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Sri Hari-Bhakti-Vilasa: Vilasa 1 to 20 (Set of 5 Books)

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Vilasas 1-5 About the About There are two kinds of Vedic literature-fruitive and transcendental. Those who are inclined toward the fruitive division naturally have no interest in transcendental literature. Human beings mould their lives, actions, concepts and conclusions according to their own taste. For this reason, the smartas also have more faith in the literature of their choice. Because they are not qualified to study transcendental literature, they lack faith in them. That...

Vilasas 1-5

About the About

There are two kinds of Vedic literature-fruitive and transcendental. Those who are inclined toward the fruitive division naturally have no interest in transcendental literature. Human beings mould their lives, actions, concepts and conclusions according to their own taste. For this reason, the smartas also have more faith in the literature of their choice. Because they are not qualified to study transcendental literature, they lack faith in them. That is the arrangement of the creator. There is no doubt that there is a confidential purpose behind this. The purpose is that if one remains fixed in his own position, according to his qualifications, he will gradually make advancement. As soon one gives up the duties pertaining to his position, he becomes degraded. When human beings are engaged in fruitive activities, they are called karmis, and when they are engaged in devotional service, they are called devotees. As long as one is attached to the performance of fruitive activities, he should follow the path of smarta because it will be beneficial for him. If he somehow transcends the platform of fruitive activities and enters onto the platform of devotional service, he will naturally develop a taste for spiritual life. That is why the creator has made two sets of literature-fruitive and transcendental.

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In order to arrange for the observance of vows and rituals for those who desire to obtain the ultimate goal of life, krsna-prema, the most merciful Lord Gaurahari, who is the deliverer of the people of Kali-yuga, instructed His associate, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, to compose the Vaisnava smrti, Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa.

The responsibility for accumulating evidence for the subject matters specified by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was entrusted to Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. That is why, in each chapter, Srila Sanatana Gosvami has mentioned the name of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Srila Sanatana Gosvami has also written a commentary called Digdarsini for the easy and proper understanding of this literature.

Introduction

There are two kinds of Vedic literature-fruitive and transcendental. Those who are inclined toward the fruitive division naturally have no interest in transcendental literature. Human beings mound their lives, actions, concepts and conclusions according to their own taste. For this reason, the smartas also have more faith in the literature of their choice. Because they are not qualified to study transcendental literature, they lack faith in them. That is the arrangement of the creator. There is no doubt that there is a confidential purpose behind this. The purpose is that if one remains fixed in his own position, according to his qualifications, he will gradually make advancement. As soon one gives up the duties pertaining to his position, he becomes degraded. When human beings are engaged in fruitive activities, they are called karmis, and when they are engaged in devotional service, they are called devotees. As long as one is attached to the performance of fruitive activities, he should follow the path of smarta because will be beneficial for him. If he somehow transcends the platform of fruitive activities and enters onto the platform of devotional service, he will naturally develop a taste for spiritual life. That is why the creator has made two sets of literature ? fruitive and transcendental. In order to strengthen the karmis' faith in fruitive activities, the smarta literature has prescribed many rules and regulations. Not only that, they have sometimes displayed an indifference towards transcendental literature, just to steady the karmis' faith in those rules and regulations. Although the two types of literature are actually one, they appear different to different people. Without being fixed in one's position, a person cannot attain any true benefit. For this reason, the Vedic because appears to be of two types. In the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.20.7-8) it is stated:

nirvinnanam, jnana-yoga

nyasinam iha karmasu

tesv anirvinna-cittanam

karma-yogas tu kaminam

"Among these three paths, jnana-yoga, the path of philosophical speculation, is recommended for those who are disgusted with material life and are thus detached from ordinary, fruitive activities. These who are not disgusted with material life, having many desires yet to fulfill, should seek perfection through the path of karma-yoga." yadrcchaya mat-kathadau

jata-sraddhas tu yah puman

na nirvinno nati-sakto

bhakti-yoga' sya siddhi-dah

"If somehow or other by good fortune one develops faith in hearing and chanting My glories, such a person, being neither very disgusted with nor attached to material life, should achieve perfection through the path of loving devotion of Me."

Devotees are neither attached not detached. As long as one falsely thinks that he is the proprietor, he is under the influence of enjoyment and detachment. Devotees of the Lord are simply interested in serving Him. To renounce as mundane the objects that are related to Lord Hari is called pseudo renunciation, and to accept everything in relation to Lord Hari without attachment is called proper renunciation.

In the Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.3.44) it is stated :

paroksa-vado vedo 'yam'

balanam anusasanam

karma-moksaya karmani

vidhatte hy agadam yatha

"Childish and foolish people are attached to materialistic, fruitive activities, although the actual goal of life is to became free from such activities. Therefore, the Vedic injunctions indirectly lead one to the path of ultimate liberation by first prescribing fruitive religious activities, just as a father promises his child candy so that the child will take his medicine."

In order to arrange for the observance of vows and rituals for those who desire to obtain the ultimate goal of life, Krsna-prema, the most merciful Lord Gaurahai, who is the deliverer of the people of Kali-yuga, instructed His associate, Srila Sanatana Gosvami, to compose the Vaisnava smrti, Sri Hari-bhakti-vilasa.

The responsibility for accumulating evidence for the subject matters specified by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was entrusted to Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. That is why, in each chapter, Srila Sanatana Gosvami has mentioned the name of Gopala Bhatta Gosvami. Srila Sanatana Gosvami has also written a commentary called Digdarsini for the easy and proper understanding of this literature.

Contents

Vol-I  
FIRST VILASA 1
SECOND VILASA 71
THIRD VILASA 135
FOURTH VILASA 233
FIFTH VILASA 331
Vol-II  
SIXTH VILASA 1
SEVENTH VILASA 85
EIGHTH VILASA 187
NINTH VILASA 321
TENTH VILASA 427
Vol-III  
INTRODUCTION ix
ELEVENTH VILASA 1
TWELETH VILASA 221
THIRTEENTH VILASA 339
Vol-IV  
INTRODUCTION ix
FOURTHEEN VILASA 1
FIFTEENTH VILASA 134
SIXTEENTH VILASA 312
VOL-V  
INTRODUCTION ix
SEVENTEENTH VILASA 1
EIGHTEENTH VILASA 77
NINTEENTH VILASA 203
TWENTEENTH VILASA 479

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Item Code: NAN487 Author: Srila Sanatana Gosvami Cover: Hardcover Edition: 2005 Publisher: Ras Bihari Lal and Sons Language: Transliteration With English Translation Size: 9.0 inch x 6.0 inch Pages: 2641 Other Details: Weight of the Book: 4.9 kg
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