(Hinduism: ISKCON)

In the Hare Krishna movement, they believe that knowledge has been transmitted down from Lord Krishna, over the ages, via disciplic succession, or parampara. This is the parampara of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKCON:

Sri Brahma-Madhva Gaudiya Vaishnava sampradya
Srila Vyasaraya mutt

  1. Krishna
  2. Brahma
  3. Narada
  4. Vyasa
  5. Madhva
  6. Padmanabha
  7. Nrihari
  8. Madhava
  9. Akshobhya
  10. Jaya Tirtha
  11. J├▒anasindhu
  12. Dayanidhi
  13. Vidyanidhi
  14. Rajendra
  15. Jayadharma
  16. Purushottama
  17. Brahmanya Tirtha
  18. Vyasa Tirtha
  19. Lakshmipati
  20. Madhavendra Puri
  21. Ishvara Puri, (Nityananda, Advaita)
  22. Lord Caitanya
  23. Rupa, (Svarupa, Sanatana) (*)
  24. Raghunatha, Jiva (*)
  25. Krishnadasa
  26. Narottama
  27. Vishvanatha
  28. (Baladeva), Jagannatha
  29. Bhaktivinoda
  30. Gaurakishora
  31. Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati
  32. A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
(*) see also the Six Gosvamis


The word parampara, generally translated as "disciplic succession", is found in the Gita, where Krishna says

"Evam parampara-praptam imam rajarshayo viduh
This supreme science was thus received through the chain of disciplic succession,
and the saintly kings understood it in that way."

-- Bg. 4.2

There Krishna reveals that the knowledge of the Gita being spoken to Arjuna is the same as that which he himself had taught to Vivasvant, who had told it to Manu, who had told it to Ikshvaku the first human in the line. In the course of time the message had been lost and he had become incarnate specifically to reestablish this knowledge by speaking it to Arjuna.


N.B. At time of writing, there was a very detailed explanation at: http://members.nbci.com/hknetworks/guru-parampara-contents-page.htm.

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