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Why do Gaudiya Vaishnavas think the order of the Yugas is Satya, Dwapara, Treta, Kali?

Throughout Hindu scripture, the order of the Yugas is given as Satya, Treta, Dwapara, Kali. (See my answer here for more information on Hindu timescales.). Yet in his ISKCON commentary on the Srimad ...
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Were cows sacrificed in Gomedha Yagnas brought back to life as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says?

In the Chaitanya Charitamrita, the traditional biography of Gaudiya Vaishnava founder Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, a Muslim Kazi asks Chaianya Mahaprabhu about the Gomedha Yagna, a Vedic fire-ritual where ...
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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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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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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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Why do Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe in Brahma samhita?

Can anyone tell me why do Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe in Brahma Samhita?
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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 ...
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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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Liberation according to dual (Dvait) or semi dual (Vishishta Advait) schools is temporary?

Short Question (or say subset of below longer question - Just to make long question easier to understand) - Will Vaikuntha be ever over populated by liberated souls? If not, Lord Vishnu is not ...
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Do certain Vaishnavites take ceremonial vows to never worship Lord Shiva?

I have heard that there is a practice prevalent among some Iyengars of Tamil Nadu in which they take a vow to either avoid worshiping Lord Shiva or not recognize him as a deity. Who started this ...
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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 the Chandogya Upanishad foretell the birth of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

Gaudiya Vaishnavas, a sect that includes the popular organization ISKCON, believe that their founder Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was an incarnation of Vishnu. In this article from ISKCON's publication Back ...
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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 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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Are there any references to the Brahma Samhita before Chaitanya Mahprabhu?

As I discuss in this question, one of the early movements that was important to the development of Vaishnavism was the ancient Pancharatra movement, whose sacred texts consisted of detailed procedures ...
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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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Where are the main differences between ISKCON and Jiva Institute?

As far as I know both ISKCON and Jiva Institute are Gaudiya Vaisnavas, but what are the philosophical differences between these two ?
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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Does Yamunacharya consider Brahman as vibhuti of Vishnu?

Gaudiya vaishnavas make a distinction between Brahman and Bhagavan. Let me explain the difference. In nyāya, the perception or cognition of a real object (dravya) occurs in two steps. In the ...
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Did Vishnu have three Vamana incarnations as Rupa Goswami says?

One of Vishnu's most famous incarnations is that of Vamana the dwarf. The story is told throughout Hindu scripture, as I discuss in this question. Just to refresh people's memories, the story goes ...
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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 is the position of Lord Vishnu in the different 'Vaishnava' sects?

According to the dictionary meaning, a 'Vaishnava' is necessarily a 'Worshipper of Vishnu'. वैष्णव a. (-वी f.) [विष्णुर्देवतास्य तस्येदं वा अण्] 1 Relating to Viṣṇu; गां गतस्य तव धाम वैष्णवम् R.11....
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Why prabhupada refers Bramhan as non-dual(advaita) in his commentry on SB?

A.C. BhaktiVedanta Prabhupada the Founder of ISKCON movement in his commentry on Shrimad Bhagwad Mahapurana says: Learned transcendentalists who know the Absolute Truth call this nondual substance ...
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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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From where did krishna chaitanya take sanyasa?

From what sampradaya did he take sanyasa ? Was it from the dashanami sampradaya ?
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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 ...
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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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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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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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What is the source of Sri Radhakrsna Ganoddesha Deepika?

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, one of the greatest saints of the sixteenth century, had many disciples, of whom the six Gosvamis of Vrindavana are prominent. Sri Rupa Gosvami is one among the six Gosvamis, ...
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Gaudiya Philosophy and Advaita Philosophy preaching different [duplicate]

I have heard about Gaudiya and Advaita Philosophy but do the preachings differ from each other? For example the idea of soul or God himself.
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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 ...