The Vidyabhusana Project has been launched to collect, preserve and translate the complete works of Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana. The intellectual genius of Sri Vidyabhusana is equal in all respects to that of Sri Jiva Gosvami, Sri Ramanuja Acarya, Sri Vedanta Desika or any of the greatest philosophers, and it is most unfortunate that even among vaisnava circles his works do not yet occupy the exalted position they deserve. He not only left an outstanding philosophical legacy, but also important works on grammar, poetics, literature, prosody and dramaturgy.
Almost 250 years have passed since Sri Vidyabhusana departed from this world, and since then only a few serious attempts have been made to preserve his works. In the first half of the last century, with great hardship Haridas das Babaji from Navadvip and Krishnadas Babaji from Radhakunda collected manuscripts from all over India and managed to publish a good number of them. Their books, however, were distributed in limited numbers and locations and have long been out of print. Several manuscripts have never been published, while others are supposedly lost. It is the proper time to excavate and collect whatever remains so that this priceless asset of the Gaudiya sampradaya can be preserved and made easily accessible.
For several months, I travelled around Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, West Bengal and Odisha, visiting many relevant places. The main acquisition was soft copies of two manuscripts so far unknown to the world: “Tattva-dipika” and “Brahma-sutra-karika-bhasya”. This last work is a concise commentary on the Vedanta-sutra written by Srila Vidyabhusana at the request of King Jai Singh. Important contacts were also made, among which is Sri Avadesh Acharya, the Mahanta of the Galta temple, the place where Srila Vidyabhusana wrote the Govinda-bhasya, and where they still have a manuscript library. Another great contact was Ram Kripalu Sharma who owns the largest manuscript collection in the world with around 125 thousand titles, most still unclassified. He enthusiastically promised to put at our disposal any of Srila Vidyabhusana’s work he might locate there. Also among the supporters of the project is Sri Krishna Gopalananda Goswami, the head pujari of the Sri Sri Radha-Syamasundara Temple the home of Srila Vidyabhusana in Vrndavana.
Works prepared so far:
Published by Chaukhamba Sanskrit Samsthan, Varanasi
1. Chandah-kaustubha: A book written by Radha-Damodara Gosvami and commented by Vidyabhusana in which 264 different poetic meters are described and exemplified. It will soon be published by Chaukhamba Sanskrit Samsthan, India’s largest publisher of traditional Sanskrit texts.
2. Siddhanta-darpana: A treatise written by Vidyabhusana that establishes the Srimad Bhagavatam as the sound incarnation of the Lord and refutes several objections against its authenticity.
So far we have collected digital copies of about 130 books and manuscripts: