The Bare realities of Life

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.15.34-35 - The Bare realities of Life (download mp3)
by Madhavendra Puri at Prabhu ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.15.34

balasya lilayotsrsta-
talas cakampire sarve
maha-vaterita iva

Because of Lord Balarama’s pastime of throwing the body of the ass demon into the top of the tallest palm tree, all the trees began shaking and striking against one another as if blown about by powerful winds.

SB 10.15.35

naitac citram bhagavati
hy anante jagad-isvare
ota-protam idam yasmims
tantusv anga yatha patah

My dear Pariksit, that Lord Balarama killed Dhenukasura is not such a wonderful thing, considering that He is the unlimited Personality of Godhead, the controller of the entire universe. Indeed, the entire cosmos rests upon Him just as a woven cloth rests upon its own horizontal and vertical threads.

Unfortunate persons cannot appreciate the blissful pastimes of the Supreme Lord. In this connection Srila Jiva Gosvami explains that the Supreme Lord possesses unlimited potency and strength, as expressed here by the word anante. The Lord exhibits a tiny fraction of His power according to the need of a particular situation. Lord Balarama desired to vanquish the gang of demoniac asses who had unlawfully seized the Talavana forest, and therefore He exhibited just enough divine opulence to easily kill Dhenukasura and the other demons.