• Festival,  Philosophy

    Nityananda Jayanti: Glories of Lord Nityananda

    Nityananda Jayanti is the appearance day of Lord Nityananda, who is Lord Balarama Himself. Lord Balarama Bala means strength, not bodily power but spiritual strength. Lord Balarama is the first expansion of Sri Krishna, the Supreme Personality of Godhead. Balarama is described in the scriptures as the predominating Deity of the sandhini shakti (existential potency) of Lord Krishna. Balarama is a svamsha (direct) expansion of the Lord, and therefore there is no difference in potency between Kṛishṇa and Balarama. However, they differ in two aspects – bodily structure and mood. Krishna has the bluish-black complexion of freshly formed monsoon clouds while Balarama has the fair complexion of newly formed spring…