Please accept our humble obeisances!
All glories to Srila Prabhupada!
All glories to Sri Guru and Sri Gauranga!
ISKCON Scarborough will be celebrating the Appearance day of Lord Balaram in a grand manner on Saturday 29th Aug 2015.
Program starts at 7 pm with a special class on Lord Balaram by H.H.Nava Yogendra Swami
There will be a grand feast served at the end of our special program
We welcome you, your family and friends to this auspicious event coming Sunday at ISKCON Scarborough
Who is Lord Balarama?
The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, is the fountainhead of all incarnations. Lord Balarama 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.
Descent of Lord Balarama
Whenever Krishna appears in the material world, He is accompanied by His associates and paraphernalia. Five thousand years ago when Krishna descended into the material world, He was first preceded by Baladeva.
When Baladeva appeared as the seventh child in the womb of Devaki, she could understand that this was a divine child and this made her all the more concerned about His safety. Even Kamsa could sense His potency and he became fearful, thinking he may have been tricked by the prophecy that he will be slain only by the eight child of Devaki. At this time Krishna instructed Yogamaya, His internal potency, to transfer the unborn child from the womb of Devaki to that of Rohini, one of the other wives of Vasudeva, who was hiding from Kamsa in the house of Nanda Maharaja in Gokul.
In this way Balarama was born in Gokul under the protection of Nanda Maharaja.
Garga Muni the venerable kulaguru (family priest) of the Yadu dynasty revealed “ This child, the son of Rohiṇī, will give all happiness to His relatives and friends by His transcendental qualities. Therefore He will be known as Rāma. And because He will manifest extraordinary bodily strength, He will also be known as Bala. Moreover, because He unites two families — Vasudeva's family and the family of Nanda Mahārāja — He will be known as Saṅkarṣaṇa”.
Brief Biodata of H.H.Nava Yogendra Swami
His Holiness Nava Yogendra Swami is a disciple of ISKCON Founder-Acarya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and is known for his fearless preaching of Krishna consciousness and powerful bhajans.
He received 1st and 2nd initiation in 1974 in Vrindavana,India and got the name Nava Yogendra Das from Srila Prabhupada.
In 1975 at the age of 29 he received Sanyas in Mayapura, West-Bengal, India and got the name Nava Yogendra Swami from Srila Prabhupada.
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