From the book “Gaura Ganoddesa-dipika” – The Shining Lamp on the Associates of Sri Gaura – by Kavi Karnapura Goswami

“Gaura Ganoddesa-dipika” is a unique work of Kavi Karnapura Goswami, describing the other-worldly identities of the prominent associates and followers of Sri Caitanya, who are understood to have descended with Him from Goloka, the acme of spiritual abodes. (acme = the best or most perfect thing that can exist or be achieved) Kavi Karnapura Goswami’s father was Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu’s dear associate, Shivananda Sena.

Srila Kavi Karnapura, starts his book by describing the Spiritual Vaishnava Lineage he belongs to.

tatra madhvi sampradayah prastavad atra likhyate
paravyomesvarasyasic chisyo brahma jagat-patih
tasya sisyo narado’bhud vyasas tasyapa sisyatam
suko vyasasya sisyatvam prapto jnanavarodhatat
tasya sisyah prasisyas ca bahavo bhutale sthitah
vyasal labdha-krsna-dikso madhvacaryo maha-yasah
cakre vedan vibhajyasau samhitam sata-dusanim
nirgunad brahmano yatra sa-gunasya pariskriya
tasya sisyo’bhavat padmanabhacaryo mahasayah
tasya sisyo naraharis tac-chisyo madhava-dvijah
aksobhyas tasya sisyo’bhut tac-chisyo jayatirthakah
tasya sisyo jnanasindhus tasya sisyo mahanidhih
vidyanidhis tasya sisyo rajendras tasya sevakah
jayadharma-munis tasya sisyo yad-gana-madhyatah
srimad-visnupuri yas tu bhakti-ratnavali-krtih
jayadharmasya sisyo’bhud brahmanah purusottamah
vyasa-tirthas tasya sisyo yas cakre visnu-samhitam
sriman laksmipatis tasya sisyo bhakti-rasasrayah
tasya sisyo madhavendro yaddharmo’yam pravartitah
kalpa-vrksasyavataro vraja-dhamani tishitah
prita-preyo vatsalatojjvalakhya phala-dharinah
tasya sisyo’bhavac chriman isvarakhya-puri-yatih
kalayamasa srgaram yah srgara-phalatmakah
advaitah kalayamasa dasya-sakhye phale ubhe
sriman ragapuri hy esa vatsalye yah samasritah
isvarakhya-purim gaura urarikrtya gaurave
jagad aplavayamasa prakrtaprakrtatmakam

Translation

“I shall now begin this book by describing the disciplic succession descended from Sripada Madhvacarya. Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe became the disciple of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Narayana. Brahma’s disciple was Narada. Narada’s disciple was Vyasa. Vyasa then transmitted transcendental knowledge to his disciple Sukadeva. Sukadeva taught the same knowledge to his many disciples and grand-disciples in this world. The famous Madhvacarya received initiation from Vyasa personally. Madhvacarya carefully studied all the Vedas from Vyasa, and later wrote his book ‘Mayavada-sata-dusani’, where he proved that the Absolute Truth is the Supreme Person, full of all transcendental qualities, and not the quality-less impersonal Brahman. Madhvacarya’s disciple was the exalted Padmanabhacarya. Padmanabhacarya’s disciple was Narahari. Narahari’s disciple was Madhava-dvija. Madhava-dvija’s disciple was Aksobhya. Aksobhya’s disciple was Jaya Tirtha. Jaya Tirtha’s disciple was Jnanasindhu. Jnanasindhu’s disciple was Mahanidhi. Mahanidhi’s disciple was Vidyanidhi. Vidyanidhi’s disciple was Rajendra. Rajendra’s disciple was Jayadharma Muni. Among Jayadharma Muni’s disciples was Sriman Visnupuri, the famous author of the ‘Bhakti-ratnavali’. Another disciple of Jayadharma was Brahmana Purusottama. Purusottama’s disciple was Vyasa Tirtha, who wrote the famous book Sri Visnu-samhita. Vyasa Tirtha’s disciple was Sriman Laksmipati, who was like a great reservoir of the nectar of devotional service. Laksmipati’s disciple was Madhavendra Puri, a great preacher of devotional service. Madhavendra Puri was the incarnation of a kalpa-vrksa tree in the abode of Vraja. This tree bears as its fruits the mellows of servitude to Lord Krsna, friendship with Lord Krsna, parental love for Lord Krsna, and conjugal love for Lord Krsna. Madhavendra Puri’s disciple was Sriman Isvara Puri Svami. Isvara Puri carefully understood the mellows of conjugal love for Lord Krsna, and was able to distribute that fruit to others. Sri Advaita Acarya displayed the sentiments of servitorship and friendship for the Lord, and Sriman Ranga Puri manifested the sentiment of parental love for Lord Krsna. Lord Caitanya accepted Sriman Isvara Puri as His spiritual master. The Lord proceeded to flood the entire world with spontaneous transcendental love for Krsna.”

(Gaura Ganoddesa-dipika 22-25)

Sri Krishna Matha – Udupi (the place of Madhvacharya) |Wikipedia-Udupi-Sri-Krishna-Matha-Link|

The guru–shishya tradition, or guru-parampara (“lineage”), denotes a succession of teachers and disciples in the traditional Vedic system. It is the tradition of spiritual relationship and mentoring where teachings are transmitted from a guru “teacher” (Sanskrit: गुरु) to a śiṣya “disciple” (Sanskrit: शिष्य).

Cover photo: Madhvacharya (Madhvācārya; Kannada: ಮಧ್ವಾಚಾರ್ಯ; CE 1238–1317), sometimes anglicised as Madhva Acharya, and also known as Pūrna Prajña and Ānanda Tīrtha, was a Hindu philosopher and the chief proponent of the Dvaita (dualism) school of Vedanta. Madhva called his philosophy Tatvavāda meaning “arguments from a realist viewpoint”.

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