Badger, CA May 14, 2003
Tridandisvami Sri Srimad Bhaktivedanta Narayana Maharaja
[The following is a lecture
given by Srila Narayana Maharaja on Lord Nrsimhadevas appearance
day last year in Badger, California. This is the first time it is
is the appearance day of Sri Nrsimhadeva. I came here in the
morning and requested that throughout the day at least twelve
speakers discuss this subject. Now I think it would have been
better had they not spoken anything, but just read the verses and
the purports given by Srila Bhaktivedanta Swami Maharaja. This
would have been a million times better. I do not appreciate that they
discussed topics that were not on the subject of Lord Nrsimhadeva.
I wanted that the chapters on the pastimes of Sri Prahlada be read
from the first chapter to the end of the last chapter. I
indicated this, but the speakers did not do so. I am very worried;
how will they be able to preach if they cannot follow my
This was not the appearance day of
Jaya and Vijaya; that part should have been told in outline. The
speakers should have simply read Srimad Bhagavatam and its
purports given by Srila Svami Maharaja.
head that one speaker said in his class that Ravana has ten heads.
What was the purpose of telling this today? Another bogus speaker
also spoke out of subject, by saying that Ravana attended the
svayamvara of Sita (the ceremony wherein contestant princes
compete for the hand of the princess in marriage). What was the
purpose of saying this? I don't know. They should have spoken
about the teachings of Prahlada to the children of the demons. That
would have been very good, and I would have been very happy.
Try to follow my example. I never leave the
appropriate subject. And speak only what I have previously told or
what is written thoroughly in Srimad Bhagavatam and other
scriptures. Only hear from bona fide persons. I wanted that all
the best things be told. Be alert and very careful about
Now I am coming to the subject.
When Prahlada Maharaja returned from the school
of the atheist teachers Sanda and Amarka and spoke to his father
about the principles of Krsna consciousness, his father angrily
told his teachers, "I will take your heads. Why did you teach
Prahlada about devotional service to Visnu?"
Trembling, the teachers replied, "We have not taught Prahlada
this. We don't know why he is speaking about it. You can ask him
whether we taught him this."
to Prahlada and asked, "Where have you learned this? If these two
haven't told you this, then who has told you? Why are you boldly
saying these things about surrendering to Visnu, my enemy?"
Prahlada began to reply, "Yes, you are all blind
these teachers and you. You are demons. If you do not take the
dust of the lotus feet of highly qualified Vaisnavas devotees on
your heads as ornaments, your so-called intelligence will send you
to hell. So-called guru and disciple will both go to
Hiranyakasipu became furious and, taking
his sword and club, he ordered his men, "Bring mad elephants and
poisonous snakes. Throw them on him so that they will kill him!
Bring poison and forcibly give it to him! Bring my sister to put
him in a fire. Throw him from a mountain into the ocean and bind
him to a stone so that he will drown!" They did that; thousands of
soldiers came to kill him, but they could not accomplish the result
they desired. Hiranyakasipu became anxious and fearful, thinking,
"I wanted to kill him, but he is not dying. And it may be that I
will be killed by him."
Sanda and Amarka
arrived and consoled him. They said, "Don't be worried, you have
controlled Indra and all the other demigods, and Prahlada is like
a mosquito compared to them. Why are you so anxious? Wait a
little; our father Sukracarya has gone away for meditation. He will
return shortly and make Prahlada a very good boy. Don't worry."
They took Prahlada with them to their school and
began again to teach him politics, duplicity, hypocrisy,
diplomacy, how to earn money and how to rule a country to divide
and control. Prahlada did not say anything in the class; he was
simply remembering his Lord Krsna.
One day the
teachers told Prahlada, "We are going out for an important job, so
for some time you should watch over these boys, like a monitor. We
will return very soon."
With their teachers
absence the boys began to play here and there. Prahlada
requested them, "Don't do so. Please hear; I will tell something
that will make your life happy." Prahlada Maharaja then began to
tell what the speakers did not touch. I am very worried.
Sri Prahlada told them, If you don't take to Krsna
consciousness right now, then, later on, how will you be able to give
up absorption in your newly married wife or your weeping small
children? If your father is very old, how will you be able to
give him up? Your little children will be very lovingly calling,
"Papa, Mama." How will you be able to give up absorption in them?
Your beautiful gardens and beautiful dogs how will you give them
up? Better to give up everything material, and chant and remember
"If you want to be happy, then
practice bhakti-yoga, devotional service, to Lord Krsna."
The students asked, "Prahlada, you are always attending
this school of Sanda and Amarka, so where did you learn this
Prahlada Maharaja replied, "I never
learned anything from these bogus gurus. My guru is Sri Narada
Rsi. When I was in my mother's womb I learned all this philosophy
from Sri Narada." Then he asked, "Are you convinced?"
replied, "Oh yes, we are all convinced."
come with me and perform sankirtana, the congregational chanting
of the Lords holy names." He then began sankirtana.
[The devotees present in Srila Narayana Maharajas class
also began kirtana, but they were stopped by the loud voice of Sripad
Asrama Maharaja acting as Hiranyakasipu, who was in turn "ripped
open" by Sripad Mahibharata dasa, acting as Lord Nrsimhadeva in
that two-minute drama.]
Thank you for this
In a moment, Lord
Nrsimhadeva pulled Hiranyakasipu's intestines out, put them around
his neck and began to roar. His mane began to fly in the air and
made it seem as though the whole world would be finished He was so
furious that Lord Brahma, Lord Sankara, Sri Laksmi devi and all other
great personalities who arrived to watch the scene thought, "Oh,
he will destroy the whole universe." They requested Lord Brahma,
"You are his son; you should go and pacify him.
Fearful, Lord Brahma objected, "Oh, this time I cannot go.
The demigods then they requested Lord Sankara to
pacify him, but he said, "I cannot go."
that they asked Laksmi devi, "Laksmi Devi, you are always serving
and massaging him in the spiritual world. Please go and pacify
She replied, "Today I cannot
Brahma and others then requested Prahlada,
"You can do it; you should go."
Prahlada, very boldly and with no fear at all, jumped onto the lap
of Lord Nrsimhadeva. Seeing Prahlada, Lord Nrsimhadeva began to
weep bitterly with many tears flowing from his lotus eyes. He began
licking Prahlada's body, as a lion licks his cubs because he was
in the form of half-animal-half-man. After that he told Prahlada,
"I am very upset that I have delayed. Your father gave you so much
trouble he even tried to kill you and I delayed. Excuse me for
this delay and take any benediction you like."
Prahlada Maharaja said, "I am not a business person. I
don't want to beg anything, or take any boon in exchange for my
service to you."
"Prahlada you must ask a
boon, because your seeing me must not go in vain. You must ask any
boon to please me; otherwise I will not be pleased."
Prahlada said, "Please excuse my father and liberate
"It has been done."
"How has it been done?"
of an uttama-adhikari, topmost Vaisnava will be liberated, even if
the generations of family members are not devotees. For those who
are madhyama-adhikari, second class devotees, their fathers and
mothers of fourteen generations will be liberated. If one is even a
kanistha, neophyte devotee, but sincerely chanting and remembering
Krsna, then seven generations will easily be liberated. Your
father is in the first generation; therefore he will surely be
liberated. Now ask for any benediction."
Prahlada said, "If you want to give me a benediction, grant me
that I should live in this world for many years, suffering everyone's
problems which they have received due to the reactions of their
sinful activities, and their pain of the endless chain of birth
and death so that all will be liberated from top to
"How can this be?" Lord Nrsimhadeva
Sri Prahlada said, "You can do this
very easily, because you can come for your devotees. All the
living beings are part and parcel of you, and they are your
eternal servants. So I know that you can certainly liberate
Lord Nrsimhadeva then said, "If anyone
hears, remember, or tells others about our pastimes, they will
certainly be liberated. They will be liberated gradually first
taking shelter of Sri Gurudeva by instruction and initiation."
Sri Prahlada Maharaja never asked for salvation
or sayujya mukti, the impersonal liberation of merging onto the
Supreme Lord's effulgence. He rejected everything material, and
therefore he is a high class parama-bhagavata, great devotee.
Nrsimhadeva told him, "You will be the ideal
example." People will say, Always be a great devotee like
Prahlada Maharaja, He is a devotee like Prahlada Maharaja." When
the subject of bhakti, pure devotional service comes, people will
say, "Oh, Prahlada Maharaja was maha-bhagavata, a pure devotee. So
many difficulties in life came, but he tolerated them all. He
never cursed his father or replied in harsh words."
We should try to realize these truths and try to practice
bhakti-yoga like Prahlada Maharaja.
I wanted the
speakers to elaborately discuss this today in class. I am very
worried; I am disappointed. This subject should be dealt with,
giving up others. In the future you should be careful about this. I
wanted to glorify Prahlada Maharaja, but so many other subjects
Why did Lord Nrsimhadeva appear from a
pillar? He did so to make the words of his devotee true. Before
being killed, Hiranyakasipu had asked Prahlada, "Where is your
Lord? Have you ever seen him?"
replied, "Oh yes, He is everywhere. There is no place where He is
not. He is in the atom, in the heart of all living beings
Do you believe this?
Then know that Lord
Krsna is watching you, everywhere and in all circumstances. If you
are stealing anything or doing any nonsense, others may not
realize what you are doing, but He knows. He is everywhere.
Then Hiranyakasipu said, "Is He in this
Hiranyakasipu then picked up his
club and, with his fist, he crushed the pillar. A loud roaring
sound at once came from the pillar.
Frightened, Hiranyakasipu began looking around to see, "From where
is this sound coming?" He then saw that it was coming from the
Lord Nrsimhadeva is so merciful that he
came to fulfill the four Kumaras' curse of Jaya and Vijaya, the
two gatekeepers in Vaikuntha who were cursed to come to this world
as Hiranyakasipu and his brother, and to fulfill the boon which
Brahma gave Hiranyakasipu. Hiranyakasipu could not be killed by
anyone in creation, nor in the night, or in the day, nor in any month
of the year, nor by any weapon. To make Lord Brahma's words true,
Lord Nrsimhadeva came in the evening, at sunset, which is neither
day nor night. He did not die in the sky or on the earth, for Lord
Nrsimhadeva picked him up and put him on his lap. He did not die
inside a room or outside, for Lord Nrsimhadeva killed him in a
doorway. And he did not die by any weapon for Lord Nrsimhadeva
killed him with his nails. He ripped Hiranyakasipu apart and took
out his intestines.
So Lord Nrsimhadeva came
out from the pillar and Hiranyakasipu saw that He is everywhere.
You may think, "I am alone when doing nonsense," but he will see.
His eyes are the sun and moon; he is in all the atoms of air.
Lord Nrsimhadeva wanted to test Prahlada by
offering him boons, to see if he was willing to be cheated by
them. He offered to give him the sayujya-mukti that was given to
Sisupala. He offered to give him that salvation which so many
sages and Maharsis, saintly kings, in the line of Sankaracarya
cannot achieve in thousands of births. Nrsimhadeva was willing to
give this to Prahlada very easily, but Prahlada refused it all. He
again and again requested Prahlada to accept this, but he refused.
Prahlada said, "I am not a business person. I
will not take a boon from you in exchange for my service to you.
What to speak of this sayujya- mukti, impersonal liberation, I
don't even have a personal desire to be in the spiritual planets
of Vaikuntha. I don't want anything as remuneration."
Lord Nrsimhadeva asked, "What do you want?"
Sri Prahlada said, "Please be merciful to all
living beings. By that I will be pleased, and you will also be
pleased. Because you are bhakta-vatsala, you have an unlimited
desire to please your devotees and you know that all living beings
are your personal eternal servants, please be merciful and give
that benediction to all. And, if you want, I will stay in this
world forever, suffering for all their sinful reactions."
"O Acyuta, infallible Lord, I don't mind
accepting hundreds of thousands of births but I want that
wherever I will be, I must receive the elevated association of
your pure devotees and always worship You. I don't want anything
Sri Laksmi devi , Garuda, Lord Brahma,
Lord Sankara and many other great personalities were present, but
Lord Nrsimhadeva gave preference to Prahlada Maharaja. He said, "I
could not cheat you. You have conquered me. I don't favor
Sankarsana, or my Laksmi devi, or my messenger and carrier,
Garuda, or Lord Brahma, as much as I favor you. "
Sri Prahlada Maharaja never cared for any problem that
arose in his life, and he accomplished his mission in a very short
time. His father wanted to kill him, but he never cared. If death
is to come, it will come; and you will not be able to do anything
to protect yourself. Prahlada Maharaja was very bold; you should
also be bold like him. I am telling all these truths, for you. If
death is coming, or so many problems and sufferings are coming,
try to keep your feet on the head of them all. Don't be upset. Try to
do bhajana, chanting and remembering Krsna without any hesitation
and not considering any obstacles. This is the teaching of Sri
Typist: Vasanti dasi
Editor: Syamarani dasi