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ISKCON Gaudya Vaishnavism and Pushtimarg


Could yuo please answer me what is the main theological and philoshophical differences in doctrines of these two sampradayas?

Thank you in advance.

PushtiMarg and Gaudiya VaishNav dharma

*** LATE EDIT: 01/03/2016: The ashTAkshari (8 syllable) mantra SHRI KRISHNAH: SHARANAM MAMA was missing the anuswAr 'M' in sharaNaM . Sorry about that.

Hare KRshNa

Pragmatically, there are no differences, and both agree on everything.

Pushti-Marg introduced by VallabhAchArya is based on Shuddha-advaita while Gaudiya VaishNav dharma is achintya-bheda-abheda.

The immediate thin philosophical difference is in the way to approach Krishna. Pushti-bhakti is towards KRshNa and ONLY KRshNa, no other VishNu forms like NArAyaNa and generally not alongside His aHlAdini i.e. RAdhA.

A second difference is the motivation for Pushti is a strong desire and liking to serve KRshNa. A strong driving desire for His seva by His Grace. Hence PuSTi.
When that desire isn't there, the mArg is not encouraged, however, shravaN-kirtan is highly recommended for people who desire to have the desire.

Vallabhacharya introduced MaryAdA-mArg out of kindness as a supplement for people to want liberation but have no desire to serve KRshNa eternally. This marg consists of yad'nya and other things.

So, the central component of PuSTi MArg is Deity Worship, 'sevA', and traditionally, by paramparA - singing bhajans, cheez, tHumri.. in various rAgas. The original Pushti-kul does not worship Radha along with KRshNa on the altar.
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Only Shri-NAthJi is the sole sharaN : "SHRI KRISHNAH: SHARANAM MAMA"
is the mantra. "My only and whole and sole target of surrender and my ONLY shelter is Shri KRshNa and NO ONE ELSE"

this is the sentiment, philosophy and idea.

However, Pushtikul , particularly starting with Vallabhacharya's son (one of the Gosains) promoted Madhurya Ras more than before, when Vatsalya was predominant and prevails till date.
KRishNa as Shri Nathji is everyone's BABY in Pushtikul households.

Radha is SwaminiJi, and in a sense there are 4 most important swaminiJis, one important one is YamunA MahArAniJi (the Deity of River Yamuna who is the Lord's 4th consort). Chandravali is also one of the swaminiJis and is focused upon during some particular part of the jhulan season. Sort of like "Today is Chandravali Day" :)

Advanced Pushti devotees like the pujaris in the Havelis (main temples are built as Havelis, palaces, not as temples) - also get into the mood of a particular Swamini.

PHILOSOPHY: Everything is Shri KRshNa. KRshNa is Brahman, and Brahman is but KRshNa. This whole universe, gross and subtle, jIv (souls) and jaD prakRti (gross matter) are also KRshNa.

HOWEVER not to understand this in any other sense than as Lord Chaitanya taught with achintya-bheda-abheda.

The goal is the same - nirantar prema bhakti and they talk about 'union' which is really a very very very very very very intimate relationship with KRshNa.

Daal Daal ka panchhi bole
VrundAvan ka kaN kaN bole
NEELa gagan hariyAli bole
YamunAji ki lehere bole


- By the way is it Guru-PurNimA today ?

** P.S. Edit: explanation of MaryAdA Vs. PuSTi
MaryAdA is only for those who don't want to serve KRshNa but want liberation.

Nimbarka and Gaudiya

Nimbarka sampradaya is briefly mentioned eg. in CC 3.2.95 p.

Mahanidhi Swami - Gaudiya Vaisnava Samadhis in Vrindavana, kap. 7:

Sri Nimbarkacarya
Accurate biographies are difficult to find, yet authorities agree that
Sri Nimbarkacarya preached Krishna consciousness about three-hundred
years before the advent of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
In Navadvipa Dhama Mahatyam, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura says that
Nimbarka had previously worshiped Lord Siva in Bilva Paksha,
Rudradvipa (Navadvipa). Lord Siva appeared before Nimbarka instructing
him to take initiation from the four Kumaras, who were meditating
nearby. Nimbarka received Radha Krishna mantra and continued living in
Navadvipa. Following the teachings of the Sanat-Kumara Samhita, he
worshiped Radha and Krishna with great love. Soon Radha and Krishna
appeared before Nimbarka. Then the Divine Couple displayed Their
unified form as Sri Gauranga Mahaprabhu.
Lord Gauranga said, “Nimbarka, in the future when I begin My
sankirtana movement I will personally preach the perfect
transcendental philosophy of acintya-bheda-abheda-tattva. I will take
the essence of the philosophies of Madhva, Ramanuja, Vishnuswami. From
you, Nimbarka, I will take two important principles: (1) The necessity
of taking shelter of Srimati Radharani. (2) The high esteem of the
Vraja gopis love for Sri Krishna.” Lord Gauranga disappeared after
instructing Nimbarka. Shedding tears of ecstasy, Nimbarka left
Navadvipa to begin his preaching mission. In Caitanya lila, Nimbarka
appeared as Keshava Kasmiri and received love of Godhead directly from
Nimai Pandit.
There are striking similarities between the Gaudiyas and Nimbarkas.
The followers of Nimbarka accept the six forms of surrender, practice
the nine limbs of bhakti, and believe in the dasa mula (ten cardinal
points of Gaudiya philosophy). They also worship Radha and Krishna in
Vrndavana. They worship Srimati Radharani as the topmost devotee, and
they accept the gopis love for Krishna is supreme. With beads,
bhajans, and kirtans the Nimbarkas chant their version of the
maha-mantra: Radhe Krishna Radhe Krishna Krishna Krishna Radhe Radhe,
Radhe Syama Radhe Syama Syama Syama Radhe Radhe.
In Vrndavana, about one mile from Govardhana, there is the village of
Nimgaon, named after Nimbarkacarya, who lived there from childhood and
later performed bhajana there. Many of Radha-Krishna's pastime places
in Vrndavana are now maintained by the Nimbarka sect. In
Mathura-Vrndavana, innumerable devotees follow Nimbarka's path of
bhakti. The Sriji Mandir, just off Loi Bazaar in Vrndavana, serves as
the center of Nimbarka sampradaya.

basic differences: Nimbarka | Gaudiya

Svabhavika bheda-abheda | Acintya bheda-abheda
Supreme goal: Radha-Krsna sambhoga | Radha-Krsna vipralambha

more details (the book Four sampradayas by Purusatraya Swami):

Swami Haridas of Banke Bihari ( is from Nimbarka

Hari Hari
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