So, Balarama Ji or Nityananda Prabhu (who are non-different) are considered as param guru by exalted Gaudiya Saints. It is also said that Krishna is the original guru tattva who manifests as Balarama Ji (in Krishna Lila) or Nityananda Prabhu (in Gaur Lila).
Nityananda Prabhu is the ocean of mercy, and more merciful than Chaitanya Mahaprabhu.
Mahaprabhu is none other than Krishna in the mood of Srimati Radharani and came to experience the topmost Radha Dashyam and Radha Snehadika bhav (which is the core inner confidential rasa or mode of worship of Gaudiya Vaishnavas).
In keeping in line with this and relating it to Nityananda Prabhu, the confidential aspect about Nityananda Prabhu is that he also cherishes the Radha Dashyam bhav as he is none other than Ananga Manjari, who is the younger sister of Srimati Radharani in Nitya Goloka Vrindavan.
In Gaur Lila, Nityananda Prabhu is more in the bhav (mood) of Ananga Manjari rather than Balarama Ji if one looks at it from an inner perspective of prema-bhajan.
It is evident in the fact that Nityananda Prabhu (while in Gaur Lila) used to sit and meditate at Nityananda Vat, or Sringar Vat on the banks of Yamuna in Vrindavan.
Sringar Vat is a rasa sthali and it is here that Krishna ties the hairs of Sri Radha after the confidential rasa-dance (which is well described in the book 'Krishna Bhavanamrta' by Krishnadas Kaviraj Goswami). Though, one should not jump to read this book directly and follow this order of books to approach confidential vraj-prema-bhakti.
Many might get bewildered that how can Balarama Ji enter rasa sthali and meditate? Rasika Vaishnavas explain that the inner mood of Nityananda Prabhu at Sringar Vat is not in the mood of Balarama Ji but rather of Ananga Manjari.
Nityananda Prabhu is Nitya Ananda (or he is eternally in bliss). Ananda here means not only pleasure but the Hladini Sakti of Lord (who is none other than Radharani who offers pleasure to Krishna). Therefore, only Ananga Manjari as Nityananda Prabhu can give the Nitya Ananda to devotees and is the most merciful, even more than Krishna!
Krishna is the only Purush and everything else is Prakriti. You might read this inner meaning of Hladini Sakti and all other Sakti of Lord to understand the inner tattva.
Without the mercy (kripa) of Nityananda Prabhu (Ananga Manjari), it is impossible to gain entry in Vrindavan Prema Rasa.
Jai Jai Shri Radhe!
*This article is derived from the article The Original Guru Tattva - Sri Radha!
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