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Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is none other than the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna, who appeared in this Kali-yuga to inaugurate the yuga dharma for this age - Sankirtana, the congregational chanting of the Holy Names of the Lord.

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Did Chaitanya Mahaprabhu really chant the Hare Krishna maha mantra?

Recently, I was watching a video by an authentic Vaishnava guru named Sri Dharma Pravartaka Acharya (who has a YouTube channel called DharmaNation). He was doing a live Q&A session and touched ...
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Any scripture other than Chaitanya Charitamrita that confirms that He is verily Lord Sri Krishna? [duplicate]

hare krishna. I am new to ISKCON culture, but believe strongly that Lord Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. I am yet to read any work of Srila Prabhupada completely. Since it is ...
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Who were the female partners of the Vrindavana Goswamis according to the Sahajiyas?

As I discuss in this answer, Sahajiyas refer to a secretive sect of Vaishnavas based in Bengal, which indulge in Advaitic Vamachara practices. Just like Gaudiya Vaishnavas, they trace their lineage ...
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Do Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe in eternal damnation?

Sri Madhvacharya who started the Brahma Sampradaya which have Dvaita Vedanta as its philosophy, believed in the concept of eternal damnation.This means that according to Madhvacharya, some demonic ...
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Where can I download PDF of english translation of Sri Chaitanya Bhagavat? [duplicate]

I would like to know where I can download English translation of Sri Chaiyanya Bhagavat by Vrindavan Das Thakur.
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What are the scriptural evidences suggesting Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was the incarnation of Lord Krishna?

The Gaudiya Vaishnava Sampradaya claim that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was an incarnation of Lord Krishna. What is the scriptural evidence behind this claim? Is he mentioned in Puranic literature?
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Which biographies of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is it stated that His Sankirtana movement will spread throughout the world one day?

It is often said that Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had predicted during his lifetime that His Sankirtana movement would spread throughout the entire world. In reality, the movement has indeed spread ...
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What is Sri Chaitanya's Shiksastakam?

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu left only 8 verses of his instruction in his writing known as Shiksastakam. What are they?
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What are the objections raised by Radhagovinda Nath against the teachings of Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura?

Principal Radhagovinda Nath, D.Lit was one of the most renowned Gaudiya Vaishnava scholars respected throughout Bengal. He, in his famous book "Gaudiya Vaishnava Darshana" (1953), raised a series of ...
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What was the reason of birth of chaitanya mahaprabhu? [duplicate]

What was the reason of birth of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu being an avatar of god he was not able to create huge impact on the world instead almost negligible people in the world today know him whereas ...
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Is alleged claim that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was from a Shakta family have any basis in authentic biographies?

From Chaitanya Charitamrita: śrīhaṭṭa-nivāsī śrī-upendra-miśra-nāma vaiṣṇava, paṇḍita, dhanī, sad-guṇa-pradhāna CC 1.13.56: There was also Śrī Upendra Miśra, a resident of the district of ...
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Why Gaudiya Vaishnavas don't accept Advaita when Chaitanya Mahaprabhu accepted Sridhara Svami?

Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu declared that Śrīdhara Svāmī is the authoritative commentator on Bhāgavatam: prabhu hāsi’ kahe,“svāmī nā māne yei jana | veśyār bhitare tāre kariye gaṇana” || eta kahi’ ...
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What is the full form of this sloka?

To support His opinion that as per the scriptures, a sannyasin has NO restrictions on food, Sri Advaita Acharya, a friend of Lord Sri Chaitanya quotes the following part of a scriptural sloka: ...
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Did Sri Chaitanyadev ever convert any Muslim to a Vaishnava?

Sri Chaitanyadev appeared at a time when the country was under the Islamic rule. Did Sri Chaitanyadev ever convert any Muslim to Vaishnava? Looking for answer citing biography of Chaitanya.
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What is source of this form of Mahaprabhu?

What is the history of this six-armed image of Mahaprabhu? Kindly quote from proper source.
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Why does ISKCON images depict Mahaprabhu with sikha, sutra, kanthimala and tilakas?

Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanya took Dashanami sannyasa from Sri Keshava Bharati by leaving His sacred thread and 'Sikha', as mentioned in the Sri Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita. As a Sankara-sect monk, He also ...
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What was Mahaprabhu's view on taking sannyasa?

Did Maahaprabhu Sri Chaitanya advise His followers to take sannyasa? What was His view on sannyasa? Did He give sannyasa to anybody? I am interested to know this because most of His followere in ...
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How did Mahaprabhu Sri Chaitanya leave His physical body?

We do not get any information about Sri Chaitanya's leaving of the physical body at the end of His Divine Play. There are different descriptions of merging with Jagannathdeva and with Tota Gopinath. ...
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What is the birth-place of Sri Chaitanyadeva?

There are "birth-place" temples of Sri Chaitanyadeva at Navadvip and Mayapur,one at the east side and another at the west side of the Ganges.Which place seems authentic? I am interested in knowing the ...
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What kind of position (importance) does Chaitanya Mahaprabhu enjoy in the sect called Gaudiya Vaishnavism?

What kind of position (importance) does Chaitanya Mahaprabhu enjoy in the sect called Gaudiya Vaishnavism? To put it more precisely, can a person's opinions be considered as those of Gaudiya ...
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Why did the direct disciples of Mahaprabhu not accept any relation with the Madhva Sect?

Sri Vasudev Sarvabhouma, Kavi Karnapur, Sri Rupa, Sri Sanatana, Sri Srijiva Goswami, Sri Baladev Vidyabhushana --none of them accepted any link between Madhva sect and the Gaudiya Vaishnava sect.(...
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Did Chaitanya Mahaprabhu author a commentary on the Brahma Sutras in Prakashananda Math?

While going through this letter by Swami Vivekananda dated 17th August 1889, I stumbled across a line where Swamiji talks about an apparent rumour of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu authoring a commentary on ...
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What are the differences between Dvaitadvaita of Sri Nimbarkacharya and Achintya Bheda Abheda of Sri Chaitanya?

What are the philosphical differences between Gaudiya Sampradaya and Nimbarka Sampradaya? I know they both worship Radha-Krishna (unlike Pushtimarg where they worship Krishna as ShriNathji). What are ...
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What exactly is meant by Harernamaiva Kevalam

हरेर्नाम हरेर्नाम हरेर्नामैव केवलम्। कलौ नास्त्येव नास्त्येव नास्त्येव गतिरन्यथा॥ meaning Harinama, Harinama, only Harinama ....there is no other way, no other way in the kaliyuga [for ...
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Who are the red complexioned and yellow complexioned avataras mentioned in Srimad Bhagavatam?

Gargamuni, while naming Krishna, mentions that there are four types of complexions incarnations have: शुक्लरक्तस्तथा पीत इदानीं कृष्णतां गतः। The while coloured one could be the Hari who was related ...
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Where can I find a sanskrit text version of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Shivashtakam?

Where can I find Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's Shivashtakam rendered in Sanskrit? Can someone on this website do it as a huge favour? I want to chant it but can't be sure of the pronounciation since the ...
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Did Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu also write a Shivashtakam?

I have seen in atleast three places saying that he has written a Shivashtakam (apart from the one by Sri Adi Shankaracharya). 1. backtogodhead (cites the source "Recorded in Murari Gupta’s Sri ...
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How Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Swaminarayan are viewed in the Srivaishnava Sect

The followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism and Uddhava Sampradaya claim that Caitanya Mahaprabhu and Swaminarayan respectively, are incarnations of Sri Krishna. Are there any references made by ...
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Do any biographies of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu mention Him to be the founder of the Durga Puja tradition in Odisha?

According to this Gaudiya Vaishnava site, Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu brought the tradition of Durga Puja in Odisha: It is a misconception among many Gaudiya Vaishnavas that worship of Lord Shiva or ...
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Did Chaitanya ever meet Parashurama?

Any biography of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu meeting Parashurama?
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Why did krishna chaitanya criticise his own sanyasa sampradaya?

From another post we came to know that krishna chaitanya had taken sanyasa from dashanami sampradaya of sankaracharya. However, why would someone join a sampradaya to which he is opposed to ? ...
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From where did krishna chaitanya take sanyasa?

From what sampradaya did he take sanyasa ? Was it from the dashanami sampradaya ?
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Where is the next incarnation of Caitanya Mahaprabhu supposed to be born? And where is that written?

Matua devotees state that in the orthodox Vaiṣṇava scriptures it is written that Chaitanya will be reincarnated and will appear again in the land of Iśān (the cardinal direction of north-east). This ...
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Does Vallabhacharya ever mention Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in any of his works?

Vallabhacharya, a prominent Vaishnava acharya of the Rudra Sampradaya, was known to have had a close rapport with the Gaudiya Vaishnava saint, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is considered an incarnation of ...
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Is Prabhu Jagatbandhu considered a reincarnation of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

Prabhu Jagatbandhu was a nineteenth century Vaishnava saint in Bengal. He was the founder of the Mahanam Vaishnava Sampradaya. Now, according to Wikipedia, he is considered a reincarnation of ...
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Madhusudana Saraswati on Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

Madhusudhan Saraswati, the author of the famous work, Advaitasiddhi was a Vaishnava belonging to the Shankarite sect. A great devotee of Shri Krishna, he is said to have been initially against Advaita ...
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Why was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu an eka-dandi sanyasi despite being a Gaudiya Vaishnava?

Advaitins Sanyasis are usually eka-dandi sanyasis while Vaishnava Sanyasis (including Gaudiya Vaishnava Sanyasis) are usually tri-dandi sanyasis. However, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was a Gaudiya Vaishnava ...
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Why did Nigamananda Paramahansa say Adi Shankaracharya's teachings were Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's path?

One of the famous sayings of Nigamananda Paramahansa was: ''Shonkoracharyar moth Choitonyor poth'' Which roughly translates as ''Shankaracharya's teachings are Chaitanya's path''. However, the ...
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Where in Matsya Purana the following verse about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu located?

As per Gaudiya Vaishnavism websites, the below verse is said to have spoken by Krishna in Matsya Purana: Mundo gaurah su-dirghangas Tri-srotas-tira-sambhavah Dayaluh kirtana-grahiBhavisyami ...
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Could anyone locate where the Devi Purana contains the following verse about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

This blog post lists out verses from various Smritis that contain predictions of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The following verse is said to be from the Devi Purana. Nama-siddhanta-sampatti ...
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What are the views of Achintya Bheda Abheda on Nirguna Brahman?

In the Advaita Vedanta, Nirguna Brahman refers to a formless God without qualities and is the supreme. In Vishishtadvaita, it refers to God without negative qualities. However, I want to know what ...
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Where can I get the complete English translations of the Sri Krishna Chaitanya Charitamritam & Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam Mahakavyam?

I would like to read the Sri Chaitanya Charitamritam Mahakavyam by Kavi Karnapura and the Sri Krishna Chaitanya Charitamritam by Murari Gupta in English. Can anyone provide me some links for these ...
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Where can I get the complete English translation of the Chaitanya Mangala?

I would like to read the Chaitanya Mangala by Lochana Das in English. Can anyone provide me some links to read it?
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Who is a pasandi?

The word ''Pasandi'' comes numerous times in the Chaitanya Charitamrita while ISKCON uses the word to describe ''devotees of demigods''. What is the meaning of this word according to the scriptures?
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Are there any non-ISKCONic translations of the Chaitanya Charitamrita in English?

I would like to read a non-ISKCONic translations of the Chaitanya Charitamrita in English. Could anyone suggest me any?
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What is the meaning of the term ''Mayavadi''? Is the term mentioned in any of the scriptures?

Many ISKCON websites call Adi Shankaracharya, Swami Vivekananda, Buddha and Ramakrishna Paramahamsa ''mayavadis'' and that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu called mayavadis ''greatest of all offenders''. However, ...
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Where can I get the complete English translation of the Chaitanya Bhagavata?

Though Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's biography: Chaitanya Charitamrita is easily available on the web, I have been unavailable to find the complete English translation of the Chaitanya Bhagavata. Can you ...
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What is the significance of long maalaa (garland) worn by Krishna Chaitanya?

In many paintings we see that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu wears an exceptionally long garland in his neck during kirtan which extends up to the waist or knees. Also Nityananda (nitaai) is seen with such ...
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What was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's opinion on Madhvacharya?

Brahma Sampradaya is one of the 4 major sects of Vaishnavism. The sect is said to have been taught Vishnu worship by Lord Brahma himself and hence the sampradaya named after him. The Brahma Sampradaya ...
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Do Vallabhacharya's followers believe he was originally a Gaudiya Vaishnava?

As I discuss in my question here, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four disciples: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And in turn they started the four main ...