Jai Nrsimhadev!

14th May 2003
Kalacakra Krsna das

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

Today is Lord Nrsimhadev's Appearance day. The Lord's and His devotee's appearance and disappearance days are the most important festival days for all of us. Lord Krsna says in Bhagavad Gita 4.9, 'janma karma ca me divyam - My appearance and activities are transcendental'. As Srila Prabhupada says in his purports in several places that the Lord has no business with the demons. His business is only with His devotees. He need not come personally to vanquish the demons - just one of the agents of His agents will do the job. But the Lord comes personally out of His own sweet will, just to please His devotees. He did this in the case of Sri Prahlad Maharaj, one of His pure devotees.  The 7th canto of Srimad Bhagavatam is full with this nectarean pastime of Sri Nrsimhadev and the transcendental qualities of Sri Prahlad Maharaj. The Lord is so kind and loving to His devotees that He likes it very much when His devotees are glorified than Himself. This is very evident from the fact that in the whole of the 7th canto, only one or two chapters are dedicated to the Lord's activities, whereas more than 6 chapters are dedicated to His devotee Sri Prahlad Maharaj!

This day is one of the most important festive days for us aspiring Vaishnavas and it will be apt to sing the glories of the Lord and His dearmost devotee Sri Prahlad Maharaj from the pages of Srimad Bhagavatam. Especially, the 9th chapter of the 7th canto SB 7.9.11 contains very sweet and nectarean prayers by Sri Prahlad Maharaj. I am just mentioning one of those here, and it will be great if any of you get inspired to recite all the prayers of Sri Prahlad Maharaj to the Lord on this most auspicious day.

naivātmanaḥ prabhur ayaṁ nija-lābha-pūrṇo
mānaṁ janād aviduṣaḥ karuṇo vṛṇīte
yad yaj jano bhagavate vidadhīta mānaṁ
tac cātmane prati-mukhasya yathā mukha-śrīḥ

The Supreme Lord, the Supreme Personality of Godhead, is always fully satisfied in Himself. Therefore when something is offered to Him, the offering, by the Lord’s mercy, is for the benefit of the devotee, for the Lord does not need service from anyone. To give an example, if one’s face is decorated, the reflection of one’s face in a mirror is also seen to be decorated.

Nrsimhadev Bhagavan ki Jai!
Sri Prahlad Maharaj ki Jai!
Srila Prabhupada ki Jai!
Srila Gurudev ki Jai!

Thank you very much.
Yours in service of Srila Prabhupada and Srila Gurudev,
Kalacakra Krsna das.