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Garland of Vaisnava Truths

Garland of Vaisnava Truths

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VAISNAVA
 
SIDDHANTA-MALA
 
BY SRILA SACCIDINANDABHAKTIVINODA THAKURA
A Garland of Vaishnava Truths
Srila Sac-cid-ananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura published thebook 
Vaishnava-Siddhanta-Mala
in the year 1892 from Calcutta, WestBengal, India.The Thakura cited the famous verse "Sri Madhvah prahavishnum paratamam akhila amnaya-vedyam ca visvam" on the cover of his book.
 
This famous verse appears in the Prameya-Ratnavali of SripadaBaladeva Vidyabhusana (Prameya-Ratnavali 1.8). This verse is a summarydescription of the ten fundamental truths of Vaishnavism as enunciated bySripada Madhvacarya, the founder of the Brahma-Madhva-sampradaya.This theological treatise of the Thakura presents the fundamental truths of Gaudiya Vaisnavism in a clear, concise format of questions and answers.This book was originally published as a philosophical introduction to thefive sections of a book describing the method of spreading the Nama Hattaprogram or the market place of the Holy name of Krsna. We invite thereaders to carefully read the Thakura's masterful and elegant presentationand appreciate the depth of His devotion and preaching spirit.Translated from the original Bengali by Dasaratha Suta dasaCopyright (c) 1994, Nectar Books
 
FIRST CHAPTER 
NAVA-PRAMEYA-SIDDHANTA(NINE TRUTHS OF EVIDENCE)
Q. What command has the supremely worshipable Sri CaitanyaMahaprabhu given to us?A. His order is this: that we very carefully observe the nine instructions of truth that Sri Madhvacarya has given us through the guru-parampara(disciplic succession).Q. Who forms the guru-parampara?A. The adi-guru (original guru) of all the spiritual masters in the disciplicsuccession is Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Showing Hisgreat mercy, He gave instructions in the truth to Lord Brahma, the adi-kavi (original poet). These truths were in turn taught by Brahma to SriNarada, by Narada to Vyasa, and successively from Vyasa to SriMadhvacarya. Such instructions received through this disciplic successionare called Guru-Parampara-Upadesa.Q. What are the names of these nine instructions given by SriMadhvacarya?A. Their names are thus:
 
SECOND CHAPTER 
BHAGAVAN ALONE IS THE SUPREME TRUTH
Q. Who is Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead?A. Bhagavan is the one Who expands all jivas and all matter by His owninconceivable energy (acintya-sakti), and then enters into these creationsas the Supreme Lord (Isvara-svarupa). He also transcends all souls andmatter as the impersonal Brahman effulgence (brahma-svarupa), which isfar beyond all imagination; and moreover, it is He who manifests Hisdivine potency (para-sakti) to reveal His form of eternity, knowledge andbliss (sac-cid-ananda svarupa), thereby becoming the object of devotionfor all souls.Q. What are the different types of the Lord's potencies?

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