|Madhya-līlā||Chapter 20: Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Instructs Sanātana Gosvāmī in the Science of the Absolute Truth|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 20.184
tad-ekātma-rūpe 'vilāsa', 'svāḿśa' — dui bheda
vilāsa, svāḿśera bhede vividha vibheda
tat-ekātma-rūpe — in the form of tad-ekātma; vilāsa — pastime; svāḿśa — personal expansion; dui bheda — two divisions; vilāsa — of the pastime expansion; svāḿśera — of the personal expansion; bhede — by differences; vividha — various; vibheda — distinctions.
"In the tad-ekātma-rūpa there are pastime expansions [vilāsa] and personal expansions [svāḿśa]. Consequently there are two divisions. According to pastime and personal expansion, there are various differences.
The Lord's vilāsa expansions are described in the following verse from the Laghu-bhāgavatāmṛta (1.15):
svarūpam anyākāraḿ yat tasya bhāti vilāsataḥ
prāyeṇātma-samaḿ śaktyā sa vilāso nigadyate
"When the Lord displays numerous forms with different features by His inconceivable potency, such forms are called vilāsa-vigrahas."
The Lord's svāḿśa expansions are also described in the Laghu-bhāgavatāmṛta (1.17):
tādṛśo nyūna-śaktiḿ yo vyanakti svāḿśa īritaḥ
sańkarṣaṇādir matsyādir yathā tat-tat-svadhāmasu
When a form of Kṛṣṇa is nondifferent from the original form but is less important and exhibits less potency, it is called svāḿśa. Examples of svāḿśa expansions can be found in the quadruple forms of the Lord residing in their respective places, beginning with Sańkarṣaṇa, Vāsudeva, Pradyumna and Aniruddha, and also in the puruṣa-avatāras, līlā-avatāras, manvantara-avatāras and yuga-avatāras.
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