|Madhya-līlā||Chapter 20: Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Instructs Sanātana Gosvāmī in the Science of the Absolute Truth|
Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritāmṛta Madhya 20.264
māyātīta paravyome sabāra avasthāna
viśve avatari' dhare 'avatāra' nāma
māyā-atīta — beyond the material nature; para-vyome — in the spiritual sky; sabāra — all of them; avasthāna — residence; viśve — within the material universe; avatari' — coming down; dhare — take; avatāra nāma — the name avatāra.
"All the expansions of Lord Kṛṣṇa are actually residents of the spiritual world. But when they descend into the material world, they are called incarnations [avatāras].
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