“[…]The manifestations of the Supreme are also explained in Caitanya-caritāmṛta. After offering respects to Lord Caitanya, Kṛṣṇadāsa Kavirāja next offers them to Nityānanda. He explains that Nityānanda is a manifestation of Saṅkarṣaṇa, who is the origin of the Mahā-Viṣṇu. Kṛṣṇa’s first manifestation is as Balarāma and then Saṅkarṣaṇa, and after Saṅkarṣaṇa He is manifest as Pradyumna. In this way so many expansions take place. Although there are many expansions, Lord Śrī Kṛṣṇa is the origin, as confirmed in Brahma-saṁhitā. […]”http://causelessmercy.com/?P=TLCIntoduction
Thankyou Bhakta Peter for this Quote. Although Lord Balarama was originally worshiped by all of Humanity, with the onset of Kali Yuga (Age = Yuga) proper information and realization of His Self Revelation became distorted and then forgotten by much of the Human family. However, the ancient Sanskrit Vedic-Vaishnava Shastras (Scriptures) and Their AUTHORIZED COMMENTARIES are like a ‘time machine’ that can take us all of the way back to the Original Revelation, to MEET the Divine Revelator and Master of Mysteries, Lord Balarama HIMSELF!
Although the revelatory theology of Lord Balarama, Sri Krishna’s Second Self, is spread throughout ALL of the Vedic-Vaishnava Scriptures, in the Gaudiya Vaishnava Tradition of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the traditional ancient Brahma Lineage Theology of Lord Balarama is especially preserved and elaborated-on in the context of describing the attributes, activities and theology of Sri Nityanananda-Balarama, Who is considered to be Lord Balarama’s Avatara in the Divine Lila of Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai.
Thus to understand Lord Balarama from the Gaudiya-related perspective of the Brahma Sampradaya (Lineage) of Vaishnavism, which is historically and theologically related to the Afro-Helleno-Semitic Judeo-cCatholic Tradition of the ancient Mediterranean, one should carefully study the Vaishnava Scriptural Translations and Traditional Gaudiya Vaishnava Commentaries of the Modern Era Gaudiya Vaishnava Master, Srila Prabhupada.
Throughout his written and oral teachings, Srila Prabhupada expounded in great depth on the Divine Revelation of Lord Balarama as the Second Self (or Second Person) of the Supreme Personality of Godhead. This theology of Lord Balarama, as explained repeatedly and in many different ways throughout Srila Prabhupada’s books and lectures, is identical to the theology of the Revelation of the Second Person of the Godhead in the Rhodes-related Afro-Helleno-Semitic Judeo-cCatholic Tradition, and the Second Person of the Tri-Kaya in Pure Land Buddhism.
Regrettably, with their exclusivistic and even ‘sectarian’ party-spirit focus on Gopi Bhava, many Devotees in the recent generation of Global ISKCON-related Gaudiya Vaishnavas have not shown much interest in deep study, contemplation and worship of Lord Balarama. As Lord Balarama is the Original Spiritual Master and the Rig Vedic Purusha as the Universal Savior Whose Cosmic Self-Sacrifice ‘Takes Away the Sins of the World’, and as He is the ONLY Initiator into the Divine Love Mysteries of Sri Sri Radha-Krishna, then this somewhat neglect of Lord Baladeva by certain Gaudiya Vaishnavas is certainly very regrettable.
In fact, for decades such neglectful Gaudiya Vaishnavas have opposed and attacked me for merely repeating what Srila Prabhupada has himself written and said about Lord Baladeva / Balarama! This is because they themselves are lacking realized knowledge about Him, because they have subtly been spiritually avoiding Him, thinking that they can somehow experience Sri Sri Radha-Krishna DIRECTLY without REALLY surrendering to Lord Balarama! Thus due to their avoidance of Lord Balarama, such Devotees are completely unable to recognize and appreciate HIs Saving Presence in the history and theology of the rest of Humanity. Actually, by avoiding Lord Balarama, they cannot make any real progress in their spiritual lives, because THERE IS NO QUESTION OF GETTING THE MERCY OF SRI SRI RADHA-KRISHNA WITHOUT FIRST GETTING THE MERCY OF LORD BALARAMA.
In Gaudiya Vaishvava terms, THERE IS NO QUESTION OF GETTING THE MERCY OF SRI CHAITANYA MAHAPRABHU WITHOUT FIRST GETTING THE MERCY OF SRI NITYANANDA-BALARAMA.
In the Judeo-cCatholic (Apostolic Christian) Tradition, “none come to the Father (HERU-HELI-ELI-HARI the First Person of the Godhead), except by the Son (BAL-YAHU the Second Person of the Godhead)”. The Third Person of the Godhead is the Lord of the Heart, the Holy Spirit, ATUM-ATEN-ATOMOS-ADONiah / Param-Atman. In Pure Land Buddhism These Three Persons are the Tri-Kaya of 1. Bhagavan (HARI / HRIH as the Dharma Kaya, Adi Purusha, Purusottama, or Amitabha), 2. Amitayus (HARI / HRIH as the Samboghya Kaya, Nirmanya Kaya or Avalokiteshvara) and 3. HARI / HRIH as Rupa Kaya, Who dwells in the Heart of all beings and things.
In ALL of these and related Revelatory Traditions, the Second Person of the Godhead is the ONLY WAY, TRUTH and LIFE, and NO ONE ‘COMES TO THE ‘FATHER’ / The FIRST PERSON, BUT BY (VIA) THE SECOND PERSON OF THE GODHEAD. This Theology is universal and simply understood, as the Second Person of the Godhead is the Mediator between souls and The First Person, and the sole Revelator of the First Person. He is also the Expressed Mercy and Loving GATHERING-IN of the First Person.
All Glories to Lord Baladeva WHO IS THE SECOND PERSON OF THE GODHEAD, the ORIGINAL SPIRITUAL MASTER AND SAVIOR-DELIVERER OF ALL SOULS AND WORLDS!
…And All Glories to Lord Balarama’s Representative, Saint Srila Prabhupada, who came not only to ‘..save the Western Countries from impersonalism and voidism’, but who came to ALL HUMANITY to restore and revive Humanity’s Primal HARI NAMA Revelatory Tradition of Sri Sri Radha and Krishna and Lord Balarama, the sole Master of Their Divine Love Mysteries!