The name Krishna was given to Him by Garga… but of course, that name always existed, and Garga Muni knew that this was Krishna and Balarama, as will be described later. So, Rama means He gives happiness. He’s the Supreme enjoyer, but when we serve the Lord who’s the Supreme enjoyer, not only do… does… actually we become happy. This is the… the wonderful secret, that by serving the Lord who is the Supreme Enjoyer, we actually become happy.
By serving our own whimsical desires, our own uh, material inclinations, we simply become miserable. But, by serving the uh… the desires of the Lord, then we become happy. So, the method of getting transcendental happiness is serving the lotus feet of Lord Balarama. No one can approach Krishna without the mercy of Balarama. No one can approach Lord Caitanya without the mercy of uh, Lord Nityananda Prabhu. So, of course, they’re very merciful, so… but we should not try to jump over. That’s why the guru is considered to be the representative of Balarama, or Nityananda, and to approach the Lord, we cannot jump over the guru. We have to go through the guru-parampara. In this way, approaching Balarama, or Nityananda Prabhu, thereby achieving the shelter of Lord Krishna, Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu.
H.H. Jayapataka Swami Maharaj
1984, 6th June, SB Class, New Vrindavan @ USA