Balarama Jayanti at ISKCON Mayapur
French Kulis Band Together For Sri Balaram Jayanti Festival
The festival of swings which has been going on for the last four days; on the fifth and the final day the devotees take part in a pot breaking festival. In clay pot full with sweets swing on from the top filled with Sri Balaram’s favorite drink the Varuni, a celestial drink from honey that was sent by Varuna, God of the oceans.
Twenty French gurukulis—devotees who were born and grew up in ISKCON—are banding together this August for the second year in a row to put on a grand celebration of Sri Balaram Jayanti, the appearance day of Lord Krishna’s brother, at France’s New Mayapur farm.
New Vrindaban Revives Its Agricultural Roots
When New Vrindaban was founded, we used ox carts for transportation, just like people use in rural India. Later, however, the focus of the community shifted away from agriculture.
Balarama’s Appearance Day Observers Pray for Spiritual Strength
Following a spiritual lifestyle requires strength. Strength to hold off the advances of a world intent on selling you products and life choices you don’t need. Strength to aspire for goals of the spirit, outside this body of flesh and blood that we inhabit. Strength to aim for a spiritual destination despite the seeming pleasures of this world. It’s hard. You know it, and I know it. Anyone who is trying to live a spiritual life knows it.
Lord Balarama's Appearance Day 2007
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama (Douji) 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.