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A Garland of Vaishnava Truths

Srila Sac-cid-ananda Bhaktivinoda Thakura published the book Vaishnava-Siddhanta-Mala in the year 1892 from Calcutta, West Bengal, India.

The Thakura cited the famous verse "Sri Madhvah praha vishnum paratamam akhila amnaya-vedyam ca visvam" on the cover of his book.

This famous verse appears in the Prameya-Ratnavali of Sripada Baladeva Vidyabhusana (Prameya-Ratnavali 1.8). This verse is a summary description of the ten fundamental truths of Vaishnavism as enunciated by Sripada Madhvacarya, the founder of the Brahma-Madhva- sampradaya.

This theological treatise of the Thakura presents the fundamental truths of Gaudiya Vaisnavism in a clear, concise format of questions and answers. This book was originally published as a philosophical introduction to the five sections of a book describing the method of spreading the Nama Hatta program or the market place of the Holy name of Krsna. We invite the readers to carefully read the Thakura's masterful and elegant presentation and appreciate the depth of His devotion and preaching spirit.

Translated from the original Bengali by Dasaratha Suta dasa Copyright (c) 1994, Nectar Books



Q. What command has the supremely worshipable Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu given to us?

A. His order is this: that we very carefully observe the nine instructions of truth that Sri Madhvacarya has given us through the guru-parampara (disciplic succession).

Q. Who forms the guru-parampara?

A. The adi-guru (original guru) of all the spiritual masters in the disciplic succession is Bhagavan, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Showing His great mercy, He gave instructions in the truth to Lord Brahma, the adi-kavi (original poet). These truths were in turn taught by Brahma to Sri Narada, by Narada to Vyasa, and successively from Vyasa to Sri Madhvacarya. Such instructions received through this disciplic succession are called Guru-Parampara-Upadesa.

Q. What are the names of these nine instructions given by Sri Madhvacarya?

A. Their names are thus:

1) Bhagavan alone is the Supreme truth, one without a second. 2) He is the object of knowledge in all the Vedas. 3) The universe is real [satya]. 4) Differences [between Isvara, jiva and matter] are real. 5) Jiva souls are the servants of Lord Hari. 6) All souls are different according to their different situations. 7) Liberation [moksa] is the name of attainment of Bhagavan's feet. 8) Bhagavan's pure worship [amala bhajana] is the only way to attain


9) Pratyaksa [direct perception], anumana [logic], and sabda [spiritual

sound] are the three types of evidence.


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