Appearance of LORD Balaram
Surce: WWW.ISKCONDESIRETREE.COM


"The Who is Lord Balarama?
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama is His second body. They are both one and the same identity. They differ only in form. Balarama is the first bodily expansion of Krishna, and He assists in Lord Krishna's transcendental pastimes. He is the source of the entire spiritual world and is the adi-guru, the original spiritual master.


He assumes five other forms to serve Lord Krishna. He Himself helps in the pastimes of Lord Krishna, and He does the work of creation in four other forms called the catur-vyuha (four armed) forms known as Vasudeva, Sankarshana, Pradyumna and Anirudha. He executes the orders of Lord Krishna in the work of creation, and in the form of Lord Sesa He serves Sri Krishna in various ways. In all the forms He tastes the transcendental bliss of serving Krishna. No one can approach Krishna without first getting the mercy of Baladeva.

Descent of Balarama
Whenever Krishna appears in the material world, He is accompanied by His associates and paraphernalia. Five thousand years ago when Krishna descended into the material world, He was first preceded by Baladeva. Only after Baladeva give His mercy did Krishna descend, such is the intimate relationship between Krishna and Baladeva.

When Baladeva appeared as the seventh child in the womb of Devaki, she could understand that this was a divine child and this made her all the more concerned about His safety. Even Kamsa could sense His potency and he became fearful, thinking he may have been tricked by the prophecy that he will be slain only by the eight child of Devaki. At this time Krishna instructed Yogamaya, His internal potency, to transfer the unborn child from the womb of Devaki to that of Rohini, one of the other wives of Vasudeva, who was hiding from Kamsa in the house of Nanda Maharaja in Gokul.

In this way Balarama was born in Gokul under the protection of Nanda Maharaja. Garga Muni the venerable kulguru (family priest) of the Yadu dynasty revealed to Rohini that the child she was carrying was indeed that of her husband Vasudeva. At the time of the name-giving ceremony he named the child Rama, one who gives all pleasures. Referring to the immense strength of the child, Garga Muni predicted that He will also be known as Balarama (bala meaning strength). Since He was forcibly attracted from the womb of Devaki to that of Rohini, He was also be called Sankarshana. As the son of Rohini He was known as Rohini-nandan and as the elder brother of Krishna He was also called Douji.

The form of Lord Balarama
Powerful Lord Balarama is sixteen years old, full of the luster of youth and has a fair complexion the color of crystal. He wears blue garments and a garland of forest flowers. His handsome hair is tied in a graceful topknot. Splendid earrings adorn His ears and His neck is splendidly decorated with garlands of flowers and strings of jewels. Splendid armlets and bracelets ornament Douji's graceful and very strong arms and His feet are decorated with splendid jeweled anklets.

Lord Balarama's beauty is enhanced by the earrings touching His cheeks. His face is decorated with tilaka made from musk, and His broad chest is ornamented with a garland of gunja. Balarama’s voice is very grave and His arms are very long, touching His thighs

The splendor of Lord Balarama's transcendental form eclipses many millions of glistening rising moons, and the slightest scent of His boundless strength is sufficient to destroy many armies of demons. Although He knows the supernatural power of His younger brother, Krishna, still, out of love for Him, He never leaves Krishna alone in the forest even for a moment. Balarama is Sri Krishna's dearest friend and is a great reservoir of the nectar mellows of many kinds of transcendental pastimes

Mercy of Lord Balarama
Lord Balarama exemplifies the service attitude to Krishna. His only mission is to please Krishna by rendering service to Him, whether it is in the creation of the material worlds, maintaining the spiritual world or as His personal paraphernalia.

Lord Balarama is the eternal companion of Sri Krishna. He came as Lakshmana with Rama and later as Nityananda Prabhu with Caitanya Mahaprabhu. He is the original spiritual master, and any one desiring to make spiritual progress must first get the mercy of Lord Balarama.

 

 

   

 161

Upcoming Events @ Manchester

Lord Balaram Appearance Day

            10th August (Sunday) 

Janmashtami - Lord Krishna Appearance Day

             17th August (Sunday)

Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja

              18th August (Monday)

Radhastami Srimati Radharani Appearance Day

              2nd September (Tuesday)

Upcoming Events @ Out side Manchester

Advertisements

Regular Temple Program

Daily Arati
04:30 am - Mangala Arati
07:00 am - Sringara Arati
07:00 pm - Evening Arati

Friday Class
07:00 pm - Gaura Arati
07:30 pm - Bhagavad Gita Class
09:00 pm - Prasadam (Vegetarian feast)


Sunday Program

04:30 am - Mangala Arati
05:10 am - Tulasi Puja
05:30 am - Japa (Meditation)
07:00 am - Sringara Arati
07:15 am - Guru Puja
07:45 am - Srimad Bhagavatam Class
09:00 am - Prasadam
12:30 pm - Gaura Arati
01:00 pm - Pravachan
02:00 pm - Kirtan
03:00 pm - Prasadam (Vegetarian feast)

Local Programmes

BOLTON
Every Saturday
Venue: Veda Temple
               Thomas Holden Street
               Off Chorley Old Road
                Bolton - BL1 2QG

Time: 04:00pm - 6:00pm
Contact: Vrajendralal Das
eMail:
 viri.patel@ntlworld.com
Telephone: 07795 840 776

STOKE-ON-TRENT
Every Wednesday

Venue: STOKE-ON-TRENT
Time: 07:00pm - 9:00pm
Contact: Radha Mohan Das
eMail:
 rmd_rns@hotmail.com
Telephone: 07720 784 690

WARRINGTON
Every 3rd Sunday of the month 
Venue: Rama Krishna Temple
               7 Haydock Street
               Wrrington - WA2 7UW
Time: 04:30pm - 6:00pm
Contact: Gauranataraj Das
eMail: natarajbrahma@hotmail.com
Telephone: 07921238434

NORTHOP
Every 2nd Saturday of the month 
Venue: Edith Banks Hall,Northop,   
CH9 6BQ
Time: 05:30pm
Contact: Manish Negi
eMail: babendra@gmail.com
Telephone: 07901192051

YORK  
Every Saturday 
Venue : Friends’ Meeting House
                (Woolman Room), Friargate,
                York, YO1 9RL
Time : 6:00pm - 8:00 pm  
email: iskcon.york@gmail.com
Telephone: 07971 977 954

LEEDS
Every Last Sunday of the month
Venue : The Cardigan Centre, 
             145 – 149 Cardigan Road,
             Leeds LS6 1LJ

Time : 2:00pm - 5:00pm
email:
 gouranga108@gmail.com
Telephone: 07726 688 778

SHEFFIELD
Every Wednesday
Venue : Broomhall Centre,
                Broomspring Lane,
                Sheffield, S10 2FD

Time : 6:00pm - 8:00pm
email:
gouranga108@gmail.com
Telephone: 07726 688 778

PRESTON
Every last Thursday of the month 
Venue : Princes Building,
                50-52 Lancaster Road,
 
                PRESTON, PR1 1DD
Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
email:
gouranga108@gmail.com
Telephone: 07726 688 778

LIVERPOOL
Every last Friday of the month 
Venue : Liver House,
                96 Bold Street (2nd floor)
                LIVERPOOL - L1 4HY

Time : 6.00PM-8.00PM
email:
gouranga108@gmail.com
Telephone: 07726 688 778