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Shri Mathura Mahatmya
Shrila Rupa Goswami
Translation by Bhumapati Dasa
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By the mercy of the most compassionate Sri Gaurasundara this book, Sri Mathura-mahatmya, compiled by Srila Rupa Gosvami, who was one of the associates of Sri Gaurariga, has been published. It was the utmost desire of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada that at least the literatures written by the Gosvamis be printed.Lord Gaurasundara, the deliverer of the fallen souls in this age of Kali, has counted the limb 'residing at Mathura' as one of the five principle limbs of devotional service. Therefore the principle fruit of visiting, circumambulating, and residing at Mathura is the fifth objective of life called love of God. But keeping different qualifications of the devotees in the mind, Srila Rupa Gosvamipada has included various processes of devotional service such as devotional service mixed with karma or jndna by quoting statements from various scriptures. In this way he established that Mathura vanquishes all one's sinful reactions and awards piety and liberation. According to the statement of a Mahajana, citta drdha hand lage mahimd-jhdna haitcn--"One's mind becomes fixed by understanding the glories of the Lord," the neophyte devotees' faith will certainly be strengthened by studying this Mathura-mahatmya.There is no doubt that this book compiled by Srila Rupa Gosvamipada under the instruction of Lord Sri Gaurasundara will be highly regarded by the intelligent readers. A life sketch of Srila Rupa Gosvamipada has also been included in this book. Our only goal of life is to receive the dust from the feet of the Vaisnavas who strictly follow the path exhibited by Sri Rupa. If the merciful readers relish this book and shower blessings on us, then our attempt will be successful.Servant of the servants of the Vaisnavas Sri Bhakti Pramoda Puri