Pancha tattva means “five
truths.” These personalities are five aspects of the whole truth
In the center is Lord Chaitanya, who is Krishna Himself disguised as
a devotee. He came to earth 500 years ago to teach and spread pure love
of God by chanting the holy names.
To our left, wearing blue, is Lord Nityananda, who is Balarama, Krishna’s
brother and first expansion. He is considered to be the original spiritual
master. He is also acting as a devotee, but it is not as much of a disguise
since He does in fact worship Krishna even as Balarama.
To our far left is Advaita, with white hair and beard, who is an incarnation
of Maha-Vishnu. He came to earth first, to call Krishna to come and
save the fallen people.
To the right of Lord Chaitanya is Gadadhara. He is understood to be
Krishna’s energy. In other words he is an expansion of Radharani.
It is interesting that he is in a male form when Radharani is in a female
form. The reason is that in this pastime, Krishna was to play the role
of a sannyasi, a renounced monk, and no one in a female body would be
allowed to be close to Him. Anyone who wanted to take part in this pastime
as an intimate associate of Lord Chaitanya would have to be male.
To the far right is Srivas, who was a pure devotee of the Lord and assisted
in the pastime of starting the massive movement of congregational chanting
of the holy name.
They are five truths in this way: They are the Lord, His expansion,
His incarnation, His energy, and His pure devotee. All together they
are the complete understanding.