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Party JAI SANKARSHAN, JAI BALRAM! Party



ekonavimse vimsatime
vrishnishu prapya janmani
rama-krishnav iti bhuvo
bhagavan aharad bharam

"In the nineteenth and twentieth incarnations, the Lord advented Himself as Lord Balarama and Lord Krishna in the family of Vrishni (the Yadu dynasty), and by so doing He removed the burden of the world."

(Srimad-Bhagavatam 1.3.23)

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A huge thanks to Vedo for informing me that today is celebrated as Balram Jayanti, to mark day the divine ansh of Lord Vishnu known as Sheshnaag incarnated on this earth to serve Shri Krishna as his elder brother. Most of us already know and love him for possessing all the same endearing qualities that he had as Lakshman during Ram Avtaar (love, loyalty, selflessness, and a passion to bring evildoers to justice that sometimes manifested as awe-inspiring righteous anger) but just in case, a quick glimpse of his glories:

Who is Lord Balarama?
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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
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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
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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.

Balarama glorified by Krishna
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As the elder brother of Krishna, Balarama was the object of His love and respect. Once when walking in the forest of Vrindavana, Krishna observed the trees bending down as if paying obeisances. He glorified the lotus feet of Balarama as being the object of devotion even for the demigods. He said that the trees, which were impersonalists in previous life times, witnessing the personal form of Balarama were now praying for His devotion. At other times when Balarama would get tired by playing, He would lie down the lap of one of the cowherd boys and Krishna would personally massage His feet, fan Him and give Him service. Such was the sweet reciprocation of love between Krishna and Balarama.

Mercy of Lord Balarama
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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 Sri Rama. He is the original spiritual master, and any one desiring to make spiritual progress must first get the mercy of Lord Balarama.
 
All glories to Lord Balarama !!


Source: http://www.salagram.net/parishad141.html

And with that I welcome all of you to join me here in celebrating this sacred day! Please feel free to share any paintings and mythological videos in which Lord Balram is represented, any stories describing his leelas and your own reflections on them, and any bhajans/stutis/shlokas that refer to him. Jai Balram, Jai Ghanshyam!!!


Edited by lola610 - 13 August 2011 at 10:41pm

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This song from Ramanand Sagar's Shri Krishna, which Narad Muni and the devtas sing when baby Balram is born, is a really beautiful prayer to him and I'd like to share the lyrics with you all on this occasion:

Watch it here: http://www.taazaedition.com/Jai_Sankarshan_Jai_Balram.html

Jai Sankarshan, Jai Balram
Shesh swaroopi, tumhe pranaam - a form of Sheshnaag, we bow to you
Jai Sankarshan, Jai Balram

Narayan ke ansh vishesh, - you are a sacred part of Lord Vishnu
kabahu na hoye tihaaro shesh - there is no end to you or your glories
sahas mukhi, hum ek mukh waale - you of a thousand mouths, how can we who have just one
kaise kahein tumharo gun, naam - adequately describe your greatness or even utter your sacred name
Jai Sankarshan, Jai Balram!

Will edit more vids into this post as and when you guys share them, so bring 'em on... please Wink

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Happy birthday to dear Dau bhaiya Party Happy Balaram Jayanti to everyone!
Here is the whole sequence of Lord Sheshnaag's appearance in Devaki Maiya's womb & transfer to Rohini Maa, from Ramanand Sagar's Shri Krishna, enjoy
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Q6fLPYhAQA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmYEgktXE30

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GwwWoH-07AU

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90EMQFOwCH0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WuGu8V8r2Q

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=orc3PjnFFlE

Thanks to Lola for creating this precious thread Clap Loved all the articles you posted, & wow! this song from SK is my very favorite Star Thanks again!

Jai BalaRam! Jai Krishna Kanhaiya!



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Wooowww amazing thread Lola... i wonder where are other members ???Shocked

Wish you all a very happiiieee though Belated Balram Jayanti. TongueEmbarrassed
 
He's my fav character from Dwapar (Def. Krishna ji is everyones fav) but actually i have a few traits like Baldau in me.. ehehee so i can relate to hiim better .. Wink
Firstly ...like him i am also very very possessive about my bro n sis ..
and Secondly am also impulsive and short tempered like him .. Tongue
 
Hey guyz do we have some online readings or books on Baldau ??
i would really love to read them .. Embarrassed
 
Sorryyy Balram ji ...my pc ditched me ...
otherwise i would have made siggies for you ..
and hey wish you a very happiiieee RAKSHABANDHAN too ... EmbarrassedEmbarrassed
 
 

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Wish u  all a Very Hapy Balram Jayanti!!!

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"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."



Happy Balarama Jayanti!



Hey guys sorry to be so late...as I'm sure you all can understand I was a bit busy yesterday. Embarrassed  We had a special service at the temple for the blessed occasion of Lord Balarama's appearance. I had such an amazing time with all the kirtan and dancing and of course the sumptuous prasadam. Unfortunately I don't have any pics to share. Embarrassed 

@ Lola - thank you for this lovely thread...it was such a blessing to read the story and also listen to the song you shared! Hug

@ Sema - thanks for the vid links dear! Big smile


Edited by Vedo - 14 August 2011 at 7:12pm

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Happy Balarama Jayanti to all of you Hug 
On a lighter note, I'm sure you all love our Balarama in Dwarkadheesh, who's been made the king in this serial, even though he was never one.   Here's to hoping that Revathy sits next to him as queen, instead of Krishna LOL

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Janmadin ki hardik badhaiya Balaramji, with your support Krishna could achieve many of his tasks. You loved, protected, helped Krishna, it was a great responsibality for you to be his elder brother. Without you Krishna's life was incompelete. You are a very important personality of Dwaparyuga.Smile



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