simha-griva, simha virya
Sei simha vasuk jivera
"Thus the lionlike Lord Caitanya has appeared in Navadvipa. He has the shoulders of a lion, the powers of a lion, and the loud voice of a lion. May that lion be seated in the core of the heart of every living being. Thus with His resounding roar may He drive away one's elephantine vices."
Sri Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-Lila, 3.30-31 (1)
The divine appearance of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is celebrated on the full moon of the month of Phalguna (February-March). This is the most auspicious day for all Gaudiya Vaisnavas. It is the most sacred and special festival to glorify the appearance in this world of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Sri Krsna Caitanya.
According to Srila Rupa Goswami, the Rasa-Acarya of the Gaudiya Vaishnavas, and many other exalted authorities, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is one other than the Supreme Personality of Godhead Sri Krsna, who incarnates in the form of a devotee, to enjoy rasa.
Srila Krsna dasa Kaviraja describes in the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, that Sri Sri Radha and Krsna are one divine self, or one and the same, but they have taken two bodies. Both Radha and Krsna constantly enjoy each other, and taste the pleasures of divine love.
radha-krsna eka atma dui deha dhari'
anyonye vilase rasa asvadana kari
"To taste this divine mellow, Sri Sri Radha-Krsna have appeared in one body, as Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who appeared in Mayapura Dhama."
Caitanya-caritamrta Adi-lila 4.56
PREDICTION OF SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU'S APPEARANCE IN THE VEDAS
The appearance of Lord Sri Caitanya
Mahapabhu, the Yuga-Avatara is described in the
jahnavi-tire navadvipe golokakhye dhamni govindo
dvi-bhujo gaurah sarvatma maha-puruso mahatma
maha-yogi tri-gunatitah sattva-rupo bhaktim loke
kasyatiti. tad ete sloka bhavanti.
In the Sri Caitanya Upanisad, text 5:
"The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda,
the supreme enjoyer, whose form is transcendental,
who is beyond the touch of the three modes of
material nature, and who is all pervading Supersoul
residing in the-hearts of all living entities, will
appear again in the Kali-age. Appearing as the
greatest devotee, the Supreme Personality of Godhead
will assume a two-armed form of golden complexion
in His abode of Goloka Vrindavana manifested on
the bank of the Ganga at Navadvipa. He will
disseminate pure devotional service in the world.
This incarnation of the Lord is described in the
following verses." (2)
IN WHAT COLOR WILL THE LORD APPEAR
IN THE KALI-YUGA, AND WHAT WILL HE DO?
eko devah sarva-rupi mahatma
gauro rakta syamala-sveta-rupah
caitanyatma sa vai caitanya-saktir
bhaktakaro bhakti-do bhakh-vedyah
"The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who is
the master of all transcendental potencies, and who
may be known only by devotional service, [bhakti
vedyah] appears in innumerable transcendental
forms. He has appeared in red, white and black
complexions, [gauro rakta syamala sveta rupah] and He will also appear in the golden form of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He will assume the role of a perfect devotee [bhakta akarah] and He will teach the
conditioned souls the path of pure devotional service
Sri Caitanya Upanisad text 6. (3)
WHAT IS THE NATURE OF THE FORM OF
LORD CAITANYA AND HOW IS HE
namo vedanta vedyaya
sarva caitanya rupaya
caitanyaya namo namah (4)
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Him, who is
understood by Vedanta [namo vedanta vedvaval, who
is Lord Krsna [Krsnaya], the Supersoul
[paramatmane], whose form is fully transcendental
and conscious of everything [sarva-caitanya-rupaya].
We offer our humble obeisances again and again.
[Caitanyaya namah namah]"
WHAT IS THE RESULT OF UNDERSTANDING
THE DIVINE POSITION OF SRI CAITANYA
vedanta vedyam purusam puranam
caitanyatmanam visva-yonim mahantam
tam eva viditva' mrtyum eti
nanyah pantha vidyatetyanaya
"Knowing Him who is the object of knowledge in
the Upanisads, the oldest person, the embodiment of
consciousness, the source of the universe and the
greatest of all, one crosses over death. There is no
other path for going there."
Sri Caitanya Upanisad text 8. (5)
WHAT WILL SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU
DO IN THIS INCARNATION ?
sva-nama mula-mantrena sarvam hladayati vibhuh (6)
"The Supreme powerful [vibhuh] Lord Sri Krsna
Caitanya appears in His golden form, and He will fill the universe with bliss [hladayati] by the chanting of His own holy names [sva-nama-mula-mantrena]."
WHICH MANTRA WILL THIS YUGA
sa eva mula-mantra japati harir iti krsna iti rama iti. (7)
"Sri Krsna Caitanya will chant the maha-mantra
comprised of the divine names of Hari, Krsna and
Rama. i.e., Hare Krsna Hare Krsna Krsna Krsna
Hare Hare. Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama
Sri Cartanya Upanisad text 10.
IS THERE ANY SPECIFIC REFERENCE IN
THE VEDAS AS TO WHEN IN THIS YUGA-AVATARA SRI KRSNA CAITANYA WAS
SCHEDULED TO APPEAR?
saptame gaura-varna-visnor ity aena sva-saktya
caikyam etya pratar avatirya saha svaih sva-manum siksayati.
In the Atharva-Veda Purusa-Bodini-Upanisad, it is
"In the seventh manvantara, in the beginning of the
Kali-Yuga, the Supreme Personality of Godhead will,
accompanied by His own associates, descend in a
golden form to the earth. He will teach the chanting
of His own names." ( 8 )
DOES LORD CAITANYA APPEAR IN EVERY
DAY OF LORD BRAHMA?
Just like the original Personality of Godhead,
Lord Sri Krsna does appear once in every day of
Srila Prabhupada once explained in Melbourne,
Australia, in answer the question of how long it
would be before Lord Krsna would come to this
planet again in His physical form, that Krsna would
come again after 8 billion, 600 milion years.
Devotee: "How long do you say it is before Krsna
comes to this planet again in His physical form?"
Srila Prabhupada: "Now, calculate, I have already given the duration of one day, twelve hours, of
Brahma means 4,300,000 years multiplied by one
thousand....the eight billion."
Srila Prabhupada:"So Krsna comes after this period
In one day, after one day of Brahma, He appears."
Devotee:"Srila Prabhupada, does Lord Caitanya
Mahaprabhu also appear every day of Brahma?"
Srila Prabhupada:"Yes, following Krsna. Krsna
comes in the Dvapara-Yuga. There are four sets of
yugas: Sattva, Treta, Dvapara, Kali. So Krsna come
at the end of Dvapara-Yuga, and Caitanya
Mahaprabhu comes in the Kali-Yuga so almost the
same year, same circulation... Similarly, Krsna
appears in rotation in this universe after so many
years, eight billion years. So next He goes to another
WHEN EXACTLY DOES HE COME IN THE
KALI-YUGA, AND WHERE DOES HE
SPECIFICALLY APPEAR AND WHAT WILL
itotham krta sannyaso'vatarisyami sa-guno nirvedo
niskamo bhu-girvanas tira-atho' lakanandayah kalau
gaura-varno dirghangah sarva-laksana-yukta isvara-
prarthito nija-rasasvado bhakta-rupo misrakhyo
In the Atharva Veda, the Supreme Person says:
"I will descend on the earth after the passage of
four thousand years in the Kali-Age, [kalau catuh
sahasrabdhopari] and before the passsage of five
thousand years [panca sahasra abhyantare].
I will come on the earth on the bank of the
Ganges, [tira-sthah alakanandayah]. I will be a tall
and saintly Brahmana devotee. I will have all the
auspicious symptoms of an exalted person
I will exhibit renunciation. I will have all
auspicious signs. I will be a devotee, practicing bhakti
yoga. I will taste the rasa of My own devotional
tathaham krta sannyaso bhu-girvano 'vatarisye
tire'lakanandayah punah punah isvara-prarthitah sa-
parivaro niralambo nirdhuteh kali-kalmasa-kavalita-
In the Sama Veda, the Supreme Lord says:
"I shall come to the earth, accompanied by My
associates, in a place by the bank of the Ganges. I will
advent to save the people who are afflicted and
devoured by the sins of the age of Kali. I will
manifest as an avadhuta Brahmana sannyasi."
WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE PLACE WHERE
THE SUPREME LORD APPEARS?
The Chandogya Upanisad describes the place of
advent of the Supreme Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya. This
is explained by Srila Sacidananda Bhaktivinoda
Thakura, in the Sabadvipa Dhama Mahatmya (text
tan-madhye daharam saksan
tatra vesma bhagavatas
tasmin yas tv antarakaso
hy antardvipah sa ucyate (12)
"The spiritual city in the shape of a lotus has the
abode of Sri Mayapura as its heart. Sridhama
Mayapura is the divine abode of Lord Caitanya, the
Supreme Personality of Godhead. In the middle of
Mayapura is the place called Antardvipa."
ARE THERE ANY OTHER RELEVANT
SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES IN THE VEDAS
DESCRIBING THE APPEARANCE OR
QUALITIES OF SRI KRSNA CAITANYA
The Svetasvatara Upanisad (6.7) describes the
qualities of the Supreme Personality of Godhead,
tam isvaranam paramam mahesvaram
tam devatanam paramam ca daivatam
patim patinam paramam parastad
vidama devam bhuvanesam idyam
"O Supreme Lord, you are the Supreme
Mahesvara, the worshipable deity of all the demigods
and the Supreme Lord of all Lords. You are the
controller of all controllers, the Personality of
Godhead, the Lord of everything worshipable." (13)
mahan prabhur vai purusah
sunirmalam imam praptim
isano jyotir avyayah
"The Supreme Personality of Godhead is
Mahaprabhu, who disseminates transcendental
enlightenment. Just to be in touch with Him is to be
in contact with the indestructible brahmajyoti."
Svetasvatara Upanisad 3.12(14)
Thus it is clearly established from the writings of
the great Acaryas of the Gaudiya-parampara, that Sri
Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme
Personality of Godhead Himself, whose appearance
and birthplace were predicted and whose activities
were also foretold.
DID THE SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM, THE
FOREMOST OF ALL VEDIC LITERATURES
PREDICT THE APPEARANCE OF LORD
In the seventh canto of the Srimad-Bhagavatam,
Prahlada Maharaja directly hints at the hidden
nature of the Supreme Lord's appearance. Because the
Supreme Lord is also called Tri-Yuga, or one who
appears in only three yugas (satya, dvapara, treta),
He is sometimes said to appear in a concealed form,
in the age of Kali.
channah kalau yad abhavas tri-yugo'tha sa tvam
Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.38
ARE THERE ANY MORE DIRECT
REFERENCES IN THE SRIMAD BHAGAVATAM, THAN THE ABOVE
In the tenth canto of the Srimad Bhagavatam,
chapter eight, Gargamuni the family priest of Nanda
Maharaja, explains that the young boy Sri Krsna has
three colors - white, red and yellow - when He appears in His transcendental form in different ages. In the current incarnation of Krsna, He has appeared ...as black.
asan varnas trayo hy asya grhnatotnvyugam tanuh
suklo raktas tatha pita idanim krmatam gatah
(Srimad-Bhagavatam 10.8.13) (15)
Srila Krsna dasa Kaviraja, the celebrated author
of the Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, explains that the
three colors of white, red and yellow are the three
bodily colors which the Supreme Lord assumes in the
ages of Satya, Treta and Kali respectively.
sukla rakta pita-varna—ei tina dyuti
satya-treta-kali-kale dharena sri-pati (16)
The Bhagavatam explains in the conversation
between Karabhajana Muni and King Nimi, that in
the Dvapara-Yuga, the Supreme Lord, the Personality
of Godhead appears in a blackish form [Dvapare
bhagavan syamah]. He has a yellow dress and carries
His own weapons [pita-vasa-nija-ayudhah]. He is
beautified with the mark of Srivatsa and the
Kaustubha jewel [Sri vatsa-adibhih ankais ca
laksanaih]. This is the actual description of His
characteristics [upalaksitah]. (17)
The great sage continues his instruction to King
Nimi by saying that people in general in the age of
Dvapara-Yuga worshiped the Lord of the Universe
[iti dvapara urvisam stuvanti jagad isvaram]. In the
age of Kali, they worshipped the Supreme Person by
the regulation of the scriptures [tantra vidhana]. (18)
krma varnam tvisakrmam sangopangastra parsadam
yajnaih sankirtana prayair yajanti hi sumedhasah
"In the age of Kali, intelligent persons perform
congregational chanting to worship the incarnation of
Godhead who constantly sings the holy name of
Krsna. Although His complexion is not blackish, He
is Krsna Himself. He is accompanied by His
associates, servants, weapons and confidential
HOW DOES THIS VERSE REFER TO THE
ADVENT OF LORD CAITANYA, SINCE HIS
NAME IS NOT DIRECTLY MENTIONED THERE?
Just as the symptoms and characteristics of the
various previous incarnations are mentioned in the
scriptures, similarly the symptoms of the appearance
of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu are described.
Krsna-varnam indicates that He belongs to the
category of Krsna. Krsna varnam also means one who
constantly repeats and sings the name of Krsna. The
main business of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu was the
chanting of the holy name of Krsna. Thus the words
Krsna varnam and Krsna Caitanya are equivalent.
Srila Krsna dasa Kaviraja Goswami has
elucidated the two meanings of the words Krsna
varnam by stating:
Krsna ei dui varna sadayanra mukhe
athava krmake h'nho varne nija sukhe (20)
"Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu always sings the two
syllables Krs-na [Krsna ei dui varna sada yanra
mukhe], or He always relishes great transcendental
pleasure while describing Lord Krsna [athava
krmake tinho varne nija-sukhe]."
IS THERE ANY HINT OR EXPLANATION OF
HIS BODILY CHARACTERISTICS?
His bodily complexion is not black [tvisa
akrsnam]. Lord Caitanya appeared in a very light,
golden like complexion. His complexion was yellow
[akrma-varane kahe pita-varana] (21). Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu was very beautiful.
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is often described as
Gaurasundara. Gaura means fair and Sundara means
beautiful. Sometimes He is also called Gauranga or
one who has a very fair complexion.
SRILA RUPA GOSWAMI PRABHUPADA'S
DESCRlPTION OF THE BODILY COLOR OF
SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU
Srila Rupa Goswami Prabhupada was one of the
chief associates of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He was personally trained by Mahaprabhu Himself in the science of Bhakti both in Puri-Dhama and Prayaga.
He personally witnessed many intimate pastimes
of Lord Caitanya at Jagannatha Puri. In his Stava-
Mala, Caitanya-Astakam, He vividly describes the
bodily color of Sriman Mahaprabhu.
kalau yam vidvamsah sphutam
makha vidhibhir utkirtanamayaih (22)
"In the age of Kali [kalau], great scholars
[vidvamsah] worship Lord Krsna by performing the sankirtan [makha-vidhibhih utkirtanamayaih]. Lord
Krsna is now non-blackish [akrma-angam], because
of the feelings of ecstatic love of Srimati Radharani."
This is the actual description of His bodily hue.
Srila Kaviraja Goswami elucidates the above
verse of Rupa Goswami:
pratyaksa tanhara tapta-kancanera dyuti
yanhara chataya nase aNnana tamastati (23)
"Anyone can vividly see the golden complexion of
Lord Caitanya [tapta kancanera dyuti]. This beautiful
golden color dissipates the darkness of ignorance."
Thus, the meaning of the words 'tvisa akrmam'
has been explained by the great acaryas, Srila Rupa
Goswami Prabhupada and Srila Krsna Dasa Kaviraja
DID HE COME WITH ASSOCIATES OR
Lord Caitanya is always accompanied by His
associates. His main associates are Lord Nityananda,
Advaita Acarya, Srivasa, Gadadhara, Haridasa
Thakura, etc. Whenever Lord Caitanya was present,
they would assemble around Him and engage in
Sankirtana. So in the incarnation of Lord Caitanya
He comes with His soldiers and His associates
[Caitanya-Krsnera sainya anga-upange]. (24)
Thousands upon thousands of persons would come
and participate in the congregational chanting of the
Hare Krsna Maha Mantra.
(sa-anga upa-anga parsadam)
Thus, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu's
characteristics and symptoms are described [krsna-
varnam], and His bodily color is indicated [tvisa-
akrsnam]. This famous verse from the Srimad-
Bhagavatam also indicates that the incarnation for
this age would also advent with His associates [sa-
anga upanga astra parsadam].
The word anga is defined as a bodily limb [anga
sabde amsa] (25) and it is also sometimes called a
part. A part of a limb [angera avayana] is defined as
a partial part [upanea vyakhyana]. (26)
Krsna dasa Goswami also defines the word anga
as referring to a plenary portion. Such divine portions
are full of knowlege and bliss [saba cid ananda
Sri Advaita Prabhu and Sri Nityananda Prabhu
are the angas or plenary portions of Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu [advaita nityananda-caitanyera dui
anga]. They are the angas (limbs) of Sri Caitanya.
The sub-parts of these two limbs are called the
upangas or the constituent parts of the two major
HOW IS THIS YUGA-AVATARA OR
INCARNATION OF THE AGE OF KALI-YUGA
TO BE WORSHIPPED?
This form of the Personality of Godhead, Sri
Caitanya, is meant to be worshipped by the intelligent
class of men [yajanti hi su-medhasah]. The word su
means very good and medhasah means one who is
intelligent, one who has good brain substance. (29)
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the propounder,
also sometimes called the initiator, of the sankirtana
movement of congregational chanting of the Divine
Name of Krsna [sankirtana pravartaka Sri Krsna
Caitanya]. Anyone who worships Lord Caitanya
through the medium of sankirtana is fortunate
[sankirtana yajne tanre bhaje sei dhanya]. (30)
Anyone who worships Lord Caitanya, by making a
sacrifice of His life, wealth, time, and intelligence and
words is very fortunate and is recognized by the Lord and gets the blessings of Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
HOW DO THE SIX GOSWAMIS EXPLAIN
THIS FAMOUS VERSE?
Srila Jiva Goswami Prabhupada has
commented upon verse Krsna varnam tvisakrsnam,
in the introduction of his Bhagavata-Sandarbha. He
composed the famous verse antah krsnam bahir
antah krmam bahir gauram
kalau sankirtanadyaih sma
"I take shelter of Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya
Mahaprabhu, who is outwardly of a fair complexion
but is inwardly, Krsna Himself. In this age of Kali,
He displays His expansions [His angas and upangas]
by performing congregational chanting of the holy
name of the Lord." (31)
Srila Prabhupada explains the meaning of the
"He [Srila Jiva Goswami ] has placed the verse from
Srimad-Bhagavatam quoted in text 52 (krsna varnam
tvisakrmam ...) as the auspicious introduction to his
Bhagavata-Sandarbha or Sat-Sandarbha. He has
composed this text (81), which is, in effect an
explanation of the Bhagavatam verse of the same
work. The verse from Srimad-Bhagavatam was
enunciated by Karabhajana, one of nine great sages,
and it is elaborately explained by the Sarva-
Samvadini, Jiva Goswami's commentary on his own
Sat-Sandarbha. Antah-Krsna refers to one who is
always thinking of Krsna. This attitude is a
predominant feature of Srimati Radharani. Even
though many devotees always think of Krsna, none
can surpass the Gopis, among whom Radharani is
the leader in thinking of Krsna. Radharani's Krsna
consciousness surpasses that of all other devotees.
Lord Caitanya accepted the position of Srimati
Radharani to understand Krsna; therefore He was
always thinking of Krsna in the same way as
Radharani. By thinking of Lord Krsna, He always
Sri Krsna Caitanya, who was outwardly very
fair, with a complexion like molten
gold, simultaneously manifested His eternal associates, opulences, expansions and incarnations. He preached the process of chanting Hare Krsna, and
those who are under His lotus feet are glorious." (32)
ARE THERE OTHER VERSES FROM THE
SRIMAD-BHAGAVATAM WHICH GLORIFY
OR INDICATE THE DIVINE APPEARANCE OF
SRI CAITANYA MAHAPRABHU?
Yes, there are two other verses often cited by Srila
Prabhupada and the previous acaryas.
dhyeyam sada paribhava-ghnam abhista-doham
tirthaspadam siva-virinci-nutam saranyam
bhrtyarti-ham pranata-pala bhavabdhi-potam
vande maha purusa te caranaravindam
"O protector of those gone to you for refuge! O
Supreme Lord! I bow to Your lotus feet Which are
always fit to be meditated upon without the least
restrictions of time and place, which destroy all
impediments like, karma, jnana, yoga to the practice
of unalloyed devotion to you, Which are the wish
wielders, and holy because of their being the resort of
the holy river Ganga, Which are ever being extolled
by Siva and Brahma, Which are the fittest sanctuary to
be sought after by all, Which destroy the acutest
distress of their servants and Which are the ship to
cross this ocean of wordliness." (33)
dharmistha arya-vacasa yad agam-aranyam
maya-mrgam dayitayepsitam anvadhavad
vande maha-purusa te caranaravindam (34)
We offer our respects and humble obeisances
unto the lotus feet of the Supreme Lord, [vande maha
purusa te carana aravindam] Who left his household
life, [tyaktva sudustyajya] leaving His adorable
consort, who is worshipped even by the demigods. He
went to the forest [yad agad aranyam] to deliver the
fallen souls, who are under the influence of the
material energy [maya-mrgam].
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu has a very young and beautiful wife, Sri Lakshmi Devi, and His mother, Sri
Sacidevi, was very affectionate. At the age of 24 years
old, He took the order of sannyasa and left home to
go and preach.
By examining His characteristics, the great
Acaryas have pointed out that Sri Caitanya
Mahaprabhu is described in those verses of the
DO OTHER MAJOR VEDIC LITERATURES
ALSO DESCRIBE CHARACTERISTICS OF
THE ADVENT OF SRI CAITANYA?
Krsna dasa Kaviraja Goswami has cited a verse
from the Maha-Bharata (Dana-Dharma, Visnu-
Sahasra-Nazna Stotra) to point out the divine
characteristics of Sriman Mahaprabhu's appearance.
suvarna varna hemango
sannyasa krt-chamah santo
nistha santi parayanah (35)
In His early activities Lord Caitanya comes as a
householder. He has a golden complexion [suvarna
varnah]. His limbs are very beautiful [vara-anga] and
are smeared with sandalwood pulp [candana-
angadi]. He has the appearance of molten gold
The Supreme Lord Caitanya accepts the
renounced order of life [sannyasa-krt]. He is fully
sense-controlled or equipoised [sama], and is
completely peaceful [santa]. He is completely fixed in
the chanting of the holy name of Lord Krsna,
[nistha]. He is the highest abode of devotion and
transcendental peace. He silences the mayavadi
impersonalists [nistha santi parayanah].
Srila Prabhupada has explained that Sripada
Baladeva Vidyabhusana has written a Gaudiya
Vaishnava commentary on the Visnu-Sahasra-Nama,
called the namartha sudhabhidha, in which he has
explained the meaning of the relevant verses from the
Note: The above verse cited from the Sri Caitanya-
Caritamrta (CC Adi-Lila 3.49) is actually cited
from 2 different verses of the Visnu-Sahasra-Nama.
The first part of the text, 'suvarna varna
hemango varangas candangadi' is from text 79 of the Visnu-Sahasra-Nama (suvarna varna hemango varangas candanangadi-viraha visamah sunyo
ghrtasir acalas calah.)
The second part of the text cited in the
Caitanya-Caritamrta (sannyasa-krt samah santo
nistha santi parayanah) is from text 62 of the Visnu-
Sahasra-Nama. The full text  is trisama samagah
sama nirvanam bhesajam bhisak—sannyasa krt
chamah santo nistha sanah parayanam.
In this famous commentary he states that Sri
Caitanya Mahaprabhu is the Supreme Personality of
Godhead. This is supported by evidence from the
Vedic Upanisads. The sanskrit words suvarna-varna
indicate one who has gold-like complexion. The
vedic text to support this point is:
yada pasya pasyate rukma-varnam
kartaram isam purusam brahma-yonim (36)
The words rukma-varnam kartaram isam refer to
the Supreme Person [Sri Caitanya] who has a
complexion like molten gold.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE DESCRIPTIONS
OF LORD CAITANYA'S BODILY FEATURES
ACCORDING TO SOME OF THE GREAT
DEVOTEES PRESENT AT THE TIME?
Srila Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya, one of the
foremost disciples of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu in
Jagannatha Puri, composed an entire series of
prayers describing in detail the various features of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, called Sri Gauranga-Prati-
Anga-Varnanakhya-Stava-Rajah, or the King of
Prayers, proclaiming the glory of each limb of Sri
Gauranga. Let us carefully present a few of these
Lord Caitanya's bodily luster.
Srila Sarvabhauma Bhaffacarya has described the
complexion of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's body.
tapta hema dyutim vande
I worship Lord Krsna, the spiritual master of the universe, who appears in the age of Kali with a
luster like molten gold. His body is beautiful and
tall. He is like molten gold, and He is the delight of
the son of Sacidevi. (37)
Srila Prabodhananda Sarasvati Thakura also
describes Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu's golden
ananda lilamaya vigrahaya
"O Lord Caitanyacandra, O Lord whose form is
full of blissful pastimes, O Lord whose complexion is
as splendid as gold..." (38 )
Srila Krsna Dasa Kaviraja Goswami similarly
describes Lord Caitanya.
tapta hema sama kanti prakanda sarira
"...the luster of His expansive body resembles
molten gold..." (39)
Prabodhananda Sarasvati also further describes Sri
Caitanya's golden complexion.
svayam devo yatra-kanaka-gaurah karunaya (40)
His complexion is as fair as molten gold.
Sri Caitanya's beautiful hair.
"His lovely curling locks are interwoven with creepers of glistening pearls..."
Sri Caitanya's shoulders and chest.
Prabhodananda Sarasvati Thakura describes the shoulders of Mahaprabhu.
"May Lord Caitanya, whose shoulders are like a lion..."(42)
Srila Krsna dasa Kaviraja Goswami also points out the nature of Sri Caitanya's shoulders and voice.
simha griva simha-virya simhera hunkara
"He has the shoulders of a lion, the powers of a
lion, and the loud voice of a lion." (43)
Sri Caitanya's arms.
His arms reach all the way to his knees.
ajanulambita bhuMau kanaka vadatau (45)
Their arms (Lord Caitanya and Lord Nityananda)
reach all the way to their knees.
"....His two arms, glittering with bracelets and
bangles, extend down to His knees." (46)
Sri Caitanya's face.
His beautiful eyes are just like reddish lotus
flowers. They are most beautiful, just like lakes of
Krsna Prema. His nose is arched and is resplendent
just like the sesame flower.
His cheeks are round and they shine brilliantly. He
wears jewelled earrings. He has a peacock feather
placed near His left ear.
His lips are tender and very lustrous. They
resemble reddish blossoming flowers. He reveals his
pearl-like teeth out His kindness.
DESCRIPTION OF LORD CAITANYA'S
FUTURE ADVENT IN OTHER VEDIC AND
Prediction of His advent as a sannyasi.
aham eva kvacid brahman
sannyasa asramam asritah
hari bhaktim grahayami
kalau papa-hatan naran (50)
In the Upa-Puranas, the Supreme Personality of
Godhead, Lord Sri Krsna speaks to Srila Vyasadeva:
"O Brahmana, I occasionally take the Sannyasa
Asrama [sannyasa asrama asritah] in an attempt to
bring the fallen people of Kali Yuga to take up the
path of Bhakti or devotional service to Lord Krsna
[hari bhaktim grahayami]."
Prediction of His advent in the form of a
aham eva dvija-srestho
lokam raksami sarvada (51)
In the Adi-Purana and in the Narada Purana, the
Supreme Person says:
I shall advent in the form of a Brahmana devotee
[aham eva dvija-srestho] and I shall hide my factual
identity [prachanna vigrahah]. I shall deliver all the
worlds [lokam raksami sarvada].
Prediction of His actual time of incarnation.
janma prathama sandhyayam
bhavisyati dvijalaye (52)
In the Kurma-Purana, it is stated:
The Supreme Person will appear in the first part
of the age of Kali [janma prathama sandhyayam]. He
will appear in the home of a Brahmana [bhavisyati
dvijalaye], to save the embodied conditioned souls
[uddharaya tanu-bhrtam] burning in the troubles of
Description of the purpose of Sri Caitanya's
janma prathama sandhyayam
karisyami dvijatisu (53)
In the Garuda-Purana, the Supreme Person says:
In the first part [prathama sandhya] of the age of
Kali, I will come among the brahmanas [karisyami
dvijatisu] to save the fallen souls,[paritranaya tanu-
bhrtam] who are being burned by the troubles of the
age of Kali [kalina dahyamananam].
Prediction of the name of His mother and the
actual name of His future birthplace.
aham purno bhavisyami
bhavisyami saci sutah (54)
In the Garuda-Purana, the Supreme Lord says:
I will take birth as the son of Saci [bhavisyami
saci sutah], in Navadvipa-Mayapura [mayapure
navadvipe]. I will come in my complete spiritual
form in the first part of Kali-Yuga.
Prediction of the name of His future first wife and
His future assumption of the sannyasa order.
kaleh prathama sandhyayam
lakshmi- kanto bhavisyati
sannyasi gaura-vigrahah (55)
In the same Garuda-Purana, it is Also stated:
In the first part of Kali-Yuga, the Supreme
Personality of Godhead will come in a gold-like
form. First He will become the husband of Lakshmi
[Srimati Lakshmi Devi, Lord Caitanya's first wife].
Then He will become a sannyasi, near Lord
Jagannatha who will appear in a divine wooden
Prediction of the bodily color of Sri Caitanya and
the nature of His future activities.
paribhavan rameti namakrtih
gopalan paripalayan vraja-pure
bharam haran dvapare
kali-yuge caitanya-nama prabhuh
In the Nrsimha-Purana, it is said:
"The Supreme Personality of Godhead who in the
Satya-Yuga appeared as a half-man, half-lion to cure a
terrible disease that had ravaged the daityas, and who
in the Treta-Yuga appeared as a person named Rama
[Lord Ramacandra], a person who defeated the ten-
headed Demon Ravana, and who in the Dvapara-
Yuga removed the earth's burden, and protected the
Gopa [cowherd men] people of Vraja-pura, will
appear again in the Kali-Yuga. His form will be
golden, He will delight in chanting the Lord's holy
names, and His name will be Chaitanya." (56)
Prediction of the future advent of Sri Caitanya by
His direct name.
caitanya vapur aste vai
In the Padma-Purana, it is said:
The Supreme Personality, Janardana, who is the
object of the yogis' meditation [yogi-cintyo-
janardanah], who saves the devotees from various
sufferings, and who is the master of all yogic practices
[yogesvarah], who is always full of divine
transcendental ecstasy and bliss [sandra-ananda-
atmakah], will advent in His own divine form of Sri
Description of the tune and place Sri Caitanya's
bhavisyami saci-sutah (58)
In the Padma-Purana, the Supreme Personality of
Godhead Himself states:
I shall appear on this earth [mahi-tale] in the first
part of Kali-Yuga [kaleh prathama sandhyayam] in a
beautiful place on the bank of the Bhagirathi
[bhagirathi-tate ramye]. I shall have a golden form
[gaurangah], and I shall take birth as the son of Saci
Prediction of the purpose of Sri Caitanya's advents.
aham eva kalau vipra
lokan raksami sarvada (59)
In the Narada-Purana, the Supreme Personality
of Godhead says:
O Vipra, in the age of Kali, I will come disguised
[nityam prachanna vigraha] as a devotee [bhagavad-
bhakta-rupena] and I will save all the worlds [lokan
Prediction of His mother's name and the nature of
His specific preaching method [sankirtana].
divija bhuvi jayadhvam
jayadhvam bhakta rupinah
kalau sankirtana rambhe
bhavisyami saci-sutah (60)
The Supreme Personality of Godhead states in
O Divija (demigods), please come and advent as
devotees on this earth [bhuvi jayadhvam jayadhvam]
in the age of Kali-Yuga. I will incarnate as the son of
Saci [bhavisyami saci-sutah] to inaugurate the
congregational chanting of the name of Krsna [kalau
Prediction of the revelation of Sri Caitanya's form.
kaleh prathama sandhyayam
bhavisyami saci-sutah (61)
In the Brahma-Purana, the Supreme Personality
of Godhead says:
I will reveal my eternal golden form
[gaurangotham mahi-tale] in the first part of Kali-
Yuga [kaleh prathama sandhyayam]. I will advent on
the earth on the bank of the Bhagirathi [bhagirathi-
Prediction of the future sannyasi role and ecstasy of
sarve mama eva draksyanti
kalau sannyasa-rupinam (62)
In the Bhavisya-Purana, the Supreme Lord says:
O austere sage, you should know that in the age of
Bali, everyone will see my transcendental form as a
sannyasi [kalau sannyasa rupinam]. I will be exhibiting
symptoms of ecstasy like shedding tears of bliss and
hairs standing in ecstasy [anandasru-kala-roma-
Prediction of the color of Sri Caitanya and the
nature of His future associates.
gaurangas ca suravrtah (63)
In the Agni-Purana, it is said:
The Supreme Personality of Godhead will come in a
golden form [gaura-anga], full of peace [prasantatma], and a beautiful long neck [lamba-kanthah]. He will be surrounded by many saintly devotees [sura-avrtah].
[Note: This is an indirect prediction of the future advent of the members of the Panca-Tattva.]
Prediction of the characteristics of Sri Caitanya.
mundo gaurah su-dirghangas
bhavisyami kalau-yuge (64)
In the Matsya-Purana, the Supreme Personality of Godhead says:
In the age of Kali, I shall advent [bhavisyami
kalau yuge] where the three rivers meet [tri-srotas-
tira-sambhavah]. I shall have a shaven head
[mundah]. I shall have a golden complexion
[gaurah]. I will be very kind and always chant the
holy name of Krsna [dayaloh kirtana-grahi].
Prediction of the name of the river where Sri
Caitanya will take his birth and other characteristics.
bhavisyami kalau yuge (65)
In the Vayu-Purana, the Supreme Personality of
In the age of Kali-Yuga, I shall come
[bhavisyami kalau yuge] in a place on the bank of the
Ganges [ganga-tira-samudbhavah]. I will be very
pure [suddhah], have a fair complexion [gaurah],
and be very tall [su-dirghangah] and chant the holy
names of Krsna.
Prediction that the Supreme Lord will leave Goloka
and corne in a golden form.
golokam ca parityajya
In the Markandeya-Purana, the Supreme of Godhead declares:
"In the Kali-Yuga, I will leave Goloka and, to save
the people of the world, I will become the handsome and playful Lord Gaurange." (66)
Prediction of one of the purpose of Sri Caitanya's
aham eva dvija-srestho
lokan raksami sarvada (67)
In the Varaha-Purana, the Supreme Personality
of Godhead declares:
I shall come as the best of the brahmanas [aham
eva dvija-srestha]. I will exhibit many pastimes [lila-
pracurya-vigrahah] in the form of a devotee
[bhagavad-bhakta-rupena]. I shall deliver the people
of the world [lokan raksami sarvada].
Prediction of the name of the mother of Sri Caitanya
and His future role as the deliverer of the darkness
sarvan acara varjitan
sacigarbhe ca sambhuya
tarayisyami narada (67)
In the Vamana-Purana, the Supreme Personality
of Godhead declares:
O Narada Muni, I will take birth in the womb of
Saci [saci-garbhe ca sambhuya]. I shall save the
people, who will give up all proper good conduct
[sarvan acara varyitan], from the terrible darkness of
the age of Kali-Yuga [kali-ghora-tamas-channan].
Prediction of the future advent of Sri Caitanya, His
birthtime, His mother, His birthcity, His name and
tatra dvija-kulam prapto
tena lokasya nistaras
tat kurudhvam mamajnaya
dharitri bhavita cabhir
mayaiva dvija-dehina (68)
In the Vayu-Purana, the Supreme Personality of
I shall advent in the month of Phalguna, when the
star Phalguni is conjoined with the full moon. I shall
incarnate in a golden complexion in the womb of
Saci and Purandara Misra.
I will be born in the city of Navadvipa,on the
Ganges's shore, in a Brahmana's family. I shall take
the renounced order of life [sannyasa] and show
kindness to the people in general and engage them in
Bhakti. I will be known as Sri Krsna Caitanya.
All of you should follow My order and deliver the
people of the world. I shall appear as a Brahmana. I
shall make this earth fearless.
Prediction of Sri Caitanya's birthcity, the name of
the river close to His birthsite, the name of His
rnother, His close associates and their divine roles
in His lila, His divine reason for incarnating as well
as different narnes by which Sri Caitanya will be
sa eva bhagavan krmo
srsty-adau sa jagannatho
gaura asin mahesvari
aprakasyam idam guhyam
na prakasyam bahir mukhe
bhaktam bhakti-pradam svayam
na jnasyanto bahir-mokhah
striyo ye purusah priyah
gopa dvadasa balakah
viharisyami tair aham
kale nastam bhakti-patham
sthapayisyamy aham punah
gacchantu bhuvi te putrah
kurvantu te mamajnaya
prabhur gauro gaura-harir
In the Ananta-Samhita, it is said:
"To show mercy to the people and give them
devotional service, the Supreme Personality of
Godhead will appear in a Brahmana's home in
Navadvipa by the Ganges's shore. The Supreme
Person, Sri Krsna Himself, who is the life of Srimati
Radharani, and is the Lord of the universe in
creation, rnaintenance, and annihilation, appears as
Gaura, O Mahesvari. (69 ).
In Kali-Yuga, I will descend to the earth with My
associates. In Navadvipa, which is surrounded by the
Ganges, I will take birth in Saci-devi 's womb.
They who are bewildered by My illusory potency
will not understand the great secret of the appearance
in this world of Me in My personal form, in My form
as the incarnation of devotion, in My form as the
incarnation of a devotee, in My form bearing the
name of a devotee, in My form as a devotee, and in
My form as the giver of devotional service.
This secret is not to be revealed to them. Only
the saintly, pure, renounced devotees, diligently
engaged in My devotional service, will be able to
understand Me in these five forms.
My dear male and female associates, headed by
Sridama and Subala, who came to this world at the
time of My advent as Lord Krsna, will come again
during the Kali-Yuga.
The Gopas will become the sixty-four mahantas
and the twelve gopalas. To establish the truth of
religion, I will enjoy many pastimes with them.
In this way I will again reveal the path of
devotional service, which has been destroyed in the
course of time. My sons should also descend to the
earth, assume the forms of devotees, and, by My order,
also work to re-establish the principles of true
At this time My names will be: Krsna Caitanya,
Gauranga, Gauracandra, Sacisuta, Mahaprabhu,
Gaura and Gaurahari. Chanting these names will
bring devotion to Me." (70)
According to the authoritative statements of the
great purva-acaryas [previous authorized bona fide
spiritual masters] such as Srila Rupa Goswami
Prabhupada, Srila Sanatana Goswami, Srila Jiva
Goswami Prabhupada, Srila Krsna dasa Kaviraja
Goswami, Srila Bhaktivinoda Thakura, Srila
Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, and His Divine
Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the
foremost representative of all the Acaryas in the
Gaudiya Sampradaya, and many other great Acaryas
and pure devotees, Sri Krsna Caitanya Mahaprabhu
is the Yuga-Avatara, and the incarnation of Sri Sri
Radha and Krsna combined who has come to taste the
transcendental bliss experienced by Srimati
Radharani. He is the Supreme Personality of
Godhead. This transcendental conclusion is supported
by the statements of the Vedas, the Srimad-
Bhagavatam, various puranas, the Maha-Bharata,
various Samhitas, Tantras and Pancaratric texts.
sankirtana-pravartaka sri krma-caitanya
sankirtana-yajne tanre bhaje sei dhanya
"Lord Sri Krsna Caitanya is the initiator of
sankirtana [congregational chanting of the holy name
of Lord Krsna]. One who worships Him through
sankirtana is fortunate indeed "(7/)
vintala-kamala-vaktrah pakva-bi nbadharosthas
tila-kusu na-su-nasah katnbu-kanthah su-dirghah
sphuratu hrdaya-madhye gaura-candro-natendrah
"His face is flawless like a blooming lotus and His lips
are red as ripe as bimba fruits. His nose is as beautiful
as the sesame flower and his neck is like a three-
ringed conch. He is very tall and His rod-like arms
make artistic movements while He dances. His navel
is very deep. May my Lord Gaura Candra, the king of
dancers, reveal Himself in the core of My heart." ( 72)
Caitanyera-Simhera --- References
(1) Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta Adi-Lila 3.30-31. by His
Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami
(2) Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu predicted in scripture.
text 1. By Sriman Kusakratha Dasa. The Krsna
Institute, La, Ca. 1992.
(3) ibid. SCM predicted... text 2.
(4) Sanskrit cited from the Caitanya Upanisad. text 7.
(5) Sri Caitanya-Upanisad. text 8. By HH Rohini
Kumara Swami- Vaishnava Research Institute,
Berkeley, Ca. 1984.
(6 ) Sanskrit cited from Caitanya Upanisad. text 9.
(7 ) Sanskrit cited from Caitanya Upanisad. text 11.
(8) ibid as in # 2. text 7.
(9) Conversations with Srila Prabhupada, Melbourne
Australia. 22nd May 1975. BBT 1991.
(10) SCM predicted... text 8.
(11) Sanskrit text cited from the Sama Veda. Quoted
in SCM predicted... text 9.
(12)Navadvipa-Dhama-Mahatmya- text5 (Chandogya
Upanisad) by Sriman Kusakratha dasa. The Krsna
Institute, La, Ca.1989.
(13) Svetasvatara Upalusad citation as given in the
Sri Caitanya-Caritamrta purports of HDG A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada-CC Adi-Lila 2.22.
BBT La, Ca. 1974.
(15) Sanskrit text cited from the SB 10.8.13, as cited
in the CC Adi-Lila 3.36.
(16) Bengali text cited from the CCAdi-Lila 3.37.
(17) Sanskrit text cited from the SB 11.5.27. cited
from the CC Adi-Lila 3.39.
(18) Sanskrit text cited from the SB 11.5.31. as cited
in the CC Adi-Lila 3.51.
(19) Sanskrit text cited from the SB 11.5.32. as cited
in the CC Adi-Lila 3.52. Translation by HDG A.C.
Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, BBT La, Ca.1974.
(20) Bengali text cited from the CC Adi-Lila 3.54.
(21) Bengali text cited from the CC Adi-Lila 3.57.
(22) Sanskrit text from the Stavamala (text 63), as
cited in the CC Adi-Lila 3.58.
(23) Bengali text cited from the CC Adi-Lila 3.59.
(24) Bengali excerpt cited from CC Adi-Lila 3.65.
(25) Bengali excerpt cited from CC Adi-Lila 3.71.
(26) Bengali excerpt cited from CC Adi-Lila 3.68.
(27) Bengali excerpt cited from CC Adi-Lila 3.71.
(28) Bengali excerpt cited from CC Adi-Lila 3.72.
(29) Sanskrit text cited from SB 11.5.32.
(30) Sanskrit text cited from SB 11.3.81, and cited in CC Adi-Lila 3.81 BBT La, Ca. 1974
(31) Bhagavata-Sandarbha of Srila Jiva Goswami text
2. cited from the CC Adi-Lila 3.81. BBT La, Ca 1974.
(33) The Divine Name by Raghava Chaitanya Dasa.
1954. Bombay, India. # 601. page 436. Citation from
SB 11.5.33. also cited by HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada- CC Adi-Lila 2.22 purports.
(34) SB 11.5.34. also cited in CC Adi-Lila 2.22
purports, as in #(33).
Nama-Stotra. as cited in CC Adi-Lila 3.49.
(36) Cited from the Mundaka-Uparusad 3.1.3. As
cited in the CC Adi-Lila 2.22 and CC Adi-Lila 3.49
(37) Sri Gauranga-Mahima-Sri Gauranga-Praty-
Anga-Varnanakhya-Stava-Rajah by Sri Sarvabhauma
Bhattacarya-Text 4-Gaura Vani Press-Krsna-
Balarama Dasa- Union City-Ga. 1992.
(38) Sri Caitanya-Candramrta by Srila Prabodhananda
Saraswati Prabhupada. text 11. The Krsna Institute by
Sriman Kusakratha Dasa. La, Ca, 1986.
(39) CC Adi-Lila 3.41 HDG A.C. Bhaktivedanta
Swami Prabhupada- BBT La, Ca. 1974.
(40) Sanskrit text cited from the Sri Caitanya-
Candramxta text 71
(41) Sri Gauranga-Praty-Anga-Vs khya-stava
Raja- Text 5- as in (# 37)
(42) Sri Caitanya-Candramrta text 13. as in (# 38 ).
(43) CC Adi-Lila 3.30. as in (# 39).
(44) Bengali text cited from CC Adi-Lila 3.44.
(45) Bengali text cited from Sri Caitanya-Bhagavata
(46) Sri Gauranga-Prati-Anga-Varnanakhya-Stava-
Rajah- text 12- as in (#37).
(47) ibid-text 7.
(48) ibid-text 8.
(49) ibid-text 9.
(50) Sanskrit text cited from an Upa-Purana as cited
in CC Adi-Lila 3 83.
(51) SCM predicted in the scriptures-text 22-Adi-
Purana and the Narada-Purana.
(52) ibid...text 23-Kurma-Purana.
(53) ibid...text 24-Garuda-Purana.
(54) ibid...text 25-Garuda-Purana.
(55) ibid...text 26—Garuda Purana.
(56) SCM predicted...text 30—Citation from Nrsimha-
Purana English translation. As in (#2).
(57) SCM predicted...text 31-Padma Purana.
(58) ibid-text 32 Padma-Purana.
(59) ibid-text 33 Narada-Purana.
(60) ibid-text 34 Narada-Purana.
(61) SCM predicted... text 35 Brahma-Purana.
(62) ibid... text 36 Bhavisya-Purana.
(63) ibid... text 37 Agni-Purana.
(64) ibid....text 39 Matsya-Purana.
(65) ibid... text 40 Vayu-Purana.
(66) ibid. . . text 41 Markandeya-Purana. The Krsna
Institute. La, Ca. 1992.
(67) ibid... text 43 Vamana-Purana.
(68) ibid ...texts 45 16-47-48- Vayu-Purana.
(69) CC Adi-Lila, 2.22. LDurport] BBT La, Ca. 1974.
(70) SCM predicted... texts 50-51-52-53-54-55-56-
(71)CCAdi-Lila 3.77 BBTLa,Ca.1974.
(72) Susloka-Satakam -59- Sri Gauranga Mahima-
Gaura-Vani Press, Union City, Ga. 1992.
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