Different Ages Different Approaches

Srimad Bhagavatam 10.79.01-06 - Different Ages Different Approaches (download mp3)
by Kaunteya Prabhu at ISKCON Chowpatty

SB 10.79.1
sri-suka uvaca
tatah parvany upavrtte
 pracandah pamsu-varsanah
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.

SB 10.79.2
tato ’medhya-mayam varsam
 balvalena vinirmitam
abhavad yajña-salayam
 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.

SB 10.79.3-4
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.

SB 10.79.5
tam akrsya halagrena
 balvalam gagane-caram
musalenahanat kruddho
 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.

SB 10.79.6
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.