Post by Nityānanda dāsa on Apr 4, 2020 14:31:59 GMT -6
Radhe Radhe and welcome! I'm editing this original post to be more relevant to the ongoing book club that we've been having. For the most recent info and/or invitation to this book club, please contact me.
Statement of Purpose
This book club is intended for those who want to learn more about the Caitanya Vaishnava tradition as understood by the unbroken diksa lineages descending from Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's associates such as Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Prabhu, Gadadhar Pandit, Lokanath Gosvamin, Rupa Gosvamin, Gopal Batta Gosvamin, etc. That is to say that it is not a place for discussing issues pertinent to ISKCON/Gaudiya Math (IGM). Of course a lot of us are still working on trying to rid misunderstandings we've learned from those organizations and those types of discussions are welcome. Mainly the mood we hope for is one of encouragement, inclusivity, honesty, humility, tolerance, and the other Vaishnava qualities described in Gaudiya teachings.
We will be selecting books to read that will hopefully give us greater insight into the genuine Chaitanya tradition; books that will help us to develop and enthuse our raganuga sadhana bhakti practice. You are encouraged to please look up the Blazing Sapphire Press, which has published a number of these texts as well as biographers of some of the greatest devotees of modern times.
If there's anything you feel that could be added to this 'statement of purpose' please let me know. Jai Sri Radhe!
Aspiring to become a servant of the Vaishnavas,
Nila Madhava das
PS - Below is the original text of this post that started off our book club...
I've been wanting to read Sadhya-Sadhana Tattva Vijnana (Topmost Achievable Goal & The Scientific Way to Achieve It) by Sri Ananta das Babaji Maharaja, so we will begin this book club by reading this. Reading and discussion will take place every Sunday, Tuesday, and Friday from 12 noon to 1pm Eastern Standard Time (+ daylight savings) for the next three weeks, with the final session on April 24th as I return to work at that time and won't be able to do weekday readings after that date. Depending on how it goes, maybe we'll continue on Friday evenings or on the weekend. Please message me to sign up. We will hold these meetings via zoom live video.
This book we're starting with covers the topics of: Guru-Tattva, Bhakta-Tattva, Bhagavad-Tattva, Krishna-Tattva, Radha-Tattva, Bhakti-Tattva, Nama-Tattva, Raganuga-Bhakti, Prema-Tattva, and Rasa-Tattva. This English translation was done by Srimati Madhumati Dasi.
Eventually (hopefully) we can do some Q & A calls and/or special topic calls with learned Vaishnavas such as Nitai Dasji and others.
Lastly, I've also announced this on Facebook, so I'm not entirely sure of the crowd we'll have, but I don't intend it to be for folks looking to defend IGM perspectives.
Jai Sri Radhe!