• Hare Krishna Manish Prabhu,

    Please read the article.

    Although the lineage of the Ramanandis is commonly referred to as the Ramananda Sampradaya, Ramananda Swami's line belongs to the Ramavat sect, a branch of the Shri Sampradaya. The Shri Sampradaya, more formally known as the Lakshmi Sampradaya, is one of the four main Vaishnava sampradayas. It is also referred to as the Srivaishnava Sampradaya, and as the Ramanuja Sampradaya. In modern times, Ramanujacarya is known as the primary Sampradaya Acarya, having produced his Sri-bhasya commentary on Vedanta. This siddhanta is known as Visistadvaita-vada (specific monism).


    In a lecture on Srimad-Bhagavatam, Srila Prabhupada explained:


    "Everyone worships the Lord and His potency, spiritual potency. Just like we worship Radha-Krsna, similarly, the Ramanuja-sampradaya, they worship Laksmi-Narayana or Sita-Rama. So we should follow the sampradaya. Sampradaya - vihina ye mantras te viphala matah." 

    Ramananda began his devotional life as a sannyasi in the Shri Sampradaya. While remaining loyal to the philosophy of Sri Ramanuja, Ramananda chose to promote the worship of Sri Sri Sita-Rama as the ultimate goal of bhakti, rather than the sampradaya's established form of worshipping Sri Sri Laksmi-Narayana.

    Srila Prabhupada provided further commentary on the Gaudiya Vaisnava position on the Ramanuja Sampradaya in this letter to VSR Chakravarti:


    "...We Gaudiya Vaisnava follow Srila Ramanuja's philosophy almost in the same manner. Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu gives the identification of jiva soul as the eternal servant of Krishna and is situated as marginal potency of the Lord based on the philosophy of acintya-bheda bheda-tattva. This is almost similar to Visistadvaita vada.

    "So far I am personally concerned, following the footsteps of my guru maharaj Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura Prabhupada, we accept the principles of all the acaryas, although officially we belong to the Madhva sampradaya. Our sampradaya is known as the Madhva Gaudiya sampradaya. We find great shelter at the lotus feet of Sri Ramanujacarya because his lotus feet are the strongest fort to combat the mayavadi philosophy."


    See,  I find that you are attracted to Sri Rama and want to worship Sri Rama and that is why you chose Ramananda sampradaya. As the followers of this sect which is an offshoot of Sri Vaishnavism is promote mantra Sita- Ram. Sita Ram.

    The thing is you may like to put any tilak. But you must accept some sampradaya thouroughly be it Sri Sampradaya, or Ramananda sampradaya or Gaudiya sampradaya. If you accept any of them you can take up diksha from any guru from any sect. take up the mantra that guru offers you to daily recite also. And put the tilak also as per the parampara.
    Hare Krishna Mahamantra is gobally accepted by all vaishnava sampradaya as Kaliyuga Mantra and It is called Mahamantra. It is like all in all. If you recite this mantra there is no need to recite any other mantra also but but.. If you chose a guru from Ramananda Sampradaya and he gives you a mantra to follow( SITA- RAM) you must recite that mantra also daily along with Hare Krishna Mahamantra. And put the tilak also to  which your guru belongs to.  You cannot chose tilak as per Ramanandi sampradaya simply as you desire.. to put it  and  chant  mahamantra, read books from sri sampradaya. following rudra sampradaya and living a life of mayavaadi.. . That is not going to work like that.

    Take up some sampradaya., I read from you profile and last question ( Gudakesha one) you said you love SHri Rama more.  And Sri Rama is given importance in two sects of vaishnavism more one is Ramanandi samapradaya and another is Sri sampradaya though Sri Sampradaya glorifies  Laxmi- Narayan majorly but the current guru Sriman Chinna Jeeyer Swami ji. Is stauch devotee of Sri Rama. He always advocates us to recite Aditya hridayam and Sri Rama Raksha Stotram. He has love for Rama.  It is again like whatever Lord's form appeals to you most.  He also gives importance to reciting Vishnu Saharanama and also Tirrupavai. and As you know Tirrupavai is dealing with Andal Amman ( how she attained the Lord Sri Krishna as her husband).  Bascially, all ends in Krishna. Krishna is the source of all sampradayas.

    Like If you ask me. I am basically born in Sri Vaishnava family. I got initiated also into Sri Vaishnava sampradaya. I put the tilak of Sri Sampradaya ( Sri Churnam) and I also recite OM Namo Narayanaya Mantra given by guru, I recite daily and memorized Sri Vishnu Sahasranama stotra, Aditya Hridayam, Tirrupavai, Sri Rama Raksha Stotram as my guru adviced all these along with Guru Parampara slokas. But Somehow due to my good fortune or something I met some time back an iskcon devotee who was distributing books from him I purchased Bhagwad gita As it is. As it is available   in English it was easy for me to read  I  have attraction for Krishna somehow. Like you have attraction for Lord Rama.  Meanwhile my guru maharaj attained Vaikunta loka. I felt maybe my guru guided me to Srila Prabhupada, and handed me over to him. Since I was unble to read telugu and tamil books, I got oppurtunity to read Srila Prabhupada books. But ya., now you see. If you belong to any sampradaya also. You can take up Krishna bhakti. Like Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu influenced Gopala Bhatta Goswami ji ( who was previously a Sri Vaishnavaite) to take up Gaudiya Vaishnavism and glorify Lord Krishna.  Krishna is not restricted to any sampradaya. Any one can recite Mahamantra. It is yuga mantra.

    check this link prabhu.

    And actually it is must to recite Mahamantra for this yuga.( Kaliyuga) by all. 

    So, I suggest you to accept a parampara system not based on tilak ( external appearances) accept the parampara based on the liking you have for which form of Lord.  Even Lord Rama is glorified in Iskcon.  These external appearance of tilak or the dhoti style of draping or.. this is not the critera, you must see who is the founder aacharya of the parampara, is it authentic, are the followers of that parampara are carrying forward the same values and morals. Don't get carried away by the tilak.  Whatever parampara system you chose stick to that tilak and folllow the guru teaching can as well chant mahamantra and read Srila Prabhupada books. It is not an issue. 

    Krishna can be attained by any sampradaya. All sampradayas lead to krishna. There are 4 major vaishnava sampradayas  1. Brahma madhava gaudiya sampradaya, 2. Sri Sampradaya.

    3.Shiva sampradaya. 4.Kumara sampradaya.

    Ramanandi sampradaya is somewhere they say its an offshoot of Sri Sampradaya. As they follow Ramanujacharya, but at the same time not glorifying laxmi- narayan but instead glorifying Sita- Rama. like one of the follower called Ramananda formed his own sampradaya system because he loves Lord Rama more. It doesn't mean that is degraded or not worth. But  It is not so much in vogue. If we go to Vrindavan there we find many branches of Gaudiya sampradaya offshoots also.   Like Vallabha sampradya ( pushti marg) is also an offshoot of Rudra sampradaya. There are many small small branches of each main 4 vaishnava sampradayas.

    Your choice you may take up Gaudiya sampradaya as you are chanting mahamantra and going to ISKCON also. What is so special about a tilak? any tilak any vesh bhusha Lord is the same. 
    FYI  I also have had this fascination for Urdhava pundra tilak of Sri Vaishnavism since childhood times...  I suggest you should meet Shriman Chinna Jeeyer Swami ji and take up Sri Vaishnavism and it doesn't matter if you go to iskcon or any other sampradaya temples. Bhagwan toh ek hi hai. Different roop.   I don't know much about Ramanandi sampradaya and who are its current followers or gurus.  But you can chant mahamantra added to your guru mantra whatever your guru suggests. not like for decoration of ur forehead by some tilak which you are fascinated about. You must know what those three lines suggest also. 


    The white lines significes Vishnu padam feet. and the central red significes Sri or Laxmi and the Lotus flower is the extension onto the bridge of the nose.

    The reason why they are kept vertical is that they signify our journey from this lowly samsaara (material creation) to the supreme abode of Sri Vaikuntha  - basically an ‘uplift’ of a fallen soul.

    Ramanadi's substitute the names or Laxmi narayan to Sita Rama. Depends on your choice to chose which sampradaya either Sri or Ramanada sampradaya. If you are just liking only tilak of that sampradaya and nothing else. Then I cannot help you in that. If you take up a sampradaya and follow the guru and his instructions then only you are eligible to put that sect tilak. 

    Hare Krishna.


    9423446490?profile=RESIZE_400xOrigin of all Sampradayas is Krishna and all end in Krishna only. FYI

    Those who are really staunch Rama Bhakts will all reach Saket Loka. Goloka is reserved for Krishna devotees. Vaikuntha loka is for Vaishnavas.  I recently came across the term Karshnavas ( those who worship krishna) and then those who worship gaurangi or param gauri Shrimti Radharani, are Gaudiyas.  Madhva sampradaya worship only Krishna.  Brahma madhva gaudiya sampradaya worship both radha and krishna.

    Hare Krishna.
    • Hare Krishna Mata ji for explaining me so nicely with deeper aspects of sampraday, I will follow your instructions,hare Krishna dandwat pranam.

      • Thank you so much

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