Canto 1: CreationChapter 3: Krishna Is the Source of All Incarnations

Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Srimad Bhagavatam 1.3.23

ekonavimse vimsatime

vrishnishu prapya janmani

rama-krishnav iti bhuvo

bhagavan aharad bharam

SYNONYMS

ekonavimse -- in the nineteenth; vimsatime -- in the twentieth also; vrishnishu -- in the Vrishni dynasty; prapya -- having obtained; janmani -- births; rama -- Balarama; krishnau -- Sri Krishna; iti -- thus; bhuvah -- of the world; bhagavan -- the Personality of Godhead; aharat -- removed; bharam -- burden.

TRANSLATION

In the nineteenth and twentieth incarnations, the Lord advented Himself as Lord Balarama and Lord Krishna in the family of Vrishni [the Yadu dynasty], and by so doing He removed the burden of the world.

PURPORT

The specific mention of the word bhagavan in this text indicates that Balarama and Krishna are original forms of the Lord. This will be further explained later. Lord Krishna is not an incarnation of the purusha, as we learned from the beginning of this chapter. He is directly the original Personality of Godhead, and Balarama is the first plenary manifestation of the Lord. From Baladeva the first phalanx of plenary expansions, Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Aniruddha and Pradyumna, expands. Lord Sri Krishna is Vasudeva, and Baladeva is Sankarshana.

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