Prahlada is hailed as a ‘Maha Bhagavatottama’ for his exceptional bhakti and he is accorded an even greater status than Narada. While the Lord is always compassionate towards all, and especially towards His devotees, He makes Himself angry at those who trespass His law to quell their atrocities and ego, pointed out Sri Kesava Dikshitar in a discourse.
So, after the killing of Hiranyakasipu, when Prahlada prostrates with folded palms in front of the wrathful form of Narasimha, the presence of the great child bhakta softens Him. He takes Prahlada on His lap and strokes his head, as if to soothe the child’s body that must have suffered wounds and cuts when being tortured by his father. The Lord is pleased and wishes to offer boons to him. When it is clear to Prahlada that God is attainable only through unalloyed devotion and not through worldly attainments, such as wealth, birth, beauty, penance, learning, energy, exertion, intelligence, yoga practices, etc, he confesses to the Lord that it would be unwise to seek boons for prosperity. These will only be a hindrance to the practice of devotion. So Prahlada prays to the Lord to extinguish any traces of any desire for worldly attainments and instead instil in him the desire to serve and worship Him and His devotees for ever. He says that he is unafraid of the fearful form of the Lord, but is afraid of the terrible cycle of samsara that is the result of one’s karma and karma multiplies with desires.
The Lord is self sufficient and does not need anything from anyone. But when devotion and worship are offered by the jivatmas caught in samsara, He accepts it out of His compassion for their sake. All acts of worship thus become beneficial to the one who worships. It is similar to the adornments on one’s self that is reflected in a mirror.
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