Sri Krishna Vijaya
The Lord mercifully incarnated in this material world and performed innumerable pastimes for the benefit of suffering conditioned souls. Hearing of such pastimes of the Lord produced the medicine of curing the material disease, which is forgetfulness of God. Sri Krishna Vijaya is one of such transcendental literatures that described the pastimes of Lord Krishna when He appeared on this earth more than five thousand years ago.
A person seeing this book for the first time may raise an objection as to the necessity of publishing another book on Sri Krishna lila, when there are already innumerable books in the market. However, these types of objections are due to the nature of the age of kali as people are mostly lazy about spiritual subjects, thus a new book depicting the pastimes of the Lord are always seeing as a burden. But those who are really interested in their self-interest are full of enthusiasm in receiving a new literature depicting the pastimes of the Lord. Even though the new book may contain a repetition of previously published materials, but there are always new angle of the presentation of the author which always provide a new revelation of the Absolute Truth. Topics describing the pastimes of the Lord are always dynamic and not stagnant. The Lord’s body is ever new, similarly topics describing His pastimes are ever new.
Sri Krishna Vijaya is an authentic Vaisnava literature depicting the pastimes of the Supreme Lord Krishna. This book was first published in the modern times by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, more than 150 years ago and was then republished by his son, the great Vaisnava master, Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura. It has been noted there are other few editions of Sri Krishna Vijaya, however this new edition follows the presentation given by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
Sri Krishna Vijaya is such a special literature as it was dear to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who expressed His appreciation of the book as follows:
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, "Gunaraja Khan of Kulina-grama compiled a book named Sri Krsna-vijaya, in which there is a sentence revealing the author's ecstatic love of Krsna." ‘Krsna, the son of Nanda Maharaja, is my life and soul.' By this statement I am sold into the hands of the descendants of Gunaraja Khan. “
By these statement, the authenticity, greatness, and honorableness of this book is proven. It is needless to say how much respect this book will attract from the Gauòiya Vaisnavas for having received such lavish praise by none other than Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada commented as follows:
“Sri Krsna-vijaya is a book of poems considered to be the first poetry book written in Bengal. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura states that this book was begun in the year 1473. After seven years, it was completed. This book was originally written in plain Bengali language, and even half-educated Bengalis and women could read it very clearly. Even ordinary men with little knowledge of the alphabet could read this book and understand it. Its language is not very ornamental, and sometimes the poetry is not very sweet to hear. Although according to the sonnet style each line should contain fourteen syllables, there are sometimes sixteen, twelve or thirteen syllables in his verse. Many words used in those days could be understood only by local inhabitants, yet this book is still so popular that no bookstore is complete without it. It is very valuable for those who are interested in advancing in Krsna consciousness."
Sri Gunaraja Khan was one of the topmost Vaisnavas, and he translated the Tenth and Eleventh Cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam for the understanding of the common people. The book Sri Krsna-vijaya was highly praised by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and it is very valuable for all Vaisnavas.
Sri Maladhara Vasu or Gunaraja Khan was a great devotee of the Lord who desired greatly to benefit the world with his rendition of the accounts of the pastimes of the Lord. Thus throughout the book is found the blessings he bestowed on the readers of this book. While narrating the Lord’s pastimes, he inserted his own teachings of the Absolute Truth that separates reality from illusion. The reader will thus enjoy the benefit of hearing the accounts of the pastimes of the Lord and the same time hears the philosophy of the Absolute Truth.
Sri Krishna Vijaya mainly deals with subjects matters described in the tenth and eleventh cantos of Srimad Bhagavatam. The author has also included in the book some accounts from scriptures like Mahabharata, Harivamsa, Brahma vaivarta Purana and Bhavisya Purana
Pages - 395, Type - Paperback
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