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Title: Bhaktivinoda's Tattva-Viveka

User: Nava Gauranga dasa  Date: 2006-09-11 04:22:14


Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna!

Dear Swami Gaurangapada and assembled devotees,

please accept my humble obiesances.


Just now after a few hours reading I have finished Bhaktivinoda Thakura's book, Tattva-Viveka.


After offering obiesances to Shri Krishna Chaitanya, the Supreme Personality of Godhead in verse one, the second verse of this book continues:


"Who am I? What is this world? What relation have I with this world?" To learn the truth, a soul in this material world will always ask himself these questions." end quote


Bhaktivinoda goes on to say that the answer to these three questions are of two kinds: 1. the answer given by a soul in his original form, and 2. the great variety of answers given by all others ie. those under the influence of the material sphere.


Bhaktivinoda, being a great soul, situated in his original form, gives the correct answer to these questions in this book. He also explains the myriad of philosophies as propounded by worldly philosophy.


Like a divine bee, he has gone from flower to flower and extracted the nectar from each flower.


Shrimad Bhagavatam: "As a bee takes honey from many different flowers, so a wise man takes the truth from many different great and small books"

Purport by Bhaktivinoda: In this way the Vaishnava philosophers find the truth in books like the Vedas and Shrimad-Bhagavatam. In the less important books, the books written by materialistic philosophers, and in the very important books, the books that truly explain the science of the soul, the Vaishnavas find the real truth......end quote.


For a conditioned soul like myself, who is bound to make mistakes, and to be blinded and confused by the myriad of diverse philosophies in this world, Bhaktivinoda Thakura is like a fountain of sweet mercy. He has gone from flower to flower and extracted the essence, the uncontaminated nectar, and distilled it in this book, Tattva-Viveka.


His conclusions are truth, and are all auspicious for the jiva. Eternal life in relation to a loving personal God, a life of love, devotion and bliss.


In text 8 of section two of this book, Bhaktivinoda points the way how a jiva may come to know the supreme truth.


     "This Supreme Truth, who is different and non-different from  everything, cannot be known by the material mind. Only the pure  souls, who taste the sweet nectar of taking shelter of Lord  Chaitanya's feet, have the power to know the Supreme Truth." end quote


So to enter into the supreme spiritual reality may we dive deeply into the Holy Name of Lord Chaitanya, 'Gauranga', as taught by Gurudeva, Swami Gaurangapada. By this we are taking shelter of Lord Chaitanya, the source of pure nectar.


                                    your servant....Nava Gauranga dasa.


(Tattva-Viveka is available in the Gaurangapada Vanibase)


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