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Vaishnavism is one of the branches of Hinduism with followers worshiping lord Vishnu as the greatest or supreme god

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Why is there so much condemnation of Advaita and Liberation in certain Gaudiya Texts

One can find the oft quoted statement from Chaitanya Charitamrita, "listening to mayavadi(advaitic) commentary will lead to ruin" and the same preceded by "those who preach or believe ...
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Were there any Vaishnavite Sri Vidya practitioners?

Are there any Sri Vidya upasakas who also had Vaishnavite inclinations? i.e They must have worshipped both Mahavishnu and Maha Tripura Sundari, and attained siddhi. Sparing Bilvamangala Thakur, who ...
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What scriptures describe Sadashiva carrying Vishnu in Vishnu's abode of Paramapadam?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I am a member) places great importance on the Divya Desams, the 108 sacred places of Vishnu which are mentioned in the poems of the ...
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Who is Vijayavalli, wife of the Sudarshana Chakra?

I just performed a Griha Pravesam, the Hindu house warming ceremony, and I noticed an interesting Mantra that the priest chanted. The Mantra, which I assume was from the Pancharatra Agamas, was ...
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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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A Nyayaika's commentary on Bhagavad Gita

I am looking for a traditional scholar in the Nyaya/Navya-Nyaya movement who used there own methodology to analyze and study the Bhagavad Gita.
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Questions about Satvata tantra?

Hello fellow Vaishnavas, It's my first question. I wanted to know about satvat tantra, like is it indipendent or taken from some other scripture? Who developed it and when? Also is it a pancharatra?
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Why does Balarama drink wine?

In the grand festival of Vrishnis on the Raivataka mountain Balarama was drunk. And there was the lord Haladhara (Valarama), roving at will, hilarious with drink, accompanied by (his wife) Revati, ...
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What is the justification for Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 8.12.32? Did Śiva really do this? Or Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is just propaganda by Vaishnavas?

I am quoting Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam from https://vedabase.io/en/library/sb/ where A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada gave word by word translation. ŚB 8.12.32: Just as a maddened bull elephant follows a ...
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Different variants of Brahmasambandha vow in Pushti Marga

There's an excellent answer provided by Keshav Srinivasan. However, the same mantra was featured in the movie "Maharaj" as the true Brahmasambandha vow. tasmad datu svop bhoge purvameva ...
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Can we recite only Sri Venkatesha Prapatti daily?

Usually Sri Venkatesha Suprabhaatam, Venkatesha Stotram, Venkatesh Prapatti and Venkatesha Mangalaashaasanam are recited together traditionally. Can we recite only Sri Venkatesha Prapatti daily? Thank ...
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Why isn't Ekadashi fasting mentioned in the dharma shastras?

Why isn't Ekadashi fasting mentioned in the dharma shastras? What is the earliest text that mentions Ekadashi fasting? Is it the Vaishnava scriptures?
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English meaning of Dwadash stotra - preenayamo vasudevam by Shri Madhavacharya

Can anyone kindly share the meaning of the preenayamo vasudevam Dwadash stotra composed by Shri Madhavacharya. I am trying to do it manually with online sources but now sure if its correct: This is ...
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What is the scriptural basis for eternal hell as Madhvas believes?

Madhva doctrine believes in eternal hellish life for some souls. If I am not wrong, they believe in creation and destruction of this worlds. Then, What exactly is 'eternal' here? What is scriptural ...
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Are there any low-caste Vaikhanasa priests?

I recently learned that the priest of the Vishnu temple in my native village of Poondi is a low-caste person. The notion of a low-caste person serving in a temple didn't surprise me, since in the Sri ...
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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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Can one be a Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava and believe Caitanya Mahāprabhu to not be an avatar?

I've been wondering whether that is allowed in Gauḍīya sampradāya. Without any disrespect to anyone, if one believes that Caitanya Mahāprabhu was NOT an avatar, and believes him to be a pure bhakta, ...
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Sampradayas which believe that sadhakas transcend varna after a particular stge of initiation?

I had heard that gaudiyas believe that a person loses varna after diksha(and that, in some parivaras, dvijas are supposed to throw away their janeu). Is this true? Also some shaktas claim that after ...
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Where is this Srimad Bhagavatam verse about the different forms of Moksha?

According to Vaishnavism, there are six kinds of liberation from Samsara (the cycle of birth, death, and rebirth). They're each defined in relation to Vishnu, since Vaishnavas consider Vishnu to be ...
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How do vaishnavas interpret the Tryambaka hymn, accounting for all the internal vedic explanations of it provided in the Brāhmaṇa-s?

I know that they think the hymn is for Nṛsiṃha/Saṃkarṣaṇa etc. My question is specifically how. Śatapatha Brāhmaṇa and Gopatha Brāhmaṇa as well as other texts such as Sarvānukramaṇī of Kātyāyana, ...
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Will I be unable to unite with the Lord Krishna if I follow Advaitic teachings?

I have been tortured by this dilemma for quite a while now. On the one hand, I feel intellectually drawn to Advaita Vedanta. I read and deliberate routinely on Ramana Maharshi's teachings. On the ...
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How does the Vaishnava commentators interpret 'NAda-Upasana' prescribed in Srimad-Bhagavatam?

Srimad-Bhagavatam is treated as a scripture praising Lord Hari and showing the path of Devotion. The 12th Canto (Chapter 6, Slokas 37-38) advise the anAhata-nAda upasana as a way of reaching the ...
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Why Lord Krishna adorns a peacock feather?

I want scriptural references that make mention of Lord Krishna adorning a peacock feather and perhaps also, why? Please let me know.
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How do Shaivas and Shaktas interpret the Vishnu Gayatri mantra?

How do Shaivas and Shaktas interpret the Vishnu Gayatri mantra, which is from the Narayana Suktam of the Yajur Veda: "Narayanaya vidmahe vasudevaya dhimahi | tanno Vishnuh prachodayat" which ...
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What is the position of Lord Śiva in Śuddhadvaita sampradāyas?

I'd like to know what the Śuddhadvaita philosophy has to say about Lord Śiva. Śri Vaiṣṇavas consider him to be a jīva. Gaudiyas say he's got his own Śiva tattva and is not Nārāyaṇa but close. What ...
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Do you know any Vaishnava Kundalini Yoga Guru?

Namaste, I am searching for a Vaishnava Guru who teaches Kundalini Yoga. Most Gurus, (With Due respect) I know teach either Advaita or Shaivism/Shaktism or a combination of both. But I am searching ...
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Which is the most authentic edition of Bhaktamal

Which is the most authentic edition of Bhaktamal so far?
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What sources state that Lakshmi's blessings are attained only through action?

Recently a popular new mythological TV show (not a good source) based on Lakshmi and Vishnu has stated repeatedly that the blessings of Lakshmi can only be obtained through action, and not through ...
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Details on Nava vidha Bhakti

Vaishanivsm has categorized Bhakti into nine groups: “Sravanam Keerthanam Vishnoo: Smaranam Pada Sevanam Archanam Vandhanam Dhasyam Sakhyam Athma Nivedhanam” They are: 1.Sravanam – Listen ...
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What does Gita Chapter 7 Verse 23 mean?

I used to think that all gods are one and the same but this specific verse from Bhagavata Gita seems to deny it. The fruit gained by these people of small understanding, however is perishable, the ...
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Yoga and Vaishnava Sampradaya

I am wondering if I could be a Vaishnava and go through Yoga philosophy versus Vedanta it's more catered to my style of learning and worshiping the supreme and seeing my relationship with him. I ...
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Where can I find copies of Bodhayana Vritti and Bodhayana Vritti by Kuresha?

Sri Ramanuja went to Kashmir with Kuresha, his disciple, to read and write commentary on Bramasurtras, based on Bodhayana Vritti which was a short commentary already written on it. He wanted the ...
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Why Śiva is so vehemently denigrated as Sadā-aśiva etc. only in the Brahmakhanḍa of Garuḍa purāṇa and Śaivas are said to be destined for eternal hell?

In contrast, the Ācāra khaṇḍa, chapter 24 says worshippers of Sadāśiva will become free from death itself. इच्छाज्ञानक्रियाशक्तिस्त्रिनेत्रो हि सदाशिवः ॥ एवं शिवार्च्चनध्यानी सर्वदा कालवर्जितः ॥५७৷৷ ...
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Questions on Vishistadvaita

Shri Ramanuja defines the 'sharira' as follows: yasya cEtanasya yaddravyaM sarvAtmaNA svArthE niyantuM dhArayituM ca shakyaM taccheShataika svarUpaM ca tat tasya sharIraM” – “Any substance which a ...
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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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What are the Vedic antecedents for Caturvyūhavāda ('doctrine of four emanations') of Pāñcarātra theology?

In Pāñcarātra Bhagavatism, the four earthly emanations, or "Vyūhas", are identified as Saṃkarṣaṇa (Balarāma-Saṃkarṣaṇa, son of Vasudeva by Devakī), Vāsudeva Kṛṣṇa (son of Vasudeva by Devakī),...
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Which texts narrate about Gopeśvara Mahādeva (Śiva as Gopa) and are there versions of it in non-vaishnava texts?

This website: The Gaudiya Treasures of Bengal, describes "Once, deep in meditation on the sacred Mount Kailash, Lord Shiva was enraptured by the sweet melodies of Krishna's divine flute. ...
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What scripture says devotees of other gods eventually become devotees of Vishnu in future births?

The Rahasyatraya Sara is a work by the Sri Vaishnava Acharya Vedanta Desikan, concerning the meaning of the Rahasya Traya or three secrets of the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member). In this ...
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Is Velukkudi Krishnan from a Swayamacharya lineage?

As I discuss in this question, the Sri Vaishnava sect (of which I'm a member) is divided into two sub-sects, Thenkalai and Vadakalai. Both Thenkalais and Vadakalais have Mathams, similar to the ...
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How Do Sri Vaishnavas and Madhva Vaishnavas interpret passages from scriptures where Krishna is shown to be the originator of Vishnu?

Sri Vaishnavism and Madhva vaishnavism regards Narayana/Vishnu to be the mula rupa of God and Krishna to be his Avatara . However , one often comes across passages from scripture which goes against ...
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What is the Śruti status (Prāmāṇya) and dating of Mahopaniṣat? Is it accepted by sects other than Vaishnava-s?

The text seems to be of a much later date than mukhya and other old upaniṣads complied before common era (BCE) e.g. Mahānārāyaṇa, Śvetāśvatara etc. as it is supposedly the conversation between Śuka ...
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How does the Ramanandi sect originate from the Sri Vaishnava Parampara?

As I discuss in this question, Vishnu is said to have taught the principles of Vaishnavism to four gods: Lakshmi, Brahma, Shiva and Sanatkumara. And they in turn started the four main Sampradayas or ...
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Did Lord Rama really worship Lord Ranganatha?

The Sthala Purana (Temple History) of the Sri Rangam Temple in Tamil Nadu states that the divine Vigraha (idol) of Lord Ranganatha originated by itself (Svayamubhu) and was originally worshipped by ...
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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 meant by the “Yogic Slumber” of Bhagwan Vishnu?

I heard a description of Bhagwan Vishnu which says that the he is in “Yogic Slumber” What exactly happens in this condition?Please explain “yogic slumber” in detail.
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Is there any historical evidence for persecution of vaishnavaites by kulothunga chola II?

This question is motivated after watching the story portrayed in the opening scene of the Tamil movie Dasavatharam starring Kamal Hassan where the scene is claimed to be based on historical events of ...
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How many forms of Lord Narasimha are present?

It is mentioned that there are multiple forms of Lord Narasimha which are worshipped by specific groups of individuals, for instance: Ugra Narasimha:Never to be worshipped in a household directly. ...
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Are there any traditional biographies for Vaishnava Alwars like Periya Puranam is for Shaiva Nayanars?

I am really interested in learning more about Alvars and Nayanars. While Periya Puranam is a traditional biographies of Nayanars(I read about it online). Are there any such biographies about Alwars?
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Are Vishnu and Shiva the biggest devotees of each other?

Are Vishnu and Shiva biggest devotees of each other? I read online that Shiva is the foremost Vaishnav and Vishnu is the foremost Shaiv, is this true? If yes please quote your source. It would make ...
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Who is The Supreme God according to Bhagavata Purana?

I've heard from others that Sri Narayana is The Supreme Deity according to Bhagavata Puran (Srimad Bhagavatam) since it is a Vaishnava Text. Ironically upon reading it I actually found multiple verses ...

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