Sri Balaram Jayanthi 2012

SRI BALARAM JAYANTHI 2012

Festival that commemorates the appearance day of Lord Balarama. Balarama Jayanthi this year is on August 2nd, 2012. Celebration at the temple will be on 5th August 2012, Sunday.

Srimad Bhagavatam Narration of Lord Balarama’s Appearance:

Lord Balarama is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master. In Chaitanya Lila, Lord Balarama appears as Lord Nityananda, the bestower of mercy to even the most fallen conditioned soul. Therefore His appearance as the son of Rohini and Vasudeva is celebrated by devotees with great jubilation.

The foremost manifestation of Krishna is Saṅkarṣaṇa, who is known as Ananta. He is the origin of all incarnations within this material world. Previous to the appearance of Lord Krishna, this original Saṅkarṣaṇa will appear as Baladeva, just to please the Supreme Lord Krishna in His transcendental pastimes. (Srimad Bhagavatam 10.1.24)

Śrī Baladeva is the Supreme Personality of Godhead Himself. He is equal in supremacy to the Supreme Godhead, yet wherever Krishna appears, Śrī Baladeva appears as His brother, sometimes elder and sometimes younger. When Krishna appears, all His plenary expansions and other incarnations appear with Him. This is elaborately explained in Caitanya-caritāmṛta. This time, Baladeva would appear before Krishna as Krishna’s elder brother. (Purport)

“One devotee described the personal beauty of Baladeva as follows “Let me take shelter of the lotus feet of Balarāma, whose beauty is enhanced by the earrings touching His cheeks. His face is decorated with tilaka made from kastūrī [musk], and His broad chest is decorated with a garland of guñjā [small conchshells]. His complexion is as white as an autumn cloud, He wears garments of blue color, and His voice is very grave. His arms are very long, touching His thighs, and He has shown His great strength by killing the Pralamba demon. Let me take shelter of this chivalrous Balarāma.” (Nectar of Devotion Chapter 41)

Once when Krishna, Balarama and the cowherd boys were walking through the forests of Vrndavana Krishna spoke the following affectionate words to His brother:

My dear brother, You are the supreme worshipable Godhead. Just see how the peacocks are dancing before You in great ecstasy. The deer, whose behavior is just like that of the gopis, are welcoming You with the same affection. And the cuckoos who are residing in this forest are welcoming You with their joyful, sweet cries because they consider that Your appearance in their home is so auspicious. Even though they are trees and animals, these residents of Vrndavana are glorifying You. They are prepared to welcome You to the best of their ability, as is the practice of great souls in receiving another great soul at home. As for the land, it is so pious and fortunate because the footprints of Your lotus feet are marking its body. (Krishna Book Ch. 15 “The Killing of Dhenukasura”)

“Lord Krishna and Balarama are not two different Personalities of Godhead. God is one without a second, but He expands Himself in many forms without their being separate from one another. They are all plenary expansions. The immediate expansion of Lord Krishna is Baladeva, and Brahmā, born from the lotus flower from Garbhodakaśāyī Viṣṇu, is an expansion of Baladeva. This indicates that Krishna and Baladeva are not subjected to the regulations of the universe; on the contrary, the whole universe is under Their subjugation. They appeared at the request of Brahmā to liberate the burden of the world, and They relieved the world by many superhuman activities so that everyone became happy and prosperous. Without the grace of the Lord, no one can become happy and prosperous. Because the happiness of the family of the Lord’s devotees depends on the happiness of the Lord…” (Srimad Bhagavatam 3.1.26 Purport)

On the day of Balarama-jayanthi, devotees fast till noon. There will be lecture on glories appearance of Lord Balarama, bhajans and maha-arati, and a grand feast is served to all. We invite everyone to participate in the festival of Lord Balaram’s appearance day and receive his unlimited blessings.