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Venkata sriram P
venkatasriramp at yahoo.in
Mon Jun 13 04:28:01 CDT 2011
Dear Sunil Bhattacharyaji,
It seems even the followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu forgot that the guru of
Mahaprabhu was none other than Jagadvijayi Keshav Kashmiri Bhattacharya,
who gave him (Chaitanya Mahaprabhu) the Shodashakshari mahamantra. K
eshav Kashmiri Bhattacharya in turn was a disciple of Nimbarka Mahaprabhu, the exponent of Dvaitaadvaita as against Sankara's Kevalaadvaita.
To my knowledge Chaitanya Mahaprabhu did believe in oneness with
the Lord also. That relationship is achintya.
A bengali scholar by name Sarat Chandra Chakraborthy wrote a book in bengali
by name "bhArOtE shakti pUjA" (eng. transl. Sakti Worship in India).
He says Nimai Pundit (childhood name of chaitanya mahaprabhu) was a worshipper
of Mother Annapurna and was a shakta. In order to preach the bhakti for common people,
he propagated hari sankirtana.
BTW, today's ISKON's bhakti movement is the corrupted form of Nimai Pundit's vision
which is more of criticism on Sankaracharya and Lord Siva. It has been reduced
to screaming & dancing on the streets. The real saints are away from pomp & show-off.
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