About the Author Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja appeared in 1921, in Bihar, India, and at the age of twenty-five, he met his gurudeva, Sri Srimad Bhakti Prajfiana Keava Gosvami Maharaja, who initiated him into the practice of bhakti-yoga. He travelled the globe thirty times between 1996 and 2010, revealing the glories of devotion to Sri Krsna, often quoting the writings and illustrious life of Srila Bhakti-vinoda Thakura. On December 29, 2010, in Sri Jagannatha Puri-dhama, he concluded his pastimes in this world. Editor Preface to the first English edition we are delighted to present to the English readers this translation of the compelling spiritual novel by Srtla Bhaktivinoda Thakura. entitled Prema-pradipa; which has been translated from the Hindi edition of nitya-lila-pravista om visnupada astottara-sata sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja (Srila Gurudeva), We humbly offer this English edition into his hands. In his Bhagavad-gita (4.29) commentary. Sila Gurudeva states: Srimad-Bhagavatam (11.15.1) explains. ‘When a person controls his senses and his breathing process and fully absorbs his mind in Me [the Supreme Person] all the mystic perfections naturally come under his control.’ For more information on this subject. readers should study Prema-pradtpa by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura. Written in Bengali in 1886. at a time when the people of India were turning away from their own spiritual heritage to embrace divergent philosophies, this book enchanted its readers and inspired them to again cherish genuine spiritual life.