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Vasudeva Ghosa, one of the associates of Sri Caitanya, composed the following prayer:
yadi gaura na hoito, tabe ki hoito,kemone dharitam de
radhar mahima, prema-rasa-slma,jagate janato ke
"If Lord Gaura had not appeared as the yuga-avatdra in this age of Kali, then what would have become of us? How could we have tolerated living? Who in this universe would have learned about the topmost limits of loving mellows that comprise the glory of Sri Radha?"
madhura vrnda, vipina-madhuri,pravesa caturi sar
baraja-yuvaU, bhaver bhakati,sakati hoito kar
"Who would have had the power to render ecstatic devotional service that follows in the footsteps of the damsels of Vraja? Indeed, the clever expertise of the Vraja-gopis is a prerequisite for entering the supremely sweet forest of Vrnda-devi."
The above verses could rightly be applied to Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. If he had not appeared and mercifully made the teachings of Sri Gaurahga Mahaprabhu available to the world. Vaisnavism or the true worship of Lord Krsna, as enunciated in the Bhagavad-gitd and Srimad-Bhagavatam would not be present today. Much has been written on Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura's unique contribution. Today, in every continent of the world, the holy name of Krsria is being chanted due to the seed of krsna-bhakti planted by him.
Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura, the divine potency of Sri Gaurahga Mahaprabhu (gaura-sakti), graciously came to this material world. He was attracted by the sufferings of the conditioned living entities, who were bereft of the nectar obtained by rendering devotional service unto Sri Sri Radha-Krsna. Due to his magnanimity, he gave his mercy to the world by personally revealing his own supereminence as the personification of the mercy-potency of Sri Gaurahga.
Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura wrote:
"We avail of the opportunity offered by the Anniversary Celebrations of the advent of Thakura Bhaktivinoda to reflect on the right method of obtaining those benefits that have been made accessible to humanity by the grace of this great devotee of Krishna. Thakura Bhaktivinoda has been specifically kind to those unfortunate persons who are engrossed in mental speculation of all kinds. This is the prevalent malady of the present age. The other acaryas who appeared before Thakura Bhaktivinoda did not address their discourses so directly to the empiric thinkers. They had been more merciful to those who are naturally disposed to listen to discourses on the Absolute without being dissuaded by the spurious arguments of avowed opponents of Godhead. "Srlla Thakura Bhaktivinoda has taken the trouble of meeting the perverse arguments of mental speculators by the superior transcendental logic of the Absolute Truth. It is thus possible for the average modern readers to profit by the perusal of his writings. That day is not far distant when the priceless volumes penned by Thakura Bhaktivinoda will be reverently translated, by the recipients of his grace, into all the languages of the world.
"The writings of Thakura Bhaktivinoda provide the golden bridge by which the mental speculators can safely cross the raging waters of fruitless empiric controversies that trouble the peace of those who choose to trust in their guidance for finding the Truth. As soon as the sympathetic reader is in a position to appreciate the sterling quality of Thakura Bhaktivinoda's philosophy the entire vista of the revealed literatures of the world will automatically open out to his reclaimed vision." This book has been collected from many wonderful jewels of the literary ocean of Orh Visnupada Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya, and includes his essays, stories, novels, books, songs, and poems. Srlla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada ordered one of his foremost disciples, Sripada Sundarananda Vidyavinoda Prabhu, a staunch follower of Srila Bhaktivinoda's instructions, to compile this book. This book is in three volumes: one's relationship with the Lord, the process for achieving the goal of life, and the goal of life. It contains one hundred and eight chapters and has become more attractive, because the teachings and conclusions of Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura are presented in the form of questions and answers. The perfect answers for all questions of the practioners of bhakti are thus provided in this book.
Srlla Thakura Bhaktivinoda is always manifest to the unduplicitous devotees in the form of his teachings. Sincere readers can find Sri Gaurasundara in Siksdstaka, Sri Rupa GosvamI in Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, Sri Sanatana GosvamI in Brhcid-bhagavatamrta and Vaisnava-tosani. Sri Raghunatha dasa Gosvami in Stavdvali, Sri JIva GosvamI in Sat-sundarbha, Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja GosvamI in Sri Caitanya-caritdmrta and 5n Govinda-lilamrta, Sri Narottama dasa Thakura in Prarthana and Prema-bhakti-chandrikd, Sri Visvanatha CakravartI Thakura in his commentary on Srimad-Bhdgavatam and Bhagavad-gitd. Similarly surrendered and sincere persons can find Srlla Thakura Bhaktivinoda within his books. The transcendental teachings of Srlla Thakura Bhaktivinoda are the teachings of Sri Caitanya, Sri Svarupa Damodara, Sri Sanatana, Sri Raghunatha, Sri JIva, Sri Kaviraja, and Sri Narottama dasa Thakura.
What is Bhaktivinoda Vani Vaibhaval The word vaibhava is derived from the word vibhu. The meanings of the word vaibhava are divinity, extraordinary ability, incarnation, and might. Since the teachings of Srlla Bhaktivinoda are fully in accordance with the teachings of Sri Gaura, Rupa, and Raghunatha. they are automatically divinely powerful and glorious. The teachings of Srlla Bhaktivinoda are scientific, all-pervading, and full of bliss, glories, wealth, potencies, and unlimited energies. Another meaning of the word vibhu is self-satisfied. Srlla Bhaktivinoda was fully self-satisfied and a rasika devotee. The opulence of Srlla Bhaktivinoda is the teachings and knowledge of Sri Caitanyadeva, which gave him immense pleasure. This book has been compiled with a desire to guide the hearts of the surrendered souls toward the holy names, abode, and activities of Sri Gaurahga. The opulence and glories of Sri Bhaktivinoda's teachings are not temporary like material opulence. Srlla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada said:
"The Vaisnavas also possess fame, but it is never temporary material fame."
If one worships a Vaisnava's activities, glories, and opulence, one will achieve auspiciousness. However, if one becomes envious of a Vaisnava's activities, glories, and ,,Miii,>nrf. one can never achieve any auspiciousness. Srlla Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada therefore sang: "The tree of material fame is illusory just like water in a desert. Although Ravana fought with Rama, he could not accomplish anything."
Sri Bhaktivinoda Vani Vaibhava has manifested in this world to attract faithful and surrendered souls toward the sahkirtana movement of Sri Gaurasundara. If one relishes even a single drop from the ocean of these divine teachings, one's dormant propensity to cultivate Krsna consciousness will certainly awaken.We should not simply become satisfied by praising or buying this book as a matter of formality, like proud, foolish, ordinary people. Rather, our only duty is to express our gratitude and pray at the feet of Sri Bhaktivinoda Vani Vaibhava without any duplicity so that the divine teachings will be established within our hearts under the subordination of Sri Guru and the Vaisnavas. Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura took pleasure in preaching, and he was unique in feeling distress on seeing others' distress. Out of his causeless mercy, he generously distributed many invaluable jewels with his vast range of literature for the benefit of the fallen conditioned souls. We are eternally grateful to Srlpada Sundarananda Vidyavinoda Prabhu for his great effort in studying and mastering the writings and teachings of Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura and presenting them in this format.
Srlpada Sundarananda Vidyavinoda Prabhu himself wrote as follows: "I had the good fortune to hear from a few constant associates of Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura that he ordered his instructions to be spread all over the world in various languages. A number of times Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati GosvamI Prabhupada, who was not different from Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, directly ordered me, an insignificant creature, to carefully collect all the jewel-like instructions of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and distribute them to the people of the world. To purify myself, I took up his order, and under the subordination of the Vaisnavas, I have endeavored to compile this book."
In conclusion, we pray at the lotus feet of Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura that his instructions may uproot the weeds around the creeper of devotional service and allow us to enter into the sanklrtana movement of Sri Gaurahga Mahaprabhu.Praying to be the servant of the servant of the servant of those who are trying to serve the Lord,
Completed on the appearance day of His Divine Grace Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura September 19, 2002 Vrindavana, India.