Something we all forget about Narasimha Perumal

Apologies for the lengthy absence from new posts. Sometimes we forget that the harder we try to win in this Samsaram (materialistic world), the deeper we get caught in it.

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Now coming to the topic, recently adiyean had the privilege of talking to a very devout bagavatha. Of the 10 Avatarams, Adiyean always had a special liking for Lord Sri Rama. Everything about Lord Rama, starting from the Divine Name to the myriad gunas of Lord Sri Rama were special for me. Sometimes regardless of which Perumal or Divyadesam it was, adiyean used see the Deity as Sri Rama. Typically, adiyean hadn’t spoken (we all can converse with the Lord) much with Narasimha Perumal. Maybe fear of my own misdoings and ferocity of Narasimha Perumal never allowed me to converse as blissfully I would with the ever charming Sri Rama or Sri Krishna or the most beautiful Thirukurungudi Nambhi. But this wonderful bagavatha, calmly said something about Narasimha avataram that adiyean was wondering why it never came to my mind all these days. The Bagavatha simply said Narasimha Perumal was the only avatar where the Lord Himself came down for a single bhaktha. For a moment adiyean felt it was not right, but when adiyean thought about it, the bagavatha was indeed very true. Even after killing Hiranyakashipu, the Lord’s anger wasn’t satisfied. Only after Bhaktha Prahalada requested the Lord to calm down, was Sriman Narayana pacified. Sri Rama & Sri Krishna avatars had a bigger purpose than just killing asuras. They were meant to teach us about Lord’s various Kalyana Gunas, how to live righteously in this materialistic world and finally attain Sriman Narayana. The other avatars were mostly upon request of other Gods or to fulfill boons granted. It’s only Narasimha avatar wherein the Lord Himself came down for a single Bhaktha and only that. A simple fact, but very easily forgotten. Ever since this conversation with the Bagavatha, adiyean realised Narasimha Perumal had always been smiling… as beautifully as Sri Rama & Sri Krishna! It was adiyean who had failed to see it.

Please feel free to correct adiyean if wrong and share your thoughts in comments.

Never Too early : Article from The Hindu

When it comes to bhakti, it is never too early to start. Even a foetus is capable of hearing the name of the Lord, and such early exposure to the Lord’s name is desirable.

The Apastamba Sutra says that after the seemantham ceremony is over, it is important to sing with the veena as accompaniment.

The verse that is sung should emphasise that Lord Narayana is our king, that we are governed by Him.

But will the child inside the mother’s womb absorb this? It will, and we have the example of Prahlada to show us the efficacy of reciting the Lord’s name even to a foetus, said V.S. Karunakarachariar.

When Hiranyakasipu is away, Indra tries to abduct Hiranyakasipu’s pregnant wife Kayadhu. Sage Narada stops him and rescues Kayadhu, who accompanies the sage to his hermitage. There every day Narada sings of the greatness of Lord Narayana, while he plays the veena. So it is as if the instructions given in the Apastamaba Sutra are being followed on a daily basis.

Later when Prahlada is confronted with his father’s cruel deeds, he does not lose heart. His father is not only enraged at his son’s words of praise for Lord Narayana, but also wonders who taught his son to speak thus. Prahlada replies that his words do not come from an instructor. The Lord who resides in him is the one who speaks the words. Thus even at a young age, Prahlada knew that the Lord resides in every one of us.

He tells his fellow students also to recite the name of Lord Narayana. They refuse, but he exhorts them to do so, saying that even if they are not inclined to do so, could they not do it to please him?

This in fact is the way to get children to develop bhakti. Parents could tell their children, that whether they believe or not, could they (the children) not recite the Lord’s name at least to please their parents? The child then will begin to worship the Lord to please its parents.

In course of time, the child will, without being told, worship Lord Narayana of its own volition.

So to start with, the child worships only to comply with a parental request, but in course of time it develops true bhakti.

– Article from The Hindu