Nama Article 26th November 2017
Is our sampradaya in line with Sri Adi ShankaraBhagavadpada's or Sri Bhagavat Ramanujacharya's or Sri Madhvacharya's sampradaya?
HH Maharanyam Sri Sri Muralidhara Swamiji: I totally understand what you are asking. All these, at the current time, are very big precepts ("periyavishayam"). If you ask what our sampradayam is, let me explain. There is jnana (spiritual wisdom). That jnana can be realized simply by the Divine Name itself (kEvalamnAmamAtrEna). Sri Adi Shankara or BhagavatRamanujacharya or Sri Madhvacharya – none are against the Divine Name. In fact, they all have exhortedeveryone to chant the Divine Name. So the path of the Divine Name is acceptable to all Acharyas. Sri Adi ShankaraBhagavadpada'sAdvaita philosophy, Sri BhagavatRamanujacharya's broad, inclusive outlook and his path of kainkaryam to Bhagavan, Sri Madhvacharya's Krishna bhakti, all are acceptable to us.
Our Acharya, Paranur Mahatma Sri Sri Krishnapremi Swamiji, has given this as the final word in the Vaishnava Samhita:
sAdhyam vishNupadam nityam sAdhanam nAmakIrtanam
sarvEshAm sampradAyAnAm sArOyam nahisamshayah
The goal is the eternal abode of Lord Vishnu. Singing in praise of Him is the means of attaining the goal undoubtedly. This is the essence of all Sampradayas.
tasmAt sankIrtayEt krishNam sadAsarvatra sarvathA
sampradAyAntara dvEsham vinaivadruDhanishThayA
So always, at all places, and at all cost, the praise of Lord Krishna has to be sung with a firm belief, without entertaining any idea of finding fault with different Sampradayas.
Have you understood this?
Oh yes Swamiji! Our path is that of the Divine Name, which is Shruti/Smriti/Itihasa/Puranasammandam (acceptable to the Vedas, other Shastras, Puranas/Itihasas); it is sarvamathasammandam (acceptable to all the Vedic philosophies) and sarvaMahatma sammandam (acceptable to all Saints/Acharyas). In fact, I see this path's universality now. Also, I see the beauty of universal acceptance in this path. I now understand what Your Holiness always insists: 'Admire all, Adopt one – the path of Krishna Bhakti and the Divine Name.'
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare