Lord Balaram, the source of the Vishnu Murtis

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May Lord Balaram, the source of all the Vishnu murtis, be merciful upon us. Sri Balabhadra, who is the very first expansion of Swayam Bhagvan Sri Krishna and the embodiment of the Sandhini Shakti of the Lord, is famous as Sankarshan in Dwaraka and is one of the four personalities of the first Chaturvyuha of Vasudev, Sankarshan, Pradyumna and Aniruddha. In the second Chaturvyuha, he is eternally residing in one of the Vaikuntha planets as Maha Sankarshan, who is also the worshipful Lord of Lord Shiva, for he eternally meditates on this form of the Lord. It is from this Maha Sankarshan form of Lord Balaram that Karanodakshayi Vishnu, Garbhodakshayi Vishnu and Kshirodakshayi Vishnu expand for the purpose of the material manifestation. In his form as the Karanodakshayi Vishnu, he lies down in the casual ocean and upon his exhaling, innumerous universes emerge from each and every pore of his transcendental body. He then enters into each of the universes as Garbhodakshayi Vishnu, from whose lotus navel a divine lotus flower springs forth, which is the birthplace of the Creator Lord Brahma. After the creation of the universe, the Lord further enters into each and every living entity and into each and every particle of the creation in the form of Kshirodakshayi Vishnu, who is also referred to as the Paramatma. He further expands as Ananta Shesha, the resting place of Sri Vishnu, and all the personal paraphernalia of the Lord. He is thus also the root of the other incarnations of the Lord such as Matsya, Kurma, Varaha and so forth, who appear on this earth in various forms to deliver the saintly people and destroy the demons. Therefore, it can be understood that, although Sri Krishna is the ultimate source of all these forms of Vishnu, for he is also the ultimate source of Lord Balaram, yet from the perspective of the Creation of the material world, they are actually all the expansions of Lord Balaram. These topics have been described and explained in great detail in Srimad Bhagawatam and other transcendental literatures. However, owing to the limited intelligence that we have due to being in the conditioned state of life and having been contaminated by being in constant association of the three modes of material nature since time immemorial, it is nearly incomprehensible for us to truly appreciate the inconceivable transcendental expansions of the Lord and his act of the material creation. We can therefore simply bow down with utmost humility and devotion to the Lotus feet of Lord Balaram, and beg for his mercy so that we may someday be able to understand a drop of his unlimited potencies.