Sri Madhavacarya & Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu

By Bhaktivedanta Tirtha Maharaja

Pujyapada BV Tirtha Maharaja Q&A

Recently there has been some discussion on the internet (see also VNN Story 6750) regarding the statements of the Sri Madhavacarya Sampradaya's website wherein they are not accepting Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in their line. They say the sastric evidence we use to support our position is invalid. One devotee following the discussion asked Maharaja to comment.

Please accept my humble obeisances. Sri Sri Guru-Gauranga Jayatah!

“Have they never seen the Deity established by Sri Madhavacarya Bala Krsna, Sri Nartak Gopal?”

You inquired about some persons who do not accept the Gaudiya Sampridaya in the line of Sri Madhavacarya. I think they surely do not understand the mood of Madhavacarya. Nor do they understand the philosophy of Sri Madhavacarya. They are surely blind men. Have they never seen the Deity established by Sri Madhavacarya Bala Krsna, Sri Nartak Gopal? He did not establish Laksmi Narayana Deities. He served Vraja vilasi Sri Krsna only. He wrote Sri Vedanta Bhasya, Brhad Brahma sutra bhasya. He wrote Srimad Bhagavatam commentary, and there he is giving many verses from many other sastras to support the Srimad Bhagavatam.

At this time in India, there are many sastras that have not been seen for many years. But, I do not disbelieve their existence or authenticity because I have not seen them. I have not seen Sriman Madhavacarya. I was not there to watch him write, but I am repeating, a disciple of his sampradaya. What is the meaning of Narayan tattva and what is the meaning of Sri Krsna tattva - they do not know. The difference between opulence and sweetness they cannot understand, they cannot see. Surely they have never seen or understood the mood of Gaudiya Vasinava books. So they are talking like this, with this mood. Their thinking is like someone saying that although my forefather was a president I accept him as police officer only. I am a great man so I am preaching my conclusion!

My dear friend you can see yourself what Srila Jiva Gosvamipada has said in his Sat Sandharbas and all the books of our Gosvamis. In the Srimad Bhagavatam we find only Krsna lila. And the 24 avataras- all are incarnations of the Supreme Lord, Sri Krsna. He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead. He is the Supreme Lord. Brahma prayed to him, calling him Narayan. Sukadeva Gosvami said, Sri Visnu is playing in Rasa Lila with the Vraj Gopis. Sri Krsna is Visnu, Narayana, He is all in all.

In Kali yuga, Sri Krsna is manifested in His form as Mahaprabhu. He tastes his own unatta-ujjvala rasa. He revealed His rasa raja mahabhava form to Raya Ramananda in Godavari. He showed His sad-bhuja, six armed, form to Sarvabhauma Bhathacarya. And many other devotes saw Mahaprabhu exhibit the forms of many different avataras. All sages, Gaudiya Vaisnavas, they have experienced, realized, and have told everything. "But, I don't accept them." But who will accept you? Our necessity is to understand all sastras, guru, and vaisnavas. What they are saying we accept, in this line.

Jaya Sri Radhe!

Tridandi Swami Bhaktivedanta Tirtha Maharaja

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