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Title: Shri Krishna Samhita dates
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-12-14 19:06:00
from Nava Gauranga dasa: Dear Gurudeva, Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Thank you for this oppurtunity to write, I hope all is well for you in the service of Guru and Gauranga, please accept my well wishes.
I am writing regarding a scholarly query in Bhaktivinoda's Shri Krishna Samhita. This is my fourth reading of this book, I am† currently working my way through the intoduction.
†I am pleased to share with you that each time I read this book my level of understanding and appreciation of its contents have developed. It is pleasing to experience this growth and I find it to be a simple joy on my journey back home. I love Bhaktivinoda's books, they are so swanlike and bighearted. Shri Krishna Samhita is one of my favorite scriptures in my library. I also enjoy reading Bhaktivinoda's works as, I appreciate your good self and dear Bhaktishastri Parampada Maharaja also have such love.
I appreciate Bhaktivinoda's style in explaining the history of scripture according to modern scholars understandings, and am grateful for his swanlike nature.
Here lies my question, which is in regard to one of the "footnotes". The footnote is from Bhumipati dasa's translation, page 43. The footnote in question is number 2 which says- "we strongly disagree with this type of conclusion. This type of belief cannot be called faith." The footnote is in regards to the modern dates of Shrimad Bhagavatam(which by the way I follow Bhaktivinoda's explanation of this scripture being eternal, and I have no neophyte grapplings with these sections of Shri Krishna Samhita), and era of the Vyasa who wrote Bhagavatam.
This footnote has puzzled me upon each reading over the years and, it may be because of my limited intelligence, but is this....a footnote written by Bhaktivinoda Thakura or is it written by Bhumipati dasa and scholars? It just seems out of flow and context with Thakura's flow of thought?
I was hoping dear Swami that your knowledge of scripture may be able to shed some light on this for me. So in the future as I read this I may have understanding of this footnote.
thankyou, your aspiring servant, Nava Gauranga dasa.
Answer by Swami Gaurangapada:
Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! The Introduction to Shri Krishna Samhita which lists and discusses the incorrect dates of the Vedas as per modern hypothesis is specifically written by Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura as a carrot to attract the modern-day indologists and speculators to the book and thus to make them somehow read the main part of the book which consists of 10 Chapters of pure bhakti. It is also meant to show to the indologists that devotees are not fools and are well-aware about the modern speculative historical conclusions of the dates about the Vedas. It also shows the scholarly genius of Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura of analysing and summarizing all the different speculative Vedic theories and paths for our information and benefit.
He writes in the Introduction: "The previous history of India and the age of the various scriptures are thus described according to the modern scholars' opinion. Everyone has a right to decide whether or not these should be accepted as facts. The advancement of Vaishnavism does not depend on this type of conclusion."
So devotees may either skip the Introduction or read it with this proper understanding and then dive deep in the beautiful ten chapters of Shri Krishna Samhita with are full with pure unalloyed devotion for Lord Gauranga-Krishna.