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No it doesn't say so. Translation of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam 4.25.41 is as follows: O my dear hero, who in this world will not accept a husband like you? You are so famous, so magnanimous, so beautiful and so easily gotten. Alternate translation from Motilal Publications: Oh girl, what girl in my position (like me) would not accept a husband a famous, ...


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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 his ...


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Gaudiya Vaishnavas do believe the same chronological order of Yugas like other Hindu Scriptures say. That is, Satya, Treta, Dwapara, Kali. Here is the YouTube video of Prabhupada. In this video He said that Lord Krishna appears in Dwapara Yuga, there are four yugas namely: Satya, Treta, Dwapara and Kali and have same circulation. Krishna comes in Dwapara ...


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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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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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According to Rupa Goswami, one of the direct disciples of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, Shri Krishna exhibits a total of sixty four qualities, of which fifty of them ordinary Jivas can possess. The following are the fifty qualities by pure devotion: Beautiful bodily features which automatically attract the eyes, called rucira Auspicious characteristics ...


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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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Gaudiya Vaishnavas believe Lord Krishna is the Supreme Brahman and Brahma Samhita also describes the same. Brahma Samhita 5.1: īśvaraḥ paramaḥ kṛṣṇaḥ sac-cid-ānanda-vigrahaḥ anādir ādir govindaḥ sarva-kāraṇa-kāraṇam Translation: Kṛṣṇa who is known as Govinda is the Supreme Godhead. He has an eternal blissful spiritual body. He is the origin of all....


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Question 1: Vaskala (Baskali) story is described in Padma Purāṇa (Sṛṣṭi, chapter 30). Incident with Dhundhu is described in Vāmana Purāṇa, chapter 78. In both cases Lord Vāmana came to take back Indra's kingdom that they usurped. Question 2: Yes, there are two commentaries on Laghu-bhāgavatāmṛta that shed some light on this - by Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa and ...


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I'm aware of atleast two Vaishnava Sampradayas that accept Jivanmukti i.e. the Gaudiya Vaishnavas and the followers of Swaminarayan Sampradaya. GAUDIYA VAISHNAVA SAMPRADAYA Sri Rupa Goswami explicitly talks about Jivanmukti in His "Bhakti-rasāmṛta-sindhu" where He states that it is achieved by devotion: īhā yasya harer dāsye karmaṇā manasā girā ...


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Apart from the Srimad-Bhagavatam the key Gaudiya Vaishnava texts are: • Chaitanya Charitamrita by Krishnadasa Kaviraj. You can buy it here in nine volumes (along with the commentary of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada) here. • Chaitanya Bhagavatam by Vrindavana Dasa. You can read it here. • Chaitanya Mangala by Lochana Dasa. You can read it here. • ...


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I will post what I consider key books. I am limiting to very few though it is not that others are less important. For some of the books I didn't give English links, because free online versions are not available for the whole book. Such books can be bought online if need be. 1.Bhagavata Sandarbha also known as Sat Sandarbhas: (Jiva Goswami) The first four ...


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Vedanta Desika clarifies the intention of Yamunacharya in his commentary on the Stotraratna. atra brahmaśabdena śubhāśrayanityavigraha upacaryate; svarūpaparatvokteranaucityāt। iha tu - "sālambano mahāyogaḥ sabījo yatra saṃsthite। manasyavyāhate samyag yuñjatāṃ jāyate mune॥ saparassarvaśaktīnām brahmaṇassamanantaram। mūrtam brahma mahābhāga ...


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Well, as far as I know, Ahalya, the wife of Gautam Muni was cursed by Gautam Muni in rage to turn into a stone since he thought that she had extra-marital affairs with Indra. Ahalya's son (cant remember his name) knew the truth and reported the same to his father,Gautama. Gautama was pacified and thus he reassured him that Ahalya will be freed when Sri Rama ...


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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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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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Anyway, if I may, I would like to explain our reasoning behind why we accept unorthodox scriptures like the Brahma Samhita. There is unfortunately a lot of misconceptions about Gaudiya Vaishnavism and this is soiling the view the Hindu community has of it. First of all, in Hinduism there are a lot of sects and sampradayas and they all have, at times, quite ...


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Nitaibol! Gaudiya Vaishnav here. There is no mis-interpretation of the Mantra at all. All the Gaudiya Acharyas, from the time of Lord Chaitanya have quoted the Mahamantra to be: "Hare Krsna Hare Krsna, Krsna Krsna Hare Hare, Hare Rama Hare Rama, Rama Rama Hare Hare" The change to Hare Rama first, was made in recent manuscripts by Ramanandis who wished to ...


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Gaudiya vaishnavas consider Krishna to be superior than Brahman. It is believed so based on Bhagavad geeta. There are two verses (I found only two, there could be other verses) in which Krishna said He is beyond Brahman. brahmaṇo hi pratiṣṭhāham amṛtasyāvyayasya ca śāśvatasya ca dharmasya sukhasyaikāntikasya ca Meaning: And I am the basis of the ...


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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 reconciling ...


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The line of the verse is translated at the vedabase translation of the Srimad Bhagavatam like this: Only because of Him do the material universes, temporarily manifested by the reactions of the three modes of nature, appear factual, although they are unreal. The line of the verse is explained in the vedabase purport below the verse: Śrīmad-...


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The philosophy of Prabhupada and Gaudiya Vaishanva is Achintya Bhedabheda. (Inconceivable oneness and difference) I've mentioned/listed it's overview in my answer on Dvaita vs Advaita vs Vishistadvaita vs Shuddhadvaita vs any other. According to Achintya Bhedabheda, Brahman is simultaneously one with and different from his creation. The relationship ...


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There aren't many philosophical differences between ISKCON and the Jiva Institute. They both believe in Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's philosophy of Achintya Bhedabheda. And Babaji Satyanarayana Dasa, the founder of the Jiva Institute, is a former ISKCON member, as he describes in this web page: I never made any propaganda against Srila Prabhupada, ISKCON or ...


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