An Astika sampradaya is one that places the infallible authority of the Vedas first. There are claims for instance, that ISKCON leaders believe that Srimad Bhaagavatam is higher in authority than Vedas. What this means, potentially, is that if ever there is a conflict of interpretation between the Vedas and Bhaagavatam, ISKCON's position will default in support of Bhagaavatam over Vedas - Is this true?

Given the potential for controversy with this question, answers that source their evidence authoritatively are only appreciated (books published by any ISKCON press agencies proclaiming their affiliation (or lack thereof) or direct links to statements in interviews by ISKCON's upper echelon leaders proclaiming this or otherwise)

  • ISKCON believe in vedanta. Doesn't that make them astika?
    – user6981
    Commented Apr 10, 2018 at 8:04
  • @KrishnaShweta An authoritative answer to this question can be used in the future. In any case, astika means considering vedas as highest authority across all other scriptures. This is the point I am interested to get clarified on. Commented Apr 10, 2018 at 13:44
  • I will answer the question if you change it from ISKCON to Gaudiya Sampradaya
    – user16618
    Commented Dec 24, 2018 at 16:07
  • Thank you for the consideration but I'm actually interested in the question as it pertains to ISKCON. @RaRe Commented Dec 24, 2018 at 16:08
  • Learned people in ISKCON will obviously not see conflict b/w the two, they will interpret the statement properly.
    – user16618
    Commented Dec 24, 2018 at 16:13


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