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From: Krishna Kashyap (kkalale1_at_san.rr.com)
Date: Wed Jan 23 2002 - 12:48:26 PST

Dear Sri Vijay Iyengar,

Gaudiya vaishnvas follow achintya bhedabheda doctrine, which has more
similarities to Vadagalai Srivaishnavism than Dvaita. however, Madhvacharya
is an acharya in their lineage.  their lineage does not have any
srivaishnava acharyas, except gopala bhatta goswami who was a srivaishnava
who got converted to gaudiya vaishnavism after sri chaitanya mahaprabhu.

adiyen krishna

-----Original Message-----
From: VIJAY THUPHAL NAGARAJA IYENGAR [mailto:vijay.iyengar@wipro.com]
Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 8:23 PM
To: rembert lutjeharms; bhakti-list; Krishna Kashyap
Subject: Re: (unknown)


Hi Krishna,
I have a basic doubt.
Do Gaudiya Vaishnavas follow Dwaitha Philosophy.
Viji
----- Original Message -----
From: "Krishna Kashyap" <kkalale1@san.rr.com>
To: "rembert lutjeharms" <rembert_lutjeharms@yahoo.co.uk>; "bhakti-list"
<bhakti-list@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2002 12:13 AM
Subject: RE: (unknown)


> an interesting question!.  IT just depends on the strength of a person's
> heart! if one has great bhakti to srimannarayana or sri Krishna, strong
> arguments from advaitic perspective cannot change them or hurt them. Hence
> a person needs to be careful not be swayed by the logic of advaita if one
> thinks that he/she is not capable of mentally solving all the riddles that
> may occur while reading advaita. However such a process can either give
> clarifications to all unasked or hidden questions in the mind or wrongly
> influence the weak minded to get influenced by advaita!
>
> However, sribhasya takes advaita as prima facie view before it gives its
> arguments against it. Hence a good study of advaita is necessary to
> understand visistadvaita.  However, sri Ramanujacharya does mention, if
one
> cannot deal with the complexities of arguments of these terse kind in the
> bramhasutras, one should resort to simpler devotional works on the lord,
> like vishnupurana or sharanagati gadyam etc.
>
> Since, the task of sri Ramanujacharya was to establish "saguna bramha
> paratva" *( absoluteness of saguna bramha), mayavada khandana (refutation
of
> maya school), most of his works deal with a great deal of advaita
> refutation.  I guess historically gaudiya vaishnavism nurtured the thought
> that involving deeply in interscholastic arguments is a waste of time and
> spending one's time in pure bhakti to sri krishna is the best method.
Even
> in visistadvaita several people feel that one should spend all his/her
time
> in service of the lord.
>
> It depends on stage of evolution of the mind of the seeker.
>
> adiyen krishna kashyap
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: rembert lutjeharms [mailto:rembert_lutjeharms@yahoo.co.uk]
> Sent: Tuesday, January 22, 2002 8:40 AM
> To: bhakti-list
> Subject: (unknown)
>
>
>  Dear  ,
>
> Recently i read on the ramanuja.org website that "To
> understand Visishtadvaita, one must also understand
> Advaita."
> It would be nice if someone could clarify this
> further. I do not know very much of Ramanuja's works.
> I know that Gaudiya vaisnavas say that one should not
> at all read the Sariraka-bhasya of Adi Sankara. This
> seems completely opposite in the Sri sampradaya. Is
> this so?
>
> Thank you,
> rembert
>
>
>
>
>
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