By Brijabasi das
There is some confusion regarding the book âDevadÄsaâ, which is ascribed to ÅrÄ«la Bhaktivinoda á¹¬hÄkura. I’m writing this keeping in mind ÅrÄ«la PrabhupÄda’s definition of truth: âAlthough sometimes the truth is unpalatable, one should not refrain from speaking it. Truthfulness demands that the facts be presented as they are for the benefit of others. That is the definition of truth.â (Bhagavad-gÄ«tÄ, 10.4-5, purport). Thus with all humility and for the sake of such truth we should examine if the book was really penned by á¹¬hÄkura Bhaktivinoda since the benefit from reading the words of the great ÄcÄrya cannot be compared to the benefit we may get from any other book.
The story of DevadÄsa was published in 1910 by an author named KedÄranÄtha Datta. If we look in the original bengali edition of the book we may become surprised that this KedÄranÄtha Datta was not actually the great mahÄ-bhÄgavata Vaiá¹£á¹ava ÄcÄrya á¹¬hÄkura Bhaktivinoda. The original edition provides some information about the author and the places where the book can be had.
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