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Ujjvala-nilamani :: 15 - Sringara-bheda ·   Three commentaries
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This chapter is huge, containing 266 verses in the original. The Nirnaya Sagara edition divides the text into three distinct parts--1-184 discusses the four kinds of vipralambha (purva-raga, mana, prema-vaicittya and pravasa). The Yoga-viyoga-sthiti section consists of only three verses (185-187) but merits expansive commentaries, by both Sri Jiva and Vishwanath, who write extensively on the nature of the nitya lila and separation. The section from 188-266 summarizes the four kinds of union (sanksipta, sankirna, sampanna, and samriddhiman) and concludes with a summary of various elements of sringara-keli. Most of these points are supplemented with copious examples by Vishnudasa. (Jagat 2006-03-29)

All three commentaries are now complete, but still in need of proofreading. (Jagat 2007-10-24)
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Complementarity of commentaries · Posted by Jagat on March 30th 2006 - 15:52 +0200
Just an observation. Nowhere have I seen such an interesting complementarity between commentaries. Jiva Goswami has taken interest in particular verses to expound his own pet ideas about the nitya lila and svakiya rasa. He is only marginally concerned with fleshing out the subtleties in the illustrative verses.

Vishnudas, whose commentary was completed at around the same time that Jiva Goswami left his body and Krishnadas wrote the Chaitanya Charitamrita, was at once engaged in an exacting exercise of extensively glossing each and every verse and then of compiling a compendium of illustrative verses from Gaudiya Vaishnava authors and beyond.

Vishwanath, a century later, may or may not have had Vishnudas's commentary available to him. He agrees little with Vishnudas in the situating of the illustrative verses (who spoke them, in what situations). He picks out occasional verses to flesh out from the rasika's point of view, giving added narrative information, etc. But according to his concluding remarks, it is clear that his primary interest was to debate Jiva Goswami, who he felt was compromised in his integrity by writing his opinions on svakiya rasa in order to please some anonymous other parties.

The difference between the commentaries to Ujjvala-nilamani and those of the Bhakti-rasamrita-sindhu are quite noticeable. The three commentaries to the latter work are not nearly as thorough, extensive or distinctive.