The Bhakti movement received a remarkable re-orientation with the advent of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Discuss
Bhakti movement is a religious reform movement that believes in selfless devotion to Lord Krishna to attain salvation while Bengal born Bhakti Saint Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was one such proponent.
Contribution of Chaitanyadeva
- Founded Gaudiya Vaishnavism in Bengal in 16th century, a philosophical and spiritual foundation of Hare Krishna Movement
- Despite being a brahmin he condemned caste system, ritualism and formalism of religion
- He preached devotion to Krishna expressed through chants and dance as the only method of salvation
- His followers and disciples included lower caste Hindus, Shudras, Untouchables and even Muslim converts like Haridasa Thakur
- He popularised Hare Krishna Mantra or Kirtan
- Chaitanyadeva's teaching is now propagated through ISKCON or Hare Krishna Movement across the world
Thus by universalizing the Bhakti Movement in the form of the Hare Krishna movement, he made a remarkable re-orientation and contribution to the Bhakti Movement.