In today’s class, Srila Dhanurdhara Swami’s begins with Bhakti Sandarbha. The Bhakti Sandarbha is the fifth part of the Sad Sandarbha (six sandarbhas) which was originally started by Srila Gopal Bhatta Gosvami but then expanded upon and completed by Srila Jiva Gosvami.
The Sad Sandarbha’s six parts are as follows.
- Tattva Sandarbha – Wherein the different aspects of tattva or truth are explained. It concludes the highest tattva is the Bhagavata Purana, also known as the Srimad Bhagavatam.
- Bhagavata Sandarbha – Wherein the distinction of the brahman (impersonal), the paratamta (internal) and the bhagavata (fully personal) aspects of God is made and establishes the bhagavata manifestation as the highest.
- Paramatma Sandarbha – Wherein the paramatma or supersoul is discussed. The paramatma is the manifestation of God residing in every living entity’s heart.
- Krishna Sandarbha – Wherein Krishna is established with scriptural reference as being the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
- Bhakti Sandarbha – Wherein bhakti or devotional process to Krishna is explained.
- Priti Sandarbha – Wherein prema bhakti is established as the highest form of liberation.
Srila Dhanurhdara Swami starts the class with Anuccheda 235 where the concept of saranagata, surrender, is explained.
For more on this section, please see Srila Dhanurdhara Swami’s journal entry from February 1, 2005, entitled Lessons from Bhakti Sandarbha.