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Title: 006 Elements of the four major sampradayas accepted by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu

User: Swami Gaurangapada Date: 2006-06-26 11:21:58

 

Elements of the four major sampradayas accepted by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu:

 

In Shri Navadvipa-Dhama-Mahatmya, Chapters 15 & 16, Shrila Bhaktivinoda Thakura has described his revelations regarding the svarupa of the transcendental abode and the ma of the Lord performed in the area of Navadvipa. During these narrations, shri Nityananda Prabhu took Shrila Jiva Goswami on a tour of the nine islands of Navadvipa, and told him many wonderful things. Herein it is mentioned how Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu accepted two principles from each of the four Vaishnava sarnpradayas, and incorporated these into His own sampradaya. It is also mentioned that the four principal acharyas of these four lineages later took birth as Lord Chaitanya's devotees during His manifest lila.

 

Ramanuja - of the Laksmi-sampradaya (who preached the philosophy of dasya-rasa) -Was reborn as the Gaura-bhakta named Ananta (who lived near Vallabhacharya's house):

 

1 ) concept of unalloyed devotion free from karma and jnana (ananya-bhakti)

 

2) service to the devotees bhakta-jana-seva

 

Madhava - of  the Brahma-sampradaya:

 

1 ) complete defeat of mayavada philosophy (kevale-advaita-nirasana)

 

2) worship of the deity of Krishna, understanding it to be eternal (krishna-murti-sevana)

 

Vishnusvami - of the Rudra-sampradaya (who preached suddha advaita philosophy)-Was reborn as the Gaura-bhakta named Vallabha Bhatta,  who perfected his own sampradaya by Gauranga's mercy:

 

1 ) the sentiment of total dependence on Krishna (tadiya-sarvasva-bhava)

 

2) the path of spontaneous devotional service (raga-marga)

 

Nimbarka - of the Kumara-sampradaya (who preached dvaitaadvaita philosophy)-Was reborn as the Gaura-bhakta named Kesava Kasmiri (who perfected his worship of bhava-marga with a mantra described in Sanat Kumara Samhita):

 

1 ) the necessity of taking exclusive shelter of Radhika  (ekanta - radhikasraya)

 

2) the exalted mood of the gopis' love for Shri Krishna (gopi-bhava)