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Sri Sadbhuja - Rama, Krishna and Gaura - The Purport of the Threefold Identity

Raga - Mon, 22 Apr 2002 00:57:05 +0530
In the Caitanya Caritamrta, Adi-lila, 17.13, it is stated:

prathame sad-bhuja tanre dekhaila isvara

One day, the Lord showed to Him (Nityananda) the six-armed form, holding conchshell, disc, club, lotus flower, bow and flute in His hands.

Also, it is told in the Caitanya Bhagavata, Sesa-khanda, Chapter Three, how Mahaprabhu showed the sad-bhuja form to Sarvabhauma Bhattacarya.

Srila Jagannatha Dasa Babaji used to worship a sadbhuja-murti (which is presently located next to Nidhuvan in Vrindavan), and I believe Siddha Madhusudana Dasa Babaji also worshiped Sri Sadbhuja at one time.

It is known that this form is a joint form of Rama, Krishna and Mahaprabhu. What is the significance of this form? Particularly, what is its essential meaning within the realm of Gaudiya sadhana?
Gaurasundara - Wed, 03 Sep 2003 04:39:30 +0530
A very interesting topic indeed!

I wonder if Raga (now Madhava) or anyone else has anything to contribute after a long period of time?
dhaa - Wed, 03 Sep 2003 10:14:14 +0530
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Gaurasundara - Wed, 03 Sep 2003 22:39:23 +0530
What a very beautiful picture!

And while we're on the subject of Sri Sad-bhuja, what about Sri Asta-bhuja?

After all, Sriman Mahaprabhu did manifest a form with eight arms. What is the significance of that?
Radhapada - Fri, 05 Sep 2003 05:34:42 +0530
The form of Sad Bhuja rupa is a manifestation of Mahaprabhu's divinity as Godhead. It is pastimes as this that remind the devotees of Mahaprabhu being the worshipable Supreme Lord of the Vaisnavas, be they devotees of Sri Rama, or Sri Krsna. In Radha bhava, Mahaprabhu behaved as one who was mad after Krsna. But there were occations when He exhibited his Godhead qualities to the bhaktas.

Of course, it still doesn't answer the question to its significance in Gaudiya Vaisnava sadhana. blush.gif