Madhya-līlāChapter 25: How All the Residents of Vārāṇasī Became Vaiṣṇavas

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 25.33

'brahma'-śabde kahe 'ṣaḍ-aiśvarya-pūrṇa bhagavān'

tāńre 'nirviśeṣa' sthāpi, 'pūrṇatā' haya hāna


brahma-śabde — by the word brahma; kahe — is meant; ṣaṭ-aiśvarya-pūrṇa bhagavān — the Supreme Personality of Godhead, full in all six opulences; tāńre — Him; nirviśeṣa sthāpi — if we make impersonal; pūrṇatā haya hāna — His completeness becomes damaged.


"The word 'Brahman' ['the greatest'] indicates the Supreme Personality of Godhead, full in all six opulences. But if we take the onesided impersonalist view, His fullness is diminished.


The Supreme Personality of Godhead is originally the Supreme Person, and He expands Himself impersonally through His potency. As the Lord says in the Bhagavad-gītā (9.4):

mayā tatam idaḿ sarvaḿ jagad avyakta-mūrtinā

mat-sthāni sarva-bhūtāni na cāhaḿ teṣv avasthitaḥ

"By Me, in My unmanifested form, this entire universe is pervaded. All beings are in Me, but I am not in them." The potency of Kṛṣṇa that is spread everywhere is impersonal, just as the sunlight is the impersonal expansion of the sun globe and the sun-god. If we simply take one side of the Supreme Personality of Godhead — His impersonal effulgence — that one side does not fully explain the Absolute Truth. Impersonal appreciation of the Absolute Truth is one-sided and incomplete. One should also accept the other side, the personal side — Bhagavān. Brahmeti paramātmeti bhagavān iti śabdyate. One should not be satisfied simply by understanding the Brahman feature of the Personality of Godhead. One must also know the Lord's personal feature. That is complete understanding of the Absolute Truth.

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