Sri Tattva Sandarbha Of Srila Jiva Gosvami: The First Book Of The Sri-Sat-Sandarbha

Sri Tattva Sandarbha Of Srila Jiva Gosvami: The First Book Of The Sri-Sat-Sandarbha

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Item Code: IDE786
Author: Translation & Commentary By: Satya Narayana Dasa, Kundali Dasa
Publisher: Jiva Institute, Vrindavan
Edition: 1995
Pages: 452
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 8.7" X 5.7"
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Sri Tattva-Sandarbha is the first of the Six Sandarbhas. For ease of comprehension these six treatises may be listed as follows:

  1. Tattva-Sandarbha
    (Discourses on Truth)
  2. Bhagavata-Sandarbha
    (Discourses on God)
  3. Paramatma-Sandarbha
    (Discourses on the Absolute)
  4. Krsna-Sandarbha
    (Discourses on Krsna)
  5. Bhakti-Sandarbha
    (Discourses on Devotional Service)
  6. Priti-Sandarbha
    (Discourses on Love)
In these six discourses Srila Jiva Gosvami systematically presents the conclusions of the Gaudiya Vaisnava philosophy known as acintyabhedabheda tattva. In Tattva-Sandarbha he lays the foundation for his presentation of the other Sandarbhas by establishing the Gaudiya Vaisnava epistemology, or means of knowledge. He proves that for the student interested in knowledge of the Absolute Truth, which is beyond sense perception and mental speculation, the valid means to get knowledge is by sabda-brahman and that the Vedas are the supreme pramana (proof).

He then explains the practical difficulties in understanding the Vedas, and establishes that study of the Puranas is the solution, for they are as good as the Vedas, indeed they are the fifth Veda. Then by process of elimination he shows that among the Puranas only sattvika Puranas give clear knowledge of the Absolute and among them Srimad-Bhagavatam is the supreme. It is the essence of the Vedas because it is based on the Gayatri mantra and is the natural commentary on the Vedanta-sutras.

Srila Jiva Gosvami explains Srimad-Bhagavatam as it is. To this end he uses a flawless technique, one that leaves no room to doubt the validity of his conclusions. First he has us consider the heart of the original writer, Srila Vyasadeva, and the heart of the speakers, Sukadeva and Suta Gosvamis. In light of that he analyzes the Bhagavatam incontrovertibly establishing the purpose of this topmost pramana. During this analysis Sri Jiva soundly refutes the impersonalism of Sankaracarya with logic and scriptural references.

Other highlights of Sri Tattva-Sandarbha are: The characteristics of the atma are explained; Buddhism is refuted; the soul is established as conscious, eternal, unchanging, and distinct from the body; an analysis of the ten topics of Srimad-Bhagavatam as enumerated by Sukadeva and Suta Gosvamis to show the harmony between these two foremost authorities on the Bhagavatam; and that the real purpose of the Bhagavatam is to explain Lord Krsna.

Altogether, SriTattva-Sandarbha has sixty-three anucchedas, or sections. Out of these the first eight verses are invocatory. Sections nine to twenty-eight discuss Bhagavata epistemology. Section twenty-nine to the end explain prameya, or what is the knowledge object of knowledge.


Invocation One1
Invocation Two6
Invocation Three8
The Source of Sri Sat-Sandarbha9
Homage to Sri Gopala Bhatta Gosvami10
Qualifications of the Reader11
Homage to the Teachers13
The Essence of Sri Sat-Sandarbha14
Vaisnava Epistemology17
The Vedas Are the Original Source of Knowledge27
The Authority of the Vedas35
Difficulties in Studying the Vedas39
The Itihasas and Puranas Are Vedic46
The Itihasas and Puranas Are the Fifth Veda52
Origin of the Itihasas, Puranas, and Vedas is the Same57
The Compiler of the Itihasas and Puranas is Unique63
Three Divisions of the Puranas68
Srimad-Bhagavatam is the Best of All Puranas73
Bhagavatam is Natural Commentary on Vedanta-sutra79
The Characteristics of Srimad-Bhagavatam84
Bhagavatam Establishes the Meaning of Mahabharata93
Bhagavatam is the Essence of all Vedic Literature98
Srimad-Bhagavatam is Luminous Like the Sun117
Srimad-Bhagavatam is the Topmost Vedic Scripture127
Sukadeva Gosvami is the Best Scholar of Bhagavatam131
Srimad-Bhagavatam is Self-Sufficient135
Methodology of the Sat-Sandarbha140
The Source of References144
An Analysis of Sri Sukadeva Gosvami's Faith148
Analysis of Srila Vyasadeva's Trance Part I153
Analysis of Srila Vyasadeva's Trance Part II163
The Living Entity is Distinct From the Lord169
Maya is a Devotee of the Lord176
The Jiva is Conscious and Distinct from the Lord184
The Jiva is Not the Supreme Brahman186
The Jiva is Not Merely an Upadhi191
Flaws in Pratibimba-vada and Pariccheda-vada193
Refutations of Pratibimba-vada and Pariccheda-vada I200
Refutations of Pratibimba- and Pariccheda-vadas II206
Inconsistencies in Monism209
Vyasadeva's Experience Does Not Support Monism215
The Meaning of Monistic Statements218
Monistic Statements Need Interpretation222
Devotional Service is the Abhidheya226
Love of God is the Goal of Life228
The Definition of Abhidheya232
Devotional Service Frees One From Material Miseries237
Love of God is Superior to the Bliss of Brahman243
Srimad-Bhagavatam Attracts Even Atmaramas247
The Subject of the Sat-Sandarbha257
Absolute Reality is Nondual Consciousness259
The Meaning of Monistic Statements263
Characteristics of the Soul274
The Soul is Distinct From the Body280
Summary of Sri Pippalayana's Teachings287
Ten Topics of Bhagavatam Describe Supreme Lord289
Defining the Srimad-Bhagavatam's First Nine Topics295
Definition of Srimad-Bhagavatam's Tenth Topic301
The Lord is the Ultimate Shelter303
The Jiva is Not the Ultimate Shelter307
Suta Gosvami Lists the Ten Topics of Bhagavatam311
Suta Gosvami Defines the Topics of Bhagavatam319
Appendix One341
Dispute Over the Length of the Bhagavatam344

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