By Dhruva Maharaja dasa
In 2004 my wife and I embarked on a project to record the books of various Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas. We completed five tiles that year, four in 2005, and recently completed our first this year, “Readings from Jaiva Dharma, Part One.”
Jaiva Dharma, an epic written in the form of a novel by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, discusses the entire range of Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy. Through characters in the book, Bhaktivinoda brings out a wide variety of concepts, not only Gauidya Vaisnavism, but material science, Islam, and Sociology, among other topics.
Our recording consists of Chapters 23-25: Nama-tattva, Namaparadha, and Namabhasa. An example of how Bhaktivinoda weaves philosophy into the story is revealed in the following questions by the character Vijay-kumara, who inquires from a saintly babaji:
O master, how are namabhasa and namaparadha different?
What should a person who is chanting namabhasa do to turn his namabhasa chanting into suddha-nama (the pure chanting of the holy name)?
O master, in this world there are many devotees who are on the platform of Vaisnavabhasa. They have outward markings of a Vaisnava and they diligently chant the holy name although their chanting is on the level of namabhasa. Even though they chant, after many days they still do not attain pure love for Lord Krsna (krsna-prema). Why is that?
The babaji’s answers to these inquiries are too long to include in this short email. However, if these questions catch your interest, why not read the book? And if the summer weather is keeping you active, always out and about, why not check out our audiobooks? If you have an mp3 player you can listen while doing just about anything…puja, cooking, laundry, driving, riding on buses, trains, or planes, etc. We’ve tried our best to create interesting renditions, with background music of all kinds.
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