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Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya

THE DISCIPLIC SUCCESSION

1. Krishna 6. Padmanabha 11. Jnanasindhu 16. Purusottama
2. Brahma 7. Narahari 12. Dayanidhi 17. Brahmanya Tirtha
3. Narada 8. Madhava 13. Vidyanidhi 18. Vyasa Tirtha
4. Vyasa 9. Akshobhya 14. Rajendra 19. Lakshmipati
5. Madhva 10. Jaya Tirtha 15. Jayadharma 20. Madhavendra Puri

The correct process of receiving knowledge in any field is approaching a bona fide institute. Similarly, transcendental knowledge should be received through a bona fide disciplic succession

In Bhagavad-gita 4.2.Lord Krishna says:

evam parampara-praptam

imam rajarsayo viduh

sa kaleneha mahata

yogo nastah parantapa

Translation: “This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost”

There are four sampradayas or authorities on the science of bhakti which is explained in following verse from Padma Purana:

pradurbhutah kali-yuge catvarah sampradayikah

sri-brahma-rudra-sanaka-hvayah padme yatha smrtah

atah kalau bhavisyanti catvarah sampradayinah

sri-brahma-rudra-sanaka vaisnavah ksiti-pavanah

Translation: The founders of four sampradayas appeared in the Kali-yuga. According to the Padma Purana, they were Sri, Brahma, Rudra and Sanaka Rishi. There it is said, “Therefore the Vaisnavas, Sri, Brahma, Rudra and Sanaka Rsi, will appear in the Age of Kali to purify the world by establishing the four Vaisnava sampradayas.”

Translation: “This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost”

Sri Sampradaya

Sri Krishna Chaitanya is like a desire tree, and in the form of Narayana, He is the original guru of the four sampradayas. Sri is the beloved of Narayana. She is His disciple as well. Her wonderful activities are elaborately described in all the Sastras. Sri is another name of Lakshmi. Her disciplic succession called the Srisampradya has unlimited branches and sub-branches. After Ramanuja became the acarya in this sampradaya it took the name Ramanuja-sampradaya. Ramanujacharya earlier known as Laksmanacharya is the author of the Ramanuja-bhashya.

Brahma Sampradaya

Lord Brahma is the leading disciple of the supreme Lord Narayana. His sampradaya is known as Brahma sampradaya with disciples all over the world. In this sampradaya, Sri Madhva significantly contributed by writing a commentary on the Brahma-sutras. After this the sampradaya became known as the Madhva-sampradaya. In this Madhvacarya disciplic succession came Isvara Puri. This Isvara Puri was accepted as Spiritual Master of Lord Caitanya. And because Lord Caitanya appeared in Bengal, which country is called Gaudadesa, our Sampradaya party is known as Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya.

Rudra Sampradaya

The supreme Lord Narayana also has Lord Rudra as His disciple. Vishnusvami was a leading disciple in the Rudra Sampradaya. Vishnusvami was very influential and a learned scholar of all the scriptures. After him this disciplic succession came to be known as the Vishnusvami-sampradaya.

Kumara Sampradaya

From the supreme Lord Narayana appeared the Hansa-avatara. In this disciplic succession came the four Kumaras headed by Sanaka Kumara. In this line Nimbaditya was a leading disciple. The name Nimbaditya sampradaya was thus established. This is known also as Nimbarka-sampradaya. The influence of Nimbarka sampradaya spread all over the world.But all these Sampradayas are non-different from one another because they believe and worship the Supreme Lord Krishna. Any other Sampradaya who are Impersonalist or voidist or non-devotee, they are rejected by us. [ Srila Prabhupada Letter to Upendra, 02-13-68]ISKCON Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada comes in the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya disciplic succession

Laksmiji Sampradaya

In the Kali-Yuga four Vaiñëava sampradäyas—Çré, Brähma, Laksmiji, Rudra, and Kumära—purify the earth.”