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introduction

This website is an introduction to the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. The tradition, founded by Sri Krishna Chaitanya in the 16th century CE, is in many ways unique amidst the various bhakti-traditions, both ancient and modern, of India. Aside its profound philosophical treatises, it is well known for its developed aesthetic insights into the dynamics of the eternal loving sports of God.

We aim to provide you with a thorough overall presentation of the various aspects of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition. Should you not find the answers you seek, don't hesitate to contact us for further information. Below, you'll find links to our main categories followed by a brief synopsis of their content.



HISTORY
An overview of the history of Gaudiya Vaishnavism from its early influences to its founding in medieval Bengal and its course over the centuries down to the modern age.

PRACTICE
The method by which the theological ideals are attained is treated with significant focus. This section explains both the external and the internal practices of the tradition's followers.

LITERATURE
Beginning with an overview on the epistemic basis of the tradition, this section gives an overview of influential or otherwise unique scriptures, both ancient and medieval, that have left their imprints into the tradition.

PHILOSOPHY
This section outlines the basic constituents of Gaudiya philosophy, namely the nature of the living entity and its relationship with the Supreme and the world, the dynamics of these relationships, and the ultimate goal of life.

THEOLOGY
A glance into the bottomless ocean of God's reality, reviewing his personal and all-pervasive aspects, his avatars, his relationships, the gradation of his various abodes, and the sweetest of all his forms, Sri Krishna.

SAINTS
Biographies of various saints and teachers who have influenced Gaudiya Vaishnavism through their writings, their broadcasting the message of the tradition and their personal conduct.

RESOURCES
Links to the websites of various traditional and modern branches of the tradition, discussion forums, news, other Vaishnava-traditions and other miscellaneous online resources.

ESSAYS
A selection of useful essays for in-depth studies of some aspects of the Gaudiya Vaishnava tradition.

GLOSSARY
Explanations of common Bengali and Sanskrit words you will eventually come to face in reading literature related with Gaudiya Vaishnavism.


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