Episode # 57 – Hiranya Kashibu’s “Snake trap” for Prahlada – Bhagawan Vishnu outsmarts yet again!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed yet another gimmick of Hiranya Kashibu to be spoilt by the Prahlaada-Bhagawan Vishnu combine, and this leaves Hiranya Kashibu extremely furious. He’s clearly being taken for a ride here. The more frustrating thing for Hiranya Kashibu is that, his own son is the culprit behind the entire scene! As the “mountain and ocean bids” fail to take off, Hiranya Kashibu starts having a doubt on his ministers who had been assigned the tasks till now. He was doubting whether they’re really throwing Prahlaada into the ocean or rolling him down from the mountain or not. He had a doubt whether their love and affection towards the little child overpowered their duty. Thinking thus, Hiranya Kashibu now decides to take it upon himself, and not to depend upon anybody else for this task. He thinks of the next bid to get rid of Prahlaada once and for all. As he interrogates Prahlaada one more time, he finds that Prahlaada is deep-rooted in his Bhakti towards Bhagawan Vishnu, and nothing is going to change him ever. Thus, Hiranya Kashibu decides to put an end to his son, no matter whether his affection overpowered his action or not. 

Thinking thus, Hiranya Kashibu makes a savage resolution. The next plan is made – After the mountain and ocean bids, it is now going to be the “snake bid”! Yes! Hiranya Kashibu is going to let Prahlaada inside a place where there are extremely poisonous cobras raging in fury! He thus takes Little Prahlaada to the place where there are hundreds of snakes hissing at the same time! It is a very scary sight for all of us, even if we find one such snake, isn’t it? 🙂 Now, Prahlaada is subjected to hundreds of such snakes at the same time, all around him! Hiranya Kashibu leaves Prahlaada into that room, full of snakes and mercilessly walks back to his palace! As usual, Little Prahlaada isn’t going to get bogged down to all these threats! His devotion towards Bhagawan Narayana is only rising northwards, and that too, exponentially, minute after minute. He goes into a state of stillness, with a single-pointed focus towards Bhagawan Narayana! With folded hands, Little Prahlaada prays to Bhagawan Vishnu thus, “Oh Bhagawan! You’re in the “Sesha-Shayana” position on top of Bhagawan Aadisesha, isn’t it? It’s very fortunate that at the moment I’m surrounded by innumerable snakes, which are all embodiments of Bhagawan Aadisesha! How can I ever thank you for giving me such a golden opportunity to interact with your ardent devotees? Oh Bhagawan! I pray to you only for one thing – Please make my father understand your real form and significance. It’s only because he doesn’t know about you, he’s doing all whatever he’s doing. Hence, please do the needful!” 

As Prahlaada prays ardently thus, all the snakes come closer to him and start circumventing him with devotion! None of the snakes dare to touch Little Prahlaada – The Mahatma! All the snakes worship Little Prahlaada at the same time, and join hands with him to pray to Bhagawan Vishnu in unison! The bid to kill Prahlaada gets foiled yet again! We can clearly see here that devotion towards Bhagawan Vishnu (Bhagawad Bhakti) can be more powerful than any other force in this world to reckon. The Bhakti which Prahlaada is displaying here, is clearly saving him from all sort of death traps that his father is laying for him. 

Having said thus, Little Prahlaada comes out of that place unscathed yet again! He thus walks back to the palace where Hiranya Kashibu was sitting. Upon seeing Prahlaada walking back, Hiranya Kashibu couldn’t believe his eyes yet again! He was wondering what exactly is happening here! How come Prahlaada escapes such treacherous death traps so easily like this? He’s doing this in a canter! Hiranya Kashibu’s fears only start increasing more and more, and there’s clearly someone who’s outsmarting him everytime! He starts doubting whether Bhagawan Brahma’s boons are really working or not! He doubts whether Bhagawan Brahma has given some more powerful boons to this Narayana! This is obviously heights of ignorance, and this is something that all of us can laugh about! 🙂 

So what’s going to be Hiranya Kashibu’s next move? Is he going to relent from his stance atleast now? Is he going to accept the existence of Bhagawan Narayana, or is he going to “up the ante” against Little Prahlaada even more? Let’s wait for the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 56 – Hiranya Kashibu plays the “Ocean bid” – Bhagawan Vishnu outsmarts him yet again!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed yet another attempt by Hiranya Kashibu to neutralize Prahlaada and his unending devotion towards Bhagawan Narayana. He had ordered little Prahlaada to be pushed off the cliff, in a bid to see how he survived this challenge! However, to his utter disbelief, Little Prahlaada walked back unscathed and unhurt – Thanks to Bhagawan Vishnu’s timely intervention to protect him! This makes Hiranya Kashibu more jittery than never before! His fear was slowly overriding him, however, his ego refused to budge. He wanted to somehow prove his superiority over Bhagawan Vishnu. He recollected all the boons that he had obtained from Bhagawan Brahma, and riding high on them, he decided to think of another plan. Now that the mountain bid has been foiled, how about the ocean bid? The plan was made! Hiranya Kashibu decided to tie Prahlaada to a huge stone and throw him into the ocean waters! The agenda was to drown him into the water and perhaps, Little Prahlaada would be done and dusted forever? Hiranya Kashibu was amidst the highest level of anger and frustration that he forgot that he’s trying to kill his own son, to prove his superior ego. 

Notwithstanding thus, Hiranya Kashibu calls for Little Prahlaada and first tries to warn him again. He shouts with rage towards the child that he has had enough with Narayana and that, it is high time that Prahlaada mends his ways. However, as we all know by now, Little Prahlaada was as solid as a rock. He’s not going to relent to all these gimmicks of his father! He stood firm by his ground on his relentless pursuit of Bhagawan Vishnu. This made Hiranya Kashibu furious. He immediately orders his people to take Prahlaada away and execute the “ocean bid”. As per the instruction, the ministers of Hiranya Kashibu take Prahlaada to the seashore, tie him to a huge rock with big ropes and throw him into the ocean waters! Little Prahlaada neither got scared upon being tied upon a rock, nor upon looking at the brimming ocean waters! His devotion towards Bhagawan Narayana only increased multifold whenever he was challenged by his father. He immediately prayed to Bhaagwan Vishnu thus, “Oh Bhagawan! You had incarnated as Bhagawan Varaaha to drill the ocean floor and save Mother Earth, isn’t it? Similarly, please help me overcome this ocean challenge!” Praying thus, Little Prahlaada slipped quickly into spiritual and eternal bliss – Typical characteristic of a great Mahatma.

Thus, the minister’s throw Prahlaada into the ocean and walk back to the palace. Back home, Hiranya Kashibu was relieved on one hand, but his affection towards Prahlaada was poking him on the other. It is at this time, Bhagawan Narayana swiftly gets down to action. As Prahlaada was starting to drown into the water, He quickly arrives at that particular spot, catches Prahlaada in both His hands, and brings him out of the water! Prahlaada was again saved! More than getting saved, he was unhurt, unscathed and without even a single sign of being under the water completely. As Bhagawan Vishnu saves Prahlaada thus, the “ocean bid” also was successfully foiled and thwarted! Little Prahlaada again walks back to Hiranya Kashibu’s, and upon seeing his son coming towards him unhurt, Hiranya Kashibu was first overwhelmed with joy that his son was safe! 

He asks Prahlaada thus, “Oh Prahlaada! Now have you changed your mind? Have you forgotten that reckless Vishnu forever? Are you ready to accept me as Bhagawan?” Upon hearing these funny words of desperation from Hiranya Kashibu, Prahlaada did not know whether to laugh or cry! He replies calmly however thus, “Oh father! How can anyone else take the place of Bhagawan Vishnu, who is the savior of the world? As I was drowning in the water, Bhagawan Vishnu miraculously saved me and left me unhurt! How can I forget the great help rendered by Bhagawan Narayana?” Hearing this from the little child, Hiranya Kashibu couldn’t tolerate these words! He has clearly been outsmarted and outplayed here! He was at one end, ashamed of himself, and at the other end, furious that Little Prahlaada was seemingly unaffected by whatever he’s doing! Now, is Hiranya Kashibu going to relent atleast after this drubbing, or is he going to continue his gimmicks further? Let’s wait and witness in the next episode! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 55 – Little Prahlada survives the “mountain scare” – Bhagawan Vishnu outsmarts Hiranya Kashibu yet again!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Little Prahlaada surviving the “elephant scare” that was meted out by his father, Hiranya Kashibu. The sole agenda of Hiranya Kasibu was to prove a point to his little son that he can be more powerful than the Vishnu, whom he was going behind everytime! With that intention, the “elephant scare” was the first amongst many attempts made by the desperate Hiranya Kashibu to make Little Prahlaada mend his ways. However, as we’ve always seen till now, Little Prahlaada was as solid as a rock, when it comes to Bhagawan Vishnu! He’s not someone who can be taken down that easily! As the elephants were trying to scare him out, Prahlaada – The Mahatma went all-out on his devotion towards Bhagawan Vishnu – So much that the elephants had to change course! Rather than attacking Prahlaada, the elephants joined hands with the Mahatma to worship Bhagawan Vishnu, which led Hrianya Kashibu “brush off” his eyes in utter dismay! The ploy has clearly failed here! Hiranya Kashibu has clearly been outplayed by Little Prahlaada in terms of Bhagawad Bhakti! 

This leaves Hiranya Kashibu fuming and scampering to make another plan to overcome Prahlaada. He’s now thinking whether he should give Prahlaada the “mountain scare”! Yes! He’s now planning to “throw” Prahlaada down from the top of a cliff! He immediately orders his people to execute his plans and see what happens to Prahlaada. Initially the plan was to scare Prahlaada about the mountains, just to check whether he would still relent from his stance, but clearly the plan was foiled then and there! Little Prahlaada was upto the challenge to being “rolled over” from the mountain. Accordingly, the men of Hiranya kashibu carry Little Prahlaada all the way over the cliff, and are about to roll him down! 

Even at that time, the servants of Hiranya Kashibu were very compassionate towards the little child, although the instruction was loud and clear. They decide to talk one more time to Prahlaada and say thus, “Oh little child! You know how treacherous your father can be, isn’t it? You’re a little child! Why do you want to go against your father’s wishes and experience all this? Why don’t you relent from your stance atleast for once and make your father happy?” As the messengers say thus, Prahlaada replies back, “Oh people! I’m happy that you’re kind and compassionate towards me. However, if your instruction is to drop me from the mountain peak, please go ahead and do it. Bhagawan Narayana is always with me to protect me. If I’ve to be alive after this, it is Bhagawan’s wish! If I’ve to be dead after this, it is again Bhagawan’s wish! You go ahead and do your duty assigned to you! Bhagwan Narayana is always the person in my heart, and there is no place for another person in place of Him! So, irrespective of whatever you say and convince me to do, I would not be able to relent a bit! I’m sorry about this, but this is what I am!” 

As the messengers hear Prahlaada’s firm stance thus, they had no other option but to execute the punishment that Hiranya Kashibu had asked them to met out. Little Prahlaada was as firm and solid as a rock. He was thus pushed from the mountain peak, all through to the ground! How harsh can a father be to a small innocent child? As Little Prahlaada was rolling down the mountain, his constant prayers to Bhagawan Vishnu was only this – “Oh Bhagawan Narayana! Someone is trying to challenge your presence and power! You had incarnated as Bhagawan Varaha previously and had saved the entire world from disaster. Similarly, you and Goddess Bhoomadevi should act immediately and protect your ardent devotee, isn’t it? So please act immediately and do the needful!” 

As Prahlaada prays thus, how can Bhagawan Narayana be complacent? He is indebted to answer the fervent calls of His devotee, isn’t it? Thus, He immediately rushes along with Goddess Bhoomadevi, takes Prahlaada in His divine hands and prevents him from falling down on the floor! Thus, Goddess Bhoomadevi also plays a part in protecting Little Prahlaada from falling on the hard earth surface. Both Bhagawan Vishnu and Goddess Bhoomadevi receive Little Prahlaada in their hands and save him from a great disaster! Thus, Little Prahlaada comes unscathed and unhurt! He has survived the “mountain scare” too successfully – Thanks to Bhagawan’s timely intervention! 

As Prahlaada walks back into the palace, Hiranya Kashibu couldn’t believe his eyes! He is outsmarted yet again by the so-called Narayana! He was initially doubtful whether the servants really pushed Prahlaada from the mountain, or did they leave him scot free, just because he was the king’s child. He immediately calls for the servants who were entrusted with the responsibility and demands an answer. They too were surprised upon seeing Prahlaada alive, unscathed and unhurt! They asserted that they had done their duty as per the instruction, but somehow Prahlaada had managed to escape! 

This sends shockwaves along Hiranya Kashibu’s spine! How can someone escape unhurt even if he’s pushed from the peak of a cliff? This is unbelievable! Now, the challenge in front of Hiranya Kashibu is surmounting clearly. What’s his next step going to be? What is Hiranya Kashibu’s next “plan of action” going to be? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 54 – Little Prahlada jeopardizes Hiranya Kashibu’s plan of “scaring” him with a herd of wild elephants!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Little Prahlaada “redefining” education at Chanda and Amarka’s Gurukula! He makes sure that he pulls all the other children in the Gurukula into the Bhakti towards Bhagawan Narayana – A move that was considered to be an unpardonable blunder by the teachers and Hiranya Kashibu. Upon coming to know that all the children have “strayed away” from their fold, Chanda and Amarka decide that they’ve had enough. The second attempt to “refine” Prahlaada was turning out to be a nightmarish experience for both of them – Something that they’ve not come across till that date in their lives. Thus, they take away Little Prahlaada back to Hiranya Kashibu and narrate the entire sequence of events that had unfolded at the Gurukula! Upon hearing thus from Chanda and Amarka, Hiranya Kashibu’s jitters only get stronger from here on. He is being challenged by Prahlaada every passing day! He thus decides that he has had enough with Prahlaada, and takes a firm decision to take the harsh route to teach Prahlaada a “lesson”.

Deciding thus, Hiranya Kashibu sends off both Chanda and Amarka and with a heavy heart, decides to punish Prahlaada for his alleged “atrocities”. He decides to met out the first punishment thus – To let Prahlaada be surrounded by a herd of wild elephants! The plan was simple – If the wild elephants threaten to crush Prahlaada, he might change his mind and still come into his father’s fold! Thus, with a seemingly heavy heart, Hirayna Kashibu takes Prahlaada to a place where the wild elephants were kept ready for an “all-round attack”! He thus leaves Prahlaada and walks back to his palace! The wild elephants start roaring at Prahlaada and come closer to him. However, Little Prahlaada is totally unmoved – Quite as usual! He closes his eyes and starts meditating on Bhagawan Vishnu as the elephants surround him, in a bid to scare him off. However, Prahlaada knew nothing of what was happening around him, as he quickly went into a state of extreme spiritual bliss! This is another characteristic of a “Mahatma” – With the spiritual power and acumen that they’ve acquired, Mahatmas can easily slip into extreme spiritual consciousness at any point in time, forgetting all what’s happening around them, and this is exactly what Little Prahlaada is doing here too! As he slips into deep penance by chanting Bhagawan Narayana’s name constantly in his lips, the spiritual vibrations created around Prahlaada slowly starts pushing the elephants back! At this time, Little Prahlaada talks to these elephants thus, “Oh my dear elephants! You were the same Gajendera for whom Bhagawan Narayana granted Moksha, isn’t it? If such is the case, aren’t you indebted to Bhagawan Narayana for what He has gifted you for? Hence, please join me in praying to Bhagawan Narayana, who is the sole savior of this world. Let us all pray to Him for attaining the highest “Moksha” as soon as possible!” 

As Little Prahlaada says thus, the elephants were now starting to bow in front of him with respect. As onlookers saw what was happening, they were shell-shocked! How can a herd of the wildest of the wild elephants fall prey to Little Prahlaada’s Bhakti towards Bhagawan Narayana? They couldn’t believe their eyes for what they were seeing in front of them! Unable to believe what was going on, some onlookers rushed to Hiranya Kasibu to narrate what they saw! As Hiranya Kashibu came to know of what had just happened, he too couldn’t believe what he was hearing! He wanted to check the proceedings in person and rushed to the spot! He was in utter disbelief to see his son being respected and bowed down to, by the elephant herd.  His fears were only getting stronger day after day – Courtesy – Little Prahlaada’s unending devotion towards Bhagawan Narayana! He has had enough now with the elephants. He quickly removes Prahlaada from there, and just to be sure, he asks Prahlaada thus, “Oh Prahlaada! The elephants would have scared you to bits, isn’t it? I’m sorry, but I had to take that extreme step to bring you to ways. Hope you’re fine and safe! Now tell me – Have you changed your approach? Have you taken off your mind from that Narayana, whom you’re after every passing day?” 

As his father asks thus, Prahlaada replies calmly thus, “Oh father! How can I even take my mind off Bhagawan Narayana even for a moment? These elephants did not do any harm to me! Instead, all of them joined with me in praying to Bhagawan Narayana with all our devotion! I’m totally fine and with the divine grace of Bhagawan Narayana, nothing happened to me! You can be rest assured that your son is safe!” Hearing thus from little Prahlaada, Hiranya Kashibu was flabbergasted! For a moment, he did not know whether to be happy, or sad or angry or frustrated! His fear was clearly overriding him now and he could sense that there’s someone who is more powerful than him, who is saving Prahlaada. However, his ego was extremely high that he didn’t want to give up so easily! 

With this, Hiranya Kashibu thought of a different plan – To roll down Prahlaada from the mountains! Perhaps this would scare the little child? Does Prahlaada have “fear for heights” like how many of us do? Hiranya Kashibu wanted to give this a try! Hence, he orders Prahlaada to be taken to the top of a cliff and to be pushed down from there! Now, what is going to happen next? Is Prahlaada going to survive this test of his father? Let’s wait till the next episode to witness this absorbing event! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 53 – Little Prahlada – A great “MAHATMA” in the making!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Little Prahlaada being assertive with his stance, and is not seeming to buckle down under pressure from his father, Hiranya Kashibu. He stands firm on his ground with regards to his devotion towards Bhagawan Narayana, and he is nowhere close to chanting his father’s name even once. This makes Hiranya Kashibu feel a bit jittery, as he was challenged for the first time in his life, and that too by his own son, and nobody else. After a “rapid-fire” round of interrogation with Little Prahlaada, Hiranya Kashibu decides to send him back to Chanda and Amarka for another round of lessons. The agenda of Hiranya Kashibu is clear – To somehow make Prahlaada forget Bhagawan Vishnu and turn his attention towards his father. With firm instructions from Hiranya Kashibu, Chanda and Amarka have another “go” at Prahlaada, this time changing their strategy a little bit. Gone are those days wherein the teachers were going soft at the little child. Now they’ve decided to take the harsher route by threatening little Prahlaada! 

However, what happened next was something remarkable, funny and mind-blowing, which the teachers never expected to happen! Little Prahlaada was as usual, unmoved with whatever “gimmicks” and “heroics” that the teachers showed in front of him. As the other students were looking upon, Little Prahlaada was steadfast in his approach, which made a great deal of difference – Something that Prahlaada’s classmates haven’t seen till date! As the students were astonished with Prahlaada’s strong and deep-rooted devotion towards Bhagawan Vishnu, they center around him and ask thus, “Oh Prahlaada! You’re always chanting Narayana’s name isn’t it? Who is that Narayana? Can you please show him to all of us? Can you please explain his features? How would he look like? Can we see him?” As the children ask thus with innocence, Little Prahlaada starts explaining about Bhagawan Vishnu, and he does that so emotionally and lovingly, which moves the children to tears of joy! 

We’ve to understand here that all these children at the Gurukula were born to Raakshasas, and they hadn’t even seen a trace of Bhagawad Bhakti till today. Once Prahlaada came up with this moving narrative, all the children joined hands with him to chant Bhagawan Narayana’s divine names, rather than the name of the wretched Hiranya Kashibu! The scenario starts to take a complete “U-turn” here at the Gurukula, overnight! Thus, when Chanda and Amarka woke up next morning, they were surprised to open their eyes to sweet-sounding music and chants of Bhagawan Narayana’s divine names – Courtesy, Little Prahlaada! 🙂 Upon hearing this, both Chanda and Amarka were carried away by the devotion and sweetness of the chant, but suddenly they realized what was happening here! They were totally being overpowered by Little Prahlaada! Not only is he following the teachers’ words and instructions, he’s now influencing other students also to stray away from the teacher! This is exactly what we call “Political Behavior” in modern-day organizations today! 🙂 Prahlaada was clearly playing politics here – Neither is he following the teachers’ instructions, nor is he letting others to follow as well! 

Seeing this, Chanda and Amarka confront little Prahlaada harshly thus, “Oh Prahlaada! What do you think about yourself? Are you superior than your teacher? Who is the teacher and who is the student here? Your arrogance is knowing no bounds these days and with this, we’re going to launch a heavy complaint against you to your father! Do you realize that you’re not only spoiling yourself, but you’re putting all our lives at great danger in front of your father?” As Chanda and Amarka confront thus, Little Prahlaada calmly replies, “Oh my dear teachers! What have I done? I’ve just propagated Dharma in the Gurukula! Is that my fault? I’m no way superior than you. I bow down to both of you for your great knowledge and dedication towards teaching all of us. If Bhagawan Narayana is there with all of us to protect us, why should we fear for anything else in this world? Even if someone threatens us in some dangerous way, Bhagawan Narayana would take care of the threat, isn’t it? Why should we be worried about it? Our job here is to follow Bhagawan Narayana and chant His divine names! It is for Him to take care of all of us!” 

As Prahlaada replies firmly thus, both Chanda and Amarka were raging with anger and frustration. Prahlaada has firmly conveyed his stance here. He’s not going to give into any sort of gimmicks and is completely steadfast in his approach! These are certain important characteristics of a great “Mahatma”. No matter what obstacle comes by the way, a “Mahatma” would never deviate from the path of Bhakti, and here, Prahlaada is illustrating this important characteristic of a “Mahatma” for all of us to understand. Of course, we’re going to witness more such instances in the future, but these are clear signs of Little Prahlaada being a great “Mahatma” of all times! So for today, let us enjoy and experience Little Prahlaada – The Mahatma in the making! We shall wait till the next episode to find out how Hiranya Kashibu handled Prahlaada henceforth. Is he going to be soft again, or is he going to be harsh from now? An absorbing episode awaits us tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 52 – Prahlada stays firm on his ground – Hiranya Kashibu feels “jittery” for the first time!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed a quick “rapid-fire” round of questioning of Hiranya Kashibu to little Prahlaada on the whereabouts of the “notorious” Narayana! 🙂 Hiranya Kashibu asks several questions to Prahlaada, and in return, he gets some “riddle-like” answers, which of course, Hiranya Kashibu was far from comprehending! As Prahlaada was a “Mahatma”, his answers contained in-depth meaning in them, which weren’t easily comprehensible for Hiranya Kashibu-type Raakshasas. Hearing all of this, Hiranya Kashibu was puzzled! He was thinking within himself thus, “Oh wow! Is this fellow a great Vedanti? I’m not at all understanding the answers for even a single question that I asked him. Moreover, he is not giving us direct answers as to whether this Narayana exists or not. Now I’m getting confused whether such a person is alive or dead. If a person is existing, either he should be present or absent. How can he be both? How can someone exist, but not exist? How can someone be everywhere at the same time? How can someone be omni-present?” All these questions were running in Hiranya Kashibu’s mind, as he started to feel insecure within himself for the first time ever! Of course, all of us know that this notorious Hiranya Kashibu had performed severe penance and obtained some great boons from Bhagawan Brahma, and has become even more notorious than ever! However, here comes the first checkpoint for Hiranya Kashibu, in the form of none other than his own son, Prahlaada, who is giving all these “riddle-like” answers! 

Thinking thus, Hiranya Kashibu asks one final question to Prahlaada – “Oh Prahlaada! So what are you trying to say here? Is Vishnu an existing element or not? Show me one form of him, for me to understand who is this Vishnu and to check if he is more powerful than me or not!” Upon this question, Prahlaada replies back thus, “Oh Father! As I had mentioned earlier, Bhagawan Vishnu is everywhere! That’s all I can say! It is for you to see him and upto you to challenge Him if you want to! I can only say that He is omni-present and can be visualized only with the right attitude and devotion. Else, He wouldn’t appear! Moreover, if at all He exists in just one place, I can tell you the name and address. However, that is not the case here! He’s within you as well as within me! He is in the sky (Aakasha), and in the earth (Bhoomi)!” 

This answer from Prahlaada made Hiranya Kashibu more jittery! He is now feeling more and more insecure and wants to teach Prahlaada a lesson. He wants to prove to Prahlaada and to the world that he was the most powerful person on earth, and not anybody else. He thus responds to Prahlaada angrily – “Oh Prahlaada! You’re becoming very notorious of late. You’ve insulted your teachers, and now you’ve got the guts to insult your own father, who is the most powerful person on this earth. You deserve some big punishments for all what you’ve said and done. However, being my son, my love and affection towards you is blocking me from giving you some corporal punishments. I would give you a few more days time. If you’re not going to mend your ways, you’re going to face the music from me!” 

Saying thus, he drags Prahlaada along with him and takes him back to Chanda and Amarka for a “repeat” session of the Gurukula! Upon seeing little Prahlaada coming back, Chanda and Amarka were scared to bits. The instruction from Hiranya Kashibu is very clear here – “Use any method – Saama, Dhaana, Bedha or Dhanda to bring Prahlaada on track to chant “Om Hiranyaya Namah!” Giving the instruction thus, Hiranya Kashibu walks back in great fury and frustration. Within himself, a great level of insecurity is now beginning to build up, but he’s somehow trying to cover it up. What’s going to happen next? Is Prahlaada going to mend his ways, or, his devotion towards Bhagawan Vishnu going to increase further? Let’s wait for an absorbing session in the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 51 – Hiranya Kashibu’s “RAPID-FIRE” questions to Prahlada on Bhagawan Narayana!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Little Prahlaada’s growing up, and how he was totally immersed in the Bhakti of Bhagawan Narayana. Although being born to a Raakshasa by name Hiranya Kashibu, Prahlaada was deep-rooted on Bhagawan Narayana and was steadfast in his approach, although his father is trying all tricks in the trade to move him away from this. Thus, we had witnessed yesterday that Hiranya Kashibu had sent Prahlaada to the formal “Gurukula” under the guidance of Chanda and Amarka. The instruction given to the teachers is that they should make Prahlaada forget Bhagawan Vishnu and immerse him into the “devotion” of Hiranya Kashibu. Thus, Chanda and Amarka welcome Prahlaada to the Gurukula and try to teach the “Mantra” – “Om Hiranyaaya Namah”. However, the little child hears this as “Om Namo Narayanaya Namah” and repeats it firmly with all his Bhakti. As Prahlaada couldn’t hear anything else around him, except for the “Narayana Mantra”, he only kept repeating the same thing like a parrot. 

Frustrated by this, both Chanda and Amarka take Prahlaada back to Hiranya Kashibu and say thus, “Oh Hiranya! We tried to teach your son in the best way we can, however, your son is unwilling to learn any lesson from us! His only focus is that Narayana and is incorrigible to change! Hence, we’re not interested in wasting our time and teaching him anymore. You may feel free to find another teacher for him, who can deal with his arrogance and stubbornness!” Saying thus, Chanda and Amarka leave the place. After they leave, Hiranya Kashibu calls little Prahlaada by his side and asks him lovingly thus, “Oh Prahlaada! Now that you’ve come back from the Gurukula, your father wants to know what all have you learnt there! So can you please tell me?” Upon this, Little Prahlaada replies to his father thus, “Oh father! My teachers taught me very well! They taught me to chant the sacred Mantra, “Om Namo Narayanaya Namah”! 

Upon hearing this from the little child, Hiranya Kashibu was shell-shocked! He was very sure that Chanda and Amarka wouldn’t have taught this to Prahlaada. There was somebody else behind this. He asks Prahlaada thus, “Oh! I’m sure your teachers wouldn’t have taught you this. There is someone else behind this. Tell me who is teaching you all unwanted things? I want to know who that person is!” Child as he was, Prahlaada couldn’t understand what his father was asking him. He replies from his heart thus, “Oh father! This is nobody’s conspiracy. I just repeated what my teachers taught me. I heard what I chanted and I chanted what I heard! There is nobody who is instigating me to do anything!” Hearing this from Prahlaada, Hiranya Kashibu couldn’t understand what to do for a moment! He was taken aback! He was confused! For the first time in his life, someone has challenged him – And that too, the person who is challenging him is none other than his own darling son! 

Thinking thus, Hiranya Kashibu comes to a conclusion – He decides to “interview” his son and probe him more. He now asks Prahlaada thus, “Oh Prahlaada! If there is nobody who is instigating you to go behind this stupid Narayana, how are you getting this thought of going behind him? Is there someone internal within you, who is instigating? Tell me the truth!” Upon being questioned by Hiranya Kashibu thus, Little Prahlaada calmly replies, “Oh father! Whoever is within you, is the same person who is within me also! He is none other than Bhagawan Narayana!” Hearing thus, Hiranya Kashibu probes further, “Oh Prahlaada! If that is the case, who is he? Can you describe him?” Prahlaada replies, “Oh Father! It is not possible to describe him! He is beyond all descriptions!” Hiranya Kashibu probes further thus, “Oh really? In that case, show him to me! I shall see him myself and know!” Upon this, Prahlaada drops the next “riddle” thus, “Oh father! Bhagawan Narayana cannot be seen with our naked eyes! He is omni-present! He is everywhere and is an embodiment of all the creations in this world!” Hiranya Kashibu probes further thus, “Oh! We can’t see him isn’t it? Can I touch him?” Prahlaada replies, “Not possible! You cannot touch him!” Hiranya Kashibu asks further, “Oh wow! Can I smell him through my nose?” Prahlaada replies the negative to this also! 

Finally Hiranya Kashibu asks Prahlaada thus, “Oh Prahlaada! If we can’t understand Narayana through any of the above ways and means, how else can we understand him?” Prahlaada sarcastically replies thus, “Oh father! It is not possible to understand Bhagawan Narayana at all!” However, He is there everywhere! That’s His speciality!” Upon hearing thus, Hiranya Kashibu was confused to bits! He didn’t understand what was Prahlaada trying to tell here. We should understand that Prahlaada was a “Mahatma” and his answers cannot be understood just by the very outline of it. There were deep meanings within each and every sentence that Prahlaada uttered, which went into Hiranya Kashibu’s “spiritually deaf” ears! Now what is Hiranya Kashibu going to do next? Is he going to take Prahlaada to task straightaway for acting against his wishes? An absorbing accord awaits us in the next episode! Stay tuned! 🙂

Episode # 50 – Little Prahlada stays firm on his devotion towards Bhagawan Narayana!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed how Prahlaada took birth. We had seen how Indra wanted to abduct Kayatu and kill her, since he was scared whether the baby in her womb would be as destructive as its father, Hiranya Kashibu. In fact, the Devas were not able to tolerate the atrocities of this Hiranya Kashibu itself, and with the advent of his son, the fear was even more and quite understandable. However, as Indra was abducting Hiranya Kashibu’s wife, Sage Naarada intervenes in the middle and requests Indra to abort the mission. Sage Naarada explains that the baby is going to be a “Parama-Bhaagawatha”  of Bhagawan Vishnu, and not a Raakshasa like its father. Paying heed to Sage Naarada’s words of advice, Indra frees Kayatu and with this, Sage Naarada begins his long accord of advice and “Satsanga” to Kayatu. As Sage Naarada was narrating this, the little baby inside Kayatu’s womb listens keenly to his words and with this, Sage Naarada sows the seeds successfully for the birth of one of Bhagawan Vishnu’s greatest and most ardent devotees, after Dhruva. 

Thus, as Kayatu reaches the time of the delivery, she delivers a beautiful baby boy, with all smiles! The baby is born with devotion towards Bhagawan Vishnu, courtesy, Sage Naarada! This is where we witness that although Prahlaada was a Raakshasa by birth, he was a great devotee of Bhagawan and in turn, Bhagawan responded to his devotion, which we’re going to witness in the upcoming narrative. So the point here is that, it doesn’t matter where, how and to whom we take birth. All that is important here is whether we’re exhibiting Bhakti and surrender to Bhagawan when we are alive. Prahlaada thus, was a great epitome of being a Raakshasa, but being able to attain the highest “Moksha” through the “Bhakti Maarga”. 

Now moving on thus, let us look at what happened to Prahlaada as he was born and as he was growing up. Hiranya Kashibu was overwhelmed with the birth of his son and named him “Prahlaada”. This Prahlaada started eventually to grow, but his devotion towards Bhagawan Narayana also grew along with him. As time progressed, Hiranya Kashibu tried his own ways and means to “re-direct” his little son from Bhagawan Vishnu towards himself, but all his attempts went in vain! Child as he was, Hiranya Kashibu had a soft corner towards Prahlaada during the initial days. He didn’t bother too much about Prahlaada’s devotion towards Bhagawan Vishnu. However, as Prahlaada was about 9-10 years old, Hiranya Kashibu wanted to send him to the “Gurukula” for formal education. He appointed two people namely “Chanda” and “Amarka” as the teachers for Prahlaada. These two people are students of Sage Shukraachaarya, who is in turn the Guru for all the Raakshasas. Thus, Hiranya Kashibu calls both Chanda and Amarka to the palace and gives them formal instructions thus, “Oh Chanda and Amarka! I’m sending my son Prahlaada to you for formal education. All what you’ve to teach him is the “sacred Mantra” “Om Hiranyaaya Namah”! 🙂 If Prahlaada is not willing to chant the Mantra, make him do so, by your own ways and means. But, somehow, make Prahlaada forget that reckless Narayana forever. I don’t want to hear him chant that idiotic name again ever!” 

The instruction is very clear here – Thus, Prahlaada goes along with Chanda and Amarka, as Hiranya Kashibu wishes “Good luck” for his son’s “academic success”. As per the instruction, Chanda and Amarka did their assigned job perfectly well. They began the formal lesson to Prahlaada by asking him to chant – “Om Hiranyaaya Namah”! However, little Prahlaada did not hear these words at all in his ears! He was deeply immersed in the Bhakti towards Bhagawan Narayana and hence he repeated the Mantra, “Om Namo Narayanaya Namah!” Upon hearing this, both Chanda and Amarka were shocked! They did not believe what they’re hearing! Initially they thought within themselves that perhaps they dodn’t teach properly. They repeated the “Mantra” – “Om Hiranyaya Namah” again to Prahlaada. However, the answer from Prahlaada made no difference! He stuck to his basics firmly! There was no going back as far as Prahlaada was concerned! 

Recollecting the instigation done by Hiranya Kashibu, they made Prahlaada understand thus, “Oh little child! From now on, as per your father’s instruction, you should forget Narayana completely. You should only be chanting “Om Hiranyaaya Namah” from now!” However, little Prahlaada was unmoved! He was as solid as a rock in his stance! He never paid heed to what these two were saying. Finally, both Chanda and Amarka came to a conclusion that it is not going to be possible for them to correct and resurrect this Prahlaada on to the right track! Hence, they decide to take him back to his father, before the blame comes on to their head. Thus, both the “Aachaaryas” take little Prahlaada back to Hiranya Kashibu! They complain to him saying thus, “Oh King! We tried our best to teach him, but your child  is very adamant and is not willing to learn anything from us! He only remembers Narayana everytime, and refuses to chant your name even once! Hence, it is upto you to resurrect him, and we cannot take any more responsibility on him!” 

Saying thus, Chanda and Amarka leave the place with anger and frustration. Now, what is Hiranya Kashibu going to do with Prahlaada? Is he going to get angry on Prahlaada and is he going to take it upon himself to teach him? Let’s wait till the next episode to find out! Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 49 – Birth of PRAHLADA – A “Parama-Bhagawatha” of Bhagawan Vishnu!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed the advent of Hiranya Kashibu, who was the brother of Hiranyaksha. We might remember that this Hiranyaksha was killed by Bhagawan Vishnu during His Varaaha Avatara. To seek revenge for killing his brother, Hiranya Kashibu decided to take it upon himself to prove his might to Bhagawan Vishnu. With this intent, he quickly proceeded to the forest and undertook an intense penance towards Bhagawan Brahma. Impressed by his penance, Bhagwan Brahma appeared in front of him and requested Hiranya Kashibu to ask for a few boons. With this opportunity, Hiranya Kashibu started asking for a long list of boons, wherein he literally asked Bhagawan Brahma that he shouldn’t be killed by any living being that was created either Bhagawan Brahma or by his “associates” in this world! With this, Bhagawan Brahma also granted the boon, and Hiranya Kashibu became totally invincible with regards to power and position. 

As Hiranya Kashibu comes back to his kingdom, he coronates himself and starts going on a rampage against all the living beings, including the Devas. Indra was meted out with some harsh treatment by Hiranya Kashibu, because he had apparently played a foul game with regards to the “Amrita” distribution. All the Devas were in the firing line of Hiranya Kashibu as he imprisoned all of them for their gross “misdeed” towards the Raakshasas. Now the turn of Bhagawan Vishnu comes – Hiranya Kashibu goes on a rampage all over the world, forcing everyone to follow himself as Bhagawan, and propagating against following Bhagawan Vishnu. Anybody who followed Bhagawan Vishnu and worshipped Him would be brutally tortured by Hiranya Kashibu. Even in today’s world we’re sadly able to see such behaviors by some sects of people of one particular religion, however, such irrational behaviors had existed even during ancient times as well! 

At this time, Hiranya Kashibu had four sons. Out of the four sons, Prahlaada was one of the important ones. This Prahlaada was a “Parama-Bhaagawatha”, which means, a true, ardent devotee of Bhagawan Vishnu. It is amazing to note that there is a son who is an ardent Bhagawan Vishnu devotee, born to a father who is totally against Bhagawan Vishnu! Anyway, this was all part of a bigger ploy, and let us witness what the ploy was. As Prahlaada was born, he was born with the knowledge and Bhakti towards Bhagwan Vishnu. In fact, when Prahlaada was in the womb of his mother, Sage Narada paid a visit to Hiranya Kashibu and his wife, Kayatu. As Kayatu was pregnant with Prahlaada in her womb, Sage Narada gave some important “Upadesha” to her. As this was happening, little Prahlaada was listening to all of this “Upadesha” very keenly and through that, the baby absorbed all what Sage Narada wanted to say! Prior to this, when Hiranya Kashibu was out to the forest for penance, Kayatu was carrying little Prahlaada in her womb and at this time, Indra tried to abduct Kayatu and take her off somewhere far away from Hiranya Kashibu. Indra wanted to kill Kayatu because the Devas were scared that Hiranya Kashibu’s son would be even more a fierce Raakshasa than himself. As Indra was abducting Kayatu, Sage Narada intervened. He explains to Indra thus, “Oh Indra! You’ve made a wrong decision! You do not understand the ploy behind this. Please give Kayatu to me, and I shall take care of her and the baby carefully. Do not enter into the sin of killing a pregnant woman and lose your position and power yet again!” 

Hearing thus from Sage Narada, Indra accepted his fault and submitted Kayatu to Sage Narada. Thus, Sage Narada brings Kayatu to his place and starts telling her a lot  of stories about Bhagawan Vishnu! As Sage Narada was narrating thus, the baby was listening to all the stories with keen interests and with this, the child was transformed into a “Bhaagawatha” of Bhagwan Vishnu, with the divine grace of Guru – Sage Narada. Thus, even while taking birth, Prahlaada was immersed in Bhagwan Vishnu’s devotion. He breathed and ate Bhagawan Vishnu’s divine name, “Om Namo Narayana”. Prahlaada clearly knew the difference between the Paramatman and Jeevatman and clearly understood that all “Atmans” in this world were Jeevatmas, who are controlled by Bhagawan Vishnu who was the Paramatma. He was a total embodiment of honesty, straightforward character, non-violence, truth, simplicity and unending devotion towards Bhagwan Vishnu. Prahlaada grows this way, all through his childhood, even while Hiranya Kashibu took him too lightly in the beginning. 

We might wonder how one can be totally opposite to the parent in terms of character and habits. We’re clearly witnessing an example here – Hiranya Kashibu was a Raakshasa by nature, and had all characteristics to justify what he was. However, Prahlaada, although being a Raakshasa by birth, did not even have a single trace of any characteristic of being a Raakshasa. This is an important point for all of us to note, and for today, let us ponder over and reflect upon this, as we wait for the next episode! We shall continue with how Prahlaada became a serious threat for Hiranya Kashibu and how he thwarted every attempt of his father to kill him. Stay tuned! 🙂 

Episode # 48 – Advent of HIRANYA KASHIBU – Bhagawan Brahma grants an “almost” invincible boon to him!!!

In the previous episode, we had witnessed Bhagawan Vishnu responding promptly to Little Dhruva’s intense penance and within just months, Little Dhruva was able to see Bhagawan Vishnu in person. What a great achievement this is! As Bhagawan Vishnu appeared in front of Dhruva, he didn’t even realize that it was Bhagawan who was standing in front of him. Such was his level of penance and internalization of Bhagawan within him. In fact, it took a few minutes for Bhagawan Vishnu to bring Little Dhruva back to his senses. Once this was done, Little Dhruva was able to see Bhagawan Vishnu in front of his eyes and was shell-shocked! Bhagawan has fulfilled his prayers within just a short time! Upon seeing Bhagawan in front of him, Little Dhruva did not know how to react, and he started crying innocently. Bhagawan Vishnu picks the child up and makes him sit on His lap. We should remember that this was exactly the agenda with which Little Dhruva started this entire exercise. Bhagawan Vishnu thus promptly fulfills Little Dhruva’s wish and this is the perfect example of how Bhagawan fulfills the wishes of a genuine and an ardent devotee. All what is required from our side is pure and innocent devotion towards Bhagawan, and with that, He is ready to fulfill whatever is our genuine wishes. 

Moving on further thus, we’re going to now witness the subsequent generations of Dhruva. As Dhruva gets older, he obtains a son by name “Anga”. Anga’s son subsequently was “Vena”. Vena eventually had a son by the name “Pruthu”. Pruthu had a son in turn by name “Praacheena Barhi”. This Praacheena Barhi had a son by name Daksha Prajapati. Now we’re going to witness the important story of Daksha Prajaapati. He had two children by name “Diti” and “Aditi”. Both these girls get married to a  person by the name “Kashyapa”. Thus, all the sons who were born to Aditi, out of this marriage were none other than Bhagawan Soorya, Indra, etc. who comprise the Devas. Similarly, Diti’s sons with Kashyapa were none other than the Raakshasas. This is where we see intense competition between the two camps – The Devas and Raakshasas. Both of them had the same father, but different mothers. The competition gained a lot of ground because of this. This was continuing perennially, including the time when Bhagawan Vishnu had to distribute the “Amrita” for immortality. Thus, everytime when the Devas sense victory, the Raakshasas would be on the losing side, and vice versa. This is a constant happening that keeps rolling on and off. 

It is at this time when Bhagawan Vishnu had destroyed Hiranyaksha during His Varaaha Avatara, the Raakshasas were finding it tough to make both ends meet. They were very badly ravaged and hurt by Bhagawan Vishnu, who supposedly acted in favor of the Devas. This conspiracy theory was floating around the Raakshasas’ camp, and unable to bare this insult, Hiranyaksha’s brother, Hiranya Kashibu decided to step up the pedal and take on Bhagawan Vishnu heads on! It must be remembered that this Hiranyaksa and Hiranya Kashibu were once bodyguards for Bhagawan Vishnu, by the names Jaya and Vijaya. Because of the curse of two great Sages, namely Sanaka and Sanatkumara, both these people were to take birth in this world as Raakshasas, opposing Bhagawan Vishnu and at the end, they would get “Moksha” as Bhagawan Vishnu incarnates in this world. 

With this curse thus, Hiranyaksha took birth and was destroyed by Bhagawan Vishnu. Now it is the turn of Hiranya Kashibu, who is now seeking to take revenge on Bhagawan Vishnu for killing his dear brother. He thus went into the forest to perform a long and a deep penance. Upon Hiranya Kashibu’s deep penance, Bhagawan Brahma appears in front of him and requests him to ask for a boon. Upon this, Hiranya Kashibu requests Bhagawan Brahma to grant him the boon that he would not be killed by anybody in this world. As Hiranya Kashibu was asking for the boon thus, he elaborates the boon in such a way that even Bhagawan Brahma was astounded! He asks thus, “Oh Bhagawan Brahma! Grant me a boon in such a way that I should not be killed by a human being, or an animal, or any living being in this world! I should not be killed during the day, nor the night! I should not be killed by poison! I should not be killed by plants! I should not be killed in the forest! I should not be killed in the palace! I should not be killed on the road!” The list goes on and on! As Hirayna Kashibu lists out all the various categories thus, he finally utters the sentence “Oh Bhagawan Brahma! I shouldn’t be killed by any living being in this world who has been created by you or your successors!” It is only upon this very sentence, Bhagawan Brahma heaved a huge sigh of relief! 🙂 Till now, Bhagawan Brahma was fearing that with the way in which Hiranya Kashibu was asking for boons, he is going to be totally invincible and is going to wreak havoc in this world. However, with that one sentence, Bhagawan Brahma breathed easy – Because, Hiranya Kashibu can still be killed by the person who had created Bhagawan Brahma, isn’t it? It’s none other than Bhagawan Vishnu Himself! 

Thus, Bhagawan Brahma grants all the boons that Hiranya Kashibu had asked for, and with this Hiranya Kashibu is going to unleash his full potential in the world, with full throttle! So for today, let us unwind ourselves and “fasten our seatbelts” to witness how Hiranya Kashibu is going to take the entire world for a ride and how he is going to wreak havoc, in tomorrow’s episode! An interesting accord awaits us tomorrow! Stay tuned! 🙂