Vaishnavism is a tradition, commonly understood as a branch of Hinduism, which holds reverence and devotion for Vishnu or Krishna as the highest manifestation of divinity and the source of all existence.
In the history of Indian spirituality the most important scriptural sources are Vaishnava sacred texts – The Mahabharata (including Bhagavad-gita), The Ramayana, and the The Srimad Bhagavatam. There are several ancient, time-tested linages of Vaishnava saints that focus and expound on the teachings of these Bhakti related texts. These texts and teachings have had a tremendously profound influence on Indian culture, (music, dance, literature, poetry, theater and art). But beyond their cultural influence, through exquisite, heartfelt poetry, they manage to integrate profound theological discourse and astute social thought to support an evolved presentation of Bhakti-yoga. Though these lineages are particularly popular in India, their devotional teachings cross all social borders and are highly relevant to all of humanity because they address the most essential needs of the soul.
The lineage known as Gaudiya Vaishnavism has significantly increased the awareness, recognition and growth of Vaishnavism internationally since the mid-1900’s, largely through the activities of The International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), founded by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. Radhanath Swami is a direct disciple of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and is a representative of the Gaudiya Vaishnava lineage and it’s teachings.