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Forms of Paramatma in Sri Vaishnavism

In Gaudiya Vaishnavism, the distinction is made between Kāraṇodakaśāyī Viṣnu (Mahaviṣnu), Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu and Kṣīrodakaśāyī Viṣnu on a cosmological level as the Paramātmā for the metacosm, the ...
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Was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu from a Shakta family?

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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What is the position of Durga in Gaudiya Vaishnavism?

What is the position of Durga in Gaudiya Vaishnavism? Is there need to worship her? Can she be worshiped?
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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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Why did Nityananda Mahaprabhu regularly worship Sri-Yantra?

Nityananda Mahaprabhu regaularly worshipped a Sri-Yantra along with a Vaneswar Shiva Linga and an Ananta Shalagrama. These are still worshipped by His heirs at Khardaha, West Bengal. According to ...
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Was Nityananda Mahaprabhu a non-vegeterian?

Mahaprabhu Nitayananda took sannyasa at an early age. As per the Sri Sri Chaitanya-Bhagavata, the first authentic biography of Sri Chaitanya by Srila Vrindavana Das Thakura, Sri Advaita Acharya says ...
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A question regarding the 'pranama-mantra' of 'Prabhupada'

As the following reads, Swami Bhaktivedanta (the founder of ISKCON)  treats ISLAM and CHIRTANITY as essentially one with Vaishavism. Again and again God has sent His messengers to this material ...
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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 are the important texts of Gaudiya Vaishnavism?

I want to study Gaudiya Vaishnavism in deep. So I want to know the principal texts of Gaudiya Vaishnavism. I already know Bhagavatam enjoys great prominence. Here I am asking about texts by acharyas ...
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Does anyone know the details of the 'great festival of Dogs' (Kukur-Mahotsava)?

Sri Radharaman Charan Das Babaji was a great Gaudiya Vaishnava saint, who had a pet-dog named 'Bhakti-Maa'. At the sraddha of Bhakti-Maa, hundreds of street dogs were invited and they all attended ...
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How can Brahman be the 'Anga-jyoti' of Sri Krishna?

The followers of Bhagavan Sri Chaitanya describes Brahman as the Aura or 'Anga-jyoti' of Sri Krishna. But according to our scriptures, Brahman is beyond mind and to be realised by the Self losing the ...
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Is there any relation between ISKCON and Sri Narasingha Chaitanya Ashrama?

I know both are Gaudiya Vaishnava organisations. But are they related in any way (Guru Parampara etc)?
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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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Which Vaishnava theories are based on Gopâlatâpini Upanishad?

Swami Vivekananda makes a remark in one of his lectures that many Vaishnava theories have come from Gopala Tapini Upanishad. Complete Works / Volume 3 / Lectures from Colombo to Almora / The Religion ...
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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 Adi Shankaracharya really try to make people'Bhagavad-vimukhi' as claimed the Gaudiya Vaishnavas?

According to the sloka of Padma-Purana quoted in Sri Chaitanya Charitamrita, Sri Adi Sankaracharya deluded people by preaching a false doctrine and made them away (vimukha) from God : According to ...
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What are the views of Gaudiya Vaishnavism on Adi Shankaracharya?

Adi Shankaracharya is believed to be incarnation of Lord Shiva. What are views of Gaudiya Vaishnavism on Adi Shankaracharya?
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Do Gaudiya vaishnavas accept classification of puranas based on gunas?

Some vaishnavas use the classification of puranas into sattva, rajas and tamas. Do Gaudiya vaishnavas accept classification of puranas based on three gunas?
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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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Was Gaudiya Vaishnavism influenced by Madhwa's teachings?

I read that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu had met and was guided by Sri Vyasa Tirtha. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vyasatirtha If this is true, are there Gaudiya doctrines/practices that are influenced by ...
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Did RamaKrishna bless Rupa Goswami in his previous life?

I remember reading a story about how Ramakrishna in his previous life had blessed gaudiya vaishnava saint rupa goswami. That is a book in my local language and had small introduction to over 60 ...
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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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Are there any Gaudiya Vaishnava commentaries on the Upanishads?

Sri Adi-Sankaracharya's commentaries on the Upanishads are most popular in present time. Are there any Gaudiya Vaishnava commentaries available on the Upanishads?
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What are main differences between madhva and gaudiya school?

What are main differences between madhva school and gaudiya school?
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Gaudiya vaishnava on maayavaada

From some Bengali Gaudiya vaishnavas i heard popular saying "sunle Mayavad Hobe sorbonash" Is this mentioned in any authentic text of gaudiya school or books like Caitanya charitamrita?
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Do Gaudiyas consider Allah and Jehovah also as “Supreme Personality of Godhead”?

From this article. We accept Sri Krsna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead, but the father of Jesus Christ, God, Allah, Khoda, and Jehovah are also said to be the Supreme Personality of Godhead. ...
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Why do some Vaishnavas not consider Radha as Sati or the Mother of the world & mention Her only as the Hladini shakti?

The well-known pranama mantra of Sri Radha reads नवीनां हेमगौरांगीं पूर्णानन्दवतीं सतीम्। वृषभानुसुतां देवीं वन्दे राधां जगत्प्रसूम्॥ Meaning: I bow down to Goddess Radha, who is young, ...
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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 ...
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What are the outcomes of Kaivalya and Sayujya mokshas according to Gaudiya Vaishnavas?

As discussed here, the Upanishads describe the state of Kaivalya as the detachment/seperation of the Self from Prakriti. According to Advaitins, Kaivalya is said to be the ultimate state/moksha ...
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Where can I find side by side compilation of Vedanta Sutras and the corresponding verses from Srimad Bhagavatam?

Srimad Bhagavatam is considered natural commentary of Vedanta Sutras by Gaudiya Vaishnavas. That is the reason Gaudiya school didn't explicitly subscribe to Vedanta school till 17th century. Then for ...
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What is the result of worshipping Lord Sri Nityananda Rama Chandra Prabhu only/exclusively?

Srila Prabhupada says here https://prabhupadabooks.com/cc/adi/8/31 that - A neophyte student who is not sufficiently educated or enlightened should not indulge in the worship of Śrī Rādhā and Kṛṣṇa ...
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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 Bhaktivinod Thakur explicitly employ the term 'apasampradaya' to describe unorthodox Vaishnavas?

Bengali Vaishnava reformers in the 19th century reclaimed Vaishnavism as a noble indigenous tradition and rehabilitated its reputation, setting it apart from low-caste, antinomian, suspiciously ...
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In what manner, we are qualitatively one with God/Krishna?

According to achintya bhedabheda philosophy started by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, we the living entities are qualitatively the same with God but are different quantitatively (i.e. those same Godly ...
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Does SB 4.25.41 give a hint to the thing that women like men who are expert in rape?

Often purport are used to understand verses of scripture in clearer way. In purport S.B. 4.25.41, Sri AC Bhaktivedanata Prabhupada comments in the last part of commentary as: In this regard, the ...
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Do any Vaishnav sect believe in Jivan Mukti?

I used to believe that JivanMukti; a state of liberation while still in this body was something that was specific to advaita Vedant sect only. But I recently came across a quote by Gaudiya Vaishnav ...
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How do Sri Vaishnavas and Gaudiya Vaishnavas interpret a certain Advaitic line in Bhagavatam 1.1.1

This line in bold, to me, looks like dropping a hint of Advaita. However I know Sri Vaishnavas and Gaudiya Vaishnavas differ on their views of unreality. Forgive me for using the Advaita lens, but ...
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What is the current status of Gaudiya Math? [closed]

(1) Are they unified or are there schisms in the organization? (2) Do they regard ISKCON as part of their math? Note to the duplicate police; not the same as Are there any philosophical differences ...
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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 every atom of this universe a representation of Maha Vishnu? [duplicate]

According to Gaudiya Vaishnavism, The material world is made from the expansion of Maha-Vishnu, means whatever material was made from his body. Does each and every atom of this universe is a ...
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When was the earliest that the Gaudiya Vaishnavas reversed the order of “Rama” and “Krishna” in their mantra?

I remember from childhood that you say "Hare Rama" first. If you know Hindi, you can see the following video where a Sankarachrya talks about it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVe3SSfJk0g When ...
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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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Are there any philosophical differences between Gaudiya Math and ISKCON?

Gaudiya Math was founded by Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati while his disciple Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada founded the ISKCON. Both organisations are Gaudiya Vaishnavism based. My question is ...
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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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How do Sri Vaishnavas interpret Srimad Bhagavatam 10.14.14?

Sri Vaishnavas believe Krishna to be an incarnation of Vishnu. On the other hand, Gaudiya Vaishnavas say Vishnu is an expansion of Krishna and quote certain verses from the Srimad Bhagavatam to ...
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What are the key differences between Achintya Bheda Abheda and Vishishtadvaita?

I am trying to find the key philosophical differences between the Gaudiya Vaishnava Philosophy of Achintya Bheda Abheda & the Sri Vaishnava philosophy of Vishishtadvaita. Can anyone tell me the ...
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What did Ramakrishna Paramahamsa say about the Srimad Bhagavatam?

The Srimad Bhagavatam, one of the major 18 puranas and the most popular and controversial purana has been recommended by many saints such as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The purana is very popular in the ...