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Sacred Preface


Swami B.V.Tripurari


Sri Caitanya and his four principal associates, known collectively as the Panca-tattva, are the subject of a robust body of sacred narratives and philosophical texts dating from the sixteenth century into the present. Central to this literary contribution is Sri 
Caitanya-caritamrita, which was instrumental in establishing an orthodox doctrine of Gaudiya Vedanta. Exactly who Sri Caitanya is and what he taught is elucidated in the pages of the text.

Sacred Preface is an extended commentary on the auspicious invocation—mangalacarana—of Krsnadasa Kaviraja’s Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. Krsnadasa inserted his own commentary on this fourteen-verse invocation into the body of his hagiography, and this elaboration on the significance of his invocation no doubt served the Gaudiya community well. Much of the book’s philosophy and theology is packed into this commentary, and it thus sets a philosophical stage on which the drama of the life and lila of Sri Caitanya is played out.

Sacred Preface, written over five hundred years after Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, is a testament to the vitality of Krsnadasa’s text, as it explores the implications of Krsnadasa’s invocatory verses and auto-commentary from the perspective of a modern practitioner.

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  1. 140723a The Sacred Preface of Caitanya-Caritamrta, Lecture 1: Three Perspectives On Lila
  2. 140723b The Sacred Preface of Caitanya-Caritamrta, Lecture 2: Three Perspectives On the Guru
  3. 140724a The Sacred Preface of Caitanya-Caritamrta, Lecture 3: Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, the Sun And the Moon
  4. 140724b The Sacred Preface of Caitanya-Caritamrta, Lecture 4: In Like A Needle, Out Like Balarama's Plow
  5. 140725 The Sacred Preface of Caitanya-Caritamrta, Lecture 5: Krishna Is Svayam Bhagavan, Mahaprabhu Is Krishna
  6. 140726 The Sacred Preface of Caitanya-Caritamrta, Lecture 6: The Wondrous Dispensation of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai
  7. 160429 Sacred Preface Release Festival, Day 1: The Effort of Holding the Rope
  8. 160430 Sacred Preface Release Festival, Talk 2: Srila Krishnadasa's Panca-Tattva
  9. 160501 Sacred Preface Release Festival, Talk 3: Bhakti-Tattva As Sri Gadadhara
  10. 160506 Sacred Preface Katha: The Homeless Comfort of Kaviraja Krishnadasa
  11. 160507 Sacred Preface Katha: And the Golden Lord Blushed

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