Question: Sukadeva and Suta Goswamis in Our Line of Disciplic Succession?
In the Srimad Bhagavatam, it is said that Vyasadeva's son and disciple was Sukadeva Goswami, and during his narration of the Srimad Bhagavatam to Maharaj Parikshit, Suta Goswami received that knowledge. But the names of Sukadeva Goswami and Suta Goswami are not there in the list of our disciplic succession. In that list we see that after Srila Vyasadeva comes Madhavacharya. Why are Sukadeva Goswami and Suta Goswami not mentioned in our list of disciplic succession?
Answer: ISKCON is On a Parallel Branch
Sukadeva Goswami presented the knowledge of the Srimad Bhagavatam received in disciplic succession from Srila Vyasadeva. And Suta Goswami presented the same that he received in disciplic succession from Sukadeva Goswami. And those who heard it from Suta Goswami and purely passed it on to others carried that disciplic succession on ever further. We do not have information on hand to sufficiently to trace out all these lines of succession. But there is one line of succession on which have very detailed information. That is the disciplic succession coming from Srila Madhvacharya, who is also in disciplic succession from Srila Vyasadeva. His line of succession is known as the Brahma-Madhva-sampradaya. After Krishna Himself in His most merciful incarnation of Lord Caitanya appeared in this disciplic line, the branch coming from Lord Caitanya became known as the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya sampradaya.
Just as on a tree there are many, many branches and sub branches, similarly in the Krishna disciplic succession tree there are many branches and sub branches. This particular branch in which Krishna personally appeared only 500 years ago, the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya sampradaya, is currently the most prominent branch on the Krishna tree. And the A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada branch of the Brahma-Madhva-Gaudiya sampradaya, known as ISKCON, is the most spiritually empowered branch of this disciplic succession for inundating the entire world in a tidal wave of Krishna bhakti.
That Sukadeva and Suta Goswamis are not mentioned in our disciplic line does not mean that they are not bona fide spiritual masters. It is simply means that the lines of succession coming from them are lost in history or have become non-existent over the course of time.
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