From: NANDA KISORA DASA
Subject: Madhva Leader Gives Support To Gaudiya Sampradaya

Madhva Leader Gives Support To Gaudiya Sampradaya

BY NANDA KISORA DASA

USA, Jun 3 (VNN) Following an 'official' statement issued by the
Purnaprajna Vidyapitha in Bangalore (see VNN Story 6750) questioning
the validity of the Gaudiya sampradaya and criticizing Srila A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the chancellor of the Vidyapitha and
senior-most leader of the Madhva sampradaya, H.H. Visvesa Tirtha
Swami of Pejavara Matha, has written the following letter:

"We are rather perturbed to come across an article said to contain a
statement issued by Purnaprajna Vidyapitha about Madhva and Gaudiya
Sampradayas.
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"...just as Bhagiratha brought the Ganga to India, Swami Prabhupada
brought the Bhakti-Ganga to the whole world."

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We have been emphasizing time and again that even though there are
certain differences in a few aspects of the two sampradayas, there
are many more common grounds and the Gaudiya Sampradaya is a part of
Madhva Sampradaya. We have great regard for Prabhupada who has spread
Vaisnava Bhakti Siddhanta throughout the world.

We have been admiring him on various occasions also. We are pained to
find that the article denigrates Prabhupada and is against our
opinion and philosophy.

The whole issue will be reviewed and in our capacity as the
chancellor of Purnaprajna Vidyapitha, a message will be shortly
published to strengthen the mutual harmonious relationship between
the Sampradayas."

Sri Sri Vishvesa Tirtha Swamiji

In a recent meeting, Pejavara Swami glorified Srila Prabhupada,
stating again that, "just as Bhagiratha brought the Ganga to India,
Swami Prabhupada brought the Bhakti-Ganga to the whole world." This
video clip may be found online: http://www.gosai.com/dvaita/udupi/

Other leaders of the Madhva sampradaya have also written letters of
support and appreciation, which may be found at the same URL, along
with English transcriptions.

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