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Jiva Gosvami's Bhakti Sandarbha

by Satya Narayana Dasa

Posted October 27, 2006

Jiva Gosvami is the author of the Six Sandarbhas, the primary theological texts of the Gaudiya Vaishnava lineage. The study of these texts, which establish the philosophical basis of the tradition and outline in meticulous detail all aspects of the path of bhakti, has always been considered indispensable for scholars of the Gaudiya tradition. The Bhakti Sandarbha, parts I, II and III of which are now available in print, is the fifth and most voluminous of the six Sandarbhas.

In the Bhakti Sandarbha, Jiva offers a thorough analysis of bhakti on the basis of the Srimad Bhagavatam, systematically establishing it as the most efficacious and universal process (abhidheya) for realizing the absolute. The translation includes the complete Sanskrit text in both devanagari script and transliterated font. For further information on the Bhakti Sandarbha, and how it can be obtained, click here.

Dr Satya Narayana Dasa is a disciple of Shri Hari Das Shastri, one of the most learned scholars of the Gaudiya tradition alive. From him and other traditional teachers, Satya Narayana Dasa, has studied the six classical systems of Indian philosophy for over two decades. Additionally, he received a PhD in Sanskrit from Agra University for which he conducted a critical study of the Bhakti Sandarbha. He is the founder of the Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies which is dedicated to making the Six Sandarbhas and other traditional texts available to the educated public. Satya Narayana Dasa has also translated the Tattva Sandarbha, and a number of other publications. These, along with a series of CDs recording his numerous lectures in English on the Sandarbhas and other texts (including the Brhadbhagavatamrta, Bhaktirasamrtasindhu, Madhurya Kadambini, Gita) can be viewed and obtained here.

It might be mentioned here, that Satyanarayana Dasa has long completed the translation of all the Sandarbhas, but they await English editing. Devotees with editing or other relevant skills interested in helping speed up the process of publication, or willing to contribute in any other way to this project of making these texts available to the English speaking world, can contact the Jiva Institute via email: or through the website: