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Why Godhead Instead of Just God?

We describe Krishna as the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Why do we say "Godhead" instead of the simpler, more commonly understood and accepted term "God"? We could just say that Krishna is God. We learned this term "Godhead" from Srila Prabhupada, and we use it because he uses it. So why does he use it? Srila Prabhupada has not invented anything new. He has simply presented the timeless message of the Vedas in the most powerful, compassionate, and attractive way to relieve the suffering humanity from the countless distresses of material existence. This term "Godhead" is the English translation of the Sanskrit word "Bhagavan," which appears in the very first verse of the Srimad Bhagavatam and means "one who is full in all opulences." These opulences are six in number: power, beauty, renunciation, knowledge, wealth, fame. The Sanskrit word for God is "ishvara," which means controller. This word covers the opulence of power, but it does not accurately convey the other five opulences. Therefore the term "Godhead" is a more accurate and complete designation for the Supreme Person.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari

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