Madhya-līlāChapter 20: Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Instructs Sanātana Gosvāmī in the Science of the Absolute Truth

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 20.315

svarūpaaiśvarya-pūrṇa, kṛṣṇa-sama prāya

kṛṣṇa aḿśī, teńho aḿśa, vede hena gāya

SYNONYMS

svarūpa — personal expansion; aiśvarya-pūrṇa — full of all opulences; kṛṣṇa-sama — equal to Kṛṣṇa; prāya — almost; kṛṣṇa aḿśīKṛṣṇa is the Supreme Personality of Godhead; teńho — Lord Viṣṇu; aḿśa — personal expansion; vede — the Vedas; hena — thus; gāya — sing.

TRANSLATION

"Lord Viṣṇu is in the category of svāḿśa because He has opulences almost equal to Kṛṣṇa's. Kṛṣṇa is the original person, and Lord Viṣṇu is His personal expansion. This is the verdict of all Vedic literatures.

PURPORT

Although an incarnation of the material energy, Lord Brahmā is nonetheless the director of the material mode of passion. Similarly, Lord Śiva, although simultaneously one with and different from Lord Kṛṣṇa, is still the incarnation of the mode of darkness. However, Lord Viṣṇu is Kṛṣṇa's personal expansion; therefore He is the director of the mode of goodness and is always transcendentally situated, beyond the jurisdiction of the modes of material nature. Lord Viṣṇu is the original personal expansion of Kṛṣṇa, and Kṛṣṇa is the original source of all incarnations. As far as power is concerned, Lord Viṣṇu is as powerful as Lord Kṛṣṇa because He possesses all the opulences.

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