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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 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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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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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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ISKCON's Bhagavad-Gita vs Other Bhagavad-Gitas

I have seen lot of people saying that ISKCON's version of Bhagavad-Gita/commentaries is different from the other Authentic versions. Can people throw light on what all major differences are there in ...
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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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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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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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Should we consider ISKCON devotees as Hindus or not? [closed]

We all know that International Society for Krishna Consciousness has widespread all over the world. These people are very good devotees of Krishna, followed of non violence. But many of them say ...
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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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Why does ISKCON translate bhagavan as 'Supreme Personality of Godhead' and others as demigod?

Why does ISKCON translate bhagavan as 'Supreme Personality of Godhead' instead of just 'O fortunate one' or 'O glorious one' or 'one with opulences'. Only when Krishna or Vishnu or Rama or other ...
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Can someone provide non-ISKCON online resources for Krishna-related scriptures?

If you search for something like Bhagavatam, you get overwhelmed by "supreme personality of godhead" type material.
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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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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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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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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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Does ISKCON identify itself as a Hindu organization?

Koenraad Elst in Who is a Hindu? claims the following: 6.7. Are travelling gurus Hindus? ... The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) generally denies that it is Hindu,...
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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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Should ONLY ISKCON English translations of Scripture be cited when Traditional versions are also available? [closed]

ISKCON has more or less denied being Hindus. They focus on only a small subset of Hindu scripture but their translations are often significantly different from translations by established Hindu ...
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What are the expansions of Lord Sri Krishna from the gaudiya vaishnava (ISKCON) point of view?

I need an answer only from the gaudiya vaishnava (ISKCON) point of view. I want to know all about the Lord's expansions from the first (Balarama), to the chatur vyuhas, to the secondary chaturvyuhas ...
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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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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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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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What could be preventing Krishna to advance to the Middle West states? [closed]

The below map comes from this webpage and shows North American ISKCON temples, centers, gatherings, and home programs. I was wondering what could be the reasons why there are no centres for Krishna, ...
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Why is 6th Chapter of 2nd Canto of the ISKCON Bhagavatam named “Purushasukta confirmed”?

Why is 6th Chapter of 2nd Canto of ISKCON's Bhagavatam named Puruṣa-sūkta Confirmed? What is correlation between Purusha sukta and this chapter? https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/2/6/
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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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Does ISKCON advocate birth-based caste-system or guṇa-based? And on what basis?

What type of caste-system (varṇāśrama) does ISKCON advocate? Birth-based or guṇa-based? And on what basis? If they believe one's varṇa is based on their guṇa: Do they reject smṛtis such as Manu ...
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Why ISKCON only advocates Krishna?

Why do ISKCON saints only preach about God Krishna and say that we should only worship him and no one else?
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According to ISKCON, what is the difference between Brahmavada and Mayavada?

As it is well known, ISKCON (and other Vaishnavas for that matter) strongly criticize philosophy of Advaita. Srila Prabhupada himself criticized Mayavada in his various commentaries on Vaishnava ...
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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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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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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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Does ISKCON consider itself an Astika Sampradaya?

An Astika sampradaya is one that places the infallible authority of the Vedas first. There are claims for instance, that ISKCON leaders believe that Srimad Bhaagavatam is higher in authority than ...
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How has Hinduism spread & existing in Russia?

Russia & nearby countries were part of communist USSR for a while, which was typically anti-religion. Yet there are several Hindu Russians (0.1% of population). How did it spread in such remote ...