I have started working on a new edition of this classic by Dr. Kapoor. We will produce a paperback version that translates most of what he left untranslated (the many technical terms) and edits out repetitions. Occasionally he goes astray, as everyone seems to, and that will be corrected through footnotes. We will not change his original text apart from making it more idiomatic English. I am also going to add a large appendix or two with a selection of parts of the main Astakaliya texts and paddhatis, since he finishes his discussion with astakaliya. The end result should be a much more complete and authentic treatment of this important topic: raganuga bhakti. I will of course write an introduction as well.
By the way, I have a number of copies of the old version if anyone wants one. The price is $10 at Nitai's Bookstore. Get yours while the supplies last.
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I will keep you posted. If I can get my daughter to complete the type before she trundles off to Italy this summer, I suspect it will be done soon.
Of course, the big unstated question on your mind is: how is my book going? I am sorry to say that I have put it aside for the moment. I hope to get back to it soon. I hope you will forgive me. I felt this strong urge to clear up some of these smaller projects first. Plus, I worry that I won't be able to do a good job on it and that it will wind up costing too much to produce. Most cookbooks are in the range of $15-25. This one could cost us that much just to print. Anyway, I will take it up again and once I do it will not take long to finish.
I've changed my mind on this project. After looking at Dr Kapoor's treatment of the subject, I've decided that it is too flawed to bear reissuing. I've decided to do our own book on the subject. I think I will follow Kapoor's general outline, but replace his text with my own. I think he clearly has misunderstood the raganuga process and it needs correction. So instead we will create our own book and augment it, as I usually do, with bilingual translations of the major raganuga texts (Gopala-guru, Dhyana-candra, Siddha Krsna Das, etc). This is not meant to be a put down of Dr Kapoor. He is in this subject a trail-blazer. He just didn't have the tools to go deeply enough and he was unable to shake off the misconceptions planted in his head by Bhakti-siddhanta and the others of IGM.
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Post by service to Radha's feet on Apr 8, 2021 19:52:02 GMT -6
Jaya Radhe Dr. Nitai Das Ji, Has this work been completed? This was the first CV tradition book I read in 1996. It blew my mind. I realized after reading this book that I was not in the right place (ISKCON) and that I needed to find Guru and discover this path.