No serious devotee’s journey into the depths of Srimad-Bhagavatam would be complete without the study of Srila Jiva Goswami’s Sat-sandarbha, the first thoroughgoing, systematic presentation of Gaudiya Vaisnava teachings. The Tatta-sandarbha, the first in Jiva’s series of six discourses, serves as a systematic introduction to the theological and spiritual themes discussed in the remaining five, establishing pramana, the proper means of knowledge, and ending with prameya, what it is we are to know.
Gopiparanadhana Dasa’s lucid translation and commentary give access to Jiva’s profoundly philosophical presentation and help the reader trace his many, often abbreviated references from sastra. The work includes the Sarva-samvadini, Jiva Goswami’s appendix to the Tattva-sandarbha, written to take the readers deeper into particular subjects raised in the text.
The book includes transliterated Sanskrit verses, a bibliography, a glossary, a general index, an index of verses quoted, and a list of alternative readings.