Question: pranams to all.
jai shrila gurudeva!
can someone here pls xplain why
Shri Caitanya Mahaprabhu is called bhakta.rupa
Shri Nityananda Prabhu ist bhakta.svarupa?
Krishna is God as Krishna. Krishna becomes a devotee as Gaur. So He becomes Bhakta-rupa. That form of Krishna in which He is a devotee.
Nitai is a devotee as Balaram. And Balaram is still a devotee as Nitai. So bhakta-svarupa means that form which was a devotee originally and which is a devotee now.
Nitai Balaram is a devotee in both Lilas. That’s why He is bhakta-svarupa. He didn’t have to change much for Gaur Lila.
But Gaur-Krishna is a devotee only in Gaur Lila that’s why He had to change a lot. Hence, He became bhakta-rupa and not bhakta-svarupa.