Navonmesa: M.M. Gopinath Kaviraj Smriti Granth (An Old and Rare Book)

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Author: Board of Editors: Padma Bhusan Late Dr. Jaideva Singh, Dr. Govindagopal Mukhopadhyaya & Pd. Hemendra Nath Chakravorty
Publisher: M.M. Gopinath Kaviraj Centenary Celebration Committee, Mata Anandamayee Ashram, Varanasi
Language: English
Edition: 1987
Pages: 462
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details 10.0" X 7.5"
Weight 1.10 kg
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Pandit Gopinath Kaviraj, who has become a legendary figure in the field of Indological studies, was born in a Bengali Brahmin family on 7th September, 1887 in the District of Dhaka, in Bangla Desh.

Being a posthumous child, after having passed through many vicissitudes he passed his B.A. examination from Maharaja's College, Jaipur with academic distinctions. The final phase of his education started at Varanasi in 1910 under the loving care and guidance of Dr. Arthur Venis, the then Principal of Government Sanskrit College and got the M.A. degree in Sanskrit in 1913, standing first in order of merit.

At the instance of Dr. Venis he was soon appointed Librarian of the famous Saraswati Bhavan Library and whole-heartedly started his career of research. From now on for the next 62-years he remained uninterruptedly and deeply engrossed in dissemination of knowledge till he left his body on 12th June 1976 in the holy city of Varanasi itself.

He delved deep into the so far unexplored wealth of learning and got published about seventy-two books which opened for all a new horizon in the field of Indological studies and research. He discovered in most of his studies completely new meanings and shed new light not only on different branches of philosophy, but also on Ancient Indian History, Epigraphy, Kashmir Shaivism, Buddhism, Jainism, Christian mysticism and Sufism as well, which are considered to be the invaluable guide to academic and spiritual research for generations to come.

For 23 years he served the Sanskrit College, Varanasi first as Librarian and subsequently as Principal, till he voluntarily retired in 1937 in order to devote himself fully in his life-long pursuit of spiritual studies and intense sadhana under the guidance of his Guru, the great Yogi Visuddhanandaji of Varanasi.

The Government of India conferred upon him the title of Mahamahopadhyaya in 1934, Coronation Medal in 1937 and the title of 'Padmavibhusana' in 1964. Many an Indian university honoured itself by bestowing upon the great personality various degrees and certificates of honour.

Gifted through divine grace with a prodigious memory and rare prajna, Pt. Gopinath Kaviraj became a name to conjure with. He was indeed a rare combination not only of uncommon erudition but also of singular Yogi experience.



India is celebrating the centenary of one of her greatest sons. He was a great teacher, as the title Mahamahopadhyaya conferred on him by the then British Government testifies. But his real greatness lay in making his teaching flow from the very depth of his soul. His interests were varied. Ancient history, iconography, literature, philosophy and even photography drew his absorbing interest, but in each and every one of the subjects he studied, he never rested content until he could discover the inmost significance, the rahasyam or the supreme secret.

Acarya Gopinath was always in search of something new while going through the old and ancient texts. Whoever had the privilege of sitting at his feet was struck with amazement by the originality of his interpretations of different systems of thought, which are generally taken to be worn out, through exhaustive analysis and commentaries heaped upon them through many centuries. But he used to feel that the whole truth has still not been brought out or revealed and so he encouraged every seeker and scholar to read everything with an open mind all on his own, without being biased or prejudiced by any previous way of thinking.

It is in the fitness of things that this Commemoration Volume, being published to celebrate his centenary, should bear the significant title Navonmesa , or the New Enlightenment, and that renowned scholars from all over the world have readily come forward to shed new light on a wide range of subjects, all of which were very dear to his heart.

Acarya Gopinath would not have lived in vain if even after a century of his birth his name could inspire scholars in all corners of the world to take up studies of the varied streams of Indian thought, which he loved and adored so much, in the true spirit of making it luminous and life-giving.

May this humble offering be laid at his feet in reverential homage and may it be acceptable to that noble savant, if only for the sincerety with which it is being offered. May his noble spirit ever grow new amongst us like the luminous dawn heralding the advent of the day and may he live through eternity.


1. The Significance of Spanda in Spiritual Jaideva Singh 1
2. The Tantric structure of Akhanda Mahayoga Arlene Mazak Breuinin 7
3. Gopinath Kaviraj on Kashmir Saivism Navjivan Rastogi 30
4. Gopinath Kaviraj on the doctrine of Pratibha with special reference to Nyaya Vaisesika Raghunath Ghosha 58
5. Mm. Gopinath Kaviraj's view on Vedanta, Tantra and Marxism Bireshwar Ganguly 66
6. The Concept of pure Consciousness in Kashmir Saivism Devrata Sen Sharma 73
7. Matrka in Kashmir Saivism Girija Sharma 78
8. The Pratyvigna Concept of Man – A contemporary reassessment Rewati Raman Pandey 85
9. A Comparative study of Lalla-Vakh with the sutra Vasugupta in the light of Kashmir Saivism Koshelya Walli 94
10. Abhavavada – A forgotten Saiva doctrine M. S. G. Dyczkowski 107
11. On some aspects of Tripurasundari's worship according to Yoginihrdaya: The role of Bhavana Andr'e Padoux 120
12. Philosophy of Saktism B.N. Pandit 129
13. Sahktism and Modern physics – Prescience or Coincidence? L. M. Finn 151
14. The Goddess Mahakali and her different forms A.N. Jani 159
15. Religion and society with a focus on Tantra Upendra Kumar Das 171
16. Notes on Ayuh J. Gonda 182
17. The Jaka Dolog Inscription of Krtanagara Lokesh Chandra 198
18. The Anatman concept in Buddhism Kamaleswar Bhattacharya 213
19. The Jaina concept of Self Govindagopal Mukhopadhyaya 225
20. God in Tibeto-Buddhist Sanskrit sources Kameshwarnath Mishra 231
21. The Concept of self-natures, mainly based on Madhyantavibhaga Sastra of Arya-Maitreya Prabhakara Mishra 241
22. Sat Cakra Nirupanam – Location and determination of six Cakra or Lotuses Manindra Chandra Panchatirtha 246
23. Tantricism and the Sun-cult in India: A historical perspective V.C. Srivastava 261
24. The Svarasaptaka of Samagana G.H. Tarlekar 276
25. Cordophones in the works of Kalidasa Sushma Kulshreshtha 282
26. Vena – A Mystical Hymn of the Atharva Veda Bettina Baumer 289
27. Gaccha tvam Bharate Varse: An oft-quoted sloka and its implications T. Goudriaan 292
28. An Old Text of Rama Devotion: The Agastya-Samhita Hans Bakker 300
29. The Black spot in the Moon, Salt, Seed and the Devayjana H.W.Bodewitz 307
30. Siva Myth – Ardhinarisvara and Tripurantaka S. S. Janaki 314
31. Krsna Saga in South-East Asia Upendra Thakur 321
32. The Message of the Upanishads Karan Singh 333
33. Some thoughts on Culture and Entropy Pupul Jayakar 341
34. On being a person Sisir Kumar Ghose 344
35. Detachment Arabinda Basu 348
36. Spiritual strength of Indian civilization H. K. Mahtab 360
37. Concept of Dharma and Adharma in Mahabharata A. N. Bhattachaya 362
38. Mysticism in Indian Philosophy Sibajiban Bhattacharya 372
39. Ritual of Daily Puja in the Jagannatha Temple of Puri: An analytical appraisal G. C. Tripathi 389
40. A Comparative view of two Schools of Indian thought with special reference to Kashmir Jankinath Kaul 397
41. Varsaganya, the Sankhya Teacher Lallanji Gopal 402
42. The Epical world of Asvaghosa and Kalidasa: A comparative study Indra Nath Choudhuri 417
43. Means to liberation Jadunath Sinha 425
44. Akhanda Mahayoga and Supramental Yoga E. Nilakanta Singh 434
45. Carved Stone-Discs dedicated to the cult of Goddess Sri P.K. Agrawala 439


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