TEXT 23
ekonavimse vimsatime
vrsnisu prapya janmani
rama-krsnav iti bhuvo
bhagavan aharad bharam
SYNONYMS
ekonavimse—in the nineteenth; vimsatime—in the twentieth also; vrsnisu—in the Vrsni dynasty; prapya—having obtained; janmani—births; ramaBalarama; krsnau—Sri Krsna; iti—thus; bhuvah—of the world; bhagavan—the Personality of Godhead; aharat—removed; bharam—burden.
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Krsna and His elder brother Balarama, the original Supreme Personality of Godhead and His immediate expansion, appeared on earth as the 19th and 20th incarnations of the Lord.

TRANSLATION
In the nineteenth and twentieth incarnations, the Lord advented Himself as Lord Balarama and Lord Krsna in the family of Vrsni [the Yadu dynasty], and by so doing He removed the burden of the world.
PURPORT
The specific mention of the word bhagavan in this text indicates that Balarama and Krsna are original forms of the Lord. This will be further explained later. Lord Krsna is not an incarnation of the purusa, as we learned from the beginning of this chapter. He is directly the original Personality of Godhead, and Balarama is the first plenary manifestation of the Lord. From Baladeva the first phalanx of plenary expansions, Vasudeva, Sankarsana, Aniruddha and Pradyumna, expands. Lord Sri Krsna is Vasudeva, and Baladeva is Sankarsana.

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