Much has been written on Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura’s unique contribution to the world of Gaudiya Vaisnavism. Today, in every continent of the world, the holy name of Krishna is being chanted due to the seed of kṛṣṇa-bhakti planted by him. Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura, the divine potency of Śrī Gaurāṅga Mahāprabhu (gaura-śakti), graciously came to this material world. He was attracted by the sufferings of the conditioned living entities, who were bereft of the nectar obtained by rendering devotional service unto Śrī Śrī Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa. Due to his magnanimity, he gave his mercy to the world by personally revealing his own supereminence as the personification of the mercy-potency of Śrī Gaurāṅga.
Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura wrote:
“We avail of the opportunity offered by the Anniversary Celebrations of the advent of Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda to reflect on the right method of obtaining those benefits that have been made accessible to humanity by the grace of this great devotee of Krishna. Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda has been specifically kind to those unfortunate persons who are engrossed in mental speculation of all kinds. This is the prevalent malady of the present age. The other ācāryas who appeared before Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda did not address their discourses so directly to the empiric thinkers. They had been more merciful to those who are naturally disposed to listen to discourses on the Absolute without being dissuaded by the spuriousarguments of avowed opponents of Godhead. Śrīla Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda has taken the trouble of meeting the perverse arguments of mental speculators by the superior transcendental logic of the Absolute Truth. It is thus possible for the average modern readers to profit by the perusal of his writings. That day is not far distant when the priceless volumes penned by Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda will be reverently translated, by the recipients of his grace, into all the languages of the world. The writings of Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda provide the golden bridge by which the mental speculators can safely cross the raging waters of fruitless empiric controversies that trouble the peace of those who choose to trust in their guidance for finding the Truth. As soon as the sympathetic reader is in a position to appreciate the sterling quality of Ṭhākura Bhaktivinoda’s philosophy the entire vista of the revealed literatures of the world will automatically open out to his reclaimed vision.”
This book has been collected from many wonderful jewels of the literary ocean of Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura Mahāśaya, and includes his essays, stories, novels, books, songs, and poems. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura Prabhupāda ordered one of his foremost disciples, Śrīpāda Sundarānanda Vidyāvinoda Prabhu, a staunch follower of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda’s instructions, to compile this book. This book is in three volumes: one’s relationship with the Lord, the process for achieving the goal of life, and the goal of life. It contains one hundred and eight chapters and has become more attractive, because the teachings and conclusions of Śrīla Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura are presented in the form of questions and answers. The perfect answers for all questions of the practioners of bhakti are thus provided in this book.
Divine opulence of the teachings of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. This is volume one of this great book by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura; it is an encyclopedia of Krishna consciousness.
375 Pages, Paperback. ISBN 81-87897-06-6.