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March 16, 2014 is the 528th birth anniversary of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, one of the most prominent Hindu saints of the 16th century. Observed on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Phalgun, this is an auspicious occasion called Gaur Purnima after Lord Gauranga, the other name of Sri Chaitanya. It is mainly celebrated in Eastern India and the Vaishnava community worldwide.

The most renowned and celebrated proponents of the Vaishnava School of Bhakti Yoga that centers around the unwavering devotion to Lord Krishna, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534), is also regarded as an avatar of Lord Krishna by his followers - a Hindus sect known as Gaudiya Vaishnavas.

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu epitomised the undying love for Lord Krishna. His ultimate message to the world was: "The chanting of Krishna's Name is the chief means of attaining Krishna's feet in the Kali Yuga. Chant the name while sitting, standing, walking, eating, in bed and everywhere, at any time."

In the 20th century, the teachings of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu were greatly revived and brought to the West by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. He is considered an incarnate of Sri Chaitanya, and credited for founded the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) which spread Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's bhakti tradition and the famous 'Hare Krishna' mantra throughout the world. Read Full Article

August 14, 2012 at 6:00 am
(1) jamie says:

ACBhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada is not considered an incarnation or avatar of Sri Caitanya.He is an powerful guru or spiritually enlightened leader and teaches about Sri Caitanya, but he never claimed to be an incarnation.Nor do his followers of direct initiates claim him to be.Please correct this mistake

August 19, 2012 at 9:25 am
(2) alan says:

Bhaktivedanta Swami is cited to have propagated an errant yuga dharma. Yuga dharma is a teaching based upon various seasons (yugas) that are spelled out by our sun’s orbit about a gravitational center. Previous to the beginning of Kali Yuga, Bhaktivedanta’s movement founding thought of Kali Yuga being 432,000 years did not exist. (Perhaps this cited error is what makes the Iskcon devotee more violent [criminal] than one would expect from a holy movement.) In correction, Kali Yuga is seen to have ended as of 1700 A.D. Swami Yukteswar offers the corrected teaching.

I have never heard of Bhaktivedanta considered to be an incarnation. Why not follow the Christian principle of not worshipping ordinary souls? The Christian even refuses to worship Moses!

April 3, 2013 at 11:02 am
(3) V V S Sarma says:

It is nice to remember Chaitanya Maha Prabhu.. Usually ardent devotees use epithets – more metaphorical than literal truths – while praising their Gurus. Use of words like incarnation are not really warranted to remember the great souls. The term incarnation should not be used indiscriminately without scriptural authority. Bhakti Vedanata has propagated devotion to Krishna worldwide through the two works Bhagavad Gita and Bhagavatam. The first has the status of an Upanishad (almost) and the second is Purana,. What Prabhupada did is a wonderful achievement. Similar thing is being said about Saibaba of Shirdi, who is really a great saint (probably Muslim) and Hindus worship him as God in south India today. It does not automatically mean he is a God. He is a Guru, teacher and guide.

April 5, 2013 at 2:09 am
(4) Gadadhar Swami says:

HDG ACB was a Vysya Krsna.the guru form of krsna.hence jamie is wrong.even lord chaitanya vehemently denied that he was krishna but it was imposed on him.in this kali yuga sp is definitely krsna.hare krsna.

April 5, 2013 at 2:24 am
(5) gadadhar swami says:

alan is absurd.all calculations like manvantaras are based on the suns orbit around the earth.according to the srimad bhagavadam it has been confirmed that kali yuga will last for 4,32,000 years.ACB had clearly referred to the scriptures for this works.What has that to do with whether he existed or ont.He is accepted as Vysya Krsna, the guru form of Krsna.The supreme soul or the superssoul must be worshipped by the soul.Hope this clarifies matters.

April 5, 2013 at 2:42 am
(6) Gadadhar Swami says:

VVS is wrong.the gaudiya math was involved in the most rigorous of research of scriptures.Lord chaitanya manifested many wonderful miracles such as generating rice for a poor brahman after consuming it thrice and revealing the lords divine form.he and nityanandaji playfully led kidnappers in the jungle till they dropped them back home bemusedlt.He revealed himself as Lord Krsna and Radha to an astonished Ramananda RAya one of his shudra disciples.dEFEATED KESHAV KASHMIRI.TRANSFORMED HARDENED CRIMINALS JAGAI AND MADHAI.This and many more incidents firmly entrench Lord Chaitanya as Lord kRSNA.bESIDES THERE WERE SEVERAL OTHER PORTENTS SINCE HIS BIRTH WHICH WIS E MEN AND SAGES REALISAED FOR THE SAME.HE WAS LEAST INTERESTED IN SUCH A STATUS AND RESISTED IT AND ONLY W2ANTED TO SING AND DANCE THE HALLOWED NAMES AND PROPAGATE THE SAME.JAI GAUR NITAI

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