Ādi-līlāChapter 1: The Spiritual Masters

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 1.65-66

īśvarera avatāra e-tina prakāra

aḿśa-avatāra, āra guṇa-avatāra

śaktyāveśa-avatāratṛtīya e-mata

aḿśa-avatārapuruṣa-matsyādika yata

SYNONYMS

īśvarera — of the Supreme Lord; avatāra — incarnations; e-tina — these three; prakāra — kinds; aḿśa-avatāra — partial incarnations; āra — and; guṇa-avatāra — qualitative incarnations; śakti-āveśa-avatāra — empowered incarnations; tṛtīya — the third; e-mata — thus; aḿśa-avatāra — partial incarnations; puruṣa — the three puruṣa incarnations; matsya — the fish incarnation; ādika — and so on; yata — all.

TRANSLATION

There are three categories of incarnations of Godhead: partial incarnations, qualitative incarnations and empowered incarnations. The puruṣas and Matsya are examples of partial incarnations.

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