A Campu is a literary composition mixing poetry and prose, displaying literary ornaments and various verse forms, often using words with double meaning. Srila Jiva Gosvami has written Gopala-campu describing the pastimes of Krsna from his appearance until his return to Vraja. Though Kavikarnapura has written Ananda-vrndavana Campu on the same topic, the unique feature of this campu is that the whole story has been arranged to lead to Krsna’s final union in marriage to the gopis.
The Gopala-campu narrates the pastimes as found in the Srimad-bhagavatham with the addition of rasa. Jiva Gosvami writes that it is a “work composed of the bliss of Radha and Krishna” and “those who desire to see Vraja and to attain Goloka will achieve that destination by this work.”
Srila Jiva Gosvami’s use of words and grammar is often difficult. The text is taken from the Puri Das’ edition (1947). The numbering system is taken from that edition, though other editions have different numbering systems. The numbers in square brackets at the beginning of a line indicate a prose portion. The numbers between vertical lines at the end of a paragraph indicate a verse. Where whose verses are quoted in Sanskrit in the original work these have been reproduced with translations. Where a few works of a verse are quoted, only the translation is given, without quoting the Sanskrit, though the verse reference is given. Since the whole story is narrated by two young boys alternately, who often relate conversations between individuals which contain conversations within conversations, conventional use of quotation marks is awkward. For long sections where one person speaks or when one person speaks over several numbered sections colons are used to indicate the commencement of the speech. For short conversations within one numbered section conventional quotation marks are used.
To enable the readers to also relish the poetic beauty and rhythm in the Sanskrit songs in Gopala-campu, an audio CD has been made keeping in mind the ragas (musical notes) mentioned at times in the book itself and according to the mood of the song.
Sri Caitanya Siksamrta
Jaiva-dharma and Sri Caitanya-siksamrta, by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, are the books that re-established Vaisnavism. Towards the end of the nineteenth century, the teachings of the Golden Avatar, Sri Krsna Caitanya, were largely covered by rampant misinterpretation and misunderstanding. His majestic spiritual philosophy was exploited by beggars to live at the expense of an increasingly skeptical society.
With Sri Caitanya-siksamrta, in 1886, and Jaiva-dharma, in 1896, Bhaktivinoda astounded the intellectual and spiritual community of the time with his brilliant and systematic presentation of the transcendental tenents given by the Golden Avatara for this age of Kali-yuga. The result was an expanding spiritual revolution that continues world-wide to the present day.
These new deluxe editions are invaluable companions for scholars and devotees of Gaudiya Vaisnavism. Readers will thrillto the eternal knowledge, rare photographs and specially commissioned paintings contained within. On every page the philosophy, practice and ultimate goal of transcendental life awaken the eye of the soul to that nectarean ambrosia we all seek.
In London, in 1969, on the appearance day of Srila Sac-cid-ananda Bhaktivinda, Srila Prabhupada spoke on the Thakura’s life and teachings:
“So Bhaktivinoda Thakura happens to be an acarya, one of the acaryas. And he left behind him many books-Caitanya-siksamrta, Jaiva-dharma. These are very important books. They’re in Bengali and Sanskrit…. So we are trying to present Bhaktivinoda Thakura’s books also in an English translation. Gradually you will get them.”
Srila Prabhupada’s desire has now been fulfilled by these luxury editions of these valuable historical texts.
The speciality of this edition of Ujjvala-nilamani is that it includes also the commentary of Jiva Goswami and commentary of Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakur. The translation is done by Bhanu Swami.
Ujjvala-nilamani is a supplement to Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu, which describes all the rasa, yet the conjugal one only in brief. Ujjvala-nilamani describes the conjugal rasa in great detail, following the general pattern of analyzing vibhavas, anubhavas, vyabhicari-bhavas, sattvika-bhavas and sthayi-bhavas. Parakiya and svakiya forms of love are discussed. Jiva Goswami in his commentary justifies svakiya whereas Visvanatha Cakravarti accepts parakiya as stronger.
The contents includes chapters such : Types of Heros, Assistants of Krsna, Krsna’s Beloveds, Description of Radha, Varieties of Heroines, Varieties of Group Leaders, Varieties of Messengers of The Heroine, The Sakhis of the Heroine, Uddipanas for Ujjvala-Rasa, Anubhavas, Sattvika Bhavas, Vyabhicari Bhavas, Sthayi Bhavas, Types of Srngara-rasa.