Vaisnavism is an ancient Hindu Sect that worships Lord Visnu as the Supreme God or Bhagavan.
Like most Hindu sub-religions, Vaisnavism is a very diverse spiritual and religious movement. In the west the most well known Vaisnava sect is the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya. This is to say the disciplic succession of mythic and historic Vaisnava masters (acaryas) that began with Lord Visnu and passed through Lord Brahma (the Creator), Srila Madvacarya (1238-1317) and Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu (1486-1534). I am honored to be a member of this lineage.
It is my honor to manage the Yahoo E-Group of one of the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya maths (or sects) for my Guru Maharaj, His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Maharaja, acarya and spiritual master of the Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math. Just to be clear, I'm not a typical Vaisnava and my beliefs should be considered indicative of this (or any other) group.
Among Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Prabhupada's disciples was my first Guru Maharaj:
His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (founder/acarya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, ISKCON). After Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami left his body (Click Here for questions surrounding his death) ISKCON was rocked by scandals and today has myriad initiating gurus leading it despite the clear instructions of Srila Prabhupada to the contrary. The vast majority of Srila Prabhupada's devotees left ISKCON).
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Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur Prabhupada's senior disciple was His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami Maharaj, founder/acarya and spiritual master of the Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math.
Srila Bhakti Pramode Puri Goswami appointed His Divine Grace Srila Bhakti Bibudha Bodhayan Maharaja as his successor and acarya of the Sri Gopinath Gaudiya Math.
As I say, Hinduism, Vaisnavism and the Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaisnava Sampradaya is a diverse movement. To facilatate open discussions among all Vaisnavas and others who are interested in this movement, I have just created a new group. So, if you are interested in discussing Vaisnava topics, regardless of your math or views, you are welcome to join us: