TEXT 58
bhagavatacarya, ara visnudasacarya
cakrapani acarya, ara ananta acarya
SYNONYMS
bhagavata-acarya—of the name Bhagavata Acarya; ara—and; visnudasa-acarya—of the name Visnudasa Acarya; cakrapani acarya—of the name Cakrapani Acarya; ara—and; ananta acarya—of the name Ananta Acarya.
TRANSLATION
Bhagavata Acarya, Visnudasa Acarya, Cakrapani Acarya and Ananta Acarya were the sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth branches of Advaita Acarya.
PURPORT
In his Anubhasya Sri Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Gosvami Prabhupada says that Bhagavata Acarya was formerly among the followers of Advaita Acarya but was later counted among the followers of Gadadhara Pandita. The sixth verse of Sakha-nirnayamrta, a book written by Yadunandana dasa, states that Bhagavata Acarya compiled a famous book of the name Prema-tarangini. According to the Gaura-ganoddesa-dipika, verse 195, Bhagavata Acarya formerly lived in Vrndavana as Sveta-manjari. Visnudasa Acarya was present during the Khetari-mahotsava. He went there with Acyutananda, as stated in the Bhakti-ratnakara, Tenth Taranga. Ananta Acarya was one of the eight principal gopis. His former name was Sudevi. Although he was among Advaita Acarya's followers, he later became an important devotee of Gadadhara Gosvami.

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