CC Madhya 16.75
- krama kari’ kahe prabhu ‘vaiṣṇava’-lakṣaṇa
- ‘vaiṣṇava’, ‘vaiṣṇavatara’, āra ‘vaiṣṇavatama’
krama kari’—dividing according to grades; kahe prabhu—Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu spoke; vaiṣṇava-lakṣaṇa—the symptoms of Vaiṣṇavas; vaiṣṇava—the ordinary Vaiṣṇava (the positive platform); vaiṣṇava-tara—the better Vaiṣṇava (the comparative platform); āra—and; vaiṣṇava-tama—the best Vaiṣṇava (the superlative platform).
In this way, Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu taught the distinctions between different types of Vaiṣṇavas—the Vaiṣṇava, Vaiṣṇavatara and Vaiṣṇavatama. He thus successively explained all the symptoms of a Vaiṣṇava to the inhabitants of Kulīna-grāma.