Siddhanta — Philosophical Conclusions of the Krishna Consciousness Movement
To help fulfill the aims of Lord Caitanya’s mission and preserve the spiritual science taught by the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya, we here reaffirm the worldwide association(sanga) of Srila Prabhupada’s bona fide disciples, based on our clear understanding of the following conclusions.
A) Sri Krishna Is the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
Great authorities (mahajanas) like Sukadeva Gosvami, Narada Muni, Lord Shiva, Asita, Devala, Srila Vyasadeva, and Lord Brahma, all great teachers in the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya, and all essential Vedic scriptures confirm that Sri Krishna is the Supreme Personality of Godhead and the original source and maintainer of everyone, including all avatars of Godhead. These facts are realized and taught by pure devotees of the Supreme Lord.
ete camsa-kalah pumsah, krsnas tu bhagavan svayam:
“All of the above-mentioned incarnations are either plenary portions or portions of the plenary portions of the Lord, but Lord Sri Krishna, as above mentioned, is the original Personality of Godhead.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.28)
ekale isvara krsna, ara sabha bhrtya:
“Lord Krishna alone is the supreme controller, and all others are His servants.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 5.142)
aham sarvasya prabhavo, mattah sarvam pravartate:
“I [Lord Krishna] am the source of all spiritual and material worlds. Everything emanates from Me.” (Bhagavad-gita As It Is 10.8)
isvarah paramah krsnah, sac-cid-ananda vigrahah
anadir adir govindah, satva-karana-karanam:
“Krishna is the cause of all causes. He is the primal cause, and He is the very form of eternal being, knowledge, and bliss.” (Brahma-samhita 5.1)
B) Sri Krishna Caitanya Is Lord Krishna’s Most Munificent Avatar.
Sri Krishna Caitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534) is the avatar of Godhead for the Age of Kali, and He is recognized by great devotees of the Supreme Lord as the most munificent incarnation of God (namo maha-vadanyaya). Sri Krishna Caitanya is identical to Lord Krishna. He is directly the combined form of Sri Radha and Sri Krishna. He descends to liberally grant to the fallen conditioned souls of this age pure love of Godhead (prema-bhakti) by propagating sankirtana, especially through public chanting of the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.
“Lord Caitanya is the original teacher of life’s prime necessities. He is the most munificent bestower of love of Krishna. He is the complete reservoir of all mercies and good fortune. As confirmed in Srimad-Bhagavatam, Bhagavad-gita, Mahabharata, and the Upanisads, He is the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna Himself, and He is worshipable by everyone in this age of disagreement. Everyone can join in His sankirtana movement.” (Introduction to Sri Caitanya-caritamrta)
yada pasyah pasyate rukma-varnam,
kartaram isam purusam brahma yonim.
“One who sees that golden-colored Personality of Godhead, the Supreme Lord, the supreme actor, who is the source of the Supreme Brahman, is liberated.” (Mundaka ‘Vpanisad 3.1.3) [SeeCaitanya Caritamrita, Adi 2.22 Purport]
atha vaham dharadhame, bhutva mad-bhakta-rupa-dhrk
mayayam ca bhavisyami, kalau sankirtanagame.
“Sometimes I personally appear on the surface of the world in the garb of a devotee. Specifically, I appear as the son of Saci in Kali-yuga to start the sankirtana movment.” (Brahma-yamala-tantra) [See Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi 2.22, Purport]
ya eva bhagavan krsno, radhika-prana-vallabhah
srstyadau sa jagam-natho, gaura asin mahesvari.
“The Supreme Person, Sri Krishna Himself, who is the life of Sri Radharani and is the Lord of the universe in creation, maintenance, and annihilation, appears as Gaura, O Mahesvari.”(Ananta-samhita) [See Caitanya-caritamrita, Adi 2.22 Purport]
“When Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu appeared, He ushered in the era for the sankirtana movement. It is also said mat for ten thousand years this era will continue. This means that simply by accepting the sankirtana movement and chanting the maha-mantra, the fallen souls of this Kali-yuga will be delivered. After the battle of Kuruksetra, at which Bhagavad-gita was spoken, Kali-yuga continues for 432,000 years, of which only 5,000 years have passed. Thus, there is still a balance of 427,000 years to come. Of these 427,000 years, the 10,000 years of thesankirtana movement inaugurated by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu 500 years ago provide the opportunity for the fallen souls of Kali-yuga to take to the Krishna consciousness movement, chant the Hare Krishna maha-mantra, and thus be delivered from the clutches of material existence and return home, back to Godhead.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.5.23, Purport)
C) Srila Prabhupada Is an Eternal Associate of Lord Caitanya.
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (1896-1977) is a nitya-siddha Vaisnava (eternally liberated devotee of Krishna) sent by Lord Caitanya and Krishna to revive the mission of nama-sankirtana and save the world from the dangerous atheistic doctrines of impersonalism (nirvisesa) and voidism (sunyavada). All his activities are eternal and purely transcendental. In fact, the Vedic literature, Lord Caitanya, and predecessor acaryas have predicted this great personality, Srila Prabhupada, who fulfilled these predictions by founding the global Krishna consciousness movement and Hare Krishna Society single-handedly. Thus he is worshiped by Gaudiya Vaisnavas with the name “Srila Prabhupada” (the master at whose feet all others bow). Srila Prabhupada’s form (vapu) and instructions (vani) offer the full mercy of Lord Caitanya to all conditioned souls for the duration of the ten-thousand-year era of Lord Caitanya.
“In the Vedic literatures it is recommended that in Kali-yuga people engage in glorifying the Lord by chanting the holy name of Krishna (kirtanad eva krsnasya mukta-sangah param vrajet)….” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.12.34, Purport)
“Kirtanad eva krsnasya, mukta-sangah param vrajet:
simply by chanting the Hare Krishna mantra, one can be freed from the contamination of Kali-yuga and, in his original spiritual body, can return home, back to Godhead…. When Krishna appeared, He gave His orders, and when Krishna Himself appeared as a devotee, as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, He showed us the path by which to cross the ocean of Kali-yuga. That is the path of the Hare Krishna movement.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 8.5.23, Purport)
“The Kali-santarana Upanisad states, ‘Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare/ Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare—these sixteen names composed of thirty-two syllables are the only means to counteract the evil effects of Kali-yuga.’ In all the Vedas it is seen that to cross the ocean of nescience, there is no alternative to the chanting of the holy name.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi 7.76, Purport)
“So, my dear boys and girls, about six years ago I came to your country single-handed, with this pair of cymbals. Now you are so many chanting Hare Krishna. That is my success. It was the prediction of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu: prthivite ache yata nagaradi grama, sarvatra pracara hoibe mora noma. Lord Caitanya desired that ‘In all the towns—in as many towns and villages as there are on the surface of the globe—My name will be broadcast.’ He is Krishna Himself—svayam krsna, krsna caitanya-namine — simply changing His name as Krishna Caitanya. So His prediction will never go in vain. That’s a fact. So my plan was that T shall go to America… If I can convince the younger generation of America, they will take it up.’ If you kindly take this Krishna consciousness movement seriously, your country will be saved, and the whole world will be saved.” (Lecture, May 18,1972, Los Angeles)
“He [Bhaktivinoda Thakura] sent his first book in 1896. Bhaktivinoda Thakura was the origin of this movement. But he simply thought of it. And he was expecting some others willing to take up the work. Well, somebody says that I am the same man. And 1 was born in 1896.” (Conversation, March 13, 1975, Tehran)
“Thakura Bhaktivinoda… in 1896 he sent Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s message to McGill University. That book you have seen. The letter was there… Now, after so many years, a servant of that disciplic succession has come here again to preach. So these things are significant.” (Lecture, March 18, 1967, San Francisco)
‘Soon there will appear a personality who will preach the holy name all over the world.” (Prediction of Bhaktivinoda Thakura in the nineteenth century, as cited in Songs of the Vaisnava Acaryas, Introduction, Prabhupada-approved 1974 edition.)
“Without being empowered by the direct potency of Lord Krishna to fulfill His desire and without being specifically favored by the Lord, no human being can become the spiritual master of the whole world… Only an empowered personality can distribute the holy name of the Lord and enjoin all fallen souls to worship Krishna. By distributing the holy name of the Lord, he cleanses the hearts of the most fallen people; therefore he extinguishes the blazing fire of the material world. Not only that, he broadcasts the shining brightness of Krishna’s effulgence throughout the world. Such an acarya or spiritual master should be considered nondifferent from Krishna—that is, he should be considered the incarnation of Lord Krishna’s potency. Such a personality is krsnalingita-vigraha—that is, he is always embraced by the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna. Such a person is … the guru or spiritual master for the entire world, a devotee on the topmost platform, the maha-bhagavata stage.” (Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura, Anubhasya, cited in Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 25.9, Purport)
“By the grace of Lord Sri Krishna, we had the chance of being born in a Vaisnava family, and in our childhood we imitated the worship of Lord Krishna by imitating our father… Our spiritual master, who also took his birth in a Vaisnava family, got all inspirations from his great Vaisnava father, Thakura Bhaktivinoda… There is always symmetry between the early lives of all great devotees of the Lord… Such maha-bhagavatas are called nitya-siddhas, souls liberated from birth.” (Srimad-Bhagavatam 2.3.15, Purport)
“The Krishna consciousness movement is spreading to enlighten people about their real position, their original relationship with Krishna. One requires Krishna’s special power in order to be able to do this… The Lord empowers a special devotee to teach people their constitutional position.” (Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Madhya 19.114, Purport)