Is the Garga-Samhita authentic? If yes, why don’t the Goswamis quote it?

by Chaitanya Charan dasAugust 24, 2013
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  • krishna dasa
    October 23, 2014 at 4:53 pm

    Hare Krishna Prabhuji

    May be we should have a look on Sri Navadvipa dhama mahatmya ( pramana khanda chapter 3 ) ,where Bhaktivinoda thakura have quoted from Garga samhita many times
    text 19 ,24,58,70,73,78,95 .

    Also Sammohan tantra ,which has been quoted by our Vaishnava acharya describes about Garga samhita in its section called “garga samhita mahatmya” .it is as follows:

    “Parvati said, ‘O lord Siva, Please describe to me the most wonderful character and confidential activities of the One on whom you meditate and adore with great devotion. Previously I heard from your mouth the thousand names of Lord Krsna, now please tell me His story.’
    Siva (Mahadeva) replied, ‘O Goddess who provides welfare to all, the life story of Lord Krsna has been included in the Garga-samhita.’”

    Garga samhita (part one ,chapter 3 ,sutra 18)has also been quoted in Amnaya sutra by Bhaktivinoda thakura ,as follows:

    “purnah puranah purushottamottamah

    parat paro yah purushah pareshvarah

    svayam sad-anandamayam kripakaram

    gunakaram tam sharanam vrajamy aham

    “I take shelter of the perfect Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is older than the oldest, greater than the greatest, the supreme person, the supreme master, full of transcendental bliss, a jewel mine of mercy, and a jewel mine of transcendental virtues.”

    It is also said to be mentioned by Srila Sanatana Gosvami in his Dig-darsini commentary on Brhad-bhagavatamrta (1.1. 21-23): ( not quite sure about the original sanskrit verse) as follows

    “The confidential science of pure devotional service is taught explicitly only in a few Vedic scriptures little known to the public. Amongst these rare texts are the Gopala-tapani Upanisad, the Narada-pancaratra, the Garga-samhita, the Visnu Purana, the Hari-vamsa Upapurana, the Uttara-khanda of the Padma Purana, and the Bhagavata Maha-purana.”

    Thus some of our vaishnava acharyas especially bhaktivinoda thakura have quoted on garga samhita .

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