Nectar of Devotion Chapter 41: Fraternal Devotion – Balarama’s Appearance Day

Balarama Purnima – The Appearance Day of Lord Balarama
Nectar of Devotion
Chapter 41: Fraternal Devotion

One devotee described the personal beauty of Baladeva as follows “Let me take shelter of the lotus feet of Balarama, whose beauty is enhanced by the earrings touching His cheeks. His face is decorated with tilaka made from kasturi [musk], and His broad chest is decorated with a garland of gunja [small conchshells]. His complexion is as white as an autumn cloud, He wears garments of blue color, and His voice is very grave. His arms are very long, touching His thighs, and He has shown His great strength by killing the Pralamba demon. Let me take shelter of this chivalrous Balarama.”
Baladeva’s affection for Krsna is illustrated in this statement to Subala: “My dear friend, please inform Krsna not to go to Kaliya’s lake today. Today is His birthday, and so I wish to go along with mother Yasoda to bathe Him. Tell Him He should not leave the house today.” This shows how Balarama, Krsna’s elder brother, took care of Krsna with parental love, within the scope of fraternal affection.

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Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
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damodara-svarupa-milane parama ananda
sikhi-mahiti-milana, raya bhavananda

TRANSLATION
Eventually there was a meeting with Svarupa Damodara Gosvami, and the Lord became very greatly pleased. Then there was a meeting with Sikhi Mahiti and with Bhavananda Raya, the father of Ramananda Raya.

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Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
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gauda ha-ite sarva vaisnavera agamana
kulina-grama-vasi-sange prathama milana

TRANSLATION
All the devotees from Bengal gradually began arriving at Jagannatha Puri. At this time, the residents of Kulina-grama also came to see Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu for the first time.

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Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
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raja-ajna lana tenho aila kata dine
ratri-dine krsna-katha ramananda-sane

TRANSLATION
Upon the order of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, Sri Ramananda Raya took leave of the King and returned to Jagannatha Puri. After he arrived, Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu very much enjoyed talking with him both day and night about Lord Krsna and His pastimes.

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Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
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virahe vihvala prabhu na jane ratri-dine
hena-kale aila gaudera bhakta-gane

TRANSLATION
When Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu finally left Alalanatha to return to Jagannatha Puri, He was overwhelmed both day and night due to separation from Jagannatha. His lamentation knew no bounds. During this time, all the devotees from different parts of Bengal, and especially from Navadvipa, arrived in Jagannatha Puri.

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brahma-samhita, karnamrta, dui punthi pana
dui pustaka lana aila uttama janina

TRANSLATION
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu also found two other books — namely, the Brahma-samhita and Krsna-karnamrta. Knowing these books to be excellent, He took them to present to His devotees.

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Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
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sri-ranga-puri saha tahani milana
rama-dasa viprera kaila duhkha-vimocana

TRANSLATION
Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu then met Sri Ranga Puri and mitigated all the sufferings of a brahmana named Ramadasa.
NOTE: Due to a technical problem the first 10 or 15 minutes of the Srila Dhanurdhara Maharaja’s class was not recorded.

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Caitanya-caritamrta Madhya-lila
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tabe bhattathari haite krsna-dasera uddhara
rama-japi vipra-mukhe krsna-nama pracara

TRANSLATION
After this, Krsnadasa, the servant of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, was delivered from the clutches of a Bhattathari. Caitanya Mahaprabhu then preached that Lord Krsna’s name should also be chanted by brahmanas who were accustomed to chanting Lord Rama’s name.