The four sampradayas – teachings are all bonafide..

There are cases of the four sampradayas. Vishnu swami is Vallabhacharya. There is, He has followers. Ramanujacharya is uh, in South India they have many temples, followers. And uh, Nimbarka also. Nimbarka Swami, Goswami, he has followers. The point is that, sometimes the sampradaya will have a great acarya person, will have pre… preachers present , and they will be preserving those teachings and broadcasting, and sometimes it’s like they come in like a wave. They come in an ebb where somehow the material nature has uh, subdued the preaching effort of that particular sampradaya. So, in that sense, there is a lot of compromising being done in different sampradayas, but the teachings are all bonafide.

The original teachings are actually, the teachings which give some real information about God realization, you see. They actually present the Supreme person as being above the material world, and they present the living entity as being permanently in some connection with Him. What that connection is and how they have slight shades of difference, which lead one to a different conception about the four ultimate form of God, whether His ultimate form is majestic or intimate or what the ultimate type of service, you know, but in the…that’s like very fine focus, that’s very fine focus which the ordinary materialists, they won’t be able to uh… comprehend any of those things, but once one is already on the liberated platform then there is different ways that people approach God or see Him. So those fine, philosophical differences are there, but because they all agree that Krishna and Vishnu is in the transcendental position and living entities are ultimately also in the transcendental position, they are in… the material world is, subordinate, therefore there is no contradiction. There is no contradiction with them. So we accept… in the kind of basic issues we all agree, you see. So, we accept, but in terms of their active uh, having a lot of life or spirit now, it’s like they are at the… at the present time at the end of their enthusiasm. It’s like they are running from the previous momentum, but… we said Lord Caitanya came to that particular sampradaya Lord Caitanya came in the most recent incarnation… It’s always that Krishna comes to re-establish the religious principles. So then, He came and in His teachings He has actually taken the essential aspects of each of the other Vaisnava sampradaya. He has taken two essential teachings from each, and combined them. That’s why the teachings of Lord Caitanya, although He came in the line of Madhvacarya, the Brahma-sampradaya, that in spite of that, His teaching are somewhat different, because they combine all the different essence of all the different sampradayas.

Therefore He describes it separately as Gaudiya Vaisnava… Brahma Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya. Brahma Gaudiya. The different… Gaudiya signifies Lord Caitanya, and He take the four sampradayas and combining them together, so it’s predicted in the Padma Purana that these four sampradaya’s will unite and become one in the Kali-yuga, and that someone will initiate this effort who would be born in Jagannatha Puri, and it’s significant that actually it was Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura who was born in Jagannatha Puri, and he initiated this, he build the temple in Mayapur with the four sampradayas represented on each corner of his temple there. And he preached, went to South India, preached that all the sampradayas, uh, should be united in this way, and then of course he empowered Srila Prabhupada, who was specially sent by Krishna for furthering and actually manifesting the message of Lord Caitanya all over the world. So, many of the uh, Gaudiya Vaisnavas have accepted that. Bhaktisiddhanta was the prediction for… fulfilment of the prediction for uniting the four sampradayas for initiating that, and in any case they are all to combine within Lord Caitanya’s sankirtana movement and that is happening more and more. By Prabhupada’s mercy, this preaching is being accepted by all the Vaisnava sampradayas.

H.H Jayapataka Swami Maharaj

26th Dec, 1982 SB class @ Atlanta,