Chaitanya, The Golden Avatar
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Chaitanya, The Golden Avatar




Teaching of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Avatar. He came to reveal to us the science of God and the love for Krishna, God, the Supreme Person.

[This is the new version. It is clearer, more accessible and faithful to the teaching of the Lord, which I transmit as is, without alteration.]

Lord Chaitanya, the Golden Avatar, is the only refuge of the miserable, the most fallen, and the only hope of those devoid of all spiritual knowledge.

Almighty Lord Krishna manifests through five distinct powers. Although unique and without a second, He does not take on five different aspects in order to fulfill five specific spiritual functions. And this diversity is intended to be both eternal and blissful, in contrast to the monotony of undifferentiated unity. Absolute Truth, Krishna, God, the Supreme Person, exists eternally with its various energies. Now, Lord Chaitanya Himself appeared surrounded by his various powers, five in number, so that he is said to be Krishna surrounded by his various energies. There is no difference between energy and its source, and so is the appearance of the Lord in the form of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu surrounded by his four companions, Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Prabhu, Gadadhar and Shrivas. No spiritual difference exists between these distinct manifestations of the Supreme Lord as incarnation, emanation and energies. They simply represent five aspects of the one Absolute Truth thus deployed, in order to express the richness of the spiritual flavors inherent in the Absolute Truth. These are respectively the form of the devotee, the identity of the devotee, the embodiment of the devotee, the pure devotee and devotional energy.

Of these five manifestations of the variety of Absolute Truth, the form of Chaitanya is that of the original Lord, Krishna. Nityananda is that of the first emanation of the Supreme Lord and, likewise, Advaita Prabhu is an incarnation of the Sovereign Lord. All three belong to the order of the Supreme and Absolute Truth. Shrivas represents the pure devotee, and Gadadhar, the internal energy of the Lord promoting the evolution of pure devotion. Thus, although they are numbered among the Supreme and Absolute Truths, Shrivas and Gadadhar embody distinct energies of the Supreme Lord. In other words, they do not differ from the energy source, but are nonetheless differently manifested, in order to allow various spiritual exchanges. The precise purpose of the advent of Lord Chaitanya just a few centuries ago was to establish the truth that There is a Supreme God who sustains countless living beings. Lord Chaitanya therefore appeared Himself to convince the masses of the true nature of the relationship which unites each being with the Supreme Lord, Krishna. Lord Krishna appears in the guise of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the Golden Avatar, in order to spread the most sublime of messages, the collective chanting of the holy names of the Lord, the devotional service offered to his own Person and the love for God.

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