Ādi-līlāChapter 2: Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Is the Supreme Personality of Godhead

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Ādi 2.65

advaya-jñāna tattva-vastu kṛṣṇera svarūpa

brahma, ātmā, bhagavāntina tāńra rūpa

SYNONYMS

advaya-jñāna — knowledge without duality; tattva-vastu — the Absolute Truth; kṛṣṇera — of Lord Kṛṣṇa; sva-rūpa — own nature; brahmaBrahman; ātmāParamātmā; bhagavān — the Supreme Personality of Godhead; tina — three; tāńra — of Him; rūpa — forms.

TRANSLATION

Lord Kṛṣṇa Himself is the one undivided Absolute Truth, the ultimate reality. He manifests Himself in three features — as Brahman, Paramātmā and Bhagavān.

PURPORT

In the verse from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam cited above (Bhāg. 1.2.11), the principal word, bhagavān, indicates the Personality of Godhead, and Brahman and Paramātmā are concomitants deduced from the Absolute Personality, as a government and its ministers are deductions from the supreme executive head. In other words, the principal truth is exhibited in three different phases. The Absolute Truth, the Personality of Godhead Śrī Kṛṣṇa (Bhagavān), is also known as Brahman and Paramātmā, although all these features are identical.

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