Sunday, May 18, 2008
Lord Narasinghadeva's Appearance Day Ki Jaya!
"I offer my respectful obeisances unto Lord Narasinghadeva, the source of all power. O my Lord who possesses nails and teeth just like thunderbolts, kindly vanquish our demon-like desires for fruitive activity in this material world. Please appear in our hearts and drive away our ignorance so that by Your mercy we may become fearless in the struggle for existence in this material world."
- Spoken by Prahlad Maharaja in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, Canto 5, Chapter 18, text 8.
"Unless one is completely freed of all material desires, which are caused by the dense darkness of ignorance, one cannot fully engage in the devotional service of the Lord. Therefore we should always offer our prayers to Lord Narasinghadeva, who killed Hiranyakashipu, the personification of material desire. Hiranya means "gold," and kashipu means "a soft cushion or bed." Materialistic persons always desire to make the body comfortable, and for this they require huge amounts of gold. Thus Hiranyakashipu was the perfect representative of materialistic life. He was therefore a great disturbance to the topmost devotee, Prahlad Maharaj, until Lord Narasinghadeva killed him." -excerpt from Srila Prabhupad's purport on the above verse.