Srimad Bhagavatam 10.79.01-06 - Different Ages Different Approaches (download mp3)
by Kaunteya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty
tatah parvany upavrtte
bhimo vayur abhud rajan
puya-gandhas tu sarvasah
Sukadeva Gosvami said: Then, on the new-moon day, O King, a fierce and frightening wind arose, scattering dust all about and spreading the smell of pus everywhere.
tato ’medhya-mayam varsam
so ’nvadrsyata sula-dhrk
Next, onto the sacrificial arena came a downpour of abominable things sent by Balvala, after which the demon himself appeared, trident in hand.
tam vilokya brhat-kayam
sasmara musalam ramah
halam ca daitya-damanam
te turnam upatasthatuh
The immense demon resembled a mass of black carbon. His topknot and beard were like molten copper, and his face had horrible fangs and furrowed eyebrows. Upon seeing him, Lord Balarama thought of His club, which tears to pieces His enemies’ armies, and His plow weapon, which punishes the demons. Thus summoned, His two weapons appeared before Him at once.
tam akrsya halagrena
murdhni brahma-druham balah
With the tip of His plow Lord Balarama caught hold of the demon Balvala as he flew through the sky, and with His club the Lord angrily struck that harasser of brahmanas on the head.
so ’patad bhuvi nirbhinna-
lalato ’srk samutsrjan
muñcann arta-svaram sailo
yatha vajra-hato ’runah
Balvala cried out in agony and fell to the ground, his forehead cracked open and gushing blood. He resembled a red mountain struck by a lightning bolt.
According to the acaryas, the demon appeared reddish with blood, like a mountain red with oxide.