Our Sampradaya

sampradayaThe correct process of receiving knowledge in any field is by approaching a bona fide institute. Similarly, transcendental knowledge should be received through a bona fide disciplic succession.
 
In Bhagavad-gita 4.2.Lord Krishna says:
 
evam parampara-praptam
imam rajarsayo viduh
sa kaleneha mahata
yogo nastah parantapa
 
Translation: “This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession, and the saintly kings understood it in that way. But in course of time the succession was broken, and therefore the science as it is appears to be lost”

There are four authorized vaishnava sampradayas. All the four sampradayas originate from the Supreme Lord Sri Krishna. Lord Krishna imparted the transcendental Vedic knowledge to His four significant devotees from whom the sampradayas emerged. The leading disciples are Lord Brahma, Lord Siva, Goddess Lakshmi and the four Kumaras. The sampradayas as below:

Heading Devotee

Lord Brahma

Lord Siva

Goddess Lakshmi

Four Kumaras

Sampradya  Name

Brahma-sampradaya

Rudra-sampradaya

Sri-sampradaya

Kumara-sampradaya

Also Known As

Madhva-sampradaya

Vallabha-sampradaya
Vishnuswami-sampradaya

Ramanuja-sampradaya

Nimbarka-sampradaya

Prominent Acharya

Madhvacharya

Vishnuswami

Ramanujacharya

Nimbarkacharya


Lord Brahma is the foremost disciple of the supreme Lord Narayana. His sampradaya is known as Brahma sampradaya with disciples all over the world. In this sampradaya, Sri Madhva significantly contributed by writing a commentary on the Brahma-sutras. After this the sampradaya became known as the Brahma-Madhva-sampradaya. Lord Chaitanya, who also appeared in this Brahma-Madhva sampradaya began His preaching from the country known as Gaudadesha (West Bengal) so the sampradaya came to be as the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya-sampradaya.

THE DISCIPLIC SUCCESSION:

Srila Prabhupada is the final acharya of the glorious Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Sampradaya which has great acharyas like Lord Brahma, Narada Muni, Veda Vyasa, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, etc. The disciplic succession is as follows: 

1. Krishna
2. Brahma
3. Narada
4. Vyasa
5. Madhva
6. Padmanabha
7. Nrihari
8. Madhava
9. Akshobhya
10. Jaya Tirtha
11. Jnanasindhu
12. Dayanidhi
13. Vidyanidhi
14. Rajendra
15. Jayadharma
16. Purushottama

17. Brahmanya Tirtha
18. Vyasa Tirtha
19. Lakshmipati
20. Madhavendra Puri
21. Isvara Puri, (Nityananda, Advaita)
22. Lord Caitanya
23. Rupa, (Svarupa, Sanatana)
24. Raghunatha, Jiva
25. Krishnadasa
26. Narottama
27. Vishvanatha
28. (Baladeva) Jagannatha
29. Bhaktivinoda
30. Gaurakishora
31. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
32. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada