Wednesday, April 28, 2010


The Vedic literatures give us a detailed list of all the great spiritual masters of the past. Some of the more notable ones are Narada Muni, Parashara, his son Vyasadeva, Bharadvaja, Agastya, Vishvamitra, Vashishta, and Valmiki. Narada Muni is very famous and is known as the triloka sanchari since he trots the three worlds. Cursed by his father, Narada is not allowed to have permanent residence anywhere. Taking advantage of this curse, Narada travels throughout this universe and others to teach Krishna’s message. The two most important authors of Vedic literatures are Vyasadeva and Valmiki. Narada Muni was the spiritual master of both of them so that alone gives a glimpse into his greatness.
In modern times, there are four primary sampradayas, or disciplic successions, teaching the principles of Vaishnavism, or devotion to Lord Vishnu. Krishna, Vishnu, and Narayana are all interchangeable names for God. Krishna Himself personally took birth as a spiritual master known as Lord Chaitanya. Founder of the Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya, Lord Chaitanya played the role of an ideal sannyasi, preaching the glories of the Lord from door to door across India. His teachings spawned a great line of future gurus, of which include Shrila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati and A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. The modern day Hare Krishna movement was inaugurated by Lord Chaitanya Himself in India some five hundred years ago.

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