After several years of hard work, the Bhaktivedanta Book Trust edition of the book has finally come off the press. Laghu Bhagavtamrta is a posthumous work of Gopiparanadhana Dasa, the famed BBT Sanskrit translator and commentator.The Laghu (small) Bhagavatamṛta is Rupa Gosvami’s literary offering to his brother Sanatana Gosvami, who wrote the popular Brhad (great) Bhagavatamṛta. In it, he wished to elaborate on Brhad-bhagavatamṛta’s description of the different forms of Bhagavan (God) and His loving interaction with various groups of His devotees.
When Srila Rupa Goswami authored his Laghu Bhagavatamrta in the 16th century, even Vaisnavas commonly accepted Lord Visnu as the original form of the Supreme Lord, considering Lord Krsna merely as one of His avatars albeit the most beloved of the Lord’s many forms. The milieu in which Srila Rupa Goswami wrote has since changed greatly, but the need to demonstrate how Lord Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead remains today, when so few believe in any God at all -much less God as a small, dark, flute-playing cowherd boy named Krsna. Srila Rupa Goswami herein provides a compelling scriptural exegesis of that assertion. Modern life being permeated by various modes of atheism, voidism and impersonalism, this book thus has great relevance for the spiritual lives of all sincere seekers, especially those aspiring to be devotees of Krsna.
The book is divided into two parts:
Part 1 introduces the reader to the many forms of Bhagavān and His avatars.
Part 2 classifies His devotees according to the depth of their devotion.
The original text was translated and commented upon by His Grace Gopiparaṇadhana Dasa. The book’s numerous appendices were completed by Giriraja Publishing’s researchers after Gopiparanadhana’s untimely departure. A foreword to the book was written by Dr. Edwin Bryant.
This book follows the BBT standard of Sanskrit devanagari, transliteration, English translation and commentary by Gopiparanadhana Dasa.
More than a dozen color illustrations. 876 Pages, Hardbound.
Available as Hardbound and Ebook formats
BBT’s long-anticipated release of Gopiparanadhana Prabhu’s posthumas translation of Sri Laghu-bhagavatamrta has finally arrived. Due to Srila Rupa Gosvami, this book holds great importance for ISKCON as his works are foundational texts of ISKCON’s canon. Sri Rupa received the complete mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Laghu-bhagavatamrta serves as a supplementary text to Brhad-bhagavatamrta, written by Rupa’s elder brother and guru Sanatana Gosvami as a summary of the essential conclusions of the Srimad-Bhagavatam. Laghu-bhagavatamrta is the condensed essence of the essence of Srimad-Bhagavatam in the sense that it bolsters that conclusion of the Bhagavatam, that Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
He convincingly establishes Mahaprabhu’s philosophy via a concise yet exhaustive presentation of Visnu-tattva. He lays a foundation of sastric evidence, arming his followers with ready, reliable evidence for many of the sampradaya’s claims.
Indeed ISKCON devotees can fortify their knowledge of sambandha, our sampradaya’s methods of proving that Krsna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, defeating spiritual misconceptions and strengthen their fund of evidence as they present Krsna consciousness. In conclusion, by studying Laghu-bhagavatamrta devotees will develop a deeper appreciation for the glories of Sri Krsna and of His devotees, headed by Srimati Radharani, thus bringing them closer to achieving their eternal abode.