What Is The Difference Between The Nimbarka
And Gaudiya Sampradaya?
By Bhaktivedanta Tirtha Maharaja
Pujyapada BV Tirtha Maharaja Q&A
philosophy of Nimbarka Sampradaya is dvaita dvaita vada and the
philosophy of Gaudiya Sampradaya is TAchintya badhe abheda
tattva. Their philosophy is more like a theory and the Gaudiya
sampradaya's philosophy is siddhanta. Where there is the
conclusion of all sastras there is siddhanta. But where there is
some theory this is called vada. So there are many different
Vaisnava sampradayas but each one does not have all sastric
The Gaudiya Sampradaya worships Sri Radha
Govinda in parakiya (paramour) mood, in manjari bhava. The
Nimbarka sampradaya worships Radha Krsna also but in swakiya
(wedded) mood, in sakhi bhava. They have sambhoga rasa (union)
and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has vipralamba rasa (separation). In
separation mood the gopis are remembering Krsna and having
visions of Krsna and in these they experience the appearance of
Krsna. So this is Vipralamba sadhana in line with the Srimad
Other Vaisnavas are also worshiping Radha
Krsna but they are never following Radhika's great separation
mood. They never understand what is this greatest bhava of Hers.
Her prema, sneha, manna, pranaya, bhava, mahabhava, rudha
adirudha, modan, madan, premvivarta, then combined rasa is
mahabhava. So there are many varieties of stages of prema. Other
sampradayas never understand and never feel these things.
Everything is present in Srimad Bhagavatam but other sampradayas
don't understand this. They will only understand these things in
the line of Srila Rupa Gosvami. Otherwise this is not possible
Other sampradayas are tasting Bhagavatam
but they are not going deeply into that taste because they don't
have many realized commentaries. Our Gosvamis wrote many
varieties of commentaries with many different meanings. They have
described in their books many of Radha Krsna's unlimited lila.
Bhakti-rasamrta-sindu and Ujjvala Nilamani, by Srila Rupa
Goswami, are like the grammar books of Bhakti-rasas. Other
sampradayas don't know the deep meanings and deep moods of
Srimad Bhagavatam never described the person
bhagavat, Vaisnavas and didn't give the names of the bona fide
sampradayas, but all Vaisnavas accept Srimad Bhagavatam.
Who Actually Wrote Radha Sudhanidhi And Radha Rasa
Radha Sudhanidhi and Radha Rasa Sudhanidhi
are written by Srila Prabhodananda Saraswatipada. He was the
uncle of Gopal Bhatta Gosvami. Hit Harivamsa was the name of a
disciple of Gopal Bhatta Goswami. He did not write the Radha
Rasa Sudhanidhi because this is a Sanskrit book. Srila
Probhodananda Saraswatipada wrote many books in Sanskrit. Hit
Harivamsa wrote many duha (poetic works), chanda, in the Hindi
language (Vraja dialect). If he had written these books in
Sanskrit then other books in Sanskrit would have been possible
for him. Therefore, we can conclude that he could not have
written these books.
Sri Atul Krsna Goswami and other
Gaudiya Vaisnavas have said how one day Hit Harivamsa had come
to see Gopal Bhatta Goswami but he had not been fasting for
Ekadasi. That day he ate tambula. His Gurudeva, Gopal Bhatta
Goswami, asked him why he was not fasting.
"Oh this is Maha-prasada. I had to honour it, I could not leave
it. This is why I am not fasting."
Gopal Bhatta Gosvami
was angry saying, "You should leave at once! I do not want to
see you again!"
Hit Harivamsa was very sad.
Sometimes he would go see Srila Prabhodananda Saraswati in
Kalidhana. He would pacify Hit Harivamsa somewhat. He read Sri
Prabhodhananda Saraswati's books then he took the books to his
disciples who were later saying, "These books are written by
Gurudeva. But, our Gaudiya Sampradaya does not accept this
thinking because his disciples do not accept the rules for
fasting on Ekadasi, and have an opinion opposed to Srimad
Bhagavatam and all sastras. Gaudiya Vaisnavas do not accept
their thinking because they do not accept the rules and
regulations given in sastra.
(4) Some are saying that
Hit Harivamsa is an incarnation of Lalita Sakhi. But most
authorities do not accept this. This is ahangraha upasana,
self-proclaimed worship. Vaisnavas never accept this kind of
self-declaration. If he were the incarnation of Lalita Sakhi,
then why did he not accept the rules and regulations given in
sastra? Always, we are serving under the guidance of our Gurus,
who are all sakhis and manjaris, in the service of Radha-krsna.
They never want sayuja meditation. This is not sastric praman