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Title: The origin of scriptures
User: Damodara Svarupa dasa††††† Date: 2006-09-22 10:15:45
Nityananda, Gauranga, Hare Krishna!
All glories to our Guru parampara!
All glories to our most beloved Swamiji Gaurangapada and all the Vaishnavas.
Please accept my humble obeisances.
My dearest Swamiji Gaurangapada,
Can You please tell us how the original Chaitanya Bhagavata by Shri Vrindavan das Thakur eventually got into the hands of Shrila Bhativinode? Was it the same for Chaitanya Charitamrita?
Was it the habit in the old days to copy (and change?) important scriptures and pass them on to the disciples? Or did the disciples learn the verses by heart and later on some writer noted everything in a careful way?
Yours in the service of the Holy Names of Nityananda, Gauranga and Hare Krishna,
Damodara Svarupa dasa
Title: Re: The origin of scriptures
User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-12-15 06:35:45
One time Bhaktivinoda Thakura was desiring to go to Vrndavan to reside there, but at a certain town along the way, he took rest in a Siva temple, and at night the Deity there told him in a dream, "Don't go to Vrndavan but rather preach the cult of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu." Bhaktivinoda Thakura followed this advice and wrote many books against all the bogus and wrong ideas prevalent at that time, especially those pertaining to Gauranga Mahaprabhu and Krishna consciousness. Upon waking from that dream he decided not to go to Vrndavan and started searching for the Chaitanya Bhagavata. After much searching through different shops and many asramas, he finally found a copy in a Kolkatta store which was, unfortunately, riddled with errors. However, he took that copy to Vrndavan and got it checked with some eminent Vaishnavas there, and was finally able to bring out a corrected copy. The copy he brought out was just a small one without even any commentary. This was how Seventh Goswami Shrila Saccidananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura revealed the Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata of Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura for the first time. It was further commented and published by Shri Shrila Prabhupada Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura.
The original manuscript of Shri Chaitanya Bhagavata in the original handwriting of Shrila Vrindavana dasa Thakura still remains in Denuda, around 2 hours from Mamagachi. Transmission of holy books simply by hearing was in Satya Yuga but in Kali Yuga it is through writing them down, paper publishing or via the internet. Nityananda! Gauranga! Hare Krishna! Jaya Guru Parampara! Pranams :pranams: and Blessings :bless:!