Sampradaya-vihina ye mantras te nisphala matah
Atah kalau bhavisyanti catvarah sampradayinah catvarah sampradayinah

Sri-brahma-rudra-sanakah vaisnavah ksiti-pavanah Catvaras te kalau bhavya hy utkale purusottamatAtah kalau bhavisyanti


'Any mantra that does not come in disciplic succession is considered to be fruitless. Therefore, four divine individuals will appear in the age of Kali to found disciplic schools. The founders of these four Vaisnava sampradayas are Laksmi or Sri, Brahma, Rudra and Sanaka Rishi, and the acaryas of the Kali Age who follow their lines will appear in the holy city of Purusottama in Orissa.

This verse looks like a prediction of various Vaishnava Sampradayas which appeared in Kali age. Now where this verse is located in Padma Purana?

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    Some Gaudiya vaishnava sites are also mentioning that this verse is from a text called Garga Samhita 10.16-22-26. But so far i haven't found the verse in their Garga Samhita version available online. Also i doubt about presence of this verse in Padma Purana. May 17 '18 at 12:31
  • Why do you think it is in Padma Puraana? @NarayanaSharma ? Any article, or book, or website?
    – user14995
    May 17 '18 at 18:16
  • @AnuragSingh yes, prabhupada quoted this in his works which I want to know its authenticity. I got this from a Gaudiya website. May 18 '18 at 1:48

The verse is not extant in the manuscripts of the Padma Purana which are known today, but the verse was quoted in some of the books of the Hindu authors from the previous centuries.
Thus in the Prameya Ratnavali of Baladeva Vidyabhushana, a Gaudiya Vaishnava author and acarya, he quoted that verse:

First Prameya,


yad uktam padma-purane sampradya-vihina ye mantras te nishphala matah atahh kalau bhavishyanti catvarah sampradayinah

shri-brahma-rudra-sanaka vaishnavah kshiti-pavanah catvaras te kalau bhavya hy utkale purushottamat

yat—which; uktam—is spoken; padma-purane—in the Padma Purana; sampradaya-vihinah—those who are not connected to the bona-fide disciplic succession; ye—those who; mantrah—mantras; te—they; nishphalah—without result; matah—are considered; atah—for this reason; kalau—in the age of Kali; bhavishyanti—there will be; catvarah—four; sampradayah—bona-fide disciplic successions; shri—from Lakshmi-devi; brahma—from Lord Brahma; rudra—from Lord Shiva; sanakah—and from Sanaka and the Kumara sons of Brahma; vaishnavah—in relation to Lord Vishnu; kshiti—the world; pavanah—purifying; catvarah—four; te—they; kalau—in the age of kali; bhavyah—will be; hi--indeed; utkale—in Orissa; purushottamat—from Jagannatha Puri.

The Padma Purana explains: "Unless one is initiated by a bona-fide spiritual master in the disciplic succession, the mantra he might have received is without any effect. For this reason four Vaishnava disciplic successions, inaugurated by Lakshmi-devi, Lord Brahma, LordShiva, and the four Kumaras, will appear in the holy place of Jagannatha Puri, and purify the entire earth during the age of Kali."


ramnujam shrih svi-cakre madhvacriyam caturmukhah shri-vishnu-svaminam rudro nimbadityam catuhsanah

ramanujam—Ramanuja; shrih—Lakshmi-devi; svi-cakre—selected; madvacaryam—Madhvacarya; caturmukah—Lord Brahma; shri-vishnu-svaminam—Vishnu Svami; rudrah—Lord Shiva; nimbadityam—Nimbarka; catuhsanah—the four Kumaras.

Lakshmi-devi chose Ramanujacarya to represent her disciplic succession. In the same way Lord Brahma chose Madhvacarya, Lord Shiva chose Vishnu Svami, and the four Kumaras chose Nimbarka.

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    So, this is not there in any scriptures. May 17 '18 at 16:11
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    @NarayanaSharma Well, perhaps not in any manuscripts of the Padma Purana available in our modern age, but the verses were there in some old manuscripts. May 17 '18 at 22:27
  • @brahmajijnasa The first verse is from padma purana. The second verse seems like baladeva vidyabhusan's commentary on the first verse.
    – user16618
    Oct 31 '18 at 13:39
  • @RaRa Yes, it seems so. Nov 1 '18 at 21:20
  • @brahmajijnasa There is another hidden meaning of that verse which I read elsewhere, can't recollect where exactly now. The hidden meaning is that all 4 sampradayas meet in Puri in the form of Gaudiya samprada. Gaudiya sampradaya has elements from all 4 sampradayas. Bhakt vinod Thakur says mahaprabhu took 2 principles each from 4 sampradayas.
    – user16618
    Nov 2 '18 at 0:34

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