Learning from Prahlad Maharaj

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

I am trying to glorify the Supreme Personality of Godhead Lord Narasimhadeva who has taken the ferocious form to protect His devotee. While reciting "Prahlad Maharaj Prayers" from Srimad Bhagavatam 7.9.23, I have read a wonderful instruction from the translation.

dṛṣṭā mayā divi vibho ’khila-dhiṣṇya-pānām
āyuḥ śriyo vibhava icchati yāñ jano ’yam
ye ’smat pituḥ kupita-hāsa-vijṛmbhita-bhrū-
visphūrjitena lulitāḥ sa tu te nirastaḥ

My dear Lord, people in general want to be elevated to the higher planetary systems for a long duration of life, opulence and enjoyment, but I have seen all of these through the activities of my father. When my father was angry and he laughed sarcastically at the demigods, they were immediately vanquished simply by seeing the movements of his eyebrows. Yet my father, who was so powerful, has now been vanquished by You within a moment.

This is the very important instruction given by Sri Prahlada Maharaj. In this material world everyone of us are hankering to get material facilities unlimitedly. We will expect all facilities of our neighbourhood and famous persons who possess more than us. Even we know theoretically that no one will carry any facilities from this material world at the time of death. Still we desire to acquire it. Everyone of us have their own role model to get to a high position in the society. We do not know the destination of role models after death.

We are addicted to hero, heroines and politicians but none of them are equal to the great demon Hiranyakashipu. We know how the great persons lost all their wealth, fame, beauty and everything at the time of death. Still out of ignorance we want to become like them and for that we are working very hard.

Lot of parents are guiding their children to become this hero, that heroine and that politician and thinking this material life is eternal. No one is ready to listen to what the life is. They do not know the inevitable death will force them to leave from the material facilities which are acquired by them. Srila Prabhupada usually mentions this as "chewing the chewed" but we don't take this as serious issue. Spiritual activities are not "chewing the chewed" because we are not planning to become this acarya or that acarya. We are trying to satisfy the senses of Krishna by our eternal loving devotional service which is constitutionally made. The end result is permanent and not temporary like material facilities.

Srila Prabhupada explained this with one example. There are three classes of people. First class people will come to know by other's life style how the people are suffering or getting punishment for their sinful activities. So they won't involve in those sinful activities.

Second class people will come to know after they get some punishment for their sinful activities and realise not to do the sinful activity again.

Third class people will not understand and will not stop their sinful activity even after they get punishment for their sinful activity again and again.

Here Prahlad Maharaj is first class devotee that's why he said he understood from the activities of his father. He did not say 'from his own activity'. This is important. So we should change our consciousness by following this great Mahajans instruction. We should not unnecessarily hanker for the material facilities; instead we should utilize the facilities which we have now in Krishna's service.

I pray to the lotus feet of Sri Prahlada Maharaj, our beloved gurudev HDG Mahavishnu Goswami, Jagat Guru Srila Prabhupada and the Supreme Personality Lord Sri Krishna for their causeless mercy so that I do not deviate from devotional service by hankering material benefits which is temporary.

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Gurudeva,
Hrishikesha Krishna Dasa