Citra Kavitvani of Srila Rupa Goswami
The Citra-Kavitvani is a collection of 12 amazing verses written by Srila Rupa Goswami. These verses, full of transcendental tongue twisters and playful picture poetry, highlight Rupa Goswami’s genius as a foremost poet among the Gaudiya Vaisnavas. The book includes a CD with a video presentation of the Citra-Kavitvani, a powerpoint presentation, and an unabridged edition with a complete literal translation of Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana’s commentary.
Srila Rupa Goswami is well known among the Gaudiya Vaisnavas as the rasacarya (teacher of devotional feelings), having written extensively on the topic in his Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu and Ujjvala-nilamani. His other poems and dramas contain abundant examples of many other ornaments of speech, sound and meaning. In particular, his citra-kavitva verses, which are found in his Stava-mala, are brilliant examples of ornaments of sound.
These twelve citra-kavitva verses presented in this book are guaranteed to enter the heart and spin the heads of sympathetic readers and leave them dumbstruck.
The accompanying CD includes, among others, a video presentation, where it provides an experience which transcends the confines of the written book . It also includes a powerpoint presentation for those who wish to share this nectar with their communities while providing their own explanations. And for the serious scholars the CD includes an unabridged edition containing Devanagari diagrams and a complete literal translation of Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana’s commentary, with exhaustive footnotes.
Translated by Matsya Avatar Dasa