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Definition of the word ‘Sandarbha’

Śrī Babaji is famous for translating the Sandarbhas of Śrī Jīva Goswami into English. As we know, there are six Sandarbhas; Śrī Jīva Goswami collectively referred to them as the Bhāgavata Sandarbha in a verse he composed at the beginning of the Tattva Sandarbha in Anuccheda 7. It goes like this:

atha natvā mantra-gurūn gurūn bhāgavatārthadān

śrī-bhāgavata-sandarbhaṁ sandarbhaṁ vaśmi lekhitum

After offering obeisances to my initiating guru and to those spiritual teachers who taught me the meaning of Śrīmad Bhāgavatam , I wish to write this book called Śrī Bhāgavata Sandarbha .

So what is the meaning of the word Sandarbha? Śrī Babaji writes in his commentary on this Anuccheda how Śrī Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa quotes a well-known verse of unknown origin to explain the word ‘Sandarbha’:

gūḍhārthasya prakāśaś ca sāroktiḥ śreṣṭhatā tathā
nānārtha-vattvaṁ vedyatvaṁ sandarbhaḥ kathyate budhaiḥ

A literary work that discloses the confidential meaning of a subject, incorporates its essence, explains the superiority of the subject, elaborates its various meanings, and is inherently worthy of study is called a sandarbha by learned scholars.

Śrī Babaji further writes:

“The Bhāgavata Sandarbha is also called Ṣaṭ Sandarbha because it contains six books — the Tattva , Bhagavat , Paramātma, Kṛṣṇa, Bhakti, and Prīti Sandarbhas . Each Sandarbha is an analysis of the subject stated in the title, and each is based on Śrīmad Bhāgavatam. Śrīla Jīva Gosvāmī also wrote a verse-by-verse commentary on Śrīmad Bhāgavatam called Krama Sandarbha, and this is sometimes referred to as the seventh Sandarbha.”

Śrī Jīva’s Sandarbhas definitely meet the definition of the word Sandarbha! They disclose the confidential subject of prema, highlight the essence of all scriptures as non-dual Bhagavān, show how Kṛṣṇa is supreme above all, elaborate His various śaktis, and are eminently worthy of study because they derive their theology from the Bhāgavata. It is a privilege to get access to and be able to study the Sandarbhas, and to learn them from a master teacher like Śrī Babaji.

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  1. Hare Krishna, could you please post about the meaning of Bhagavatam 12.13.12: सर्ववेदान्तसारं यद ब्रह्मात्मैकत्वलक्षणम्।
    वस्त्वद्वितीयं तन्निष्ठं कैवल्यैकप्रयोजनम्॥
    It would be really helpful for us

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    • Sure. Sri Jiva has done an extensive analysis of this verse and of the word Kaivalya. I will write a separate article on it in the coming days.
      Any specific reason you are asking?

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