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Yuga Dharma Acarya His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada

 

 

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Sri Nrsimhadeva Prayers

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Sri Nrsimhadeva

Selected verses from
Sri Prahlada Maharaja's Prayers of the Srimad Bhagavatam
Lord Nrsimhadeva's Appearance Day

Srimad Bhagavatam, 7.9.8-12, 14, 24, 44, 50 and 7.10.4, 6-7, 15-17

sri prahrada uvaca
brahmadayah suran gana munayo 'tha siddhah
sattvaikatana-gatayo vacasam pravahaih
naradhitum puru-gunair adhunapi pipruh
kim tostum arhati sa me harir ugra-jateh
II 9.8 II

manye dhanabhijana-rupa-tapah-srutaujas-
 tejah-prabhava-bala-paurusa-buddhi-yogah
naradhanaya hi bhavanti parasya pumso
 bhaktya tutosa bhagavan gaja-yutha-paya
II 9.9 II

viprad dvi-sad-guna-yutad aravinda-nabha-
 padaravinda-vimukhat svapacam varistham
manye tad-arpita-mano-vacanehitartha-
 pranam punati sa kulam na tu bhurimanah
II 9.10 II

naivatmanah prabhur ayam nija-labha-purno
 manam janad avidusah karuno vrnite
yad yaj jano bhagavate vidadhita manam
 tac catmane prati-mukhasya yatha mukha-srih
II 9.11 II

tasmad aham vigata-viklava isvarasya
 sarvatmana mahi grnami yatha manisam
nico ’jaya guna-visargam anupravistah
 puyeta yena hi puman anuvarnitena
II 9.12 II

tad yaccha manyum asuras ca hatas tvayadya
 modeta sadhur api vrscika-sarpa-hatya
lokas ca nirvrtim itah pratiyanti sarve
 rupam nrsimha vibhayaya janah smaranti
II 9.14 II

tasmad amus tanu-bhrtam aham asiso ’jna
 ayuhsriyam vibhavam aindriyam avirincyat
necchami te vilulitan uruvikramena
 kalatmanopanaya mam nija-bhrtya-parsvam
II 9.24 II

prayena deva munayahsva-vimukti-kama
 maunam caranti vijane na parartha-nisthah
naitan vihaya krpanan vimumuksa eko
 nanyam tvad asya saranam bhramato ’nupasye
II 9.44 II

tat te ’rhattama namah stuti-karma-pujah 
karma smrtis caranayoh sravanam kathayam
samsevaya tvayi vineti sad-angaya kim
 bhaktim janah paramahamsa-gatau labheta
II 9.50 II

nanyatha te ’khila-guro
 ghateta karunatmanah
yas ta asisa asaste
 na sa bhrtyah sa vai vanik
II 10.4 II

aham tv akamas tvad-bhaktas
 tvam ca svamy anapasrayah
nanyathehavayor artho
 raja-sevakayor iva
II 10.6 II

yadi dasyasi me kaman
 varams tvam varadarsabha
kamanam hrdy asamroham
 bhavatas tu vrne varam
II 10.7 II

sri-prahrada uvaca
varam varaya etat te
 varadesan mahesvara
yad anindat pita me
 tvam avidvams teja aisvaram
II 10.15 II

viddhamarsasayah saksat
 sarva-loka-gurum prabhum
bhratr-heti mrsa-drstis
 tvad-bhakte mayi caghavan
II 10.16 II

tasmat pita me puyeta
 durantad dustarad aghat
putas te ’panga-samdrstas
 tada krpana-vatsala
II 10.17 II

TRANSLATION

Prahlada Maharaja prayed: “How is it possible for me, who have been born in a family of asuras, to offer suitable prayers to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead? Even until now, all the demigods, headed by Lord Brahma, and all the saintly persons could not satisfy the Lord by streams of excellent words, although such persons are very qualified, being in the mode of goodness. Then what is to be said of me? I am not at all qualified.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.8]

Prahlada Maharaja continued: “One may possess wealth, an aristocratic family, beauty, austerity, education, sensory expertise, luster, influence, physical strength, diligence, intelligence and mystic yogic power, but I think that even by all these qualifications one cannot satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead. However, one can satisfy the Lord simply by devotional service. Gajendra did this, and thus the Lord was satisfied with him.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.9]

“If a brahmana has all twelve of the brahminical qualifications [as they are stated in the book called Sanat-sujata] but is not a devotee and is averse to the lotus feet of the Lord, he is certainly lower than a devotee who is a dog-eater but who has dedicated everything—mind, words, activities, wealth and life—to the Supreme Lord. Such a devotee is better than such a brahmana because the devotee can purify his whole family, whereas the so-called brahmana in a position of false prestige cannot purify even himself.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.10]

“The Supreme Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is always fully satisfied in Himself. Therefore when something is offered to Him, the offering, by the Lord's mercy, is for the benefit of the devotee, for the Lord does not need service from anyone. To give an example, if one's face is decorated, the reflection of one's face in a mirror is also seen to be decorated.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.11]

“Therefore, although I was born in a demoniac family, I may without a doubt offer prayers to the Lord with full endeavor, as far as my intelligence allows. Anyone who has been forced by ignorance to enter the material world may be purified of material life if he offers prayers to the Lord and hears the Lord's glories.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.12]

"My Lord Nrsimhadeva, please, therefore, cease Your anger now that my father, the great demon Hiranyakasipu, has been killed. Since even saintly persons take pleasure in the killing of a scorpion or a snake, all the worlds have achieved great satisfaction because of the death of this demon. Now they are confident of their happiness, and they will always remember Your auspicious incarnation in order to be free from fear." [Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.9.14]

"My dear Lord, now I have complete experience concerning the worldly opulence, mystic power, longevity and other material pleasures enjoyed by all living entities, from Lord Brahma down to the ant. As powerful time, You destroy them all. Therefore, because of my experience, I do not wish to possess them. My dear Lord, I request You to place me in touch with Your pure devotee and let me serve him as a sincere servant." [Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.9.24]

"My dear Lord Nrsimhadeva, I see that there are many saintly persons indeed, but they are interested only in their own deliverance. Not caring for the big cities and towns, they go to the Himalayas or the forest to meditate with vows of silence [mauna-vrata]. They are not interested in delivering others. As for me, however, I do not wish to be liberated alone, leaving aside all these poor fools and rascals. I know that without Krsna consciousness, without taking shelter of Your lotus feet, one cannot be happy. Therefore I wish to bring them back to shelter at Your lotus feet." [Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.9.44]

"Therefore, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, the best of all persons to whom prayers are offered, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You because without rendering six kinds of devotional service unto You — offering prayers, dedicating all the results of activities, worshiping You, working on Your behalf, always remembering Your lotus feet and hearing about Your glories — who can achieve that which is meant for the paramahamsas?" [Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.9.50]

"Otherwise, O my Lord, O supreme instructor of the entire world, You are so kind to Your devotee that You could not induce him to do something unbeneficial for him. On the other hand, one who desires some material benefit in exchange for devotional service cannot be Your pure devotee. Indeed, he is no better than a merchant who wants profit in exchange for service." [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.4]

"O my Lord, I am Your unmotivated servant, and You are my eternal master. There is no need of our being anything other than master and servant. You are naturally my master, and I am naturally Your servant. We have no other relationship." [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.6]

“O my Lord, best of the givers of benediction, if You at all want to bestow a desirable benediction upon me, then I pray from Your Lordship that within the core of my heart there be no material desires.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.7]

"Prahlada Maharaja said: O Supreme Lord, because You are so merciful to the fallen souls, I ask You for only one benediction. I know that my father, at the time of his death, had already been purified by Your glance upon him, but because of his ignorance of Your beautiful power and supremacy, he was unnecessarily angry at You, falsely thinking that You were the killer of his brother. Thus he directly blasphemed Your Lordship, the spiritual master of all living beings, and committed heavily sinful activities directed against me, Your devotee. I wish that he be excused for these sinful activities." [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.15-17]

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audio Story of Lord Nrsimhadeva Appearance and Sri Prahlada's Prayers of the Srimad Bhagavatam. Delivered by Srila Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja on Sri Nrsimhadeva's Appearance Day, Bhubaneswar, India, 1995. 38:29 mins


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Sri Srimad Gour Govinda Swami Maharaja

The seventh canto Srimad Bhagavatam, Nrsimha-avatara comes in Caksusa-manvantara after Kurma-avatara. You will find this in the seventh Canto, Bhagavatam, the section of Nrsimha-avatara. We will read from that chapter.

yas tvaya manda-bhagyokto
mad-anyo jagad-isvarah
kvasau yadi sa sarvatra
kasmat stambhe na drsyate

“O most unfortunate Prahlada, you have always described a Supreme Being other than me, a Supreme Being who is above everything, who is the controller of everyone, and who is all-pervading. But where is He? If He is everywhere, then why is He not present before me in this pillar?” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.12]

Hiranyakasipu, the father of Prahlada, publicly declared that he is Bhagavan. “Who is Bhagavan? I am Bhagavan. Is He Bhagavan and greater than me?”

Prahlada said, "No, Bhagavan is Bhagavan. Nobody will be equal to Him, and nobody will be greater than Him. He is all pervading, everywhere.” Then he said, “Is He there?”

His son, Prahlada Maharaja is a Vaisnava. Hiranyakasipu employed, appointed, Sanda and Amarka, two teachers to teach Prahlada politics, crookedness, all nasty things, how to divide and rule. Sama, dana, veda, and danda-niteh are the principles of the ruling class. Sometimes they pass by someone and give some charity; thereby they bring him under their control. Sometimes they inflict some punishment and subdue. Or sometimes they divide and then two parties fight and the third party is the winning party. Sama, dana, veda, danda-niteh is politics of a political party. Thus Hiranyakasipu appointed the two teachers Sanda and Amarka to teach this to his son Prahlada Maharaja. Prahlada Maharaja was a Vaisnava from birth. When he was in his mother’s womb he had the opportunity to hear from Narada Muni, a sadhu, so from very birth he is a Vaisnava.

When he was a boy he started speaking about the Supreme Lord. All of his classmates, who were demon boys, he taught them Visnu-bhakti. Then it was noticed that, “Oh, all demon boys are becoming Visnu-bhaktas. So this is danger. What is this?” So these two teachers, Sanda and Amarka, reported it to Hiranyakasipu, otherwise their heads would be cut-off. “We are teaching him, but this boy is not accepting our lessons. He is always thinking about Lord Visnu, and by doing this all the demoniac boys are now becoming Visnu-bhaktas.” Do you understand?

Hiranyakasipu called his son, allowed him to sit on his lap, patted him, and asked, “What have you learned my boy?” When Prahlada spoke about Lord Visnu and Krsna. Hiranyakasipu became very angry, “What is this? Who is that Supreme Lord Visnu? I am the Lord, is He greater than me?” Prahlada replied, “The Supreme Lord is supreme, no one is greater than Him and no one is equal to Him. He is all-pervading. You’d better surrender unto Him.” Hiranyakasipu became even more angry, “What is that? Is He greater than me? He is all-pervading? Is He everywhere? Is He here in this pillar? Then this verse he says:

so ’ham vikatthamanasya
 sirah kayad dharami te
gopayeta haris tvadya
 yas te saranam ipsitam

"Because you are speaking so much nonsense, I shall now sever your head from your body. Now let me see your most worshipable God come to protect you. I want to see it." [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.13]

Lord Nrsimhadeva's Mercy

evam duruktair muhur ardayan rusha
sutam maha-bhagavatam mahasurah
khadgam pragrihyotpatito varasanat
stambham tatadatibalah sva-mushtina

“Because you are speaking so much nonsense, I shall now sever your head from your body. Now let me see your most worshipable God come to protect you. I want to see it.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.14]

The time of devastation has come, rain has come. These demoniac persons should be destroyed, killed. Definitely! Let Nrsimhadeva appear and kill all these demoniac personalities! Then there will be peace in the world; otherwise there will not be peace. This time has come. This is Nrsimhadeva’s mercy. Yes, all the demons should be killed now, yes, devastated. Therefore it will rain unexpectedly and untimely for a long time. Such is a symptom of devastation. All crops will be destroyed, and then there will be no more food grains available, all will die, yes.

evam duruktair muhur ardayan rusha
sutam maha-bhagavatam mahasurah
khadgam pragrihyotpatito varasanat
stambham tatadatibalah sva-mushtina

“Because you are speaking so much nonsense, I shall now sever your head from your body. Now let me see your most worshipable God come to protect you. I want to see it.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.14]

I want to see it!

satyam vidhatum nija-bhritya-bhashitam
vyaptim ca bhuteshv akhileshu catmanah
adrisyatatyadbhuta-rupam udvahan
stambhe sabhayam na mrigam na manusham

“To prove that the statement of His servant Prahlada Maharaja was substantial — in other words, to prove that the Supreme Lord is present everywhere, even within the pillar of an assembly hall — the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, exhibited a wonderful form never before seen. The form was neither that of a man nor that of a lion. Thus the Lord appeared in His wonderful form in the assembly hall.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.17]

Nrsimhadeva Ki Jaya!

Lord Nrsimhadeva Slays Hiranyakasipu

It was a wonderful form. How can one understand the Supreme Lord? He can assume any form, as He likes, yes. His eyes were reddish; He was immense, effulgent, with fearful strong teeth, as sharp as a razor. His nostrils and mouth appeared as a mountainous cave. His body was touching the sky and the hairs on His body were as white as the moonshine, yes. His arms were very long, appearing like swords of the soldiers. Hiranyakasipu thought, “Who is this wonderful form? The Lord has appeared to kill me, but who can kill me? I am the Lord.” Thinking like that, he lifted his club and started talking with the Lord. Then there was fierce fighting between Hiranyakasipu and Nrsimhadeva. At last...

visvak sphurantam grahanaturam harir
vyalo yathakhum kulisaksata-tvacam
dvary urum apatya dadara lilaya
nakhair yathahim garudo maha-visam

“As a snake captures a mouse or Garuda captures a very venomous snake, Lord Nrsimhadeva captured Hiranyakasipu who could not be pierced even by the thunderbolt of King Indra. As Hiranyakasipu moved his limbs here, there and all around, very much afflicted at being captured, Lord Nrsimhadeva placed the demon on His lap, supporting him with His thighs and in the doorway of the assembly hall the Lord very easily tore the demon to pieces with the nails of His hand.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.29]

Hiranyakasipu Thinks He is Immortal!

Hiranyakasipu had received a boon, because he had pleased Brahma. When he asked for immortality Lord Brahma said, “I am not immortal, I will die. So how can I grant you this boon?”

So in a round-about way, he said, “May I not be killed by any demigod, or human being, or by any weapon. I will not be killed during the day-time or night-time, or inside the room or outside the room. I will not be killed on the land, in water, or in the sky.” Thus, in this way, by no weapons could he be killed. So in a round-about way immortality was granted to him. When Brahma granted him this boon Hiranyakasipu thought, “Yes, now I am immortal!”

The Wonderful Form of Lord Nrsimhadeva

However, what is impossible for the Supreme Lord? So He appeared in such a wonderful form. He was neither a human being, nor a lion. Wonderful! He killed him with His pointed nails, not with any weapon and He put him on His lap, not on land, water, or the sky; not inside or outside, but on the threshold. He did not kill him during day-time or night-time, but at the conjunction of day and night, sila-tanka-nakhalaye. When He killed him, Nrsimhadeva’s mane became stained with blood and looked red at this time and Hiranyakasipu’s intestines appeared like a flower garland on the chest of Nrsimhadeva. It seemed as if a lion had killed an elephant. So many of Hiranyakasipu’s soldiers came out to fight against the Lord, but the Lord, with His sharp nails, tore them apart. They were all killed.

This description is there, you should read it.

samrambha-duspreksya-karala-locano
vyattananantam vilihan sva-jihvaya
asrg-lavaktaruna-kesaranano
yathantra-mali dvipa-hatyaya harih

Lord Nrsimhadeva’s mouth and mane were sprinkled with drops of blood, and His fierce eyes, full of anger, were impossible to look at. Licking the edge of His mouth with His tongue, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Nrsimhadeva, decorated with a garland of intestines taken from Hiranyakasipu’s abdomen, resembled a lion that has just killed an elephant. [Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.8.30]

nakhankurotpatita-hrt-saroruham
visrjya tasyanucaran udayudhan
ahan samastan nakha-sastra-panibhir
dordanda-yutho 'nupathan sahasrasah

The Supreme Personality of Godhead, who had many, many arms, first uprooted Hiranyakasipu's heart and then threw him aside and turned toward the demon's soldiers. These soldiers had come in thousands to fight with Him with raised weapons and were very faithful followers of Hiranyakasipu, but Lord Nrsimhadeva killed all of them merely with the ends of His nails. [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.31]

satavadhuta jaladah parapatan
 grahas ca tad-drsti-vimusta-rocisah
ambhodhayah svasa-hata vicuksubhur
 nirhrada-bhita digibha vicukrusuh

The hair on Nrsimhadeva's head shook the clouds and scattered them here and there, His glaring eyes stole the effulgence of the luminaries in the sky, and His breathing agitated the seas and oceans. Because of His roaring, all the elephants in the world began to cry in fear. [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.32]

dyaus tat-satotksipta-vimana-sankula
 protsarpata ksma ca padabhipidita
sailah samutpetur amusya ramhasa
 tat-tejasa kham kakubho na rejire

"Airplanes were thrown into outer space and the upper planetary system by the hair on Nrsimhadeva’s head. Because of the pressure of the Lord’s lotus feet, the earth appeared to slip from its position, and all the hills and mountains sprang up due to His intolerable force. Because of the Lord’s bodily effulgence, both the sky and all directions diminished in their natural illumination." [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.33]

tatah sabhayam upavistam uttame
 nrpasane sambhrta-tejasam vibhum
alaksita-dvairatham atyamarsanam
 pracanda-vaktram na babhaja kascana

“Manifesting a full effulgence and a fearsome countenance, Lord Nrsimha, being very angry and finding no contestant to face His power and opulence, then sat down in the assembly hall on the excellent throne of the king. Because of fear and obedience, no one could come forward to serve the Lord directly.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.34]

nisamya loka-traya-mastaka-jvaram
 tam adi-daityam harina hatam mrdhe
praharsa-vegotkalitanana muhuh
 prasuna-varsair vavrsuh sura-striyah

“Hiranyakasipu had been exactly like a fever of meningitis in the head of the three worlds. Thus when the wives of the demigods in the heavenly planets saw that the great demon had been killed by the personal hands of the Supreme Personality of Godhead, their faces blossomed in great joy. The wives of the demigods again and again showered flowers from heaven upon Lord Nrsimhadeva like rain.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.35]

tada vimanavalibhir nabhastalam
 didrksatam sankulam asa nakinam
suranaka dundubhayo ’tha jaghnire
 gandharva-mukhy? nanrtur jaguh striyah

“At that time, the airplanes of the demigods, who desired to see the activities of the Supreme Lord, Narayana, crowded the sky. The demigods began beating drums and kettledrums, and upon hearing them the angelic women began to dance, while the chiefs of the Gandharvas sang sweetly.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.36]

tatropavrajya vibudha
 brahmendra-girisadayah
rsayah pitarah siddha
 vidyadhara-mahoragah

manavah prajanam patayo
 gandharvapsara-caranah
yak sah kimpurusas tata
 vetalah saha-kinnarah

te visnu-parsadah sarve
 sunanda-kumud?dayah
murdhni baddhanjali-puta
 asinam tivra-tejasam
idire nara-sardulam
 natiduracarah prthak

“My dear King Yudhisthira, the demigods then approached the Lord. They were headed by Lord Brahma, King Indra and Lord Siva and included great saintly persons and the residents of Pitraloka, Siddhaloka, Vidyadhara-loka and the planet of the snakes. The Manus approached, and so did the chiefs of various other planets. The angelic dancers approached, as did the Gandharvas, the Caranas, the Yaksas, the inhabitants of Kinnaraloka, the Vetalas, the inhabitants of Kimpuruna-loka, and the personal servants of Visnu like Sunanda and Kumuda. All of them came near the Lord, who glowed with intense light. They individually offered their obeisances and prayers, their hands folded at their heads.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.37-39]

sri-brahmovaca

nato ’smy anantaya duranta-saktaye
 vicitra-viryaya pavitra-karmane
visvasya sarga-sthiti-samyaman gunaih
 sva-lilaya sandadhate ’vyayatmane

“Lord Brahma prayed: My Lord, You are unlimited, and You possess unending potencies. No one can estimate or calculate Your prowess and wonderful influence, for Your actions are never polluted by the material energy. Through the material qualities, You very easily create the universe, maintain it and again annihilate it, yet You remain the same, without deterioration. I therefore offer my respectful obeisances unto You.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.8.40]

Bhakta Prahlad Pacifies Lord Nrsimhadeva with Prayers

Nrsimhadeva was so angry nobody dared approach Him, even Laksmidevi couldn’t approach. At last Brahma persuaded Prahlada Maharaja to go and pacify Him. Then Prahlada Maharaja went there fearlessly. All were afraid but Prahlada was not at all afraid of the Lord because he is a dear devotee. Then he fell flat at the lotus feet of Nrsimhadeva, then Nrsimhadeva put His lotus-like hand on the head of Prahlada Maharaja. Immediately Prahlada Maharaja received the mercy of transcendental knowledge. Then Prahlada Maharaja offered many prayers. We will read some of those prayers of Prahlada, from the seventh canto, ninth chapter of Srimad-Bhagavatam:

sri prahrada uvaca
brahmadayah suran gana munayo 'tha siddhah
sattvaikatana-gatayo vacasam pravahaih
naradhitum puru-gunair adhunapi pipruh
kim tostum arhati sa me harir ugra-jateh

Prahlada Maharaja prayed: “How is it possible for me, who have been born in a family of asuras, to offer suitable prayers to satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead? Even until now, all the demigods, headed by Lord Brahma, and all the saintly persons could not satisfy the Lord by streams of excellent words, although such persons are very qualified, being in the mode of goodness. Then what is to be said of me? I am not at all qualified.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.8]

manye dhanabhijana-rupa-tapah-srutaujas-
 tejah-prabhava-bala-paurusa-buddhi-yogah
naradhanaya hi bhavanti parasya pumso
 bhaktya tutosa bhagavan gaja-yutha-paya

Prahlada Maharaja continued: “One may possess wealth, an aristocratic family, beauty, austerity, education, sensory expertise, luster, influence, physical strength, diligence, intelligence and mystic yogic power, but I think that even by all these qualifications one cannot satisfy the Supreme Personality of Godhead. However, one can satisfy the Lord simply by devotional service. Gajendra did this, and thus the Lord was satisfied with him.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.9]

viprad dvi-sad-guna-yutad aravinda-nabha-
 padaravinda-vimukhat svapacam varistham
manye tad-arpita-mano-vacanehitartha-
 pranam punati sa kulam na tu bhurimanah

“If a brahmana has all twelve of the brahminical qualifications [as they are stated in the book called Sanat-sujata] but is not a devotee and is averse to the lotus feet of the Lord, he is certainly lower than a devotee who is a dog-eater but who has dedicated everything—mind, words, activities, wealth and life—to the Supreme Lord. Such a devotee is better than such a brahmana because the devotee can purify his whole family, whereas the so-called brahmana in a position of false prestige cannot purify even himself.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.10]

naivatmanah prabhur ayam nija-labha-purno
 manam janad avidusah karuno vrnite
yad yaj jano bhagavate vidadhita manam
 tac catmane prati-mukhasya yatha mukha-srih

“The Supreme Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is always fully satisfied in Himself. Therefore when something is offered to Him, the offering, by the Lord's mercy, is for the benefit of the devotee, for the Lord does not need service from anyone. To give an example, if one's face is decorated, the reflection of one's face in a mirror is also seen to be decorated.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.11]

tasmad aham vigata-viklava isvarasya
 sarvatmana mahi grnami yatha manisam
nico ’jaya guna-visargam anupravistah
 puyeta yena hi puman anuvarnitena

“Therefore, although I was born in a demoniac family, I may without a doubt offer prayers to the Lord with full endeavor, as far as my intelligence allows. Anyone who has been forced by ignorance to enter the material world may be purified of material life if he offers prayers to the Lord and hears the Lord's glories.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.12]

The Bhakta is Very Dear to the Lord

Laksmidevi who is sitting on the chest of the Lord, cannot get it. It is very difficult on the part of Laksmi, but a dear devotee of the Lord very easily gets such mercy of the Lord. The Lord has equal vision, samah sarvesu bhutesu—‘He is equally disposed toward every living entity. [Bg 18.54] na me dvesyo ’sti na priyah—I envy no one, nor am I partial to anyone. [Bg 9.29] I am equal to all. But a bhakta is very dear to Him. Ye bhajanti tu mam bhaktya—one who does My bhajana with bhakti, they are in Me, I am in them.” [Bg 9.29] Though He is impartial, but He is very partial towards His devotees.

Lord Nrsimhadeva Vanquishes Fear

These are all prayers by Prahlada Maharaja. There is one specific prayer, Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.14:

tad yaccha manyum asuraç ca hatas tvayadya
modeta sadhur api vascika-sarpa-hatya
lokas ca nirvrtim itau pratiyanti sarve
rupam nrsimha vibhayaya janah smaranti

“My Lord Nrsimhadeva, please, therefore, cease Your anger now that my father, the great demon Hiranyakasipu, has been killed. Since even saintly persons take pleasure in the killing of a scorpion or a snake . . .” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.14]

Yes, scorpions and snakes should be killed. Saintly persons kill them and get pleasure. Sadhus never kill other living entities only scorpians and snakes. This has been said in this verse.

“Since even saintly persons take pleasure in the killing of a scorpion or a snake all the worlds have achieved great satisfaction because of the death of this demon. Now they are confident of their happiness, and they will always remember Your auspicious incarnation in order to be free from fear.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.14]

Therefore we should always offer this prayer, namaste narasimhaya, to be free from fear. Nrsimhadeva kills all inauspiciousness that comes in the path of devotion, therefore we offer Nrsimha-pranama. When we start a journey we also offer Nrsimha-pranama, so no fear, no obstruction, no fearful conditions will be there. Nrsimhadeva comes and kills it. You understand? Therefore we always offer Nrsimha-pranama and it has been said in this verse, devotees will always remember You, offer You prayers and are free from all sorts of fear.

The Compassionate Heart of the Bhakta

tasmad amus tanu-bhrtam aham asiso 'jna
ayuh sriyam vibhavam aindriyam avirincyat
necchami te vilulitan uruvikramena
kalatmanopanaya mam nija-bhrtya-parsvam

“My dear Lord, now I have complete experience concerning the worldly opulence, mystic power, longevity and other material pleasures enjoyed by all living entities, from Lord Brahma down to the ant. As powerful time, You destroy them all. Therefore, because of my experience, I do not wish to possess them. My dear Lord, I request You to place me in touch with Your pure devotee and let me serve him as a sincere servant.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.25]

That is prayer. Another prayer, Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.44: When Nrsimhadeva offered Prahlada, mukti, he refused. Why he refused is stated in this prayer:

prayena deva munayah sva-vimukti-kama
maunam caranti vijane na parartha-nisthah
naitan vihaya krpanan vimumuksa eko
nanyam tvad asya saranam bhramato 'nupasye

“My dear Lord Nrsimhadeva, I see that there are many saintly persons indeed, but they are interested only in their own deliverance. Not caring for the big cities and towns, they go to the Himalayas or the forest to meditate with vows of silence [mauna-vrata]. They are not interested in delivering others. As for me, however, I do not wish to be liberated alone, leaving aside all these poor fools and rascals. I know that without Krsna consciousness, without taking shelter of Your lotus feet, one cannot be happy. Therefore I wish to bring them back to shelter at Your lotus feet.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.44]

The munis and sages are only interested in their own deliverance. They go to the Himalayan mountains in search of a solitary place to do sadhana, and there they undergo so many severe austerities and penances. So who thinks of delivering the living entities, the mlecchas and yavanas, those who are in the hellish planet? Western countries mean hellish planets. The sadhu thinks of the suffering conditioned souls and goes there to preach and inculcate Krsna consciousness unto the mlecchas, yavanas, demons. Only a Vaisnava like Prahlada Maharaja. Otherwise no one can do it. A Vaisnava, whose heart is so compassionate, so merciful, he has love for all living entities, even the worms in stool, he thinks of their deliverance.

Achieving What is Meant for Paramahamsas

There is another prayer in Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.50:

tat te ’rhattama namah stuti-karma-pujah
 karma smrtis caranayoh sravanam kathayam
samsevaya tvayi vineti sad-angaya kim
 bhaktim janah paramahamsa-gatau labheta

“Therefore, O Supreme Personality of Godhead, the best of all persons to whom prayers are offered, I offer my respectful obeisances unto You because without rendering six kinds of devotional service unto You—offering prayers, dedicating all the results of activities, worshiping You, working on Your behalf, always remembering Your lotus feet and hearing about Your glories—who can achieve that which is meant for the paramahamsas?” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.9.50]

I Am Naturally Your Servant

Then, in Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.4 Prahlada Maharaja says:

nanyatha te ’khila-guro
 ghateta karunatmanah
yas ta asisa asaste
 na sa bhrtyah sa vai vanik

"Otherwise, O my Lord, O supreme instructor of the entire world, You are so kind to Your devotee that You could not induce him to do something unbeneficial for him. On the other hand, one who desires some material benefit in exchange for devotional service cannot be Your pure devotee. Indeed, he is no better than a merchant who wants profit in exchange for service." [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.4]

Than a merchant, yes, who does business with the Lord—“I give you this thing, you give me this thing.”

Then Srimad-Bhagavatam, 7.10.6:

aham tv akamas tvad-bhaktas
tvam ca svamy anapasrayah
nanyathehavayor artho
raja-sevakayor iva

“O my Lord, I am Your unmotivated servant, and You are my eternal master. There is no need of our being anything other than master and servant. You are naturally my master, and I am naturally Your servant. We have no other relationship.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.6]

Offer This Prayer

Then the next verse, Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.7:

yadi dasyasi me kaman
 varams tvam varadarsabha
kamanam hrdy asamroham
 bhavatas tu vrne varam

This is the only prayer that everyone should offer.

“O my Lord, best of the givers of benediction, if You at all want to bestow a desirable benediction upon me, then I pray from Your Lordship that within the core of my heart there be no material desires.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.7]

Offer this prayer, and if the Lord grants grants this boon then material desires will be gone. This is the prayer that all should offer. We have so many lusty desires. Who will root them out? So everybody should offer prayers at the lotus feet of the Lord from the core of the heart, "Please take away all these things from me. If You want to give me a boon, please take away all lusty desire so that never at any time, in any condition, under any circumstance will material desires crop up in my heart.” When Nrsimhadeva was ready to give him any boon he desired, Prahlada Maharaja asked for this boon.

Please Excuse My Father's Offences

Then Prahlada offered the following prayers, three verses, Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.15-17:

sri-prahrada uvaca

varam varaya etat te
 varadesan mahesvara
yad anindat pita me
 tvam avidvams teja aisvaram

viddhamarsasayah saksat
 sarva-loka-gurum prabhum
bhratr-heti mrsa-drstis
 tvad-bhakte mayi caghavan

tasmat pita me puyeta
 durantad dustarad aghat
putas te ’panga-samdrstas
 tada krpana-vatsala

"Prahlada Maharaja said: O Supreme Lord, because You are so merciful to the fallen souls, I ask You for only one benediction. I know that my father, at the time of his death, had already been purified by Your glance upon him, but because of his ignorance of Your beautiful power and supremacy, he was unnecessarily angry at You, falsely thinking that You were the killer of his brother. Thus he directly blasphemed Your Lordship, the spiritual master of all living beings, and committed heavily sinful activities directed against me, Your devotee. I wish that he be excused for these sinful activities." [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.15-17]

A Son Like Sri Prahlada Maharaja

Prahlada prays for his father, therefore his father was excused. Then what did the Lord say?

sri-bhagavan uvaca

trih-saptabhih pita putah
 pitrbhih saha te ’nagha
yat sadho ’sya kule jato
 bhavan vai kula-pavanah

"The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: “My dear Prahlada, O most pure, O great saintly person, your father has been purified, along with twenty-one forefathers in your family. Because you were born in this family, the entire dynasty has been purified.” [Srimad-Bhagavatam 7.10.18]

The entire dynasty has been purified. If a Vaisnava like Prahlada Maharaja takes birth in some family, twenty-one generations will be delivered. A vaisnava-putra, if a son becomes a Vaisnava, what he can do! If you want a son, then procreate a son like Prahlada. Otherwise why will you procreate a child? The hogs procreate hundreds of children, and all eat stool. It is nonsense. If you want to have a son, procreate a son like Prahlada, then his father is glorified, his mother is glorified. He is a real father and she is a real mother. Otherwise they are not a real father and mother, rather they are hog and she-hog, only only engaged in sexual enjoyment, nothing else. Then you are procreating all nasty bastard children, hog-like children who eat stool. Hogs produce hundreds of children. Why would you produce such children? There is no need of producing children. If you want to marry, then marry and produce a Vaisnava son like Prahlada. Then the father and mother will be glorified. Otherwise it is condemned.

These are some of the many prayers of Prahlada Maharaja. We should offer such prayers to the Supreme Lord. Especially on this auspicious day we should offer these prayers to Jagannatha, who has assumed the Nrsimha form: “Please give me this boon, on this auspicious day of Your appearance, that no material desire, lusty desire will crop up in my heart. Please take out these lusty desires from me.”

Auspicious Day

vaisakhasya caturdasyam-
suklayam sri nrkesari-
jatas tad asyam tatpujot-
savam kurvita savratah

This is in Hari-bhakti-vilasa, Sanatana Gosvami is quoting from the Padma Purana.

This is the tithi, day, today, in the month of Vaisakha. This is the fourteenth day of the bright fortnight, on this auspicious day, tithi Nrsimhadeva appears. Therefore, on this auspicious tithi, all the devotees observe it by fasting and offering prayers to Nrsimhadeva.

One Must Worship The Lord's Devotee

prahlada-klesa nasaya
ya hi punya caturdasi

pujayet tatra yatnena
hareh prahladam agratah

“It is proper to first worship Prahlada before worshipping Nrsimha because the holy fourteenth lunar day of the bright fortnight has appeared in order to remove the distress of Prahlada.” [Vaisnava-Agamas]

On this tithi, this day, before offering worship to Nrsimhadeva, first you should offer worship to Prahlada Maharaja, His dear devotee. His devotee should be worshipped first. Worship of His devotee is superior to the direct worship of the Lord, yes. The Lord appeared in order to protect His dear devotee from the persecution of his demoniac father, Hiranyakasipu. So first of all we should offer worship to Prahlada, then we offer worship to Nrsimhadeva. This is the process.

So it is required that you should fast on this day. This is the vrata—fasting. You may take a little prasadam, anukalpa, as on ekadasi, you might take.

Bhagavan Nrsimhadeva Ki Jaya!
Bhakta Prahlada Ki Jaya!
Bhakta Prahlada Ki Jaya!
Bhagavan Nrsimhadeva Ki Jaya!
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