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SRIKRISHNA BHAJANAMRTA

By Srila
NARAHARI SARKARA THAKUR

Translated by Bhanu Swami
Authorized for distribution by Jayapataka Swami


Sanskrit/Bengali Editing by: Sri Subhag Swami


     "Narahari was the fortieth (branch of the Caitanya tree)."

PURPORT BY Srila Prabhupada

"Narahari das Sarkara was a very famous devotee.
Locan das Thakur, the elaborated author of
Caitanya-mangala, was his disciple.
In Caitanya-mangala it is stated that
Sri Gadadhara das and Narahari Sarkara
were extremely dear to Sri Caitanya Mahparabhu.."

Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta
Adi-Lila Chapter 10

500 copies printed by
the Sydney Farm Contact Sankirtan Party
with due thanks and acknowledgement to
The Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust

INTRODUCTION

The Sri Krsna Bhajanamrta is the original work of Sri Narahari Sarkara Thakur, the famous devotee who offered Lord Caitanya the personal service of fanning with camara. The Sri Krsna Bhajanamrtam is possibly the only know book which deals with practical aspects of dealings between disciples and guru including when the guru falls down. Therefore Sri Krsna Bhajanamrta is very timely for better understanding the authorized manner in which to deal with sensitive issues regarding initiating gurus and siksa gurus. H.H. Bhakti Caru Swami informed me of the existence of this book and without his encouragement we would not have endeavored to locate it.
     The Bhaktivedanta Swami Charity Trust, which Srila Prabhupada founded for preserving the Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya culture and heritage, in addition to promoting its unity and mutual cooperation, has been researching lost shrines and holy places for nearly a decade. The newest project is to locate lost or out of print literatures in original language and to publish reference copies for use of sadhus and scholars around the world. The Sri Krsna Bhajanamrta is the first book located in this new project.
     The Sri Krsna Bhajanamrta was only printed once as far as is known in the Bengali year 1309, which brings it to the late 19th century. Only 95 copies were printed and has therefore been out of print and unavailable for quite some time; but with research the last known copy was located at Sri Khanda, the birthplace of Sri Narahari Thakur, in torn and blackened condition; even the threads in the binding had turned to dust. By Lord Caitanya's mercy the book was loaned to the B.S.C.T. for republishing and translation.
     The Sri Krsna Bhajanamrtam is 64 pages long, but only the first 16 pages deal with guru-tattva. The remaining part of the book deals with Sambandha-tattva in regard to Lord Krishna's expansions, energies, demigods, etc. Since ISKCON, at present specifically needs sastric direction in regard to some aspects of guru-tattva the verses 27-67, which deal specifically with the subject matter of guru-tattva and Vaisnava relationships are being presented.

Although the first 19 verses simply form the introduction to

the book, they are also included, since they help the reader to get a clearer understanding of the background to it and Sri Narahari Thakur's purpose in writing Sri Krsna Bhajanamrtam. Verses 19-26 give the explanation of topics which the book covers, other than guru-tattva, so they are not included.

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