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Haberman quotes Srila Kunja Bihari das Babaji -

TarunGovindadas - Thu, 13 Nov 2003 19:49:55 +0530

In a Vaishnava journal i found a nice interesting interview done by Satyaraja das (Steven Rosen) with David L. Haberman. Does anyone know him ( Haberman, of course), maybe even personally?


"Dr. Haberman: It could be due to my own lack of understanding or researching the materials between the time of Visvanatha Cakravarti and the present day, but I don't really see significant changes in texts that are written about the particular practice of manjari sadhana after the time of Visvanätha. One of the best texts that lays out what lila-smarana meditation is today, in terms of the actual theory, is a text that was written by Kunja-bihari dasa Babaji, who is a resident of Radha-kunda. The text that he wrote is entitled Manjari Svarupa-nirupana.

SR: Oh, I know that text. It has been partially translated from the Bengali by my friend Jan Brzezinski.

Dr. Haberman: I don't think one could find a better example of what manjari sadhana, raganuga bhakti, lila-smarana—whatever aspect—is really like today. Again, he focuses particularly on the practice as developed in Vraja, and the most important place for the practice of lila-smarana meditation or manjari sädhana meditation today is indeed Radha-kunda. In Radha-kunda. . ."


Mina - Fri, 14 Nov 2003 01:03:02 +0530
I was there when David first took an interest in the work. It was for a class at University of Chicago with Ed Dimock, Nitai Das, David and myself - the four of us read through the text together. I also introduced him to Srivatsa Goswami of Sri Caitanya Prem Sansthan, whom he stayed with on his first trip to India.
Gaurasundara - Fri, 14 Nov 2003 07:39:26 +0530
That same interview is hilarious, for the simple reason that Satyaraj hasn't a clue as to the definition of "sahajiya", but insistently tries to get Haberman to agree with his perspective of sahajiyas. Of course, Haberman disagrees because I trust that Haberman has a better idea of who sahajiyas are than Satyaraj. biggrin.gif
JD33 - Fri, 26 Nov 2004 01:08:14 +0530
I met David when he was in Vrindaban working on his first book. He has a very 'present' optimistic attitude. I am reading his translation Of Bhakti-Ras-amrita-sindhu right now and am very impressed! Very Impressed indeed. Best wishes to him!