What is your opinion on Madhvacharya
What was Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's opinion of Madhvacharya?
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was part of the disciplinary line of Madhvacharya. The followers of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu formed a separate sect called Gaudiya Vaaishnavas. As you said in the question, the Brahma sampradaya of Vaishnavism has two main departments.
- The Madhva sect.
- The Gaudiya Vaishnavism (followers of Chaitanya).
Srila Prabhupada in his report to Chaitanya Charitamrita at Ādi-līlā 1.19 says:
Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu accepted the chain of disciplinary succession from Madhva Ācārya, but the Vaiṣṇavas in his lineage do not accept the Tattva-vādīs who also claim to be of the Madhva-sampradāya. In order to clearly distinguish themselves from the Tattva-vādī branch of the descendants of Madhva, the Vaiṣṇavas of Bengal prefer to call themselves Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas.Śrī Madhva Ācārya is also known as Śrī Gauḍa-pūrṇānanda, and therefore the name Madhva-Gauḍīya-sampradāya is quite suitable for the disciplinary succession of the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavas . Our spiritual master, Oṁ Viṣṇupāda Śrīmad Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Gosvāmī Mahārāja, accepted the initiation in Madhva-Gauḍīya-sampradāya.
Hence, the followers of Chaitanya are known to worship Madhvacharya. Most of the principles of Gaudiya Vaishnavism written by Rupa Goswami and Jiva Goswami come exclusively from the works of Madhvacharya. But do not agree to some of the principles it contains. It is not their free will. They derived it from Chaitanya Mahaprabhu herself. Here is the relevant incident from his life.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has traveled all over the country and visited many holy places. During these visits he also visited Udupi, the place of Madhvācārya. There he saw the deity of Krishna and danced in ecstasy. He met the residents of this place who were Madhvācārya (Madhva sect, also known as Tattvavādīs).
An argument took place between Chaitanya and the head of the Tattvavādīs. It is described from Madhya līlā 9.253.
Tattvavādī: The Tattvavādī ācārya replied, “What you said is certainly factual. It is the conclusion of all the revealed writings of the Vaiṣṇavas. "Whatever Madhvācārya has set as the formula for our party, we still practice party politics."
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu said: “ Both the fertile worker and the speculative philosopher are considered non-followers.We see both elements in your sampradāya.The only qualification I see in your sampradāya is that you accept the form of the Lord as truth. (Madhya 9,276-277)
From the above statement it can be seen that Chaitanya only accepts some of the principles of Madhvācārya. He rejected the Varnashrama principles stated in the scriptures that Madhvācārya supported in his works.
In the sense of the above verse, Srila Prabhupada says:
Caitanya Mahāprabhu was pleased that the Madhvācārya-sampradāya or the Tattvavāda sampradāya accepted the transcendental form of the Lord. This is the great qualification of the Vaiṣṇava sampradāyas.
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu worshiped and accepted Madhvācārya sampradāya because it accepted the transcendental form of the Lord, accepted the world as real, and supported that Krishna / Vishnu is the supreme Lord. But he disagreed with strict rules like Varnashrama Dharma etc.
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