New Book Release: Sri Krishna Vijaya
Isvara Dasa: It’s with great pleasure that we announce the release of Sri Krishna Vijaya, a unique Vaisnava scripture depicting the pastimes of the Supreme Lord Krishna, as He appeared on earth more than five thousand years ago.
The book was written originally in Bengali language more than five hundred years ago, and was so much loved by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Mahaprabhu expressed His appreciation of the book as follows:
gunaraja-khana kaila sri-krsna-vijaya tahan eka-vakya tanra ache premamaya
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then said, “Gunaraja Khan of Kulina-grama compiled a book named Sri Krishna Vijaya, in which there is a sentence revealing the author’s ecstatic love of Krishna.”
“nandanandana krsna—mora prana-natha” ei vakye vikainu tanra vamsera hata
“‘Krishna, the son of Nanda Maharaja, is my life and soul.’ By this statement I am sold into the hands of the descendants of Gunaraja Khan.”
tomara ki katha, tomara gramera kukkura sei mora priya, anya-jana rahu dura
“To say nothing of you, even a dog living in your village is very dear to Me. What, then, to speak of others?”
By these verses, the authenticity, greatness, and honorableness of this book is proven. It is obvious then that this book will merit great veneration from the Gaudiya Vaisnavas for having received such lavish praise by none other than Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada commented as follows:
“Sri Krishna Vijaya is a book of poems considered to be the first poetry book written in Bengal. Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura states that this book was begun in the year 1395 Sakabda (A.D. 1473). After seven years, it was completed (in 1402 Sakabda). This book was written in plain language, and even half-educated Bengalis and women could read it very clearly. Even ordinary men with little knowledge of the alphabet could read this book and understand it. Its language is not very ornamental, and sometimes the poetry is not very sweet to hear. Although according to the sonnet style each line should contain fourteen syllables, there are sometimes sixteen, twelve or thirteen syllables in his verse. Many words used in those days could be understood only by local inhabitants, yet this book is still so popular that no bookstore is complete without it. It is very valuable for those who are interested in advancing in Krishna consciousness. Sri Gunaraja Khan was one of the topmost Vaisnavas, and he translated the Tenth and Eleventh Cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam for the understanding of the common man. The book Sri Krishna Vijaya was highly praised by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and it is very valuable for all Vaisnavas.”
Sri Krishna Vijaya mainly deals with the subject matters described in the tenth and eleventh cantos of Srimad-Bhagavatam. The author also included some accounts from scriptures like Mahabharata, Harivamsa, Brahma-vaivarta Purana and Bhavishya Purana. Additionally, he revealed at the end of the book that he was actually instructed by Sri Vyasadeva in his dream to compose the book.
It is our prayer that this book be relished by the Vaisnava communities and they continue to bless us with producing Vaisnava sweet writings such as this Sri Krishna Vijaya.
This book will soon be available from various distributors such as Bhaktivedanta Library Services in Europe, Krishna.com and Krishna Culture in USA, several distributors in India. Other inquiries individual and bulk purchases can be directed to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.. All other inquiries available at our website, TouchstoneMedia.com.