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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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Chanting of Maha Mantra

Hare Krishna, Do we need to chant it like Hare "Krishnaa" or Hare "Krishn" . In japa it is Hare "Krishn" but in Keerthan it is Hare "Krishnaa". Please guide (...
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is there any referance of SWAMINARAYAN in Ved, Puran, Upnishad, Ramayan, Mahabharat etc Hindu Shashtras?

Thay first claimed SWAMINARAYAN as a revolutionary saint. After a little success they claimed him as an Avtar of Shri Krishna. After some time they claimed him to be even higher (SUPREME / SARVOPARI) ...
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Should a kṣatriya always accept a gambling match by the opponent?

I base this question on a saying of Srila Prabhupada that goes like this: A kṣatriya is not supposed to refuse to battle or gamble when he is so invited by some rival party. Bhagavad Gita As It Is ...
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What does ISKCON think of the Dharma Shastras?

We know that some modern sects of Hinduism like the Arya Samajis and others reject the Dharma Shastras to some extent, so what's the stance of ISKCON in all this?
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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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Is "Krishna" mentioned in the first verse of Srimadbhagavad?

The first verse of chapter 1, canto 1 of Srimad Bhagavatam translated by Srila Prabhupada is the following oṁ namo bhagavate vāsudevāya janmādy asya yato 'nvayād itarataś cārtheṣv abhijñaḥ svarāṭ ...
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Are plantains sattvic?

According to Hari Bhakti Vilasa 8.158 「 What Is Inedible (For the Purpose of Offering to the Lord) In the Kurma Purana it is said: "One should avoid eggplant, plantain, safflower, ashmantaka, ...
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How come there are multiple dates for Ekadashi fasting?

I live in London and I have recently started following Krishna Consciousness. I have also started doing Ekadashi fasting. Recently I made a new friend who also do Ekadashi fasting. We were discussing ...
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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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Related to ISKCON: Why sanyasins are so less in ISKCON Comparatively?

Two Questions Related to Iskcon: 1- Why female sanyasins/full time devotees are so less in ISKCON Comparatively ? 2- Why males address to each other PRABHU there ?
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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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How to pursue Full-time position as a teacher in any universities for teaching Bhagavad Gita? [closed]

I'm interested in teaching and love studying Gita and similar Vedic scriptures. Is there any way to pursue a full-time position as a teacher in any universities or colleges for teaching Bhagavad Gita ...
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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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What is the direct relation between Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada?

For many days, I use to think that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and Srila Prabhupada or A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is one and the same. I use to quote many purports of Prabhupada in some of my ...
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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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Was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu really against Adi Shankaracharya 's teachings?

Modern-day followers of Chaitanya (Krishna avatar) Mahaprabhu like ISCKON says that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was against Adi Shankara's (Shiva avatar) teaching, but if we see the life of Chaitanya ...
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Why Hindu Gods do not protect Hindus anymore in the modern day?

I read a book on atrocities performed on Hindus in the past 200 years by invaders. By reading it, anybody's faith will be shaken to the core. For example, there is one account was of a Muslim invader ...
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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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Why is the mantra “ Hare Krishna Hare Krishna,..Rama Hare Hare” called a Mahamantra?

Why is this mantra called a “mahamantra”? Is it described so only by Karshnavs/Vaishnavs?
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Who is an “Adhishtathri”?

I have heard that Lord Shiva made Mother Parvati the “adhishtathri” of tantra sidhdhi. I have also heard ISKCON Acharyas saying that Mother Parvati is the “adhistathri” of maya. I would like an answer ...
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Lord Shiva and Brahmavadis

From the lecture of HG Anogh Lila Prabhu 3:25-5:01 HG makes mention of Lord Shiva training Brahmavadis in 4 courses.Can someone give a reference to this claim?
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Is Guru tattva and Shiva tattva the same?

From the lecture of HG Amogh Lila Prabhu 3:08-3:13 HG says that : Guru tatva and Shiva tatva are the same.Like how the guru aids the student to reach Sri Krishna, so also Lord Shiva aids a devotee to ...
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Is Lord Shiva both Creator and Destroyer?

(From the lecture by HG Amogh Lila Prabhu) 1:29-1:58 HG says that “all beings enter the Brahmand through the union of Lord Shiva and Prakirti” (Mother Parvati?). Is this true, can someone elaborate? ...
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Why bhagavatam is authentic for Iskcon?

Why iskcon is taking bhagavatam as authentic other then Vishnu Purana and Shiva Purana and skanda Purana ? Do iskcon consider other then bhagavatam all puranas are interpolated
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What is ISKCON's view on Yoga Vasista?

This question is restricted to the view of ISKCON only and no other non-advaitic school. Do ISKCON accept Yoga Vasistha as an authentic scripture? If no, did they cite any valid reason for that?
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Scriptural reference of Prabhupada's commentry on S.B. 4:19:11

Srila Prabhupada wrote in the purport of S.B. 4:19:11, King Indra is known as śata-kratu, which indicates that he has performed one hundred horse sacrifices (aśvamedha-yajña). We should know, however,...
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Do ISCKON accept the authority of the Vedas?

ISCKON is a sect of Hinduism who worship lord Krishna. They accept Bhagavata Puran and Gita(to my current knowledge). Do they accept the authority of vedas above gita?
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Do gita mentioned qualities of godhead?

Did bhagavad gita mentioned about qualities of godhead lord Krishna { do shankaracharya mentioned qualities of godhead in gita bhashya}
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How is ISKCON different from Chinmaya Mission?

How is the philosophy followed by Iskcon different from Chinmaya Mission?
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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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Do migrated brahmin person children will Become brahmin or non-brahmin?

Do migrated brahmin person children will Become brahmin or non-brahmin ? For example Vishwamitra became kashriya but vishwamitra children became brahmin Do shudra came brahmin when that shudra ...
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Why is ISKCON giving upanayana samskara to shudras and mlecchas when it is contrary to Ramanujacharya's teachings?

Why is ISKCON giving upanayana samskara to shudras and mlecchas? Isn't it against Ramanujacharya's teachings? In his Brahma sutra (Vedanta sutra) bhashya, Ramanujacharya says (1:3:36) that Shudras are ...
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Is ISKCON following Sanatana Dharma? [duplicate]

International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). ISKCON is the anti-thesis of Hinduism. They proselytize: This is highly against the essence of all traditions in Hinduism, Our traditions are ...
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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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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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How is the main deity at an ISKCON temple chosen?

For example, at the ISKCON London temple, the principal dieties are Rādhā-Kṛṣṇa according to their website. About the Deities On the right-hand side of the shrine, you will see Radha-...
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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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What is the authentic source which says Shri Madhvacharya had a vison of Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu?

In the book Navadvipa Dhama Mahatmya, page 355, there is a mention of Shri Madhwacharya having a vision of Shri Chaotanya Mahaptabhu. This was a book written by Srila Bhakti Vinoda Thakura who lived ...
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Is Navratri celebrated in ISKCON? [closed]

I want to know if ISKCON celebrates Navratri. If they do how they celebrate it?
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Views of ISKCON giving importance on Bhakti Yoga

Why does ISKCON emphasize bhakti yoga over karma and gyan yoga?Which Yoga does the Vedas most emphasize?
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Which Mission is implied by the purport of Gita 10.42?

The 'Bhagavad-Gita As It Is', 'the best-selling and most authorative version of this classic of world literature', by Bhaktivedanta Swami, 'the world's foremost Vedic scholar and teacher', reads in ...
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