Before the Great Schism that divided Shaivism and Vaishnavism, they were two devotional cultuses of the SAME RELIGION, Devotion to Lord Baladeva. It is BAL YAHU who appeared as the Benevolent Vishnu Manifestations AND as the so-called wrathful Forms of Shiva!
Thus the personalist Tradition of Buddhist Bhakti Yoga still considers BOTH the Forms of Lokeshvara (Vishnu) and of Maheshvara (Shiva) to originate from the Persons of the Trikaya. In ancient Egypt and the Levant They were HERU-AUSU-ATUM and ELI-YAHU-ADON. In India at Vrindavan-Mathura They were/are Krishna-Balarama-Paramatman. In Pure Land Buddhism They were/are the Trikaya of HRIH as Amitabha-Amitayus-Rupa Kaya.
The Great Schism figures into the Bible Narrative and the history of Greece, Rome and Egypt around the persistent Left Hand Tantric corruptions of the pseudo-dionysian human-sacrificing and cannibalistic groups like the Maenads and Bacchants. At some point or multiple points in time, when these Sahajiya and tamasic heterodox traditions gained in power, it caused the devotees of the TRUE DIONYSOS LORD BALADEVA, BAAL and BAL to put-away His Names and Titles, and even His Form, from out of public worship. They did this to prevent further desecration of the Lord’s Holy Name and Form. Eventually these waves of brutal excess and madness (the word probably comes from the Maenads and their Mead) led to a permanent mega-schism between the ‘Right’ (Dexter, Dhakshina) and ‘Left’ (Sinister) Hand Traditions of Helios Kouros and Kouros Dionysos. The ELI/HELI/HERU/ HRIH Dexter traditions went off historically in one direction and the BAL-YAHU groups went off in another, resulting in the two separate Traditions of Vaishnavisma nd Shaivism today. It should be noted that the same things actually divide these two traditions today….They are united in the Highest SATTVIC Form of Shiva and Vishnu worship, but in the lowest form of Shiva Worship, which is always tamasic, there can be no unity because the MORAL THEOLOGY OF VAISHNAVISM IS ALWAYS SATTVIC and the moral theology of the lowest forms of Shaivism is always tamasic. Think about Lord Baladeva being intoxicated on the VARUNI or Madhu flowing from the bee hives in the trees in Goloka Vrindavan! He is the Hirophant of Rhoda and Kouros Helios. He is the Choreagoes and Coru-alous Who leads the Circle Dnace of Divine Love. He is the Original Dionysos, but He must NEVER be ‘worshiped’ by the imitation of some drunken lusty fool who surrounds himself with intoxicated Maenads who will have orgies with him until they eventually tear him apart and eat him alive! The SATTVIC worship of Lord Bal-Yahu should not have to be repeatedly ‘put away’ in history because of the chronic problem of the arising of these tamasic heresies. As the Highest Shiva or Marugan, Lord Baladeva can be worshiped in Sattva Guna. Srila Prabhupada used to tell us to just rise up to the mode of goodness. We can worship the Highest Shiva because HE IS LORD BALADEVA HIMSELF, AND CAN ONLY BE PROPERLY WORSHIPED FROM THE MORAL THEOLOGY PLATFORM OF THE MODE OF GOODNESS.
The past unity and future reconciliation of Vaishnavism and Sattvic Theistic Shaivism is a certainty, but how long it takes this to happen depends upon us. How willing are we to give up our tamasic gluttonous life-styles full of unnecessary flesh eating, intoxication, sinful sexploitation and sexual predation and gambling, and other such degrading and destructive evils?
Alcohol was consumed in Vedic culture, and Baladeva’s favorite drink is Madhu – Honey Wine, called Mead today. The word Mead is derived from Madhu, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mead and http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?termmead
HONEY (Chin., m_; Sansk., madhu, mead, honey,—cf. A. S., medo, medu, mead; Greek , GREEK, in which _ or _ is changed into _; Lat., mel; Fr., miel; A. S., …
He is Lord Çiva who carries a trident (kunta-dhäré and triçülé), who is terrifying (bébhatsé)…
He is Lord Nåsiàha who wears a garland of entrails (antra-mälé).
From Lord Balarama’s 1000 Names…
Baladeva IS Narahari and Lord Siva!
çrédharaù çrédharo lélä-
dharo giri-dharo dhuré
He resides in Goloka (goloka-dhäma-dhiñaëa). The gopés’ embraces have become His necklace (gopikä-kaëöha-bhüñaëa). He is the master of the goddess of fortune (çrédhara). He is the master of all handsomeness, glory, and opulence (çrédhara). He is playful (lélä-dhara). He lifted Govardhana Hill (giri-dhara). He is the maintainer of the world (dhuré).
kunta-dhäré triçülé ca
He is Lord Çiva who carries a trident (kunta-dhäré and triçülé), who is terrifying (bébhatsé), who roars ferociously (gharghara-svana), who with His trident attacked an elephant (çüla-sücy-arpita-gaja), who wears an elephant-skin garemnt (gaja-carma-dhara), and who rides on an elephant (gajé).
He is Lord Nåsiàha who wears a garland of entrails (antra-mälé). He is Lord Çiva who wears a necklace of skulls (muëòa-mälé), who is ferocious (vyälé), who carries a cluâ (daëòaka-maëòalu), who is accompanied by Vetälas (vetäla-bhåd), who is accompanied by ghosts ¨bhüta-saìgha), and who is accompanied by Küñmäëòas (küñmäëòa-gaëa-samvåta).
måòänéço måòo våñaù
He is Lord Çiva who is the master of the Pramathas (pramatheça), the master of the Paçus (paçu-pati), the husband of Pärvaté (måòänéça), gentle (måòa), powerful (våña), the killer of His enemies (kåtänta-käla-saìghäri), most exalted (küöa), and who appears as Bhairava at the end of time (kalpänta-bhairava).
kharparäsé viñäçé ca
He is Kärttikeya, who has siø heads (ñaò-änana). He is Vérabhadra (véra-bhadra). He destroyed the Dakña-yajïa (dakña-yajïa-vighätaka). He eats from a bowl that is a skull (kharparäsé).He drinks poison (viñäçé), holds a çakti weapon in His hand (çakti-hasta), and grants auspiciousness (çivärthada).