A decade old best seller Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta went out of print for a while, and now with a positive initiative from Touchstone Media the book is back with a bang. Sanatana Gosvami’s magnum opus of the devotional journey back to the Supreme Almighty, impeccably presented by Gopiparanadhana Das, had received ecstatic responses from the Vaisnava Community worldwide.
The Vaisnavas, scholars and readers were extremely heart-broken at the fact that such a prolific work disappeared from the market suddenly. For past few years devotees had been requesting Touchstone Media to take up the initiative of re-publishing the book once again. Being overwhelmed with the demand of the book Touchstone Media in collaboration with Giriraj Publishing, republished Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta. Giriraj Publishing has published blockbuster hot sellers like Laghu-Bhagavatamrta, Tattva-Sandharbha, and many others along with the most recent Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta.
Giriraj Publishing is an outfit of Bhaktivedanta Book Trust that was incorporated to publish the marvellous works of Gopiparanadhana Das, who was a Sanskrit scholar, founder of Govardhana Sanskrit School and an acclaimed maestro of devotional science. Sri Brhad Bhagavtamrta is an epic narrative of Sanatana Gosvami which has been immaculately inferred by Gopiparanadhana Das. The priceless diamond found by Sanatana Gosvami was brilliantly carved and presented to the world by Gopiparanadhana Das.
Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta is a magnum opus by Sanatana Gosvami, a gamut of the intricacies of loving the reservoir of love, the Supreme Almighty, a casket of transcendental literature on theology of devotion and an unfathomable ocean of love of ardent and dedicated devotees for the Almighty. An ISKCON devotee once wrote to Touchstone Media, “……. Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta transformed my viewpoint about the Supreme Lord, His abode, His devotees and the Lord’s intrinsic relationship with His devotees. By the time, I delved with my own thoughts, and finally understood the Absolute Truth, Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta was out of print. I really wanted to buy a few more sets to gift my near and dear ones, not because I wish to preach them or impose my realizations upon them, but to just help them realize the beauty and serenity of surreal love that exists in the eternal realm. Please help me by re-printing this spiritual bomb named Brhad Bhagavatamrta……” Touchstone Media received many such touching requests which became the driving force for Isvara Das to collaborate with Giriraja Publishing to reprint the book.
Gopiparanandhana Das with utmost brilliance in Sanskrit language and profound knowledge, following the footsteps of the stalwarts of Gaudiya Vaisnava society and Srila Prabhupada, corroborates the sublime assertion of every scripture by translating the original text as authored by Sanatana Gosvami. Gaudiya Vaishnava stalwart, Sanatana Gosvami, who was an ace teacher of the devotional science, penned down this masterpiece for the world to learn and grow spiritually and inspire one to re-establish ones broken link with the Supreme Lord. It is next to impossible to calibrate the extent of compassion this great soul had towards conditioned souls in this age.
For some, all of this might sound bizarre, but when asked, Isvara Das chuckled and remarked, “…… In the form of two narratives, Srila Sanatana Goswami had described the science of bhakti through the journey of a devotee who tries to understand the devotees of the Supreme Lord by way of examination of various categories of devotees and through a sweet narrative of how a devotee attains spiritual perfection. It is a pilgrim’s progress. Spiritual perfection takes efforts and these efforts are step by step process leading to the greatest perfection. The epic, Mahabharat, has said, mahajano yena gatha sa pantha, that the path of the greats must be followed to attain success. Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta therefore provides such a platform. Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta is a sacred text for practitioners of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta contains an analysis of the teachings of Lord Chaitanya from an ontological and metaphysical perspective……”
The readers and scholars who wish to experience eternal love, ethereal yet subtle presence of that eternal love, and an exquisite depiction of expression that same love from and towards the Supreme reservoir of love, Sri Brhad Bhagavatamrta is your pick. A perfect blend of knowledge, intellect, love, reciprocation of love, paradigm of expression and hue of ancient medieval language, is sure to strike the note of spirituality and love.
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