Preface to Second Edition
Almost 15 years have passed by since the first edition was published. Though fervor to practice authentic devotional service has not altered by the grace of the lord, many things have changed in our life. We have spent several years in the holy dhama seriously studying and trying to imbibe the Gaudiya Vaisnavas' teachings. We have also studied Harinamamrta vyakarana Sanskrit grammar. During both studies we have come across many original scriptures and have decided to update this book and to reflect what the original scriptures conveyed; consequently, it has enhanced authencity, and usefulness of the book.
The edition has been revised such that it is a complete "face-life" of the original manuscript. Now, it stands as a complete reference book. We have provided brief explanation of each listing instead of just posting them as a "laundry list". Of course, this has resulted in increase in the size of the book considerably; however, it has also made the book an independent reference source. New Microsoft easy. Thus, this new revised edition will be more useful than the previous edition.
When the first edition was first published during the Gaur Purnima festival in 1992, many of Governing Board Commissioners (GBC) of the International Society of Krishna Consciousness members were enthralled by the book. It had so happened that asta sakhis (eight main gopis) were to be installed on the altar very next day, but no one among the GBC's knew the exact position of the main gopis with respect to the position of their Lordship, Sri Sri Radha-Krishna. This Nectar from Numbers book provided that precise information with the original reference so that every one in the assembly was pleased. Since then, this book is known as the "Number Book." It was sold out in less than two years.
Nectar from Numbers contains a wealth of mystical, philosophical and historical references arranged in such a way that both the novice and the well seasoned spiritual aspirant may gleam a depth of knowledge not found in any other single publication. I have personally searched for years. Purchased hundreds of texts, and languished for hours trying to find references that you have now made easily available by just opening your book. From scholars to devotees, everyone will find great sustenance for their intellect and food for their soul among each and every page. Not only a reference text, it is a true labor of love and nectar of illumination found between the numbers of Divinity.
Though the first edition went out of publication in short period, our study combined with additional responsibilities delayed the publication of second edition. We are hoping that this edition will also receive similar response from the readers. However, a caution warrants that some of the conclusions drawn here from the scriptures may not be acceptable to all readers. Please bear in mind that all statements are valid and authentic according to Gaudiya vaisnava's books. Modern scholars consider two great epics and puranas including Bhagavat purana as mythologies, while Vaisnavas treat Bhagavat purana as "cream of Vedas." This book is meant for those who have highest regard for Srimad Bhagavat purana. Readers are encouraged to contact the author for any queries.
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