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What does scripture say regarding post humous diksha?

Recently I have come across the life story of Srila Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Maharaj from the Gaudiya Vaishnav Sampradaya. It was stated that in 1918, he accepted sanyas diksha from the photograph ...
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Who is Vasudev Krishna and who is Yashodanandan Krishna?

I have heard many Acharyas and saints mentioning Vasudev Krishna and Yashodanandan Krishna to be different. Is there any scriptural reference to it? If yes, what is the difference between the two? Who ...
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Why Gaudiya Vaishnavas chant the Mahamantra from oppsite direction?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas consider the following 16-word mantra as the Mahamantra and always chant it. Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare This ...
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Why is the demon Hiraṇyakaśipu addressed with 'Shri' in the Srimad Bhagwatam?

Why is the demon Hiraṇyakaśipu addressed with 'Shri' in the Srimad Bhagwatam? For instance, this verse from Srimad Bhagwatam Canto 7 Chapter 8 Verse 11: श्रीहिरण्यकशिपुरुवाच व्यक्तं त्वं मर्तुकामोऽसि ...
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What is reality of Kabir Sagar and other scriptures on Sant Kabir

What is Kabir Sagar written by Sant Dharmadas ji which claims that Lord Hanuman and many famous Vaishnav and famous Shaiva saints were initiated by Sant Kabir in some form in and helped them achieve ...
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correct verse and its reference - govinda prekṣaṇā kṣepi vāspa pūrā vivarṣinam ucce anindadānanda maravinda vilocanā

I think I might have incorrectly listened to this verse from a lecture and wanted to know what's the correct verse for it: govinda prekṣaṇā kṣepi vāspa pūrā vivarṣinam ucce anindadānanda maravinda ...
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What Tattva is Ganesha

So, I come from an Iyer background, but during my scriptural study and even before I felt inclined towards Vishnu worship. While I do worship Bhagavan Maha Vishnu as the supreme being. I still wish to ...
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Gomukhi mala bag attachment to Sakshi Mala

How does one attach Gomukhi Mala bag, and a Sakshi Mala?
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Do only Gaudiya Vaishnavites recognize different forms (not avataras) of Vishnu?

AFAIK, Other Vaishnavite sects don't say much (if anything) about Garbhodakaśāyī Vishnu and Ksirodakaśāyī Vishnu. Only Gaudiya scripture seems to talk about these forms of Vishnu.
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Who are the most important acharyas of the Gaudiya sect?

I want to know about most important Gaudiya Vaishnava acharyas, and also about what their major commentaries and works are.
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Is Viveka Satakam written by Prabodhananda Saraswati Ji Maharaj available online

I am looking for Viveka Satakam written by Prabodhananda Saraswati,author of Vrindavan Mahimamrita
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Who is the wife of Karanodakshayi Vishnu and Garbhodakshayi Vishnu in the Gaudiya Vaishnava sect?

Gaudiya Vaishnava or specially it's offshoot ISKCON has this unique three tier classification of different levels of Vishnu. Topmost is Karanodakshayi Vishnu from whom different universes comes out of ...
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Are Gaur/Gaud Brahmins connected to Gaudiya Vaishnavism Sampradaya? Are some Sampradaya named after sects of founding Brahmins?

Any history of Gaur Brahmins and their specific spiritual lineage is appreciated. What sampradaya were followed by Gaur Brahmins? (or are followed by Gaur Brahmins) Gaur Brahmins have the following 12 ...
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Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur's Opinions

Is there any evidence that shows that Bhakti Siddhanta Saraswati Thakur (founder of Gauriya Mat) was critical/not critical of Ramkrishna Paramhamsa, Omkaranath Thakur, and Prabupad Bijoy Krishna ...
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Correct way of performing lamp aarti

I've heard the following ways of performing Lamp aarti: offer four circles to the lotus feet, two circles to the navel, and three circles to the Lord’s face; then offer seven circles to the Lord’s ...
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Why do Gaudiyas believe that Krishna and Gopis are eternal teenagers?

I have heard that Gaudiyas believe that Krishna is eternally 15 years old and that Lalita is eternally 14 years old. Why do they believe this? Is this stated in scripture?
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Do Vaishnavas believe in JivanaMukti?

I want to know if the concept of JivanMukta(attaining moksha while in this very body) exist in Vaishnava sects? From what I know through ISKCON/Gaudiya Vaishnava, Advaita Moksha/Mukti means merging ...
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How many branches of Gaudiya Vaishnava organizations are there?

We all know about ISKCON, founded by Srila Prabhupada. This is the most popular Gaudiya Vaishnava organisation. However, I recently came across ISKM (International Society of Krishna Mandir). Their ...
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What is the correct meaning of the verse that establishes Caitanya's divinity?

The verse I am talking about is this. kṛṣṇa-varṇaṁ tviṣākṛṣṇaṁ sāṅgopāṅgāstra-pārṣadam yajñaiḥ saṅkīrtana-prāyair yajanti hi su-medhasaḥ The above verse from Srimad Bhagavatam (11.5.32) was cited by ...
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Is this true that Radha created the Mayapur Dham?

If you go by the ISKCON, Sridham Mayapur was created by Sri Radha. Here are the references (1, 2) from ISKCON. In favour of their claim, they have cited a text known as Ananta Samhita. However, the ...
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What is the theological justification behind chanting the holy names in Gaudiya Vaishnavism?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas chant the name of the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna and Rama. They call it Nama Yajna. In some places, they have been doing continuously it for hundreds of years. For example, in Katwa (...
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Is there any scriptural proof that shri krishna's name is three times more powerful as of Shri Ram

I came across many gaudiya Vaishnavas saying such. Is there any scriptural proof??
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Does Gauḍīya-vaiṣṇavas believe that Prahlāda and Dhruva were devoted specifically to "Kṛṣṇa" & not "Viṣṇu"?

Both Dhruva and Prahlāda are cited as the two foremost examples of devotion, specifically within the Vaiṣṇava tradition. Mostly portrayed as having unflinching devotion to god Viṣṇu in his popular '...
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What's the significance of the title 'Śrīla (श्रील)' generally used by Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas?

One may generally observe, that almost all the ācāryas from the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava lineage (especially the ISCKON) use this term - "Śrīla", as a title, for their ācāryas, and even for ...
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Interpretation of Rigveda verse 1.164.31 according to Advaita Vedanta

While looking up for verses on the Rigveda Samhita, I stumbled upon the verse 1.164.31 on a blog which says this: अप॑श्यं गो॒पामनि॑पद्यमान॒मा च॒ परा॑ च प॒थिभि॒श्चर॑न्तम् । स स॒ध्रीची॒: स विषू॑ची॒र्वसा...
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What do gaudiya vaishnavas mean by "jivas being fragmental parts of Krishna"?

As far as i know, the gaudiya vaishnavas (iskcon people) are dualists. For them Brahman is Krishna. According to them, Brahman (Krishna) and the jivas are always separate. The jivas always remain ...
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What are the differences between Gaudiya Vaishnavism and the Gaudiya Math lineage?

Whenever one writes about Gaudiya Vaishnavism, it is usually only in relation to the Gaudiya Math, founded by Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati. Gaudiya Math is based on Bhaktivinoda Thakur's interpretations ...
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How do Gaudiya Vaishnavas justify Krishna's role in Khandava Dahana?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas go to an extreme length to justify non-violence. Their preachers say you can not even kill mosquitoes or cockroaches in your house. I was wondering how they justify the horrific ...
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What's the significance of the word "Gauḍīya" in Gauḍīya Vaiṣhṇavism?

What's the etymological significance of the word "Gauḍīya" in Gauḍīya Vaiṣhṇavism? Why is it specifically called Gauḍīya? Is it something specifically related to Śhrī Kriṣhṇa? Is ...
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What is the validity of the claim that Gaudiya Vaishnavism is superior to Advaita Vedanta?

According to the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition, when Sri Chaitanya was in Varanasi, he defeated Prakashananda Saraswati, the famous Vedantin. Showing this event, Vaishnavas claim that their philosophy ...
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How do Gaudiya Vaishnavas justify their strict adherence to ahimsa, vegetarianism, etc. when Krishna himself didn't advocate these?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas claim that they follow the supreme Godhead Krishna. However, I have a few confusions. First, as we know from the Mahabharata, that Krishna never told Arjuna to chant his name all ...
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How Nimai became Chaitanya?

Chaitanya Dev was the founder of the Gaudiya Vaishnavism. His original name was Bishwambhar. But people around him used to call him Nimai, his pet name. How did he get his new name, "Chaitanya ...
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Are there any Vaishnava commentaries on Vedas available?

I am looking for english translation of Vaishnava commentaries on Vedas (Samhita) if any are available. Any sampradaya be it Sri Vaishnava or Madhavaite or Gaudiya or any other is ok. In general,I ...
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Why Radha plays such an important role in Gaudiya Vaishnavism despite her name is not mentioned anywhere in Mahabharata?

The name of Radha is not found in the Mahabharata and Harivamsha. Even Bhagavad Purana, the most sacred scripture for Gaudiya Vaishnavas, did not mention Radha. However, Radha has supreme importance ...
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What is the position of the supreme deity's spouse in different Vaishnavite sects?

Lakshmi,Sita and spouses of Krishna. What is their position according to Srivaishnavites,Gaudiyas et al? Are they also supreme or are they subservient to the supreme deity?
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What are the differences between Gopi Chandan and normal chandan (sandalwood)?

I have generally known the Gaudiya Vaishnavism (Krishna rooted) based sects specifically applying the Gopi Chandan based tilaks on their body. The other Vaishnavism sects might or might not limit with ...
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Who was "Nitai" in Gaudiya literature?

It looks like a pet name. What was his real name and was he a teacher in that sect?
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Is there any Vaishnava commentary on Manu-Smriti?

I have seen few commentaries (and even fewer translations in English) of the Manu Samhita. But I can't find any done by a Vaishnava (no regards to the sampradaya). Thus I'm wondering is it because ...
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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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From where can I get Mrtyunjaya Tantra / Mrtyu-Sanjaya Tantra book?

Pranam! I am looking for above mentioned book named as Mrtyunjaya Tantra which is mentioned by Srila Jiva Goswami in his Krishna Sandarba and also mentioned by many scholars somewhere. It is one of ...
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How the followers of different Vaishnava sampradayas consider the stories of Vishnu tricking Tulasi and Vrinda?

How do Vaishnavas explain these stories of Vishnu tricking Vrinda and Tulasi. I am not asking how the act is justified, rather the beliefs of Vaishnavas regarding these stories(ie whether they ...
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Where can I get Vrndavana Mahimamrta of Prabodhananda Sarasvati?

The Vrindavana Mahimamrita is wonderful book by the Gaudiya Acarya Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati. Where can one find the pdf copy of the book?
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Where can one find the original bengali book of Bhaktivinoda Thakura's Jaiva Dharma?

I am look for the book Jaiva Dharma by Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, an important Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharya. Any idea where i can find it?
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Why God Imprisoned us here?

I understand from vedic scriptures that God created the souls and gave free will in the spiritual world, but the souls denied God's love and become materialistic. So Inorder to teach the souls a ...
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Where can I find the book Ujjvala nilamani of Srila Rupa Gosvami?

I am looking for the book Ujjvala nīlamaṇi. It is by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī and has commentaries as well. Where can I find?
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Is there online e books available of Shri Baladeva Vidyabhushana which are in Sanskrit?

These are the works attribute to Shri Baladeva Vidyabhushana. Can anyone please give the link for his works in Sanskrit lipi with or without translation. If only Bhagavath Gita Bhashya is given ...
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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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Which Mahavishnu/Vishnu is giving five verses eternal knowledge to lord Brahma in the Brahma-samhita chapter five?

Everyone in the ISKCON and Gaudiya Brahman spiritual sect knows about Brahma-samhita and the importance of the Shastra, right from Krishna-Chaitanya, Sril Jiva Gosvami, Bhaktisiddhanta Svami maharaj, ...
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Is worshipping Vishnu and Rama as Ishta allowed in ISKCON?

As we know,ISKCON is a Gaudiya Vaishnava organization. Gaudiya is a Krishna centric Vaishnava sect. So their Ishta is Krishna. For those who don't know, ishta is one's preferred form of God. Though ...
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Where can I find the commentaries on Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu of Rupa Gosvami?

There are three commentaries on the Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu of Śrī Rūpa Gosvāmī. They are by Śrī Jīva Gosvāmī, Śrī Mukunda dāsa and Śrī Viśvanātha Cakravartī Ṭhākura. Are the original sanskrit ...
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