Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja's Books

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Arcana Dipika View
The title of this book, Arcana Dipika, means "the lamp that illuminates archana." The term arcana signifies honour or worship. As one of the nava-laksana, the nine processes of devotional service, it refers to worshipping the Deity form of the Lord. Arcana Dipika teaches us how this service is performed and how to please the Lord through this process of worship. By the mercy of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; the Six Gosvamis and other contemporary followers of Sriman Mahaprabhu; and more recently Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Svami Maharaja the process of Deity worship, which is the authentic method of approaching Sri Bhagavan, has been successfully introduced to the entire world.


Sri Bhajana Rahasya View
Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu-bindu Sri Bhajana-rahasya is compiled by Srimad Bhaktivinoda Thakura Mahasaya. He has collected into the form of a book several confidential hints from his own method of bhajana to guide sincere sadhakas who are performing bhajana under his direction. Some years ago, this destitute person observed him performing bhajana. He was constantly reciting and relishing verses such as the ones in this book, thus becoming overwhelmed with bhagavat-prema. For sadhakas whose faith is on the neophyte platform, the system of arcana is provided. Many people are unable to understand the distinction between arcana and bhajana and therefore use the word bhajana to refer to arcana. One can practise bhajana by performing the nine kinds of devotion, navadha-bhakti. Because arcana is included within navadha-bhakti, it is also considered a part of bhajana. There is a difference between complete bhajana and partial bhajana. Arcana means to worship the deity with awe and reverence; that is, with knowledge of the Lord’s opulence and by observing etiquette. It is also arcana to serve Bhagavan with various paraphernalia according to rules and regulations and with the mundane conception of identifying oneself with the material body. In visrambha-seva, service rendered with intimacy and a sense of possessiveness, the hot rays of awe and reverence are still apparent to a small degree, but no one can refuse the excellent sweetness of its cool, pleasant moonbeams. A brief arcana-paddhati has been added as an appendix to this book.


Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu-bindu View
Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu-bindu "A Drop of the Nectarian Ocean of Bhakti-rasa." Composed by Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura and translated and commented upon by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, the crown prince of illustrious teachers among the Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas is the author of what is considered to be one of the greatest treasures of Vaisnavas.  In this great book there is a description of the nature of uttama-bhakti, its divisions, saddhana-bhakti, the stages in the development of prema, the angas of bhajana, offences committed in the performance of devotional service (sevaparadha), offences against the holy name (namaparadha), vaidhi and raganuga-saddhana-bhakti, prema-bhakti, and bhakti-rasa. Srila Narayana Maharaja has written in his preface, "I have complete faith that those who are possessed of yearning for bhakti and especially the sadhakas of raganuga-bhakti who are captivated by vraja-rasa will receive this book with great reverence. Faithful persons who study this book will obtain qualification to enter into the wealth of prema of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu." Over 285 pages.
Sri Bhakti-rasayana View
Sri Bhakti-rasayana In the final chapter of Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta, after the story of Gopa-kumara has been completed (see Going Beyond Vaikuntha), Sanatana Goswami has quoted verses from the tenth canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam which Pariksit Maharaja spoke to his mother Uttara. They are verses of very beautiful poetry which stimulate the sentiment of bhakti. Stringing these verses together, Sanatana Goswami has composed a necklace for the benefit of the sadhakas of this world, and when sadhakas keep these verses in their hearts, it is as if they are wearing this necklace around their necks. And if while taking Harinama they sometimes call out these verses, it will increase the ananda in their chanting. This compilation of verses is known as bhakti-rasayana, or the nectar-tonic of bhakti-rasa. — Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja. 
Bhakti-tattva-viveka View
Bhakti-tattva-viveka Composed originally in Bengali by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakur, Bhakti-tattva-viveka is a collection of four essays. By understanding the true nature of suddha-bhakti (pure bhakti), one can relish the ultimate goal of all scriptures, the pure nectar of krsna-prema as exhibited and preached by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Translated from the Hindi edition of Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja.
The Butter Thief View
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The Butter Thief The true nature of devotion This book describes Krsna's sweet childhood pastimes, in which He plays with Mother Yashoda as an ordinary child.
Confidential Secrets of Bhajan View
Confidential Secrets of Bhajan Confidential Secrets of Bhajana is compiled from the lectures of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja, which were given during the Karttika of 1996 in Vrindavana on the Bhajana-rahasya of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita View
The Essence of the Bhagavad Gita This is a summary work examining the verse "Absorb your mind and heart in Me, become My devotee, worship Me, offer your obeisances to Me, and certainly you will come to Me.", the essence of the Bhagavad-gita. This brief publication offers vivid illustrations of the practical application of this verse with many pastimes of Krishna and our great saintly predecessors.
Five Essential Essays - Prabandha Panchakam View
Five Essential Essays - Prabandha Panchakam This exceptional book is a compilation of five different essays which Srila Gurudeva has written over the past 20 years in defense of Gaudiya sampradaya tattva siddhanta. Each refutation is elaborately and conclusively proven with evidence from sastra.

Included in this edition are two lectures by Srila Gurudeva which glorify and follow the example of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada who boldly re-established the true conceptions of Sriman Mahaprabhu and the gosvamis, and began the preaching mission which is today bringing this pure bhakti tattva siddhanta to every country in the world.
Going Beyond Vaikuntha View
Confidential Secrets of Bhajan These translated lectures comprise the immaculate commentary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja on Srila Sanatana Goswamipada's Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta. Descriptions given tell how, having recently arrived in Sri Vaikuntha-dhama, the most desirable of places and which entrance into is sought after by unlimited saintly persons, Gopa-kumar is feeling despondent and cannot even ascertain the cause of his own dissatisfaction. At that time he is approached by Sri Narada Rsi, who becomes his siksa-guru (instructing spiritual master) and enlightens him with the tattva necessary to complete his spiritual journey and thereby attain the fulfilment of all his long cherished internal desires — the transcendental land of spontaneous loving devotion to Sri Sri Radha-Govinda, Sri Goloka-Vraja.
Guru-Devatatma View
Guru-Devatatma Accepting Sri Guru as One's Life and Soul Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja speaks on the importance of accepting a bona fide guru, who is more dear than life itself, the absolute necessity of second initiation, and other topics of guru-tattva.
Happiness in a Fool's Paradise View
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Happiness in a Fool's Paradise The futility of material enjoyment "Everyone wants to be happy, but generally we can find only a little happiness and affection in this world."
Hari Kathamrta Vol.1 View
Hari Kathamrta Vol.1 Hari-katha is the life-giving elixir for anyone on the path of devotion. This book is a compilation of sweet Hari-katha given by Srila Narayana Maharaja in the Kesavaji Gaudiya Matha in Mathura.
Hari Kathamrta Vol.2 View
Hari Kathamrta Vol.1 The second volume of Hari-katha, translated from the Hindi and Bengali lectures of Srila Narayana Maharaja, is another exquisite selection of lectures filled with the deep siddhanta of Gaudiya Vaisnavism.
Jaiva-Dharma View
Jaiva-Dharma The groundbreaking spiritual novel by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura Jaiva-dharma reveals the ultimate development of the path of pure devotion to the English-speaking world.
Letters From America View
Letters From America This booklet contains seventeen previously unpublished letters written by Srila AC Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada to Srila Narayana Maharaja during his first years in America.
My Siksa-guru & Priya-bandhu View
My Siksa-guru & Priya-bandhu Remembrances by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
A deep and revealing account of the intimate relationship between Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja and his instructing spiritual master and dear friend, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, from 1947 up until final instructions given in 1977.
The Nectar of Govinda Lila View
The Nectar of Govinda Lila This compilation of discourses by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja beautifully describe the deep inner meanings of the famous Srimad Bhagavad-Gita sloka 18.65:
manmana bhava mad-bhakto
mad-yaji mam namsakuru
mamevaisyasi satyam te
pratijane priyo' si me
"Offer your mind to Me; become My bhakta by hearing and chanting, etc. about My names, forms, qualities and pastimes; worship Me and offer obeisances to Me. In this way, you will certainly come to me. I promise you this because you are very dear to Me." Also included are three discourses on Basanta Pancami, Nisanta-bhajana, Sriya Suka.
The Origin of Ratha Yatra View
The Origin of Ratha Yatra The world's most ancient religious festival
Lectures by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja on Ratha Yatra, or the Cart Festival of Lord Jagganatha.
Our Gurus: One In Siddhanta, One In Heart View
Our Gurus: One In Siddhanta, One In Heart Clearing up the confusion
Nowadays some persons claim there are differences in the conclusions taught by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja and Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. These authoritative responses to many of the objections will help the reader understand things as they are, without any politically motivated interpretation.
Sri Brhad-Bhagavatamrta View
Sri Brhad-Bhagavatamrta Srila Sanatana Gosvami's Sri Brhad-bhagavatamrta occupies a special place in the realm of Vaisnava literature. It is unparalleled in its delineation of siddhanta, rasa, bhava and lila. Its glories are limitless, and it is without question one of the most beneficial books for the progressive sadhaka. It is divided into two parts, and both parts tell the story of parivrajaka; that is, one who refuses the comforts of a permanent residence and constantly wanders in search of the essence of life.
Sri Brahma Samhita View
Sri Brahma Samhita Lord Brahma's prayers of devotion to Krsna
These prayers offered at the dawn of creation by Brahma, the secondary creator of the universe, contain all the essential truths of Vaisnava philosophy.
Sri Gaudiya Gita Guccha View
Sri Gaudiya Gita Guccha An unprecedented collection of devotional songs Sanskrit, Bengali and Hindi devotional poems, prayers, songs and bhajanas written by the Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas and compiled for the practicing devotee.
Sri Gita Govinda View

An excerpt from a lecture entitled "The Jewel Book":

"Sri Gita-Govinda is a "jewel book" brought by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. We all know that Sri Jayadeva Gosvami has written this beautiful Gita Govinda, but without Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu it would have remained locked like a pearl in the oyster shell or a jewel in a locked case. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu manifested the glories of Sri Gita Govinda. Just as without Srila Rupa Gosvami no one would have known the inner moods of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, similarly, by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu relishing the moods of Sri Gita Govinda its glories became manifest for the whole world. I have explained this very high-class philosophy, but only rare devotees in this world can understand it. I have called you here only to give you this."

Sri Harinam Mahamantra View
Sri Harinam Mahamantra The transcendental holy name of the Lord
"When a qualified person chants harinama, this light diffuses, thus keeping the darkness of illusion away from the soul."
Sri Manah Siksa View
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Sri Manah Siksa Written by Srila Raghunatha Dasa Gosvami — the eternal associate of Sri Gauranga, Sri Manah-siksa is a collection of eleven verses which offer instructions to the mind. In a very concise manner Srila Das Gosvami has surcharged these eleven verses with the teachings of Sri Gaurasundara, the prema-intoxicated embodiment of the combined forms of Sri Sri Radha-Krsna, His intimate associate Srila Svarup Damodara, and rasacarya Srila Rupa Gosvami. Included is the commentary of Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja and the expanded purport of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura.
Sri Navadvipa-dhama View
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Sri Prabandhavali View
Sri Prabandhavali Observing the festival days outlined in the Vaisnava calendar is an important aspect of devotional practice. Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja always speaks on the appropriate topic on such days, whether it be the appearance or disappearance day of a prominent Vaisnava acarya , the appearance day of an incarnation of Bhagavan, or any other significant day. Of the eleven lectures included within this book, nine are lectures which Srila Maharaja has spoken on significant dates from the Vaisnava calendar. The word prabhanda means an essay and avali means a collection. We are confident that devotees will find this Sri Prabandhavali helpful to their sincere efforts to honour these important days.
Sri Siksastaka View
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Sri Siksastaka Issuing from the divine mouth of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the eight verses comprising this Sri Siksastaka shine as the supremely radiant transcendental jewel of the entirety of Indian literature. They are the very essence of all the Vedas. Although its Sanskrit language is quite simple, its import is so profound that even if one studies it throughout his life, his study will not come to an end. Each time one reads and deliberates on this subject, newer and newer meanings come to light. This definitive edition with the translation and commentary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja features the soul-stirring Sri Sanmodana Bhasyam commentary by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and the Vivrti commentary of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Prabhupada.
Sri Upadesamrta View
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Sri Upadesamrta "The Ambrosial Advice of Srila Rupa Gosvami"
This unprecedented edition contains the commentaries Srila Radha-ramana dasa Gosvami, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura and Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada.' Translated from the Hindi edition of Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja, Sri Upadesamrta gives instructions indispensable for practitioners (sadhakas) of the devotional path (bhakti). Without following these instructions, entering the realm of pure devotion and especially following the intricate and elevated path of spontaneous devotion (raganuga-bhakti) is not only difficult, but impossible.
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita View
Srimad Bhagavad-Gita This profound translation of Srimad Bhagavad-Gita by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja is sure to inspire sincere students of bhakti in their practices. It is considered complimentary to the authoritative and popular Bhagavad-Gita As It Is by Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja. This present edition contains the Bhavanuvada of the Sarartha-Varsini-Tika (a shower of the essential meanings) of the illustrious Rasacarya, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura, which was originally penned in Sanskrit, now in English for the first time. His commentary has been further illuminated by Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja's Sarartha-Varsini Prakasika-vrtti, which guides the reader into profound aspects of the siddhanta. Consequently, the innermost intentions of the Gita are revealed to the modern audience. Some of the brilliant Rasika-ranjana commentaries by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, have been included within this Prakasika-vrtti. Over 1,121 pages including comprehensive glossary and sloka index.
The True Conception of Sri Guru Tattva View
The True Conception A compilation of essays which illuminate the subject of Sri Guru Tattva and glorify Gaudiya Vaishnava siddhanta.
Their Lasting Relation View
Their Lasting Relation An Historical Account
A detailed and nectarean account of Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada's long-standing relationship with both his sannyasa-guru, Srila Bhakti Prajnana Kesava Gosvami, and Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja.
To Be Controlled By Love View
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To Be Controlled By Love The guru - disciple relationship
"Even Krsna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, wants to be controlled by love and affection." — Srila Narayana Maharaja
Venu Gita View
Venu Gita "The Song of Krsna's Flute" is translated from the Hindi commentary of Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja reveals the depth of the commentaries of Srila Jiva Goswami and Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura. The Srimad-Bhagavatam is the fully ripened, nectarian fruit of the desire tree of Vedic literature which comprises the entirety of Indian thought. Within Srimad-Bhagavatam, gopi-prema has been ascertained to be the ultimate objective. A few towering waves of gopi-prema can be seen from the Venu-gita portion of Srimad-Bhagavatam. Rasika bhaktas drown themselves in these waves and even lose all consciousness of their own bodies. Greed to be immersed in this nectarian ocean sprouts even in the hearts of the faithful devotees who are situated on the shore of this ocean.

Sri Vraja-mandala Parikrama [Second Edition]
by Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja
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