Hare Krsna,

What is the meaning of 'Godhead' in "Supreme Personality of Godhead"?

Does it mean Ishwar tattva like Ram, Narsimha dev, Krishna, etc?? 

What is the difference between God and Godhead??

Please help me clarifying these doubts.


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  • Hare Krsna
    Godhead means Vaikuntha or the spiritual world. Goloka Vrandavana is the highest spiritual planet.
    Prabhupada started the Back to Godhead magazines. It means back to the spiritual world.
    Elsewhere it is said that those who worship Laksmi-Narayana go to Vaikuntha, those who worship Sita-Ram go to Ayodhya Dham and those who worship Radha-Krsna go to Goloka. Depending upon the inclination of the devotee, he attains a respective spiritual planet. All of these are Godhead since it is mentioned in the Bhagavatam that both Narayana and Lord Ram are also the Supreme Personality of Godhead.
    I hope you get the picture!
    Hari Bol!
  • Hare Krishna.,

    "krishnastu bhagwan swayam" Krishna is the original personality of Godhead. He is one without a second. 

    Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa, the Personality of Godhead, is distinguished from other incarnations. He is counted amongst the avatāras (incarnations) . But actually he is the cause of all causes. From Him came out all Incarnations. Every incarnation has  purpose to descend to the Earth. Every Incarnations displayed a specific opulence of Krishna in maximum. While all other opulences were not displayed all in all in any incarnation other than Krishna. In Krishnaavatar he displayed all his 6 opulences in maxium potential.  Krishna avatar is called paripoorna avatar that is why.

    Lord Nṛsiṁha and Lord Paraśurāma displayed the Lord’s power to kill all the disobedient kings 

    Rāma and Dhanvantari -displayed fame.

    Balarāma, Mohinī and Vāmana exhibited His beauty.

    Dattātreya, Matsya, Kumāra and Kapila exhibited His transcendental knowledge.

    So all the different indirectly or directly empowered incarnations of the Lord manifested different features, but Lord Kṛṣṇa, the primeval Lord, exhibited the complete features of Godhead, and thus it is confirmed that He is the source of all other incarnations. And the most extraordinary feature exhibited by Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa was His internal energetic manifestation of His pastimes with the cowherd girls.

    SO, godhead feature is that who exhibits all the 6 opulences in full.  The Lord is naturally endowed with His six opulences. Specifically, He is the richest, He is the most powerful, He is the most famous, He is the most beautiful, He is the greatest in knowledge, and He is the greatest renouncer as well.

    The summum bonum Kṛṣṇa is one without a second. He Himself has expanded Himself in various parts, portions and particles as svayaṁ-rūpa, svayam-prakāśa, tad-ekātmā, prābhava, vaibhava, vilāsa, avatāra, āveśa, and jīvas,all provided with innumerable energies just suitable to the respective persons and personalities. Learned scholars in transcendental subjects have carefully analyzed the summum bonum Kṛṣṇa to have sixty-four principal attributes. 

    But Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the possessor of the attributes cent percent. And His personal expansions such as svayam-prakāśa and tad-ekātmā, up to the categories of the avatāras who are all viṣṇu-tattva, possess up to ninety-three percent of these transcendental attributes.

    Lord Śiva, who is neither avatāra nor āveśa nor in between them, possesses almost eighty-four percent of the attributes.

     But the jīvas, or the individual living beings in different statuses of life, possess up to the limit of seventy-eight percent of the attributes.

     In the conditioned state of material existence, the living being possesses these attributes in very minute quantity, varying in terms of the pious life of the living being.

    The most perfect of living beings is Brahmā, the supreme administrator of one universe. He possesses seventy-eight percent of the attributes in full.

    All other demigods have the same attributes in less quantity, whereas human beings possess the attributes in very minute quantity. 

    The standard of perfection for a human being is to develop the attributes up to seventy-eight percent in full. The living being can never possess attributes like Śiva, Viṣṇu or Lord Kṛṣṇa.  He can become a Brahmā in due course.

    To SUMMERISE--Therefore we can summarize as
    Lord Krishna. 64 qualities or 100%
    Vishnu Tattva. 60 qualities or ~93%
    Shiva Tattva. 54 qualities or ~84%
    Jiva Tattva. 50 qualities or ~78%

    https://nitaaiveda.com/Compiled_and_Imp_Scriptures/Glories_of_Lord_...  << please refer.

    . The abode of Lord Kṛṣṇa above all spiritual planets is called Kṛṣṇaloka or Goloka Vṛndāvana, and the perfected living being, by developing seventy-eight percent of the above attributes in fullness, can enter the planet of Kṛṣṇaloka after leaving the present material body.

    So godhead refers to the divinity which is expressed by Lord In full cent percent.  Krishna is called Supreme personality of Godhead because Lord Kṛṣṇa has no other source than Himself. Although in other places the incarnations are described as bhagavān because of their specific functions, nowhere are they declared to be the Supreme Personality. In this stanza the word svayam signifies the supremacy as the summum bonum.

    source: http://www.vedabase.com/en/sb/1/3/28 

    Hare Krishna.

    • Thanks a lot Gayatri Mataji...

      I was missing this info of percentage of qualities in Krsna, Vishnu tattva, Shiva Tattva and Jiva Tattva..

      Hare Krsna

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