for ISKCON News on Feb. 14, 2013
Fifteen years after its initial publishing in 1998, Sivarama Swami’s book entitled Venu Gita
has recently come out with its second edition.
ISKCON spiritual master and author Sivarama Swami's literary achievements have received the spotlight again last December, when his more than four thousand page magnum opus, the Nava-Vraja-mahima
came out. The success of his venture was shown by a book launch tour in the United Kingdom where several hundred sets of books were sold at twenty-six programs held in ten cities.
The Venu Gita
is much more modest in size than the Nava-Vraja-mahima
, at a little more than five hundred pages. However, the readers will receive a wealth of information on the twenty-first chapter of the Tenth Canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam
in which the Gopis (cowherd girls) glorify the song of Krishna's flute.
Through the conversations between young gopis, Sivarama Swami elaborates how tremendous is the effect of the sound of Krishna's flute on all the moving and nonmoving creatures in Vrindavan, starting first of all on the gopis themselves, of course. With the help of Srila Prabhupada's and four Vaisnava acaryas’ commentaries, the author with his gently flowing style vividly reveals innumerable relevant pastimes, wrapping them in plenty of philosophical explanations.
The Venu Gita
is the first book written by Sivarama Swami for his Krishna in Vrindavan series, which contains four published volumes so far. It is recommended to all who practice the basic principles of Krishna-consciousness.
Sivarama Swami is a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, a sannyasi and traveling preacher. He is the author of numerous books, and the founder of has the New Vraja Dham farm community in Hungary.
The Venu Gita can be ordered here: