What scholars have said

NOTE: Some of the scholars quoted here may now hold different posts or be affiliated with different institutions than the ones this file mentions. Our apologies for any outdated information. (Corrections are welcome.)


"It is a remarkable document of great historical and sociological importance, giving a picturesque presentation of the socio-religious climate in the India of Sri Caitanya's times and the far-reaching social and religious changes wrought by him. As a literary piece, it is regarded as a work of great merit, having no parallel in the whole of Bengali literature. As a religious text, its sanctity is comparable to that of the Bhagavad-gita

"This English edition translated by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is superb. It contains the original Sanskrit and Bengali verses with their English transliteration, synonyms and elaborate purports, easily bearing testimony to the author's profound knowledge of the subject."

               --Dr. O.B.L. Kapoor
                 Emeritus Chairman and Profess
                 Department of Philosophy
                 Government Postgraduate College
                 Gyanpur, India

"I am most happy to have these handsomely printed volumes which embody the work of so learned and sincere a believer in the message of the Caritamrita."

               --Dr. Daniel H.H. Ingalls
                 Chairman, Department of Sanskrit
                 and Indian Studies
                 Harvard University

"I can recommend Sri Caitanya-caritamrita as a source of rich insights for every serious student of consciousness."

               --Dr. Rory O'Day
                 Department of Human Relations
                 University of Waterloo
                 Ontario, Canada

"It is a genuine joy to have this momentous biographical work on the life of Bengal's great saint Caitanya, prepared by his best-known modern interpreter, A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada."

               --Dr. Mark Juergensmeyer
                 Associate Professor of Ethics
                 and the Phenomenology of Religions
                 Graduate Theological Union
                 Berkeley, California

"Year by year, interest in Eastern religious thought and philosophy grows in America. The editing and translating of the important Sri Caitanya-caritamrita will make a substantial contribution to those who seek information about Indian concepts."

               --Dr. Gerald A. Larue
                 Professor of Religion
                 University of Southern California

"The appearance of an English translation of Krsnadasa Kaviraja Gosvami's Sri Caitanya-caritamrita by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami is a cause for celebration among both scholars in Indian studies and lay-people seeking to enrich their knowledge of Indian spirituality. . . It will fill a most serious lacuna in our libraries and in our courses on the religious traditions of India. . . .

"For the first time we possess a readily accessible edition for this great religious classic that will provide opportunity for scholars in Indian literature and followers of the Krsna cnsciousness tradition alike to compare the original text with a modern English translation and become acquainted with the deeper spiritual meaning of this work through the learned commentary of Sri Bhaktivedanta. . . .

"Anyone who gives a close reading to the commentary will sense that here, as in his other works, Sri Bhaktivedanta has combined a healthy mixture of the fervent devotion and aesthetic sensitivity of the devotee and the intellectual rigor of a textual scholar. At no point does the author allow the intended meaning of the text to be eclipsed by the promotion of a particular doctrinal persuasion. . . .

"These exquisitely wrought volumes will be a welcome addition to the libraries of all persons who are committed to the study of Indian spirituality and religious literature, whether their interests are sparked by the motivations of the scholar, the devotee or the general reader."

               --Dr. J. Bruce Long
                 Department of Asian Studies
                 Cornell University