At Mangalagiri (2)

His Divine Grace Om Vishnupad
Srila Bhakti Nirmal Acharya Maharaj
At Sri Sri Laksmi Nrisinghadev Temple,
Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh
4 January 2019


We come to preach Krishna consciousness in South India because Gurudev wanted this preaching in South India.

We have visited some places here today, but actually we have no eyes—our eyes are full of dust. How can I see Lord Nrisingha, Pana Nrisingha or Laksmi Nrisingha? It comes through good association—when we visit these places with good association of devotees, then through those devotees we can realise how much devotion Prahlad Maharaj has. All the Vraja gopis of Vrindavan also said, "We do not have the kind of devotion to Krishna that Prahlad Maharaj has."

When Nrisinghadev appeared in this world showing His angry mood (appearing as Ugra Nrisingha), at that time all demigods, Laksmi Devi, Durga, Kali, Indra, everybody was afraid, but Prahlad Maharaj was not afraid. How much devotion he has that he was not afraid! He is a devotee of santa-rasa. How much chastity to the Lord he has.

We can learn another thing also from Prahlad Maharaj. His father gave him so much trouble, so many problems, he even wanted to kill him, but Pralad Maharaj was not angry with him—he did not say a single bad word to him. And you can understand how much devotion, how much love and affection Prahlad Maharaj has that the Lord Himself comes in this kind of form. What did Prahlad Maharaj teach us? When Nrisinghadev asked him, "What kind of boon do you want?" He first said, "My father has given You so much trouble (he did not say "to me"—he was thinking about the Lord!), he has even hit You, made so many offences to You. If You want to give me a boon, then please rescue him." Nrisinghadev said that his father had already got liberation, so He told him to ask for something else. What boon did Prahlad Maharaj finally ask Nrisinghadev for? He said, "Give me that kind of boon so that all asking mood, all desire mood is removed from my heart."

From this example, we can understand that we do not go to the Lord to ask Him for something—we only come to pay obeisance to our Lord. We must pay obeisance with devotion, with so much heart. We do not ask for anything material or even anything spiritual, not even liberation, nothing. We only pay dandavat to the Lord thinking, "I do not know anything. I only want to improve my devotion." It is necessary to be like this.

When Mahaprabhu came here, He would sing,

jaya nrsimha, sri nrsimha, jaya jaya nrsimha
prahladesa jaya padma-mukha-padma-bhrnga

ito nrsimha parato nrsimho
yato yato yami tato nrsimhah
bahir nrsimho hrdaye nrsimho
nrsimham adim saranam prapadye

I want to explain the meaning of these two verses. The first verse says, "Bhakta-prabara Prahlad Maharaj ki jay. Suddha-bhakti-vighna-vinasankari Sri Laksmi Nrisinghadev ki jay. O Nrisingha! Glory to Nrisinghadev! Glory to Prahlad, a bee on the lotus feet of Laksmi Devi." The second verse means, "Here is Nrisingha, there is Nrisingha, wherever I go there is Nrisingha, outside is Nrisingha and within, in my heart, is Nrisingha. I take shelter of Nrisnigha, the original form." He also sang,

vag-isa yasya vadane laksmir yasya cha vaksasi
yasyaste hrdaye samvit tam nrsimham aham bhaje

"I serve Nrisingha in whose mouth resides Saraswati, on whose chest resides Laksmi and in whose heart resides Absolute Consciousness."


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