In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Narayana insisting Prahlaada to go for a boon, just because Bhagawan’s heart is so pleased with the little child’s ardent devotion and spiritual maturity. Bhagawan is giving this opportunity to Prahlaada because He is confident that Prahlaada is not going to ask anything selfish, unlike his father. Bhagawan knows that whatever Prahlaada is going to ask, is going to be for the benefit of the entire world. As Bhagawan thinks thus, Prahlaada did not disappoint! He thus asks Bhagawan to bless him with future births (if any) in such a way that he is totally immersed in chanting of Bhagawan’s divine names and thinking about Him constantly without a break. Accordingly, Bhagawan also grants Prahlaada whatever he had asked for.
With this, we come to the end of the core part of the “Prahlaada Charitra” and with the divine incarnation of Bhagawan Narasimha, Bhagawan’s words in the Bhagawad Gita which of course came much later, are justified. Bhagawan says thus, and many of us might know this sloka very well:
“Paritraanaaya saadhunaam vinaashaayacha dushkrutaam!
Dharma samsthaabhanaarthaaya sambhavaami yuge yuge!!”
Through this sloka, Bhagawan Krishna clearly lays down the road map for all of His incarnations. Although this sloka features as part of the Bhagawad Gita of Bhagawan Krishna, the essence of this sloka applies to all of His incarnations. In this, Bhagawan explains that whenever there is a downfall of Dharma and whenever there is a threat to the existence of His devotees, Bhagawan would incarnate in this world to protect good people (Saadhus), destroy the evil and re-establish the Dharma in this world. This is the same agenda behind every incarnation and Bhagawan Narasimha was not really an exception. In order to ensure the safety of His ardent devotee, Prahlaada, Bhagawan Narayana incarnates as Narasimha Moorthy to destroy the “Adharma” called Hiranya-Kashibu and to re-establish the “Dharma” in the form of Prahlaada.
Thus with this, we come to a landmark portion of this Shrimad Bhaagawatha Puraana. With the end of the Prahlaada-Charitra, we’ve come to the end of the seventh “Skandha” of this text. Also, we’ve also come to the end of the stipulated third day’s discussion out of the seven days. Readers might remember that we’ve discussed in our earlier episodes, how this entire text is divided into seven different parts, which would be taken up for discussion on seven consecutive days (Saptaaham). Thus, with the end of the Prahlaada-Charitra, we’ve come to the close of the third day’s discussion. We’re still left with four more days’ “syllabus”! 😊
As we commence the fourth day’s syllabus, we would traverse starting from the eighth “Skandha” and towards the end of the fourth day’s discussion, we would culminate at the section which talks about the birth of Bhagawan Krishna! This would come at the end of the ninth “Skandha”. We’re currently amidst the seventh “Skandha”, wherein we’ve witnessed the Prahlaada Charitra and the incarnation of Bhagawan Narasimha. If we’ve to end at Bhagawan Krishna’s divine incarnation, it is extremely far off at the moment. We’ve to traverse through many more incarnations of Bhagawan, before we reach that milestone. We’ve to witness the incarnations of Bhagawan Vaamana, Bhagawan Parasuraama, Bhagawan Rama, and then finally enter into the “Krishna-Charitra”. It should be noted that the entire tenth “Skandha” of the text talks about the various landmarks of Bhagawan Krishna’s divine incarnation and this is going to be an extremely interesting and absorbing “Skandha” for all of us. In fact, the fifth day’s discussion is entirely circled around the tenth “Skandha” only. We’re soon going to witness this beautiful section of this text, but to reach there, we’ve to traverse a lot still. So, let us take it one by one in detail.
As we move on into the eighth “Skandha”, Sage Sukhaachaarya elaborates to King Parikshit, the various aspects of “Dharma” for everybody in this world. He talks about the various aspects of “Dharma” that are to be followed by “Brahmachaaris” (People who are single and not married), “Gruhasthas” (Married people), various aspects of “Dharma” to be followed by men and women in this world, and finally the various aspects of “Dharma” that is commonly to be practiced by all people in this world.
Thus, the stage is set for the next round of detailed discussion. We shall commence this elaborate discussion in the next episode and until then, we shall keep praying to Bhagawan Narasimha for peace, prosperity, love and compassion to rule this world. Stay tuned! 😊