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1.Is the process of authorized sampradaya eternal or modern?
The system of sampradaya is extremely necessary. Therefore the system of authorized sampradaya has been coming down from time immemorial among saintly persons.(Jaiva Dharma Chapter 13)
2.Who accepts pure religious principles?
Only those who have received pure spiritual knowledge of the Vedas coming from Brahma through disciplic succession accept the path of pure religious principles. Others become servants of atheistic philosophy due to differences of opinion.(Sri Manah-siksd Chapter 2)
3.What is the disciplic succession of the servants of Sri Caitanya? Who are their enemies?
Sri Brahma-sampradaya is the disciplic succession of the servants of Sri Caitanya. Sri Kavikarnapura Gosvami has written the gradual order of this disciplic succession in his book, Gaura-ganoddesa dipikd. Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana, who wrote a commentary on Veddnta-sutra, also accepted this disciplic succession. Those who do not accept this line of disciplic succession are the main enemies of the servants of Sri Krsna Caitanya.(Sri Manah-siksa Chapter 2)
4.Who are Kali's spies?
Those who accept the disciplic succession of Sri Krsna Caitanya but secretly do not follow the rules and regulations laid down by the disciplic succession are the spies of Kali.(Sri Manah-siksa Chapter 2)
5.In the future, which authorized sampraddya will exist?
Within a short time, there will be only one sampraddya left and that is the Sri Brahma-sampradaya. All other sampraddyas will be merged into it.
(Sri Manah-siksa Chapter 2)
6.Why are there differences of opinion in the philosophy of the Vaisnava sampraddyas?
Vaisnavas from all sampraddyas have one philosophy. There are only some differences in some insignificant matters. All the Vaisnavas accept that the living entity is a separate truth from the Supreme Lord. All of them have accepted the path of devotional service.(Prema-pradipa Chapter 6)
7.Is accepting a disciplic succession harmful for the living entity?
The process of accepting a sampraddya is extremely beneficial for the living entity. If one takes shelter of a bona fide sampraddya, one can easily take shelter of the lotus feet of a saintly person, learn religious principles, discuss spiritual topics, and gradually become detached from worldly affairs. As long as one has a tendency to mingle with persons from unauthorized sampraddyas and engage in argument and counter argument for one's whole life, one can never achieve perfection. Useless people, occasionally seeing some selfish persons from a bona fide sampraddya indulge in sinful activities, condemn the process of bona fide sampraddya. The duty of an intelligent person is to try to purify the sampraddya after joining it. When good items are not available in the market and various artificial items are abundant, it is sensible to reform the market; if someone tries to stop the process of selling, you can never praise his intelligence. The founder-dcdryas of the sampraddyas created the system of sampraddya for the benefit of the people of the world. (Sajjana-tosani 4/4)
8.When did the philosophy of opposing the system ofsampraddya start?
By discussing the history, we understand that there was never any opinion against the system of sampraddya in this holy land of India. Only since India came in contact with scholars from Western countries have some people become opposed to the system of sampraddya.
9.Are there more faults or more good qualities in the system of sampraddya?
If one considers the system of sampraddya, naturally one will find that there are more good qualities than faults. If the major portion of an object is good, even though there are some bad elements, learned people eagerly accept it.(Sajjana-tosani 4/4)
10.Do those outside the sampraddya belong to their own concocted sampraddya?
Persons who present opinions opposed to the system of the authorized sampraddya consider themselves outsiders.Actually, using their concocted theory, they create a new sampradaya.(Sajjana-tosani 4/4)
11.What is the evidence that the philosophy of Vaisnavism is eternal?
The constitutional duties of the Vaisnavas existed from the time of creation of the living entities. Lord Brahma was the first Vaisnava. Sri Mahadeva is also a Vaisnava. The original prajapatis, or progenitors, are all Vaisnavas. Sri Narada GosvamI, who was born from the mind of Brahma, is also a Vaisnava. The names of those who are especially renowned have been mentioned in history. Actually, we can not estimate how many hundreds of more Vaisnavas there were during the time of Prahlada and Dhruva. Later, the kings from the sun and moon dynasties, and many great sages and ascetics became devotees of Lord Visnu. In the age of Kali, these things are mentioned about Satya-yuga, Treta-yuga, and Dvapara-yuga. Sri Ramanuja, Sri Madhvacarya, Sri Visnusvami, and Sri Nimbaditya Svami of South India brought many thousands of people to pure Vaisnavism. (Jaiva Dharma Chapter 10)
12.What is the history of the fully-blossomed Vaisnava religion?
The Vaisnava religion is just like a lotus flower. It gradually blossomed with the help of time. At first, it was in the form of a bud; later, it blossomed a little, and ultimately, it became a fully-blossomed flower. At the time of Brahma, this Vaisnava religion, which consists of knowledge of the Absolute Truth, devotional service to the Lord, sddhana, and love of God, manifested in the hearts of the living entities in the form of seeds. During the period of Prahlada, these seeds appeared as buds. Gradually during the time of Badarayana Rsi [Vyasadeva], these buds began to blossom and during the time of the dcdryas of Vaisnava religion, they became flowers. When Sriman Mahaprabhu appeared, these flowers of love of God became fully blossomed and began to spread wonderful fragrance to the people of the world. Sriman Mahaprabhu has revealed to the people that chanting the holy names of the Lord with love is the most confidential goal of Vaisnava religion. (Jaiva Dharma Chapter 10)
13.How has knowledge of the Absolute Truth gradually become clear and mature?
Spiritual science gradually evolved from ancient times and became simpler, clearer, and more condensed. The more the impurities (arising from time and place) are removed, the more the beauty of spiritual science shines brightly before us. This spiritual science took birth in the land of kusa grass on the banks of the SarasvatI River in Brahmavarta. As it gradually gained strength, this spiritual science spent its childhood in the abode of Badarikasrama, which is covered with snow. It spent its boyhood in Naimisaranya on the banks of the Gomati River, and its youth on the beautiful banks of the Kaveri River in the province of Dravida. This spiritual science attained maturity in Navadvipa, on the banks of the Ganges, which purifies the universe.(Sri Krsna-samhita Introduction)
14.How were the authorized sampraddyas established?
The flower of devotion in the hearts of the devotees became unsteady as it floated in the current of Sahkaracarya's arguments. Based on the strength of Sahkaracarya's philosophy, Ramanujacarya, by the mercy of the Lord, wrote a commentary on Veddnta that differed from Sdriraka-bhdsya. Thus, the strength and prosperity of Vaisnavism again increased. Within a short time, Visnusvami, Nimbarka, and Madhvacarya all introduced slight variations of the vaisnava principles by presenting their own commentaries on Veddnta. They followed in the footsteps of Sahkaracarya; they all wrote commentaries on the Bhagavad-gltd, Visnu-sahasra-nama, and the Upanisads. At that time, people thought that in order to establish a sampradaya, one must have commentaries on the four above-mentioned works. From these four Vaisnavas, the four Vaisnava sampraddyas, such as the SrI-sampradaya, were introduced. (Sri Krsna-samhita Introduction)
15. Where does spiritual science reach its peak?
By studying the history of the world, it is found that spiritual science reached its peak in Navadvlpa. The Supreme Absolute Truth is the only object of love for the living entities. Unless one worships Him with attachment, the living entity can never attain Him. Even if a person gives up all affection for this world and thinks of the Supreme Lord, still the Lord is not easily achieved.(Sri Krsna-samhita Introduction)