Six handed Form

The Supreme Lord Krishna descended to the material world a second time as Lord Gauranga although this time the Lord came down as a concealed incarnation. What Lord Krishna spoke and explained as philosophy in the Bhagavat Gita and in the eleventh Canto of Srimad Bhagavatham was practically demonstrated by Lord Gauranga in the garb of a devotee.

9105017_550x550_mb_art_r0Yet during the early years of the Gauranga avatar, He displayed His godly glory on a couple of occasions. He displayed His Shada Bhuja form (Six handed form) to some of His close associates like Nityananda Prabhu, Advaita Acarya, Sarvabhauma Bhattacharya and Ramananda Raya. The six handed form of Lord Gauranga in fact represents the entirety of His philosophy. The six hands represents 3 deities namely that of Krishna, Rama and Mahaprabhu respectively. One who realizes the significance of the six handed form of Lord Gauranga clearly understands the topmost teaching of the Lord for the jeevas of Kaliyuga. The deity of Lord Rama represents straight-forwardness and honesty in dealings. It represents the inner value systems of a devotee who has the mood of service like that of Sri Rama. It also represents protecting the value-system that Lord Rama established on earth during His regime. The second deity of Krishna in the six-handed form represents upholding Dharma at any cost even if it means using indirect and apparently wayward means to establish the same. Krishna holding the flute in the form also represents the highest ideal of Lord Gauranga’s philosophy. The deity holding the flute in the six handed form is the most prominent amongst the three deities represented by the form. Hence Sri Nandanandana Krishna is the highest ideal achievable that is represented therein.

The last deity represented is that of the renunciant form of Gauranga as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. The dealings of Mahaprabhu are that of “Mahavadanyaya” or that of the most merciful one. It represents complete renunciation at heart. The devotee who follows Gauranga is one who has no other goal except Krishna and completely in abnegation of materialistic motives. The stick in the hand of the deity represents singular and steadfast dedication on the ideal of Krishna Bhajana while the kamandalu (water pot) represents unreserved distribution of Prema to one and all which represents magnanimity. Hence a devotee of the movement of Brahma Madhva Gaudiya Vaishnavism has to nurture qualities within him that render him fit for the eternal service of Sri Nandanandana and Sriji in Vraja through inculcation of the values of the highest order; by applying principles that uphold one’s Dharma at any cost without compromising on the value-system; to renounce internally the aspects of the material world that are unconnected with Krishna Bhajana and only associate with things related to Krishna; try to spread the glories of Krishna Bhajana to people who are inoffensive. Thus the six-handed deity form of Lord Gauranga represents the highest conceivable aspect of spiritual life.

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