|Adi-lila||Chapter 5: The Glories Of Lord Nityananda Balarama|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Sri Caitanya Caritamrita Adi 5.120
sei ta' 'ananta' 'sesha' -- bhakta-avatara
isvarera seva vina nahi jane ara
sei ta' -- that; ananta -- Lord Ananta; sesha -- the incarnation Sesha; bhakta-avatara -- incarnation of a devotee; isvarera seva -- the service of the Lord; vina -- without; nahi -- not; jane -- knows; ara -- anything else.
That Ananta Sesha is the devotee incarnation of Godhead. He knows nothing but service to Lord Krishna.
Srila Jiva Gosvami, in his Krishna-sandarbha, has described Sesha Naga as follows: "Sri Anantadeva has thousands of faces and is fully independent. Always ready to serve the Supreme Personality of Godhead, He waits upon Him constantly. Sankarshana is the first expansion of Vasudeva, and because He appears by His own will, He is called svarat, fully independent. He is therefore infinite and transcendental to all limits of time and space. He Himself appears as the thousand-headed Sesha." In the Skanda Purana, in the Ayodhya-mahatmya chapter, the demigod Indra requested Lord Sesha, who was standing before him as Lakshmana, "Please go to Your eternal abode, Vishnuloka, where Your expansion Sesha, with His serpentine hoods, is also present." After thus dispatching Lakshmana to the regions of Patala, Lord Indra returned to his abode. This quotation indicates that the Sankarshana of the quadruple form descends with Lord Rama as Lakshmana. When Lord Rama disappears, Sesha again separates Himself from the personality of Lakshmana. Sesha then returns to His own abode in the Patala regions, and Lakshmana returns to His abode in Vaikuntha.
The Laghu-bhagavatamrita gives the following description: "The Sankarshana of the second group of quadruple forms appears as Rama, taking with Him Sesha, who bears the global spheres. There are two features of Sesha. One is the bearer of the globes, and the other is the bedstead servitor. The Sesha who bears the globes is a potent incarnation of Sankarshana, and therefore He is sometimes also called Sankarshana. The bedstead feature of Sesha always presents himself as an eternal servitor of the Lord."
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