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Spiritual Literature



1.What kind of poetry is Sri Gita-govinda? Who is qualified to study it?


Gita-govinda is a special poetry book, full of transcendental mellows of devotional service, and it describes the exalted pastimes of the Supreme Brahman. There is no other such book in the world. Since the ordinary readers cannot realize the conjugal mellows of the Supreme Lord and since they are fond of material enjoyment, their study of Sri Gita-govinda is not perfect. The poet Jayadeva Gosvami has not offered his book to such readers; rather he forbade them to study this book. For persons who are inexperienced in the transcendental mellows of Vraja, discussing Jayadeva Gosvami and his work is proof of their shamelessness.(Sajjana-tosani 7/2)


2.What is the purport of Sri Ujjvala-nilamani? Is the science of Krsna consciousness under the jurisdiction of material nature?


The purport of Sri Ujjvala-nilamani is very confidential. The pastimes of Sri Krsna are always transcendental. Although they appear in the material world, there is no tinge of matter in them. The supremely exalted pure pastimes of Sri Krsna have appeared in the material world along with Vraja from Goloka by the energy of the Lord for the benefit of the living entities. The association between male and female in this world is most abominable. A living entity attaining Krsna's association and a gopi form in a spiritual body is beyond the twenty-four material elements. {Sajjana-tosani 10/6)


3. Why is the Sat-sandarbha very dear to the Vaisnavas?


Sri Rupa and Sanatana are adorned by the members of the Visva-vaisnava Raja-sabha and are followers of Sri Krsna Caitanyadeva, who incarnated to purify the people of Kali-yuga and award them the ultimate goal of life. Under the guidance of Sri Rupa and Sanatana, Sri Jiva GosvamI composed this great work, the Sandarbhas. We do not have the ability to describe the glories of this work, which is divided into six parts. The first part is called Tattva-sandarbha, the second part Bhagavat-sandarbha, third part Paramatma-sandarbha, fourth part Krsna-sandarbha, fifth part Bhakti-sandarbha, and the sixth part Priti-sandarbha. All the conclusions and thoughts of the Vaisnava sampradaya are found in this work.

(Sajjana-tosani 10/12)


4. Is the book Prema-tarangini available nowadays?


The Sanskrit book Prema-tarahgini written by Srlmad Bhagavatacarya 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 Vaisnavas with folded hands to please glance mercifully on us in this regard.

(Sajjana-tosani 9/12)


5. What is the difference between an ordinary worldly newspaper and a spiritual newspaper? Which reflects the writings of the mahajanas?


Newspapers that make the readers happy by daily writing of new topics only write about varieties of the material world, but the topics of Lord Hari are different. They never become old. The more one hears or speaks of the Lord, the more one relishes these topics. O readers! If you have any attachment for the topics of Hari, then relish the descriptions written by the mahajanas again and again. Although this newspaper is very small, nevertheless in each edition the conclusive descriptions of the mellows of devotional service written by the previous mahajanas are published part by part. Since there is no question of worldly stories in this paper, we must publish some compositions of the previous great learned scholars. The material world is full of nonsense talks; therefore do not avoid relishing the pastimes and the science of devotional service available in this small newspaper Sri Sajjana-tosani. There is no doubt that the compositions of the previous great saintly persons will be more covered than our own writings.


Another point of consideration is that those who are fond of reading should certainly read the devotional work of the previous saintly persons. If such readers gradually enter into and relish these writings, they will obtain immense pleasure. Unfortunately, we love to read our own writing or the writing of some new modern authors. But when we deeply absorb ourselves in the compositions of the mahajanas, we no longer like the modern compositions. The point is that, we think we can compose better than the mahajanas, but when this illusion is destroyed, we no longer like the modern compositions. Great personalities and poets do not always come to the material world. They are rare. Therefore it is very difficult to find great poets after Jayadeva GosvamI and Sri Rupa GosvamI. Only when some recipients of Sri Krsna's mercy appear in this world, we will again see books like Sri Gita-govinda and Sri Bhagavatamrta. To feel happy by reading the work of modern authors and poets is like imagining one is relishing milk by drinking buttermilk because there is an absence of milk.


We do not find any writing sweeter than the writing of the muhdjanas. Oh! What can be a more instructive book about rasa than Bhakti-rasdmrta-sindhu? All glories to Sri Rupa Gosvaml! All glories to Sri Sanatana Gosvaml! We do not find any sweet and conclusive composition other than their compositions. O readers! Please daily relish the essence of Sri Brahma-samhitd, Sri Krsna-karnamrta, and Sri Bhagavatamrta. (Sajjana-tosani 10/5)


6.Is Srila Vrndavana dasa Thakura the original Bengali poet?


Sri Vrndavana dasa Thakura is certainly the original Bengali poet. Although there were other devotees, like Candidasa, who also composed songs, none of them composed poems. The book Krsna-mangala or Krsna-vijaya written by Maladhara Vasu contains songs.

(From the article "Srila Thakura Vrndavana dasa" written by Sri Bhaktivinoda Thakura, found in Sri Caitanya-bhdgavata, published by Sri Atul Krsna Gosvaml)


7.In which books are the teachings of Sriman Mahaprabhu available? Why should Sri Caitanya-caritamrta be accepted in all respects?


The Gosvamls have composed many books. Although the teachings of Mahaprabhu are found in them, there is nothing mentioned about Mahaprabhu's own writing. Sri Caitanya-caritdmrta is an authentic book. It is fully enriched with the characteristics and instructions of the Lord. These instructions of the Lord are fully confirmed by the statements of the Gosvamls. Sri Caitanya-caritdmrta is therefore found to be the most respected book. Just after the disappearance of Mahaprabhu, Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvaml composed this book. Many direct disciples of Sriman Mahaprabhu, such as Sri Rupa Gosvami and Sri Raghunatha Dasa Gosvaml helped Sri Kaviraja Gosvaml in composing Sri Caitanya-caritdmrta. Prior to that, Sri Kavi-karnapura helped Sri Kaviraja Gosvami in many ways by writing Sri Caitanya-candrodaya-ndtaka and Sri Vrndavana dasa Thakura helped Sri Kaviraja Gosvaml in many ways by writing Sri Caitanya-bhdgavata. By considering all aspects, we are compelled to accept Sri Caitanya-caritdmrta. (Caitanya -siksdmrta )


8.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-tosani 10/12)


9.Should we offer any respect to the books of the sahajiyas?


Amrta-rasdvali is purely a sahajiyd book. In that book, it is written: "The life of one who cannot understand the meaning oisahaja or spontaneous and who does not become sahaja or spontaneous is useless." Many such books are found among the bdulas 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-tosani 10/12)