TEXT 102
ara dine aila svarupa damodara
prabhura atyanta marmi, rasera sagara
SYNONYMS
ara dine—next day; aila—came; svarupa damodaraSvarupa Damodara; prabhura—of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu; atyanta—very; marmi—intimate friend; rasera—of transcendental mellows; sagara—ocean.
TRANSLATION
Svarupa Damodara also arrived the next day. He was a very intimate friend of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, and he was an ocean of transcendental mellows.
PURPORT
"Svarupa" is one of the names of a brahmacari in Sankaracarya's disciplic succession. In the Vedic discipline there are ten names for sannyasis, and it is customary for a brahmacari assisting a sannyasi of the designation Tirtha or Asrama to receive the title Svarupa. Damodara Svarupa was formerly a resident of Navadvipa, and his name was Purusottama Acarya. When he went to Varanasi, he took sannyasa from a sannyasi designated Tirtha. Although he received the title Svarupa in his brahmacari stage, he did not change his name when he took sannyasa. Actually as a sannyasi he should have been called Tirtha, but he chose to retain his original brahmacari title as Svarupa.

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