Guru-parampara: The List of 32, Part 15

BY: ROCANA DASA - 13.9 2018

Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas

One of ISKCON's scholars on the topic of guru-parampara is the above-mentioned Sriman Jaya Tirtha Charan dasa, who resides in Katikati, New Zealand. He is the author of a book entitled "The Life and Legacy of Sripad Madhvacarya Bhagavatapada" [17], the creator of, and the compiler of various materials on our Brahma Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya, including an "Introduction to and Chronological Order of, the Brahma Madhwa & Brahma Madhwa-Gaudiya Sampradaya", the accompanying "Detailed Table of the Disciplic Succession", and a compilation of biographical information on the members of the guru-parampara. [18]

Biographies of the members of the guru-parampara are very important to consider in understanding that HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada is also a Sampradaya Acarya – a member of an exclusive group of 32 pure transmitters of knowledge in our disciplic succession. In recognizing the similarities between these illustrious Vaisnavas – their transcendental qualities and pastimes – it becomes clearly evident that Srila Prabhupada is equally qualified to be a member of this exalted list of Sampradaya Acaryas.

In comparison, it is also evident that many of Srila Prabhupada's godbrothers and other contemporary Vaisnavas in our line do not appear to be equally qualified. Srila Prabhupada did not add their names to the list, either above, beside or beneath his own, and we assert that there is an important philosophical reason for this. Making a study of the stellar qualifications of each of the Sampradaya Acaryas on the List of 32 helps us in understanding this.

In a separate document entitled "Summary Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas" (which we will present at the conclusion of this paper), we have summarized some of the biographical narratives provided by Jaya Tirtha Charan dasa in an effort to point out some of the distinguishing characteristics of the exalted Acaryas on the list of 32 members of the guru-parampara. Nearly all of these distinguishing characteristics are shared by our Srila Prabhupada. We also point out any significant spiritual credentials held by members of the list that cannot likewise be attributed to Srila Prabhupada, although these are very few in number.

In our "Biographies" summary, we are not concerned with the means of linkage – diksa or siksa – but rather with the transcendental qualifications of each individual included on this rarified list of Vaisnavas in our line. While Jaya Tirtha Charan's presentation of biographies begins with Madhvacarya, we begin with the first Sampradaya Acarya listed after Madhva in the disciplic succession -- Padmanabha.




[17] The Life and Legacy of Sripad Madhvacarya Bhagavatapada by Jaya Tirtha Caran dasa

[18] Introduction to and Chronological Order of, the Brahma Madhwa, & Brahma Madhwa-Gaudiya Sampradaya, Detailed Table of the Disciplic Succession, and Biographies of the Sampradaya Acaryas by Jaya Tirtha Charan dasa