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Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-F016-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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The philosophical school encompassing the Bengali devotees of the god Viṣṇu is traditionally known as the Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇava school. Caitanya is considered to be the founder of this school in the sense that he led a revival of Kṛṣṇa devotionalism in Bengal during the early sixteenth century, inspiring a number of contemporary intellectuals to some original speculations of a metaphysical nature. Some of these were directly related to Vedānta, others were not. Since the eighteenth century the school has also become associated through Baladeva Vidyābhūṣaṇa with the Madhva school. However, the latter propounded a dualistic doctrine, while the Gauḍīyas are believers in the inconceivable simultaneous difference and oneness of the Supreme and his creation.

Citing this article:
Brzezinski, Jan K.. Gauḍīya Vaiṣṇavism, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-F016-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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