Posted: 17 May 2011 at 8:43pm | IP Logged
Lola!! Loving all the posts ... I just Love the character of Prahlad So Much... As shown in SK that even at the tender age of five
he would be lost in a trance while chanting Shri Vishnu's name in ecstasy: "Om namoh Bhagavate
Vaasudevay"! All those sc.s are
so full of Devotion!!
(We have such a
nice exchange of Dialogues between Prahlad and Hiranyakashipu in SK!!! I just
Love the way Prahlad tried to convince his father! His voice has So Much Faith,
Innocence and Sincerity... Same we can notice in the case of Vibhishan and
Mandodari- their Sincere, Earnest attempt to make Raavan aware of the 'True
Identity' of Shri Ram also become futile, like Prahlad.)
Just quoting some parts from the dialogues between Prahlad and Hiranyakashipu from SK (link of these sc.s are given by Lola in the second post):
Prahlad repeatedly tried to convince his father
(Hiranyakashipu) that- "The world does not worship you (Hiranyakashipu)
out of devotion, but out of Fear, which increases your arrogance and will
ultimately lead you to astray. But as your son, I want to reclaim you from
evil. It is my duty to lead you to
the right path. That's why I do not worship you. In all the three worlds, only One is worthy of worship- the Eternal,
Imperishable, Supreme Godhead Vishnu, So I worship Him only. Shri Vishnu cannot be an enemey of anyone as He is the Protector of all of us" (Paalankarta). It is his (Hiranyakashipu's) illusion that Vishnu wants to destroy him.
All the creatures of the Creation are His children, in the same way
Hiranyakashipu is also His child, He will only
destroy the unrighteous acts and Evil in him (Hiranyakashipu). Without the Lord's Will no one can destroy another
person. Until Lord's wishes, no force in the universe can destoy Prahlad. The arrogance
of Hiranyakashipu blinded him to the truth (i.e.- realizing about the Lord). He needed to
cast out the arrogance and egoism to surrender to the Lord with a true/pure
heart. Only then Hiranayakashipu would come to know about the Lord that He
is Omnipotent. Again and again Prahlad
requested his father to listen to him and surrender to Lord Vishnu.As He is
very merciful, He will at once forgive him and all his evil deeds, He will also
make him free of all his sins.
When, all the attempts to kill Prahlad went in vain,
Hiranyakashipu decided to put an end to Prahlad with his own hands. He asked
his son about the Source of
the power which has
saved Prahlad each time. Prahlad answered that it is the Strength of Him Who is the strength of all. The child
again tried to explain that even his father also gets his power from that very
source (Bhagwan/ Shri Hari). He alone
gives strength to all the beings in the world. Shri Hari is Most Merciful,
there is still time for Hiranyakashipu to cast out the pride and surrender to
Him. He will forgive all the sins committed by him.
Hiranyakashipu was surprised that how could Prahlad know all these
Knowledge in such a young age? But Prahlad said that young age is of that particular body only. Prahlad dwells in this body in
the form of soul, the Soul's age is limitless, this body is illusory and the
soul is also not the Ultimate truth, the Soul is merely a reflection of the
Absolute (Paramatyma). In this way the Absolute dwells in every being (in
Prahlad's body as well as in the body of Hiranyakashipu), and in every atom
of the universe. This Knowledge lets us see the 'Absolute' in all. After this
knowledge, those wise persons do not see the bodies, they observe only the 'Spirit'
Everywhere, in the whole Creation! Paramaatma is present everywhere. In the
sky, on the earth, in saints and also in the demons…Prahlad
could see Him everywhere in the palace also, he wanted his father to believe
him but due to his ignorance, Hiranyakashipu could not realize all this truth.
Then he showed a particular pillar and asked Prahlad whether the Lord is there
or not and we have the apprearance of Narsimha avtaar at the end of the
Quoted/ Complied such a lengthy part from those sc.s as
it is my Most Most Favourite sc from SK! It shows the Faith of Prahlad in such
Now reposting a
part from a prev post of mine ( in R-SK CC),
Recently, while going
through a book on Bhakti-Yoga, I came across one interesting incident from the
life of Prahlada. Thought to share it with you all:-
When offered a boon by the
LORD, Prahlada thankfully denied, saying that he who asks for anything in lieu
of his Sadhana or Bhakti is verily not a Sadahaka, but a businessman
(vanik). But when the LORD still persisted, Prahlada said, "I pray
You to destroy my desire for asking, if there is any. This is the only
boon I ask of You".
Secret of Bhaktiyoga' by Gita Press, Gorakhpur)
I was just moved by the Simplicity and the Sincerity of this sentence…Truly the Sadhaka should
have absolutely no desire (earthly or heavenly) in mind.
With Lots of Best Wishes to all of you!
Jai Narsimha Narayana!