Hare Krishna Devotees
What is the definition of a Vaishnav?
What are the criteria's to become a Vaishnava?
Only initiated devotees are called Vaishnava?
All who accept supremacy of Lord Krishna/Vishnu can be called Vaishnava?
My mother believes and accept the supremacy of Lord Vishnu , she accepts that only Lord vishnu can provide liberation,but she says that only if I am allowed to worship Lord Shiva by my guru then only she will become an initiated Vaishnava. She follows pretty much all the rules and regulations of Vaishnava including fasting on ekadashi.
On the other hand few people like me( I am not initiated) would follow most of the rules and regulations a vaishnava follows including chanting . But I don't do ekadashi( for health reasons) though I believe in it.
I still haven't got that full faith and love for spiritual master, though I believe in most of it.
But I love Lord Krishna and try to make him happy the best I can.
I eat onion/garlic when I am eating outside and I feel I might not be able to stop that forever in my life since I go out with family for lunch/dinner. So does that stop me from being called a vaishnava?.
In one of the sunday lecture , the prabhuji told that we have to spent at least 4 hours in remembering/worshipping/chanting/reading BG for Lord Krishna. Does that make a person Vaishnava?
Well! In haste without thinking much I raised my hand :)
Anyway so ultimately the question is when can a person be called a Vaishnava?