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namo bhaktivinodaya sac-cid-ananda-namine

gaura-sakti-svarupaya rupanuga-varaya te


"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Srila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda, who is the  transcendental energy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is a strict follower of the  Gosvamis, headed by Srila Rupa Gosvami."


Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura was the seventh gosvami. The famous gosvamis were  directly ordered and empowered by Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu to spread Lord Krsna's  teachings for the benefit of all those bereft of the Lord's loving association.


nana-sastra-vicaranaika-nipunau sad-dharma-samsthapakau

lokanam hita-karinau tri-bhuvane manyau saranyakarau


radha-krsna-padaravinda-bhajananandena mattalikau

vande rupa-sanatanau raghu-yugau srl-jlva-gopalakau


"I offer my respectful obeisances unto the six Gosvamis, namely Sri Rupa Gosvami, Sri  Sanatana Gosvami, Sri Raghunatha Bhatta GosvamI, Sri Raghunatha dasa GosvamI, Sri  Jlva GosvamI, and Sri Gopala Bhatta GosvamI, who are very expert in scrutinizingly  studying all the revealed scriptures with the aim of establishing eternal religious  principles for the benefit of all human beings. Thus they are honored all over the three  worlds and they are worth taking shelter of because they are absorbed in the mood of  the gopls and are engaged in the transcendental loving service of Radha and Krsna."


Sisira Kumara Ghosa, an intellectual and a contemporary of Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura,  wrote in one of his letters to the Thakura, "I have not seen the Six Gosvamls of  Vrndavana, but I consider you to be seventh Gosvami." Srlla Bhaktivinoda's literary  contribution to the Gaudlya Vaisnavas' philosophy and practice can only be compared  to the works of the famed Six Gosvamls. Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura was single-handedly  responsible for reestablishing Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu's sahkirtana movement, which  had almost been lost by the mid-nineteenth century due to the unscrupulous practices  of pseudo Vaisnavas (sahajiyas). The sahajiyd influence had perverted the purity of the  mission, and the mission had degenerated as a result. This degradation continued  under British rule. However, Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura worked tirelessly to restore the  Vaisnava creed's purity, dignity, and respectability among the cultured elite of his day.


He also sowed the seeds for the future worldwide propagation of Lord Caitanya's  mission. In 1896, he sent a copy of his pamphlet, "Caitanya Mahaprabhu, His Life and  Precepts," to the library of the Royal Asiatic Society in London and to McGill University  of Canada, as well as several other respectable foreign institutions. That same glorious  year, His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the greatest exponent of  the modern day Krsna consciousness movement, was born.This is the second volume  of Sri Bhaktivinoda Vani Vaibhava. The first volume covers sambandha, and this second  volume discusses abhidheya and prayojana. We had originally planned to publish this  material in three volumes, but because the prayojana section was too small to warrant  its own book, we decided to publish in two volumes.


Krsna consciousness is a dynamic process. Understanding and applying it guarantees  that we will one day develop love of God. Thus, our acaryas have written tremendous  amount of literature to explain the Krsna conscious process. They have divided Krsna  conscious development into three levels, namely, sambandha, abhidheya, and  prayojana. Sambandha refers to understanding our relationship with the Supreme Lord  and His creations, abhidheya refers to the practical aspects of developing that  relationship, and prayojana refers to achievement of the goal, pure love of God. All  Gaudlya Vaisnava acaryas recognize these three conceptions and base their teachings  upon them.


Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura wrote more than one hundred volumes of devotional  literature during his life. His books are as good as Vedic scripture, and we can develop  pure devotion to the Lord by absorbing and applying his teachings. But in this age we  seem to have so little time to study religious subject matter, and so little capacity to  understand what we do study. Therefore, the great personality, Sundarananda  Vidyavinoda Prabhu, one of Srlla Bhaktisiddhanta SarasvatI Thakura's prominent  disciples, made a deep study of all of Srlla Bhaktivinoda Thakura's writings, and, on his  Guru Maharaja's order, composed questions that related to sambandha, abhidheya, and  prayojana. He then answered those questions by drawing directly from Srlla  Bhaktivinoda Thakura's writings. Srlpada Sundarananda Prabhu writes, "A number  of  times, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada, who was nondifferent 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 in this format. To purify myself, I took up his order, and  under the subordination of the Vaisnavas, I have endeavored to compile this book."  Thus, we have Srlpada Sundarananda Prabhu's perfect questions and Srila Bhaktivinoda  Thakura's perfect answers.


I pray that the devotees will be pleased with this book and thus bestow their causeless  mercy upon me. I have no qualification, but if somehow the Lord's

devotees are pleased by the publication of this book, I will consider my life successful.

Praying to attain the service of all the Lord's devotees,


Isvara dasa

Completed on the appearance day of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, September 2003, in Sri  Vrndavana Dhama.