Pancha Tattva

Pancha tattva means “five truths.” These personalities are five aspects of the whole truth of God.
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.

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