Tattva Sandarbha, the first book of the Ṣaṭ Sandarbhas, is the smallest in size but not in importance. As its name suggests, it discusses the Reality (Tattva) that is the ultimate subject to be understood and realized. Tattva also means “essence,” and thus Tattva Sandarbha provides the essence of what is to be elaborated upon in the rest of the Sandarbhas. Thus, it serves as an introduction to them and lays the foundation for entry into the subject matter of Bhāgavata Purāṇa, which Jīva Gosvāmī first establishes as the supreme authority in the matter of the self-disclosure of the Absolute Reality, Bhagavān.
Language: English translation and commentary with Sanskrit verses Page count: 1188 (print) Revised electronic edition, 2020
Bhagavat Sandarbha is the second book of this anthology. In this volume, Śrī Jīva builds on the overview provided in Tattva Sandarbha to elucidate on, in explicit detail, the nature of that nondual Reality. He covers the topic of ontology, or sambandha-jñāna, knowledge of Reality as the nondual Absolute, which finds its highest completion exclusively in Bhagavān, the transcendent personal Absolute. The one indivisible total Reality is referred to primarily by the names Brahman, Paramātmā and Bhagavān.
The book describes Bhagavān, the Supreme Person, as the most complete manifestation of nondual Reality, inclusive of Brahman and Paramātmā. It also describes His diverse energies, qualities, name, form, associates, and abode as intrinsic aspects of His essential being.
Language: English translation and commentary with Sanskrit verses Page count: 610 (print) Revised electronic edition, 2020
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