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Sacred Preface is an extended commentary on the auspicious invocation — mangalacarana — of Krsnadasa Kaviraja’s Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. Krsnadasa inserted his own commentary on this fourteen-verse invocation into the body of his hagiography, and this elaboration on the significance of his invocation no doubt served the Gaudiya community well. Much of the book’s philosophy and theology is packed into this commentary, and it thus sets a philosophical stage on which the drama of the life and lila of Sri Caitanya is played out.

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Sacred Preface explores the philosophical and theological ground on which Sri Caitanya chants and dances in the ecstasy of Hari kirtana, by way of an in-depth commentary on the significance of Kaviraja Goswami’s fourteen-verse invocation.


About the book

Sri Caitanya and his four principal associates, known collectively as the Panca-tattva, are the subject of a robust body of sacred narratives and philosophical and theological texts dating from the sixteenth century into the present. Central to this literary contribution is Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, which was instrumental in establishing an orthodox doctrine of Gaudiya Vedanta. Exactly who Sri Caitanya is and what he taught is elucidated in the pages of the text.

The present book, Sacred Preface, is an extended commentary on the auspicious invocation—mangalacarana—of Krsnadasa Kaviraja’s Sri Caitanya-caritamrta. Krsnadasa inserted his own commentary on this fourteen-verse invocation into the body of his hagiography, and this elaboration on the significance of his invocation no doubt served the Gaudiya community well. Much of the book’s philosophy and theology is packed into this commentary, and it thus sets a philosophical stage on which the drama of the life and lila of Sri Caitanya is played out.

Sacred Preface, written over five hundred years after Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, is a testament to the vitality of Krsnadasa’s text, as it explores the implications of Krsnadasa’s invocatory verses and auto-commentary from the perspective of a modern practitioner.



Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami

Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami’s Sri Caitanya-caritamrta is the story of consciousness distinguished from mind and matter — from thoughts and things. Moreover, this story is about the inner self’s prospect to love with wisdom in sacred aesthetic rapture — rasananda — the byproduct of which is universal compassion.


About the author

Author, teacher, and Hindu monastic, Swami B. V. Tripurari is a prominent, contemporary voice for devotional Vedanta. Swami has written a dozen books and hundreds of articles. He is also the publisher of the online journal Harmonist and is a Huffington Post blogger. Swami is a prolific speaker and his more than one thousand recorded lectures are all available online. He divides his time between his three sustainable spiritual communities in the Americas.



Swami Tripurari

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