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  • The Vedic Encyclopedia, Srimad Bhagavatam, like an ocean, is expansive with its nominal and phenomenal subject matters and deep in its spiritual and philosophical insights, making it a text for both research and relish by many. Bhagavata Subodhini simplifies the apparent complexity in understanding the Bhagavatam, by uncovering and integrating the explanations of Srila Prabhupada and the previous acaryas, and thus caters to the taste and need of avid readers, scholars, and even newcomers to the Srimad-Bhagavatam.
    • Have a bird’s eye view of the Srimad-Bhagavatam Cantos
    • Explore the Interconnections between different Sections
    • Familiarize yourself with the Flow of verses in a chapter
    • Dive deep into the Authentic imports of Vital verses
    • Delight on the Thematic perspectives and Compilations
    • Marvel at the richness of the Characters, Holy names and Analogies
  • SAVOR THE ESSENCE OF BHAGAVATA TREATISE ENTER THE OCEAN OF TRUTHS WITH EASE MEDITATE ON THE MEANINGS THAT SCRIPTURE REVEALS CONCERNING MAYA,JIVA,GURU,KRSNA,BHAKTI RASA DEALINGS.   CC Madhya Lila - 25.266 Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has personally preached the transcendental truths and mellows of srimad-bhagavatam.srimad bhagvatam and the supreme personality of goadhead are indentical,for srimad bhagavatam is the sound incarnation of sri krishna.
  •   A brief synopsis of entire Bhagavatam highlighting the main theme of each canto. The flow of Bhagavatam is presented in the forum of questions and answers, expanding the important sections. Based on this flow, the spiritual journey of a spiritual seeker is prented in the second part, addressing the various possible spiritual paths, hurdles on the journey, many support systems on the way and finally the goal or destiny of the seeker. 1) A quick reference guide for the systematic reading of Srimad Bhagavatam for the beginers. 2) Opens the unseen doors of philosophical, theological and enigmatic (and also rasik) insights of the sastra to dive deep within the shoreless ocean of the Bhagavatam.
  • Bhagavata Subodhini Canto 4 As you advance from one canto to the next, Srimad Bhagavatam becomes more real to you than ever before! Experience first-hand the fumbles and bumbles that we face in life portrayed through the characters of the past. Witness their confrontation with trying situations and the wonderful golden lessons of character that they exhibit! Relationship Struggles – Learn the conflicts that Lord Siva, Sati and her father Daksa faced when dealing with each other. This is even more deadly than a love triangle! It’s a triangle of misunderstanding and misjudgement! Obstinate Son – Everyone thinks their child is difficult. But just see how even obstinacy can be fruitful if aimed at the lotus feet of the Lord. Dhruva achieved what no one in creation could (nor would ever) and his story is heart wrenchingly narrated in the pages of the Bhagavatam. A Pious Father, A Pugnacious Son and A Perfected Grandson – The family line of King Anga, Vena and Prithu Maharaja is a depiction of the saying “every cloud has a silver lining”. Prithu Maharaj is so glorious that the Bhagavatam spends 9 chapters discussing his entire life. A Graphic Allegory – Heard of Aesop’s Fables or Pancatantra? Those are child’s tales compared to Narada Muni’s presentation that would stir a man from his kingly seat to take to the path of perfection. The story of Puranjana is the story of every being in this world. A Song That Kept Them Going On – The Pracetas; 10 brothers who shared everything in life, from activities to glories to soon even a wife, had the great fortunate of hearing Lord Siva sing in praise of Lord Krishna (Rudra Gita). Their heroic expeditions wrap up the Fourth Canto of the Bhagavatam. And Many More.......
  • Bodhivriksha (Wisdom Tree in Marathi) Wisdom is the art of converting an experience into learning. Every experience one undergoes in the course of life is like a seed. The learning that comes out from that experience is like a tree. The biggest of trees manifest from the smallest of seeds. How easy it is to misjudge the depth of content that is stored in the tiny seed! If only we could learn to decode the hidden wisdom contained in every experience, life would become a journey of learning, rather than a series of frustrating experiences. The Wisdom Tree is a book that helps you see the world from the perspective of a learner.  
  • Caitanya Ratnamala - a handy pocket sized compilation of nectar verses from Sri Caitanya Caritamrta Compact and complete with all the most vital, power packed and reslihing verses, this book is brought to you by the same makers of Bhagavata Subodhini – the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha Team.

    Discover the Scriptural Conclusion

    Nourish your creeper of Devotion

    Dive Deep into Bhakti Ocean

    Experince the Ecstatic Emotion

     
  • We invite the readers to delight in the pastimes of the most merciful form of the Lord – Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu as cited by Srila Krishna Dasa Kaviraja Goswami in his great work Sri Caitanya Caritamrita. The study guide Caitanya Subodhini is a humble attempt by the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha to assist the readers in their systematic study of the Caitanya-caritamrita. We, at the Vidyapitha, found it helpful to divide the long chapters of Caitanya-caritamrita into subsections and present the technical sections in the form of crisp flowcharts and tables for easy readability, assimilation and quick reference. Even one, who hasn’t heard of the Caitanya-caritamrita, can read through Caitanya Subodhini and develop an interest in the original manuscript. Our humble endeavour in producing this systematic study guide is only to assist the readers in fully delighting in the splendour of the original book. Submerge deeply into the fundamental principles of sambandha-jnana consisting of radha-tattva, krishna-tattva, guru-tattva, jiva-tattva and other tattvas as explained by SrilaKrishnadasaKaviraja! Experience the transformation of Mahaprabhu’s Personality and character! From tender childhood There is no difference between Krishna-lila and Caitanya-lila therefore Nimai’s pastimes are as sweet or even more sweeter than the pastimes of little Gopal. Be the witness of Vishvambara’s childhood pranks and mischieves – playing with the snake, making all residents of Navadvipa chant the Holy Name, bothering the Brahmanas and Kumaris on the bank of Ganges and many others… Learned scholar Delight in the pastimes of Nimai Pandit who starts His own grammar school, derides the smarta Bhattacaryas and Cakravartis, smashes and establishes His own arguments in logic and finally destroys the pride of the great Pandit Keshava Kashmiri. Humble disciple To teach by His own example to the mankind, the God Himself accepts a guru by receiving mantra which He himself had whispered to His guru Sripad Isvara Puri and becomes a great devotee of Himself in the form of Krishna. Great leader Gauranga demonstrates the principle of “yadyadācaratiśreṣṭhas tat tad evetarojanaḥ” by inspiring the general people to revolt against the Kazi of Navadvipa by His own example and establishes the supreme position of Harinam Sankirtan. Madman A mood of supreme ecstasy never before demonstrated by the Supreme Lord in any of His previous incarnations!  After accepting initiation and continuously chanting the Holy Name, Mahaprabhu becomes so absorbed in separation from Krishna that He looses His consciousness again and again and makes His associates chant appropriate verses from the scriptures to nourish His mood. Renunciation Reciprocating with the love of the Gopis who sacrificed everything for the pleasure of Krishna at the peak of their youth, the supremely beautiful Lord Gaurasundar accepts sannyasa at a young age of 24, cuts His hair off and heads off to the city of the Lord of Universe – Nilacala. Compassionate brothers Saba avatar sara siromani – Lord Gaurachandra and Nimaichand delivers the two most sinful personalities of Nadia whose sins couldn’t be counted by even Chitragupta. Their mercy makes them the unalloyed first-class devotees of Lord Krishna. And finally the dearest friend of all and especially his associates His sweet loving exchanges with NityanandaPrabhu, AdvaitaAcarya, GadadharPandit, Srinivas Acarya, Haridas Thakur, KolavecaSridhara, Budhimanta Khan, Suklambarabrahmacari… And many more…  
  • CAITANYA SUBODHINI is a systematic study guide for Sri Caitanya Caritamrita. In four colourful volumes, it gives a bird’s eye view of the expanse and the depth of the philosophy and the pastimes of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Caitanya Subodhini simplifies the apparent complexity in understanding the Caitanya-caritamrita, by uncovering and integrating the explanations of Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami and Srila Prabhupada, thus catering for the taste and the needs of avid readers, scholars and even newcomers. It presents the chapters of Caitanya Caritamrita in crisp sections and subsections with their interconnections and flow. The philosophical and technical sections are presented in the form of flowcharts and tables for easy readability, assimilation and quick references, so that one can fully delight in the splendour of the original manuscript. Caitanya Subodhini comes after the publication of a similar book, Bhagavata Subodhini, a systematic study guide for the Srimad Bhagavatam, completed up to Canto Six, in four volumes. This book has been well-received by the readers of Bhagavatam worldwide. Author & Compiler Gauranga Darshan Das is dean of the Bhaktivedanta Vidyapitha (www.vidyapitha.in) at ISKCON Govardhan Eco Village. He teaches systematic Bhagavatam courses at several places in India. He has written study guides, including Bhagavata Subodhini and Caitanya Subodhini, and compiled vital scriptural verses in the form of the Ratnamala and Tattvamala series. He runs a e-magzine called Bhagavata Pradipika.
  • Caitanya Subodhini

    A Systematic Study Guide for Sri Caitanya-caritamrita

    Get a Birds Eye View of Caitanya Caritamrita Chapters

    Drift in the Flow of Verses and Sections

    Savour the Special Thematic Compilations

    Zoom into the Beauty of Holy Names and Analogies

  • Readers will move further from the Adi-lila, having studied the tattvas of the Lord as well as a glimpse of the childhood pastimes of Lord Caitanya, to His latter pastimes. In this edition, Caitanya Subodhini will take the readers through the overview of the post-sannyasa pastimes of Lord Caitanya - from His travels towards Jagannatha Puri, to His yatra across southern India. This first volume concludes with the Lord's return to Jagannatha Puri in time to celebrate Jagannatha Ratha Yatra in great jubilation.
    As usual, this systematic study guide includes:
    • Verse by verse overview of the chapters along with summary tables and overview charts.
    • Special Map of Lord Caitanya's South India Tour
    • Spectacular Darshans of Sri Gauranga and Sri Sri Radha Vrindaban Behari
    • Thematic Compilations such as Lord Caitanya's Prasada Pastimes, Lord's affectionate dealings and mercy.
    • Special Map of Lord Caitanya's South India Tour
    ...and many more
    Caitanya Subodhini attempts to simplify the study of Sri Caitanya Caritamrita by integrating the explanations of Srila Krishnadasa Kaviraj Goswami and Srila Prabhupada thus catering for the taste and needs of avid readers, scholars and even new comers.
    Get a birds eye view of Caitanya Caritamrita chapters
     
    Drift in the flow of verses and sections
     
    Savour the special thematic compilations
     
    Zoom into the beauty of Holy name and analogies.
    Studying the post graduate scripture of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas, the Sri Caitanya Caritamrita, is now more relishable and accessible to all who would like to dive deeper into the instructive and nectarean ocean like pastimes of Lord Caitanya.
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    We Should always be enthusiastic to try to capturing the rhinoceros. That way, if we fail, everyone will say, "Never mind,nobody can catch a rhinoceros anyway," and if we succeed, then everyone will say,"Just see what a wonderful thing they have done!"

    - A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami

  • AT LAST!    The india story!

      In October 1970 Bhaktivedanta Swami arrives in Bombay with twenty Western disciples to revive Krishna Consciousness in India, where Krishna’s Name had gone nearly extinct. Over the next two years, in an unimaginable display of pure magic, Prabhupada quickly establishes ISKCON as a major spiritual force in India. Follow Shyamasundar’s eye-witness account, from Prabhupada’s first months in Bombay--to Amritsar, Surat, Kumbha Mela, Juhu, Delhi, Vrindaban, Calcutta, Mayapur, Madras, Vizag—as Prabhupada lays the foundations for Krishna’s movement in the land of His birth. In June 1971, Shyamasundar becomes Prabhupada’s personal secretary and travels with him for years around the globe—all over India, to cold-war Russia, to Africa, Australia, the Pacific Rim, across Europe and America—witness to Prabhupada’s incredible achievements. As they travel, Prabhupada and Shyamasundar share a rare blend of philosophy, action, and humor, debating Western philosophers and storming the citadels, laughing all the way. At last, here are Shyamasundar’s never-heard-before, action-packed stories in 500 pages, with 180 rare photos, describing in factual, poetic, and intimate details this most exciting episode in Prabhupada’s amazing journey!   “TO UNDERSTAND PRABHUPADA’S MISSION IN INDIA, YOU MUST READ THIS BOOK!” -------- H.H. Radhanath Swami   About Author -  I was born in the body of Samuel Speerstra, in Salem, Oregon in May ,1942. From early childhood I thrived on adventure and risk. After graduating from Reed College in 1965, I met Bhaktivedanta Swami in San Francisco in January 1967, and immediately became his disciple Shyamasundar Das. The Swami wed me to my girlfriend Melanie (Malati Devi Dasi) in a smoke-filled storefront in Haight-Ashbury we called the Radha-Krishna Temple. In 1968, to please Swamiji, I traveled with five chosen devotees to London. There, we witnessed firsthand Krishna's magic display; we befriended the Beatles and, courtesy of Apple Records, spread Hare Krishna Mantra around the world. In October 1970, the Swami took twenty of his Western disciples to India, and together--as Prabhupad and his Dancing White Elephants--we barnstormed the country. In June 1971, Prabhupad accepted me as his Personal Secretary. I was by Prabhupad's side, day and night, in Europe, USA, Africa, Asia, Australia-even behind Brezhnev's Iron Curtain. I never saw him sleep, I never saw him make an error of any kind. How did I get this lucky, to observe close-up the life of the Perfect Person? Srila Prabhupad, the Magic Man himself!