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Lord Balarama

Lord Balarama

Balarama is sixteen years old and full of the luster of youth. He has a fair complexion, like the colour of crystal. He wears blue garments and a garland of forest flowers. He wears blue garments and a garland of forest flowers. His handsome hair is tied in a graceful topknot. Splendid earings decorate His ears. His neck is splendidly decorated with garlands of flowers and strings of jewels. His arms are splendidly decorated with bracelets and armlets.

Lord Balaram is the first personal expansion of Lord Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. All other incarnations expand from Him. In Krishna's pastimes, He plays as Krishna's elder brother. Together Krishna and Balarama enact many pastimes as cowherd boys in the land of Vrndavana. Lord Balarama carries a plough and club and is known for His great strength. He appeared as the son of Vasudeva and Devaki. Revati devi and Varuni devi are His eternal consorts.

In Gaura lila, He appeared as Lord Nityananda.

 

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Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on August 3, 2012 at 3:15

Names of Sri Balarama

Abhijit

A name of Lord Balarama, which means “He is victorious”.

Acyutagraja

A name of Balarama, which means “He is the elder brother of Acyuta (a name of Krishna)”.

Adi Guru

Balrama is known as Adi Guru,the original spiritual master.

Adideva Balarama

It refers to Lord Balarama, who is “The original/primeval Lord”.

Advitiya

A name of Balarama, which means “He is one without a second”.

Agha nasaka

A name of Lord Balrama, which means “He is the destroyer of sins”.

Ajita Balai

It refers to Lord Balai who is invincible. (Balram is also called as Balai).

Aksauhini vrta

A name of Lord Balrama, which means “He is accompanied by an aksauhini military division”.

Aksaya Balarama

It means “The indestructible Lord Balrama”.

Amala Balarama

It refers to Lord Balarama, who is amala(pure).

Amala Baldeva

It refers to Lord Baldeva, who is amala(pure).

Amlana pankaja dhara

A name of Balarama, which means “He holds an unfading lotus”.

Amrtamaya Balrama

It refers to the nectarean/immortal Lord Balrama.

Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on August 3, 2012 at 3:15

Names of Sri Balrama

Amsamsa

A name of Balarama, which means “He expands in many incarnations”.

Ananda Balarama

It refers to the blissful Lord Balarama.

Ananda Nilambara

It means “The blissful Lord Nilambara”. (Nilambara is a name of Lord Balarama, which means “He is dressed in blue garments”.)

Ananda Sagara Balarama

It refers to Lord Balarama, who is an ocean of bliss/happiness.

Anandamaya Balarama

It refers to Lord Balarama, who is anandamaya (blissful).

Ananta Baladeva

It refers to Lord Baladeva, who is unlimited.

Ananta Balarama

It refers to Lord Balrama, which means “He is limitless”.

Ananta Sesa Balarama

It refers to Lord Balarama, who is non-different than Ananta Sesa.

Anantarupa Balarama

It refers to Lord Balarama, who possesses an unlimited form.

Aparajeet

A name of Krishna, which means “He is The Lord Who Cannot Be Defeated”.

Asima Krpalu Balarama

It refers to Lord Balarama, who is limitlessly/extremely merciful.

Asraya Baladeva

It refers to Lord Baladeva, who is everyone’s shelter.

Asurari

A name of Balarama, which means “He is the enemy of the demons”.

Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on August 3, 2012 at 3:17

Haladhara Balarama, the Holder of the Plow

Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on August 3, 2012 at 3:18

Balarama of Krsna-Balarama.


Bhakti Sastri
Comment by Suresh Anand, Bh.S. on August 3, 2012 at 9:10

If we want to understand Krishna, then we must take shelter of Balarama.

Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on August 3, 2012 at 11:06

God is One, but He has expanded into many functions. His first expansion is Balarama, Who in turn becomes the creation, the planets, gravity, Krsna's clothes and throne etc. He is the original source of the jivas, and is the original teacher or guru. By his Grace, which He is very kind to bestow, one can approach Sri Krsna.

Lod Nityananda is the recent appearance of Lord Balarama, and He can be served by serving His expansion the bonafide spiritual master, our Srila Prabhupada.

Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on August 3, 2012 at 11:08

Suresh Prabhu; why do you say we must take shelter of Balarama? How is He different from Krsna? Please tell us more about Baladeva.

Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on August 3, 2012 at 11:11


Bhakti Sastri
Comment by Suresh Anand, Bh.S. on August 5, 2012 at 4:37

"Balarāma means guru-tattva. Balarāma represents guru. Yasya prasādād bhagavat-prasādaḥ. If we want to understand Caitanya Mahāprabhu, if we want to understand Kṛṣṇa, then we must take shelter of Balarāma. Nāyam ātmā bala-hinena labhyaḥ. This bala-hinena labhyaḥ, this Vedic injunction, means "Without the mercy of Balarāma you cannot understand, you cannot realize your spiritual identification. So that Balarāma comes as Nityānanda Prabhu. Balarāma hailā nitāi. Therefore we must take shelter of Balarāma."

(from the lecture I recently posted on Nityananda-avirbhava Appearance)

Comment by Tamohara d co-tp. Editor Bh.S on August 5, 2012 at 14:04

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