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Prahlâda Instructs His Asura Schoolmates
human birth, from early childhood on practice the dharma of
devotional service unto the Lord [as described in 7.5:
23-24]; this life, even though
temporary, is ruled by that
path for the person to follow in this world
[see also 3.25: 38 and B.G. 5: 29].
Prahlâda Learned in the Womb
(15) The rishi mercifully
specifically me, in both the principles of dharma of relating to the
Lord and the pure spiritual knowledge [concerning the difference
between soul and matter, compare 1.2:
Nrisimhadeva Slays the King of the Demons
protest he with his limbs wrestling tried to
escape, but the Lord placed him,
on His lap like he
was a snake or mouse and pierced
him with His nails as easy as
Garuda pierces a poisonous viper.
(30) With His most fearful eyes full of anger He
was difficult to behold.
With His mouth wide open licking the edges with His tongue and with His
mane and face smeared red with traces of blood, He wore the intestines like a garland around His neck and looked like a lion that just has killed
'Our forms of knowledge that each are attained by a different way of
concentrating, were pushed aside by this fool puffed up about his
strength and prowess. He who in battle killed him like he was an
animal, to Him
who appeared as Nrisimha, we surrendered souls are ever obliged.'
Prahlâda Propitiates Lord Nrisimhadeva with Prayers
(4) 'Surely' he
said and even though he was only
a small boy, oh
great devotee slowly,
step by step, approached Him
and prostrated himself with
folded hands offering prayers.
worlds this way, according to the
yuga in question appearing in different incarnations as a human
being, a saint, a god or an aquatic.
Sometimes, in defense of the dharma, You kill the troublemakers of this
oh Supreme Personality, but because You in Kali-yuga operate under
cover [channa] You, being spoken of as one and the same person,
are called Triyuga [for being
recognizable in the three other yugas,
also 11.5: 32].
Chapter 10: About Prahlâda, the Best Among the Exalted
Devotees and the Fall of Tripura
(2) S'rî Prahlâda said: 'Please do not allure
me, for because of my Asura birth I am, by all those blessings, attached to material
enjoyment. It was out of fear for such material
association that I, desiring liberation, have taken to Your shelter for the sake of complete
(67) Oh ruler of man, with the arrows joined
on his bow Lord S'iva thus, being the Master and Controller, at noon
the so difficult to pierce three cities afire.
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