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This book has been made possible only by the guidance, inspiration, and causeless mercy of my beloved shiksha guru, om vishnu-pada paramahamsa parivrajakacarya ashtottara-shatta Shri Shrimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. Although I am thoroughly unfit for the grave task of translating the books of our Gaudiya Vaishnava acaryas into English, I have taken it up by his will. He has a strong desire to distribute the invigorating fruit of Vraja bhakti which has been preserved for all Gaudiya Vaishnavas in the books of Shrila Rupa Gosvami, Shri Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami, Shrila Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and other rupanuga acaryas. It is only by his direction that we have now presented in English books like Shri Shikshashtaka, Venu-gita, Manah Shiksha, and this book Shri Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu-bindu. I pray at his lotus feet that he may be pleased with this humble offering.
Shri Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu-bindu, a drop from the nectarine ocean of bhakti-rasa, is a brief summary of the essential topics from Shri Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu. It consists of twenty-seven shlokas, some of which were taken from Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu and some which were written by Shrila Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura in Sanskrit. Shrila Gurudeva has given an illuminating translation of these shlokas into Hindi. His translation and commentary is named Shri Bindu-vikashini-vritti or the commentary which reveals the meaning of Shri Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu-bindu. In this commentary he has expanded the subject matter by including Shrila Cakravartipada’s purports to the verses taken from Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu. He has drawn additional material from Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu and relevant verses from Shrimad-Bhagavatam, Shri Chaitanya-caritamrita, Shri Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Shri Bhakti-sandarbha, and other shastras. He has also made very significant comments to facilitate comprehension of the subject matter. These comments are distinct from his Vikashini-vritti and are identified in this book simply as ‘Comment.’
This book is a translation of Shrila Gurudeva’s Hindi edition. The subject matter has been enlarged still further by adding many portions from Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu. The entire book has been arranged to fit the pattern of Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu, enabling the reader to see how the twenty-seven verses of Shrila Cakravartipada’s book relate to its source book. Thus the genius of Shrila Vishvanatha Cakravarti Thakura is revealed. He very succinctly summarized every wave of the four divisions of the original book. The twenty-seven shlokas are easily identified in this book both from the table of contents and from the title pages which appear at the beginning of each of the four divisions of the book. The expansion and design of this book was done very carefully under the supervision of Shrila Gurudeva. He gave his time freely to explain many subtle intricacies of the book and always encouraged me to penetrate deeply into the subject. I am eternally indebted to him for this, and I pray that this book reflects the mood that he himself embodies. I am confident that the fruit of this work will be appreciated by devotees who are eager to taste a drop from the ocean of bhakti-rasa.
I owe an incalculable debt to my dear friend and spiritual guide Shriman Satyanarayana dasa for all the help that he has given me in understanding Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu. Four years of preparation by thoroughly studying three different editions of Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu have gone into the presentation of this book. During that time, I met with him almost on a weekly basis to raise questions I had on many points of the book. Whatever understanding I now have is largely due to his mercy. I offer my dandavat pranama at his feet and pray that he will continue to be kind to me.
I am grateful to Shri Tirthapada dasa Adhikari for his exceptional editing work. He offered many valuable suggestions and raised penetrating questions that enabled me to go more deeply into the topics and explain things with greater clarity. I am grateful to Shri Prema-vilasa dasa Adhikari for his constant encouragement, for providing the layout and design, and for overseeing all other aspects of the book. I would also like to thank Shripada B.V. Tripurari Svami for his generous contribution toward the printing cost of this book. I pray that the mercy of Shri Shri Guru Gauranga and Gandharvika-Giridhari be upon them all.
Lastly I offer repeated dandavat pranama at the feet of Shriman Premananda dasa Brahmacari and Shriman Navina-krishna dasa Brahmacari. They are two dear friends who are confidential servants of Shrila Gurudeva. I always keep them close at heart, and it is by their mercy that I am able to offer any service to his lotus feet. I pray that they be merciful upon me and offer this book into the lotus hands of Shri Shrila Gurudeva.
An aspirant for the service of the
lotus feet of Shri Guru and Vaishnavas,