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

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmrita Madhya 20.337

dvāpare bhagavān śyāmah

pīta-vāsā nijāyudhah

śrī-vatsādibhir ańkaiś ca

lakshanair upalakshitah

SYNONYMS

dvāparein Dvāpara-yuga; bhagavān — the Supreme Personality of Godhead; śyāmah — blackish; pīta-vāsāh — having yellow clothes; nija — own; āyudhah — having weapons; śrī-vatsa-ādibhih — such as Śrīvatsa; ańkaih — by bodily markings; ca — and; lakshanaih — by external characteristics such as the Kaustubha jewel; upalakshitah — characterized.

TRANSLATION

"'In Dvāpara-yuga the Personality of Godhead appears in a blackish hue. He is dressed in yellow, He holds His own weapons, and He is decorated with the Kaustubha jewel and the mark of Śrīvatsa. That is how His symptoms are described.'

PURPORT

This is a quotation from Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam (11.5.27). The śyāma color is not exactly blackish. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Thākura compares it to the color of the atasī flower. It is not that Lord Krishna Himself appears in a blackish color in all the Dvāpara-yugas. In other Dvāpara-yugas, previous to Lord Krishna's appearance, the Supreme Lord appeared in a greenish body by His own personal expansion. This is mentioned in the Vishnu Purāna, Hari-vamśa and Mahābhārata.

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