Svarupa Damodara Gosvami has described the five members of the Panca-tattva

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  1. Srila Svarupa Damodara Gosvami has described the five members of the Panca-tattva in the following words:

 

  1. “I offer my obeisances unto the Supreme Lord Krishna, who is nondifferent from His features as a devotee, devotional incarnation, devotional manifestation, pure devotee, and devotional energy.”

 

  1. I shall now summarily explain the meaning of these words.

In this Panca-tattva, the bhakta-rupa (form of a devotee) is Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who formerly appeared as Lord Krishna, the son of Nanda Maharaja.

The bhakta-svarupa (devotional incarnation) is Lord Nityananda, who formerly appeared in Vrajabhumi as Lord Balarama.

The bhaktavatara (devotional manifestation) is Lord Advaita Acarya, who is not different from Lord Sadasiva[1].

The bhaktakhya (pure devotee) is Srivasa[2] and the other great devotees as well.

The bhakta-sakti (devotional energy) is Gadadhara Pandita, the foremost of brahmanas.

 

[1] Sadasiva is one of the forms of Siva. Sada means always and Siva auspicious

[2] Sometimes Srivasa Pandita is called Srinivasa, not to be confused with Srinivasa, a renowed Acarya of the second generation of Gaudiya Vaisnava

 

This is a section of the book “Gaura Ganoddesa Dipika”.

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