Purpose of the Lord's Appearance

Hare Krishna Dear Devotees,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev. 

Today being the all auspicious day of Lord Nrsimhadeva, I would like to share some points on the appearance of Lord Nrsimha. Srila Sridhara Swami, one of the great commentators on Srimad Bhagavatam explained that all the activities of the Lord in this particular incarnation are to support the statements of His devotees. In theShrimad Bhagavatam verse 7.8.17 this point is explained: 

satyaṁ vidhātuṁ nija-bhṛtya-bhāṣitaṁ
vyāptiṁ ca bhūteṣv akhileṣu cātmanaḥ
adṛśyatātyadbhuta-rūpam udvahan
stambhe sabhāyāṁ na mṛgaṁ na mānuṣam

To prove that the statement of His servant Prahlada Maharaja was substantial in other words, to prove that the Supreme Lord is present everywhere, even within the pillar of an assembly hall the Supreme Personality of Godhead, Hari, exhibited a wonderful form never before seen. The form was neither that of a man nor that of a lion. Thus the Lord appeared in His wonderful form in the assembly hall.

The following explanations are offered by Srila Sridhar Swami in explaining the first line of this verse.

1.The Lord appeared from the pillar to prove the words of His true devotee Prahlada and the statements of the Vedas which are faithful servants of the Lord.The Lord appeared in the form of a man-lion combination to prove that the statements of His devotee Lord Brahma are true.

2. The Lord killed Hiranyakasipu as he tried to harm Prahlad maharaj personally and by killing him the Lord proved the words of Narada Muni who said "No one can harm this boy as he is protected by the Supreme Lord".

3. The Lord killed Hiranyakasipu to fulfill the benediction He offered to Jaya and Vijaya, who has come as Hiranyaksha and Hiranyakasipu that the Lord should kill them in three life times and take them back to Vaikuntha.

4. The Lord also proved the words of the Sanat kumara sages that the two doorkeepers would be killed by Him and return to Him in three lifes.

5. The Lord, by killing Hiranyakasipu proved another assurance of Lord Brahma given to the demigods that, "The Supreme Lord will protect us from Hiranyakasipu".

Thus the whole purpose of the Lord's incarnation is to please His devotees and make their statements true. And above all, the Lord appears by His own sweet will to benefit all the living entities. This is confirmed by Prahlad maharaj, "Kshemāya bhutaya utātma sukhāyachāsya". 

Let me pray to Lord Nrsimhadev for His blessings and pray at the lotus feet of HH Mahavishnu Goswami Maharaj on this auspicious day of his accepting sannyasa to guide us on the way back to the Lotus feet of Lord Nrsimha. 

Your humble servant,
L.Harikumar
Chennai.

Moderator's Note: I wish to quote Sriman Harikumar Prabhu's end note here - "Dear prabhu, Forgive me for the mistakes in the mail as it is difficult to type with this German keyboard." 

I was really taken aback by his enthusiasm to write a mail inspite of having a German Keyboard to work with. Our sincere thanks to him for his inspiration on this most auspicious day.