We are at a very auspicious stage of the Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana, wherein, one of the most prominent persons in our Sanaathana Dharma is taking birth, so as to send out a clear message to all of us that we can reach Bhagawan’s feet through ardent devotion towards Him. This person is none other than Prahlaada himself! Thus, in the previous episode, we had witnessed how Prahlaada was born and what were the background events that took place prior to his birth. We witnessed Sage Naarada intervening Indra’s pursuit to kill Prahlaada while he was in his mother’s womb itself. As this is done, Sage Naarada takes Kayaathu to his ashram and narrates all of Bhagawan’s tales to her and her child inside her womb. Although Kayaathu dozes off in the middle of every story due to her extreme tiredness, this child is wide awake and is listening to each and every word of Sage Naarada very carefully. As the ten-month period gets over, Kayaathu delivers a male child and is named “Prahlaada”.
Now let us move on with the “Charitra” of Prahlaada further. Sage Sukhaachaarya explains thus:
“Bhobho dhaanava daiteyaaha vimoordhah thrayaksha sambhava!
Sa pathnair gaadithah kshudraihi braataade dhaiyithah sukrth!!”
Now as Prahlaada takes birth, this was the time when his father, Hiranya-Kashibu returns back from the forest with all the boons given by Bhagawan Brahma. He is now double happy that his boons were fulfilled, as well as he has been blessed with a baby boy! Unable to control his happiness in one hand and greed on the other, Hiranya-Kashibu unleashes all sorts of tantrums everywhere around! He calls upon all the “Raakshasa forces” to convene in his palace for an important “strategic meeting” 😊 and thus instructs all of them to start destroying places wherein the Vedas were being chanted. He instructs his forces to also destroy people who are conducting any forms of spiritual practices anywhere in this world. He calls upon his forces to take on those specially who were involved in devotion towards Bhagawan Narayana. In literal sense, Hiranya-Kashibu gets more and more obsessed with the name “Narayana” itself, and he destroys anybody who even chants the sacred name by mistake!
All these behavioral traits might be very familiar to us in today’s world – The reason being, these traits are popularly exhibited today by several anti-Sanaathana Dharma forces in various parts of our Bhaarata Desha! Till few years ago, these forces were acting under a shadow wherein it was not obviously seen by people, but today, these forces are gaining lot of power to deliberately perform acts that are an insult to our great Sanaathana Dharma. However, just like how Bhagawan Vishnu incarnated to protect this world from being clutched away by the Adharmic forces, let us hope that Bhagawan would soon do the same thing now as well! We should always keep in mind that our Sanaathana Dharma is not destroyable by any force in this world. If we’ve withstood innumerable invasions from various parts of the world successfully so far, it is only the power of our Sanaathana Dharma. Given this proven track record, we may have no doubts in our minds that our Sanaathana Dharma can never be broken apart by any force. It is just that these forces are wasting their time in trying to break the unbreakable!
Now moving on thus, Hiranya-Kashibu unleashes all sorts of actions to destroy all the spiritual activities that were being performed in the name of Bhagawan Vishnu. He takes on all of them and tries to take vengeance on that Bhagawan Vishnu who had killed his brother Hiranyaksha. He also instructs his people to kill all cows. He instructs people to destroy all the “Yagnyas” and any sort of spiritual offerings! All these tantrums are unleashed because of the confidence obtained from his boons that Bhagawan Brahma has given him! He is now virtually unstoppable by anybody in this world! As Hiranya-Kashibu goes on a rampage mode thus, all the Devas started shaking with fear and ask each other thus, “Oh no! Is there nobody in this world who can stop him from his Adharma?” As the Devas were fearing thus, Hiranya-Kashibu knocks at their doors as well, inviting them to wage a war against him! Hiranya-Kashibu directly takes on Indra, because he was worshipping Bhagawan Narayana! He wins over Indra and the Devas, capture them and imprisons them too! Hiranya-Kashibu’s vengeance now knows no bounds at all!
As he was on such a rampage mode thus, in the meanwhile, Prahlaada is also growing up. In contrast to what is father was, Prahlaada was an ardent devotee of Bhagawan Vishnu right from the time he was born! Just as Sage Naarada had outlined in the past, Prahlaada grows up as an epitome of “Bhakti” towards Bhagawan Narayana! Sage Sukhaachaarya narrates the important characteristics of Prahlaada in detail. This is going to be an important point for all of us to note down carefully. We shall wait till the next episode to witness this important point! Stay tuned! 😊