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.