Which books are you currently working on? When can we expect to see them published?
At present I am working on Mahat-sanga Prasanga by Sri Kanupriya Goswami. It is a short work, but he covers a lot of territory. Most of the translation is done. I am writing the introduction and finishing some of the appendices. It is a good introduction to the work that master of CV theology, especially as it pertains to the divine name.
Jagadish and I are working on a book together. Basically, he comes over everyday, I translate it from Bengali, and he types it in. It is a set of recollections about Siddha Manohar Das Babaji by one of his major disciples, Navadvip Das. Siddha Baba was one of the siksa gurus of my gurudeva. My gurudeva learned bhajan from him. He was an extraordinary Sadhu. So far, the book has had some interesting stories in it. I think it will be quite instructive and useful when it is done. There is still a good deal of work to do on it.
Apart from that I have dozens of things started and in various states of completion. My next major work will probably be Sri Sananta's Sri Krsna-lila-stava. I see that as the seed text of the whole theological tradition. I believe it was the first book written in CV and contains in it the core ideas of the tradition. I have written a long introduction (over a hundred pages so far) citing and discussing every passage in the early biographies in which Rupa and Sanatana is mentioned. In addition, i have given a brief summary of the first half of the 10th Skandha on which the book is based. I think learning and reciting that book alone is enough for one to develop prema-bhakti and taste rasa.
Thanks, rahulhbji. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed the books and that they are available through Amazon UK. Did they take long to arrive?
My production rate has slowed down this year, for some reason. Perhaps the semester in the UK is a partial cause. I spent a lot of time looking for works on CV at the British Library and found some interesting things as you can see from one of the other threads. Then coming back here and teaching has slowed me down somewhat too. Starting from May, I will have more time to complete some of the books in the works.
Books that are close to completion and that will hopefully be done this year are:
Associating with Great Ones by Sri Kanupriya Goswami. Just an introduction to complete and an appendix. You can find a pdf of an earlier version of the book under Modern CV Writers on this forum. It is the first of a long line of books by Kanupriya Goswami that I want to translate and publish.
Lord Gauranga (Vol 1) by Shishir Kumar Ghosh. It has been waiting editing and footnoting and introducing. I plan to do that one in the same manner as I did Sri Krsna: modernizing, checking references, adding relevant appendices, etc. etc. This work has been enormously influential in introducing Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu to the Western world.
Also my guru-bhai and I have completed a translation of a delightful little text on Siddha Manohar Das Babaji which is waiting editing and annotating. Siddha Manohar Das Babaji was Baba Tinkudi's siksa guru and taught him the process of bhajan. The text is called My Guru by one of his close disciples. Our intention was to publish that with a lila-smaran text by Siddha Babaji, but that text is not yet translated. I think it is better to put out the biography now and add the other text later.
If I can complete these three things by the end of the year, I will be quite happy.
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I guess it is time to do an update for this thread, the last one dating to 2010. It is now 2019. Nine years have passed. So what am I working on now and what is likely to be coming out over the next year or so?
I am currently working on three projects at the same time, dividing my time between them. They are the following:
1. Volume 1 of the complete Ujjvala-nilamani of Rupa Gosvamin covering the first two chapters on Krsna and his helpers. I previously finished the first volume of an anthology of selected verses from the Un with an introduction to rasa and to bhakti-rasa. That covered the first 7 chapters of the text. Now I am going back and doing all the verses, both poetic and didactic along with footnotes from the three major commentaries on the text. The commentaries of Sri Jiva, Sri Visnudas Gosvamin, and Sri Visvanatha Cakravartin are included in the appendices (just the carefully corrected Sanskrit texts drawn mostly from Puridas's edition and Haridas Das's edition). I have also added an introduction that is substantially different from the one in the anthology. The first volume should be out sometime later this year. After that will come volume 2, chapters 3 and 4 on the cowherd girls and Sri Radhika. And so it will go until the whole book is available in hopefully the best edition and translation that has been made since Rupa wrote the book.
2. I have decided to translate volume one of Sri Kanupriya Goswami's Sri Nama-cintamani which I am translating as Wish-jewel of the Holy Names. It is such an important text that I decided it must be done. I am working on the opening essays in the book by great Vaisnava writers like Rasikamohana Vidyabhusana, Pramathanatha Tarkabhusana, Sundarananda Vidyavinoda, and the author himself. It has long been a cherished desire of mine to bring out a whole sequence of books on what I call the Theology of the Holy Name. One of the works that is in this group is the Nectar of the Holy Name by Manindranatha Guha which I managed to finish some years ago. Manindranath was one of those who started out in the Gaudiya Math and then left when Puridas did. He later found shelter with a real Prabhupada, Prabhupada Kanupriya Goswami, and under his influence wrote a number of fine works on the Caitanya tradition. I have only done his work on the Holy Name. I will periodically post Kanupriya's work as it progresses. It is a great challenge and a great honor to be able to attempt a translation of his works on the Holy Names. I want to complete the set of books on the Theology of the Holy Name by translating Sundarananda's massive work on the subject entitled Sri Sri Nama-cintamani-kirana-kanika (A Flash from a Ray of the Wish-jewel of the Holy Names). The latter work is the result of Sundarananda's careful study of Kanupriya Goswami's works on the Holy Names.
3. Siddha Manoharadas Baba's life entitled My Gurudeva by Navadvipa Das. The main text is done, though it needs some polishing. The main focus of my work now is on the appendices in which I want to include some sections of Siddha Baba's own writings. The two works I am working on are his lila text called Vaidagdha-vilasa or Skillful Seductions. The whole work deserves to be translated, but for this volume only the first or second sections are being done. The second work is a play called Dharma-candrodaya Nataka or Rise of the Moon of Virtue, the Play. This latter is short enough that I think I can do the whole thing for the book. I would love to include the other work Siddha Baba mentions Gopi-nama-ratna-mala or Jewel Necklace of the Names of the Cowherd Girls. A new member of this site Nilamadhava Das is trying to locate this work for me. There must be a copy somewhere waiting to be found.
Enough for now. I have a few others works also under construction, but more about those later.
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