Gaudiya Vaisnava - an essential subject

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Gauḍa-deśa is called Bengal, so the Vaiṣṇavas belonging to Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu's cult are called Gauḍīya-Vaiṣṇavas; Bengali Vaiṣṇavas. Devotees who follow the Krishna Conscious movement established by Lord Caitanya must adhere to the scriptures and the injunctions of that disciplic line in order to be called a Gaudiya Vaishnava. This sampradaya is so perfect and pure because it comes directly from Lord Krishna, and one who performs loving devotional service in this line is surely guaranteed a place in Godhead.

Srila Prabhupada's books, lectures, conversations and letters offer a comprehensive presentation of this essential subject as seen in the Vaniquotes Gaudiya Vaisnava category. An introduction from his books is given below in the following 8 quotes.



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Quotes from Srila Prabhupada's books

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Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu accepted the chain of disciplic succession from Madhva Ācārya, but the Vaiṣṇavas in His line do not accept the Tattva-vādīs, who also claim to belong to the Mādhva-sampradāya. To distinguish themselves clearly from the Tattva-vādī branch of Madhva's descendants, the Vaiṣṇavas of Bengal prefer to call themselves Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas. Śrī Madhva Ācārya is also known as Śrī Gauḍa-pūrṇānanda, and therefore the name Mādhva-Gauḍīya-sampradāya is quite suitable for the disciplic succession of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas. Our spiritual master, Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, accepted initiation in the Mādhva-Gauḍīya-sampradāya. (Caitanya-caritāmṛta, Ādi-līlā 1.19)

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