhanta-ratna, 3.  Vedanta-syamantaka, 4.  Prameya-ratnavali, 5.  Siddhanta-darpana, 6.  Aisvarya-kadambini, 7.  Sahitya-kaumudi, 8.  Chandah-kaustubha, 9.  Kavya-kau-stubha, 10.  Bhagavad-gita-bhasya, 11.  Vaisnav-anandini tika (commentary on Shrimad-Bhagavatam), as well as commenatries on 12.  Tattva sandarbha, 13.  Stava-mala, 14. Gopala-tapani Upanisad, 15.  Vishnu-sahasra-nam, 16.  Laghu-bhagavatamrta, 17.  Nataka-candrika, and 18.  Syamanada-sataka.