Srila Bhakti Sundar Govinda Dev-Goswami Maharaj
Srila Gurudev explains his favourite pranam-mantra for Balaram on Baladev Purnima.
Balaram has a pranam mantram. Only in Garga-Samhita have we found this very nice glorification of Balaram:
hala-musala-viśālaṁ kāma-pālaṁ samīre
(Sri Garga-samhita: 220.127.116.11)
Sphurad-amala-kirīṭaṁ: Baladev’s crown is decorated with many jewels and looks very beautiful. When Baladev is first seen, the beauty of His crown is noticed first. He always wears many ornaments, and all of these ornaments are also decorated with jewels. Chalad-alaka-kapolaṁ kuṇḍala-śrī-mukhābjam: His curling hair is very beautiful. It is not properly organised, and some it covers part of His face. But He appears more beautiful because of that. Guru Maharaj called it, ‘agreeable negligence’. Tuhina-giri-manojñaṁ, His colour is bright white like ice. Nīla-meghāmbarāḍhyaṁ, He wears exalted peacock blue coloured cloth. Hala-musala-viśālaṁ: His weapons are the plow and club; these two weapons are in His two hands. They are mantra-puta, empowered by spiritual energy. Baladev can destroy anything with them. If He simply touches His plow to something, fire or electricity can come out and destroy that thing. When He thinks His plow needs to be a little smaller, it becomes smaller. When He thinks it needs to be bigger, it becomes bigger. His plow can do anything He desires. And lastly His Name was Kama-pal—He can fulfill all the desires of Krishna and all the desires of Krishna’s devotees.