Post by aspiringdevotee on Jun 15, 2010 1:15:17 GMT -6
I have just read Religion, philosophy, and literature of Bengal Vaishnavism by Durgadas Mukhopadyay, which basically has a short introduction on Gaudiya Vaisnavism, and a little disparaging side-note on the Sahajiyas, and then includes a selection of padavali lyrics arranged according to a traditional kirtan session, with a discussion of the effects of bhakti, such as trembling, perspiration and so on. I found this fascinating since I did not realise that kirtan evenings were arranged structurally a) with opening chants to Sri Gauranga-candra, and b) a whole sequence on Radha and Krishna meeting, seperation, union, etc. I think it was a great little eye-opener and I wish to read and collect some of the Padavalis. I do not know if many are translated though, so I may need to learn Bengali first!