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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 20.317

brahmā, śivaājñā-kārī bhakta-avatāra

pālanārthe viṣṇukṛṣṇera svarūpa-ākāra

SYNONYMS

brahmā — Lord Brahmā; śiva — Lord Śiva; ājñā-kārī — order-carriers; bhakta-avatāra — incarnations of devotees; pālana-arthe — for maintenance; viṣṇu — Lord Viṣṇu; kṛṣṇera — of Lord Kṛṣṇa; svarūpa-ākārain the form of a personal feature.

TRANSLATION

"The conclusion is that Lord Brahmā and Lord Śiva are simply devotee incarnations who carry out orders. However, Lord Viṣṇu, the maintainer, is the personal feature of Lord Kṛṣṇa.

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