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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Bhakti Rasāmṛta Sindhu audio

After making a long review and study of Bhānu Swāmī's translation of Bhakti Rasāmṛta Sindhu and all its comments last winter, by Kṛṣṇa's arrangement I got an audio version of the text too - 4 CDs of Satya Nārāyan Prabhu's lectures on Bhakti Rasāmṛta Sindhu's eastern (first) division, dealing with general bhakti, sādhana bhakti, bhāva bhakti and prema bhakti. Like Bhānu Swāmī's book this quartet of CDs also discusses every verse and every original purport to each verse, and as a bonus the questions-and-answers session after each class is also included, providing a deeper perspective of the verses and their commentaries. Needless to say Satya-Nārāyan provides his own translation, quoting all the original Sanskrit texts along with them. Hearing (śravaṇam) is considered the first and foremost devotional practise so it was very nice to get an 'audio-confirmation' of the book I just read.

Hearing usually is a more powerful means of learning than reading. Like Bhānu Swami, Satya-Nārāyan Prabhu does not add to or twist Śrī Rūpa's teachings, so hearing the CDs is a very purifying and instructive experience. Plus he has a great sense of humour, so that during this audio-course of bhakti tattva you can have lots of laughs as well. While lecturing on rāgānugā bhakti, Satya-Nārāyan Prabhu apparently became inspired to lecture from Viśvanātha Cakravartīpada's Rāga Vartma Candrikā inbetween, and these lectures can be heard in the 6th decade of lectures, though they are named BRS lectures. Another wonderful bonus. The CDs are a bit costly but it is worth every cent of it. Both the quality and the quantity are enormous - 68 lectures of 90 minutes each makes a whopping 100 hours of pure bhakti tattva! Hearing the 4 CDs took me about 2 months in total.


  1. Advaita-ji

    A high recommendation! How much and from where can they be purchased?

    I very much agree with you on hearing vs. reading for learning.

  2. It is listed on their website store

    $36 USD is actually a good price. I'm assuming these are all in mp3 format?

  3. Satya Narayana Prabhu's lectures on Bhakti Rasamrta Sindhu are great. I highly recommend them to everybody who wants to get a profound and authentic understanding of the text. His explanation of the anyabhilasita- sunyam verse is marvellous, it's the best and the most detailed explanation I have ever heard.