Smart Quote of the Day, December 4, 2019

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"…the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda…is the original person — nondual, infallible, and without beginning. Although He expands into unlimited forms, He is still the original, and although He is the oldest person, He always appears as a fresh youth."

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This is a quote from Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.42

[This chapter describes how the Supreme Personality of Godhead Nrsimhadeva disappeared, after pleasing His devotee, the saintly prince Prahlada Maharaja. It also describes a benediction given by Lord Siva.]

TRANSLATION

In this narration about Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, various expansions or incarnations of the Lord have been described, and the killing of the two demons Hiranyaksa and Hiranyakasipu has also been described.

PURPORT (excerpt):

Avataras, or incarnations, are expansions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead — Krishna, Govinda.


advaitam acyutam anadim ananta-rupam
 adyam purana-purusam nava-yauvanam ca
vedesu durlabham adurlabham atma-bhaktau
 govindam adi-purusam tam aham bhajami

“I worship the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Govinda, who is the original person — nondual, infallible, and without beginning. Although He expands into unlimited forms, He is still the original, and although He is the oldest person, He always appears as a fresh youth. Such eternal, blissful and all-knowing forms of the Lord cannot be understood by the academic wisdom of the Vedas, but they are always manifest to pure, unalloyed devotees.” (Brahma-samhita 5.33)

The Brahma-samhita describes the avataras. Indeed, all the avataras are described in the authentic scriptures. No one can become an avatara, or incarnation, although this has become fashionable in the Age of Kali.

The avataras are described in the authentic scriptures (sastras), and therefore before one risks accepting a pretender as an avatara, one should refer to the sastras. The sastras say everywhere that Krishna is the original Personality of Godhead and that He has innumerable avataras, or incarnations.

Elsewhere in the Brahma-samhita it is said, ramadi-murtisu kala-niyamena tisthan: Rama, Nrsimha, Varaha and many others are consecutive expansions of the Supreme Personality of Godhead.



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