The Caitanya Vaishnavism Booklist Jun 16, 2020 19:45:32 GMT -6
Post by Nitaidas on Jun 16, 2020 19:45:32 GMT -6
Jun 15, 2020 13:29:24 GMT -6 Dauji (Dau Dayal das) said:
Jun 15, 2020 13:10:30 GMT -6 Dauji Dau Dayal das said:Jay Nitai! Dear Nitai das,
Narottam has drawn my attention to your website. Here are a few details about me. I met Swamiji in 1973 in London, became active devotee in Iskcon 15 years later, spent 12 years in Iskcon, moved on to Narayan Maharaja's Gaudiya Math in 2000, left his splintered sanga in 2012 and bumped into Premgopal Goswami of the Nityananda Vamśa in 2013. I have been following the pure line since.
I keep busy by editing, compiling and publishing bhakti books (you can see them on Amazon.com/Dauji Dau Dayal Das). I have compiled the Sri Ślokamritam under Narayan Mj (first published in 2006), and now I publish books of the harikatha of Premgopal Goswami under the cover name Bhakti Books. I can make the PDF files of these books (about a dozen or so) available for free to anyone interested and can send them to you to add to your online library if you have one.
At present I am editing Nityananda Vamśa Vistar. I am not a scholar and I don't know Bengali or Sanskrit so I have to rely on someone else's translation. Sort of mission impossible, but Premgopal wants it published in English for the English speaking world. Can you tell me anything about this book?
I have also written an essay, 'Tradition and Transformation in Vaiṣnavism'. It's a subjective and personal account of my experience and reflections on the topic rather than an academic paper, but if you like I can post it here or send it to you to look at.
My email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope this finds you well and happy,
জয় নিতাই জয় গৌর
राधे राधे !
It is good to hear from you and thank you for sharing your history with us. We would love to have the works you have produced available available here. You can send them to me and I will post them under the appropriate category or you can do that yourself. You will need to become a member first in order to post texts, I think. I met Sri Premgopal Goswami's father many years ago on a visit to Navadvip. I was staying with Gadadhar Pran Das and his wife was a disciple of Madhugopal Goswami. He was very kind to me and gifted me a copy of his grandfather's (Prangopal Goswami's) edition and commentary on the Caitanya-caritamrta (vol. 1), a very rare book at the time. I treasure it and consult it whenever I have questions. I have also been fortunate enough to acquire Prangopal Goswami's edition of the most important of the Sandarbhas, the Priti-sandarbha. I am working my way towards the study of that text with Goswami's commentary.
You are in an interesting position trying to edit a work you can't read in the original. It is hard to check the translation if the English makes no sense. Who has done the translation of the text you are working on? I have found a copy of the text at archive.org. It is a second edition of the Nityananda-vamsa-vistara attributed to Vrndavana Das Thakur. The editor is one Kisori das Babaji from the Vaisnava Research Institute and the year of publication is 1398 (1992 CE). There is a famous Kisori das Babaji who is considered siddha and lived in Vrndaban. This is not that Kisori das Babaji, I am pretty sure. This Kisoridas Baba lives [lived?] in Halisahar in 24 Parganas, West Bengal. Anyway, the text is available online in Bengali script. It does not seem to be long, only a hundred pages. I may have heard about this text before. It might be simply a compilation of the verses on Nityananda Prabhu drawn from the Caitanya-bhagavata. That can be checked out, but, unfortunately, I don't have my copy of Dr. Radhagovinda Nath's edition of the Cbh with me. It has a complete verse index of the text and the verses of the Nityananda-vamsa-vistar might be searched for in that. Anyone else on the forum have access to Dr. Radhagovinda Nath's edition? But, perhaps it is a separate text by Vrndavadas Thakur. If you have questions about particular passages, you can ask me. I can check th original.
Once again, welcome.
I look forward to seeing your works and reading your essay.
राधे श्याम गौर !