PARAMA BHAGAWTHAS (PURE DEVOTEES) PRAHLADHJI MAHARAAJ 1

prhladh

Devotess who are permantly engaged krishna chinthan and krishna anubhavam and does not want any thing in return are pure devotees.  For That We need the mercy of Lord Krishna.

To Begin with Let us discuss few .

Prahlada, Narada, Parasara, Pundareeka,
Vyasa, Ambareesha, Shuka, Sounaka, Bheeshma Kavya,
Rukmangadarjuna, Vasishta, Vibheeshanadhya,
Yethanaham Parama bhagwathaan namami. 1

I bow my head and salute the great souls like,
Prahlada, Narada, Parasara, Pundareeka,
Vyasa, Ambarresha, Shuka, Sounaka, Bheeshma,
Rukmangadha, Arjuna, Vasishta and Vibheeshana.

Before walking in the bhakthi marga let us offer respects to these pure devotees.
Prhladhji Maharaj

Prahlad was the son of a very powerful atheist king, HiranyaKashipu, and so from the moment of his birth he was in the hands of “Daityas,” or enemies of God.

According to a story from Bhagavata Purana, Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha are Vishnu’s gatekeepers Jaya and Vijaya, born on earth as the result of a curse from the Four Kumaras.

According to Sources the birth place of Hiranyakashipu is Moolsthan(Present Day Multan).

In Satya Yuga, Hiranyakashipu and Hiranyaksha – together called the Hiranyas – were born to Diti (daughter of Daksha Prajapathi) and sage Kashyapa. It is said that asuras were born to them as a result of their union at the time of dusk, which was said to be an inauspicious time for such a deed.

Penance

After his brother Hiranyaksha’s death at the hands of the Varaha avatar of Vishnu, Hiranyakashipu, started to abhor Vishnu.

To which end he decides to attempt to kill Vishnu by gaining mystical powers, which he believes Brahma, the chief among the devas will award to him if he undergoes many years of great austerity and penance just as Brahma has awarded to other Rakshasas.

This initially seems to work as planned with Brahma becoming pleased by Hiranyakashipu’s austerities.

Brahma thus appears before Hiranyakashipu and offers him a boon of his choice. Upon Hiranyakashipu’s asking for immortality however, Brahma refuses. Hiranyakashipu then requests the following:

O my lord, O best of the givers of benediction, if you will kindly grant me the benediction I desire, please let me not meet death from any of the living entities created by you.

Grant me that I not die within any residence or outside any residence, during the daytime or at night, nor on the ground or in the sky.

Grant me that my death not be brought by any being other than those created by you, nor by any weapon, nor by any human being or animal. Grant me that I not meet death from any entity, living or nonliving. Grant me, further, that I not be killed by any demigod or demon or by any great snake from the lower planets.

Since no one can kill you in the battlefield, you have no competitor. Therefore, grant me the benediction that I too may have no rival. Give me sole lordship over all the universe.

Prahlad had learned Krishna Consciousness from the foremost sage of Vedic times, Narada Muni, and he had learned it while still in the womb of his mother. It had come about that Prahlad’s mother was pregnant at the time of a great war between the demigods and the demons. The demigods were led by Indra and the demons by the party of HiranyaKashipu. The victorious demigods eventually swept over the cities of the demon king and ransacked his deserted buildings. King Indra himself had entered the palace of HiranyaKashipu, and was leading off Prahlad’s mother, the Queen, when Narada appeared and interposed.

“Do not take her! It is not right, for she is chaste,” he said.

Indra answered, “I’m not doing anything wrong, good Narada. But she is carrying a child within her womb who is HiranyaKashipu’s son. She is therefore carrying a snake, and I just want to keep her in custody until the child is born and we can take him away. I had no other purpose.”

“No,” Narada protested. “She is carrying a great soul within her womb. Don’t try to kill him, Indra. Nor in fact could you kill him, since he is a great devotee.”

Solely on the word of the pure saint Narada, Indra relinquished his design and the Queen was allowed to go with the saint to his hermitage. Narada gave her shelter at his ashram, and as he was a very great devotee he spoke the spiritual science of Krishna Consciousness to her daily. Prahlad, who had developed within her womb to the point of consciousness, heard all these discussions, and he did not forget.

Prahladh was sent to gurukula . Sons of Daitya Guru Shukracharya were his masters.They were Sanda Marka. He was being  initiated to asura bhakthi.  But Prhaladhji had his own way . He was meditating on Lord Sriman Narayana. He preached them the art of Navdha Bhakthi( We shall discuss each of the nine elements of bhakthi later) His Friends started supporting him  and engaged in  Narayana Bhakthi .

sandamarka guru

The news of Prahlad’s preaching ultimately reached back to HiranyaKashipu, and he called his son’s teachers before him. “What is this Hare Krishna?” he demanded to know. “I understand all the boys are chanting some nonsense about God. Tell me now-what are you teaching my Prahlad?” –

They told That they were following the traditional syllabus of hatred towards vishnu and prayers to  Hiranya Kashipu.

HiranyaKashipu was up set with his son’s devotion towards Lord Krishna. He could not tolerate. He decided to kill his own son Parma Bahgwatha Prhlad maharaj.

Lord is Bhaktha Paradheena.

kaunteya pratijanihi na me bhaktah pranashyati

In Bhagavad gita, Krishna declares to His friend and devotee Arjuna: “Know for certain, o son of Kunti, My devotee will never be destroyed”.

God tookcare of prahladhji Maharaj  absolutely.

Prahlad tried to convince his father that God reveals Himself to all who devoted to Him. He told that the Supreme Lord is present everywhere.

Harnaksh ordered his assistants to kill Prahlad. They tried different means but they could not kill Prahlad by throwing him beneath the feet of big elephants, throwing him among huge snakes, employing destructive spells, hurling him from the top of a hill, starving him, exposing him to severe cold, winds, fire and water, or throwing heavy stones to crush him.

holika.snakes and prahladh

When asked, Prahlada refuses to acknowledge his father as the supreme lord of the universe and claims that Vishnu is all-pervading and omnipresent. To which Hiranyakashipu points to a nearby pillar and asks if ‘his Vishnu’ is in it:

“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?”

Prahlada then answers, He was, He is and He will be. In an alternate version of the story, Prahlada answers He is in pillars, and he is in the least twig.

Hiranyakashipu, unable to control his anger, smashes the pillar with his mace, and then following a tumultuous sound, Vishnu in the form of Narasimha appears from it and in defence of Prahlada moves to attack his father. In order to kill Hiranyakashipu and not upset the boon given by Brahma, the form of Narasimha was chosen.

Hiranyakashipu could not be killed by human, deva or animal, Narasimha is neither one of these, as he is a form of Vishnu incarnate as a part-human, part-animal.

narasimha and prahladh

He comes upon Hiranyakashipu at twilight (when it is neither day nor night) on the threshold of a courtyard (neither indoors nor out), and puts the demon on his lap (neither earth nor space).

Using his nails (neither animate nor inanimate) as weapons, he disembowels and kills the demon.

Even after killing Hiranyakashipu none of the present demigods were able to calm Narasimha’s fury, not even Shiva. So all the gods and goddesses called His consort, the goddess Lakshmi, but she was also unable to do so.

Then, at the request of Brahma, Prahlada was presented to Narasimha, and finally, he was calmed by the prayers of his devotee.

Jai narasimha bhagwan ki…. Jai  cond…………The next post shall be

PARAMA BHAGAWTHAS (PURE DEVOTEES) PRAHLADHJI MAHARAAJ 2

Hare Krishna.  Hari Bol

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