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I am only answering the following question: Any proof in the Chaitanya Charitamrita that Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says Mahavishnu is an incarnation of Krishna? Yes, in Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya, Chapter 20 Chaitanya Mahaprabhu says that Lord Maha Vishnu is an incarnation of Lord Krishna. CC Madhya 20.250 prathamei kare kṛṣṇa ‘puruṣāvatāra’ ...


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Yes, here is what the Chaitanya Charitamrita says: At Durvaśana Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu visited the temple of Lord Rāmacandra, and on the hill known as Mahendra-śaila He saw Lord Paraśurāma. Here is what Srila Prabhupada says about this verse: In Durvaśana, or Darbhaśayana (now known as Tiruppullani), which is seven miles east of Ramnad, there is a ...


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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu belonged to the disciplic succession from Madhvacharya. The followers of the Chaitanya Mahaprabhu formed a separate sect called Gaudiya Vaaishnavas. As you have said in the question, the Brahma sampradaya of Vaishnavism has two major divisions. The Madhva sect. The Gaudiya Vaishnavism(followers of Chaitanya). Srila Prabhupada in ...


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Harinama Sankirtana (chanting of the Lord's names) is the prescribed spiritual duty for the people of Kali Yuga: kṛte yad dhyāyato viṣṇuṁ tretāyāṁ yajato makhaiḥ dvāpare paricaryāyāṁ kalau tad hari-kīrtanāt [SB - 12.3.52] Meaning Whatever result was obtained in Satya-yuga by meditating on Viṣṇu, in Tretā-yuga by performing sacrifices, and in ...


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Here is the structure of Chaitanya Charitamrit(CC). CC is divided into three parts Adi Leela Madhya Leela Antya Leela Adi lila deals with Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's life before Sanyas(till the age of 24 years) Madhya Leela mainly contains His pastimes when He went on tour of India. The last part,Antya Lila speaks about His pastimes in Jagannath Puri. Each ...


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Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is only thought of as an incarnation of Vishnu by the Gaudiya Vaishnava sect, which includes the organization ISKCON. Other Vaishnava sects, like the Sri Vaishnava sect I belong to, don't regard him as an incarnation of Vishnu. In any case, here is a verse in the Srimad Bhagavatam that Gaudiya Vaishnavas consider a prophecy of ...


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I have spent few days looking for any information on this and communicated with one reliable devotee of Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu who spent several years in Vrindavana studying Sanskrit and some of the Gaudiya texts. The answer at this point is that there are no known records of reference to Brahma Samhita before Sri Caitanya Maha Prabhu. However this is ...


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He is the founder of the sampradaya (tradition) and the leader of it, the chief acarya (teacher) in the tradition as well. A follower of the tradition should not contradict the tenets of the tradition taught by the leader and chief acarya. So if someone is contradicting Sri Caitanya's teaching, that cannot be an official Gaudiya Vaishnava opinion. All that ...


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The full shloka is: न वायुः स्पर्शदोषेण नाग्निर्दहनकर्मणा । नापो मूत्रपुरीषाभ्यां नान्नदोषेण मस्करी ॥ ७२॥ It's from Sannyasa Upanishad. na vAyuH sparshadoSheNa nAgnirdahanakarmaNA . nApo mUtrapurIShAbhyA.n nAnnadoSheNa maskarI .. 72.. Note that I found some inconsistency in numbering of verses e.g. This verse is 72th according to ...


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I have read this reply by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu earlier also but I wasn't convinced earlier and even now also. According to Rigveda (6/17/1) Indra loves Cow/Bull/Buffalo/horse meat. "Indra used to eat the meat of cow, calf, horse and buffalo". So if that's true then cow/animal sacrifice is, in a way, the food being offered to God, so no question of ...


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Pashanda (पाषण्ड) according to Sanskrit Dictionary means one who is heretical or impious or a person who does not follow the Vedas or a person who falsely impersonates a Brahmanical/Vedic persona. It's also a word denoting non-brahmanical ascetics like Buddhists or Jainas. Anybody that follows a false doctrine or is heretical in his views. Since you're ...


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I've come to the conclusion that the Chandogya Upanishad is definitely not referring to the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, even from a Gaudiya Vaishnava perspective. Let me explain. The defining text of the Vedanta school of philosophy, which Gaudiya Vaishnavas and the vast majority of Hindus in general belong to, is the Brahma Sutras, a work by the ...


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Recently I was browsing through the notes I gathered during the reading over the past years and I came across a few of them that gave me an idea to write the answer to this question. While I was reading a book, Brahma-vaivarta puranam, Translated into English by Rajendra Nath Sen, Published 1920 by Panini Office in Allahabad http://www.archive.org/stream/...


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You can read a complete English translation of Vrindavana Dasa Thakura's Chaitanya Bhagavata here. Note that the Kandas are out of order; you should read th Adi Kanda, then the Madhya Kanda, then the Antya Kanda.


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The earliest reference I can find is from the 8th century in Bhaskara's Bhasya on the Brahma Sutra. First see the remark made by Surendranath Dasgupta in the third volume of his History of Indian Philosophy: Bhāskara argues against Śaṅkara as follows: the arguments that the upholder of māyā (māyāvādin) could adduce against those who believed in the ...


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Narada Muni was repeating to many other similar verses found in other Mahapuranas i.e., Vishnu Purana and Bhagavatam in different matters. The mode of worship change from time to time and yuga to yuga due to change in conditions and the ability of the worshippers. The spiritual levels of people has also fallen. We do not have much time to perform penances ...


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The shad bhuja murti form of Sri Chaitanya was revealed to Maharaja Prataparudra as described in Murari Gupta's Sri Krishna Chaitanya Charitra Mahakavyam: While the king offered praise, Mahaprabhu, the protector of all sentient beings, displayed a radiant form of six-arms. That form was embellished by copious ornaments, and it revealed His own greatness. ...


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In the above conversation we don't get the full picture. We get full picture of Sridhara Svami as seen by Gaudiya Vaishnavas in Tattva Sandarbha work of Jiva Goswami. Text 27 of Tattva Sandarbha reads as follows: Therefore to ascertain what is actually the highest good in life we should focus our investigation on Srimad Bhagava-tam, carefully ...


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Yes, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu definitely recommended the Srimad Bhagavatam. Here's what he says in this chapter of the Chaitanya Charitamrita: One should associate with devotees, chant the holy name of the Lord, hear Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, reside at Mathurā and worship the Deity with faith and veneration. These five limbs of devotional service are the best of ...


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Yes, it is mentioned in Chaitanya Charitamrita, Madhya Lila, Chapter-25, Verse-266, that Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam is preached by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. śrī-bhāgavata-tattva-rasa karilā pracāre kṛṣṇa-tulya bhāgavata, jānāilā saṁsāre Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu has personally preached the transcendental truths and mellows of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam. Śrīmad-...


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You are discussing a wrong verse. We refer to Chandogya 8.1.2 tan-madhye daharam saksat mayapuramitiryate tatra vesma bhagavatas caitanyasya paratmanah tasmin yas tv 'antarakaso hy antar-dvipah sa ucyate


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Well, as Lord Chaitanya, Sri Krsna accepts the mood of Srimati Radharani (and that is why Lord Chaitanya's color is golden, like the color of Radharani). Puri Dhama is a place where the vipralambha (separation) pastimes of Lord Chaitanya occur. You see, in Puri, the Lord becomes almost completely immersed in the mood and mahabhava of Radharani. Just like ...


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As long as I know Noder Nimai was a Bengali movie based on life of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's original name was Vishvambhar and was also called Nimai, since he was born under a Neem tree. The offshoot of this tree is still present in Mayapur and this place is called Yog-Pith; the birth place of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Among ...


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Achintya Bhedabheda agrees with Visistadvaita on the meaning of the word Nirguna. Here's what this chapter of the Chaitanya Charitamrita says: According to Vedānta philosophy, the Absolute Truth is a person. When the word ‘nirguṇa’ [‘without qualities’] is used, it is to be understood that the Lord has attributes that are totally spiritual. It's also ...


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Yes, Prabhu Jagatbandhu is considered an incarnation of Krishna and Chaitanya Mahaprabhu by members of the Mahanam sect founded by him. Here is what this Mahanam sect website says: Sri Sri Prabhu Jagatbandhu Sundar, the resident worshipped deity of the Mahanam Sampraday, is a condensed living idol of self-restraint, harinam and austere –practices. Like ...


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