Following is an excerpt from Festival Class of Balram Jayanti recorded on 29 August 2015.
It is said that one festival day, the Lord incarnates in form of the day, so whatever time we spend glorifying the lord, we spend associating with the lord. So for glorification of Lord Balaram we are going to discuss four topics –
How Lord Balaram is reservoir of unlimited spiritual strength?
The real protection is given by Lord Balaram. If you do not have strength, you do not get benefits of the goal – the love of Krishna. Here here we are talking about spiritual strength. Krishna gives us Knowledge, which is the sword that cut through our bindings to the material world. But we need the strength to pick up this sword and Lord Balaram provides the spiritual strength.
Bhakti is about the practice of 2 things
1. Removing unwanted things from our heart
2. Adding positive things in our heart.
Lord Balaram gives us the strength for both this thing, saying no to material nature proposals and say yes to positive attraction to Krishna. To access this strength, we need mercy of Lord Balaram and for that we only need the support of our heart calling out for Krishna and we have to show our sincerity to Krishna by making the right choices and saying no to all those that is not favorable for Bhakti.
How Lord Balaram is the original spiritual master?
Now, to have to endeavor to make right choices, sometimes is difficult for some people and for that Lord Balaram provides this strength through spiritual master. This strength can be simply achieved by following the spiritual master instructions and being humble and respectful to Spiritual Master.
How Lord Balaram is the embodiment of service attitude?
The natural mood of Balaram is his service attitude. Lord Balaram is the only personality who serves Lord Krishna thought all the five rasas of services that one can offer to Krishna.
How Lord Balaram pastimes are filled with sweetness?
Balaram, though he is one of the personality of Krishna, is most of his pastime, he did completely opposition to what Krishna desires. We find that Lord Balaram added flavor to different pastimes of Krishna and it cannot be understand with logic but only with love.
The conclusion is we can remember our relationship with Lord Balaram.