This year Lord Balaram appearance day falls on 02nd Aug. Lord Balaram he who was an incarnation of Lord Sheshanag & is the first expansion of Lord Krsna, the original Personality of Godhead.
As Krsna states in the Bhagavad-gita (4.7):
yada yada hi dharmasya
glanir bhavati bharata
tadatmanam srjamy aham
“Whenever and wherever there is a decline in religious practice, O
descendant of Bharata, and a predominant rise of irreligion–at that time I
descend Myself.” Lord Krsna says, srjamy aham: “I manifest Myself.” He
doesn’t take birth like an ordinary human being, but He manifests Himself in
His original spiritual form.
For what purpose?
vinasaya ca duskrtam
sambhavami yuge yuge
“To deliver the pious and to annihilate the miscreants, as well as to
reestablish the principles of religion, I Myself appear, millennium after millennium.” (Bg 4.8) He manifests Himself to protect the devotees,
annihilate the demons, and reestablish the principles of religion.
In every sphere of activity in the material world there is deterioration;
everything in the material world declines. A new house, for example, is very
nice, but it gradually deteriorates, and eventually, when too old, it has to
be rebuilt. In the same way, our performance of spiritual duties
deteriorates, whether we are individuals, families, communities, or a
society. And so the Lord comes repeatedly to reestablish religious practice.
He appears in order to establish religious principles (dharma), but over
time religious practice declines, and so He manifests Himself again and
again. We all know how prone we are to allow our practice to deteriorate.
Thus, on auspicious occasions like Lord Balarama’s appearance day, we can pray to the Lord to manifest Himself and help us to become reestablished
in our religious principles and practice.
One must read from Srimad-Bhagavatam specifically about the appearance of Lord Balarama to understand his nature of devotion to the Lord Krishna. What Lord Krsna said in the two verses quoted from the
Bhagavad-gita is explained elaborately in Srimad-Bhagavatam. As stated
there, when the earth was overburdened by demonic rulers who had amassed
large military forces armed with deadly weapons to wage war for personal
gain, Lord Brahma, the chief of the demigods in this universe, approached
the shore of the ocean of milk. There, accompanied by Lord Siva and other
celestial beings, he worshiped Lord Visnu, the supreme God of all gods. In
response, Lord Visnu imparted some instructions, which Lord Brahma in turn conveyed to the demigods. He told them that very soon the Lord would appear on earth to diminish the burden of the world and that the demigods, to assist Him, should take birth in the Yadu dynasty. Lord Brahma further
stated that Lord Balarama, who is also known as Sankarsana, would precede
the Lord and serve Him in every respect:
agrato bhavita devo
“The foremost manifestation of Krsna is Sankarsana, who is known as Ananta. He is the origin of all incarnations within this material world. Previous to the appearance of Lord Krsna, this original Sankarsana will appear as Baladeva, just to please the Supreme Lord Krsna in His transcendental pastimes.” (SB 10.1.24)
Jai shree Kunj Bihari ji! Jai swami Haridas Ji!
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