November 22, 2016

How to Access BRC's online catalog of scanned texts

1) From home page, click on "Library"

2) Click on "List of Scanned books"

You will come to a list of scanned books:

3) Select a title and click on "Read online"

4) Advance pages by using arrows in bottom right hand corner, shown here:

The entire book file may also be downloaded,

and easily shared on social media or through email:

November 14, 2016

Scholar Who Completed Research at BRC Publishes Comprehensive Survey of Recent Gaudiya Literature

Lucian Wong, an Oxford University scholar who has utilized BRC library resources for his research, has recently completed a comprehensive survey of recent critical literature pertaining to the study of the Gaudiya tradition, "Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava Studies: Mapping the Field". This article appeared in an academic journal Religions of South Asia.

A mandala depicting all the principle devotees of the first generation of the Gaudiya community. It is referenced in the article mentioned above.

Mr. Wong had made numerous trips to the BRC the course of his PhD, which I began in 2010. "The BRC has proved an absolutely indispensable facility for my research, which centers on the life and writings of Bhaktivinod Thakur. The BRC is in fact something of a Mecca for those doing research on Bhaktivinod Thakur, Bhaktisidhanta Saraswati, and Vaiṣṇavism in colonial Bengal more broadly," he said.

Negotiating History in Colonial Bengal: Bhaktivinod's Kṛṣṇa-saṁhitā draws upon a number of sources  related to Srila Bhaktivinode Thakura that he had access to while at the BRC.  

As an undergraduate, Wong studied Western philosophy in London. His interest in the critical study of the Gaudiya tradition was prompted by visits to the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies. 

He is currently in pursuit of his DPhil in Theology from University of Oxford. Along with Dr. Ferdinando Sardella (Stockholm University), he is conducting research on a project related to Bengali Vaishnavism in the Modern Period, which aims to map, collect, translate, and investigate material pertaining to the tradition from the mid mid-eighteenth to the mid- twentieth century. 

"I cannot stress enough how accommodating and helpful the staff at the BRC have been during my visits there. I must mention in particular Hari Sauri Prabhu, Acyuta Prabhu, and Bharati Didi, who have each in their own way greatly facilitated my research, for which I am exceedingly grateful."

Lucian Wong, University of Oxford

Here are some comments made by other research scholars throughout the years: 

Prof. Ashlin Aronin, Wesleyan Uni., CT:
"The Bhaktivedanta Research Library was an invaluable asset for my research. I wish I had known about it sooner!"

Prof. Ruby Sain, Yadavpur University:

"It is impossible to collect such treasure within such a short span of time...  This collection is indeed marvelous for future generations of India and other countries. I must congratulate all those who are working so hard to make this library vibrant."

November 5, 2016

Update From BRC Publications Department

Our publication department is in the foundation stages where we have set up the workflow and established priorities about what we will publish first. 

We are in the process of selecting qualified colonial Bengali translators, editors and proofreaders.  We're communicating with senior professors & scholars from well known Kolkata universities and scholastic Institutions. We have been working closely with them to set up our translating, editing & proofreading requirements.

We are very excited at BRC Publication to have access to these amazing books and manuscripts which we can now print and publish for the pleasure of our dear members and patrons.

We would also encourage our members to closely be a part of this amazing addition to BRC. Members can now donate towards the publication house and eternally become a part of each of our book productions. As Srila Prabhupada had said:

- submitted by Pushti Devi Dasi, BRC Publications Department

November 1, 2016

Manuscripts Mission Report, November, 2016

We are happy to report that BRC Manuscripts Mission Team successfully completed the huge task of identifying, cataloging and digitizing many important manuscripts in 3 different libraries of the Howrah district including Maju, Makardaha, and Mohiary Public Libraries.  

Maju public Library: 150 manuscripts were cataloged and 22 were digitized.

Makardaha Saraswat Library: 347 manuscripts cataloged, 40 digitized.

Mohiary Public Library: 461 manuscripts cataloged, 51 digitized.

Mohiwary Library

 Srimati Bharati Roy, BRC Librarian and Field Archivist sent this report:

"We have finished the cataloging and digitization work in the Mohiwari Library of Howrah. Here we have found many varieties of manuscripts and digitized many. Among the more rare and precious manuscripts were the Mahabharata by Kasiram dasa in Bengali (many parvas) and Candimangala of Kavikankana Mukundaram Cakravarti. We have never found these elsewhere in West Bengal."

Although the team is very anxious to continue their service in more libraries, BRC lacks the funds for them to continue. We need your help now! Every day one of a kind manuscripts are being lost– sometimes they are destroyed by neglect, or out of ignorance, those who don't know their value simply throw them away. Our team wants to do their best to preserve these for future generations of Vaisnavas and Vedic scholars. There is no time to waste. Please give today!