We are glad to announce the release of the Vedanta-syamantaka, composed by Sri Radha-Damodara Gosvami, whose foremost disciple was Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana. This book, translated by Dr. Demian Martins, gives a concise but profound exposition of some of the major tenets of Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy and theology. Following a discussion on epistemology, each one of the remaining chapters deals with one of five major philosophical topics: Isvara (the Supreme Lord), jiva (the living entity), prakrti (material nature), kala (eternal time) and karma (material activity). In defining these topics, the author provides ample quotations from various scriptures, as well as sound arguments that corroborate the Gaudiya Vaisnava conclusions. The original text is further clarified by Vidyabhusana’s gloss, which is found only in a few rare manuscripts and is being published here for the first time. The introduction addresses the old controversy regarding the authorship of this book, the causes of the confusion, and the evidence that Sri Radha-Damodara is the real author. This critical edition has been prepared by consulting a total of 32 different manuscripts collected from all over India, including all published editions, and in this way it has been possible to rid the text of multiple wrong readings seen in the previous printed editions.
This edition includes:
The original Sanskrit text in Devanagari.
The original Sanskrit gloss by Baladeva Vidyabhusana.
Alternative readings and notes from multiple manuscripts.
An English translation of the original text and gloss.
Extensive footnotes glossing technical terms and elucidating some of the arguments.
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If I give up Bhakti because I’m not getting pleasure then it means that I have not understood Bhakti. It means that I have not come for Bhakti. I have come for my own pleasure. On the Bhakti path you do not have to be looking for pleasure – it comes naturally. A characteristic of Bhakti is that the person is devoid of any other desire except to do favorable activities for Krishna. Pleasure will come when love is there, because that is the very nature of love.