Brahmana and Vaisnava: The conclusive comparison between brahmanas and Vaisnavas

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“Brahmana and Vaishnava”
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A Satguru or Acharya (Part 1)

– What is the symptom of a Satguru? Can a person who has accepted a family preceptor take shelter of a Satguru?

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A Satguru or Acharya (Part 2)

– Who is an Acharya? What are the duties of the Gaudiya Vaishnava Acharyas?

– One who follows religious principles and teaches others is an Acharya. One cannot become an Acharya by simply creating arguments and thereby making worldly advancement. Those who have been entrusted with the responsibility of being Acharyas in the Gaudiya Vaishnava-sampradaya should try to remove all anarthas from their sampradaya. (Sajjana-toshani 4/1)

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A Satguru or Acharya (Part 3)

– Can a learned person who does not know the conclusion of devotional service be called an Acharya?

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A Satguru or Acharya (Part 4)

– Do the Acharyas have any faults?

– There are no faults in the activities of the mahajanas. (Sajjana-toshani 10/10)

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Accept a guru who fully (!) knows the science of Krsna, regardless of his varna or asrama

– Should a person accept a guru who is born in a high family? Why is it stated in Hari-bhakti-vilasa that a person should accept a guru who is born in a brahmana family or who is a grhastha?

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Nama-Guru and Mantra-Guru

– What is the difference between the guru who gives initiation mantra and the guru who gives Harinama (Holy Name)?

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Previous Acharyas of Vaishnava Sampradayas – Part 1

– Why are the four-authorized sampradaya Acharyas distinguished from each other?

– Sri Ramanuja, Sri Madhva, Sri Vishnuswami, and Sri Nimbaditya are the four Vaishnava Acharyas. Many others also became Vaishnava Acharyas, and they are certainly followers of one of the four above-mentioned Acharyas.

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Previous Acharyas of Vaishnava Sampradayas – Part 2

– What responsibility did Mahaprabhu entrust to Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami?

– Sri Raghunatha Bhatta Goswami was entrusted to preach the glories of Srimad Bhagavatam. (Jaiva Dharma Chapter 39)

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Sri Sanatana Goswami

– Who was the commander-in-chief of the Gaudiya Acharyas?

– Sri Sanatana Goswami was the commander-in-chief of our Gaudiya Acharyas. (Tatparya-anuvada, Brhad-Bhagavatamrta 2/1/14)

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Sri Rupa Goswami

– Raya Ramananda was entrusted to spread the science of bhakti-rasa. Who completed that responsibility?

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Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami

– What are the characteristics of Sri Gopala Bhatta Goswami?

– From his childhood, Gopala Bhatta was a staunch follower of the Vaishnava religion.

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Sri Jahnava-devi

– Who is Sri Jahnava-devi? How did she benefit the Vaishnava society?

The appearance festival of Srimati Jahnava-devi is very auspicious for the pure devotees, who are attached to the lotus feet of Sri Caitanya.

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Sri Svarupa Damodara Goswami

– What responsibility was entrusted by Mahaprabhu to Sri Svarupa Damodara Goswami?

– Sriman Mahaprabhu ordered Sri Svarupa Damodara to teach worship of the Lord through loving devotional service.

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Sri Jiva Goswami

– Who is the Acharya or the authority on the science of the Absolute Truth in the Gaudiya Vaishnava-sampradaya?

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Vrindavan Das Thakur (Thakura Vrndavana dasa)

– Who is the original emperor of the empire of pure devotional literature?

– Thakura Vrndavana dasa was not only a jewel in the Vaishnava society but was also an ornament in the society of Bengali literature.

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Sri Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami

– What beneficial activity did Srila Krsnadasa Kaviraja Goswami perform for the world?

– Kaviraja Goswami was a learned scholar of all Sastras. This is easily realized by reading his books Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Govinda-lilamrta, and his Saranga Rangada commentary on Sri Krsna-karnamrta.

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Srinivasacharya (Shrinivasa Acharya)

– What benefit did Srinivasacharya Prabhu do for the society of Gaudiya Vaishnavas?

– In his childhood, Srinivasa heard about the transcendental qualities of Mahaprabhu from the mouth of his own father, who was a surrendered soul at the feet of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and who took shelter of Him.

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Sri Syamananda Prabhu

– What favor did Sri Syamananda Prabhu do for the Vaishnava world?

– Syamananda was born in the Karana family on the full moon day in the month of April in a village called Dandakesvara in Orissa.

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Gitacharyas (Gita Acaryas)

– Why were Srinivasacharya, Sri Narottama, and Sri Syamananda Prabhu called "Gitacharyas"?

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Sri Baladeva Vidyabhusana Mahasaya

– Who was Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana? What is the difference between the philosophy of Srila Jiva Goswami and Srila Baladeva Vidyabhusana?
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Unauthorized instructor or so-called Acharya

– What is the behavior and opinion of learned godless instructors of fruitive activities?

– They will say to themselves:

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