On the 18th of October 2019 in the framework of VI Congress of the youth researchers of religions “Religion in the contemporary culture” (Kyiv, October 17–18, 2019) round table “Vaishnava culture in modern world” was held. Scholars who investigate Vaishnava tradition as well as representatives of the tradition by itself come together in one auditorium to discuss different aspects of gaudiya-vaishnavism.
It was the third round table dedicated to Bengali Vaishnavism in the framework of Congress. This year the discussion was unique because the representatives of two gaudiya organizations (maṭha) took part in the event – of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) and Sri Chaitanya Saraswat Math. Participants talked over different sharp and contradictory questions such as the place of modern technologies in Vaishnava culture nowadays, the possibility to investigate the religion from the position of outsider, the so called mishra (miśra) (additions to pure bhakti), the interconnection between Vashnava and Ukrainian identities in Ukrainian ISKCON community and finally the universality of Vedic culture and it’s efficiency in civil life. It seems to be the main achievement of the round table that the representatives of two maths come to agreement during the event. This fact shows that religious studies can successfully fulfill the function of the mediator between different religious communities.
Gaudiya-vaishnavism, International Society for Krishna Consciousness, Sri Chai-tanya Saraswat Math, Vaishnavism