An introduction to the historic origin of Vaishnavism and Gaudiya Vaishnavism

The four Vedas, Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva, consists of rituals, ceremonies, mantras and sacrifices, primarily to Indra and Agni, with no mention of Gaudiya Vaishnavism or Vaishnavism.  Not until much later, ranging from 1st century B.C.E. to  4th century C.E., did Vaishnavism first appear in the Harivamsa, a supplement to the Mahabharata, which is generally accepted to be the basis for Bhagavata Purana. Please follow the link to read a more detailed account from Willem Vandenberg’s excellent research into the origin of Vaishnavism and Gaudiya Vaishnavism in; “Its place in history”


The True History of Bhaktisiddhanta


“The line that your guru maharaja (A.C Bhaktivedanta Swami- Prabhupada) listed in his Bhagavad Gita was made up by my brother Bhaktisiddhanta. He was rejected by our father Srila Bhaktivinode Thakur and his guru who was Bipin Bihari Goswami. Bhaktisiddhanta spoke against Bipin Bihari from the stage of a large public gathering in Calcutta. He called him a caste Goswami and a sahajiya (a cheap cheater). “When our father heard about this, he said, ‘You should keep out of religious affairs. It would be better if you went and lived in Mayapur alone. Chant Hare Krishna and pray for Lord Chaitanya’s mercy.’ “But when our father Bhaktivinode Thakur died, I went to my brother and said, ‘Who will carry on our father’s teachings now that he is gone? You are the oldest.’ I was working for the government like our father did, while he was doing his spiritual practices and was a scholar. ‘You’re the one to do it,’ I told him. ‘How can I do it when I’ve been rejected by our father and his guru?’ was his reply. ‘You’re smart. Make up a disciplic succession. Who will know?’ He did it. When he went to Vrindaban to preach, the babajis there knew he had made it up.” It did not jive with known historical facts and relationships between the personalities mentioned.” ‒ From “The True History of Bhaktisiddhanta”