The five people who formed the incarnation of pancha tattva were:
- Chaitanya Mahaprabhu - considered the supreme devotee or Krishna himself.
- Nityananda Prabhu - the first personal expansion of Krishna, combined with the power of Balarama, Krishna’s elder brother.
- Advaita Acharya - the incarnation or fused form of both Vishnu and Shiva combined, sometimes known as Harihara.
- Gadadhara Pandita - the fused incarnation of Lalita, Radha and Krishna’s own energy.
- Srivasa Thakura - the pure devotee of Krishna, who symbolizes devotion.
The Pancha Tattva mantra includes the names of all five incarnations. It is spoken or chanted as a means of devotion and worship, or japa meditation. Devotees believe that this mantra is the most merciful mantra that can be chanted in the age of Kali, or “age of vice,” which followers believe humanity is currently living in.