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Brahma Sampradaya

In Hinduism, the Brahma Sampradaya (IAST: Brahmā-sampradāya) is the disciplic succession (sampradaya) of gurus starting with Brahma.[1] The term is most often used to refer to the beliefs and teachings of Madhvacharya[2] and his Dvaita philosophy.

The longer term Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya (Brahmā-Madhva-Gauḍīya-sampradāya), or simply Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya, is used to refer to the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his Gaudiya Vaishnava theology.[3]

Sampradaya

Followers of this tradition believe that Vedic knowledge descends from Brahma. In the Vedic conception, these sampradayas began at the creation of the universe and endure to the present moment due to the consistency of the transmission of knowledge, all the previous gurus are present in the teachings of the present spiritual master. The Vedic process assures that the transmission remains pure by assuring the qualifications of the transmitter.[4]

List of the Sampradaya acharyas, beginning with Krishna Himself:

  1. Kṛṣṇa
  2. Brahma
  3. Nārada Muni
  4. Vyāsadeva
  5. Mādhavācarya
  6. Padmanābha Tīrtha
  7. Narahari Tīrtha
  8. Mādhava Tīrtha
  9. Akśobhya Tīrtha
  10. Jaya Tīrtha
  11. Jñānasindhu
  12. Dayanidhi
  13. Vidyānidhi
  14. Rājendra
  15. Jayadharma
  16. Puruśottama
  17. Brāhmaṇya Tīrtha
  18. Vyāsa Tīrtha
  19. Lakśmipati Tīrtha
  20. Mādhavendra Purī
  21. a) Iśvara Puri, b) Nityānanda Prabhu, c) Advaita Acarya
  22. Caitanya Mahāprabhu (Gaudiya Vaishnavism starts from here)
  23. a) Rūpa Goswāmī, b) Svarūpa Dāmodara Goswāmī, c) Sanātana Goswāmī
  24. a) Raghunātha dāsa Goswāmī, b) Jīva Goswāmī
  25. Kṛṣṇa dāsa Kavirāja Goswāmī
  26. Narottama dāsa Ṭhākura
  27. Viśvanātha Cakravarti Ṭhākura
  28. a) Baladeva Vidyābhuśaṇa, b) Jagannātha dāsa Bābāji
  29. Bhaktivinoda Ṭhākura
  30. Gaurākisora dāsa Bābāji
  31. Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvati Ṭhākura
  32. A. C. Bhaktivedānta Swāmi Prabhupāda

See also

References

  1. ^ Hinduism and Buddhism: An Historical Sketch - Page 239 Charles Eliot, 1998
  2. ^ The Sadhus and Indian Civilisation - Page 57 Vijay Prakash Sharma - Sadhus - 1998 - 209 pages
  3. ^ Female Ascetics in Hinduism Lynn Teskey Denton, 2004 - 224 pages
  4. ^ Goswami, S.D. (1976), Readings in Vedic Literature: The Tradition Speaks for Itself, [S.l.]: Assoc Publishing Group, pp. 240 pages, ISBN 0912776889
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