Prayers Pleases the Lord - Part 1

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

Just like how it is pleasing to hear about the qualities and pastimes of Supreme Lord, the qualities and activities of His dear devotees are all relishable for everyone including the Lord. That is why Caitanya Mahaprabhu daily relished hearing the pastimes of Dhruva Maharaj and Prahlad Maharaj. On account of the upcoming auspicious occasion of Sri Narasimha Jayanti - the Appearance of Lord Narasimha, let us try to meditate on some of the wonderful prayers offered by His dearmost devotee Sri Prahlad Maharaj in Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 5, Chapter 18 - for the pleasure of Lord Narasimha. 

Sukadev Goswami while singing the glories of Prahlad to Parikshit Maharaj nicely says in Srimad Bhagavatam 5.18.7 

hari-varṣe cāpi bhagavān nara-hari-rūpeṇāste; tad-rūpa-grahaṇa-nimittam uttaratrābhidhāsye; tad dayitaṁ rūpaṁ mahā-puruṣa-guṇa-bhājano mahā-bhāgavato daitya-dānava-kula-tīrthīkaraṇa-śīlā-caritaḥ prahlādo ’vyavadhānānanya-bhakti-yogena saha tad-varṣa-puruṣair upāste idaṁ codāharati.

Śukadeva Gosvāmī continued: My dear King, Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva resides in the tract of land known as Hari-varṣa. In the Seventh Canto of Śrīmad-Bhāgavatam, I shall describe to you how Prahlāda Mahārāja caused the Lord to assume the form of Nṛsiṁhadeva. Prahlāda Mahārāja, the topmost devotee of the Lord, is a reservoir of all the good qualities of great personalities. His character and activities have delivered all the fallen members of his demoniac family. Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva is very dear to this exalted personality. Thus Prahlāda Mahārāja, along with his servants and all the denizens of Hari-varṣa, worships Lord Nṛsiṁhadeva by chanting the following mantra.

The below words in the above verse very nicely describes the wonderful qualities of Prahlad Maharaj.

1) tad-rūpa-grahaṇa-nimittam  - the reason why Lord Kṛṣṇa (Keśava) assumed the form of Nṛsiṁha;
2) mahā-puruṣa-guṇa-bhājanaḥ - the abode of all the good qualities of great personalities;
3) mahā-bhāgavataḥ — the topmost devotee;
4) daitya-dānava-kula-tīrthī-karaṇa-śīlā-caritaḥ — whose activities and character were so exalted that he delivered all the daityas (demons) born in his family; 

Prahlad Maharaj's life is a great inspiration, as even though he was born in demoniac family and had to spend lot of time with people who have no inclination to devotional service, still his mind was always absorbed in Supreme Lord. Whenever and wherever possible - whether it is with his classmates, teachers or his own demoniac father, he tried his best to give Krishna to all and make them understand that the goal of life is to do devotional service unto Him. Prahlad Maharaj's life teaches us that bhakti is unconditional. Whether we are born in a family of devotees or not, one can still render devotional service unto Supreme Lord, if one sincerely follows the instructions of the spiritual master. Living amidst devotees is a very favourable situation for performing devotional service. But sometimes in life, we may not have that luxury. Even then, sthāne sthitāḥ śruti-gatāṁ tanu-vāṅ-manobhir - wherever we are placed, we should be absorbed in hearing and chanting the glories of the Lord. By doing so we will be able to please the Supreme Lord. 
 
Due to our own own imperfections, many a times when we try to tell about Krishna to others  and if they don't agree, we become morose or blame the recipients. If someone take to devotional service, then we think we are the ones who have given Krishna to them. But what we fail to see is that we are just a "nimitta" - instrument in Krishna's hands. Krishna is mercifully giving us chance to talk about Him. So without any fruitive mentality, simply we need to glorify Krishna and leave the rest to Him. In case of Prahlad Maharaj's life, we can see how most of his classmates took to devotional service and began to chant Lord's names. However his teachers and father did not agree with him and they tried their best to mislead him, chastise, punish him. But in all situations he never lost his calm and was fearless, very respectful and loving in his dealings with all.  He never stopped remembering Krishna and by his behaviour he pleased Krishna so much that as Sukadev Goswami nicely mentions he became instrumental - nimitta - or the the reason why Lord Kṛṣṇa (Keśava) assumed the form of Nṛsiṁha;  He also became instrumental in delivering all the daityas in his family.

Krishna willing we shall continue to meditate on the wonderful prayers offered by Prahlad Maharaj in 5th Canto in the subsequent offering.

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