CC Madhya 20.354

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Śrī Caitanya-caritāmṛta - Madhya-līlā - Chapter 20: Lord Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu Instructs Sanātana Gosvāmī in the Science of the Absolute Truth
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His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada



TEXT 354

avatāra nāhi kahe—‘āmi avatāra’
muni saba lāni’ kare lakṣaṇa-vicāra


SYNONYMS

avatāra—the actual incarnation of Godhead; nāhi—never; kahe—says; āmi avatāra—I am an incarnation; muni—the great sage Mahāmuni Vyāsadeva; saba jāni’—knowing all (past, present and future); kare lakṣaṇa-vicāra—describes the symptoms of the avatāras.


TRANSLATION

“An actual incarnation of God never says ‘I am God’ or ‘I am an incarnation of God.’ The great sage Vyāsadeva, knowing all, has already recorded the characteristics of the avatāras in the śāstras.


PURPORT

In this verse it is clearly stated that a real incarnation of God never claims to be a real incarnation. According to the symptoms described in the śāstra, one can understand who is an avatāra and who is not.


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