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New Publication: Vedānta-syamantaka
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New Publication: Vedānta-syamantaka

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:

  1. The original Sanskrit text in Devanagari.
  2. The original Sanskrit gloss by Baladeva Vidyabhusana.
  3. Alternative readings and notes from multiple manuscripts.
  4. An English translation of the original text and gloss.
  5. Extensive footnotes glossing technical terms and elucidating some of the arguments.

Vedanta-syamantaka is now available in our Online-Store


  • Caitanya krsna das December 10, 2019

    pranams, I have seen a version of Vedanta syamantaka attributed to Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana, is this a mistake or are they two different books?

    • Demian Martins December 11, 2019

      Please read the abstract given above.

    • Caitanya krsna das December 11, 2019

      Thank you, I must pay more attention and read this work.

  • acyutananda das December 11, 2019

    This is a wonderful addition to enrich the foundation of our sampradaya (I am also very happy that Bengali verses are quoted from Caritamrita etc)

  • Willi December 16, 2019

    I find it heartwarming and inspiring to see how Babaji supports serious scholars in their attempt to preserve knowledge and save what’s about to get lost.

    I’ve read one chapter of this work and it appears to me as like a “Sandarbhas in a nutshell”.

    Helpful to get an overview before, while, and after one is digging deeper.

    Thank you, Demian Prabhu!

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