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What is meaning of Prabhupāda or Viṣṇupāda?

“Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself, Śrī Kṛṣṇa, and all His servants address Him as Prabhupāda. This means that there are many prabhus taking shelter under His lotus feet.” The pure Vaiṣṇava is addressed as prabhu, and this address is an etiquette observed between Vaiṣṇavas. When many prabhus remain under the shelter of the lotus feet of another prabhu, the address Prabhupāda is given. Śrī NityānandaPrabhu and Śrī AdvaitaPrabhu are also addressed as Prabhupāda. Śrī CaitanyaMahāprabhu, Śrī AdvaitaPrabhu and Śrī NityānandaPrabhu are all viṣṇutattva, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Lord Viṣṇu. Therefore all living entities are under Their lotus feet. Lord Viṣṇu is the eternal Lord of everyone, and the representative of Lord Viṣṇu is the Lord’s confidential servant. Such a person acts as the spiritual master for neophyte Vaiṣṇavas; therefore the spiritual master is as respectable as Śrī KṛṣṇaCaitanya or Lord Viṣṇu Himself. For this reason the spiritual master is addressed as Oṁ Viṣṇupāda or Prabhupāda. The ācārya, the spiritual master, is generally respected by others as Śrīpāda, and the initiated Vaiṣṇavas are addressed as PrabhuPrabhu, Prabhupāda and Viṣṇupāda are described in revealed scriptures like Śrīmad-BhāgavatamCaitanyacaritāmṛta and Caitanyabhāgavata. In this regard, these scriptures present evidence accepted by unalloyed devotees.The prākṛta-sahajiyās are not even worthy of being called Vaiṣṇavas. They think that only castegosvāmīs should be called Prabhupāda. Such ignorant sahajiyās call themselves vaiṣṇavadāsaanudāsa, which means the servant of the servant of the Vaiṣṇavas. However, they are opposed to addressing a pure Vaiṣṇava as Prabhupāda. In other words, they are envious of a bona fide spiritual master who is addressed as Prabhupāda, and they commit offenses by considering a bona fide spiritual master an ordinary human being or a member of a certain caste. Śrīla Bhaktisiddhānta Sarasvatī Ṭhākura describes such sahajiyās as most unfortunate. Because of their misconceptions, they fall into a hellish condition.

Ref>>Srila Prabhupada Vani.

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