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Ananda Vrndavana Campu

Ananda Vrndavana Campu
Item Code: NAN765
Author: Srila Kavi Karnapura
Publisher: Mahanidhi Swami
Language: English
Edition: 2008
Pages: 369
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 8.5 inch X 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 515 gms
Biography of Srila Kavi-karnapura

"The three sons of Sivananda Sena, named Caitanya dasa, Ramadasa and Karnapura, were all heroic devotees of Lord Caitanya." (Cc. Adi 10.62)

Kavi-karnapura and his illustrious father, Sivananda Sena, are both eternal associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Kavi-karnapura took diksa from Srinatha Pandita, a disciple of Sri Advaita Acarya. In the Gaudiya Vaisnava Abhidana and in Grantha-ratna pancakam it states that Kavi- karnapura's eternal identity in Vraja is a sakhi named Gunacuda-sakhi."It is stated in Gaura-ganoddesh dipika (145) that the two famous parrots named Daksa and Vicaksana in Krsna tua became the elder brothers of Kavi-karnapura, namely, Caitanya dasa and Ramadasa. Kavi-karnapura, the third son, who was also known as Paramananda dasa or Puri dasa." (Cc. Adi 10.62 p.)

"Sivananda Sena introduced his three sons to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. Because they were his sons, the Lord showed the boys great mercy. Lord Caitanya asked the youngest son's name, and Sivananda Sena informed the Lord that his name was Paramananda dasa. Once before when Sivananda Sena had visited Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at His residence, the Lord had told him, 'When this son is born, give him the name Puri dasa (after Paramananda Puri).

"The son was in the womb of his wife, and when he returned home the son was born. The child was named Paramananda dasa in accordance with the Lord's order, and the Lord jokingly called him Puri dasa. When Sivananda Sena introduced the child to Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, the Lord put His toe in the child's mouth." (Cc. Antya 12.45-50)

SriIa Krsna dasa Kaviraja Gosvami describes another amusing pastime of Lord Caitanya and Kavi-karnapura that occurred sometime later. "Taking his son (Kavi-karnapura), Sivananda Sena went to see Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu at His residence. He made his son offer respectful obeisances at the lotus feet of the Lo~. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu asked the boy again and again to chant the name of Krsna, but the boy would not utter the holy name. Although Sivananda Sena repeatedly asked his boy to speak Krsna's holy name, the boy would not utter it.

"Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, 'I have induced the whole world to take to the holy name of Krsna, I have induced even the trees and immovable plants to chant the holy name. But I could not induce this boy to chant the holy name of Krsna.

"Hearing this, Svarupa Damodara Gosvami began to speak. 'My Lord,' he said, 'You have given him initiation into the name of Krsna, but after receiving the mantra he will not express it in front of everyone. This boy chants the mantra within his mind, but does not say it aloud. That is his intention, as far as I can guess.

"Another day, when Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said to the boy, 'Recite, My dear Puridasa,' the boy (Kavi-karnapura) composed the following verse and expressed it before everyone." (Cc. Antya 16.66-73)

sravasoh kuvalayam aksnor anjanam

uraso mahendra-mani-dama

vrndavana-ramaninam mandanam

akhilam harir jayati

"Sri Krsna is the blue lotus flower on the ears of the gopis, the ointment for their eyes, the blue sapphire on their breasts, and all their other ornaments. May that Sri.Hari be always glorified." (Cc. Antya 16.74)

"Although the boy was only seven years old and still had no education, he composed such - a nice verse. Everyone was struck with wonder." (Cc. Antya 16.75)

The devotees became astonished upon hearing this beautiful Sanskrit verse glorifying Krsna from such a small boy. They concluded that by suck- ing Mahaprabhu's toe he had received some special potency, because miracles easily manifest by the mercy of the Lord. In response to the boy's recitation, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu said, "My dear child! Like a great poet (kavi) you have so nicely described the ornament on the ear (kama) of the Vraja gopis. So from today on you will be known as Kavi- karnapura.


From these descriptions in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta of Mahaprabhu's intimate dealings with Kavi-karnapura one can appreciate his exalted position as a confidential, eternal associate of Radha and Krsna and Lord Caitanya. A literary masterpiece such as Ananda Vrndavana Campu is definite proof that Mahaprabhu directly empowered Kavi-karnapura to write transcendental literature. Otherwise such a substantial work could not have been composed. Moreover, stalwart Gaudiya Vaisnava acaryas like Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura have lavishly praised both Kavi-karnapura and his Ananda Vrndavana Campu. In verse seventy-one of Vraja-riti Cintamani, Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura refers to the book. "To the south is the regal, wonderfully constructed place of Radha-Madhava's swing pastimes. The beauty of this place has been eloquently described inAnanda Vrndavana Campu.

Ananda Vrndavana Campu elaborately explains Krsna's eternal Vrndavana pastimes depicted in the tenth canto of Srimad Bhagavatam. Beginning in Gokula with Krsna's playing with the calves and stealing butter, the book progresses to beautifully portray Krsna's frolicking with the cows and cowherd boys, and finally it describes His sweet, intimate pastimes with Srimati Radharani and the Vrajagopis. Kavi-karnapura enriches these ever- expanding, joyful pastimes by revealing the intimate exchanges of Krsna and His premi bhaktas. He discloses the wonderful dialogues and tender personal dealings that occurred during the pastimes that we all know so well such as Putana-mardana, Kaliya-lila, Govardhana-puja, and Rasa-lila. He also offers exceptionally flavorful portrayals of some additional pastimes not mentioned in the Srimad Bhagavatam such as Holi, Vamsi-cauri Lila and Jhulana Lila. Have you ever looked at a painting depicting a pastime of Krsna and Balarama or of Krsna and the gopis and wondered what They are feeling or what They are saying to each other? In Ananda Vrndavana Campu, Kavi-karnapura has opened up the paintings of Krsna's pastimes to clearly reveal just how the Lord feels and what He and His associates are talking about.

The Srimad Bhagavatam is all perfect, all-blissful, and all-successful because it was penned by Srila Vyasadeva, the literary incarnation of the Lord. However, the spotless Purana , Srimad Bhagavatam, became even more perfect and sweet upon emanating from the lips of Srila Sukadeva Gosvami, an eternal associate of Sri Krsna serving Srimati Radharani as Her pet parrot in Vrndavana. Similarly, Ananda Vrndavana Campu, like Srimad Bhagavatam, has the qualities of complete bliss, success, and perfection because it was written by Kavi-karnapura, who is an eternal associate of Krsna. Moreover, five hundred years ago, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu personally empowered Kavi-karnapura to glorify and speak about Radha and Krsna. In one sense, because of the added sweetness and over flowing magnanimity of Sri Caitanya's touch, Kavi-karnapura'sAnanda Vrndavana Campu is especially endowed with a unique potency to inundate everyone with a cascade of nectarean ambrosia.

In Prema-bhakti-candrika verse sixty, Srila Narottama dasa Thakura says rati premamaya parabandhe, "May I become firmly attached to the books affectionately given by the pure devotees in my tradition (Gaudiya Sampradaya) who are realized in Krsna bhakti-rasa." Srila Visvanatha Cakravarti Thakura comments on this verse, "May I always be fully attached to the loving topics about Krsna.lila bhakti-rasa composed by realized premi- bhaktas." The word campu in the title of Ananda Vrndavana Campu means that this book is a combination of prose and perfectly composed Sanskrit poems describing the sweet beauty and blissful pastimes of Krsna in Vrndavana. Each syllable of scriptures composed by mahajanas such as Srila Kavi-karnapura is saturated with the rasa of their realizations and visions of Krsna's transcendental pastimes. Besides that, there is a wonderfully captivating power in the way such pure devotees describe Krsna's beauty. By regularly reading such books, a sensitive devotee will awaken a deep appreciation for Krsna's pastimes, and develop pure love for the beautiful, playful Lord of Vrndavana. This point is confirmed by Srila Krsna dasa Kaviraja Gosvami in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta wherein he has written this final benediction (phala sruti) for the readers of Sri Caitanya-caritamrta:

yeba nahi bujhe keha, sunite sunite seha,

ki adbhuta caitanya-carita

krsne upajibe priti, janibe rasera riti,

sunilei bada haya hita

"If one does not understand in the beginning but continues to hear again and again, the wonderful effects of Lord Caitanya's pastimes will bring love for Krsna. Gradually one will come to understand the loving affairs between Krsna and the gopal and other associates of Vrndavana. Everyone is advised to continue to hear over and over again in order to greatly benefit. (Cc. Madhya 2.87)

Therefore by reading such transcendental books as Ananda Vmdavana Campu, which was divinely inspired by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and expertly presented by Kavi-karnapura, one will be blessed with the attainment of Krsna prema.

We hope that all the devoted readers will derive unlimited spiritual bliss by hearing about Krsna's sweet, joyful pastimes in Vrndavana.


Kaumara Lila (ages 1-5) Chapter 1-7

Chapter 1Auspicious Prayers and Description of Vrndavana1
The Forests of Vrndavana3
The Seasons of Vrndavana7
The Monsoon Season7
The autumn Season8
The Hemanta Season9
The Dewy Season10
The Spring Season11
the Summer Season13
The Six Seasons of Vrndavan14
The Yamuna River14
The Glories of Govardhana16
The Glories of Nandisvara17
Chapter 2The Appearance of Lord Krsna26
Chapter 3The Killing of Putana34
Chapter 4The Killing of Sakatasura and Trnavarta39
Trnavarta Vaniquished39
Chapter 5Krsna's Childhood Pastimes46
Krsna's Yawning and Childhood Pranks46
The Name Giving Ceremony of Krsna49
Krsna's Pastimes of Stealing Butter53
Krsna Plays in the Village58
Krsna Eats Clay59
Chapter 6Binding Sri Krsna61
Deliverance of the Yamala-arjuna trees61
Lunch at Home69
Bartering for Fruits70
Moving to Vrndavana70
Chapter 7The Bewilderment of Lord Brahma76
The Killing of Vatsasura76
The Killing of Bakasura76
The Killing of Aghasura85
Brahma Bewildered88
Pauganda Lila (ages 5-10) Kaisorea Lila (ages10-15) Chapter 8-22

Chapter 8The Beginning of Purva-raga101
The Celebration of Krsna's Birthday108
Playing Ball110
The Killing of Dhenukasura111
Chapter 9Vanquishing the Kaliya Serpent114
Extingishing the Forest Fire122
Chapter 10The Purva-raga of the Gopis131
Chapter 11The Pastimes in Summer and other Seasons141
The Killing of Pralambasura141
Krsna Swallows the Munjatavi Fire143
Returning to Nandagrama with the Cows146
The Gopis Watch Krsna Milking the cows149
Krsna pastimes in the Rainy Season152
The Purva-raga of Srimati Radhika155
The Autumn Season168
The Glorious flute of Krsna170
Chapter 12Stealing the Garmens of the Gopis178
Chapter 13Favouring the Wives of the brahmanas192
Chapter 14The Spring Festival of Holi210
Chapter 15Lifting govardhana Hill230
Chapter 16Rescuing Nanda baba from Varunaloka265
Showing Brahman to the Vrajavasis268
Chapter 17The Rasa Dance begins270
Gopi gita281
Chapter 18Krsna Disappears from the Gopis290
Searching the Forest292
Imitating Krsna pastimes295
Krsna's Footprints299
Radha's Footprints300
Radha Dispels the Sorrow of the Gopies303
Radha's Lamentation304
The Gopis Meet Radhika304
Chapter 19The Gopi Gita309
The Gopis Beckon for Pleasure314
The word Play of Krsna and the Gopis318
Chapter 20The Rasa Dance 322
Playing in the Yamuna335
Chapter 21The Pstime of Stealing Krsna's flute341
Killing Sankhacuda346
Krsna Searches the Gopis for His Flute347
Chapter 22The Swing Festival Pastimes351

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