Krishna Returns with Interest - Part 4

Hare Krishna Prabhujis and Matajis,
Please accept my humble obeisances. All glories to Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva.

This is in continuation of the previous offering titled,  "Krishna Returns with Interest" wherein we were meditating on verse 1.14.44 of Srimad Bhagavatam. In the previous offering we saw,

1. Root cause of our moroseness is forgetfulness of Krishna.
2. When a devotee remembers Krishna, He reciprocates in manifolds. 

In this regard we were seeing the examples of  Sudama, Draupadi, Kubja, Vrajavasis, Putana, Jatayu, Senanayi.

Now we shall see further examples.

One devotee shared the nice example of Prahlad Maharaj. We all know how Prahlad Maharaj was subjected to various dangers by his own father Hiranyakashipu and in all such dangers, Lord protected Prahlad Maharaj and ensured that all the attempts which were done to harm/injure/kill Prahlad Maharaj were all foiled. In the end Lord appeared as Narasimhadev and killed Hiranyakashipu and later asked Prahlad Maharaj to seek some benediction from Him. Being a pure devotee Prahlad Maharaj did not want any material benediction for himself. But only requested the Lord to forgive the sinful deeds of his demoniac father. Hearing this Lord Narasimhadev told Prahlad Maharaj in Srimad Bhagavatam verse 7.1018-19

śrī-bhagavān uvāca
triḥ-saptabhiḥ pitā pūtaḥ pitṛbhiḥ saha te ’nagha
yat sādho ’sya kule jāto bhavān vai kula-pāvanaḥ

yatra yatra ca mad-bhaktāḥ praśāntāḥ sama-darśinaḥ
sādhavaḥ samudācārās te pūyante ’pi kīkaṭāḥ

The Supreme Personality of Godhead said: My dear Prahlāda, O most pure, O great saintly person, your father has been purified, along with twenty-one forefathers in your family. Because you were born in this family, the entire dynasty has been purified. Whenever and wherever there are peaceful, equipoised devotees who are well-behaved and decorated with all good qualities, that place and the dynasties there, even if condemned, are purified.

Prahlad Maharaj was completely surrendered to the Supreme Lord and in loving reciprocation to Prahlad Maharaj's request, Lord Narasimhadev assures that how Lord will protect the whole dynasty, purify them even if they are condemned - simply taking into consideration the sincere devotional service done by even a single devotee in a family.

That's why later in Bali Maharaj's pastime also we find that the Lord appeared as Vamana (dwarf brahmana) simply to ensure that His promise to Prahlad Maharaj doesn't go in vain. When Bali Maharaj offered 3 paces of land, by giving his head for the third step of the Lord, the Lord became very pleased by the truthful nature of Bali Maharaj and He assured Bali Maharaj that although he was being sent to the lower planetary system (Sutala) there was nothing lacking in the luxuries offered in that planet. Lord said that Sutala planet will be personally free from mental and bodily miseries, fatigue, dizziness, defeat and all other disturbances. Neither demigods nor the demons can trouble Bali Maharaj on that planet as Lord will always protect him by giving him darshan all the time. In Srimad Bhagavatam verse 8.22.35, Lord says, "O great hero, I shall always be with you and give you protection in all respects along with your associates and paraphernalia. Moreover, you will always be able to see Me there."

So here we find that both Prahlad Maharaj and Bali Maharaj although born in demoniac families - due to their surrender to the Supreme Lord, received benedictions which are not even bestowed upon the demigods. Such is the inconceivable mercy of the Supreme Lord.

Krishna willing we shall try to meditate more on this topic in the subsequent offering.                                                 

Hare Krishna.
Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudeva,
Sudarshana devi dasi.