Chapter 12-Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya Sampradaya
The Disciplic Succession
A spiritual master must be in an authorized disciplic succession to be bona fide. It is not possible for someone
to be a bona fide spiritual master in a line of spiritual authority that does not come from Krishna. Sometimes
pseudo-spiritual masters create a line of philosophy. They have a "vision" or dream in which they imagine that
they have become empowered by God, or that they are God, and they should start teaching others. But this is
never accepted by the true followers of the Vaishnava tradition.
There are four Vaishnava sampradayas, or bona-fide disciplic successions, in this universe. The first is the
Brahma Sampradaya, or school coming in the succession from Lord Brahma, the creator of the universe; the
second is the Rudra Sampradaya, coming from Lord Shiva, the destroyer of the universe; the third is the Sri
Sampradaya, coming from Laksmi, the goddess of fortune and constant associate of Lord Vishnu, the
maintainer of the universe, and the fourth is the Kumara Sampradaya, coming from the four Kumaras, who are
incarnations of devotional knowledge. Knowledge received from these four sampradayas is eternally correct
and will bring you back to Godhead, whereas knowledge received outside these sampradayas is temporary and
will not bring you to the highest destination.
The modern Hare Krishna movement is part of the Brahma Sampradaya.
The disciplic succession from Lord Brahma to the present is listed herein:
33.A.C.Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
Jaya Srila Prabhupada!